The Legal 500

Foot Anstey

SENATE COURT, SOUTHERNHAY GARDENS, EXETER, EX1 1NT, ENGLAND
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Work 01392 411221
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South West

Regional review
Regional heavyweights - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton, Truro)

Foot Anstey continued to boost its Bristol offering with a number of significant hires across core practice areas. It attracts praise for its ‘excellent legal knowledge, and concise, commercial advice’. The firm also has notable experience in Islamic finance.

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South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol
Corporate and commercial: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey expanded its Bristol practice by recruiting five senior associates in 2014, including EU competition specialist Marc Shrimpling from Burges Salmon LLP, and Emily Settle from Linklaters LLP. The team gained a number of high-profile new clients, including Royal Shakespeare Company, Kuwait Financial House and Spinnaker International. Practice head Jonathan Oddy has experience acting for leading TMT companies, and Matthew Stoate is recommended for his expertise in private equity. Gavin Poole left to join Stephens Scown LLP.

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Corporate and commercial: The West Country
Corporate and commercial: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Foot Anstey (Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton)

At Foot Anstey, Chris Worrell and private equity specialist Matthew Stoate advised longstanding client 90 North Real Estate Partners on its equity investment in, and acquisition of, a majority stake in Ashbourne Beech Property. Duncan Sykes acted for the shareholders of Tempero on the sale of its issued share capital to Dentsu Aegis UK.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Plymouth, Bristol)

John Pindard at Foot Anstey has extensive expertise advising on corporate reorganisations, commercial property transactions and employment-related taxation. Royal Shakespare Company, First Great Western and Clicksco Jersey are new clients.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Exeter)

Associate Marc Shrimpling joined Foot Anstey from Burges Salmon LLP, and is recommended for his expertise in state-aid matters.

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Foot Anstey (Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol)

Foot Anstey’s four-strong team, which includes two partners, has strong expertise in sports venue work, including on-site betting. Key clients include the Football Safety Officers’ Association, for which Chris Pritchett acted on changes to policing arrangements at Premier League grounds.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol
Commercial litigation: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey

Barrister Thomas Williams arrived to head the team at Foot Anstey from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in May 2014. Media and entertainment specialist Anna Bateman is also recommended. Clients include Halfords, Lighthouse Group and Age UK.

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Commercial litigation: The West Country
Commercial litigation: The West Country - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Taunton, Truro, Plymouth)

Foot Anstey is praised for its ‘excellent knowledge and concise, commercial advice’. Steven Richards’ team is particularly active in financial services litigation; clients include Bank of Ireland and Bank of Scotland.

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth, Truro, Bristol)

At Foot Anstey, Will Whitt and Robin Brown are ‘at the top of their profession’ and ‘know what clients want’. Real-estate financing specialist Paul Clark and litigator Thomas Williams joined in 2014. The practice also acts for banks on the Islamic financing of UK real estate; Imam Qazi is the key contact.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol
Employment: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey advises commercial clients, including retailers, on matters such as restructures and tribunal claims. Clients include Kingfisher and Odeon Cinemas. Richard Neary is a key contact.

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Employment: The West Country
Employment: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth, Truro, Taunton)

Foot Anstey handles employee training and defence of equal pay claims. Clients include the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Screwfix, which Patrick Howarth advised on two complex tribunal claims.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth)

Foot Anstey acted for the HSE in Health and Safety at Work Act prosecutions. Chris Pritchett defended an employer in a prosecution when an employee suffered a severe hand injury operating a baking machine.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Plymouth)

In addition to handling scheme changes and providing general pensions advice for business clients, Foot Anstey acts for public sector pensions schemes. Comron Rowe advised Halfords, a panel win, and Odeon Cinemas.

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South West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Truro)

Foot Anstey has strong links to charities such as Headway and Scope. Andrew Hannam investigates and litigates in areas including birth injuries, and has Court of Protection experience. Robert Antrobus leads the team.

Leading individuals

Andrew Hannam - Foot Anstey

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth)

Foot Anstey’s department, run jointly with its clinical negligence team, has a focus on road traffic injuries. Legal director Juliette Clarke handles employers’ liability claims.

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth Taunton)

Foot Anstey handles estate transmission, high-value tenant disputes, and agricultural criminal law. Joel Woolf heads the team. Clients include the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association and the NFU.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Exeter)

Foot Anstey advises charities on mergers, tenders to provide public services, and employment issues. Associate Lucy Gill is ‘very pragmatic and personable. The firm is sole adviser to the Eden Project.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Foot Anstey (Exeter)

Foot Anstey acts for charities, including Age UK, and private individuals in Inheritance Act claims and the removal of executors. Associate Lucy Gill, who leads the team, is ‘happy to deliver solutions relevant to the charity sector.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Truro)

Foot Anstey specialises in high-asset value matrimonial matters, with a particular focus acting for agricultural families.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton)

Foot Anstey advises institutions on international trust restructuring, taxation and legacies. Steven Howells and Deborah Carrivick lead the team.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 4

Foot Anstey (Bristol)

Foot Anstey’s cross-department team advised British Solar Renewables on the funding and construction of two large solar parks. Chris Pritchett is praised for his ‘ability to find the best solution for the client’. Duncan Tringham is also recommended.

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South West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton)

Foot Anstey gives ‘sensible, contextualised advice that is both strategic and clear’ on academy and procurement issues, and on collaboration between institutions. Karen Bates is recommended. Clients include Plymouth University and student housing provider Unite.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Exeter)

Foot Anstey provides support to NHS trusts on estate management, charity law, HR and procurement. Clients include Plymouth Community Healthcare.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Plymouth, Truro)

The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at Foot Anstey advises on spinouts of public services and grant funding. Al Goodwin, who leads the seven-partner public sector team, advised Plymouth Community Healthcare on spinning out adult social care services.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol
Commercial property: Bristol - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey

Richard Walford’s team at Foot Anstey expanded with the 2014 arrival of Paul Clark from Burges Salmon LLP. The practice has a strong offering in the retail and leisure sectors, acting for Tower Hamlets, First Group and Screwfix Direct. Richard Sutton and Islamic-finance specialist Imam Qazi are recommended.

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Commercial property: The West Country
Commercial property: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton, Truro)

Foot Anstey’s practice specialises in acting for investors on student accommodation developments. Richard Walford has expertise in handling restructurings and refinancings, as well as management work, for large commercial property portfolios. Duncan Tringham is highly recommended. Georgina Savill joined from Trowers & Hamlins LLP in February 2015.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Taunton, Bristol)

Foot Anstey’s construction team was boosted by the 2014 arrival of the highly regarded Stephen Ovenden from Pinsent Masons LLP. Practice head Chris Hoar has particular experience in construction procurement by PPP/PFI arrangements. Highlights include advising British Solar Renewables on the funding and construction of five large solar parks.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Truro)

Foot Anstey enjoys an impressive client list that includes NFU, The Eden Project and Devon Waste Management. Chris Pritchett is highly praised for his ‘ability to deliver the best solution’.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Taunton, Plymouth)

Furgus Charlton at Foot Anstey focuses on the minerals, waste and energy sectors, and advised British Solar Renewables on planning strategy for a number of projects.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Plymouth, Exeter, Truro, Bristol)

Foot Anstey is ‘extremely responsive’, with Richard Bagwell leading the nine-strong team. Dan Cuthbert is ‘an excellent litigator’ and ‘very commercially minded’. Clients include Dreams, Screwfix and National Farmers Union.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Taunton)

Foot Anstey welcomed the arrival of Georgina Savill from Trowers & Hamlins LLP in February 2015. Michael Gay is the key contact. Clients include Ocean Housing, Yarlington Housing Group and Raglan Housing.

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South West: TMT (Technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton)

Foot Anstey demonstrates ‘sound business acumen and sector knowledge’ in advising on financial technology, scrum development and outsourcing matters. Ed Bodey has ‘outstanding enthusiasm and knowledge of the relevant law and technology’. Team leader Martin Cuell advised Screwfix on e-commerce.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Foot Anstey (Exeter, Plymouth)

Foot Anstey advises media and entertainment clients on licensing merchandise and brand protection. The ‘smart and thoughtful’ Martin Cuell acted for Aardman Animations on licensing its characters.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Foot Anstey (Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol)

Foot Anstey’s media practice advises clients on licensing, regulatory matters and disputes. Associate Henry Humphreys ‘genuinely understands the commercial aspects’ of media. The editorial and regulatory team is led by Tony Jaffa, who acted for Belfast News Letter in a libel case. Other clients include Warner Music and Aardman Animations.

Leading individuals

Tony Jaffa - Foot Anstey

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Foot Anstey (Bristol)

Foot Anstey assist sports clubs on venue and gambling licensing. Chris Pritchett acted for the Football Safety Officers’ Association in a dispute over the supply of policing.

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