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Foot Anstey

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey's practice has had a marked uptick in cross-border mandates, with the firm acting for entities in the US, Portugal and Belgium, among other markets. Mark Pinder in Southampton has been instrumental in building up the firm's international practice, and has a wealth of experience of cross-border M&A work, with particular knowledge of the Middle East. The firm has core strengths in matters connected with the banking and finance, media and technology, property, infrastructure and construction, and retail and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):Mark Pinder

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 4

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey provides a full service to clients with its commercial property practice operating on a cross-office basis as one team. In Southampton, an 11-strong team has a particular focus on residential development, with clients in this space including regional and national housebuilders, as well as registered providers of affordable housing. Property portfolio management work is another area of focus, and the firm generates a significant amount of repeat work from a number of key clients; Carol Phillips is the name to note in this area. Martin Hirst is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):Martin Hirst

Work highlights

  • Acted for Berkeley Homes (Western) Limited on a complex joint venture with London and Quadrant Housing for the acquisition of a site in Reading with planning permission for 765 residential dwellings plus five commercial units where Berkeley contracted to take the freehold of the development site
  • Acted for Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern) Limited on the acquisition of the iconic former Horlicks Factory in Slough from Glaxo SmithKline (GSK).
  • Acting for new client Direct Wines on property matters, including the negotiation of a lease of a new retail space.
  • Advising Screwfix Direct Limited on the continued roll out of English trade counters.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey's highly regarded property litigation department generates repeat work from clients in the retail, technology and infrastructure and development sectors, among various others. It has had a recent increase in portfolio management mandates, and also matters relating to residential property development. Kate New, who heads up the practice in Southampton, focuses on commercial landlord and tenant issues. as well as development disputes.

Practice head(s):Kate New


'Foot Anstey is a solid, competent firm when it comes to property litigation'.

'Kate New has a practical, no nonsense approach'.

Key Clients

Beechcroft Developments Limited

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Screwfix Direct

Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern) Limited

B&Q Plc

Grass Valley (A Belden Brand)

Work highlights

  • The firm advises Screwfix on its occupational property portfolio comprising over 500 trade counter/stores.
  • The firm advised Beechcroft Developments on the determination of a joint venture development agreement, where a defaulting party sought to terminate the agreement in a manner in which it would avoid paying contractual damages owed to the client.
  • The firm advised B&Q on an urgent break notice where the landlord was looking to frustrate the break right.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey's practice is primarily focused on advising registered providers of affordable housing who are developing new homes, and the firm is particularly strong in development transactions. Team head Martin Hirst has specialist expertise in open market, mixed-use and regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):Martin Hirst

Key Clients

VIVID Housing Limited

Radian Group Limited

LiveWest Homes

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Merlin Housing Society

Coastline Housing Limited

Magna Housing Limited

Trent & Dove Housing Limited

PHA Homes Limited

Yarlington Housing Group

Ocean Housing Limited

Stonewater Limited

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Foot Anstey

The 'efficient' intellectual property team at Foot Anstey is led by national department head Paul Cox who splits his time between the firm's Southampton and Bristol offices. A key feature of the firm's south east practice is its anti-counterfeiting and brand protection work, as well as its litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):Paul Cox

Other key lawyers:Rachel Warren; Chandni Jobanputra


'The team at Foot Anstey is practical, efficient and sharp.'

'They are able to handle, manage and advise a wide range of IP related matters.'

'When we instructed the firm, Paul's leadership was instrumental in the firm being able to handle client's matter so well.'

Key Clients


Trinity Mirror/Reach Plc

University of the West of England

Lypiatt Studio (studio of the late sculptor Lynn Chadwick)

Eden Project

Royal Academy of Dance

Spectrum Collections Limited

PA Group



Work highlights

  • Acted for TOMY UK in the identification of counterfeit products coming into the UK and the seizure of the goods through HM Customs & Excise.
  • Managing the trade mark portfolio of and dealing with infringement issues.
  • Representing Spectrum Collections client in an unregistered design right infringement claim before the IPEC.
  • A member of the Intellectual Property team is seconded to the retail client one day a week to assist with general intellectual property and brand protection issues including counterfeiting matters.
  • Acting for the commercial trading entity of the Royal Academy of Dance and a dancewear manufacturer, International Dance Supplies, in IPEC proceedings relating to design right infringement in a range of RAD-licensed dance wear.
Leading individuals

Paul Cox - Foot Anstey

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