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Furley Page Solicitors

ADMIRAL'S OFFICES, MAIN GATE ROAD, THE HISTORIC DOCKYARD, CHATHAM, ME4 4TZ, ENGLAND
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Work 01634 828277
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www.furleypage.co.uk

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Furley Page Solicitors

The team at Furley Page Solicitors is cited for looking after its clients from the early stages and throughout the growth of businesses. Clients range from entrepreneurs to internationals in sectors as diverse as automotive, real estate, education and charities. Susan Jennings' extensive experience includes M&A, joint ventures and complex commercial agreements, while  'outstanding corporate lawyer' Tony Chester includes restructurings, share buybacks, demergers and MBOs among his skills. Associate Jamie Bourne is also noted for ably running cases.

Practice head(s):Susan Jennings

Other key lawyers:Susan Jennings; Tony Chester; Jamie Bourne

Testimonials

'The corporate and commercial team are collaborative, supportive, and work seamlessly together and with others. Their cases are meticulously well prepared and they work incredibly hard for their clients. Above all, they are a huge amount of fun. I would choose them over many a well-known London firm.'

'The individuals I deal with fill me with confidence; I trust in their advice and judgement.'

'Associate Jamie Bourne provided very accurate work which was rapidly carried out.'

'Tony Chester is calm, analytical and hard working and, above all, at your right hand throughout.'

'Susan Jennings was knowledgeable and effective but she was also approachable, realistic and human which made the process easier.'

'Tony Chester stepped into a project late on and owning this from the legal perspective and effectively holding our hand until we achieved our outcome.'

'Susan Jennings is our first port of call - her experience continues to be invaluable.'

Key Clients

Geerings Limited

Magna International Inc

Grupo Antolin

Megger Group

University of Kent

Hobbs Parker

Roma Capital

Breakthrough Funding

Paul Churcher

Mobility Networks

Global Invacom

Orbital Sound

Barton Engineering

IRATA

Hellyar Plastics

Work highlights

  • Advised on the pre-sale reorganisation and subsequent multimillion-pound sale of Geerings Digital which also involved a range of other practice area advice.
  • Acting for the sellers on the £2.3m sale of the entire issued share capital of C-Mech Services to Rite-Hite UK.
  • Represented the client in its acquisition of Skyware Technologies for $3.2m and continues to provide commercial contracts advice.
  • Represented Hobbs Parker on a  complicated JV and the subsequent share sale of First Office Holdings
  • Advice and creation of a bespoke debt and equity fund raising for property development projects.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors advises on an array of commercial contract disputes including those in the construction industry; George Crofton-Martin is known for his handling of construction litigation and adjudications (he is accredited by the RICS) and professional negligence cases. Peter Hawkes undertakes High Court and County Court work and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Contentious trusts and probate are Jeremy Ferris' specialism and senior associate Deborah Geering is building a reputation for handling shareholder and partnership disputes in addition to her broader litigation work.

Practice head(s):Peter Hawkes

Other key lawyers:George Crofton-Martin; Jeremy Ferris; Deborah Geering

Key Clients

University of Kent

Kreston Reeves LLP

Strong Healthcare Ltd

The Farm Energy Partnership

GDL Construction (UK) Ltd

Whitstable Oyster Fishery Co Ltd

Canterbury Academy

Grupo Antolin Leamington Ltd

Breakthrough Funding Ltd

South Events Ltd

Venture Telecom Ltd

Goody Demolition Ltd

The Duke of York’s Roya Military School

Geerings Ltd

Cathay Cleaning Co

Mr and Mrs Johnson

Touchtec Solutions Ltd

Mr N Hornsey

The Change Organisation Ltd

Work highlights

  • Negotiated a settlement of the client’s claim in the sum of £425,000 plus costs. This was a dispute over dispute over the supply of two pharmaceutical products.
  • Obtained Judgment in respect of the client’s claim for £350,000. This was a complex and long-running construction case in which the claimant was seeking recovery of its final account, and the defendants were counterclaiming for alleged defaults.
  • Acted on a number of matters to protect the  client’s ownership of land and its ongoing operations for oyster cultivation. The land is question is valued at £12m.  
  • Successfully represented the client across five separate actions brought by an individual. The claims were in excess of £1m.
  • Acted for the client in respect of claims brought against four Defendants for misappropriation of the client’s commercial information. The matter has a value of £1.2m.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Furley Page Solicitors

The team at Furley Page Solicitors  provide a comprehensive and thorough service covering a range of corporate and personal insolvency matters. The team has a particular emphasis on clients in the manufacturing and construction sector. The 'well-seasoned' and 'highly intelligent' Peter Hawkes  leads the team.

Practice head(s):Peter Hawkes

Testimonials

'A fantastic boutique disputes and commercial solicitors practice - one of the best performing practices in the South East.'

'Furley Page provides a comprehensive service that covers a wide array of specialities.'

'Peter Hawkes is an extremely experienced practitioner and has a wealth of knowledge in commercial dispute resolution and is a go-to name in the South East market.'

 

'Peter Hawkes is a well-seasoned and highly intelligent solicitor. He has an excellent understanding of the law and procedure and is a great person to bounce ideas off.'

 

Key Clients

University of Kent

Kreston Reeves LLP

Strong Healthcare Ltd

The Farm Energy Partnership

GDL Construction (UK) Ltd

Whitstable Oyster Fishery Co Ltd

Canterbury Academy

Grupo Antolin Leamington Ltd

Breakthrough Funding Ltd

South Events Ltd

Venture Telecom Ltd

Goody Demolition Ltd

The Duke of York’s Roya Military School

Geerings Ltd

Cathay Cleaning Co

Mr and Mrs Johnson

Touchtec Solutions Ltd

Mr N Hornsey

The Change Organisation Ltd

Work highlights

  • Dealing with opposing bankruptcy proceedings for a client in the advertising/promotion  industry.
  • Advising in relation to a potential claim by a commercial ventilation system supplier for sums incorrectly paid to liquidator and a potential claim against the client.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors  is known for its specialism in the education and charity sectors - providing the full range of HR support and handling contentious cases. Andrew Masters can handle large-scale redundancy, restructuring and TUPE and discrimination cases and he is also a workplace mediator. Senior associate Amanda Okill also takes on the full range of employment matters and provides in-house training on HR issues.

Practice head(s):Andrew Masters

Other key lawyers:Amanda Okil

Testimonials

'The firm delivers a very high quality of service and manages to run a very effective HR training programme alongside its core business. This has enabled them to get to know our HR personnel well, which further strengthens our working relationship.  Very much a people-based, friendly and supportive firm.'

'Andrew Maters and Amanda Okil are consummate professionals. Andrew is never too busy to take a call and will always provide sound, pragmatic and accurate advice. He also knows the independent education sector extremely well which adds weight to his opinion.'

Key Clients

University of Kent

Dean & Chapter of Canterbury

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School

The Brett Group

Kent College, Canterbury

The Dover Federation for the Arts Multi Academy Trust

Demelza House Hospice Care for Children

Swale Borough Council

Maidstone Borough Council

St Lawrence College

Work highlights

  • Advised the client during industrial action taken by the University and College Union.
  • Advised a client in a serious disciplinary dispute with a senior teacher.
  • Defended a client in respect of an age discrimination claim.
  • Defended a client in an Employment Tribunal disability claim.

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South East: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Furley Page Solicitors

Kent-based Furley Page Solicitors handles a wide range of matters related to road traffic accidents, sports injuries and public liability claims, and also has experience in acting on matters involving the Human Rights Act. Recent work includes securing a £1.2m settlement for a client who had a road traffic accident. 'Outstanding' practice head Neille Ryan's specialisms lie in industrial disease and personal injury compensation claims. Chartered legal executive Robert Harvey is also a key member of the team and handles a variety of personal injury matters.

Practice head(s):Neille Ryan

Other key lawyers:Robert Harvey

Testimonials

'Neille Ryan is a hard-working and astute claimant personal injury lawyer'

'The team is well-known in the region for providing excellent client service. This is how a team should be'

'Ryan's negotiations skills are breath-taking'

Key Clients

University of Kent

National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers

Abbey Legal Protection

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors’ team has long-established links with the agricultural sector, covering a comprehensive range of rural property work, including the sale, purchase, letting and refinancing of agricultural land and rural estates, but also tax planning advice and associated business restructuring work. The team has been particularly engaged on development work and other forms of agricultural diversification, such as land promotion agreements and other residential development opportunities. Ethan Desai, who was made partner in May 2019, heads the practice. Senior associate Darren Philpot, who joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish in January 2019, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Ethan Desai

Other key lawyers:Darren Philpot

Testimonials

'Great availability, staff always endeavour to respond quickly and efficiently with the right level of expertise available for any situation. Ability to turn round work is second to none'.

'Exceptional ability to grasp the commerciality of a deal and work out what are and what are not important issues the client must be aware of. Excellent communication with the ability to communicate complex problems to other professionals and lay people alike'.

'The ability to advise on a wide range of issues. Good advice and value for money'.

'Approachable and clear thinking. Succinct advice'.

'A wide breadth of knowledge in agricultural and rural matters. Most helpful with guidance and assistance in securing funding for business diversification'.

'Ethan Desai is comfortably within the excellent category'.

Key Clients

GH Dean & Co Ltd

Edward Vinson Ltd

H Mount & Sons Ltd

HW Snape & Sons

J Wanstall & Sons

Street End Estate

SW Mount & Sons

Incredible Eggs South East Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for GH Dean & Company on the sale of  a residential development site with planning permission for up to 600 dwellings.
  • Acted for Fletcher Challenge Forest Industries on its sale of an 8 acre business park.
  • Acted for GH Dean & Company on its acquisition of 400 acres of agricultural land.
Next Generation Partners

Ethan Desai - Furley Page Solicitors

Rising stars

Darren Philpot - Furley Page Solicitors

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

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors practice head Aaron Spencer advises on the formation of charitable incorporated organisations, charitable trusts and assists trustees on governance and best practice. Nicholas Andrews has a niche specialty within the almshouse sector. Tony Chester assists with the corporate aspects such as charity mergers, amendments of object clauses and articles and preparation of asset transfer agreements.

Practice head(s):Aaron Spencer

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Andrews; Tony Chester

Key Clients

Royal Engineers Charities

Eastbridge Hospital

Canterbury Relief in Need

The Almshouse Charity of Wynn Ellis

Prince of Wales Youth Club

Work highlights

  • Assisting family members with the creation and the setting up of The Edward Showler Foundation.
  • Advising the Simon Langton schools' trust on the purchase of land and compliance with the requirements of The Charity Act.

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Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 4

Furley Page Solicitors

Rayma Collins heads an 'excellent' team at Furley Page Solicitors which undertakes the full scope of finance and children matters arising from relationship breakdowns. It frequently deals with cases where assets and pensions are based in foreign jurisdictions and the 'highly recommended' collaborative lawyer Naomi Hayward takes on both financial and children cases for high-net-worth clients.

Practice head(s):Rayma Collins

Other key lawyers:Naomi Hayward

Testimonials

'An excellent team who made me feel valued as a client from the outset and  throughout the process.'

'I had the good fortune to be working with Rayma Collins who had a grasp of the complex issues which a previous firm I used was struggling with.  Rayma has excellent recall for all the details of the case and was more than a match for the manoeuvres of the opposing solicitors.  Her sense of humour helped a great deal in providing a calming influence during some stressful times.'

'Naomi Hayward was incredibly helpful and responsive to all the questions and concerns I had. She has guided me through the separation, mediation and court processes. She is a true professional and incredibly knowledgeable in all relevant legal matters.'

 

Work highlights

  • Acting in a complex and high-value financial remedy case involving a successful business.
  • A collaborative case which was settled successfully, where there were a number of complications including pension and related tax issues.
  • Represented the client in a very contentious divorce and financial remedy case. A final settlement was achieved at a Private FDR.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors has a varied client roster including well-known individuals, land owners and lottery winners and also has offers specialist advice on French property and succession cases, a dedicated team focusing purely on trust administration and tax, and an in-house qualified accountant.  Aaron Spencer handles asset and tax planning. Senior associate Joshua Williams leads the private client work at the Whitstable office and Melanie Christodoulu's work includes working with Finders International genealogists on intestacy cases.

Practice head(s):Aaron Spencer

Other key lawyers:Joshua Williams; Melanie Christodoulu

Testimonials

'They are consistently professional, efficient, knowledgeable and approachable. The lawyers I dealt with showed considerable sensitivity and awareness, I felt that I could trust them to work in my best interests at a very difficult time.'

'Aaron Spencer is extremely knowledgeable, approachable, efficient and friendly.'

'Melanie Christodoulu is a young lawyer who shows outstanding promise. She is thorough, efficient and reliable. She takes the time to explain everything clearly.  She is very approachable and a pleasure to deal with.'

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors assists multi-national companies in addition to its strong regional connections. It serves its developer, landowner and investor clients in a host of sectors and also counts educational establishments and Local Authorities as clients. Team head, Jeremy Licence includes land promotion agreements and development work in his expertise and Ethan Desai heads the rural and agricultural team. The 'outstanding' associate Simon Stempien is a valued team member and Rupert Cox joined in May 2018 from Brachers.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Licence

Other key lawyers:Liz Brady; Ethan Desai; Simon Stempien

Testimonials

'A thoroughly professional team and great customer care.'

'The team has a very responsive nature and a detailed breadth of knowledge in all types of property matters and a reputation for getting deals concluded in a timely and professional manner, whilst actively ensuring all is in the best interests of the client. This is something hard to find in other law firms of their size.'

'They offer a seamless, comprehensive expert service at every stage.'

'Jeremy Licence and Ethan Desai have provided excellent advice and service.'

'Simon Stempien is outstanding. He inspires confidence with his knowledge and grasp of the issues and his ability to explain these and find solutions. He has a wide knowledge of local resources and services and is able to offer practical assistance in signposting to other professional services which may be required.'

'Catherine Wolstenhome offers great customer support, is knowledgeable and always on hand to answer our concerns and offer sound advice, I trust her completely.'

'Tony Chester is very professional, friendly and made the whole process engaging -  highly recommended.'

Key Clients

University of Kent

Canterbury Christ Church  University

Day Lewis PLC/QH Estates /ABC Drugstores

Trevor Heathcote LLP

G H Dean & Co

Stema Shipping

Grupo Antolin Uruasa SA

Barretts of Canterbury

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

Murston Construction

Countrystyle Group

John Parker & Sons

Foxwood Maclean Estate Agents

FDC Homes

Cinque Port Street Developments

East Kent Spacial Development Company

Svenska Handelsbanken ab

Whitstable Oyster Company

Work highlights

  • Represented a corporate developer client in the acquisition of an ex-industrial site in London for circa £12m.
  • Assisted the client on the purchase of two adjacent development sites conditional on planning for a housing development which had an estimated development value in excess of £16m.
  • Represented the client on its relocation which involved a licence for alterations in addition to a lease.
  • Represented the client on the purchase of the assets of the Seasalter Shellfish Company. The matter concerned the acquisition of  a significant section of sea front.
  • The team is negotiating a condition contract for the sale of land subject to planning permission. The permission relates to the land to be sold and the retained land and a proposed residential development, a transaction valued at  £2m.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors's client roster includes real estate investors, educational institutions, builders, landowners and farmers. Noted for its 'good all-round landlord and tenant knowledge', the firm handles contentious lease renewal, dilapidation claims and breach of covenant cases. It also represents private landowners in right of way disputes, boundary disputes and land access and residential possession cases. The 'communicative, clear and honest' Jeremy Ferris has recently taken over leadership of the practice.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Ferris

Testimonials

'I received superb service from this well-established firm'.

'The team's strength lies in its in-depth expertise and attention to detail. It is very efficient and always provides a practical and commercially-minded service'.

'The firm has the ability to call upon colleagues within the firm who specialise in different practice area that may be needed as a case progresses'.

'Able to take clients who have limited or no knowledge of the law through the various options, explaining legal jargon where necessary, enabling them to make informed choices'.

'The thoroughness and timely communication of Furley Page has not been matched by the other firms I have worked with'

'Confident in their knowledge of the relevant law'.

'Jeremy Ferris is communicative, clear, honest and shows empathy from the very beginning; he cuts through the jargon with advice that is concise and to the point'.

'Jeremy Ferris has the rare combination of strong technical understanding of real property matters and a tactful approach when dealing with clients'.

'Jeremy Ferris is very efficient and a pleasure to work with due to his commercial mind and ability to quickly grasp complex'.

'I would strongly recommend Sarah Woolnough for litigation'.

Key Clients

University of Kent

Day Lewis plc

Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company

Barretts of Canterbury Ltd

Robert Brett & Sons Ltd – The Brett Group

ABC Drugstore Ltd

Total Dentalcare Limited

Metropole (Folkestone) Limited

London Borough of Wandsworth

H R Bell Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a client - as the owner of apartment in former Manor House in Devon - on land that was mistakenly not transferred to him at purchase.
  • Advised H R Bell Limited as landlord on the enforcement of tenant covenants at commercial premises.
  • Acted for Total Dentalcare in dispute with Landlord, which involved lease renewal proceedings and claim for dilapidations.
  • Advised a landowning charitable organisation on removal of squatter from open land.
  • Advising a village parish council on application to Land registry for adverse possession of access track.

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