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Furley Page Solicitors

39 ST MARGARET'S STREET, CANTERBURY, CT1 2TX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01227 763 939
Fax:
Fax 01227 762 829
DX:
5301 CANTERBURY
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Web:
www.furleypage.co.uk
Canterbury, Chatham, London, Whitstable

South East: Corporate and commercial

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

Furley Page Solicitors (Canterbury, Chatham)

The team at Furley Page Solicitorsis very helpful and down-to-earth in its responses and attitude’. Noted for its expertise in handling M&A work, outsourcing projects and joint ventures, the team advised Megger Group on its acquisition of Seba and assisted R&M Clarkson on its purchase of Ashgood Fire Protection Specialists and Multi-Alarm Systems. It also advised Vardis International on its reorganisation, which involved the drafting of new shareholder agreements and establishing a new holding company. Grupo Antolin and Breakthrough Funding are also clients. Head of team Susan Jenningsis responsive and has impressive corporate knowledge’. Commercial contracts expert Tony Chester, who was promoted to partner in May 2016, is another key contact.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 4

Furley Page Solicitors (Canterbury)

Furley Page Solicitorscarries out substantial litigation and adjudication with the skill of a much larger law firm’. The team has expertise in data protection matters, joint venture disputes and high-value damages claims. It represented Global Invacom in a £1.8m contract dispute with the client’s sub-contractor concerning the manufacture of BskyB satellite dishes. Other clients include Cardy Design, Grupo Antolin and Breakthrough Funding. Head of dispute resolution Peter Hawkes is noted for his ‘commercial wisdom and ability to think laterally’. He is ably supported by George Crofton-Martin, who ‘is excellent and takes time to understand the client’s needs’.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 4

Furley Page Solicitors (Chatham)

Furley Page Solicitors attracts praise for its ‘great knowledge of the industry’. It represented an individual in a dispute with a former business associate to collect debts arisen from an unpaid loan. Other areas of expertise include property debt recovery such as rent and service charge arrears as well as international commercial debt collection. Senior partner Peter Hawkes now heads the team following the departure of senior associate and former practice head Richard Ludlow to Francis Wilks & Jones. Also recommended are Natasha Biggs, who ‘gives clients real confidence’ and ‘has a strong knowledge of the law’; George-Crofton Martin; and legal adviser Alex Hargrove.

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South East: Finance

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

Furley Page Solicitors (Canterbury, Chatham)

At Furley Page Solicitors, the insolvency and corporate recovery team is now led by the head of dispute resolution Peter Hawkes in Chatham, following the departure of Richard Ludlow to Francis Wilks & Jones in August 2016. Together with solicitor Natasha Biggs and Canterbury-based litigator George Crofton-Martin, he advises on corporate insolvencies, notably in the construction, hospitality and consultancy sectors. The team is also experienced in the annulment of personal insolvencies. Recent highlights include Crofton-Martin’s advice to Cardy Construction regarding the company’s turnaround prior to the appointment of administrators worth £18m. Hawkes represented joint venture partner Waydale Developments during the £18m administration of a residential development project, which included defending claims against the company and directors. The department gained a number of new clients in the above-mentioned industries.

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South East: Human resources

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

Furley Page Solicitors (Canterbury)

Furley Page Solicitors provides an ‘excellent, personalised service’. Recent contentious work includes representing the Duke of York’s Royal Military School (DOYRMS) in an employment tribunal case where a former employee claimed unfair dismissal after whistleblowing. Non-contentious work highlights included advising George Hammond on the employment aspects of the divestment of its port services division to Dover Harbour Board, which involved TUPE transfers, trade union negotiations and individual employee settlements. Other clients include the University of Kent, Grupo Antolin and Brett Group. Department head Andrew Mastersis very attentive to clients and has excellent attention to detail’; he specialises in advising education sector clients on HR issues and employment disputes and is assisted by senior associate Amanda Okill, who is an expert in Equality Act breaches.

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South East: Insurance

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

Furley Page Solicitors (Canterbury)

In personal injury, the ‘excellent and well-respected firmFurley Page Solicitors ensures a ‘trouble-free service and genuine client care’. Team lead Neille Ryan works out of the Canterbury and Thames Gateway offices and ‘has wide-ranging experience in personal injury law, covering the more usual cases as well as niche and cross-over areas such as abuse and state-failing claims’. Both he and chartered legal executive Ross Rowland are ‘easy to deal with, polite and civil’. The lawyers handle industrial disease claims as well as road traffic accidents, slips and trips, work accidents, injuries involving animals, product liability, occupiers’ liability, accidents at sea and Human Rights Act claims. Chartered legal executive Robert Harvey brings additional experience in holiday claims and sports injuries. He represented a painter and decorator who fell off a defectively positioned ladder which did not have a risk assessment undertaken; the case settled for £485,000. Harvey also advised a claimant on a liability claim against a food company involving one of its soup products.

Next generation lawyers

Robert Harvey - Furley Page Solicitors

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors (Canterbury)

The ‘reliable’ group at Furley Page Solicitors acts for a mix of landed estates, charities and investors, and has significant renewable energy and development expertise. Senior associate Ethan Desai heads the practice, having joined the firm in January 2016 from Blake Morgan LLP; Desai specialises in rural property and development work, and recently advised St Nicholas Court Farms on its £5m purchase of a commercial arable holding in East Kent. In another highlight, the ‘highly knowledgeable’ Christopher Wacher assisted G H Dean & Company with various legal agreements regarding the installation of an 18MV solar array.

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

Furley Page Solicitors (Canterbury)

Furley Page Solicitors’ team provides ‘prompt and pragmatic advice’, and is ‘consistently up to date with current developments within the sector’, advising charities on all aspects of their operations including start-up, governance, employment and tax matters and commercial disputes. Highlights included advising The Sir Roger Manwood Trust on the development of new almshouses in Canterbury, acting for longstanding client Maynard & Cotton’s Almshouse on all aspects of its governance and management, and advising The Whitstable Non-Ecclesiastical Charities on the management of nine properties. Practice head Aaron Spencerhas great experience in the sector’ and is ‘backed up by an excellent team’, which also includes employment lawyer Amanda Okill, corporate practitioner Tony Chester and Nicholas Andrews, who specialises in almshouse charities.

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

Furley Page Solicitors (Canterbury, Whitstable, Chatham)

The ‘extremely knowledgeable and client-focused’ team at Furley Page Solicitors regularly advises on matters relating to the Inheritance Act, Court of Protection applications and trust management. High-value estate administration is a key area of the practice, which is also adept at handling international private client matters involving offshore assets and non-domiciled tax issues. The ‘professional and empatheticHarvey Barrett leads the team, which includes solicitor Alexandra Gordon, who ‘is knowledgeable, engaging and is able to put across information in an easily digestible manner’. Also recommended are senior solicitor Nicola Hopper (who ‘has a calm and considered approach’), Aaron Spencer, vulnerable client head Nicola August and Sarah Bogard.

Next generation lawyers

Alexandra Gordon - Furley Page Solicitors

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South East: Real estate

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

Furley Page Solicitors (Canterbury)

Furley Page Solicitorsis a good regional practice with several very capable commercial property lawyers’. Acquisitions and disposals, property finance and site development matters are all mainstays of the practice, which advises lenders, purchasers and sellers. The team advised Canterbury City Council on the creation of a new lease for multiple buildings let to the White Friars Canterbury Unit Trust, which involved advising on rent reviews. It is also advising five trustees of existing sports clubs on a new mixed-use facility in Herne Bay being constructed by Redrow Homes. Grupo Antolin, John Parker & Son and Stema Shipping are also clients. Practice head Jeremy Licence and Andrew Gough handle secured lending and planning matters, respectively; they are recommended alongside development agreement expert Liz Brady, who ‘is very experienced, highly skilled and attentive’.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors (Canterbury)

Furley Page Solicitors acts for a range of commercial landlords, developers, landowners and private individuals and regularly handles disputes related to lease renewals, rights of way, dilapidations and breaches of covenant. Practice head David Hall’s expertise includes business lease renewals, tenant default and insolvency issues; Hall recently represented Charles Knowles in a breach of covenant and unlawful assignment claim related to a tenant who took occupation of a property without the consent of the landlord, and also acted for The Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company in a matter regarding a coastal duty imposed on the Secretary of State.

Leading individuals

David Hall - Furley Page Solicitors

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