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Woodfines LLP

SILBURY COURT, 352 SILBURY BOULEVARD, MILTON KEYNES, MK9 2AF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01908 202150
Fax:
Fax 01908 202152
DX:
54465 MILTON KEYNES
Email:
Web:
www.woodfines.co.uk
Bedford, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Sandy

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Woodfines LLP

The corporate practice at Woodfines LLP underwent several changes in 2017: Neil Gibbs was appointed practice head following Stephen Oliver 's departure to Buckles Solicitors LLP, while Martin Smith joined the Cambridge office. The practice has continued to focus on servicing the needs of its core SME client base, while growing its roster of larger corporates. It is particularly noted for its strengths in the road transport, agriculture,  public procurement, and recruitment arenas. In a highlight matter, Gibbs and Alice Wooler advised a longstanding SME client on a share sale.

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South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Woodfines LLP

Woodfines LLP  has a broad practice that includes defending health and safety and environmental offences as well as broader criminal matters and fraud. It workload includes cases ranging from historic sexual assaults and conspiracy to import prohibited firearms and ammunition to a VAT fraud and serious health and safety offences. Mike Hayward heads the team and is supported by Michelle O’Garro, who has a focus on fraud and regulatory offences, Nathan Taylor-Allkins and Jane Anderson.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 4

Woodfines LLP

Woodfines LLP's 'efficient and detailed' team is particularly rated for its 'in-depth knowledge of clients' business'. It has an extensive track record in contractual disputes, property litigation, insolvency and debt recovery, among other matters. Clients include Abigrain, Guardian Financial Services and Daisy Wholesale. Andrew Carter is the key contact.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Woodfines LLP

Clients of Woodfines LLP enjoy 'a high level of service and sound advice' from the employment team, which is headed by Andrew Buckley, who is appreciated for his 'good response times, understanding of issues, and pro-active approach'. The practice handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, from TUPE transfer issues and settlement agreements to Tribunal and civil court litigation. Buckley recently acted for 31 contract cleaners who worked for a cleaning company which sold the cleaners' services to an end user who refused to accept a TUPE transfer following the closure of its premises and refusal to contribute to the cost of the cleaners' redundancies. Buckley reached an agreement that the end user and the cleaning company would each be responsible for 50% of the monies due to the cleaners. Senior associate Maria Gallucci is noted for 'providing advice in a way that makes it easier for non-lawyers to understand and make an informed decision'.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Woodfines LLP

Woodfines LLP attracts praise for its 'practical advice and ability to meet essential deadlines'. The firm's multi-disciplinary team handles the full range of issues for rural and farming clients, from commercial, rural and agricultural land matters, to providing tax, trusts and probate advice. Key figures include agriculture and rural property head Charlotte Benjamin, who regularly handles agricultural land sales and purchases, as well as diversification matters; John Egan, who heads the family department practice and acts for high-net-worth individuals in financial claims, often involving substantial estates; and Stephen Patch, who joined the firm in 2017 from Taylor Vinters.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Woodfines LLP

Woodfines LLP handles a wide range of contentious trust and probate matters, including validity disputes and claims under the Inheritance Act; acting for beneficiaries applications to the High Court for removal of executors or trustees arising from breach of trust or non-administration of estates; and professional negligence cases related to wills and probate. Keith Jones Heads the practice and has particular expertise in professional negligence and contested will and probate claims. Hannah Johnson is also recommended.

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Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Woodfines LLP

At Woodfines LLP, John Egan handles high-net-worth financial claims and cohabitation disputes. John Leadbeater's expertise covers all divorce proceedings, high net-worth family finance cases and childcare issues. Sonia Topiwala is also recommended.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Woodfines LLP

Woodfines LLP is refocusing its personal tax practice on complex estate planning work for high-net-worth clients, following the recruitment of Stephen Patch, who joined in 2017 from Taylor Vinters and now heads the practice. He brings his expertise in tax, trust and estate planning to the practice, which includes Nigel Ashton, who has a strong focus on issues concerning mental health, particularly in the elderly; Mikhala Leak, whose expertise covers Court of Protection, wills and lasting powers of attorney, and inheritance tax planning, among other matters; and Mike Cox, who has an extensive track record in wills and probate matters.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Woodfines LLP

Woodfines LLP fields a 'highly professional outfit' that provides 'an excellent service' to its real estate clients, which include lenders, property developers and investors. The firm continued to add to its commercial property team through lateral recruitments, most recently bringing on board senior associate Suzanne Folbigg from Shoosmiths LLP, who has a strong track record handling landlord and tenant work in the retail and leisure sectors. She joins a team with wide-ranging expertise encompassing property finance, acquisitions and disposals, and development work. Practice head Sylvia Goulding acted for Parrott Development on the proposed acquisition of a development site where construction had begun but the contractor had gone bust. On the landlord and tenant front, Suzanna Stephenson acted for recruitment agency G Force Logistics on a new lease of its premises. Other key figures include Brian Bennett, Charlotte Benjamin, and senior associates Michael Roche and Veena Sharma.

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