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Woodfines LLP

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Woodfines is a highly respected full-service firm, with offices in Bedford, Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Sandy. It is a leading player in the region, applying a forward-thinking approach and providing creative legal solutions to meet the individual needs of its clients.

The firm: Woodfines has enjoyed significant growth in recent years but remains true to its traditional core values of providing high-quality legal services at good value for money. The merger with long-established Cambridge practice Ginn & Co, in October 2013, has further strengthened the firm’s presence in East Anglia.

The firm’s client base ranges from large organisations and PLCs to independent owner-managed businesses and high-net-worth private clients.

Woodfines is known for its expertise in transport law and its specialist teams are highly regarded for their corporate and commercial, litigation, real estate, agriculture, employment, private client, and crime and regulatory work.

Types of work undertaken:Corporate and commercial: the highly experienced commercial department provides a full range of services, including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint venture agreements, commercial agreements, public procurement, franchise and general intellectual property work.

Commercial property: the firm is well-known for handling complex property transactions; the team covers all aspects of commercial property, including funding, acquisitions, disposals and all landlord and tenant issues. It also has expertise in dealing with development and planning promotion agreements, and has continued to recruit experienced commercial property solicitors.

Employment: the firm’s employment team has a reputation for being proactive, encouraging businesses to protect themselves against data theft and misuse, the stealing of IP, disclosure and unlawful competition, while also delivering a highly respected service across all employment law issues. The team deals with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, acting principally on behalf of employers.

Litigation and dispute resolution: the firm’s sizeable team has five distinct practice areas: commercial litigation, landlord and tenant, contentious probate, personal injury and clinical negligence.

Crime and regulatory: the firm’s crime and regulatory department is very well respected. Its team members are experts in health and safety and environmental regulatory issues, and continue to handle heavyweight criminal matters. Among a number of other high-profile cases, the department has recently acted for a client in the European Court of Justice.

Road transport: led by highly respected transport solicitor Mike Hayward, Woodfines’ road transport team is seen as one of the best in the country. One of only six firms appointed nationally to represent the DVSA in prosecuting serious cases, it also represents a wide range of operators and drivers at public inquiries and courts. The firm is also a member of the Freight Transport Association and the Confederation of Passenger Transport.

Agriculture: the firm’s agriculture team has extensive experience handling all agricultural matters, including partnership agreements, inheritance issues, business tenancies, and the sale and acquisition of farming and agribusiness land. It also provides specialist support for rural diversification across the region.

Private client: Woodfines provides a wide range of services for private individuals, including specialist services for the elderly and disabled, expert advice in complex trust matters and Court of Protection cases. The team includes an Office of the Public Guardian-appointed Panel Deputy, one of only 68 in the UK, in Nigel Ashton and has recently recruited Stephen Patch as a partner to strengthen and expand the department. The firm also has a very capable and highly regarded team that is developing a reputation for contested probate.

Family: the family department has two main practice areas: divorce and separation and care work. The team handles a wide variety of high-profile cases, advising on complex cases involving overseas jurisdictions. The team has recruited a new partner, Clare Pilsworth, for the Cambridge office.

Woodfines offers a highly capable, personal service, while retaining real commercial weight and expertise for organisations of all sizes.

Breakdown of work %Commercial 12
Real estate 27
Litigation 12
Employment 6
Crime 5
Family 10
Wills and probate 25
Regulatory 3

Number of UK partners (including consultants) 23

Number of other UK fee-earners 47

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