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Gotelee Solicitors

31-41 ELM STREET, IPSWICH, IP1 2AY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01473 211121
Fax:
Fax 01473 230387
DX:
3220 IPSWICH
Email:
Web:
www.gotelee.co.uk

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Ipswich
Corporate and commercial: Ipswich - ranked: tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors

Gotelee Solicitors has a strong regional corporate and commercial practice that is centred on its Ipswich office. It acts for SMEs and large corporates in local, regional and national matters. Max Harnden leads the practice and has 30 years' experience in corporate and commercial work. His recent highlights include handling the sale of two companies involved in the manufacture and sale of orthotics, and acting in a joint venture agreement for a management company in relation to the operation of a substantial market trading site in London. The 'excellent, very responsive' Petra Sharp is the other partner in the practice and has 16 years' experience in this field of law. She was the principal adviser to a client that acquired a nursery business based in East Anglia to add to a growing portfolio of nurseries. She also acted for a client in the healthcare sector in the purchase of a number of GP practices where the existing GPs had chosen to exit their primary care contracts. Solicitor Laura Gray, who specialises in  advising owner-managed and SME businesses, is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Max Harnden - Gotelee Solicitors

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East Anglia: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors

One client of Gotelee Solicitors  remarks that 'the personal quality of the service the firm offers makes it stand out amongst its competitors'. Practice head Hugh Rowland has extensive experience in criminal and regulatory matters, including the defence of fraud and false representation claims. Howard Catherall is recommended for fraud cases arising from Trading Standards and HMRC investigations into the importation of goods from outside the EU.

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Gotelee Solicitors

Gotelee Solicitors provides 'a bespoke criminal defence service, with the emphasis on quality rather than quantity'. Partner Hugh Rowland has been with the firm for more than 30 years and clients describe him as 'measured, accurate and utterly dependable; he is trusted by clients who recognise the importance of those qualities'. 'He charmingly knocks the prosecution down', remarks one barrister who notes that the whole practice is 'outstanding in East Anglia'. He recently secured the acquittal of a professional man indicted for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and defeated an application for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for another client. The 'calm, engaging and very clever' Howard Catherall is recommended for motoring law and transport-related cases.

Leading individuals

Hugh Rowland - Gotelee Solicitors

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors

At Gotelee Solicitors, veteran litigator Hugh Rowland leads the licensing practice, which focuses largely on contentious matters. As part of his dispute resolution practice he has also developed a niche specialism in handling liquor licensing applications, transfers and variations for SME clients. His recent work included acting for the owner of a local business who faced accusations of licensing and animal welfare offences. The case was discontinued. Another case saw him successfully secure a licence for the owner of new business premises despite opposition from the police and local councillors.

Leading individuals

Hugh Rowland - Gotelee Solicitors

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East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Ipswich
Commercial litigation: Ipswich - ranked: tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors

The dispute resolution practice at Gotelee Solicitors  has a highly respected practice for commercial contract and partnership disputes, and judicial reviews as well as contentious matters arising from online trading and data protection issues. It also has niched expertise in the litigation in the transport sector thanks to the vastly experienced Howard Catherall, who also handles a wider portfolio of high-value commercial disputes, some of which are cross-border in nature. The practice is led by Victoria Spellman, whose excels in matters relating to the technology sector, including e-commerce, and is a recognised expert in data protection law. Legal executive Laura Reed also plays a key role in the firm's commercial litigation and debt recovery practice. The firm recently acted for overseas investors in a group action claim for mis-selling against parties in England and France.

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors

Clients of Gotelee Solicitors¬†are¬†'very pleased with response times and the team‚Äôs depth of knowledge; the lawyers are very thorough, and good at understanding business needs and following up with appropriate action'. The firm is seen as having one of the most prominent employment practices in Ipswich, though it supports clients from across East Anglia in business immigration,¬†TUPE matters, settlement agreements, contracts, policies, disciplinary hearings, discrimination cases, employment tribunals and much more.¬†Andrew West¬†leads the practice and is a regular advocate in tribunals, as well as handling employment issues that arise in corporate transactions. He recently acted for a large local employer in a complex disability discrimination grievance. Consultant¬†Brian Morron¬†has more than 30 years' experience as an employment law specialist and until recently sat as a tribunal judge. Business immigration and employment law specialist Marie Allen¬†is ‚Äėpatient, knowledgeable and good at looking ahead at possible problems that may occur'.

Leading individuals

Andrew West - Gotelee Solicitors

Brian Morron - Gotelee Solicitors

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors

Veteran litigator Hugh Rowland at Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich has more then 30 years' experience in health and safety law and he has developed a niche practice in both defending and prosecuting enforcement matters. He is 'measured, accurate, utterly dependable and trusted by clients' and one client notes that he 'instils confidence, calmness and trust at a most difficult and stressful time'. As well as a busy caseload of defending HSE, local authority and police investigations and prosecutions, he also handles private prosecutions: trading standards matters and Environment Agency claims.

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East Anglia: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors

Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich is a member of the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers and has a client base that extends far beyond East Anglia. Last year, it represented numerous bereaved families who lost relatives as a result of failings in the mental health services across Norfolk, Suffolk and North East Essex, and it acted for a large number of children who suffered catastrophic hypoxic birth injuries at local hospitals. It handles complex and technically demanding cases, which last year included securing substantial damages for a bereaved client whose wife took her own life whilst an inpatient at a secure mental health facility in North Essex. Practice head Tim Humpage has 23 years' experience in clinical negligence cases and is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel. Partner and former nurse Diana Infanti specialises in high-value, complex cases including Fatal Accident Act claims, delayed cancer diagnosis and mental health claims. Also recommended are legal executives Chris Moffat, who like Humpage is an APIL Clinical Negligence specialist, and Sian Mullane, who is an APIL senior litigator.

Leading individuals

Tim Humpage - Gotelee Solicitors

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors

Gotelee Solicitors is 'up there amongst the very best firms in this practice area in East Anglia', according to one barrister.  The firm handles elder abuse claims, sexual abuse claims involving local authorities, stress at work cases, claims of neglect and wrongful death against public bodies, mesothelioma and asbestos-related claims as well as fast-track RTA and employer's liability matters. James Davies  is the lead partner and as part of his broad PI practice he excels in niche areas of injury law such as sexual abuse. He also has an exclusive relationship with a charity in Suffolk and other organisations that specialise in helping historical child abuse victims, with whom he works to bring civil and CICA claims. Associate Stevan Stratton  is 'excellent with lay clients - very approachable, empathetic and caring; he fights his client's case fearlessly and tenaciously, often beating the other side into submission with the well-reasoned, on-point arguments'. Clinical negligence specialists Tim Humpage and Diana Infanti also play a role in the firm's PI cases.

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East Anglia: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors

Gotelee Solicitors is seen by many as having one of the foremost family law departments in Ipswich, though it also supports clients across Suffolk thanks to its presence in Woodbridge, Hadleigh and Felixstowe. Practice head Helen Stuart has more than 20 years' experience in advising high-net-worth clients on divorces, particularly in cases where the primary asset is a family-run business. She recently represented a local business owner in protracted divorce negotiations. For ten years, Stuart has also sat as as a part-time Deputy District Judge in East Anglia, which has seen her frequently attend the Divorce Unit in Bury St Edmunds, which processes divorce petitions for the whole of the South-East of England. Key partner Ivana Radovic, who works from both the Ipswich and Hadleigh offices, is secretary of the local Resolution Group and the Suffolk & North Essex Law Society. She is now a trained mediator. Associate Samantha Markham , who is a committee member of the local Resolution Group, is also recommended for divorce, children and financial cases.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Ipswich
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Ipswich - ranked: tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors

Gotelee Solicitors has a highly experienced private client partner in STEP member Peter Crix, who has more than 30 years' experience in this area of law. Crix recently took over the role of senior parter but remains closely involved in fee earning and continues his role as trustee of numerous and substantial trusts including a landed estate in Yorkshire, a portfolio of residential properties in London and a multimillion-pound fund for a disabled beneficiary. Associate Karine Jowitt is also recommended.

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Ipswich
Commercial property: Ipswich - ranked: tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors

Gotelee Solicitors has a commercial property practice with three experienced partners that handles a busy caseload for corporate clients both in Suffolk and London. Practice head Martin Whitworth frequently acts for landowners and developers in the sale and purchase of land and buildings for development. Catherine Abbott handles both commercial and agricultural property work, which includes development projects, sales and acquisitions and landlord and tenant matters. She also advises advising SIPPs and other pension funds on commercial property acquisitions and management. She recently acted for a client in the healthcare sector in the acquisition of a portfolio of registered and unregistered freehold and leasehold properties with complicating factors relating to deceased and absent owners, funding and partnership. Partner Oliver Ray is also recommended.

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Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia
Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia - ranked: tier 3

Gotelee Solicitors

A substantial part of the private client team at Gotelee Solicitors is now located in Felixstowe and Woodbridge, though the practice calls on significant expertise in the Ipswich office to serve a broad client base across Suffolk. Partner Matthew Boast in Felixstowe has 20 years' experience in wills, tax planning, probate, estate administration and powers of attorney. Nicola Weldon is now in the Woodbridge office, following its merger with the Melton office, and is highly recommended for tax planning, trusts, wills, estate administration and Court of Protection matters. Legal executive Rachel Dawson is also recommended for private client matters.

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East Anglia: Transport

Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping - ranked: tier 1

Gotelee Solicitors

The practice at Gotelee Solicitors  is 'excellent, always a pleasure to work with, by reason of the skill and experience of their solicitors, and the dedicated high quality of their preparation', says one barrister. 'The firm's ethos is one of rigorous professionalism and an intensely thoughtful approach to achieving the best outcome for their clients', he adds. The firm has the only recognised road transport practice with an office in Felixstowe, and it frequently advises transport and logistics clients on trade through the Port of Felixstowe. Practice head Howard Catherall is 'an extremely tough and decisive lawyer beneath a calm and engaging exterior; he really is the solicitor you want when the going gets rough, he never panics and he gives his clients clear and hard-headed advice'. Litigator Hugh Rowland is 'an elegant and highly intelligent lawyer' and he excels in regulatory matters. Catherall assisted a national trade association with its preparations for the HMRC's regulation of fulfilment houses. Stephen Brown left the firm to become a supply chain consultant.

Leading individuals

Howard Catherall - Gotelee Solicitors

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