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asb law LLP

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57100 CRAWLEY-1
Crawley, Maidstone

South East: Corporate and commercial

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

asb law LLP

Claire Williams now heads the team at asb law LLP following the departure of corporate finance specialist Helen Mead to DMH Stallard LLP in April 2019. The firm offers a full range of expertise on corporate/M&A transactions together with financing, shareholding restructures and private equity. Of late, the practice has been especially active assisting longstanding clients on acquisitions and sales.

Practice head(s):Claire Williams

Other key lawyers:Daniel Tozer


'The team was friendly and helpful, flexible when circumstances became more challenging during the company sale, and overall were nice people to deal with.'


Key Clients

Shareholders of Jollyes Retail Group

Shareholders of Camberford Law

Shareholders of Clinical Trials Laboratory Services

Seventeen Group

Shareholders of Engenuity

Markerstudy Group

The Partners of St Bart’s Day Nurseries

Travelopia Holdings

Minority Venture Partners

Shareholders of Grosvenor International Systems

The Oyster Partnership Ltd

Shareholders of Ski Amis

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders on the sale to a management team, backed by Kester Capital, an independent mid-market private equity firm, with debt funding from HSBC.
  • Acted for a longstanding client on its investment into a joint venture to develop a new app for consumers with insurance technology firm RDT.
  • Advised the partners on the sale of the business and its assets to charity Action for Children.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Grosvenor International Systems to BluJay Solutions.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 2

asb law LLP

asb law LLP  handles high court litigation, arbitrations, adjudication and judicial reviews and acts for both claimant and defendants. It handles conflicts ranging from breaches of contract, insurance and outsourcing disputes to professional negligence and counts major corporates among its clients. Jonathan Stevens and Lyndsey Ratcliffe take on large-scale disputes and 'first-rate tactician' Andrew Frake is noted for expertise in dealing with contract disputes, insolvency litigation, fraud and directors’ liabilities. Hannah Lunn has joined from Stevens & Bolton LLP.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Stevens

Other key lawyers:Lyndsey Ratcliffe; Nicola Billen; Andrew Frake; Simon Amos; James Parratt; Hannah Lunn   


'They are extremely client focused and innovative.'

'Andrew Frake is calm, pragmatic and easy to get along with. He is first rate at understanding clients' commercial and tactical objectives.'

'Andrew Frake is hugely experienced and adept at reading difficult opponents and situations.'

'James Parratt is patient and careful in his analysis; always on top of the issues.'

Key Clients


British Telecommunications plc

Trimulgherry Investments

Leonard F Jollye (Brookmans Park) Limited

Thistle Aviation

Freight Transport Association

Work highlights

  • Acting in relation to a claim for professional negligence against its former solicitors.
  • Acting on behalf of BT in a high court claim bought by 24 Seven Communications, valued at £6.5m.
  • Acting on behalf of three out of eleven defendants being pursued by St Vincent for damages and breach of trust, amongst other claims.
  • Defending a number of clients in an international breach of copyright claim.
  • Acting on a claim for monies under an asset purchase agreement against three defendants as warrantors.
Next Generation Partners

Andrew Frake - asb law LLP

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

asb law LLP

asb law LLP’s corporate finance and property specialists are well versed in a wide range of refinancing and bank-funded transactions. The team also acts for non-bank clients in relation to secured and unsecured lending, and for clients making private debt finance available to businesses either on a secured or unsecured basis. The practice has an aviation finance speciality. Practice heads are Claire Williams in Maidstone and Ian Greenfield in Crawley. Associates Daniel Tozer and Jo Rovery (based in Maidstone and Crawley respectively) are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Claire Williams; Ian Greenfield

Other key lawyers:Daniel Tozer; Jo Rovery


'I have found the whole team approachable, very knowledgeable and proactive in offering solutions.'

'I have a strong relationship with the firm based on a history of exceptional service and professional relations. They appreciate the business we submit to them and this is reflected in the work we receive.'

'They do what they say they are going to do. It puts me in a strong position where I can be confident it will not be my side delaying work progressing. They are an important part of the business I conduct. Everyone is very accessible and feedback is always timely and accurate.'

'Special mention to Jo Rovery.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank


Svenska Handelsbanken

Clydesdale Bank


Seventeen Group Limited


Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of the borrower on £25m refinance of a development loan to assist in acquisition and redevelopment of a retain and leisure site.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank in connection with a purchase loan and development loan to a developer borrower.
  • Acting for Clydesdale Bank in relation to a £1.2m facility for the purpose of a share purchase by the borrower.
  • Acted for long term client and serial acquirer Seventeen Group on a  third refinancing with Clydesdale Bank.
Leading individuals

Claire Williams - asb law LLP

Rising stars

Daniel Tozer - asb law LLP

Jo Rovery - asb law LLP

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South East: Human resources

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

asb law LLP

Led by the 'standout' Rebecca Jorgensen, the asb law LLP team handles a wide range of contentious cases concerned with discrimination or redundancy issues. It also serves its clients on advisory/HR matters such as TUPE and  issues arising out of corporate reorganisations. It provides a range of training programmes for HR professionals and uses sophisticated technology to manage costs and fees.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Jorgensen


'It is a tight-knit and supportive team. They are responsive, easy to deal with and provide sound pragmatic advice.  They offer options and potential solutions, clearly explaining the benefits and risks to all. A pleasure to deal with.'

'Rebecca Jorgensen stands out as being very special. She understands our business very well and always does her best for us and helps us to see things that may not be so obvious.  She advises us on strategic options and tactics, I have utmost confidence in Rebecca.'

'Gail Brookes is a very astute lawyer but what makes her stand out from her competitors is her ability to manage difficult clients to ensure that they remain focused on achieving their objective.  She is able to see the wood for the trees and her skill is ensuring her clients do too.'

Key Clients

Leaders Romans Group Limited

Markerstudy Group

Mid Sussex District Council

Ultimate Insurance (part of the Markerstudy group of companies)

Work highlights

  • Defended a disability discrimination claim which had complex legal issues relating to jurisdiction and the status of the claimant. The claim was successfully settled.
  • Provided strategic advice in relation to the employment aspects of a high-value acquisition. Also provided strategic advice on a favourable settlement with respect to a senior exit from the business.
  • Day-to-day provision of general advice and  advised on a complex redundancy process involving an employee on maternity leave. Also advised on a TUPE transfer in relation to the award of a service contract.
  • Advised in relation to a complex restructure and redundancy situation involving a woman on maternity leave. Also provided TUPE support on a corporate deal.
  • Providing general advice and successfully settled a complex disability discrimination tribunal claim brought by an employee who remained employed throughout. Also provided strategic advice on managing the risks of unfair dismissal and discrimination claims in relation to the exit of a number of employees.

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South East: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

asb law LLP

asb law LLP brings 'a tremendous blend of knowledge, commitment and determination and pragmatism' to its personal injury work. A 'leader in brain injury work', Francis Lacy Scott focuses on catastrophic claims and brain injuries, and has secured several significant settlements in the past year. Also recommended is Jonathan Clement (formerly the head of injury at Thomson Snell & Passmore), who has two decades of experience in head and brain injury matters. Associate Dominique Parker is rated as a 'top negotiator'.

Practice head(s):Francis Lacy Scott; Jonathan Clement

Other key lawyers:Barry Osborn; Dominique Parker; Victoria Hubbert


'Jonathan Clement is a real fighter for his clients in the most difficult and borderline cases. He also has wonderful client-handling skills.'

'Francis Lacey-Scott combines his professional shrewdness with a disarming charm to great effect, in terms of client care, forging a team in which he has everyone playing to their strengths, and tickling his opponents into his hand. Working with, for, and even against Francis is an experience not to be missed.'

'Dominique Parker is a rising star whose arrival at the firm has added real strength to their offering in serious brain injury work. She is astute, wonderfully patient with troubled and anxious clients and secures excellent results.'

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a minor who suffered a major brain injury following a high-speed road traffic accident.
  • Acting on behalf of a client who requires 24-hour care following a road traffic accident.
  • Acting for a client who suffered complex brain and orthopaedic injuries following a road traffic accident.
Leading individuals

Francis Lacy Scott - asb law LLP

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South East: Private client

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

asb law LLP

asb law LLP covers all facets of famly law; financial disputes and children matters arising from relationship breakdowns. It represents high-net-worth individuals, especially business and land owners. It provides tax and corporate advice and brings in accountancy and financial advisors when required. Stephen Smith who joined in early 2018 is now co-head of the group with Gail Brooks.

Practice head(s):Stephen Smith; Gail Brooks

Other key lawyers:Jackie Judd


'Jackie Judd is a standout along with her assistant Hollie Foreman. They can convey what you did not necessarily want to hear with total honesty.'

'Associate Gail Brookes is a very astute lawyer but what makes her stand out from her competitors is her ability to manage difficult clients to ensure that they remain focused on achieving their objective.'

'I got prompt replies to queries, they always made sure I fully understood what they were saying.'

Work highlights

  • Advising clients on nuptial agreements for the beneficiaries of a multi-million pound trust.  
  • Advising a spouse in contentious children and financial proceedings and  successfully achieved a shared care order in relation to the children and a 60/40 distribution of the assets in favour of the husband and defeating a joint lives spousal maintenance claim.
  • Advising a spouse on contentious financial remedies proceedings involving a pension fund  and various other assets and investments totalling over £7m. The matter required actuarial and pension  reports.

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

asb law LLP

At asb law LLP Ellen Lambert heads the team that advises on the administration of complex trusts and estates of high-net-worth individuals and business owners. It assists on succession and tax planning with regard to the protection of assets; associate Eleanor Gadd has a focus on tax matters and succession planning, especially for business owners. Glen Miles acts for vulnerable people and their families using trusts to manage and protect wealth.

Practice head(s):Ellen Lambert

Other key lawyers:Eleanor Gadd; Glen Miles




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South East: Real estate

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

asb law LLP

asb law LLP handles a range of property-related transactions including landlord and tenant matters and related financing. The team is led by Jonathan Cavell  working with the other key team members; Chris Worthington, Nigel Robert Wigin, Ian Greenfield and associate Sarah Ovenden.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Cavell

Other key lawyers:Chris Worthington; Nigel Robert Wigin; Ian Greenfield; Sarah Ovenden

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South East: Transport

Aviation - ranked: tier 1

asb law LLP

asb law LLP hired Daniel James from Stevens & Bolton LLP in 2018. James now leads the aviation practice, which generates work from aviation insurers, aircraft parts suppliers and airlines based in the UK, Europe, Botswana and the Middle East. The team is active in transactions and contractual work, and also has a strong capability in product liability claims arising from aircraft accidents. Simon Amos is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Daniel James

Other key lawyers:Simon Amos


'asb law LLP really took the time to learn about our business and its niche operations as a smaller airline'.

'The team tailored their approach according to the structure and operations of our business'.

'asb law LLP keeps the best interests of the client at heart regardless of the size of the mandate'.

'asb law LLP made us feel like a major client despite our relatively smaller size; the team demonstrated true professionalism by treating its clients equally'.

'Alina Nosek and Daniel James worked closely with us over the years to help us successfully grow our business'.

Key Clients

Royal Aero


Air Kilroe

Air Charter Service

VAS Aero Services


Texel Air

A J Walter Aviation

Work highlights

  • Advising longstanding client Royal Aero in the sale, purchase and lease of aircraft and engines.
  • Advising longstanding client LHI Leasing in connection with one of its retail investment portfolios of aircraft engines.
  • Advising VAS Aero Services on multimillion dollar innovative agreements for aircraft components.
  • Instructed as Privy Council Agent for Bahamasair Holdings as appellant in an appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council from a decision of the Court of Appeal of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas relating to aircraft landing gear failure.
  • Assisted VAS Aero Services on the first tear down of an Airbus A380 and the subsequent consignment of the resulting parts.
Leading individuals

Daniel James - asb law LLP

Rising stars

Simon Amos - asb law LLP

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