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asb law LLP

ORIGIN TWO, 106 HIGH STREET, CRAWLEY, RH10 1BF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01293 603600
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Fax 01293 603666
DX:
57100 CRAWLEY-1
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Web:
www.asb-law.com
Crawley, Maidstone

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

asb law LLP

asb law LLP¬†provides ‚Äėtop notch, practical and commercial advice.‚Äô Helen Mead¬†heads the group, which handles acquisitions, sales and mergers, as well as restructuring of shareholdings and corporate governance issues; she is highlighted¬† for providing 'exceptional value for the high-quality legal advice and assistance provided'. The team acted for Highway¬†Care on a major¬†restructuring of its shareholding by way of the creation of new classes of shares.¬†In other work, it advised Seventeen Group on its acquisition of Westscott Insurance Brokers. Claire Williams¬†and associate Nikki Ashfield¬†focus on corporate finance and senior consultant Russell Bell¬†handles commercial and corporate matters; the trio are 'approachable and know what they‚Äôre doing'. Debbie Venn¬†focuses on commercial matters.¬†Andrew Hoad¬†joined¬†PDT Solicitors¬†in January 2018.

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South East: Dispute resolution

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

asb law LLP

asb law LLP's team handles an impressive range of large-scale disputes and while it undertakes High Court and other litigation, its expertise also extends to a range of alternative dispute resolution methods. Its work frequently involves cross-border aspects; it is acting for members of the Freight Transport Association, together with other EU counsel, forensic accountants and others, in pursuing follow-on damages claims, which arose from the EU's judgment on truck cartels. The group is appreciated for its 'detailed grasp of the facts, awareness of points of legal and commercial sensitivity as well as procedural reality'. The team is led by 'formidable litigator' Jonathan Stevens; other key lawyers include partner Nicola Billen  whose expertise includes insurance-related litigation and head of corporate relations Lyndsey Ratcliffe, who together with associate Andrew Frake 'provides very good practical and commercial advice'.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

asb law LLP

asb law LLP's banking practice 'works hard to stay up to date with all legal and local market information, which is supplemented by its excellent rapport with businesses in the Kent and Sussex areas'. Clients single out practice head Claire Williams and consultant Shaun Kelly as 'professional, knowledgeable, totally focused on ensuring the best outcome for their clients, and very keen to work closely with banks to present a team-based approach for the client'. Williams leads a team that acts for a number of major lenders, including HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, NatWest and Handelsbanken, on secured lending and acquisition finance mandates, as well as for corporates in refinancing transactions and private equity firms on acquisition financings. Recent highlights include acting for Seventeen Group on a refinancing with Clydesdale Bank to facilitate its acquisitions within the insurance sector; acting for the lender on acquisition financing provided to an insurance broker; and advising Lloyds Banking Group on a property loan and development loan to an investor and developer. Also recommended are property finance specialists Nigel Wigin and Chris Worthington, head of corporate finance Helen Mead , and Daniel Tozer.  Andrew Hoad left in December 2017 to join PDT Solicitors.

Leading individuals

Claire Williams - asb law LLP

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Tozer - 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

The team at asb law LLP is 'exceptionally knowledgeable, professional and assertive'. It handles corporate restructures and redundancies, director exits, negotiations with unions, as well as unfair dismissal, disability and sexual discrimination claims. Clients include easyJet, Markerstudy, TUI Travel and Mid Sussex District Council. The group is led by Rebecca Jorgensen , who is highlighted for being 'friendly and approachable and providing strategies, tactics and risk analysis'. She is well supported by Abigail Maino, who gets 'top marks' according to one client for being efficient and informed. Solicitor Sophia Akram joined the group in March 2017 from Wilsons and Paul Lambdin joined in October 2017 from Stevens & Bolton LLP as a senior consultant.

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South East: Insurance

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

asb law LLP

The 'highly competent and client-centered' asb law LLP is 'the pre-eminent firm in the South of England for catastrophic brain injury work', of which the 'close-knit, multi-disciplinary team' has an 'excellent understanding'; it 'offers an impressive standard of service for vulnerable and challenging clients', with 'each case being treated with the utmost respect and dedication, no matter its size'. Other focus areas include fatalities, road traffic accidents, employment liability and injuries caused by defective products. Clients recommend 'highly experienced, knowledgeable and friendly' practice lead Francis Lacy Scott and 'driven and capable' partner Jonathan Clement , as well as 'highly supportive' solicitor Victoria Hubbert . Associate and 'fantastic negotiator' Dominique Parker joined from Thomson Snell & Passmore in November 2017.

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

From its offices in Crawley and Maidstone, asb law LLP's group handles financial remedy matters, children work and wealth preservation via nuptial and cohabitation agreements for local clients including business owners. It works in conjunction with the private client team headed up by Ellen Lambert  and provides tax, trusts and property advice to its high-net-worth clients. Associates Gail Brooks, and Jackie Judd  are handling a number of contentious cases including a contested divorce where there was an attempt to remove children from the family home without consent. The well-regarded Stephen Smith joined the team from Brachers in February 2018 as a consultant.

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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

asb law LLP acts for a wide range of clients including business owners and wealthy families and individuals and is known for its experience in advising both residential and commercial property investors on tax issues. The team assists clients with complicated trusts and estates, succession and tax planning, asset protection and wills and probate matters. It works with corporate and other colleagues as needed. Ellen Lambert heads the department, Glen Miles has a focus on assisting vulnerable people, including advising on Court of Protection applications and deputyships, and associates Eleanor Gadd and Lana Fodor are other key practitioners.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

asb law LLP

Based in the firm's Maidstone and Crawley offices, the team at asb law LLP is led by Jonathan Cavell, who has notable experience advising on house building and developments. The group handles all areas of the buying, selling and leasing of property and related finance matters, as well as handling issues related to occupiers, landlords and tenants. In recent work, it acted for Castle Property Group on the acquisition of an office building where the site was  subject to restrictive covenants. It also advised Canon Europe on a complex lease renewal with an annual rent of £2.7m. Chris Worthington, Nigel Wigin, Ian Greenfield and associate Sarah Ovenden are other key practitioners.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

asb law LLP

asb law LLP is highly recommended for travel and aviation-related technology work, advising clients such as The Travel Network Group, Secret Escapes and TravelLocal. Outside this sector, the firm acts for Ascom Wireless Solutions and Canon UK. Debbie Venn heads the team and has expertise in advising on collaboration and strategic alliance arrangements, agency and distribution contracts, and manufacturing agreements, among other items. Managing partner Andrew Clinton and Lyndsey Ratcliffe are other figures of note, with Nicola Billen also a key contact for the group.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

asb law LLP

At¬†asb law LLP, practice head¬†Debbie Venn¬†has ‚Äėa wealth of knowledge‚Äô, and handles trade mark and image rights protection, among other matters, for Captive Minds. Partner¬†Nicola Billen¬†is highly regarded for disputes concerning IP infringements and domain names. Clients include Pets Corner, Macro 4 and In2action, and the team now advises new client Canon UK on a range of matters, including protecting IP rights for licensing software and hardware.

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South East: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

asb law LLP

asb law LLP's aviation practice is best known for advising on the acquisition, sale and leasing of aircraft, engines and parts, as well as drafting maintenance, repair, support, charter, ground-handling, joint venture, IT and intellectual property contracts. On the contentious side, accident and product liability claims are a particular specialism, in addition to transactional and operational aviation disputes. Air Charter Service, Avtrade and several national insurers form part of the client portfolio, with Quadrant Systems being a recent addition. During 2017, the department went through a restructure and is now able to offer alternative pricing options involving retainers, fixed fees and staged pricing, as well as business risk assessment advice. Head of aviation Alina Nosek, who specialises in transactional and commercial matters, aviation disaster consultant Tim Brymer and dispute resolution solicitor Simon Amos are the key individuals. In a recent highlight, Nosek assisted VAS Aero Services with the sale of a used engine to an Israeli company. Daniel James joined in May 2018 from Stevens & Bolton LLP.

Leading individuals

Daniel James - asb law LLP

Next generation lawyers

Simon Amos - asb law LLP

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