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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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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 (Crawley, Maidstone)

asb law LLP’s ‘personal, professional and competitive’ team has a fine reputation in the market for M&A work, corporate restructurings and regulatory matters and regularly acts for clients in the finance, aviation and travel industries. It advised the shareholders of Big Box Self Storage on the company’s £110m acquisition by US-based StorageMart, as well as assisting YFM Private Equity with its £5.4m funding for the management buyout of Ferrabyrne, which involved negotiating the share purchase agreement. In another highlight the team assisted BackOffice Associates with its £5m acquisition of Comprise, including drafting the documentation and handling the conversion of UK loan notes into UK stock. Other clients include HSBC, Condor Gold and Air Charter Service. Acquisitions expert Helen Mead leads the team, which features equity investment specialist Claire Williams, who ‘is a truly trusted adviser’; Andrew Hoad, who focuses on private equity matters; and commercial contracts specialist Debbie Venn.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 3

asb law LLP (Crawley, Maidstone)

Aviation sector disputes, contractual matters and professional negligence claims are some of the key areas for which asb law LLPhas a good reputation’. It is defending Imperium Trust in a £1.4m claim brought by an offshore trust business concerning ATE insurance premium payments, and is representing a German subsidiary of Reach in a damages claim for alleged breach of a service contract against a mobile phone company. Ricardo, Smart Housing Group and TUI Travel are also clients. The team is led by Jonathan Stevens, who took over as department leader in June 2016 from construction and engineering sector disputes expert Lyndsey Ratcliffe. He is assisted by managing partner Andrew Clinton, who specialises in cross-border disputes, and associate Nicola Billen, who is a mediation and arbitration expert.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

asb law LLP (Crawley, Maidstone)

asb law LLP’s well-established team advises lenders and borrowers on the full gamut of banking matters, including acquisition finance, and property, aviation and private debt finance. Claire Williams heads the practice, which recently advised Clydesdale Bank on the refinancing of a nursing home and commercial property business, and acted for specialist underwriting agency AQmen on its management buyout, financed by Metrobank. Nigel Wigin handles finance matters in the property sector, and is currently advising Svenska Handelsbanken on a £1.3m loan for a legal title on a leisure park. Consultant Shaun Kelly advises SMEs and mid-sized corporates on lending to support their growth strategies. Also recommended are Chris Worthington, who specialises in site acquisitions and disposals, portfolio management and property finance, and Daniel Tozer. Other clients include HSBC Bank, Big Box Storage Centres and Lloyds Bank.

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

asb law LLP (Crawley, Maidstone)

Clients of asb law LLP rate the team for ‘consistently providing the best advice’. In 2016 it acted in multiple contentious employment matters including employment tribunal litigation, disability discrimination claims and minimum wage disputes. Its non-contentious expertise extends to high-level management, shareholder and director exit strategies, severance pay agreements and TUPE issues. It also has extensive expertise in handling pension scheme and immigration matters, having advised on international employment matters in 2016. Clients include TUI Travel, Mid Sussex District Counsel, Arsenal Football Club and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Jonathan Stevens joined as head of dispute resolution in June 2016 from an in-house counsel position, offsetting the departure of Rebecca Thornley-Gibson to Ince & Co in October 2016. Associate Rebecca Jorgensen heads the employment team and is noted for her expertise in disciplinary procedures.

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South East: Insurance

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

asb law LLP (Brighton, Maidstone)

The personal injury team at asb law LLP is ‘very responsive and approachable with extensive experience and a high level of knowledge’, particularly in the field of brain injury. Team lead Francis Lacy Scotthas a wonderfully personal way with seriously injured claimants, while being quietly professional with opponents’ and also advises on spinal injury and aviation disaster cases. The practice also consists of associate Barry Osborn, who is based in Maidstone and has experience in occupational diseases and fatal accidents, solicitor Victoria Hubbert, who provides expertise in employers’ liability claims, and the ‘committed’ chartered legal executive Katie Russell. Jonathan Clement joined from Thomson Snell & Passmore.

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 (Crawley, Maidstone)

asb law LLP frequently advises on wealth preservation matters such as cohabitation agreements, financial divorce proceedings and pension advice on the financial side of family law. It also assists with public law children’s cases involving child relocation, sexual abuse and shared custody arrangements. Mark Rennie leads the practice and is adept at handling disputes concerning unmarried couples, international freezing injunctions and inheritance issues. The six-lawyer team also includes associate and ancillary relief expert Jackie Judd, as well as solicitor and judicial separation proceedings specialist Anna Scales.

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

asb law LLP (Crawley, Maidstone)

asb law LLPalways puts the client first’. The team advises on onshore and offshore assets, trust management and inheritance tax issues for a range of clients that include estate holders, non-domiciled individuals and landed families. It also frequently collaborates with the family practice on private client matters, including estate administration issues. Ellen Lambert leads the team from the Maidstone office, with experience in handling high-net-worth estate administration, landed estate trust planning and trust administration. Also in Maidstone, Glen Miles specialises in advising vulnerable people, including handling Court of Protection applications and asset protection. Crawley-based associate Eleanor Gadd heads the tax planning and estate sub-team. Solicitor Jane Scott is recommended for her expertise in trust and Court of Protection matters.

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South East: Real estate

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

asb law LLP (Crawley, Maidstone)

asb law LLPgives complete, professional, precise advise and support’ to clients. It regularly assists with acquisitions and divestments, high-value portfolio management matters and plot development and regeneration projects. Highlights included advising Rochester Bridge Trust on acquisitions and divestments of land at Rochester Bridge for maintenance and upkeep of the bridge, and assisting Ashford Commercial Quarter with the development of a new office building in Ashford town centre for £16m, including advising on lease agreements for two of the office’s floors to the council and multiple pre-sale agreements. The team also advised a subsidiary of the Milton Group on the sale of a Hertfordshire industrial estate to CBRE Global Investors for £4.5m. Other clients include Big Box Storage Centres, Towergate Insurance and Persimmon Homes. Jonathan Cavell leads the team, which includes property finance specialist Ian Greenfield and highly regarded landlord and tenant expert Nigel Wigin. Portfolio management specialist Chris Worthington is another name.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

asb law LLP (Crawley)

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 new client Canon UK. Practice head Debbie Venn is retained by Sunrise Software for software licensing and contractual matters, and recent mandates include handling data protection pertaining to the transferring of data to a cloud, breach of contract disputes and cyber security work. Venn also provides ongoing advice to 15below on contracts relating to licensing the use of its PASNGR as a SaaS service, among other matters. Associate Nicola Billen leads the insurance and risk management team and has expertise in various commercial disputes.

Next generation lawyers

Nicola Billen - asb law LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

asb law LLP (Crawley)

At asb law LLP, practice head Debbie Venn has ‘a wealth of knowledge’, and handles trade mark and image right protection, among other matters, for Captive Minds. Solicitor Louise Bevan is another key figure, as is associate Nicola Billen, who 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 (Crawley)

asb law LLP’s aviation team in Crawley is ‘a hidden treasure in the aviation market with a wide range of experience’ and a ‘high-performing alternative to the best City aviation practices’. It engages in transactional, leasing and contract matters (the focus of commercial lawyer and team lead Alina Nosek) and dispute resolution. The latter field is handled by consultants Humphrey Dawson and Tim Brymer (who is primarily based in London), and comprises accident claims from passengers, collaborating with investigation authorities, product liability, and general commercial aviation disputes. Brymer has particular expertise in international aviation and liability claims, acting for insurers, airlines and manufacturers, while Nosek is experienced in risk management. At solicitor level, the ‘quietly authoritative’ Simon Amos ‘has a strong instinct for identifying and pursuing his clients’ interests’, and specialises in dispute resolution. Recent highlights include Nosek advising the buyer of two Boeing 777s from an investor, which involved the termination of existing leases as well as insurance and registration issues. She also negotiated an agreement for the operation of Duxford Airport for the trustees of the Imperial War Museum. Active clients include GA Telesis, Avtrade, Air Charter Services and easyJet.

Next generation lawyers

Simon Amos - asb law LLP

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