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Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes, Northampton

South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3


Hewitsons acts for more than 400 charities and education-sector clients, including the RSPB, Canal and River Trust, and a number of Oxford and Cambridge colleges. Chris Knight leads the practice from the firm's Northampton office and is supported by Martyn Robinson in Cambridge, whose expertise covers charity formations, governance, and mergers. Recent highlights include advising Bedford College on the transfer of all assets from Tresham College to the client following the dissolution of Tresham College, in addition to advising the same client on a new loan facility secured against the property assets from the transfer.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1


Hewitsons provides 'the highest standard of service and professionalism', with clients singling out Carolyn Bagley for her 'analytical approach and ability to explain complex legal issues in simple terms'. The practice's expertise covers  inheritance tax planning, trust reorganisations, tax reliefs on charitable donations, capacity issues relating to lifetime gifts and wills, the administration of estates (often involving overseas assets) and capital gains tax planning, among other matters. Recent work includes advising on regulatory issues related to trusts, the winding up of trusts after death, and lifetime gift planning to help children onto the property ladder. Other key figures include Clare Colacicchi, who regularly acts in conjunction with the firm's agricultural practice to advise on issues related to landed estates.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3


The 'professional and helpful' team at Hewitsons is praised for its 'quick and efficient responses, pragmatic advice' and for its willingness to 'keep clients regularly appraised of progress'. The practice acts for a range of clients, including SMEs, property funds, institutional investors and private trusts on a variety of real estate transactions, including property financing. It also has a strong reputation for public sector regeneration work, covering town centre regeneration and brownfield site development work. Recent highlights include advising Bedford College on the transfer of all the assets (including a portfolio of 12 properties) from Tresham College to the client following Tresham College's dissolution; acting for Homes England on the sale of a brownfield site in central Milton Keynes' business district; and handled the transfer of a portfolio of seven investment properties from a partnership to a new company, as well as the refinancing of the portfolio by Svenska Handelsbanken. Clients single out practice head David Wells, for his 'technical knowledge of property law'. Also recommended are Yvette Morgan, who regularly acts for developers and public sector entities on housing and mixed-use developments, and Tim Richards, whose track record covers contentious and non-contentious construction and procurement issues.

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Construction - ranked: tier 2


Hewitsons acts for developers, contractors and consultants on a range of commercial, residential and infrastructure projects, with an emphasis on the education sector. In an illustration of is track record in education sector related construction mandates, practice head Tim Richards was part of a team advising Mansfield College, Oxford on a teaching and student accommodation project, which involved handling all the construction documentation, and acted for the Woolf Institute on a project to develop a new HQ at Westminster College, Cambridge. Other recent highlights include advising MK Gallery on the expansion of its exhibition space to accommodate a range of new facilities including a cinema, performances and events, historical and contemporary exhibitions and a café. Colin Jones and Lorna Carter are also recommended.

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