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Hewitsons

ELGIN HOUSE, BILLING ROAD, NORTHAMPTON, NN1 5AU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01604 233233
Fax:
Fax 01604 627941
DX:
15623 NORTHAMPTON 3
Email:
Web:
www.hewitsons.com

East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Hewitsons

Hewitsons’ ‘accurate’ and ‘trustworthy’ team is known for its strength in mid-market transactions and ‘delivers an excellent service across the board’. With its ‘wide range of knowledge and experience’, the team is able ‘to deal with any eventuality’ and enjoys a reputation as a ‘strong player in the Northamptonshire market’. The group’s broad sectorial scope and special expertise in the healthcare, motor industry, packaging industry, charities and agricultural sectors allow for a varied caseload that mainly consists of share and asset sales and acquisitions, complex business reorganisations (especially in the commercial property and agricultural sectors), refinancing transactions involving multiple lenders, and an increasing amount of employee share option work. Technology and intellectual property matters form the bulk of the commercial workload, with agency and distribution agreements, supply agreements and partnership agreements at the forefront. The team is led by the ‘first-classDavid Browne  and includes the ‘highly experiencedNeil Harpham. Kevin Fletcher is the main commercial practitioner. Recent highlights include advising Medigold Health Consultancy on a £9.5m investment by BGF and the related acquisitions of Industrial Medical and Safety Services and Hampton Knight. Perrys Motor Sales, Fencor Packaging Group and Intamac Systems are also clients.

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Hewitsons

Hewitsons' wide-ranging disputes expertise covers professional negligence claims, trusts and charity proceedings, company, shareholder and partnership disputes, and insolvency litigation. Real estate, agriculture, technology, financial services and plant and equipment hire are all key sectors for the practice, which is headed by Dominic Hopkins, whose track record includes numerous instructions involving cross-border elements. In a recent example of the group’s ability to assist with international matters, the team represented a defendant in a commercial court claim related to the commercial property sector, involving two non-British European jurisdictions.

Leading individuals

Dominic Hopkins - Hewitsons

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East Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Hewitsons

Hewitsons is active in a broad spectrum of secured lending work, especially in the property sector, though acquisition finance, debt funding and construction and development finance including collateral warranties and step-in rights for lenders are also areas of strength. Another stand-out feature is the group’s expertise in agricultural funding, including finance in the renewable energy sector. The ‘approachable and commercialNeil Harpham heads the team. In addition to assisting a major bank on the redemption of a security from an important client and the refinancing of the client by another bank, the group also acted for a foreign bank on the UK law issues pertaining to a proposed security over UK assets. The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, Homes England and Santander are also clients.

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Hewitsons

Hewitsons is ‘an outstanding’ practice that provides ‘an excellent service’. It has a particular focus on providing employment support for corporate transactions, with TUPE procedures an area of particular strength, and also has strong expertise in trade union issues, discrimination and whistleblowing claims, and post-termination restrictions. The team demonstrates particular strength in the construction sector. ‘Incisive’ and ‘accessible’ practice head Nick Hall is a ‘knowledgeable and shrewd, yet practical’ adviser. He is recommended alongside Clare Waller. Recent highlights include advising Medigold Health Consultancy on the employment warranties and indemnities contained in the investment agreement for a £9.5m investment by BGF as well as conducting employment due diligence and assisting with the good leaver/bad leaver provisions. The client list also features Travis Perkins, VolkerWessels and Telford Homes.

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East Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Hewitsons

Hewitsons’ ‘exceptional’ team counts large landed estates and major agricultural producers among its clients and ‘understands the issues affecting farms and agricultural estates’. The ‘accessibleGareth Williams jointly heads the practice with Denise Wilkinson in Cambridge. Senior solicitor Stephanie Dennis is also recommended. In an illustration of the uptick in development-related mandates, Williams recently advised a client on the sale of a property to two house builders, involving seven landowners who had previously entered into a promotion agreement through which the promoter had obtained a planning permission for the sale of the land for residential development. Williams also led in assisting a landed estate client with the surrender and re-grant of an Agricultural Holdings Act tenancy. Clients include Merton College, Oxford, Castle Ashby Estate and Cubley Estate.

Leading individuals

Gareth Williams - Hewitsons

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Hewitsons

Hewitsons' practice demonstrates ‘competence and professionalism at all levels’. Its clients span the charity, social enterprise and education sectors, for which it handles projects, joint ventures, acquisitions and restructurings. Grant-making and sports charities also generate a significant portion of the caseload. Practice head Chris Knight ‘excels at his remit’ and was recently part of a team that assisted the Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust with a multitude of issues, including lease agreements, charity law and intellectual property in the context of the client succeeding to the role of occupier and operator of a historic house and grounds in Northampton. Other clients include RSPB, Canal and River Trust and King’s College Cambridge.

Leading individuals

Chris Knight - Hewitsons

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Hewitsons

Hewitsons ‘inspires confidence in the quality and depth of its advice’ and is praised for its ‘attention to detail’ and ‘expeditious handling of matters’. The team's varied caseload often involves matters at the intersection of traditional private client work and agricultural and charity law. Inheritance tax planning, trust reorganisations and administration, landed estates and heritage property, and the administration of complex estates are all key areas of activity. Matters often involve an international element such as non-UK resident trusts, family members not domiciled or resident in the UK, or non-UK assets. Daniel Curtis leads the team from Cambridge, with senior partner Clare Colacicchi, who ‘has very good communication skills’, Catherine Ball and ‘very able’ senior solicitor Antonia Cooper the main practitioners in the Northampton office. Senior solicitor Rachel Hawkins joined from Wilson Browne Solicitors. Recent highlights include advising on tax anti-avoidance Reverter to Settlor rules, on a historic chattels loan agreement, and creating discretionary settlements to hold an investment property company.

Leading individuals

Clare Colacicchi - Hewitsons

Next generation lawyers

Antonia Cooper - Hewitsons

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East Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Hewitsons

Hewitsons' multi-disciplinary education team advises on real estate and construction projects, data protection law and freedom of information matters, as well as assisting with the restructuring of academies and independent schools and a range of commercial issues, including student and pupil issues and service and outsourcing agreements. Chris Knight heads the team, with key support from associate Virginia Henley. Real estate partners Marc Carter and Patricia Kempson regularly act on behalf of education sector clients.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Hewitsons

The ‘excellent’ team at Hewitsons ‘provides timely and pragmatic advice’ and handles a varied workload that ranges from commercial and residential development to real estate asset and portfolio management. The group is particularly experienced in the public sector and boot and shoe manufacturing industry, with motor dealerships and the healthcare sectors being additional areas of strength. The department also provides corporate support, assists with funding matters, and is adept at advising clients from the charities and mines and minerals sectors. Key figures include practice head David Wells and Patricia Kempson, who split their time between Northampton and Milton Keynes, as well as Northampton-based practitioners Marc Carter and Claire Howard-Amos. The team recently assisted the owners of Northlands Veterinary Hospital with the sale of a multi-site veterinary practice, involving the transfer of eight freehold properties and lease transfers. Stepnell Group, Cheaney Shoes and Medigold Health Consultancy are clients.

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