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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 (Northampton)

Hewitsons’ team has particular expertise in tax-driven reorganisations and restructurings in the automotive trade and packaging industries. It also assists clients with management buyouts and share and asset ownership transfers. On the commercial side, the group is recommended for contractual matters involving the technology sector. A team including the β€˜cool-headed’ Neil Harpham and David Browne assisted the management of Briggs & Forrester with a partial management buyout, which increased its shareholding to 60% and involved the establishment of an employee benefit trust. The group continues to act for Perrys Motor Sales; recent work includes handling the sale of Perrys’ Jaguar and Land Rover dealerships to the Rybrook Group and assisting the client with its Β£40m refinancing from Lloyds. Other highlights included advising the Northamptonshire Association for the Blind on the sale of its residential home and assisting the shareholders of Perkz with a share disposal. Navtech Systems Support, Fencor Packaging Group and Hi-Force Group are also clients. Kevin Fletcher is another key contact, as is Richard Ingram, who adds β€˜an extra degree of commercial nous when required’.

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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 (Northampton)

Financial services, technology, real estate, agriculture are some of the areas of focus at Hewitsons. The group assists international and domestic corporates with cases involving matters such as professional negligence, insolvency and shareholder and partnership issues. Practice head Dominic Hopkins and Stephen Cole are β€˜diligent and responsive, with great tactical acumen’. Recent work for the firm included defending an investor against a claim arising from a commercial property investment scheme; acting for a company in an action against a bank pertaining to mis-sold interest rate hedging products; and defending a client against recovery claims filed by liquidators in insolvency proceedings. John Shephard has retired.

Leading individuals (region-wide)

Dominic Hopkins - Hewitsons

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Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Dominic Hopkins - Hewitsons

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East Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Hewitsons (Northampton)

Hewitsons’ β€˜responsive’ and β€˜experienced’ team is led by the β€˜highly regarded, proactive and knowledgeable’ Neil Harpham. The workload spans the banking and finance spectrum but the firm is particularly recommended for matters with a commercial property angle. The group is appointed to panels of Santander, Lloyds Bank, Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, Svenska Handelsbanken and Home & Communities Agency. Perrys Group is also a client.

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Hewitsons (Northampton)

The lawyers at Hewitsons are β€˜very switched-on’ and attract praise for their β€˜business understanding’. The team primarily assists large corporates, such as Travis Perkins, with contentious and non-contentious work ranging from TUPE advice and business immigration to collective trade union issues and complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims. It also handles redundancies and senior employee terminations. A team led by practice head Nick Hall assisted Sundial Group with the employment aspects of the sale of one of its conference centres. β€˜Extremely safe pair of hands’ Clare Waller, who has β€˜meticulous attention to detail’, defended Telford Homes against unfair dismissal and disability discrimination claims brought by a former employee before the employment tribunal. Other clients have included Medigold Health, Mace, VolkerWessels, United Church Schools Trust and Barings UK.

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East Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Hewitsons (Northampton)

Hewitsons’ β€˜deeply knowledgeable and responsive’ team provides an β€˜extremely high level of service’. It assists clients with renewable energy projects as well as restructuring, tax planning and a wider range of complex transactions, including purchases and disposals of farmland. β€˜Bright and client-focused’ Gareth Williams is β€˜on top of his game’, β€˜constantly impressing with his technical knowledge and commercial acumen’. He assisted landowners with several negotiations of options for disposal of various development sites across the region, managed seven-figure sales of farms, and negotiated farm business tenancies for estate owners. The group also managed a deed of surrender of a farm business tenancy for an institutional client. James Fowler left the firm to join a family business.

Leading individuals

Gareth Williams - Hewitsons

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

Hewitsons (Northampton)

Hewitsons’ β€˜professional’ team has β€˜impressive’ levels of knowledge, and acts for charities, education institutions and social enterprises in matters ranging from corporate transactions to grant-making governance rules. Sports charities and associations are also clients. Practice head Chris Knight β€˜understands and grasps the client’s requirements quickly and suggests tailored creative solutions’; he conducted the review of governance strategy for the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, and is managing the commercial, property and governance aspects of the restoration and operation of Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust. The team also advised Sir Thomas White’s Northampton Charity on compliance and authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority. Private client specialist Clare Colacicchi is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Chris Knight - Hewitsons

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

Hewitsons (Northampton)

Hewitsons handles a range of matters such as inheritance and capital gains tax planning, trust administration and reorganisation, and management of complex estates with assets including heritage and offshore property. Highlights included pursuing agricultural property relief on a substantial gift, obtaining a variation of family settlements involving historic, agricultural and residential properties, and advising a trustee on a beneficiary’s rights. Clare Colacicchi assists farming clients with tax and trust issues, advises trustees on their powers and duties, particularly in family settlements, and specialises in strategic capital tax planning; Catherine Ball supports agricultural clients and business owners with succession planning, efficient tax strategies and diversification into the renewable energy sector; and β€˜impressive and intelligent’ senior solicitor Antonia Cooper is also recommended.

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 (Northampton)

Hewitsons’ client base includes schools and higher education institutions such as United Learning, Kimbolton School, and several Cambridge University and Oxford University colleges. Led by Chris Knight, the department’s workload includes advising independent schools on property matters and regulatory issues; it provided governance advice to a group of schools and advised an independent school on the renewal of its existing lease from a private sector landlord. Other recent work includes reviewing internal policies and risk management in light of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse as well as assisting a multi-academy trust with acquiring a secondary academy.

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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 (Northampton)

Hewitsons advises retailers, warehouse and office owners, and automotive clients on commercial development schemes and assists owner-managed businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises, private trusts and private individuals with asset and portfolio management. It also handles residential development work, property matters in the public sector and project financing. Patricia Kempson managed recent transactional work and leasehold agreements for Mansfield College, Oxford, and advised Lillingston Family Trusts on the refurbishment and subsequent letting of a dilapidated listed Georgian building. The β€˜very professional and knowledgeable’ Marc Carter is experienced in β€˜negotiating complex contracts featuring onerous clauses’, and Claire Howard-Amos is another name to note. Clients also included Glanmoor Investments, Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust and Medigold Health Consultancy.

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