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Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes, Northampton

South East: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2


Hewitsons’ private wealth practice has long-standing expertise in trust matters including trust administration and reorganisations and  assistance with foreign assets. It also has comprehensive tax expertise; inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning and income tax returns. The team works closely with rural and charity specialists, and has significant international links. Carolyn Bagley is the main contact in the Milton Keynes office.

Practice head(s):Carolyn Bagley


Extremely professional, approachable, courteous and knowledgeable in the areas of wills, powers of attorney and inheritance tax planning.'

'Advice is always presented in a very clear, practical and concise manner.'

'The strength in depth and breadth of expertise of the team is outstanding.'

'The team ethos works brilliantly. There is no problem about delegation.'

'The team are creative in finding solutions to issues (often on non legal matters) I always feel safe with their advice and work.'

'Probably the most highly qualified team in the area. They are both highly knowledgeable and hugely experienced and that runs through the breadth of the team. From my dealings with them they offer a top class service delivered by genuinely caring people.'

'In my opinion/experience Hewitsons is top of its class. It has experts in every field.'

'Hewitsons is outstanding. It is professional, knowledgeable and efficient.'

'Carolyn Bagley is a master of her subject. Carolyn has demonstrated from the outset that she is able to proactively advise us on options tailored to the personal circumstances of my wife and I. She has often identified issues that we have not considered and advised us how we can deal with them, in a very practical manner. Carolyn helps us to look at the wider picture and consider all the angles, particularly regarding Inheritance Tax planning. Her general approach is always so professional, reassuring and courteous.

'Carolyn Bagley has fantastic technical knowledge, and a meticulous and methodical approach.'

'Carolyn Bagley is professional and approachable, always happy to talk through potential cases and issues and has always delivered a first class service.'

'Carolyn Bagley is a formidable lady but nevertheless kind and thoughtful. She sees matters from every angle and her advice is greatly to be accepted.'

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South East: Real estate

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


Hewitsons’ real estate practice is best known for its longstanding work with Government agency Homes England. The team assists this client with the disposal of large mixed-use developments including residential plots, commercial offices, schools and community facilities, to national house builders and developers. In addition, the team specialises in residential and commercial development projects, housing infrastructure grant funding to local authorities and landlord and tenant law. Yvette Morgan and David Wells head the practice.

Practice head(s):Yvette Morgan; David Wells

Key Clients

Homes England

AW James Ltd

XPO Transport Solutions Ltd

Bright Horizons Family Solutions Limited

Richard Utley Ltd

Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust

Bedford College (FE)

Booyah Investment Ltd

Levitt Bernstein Associates Ltd

Braham Good LLP

Wimbledon Property Holdings Ltd

United Learning Group

The Trustees of the Wilson Foundation (Charity)

Community Spaces Northampton (charity)

Work highlights

  • Acting for AW James Limited, a major Milton Keynes-based property company, on a pre-letting agreement.  
  • Assisted Levitt Bernstein Associates Limited with the leasehold acquisition of redeveloped office accommodation.
  • Acting for Homes England (the trading name for Homes and Communities Agency) on the disposal of a development site at Hardingstone, Northampton to a major UK house builder by way of a conditional agreement.
  • Assisted Wimbledon Property Holdings Ltd/Marchmont Investment Management Limited with the grant of a lease of part of a building to a finance company and which involved construction law issues.
  • Acting for Bright Horizons Family Solutions Limited with a cross-office team of real estate lawyers on the acquisition of a chain of nurseries.

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Construction - ranked: tier 2


Hewitsons acts for a wide range of clients on construction projects across the UK, including contractors, developers, investors and consultants, among others. It has established specialist business units, which enables the firm to provide sector-specific advice; one area of strength is the education sector, where the construction department (together with practitioners in ancillary areas, such as planning and real estate) provides bespoke advice to schools and other institutions. In 2018, the firm advised developers, contractors and clients active in the charity and investment sectors on multimillion pound construction contracts. Practice head Tim Richards and Colin Jones both have expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Tim Richards

Other key lawyers:Colin Jones

Key Clients

AW James Limited

MK Gallery

Oundle School

Velocity1 Limited

Perrys East Midlands Limited and Perrys Motor Sales Limited

Homes and Communities Agency

PFI Lighting Limited

British Institute of Interior Design

Nottinghamshire Castle Trust

Work highlights

  • The firm recently represented AW James Limited on a pre-letting agreement to let nearly 20,000 square feet of office premises to Shoosmiths solicitors with the construction team in particular negotiating the building contract, warranties, appointments and subcontracts.
  • Advised on the expansion of the MK Gallery, which is due to see its exhibition space double and provide new facilities including a cinema and café.
  • Advising Oundle School on all aspects of the construction of a new sports centre set to house a 50 metre swimming pool, eight court sports hall and a high quality fitness suite and dance studios.
  • Advising new client Velocity1 on the contracts for the delivery and maintenance of structured fibre optic cabling systems (valued in excess of £2.1m), TV distribution systems and a converged network across numerous contracts for the UK’s primary Smart City.
  • Assisted Perrys Motor Sales Limited with the construction documentation for two projects, including brand new purpose-built facilities in the centre of Chesterfield and a new car showroom for new facilities in Dover with a combined deal value of £7 million.

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