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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

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

Higgs & Sons

Higgs & Sons¬†is regularly involved in¬†eight-figure M&A deals, many of which feature complex cross-border elements and private equity involvement. Nick Taylor¬†and David Ellis¬†advised the owners of Westbridge Foods on the company‚Äôs sale to Thai company Chareon Popkhand Foods, which included operations in four other countries. Taylor also advised Aquapak Hydropolymers on the company‚Äôs sale to an American company.¬†Richard Griffiths¬†advised Wavenet on its purchase of Talk Internet, and separately advised the shareholders of Large Bars on the company‚Äôs sale to Stonegate Pub Company. John Heaton¬†advised SG International Holdings on its purchase of Bestodeck, which owns various car retail operations ‚Äď he also assisted the same client on the purchase of Essex Auto Group. James Partington¬†advised the leadership of Stiltz, a manufacturer of home lifts, on a management buyout, and acted alongside Taylor for Domotec‚Äôs shareholders on the company‚Äôs sale to Fortune Brands Home & Security, a New York-listed company. Other MBO highlights included Heaton‚Äôs advice to the exiting shareholders of Arc Specialist Engineering on a sale backed by Mobeus Equity Partners.

Leading individuals

Nick Taylor - Higgs & Sons

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Higgs & Sons

At Higgs & Sons Susheel Gupta heads a practice that has a particular niche in handling the tax elements of sales on behalf of shareholders. Gupta advised the shareholders of Domotec on the company’s sale to Fortune Brands, and the sellers of Westbridge Food Group to Chareon Popkhand Foods. Buy-side highlights included advice to SG International Holdings on the purchase of Bestodeck, and advice to Wavenet on the purchase of Talk Internet. The team also advised Aquapak Hydropolymers and Globe Locums on restructuring exercises. Associate Craig Thomas is a new hire from Squire Patton Boggs.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

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

Higgs & Sons

At Higgs & Sons Julia Lowe is representing a business in three appeals against HMRC’s refusal to refund input VAT, as well as related classification disputes. Lowe also represented a shareholder, formerly a director, of a company in a claim concerning alleged exclusion from a business opportunity. Matt Dudley handles unfair prejudice claims, and is acting for a private individual in a claim against West Midlands Police concerning the lawfulness of a search and arrest which interfered with a business. He also handles freezing injunctions. Associates Ben Tompkins  and consultant Carl Garvie, who is qualified as a barrister are also recommended. Jamie de Souza has left the practice to join Trowers & Hamlins LLP's Birmingham office.

Leading individuals

Julia Lowe - Higgs & Sons

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West Midlands: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Higgs & Sons

In Brierley Hill, Higgs & Sons' David Ellis heads a team which handles creditor-side work, personal insolvency as well as work for companies at risk of insolvency and their directors. Carl Garvie is now a consultant. Formerly an associate at the firm, Oliver Ward-Jones is now an associate at Squire Patton Boggs.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Higgs & Sons

Higgs & Sons provides 'an excellent combination of commerciality and business acumen' with 'knowledgeable and thorough advice'. Tim Jones leads the team and is an expert in contentious matters and often acts as a mediator. Damian Kelly  has 'an extensive knowledge base' and 'wealth of experience', most notably in areas such as redundancies and senior management exits. Simon Bond is also a key figure, with particular strengths in handling employment tribunals and immigration issues.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Higgs & Sons

Higgs & Sons is 'an excellent firm for clinical negligence' with 'a strong and dedicated staff team'. Clare Langford  co-leads the team and focuses on brain and spinal injuries. She is known for her 'experience', 'efficiency' and 'determination to getting results'. Fellow practice head Andy Shaw  is 'a great strategist' and 'able to identify the case winning points swiftly and press home the advantage'. Liz Hickman  has advised on cases involving birth injuries, tetraplegia and cases involving a delayed diagnosis of cancer. Senior associate Sue Allen is 'very clever', 'hardworking' and 'clients love her'. Associate Jenny Shone  has 'extensive experience', 'medical knowledge' and 'empathy for her clients'.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Higgs & Sons

Higgs & Sons  is 'a large team of talented personal injury litigators' that is 'expertly led by Andy Shaw ' and 'supported by a range of quality lawyers at every level of experience'. Shaw advises on  head injury, fatal accidents and industrial disease claims and is 'a great strategist' who is 'able to identify the case winning points swiftly and press home the advantage'. He is supported by associate solicitor Claire Burnell , who handles road traffic accidents, work accidents and accidents abroad. Also recommended is associate Steven Santy , who works on claims arising out of road traffic accidents as well as employer and public liability. Santy is 'capable of taking on the most difficult cases' and 'gets great results again and again'.

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West Midlands: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Higgs & Sons

Higgs & Sons  'very well regarded across the Midlands', with 'a team boxing well above its weight with the high quality of work being undertaken'.Julia Lowe  leads the team and specialises in contentious matters. Another key figure is Beth King-Smith , who focuses on will, trust and executor disputes, and is 'technically very good', 'smart', 'commercial', 'practical', 'savvy' and 'well-connected'. 

Next generation lawyers

Beth King-Smith - Higgs & Sons

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Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands
Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Higgs & Sons

Higgs & Sons 'goes above and beyond for its clients' and regularly advises on financial and child-related proceedings. Matrimonial matters specialist Philip Barnsley leads the team and has a 'focused','understanding' and 'strategic' approach. Claire Darley is an experienced mediator with a similar focus on finance cases. Other notable names include associate Rhian Gray, who specialises in matrimonial disputes, and associate Kelly Perks, who is experienced in child arrangements.

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

Higgs & Sons

Lucy Obrey  is the new practice head at Higgs & Sons , and  is particularly active in inheritance tax planning issues. She replaces Nick Moxon , who is still an active member of the team and an expert in trust administration and tax planning. Other noteworthy names include wealth planning expert Peter Gosling  and trust and tax planning specialist Robert Leek , who is similarly no longer working as a partner but is still active as a consultant.

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West Midlands: Real estate

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

Higgs & Sons

Higgs & Sons'¬†‚Äėprofessional and responsive‚Äô practice handles a wide range of transactions, including residential development sales. Cherry Elliott¬† advised Cassidy Group on the ¬£44m purchase of a 350-bed residential development in Nottingham, among various other instructions in the space ‚Äď Sara Shepherd¬† and Kevin Joynes¬†handle work for major housebuilders, concerning both land sales and option agreement purchases. In hospitality, Richard Saxton¬† and associate Andrew Stokes¬† advised Talash Hotels on the purchase of the Mercure Hotel Chester and the Mercure Telford from Aviva; Saxton also acted for Primitivo Restaurant on the real estate elements of its temporary closure due to building works, and subsequent expansion into a neighbouring unit. Other work concerns corporate head office moves, real estate aspects of food and restaurant deals. The firm also acts for Bathams Brewery.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Higgs & Sons

Higgs & Sons acts for a range of clients including occupiers, real estate investors and private individuals. Paul Barker  represents Bentley Designs, a new client, on litigation concerning a dilapidations claim and a conditional break clause it triggered as part of a move of its headquarters. He also advised Heritage Homes Associates on dealing with threats of injunctions over construction of a house over a purported right of way. Nyree Applegarth  represented Waynes Foods in a dispute against a landlord which withheld re-assignment of a lease, with quantum issues regarding the redundancy costs triggered by the closure of the store. Other clients include London and Cambridge Properties, for which the firm handles a range of litigation concerning lease renewals, service charges and other asset management issues.

Leading individuals

Paul Barker - Higgs & Sons

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