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Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

THE COURTYARD, RIVER WAY, UCKFIELD, TN22 1SL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01825 761555
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Fax 01825 764172
DX:
133963 UCKFIELD 2
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Web:
www.rixandkay.co.uk

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Sara Carpenter heads a team at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP which handles the full range of corporate mid-market transactions for SMEs. The firm's chairman Bruce Hayter has a wealth of experience in M&A transactions, MBOs and  shareholder agreements. Alan Zeal has a specialism in advising on corporate structures and Tim Sadka serves clients in sectors such as TMT, manufacturing, engineering and construction.

Practice head(s):Sara Carpenter

Other key lawyers:Bruce Hayter; Alan Zeal; Tim Sadka

Key Clients

Parker Building Supplies

Project Florence

Haines Watts Kent LLP

Keith Whitehead

Quattro Group

Proversity.org

Pierhouse Business Solutions

Quattro Group

Smarter Shows (Power) Holdings

Broadham Care

Project Pathways

Work highlights

  • A multi-disciplinary team (corporate, employment and property) assisted on this exit by the Parker Family, to a company controlled by Cairngorm Capital. The transaction anticipated the need to address the client’s family and future interests and was valued at £20m.
  • Advised on a merger between two well-established firms of accountants  involving a complex earn out and deferred consideration provisions.
  • Holly Lodge (Kingswood) purchased the entire issued share capital in Deanland Wood Park Limited, which is one of the most sought-after Park Homes Estates in the South East, from the client.  The transaction was valued at £14.5m.  
  • Acted for the shareholders advising on the sale of the company to a Polish listed company.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital to UBM (UK), a deal valued at £16m.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP provides the full range of employment and HR assistance to both employees and employers and has a strong roster of corporate clients. Managing partner Bruce Hayter works closely with the corporate department and handles matters such as TUPE, redundancies and senior exits. Victoria Reagan also acts on such matters in addition to discrimination, harassment and whistleblowing cases and Amy White provides comprehensive HR expertise.

Practice head(s):Bruce Hayter

Other key lawyers:Victoria Reagan; Amy White

Key Clients

Parker Building Supplies

Jennifer Barry

LPC Construction

Project Pathways

Broadham Care Limited

Quattro Group Limited

Focus 4 U Limited

Haven Security Limited

Seddlescombe Golf Club Management Limited

Watton Hall Limited

Work highlights

  • Working with the corporate team following an acquisition, assisted with all employment  aspects, due diligence and reviewing and updating employment contracts and company policies.
  • Acted for a claimant in successfully bringing claims against a firm of estate agents for unfair dismissal, breach of contract and entitlement to a redundancy payment.
  • Providing general employment advice and assisting with complex disputes between the employer and outgoing executives.
  • Providing general employment advice including advice in connection with reorganisations, senior executive contracts and terms and conditions of employment.
  • Advising on a disciplinary process against a senior employee and in connection with an ensuing constructive unfair dismissal claim.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

The rural business team at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP has a long-standing tradition of assisting the farming and rural business communities in Sussex and Kent and beyond. The team members act for landowners and farmers on the acquisition and sale of agricultural land, deal with farm business agreements and partnerships and agricultural easements. The practice is headed by Richard Cripps in Sevenoaks and William Keating in Brighton.

Practice head(s):Richard Cripps; William Keating 

Testimonials

'Rix & Kay have the expertise to deal with some of the most unusual and complicated rural properties'.

'Regular contact with William Keating helped what could have been a slow transaction move, in a timely fashion , to exchange'.

Key Clients

Rumsey Family

Allen Family

Karen Beaumont

Andrew Chisnell

Linda & Barry Martin

Hughes-d’Aeth

Forward and Mayern

Rumsey Family

Allen Family

Karen Beaumont

Work highlights

  • Sale of farmland to a developer to enable a spine road to be connected to the A22.
  • Acquisition of grazing land.
  • Acquisition of woodland near Uckfield.
  • Sale of grazing land.

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

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP’s Uckfield practice assists charities and non-profit organisations with all aspects of their operations, such as registration, constitution and governance, commercial and corporate negotiations, property acquisitions, fundraising and contentious matters. Bruce Hayter, Alan Zeal and Richard Cripps are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):Bruce Hayter

Other key lawyers:Alan Zeal; Richard Cripps

Testimonials

'All the advisers are extremely supportive and knowledgeable. As an organisation they compare well to other firms as we have a variety of contacts who understand and have a good knowledge of our organisation.'

'Bruce Hayter has a huge social conscience and has helped lead the way in Sussex to bring together organisations from the public, private and voluntary sector to use the power of sport to help local communities.'

Key Clients

Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust

The Russell Martin Foundation

Active Sussex

Children’s Respite Trust

Brighton and Hove Sea Serpents

Work highlights

  • Provided employment and corporate advice to The Russell Martin Foundation in connection with the Trust's relocation to new premises.
  • Assisting Hove RFC with its move to charitable status.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Led by Alan Foster, the contested probate practice at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP works closely with the firm's wills and estate planning department to offer a full service to clients. A significant portion of the firm's contentious work involves acting for high net worth individuals with large inheritances. It has also recently had an increase in mandates relating to SME-generated wealth.

Practice head(s):Alan Foster

Testimonials

'Alan Foster has a really good feel for contentious probate work and is excellent at handling the client'. 

'Alan Foster is knowledgeable, experienced and very practical. As a counterparty, he is able to advance matters sensibly in the interests of the clients. We will be able to identify the areas of dispute swiftly'. 

'Alan Foster is very experienced; he absorbs the client's stress and obtains very good outcomes'.

'I refer clients to Alan Foster and hold him in high regard.'

Work highlights

  • Represented client in the Court of Appeal following a challenge by the Client’s ex-husband as to the validity of the Client’s mother’s Will.
  • Representing a client in relation to a claim against the estate of an Aunt, including a claim on the grounds of proprietary estoppel.
  • Representing a client, a surviving spouse, in relation to a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
  • Representing a client in relation to a dispute between two executors as to the assets and liabilities of their mother’s estate.

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Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 4

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP assists with all issues surrounding relationship breakdowns including dealing with trusts, companies and other assets accrued  post-separation. It also assists with disputes over the residency of children. From the firm's Uckfield office, Alan Foster and Janet Raeburn offer a wealth of experience across all family law matters.

Practice head(s):Alan Foster

Other key lawyers:Janet Raeburn

Work highlights

  • Advising a high-net-worth client on the impact of divorce on his business and post separation earnings and assets .
  • Advised a client whose wife was a minority shareholder in the client's holding company. An agreement was negotiated prior to a FDR.
  • Advised a father who had not seen his child for many years and had a criminal caution. Following negotiations regarding resuming contact and the offer of a risk assessment the father was allowed to resume contact.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

The Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP team provides extensive expertise to both UK and overseas clients including advice on capital taxes planning, estate management and setting up and varying trusts. Its clients include wealthy business owners and clients in the agriculture sector. The 'exceptional' Max Wright leads much of this work and Alan Foster is hugely respected for his skills in contentious trusts and probate cases. Associate Amanda Attrell  heads the later life work which includes Court of Protection cases and Deputyship applications and Ian Best has extensive experience in dealing with wills, probate and the administration of trusts.

Practice head(s):Max Wright

Other key lawyers:Alan Foster; Ian Best; Amanda Attrell

Testimonials

'The team offer a great alternative to London practices - offering expertise at a much lower price.'

'The team are not only incredibly approachable but provide an holistic service and the way they work with other complementary services is second to none. The focus on understanding clients' issues and inclusive approach to resolving them with imagination and collaboration is a great model to work with for clients. It goes without saying that their knowledge is first class but the way they listen, support and deal with clients to understand their issues and requirements is really what sets them apart.'

'This firm is rightly highly regarded in Sussex. I have experience of the quality of the legal advice, delivered in clear terms to the clients. There is a clear understanding of the need to achieve a commercially sensible outcome.'

'Max Wright is an exceptional private client lawyer, with a calm manner under pressure and very good technical knowledge.'

'Whist the whole team are a joy to work with, focused on delivering a caring and professional service, Max Wright stands out for his vast experience and knowledge but what really sets him apart is the way he listens to and discussed the real issues with clients that gets to the heart of the matter.'

'Amanda Arrrell's understanding of the requirements, technicalities and the sector are second to none, but its the way she can put a client at ease and deal with them in such a natural way that really stands out.'

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

The Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP team attracts a diverse range of clients from agricultural and estate owners to developers and industrial companies. David Andrew Ashton undertakes transactions for developers, investors and owner/occupiers and specialises in new homes development work, commercial leases and acquisitions and disposals and managing partner Richard Cripps  also specialises in development work. Stewart Gregory, who joined from  from Browne Jacobson LLP in April 2018, brings healthcare sector expertise.

Practice head(s):David Ashton

Other key lawyers:Richard Cripps; William Keating; Stewart Gregory

Key Clients

AE Beckett & Sons

Ishbel Hughes d-Aeth

Simon Heal & Hutton

Hawkins Thompson & Fildes

Park Property Group (Chalfont)

Park Property Group Leigh

Pomona Estates

Cordek

Greencell

Stansted Borough Council

Smarter Shows

Work highlights

  • Advising in relation to the purchase of land and buildings and adjoining land, a transaction valued at £2m.
  • Acting for the landowners, who granted an option to a developer but the option agreement has to be varied because the developer is sub-selling. The deed of variation has been extremely complicated and a further planning application has been submitted, upon which the deed of variation will be conditional. The sale consideration is likely to be approximately £11m.
  • Advising in relation to the site assembly of five pieces of land, with a purchase price totalling £1.7m.  Work includes negotiating the release of restrictive covenants, agreeing overage terms and dealing with the lenders.
  • Assisted client in relation to the purchase of a well-known hotel in Tunbridge Wells in which two options were taken -  one to purchase the freehold interest at the price of £3.2m and a separate option agreement to purchase the leasehold interest from the operating company for £1, with a view to assigning both option agreements upon obtaining planning permission.  
  • Advised on a lease of a building with a rental value of £320,000 per annum.  

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's construction offering focuses on purely contentious matters, and is led by dispute resolution specialist Richard Ludlow. The practice is particularly strong in representing clients in adjudications, disputes arising from JCT contracts and construction liability cases. Other key areas of work include contested payment applications, defects claims and applications for time extensions. Another name to note is Dan Sherlock, who has a growing construction practice.

Practice head(s):Richard Ludlow

Other key lawyers:Dan Sherlock

Testimonials

'Provides efficient and well-informed responses'.

'Stewart Gregory is always responsive and approachable; his breadth of knowledge is excellent'.

Key Clients

NAS Academies Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised NAS Academies Trust on development agreement for the construction of a new 78 place special school and for pupils aged 11-19 with autism and learning difficulties, together with community facilities, in Lambeth, London.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP is well-known for its sports law work, particularly in Sussex - acting for a range of grassroots clubs, charities, and governing bodies within the county. The firm is particularly notable for its work with a large number of local rugby clubs on various commercial, HR, and property matters. Department head Bruce Hayter has significant commercial experience and is particularly focused on grassroots sports.

Practice head(s):Bruce Hayter

Testimonials

'Everyone at Rix and Kay is knowledgeable and takes time to understand my needs but what makes them stand out is their friendly approach, manner and ability to explain everything comprehensively.'

'Bruce Haytor is friendly, knowledgeable and has been a great help, offering support where needed.'

 

Key Clients

The Russell Martin Foundation

Active Sussex

Sussex Football Association

Seaford RFC

Canterbury RFC

Hellingly RFC

Brighton and Hove Sea Serpents

Crawley RFC

Ansty Cricket Club

Sussex RFU

Work highlights

  • Providing day to day employment law advice for Active Sussex, assisting with a reorganisation following a change to the charity’s funding structure, and providing detailed advice in connection with DBS checks and updates to the charity’s safeguarding policy.
  • Instructed to prepare contracts of employment for Canterbury RFC’s coaches, who had not, to that point, been subject to any form of written contract of employment.
  • Providing governance advice and training to Sussex RFU
  • Instructed to assist Hellingly RFC with incorporating a CIC with special provisions within the articles of association allowing for it to move to a community amateur sports club in due course.
  • Retained by The Russell Martin Foundation in relation to employment matters, property matters and commercial contracts and agreements; recently prepared a sponsorship agreement for the company

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