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Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

7 THE DRIVE, BRIGHTON & HOVE, BN3 3JS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01273 329797
Fax:
Fax 01273 324082
Email:
Web:
www.rixandkay.co.uk
Ashford, Brighton & Hove, Seaford, Sevenoaks, Uckfield

South East: Corporate and commercial

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

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

With five offices in the South East, Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP is considered 'ideal for larger transactions, but equally able to deliver a cost-effective solution for smaller transactions'. It provides full corporate and commercial services to local, national and overseas clients in sectors such as insurance, telecoms, healthcare and construction. Recent work included acting for the sellers on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Broadham Care to residential care specialist Elysium Healthcare. Group head Sara Carpenter is 'top class' and Alan Zeal 'is a consummate professional, who brings a wealth of experience to the table'. The firm's chairman Bruce Hayter is 'very solution oriented and focuses on what really matters.' Sevenoaks-based managing partner Richard Cripps has a wealth of corporate and secured-finance expertise. The team was further strengthened by the addition of Tim Sadka, who joined in September 2017 and, according to one client, 'brings a depth of experience and technical capability to an already effective and versatile team'.

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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 acts for companies, partnerships and individuals drawn from the professional services, hospitality and charity sectors, among others. The team frequently works closely with the firm's corporate department in advising on TUPE regulations, redundancies and employee exits following sales and acquisitions. In one highlight, it acted for a claimant who was made redundant following her pregnancy; the case involved issues of discrimination and was settled prior to the tribunal hearing. Victoria Regan  joined the team from Dawson Hart in September 2017 and managing partner Bruce Hayter is also a key part of the team. Miranda Martin retired.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP has a longstanding track record advising farmers and rural business owners in Sussex, Kent and beyond on issues concerning the rural business communities in the region. Key figures include Richard Cripps, who is regularly called on to advise on issues stemming from the acquisition and sale of rural property, from secured financing transactions to shareholder and partnership agreements; and Bruce Hayter who has more than 30 years' experience working with farming clients across the South East.

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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 is particularly well known for providing support to sporting charities such as The Sussex County Sports Partnership Trust on the full range of corporate, commercial, employment and property issues. It also assists a number of small charities with their directors' and trustee duties, employment issues, and other day-to-day issues, as well as acting for larger charities. Recent highlights include advising the Ansty Village Centre Steering Committee on the establishment of a new charitable incorporated organisation and merging of the activities of the village hall, social club, cricket club, football club and their respective assets into the new organisation. Bruce Hayter acts for a number of local sports organisations and is recommended alongside real estate expert Richard Cripps and Alan Zeal.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Clients of Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP find the service provided by the contentious trust and probate practice to be 'thoroughly professional, sympathetic, never overbearing, and knowledgeable; the response time is normally 24 hours, if not quicker, and the advice is always helpful and not intimidating.' Practice head Alan Foster is 'a very experienced contentious probate solicitor who provides sound, practical advice focusing on the needs of the client'. He leads a team with a strong track record acting for high-net-worth individuals in contentious probate matters involving high-value estates, some with assets exceeding £15m in value.

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

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP¬†is recognised for its strong private client offering, which blends family, trusts, probate and tax expertise. The team handles a range of financial remedy cases especially where company assets and trusts are concerned, including those located overseas. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Alan¬†Foster, who ‚Äėis good with clients and always takes a pragmatic approach‚Äô, heads the private client department; associate Helen¬†Noble,¬†who is a mediator and collaborative lawyer, undertakes a range of financial and children matters and, together with senior legal executive¬†Maria¬†Steele-Williams,¬†provides ‚Äėan exceptional service‚Äô.

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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

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's team combines 'good business acumen with a broad area of knowledge' and 'rates very high on the value for money chart' and is therefore 'a very effective alternative to the London firms'. It fields a number of specialist teams that focus on probate and estate administration, estate planning, tax and trusts, later life and Court of Protection matters. Max Wright is 'a first-rate lawyer and a pleasure to deal with' and is valued for his 'discretion and sensitivity' in his management of clients. Alan Foster, who leads on contested probate matters, is 'very responsive'. Ian Best and Rich Risino, who was promoted to the partnership in October 2017, are also key practitioners.

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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

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's team provides 'a similar level of service to City firms but with more sensible fees'. The team is headed by David Ashton, who is highlighted for his combination of 'property knowledge and commercial acumen', and whose expertise spans development, investment and commercial lease work. Managing partner Richard Cripps has broad expertise in development and investment work and Oliver Bussell specialises in planning law as well as broad commercial property matters. Property portfolio management expert William Keating is another noted practitioner. Nick Fagg joined Cripps LLP.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious construction work for developers, sub-contractors and construction companies, including issues arising from contested payment applications and defects claims. Francis Wallace heads the practice and has a longstanding track record in construction disputes, often involving an international dimension. Associate Alistair Rustemeyer is noted for his marine sector expertise.

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South East: TMT

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP has established a firm following among regional cricket, football and rugby clubs, in addition to acting for sporting charities such as Active Sussex, and a number of high-profile sports personalities. Recent highlights include acting for Hellingly Regby Football Club on its company incorporation, and acting for the Ansty Village Centre Steering Committee on the merger of the activities of the cricket club, football club and other entities and their respective assets and charitable activities into a new charitable incorporated organisation, as well as assisting with the construction of a new sports and social centre and the demolition of the existing centre. Firm chairman and sports department head Bruce Hayter has an extensive track record working with grass roots sports teams and clubs. Also recommended are Richard Cripps, who focuses on sports-related corporate transactions, and Alan Zeal, who regularly acts for amateur rugby clubs on governance issues.

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