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JCP Solicitors

TY GELLI AUR, 10 QUAY STREET, CARMARTHEN, SA31 3JT, WALES
Tel:
Work 01267 266944
Fax:
Fax 01267 231 867
Email:
Web:
www.jcpsolicitors.co.uk/site/contact/carmarthen-office/

Wales: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales
Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales - ranked: tier 2

JCP Solicitors

A mainstay of the Swansea legal market, JCP Solicitors leverages its excellent ties with local south Wales businesses to provide an 'efficient and personal service' across a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial matters, including joint venture structuring, M&A transactions and business restructurings. Fluent Welsh speaker Betsan Powell is deeply embedded in the local business community and handles a plethora of corporate transactions across the region; she recently advised Newport-based Storage Giant on its third multimillion-pound purchase of English based rival Your Self Storage. Michael Williams co-heads the corporate team alongside Powell and is particularly accomplished at advising on business sales and acquisitions; he recently acted for a national filling station operator on the disposal of its entire portfolio of businesses to a significant national operator. Chris Davies leads the firm's healthcare practice and has particular expertise advising dentists and pharmacists on the sale and purchase of practices throughout England and Wales.  Associate Jennifer Rosser is also recommended.

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Wales: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

JCP Solicitors

The two-partner team at Swansea-based firm¬†JCP Solicitors¬†provides a ‚Äėresponsive and efficient‚Äė service to local and national SMEs and owner-managed businesses across a myriad litigation ranging from partnership and shareholder disputes to construction and sports-related cases. Huw Roffe¬†¬†and associate Rebecca Seldon¬†are representing Unicam Holdings in a significant debt recovery case against an individual following a loan it made to facilitate the development of a care home. The ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable‚Äė Andrew Meech¬†is also recommended. Other clients include Macron, Storage Giant and Wales Federation of Young Farmers Club.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

JCP Solicitors

JCP Solicitors provides a 'first-class service' on debt recovery matters to local individuals and SMEs, as well as regional and national banks and building societies. The 'extremely efficient' Sophie Thomas has a 'very thorough knowledge of her cases' and provides 'sound advice' to banks seeking recovery of commercial loans made to individuals and businesses in the region, as well as handling an increasing volume of work for fixed charge receivers. Recent highlights include representing a high street bank in defended court proceedings for the recovery of commercial lending facilities advanced to two failed solicitors’ practices.

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Wales: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

JCP Solicitors

'One of the best firms in this practice area in Wales', JCP Solicitors  Swansea provides 'clear and practical advice'to a range of stakeholders across both contentious and non-contentious matters. 'A rising star in insolvency litigation', team head Andrew Murphy  'has a thorough grasp of the law in this area', and regularly acts for insolvent companies in disputes with office holders, as well as acting for institutional lenders and fixed-charge receivers on security issues.  On the transactional front, co-head of the corporate team Michael Williams has experience handling distressed M&A mandates, as well corporate reorganisations. The 'efficient and thorough' Sophie Thomas heads up the firm's commercial lending recoveries group, a role which includes representing lenders on appropriate recovery avenues via insolvency processes, and acting for receivers on all aspects of appointments and security.

Leading individuals

Andrew Murphy - JCP Solicitors

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Wales: Human resources

Employment: elsewhere in Wales
Employment: elsewhere in Wales - ranked: tier 1

JCP Solicitors

Now headed by 'approachable' associate Shan Evans following the recent departure of Paul Shuttleworth to Douglas-Jones Mercer, JCP Solicitors 'provides an excellent service' across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues to employers and employees. Recent highlights include defending a catering company against an unfair dismissal allegation and advising a senior employee on her potential claim for constructive dismissal against an international telecoms company.

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Wales: Insurance

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

JCP Solicitors

Praised for its 'empathetic approach', the 'friendly, knowledgeable and responsive' six-strong team at JCP Solicitors provides an 'excellent service' to claimants from its Swansea headquarters, as well as from west Wales (utilising its Carmarthen and Haverfordwest offices), across the gamut of injuries including cases of the utmost severity. 'One of the best law firms in Wales working in this area', at a senior level, the team can call upon the expertise of the 'well organised and experienced' Keith Thomas, who has particular expertise at handling birth injury cases, and the 'excellent' Matthew Owen and Mei Li , who both have significant experience handling cases involving catastrophic brain injuries. The firm is also able to handle work for clients who have become mentally incapacitated by virtue of its Court of Protection offering which is headed by the 'excellent' Lynne Morgan.

Leading individuals

Keith Thomas - JCP Solicitors

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

JCP Solicitors

The 'friendly, knowledgeable and responsive' team at JCP Solicitors specialises in high-value catastrophic cases arising from brain and spinal injuries and is acknowledged in the market for taking a 'genuine interest in its clients' welfare'. Team head Keith Thomas has a 'wealth of knowledge and experience' and is particularly accomplished at handling maximum severity acquired brain injury and birth injury cases. The 'excellent' Matthew Owen is also recommended for birth and brain injury cases, Mei Li has significant experience across an array of catastrophic injury cases, while Welsh speaker Ian Rees is able to undertake personal injury matters in Welsh or English. The merger in April 2017 with Glamorgan Law has enhanced the firm's coverage extending from its pre-existing south west Wales foothold through to the south east of the country where the experienced Helen Cradick has expertise across a range of personal injury mandates including road traffic accidents (RTA) and employers' liability claims.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

JCP Solicitors

At JCP Solicitors, Kevin O'Brien has a strong reputation advising claimants in cases brought against solicitors, particularly in relation to underlying corporate, commercial and property transactions. O'Brien recently successfully settled a case on behalf of former owners of a company in a £2m claim against their former solicitors arising from the solicitors’ conduct of the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company. The 'extremely efficient and knowledgeable' Sophie Thomas also regularly handles professional negligence claimant work, with an emphasis on property-related solicitor claims and title rectification issues. Thomas is representing an individual client in relation to a claim concerning an allegedly negligent survey report of a property which failed to report (either sufficiently or at all) on a number of defects at the property which have had a significant detrimental impact on the value of the property.

Leading individuals

Kevin O'Brien - JCP Solicitors

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Wales: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

JCP Solicitors

Now more effectively able to represent clients throughout both the east and west of the country following the merger with Glamorgan Law in April 2017, JCP Solicitors's multi-disciplinary team has the critical mass to handle a significant volume and diversity of work covering the full spectrum of agriculture-related work including succession advice, wills, sales and purchases, as well as contentious trust and probate matters, and contract and property disputes. Team head Rory Hutchings is 'very knowledgeable' about rural issues, particularly from a property law perspective; he recently successfully represented a family in a dispute with the owner of common adjacent to their farm, over which they have registered rights of common. Hutchings also regularly handles appeals for farming clients when their subsidy payment is reduced as a result of alleged breaches of the subsidy scheme rules. Fluent Welsh speaker, Carmarthen-based associate Alice Dearden Cobbett  has a real affinity for rural issues and has enhanced the firm's rural practice since her arrival in April 2017, particularly in relation to complex land disputes and equine matters. Associate Myria Griffiths handles non-contentious property work within the rural sector including advice on the sale and purchase of farms and agricultural land. Ffion Lloyd recently departed to work in-house for a local authority. Clients include National Farmers Union, Wales Young Farmers Club and Sketty Park Estate.

Leading individuals

Rory Hutchings - JCP Solicitors

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 4

JCP Solicitors

Leveraging significant core charities expertise, on issues including governance and constitution matters, and also able to draw upon the expertise of lawyers within areas including property, employment and litigation, JCP Solicitors regularly handles some significant work for a growing roster of local charities. Head of commercial services at the firm, Betsan Powell regularly handles charities-related work and is able to provide advice through the medium of Welsh, should the need arise. Head of lifetime planning disputes  Richard Howells has experience of representing charities in disputed or challenged legacies.

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

JCP Solicitors

Headed by Richard Howells from the firm's Carmarthen office, JCP Solicitors has a strong track record across the gamut of contentious trusts and probate matters including disputes over the validity of wills, proprietary estoppel cases, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975, and claims against executors and trustees. Other key figures include Rory Hutchings, who as head of the rural practice handles contentious work for farming clients; and associate Rachel Morris.

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Family: South and Mid Wales
Family: South and Mid Wales - ranked: tier 1

JCP Solicitors

With a strong presence across south west Wales, as well as increased penetration through the south east of the country following the firm's merger in April 2017 with Glamorgan Law, JCP Solicitors has significant firepower upon which to handle a diverse array of family law matters including post-separation financial disputes, divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, pre and post-nuptial agreements and children law matters. Matthew Wells is head of the firm's Swansea and south west Wales offering and along with the 'excellent' Sali Jackson-Thomas regularly handles high value and complex divorces often involving family businesses and significant pensions. 'Very calm' associate Angela Killa has developed a thriving private children offering from the firm's Carmarthen office and is noted for her ability to 'cut through the nonsense' and to 'always act in the best interests of the child'. Formerly of Glamorgan Law, Jill Bulteel spearheads the firm's south east Wales family offering out of the firm's Pontypridd office.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

JCP Solicitors

With a large will bank at its disposal generated through the firm's recent mergers - most recently with Glamorgan Law -¬†JCP Solicitors¬†receives a significant flow of probate work and also generates a sizeable amount of trusts and wealth management work directly from clients as well as by dint of referrals. Now with 17 lawyers spread across the whole of south Wales, the firm is able to effectively service clients out of its offices from Fishguard in the South West to Caerphilly in the South East. Team head¬†Chris Shaw¬†has a strong reputation in the market across the spectrum of wills, trusts and probate matters and regularly represents high-net-worth individuals including sportsmen and women. Fishguard-based¬†Arwel Davies¬†and Ian Fudge¬†are 'professional, competent and easy to deal with', and¬†¬†Mike Downey, who recently joined following the merger with Glamorgan Law, oversees the lifetime planning offering across the south east of Wales.¬†As well as core private client lawyers, the firm also benefits from an ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Court of Protection offering, where Lynne Morgan's¬†professional deputy credentials sees her handling the property and affairs of incapacitated children and adults. Richard Howells¬†is recommended for contentious probate work. .

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Wales: Real estate

Commercial property: elsewhere in Wales
Commercial property: elsewhere in Wales - ranked: tier 1

JCP Solicitors

The merger with Glamorgan Law in April 2017 affords Swansea-based firm JCP Solicitors even greater commercial property coverage across south Wales to include offices in Cowbridge and Cardiff, as well as in the west of the country from its Carmarthen and Fishguard offices. The arrival in November 2017 of the 'down-to-earth and approachable' Talia Atkins from Berry Smith also strengthens the firm's offering in south-east Wales, particularly in light of her 'highly commercial and savvy' advice in relation to retail and leisure development projects. Recent highlights include advising a property developer on the acquisition (on a conditional planning basis) and back-to-back sale to a housing association of a former commercial site in Cardiff. Overall team head Mark Gilroy is also recommended.  Martha Williams joined in January 2018 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  and now heads the firm's west Wales commercial property offering following the departure in November 2017 of Robert Howells to Hutchinson Thomas.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

JCP Solicitors

Headed by Sarah Davies , JCP Solicitors's 'long established and well-regarded property litigation team has a strong regional presence in south Wales' and handles a diverse range of litigation including on issues relating to rent review, boundary disputes, adverse possession and termination of commercial premises for landlords and tenants, developers and management companies. Associate solicitor Jonathan Flynn  displays an 'assured approach to complex matters, backed up with an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter' and regularly works alongside Davies on the most significant mandates handled by the team. The 'very responsive and proactive' Sophie Thomas , who heads up the firm's commercial lending recoveries team, is also noted for the 'sound advice and reasoning' she provides to fixed charge receivers in litigation.

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Wales: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

JCP Solicitors

JCP Solicitors's practice is headed by  the 'responsive, proactive and articulate' Andrew Meech and acts for Italian sportswear manufacturer Macron on a range of matters, including representing it on a new five-year retail services agreement with Llanelli Scarlets.  Christian Edwards joined Douglas-Jones Mercer.

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