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Lester Aldridge LLP

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Bournemouth, London, Southampton

South East: Finance

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

Lester Aldridge LLP

With 'a good mix of technical knowledge and practical application', the Insolvency and Corporate Recovery team at Lester Aldridge LLP's Southampton office joins tier 2 this year. Led by the 'first class' Nick Keitley, the practice is best known for its non-contentious work, acting mainly for insolvency practitioners. The practice has a particular focus in advising and assisting on the appointment of administrators acting on trading administrations and insolvency transactional work.  With 13 years’ of experience advising exclusively on corporate restructuring and insolvency matters, Melia Hirst is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):Nick Keitley

Other key lawyers:Melia Hirst


'Experience and knowledge is excellent. Very easy to work with collaboratively.'

'A good mix of technical knowledge and practical application.'

'Nick Keitley and Melia Hirst both have a wealth of experience and provide sound advice.'

'Nick Keitley is a first class legal mind.'

Key Clients

JWS Business Recovery

Moore Stephens

Peter Hall Limited

Portland Business & Financial Solutions

Smith & Williamson

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

James Cowper Kreston


Begbies Traynor


Work highlights

  • Advised Bebgies Traynor in relation to the administration of SEaB Energy Limited.
  • Advised Smith & Williamson in relation to the appointment of Gregory Palfrey and Stephen Adshead as joint administrators of Bowlacre Home, a Cooperative and Community Benefit Society.
  • Assisted Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group with the proposed appointment of David Smithson and Andy Beckingham as joint administrators of Dart Valley Foods Limited.
Leading individuals

Nicholas Keitley - Lester Aldridge LLP

Next Generation Partners

Melia Hirst - Lester Aldridge LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP's strengths in the real estate sphere are illustrated by the fact that its team has experience of handling development site acquisitions for clients such as McCarthy & Stone Plc and Care South. Property finance is another driver of activity, with the firm generating work from a number of clearing banks. Its team also has significant experience of managing property portfolios for clients in the marine, healthcare and telecommunications sectors, among others. Practice head Roger Wooley is the name to note for development projects, development agreements and disposals.

Practice head(s):Roger Woolley

Other key lawyers:Lucy Stevens; Rebecca Humm; Sian Rowland; Claire Long

Key Clients

McCarthy & Stone

Santander UK

Monzo Bank


Bargate Homes

Bloor Homes


Captiva Homes

Marina Developments

Care South

CHG Holdings

Meyrick Estate


Aldermore Bank

Norwich & Peterborough


Lloyds Bank

Fragrance Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the challenger bank on its move to new head office premises in Finsbury Square, London.
  • Acting for the retirement housebuilder on its purchase of a site.
  • Acted for Aldermore in their secured lending on property investments to the total value of over £100m in the past year.
  • Assisted with the sale of eleven medical centres which were developed and managed by the client over the last 20 years.
  • Acted for the client in respect of its acquisition and subsequent letting of St Chads Hotel in Blackpool.

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Planning - ranked: tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP's planning department is led by housebuilding specialist Tom Alder. Although the team is particularly well-known for acting for residential developers, it also advises clients in the ports, marinas and care sectors. Areas of expertise include negotiating planning and infrastructure agreements, as well as CIL advisory work. On the contentious side, the team advises clients on judicial reviews.

Practice head(s):Tom Alder


'The team is very approachable and provides excellent advice and support on projects'.

'Tom Alder and Lucy Stevens provide a high quality service while remaining friendly and maintaining a strong team-wide work ethic'. 

Key Clients

McCarthy & Stone

Bargate Homes

C&G Properties Plc

Poole Harbour Commissioners

Lymington Harbour Commissioners

Big Yellow Self Storage

Cavanna Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising Bargate Homes Limited in respect of a residential scheme of approximately 120 units in a rural location which went to public inquiry.
  • Advising a harbour authority on the extent of its permitted development rights.
  • Advising Cavendish & Gloucester Plc on its proposed development of up to 500 homes with associated local centre in rural Dorset.
  • Advising McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles on a judicial review brought by the client against a local planning authority.
  • Acting for McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles on the negotiation of the terms of complex infrastructure agreements, including a Cell Development Agreement and Heat Supply Agreement, to enable connection to the Monkerton District Heating Scheme in Exeter.

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South East: Transport

Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Lester Aldridge LLP

The 'highly approachable' marine department at Lester Aldridge LLP provides a full service to shipping clients. The scope of its work includes assisting clients with the sale and purchase (and related financing) of yachts and superyachts, and also advice on sponsorship agreements and contracts. In addition, the group acts for clients in charterparty disputes, commodity disputes and security actions. It also handles investigations and prosecutions brought by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch/Maritime and Coastguard Agency for alleged regulatory offences Russell Kelly is the practice head.

Practice head(s):Russell Kelly


'Lester Aldridge's Southampton office has a number of marine financial specialists who are highly approachable and easy to work with on transactions'.

'Russell Kelly is always on hand to guide us through complex marine transactions; he will identify potential problems early which saves time'.

'Russell Kelly is like an additional member of my team and is highly respected in the sector.'

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