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Lester Aldridge LLP

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Bournemouth BH23, Bournemouth BH8, London, Southampton

Lester Aldridge is a full-service law firm with offices in Bournemouth, Southampton and London. The firm's core practice areas are real estate, litigation, private client and commercial services, which it delivers regionally, nationally and internationally.

The firm: The firm traces its origins to the merger of two large Bournemouth firms in 1988, and provides the quality of service provided by City firms, but at regional rates.

Lester Aldridge offers something to clients that other, larger firms do not: a genuine partnership. Client satisfaction is reflected in the growth it has experienced, seeing revenues increase steadily over the past six years. Big name clients include the Health and Safety Executive, Meggitt Plc, McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd, Portland Harbour Authority Ltd, Big Yellow Group Plc and Santander UK Plc.

Lester Aldridge is a growing firm whose breadth of service continues to broaden. In 2007, it changed status from a traditional partnership to that of a limited liability partnership, and is a "go to" firm, which has proved to be attractive to partners from other firms.

Lester Aldridge has been accredited with the Law Society's Lexcel Quality Standard since 2007.

Types of work undertaken: Real estate: the firm's extensive property team span sectors including commercial development, care, residential and lending, investment and retail, with expertise to handle a wide range of property issues, from development projects, management and investment, buying and selling properties, landlord and tenant issues, to planning, environment and construction. It also has expertise in the niche areas of ports and marinas, waterside developments and assisted living.

Dispute resolution: Lester Aldridge's experienced team covers a broad range of general commercial litigation, as well as working for clients in specific industries, handling everything from emergency injunctions to mediation and high court litigation in areas as diverse as debt collection and multi-million cross-jurisdictional claims.

Corporate: the team handles an array of corporate work for a diverse client base. Particularly noted for its M&A work, the team regularly advises clients on other company and commercial issues, including joint ventures, IT and IP licensing, competition law and restructurings. The team also acts for international, national and regional clients in many sectors, including charities and the third sector.

Banking and finance: Lester Aldridge's team has a proven track record in providing effective advice to banks, building society, finance houses, leasing companies and insolvency practitioners. It specialises in the recovery of secured and unsecured commercial and personal finance, as well as asset recovery.

Marine: LA Marine is the specialist shipping and marine law team of Lester Aldridge, providing expert advice and practical solutions to the commercial shipping, logistics, superyacht and leisure marine industries. LA Marine deals with all aspects of maritime law, from non-contentious matters to collisions, charterparty issues, bill of lading disputes, demurrage claims and personal injury.

Healthcare: one of the leading areas of expertise at Lester Aldridge and one for which the firm has a national reputation. For over 20 years, members of the specialist healthcare team have been advising the private sector, NHS organisations, third sector providers and funders with proactive legal advice and imaginative solutions.

Employment: as one of the leading employment teams in the south, the team provides specialist advice on all areas of employment law, acting for international, national and major regional employers in all sectors. The team supports HR and senior management in dealing with a multitude of employment issues, from drafting service agreements, employment contracts, employment policies and handbooks, to advising on tribunal claims, redundancy programmes and TUPE-related matters.

Private client: the firm offers a full range of private client services, with specialists in wills and estates, tax planning and trusts, contentious probate, residential conveyancing, family, fertility, surrogacy, employment and personal injury. The international private client team supports both professionals and private individuals across a range of global legal planning and administration matters, including a specialist medallion signature guarantee service.

  • Number of UK partners: 45
  • Assistant solicitors: 47
  • Other fee earners: 101
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Afrikaans
  • Bengali
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Punjabi
  • Swedish
  • Zulu

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