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Lester Aldridge LLP

RUSSELL HOUSE, OXFORD ROAD, BOURNEMOUTH, BH8 8EX, ENGLAND
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Work 01202 786161
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Fax 01202 786110
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7623 BOURNEMOUTH
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www.lesteraldridge.com
Bournemouth BH23, Bournemouth BH8, London, Southampton

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 1

Lester Aldridge LLP

‘One of the highest-quality corporate practices’ in Bournemouth, Lester Aldridge LLP has a strong SME-focused client base with particular experience in the software and IT sectors. Practice head Grant Esterhuizen is highly regarded in the local market and has been engaged by a number of UK corporates in various share transactions involving foreign purchasers. Esterhuizen advised the shareholders of a south west aerospace group on the sale of the entire issued share capital to a US-based acquirer. Similarly, the department head acted for the shareholders of South Coast Oil and Lubricants in a high-value share transaction with a Brazilian acquirer. Susan Cowan specialises in the care home sector and is another key figure in the department. Associate Alexandra Clapp joined the firm from Moore Blatch LLP and has since handled the finance aspects of a number of property-related transactions. Indeed, Clapp advised a borrower on the security, facility and intercreditor documents related to a £25m acquisition finance facility for the purchase of a group of care home companies. Alex Bilionis left the legal field in 2017.

Leading individuals

Grant Esterhuizen - Lester Aldridge LLP

Next generation lawyers

Edward Adamson - Lester Aldridge LLP

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 1

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP has particular experience of disputes in the marine, defence and financial services sectors and has gained a reputation among court advocates for providing ‘practical and carefully prepared advice’. ‘A shrewd and experienced litigator’, department head Michael Giddins is an accredited mediator and has experience of disputes with international dimensions. Giddins is representing a party in a multimillion-pound arbitration concerning the crash of a Russian-owned marine vessel off of a European coast. Edward Foster advised a lender in relation to a commercial loan, the security for which was fraudulently obtained. Chris Evans has experience of a range of commercial disputes, which have recently included acting for a company in relation to a claim and subsequent counterclaim concerning alleged breaches of a share purchase agreement. ‘Neither too robust nor too ready to fold’, Michael Veal is another key figure in the team and has expertise in disputes involving fraud and emergency relief applications.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP

With particular expertise in consumer credit law, Lester Aldridge LLP is regularly instructed by captive finance companies to assist with cross-border motor vehicle asset recoveries, which often include regulatory investigations and additional parallel claims, such as fraud or breach of contract. For example, group head Ann Lloyd acted for a captive motor finance company in connection with a six-figure recovery involving assets based in Tenerife and the Spanish mainland. Additionally, Danielle Montezuma assisted a high-street bank with the realisation of assets subject to the Proceeds of Crime Act in order to enforce a security agreement. Motor finance clients include Volkswagen Financial Services and Toyota Financial Services.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 1

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP advises on the full range of employment issues such as discrimination claims, TUPE, unfair dismissal, redundancy, restructuring, high-level exits, due diligence and Equality Act claims. Key figures include Catherine Geddes, who handles a range of contentious and non-contentious issues, and Kevin Barnett, who acts for corporate clients and also some individuals. The firm recently acted for an insurance company in relation to a collective redundancy that involved an office relocation and restructuring. In another highlight it acted for Dorset Wildlife Trust advising on disciplinary matters, terminating a consultancy agreement, restructuring and redundancy. Curtiss Wright, Ceuta Holdings, General Asset Management, Muc-Off, Global Maritime Consultancy Limited, Osprey Europe Limited and Moorfields Corporate Recovery are clients. Susan Evans has left the firm.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Lester Aldridge LLP

The ‘experienced, dedicated and highly efficient' practice at Lester Aldridge LLP is highly active in prosecution work on behalf of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Maritime & Coastguard Agency and local authorities such as Torbay Council. It also carries out defence work for commercial clients and public bodies in the marine, care and construction sectors. Recent work includes acting for the HSE in prosecuting Whirlpool UK Appliances following a death at its factory, and acting for the HSE in the prosecution of Synergy Housing, Aster Property and Orona in relation to the death of a child which occurred when using a lift at the family home. Michael Veal heads the team and is ‘a very impressive practitioner’ who is ‘adept at getting the best solutions for his clients’.

Leading individuals

Michael Veal - Lester Aldridge LLP

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South West: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP is ‘an established regional firm with a solid practice’. It represents clients in claims involving serious and life-changing injuries including spinal injuries, brain injuries, clinical negligence, amputation and military personnel claims. Practice head Tim Blackwell is ‘extremely efficient, well prepared, has sound judgement and gives the client a great sense of reassurance’. He specialises in catastrophic injury cases and also acts as a professional deputy. The multi-lingual team is ‘very highly rated’ and provides ‘a focused personal service that the bigger firms do not match’. Associate Stephen Norris ‘explores every detail for his clients’ and is ‘willing to go the extra step’. Recent claims have included a severe traumatic brain injury following a road accident and a mesothelioma case.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP advises mainly claimants on professional negligence matters against solicitors, accountants, IFAs, property surveyors and marine surveyor’s negligence. The firm specialises in claims against accountants and IFAs with regards to aggressive tax schemes. Michael Giddins heads the team, he is adept at handling complex disputes which sometimes have multi-jurisdictional aspects, he has ‘excellent people skills’. Partner Michael Veal has ‘exceptional intellectual and analytical ability’ and ‘a modern, user-friendly style’. Partner Kate Stewart joined from Moore Blatch LLP.

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South West: Private client

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

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP is one of ‘the strongest in the local area’, with the ‘highly respected and effective partner’ Geoff Trobridge leading the practice’s registration, charitable status, governance and regulatory work. Trobridge’s ‘knowledge is immense’ and his experience as an in-house lawyer with the Charity Commission ensures that he can provide ‘excellent practical advice’. Clients include British Heart Foundation, The Stroke Association and The United Reformed Church (Wessex) Trust Limited.

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

Lester Aldridge LLP

At Lester Aldridge LLP, department head Victoria Jones specialises in contested will, trust and probate cases. She represents charities, care homes, families and private clients and has a particular strength in cases involving vulnerable adults, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Court of Protection. Graham McLean joined the team from Coles Miller Solicitors LLP in May 2017 and was made a partner in November 2017. He represents private individuals, professional advisers and charitable institutions in disputed will, trust and probate cases. Although Oliver Phipps is not part of the contentious probate team, he does offer specialist advice on international private client matters.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Lester Aldridge LLP

The team at Lester Aldridge LLP is ‘organised, professional and very well prepared, offering an outstanding service’. Typical work includes complex financial remedy cases and protecting assets through prenuptial agreements, as well as advising on declaration of trusts and cohabitation agreements. There have been a few changes recently, with associates Tim Davies and Kimberley Davies leaving for Trethowans LLP , +Joanne Clarke being promoted to partner, and  +Rosemary Clark - who specialises in rural landed estates and farming assets - joining as partner from Wilsons. Practice head +Jane Porter is ‘particularly worthy of mention, going the extra mile for her clients’. Porter specialises in complex family companies and pension schemes; she also advises on prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation claims, and disputes relating to children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act.

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

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP deals with a portfolio of trusts for vulnerable individuals (including those with brain injuries, learning disabilities and dementia) and their families via its relationships with a number of large charities. The international private client team focuses on the administration of UK and foreign assets, particularly North American securities, as well as advising clients located in South Africa. The team also advises on cross-border succession issues and international wills, and has members fluent in French, German, Afrikaans and Welsh. Kurt Lee heads up the practice.

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South West: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP 's team provides ‘an excellent level of service’ and is ‘able to assist on urgent matters with responsive turnaround times’. It advises on the full range of health-related law including regulatory issues, safeguarding, inquests, health and safety, environmental and criminal prosecutions, for clients including care homes, children’s homes, independent hospitals, GP practices, independent special schools, fertility clinics and mental health providers. Peter Grose heads the team and focuses on health and social care regulation. Recently promoted partner Laura Guntrip is ‘practical, personable, efficient, and a font of legal wisdom’. She defended HC-One in a criminal prosecution by the CQC. Guy Morgan led the team advising Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust on a £150m mixed-use development for the construction of a new hospital, primary school and 500 residential units. Other clients include Lifeways Community Care, National Fostering Agency, Registered Nursing Home Association, National Care Association and Kent Autistic Trust.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 1

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP’s property department has particular expertise in property finance and investment transactions in the telecoms, healthcare, leisure, and port and marina sectors. Of particular note, Suki Samra is advising EE and Three on the property issues arising from a government-sponsored project to supply emergency network services. Samra also acts for bank-side clients in a litany of secured lending transactions. Additionally, Mark Benham advised Meggitt Properties on the property aspects of its £57.5m sale to QinetiQ Group. The team was also involved in a large medical centre disposal and acted for a landlord in a substantial corporate letting agreement. Marina Developments, McCarthy Stone, Big Yellow and Captiva Homes are among the team’s key clients. The department is led by Matthew Barrow out of the Southampton office.

Leading individuals

Suki Samra - Lester Aldridge LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP

With particular focus on the telecoms, marinas and care home sectors, the team at Lester Aldridge LLP provides comprehensive landlord and tenant advice to regional and nationally operating corporate clients. Indeed, department head Kate Stewart advises clients such as Marina Developments and Big Yellow on a litany of contentious tenant matters, such as service charge recoveries, contested lease renewals and forfeitures. Acting alongside the insolvency team, Stewart also assists national lenders and insolvency practitioners with the contentious aspects of mortgage recoveries. Stewart is assisted by solicitor Charlotte Wilson, who has been involved in property-related professional negligence claims, and also assisted with proceedings to evict a group of trespassers from a multimillion-pound development site in London.

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