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Lester Aldridge LLP

RUSSELL HOUSE, OXFORD ROAD, BOURNEMOUTH, BH8 8EX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01202 786161
Fax:
Fax 01202 786110
DX:
7623 BOURNEMOUTH
Email:
Web:
www.lesteraldridge.com
Bournemouth, 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

Lester Aldridge LLP acts for national and international clients on the full range of corporate and commercial matters, and also retains strong links with SME clients in the local Dorset area. Corporate M&A has been a continuing area of growth, with transactions growing in both size and volume. In addition, a rise in cross-border work has been epitomised by foreign funds work coming in to the UK. Grant Esterhuizen specialises in both corporate and commercial law, and is able to assist clients with joint-venture agreements, M&A and commercial contracts, invariably on a cross-border level.

Practice head(s):Grant Esterhuizen

Other key lawyers:Danielle Slater

Key Clients

Wessex Petroleum Limited

Osprey Europe Limited

Ceuta Holdings Limited

Langham Industries

Bill and Sally Stone

Nick Sanders and Mile Stevenson

BKP Waste & Recycling Limited

Intrum UK Limited

Quality Care Group Limited

Quantum Group

Leading individuals

Grant Esterhuizen - Lester Aldridge LLP

Rising stars

Danielle Slater - 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's team has particular expertise in the marine, defence and financial sectors, where it is active in both High Court litigation and arbitral proceedings. Multiple cases handled by the firm recently have had an international dimension; Michael Veal handles the majority of the cross-border disputes undertaken by the firm. Practice head Kate Stewart has particular expertise in property litigation.

Practice head(s):Kate Stewart

Other key lawyers:Michael Veal; Chris Evans

Testimonials

'Well balanced division of work between hard-working associates and good partner oversight. Excellent visibility of fees for clients throughout. Highly organised and focused on delivery of high-quality product to clients'

'Ben Kerley is hardworking and diligent with good organisational skills, operates at a higher level than his years of experience suggest'

'Chris Evans has excellent client skills and care, and runs a tight ship'

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in a claim following the insolvency of an arbitration claimant.
  • Advising a client bringing a claim alleging substandard work and subsequent damage.
  • Defending a client in claims of overstated costs, breach of contract and defamation.
  • Acting for a client in a claim for alleged breach of distribution agreements by a water filtration company.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP advises both businesses and individuals on the recovery of secured and unsecured commercial and personal finance, recovery of assets, consumer and credit disputes, financial fraud and leasing regulations. The firm has a notable specialism in bulk recoveries of both debts and assets, from pre-legal collections to litigation. Ann Lloyd heads up the team.

Practice head(s):Ann Lloyd

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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 retains strong links with clients in the Dorset area. It provides ongoing employment advice to employers, senior executives, directors and shareholders, and high net worth individuals. The firm also has an expanding client base outside of Dorset, with it generating work from instructing parties based in Hampshire, Wiltshire and London. Catharine Geddes and Kevin Barnett are the key names in the team, which is adept in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Catharine Geddes; Kevin Barnett

Testimonials

'Great depth of experience in all areas of Law. This enables the employment law team to be able to respond to a very wide area of queries'

'The size of the employment law team means that I know them very well and they know me and my organisation'

'I consider this team to be by far the most credible and professional that I have worked with'

'Catharine Geddes is extremely professional, yet very easy to talk to and gain a clear understanding of what advice she is giving'

'Catharine takes time to really drill down to the situation and gives excellent support that is naturally aligned to the lower level of risk that our organisation prefers to work at'

Key Clients

Curtiss Wright Group

Ceuta Holdings Limited

Data Installations and Networking Services Limited T/a Data Techniques

Osprey Europe Limited

FRP Advisory LLP

Moorfields Advisory Limited

Dorset Wildlife Trust

Global Maritime Consultancy Limited

Work highlights

  • Represent the respondent in multiple race discrimination claims involving key personnel in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal.
  • Advising and assisting a business founder on his exit from the business.
  • Providing general employment advice and assistance to a client in relation to various matters including changes of terms and conditions, grievance and disciplinary matters.
  • Advising and assisting a luxury goods manufacturer and seller on the employment aspects of its UK operations.
  • Assisting a client with the implementation of changes to terms and conditions of employees and subsequent grievance procedures.
Leading individuals

Catharine Geddes - Lester Aldridge LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP predominantly focuses on regulatory and business crime, and undertakes prosecution work principally for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), but also acts for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and local authorities. Practice head Michael Veal is a well-known name in the health and safety sphere, and handles prosecutions for the HSE throughout the South West of England and South Wales. In addition, the firm also defends commercial clients and public bodies in investigations and health and safety trials.

Practice head(s):Michael Veal

Other key lawyers:Guy Gosheron

Testimonials

'The team Lester Aldridge is responsive and friendly with a real depth of expertise'

'My dealings with the team have always been simple and straightforward. The H&S department clearly knows what it is doing'

'This is a totally professional and hard-working team who know what they are talking about and are respected by everyone for that'

'I work a lot with Michael Veal. He is a fantastic lawyer with a great depth of knowledge of his subject. He thinks deeply about his work and provides sensible, commercially-sound advice to his clients. He is tactically astute and works extremely hard'

'Michael Veal is very well regarded. He provides significant input into the decision-making processes, the securing of relevant evidence and strategy'

'Michael Veal is widely recognised to be one of the pre-eminent Health and Safety Lawyers. His knowledge of the law is hugely impressive, but he also has sound judgment and a pragamatic approach. Unlike many solicitors in this field, he is not distracted by the technical aspects of the evidence but quickly identifies what is important to the successful resolution of the case'

'Michael Veal is a powerhouse of knowledge - both in practice and procedure as well as the law. He is always fully seized of all the case facts and knows how to get the best results. Other lawyers and judges know they can trust him and know that he will work tirelessly to achieve aims. He gives realistic advice on outcomes where necessary'

Key Clients

Health & Safety Executive

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Torbay Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for the HSE in the prosecution of Synergy Housing Limited, Aster Property Limited and Orona Limited following the death of a child in a home lift.
  • Acted for the HSE in the prosecution of a major manufacturer, Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited, following a fatality at a factory in Bristol.
  • Acted for the HSE in the prosecution of Tata Steel UK Limited and Rowecord Total Access Limited following an incident at steelworks in Port Talbot.
  • Acted for the HSE in the prosecution of a company specialising in cliff stabilisation and its director following reports of diagnoses of hand arm vibration syndrome in workers.
  • Acted for the HSE in the prosecution of Capstone Buildings Limited and Stephen Ayles following a fatal incident on a construction site in Dorset.
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 advises on claims arising from severe injuries such as brain and spinal injuries. Other cases involve clinical negligence, road accidents, marine accidents as well as amputation cases. The practice is also experienced in handling claims arising from injuries sustained in a workplace. The ‚Äėextremely efficient and well-prepared‚Äô practice head Tim Blackwell assists with the securing of rehabilitation funds and advises families of injured individuals.

Practice head(s):Tim Blackwell

Testimonials

'Tim Blackwell has a sound judgment and gives the client a great sense of reassurance.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on a claim arising from a brain injury sustained in a road accident.
  • Advising on a claim arising from an accident involving a county council. 
  • Advising a on a claim arising from severe fractures in a fall in a supermarket. 
  • Advised on a claim arising from a brain injury following a road accident.
  • Advising on claim arising from cerebral palsy suffered by the son following a birth injury.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP

Principally acting for claimants, Lester Aldridge LLP assists with professional negligence claims against accountants, property surveyors and independent financial advisers, which involves claims arising from aggressive and illegal tax schemes. Practice head Kate Stewart specialises in the negligent construction of properties and regularly advises on claims against architects and project managers. The practice also has expertise in claiming against solicitors in relation to breach of duty.

Practice head(s):Kate Stewart

Work highlights

  • Claiming against a project management company in relation to the collapse of a property construction project.
  • Advising on a claim against solicitors and financial advisors arising from breach of duty.
  • Advising on a claim against a construction company arising from the defective construction of residential dwellings
  • Claim against firms of solicitors for negligent advice in the context of the negligent drafting of a deed of trust.

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South West: Private client

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

Lester Aldridge LLP

Geoff Trobridge heads the practice at Lester Aldridge LLP and advises on charity registrations, charity mergers and restructuring, trustees’ duties and liabilities, fundraising regulations and charity disputes. The practice also assists with legacy protection, risk management and contentious Court of Protection cases. The firm is additionally experienced in the review of charity governance and the role of charity members.

Practice head(s):Geoff Trobridge

Key Clients

Care South

Autism Wessex

Kent Autistic Trust

Lewis Manning Hospice

Solent Mind

Macmillan Caring Locally

The United Reformed Church (Wessex) Trust

Help and Care

Prama Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advising Macmillan Caring Locally on the governing document of the charity.
  • Advised a charity working with people who are drug or alcohol dependent on its merger with another charity.
  • Advising on the incorporation of a nursing home charity by its transfer to a charitable incorporated organisation.
  • Advised the Minstead Trust on its acquisition of Hanger Farm Arts Centre from Nacro through a business transfer agreement.
  • Advised Lewis Manning Hospice on the transfer of its lottery operation to a national organisation.

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

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP specialises in contested will, trust and probate cases, which regularly involve cross-border aspects. The firm represents charities, care homes, high-net-worth individuals and wealthy families in contentious estate administration disputes. The firm also specialises in acting for vulnerable clients and disputes concerning the mental capacity of elderly clients. The firm also handles sensitive Court of Protection cases.

Practice head(s):Victoria Jones

Work highlights

  • Managing a multi-million fund on behalf of an adult with severe brain injury who lacks the capacity to manage his own financial affairs.
  • Advice on a contested deputyship application.
  • Representing in a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, where proceedings have been issued.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP undertakes financial remedy cases, advises on pension and tax structuring and is experienced in drafting and negotiating pre-nuptial agreements as well as declaration of trust and cohabitation agreements for the protection of assets. The firm is also specialised in private children law and is involved in international children cases that encompass disputed contact, residence and surrogacy aspects.

Practice head(s):Jane Porter

Other key lawyers:Rosemary Sharp

Work highlights

  • Advised in connection with an application under Schedule 1 of the Children Act in respect to a client's three-year-old daughter.
  • Assisted with international relocation proceedings.
  • Advised on financial remedy application.
  • Acting in Children Act proceedings.
  • Advising on divorce and financial remedy proceedings.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP has expertise in international estate transfer, domestic and offshore tax planning, the establishment and structuring of trusts for vulnerable individuals, as well as in wealth planning, business succession issues and cross-border wealth transfer between high-net-worth individuals and family members. Other key clients include charities, which the team regularly advises on regulatory aspects and the structuring of assets.

Practice head(s):Oliver Phipps; Kurt Lee

Other key lawyers:Melanie Wilkins

Work highlights

  • Administering of an estate of a deceased wealthy individual
  • Advising on the inheritance of an offshore estate

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South West: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Lester Aldridge LLP

Active across the whole healthcare sector, Lester Aldridge LLP's team stands out nationally for its notable expertise in health and social care regulation. Its varied client base includes NHS organisations, care homes and agencies, supported living services, children’s homes and specialist learning disability and mental health providers. The health team is regularly instructed by equity funds and lenders on high-value transactions. Another pillar of the practice involves representing clients during regulatory investigations, as well as professional misconduct and criminal proceedings; Laura Guntrip is a key contact in this space. Peter Grose heads up the team, which also includes Susan Cowan.

Practice head(s):Peter Grose

Other key lawyers:Laura Guntrip; Susan Cowan

Testimonials

'Highly regarded on the local market'

Key Clients

HC-One

Lifeways Community Care

National Fostering Agency

Graham Care

Registered Nursing Home Association

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

The Kent Autistic Trust

National Care Association

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Medical Health NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Defending a care home operator against an enforcement decision by the Care Quality Commission to cancel the provider’s registration due to non-compliance with the with the relevant regulations.
  • Representing a nurse during ongoing proceedings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) questioning her fitness to practice.
  • Advising a national care provider on a situation in which a resident has gained a placement in a care home based on fraudulent information provided to the provider.
  • Assisting a national care provider with regulatory due diligence in respect of the proposed sale of a large national corporate provider.
  • Defended a company director in the course of a CQC criminal investigation seeking to prosecute the company and the director.
Leading individuals

Laura Guntrip - Lester Aldridge LLP

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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 commercial property work is centred on sectors such as healthcare, leisure, telecoms, housebuilding, and ports and marinas. The practice demonstrates strong capabilities in the acquisition and sale of freehold and leasehold properties, sub-leases, portfolio management and investment transactions, among other matters. ‚ÄėBrilliant lawyer‚Äô Suki Samra, who leads the Bournemouth-based team, assists landlords and property investors with landlord and tenant work and enfranchisement. Mark Benham¬†is¬†also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Matthew Barrow (Southampton); Suki Samra (Bournemouth); Mark Benham (Bournemouth)

Testimonials

A remarkable depth of knowledge

The team is very strong and provides highly efficient advice

'Suki Samra has built an excellent reputation in the field'

Key Clients

McCarthy & Stone

Santander UK

Monzo

Meggitt

Bargate Homes

Bloor Homes

Merck & Co.

Captiva Homes

Marina Developments

Care South

CHG Holdings

Meyrick Estate

Nested

Yorkshire Building Society t/a Norwich & Peterborough Building Society

Accredo

Lloyds Bank

Fragrance Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Monzo Bank on its move to new head office premises in Finsbury Square, London.
  • Advised McCarthy & Stone on a large number of property acquisitions, including a £1m purchase of a site in Chorley acquired by way of a joint venture development with supermarket Lidl.
  • Advising a banking company on the secured lending on property investments of total worth over £100m.
  • Acted for Fragrance Group in respect of its acquisition and subsequent letting of St Chads Hotel in Blackpool.
  • Assisted a real estate developer with the sale of multiple medical centres.
Leading individuals

Suki Samra - Lester Aldridge LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP’s property litigation department is led by Kate Stewart, who has extensive expertise in a wide range of general real estate and landlord and tenant disputes. Stewart's experience includes possession claims, dilapidations, service charge disputes and enfranchisement matters. Stewart's team works closely with the wider real estate group to advise developer clients on contentious matters. In addition, it also provides support to the ports and marinas department, as well as the care team.

Practice head(s):Kate Stewart

Testimonials

'The team can provide litigation advice on a wide range of property disputes'

'Everyone on the team is always very focused on achieving the best commercial outcome for clients'

'Kate Stewart is always available on the other side of the phone to handle any challenge that is directed her way'

Key Clients

Marina Developments

The McCarthy & Stone Group

Big Yellow

Work highlights

  • Acting for Marina Developments  across a wide number of matters, including advice on contentious tenant management issues and forfeiture proceedings, among others.
  • Advising Big Yellow on its property interests, including representation in matters concerning the removal of squatters from its site at King's Cross.

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