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Aaron & Partners LLP

5-7 GROSVENOR COURT, FOREGATE STREET, CHESTER, CH1 1HG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01244 405555
DX:
19990 CHESTER
Email:
Web:
www.aaronandpartners.com

North West

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP (Chester)

Tim Culpin heads the team at Aaron & Partners LLP and has a β€˜good reputation in the transport sector’. He is an experienced advocate in both the Magistrates’ Court and at public inquiries before the Traffic Commissioners. Simon Edwards is strong on warehousing matters and Nick Clarke in the logistics sectors. The team has significant experience at dealing with regulatory authorities. Other areas of expertise include advising clients on the prevention of clandestine entrants and on objections to penalties imposed by the UK Border Force.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North West
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 1

Aaron & Partners LLP (Chester)

The β€˜exceptional’ team at Aaron & Partners LLP handles investment mandates, corporate finance transactions, restructurings, and sales and acquisitions of owner-managed businesses across Cheshire and North Wales. Its recent highlights include handling mergers of professional services firms and educational establishments and advising on numerous renewable energy projects. It also handles venture capital transactions and continues to sit on the panel of several investment funds, including the North West Fund. Department head Stuart Scott-Goldstone, who splits his time between the Chester and Shrewsbury offices, led Harry Levy Amusement Contractor on a complex corporate reorganisation and the subsequent grant of EMI options and ESS shares. Knights of Old Group, Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and Enterprise Ventures are also clients. Scott-Goldstone is also noted for his technology, support services and renewable energy experience. Also recommended are partnership specialist Mark Briegal and senior associate Jamie Hawley.

Leading individuals

Stuart Scott-Goldstone - Aaron & Partners LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jamie Hawley - Aaron & Partners LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 1

Aaron & Partners LLP (Chester)

Aaron & Partners LLP fields a β€˜competent, friendly and assured’ team that is adept in disputes related to agency agreements, M&A transactions, distribution, sale of goods and supply of services contracts, shareholder and partnership issues, as well as professional negligence. It is also noted for its expertise in cross-border cases. The transport and warehousing sectors are a key focus for the department, which is headed by insolvency expert Nick Clarke and which includes David Harries, who has particular expertise in energy, engineering, construction and IT disputes; John Devoy, who is experienced in professional negligence cases; and David Potts has extensive expertise in shareholder disputes. Associate David Mann is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

David Mann - Aaron & Partners LLP

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Aaron & Partners LLP (Chester)

The β€˜experienced’ team at Aaron & Partners LLP advises companies and individuals in financial difficulty, and acts for insolvency practitioners, debtors and creditors, and shareholders and directors of insolvent companies. It handles antecedent transaction claims, both for insolvency office holders pursuing claims and individuals who are being pursued, and advises on IVAs, particularly for solicitors. The team also has a niche specialism in advising insolvent logistics companies on operator licences. Nick Clarke heads the dispute resolution and insolvency department and is noted for his experience in contentious matters. Also singled out are the β€˜brilliant’ Mark Davies, who is β€˜excellent’ on personal insolvency matters; Simon Edwards; Jan Chillery, who acts for corporate and private individuals; and litigator John Devoy.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Aaron & Partners LLP (Chester)

Headed by the β€˜vastly knowledgeable and experienced’ Helen Watson, Aaron & Partners LLP’s team is praised for its β€˜no-nonsense approach’. Watson has wide-ranging experience in contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including TUPE disputes and discrimination and harassment cases, and undertakes her own advocacy in addition to being an accredited mediator. Other key team members include Claire Brook, who attracts praise for providing β€˜appropriate advice that is tailored to clients’ needs’; she has been leading the general employment advice to a global provider of computer skill games and amusement arcades for theme parks – the client operates in 15 countries and employs 1500 people in peak season. The team has also been busy advising clients such as NWF Group on diverse matters such as exit negotiations, redundancy advice and tribunal representation.

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North West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Aaron & Partners LLP (Chester)

Simon Ellis heads the excellent team at Aaron & Partners LLP, which includes David Harries, who has extensive experience advising on rural diversification schemes, with an emphasis on renewable energy schemes; and Richard Forrester, who regularly advises landlords and tenants on all aspects of the Agricultural Holdings Act. The practice routinely acts for a range of landlords and tenants on the grant of farm business tenancies and acts for landowners on the development of agricultural land. In addition, the private client team is well placed to assist farmers and rural landowners with inheritance tax and other financial planning issues. Key clients include DΕ΅r Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water), John Holford Charity, Chester Diocesan Board of Finance and Denbighshire County Council.

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

Aaron & Partners LLP (Manchester, Chester)

Aaron & Partners LLP provides β€˜thorough advice’. The well-regarded Clive Pointon heads the team, which includes the β€˜very able’ James Wallace, who has been promoted to partner.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Aaron & Partners LLP (Chester)

The β€˜outstanding’ Richard Barge heads the department at Aaron & Partners LLP. Barge is praised for his β€˜exceptional knowledge’ and has a particular expertise in advising on pre-and-post-nuptial agreements. He acts almost exclusively for business owners/shareholders or their spouses, and is experienced at handling cases where the assets and wealth are held offshore, within trusts or within complex pensions schemes or company structures. He is also skilled at dealing with cases involving farming/agricultural issues. Lorraine Saunders advises on all aspects of matrimonial and family law issues including medium-to-high-net-worth financial cases, divorce, children issues, cohabitation disputes and pre-nuptial agreements.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Aaron & Partners LLP (Chester)

Aaron & Partners LLP provides an β€˜excellent service with very quick turnaround times and clear advice’. Clients appreciate the β€˜continuity of personnel and the fact that the team is not large – this enhances rather than detracts from the relationship’. Clive Pointon, who is a Court of Protection deputy, is β€˜clear, incisive, realistic, good-humoured and patient’. James Wallace also provides β€˜excellent support’ and is especially recommended for his work on disputes involving wills, trusts and estates. The team regularly deals with complex financial situations for high-net-worth clients and has been busy assisting a number of business owners with high-level capital tax planning.

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 4

Aaron & Partners LLP (Chester)

Aaron & Partners LLP is experienced in a range of energy-related matters, and is particularly noted for its track record in renewable projects including wind, solar and hydropower, as well as conventional energy production and transmission. David Harries heads the planning, environmental, energy and regulatory team.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 2

Aaron & Partners LLP (Chester)

Aaron & Partners LLP’s β€˜experienced’ department handles a range of commercial property matters including secured lending, property investment and asset management. Its sector expertise covers renewable energy and waste management, charities and education, utilities, student and city centre developments, as well as agriculture and landed estates. Highlights included acting for Pinnacle Group on a development site at St James Street, Liverpool, and advising Prime Central London on a South London development, which involved the exchange of options to acquire three separate interests in a former public house, and a contract for the onward sale of the property. Knights of Old, Galliers Properties, KingKabs, DΕ΅r Cymru Cyfyngedig and Mostyn Estates are also clients. Simon Ellis heads the department and is singled out for his expertise in the utilities and charities sector, as well as handling broader development work. Trish Randles conducts landlord and tenant matters, as well as portfolio management work. Senior associate Lisa Moncur recently joined from Land Law LLP and is experienced in diocesan and ecclesiastical property matters.

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP (Chester)

The β€˜very experienced’ planning and environment team at Aaron & Partners LLP provides a β€˜highly personalised and tailored service’ across the energy, utilities, retail, minerals and waste sectors. Highlights included advising Mynydd y Gwynt and Renewable Energy Holdings on an application for consent for the construction and operation of a wind farm in Mid Wales, and assisting Aldi Stores UK with the proposed development of a site of former social security offices in a primarily residential area. David Harries is an energy specialist who β€˜leads with great style, and has the experience to match’. He leads the team, which includes David Delaney, who β€˜delivers comprehensive and clear advice’ and is noted for his β€˜top-notch’ planning experience; and Richard Forrester, who specialises in mines, minerals and waste planning matters, as well as complex land and agricultural issues, and environmental licensing and regulation. Associate Keith McKinney is also recommended.

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