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Aaron & Partners LLP

PALL MALL COURT, 61-67 KING STREET, MANCHESTER, M2 4PD, ENGLAND
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Work 0844 800 8346
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Fax 0844 800 8347
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http://www.aaronandpartners.com
Chester, Manchester, Shrewsbury

North West

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP

Tim Culpin   at Aaron & Partners LLP  has ‘many years of knowledge and a great understanding of the legal aspects of the transport sector’. Culpin is an experienced advocate in both the Magistrates’ Court and at the Traffic Commissioners’ Public Inquiries. He has built up significant experience in dealing with regulatory authorities and in reviewing existing compliance management. Simon Edwards  is a legal advisor to the UK Warehousing Association and Nick Clarke has a wide range of experience in the logistics sector especially in drafting warehousing and distributions contracts and liens. The specialist team routinely advises on other issues such as contracts with customers and suppliers, disputes and other advice about land and buildings and on environmental matters.

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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

The ‘approachable’ team at Aaron & Partners LLP is commended for its ‘attention to detail’ and regularly handles investments, corporate finance transactions, restructuring, and sales and acquisitions of owner-managed businesses across Cheshire and North Wales. Highlights included advising DP Williams Group on the disposal of its wholly owned subsidiary, D P Williams Holdings, to CCP Building Products; advising Mercury Commodities on the sale of its business and assets to Glencore Agriculture UK; and advising Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership on its £3.2m Growing Places Fund investment into the Cheshire Green Employment Park at Wardle, East Cheshire. Knights of Old Group, Meadow Foods and Culina are also clients. Department head Stuart Scott-Goldstone, who also operates from the firm’s Shrewsbury office, is praised for his ‘expertise’ and ‘clarity’. Senior partner Simon Edwards and partnership expert Mark Briegal are also recommended, as is senior associate Jamie Hawley, who is ‘thorough and explains details in an understandable manner’.

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

Aaron & Partners LLP delivers a ‘first-class service’ across complex and high-value shareholder and partnership disputes; disputes arising out of corporate transactions; claims involving directors; restrictive covenants; property litigation and professional negligence. Key highlights included representing two directors of a group of food companies in a professional negligence claim against the companies’ former solicitors, and representing two Florida-based banks in the collection of mortgage shortfalls from British citizens who invested in the US property market. David Harries handles energy, engineering, construction and IT disputes, and is also noted for land and fiduciary obligations work. Also recommended are John Devoy, who is experienced in professional negligence cases, David Potts, who is noted for shareholder disputes, and David Mann, who was promoted to partner in 2017 and has ‘an excellent listening ear’. Simon Edwards and recently promoted associate Bryony Cook are also key members of the department, which is led by Nick Clarke.

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

The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ department Aaron & Partners LLP ‘punches above its weight’. The practice regularly handles contentious insolvency mandates and is often engaged by insolvency practitioners in relation to insolvent solicitor practices; it also handles personal insolvency work. Development Bank Wales, KPMG, Menzies, Poppleton & Appleby and RSM are clients. Key figures include personal insolvency specialist Mark Davies, who regularly acts for office holders, individuals, directors and creditors; Simon Edwards, who handles cases for office holders, defendants and creditors, and often advises on IVAs for solicitors and other professional services clients as does Jan Chillery; and dispute resolution and insolvency department head Nick Clarke, who handles complex insolvency-related litigation.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP's team has been advising Zip World on various employment matters. Other key clients include Sovini, Txtlocal and North of England Zoological Society as well as Stagwell Media (NRG) UK. Helen Watson heads the team and is praised for her ‘prompt responses and for her depth of knowledge’. Watson regularly advises clients in both the private and public sectors on contentious and non-contentious matters and has Higher Rights of Audience. Associate Adam Haines is ‘assertive and is particularly strong on contentious matters’ and is experienced at conducting employment tribunal claims. Haines has wide ranging sector expertise covering financial, retail, facilities management and hospitality.

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North West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP 's ’ team is ‘highly rated’. Practice head Simon Ellis heads an excellent team and David Harries  is well regarded for his work on rural diversification schemes. The group attracts praise for its ‘particular expertise in the renewables sector’. Richard Forrester  regularly advises landlords and tenants on all aspects of the Agricultural Holdings Act. In addition the private client team is well placed to assist farmers and rural landowners on inheritance tax and other financial planning issues. Recent highlights included continuing to advise John Holford Charity about the mineral rights for sand extraction over farmland in East Cheshire. It is also advising Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water) on a proposed extension of water treatment works. This work entails advising on a development over common land just outside the Snowdonia National Park. Other key clients include Chester Zoo, Denbighshire County Council and Chester Diocesan Board of Finance. The skilled team advises on all of the issues that affect farms, farm partnerships, estates and local authorities. It is also adept at advising on opportunities for alternative energy such as wind turbines.

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

Aaron & Partners LLP

Clive Pointon   heads the department at Aaron & Partners LLP  and James Wallace leads the contentious probate part of the team. David Mann is ‘quick, efficient and a good communicator’. Wallace specialises in the resolution of disputes involving wills, trusts and estates. He has particular expertise in dealing with challenges to wills, often on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity, undue influence or fraud. He also represents individuals and estates in relation to claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP fields a ‘highly professional team that is very well regarded for financial remedy matters'. It also has strength in agricultural family matters. Lorraine Saunders  is noted for her ‘friendly and supportive manner and very good attention to detail’. Head of department Richard Barge acts almost exclusively for business owners/shareholders or their spouses and regularly deals with cases where the assets and wealth are held offshore, in trusts and in complex pension schemes and company structures. Senior associate Katherine Livesey  is ‘very thorough; she carefully lays out all the options and implications for clients so that they can make a fully informed decision’. Livesey is also ‘exceptionally good for children work’. 'Very approachable' associate Simon Mawdsley is also recommended. The group is frequently involved in cases with an international element and as a result is well placed to advise on jurisdictional disputes and on foreign jurisprudence in family matters.

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

Aaron & Partners LLP

The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Clive Pointon  heads the team at Aaron & Partners LLP . Pointon has a ‘wealth of experience. He is friendly, approachable and offers suggestions about complex legal issues in an articulate and readily understandable way’. James Wallace  is ‘excellent in every way. He is very professional but also very personable and knowledgeable’. Capital tax work remains the mainstay of the practice. Pointon is also well regarded for his work as a court of protection deputy and is increasingly advising elderly retirees about repatriating foreign assets. The firm’s involvement in deputyship matters throughout the North and mid Wales remains significant.

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP displays ‘stellar expertise across planning, environment and energy’ mandates. The team advised developer Bryn Blaen Wind Farm on a range of matters relating to the development of six large scale wind turbines in Powys, which included complex planning matters, and advised Rhoscrowther Wind Farm on an appeal against the Pembrokeshire County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a five turbine wind farm at Milford Haven. The team also acted for North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection on its proposed development of a tidal lagoon. Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Hendy Wind Farm and Mynydd y Gwynt are also clients. David Harries is praised for his ‘strategic view and his sharp analysis of the risks and opportunities’ and heads the planning, environment, energy and regulatory practice. Corporate head Stuart Scott Goldstone, senior associates Keith McKinney, who is ‘brilliant’, Jamie Hawley and Andrew Lees are key members of the team, as is consultant Richard Forrester, who specialises in mines, minerals and waste planning matters.

Leading individuals

David Harries - Aaron & Partners LLP

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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

Aaron & Partners LLP's expertise spans ecclesiastical property and charity land and management; renewable energy and waste management, landed estates and agriculture. It also handles development, investment and secured lending work and is experienced in the retail, leisure and utilities sectors. Team head Simon Ellis is leading advice for Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig on the proposed extension of a water treatment works, which involves development over common land outside the Snowdonia National Park, and advised the University of Chester on the £2.2m freehold purchase of the former Land Registry building in Birkenhead. Elsewhere, Trish Randles is instructed by Galliers Properties on a range of matters. Senior associates Lisa Moncur and Iwan Williams , who is ‘commercially astute and has a broad spectrum of knowledge across all commercial property matters’, are also noted.

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP is regularly instructed on planning and environmental matters in relation to energy and utilities schemes and retail developments as well as mineral acquisition, mineral site allocations, and waste management developments. It is regularly instructed on planning challenges and is adept at advising on Welsh planning law. The team advised Aldi Stores UK on several matters including the development of new stores in Chester and Whitchurch; advised Bryn Blaen Wind Farm on the development of six wind turbines in Powys; acted for Rhoscrowther Wind Farm on its appeal of against the decision of Pembrokeshire County Council to refuse planning permission for a five turbine wind farm at Milford Haven; and is advising Mynydd y Gwynt on its appeal against the Secretary of State’s decision to refuse consent for a 27 wind turbine wind farm. The ‘brilliant’ David Harries heads the team and is experienced in energy projects, and David Delaney is experienced in planning and compulsory purchase matters. Consultant Richard Forrester specialises in mines, minerals and waste planning matters as well as complex land, agricultural issues, and environmental licencing and regulation. Senior associate Keith McKinney is ‘exceptional’ and is experienced in  environmental crime and energy-related matters; with expertise in advising on consent for renewable energy developments.

Next generation lawyers

Keith McKinney - Aaron & Partners LLP

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