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117614 BROMLEY-7
Bromley, London

South East: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3


Sarah Hickey 'who would stand out in any crowd' and the 'highly rated' consultant Nick Stotesbury  head up the 'excellent' Batchelors team. It handles probate, intestacy, trusts and tax planning together with disputes around wills and executors and conducts Court of Protection work and disputes under TOLATA. Edward White is highlighted for the clarity of his advice in areas including tax, advisory and contentious private client matters. David Harris  and Dalia Sainsbury  both joined the team in mid-2018.

Practice head(s):Sarah Hickey; Nick Stotesbury

Other key lawyers:Edward White; Dalia Sainsbury


'What makes this practice unique is the personal service. I have found Sarah Hickey to be excellent - she took the trouble to spend time looking at the whole picture, with regard to both my family and financial position, and giving best advice. I have not come across another practice which has given such a personal service.'

'The core of partners have been with the practice a long time, giving stability.'

'The probate team at Batchelors headed by Sarah Hickey have been excellent in supporting referred clients and myself personally when I had cause to use their services. They speak in plain clear language which gives confidence in their abilities.'

'This practice displays an outstanding level of professionalism, as you walk through the door from the receptionist onwards you feel as though you are in safe hands and that every decision made is thought through very carefully, as well as being based on the most up-to-date law.'

'Nick Stotesbury is a highly respected, hard working and conscientious solicitor and I would trust his advice and ability to deliver.'

'Edward White has the same outlook and dedication to giving clients a service and a satisfactory result.'

'Edward White makes careful, thoughtful, well-judged and informed decisions. His explanations are clear, we can understand fully the implications of the advice he is giving which allows us to make very confident decisions.'

'Although she had an efficient team working behind her, nearly all our engagement was with Sarah. She is extremely personable which made it easy to engage with her.  Her experience was evident from her questioning and analysis and the confidence we had in Sarah meant we were relaxed throughout the process. She went out of her way to ensure everyone involved understood. We have recommended Sarah and her team to others.'

'Sarah Hickey is extremely competent in private client matters, explains legal issues to the layman in plain English and provides practical solutions to achieve the client's objectives.'

'Edward White can be relied upon to bring an analytical mind to inheritance tax planning and dealing with contentious probate issues, as well as advising clients on drafting wills and trust deeds.'

'Sarah Hickey is a very smart lady, both in her professionalism and presentation: she would stand out in any crowd. I have greatly appreciated the confident, methodical, thorough and efficient way the process has been and continues to be handled. Sarah's advice has been invaluable. Fees and the costs have been regularly estimated with great accuracy, thereby avoiding any possibility of confusion or misunderstanding about the estate.'

'We dealt with Sarah Hickey and Dalia Sainsbury and I would have no hesitation in recommending both in the future.'

Next Generation Partners

Sarah Hickey - Batchelors

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South East: Real estate

Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1


Batchelors has a first-rate social housing practice, which comprises of specialists in housing management, property and development. On the management side, the 'reliable, trustworthy and passionate' team specialises in high profile and complex anti-social behaviour and tenancy fraud cases. It also has a strong handle on matters concerning leaseholds and shared ownership, as well as tenancy review. Elsewhere, the firm is active in acquisitions and affordable housing development, among other matters. Key figures in the team include Thaine Wilson (who is praised for his expertise in 'complex legal cases'), the 'technically astute' Gavinder Ryait and Nick McKnight.

Practice head(s):Thaine Wilson; Andrew Harmer; Gavinder Ryait

Other key lawyers:Nick McKnight


'Reliable, trustworthy and passionate about what they do and deliver.'

'Approachable, friendly and always put you at ease'.

'Batchelors offer a fully rounded service and will always go that extra mile; the level of service is consistently good'.

'Batchelors have long been known in the social housing field for their high calibre of clients and customer care ethos; they provide first-class advice underpinned by strong knowledge of the sector'.

'Batchelors takes a no-nonsense approach to their work; it is always completed efficiently and to a high standard'.

'Thaine Wilson can make you feel comfortable with the uncomfortable'.

'Gavinder Ryait is a great asset; she offers invaluable advice and delivers legal surgeries'.

'Thaine Wilson offers valuable advice when dealing with complex legal cases'.

' Thaine Wilson is loved by his clients for his willingness to go the extra mile, approachability and innate sense of how the sector works'.

'Gavinder Ryait has long been a quality member of the team; she is informed, tactically astute and a definite 'go-to' solicitor for any social housing landlord'.

'Andrew Harmer is a real star; he is extremely capable and his attention to detail is faultless'.

Key Clients

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

The Hyde Group

East End Homes


London Borough of Redbridge

Sutton Housing Partnership

Wandle Housing Association

Wellingborough Homes

MOAT Homes

PA Housing

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Paragon Asra Housing in a Court of Appeal  case which resulted in a judgment of significance to all social housing practitioners facing warrant suspension applications by tenants raising arguments of disability discrimination.
  • Successfully represented London & Quadrant Housing Trust in a claim for possession involving serious anti-social behaviour committed by the tenant and her guests including drug dealing and usage and prostitution.
  • Successfully represented London Borough of Redbridge in recovering substantial legal costs incurred in pursuing a leaseholder for non-payment of service charges.
  • Successfully represented a local authority in seeking possession of a property where the tenant was a registered sex offender.
  • Assisting a housing association with recovering possession of several properties within the same block where a former housing officer had fraudulently let them to ineligible tenants for cash.
Leading individuals

Thaine Wilson - Batchelors

Next Generation Partners

Nick McKnight - Batchelors

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