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Nockolds Solicitors

6 MARKET SQUARE, BISHOP'S STORTFORD, CM23 3UZ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01279 755777
Fax:
Fax 01279 260047
DX:
50400 BISHOP'S STORTFORD
Email:
Web:
www.nockolds.co.uk
Bishops Stortford, London

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 4

Nockolds Solicitors

Nockolds Solicitors’ commercial and property litigation team handles complex High Court litigation, focusing on breach of contact claims, product liability claims, professional negligence, restrictive covenants, IP, insolvency and distribution agreement disputes. The client portfolio includes PLCs, SMEs and high-net-worth individuals. The practice is headed by Daniel Winter. Associates Sam Cook, Lucy Slatter and George Burton are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Daniel Winter

Other key lawyers:Sam Cook; Lucy Slatter; George Burton

Testimonials

'A friendly, approachable and hard-working team, which always have a good relationship with their clients and counsel alike'.

'Good regional firm that punches above its weight in commercial litigation'.

'They have interesting work and are commercially minded in their approach to cases'.

'Sam Cook is smart and a good strategic thinker'.

'Lucy Slatter is really pleasant to work with and willing to go above and beyond for her clients'.

'George Burton is robust and astute in his advice and very good with clients'.

 

Key Clients

Weston Homes Plc

Fairview New Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in defending a claim for breach of an exclusive distribution Agreement valued at approximately £200,000.
  • Acting for client in a dispute over the proceeds of a joint venture for the development of a block of flats and 12 houses.
  • Assisting client with a claim and ombudsman complaint against a SIPP provider for losses arising from investments in illiquid products.
  • Advising client on a petition to wind up a company on the basis that the company is unable to pay its debts as they fall due.
  • Acted for client in a claim against a contractor for unpaid invoices pursuant to a construction contract.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Nockolds Solicitors

The employment team at Nockolds Solicitors acts for employer clients, from start-up businesses to major PLCs, while also developing a reputation for assisting high-net-worth individuals, senior executives and Latin American clients with UK employment issues. Advising on the TUPE aspects of business sales and acquisitions in close connection with the corporate and M&A department is an area of strength. The practice is headed by Darren Hayward. Gary Smith and London-based senior associate Joanna Sutton are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):Darren Hayward

Other key lawyers:Gary Smith; Joanna Sutton

Testimonials

'Nockolds offers all-round legal assistance. The team are professional, approachable, and speak in plain language that is easily understandable.'

'We have worked with Nockolds for a great number of years and have always been very pleased with the service.'

'Gary Smith is straightforward, he understands our business needs. He will explain things in a balanced way to help us make the right decision with regard to our people and the business.'

'I recommend Joanna Sutton - excellent interpersonal skills, straight talking and professional. And the most impressive quality is that beneath that veneer she has steely edge.'

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in a large-scale collective redundancy consultation process involving nine trades unions.
  • Represented a client in a high-value disability discrimination claim.
  • Represented a client in an age discrimination claim.
  • Represented a client in a large-scale whistleblowing claim.
  • Advising a client on the restructure of its  business.

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Nockolds Solicitors

At Nockolds Solicitors, the 'extremely impressive' clinical negligence team has a reputation for handling high-value and highly complex catastrophic claims, with particular expertise in brain and spinal injury. A key figure in the team is Yasmin Ameer, 'a real leader in her field', who focuses on significant high-value claims, with particular expertise in brain injury and amputation matters.

Practice head(s):Jennie Jones

Other key lawyers:Yasmin Ameer; Rachel Davis

Testimonials

'Nockolds Solicitors has a very specialist serious injuries team. The team is not huge, but they are immensely skilled and have a great deal of experience in dealing with injuries of the utmost severity.'

'The experience of Yasmin Ameer sets Nockolds apart from many other firms.'

'Yasmin Ameer is the most experienced solicitor in high-value clinical negligence claims. She is supremely able, very confident in her dealings with the other side, fights her client's corner and has a lovely manner with clients and their families. I cannot recommend her highly enough.'

Work highlights

  • Secured a £9m settlement, in a clinical negligence matter.
  • Acting for a client in an undiagnosed brain haemorrhage claim.
  • Settled a paediatric claim for £18m.
  • Involved in a claim concerning the negligent management of cholecystectomy.
Leading individuals

Yasmin Ameer - Nockolds Solicitors

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

Nockolds Solicitors

Nockolds Solicitors' personal injury group attracts high-value catastrophic injury claims with a particular focus on brain and spinal injury. The team places an emphasis on supporting rehabilitation for its clients and has built a track record of success in obtaining significant settlements. Jennie Jones specialises in brain and spinal injuries and has strong litigation experience.

Practice head(s):Jennie Jones

Other key lawyers:Yasmin Ameer

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South East: Private client

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

Nockolds Solicitors

Nockolds Solicitors demonstrates 'a high degree of competence' in relation to wills and trust disputes. Although the firm's client list is primarily reflective of its strong regional presence, it also acts for clients based abroad. It has a particular niche in acting for Spanish clients and clients with assets in Spain. In addition, the group has recently won work from a number of new clients from Brazil. The main contact is Daniel Winter, who is a full member of ACTAPS.

Practice head(s):Daniel Winter

Testimonials

'The firm was large enough to give me confidence that I was working with a reputable and trustworthy organisation but not so large as to make me feel insignificant'.

'I could not have been more fortunate in having Daniel Winter assist me; his ability to listen, pull out critical points and build up a strategy with no fuss is truly impressive'.

'I believe Daniel is as good, if not better, than anyone I have dealt with over the years'.

'The team at Nockolds is very responsive and always happy to answer any queries in a simple language'.

'Daniel Winter was very knowledgeable on all aspects of my complex case; he took a direct and straightforward route to securing a future I may not have had without his negotiations'.

'Daniel Winter was exceptionally diligent and showed great attention to detail; he was always willing to clarify any issues and made me feel comfortable and valued as a client'.

'Daniel Winter is very competent and professional yet has a caring nature'.

'Gemma Dudmish and Vicky Tassell made the process as painless and straightforward as possible; they were approachable, personable and happy to explain matters in detail. They also showed meticulous attention to detail'.

Work highlights

  • Handled proceedings in the High Court in relation to the £5m estate of a convicted paedophile concerning questions of historic sexual abuse of boys.
  • Urgent High Court action on behalf of vulnerable client with severe physical disability for the recovery of monies taken in breach of trust including freezing injunction.
  • Defending will validity and Inheritance Act claims of £1m+ in UK and Hong Kong estates.
  • Acting for gentleman with dementia in answering claim for historic theft of artefacts from museum.
  • High Court action against attorney of deceased aunt for return of monies taken during her lifetime in breach of trust and removal and replacement of executors.

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Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Nockolds Solicitors

The Bishop's Stortford-based family team at Nockolds Solicitors specialises in financial matters for medium to high-net-worth clients in areas such as relocations, children work as well as foreign matters, with a particular experience of issues relating to Spain and Poland. The practice has been achieving successful outcomes through the use of mediation, sparing clients additional court costs. The practice is headed by Lynn Cowley and the 'fantastic' Pete Dodd is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Lynn Cowley

Other key lawyers:Pete Dodd

Testimonials

'They are client focused and honest'.

'They always put the client first'.

'Extremely positive and professional, I would recommend them'.

'Pete Dodd guided me professionally and personally through a very difficult period and circumstances. His advice and attention was exemplary'.

'I have uttermost respect for Pete, he was professional throughout as well as being personable'.

Key Clients

Iman Almabhood

Kay Booth

Norma Aida

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client whose husband denies the existence of a valid marriage contract and, subsequently, any financial obligations.
  • Assisting a wife with a matter concerning a formulaic agreement with the husband in which client had less return capital in return for maintenance.
  • Assisting a Peruvian grandmother with a matter concerning the client's right to see her deceased son’s only child.
  • Acted for a husband in relation to divorce, financial and Children Act matters.
  • Advised on a cross-jurisdictional divorce.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Nockolds Solicitors

Nockolds Solicitors’ commercial property team in Bishop’s Stortford regularly handles property development matters such as site assembly, option and development agreements and Section 106 agreements with local authorities. It also deals with the sale of social housing as part of residential developments. The client base includes regional and national developers, occupiers and investors. Michael Talbot  heads the practice. Andrew Fernandes is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Michael Talbot

Other key lawyers:Andrew Fernandes 

Testimonials

'Good strength in depth; they are friendly, approachable and proactive'.

'They have handled some complex and high-value deals efficiently to achieve our objectives within tight timescales'.

'Very good communication and excellent service'.

'Andrew Fernandes is simply excellent to deal with. He has great attention to detail with a pragmatic and professional approach'.

Key Clients

Fairview New Homes PLC

Thomas Sinden Development

Beverley Homes Limited

Foxley Homes Limited

Office Space in Town

The 36 Group

Weston Homes

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with its acquisition of office space in London for a premium of £21.35m  
  • Assisted  a consortium of Seven Landowners with the sale of major development site.
  • Assisted a regional house builder with the acquisition of a site for 1,000 new apartments.
  • Assisted The 36 Group with its acquisition of new leasehold space.
  • Assisted Scoffs Group PLC with the acquisition of entire issued share capital of a company holding 57 Costa Coffee outlets.

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