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Battens Solicitors Limited

MANSION HOUSE, PRINCES STREET, YEOVIL, BA20 1EP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01935 846000
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Web:
www.battens.co.uk

South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 3

Battens Solicitors Limited

Battens Solicitors Limited is known throughout Somerset and Dorset for handling a wide range of contentious issues including commercial contract disputes, insolvencies and shareholder and partnership disputes. Peter Livingstone heads the litigation department and also has experience in ADR. Livingstone advised a nursing home business on negotiations with its bank in relation to the imposition of an unwanted fixed-interest borrowing product. The practice head also assisted a business with the removal of a contractor following a particularly acrimonious relationship between the parties. Jon Dobson helped represent the installer of an air conditioning system in a dispute regarding the suitability of that system; the case was successfully resolved and the significant parts of the claim were instead brought against the unit manufacturer. Key clients include Corset Wildlife Trust and WH Longman and Sons.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: The West Country
Employment: The West Country - ranked: tier 3

Battens Solicitors Limited

Battens Solicitors Limited advises employers on day-to-day HR issues, grievances, disciplinaries, restructures, redundancies, sickness, termination, contracts, handbooks and represents respondents and claimants in Employment Tribunals. The firm also acts for employees in relation to severance agreements, discrimination, dsiciplinaries and exit negotiations. Key sectors include agriculture, industry, engineering, education and tourism. Recent highlights include advising a client in the hospitality sector on the sale of their business, and acting for a business in relation to performance issues, redundancy, disciplinary matters and also negotiating the settlement of a Tribunal claim against the business. The ‘exceptional’ Dawn Gallie heads the team and provides an ‘excellent service’.

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South West: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Battens Solicitors Limited

The ‘very professional and capable’ practice at Battens Solicitors Limited handles a broad range of personal injury claims such as workplace accidents, industrial disease, road traffic accidents, traumatic brain injury, psychiatric injuries and fatal accidents. The firm also assists with the establishment of personal injury trusts. Senior associate and team head Kate Golding focuses on claims involving brain injuries, spinal injuries and severe lower limb injuries. She is ‘thorough, conscientious and works hard for her clients’. Recent work includes acting for a client who was injured in a road traffic accident, sustaining a back injury, fibromyalgia and psychological injuries; the case was settled for a six-figure sum.

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South West: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Battens Solicitors Limited

Battens Solicitors Limited ‘combines a personal and sensitive approach to its clients with a thorough, well-informed manner in negotiation’. Senior associate and practice head Louise Gidley advises on high-net-worth matrimonial disputes, as well as complex cases concerning children, including representing children through their guardians. Gidley is ‘particularly well prepared, experienced and imaginative in her approach to the financial remedies cases of her clients, blending practical common sense with a sound knowledge of practice and procedure.’

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 3

Battens Solicitors Limited

Battens Solicitors Limited has substantial experience managing property portfolio matters for corporates and property investors, and also has experience in residential development. Ray Edwards has assisted an insurer with property due diligence in relation to the client’s asset and share acquisitions, while on the development side, consultant Robert Wright advised an investment company on a multimillion-pound development agreement. Additionally, consultant Anna Austin advises a house builder on ongoing property issues such as development agreements, disposals and planning and infrastructure agreements. The team also handles ongoing portfolio management issues for various property companies. Roger Chadwick is a contact in the Bath office.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Battens Solicitors Limited

Battens Solicitors Limited advises on licensing, drafting issues, terms and conditions, issues relating to e-commerce, copyright, patents, design rights and trademarks. Recent clients include celebrity sports-people, a music production company and a health drinks manufacturer. Brian Levine and Peter Livingstone head the team which offers ‘immediate responses, quick understanding, useful advice and good value for money’.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Battens Solicitors Limited

Battens Solicitors Limited advises producers and content creators. Recent highlights include advising producer Mallinson Sadler Productions on finance, production and broadcast of a prime-time documentary series. It also advised on the negotiation of a joint venture between a music producer and a major international music publisher. A further highlight includes advising a sports personality on branding rights internationally. Brian Levine heads the team, he is supported by Peter Livingstone who handles media and entertainment-related disputes.

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