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Porter Dodson LLP

TELFORD HOUSE, THE PARK, YEOVIL, BA20 1DY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01935 424581
Fax:
Fax 01935 706063
DX:
100501 YEOVIL
Email:
Web:
www.porterdodson.co.uk

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: The West Country
Corporate and commercial: The West Country - ranked: tier 3

Porter Dodson LLP

Porter Dodson LLP attracts praise for its ‘impressive response times and willingness to turn around complex work quickly and efficiently’. Headed by the highly recommended Evelyn Adfield, the team is regularly instructed in relation to multimillion-pound share transactions. Adfield advised the selling shareholders of 20:20 Retail Data Insight on the sale of their holding to US-based StayinFront. Adfield also assisted a longstanding client with a corporate regorganisation and related financing arrangements. The team, including associate Sarah Young, has also developed a niche expertise in integrating GP partnerships with NHS trusts. Further, the group advises on a host of commercial contract matters and employment law. Brian Maxwell retired in 2017.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: The West Country
Commercial litigation: The West Country - ranked: tier 3

Porter Dodson LLP

With expertise in aviation, energy, construction, and agricultural business, Porter Dodson LLP has ‘an excellent reputation for commercial litigation in Dorset and Somerset’. Taunton-based department head Stephen Wray is defending a company director and shareholder in a £1m claim by a fellow director and shareholder alleging unfair prejudice. Senior associate Anusheh Burcher is ‘a superb litigator’, who has experience in the aviation and energy sectors and is involved in a substantial procurement challenge. Moreover, the team represented a company in arbitration proceedings concerning the mechanism through which a shareholding in the company should be valued. Scott Bowley is an ‘efficient and capable litigator’ in the Bridport office. Additionally, the firm took on two more junior-level attorneys in 2017-2018.

Leading individuals

Stephen Wray - Porter Dodson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Anusheh Burcher - Porter Dodson LLP

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South West: Human resources

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

Porter Dodson LLP

Porter Dodson LLP  provides advice to clients in aerospace, defence, charities, commercial and professional services, education, financial services and transportation sectors. It also provides niche advice to the care and medical sectors. It provides advice on HR issues, whistleblowing, discrimination litigation, unfair dismissal and represents clients in Employment Tribunals. The firm also represents employees with a particular focus on senior executives and GPs. The firm works with Somerset Local Medical Committee to keep practices up to date with employment law and is currently working on a tool to help with Care Quality Commission compliance. Adrian Poole who is ‘very down-to-earth and works with sound principles’ heads the team. The firm offers a service that is ‘uniformly good from the reception team to the senior partners’.

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South West: Private client

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

Porter Dodson LLP

Porter Dodson LLP is a ‘major player in the Taunton and Yeovil area’. ‘Astute and commercial’ team head Stephen Wray specialises in inheritance disputes and financial provision claims, capacity disputes, trust and trustee disputes, and applications regarding the removal and replacement of trustees. Solicitor Rachel FitzGerald  joined from Irwin Mitchell.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Porter Dodson LLP

The team at Porter Dodson LLP has a ‘well-established and respected reputation in the local area’ and provides a ‘superlative’ service. Court of Protection applications, powers of attorney and care home funding matters are areas of focus. Team head Ian Sankey advises on wills, estate administration, inheritance tax planning (including the use of discretionary and life interest trusts), powers of attorney and asset preservation. Sharon Collier is ‘very technically knowledgeable and capable of explaining matters so that clients understand them’, and advises on long-term tax and succession planning; the administration of large, complex estates involving claims for business relief and agricultural relief; and complex interaction rules, and deeds of variation.

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