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Porter Dodson LLP

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97176 Taunton (Blackbrook)

South West: Corporate and commercial

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

Porter Dodson LLP (Taunton, Yeovil)

Porter Dodson LLP handles a wide-range of corporate matters for a growing regional and national client base. Key figures include Evelyn Adfield and Sarah Young. Highlights included advising a food wholesaler on its corporate restructuring involving JV agreements, a reorganisation of nine group companies and a multimillion-pound refinancing with Lloyds Bank. Adfield led a cross-disciplinary team that advised the shareholders on the sale of a medical services business.

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South West: Dispute resolution

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

Porter Dodson LLP (Taunton, Yeovil)

Porter Dodson LLP β€˜has a thriving commercial litigation practice’ and a β€˜well-deserved reputation’. Scott Bowley joined as part of a merger with Austen Whetham & Guest and handles a range of civil and commercial disputes work. The β€˜established and capable’ practice group is headed by Stephen Wray, a β€˜heavyweight litigator with long experience of providing a sterling service to clients’. Wray is acting for James Holdsworth, a joint-director and shareholder of Quantum Survey Management, in relation to a claim brought by the client’s fellow director. Anusheh Burcher joined the firm from Irwin Mitchell, and Ben Jones joined Blanchards Bailey LLP.

Leading individuals

Stephen Wray - 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 (Yeovil)

Porter Dodson LLP provides niche advice to employers from the care and medical sectors on all aspects of employment law, but also undertakes work for employees. It has particular expertise in advising on complex whistleblowing and discrimination claims and successfully represents respondents in tribunals. The team provides day-to-day HR advice for a variety of businesses ranging from manufacturers and professional services providers to care homes and GP surgeries, which it also advises on compliance with Care Quality Commission standards. It is adept at advising on disciplinary and grievance matters, and expertly handles issues relating to underperformance and sickness absences. Another area of strength is post-termination restrictive covenants, including enforcement action. Practice head Adrian Poole acted for a claimant in multiple whistleblowing detriment claims against an employer from the medical sector.

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South West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Porter Dodson LLP (Taunton)

Porter Dodson LLP’s contentious probate team is based in its Taunton office but acts for a regional client base that covers Somerset and Dorset, counties across which the firm has eight offices. It represents individuals and executors on contentious trust and probate matters. β€˜Excellent problem solver’ Stephen Wray is β€˜an experienced commercial and private client litigator’ who β€˜understands the law but also appreciates the client’s needs’, β€˜bringing a commercial eye to complicated trusts and probate disputes’. Solicitor Cara Hough is β€˜an extremely thorough, competent and practical practitioner’ who β€˜goes the extra mile to achieve the best result’. The team’s recent instructions include handling disputes over the validity of lifetime gifts, financial provision claims under the Inheritance Act, undue influence claims, and acting for the executors in respect of claims against an estate.

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Family - ranked: tier 3

Porter Dodson LLP (Dorchester, Taunton, Yeovil)

Porter Dodson LLP is praised for its β€˜brilliant responses time’ and its β€˜professional and thorough approach’. It acts for a range of high-net-worth individuals, business owners and landowners on relationship breakdown and divorce and related financial remedy proceedings. The key contacts in the Dorchester office are the β€˜knowledgeable, professional and friendly’ Richard Baker and Nicola Scott, whose specialisms include surrogacy, adoption, fertility treatment, donor conception and co-parenting. Taunton-based mediator and collaborative lawyer Julia Perrins is a recommended divorce and matrimonial finance lawyer. In Yeovil, Rebecca Marshall and Meriel Corrigan are β€˜dedicated to achieving the right outcome for children’. β€˜Immensely capable and pragmatic’ associate Cathryn Smith β€˜puts her clients first’ and β€˜always ensures they are given solid advice’.

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

Porter Dodson LLP (Yeovil, Taunton, Dorchester, Sherborne)

Porter Dodson LLP is praised for its β€˜excellent advice and service’ which is delivered β€˜promptly at realistic cost in a friendly and professional manner’. Practice head Ian Sankey is a key contact in Sherborne, Taunton-based Sharon Collier impresses with her β€˜knowledge, common sense and manner’, Dorchester-based Chris Pemberton is recommended for succession planning and Wellington-based Kate James has notable experience in acting for agricultural clients and landed estates. It advises on tax and succession planning, estate and trust administration, as well as Court of Protection applications and powers of attorney.

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South West: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 3

Porter Dodson LLP (Taunton, Yeovil)

Porter Dodson LLP advises schools in relation to academy conversions, employment law, challenging unfair Ofsted reports, corporate governance matters and recovering school fees. Taunton-based Lesley Gaskell heads the team and focuses on advising on the property aspects of academy conversions.

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South West: Real estate

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

Porter Dodson LLP (Taunton, Yeovil)

β€˜Trustworthy, reliable and prompt’, Porter Dodson LLP has developed experience in the retail and medical and care home sectors, and is particularly well known for its work with local housebuilders and developers. β€˜Thorough and trustworthy’ practice head Bruce Weir is deeply involved in the department’s development work and is acting for a regional developer in the purchase of a residential development site. Weir also acts for corporate tenants. Other key figures include Louise Sanders, a β€˜commercially minded’ partner in the firm’s Yeovil office; and Victoria Walker, who is assisting a medical practice with the sale of its business and assignment of its lease to an entity as part of a national pilot scheme to change the partnership model of GP surgeries. The β€˜industrious’ Ben Hingley is assisting a company director in a refinancing involving assets including agricultural land, a complex of holiday cottages and residential buy-to-let property.

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