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East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Ipswich
Corporate and commercial: Ipswich - ranked: tier 3

Prettys

At Prettysthe service is excellent on all counts; response times are good, cost estimates are fair, and the diverse and capable team ensures clients have the right support’. Respected practitioner Ian Waine has 30 years’ experience handling strategic transactions, funding and contractual matters for predominantly local clients as well as clients beyond Suffolk. Waine ‘speaks in layman’s terms and understands his clients’ needs’. Solicitor Daniel Billson is also recommended. In 2016, Waine acted for haulage company WMA Holdings on the multimillion-pound sale of Macintyre Transport to Turners (Soham). The firm’s other clients include Amber Care (East Anglia), Itsu, Marriott Motor Group and Trans European Oil and Gas Limited. Former head of department Jon Bloor joined Ellisons Solicitors in Colchester.

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East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Ipswich
Commercial litigation: Ipswich - ranked: tier 3

Prettys

At Prettys, head of dispute resolution Peter Blake, who works from both the Ipswich and Chelmsford offices, oversees ‘an experienced team with a commercial edge’. ‘Excellent litigator’ Roland Sharp, who has more than 30 years’ experience, ‘combines toughness with good project management skills and a strong tactical approach always grounded in realism’. Associate Ian Seeley is known for regulatory and procurement litigation, as well as contract disputes in the construction sector. The firm’s client base is a mix of listed companies, UK and international private businesses, SMEs and limited liability partnerships. Sharp acted for the chief executive of a financial services company who advised on business strategy for a new care home but was cut out of the final project at the request of another shareholder. The resulting restitutionary claim achieved a favourable result for the client.

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Prettys (Ipswich, Cambridge)

Clients are ‘extremely pleased with the service levels’ at Prettys, which has ‘a very strong employment offering’. They remark that ‘response times are excellent and the lawyers fully understand employers’ needs, giving invaluable commercial advice that is always appropriate; the team can break down the jargon and talk in real terms.’ Ipswich acts as the epicentre of the employment team, which acts for FTSE companies including a global insurance company, brewery company Greene King, public sector healthcare institutions such as Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, and well-known entities such as Konica Minolta and the Kennel Club. The ‘extremely approachable, helpful and knowledgeableKelly Sayersexplains the issues in layman’s terms and always responds quickly’; clients describe her as ‘dynamic and not afraid to think outside the box’. Matthew Coleprovides excellent support, guiding clients through to a successful conclusion’. Clients of Cole, solicitor Zoë Parker and legal executive Sheilah Cummins single them out as ‘top-shelf lawyers who provide advice that is practical yet thorough, cutting through the complexities of any given fact pattern to identify the underlying issues’.

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East Anglia: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Prettys (Ipswich)

Prettys is ‘an excellent firm with friendly, reliable and well-respected lawyers who offer an excellent service’. Collaborative lawyer and team head Georgie Hall has more than 20 years’ experience and is widely regarded as one of the best family lawyers in Ipswich. The ‘approachable and straightforward’ Georgina Rayment, who has more than ten years’ experience as a family law specialist and mediator, ‘has a very good manne;, sympathetic but firm and confident in her advice’. Matthew Clemence rejoined the firm as a senior associate having spent eight years at Edmondson Hall. Solicitor and mediator Victoria Mayhew is also recommended. The firm operates an innovative dispute resolution service called Talking Works that is predominantly used for family law matters. It aims to identify the best method for resolving a dispute and includes mediation services. One of Hall’s recent cases saw her represent a retired woman in divorce proceedings concerning more than £20m in assets including a £1.25m home for the occupation of which both parties had applied for injunctive relief.

Leading individuals

Georgie Hall - Prettys

Georgina Rayment - Prettys

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Zoe Hodge - Prettys

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Elsewhere in East Anglia
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Zoe Hodge - Prettys

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Ipswich
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Ipswich - ranked: tier 1

Prettys

Clients receive ‘excellent service from everyone involved’ at ‘friendly local firmPrettys, whose ‘approachable, friendly and welcoming’ team attracts praise for providing ‘detailed, considered and very client-focused advice’. Partner and head of department Zoe Hodge is ‘diligent, thorough and determined to get the best result’. The team has five fee-earners in Ipswich including 30-year veteran solicitor Nigel George who ‘gives good, considered responses and always acts in the client’s best interests’. He enjoys a well-deserved reputation for his knowledge of private client matters, particularly for the elderly and those with mental capacity issues. Typical of the firm’s caseload was Hodge’s work on a personal injury trust valued at more than £4m, which included the management of a difficult relationship between the trustee and the beneficiary. Richard Guy joined Birketts LLP.

Leading individuals (region-wide)

Zoe Hodge - Prettys

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Zoe Hodge - Prettys

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Peterborough
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Zoe Hodge - Prettys

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Ipswich
Commercial property: Ipswich - ranked: tier 3

Prettys

Prettys recruited associate Graeme Burslem from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, offsetting the departure of Tim Bacon for Ellisons Solicitors. Burslem’s track record includes multimillion-pound sales, acquisitions and land development transactions. 2016 highlights included advising a client on the multimillion-pound sale of land to Persimmon Homes for the development of 120 new residential units.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Prettys (Ipswich)

Prettys is ‘an excellent firm with good, solid experience’. Litigator Peter Blake leads the team and focuses on both domestic and international disputes as well as commercial matters such as contract drafting. The firm regularly acts for national and regional contractors, as well as consultants, developers and housebuilders. Clients recommend associate Rebecca Palmer for her ‘good industry knowledge; she is solid on details and well known by local industry and professional bodies’. Associate Ian Seeley is recommended for construction disputes and regulatory and procurement matters. Part-time consultant Chris Harrall assists with the team’s larger and more complex disputes; his previous experience as commercial direct at ISG Construction gives him unique insight from the surveyor’s perspective.

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East Anglia: Transport

Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping - ranked: tier 2

Prettys (Ipswich)

Prettys has a broad practice that covers all aspects of shipping, transport and logistics law, although it is best known for ship finance, dry shipping, ship arrest and freight forwarding matters. Consultant Roger White leads a ‘friendly and approachable team’ that is greatly valued for its ‘excellent speed of response’, and includes one trainee and one shipping administration assistant. White’s clients include DSV Road, DSV Air & Sea, DSV Logistics and Yang Ming Line. The firm’s recent highlights include advising a major player in the freight shipping market on urgent matters arising from the insolvency of customers that impacted financing and factoring issues. White also advised the leasing arm of a European bank on a multimillion-pound mortgage enforcement action.

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