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East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Ipswich
Corporate and commercial: Ipswich - ranked: tier 2

Prettys Solicitors LLP

Prettys Solicitors LLP is 'a pragmatic firm that is able to find creative solutions to get a deal completed', according to one source. The firm, which no longer has a Colchester office and is based solely in Ipswich, is not only a key player in the local market, but also handles a growing number of deals outside the region. Senior partner Ian Waine leads the practice and has a healthy caseload of substantial transactions including buyouts and sales of UK companies to overseas buyers. Newly promoted associate Daniel Billson has a strong base of local clients for corporate transactions, banking and commercial contracts work. Among Waine's recent highlights was his work for a well-known chain of Asian restaurants on key multimillion-pound supply contracts including logistics, IT and waste collection. He also advised on the multimillion-pound sale of another food sector client.

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East Anglia: Dispute resolution

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

Prettys Solicitors LLP

Prettys Solicitors LLP has a highly experienced practice head in partner Peter Blake, who has more than 30 years' experience in both domestic and international litigation as well as arbitration. Consultant Roland Sharp, who also has more than 30 years' experience in dispute resolution, is also recommended for shareholder and company disputes, warranty claims and cases involving financial products. His recent work highlights include acting for a large provider of care homes and medical treatment centres in a compensation claim relating to contracts with advertisers that had an unfavourable impact on the client's reputation. The case was successfully settled after complex negotiations. Associate Ian Seeley moved to Ellisons Solicitors, but the firm recruited solicitor Michael Booth to help with the growing caseload.

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Prettys Solicitors LLP

'I cannot praise the firm too highly', says a client of Prettys Solicitors LLP in Ipswich, adding that 'it always provides top-notch contextual advice'. 'The level of support we receive is exceptional', says one client who adds that the practice has 'the ability to consider the commercial aspects that are important to us as a business; it provides superb value for money and expert advice'. Head of employment Kelly Sayers stands out with one client noting that 'although the whole team is approachable, knowledgeable and professional, she should be singled out for particular recommendation - she really knows her stuff'. 'Her expertise is highly commendable,' notes another who adds that 'she is very responsive and has both a pragmatic approach and dynamic personality that is a blessing to work with'. As part of their busy caseload Matthew Cole and senior associate Vanessa Bell handled high-value holiday pay claims. The addition of senior associate Laura Pharez Zea from Mayer Brown International LLP adds experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters to a practice that 'goes the extra mile to understand its clients’ business needs and objectives; its no-nonsense approach is a very refreshing attribute'.

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East Anglia: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Prettys Solicitors LLP

The family practice at Prettys Solicitors LLP is 'excellent - it covers family law with huge experience, knowledge and sense'. One clients believes that it is 'certainly one of the best, if not the best, in Ipswich for family law'. 'The key issues are always identified and sound advice is given to the lay client,' remarks one barrister who believes that 'its family law department provides an excellent service to its clients'. 'Impressive' collaborative lawyer Georgie Hall leads the practice, in which all lawyers are trained mediators and experienced litigators. Newly promoted senior associate Georgina Rayment has been a family law specialist and mediator for more than a decade and clients describe her as 'a superb lawyer, very good at early appraisals of cases; she gives extremely good advice, fights her corner well and is respected and liked in the local courts'. Her recent work includes cases involving accusations of domestic violence, coercive behaviour and custody rights. Both Matthew Clemence, whose clients include high-profile individuals in sport and media, and Victoria Mayhew are now associates.

Leading individuals

Georgie Hall - Prettys Solicitors LLP

Georgina Rayment - Prettys Solicitors LLP

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

Prettys Solicitors LLP

Prettys Solicitors LLP is a highly respected firm in Ipswich and private client work is a mainstay of its practice. The firm is praised for its focus on client care and the breadth of its work, which includes cases involving mental capacity issues, high-net-worth estate planning, tax planning and trusts work. STEP member Zoe Hodge leads the practice and is best known for tax-efficient succession planning for individuals, business owners and agricultural clients. Last year, she led several high-value probate and trusts matters, often acting as a trustee. Solicitor and STEP member Nigel George has more than 30 years' experience in private client matters and has specialist skills in the area of dementia, mental capacity and end of life care. He is a member of the National Council of Palliative Care, the Alzheimer’s Society and a Dementia Champion. Solicitor Laura Parker is also recommended for estates and probate matters.

Leading individuals

Zoe Hodge - Prettys Solicitors LLP

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East Anglia: Real estate

Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Prettys Solicitors LLP

Prettys Solicitors LLP in Ipswich has a relatively large construction team for its size, with highly experienced practice head Peter Blake handling contentious matters and senior associate Rebecca Palmer excelling in non-contentious work for large contractors. Clients remark on the 'always friendly and helpful' lawyers who deliver 'a prompt and informed service'. Associate Ian Seeley moved to Ellisons Solicitors, but the firm recruited solicitor Michael Booth to round out the practice. Among the firm's many highlights was Palmer's work for Suffolk-based architects firm Barefoot & Gilles on construction law issues including the drafting of bespoke documentation. Palmer assisted building contractor Quinn Construction Services with the drafting of bespoke terms and conditions for all future projects, and helped civil engineering companyA&F Pilbeam Construction Limited with a wide range of legal issues. Consultant Chris Harrall is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Rebecca Palmer - Prettys Solicitors LLP

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