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Short Richardson & Forth

Work 0191 232 0283
Fax 0191 261 6956
Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne

Short Richardson & Forth provides legal services for private and corporate clients seeking effective solutions to often sensitive and complex issues.

The firm: Short Richardson & Forth was founded in 1988, but can trace its roots backs to 1978 when the three founding partners combined to form their own practice. The firm continues to build upon its early success, attracting the best legal talent and servicing an eclectic range of clients from multi-national PLCs to family and individual accounts.

Short Richardson & Forth has a distinctly pragmatic approach to all aspects of the firm's service, regardless of case complexity. Effective, discreet and approachable, it was one of the first legal businesses in the region to create a new business under the Alternative Business Structure, demonstrating its ability to embrace innovation and its awareness of commercial opportunity.

Currently, one of the key areas of development targeted by Short Richardson & Forth is to deliver a more comprehensive corporate and commercial offering, particularly around those services associated with the buying and selling of companies. Private client and matrimonial services are also being strategically developed through acquisition and specialist talent recruitment.

Types of work undertaken: Commercial: Short Richardson & Forth has experience in reviewing, negotiating and creating agreements, and acts for clients in the creative, software and technology sectors. It has acquired specialist knowledge of the legal rights at the centre of clients' businesses.

Corporate: the firm acts for SMEs, owner-managed businesses, investors, start-ups in mergers and acquisitions, management buy-outs/buy-ins, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, corporate finance, private equity, partnerships and LLPs, general company work, re-organisations and re-structures, and shareholder/director/partner disputes.

Debt recovery: the firm offers high-quality volume and bespoke debt collection services using its expertise in the full range of court processes to effect recovery for clients.

Dispute resolution: Short Richardson & Forth's extensive knowledge of this sector means that it can offer a variety of of funding options for a litigation project and has access to an unparalleled selection of after-the-event insurance to protect from an adverse costs award. It has acted in many business sectors, allowing a great breadth and depth of experience.

Employment: the firm works on high-value cases with clients' HR and management teams to provide commercial solutions to the day-to-day employment issues. It guides clients through disciplinary, capability, grievance procedures, restructuring exercises, redundancy situations and employee transfers.

Family and matrimonial: the firm has substantial expertise in complex and high-value divorce and matrimonial matters of a national and international nature.

Insolvency: the team has experience of all the nuances that the various insolvency processes invariably bring about. Its approach is one of collaboration, and it specialises in contentious insolvency.

Motoring offences: the firm has an excellent track record of representing clients in the Magistrates' and Crown Courts., regularly arguing ‘special reasons’ for not being disqualified or mitigation to reduce any ban to a minimum.

Professional conduct: the firm has a wealth of successful experience of representing clients in fitness to practise investigations and proceedings.

Property: the property team at Short Richardson & Forth has the experience to advise on all property related matters. It acts for a number of large clients with considerable property portfolios throughout the UK and also acts for companies and individuals on one off deals.

Regulatory: the firm advises and represents clients subject to investigations and prosecutions by public bodies, including HMRC, the Health and Safety Executive, Trading Standards, the Ministry of Justice and the Information Commissioner's Office.

Financial crime: the firm advises on compliance issues from money laundering regulations to avoiding falling foul of the new Bribery Act 2010. It also represents clients subject to investigation by the prosecuting authorities and any subsequent proceedings before the criminal courts.

Wills and probate and trusts: the firm provides expert advice and assistance in relation to all private client needs, from writing a will to help administering an estate and advising on tax planning, asset protection, powers of attorney and trusts.

  • Number of UK partners: 9
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 9
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Employment: 23
  • Commercial Property: 20
  • Commercial litigation and insolvency: 20
  • Corporate & Commercial: 15
  • Private Client: 12
  • Regulatory & Financial crime: 10

  • Languages
  • English

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