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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles national and cross-border work for leading companies, including listings, corporate M&A and takeovers. It has notable specialisms in the aviation and renewables industries. In addition, the firm is increasingly active in matters connected with the Middle East and Africa, such as investments and acquisitions. Richard Norton is a key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):Richard Norton

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Morley; Matthew Hobbs; Rebecca Brown; Adrian Mayer


'Their service stands out as exceptional, they are extremely attentive to clients' needs and extremely responsive'

'Delivered an excellent work product for very good value'

'Adrian Mayer is always extremely helpful and solutions-oriented; he knows the market well'

'Matthew Hobbs is not only very responsive and efficient, but also a pleasure to work with'

Key Clients

Trifast Plc

Dunkerton Family Office

A Tsokkos Public Limited

Gulf Air

Actis LLP

Argo Group

BMI Regional

Battery Ventures

Robert Hitchins Group Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised Awal Bank B.S.C on the Global Buyout Fund and the sale of a steel plant in Oman.
  • Advised Trifast Plc on its acqusition of Precision Technology Supplies Limited.
  • Advised Battery Ventures on the acquisition of the Mecmesin group of companies by way of share purchase.
  • Advised Kout Advisory on the £10.4m acquisition of Crosslane Student Developments Limited
  • Advised Soundbitelearning UK Limited on the buyout of government shareholders by other private shareholders.
Leading individuals

Richard Norton - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's Manoj Vaghela specialises in handling complex insurance disputes, which often have a cross-border flavour. His experience includes Bermuda Form arbitration, cyber liability and D&O cases. The firm's insurance caseload is a mix of insurer, bank and manufacturer-led work, covering sectors such as financial services, construction, engineering, energy and natural resources and TMT. Outside of insurance disputes, the firm is noted for acting for clients in regulatory investigations, shareholder disputes and civil fraud cases. Claudine Morgan is experienced in contractual disputes, professional negligence cases and sale of goods disputes.

Practice head(s):Manoj Vaghela

Other key lawyers:Claudine Morgan


'They offer a rapid response and action to all queries'

'They stand out for their excellent ability to work effectively as a team and communicate with both counsel and the client very clearly. This ensures a coherent approach and engenders a genuine feeling of collaboration between all involved'

'Claudine Morgan is commercially aware of any situation and provides commercially relevant advice'

'I would particularly recommend Claudine Morgan, who has an excellent manner with clients and always goes the extra mile'

'Ben Moore is also a very good lawyer and perceptive when formulating strategy'

Key Clients

National Bank of Kuwait (International) Plc

Tsokkos Hotels Public Limited

George Nianias

Argo Real Estate Opportunities Fund Limited

Sports Supplements Ltd t/a Bulk Powders

Oxford Plastic Systems Limited

Trustees of the Harrowby’s Discretionary Will Trust

The Trustees of the Earl Bathurst 1963 Settlement

Cynergy Bank Limited (formerly Bank of Cyprus UK Limited)

Executors of James McNeile (Deceased)

Argo Group International Holdings Ltd

Leading individuals

Manoj Vaghela - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next Generation Partners

Claudine Morgan - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has carved out an excellent reputation handling loan and security transactions for specialist lenders, such as hedge funds and private equity funds. The banking practice also stands out due to its extensive experience of advising on aircraft finance, as well as on loans used to fund projects in the renewables sector. Another distinguishing feature of the department is the cross-border nature of its work, which is facilitated through its special Middle East and African practices. Practice head Richard Norton, who has a substantial international practice, has expertise in Loan Market Association (LMA) documents and swaps. Naomi Nettleton specialises in real estate finance.

Practice head(s):Richard Norton

Other key lawyers:Naomi Nettleton


An excellent local team which provides advice at local prices, with access to the London counterpart, if necessary

The team provides straightforward advice and delivers good results even under tight deadlines

Key Clients

Awal Bank B.S.C.

Bank of Cyprus

Argo Group

Gulf Air

National Bank of Kuwait

Clydesdale Bank

Ahli United Bank

BMI Regional

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading international manufactureron revisions to a multi-currency loan facility to take account of funding for a new acquisition.
  • Advising Awal Bank B.S.C. on a rolling-creditor debt protocol.
  • Advised Hearthstone Investments on issues regarding convertible loan notes.
  • Advising Topland Jupiter on the refinancing of a portfolio of 45 specialist supported living properties.
  • Advising National Bank of Kuwait on a facility agreement and a legal charge.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP undertakes day to day general HR work, corporate reorganisation advice, business and TUPE transfers, as well as employee tribunal and High Court litigation. Clients range from local SMEs to both national and international corporations. The firm retains an especially strong client base in the retail and leisure, charities and agricultural sectors, acting primarily for employers and high net worth individuals. Practice head Sara Wilson has notable experience in the healthcare sector, as well as a particular interest in advising trusts, charities and family-owned businesses on employment strategy and the enforcement of post-termination restrictions.

Practice head(s):Sara Wilson

Other key lawyers:Syma Spanjers; Kelly Evans


'There is a breadth of experience and consistency of approach and standards with everyone you deal with at Charles Russell Speechlys. The advice is always practical, commercial and legally sound - it is very reassuring to know they are there'

'Very professional, proactive and helpful. Highly responsive'

'A broad team that is able to offer advice across all an organisation's needs. Quick to respond to problems and professional in their approach'

'I particularly want to note the help and support we have had from Sara Wilson, Syma Spanjes and Claudine Morgan. I value their candour, responsiveness and advice'

'Sara's approach is personable, attentive and thoughtful. To the point and practical, we always feel confident that Sara understands our business and approach to handling people issues and gives us sound advice accordingly. We without fail, come off the phone having a way forward that is a relief and support to us when dealing with challenging issues. We have complete confidence in the advice we are given and have never been let down. Sara is outstanding'

Key Clients

Cats Protection


Neal’s Yard

Pennant International Plc

Trifast Plc

1E Limited

Ambrell Corporation

Reynolds Catering Supplies Limited

The Garland Company Limited

Executive Jet Charter Limited

Gulf Air B.S.C (c)

B&M Babbage & Co Limited

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP covers tax and real estate planning in the context of land sales and purchases. The firm also advises on succession planning, ownership structuring and regulations concerning residential development. Senior associate Tristam van Lawick is experienced in the negotiation of tenancy and partnership agreements. Practice co-head Christopher Page advises estate and private land owners on the legal aspects of strategic investments in the agricultural sector. Clients also include trustees, charities and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):Christopher Page; Christian Massey

Other key lawyers:Tristam van Lawick


The team has a depth of experience

The firm is thoroughly professional and a real expert in the country house, farm and estate market

The practice is efficient and communicative with a strong and high-quality work ethic

A great with great all-round knowledge

The team consists of excellent problem solvers

Exceptionally user-friendly, knowledgeable and prepared to go the extra mile

Christian Massey is always available for clients and able to move quickly when required. He is respected by buying and selling agents which is crucial on complex transactions and gives clients very sensible advice without overcomplicating matters

Work highlights

  • Acting on contentious sale of a country estate on behalf of will trustees.
  • Advising on extracting interests in family farming partnership and advising on the creation of a family-owned investment company.
  • Advising on the sale of a Grade 1 Georgian Mansion House property to a charitable trust.
  • Providing tax and estate planning advice to family estate in light of a sale of an extremely valuable painting.
  • Providing estate and trust administration advice to a large estate and family trust.
Leading individuals

Christopher Page - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Rising stars

Tristam van Lawick - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles the establishment and registration as well as mergers and restructurings of charitable institutions. The practice also assists charities with the sale and purchase of assets, estate tenancy and lease agreements. Associate Penelope Byatt’s areas of expertise include the provision of regulatory advice on constitutional and governance matters. Clients include educational, religious and grant-making charities.

Practice head(s):Christopher Page

Other key lawyers:Penelope Byatt


The firm has excellent knowledge of daily charity business. The team is personable and willing to support the charity’s intent

The team is very approachable, clear and prompt. Its solutions are practical and carefully tailored to specific requirements

Charles Russell Speechlys is a firm with an excellent reputation

Rising stars

Penelope Byatt - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP combines expertise in family businesses, landed estates, heritage property and international tax. Practice head Christopher Page advises estate and private land owners, family business entrepreneurs and trustees on tax strategy, succession planning. Associate Tabitha Collett assists with asset protective and ownership structures. Julia Cox and Henry Fea count both domestic and foreign residents to their client base.

Practice head(s):Christopher Page

Other key lawyers:Tabitha Collett; Daniel Shutt

Key Clients

Real estate and land owners


High-net-worth individuals

Leading individuals

Christopher Page - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Henry Fea - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Julia Cox - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Rising stars

Tabitha Collett - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†has a particularly strong profile¬†undertaking strategic land work for landowners, but it also acts for developers as well. The scope of its work in this space includes advising on land promotion, landowner collaboration, the acquisition and sale of sites, the planning process, infrastructure works and land disposals, among other matters. The strategic land team is led by the ‚Äėsuperb‚Äô Ian Brothwood, who is active in both residential and commercial development schemes. Nigel Morton, who is ‚Äėvery experienced in portfolio sales and purchases‚Äô, serves as a principal contact for multiple specialist residential funds, national and regional housebuilders, charity investors and corporates. Naomi Nettleton‚Äôs practice focuses on property investment, with particular emphasis on the Specialist Supported Living sector. Jonathan Wilkinson¬†and recently promoted senior associate Julie Sharpe¬†are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ian Brothwood

Other key lawyers:Nigel Morton; Naomi Nettleton; Jonathan Wilkinson; Julie Sharpe


The practice offers a City-quality service

All team members are very knowledgeable, accessible and highly professional

The client can benefit from the feeling of intimacy of a smaller firm but the practice has the depth and experience of a much larger one

Naomi Nettleton goes out of her way to look for solutions to problems, efficiently and effectively

Ian Brothwood and Naomi Nettleton approach their work with the focus and the work ethic of experienced City solicitors

Key Clients

The Crab Hill Partnership/ Crab Hill Developments

Trustees of the Grove Airfield Pool Trust

Topland Henley Healthcare Investments

Topland Jupiter

Hearthstone Residential Fund 1 L. P.

Kout Advisory

Swiss Land Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the trustees of the Crab Hill Partnership on the disposal of the next phase of the Kingsgrove development in Wantage, Oxfordshire comprising 174 homes.
  • Acting for the trustees of the Grove Airfield Pool Trust in relation to the development of 2,500 home mixed-use scheme at Grove Airfield, Oxfordshire.
  • Assisted a client with the sale of a portfolio of 36 freehold properties.
  • Assisting Hearthstone Residential Fund 1 L. P. with high-value purchases.
Leading individuals

Ian Brothwood - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Rising stars

Julie Sharpe - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team operates nationally and acts for a varied client base in a wide range of property-related disputes. It advises large landed estate clients on adverse interests in land, landlord and tenant matters and issues concerning possession of agricultural holdings. In the commercial property space, recent highlights included lease termination disputes and other disputes connected with property contracts. The group's other strengths are in the retail and the property management sectors, and also in representing private individuals in contentious property matters.

Practice head(s):David Haines; Emma Humphreys

Key Clients

Europa Oil & Gas

Woodchester Valley Freehold

Hackney Joint Estate Charity

Work highlights

  • Advised Europa Oil & Gas in respect of High Court trespass proceedings.
  • Acted for the client on a boundary dispute with its neighbours.
  • Assisted a client with the termination of a tenant’s commercial lease on the basis of the landlord’s redevelopment of the premises.
  • Assisted Hackney Joint Estate Charity with the termination of a commercial lease and commencing a claim regarding the dilapidations of the property following lease expiry.

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