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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

COMPASS HOUSE, LYPIATT ROAD, CHELTENHAM, GL50 2QJ, ENGLAND
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Work 01242 221122
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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

Made up of partners with high-profile City experience, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is often instructed in large, cross-border business and asset transactions. The Cheltenham group has longstanding relationships in the Middle East, Africa and Cyprus and has traditional strengths in the aviation and renewable energy sectors. In 2017, Adrian Mayer advised Actis Africa Real Estate Fund on a variety of commercial arrangements and corporate governance concerns, which included a high-value joint venture agreement. Department head Richard Norton assisted Supergroup plc and its founder, Julian Dunkerton, with an employee share incentive scheme affecting roughly 4,500 employees. In the capital markets space, Norton is advising an energy company on its high-value proposed listing on the London Stock Exchange. Further, Jonathan Morley assisted Datatec with its UK reorganisation in relation to its disposal of Westcon Americas to Synnex. The partners are supported by senior associate Edward Robinson and senior associate Emma Hickson, who recently joined the team from DXC Technology Company and specialises in commercial contracts. Other key clients include Bladeroom Group, Newmedica and Cypriot hotelier Tsokkos.

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 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

By some clients’ reckoning, the lawyers in Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s disputes resolution group are ‘at least on par with their London contemporaries in terms of technical ability’. The team is regularly involved in shareholder and director disputes, and cross-border banking and fraud claims. Clients and peers alike have noted legal director Claudine Morgan’s ‘commercial acumen’ and her ability to ‘effectively manage complex and technically demanding cases’. Morgan is acting for an investment company, on behalf of an indirect subsidiary, in relation to proceedings issued by the client against ten defendants in multiple European jurisdictions concerning a large, euro-denominated facility agreement. Senior associate Anna Smart is assistng a publicly-listed Middle Eastern bank with its High Court application to vary a freezing order, which was served upon it. Further, a team including associate Ben Moore is advising a foreign corporate in the hospitality sector on potential defamation claims against a number of well-known corporate entities. Peter Scandrett retired in 2017.

Next generation lawyers

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 ‘an excellent local reputation’, in addition to being involved in high-profile international assignments on a regular basis. Department head Richard Norton stands out in particular for his ‘expert knowledge, commercial approach and outstanding client service’. Norton’s strong relationships in the Middle East and Cyprus have garnered a prolific roster of international lender and borrower clients; in 2017 he advised Tsokkos Hotels on a €200m secured loan facility with Bank of Cyprus, while on the lender side he acted for National Bank of Kuwait in connection with the provision of an £8m shari’ah facility secured over London property. The team has experience of aviation finance and recently assisted Gulfair with a $200m loan facility secured over international air transport association accounts. Further, the group is increasingly involved in the business-to-business lending space, and acted for Actis in relation to the provision of shareholder loans from a Mauritian holding company to Indian subsidiaries. Naomi Nettleton specialises in real estate finance and was promoted to partner in 2017.

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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 acts for national and international clients on reorganisations, business transfers, board structure and corporate governance issues, and Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation. Clients stem from the retail, leisure, charity and landed estate sectors. Recent highlights include acting for a large art dealer on executive entry/exit, long term sick and PHI, grievance processes, amendments to terms and conditions and general HR issues. It also advised a large national charity in relation to strategic issues such as workforce structure, terms and conditions of employment and training for the HR department and managers. The ‘outstanding’ Sara Wilson heads the department and is ‘professional at all times’ with ‘a truly lovely personal and human approach’. She specialises in advising corporate and healthcare sector clients, as well as high-net-worth individuals and NHS consultants. Key clients include Pennant International, Trifast, Ambrell Corporation, Immedia, Motability Operations, Executive Jet Charter, Gulf Air BSC and B&M Babbage & Co. Sarah Jane Brostoff joined Signet Partners LLP.

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

‘Professional and reliable’, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a 34-strong team led by the ‘wise and highly experienced’ Christopher Page, who advises estate and private land owners on all aspects, including strategy, succession planning and ownership structures. Christian Massey specialises in large rural property, country house and landed estate transactions across the UK, often with an international dimension. Bringing significant experience from his time in the Geneva office, Henry Fea also advises on landed estates, particularly ones owned by offshore entities, and assists clients with tax, trust and succession matters. Senior associate Tristram van Lawick  and associates Rachel Beeby and Esther Thackery are all ‘excellent in the field of residential, farm and estate conveyancing’.

Leading individuals

Christopher Page - 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

The charity practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is led by Christopher Page, Julia Cox, and consultant Mike Scott. Page acts for a broad range of charity clients, including those with significant landholdings. Cox has broad charity law experience, including in relation to start-ups, dealing with the Charity Commission, trustee liability  and incorporations. Scott specialises in advising companies limited by guarantee, charitable incorporated organisations, and chartered bodies and their trading companies, and has experience in dealing with everything from mergers to restructurings. Associate Penelope Byatt is also highly recommended.

Next generation lawyers

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 provides ‘a real depth of knowledge and practical experience in some of the more difficult issues in this area’. The teams handles complex and high-value international tax and trust structuring (especially in the Middle East, US, Russia and Far East), as well as tax and succession advice to major landed estates, owners of heritage property and UK entrepreneurs. The ‘excellent’ Christopher Page leads the practice and is praised as 'hugely experienced, and knowledgeable about landed estates, trusts and handling awkward family relationships’. Henry Fea advises on UK residential property holding structures and long-term UK-resident non-domiciliaries in particular. Julia Cox provides clients with ‘a Rolls Royce service’; she works principally with entrepreneurs, but also has strong experience in offshore-related matters, particularly involving UK resident individuals. Associate Tabitha Collett has recently assisted on two very high-value cases for the firm. Three new trusts and probate assistants were hired in 2018, including one from BPE Solicitors LLP.

Leading individuals

Christopher Page - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Henry Fea - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Julia Cox - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

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

Providing ‘true City-style service from outside of London’, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s real estate lawyers are ‘all-round experts in commercial and residential property’. The team is particularly active in residential and retirement home development, corporate leasing and property investment. Nigel Morton advised Hearthstone Residential Fund 1 on its inaugural £24m purchase of about 170 let apartments in Manchester, Nottingham and Birmingham. Morton is also assisted Aura Care Living with the development and structuring of two retirement villages in the South West. ‘Diligent, hard-working, and reliably responsive’, department head Ian Brothwood is acting for Crab Hill Developments in relation to its development and disposal of a site in Oxforshire, which will include 1500 homes, a community centre and a primary school. Additionally, Brothwood advised a financial planning firm on a leasing agreement for a newly built office building in London. Recently promoted partner Naomi Nettleton assists Topland Heanley Healthcare Investments with ongoing property acquisitions, which totalled about £40m in 2017. Jonathan Wilkinson specialises in SIPP/SSAS property investment transactions.

Leading individuals

Ian Brothwood - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles the full range of strategic and contentious property matters for corporates, land-owning trusts and high-net-worth individuals. Senior associate Paul Dench represented Europa Oil and Gas in a highly publicised dispute regarding a drilling site that had been occupied by protesters; the team successfully obtained a possession order and injunction in High Court proceedings. Dench also advised a foreign real estate developer on its options in light of an improperly terminated development and lease contract. A team including associate Emma Preece assists The Bathurst Estate with ongoing contentious property work such as rent arrears recovery, possession action, forfeitures and contested lease renewals. Samuel Lear is an active associate in the team.

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