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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, London and 4 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 (Cheltenham)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s corporate team provides β€˜straightforward and concise advice’ and an β€˜excellent all-round service’ to national and international clients. The department is especially active in the Middle East and Africa, and has sector specialisms in aviation, energy and leisure and hospitality. In 2016, department head Richard Norton advised the sellers of Kliklok International on the UK aspects of the $60m sale of the group to Bosch. Norton also acted for A. Tsokkos Hotels on its €500m group restructuring. Adrian Mayer has deep expertise in Africa-facing work and is assisting Kenyan solar energy company M-Kopa on the re-domiciling of its group to the UK. In an example of the group’s national work, Mayer handled the Β£3m AIM placing for Pennant International Group. Jonathan Morley specialises in corporate finance, and advised Donares Limited on the €65m sale of Novero Group to Laird Plc. On the buy-side, Morley also acted for a private equity client on the high-value acquisition of Parametric Investments. Also recommended are associate Matthew Hobbs, who joined the team from Lyons Davidson, senior associate Edward Robinson, and associate David Clements.

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 (Cheltenham)

Stephen Burns leads the disputes department in Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s Cheltenham office, which is β€˜properly resourced, staffed and qualified to hold its own against City firms’. The team handles a variety of national and multi-jurisdictional contract disputes for corporate clients and individuals, and is also experienced in IP and professional negligence claims. Senior associate Claudine Morgan, who focuses on IT and IP disputes as well as general contract litigation, has β€˜an excellent grasp of litigation tactics’; she is representing a client in a copyright infringement claim against a PhD candidate. β€˜Knowledgeable and personable’ associate Ben Moore is defending a real estate development fund in various breach of contract claims brought by a foreign development company and involving bank lenders in two non-UK jurisdictions. Consultant Peter Scandrett is acting for a mail company in a multimillion-pound judicial review of UK VAT legislation compliance with European law. Senior associate Anna Smart β€˜instinctively understands what the client wants and can achieve’ and has experience of contract litigation and ADR.

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Cheltenham)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is noted for its β€˜great reputation for delivering excellent customer-focused solutions’ and is known for its project finance work, aviation finance and advising specialist lenders in corporate finance transactions. The internationally focused banking group has specialist African and Middle East practices, with Islamic finance capabilities, and is also developing its presence in the Greek and Cypriot markets. β€˜Straightforward and concise’ practice head Richard Norton advised Tsokkos Hotels on a €200m term loan facility with Bank of Cyprus, and acted for National Bank of Kuwait on a Β£6m secured Shari’ah facility over a property development in London. Norton is also the team’s aviation finance expert, and is assisting Gulf Air with a $200m working capital loan secured over IATA accounts. Adrian Mayer leads the Africa practice and handling a number of matters for VC-fund Actis LLP, including an investment in a mixed-use property development in Ghana, and a multimillion-dollar loan for a shopping mall in Nigeria.

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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 (Cheltenham)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides employment advice β€˜with the highest level of professionalism’, delivering an β€˜outstanding service’ across the full range of employment law, from general HR advice to corporate reorganisations and business transfers. It is adept at representing clients before the Employment Tribunal and has experience in High Court litigation. A particular area of strength is advice to listed companies on complex board structure and corporate governance issues. The team is experienced in handling multijurisdictional matters, including global mobility, business protection, global severance negotiation, cross-border employment disputes and the employment aspects of cross-border transactions. Clients are drawn from the retail, leisure, charities, and agriculture sectors, with a particular focus on advising employers and high-net-worth individuals. β€˜Very impressive’ and β€˜outstanding’ practice head Sarah Jane Brostoff β€˜combines a friendly manner with a razor sharp brain’. Legal director Sara Wilson, who is β€˜compassionate, flexible and clear’ and is noted for having immense knowledge of relevant case law, has expertise in the healthcare sector. The practice’s recent caseload includes advising Sotheby’s on the closure of the final salary pension scheme and the transition of all employees into the defined contribution section of the scheme. Another highlight was assisting Cats Protection with several strategic issues, including the workforce structure and the terms and conditions for different staff levels. THB Group, Calcot Health and Leisure, RAF Benevolent Fund, and Immedia are other clients.

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Cheltenham)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for a significant number of large UK landed estates, and the team includes a number of highly recommended practitioners who are β€˜all excellent in their areas of specialism’. The β€˜diligent and knowledgeable’ Christopher Page and senior associate Alexander Caton are recommended for tax planning, estate formation and trust matters; Henry Fea, who divides his time between London and Cheltenham, has notable expertise in advising on offshore structures of ownership; Christian Massey has notable experience in handling landed estate sales and purchases, supported by the β€˜committed’ Tristram van Lawick; and senior associate Katie Talbot is recommended for advising landed estates on tax and estate planning. Recent highlights include advising on a refinancing of a multimillion-pound estate, acting on the purchase of a substantial grade I listed country house and completing an estate administration which involved, among other issues, obtaining complete inheritance tax relief. David Marsden joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s Birmingham office.

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 (Cheltenham)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is particularly active in trustee liability and Charity Commission matters. The group is praised for its β€˜quick response times’, β€˜excellent charity governance knowledge’ and β€˜practical as well as commercial advice’. Julia Cox successfully advised the prospective trustees of a new charitable trust with their application to the Charity Commission, while Christopher Page (who splits his time between London and Cheltenham) assisted an educational charity with re-mortgaging and securing a multimillion-pound loan against charity land, also acting on the redevelopment and sale of land. Another recent highlight saw the team representing a national charity in a contractual dispute with an IT and electronic system provider. Penelope Byatt, a recent hire from VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards), is singled out for her ability to β€˜resolve technical charity law issues quickly, sensibly and in a straightforward manner’.

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 (Cheltenham)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is β€˜definitely one of the leading law firms for private clients’, offering the full range of advice including estate and tax planning, family, charities and trust litigation. The β€˜highly competent powerhouse’ practice is led by senior partner Christopher Page, who splits his time between London and Cheltenham, and also includes Julia Cox, whose client list features UK entrepreneurs, business owners, high-net-worth individuals and non-UK residents as well as their families and trustees. The β€˜knowledgeable’ Henry Fea is highly recommended for offshore tax planning for both UK and non-UK resident individuals and has notable experience in advising on regularising tax affairs, particularly through the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility and the UK-Switzerland Agreement. Senior associate Alexander Caton advises on all aspects of private client work, often with a rural and landed estate dimension. It is also excellent at associate level, adding three new ones in 2016. Tabitha Collett is β€˜technically outstanding’.

Leading individuals

Christopher Page - 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 (Cheltenham)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s Cheltenham office has a sizeable real estate group, which stands out in the areas of pension scheme property, land promotion and residential property investment. The team also handles residential and renewable energy related property development, and assists corporate occupiers with portfolio management issues. Ian Brothwood, who jointly heads the department, is acting for a leading SIPP provider on the Β£5m sale of development land to a national care home provider. Brothwood also advised Topland Henley Healthcare Investments on the sale of a Β£25m property portfolio – just one feature of the portfolio management services provided to this healthcare client. Fello joint practice head and residential investment and development specialist, Nigel Morton is assisting Cantel Developments with a mixed-use retail and residential development in London. Consultant Geoffrey Jordan specialises in land promotion and development and is advising Colethrop Farm on the restructuring of an option agreement in connection with a 2,000-home site in Gloucester. Also recommended are Jonathan Wilkinson, who has particular experience of transactions for SIPP and SSAS trustees, and senior associate Naomi Nettleton, who focuses on portfolio investment and corporate occupier work.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Cheltenham)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for public and private sector clients in a wide range of property ownership and agricultural tenancy claims. The Cheltenham office’s property litigation team has undergone some notable changes: David Marsden joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP, while β€˜razor-sharp’ senior associate Paul Dench, joined the team from Gordon Dadds LLP. In a highlight matter, associate Emma Preece was part of a team acting for Europa Oil and Gas on the possession of a drilling site which had been occupied by protesters demonstrating against the company’s permission to drill for oil exploration and extraction. Dench and Preece regularly act for clients such as The Ernest Cook Trust, Hackney Joint Estate Charity and The Bathurst Estate on possession and lease renewal actions across their respective property portfolios.

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