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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

ONE LONDON SQUARE, CROSS LANES, GUILDFORD, SURREY, GU1 1UN, ENGLAND
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Work 01483 252525
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Fax 01483 252550
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2436 GUILDFORD-1
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www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com
Cheltenham, Doha, Geneva, Guildford, London, Luxembourg and 3 more

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP the ‘approachable, commercial and knowledgeableTim Jenkins is known for his strength in pharmaceutical transactions. Other key figures include practice head Geoffrey Sparks, who advised on Robert Walker’s demerger through a capital reduction, and Catherine Drew, who assisted Inqo Investments with its admission to trading on ISDX. Acal and The Consort Group are also clients.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLPcan match the big London names and provide an excellent result’. Highlights for ‘tactically superb’ practice heads Duncan Elson and Stephen Burns included Elson’s representation of Fiat Chrysler on several terminations of authorised dealerships, and Burns’ handling of an unfair prejudice shareholder dispute. Senior associate Jamie Cartwright is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Duncan Elson - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Stephen Burns has expertise in automotive claims and auction law. Clients include British Car Auctions and We Buy Any Car. Duncan Elson heads the practice.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

The ‘commercially astuteJames Hyne leads Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s ‘results-focused’ group, which ‘combines real expertise with a nimbleness and responsiveness to client demands’. ‘Expert tacticianRoger Elford has been advising the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Baha-Mar. Prav Reddy is also recommended.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is assisting Zenium Technology Partners with the employment aspects of International Finance Corporation’s investment into the client, which involved a restructuring of the existing equity. Nick Hurley heads the practice, which includes senior associate Ben Smith, whose ‘client skills are unparalleled’.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides ‘responsive and pragmatic advice’ to a client base that includes Ericsson, Lambert Smith Hampton and Leatherhead Food Research. The ‘excellent’ Michael Jones heads the practice.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is highly regarded for its national charities sector expertise. Key figures in the Guildford office include Duncan Elson, who is well known for handling contested legacies, and ‘responsive’ senior associate Ben Smith. Clients include Cancer Research UK and Save the Children.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLPranks among the very best firms in the country for contentious trusts and probate’. Practice head Duncan Elson is ‘bright, practical, engaging’ and ‘an established household name in the field’, senior associate James Lister is ‘simply outstanding’ and associate Rebecca Piper has ‘a brilliant attention to detail’.

Leading individuals

Duncan Elson - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

For some, Charles Russell Speechlys LLPremains the paragon of a family law firm in Surrey’. The practice handles all aspects of family law including divorce, childcare and court of protection work. Karen Wilsher took over as head from Margaret Tyson, who retired; clients praise her ‘impressive command of the law’.

Leading individuals

Karen Wilsher - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Personal tax, trust and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trust and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s practice ‘provides a high level of personal service’ spanning a range of cases, from mental incapacity issues to inheritance tax planning. Key individuals include Duncan Elson and Sally Ashford, who was promoted to the partnership in 2015.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

Highlights for Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s Debra Kent represented Forest Property Developers in opposing a compulsory purchase order for The Stratford Sail. Other key clients are wagamama and Barnardo’s.

Leading individuals

Debra Kent - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP stands out for its ‘client-focused approach’ and ‘excellent response times’. David Savage has extensive experience in the Middle East and is advising the on the procurement strategy for the modernisation of Bahrain International Airport. Senior associates Andrew Keeley, Kate Knox and Fiona Thompson are also recommended. Stephen Rockhill joined Stevens & Bolton LLP in 2015.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Guildford)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP stands out for its property insolvency expertise, which is due, in part, to the reputation of ‘incredibly talented’ practice head Peter Levaggi, and compulsory purchase work, where David Haines is a specialist. It is heavily involved in acting for petitioners against the HS2 Bill. Senior associate Richard Flenley is also recommended.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
Leading individuals

Geoffrey Sparks - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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