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Steele Raymond LLP

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Bournemouth BH2, Bournemouth BH6

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 1

Steele Raymond LLP

Steele Raymond LLP undertakes a broad range of corporate and commercial work, although its primary specialism is in the M&A market. Share buybacks, corporate demergers and MBOs are bedrocks of the practice, while aircraft acquisitions and renewable energy projects have been areas of significant expansion. Tim Stone heads up both the corporate and commercial teams, with his experience leaning towards corporate M&A. New arrival Paula Eckton has a wealth of commercial experience, having previously led the team at Trethowans LLP.

Practice head(s):Tim Stone

Other key lawyers:Nick Davies; Shaun Guppy; Paul Longland; Craig Hardman

Key Clients

Clark family, Clark Group, Parvalux Electric Motors


Robert Braithwaite (founder of Sunseeker International Yachts)

Arden Group

Lewis family, Rotable Repairs, PDQ Airspares

Challenge Group (HK)

Goadsby Estate Agency Group

Viper 10 Sportswear

The Hill Brush Company Limited

Selwood Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the selling shareholders of Parvalux on the sale of the group to Swiss-based Maxon Motor.
  • Advised the client on the sale of its global business to Italian-based buyer Megadyne S.p.a
  • Represented the selling shareholders in the sale of Arden Communications Group.
Leading individuals

Paula Eckton - Steele Raymond LLP

Tim Stone - Steele Raymond LLP

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 1

Steele Raymond LLP

Steele Raymond LLP, which handles the full range of disputes for local clients, has had a notable increase in property litigation, construction litigation and professional negligence mandates. Peter Rolph (who has over 36 years of commercial litigation experience) heads up the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of Lauren Hayes from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Hayes covers a wide range of commercial disputes, with a particular specialism in contentious intellectual property matters. Hannah Dare is recommended for her property litigation expertise, which includes landlord and tenant disputes and applications under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Practice head(s):Peter Rolph

Other key lawyers:Lauren Hayes; Hannah Dare


'Very experienced in dealing with all kinds of commercial disputes, and can be relied upon to proceed with a case in a sensible and proportionate manner'

'Very practical and good with people, excellent at understanding the client's needs and finding the best way to achieve the best possible outcome'

'They act pragmatically and advise you on the options and likely costs'

'The core team has been together for many years and have a good understanding of our business and the problems that we face. They handled matters in a competent, professional manner whilst remaining approachable at all times'

'Peter Rolph is a highly experienced litigator who takes a practical approach'

'Alice Toop is organised and very thorough'

'Peter Rolph has an excellent legal and commercial brain'

'I have found Peter to be careful, efficient and knowledgeable of the area; he steered a difficult claim with great sensitivity and expertise. He was ably supported by Alice Toop'

'I have found all the individuals I have dealt with to be outstanding. Always available to explain legal procedures in layman's terms and their advice has been invaluable'

'Peter Rolph and Alice Toop have been exceptional, so helpful and knowledgeable in their dealings with me, I cannot praise them highly enough'

'Peter Rolph and Alice Toop were extremely friendly and listened to my problem; as a result, one already felt at ease'

'Partners Peter Rolph, Tim Stone, Paul Longland and Jennifer Rogerson embody the capabilities that we value in the firm'

'Lauren Hayes joined the team relatively recently but has achieved some excellent results for us'

'Nikki Gates has handled work for us for many years with considerable success'

Key Clients

Selwood Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in a claim against a former director for recovery of unauthorised payments and loans to himself and associated companies.
  • Acted for a client in contractual dispute over scaffolding work.
  • Assisting a client in a professional negligence claim against former solicitors arising from defective drafting of a Sale & Purchase Agreement and recovery of costs.
  • Acted for a client in a contract dispute regarding repair and renovation of structural staircases at a major leisure centre.
  • Trademark opposition case where the client challenged the right of third parties to register a similar trademark.
Leading individuals

Peter Rolph - Steele Raymond LLP

Rising stars

Alice Toop - Steele Raymond LLP

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 2

Steele Raymond LLP

Steele Raymond LLP's contentious work is a notable area of growth; the firm is increasingly active in discrimination cases, in particular. It also undertakes a a significant volume of whistleblowing matters. Elsewhere, the firm has a strong flow of non-contentious work, which includes assisting clients with service agreements and TUPE transfers. In addition, the team has expertise in long-term sick leave and income protection policies. Team head Amy Cousineau Massey works with Peter Rolph, who has experience of restructurings, share packages and post-termination restrictions.

Practice head(s):Amy Cousineau Massey

Other key lawyers:Peter Rolph


'For me what makes Steele Raymond LLP unique is whoever I come into contact with at the practice, I find I am dealt with in a friendly, professional and approachable manner. 

'The team can be relied upon to deliver what they say they are going to and I have no doubt at all that our working relationship will strengthen even more over time'

'I especially appreciate their clear communication, how they manage my expectations re: budget and expected duration of work, and their expert knowledge which has often proved greater than lawyers I have used in the past'

'An excellent team with a very practical and commercial outlook'

'The employment team builds strong relationships with their clients through understanding of their needs and commercial requirements. They are pragmatic and empathetic in their approach, and honest with their advice'

'They responded very quickly and guided us through a potentially tricky and very time consuming situation with ease. They came up with a practical solution to sensitive issue which solved the situation completely'

'I would specifically recommend Amy Cousineau-Massey'

'Amy Cousineau-Massey has high emotional intelligence, and is shrewd in her advice'

'Amy is approachable, engaging and an expert in her field. She offers effective legal solutions to complex employment cases by taking a pragmatic approach and fully understanding the commercial reality of any given situation. Amy is also keen to support and build working relationships within professional networks for the mutual benefit of all concerned. In short, Amy is a pleasure to work with and a credit to her profession'

'We worked with Amy Cousineau Massey and Peter Rolph during a recent restructuring exercise. The situation was fast moving and Amy and Peter gave swift and clear answers to issues that we encountered during the process. It made a difficult easier to deal with knowing that we had excellent legal advice available very quickly'

'The calmness of both Peter Rolph and Amy Cousineau Massey is a breath of fresh air within the legal arena. They are both strategic yet pragmatic in their approach to their work and their clients. Quite simply, they are a pleasure to work with and they accomplish outstanding results'

'Amy Cousineau Massey is a very approachable and resourceful. She is very accessible and has provided some very helpful and cost effective solutions to some tricky situations'

Work highlights

  • Advised a female client on the senior leadership team of an international company in relation to her claim for equal pay.
  • Providing advice to a client on the handling of a dispute between two employees who were both key to the business, including aspects of whistleblowing.
  • Advising a company, which operates a factory, on its rights and obligations towards a disabled employee, including a significant analysis of reasonable adjustments.
  • Advising an employer on claims of automatic unfair dismissal and unlawful deduction from wages claims relating to the operation of a bonus scheme.
  • Advising an individual client on the purchase of a grade II listed hotel and the aspects of the TUPE transfer of all of the employees working there.
Rising stars

Amy Cousineau Massey - Steele Raymond LLP

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South West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Steele Raymond LLP

Steele Raymond LLP handles contested probate and trust disputes and Inheritance Act claims. The firm is experienced in handling disputes regarding offshore trusts and cross-border estates. Clients involve high-net-worth claimants and defendants as well as executors. Another key aspect of the work is advising contentious matters regarding wills constructed by or on behalf of elderly clients with insufficient mental capacity as well as disputes concerning undue influence asserted on vulnerable clients.

Practice head(s):John Andrews

Work highlights

  • Advising on a dispute regarding abuse and undue influence by the sister of the client on the elderly father.
  • Advising on a dispute regarding the validity of a will made by the father.
  • Advising on a dispute between two siblings in relation to welfare arrangements for vulnerable mother.
  • Advising on making claims against the estate of a deceased individual.

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Family - ranked: tier 2

Steele Raymond LLP

Steele Raymond LLP advises on financial remedy and cohabitation disputes, as well as on financial settlements after divorce and relationship breakdown. The practice also covers the drafting and negotiation of prenuptial agreements and assists with the protection of assets. Polish-speaking practice head Daniel Sanders handles child-related matters such as relocation disputes and regularly acts for members of Polish community groups. Senior associate Lindsay Halliwell is a family mediator and advises on urgent interim child arrangements. High-net-worth individuals, landowners and business owners count to the practice’s key clients.

Practice head(s):Daniel Sanders

Other key lawyers:Lindsay Halliwell

Work highlights

  • Advised on divorce and financial remedy proceedings
  • Advising on Children Act as well as Family Law Act and assisting with proceedings concerning living and contact arrangement regarding the children
  • Advising on application for internal relocation, with potential for cross-border issues
  • Advised on a prenuptial agreement to protect high-net-worth assets
  • Advising on divorce specifically relating to financial matters
Rising stars

Lindsay Halliwell - Steele Raymond LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Steele Raymond LLP

Steele Raymond LLP specialises in technical tax issues, including advice on the taxation of offshore assets, inheritance tax, estate tax returns and the tax-efficient termination of trusts. The practice is also experienced in administering trusts and estates. The team additionally provides regulatory advice regarding company reorganisations and stamp duty land tax. Another field of expertise is the drafting of wills.

Practice head(s):Sue Adams

Other key lawyers:Paul Causton


The private client team has a great tax expertise which is a big bonus; it can interface very well with accountants and link well

Sue Adams and her team really are a credit to the firm

Sue Adams is very approachable and easily understood and a pleasure to deal with

Work highlights

  • Advising in relation to UK tax issues arising from a settler returning to the United Kingdom and becoming domiciled and resident
  • Advising in relation to a deed of variation of an estate establishing a trust for company shares and property
  • Advising and dealing with the assignment of offshore bonds and the termination of trusts on death of a life tenant
  • Advising on issues arising from the winding up of a pension scheme
  • Advising in relation the establishment of a charitable trust

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South West: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 3

Steele Raymond LLP

Steele Raymond LLP is deeply embedded in the education sector, with members of its team having experience of serving as school governors. It acts for independent and maintained schools and colleges on governance and staffing arrangements as well as student/staff discipline, among other matters.. John Andrews, who heads up the department, has particular experience of handling appeals, including those involving decisions about pupils’ admissions. Peter Rolph represents clients in disputes over employment, construction and commercial affairs. The team has particular expertise advising clients on issues associated with individuals with special educational needs.

Practice head(s):John Andrews

Other key lawyers:Peter Rolph


'A very solid and highly professional team'

Work highlights

  • Advising a university student on a serious disciplinary issue.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 1

Steele Raymond LLP

Steele Raymond LLP's team advises on matters such as sales and acquisitions of properties, leases, licenses, mortgages and charges, among others. Practice head Chris Twaits¬†is ‚Äėproactive and demonstrates an extremely high level of professional skills and ability‚Äô.¬†Jennifer Rogerson, who is¬†‚Äėalways attentive and highly professional‚Äô,¬†excels in retail sector landlord and tenant work, as well as investment and pension property investment mandates. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Emma Stainwright¬†handles residential development mandates for landowners and regional housebuilders. Carol Elliott¬†and associate Kayleigh Medland¬†are also highly recommended. In April 2019, Caroline Probert¬†joined from Trethowans LLP.

Practice head(s):Chris Twaits

Other key lawyers:Jennifer Rogerson; Emma Stainwright; Carol Elliott; Kayleigh Medland


Very responsive and always willing to help even under great pressure

The firm’s commercial property service exceeds other property firms in the area

The team is thorough, comes up with creative solutions, and has a highly professional approach

The team adopts a personal approach but it is also sufficiently big in size to handle more demanding issues

Key Clients

Premiere Coffee


Broadshade Group

Toogoods Property Company

West Wales Airport

Grange Mill Investments

World of Water Garden Centre

West Quay Holdings Poole

Charles Trent


Pivotal Homes Group


Bournemouth Churches Housing Association

Harry J Palmer

AJC Developments



GP Commercial Investments

Old Malthouse (Purbeck)

Hillbrush Company

Stewarts Garden Centres


JGP Lakedale

The Jurassic Coffee Company

Leading individuals

Chris Twaits - Steele Raymond LLP

Next Generation Partners

Emma Stainwright - Steele Raymond LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Steele Raymond LLP

The property litigation team at Steele Raymond LLP is knowledgeable about a full spectrum of contentious issues arising in relation to both commercial and residential property. Senior associate Hannah Dare, who leads the team, advises on disputes arising from the ownership, leasing and management of land. The team expanded its offering by hiring solicitor Lauren Hayes from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2018.

Practice head(s):Hannah Dare

Other key lawyers:Lauren Hayes


'Steele Raymond has a litigation practice which provides solid legal advice and works closely with its clients'

'All team members are very competent, professional and focused'

'Steele Raymond's property team is second to none'

'Hannah Dare provides comprehensive and commercially strong advice'

'Hannah Dare has a steady hand in guiding clients through difficult processes'

Key Clients

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association

Jennings Racing


Grange Mill Investments Limited

South Somerset District Council

Betting Shop

Work highlights

  • Representing a betting shop in landlord and tenant dispute over scaffolding.

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