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Steele Raymond LLP

RICHMOND POINT, 43 RICHMOND HILL, BOURNEMOUTH, BH2 6LR, ENGLAND
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Work 01202 294566
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Fax 01202 552285
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7643 BOURNEMOUTH-1
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Web:
www.steeleraymond.co.uk
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 (Bournemouth)

The corporate group at Steele Raymond LLP specialises in acting for regional corporate clients, with a particular emphasis on exit strategies. Financial services and manufacturing have traditionally been areas of focus for the department, while tech-related mandates have increased. Department head Tim Stone advised The Classic Printed Bag Company Group on its acquisition by Bunzl, which involved the extraction of a Hong Kong subsidiary of the firm’s client, which the team had helped establish years earlier, but was not desired by Bunzl. Craig Hardman has acted for property holding groups and property developers in matters regarding JV shareholder agreements and organising share and trust structures, while Paul Longland has experience of partnership and LLP law, and outsourcing and insourcing agreements.

Leading individuals

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 (Bournemouth)

Steele Raymond LLP’s disputes team is led by two highly experienced partners who have more than 60 years of combined litigation experience: Peter Rolph, who has developed a specialised practice in professional negligence, and John Andrews. Working primarily for Dorset-based clients, the group handles a variety of company and shareholder disputes. The department has also been increasingly active in construction litigation, where it can draw on the ‘broad property expertise’ of Simone Ritchie, who specialises in property litigation. Amy Cousineau Massey recently joined the team from Coles Miller Solicitors LLP and handles director and shareholder litigation and contractual disputes, as well as employment litigation.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 1

Steele Raymond LLP (Bournemouth)

Steele Raymond LLP regularly acts for claimants and also specialises in advising employers on a broad variety of employment matters, with particular strength in advising on major policy considerations. It is increasingly handling contentious discrimination claims for claimants as well as respondents, and also provides advice on whistleblowing matters. Other areas of expertise include acting in commercial disputes which involve crossovers between employees, shareholders and directors, handling TUPE transfers, and advising on potential injunctive proceedings in relation to breaches of restrictive covenants. Solicitor Amy Cousineau Massey, who specialises in discrimination and whistleblowing matters, joined from Coles Miller Solicitors LLP as practice head. Managing partner Peter Rolph has particular experience in advising on exit packages and the enforcement of post termination restrictions.

Next generation lawyers

Amy Cousineau Massey - Steele Raymond LLP

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South West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Steele Raymond LLP (Bournemouth)

At Dorset-based firm Steele Raymond LLP, John Andrews has notable experience in dealing with contentious trust and probate matters and related professional negligence claims, as well as Inheritance Act claims. He also has solid expertise in acting in proceedings before the Court of Protection. Sue Adams, who handles both contentious and non-contentious trust and probate issues, is another name to note.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Steele Raymond LLP (Bournemouth)

Steele Raymond LLP’s ‘very competent’ team focuses on financial remedy and Children Act matters, exceling at handling issues involving third parties intervening in financial remedy or cohabitation disputes. The ‘extremely commercial and pragmaticJulie-Ann Harris and associate Lindsay Halliwell are the main contacts. Harris’ strength lies in matrimonial finance proceedings involving difficult corporate structures, offshore trusts and pensions, an area in which she has, according to one client, ‘unparalleled knowledge and skill’. Halliwell has ‘a wealth of experience and knowledge in dealing with matters relating to children’, and handles mediation issues.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Steele Raymond LLP (Bournemouth)

Steele Raymond LLP’s three-partner team has particular expertise in acting in the administration of high-value estates, including those involving international assets. Group head Sue Adams and consultant Paul Causton are both dual qualified as solicitors and chartered tax advisers. Adam is advising the life tenant of a landed estate, consisting farmland, farm cottages and other buildings, on reducing inheritance tax by partitioning the estate, and is asisting a family with inheritance tax planning, trusts and applications to the Court of Protection for a statutory will and later permission to make gifts. Richard Smithworks to a very high, professional standard’ and has ‘great attention to detail’. John Andrews is is also recommended.

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South West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Steele Raymond LLP (Bournemouth)

At Steele Raymond LLP, John Andrews advises on all aspects of education in the maintained and independent sectors, with particular expertise in handling disputes relating to a wide range of issues including special educational needs and student discipline. The team recently represented the parents of a child in an expulsion related matter and advised a number of schools on property-related mandates.

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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 (Bournemouth)

The team at Steele Raymond LLP is made up of specialists with expertise in a number of areas, including corporate retail occupier matters, portfolio management, real estate investment and residential developments. Jennifer Rogerson is the group’s ‘diligent and commercially focused’ retail specialist; she advises Premier Coffee Limited, the largest Costa Coffee franchise in the UK, in relation to new site acquisitions and general property portfolio management. On the residential side, Emma Stainwright (who is ‘prepared to put in the extra mile’ for her developer clients) acted for Mildren Homes Limited on the acquisition of a phased residential development site and handles the client’s day-to-day legal needs. Carol Elliott is highly regarded in Dorset, and has a regional track record spanning more than 20 years advising large property developers, as well as commercial landlords such as Birchmere Group. Practice head Chris Twaits is ‘thorough, pleasant and always provides first-class, pragmatic advice’. John Daniels retired in 2016.

Leading individuals

Chris Twaits - Steele Raymond LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Steele Raymond LLP (Bournemouth)

The property litigation team at Steele Raymond LLP attracts praise for its ‘modern, forward-thinking approach’. The team primarily acts for local and regional corporates and organisations, as well as individuals. The department is headed by ‘capable and enthusiastic’ senior associate Simone Ritchie, whose experience runs the gamut of contentious property issues, and who is ‘a truly ace litigator’. Ritchie is acting in a matter involving a restrictive covenant for a national beverage chain and is representing various clients in landlord and tenant disputes. Peter Rolph heads the wider litigation group and is also recommended.

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