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Steele Raymond LLP

67 SOUTHBOURNE GROVE, BOURNEMOUTH, BH6 3RN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work +1202 424 234
Fax:
Fax +1202 428 884
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

By some clients’ measure, the service at Steele Raymond LLP ‘far exceeds that of many of its regional contemporaries’. The team is especially active in Bournemouth’s tech sector and has taken on a number of new instructions from clients in the digital and creative tech sectors in 2017. ‘An excellent lawyer and skilled diplomat’, department head Tim Stone advised a Bournemouth-based e-learning company on the negotiation of an investment and subsequent establishment of a joint venture for the commercialisation of a potentially lucrative mobile app. In an illustration of the firm's aviation-sector expertise, the ‘proactive and commercially minded’ Nick Davies assisted the shareholders of a UK aerospace company with the sale of the group to a subsidiary of a US-based aircraft parts company. Paul Longland has a range of corporate and commercial experience and advised a UK property developer in the demerger of its investment property portfolio from its trading arm. Craig Hardman is another key figure in the department.

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

Steele Raymond LLP is highly regarded in the region for representing companies and individual directors and shareholders in complex commercial disputes. Though clients have noted that ‘the firm’s service is excellent irrespective of the individual who provides it’, department head Peter Rolph is singled out as having ‘vast experience across a range of disputes, which he can bring to bear in every case he handles’. Rolph acted for an individual in relation to the recovery of a multimillion-pound loan granted to a BVI company, and, in another matter, asisisted a technology company with various claims arising from the termination of a cross-border distribution agreement. Rolph also has expertise in construction disputes and professional negligence. John Andrews and Amy Cousineau Massey are additional contacts. Further, the department has seen multiple years of personnel growth, which was continued by the arrivals of senior associate Hannah Dare from Fladgate LLP and Lauren Hayes from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Property litigator Simone Ritchie left the firm.

Leading individuals

Peter Rolph - Steele Raymond LLP

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South West: Human resources

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

Steele Raymond LLP

Steele Raymond LLP handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including discrimination and whistleblower claims, TUPE-related transfers and breach of restrictive covenants. Managing partner Peter Rolph handles contentious employment matters, exit packages, enforcement of post-termination restrictions and strategic commercial advice. Partner Tim Stone focuses on non-contentious matters such as consultancy agreements, employment contracts and employment policies. Other key figures include Paul Longland, who provides non-contentious support to commercial clients, Craig Hardman, who specialises in incentivisation and remuneration packages, and Amy Cousineau Massey, who heads the team and specialises in contentious employment issues such as discrimination and whistleblowing, as well as senior employee exit packages.

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South West: Private client

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

Steele Raymond LLP

Bournemouth-based John Andrews heads the team at Steele Raymond LLP, where he handles contested probate and trust disputes related satellite claims as well as Inheritance Act applications for claimants and defendants. He also specialises in litigation before the Court of Protection, dealing with issues arising out of attorney and deputyship work. Sue Adams in taxation is another key contact.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Steele Raymond LLP

Steele Raymond LLP is ‘a strong player in the regional market when it comes to family work, with some outstanding lawyers’. The team’s focus remains complex financial remedy and Children Act matters, though it handles an increasing number of prenuptial agreements. In September 2017, the team recruited mediator Michelle Bettell from Laceys to provide a permanent family service in the firm’s satellite office in Southbourne; in January 2018, the firm hired Daniel Sanders as partner and head of team to replace Julie-Ann Harris , who moved to Coffin Mew LLP. Sanders is ‘particularly skilled in child-related matters’ and is valued as a Polish-speaking family lawyer, receiving numerous referrals from Polish community groups and other Polish speaking professionals. Promoted to senior associate in 2017, Lindsay Halliwell is ‘an extraordinary lawyer’, with an ‘impressive attention to detail and professionalism, sympathy towards clients, and diligent preparation’.

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

Steele Raymond LLP

Steele Raymond LLP is ‘pre-eminent in the South West for technical expertise, problem solving and client service’ according to one client. Bournemouth-based team head Sue Adams comes highly recommended: she is ‘quick to analyse a situation from all angles' and has an ‘intuitive perception of what is needed’. Her practice includes advising on stamp duty land tax for commercial and residential property. Paul Causton specialises in the tax aspects of company reorganizations. Richard Smith left the firm in September 2017.

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South West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Steele Raymond LLP

Steele Raymond LLP provides advice on a broad range of education matters such as governance, charitable aspects, staff and student discipline, special needs and disability issues, and safeguarding. It also advises on education-related employment law matters such as service contracts, consultancy agreements, employment contracts and TUPE matters. John Andrews heads the practice, he is supported by Peter Rolph who is ‘unflappable and measured’ and provides ‘crystal clear wisdom and advice’. Tim Stone focuses on non-contentious education-related employment law and has ‘considerable patience and cordiality’.

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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

Clients of Steele Raymond LLP 'cannot praise the team highly enough' for its ability to 'consistently provide exceptional advice’. Noted for his ‘dynamism’, department head Chris Twaits advised a real estate group on a multimillion-pound acquisition of an office building in Bristol. Residential development specialist Emma Stainwright acts for agricultural landowners in multiple sale transactions regarding residential development sites. Stainwright also advised a developer on the multimillion-pound acquisition of a mixed-use development site in Hampshire. The ‘tenacious and diligent’ Jennifer Rogerson provides comprehensive non-contentious property advice to Selwood, and assists Sydenhams with the property aspects of all of its acquisitions. Working alongside the firm’s corporate group, Rogerson advised a client on the property aspects sale of its multimillion-pound sale of a prestigious care home. Carol Elliott is among Dorset’s ‘eminent commercial property lawyers’. Sue Middleton is another key figure in the team.

Leading individuals

Chris Twaits - Steele Raymond LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Steele Raymond LLP

By one client’s estimation Steele Raymond LLP is ‘generally head and shoulders above any other firm in Bournemouth’, and the property litigation team is ‘a pleasure to work with, indeed’. The group is now led by senior associate Hannah Dare, ‘an absolutely first-rate property litigator’, who joined the firm from Fladgate LLP. Dare advises a national retailer on ongoing contentious property issues, and is assisting a commercial landlord with negotiations regarding a substantial dilapidations claim. Additionally, the team was involved in a collective enfranchisement project, and has been engaged by a development company to advise on a right of way concern. Peter Rolph heads the wider disputes resolution department. Simone Ritchie left the firm to become a sole practitioner/property litigation consultant.

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