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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP, which is considered 'pre-eminent' in the market, can mobilise large, multi-disciplinary teams that provide expertise in areas from tax to competition issues. Its clients range from owner-managed to private equity and international businesses. James Waddell heads the corporate offering, while Beverley Whittaker leads on the commercial side. Richard Baxter is experienced in mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructurings and fundraisings, while Keith Syson's expertise lies in company law.

Practice head(s):James Waddel; Beverley Whittaker

Other key lawyers:Richard Baxter; Keith Syson

Key Clients

Broker Network Partner Holdings


Kaye Enterprises

Bakkavor Group plc

James Purdey & Sons

Fuller Smith & Turner plc

Immersive Games Lab

Shareholders of iCareHealth

Royal Philips

International Schools Partnership Limited

ICP Nurseries

Shareholders of Inzpire Group

Stackhouse Poland

Vestey Group

BMT Group

Business Growth Fund

Anheuser Busch InBev

Godiva Chocolatier

TGI Fridays

Japan Tobacco

Work highlights

  • A multi-disciplinary team advised CANCOM, one of the leading providers of IT infrastructure in Germany and Austria, on two UK acquisitions.  
  • Advised the company and the management team on the sale of Metasphere to growth equity investors XPV Water Partners.
  • Advised on the acquisition of Haydens Bakery from Real Good Food Plc for £12m.
  • Advised longstanding client Fullers on two acquisitions.
  • Advised on the £36.5m sale of the Global Voucher Group to Group.
Leading individuals

Keith Syson - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

The corporate tax team at Stevens & Bolton LLP is best known for advising entrepreneurial clients, owner managers and SMEs on exit tax planning and M&A transactions involving complex equity incentive structures. The practice is growing its expertise across the full range of equity incentive schemes, including EMI schemes and unapproved option schemes, as well as employment-related incentive structuring for private equity transactions. Kate Schmit heads the practice. Jamie Crawford was made partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Kate Schmit

Other key lawyers: Jamie Crawford


'Outstanding service - prompt and clear communication, absolute transparency on transaction and time spent, delightful people to deal with'.

Key Clients


Brockton Capital LLP

Stackhouse Poland

ICP Nurseries

Ylem Group Limited (formerly ENER-G plc)

Pebble Beach Systems plc

ESO Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for specialist insurance broker and longstanding client Stackhouse Poland on their sale to Gallagher and three corporate transactions in 2018.
  • Advised CANCOM SE, one of the leading providers of IT infrastructure and services in Germany and Austria, on the acquisition of 82.1% of UK- based Ocean Intelligent Communications Limited and the acquisition of UK based IT solutions provider OCSL.
  • Advised the shareholders of longstanding client and care home software provider iCareHealth on its sale to the Access Group.
  • Advised the partners of Brockton Capital LLP in connection with equity incentive arrangements put in place at the time of the creation of a new property investment vehicle with Tel Aviv-listed AlonyHetz Property and Investments
  • Advised the nursery group ICP Nurseries on numerous acquisitions.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s competition and regulatory team specialises in investigations and merger control, particularly in the life science, fast-moving consumer goods and retail sectors. The practice’s work has a strong international focus, providing strategic advice to clients on complex cross-border matters including Brexit issues. Gustaf Duhs heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Gustaf Duhs

Key Clients

Bakkavor Group

Chas A Blatchford & Sons

FGX Europe Limited

Papa Johns International

Samsung Electronics UK Limited

Sonardyne International Limited

Securmed UK Limited

TM Lewin & Sons

Work highlights

  • Advised leading medical device company on US Federal Trade Commission proceedings, including subpoenas and depositions as well as implications for the market and its business.
  • Advising a global digital healthcare company on merger control and related regulatory issues
  • Provided extensive competition law, telecommunications regulatory and related public law advice (including state aid) to the leading open access fiber provider.
  • Advising one of the key parties in the CMA’s investigation into the delisting and alleged excessive pricing in relation to a generic drug.

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South East: Dispute resolution

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP

One of the largest regional teams, Stevens & Bolton LLP's disputes resolution group takes on large-scale litigation and international arbitration. It serves clients in myriad sectors and includes those that are USA-based. Its work also encompasses advising on commercial disputes in areas such as trading disputes, shareholder actions, fraud and negligence. Team head Sarah Murray  acts for well-known, international retail clients and Richard Mumford focuses on the aviation sector. Michael Frisby and Richard King provide a wealth of experience in both litigation and arbitration and Andrew Quick has expertise in professional negligence and franchising disputes.

Practice head(s):Sarah Murray

Other key lawyers:Michael Frisby; Richard King; Andrew Quick; Richard Mumford; James Lister

Key Clients

Allianz Insurance plc

Gama Aviation plc


Samsung Electronics

CI Plus

TM Lewin


CBRE Managed Services

Annheuser-Busch In Bev Procurement

Diebold Nixdorf

TGI Friday

Work highlights

  • Acted for Gama Aviation, a private jet operator,  in High Court proceedings against its former owner and director, and companies controlled by him in a £500,000 claim. The matter, with an overall value of £7m, has been settled.
  • Acting for  CI Plus LLP in a High Court claim against German company IMPEXSAT GmbH for infringement of licence terms, breach of confidence, circumvention of technical devices applied to copyright works, trade mark infringement and passing off seeking injunctive and other relief including damages.
  • Acting for Hamandi Investments Limited, a multi-unit franchisee of Domino’s Pizza UK, in applying for and obtaining injunctions preventing the termination of franchise agreements.
  • Defending clients in an LCIA arbitration with a London seat in respect of claims arising from the sale of its interest in a media sales business to a US corporate.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s banking and finance team has in-depth expertise in acquisition finance, real estate finance and corporate debt financing and refinancing. Asset-based lending deals, bridge finance and trade finance are other areas of strength. The practice is also known for his high-profile work on the borrower side, advising corporate businesses of various sizes on negotiating banking facilities in conjunction with M&A and multilateral deals. Jonathan Porteous heads the practice. Andrew Dodds was made partner in May 2019.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Porteous 

Other key lawyers:Andrew Dodds


'Jonathan Porteous is always available, with an incredible memory for complex details, and ability to give real practical advice rather than normal caveats from big firm lawyers. Good value.'

'Andrew Dodds is super responsive and commercial. He knows our business so gets to the point quick when we need advice.'

'Andrew Dodds is incredibly accessible, efficient and gives straightforward advice even on the trickiest of subjects.'


Key Clients

OakNorth Bank

Merino Private Equity

Investec Bank

Falcon Group

Business Growth Fund


Allied Irish Bank


Lloyds Banking Group

Bakkavor Group


Meridian Audio

ICP Nurseries

Work highlights

  • Acted for OakNorth on its refinancing of the Inn Collection pub and hospitality group.
  • Acting for an English subsidiary of a large US borrower Anaplan on the accession of the group’s financing arrangements.
  • Acted for Falcon Bridging Finance Limited on the launch of its bridge finance product for UK property transactions.
  • Advised Business Growth Fund (BGF) on its equity and debt investment in Dianomi Limited, a high-growth technology company.
  • Acted for Bakkavor Group plc on its £12m acquisition of Haydens Bakery Limited.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Porteus - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Next Generation Partners

Andrew Dodds - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP

The 'very strong' insolvency and corporate recovery team at Stevens & Bolton LLP's Guildford office has gone from strength to strength over the last year. Under the leadership of practice heads Tim Carter and David Steinberg, the team attracts complex and high profile matters, covering the full range of restructuring and insolvency matters. Recent work highlights include taking instruction from the administrators and then the liquidators of a telecoms company in relation to the ongoing trading of the company in administration and post-completion issues, including liquidation-only disclaimer of lease property.

Practice head(s):Tim Carter; David Steinberg


'A London team based outside of London! A dynamic and approachable team with experience in a large number of sectors. Efficient and with great communication, the team can act quickly on any number of difficult transactions.'

'A very strong restructuring and insolvency practice which can more than hold its own against better known City law firms, both in terms of quality of advice, service and price. They give unequivocal advice and do not unnecessarily complicate matters.'

'great on-hands attitude, exceptional responsiveness, legal work straight to the point and very useful for the client's needs'

'Tim Carter is excellent and always available. His commercial advice is appreciated and he is always quick to help.'

'David Steinberg has a wealth of experience and gives technically strong but commercially savvy advice.'

'Tim Carter is an urbane, affable individual who always goes the extra mile. 

Key Clients

Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants

Harrison & Makin Limited (in liquidation) – Liquidators from Rollings Butt LLP

Software Power Tools Limited (in liquidation) – liquidators from Quantuma LLP

True Telecom Ltd (in administration, now liquidation) – administrators/liquidators from Mazars LLP

SecurMed UK

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

BDO - administrators of Collateral UK Limited

The Home Insurance Company : Ernst & Young

Work highlights

  • Engaged by liquidators (Rollings Butt LLP) to assist in pursuing the directors for various antecedent transactions.
  • Instructed by the liquidators of Software Power Tools Limited, having originally acted for the petitioning creditor in petitioning for the company’s winding up in 2016, relating to various claims worth c£1m.
  • Instructed by the administrators and then the liquidators of True Telecom in relation to the ongoing trading of the company in administration and post-completion issues, including liquidation-only disclaimer of lease property.

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South East: Human resources

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP

'With a very commercial approach', the impressive employment and immigration team at Stevens & Bolton LLP is led by the 'exceptional' Kerry Garcia. Equally well-regarded partner Hannah Ford has a track record dealing with tribunal litigation; Lloyd Davey concentrates on clients within the technology, media and retail sectors and is highlighted for his offering on the full range of HR advice; and senior associate Abigail Etchells has a focus on TUPE matters and agency worker issues. The team has collective skills across all aspects of employment advisory and contentious cases.

Practice head(s):Kerry Garcia

Other key lawyers:Hannah Ford; Lloyd Davey; Abigail Etchells


'We have worked with the employment team on a wide range of matters including complex discrimination claims, tribunal cases, restructures, holiday pay, executive remuneration, immigration and judicial mediation. They  make the effort to fully understand our business and are commercially focused, responsive, pragmatic and flexible in their approach and pro-active in developing solutions.'

'The team provides good solid advice and a good service -  it's commercial in its approach -  looking to support their clients.'

'Kerry Garcia provides top notch advice and support whilst being pragmatic and is in tune with business needs.'

'Hannah Ford can always be relied upon to provide no nonsense advice in plain English, which we value hugely.  She has supported us through complex cases and has received high praise for her approach and commercial eye.'

'Lloyd Davey is responsive and provides concise, accurate, commercial advice.  He is willing to add extra information and will discuss additional issues or angles he has noted.'

Key Clients

BOC/The Linde Group

FF Group (Links of London/Folli Follie/Juicy Couture brands)

Kia Motors (UK)

Godiva UK/Godiva Global

Diebold Nixdorf

CBRE Managed Services

Sports Information Services

Surrey Satellite Technology

HCL Axon

Papa John’s GB

Passion Pictures

Cambridge Display Technology

Work highlights

  • Continues to handle the client's employment tribunal caseload and provide other employment law and HR support - this has included successfully defending a number of tribunal claims.
  • Continuing to provide ongoing advisory assistance in relation to all employment issues which include GDPR compliance, TUPE advice on the insourcing of a previously outsourced customer call centre, senior executive appointments and exits and grievances.
  • Advising in relation to UK employment matters, including GDPR compliance, agency worker advice as well as other employee relations issues.
  • Advising Diebold Nixdorf in relation to TUPE in connection with several large contracts. Continued to advise HR and management in relation to general HR and employment matters including working time issues, redundancies and post-merger matters.
  • Advising on a range of diverse employment issues, including GDPR compliance, the employment status of freelancers, zero hours contracts and other employee relations issues.
Leading individuals

Kerry Garcia - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Next Generation Partners

Hannah Ford  - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP has extensive expertise in business immigration, especially in Tier 2 and related business immigration matters. 'First class' employment lawyer Kerry Garcia heads the practice which is increasingly sought after by private and corporate clients to assist with T1 Investor applications, residency permits, naturalisation and advising on the status and employment of EEA nationals post Brexit.  Associate Jackie Penlington is also recommended for business and personal immigration issues.

Practice head(s):Kerry Garcia

Other key lawyers:Jackie Penlington


'Stevens & Bolton are very experienced, knowledgeable in this sector and are responsive and make themselves available to clients at short notice.'

'The teams is professional at all times but understand and reflect the needs of the client so they use their knowledge of their clients to personalise their advice.'

'Stevens & Bolton combine both detailed knowledge, and extremely good judgment.'

'Kerry Garcia and Jackie Pennington are simply great lawyers who go the extra mile for clients.'

Key Clients

Asahi UK Limited/Asahi Europe Limited

RBB Economics LLP

Diebold Nixdorf Limited

Colas Rail Limited

Godiva UK

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Asahi in connection to sponsor compliance and act as a Level 1 User, and on several Tier 2 applications to transfer staff.  The practice also advised on immigration implications of closing the Japanese branch entity and persuaded the Home Office, on a discretionary basis, to allow a Tier 2 migrant to transfer from their current sponsor to the Asahi sponsorship licence.
  • Advised a retail technology client in relation to a senior employee coming to the UK under a Tier 2 visa.
  • Assisting Colas Rail Limited in relation to several Indefinite Leave to Remain applications.
Leading individuals

Kerry Garcia - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Rising stars

Jackie Penlington - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises a mix of start-up businesses and large international corporates as well as trustees of occupational trust-based schemes.  Gabrielle Holgate leads the practice from the Guildford office and assists employers with governance, benefitS changes, litigation, Pension Protection Fund-related issues and pensions aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Gabrielle Holgate

Key Clients

Greenclose Hotels Limited

Diebold Nixdorf

Work highlights

  • Advised trustees in relation to a buy-in of all scheme benefits with a major insurance firm followed by a buy-out. The buy-in was completed as the first stage of the planned solvent winding up of the scheme.
  • Advised A client on issues arising from the participation of one of the holding company’s subsidiaries in an industry-wide pension scheme.
  • Advised A client on the pensions position of various subsidiaries in light of plans for a major corporate restructuring.
Leading individuals

Gabrielle Holgate - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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South East: Private client

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Partner James Lister heads up the contentious trusts and estates department at Stevens & Bolton LLP, which 'balances the work ethic and knowledge of a city firm with the personal sensibilities of a local firm'. The group has significant involvement in multijurisdictional matters, having recently represented clients in disputes connected with Guernsey, Jersey, Singapore, France and Germany. High-value trust and estate work is a key area of focus. Lister also has experience of Court of Protection cases.

Practice head(s):James Lister


'Managing associate James Lister is an excellent lawyer; he is clever, commercial, collaborative and client friendly'.

'Although it is located outside of London, Stevens & Bolton can easily match its city opponents in strength. It is not to be underestimated'.

'Stevens & Bolton is one of the go-to regional firms for contentious trusts and probate'.

'James Lister is an excellent litigation tactician; he is well regarded in the field and while he remains steely when negotiating with the counterparty, he is always a pleasure to work either alongside or against'.

'James Lister is a stand out practitioner. He is a partner is all but name, and has exceptional knowledge and tactical insight. He is always prepared to go the extra mile for his clients'.

'James Lister is a very experienced litigator who has practiced exclusively in contentious trusts and probate for years and has been involved in some of the most important recent cases in the field'.

'James Lister has developed a knowledge and tactical acumen well beyond that which might be expected of someone of his seniority. He is a terrific lawyer who will undoubtedly go very far indeed'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for an offshore trustee regarding a $5m trust concerning disputes over the exercise of the trustee’s.
  • Acting for the trustees of a UK-domiciled trust holding shares in a series of offshore trading companies concerning claims for the removal of directors of those companies.
  • Acting for several minor beneficiaries in a claim for financial provision from the estate (and related trusts) of one of their parents.
  • Acting for the litigation friend of minor and unborn beneficiaries in a substantial variation of trust application.
Next Generation Partners

James Lister - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP

The 'proficient' team at Stevens & Bolton LLP attracts some of the most complex financial remedy cases and disputes relating to nuptial agreements, advising clients including ultra high-net-worth individuals and business owners. It also handles cases where clients and/or assets are located abroad and private children matters. Nicola Harries has extensive experience in dealing with high-value divorce cases, usually involving complex financial proceedings and Caroline Gordon-Smith's broad practice includes disputes over children, especially where moving abroad is an issue.

Practice head(s):Nicola Harries

Other key lawyers:Caroline Gordon-Smith; Grace Parker-White; Sean Hilton


'They definitely aim for the top end of the market.'

'They attract HNW clients and are perceived as such.  They are pragmatic but not a push-over and work hard to achieve the best outcome for their clients.'

'Nicola Harries and Grace Parker-White are both considered very capable, very sensible, hard-working, creative, willing to negotiate and refer into the DR process for which they should be given credit.'

'We consider Sean Hilton to be one of the best associates within the market. His client care skills and judgement are second to none. You can guarantee that the lay client has already had the very best advice by the time they come to counsel.'  

Work highlights

  • Acted for a spouse in highly contested financial remedy proceedings involving substantial assets in the UK and Europe and significant expert evidence was required with regard to valuations.
  • Acting for a client in divorce and financial remedy proceedings in circumstances where the spouse lacked capacity which in turn triggered the involvement of the Official Solicitor to act as a litigation friend.
Leading individuals

Nicola Harries - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Rising stars

Sean Hilton - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP is highlighted for combining first-rate advice with diplomatic handling of clients' sensitivities. The 'calm, reassuring and authoritative'  Stuart Skeffington  supports clients on on all aspects of tax and trusts including: complex onshore and offshore trust structures and charities issues as does Nick Acomb. Rosie Todd is noted for her 'poised and authoritative' approach to succession planning for both UK- and non-UK-domiciled clients. Junior members of the team, particularly partner James Hardaker also attract client appreciation.

Practice head(s):Stuart Skeffington 

Other key lawyers:Nick Acomb; Rosie Todd; Daryl Fox; James Hardaker


'In my experience the practice is unique because it takes a real interest in your situation. The lawyers explain what the processes are very clearly in plain language and are very tolerant of going over points again if you don't understand. With other practices I have often found a lot of legalese that I have struggled to understand.'

'The team gives high-quality advice in a clear and commercial way, which enables clients to make well-informed decisions. They are partner-led, very personable and highly responsive - it is always a pleasure working with them.'

'The quality that I have appreciated is their patience. They are patient and empathetic in face-to-face meetings and they are understanding that some decisions take a long time to make. They are aware that they are dealing with matters that go to the heart of the way you live and your relationships.'

'I work with Stuart Skeffington and Phoebe Browne who supports him. Stuart and Phoebe are knowledgeable and professional both as regards the advice and support they provide and the manner in which they interact with their clients.'

'Stuart Skeffington has a great manner with clients - he is calm, reassuring and authoritative and is able to explain complex issues in a clear and accessible way.'

'Rosie Todd is an intelligent and poised adviser who addresses legal points with confidence and authority.'

'I have worked with Nick Acomb primarily and with his associates particularly James Hardaker. I have always found it very easy to discuss problems/plan solutions and work to be done with them. Clients have always had the greatest regard for their expertise and have been grateful for their assistance.'

Leading individuals

Nick Acomb - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stuart Skeffington - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP serves an impressive breadth of retail and leisure, developer, and investor clients in addition to lenders; it is on the panel of a number of banks. Andrew Steele is highly rated for his experience in the healthcare sector and for advising corporate occupiers. Howard Lupton's expertise includes industrial and out of town retail developments, joint ventures and forward funding. 'Trusted partner' Alex Watt is valued for his work on all types of acquisitions and related funding and he and Jonathan Cope 'work tirelessly to support [clients] and ensure the service given is exceptional.'

Practice head(s):Andrew Steele

Other key lawyers:Howard Lupton; Alex Watt; Daryl Rivero


'Utterly reliable, always upbeat and efficient and an absolute pleasure to deal with. Despite a significant workload, matters are allocated around the team to ensure swift turnaround without compromising on the quality of the work.'

'An experienced and knowledgeable team which proactively acts for their clients' best interests. The team have a good understanding of client views and requirements. Service is efficient and second to none.'

'The firm have a fresh approach to client engagement.'

'Alex Watt is a pleasure to deal with, providing detailed expert knowledge together with pragmatic advice where appropriate.'

'Alex Watt is interested in developing a long-term relationship rather than one-off fees - which is exactly what we have been looking for.' 

Key Clients

Hambridge Limited

Diebold Nixdorf

University of Surrey

Store Property Investments

Montreaux Developments


Octopus Healthcare Developments

International Schools Partnership

Kia Motors

TGI Friday’s

Work highlights

  • In a deal valued at £13.5m, acted on the sale of a multi-let industrial estate in Sandhurst.      
  • Valued at £12.5m, advised on the  sale and leaseback of Claremont Independent School. The buyer was the Index Linked Income Fund.
  • Acted for the client, a property investment vehicle, on its acquisition of Greenside Lane Retail Park and Droylsden Shopping Centre  - an acquisition of a significant multi-let retail asset.
  • Advised on a conditional sub-purchase of part of a larger residential development site in respect of a care home development. The matter, valued at £4.8m,  included advice on planning, construction and tax.
  • Acted for a new developer client on the conditional contracts and acquisition arrangements for a new mixed-use development site in London.
Leading individuals

Andrew Steele - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Next Generation Partners

Alex Watt - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP's construction and engineering group sits within the firm's wider real estate practice. It generates a steady flow of contractual and procurement work in relation to high-value projects, and also handles contentious work, with a strong penchant for technical engineering disputes. Practice head Stephen Rockhill, who qualified as a mechanical and electrical engineer before becoming a solicitor, 'combines robustness with wisdom'. Ben Willis, who primarily undertakes non-contentious construction work, joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP.

Practice head(s):Stephen Rockhill

Other key lawyers:Ben Willis


'Stevens & Bolton are clear and transparent communicators who always deliver the right advice'.

'By first understanding our particular business ambitions and concerns, they are able to tailor the advice to our needs'.

'Stephen Rockhill offers timely, well-informed and innovative solutions to our issues'.

'Stephen Rockhill, being a trained engineer and solicitor, is a unique asset to the team'.

'Ben Willis stands out for his knowledge'.

Key Clients

Revitalise Respite Holidays

Royal Horticultural Society

The Institute of Cancer Research

CBRE Managed Services Limited

Kia Motors (UK) Limited

Scitech Engineering Ltd

BLOC Hotels

VX Fiber Limited

Constantine Limited

Bakkavor Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted The Institute of Cancer Research with two large projects this year, including acting in relation to a large laboratory at their Sutton site.
  • Acted for a client in relation to a tripartite dispute with an employer and its sub-contractor, as to the correct interpretation of a technical specification to determine whether additional works are within the original contract scope of works or a variation so that additional sums are due.
  • Advising the Royal Horticultural Society on the best procurement routes in the context of its large refurbishment/enlargement programme for several sites throughout the country.
  • Assisted a pharmaceutical client with reviewing a contract for a major building.
  • Advising a hotel client on the design, construction, administration and putting into service of a 22 storey tower block and basement building.
Leading individuals

Stephen Rockhill - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Environment - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in a wide range of matters, with particular strengths in environmental liability and environmental insurance. Its work includes advice to clients on environmental insurance policies, liabilities related to land and water pollution, the environmental liability directive and environmental damage regulations. Associate Markus Klempa  is the name to note for asbestos-related litigation. Valerie Fogleman leads the team.

Practice head(s):Valerie Fogleman

Other key lawyers:Markus Klempa

Key Clients



European Law Academy

Ecologic Institute

Work highlights

  • Advised AXA XL on various claims concerning environmental liabilities in environmental insurance and general liability policies.
  • Project for WWF-Canada on its work concerning offshore oil and gas operations in the Arctic and liability, compensation and financial security for such operations.
  • As part of a consortium that carries out projects for the European Commission under a framework contract, the firm is leading a project which includes reviewing financial security for environmental liability in all 28 Member States of the EU and comparing them with such requirements in other countries.
  • The firm is part of a high-profile project under a contract between the European Commission and the Academy of European Law to train judges and prosecutors across the EU in EU environmental law.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

The 'very experienced' real estate dispute resolution team at Stevens & Bolton LLP  'consistently provides excellent advice'. It acts for clients across a wide range of industries, including retail, food and drink, travel and leisure, education and healthcare. The practice has had a notable increase in mandates from developers and real estate investors. Also notable is that, in 2018, the firm advised on a number of complex lease renewal claims. Helen Wheddon heads up the team, which includes Markus Klempa, who has particular expertise in devising vacant possession strategies.

Practice head(s):Helen Wheddon

Other key lawyers:Markus Klempa


'Advice is given to clients in a personable yet highly professional manner, minus the egotistical overtones of many larger city practices'.

'All members of the team are vastly experienced in property litigation and have a sound understanding of the legal principles involved; they are very easy to work with'.

'Professional, knowledgeable, quick to respond and personable'.

'The team is understands unique issues and gives commercially-sensitive legal advice; it is incredibly prompt in its responses'.

'Andrew Steele's knowledge is superb and his advice is very easy for a client or surveyor to understand'.

'Markus Klempa provides high-quality advice; he also demonstrates depth of knowledge and commercial acumen'.

'Helen Wheddon is well regarded and an excellent team leader'.

'Markus Klempa is clearly very bright and hard working; he always gives clear instructions'.

'I would recommend Naomi Campbell'.

Key Clients

CBRE Managed Services Limited

Day Group Limited

University of Surrey

Store Property Investments Limited

BOC/Linde Group

Octopus Healthcare Developments

Diebold Nixdorf

Kia Motors

Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care

TGI Fridays

Papa John’s


Work highlights

  • Advising a client on a proposed development of over 1,800 homes and commercial space which has involved numerous issues with the development site including easements, restrictive covenants and access issues.
  • Assisting a client with defending a multimillion pound complex High Court claim featuring novel points of law by an adjoining owner, who had held rights over the client’s land, which was part of a strategic development site.
  • Defending a High Court Chancery claim for the specific performance of an option agreement for the sale of client’s land and for damages, together with a substantial counterclaim.
  • Acting on a complicated and drawn out three way landlord and tenant dispute with claims from client’s superior landlord and its sub-tenant at its London premises.
  • The firm acted for a major national logistics business in a lease renewal of its substantial chilled warehouse premises.
Rising stars

Markus Klempa - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP is home to one of the region's largest IT teams that serves clients from a wide range of sectors. The firm maintains strong links with the University of Surrey's technology incubator, giving it a notable presence in the start-up and emerging technologies sector. Beverley Whittaker heads the team and has significant expertise in IT contracts and senior associates Charles Maurice and Oliver Kidd are key team members.

Practice head(s):Beverley Whittaker

Other key lawyers:Charles Muarice; Oliver Kidd

Key Clients

SecurMed UK

The Capital Markets Company Limited

Zest Technology Limited

BMT Group Limited

Fortem Solutions Limited

Willmott Dixon Holdings Limited

Belron International Limited

Diebold Nixdorf Limited


Thursdays (UK) Limited, trading as TGI Fridays

Work highlights

  • Advised in connection with its multi-jurisdictional ‘hardware as a service’ deal with HP.
  • Advise SecurMed on its involvement with the establishment of a medicines verification IT system for the prescription and supply of medicines in the UK.
  • Advised Fortem Solutions in connection with a major IT procurement project, comprising the acquisition of several business critical services from a single provider.
  • Advising Belron International in connection with the procurement of various business-critical systems and applications, as well as ad-hoc innovation projects.
  • Advised an IT business on the large scale overseas outsourcing of the client's UK-based software development function.
Next Generation Partners

Charles Maurice - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Oliver Kidd - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP provides clients with a full service in IP matters, and is particularly notable within the region for the range of its client roster. The firm is also distinguished by its life sciences and technology offerings, which include patent and know-how licencing work. Practice head Tom Lingard focuses primarily on contentious work, along with complex licencing, while other key names at the practice include Charlotte Tillett and senior associate Elaine O'Hare.

Practice head(s):Tom Lingard

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Tillet; Elaine O'Hare


'Knowledgeable, responsive, and commercially-minded, it provides first-rate services across the board and more than competes with the IP teams of the big city firms.'

'I would not go anywhere else.'

'Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett are stand-out individuals. They both have the winning combination of being extremely capable as well as extremely approachable.'

'Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett know their stuff and provide sensible, pragmatic advice.'

'The team  is flexible, efficient and quick.'

Key Clients

Lonza Biologics plc

Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies Limited

Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited

Alternative Airlines Limited

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

Crazy Aaron Enterprises Inc

Auromoney Ltd

T.M. Lewin & Sons Ltd

Icam S.p.A

Passion Pictures Ltd

Bavaria N.V

Healthy Retail Ltd

Future Publishing Limited

Rocket UK Limited

PA Photos Limited T/A PA Images

FGX Europe Limited

Compassion in World Farming

Kia Motors (UK) Limited

Mr Frederick Walker

Bunzl Catering Supplies

Tyrrell Promotions Limited

Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies Limited

Rieker Schuh AG

Stackhouse Poland Holdings Limited

James Purdey & Sons

Mr Bruce Steinberg

Slater and Gordon Group

Exclusive Networks Limited

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

Links of London

Asmodee Holding

Diebold Nixdorf Ltd

Vestey Holdings Limited


Sonardyne International Limited

Rock Rail Holdings Limited

Cayman Islands Shipping Registry

Bunzl UK limited

Bright Publishing Limited

UCC Coffee UK Limited

Jefferies International Limited

Saunders Markets Limited

Volution Group Limited

Thursdays (UK) Limited, T/A TGI Fridays UK

Day Group Ltd

The Astrid Lindgren Company

The SR Group (UK) Limited

Bakkavor Group

McLaren Automotive Limited / McLaren Group Limited

Chris Eubank Jnr

Accord Healthcare Limited

Chas A Blatchford & Sons

Penhaligon’s Limited

Antonio Puig S.A.

Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

M Science LLC

Condor Group Limited

Immersive Games Lab Ltd

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Prax Petroleum Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Icam on multiple disputes concerning the client's Vanini brand and related trade marks, as both claimant and defendant.
  • Provided Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club with a brand enforcement programme incorporating online monitoring and liaising with the Premier League’s anti-counterfeiting advisors.
  • Advising The Astrid Lindgren Company in relation to a key publishing agreement.
  • Advising a client on the IP aspects of its high-value purchase of another company, including advising in relation to the company’s websites and trade marks.
  • Advising a UK listed company in a dispute over unregistered design rights.
Leading individuals

Tom Lingard - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Next Generation Partners

Charlotte Tillett - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Rising stars

Elaine O'Hare - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP provides a full service to media sector clients, with strong offerings in both contentious and non-contentious work. The firm is notable for its work with publishing sector clients on IP matters, including litigation and advice on the licensing of IP rights. Tom Lingard heads the practice, and is a key contact for media-related litigation as a solicitor-advocate.

Practice head(s):Tom Lingard

Work highlights

  • Advising in relation to a key publishing agreement.
  • Acting for client in trade mark dispute.
  • Instructed to file a UDRP Domain Name complaint following fraudulent use of a confusing similar domain, and succeeded in getting the infringing domain name transferred to the client.
  • Advising client in relation to its new gaming sector group experience start-up concept.
  • Acting for a UK theatre in relation to a copyright infringement dispute concerning the UK tour of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Sport - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Advising on commercial and IP matters, the team at Stevens & Bolton LLP act for a wide range of sports clients, including high-profile sports clubs, agencies, and events organisers. Charles Maurice is the key contact for sports clients seeking commercial advice, and acts for some of the firm's most high-profile clients. On the IP side, Tom Lingard takes the lead, and has strong experience in litigation as a solicitor-advocate.

Practice head(s):Charles Maurice; Tom Lingard

Key Clients

Feinberg Hansen LLP (on behalf of consortium of US investors)

Jenahura Limited

Jenahura Players Limited

Brighton and Hove Albion FC

Tyrrell Promotions Limited

Intelligent Health

Tough Mudder Incorporated

Work highlights

  • Acting for Jenahura in connection with its golf player management business, advising in connection with all aspects of its arrangements with tournament professional golfers, from player representation deals to sponsorship contracts.
  • Advised Tyrrell Promotions on licensing the design and plans for the manufacture of new reproductions of the P34 racing car.
  • Advising Premier League football team, Brighton & Hove Albion FC, on trade mark and brand protection matters, having launched a formal brand protection and anti-counterfeiting programme.
  • Acting for Jenahura Players (separate to Jenahura), in connection with its establishment of the UK's first tournament professional golfer academy.
  • Representing international endurance event company Tough Mudder in a variety of brand and trade mark enforcement matters, both in the UK and abroad.

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South East: Transport

Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP

The 'well-knit' aviation team at Stevens & Bolton LLP handles a range of multijurisdictional aircraft and engine transactions and it also advises aircraft operators on significant contentious matters. 'Ferociously commercial' practice head Richard Mumford specialises in complex legal disputes and asset recovery. Daniel James departed for asb law LLP in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Richard Mumford


'A well-knit team that capitalises on a number of different strengths'.

'The firm competes with London-based commercial aviation litigation firms'.

'A key firm for work related to aircraft and executive jet maintenance and operating contracts'.

'Richard Mumford is a big player in commercial aviation litigation; he has a ferociously commercial view and immediately considers the client's best interests.'

'James Evison is an upcoming practitioner with a calm and thorough approach, in addition to an impressive portfolio of aviation cases to his name'.

Key Clients



Gama Aviation

ACC Aviation

Acro Aircraft Seating

Airtime AB

Ford Aviation

Regional One

Hayward & Green

Weston Aviation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Gama Aviation in relation to a dispute with Dustin Dryden arising from the takeover of Hangar 8.
  • The firm acted for private jet operator, Gama Aviation, in a dispute with SPC Aviation and Dustin Dryden. This is a dispute arising out the management of a Bombardier 601 corporate jet.
  • Advised the founders and existing investors of multi award-winning supplier of advanced defence managed services Inzpire, on the sale of shares to the QinetiQ group.
  • The firm advised an aircraft management company on an unusual lien case against a financial institution.
Leading individuals

Richard Mumford - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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