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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 (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s practice is headed by James Waddell – who took over from Keith Syson in 2015 – and includes Beverley Whittaker, who leads the specialist commercial law team. The ‘exemplary’ Richard Baxter advised PCI Consulting Group on its sale to Wood Mackenzie. Other highlights included handling Thirty Three’s sale to Capita.

Leading individuals

Keith Syson - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Richard Baxter - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

At Stevens & Bolton LLP, Kate Schmit is experienced in advising on transactional tax matters, exit planning, corporate reorganisations and real estate tax. It has noted an increase in work for management teams relating to employee shareholder agreements. Clients include State Oil and Monitise.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team provides ‘clear, tailored advice’ and ‘a comparable level of service to that which is offered by City law firms’. Practice head Gustaf Duhs is ‘a real expert in his field’, and is able to bring his experience at the Office of Fair Trading to bear on competition matters. Dufs and senior associate Maliha Mahmood advised on the UK merger control aspects of Nishimoto’s acquisition of Harro Foods.

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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 (Guildford)

Noted for its ‘very good quality of advice’, Stevens & Bolton LLP’s team is led by Richard King and supported by the ‘sharp’ Michael Frisby and Sarah Murray, who is ‘good at advising cost-effective strategies’. The team handled several disputes in the technology and aviation sectors, including Montise Create’s claim against Formula E for breach of contract.

Leading individuals

Michael Frisby - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Richard King - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s team, led by Jonathan Porteous, is noted for its ‘good level of knowledge and advice’ and has been particularly active in refinancing and vendor finance matters. Also recommended are Joe Bedford, who works across the firm’s corporate and finance teams, and senior associate Andrew Dodds. Clients include Santander and Kia Motors.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Tim Carter leads Stevens & Bolton LLP’s team, which assists UK-based and foreign insolvency practitioners, directors and creditors with contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency matters.

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South East: Human resources

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP assisted a former employee of Air Products in an age discrimination claim. Recommended individuals include practice head Stephanie Dale, Kerry Garcia, who heads the immigration practice and is noted for her ‘depth of knowledge and commerciality’; and newly promoted partner Lloyd Davey.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

The ‘extremely thorough’ Kerry Garcia leads Stevens & Bolton LLP’s practice, which advises clients including 2HOffshore Engineering and Aasonn on entry clearance applications and sponsorship compliance. Senior associates Adam Landy and Jackie Penlington are also recommended.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s Gabrielle Holgate is ‘extremely thorough in her research, exploring all available options and ensuring compliant documentation’. Areas of focus include funding issues, governance and automatic enrolment.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

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Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s practice is led by the well-regarded Caroline Gordon-Smith and includes ‘truly exceptional’ senior associate Grace Parker-White.

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

At Stevens & Bolton LLP, Nick Acomb is noted for his ‘outstanding technical excellence’, and practice head Stuart Skeffington is well regarded for tax issues. Senior associate Matthew Carmen is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Nick Acomb - 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 (Guildford)

At Stevens & Bolton LLP, practice head Andrew Steele advised TGI Friday’s on six new restaurant openings in the UK. The team also assisted Octopus Healthcare Development on the site acquisition, pre-letting, construction and forward funding of a 60-bed care home development in Colchester. Stephen Rockhill joined from his own engineering consultancy business, and Alex Watt joined from Clyde & Co LLP.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP bolstered its non-contentious capabilities with the arrival of Stephen Rockhill from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Matthew Needham-Laing’s team has notable expertise in the pharmaceutical and oil and gas sectors.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s practice attracts praise for its ‘promptness, high-quality output and good industry knowledge’. Valerie Fogleman, who is ‘an expert in her field’, and Catherine Davey co-head the practice, which is a leader in environmental insurance and which assisted WWF-UK with a report into insurance risks and the Arctic.

Leading individuals

Valerie Fogleman - Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

At Stevens & Bolton LLP, consultant Catherine Davey regularly handles planning applications and appeals.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s ‘responsive, friendly and pragmatic’ team has ‘good knowledge of the market’. Key figures include Beverley Whittaker, who is ‘can cut to the key deal points and legal concerns’; Beverley Flynn, who advises on supply and procurement contracts; and Tom Lingard, who has strong litigation experience.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

At Stevens & Bolton LLP, practice head Tom Lingard is ‘an extremely skilled lawyer with an incredible capacity to understand, structure andexplain complex issues’. Charlotte Tillett has strong life sciences expertise, and Gary Parnell is ‘a rising star in the field of commerce, and a pleasure to work with’. Bakkavor, Cygnet Healthcare and Papa John’s are key clients.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP advised Brighton & Hove Albion FC on a range of issues surrounding brand enforcement and reputation management, and is acting for Antonio Puig on a number of high-value trade mark acquisitions. Practice head Tom Lingard is ‘efficient, practical and down-to earth’.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

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South East: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP (Guildford)

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s team is led by Richard Mumford and has been advising Royal Aero GmbH on short and long-term engine leasing and tracking transactions.

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