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Stone King LLP

13 QUEEN SQUARE, BATH, BA1 2HJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01225 337599
Fax:
Fax 01225 335437
DX:
8001 BATH
Email:
Web:
www.stoneking.co.uk

South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP provides ‘excellent service, characterised by quick responses and good value for money’, but most importantly, ‘the firm knows how to win cases’. The team specialises in property litigation, private client work and commercial disputes, including insolvency and companies act claims. Associate Sarah Eden represented Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church St. Mary of Debre Tsion in a case of strategic and cultural significance regarding the identity of the charity’s trustees and the allegiance of the church toward competing Patriarchs. Solicitors Simon Stone and Hannah Brittain are also recommended contacts. Additional clients include British Heart Foundation, The Hain Celestial Group and Future Acadamies.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 1

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP specialises in providing employment advice to the education, charity and social enterprise sectors, and has a strong HR consultancy that works in tandem with the employment team. Expertise in the education sector includes advising on changes to terms and conditions, pay awards and appeals, union activity, trade disputes, strike action, immigration, child protection and safeguarding. The firm has been involved in converting a large number of schools into academies and is acting for an increasing number of Multi Academy Trusts on drafting contracts for CEOs and advising on teachers’ pension scheme membership. Other highlights included advising a charity in relation to the potential dismissal of a finance director over allegations of gross negligence and gross misconduct, and acting for a national bus group in relation to a joint venture, which involved drafting employment and secondment arrangements, advising on the process and commercial practicalities of the employment information and consultation processes. The firm also acts for high-net-worth individuals. Practice head Nick Watson  has ‘excellent knowledge’ and is ‘very approachable and keen to assist’; he has expertise in trade union disputes and complex governance structures. He is supported by Peter Woodhouse  and Jean Boyle.

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South West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP has expanded its already vast charity practice, with over 150 new clients across the national sector group. The firm also has longstanding arts and heritage clients - such as The National Trust, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arnolfini Museum, and the National Maritime Museum - and faith clients, including 11 Church of England Dioceses, seven Roman Catholic Dioceses, and over 50% of the Roman Catholic religious orders in the country. The firm has recently acted on hive-offs for English Heritage and the Royal Parks charity and the National Citizenship Service. The firm’s liveries and City corporations practice has also increased, with the addition of The Vintners' Foundation to The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, The Worshipful Company of Farmers and The Corporation of Trinity House. In addition to acting for many military charities – such as the RAF Sports Federation, the Army Families Federation, and the National Army Museum - the firm has reinforced its specialism in charities that operate colleges for young people with special educational needs. The ‘excellent, knowledgeable and proactive’ head of the practice Tim Rutherford splits his time between Bath and London, bringing expertise in faith organisations, in particular Roman Catholic charities, as well as almshouses. Senior associate Alexandra Steffensen is also highly recommended; she is acting for The Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth Generalate in its support for a €27m redevelopment of its care homes in Ireland; and is advising RSPCA Bristol and District Branch on implementing a new fundraising brand and governance review. Consultant and ex-partner Michael King retired in May 2018.

Leading individuals

Tim Rutherford - Stone King LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alexandra Steffensen - Stone King LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Stone King LLP

The team at Stone King LLP specialises in complex cross-border instructions following relationship breakdowns. Partner and practice head Caroline Fell  specialises in complex financial matters, particularly those with an international element, and has clients based in the South West, London and overseas. Senior associate Jayne Martins handles financial matters for married and unmarried couples, with added expertise in complex children matters, including cross-border children cases; highlights included protecting a matrimonial home in its entirety when a husband sought a sale and 50%. Senior associate Sarah Wasaya joined the firm in January 2018 from Rollingsons, bringing expertise in international and complex financial matters, and cross-border children disputes.

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

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP is ‘very good’ in its particular niches of cross-border estates and older and vulnerable client services. Practice head Alison Allen has a focus advising families and carers of vulnerable individuals with impaired mental capacity and/or mental health issues on estate planning, trusts and care funding. Daniel Harris heads the international and cross-border team, which specialises in multi-jurisdictional succession matters. Senior associate Kathryn Layzell also has experience in estate planning and tax, including in relation to older clients and care funding.

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South West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP advises on governance, the establishment of academies, employment and property issues, and capital funding. It is adept at establishing academies and advises on the establishment of multi-academy trusts. Other areas of expertise include school property issues involving the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). Helen Tucker specialises in advising on operational matters for independent schools. Michael Brotherton focuses on high-profile contentious issues such as challenging Ofsted inspections and also advises on general day-to-day issues such as pastoral care. Ciara Campfield is adept at handling state funded project matters and academy conversions. Team Manager Jean Boyle specialises in employment and pension law in relation to the education sector. Recent highlights include acting for a school in successfully challenging the outcome of an Ofsted inspection and having the school reinspected. The firm also acted in challenge against a university over a refusal to accept late applications and advised several schools in relation to historic abuse allegations.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 3

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP runs a dynamic cross-office property team with experience in general commercial property and property finance, but is perhaps best known for its prolific non-profit client-base, which includes a host of religious charities, educational bodies, community groups and cultural charities. Joanne Burton assisted Harrow College with a £10m disposal of two adjoining sites to a foreign SPV. Similarly, Hugh Pearce is instructed by the National Heritage Memorial Fund, in addition to various religious organisations and diocese. Sarah Lane has advised No. 1 Loungers on a number of leasing transactions involving the client’s operations in various UK hub airports, including Heathrow and Gatwick. In the property finance space, Stephanie Howarth acted for a European bank in relation to a number of multimillion-pound property finance and refinance transactions.

Next generation lawyers

Kathryn Williams - Stone King LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Stone King LLP

‘Very highly rated in the region’, Stone King LLP is instructed by charities, developers, educational trusts and high-net-worth individuals in a wide variety of contentious property issues. Particularly recommended is department head Tony Pidgeon, ‘an astute litigator, who is quickly able to cut to the heart of a complicated and fractious dispute’. Pidgeon is involved in a substantial breach of confidence dispute regarding a proposed property purchase, and has represented individuals and charities in various disputes including dilapidations, beneficial ownership and commercial lease assignment. The team also has experience in the removal of trespassers. Solicitor Simon Stone is another key figure in the department.

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