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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: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 3

Stone King LLP (Bath)

The corporate and commercial group at Stone King LLP specialises in advising clients in the charity and education sectors, but also acts for a wider variety of commercial clients across the South West. Miguel Pereira leads the corporate and commercial department and advised Hussey Seatway on the company’s shareholders’ agreement and the buyback of shares from one of its founding shareholders; this transaction required a structure that accommodated both UK and US based shareholders. Pereira also acted for the shareholders of a Bath-based financial services company on its merger with another local company, following the demerger and reorganisation of the client’s business. Laura Giles is also recommended.

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 3

Stone King LLP (Bath)

Stone King LLP has experience in advising on Crown Court fraud cases. Highlight matters included successfully defending a solicitor who was accused of defrauding an NHS fund and acting in a Defra investigation into the re-sale of allegedly out-of-date eggs which has been running for a number of years. Practice head Andrew Banks also defended the chair of trustees of a series of charities who was accused of a series of frauds and breaches of the Charities Act, demonstrating particular strength in advising charities.

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Stone King LLP (Bath)

Stone King LLP advises on regulatory breaches, assisting a wide range of clients including schools, care homes and businesses. It focuses mostly on breaches of health and safety regulation, representing clients in investigations and prosecutions carried out by the HSE; a service which the practice combines with its expertise in advising on related civil claims. The team also has niche expertise in environmental prosecutions, court martial cases, prosecutions for breaches of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, as well as road transport matters. It undertakes work for private clients with a particular focus on motoring offences including speeding, failure to identify a driver, drink driving, tachograph and roadworthiness offences, and defends drivers facing discretionary disqualification. Practice head Andrew Banks is a higher courts advocate for criminal proceedings and his experience covers criminal defence work, private prosecutions and civil proceedings including stand-alone proceeds of crime act applications as well as disciplinary proceedings before the Traffic Commissioner. He also has expertise in preparing complex Crown Court matters for trial including numerous cases of murder.

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South West: Dispute resolution

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

Stone King LLP (Bath)

Best known for its work in the education and charity sectors, Stone King LLPresponds promptly to requests and encourages and maintains an excellent working relationship with its clients’. Department head Paul Sutton is ‘experienced in all areas of commercial litigation’, and is instructed by educational institutions and charities in a wide-variety of matters, such as professional negligence, contentious probate, contract disputes and data security issues. Senior associate Tony Pidgeon specialises in a range of commercial disputes; he ‘responds to his clients with appropriate urgency’ and provides ‘thorough but accessible explanations’. He handles multiple property-related disputes for both individuals and corporate clients. Notable clients in the education sector include Future Academies, Ark Schools and United Learning Trust. The group also acts for charity organisations such as the British Heart Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society and Macmillan Cancer Support.

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South West: Human resources

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

Stone King LLP (Bath)

Stone King LLP acts mostly for clients from the education, charity and social enterprise sectors, advising state-funded and independent schools as well as commercial clients and high-net-worth individuals. It has in-depth knowledge of transforming schools into academies and assists a very large number of these academies, including multi-academy trusts and large academy chains, with ongoing legal HR advice. The team’s expertise in the education sector includes assisting with teacher’s terms and conditions, with a particular focus on pay awards and appeals, acting in trade union disputes including strike action as well as actions short of strike, and advising on matters relating to Teachers’ Pension Scheme, child protection, safeguarding and capability processes. Its work for clients from the charity and social enterprise sector focuses mostly on issues relating to senior management, while advice to commercial clients consists of supporting businesses with the employment-related issues in business transactions, such as employee contract drafting issues and TUPE consultation. The group also acts for directors and shareholders who are in conflict with their employers. Practice head Nick Watson has represented several schools and academies in claims brought by employees seeking to extend the sick pay afforded by the Sick Pay Scheme to absences caused by work-related stress. The team also advised several multi-academy trusts on CEO contract matters.

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South West: Private client

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

Stone King LLP (Bath)

Stone King LLP’s ‘incredibly strong practice’ is best known for its work with leading cultural, arts, education and faith organisations; it acts for over 200 of the country’s largest charities including the National Trust, the British Heart Foundation, the Stroke Association and the Royal Photographic Society. The team is ‘well versed in its subject matter and provides timely, detailed responses to issues raised’. Tim Rutherford, head of the national charity and social enterprise sector group, has a strong track record in advising faith organisations, particularly Roman Catholic charities. Noted for his ‘sharp, incisive mind and pertinent, focused and relevant contributions’, his highlights included assisting St Lawrence’s Hospital with deregistration from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and advising it on establishing a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) to ensure the protection of limited liability for the trustees. Highly regarded consultant Michael King is advising Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of St Martha on the civil law of the international religious orders, and the unification of the two religious orders under Roman Catholic canonical law. Senior associate Alexandra Whittaker is noted for her commitment to ‘finding a range of practical solutions that apply the"black and white" of legal advice effectively to a client’s particular situation’. Helen Tucker, who recently joined from Ashfords LLP, is also a key contact. All of the individuals mentioned above split their time between the Bath and London offices.

Leading individuals

Tim Rutherford - Stone King LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alexandra Whittaker - Stone King LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Stone King LLP (Bath)

Stone King LLP’s family law and mediation team has had considerable success in alternative dispute resolution and acting for high-net-worth individuals with business, trust or pension assets in the UK and abroad. The firm’s ‘vast experience allows it to give advice that is sensitive and empathetic’, resulting in an ‘exemplary’ level of service. Senior associate Caroline Fell was made practice head. Former practice head and consultant John Brownrigg is ‘fantastic on collaborative law cases and mediations’, and is a recognised leader in matrimonial finance disputes. Lydia Berry has expertise in representing children in care proceedings including issues of human rights, mental health, learning difficulties, sexual abuse, fabricated or induced illness and non-accidental injury. Jayne Martins focuses on financial issues for married couples and cohabitees.

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

Stone King LLP (Bath)

Stone King LLP handles a significant amount of estate planning, succession planning and tax issues for individuals, including non-UK domiciled ones. It also provides an incorporated legal and financial care service tailored to the needs of elderly clients. Trusts and estates team head Alison Allen has particular experience in advising families and carers of vulnerable individuals with impaired mental capacity on estate planning, trusts and care funding. Daniel Harris has ‘a charm, sincerity and genuine desire to provide the best advice and most proactive service possible within an agreed cost forecast’. His areas of expertise include international succession issues, cross-border estate administration, probate and domicile issues. Tax expert Andrew Mortimer also practices as a notary public.

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South West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Stone King LLP (Bath)

Stone King LLP’s Bath-based education specialists form an integral part of the firm’s ‘first class’ education practice. John Clarke leads the independent schools team, which handles a broad range issues, including safeguarding and related reputational damages. On the transactional front, it continues to be involved in several school mergers and acquisitions, also assisting UK schools with their overseas expansions to places such as China, the Middle East and Europe. Highlights included advising a number of independent schools on reviewing their corporate structures, representing a preparatory school in historical abuse matters, and acting for another preparatory school in an employment tribunal claim brought by a former employee for unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of disability. Specialist Helen Tucker joined from Ashfords LLP in 2016. The ‘approachableMichael Brotherton focuses on state funded matters and he recently acted for the Dean Trust, a multi-academy trust, in negotiating additional funding from the local authority. Senior associate Ciara Campfield assisted with the merger of Richard Taunton Six Form College and St Vincent College into a multi-academy trust. Recently promoted partner Jean Boyle is praised for her ‘responsiveness and clear in-depth knowledge of employment and pension law’.

Leading individuals

John Clarke - Stone King LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jean Boyle - Stone King LLP

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South West: Real estate

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

Stone King LLP (Bath)

Stone King LLP’s ‘prompt and knowledgeable’ real estate team handles a steady flow of work for a host of longstanding clients and attracts praise for its ‘expertise in what are often quite niche areas of law’, and for its sector specialisms in charity and education. ‘Pragmatic, erudite and responsive’ department head Hugh Pearce acted for Oxford Diocese on the £7.1m sale of an investment estate. The team’s other highlights included advising on the funding of the £7m acquisition of Wentworth Woodhouse, while ‘calm and sensible’ associate Kathryn Williams acted for The Girls Day School Trust in relation to the sale of surplus properties following the merger of two schools and the construction of a new building. Sarah Lane leads the business property unit, which acts as sole legal advisers to No.1 Lounges. Stephanie Howarth specialises in property investment and finance work on behalf of developers and funders.

Next generation lawyers

Kathryn Williams - Stone King LLP

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