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Taylor Walton LLP

28-44 ALMA STREET, LUTON, BEDFORDSHIRE, LU1 2PL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01582 731161
Fax:
Fax 01582 457900
Email:
Web:
www.taylorwalton.co.uk

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Walton LLP

Clients of @taylor Taylor Walton LLP are 'overall very satisfied with the service provided' by the firm's corporate and commercial practice, which has an extensive track record acting on acquisitions, sales and company reorganisations across the region and internationally. The corporate practice is headed by Jeremy Brockis and includes Simon Hughes, who acted for the chairman and management team on the management buyout of Ceta Insurance, which involved advising on the equity, debt and tax structuring of the acquisition group. In another transactional highlight, Mike Pettit acted for Caledonian Consumer Finance on its sale of a portfolio of consumer loans to Honeycomb investment Trust. Pettit heads the commercial practice and is continuing to provide advice to Campaign for Real Ale on consitutional and other matters related to its ongoing project involving the group's 190,000 members. Other key figures include the 'professional, knowledgeable and helpful' Clive Borthwick, who recently advised Bank of Ireland on the UK security aspects of loans made to various Irish and English companies.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Walton LLP

Taylor Walton LLP's disputes practice has wide-ranging expertise covering litigation as well as all forms of ADR. James Carpenter  heads the department.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Walton LLP

Taylor Walton LLP attracts praise for its 'fast response times, strong business acumen, commercial solutions that take into account the client's business culture, and good value for money'. The employment practice handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues, from outsourcing and TUPE work, Employment Tribunal claims. Heather Cowley heads the department, which includes Alec Colson, who is noted for his 'pragmatic solutions and innovative approach'. In addition to handling standalone employment mandates, the practice also provides support to the firm's corporate and commercial department on corporate transactions, often with a cross-border component.

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South East: Private client

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Walton LLP

Taylor Walton LLP's clients rate the firm for its ability to 'strike the right balance between flexibility and taking a firm line where necessary'. The practice acts for high-net-worth clients on a range of family disputes, as well as handling complicated financial issues involving family trusts, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and cohabitee disputes relating to children and property. Aileen Hartnett heads the team and has an extensive track record handling family law issues, including high-net-worth financial issues arising from divorce and collaborative work. The 'very reassuring and supportive' Ben Twitchen is also recommended.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Walton LLP

Clients of Taylor Walton LLP are quick to praise the firm for its 'exemplary advice and good depth of knowledge', with practice head Richard Crocker singled out for his ability to 'foresee any issue and act on it efficiently and diligently'. Recent work includes resolving a long-running probate with s double trust inheritance tax planning scheme, which involved the negotiation of a settlement with HMRC, the winding up of the scheme and the reclamation of pre-owned assets tax paid by the client. Also recommended are Alex Drake, who is 'pragmatic and solutions-oriented and who gives clear and intelligible advice'; and Alison Voyce, who has an extensive track record advising on tax planning and succession issues.

Leading individuals

Richard Crocker - Taylor Walton LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Walton LLP

At Taylor Walton LLP, Angela Thomas heads a sizeable commercial property team with wide-ranging expertise encompassing development work, property finance, and real estate acquisition and disposal mandates. The retail sector is a growth area for the practice, which acts for clients including independent toy retailer The Entertainer (Amersham) and recruitment agency Brook Street. It also has a strong focus on the charity sector, with clients including Barnardo's. In a recent highlight, the practice acted for Capita on the real estate aspects of the sale of its fund administration business. Thomas has more than 30 years' experience in investment acquisitions and disposals, portfolio management, financing and commercial development matters.Dermot Carey and Michael Kelly are also recommended.

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