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Thomson Snell & Passmore

3 LONSDALE GARDENS, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, TN1 1NX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01892 510000
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Fax 01892 549884
DX:
3914 TUNBRIDGE WELLS-1
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Web:
www.ts-p.co.uk
Dartford, Tunbridge Wells

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Tunbridge Wells, Greenhithe)

Thomson Snell & Passmore β€˜has a very confident, enabled and capable team’ that covers the full range of corporate and commercial mandates including cross-border M&A, management buyouts and private equity transactions. The team advised Motorline Group on several acquisitions in 2016, including the purchases of Westlands Motor Group, Aprite and Robins & Day Rochester. It also assisted East Malling Trust with its takeover of East Malling Research and advised the shareholders of Hitec on its sale to Mitratech. Other clients include Meiosis, GlobalSign and Nurture Landscapes. M&A expert Joanne Gallagher is β€˜a strong leader with a clear vision’; she heads a team that includes James Partridge, insolvency expert Nicholas Gabay, and Gina Bicknell, who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP to head the practice’s IP and IT commercial work.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Greenhithe, Tunbridge Wells)

Thomson Snell & Passmore β€˜has a very professional approach coupled with a real appreciation of the client’s commercial needs’. The team regularly acts for clients in high-value damages claims, defective goods matters and mistaken payment mandates. It is representing AXA Corporate Solutions in a cross-border dispute with Taiwanese company Yes Logistics concerning delayed shipping of IT equipment. Other highlights included product withdrawal disputes, an unpaid brokerage fee matters and a defective machinery issue. Faithdean, North Kent College, Capespan International and Britannia Refined Metals are also clients. Nicholas Horton heads the team, which includes Douglas Skilton, who β€˜demonstrates outstanding knowledge of legal matters and the tactics to employ’; Kamal Aggarwal, who β€˜has proven experience in the field’; and the β€˜excellent’ Mark Steggles. Also recommended are Julie Gabay, who is β€˜extremely thorough and has excellent legal analytical skills’, and senior associate James Cradick, who is β€˜incredibly hands-on, practical and commercial’.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Tunbridge Wells, Greenhithe)

Thomson Snell & Passmore is well-known for handling contentious employment matters, working closely with the firm’s dispute resolution team on restrictive covenant disputes and discrimination claims, among others. The team acted for Avante Care & Support in a dispute with several former employees claiming unfair dismissal caused by a reduction in pay by the client, successfully dismissing the claims at the employment tribunal stage. It also represented North Kent College in a constructive dismissal and sex discrimination claim brought by a former lecturer at the college, with all claims dismissed at the Employment Tribunal. Other clients include Frank Hirth, Compagnie Fruitiere UK and Mid Kent College. The highly regarded Nick Hobden heads the department and focuses on assisting clients in the education and charity sectors with employment disputes. He is ably supported by Susanna Rynehart, an employment tribunal expert, and senior associate Ben Stepney, who specialises in the social care sector.

Leading individuals

Nick Hobden - Thomson Snell & Passmore

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Tunbridge Wells)

The β€˜small, but well-run clinical negligence team’ at Thomson Snell & Passmore in Tunbridge Wells consists of β€˜strong performers’ who β€˜provide an excellent service to their clients’. The β€˜very experienced’ practice lead Fiona Follis is a β€˜safe pair of hands’ and β€˜establishes good empathy with lay clients’, focusing on obstetric and surgery cases, while the β€˜sensible’ Graham Bell β€˜really adds value for his clients’. Patricia Fearnley often represents families at inquests regarding fatal cases due to negligence. The partners are supported by senior associates James Cahan, who is currently acting in a fatal case regarding negligent oncology treatment, and Dominique Parker. Also recommended is the β€˜tenacious’ associate Sharon Lam, β€˜who will pursue any meritorious claim with vigour’.

Next generation lawyers

James Cahan - Thomson Snell & Passmore

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Tunbridge Wells)

Thomson Snell & Passmore’s personal injury team in Tunbridge Wells is β€˜a strong leader in this field’ and β€˜has an excellent case strategy, works hard and is committed to clients’. The practice is recommended for its expertise in β€˜traumatic brain injury, sports injury and asbestos-related claims’. The β€˜stellar intellect and strategist’ Graham Bell is the key partner and β€˜has an excellent eye for detail’. He is supported by the β€˜extremely thorough’ senior associate Jonathan Herbert, who specialises in asbestos cases and β€˜can cut through technical issues’, the β€˜empathic’ brain injury lawyer Dominique Parker and the β€˜impressive and tenacious’ associate Oliver Chapman. Another person to note is senior associate James Cahan, who β€˜has the wisdom of lawyers many years his senior’. Partner Jonathan Clement left for asb law LLP in Crawley in February 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Herbert - Thomson Snell & Passmore

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Tunbridge Wells, Greenhithe)

Specialist claimant firm Thomson Snell & Passmore is β€˜extremely good on all fronts’, and is β€˜able to tackle major defence-oriented firms habitually retained by insurers on equal terms’. The firm has notable expertise handling claims against solicitors, and acts for businesses and private individuals in compensation recovery for a range of matters, including residential property purchases, land development, divorce and ancillary relief proceedings. In a recent highlight, the team acted for an individual in a claim against solicitors regarding failure to issue an inheritance to an autistic child. The β€˜tenacious and determined’ Nicholas Horton heads the practice, which includes Julie Gabay and Mark Steggles.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Tunbridge Wells)

Thomson Snell & Passmore provides β€˜a comprehensive legal service’ and β€˜deals with clients in a professional and competent manner’. The group’s wide-ranging client list includes landowners, estates, tenants and developers, and the firm advises on the full array of issues including land sales and acquisitions, renewable energy projects, development sites and planning matters. Key figure Sue Lister is β€˜thorough, efficient and always available when necessary’, and β€˜is well able to mix professionalism with empathy’. Gilbert Green specialises in development and agricultural property, and Helen Stewart handles planning and tax issues, and has significant experience in managing multijurisdictional estates.

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

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Tunbridge Wells)

Thomson Snell & Passmore advises a broad mix of charities on organisation formation, trustee duties, funding options, dispute resolution and property matters, and has a strong presence in the education sector. Highlights included advising East Malling Trust on its high-value takeover of East Malling Research, a matter involving insolvency, pensions and trustee duty elements, and acting for Avante Care & Support on its acquisition of care homes from Bexley Council. The firm advises on the full range of employment matters for key client North Kent College, including handling a recent tribunal claim brought by a former lecturer on the grounds of discrimination. James Partridge is the key contact for corporate and commercial matters, and Douglas Skilton handles dispute resolution. Nick Hobden heads the practice.

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

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Tunbridge Wells)

At Thomson Snell & Passmore, wealth protection matters such as pre-nuptial agreements, multi-million pound financial remedy proceedings and advising on agricultural asset protection are some of the matrimonial financial matters the firm undertakes. Its family work includes alternative family structure advice, Children’s Act disputes and abuse cases. Mediation and collaborative dispute resolution are key areas of the practice alongside litigation in all major family courts, plus the firm’s international remit of work concerns multi-jurisdictional business and property management as well as international relocations applications for families. The practice also cross-refers to the private client, tax, property and commercial teams in the firm when necessary for multi-disciplinary matters. The practice has a strong regional client base and includes national and international clients in its roster, which is largely comprised of agricultural families, high-net-worth individuals and business owners. The β€˜outstanding’ Joanna Pratt heads the department, which also includes senior associate Desmond O’Donnell who β€˜is a formidable opponent’. Trained collaborative lawyer and mediator Kirstie Law plus children proceedings expert Sarah Judd are key contacts.

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

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Tunbridge Wells)

Thomson Snell & Passmore is highly recommended by clients for lasting powers of attorney matters and complex will drafting; the team, based in Tunbridge Wells, also regularly assists with the establishment of family investment companies, high-value estate administrations, and succession planning for multi-generational families. Tax is another mainstay of the practice; recent work includes assisting clients with inheritance tax planning, capital gains tax and international tax matters. The practice is also active in Court of Protection cases. Nicola Plant, who took over as department head in July 2016 from estate administration specialist Simon Brown, β€˜is knowledgeable and experienced in her field’. She is ably assisted by head of probate Helen Stewart, who is β€˜calm, focused and very clear in what she says’; Mark Politz, who heads the tax planning team; and head of trust management Stuart Goodbody. Christopher Walker joined the firm from Adams & Remers in July 2017.

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South East: Real estate

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

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Tunbridge Wells, Greenhithe)

The team at Thomson Snell & Passmore β€˜is excellent and very responsive’; β€˜no job is too small or too large’. The firm is well-versed in undertaking property finance issues, including private funding and investment matters, as well as property portfolio management mandates, acquisitions and leasehold matters in the transport, logistics and education sectors among others. The team assisted Close Brothers with multiple loan facilities with an aggregate value of Β£450m in 2016, and advised Agora Financial on the relocation of its head office in London to Worship Street, including assisting with contractual negotiations and relevant licensing matters. Other highlights included advising AA Homes and Housing on refinancing an office property acquisition for Β£30m and assisting Ashford Borough Council with the regeneration of the area’s commercial quarter, including providing planning advice for new office blocks. Millwood Designer Homes, Titlestone and Motorline Holdings are other clients. Regeneration expert Richard Ellard is the practice head. Other team members include development specialist Sarah Easton who β€˜gives clients excellent, clear and simple advice’; Joanne Wright, who β€˜is efficient with a good commercial attitude’; and Alisa Sweeney, whose β€˜professionalism, knowledge and ability to find a working solution is second-to-none’. Matthew Grogan, who focuses on property finance, was promoted to partner in June 2016.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Dartford)

The β€˜experienced and capable’ team at Thomson Snell & Passmore provides the full range of project-related construction services including project documentation, ancillary support and dispute resolution. Clients include a mix of developers, funders, contractors and professional consultants; Avenue Building Company, Kentish Projects, RBS and Svenska Handeslbanken are all key names. Chris Whittington heads the team and has substantial experience handling non-contentious construction matters, advising on procurement methods and drafting, collateral warranties, bonds and other assorted documentation. Senior associate Chris Kirby-Turner is the other name to note and specialises in multi-party TCC claims. Highlights included advising an Italian installer of high-end kitchens on the construction of its flagship London showroom.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Tunbridge Wells)

Thomson Snell & Passmore is noted for its expertise in landlord and tenant disputes, and works closely with its commercial property team to provide input on potentially contentious matters arising from complex property transactions. Key clients include Brake Bros, the British Transport Police and The Association of Conservative Clubs; the team recently acted for the last client on matters involving land recovery, unlawful fund distribution and property damage. Nicholas Horton and Mark Steggles are the main practitioners.

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South East: Transport

Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Thomson Snell & Passmore (Dartford, Tunbridge Wells)

At Thomson Snell & Passmore’s shipping practice in Dartford and Tunbridge Wells, team leads Joanne Gallagher and Keith McAlister focus on corporate and commercial matters, while the β€˜incredibly hands-on, practical and detail-oriented’ senior associate James Cradick handles all litigation and arbitration matters regarding transport, warehousing and ports, as well as supply chain problems and related insurance work. He is experienced in marine cargo claims revolving around bills of lading and charterparties. Additionally, Susanna Rynehart provides employment advice in the logistics sector. Gallagher assisted a transport and logistics company with the preparation of guarantees for several shipments of goods from a Turkey-based seller to the UK. McAlister advised start-up company Parcel ABC on its terms and conditions. Cradick represented an oil broker from Cyprus against Singaporean oil companies and tank operators regarding unpaid broker fees which is going to into arbitration. He also advised Ukrainian commodity traders in a dispute concerning transport interruptions during the shipment of Ukrainian corn and regularly acts for a major ship agency network during commercial litigation. Active clients include AXA Corporate Solutions, Gefco UK and Colas.

Next generation lawyers

James Cradick - Thomson Snell & Passmore

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