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Thursfields Solicitors

14 CHURCH STREET, KIDDERMINSTER, DY10 2AH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01562 820575
Fax:
Fax 01562 512496
DX:
721541 KIDDERMINSTER-5
Email:
Web:
www.thursfields.co.uk

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 3

Thursfields Solicitors (Kidderminster, Stourport, Worcester)

Thursfields Solicitors has a ‘fantastic reputation for delivering commercial, honest and technically relevant advice’ to clients such as SFC Group and Level Peaks Holdings. The team is led by Gareth Burge, who is ‘very commercially astute and doesn’t hesitate to grasp and solve difficult issues promptly and efficiently’. Another name to note is consultant Stuart Price, who has particular expertise in assisting investors and start-up businesses with seed investment schemes in the film and technology arenas. The practice saw strong growth at the senior associate level in 2016 with the hires of commercial contracts specialist Jane Rudge, who joined from Higgs & Sons, and Tim Edwards, who joined from The Wilkes Partnership. Edwards specialises in the motor racing and media sectors and ‘adopts a pragmatic, level-headed and commercial approach’ to transactional work.

Next generation lawyers

Tim Edwards - Thursfields Solicitors

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Thursfields Solicitors (Kidderminster, Stourport, Worcester)

Thursfields Solicitors’ ‘highly competent and skilled legal team’ has seen some reorganisation at the top, with employment specialist Michelle Chamberlain taking over as head of practice following Mark Pittaway’s move into contentious probate work. The main commercial litigator is now Tim Lawrence, who specialises in financial and banking disputes as well as franchising and is ‘extremely knowledgeable on dispute resolution risks’. As well as acting for United Trust Bank on a number of matters, including recovering £500,000 from a borrower who had defaulted on an asset finance agreement, Lawrence also represented Gemco Equipment in a negligence action against its auditors.

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West Midlands: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Thursfields Solicitors (Kidderminster, Stourport, Worcester)

Thursfields Solicitors’ team is led by senior associate Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard, who is ‘experienced beyond her years, intellectually savvy and popular with clients’. The team secured a number of new clients in 2016, including RSM, Monahans and Deloitte, and Hartigan-Pritchard acted for the latter named in connection with the recovery of assets following the administration of the VIA Partnership. The practice encompasses both non-contentious and contentious work and has experience in corporate and personal insolvencies.

Next generation lawyers

Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard - Thursfields Solicitors

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 6

Thursfields Solicitors (Kidderminster)

Thursfields Solicitors provides clients with HR advice and has recently expanded its presence in the food manufacturing and distribution, and transport and logistics sectors. ‘Professional and knowledgeable’ department head Michelle Chamberlain is supported by associate and tribunal litigation specialist Jayne Holliday and Lisa Kemp, who joined the firm from MFG Solicitors LLP. Chamberlain’s highlights included advising on the implementation of an EMI scheme, while Holliday acted for an international client on the restructuring of its UK operation. Kemp handled an unfair dismissal case brought by a senior executive and provided advice on redundancies in anticipation of a corporate takeover.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Thursfields Solicitors (Kidderminster)

At Thursfields Solicitors, senior associate and brain injury and amputation injuries specialist Bernadette Mackie represented an individual who was injured in an explosion at his workplace. Mackie also acted for a claimant who pursued criminal personal injury charges following an assault in which she sustained a severe brain injury. Other notable cases included advising a client with regards to injuries sustained in a dog attack, and representing claimants in high-value road traffic accident cases.

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West Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Thursfields Solicitors (Worcester)

Thursfields Solicitors’s ‘courteous and knowledgeable’ team ‘quietly goes about its business, letting their work do the talking all while giving clients the confidence they need’. The arrival of Jenny Smith from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP brings particular expertise in acting for faith-based charities, hospices and medical support charities. She is supported by director and Court of Protection specialist Steve Pitts in Kidderminster, and Worcester-based practitioners Tony Gibb, who specialises in commercial property law, and Gareth Burge. As head of employment, Michelle Chamberlain regularly handles disputes on behalf of charities. Recent work has revolved around governance and professional regulation issues – namely in connection with succession issues following the retirement of a senior director and grant funding options for capital projects – as well as providing training to sporting bodies with regards to historic abuse claims.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Thursfields Solicitors (Kidderminster)

Thursfields Solicitors’ contentious trusts and probate practice primarily handles breaches of trust, Inheritance Act claims, and issues revolving around executors and testamentary capacity. Commercial services director Michelle Chamberlain leads the practice and is supported by Mark Pittaway, who advised the named executrix on a fraudulent will case, and Tim Lawrence, who handles claims for claimants and defendants. Newly promoted senior associate Pam Deol is also recommended. Tracey Ashford recently left the practice to join a firm in Gloucestershire, and property litigation solicitor Stefania Bennett departed for Gowling WLG.

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Family: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Family: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Thursfields Solicitors (Kidderminster)

According to some, Thursfields Solicitors’s family team is ‘one of the best legal practices in the area of family law’. The ‘conscientious and very down-to-earthShane Miller (who attracts praise for her ‘combination of good legal knowledge and good sense’) leads the team, which expanded with the recruitment of Laura Williams from Hallmark Hulme, Hannah Nicholls from Higgs & Sons, Kelly Pougher from Sydney Mitchell LLP, and Alex Mansfield from George Green LLP. Recent work includes handling complex financial remedy applications, contesting wealth protection agreements and sensitive Children Act cases involving allegations of domestic abuse and cross-border abduction. Solicitor Sonali Obhrai left the firm.

Next generation lawyers

Hannah Nicholls - Thursfields Solicitors

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Thursfields Solicitors (Kidderminster)

Michelle Hetheridge leads Thursfields Solicitors’s wills and estates department and has developed strong expertise in succession planning work. The team consists of director and care work specialist Steve Pitts in Kidderminster, and Worcester-based associates David Emery-Jones and Deborah Beal, who joined from Higgs & Sons. The firm recently advised on succession planning on behalf of a family-run business alongside the firm’s corporate group, applied to the Court of Protection to appoint Pitts as health and welfare deputy, and obtained grants of probate for high-value estates. Judith Bonegal retired in February 2017.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 4

Thursfields Solicitors (Kidderminster, Stourport, Worcester)

Thursfields Solicitors’ ‘thorough and professional’ team saw some expansion in 2016 with the hires of Mike Brien from Millichips and senior associate John McLean from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. McLean has ‘excellent in-depth knowledge’ in sectors such as telecoms and energy, and advised borrowers on several financings. Other names to note are managing director Nick O’Hara and practice head Tony Gibb, with the latter advising an international bank on a major lending facility secured over seven freehold titles. Aside from finance work, the team was also busy on a range of option agreements, site acquisitions and developments. Active clients include Walker Sheppard Homes, Royal Bank of Scotland and Berry Recycling.

Next generation lawyers

John McLean - Thursfields Solicitors

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 6

Thursfields Solicitors (Kidderminster, Stourport, Worcester)

At Thursfields Solicitors, Mark Pittaway and Tim Lawrence advise on landlord and tenant and boundary disputes, and in one example of work advised a tenant on a claim against an adjoining tenant arising from a fire that caused the destruction of part of the claimant tenant’s military vehicle collection. Lawrence also deals with security over land and is representing a defendant in a dispute relating to the use of a mortgage over a property to secure an alleged loan. The team was enhanced by the hire of solicitor Naveed Ansari, who joined the firm from an in-house role. Ansari specialises in service charge and rent disputes.

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