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Trethowans LLP

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Bournemouth, Poole, Salisbury, Southampton

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Trethowans LLP

The arrival of commercial contracts specialist Jon Stickland from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in May 2018 has bolstered Trethowans LLP's corporate & commercial offering. Team head Mike Watson is experienced in advising buyers and sellers of privately-owned businesses. Elsewhere, the group handles the drafting of investment agreements, shareholder agreements and joint venture agreements. Paula Eckton departed for Steele Raymond LLP in June 2018.

Practice head(s):Mike Watson

Other key lawyers:Nick Gent; Jon Stickland; Lucy Gleisner; Jamie Earley


'A corporate offering that demonstrates strong teamwork and always puts its clients first.'

'The corporate team instinctively knows exactly what its clients require.'

'Each individual is well-versed in their field of expertise.'

'The team never needs to be asked twice - it informs you every step of the way.'


Key Clients

Riskstop Group


Mail Solutions

R&M Electrical Holdings

Work highlights

  • Assisted R&M Electric Holdings with its management buyout.
  • Assisted Golden Wolf with an investment by US-based animation studio Psyop.
  • Assisted The Young Family with the sale of Sealock to Follman.
  • Assisted shareholders of Armstrong Builders Merchants with sale of the entire issued share capital to Anglesey-based builders' merchants Huws Gray.
  • Assisted shareholders of Phoenix Commercial Collections with the sale of the entire issued share capital.

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South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP handles licensing work on a national level, acting for clients across the country from its Southampton office. The firm predominantly acts for clients in the hospitality industry - including national chains and additionally acts for betting and gaming companies. The practice also offers a team of planning experts headed by Sandra Graham. Karen Lush leads the practice, and is noted by clients for her 'remarkable' response times.

Practice head(s):Karen Lush

Other key lawyers:Julia Palmer; Sandra Graham


'The speed of their reaction to our requests can only be described as outstanding.'

'Their knowledge of our business and also the people within it is extremely good and everyone that has any contact with Karen and her team feel confident that we are well looked after.'

'Karen in incredible, her response time is remarkable and her attention to detail is, without a doubt, the reason we have a trouble free time when it comes to licensing.'

'On a personal level we all love to work with Karen as she is relentlessly cheerful, makes us feel very well looked after and valued'

'we feel she gets our business and the often last minute way that we work'

'Without a doubt Karen is the reason we continue to work with Trethowans and have never looked elsewhere.'

'Karen makes us look good'

Key Clients

Pizza Hut


Chelsea FC

MOD Pizza


Five Guys

Work highlights

  • Handling all new premises licence applications for a leading national restaurant brand.
  • Representing a major bookmaker at a contested hearing concerning an application for an adult gaming center licence.
  • Managing pavement café/street trading licences for a leading national restaurant brand, including new applications and all renewals.
  • Advising a Premier League Football Club on licensing aspects of future projects and development of a site.
  • Assisting client with continuing roll out of refurbishments to their estates nationwide.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Trethowans LLP

Having joined Trethowans LLP from Blake Morgan LLP in January 2018, Karl Cameron now heads up the firm's commercial litigation department, which has a 'strong reputation in Hampshire'. It regular collaboration with the firm's corporate practice provides a steady flow of transaction-derived litigation. There has also been a notable increase in property litigation mandates. Elsewhere, the group works on construction disputes, professional negligence cases and contentious insolvency matters. Richard Cook is recommended for contract claims and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):Karl Cameron

Other key lawyers:Richard Cook


'What makes them different is the city experience they have at partner level combined with their approachability and and commercial common sense. They are my first port of call for referring clients when there is a conflict of interest'.

'Richard Cook is excellent and boasts extensive experience in the city and at national firms. He has a strong gut feel for the strength of a case and the right way to play it. He rarely, if ever, loses at trial. I refer conflicts to him with complete confidence'.

'The litigation team, headed by Richard Cook, has exemplary performance, solving issues in a timely and professional manner'.

Key Clients


Industrial Cleaning &Equipment

GreatStar Europe

The Taylor Cocks Partnership

Ministry of Defence

VES Andover



Baker Perkins

Elliot Brothers

Work highlights

  • Acted for GreatStar Europe in a dispute with Edge Tools & Equipment over the alleged breach of a contract to source and supply JCB-branded blades and other tools.
  • Representing a Southampton-based taxi company in a defamation claim brought by a former shareholder.
  • Acting for a firm of insolvency consultants in two connected disputes concerning monies due in respect of professional fees.
  • Representing Halo Corporate Finance in issuing a claim against Design Venue  and Mr Moseley for breach of contract and fraud.
  • Acting for Berry Telecom Limited as a part 20 defendant/claimant to a claim by Salar and Mimosa Food for breach of contract.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP's diverse client roster includes NHS Trusts, professional service providers, telecoms and property sector clients. Litigation partners Richard Cook and Karl Cameron handle debt claims in connection with recovery of over payment of salaries, unpaid invoices, rent arrears, and also advise private clients in respect of compensation for delayed flights.

Practice head(s):Karl Cameron, Richard Cook

Key Clients

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Amey plc

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Rowanmoor Personal Pensions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised client in reaching a £20,000 settlement for unpaid ground rent incurred as an expense in a SIPP.
  • Represented the client in successfully securing the payment of unpaid invoice fees.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP has a dedicated banking team acting for both lenders and borrowers on a variety of matters, including acquisition finance and property and development finance. It is also known for its experience on financing in the agriculture sector and restructuring and refinancing work. The practice is on the panel of the main banks active in the region. Sophie Eales heads the practice from the Southampton office. Other names to note are Nick Gent, who splits his time between Southampton and Bournemouth, Southampton’s property finance specialist Paul Longman and Emma Earp, who joined the Bournemouth office from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Sophie Eales

Other key lawyers:Nick Gent; Paul Longman; Emma Earp


'Very approachable, flexible and easy to work with. Good with keeping me up to date on progress.'

'Quality advice, value for money.'

'Sophie Eales  is approachable, easy to work with and reacts quickly to my needs.'

'I recommend Emma Earp - very good client care, pro-active and efficient and deep knowledge of her practice area.'

Key Clients

Rowanmoor Trustees Limited

Gentian Partnerships Limited

Spire Payments Limited

Trimlane Limited

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Limited

R&M Electrical Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Santander UK in amending and restating its loan portfolio with a highly regarded luxury hotel group.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank in connection with the provision of a new revolving credit facility to a significant hotel and leisure sector customer.
  • Acting for HSBC UK Bank in connection with the provision of a revolving credit facility to a global electronic invoicing firm with bases in several jurisdictions.
  • Acting for HSBC UK Bank in connection with the provision of a revolving credit facility to an award-winning private specialist mental health services provider and researcher.
  • Acting for R&M Electrical Group Limited in respect of its management buyout (MBO).

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Trethowans LLP

All lawyers in Trethowans LLP's employment and immigration department are tribunal advocates with over ten years of employment law experience. Household name companies, owner-managed businesses and Hampshire-based businesses all feature on the firm's client list. The head of the team is Simon Rhodes, who has particular expertise in TUPE, organisational restructurings, restrictive covenants and discrimination.

Practice head(s):Simon Rhodes

Other key lawyers:Kathryn Casey-Evans


'The team is approachable, responsive and provides excellent advice'.

'Skillfully works through the red tape without delays'.

'A highly practical group'.

'Simon Rhodes is second to none; he is calm, considered and straightforward in his advice'.

'Simon Rhodes is very personable and always instills his clients with confidence'.

'Simon Rhodes is a lawyer you can rely on'.

'Simon Rhodes is a first-class employment expert'.


Work highlights

  • Acting for a healthcare services provider in a complex TUPE sub-contracting arrangement involving public and private sector parties which has become contentious
  • Defended a public limited company operating in services in an Employment Tribunal arising from a high-value whistleblowing claim which involved multiple potential protected disclosures and alleged detriments.
  • Advised on, drafted and negotiated the employment and TUPE warranties, indemnities and operating clauses within outsourcing and insourcing agreements for two separate food and beverage companies.
  • Advising a driving services business on claims from over 200 drivers that they are workers under the Employment Rights Act 1996.
  • Advising and representing a national manufacturing and retail group in several Employment Tribunal claims; legal issues include constructive unfair dismissal, TUPE regulation claims and whistleblowing.
Leading individuals

Simon Rhodes - Trethowans LLP

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South East: Insurance

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

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP focuses on claims involving cerebral palsy, serious brain injury and medical misdiagnoses. Led by Clare Carter, the practice group handles a wide array of matters for clients against the NHS, private health companies and hospitals. Specialist clinical negligence lawyer Gavin Lane deals with catastrophic injury claims, and Salisbury-based Chris Whiteley has significant experience in spinal and brain injury matters.

Practice head(s):Clare Carter

Other key lawyers:Chris Whiteley; Gavin Lane

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

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP's personal injury lawyers handle complex catastrophic injury cases, including high-value head injury matters and spinal cord cases. Chris Whiteley in Salisbury and Gavin Lane are names to note for head and spinal injury cases. The team also handles fatal accidents, public liability, industrial disease claims and road traffic accidents.

Practice head(s):Gavin Lane;

Other key lawyers:Chris Whiteley; Tom Hartigan

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP's personal injury team offers clients an 'excellent bespoke service' with dedicated expertise ranging from liability matters to international claims. Led by Kelvin Farmaner, the group handles high-value and complex work, and also has experience in cross-border matters. Other key figures include Sarah Wheadon, who has niche experience in animal liability matters, and Bethany Blamire, who has acted for regional and international insurers.

Practice head(s):Kelvin Farmaner

Other key lawyers:Bethany Blamire; Sarah Wheadon


'Trethowans provides a high-level of knowledge that one can rely on. Their sound advice and support, attention to detail and pragmatic advice on what can be done in complex issues is what makes them stand out.'

'They are approachable, efficient, commercially aware, and they consistently take sensible litigation decisions. They have clear strategic direction and are prepared to provide ad-hoc advice and training on legal and industry developments whenever required.'

'Kevin Farmaner is robust but tactically very astute.'

'Bethany Blamire is meticulous and always ahead of her opponents.'

Key Clients



Van Ameyde UK

Animal Friends Insurance

Farm and General Insurance

Appleby Westward Group

Cornish Mutual Assurance Co

Saint Gobain Building Distribution

Work highlights

  • Representing the Cornish Mutual in relation to an injuries claim pertaining to a complex cycle race which used The Animals Act 1971.
  • Representing Cornish Mutual and successfully defending a high-value fatal accident claim arising out of an accident on a farm.
  • Acting for Saint Gobain and repudiating a hire claim entirely on discovering the Claimant’s vehicle had no valid MOT.
  • Acting for Van Ameyde in relation to claims brought in the UK involving an accident in France.
  • Acting for a foreign insurer in relation to a high-value UK accident claim.
Next Generation Partners

Bethany Blamire - Trethowans LLP

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South East: Private client

Family: Hampshire
Family: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP's Hampshire family offering is split between the Southampton and Winchester offices, with Grant Cameron serving as the practice head. The full-service team is particularly experienced in alternative dispute resolution, with all of its partners trained in mediation or collaboration. The group regularly works on high-value financial provision and children law matters. Emma Wilders-Pratt is experienced in cases involving complex assets and often represents high-ranking military personnel. Also noted is Juliet Mayhew.

Practice head(s):Grant Cameron

Other key lawyers:Emma Wilders-Pratt; Juliet Mayhew


'The team headed is absolutely first rate. It is very well organised and has a wealth of specialist experience in all areas of family law. It has a wealth of experience in dealing with high-value and complicated money cases but is  equally at home in dealing with more modest cases'.

'The team's commitment to the clients and achieving the best outcome for them is second to none'.

'They offers specialist advice on complicated cases at a fraction of the price of city firms'.

'Grant Cameron is at home with both litigation and mediation'.

'Juliet Mayhew and Emma Wilders Pratt have added a wealth of experience to the team'.

'Amy Trench is an associate solicitor and one to watch - she has a great rapport with clients and they warm to her and trust her from the start. She has great judgment belying her years'.

'Trethowans have an outstanding team of family lawyers'.

'Emma Wilders-Pratt  is incredibly hard working, solution driven and has highly-tuned client care skills'.

'Juliet Mayhew is a robust negotiator who achieves fantastic results for her clients by being commercial, responsive and empathetic'.

'Associate Emilie Holland is bright, thorough and works tirelessly for her clients'.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Trethowans LLP

Mihiri Gajraj, who specialises in tax planning and trusts, heads up the private client practice at Trethowans LLP. Complex probate administrations, tax planning, succession planning and Court of Protection matters are areas of strength. Cross-border mandates are also handled by the team, particularly those involving Belgian, French or German legal issues. Senior associate Rupert Thompson joined from Stilwell & Harby in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Mihiri Gajraj; Rupert Thompson


'The team goes out of its way to meet clients' needs and has the depth of experience and knowledge to do so'.

'The team is eficient and reliable'.

'I am always impressed by their professionalism and their commitment to their clients'.

'The firm has the specialist knowledge needed to provide high-quality advice to its clients'.

'Mihiri Gagraj has an answer for everything and really cares for her clients'.

'Mihiri Gagraj is very efficient and provides sensible, common-sense advice'.

'Mihiri Gagraj can handle even the most difficult clients and tight time frames'.

'Mihiri Gagraj combines a friendly attitude with incredibly efficiency and knowledge'.

Work highlights

  • Assisted client with an estate planning matter with a cross-border element.
  • Advised the client on mutual wills.
Next Generation Partners

Mihiri Gajraj - Trethowans LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP has a national reputation in commercial property pension transactions. In addition, its team is a strong performer in property finance transactions and landlord and tenant work, It also provides support on the property aspects of M&A, and advises LPA receivers and insolvency practitioners on restructurings and insolvencies. Paul Longman is the head of the practice. Liz Bryson has expertise in land development matters.

Practice head(s):Paul Longman

Other key lawyers:Liz Bryson


'Liz Bryson is exceptional in all respects, nothing short of excellent'.

'Provides concise legal advice'.

'Liz Bryson is sharp, no frills, super efficient and to the point. She works well with the other side to get the deal through'.

Key Clients

James Hay Pension Trustees

Ladbrokes Coral

Rowanmoor Trustees

Santander UK


Lloyds Bank

Sippchoice Trustees

Stannah Lifts Holdings

Sentinel Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Assisted a commercial developer with the £4m sale of a residential development site to a housebuilder by a contract involving complex escrow arrangements and provisions for infrastructure work.
  • Assisted a regional development company with its restructuring; this included transfer and re-distribution of South Coast Property Assets, commercial advice and property transfers for landmark warehousing and office space.
  • Advising a specialist developer on all aspects of acquisition and disposal including conditional contracts, options, and sub-sales.
  • Assisted client with a sale to a pension fund  Construction provisions and lease back of part.

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