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Trethowans LLP

THE PAVILION, BOTLEIGH GRANGE BUSINESS PARK, HEDGE END, SOUTHAMPTON, SO30 2AF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 023 8032 1000
Fax:
Fax 023 8032 1001
DX:
154120 SOUTHAMPTON 48
Email:
Web:
www.trethowans.com
Poole, Salisbury, Southampton

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Trethowans LLP (Southampton)

Trethowans LLP is well-versed in handling M&A, divestments, joint ventures and corporate financing issues for clients in the logistics, insurance and technology sectors. The team advised Simmons of Stafford’s shareholders on its sale to Huws Gray, and advised the management team of Lakesmere Group on its multimillion-pound management buyout of the company. In another highlight, the firm assisted the shareholders of HE-MAN Equipment on its sale to HM Holding. Other clients include Kerryfresh, Mail Solutions Group and Saint-Gobain. Mike Watson is noted for his track record in M&A and joint venture transactions; he is recommended alongside corporate finance expert Nick Gent, management buyout specialist Paula Eckton and senior associate Lucy Grey, who focuses on EMI schemes and shareholder matters.

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South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Trethowans LLP (Southampton)

Trethowans LLP frequently undertakes a range of licensing matters for clients including variation applications, changes to operating hours, alcohol licensing applications and premises licences. It has a particular specialism in advising national restaurant chains on licensing matters. The practice advised multiple clients in the hospitality sector in 2016; the team assisted with 18 licensing applications, including representing the client at a contested hearing and advising on the licensing aspects of commercial acquisition papers. It also advised another client on its multiple street trading licence applications for renewals and grant of licences, following individual local authority rules on licensing applications. The client roster includes Five Guys, MOD Pizza, Chelsea Football Club, Pizza Hut and Ladbrokes. Karen Lush is the department head and is adept at handling cafΓ© pavement licensing issues and entertainment licensing applications. The team also includes health and safety expert Sarah Wheadon who joined from Paris Smith LLP, plus gambling specialist and senior associate Rhiannon Daniel.

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South East: Dispute resolution

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

Trethowans LLP (Southampton)

Trethowans LLP acts for clients on the full spectrum of commercial disputes including professional negligence claims, insolvency litigation and breach of contract matters. It is currently representing GreatStar Europe in a Β£1m dispute with Edge Tools & Equipment concerning an alleged breach of contract to supply JCB parts and is also acting for Applied Finance in a Β£500,000 property ownership dispute with Cobvale, successfully arguing the client’s case at a June 2016 trial. The client list also features 4Com, UM Storage, Westbury Hotel and the Ministry of Defence. Richard Cook heads the practice and is noted for his expertise in professional negligence and IP disputes. He is assisted by banking and insolvency expert Jon Kelly and property specialist Ian Singleton. Sarah Wheadon joined the team in February 2016 from Paris Smith LLP, bringing expertise in data protection litigation and regulatory matters.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 4

Trethowans LLP (Southampton)

Trethowans LLP is praised for its β€˜excellent level of service’. It regularly advises on debt recovery issues in the finance sector, recovering unpaid invoices, and pre-litigation matters. The team advised North Middlesex University Hospital Trust on enforcing thousands of private parking debt collections in 2016, as well as assisting Van Ameyde UK on pre-litigation claims concerning compensation for delayed flight claims under EU regulations. Other clients include Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, James Hay Partnership and Amey. Associate Louise Boyle, who β€˜is very knowledgeable and helpful’, and Chris Whiteley lead the team, which includes Kelvin Farmaner and Ian Singleton.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Trethowans LLP (Southampton)

Trethowans LLP provides β€˜a highly valued service, responds quickly to all requests and is great to do business with’. The group advises on acquisition finance, restructuring, banking litigation and property, agricultural and rural financings; it also has significant expertise in payments and settlements matters in the retail sector. The β€˜highly commercial’ Sophie Eales heads the banking practice and β€˜always makes the transactions work for all parties concerned’. She is recommended alongside property expert Nick Gent, who has β€˜extensive knowledge and experience of his area’. David Jones advised HSBC on a Β£10m loan secured over London-based industrial property. Other highlights included acting for Metrobank on various secured lending instructions involving high-value property. Other clients include Lloyds Bank, Santander and Clydesdale Bank on the lender side, and Lily’s Kitchen, Stewart Signs and Rowanmoor Group on the borrower side.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Trethowans LLP (Southampton)

The insolvency and corporate recovery team at Trethowans LLP gives β€˜concise and commercial advice, has short response times and demonstrates excellent industry knowledge’. The β€˜very knowledgeable and proactive’ Matthew Barker in Southampton is experienced in restructuring and advisory work for distressed businesses as well as corporate, partnership and individual insolvency procedures, while the β€˜thorough’ commercial litigator Jon Kelly mostly represents insolvency practitioners and lenders. Active clients include Baker Tilly, Paribas, Quantuma and Menzies. Barker advised Begbies Traynor as administrators for an electronics design and installation company, worth approximately Β£300,000 as well as for a dogs home in a separate matter which involved settling a potential transaction at an undervalue.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Trethowans LLP (Southampton)

Trethowans LLP advised a market research company on an alleged discrimination case arising from an employee interview as well as a potential data protection breach; it is also acting for X Limited in a dispute with two senior management members concerning allegations of fraud and abuse. Other clients include Radio Taxis and the Royal Association for Deaf People. Simon Rhodes heads the practice and regularly advises corporate and commercial clients on TUPE issues. Other key figures include Kathryn Casey-Evans, who β€˜is an exceptional solicitor’ and an expert in shareholder and director disputes; and senior solicitor James Humphery, who specialises in immigration law.

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South East: Insurance

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

Trethowans LLP (Southampton)

Trethowans LLP is β€˜a strong regional firm in clinical negligence work’ that maintains β€˜good relationships with its clients’, β€˜gets excellent results’ and provides β€˜extremely supportive but sensible client care’. The β€˜clever and tenacious’ birth injury and cerebral palsy lawyer Clare Carter leads the practice together with the β€˜experienced’ Gavin Lane, who β€˜prepares complex cases soundly and fights hard for the client’. Chris Whitely is also recommended for his β€˜promptness and efficiency’. Other areas of work include stillbirth, as well as gynaecological, paediatric, spinal, cardiac, orthopaedic, radiological, pharmaceutical and amputation negligence.

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

Trethowans LLP (Southampton)

At Trethowans LLP, personal injury team leads Chris Whiteley and Gavin Lane focus on head and spinal injury matters, with Lane also handling asbestos and amputation as well as multiple fractures claims. The third key partner in the team is Clare Carter. Other typical work includes fatal accident cases, road traffic accidents and liability claims against employers and public institutions.

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

Trethowans LLP (Southampton)

The personal injury defence team at Trethowans LLP is β€˜very strong all round and valued for its high-quality legal services offered at competitive rates’ and has β€˜a tremendous reputation in the south of England’. The team is also recommended for its β€˜promptness and efficiency’ and β€˜expertise in cross-border claims’. The primary areas of focus are road traffic accidents and matters involving animals. Practice lead Kelvin Farmaner, who β€˜can always be relied upon to provide a constructive and analytical approach’, has β€˜a knowledge of costs that is second to none’ and is a β€˜logical choice for self-insuring businesses’. The β€˜realistic’ Bethany Blamire is β€˜quick to grasp the issues in even the most specialist technical matters’ and has experience in the niche area of β€˜agricultural accidents’. She is also recommended for β€˜consistently developing and maintaining relationships with lay clients which puts insurers in a strong position’. Farmaner advised Cornish Mutual regarding a motor accident between the policyholder’s parked vehicle and a motorcycle resulting in fractures and knee replacements; the claim involved the question of whether a parked vehicle should display parking lights as well as a number regulations from the Highway Code. A recent highlight for Blamire was the representation of Generali Belgium in a quantum dispute relating to a road traffic accident involving a Belgian driver and vehicle in the UK. Blamire was recently made partner, while the β€˜knowledgeable and accessible’ health and safety expert Sarah Wheadon joined from Paris Smith LLP in February 2016.

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South East: Private client

Family: Hampshire
Family: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Trethowans LLP (Southampton)

Trethowans LLP is praised for its β€˜very professional conduct of cases and immensely supportive approach to clients’. It advises military personnel, business owners and high-net-worth individuals on financial matters, including financial remedy situations, offshore and onshore asset protection, and contested maintenance matters. The practice also has a strong offering in children law issues such as shared arrangement agreements, internal and international relocation orders and Children Act litigation. Practice leader Andrew Mercer is β€˜a bright, practical and commercial lawyer’, and Emma Wilders-Pratt β€˜combines the perfect balance of strength and determination to get the very best result’. Grant Cameron and Juliet Mayhew are also recommended.

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South East: Real estate

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

Trethowans LLP (Southampton)

The β€˜consistently excellent’ team at Trethowans LLP frequently handles a full range of commercial property matters including leasehold and freehold negotiations, acquisitions and divestments of properties, and development mandates. Its transactional expertise extends to secured lending finance as well as advising lenders on commercial property issues. Highlights included undertaking negotiations for commercial leases in the South as well as nationally, advising on land options, and assisting with high-value site acquisitions. Its client base includes Lloyds Bank, Sippchoice Trustees and Stannah Lifts Holdings. Property finance expert Paul Longman, who β€˜is a highly experienced and knowledgeable commercial property lawyer’, heads the practice in Southampton, which includes Elizabeth Bryson, who joined the team from Warner Goodman LLP and is noted for her development expertise.

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