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Trethowans LLP

Bournemouth, Poole, Salisbury, Southampton

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 3

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP's client roster includes individuals, SMEs, financial institutions and corporates. Its work spans corporate M&A, joint venture agreements and private equity transactions, as well as commercial contracts. Mark Nixon is the key contact in the Bournemouth office.

Practice head(s):Mark Nixon

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South West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP has expertise in handling spinal injury claims and cases that involve cerebral palsy, birth injury cases, misdiagnoses, delayed diagnoses of cancer, negligently performed surgery as well as negligently treated medical conditions. Other claims are related to amputations as well as multiple fractures. The firm assists with the investigation of the relationship between breach of duty, causation and quantum.

Practice head(s):Clare Carter

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP has particular expertise in multiple fracture and head injury claims as well as multiple orthopaedic and spinal injury cases. The firm covers workplace injury occupiers’ liability, fatal accidents, public liability and industrial disease claims as well as claims arising from road traffic accidents. The firm is also involved in asbestos-related liability claims. Another area of expertise is the making of claims arising from mental illness.

Practice head(s):Gavin Lane; Tom Hartigan

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP assists with transactional work relating to the sale and purchase of farms and estates. The team also advises banks on secured lending to agri- businesses, acts on farming partnerships and is also experienced in assisting landowners with inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning. The firm also advises on agricultural and equestrian tenancies as well as on rural and country house transactions. The ‚Äėextremely efficient‚Äô Marcus Thorpe heads the practice and has expertise on lease agreements, including on the extraction of minerals from farmland within a given lease period.

Practice head(s):Marcus Thorpe


Trethowans is very helpful with regards to providing comprehensive legal advice. The team ensures the client gets a clear understanding of the relevant information.

‘Trethowans is a highly professional and highly responsive firm

Marcus Thrope is experienced, professional, thorough and courteous

Marcus Thorpe is prepared to go the extra mile for his clients to find the optimal solution

Key Clients

Agricultural Mortgage Corporation

Clydesdale Bank

Lloyds Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

James Hay Pension Trustees

Rowanmoor Pension Trusts

Belport Investments

The Bossington Estate

Cornish Mutual

Farm and General Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advising Agricultural Mortgage Corporation on applications for the disposal of any legal interests in a specific property.
  • Advising a high-net-worth individual on the purchase of two separate farms worth £7.7m.
  • Advising National Westminster Bank on secured lending worth £3m over two adjoining farms.
  • Advising on the acquisition of a racehorse trainer’s house and racing stables.
  • Providing regulatory advice on tax planning and responsibilities for a life interest trust.

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Family - ranked: tier 3

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP is experienced in the drafting and negotiation of cohabitation and marital agreements, advises on cohabitation disputes and assists with children-related matters that involve relocation disputes, the negotiation of living arrangements and maintenance claims. The firm also assists with asset structuring and financial settlements after divorce or relationship breakdown. The firm has also expertise in private law adoptions and fertility law, which includes the negotiation of donor agreements.

Practice head(s):Andrew Mercer

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP advises on inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning for high-net-worth individuals, establishes personal injury trusts and assists with the administration of a wide range of assets, including agricultural land, woodland and family businesses. The firm also assists farmers and entrepreneurs with succession and capital tax planning. Charity trustees constitute another significant client base, as do elderly and vulnerable clients.

Practice head(s):James Hammersley

Other key lawyers:Mihiri Gajraj; Rupert Thompson; Gary Pick

Work highlights

  • Advising on estate planning with cross-border elements
  • Assisting with estate planning and the establishment of a trust

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 3

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP has developed a national reputation for commercial property transactions for pensions, with Garry Treagust being a noted expert in this area. The firm also has significant experience in landlord and tenant matters, residential development and property finance. In addition to undertaking standalone work, the commercial property team supports the corporate practice on M&A deals. Gareth Yeoman has a wealth of experience acting for developers, and advises on matters concerning the terms of purchases, the setting up of sites, as well as the subsequent sale and leasing of units. In 2018, James Kidner joined from Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP. In another development, Tom Mitchell made senior associate. Treagust took over as the head of the Salisbury property department from Caroline Probert, who moved to Steele Raymond LLP.

Practice head(s):Garry Treagust

Other key lawyers:Gareth Yeoman


'A solid team'

Key Clients

James Hay Pension Trustees

Ladbrokes Coral

Rowanmoor Trustees

Santander UK

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution/Jewson

Lloyds Bank

Sippchoice Trustees

Stannah Lifts Holdings

Sentinel Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising an European operator on the grant of a new lease to Ikea of leasehold premises with an annual rent of over £1m.

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