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TWM Solicitors LLP

65 WOODBRIDGE ROAD, GUILDFORD, GU1 4RD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01483 752700
Fax:
Fax 01483 752899
DX:
2408 GUILDFORD-1
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Web:
www.twmsolicitors.com

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

TWM Solicitors LLP

TWM Solicitors LLP's clients are predominantly made up of ultra high-net-worth individuals and local and national family-owned or managed businesses. 'Excellent communicator' Jamie Berry heads the team and Peter Stevens has a noted roster of golf club and automotive clients. The team is especially active on M&A deals involving domestic businesses.

Practice head(s):Jamie Berry

Other key lawyers:Peter Stevens; Daniel Jenking; David Powell

Testimonials

'They are responsive, down-to-earth, friendly, do what they say they will and are sensibly priced.'

'There is a willingness to think outside the box. The clock does not start ticking the moment I pick the phone up.'

'Jamie Berry and Daniel Jenkins are great to deal with and always respond in a timely manner. They are good with clients and are sensible on their costs. The main thing is if you refer a client you know they are going to get looked after.'

Key Clients

TVR Automotive

Tindle Newspapers

Rapid EPS

Lucas Design & Construction

Matortho

Image Skincare UK

Jane Shilton Limited

OS Designs

Assetz Capital Trust Company

Avamore Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for the owner of Abbot Datastore with regard to the sale of 100% of the issued share capital in the company.
  • Advised client on asset sale in relation to an owner-managed business comprising four retail outlets to AkzoNobel.
  • Represented seller of shares in a recruitment company.
  • Advising on the corporate aspects of a £30m restructure and refinance.
  • Advising a family-owned business on offering equity to a third party in a £40m business.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 3

TWM Solicitors LLP

The TWM Solicitors LLP team can undertake disputes in a wide range of areas including commercial property, insolvency and the financial sectors. David Hitchcock is highlighted for his broad expertise in both litigation and arbitration and Eileen Barry has wide-ranging experience of areas such as director, shareholder and partnership disputes and professional negligence; she assists clients ranginf from large corporates to SMEs and individuals. Simon Brew joined the team in 2019 from Fladgate LLP bringing with him decades of litigation experience.

Practice head(s):Eileen Barry

Other key lawyers:David Hitchcock; Simon Brew

Testimonials

'On an arbitration regarding international sale contracts, I worked with David Hitchcock. He was obviously on top of the detail of the case, and adopted a sensible strategy throughout the proceedings. I think he did a very good job for his client.'

Work highlights

  • Representing two defendant shareholders in a company in administration in a multi-party unfair prejudice and derivatives claim.
  • Representing Grenfell tower owner occupiers in a claim against the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea arising out of the destruction of the flat in the fire.
  • Representing a defendant in a multi-million-pound, multi-party claim for damages for fraudulent accounting.
  • Representing the Defendant in a claim for breach of director’s duties and misappropriation of assets.
  • Representing the claimant in an arbitration arising out of the export of products to the Middle East.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

TWM Solicitors LLP

TWM Solicitors LLP has been enlarged since Anthony Wilcox merged his practice Wilcox & Co with the firm in  September 2018. The practice handles corporate employment advice; large re-organisations, redundancies, relocations and TUPE transfers and Patrick Stewart  is especially skilled in  Employment Tribunal work involving unfair dismissals, discriminations, especially regarding disability and whistle blowing.

Practice head(s):Anthony Wilcox; Patrick Stewart

Testimonials

'They have the ability to create advice aligned to your business model, as opposed to many "one solution fits all" practices. They provide clear options/ solutions with risks highlighted, thus enabling fact-based decisions to be made.'

'Clear advice; quick to react when needs arise with excellent follow up and guidance. They have an ability to converse with stakeholders, naturally and professionally.'

Key Clients

Johnston Sweepers Limited

Hotelplan Limited

Carpet & Flooring (Trading) Limited

Tradewind Recruitment

Social Care Limited

Britannia Homecare Limited

Walton Heath Golf Club

Image Skincare UK

Hospedia Limited

ATAG Heating Technology UK

 

Work highlights

  • Acted for the client in respect of a worker supplied to a local authority, who made a complaint of disability discrimination (mental    impairment). The matter was settled prior to the Preliminary Hearing.
  • Assisted the client on large projects including relocations and reorganisations.
  • Acted for the client on a wrongful dismissal and unlawful deduction from wages claim.
  • Assisted the client with GDPR advice, drafted related policies and advised on their application and and on the transfer of data outside of the EEA.

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South East: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

TWM Solicitors LLP

TWM Solicitors LLP's contentious trusts and probate offering draws upon the strength of the firm's broader private client department, which includes chartered tax advisers. With the promotion of Candy Stockton to partner in February 2019, the firm now fields a two-partner team. Core areas of work include disputes over the interpretation of wills, will validity claims, the removal of executors and Inheritance Act claims. Guy Perkins, who leads the group, specialises in contentious probate and Court of Protection issues.

Practice head(s):Guy Perkins

Other key lawyers:Candy Stockton

Testimonials

'TWM Solicitors has strong private client expertise. In meditations, they are clear and fair in support of their client. They are also professional and easy to deal with'.

'Guy Perkins is a gem in the contentious private client world; he combines his vast legal experience with an understated humanity and practicality. Always a pleasure to work with'.

'Guy Perkins is efficient and able to cut to the main arguments of the case. he has always been calm and to the point'.

'I find them to be honest and well informed; they took my case as a priority and answered my questions promptly'.

'Guy Perkins combines good advisory skills with down-to-earth realism and flexibility'.

Work highlights

  • Handled a complex claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 on behalf of the partner of the deceased and her disabled daughter who he had 'adopted'.
  • Acted for a client in respect of an estate where the deceased died in 2005. The Grant of Probate was extracted in 2006.
  • Acting for the elder stepson of a deceased individual. She was the victim of a scam a number of years ago where she lost in excess of £200k.
  • Acting for two of four executors, who are siblings of a deceased individual, the bulk of whose wealth was held in various bank accounts in Jersey and Canada. There is a substantial dispute between the two other Executors and the clients as to any funds held in those accounts.
  • Acted for the wife of a deceased individual, who is also executor of the deceased's will.  Issues arose as to the proper interpretation of the will. The matter was settled following extensive correspondence between the parties.

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Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

TWM Solicitors LLP

TWM Solicitors LLP  offers a range of expertise across the South East; Sarah Cornes, who is based in Wimbledon, undertakes financial settlement cases for high-net-worth individuals with businesses and overseas assets. Collaborative lawyer Demelza Patricio in Reigate deals with challenging children matters, cases involving drug and alcohol abuse, and also has expertise in dealing with sperm donor agreements. Mediator Caroline Keeley includes nuptial agreements and increasingly the break down of LGBT relationships in her experience.

Practice head(s):Sarah Cornes

Other key lawyers:Lynn Child; Demelza Patricio; Caroline Keeley

Testimonials

'They are well set up, well established and have good ethics.'

'Lynn Child is an excellent collaborative lawyer.'

Work highlights

  • Advising on a pre-nuptial agreement where complicated business arrangements and tax considerations are involved.
  • Following separation, assisted a client on agreeing on the shared care of children.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

TWM Solicitors LLP

TWM Solicitors LLP's private client team 'inspires confidence' and is cost effective in its handling of wealth protection, wills, the administration of trusts and estates and tax issues. Allison Crossman heads the group, which also acts as Attorney or Deputy for clients lacking mental capacity. Caroline Foulger is dual qualified; she is also a Chartered Tax Adviser and works with associate Madeleine Gooding on wealth preservation and tax planning including where cross-border assets, domicile and residency issues are involved.

Practice head(s):Allison Crossman

Other key lawyers:Caroline Foulger; Paul Bradley; Madeleine Gooding

Testimonials

'A young, bright frontline with experienced backup.'

'All people I contacted within TWM were very approachable and knowledgeable about the topic I needed help with.'

'The level of client service was outstanding, as was the communication. Every stage was explained and dealt with in a timely manner.'

'Madeleine Gooding was knowledgeable and approachable and dealt with me efficiently. Her communication skills were good.'

'Madeleine Gooding did an excellent job on some complex trust work, anshe brought in the more experienced Caroline Foulger to explain the complex IHT implications in a way that was simple and inspired confidence. The combination keeps the costs down effectively.'

Work highlights

  • Advised a Swiss resident and domiciled client on a trust for his minor daughter further to a Children Act settlement.
  • Acted as independent administrator to secure the estate of a testator with a disputed will.
  • Advised a Deputy in relation to Property Tribunal proceedings, where another party had previously been acting without authority.
  • Advised an attorney on estate planning including property title investigations and complex Capital Gains Tax matters.
  • Advised on the administration of a complex estate and numerous lifetime discretionary trusts.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

TWM Solicitors LLP

'Outstanding personal service' is a draw for clients to TWM Solicitors LLP.  Adrian Price oversees work on substantial acquisitions and disposals relating to residential and commercial development projects, commercial leases, landlord and tenant work and related financing. In the Epsom office, Anne Fowler has a focus on the leisure/golf clubs and health industries and managing partner Matthew Truelove  continues to act on a range of commercial developments.

Practice head(s):Adrian Price

Other key lawyers:Matthew Truelove; Anne Fowler

Testimonials

'They provide outstanding service, ready availability and personal attention.'

'Anne Fowler consistently gives considered, timely and thoughtful advice, notwithstanding the considerable workload she takes on.'

Work highlights

  • Assisted on the refinancing of a portfolio of 16 properties, including a number of apartment buildings and commercial properties.
  • Prepared a complex sale contract, conditional upon planning and  subject to existing leases and including a lease back of part of the building. Planning was eventually granted on appeal and the matter proceeded to completion.
  • Acting for a number of borrower companies on a multi-million-pound equity release with a bank and secured against a portfolio of high-value commercial properties.
  • Advised on the purchase of a site from a JV partner as part of a mixed-use regeneration project.
  • Acting for the landowner/developer on a development facility to convert a  tower block into over 550 student accommodation units.

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