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Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: The West Country
Commercial litigation: The West Country - ranked: tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP represents clients in commercial disputes, aerospace litigation, professional negligence actions, social care cases, insolvency-related disputes, insurance matters and property litigation. Clients include companies, charities, housing providers, local authorities and individuals. The Exeter-based team often works closely with other offices in the firm's network to provide a comprehensive service across the UK. Practice co-head Paul Keeling is notably experienced in professional negligence cases and property litigation, while fellow co-head Kathryn Insall has focuses on contentious commercial matters in the manufacturing, aerospace and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):Paul Keeling; Kathryn Insall


'The firm are particularly responsive to client needs, they provide value for money and operate at the highest standard within the legal profession'

'They provide knowledge without excessive pricing'

'Quick response. Willingness to work outside normal business hours to get the job done; the organisation functions well as a team'

'Associate Maria Dunn is very professional and effective in dealing with issues and responsive to client needs'

'The team has good knowledge and are keen to assist'

Key Clients

Flair Airlines Limited

TAG Farnborough Airport Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a leading housing developer in a dispute with a  leading estate management organisation over under-performance of various groundwork and maintenance contracts.
  • Acting for an airline in High Court proceedings commenced by a Lithuanian lessor for sums owed under five lease agreements entered into between the parties.
  • Acting for a German manufacturer in a contractual dispute against a Devon-based engineering company.
  • Acting for a national care provider and their insurers in relation to a jury inquest engaging article 2 of the ECHR.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: The West Country
Employment: The West Country - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's employment department is particularly active in TUPE matters, where it advises clients on creating TUPE strategies and post-transfer restructuring. The team is also knowledgeable about changing terms of employment, corporate support work and exit strategies. On the contentious side, the firm has represented clients in unfair dismissal, discrimination and gender pay disputes. John Turnbull is the key name in the Exeter office. The firm is a first port of call among registered providers in the social housing sector. Other clients include charities and social enterprises.

Practice head(s):John Turnbull


'Trowers and Hamlins are always fast to respond and offer great advice, understanding the issues we face'

'They have an exceptional ability to respond quickly in what are invariably time-sensitive matters, and in doing so are able to quickly assess the extent of the challenge faced, assess legal ramifications and advice accordingly'

'They are incredibly supportive in terms of translating what can often by complex legal matters'

'The team is personable, responsive, thorough and understanding of the commercial context of challenges faced, not to mention great fun'

Key Clients

Smiths (Gloucester)Limited

ITS Western Limited

Otter Nurseries Limited

FWS Carter & Sons Limited

All Fleet Services Limited

Ninian Solutions Limited

London & Devonshire Trust Limited

LiveWest Homes Limited

Inter-Line Building Supplies Limited

Avid LLP

Richmond Housing Partnership

Exeter City Living

Ampacet (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended Smiths (Gloucester) Limited in a discrimination case involving a serious allegation relating to health and safety and transport legislation

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South West: Insurance

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

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises on claims arising from high speed road traffic collisions, accidents involving animals, and injuries sustained in workplaces. The firm is also experienced in dealing with farming accidents. The firm advises on brain injuries, limb fractures, orthopaedic injuries as well as on injuries arising from slips and falls. The firm also has expertise in handling amputation cases.

Practice head(s):Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp; Ian Brown

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South West: Private client

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

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP covers succession planning and asset structuring for family business owners and high-net-worth individuals, advises land owners, farmers and property developers on estate planning, and prepares wills for elderly clients. The practice is also experienced in advising on philanthropic work and the establishment of charitable trusts. London-based practice co-head Jonathan Kropman joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in April 2018.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Kropman; Helen Honeyball

Other key lawyers:Frank Cook; Amanda Rainford

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: The West Country
Commercial property: The West Country - ranked: tier 2

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s team in Exeter functions both as a standalone group in the South West and as a key part of the firm’s national practice. Also notable is that the group consists of practitioners who are knowledgeable about areas such as planning, procurement, construction and environmental law. The firm's varied portfolio of work includes commercial acquisitions, regeneration projects, property finance transactions, and investment fund portfolio acquisitions. Investors, local authorities, regulators and developers are among the clients that turn to the firm for advice. Lynn Onyett is a go-to for advice on the acquisition and management of niche-use sites, such as those used for the provision of healthcare and motorsport-related occupations. Georgina Savill-James, who specialises in regeneration and residential property transactions, is experienced in portfolio and development acquisitions, as well as large scale disposal programmes. Nicholas Burt joined from Foot Anstey in 2018.

Practice head(s):Chris Rundle; Sara Bailey

Other key lawyers:Lynn Onyett; Georgina Savill-James


The team has an excellent understanding of its clients’ needs and requirements, and is willing to remain flexible in handling different issues

There is a good range of skills and expertise, as well as a number of people within the team which can be contacted for assistance

The firm is very easy to work with, which makes it a standout

The workload is allocated appropriately across all hierarchical levels

Lynn Onyett takes a commercial view on all points and efficiently guides clients through potentially difficult situations

Key Clients

Galliford Try Group


London & Devonshire Trust

West Midlands Pension Fund

Kames Capital

Freshwater Group

Greendale Group

Arbuthnot Latham

Civitas Social Housing

Torbay Development Agency

Burrington Estates

Taunton Deane Borough Council

Verto Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised Gravesham Borough Council on a major town centre retail and leisure regeneration scheme.
  • Acted for West Midlands Pension Fund on the purchase of City Point, Leeds — a prime office block in the centre of Leeds.
  • Assisted Greenridge Investment Management with the acquisition of two retail blocks in Liverpool, as part of Liverpool City Council's regeneration scheme.
  • Advising Greendale Group on the development and the letting of an expanding business park in Exeter.
  • Assisted Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) with the lease of land and properties in Leeds.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP‚Äôs housing and regeneration team functions on a standalone basis in Exeter, and also works with the London-based group to advise clients nationwide. Reflective of its standing in the market, it has a track record of acting for housing associations, which dates back more than 50 years. In addition, it acts for new entrants to the affordable housing sector. . The ‚Äėhighly knowledgeable‚Äô Joseph Acton, who heads up the team in Exeter, has a strong profile in property and development transactions, and also has extensive expertise in governance and corporate issues. Rachel Carter¬†is experienced in joint ventures and development projects.

Practice head(s):Joseph Acton; Tonia Secker

Other key lawyers:Rachel Carter


The team is composed of specialists which have extensive knowledge of the social housing sector

The team is great at handling land acquisitions, acquisition of section 106 schemes from developers, and shared ownership disposals

Joseph Acton is recommended for governance and procedural issues

Joseph Acton always makes himself quickly available to discuss issues and ideas and to share his extensive knowledge

Key Clients

LiveWest Homes

Galliford Try Partnerships

North Devon Homes

Aster Group

The Guinness Partnership

Westward Housing Group

Yarlington Housing Group

Plymouth Community Homes

East Devon District Council

Radian Homes

Curo Places

Verto Housing

Teign Housing

Ocean Housing

United Communities

Work highlights

  • Advising North Devon Homes on the acquisition, development and regeneration of a prominent, formerly industrial development site in Barnstaple, providing a mixed-use scheme of 37 affordable homes and 135 marketing homes, in addition to retail and community facilities.
  • Advising Devon and Cornwall Housing Group on a number of corporate and property matters relating to the merger of two of the largest social housing providers in the South West.
  • Advising Galliford Try on the acquisition of a brownfield site in Penzance, comprising part of the Cornwall Land Initiative with Cornwall Council.
  • Advising LiveWest Homes on the acquisition of a brownfield site in Penwith, as part of a housing delivery partnership.
  • Advising Curo Places on the acquisition and development of six development sites in Bristol and Bath.
Leading individuals

Joseph Acton - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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