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Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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Abu Dhabi, Birmingham, Dubai, Exeter, Kuala Lumpur, London and 4 more

South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: The West Country
Commercial litigation: The West Country - ranked: tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP runs ‘an established, West Country litigation practice’, which is particularly sought after for insurance claims in the aviation industry. Of particular note, Kathryn Insall was promoted to partner in 2017. Insall is acting for the claimant in a complex, multi-jurisdictional claim regarding the pay-out of an aviation reinsurance policy. Additionally, Insall is representing a European company client in a multimillion-euro dispute concerning an alleged breach of a partnership supply agreement. Department head Paul Keeling is ‘highly experienced’ in contentious trusts and estates, and professional negligence.

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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 specialises in TUPE matters and also advises on disputes, senior staff exits, unfair dismissals, redundancies, discrimination, sexual harassment and due diligence. It also represents clients in Employment Tribunals and the EAT. Client sectors include healthcare, food and drink, leisure, manufacturing and charities. Recent highlights include representing ITS Asbestos in a breach of restrictive covenant claim, the claim was settled and monetary damages were recovered. Another highlight includes advising on a restructuring with provisions for pensions, governance, tax, redundancy, collective consultation, changes to terms and conditions and advising on the relocation and closure of offices. Key clients include Smiths (Gloucester), Otter Nurseries, FWS Carter & Sons, All Fleet Services, Grice Collins Long, London & Devonshire Trust and Inter-Line Building Supplies. John Turnbull heads the department and specialises in dismissal, redundancy and discrimination matters.

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South West: Insurance

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

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

‘Well known and well regarded’ Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises on a range of personal injury claims such as road traffic collisions, public liability, employers' liability, claims involving animals, product liability and fatal accidents. Partner James Browne heads the team and specialises in catastrophic injuries, he is ‘Intelligent, sensible, and hard-working’ and ‘does the very best for his clients’. He has recently advised on cases involving amputation, brain injury, psychological injury and anosmia. The team is ‘extremely professional’ and ‘deals promptly with all aspects of requests’.

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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 has close links with local and national charities, acting for Mencap and Downs Syndrome Association among others. The team has expertise in establishing wills and trusts to provide support for vulnerable beneficiaries. Head of the Exeter office Helen Honeyball has particular expertise in securing agricultural property relief for farming families. Frank Cook focuses on administering estates with cross-border implications.

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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 has a ‘respected reputation in the South West’ and is ‘a first port of call’ for real estate sales transactions, residential development work and social housing mandates. Christopher Rundle is acting for FWS Carter & Sons in relation to the ongoing development and letting of an expanding business park in Exeter, which currently spans over one million sq ft and has more than 100 separate occupiers. Joseph Acton advised the sellers of an extensive costal site in the South West. Additionally, Georgina Savill-James is advising a housing company on a joint venture partnership for a mixed open-market and affordable housing development. Rachel Carter and Hugh Winterbotham also have considerable experience in residential development. Galliford Try Group, West Midlands Pension Fund and Civitas Social Housing are among the group’s varied clients.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP  is ‘a clear market leader’ in the social housing space. Headed by Joseph Acton, the Exeter team works in conjunction with the firm’s London office to provide comprehensive contentious and non-contentious advice to national residential developers and housing associations. Acton provides ‘all-round knowledge and support’ to clients on various corporate and property transactions, including a property portfolio disposal, and a corporate cost sharing partnership for the provision of utilities servicing thousands of housing units. Georgina Savill-James is assisting a housing association with numerous property disposals in connection with a stock realisation project. Managing associate Hannah Jackson often works alongside the firm’s London-based partners to advise housing associations on significant bank financing and debt capital markets transactions. Rachel Carter is another key figure in the department. Additional clients include regional developers such as Devon & Cornwall Housing Group and Plymouth Community Homes, and national groups including Yarlington Housing Group, TGP and Galliford Try Group.

Leading individuals

Jospeh Acton - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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