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VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

45 CLARENDON ROAD, WATFORD, HERTFORDSHIRE, WD17 1SZ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01923 919 300
Fax:
Fax 01923 919 299
DX:
4514 WATFORD
Email:
Web:
www.vwv.co.uk

London: Corporate and commercial

Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 5

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) has β€˜significant capability in the partnership area’ and as a regional-based firm it is β€˜able to offer very efficient, cost-effective service’. In 2017, the firm absorbed Lockharts, which specialised in healthcare thereby adding the capability to act for medical partnerships. The β€˜approachable and highly skilled’ Jos Moule leads the partnership and LLP group and has handled corporate and commercial partnership matters for legal firms and chartered accountancy practices. Recently, Moule’s work has included reviewing and drafting new partnership agreements, transferring a partnership to a limited company and advising on the admission of new equity partners. In 2016, Ed Husband and senior associate Nick Martindale successfully settled a long-running, bitterly-contested partnership dispute in arbitration. The 2017 merger brings Ros Parkin and Andrew Lockhart-Mirams to the team.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

Con Alexander leads β€˜a professional, organised and committed team’ at VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards), which has resources across London, Bristol and Birmingham and advises its charity clients on all aspects of their operations. It acts for around 1,000 charities and not-for-profit organisations, with recent work including acting on the establishment of a new charity to support the activities of registered charity Philharmonia Ltd in Bedford; and advising Roedean School both on governance matters and on the adoption of a total return approach to investment and various requirements under The Charities (Total Return) Regulations. Other clients are 2nd Chance Group CIC, Birmingham Association for Mental Health, City & Guilds of London Institute, and Dean & Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral. β€˜Responsive and reliable’ associate Elizabeth Knight is β€˜very supportive and understanding’.

Leading individuals

Con Alexander - VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) provides β€˜swift and intelligent advice. The team as a whole has extensive knowledge and experience. It is really great to have a team of experts who work together (rather than individually) for you’. The β€˜outstanding’ Michelle Rose leads the team, and is β€˜empathetic, efficient and highly knowledgeable’. Senior associate Fiona Lawrence is β€˜reliable and determined to help, and has a profound knowledge of this area of law. She gives very prompt and thorough explanations’; and Bristol-based associate Julia Hardy β€˜fights her clients’ corner well’. The firm is acting for award-winning Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead and her two sons in a proprietary estoppel claim and an Inheritance Act claim against the estate of her late partner.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) fields β€˜a very efficient and competent team’. Judith Cuxson is β€˜very professional’, and the β€˜knowledgeable’ Michael Knowles has β€˜a lot of common sense. He is an excellent communicator and an exceptionally gifted lawyer’. Christine Green advises on estate planning, trusts and wills, and has a particular focus on cross-border matters, and the team also includes Rachael Armstrong in Birmingham, who joined from Flint Bishop LLP in Derby. Clients of the practice include entrepreneurs, wealthy individuals and families, landed estates, charities, museums and educational establishments. It undertakes complex tax work for cross-border and high-value estates, and acts on a number of matters involving national heritage assets.

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals
Leading individuals

Barney Northover - VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

Simon Bevan - VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 1

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) fields a team of β€˜consistently responsive, authoritative and commercially-minded sector experts’, who cover a broad higher education portfolio with particular focus on procurement, competition and governance matters, and charity law. Its enviable client base includes Royal College of Music, University of Bristol, John Ruskin College and The Institute of Cancer Research, and the firm is also top ranked on the London Universities Purchasing Consortium legal services framework. Practice head Bettina Rigg, who is β€˜a first-rate client partner’ and β€˜makes complex legal issues clear without patronising or over-simplifying’, was part of a team providing procurement advice to the University of the Arts London pertaining to a new data management and processing software. Rigg is also leading a team acting for the University of East London in judicial review proceedings brought by a former student challenging the termination of the student’s placement on grounds of fitness to practise, as well as advising the client on the Equality Act 2010 aspects of international student exchanges and transgender student issues. Michael Halsey is providing ongoing employment-related advice to Brunel University London. On the real estate side, property specialist Clive Read assisted Barnet and Southgate College with the Β£5m disposal of a redundant former campus known as Minchenden High School to Enfield Council. The β€˜approachable’ Con Alexander β€˜provides quick and helpful advice’. Charity and governance expert Emma-Jane Dalley and the β€˜pragmatic’ Jane Byford are also recommended. David Hansom joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Leading individuals

Barney Northover - VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

Simon Bevan - VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 1

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)’s team has β€˜a comprehensive knowledge of employment and trust matters in an educational context’ and provides full-service assistance to independent and state-funded schools, sector organisations and charities. Head of independent schools Simon Bevan, who is β€˜a reliable and practical adviser on complex employment matters’, represented the Harpur Trust in employment tribunal proceedings pertaining to the calculation of holiday pay for term-time only staff, which concerned allegations of less favourable treatment of part-time employees. Emma-Jane Dalley led a team advising Ashdell Schools Trust on its merger with the Girls’ Day School Trust. Other work for the group included assisting Rugby School with launching a new school in Thailand and advising a school on the reorganisation of its facilities. Matthew Burgess advised the Independent Schools Council on the government consultation on education reform, with a particular focus on the proposals affecting the independent sector. Barney Northover, β€˜who has an excellent overall view of the charity and education sectors as well as a sound understanding of governance and trust law’, and academies and maintained schools expert Yvonne Spencer jointly head the practice. John Deakin is β€˜a knowledgeable and reassuring lawyer with great experience in education and parent contracts’. Naseem Nabi specialises in the employment aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings. Tabitha Cave and Chloe Brunton are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Barney Northover - VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

Simon Bevan - VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 4

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)’s β€˜prompt, responsive and reputable’ group includes some of β€˜the most supportive lawyers in the sector’. It provides β€˜sensible and competitive’ advice, and acts for contractors, including GPs, dentists and care homes, on funding, development and corporate work, as well as handling NHS contracts and contentious matters. The group’s public sector expertise includes assisting NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts with procurement, employment, regulatory and wider commercial matters. Healthcare charities are also clients. Practice head Ben Willis and Oliver Pool are β€˜extremely knowledgeable about healthcare law and very practical in the way they address instructions’. Rosalind Parkin and Andrew Lockhart-Mirams joined the London team following the firm’s acquisition of Lockharts. Anthony Young joined Jordans Corporate Law Limited.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 7

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

At VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards), head of London real estate Mark Hughes and Jon Durham focus on high value development work across a range of sub-sectors including retail, charity, healthcare and education. Durham continued to advise the Governing Body of Rugby School on the redevelopment of part of its London Estate at 4-5 Long Yard, Bloomsbury, and Hughes represented Lady Hewley Charity Trust Company on the purchase of land adjacent to Low Grange Farm in North Yorkshire with a view to development of the site. In the transactional area, the team advised the Trustees of the Frank Collins Estate on the sale of land at the rear of 11-13 Stanhope Gardens in London. Philip Vickers and Ping Leung departed for RadcliffesLeBrasseur.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) is recognised for its expertise in compensation claims following compulsory land acquisitions. The β€˜approachable and helpful’ practice is also active in the opposition of the HS2 Bill, acting for British Overseas Bank Nominees and WGTC Nominees as owners of land that will be adversely impacted by the Bill; the team includes Roll A parliamentary agents. Other clients include the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral, the governing body of Rugby School and International Management Group. Practice head Michelle Bendall specialises in leasehold and freehold disputes, Katie Hickman, who β€˜converts detailed knowledge into practical and economically sensible advice’ is recommended for compensation claims following purchase orders and recently promoted partner David Bird focuses on planning disputes.

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