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Warners Solicitors

BANK HOUSE, BANK STREET, TONBRIDGE, TN9 1BL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01732 770660
Fax:
Fax 01732 362452
DX:
5501 TONBRIDGE
Email:
Web:
www.warners-solicitors.co.uk
Sevenoaks, Tonbridge

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 4

Warners Solicitors

Warners Solicitors advises on disposals and acquisitions of owner-managed businesses in the South East. Its also acts for banks on the financing of acquisitions, as well as venture capital and private equity transactions. Kevin Sullivan has an established track record acting for clients in the IT/technology sectors, and more broadly the team also services clients in areas such as education and agriculture.

Practice head(s):Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:Russell Brinkhurst; Jonathan Roberts

Key Clients

Medaphor Group Plc

National Westminster Bank

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

Rough Trade Retail Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for the client on a Series A investment by JPMorgan Chase.
  • Acting for the selling shareholders in their sale of ecological contractor company, TWIG Group Ltd to RSK Group.
  • Advising two of five selling shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of their company.
  • Acting for a company and its founder in respect of a Series B investment.
  • Acting for a bank on funding the purchase of a target business through a share purchase.  

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Warners Solicitors

Warners Solicitors’ agricultural team handles the full range of rural issues including non-contentious property work involving the buying and selling of farms, estates and grouse moors and landlord and tenant work. It also advises on contentious property work, criminal and regulatory matters. Its expertise extends to the creation and administration of estate and trusts for asset protection and estate tax planning. In November 2018 the practice was appointed to the panel of the NFU to cover the Kent and East Sussex counties. Steve Colville heads the practice. Litigator Michael McNally is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Steve Colville

Other key lawyers:Michael McNally

Key Clients

Masters of Foxhounds Association

Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles

All hunts within South East (under the Hunting Office legal expenses policy)

J M Osborne & Co Limited

William Powell Ltd

Oxney Organic Estate

Work highlights

  • Retained by specialist legal expenses insurer Abbey Legal Protection to provide the helpline under its farms and estates policy – an insurance policy which is widely sold to leading farms and estates in England and Wales.
  • Grant of Probate for local land owner and business man.
  • Regular advice given to the Masters of Foxhounds Association, the governing body for most hunts in Great Britain.
  • Advice given to a leading sporting agent in relation to numerous legal issues but most importantly in relation to the employment of gamekeepers and other staff.
  • Regular advice given to the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles on a variety of matters.
Leading individuals

Steve Colville - Warners Solicitors

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

Warners Solicitors

Warners Solicitors 'has an especially excellent reputation' whilst offering  great value for money to its local and non-UK resident clients. It is adept in wealth protection, cohabitation and children issues and provides tailored assistance ranging from private FDRs to litigation. It also offers a fixed fee for more straightforward divorce cases and provides pro bono help to organisations such as women's refuges. Matthew Aves' expertise includes dealing with cohabitation and land trusts disputes; Charles Tennant is noted for his advocacy skills and Abigail Eriksson-Lee undertakes a range of work for high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):Matthew Aves

Other key lawyers:Charles Tennant; Abigail Eriksson-Lee

Work highlights

  • Advising a wife with a significant income, after the breakdown of the marriage.
  • Acting for a wife in a complex Children Act matter involving repeated applications to the Court over the years.
  • Advised on divorce, finances and contested Children Act proceedings.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Warners Solicitors

The team at Warners Solicitors offers a comprehensive range of specialisms; estate planning, tax, trust creation and administration and elderly client services. The team attracts high-net-worth clients, owners of landed estates and clients in agriculture. It also tends to clients with capacity issues - Gail Hall has a focus on the latter and group head, Mary Shaw has extensive experience in all types of private client and family matters. Philip Raggett  'is excellent for tax planning' and Martin Terrell is noted for his excellence in Court of Protection work.

Practice head(s):Mary Shaw

Other key lawyers:Gail Hall; Philip Raggett; Martin Terrell

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Warners Solicitors

At Warners Solicitors, the IT team predominantly acts for software developer clients on commercial matters, with a particular focus on financial and asset management software. The firm advises clients on development agreements, licensing, and distribution, as well as pre-contract issues such as proof of concept. The practice is headed by Kevin Sullivan, who handles dispute resolution work for clients in addition to the team's corporate offering.

Practice head(s):Kevin Sullivan

Key Clients

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

Columba Systems Limited

Asset Mapping Limited

FSI (FM Solutions) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mosaic Smart Data and the founder in respect of JP Morgan Chase’s Series A investment for a 15.4% stake in the company at a pre-money valuation of £11 Million.
  • Acting for a client in respect of an evaluation and proof of concept of its software product for a large bank.
  • Acting for an advertising agency in respect of the licensing of its asset management system used by a large vehicle manufacturer.
  • Advising on a data licence and distribution agreement
  • Acting for a client in respect of its agreement with a public organisation in Dubai.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Warners Solicitors

Warners Solicitors is principally active in the software sector, advising clients on both non-contentious matters and IP disputes. Key elements of the practice include its licensing and copyright expertise, as well as its work on trade mark infringements, passing off, and domain name disputes. Kevin Sullivan heads the practice, and is active across all areas of the firm's IP work, while Russell Brinkhurst is another key name on the non-contentious side.

Practice head(s):Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:Russell Brinkhurst

Key Clients

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

Columba Systems Limited

Asset Mapping Limited

FSI (FM Solutions) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in respect of an evaluation and proof of concept of its software product for a bank.
  • Acting for an advertising agency in respect of the licensing of its asset management system used by a large vehicle manufacturer.
  • Acting for a well-known British musician in the worldwide prosecution of his new trade marks.
  • Acting for a company in respect of a software re-seller agreement.
  • Acting for a client in connection with the negotiation of a website development agreement.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Warners Solicitors

Warners Solicitors' unique offering relates to country sports; it serves as the South-East panel firm for the Hunting Office and provides civil, regulatory, and criminal law advice to its country sports clients. Practice head Michael McNally specialises in civil litigation and employment issues, and is particularly notable for his work on animal liability cases, while Tim Ryan specialises in criminal and regulatory matters relating to country sports, farming, wildlife, animal welfare and firearms licensing.

Practice head(s):Michael McNally

Other key lawyers:Tim Ryan

Key Clients

Masters of Foxhounds Association

Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles

All hunts within South East (under the Hunting Office legal expenses policy)

J M Osborne & Co Limited

William Powell Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Masters of Foxhounds Associationon governance issues.
  • Advising Sports Agency J M Osborne & Co on regulatory and employment issues.
  • Advising Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles on governance issues.
  • Successfully defended a Hunt Master against claims made by a hunt saboteur.
  • Successfully defended the owner of a large grouse moor against prosecution brought by the RSPB.

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