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Wilsons

ALEXANDRA HOUSE, ST JOHNS STREET, SALISBURY, SP1 2SB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01722 412412
Fax:
Fax 01722 411500
DX:
58003 SALISBURY 1
Email:
Web:
www.wilsonsllp.com
London, Salisbury

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 2

Wilsons

Salisbury-based Wilsons specialises in tax and general transactional structuring for businesses and personal assets of owner-managers. Led by practice head James Johnson, the team has notable experience of the technology, healthcare and charity sectors; Johnson is particularly active in the latter area, having recently advised on mergers and sponsorship agreements. Senior associate Mark Cook, who is a new arrival from Burges Salmon LLP, is particularly experienced in mid-market M&A.

Practice head(s):James Johnson

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Stephens; Stephen Whitmore; Mark Cook

Testimonials

'Helpful, clear, efficient and always listen to our feedback'

'Very strong group of commercial and business lawyers based in the South West with an office in London; this means they are able to compete with City firms whilst charging reasonable rates'

'James Johnson is always prompt in dealing with business, accessible when we need him and is responsive to our company needs'

'Jonathan Stephens is an extremely experienced, first-class corporate and commercial lawyer whom any client would want by their side'

'Stephen Whitmore and Mark Cook are very able who dealt with the matters with great efficiency and expertise'.

'Worked well together as a team and we received a first-class service'

Key Clients

Shareholders of Great Fosters (1931) Limited

Shareholders of Copyrite Business Solutions (Holdings) Limited

Greensleeves Homes Trust

Shareholders of Us-creates Limited

Shareholders of ip-Xchange Limited

ITE Group plc

Robert Brett & Sons Limited

Kingston Smith LLP

Picker Institute Europe

Lucas Alexander Whitley Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the client on the sale of Great Fosters Limited, the operating company for the Great Fosters Hotel, to the Alexandra Hotels Group.
  • Advised the client (shareholders) on the sale of the business to ITEC Connect Limited.
  • Represented the client on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Whitegates Investments Limited from the Caring Homes Group.
  • Acted for the shareholders of the technology client on its sale to Stickman Technology Limited.
  • Advised this new client on its strategic investment into Learnit World Limited, for acquisition of a minority interest.
Rising stars

Mark Cook - Wilsons

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 2

Wilsons

Traditionally renowned for private client work, Wilsons acts for a number of high net worth individuals in commercial disputes. Also notable is that its practice is seeing a growing amount of work from local charities. Practice head Ben Thornton leads both the commercial and property litigation departments. Debbie Ashenhurst is skilled in contractual, commercial and corporate disputes; claims often involve allegations of unfair prejudice, breaches of contract, defective goods and breaches of restrictive covenants, among others.

Practice head(s):Ben Thornton

Other key lawyers:Debbie Ashenhurst; Jennifer Martindale

Testimonials

'Excellent team covering a wide range of legal areas. They have considerable expertise in company law and their general commercial litigation capability is excellent'

'They are professional and determined'

'Jayna Patel was absolutely excellent, completely on the ball with a clear understanding of the legal issues and fantastic organisational skills. I was really impressed by her client-handling'

'In the company law sphere, I have worked with Debbie Ashenhurst who impressed me with a calm, logical approach and general common sense. She clearly knows the law as well'

'Jenifer has been a great support over the case in hand. her ability to adapt to the issues we have regarding the case is commendable'

 

Key Clients

Holland Park School

Optaglio A.S.

Gurr Johns Limited

Luxury Clothing Limited

Pure Pastures Limited

Pudsey Diamond Limited

Chartered Institute of Taxation

Work highlights

  • Provide ongoing support to Holland Park School on reputation management.
  • Advise Optaglio A.S. on varying disputes, including ICC arbitration concerning the design, supply and delivery of a waste water plant.
  • Acted for the shareholder of Electronic Components Company in a highly contentious shareholders' dispute resolved by the purchase of the other party's shareholding.
  • Advised a shareholder in relation to a claim against the majority shareholder for breach of contract and unfair prejudice.
  • Represented a client in defence of a claim alleging breach of contract relating to the supply of goods.
Rising stars

Debbie Ashenhurst - Wilsons

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 2

Wilsons

Wilsons provides the full range of services on contentious and non-contentious matters for employers and employees. Its clients are active across a broad cross-section of sectors, including commercial, charities, education and agriculture. Experienced litigator Anthony Edwards regularly represents clients at the Employment Tribunal, County and High Courts. Edwards jointly heads up the practice with Stephen Oxley. Associate Sophia Zand is a recent arrival from asb law LLP.

Practice head(s):Anthony Edwards; Stephen Oxley

Other key lawyers:Sophia Zand

Testimonials

'Wilsons understood our needs more so than other firms, and we didn't hesitate to go back to them when more legal issues arose'

'This team is well led by Stephen Oxley, who is a lawyer who understands commerce'

'Anthony Edwards has been outstanding during our current legal issues, and has been able to thoroughly explain and guide us through the process. He is always available to answer even the smallest of questions we may have'

'Stephen Oxley and associate Sophia Zand are quickly responsive and attentive. They are advising us in a tricky process and are navigating us skillfully through it'

Key Clients

Williams Shipping Holdings Limited

Sutcliffe Family

Shareholders of Copyrite Business Solutions (Holdings) Limited

Greensleeves Homes Trust

Work highlights

  • General employment advice to Williams Shipping Holdings Limited, including advice for the shipping division including in relation to TUPE when the client was awarded a major contract to transport wind turbines.
  • Corporate support employment advice to Sutcliffe family on sale of Great Fosters Hotel, a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan hotel near the M25 at Egham which was awarded the AA Hotel of the Year award for 2018-19.

  • Corporate support employment advice to shareholders of Copyrite Business Solutions (Holdings) Limited on the sale of the issued share capital of Business Solutions (Holdings) Limited, a leading document solutions provider, to trade buyer ITEC Connect Ltd.
  • Corporate support to Greensleeves Homes Trust on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Whitegates Investments Limited.

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Wilsons

The ‚Äėexperienced, agile and very bright‚Äô Peter Bourke heads the practice at Wilsons and advises farmers and landowners on the sale and purchase of agricultural land, assists with the division of assets on divorce, and represents landowning clients in boundary disputes. The firm also provides tax and trust advice. Other specialisms involve the structuring of farms and landed estates, agricultural succession planning, as well as rent reviews, dilapidations and the leasing of renewable energy sites.

Practice head(s):Peter Bourke; Robert Swift; Alison Bailey; Jonathan Stephens

Testimonials

A practical and quick firm that possesses real knowledge of the dynamics of farms and estates

Wilsons has a helpful approach, seeking clients’ objectives and delivers objectives in the most straightforward manner and in plain English

Wilsons has a strong reputation among rural clients

Alison Bailey is exceptionally helpful, diligent and accommodating. Her breadth of expertise is remarkable and her attention to detail is superb

Work highlights

  • Negotiating a development option agreement.
  • Advising on the negotiation of a promotion agreement.
  • Advised on the sale of a listed farmhouse.
  • Advised on the purchase of a strategically important site with unregistered title.
  • Providing tax advice relating to the sale of development land.

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

Wilsons

Wilsons advises on disputes involving legacies and disputes arising from the administration of trusts and estates. The practice also advises on charity regulations and assists with the restructuring of charities. Practice head Gillian Fletcher is experienced in advising on breaches of trust and compliance issues. Charity mergers constitute another significant area of expertise, alongside the protection of data and intellectual property rights.

Practice head(s):Gillian Fletcher

Testimonials

Professionally competent and fully on top of their brief

The Depth of knowledge and the quality of advice are the firm’s most valued qualities

Gillian Fletcher stands out as the consummate professional. Her team mirrors her approach and it always delivers

The practice is characterised by an immediacy of response, personal touch, and a range of skill sets brought immediately to bear

The practice members are always polite and helpful and offer sound and impartial advice

Key Clients

RNLI

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

British Cardiovascular Society

PDSA

Forces in Mind Trust

Blue Cross

BMA Charities Trust Fund

Save the Children

Christopher’s Hospice

Work highlights

  • Advising St Christopher’s Hospice on governance matters and constitutional review.
  • Advising a group of charities on the defence of a challenge to the validity of a will.
  • Advising The Royal Marines Association on its merger with The Royal Marines Charity, and on governance and property-related matters.
  • Advising a charitable independent school on matters arising from a safeguarding allegation.
  • Advising a medical research and education charity on commercial contracts arising in connection with its Joint Congress in Glasgow 2020.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Wilsons

Wilsons advises on contentious trust, probate and legacy administration problems as well as on proceedings in the Court of Protection including statutory will applications. The firm is also experienced in assisting with actions by or against trustees of landed estates and cross-border trust disputes. Practice head James Aspden covers claims concerning the validity and effect of wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, and undue influence claims.

Practice head(s):James Aspden

Other key lawyers:Fiona Campbell-White; Peter Jeffrey; Charlotte Watts

Key Clients

RNLI

Blue Cross

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

RNIB

PDSA

Macmillan Cancer Support

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Work highlights

  • Advising on variation of trusts application for £50m settlement.
  • Advising on an estoppel and testamentary capacity claim involving assets of over £5m.
  • Advising on a £1.1m Inheritance Act claim.
  • Advising on company and trust interests in London property worth over £9m.
  • Advising on a spousal Inheritance Act claim involving a £10m estate.
Leading individuals

James Aspden - Wilsons

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Wilsons

Wilsons advises high-net-worth individuals and families on the transfer and inheritance of business, land and real estate assets. The practice also handles the establishment and structuring of offshore trusts for farms and landed estates, which involves tax advice to individuals, farming communities and trustees. Trust litigation, private wealth disputes and settlements equally represent a major aspect of the practice’s work.

Practice head(s):Frances Mayne

Other key lawyers:Belinda Watson; Adam Herbert; Rupert Wilkinson

Testimonials

Wilsons provided excellent service to my family company and handled our case very well, which involved complex tax and corporate issues

Wilsons is an exceptional group of lawyers with a unique blend of being at the top of its game but very down to earth

 

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South West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Wilsons

Wilsons' wide-ranging client base includes academies, independent schools, grammar schools, preparatory schools and nurseries. Recent work highlights involved issues such as staffing, reputation management, governance, charity law, intellectual property and data protection. Practice head Stephen Oxley assists senior management teams and governing bodies with governance and leadership issues, among other matters.

Practice head(s):Stephen Oxley

Testimonials

Everyone is very friendly and responsive

The team is very committed and makes sure to address each client’s issues personally while it also maintains a high quality of efficient legal services

Key Clients

Farleigh School

Talbot Heath School

The Sheiling Special Education Trust

Prince's Mead School

A number of independent schools

Work highlights

  • Assisted Talbot Heath School with an extensive review of its parent/school contract and associated documentation.
  • Assisted Farleigh School with charity law advice relating to the constitutional framework of the charity.
  • Advised The Sheiling Special Education Trust on matters regarding GDPR compliance.
  • Handled a wide range of employment law issues for an independent school.
  • Advised a multi-academy trust on general GDPR compliance.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 2

Wilsons

Wilsons¬†has successfully built up a base of¬†longstanding clients, such as landed estates, landowners, trusts, charities, and private investors. Its team has extensive expertise in property transactions, commercial landlord and tenant work, and residential and commercial development, among other matters. The ‚Äėamazing‚Äô Jane Lonergan¬†handles complex property issues for charities, including military charities. Alison Bailey¬†specialises in rural property matters and assists landowners with developments of predominantly green field sites. Consultant Robert Swift,¬†Timothy Clayden¬†and¬†associate¬†Sarah Secker¬†are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):Jane Lonergan; Alison Bailey; Tim Clayden

Other key lawyers:Robert Swift; Sarah Secker

Key Clients

Sense, The National Deafblind and Rubella Association

Alabaré Christian Care Centres

Greensleeves Care

Work highlights

  • Acts for Sense, the National Deafblind and Rubella Association on commercial property acquisitions and disposals, and manages the charity's commercial property portfolio.
  • Assists Alabaré Christian Care Centres with commercial property acquisitions.
  • Assists Greensleeves Care with property acquisition transactions aiming at expanding the charity's care home portfolio.
Rising stars

Sarah Secker - Wilsons

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