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Royds Withy King

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4314 OXFORD-1

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 4

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King predominately focuses on assisting owner-managed businesses and management teams in corporate transactions, company reorganisations and investments, particularly in the life sciences and technology sectors. Iain Butler heads the group and is particularly known for advising spin-out companies from The University of Oxford on various funding rounds.

Practice head(s):Iain Butler


'The team at Royds Withy King is very responsive, has excellent communication skills and great attention to details'


Key Clients

Argosy Components


Cellmark Forensic Services

Oxford Genetics

The Sampler

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team on the management buyout of the company from its US parent company.
  • Assisted an Oxford University spin out, on its investment from a number of investors including Oxford Sciences Innovation.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 4

Royds Withy King

The team at Royds Withy King assists employers in all aspects of HR-related issues, whilst also providing training programs to in-house HR team and advocacy in Employment Tribunals. Other key areas of expertise are business immigration, contract negotiations and advice on the management of employees. Kate Benefer and Charlotte Fisher are the main figures.

Practice head(s):Kate Benefer

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Fisher

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King's clinical negligence team is renowned for its complex catastrophic injury work which is led by Richard Coleman, 'a canny and experienced litigator'. 'Leaving no stone unturned', the team has been engaged in high-value claims involving cerebral palsy and obstetric brachial plexus injuries, in addition to claims involving spinal injury and fatalities. Tracy Norris-Evans specialises in claims of maximum severity, specifically neurological and paediatric cases. Judith Leach is recommended for her insight on a variety of medico-legal topics.

Practice head(s):Richard Coleman

Other key lawyers:Tracey Norris Evans; Judith Leach; Lucy Norton


'Tracy Norris Evans is the standout partner, undertaking both clinical negligence, personal injury and court of protection cases. She is thorough and very professional.'

'Richard Coleman is a tenacious and capable litigator in birth injury claims who will uncover all angles to explore attaining the best outcome for his client and does so unerringly.'

'This is a strong team with an exceptional presence that handles many cases of gravity and complexity.'

Work highlights

  • Handling an alleged negligence claim against defendants relating to treatment received whilst an inpatient with swine flu.
  • Handling a spinal clinical negligence case against a GP for failing to seek prompt specialist advice when presented with a patient with sudden onset of neurological symptoms.
  • Acting in a matter involving an error that resulted in a cardiac arrest for a client.
Leading individuals

Richard Coleman - Royds Withy King

Tracy Norris-Evans - Royds Withy King

Rising stars

Judith Leach - Royds Withy King

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Royds Withy King

Simply 'exceptional', Royds Withy King is known for its 'dedicated, knowledgeable, and successful' catastrophic injury team, and its expertise in brain and spinal cord injury claims. Led by Tracy Norris-Evans, the team also handles complex asbestos-related claims, fatal accidents and chronic pain matters. Helen Childs' 'knowledge of industrial disease litigation is excellent',and Ian Carrier is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Tracy Norris-Evans; Ian Carrier

Other key lawyers:Helen Childs;


'Royds Withy King has strength in depth and considerable experience dealing with serious personal injury claims. There is a particular specialism relating to claims under the Animals Act 1971 and generally involving riding accidents.'

'Ian Carrier has been excellent.  Nothing has been too much trouble for him, he is quite obviously an expert in his field.'

'Tracy Norris is extremely knowledgeable and experienced with the sole motivation of delivering the best outcomes for clients in all situations. Clients are left with no doubt that she is in their corner.'

'Helen Childs is an exceptional partner. She has a huge capacity for work and manages to combine an unerring willingness to fight for her clients with. She is a pleasure to work with.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client's personal injury claim against the defendant for £1.5m, settled for £352,060 with costs of £300,000.
  • Acted in a high-value High Court personal injury claim involving severe traumatic brain injury governed by foreign jurisdictional law (Portuguese).
  • Acted in a personal injury claim issued to the value of £800,000; claimant was involved in a road traffic accident with an uninsured drunk driver.

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South East: Private client

Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King has expanded its private client practice with the addition of a private wealth offering, providing complimentary advise in relation to international pre- and post-nuptial agreements, overseas financial claims following divorce and reputation management in family matters. Partners Mark Phillips, Simon Bassett, Andrew Nellist and associate Monicka Rai are the key advisors.

Practice head(s):Simon Bassett

Other key lawyers:Mark Phillips; Andrew Nellist; Monicka Rai

Next Generation Partners

Monicka Rai - Royds Withy King

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King has enhanced its practice with the addition of a private wealth offering to complement its strong reputation in contentious wills, trusts and inheritance matters. Tom Gilman is the key Oxford-based advisor and is particularly skilled in estate planning for private individuals and families. He also advises on complex trust structures and undertakes Court of Protection work. Also of note are associates Calum Campbell, who is experienced in representing clients in disputes arising out of trusts, wills, The Inheritance Act and proprietary estoppel claims, and Chris Wilson and Jan Tyley for assistance in tax planning and trust arrangements.

Practice head(s):Tom Gilman

Other key lawyers:Calum Campbell; Chris Wilson; Jan Tyley


'The team is accessible, approachable, knowledgable and helpful. They are happy to see clients irrespective of the size of the issue -  seeking to built client relationships over the long term.'

'I can't praise Tom Gilman and Chris Wilson enough for providing excellent and engaging advice, and taking a 'can do' approach in seeking a solution, irrespective of whether it is profitable for the firm, as they look to put the client first.'

Leading individuals

Tom Gilman - Royds Withy King

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 3

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King provides assistant to landowners and housing developers on a range of issues such as acquisitions, dispositions, leases and funding, including pension funding matters.  Senior associate Julie Acock is the key adviser.

Practice head(s):Julie Acock

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