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Adams & Remers

Work 01273 480616
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3100 LEWES-1
Lewes, London

South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Adams & Remers

The team at Adams & Remers is well known for its expertise in land and property disputes as well as corporate and commercial matters. Key types of work include issues concerned with landed estates, individual farmers, farming partnerships, farming companies and listed property. Option agreements, promotion agreements, sale of local amenity land and refinancing work are areas of growth. Katherine Haslam heads the practice. James Turner and Robin Illingworth are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Katherine Haslam

Other key lawyers:James Turner; Robin Illingworth


'Good range of skills and expertise. Very good and well-established client base across the South East. Amongst other areas, specialists in agricultural law, strategic development land, and property related disputes including covenants and overage'.

'Adams & Remers are very commercially focused, and their solicitors are extremely knowledgeable in the area of agriculture and estates. They have had previous experience of almost every challenging scenario that comes up, and, if they don't, they are very skilled in resolving issues quickly and efficiently. I have always had very positive experiences with the team'.

'Katherine Haslam is very personable and knowledgeable on a wide range of property matters including agricultural law, development land, covenants and conveyancing'.

'James Turner is skilled on a wide range of property matters'.

'Katherine Haslam, Robin Illingworth, James Turner, and other team members are all extremely knowledgeable and approachable. They respond quickly and efficiently and are particularly good at sorting out complications (in a really pragmatic and commercially viable way) and pushing matters to a conclusion by keeping all parties involved. Their level of knowledge also sets them apart from other law firms in this practice area'.

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the buyer of a large area of agricultural land farmed under a farm contract arrangement with the complication of the negotiation of an option for natural resource exploration.
  • Acted for client on the sale of entire farm and agricultural land.
  • Acted for client on granting a viticulture lease relating to their estate.
  • Acted for client on the grant of a long term sublease of fishing and leisure rights.

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

Adams & Remers

Adams & Remers, which is known for being 'traditionally strong in private client work', has had a recent influx of constructive trust and proprietary estoppel claims. Lloyd Junor heads up the contentious trusts and probate practice at the firm; he is experienced in the full range of issues, including professional negligence claims against original will drafters, complex Inheritance Act claims, will validity claims and Court of Protection disputes. Ashton Davies specialises in claims involving disputed trusts and estates.

Practice head(s):Lloyd Junor

Other key lawyers:Ashton Davies


'Adams & Remers is a strong regional firm and this is reflected in the quality of the work they receive'.

'The team acts for high net-worth individuals and is particularly known for dealing with the farming community; it is strong on the contentious probate front'.

'The firm has two extremely strong partners in the area of contentious succession issues'.

'Lloyd Junor is excellent to work with, very knowledgeable and responsive. His approach is pragmatic and tempered by his extensive experience in this area of law'.

'Lloyd Junor and Ashton Davies are thorough and fight their client's corner, yet remain pleasant to deal with from a counterparty's point of view. Ashton Davies in particular is efficient, to the point and adopts a pro-active strategy'.

'Ashton Davies and Lloyd Junor are absolutely excellent practitioners. They are able to handle both vulnerable and difficult clients and retain sound judgment when conducting difficult litigation. They are both stand-out lawyers in this practice area'.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Adams & Remers

Bibi Fortin Lees heads the team at Adams & Remers, which undertakes estate and tax planning, including succession planning for very HNW individuals and their families including UK and overseas assets. Francis Nation-Dixon assists on areas including capital taxation and the creation of trusts with a focus on  landed estates and Amanda Epstein advises on domestic and international estates, will preparation, trust creation and administration.

Practice head(s):Bibi Fortin Lees

Other key lawyers:Francis Nation-Dixon; Amanda Epstein; Lisa Gibbins; Rose Macfarlan


'They are highly experienced and very knowledgeable about whatever problem you throw at them. Readily contactable and immediate responses with clear and understandable advice.'

'Francis Nation Dixon is very good on trusts especially and tax advice.'

Next Generation Partners

Bibi Fortin Lees - Adams & Remers

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Adams & Remers

Adams & Remers has a  track record acting in the agriculture and estates, healthcare, retail and leisure sectors. In addition to development, investment and leasing work, it is also increasingly advising on options and promotion agreements. Katherine Haslam and Robin Illingworth offer a wealth of transactional experience.

Practice head(s):Katherine Haslam

Other key lawyers:Robin Illingworth; Joanna Clark


'They are good at listening, have a good sense of humour and are tactful when dealing with the other side. They give clear, very broad and detailed advice.'


Key Clients

Norris Brothers Limited

Summerthorne Estates

Cola Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised on a share sale involving multiple commercial leases and a freehold transfer, a deal valued at £4.5m.  
  • Acting for a landowner on the sales at a development site at Ashdown Business Park. The site has been granted planning consent for the construction of industrial units, offices and a restaurant. The project includes the acquisition and assembling of the site over a number of years, planning issues and infrastructure works.  The project is valued at £10m.  
  • Acted for the purchaser of the Hilton London Kensington Hotel,  acquired for over £260m, following the high profile administration of a hotel business.  Advised on the terms of the freehold acquisition and loan documents and various leasehold interests.
  • Acting for a landlord in respect of a subletting of restaurant premises in a high profile building for a 20 year term.
  • Advised an international company with over £25m turnover in respect of a development acquisition for its new flagship head office.

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