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Blandy & Blandy LLP

ONE FRIAR STREET, READING, RG1 1DA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0118 951 6800
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Fax 0118 951 6813
DX:
4008 READING
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Web:
www.blandy.co.uk

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

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP¬†gives ‚Äėexcellent advice at a fair cost‚Äô to owner-managed businesses, investors and financiers on deals with values up to ¬£25m. Corporate practitioner David Few¬†heads the practice and advised Lloyds Bank in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Witney Lakes Resort, Spa and Golf Club by The Club Company. Few also assisted Search Technologies with the due diligence exercise undertaken on the UK subsidiary in the course of the acquisition of Search Technologies and its global subsidiaries by Accenture. IP practice head Debbie Brett¬†and Nick Burrows,¬†who leads the charity and education team, are the primary contacts for commercial work. Perfetti Van Melle and Launch Diagnostics are also clients.

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South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Blandy & Blandy LLP

At the 'excellent' Blandy & Blandy LLP, Sue Dowling works in conjunction with colleagues in the planning and environmental and commercial and regulatory departments to provide extensive venue licensing expertise. The team handles the full spectrum of work in this area, including advising on alcohol and regulated entertainment licensing for all manner of well-known stadiums and venues covering concerts, sports events, conferencing and other hospitality events, and representing clients in contested hearings. Dowling stands out for her 'responsive approach and thorough knowledge' of this area of law. In recent work, she assisted a major sports client with obtaining a new premises licence, and in another highlight obtained a new licence for a client, which involved successfully negotiating with objectors and avoiding the need for a hearing.

Leading individuals

Sue Dowling - Blandy & Blandy LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

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

Blandy & Blandy LLP

David Murray¬†heads the commercial litigation and insolvency sub-practice at Blandy & Blandy LLP, with joint managing partner Philip D'Arcy¬†heading the dispute resolution practice as a whole.¬†Highlights included Murray advising a client in respect of its exposure to the administration of a major tobacco, food and alcohol wholesaler and defending another client against a range of claims, including that it had defamed its departing president. Clients of the ‚Äėresponsive and strong team‚Äô include ePayroll Services, Englefield Estate Trust Corporation and BDO.¬† Debbie Brett¬†and senior associate Jessica Irwin¬†are other names to note.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP's insolvency team handles both contentious and advisory matters, such as corporate turnarounds, voluntary arrangements, administrations, liquidations, receivership, individual bankruptcies, investigations and debt recovery. Recent highlights include team lead David Murray's representation of a manufacturing company as creditor in its retention-of-title claim concerning the administration of Palmer & Harvey Group; he also advised a global technology platform provider on the defence and settlement of several court proceedings, as well as the refinancing and restructuring of the international group. Corporate lawyer David Few advises on insolvency-related transactions, while the real estate and employment partners provide additional support. BDO, Harrisons Business Recovery and Insolvency, Quantuma and KRE Corporate Recovery are among the active clients.

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South East: Human resources

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

Blandy & Blandy LLP

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Blandy & Blandy LLP¬†offers clients a ‚Äėtimely response, which is particular important with employment matters‚Äô, and is noted for its ‚Äėsound advice and good technical knowledge‚Äô. Developing areas of practice include disability discrimination claims, education-related HR issues, business immigration matters and assisting with clients with GDPR compliance. Project highlights included representing private clients in claims against a county council for discrimination on a number of grounds and against an NHS Trust for unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and alleged breach of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Practice head Sue Dowling¬†deals primarily with complex employment litigation involving unlawful discrimination and also frequently assists company clients with handling the restructuring of management teams and the departure of high-level executives. Firm joint managing partner Tim Clark¬†and solicitor Andrea Corr¬†are recommended as being ‚Äėhighly professional, very experienced, understanding, non-judgmental, sympathetic and above all very human‚Äô.

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South East: Private client

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

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP attracts praise for its 'excellent industry knowledge and timely responses'. The practice acts for a number of national charities and not-for-profit organisations, including Genetic Disorders UK and The Institution of Structural Engineers, as well as local charities on the a range of charities matters, with an emphasis on mergers, demergers, joint ventures, collaborations and amalgamations. Practice head Nick Burrows ('approachable, knowledgeable and a good communicator who is able to explain complex issues clearly') assists clients with governance, trustee and constitutional matters, among other areas.

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

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP's practice handles disputes concerning the validity of trusts and wills, the interpretation or rectification of trust instruments, breach of trust, and Inheritance Act claims. Philip D’Arcy heads the practice and acted in a claim by one of three brothers in a claim to recover £500,000 on behalf of his late father's estate, which had been removed from the father's accounts shortly prior to his death. Other recent work includes acting for a longstanding client in issues arising from the administration of his father's estate by the surviving spouse, and acting for the widow in a claim against the estate by the deceased's former spouse in connection with alleged unpaid maintenance pursuant to a financial order.

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Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Blandy & Blandy LLP

'Well-run firm' Blandy & Blandy LLP¬†has ‚Äėstrong, solid staff who are willing to go the extra mile with a very quick response time‚Äô. Practice head Andrew Don¬†gives ‚Äėexpert advice, timely information and action, and empathy‚Äô; he and solicitor Alice Cummins¬†are recommended for ‚Äėgiving calming and solid advice in very trying circumstances‚Äô. Highlights included Claire Dyer¬†and firm chair Brenda Long¬†advising the wife on financial remedy proceedings in a complex asset situation. Shashi Sachdeva¬†joined the team as a consultant solicitor, having previously been a partner at Thomas Eggar and¬†Penningtons Manches LLP.

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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 1

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP's¬†private client team gives a ‚Äėvery good level of service‚Äô and is highly regarded for its work in wills and estate administration, trust and estate planning, tax, and powers of attorney, while recently expanding its ability to service Court of Protection matters with the hire of specialist solicitor Jemma Pyne¬†from Slater and Gordon. Firm managing partner and team head¬†Jonathan Gater¬†has been instructed on a number of complex estate administrations, as well as continuing to assist with Court of Protection matters. Caroline Casagranda¬†advises on tax planning, wills, probate and estate administration. Casagranda‚Äôs recent highlights include acting on the administration of an estate passing to a minor beneficiary and advising on the effects of lifetime gifts for inheritance tax purposes, co-ordinating her advice with that of Australian lawyers and UK accountants. Other important figures for the team are consultant and tax and estate planning expert Graham Benwell¬†and dispute resolution solicitor and notary public Philip D'Arcy¬†for contentious probate instructions.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Gater - Blandy & Blandy LLP

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South East: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP attracts praise for its 'wide range of expertise - clients are always able to speak to or get considered advice from an expert in the field whenever they need to'. The practice acts for a number of independent schools a range of corporate and commercial, employment, intellectual property, planning and environmental law matters. Other clients include the University of Reading, for which the practice provides ongoing advice on documentation - including easements, deeds of release of security, variation to overage deeds and original sale contracts - in relation to previously completed land transactions that will lead to the delivery of approximately 2,000 new homes south of Reading. Charities specialist Nick Burrows is noted for his 'sage advice'. 

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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 2

Blandy & Blandy LLP

The 'excellent' Blandy & Blandy LLP¬†team is ‚Äėresponsive, commercial and prepared to roll up their sleeves‚Äô, with a strong reputation for development work, secured lending and transactional advice. Representative clients include Svenska Handelsbanken, Cove Construction and Asset Advantage. Team head Jane Gunnell¬†handled Austin Fraser‚Äôs entry into a ten-year lease agreement for Reading‚Äôs newly refurbished landmark Thames Tower and advised the University of Reading on a number of sale transactions and the re-negotiation of documentation relating to previously completed transactions. Departmental manager Katja Wigham¬†has provided advice on the purchase of two freehold properties as part of a corporate transaction in the waste management sector and is noted for her expertise in advising charities and educational institutions. The ‚Äėcommercial, responsive and flexible‚Äô John Dingle¬†is ‚Äėa pleasure to work with‚Äô, and is recommended for healthcare sector matters and secured lending.

Next generation lawyers

John Dingle - Blandy & Blandy LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP fields a 'proactive, professional' team of environmental law specialists headed by Karen Jones, who is singled out for her 'extensive knowledge of planning and environmental law'. The practice's expertise covers a range of environmental law expertise, including handling environmental impact assessments; issues related to contaminated land and environmental permitting applications; advising on SPA impact on development proposals; and conducting environmental due diligence. Recent work includes acting for University of Reading on environmental issues in relation to a development in Oxfordshire, including EIA scoping and works in connection with local footpath improvements; and providing ongoing advice to R Collard on the extension to existing waste recycling facilities in Hampshire, including the creation of an ecological compensation area offsite. Simon Dimmick is also recommended.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP's planning team provides 'clear and accurate advice' and 'more than holds its own against City planning teams'. It is regularly involved in strategic planning projects across Reading, where it handles planning strategy and development issues for several landowner clients, including planning appeals, public inquiries and environmental law matters. Recent highlights include advising longstanding client the University of Reading on negotiating a s106 agreement and contractual arrangements taking into account infrastructure delivery obligations for a site at Didcot which will contain up to 1,880 homes, two new primary schools, a secondary school and a neighbourhood centre. It is also acting for Fairfield Parish Council on planning strategy related to various matters, including s106 agreements and advice on village green potential. The practice is headed by the 'resilient' Karen Jones and includes Simon Dimmick, who attracts praise for his 'vast experience'. Associate Victoria Charlesson is 'a rising star in planning law who gives calm, considered advice on complex issues'.

Leading individuals

Karen Jones - Blandy & Blandy LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP provides 'an excellent service at a fair cost' and 'places its clients best interest as its first priority'. The practice has a particular focus on lease extension and enfranchisement matters, where it acts for landlords and tenants in First Tier Tribunal cases. Recent work includes acting for a national charity with a residential property portfolio in residential possession proceedings related to a property let by the client's former property agents with the charity's approval or authority; and acting for a tenant of commercial premises in court proceedings issued by the landlord who opposed the tenant's right to a new tenancy on redevelopment grounds. Philip D’Arcy heads the practice, which includes 'very experienced' senior associate Jessica Irwin, who 'deals with matters in a timely manner, keeps the client updated and clearly knows her stuff'.

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