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Blaser Mills Law

40 OXFORD ROAD, HIGH WYCOMBE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, HP11 2EE, ENGLAND
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Work 020 3814 2020
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www.blasermills.co.uk

South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Blaser Mills

The team at Blaser Mills 'is experienced and efficient' and 'genuinely cares about its clients'. The group acts for private clients including high-net-worth individuals but also handles legal aid work. Its recent caseload includes cases of death by dangerous driving; alleged sexual offences committed against minors; violent burglary; and the  importation of and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Senior associate Daniel Martin heads the criminal defence department and is 'particularly good as he is calm and very thorough and achieves just and reasonable solutions'. Senior associate Benjamin Langley focuses on fraud cases.

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Martin - Blaser Mills

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 4

Blaser Mills

The practice at Blaser Mills is rated for its 'excellent response times, industry-specific knowledge and commercial attitude'. Headed by the 'excellent' Alka Kharbanda, the practice includes Jackie Ray, who is praised for her 'strong client liaison skills and excellent presentational skills'. Ray has a strong track record in handling commercial contract enforcement matters as well as international recoveries and registering foreign judgments; in an illustration of the practice's strength in consumables, she recently acted for AB Agri in a case concerning the supply of consumable to a limited company for which payment was subject to a personal guarantee. Other recent work includes acting for SIG Trading in a claim for construction materials and a second claim against a director concerning a personal guarantee. Also recommended are managing partner Jonathan Lilley ('a seasoned litigator with a strong sense of strategy and the commercial interests of the client'), and Sangita Manek, who acts for businesses as well as high-net-worth individuals and professionals.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Blaser Mills

Blaser Mills acts for an impressive range of consumer supplier clients, particularly those from the construction sector, as well as trade finance and credit companies, combining debt recovery with expertise in litigation and insolvency matters. Jackie Ray  heads a department that also includes Gary Braathen. The group is acting for SIG Trading in pursuit of a claim in respect of construction materials under a winding up petition and a second claim against a director under a personal guarantee. Other clients include First Collect International, Bunzl UK and THX.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Blaser Mills

Blaser Mills strengthened its employment offering in 2017 with the recruitment of James Simpson from Blake Morgan LLP; he replaces Colin Smith as practice head, who now heads the firm's corporate and commercial department. Simpson ('a City-calibre employment lawyer, without the City rates whose advice is sensitive, down-to-earth, astute and sensitive to the needs of his clients') has more than 20 years' experience acting for employers across a range of issues, with particular emphasis on executive dismissals, restructurings, discrimination, whistleblowing and TUPE matters. The practice's client base covers the full spectrum of employers, from multinational corporations to small businesses, with the transport, technology, healthcare and recruitment sectors some of its key sector strengths. Recent work includes defending Oxford Bus Company in a religious discrimination claim involving allegations that the company's rota system discriminated against Seventh Day Adventists as it requires all driving staff to be available to work on any day of the week. Other clients include Epicor, for which Simpson has acted for more than 15 years, most recently providing employment law advice on the client's recent acquisition by private equity firm KKR. Jasmin Dhillon joined IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) in October 2017.

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South East: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Blaser Mills

'Top-class firm' Blaser Mills is 'one of the very best for personal injury in the South East', with a team of 'specialist lawyers' who provide 'great service'. Focus areas include head, brain and spinal injury claims. Clients recommend 'hardworking, precise and realistic' practice lead David Matthews and consultant Nicola Heales. Partner Julian Monk, chartered legal executive Andrew Castle and associate Kulvinder Bal are other names to note. While Tony Tillinton retired in March 2017, solicitor Victoria Harvey joined from Pattinson & Brewer later that year.

Next generation lawyers

Nicola Heales - Blaser Mills

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South East: Private client

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Blaser Mills 

Blaser Mills  fields an 'excellent' family department that provides 'a first-rate service', particularly in relation to public law care work - the firm fields a separate team handling complex childcare cases involving emergency protection orders, care proceedings, discharge of care orders, as well as connected work such as adoption and special guardianship. On the private family side, the practice handles complex high-net-worth financial matters, with assets often exceeding £2m, and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Jolene Hutchison, who heads the family and divorce team,'always offers clear, sensible advice and is not afraid to fight a case robustly, if needed'. Denise Herman heads the childcare team and is 'an excellent solicitor who knows her subject matter and the law backwards'. Also recommended are the 'very clear-headed, thorough and focused' Anna Ferro, and Naim Qureshi, who provides 'sound advice at all stages of the litigation process'.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Blaser Mills

Clients of Blaser Mills are 'extremely pleased with the level of service' provided by Minesh Thakrar and his personal tax team, which achieves 'a very useful balance between cost and level of service'. Thakrar ('very easy to deal with and inspires confidence in clients') brings extensive experience in personal injury matters, complementing his expertise in lasting powers of attorney, inheritance tax mitigation and probate, and issues affecting the elderly. Other key figures include Jonathan Gallop, who is noted for his ability to 'provide advice in a clear and concise manner which is easy to understand'; and Sara Rendell, who 'goes the extra mile to explain the salient points of any issue in terms with clients can understand'.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Blaser Mills

Clients of Blaser Mills rate the commercial property practice for its 'prompt, knowledgeable advice and reasonable fee structure'. Clients include investors, developers, banks and hoteliers, for which the practice handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious property matters. Development work has been a particular growth area for the team; recent highlights include advising construction company Ardmore on a £7m commercial development in Coventry, which involved acquiring the development site, the development of the site into 14 separate commercial units and subsequent sale of the units, and finalising and completing the compulsory purchase order over part of the site. The team also has niche expertise in property issues related to professional dentist practices. The 'very knowledgeable' David Kemp heads the commercial property practice and stands out for his ability to 'deal with matters not only with his "legal hat on" but also with a commercial perspective in mind'. Louise Benning heads the real estate development team and is also recommended.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Blaser Mills Law

Blaser Mills Law boosted its property litigation credentials with the recruitment of Alex Wyatt, who joined the firm in September 2017 from Devonshires Solicitors LLP and is 'extremely knowledgeable, friendly and approachable'. He joins a team with expertise in handling property disputes across a range of sectors, including logistics and healthcare, for property developers, funds and high-net-worth individuals. The practice recently acted for Stratford Developments in a claim brought by the seller of a development site alleging that the client was in breach of an overage agreement, which was successfully settled at arbitration. Practice head Alka Kharbanda is also recommended alongside Sangita Manek, who has a strong focus on insolvency issues.

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