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BPE Solicitors LLP

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Cheltenham, London, Stonehouse

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP's clients include listed companies, entrepreneurs, SMEs and mid-market companies. Its commercial team, which is led by Iain Garfield, advises a number of UK law firms on their conversion from or to LLP status. It also delivers commercial contracts advice to other types of clients located across the UK; the scope of the work includes manufacturing agreements, procurement contracts and outsourced supply agreements. A significant portion of the work in this space has a cross-border dimension. Anthony Rudge heads up the corporate team, which undertakes M&A, AIM fundraisings and private placements. Senior associate Louise Grzasko is experienced in corporate finance matters, such as IPOs.

Practice head(s):Anthony Rudge; Iain Garfield

Other key lawyers:Anthony Rudge; Kathryn Broughton

Key Clients

Allenby Capital Limited

Sureserve Group Plc (formerly Lakehouse Plc)

The Shareholders in MAB (Gloucester) Limited

Sosandar plc

APC Technology Group Plc

Big Sofa Technologies Group Plc

Integumen Plc

Garlands Leisure Limited

Crowe UK LLP

Mears Group

Gloucester Rugby

Open Data Institute

Outdoor & Cycle Concepts/ Cotswold Outdoor

Pure Gym Limited

Future Advanced Manufacture

Location Sciences Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Allenby Capital Limited as nominated adviser and broker to Grafenia Plc on a £3.5m secondary placing.
  • Advised Sureserve Group Plc on the sale of its Construction and Property Services division.
  • Advised APC Technology Group Plc on its £2.5m secondary placing and vendor placing.
  • Acted for Crowe UK LLP in acquisition of a boutique accountancy firm from Accounting for Entrepreneurs Limited.
  • Acted for Clean Linen Services Limited in the negotiation of the terms of a joint venture agreement for the supply of services to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project.
Rising stars

Louise Grzasko - BPE Solicitors LLP

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 1

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP is a strong performer in complex general commercial disputes, professional negligence claims and property litigation. In addition, Riyaz Jariwalla excels in intellectual property disputes, where the scope of the work includes trade mark infringements, passing off, seizure of counterfeit goods and defamation claims. A significant portion of the work in this space has a cross-border dimension. Practice head Philip Radford is noted for his experience of shareholder and contractual disputes. Senior associate John Carter specialises in property litigation.

Practice head(s):Philip Radford

Key Clients

Mears Group Plc

Warners Retail Limited


Smart Systems Limited

Maxons Limited

Fairness in Fees Limited

Creed Foodservice Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Fairness in Fees Limited in a complaint lodged to the European Commission regarding the lawfulness of fees charged by lawyers in Cyprus within European Union legislation.
  • Represented Smart Systems Limited in the defence of a High Court injunction and a multi-million pound counterclaim for breach of a deed of easement
  • Acted for a client in pursuit of an injunctive claim to prevent the bank paying the defendant.
  • Advised a client in a potential professional negligence claim against its former statutory auditor.
  • Acted for a client in a claim against the defendant alleging copyright and design infringement, and successfully removing infringing products from the market.
Leading individuals

Philip Radford - BPE Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

John Carter - BPE Solicitors LLP

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South West: Human resources

Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 1

BPE Solicitors LLP

The employment practice at BPE Solicitors LLP has a marginally stronger focus on contentious work, in which practice head Lisa Gettins is a proven specialist. The team has handled numerous cases in both the Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court, including discrimination and breach of confidence claims. On the advisory side, recent examples of work include whistle-blowing matters, TUPE advice, business restructures, in addition to employee relations.

Practice head(s):Lisa Gettins

Other key lawyers:Sarah Lee; Heyma Holmes


'The team is practical and offers solutions'

'Heyma Holmes works with you and explains the risks clearly; she offers solutions'

Key Clients

Interserve PLC

Omega Resource Group

Just Go Travel Group

Rail Delivery Group

The Helping Hand Company (Ledbury) Ltd

Gloucester Rugby Club

Howard Tenens

Work highlights

  • Advising the client on employment aspects of business acquisitions, including TUPE implications of the transfer and restructuring advice.
  • Advising support services and construction company on historic claims regarding the closure of waste management plants

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South West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP is experienced in advising on charity formation and registration, which involves advising on the legal structure and drafting governing documents. The firm also ensures compliance with charity legislation and regulations as well as the implementation of employment and property law. Another area of expertise is the drafting and negotiation of intellectual property and commercial contracts as well as sponsoring and trading agreements.  

Practice head(s):Iain Garfield

Key Clients

Community Foster Care

The House of Bread

Bristol Memorial Woodlands

The Smallpeice Trust

Innov8ive Software/ Anilog

Brockworth Community Sports & Recreation

Gloucestershire Environmental Trust

Gloucestershire Everyman Theatre

Aspire Sports & Cultural Trust

Trinity Church PCC

Action Against Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Roots HR CIC

Work highlights

  • Providing training to key senior and management personnel of Lilian Faithfull Care on the charity’s obligations under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
  • Review of corporate structure and implementation of new articles of association for The Children’s Family Trust.
  • Advising on the client’s appointment as outsourced manager of a local museum.
  • Advising on the client’s conversion from a trust to a charitable company.
  • Assisted with first registration and boundary issues within the client’s property portfolio, as well as two property disposals.

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Family - ranked: tier 4

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP advises on divorce and separation proceedings and has experience in drafting and negotiation nuptial agreements and post-nuptial financial settlements. Another key element of the firm’s legal work is the provision of assistance with children act applications and advice on cross-border children relocation disputes. Practice head Helen Cankett is regularly active as a family mediator. Typical clients are high-net-worth individuals, business owners and their spouses and cohabitation partners.

Practice head(s):Helen Cankett

Work highlights

  • Advising on a divorce and financial remedy proceeding
  • Advising on private law children act proceedings involving an application by mother to relocate
  • Advising on children arrangement proceedings

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP handles inheritance tax planning, the formulation and interpretation of wills, estate administration, as well as trust creation, structuring and management. The practice also provides elderly client services, which involves asset protection from care home fees and the management of assets for clients with deteriorating mental capacity. Another field of expertise is the establishment of charities and assistance with philanthropic work.

Practice head(s):Clare Young

Other key lawyers:Peter Tyrell; Lottie Goldstone; Natalie Cottrell; Rebecca Dorrington

Work highlights

  • Interpreting historically made wills and advising on potential claims against the estates
  • Managing the properties and financial affairs of an elderly high-net-worth individual with deteriorating mental capacity
  • Representing in relation to the administration of the estates of a deceased individual 
  • Advising in relation to estate planning

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP’s strong track record in the commercial property sphere enables its team to generate work from clients active in sectors such as retail, leisure, logistics, healthcare, and finance. The team handles a wide range of matters, including high-value investment transactions, leaseback arrangements and property portfolio management. Jo Bewley, who acts for an extensive list of institutional investors and developers, jointly heads up the practice with Antonia Shield. Rebecca Maxwell acts for Plcs and privately held companies in relation to acquisitions and disposals, developments and forward funding, as well as corporate occupation requirements. Doug Armstrong is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Antonia Shield; Jo Bewley

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Maxwell; Doug Armstrong

Key Clients

Mears New Homes

Plexus UK (First Project)

Boultbee Brooks Real Estate

Stobart Group

Pure Gym Limited

Superdry Plc (C-Retail Limited)

Lilian Faithful Limited

Howard Tenens Limited

Lloyds Bank Plc

Mears Housing Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Plexus UK (First Project) Limited on the acquisition of 60 affordable housing units from Persimmon Homes Limited.
  • Acted for Gloucestershire Airport as Landlord on the grant of a substantial hangar at the airport subject to a conditional Agreement for Lease for the construction of the hangar.
  • Acted for a private investor on the acquisition of ex Carillion headquarters at Westlink House, Brentford.
  • Acted for Stobart Group on the sale of its freehold investment interest in a 476,000 sq ft warehouse and AGR compound at Lillyhall to Workington M7 Real Estate Investment Partners.
Next Generation Partners

Rebecca Maxwell - BPE Solicitors LLP

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP advises on complex IT and technology projects for clients nationally, with work coming from those in the technology, security, cyber and IT sectors. The team works closely with the commercial practice to act for scientific and technological institutions (including fast-growing STEM companies) on commercial, contractual and IT regulatory matters. Iain Garfield is knowledgeable about IT, technology  and e-commerce law. Recent arrival Emma Hickson, who joined as a senior associate from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, is recommended for her IT outsourcing expertise.

Practice head(s):Iain Garfield

Other key lawyers:Dianne Devlin; Robert Bryan

Key Clients

Totally Plc

Lightwave RF Plc

Oliver Wight EAME LLP

M and M Direct Ltd

Agria Pet Insurance Ltd

Outdoor & Cycle Concepts Ltd

Cortex Ltd

Innovise Ltd

Datum RPO Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted Totally Plc with negotiating a license and SaaS arrangement with Raintree Systems for a patient administration system.
  • Reviewing and negotiating a master services agreement between Agria Pet Insurance Limited and an IT services consultancy.
  • Assisted Oliver Wight EAME LLP with a review of a framework IT services agreement between the client and a management consultancy for technical development and support services.
  • Assisted MandM Direct with reviewing and negotiating a SaaS agreement between the client and payroll providers. In addition, reviewed IT security in relating to GDPR compliance.
  • Assisted Cortex with reviewing and negotiating a license and reseller agreement between the client and a global IT consultancy.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP's credentials in the IP sphere are illustrated by the fact that it regularly generates referral work from international law firms. Also notable is that its trade mark work is often of a cross-border nature. Practice heads Iain Garfield and Riyaz Jariwalla specialise in advisory and contentious work respectively. Garfield assists clients with trade mark and design registrations, trade mark and patent licensing agreements, trade mark oppositions and cancellations, and the protection of IP brand rights. Jariwalla is experienced in IP disputes involving trade marks, patents, copyright infringements and confidentiality breaches.

Practice head(s):Iain Garfield; Riyaz Jariwalla

Other key lawyers:Sarah Dent; Helen Martinelli

Key Clients

Mears Group plc

Lifemarque Limited

Timber Trade Federation

Pure Gym Limited

MandM Direct

The Motor Cycle Industry Association

OrthoD Group

Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman

McNees Wallace Nurick

AGD Systems

Fluid Transfer International

Open Data Institute

Outdoor & Cycle Concepts / Cotswold Outdoor

Textile Services Association

Innovate UK

CLEAN Linen Services

Sureserve Group

Work highlights

  • Defending Capreolus Distillery Ltd in respect of trade mark infringement and opposition proceedings, and subsequently advising client on trade mark clearance searches in readiness for rebranding
  • Protecting Lifemarque’s trade marks and branding in Indonesia
  • Assisting Change My Face with negotiating licenses for facial aging software technology.
  • Assisting Fiddes Payne with negotiating licence agreement to allow the client to manufacture and distribute Jamie Oliver-branded food products
  • Assisting Separation Techniques with negotiating technology licence agreements with a number of renowned global brands

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