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Brethertons LLP

STRATHMORE HOUSE, WATERPERRY COURT, MIDDLETON ROAD, BANBURY, OX16 4QD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01295 270999
Fax:
Fax 01295 257575
Email:
Web:
www.brethertons.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 5

Brethertons LLP (Banbury)

Brethertons LLP experienced an uptick in company acquisitions and disposals, commercial agreement matters, and the streamlining and expansion of businesses. The firm recently acted for the shareholders of an engineering company regarding selling the majority of their shares in the business and is advising another client on acquiring a financial services company. The client roster includes Carwood Motor Units and Diligent Commerce. The department is now headed by IT and IP expert Brian Auld following Colin Witherall’s retirement.

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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 4

Brethertons LLP (Banbury)

Brethertons LLP houses ‘experienced lawyers’ with ‘a very hands-on approach’ to property, IP, shareholder and various other disputes. The firm has a specialist debt recovery team and represented Rendall & Rittner as receiver manager in an action to recover service charges from the defendant, who then brought a counterclaim against the client alleging breach of duty and failure to repair a property. Fiona Hewitt joined from independent practice as department head and defended ZEON Healthcare in a trade mark infringement, passing off and breach of contract case. Associate chartered legal executive Sioban Calcott and Hewitt are ‘have good judgement, and are commercially astute, good with clients and efficient’. Former head Debbie Phillips remains active in property matters and experienced solicitor David Richards arrived from Tollers LLP. CEO and director of legal services Shaun Jardine is also recommended.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Brethertons LLP (Banbury)

Brethertons LLP attracts praise for its ‘very hands-on approach, with experienced lawyers taking lead roles in the work’. The firm is particularly singled out for its work in property management debt recovery; highlights included advising Trinity Estates on multiple debt recovery matters involving ground rent charges, as well as assisting the credit control team at SDL Bigwood on its debt portfolio, including reducing its service charge arrears from debtors. Other highlights included recovering unpaid charges for clients, project management matters and debt recovery litigation. Coca Cola Enterprises, Pitney Bowes Finance and Scanlans are also recommended. Associate Siobhan Calcott and Fiona Hewitt, who joined in May 2016, are ‘astute, good with clients, efficient and have good judgement’. Department head Shaun Jardine, Alison McCormack and Debbie Phillips are other key names in the team.

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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

Brethertons LLP (Banbury, Bicester)

Brethertons LLP fields ‘a competent and caring team of committed lawyers, who work tirelessly to get the best outcome for families’. Sally Clark heads the Bicester practice, while Simon Craddock leads the Banbury team. Craddock has ‘top-level expertise’ in international child abduction cases but his ‘knowledge across family law knows no bounds’; he has been particularly active in Hague Convention proceedings with associate Gemma Kelsey, who is ‘one to watch for jurisdictional matters’. Key figures also include solicitor Anna Pugh, who ‘works immensely hard for her clients’, and associate Matthew Montanaro. The firm experienced an uptick in divorce proceedings, civil partnership dissolution disputes and surrogacy cases. Other areas of expertise include leave to remove, cohabitee and care proceedings.

Leading individuals

Simon Craddock - Brethertons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gemma Kelsey - Brethertons LLP

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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

Brethertons LLP (Banbury, Bicester)

Brethertons LLP handles transactional, development and freehold matters, among other work. Practice head Tom Lawrence advises retail sector clients on various property acquisitions and disposals, and associate Angela Guess is handling the purchase of a public house lease for an Oxford-based company. Helix Autosport and Heart of England Training are other clients.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Brethertons LLP (Banbury)

Brethertons LLP is ‘an extremely impressive firm which continually strives to provide its clients with the highest levels of professionalism, excellence and dedication’; ‘it has created an environment where client care is paramount’. The firm advises on a range of mixed-use residential and commercial leasehold litigation, and also handles cases related to enfranchisement, property management and debt recovery at the High Court, Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. Highlights included defending Modtec in proceedings related to equipment installed in a managed block, and representing Silber Homes in an application for the restoration of a liquidated company, with the aim of granting an interest in the freehold to various leaseholders. Roger Hardwick and Fiona Hewitt are the key figures.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Brethertons LLP (Banbury, Bicester)

Brethertons LLP’s Brian Auld handles IP-related matters for companies from industries such as education, retail, healthtech and IT. The firm advised on ownership pertaining to the design, development and licensing of software, and other mandates included freedom of information and portal procurement matters.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Brethertons LLP (Banbury, Bicester)

Finance, healthcare and retail sector companies instructed Brethertons LLP’s Brian Auld in a broad range of mandates, including advising on domain names, copyright, distributing products under registered trade marks, and licensing IP and image rights. The firm’s extensive client list features education, technology and security sector companies.

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