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Brethertons LLP

MONTAGUE HOUSE, 2 CLIFTON ROAD, RUGBY, CV21 3PX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01788 5579579
Fax:
Fax 01788 551597
DX:
11672 RUGBY
Email:
Web:
www.brethertons.co.uk
Banbury, Bicester, Rugby CV21, Rugby CV21

West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 4

Brethertons LLP (Rugby)

At Brethertons LLP, solicitor Katherine Cereghino specialises in the health, retail and property management sectors and draws on her previous experience as a commercial property lawyer. In 2016, she provided advice on a number of high-value business share sales to publicly quoted companies, including acting for the shareholders of Pentagon HS in the £14m sale of the company, and representing the shareholders of Malmesbury Medical Enterprises in the £10m sale of the business. Cereghino also handled various sales by way of asset purchase agreements, including assisting Carwood Motor Units with the purchase of the assets of Diesel Injection (UK). Colin Witherall has retired from practice.

Next generation lawyers

Katherine Cereghino - Brethertons LLP

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Brethertons LLP (Rugby)

At Brethertons LLP, Mary Anderson focuses on secured lending in the healthcare sector and has in-depth experience in representing project financiers; in one example of work, Anderson advised Sussex Health Care (Rapkyns) on a £31m loan to an offshore company secured over all of the trading assets of the company. The team also regularly acts for Lloyds Bank on real estate finance mandates, and advised the bank on a £1m loan to Office Pads on a multi-let property in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Other clients are Svenska Handelsbanken and London Mutual Credit Union.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 5

Brethertons LLP (Rugby)

Brethertons LLP’s employment team is headed by newly-promoted associate Amy Edwards, who handles TUPE matters, provides corporate support, and handles restructurings and senior executive contract management for employers and individuals. Solicitor Hazel Robbins handles complex litigation and supported Edwards in her work for an FCA-regulated trading business on multi-jurisdictional TUPE transfers and redundancies, as well as in a race and disability discrimination claim. In an illustration of her immigration expertise, Robbins acted on behalf of a high-profile manufacturing client who needed to import valuable talent from Australia. Edwards’s other highlights included advising on significant redundancy proceedings reducing the client’s workforce by 75%. The team also provided support to the commercial practice on the sale of shares in a forestry company to a larger group, which involved a complicated arrangement of sub-contractors and employees, as well as a consultancy agreement for the seller to provide training and services two years after the sale. It also handled the employment aspects of the sale of a car franchise, which involved the negotiation of bonus and commission payments, calculation of holiday pay and pension contributions. David Hodge joined Slater and Gordon in January 2017.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Brethertons LLP (Rugby)

Brethertons LLP’s personal injury practice is led by Rugby-based solicitor Richard Hopkin, who represents clients in claims against hospitals, GPs and dentists, and specialises in cases arising from serious injuries sustained in the workplace or in road traffic accidents. He is supported by associate and spinal injury expert Alison Goldney.

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West Midlands: Private client

Family: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Family: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Brethertons LLP (Rugby)

Brethertons LLP’s family practice is led out of the Rugby office by Linda Jones and is supported by associate Rachel Adams, who works closely with Jones on complex matrimonial finance work involving high-value assets or difficult circumstances. They recently handles a complex case pertaining to the wife’s entitlement to business assets.

Leading individuals

Linda Jones - Brethertons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Rachel Adams - Brethertons LLP

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

Brethertons LLP (Rugby)

Brethertons LLP is ‘beyond excellent’ and its lawyers make ’all other solicitors look like trainees’, according to one client. Private client practice head Linda Jonescombines technical brilliance, steely determination and great emotional empathy’; she is supported by associate Anji Arkell, who manages the teams in Rugby, Bicester and Banbury. In recent highlights, Nadiya Virani-Bland acted as deputy for a woman who lost virtually all capacity in a car accident and represented her in a dispute against her husband who allegedly caused the accident. Solicitor Laura Stuart handles will drafting and estate administration.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 3

Brethertons LLP (Rugby)

At Brethertons LLP, the ‘approachableMary Anderson has particular expertise in secured lending in the health sector, where she advises lenders and borrowers on investment and development transactions; in one highlight, Anderson acted for Sussex Health (Rapkyns) and Sussex Health Care (Clemsfold) on the refinancing of loans over all of their trading assets. Anderson was also busy on various high-value option agreements and promotion agreements and represented a consortium of landowners in connection with a £6m promotion agreement relating to 12 acres of land in a significant site adjacent to Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal. The practice also noted an uptick in leasehold work in the retail sector. Active clients include Hammonds Furniture and Helix Autosport.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Brethertons LLP (Rugby)

Brethertons LLP’s two-partner team consists of CEO and director of legal services Shaun Jardine and Brian Auld, both based in Banbury. They are supported by solicitor Katherine Cereghino, who works in the Rugby office and specialises in commercial structuring, share allocations and break options. Recent highlights include teaming and IPR agreements, copyright ownership management and software licensing, and the drafting of terms and conditions. Sitekit, WIPC, Westminster Security and Zebco are all clients. Solicitor and data protection expert Claire Halle-Smith recently joined the Banbury office from an in-house position at a multinational care provider. Colin Witherall recently retired from the practice.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Brethertons LLP (Rugby)

Key figures of Brethertons LLP’s IP practice include Shaun Jardine and Brian Auld. The team was joined by data protection specialist Claire Halle-Smith in Banbury, while Colin Witherall retired from the firm. On the contentious side, Auld is acting in several disputes involving IP infringement and trade mark and copyright breaches, with the support of solicitors Nicole Romera in banbury and Ben Hancox in the Rugby office. The team also handles non-contentious copyright, trade mark and domain assignments, license agreements and freedom of information requests.

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