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Brindley Twist Tafft & James

Work 024 7653 1532
Fax 024 7630 1300
MDX 11202
Birmingham, Coventry

BTTJ is a well-established firm of solicitors, locally respected and known for its commercial work and nationally known for its excellence in clinical negligence: a firm that is planning for its future.

The firm: BTTJ can trace its origins back over 220 years. It has long been one of the largest law firms in the Coventry/Warwickshire area and is consistently able to provide a wealth of experience for clients in their private and business affairs.

BTTJ knows the importance of a personal approach when looking after the needs of clients and its solicitors have an in-depth knowledge of local businesses. BTTJ is acutely aware of the unique commercial factors that affect businesses in the area – factors that some other legal teams may be less familiar with. The firm offers advice to individuals and has specialist knowledge in areas such as share ownership, employment law, family law, tax and probate. It also has a team dedicated to advising on the sale and purchase of residential property.

The firm has a specialist clinical negligence team, with Law Society and AvMA panel membership. Its recent cases included the Court of Appeal case of Kadir v Mistry and Others [2014] EWCA Civ 1177 which resulted in the editors of the Judicial College Guidelines including a separate guideline for mental anguish where it consists of the fear of impending death, or reduction in the expectation of life.

Types of work undertaken: At BTTJ, solicitors work in departments, each with a separate area of expertise, so it can rely on input from several teams to ensure that the advice given is the most appropriate for clients’ needs. The firm’s solicitors work in the following areas:

Clinical negligence: accident and emergency, birth trauma, cardiology, cerebral palsy, fatal accidents, general practice, general surgery, gynaecology, inquests and coroners courts, neonatology, oncology, orthopaedics and spinal injuries. Legal aid is available in appropriate cases.

Business and commercial law: company sales and purchases, business acquisitions and disposals, commercial property transactions (both sales, purchases and leases) commercial contracts, all aspects of partnership and corporate governance, shareholder and partnership disputes, company restructuring, partnership agreements, franchise agreements, option and shareholders’ agreements. Clients include SMEs, charities, professional practices, sole traders and unlisted PLCs.

Residential property: the firm advises buyers, sellers and mortgagees on all aspects of residential property (including buy to let and lease extensions). Commercial property: the firm’s commercial property team deals with the purchase and sale of freehold and leasehold properties, all aspects of landlord and tenant work, land development, financing/re-financing, licence agreements and general advice in respect of commercial property.

Insolvency: contentious and non-contentious advice to office holders, individuals and companies. Advising directors on director disqualification issues. Advising on bankruptcy and winding-up procedures.

Employment: contentious and non-contentious to both claimants and respondents.

Family: divorce, financial remedy orders, childcare and cohabitee disputes and prenuptial agreements for individuals.

Dispute resolution: inheritance, contract, landlord and tenant and property disputes, professional negligence and mediation advice.

Private client: wills, probate, trust and tax advice to local individuals and business people, professional deputyships and Court of Protection.

  • Number of UK partners: 6
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 18
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Clinical negligence: 55
  • Commercial: 12
  • Conveyancing: 14
  • Civil litigation: 8
  • Matrimonial: 6
  • Employment: 5

Above material supplied by Brindley Twist Tafft & James.

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