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Spratt Endicott

THE OLD COURTHOUSE, 5 SHEEP STREET, BICESTER, OXFORDSHIRE, OX26 6JB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01869 252761
Fax:
Fax 01869 246619
Banbury, Bicester

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 3

Spratt Endicott

Spratt Endicott has 'a profound understanding of clients' needs and a focus on delivering quality in a timely manner'. The practice has expertise across a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions and is also able to advise on share purchase agreements and company reorganisations and restructurings. Chairman John Spratt is noted for his 'agile thinking and ability to tackle any challenge'. Hitendra Patel has particular expertise in management buy-outs and buy-ins and joint ventures. Associate Catherine O’Riordan is lauded for 'top quality legal advice on issues concerning e-commerce law'.

Practice head(s):John Spratt

Other key lawyers:Hitendra Patel; Catherine O’Riordan

Testimonials

'Spratt Endicott have a strength in depth through a large and experienced team with a reputation for getting things done efficiently and at a fair price.'

'Spratt Endicott has a very wide scope of expertise across a diverse range of legal services.'

'John Spratt is an outstanding individual who takes the time and makes the effort to truly understand the client's business and place his advice firmly in context.'

'Hitendra Patel has a deep understanding and delivers practical solutions  regarding shareholders' agreements, sale and purchase agreements and business acquisitions'.

Work highlights

  • Advising a multinational client on its UK dealership agreement and policy under which it trades.
  • Advised on the acquisition of two associated companies in the security industry.
  • Advised the buyer on the purchase of a company specialising in the supply of scientific and registration services in the agrochemical, biocidal and chemical industries.
Rising stars

Catherine O’Riordan - Spratt Endicott

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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 3

Spratt Endicott

Spratt Endicott offers 'very good expertise at competitive rates' in commercial and IP disputes. The practices' recent caseload included defending a passing off claim and advising on breach of trust claims, enforcement and the right to terminate agreements. The group also is able to draw expertise from other departments to advise on banking and finance, property and insolvency-related disputes. David Whiting is the main litigation partner, also of note are associates Kyle Wyness and Petra van Dijk for contentious property and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):David Whiting

Other key lawyers:Kyle Wyness; Petra van Dijk

Work highlights

  • Advised a government body on the recovery of money under a Statutory Trust.
  • Acted for a UK subsidiary of a leading worldwide supplier of cleaning technology in a dispute with an English marketing company relating to the provision of media services.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Spratt Endicott

Spratt Endicott acts for corporate clients in the recruitment, telecoms, construction and security industries. Richard Gwynne 'always goes the extra mile' and specialises in pre-action collections, County and High Court litigation, cross-border recovery claims, as well as insolvency and enforcement actions. Associate Peter Gardner is lauded for his 'ability to provide quality advice on all claims, which allows the client to make commercially viable decisions so not to waste any further money'.

Practice head(s):Richard Gwynne

Other key lawyers:Peter Gardner

Testimonials

'Spratt Endicott continue to exceed expectations. They have a very good success rate but more importantly provide good, honest advice and are always available should you need them. '

'The team is expert in its field and always willing to listen to our issues and help out. They are very professional and friendly and no matter who you deal with the quality of service is always excellent.'

'Spratt Endicott combine legal expertise with ability to deal with the client on a non-legal basis clearly explaining the options and associated costs before committing on a route for particular cases. '

Next Generation Partners

Peter Gardner - Spratt Endicott

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Spratt Endicott

The insolvency team at Spratt Endicott's Banbury office deals with formal insolvency proceedings, as well as offering advice on debt restructuring and finance. Although the team is best known for contentious work, it also undertakes non-contentious work, working closely with the firm's Debt Recovery team. The team’s experience in working with creditors and insolvency practitioners means it is ideally placed to advise debtors and companies who face creditor claims or claims brought by insolvency practitioners. With a 'comprehensive knowledge of insolvency law', associate Petra van Dijk heads the team,

Practice head(s):Petra van Dijk

Testimonials

'A high degree of commercial awareness, coupled with good technical knowledge.'

'A friendly boutique practice with a small but dedicated insolvency practice.'

'Petra van Dijk has a comprehensive knowledge of insolvency law and very strong client relationships'

Key Clients

Critchleys LLP

BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Mazars LLP

John Harlow Insolvency & Corporate Recovery Limited

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 4

Spratt Endicott

Spratt Endicott has significant experience in advising on redundancies, employment contracts, TUPE, discrimination and harassment claims and disciplinary procedures. Key figures Caroline Shaw and Philomena Price 'have extensive knowledge and respond to all employment issues in a practical, commercial manner'.

Practice head(s):Carol Shaw

Other key lawyers:Philomena Price

Testimonials

'The team are always very responsive and their communication is very good. They are all very knowledgeable in the field but very good at explaining in a way that is understandable to someone without the legal background.'

'Carol Shaw and Philomena Price are very approachable and give straightforward, pragmatic advice. Always extremely knowledgeable and  always happy to talk through all options for a scenario, advising us on best practice. '

Key Clients

Karcher (UK) Ltd

Securitas UK Ltd

Novus Leisure

Work highlights

  • Provided training for several corporate client in connection with their obligations under GDPR.  
  • Representing the employer as the respondent against claims made against it regarding whistleblowing and unfair constructive dismissal.
  • Advice regarding TUPE in relation to the obligation to provide employee liability information as well as advice regarding the obligation to inform and consult with representatives of affected employees.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Spratt Endicott

The agriculture and estates team at Spratt Endicott has in-depth expertise in the sale and purchase of rural properties, farms, and agricultural estates, particularly in relation to the sale of unregistered land and the sale of land for property development or related to the HS2 project. The team works closely with the commercial property, residential property, dispute resolution, private client and family law departments to provide a comprehensive service. Associate Jennie Loynes, who joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP in October 2018, is the main contact. Managing director and head of commercial property Andrew Woods is another name to note. Christopher Goldingham retired in April 2018.

Practice head(s):Andrew Woods

Other key lawyers:Jennie Loynes

Testimonials

'Spratt Endicott have a local presence, being an Oxfordshire-focused practice, but are far from insular in their approach to clients and demonstrate their awareness of wider geographical issues/markets. Their ability to quickly understand a transaction and the requirements of all professionals behind the transaction really helps'.

'Andrew Woods and his team understand time pressures that are often a key consideration in any transaction. They are able to keep to deadlines, without detrimental impact on the quality of their work'.

Work highlights

  • Purchase of a farmhouse and land.
  • Sale of a substantial manor house and parkland together with livestock, farm machinery and equipment.
  • Purchase of an extensive house together with an apple and walnut farm.
  • Partnership restructuring.
Rising stars

Jennie Loynes - Spratt Endicott

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Spratt Endicott

Spratt Endicott undertakes probate disputes, challenges to the validity and construction of will and trust documents, the appointment and removal of executors/trustees and breach of trust claims. In addition to handling litigation, the firm assists clients with alternative forms of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. David Endicott is the practice head. Shamsher Pangu is also recommended.

Practice head(s):David Endicott

Other key lawyers:Shamsher Pangu

Testimonials

'Shamsher Pangu has always responded promptly to correspondence and been available to clarify any matters of concern. He is very patient with his explanations and clearly sets out the options available. His responses to the counterparty are concise and to the point and he has a very calming manner'.

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Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 3

Spratt Endicott

Spratt Endicott advises across the full spectrum of family law, with experience handling cases involving business assets, pensions, agricultural estates and international assets. The practice is also able to leverage additional expertise from the corporate, employment and private capital departments. Head of practice Patrick Mulcare is experienced in handling complex divorces and high-value financial matters. Gemma Davison and Harry White are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Patrick Mulcare

Other key lawyers:Gemma Davison; Harry White

Testimonials

The lawyers are very personable approachable, and very knowledgeable. They fight their client's corner but balance that with being sensible and pragmatic.’

Patrick Mulcare leads the team and is the figurehead for the family department. He has a very good reputation. He is very sensible and very experienced. ‘

'Patrick Mulcare, Gemma Davison and Harry White are fantastic - individually and collectively their technical knowledge is deep and broad, but what I most value is their ability to elucidate complex matters, and listen.'

 

Next Generation Partners

Gemma Davison - Spratt Endicott

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Spratt Endicott

David Endicott¬†leads the ‚Äėpro-active and value-for-money‚Äô group at Spratt Endicott, which assists clients in all aspects of trusts, wills and estate planning. The practice is developing a focus on cross-border issues to assist international clients - advising on multi-jurisdictional estate planning, while also maintaining close contacts with local accountants and financial advisors. The practice also offers expertise in contentious probate as well as¬† mediation.¬†Lucy Gordon¬†handles all aspects of probate, estate administration, personal tax and¬† succession matters, often with an international angle as well as having niche expertise in issues affecting the elderly. Tom McInerney¬†departed¬†to Hedges Law¬†in December 2018.

Practice head(s):David Endicott

Other key lawyers:Lucy Gordon

Testimonials

‘They are pro-active without using up hours. The team makes useful recommendations based on recent inheritance tax experience with HMRC.‘

The team take the time to understand client needs and then have a high level of technical knowledge to work through situations and provide solutions.’

David Endicott is a brilliant personal solicitor – understanding, engaging and has a wealth of knowledge in this sector.

Lucy Gordon is excellent. A city legal brain at non city prices which clients love.’

Lucy Gordon is efficient approachable and gives the very best advice in all areas of private client work.’

Leading individuals

David Endicott - Spratt Endicott

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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

Spratt Endicott

Spratt Endicott assists with developers and investors with strategic land transactions and development, in addition to acting for landlords and tenants in acquisitions, sales and leases. Andrew Woods is a ' safe pair of hands' in residential and commercial property developments.

Practice head(s):Andrew Wood

Testimonials

'Focused and personal service, always available and resourced to provide advice when required.'

'The team have excellent knowledge and capabilities in real estate. They are efficient and quick to respond. I have real confidence in their knowledge and ability. Access at partner level is a given but the staff and associates are also professional and knowledgeable.'

 

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Spratt Endicott

Spratt Endicott's team acts for clients on stand-alone IP mandates, as well as supporting other teams in IP-related matters. It provides litigation services as well as commercial IP advice; David Whiting is the key contact for the former and team leader John Spratt fronts the latter, focusing on transactional IP and commercial contracts. Brand protection issues are a key focus for the firm -  both non-contentious work as well as passing-off disputes.

Practice head(s):John Spratt

Other key lawyers:David Whiting; Catherine O’Riordan

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a charitable body responsible for administering royalties, issuing licences and collecting licence fees from a defendant.
  • Advised the client on its UK dealership agreement and policy, under which it trades with all of its dealers in the UK, and continue to provide ad hoc advice on suspected infringements of its intellectual property.
  • Advised the client on a number of commercial contracts, in which it was important to consider the terms on which the intellectual property in digital content is licensed to customers and/or end users.
  • Defending a company, a DJ, and a musical event promoter in a passing off action.

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