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Clarke Willmott LLP

1 GEORGES SQUARE, BATH STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 6BA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0345 209 1000
Fax:
Fax 0345 209 2002
DX:
78247 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.clarkewillmott.com

Esther Woolford

Tel:
Work 0345 209 1840
Email:
Web:
www.clarkewillmott.com/find-a-solicitor/esther-woolford/
Clarke Willmott LLP

Work Department

Commercial & Private Client Litigation

Position

Esther Woolford is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Taunton commercial and private client litigation team specialising in agriculture and property.


South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: The West Country

Within: Commercial litigation: The West Country

Clarke Willmott LLP has gained ‘a deservedly strong reputation and is proficient in often complex and high-value disputes’. The firm’s West Country litigation team has particular expertise in agriculture-related disputes, and, as such, is instructed by clients such as National Farmers Union. Indeed, Esther Woolford acted for the National Farmers Union in relation to compensation claims under the Human Rights Act 1998 regarding a significant flood event. ‘A sensible and commercially minded tactician’, Greg Saunders is advising a group of clients on allegedly mis-sold financial products. Further, Tim Hayden heads the agriculture sector group and splits his time between Taunton and Bristol. Daniel Gill is an active senior associate in the department, while associate Laura Mackain-Bremner and solicitor Polly Ridgway are also recommended. In 2017-2018, the department took on contentious probate specialist Bonita Walters from QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day, and also hired a number of junior-level practitioners.

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Clarke Willmott LLP is ‘excellent in dealing with all aspects of agricultural and estate matters’, and has a sizeable client list that includes the National Farmers Union (a panel appointment for Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire), Lloyds Banking Group (including AMC) and HSBC. Practice head Tim Hayden handles a range of defence work on behalf of the NFU, often relating to animal welfare and the identification and movement of livestock. Hayden is also experienced in road traffic cases, and is the lead solicitor for the Countryside Alliance, and also assists the Master of Foxhounds Association with hunting issues. Rod Lloyd-Jones provides ‘practical and valuable advice’, and specialises in agricultural property transactions, including the acquisition and disposal of farms and estates and advising on landlord and tenant issues. Lloyd-Jones also acts for many clearing banks in secured lending transactions for their agricultural clients. Mark Buckerfield is ‘exemplary at finding practical solutions, providing well-thought-out and straightforward advice’; Paul Hazeldine has a ‘very thorough approach’; and Esther Woolford is ‘very tenacious in pursuit of her clients' interests’. Associate Robert Mullen is also recommended as ‘extremely thorough and patient’.

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Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Clarke Willmott LLP is ‘excellent, providing a top-quality service.’ Clients include the Countryside Alliance, for whom they recently succeeded this year in a claim relating to the construction of a will clause; and the NFU.  Changes to the team included 'very skilled lawyer’ Bonita Walters joining as a partner from Burroughs, Laura Mackain-Bremner joining as an associate in Taunton from London firm Bark&co and Emily Jenkins re-joining the team as a solicitor in Bristol after a year abroad. Associate Margeret Vining in the conveyancing department is ‘consistently outstanding’. Esther Woolford leads the team.

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