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Clarke Willmott LLP

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP has a broad corporate practice but its Birmingham office has a particular focus on the education, manufacturing, logistics and real estate sectors. John Irving  works at the helm and is notably skilled in  competition and supply chain issues. Corporate lawyer Andrew Beedham  is also recommended.

Practice head(s):John Irving

Other key lawyers:Andrew Beedham


'John Irving is always punctual, never misses deadlines and goes out of his way to assist clients.'

Key Clients

Comau UK Limited

MiX Telematics Europe Limited

Conex Universal Limited

Ingersoll Rand Limited

Aberclay Limited

Ballard Casinos Limited

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West Midlands: Finance

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

Clarke Willmott LLP

Acting for a diverse client roster including creditors, insolvency practitioners and directors, Clarke Willmott LLP is active in the private and public sector and handles contentious and non-contentious matters relating to corporate insolvency and recovery of assets. Senior associate Sheena Tandy left to join Shakespeare Martineau LLP in September 2018.

Practice head(s):Stephanie Slinn

Key Clients



Smith & Williamson

The Insolvency Service


CBA Recovery

Duff & Phelps



Moore Stephens

Santander UK

K J Watkin

Work highlights

  • Advised a retail operator on the acquisition of a number of stores of Countrywide Farmers Plc from the administrators.
  • Advising Duff & Phelps as administrators on the sale of trading hotels for significant sums.
  • Advised the director of a prominent brand in the gardening sector on duties and options for rescue and restructure in the face of hostile appointment.
  • Advising the liquidators on asset tracing and expedited recovery of assets and real estate in a case where the director had stolen books and records and used them in a new company.
Leading individuals

Stephanie Slinn - Clarke Willmott LLP

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West Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP

Philip Edwards, leads the serious injury team at Clarke Willmott LLP, and has a particular focus on adult and child brain injury cases. The wider group's expertise includes matters involving complex psychiatric disorder issues, spinal cord injuries, industrial disease cases and amputation injuries. It is also experienced in fatal accident claims.

Practice head(s):Chris Thorne (Taunton)

Other key lawyers:Philip Edwards


'Philip Edwards is highly experienced in neuro trauma and cases of the utmost severity. His personal attention to his cases rather than simply overseeing team work marks him out as a first-class practitioner'.

Work highlights

  • Advising on a complex future loss of earnings claim in a multiple orthopaedic injuries case.
  • Successfully resolved a case for a client where an allegation of fundamental dishonesty was made.
  • Settled a fatal claim for an elderly man who had been killed when hit by a car based on his family’s dependence on his child care duties.
  • Pursuing a complex liability issue following an accident on a corporate team bonding event.

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West Midlands: Private client

Family: Birmingham
Family: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP's family group, which specialises in complex financial remedy work and private children cases, acts for a broad base of clients, including professionals, academics, self-employed entrepreneurs, high-level managers in the public sector and individuals from the sports and entertainment sectors. It also works closely with practitioners in the private client and corporate and commercial departments to provide support to family businesses. Rayner Grice, who leads the family practice, is also the head of the Birmingham office.

Practice head(s):Rayner Grice

Other key lawyers:Caroline Young


'The firm has a growing reputation for its excellent work in the Midlands area'.

'The team is highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced and provides excellent customer service and care to its clients'.

'Rayner Grice is an outstanding practitioner who is bright, dedicated and totally committed to each of her clients. She fiercely represents their interests and always gives sound and reasonable advice'.

'Rayner Grice and Caroline Young continue to go from strength to strength. They both know when to fight a case but also know when to accept offers that are on the table! They are very client focussed and fundamentally always prepared to go that extra mile to get the best possible outcome for their clients'.

'Rayner Grice is superb in dealing with financial remedy cases as is Caroline Young. As well as having huge knowledge and experience of financial remedy cases, Rayner has the ability to engender trust in her clients from the first meeting'.

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

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP provides the full range of private wealth services, including advice on wills, tax planning, administration of estates, powers of attorney, Court of Protection and elderly client work. Erica Burt-Moore is experienced in lifetime tax planning for business owners and those in the process of selling a business. She also advises on trust structures to maximise inheritance tax relief, as well as on the administration of estates involving the winding up of businesses and large property portfolios.

Practice head(s):Erica Burt-Moore


'The expertise that we receive from Erica Burt-Moore is second to none and allows us to make decisions. She has a calm and measured approach that assists when she has to get buy in from the trustees of our company'.

Work highlights

  • Acting as professional trustee in a £5m trust.
  • Providing  high-net -worth tax planning advice.
  • Advising on a complex high value estate
  • Advising on various complex probates.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP stands out for its retail development work, with Lidl being the practice's key client. The team is also involved in commercial property finance and refinance matters, and advises corporate occupiers on transactions, leasing and development. Key members of the team include Jonathan Morton, Iain Harrison and Fiona Rendell, who was promoted to partner in Mai 2018.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Morton; Iain Harrison; Fiona Rendell


'Direct personal contact and highly responsive.'

'No-nonsense advice and prompt responses.'

'Good quality advice with a down-to-earth attitude.'

'Lawyers who give straight answers to questions, have a strong commercial view to tackle problems and get the job done in a set time frame.'

'Fiona Rendell has great attention to detail - her knowledge is extensive and she delivers a high quality service within our timescales.'

Key Clients


Thomas Dudley Group Limited

Pegasus Life Limited

All-Electric Garages plc

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Midlands

Rediweld Holdings Limited

Crawshaw Group plc

Uplift Property Limited

Tanners Wines Limited

Smart Ideas Limited

David Wilson Homes North West

Beechdean Homes Limited

Opalmech Limited

All of Us Development Limited

Lloyds Bank Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lidl UK on the purchase of a long leasehold ground floor retail unit in a mixed-use development.
  • Advised B Price Self Administered Pension Scheme & B Price on the acquisition, conversion and disposal of a complex of agricultural buildings.
  • Advising the Thomas Dudley Group on a development agreement for a lease and leaseback.

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