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Clarke Willmott LLP

BLACKBROOK GATE, BLACKBROOK PARK AVENUE, TAUNTON, TA1 2PG, ENGLAND
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Work 0345 209 1000
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Fax 0345 209 2004
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97175 BLACKBROOK
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www.clarkewillmott.com

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol
Corporate and commercial: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP regularly handles corporate transactions for mid-market clients, managers and investors, and the team has noted increased activity in private equity-backed transactions. Practice head Simon Thomas has handled multiple instructions for Altitude Partners, the most recent of which concerned the client’s multimillion-pound investment into Moortec Semiconductors. Thomas also advised longstanding client Goonvean Holdings on its acquisition of Francis Holdings. The β€˜dynamic’ Kirill Bingham, who joined the firm’s Taunton office from Ashfords LLP, regularly works alongside the Bristol team; he was part of a team led by Simon Smith acting for management on the Lloyds Development Capital-backed Β£17m management buyout of Panther Logistics. Smith often advises on transactions with international elements.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol
Commercial litigation: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP is a β€˜well-organised firm that can be trusted with the most complicated litigation’. The team also has β€˜impressive technical knowledge’ of banking and insurance litigation and group claims. β€˜A fierce opponent and a first-class choice for any client’, practice head Alex Jakubowski is acting for Daewoo and Dixons Retail ind a product liability claim regarding a catastrophic fire allegedly caused by a fridge freezer produced by Daewoo. The highly recommended Philippa Hann represented a large group of claimants in a multimillion-pound claim against a forex platform for breach of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Richard Moore, a β€˜commercially minded’ litigator with a particular specialism in IP disputes, successfully represented Icescape in an expedited trial against Ice-World, seeking a declaration of non-infringement with regards to Icescape, which concerned an injunction, a damages claim and a declaration of invalidity of Ice-World’s patent and subsequent revocation. Additionally, Moore is representing a group of Italian individual and corporate investors in a dispute regarding an investment transaction involving shares in a UK-based electronic payment services company, which went into administration.

Leading individuals

Alex Jakubowski - Clarke Willmott LLP

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Commercial litigation: The West Country
Commercial litigation: The West Country - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Taunton)

Clarke Willmott LLP is a β€˜large commercial law firm that treats clients personally, whether they are blue-chip companies or individuals’. The Taunton litigation team is led by the β€˜commercially savvy’ Greg Saunders and has particular expertise in partnership and agriculture disputes. Saunders represented the National Farmers Union in a judicial review brought against the Animal Plant Health Agency in relation to a decision contrary to its published guidelines. He also successfully resolved a procurement challenge for an educational institution out of court. Senior associate Daniel Gill acted for a construction firm in an appellate case regarding unpaid invoices and allegedly defective work on the main stadium of Yeovil Town Football Club. Esther Woolford specialises in agricultural and property litigation.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP (Taunton)

Clarke Willmott LLP’s debt recovery team is renowned for its β€˜strength in depth’ and is praised for its β€˜excellent enthusiasm exhibited in a most professional manner’. Associate Karen Chapman heads the commercial team within the debt recovery group and β€˜cannot be praised highly enough’. Chapman provides ongoing advice to Viridor Limited regarding debt recoveries in connection with its varied debt portfolio; in 2016, it handled 298 debt recovery matters for the client. Department head Jane Dunlop provides β€˜consistently excellent client care’ and advises one of the team’s most prominent clients – The Insolvency Service – for which the debt recovery group handles the collection of income payment agreements, book debts and antecedent/specialist recoveries under The Insolvency Act. Senior associate Stuart Hoysted focuses on antecedent recovery and handles the recovery of directors loans, transactions at undervalue, preferences and illegal dividends on behalf of The Insolvency Service. β€˜Calm and reassuring’ senior associate Phil Roberts is acting for The Football Association Group to recover unpaid seat licence fees for Wembley Stadium.

Leading individuals

Jane Dunlop - Clarke Willmott LLP

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol)

Clarke Willmott LLP’s sizeable banking and finance department attracts praise for its β€˜strength in depth’. The firm has particular strength in real estate finance and is among the few firms with expertise in agricultural finance. In an example of the group’s real estate finance expertise, department head Roger Seaton advised a leading private bank on the refinancing of two substantial buy-to-let properties for Β£7.3m and Β£3.5m, respectively. β€˜Diligent and practical’ senior associate Claire Tofts is another real estate finance specialist and Philip Brown has experience of property portfolio refinancing and development finance. Clare Titchener assisted a challenger bank with the security for the refinancing of the former Bridgewater Hospital site. Kirill Bingham is β€˜always prepared to go the extra mile’ and is acting for high street banks including Santander and HSBC. Zoe Stollard focuses primarily on construction law, but also handles the financing aspects of construction projects.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol)

Clarke Willmott LLP is an β€˜insolvency powerhouse with impressive national connections’. The department is the sole legal adviser to The Insolvency Service, for which it handles Insolvency Act claims and other civil recovery matters. The β€˜highly commercial’ Ken MacLennan (who is a β€˜firm negotiator’) is acting for Begbies Traynor as administrators of a South West bus company with Β£2.25m of assets on book, and is advising BDO LLP as proposed administrators of a group of companies engaged in the provision of branded and licenced goods on a wholesale basis. Martin Askew (a β€˜robust litigator’) specialises in contentious insolvency matters and investigations. Ruth Hartnell-Thorne is acting for DDJ Insolvency in its role as liquidator, and is assisting with the investigation of Volterra Consulting Limited’s use of employee benefit trusts to minimise its liability tax. Lisa Cooke and associate Stephanie Bishop are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Lisa Cooke - Clarke Willmott LLP

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol
Employment: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP offers β€˜excellent service’ in a combination of employment law and HR consultancy services. The β€˜pragmatic’ team offers advice to a variety of clients, with a niche expertise in advising clients from the education and sports sectors. β€˜Very experienced’ practice head Kevin Jones β€˜provides rock-solid employment advice’; his recent high-profile mandates include advising Bristol Rugby on the termination of their director of rugby, laying out the strategy for the termination and negotiating its terms. Sharon Latham heads the Bristol team and led on several key cases, including advising over 100 Post Office employees on settlement agreements following large-scale redundancies. Senior associate Tim Copplestone is β€˜calm and authoritative’, provides β€˜exceptional service’ and β€˜knows what professional sports clients’ needs are’. He assisted a subsidiary of Jiangsu Guotai International Group with setting up a business platform in the UK for the European market, providing a broad range of services to the client, including business immigration and employment documentation advice, working with the practice’s Chinese counsellor. The group was also instructed by Bridgwater College to advise on its merger with Somerset College, handling all TUPE-related aspects, including due diligence, trade union consultation, warranties and indemnities, and the exit of the senior management team pre-merger. Post-merger, the practice advised on a significant reorganisation programme, involving collective consultations with trade unions and the work council.

Next generation lawyers

Tim Copplestone - Clarke Willmott LLP

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Employment: The West Country
Employment: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP (Taunton)

Clarke Willmott LLP provides employers β€˜very good and commercially minded’ employment law advice on a broad range of issues, ranging from large-scale business restructuring to unfair dismissal and discrimination claims. It also offers a combined employment law and HR consultancy service. The β€˜extremely strong’ practice demonstrates strength in acting for clients from the agricultural sector and is adept at representing clients before the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal and has experience in handling reputation-sensitive matters, including investigations and disciplinary procedures. It has experience in resolving matters through ACAS procedures. Bristol-based Kevin Jones heads the practice. The β€˜energetic’ Kate Gardner has β€˜good business acumen’ and specialises in advising clients from the education and agricultural sectors, advising on disability and race discrimination claims, complex TUPE issues and agricultural occupancy rights. Associate Sarah Driscoll has β€˜very good knowledge’ of her field.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol)

Clarke Willmott LLP delivers β€˜an always very efficient, professional and appropriate’ as well as β€˜trustworthy’ service on the full range of immigration law. The team β€˜has strength in depth’, acting for a domestic and an international client base, in part through its China desk, which includes businesses and high-net-worth individuals. A particular specialism is advising on the appropriate route for foreign nationals to enter the UK to establish a business or to obtain permission to work for a UK subsidiary or foreign registered branch. Practice head Alex Jakubowski and β€˜very professional’ and β€˜accurate as well as circumspective’ senior associate Tim Copplestone acted on a number of high-profile immigration matters, with a particular focus on large international businesses. Clients include Somerset Cricket Club, the University of the West of England, and Bandai UK.

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South West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol, Taunton)

Clarke Willmott LLP’s areas of expertise range from advising on complex high-value birth injury and paediatric brain injury claims to assisting clients with meningitis cases, including those resulting in serious neurological injury, amputation or death. The practice is adept at handling maximum severity cases, including stroke claims, and, thanks to Chris Thorne’s specialism, is able to advise on negligence claims in the niche area of cryogenics, sperm destruction and male fertility issues. The team also undertakes work in dental and surgical negligence. Additionally, the practice handles instructions in the field of medical ethics, such as questions in relation to capacity of patients, failure to treat and end of life decisions. Martin Pettingell heads the team, which includes team manager Kerry Fifield, who specialises in birth injury and paediatric cases with a particular focus on claims arising from cerebral palsy, and Marguarita Tyne, who provides advice on a broad range of clinical negligence claims, including delayed cancer diagnosis, negligence in orthopaedic treatment, gynaecological negligence and injuries arising from systemic failures.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Taunton, Bristol)

Clarke Willmott LLP is β€˜a major player with a deserved good reputation’ in the personal injury claimant market. It specialises in handling high-value claims and is particularly adept at handling complex serious injury matters, ranging from brain and spinal cord injuries to amputation injuries. Other key areas of strength are fatal injuries, cases dealing with multiple fractures, as well as brachial plexus and shoulder injuries, road traffic accident liability, and accident-related psychological trauma as well as complex psychological trauma in both children and adults. Cases handled by the team often involve clients requiring long-term care. Lee Hart is the head of the serious injury practice and β€˜an exceptional lawyer, unflappable and a highly skilful tactician as well as negotiator’. He acts in claims arising from accidents involving animals, especially horses. The head of the practice is the β€˜very experienced’ Martin Pettingell who brings his experience in handling asbestos-related disease claims to bear, with a particular focus on mesothelioma claims. Stephen Trump is a β€˜stand-out brain injury and amputation expert of the highest ability’ with β€˜truly exceptional’ client care skills.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol)

Clarke Willmott LLP is β€˜very well regarded in relation to professional negligence work’ and provides β€˜realistic advice on possible outcomes’. It has a particularly good reputation for its claimant work, but also undertakes defendant work. The practice, noted for its strength in depth, shows expertise in a number of different sectors, ranging from claims against tax advisers and accountants in the banking and financial services sector, to construction, agriculture, private client, and property transactions. It has experience in acting for lenders in claims against solicitors, valuers and surveyors in relation to commercial lending transactions, but is also adept at handling claims against architects, engineers and quantity surveyors, as well as land agents. Practice head Alex Jakubowski is β€˜a fierce opponent and a first-class choice for any client’, while Philippa Hann, who specialises in financial litigation, is noted for her impressive technical knowledge. Highlights included acting for Lloyds Bank on a high-profile claim against a firm of monitoring surveyors, which involved allegations of negligence and recklessness, and handling a claim against Knight Frank on behalf of Lloyds Bank subsequent to an inflated valuation. Showcasing its insurance sector strength, the team advised Great Lakes Reinsurance and Burford Capital on a claim against Pennington Manches alleging negligent advice during litigation. In the tax sector, the practice advised a number of high-net-worth private clients on claims against Ernst&Young subsequent to tax advice concerning tax-mitigation film scheme LLPs.

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Taunton, Bristol)

Clarke Willmott LLP’s β€˜extremely strong’ Taunton-based agricultural team routinely assists the NFU on litigation and judicial reviews relating to legislative changes. It also acts for prominent farmers, rural landowners, landed estates and agri-businesses. Recent highlights include Rod Lloyd-Jones acting for an international bank on providing a secured loan for the Β£2.25m purchase of a farm in Somerset; Mark Buckerfield handling the Β£3.1m. sale of a livestock farm, which included dealing with third party rights of occupation, access over common land and capital gains tax issues; and β€˜energetic’ employment specialist Kate Gardner advising a large farming business in relation to claims from three employees relating to disability and race discrimination as well as unfair dismissal and failure to pay holiday pay. Practice head Tim Hayden has specialist expertise in Hunting Act litigation.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol, Taunton)

Clarke Willmott LLP has considerable clout in trusts disputes with particular strengths in representing agricultural and landed estate clients in proprietary estoppel claims as well as acting for vulnerable adults. Taunton-based Esther Woolford heads the seven-strong team, and specialises in agricultural and contentious probate matters. Senior associate Daniel Gill is recommended for his ability to provide β€˜pragmatic and focussed advice that always serves the specific needs of each client well’. Associate Sarah O’Grady is β€˜a standout’, noted for her β€˜good legal analysis and negotiation skills’ as well as her β€˜ability to deal with and defuse fraught situations, showcasing real grit and determination in progressing litigation against uncooperative opponents’. Recent highlights include acting for a surviving spouse in a mutual wills dispute concerning a multimillion-pound estate and representing the executors of an estate facing three Inheritance Act claims, the latter case also involving allegations of maladministration.

Next generation lawyers

Sarah O’Grady - Clarke Willmott LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol, Taunton)

Clarke Willmott LLP is β€˜a really excellent firm in family finance, providing top quality service at more reasonable out-of-London rates’. It has expertise in all areas of divorce work and is, according to a client, β€˜one of the best firms in the southwest for matrimonial finance’. The group has particular expertise in international work, acting for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their spouses. Its clients also include entrepreneurs, high-level executives and farmers, which it advises on financial remedy proceedings. β€˜Superb’ Bristol-based family law specialist Gareth Schofield is β€˜extremely intelligent and charming, with a total grasp of the law and the details of the case’, his β€˜vast experience makes him a master strategist’. In Taunton, Daniel Eames is β€˜an incredible lawyer with a razor sharp mind’, β€˜very personable and approachable’. He specialises in complex financial disputes arising from marriage or cohabitation and in cases involving an international aspect. At senior associate level, Alastair MacLeod is β€˜an excellent financial remedies lawyer’ who β€˜always sees the big picture but retains an eye for the detail’, and Emma Gordon is also β€˜a name to watch’, particularly in the areas of financial arrangement for children and financial remedy proceedings involving hidden assets.

Leading individuals

Gareth Schofield - Clarke Willmott LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP (Taunton, Bristol)

Clarke Willmott LLP focuses on complex estate planning and family wealth issues. Its Bristol office acts for over 130 deputyship clients on their financial affairs and advises high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs on estate planning. The Taunton-based team regularly handles estate planning matters for farmers and landowners; Stuart Thorne, David Maddock and Emma Pope are the main contacts in that office. Anthony Fairweather heads the private capital team, which is spread across five offices located throughout England, and specialises in making applications to the Court of Protection to implement inheritance tax planning. Estate planning and inheritance tax specialist Elizabeth Smithers is β€˜highly intelligent and articulate in both spoken and written advice’. Jane Halton is recommended for deputyship applications, statutory wills and the administration of estates. Consultant Carol Cummins is another key name to note, regularly assisting private clients, executors and trustees on issues such as large family trusts, tax and estate planning. The group recently handled the administration of a taxable large landed estate and advised on the restructuring of multiple family trusts as part of a broader succession and inheritance tax planning.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol)

Clarke Willmott LLP is known for providing β€˜prompt and practical advice’ on major energy contractual matters, and in addition to the team’s technical acumen, clients note the lawyers’ ability to β€˜communicate legal structures in plain English’. Recently, the department has been particularly active in the anaerobic digestion and energy technology spaces. Laurence Lacey is the key energy partner in the Bristol office, and is acting for a joint venture company in various arrangements pursuant to the development of a multimillion-pound, multi-phase energy project. Lacey has experience of acting for energy companies on a variety of commercial agreements, which in 2016-2017 have included lease and power purchase agreements. The department work closely with the firm’s energy and planning groups to provide end-to-end service and also works alongside the London office. Zoe Stollard is a β€˜practical and efficient’ partner in the Bristol construction team and often handles the construction and planning aspects of energy projects.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol
Commercial property: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP attracts praise for its β€˜deep industry knowledge’ in the housebuilder and commercial development market, where it β€˜puts more expensive City firms to shame’. The team is especially active in the telecoms and renewable energy sectors, and also provides investment advice in relation to property portfolios, as well as property acquisitions and disposals. Clare Titchener led a cross-office team handling due diligence on behalf of Bank of America Merrill Lynch related to Digital Realty Trust’s $874m acquisition of eight data centres from Equinix. Working with the firm’s planning department, Beverley Pike is acting for Bath Abbey in relation to its Footprint project – a Β£19.5m modernisation effort funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The department is also involved in a number of development projects for energy companies and residential developers. Louise Brown heads the experienced practice, which includes Simon Day, Greg Lovett and Laurence Lacey.

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Commercial property: The West Country
Commercial property: The West Country - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Taunton)

Clarke Willmott LLP’s Taunton-based real estate team covers commercial development, investment and housebuilder work, and plays an integral part of β€˜the firm’s very well-established agricultural property practice’. Philip Brown acted for Scotsgrove Holdings on the acquisition and leasing of a significant office building in Bath, and assisted Metis Homes Limited with the acquisition of residential development property in Guildford from Waitrose. Roger Seaton specialises in real estate finance and corporate real estate work, and in 2016 acted for an estate agent client in connection with the multimillion-pound sale of land for a highly publicised development project. Nick Francombe handles freehold and leasehold property disposals and acquisitions, in addition to property management issues; his recent highlights include advising local and public authorities on property transactions. Tim Walker, who focuses primarily on residential development, is also recommended.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol)

The construction group at Clarke Willmott LLP has β€˜excellent industry knowledge’ and β€˜compares very well’ to other firms in the Bristol area. The team is especially strong in contentious construction matters, including adjudication and mediation, but also has a formidable non-contentious capability spearheaded by Zoe Stollard, who is handling a litany of contract negotiations for Somerset Passenger Solutions Limited in connection with an extremely high-profile national construction project. The β€˜deeply experienced’ Peter O’Brien heads the contentious construction team and is acting for Bouygues UK’s housing and construction divisions on procurement and contractual issues as well as disputes. O’Brien’s other clients include Westminster City Council and M+W High Tech Projects UK. Michael Craik and AnnaLiisa Blanks-Walden are active partners in the contentious construction group.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol, Taunton)

Clarke Willmott LLP has a highly experienced environment department handling contentious and non-contentious matters in the waste, minerals and agriculture sectors. On the contentious side, the department has expertise in defending against environmental prosecutions and other Environment Agency enforcement matters. Tim Hayden and β€˜hardworking’ senior associate Daniel Gill have recently been involved in several Environment Agency prosecutions, and department head Neil Baker and Karen Howe are both deeply experienced in contentious environmental work. in an example of non-contentious highlights, Baker advised Mactaggart and Mickel Homes Limited on the environmental aspects of two planning applications for multimillion-pound housing developments in Somerset and Gloucestershire. Additional clients include corporates such as Bristol Water, property groups including Acorn Property Group and Persimmon Homes, and local authorities such as the Isle of Wight Council.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol, Taunton)

For some, Clarke Willmott LLP’s South West planning team is among the few in β€˜the upper echelon of the market’ and its clients praise the β€˜extensive and robust knowledge of all aspects of planning combinedd with commerciality, brilliant communication skills and positive local relationships’. β€˜Industry leader’ Neil Baker heads the practice and has extensive experience of urban regeneration projects and infrastructure installations. Baker is advising Curo Places on a major regeneration scheme at Foxhill Estate in Bath. Caroline Waller (β€˜the best planning solicitor in the South West’, according to one client) has been involved in some of the department’s largest residential and commercial development matters throughout 2016 and 2017. Karen Howe handled the application for North Bristol NHS Trust to register part of its land at Frenchay Hospital as a Town or Village Green. On the residential side, Chris Charlton acted for Persimmon Homes Severn Valley in relation to planning issues related to the client’s proposed residential development in the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood. The team has also been involved in petitions against proposals to amend the highly publicised HS2 bill.

Leading individuals

Neil Baker - Clarke Willmott LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol, Taunton)

The property litigation lawyers at Clarke Willmott LLP are β€˜pleasant and approachable, but prepared to be as aggressive as necessary to get the right answer for clients’. The sizeable practice acts for a wide-ranging client base encompassing the retail, investment, housing and public sectors. Chris Taylor leads the practice and is acting in a multimillion-pound dispute regarding a major housing development. Other key figures include Graham McIntyre, who successfully represented Lidl UK in a multimillion-pound High Court dispute with Generator Developments LLP concerning a development site in Brentwood; the β€˜knowledgeable and responsive’ Nicola Seager, who provides ongoing advice to private equity firm Marcol in relation to contentious issues arising from its UK property portfolio; and Simon Freeman, who acts for Ashtenne Industrial Fund on contentious issues of its property portfolio, and represented Corren Properties Limited in connection with a Β£2m dilapidation claim concerning an office building in Chiswick. Also recommended are Bonnie Martin, Kary Withers, Neil Ham and Amy Rudrum, who focuses on landlord and tenant litigation.

Leading individuals

Bonnie Martin - Clarke Willmott LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol, Taunton)

Clients of Clarke Willmott LLP rate its willingness to provide β€˜advice rather than options’. The practice acts for registered providers on a wide variety of housing matters, including site acquisitions, development, financing and securitisation. β€˜Invaluable’ practice head Oliver Smedley is advising The Guinness Partnership on a high-value land acquisition and planned development of open market and affordable housing units in Bristol. Smedley also acted for Aster Group on a joint venture agreement with Galliford Try. Other key individuals include Helen Wittram, who focuses on social housing development work and advised on multimillion-pound acquisitions of affordable housing units from multiple national housebuilders. Kary Withers leads the property litigation team and handles a variety of housing disputes.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol)

Clarke Willmott LLP β€˜demonstrates deep knowledge and experience, always responding swiftly to any queries’. It is highly capable of advising on β€˜very complicated areas of telecoms law in clear, plain language which can be easily disseminated’. The team uniquely acts for landowner clients against mast and telecoms operators, and has particular expertise in data protection and data security issues. In 2016, it handled a number of highly sensitive matters to obtain vacant possessions of telecommunications sites to enable development. Clients include Aster Group, Pinnacle Towers, Informed Solutions, Onecom and The Guinness Partnership. The β€˜excellent’ Kary Withers is the key contact.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Bristol)

Clarke Willmott LLP’s β€˜knowledge of the current professional sports landscape is exceptional’; the team demonstrates β€˜the flexibility to tailor its advice to the needs and understanding of the client’. β€˜Very experienced’ practice head Kevin Jones, who splits his time between Bristol and Southampton, can β€˜dissect and evaluate the key issues quickly’ and provides β€˜rock-solid employment advice that you can rely upon’. He is supported by senior associate Tim Copplestone, who β€˜knows what professional sports clients’ needs are and can relate to the client in a way that few other lawyers can’. The team acts for a large number of professional sports clubs and organisations including Bristol Rugby, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, Wasserman Media Group and The Rugby Players’ Association. Recent highlights include advising a club on the purchasing of a new training ground and handling professional player exit issues.

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