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Clarke Willmott LLP

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Tim Hayden

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Clarke Willmott LLP

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Commercial & Private Client Litigation


Tim Hayden is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Commercial & Private Client Litigation team specialising in Regulatory Litigation.

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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South West: Real estate


Within: Environment

Clarke Willmott LLP advises on environmental issues associated with planning and infrastructure development mandates and is also well-known for its experience in the agricultural industry. The team also assists individuals in non-regulatory environmental contentious claims. Indeed, senior associate Daniel Gill successfully represented a car wash owner against Bristol City Council regarding a series of complaints made by local residents concerning noise emanating from the client’s business. Department head Neil Baker advised a property developer on a threatened enforcement claim regarding the company’s alleged failure to complete relevant environmental surveys in relation to a particular site. Further, Karen Howe advised Crematoria Management on the need for a scoping opinion request in connection with the re-determination of a planning request for a new crematorium. Howe has also advised significant public and private sector clients on contaminated land liability concerns. Tim Hayden is another key contact.

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