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Coffin Mew LLP

RADNOR HOUSE, 28 BARTHOLOMEW STREET, RG14 5EU, ENGLAND
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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Coffin Mew LLP

Coffin Mew LLP handles corporate and commercial mandates, frequently with international elements. The team has a noted focus on private equity matters, as well as expertise in the technology, and food and drink sectors. Highlights included acting for the Business Growth Fund on a range of issues concerning its investment into Dolphin Homes. In other work, it has handled an array of sales of the entire share capital for various clients. Hayley Bevis heads the team, which includes firm chairman Nick Gross , who is able to draw on some 30 years of expertise. Dominic Travers joined from Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP in December 2017 and Jonathan Sherman is another core member of the team.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Coffin Mew LLP

Coffin Mew LLP is 'a well-established firm and one of the best operators in its area' and fields a team that has 'a practical and commonsense approach' and operates across the firm's offices in Southampton and Portsmouth. It handles a range of corporate and commercial disputes, including  partnership cases and those in the technology, IP and construction areas. It attracts mandates from both national and international clients and is acting for E-Crunch in a variety of IP and property-related disputes. Ian Dawes heads of department; Mark James, who is based in Brighton, is recommended for property and construction-related disputes and 'excellent' associate Emma Stevens is 'very hardworking and committed to her case'. Adrian McClinton joined the Brighton office in February 2017 from Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP.

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South East: Finance

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

Coffin Mew LLP

The insolvency practice at Coffin Mew LLP underwent major staff changes in 2017. While former department lead Heather Dobson and associate Rebecca Chaplin left for Moore Blatch LLP in August 2017, the 'hardworking and trustworthy' Alexander Wood brought restructuring and cross-border expertise from Michelmores LLP  in November and supports senior associate Edward Bible and commercial litigator Ian Dawes by dividing his time between the London and Southampton offices. The current focus sectors include renewable energy, financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, construction, farming and manufacturing. In a recent highlight, Wood advised Kace Holdings on its £3m management buyout of Lakesmere, which had entered administration. Resolve Partners was also added to the client portfolio.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Coffin Mew LLP

Coffin Mew LLP is, according to one client, 'one of the best' for advisory work and contentious matters. It acts for large corporates and also has a focus on the technology and not-for-profit sectors. In recent work, it is assisting a well-known high-street retailer with a raft of issues including employee exits, grievances and disputes, as well as a data protection project. It is also advising on a constructive dismissal and matters related to restrictive covenants. Leon Deakin is valued for 'his pragmatism' and commercial approach and associate Amy Richardson and solicitor Charlotte Allery are other key members of the team.

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Coffin Mew LLP

Coffin Mew LLP's clinical negligence department is 'professional and caring, with a good local reputation and strong commitment to high standards of client care'. It engages in children's brain injury, cerebral palsy and other birth and pre-term delivery injuries, as well as catastrophic injuries affecting adults. 'Conscientious, determined and dedicated' practice lead Douglas Miller represented a claimant suffering from cerebral palsy following her delivery and late-diagnosed bradycardia in a £6m case, while solicitor Chris Unsworth acted in a £145,000 claim involving a patient with a perforated bowel that was not detected during surgery, causing her severe disability, constant care needs and inability to work. The 'analytical, careful and hardworking' Sue Bowler continued to represent a former Royal Marine who contracted Q fever in Afghanistan in his £5m claim against the Ministry of Defence for failing to provide a vaccination and the right medical treatment after contraction.

Leading individuals

Douglas Miller - Coffin Mew LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Coffin Mew LLP

Coffin Mew LLP is 'a regional firm with the expertise of any national player in top-end personal injury work', with 'high levels of client support, knowledge and commitment' shown by the team. It consists of 'meticulous and easy-to-talk-to' partner Sue Bowler and solicitor Chris Unsworth, who specialise, respectively, in catastrophic injury and asbestos disease matters. A 'leading authority on catastrophic personal injury matters', Bowler continued to represent a Royal Marine in his multi-million-pound claim against the Ministry of Defence, brought after he contracted Q fever while serving in Afghanistan and became wheelchair-bound and in need of constant care. Unsworth, who is recommended for his 'efficient case preparation and a sensible, practical approach to litigation', successfully handled a £600,000 mesothelioma claim for the widow of the deceased in a four-day trial.

Leading individuals

Sue Bowler - Coffin Mew LLP

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South East: Private client

Family: Hampshire
Family: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Coffin Mew LLP

Coffin Mew LLP¬†handles financial remedy cases involving on- and off-shore property, trusts and pensions, contested children cases and nuptial agreements. ‚ÄôImpressive family lawyer‚Äô Julie-Ann Harris¬†joined the firm as head of department in February 2018 from Steele Raymond LLP. Stuart Duncan,¬†who is noted for his ‚Äėgood client care‚Äô, and senior associate Bryan Scant¬†are also noted. Chris Upfield¬†has retired and Sally Pike¬†left to join Thrings LLP¬†in September 2017.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Coffin Mew LLP

Coffin Mew LLP's team, which is led by Annabelle Vaughan, stands out for its 'strong private client department and strong capability across a range of disciplines'. The team advises on wills, the preparation and management of trusts, probate, inheritance tax planning and Court of Protection work, and acts for a range of high-net-worth business owners and families and frequently advises on complex estates that include overseas property. Portsmouth-based Stacey Keech  is 'a delight to work with', has 'an excellent bedside manner' and the 'ability to think strategically and develop plans that can solve client's issues'. Associate Rachel Evans has 'a very good knowledge of the law' and is 'very fair, and very keen to seek justice'. Jonathan Sleep  departed in March 2017 to join Blake Morgan LLP.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Coffin Mew LLP

Coffin Mew LLP handles property development projects, property investment work and landlord and tenant matters for an impressive range of clients. It often works in conjunction with its corporate and insolvency teams and is also acting increasingly for rural estates and farms. Recent work includes assisting the Roquebrook Group on the acquisition of sites for mixed-use, commercial and residential development in London, which involved obtaining planning permission as well as advising on securing funding from a number of lenders and private equity investors. The team is also acting for a farm owner on the sale of land to a national  house builder for the construction of 450 houses and other infrastructure, a matter which has involved public consultations. Nick Leavey is the experienced practice head and Amanda Read and Peter Fellows are other key names. David Thomas and Malcolm Poynter joined the team in March 2017 following the firm's merger with Charles Lucas & Marshall.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Coffin Mew LLP

An ‚Äėexcellent firm with a good breadth of capabilities across their IT and telecoms team‚Äô, Coffin Mew LLP¬†has been heavily involved recently with advising clients¬†operating consumer services platforms on how to accommodate changes under the Second Payment Services Directive. The team has also devised a structured audit process to help compliance with the GDPR. ‚ÄėExtremely knowledgeable‚Äô practice head Mark O‚ÄôHalloran¬†advises clients on the full spectrum of non-contentious IT matters, from outsourcing, e-commerce solutions and data sharing to contracts, agreements and licensing matters. Senior associate Rebecca West¬†joined the team from Ageas (UK) in January 2017, taking the lead on GDPR compliance initiatives.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Coffin Mew LLP

The IP team at¬†the ‚Äėexcellent, responsive and value for money‚Äô¬†Coffin Mew LLP¬†is headed by¬†Mark O\'Halloran,¬†who ‚Äėresponds quickly, is extremely knowledgeable and can quickly cut to the chase of any matter‚Äô. O‚ÄôHalloran‚Äôs client base spans household name food services businesses, agile management consultancies and specialist retail installations. Other key team members are contentious IP expert¬†Ian Dawes¬†and recommended senior associate¬†Rebecca West.¬†Recent highlights include leading a negotiation on behalf of E-Crunch over brand rights and an amicable settlement, and defending voice and video communications specialist DV02 against invalidity proceedings brought by O2 Worldwide.

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