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Coffin Mew LLP

KINGS PARK HOUSE, 22 KINGS PARK ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO15 2UF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 023 8033 4661
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Fax 023 8033 0956
DX:
38505
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Web:
www.coffinmew.co.uk

South East: Corporate and commercial

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

Coffin Mew LLP (Southampton, Portsmouth)

Coffin Mew LLP undertakes a wide variety of corporate and commercial work such as M&A and private equity investments, often acting for lenders and owner-managed businesses. The team advised GetMyFirstJob on its Β£1m equity investment from City & Guilds and NESTA and assisted Northwood GB on its Β£22m sale to Belvoir. In another highlight, the practice advised Churches Fire Security on several acquisitions in 2016 including the purchase of Uny Systems Fire Detection. BSN Social Care, KP Snacks and Santander are also clients. The firm also has particular expertise in advising individuals, such as shareholders and business owners, on corporate matters. Amanda Brockwell leads the practice and is recommended alongside firm chairman Nick Gross, who specialises in advising clients in the transport and logistics sectors.

Leading individuals

Amanda Brockwell - Coffin Mew LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Coffin Mew LLP (Southampton, Portsmouth)

Coffin Mew LLP represents clients in the food, logistics and financial sectors in breach of contract disputes, damages claims and debt matters. The team regularly acts for HungryHouse; in 2016 the firm represented the client in multiple insurance contract disputes and service provision cases. It also acted for E-Crunch in several disputes, including landlord and tenant matters and copyright infringement cases. The practice works closely with the employment, corporate and commercial teams to handle multi-disciplinary issues such as restrictive covenant breaches and IP litigation. KP Snacks, The British Society of Echocardiography and Imperial Car Supermarkets are also clients. Ian Dawes leads the practice and is adept at handling cross-border disputes as well as IP matters. Solicitors Linden Talbot, Emma Stevens and Danielle Cranstone are also recommended.

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South East: Finance

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

Coffin Mew LLP (Southampton)

Following Jonathan Lupton’s departure to insolvency litigation financing company Manolete Partners, the key insolvency contact at Coffin Mew LLP is now senior associate Heather Dobson, although the β€˜practical and responsive’ team in general is headed by dispute resolution leaders Ian Dawes and Mark James. Dobson shows β€˜fantastic commitment to achieving the result the client expects’ and specialises in asset realisation, distressed lending, section 110 reconstructions as well as matters for schools, charities and unincorporated partnerships. She recently advised the trustee of Wykeham House School Trust, as well as its joint administrators at Menzies, regarding the school’s legal structure and the administration and sale of the property. Another highlight was the ongoing representation of Moore Stephens as joint liquidators for Witham Contract Manufacturing in a misfeasance claim brought by the liquidators of another group company. The contentious matters are often handled by β€˜highly organised and efficient’ associate Rebecca Chaplin, who focuses on wrongful trading, unlawful payments and distributions, undervalue transactions, transactions defrauding creditors, void dispositions and misfeasance. Together with Dobson, she advised Peter Hall Limited as joint liquidators of Trident Homes on its claim concerning the repayment of unlawful preference payments. Associate Edward Bible, who advises insolvency practitioners, joined the Southampton office from Brethertons LLP in spring 2016. He advised McCambridge Duffy as individual voluntary arrangement supervisor in a case concerning a completion statement.

Next generation lawyers

Heather Dobson - Coffin Mew LLP

Rebecca Chaplin - Coffin Mew LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Coffin Mew LLP (Portsmouth, Southampton)

Coffin Mew LLP handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including management and board restructuring issues, trade union litigation, employee discrimination issues and disciplinary matters. It regularly advises Pets Corner on employment advice relating to acquisitions and disposals, TUPE transfers and redundancy processes, and acted for Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare on a review of its employment contracts and staff handbook, as well as advising a charity that was running an independent school on employee redundancy settlements and employment tribunal claims following its administration. Other clients include companies in the transport, food and leisure sectors. Dorlee Monschau is particularly adept at handling employment matters for education and charity sector clients. Also recommended are associates Amy Richardson, an employment tribunal expert, and Holly Cudbill, who advises clients on redundancy policies.

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South East: Insurance

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

Coffin Mew LLP (Portsmouth)

Coffin Mew LLP’s clinical negligence team in Portsmouth is β€˜professional and caring’, β€˜leaving no stone unturned to achieve a result for the client’. The β€˜highly experienced and dedicated’ Douglas Miller and β€˜great tactician and top-class litigator’ Sue Bowler are the main contacts, focusing on brain injury matters. Miller specialises in pre-term delivery cases, congenital misdiagnosis and cerebral palsy litigation. Solicitor Tan Jaff joined from Miya Solicitors in August 2016.

Leading individuals

Douglas Miller - Coffin Mew LLP

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

Coffin Mew LLP (Portsmouth)

Coffin Mew LLP is recommended as β€˜very strong’ and β€˜competitive’ in personal injury cases, with team lead and brain injury specialist Sue Bowler’s abilities as a β€˜great tactician and litigator’. Bowler β€˜puts a huge amount of work into obtaining and marshalling complex expert evidence’ and β€˜demonstrates excellent communication skills’. She is supported by solicitors Chris Unsworth (whose expertise lies in asbestos-related claims) and Tan Jaff, the latter of whom joined in August 2016 from Miya Solicitors. A recent highlight for Bowler was the representation of Phillip Eaglesham against the Ministry of Defence regarding his contraction of Q Fever Chronic Fatigue Syndrome while serving as a Royal Marine commando corporal in Afghanistan.

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 (Portsmouth, Southampton, Gosport)

Coffin Mew LLP provides β€˜straightforward advice and quick response times’. The team undertakes a full range of financial family matters including high-value asset protection, onshore and offshore asset advice for international clients, and financial remedies applications for clients in the South. Its children work extends to advising on contested Children Act proceedings, sexual assault cases and acrimonious shared care arrangements among others. Collaborative and mediations matters are a frequent feature of its workload, and the practice also specialises in armed forces pensions work, with senior partner Chris Upfield leading on these matters. Sally Pike heads the department and attracts praise for her β€˜calm and constructive approach’; she is recommended for high-value pre-nuptial agreements and divorce settlements. She is ably supported by senior associate and accredited mediator Tina Day as well as solicitor Rachel Evans.

Leading individuals

Chris Upfield - Coffin Mew LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Coffin Mew LLP (Southampton)

Coffin Mew LLP advises clients on the full spectrum of private client matters, including capital gains tax planning, complex will drafting and trust management. It has a particular focus on high-value estate matters, including estate administration, estate restructuring and contentious issues involving agricultural estates and property portfolios as well as assets located in the UK and abroad. Jonathan Sleep heads the practice in Southampton, which includes associate Roz Wyeth and solicitor Stacy Keech, both of whom are adept at handling powers of attorneys issues, probate matters and inheritance tax advice.

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South East: Real estate

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

Coffin Mew LLP (Southampton, Portsmouth)

Coffin Mew LLP’s β€˜service is flexible and versatile, and is always able to cater to the client’s needs’. The firm continued to advise the Brighton West Pier Trust on the Brighton i360 project, which involved assisting with the funding and infrastructure agreements. In another highlight, the team assisted E-Crunch with securing a 10-year commercial lease for office premises in the Brighton area for Β£300,000 per annum. Its expertise also extends to land and site acquisitions, freehold and leasehold property disposals, and property finance. The firm also has specialist expertise advising on marine real estate matters and issues involving listed properties for commercial clients. Other clients include Santander, Crayfern Homes and TJ Transport. Practice head Nick Leavey is β€˜personable, thorough and knowledgeable’; he is well-versed in mixed-use commercial developments and public sector properties. Clients also single out Peter Fellows, who β€˜is a very good technical lawyer with a can-do approach’ and who focuses on property finance.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Coffin Mew LLP (Brighton, Gosport, Newbury, Portsmouth, Southampton, Wantage)

The β€˜phenomenal’ Mark O'Halloran is singled out at Coffin Mew LLP for his β€˜unique mix of deep legal knowledge, which combines with a pragmatic approach’. He handled font protection and developed a licensing model on behalf of Wessex Technology Opto-Electronic Products, which was used to bring its Countermark system to market in 2017. MWR InfoSecurity and Pirean are other clients. The firm is an β€˜asset’ to clients, providing β€˜excellent service’ in all manner of work, including procurement, system development and IT consultancy contracts.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Coffin Mew LLP (Brighton, Gosport, Newbury, Portsmouth, Southampton, Wantage)

The team at Coffin Mew LLP is β€˜effective in achieving results’. The β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ Mark O'Halloran heads the practice and has been advising Wessex Technology Opto-Electronic Products on font protection and a developing a licensing model, which was used to launch its Countermark system in 2017. Companies from industries such as hospitality and finance also retained the practice in a series of matters, including IP right validation, infringement actions and licensing work.

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