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South East: Private client

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Crane & Staples

Based in Hertfordshire, Crane & Staples's family department is well respected for its expertise in collaborative law, private children law and mediation. The practice also specialises in divorce cases, nuptial agreements and complex care matters. The names to note are practice head Danielle Peters, Sharon Montgomery and senior associate Attia Hussain.

Practice head(s):Danielle Peters

Other key lawyers:Sharon Montgomery; Attia Hussain


'The team is not only hugely knowledgeable but also extremely friendly and approachable'.

'Efficient, prompt attention and excellent advice always given'.

'This a strong team in all family areas. It is well led by very skilled and dedicated lawyers and support staff. It is certainly one of the leading firms in Hertfordshire for family work'.

'Good provincial family law department with a strength in matrimonial finance. Better than the vast majority of firms undertaking this line of work'.

'They have a very positive environment, it is always warm and welcoming'.

'Sharon Montgomery is a skilled family law negotiator. She is firm when needed but she is also reasonable. She is also commercially astute'.

'Danielle Peters is extremely bright, a good negotiator and a good advocate. She is extremely hardworking and provides very good client care'.

'Danielle Peters is very experienced and has a good attention to detail. She has a good knowledge of the area of law and is also a safe pair of hands'.

'Sharon Montgomery is extremely capable, very astute, good with clients, knows her area of law inside out and has a good feel for cases'.

'Attia Hussain is passionate about her clients and goes above and beyond in trying to achieve the best outcomes for them'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for the husband in divorce and financial proceedings.
  • Acted for the wife in high-value divorce proceedings.
  • Acting for a father in care proceedings where he was alleged to have participated in the killing of his sister.
  • Acted for husband in a nuptial agreement.
  • Acted for the wife in divorce and financial remedy proceedings in respect of a relatively short marriage with significant assets.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Crane & Staples

The private client department at Crane & Staples handles a wide range of work, including preparation of wills and lasting powers of attorney, Court of Protection matters, estate administrations and technical tax issues. The practice has long-standing relationships with clients, who largely come from well-established local families. The 'excellent' David Bird heads the practice and Samantha Webb is also recommended.

Practice head(s):David Bird

Other key lawyers:Samantha Webb


'I find everyone I have dealt with really professional, understanding and courteous'.

'They are a long standing business with considerable expertise across a range of legal issues that may affect people's lives'.

'Long-established and respected firm dedicated to serving the community of Welwyn Hatfield'.

'There is a real sense of engagement and of advice being tailored to the client's grasp of context and possibility'.

'As a client I was impressed by their commitment to diversity, which is promoted from the top. This makes me think this must be a great firm to work for'.

'Crane & Staples have been refreshingly different and easy to work with'.

'David Bird has consistently shown patience and diligence in dealing with our family's requirements, taking into account all of our concerns'.

'Samantha Webb is very professional, personable and efficient'.

'Samantha imparted her extensive knowledge to us with respect and good humour'.

Work highlights

  • Instructed in the administration of an intestate estate where the administrator is Finnish domiciled and there are assets in Jamaica.
  • Assisted a client with an opposition to a Court of Protection application to appoint deputies on his behalf.
  • Advised on complex estate administration involving three estates (two partially administered) going back over three decades.
  • Acting for an attorney client challenging local authority funding on behalf of a mother.
  • Advising trustees generally, and in particular on capital gains tax and inheritance tax considerations.
Next Generation Partners

Samantha Webb - Crane & Staples

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 4

Crane & Staples

The Crane & Staples team, based in Welwyn Garden City, specialises in a range of real estate-related matters, including acting for newly-formed businesses acquiring their first commercial premises, assisting portfolio landlords with commercial lease renewals, as well as enfranchisement and portfolio refinancing. When necessary, the team works in conjunction with the dispute resolution department to offer a full service to clients. Bonnie Twiggs  and Christopher Brewis head the practice.

Practice head(s):Bonnie Twiggs; Christopher Brewis


'The practice has an excellent range of specialists who are able to offer advice relating to various aspects of commercial property'.

'I have always been impressed with the knowledge and dedication to their clients'.

'Their response times are excellent, we are always kept informed and up-to-date, and the team have always displayed high levels of business acumen and industry knowledge'.

'Crane & Staples provide a service that really understands their clients' needs. They are quick to respond and their level of professionalism is among the best I have ever worked with'.

'Bonnie Twiggs is excellent at her work. Efficient and very knowledgeable'.

'Chris Brewis and his colleagues clearly displayed excellent knowledge and understanding of the intricacies of conveyancing throughout our transactions'.


Key Clients

Cresthaven Developments Limited

Roselea Limited

Peter Alexander Investments Limited

Davidson – Roberts Limited

Chapman Ventilation Limited

The Wellness Centre Group of Companies

Meadow Holdings Limited

Deepwell Properties Limited/Peter and Linda Redburn

Netherdown (Herts) Limited

Ladkarn Holdings Limited/Ladkarn Estates Limited

Beechwood Financial Services

PC Gill & Sons (Property) Limited

WMS Data Solutions Limited

Renshaw UK Limited

Herts Property Management Limited

Lawlock Limited/Anergreen Properties Limited/Mark Scarborough-Taylor

Willow Securities Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with the acquisition of a listed building valued at £1.25m subject to multiple occupational tenants.
  • Assisting a client with a number of matters related to the development of a residential site in Stevenage.
  • Assisted a client with transactions involving the acquisition of a site and the subsequent development of four new build flats.
  • Acting for a client looking to build a second dwelling within the rear garden of their property with an anticipated value of approximately £1m and assisting with a number of related agreements.
  • Assisting a corporate client with the sale of commercial land to a national developer conditional on obtaining planning for 40+ new dwellings.

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