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Cripps Pemberton Greenish

NUMBER 22, MOUNT EPHRAIM, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, TN4 8AS, ENGLAND
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3954 TUNBRIDGE WELLS
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London EC4R, London SW3, Tunbridge Wells, West Malling

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

The substantial team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish handles large-scale M&A deals, has a well-established stream of private equity work and attracts international clients. It is also taking on increasing amounts of work in the advertising, media and technology sectors. James Beatton has extensive experience advising shareholders and on MBOs; Nigel Stanford handles M&A, banking and investment work and Julie Hughes has a focus advising French clients on their UK businesses and investments.

Practice head(s):James Beatton; Nigel Stanford; Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:Salim Somjee; Julie Hughes

Testimonials

'What makes this firm unique is the team. They have great knowledge of the difference between French and English law systems and have so much sector expertise.'

 

Key Clients

Chapel Down Group PLC

AdEPT PLC

Park Holidays UK Limited

Holiday Extras

East Kent College

Local Planet International

Kent Frozen Foods

Uniguest Holdings

Accor Hotel Services UK

MetOcean Telematics

Work highlights

  • The firm advised the shareholders of Kent Frozen Foods on the company's sale to Brake Bros. The shareholders consisted of various trusts, family members and the management team, all of which had differing interests.
  • Acted for the sellers on the sale of their shares in VITL (the holding company for Integrated Technologies) to Gooch & Housego PLC.
  • Advised members of the Pack family in relation to the management buyout of Holiday Extras in a deal that valued the business at £100m.
  • Acted for Uniguest on its acquisition of Onelan. Uniguest is a US corporate backed by US private equity firm Atlantic Street Capital.
  • Advised the shareholders of Diamond Point International on the sale of the company to the Swedish quoted group, Addtech.
Leading individuals

James Beatton - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

'A first-rate team' at Cripps Pemberton Greenish  provides its UK and international clients with  comprehensive litigation and dispute resolution skills combined with deep sector experience in areas such as advertising and media, technology and a host of retail sectors. It also assists smaller business owners and individuals. 'Stand out' partner Ed Weeks , who 'inspires confidence', counts shareholder disputes and directors' duties in his expertise and Joanna Ford is highly rated for her handling of IT and technology contractual disputes and governance issues. Other team members include the well-rated Hannah Proctor, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs, and senior associates including Tom Bourne.

Practice head(s):Ed Weeks; Russell Simpson

Other key lawyers:Joanna Ford; Hannah Proctor; Tom Bourne; Wil Charlesworth

Testimonials

'We've worked with the firm for many years. Consequently they know our business very well, they understand our culture, what's important to us and the way we work.'

'Cripps is a relatively small firm but punches above its weight. It is regularly involved in litigation in London, including some major litigation including one of the biggest fraud cases in the UK. It frequently acts for large international clients. Its lawyers have experience of work in City firms and abroad which allows it to give a serious offering to clients without the central London price tag.'

'It is a strong regional team with excellent experience and professionalism, dealing with complex matters effectively and efficiently. This team compares very favourably with other firms in the region. A first-rate team.'

'A particular quality is their skill in judging how to run litigation cost effectively.  The lawyers I have dealt with know when to do the work themselves and when to use counsel. They also know when to incur costs and when not to.'

'Ed Weeks is the stand out partner.  Very, very good at running litigation, judging how to take matters forward and knows a pretty good amount of black letter law himself.'

'Especially capable and experienced is Ed Weeks who heads the team and brings experience, ability and charm in equal measure to matters he deals with. He is excellent with clients and commands much (justified) confidence.'

'Will Charlesworth has been a highly capable and hard working assistant, well able to handle client matters.'

'Joanna Ford is smart, straightforward and approachable, with a strong commercial instinct.'

'Hannah Proctor was also very efficient, calm and knowledgeable on the litigation side of things.'

'Hannah Proctor impressed with her organisational skills and down-to-earth approach.'

Key Clients

Eurotunnel / The Channel Tunnel Group

University of Kent

Holiday Extras

The Wates Group

Hermes CMK

Shearwater Geoservices

Day Lewis Plc

Spink & Son

Remy Cointreau Plc

Panini Spa

Work highlights

  • Advising majority shareholders with regard to protecting their interests in a family-owned construction business, a matter valued at around £2m to £3m.
  • Acting for Angela Gulbenkian and FAPS-NET Limited, the defendants,  in relation to a claim for art fraud in connection with the sale of a Japanese sculpture worth $1.375m.
  • Acting for a company director defending a misfeasance claim which will likely be valued at over £1m.
  • Negotiating a complex settlement in a multi-party dispute in relation to government subsidies in the renewable energy sector, a matter valued at £6m.
Leading individuals

Ed Weeks - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish’s banking and finance practice has a strong reputation in large financial transactions for major banks and lenders/funders, funds-related work and matters involving borrowers with significant debt and equity finance requirements. The practice heads are Craig Bowers in Kings Hill and Julie Hughes in Tunbridge Wells. Victoria Symons is another key contact. The merger of Cripps with Pemberton Greenish in December 2018 has increased the presence and weight of the practice in the South East and beyond.

Practice head(s):Craig Bowers; Julie Hughes

Other key lawyers:Victoria Symons

Testimonials

'The team are extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic.'

'Nothing was too much trouble and I was completely comfortable throughout the process that everything was being handled well by the team.'

'The practice is well placed to represent a wide range of clients in all aspects of legal work - commercial and private.'

'I would single out the dept and breath of services and professionalism of the people.'

'Julie Hughes was excellent throughout - great understanding of our requirements and our structure, good attention to detail and quick to turn things around to meet a very tight timescale.'

'Craig Bowers was impressive and gave strong input into the documents and process, handling the other parties with ease.'

Key Clients

Liberty Property Trust

CH1 Investment Partners LLP

Holiday Extras

Santander

Handelsbanken

AdEPT Technology Group Plc

Clydesdale Bank PLC

Close Brothers Property Finance

The Conduit/Lava Mayfair Club

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Assisting Liberty Property Trust with the refinancing of a portfolio of 13 properties located in England, Wales and Scotland with The Prudential Insurance Company of America.
  • Providing regulatory and structuring advice on numerous alternative investment fund structures for high net worth investors.
  • Acted for Holiday Extras Investments Limited on securing a £10m increase to the company’s existing revolving credit facility in place with RBS (from £19m to £29m).
  • Acting for Santander on a wide range of secured lending instructions across a number of different sectors.
  • Advised Handelsbanken on a number of secured lending instructions mainly on real estate projects in the range of £1m - £5m term loans.
Leading individuals

Victoria Symons - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Next Generation Partners

Craig Bowers - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish's Tunbridge Wells based team  specialises in contentious work as well as acting for companies and insolvency practitioners in relation to administrations, liquidations and company voluntary arrangements. Headed by James Beatton, the firm works across a variety of sectors, including advertising, technology and media, healthcare, financial services, and retail, leisure and hospitality. Recent work highlights include acting for a creditor of a satellite internet company, which entered members’ voluntary liquidation.  Described as 'approachable, empathetic, commercial and forward thinking', Joanna Ford is a key name to note at the practice.

Practice head(s):James Beatton

Other key lawyers:Joanna Ford;

Testimonials

'The team are approachable and are trusted advisers to their clients giving clear and concise advice.'

'Jo Ford is approachable, empathetic, commercial and forward thinking. She also provides clear practicable advice for clients'

Key Clients

On Cannon SRL

BDO LLP

Kreston Reeves LLP

Crowe U.K. LLP

Day Lewis PLC

Holiday Extras

Smith & Williamson LLP

Hermes CMK

Cadogan Estates Limited

Greenbox Recycling (Kent) Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided strategic advice to Hermes in relation to its position as landlord of the House of Fraser (HoF) store at centre:MK following announcement of the HoF CVA proposal in June 2018.
  • Acting for Kreston Reeves as administrators in relation to the administration of Nason’s, a well-known family owned furniture and department store in Canterbury, Kent.
  • Cripps advised on the cross-border merger of Foxflower Limited into Italian company On Cannon SRL.
  • Worked with Crowe on the administration of Precious Cells International Limited and its Scottish counterpart Pharmacells Limited, both private tissue banks that offer services to bank cord blood and other biological materials.
Next Generation Partners

Joanna Ford - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish assists clients in diverse sectors such as retail, hospitality, technology, healthcare and NOPs. It is also attracts work from a number of overseas/international law firms. Both regarded as 'excellent', Rhona Darbyshire and associate Emma Saunders take on the gamut of employment matters; large-scale restructurings, senior employee exits, restrictive covenants, employee relations and tribunal claims. Senior associate Camilla Beamish has a broad remit; terminations, whistle-blowing and discrimination claims and TUPE projects.

Practice head(s):Rhona Darbyshire

Other key lawyers:Camilla Beamish; Emma Saunders 

Testimonials

'One of many strengths at Cripps is the depth of knowledge in the team; if one member of the team is unavailable, another is there to help. Another strength of the team, which sets them apart from other firms I have dealt with, is the commercial focus of their advice. I am never told simply the legal position of my enquiry - it's always within the specific context of our business and the objectives that we are seeking to achieve.'

'I have yet to encounter a member of the employment law team that was not of a very high calibre. Rhona Darbyshire and Emma Saunders have consistently been excellent, very responsive and give commercial and practical advice any time we have needed it.'

Key Clients

Eurotunnel

Delivery Associates Limited

Trans Global Freight Management Limited

Peer Group Plc

MetOcean Telematics

Monecor (London) t/a ETX Capital

Optomany Limited

Holiday Extras

Principal Hayley Hotel Group

Slough Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Slough Borough Council on a high-value and complex Tribunal claim for whistleblowing detriment in which the claimant was seeking damages for a substantial sum.
  • Assisting the client with all day to day HR matters.
  • Advised in relation to the employment aspects of various acquisitions including carrying out due diligence exercises, drafting warranties and indemnities for Share Purchase Agreements and drafting directors’ service agreements.
  • Advising a group of independent schools on day to day employment and HR matters and contentious issues.
  • Advising on the employment aspects of the client's acquisition of a Domo Tactical Communications business unit.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish works with clients in the construction, manufacturing, farming and retail sectors, as well as individual owners, employees and directors in advising on all aspects of health and safety law and environmental regulations. The firm also acts on behalf of clients in interviews with enforcement authorities and dealing with local authorities. Philip Youdan and Myles McIntosh are the key partners.

Practice head(s):Philip Youdan

Other key lawyers:Myles McIntosh

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish's team has a focus on claimant related work and attracts a myriad of private clients for high-value matters. Led by 'brilliant' practice head Russell Simpson, the team has a strong grasp on fraud-related issues, coupled with knowledge on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Truly standout in the region, the practice group also has expertise in professional negligence claims arising out of the financial services sector, an area in which Pradeep Oliver and newly qualified Tristam Razzell have a particular focus.

Practice head(s):Russell Simpson

Other key lawyers:Pradeep Oliver; Tristam Razzell

Testimonials

'Russell Simpson is very commercially astute and great with clients.'

'The practitioners are highly experienced, which puts them at an advantage to other firms. They are highly practical and efficient and great with clients.'

'It's a really impressive team. They kept me in the loop at all times and were honest and upfront from the beginning.

‘I can’t give them a better reference; they were simply brilliant.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish’s agriculture and estates team specialises in wealth and heritage planning, purchases and sales of farms and land, leases of agricultural, commercial and residential property, finance, grazing agreements, and field sports. It also handles disputes arising in these areas. The practice acts for a number of key historic houses, agricultural properties and landed estates in the South East and elsewhere. 'Powerhouse' Sally Firby heads the practice. Head of the Kent private wealth team Kate Arnold  and Paul Fairbairn, who joined from Withers LLP in March 2018, are other names to note. Senior associate Darren Philpot left for Furley Page Solicitors in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Sally Firby

Other key lawyers:Kate Arnold; Paul Fairbairn

Testimonials

'Undoubtedly the biggest and the best in the South Eas.t'

'Great depth of knowledge regarding all aspects of acquisition and disposal of farms and estates.'

'All team members  are enlightened and wholly focused on the outcome.'

'The individuals I work with are accessible, generally respond quickly to queries raised and give sound advice.'

'They have a deep and well established knowledge of their subject and a very proactive approach to dealing with each case they take on.'

'Their particular strength lies with Sally Firby, who is the power house and a colossus with regard to the sale and purchase of farms. She is a commercially savvy lawyer who is incredibly experienced and knowledgeable'.

'Sally Firby has become the "go-to" lawyer for any meaningful estate. I know of no other lawyer who will undertake such a thorough job and in such a timely fashion.'

'Sally Firby is an outstanding partner of the firm. I have worked with her on numerous transactions and her professionalism and reliability is second to none.'

Key Clients

Evremond Estate

Fridays Limited

Chapel Down

Trustees of Deed of Farrington Variation Trust

Berry Gardens Growers Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Berry Gardens Growers on a number of highly technical research and development programmes with IP implications.
  • Sale of a large farm and dissolution of a family partnership.
  • Sale of a family-run dairy farm.
  • Acting for the buyers on purchasing a farm from well-known cattle breeders.
  • Purchase of a large property in Cranbrook.
Leading individuals

Sally Firby - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish provides commercial, corporate, real estate and governance support to charitable organisations ranging from small grant-making trusts to well-known, non-profit organisations such as the English National Ballet. Key sectors of expertise include arts and heritage, social housing and religious organisations and educational establishments. Kate Arnold leads the practice and is noted for her work in governance and advising on the creation of new charitable organisations. Andrew Harbourne retains a strong client roster in the religion, education and affordable housing sectors, while Rhona Darbyshire focuses on employment-related matters.

Practice head(s):Kate Arnold

Other key lawyers:Andrew Harbourne; Rhona Darbyshire

Testimonials

‘The team have a good understanding of charity law and compliance issues.’

'A responsive practice with a good understanding of the nature of charity clients and their needs.’

'The team is first rate for its their responsiveness and understanding of the clients' business and gives practical advice and guidance.'

Key Clients

URC Thames North Trust

The London Diocesan Fund

English National Ballet

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

The Royal Charter Corporation that owns and operate Harrow School and John Lyons School

Work highlights

  • Acted for URC Thames North Trust in the negotiation of a development agreement in relation to the United Reformed Church in North London, for the construction of a new church and hall.
  • Assisting the University of Kent in corporate, finance, dispute resolution and real estate matters, including on the grant of a new lease to Kent Union for their new £3m building, located within the Canterbury campus.
  • Advising East Kent College on its merger with Canterbury College.
  • Assisting the English National Ballet with negotiation of construction documents in relation to relocation of the headquarters to London City Island.
Leading individuals

Kate Arnold - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish , which was formed following a merger between Cripps LLP and Pemberton Greenish, has a specialist dispute resolution practice, which is led by Myles McIntosh. Contentious trusts and probate matters are a core part of the work undertaken by the team. McIntosh works with Russell Simpson and Phillip Youdan. All three of the partners in the group are full members of the Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). Both UK-based and overseas high net-worth individuals feature on the firm's client list. High-value trust disputes and will and inheritance disputes are among the recent areas of growth. Associate Dino Sikkel is another key figure.

Practice head(s):Myles McIntosh

Other key lawyers:Phillip Youdan; Russell Simpson; Dino Sikkel

Leading individuals

Phillip Youdan - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Having merged with Pemberton Greenish, the Cripps Pemberton Greenish  team is noted for its 'strength in depth'. The team handles the gamut of work including wealth protection/nuptial agreements, co-habitation and children safety issues. The group also offers mediation and alternative dispute resolution services.  Alex Davies splits his time between the Kent and London offices and the 'exceptional'  Vanda James  is collaboratively trained and has long expertise encompassing financial remedy cases that often involves international elements in addition to children cases.

Practice head(s):Alex Davies

Other key lawyers:Vanda James; Claire Tollefson; Katy-Louise Allen

Testimonials

'Vanda James is a well-connected and an exceptional family lawyer'.

Work highlights

  • Advised the fourth generation of a familyon a pre-nuptial agreement.
  • Advised on a complex family arrangement, including children,  involving several countries and where an investigation was necessary to ascertain a spouse's wealth and assets.
  • Advised a spouse on divorce and financial remedy proceedings where a business was involved. The advice included tax issues and provision for children.
Leading individuals

Alex Davies - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Next Generation Partners

Vanda James - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish  is home to an outstanding wealth protection team whose 'advice is always first class' and, following Cripps' merger with Pemberton Greenish, the practice has enlarged its private client and tax offering further. Succession planning, trust administration and tax advisory are are the core expertise together with contentious trust and probate matters. It serves ultra-high-net-worth individuals, many of whom are high-profile individuals with domestic and international interests and assets or are non-doms. Kate Arnold is considered to be 'enlightened and wholly focused on  outcomes' and Paul Fairbairn specialises in advising domestic and international families on their succession and tax planning. The'highly rated' Richard Mencner and associate Stephen Horscroft are also core team members.

Practice head(s):Kate Arnold

Other key lawyers:Paul Fairbairn; Richard Mencner; Jessica Jamieson; Stephen Horscroft

Testimonials

'They have a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience, together with the ability to address individual client problems with sympathetic expertise.'

'What impresses me is their ability to respond quickly to any issues I may have.'

'Richard Mencner has been advising us on trusts.  We rate him very highly.'

'Paul Fairbairn is always professional and we totally trust his expertise. We have a very good personal relationship with Paul, this is important and helps us feel confident he fully understands our circumstances and therefore is able to provide the best advice and have our best interests at heart.'

'Stephen Horscroft was excellent in dealing with our estate planning issues.  He has a very good manner, was very responsive and produced practical solutions to the issues which arose.'

Next Generation Partners

Kate Arnold - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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South East: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish acts for healthcare clients on a wide range of matters, providing clients with employment and dispute resolution advice in addition to corporate, commercial, and real estate matters. Nick Austen heads the practice and focuses on transactional matters, as well as acting for banks and other lenders in the space. The practice has undergone some shifts in the last year, with Justin Cumberlege departing for Hempsons and Gemma Mintram heading to Knights plc.

Practice head(s):Nick Austen

Leading individuals

Nick Austen - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish is home to a multi-disciplinary team that provides a wide range of services to local authority clients, including advice on development projects, asset management and property litigation. The firm also advises local authorities on employment matters. James Lee and Miles Paffard are the key names within the practice, specialising in development and regeneration projects and property litigation respectively.

Practice head(s):James Lee

Other key lawyers:Miles Paffard

Key Clients

Eastbourne Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Slough Borough Council

Lewes District Council

Ashford Borough Council

Thanet District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Eastbourne Borough Council on all aspects of the purchase and redevelopment of Hampden Retail Park  and continue to be retained for the ongoing asset management.
  • Dealing with all asset management matters for Runnymede Borough Council’s Addlestone One development in Surrey.
  • Main advisers to Slough Borough Council in relation to its £1b regeneration of Slough.
Leading individuals

Miles Paffard - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

The 'highly rated' team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish  serves an impressive range of clients from landed estates to institutional investors, shopping centre developers and housebuilders. One of the largest regional practices, the team is led by Mike Scott and Richard Blackman who heads up work for real estate developers. Garry Brett leads on private rented and build to rent work, acting for investors.

Practice head(s):Mike Scott; Richard Blackman

Other key lawyers:Garry Brett; Glenn Miller; Sarah Ferguson

Key Clients

Eastbourne Borough Council

Bishop Stortford North Consortium (Bovis Homes,Crest Nicholson, Taylor

Wimpey , Bunny Family Interests)

Sandro

Infosys Limited

Optivo

Runnymede Borough Council

Kennedy Wilson

Kato Kagaku Co Limited

Wates Developments

Hermes Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Property advice on all aspects of the purchase and redevelopment of Hampden Retail Park in Eastbourne, with a development value of £30m.
  • Advised on the purchase of land earmarked for 1,880 units at a new site at Whitely in Hampshire including collaboration agreements on multiple land parcels.
  • Acted for this luxury French fashion brand and part of the SMCP group in acquiring a new store on Regent Street to create a new triple fronted London flagship store and simultaneously completed a surrender and new lease with the Crown Estate.
  • Advising on a new London office for Brilliant Basics, an Infosys company across two floors at the new Helical development.
  • Assisting on the purchase of 70 affordable housing flats at a site close to the former Olympic games venue which was subject to a lengthy Section 106 agreement. The transaction is valued at £7.9m.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish  resulted from a merger between Cripps LLP and Pemberton Greenish in 2018. Its construction department supports clients in mixed-use regeneration project developments and infrastructure projects. Clients include banks, national and independent housebuilders, pension funds and REITs. Team head James Lee specialises in non-contentious transactional work. Nitej Davda is the key contact for contentious issues; his experience includes claims under collateral warranties and performance bonds, among other matters.

Practice head(s):James Lee

Other key lawyers:Nitej Davda

Key Clients

Crossrail Limited

Slough Borough Council

South East Water

Hermes Real Estate Investment

Home Office

English National Ballet

University of Kent

M&G Real Estate

Liberty Property Trust UK Limited

The London Diocesan Fund

Work highlights

  • Assisting English National Ballet with negotiating the construction documents relating to the fit-out of its new headquarters in London City Island.
  • The firm is acting for Slough Borough Council on the £1bn regeneration of Slough.
  • Assisted Kato Kagaku with the construction aspects of the refurbishment of the iconic Aldwych Quarter, comprising Bush House, Melbourne House and four other adjacent buildings on The Strand in London.
  • Main advisers for all of South East Water Limited’s construction work relating to the upgrade and maintenance of their water treatment works, pipework and other infrastructure.
  • Acting for Chapel Down Group Plc on the fit-out works for a new brewery and visitor centre in Ashford town centre and the refurbishment of a existing building to create a new gin distillery  at Kings Cross, London.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish is particularly well-known for its work for residential developers and housing associations, for whom it advises on environmental issues associated with residential development projects. The scope of its work in this space includes advising on environmental impact assessments, strategic environmental assessments and contaminated land issues. Jason Towell leads the team, which also acts on major projects in the retail, leisure and renewables industries, and handles other bespoke projects. Philip Youdan is the name to note for litigation involving the Environmental Agency (EA).

Practice head(s):Jason Towell

Other key lawyers:Philip Youdan

Key Clients

Wates Developments Limited

London and Continental Railways Limited

Liberty Property Trust UK Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Town and Country Housing Group

Bovis Homes Limited

Slough Borough Council

Wates Group

Crossrail Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Wates on section 106 agreement and appeal strategy for 700 dwelling development at Fleet.
  • Handles a section 106 agreement for Liberty Property Trust UK Limited. 2750 homes mixed use development at North Horsham.
  • Completing section 106 agreements for Hillreed Homes and Ward Homes for their 1,210 dwelling urban development at Aylesham.
  • Advising an objector seeking enforcement action against a commercial development in the Green Belt.
  • Advising house builders on defence of a judicial review against a local plan.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

The 'friendly and approachable' planning and environment team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish has extensive experience of working with residential developers in the housebuilding sector. In addition, it handles the planning aspects of major development projects in the retail, leisure and renewable energy sectors. The firm has also had an increase in judicial review work. Practice head Jason Towell and Beth Gascoyne are 'experienced, knowledgeable and unflappable'.

Practice head(s):Jason Towell

Other key lawyers:Beth Gascoyne

Testimonials

'A keen eye for detail, high professional standards and a thorough knowledge and understanding of all aspects of planning and property law'.

 

Key Clients

Wates Developments Limited

Liberty Property Trust UK Limited

Barratt Homes

Persimmon Homes Limited

Berkeley Homes (Eastern Counties) Limited

Trenport Investments Limited

Aylesford Heritage Limited

Town and Country Housing Group

Jones Homes Limited

Bovis Homes Limited

Hermes CMK General Partner Limited

Home Office

Work highlights

  • Section 106 agreement for 1,500 dwelling development at Bicester, for Wates Developments and Redrow Homes.
  • Section 106 agreement for Liberty Property Trust UK Limited. 2,750 homes mixed use development at North Horsham.
  • Advised Persimmon Homes and Bovis Homes on section 106 agreement for 400 dwellings in Northfleet.
  • Advising Trenport on variation to large industrial park, Eurolink V at Sittingbourne.
  • Advising the Home Office on a section 106 agreement for 161 new dwellings at a former police training centre in Harrogate.
Leading individuals

Jason Towell - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Next Generation Partners

Beth Gascoyne - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish  is active in investment and portfolio asset management work (with a focus on the retail sector), and also advises central government departments on their occupied estates. In addition, its work includes easement and covenant claims, option and overage claims and contentious property-related insolvency matters. Miles Paffard heads up the practice. Nitej Davda, who specialises in construction disputes, is another key figure.

Practice head(s):Miles Paffard

Other key lawyers:Nitej Davda

Key Clients

M&G Real Estate

Hermes

Kennedy Wilson

AEW Europe

Home Office

ERGO Versicherung AG and AEGIS Syndicate 1225 / Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) Plc

Wates Development Limited

South East Water

Crown Prosecution Service

Peer Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for shopping centre owner Hermes on company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) and insolvency processes of a number of major retailers and restaurant chains.
  • Assisting ERGO with defending substantial rights to light claims.
  • Assisted Home Office with operating lease breaks to avoid substantial on-running liability and to settle dilapidation claim.
  • Representing a national property developer in adverse possession proceedings in the Land Registration First Tier Tribunal to avoid frustration of a proposed development.
  • Acting for Wates Development Limited - as the intermediate leaseholder of mixed use premises in Mayfair - in substantial leasehold enfranchisement proceedings.
Leading individuals

Nitej Davda - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish leverages strengths in multiple disciplines to handle a full range of issues connected with the affordable housing sector. It demonstrates strong capabilities in areas such as employment, commercial contracts and dispute resolution. In the property development sphere, the team advises on funding, site acquisition, planning and construction procurement. The firm acts for large national registered providers, as well as smaller local operators. Andrew Harbourne and Sarah Ferguson are key contacts.

Practice head(s):Andrew Harbourne; Sarah Ferguson

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish has key sector experience in the fintech and adtech spheres, representing a wide range of clients from those areas. Pete Kenyon heads the team, and is prominent in matters concerning the development and commercialisation of software and online businesses.  Another key name at the practice is Irfan Baluch, a former software developer who developed the firm's GDPR compliance framework, while SaaS expert Kathryn Rogers is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:Irfan Baluch; Kathryn Rogers

Testimonials

'Cripps is a forward thinking team that really puts itself at the heart of its clients businesses, and therefore can tailor its advice and recommendations accordingly.'

'Pete Kenyon is great at talking to our customers and getting them to see our viewpoint.'

'Irfan Baluch helps clients navigate complex issues in a logical and efficient way.'

 

Key Clients

Optomany

Electroneum

Condeco

Accor Hotel Services UK Limited

Holiday Extras

RDT

Conduit Connect

Apex Networks

Berry Gardens

Park IT / MAG

Work highlights

  • Advised Conduit Connect on the issues relating to the launch of an online investment platform.
  • Assisted Apex Networks with the drafting of two agreements for the provision of its SaaS offering for roadside assistance job management.
  • Advised Berry Gardens on various agreements with a third party supplier to support the use of novel equipment in the clients packing line.
  • Advising Holiday Extras in relation to contracts with agents for the provision of white-labelled websites and API feeds to facilitate online bookings, as well as assisting the client's in-house team with the procurement of IT services to enhance its website and back end technology.
  • Advised Optomany in relation to the negotiation of high value contracts with banks acquiring the client's software.
Next Generation Partners

Kathryn Rogers - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Operating from its two Kent-based offices Cripps Pemberton Greenish undertakes all aspects of IP protection work, serving clients from a wide range of sectors. It has a noted track record assisting clients in the agricultural and soft fruits sectors which includes plant licencing and R&D matters. The team often operates in a support role as part of the firm's corporate practice, assisting with the integration of IP assets during acquisitions, and ensuring their protection in Joint Ventures. Pete Kenyon leads the group, and is particularly focused on the software and online sectors, while associate Phil Bilney is a name to note for the future.

Practice head(s):Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:Irfan Baluch; Phil Bilney

Testimonials

'Cripps always seemed to have someone in the wings ready to offer expertise.'

'I only wised the other side were as on the ball as Cripps.'

'Pete Kenyon  is very skilled and knowledgeable and transfers this knowledge to you with confidence and reassurance.'

'The team is very knowledgeable and helpful in all areas of their specialisms.'

Key Clients

Optomany

Electroneum

Park IT / MAG

The Conduit Holdco. Limited

RDT

Bedfont Scientific

Berry Gardens Growers

KM Media Group

Accor Hotels

Celerity Information Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Handled negotiations with a major UK airport group for the provision of hardware, software and support, working closely with the client to ensure their IP is suitably protected.
  • Carried out an IP audit for the Habicus Group.
  • Acting for the patent owner in litigation in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
  • Regularly acting for this client, a brand management company, in the enforcement of its valuable portfolio of trade marks for household names in the food and drink sector.
  • Advised on the brand licence agreement between The Conduit Holdco and the trading entity which operates the Club for use of the brand THE CONDUIT in relation to the Club.

Rising stars

Phil Bilney - Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

The team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish is a prominent force in the advertising and marketing sectors, advising high-profile sector clients on corporate and commercial matters. The firm also acts on the other side of the table, advising companies in their dealings with media agencies and PR consultancies. Commercial specialist Pete Kenyon heads the team along with Nigel Stanford, a corporate law expert with significant in-house experience in the advertising sector. IP and IT specialist Brian Miller joined the practice from Stone King LLP in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Pete Kenyon; Nigel Stanford

Key Clients

Local Planet International Limited

Keesing Media Group BV

DAC Group Europe Limited

Influencer Limited

We Are Social

Instinctif Partners

Remy Cointreau

Hermes CMK General Partner Limited

Sands Heritage

OMD

PHD

Goodstuff

Ptarmigan Media Limited

Chase & Co Advertising

Samba Communications

Wilmington Plc

Work highlights

  • Advise Local Planet International, in particular on the reorganisation of its share ownership structure and joint venture arrangements in 20 global markets.
  • Advising Keesing Media in relation to the ownership of its shares in Eye to Eye Puzzles Ltd.
  • Advised Influencer Limited on an issue of shares to YouTube personality Caspar Lee and have since acted on Influencer’s behalf in connection with a number of fundraising rounds and commercial documentation
  • Advised the owners of shopping centre, centre:mk, on contract terms with their PR/media consultancy for the management of digital presence and other off-line issues.
  • Advised We Are Social on a number of issues including the ongoing negotiation with a key customer

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