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Cripps LLP

NUMBER 22, MOUNT EPHRAIM, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, TN4 8AS, ENGLAND
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Work 01892 515121
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Fax 01892 544878
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3954 TUNBRIDGE WELLS
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www.cripps.co.uk
Kent, London, 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 LLP (Kings Hill, Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLP is ‘a very dedicated law firm with real skill in corporate and commercial law’. Private equity transactions, joint ventures and data protection issues are mainstays of the practice, which acts for a range of technology, healthcare and infrastructure sector clients. Highlights included advising the shareholders of Flamerock on the management buyout of the company to a private equity house; assisting Paydens Group with its acquisition of the SG Court pharmacy group; and advising Vantage Holdings its sale to NSM Insurance Group. The practice also acted for Safic-Alcan on its cross-border acquisition of KemCare. Other clients include Infectious Media, Eurotunnel and Day Lewis. James Beatton heads the corporate group, with commercial IT and IP specialist Pete Kenyon leading the commercial practice. Other key names include Salim Somjee, a crowdfunding and public equity expert, as well as Nigel Stanford, who focuses on corporate finance and Olivier Morel, who is recommended for international matters. Victoria Symons joined the team in September 2016, bringing secured lending and M&A expertise to the practice.

Leading individuals

James Beatton - Cripps LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

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

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLPis an outstanding firm which delivers the highest standards of client care’ according to clients. It is well-versed in undertaking high-value damages claims, pharmaceuticals-sector disputes and breach of contract matters. It continues to represent the owner of a family-owned pharmaceuticals business in a shareholder dispute with the joint owner, which involved negotiating settlements and contested court applications. It also acted for a security company in seeking an urgent injunction to prevent a winding-up petition, with the client arguing that the claimant had fabricated the claim; the injunction application was successful and settled in February 2016. Other clients include the Channel Tunnel Group, the University of Kent, Brake Bros and Carousel Logistics. Practice head Ed Weeks ‘combines significant experience with a calm and practical approach’; he leads a team that includes Philip Youdan, who ‘is passionate about his clients and an extremely astute tactician’; managing associate Joanna Ford, who is recommended for international disputes; and senior associate Tom Bourne, who ‘fights his client’s corner and is very focused’.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Clients of Cripps LLP rate the team for its ‘commitment to doing a good job’. It regularly assists clients in the maritime, property and logistics industries with rent and ground service charge arrears, repossession of property and debt recovery litigation. It continued to act for PAYE Stonework & Restoration on multiple debt collections and is assisting the Treasury Solicitor with debt recovery resulting from fees collected by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Prudential, Frog Diamond Drilling and COH Baines are also on the client roster. Ed Weeks leads the department and specialises in commercial debt recovery, while service manager Fiona Chamberlain is an expert in real estate debt collection matters. The well-regarded Simon Leney and associate David Morgan are other key names.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLP’s ‘highly responsive’ team attracts praise for its ‘deep knowledge of various sectors and local business drivers’. The group regularly advises on major transactions on both the borrower and lender side; recent highlights include acting for Day Lewis Group on its £160m multi-bank refinancing, handling a number of term loans and finance facilities on behalf of Santander, and advising Metro Bank on a variety of transactions in the healthcare space. James Beatton and Nigel Stanford co-head the practice, which includes Philip Cunningham, who advises a range of banking clients including Lloyds and Barclays.

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

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

The ‘pragmatic and responsive’ insolvency team at Cripps LLP, based in Tunbridge Wells and Kings Hill, delivers ‘excellent service and sound advice tailored to the client’s needs’ and has a bigger focus on non-contentious restructurings and corporate and commercial transactions including corporate restructuring, refinancing and work arising from distressed situations. Media and advertising as well as healthcare, finance, food and drink, and logistics/transport are key areas of expertise for the 11-lawyer group. The ‘clear-headed and commercialJames Beatton, who stays ‘calm under pressure’ and ‘gets to the heart of the issue’, heads up the practice, while Chris Langridge specialises in corporate recovery, including reorganisations and distressed M&A. From the managing associates, clients recommend the ‘empathetic and thoroughJoanna Ford, the ‘very efficient’ Tom Bourne and the ‘extremely diligent’ Liz Barton, who are all ‘keen to do well for their clients’. Victoria Symons joined the Kings Hill office from Brecher LLP in September 2016. Traverse Advisory, Silverstar Foods and RSM UK Group are regular clients, while Pretty Legs Hosiery was a client win in 2016.

Next generation lawyers

Joanna Ford - Cripps LLP

Liz Barton - Cripps LLP

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South East: Human resources

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

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLP’s ‘overall level of service is excellent’ according to clients. Internal restructuring, mass redundancy issues and cross-border employee outsourcing matters are all key areas for the practice, which is also regularly called on to handle the employment aspects of corporate takeovers and disposals. In 2016 the team advised Halbronn on employment law issues arising from its acquisition of 2D CNC Machinery and assisted a former managing director on their exit from a company, including negotiating a remuneration package and new shareholder agreement. Other highlights included acting for We Are Social on pension scheme structuring, employee disciplinary issues and TUPE transfer clauses, and acting for a client in the insurance industry in a potential High Court injunction concerning a breach of contract dispute. Other contentious expertise includes whistleblowing mandates and employment tribunal litigation. Concordia International Rx UK, Munroe K, Burrswood and TYO UK are also clients. Department leader Erica Dennett, who was promoted to partner in May 2016, ‘gives high-quality advice with minimal fuss’; she is ably supported by HR expert Gavin Tyler, senior associate Camilla Beamish, who ‘provides clear, uncomplicated advice’, and managing associate Rhona Darbyshire.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells )

Cripps LLP is ‘an outstanding firm which delivers the highest standards of client care’ and its team provides ‘prompt and practical advice specifically geared towards the nature of the client’s business’. The group handles the full range of issues arising out of health and safety-related incidents, including police investigations, negotiations with the HSE and Traffic Commissioner hearings, and also has significant expertise in construction and transport-related incidents. Recent work included representing Horder Healthcare in an inquest that considered issues of causation and liability, among others. ‘Astute tactician’ Philip Youdan ‘swiftly grasps the practical concerns involved in each case’ and has ‘a prompt and friendly approach which inspires confidence’. Myles McIntosh has ‘a calm and pragmatic approach’.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLP’s ‘highly regarded’ practice is ‘one of the leading departments for claimant professional liability work’. The team is known for its expertise in property and finance-related cases, and also receives a strong flow of claims related to solicitor, surveyor, accountant and architect negligence. In a recent highlight, the firm acted for the plaintiffs in a case against EAR Sheppard, a structural and civil engineer consultancy company, which related to advice provided prior to a purchase of residential premises where the property had to be demolished due to defects not advised upon by the defendant. The firm successfully secured full damages and indemnity costs on behalf of the client. Russell Simpson heads the practice and is ‘well regarded in the market’, with significant expertise in complex professional negligence cases. Associate David Morgan is ‘very sympathetic, and has an easy-going manner when dealing with clients’. Also recommended are Gemma Pearmain, who ‘takes a practical approach to all her cases’, and Nitej Davda, who is the name to note for property and construction-related disputes.

Next generation lawyers

David Morgan - Cripps LLP

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLP advises on the full gamut of issues in the agricultural sector including land sale and purchase, contract and share farming agreements, tax planning and grazing agreements, and also has a niche expertise in Stamp Duty Land Tax and its implications. The firm recently advised on a number of high-value property and estate acquisitions across the South East region, and also handled various sales of land for development and residential use. Notable individuals include Sally Firby, who specialises in high-value farm and country estates; Darren Philpot, who is noted for his expertise in financial tax planning in relation to estate acquisitions; and Peter Scott, who advises on inheritance tax. Evremond Estate is a key client.

Next generation lawyers

Darren Philpot - Cripps LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLP is notably strong in the education, social housing, religion and healthcare sectors, and also receives significant mandates from its arts, culture and heritage clients. The firm advises on the full breadth of matters including charity formation, M&A activity, risk management and compliance issues, and also handles trustee training and Charity Commission investigations. Recent work included advising URC Thames North Trust on its acquisition of a new-build church in Hemel Hempstead, and acting for Shepway Sports Trust on the appointment of professionals in relation to a building contract for a multi-storey skate park, a project valued at £10m. Kate Arnold heads the charity practice, providing governance and regulatory advice, and property lawyer Andrew Harbourne is the other key figure.

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

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLP has ‘a very strong contested trust and probate team’ and is ‘especially good in property matters’. The firm acts for a mix of high net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and family businesses, and advises on the full range of wills, inheritance and trust and estate-related disputes. Practice head Myles McIntosh is ‘an excellent practitioner who can remain objective in all issues’, and other key figures include the ‘proactive’ Philip Youdan and Russell Simpson, who handles high-value probate and Inheritance Act claims.

Leading individuals

Philip Youdan - Cripps LLP

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Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLPhas considerable depth of knowledge on family law issues’, according to clients. With a strong background in handling complex and high-value divorce proceedings, pre-nuptial agreements and tax issues for clients, the firm also frequently undertakes children cases including Children Act proceedings, child abuse matters and internal relocation agreements. The firm also fields trained mediators and collaborative lawyers, plus the firm’s property, private client and corporate teams provide advice on offshore and onshore asset protection, tax issues and trust management. The firm’s client roster features national and international clients. Department leader and high-value financial remedy specialist Alex Davies, cross-border finance expert Vanda James and senior associate and wealth protection specialist Katy-Louise Allen (who joined the firm in June 2016 from Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP, are all recommended.

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

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

According to clients, Cripps LLPmanages to combine being a commercial outfit while still delivering a very personal and individual service’. Inheritance tax planning, high-value estate administration and trust management are key areas of the practice, which also handles a variety of wealth protection matters. Recent work includes advising on the establishment of a £6m investment company, and advising on the sale of a £1.5m multi-use agricultural estate, which involved advising on the tax structure for the transaction. The team’s international expertise extends to advising clients on their onshore and offshore assets, non-domicile tax issues and advising on mitigating capital gains tax among others. Landed estate expert Simon Leney heads the team, which includes tax planning specialist Anne Lewis, whose ‘wisdom, experience and business acumen are of a very high standard’; and managing associate Stephen Horscroft, who is ‘professional, reassuring and approachable’. Kate Arnold, Jessica Jamieson, Mary-Anne Gribbon and Chris Wilkinson are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Simon Leney - Cripps LLP

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South East: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells, Discovery Park Kent, Kings Hill)

Cripps LLP is ‘one of the leading advisers in the pharmacy sector’ and ‘adopts a pragmatic approach in each matter, offering clients timely and effective advice’. The practice’s clients span the independent pharmacy and dentistry sectors, in addition to GPs, opticians, care homes and independent fostering agencies. Highlights included advising pharmacy group Day Lewis on the sale and purchase of several pharmacy companies and businesses, and acting for Metro Bank on a variety of healthcare-related loans involving borrowers such as dentists, veterinary surgeons, dermatologists and opticians. Nick Austen heads the healthcare team, advising primarily on corporate and banking matters, and litigator Philip Youdan is recommended for regulatory issues.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLP’s ‘high-quality’ practice attracts praise for its ‘practical, timely advice’ and ‘excellent level of client care’. Its areas of expertise cover real estate acquisitions and disposals, development work, property disputes, employment issues and public sector procurement, among other matters. In a recent highlight, the team acted for Slough Borough Council on a large-scale regeneration project procured in partnership with Morgan Sindall, which involves the development of housing, public buildings, schools and leisure facilities. Other key longstanding clients include the UK Border Agency, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Home Office, and the practice also has a strong client base of local councils. Miles Paffard leads the department, which includes Jason Towell, who is noted for his work for housebuilders and public sector clients on residential development and regeneration projects, and James Lee, who is recommended for complex construction matters.

Leading individuals

Miles Paffard - Cripps LLP

Next generation lawyers

James Lee - Cripps LLP

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South East: Real estate

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

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLPgoes above and beyond what is required to deliver an exemplary service’. With a strong background in advising developers and lenders, the firm frequently advises on acquisitions and disposals, portfolio management and high-value leasehold issues. The team continued to assist Slough Borough Council on its £1bn regeneration project for the area, with work in 2016 including advising on the £27m new library in Slough’s town centre and £8m football stadium and public sports facility, as well as assisting Studio Wayne McGregor on the leasehold negotiations and refurbishment of the former International Broadcasting centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to create a new dance studio. In another highlight, the team continued to advise Hermes Investment Management on the management of The Centre: MK, a shopping centre in Milton Keynes, including handling asset management matters, refurbishment planning advice and negotiating new leases for retail spaces. Peer Group, Canada Life and Barratt Homes are also on the roster. Real estate head Mike Scott ‘is calm under fire, creative and inventive’; he is ably supported by Kate Robinson who ‘is calm and efficient’, and Stephen Hedley who ‘is very personable, well-experienced and responsive’. Senior partner Clare Hyland and Glenn Miller are other key contacts. Matthew Cox left to join TLT and Richard Stokes went into an in-house counsel position at Transport for London.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLP has a notable specialism in regeneration and urban renewal projects, and also handles a strong mix of banking, transactional and contentious work in the real estate sector. Recent highlights include advising Slough Borough Council on a major regeneration project procured in partnership with Morgan Sindall, as well as on a flagship development across Slough town centre. It is also handling a dispute with a contractor related to defects and incomplete work related to the £1.5m refurbishment of a community centre. Andrew Harbourne heads the construction practice and specialises in contentious property development matters. Nitej Davda advises on a range of construction projects, his key clients including Crossrail and Liberty Property Trust.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLP handles ecological and environmental issues arising from large-scale developments, as well as Environmental Impact Assessments, contaminated land issues and associated judicial reviews. Recent work includes acting for Liberty Property Trust on a planning agreement for its new mixed-use community in North Horsham; assisting Wates Developments with a section 106 agreement to secure planning permission for 86 new homes; and advising Trenport Investments on a revised planning application at Eurolink V in Sittingbourne. Practice head Jason Towell specialises in residential development matters, acting for housebuilders on various high-profile developments. He is assisted by Philip Youdan, who advises clients on environmental prosecutions, and is noted for his efforts to minimise the risks of enforcement actions and limit damages penalties. Other active clients include ARG Renewables, Persimmon Homes and Slough Borough Council.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLP is ‘outstanding in every respect’ and is recognised for its expertise in the housebuilding sector, advising a range of builders and housing associations on complex planning matters, and increasingly on judicial reviews. The firm is also active in the retail, leisure and renewable energy industries, and has handled a number of bespoke projects over the last year. Recent work includes advising Liberty Property Trust on planning application for a new mixed-use community in North Horsham, and acting for housebuilders Persimmon Homes and Bovis Homes in a planning strategy and section 106 agreement regarding a major urban edge development, a project valued at an excess of £20m. Jason Towell heads the practice; ‘the depth of knowledge and experience he brings to the table is always combined with speed and efficiency, which allows for a first-class service’.

Next generation lawyers

Beth Gascoyne - Cripps LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

The team at Cripps LLP is ‘very good on all fronts’, providing ‘solid, well-structured and well-considered advice’. The practice acts for a mix of businesses and private individuals, for which it handles the full scope of issues including property insolvency, land registration disputes, real estate-related insurance claims and compulsory purchase compensation claims. Highlights included representing Hermes in lease renewal proceedings with Boots, and acting for Great Lakes Reinsurance in a claim related to a residential block development. Miles Paffard heads the department, and Mike Scott is the other name to note.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Cripps LLP (Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLP’s wide-ranging practice advises registered providers, housebuilders and affordable housing divisions on the full range of social housing matters, with key areas of expertise including site acquisitions, development and funding, regeneration schemes and shared ownership leases. Recent examples include advising Southern Housing Group on its £6.7m purchase of land for the construction of 36 affordable housing units, and acting for Golding Homes on its acquisition of 45 properties in Kent from The Riverside Group. The team also advises Family Mosaic Housing on various contentious and non-contentious property portfolio matters, including property management, leases and licenses. Andrew Harbourne heads the practice and advises on governance, public procurement and construction law issues. Sarah Ferguson is the other name to note.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP (Kings Hill, Tunbridge Wells)

Customers and suppliers instruct Cripps LLP in an array of matters, involving data protection, commercial contract, cloud computing and software development issues. As well as heading the commercial practice, Pete Kenyon also leads the advertising technology and media sector group, and advised Optomany on agreements with a payment services provider, which intended to use the client’s payment processing technology in relation to re-routing and authorising card transactions. Recently promoted partner Kathryn Rogers is another key figure alongside Irfan Baluch, who handles contracts with blue-chip clients for iiPay, with an emphasis on implementing the company’s software platform. Holiday Extras is advised on API licenses, white label matters, outsourcing IT personnel and service agreements for its technology platform. Other clients include RDT and South East Water.

Next generation lawyers

Kathryn Rogers - Cripps LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Cripps LLP (Kings Hill, Tunbridge Wells)

Pete Kenyon leads Cripps LLP’s practice and is often retained by software and online companies as well as businesses that focus on commercialising IP rights for their business models. Kenyon assists Holiday Extras with exploiting and protecting its IP rights, and recently handled IP licensing contracts with airport, airline and travel companies. Kathryn Rogers made partner and advises on annual license renewals and brand development for Coregeo; Irfan Baluch filed a copyright infringement and passing off claim on behalf of a global consultancy in the public sector against a Canadian company and a Dutch individual; and managing associate Joanna Ford is representing a designer, manufacturer and supplier of wristbands, lanyards and badges in a dispute with another wristband supplier, which allegedly infringed the claimant’s patent for wristbands and a locking mechanism. Will Charlesworth was promoted to senior associate and is also highly experienced.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP (Kings Hill. Tunbridge Wells)

Cripps LLP has handled a number of corporate transactions and commercial contracts work for media, marketing and publishing companies. Nigel Stanford acted for DAC Group Europe in its £4.15m acquisition of Ambergreen Internet Marketing, and advised Local Planet on launching a privately owned international network of media agencies. Keesing Media Group and Samba Communications are other clients. Recently promoted partner Kathryn Rogers, Irfan Baluch, Salim Somjee and practice head Pete Kenyon are key figures in the practice, which is also adept in corporate reorganisations, data protection, IP work and various other matters.

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