Firm Profile > Enable Law > Exeter, England

Enable Law
SENATE COURT, SOUTHERNHAY GARDENS
EXETER
EX1 1NT
England

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Leveraging strong relationships with its agricultural, tax and inheritance practices, Foot Anstey offers a full array of contentious probate services to its clients. These include high net-worth individuals, charities, trustees and trust corporations located locally and nationally. Lucy Gill heads up the practice, advising charities and individuals on a variety of inheritance disputes issues. Also recommended are managing associate Alexandra Rogers, who specialises in complex agricultural trust and probate matters, and Emma Facey, who advises charities on issues with trusts and legacies.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Gill

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Rogers; Emma Facey; Elizabeth Ware

Testimonials

‘We felt the team guided us through a unique and traumatic experience. We found them sympathetic to all our needs and concerns. ’

‘We appreciated their helpfulness and flexibility with regards to billing. The people who really stood out were Lucy Gill and Elizabeth Ware.’

Corporate and commercial: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

The lawyers in Foot Anstey's Exeter and Plymouth offices stand out for their expertise in private equity investments, both handling transactions and supporting London law firms on due diligence projects and bolt-on work. The group's local practice comprises of M&A transactions across the South West. Heading the team is Matthew Stoate, who takes the lead on private equity matters. Duncan Sykes runs the entrepreneurial and private companies offering, additionally assisting energy and renewables sector clients. Chris Worrell is in charge of the business group, advising on M&A and group restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Stoate

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Sykes; Chris Worrell

Key clients

White Bear Capital group and its executive management/majority shareholders

Zenergi group

Air IT group

Charterhouse Voice & Data Limited

CODE group

Supporting Education Group Limited

Plymouth Argyle Football Club Limited

Eden Project Limited

The shareholders of K2 Medical Systems Holdings Limited

The shareholders of WiFi SPARK Limited

The shareholders of Suttons Seeds Limited

Innova Capital Limited

Envision Pharma Holdco Limited

Executive management team of ClimateCare

Livingbridge / Phoenix

Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Foot Anstey's employment team offers significant expertise from its offices in Exeter, Truro and Plymouth. Its provides strong support to retail, media and technology companies, including high-profile clients such as Screwfix. Private equity is another major specialism for the firm, with Claire Holland advising on multiple strategically important transactions for the team's financial services clientele. It has also advised on a significant amount of Covid-19 related work, including lockdown restrictions, furlough, and remote working arrangements. Karen Bates leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Karen Bates

Other key lawyers:

Claire Holland; James Collings

Testimonials

‘The team know our business well, they respond to our needs and the wider team are knowledgeable on the issue if the main contact is unavailable. ’

‘James Collings is always on hand for clear and concise advice and guidance.’

Key clients

Welcome Break

W C Rowe (Falmouth) Ltd

City Electrical Factors

Happy Days Nursery Group

Screwfix

Ensono Limited

Gregory Distribution

Management Team of Barbon Group Limited

Holroyd Howe

Princess Yachts

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Foot Anstey is noted for advising clients on transformational technology projects and complex licensing, with particular expertise in the fintech, cleantech and retail tech sectors. The group is increasingly active in the internet of things (IoT) sector, with recent experience assisting with technology arrangements. Data protection and GDPR compliance are another important area for the group, with Alexandra Leonidou leading the work in this field. Martin Cuell heads the department. Annalisa Checchi is an expert in software licensing and cloud agreements.

Practice head(s):

Martin Cuell

Other key lawyers:

Annalisa Checchi; Alexandra Leonidou

Key clients

Weston College

Mole Valley Farmers Limited

Audley Travel

Hublsoft Limited

UCheck Limited

Warner Bros. Entertainment UK Limited

Dwr Cymru Cwf

Quilter Business Services Limited

Banking and finance Tier 2

Foot Anstey is able to assist in the full gamut of banking and finance transactions, which includes corporate lending, real estate investment, acquisition finance and growth capital finance. The team acts for FTSE and challenger banks as well as corporate clients. Katie-Jane Rees now leads the team after Will Whitt left for Temple Bright LLP in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Katie-Jane Rees

Other key lawyers:

Chris White

Testimonials

‘Broad range of expertise with experience across the team which makes me confident when introducing my clients.’

‘Professional client-focused approach based on understanding perspectives across both sides of the desk. Open, frank and honest.’

‘Foot Anstey have worked well with our other advisors to complete projects in which they are involved and have been proactive in progressing and resolving issues to get to a conclusion.’

‘Chris White has given strong and well-balanced advice in a number of cases with good appreciation of the sensitivities around the issues not just the bare legal facts.’

‘Amazing practice with expert advise at the fraction of a cost. Very professional with a can do attitude. Definitely lower in cost compared to the larger firms. Billing is maintained to a agreed level. ’

‘My contact at Foot Anstey LLP is Katie-Jane Rees. Katie is very professional and knowledgeable and always gives attention to detail. Always offers an alternative in order to complete a transaction with zero risk to the client. Able to work on complex transactions and meet tight timelines.’

 

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Santander

HSBC

NatWest

Handelsbanken Plc

WElink Energy Group

Bank of London and The Middle East

Alter Domus

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Foot Anstey's Exeter-based charities team focuses on legacy disputes and administration for its clients. Its mix of contentious and non-contentious practitioners provides regulatory and governance support for national and local clients on legacy income earning, including income earned from property. Lucy Gill leads the team, advising clients on a variety of contentious trust and probate matters as well as income growth methods. Legal director Anna Phillips and associate Emma Facey are also notable with respective expertise in property and charitable gifts.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Gill

Other key lawyers:

Anna Philips; Emma Facey

Testimonials

‘Foot Anstey provide client-centric and solution focused plans and adapt to changes in-brief extremely effectively. The team is innovative and deeply embedded in working with charity values and behaviours. ’

‘Lucy Gill spearheads this unique approach to working with charities. She adapted the firm’s offer and service to deliver a new opportunity to the market. The team are unflappable. Emma Facey is passionate to ensure the firm delivers to brief and within targets. They offer something no other firms can do at scale and are critical to the success of our fundraising targets.’

‘The team are personable and are all experts in all things legacies, fully appreciating all the challenges charities face with this unique area’

‘Lucy Gill is exceptionally talented and has done a fantastic job building the team’

Key clients

The National Trust

Cancer Research UK

The RSPB

The Salvation Army

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Dogs Trust

Age UK

Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Foot Anstey's commercial litigation team attracts praise for its 'breadth of knowledge' which includes particular expertise in commercial litigation, banking litigation, IP and media claims, and charity and trust litigation. The group is led from Bristol by Mark Rhys-Jones and includes Exeter-based Peter Singfield (who counts commercial and financial disputes and brand protection issues among his specialisms) and Steven Richards, who frequently handles corporate disputes, banking and financial sector litigation and contentious insolvencies. Also in Exeter, legal director Terence Dickens is a name to note for financial services litigation and contentious regulatory matters, fraud work and procurement disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rhys-Jones

Other key lawyers:

Peter Singfield; Steven Richards; Terence Dickens

Testimonials

‘This team has a great knowledge of our sector and are arguably industry leading.’

‘Hyper commercial; very grounded and practical across the board. Very strong in identifying where their experiences or know-how generally might support our business specifically.’

‘Pete Singfield is practical, accessible and with an intuitive sense for both our appetite for risk and how to manage the risks and challenges we face.

Key clients

Adam Smith International (ASI)

Hertford College

Welsh Water

Allsop LLP

Viridor Waste Management Limited

Sky

Motion Picture Association & Alliance for Creativity & Entertainment

NEC Energy

Lloyds Banking Group

Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Foot Anstey is appreciated for its 'willingness to look outside the box for a solution.' The real estate practice is regularly instructed by developers, landowners, investors, corporate occupiers and infrastructure companies. It has particularly strong expertise in the retail and leisure, financial services, and energy and infrastructure sectors. Development specialists Martin Hirst and Richard Sutton lead the team, which also includes infrastructure practitioner Richard Walford and John Catchpole, who handles commercial property projects.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hirst; Richard Sutton

Other key lawyers:

Richard Walford; John Catchpole; Mark Li; Zahir Nayani; Nicola Jonas

Testimonials

‘My experience over many years has certainly been exceptional. A large part of this is down to Richard Sutton; he is a wholly trusted adviser. They have added significant specialism. Thus far at least they have maintained their trusted adviser status.’

‘Richard Sutton is our relationship partner. He is excellent and a key adviser; if Richard says ‘stop’, I stop; no other professional adviser has that impact on me. He is calm, thoughtful, intelligent and a problem-solver; most importantly of all he puts his clients’ interests at the forefront.’

‘A collegiate approach and the extra effort behind the scenes to ensure each member of the team is completely in the picture and able to think ahead for the client.’

‘Nicola Jonas, – simply “gets it”, has a really broad appreciation of the wider commercial and business issues that companies are facing and continually incorporates this knowledge in the provision of the advice that is highly practical.’

‘Foot Anstey are our go-to solicitors, they have a wide range of knowledge and experience and are also willing to look outside the box for a solution.’

Key clients

Berkeley Homes

Princess Yachts

Cornwall Council

Weston College

B&Q

First Group PLC

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Mole Valley Farmers

Plymouth Argyle Football Club

Flybe

Corporate tax Tier 2

Foot Anstey's tax team is appreciated by clients for providing 'specialist tax advice in areas such as stamp duty land tax and share schemes as well as VAT'. The group also works closely with the firm's corporate lawyers on corporate transactions, as well as providing tax advice to private equity houses in relation to their portfolio building programmes. On the contentious front, the team's lawyers have experience in HMRC investigations for corporates and individuals. John Pindard leads the team in Plymouth, focusing on corporate tax issues, including restructurings. In Bristol, practice head Anna Parker's practice spans real estate and employment taxation, as well as SDLT issues.

Practice head(s):

John Pindard; Anna Parker

Testimonials

‘Very good technical knowledge. One of few legal teams who I would look to for specialist tax advice in areas such as stamp duty land tax and share schemes as well as VAT.’

‘In particular, John Pindard stands out from the other lawyers I deal with, mainly because of his technical skills. He is very commercial and deals with matters promptly. On SDLT there is nobody else I think who is as good technically in this area.’

‘John Pindard in particular is most helpful: articulating solutions in both a positive and constructive manner and, importantly, always looking at the long-term impact of any implementation.’

‘The team stand out for their availability and approachability. They are experts, yet make the subject understandable.’

‘The team are able to work seamlessly with my colleagues on tax-related matters and are always on hand to provide assistance when necessary. In addition, they are prepared to assist with ad hoc queries without starting the billing clock, recognising the importance of building sustainable relationships with clients.

Key clients

United Business Media

Kawasaki

Mole Valley Farmers Limited

Screwfix

B&Q Plc

China Fleet Country Club

The Mortgage Lender Limited

Business Growth Fund

Maybank UK

Hawksmoor Group Limited

Health and safety Tier 2

The team at Foot Anstey offers a wide range of health and safety support to its clients, across both regulatory and contentious matters. On the regulatory side, the team provides strategic and operational advice, as well as helping clients with due diligence. For contentious matters, it defends clients during HSE, local authority and port investigations. The team has strong links with the sports industry.  Partner Nathan Peacey leads the practice from its Bristol office, focusing on regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Peacey

Key clients

Go SkyDive

 

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

The service provided by Foot Anstey is 'excellent in terms of value for money, timeliness of response and ability to combine a technical answer with commercial awareness.' The team particularly advises affected stakeholders but is also instructed in personal insolvency proceedings. Matters often take place in the financial services, charity, school and infrastructure space. Practice head Joanne Rumley has established herself as a trusted advisor for distressed lenders. Legal director Tim Pritchard and associate Lydia Lloyd are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Rumley

Other key lawyers:

Tim Pritchard; Lydia Lloyd

Testimonials

‘Smaller firm, so you receive fantastic value for money.’

‘Primarily I work with Joanne Rumley. She is my “go to” when it comes to technical insolvency advice and consistently outshines others in the market.’

‘Service is excellent in terms of value for money, timeliness of response and ability to combine a technical answer with commercial awareness.’

‘Joanne Rumley is the stand out member of the team, and in our view, the leading restructuring lawyer in the region. She offers an excellent partner-led service and ensures that all outputs are of a very good quality.’

‘Tim Pritchard has a very good eye for the detail, and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that work is delivered on time and on budget.’

‘Their associates, including Lydia Lloyd, deliver work of a very high standard.’

‘We have worked with the Foot Anstey team on a number of highly complex transactions over the course of the last few years, and I have found them to be a very capable team able to deal with transactions that require a multi-disciplinary team with legal input across a range of issues to cover insolvency/restructuring, corporate, property, employment and pensions.

‘Individuals who deserve special mention are Joanne Rumley, Tim Pritchard and Lydia Lloyd.  Each of these individuals have a solid technical legal understanding but importantly are highly commercial, giving practical advice and supporting strategy and key decision making. ’

 

Key clients

KPMG LLP

Smith & Williamson LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Duff & Phelps Ltd

Mazars LLP

Richard J Smith & Co LLP

Catalyst Business Finance Limited

Quantuma LLP

PKF Geoffrey Martin & Co Limited

BDO LLP

Local government Tier 2

Foot Anstey's local government practice regularly assists clients on energy, construction, retail and leisure, utilities and banking and finance matters. It also has niche expertise in the space sector. The team works seamlessly with other practice groups at the firm, and is led by infrastructure specialist Ian Stubbs, construction practitioner Tris Tucker and procurement advisor Brian Hitchcock.

Practice head(s):

 Ian Stubbs; Tris Tucker; Brian Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:

Suriya Edwards

Key clients

WElink

BSR (British Solar Renewables)

DWR Cymru Welsh Water

Goonhilly Earth Station

TClarke plc

Eden Project

Plymouth City Council

Bank of London and the Middle East

Devon County Council

Acorn Property Group

Willmott Dixon

Green Frog Connect

ABC International Bank Limited

Screwfix / Kingfisher / B&Q PLC

WElink Energy Group

NEC Energy Solutions, Inc

Corre Energy

Studio Hive Group

Apartment for London

Atlas Hive Limited

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Foot Anstey's Exeter-based media and entertainment team is noted for its expertise in the digital publishing, film and television, and advertising and agency arenas. The group has significant regulatory knowledge, advising on legal issues arising from content and its distribution. While the team saw the departures of Tony Jaffa, who left to found his own outfit, and Neil Parkes, who moved to Lewis Silkin LLP, in 2020, practice head Peter Singfield and Alexandra Leonidou remain key contacts. Singfield focuses on publishing and commercial disputes, with a particular interest in intellectual property and brand protection issues, while Leonidou is an expert in data privacy and advertising law.

Practice head(s):

Peter Singfield

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Leonidou; Annalisa Checchi

Key clients

Sky UK Limited

Netflix

HarperCollins UK

Future Plc

Conde Nast & National Magazine Distributors Limited

Reach PLC

The Independent and Evening Standard

Newsquest Media Group

Silvergate Media Limited

Ministry of Sound Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

The team at Foot Anstey has a track record of work on share schemes, SLDT planning, European property advice and death in service matters. Its client base, much of which is international, covers the breadth of private individuals and families, as well as banks, trustees, and companies. Anna Parker leads the Bristol-based office, working with a wide set of high net-value clients. Rachel Brooks and Douglas Smith lead the adjacent Southampton office, after having joined the team in April 2020. Brooks focuses on agricultural clients and landed estates, while Smith provides tax advice for international clients.

Practice head(s):

Anna Parker; Rachel Brooks; Douglas Smith

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Seddon; Robert Marshall

Testimonials

‘There is strength across the team, from probate and charity work (which is growing at pace) to the international wealth division. Their use of technology has been a triumph during lockdown.’

‘The greatest asset is the ability to explain complex issues in an easy-to-understand manner.’

‘Anna Parker is a stand-out partner.’

Property litigation Tier 2

Foot Anstey is highlighted for its 'considerable experience in disputes about development land valuations and infrastructure.' It further handles more general commercial and residential property litigation and is also involved in arbitration proceedings. Practice head Patrick Wetherall can also offer expertise in landlord and tenant disputes. The arrival of legal director David Benjamin from Burges Salmon LLP in October 2020 bolstered the practice. Edward Venmore is a trusted advisor to farm and estate owners.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Wetherall

Other key lawyers:

Edward Venmore; Anna Phillips; David Benjamin

Testimonials

‘A very strong property litigation team with considerable experience in disputes about development land valuations and infrastructure as well as all the more common types of property litigation.’

‘A very strong presence in the real estate litigation market in the South West, attracting some significant clients.’

‘Rachel Small – good with the detail of a case.

‘Patrick Weatherall – a strong leader of the team.’

‘Patrick Weatherall and Edward Venmore both use their experience and expertise to achieve great results, often without appearing particularly hostile. I think the team follow the direction of Patrick who is calm and effective, but has a steel backbone where required.’

‘The team is solutions focussed and client centric, they adapt to our own internal processes and documentation and turn matters around quickly.’

‘A strong team with a high reputation particularly in the South West. As a mediator I get to see how they deal with opponents and their own clients and have seen they are effective and well respected.’

Key clients

Netflix

B&Q

Persimmon

Screwfix

Berkeley Homes

The Arch Co

Ashfield Land

Beechcroft Developments

Freightliner

Welcome Break

Sport Tier 2

At Foot Anstey, the sports team sits within the firm's regulatory practice, with experience in sports-related commercial and employment contracts and IP rights. The group also has a niche in the law around the safe operation of stadiums, with numerous instructions from Championship and Premier League football clubs in relation to safety, policing, stadium management and licensing issues. The group is led by regulatory expert Nathan Peacey, who works closely with Tim Williamson in the Southampton office.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Peacey

Other key lawyers:

Mark Searle

Testimonials

‘Extensive experience of the functions of safety advisory groups and prohibition notices.’

‘The team stands out for its work ethic, response times and ability to work to deadlines.’

Key clients

Football Safety Officers’ Association

Ashton Gate Limited

Henley Regatta

BlueVenn

Arena Racing Corporation

Exeter City FC

Bath Racecourse

Stadium For Cornwall and Threemilestone Project

Go Skydive

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Foot Anstey's farms, estate and rural land team offers clients expertise in a variety of family and business law matters. While its core work is in property transactions, disputes and succession, it has a growing practice in telecoms work, including Electronic Communications Code cases. Experienced litigator Edward Venmore leads the practice area, while senior associate Danielle Spalding focuses on telecoms and agricultural disputes.

Practice head(s):

Edward Venmore

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Spalding

Testimonials

‘Good scope of work areas and professionals’

‘Very helpful and knowledgable’

‘Edward Venmore really gets on top of the factual and legal complexities, and really looks after his clients, thinking of all those extra points to take which can make a real difference to the outcome.

‘Knowledge, confidence and reliability. Not just an ordinary 9-5 legal practice but one where at least one member of the team is always available 24/7.’

‘Edward Venmore is an exceptional individual. He has a unique knowledge of agricultural holdings legislation and his advice is always 100% spot on. Credit must also go to his support team, especially Danielle Spalding.’

‘Foot Anstey’s farming team has real expertise in the sector.’

‘Edward Venmore and Danielle Spalding are both effective lawyers and very knowledgeable about their sector. They are very pleasant to work with.’

‘Foot Anstey have a very professional team, all of whom a pleasure to work with and have customer service at their heart, always prepared to go the extra mile and very approachable. They have an excellent range of specialists in the agri-food, energy and land-use sectors, pertinent to the nature of our business and those we represent.’

Key clients

NFU

Lloyds Banking Group

St Aubyn Estate

Bolitho Estate

Mr R Keast

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 3

Foot Anstey's 'hyper commercial' practice handles a range of disputes including financial services, media and entertainment, retail, energy, charity and trust litigation. Mark Rhys-Jones (who counts IT, procurement and public sector disputes among his areas of expertise) leads the Bristol team, which includes James Gliddon. The group benefits from the ability to work cross-office with its national network including with colleagues in Exeter and Plymouth. Neil Parkes joined Lewis Silkin LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rhys-Jones

Other key lawyers:

James Gliddon

Testimonials

‘The team are extremely responsive and happy to get stuck in. They are thoughtful and strategic but not afraid to be robust.’

‘There is a real team feeling and the leadership is strong.’

‘You are working with down-to-earth and likeminded people who have a great talent for what they do.’

‘Individuals are very approachable and knowledgeable and work well across the business.’

‘Hyper commercial; very grounded and practical across the board. Very strong in identifying where their experiences or know how generally might support our business specifically.’

‘The team are very responsive and their advice is clear and commercial. They manage costs effectively and are willing to propose innovative fee structures to win business. They are also easy to work with and their coverage during the Covid lockdowns was seamless. ’

Key clients

Adam Smith International (ASI)

Hertford College

Welsh Water

Allsop LLP

Viridor Waste Management Limited

Sky

Motion Picture Association & Alliance for Creativity & Entertainment

NEC Energy

Lloyds Banking Group

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 3

Foot Anstey's team is active in a variety of real estate matters, such as property portfolio management, development and infrastructure projects, and freehold property transactions. Its client portfolio is similarly broad; the group is instructed by developers, financial services institutions, retailers, and energy and infrastructure companies. Martin HirstStuart Cleak and Imam Qazi head up the practice, which also includes legal director Mark Li.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hirst; Stuart Cleak; Imam Qazi

Other key lawyers:

Mark Li

Testimonials

‘First experience of the Foot Anstey team, very efficient, very responsive, knowledgeable commercial and great at problem solving / effecting our complicated property transaction.’

‘Mark Li – very down to earth, approachable, experienced property lawyer; patient but firm where required protecting client’s interests. Very good at brainstorming commercially viable property solutions to complex property problems and completing transactions quickly and efficiently always with client’s interests at heart.’

Key clients

Screwfix Direct Limited

First Group plc

B&Q plc

Ashfield Land

Mole Valley Farmers

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Employment: Bristol Tier 3

The employment team at Foot Anstey works with clients in the retail, media and technology sectors, including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Private equity is another area specialism for the firm. Karen Bates leads the practice from Exeter; legal director Joanne Boyle is the key contact in Bristol. Richard Neary left for Temple Bright LLP in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Karen Bates

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Boyle

Testimonials

‘They are highly responsive, have excellent knowledge of all aspects of employment law, very client-focused and good tactical skills.’

‘Joanne Boyle is an extremely experienced employment lawyer, with excellent judgement and superb client care skills. No detail in a case is left unscrutinised. Clients like her for her ability to connect with people from all backgrounds and for her ability to get to the heart of a case quickly. ’

‘Excellent employment law advice, plus information on Covid/furlough issues despite lack of face to face interaction.’

‘Jo Boyle is collaborative, well-versed in employment matters, helpful and always available. The advice received is always tailored to her knowledge of the client, its objectives and its staff and is practical, comprehensive and straightforward. She is well able to offer advice not only on potential or actual disputes but also on more general employment matters. ’

Key clients

Welcome Break

W C Rowe (Falmouth) Ltd

City Electrical Factors

Happy Days Nursery Group

Screwfix

Ensono Limited

Gregory Distribution

Management Team of Barbon Group Limited

Holroyd Howe

Princess Yachts

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 3

The Foot Anstey team handles project development, funding and M&A transactions for developers, operators, funders and local authorities. It has special expertise advising clients from the solar, nuclear, energy storage and Electric Vehicles (EV) sectors, and often advises on technology and sustainability matters. Chris Pritchett specialises in the energy and renewable space, while Ian Stubbs is well versed in construction and infrastructure mandates; together, they lead the practice. Stuart Cleak has know-how in battery and EV installations.

Practice head(s):

Chris Pritchett; Ian Stubbs

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Cleak; Kutahya Cherry; Christian Silk

Key clients

DWR Offshore Ltd

Eden Geothermal

Pivot Power

WElink

BSR (British Solar Renewables)

Zenobe Energy

Deletti (Devon County Council)

Arenko Group

PACE

Plymouth City Council

NEXT ENERGY

Family Tier 3

Offering expertise across divorce, co-habitation, children's and family financial matters, Foot Anstey acts on behalf of a national and international client base. The team is embedded within the firm's larger private wealth team, allowing it to easily collaborate across departments. Jessica Pitt heads up the segment, acting for a diverse portfolio of high-value individuals both in the region and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Pitt

Other key lawyers:

Emily Botham

Testimonials

‘Good value, strong knowledge base, pragmatic.’

‘Friendly associates and partners, willing to consider my point of view and avoid litigation wherever possible.’

‘Emily Botham is friendly, understanding and amenable. She uses humour to make me feel at ease and is very conscious that I am aiming for an amicable divorce.’

‘Very responsive, pragmatic and a common sense approach. ’

‘Both Jessica Pitt and Emily Botham dealt with a difficult matter sensitively, hands on, speedily and with care. ’

‘Jessica Pitt (ably supported by Emily Botham) have been able to empathise with my position and the position of the family and have offered advice against that backdrop. ’

‘Foot Anstey are a substantial and reliable firm dealing with the full range of private client family law. They are particularly strong on financial matters.’

‘The team provide sensible and pragmatic advice. They are always the go to firm when I am dealing with the drafting of a pre or post-nup and the spouse requires independent legal advice. ’

Intellectual property Tier 3

Foot Anstey has a strong contentious IP practice that has experience advising major brands on anti-privacy and anti-counterfeiting issues, as well as conducting availability searches and defending registered and unregistered designs. On the advisory front, the 'brilliant' team has expertise in IP franchising agreements and related disputes. The department is led by Paul Cox, who splits his time between Exeter and Southampton, and includes managing associate Annalisa Checchi, an expert in commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cox

Other key lawyers:

Annalisa Checchi; Hannah Batten

Testimonials

‘The team at Foot Anstey is brilliant. They are patient, knowledgeable and relatable people. They are easy to work with and very understanding. Annalisa Checchi in particular has really impressed me with her relatable attitude along with Paul Cox.’

‘The team work well together and are comfortable in passing different types of work to other departments and specialists, but on each occasion allocating a ‘point’ person to make communication easier for the client. Responses are usually quick, balanced and knowledgeable, but always conducted in a friendly and warm manner.’

‘In this area of the business I tend to work with Annalisa Checchi, who despite being incredibly busy, always gives you the impression that she has all the time in the world for you, making you feel like a valued client. She always follows through with the promises made, regardless of the time it takes to achieve them.’

Key clients

Par-Pak Limited (Novolex)

Parts Alliance

Reach Plc

Tomy UK Co Ltd

Cath Kidston Limited

Pay UK

Motion Picture Association (MPA) & Alliance for Creativity & Entertainment (ACE)

Eden Project Limited

Planning Tier 3

The team at Foot Anstey generally advises local authorities, and energy and infrastructure clients in planning matters but has special experience acting for housing associations and house builders. It handles applications, agreement negotiations and regeneration schemes. Practice head Tim Taylor is well versed in the commercial aspects of developments. Christian Silk combines planning and environmental experience.

Practice head(s):

Tim Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Christian Silk

Testimonials

‘The practice is versatile crossing various sectors and they can draw on a wealth of knowledge across their offices. Prior to providing advice they ensure they fully understand the issue at hand. Their fees are reasonable and the output has assisted immensely.’

‘Whilst details can be discussed via e-mail, they take the time to meet (at present ‘virtually’) with you and discuss matters in full prior to providing their advice, strategy for moving schemes / matters forward.’

‘I have worked alongside Christian Silk on numerous residential and renewable energy schemes over many years and have always found him approachable, his advice has assisted bringing a number of schemes to fruition.’

Key clients

NextEnergy Solar Holdings III Limited

British Solar Renewables

Berkeley Homes

Vistry Group

Duchy of Cornwall

Beachcroft Developments

Abri

The Tregothnan Estate

Environ Design (Sturry) Limited

Ministry of Sound

Construction Tier 4

Foot Anstey is active in construction matters in the energy, infrastructure, retail and technology sectors. The team has banks, contractors, councils and retailers on its client roster. Ian Stubbs is knowledgeable in construction aspects of transactions in the energy and infrastructure space. Tris Tucker is well versed in dispute resolution, and Brian Hitchcock specialises in procurement law; together, they lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ian Stubbs; Tris Tucker; Brian Hitchcock

Testimonials

‘The team at FA were always welcoming and open in all of our discussions and involvements. The FA team often involved more junior staff in our meetings to promote their learning and development. Not only was it great to see their commitment to the development of their staff but those staff members also came across as very knowledgable.’

Key clients

WElink

BSR (British Solar Renewables)

DWR Cymru Welsh Water

Goonhilly Earth Station

TClarke plc

Eden Project

Plymouth City Council

Bank of London and the Middle East

Devon County Council

Acorn Property Group

Willmott Dixon

Green Frog Connect

ABC International Bank Limited

Screwfix / Kingfisher / B&Q PLC

WElink Energy Group

NEC Energy Solutions, Inc

Corre Energy

Studio Hive Group

Apartment for London

Atlas Hive Limited

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 4

At Foot Anstey, the corporate team specialises in M&A, private equity and investments, while the commercial group has expertise in outsourcing projects, supply chain management and IP licensing arrangements. Following the departure of former practice head Mark Millar for an in-house role at Ontic in December 2020, Ken Lewins heads the corporate department, as well as the entrepreneurial and private companies offering in the South West, focusing on transactions, restructurings and reorganisations. Martin Cuell leads the commercial offering while managing associate Alexandra Hammond is noted for her work supporting general counsels and in-house teams on day-to-day business issues.

Practice head(s):

Ken Lewins

Other key lawyers:

Martin Cuell; Alexandra Hammond; Annalisa Checchi

Key clients

Eden Geothermal

Pennon Group

The Royal Shakespeare Company

GRIDSERVE

The shareholders of K2 Medical Systems Holdings Limited

Mole Valley Farmers

Innova Capital Limited

Weston College

Hublsoft Limited

Mina Energy

Rightcharge

Livingbridge EP LLP

Phoenix Equity Partners

Eden Project

Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

Viewed by one client as ‘probably the best clinical negligence firm in the West Country‘, Enable Law‘s practitioners have experience in high-value and catastrophic birth and non-birth-related claims, with a strong team able to draw on the firm’s wider expertise in Court of Protection issues. Robert Antrobus leads the entire national team from the Plymouth office, and is an expert in birth injury cases and claims arising out of the management of orthopaedic injuries, while Alison McClure leads the group in Southampton. Paul Sankey is an expert in negligent treatment by GPs, NHS trusts and private doctors. Jackie Linehan‘s practice spans childbirth, brain and spinal injury claims as well as fatal accident cases. The personal injury team is led by Huw Ponting and has expertise in acquired brain injury, amputee and spinal injury claims. Juliette Clarke is a core member of the team and an expert in serious spinal cord injury claims. Tim Jones has expertise in brain and spinal injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Rob Antrobus; Huw Ponting; Alison McClure

Other key lawyers:

Paul Sankey; Jackie Linehan; Michelle Biddulph; Juliette Clarke; Tim Jones

Testimonials

I was most impressed that across the team, I was treated with patience, respect and urgency. In my experience with other firms, the lack of urgency or appreciation for your needs to be heard is the most upsetting of issues.’

The number one choice for claimant clinical negligence west of Bristol – a top-class team with superb individuals.

‘A well-established clinical negligence firm staffed by first-rate practitioners.’

Jackie Linehan is a legend – whatever I try to say about her will never do her justice. She is pure brilliance and has done a magnificent job in handling my case. We have had many people represent us over the past 18 years and it has often been a very stressful process – until we met Jackie. Jackie operates on an entirely different level – she is calm, focused, dedicated and above all makes sense of everything that was previously completely baffling!

Paul Sankey is one in a million. He is professional, thorough, kind and attentive. I will forever be in debt to him and I could not have asked for a better lawyer to manage my case.

Enable Law are probably the best clinical negligence firm in the West Country. They have a fantastic case load, great resources and work very well as a team.’

‘A highly experienced and specialised team in the field of clinical negligence. Approachable and efficient to work with. Good grasp of issues in complex claims. Able to secure excellent results for claimants in difficult cases. Very sensitive handling of catastrophic injury and neonatal death cases.

A smart, efficient and effective team – well-managed and absolutely committed to securing the best outcomes for their clients.’

Huw Ponting is highly experienced in all high-value personal injury claims. He is particularly knowledgeable when it comes to traumatic brain injury claims.’

Enable Law has strong personal injury, child abuse and clinical negligence teams. Their client service is top class, and their understanding of these areas of law is amongst the very best in the legal sector.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Enable Law operates as a standalone medical negligence arm of the Foot Anstey group. Robert Antrobus and Alison McClure jointly lead the team. which includes dual-qualified doctor and lawyer John White, who focuses primarily on cases involving brain injury and obstetric injury. Kym Provan has expertise in spinal injuries, brain injuries and delayed diagnosis involving cancer. Patricia Wakeford covers claims including spinal injuries, head injuries and amputations. James Wood specialises in employer’s liability claims and repetitive strain injury. Senior associate Julia Prior is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rob Antrobus; Alison McClure

Other key lawyers:

John White; Kym Provan; Patricia Wakeford; James Wood; Julia Prior; Eleanor Armstrong

Testimonials

‘It has a range of experienced lawyers and efficient administrative backup.’

‘In my experience, Enable Law are prepared to fund the cases they run to ensure that they are properly evidenced. They are also prepared to run risky and difficult cases, and do so successfully.’

‘Friendly, approachable, empathetic but realistic, bags of experience, efficient and very good at analysing and considering cases before taking them on and/or passing to counsel.’

‘Instructions are detailed and helpful and there is timely and detailed follow-up so that nothing is left to chance.’

‘They have strong specialist knowledge and expertise within this field of work.’

‘Eleanor Armstrong is clear and calm, sensible and committed to clients.’

‘Eleanor Armstrong is very sensible and has excellent judgement.’

‘Eleanor Armstrong is one to watch – a canny litigator.’

Key clients

DAS

Legal Aid Agency

Private individuals

Court of protection Tier 2

Enable Law has a specialist mental capacity offering and has a particular specialism in personal injury and clinical negligence matters.  It also offers a growing specialism in elder law, brain injury, trusts involving incapacitated individuals, learning difficulties, statutory wills and issues of physical and financial abuse. Stacey Bryant heads the department. Consultant Patricia Wass specialises in powers of attorney, court of protection work and helping the elderly and vulnerable.  Alison McClure is another name to note. Holly Mieville-Hawkins is now at Michelmores LLP.

Practice head(s):

Stacey Bryant

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Wass; Alison McClure; Karen Jackson; Asha Beswetherick; Bethan Phillips

Testimonials

Very professional and approachable and goes the extra mile to support clients and those who work with it. Knowledgeable and objective. I work as a case manager and you also feel like you are the most important colleague. Stacey Bryant – exceptional at managing her team who have the same values and standards in working with our clients. Leads from the top but very personable and respected by colleagues and external agencies‘.

‘The team is highly specialist and knowledgeable, as well as being approachable and co-operative in its work with other professionals. Stacey Bryant as the team leader is brilliant- knowledgeable, approachable, available and committed to involving clients at whatever level they are able, in decisions about their lives. She is great to work with‘.

A top property and affairs team with the ability to pivot to top tier health and welfare work. Karen Jackson is taking a case to the Supreme Court at present‘.

‘Quick and responsive with advice/support for clients. Extremely knowledgeable but at the same time approachable. Karen Jackson- Smart. Pragmatic with an eye for detail. Whilst at the same time able to understand and empathise with things from a client’s perspective in what are difficult circumstances‘.

Excellent team work, communication and collaboration with other professionals. The lawyers are approachable and support clients with their knowledge, experience and professionalism‘.

Enable Law is one of the leading COP teams in the country. It has a large team of fee earners but does not lose personal relationships with clients as a result. The team is all well organised and on top of relationships with clients. Each relationship is managed by a lead individual and then supported by a team to ensure continuation of service in all situations. Enable well deserves its reputation as one of the top COP teams in the country. There are many stand out individuals at Enable…. Patricia Wass and Stacey Bryant with other notable individuals including: Asha Beswetherick and Bethan Phillips provide support in the background‘.

Outstanding team that prides itself on delivering impeccable service to clients. In addition to the client work the lawyers are generous with their time and expertise, frequently providing events where other affiliated organisations can mix and share experiences. Patricia Wass is the guiding light of this team. She has worked tirelessly to pull together an outstanding group of people who know their brief and work seamlessly with other professionals to collaboratively support vulnerable clients‘.

Team is family centric in its working practice. Patricia Wass has been a fantastic advocate for my daughter. Responsive, empathetic and always professional‘.

 

Intellectual property Tier 2

Foot Anstey primarily focuses on trade marks, assisting clients from, among others, the fashion, entertainment and finical sectors with the enforcement, registration and commercialisation of their brands. Franchising is a key part of the practice, and the team assists franchisors and franchisees from the initial drafting of agreements through to eventual disputes. Paul Cox leads the department and advises across litigious and transactional issues; also head of the international practice, Cox advises a number of multinational companies on the IP strategy in relation to the UK. Senior associate Rachel Pearse  departed in November 2020 to join gunnercooke LLP.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cox

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Batten; Chandni Jobanputra; Charlene Nelson

Testimonials

‘Foot Anstey is practical, clear, efficient and timely when providing their advice. As our UK associate for our Australian and New Zealand clients, we recommend Foot Anstey without reservation. Foot Anstey have strong understanding of UK and EU trade mark law and practice.’

‘The IP team consisting of Mr Paul Cox partner, Ms Charlene Nelson chartered trade mark attorney and Ms Chandni Jobanputra associate are always on hand, accessible and provide timely and clear instructions and solutions within deadlines. They are a joy to work with.’

‘The IP team are great – they really talk you through the process and have helped me and my clients navigate the trade mark process as we develop new brands that often have to be launched at speed. I have to be honest, they are the only firm I have worked with on this type of work, but have referred them on to numerous clients. ’

‘Charlene Nelson and Paul Cox have gone out of their way to help my team (branding agency) improve our knowledge of trademarking. They have run a training session with us to better understand the ins and outs of trademarks for brands.’

Key clients

Cath Kidston Limited

Eden Project Limited

Par-Pak Limited (Novolex)

Parts Alliance

Pay UK

Reach Plc

Motion Picture Association (MPA) & Alliance for Creativity & Entertainment (ACE)

Tomy UK Co Ltd

Islamic finance Tier 2

Foot Anstey's standalone Islamic finance group predominantly focuses on real estate and investment matters, although it is increasingly active in areas such as Islamic fintech. Leading the team is Bristol-based partner Imam Qazi, who is well-versed in shari'ah-compliant products and structures, in addition to being on the board of a number of industry associations, including the Islamic Finance Experts Group. Alan Hughes in Exeter specialises in retail banking, while London-based consultant Michael Evans is experienced in handling the tax side aspects of Islamic financial structures. Legal director Zahir Nayani, who is based in Bristol, has a growing reputation for real estate-driven transactions.

Practice head(s):

Imam Qazi

Other key lawyers:

Alan Hughes; Michael Evans; Zahir Nayani; Kate Amos

Testimonials

Great team to work with. Very supportive and engaged with our business by acting as a partner.’

Imam Qazi is calm and assured as well as very knowledgeable. He makes time available to learn what is required from his client and is sensitive to business needs. Kate Amos – Efficient and engaged transactional lawyer.’

Efficient team member and flexible in understanding client requirements. Proactive in solving critical issues.’

Foot Anstey is strong in real estate finance and has a standout Islamic Finance practice.’

Imam Qazi is very well connected with the banks and leads an energetic team. They are particularly active on Islamic finance transactions.’

Foot Anstey have an exceptional team we work with closely on a daily basis. I have found them extremely knowledgeable, a pleasure to work with and helpful. The team are quick to respond to e-mail and telephone calls.’

The firm has a strong private wealth practice and has excellent Islamic and real estate finance teams.’

Key clients

Gatehouse Bank plc

QIB (UK) plc

Bank of London and the Middle East

ABC International Bank plc

Nester Holdings Ltd

Black Sand Real Estate W.L.L

JHA Investments Limited

Ahli United Bank (UK) plc

Sidra Capital

Greenridge Investment Management

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 3

The Southampton team at Foot Anstey takes on a broad range of commercial property mandates for a client base that includes well-known retailers, housebuilders, and TMT providers. The department is headed by Martin Hirst, the firmwide real estate group leader who is also a key contact for a number of regional developer clients. Carol Phillips is an experienced retail and leisure sector lawyer, with specific expertise in telecoms and infrastructure property matters. Marina Wickens and Nicola Sutton both concentrate on residential developments, while David Fanchi handles real estate refinancings for borrowers and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hirst

Other key lawyers:

Carol Phillips; Marina Wickens; Nicola Sutton; David Fanchi

Testimonials

‘The practice has a strong, property, planning and construction team. They are responsive, ambitious, and  great value.’ 

‘The team is always looking to introduce solutions that will help our business improve the management of our real estate portfolio and transactions. The collaboration tools have allowed colleagues to benefit from a streamlined transaction process.’

‘Nicola Sutton continues to act as a trusted adviser, especially on deals where she will take the time to ensure the client is able to understand the legal complexities and make informed decisions. All of the people that I have dealt with are diligent, responsive and committed to exceptional customer service.’

‘Whatever the matter, simple or complex, there is always some at the right level and with the right experience to provide practical advice and solutions. ’

‘In what have been very challenging times, the service we have received has been excellent.’

‘Carol Phillips is an excellent lawyer, quick to grasp the complexities of issues, incisive, and always providing commercial and creative solutions.’

‘Marina Wickens is pragmatic, available and solution driven. She is sensible in her advice and keeps a cool head under pressure.’

Key clients

Berkeley Homes Limited

Persimmon

Beechcroft Developments Limited

Direct Wines

Screwfix Direct Limited

M Baker Property Services Limited

Gregory Distribution (Holdings) Limited

B&Q plc

Berkeley Strategic Land Limited

Dandara

Property litigation Tier 3

Foot Anstey's South Coast team is experienced in the entire spectrum of commercial, agricultural, residential and general real estate disputes. It plays a key role supporting the firm's landlord/tenant (including national asset management) and developer/housebuilder offerings. With the firm advising a mix of regional and national clients, it attracts mandates from entities such as blue-chip corporates, telecoms companies, developers and housebuilders. Following the departure of former practice head Kate New, the team is now led by Patrick Wetherall, who is a seasoned litigator and mediator. He splits his time between the firm’s Bristol and Southampton offices. David Crockford is a key figure for landlord and tenant disputes.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Wetherall

Other key lawyers:

David Crockford; Anna Phillips

Testimonials

‘The practice is responsive and diligent. It is tactically astute and puts in place a strategy for resolving a dispute.’

‘The individuals respond to queries in a timely manner and have good cover in place to keep things moving along. The lead partners stick with the case rather than getting a foot in the door and then moving into the background.’

‘A very strong property litigation team with considerable experience in disputes about development land valuations and infrastructure as well as all the more common types of property litigation.’

‘Patrick Wetherall has excellent commercial instincts and can be relied on to get his clients the best possible result in any property-related dispute.’

‘They take time to know their clients and to tailor advice to what’s needed and wanted. Expert solution based advice which achieves great outcomes. Billing is open, transparent and collaborative.’

‘Anna Phillips is client-centric and always supportive of achieving great outcomes. She takes time to understand needs and reputational risk but is not afraid to play hard ball when required.’

‘David Crockford was really exceptional. He quickly grasped the issue we were dealing with and gave clear, sensible advice. He viewed our issue not only through a legal lens but also through a commercial one. After following his advice we arrived at a very satisfactory outcome.’

Key clients

Netflix Studios UK Limited

Netflix Inc.

B&Q

Screwfix Direct Limited

Berkeley Homes

The Arch Co

Beechcroft Developments

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Foot Anstey's multidisciplinary team acts for its media and entertainment sector clients on a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice is led by Peter Singfield, who focuses on publishing and commercial disputes, particularly IP and brand protection issues. Alexandra Leonidou leads the firm’s data, privacy and information security practice. Managing associate Annalisa Checchi handles commercial, IP and technology-related contracts in the firm’s Bristol office. Neil Parkes departed for Lewis Silkin LLP.

Practice head(s):

Peter Singfield

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Leonidou; Annalisa Checchi

Key clients

Sky UK Limited

Netflix

HarperCollins UK

Future Plc

Conde Nast & National Magazine Distributors Limited

Reach PLC

The Independent and Evening Standard

Newsquest Media Group

Silvergate Media Limited

Ministry of Sound Limited

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

Bristol-based Foot Anstey's energy team has a focus on solar, energy storage, and nuclear infrastructure and is jointly managed by Chris Pritchett and 'commercial and pragmatic' renewable energy lawyer Ian Stubbs. The team handles UK and international work across Europe on hydro-plants and is active in the green hydrogen space. The 'technically superb and extremely personable' Stuart Cleak is the name for energy generation and battery storage work, while other key members of the team include well-regarded managing associate Kutahya Cherry.

Practice head(s):

Chris Pritchett; Ian Stubbs

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Cleak; Kutahya Cherry

Testimonials

‘All the Foot Anstey partners and associates that we deal with have a clear, focused understanding of the projects that they advise us on in the renewable and battery energy sector.’

‘Chris Pritchett is a leading lawyer but also expert in all things mobility.’

‘Ian Stubbs – an outstanding construction lawyer, pragmatic and technically excellent.’

‘Stuart Cleak – technically superb, calm under pressure, commercially minded and extremely personable. Client focused too – always takes the time to understand the business inside out as it evolves.’

‘Kutahya Cherry is great at problem-solving and coming up with practical solutions – she runs rings around her peers.’

‘Chris Pritchett has been hugely valuable in ad hoc advice as well as ongoing billable work.’

‘Ian Stubbs’ commercial and pragmatic advice has allowed us to negotiate and complete complex construction contracts in tight timeframes.’

‘Chris Pritchett’s knowledge of the PPA market has been a real asset for us.’

Key clients

DWR Offshore Ltd

Eden Geothermal

Pivot Power

WElink

BSR (British Solar Renewables)

Zenobe Energy

Deletti (Devon County Council)

Arenko Group

PACE

Plymouth City Council

NEXT ENERGY

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

Foot Anstey's Bristol-based team has a 'wealth of experience' in retail banking disputes. Mark Rhys-Jones leads the dispute resolution department while 'excellent tactician' James Gliddon leads the banking and lender disputes group and specialises in mis-selling, fraud and portfolio claims. Exeter-based Steven Richards and Plymouth-based legal director Nick Loewendahl (who has experience is disputes arising out of Sharia-compliant banking products) are other contacts to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rhys-Jones; James Gliddon

Other key lawyers:

Steven Richards; Nick Loewendahl; Terence Dickens; Ben Hay Peter Singfield

Testimonials

Mark Rhys-Jones (Partner) provides superb guidance and leadership with the team dealing with complex and finance disputes. James Gliddon (Partner) is an excellent tactician with an eye for detail. He brings a calm and steady hand to all the cases he handles. Nick Loewendahl (Legal Director) has a wealth of experience handling finance disputes. He is unfailingly friendly and efficient. Ben Hay (Senior Associate) approaches every task with enthusiasm and positivity as well as being a very safe pair of hands.’

Peter Singfield – very commercially focussed and extremely knowledgeable in the field – attracts great clients/work. James Gliddon – technically very strong with significant experience on the banking/lending/receiver side. Nick Loewendahl – extremely competent and a future partner – quality of his work and contributions is indistinguishable from what would be expected from partners. Terence Dickens – very strong on the investment and retail side and we have successfully worked together on a number of interest rate hedging disputes.’

The firm has some really good quality lawyers who are real specialists in their field, and who breed confidence to clients.’

A team with strength in depth with a wealth of experience as a result of its long-standing involvement in retail banking litigation. The team punches well beyond its weight for a firm of its size yet the team maintains a friendly personal approach to the work its undertakes.’

James Gliddon is an excellent lawyer. Knowledgeable, pragmatic, approachable and engaging with a real infectious enthusiasm for his work.

Very knowledgeable in money judgment claims and possession claims. Very aware of the reputational risk to their clients if we took an actions that the customer is challenging. They use a system called HQ that allows their client and then to liaise with each other via this application rather than emails and call.

Under the leadership of managing partner John Westwell, the firm continues to invest in people and technology to deliver value, quality and innovation to help clients to achieve their strategic objectives. Foot Anstey’s strategy is focused on generating organic growth in its six sectors and targeted talent acquisition, which has seen it attract recruits from national, City and international firms.

Foot Anstey’s growing client base comprises regional, national and international businesses and public sector organisations. The firm uses its knowledge, skills and experience to help make a difference to its people, the environment and within the communities where it operates. It works with employees, clients, suppliers and local partners to contribute to positive changes and equal opportunities for everyone.

Types of work undertaken
Corporate: the firm’s respected corporate team supports a wide range of clients, from global businesses on transactions with an international dimension to entrepreneurs and business owners requiring local expertise and connections. The team is comprised of leading experts in private equity, banking, restructuring and insolvency, international transactions, tax, and company secretarial. Types of work include advising on public and private M&A, domestic floats, delistings and equity fundraisings, joint ventures and group restructuring.

Commercial: the commercial team consists of trusted experts to private, public and third sector organisations, and advises on all aspects of business, including research and development through to the post sales environment, commercial contracts, complex projects and disputes, competition and procurement law, financial services and consumer credit, intellectual property, privacy and data protection, IT and telecommunications, and outsourcing and commercial collaborations.

Dispute resolution: the rapidly growing dispute resolution team looks after a wide range of commercial disputes, with highly specialist teams offering advice in a number of niche areas.

Employment: the firm’s employment law team is the largest in the South West, working with major national and regional employers.

Real estate: the property team supports a large portfolio of public sector and private clients handling prestigious City work alongside large regional and local projects. The team is supported by dedicated planning, property litigation and construction specialists.

Clinical negligence: Foot Anstey runs its clinical negligence, personal injury and mental capacity practices through its separately regulated sister firm, Enable Law (www.enablelaw.com). Enable Law is one of the largest specialist firms in the South of the UK.

Private wealth: the firm has a strong wealth and succession team advising on a range of work from tax planning to wealth and succession management and family law.

The industry sectors on which Foot Anstey is focused include: banking and financial services; energy; property, infrastructure and construction; media and technology; retail, leisure, and food and drink.

Office locations: Bristol, Exeter, London, Plymouth, London, Southampton, Taunton, Truro

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Duncan Ralph
Managing partner John Westwell
Clinical negligence and personal injury Rob Antrobus
Corporate and commercial Chris Worrell
Corporate Matt Stoate
Litigation Mark Rhys-Jones
Employment Karen Bates
Real estate Martin Hirst
Private wealth Jessica Pitt
Energy Chris Pritchett
Developers Patrick Wetherall
Retail and Consumer Nathan Peacey
Media and Entertainment Peter Singfield
Infrastructure Ian Stubbs
Number of UK partners : 49
Number of other UK fee-earners : 297