Firm Profile > Foot Anstey > Plymouth, England

Foot Anstey
SALT QUAY HOUSE, 4 NORTH EAST QUAY
SUTTON HARBOUR
PLYMOUTH
PL4 0BN
England

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Enable Law, the standalone clinical negligence practice of Foot Anstey, advises on the settlement of maximum severity cases. Andrew Hannam is experienced in investigating and litigating clinical negligence cases, particularly those linked to birth injury, cerebral palsy claims and brain injuries. The firm also handles clinical negligence claims linked to the management of orthopaedic injuries. The practice acts for parents in cases involving stillbirths and neonatal deaths. Laurence Vick specialises in child cardiac surgery claims.

Commercial property: The West Country Tier 1

Due to its commitment in providing ‘exceptional’ legal support to clients, Foot Anstey’s team has retained a long list of significant longstanding clients including developers, retailers and leisure operators, corporate occupiers and financial institutions. The team has also recently scored multiple client wins in the sectors of retail, leisure, financial services, and energy and infrastructure. Richard Walford’s specialisation is in corporate occupier and infrastructure matters with particular emphasis on development and regulated property. Besides serving as a primary contact for a number of public sector clients, Duncan Tringham also handles development, regeneration and infrastructure work.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hirst

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Computershare

Exeter College

Gregory Distribution

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Berkeley Homes

Screwfix Direct

FirstGroup

B&Q

Flybe / Flybe Group

Welcome Break

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Foot Anstey advises on a wide range of contentious trusts and probate matters, including claims relating to the construction and validity of wills and trust documents, inheritance act claims, disputes involving executors and trustees, as well as trust variation applications, proprietary estoppel and claims relating to disputed lifetime transactions that affect the value of the respective estate or trust. The practice’s client base involves high-net-worth individuals and families, trust corporations and charities.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Gill

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Rogers; Emma Facey

Corporate and commercial: The West Country Tier 1

Foot Anstey provides corporate and commercial services through its four core sector lines of financial services, media and technology, property and infrastructure, and retail and leisure. The firm's varied workload includes M&A, private equity, commercial contracts and restructurings. Ken Lewins has an excellent reputation acting for larger businesses with an international or national focus, as well as ambitious management teams in the South West.

Practice head(s):

Ken Lewins

Other key lawyers:

Chris Worrell; Matthew Stoate; Duncan Sykes;

Key clients

Business Growth Fund Investments LP

Ardian / Envision Pharma Group / Six Degrees

Livingbridge

Greenridge Investment Management

UKRD Group

Gregory Distribution (Holdings) Limited

Aerosense Limited

Smithfield / Pure Safety Group Holdings Limited

UKRD Group

Gregory Distribution (Holdings) Limited

Aerosense Limited

Smithfield / Pure Safety Group Holdings Limited

Connecterra Holdings Limited

South Staffordshire Plc

Ministry of Sound

Crondall Energy Consultants

Employment: The West Country Tier 1

Foot Anstey has a strong track record defending clients in employment litigation, including equal pay claims. In addition, it is highly regarded for non-contentious matters, which includes assisting local governments with nationally negotiated pay deals and large-scale TUPE matters. Also notable is that the firm has a strong pedigree in the retail, media and technology sectors. The firm's standing in the market is evidenced by it featuring on the panels of clients such as Lloyds Bank and Flybe. Exeter-based Karen Bates leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Karen Bates

Other key lawyers:

James Collings; Patrick Howarth

Testimonials

Karen Bates is my key trusted advisor that I know I can rely on her to provide sound advice to the business, and help guide them in a commercial manner clearly setting out the risk versus reward

Their tact, courtesy, identification with our aims and objectives and ability to express reservation or offer advice diplomatically but with an ineluctable logic. James Collings and his associates, Lynda Mcdonnell, Kathryn Evens, Claire Marks and Charlie Maples, provided a seamless service from the gathering of evidence through the formulation of argument to the explanation and presentation of estimates and invoices. We could not have hoped for a more professional, charming or effective team

Key clients

Screwfix

T Clarke Contracting Ltd

Becton Dickinson UK Ltd

Odeon Cinemas Ltd

Halfords

Monster

Flybe

Livewell Southwest CIC

Ropes & Gray LLP

Reed & Mackay Travel Ltd

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The team at Foot Anstey has a first-rate reputation in corporate rescues, restructures, turnarounds and insolvencies (including formal and non-formal procedures). The group's work spans sectors such as energy, infrastructure, retail and charities, among others. Clients include banks, creditors, turnaround specialists, distressed equity investors and stakeholders. The 'excellentJoanne Rumley regularly advises boards of directors on handling financial distress in the context of directors' duties and managing insolvency risk. Legal director Tim Pritchard, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, has particular experience of the special administration process applicable to investment banks. Managing associate Brett Eeles focuses on insolvency litigation.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Rumley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A very solid team

Key clients

FRP Advisory

The Towcester Racecourse Company

Kingston Smith

Smith & Williamson

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Foot Anstey acts for both customers and providers of technology solutions. It supports clients on major technology projects, large-scale procurement and the implementation/exploitation of new technologies. Key clients (which include regional and international companies) come from the energy, fintech, retail and transport sectors. An area of recent growth for the practice has been blockchain technology and cloud-based solutions. Team head Martin Cuell has experience of working with City firms on technology matters. Senior associate Alexandra Leonidou specialises in privacy and data protection, digital media and advertising contracts, and has led the growth of the firm's strategic data practice. In 2018, managing associate Annalisa Checchi joined from Constituency Management Group. Will Foulkes was hired from FIDAL.

Practice head(s):

Martin Cuell

Other key lawyers:

Annalisa Checchi; Alexandra Leonidou; Francesca Pole; Mark Searle; Will Foulkes

Key clients

Sky UK Limited

Weston College

British Solar Renewables (BSR)

South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT)

TI Media

Flo Group Limited

Ultumus Limited

MooD International

BlueVenn Limited

Media and entertainment Tier 1

In addition to having an impressive publishing client base, Foot Anstey has a notable profile in the film and TV, marketing and music sectors. Neil Parkes  regularly acts for media companies in both the UK and US, and also works with international law firms. Tony Jaffa is knowledgeable about all areas of publishing law, which is complemented by his expertise in reputation management, regulation and copyright, among other areas. Richard Neary is the head of the media and technology sector team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Neary

Other key lawyers:

Tony Jaffa; Neil Parkes; Peter Singfield; Martin Cuell; Mark Millar; Alexandra Leonidou;

Key clients

Sky UK Limited

HarperCollins UK

Reach PLC (formally Trinity Mirror)

The Independent and Evening Standard

Newsquest Media Group

JPI

The Mirror Online

Ministry of Sound Limited

Archant

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The expertise of Foot Anstey encompasses domestic and international tax, trusts and succession matters, which involves property structuring, shari’ah-compliant wealth structuring and succession planning, as well as the administration of landed estates. The practice also runs a trust corporation and advises financial institutions on trust law, fiduciary duties and compliance issues. The firm is additionally experienced in providing tax and probate advice tailored to elderly clients.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Carrivick; Anna Parker

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Seddon; Katherine Willmott; Lisa Weekes

Key clients

Qatar Islamic Bank

Rosette Bank

Gatehouse Bank

Greenridge Investments

Banking and finance Tier 2

Foot Anstey's banking and finance practice is one of the core areas of focus at the firm. Its team provides extensive support on a full range of matters, such as corporate lending, development finance, leisure and healthcare finance, acquisition and event-driven finance, and project finance, among others. Also notable is that the group has established a strong presence in the real estate investment finance space, and it also increasingly generates work in the renewable energy sector. Clients include bank and non-bank lenders, borrowers and sponsors. Practice head Will Whitt focuses on corporate banking facilities, leveraged finance and real estate finance. Legal director Chris White has expertise in acquisition finance and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Will Whitt

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Santander UK

Royal Bank of Scotland

Shawbrook Bank

HSBC UK

Atom Bank

NatWest

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Foot Anstey advises trustees, executors, beneficiaries and charities on inheritance and legacy disputes, legacy administration involving secondments as well as on trust compliance and recovering shares of estates. Practice head Lucy Gill also advises on property planning and provides strategic advice to charities with the aim of optimising legacy income and fundraising capabilities. Tax planning is another area of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Gill

Key clients

Cancer Research UK

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH)

National Trust

RSPB

Salvation Army

Age UK

Scope

The Royal British Legion

Dogs Trust

Commercial litigation: The West Country Tier 2

Foot Anstey has a significant presence in the media and entertainment sector, and represents clients in high-value disputes in this area. In addition, the firm has strong links with the publishing sector, and the team also regularly acts for high-profile clients in this space, including in cross-border matters. Steven Richards, who is the key contact in the Exeter office, undertakes corporate disputes, banking and financial services litigation and contentious insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Steven Richards

Other key lawyers:

Peter Singfield

Testimonials

The team are very responsive, extremely commercial and provide exceptional support to our business

Sarah Harding, Sian Phillips and Steven Richards all provide day to day support and service and do so brilliantly

Key clients

Sky

LCD Publishing Group

Hitachi Capital

Royal Academy of Dance

HEP Verwaltung

H. Westons & Sons Limited

Kawasaki Precision Machinery

Welcome Break

Connect Group

Corporate tax Tier 2

Foot Anstey handles both contentious and non-contentious corporate tax matters for clients such as private equity houses, household-name corporates and high net worth individuals. A notable feature of the practice is that, on the contentious side, the firm conducts the majority of tax litigation in-house, as opposed to instructing external barristers. Non-contentious work includes advising on employment-related taxation, and assisting with the tax aspects of corporate reorganisations and commercial real estate transactions. Plymouth-based John Pindard, who heads up the team, is both a qualified lawyer and Chartered Tax Adviser. Anna Parker made partner in 2018.

Practice head(s):

John Pindard

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

United Business Media

Kawasaki

Mole Valley Farmers Limited

Screwfix

B & Q Plc.

China Fleet Country Club

Devon Waste Management

TIGL Holdings

Maybank UK

Go-Train Limited

Employment: Bristol Tier 2

Foot Anstey provides support to national and international clients in the retail, media and technology sectors. It is particularly strong in defending clients in high-value litigation cases and, on the non-contentious side, advising on the implementation of pay and grading schemes. Elsewhere, the team's recent work included assisting several local authorities with negotiating pay deals for council staff and handling a high-value TUPE claim, which involved a significant number of staff. Richard Neary has particular expertise in collective workforce issues.

Practice head(s):

Karen Bates (Exeter)

Other key lawyers:

Richard Neary (Bristol)

Testimonials

Foot Anstey’s HR and Employment team feel like an extension of our in-house team. It is available for urgent matters by phone or email at a moment’s notice and understands the business enough to speak to board members and colleagues alike. Their training sessions are tailored to fit real examples within your business too

We rate the team’s ability to get to the heart of the matter rapidly, marshal the appropriate resource at the right time and direct effort proportionate to the required result. This is a finely calibrated team of lawyers with a range of expertise across all the areas of law which might influence our work. In twenty-five years they have come to our assistance rapidly and with an outstanding, in fact incomparable, rate of success

Key clients

Screwfix

T Clarke Contracting Ltd

Becton Dickinson UK Ltd

Odeon Cinemas Ltd

Halfords

Monster

Flybe

Livewell Southwest CIC

Ropes & Gray LLP

Reed & Mackay Travel Ltd

Health and safety Tier 2

The health and safety team at Foot Anstey has extensive expertise in handling prosecutions for the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities. The team also provides strategic and operational advice, as well as corporate due diligence. Practice head Nathan Peacey specialises in regulatory work, and advises clients on risk management, compliance and the defence of regulatory crime.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Peacey

Key clients

Royal Shakespeare Company

Eden Project Ltd

Livewell Southwest

British Solar Renewables

Brend Hotels

Football Safety Officers’ Association

Farms for City Children

Ashton Gate Limited

Cornwall Care

NFU

Princess Yachts

Intellectual property Tier 2

Foot Anstey acts for a wide range of household name clients, including Sky and Harper Collins, on contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm handles numerous disputes in the patent litigation arena. In addition, it assists clients with the management of IP portfolios. Practice head Paul Cox has particular experience of patent infringement claims, and he also assists clients with filing and prosecuting trade marks and designs all around the world, as well as conducting brand clearance searches. Neil Parkes has extensive expertise in contentious IP, anti-piracy and media litigation, and counts several high profile media providers as his clients. Rachel Warren specialises in contentious litigation up to the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cox

Other key lawyers:

Neil Parkes; Peter Singfield; Rachel Warren

Testimonials

I would pick out Neil (Parkes) and Peter (Singfield) especially, they’re experts in their field‘.

We’ve never heard a bad thing about Neil‘.

Their legacy client base is publishing and they’re pretty unbeatable there‘.

Key clients

Sky

Trinity Mirror/Reach Plc

University of the West of England

Eden Project

Flybe

Lypiatt Studio Ltd

Licensing Tier 2

Foot Anstey advises on the acquisition of licences in the mobile gaming, copyright, music and sports industries and provides licences for outdoor events and festivals. The firm also assists with a wide range of licensing aspects regarding construction and refurbishment work and has experience in dealing with venue hire for private and public gatherings, noise management and safety regulations.

Practice head(s):

Chris Pritchett

Local government Tier 2

Foot Anstey’s team provides a wide range of services to clients, such as advising on regulatory issues, judicial reviews, procurement, state aid, real estate, planning and litigation. Department head Duncan Tringham is adept at handling collaborations in the public and private sector, including grant-funded development, regeneration and infrastructure projects. Legal director Mark Li, who has experience of acting on local government-led regeneration projects, joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. In February 2019, James Falle departed to join Temple Bright LLP.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Tringham

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cornwall Council

Devon County Council

Somerset County Council

Plymouth City Council

Exeter City Council

Truro City Council

Torbay Council

Bournemouth Borough Council

Teignbridge District Council

South Hams District Council

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

As the personal injury practice of Foot Anstey, Enable Law has a particular expertise in handling acquired brain injury claims, assisting with group litigations, and advising on amputee as well as spinal cord, orthopaedic and multiple injury claims. This involves assistance with the securing of rehabilitation funds. The practice also advises on workplace, traffic and sports accidents. The firm is also experienced in handling claims involving injured children.

Practice head(s):

Robert Antrobus; Juliette Clarke

Property litigation Tier 2

At Foot Anstey, the property litigation team assists clients with high-value disputes at all levels of the court system. The team is strong in multiple sectors including banking and financial services, media and technology infrastructure and construction. It has also increased its market presence in the retail and public sectors. ‘Superstar lawyer Patrick Wetherall joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2018. In a more recent development, Richard Bagwell moved to Stephens Scown LLP. Daniel Cuthbert and senior associate Nicola Purcell are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Wetherall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

This is the most efficient, accessible and reliable team in the region

Daniel Cuthbert has a great commercial mind and is a great property litigator

Daniel Cuthbert is quite prepared to roll his sleeves up and fight on behalf of his clients

Patrick Wetherall is personable and calm

Key clients

Ashfield Land

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

B &Q

Heart of England Forest

Berkeley Homes

Screwfix

Welcome Break

Tregothnan

National Farmers’ Union

Sport Tier 2

Foot Anstey's group is experienced in advising sportspeople, employers and governing bodies; the scope of the work covers commercial contracts, regulatory issues, technology, data protection and employment matters. Areas of expertise include football, rugby, sailing and cycling. Sports betting is a notable area of growth for the practice; the team acts for several betting companies and governing bodies. Jonathan Oddy leads the team from the Bristol office.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Oddy

Other key lawyers:

Mark Searle; Neil Parkes

Key clients

Bristol Sport (incorporates Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Rugby Club)

Ashton Gate Limited

Event Advantage Solutions Limited

Football Safety Officers’ Association

Henley Regatta

BlueVenn

Arena Racing Corporation

Exeter City FC

Bath Racecourse

Stadium For Cornwall and Threemilestone Project

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Foot Anstey’s expertise encompasses contentious disputes, including estoppel claims as well as tenancy, partnership, will land and property disputes and non-contentious activities involving the drafting and negotiation of sale and purchase agreements. The practice also provides regulatory advice on subsidies, environmental issues and health and safety. Clients include high-net-worth farming families and individuals, business owners, trustees, charities and beneficiaries.

Practice head(s):

Edward Venmore

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

The Bolitho Estate

NFU

HSBC Bank

NatWest

St. Aubyn Estates

Santander Bank

Tregothnan

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 3

Foot Anstey's practice has a focus on housebuilder and mixed-use development work, as well as property matters connected with the energy and infrastructure, financial services, retail and leisure, and public sectors. Richard Walford excels in corporate occupier and infrastructure work. Another key figure is Islamic finance expert Imam Qazi, who has extensive experience of investment, finance and development transactions. Duncan Tringham is also a name to note. In 2018, legal director Mark Li joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and managing associate Kutahya Cherry was hired from CMS.  Paul Clark departed for Burges Salmon LLP.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hirst (Southampton)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Competent, quick and highly responsive

The team offers excellent and highly pragmatic legal advice

Key clients

Computershare

Exeter College

Gregory Distribution

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Berkeley Homes

Screwfix Direct

First Group

B&Q

Flybe Group

Welcome Break

Energy Tier 3

The ‘extremely capable’ lawyers at Foot Anstey handle matters concerning renewable energy transactions, emerging technologies, and generation and distribution projects, among others. The team works closely with other departments in providing assistance to its growing client base, which includes developers and funders of energy projects. The ‘very knowledgeableChris Pritchett, who leads the department, specialises in battery storage, electric vehicle infrastructure and renewables projects and financing. Stuart Cleak leads on the real estate aspects of energy projects; Cleak’s practice places special emphasis on renewables.

Practice head(s):

Chris Pritchett 

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Omnio Energy

Pivot Power LLP

Centrica

NEC Energy Solutions

Eden Geothermal

Arenko Group

Aspen Infrastructure

Eden Project

British Solar Renewables

Family Tier 3

Foot Anstey assists with divorce proceedings, cohabitation disputes, children-related disputes as well as wealth protection measures and property disputes. The firm is also experienced in the drafting and negotiation of pre- and postnuptial agreements. Exeter-based Jessica Pitt is the practice head and regularly liaises with high-net-worth clients and farming families on setting out financial claims arising out of relationship breakdown.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Pitt

Construction Tier 4

Foot Anstey has established a reputation as a strong performer in the construction sphere, as is reflected by its work for clients in the energy, infrastructure, technology, retail and leisure sectors. In addition to acting for clients in domestic UK matters, a significant portion of the firm's work has a cross-border element; team head Ian Stubbs is experienced in acting for overseas-based clients. Legal director Brian Hitchcock and managing associate Tris Tucker are other key figures in the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Suriya Edwards from Geldards LLP.

Practice head(s):

Ian Stubbs

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Plymouth City Council

NEC Energy Solutions

WElink Energy Group

British Solar Renewables

Eden Project

Willmott Dixon

Screwfix Direct

Green Frog Connect

TClarke

Hodge Bank

Handelsbanken

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 4

Foot Anstey advises national and international clients on corporate M&A, private equity transactions and fundraising. It demonstrates strong capabilities advising mid-market businesses from across the UK on cross-border transactions. On the commercial side, the team has undergone significant expansion with the arrival of a number of new lawyers, including managing associate Annalisa Checchi and senior associate Helen Mouser (both from in-house positions). Another notable hire is Mark Millar, who heads up the commercial side of the practice, while Chris Worrell leads the corporate practice. Emily Settle works closely with corporate and private equity clients to advise on complex M&A transactions and corporate development.

Practice head(s):

Chris Worrell; Mark Millar

Other key lawyers:

Emily Settle; Tim Young; Jonathan Oddy

Key clients

Business Growth Fund Investments LP

South Staffordshire plc

Ministry of Sound

Gregory Distribution (Holdings) Limited

Trainline

Pennon Group

The Royal Shakespeare Company

Planning Tier 4

Foot Anstey advises on a wide-ranging scope of planning law issues concerning highways law, compulsory purchase advice, heritage law, advertisement regulations, listed building legislation and judicial reviews. Its team has particularly extensive experience of the planning aspects of large development schemes. The varied client base includes regional and national developers, housebuilders, councils, landed estates and private clients. Tim Taylor, who is a qualified chartered surveyor, heads up the group.

Practice head(s):

Tim Taylor

Key clients

Teignbridge District Council

Devon County Council

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Cornwall Council

Castle Property Development

Duchy of Cornwall

Beechcroft Land

Persimmon Homes

Ministry of Sound

Court of protection Tier 2

Enable Law has an excellent team. Stacey Bryant is a key figure who is particularly skilled at supporting clients who lack capacity following a traumatic acquired brain injury. Andrew Hannam has extensive experience in Court of Protection matters and frequently acts for learning disabled adults. Patricia Wass has considerable experience in mental capacity issues and specialises in powers of attorney and Court of Protection work for the elderly and the vulnerable. Associate Holly Mieville-Hawkins is also well-regarded. The group overall offers specialist advice in diverse areas such as elder law, trusts involving incapacitated individuals, statutory wills and advising on issues of physical and financial abuse.

Practice head(s):

Stacey Bryant; Andrew Hannam; Patricia Wass

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Stacey Bryant is very experienced and efficient‘.

Islamic finance Tier 2

Foot Anstey's Islamic finance group is heavy focused on the London real estate market, where it acts for a variety of Middle Eastern financial institutions and domestic banks with significant shari'ah-compliant activities. Despite any uncertainty in the UK property market, the team has noted a stable appetite for Islamic real estate structures and has also seen rapid growth in investment not only from the Middle East, but also from Malaysia. In addition, the firm is seeking to increase its work for Saudi Arabian investors and as such it finalised an alliance with a domestic Saudi firm in late 2018. Imam Qazi heads the Islamic finance group and is highly regarded among his peers.

Practice head(s):

Imam Qazi

Other key lawyers:

Lingxi Wang

Key clients

ABC International Bank

Ahli United Bank UK

Gatehouse Bank

Qatar National Bank (QNB)

QIB (UK)

Sidra Capital

Greenridge Investment Management

Rosette Merchant Bank

90 North Real Estate Partners

Habib Bank Zurich

Malayan Banking Berhad

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 3

Foot Anstey's practice has had a marked uptick in cross-border mandates, with the firm acting for entities in the US, Portugal and Belgium, among other markets. Mark Pinder in Southampton has been instrumental in building up the firm's international practice, and has a wealth of experience of cross-border M&A work, with particular knowledge of the Middle East. The firm has core strengths in matters connected with the banking and finance, media and technology, property, infrastructure and construction, and retail and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Pinder

Intellectual property Tier 3

The 'efficient' intellectual property team at Foot Anstey is led by national department head Paul Cox who splits his time between the firm's Southampton and Bristol offices. A key feature of the firm's south east practice is its anti-counterfeiting and brand protection work, as well as its litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cox

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Warren; Chandni Jobanputra

Testimonials

The team at Foot Anstey is practical, efficient and sharp.

They are able to handle, manage and advise a wide range of IP related matters.

When we instructed the firm, Paul’s leadership was instrumental in the firm being able to handle client’s matter so well.’

Key clients

Sky

Trinity Mirror/Reach Plc

University of the West of England

Lypiatt Studio (studio of the late sculptor Lynn Chadwick)

Eden Project

Royal Academy of Dance

Spectrum Collections Limited

PA Group

Pay.UK

Flybe

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Foot Anstey has a 'brilliant reputation in publishing work' and the team is also experienced across work in the film, TV, marketing and music industries. The team is regularly engaged on regulatory, corporate, commercial, employment, IP, data protection, reputation management and dispute resolution instructions. The publishing team advises on regulation, copyright, brand protection, advertising, promotions, data protection, and freedom of information matters for newspapers, online publishers, magazine publishers and TV broadcasters. The team is representing Trinity Mirror (now Reach) on a high-profile defamation claim regarding an article published on the website www.mirror.co.uk, which involved a a number of allegations which were claimed to be defamatory to a former Commander of Specialist Operations in the Metropolitan Police, Roy Ramm. For film and TV, the firm handles a raft of media litigation, content protection and anti-piracy work for creative industry clients.

Practice head(s):

Richard Neary; Tony Jaffa; Neil Parkes; Peter Singfield; Martin Cuell

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Oddy; Alexandra Leonidou; Jennifer Agate; Annalisa Checchi

Testimonials

The team has a wealth of experience in publishing matters.

Key clients

Sky UK

HarperCollins UK

Reach PLC (formally Trinity Mirror)

The Independent and Evening Standard

Newsquest Media Group

JPI

The Mirror Online

Ministry of Sound Limited

Archant

Reputation management Tier 3

Foot Anstey's reputation management team shines with its deep understanding of how the media and newspapers operate. Department head Tony Jaffa focuses his practice on all aspects of publishing law and advises on a variety of related matters such as reputation management and data protection. Managing associate Jennifer Agate, who leads the firm's reputation management expert team, provides advice to individual, corporate and charity clients with particular expertise in civil and criminal aspects of social media and cyber crime. Commercial litigator Peter Singfield is also often involved in the firm's reputation work.

Practice head(s):

Tony Jaffa

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Independent & Evening Standard

Reach Plc (Formerly Trinity Mirror Plc)

Mirror online pre-publication advice

JPI Media (formerly Johnston Press)

Newsquest Media Group

Which?

Midland News Association

Archant Community Media

British Forces Broadcasting Service

HarperCollins

Social housing Tier 3

Foot Anstey's practice is primarily focused on advising registered providers of affordable housing who are developing new homes, and the firm is particularly strong in development transactions. Team head Martin Hirst has specialist expertise in open market, mixed-use and regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hirst

Key clients

VIVID Housing Limited

Radian Group Limited

LiveWest Homes

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Merlin Housing Society

Coastline Housing Limited

Magna Housing Limited

Trent & Dove Housing Limited

PHA Homes Limited

Yarlington Housing Group

Ocean Housing Limited

Stonewater Limited

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 4

Foot Anstey provides a full service to clients with its commercial property practice operating on a cross-office basis as one team. In Southampton, an 11-strong team has a particular focus on residential development, with clients in this space including regional and national housebuilders, as well as registered providers of affordable housing. Property portfolio management work is another area of focus, and the firm generates a significant amount of repeat work from a number of key clients; Carol Phillips is the name to note in this area. Martin Hirst is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hirst

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

Property, construction and infrastructure, including energy, are among the core pillars of Foot Anstey's practice. The energy team, which is led by commercial partner Chris Pritchett in Bristol, has a key emphasis on emerging technologies as well as better-established generation and distribution projects. Patrick Wetherall recently joined the firm in Bristol as a property litigation partner from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP along with legal director Mark Li .

Practice head(s):

Chris Pritchett

Key clients

Omnio Energy

Pivot Power LLP

Centrica

NEC Energy Solutions

Eden Geothermal

Arenko Group

Aspen Infrastructure

Immersa Group/BatteryStorage.io

Eden Project

British Solar Renewables Limited (BSR)

Property litigation Tier 4

Foot Anstey's highly regarded property litigation department generates repeat work from clients in the retail, technology and infrastructure and development sectors, among various others. It has had a recent increase in portfolio management mandates, and also matters relating to residential property development. Kate New, who heads up the practice in Southampton, focuses on commercial landlord and tenant issues. as well as development disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kate New

Testimonials

Foot Anstey is a solid, competent firm when it comes to property litigation‘.

Kate New has a practical, no nonsense approach‘.

Key clients

Beechcroft Developments Limited

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Screwfix Direct

Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern) Limited

B&Q Plc

Grass Valley (A Belden Brand)

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

Foot Anstey’s banking litigation practice is experienced in disputes involving commercial lending, credit, currency, guarantee, security and recoveries. The team also defends fraud-related claims and assists with disputes over the conduct of receiverships. Bristol-based Mark Rhys-Jones and Steven Richards in Exeter are the principal contacts. Former CMS senior associate James Gliddon, who is a banking and financial services litigator, joined the Bristol office as partner.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rhys-Jones

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bank of Scotland

The firm: Delivering exceptional client service has enabled Foot Anstey to expand by 95% in the last six years.

Under the leadership of managing partner John Westwell, the firm continues to invest in people and technology to ensure value and quality, focused on helping clients to achieve their strategic objectives. The firm strategy is focused on organic growth in its six sectors and targeted talent acquisition which has seen Foot Anstey 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 is truly committed to strengthening relationships with local communities and actively engages in corporate social projects from conventional fund raising, to support for the long term unemployed.

The firm’s turnover growth has been impressive, with considerable investment in premises, systems and IT.

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. Our corporate 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 are trusted experts to private, public and third sector organisations, advising 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 and personal injury practice through the Enable Law brand

Private wealth: the firm also 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; property, infrastructure and construction; media and technology; retail, leisure, and food and drink.

Office locations: Plymouth, Bristol, Exeter, 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 and commercial Matt Stoate
Litigation Steven Richards
Employment Karen Bates
Real estate Richard Sutton
Private wealth Jessica Pitt
Energy Chris Pritchett
Developers Patrick Wetherall
Retail and Consumer Patrick Howarth
Media and Entertainment Peter Singfield
Number of UK partners : 47
Number of other UK fee-earners : 271

The Lex 100 Verdict

Foot Anstey is 'large enough to offer City-style work whilst remaining small enough to maintain an approachable, inclusive working environment'. Trainees were impressed that the south west firm is 'going in a very good direction and bringing in some impressive work' thanks to 'strong growth in the last five years'. There is 'plenty of investment in trainee development', along with 'outstanding levels of support from supervisors'. Indeed, 'enthusiasm is appreciated and if you show an interest in an area of law, you will be encouraged to develop in that area'. Superiors are 'not afraid of giving trainees responsibility': respondents cited receiving 'plenty of drafting experience' and 'delivering external training to well-known clients'. The cherry on the cake is that the 'working culture is relaxed' and there is a real 'emphasis on work/life balance'. Perhaps unusually, trainees at Foot Anstey have 'very good visibility concerning seat choices' and know 'far in advance' to which department they will be moving next. Complaints centred on the fact that recruits have to relocate to different offices depending on the seat they wish to undertake. This can result in having to find new accommodation at short notice with 'limited financial support'. One respondent even 'commuted to the Exeter office from Bath for 12 months'. That there are 'no dress-down days' is also begrudged. 'Leading a client meeting in my first seat', 'attending a trial in the Rolls Building' and a 'secondment to a global financial services provider' were clear highlights. To join a firm which offers a 'friendly and supportive culture with an ambitious edge', start researching Foot Anstey.