Firm Profile > Foot Anstey > Bristol , South West

Foot Anstey
South West

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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