Firm Profile > Foot Anstey > London , London

Foot Anstey

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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 .

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.

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