Foot Anstey > Southampton, England > Firm Profile

Foot Anstey
White Building
1-4 Cumberland Place
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 2NP
England

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Enable Law has a team focused on complex and catastrophic injury claims. The team is led by Southampton-based Alison McClure, who acts as a professional trustee on clinical negligence matters. John White is qualified as a doctor and lawyer, experience he can draw on to effectively handle cases involving brain injury and obstetric injury. Kym Provan, who is praised for her 'excellent communication', is another strong clinical negligence specialist. Experienced senior associate James Wood specialises in employers’ liability claims and repetitive strain injury., while fellow senior associate Julia Prior is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alison McClure

Testimonials

‘Kym Provan is the best solicitor I’ve ever had, with excellent communication and always explaining matters to me in a way I could understand. I felt like she personally did all she could to support me on the journey.’

‘James Wood has extensive experience of the whole range of personal injury litigation and unrivalled experience in upper limb industrial injury claims. Julia Prior is an approachable and experienced litigator with good attention to detail and considerable expertise in road traffic and fatal accident claims.’

‘Julia Prior is a very experienced litigator and would be a steady hand on the tiller of any case. In my experience, no matter the value, she approaches each case with the intention of doing the best for her client. She is not afraid to run difficult cases, and do so with the proper resourcing – without losing sight of the commercial and practical realities of litigation’

‘An extremely diligent and hardworking team of brilliant personal injury lawyers. They are particularly expert at high-value catastrophic brain injury cases.’

‘Julia Prior was amazing. Any time I made contact, my query was dealt with quickly and efficiently and was always up to speed with my case. Through Julia I was able to find a quick and thorough diagnosis and ultimately the perfect surgeon to perform my surgery and I had an brilliant outcome. I would 100% recommend the company and most importantly Julia Prior.’

‘A team of solicitors that are friendly in their approach, understanding of your needs, helpful and professional. Julia Prior is a credit to her profession and an outstanding solicitor with invaluable knowledge in her field.’

‘Julia Prior is professional, diligent, friendly and understands the needs of her clients and the negative impact accidents have not just on the body and mind but on relationships and her clients’ future outlook.’

Finance > Islamic finance Tier 1

Foot Anstey‘s standalone five-partner South West-based practice provides ‘a holistic and commercial approach’ to banks, investors and corporates seeking to utilise a variety of Islamic finance structures. Key to the firm’s success has been ‘level headed and calm’ team head Imam Qazi who has built an ‘amazing team up from scratch’, and leads from the front by dint of the ‘wealth of experience‘ he has gained over the years handling a tremendous flow of work primarily in the real estate sector, one of the core areas of focus for the firm as a whole. The ‘incredibly smart and commercial’ Zahir Nayani has also played a key role in shaping the firm’s success in the market; as well as expertly handling Sharia compliant real estate finance products, he has also managed and executed several major LIBOR-transition projects for Islamic banks. Other key individuals include London-based consultant Michael Evans, who specialises in advising on the tax-related aspects of Islamic financial structures for high-net-worth-individuals and banks; Exeter-based head of retail financial services, Alan Hughes, who is adept at advising Islamic banks and fintech startups on the regulatory implications of any new products; and managing associate Lingxi Wang, who handles a significant amount of Islamic finance-related work for East Asian clients. All named practitioners are based in Bristol unless otherwise indicated.

Practice head(s):

Imam Qazi

Other key lawyers:

Zahir Nayani; Alan Hughes; Michael Evans; Karl Bradford; Nick Loewendahl; Lingxi Wang; Kate Heard; Laura Auterio

Testimonials

The team provides a holistic and commercial approach which is of great value.’

‘The team has a comprehensive understanding of Islamic finance and structures.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and provides good practical advice and guidance.’

A very experienced team that provides an unbelievable service. They have always shown an exemplary level of service and dedication, more importantly understanding the business needs from all sides.’

Imam Qazi has built an amazing team from scratch and this is demonstrated by the fact that they have retained their core staff over a number of years ensuring continuity.’

Imam Qazi is very level headed and calm. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge gained in Islamic finance through the multiple transactions he has been a part of.’

Zahir Nayani is an incredibly smart lawyer with a close eye on the commercial aspects of legal decision making.’

Zahir Nayani and Kate Heard are very approachable, responsive and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Gatehouse Bank

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

Riyad Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Sidra Capital on the £46.3m acquisition of Pemberton House (the European HQ of Coca-Cola) with Islamic financing from the National Bank of Kuwait.
  • Instructed by Nester to advise on the first Peer2Peer Islamic fintech property transaction in the UK.
  • Advised Riyad Bank (London Branch) on the £17.5m Islamic refinancing to Capital Trust Group of a multi-let Grade A office asset with ancillary data centre in Harlow.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Foot Anstey continues to be highly active in the private equity space, where it is particularly noted for its work on bolt-on transactions for portfolio companies. Practice head Matthew Stoate handles a steady stream of transactions in this space alongside managing associate Adam McKenna; the pair have developed strong working relationships with a number of mid-market PE houses. The team also offers clients ‘commercially minded’ expertise in M&A, management buyouts, and investment rounds, with Duncan Sykes and Ken Lewins are the key names to note on this work.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Stoate

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Sykes; Ken Lewins; Adam McKenna; Chris Worrell; Fergus Baker; Dominic Cromwell

Testimonials

‘Commercially minded and great M&A deal lawyers.’

‘Dom Cromwell is an excellent associate, great to work with, excellent on the detail yet able to remain commercial and pragmatic’

‘Ken Lewins takes the time and effort to get to know and understand your business and coupled with their sector expertise makes it easy to work with them. Ken also has unparalleled expertise on complex corporate reorganisation structuring.’

‘Ken Lewins is easy to work with, understands your needs and provides quality and focused advice.’

‘Matt Stoate is commercial, fights for his clients and looks after them. He makes the client know he’s on their side and not just doing his work. Great to work with him.’

‘We are a City of London firm and use Foot Anstey for most of our corporate needs. We have a long standing relationship with one of the senior partners who over the years has introduced us to colleagues in other specialist areas , all of whom have provided us what we needed and we have retained them as our go to lawyers.’

Key clients

August Equity (and its portfolio companies)

Access UK Limited (backed by TA Associates and HgCapital)

Growth Catalyst Partners LLC

Livingbridge (and its portfolio companies)

Phoenix Equity (and its portfolio companies)

Shervey Ltd

Shareholders of Silverfish

FRP Advisory Group

Blacksand Real Estate Company W.L.L.

Stripe & Stare Ltd

Hawksmoor Group Ltd

Flynn Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Simply Conveyancing, a portfolio company of Livingbridge, in connection with its purchase of residential conveyancing firm Pirie Palmann.
  • Advised Access UK Limited (backed by TA Associates and HgCapital) on various deals including the acquisition of Northstar Innovation Group Limited, My School Portal Limited, Oosha Limited, Legal Bricks Searches Limited (and associated companies) and the purchase of assets from Enhanced Computer Solutions Limited.
  • Advising the shareholders on the sale of Flynn Group Limited to M&J Evans.

Employment > Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Foot Anstey provides a one-stop-shop to clients, advising across an array of sectors. The team advises clients on the implications arising from Covid-19, overseeing furlough and hybrid working matters. They also handle restructurings, redundancies and contractual changes. The practice is led from Exexter by Karen Bates whose expertise covers TUPE, workforce integration and employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Karen Bates

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Howarth; Claire Holland

Key clients

Ensono Limited

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WC Rowe (Falmouth) Limited

City Electrical Factors

Happy Days Nursery Group

Screwfix

Princess Yachts

Holyroyd Howe

Growth Catalyst Partners LLC

August Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised Ensono on its acquisition of Amido, a cloud-native consultancy based in the UK employing more than 130 people.
  • Advised Screwfix Direct Limited on disciplinary and grievance cases, poor performance and long-term ill health management issues, senior exists, TUPE, policy abandonment and tribunal litigation, in addition to HR training sessions.
  • Advised Princess Yachts on the implementation of furlough schemes, safe working environments, vaccination programmes and health and safety matters.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

Enable Law fields a sizeable team across its five offices in the South West, with expertise in handling high-value, complex personal injury and clinical negligence cases. The firm’s clinical negligence practice is overseen by national head Robert Antrobus and is instructed across the full range of high-value matters in this space, from brain and spinal injuries to amputations. Many cases handled by the team involve substantial ongoing care needs. Paul Sankey has broad experience in this space and is praised by clients for his approachability and expertise, while Jackie Linehan has experience of acting both on the claimant and defendant sides of clinical negligence.  The firm also boasts a very strong personal injury practice, with expertise acting for clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of accidents. Cases handled by the team often feature complex issues around liability and quantum. The practice frequently represents children in these claims, and also has a notable specialism in handling claims against local authorities related to child neglect and abuse. Huw Ponting leads the team and has a focus on clients who have suffered head injuries; his work additionally includes acting as a deputy for claimants who lack capacity. Ponting is supported by Tim Jones and Juliette Clarke, who both offer substantial expertise in brain and spinal injuries. Pamela Jane-Riley is another key figure in the team and specialises in acting for children. Managing associate Gary Walker is recognised for his expertise in involved alleged abuse, and acts across both personal injury and clinical negligence.

Practice head(s):

Rob Antrobus; Huw Ponting

Other key lawyers:

Paul Sankey; Jackie Linehan; Tim Jones; Juliette Clarke; Pamela Jane-Riley; Charlotte Morgan; Michelle Biddulph

Testimonials

‘It feels like the people I have dealt with listen and understand me and my points.’

‘I went to three other firms of solicitors before being referred by a medical charity to Enable Law. All three declined to help on the grounds of the complexity of my case, which involved medical negligence. A specialist in the field at Enable Law ploughed through hundreds of pages of my medical records to assess the likely actions of the surgeons. Without this specialist knowledge, my case would never have progressed.’

‘From the start, Paul Sankey’s experience meant he was able to explain the inconsistencies in the information I had been given by a health trust in London. He was very clear in his reasoning, kept me informed at all times and ensured that I took all decisions from a position of knowledge. I met Paul in person, and found him to be approachable and with an all-important sense of humour.’

‘The team make a complex case appear easy to navigate.’

‘They take the time to explain everything in an easy to understand manner and are very good at reducing the stress that comes from being involved in a case. They are approachable to friendly and you freely feel confident that they really care about the outcome.’

‘An excellent specialist clinical negligence team.’

‘Jackie Linehan is my main contact. She is notable for the breadth of her experience (with a useful perspective from having previously acted for NHS Defendants), intelligence, and empathy.’

‘Gary Walker’s positivity, kindness, professionalism, commitment and dedication to my case and his ability to put me at ease and make me feel valued, were a major starting point for finally coming to terms with what had happened to me in the past. I would highly recommend Enable Law and in particular Gary Walker to anyone seeking good legal support and guidance in the most emphatic manner.’

Work highlights

    Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

    Foot Anstey advises a range of clients, including high net worth private clients, professional trustees, trust corporations and national charities. The teams’ expertise includes the handling of complex inheritance disputes, where they utilise its mental capacity team as well as its trusts specialists. The practice is headed by Lucy Gill; she is well experienced in advising national charities on contentious probate work. Alexandra Rogers is noted for her representation of clients before the High Court.

    Practice head(s):

    Lucy Gill

    Other key lawyers:

    Alexandra Rogers; Emma Facey; Elizabeth Ware

    Testimonials

    ‘The probate, contentious and property teams are extremely professional in their approach to their clients.’

    ‘The teams work closely and are able to provide a seamless approach.’

    A well led and effective team which gives us considerable confidence.’

    ‘Emma Facey puts the client first and responds well to suggestions for improvements.’

    ‘Lucy Gill – a pragmatic and solutions based individual’

    ‘Lucy Gill has an in depth understanding of the sector and ‘gets’ what is required to keep her clients on board.’

    ‘Alexander Rogers was very dedicated to our case and always made herself available to speak to us directly on the phone or in person.’

    ‘The team goes above and beyond in understanding clients needs & trying to propose practical solutions.’

    Key clients

    Age UK

    National Trust

    RSPCA

    The Salvation Army

    Dogs Trust

    RSPB

    Work highlights

      TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

      Foot Anstey is highly active in advising on technology outsourcings and licensing agreements, where it acts for both companies procuring tech services as well as the suppliers. Practice head Martin Cuell‘s work in this space includes assisting clients on deals involving emerging areas of technology such as transitions to the cloud, virtual/augmented reality and drones. The team experienced some turnover in 2021, with Alexandra Leonidou departing the firm in December 2021 and Ashley Avery joining from Travers Smith LLP in the same month. Avery brings expertise in data protection to the practice and is also noted for her work in advising the portfolio companies of private equity funds on tech-related commercial agreements. Managing associate Annalisa Checchi is another name to note in the team and is praised for her ability to ‘make even the most complicated of scenarios understandable’.

      Practice head(s):

      Martin Cuell

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Annalisa Checchi has been a godsend in the advice she’s has given, nothing is too much trouble, the team always come back to you in a timely manner, and explain in full-terms the best way forward. Annalisa has also been incredibly helpful with finding the right partner in the firm to assist with any additional needs outside of her area of expertise.’

      ‘Annalisa and her team are ‘human’ they make even the most complicated of scenarios understandable. They always get back to you, which from previous experiences working with other firms is welcoming.’

      ‘The team brings practical and actionable advice in a concise form, which we really appreciate. They are dependable and always happy to support adjusting to our needs and budget constraints.’

      ‘Martin Cuell is a very pragmatic and reactive lawyer. He knows the IT industry very well and it really is a pleasure working with him!’

      Key clients

      Weston College

      Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

      Property Consortium UK

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      UCheck Limited

      ERS Transition Limited

      OVO Energy

      Chivas Brothers International Limited

      Audley Travel

      Techtronic Industries (UK) Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advising Dwr Cymru Welsh Water on their technology transformation project to move predominantly to a cloud based solution.
      • Advising Audley Travel on their major telephony infrastructure procurement project with Vonage.
      • Advising Property Consortium on its negotiations with the AA to provide a SaaS claims handling portal and claims processing solution (Synergy Cloud) which the AA would use to manage household claims for their customers.

      Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire Tier 2

      Made up of experienced lawyers formerly of Thrings LLP and Blake Morgan LLP, Foot Anstey‘s Southampton-based succession and tax team acts for a range of local and regional clients. Team lead Rachel Brooks has particular expertise in succession planning for clients with landed estates. Douglas Smith specialises in tax advice for high net-worth clients, including those with overseas interests. Senior associate Celine Lecomte handles a variety of trusts work, including matters relating to family, personal injury, and charitable trusts. Bonnie Ward and Carol Ward are also recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Rachel Brooks

      Testimonials

      This practice has a broad skill set and reassuringly high level of competence. This is in contrast to other firms I have used where I felt I had to check everything they did and usually found them wanting. With Foot Anstey it is possible to relax and let them get on with the task in hand.’

      ‘Rachel Brooks is capable, pro-active, efficient and intuitive. She is the person you need by your side when you are going through the minefield of challenges that the loss of a family member can bring to your door.’

      TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

      Foot Anstey is home to a team of trade mark specialists handling every aspect of trade marks, including design rights, branding, and franchising, and led by renowned practitioner Paul Cox. In a recent highlight, Cox acted for Eden Project as part of its international expansion, including preventing companies from using similar word marks. Associates Chandni Jobanputra and John Shaw come particularly recommended on the contentious side of the practice.

      Practice head(s):

      Paul Cox

      Other key lawyers:

      Chandni Jobanputra; John Shaw; Natalie Chant; Charlene Nelson

      Testimonials

      ‘Paul Cox and Natalie Chant are an excellent team, responsive with an open line of communication. I was very impressed, no matter too big or two small – this team puts the client first.’

      ‘Paul doesn’t just quote the law, his solution-focused approach is fantastic whilst seeking to manage costs.’

      ‘This firm offers unique professional and personal solutions. They listen to the challenges of our world and use this valuable skill with great expertise to support their clients in their projects.’

      ‘Paul Cox and John Shaw provide great support to my clients and to myself. They both possess robust commercial awareness and this means discussions regarding client requirements are always are able to explain legalities in a manner that ensures a clear understanding by all parties. Both display excellent knowledge and approach all projects with a reassuring level of commitment.’

      ‘The people we have worked with are always very enthusiastic about taking on challenges. We particularly appreciate the search for innovative solutions from their team.’

      ‘The Foot Anstey team, and Paul Cox and John Shaw specifically, continue to provide a dependable, authoritative and well-informed service. The fact that Foot Anstey offers a range of supplementary legal services is a big plus. The fee structure is set at a sensible level and consistently represents good value for money.’

      ‘We have a high level of trust in their counsel.’

      ‘Paul Cox has led the IP team handling our work in a very professional and responsive manner. Chandni Jobanputra and Charlene Nelson are associates, providing high-quality written work and top responsiveness to our inquiries.’

      Key clients

      Wise Payments Limited

      Novolex Holdings LLC

      Franchise Focus Limited

      Eden Project Limited

      Murgitroyd & Company Limited

      Pay.UK Limited

      Digital Drinks Dispensers Limited

      Future Kings Limited

      Clear Expressions Ltd

      Dayes Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised on the worldwide re-brand of TRANSFERWISE to WISE including clearance searches in over 50 countries and advising on risk mitigation.
      • Acted for Novolex in defence of a registered and unregistered design right case brought by PCO.
      • Assisting Pay.UK with managing its trade mark portfolio and dealing with various infringement issues in the UK and elsewhere.

      Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

      Enable Lawputs the client at the centre of its practice’. Practice head Stacey Bryant is ‘hugely innovative and commercial’ and has extensive experience of supporting clients who lack capacity following a traumatic acquired brain injury. The team advises on all aspects of Court of Protection applications, hearings and orders and also acts as deputies for many clients. Consultant Patricia Wass plays a pivotal role in the mental capacity team and has acted as a panel deputy for the Office of the Public Guardian for many years. The team receives many accolades for its ‘strong team ethos’.

      Practice head(s):

      Stacey Bryant

      Other key lawyers:

      Patricia Wass; Karen Jackson; Asha Beswetherick; Emily Steel; Bethan Phillips; Jamie Woods; Caroline Featherby; Nikki Bedford

      Testimonials

      Stacey Bryan is exceptionally knowledgeable‘.

      ‘Stacey Bryant is approachable, open to ideas and suggestions and truly has the needs of Enable clients at the heart of what she does’.

      ‘Karen Jackson has a tactical brain.’

      ‘Enable Law attends to detail and very much places its clients at the centre of its practice. Its communication is excellent, through and tailored to the need of each of the clients. Karen Jackson is always approachable, pleasant and places her clients (who lack capacity) at the very centre of her work and engagement with the professional network’.

      ‘I have found the team to be very professional, whilst also being friendly, approachable and empathetic when needed. They are very understanding of our family’s needs as a whole whilst also acting in the best interests of my son’.

      ‘Asha Bestwetherick has been fantastic as my son’s deputy. Always professional and knowledgeable but also very approachable. Asha is always available to offer advice and to support my family in navigating the legal process and providing the best care and support for my son’.

      ‘Emily Steel has been particularly helpful, very good with the approach she uses with vulnerable adults, person centred and efficient with all the documents she prepares and excellent with communication, ideas to help clients and feedback. Others within the organisation have been efficient and good with communication’.

      ‘I have worked with Stacey Bryant, Jamie Woods, Caroline Featherby and Nikki Millings and have found them to have an excellent approach to working together to meet the clients’ short and long terms needs. There is open and honest communications at all times’.

      Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

      The corporate team at Foot Anstey has experience across contentious and non-contentious tax, offering clients expertise in cross-border tax issues. The practice regularly assists on the tax aspects of M&A deals, acting for buyers and sellers and drawing on the wider firm’s strength in corporate transactions. The team also advises corporate clients on structuring the employee incentives in a tax efficient manner. John Pindard and Anna Parker jointly lead the team; Pindard has 'very good technical knowledge' and experience in handling the tax elements of a range of corporate transactions, while Parker is a private wealth specialist who is also highly active in corporate tax.

      Practice head(s):

      John Pindard; Anna Parker

      Testimonials

      ‘I have found the depth and breadth of knowledge to be very useful and also a very commercial approach to advice.’

      ‘I would say that John Pindard is probably one of the best tax lawyers I have come across in the 30 years that I have been involved in giving tax advice. He has very good technical knowledge and communicates well with clients of all levels. Irrespective of how busy he may be he always finds time to return calls, which is not always the case with others.’

      ‘Foot Anstey has been a partner to our company for many years, they have been able to help our business with many legal aspects. They were supportive, knowledgable and worked as a partner over a near two year period and they provided excellent advice. We highly recommend FA.

      ‘The team want to understand our business, they take time to create a partnership environment. Everyone I have worked with is of a high caliber and capability and if there is anything that is not known, they take the time find out or refer to someone else in the business that does.’

      Key clients

      United Business Media

      Kawasaki Precision Machinery Limited

      Mole Valley Farmers

      Screwfix

      B&Q Plc

      M Baker Foodservice Ltd

      The Mortgage Lender Limited

      Business Growth Fund

      Maybank UK

      Hawksmoor Group Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised Mohawk Investments on their corporate reorganisation, which involved the transfer of existing trading companies into the Mohawk Group as a preliminary step to realising substantial private equity investment into a newly incorporated company at the head of the enlarged Mohawk corporate group.
      • Provided tax advice to a shareholder in connection with the removal of a company containing his property portfolio from the Beachdown group. The tax advice included advice on mitigating his liability to CGT, SDLT, VAT and also a potential de-grouping charge for his company.
      • Advised the shareholders of Silverfish UK (Holdings) Limited on the personal and corporate taxation issues associated with the sale of their shareholdings in return for a mix of cash, loan notes and equity.

      Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

      Foot Anstey’s ‘strong partner involvement’ allows the group to handle multi-jurisdictional claims and litigation in the fraud and data theft, banking and financial services, professional negligence and trust and estate arenas. Working closely with the firm’s Bristol practice, led by Mark Rhys-Jones, key names in Exeter include Peter Singfield, who acts in commercial and financial disputes and IP and media litigation, and Steven Richards, who leads the fraud and white-collar crime practice.

      Practice head(s):

      Mark Rhys-Jones

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The team provides quality of service equivalent to big city firms but on a regional basis and with strong partner involvement on a hands-on basis.’

      ‘Steven Richards always brings a hands-on, commercial approach with a keen eye on strategy.’

      Key clients

      Dwr Cymru Cyf (Welsh Water)

      Hitachi Capital (UK) Plc T/A Hitachi Capital Business Finance

      Bank of Ireland

      Skew Base Investments SCA RAIF and Skew Base s.a.r.l

      Ahli United Bank (UK) Plc

      FRP Advisory Trading Limited

      Work highlights

        Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

        Foot Anstey has a team dedicated to the anticipation, prevention and remedy of health and safety matters. Its team is well equipped to review policies and procedures in addition to conducting due diligence. Expertise also includes representing clients before the HSE and local authorities. The team is led by Nathan Peacey; he specialises in regulatory work.

        Practice head(s):

        Nathan Peacey

        Other key lawyers:

        Tim Williamson; Catherine Owlett

        Testimonials

        ‘A friendly local firm. Their lawyers are down to earth and hard working. There is none of the arrogance which you sometimes see with the larger firms.’

        ‘Tim Williamson – always keen to understand what the clients want to achieve from the litigation and to explore any escape routes available. As a former barrister himself, Tim has a sensible and realistic approach to litigation.’

        ‘Foot Anstey’s Health and Safety team provide highly capable and practical advice. Tim Williamson’s expertise in this area is to be applauded.’

        ‘Nathan Peacey – responsive and incredibly practical. Completely plugged into our industry and business.’

        Key clients

        Go SkyDive

        Spaceport Cornwall – Cornwall Council

        Work highlights

          Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

          Foot Anstey‘s offering in the banking and finance sector covers the full range of transactional, investment, and project finance support. Alongside its strengths in corporate lending, real estate, and development finance, the firm is also increasingly involved in Islamic finance. Katie-Jane Rees spearheads the practice and acts for both lenders and borrowers in national and cross-border transactions. The energy and sustainability sector as well as general project finance fall into the portfolio of Chris White. In July 2021, senior associate Toby Larkham joined the firm from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP with a focus on real estate finance, private equity debt work, and leveraged finance.

          Practice head(s):

          Katie-Jane Rees

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Lloyds Bank plc

          WeLink Energy Group

          Nisbets plc

          Santander UK plc

          Redcliffe Homes

          HSBC

          Bank of London and The Middle East

          Alter Domus

          Handelsbanken

          Tower Street Finance

          Silverfish UK

          Work highlights

          • Acted for WeLink in respect of their refinance of their Heartlands development site, one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects located between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
          • Advised Redcliffe Homes Limited on its entry into a new revolving loan facility with Handelsbanken, for the purpose of refinancing its existing facility, with the additional headroom to be used for the acquisition and development of new sites.
          • Advised the founders of Silverfish UK on a management buyout and private equity investment by Connection Capital.

          Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

          The restructuring and insolvency practice at Foot Anstey is ‘innovative and creative with a strong regional market focus’, and handles matters from the first signs of distress to asset recovery and insolvency litigation. Joanne Rumley, who ‘expertly blends technical knowledge with commerciality and ensures that her advice fully meets the client’s needs’, leads the Bristol-based team. The disposal of trading businesses and real estate as well as the administration process of investment banks form part of legal director Tim Pritchard‘s set of specialisations. Senior associate Lydia Lloyd focuses on non-contentious restructuring and insolvency.

          Practice head(s):

          Joanne Rumley; Tim Pritchard

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Solid mid-market firm that is innovative and creative with a strong regional market focus. Clearly diversity and inclusion is an important part of the firms DNA.’

          ‘Joanne and her team offer some of the best advice in the market as well as great value for money.’

          ‘Joanne Rumley is probably the best insolvency lawyer I know, she’s incredibly good technically but can also communicate on a human level and is extremely responsive.’

          ‘Joanne Rumley and Tim Pritchard are both flexible and pragmatic when providing advice and solutions. The team always provides responses in appropriate time frames, and are exceptional at providing guidance and strategy on difficult matters.’

          ‘The Foot Anstey team are highly experienced, and provide a very high quality service, at a very reasonable price, across mandates ranging from multinational transactions, to smaller bilateral matters.’

          ‘Joanne Rumley at Foot Anstey is the stand-out restructuring lawyer in the South West region. Tim Pritchard is also a very good lawyer, who gets the job done efficiently and to a very high standard.’

          ‘Foot Anstey’s Insolvency and Corporate recovery team are second to none. The level of knowledge, skills and experience are some of the highest in the industry meaning it is extremely unlikely you could provide them with a problem or scenario they wouldn’t be able to expertly advise on.’

          ‘Very strong and knowledgeable in all sectors but particularly financial services. Help work through difficult situations and legal advice is always backed up with practical guidance.’

          Key clients

          Smith & Williamson LLP

          FRP Advisory LLP

          BDO LLP

          PKF Geoffrey Martin & Co Limited

          Mazars LLP

          Quantuma LLP

          Catalyst Business Finance Limited

          Moore Kingston Smith

          Richard J Smith & Co

          McTear, Williams and Wood

          Work highlights

          • Advising the liquidator of SVK Capital Management Limited on the collection and return of house assets worth over £5m in multiple jurisdictions.
          • Advising the management and joint administrators of Jessops Europe Limited in respect of the company voluntary arrangement to enable the continued high street trading of the Jessops brand.
          • Advising Risk Capital LLP on the purchase of the Curious Brewery from administrators.

          Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

          Foot Anstey's expertise encompass a vast range of matters, including the handling of agricultural property transactions, tenancy, contractual and partnership disputes as well as development and planning mandates. Edward Venmore leads the practice; he is an experienced litigator, dealing mostly with commercial and professional negligence related issues. Danielle Spalding is noted for her expertise in proprietary estoppel claims and Agricultural Holdings Act.

          Practice head(s):

          Edward Venmore

          Other key lawyers:

          Jessica Pitt; Anna Parker; Christian Silk; Danielle Spalding; Debbie Asquith; Kate Lucas; Tim Williamson; Robert Marshall; Alexandra Rogers; Rachel Small; Rose Westwood; Arron Jolliffe

          Testimonials

          ‘The team always give straight forward sensible advice to their clients.’

          ‘It is a pleasure to work with the individuals, they look after their clients’ best interests but are also very pragmatic.’

          ‘I would recommend them unreservedly on all agricultural litigation matters.’

          ‘Comprehensive knowledge and personable characters always make it a pleasure to work with this firm.’

          ‘Edward Venmore and his team stand head and shoulders above the competition and are always available to provide sound practical advice’

          ‘A highly effective and knowledgeable team, who provide a friendly and well-considered service.’

          ‘Edward Venmore and Danielle Spalding never cease to impress with their knowledge, and professional approach to their work and clients. I never hesitate to recommend them and their team.’

          ‘Edward Venmore is personable, persistent and effective.’

          Key clients

          St Aubyn Estates

          National Farmers Union

          The Eden Project

          Bolitho Estate

          Work highlights

          • Advised National Farmers Union Members on the Electronic Communications Code.
          • Acted for a range of Estate clients including St Aubyn Estate and the Bolitho Estate.
          • Advised National Farmers Union members on a range of matters such as partnership matters and Landlord and Tenant matters.

          Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

          Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

          Foot Anstey has an extensive array of expertise, with an emphasis on its tax planning, succession and probate offerings. Its clients vary from banks and trustees to wealthy individuals. The team is headed by Anna Parker. Her experience surpasses 14 years; she specialises in international and domestic tax law and often advises clients on tax issues relating to interests in Europe.

          Practice head(s):

          Anna Parker

          Other key lawyers:

          Michelle Seddon; Lisa Weekes; Robert Marshall; Jos Style; Shaun Thomas; Gabrielle Medland

          Work highlights

            Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

            Foot Anstey‘s energy and infrastructure practice is well positioned to advise clients on matters pertaining to solar energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles infrastructure. Based in Bristol, it is involved in large infrastructure projects on a domestic and international scale, and handles innovative energy areas such as green hydrogen and ammonia production. A trio consisting of renewables, energy, and energy data specialist Chris Pritchett, battery storage expert Stuart Cleak, and Ian Stubbs, who combines expertise in infrastructure and construction matters with deep knowledge of the energy sector, jointly head the practice.

            Practice head(s):

            Chris Pritchett; Stuart Cleak; Ian Stubbs

            Other key lawyers:

            Kutahya Cherry

            Key clients

            British Solar Renewables (BSR)

            WElink

            Wave Hub Development Ltd / Celtic Sea Power

            GRIDSERVE

            Pivot Power (EDF Renewables Limited)

            Innova Capital Limited

            Plymouth City Council

            Eden Geothermal

            Regener8 Solar and Regener8 Earth

            Zenobe Energy

            Work highlights

            • Acting as British Solar Renewables’ main legal adviser across a number of workstreams, in particular real estate and commercial.
            • Continuing to support Pivot Power on its £1.6 billion battery infrastructure project, its £25millon Oxford Energy Superhub project, the West Midlands Energy Superhub and provided Real Estate and Commercial support on Pivot’s sale to EDF.
            • Appointed to assist Plymouth City Council to deliver up to 50 multi-modal mobility hubs across Plymouth for business and the public, delivering significant carbon reductions, improved connectivity, business benefits and a sustainable, future-proofed shared transportation system.

            Public sector > Local government Tier 2

            Foot Anstey fields a public sector practice group whose areas of expertise include infrastructure, energy and space. The team is based in different South West locations: Practice head Brian Hitchcock focuses on procurement, engineering and construction out of Exeter, while Tris Tucker in Plymouth specialises in dispute resolution. In Truro, John Catchpole advises local authorities on matters pertaining to commercial property projects, particularly within the scope of infrastructure and development.

            Practice head(s):

            Brian Hitchcock

            Other key lawyers:

            Key clients

            Cornwall Council

            Spaceport Cornwall (Cornwall Council)

            Plymouth City Council

            Devon County Council

            London Borough of Tower Hamlets

            Bristol City Council

            Celtic Sea Power

            Work highlights

            • Advised Cornwall Council on the acquisition of 120 acres of land at Langarth, Truro in order to develop the Langarth Garden Village, which will create 3,500 new homes, infrastructure, retail, employment and a landmark new stadium.
            • Advised Spaceport Cornwall on the commercial property, planning, environmental, procurement, state aid, safety and regulatory aspects of launch under the Space Industry Act 2018.
            • Provided legal services to Plymouth City Council for the design and construction of the Forder Valley Link Road and early feasibility stages of the Manadon large local major scheme (LLM).

            Real estate > Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

            Foot Anstey covers the full range of commercial property matters for a variety of clients including landowners, developers, investors and corporate occupiers. A particular focus lies on the firm’s core sectors, consisting of development, retail and leisure, financial services, and energy and infrastructure. Southampton-based Martin Hirst and Richard Sutton in Exeter jointly lead the team and are both particularly well versed in property development matters. Islamic finance specialist Imam Qazi as well as renewables and energy expert Stuart Cleak, both located in Bristol, are further key contacts. Richard Walford and Nicola Jonas left the firm in 2021, while Tim Wheen joined in April of the same year.

            Practice head(s):

            Martin Hirst; Richard Sutton

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘Dealing with a firm that has seen phenomenal growth in the last 10 years can have its challenges, however Foot Anstey remains true to its roots and values that originated as a South West based firm.’

            ‘I would definitely recommend my key relationship partner contact at Foot Anstey Richard Sutton to any of my friends, family and business associates. Why? Because the relationship extends beyond a transactional one as Richard takes the time to understand our business, our strategy and the legal challenges we may face. He pulls together all the key specialists within Foot Anstey and ensures that we receive the best advice and follows up on any outstanding matters.’

            Key clients

            Atlas Hive

            Plymouth City Council

            Weston College

            Sidra Capital

            Riyad Bank

            Blacksand Real Estate Company W.L.L

            Teignbridge District Council

            Cirrus Inns Limited

            Work highlights

              Real estate > Environment Tier 2

              Foot Anstey joins the ranking with a practice that covers the whole range of environmental regulation in both national and international contexts. Energy specialist Chris Pritchett and Christian Silk, whose expertise includes planning matters, jointly lead the team from Bristol. Senior associate Becca Doman has experience advising on compliance as well as land contamination issues.

              Practice head(s):

              Christian Silk; Chris Pritchett

              Other key lawyers:

              Key clients

              NextEnergy Solar Holdings III Limited

              British Solar Renewables

              Berkeley Homes

              Vistry Group

              Eden Geothermal Limited

              Devon Waste Management Limited

              Abri

              Environ Design (Sturry) Limited

              Work highlights

              • Advised, through a co-counselling relationship with Simmons & Simmons, a major fund on the environmental and health safety aspects of the European sites that formed part of its proposed acquisition of a US listed data centre provider.
              • Advised Cornwall Council on the environmental permitting and regulatory aspects of the proposed Spaceport in Cornwall.
              • Provided legal services to Devon County Council for their EV charging infrastructure and services procurement.

              Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

              Taking a ‘holistic approach to all property matters’, Foot Anstey provides clients with comprehensive advice on commercial, residential and agricultural property litigation. The team also fields two specialist groups within the department: Farms, estates and rural land, as well as charity property. Patrick Wetherall is the lead partner and is, together with legal director David Benjamin, based in the firm’s Bristol office. In Exeter, Anna Phillips specialises in advising charity clients on issues with their property assets, while Edward Venmore has extensive expertise in agricultural, estates and rural land matters.

              Practice head(s):

              Patrick Wetherall

              Testimonials

              ‘Good leadership at partnership level and well organised. Quick response times give comfort that cases are being managed.’

              ‘Personal attention and an effort made to keep a case flowing to conclusion.’

              ‘A tight knit team with the skills required in order to advise clients accordingly.’

              ‘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.’

              ‘Patrick Wetherall: an absolute titan of this area of the law. There is absolutely nothing he does not know about the 1954 Act and he is correspondingly more streetwise and clever than his immediate competitors in 1954 Act work.

              ‘David Benjamin: is another excellent lawyer who is doing great things. He is well versed in a wide variety of real property and landlord & tenant areas of work.’

              ‘Good at fighting a client’s corner and obtaining a successful outcome.’

              Key clients

              Netflix

              B&Q

              Screwfix

              Welcome Break

              Beechcroft Developments

              Ashfield Land

              HS1

              The NFU (members panel)

              Freightliner

              The Arch Company

              British Solar Renewables

              Work highlights

                Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

                The social housing practice at Foot Anstey joins the ranking with an offering that includes strengths in plot sales, development and planning. The practice is led by Lara Borrett-Lynch, who joined the firm’s Southampton office in July 2021 from Blake Morgan LLP and regularly acts for housing associations on residential development matters alongside Martin Hirst and Marina Wickens. In the firm’s Bristol office, Christian Silk specialises in planning and environmental law.

                Practice head(s):

                Lara Borrett-Lynch

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘Experienced, knowledgeable, great service.’

                ‘A really approachable and helpful plot sales team that are readily available and always willing to help. Very experienced with good knowledge and thorough approach to sales progression.’

                ‘We’ve worked with Foot Anstey for years. They provide a range of RP residential services including acquisition, sectional agreements and charities disposals. They also provide some excellent planning advice. Although we have recently seen a couple of key members of the team move on to pastures new, the team have recently acted on a drawn up acquisition for us, and managed to get this through by year end.’

                ‘Anne Poole – level headed, pragmatic and positive.’

                Work highlights

                  TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 2

                  Foot Anstey focuses on regulatory issues in the sports sector, advising clients on health and safety compliance for events, as well as helping them respond to any ensuing incidents. In 2021, the team was engaged by a number of clients to provide assistance related to the impact of coronavirus regulations on sporting events. Elsewhere, the practice also advises clients on the management of IP portfolios. Nathan Peacey leads the team in Bristol.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Nathan Peacey

                  Key clients

                  Football Safety Officers’ Association

                  Ashton Gate Limited

                  Bristol Sport

                  Go Skydive

                  Arena Racing Corporation

                  Exeter City FC

                  Bath Racecourse

                  Work highlights

                    Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 3

                    The commercial property team in Foot Anstey's growing Southampton office handles a range of work for clients including housebuilders and developers, financial institutions, and businesses. Martin Hirst heads the team, as well as the firm's wider real estate group. Carol Phillips also heads the asset management team, and provides tenant legal services to household name clients in sectors including telecoms and transport. Tim Wheen joined in 2021, adding strength in site acquisitions, development, and planning. A key growth area is matters relating to nitrate neutrality: a complex and novel environmental issue with significant implications for development in the region, on which legal director Nicola Sutton  is a key contact. Marina Wickens acts for housebuilders and registered providers, and David Fanchi  provides property finance advice to lenders and borrowers. Associate Kate Taylor is also recommended.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Martin Hirst

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Testimonials

                    ‘There are two main areas that I feel set Foot Anstey LLP apart from other legal firms – their in-depth and specific knowledge of the retail sector and their ability to form open and honest relationships with their clients.’

                    ‘Carol Phillips and Kate Taylor specifically have gone over and above to provide an elevated level of service during a large project that they were instructed on. They were present during every virtual team meeting, provided meaningful updates and made fantastic progress on difficult property deals that required more focus than most.’

                    Key clients

                    Screwfix Direct Ltd

                    B&Q Ltd

                    Direct Wines

                    South Coast Furnishing Company Limited

                    Silverfish

                    Work highlights

                      Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

                      Foot Anstey continues to develop its South Coast-based property litigation offering under the leadership of senior associate David Crockford. The team works closely with the firm’s cross-regional real estate dispute resolution lawyers, led by Patrick Wetherall in Bristol, and handles work for a range of clients including household names in the retail and media sectors. Crockford’s specialisms include trespass and covenants matters including release and right of light issues, which the team handles alongside commercial landlord and tenant disputes; it also acts for clients with significant property portfolios.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Patrick Wetherall; David Crockford

                      Testimonials

                      ‘They are exceptionally knowledgeable and efficient, but what makes them unique is their unwavering approachability. No issue too big or small, no query is ever a ‘stupid question’ and they approach everything without ego.’

                      ‘David Crockford stands out to me as a particular asset to Foot Anstey. Particularly ‘on the ball’, always at the end of a phone, and gives excellent advice.’

                      ‘Foot Anstey take a holistic approach to dealing with charity property matters and work closely with us to support our own approaches and strategy.’

                      Key clients

                      Netflix Studios Limited

                      Netflix Inc.

                      B&Q Limited

                      Screwfix Direct Limited

                      Beechcroft Developments Limited

                      Berkeley Homes PLC

                      Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern) Limited

                      Berkeley Strategic Limited

                      Berkeley Homes (Western) Limited

                      New Horizon Homes

                      Westward Housing

                      Newcross Healthcare Limited

                      Dandara Group

                      Direct Wines Limited

                      Gregory Distribution Limited

                      M Baker (Retail) Limited

                      Work highlights

                      • Settled High Court proceedings for Netflix at mediation.
                      • Advised Screwfix on issues arising across its national portfolio.

                      Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 3

                      With ‘a quality of service equivalent to big City firms but on a regional basis’, Foot Anstey fields practitioners with knowledge of commercial proceedings, banking disputes, IP and media claims, and charity and trust litigation. While strong regionally, the practice also has experience in multi-jurisdictional claims, where practice head Mark Rhys-Jones is a key name to note. James Gliddon is a noteworthy contact for lender and financial services institutions, and managing associate Catherine Haugh specialises in procurement and shareholder disputes. The team works closely with other offices in the region, particularly colleagues in Exeter and Plymouth.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Mark Rhys-Jones

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Testimonials

                      ‘The team provides quality of service equivalent to big city firms but on a regional basis and with strong partner involvement on a hands-on basis.’

                      ‘James Gliddon is a superb strategist who always drills down into the detail of the cases he handles.’

                      ‘James Gliddon is a very approachable and knowledgeable individual who can be relied upon to get straight to the heart of the matter, both legally and commercially.’

                      Key clients

                      Dwr Cymru Cyf (Welsh Water)

                      Hitachi Capital (UK) Plc T/A Hitachi Capital Business Finance

                      Bank of Ireland

                      Skew Base Investments SCA RAIF and Skew Base s.a.r.l

                      Ahli United Bank (UK) Plc

                      FRP Advisory Trading Limited

                      Work highlights

                        Employment > Employment: Bristol Tier 3

                        The employment practice at Foot Anstey is led by Karen Bates, who oversees the team from Exeter; the key name in Bristol is legal director Joanne Boyle. Experienced practitioner Sarah Peacock retired from the practice in October 2021.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Karen Bates

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Key clients

                        Holroyd Howe

                        Screwfix

                        Welcome Break

                        City Electrical Factors

                        Ensono Limited

                        Happy Days Nursery Group

                        Princess Yachts

                        WC Rowe (Falmouth) Limited

                        Growth Catalyst Partners LLC

                        August Equity

                        Work highlights

                        • Advised Holroyd Howe on the design and development of a four-day management development training programme to reduce risk, increase resillience and increase reputation.
                        • Advised Ensono on its acquisition of Amido.
                        • Advised Princess Yachts on employment matters including Covid-19 issues, implementation of furlough schemes, safe working environments and vaccination programmes.

                        Private client > Family Tier 3

                        Foot Anstey has particular expertise in the handling of nuptial agreements and divorces involving farms, as well as divorces involving owner managed businesses. It is also well versed in matters concerning financial remedy claims and children disputes. Jessica Pitt heads the team; she regularly advises high net worth individuals, based both nationally and internationally.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Jessica Pitt

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Emily Botham; Georgia Day

                        Testimonials

                        ‘The practice provided excellent service and acted professionally but in a human and personal manner.’

                        ‘Jessica Pitt was extremely knowledgeable in this particular field, empathetic and treated me with the utmost respect. She also responded to my queries almost immediately every time. I had every confidence in her.’

                        ‘Foot Anstey LLP are highly professional in family practice.’

                        ‘Jessica Pitt is a high class lawyer with a very strong type of logical thinking. I felt myself very much protected in her hands.’

                        ‘Jessica Pitt is bright, knows the law and is good to deal with.’

                        ‘They are intellectually strong but well reasoned and sensible. These are unique traits in the Southwest market.’

                        ‘Jessica Pitt in particular is extremely calm, considered and very good to work with. She is able to cut across disputes and does not take any silly points.’

                        Work highlights

                          Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol Tier 3

                          Foot Anstey‘s commercial property practice fields particular strengths in the firm’s core sectors development, retail and leisure, financial services, and energy and infrastructure. The practice is headed by a quartet of practitioners consisting of Martin Hirst, Islamic finance expert Imam Qazi, renewables and energy specialist Stuart Cleak, and Richard Sutton, who acts for both private and public sector clients. Complex commercial property transactions are an area of specialisation for Mark Li.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Martin Hirst; Stuart Cleak; Imam Qazi; Richard Sutton

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Testimonials

                          ‘Very diligent, very personable, commercial and have a can-do attitude.’

                          ‘Highly commercial, experienced and user friendly.’

                          Key clients

                          Robert Hitchings

                          Weston College

                          Screwfix Direct Limited

                          Sidra Capital

                          Atlas Hive

                          Riyad Bank

                          Blacksand Real Estate Company W.L.L

                          Work highlights

                          • Advising Screwfix on the continued roll out of English trade counters.
                          • Advised Sidra Capital (UK) on the acquisition of Pemberton House, Uxbridge from M&G Plc, a 122,000 Sq feet Grade A office building wholly let to Coca-Cola Enterprises as their European HQ.
                          • Acted for a commercial developer Atlas Hive and its development partner Studio Hive on the sale of its block of purpose-built student accommodation in Dean Street, Bristol.

                          Real estate > Construction Tier 3

                          Noted for being ‘extremely quick to get to grips with the issues raised’, Foot Anstey is sought out by domestic and international clients for its expertise spanning sectors such as energy, water, ports, space and the public sphere. The practice also fields know-how pertaining to modern methods of construction and net-zero strategies. Three partners jointly head the team: In Plymouth Brian Hitchcock is particularly well versed in procurement law and Tris Tucker specialises in dispute resolution, while Bristol-based Ian Stubbs advises on all aspects of large-scale projects including procurement, funding, sale and refinancing.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Ian Stubbs; Tris Tucker; Brian Hitchcock

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Testimonials

                          ‘The team was extremely quick to get to grips with the issues raised.’

                          ‘Tris Tucker was very approachable and available to us whenever needed.’

                          Key clients

                          EDF Energy (including EDF Renewables, EDF Thermal & Generation and EDF Nuclear New Build (Hinkley Point C & Sizewell C)

                          WElink Energy Group

                          BSR (British Solar Renewables)

                          Dwr Cymru Cyf/Welsh Water

                          Goonhilly Earth Station

                          TClarke plc

                          Eden Project

                          Plymouth City Council

                          Bank of London and the Middle East

                          Celtic Sea Power

                          Acorn Property Group

                          Willmott Dixon

                          Amnesty International UK

                          Energiesprong UK

                          ABC International Bank Limited

                          Kingfisher / Screwfix / B&Q PLC

                          NEC Energy Solutions, Inc

                          Corre Energy

                          Devon County Council

                          Atlas Hive Limited

                          Work highlights

                          • Advising Celtic Sea Power on a project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund called the Cornwall Floating Offshore Wind Accelerator, which is part of a package of initiatives driving opportunities that Floating Offshore Wind will bring to the region.
                          • Acted for commercial developer Atlas Hive Limited and its development partner Studio Hive on several projects, including the sale of a large purpose-built student accommodation block (comprising 225 rooms and commercial units) in Bristol.
                          • Providing legal services to Plymouth City Council for the design and construction of the Forder Valley Link Road and early feasibility stages of the Manadon large local major scheme (LLM), two of the largest highway’s infrastructure projects being let in the South West over the coming years.

                          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

                          Foot Anstey‘s practice in the South West is spread across its Bristol and Exeter offices and works closely with the firm’s Southampton office. The team’s work includes representing clients in oppositions and infringement disputes related to trademarks, copyright and design rights, with Southampton-based practice head Paul Cox leading on this work. Managing associates Hannah Batten and Annalisa Checchi advise on a wide range of IP-related commercial contracts, including licensing, sponsorship and research agreements. The team is praised by clients for its ‘friendliness and professionalism’, with Cox particularly highlighted for his ‘practical-minded attitude’.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Paul Cox

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Testimonials

                          ‘This firm matches up with more widely known British firms in terms of expertise and conflict resolution. Paul and his team really are an insider tip.’

                          ‘Strong ability to reach favourable compromise, Paul is a great negotiator, excellent legal expertise, personal integrity, committed to reach best result for clients.’

                          ‘The Foot Anstey IP Team is disciplined, cohesive and responsive. The IP Team is diverse and inclusive.’

                          ‘The Foot Anstey team are fantastic. I was new to working with them and this sector as a client partner. They took the time to explain the process to me, what to consider and explain the external factors that influence the process.’

                          ‘We value their friendliness and professionalism. They never ran out of patience if I didn’t understand the legal terms or how things worked and were always happy to answer my questions and provide me with the right level of information and detail in the right way.’

                          ‘I work with a number of UK law firms on IP matters. The team from Foot Anstey stands heads and shoulders above them all in terms of quality, responsiveness, efficiency, value and professionalism. Their practical advice particularly where disputes arise is highly valued by us and our clients.’

                          ‘The driving force behind the great working relationship we have with Foot Anstey is their head of IP, Paul Cox. I have worked with Paul for many years at previous firms. Even though he has moved firms twice, I have continued to work with him and I foresee working with him for the long term. His experience and practical-minded attitude enables us to advise our clients with certainty and assurance. We are always assured of the best from Paul and his team.’

                          Key clients

                          Cornwall Development Company

                          Charlie Bears Limited

                          The Parts Alliance Limited

                          Love Triangle Ltd

                          Wise Payments Limited (Transferwise)

                          The Eden Project

                          Fronting the Challenge Projects Limited

                          Pay.UK Limited

                          National Trust

                          Chivas Brothers International Limited

                          Work highlights

                          • Advised on the worldwide rebrand of TRANSFERWISE to WISE which included conducting clearance searches in over 50 countries around the world and advising how to mitigate any risks.
                          • Assisting Pay.UK with managing their trade mark portfolio and dealing with various infringement issues in the UK and elsewhere.
                          • Supporting the Cornwall Development Company in advising various businesses in the aerospace sector.

                          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 3

                          Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

                          Foot Anstey has particular strength in solar, energy storage, nuclear and EV infrastructure with multiple cross border mandates in jurisdictions such as Spain and Myanmar. Key clients include EDF Renewables, Pivot Power and Gridserve. Chris Pritchett advises clients on electrification matters and co-heads the practice with Stuart Cleak who focuses on energy generation and battery storage. Other co-head Ian Stubbs specialises in transactional aspects of projects.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Chris Pritchett; Stuart Cleak; Ian Stubbs

                          Testimonials

                          ‘The Foot Anstey energy team has provided our battery energy storage business with excellent property and commercial/project sales advice across a variety of development projects from option/lease negotiations through to SPV sale of the project and associated rights.’

                          ‘The Foot Anstey energy team have have become a fundamental part of our project delivery team and have always provided us with high quality good value advice on all legal aspects that we have sought and engaged their assistance. They have a can do attitude and always look to solve problems rather than create them which is a crucial starting position from my viewpoint and helps to differentiate them from others.’

                          ‘We have worked particularly closely with and would recommend without hesitation Kutahya Chery and Chris Prichett on the property and commercial side and Karl Bradford on the corporate sale side.’

                          ‘Good commercial awareness and pragmatic approach to problem-solving.’

                          ‘Stuart Cleak and Chris Pritchett acted as extended members of the in-house team. Passionate about the area and focused on solutions to drive projects forward rather than point-scoring.’

                          ‘Ian Stubbs is perhaps the most technically capable non-contentious construction lawyer in the south west. Outside of Ian the quality is patchy.’

                          Key clients

                          British Solar Renewables (BSR)

                          WElink

                          Wave Hub Development Ltd / Celtic Sea Power

                          GRIDSERVE

                          Pivot Power (EDF Renewables Limited)

                          Innova Capital Limited

                          Plymouth City Council

                          Eden Geothermal

                          Regener8 Solar and Regener8 Earth

                          Zenobe Energy

                          Work highlights

                          • Acted as British Solar Renewables’ main legal adviser across a number of workstreams.
                          • Supported Pivot Power on its £1.6 billion battery infrastructure project.
                          • Assisted Plymouth City Council to deliver up to 50 multi-modal mobility hubs across Plymouth for business and the public.

                          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

                          Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 4

                          Foot Anstey advises on the spectrum of corporate transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, funding rounds and management buyouts, and also has a very active commercial practice. On the corporate side, Ken Lewins is the name to note and acts for a sizeable client base of owner-managed businesses and SMEs. Alexandra Hammond was promoted to partner in May 2021 and leads the commercial practice; as well as acting alongside general counsels to provide ongoing advice, she is also able to fulfil the role of general counsel for clients on a temporary or permanent basis. The group added to its commercial expertise in November 2021, when Ashley Avery joined the firm from Travers Smith LLP. Avery has significant experience in the drafting and negotiation of commerical contracts, particularly in the technology sector. The team in Bristol frequently acts alongside colleagues in the firm’s Exeter office.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Matthew Stoate; Alexandra Hammond; Ken Lewins

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Karl Bradford; Martin Cuell; Annalisa Checchi; Ashley Avery

                          Testimonials

                          ‘The great thing about Foot Anstey is the consistency with the people you work with across the organisation – whether it be employment or commercial advice sort, for example, the level of service is always excellent.’

                          ‘The practice can be relied upon to provide sound advice which takes into account the commercial realities whilst focussing on protecting the client’s best interests. Excellent knowledge and capabilities at both Partner and Associate level.’

                          ‘Alexandra Hammond always adds value and goes beyond the brief.’

                          ‘A fantastic team producing City quality work in the South West. Punch well above their weight, and have a very transparent approach to fees. Everyone that I have dealt with has been responsive, clear and commercial.’

                          ‘Karl Bradford is our go-to contact. He is an absolute delight to work with and razor sharp. Karl is someone that you want on your side of the negotiation table. He is front and center on all of his deals and clearly adopts a partner-led approach to his matters.’

                          ‘Innovative approach to providing the equivalent of in house general counsel service through outsourced arrangement. Have been flexible and proactive in adapting team over time to provide appropriate service.’

                          ‘The people become part of your team and collaborate completely seamlessly. They have a real talent at getting to know your business, but also your staff on a personal level enabling them to deliver first class service.’

                          ‘They know what they are talking about and will not sit on the fence. We like firms that are happy to stick their neck out and give an opinion and face the challenges it may present. We always get that from Foot Anstey

                          Key clients

                          Blacksand Real Estate Company W.L.L

                          Shareholders of Silverfish

                          Hawksmoor Group Ltd

                          Flynn Group

                          Digital Claims Service Ltd

                          eXmoor Pharma

                          FRP Advisory

                          Stripe & Stare Ltd

                          The Royal Shakespeare Company

                          Chivas Brothers International

                          Work highlights

                          • Advising the shareholders on the sale of Flynn Group Limited to M&J Evans. This is an example of our entrepreneurial private company advisory team in action and represents the deep specialism within our team in advising on this type of deal.
                          • Managing a bespoke outsourced in-house legal service for the Royal Shakespeare Company and our role is to advise on all legal queries which a General Counsel would pick up.
                          • Advising Stripe & Stare Limited on a Series A funding round which saw BGF (Business Growth Fund) and a number of Angel Investors invest £2.5m in Stripe & Stare Limited.

                          Real estate > Planning Tier 4

                          Foot Anstey‘s South West planning practice, based across Bristol and Southampton, is highlighted for its know-how in matters relating to the residential development sector, where it is particularly active in advising housing associations and house builders. The energy sector is also an increasingly important area of focus for the team. Planning and environmental specialist Christian Silk has taken over as practice head after the departure of Tim Taylor. Associate Marianne Ironside joined the firm in early 2022 from Lester Aldridge LLP and focuses on the developer sector.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Christian Silk

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Marianna Ironside

                          Key clients

                          NextEnergy Solar Holdings III Limited

                          British Solar Renewables

                          Berkeley Homes

                          Vistry Group

                          Duchy of Cornwall

                          Beachcroft Developments

                          Abri

                          The Tregothnan Estate

                          Bromford Housing Association

                          Vistry Group

                          Work highlights

                          • Advised Baola Properties Limited on the terms of a Section 106 planning agreement and a highway stopping up order for the redevelopment of the former British American Tobacco headquarter building at 7 Millbank.
                          • Advising Somerlee Homes Limited and Environ Design (Sturry) Limited in relation to their application for 1,100 homes in Canterbury, Kent.
                          • Instructed by Berkeley homes to provide strategic and consenting advice in connection with their redevelopment of the Horlicks Factory Slough to provide a mixed-use development of 1,300 new homes and commercial floor space.

                          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising Tier 5

                          South West firm Foot Anstey assists clients in delivering their franchising models in the UK and internationally, while supporting those businesses as they grow. Paul Cox heads up the practice with extensive experience in handling franchising disputes, advising and filing trade marks, and drafting franchise agreements. Cox is supported by associate John Shaw who assists clients with contentious and non-contentious matters relating to their franchise agreements and structures.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Paul Cox

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Testimonials

                          ‘The team has continued to be highly responsive to all projects and requests. They fully understand the specific demands and protocols of franchising and therefore the advice and guidance provided has consistently proved to have been highly effective and reliable. Foot Anstey remains our preferred legal partner because the standard of service is first class.’

                          ‘We deal with Paul Cox and John Shaw. Both are highly conscientious and diligent, offering qualified advice in a manner that is easy to understand and interpret. They convey their guidance without resorting to technically sophisticated phraseology – they pitch in a clear, concise, laymans style. Our clients particularly appreciate that aspect of their service.’

                          Key clients

                          Franchise Focus Limited

                          Cath Kidston Limited

                          Work highlights

                          • Provided Franchise Focus with franchise agreements and deposit agreements for prospective franchisors.
                          • Advised Cath Kidston Limited, including with a secondment one day a week, to assist with general commercial and brand protection issues.

                          Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

                          Foot Anstey’s banking litigation team is led by Mark Rhys-Jones and James Gliddon. The team counts on the expertise of Steven Richards, whose ‘knowledge and experience are exceptional’. It works with a wide range of national and international bank and lender clients on the full spectrum of litigation matters.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Mark Rhys-Jones; James Gliddon;

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Steven Richards; Nick Loewendahl

                           

                          Testimonials

                          ‘Personal service. I feel the team keep me up to date at all times. They strategically look one step ahead for pitfalls and solutions.’

                          ‘Steven Richards inspires complete confidence in his clients. His knowledge and experience are exceptional and his advice is always very clear and thought through.’

                          ‘A mid-sized firm which provides exceptional levels of client service’

                          ‘Steven Richards has bags of experience in commercial disputes. James Gliddon offers hands on support and has a great eye for detail’

                          ‘Very knowledgeable, likeable and easy to work with, great quality work and exceptionally talented individual lawyers.’

                           

                          Transport > Travel

                          Enable Law recently made a notable hire with the addition of ex-Blake Morgan LLP litigator Eleanor Armstrong as managing associate; she now leads the firm's international personal injury practice.

                          South West > Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

                          The social housing practice at Foot Anstey joins the ranking with an offering that includes strengths in plot sales, development and planning. The practice is led by Lara Borrett-Lynch, who joined the firm’s Southampton office in July 2021 from Blake Morgan LLP and regularly acts for housing associations on residential development matters alongside Martin Hirst and Marina Wickens. In the firm’s Bristol office, Christian Silk specialises in planning and environmental law.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Lara Borrett-Lynch

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Testimonials

                          ‘Experienced, knowledgeable, great service.’

                          ‘A really approachable and helpful plot sales team that are readily available and always willing to help. Very experienced with good knowledge and thorough approach to sales progression.’

                          ‘We’ve worked with Foot Anstey for years. They provide a range of RP residential services including acquisition, sectional agreements and charities disposals. They also provide some excellent planning advice. Although we have recently seen a couple of key members of the team move on to pastures new, the team have recently acted on a drawn up acquisition for us, and managed to get this through by year end.’

                          ‘Anne Poole – level headed, pragmatic and positive.’

                          Work highlights

                            South West > Real estate > Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

                            Foot Anstey covers the full range of commercial property matters for a variety of clients including landowners, developers, investors and corporate occupiers. A particular focus lies on the firm’s core sectors, consisting of development, retail and leisure, financial services, and energy and infrastructure. Southampton-based Martin Hirst and Richard Sutton in Exeter jointly lead the team and are both particularly well versed in property development matters. Islamic finance specialist Imam Qazi as well as renewables and energy expert Stuart Cleak, both located in Bristol, are further key contacts. Richard Walford and Nicola Jonas left the firm in 2021, while Tim Wheen joined in April of the same year.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Martin Hirst; Richard Sutton

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Testimonials

                            ‘Dealing with a firm that has seen phenomenal growth in the last 10 years can have its challenges, however Foot Anstey remains true to its roots and values that originated as a South West based firm.’

                            ‘I would definitely recommend my key relationship partner contact at Foot Anstey Richard Sutton to any of my friends, family and business associates. Why? Because the relationship extends beyond a transactional one as Richard takes the time to understand our business, our strategy and the legal challenges we may face. He pulls together all the key specialists within Foot Anstey and ensures that we receive the best advice and follows up on any outstanding matters.’

                            Key clients

                            Atlas Hive

                            Plymouth City Council

                            Weston College

                            Sidra Capital

                            Riyad Bank

                            Blacksand Real Estate Company W.L.L

                            Teignbridge District Council

                            Cirrus Inns Limited

                            Work highlights

                              South West > Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol

                              Foot Anstey‘s commercial property practice fields particular strengths in the firm’s core sectors development, retail and leisure, financial services, and energy and infrastructure. The practice is headed by a quartet of practitioners consisting of Martin Hirst, Islamic finance expert Imam Qazi, renewables and energy specialist Stuart Cleak, and Richard Sutton, who acts for both private and public sector clients. Complex commercial property transactions are an area of specialisation for Mark Li.

                              Practice head(s):

                              Martin Hirst; Stuart Cleak; Imam Qazi; Richard Sutton

                              Other key lawyers:

                              Testimonials

                              ‘Very diligent, very personable, commercial and have a can-do attitude.’

                              ‘Highly commercial, experienced and user friendly.’

                              Key clients

                              Robert Hitchings

                              Weston College

                              Screwfix Direct Limited

                              Sidra Capital

                              Atlas Hive

                              Riyad Bank

                              Blacksand Real Estate Company W.L.L

                              Work highlights

                              • Advising Screwfix on the continued roll out of English trade counters.
                              • Advised Sidra Capital (UK) on the acquisition of Pemberton House, Uxbridge from M&G Plc, a 122,000 Sq feet Grade A office building wholly let to Coca-Cola Enterprises as their European HQ.
                              • Acted for a commercial developer Atlas Hive and its development partner Studio Hive on the sale of its block of purpose-built student accommodation in Dean Street, Bristol.

                              South West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

                              Foot Anstey‘s practice in the South West is spread across its Bristol and Exeter offices and works closely with the firm’s Southampton office. The team’s work includes representing clients in oppositions and infringement disputes related to trademarks, copyright and design rights, with Southampton-based practice head Paul Cox leading on this work. Managing associates Hannah Batten and Annalisa Checchi advise on a wide range of IP-related commercial contracts, including licensing, sponsorship and research agreements. The team is praised by clients for its ‘friendliness and professionalism’, with Cox particularly highlighted for his ‘practical-minded attitude’.

                              Practice head(s):

                              Paul Cox

                              Other key lawyers:

                              Testimonials

                              ‘This firm matches up with more widely known British firms in terms of expertise and conflict resolution. Paul and his team really are an insider tip.’

                              ‘Strong ability to reach favourable compromise, Paul is a great negotiator, excellent legal expertise, personal integrity, committed to reach best result for clients.’

                              ‘The Foot Anstey IP Team is disciplined, cohesive and responsive. The IP Team is diverse and inclusive.’

                              ‘The Foot Anstey team are fantastic. I was new to working with them and this sector as a client partner. They took the time to explain the process to me, what to consider and explain the external factors that influence the process.’

                              ‘We value their friendliness and professionalism. They never ran out of patience if I didn’t understand the legal terms or how things worked and were always happy to answer my questions and provide me with the right level of information and detail in the right way.’

                              ‘I work with a number of UK law firms on IP matters. The team from Foot Anstey stands heads and shoulders above them all in terms of quality, responsiveness, efficiency, value and professionalism. Their practical advice particularly where disputes arise is highly valued by us and our clients.’

                              ‘The driving force behind the great working relationship we have with Foot Anstey is their head of IP, Paul Cox. I have worked with Paul for many years at previous firms. Even though he has moved firms twice, I have continued to work with him and I foresee working with him for the long term. His experience and practical-minded attitude enables us to advise our clients with certainty and assurance. We are always assured of the best from Paul and his team.’

                              Key clients

                              Cornwall Development Company

                              Charlie Bears Limited

                              The Parts Alliance Limited

                              Love Triangle Ltd

                              Wise Payments Limited (Transferwise)

                              The Eden Project

                              Fronting the Challenge Projects Limited

                              Pay.UK Limited

                              National Trust

                              Chivas Brothers International Limited

                              Work highlights

                              • Advised on the worldwide rebrand of TRANSFERWISE to WISE which included conducting clearance searches in over 50 countries around the world and advising how to mitigate any risks.
                              • Assisting Pay.UK with managing their trade mark portfolio and dealing with various infringement issues in the UK and elsewhere.
                              • Supporting the Cornwall Development Company in advising various businesses in the aerospace sector.
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                              Under the leadership of managing partner Martin Hirst, 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.

                              DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
                              Managing Partner Martin Hirst
                              Senior partner Duncan Ralph
                              Senior 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
                              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 : 54
                              Number of other UK fee-earners : 297