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Furley Page Solicitors

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Located in Canterbury, Furley Page Solicitors is best known for advising a number of local landowning families spanning generations, as well as farmers and other landowners regarding matters such as the sale or purchase of agricultural land, tax planning, and agricultural tenancies. Recently, the team has seen an increase in development and agricultural diversification work. 'Commercially minded' department head Ethan Desai has expertise in renewable energy and development matters. Darren Philpot advises high-net-worth individuals and landed estates on property issues such as right of way, overage agreements, and stamp duty land tax.

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Furley Page is very easy to deal with. They provide good advice in a straight forward and prompt manner at a good value for money.

Ethan Desai provides good advice in a straightforward manner. He is a problem-solver.’

Based on my experience of the practice, Furley Page has a good understanding of the sector and similar farming businesses. This quickly allows a trusting relationship to develop. The team members are knowledgeable, personable, efficient, and I enjoy working with them.’

Ethan Desai iquickly grasped what we were looking to achieve generally and on particular transactions. He stands his ground to achieve the right outcome and is commercially minded. Ethan is also sympathetic to the nuisances of family-run farming businesses and draws on the experiences of other clients. As a result, Ethan has a good reputation in the sector. Ethan also thinks to bring in the expertise of other colleagues to cover different aspects of family-run, farming businesses.’

Working with Furley Page, they provided a prompt and efficient service, we were able to make contact when we needed, and the work was carried out to conclusion without fuss. They even discovered some contract alterations that improved our security. Very impressed. We will use them again.’

Having used competitors in Kent before we can confirm Furley Page are a few steps above the others in our experience. We would highly recommend Furley Page.’

As well as for the sale of agricultural land I have used Furley Page for the purchase of a house. Being fairly new to both of these ventures I found them knowledgable and competent in their fields and keen to help and guide me.’

Ethan Desai was most helpful in our recent sales of land. He guided us in an uncomplicated manner and was always patient.’

The team demonstrate a very good knowledge of agricultural land transactions and act in a very professional manner, paying very close attention to important details.’

Ethan Desai is highly capable and demonstrated his skills in dealing with a fairly complex transaction. Ethan is very approachable and a very clear communicator. He clearly understands the principles of farming and has a very good knowledge of the convincing process. It was refreshing to witness such a young man dealing with such complex matters in a thorough manner. I would definitely use this firm again.’

A regional firm with a genuine spread of expertise from corporate to private client to litigation. Furley Page genuinely offers a one-stop-shop for all our legal needs across a spectrum of business and private activities. they are big enough to specialise but without losing that personal touch that individuals value.’

Ethan Desai is a breath of fresh air, confident, intelligent, and always responsive and pragmatic. He gets the deal done and knows where to give and where to stand his ground.’

Key clients

GH Dean & Co Ltd.

Edward Vinson Ltd.

H Mount & Sons Ltd.

HW Snape & Sons

Street End Estate

SW Mount & Sons

Wakely Brothers (Rainham, Kent) Ltd.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors advises charities and not-for-profits in the Canterbury and wider South East region on the full spectrum of relevant matters. Practice head Aaron Spencer works extensively with charities on charity formation, Charity Commission applications, and annual returns, and is a specialist in almshouse charities. Tony Chester handles the corporate side of charitable work, such as mergers, amendments of object clauses and articles and real estate transactions.

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Royal Engineers

Charities Eastbridge Hospital

Sir Roger Manwood Hospital

Fordwich United Charities

Canterbury Relief in Need

Maynard & Cotton Hospital

RG Hills Charitable Trust

Whitstable Non-Ecclesiastical Charities

The Almshouse Charity of Wynn Ellis

Prince of Wales Youth Club

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors specialises in advising Kent-based clients in the education and charitable sectors in both contentious and non-contentious matters, including advising on regulatory and safeguarding issues. In addition, the firm also advises other local businesses on employment issues such as restructurings and disciplinary issues. The practice is led by Andrew Masters, 'an outstanding employment law professional' who has many years of experience in advising education institutions. Associate Amanda Okill is another key contact, and offers clients in-house training on HR issues.

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‘The employment team at Furley Page are always very professional, knowledgeable and responsive. Working alongside Furley Page means that we can deal with employee matters with great confidence, and in the most timely and cost-effective way.’

‘Andrew Masters is an outstanding employment law professional. Not only is he very knowledgeable and experienced, his advice is always commercially minded and delivered in a clear and concise manner.’

Key clients

University of Kent

Dean & Chapter of Canterbury (Canterbury Cathedral)

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School

St Lawrence College

The Canterbury Academy Trust

The Brett Group

Demelza House Hospice Care for Children

Megger Instruments


Maidstone Borough Council

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors has experience in a number of specialist areas, including handling agricultural and charity matters, French property, and estates where the deceased did not leave a will, forcing the tracing of heirs. It is also on the panel of Camelot Lottery, advising lottery winners on their financial arrangements. The team is led by Aaron Spencer, who handles estate planning for HNW individuals. Senior associate Joshua Williams and solicitor Melanie Christodoulou are also praised by clients.

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‘Very professional, discreet and competent. The team is made up of a good mix of people, age groups and backgrounds and are always friendly and easy to deal with. As a client I was treated very well and with courtesy at every stage.’

‘Consistently professional, attentive, communicative and easy to deal with.’

‘Aaron Spencer heads the team and has an excellent approach to managing the team and developing the talent that he has within. He is inclusive and encouraging to ensure that the solicitors and associates are challenged in their work but also supported where needed.  There is a structured process for growth within the team so that clients will get the same quality of advice from whichever adviser.’

‘Melanie Christadoulou has impressed me with her organisation skills, providing advice efficiently and ensuring that she does what she says when she says she will. Communication is key when dealing with clients and it is refreshing to deal with someone like this who is consistently upfront.’

‘I have also been impressed with Hannah Sawyer who is thorough and meticulous in her approach to estate administration which is the area I have had most dealings with.’

‘The trust administration team which is managed by David Fielding provides an efficient, professional and accessible service to trustees. Trust administration can be daunting for lay trustees who may not have any idea about what is required of them when they are appointed. David has a calm, approachable manner when dealing with trustees and he and his team are happy to support trustees and beneficiaries where needed to get things set up properly or other requirements dealt with when needed.’

‘I mainly work with Aaron Spencer who is very good at understanding a client’s unique situation and needs and then being able to present solutions in such a way that clients fully understand his advice, with ease.’

‘Excellent cross section of disciplines available, prompt and concise communication, and the ability to attend customers at requested venues. Accurate advice and problem solving, congenial making for good working relationships. Quality of personnel in this practice make it stand out against other practices in the region.’

‘The depth of knowledge and experience in the Private Client team is excellent and when referring clients with complex needs, it is so reassuring to know that we can rely on the quality of advice and service they provide. They are able to think broadly around a client’s needs holistically as they have tax, estates and trust specialists as well as a well developed elderly and vulnerable client experts and it is clear that they communicate between the various areas of specialism where there is a need, to deliver the best outcomes for clients. Many team members have stayed at Furley Page for a number of years which is testament to the firm and indicates to me that they enjoy their work and the working environment.’

‘The team are very experienced, accessible, practical and both we and our clients find them very easy to work with. They are flexible to clients needs and always willing and able to help.’

‘I am currently working with Melanie Christodoulou and Harvey Barrett on probate and trust matters respectively. Both provide prompt and detailed reports on progress together with expediting matters of a complex nature. In the past Furley Page have been retained for conveyancing and business transactions all of which have been carried out promptly, professionally and without recourse.’

Key clients

Dawes family (farming estate)

Matthew Breach (Camelot Lottery winner)

Eastbridge Hospital (Almshouse charity)

Hulme family (farming estate)

Sir Roger Manwood Hospital (Almshouse charity)

R G Hills Charitable Trust (grant giving charitable trust)

John Morgan (Private Landlord)

Property litigation Tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors is singled out for its work in commercial landlord and tenant disputes, including litigation relating to lease renewals, dilapidations, breach of repairing covenants and unauthorised assignments. The team acts for a wide variety of commercial property investors, developers and private property investors with buy-to-let portfolios. Chartered surveyor Jeremy Ferris leads the practice and is particularly experienced in compulsory purchase cases. George Crofton-Martin is the name to note for complex development disputes.

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Very efficient and professional. My trust and confidence in them was fully justified.

Sarah Woolnough provided an excellent service.

Great deal of firm wide expertise that make the process of dealing with a difficult tenant relatively painless and efficient.

Always able to provide solutions to potentially complicated problems and very prompt with advice, with valid well thought out alternatives.

Highly effective at hard fought contentious planning disputes.

George Crofton-Martin – a fantastic litigator, combining brilliant client management skills with a never-say-die attitude to the most difficult contentious work – totally committed to achieving the best outcome for his clients.

My experience of Furley Page that it is a traditional firm that has not been afraid to move with the times. The offices are an interconnected warren of buildings in the heart of Canterbury, and it feels like they have served the community from there for generations. I get the impression that their clients tend to be of long standing, and the levels of trust reposed are correspondingly high. In terms of strengths, they are a solid and dependable firm, large enough to deal with most issues, and not afraid to use counsel where the expertise is required.

Key clients

H R Bell

R Swain & Sons

Jubilee Clips

Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company

Robert Brett & Sons

Day Lewis

Total Dentalcare


London Borough of Wandsworth

University of Kent

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 3

Furley Page Solicitors' Canterbury-based team advises clients on a range of sectors with a particular focus on partnership and shareholder disputes, as well as disputes within the construction industry. The practice is led by Peter Hawkes, who is experienced in litigating commercial disputes in court as well as advising on mediations. George Crofton-Martin is accredited in construction adjudication by the RICS and leads on construction matters. Senior Associate Deborah Geering specialises in shareholder and partnership disputes, and also acts for a number of care providers.

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‘Brilliant customer service and they really care about the client. In my case I felt that they really cared about me and wanted justice to win out in the end, which ultimately it did.’

‘Deborah Geering recognised that despite the difficulties, I had a case that whilst it was complicated could reach the outcome I wanted. She was first class, determined and knew my case backwards which ultimately made the difference when we reached mediation as the other side were not nearly as thorough as Deborah had been. I had never had to resort to using the law to resolve an issue but in Furley Page and in particular Deborah Geering, I felt confident and reassured at every step of the way. Despite the threats from the other side Deborah always said that we would win in the end and the bullying tactics of the other side were not to be feared. Deborah is a real credit to both her firm and the law in general.’

‘Furley Page is a full service firm of solicitors who delivers excellent legal advice and services comparable to a good city firm. They have excellent facilities, in terms of conferencing (including video conferencing) and have great turn around rate.’

‘I have worked with Peter Hawkes, Deborah Geering. Peter is one of the most experienced solicitors I work with; he always brings an impressive amount of legal knowledge and commercial wisdom to the table. Deborah is incredibly hard working and a very effective litigator.’

‘I am very happy with the team. The response was rapid, professional and expert. The administrative support was excellent and they handled the communications such that key messages were passed on efficiently. I think my case was very complex, but the lawyer assigned quickly came to an understanding and found a good mutually agreeable solution. In summary, during a very stressful time for me, the Furley Page team were excellent and I’m very grateful.’

‘My lawyer Deborah Geering was outstanding. To grasp the detail of a very specific commercial situation so rapidly and effectively and to deliver a solution to the dispute against very tight time deadlines was an exceptional performance in my view.’

‘First class litigation service in the most demanding commercial disputes.’

‘George Crofton-Martin is a fantastic litigator, combining brilliant client management skills with a never-say-die attitude to the most difficult contentious work – totally committed to achieving the best outcome for his clients.’


Key clients

University of Kent

Brett Group

Stemma Shipping

Whitstable Oyster Fishery Co

Kreston Reeves

Groupo Antolin

Breakthrough Funding

The Change Organisation


Red Key Concepts

The Shakespeare Globe Trust

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Furley Page Solicitors advises clients on matters ranging from residential developments and secured lending transactions, to landlord and tenant work. Many of its clients have a long-term relationship with the firm, and praise the 'strong team with experience and excellent judgement'. The practice is led by the 'excellent' Jeremy Licence, who predominantly acts on acquisitions and the sale of land for development. Other key contacts include Liz Brady, who focuses on acquisitions for residential development, and Ethan Desai, a specialist in agricultural land law.

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‘Good range of skills available. Proactive approach. Straight forward advice and good advice at a reasonable cost.’

‘Jeremy Licence and Ethan Desai are proactive and experienced in dealing with a range of property matters.’

‘A strong team with in depth knowledge of all matters relating to commercial property transactions.’

‘Strong team with experience and excellent judgement. Competent to deal with all the details, but always understanding the bigger picture and focusing on the real issues.’

‘Jeremy Licence is excellent, but the entire team are strong. Responsive and get things done.’

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University of Kent

Day Lewis PLC/QH Estates Limited/ABC Drugstores

Countrystyle Group

G H Dean & Co

Murston Construction

Stema Shipping

Grupo Antolin Uruasa SA

Zikoma Properties

East Kent Spatial Development Company

Svenska Handelsbanken ab (publ)

FDC Homes Limited N

John Parker & Sons Limited

Willmarsh Developments Limited

Sandwich Town Council

Trustees of the Mocket Trust

Citi Nest Canterbury

Acrise Estates

Roniks Limited

AVIC International

Worth Parish Council

Catching Lives

Patrick Heren

South Barracks Management Company

Red Key Concepts

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Furley Page Solicitors advises both large and SME clients across sectors ranging from the automotive industry to charities, on corporate and commercial matters, such as M&A, corporate governance, joint ventures, and corporate finance. The team has longstanding relationships with many of its clients, advising them from the early stages of their business, as well as securing referrals from accountants and others.  The practice is led by the experienced Susan Jennings. Tony Chester has experience handling restructurings and succession planning issues.

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‘The team at Furley engage well with customers, and from personal experience, kept me on my toes when it came to dealing with my legal requirements.’

‘I dealt mostly with Will King. Will was always professional, helpful and often able to assist out of normal hours. I really did feel that Will held on to my best interests, reassuring me throughout the legal process .’

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Persica Pharmaceuticals

Megger Group

Magna International

Global Invacom Group


A Hinge & Son

Sharp Interpack

Roma Capital Group

Adrian Mecklenburg

Kent Union

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

The specialist personal injury team at Furley Page Solicitors has experience of a wide variety of claims, handling fatal accidents and industrial diseases. Operating from Canterbury, the group is led by Neille Ryan and also handles head and spinal cord injuries. Ross Rowland advises on road traffic accidents, whilst Robert Harvey has extensive experience in acting on work-related injuries and public liability matters.

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‘Ross Rowland was always available, replied promptly and informed us of every step along the way. He inspired confidence in us to pursue our case and was always honest with his advice.’

‘Neille Ryan dealt with our case in a very professional manner. He took time to talk through our situation with us, outlined the way forward and did his best for us. We are pleased that we used Neille for our case and feel that no one could have handled it better than he did.’

At a very difficult time for us Furley Page treated us very well. After our initial meeting, they informed us of what needed to be done and kept us up to date along the way. At all times we were confident that they were doing the best that they could for us.’

Key clients

National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers


University of Kent

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Furley Page Solicitors is a full service family law firm that advises clients on divorces, disputes over children, and financial remedy issues. Many of its cases feature problems involving pensions, trusts or overseas assets. The practice is led by Rayma Collins, a collaborative lawyer who offers experience across the field of family law. Associate Naomi Hayward is 'an excellent lawyer' and is also known for her work in collaborative law.

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‘Rayma Collins is an excellent asset to this team which will now I am sure go from strength to strength.’

‘I worked with Rayma Collins at Warners and continue to do so here. She’s excellent, gives realistic advice to clients at outset and works to achieve the settlement that is appropriate.’

‘Good strong family law team in regional practice.’

‘Rayma Collins is wise, reasonable and a committed collaborative law practitioner. Always good to work with. Naomi Hayward is an excellent lawyer and a joy to work with. A truly collaborative practitioner.’

‘Rayma Collins has been my rock in the last year. It is because of her that I have a future. Her kindness, caring and understanding whilst being highly professional in all matters relating to my case has left a lasting impression on me. I just cannot recommend her highly enough. Rayma Collins and her team have just been fantastic. Heather Dunlop went out of her way to when I needed legal help she made herself available at short notice so I could see her and get my will written.’

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Led by Peter Hawkes, the team at Furley Page Solicitors advises on bankruptcies, director disqualification proceedings, and winding-up proceedings, amongst other insolvency and restructuring issues. Clients include directors, individual business-owners, and corporate entities. The firm is particularly active in the manufacturing and construction sectors. Hawkes also serves as head of the firm's dispute resolution team; George Crofton-Martin is another key contact in the insolvency team.

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Exclusive Furniture

Grupo Antolin Leamington/Grupo Antolin

Breakthrough Funding

RSM Restructuring Advisory


Tara Plant Hire

Based in Canterbury, Chatham and Whitstable  this leading south-east England practice is known for corporate and commercial services and real estate expertise, as well as dispute resolution and employment. For individuals, family law, personal injury, tax and estate planning, elderly and vulnerable client services, and French and residential property are specialisms.

The firm: Furley Page can trace its roots in Canterbury back to 1725. The practice has a modern and flexible approach and offers a range of specialist skills. Clients include major national companies, as well as smaller businesses and entrepreneurs active in a range of sectors, from manufacturing to the service sector, educational and charitable organisations, and individuals.

Types of work undertaken: Company and commercial services include all aspects of business finance, buying and selling businesses, charities advice, company formations, competition, distribution and franchising agreements, joint ventures, partnerships, IPR and trading terms.

Real estate includes acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold property, as well as agricultural issues, construction, environmental law, option agreements, development schemes, planning and leases.

Employment expertise for businesses covers recruitment and selection, contracts, policies and procedures, reward structures, appraisals, immigration, disciplinary procedures, health and safety, redundancy, termination and tribunals.

Media and technology expertise, for clients including software designers, online publishers, website providers and internet service providers, includes commercial licensing agreements, computer contract issues, copyright, design rights, trade marks, media issues, data protection and defamation issues.

Dispute resolution is a notable strength, including construction, contract disputes, environmental prosecutions, health and safety cases, infringements of IP, partnership and shareholder disputes, property matters, insolvency and debt recovery, and disputed wills and estates.

Services for private clients include tax and estate planning and trust establishment. Administering and distributing estates, transferring property, advising on wills and intestacy, and passing on family farms are specialisms. Personal injury expertise includes RTAs, accidents at work, head injuries and professional negligence. Family matters include financial agreements, child welfare, care proceedings, cohabitation disputes, prenuptial agreements and mediation. A specialist team deals with vulnerable client matters and includes an Approved Panel Deputy to the Court of Protection. Residential conveyancing is a specialism and a specialist team advises on French property and estates.

The firm is willing to attend court in Canterbury for other firms and does so on a regular basis.

Other offices: Chatham, Whitstable

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Senior partner Peter Hawkes
Managing partner Jeremy Licence
Director of finance and risk Malcolm Twyman
Dispute resolution Peter Hawkes
Corporate commercial Susan Jennings
Employment Andrew Masters
Real estate Jeremy Licence
Personal injury Neille Ryan
Vulnerable client Nicola August
Private Client Aaron Spencer
Family Law Rayma Collins
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nicola August  photo Nicola August Nicola August (formerly Rostron) is a partner in the private client, trusts…
 Harvey Barrett  photo Harvey Barrett Consultant
 Sarah Bogard  photo Sarah Bogard Senior Solicitor & Chartered Tax Adviser – specialist area of practice is…
 Liz Brady  photo Liz Brady Partner in real estate team specialising in commercial property: transactions include buying,…
 Rayma Collins  photo Rayma Collins Partner & Head of Family Law. Areas of specialism: Asset Protection on…
 George Crofton-Martin  photo George Crofton-Martin George Crofton-Martin, a commercial litigation partner, undertakes a wide range of commercial…
 Ethan Desai  photo Ethan Desai Partner and Head of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, specialising in agriculture and…
 Jeremy Ferris  photo Jeremy Ferris Partner. Complex landlord and tenant disputes. Real estate disputes: R (oao Rapose…
 Deborah Geering photo Deborah Geering Partner. Deborah is a Partner in our dispute resolution team based in…
 Peter Hawkes photo Peter Hawkes Senior partner and head of dispute resolution; specialising in commercial dispute resolution,…
 Naomi Hayward photo Naomi Hayward Partner & Collaborative Lawyer, specialising in Family breakdown, Divorce, Civil partnership, Co-habitation…
 Jeremy Licence  photo Jeremy Licence Managing Partner & Head of Real Estate; specialising in commercial property, principally:…
 Andrew Masters  photo Andrew Masters Partner and head of employment team; specialises in most aspects of employment…
 Amanda Okill  photo Amanda Okill Senior Associate in Employment representing a diverse client base including national and…
 Darren Philpot photo Darren Philpot Darren Philpot is a Senior Associate. He advises on all aspects of…
 Ross Rowland  photo Ross Rowland Chartered Legal executive in the personal injury department; specialising in claims involving…
 Neille Ryan  photo Neille Ryan Partner & Head of Personal Injury specialising in claimant injury/disease (including asbestos…
 Aaron Spencer  photo Aaron Spencer Partner &  Head of Private Client specialising in wills and tax planning,…
 Christopher Wacher  photo Christopher Wacher Consultant dealing largely with agricultural, agricultural property and development matters.  A majority…
Number of UK partners : 14
Number of other UK fee-earners : 41