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Furley Page Solicitors

39 ST MARGARET'S STREET, CANTERBURY, CT1 2TX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01227 763 939
Fax:
Fax 01227 762 829
DX:
5301 CANTERBURY
Email:
Web:
www.furleypage.co.uk
Canterbury, Chatham, Whitstable

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors ,according to one client, 'understands business needs and provides advice that is always proportionate and appropriate'. Its expertise covers mergers, acquisitions, share sales and related commercial work. It acted on a share sale of Forte Pharma to Alliance Healthcare (part of the Boots and Walgreens group) and in other highlight work assisted Mobility Networks with its merger with Netherlands-based Acdeos. 'Highly qualified and experienced' department head Susan Jennings is recommended for 'always having the client’s best interests at heart and for being pragmatic and practical in her advice'. Tony Chester's expertise extends to restructuring, demerger and share buyback work.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors is noted for its 'wealth of expertise in commercial litigation'. It handles an array of contractual disputes, partnership and shareholding, and IP disputes and is well-known for its experience in the construction, education and probate fields. 'Hands on and great lateral thinker' Peter Hawkes, assisted by 'the very bright and hard-working' Deborah Geering, acted for Gillingham Football Club Community Trust in a dispute with the owner of Gillingham Football Club concerning a service level agreement; the matter, which attracted media attention, ultimately settled. George Crofton-Martin, who is 'a pleasure to deal with, very hardworking and elegant in his practice', undertakes IP and professional negligence cases and is assisted by Nicola Wall.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Furley Page Solicitors

The insolvency department at Furley Page Solicitors provides an 'effective service' during corporate insolvencies and claims by or against directors, with special emphasis on the construction industry. 'Open, clear and honest' Chatham-based associate Natasha Biggs represented a distributor and installer of audio-visual equipment in its retention-of-title claims against the liquidators of a nightclub in order to recover assets that were taken after the nightclub had closed. Another highlight was a £600,000 misfeasance claim issued against two clients who are former company directors, where Biggs was assisted by dispute resolution team lead Peter Hawkes in Canterbury. The third member in the team is insolvency and civil litigation partner George Crofton Martin.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors

The 'excellent' team at Furley Page Solicitors has a noted specialism in the education and charity sectors in addition to acting for corporate clients. It advises on redundancy programmes, restructurings and TUPE, and also handles discrimination cases as well as day-to-day HR matters. Andrew Masters, who heads the team, is 'hard to beat in the service that he provides and the knowledge and experience he has' according to one client. Senior associate Amanda Okill is also well regarded for her breadth of expertise and Tessa Robinson joined the team from DMH Stallard LLP.

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South East: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Furley Page Solicitors

The 'excellent' Furley Page Solicitors' personal injury department is renowned for its 'level of communication, attention to detail, legal knowledge and client care'. It receives instructions for industrial disease, road traffic accident, slip and trip, sports injury, work accident, and product, occupiers' and public liability claims, as well as matters involving animals, accidents at sea and the Human Rights Act. Recent highlights include the representation of a former professional cricketer who suffered a severe knee injury, and is now in need of a knee replacement, in their £120,000 claim, as well as the £98,000 settlement of a mesothelioma case for the estate of the deceased, who worked as a miner. Team lead Neille Ryan, senior associate Robert Harvey and chartered legal executive Ross Rowland are recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Robert Harvey - Furley Page Solicitors

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors' agriculture and estates team is rated by clients for is industry knowledge, which enables it to 'rapidly get up to speed when faced with novel challenges - advice is thorough and well considered, with appropriate consideration given to clients' concerns'. Senior associate and practice head Ethan Desai is singled out for his 'thorough and perceptive approach'; he acts for agricultural and rural clients in general property matters, and is noted for his renewable energy and development expertise. He works alongside Christopher Wacher to handle a range of agricultural diversification matters, including advice on land promotion agreements and other residential development opportunities. Recent highlights include acting for TG1 Holding on its acquisition of Thanet Growers Three, which involved advising on a complex title relating to the UK's largest greenhouse complex, located in north Kent.

Next generation lawyers

Ethan Desai - Furley Page Solicitors

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors fields a 'very competent and efficient' charities team that is praised for its 'clear advice, attentive service and excellent value for money'. Aaron Spencer ('deals quickly and efficiently with all issues') leads the practice, which acts for a number of healthcare and ecclesiastical organisations on formation and governance, taxation, employment, and disputes matters. Clients include The Almshouse Charity of Wynn Ellis, for which Gary Wootton advises on the administration of the charity, including agreeing the annual budget with the trustees of the charity; and Maynard & Cotton's Almshouse, which Spencer advises on governance matters and works with the trustees on the management of the charity. Also recommended are employment specialist Amanda Okill and Anthony Chester, who handles charitable company formations and mergers.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors' team provides 'incisive and straightforward advice'. The team undertakes estate planning, the management of trusts, and Court of Protection matters. Recent work includes advising on various commercial property issues relating to a development and foreign assets pertaining to an estate where all of the estate had been left on a discretionary trust basis. The team is also handling complex probate cases and a range of tax issues. Harvey Barrett heads the group, and Aaron Spencer and Sarah Bogard are other key names. Associate Joshua Williams is 'able to convey technical information to clients in a way that engages with them, rather than baffles them with technical jargon'. Alexandra Gordon has left the team to join Brachers.

Next generation lawyers

Alexandra Gordon - Furley Page Solicitors

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors' team provides 'an excellent level of service on all aspects and is always available to offer sound advice'. It has a strong sector focus on education and healthcare, with specialisms in residential, commercial, mixed-use and student accommodation developments, as well as landlord and tenant issues and lending matters. Practice head Jeremy Licence is well-regarded. Andrew Gough and Liz Brady, who 'has a good in-depth knowledge of property law that is conveyed in a client-friendly way', are other key names.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors provides 'an extremely high level of service' to a range of commercial property investors and developers, as well as landowners in the agriculture and education sectors. David Hall heads the practice and has a longstanding track record acting for commercial on issues concerning business lease renewals, tenant default and insolvency, building dilapidation cases and adverse possession claims. Other key figures include Jeremy Ferris, who has 'considerable experience and expertise, and always provides high-quality advice in a clear, concise manner'. Ferris recently acted for the tenant of a lease which was subject to a rent review in 2012 and for which the client had the benefit of a break clause exercisable within 6 months of the 2012 review. The tenant lost the benefit of the break clause when the landlord sought to implement the review in 2016 when the lease had ended; Ferris successfully argued that the landlord was estopped from implementing the review.

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