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East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge
Corporate and commercial: Cambridge - ranked: tier 3

Woodfines LLP

Woodfines LLP has a diverse client base for corporate work which ranges from small, independent, owner-managed businesses to large companies and PLCs. Former head of company commercial Stephen Oliver moved to Buckles Solicitors LLP , so corporate finance specialist Martin Smith now leads the practice. Since taking over in October, 2017, Smith has handled a number of high-value deals, which included acting for a provider of ATM technology on its £35m sale. He also supported an electrical products company in its £10m sale to German company Obo Betterman. He also assisted with the sale of a regional group of Costa coffee shops to a private company, and acted for family card business Sherwood Press Limited in its corporate restructuring.

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East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Cambridge
Commercial litigation: Cambridge - ranked: tier 2

Woodfines LLP

Woodfines LLP¬†is recommended by clients for ‚Äėthe breadth of its team, response times, commercial awareness and expertise‚Äė. Newly promoted partner Maria Koureas-Jones, who moved to Cambridge from the firm's Bedford office, is ‚Äėvery positive in her approach‚Äė and is the new head of commercial litigation for East Anglia. She is praised for being 'great with clients; sensible but tough when needed' and leads a team of three fee earners. She is regularly instructed by a company in the storage industry to handle disputes involving High Court Enforcement Officer or bailiffs, and she is currently pursuing a cross-border claim for a client who lost money to potentially fraudulent investment advisors.

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East Anglia: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 3

Woodfines LLP

At¬†Woodfines LLP¬†‚Äėthe advice is detailed, in-depth and comprehensive‚Äė. The firm¬†acts for employers and executives on the full spectrum of employment issues, both contentious and non-contentious. Its employer clients range from SMEs to national and international businesses in sectors such as transport,¬†recruitment and manufacturing. Practice head¬†Nick Sayer¬†¬†‚Äėmakes himself available at short notice and he is¬†particularly good at trying to close matters in a quick time frame, rather than letting things go on too long‚Äė. He recently provided a range of employment advice to JW Suckling Transport Limited, and handled tribunal claims and the enforcement of restrictive covenants for a client in the packaging industry. He also counts Saffron Building Society and Murfitts Industries among his clients.

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East Anglia: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 4

Woodfines LLP

Woodfines LLP¬†‚Äėprovides good quality advice on family matters‚Äė and is ‚Äėa growing force in the Cambridge market‚Äė. The practice is 'extremely knowledgable and offers support and reassurance throughout a case'. Highly experienced collaborative lawyer Clare Pilsworth¬†(who is ‚Äėan excellent lawyer, strong at both financial remedies and private law Children Act cases‚Äė) and¬†Resolution-accredited legal executive Jackie Jessiman¬†are ‚Äėreliable, efficient and knowledgeable‚Äė. One client says of Pilsworth 'I cannot praise her strongly enough' and¬†other remarks that Jessiman is 'hardworking and understanding, very approachable and makes clients feel at ease'. The firm's recent caseload included divorce and financial remedy for a family with two teenage children, and high-value financial remedy matter settled through mediation.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge - ranked: tier 2

Woodfines LLP

The team at Woodfines LLP underwent significant change last year but it still retains an experienced and respected team of private client lawyers. Karl Dembicki moved to Buckles Solicitors LLP but Tim Addinell joined from Greenwoods GRM to work with veteran consultant Alun Butler and Esther Marchant, who has 30 years' experience in private client matters. The firm-wide practice is also led by a new recruit in the form of Stephen Patch who joined from Taylor Vinters. The firm handles the full range of wills, taxation, estate planning, trusts and probate work for high-net-worth individuals, business owners, academics and entrepreneurs. Addinell recently acted for an estate valued at more than £20m in a highly complex probate matter involving substantial shares and property.

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Alun Butler - Woodfines LLP

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