Firm Profile > Gotelee Solicitors > Felixstowe, England

Gotelee Solicitors
97 HAMILTON ROAD
FELIXSTOWE
SUFFOLK
IP11 7AH
England

Crime: general Tier 1

Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich provides a comprehensive range of services in criminal law, ranging from the defence of minor and major crimes to a niche service advising victims of crime. The practice is praised for having 'complete respect for its clients, treating them with discretion and confidence'. Practice head Hugh Rowland is 'a stellar all-round performer - highly intelligent, measured yet decisive'. Higher Courts Advocate Howard Catherall stands out for private client crime matters for clients in the logistics sector.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The firm has complete respect for its clients. They are non-judgemental towards them. The team members I met would always treat you with discretion and confidence and confidentiality was always used.

Hugh Rowland is an exceptional listener and looks at all sides of an argument. He has deep respect and gives clear leadership in any circumstance. Hugh always made me see the best direction to go in and gave reasons why. He also gave me support which enabled me to see the way forward and gave me the courage to make decisions I had to make.

Hugh Rowland’s administrative team were always sensitive and respectful and stepped in whenever Hugh was unavailable. They worked together brilliantly.

I instructed partner Howard Catherall last year on an alleged road traffic offence. He provided sensible, timely and accurate advice on procedure and strategy on the basis of which I chose to represent myself in court – thus saving a significant amount in fees.

I have worked with partner Hugh Rowland several times in relation to local government prosecutions for Tree Preservation Order offences. He is a stellar all-round performer. Highly intelligent, measured yet decisive, robustly active on behalf of clients and unmatched liaison with expert witnesses combine with faultless grasp of detail, law and process.

The practice shows knowledge, expertise, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail. Hugh Rowland is without any doubt one of the very best solicitors in the regulatory-criminal sphere I have had the privilege of receiving instructions from.

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

The Ipswich office of Gotelee Solicitors is the hub for a dispute resolution practice that operates through the firm's four regional offices. In late 2019, the firm hired Andrew Breckenridge from Gordons LLP to lead the practice, as Victoria Spellman devotes more time to non-contentious commercial work. The firm acts for clients across Suffolk and, increasingly, from London and further afield. Breckenridge acts for financial services clients nationwide, including commercial lenders and corporate SIPP pension trustees. Through Howard Catherall, the firm also handles disputes and regulatory matters in the logistics sector.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

We value Victoria Spellman’s quick response and sensible approach in applying excellent knowledge.

I have only had dealings with Andrew Breckenridge at this firm. The work is provided on time and on budget and is high quality, pragmatic and commercial.

Key clients

Goldcrest Finance Limited

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Stonham Barns Limited

Elemento Group Limited

Mervyn Lambert Plant Limited

Complete Timber Solutions Limited

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich has an 'excellent contentious private client department with significant ability to deal with complex disputes sensitively and at proportionate cost'. Private client partner Peter Crix, who is a trustee of numerous and substantial trusts including several farms in Suffolk, is well known in the county for high-profile and complex inheritance cases. Associates Kay Baker in the Hadliegh office, who is an accredited mediator, and Simon Tilling in Woodbridge also play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Excellent contentious private client department with significant ability to deal with complex disputes sensitively and at proportionate cost.

An able competitor for central London firms.

Simon Tilling gets to the bottom of complicated cases and really helps clients understand their options.

I work with Kay Baker who is exceptional in her field of contentious probate. She has an in-depth understanding of this complex area coupled with very high standards of client service. Similarly, Kay is always willing to assist fellow professionals with issues they are experiencing and provide her advice.

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich provides a comprehensive range of commercial services to businesses across Suffolk and further afield, including the corporate restructuring and trading aspects of companies, and corporate constitutional issues. It is a key adviser to the region's transport and logistics sector, particularly through its Felixstowe office. Partners Max Harnden and Victoria Spellman are the key partners in a practice that handled corporate transactions with a total value of £21m in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Portals to the Past

Mervyn Lambert Plant Limited

Above Surveying Ltd

Crime: fraud Tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich has a diverse practice covering all aspects of criminal law and the firm has a prominent market position in Suffolk. The firm handles privately funded defence work and practice head Hugh Rowland has a track record in business crime, fraud, regulatory matters, Trading Standards cases, health and safety, and planning matters that spans more than 30 years. Higher Courts Advocate Howard Catherall handles Trading Standards and HMRC investigations into the importation of goods from outside the EU.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Employment Tier 2

The employment practice at Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich has 'excellent knowledge and advice and builds good working relationships'. Employment is one of the firm's core practice areas, for which it has a longstanding reputation in the region for partner-led service and cost-efficiency. Marie Allen leads the practice and she frequently assists the firm's business law team in corporate transactional and due diligence matters. Key partner Andrew West  qualified as a mediator in 2019 and handles both civil and workplace disputes.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge and advice and builds good working relationships.

Key clients

Jack Sealey Limited

Goldstar Transport

St Nicholas Hospice

Seven Asset Management

Family Tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich is known for providing 'simple, clear advice' and clients say of the lawyers that 'the way they work should be used as best practice for other practices'. Helen Stuart and the 'simply amazing' Demelza Butler, who work from the Ipswich and Woodbridge offices, are the two lead partners. Stuart has a strong reputation in the local region for advice to high-net-worth individuals on divorce, separation and other family law matters. Both she and Butler frequently act for high-net-worth individuals across Suffolk. Associate Juliet Gordon and legal executive and Resolution member Samantha Markham are also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The practice offers simple clear advice, whilst the situation is stressful, they try to make life easier as a client. They are clear in role and outcome. Pricing is clear and the whole payment system is easy to follow. It’s a shame other practices don’t follow this way of working. The capabilities of the practice have helped in the times of going to court and they offer a can do way of working. The Barristers offered were of a high standard and clear pricing given. The fact that every time we have gone to court it has been found in my favour is in no small part [down] to the team at Gotelees.

Juliet Gordon has been outstanding throughout the process, she has given clear and fact-based advice, making a complex system into a more user-friendly content. She has ensured that as a client I have a realistic outlook, and time periods. It has been stressful, but with the advice given it made the situation easier. The way they work should be used as best practice for other practices as if everyone undertook their work in the same manner it would ensure that the process would be completed quicker and with less stress. Other practices use tone to get a response but Gotelees have just been clear on message and not used tone to upset or hurt anyone. It is a shame others don’t follow this simple method of working.

Everyone I dealt with had a perfect manner for the case that I was involved in which became very difficult. The advice was perfect and measured and ensured that I stayed focused on the important aspect of my case without lowering myself to the level the other party had.’

Demelza Butler was simply amazing. Her manner and understanding of my case were exceptional. She showed compassion but also had a very clear view and exceptional knowledge of the specific laws involved in my case. Demelza was on hand any time I needed to speak to her regardless of whether it was within her normal office hours or not.

I have used Gotelee Solicitors twice in the last six years and have on both occasions found them to be an efficient practice that were able to simplify my matters and offer a friendly, compassionate service.

Both matters I have used Gotelees for have involved family law – a divorce and then a pre-nuptial agreement – and on each occasion I have been in direct contact with Samantha Markham. Samantha offers solutions to problems which in turn facilitated the passage of my divorce. My ex-wife was determined to drag out the whole process, Samantha was able to use her experience with her opposite lawyer to get our case into court rather than drag it out for months. She was able to work with my barrister to present the facts in such a way that I was able to get an acceptable settlement. I valued Samantha’s honest advice, it was always putting my needs front and centre.

Health and safety Tier 2

At Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich, veteran litigator Hugh Rowland, who has been with the firm for more than 30 years, focuses on business crime, fraud and regulatory offences. This sees him involved in defending actions brought by the HSE and local authority departments. Howard Catherall is a leading adviser to the logistics industry on criminal matters including investigations by the police, DVSA and Trading Standards.

Licensing Tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors focuses predominantly on contentious licensing matters, which is a niche practice for the firm's broader dispute resolution group. Veteran litigator Hugh Rowland is the lead partner. His practice includes advice on the regulation of liquor licences, as well as licence applications, transfers and variations for the firm's SME clients.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich provides a regional personal injury and clinical negligence service through its office network, which includes Woodbridge and Hadleigh. In 2019, the team was involved in two high-profile cases acting for the families of two children who suffered catastrophic brain injury during their birth. 'Thorough, diligent' head of clinical negligence Tim Humpage 'cares about his clients and works hard to ensure clients are not overwhelmed by the litigation process'. Experienced partner James Davies, who has 'a lovely empathetic manner', leads on personal injury matters. Former nurse Diana Infanti and associates Sian Mullane and Stevan Stratton are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

This is the first time I have been involved in a clinical negligence case, which was started by my late wife. The team is very friendly and helpful when visiting the office or by email and telephone.

Our case is being handled by Tim Humpage. My wife was disabled and unable to travel to their office 18 miles away. Before we started this case, Tim travelled to our house three times to discuss all aspects and what was involved. After we agreed to go ahead with the case, he came several times to the house for information. My wife had low concentration levels so making statements took time and we were very grateful to him. Sian Mullane is now assisting Tim with our case and she has been excellent also.

Tim Humpage cares about his clients and works hard to ensure clients are not overwhelmed by the litigation process. He is thorough, diligent and willing to go the extra mile for his clients. Tim provides a caring, personal approach to his cases.

The team, without exception, is top quality. They care passionately about their clients and are totally committed to achieving the best possible outcome. They expect the same standard for the counsel they instruct. The team is headed by Tim Humpage and he is ably supported by Diana Infanti, Sian Mullane and James Davies.

They are a high street firm and so are friendly and approachable. Further, lay clients can actually go into their offices to see a solicitor or have a conference. Yet they have a highly competent PI department with some stellar individuals.

Stevan Stratton is a stellar personal injury practitioner. He is an excellent lawyer and a first-rate tactician. He gets great results for his clients through tenacity, hard work and skill. If you were a claimant in a serious injury case in East Anglia, you would want him in your corner.

The firm has excellent strength in depth. They have caring and meticulous solicitors.

Tim Humpage is extremely dedicated, his attention to detail is outstanding and his clients love him.

The firm has a developing specialism in claims arising out of child sexual abuse. James Davies has a lovely empathetic manner and is able to put troubled clients at ease.

The PI team is long-established and very highly regarded.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

Gotelee Solicitors has a network of four offices across Suffolk and one source notes that 'if any clients who need some thinking outside of the box, then I know it will be in a safe pair of hands'. The practice works with individuals and, increasingly, family businesses. It has a close relationship with Age UK Suffolk and its whole team has undergone dementia training. Peter Crix and newly promoted partner Karina Jowitt in Ipswich, Matthew Boast in Felixstowe, Nicola Weldon in Woodbridge and accredited mediator Kay Baker in Hadleigh are the main contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

We have been dealing with Gotelee for nearly three years in relation to one, extremely complicated, estate. They have been patient and thorough in their work. Kay Baker is the main point of contact and I have always found her to be approachable and professional under some very trying circumstances, especially when dealing with the various beneficiaries of the estate.

We are very lucky to have some great private client lawyers locally, but if I have any clients who need something slightly unusual, or if there is a tight timescale, or some thinking outside of the box is required, then I know that by referring the matter to Gotelee that it will be in a safe pair of hands. The private client partners and their team are always a pleasure to deal with, and they have consistently provided a great service to our clients at fees which I believe represent great value for money.

I have worked mainly with Peter Crix and Kay Baker, and one of the things that stands out for me is how they always go over and above for their clients. In particular I have worked on a very challenging case with Kay, and throughout she has demonstrated her concern for the client who was experiencing a very challenging situation. Kay was also great at explaining the situation to the client clearly and in plain English. Her practical and sympathetic approach, no matter how many times the client needed the situation explained to him, made my role very much easier. I have also always found Peter to be incredibly knowledgeable, approachable, practical, and to consider problems from all angles before presenting a suitable solution which will work in the real world.

Gotelee has acted as my solicitors for over 25 years. The firm is unique in the sense that it offers a very efficient and personal service, of the type that one would only normally find with a much smaller practice. As the owner of a group of companies whose activities span pet food and property investment, I need a firm with wide-ranging expertise, and I am pleased to say that Gotelee is able to cater for all my needs. On those occasions when I have required additional advice on complex personal or commercial matters, Gotelee has introduced me to some exceptional barristers who have achieved very satisfactory results. On those occasions when it has been necessary for me to use other local solicitors, I have found that the majority of them lack Gotelee’s integrity and depth of knowledge.

Over the years, I have sought advice from a number of Gotelee’s partners, but have mainly worked with the senior partner, Peter Crix who has given me excellent advice on personal tax matters, trusts and probate, plus one particularly large and complex VAT claim, in which we were successful. I find Peter easy to work with, he is a calm, quiet and resourceful man who has a great deal of integrity.

Transport and shipping Tier 2

Transport, logistics and shipping work are key areas of focus for Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich. The firm's office in the busy port of Felixstowe is a boon to its trade and transport clients, which turn to the practice regulatory and criminal matters relating to international supply chains. This frequently involves inquiries and investigations with HMRC on the other side. Practice head Howard Catherall and key partner Hugh Rowland are also involved in the niche area of law relating to the fulfilment house sector.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The practice has a very high level of corporate and individual integrity which is the foundation of all they do. Building on this, they have an incredible attention to detail and a very strong hard work ethic. All this is delivered in a friendly and utterly professional manner. The culture of openness and support I have seen across the practice enables the organisation to improve and learn in total confidence. They are utterly top class but do not rest on their laurels.’

Howard Catherall and Hugh Rowland are the two standout partners I have dealt with. They are utterly professional and dedicated to giving their best in all situations. Their openness and transparency breeds trust across all their interactions. They build trust and are trusting of others both within the practice and outside. I have built up a good relationship with both Howard and Hugh despite coming from, what might have appeared from the outset, a different perspective being a law enforcement specialist.

Gotelee Solicitors has a thorough and in-depth knowledge of HMRC legislation. They understand the implications of these regulations on the day-to-day activities of companies engaged within the international supply chain. This allows their clients to identify and manage risks within their business as well as correctly managing their tax affairs.

Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3

'They are reliable, thorough and totally approachable,' says a client of Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich. Clients also appreciate the 'attention to detail and straightforward manner' of partner Martin Whitworth. The firm is well known for property work in the transport and logistics sector, though it is also active in residential development projects in London and the South East. In 2019, it saw a growing volume of work in the mobile home park sector with the acquisition and development of new parks.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

They are reliable and thorough, totally approachable and work to a sensible budget.

All those individuals we have dealt with have been efficient and the advice given sound.

Martin Whitworth has advised me on all my property investments, some of which have been quite complex. I value Martin’s advice above all others and appreciate his attention to detail and straightforward manner.

Key clients

Elemento Group

FDS

Property litigation Tier 3

Gotelee Solicitors handles a steady stream of contentious property matters due to its busy commercial property and corporate practices. Head of dispute resolution Andrew Breckenridge, who joined in late 2019 from Gordons LLP, has a broad-ranging practice in which he frequently handles cases involving mortgage fraud and Land Registry adjudications. Legal executive Laura Reed has a strong following among clients in Suffolk for property-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The firm offers a personal service. Laura Read took my stressful personal situation into account so never pushed me and let me take breaks (sometimes a month) during the ongoing case. She gave full and detailed advice at all times and put measures in place to allow me to continue the case. This meant a lot. All emails sent to me were sensitive and the conversations were understanding.

Laura Read is sensitive and gives full explanations. She doesn’t push you to continue just to make money, and she very clearly knows what she is talking about. She never got into the slanging match that my ex-partner’s solicitor did. I really appreciated Laura’s professionalism, grace, confidence and clear plan. Additionally, she was always at the end of the phone, especially when the stress got to me and I just needed a reminder that I could do this.

Key clients

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Goldcrest Finance Limited

Stonham Barns Limited

Mervyn Lambert Plant Limited

Elemento Group Limited

Gotelee solicitors provide a complete, seamless legal service to businesses and to personal clients in Suffolk with offices in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Felixstowe, Framlingham and Woodbridge. We are bold in offering fixed fees across all practice areas.

Our commercial team has a blend of lawyers with real expertise and experience who understand business needs and deliver practical legal solutions. Gotelee’s lawyers are featured regularly in the survey of East Anglian firms, the Legal 500.

Gotelee’s hallmark is practical legal advice with a personal touch. Our customers are very important to us and our customer service and building relationships with clients is always at the top of our agenda.

Our team of lawyers specialise in a wide range of legal expertise. Gotelee is part of the ‘Making Suffolk the Greenest County’ initiative and is committed to doing all it can to reduce its carbon footprint as well as being a member of the Legal Sector Alliance.

Gotelee are Investors in People and have accreditation from the Law Society for meeting high standards

Department Name Email Telephone
Employment Law/Managing Partner Andrew West andrew.west@gotelee.co.uk 01473 298179
Criminal Law Hugh Rowland hugh.rowland@gotelee.co.uk 01473 298141
Family Demelza Butler demelza.butler@gotelee.co.uk 01473 298158
Commercial Property Claire Barritt claire.barritt@gotelee.co.uk 01473 826312
Employment Law Marie Allen marie.allen@gotelee.co.uk 01473 298133
Conveyancing Matthew Boast matthew.boast@gotelee.co.uk 01394 218305
Probate Peter Crix peter.crix@gotelee.co.uk 01473 298112
Business Law Max Harnden max.harnden@gotelee.co.uk 01473 298139
Medical Negligence Timothy Humpage tim.humpage@gotelee.co.uk 01473 298122
Medical Negligence Diana Infanti diana.infanti@gotelee.co.uk 01473 298180
Private Client Nicola Weldon nicola.weldon@gotelee.co.uk 01394 388605
Inheritance Disputes Kay Baker kay.baker@gotelee.co.uk 01473 298187
Personal Injury Stevan Stratton stevan.stratton@gotelee.co.uk 01473 298111
Equity partners : 8
Partners : 10
Associates : 6
Solicitors : 9
Legal Executives : 5
Paralegals : 12
English
Italian
French
Employment Lawyers Association
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Law Society of England and Wales
Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS)