Firm Profile > Spire Solicitors LLP > Attleborough, England

Spire Solicitors LLP
NR17 2BP

Social housing Tier 1

'The team is very dedicated to its clients' and practice head Estelle Corner  'always goes the extra mile', remarks a client of Spire Solicitors LLP in Norwich. The dedicated social housing practice handles all aspects of non-contentious property work, as well as housing management, corporate and employment matters. During 2019, the team exchanged contracts on property deals that will deliver some 600 affordable and market homes in the East of England. Associate Katharine Chatters is recommended for property transactions for social housing and local authority clients.

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The social housing team is small which brings a uniqueness to the organisation, due to us always being able to deal with the same person. The team is very dedicated to its clients and the lawyers put the time in where needed. They give a very personable service which we rate over other qualities.

Estelle Corner always goes the extra mile. She also understands us as clients and our objectives, she gives advice based on past experiences and her knowledge. We have some very in complicated partnerships that Estelle has helped set up, she has always acted in our best interests but remained a level of fairness so our partnership relationships are maintained.

Commercial property: Norwich Tier 2

The 'proactive and extremely helpful' practice at Spire Solicitors LLP has a large property practice consisting of four partners across Norfolk. It not only serves a national client base of housing associations, but also acts for clients involved in retail and national car parks, as well as offshore businesses. New practice head Protima Sikdar-Wood, who took over from Colin Wright following his retirement, is 'a breath of fresh air, always helpful and willing to go the extra mile for her clients'. Tim Chiverton, Annette Collen and Nick Lightbown are also recommended.

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I deal mainly with the Commercial Department of Spire, Norwich as I find them very proactive and extremely helpful in all aspects of a transaction.

I deal with Protima Sikdar-Wood Head of Commercial at Spire, Norwich. She is a breath of fresh air to deal with. Always helpful with her advice and willing to go the extra mile for her clients and we have an extremely good business relationship. I am always happy to recommend Protima in all aspects of the commercial funding work that I deal with.

Spire Solicitors have been my solicitors for 35 years and have always been very thorough in what they have done for me in the past. In the last five years they have been very understanding to our family position and patient with us in explaining all the legal side to our business needs.

Protima Sikdar-Wood is an outstanding young solicitor who has been a great help to me and my family over the last five years. I look at her as a friend more than a solicitor. She really does that little bit extra for us and that gives us great confidence. We never need to be afraid to ask her to go over things more once if we don’t understand things.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich Tier 2

The 'enthusiastic and empathetic' practice at Spire Solicitors LLP is based around its Norwich office, but operates through seven offices throughout Norfolk. Alisdair Liddle, who has 'wisdom and a practical attitude gained over many years', leads one of the largest private client practices in the country, providing a comprehensive suite of services. Newly promoted senior associate Teresa Callender is among the talented lawyers in the team.

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They are enthusiastic with sound knowledge and are empathetic to client requirements. The Spire private client team provides a high service quality and value both in terms of advice and fee.’

I have found Alisdair Liddle to have a wide knowledge which, with his wisdom and a practical attitude gained over many years, has served me and the clients I have introduced to him well.

Corporate and commercial: Norwich Tier 3

Spire Solicitors LLP has seven offices in the region, though its corporate and commercial practice is centred on Norwich. Roger Margand and Matthew Downing lead the practice, which expanded with junior hires including solicitor James Hopgood from Steeles Law. Clients of Margand praise the 'care and attention he puts into the drafting of contracts and the trouble he takes to patiently answer queries'. The firm frequently handles corporate finance and commercial contract matters for owner-managed businesses and larger corporate entities. Partner Alistair Ponder moved to Steeles Law.

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I greatly value the counsel and support of Roger Margand, commercial business partner at Spire Solicitors. Not only has he taken the time to really understand my requirements, but he has a genuine interest in our business and a desire to see us do well. This comes across in the care and attention he puts into the drafting of our contracts and the trouble he takes to patiently answer my many queries.

A highly qualified team that is extremely well experienced but down to earth, able to give support and advice in a way a non-legal mind can follow, and very approachable.

Matthew Downing is extremely approachable, professional and superb at what he does. He is very flexible in his approach and has his clients’ interests at heart.

Roger Margand is consistent, thorough, helpful and very responsive. I could not recommend him highly enough.

Key clients

Flagship Housing Group

Centurion Safety Products Ltd

Lucas Fettes & Partners (Financial Services) Ltd

Toolbox Group

Heritage Legal and Financial Limited

Netmatters Limited

Neighbourhood Dining Limited

Micross Components Limited

Pilson Group

JS (Norwich) Limited t/a Jackson Stops

Pulse-Eight Limited

One Broker Group

The Fishmongers’ Company

Employment Tier 3

Spire Solicitors LLP joins the ranking this year having hired senior associate Lucy Churchill from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2019 to lead the employment practice. Clients remark that she is 'always friendly, knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile'. The firm handles both contentious and advisory work for throughout Norfolk, including severances and settlement agreements, drafting contracts and policies, business reorganisations and collective redundancy programmes.

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The firm always responds quickly either via email or phone, gives a time frame for works to be completed and has never not delivered on time. It has knowledgeable staff in all aspects of employment law even for trickier questions involving non-European countries and contracts.

Lucy Churchill is always friendly, knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile to ensure that all aspects of what we are discussing is understood. She has been professional, knowledgeable and has a perfect friendly personality. Nothing is ever too much work for her.

The team engaged superbly and was incredibly responsive to the demands of our case. They immediately sprung into action and provided expert legal advice with absolute clarity and in a manner which was easily absorbable for laymen. The key strength they demonstrated was their response timeframe, their capability to distill the critical information leading to logical, concise advice and guidance pertinent to our case.

Their response was incredibly bespoke. We felt like their only client.

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Toolbox Group

Flagship Housing Group

Wrights of Brettenham

Dardan Security

Fishmongers’ Company

Family Tier 3

Spire Solicitors LLP has seven offices throughout Norfolk, making it one of the largest legal firms in the county. It has a highly regarded practice with extensive experience in family and childcare matters, and it is particularly well known for work on divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, financial provision, childcare matters and injunctions. Sarb Gosal, who works in the Dereham, Wymondham and Watton offices, and Richard Bevan in Norwich are the lead partners. Collaboratively trained partner Amanda Maruca in Norwich and Aylsham is praised as 'very compassionate, kind and caring'.

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My experience was very difficult as Amanda Maruca was dealing with my divorce from someone who was very awkward and nasty. She was very professional and kept me updated all through the process. Amanda and her secretary were very helpful and very understanding of the situation which could at times be very frustrating. They kept very professional boundaries at all times as my ex-husband could be very awkward, nasty, rude and even threatening a lot of the time. It was a very frustrating experience which I feel Amanda and her secretary dealt with very professionally.

I worked with Amanda Maruca and my first visit was very emotional. She was very compassionate, kind and caring and made me feel relaxed. It was a very difficult divorce and she helped me step by step through what needed to be done and advised me and gave me all options and information on engaging barristers. Amanda was very professional even when my ex-husband was quite awkward and threatening towards her and her secretary. I feel Amanda was very kind, caring and professional with what was a very arduous situation and it is difficult to put into words how she supported me throughout the process.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3

Spire Solicitors LLP has a strong set of offices across Norfolk offering private client services. With one of the county's largest practices it is a trusted adviser on wills, Court of Protection, probate, lasting powers of attorney, NHS continuing healthcare, attorneyships, trust administration and tax planning. Ejike Ndaji in Wymondham and Emma Trick in Diss are the main partner contacts. Senior associate Kiri Nichols in Aylsham is also recommended. The firm also has offices in Attleborough, Dereham and Watton.

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The Spire Solicitors team at the Diss office is unique in my opinion for the exceptional level of person care and attention they provide to their clients. I really want to thank them so very much for the caring way they went the extra mile, and put themselves out to help us during a very difficult time. My previous experience of other solicitor firms has been that they were somewhat cold and slightly condescending unfortunately. This is most definitely not the case with Spire in Diss.

Whilst being extremely knowledgeable about all areas of law, and covering everything we required in our meetings, the Diss office team always managed to make it a pleasure rather than a chore to meet with them. They were always available to talk when we called and were extremely understanding about the issues some family members create during the difficult time sorting out probate. We originally appointed Spire Solicitors’ Diss office, because my late grandfather had used them for years, and recommended them. He was always a very good judge of character. Having used them now for multiple probate work and more recently four times for conveyancing, I understand completely why he thought so highly of them.

I would like to particularly mention Emma Trick and her secretary Kelly Smith. They have both been amazing. Their in-house peers should pay close attention to the understanding and caring manner in which they relate to and work with clients, as I feel they could learn a lot from them both. Emma and Kelly provided much more than just legal assistance, they helped us through an extremely difficult time. We would not hesitate to recommend Spire solicitors’ Diss office to anyone dealing with personal tax, trusts and probate issues. We will be using them again soon to draw up a will for myself and my partner.

Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 4

Spire Solicitors LLP is best known for its social housing work and the practice is led from Norwich but Carl Heywood and senior associate Howard Bailey in Attleborough handle a diverse range of commercial property matters. Heywood deals with the sale of land for development, while Bailey works on commercial landlord and tenant matters, land and property acquisitions and sales, and secured lending. Clients remark on the 'excellent service - very professional and diligent'.

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Excellent service – very professional and diligent. Always available and very clear and speedy with any response.’

The practice has been very competent and helpful in dealing with complex negotiations spanning a number of years.

Howard Bailey has gone the extra mile to help us reach solutions and to enable a land deal involving multiple landowners over a number of years to be successfully completed. He has shown dedication and care and attention and been very helpful in doing his best to ensure a successful outcome even at times when there have been complications and difficulties. He has been there to help smooth the path and ensure a good outcome.

We have not used any other firm simply for the reason that Carl Heywood at Spire has given all we needed. He has done this in a friendly and efficient manner so we have had no reason to look elsewhere. Carl has helped us with a difficult decision and has allayed any worries we might have had.

Carl Heywood is a friendly amenable individual who has always been there and answered our many concerns and worries.

They take care in detailing documentation and contracts for sales and purchases. They are good listeners and take care in fulfilling the specification of our requirements. They show promptness, giving regular updates, while other firms seem to look at ways of building fees for work done, which Spire did not.

Howard Bailey is an outstanding solicitor.

Spire Solicitors LLP is one of the largest legal firms in the region. With head office in the heart of Norwich city centre, the firm also boasts an unrivalled regional presence across the county, with offices in market towns throughout Norfolk including Attleborough, Aylsham, Dereham, Diss, Watton and Wymondham.

The firm: Spire Solicitors LLP was established in 2013, following the merger of three of Norfolk’s most established law firms-Greenland Houchen Pomeroy Solicitors (GHP), Hood Vores & Allwood Solicitors (HVA) and Overbury Steward & Eaton Solicitors (Overburys).

The firm offers a comprehensive range of legal advice across practice areas, including commercial, dispute resolution, employment law, family law, residential conveyancing and wills, tax and probate. The firm also has a very strong reputation for the provision of social housing property work and housing management work. It is renowned as a leading supplier of social housing legal services in East Anglia and acts for a large number of housing associations both locally and on a national scale.

Spire Solicitors LLP has had roots in the East Anglian farming community for over 150 years and it is able to offer considerable experience in agricultural legal matters. The firm can help with all the legal issues involved in the buying and selling of farmland and other related matters, as well as with all the commercial aspects of clients farming activities.

Spire Solicitors maintains a client and staff-focused culture, its dedicated team of qualified partners, solicitors, legal executives and paralegals work hand-in-hand with clients to deliver a friendly and personal service that is tailored to meet their needs.

Over the next few years, the firm seeks to continue its investment in senior staff and the development of its culture. Since the merger it has seen expansion in all the main areas of practice, with new partners welcomed to the social housing team and the company and commercial department, and a new build team set up in the property department.

Types of work undertaken: Individuals: Spire Solicitors LLP prides itself on offering a sympathetic and constructive approach to clients, working hand-in-hand to focus on individual needs. Services provided include commercial, dispute resolution, employment law, family law, residential conveyancing, and wills, tax and probate.

Businesses: The team of highly qualified solicitors at Spire Solicitors LLP boasts expertise across the full sector of business legal services for commercial clients, and has experience of working closely with businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to large national corporations. The services provided include agricultural property, charities and social enterprise, commercial property, corporate and commercial law, debt collection, employment services, residential property possession, and social housing.

Other offices: Attleborough, Aylsham, Dereham, Diss, Watton, Wymondham.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner James Knight
Residential Property Sharron Tennant
Social Housing Estelle Corner
Private Client Alisdair Liddle
Corporate and Commercial Roger Margand
Family and Childcare Sarb Gosal
Agriculture Carl Heywood
Commercial Property Protima Sikdar-Wood
Photo Name Position Profile
 Howard Bailey photo Howard Bailey Howard Bailey joined Spire Solicitors LLP Attleborough office in January 2018 as…
 Carl Heywood  photo Carl Heywood Carl specialises in property and private client work, including advising on residential…
Number of UK partners : 20
Number of other UK fee-earners : 37