Firm Profile > Spire Solicitors LLP > Attleborough, England

Spire Solicitors LLP
NR17 2BP

Social housing Tier 1

Spire Solicitors LLP has a long-standing reputation as a leader in the social housing sector which it maintains despite the retirement of leading light Kevin Oelrichs. Estelle Corner, whose previous experience includes a stint in the commercial property department of Baker McKenzie, now leads the practice, which focuses on site acquisition, development, planning, infrastructure agreements, property portfolio transfers and securities matters for for social landlords. It also handles corporate transactions, dispute resolution and private client matters for clients in this sector.

Practice head(s):

Estelle Corner

Other key lawyers:

Sally Rackham

Commercial property: Norwich Tier 2

Spire Solicitors LLP has a large commercial property team operating across its office network in Norfolk. It is led from Attleborough by Colin Wright but the Norwich office houses newly recruited partner Protima Sikdar-Wood who joined from Morrisons Solicitors LLP in London. Her practice encompasses secured lending, investment transactions, development projects and property transactions for charity clients. Partner Tim Chiverton is noted for landlord and tenant matters. Solicitor Benedict Keane is vastly experienced in property matters, notably for clients in the licensed trade.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Norwich Tier 2

Spire Solicitors LLP has a large network of private client lawyers across Norfolk and climbs the ranking this year following investment in its Norwich team. Practice head and STEP member Alisdair Liddle, who handles wills, probate, tax planning, trusts and lasting powers of attorney, recruited associate Teresa Callender from Ashtons Legal; she has more than 20 years' experience in complex probate administration and tax matters. Further recruitment at junior level in 2018 gave the firm a deep bench of specialist lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Alisdair Liddle

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Callender; Lisa Myhill

Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3

Spire Solicitors LLP has a network of seven offices in Norfolk and has a strong commercial property practice in Attleborough. The firm handles option agreements, residential or commercial estate development, planning obligations, overage, landlords, asset management and tenants. In 2018, practice head Colin Wright handled several land sales with planning consent for large-scale residential development. Associate Howard Bailey handles complex and high-value lease and investment transactions. Legal executive Rebecca Allen in Dereham also handles commercial and agricultural property matters.

Practice head(s):

Colin Wright

Other key lawyers:


“The team is extremely easy to deal with. They are professional yet deal with you in a very down-to-earth manner.”

“They take a realistic and practical view in terms of billing and payments. They are not expensive considering the level of service.”

“It has a very personal touch and high-quality understanding of property and town planning matters.”

“In my view, it is high on the list of solicitors operating across East Anglia.”

“Spire provides careful but sound advice and is not afraid to explore suggestions.”

“The practice is straightforward, effective and efficient.”

“Friendly, approachable and pragmatic, they are always prepared to listen and then give appropriate advice to suit the situation.”

“We used Howard Bailey to assist us in terminating a break clause and he was always professional, approachable and carried out the work in a timely and professional manner.”

Corporate and commercial: Norwich Tier 3

Spire Solicitors LLP handles all aspects of commercial contract work for businesses ranging from start-ups to large enterprises. It also has a strong corporate finance offering for large group companies, owner-managed and family-owned businesses. Practice head Roger Margand and key partners Alistair Ponder and Matthew Downing are all experienced in M&A deals, private equity transactions and joint ventures, notably in the education, healthcare, oil and gas, and leisure and tourism sectors.

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

Spire Solicitors LLP has seven offices across Norfolk providing private client services, including its head office in Norwich. The firm handles the administration of complex estates, trusts, deputyship matters and lasting powers of attorney. Newly promoted partner Ejike Ndaji in Wymondham frequently handles matters in the charity and not-for-profit sector. Partner Jo Tinson in Watton handles both property and private client matters. Senior associate Rebecca Johnstone is the key contact in Attleborough.

Family Tier 4

Spire Solicitors LLP joins the ranking having seen a growing workload of family matters for the lawyers in its Norwich, Dereham and Wymondham offices. The practice led by Sarb Gosal and Richard Bevan continued to expand in 2018 with the hire of associate Kira Arden from Rudlings Wakelam. The deep bench of lawyers handles a diverse range of matters for clients in Norfolk including childcare law, collaborative law, divorce or dissolution, cohabitation agreements and domestic violence.

Practice head(s):

Sarb Gosal; Richard Bevan

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Maruca; Kira Arden; Nisha Jandu

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
 Carl Heywood  photo Carl Heywood
 Colin Wright  photo Colin Wright
Number of UK partners : 20
Number of other UK fee-earners : 37