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Harrison Clark Rickerbys
ELLENBOROUGH HOUSE
Wellington Street
GL50 1YD
England

Employment > Employment: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 1

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has a full-service practice, advising clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters. The team has particular expertise in issues concerning the mix of employment and insolvency, advising on TUPE and redundancies. The team also represents clients in a range of complex cases before the Employment Tribunal. Michael Stokes heads the employment team whilst Rachel Roberts leads the overall South West based team. Rowena Kay was promoted to senior associate in late 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael Stokes; Rachel Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Rowena Kay; Catherine Mitchell

Work highlights

    Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

    HCR Hewitsons in Cambridge ‘works to a high professional standard, is well informed, and covers all necessary disciplines and covers them well‘. In 2021, the firm handled sales and purchases of agricultural land with a total value in excess of £250m. It also acted for landowners in strategic land agreements valued at more than £700m. Head of agriculture and rural affairs Denise Wilkinson and private client partner Elizabeth Davies, who frequently leads the agriculture team’s work on estates matters, are ‘both thorough, tenacious and responsive‘. Wilkinson, who is ‘pragmatic and very focused‘, has a broad practice advising smaller farmers, landed estates or major institutions. Newly promoted partner James Frankland handles property matters, as does legal director Emily Pumfrey, who joined from Greenwoods Legal.

    Practice head(s):

    Denise Wilkinson

    Testimonials

    ‘Exceptional knowledge and expertise in agriculture and land use matters, eg solar projects, housing developer agreements, tenancy arrangement etc Exceptional all-round advisers in related private wealth including Will preparation, conveyancing, family/business reorganisation. Consistently strong.’

    ‘Denise Wilkinson and Elizabeth Davies – both thorough, tenacious and responsive.’

    ‘The agriculture team is highly knowledgeable and has strength in depth. Denise Wilkinson in particular is pragmatic and very focused. She is highly experienced and a pleasure to work with.’

    Key clients

    RSPB

    The Philpot family and family companies

    The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

    Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 1

    HCR Hewitsons  in Cambridge has ‘strength in depth, with leaders in succession planning, wills, trusts, power of attorney, inheritance tax, and tax-efficient succession planning strategies‘. The firm has the  largest private wealth team in the region, with over £350m of trusts under management, and in 2021 advised on trusts with an additional value of £450m. Daniel Curtis (who is ‘unquestionably a leader in his field in this region and beyond‘) leads the practice and advises numerous clients with foreign property or who are domiciled abroad. ‘A consummate safe pair of hands‘, Bernadette O’Reilly focuses on on capital tax planning for individuals and trustees, including those with overseas assets. Elizabeth Davies acts as a trustee for trusts with diverse assets, including private company shares, development land and diversified landed estates. Senior associate Kelly Wardell also plays a key role in the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Daniel Curtis

    Other key lawyers:

    Bernadette O’Reilly; Elizabeth Davies; Kelly Wardell

    Testimonials

    ‘Strength in depth. Leaders in succession planning, wills, trusts, power of attorney and inheritance tax/tax efficient succession planning strategies.’

    ‘Daniel Curtis unquestionably a leader in his field in this region and beyond. He leads an outstanding private client team. He has unsurpassed knowledge and experience in complex will administration and associated tax issues.

    ‘Bernadette O’Reilly is a consummate safe pair of hands, knowledgeable and incredibly approachable. One of her main strengths is being able to explain complex legal issues in a succinct and digestible form.’

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands Tier 1

    Following its merger with Harrison Clark Rickerbys in spring 2021, HCR Hewitsons proves full service advisory in company formations, corporate and commercial transactions, acquisition and disposals and corporate restructuring. David Browne and Anne-Sophie Reynolds are the key contacts.

    Practice head(s):

    David Browne

    Other key lawyers:

    Anne-Sophie Reynolds

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

    HCR Hewitsons represents clients including domestic and international private companies, charities, public sector organisations and insolvency practitioners, in a variety of claims with particular experience in IT and technology claims as well as shareholder disputes. East Midlands head of dispute resolution Dominic Hopkins acts across a variety of matters, including contract disputes, company proceedings, insolvency related claims and corporate recovery, providing ‘clear advice’ throughout. Clients appreciate the ‘strength in depth’ that the firm has to offer, as well as the ‘good knowledge of alternative methods of dispute resolution’. Richard Morgan is the firmwide head of the dispute resolution department.

    Practice head(s):

    Dominic Hopkins; Richard Morgan

    Other key lawyers:

    Emma Elston

    Testimonials

    ‘They listen to your requirements, clearly set out their engagement and clarify any points. They make themselves available to go through their feedback, where no question is too small for them.’

    ‘Knowledge and understanding of requirements is very good. Very approachable and make sure they explain the most legal points into day-to-day workings so easier to understand. Both Dominic Hopkins and Emma Elston are both very professional, provide good levels of support and are keen to help and support where required.’

    ‘Strength in depth and good knowledge of alternative methods of dispute resolution.’

    ‘Dominic Hopkins – thorough knowledge of process, clear advice and leadership. Emma Elston – clear advice on dispute resolution.’

    Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

    Gareth Williams, ‘a leader in his field’, and the ‘exceptionalStephanie Dennis are the main figures at HCR Hewitsons‘ top-tier agricultural practice; both have a well-earned reputation advising farmers, farming companies and rural estate owners on sale, dispositions, land developments, regulatory matters and tax planning. Dennis is a name to note for agricultural tenancies, in particular the intricacies surrounding Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies, succession and tax.

    Practice head(s):

    Gareth Williams

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Gareth Williams- The service he provided was business-like, timely, cost efficient, focused, effective, courteous and fit for purpose. Advice communicated with conviction inspiring confidence.’

    ‘Gareth Williams was meticulous and thorough and endeavoured to answer our queries in layman’s terms for better understanding. Gareth is clearly a knowledgeable experienced professional. He remained calm under pressure and was prepared to go the extra mile to ensure a successful outcome for all parties.’

    ‘The knowledge and experience of the staff at HCR makes the firm exceptional.’

    ‘Stephanie Dennis at HCR was exceptional in dealing with our case. Her experience, knowledge, and expertise really made a big difference in our case. I personally do not believe that our case would have been successful without these individuals.’

    ‘The team, under Gareth Williams’ guidance, provides a great breadth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm in the farms and estates sector. They remain on top of the ever-changing legislation and it never feels that anybody is stretching beyond their scope.’

    ‘Gareth Williams is a leader in his field. His technical knowledge is second to none, but what makes him stand out is his ability to handle delicate situations with a combination of tact and authority. A difficult situation can be made doubly difficult by such matters and Gareth’s ability to steer a safe course through the rocks is much valued.’

    Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

    Recognised for its breadth of expertise across the full spectrum of charity law, HCR Hewitsons‘ lead lawyer, Virginia Henley , also has a special interest in Almshouses, community interest companies and Oxbridge colleges. Key areas of instructions include charity governance, trading and fundraising, registrations and incorporations.

    Practice head(s):

    Virginia Henley

    Testimonials

    ‘Expertise in charity law. Client focussed  and stands out in terms of diversity of the team and very good value for money.’

    ‘Virginia Henley is a brilliant lawyer. I have 100% confidence in her knowledge and understanding of all aspects of charity law on which we need advice. She really understands the sector very well, and has a practical, client focused approach. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. Top drawer.

    Key clients

    Charity Commission (Islamic Relief Foundation International)

    Aspley Guise Village Hall

    Beckett’s & Sargeant’s Educational Foundation

    Finnis Scott Foundation

    Kelmarsh Trust

    National Hair and Beauty Federation

    Northamptonshire Association for the Blind

    Scott Bader Company

    Sir Thomas White Northampton Charity

    St Francis’ Children’s Society

    Wellingborough School

    The Tipping Point Foundation

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Charity Commission Interim Manager in connection with the governance failings of the Islamic Research Foundation International.
    • Working with the Scott Bader Company on a wide-ranging review and overhaul of the structure and governance.
    • Advised Wellingborough School on a range of governance matters for the School, including a wide-ranging update of the Articles of Association.

    Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

    Though led by Daniel Curtis and Alex Taylor from Cambridge and Cheltenham, HCR Hewitsons maintains a strong presence in the Midlands, advising on all facets of private client work. Key names include Catherine Ball, the ‘calm, empathetic and measured’ Kerri Woodrow and head of trust management Eric Wardle. The team, which is praised for its gender balance, is perceived as ‘highly professional, with an exceptional spread of advisers.’

    Practice head(s):

    Daniel Curtis; Alex Taylor

    Other key lawyers:

    Catherine Ball; Kerri Woodrow; Hauke Harrack; Eric Wardle; Elaine Morgan; Alexandra Svennevik

    Testimonials

    ‘Totally responsive to questions, queries and concerns – answering by email almost immediately and always on the same day. The service felt personal, demonstrating a complete understanding of the situation not only on a technical level, but on an emotional one too.’

    ‘Highly professional with an exceptional spread of advisers.’

    ‘There is a genuine culture of their working together, drawing upon the relevant people and their different capabilities to enable the best advice to be brought to me as a client. Additionally, the firm also appears to have a good gender balance which suggests that diversity is valued. A measure of my satisfaction is that I have recommended this team to two other colleagues who have subsequently engaged with them as clients.’

    ‘Daniel Curtis – a  strategic thinker who is able to advise clients with clarity and empathy, enabling them to understand the key priorities.’

    ‘Standout partner Kerri Woodrow is calm, empathetic and measured. Employs a collaborative working style and very capable. Understands and acts decisively; exceptional service especially when there are time sensitive challenges needing to be resolved quickly and thoroughly.’

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 1

    Working across multiple offices throughout the region, Harrison Clark Rickerbys‘ ‘extremely impressive‘ corporate team is sought out by a multitude of regional and national businesses active in the healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and retail sectors. Corporate chair and Worcester office head Charlotte Thornton-Smith is a major factor underpinning the firm’s success in the healthcare sector, working with service providers, equipment suppliers, and not-for-profit organisations on the full gamut of transactional activities. Rebecca Leask spearhead’s the firm’s highly regarded health and social care team, working closely with Thornton-Smith on a steady stream of multi-million pound deals within the sector. Wye Valley office head Arpinder Dhillon maintains a strong focus on high-value transactions for clients spanning the worlds of infrastructure, computer manufacturing, and financial services. On the commercial side, Robert Capper enjoys a strong reputation in the advanced manufacturing space, advising both SMEs, MNCs, and partnerships on technical contract matters. Clare Emery‘s niche expertise in the dental space ensures that she handles a prolific volume of sales and acquisitions within the sector. Tom Bartley-Smith and Helen Higginbotham are also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Worcester unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Charlotte Thornton-Smith; Robert Capper

    Testimonials

    ‘The team were patient and helpful – they were always willing to come up to solutions and work with us as we were raising capital.’

    ‘Tom Bartley-Smith was very diligent and helpful. We are a start up and took into consideration our constraints and also where we needed to get. His experience and advice was really appreciated.’

    ‘A genuine breadth of knowledge across the team. There is a can-do attitude across the corporate and M&A teams with a genuine focus on client outcome- a clear desire to ensure clients achieve the optimum outcome by balancing commercial need and legal risk.’

    ‘Rebecca Leask has a decade of star performance. Incredibly professional, superbly effective, and extremely results driven and yet retaining genuine care for her clients. A leader in the social care and pharmacy space.’

    ‘The breadth of knowledge is extremely impressive.’

    ‘It is always encouraging that whatever we ask for, we are always treated as though we are the only and most important client on their books. The partners and staff are very skilled and personable. That’s why we have used HCR for the best part of 20 years.’

    ‘Frankly, everyone at HCR is top-notch.’

    Key clients

    Allpay

    Poundland

    Safran UK Ltd

    Birmingham Ormiston Academy

    HSL Compliance

    National Care Group

    Circle IT

    Fluidone Limited

    Taurus Clearer Communication Limited

    Tavistock Wealth Limited

    Work highlights

    • Provided commercial legal services to Allpay through the firm’s client secondment model, HCR Flex including advising on general commercial contracts and data protection compliance.
    • Advised National Care Group on the acquisition of Stepping Stones Care Homes, a group of three homes in Northamptonshire.
    • Advised Shareholders of Taurus Clearer Communication Limited on their sale to a group company of Focus Group, a UK provider of business communications and technology solutions.

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 1

    With multiple offices across the West Midlands, Harrison Clark Rickerbys has a number of niche specialisms including disputes relating to defence, security and international fraud. More generally, the broad practice also handles shareholder disputes, indemnity claims, directors' duties and commercial agreements. Worcester-based Elizabeth Beatty sits as a Deputy District Judge and handles high value, cross border shareholder disputes and warranty claims. In Hereford, Richard Morgan is firmwide head of dispute resolution with a specialty in the defence, security and forces sectors. Head of the Wye Valley office is Hefin Archer-Williams; a litigator who specialises in partnership disputes, breaches of shareholder agreements, tenancy disputes and insurance disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Richard Morgan; Elizabeth Beatty; Hefin Archer-Williams

    Other key lawyers:

    Clare Murphy; Esther Stirling; Tom Williams

    Key clients

    Gemco Service

    Safran UK

    Pertemps Group of Companies

    Precision Castparts

    Network Sales and Marketing

    Amada United Kingdom

    The Paragon Group of Companies

    J Hoots Healthcare

    British Dressage

    Work highlights

      Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 1

      Harrison Clark Rickerbys is home to ‘a first-class team without a shadow of a doubt‘ which deals with a variety of complex and high-value financial cases, as well as domestic and international children issues. Practice head Kevin Harris-James receives plaudits for his work on complex financial disputes and the team also includes Andrew Breakwell, recommended for his financial remedy work especially cases involving onshore and offshore trusts. Victoria Fellows has substantial experience in cohabitation cases too meanwhile Hayley McCormack recently joined the team from Mills & Reeve LLP and has particular expertise in cases involving businesses, farms and trust structures.

      Practice head(s):

      Testimonials

      ‘The caring approach to family difficulties stands it apart from every other firm. Kevin Harris-James is without question the best family solicitor in the Midlands and probably in the country‘.

      ‘Georgina Burrows is excellent in high conflict private law Children Act cases and also international relocation to non-Hague convention countries. She is extremely approachable, knowledgeable and effective. Her attention to detail and ability to identify the critical points, sets her apart from other solicitors‘.

      ‘The lawyers go the extra mile for their clients. Kevin Harris-James – a very tough litigator with a huge amount of experience. Cares deeply for his clients. Victoria Fellows – a  tough but pragmatic litigator. Has considerable experience. Andrew Breakwell – massively clever. Attracts very high quality work’.

      ‘The family team covers high value financial remedy applications, private children and in Worcester public law care. In the private children and financial remedy work it offers a bespoke service to the client, the lawyers go out of their way to offer a fully rounded service, they are available around the clock for their clients’.

      ‘Georgina Burrows is a brilliant private law children solicitor. She is tactical and practical. She is always calm and level headed in the most tense of situations. Her knowledge of case law is exceptional‘.

      ‘Excellent experience in dealing with cases for high net worth clients. Kevin Harris-James and Victoria Fellows are both very experienced partners in this team’.

      ‘The Birmingham family team is led by the renowned expert Kevin Harris-James, without doubt the region’s market-leader in high net financial remedy work. Kevin has a phenomenal work ethic and his first class client care is second to none. A fearless lawyer who works with an unrivalled passion for all of his clients, he is quite literally a living legend within the family law arena‘.

      ‘Kevin is very well supported at the Birmingham office particularly by Shereen Chohan and Victoria Fellows. Recently he has hired Hayley McCormack (from Mills & Reeve) who adds further depth to its services’.

      Work highlights

        Private client > Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 1

        Nadia Davis leads the team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys which receives acclaim for its ‘extraordinary strength in-depth’. Davis receives a steady flow of instructions on a variety of complex and high-value cases that involve businesses, farming and agricultural assets whereas Andrew Caldicott has a well-established reputation in high-net-worth financial disputes and complex Children Act matters. Newly-promoted partner James Osborne comes recommended alongside Anita Hennessey.

        Practice head(s):

        Testimonials

        ‘Very good personal attention with excellent back up. Very professional advice from wise heads with long experience. We received sound balanced advice from the outset. We agreed with them what we believed was a sound and credible strategy which we pursued throughout. We did our best to keep the temperature in check and achieved a satisfactory outcome. Andrew Caldicott was our principal solicitor and he was ably assisted by Chris Finch‘.

        ‘Andrew Caldicott came highly recommended. His manner was kind and direct. I felt supported, heard and through his emotional support as well as legal advice, was able to make the right decisions for myself and my children. I will be forever grateful’.

        ‘It is a strong family law team, headed by Andrew Caldicott who is an excellent lawyer, with many years of experience, and good judgment’.

        ‘Andrew Caldicott is a good lawyer, strong on client care with a real interest and investment in client’s cases. Chris Finch is an excellent lawyer too‘.

        ‘A firm that has always stood out but now more than ever has grown into an exceptional team of solicitors. A formidable presence with a reputation for being tough and determined for its clients’.

        Andrew Caldicott is a one in a million solicitor. Any client is lucky to have him on their side. A combination of super talented lawyer, charming personality, strong advocacy skills and a wealth of knowledge and experience. No-one is quite like him and no-one can challenge his long standing reputation in family law. He is universally liked and respected by other solicitors, barristers and Judges. Working with him on a case is a masterclass in how to strategise, look after the client and charm the opponent and the Court’.

        ‘Nadia Davis is hugely experienced, extremely knowledgeable and reassuringly personable. James Osborne and Anita Hennessey are also highly recommended’.

        Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 2

        Harrison Clark Rickerbys offers clients deep experience in corporate law, including expertise in handling complex, cross-border transactions. The team’s transactional work includes frequently advising on deals involving private equity, representing shareholders and management teams in investments, acquisitions and PE-funded management buyouts. Tim Ward leads the team and focuses on M&A, with Richard Wilkey handling transactions involving venture capital and private equity and Derek Callanan a key figure on cross-border deals. Rachael Reeves is another name to note with a client base spanning SMEs, owner-managed businesses and portfolio companies; senior partner Richard Knight is also active in the owner-managed business space. Steve Thomas leads on commercial matters including joint ventures and intellectual property licensing agreements.

        Practice head(s):

        Tim Ward; Steve Thomas

        Testimonials

        ‘The Harrison Clark Rickerbys team have a broad range of expertise including commercial, real estate, transactions, GDPR and other disciplines making this a ideal one stop shop for all legal matters.’

        ‘Derek Callanan has given sound advice to the company and is not afraid to challenge the business to make the right decisions.’

        Key clients

        Ethos Capital Partners

        SMI Group

        Innovise

        Cotteswold Dairy

        Horizon Capital

        Shareholders of Character.com

        National Care Group

        Mitsubishi Motors UK

        Kason Industries

        Secret Sales

        Ethos Capital Partners

        Spirax Sarco

        Gloucestershire College

        Safran Landing Systems

        Jockey Club

        Ground Control (previously Wireless Innovations)

        Moltex Energy

        Work highlights

          Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 2

          With ‘great service, great communication and a highly talented team, which goes above and beyond’, Harrison Clark Rickerbys handles a varied range of contentious mandates with particular strength in the financial services sector, IP and technology disputes, business protection mandates, debt recovery work, contentious trust and probate matters and real estate litigation. Adam Finch heads up the department, which also includes finance litigation specialist Fiona Hayles, IP litigator Steven Murray, real estate litigation expert Andrew Walker, and Jenny Raymond, who has experience in claims involving the misappropriation of confidential information and breaches of post-termination restrictions.

          Practice head(s):

          Adam Finch

          Testimonials

          ‘Great service, great communication, highly talented team who have gone above and beyond with regards to my claim for professional negligence and Breach of Contract.’

          ‘ Jenny Raymond – Thoroughly professional and a pleasure to deal with.’

          ‘I have always find them very open minded and provide sound counsel, which provides for a more collaborative approach.’

          ‘Adam Finch is very measured and I value his honesty in what and what is not possible. This avoids wasting time and energy (and costs) on both side.’

          ‘Jenny Raymond provided the clear pathway of the plan from the outset, was empathetic to the situation and in the end achieved the right resolution for us. All through the process, Jenny gave clear discussions of the issues, risks, challenges and potential outcomes. This made us feel comfortable that we were in safe, knowledgeable and determined hands.’

          Key clients

          CGI Automotive Consulting

          Paragon Banking Group

          Number Five Rodney Place

          Hamley Property (6)

          Work highlights

          • Advised CGI Automotive Consulting Limited on successfully resisting a statutory demand for the sum of circa £1.3m and defending a Part 8 claim for declaratory relief.
          • Successfully defended proceedings against Craig Cohoon Watersports brought by Fairford Water Ski Club for breach of directors’ duties.
          • Acting for a private client, who is pursuing a claim against lenders who mis-sold PCP finance when purchasing several vehicles.

          Private client > Family Tier 2

          The practice at Harrison Clark Rickerbys is led by both Carolyn Green and James Grigg - 'experts in what they do and always put their clients first.' Green is an expert in financial remedy work and has particular specialisms in international cases and pension issues. Grigg has experience in the handling of private law children work, as well as financial cases.

          Practice head(s):

          Carolyn Green; James Grigg

          Other key lawyers:

          Andrew Morris; James Shorrock

          Testimonials

          ‘Carolyn Green is the most experienced family finance solicitor in Cheltenham and Gloucester.’

          ‘Real strength in depth across the entire team. HCR consistently deliver high quality work for their clients and remain one of the go to firms in the region.’

          ‘The team led by Carolyn Green are experts in what they do and always put their clients first. They have built a formidable practice and deservingly continue to go from strength to strength.’

          ‘The team is strong. James Grigg and Carolyn Green are extremely experienced and well- known.’

          ‘Carolyn Green and James Grigg are stand out practitioners and complement each other.’

          ‘I never hesitate to recommend HCR to anyone who is seeking a divorce.’

          ‘A brilliant team who offer first class client care and can easily get to grips with complex legal issues. They conduct top quality work and will provide clear and well-reasoned advice.’

          ‘Extremely efficient and organised team. Great communication and accessibility.’

          Work highlights

            Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

            Harrison Clark Rickerbys pays particular attention to elderly and vulnerable clients, utilising its expertise in personal injury trusts, financial administration, asset protection and health and welfare. Clients also include those seeking advice pertaining to private wealth law. Tom Murphy-Kirkhope is noted for his expertise in wills, tax planning and estate administration. Alex Taylor leads the practice.

            Practice head(s):

            Alex Taylor

            Other key lawyers:

            Phillipa Bruce-Kerr; Tom Murphy-Kirkhope; Mark Hartley

            Testimonials

            ‘The team I dealt with have the depth of knowledge to ably manage the issues that are important to the client, take you through the range of options and potential pitfalls, and lead you to a successful outcome.’

            ‘In every respect, HCR has a diverse work place and demonstrate the importance of diversity in a warm and happy working environment. Billing was as expected.

            ‘Tom Murphy-Kirkhope has a strong depth of knowledge, he was very structured in delivery, so the advice was easily comprehensible. He is a warm, skilled professional, who more than met our expectations.’

            ‘Phillipa Bruce-Kerr always offers well considered advice in a timely manner.’

            ‘Quality of the work done has been excellent and timeliness of service have been good.’

            ‘Phillipa Bruce-Kerr is not only a very competent private client solicitor, she is a very caring individual who shows deep concern for her clients’ welfare and she has a good knowledge and awareness of various issues which are relevant to clients in later life.’

            Work highlights

              Public sector > Education Tier 2

              Harrison Clark Rickerbys fields a ‘multi-talented, adept, informed and engaged team of lawyers’ with vast knowledge of the independent school sector. The practice’s expertise ranges from employment matters to M&A and trade union issues. ‘Exceptional leader’ Kristine Scott, whose work includes issues pertaining to sensitive dismissals and parental complaints, heads the Cheltenham-based team. Emma Swann brings to bear experience in pastoral, governance, and commercial matters, while Rachel Parkin is praised for providing ‘pragmatic advice and realistic solutions to a range of complex issues’.

              Practice head(s):

              Kristine Scott

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘A very knowledgeable and responsive team.’

              ‘Rachel Parkin can be relied upon to provide pragmatic advice and realistic solutions to a range of complex issues. Her education-sector expertise is second to none and she has proven to be a trusted advisor throughout some quite turbulent times.’

              ‘Kristine Scott leads a multi talented, adept, informed and engaged team of lawyers. The advice is accurate, timely and pragmatic.’

              ‘HCR’s strength and depth within the Education Sector is very impressive. They are proactive and always on top of the detail specific to our industry.’

              ‘They have the range of services and departments that you would expect in a top tier law firm but match this with a very high level of responsive and personal service.’

              ‘Kristine Scott is an exceptional leader of their education team. She provides clear, concise and pragmatic advice. She is always responsive and quickly directs specific requests to relevant departments if she is not best placed to advise herself.’

              Key clients

              ISBA

              Headington School

              St Dunstan’s College

              Independent Schools’ Council

              Cheltenham College

              Wellingborough School

              Stamford Endowed Schools

              Stowe School

              Real estate > Commercial property: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 2

              With a ‘client focused attitude’, the commercial property practice at Harrison Clark Rickerbys is well-regarded for its education sector expertise, where it acts for a number of independent schools, academies and higher education institutions. Real estate finance constitutes another area of focus for the team led by Ben Thomas, who fields expertise in the retail sector as well as tenant and asset management work, and Zoe Touhey. Mark Carter handles secured lending matters, while Morgan West advises on real estate aspects that arise in the education sector.

              Practice head(s):

              Ben Thomas; Zoe Touhey

              Other key lawyers:

              Mark Carter; Morgan West; Mark Fabian; Emme Raynsford

              Testimonials

              ‘I never feel like I am a client amongst many, I feel important. Everyone I deal with at HCR has a good knowledge of my business and a keen interest and as a result can offer me the right advice. Their client-focused attitude is refreshing. They feel like an extension to my business.’

              ‘We have used HCR for a number of years and have been completely satisfied by the services provided.’

              ‘We have been particularly impressed with Emme Raynsford who has acted for us on a number of occasions, we have been delighted by the level of service provided and very especially her keeping us informed of progress at all times.’

              Key clients

              Bruton Knowles Property Consultants

              Lloyds Bank Plc

              The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire

              Countrywide Estate Agents

              HSBC Bank Plc

              Santander UK Plc

              Hatchbury Limited

              Farncombe Estates Limited

              Gloucestershire College

              Cheltine Limited

              Synlatex Limited

              Wildmoor Property Group

              Watts of Lydney Group Limited

              Imperial Hearing Limited

              Andy Loos

              Work highlights

              • Advised University of Gloucestershire in its acquisition of the former Debenhams site in the centre of Gloucester which completed in March 2021.
              • Advised Watts of Lydney Group Limited on sale of site to Lidl for their new superstore.
              • Acted for 270 Adventure Limited, the purchaser of the site known as Bentham Country Club featuring two old inflatable domes, in Gloucestershire, which will be converted into a state-of-the-art climbing centre.

              Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 2

              HCR Hewitsons has ‘a team of highly approachable, incredibly intelligent and transparent lawyers whose communication skills are second to none‘. Since the merger of Hewitsons with Harrison Clark Rickerbys to create HCR Hewitsons, the firm now has 11 offices in the UK, and the Cambridge office is now involved in high-value transactions across a wider catchment area. Head of the Cambridge office Inger Anson leads the corporate practice, while Nathan Evans leads the commercial group. Anson supported Grove Pet Food Group shareholders in the multimillion-pound sale of the company to Cranswick Country Foods. Partners James Lawrence and Laurence Evans also play key roles in the practice.

              Practice head(s):

              Inger Anson; Nathan Evans

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘We worked with Laurence Evans as lead partner on our deal and James Lawrence for his expertise in private equity. Both were excellent to work with – diligent, super knowledgeable and able to offer very good advice in what proved to be a complex, time consuming and changing cross border PE backed deal. Not only this, they were friendly, explained the complex and worked exceptionally hard to tight deadlines.’

              ‘As an SME owner I received excellent service and support from the team, covering corporate, commercial, employment and commercial property matters. Their prompt response to enquiries, pragmatic advice and speedy progression of instructions consistently gave me confidence in them as my go-to source of legal services.’

              ‘Great communicators providing clear explanation of legal requirements, implications and language with advice that recognises the commercial realities of an issue. Laurence Evans provided excellent, pragmatic advice and support throughout the recent sale of our business. Laurence rapidly assimilated and understood the shareholders’ priorities, was easy to work with and delivered a timely completion despite some significant hurdles along the way. I was delighted by his level of service and its overall value.’

              ‘HCR has built a friendly and dependable team in Cambridge. They bring a lot of expertise and support and we very much enjoy working with them. They are trusted advisors!’

              ‘Nathan Evans is a very extremely dependable and one of our most trusted advisors. He is dependable: he talks the talk and walks the talk. He has invaluable experience in IT and the finance sector and always provides pragmatic advice. He is our go-to person for all deals in the financial sector and for complex deals. Nathan is proactive and dedicated which means we know that we are in a safe pair of hands. Moreover, he has a very good knowledge of our industry and managed to build affinity not only with our legal team but also with our business.

              ‘A team of highly approachable, incredibly intelligent and transparent lawyers whose communication skills are second to none. Incredible at helping to simplify and explain complicated legal situations in laymans terms. All areas of legal advise I feel confident to leave with them and feel safe that there will be no “surprise” bills or elements left uncovered. I have never worked with such a reliable and friendly legal team before.’

              ‘Inger Anson – incredible detail and accuracy, open and honest.’

              Key clients

              SAP (UK) Limited

              SAP Fioneer Limited

              VAKT Global Limited

              Trade Information Network Limited

              Ingenta PLC

              AEB (International) Limited

              Marmalade Game Studio

              sa.global

              Prism Global Partners Limited

              Skillnet Limited

              Quartix Holdings Plc

              VKR Group (owner of Velux brand with HQ in Denmark)

              Hill Residential Limited

              Homes England

              Silverwell Energy Limited

              Spirol Group, Inc. (HQ in USA)

              Cheffins

              Mr Fothergill’s Seeds Limited

              Cambridge Maintenance Services Limited

              4D Monitoring Limited

              Biogen (UK) Group

              Kisanhub (UK and India)

              Work highlights

              • Providing strategic deal support (on-prem, cloud, consultancy, and professional services) to SAP (UK) Limited in both the UK and across the North EMEA.
              • Acted for a Cambridge-based company, Zetta Genomics, on a Seed funding round led by venture capital firm Nina Capital, Novacapital, Cambridge Enterprise and others.
              • Advising VAKT Global Limited on a range of commercial matters including strategic partnerships, data licensing, platform licensing, and transaction support.

              Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 2

              HCR Hewitsons, the new name for longstanding local firm Hewitsons, has a four-partner commercial litigation practice. Practice head Simon Biggin has a broad practice that encompasses contractual, shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as professional negligence matter and, more recently, public law disputes, judicial reviews, freedom of information and environmental law appeals. Up-and-coming partner Stewart Morrison is ‘truly exceptional, extremely hardworking with an incredible eye for detail‘. He focuses predominantly on procurement law and acted for a large technology company in matters regarding tendering processes.

              Practice head(s):

              Simon Biggin

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘Stewart Morrison heads up the team. He is truly exceptional. He has an incredible eye for detail, he drafts superbly and he is extremely hardworking. A real pleasure to work with.’

              Key clients

              An ANPR solutions company

              Work highlights

              • Advised an ANPR solutions company in a procurement dispute in relation to Sheffield’s Clean Air Zone: specifically, whether a tendering process for the provision of Sheffield Clean Air Zone Automatic Number Plate Recognition devices complied with the Public Contract Regulations 2015.
              • Acted on behalf of a public body in several appeals to the First Tier Tribunal made by the Appellant for test papers used for grammar school applications under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
              • Advised a public body on a freedom of information request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 regarding the raw marks, and how these marks are subsequently processed to admit children following the 11+ qualifying test.

              Employment > Pensions Tier 2

              HCR Hewitsons, the local name for the firm created by the merger of Hewitsons and Harrison Clark Rickerbys, has a dedicated pensions partner in Christopher Nuttall, who works predominantly in Cambridge and the firm's Central England office. ‘His advice is comprehensive and detailed, yet he couples this with pragmatic approach to help clients achieve outcomes without incurring unnecessary expense‘, remarks one client. The firm ‘continues to provide a pragmatic, responsive and proactive cost-effective service‘, says another. The specialist pensions practice acts for employers and trustees of private sector occupational pension schemes throughout the UK and across a wide range of business sectors. Among its clients are United Learning Trust and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

              Practice head(s):

              Christopher Nuttall

              Testimonials

              ‘HCR Hewitsons continues to provide a pragmatic, responsive and proactive cost-effective service; they are clearly a firm that values their clients.’

              ‘I deal with Chris Nuttall (and have for many years) – his advice is comprehensive and detailed, yet he couples this with pragmatic approach to help clients achieve outcomes without incurring unnecessary expense.’

              ‘Excellent service, knowledgeable, pragmatic, and very competitive fees. There are signs the recent merger with HCR has strengthened the practice through collaboration including across disciplines.’

              ‘I have known Chris Nuttall for many years and he has helped many of my clients. Chris will go the extra mile and is always available if something urgent comes up. Chris has helped clients navigate what is an increasingly complex area of regulations across a variety of projects. Chris is happy to provide opinion on small queries as well as big projects.’

              Key clients

              Biochrom Limited

              T Groocock & Co (Rothwell) Limited

              Permastore Limited

              Trustees of the Velux Co. Ltd Retirement Benefits Scheme

              United Learning Trust

              Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

              Trustees of the Superior Pension Fund (Greenery UK Limited)

              Trustees of the AT Oliver & Sons Ltd Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

              Trustees of the Sortex Final Salary Scheme (Buhler Sortex Limited)

              Perrys Group Limited

              Morris Education Trust (Eastern Learning Alliance)

              C Walton Limited

              Upshot Systems CIC

              Work highlights

              • Working with trustees on GMP equalisation and other exercises to bring member data up to date, clarifying the benefits in the scheme rules, making sure that the records tie in with the rules and that benefits are paid in accordance with them.
              • Negotiating the transfer of a building society’s defined benefit pension scheme to a master trust arrangement to ease the governance burden and continue to provide a good service to members.
              • Advising trustees on the impact of corporate events on the legal aspects of the covenant supporting the scheme and negotiating appropriate mitigation for the detriment to the scheme.

              Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 2

              HCR Hewitsons, which merged with local firm Hewitsons in 2021, has a team of partners with long experience in the Cambridge market and is well known for advising developers, landowners, investors, landlords, tenants and promoters on acquisitions and disposals, portfolio management, property finance and occupancy matters. One client remarks that the firm provides ‘consistently professional service‘ and notes that practice head James Simpson is ‘excellent – highly professional, pragmatic and diligent‘. Partners Susanne Hinde, who focuses on investment and landlord and tenant matters, and Ceri Riddell, who acts for acts for landowners, promoters and developers of both residential and commercial land, are also recommended.

              Practice head(s):

              James Simpson

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘Consistently professional service that we have used for several years now.’

              ‘James Simpson is excellent – highly professional, pragmatic and diligent.’

              Key clients

              Hill Residential Limited

              The Howard Group

              Cambridge Investment Partnership

              Blockair Limited

              The Chesterford Group (brands including Fish’n Chick’n and Churchill’s)

              Oxbridge Colleges (various)

              Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst

              RSPB

              Anglian Country Inns

              HTS Estates Limited

              Work highlights

              • Advised Hill Residential Limited in their joint venture with L&Q Estates under which the 2 parties are acting as joint promoters of a site of circa 1350 acres with the potential for up to 8500 homes.
              • Acting for the landlord of Granta Park on the grant of various leases at the Granta Centre including the grant of a lease of new headquarters to Metrion Biosciences Limited.
              • Advising Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst on the grant of leases and property management matters on their open innovation campus.

              Real estate > Construction Tier 2

              HCR Hewitsons has a substantial construction practice across its office network and the Cambridge office is a key hub for its work on major projects for developer, schools, life sciences companies, charities and universities. The firm acted for UK-based nationwide contractor Fishbourne Number 3 on the development of multimillion-pound projects including and accommodation development in Brighton. Colin Jones is the lead partner in Cambridge and he is supported by associate Sardeep Gill, who acted for Rosewood Developments on the construction elements of a £17m accommodation development in Norwich.

              Practice head(s):

              Keith Blizzard

              Other key lawyers:

              Colin Jones; Sardeep Gill

              Key clients

              Rosewood Developments (Norwich)

              Fishbourne Number 3

              Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

              The planning, highways and environment practice at HCR Hewitsons provides ‘a tailored service from a very polite and helpful team‘. The firm handles large-scale residential and mixed use development projects across East Anglia and beyond, and it has a broad landowner client base that includes farmers, investment owners and landed estates. Gemma Dudley is the key practitioner in Cambridge and she provides ‘clear, thoughtful advice which delivers practical solutions to complex issues‘. She acted for Hill Residential Limited in the negotiation of a Section 106 Agreement for an appeal in relation to a development of 576 dwellings in Stevenage. Senior associate Brendon Lee is ‘a true credit to the profession and a valuable asset‘.

              Practice head(s):

              Rosalind Andrews

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘To put it simply, going that extra mile to help and always showing that they want to help, I cant fault the company, everything is exactly how it should be for their clients’

              ‘Brendon Lee is very much like his firm always going the extra mile. We have worked as a team to try and get my piece of land sorted out.’

              ‘HCR offers a tailored service that continues to meet our needs. The communication systems have continued to be flawless and all staff are very knowledgeable and provide a rapid level of service. All staff arevery polite and helpful and as a team continue to provide us with an outstanding level of service and support.’

              ‘Brendon Lee is an outstanding associate. Brendon has shown a very high level of commitment and knowledge within his field of expertise. We have found him to be very polite and helpful and is always able to communicate his points in a manner that is logical and concise. Brendon is a true credit to the profession and a valuable asset to HCR in developing client relationships that will be long-lasting.’

              ‘Excellent all round service. Work is always to a very high standard and within deadlines. Understand developers needs and perspective and give well researched, practical, clear and insightful legal advice. Excellent value for money – market leading advice without market leading rates.’

              ‘Gemma Dudley. Exceptional planning lawyer. Excellent in-depth knowledge of legislation, case law, its implications and practical application. Clear, thoughtful advice which delivers practical solutions to complex issues. Advice is always presented logically and clearly. Quick to grasp the issues and always sees the bigger picture. First class, always first choice.’

              ‘The HCR team in Cambridge offer a wide range of legal advice in respect of town planning and environmental matters together with highways and footpath law. The breakfast seminars have been helpful in identifying topical issues with appropriate potential solutions.’

              ‘Gemma Dudley and Brendon Lee work together to offer a range of skills and expertise with appropriate fee levels.’

              Key clients

              Homes England

              The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

              The Greensand Trust

              Cambridge Investment Partnership LLP

              CIP (Mill Road Development) LLP

              CIP (Cromwell Road) LLP

              Dene Homes Limited

              Downing College, Cambridge

              Pembroke College, Cambridge

              JCAM Commercial Real Estate Property VII Limited

              Work highlights

              • Acting for Hill Residential in relation to an appeal for development of 576 dwellings in Stevenage, involving the negotiation of a complex Section 106 Agreement and advice in relation to a subsequent Statutory Challenge.
              • Acted for Swainsthorpe Parish Council on the successful judicial review of Norfolk County Council.
              • Acted for the Cambridge Investment Partnership in the negotiation of a Section 106 Agreement for a development of 75 dwellings in Cambridge. The Agreement made provision for affordable housing, a community facility contribution, an off-site sports contribution, a cycleway contribution, a car club scheme, a health contribution and open space provision.

              Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

              HCR Hewitsons in Cambridge, formed by the merger of local firm Hewitsons and national firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys, has a full-service property litigation practice that acts for commercial and corporate clients, high-net-worth individuals, charities, developers and retailers. Lead partner Natalie Minott and senior associate Kate Church are experienced practitioners. Minott frequently acts for freeholders, investors, developers and lessees in a disputes concerning commercial, residential or agricultural property.

              Practice head(s):

              Andrew Walker

              Other key lawyers:

              Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

              Public sector > Education: schools Tier 2

              Harrison Clark Rickerbys  fields a ‘multi-talented, adept, informed and engaged team of lawyers’ with vast knowledge of the independent school sector. The practice’s expertise ranges from employment matters to M&A and trade union issues. ‘Exceptional leader’ Kristine Scott, whose work includes issues pertaining to sensitive dismissals and parental complaints, heads the Cheltenham-based team. Emma Swann brings to bear experience in pastoral, governance, and commercial matters, while Rachel Parkin is praised for providing ‘pragmatic advice and realistic solutions to a range of complex issues’.

              Practice head(s):

              Kristine Scott

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘A very knowledgeable and responsive team.’

              ‘Rachel Parkin can be relied upon to provide pragmatic advice and realistic solutions to a range of complex issues. Her education-sector expertise is second to none and she has proven to be a trusted advisor throughout some quite turbulent times.’

              ‘Kristine Scott leads a multi talented, adept, informed and engaged team of lawyers. The advice is accurate, timely and pragmatic.’

              ‘HCR’s strength and depth within the Education Sector is very impressive. They are proactive and always on top of the detail specific to our industry.’

              ‘They have the range of services and departments that you would expect in a top tier law firm but match this with a very high level of responsive and personal service.’

              ‘Kristine Scott is an exceptional leader of their education team. She provides clear, concise and pragmatic advice. She is always responsive and quickly directs specific requests to relevant departments if she is not best placed to advise herself.’

              Key clients

              ISBA

              Headington School

              St Dunstan’s College

              Independent Schools’ Council

              Cheltenham College

              Wellingborough School

              Stamford Endowed Schools

              Stowe School

              Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

              HCR Hewitsons is regularly involved in large development projects involving disposals of residential plots, commercial offices, schools and community facilities. The team negotiates complex conditional contracts, development leases, promotion agreements and clawback issues. The practice is also well-versed in dealing with contracts and transfers for the sale and purchase of property assets. Large-scale housing specialist Yvette Morgan leads the team.

              Practice head(s):

              Yvette Morgan

              Key clients

              Homes England

              AW James Limited

              Richard Utley Limited

              Vibe Estates Limited

              Olney Property Limited

              Ardent Hire Solutions Limited

              Marchmont Farms Limited

              Wimbledon Property Holdings Limited

              Bright Horizons Family Solutions Limited

              Caljan Limited

              TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

              Now headed by David Beynon, following his arrival from Geldards LLP in September 2021, Harrison Clark Rickerbys continues to enhance its visibility in the market, particularly for transactional/commercial IP matters. Beynon, who  is well-versed at advising healthcare/life sciences and tech-focused clients on the exploitation/commercialisation of their IPR, joins Nicola McNeely, who dispenses ‘practical and commercially sensible solutions’ to clients, including on cutting-edge IP matters relating to blockchain and digital assets.

              Practice head(s):

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              A hugely helpful team dispensing accurate information and dealing with issues in a competent and efficient manner!’

              Nicola McNeely stands a class apart. She communicates the most complicated of legal situations in the most simple and straight forwards terms so all parties may grasp the salient points.’

              Nicola McNeely puts forward practical and commercially sensible solutions.’

              ‘Nicola McNeely is exceptional, whether dealing with her client’s counterparts in multi-billion dollar international businesses, the most senior of public servants in the UK or overseas or working with sector/industry experts, she always receives rave reviews for her excellent work, professional manner and expertise.’

              Key clients

              Tessitura Network, Inc.

              Bio-Diagnostics Limited

              Prima Dental Manufacturing Limited

              ITS Software Systems Limited

              Captain Fawcett Limited

              QPQ (Global) Limited

              Allpay Limited

              Digital Swiss Gold (USA), Inc.

              Amber Energy Solutions Limited

              Hype for Type Limited

              Work highlights

              • Handling a range of IP and licencing matters for Tessitura Network, Inc, a US-headquartered global provider of innovative relationship management and ticketing platforms.
              • Advising Bio-Diagnostics Limited, a leader in the field of medical diagnostics, in respect of an agreement with the UK Health Security Agency relating to the urgent objective assessment of COVID-19 antibody assays it developed and manufactured.
              • Ongoing work for Captain Fawcett includes strengthening the client’s trade mark portfolio internationally, with strategic trade mark applications in key jurisdictions, such as China, Russia, Australia and the US.

              TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

              Headed by Nicola McNeely and strengthened by the arrival of David Beynon from Geldards LLP in September 2021, Harrison Clark Rickerbys continues to gain market penetration since the establishment of its Cardiff office in 2020. Although the team does handle its fair share of IT/tech-related commercial contracts work (including advice on outsourcing agreements and software development), it has, however, undoubtedly gained most acclaim as a result of McNeely’s market leading reputation advising on blockchain and NFT matters.

              Practice head(s):

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              Nicola McNeely is that partner in charge of my affairs and I cannot speak highly enough about her technical expertise in a number of complex fields and those of her team.’

              Key clients

              allpay Limited

              sa.global

              Insource Limited

              Digital Asset Services Limited

              QPQ Group

              Bipsync UK

              Wolfberry Cyber Security

              Digital Swiss Gold USA

              Amber Enterprise Group Limited

              Tessitura Network, Inc.

              Work highlights

              • Advising sa.global on a range of IT matters, including complex intragroup and third-party reselling terms, master services agreements (IT professional services); support and managed services, data privacy (group), collaboration agreements.
              • Advising QPQ Group Limited on complex legal contracting requirements and drafting and negotiating all of their contracts in the UK, Ireland, US, Switzerland.
              • Advising Tessitura Network, Inc. across a range of commercial, technology and licencing related matters.

              Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

              The ‘friendly and proactive’ team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys has taken on significant instructions from corporates, lenders and insolvency practitioners, particularly in the construction, finance, healthcare, defence and education sectors. The practice is led by Sam Payne, who covers transactional work on behalf of boutique firms up to Big 4 firms. He is supported by Alan Meiklejohn, who regularly advises secured creditors on all aspects of insolvency and recovery. Also on the team is turnaround specialist Jon Whitbread, while Stuart Taylor joined as a partner from Pinsent Masons LLP in mid-2022.

              Practice head(s):

              Sam Payne

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              Very friendly and proactive’

              ‘Sam Payne – experienced, intelligent, practical and a nice guy too’

              ‘Experienced team at all levels’

              ‘The insolvency team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys have a wealth of experience in all forms of insolvency and restructuring, and are trusted advisers.’

              ‘The Partners at Harrison Clark Rickerbys are very “hands on”, and are quick to react to new instructions and developments in respect of existing cases.’

              Key clients

              Alvarez and Marsal

              Tricorn Group PLC

              ThinCats

              RSM

              FRP Advisory

              Begbies Traynor Corporate Recovery and Professional Services

              BDO: Accountancy and Business Advice

              PKF Smith Cooper

              Habib Bank Zurich PLC

              Interpath Advisory

              Work highlights

              • Acted for Tricorn UK Limited, a Malvern and West Bromwich based tubular engineering business and the main trading division of a listed PLC which had experienced cumulative issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in various factory closures and staffing shortages, supply chain issues and increasing prices.
              • Instructed by the administrators of Bon Marche in relation to its property portfolio, dealing with the leases of over 60 properties, agreeing either surrenders or assignments.
              • Instructed by ThinCats to undertake a security review in relation to a group of financial management advisory companies and were included in lengthy negotiations with the owner of the business.

              Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

              Harrison Clark Rickerbys fields a specialist team which is led by Inez Brown. It has recently been busy advising on an array of complex and high-end mandates and has won several cases against local hospitals. Brown continues to advise on a range of general surgery clinical negligence matters with particular specialisms in birth injuries and catastrophic injury cases. Ally Taft is particularly experienced in advising on claims relating to surgical errors as well as delayed diagnosis cases. The group is also recommended for its work on claims concerning mental health issues and dental negligence cases.

              Practice head(s):

              Testimonials

              ‘Ally Taft and Inez Brown are exceptional lawyers who have extensive medical knowledge, with both showing empathy to clients who have suffered medical negligence’.

              ‘The person I worked with was great. Always took my calls quickly and made herself available. I was an emotional wreak and I felt like she held my hand the whole way. It was Elizabeth Wickson’.

              ‘A very keen team. Ali Taft I have worked with for many years she is an excellent solicitor’.

              ‘The specialist CN team, operating as the Medical Accident Group, is up-and-coming and has real strength in depth amongst its associates and paralegals. Very dedicated and client focus. Inez Brown, having just finished her term as President of the Birmingham Law Society, leads the team and is well known within clinical negligence circles. Ally Taft is known for her tenacity in difficult cases and for vulnerable clients’.

              ‘A brilliant firm based in Cheltenham and Worcester. High quality caseload and real experience. Inez Brown and Ally Taft are both exceptional lawyers who fight tooth and nail to get the best for their clients’.

              Amrit Dhaliwal is hardworking and strives to achieve good results for her clients. She ensures they have an opportunity to be heard and understand the complexities of their case’.

              ‘Harrison Clark Rickerbys is a great firm to work with. Led very expertly and efficiently by Inez Brown, the lawyers are very well informed , prompt and responsive. The firm is well balanced in expertise and diversity and the team work is very apparent, when dealing with their case load’.

              ‘I have worked very closely with Inez Brown and Stephanie Pincher. one word to describe them both is “exemplary” in their attitude, work ethics and care for their clients. Very thorough’.

              Work highlights

                Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

                Under the leadership of the ‘excellent and very impressiveBeth King-Smith, the team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys enjoys a prominent reputation for its work with the high-net-worth community across the region, frequently advising wealthy individuals and long-established farming families. It receives plaudits for its advice on a vast array of complex family trust disputes from Inheritance Act claims to the removal of executors. Senior associate Alyson McGowan also has a wealth of experience in all aspects of contentious trust and probate matters.

                Practice head(s):

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                From my perspective it is easily the best firm doing this work in the Worcestershire region. In a sense it is a local firm with a national punch. From the client’s perspective therefore they get a service that really understands their particular needs, but with the heft of a large firm‘.

                ‘Beth King Smith exemplifies that ability to identify with a client and build a close working relationship which makes that client feel like that are being given special attention. She therefore inspires great confidence in her abilities. Moreover, she is totally unflappable in the heat of litigation. She combines this with her good technical knowledge and ability to galvanise her team‘.

                ‘Beth King Smith makes decisions quickly and ensures that litigation is progressed speedily from start to finish. In a nutshell, she has the knack of making things happen a quality not always displayed in this area of work. I have also been working with Alyson McGowen whom I have found to be highly knowledgeable, with strong judgment and the ability to cut through bluff and bluster from opponents‘.

                Beth King Smith had a very ‘can do’ and enthusiastic approach from the moment I first made contact with her. Beth also showed a lot of empathy and understanding of my situation which at the time was fragile. She gave me hope when everything around me was dark. I certainly put my faith and trust in her, and she delivered‘.

                ‘Beth King Smith and the team are very professional and knowledgeable. I got answers to any questions very quickly. Nothing is too much trouble’.

                ‘Beth King Smith is very calm under pressure and well organised. She is caring and explained everything in detail so that I could understand. We came out with a fantastic result due to her excellent skills under difficult circumstances. Thank you so much‘.

                Work highlights

                  Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

                  Harrison Clark Rickerbys receives plaudits for its ‘ability to find solutions’. Shirley Rabbetts has particular expertise in advising farmers on a broad range of inheritance issues and also acts as an executor, trustee and attorney for a number of wealthy clients. Laura Banks specialises in advising business owners and is increasingly advising on the use of family investment companies to protect assets. The ‘charismaticDawn Oliver is a known name for her work on the use of private family charitable trusts. The team was pleased to add the ‘professional and calmLisa Whitehouse to its ranks from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Terrific attention to detail. A deep understanding of our family issues. Laura Banks led the team brilliantly. She is particularly dedicated and showed terrific tenacity and above all integrity in all our dealings. She really wanted to fully understand the issues so she could make the correct decisions when producing complicated family documents’.

                  ‘We have worked with Lisette McDonald and Shirley Rabbets at HCR. They have broad knowledge and experience in the fields we have needed assistance with and have progressed our case satisfactorily‘.

                  ‘Lisa Whitehouse is an exceptional solicitor who combines excellent academic interest and understanding with real life, practical experience and insight which she can explain in plain English‘.

                  ‘Dawn Oliver – I find her responses to be fast which I find invaluable‘.

                  ‘The team at HCR is both incredibly knowledgeable but at the same time is approachable and understanding’.

                  ‘Lisa Whitehouse goes above and beyond for her clients and Beth King-Smith continues to be a contentious probate lawyer who is a force to be reckoned with!’.

                  ‘HCR is the ‘go to’ private client practise in Worcester. I wouldn’t suggest there is any local competition within the city walls. There is a great depth of talent spanning all aspects of private client work and great consideration to wider client needs. Ultimately this leads to an overall great outcome for clients. Dawn Oliver is an expert in field, and sets the tone for the wider division. That said, there are many members of the team who offer a great service‘.

                  ‘Dawn Oliver puts clients at immediate rest. When dealing with potentially sensitive issues, she conducts herself with complete tact and grace. That said, there is lots of laughter in many a joint meeting which I think is key for many private clients. Having worked with Dawn for approaching 15 years, I haven’t encountered a matter where any errors have been made, which I think is quite a rarity. Dawn manages a vast set of clients who lean on her, yet when she is in the room with them, she makes them feel they are her only client‘.

                  Work highlights

                    Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

                    ‘A forward thinking practice with a wide range of skills’, Harrison Clark Rickerbys sports a broad restructuring and insolvency practice that covers corporate and personal as well as contentious and non-contentious matters. Robin Koolhoven, located in Cheltenham, regularly handles fraud and other allegations against stakeholders. Associate Deanne Hamilton and Paul Grundy are heavily involved in contentious insolvency work.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Robin Koolhoven

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Testimonials

                    ‘I have principally worked with Robin Koolhoven. The work has covered a range of commercial disputes in which Robin has provided not only legal advice but is also able to consider the wider commercial aspects of the matter in hand.’

                    ‘This team has gone from strength to strength with the acquisitions and mergers of the last few years. There is now a lot of specialism within the firm.’

                    ‘The more junior members of the team have high profile and experienced partners to learn from.’

                    ‘Deanne Hamilton stands out because she is one of those people who always gives 110%, she is a perfectionist and makes sure she has thought about every angle of her cases.’

                    ‘Robin Koolhoven is very personable but also very professional.’

                    Key clients

                    BDO LLP

                    RSM Restructuring and Insolvency LLP

                    McAlister & Co

                    Teneo

                    Menzies

                    Durkan Cahill

                    Grant Thornton

                    Rimes & Co

                    Hazlewoods

                    Mazars

                    Work highlights

                    • Advising Simon Girling and Danny Dartnaill of BDO LLP, acting as joint liquidators of St Mary’s School Shaftesbury Trust.
                    • Advising Simon Barriball and Sandra McAlister of McAlister and Co, acting as joint administrators of Norfolk Street Hotel & Residence Limited.
                    • Advising the joint administrators of Dawnus Developments Limited and instructed to pursue claims including breach of fiduciary duty relating to a corporate restructuring transaction and share options entered into by the directors prior to insolvency.

                    Employment Tier 3

                    Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

                    HCR Hewitsons has a large education and charities practice across its office network, with Cambridge playing a key role. Partner Denise Wilkinson assists with with conservation and land matters, and among her clients are a national wildlife charity and The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. The firm is known for ‘good attention, and good technical advice‘, as well as its ‘personal approach to advising on a technical topic‘. Private client partner Susanne Hinde assisted Downing College, Cambridge, with the preparation of constitutions for student unions dealing with the allocation of funding to student clubs and societies.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Virginia Henley

                    Testimonials

                    ‘Good technical advice.’

                    ‘A very approachable and friendly team with excellent client care and a real understanding of small charities. The advice they provide is practical and relevant to the situation, rather than focusing on every possible eventuality. Responses were prompt and team members made themselves available at short notice, always offering a telephone call to chat matters through.’

                    ‘Virginia Henley takes time to properly understand the issue and the organisation, enabling her to provide a practical solution which gets to the heart of the problem.’

                    ‘They are most approachable legal team I have ever worked with! Nothing is too much trouble, no question is too basic and you never feel like they are just involved for the money!

                    ‘Invoicing is timely, sensitive and fair!’

                    ‘Virginia Henley has a genuine empathy, understanding and will to succeed.’

                    Key clients

                    ICENA

                    Downing College

                    Queen Ann Almshouses

                    John Revis Almshouses

                    The Ann Howsden Charity

                    Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry

                    Swavesey Fire Relief Fund

                    Trumpington Village Hall CIO

                    The Craft Bakers Benevolent and Education Fund

                    Wye Building Preservation Trust

                    Soham Moor Old Grammar School Fund

                    The Pelly Charitable Trust CIO

                    Downing College in the University of Cambridge

                    Work highlights

                    • Advised Queen Ann and John Revis Almshouses, two historic Almshouse charities, on the advantages of incorporation, and subsequently took all steps necessary to effect the legal merger between the two charities into a newly formed incorporated body.
                    • Advised ICENA, the social enterprise, private limited company whose members are five different rape crisis centres.
                    • Assisting Downing College, Cambridge with the preparation of constitutions for student unions within the College and for the College body which deals with the allocation of funding to student clubs and societies.

                    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

                    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

                    HCR Hewitsons is ‘a great firm to work with, reliable and with strong expertise in IT‘. Following the merger of Harrison Clark Rickerbys and established local firm Hewitsons, the Cambridge office is a key focus for IT work, which sits within the commercial practice, which is best known for complex technology transactions in areas such as SaaS, cloud infrastructure, application management and software development. Head of commercial law Nathan Evans is ‘extremely dependable, proactive and  dedicated‘. He frequently provides commercial law advice to IT and cloud services provider SAP, assisting it with one of the largest IT services transactions in France in 2021, and advising on licensing arrangements with various Tier 1 banks.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Nathan Evans (Commercial)

                    Testimonials

                    ‘Extensive scope of legal and advisory services, including specialist areas like technology.’

                    ‘Nathan Evans is an outstanding legal professional.’

                    ‘HCR is a great firm to work with. They are reliable, have strong expertise in IT and in the field of finance and provide great value services! They definitely form part of our (extended) team!’

                    ‘Nathan Evans is extremely dependable and one of our most trusted advisors. He talks the talk and walks the talk. He has invaluable experience in IT and the finance sector and always provides pragmatic advice. He is our go-to person for all deals in the financial sector and for complex deals.’

                    ‘Nathan Evans is proactive and dedicated which means we know that we are in a safe pair of hands. Moreover, he has a very good knowledge of our industry and managed to build affinity not only with our legal team but also with our business. He is considered as part of the (extended) team!’

                    Key clients

                    SAP (UK) Limited

                    SAP Fioneer Limited

                    VAKT Global Limited

                    Trade Information Network Limited

                    Ingenta PLC

                    Marmalade Game Studio

                    sa.global

                    Work highlights

                    • The firm holds a position on SAP (UK) Limited’s global panel of commercial law advisors, providing strategic deal support (on-prem, cloud, consultancy, and professional services) to SAP in both the UK and across the North EMEA.
                    • SAP Fioneer emerged from SAP as a market leader in enterprise application software for financial services businesses including global banks and insurers. The firm provides Fioneer with deal support and regulatory advice in connection with outsourcing in the financial services sector.
                    • Advises VAKT, a post-trade record platform powered by blockchain, on a range of commercial matters including strategic partnerships, data licensing, platform licensing, and transaction support.

                    Employment Tier 3

                    HCR Hewitsons‘ Central England team, which is led by ‘outstanding‘ employment and immigration partner Nicholas Hall, provides a full-service offering covering both contentious and non-contentious matters, including Employment Tribunal cases, grievances and dismissals, as well as reorganisations, redundancies and TUPE. The team, which also includes senior associate Gemma Hill, is praised for its ‘extremely hands-on and proactive approach to client care’.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Nicholas Hall

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Testimonials

                    ‘They handle a wide range of high end respondent work for national businesses. The firm has an extremely hands-on and proactive approach to client care and running complex cases as smoothly as possible.’

                    ‘The team have a broad range of skills. A seamless service of true professionals.’

                    ‘Very competent employment team. You know you are better advised than the other side.’

                    ‘Nicholas Hall is outstanding. He has an immense technical knowledge of the law but also a smooth and reassuring bedside manner with clients. He is extremely approachable and highly responsive.’

                    ‘Gemma Hill is an associate to watch. She is great at drafting and adopts a tremendous can-do attitude on complex cases.’

                    ‘Nick Hall is extremely responsive and completely understands the commercial needs of a business.’

                    ‘Nick Hall’s enormous experience always presents solutions in simple way. He doesn’t dazzle people with the law; he tells them what to do. ‘

                    Key clients

                    Medigold Health Consultancy

                    Mears Group

                    Travis Perkins

                    St Edmund’s College, Ware

                    The Stage

                    Cottesbrooke Estate

                    The Stage Media Company

                    Perrys Group

                    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

                    The ‘energetic and engaged‘ team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys has particular expertise in private equity-backed transactions, which it handles across a wide range of industries including healthcare, automotive and IT. Practice head Rachel Turner has extensive experience in waste management and in a recent highlight represented BPR Group in its acquisition of Reef Environmental Solutions. Robert Rice has been highly active in developing the firm’s US client base.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Rachel Turner

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Robert Rice; Joel Molloy

                    Testimonials

                    ‘A really energetic engaged team from the most senior to the junior who absolutely made you feel as if nothing was any trouble and they would do whatever was necessary to hit deadlines and get the deal done despite its complexity.’

                    ‘Firstly Robert Rice and Rachel Turner play a double act uniquely well having an almost telepathic understanding of each other! They are able to play a seamless tag game when needed and naturally pick up the right elements of the work without creating and concerns of duplication or ball dropping. Quite extraordinary service.’

                    Key clients

                    Steer Automotive Group Limited

                    Perch

                    BPR Group Europe Limited

                    BackOffice Associates LLC (trading as Syniti)

                    YFM Private Equity

                    CitySprint

                    Sabert Corporation

                    Channel Mum Limited

                    Shorterm Group

                    Wayfair Inc.

                    Work highlights

                    • Advised Perch on its acquisition of Gutter Games Limited.
                    • Advised Syniti on its first UK acquisition, 360Science Limited.
                    • Advised Steer Automotive Group Limited on three completed acquisitions and three further current acquisitions.

                    Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

                    Clare Day leads the team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys on acquisitions and disposals as well as leasing matters. Lewis Djemal acts for developers, landowners, landlords, and tenants.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Clare Day

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Testimonials

                    ‘We’ve been very impressed with the work of the commercial team. Every fee earner who has worked on our cases has been diligent and responsive and very capable of dealing with the sometimes complex nature of work.’

                    ‘I’ve worked with a number of property lawyers and firms and feel HCR is exceptional in the work they provide.’

                    ‘Proactive and gets on with things at a fair price.’

                    ‘Lewis Djemal is always available and gives great advice and finds a way to get it done.’

                    Key clients

                    Darcliffe Homes

                    Country Estates Group

                    A1 Group

                    Harry A Coff

                    Grow Properties Group

                    Raico Properties

                    Steer Automotive Group

                    Lloyds Bank

                    Progressive Investments

                    Nashcare

                    Proplend

                    Procook

                    Cambridge & Counties Bank

                    Cynergy Bank

                    Secure Trust Bank

                    YMF Equity Partners

                    Work highlights

                    • Advised Darcliffe Homes on the disposal of 66 plots at Stoneham Park, Tilehurst.
                    • Advised Progressive Investments on its retail investment acquisitions for ca. £4m.
                    • Advised Procook on its acquisition trail of new stores across the UK.

                    Real estate > Construction Tier 3

                    HCR Hewitsons‘ construction and engineering team is headed at the national level by Birmingham-based Keith Blizzard. In the South East, it primarily handles development work for local and regional clients, with a particular sector specialism in education. Cambridge-based Colin Jones brings broad experience, with particular focuses on producing construction agreements and public procurement, as well as contentious dispute resolution. Solicitor Thomas Nation is also building a reputation for pragmatic and commercial advice on often complex projects.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Keith Blizzard

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Key clients

                    Rosewood Developments (Norwich)

                    Fishbourne Number 3

                    Wales > Corporate and commercial Tier 3

                    Headed by the ‘knowledgeable, commercial and pragmaticMartyn Davies following his move from Geldards LLP in November 2020, Harrison Clark Rickerbys‘ small but growing team is beginning to pick up some significant mandates, including several sell-side M&A matters.  David Beynon, another former Geldards LLP alumnus, provides ‘clear and succinct advice’ to start-ups and established companies (including medtech entities) on commercial, technology and IP matters. The team was also recently enhanced by the arrival of Theresa Grech , who joined in March 2022 from Ince in the capacity as a senior legal counsel.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Testimonials

                    The regional presence and knowledge of the practice supported by a network of offices providing breadth and depth to the team.’

                    They manage to combine the agility normally associated with smaller firms with the depth of experience and expertise found at the largest of practices.’

                    Martyn Davies is knowledgeable, commercial and pragmatic.’ 

                    Martyn Davies proved to be commercial, pragmatic and extremely calm under pressure.’

                    Our most recent experience with the firm was on a complex IP and contractual issue where David Beynon was able to quickly and efficiently resolve the matter. His ability to communicate complex issues in layman’s terms, to give clear and succinct advice, to co-ordinate other HCR experts was exceptional.’

                    Nicola McNeely is the partner in charge of my affairs and I cannot speak highly enough about her technical expertise in a number of complex fields and those of her team.’

                    Key clients

                    Shareholders of Circle IT Solutions

                    Ray Adams and Kim Adams (shareholders of Cash Calc)

                    Shareholders of exeGesIS Spatial Data Management

                    Schauenburg Group

                    Shareholders of Envira–Mech Services

                    Shareholders of Schauenburg Technical Solutions

                    Amber Energy Group Limited

                    Digital Asset Services Limited trading as Coincover

                    Digital Swiss Gold USA Inc

                    Work highlights

                    • Advised the shareholders of Cash Calc on the company’s sale to FE Fundinfo.
                    • Advised Schauenburg Group on a proposal by the Seraphim Space LP Fund, of which the client was a limited partner, to establish the world’s first listed SpaceTech-focused fund (the Seraphim Space Investment Trust).
                    • Advised Tessitura Network, Inc., a US-headquartered global provider of innovative relationship management and ticketing platforms across a broad range of contractual, data protection, IP and licencing-related matters.

                    Private client > Family Tier 3

                    Headed by the ‘client-focused and pragmatic’ Richard Scott following his arrival in July 2021 from Howells Solicitors, Harrison Clark Rickerbys‘ nascent Cardiff-based family law team provides a service that is ‘dynamic yet empathetic to the needs of the client’.  Scott is ‘very dedicated and thorough’ and has particular expertise representing public sector workers (including members of the police force) who are going through divorce and financial remedy proceedings.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Testimonials

                    The firm provides a first-class service.’

                    It offers legal services with the utmost professionalism, ensuring that clients are afforded a service that is thorough yet concise and dynamic yet empathetic to the needs of the client.’

                    Richard Scott provides client focused and pragmatic advice.’

                    Richard Scott is a very dedicated and thorough solicitor. His briefs are always immaculately prepared and clients enter litigation with realistic expectations.’

                    Work highlights

                      Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 3

                      The team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys is known for its expertise in all areas of renewable energy and technology. Specifically, the practice advises businesses and individuals on legal issues surrounding renewable energy, including land assembly aspects and regulatory requirements. The team is led by Harriet Murray Jones, who has deep experience in the renewables sector. She is supported by construction litigation specialist Hefin Archer-Williams, as well as Natalie Minott and Gareth Williams.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Harriet Murray Jones

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Andrew James; Hefin Acher Williams; Natalie Minott

                      Key clients

                      Boom Power Limited

                      Biogen

                      Ethical Power Limited

                      New Forest Energy Limited

                      Innova Capital Limited

                      Noriker Power Limited

                      Safran Landing Systems UK

                      New Stream Renewables

                      Novaluxx Energy

                      Eco2Solar Limited

                      Caplor Energy Limited

                      Sunetik Limited

                      Horus Capital

                      Work highlights

                        Real estate > Construction Tier 3

                        In the wake of its merger with HCR Hewitsons in May 2021, Harrison Clark Rickerbys has continued to concentrate its position in contentious and non-contentious construction matters, working a number of developers and contractors on projects and claims. Practice head Keith Blizzard‘s broad focus encompasses disputes and commercial advice, while Worcester-based Andrew James is regularly sought out by clients for his capabilities in adjudications and mediations. Daniel Barchet works with various entities on energy projects and mixed-use developments. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless stated otherwise.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Keith Blizzard

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Testimonials

                        ‘Strong construction team, led well by Andrew James.’

                        ‘A provincial firm with the capability of a London practice. Very broad experience.’

                        ‘Great availability, with broad experience. Go above and beyond. Commercially minded.’

                        ‘Competent, prompt, and very professional.’

                        Key clients

                        University of Gloucestershire

                        Lloyds Bank

                        Speller Metcalfe

                        Tarmac

                        Barnwood Group

                        Hatchbury

                        Gloucestershire College

                        Work highlights

                          Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

                          Praised for an ‘exceptional team with strong practical experience’, Harrison Clark Rickerbys brings to bear property litigation skills across sectors and assignments, including strengths in energy and telecoms as well residential and commercial real estate matters. ‘Top drawer adviser’ Andrew Walker leads the Cheltenham-based practice and is regularly sought out by investors, occupiers and developers for his broad expertise in property litigation. Andrew Cave handles issues arising out of contested probate or trust issues alongside contract disputes.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Andrew Walker

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Andrew Cave; Kate Hallifax

                          Testimonials

                          ‘They have an exceptional team with strong practical experience that enables them to offer not just abstract legal advice but well considered practical advice to resolve disputes as effectively as possible without prejudicing any fallback position needed for litigation.’

                          ‘Andrew Walker is a top drawer adviser.’

                          ‘HCR have provided advice on transactions for leases and excellent advice and guidance when we had a dispute with our landlords. HCR are always available for advice as and when we need it, we would not consider going anywhere else.’

                          ‘Kate Hallifax, in particular, has a very strong team-based ethos, ensuring that complex cases are dealt with inclusively across the disciplines involved and that comprehensive advice is both given and updated by a unified team.’

                          ‘Andrew Walker’s skill and craft of mediation helped us tremendously during a dispute. The outcome of our dispute was resolved amicably.’

                          ‘Our work is done promptly and competently, and if our usual contacts are unavailable, we have found there is good back-up.’

                          Work highlights

                            Real estate > Planning Tier 4

                            A diverse mix of clients, including local authorities, education institutes, and healthcare operators, seek out Harrison Clark Rickerbys for assistance in the full scope of planning matters. Based in Worcester, department head Rosalind Andrews‘ broad practice encompasses residential development, highways, village greens, and judicial reviews. In Ross on Wye, newly-promoted partner Laura-Jane Greenman regularly works on an array of planning mandates across the nation.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Rosalind Andrews

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Testimonials

                            ‘The team are agile and flexible, and able to support clients in a tailored way to ensure that projects are progressed in an efficient manner and required outcomes are achieved.’

                            ‘Rosalind Andrews and Laura Greenman deal with a significant number of our ongoing projects. They are knowledgeable, approachable and have the ability to simplify complicated matters to ensure all parties are able to grasp the legal position.’

                             

                            Key clients

                            Homes England

                            Hill Residential Limited

                            Oaknorth Bank Plc

                            Malvern Hills District Council

                            Wychavon District Council

                            Gloucestershire Police

                            University of Gloucestershire

                            Lloyds Bank

                            Work highlights

                            • Advised an independent school to successfully defend an application for judicial review, challenging the grant of planning permission for the expansion of their site.
                            • Represented Malvern Hills District Council in relation to Section 106 Agreements for urban extensions of Worcester and Malvern, securing thousands of new houses, a country park, sports facilities and new school.
                            • Represented Hill Residential in relation to a number of residential developments, including advice relating to Section 106 and infrastructure agreements, and planning due diligence on the acquisition of new sites.

                            TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 5

                            Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

                            Virginia Henley leads a strong education and charities practice at HCR Hewitsons that advises many charities on a wide array of matters from initial registration to growth and mergers. Henley is a member of the Interim Manager panel of the Charity Commission. Clients range from charities of all sizes (including Almshouses) to community interest companies and Oxbridge colleges.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Virginia Henley

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Stephen Cole; Saffa Mir

                            Testimonials

                            ‘Stephen Cole was very attentive and helpful’.

                            ‘Very professional, interested in our charitable aims and objectives, always responsive, efficient and totally reliable. Very good client care; excellent value for money’.

                            ‘Virginia Henley is a real expert in the field of charity law. I have total confidence in Virginia’s ability to guide us through complex legal matters’.

                            ‘Saffa Mir is very capable, personable and a pleasure to work with’.

                            ‘Approachability, honesty and their uncomplicated plain English advice’.

                            ‘Virginia Henley & Saffa Mir are outstanding and an absolute pleasure to work with’.

                            Key clients

                            SLG 2017

                            The National Association of Master Bakers

                            Charity Commission of England and Wales

                            Ending Impunity

                            The Isles of Scilly Museum Association

                            Mrs Ann Dutton’s Charity

                            Singlehurst Charitable Trust

                            The Analysis Trust

                            Le Ciel Foundation

                            The True Athlete Project Ltd

                            Employment Tier 5

                            Harrison Clark Rickerbys has a full service offering that spans all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment matters for some household name clients. The practice is adept at advising on complex employment tribunal matters and handles an array of other issues such as reorganisations, redundancies, collective employment law and TUPE. Worcester-based Michael Stokes is a key member of the team while, at the Birmingham office, Elizabeth McGlone is well-regarded.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Testimonials

                            Very impressive high quality team who work together to produce an absolutely first-class level of service. They seem to attract excellent people, perhaps by allowing people to live outside of London and having excellent team work. The work I have seen surpasses Magic Circle quality of work, but I assume at far more competitive prices’.

                            ‘Michael Stokes – Michael is a truly excellent all round lawyer – with better judgement than most barristers, and having run many law changing test cases prior to joining this firm. He now runs cases strategically, efficiently and with a calm effectiveness that makes him unbeatable quality for any litigant’.

                            ‘They handle a wide range of high end respondent work for national businesses. The firm has an extremely hands-on and collaborative approach to client care and running complex cases as smoothly as possible’.

                             

                            Key clients

                            British Airways

                            Work highlights

                              Employment > Employment: Recommended Firms Tier 6

                              Although it is still relatively new in the market, having only opened its Cardiff office in February 2020, Harrison Clark Rickerbys has quickly made an impact in the market as a result of some astute hires. Two of those were from Hugh James, including contentious expert Chris Mayers and public sector-focused partner Andrea Thomas. The firm also secured an appointment to the National Procurement Service legal services framework, ensuring that it is picking a considerable amount of public sector work, alongside a solid roster of private sector clients that include IT and fintech entities.

                              Practice head(s):

                              Testimonials

                              Extremely obliging, very quick to answer all communications and above all brilliant at their work.’

                              Key clients

                              Circle Group

                              exeGesIS Spatial Data Management

                              Work highlights

                                Private client > Family

                                Private client > Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

                                Dispute resolution > Debt recovery

                                Employment > Health and safety

                                Finance > Banking and finance

                                Private client > Family

                                HCR Hewitsons made a notable addition in May 2022 with the hire of Sally Robinson, formerly of Shoosmiths LLP and Wilson Browne, where she led the family team.

                                South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

                                The ‘energetic and engaged‘ team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys has particular expertise in private equity-backed transactions, which it handles across a wide range of industries including healthcare, automotive and IT. Practice head Rachel Turner has extensive experience in waste management and in a recent highlight represented BPR Group in its acquisition of Reef Environmental Solutions. Robert Rice has been highly active in developing the firm’s US client base.

                                Practice head(s):

                                Rachel Turner

                                Other key lawyers:

                                Robert Rice; Joel Molloy

                                Testimonials

                                ‘A really energetic engaged team from the most senior to the junior who absolutely made you feel as if nothing was any trouble and they would do whatever was necessary to hit deadlines and get the deal done despite its complexity.’

                                ‘Firstly Robert Rice and Rachel Turner play a double act uniquely well having an almost telepathic understanding of each other! They are able to play a seamless tag game when needed and naturally pick up the right elements of the work without creating and concerns of duplication or ball dropping. Quite extraordinary service.’

                                Key clients

                                Steer Automotive Group Limited

                                Perch

                                BPR Group Europe Limited

                                BackOffice Associates LLC (trading as Syniti)

                                YFM Private Equity

                                CitySprint

                                Sabert Corporation

                                Channel Mum Limited

                                Shorterm Group

                                Wayfair Inc.

                                Work highlights

                                • Advised Perch on its acquisition of Gutter Games Limited.
                                • Advised Syniti on its first UK acquisition, 360Science Limited.
                                • Advised Steer Automotive Group Limited on three completed acquisitions and three further current acquisitions.

                                West Midlands > Real estate > Planning Tier 4

                                East Midlands > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

                                Though led by Daniel Curtis and Alex Taylor from Cambridge and Cheltenham, HCR Hewitsons maintains a strong presence in the Midlands, advising on all facets of private client work. Key names include Catherine Ball, the ‘calm, empathetic and measured’ Kerri Woodrow and head of trust management Eric Wardle. The team, which is praised for its gender balance, is perceived as ‘highly professional, with an exceptional spread of advisers.’

                                Practice head(s):

                                Daniel Curtis; Alex Taylor

                                Other key lawyers:

                                Catherine Ball; Kerri Woodrow; Hauke Harrack; Eric Wardle; Elaine Morgan; Alexandra Svennevik

                                Testimonials

                                ‘Totally responsive to questions, queries and concerns – answering by email almost immediately and always on the same day. The service felt personal, demonstrating a complete understanding of the situation not only on a technical level, but on an emotional one too.’

                                ‘Highly professional with an exceptional spread of advisers.’

                                ‘There is a genuine culture of their working together, drawing upon the relevant people and their different capabilities to enable the best advice to be brought to me as a client. Additionally, the firm also appears to have a good gender balance which suggests that diversity is valued. A measure of my satisfaction is that I have recommended this team to two other colleagues who have subsequently engaged with them as clients.’

                                ‘Daniel Curtis – a  strategic thinker who is able to advise clients with clarity and empathy, enabling them to understand the key priorities.’

                                ‘Standout partner Kerri Woodrow is calm, empathetic and measured. Employs a collaborative working style and very capable. Understands and acts decisively; exceptional service especially when there are time sensitive challenges needing to be resolved quickly and thoroughly.’

                                Harrison Clark Rickerbys is an award-winning, ambitious and entrepreneurial law firm. It provides a complete spectrum of city-quality legal services to businesses and private clients across the South and West Midlands, Thames Valley and Wye Valley corridors, the South West of England and in Wales.

                                It is internationally recognised through its alliance with LawExchange International – an independent association of law firms serving clients doing business in the world’s major commercial markets.

                                Harrison Clark Rickerbys has specialist expertise in health and social care, defence, security and the forces, finance and financial services, construction and engineering, education, technology, and agriculture and rural affairs.
                                The firm has grown considerably over the last two years through several strategic mergers, all answering client demand. Its merger with Hewitsons in 2021 took its headcount to over 800 people.

                                In 2022, as a result of growth led by demand, the firm has recently relocated several of its offices into prime city-centre locations, ensuring the firm is even more accessible to clients.

                                Client demand also continues to rank the Corporate team as most active dealmaker in the UK according to Experian – it advised on deals worth over £1bn last year.

                                A Passion for People
                                The firm’s ethos and culture is ‘a passion for people’ – it is passionate about nurturing and retaining the talent it recruits across all teams in the business, and actively supports future generations of legal staff by reaching out to as wide a recruitment pool as possible that appeal to under-represented groups.

                                This passion extends beyond recruitment to its private client offering by supporting clients with the moments that matter, from protecting their assets to planning for their family’s future. Clients value the firm’s honesty, commercially focused advice, integrity and expertise.

                                DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
                                Head of Birmingham office Rebecca Leaskrleask@hcrlaw.com0121 454 0739
                                Head of Cambridge office Inger Ansonianson@hcrlaw.com01223 461 155
                                Head of Cardiff office Hefin Archer-Williamshawilliams@hcrlaw.com02922 749 200
                                Head of Cheltenham office Kristine Scottkscott@hcrlaw.com01242 224 422
                                Head of Hereford office Rebecca Kirkrkirk@hcrlaw.com01432 349 670
                                Head of London office - International HQ Sam Paynespayne@hcrlaw.com020 7849 6320
                                Head of Milton Keynes office Robert Capperrcapper@hcrlaw.com01908 247 010
                                Joint Head of Northampton office Charlotte Thornton-Smithctsmith@hcrlaw.com01604 233 233
                                Joint Head of Northampton office Dominic Hopkinsdhopkins@hcrlaw.com01604 233 233
                                Head of Thames Valley office Heath Thomashthomas@hcrlaw.com0118 911 1206
                                Head of Worcester office Charlotte Thornton-Smithctsmith@hcrlaw.com01905 612 001
                                Head of Wye Valley office Arpinder Dhillonadhillon@hcrlaw.com01905 744 810
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