Harrison Clark Rickerbys > Cheltenham, England > Firm Profile

Harrison Clark Rickerbys
ELLENBOROUGH HOUSE
Wellington Street
GL50 1YD
England

Employment > Employment: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 1

The practice at Harrison Clark Rickerbys spans the entire spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. The team regularly advises SMEs, international businesses and household names. Its expertise lies in providing clients with corporate support, handling trade union disputes and dealing with complex cases before the employment tribunal. The team is led by Rachel Roberts, who has expertise in complex tribunal litigation, TUPE issues, and employment-related M&A. Legal director Rowena Kay is noted for her experience in handling matters at the intersection of corporate and employment law. Catherine Mitchell, who joined the firm in November 2022 as a result of the acquisition of Mitchell Law, completes the roster of recommended practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Mitchell; Rowena Kay; Ellis Jessica Walby

Testimonials

‘In my experience, the team provides exactly what a client requires in terms of expertise, breadth, pragmatism, speed of action and results.’

‘Our key contact is Catherine Mitchell who quite simply exemplifies every quality a client could want in their legal representation.’

‘Catherine Mitchell is brilliant, engaging, customer-focussed, goal-oriented and looks to achieve practical solutions.’

Key clients

Mitsubishi

Workshop Group Limited (trading as Hub8)

Ruroc Limited

Pertemps Recruitment

Direct Wines Limited, trading as Laithwaites, Averys & Sunday Times Wine Club

SPTS Technologies Limited

Severn Waste

Weston College

South Gloucestershire & Stroud College

Safran UK limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Pertemps, a UK-based provider of permanent, contract and temporary staffing solutions, on an array of employment law matters.
  • Advised Hub8 on the employment aspects of a recent sale of a majority stake in the company to Plexal.
  • Advising Direct Wines and its global subsidiaries on the full range of employment law and HR issues on an ongoing basis.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

HCR Hewitsons in Cambridge exhibits ‘fantastic experience and knowledge of the local area’, and the practitioners in the team ‘give clients the confidence that they are being listened to and understood, and that they are in the best possible hands’. Head of agriculture and rural affairs Denise Wilkinson and private client partner Elizabeth Davies are the most prominent practitioners in the large practice. The ‘outstanding’ James Frankland and ‘very bright, extremely personable’ legal director Emily Pumfrey are recommended for property-related matters. Simon Biggin, who frequently works with the NFU, advised Broadland Agricultural Water Abstractors Group on the Environment Agency’s Restoring Sustainable Abstraction programme.

Practice head(s):

Denise Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable about the subject matter and local idiosyncrasies. Personable, with a great eye for detail. In our case, they protected our position with vigour and demonstrated excellent commercial acumen. Well-connected to other professionals, with effective working relationships.’

‘Passion and commitment to their profession and a drive to go beyond for their clients. Clear management of expectations. James Frankland is outstanding.’

‘The HCR team has fantastic experience and knowledge of the local area. They are always approachable, and are increasingly unique as a firm who offer an opinion to clients, which is something that is fast disappearing from the industry, but much valued.’

‘Emily Pumfrey is fantastic. She is very bright, extremely personable, works quickly, and owing to her personal background, can relate and speak to farming clients in a way that very few can. James Frankland has fast become the go-to person for complex agricultural matters in the region. He is an extremely savvy operator who understands the commercial nuances and is very highly regarded by clients and professionals alike.’

‘The team are all professional and accessible and when contacted we found them to be knowledgeable and up to speed. give clients the confidence that they are being listened to and understood, and that they are in the best possible hands. I would certainly recommend.’

‘Emily Pumfrey is a standout individual. She is completely knowledgeable in her field and to compliment her extensive talent she is approachable and a delight to work with. She is professional and smart and we cannot think of anyone that we would rather have dealing with matters which are of great importance to us. We trust her implicitly.’

‘HCR Hewitsons have been a longstanding partner of our organisation and supporting land acquisitions, disputes and projects of national significance for a number of years. The firm are able to drill down to the necessary detail of a case quickly and effectively.’

‘Denise Wilkinson is an exceptional solicitor. Her range of knowledge is second-to-none and it is widely recognised that she engages with all sectors of the industry. Her history and knowledge enables her to provide clear and direct advice to suit our individual needs.’

Key clients

RSPB (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

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

The private client practice at HCR Hewitsons, described as being ‘very strong technically' is led from Cambridge by Daniel Curtis, whose broad practice includes advising clients with foreign property or those who are domiciled abroad. Key practitioner Bernadette O’Reilly handles specific reliefs such as BPR and APR, and the protection of family assets and succession planning through wills and other measures. Elizabeth Davies frequently acts as trustee for trusts including private company shares, development land and diversified landed estates. The ‘brilliant' Katherine Hague advises on capital tax planning for individuals and trustees. Senior associate Kelly Wardell is sought after for advice on estate planning.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Curtis

Testimonials

‘They are very strong technically but also personable and work well collaboratively. They are able to combine technical positions with practical solutions.’

‘The core ethos of the practice is working closely with all aspects of their clients’ business and private affairs, to provide a continuity of advice across generations.’

‘They are technically and commercially very experienced, which enables clients’ advice to be clear and relevant and not simply a generic list of options.’

‘The business has gone from strength to strength. The firm now combines outstanding individuals with a very good team and departmental approach. Clients therefore benefit from seamless overall advice which is particularly important when looking at tax, estates and succession planning matters.’

‘A key aspect of Hewitsons is the strong inter-departmental approach which is so important when looking at strategic issues and succession planning, not to mention tax and structure planning generally. Katherine Hague is brilliant – she combines outstanding advice with exceptional and succinct clarity.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 1

HCR Hewitsons, which climbs the ranking this year, is a leading adviser to developers, landowners, high-tech and bio-tech sector companies, real estate investors, landlords, tenants and promoters. Practice head James Simpson, who is known for ‘exceptional quality of work and consistently high level of engagement‘, has seen the practice grow with the hire of Helen Mutucumarana from Mishcon de Reya LLP, who brings extensive experience in transactions in the life sciences, technology, biotechnology, media, retail, manufacturing, charity and engineering sectors. Ceri Riddell, who acts for acts for landowners, promoters and developers of both residential and commercial land, rounds out the strong group. Susanne Hinde departed for Howes Percival LLP in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

James Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘James Simpson – exceptional quality of work, with excellent negotiation skills in dealing with landowners and their advisors. Consistently high level of engagement and involvement in all projects from start to finish.’

‘Dedicated to helping their clients, excellent professional advice and always go the extra mile to help. Reasonably priced.’

‘An extensive team of experienced approachable lawyers who know the law and are commercial in their approach.’

‘Straightforward common sense approach. Good at pointing out the pitfalls and advising on constructive solutions.’

Key clients

Hill Residential Ltd

Cambridge Investment Partnership

Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst

Oxbridge Colleges

RSPB

Wood Green Animal Shelters

The Chesterford Group

TWI Limited

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Buxton Family

Swiss Laundry Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst on collaboration arrangements with a life sciences investor in connection with a circa £900 m investment into the development of a circa 1.4 m square feet Life Sciences Campus.
  • Acting for TWI Limited, a UK-based independent research and technology organisations, on the grant of a new lease to Sphere Fluidics at Granta Park.
  • Advising Cambridge Investment Partnership on a new housing development of circa 300 homes, comprising a mix of flats and houses for market sale and council rent as well as ancillary commercial space, which is being built in the heart of Cambridge.

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

Exceptionally knowledgeable across multiple topics‘, HCR Hewitsons advises across the full spectrum of corporate and commercial matters, with a niche in IP, IT and commercial contracts, and particular knowledge of the health and social care sectors. David Browne advises on mergers, disposals, acquisitions and group reorganisations. Neil Harpham has over 25 years' experience in company and business acquisitions and disposals, group reorganisations, representing both public and private companies from start-ups to publicly traded multinational corporations. Previously head of corporate at DFA Law, David Davies joined in September 2022 and brings his prior experience working in Central and Eastern Europe to cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Browne

Other key lawyers:

David Davies; Neil Harpham

Testimonials

‘The team are exceptionally knowledgeable across multiple topics and their speed of response is always second to none.’

‘The individuals I have dealt with at Hewitsons are always personable, responsive, understanding and inquisitive. They are also pragmatic when required.’

‘The corporate team, specifically David Davies, have provided good detailed advice on some challenging tax led structures. The team on the whole are well briefed, and so it makes little difference who replies to questions / queries. As always, I look for London quality advice in the provincial firms and HCR fulfill this requirement entirely.’

‘David Davies in particular has knowledge of structures that may in some circumstances be a challenge for non-specialised corporate lawyers. This makes David and HCR a prime choice. David ensures that work is completed at the earliest possible opportunity, and with the work being close to the intended structure on first draft. This only comes with an exceptional depth of knowledge.’

‘Neil Harpham was superb.’

‘David Browne: He uses his intimate knowledge of our business acquired over many years to provide sound, realistic and measured legal advice.’

‘Very responsive and prompt with work, particularly when timescales and project deadlines are approaching. This level of responsiveness was extremely reassuring and provides a positive, engaging and pleasant client experience. Good communication within the firm across different teams.’

Key clients

Perrys Motor Sales Limited

Medigold Health Consultancy Limited

Anglotech Group Holdings Limited

Anglotech Solutions

Limited

Hi-Force Limited

Biogen (UK) Limited

Homes England

Fencor Packaging Group Limited

AA Thornton IP LLP

A.A. Thornton & Co

Work highlights

  • Advised Northamptonshire Sport on a commercial collaboration for the build, design and operation of a brand new mountain bike park, converted from a previous golf course.
  • Acting for the shareholders on the sale of their shares in Trustee Limited and Trustee Matters Limited to Swiss-based company Zedra.
  • Advised a client on the conversion of the partnership into a limited liability partnership.

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

Able to handle disputes on both a national and international scale, HCR Hewitsons handles complex contentious matters in a number of highly specialised areas, such as the technology and telecoms sectors. The team also frequently works on behalf of trusts and charities, as well as in litigation concerning professional negligence and tort disputes. The team is steered from Northampton by Dominic Hopkins, who, beyond his disputes acumen, is noted for his capabilities in corporate governance. He is supported by the Cambridge-based Emma Elston, who advises clients on a range of commercial matters, professional negligence claims, and domain name disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Hopkins; Wayne Beynon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dominic Hopkins understood from the outset what we wanted and tailored his advice accordingly. Managing expectations is difficult in litigation, but he did this very well so that we emerged from the dispute feeling that we got a great result.’

‘Clear, practical legal advice provided in a cost-effective manner. The team worked closely with us to deliver the desired outcome. Excellent communication and high quality, responsive service.’

Key clients

Northampton Rugby Club

Work highlights

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

HCR Hewitsons is frequently instructed by farmers and rural landowners on a range of large and complex transactions involving the buying and selling of farms or significant portions of land. Additionally, the firm handles significant agricultural litigation matters. Gareth Williams handles complex transactions for farmers and agricultural businesses. Denise Wilkinson handles complex property and family issues in the rural sector for both small farmers and major institutions. Newly-promoted partner Stephanie Dennis specialises in agricultural and and rural estate matters, while James Frankland acts on a range of property transactions and management issues.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Williams; Denise Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Dennis; James Frankland; Rachel Smith

Testimonials

‘A very strong team with knowledge and understanding of development work for private landowners and Estates.’

‘Thorough and able to provide good advice to landowning clients.’

‘We have appreciated the breadth of expertise and experience across the practice and have made use of elements across the board from Agriculture and Estates to Intellectual Property and beyond.’

‘Follow through – good at making sure that even if we let things drop, they don’t.’

‘The team is proactive, rather than reactive. Has a fantastic support network to accommodate any specialisms needed across the team, collaborating with difficult/complicated matters, meaning you are always getting the right, and best advice. They provide seamless cover for any out of office requirements and their communication skills are exemplary, meaning you always know where you are with a transactions/job.’

‘Rachel Smith is fantastic. Whenever Rachel is involved in a transaction I know we are in safe hands. She is proactive with great communication skills. Never afraid to pick up the phone to discuss complicated matters, in such a simple way they even for uneducated people like myself to understand.’

‘Stephanie Dennis is quick, approachable and gets things done. Always keeps us updated and gives clear common sense advice.’

‘Stephanie Dennis is who we use for all our farm / property / private client work. A well deserved promotion this year and I’m pleased she is staying in place post HCR takeover / merger. Highly recommend Stephanie.’

Key clients

Merton College

Compton Estates (Lord Northampton and the Castle Ashby Trust)

Arbury Estate

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

At HCR Hewitsons, Virginia Henley takes the lead on all charity law issues; from initial registration to mergers and assistance withincident reporting. The practice has a history acting for almshouse charities, education providers and Oxbridge Colleges. Henley continues to be instructed on charity governance, commercial arrangements, fundraising and charity law compliance.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Henley

Testimonials

‘Prompt service with no judgement or professional language that is always easy to understand. Broad range of knowledge, from financial settlement to trustee advice and employment issues.’ 

‘Large enough to ensure a wide range of relevant expertise. Their commitment is second to none. ’

Key clients

Medicines Development for Global Health Limited

Scott Bader Company Limited

Charity Commission (The Kingdom Church GB)

Tudor Hall School

Northamptonshire Association for the Blind

Leighton Buzzard United and Almshouse Charity

Greens Norton Village Hall

Milton Keynes Community Foundation

Cripps Foundation

St Giles Estate Charity

The Alice Ottleians and Old Elizabethans’ Association

Immanuel College, Bushey

Three Counties Agricultural Society

Ravenstone Hospital

Becketts & Sargeant’s Educational Foundation

The Stowe School Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised Australian-based medical research not-for-profit entity, Medicines Development for Global Health Ltd, in developing its overseas reach, gaining charitable registration for its UK company, and drafting the necessary intercompany documentation to underpin best practice between international connected charities.
  • Instructed by the Scott Bader Company Ltd, a leading UK-based global chemical company, to review and amend all the governance arrangements of the Group.
  • Appointed  under investigation by the Charity Commission, following an inquiry by the Trading Standards Authority to review governance of Christian charity, The Kingdom Church GB.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

HCR Hewitsons‘ private client practice displays ‘breadth of expertise, responsiveness and attention to detail’ in inheritance tax planning, trusts and all manner of private tax for UK and non-domiciled clients. In Northampton, Catherine Ball and Kerri Woodrow work with owners of landed estates, farmers and business owners, on estate planning and wealth preservation, as well as on trusts, wills, probates and powers of attorney. Daniel Curtis heads the practice from Cambridge.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Curtis; Kerri Woodrow

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Ball

Testimonials

‘My solicitor and I got on very well. The communication was efficient, yet warm and I felt able to contact him for whatever reason. He always responded very promptly.’

‘Breadth of expertise, responsiveness and attention to detail’

Public sector > Education: schools Tier 1

Harrison Clark Rickerbys stands out for its relationships with schools and governing bodies such as the Independent Schools Bursars’ Association, who instruct the firm’s ‘high-performing and experienced’ education team to advise on a wide range of matters, including safeguarding issues, strikes, pensions, and new and emerging DfE guidelines. The firm also regularly handles corporate and governance issues related to mergers and school acquisitions, and it is well-equipped to provide strategic guidance on issues related to employment and charity law. Practice head and safeguarding Kristine Scott is based in Cheltenham and maintains close relations with a many of the firm’s governing body clients. Also in Cheltenham, Rachel Parkin and Oliver Daniels are recommended for their experience handling employment issues and their advice on teachers’ strikes, while real estate expert Morgan West is a key contact for land sales and purchases as well as academy conversions.

Practice head(s):

Kristine Scott

Testimonials

‘Professional, effective and efficient.’

‘The Education team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys is a high performing and experience team of partners and associates who are market leaders in their sector. They provide a comprehensive and ‘one stop’ option for busy clients who require timely and pragmatic advice to complex issues.’

‘Kristine Scott is outstanding, recognised nationally by schools and various professional associations as the ‘go to’ person for advice and support. Despite running the busy Cheltenham office and heading up the education practice, she makes herself personally available to clients in order to provide boards and schools with the best support possible.’

‘Outstanding sector knowledge of all relevant legal issues. Advice is always focused, timely and comprehensive. All the team are friendly and approachable.’

‘Oliver Daniels is a star whose advice is characterised by being well thought through, comprehensive and realistic.’

‘Led by Kristine Scott, the team are exceptional throughout. They understand all facets of the sector and can advise schools confidently and knowledgeably. Their advice is pragmatic, on point and timely.’

‘Kristine Scott offers accessibility, quality of advice, and sector knowledge. Rachel Parkin is a deep specialist in employment law and a valuable advisor to schools. Oliver Daniels is also an employment law specialist whose detailed knowledge and practical answers to questions are very valuable to schools.’

Key clients

Canford School

Cheltenham College

Cheltenham Ladies College

Headington School

Holy Cross Preparatory

Independent Schools’ Council

St Dunstan’s College

St Mary’s School Ascot

St Peter’s York

Stamford Endowed Schools

Stowe School

The Independent Schools’ Bursars Association

The Royal Masonic School for Girls

Uppingham School

Wellingborough School

Work highlights

  • Advised the Independent Schools Bursars’ Association (ISBA) on significant issues for the education sector.
  • Advised the Headington School (Oxford) on September 2022 updates to school guidelines, which formed part of the school’s inspection evidence when inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
  • Advised St Edward’s School, Cheltenham on a proposed sale or merger by helping to find them a buyer or merging partner as well as providing the legal advice on the actual sale or merger.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

IP law forms a central pillar of Harrison Clark Rickerbys‘ work flow out of its Cardiff office, and since it was established in 2020 the team’s offering has continued to grow, with noted IP litigator Wayne Beynon the latest renowned practitioner to join the team following his arrival from Capital Law Limited in January 2023. Beynon’s arrival adds more balance to the practice, which had hitherto had more of a non-contentious focus, particularly within the technology sector – an area that team head David Beynon  has vast experience negotiating and drafting complex commercial contracts ensuring the effective commercialisation of IPR. The team is rounded out at a partner level by Nicola McNeely, who puts forward ‘practical and commercially sensible solutions’ to clients including on cutting-edge IP matters relating to blockchain and digital assets.

Practice head(s):

David Beynon

Other key lawyers:

Nicola McNeely; Wayne Beynon

Testimonials

‘The team quickly and effectively: 1) Identified the level of my experience with IP legalities 2) Understood the particular applications of the technology under development and therefore potential associated commercial risks 3) Communicated the situation and options clearly, demonstrating deep prior relevant experience of similar experiences.’

‘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 to address the challenges faced.’

‘Nicola McNeely is an asset to any team as works harder, more diligently and goes the “extra yard” to more than exceed her client’s expectations of all the lawyers that I have had the pleasure to work with during my career.’

Key clients

Tessitura Network, Inc.

Prima Dental Manufacturing Limited

allpay Limited

ITS Software Systems Limited

Carbon Technology Research Foundation CIC

Ripl Ltd

SY Holdings Limited

Concrete Canvas Limited

Heart Safe Communities UK

Open Medical Limited

Work highlights

  • Advise Tessitura Network, a US headquartered global provider of innovative relationship management and ticketing platforms, across range of IP and licencing related matters.
  • Act for fintech business, allpay limited, across a broad range of IP- related matters.
  • Advise Prima Dental Manufacturing Limited in respect of its strategically important research and development collaboration with a leading academic institution.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

The IT and technology sector is a fertile source of work for Harrison Clark Rickerbys‘ Cardiff office, and in spite of only being present in the market for just over three years the team has amassed instructions from a number of major clients in the space, attracted to the firm due to its breadth of expertise. Team head Nicola McNeely  has been pivotal to the firm’s growing market recognition as a result of her ‘in depth knowledge of the commercial and legal issues arising around technology’, including cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). David Beynon  is also recommended and regularly handles IT/outsourcing contractual work for technology-focused service providers that offer disruptive solutions to established industry methods.

Practice head(s):

Nicola McNeely

Other key lawyers:

David Beynon; Nathan Evans; Wayne Beynon; Raj Pahuja; Stephen Thomas; Ana Kocmut-Saunder

Testimonials

‘I cannot speak highly enough about Nicola McNeely’s technical expertise in a number of complex fields and those of her team.’

Nicola McNeely is unique in the market as a female lawyer with an in depth knowledge of the commercial and legal issues arising around technology.’

 

Key clients

allpay Limited

sa.global

Insource Limited

QPQ Group

ITS Software Systems Limited

PureCyber Limited (former Wolfberry Cyber Security)

Digital Swiss Gold USA LLC

Open Medical Limited

Tessitura Network, Inc.

Plan 4 Productions Limited

Work highlights

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

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

Drawing high praise for its ‘brilliant people and fantastic service’ – particularly with regard to its ‘exceptional’ partner service – Harrison Clark Rickerbys handles a wealth of high-value mandates, particularly in the manufacturing, healthcare, tech, retail, education, and energy sectors. The team is jointly chaired by corporate head Charlotte Thornton-Smith and commercial lead Robert Capper. Thornton-Smith is particularly noted for her expertise in health and social care sector transactions, while Capper, who specialises in advanced manufacturing, works with a diverse range of both SMEs and larger corporates, as well as professional partnerships and doctors’ practices. Head of health and social care Rebecca Leask, who splits her time between the firm’s offices in Worcester and Birmingham, is also experienced in retail sector transactions. Wye Valley office head Arpinder Dhillon is a key port of call for clients seeking assistance with corporate transactions, most recently in the IT and sanitation sectors. Clare Emery heads up the firm’s dental care-focused offering, while Helen Higginbotham is recommended for her due diligence acumen. Tom Bartley-Smith left the firm for an in-house role in December 2022. All named lawyers are based in Worcester unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Thornton-Smith; Rebecca Leask; Arpinder Dhillon; Robert Capper

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Every single member of the team involved in the sale of our business was extremely professional, knowledgeable and proactive. And a great pleasure to work with.’

‘I would HIGHLY recommend this law practice to anyone who requires outstanding service.’

‘I have worked with various law firms over some 30 years in business and without a shadow of doubt HCR have stood out in every respect.’

‘Brilliant people and fantastic service.’

‘HCR are always prepared to go the extra mile to deliver a project on time and to budget. The most unique feature about HCR has to be the people. everyone in the organisation is highly motivated, experienced and has a robust understanding of our needs as a business. HCR has such a breadth of expertise to support in any situation. They are able to bring together the right team to support our needs. We have never found HCR to be wanting in any transaction.’

‘The team that we work with in HCR will always complete a transaction on time and will work whatever hours required to achieve this objective. They will always keep us informed of progress on a project and will support in difficult situations. Everyone I have worked with at HCR is professional, driven, competent, and experienced. I cannot say enough good things about Arpinder and the team.’

‘Partner engagement is exceptional.’

‘Pragmatic in approach.’

Key clients

FluidOne Ltd

HSL Compliance Ltd

Liberty Flight Holdings Limited

Dataflow Measurement Systems and Shareholders

Chance Brilliant Limited

Safran UK Limited

Ethical Power Ltd

Educational & Clinical Research & Innovation Group

Morgan Motors

Alt-Energi Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising DV8 Technology Limited, and Axis Mining Technology Limited, on their sale to Project Grace Holdings Limited and Orica Investments Pty Ltd with a very large value.
  • Advised the shareholders of Liberty Flight Holdings Limited on their sale to Supreme Imports Limited.
  • Advised the Educational and Clinical Research and Innovation Group on a new commercial collaboration with Harper Adams University and the University of Keele.

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

Handling shareholder disputes, indemnity claims and commercial agreements, Harrison Clark Rickerbys is able to lead on a broad range of litigation matters for national and international clients. Alongside this, the firm is also experienced in dealing with disputes pertaining to defence and security, healthcare and agriculture. The practice is jointly led by Worcester’s Elizabeth Beatty, who advises both domestic and international clients in the medical recruitment, retail, automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors, with Hereford’s Richard Morgan specialising in defence and security disputes. In addition, Wye Valley-based co-chair Hefin Archer Williams’s strengths lie in partnership disputes and breaches of shareholder agreements, among other areas. Legal director Tom Williams, active in the firm’s Worcester office, advises on a broad range of litigation.

Practice head(s):

Richard Morgan; Elizabeth Beatty; Hefin Archer Williams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are accessible outside normal working hours. We worked together on this project as equal partners, not as parent child.’

‘Specialist advice which is technically strong and commercially realistic.’

‘The leading commercial litigation firm in Worcester and Worcestershire.’

‘Particularly strong in shareholder disputes.’

‘Elizabeth Beatty and Tom Williams are clam, experienced and commercially astute.’

Key clients

Pertemps Medical Group

Quantum Advisory Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Pertemps Medical Group regarding harassment and serious allegations, which was defended in the High Court.
  • Acting for Quantum Advisory Limited on an SPA dispute.

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

Harrison Clark Rickerbys is’ without doubt the market leader in family law in Worcester and the surrounding area, and has a prominent presence across the West Midlands and beyond‘.Nick Rodriguez leads the department which has ‘exceptional lawyers at all levels of seniority‘. The group receives a steady flow of instructions from wealthy individuals and has strong links with farming communities. Rodriguez joined the department from Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors.  In addition, the group frequently advises active and retired members of HM armed forces and their spouses on a range of complex financial disputes and children cases. Anita Hennessey, as a Higher Rights Advocate, is well-regarded for her experience in contentious children matters. Andrew Caldicott is now a part-time consultant.

Practice head(s):

Nick Rodriguez

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Caldicott; James Osborne; Cathryn Harper-Tedstone; Anita Hennessey; Christopher Finch

Testimonials

‘Nick Rodriquez-always quick to respond and consistently give the same high level of care and attention. Highly professional with a courteous and friendly manner. Nick’s experience in dealing with complicated financial settlements has been invaluable to me‘.

‘Nick Rodriguez’s extensive knowledge and experience and solid advice has been invaluable in helping me navigate the process. Always seeking the best possible outcome for me, but also listening and responding to my concerns. I have always felt to be in very safe hands’.

‘James Osborne is highly intelligent, extremely perceptive and very hard-working; and Anita Hennessey is also very capable and provides a high standard of care for her clients’.

‘HCR should be considered as the go-to firm for family law issues in Hereford and Worcester. HCR’s reputation for quality is well known and well justified‘.

‘James Osborne is a dedicated and tenacious solicitor who gives his all for each of his clients. Without exception, he builds a good rapport and close working relationship with lay clients which means they feel valued, involved and supported every step of the way in their cases. It is no coincidence that recommendations to use James in the local area have spread like wildfire in recent years’.

‘James Osborne; vigorous and energetic, James throws himself into his cases. He always provides realistic client-centric advice and builds an excellent rapport with his clients. Cathryn Harper-Tedstone (associate) . She maintains a high profile in her field. A pleasant, approachable and straight-talking practitioner‘.

‘Chris Finch of Harrison Clark Rickerbys is a fantastic solicitor, he supported me throughout my case with compassion and confidence. I would wholeheartedly recommend him‘.

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

The corporate practice at Harrison Clark Rickerbys has wide-ranging expertise, with the team regularly advising on management buyouts, joint ventures, and private equity deals. Clients hail from sectors spanning the healthcare, technology, education, and retail industries, where the group is also able to leverage its expertise across IP and IT matters. Tim Ward, who is particularly experienced in succession planning work, leads the practice together with IT and outsourcing expert Steve Thomas‘Strong negotiator and easy communicator’ Rachael Reeves is a go-to contact for venture capitalists, SMEs, and startups.

Practice head(s):

Tim Ward; Steve Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice is local but has regional and national reach.’

‘Tim Ward and his team are professional while still friendly and accommodating to clients needs.’

‘The culture of the firm feels like it runs through each of the team members. While being very competent and experienced lawyers, they are great at ‘customer service’; readily available and able to ‘translate’ legal issues into easy to understand lay language.’

‘Rachael Reeves is our principal partner contact. Rachael is confident and knowledgeable; a strong negotiator and easy communicator.’

Key clients

Azets Holdings

Gloucestershire College

Safran Landing Systems

Spirax Sarco

University of Gloucestershire

Digital theatre group limited

Ethos capital

Miro forestry

LRG Online Ltd (t/a secret sales)

The commercial group limited

Amcomri Limited

Mitsubishi Motors (The Colt Car Company Limited)

Off-Piste Wines Limited

24-7 Motorsport Limited

Horizon Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of transport systems expert Graffica Limited in respect of the sale to Spanish technology solutions business, Sopra Steria.
  • Advised Ethos on its acquisition of Partnering Health Limited and its subsidiary groups, which operate a wide range of integrated urgent care and wait list management services

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

Praised for its ‘first-class service’, Harrison Clark Rickerbys has demonstrable experience in handling technology and intellectual property disputes, financial services litigation, business protection cases and real estate disputes, in addition to contentious trust and probate mandates. Adam Finch leads the Cheltenham-based team and focuses on financial services litigation, while Steven Murray spearheads the firm’s contentious intellectual property offering and Andrew Walker heads the real estate disputes practice. ‘OutstandingJenny Raymond is noted for her expertise in cases involving the misappropriation of confidential information and breaches of post-termination restrictions, and ‘meticulous’ legal director Cris Manuel-Hughes is another key contact in the group. Fiona Hayles left to Hyperian Law Limited in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Adam Finch; Steven Murray; Andrew Walker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I must mention Jenny Raymond who was outstanding, very much felt that we were in safe hands and her knowledge was exceptional.’

‘They make the whole process smooth and stress free, they communicated very effectively at every step. They were honest and candid.’

‘First-class service and advice from a first-class team.’

‘Jenny Raymond and Samantha Bushell are both knowledgeable and proficient.’

‘The firm offers excellent service and shows specialism in their field whilst being cost effective. They put the client’s needs at the forefront of their work. The team embrace and support diversity and equality and that is shown in the partnership and team as a whole.’

‘Special mention to both Adam Finch and Jenny Raymond who are amazing to work with. They go above and beyond for their clients and do not shy away from offering good and bad news to clients as required.’

‘The approachability and friendliness of the staff, their ability to make you feel that they have all the time in the world for you and that you are the only client that they have.’

‘Cris Manuel-Hughes’ work is meticulous, yet she is approachable, friendly and above makes all the time in the world for you. With her in your corner you will be kept fully informed, up to date and most importantly, you are working with a tenacious litigator.’

Key clients

CGI Automotive Consulting Limited

Christopher Golding

Matthew Nicholas Tom

Suzanne and Vincent Bootes

Quantum Advisory Limited

Craig Cohoon (CC), Scott Cohoon (SC) and Jane Cohoon (JC) (collectively the Cohoons) and Craig Cohoon Watersports

Mr Gary Jones

Work highlights

  • Advised Quantum Advisory Limited in the High Court involving trade marking, which dealt with a number of issues arising out of a contract with Quantum Actuarial LLP.
  • Filed a detailed unfair prejudice petition under section 994 of the Companies Act 2006 against a boutique law firm and its members.
  • Obtained the first summary judgment in a crypto case from the High Court which secured the return of fraudulently obtained bitcoin, with £1.85 million recovered.

Private client > Family Tier 2

Harrison Clark Rickerbys advises business and private individuals at both the regional and national scale, fielding ‘an experienced team who are committed to their clients’ interests.’  The team is led by Carolyn Green, a 'highly respected and extremely experienced' adviser specialising in financial remedy proceedings, and James Grigg, who draws similar praise for his ‘excellent, knowledgeable and very experienced’ approach.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Green; James Grigg

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Morris; James Shorrock

Testimonials

‘Caroline Green is rightly highly respected and extremely experienced. She’s basically unflappable and good at resolving cases.

‘James Grigg is charming, excellent, knowledgeable and very experienced.’

‘James Shorrock will be one of the stars of his generation and is excellent value.’

‘James Grigg is the best solicitor in the area. Bright, hard working and sensible Carolyn Green is very experienced and has sound judgment James Shorrock is the best junior in the area Chris Finch is not far behind’

‘One of the most significant family teams in the South West and fast becoming the leading financial remedy solicitors in the region. Very accessible and client focused – real strength in depth.’

‘Andrew Morris is very tenacious and fights hard for his clients.’

‘A very competent and organised firm with a number of extremely effective advocates.’

‘Alex Wilson is an organised and effective solicitor who really cares for her clients. Andrew Morris offers pragmatic advice to assist clients to reach a resolution where possible and is a very effective advocate.’

Work highlights

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Noted for its expertise in handling cases for older and vulnerable clients, Harrison Clark Rickerbys' wide-ranging advice spans from the establishment and running of personal injury trusts, through to financial administration, health and welfare issues, and asset protection. Practice head Alex Taylor has expertise in complex tax planning, as well as trust and estate administration. Other key figures include Tom Murphy-Kirkhope, noted for his specialism in wills, tax planning and the administration of trusts and estates.

Practice head(s):

Alex Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Tom Murphy-Kirkhope; Phillipa Bruce-Kerr; Mark Hartley; Niamh McAlonan; Lauren McGurk

Testimonials

‘In my experience, the team really get to know their clients and support them really well.’

‘I have mostly worked with Lauren McGurk and her team, I find them all to be very professional, friendly and understanding, especially for clients who need extra support due to physical or emotional health needs.’

‘Very professional, always understanding, and kind. An excellent team.’

 

Work highlights

Public sector > Education Tier 2

Harrison Clark Rickerbys' significant record in the independent schools sector is exemplified by its frequent and varied work for the Independent Schools Bursar’s Association.  The broad practice spans teachers’ pensions, safeguarding issues, mergers and the sale of publicly funded land. ‘Stand-out lawyer’ Kristine Scott heads the Cheltenham-based team; her recent areas of focus include issues relating to national strike action and school inspections. Rachel Parkin‘s practice spans restructuring, disciplinary action, and senior severance advisory. Morgan West and Paul Watkins are further key contacts to note.

Practice head(s):

Kristine Scott

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Parkin; Morgan West; Hannah Wilding; Oliver Daniels; Paul Watkins

Testimonials

‘HCR are incredibly knowledgable on the education sector. They are professional and offer wise advice which is practical and useful. ’

‘Oliver Daniels really stands out individually regarding the work he completed for our school. He is calm, measured, professional and extremely knowledgable. Krissie Scott is also superb.’

‘Rachel Parkin and Hannah Wilding have been invaluable in helping us work through some very complex staffing issues in this last year.’

‘The Education Team are market leading, regularly providing timely and pragmatic advice on a range of complex cases.’

‘Kristine Scott is the stand-out lawyer of her field. She always makes time to speak with her clients personally.’

‘Expert knowledge of the sector and the issues facing independent schools. They keep schools up to date with responsive bulletins on hot topics, with sufficient detail.’

‘Kristine Scott is collaborative, pragmatic and understands the big picture for all issues facing schools’

‘I have worked closely with Oliver Daniels on a number of matters and he is always very knowledgeable and practical with the advice provided.’

Key clients

The Independent Schools’ Bursars Association

Canford School

St Mary’s School Ascot

Headington School

Holy Cross Preparatory

The Royal Masonic School for Girls

Cheltenham Ladies College

Uppingham School

St Dunstan’s College

Independent Schools’ Council

Cheltenham College

Wellingborough School

Stamford Endowed Schools

Stowe School

St Peter’s York

Work highlights

  • Provided advice and guidance to the ISBA over the past year and advised on significant issues for the education sector.
  • Provided detailed and tailored training to Headington School which formed part of the school’s evidence when inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
  • Assisted St Edward’s School, Cheltenham in seeking a potential buyer or merging partner as well as providing legal advice on the actual sale or merger.

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

Trusted by a range of educational institutions for its capabilities in commercial property matters, the ‘knowledgeable’ practice at Harrison Clark Rickerbys is particularly well regarded for its offering in both education and real estate finance and education. Cheltenham real estate head Ben Thomas is well versed in asset management work, and is also noted for his focus on the retail sector. Mark Carter stands out for his secured lending expertise, while Morgan West is well-equipped to advise on real estate matters in the education sector.

Practice head(s):

Ben Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Marc Carter; Morgan West

Testimonials

Everyone we work with is knowledgeable, timely, efficient, and courteous.

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

Wildmoor Property Group

Elmbridge Supplies UK Limited

Andy Loos

OutsideClinic Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 2

Clients of HCR Hewitsons appreciate the firm’s ‘personal service and good communication skills’. Head of the Cambridge office Inger Anson leads the corporate practice and focuses predominantly on early-stage growth funding work. She is ‘highly experienced and quickly gets to the nub of the matter, helping clients to foresee future risks and challenges‘. Partners James Lawrence, whose work includes employment ownership trusts, and Laurence Evans, who handles partnership matters and family offices, also play key roles in the practice. Former head of commercial Nathan Evans departed to Fladgate LLP in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Inger Anson

Other key lawyers:

James Lawrence; Laurence Evans; Joe Greenstock

Testimonials

‘Nathan Evans continues to be a dependable and skilled counsel to us. As evidenced by his previous ranking, he is well-known for his FS expertise as well as his provision of commercial and pragmatic advice. We are delighted to have him as our partner.’

‘An excellent, engaging, and experienced team, with wise advice and foresight provided on challenging and time-critical matters.’

‘Inger Anson was recommended to me and I can only say positive things about her; she is highly experienced, quickly gets down to the nub of the matter in hand, and helped us foresee future risks and challenges. Our deal was far from straightforward, however she was able to clearly lay it out for us and close the round across several tranches with multiple investors.’

‘Inger Anson understood our time-critical needs.’

‘Joe Greenstock worked closely with us on deals, provided solid advice and support. A pleasure to work with.’

‘They provide a personal service.’

‘They have strong communication skills.’

Key clients

SAP (UK) Limited

SAP Fioneer Limited

VAKT Global Limited

Trade Information Network Limited

Ingenta PLC

Marmalade Game Studio

sa.global

Sweco AB

Connected Places Catapult

TactfulAI Limited

GOTU Sarl

MVG Media Limited

ThinCats

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds Limited

Grove Pet Foods

Evoco Digital Services

Shareholders of Specialized Security Products Limited

Egin Research Ltd

Coalesce Product Development Limited

PIR International Ltd

Belbin Associates

Smarter Data Management Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Management Buyout with Private Equity Backing on a complex transaction involving the initial sale of 45% of Mr Fothergill’s Seeds Limited share capital to private equity firm Harwood Capital Partners.
  • Advising the shareholders of Grove Pet Foods on their sale to Cranswick Plc.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 2

The litigation practice at HCR Hewitsons is ‘responsive, to the point and thorough with its advice'. Property litigator Natalie Minott leads the practice, in which Simon Biggin is a key partner for contractual, shareholder and partnership disputes. He notably advised Broadland Agricultural Water Abstractors Group on matters arising from Environment Agency licensing programmes. Stewart Morrison, who regarded as being ‘driven, organised and knowledgeable‘, stands out for his work on freedom of information appeals and on challenges to procurement contract awards.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Minott

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has always acted with our interests foremost and communicated well.’

‘Simon Biggin has always kept me informed and copied-in on all relevant correspondence. He adheres to timelines well too.’

‘I find the litigation team to be responsive, to the point and thorough with its advice.’

‘Stewart Morrison is highly professional and very good at what he does. He is also cost effective, precisely because his level of expertise his high and he works very efficiently.’

‘This is a top-tier practice, run very efficiently and smoothly.’

‘I work primarily with Stewart Morrison who is very driven, organised and knowledgeable about his areas of work. He is highly capable and talented.’

Key clients

Broadland Agricultural Water Abstractors Group

Work highlights

  • Advising BAWAG on matters relating to the Environment Agency’s Restoring Sustainable Abstraction programme, under which water licences will be revoked or varied leading to the loss of generational farming businesses and a major food processor, loss of jobs and damage to the local economy.

Employment Tier 2

HCR Hewitsons' employment offering has cemented its standing in the Cambridge market. Key practitioners in the team are Valerie Lambert, who is regarded as being ‘totally committed to her clients, for whom she leaves no stone unturned' and the 'knowledgeable, objective and personal' Elizabeth Swinburn, who is noted as providing 'impeccable' advice. The team's workload includes handling High Court litigation work, restrictive covenants, breach of fiduciary duty disputes, business reorganisations, Employment Tribunal disputes and TUPE transfers. Associate Charlotte Herrington ‘shows great attention-to-detail in HR-related legal matters‘.

Testimonials

‘HCR is a large company which offers a very good personalised service to its clients. Communication is very good and the company has a very broad-range of specialists in all areas of law.’

‘Charlotte Herrington shows great attention-to-detail when assisting us in HR-related legal matters. Charlotte achieves excellent results for her clients. Valerie Lambert we have known for a decade and she is probably one of the best lawyers that we have ever had the pleasure of dealing with.’

‘The 2018 merger of HCR and Hewitsons has been good for both firms, and has given HCR a presence in East England, and given Hewitsons a national profile.’

‘Valerie Lambert is the standout employment solicitor in the whole firm, nationwide. She is totally committed to her own clients for whom she leaves no stone unturned, she is a formidable opponent and a match for any Magic Circle city firm. She is hugely experienced, and has great expertise in difficult statutory employment law issues such as TUPE.’

‘Valerie Lambert can handle the largest employment tribunal claims but also has an enviable specialism in crossover High Court employment litigation, including confidential information and restrictive covenant work, and unlawful means conspiracy claims.’

‘The team is always prompt to respond and give an accurate timeline of when I will receive my advice. When necessary, they can provide advice quickly.’

‘Valerie Lambert has built up very good knowledge of the industry I work in and understands the challenges that we face from our ample diverse colleagues.’

‘Elizabeth Swinburn is knowledgeable, objective and personal and her advice is impeccable.’

Employment > Pensions Tier 2

HCR Hewitsons' pensions team is known for its ‘good knowledge and ability to find a reliable answer or solution quickly‘. The firm’s dedicated pensions partner is Christopher Nuttall, who works mainly from Cambridge and the firm’s Central England office; Nuttall is praised for ‘explaining problems and solutions with clarity and in a prompt way'. He frequently acts for both employers and trustees of private sector occupational pension schemes throughout the country and across a wide-range of business sectors. The practice also has significant experience in public sector pensions work. Notably, the team recently assisted the Trustee of the Velux Co. Ltd. Retirement Benefits Scheme with an exercise to pension benefits for former employees, to determine if they may be entitled to additional pension benefits.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Nuttall

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and prompt with work, particularly when timescales and project deadlines are approaching. This level of responsiveness was extremely reassuring and provides a positive, engaging and pleasant client experience. Good communication within the firm across different teams e.g. with commercial advice.’

‘Good knowledge and ability to find a reliable answer or solution quickly. Explaining problems and solutions with clarity and in a prompt way – Christopher Nuttall.’

‘The key for me and my colleagues is that HCR provide great support to us, with pragmatic, timely and realistically priced advice.’

‘Our main contact, Chris Nuttall, provides excellent support across a number of our schemes and looks to provide efficiencies if an issue translates across more than one scheme.’

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

  • Advising the trustee of the Velux Co. Ltd. Retirement Benefit Scheme on a project to bring membership data up-to-date and to clarify the benefits payable under the rules to ensure good member outcomes.
  • Advising trustees on the impact of corporate restructurings on the legal aspects of the employer covenant, supporting their schemes and negotiating appropriate mitigation for any detriment caused to the scheme.
  • Working on risk transfer exercises of over £200m for trustees with buyout providers.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The cross-office education and charities practice at HCR Hewitsons is regarded as being ‘very good at applying the charity regulations and understanding the aims and aspirations that clients hold’. Practice head Virginia Henley works from both Central England and Cambridge, the latter is also the base of agriculture and estates partner Denise Wilkinson, who is ‘exceptional in her range of knowledge and provides clear and reasoned advice’. Employment partner Elizabeth Swinburn is also active for charity clients. Susanne Hinde departed for Howes Percival LLP in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Henley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have had a long association with HCR Hewitsons. They understand the organisation, and have been involved in its development over the years. While the main relationship is for advice on corporate governance issues, we always know that we can seek wider expertise across the firm. My experience when I have done so is that the quality of advice and support is always good.’

‘HCR Hewitsons are very good at applying the charity regulations to our specific organisation and understanding the aims and aspirations that we hold.’

‘Denise Wilkinson is exceptional in her range of knowledge and applying this to the specific property-related issues that we require. She is able to draw on a diverse range of specialisms to provide clear and reasoned advice.’

Key clients

The Gertrude Homes

Charity Commission (IRFI)

Jesus College, Cambridge

Cherry Hinton Almshouse Charity

Needham’s Foundation

Visit Cambridge

Mrs Ann Dutton’s Charity

National Hair and Beauty Federation

Downing College, Cambridge

The Middleton Centre

Reach for Health

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Cambridge Boathouse Limited

Wood Green Animal Shelters

Soham Moor Old Grammar School

Stuntney Village Hall

Work highlights

  • Advised The Gertrude Homes in complex correspondence with the Charity Commission regarding a cy-pres application and changes to the constitution via a Charity Commission scheme.
  • Advised the Charity Commission in reviewing the governance arrangements of the charity and making recommendations as to future viability of necessary changes in structure and approach to ensure legal compliance.
  • Advised Jesus College, Cambridge in connection with governance and a significant new project.

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

HCR Hewitsons‘s practice frequently advises on large-scale developments, and projects procured via the public procurement regime. Practice head Colin Jones is a key adviser to developers, contractors, and consultants, manufacturers across the UK. Jones works closely with associate Sardeep Gill, with both handling the negotiation of construction contracts and settlements, as well as resolving disputes through litigation, adjudication, and arbitration. Gill recently led a team advising developers on multimillion-pound residential accommodation projects in Brighton and Haverhill.

Practice head(s):

Colin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

HCR Hewitsons has a strong firm-wide planning, highways and environment practice in which the Cambridge office plays a central role. The lead partner in Cambridge is Gemma Dudley, who has ‘unrivalled expertise in local authority planning issues‘. She works closely with senior associate Brendon Lee, ‘whose work ethic is second to none‘. The firm frequently handles large-scale development and regeneration projects, and it acts for numerous landowners including farmers, investment owners and landed estates. Dudley 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.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Goes above and behind to help, Brendon Lee saved us thousands in a law suit by researching and finding a way for us to move forward.’

‘Hewitsons are the most efficient and trustworthy company I’ve come across Their knowledge, professional attitude and eager to help makes them one of the top companies around In my opinion no other company comes close to the positive approach and professionalism this company holds.’

‘Dealing with Gemma Dudley is always a pleasure. She is responsive, proactive and good at keeping us updated with progress. Also very patient with all my legal questions!’

‘Throught my dealings with HCR Hewitsons I feel as though I have a personal relationship with each of the practitioners who then work seamlessly together to offer me a comprehensive service which my company demands.’

‘Gemma Dudley offers us unrivalled expertise in local authority planning issues, managing to explain complex issues in layman’s terms so we are able to make informed descisions when required to do so.

‘HCR Hewitsons is a true team they provide the most suitable person to undertake the work at hand while retaining the personal touch. We always have a direct point of contact Who would in the traditional sense be called our personal solicitor. When required we are able to call on the vast wealth of knowledge and experience from a firm like HCR Hewitson’s staff who join in with the core team’s support structure.’

‘Outputs are always delivered on time to meet our needs, with staff going over and beyond at times to help achieve a given goal. As a team we have nothing bad to say about them, everyone is polite and caring while still willing to advise us if the path we want to take is not the norm. As a team, they work so well together so no matter which solicitor we are dealing with at any given moment from whichever office they work out of we feel as a client secure that our best interests are being met.’

‘Brendon Lee for us is an outstanding senior associate whose work ethic is second to none and his work output has helped us manage and at times successfully challenge both District and County Councils within our local area. Brendon’s ability to draft legal documents and letters at short notice has been invaluable to help protect our whole community when dealing with national home builders and the bureaucracy behind the local planning system.’

Key clients

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

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

Great Oakley Farms Limited

Campbell Melhuish and Buchanan Limited

Hill Residential Limited

Turnstone Limited

High Street Homes Limited

Lochailort Fairfield Limited

Clayson Country Homes Limited

Bennell Development Limited

Chartwell Industries Limited

Cobham Road Limited

Golden Waratah Group Limited

Kempston Homes Limited

Long Road Sixth Form College

Mitre Property Development Ltd

Lightdoor Limited

Rock 102 Limited

Scotsdale Hill LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hill Residential in relation to an appeal for a development of 576 dwellings in Stevenage, involving the negotiation of a complex Section 106 Agreement and advice in relation to a Statutory Challenge.
  • Acting for Cambridge Investment Partnership in the negotiation of a Section 106 Agreement for a development of 70 dwellings in Cambridge. The Agreement makes provision for affordable housing, an education contribution, an off-site sports contribution, a health contribution and open space provision.
  • Acting for a private individual in successfully quashing by order, upon judicial review to the High Court, a general vesting declaration made by a Leicestershire City Council in accordance with an empty homes compulsory purchase order.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

HCR Hewitsons in Cambridge is highly regarded for commercial landlords and tenant cases, freehold developer disputes, as well as contentious residential and agriculture matters. Lead partner Natalie Minott is ‘able to effectively master a wide range of novel and complex issues quickly‘. Senior associate Kate Church ‘provides detailed, considered advice’. Senior associate Sarah Osborne, formerly of Birkett Long LLP, ‘has a fantastic knowledge on the subject‘. She recently advised a London-based landlord on a matter concerning a request for a lease extension.  

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Minott; Kate Church; Sarah Osborne; Georgia Dinallo; Katie Smith

Testimonials

‘Mrs Natalie Minott our solicitor always sought to understand what we trying to achieve and consequential we felt she really cared and looked after us through the not pleasant process of legal troubles She gave us confidence, dismissed problems that were not problems, dealt with problems that were, encouraged but also managed our expected outcomes. We felt we had been give true personal service.’

‘Kate Church within the litigation team is an encyclopaedia of knowledge and provides practical easy to understand advice. Kate will always take the time to talk through complex situations. This assists in providing clients with detailed, considered advice. Kate is always prompt at responding and will follow up when necessary which is very helpful.’

‘I have dealt with Sarah Osborne for a number of years and have no hesitation in referring our clients to her on enfranchisement matters. She has a fantastic knowledge on the subject and I have always found her to provide advice to clients in an easy to understand way. This is important for a complex area of law.’

‘The practice can cater for specialist advise in our property business and adopts an approach that is able to offer smaller businesses a one point of contact most of the time, who is highly qualified and able to discuss your requirement and assign the most appropriate solicitor to deal with your file. If the situation allows or budgets are tight, you are able to use an Associate, knowing fees will reflect this, but work is carefully overseen by a Senior or Partner.’

‘Our first contact is Sarah Osborne, Senior Associate, Real Estate and Disputes Resolution Team. Sarah stands out because she has taken the time and grown to understand our business and can better anticipate our needs. She knows we like some initial advice before progressing work formally. She is more than willing to help us understand the situation and scope out our objectives and a solution before referring us to a colleague. This means to date we haven’t wasted money or time on services not suited to our needs or situation, which we highly value being a small business.’

‘HCR works as a team with the solicitor on the particular case calling on the various skill sets available within the firm which are very extensive. This was apparent at our mediation when legal documents were being drawn up. HCR were at the mediation but also working with their office team to ensure everything was covered and signed up comprehensively on the same day.’

‘Our solicitor made sure she understood what we were seeking to achieve while advising on our best approach and outcome. HCR were good at making sure we were always up to speed with events and billed monthly with detailed analysis of each bill.’

‘The firm provided a very efficient and stress-free service.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Marc Lazarus in respect of receiving a notice requesting a lease extension. The client is a landlord of a block of flats in South West London.

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

The merger of the firm’s Milton Keynes and Northampton office has bolstered HCR Hewitsons‘ real estate offering in the East Midlands, where the team specialises in residential development, commercial property, asset management, education and public sector work. Claire Howard-Amos leads the team, advising on all aspects of strategic land and residential development. Yvette Morgan is a public sector specialist with experience in large mixed use development projects. Patricia Kempson is another key name with experience in a variety of commercial real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Claire Howard-Amos; Yvette Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Kempson; Katie Wall

Testimonials

‘We have used the Hewitsons team for many years and although this has now evolved with the partnership with HCR the core values remain the same and we can rely on the team to provide a great service to our company. We have a lot of idiosyncrasies in our deals but that does not phase them and they are always ready to listen, evaluate and advise us through complicated deals without judgement.’

‘Claire Howard-Amos is superb at drilling down to the nuts and bolts of what is required. She has patience and perseverance in abundance.’

‘There is a wide diversity of skills with this practice. We have used them for site acquisition and conveyancing, but specialist advice was also available when we needed it.’

‘Special mention goes to Claire Howard-Amos for acquisitions (very thorough).’

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

Wales > Corporate and commercial Tier 2

Formed in November 2020, despite its infancy, Harrison Clark Rickerbys' fledgling corporate department has rapidly grown in size, with former corporate head at Ince & Co, Theresa Grech , the latest partner to join the firm,  following her arrival in March 2022. Consequently, it has the resources to handle a significant volume and variety of work, ranging from M&A matters, reorganisations and JV structuring, primarily in the mid-market. 'Incredibly experienced' team head Martyn Davies takes the lead on the most significant mandates, including many with a cross-border complexion. On the commercial front, the firm has a core focus on advising technology-based clients, with David Beynon noted for his outsourcing and software development expertise, and the 'knowledgeable and commercially astute' Nicola McNeely one of the pre-eminent practitioners in Wales for advising on blockchain and non-fungible token (NFT) matters.

Practice head(s):

Martyn Davies; David Beynon; Nicola McNeely

Other key lawyers:

Theresa Grech

Testimonials

Harrison Clark Rickerbys present an incredibly experienced, capable, accessible and dynamic team throughout the corporate support structure.’

As a fast growth tech startup we are light on resource and short on time. What we love about the firm is how they have almost become part of our team.’

They have a pragmatic and commercial approach in a cost structure that works for SME clients.’

Martyn Davies knows when to hold firm and when to be pragmatic and that is a god send to us as a fast growing tech-startup.’

Martyn Davies heads up the corporate side and provided incredibly experienced and capable control throughout the process.’

I cannot recommend Nicola McNeely highly enough. I have never engaged a more professional, polished, knowledgeable and commercially astute lawyer in my career.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Synetic Life Sciences Limited

Dr Organic (TOCG UK Limited)

Shareholders of Edmo Group Holdings Limited

KGM Underwriting Services Limited

Alltrust Holdings Limited and its group of companies

Tessitura Network, Inc.

Prima Dental Manufacturing Limited

allpay Limited

Concrete Canvas Group Limited

Open Medical Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders of Synetic Life Sciences Limited on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Lucid Group.
  • Advised Damier (Belgium) on the restructure and refinance of the Dr Organic group (Belgium/UK).
  • Provide a fully outsourced legal solution to allpay.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

The ‘effective and agile’ team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys regularly operates in five sectors: namely, construction, finance, healthcare, education and defence. Recently, the firm has been involved in a number of restructuring matters. Practice head Sam Payne handles advisory and transactional work, often for insolvency practitioners and lenders. In addition, Alan Meiklejohn has recently advised lenders and secured creditors together on a variety of recovery and insolvency issues, with Hayley Phelps strengthening the team with her experience in advisory and transactional work. Stuart Taylor joined the practice in July 2022 from Pinsent Masons LLP .

Practice head(s):

Sam Payne

Testimonials

‘I find the team’s approach to be fast, effective and agile.’

‘They are ready to move at short notice to deliver a great outcome.’

‘Alan Meiklejohn understands both the strategic and detailed objectives of the issues and works hard to find a solutions-based outcome.’

‘Sam Payne is commercially astute and able to leverage those positions.’

‘The team headed by Sam Payne is well rounded, pragmatic and cost effective, covering all types of corporate insolvency assignments.’

‘Sam Payne is a very commercial pragmatic restructuring solicitor who had experience in dealing with a very wide range of challenging assignments.’

Key clients

Quantuma Advisory Limited

Begbies Traynor

McAlister & Co

PBC Insolvency

Interpath

Mazars

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

FRP Advisory

Alvarez & Marsal

Thincats

Triple Point

BDO

Leonard Curtis

Smith Cooper

Butcher woods

Work highlights

  • Acted for Quantuma Advisory Limited as the proposed and then joint administrators of CPD Realisations Limited (formally Sleep Design Limited) and the subsequent pre-pack sale of the business and assets to a third party following the affects to the company caused by COVID and then other economic headwinds.
  • Acted for Tricorn Group PLC, a locally based engineering business whose UK trading division had previously entered administration. Working alongside Alvarez & Marsal in relation to the sale of the business and assets of the PLC in particular a US Subsidiary and the proposed realisation of its interest in a joint venture company based in China.
  • Acted for Mazars as proposed and then actual administrators of Almor Limited being a company involved in the manufacture, refurbishing and repair of furnaces. The company had experienced financial headwinds together with a reduced order book causing it to go into administration. Acted on the appointment and the sale of the company’s assets and continue to deal with a number of property issues across all 3 sites that the company had previously traded from.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

The ‘committed’ team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys is now co-headed by Peter Savage and Ally Taft. Its former practice head, Inez Brown, has left the firm. It is a ‘very good regional clinical negligence specialist’ practice. Taft is particularly experienced in advising on claims relating to surgical errors, birth injury cases and delayed diagnosis cases. The group is also sought after for its work on dental negligence claims.  Associate, Amrit Dhaliwal, plays a pivotal role in the department too.

Practice head(s):

Peter Savage; Ally Taft

Other key lawyers:

Fahmidah Ali; Amrit Dhaliwal; Elizabeth Wickson

Testimonials

‘I would have no hesitation in recommending Harrison Clark Rickerby for claims or any other legal matters. They were interested in the case from the start and listened to what I was trying to achieve’.

‘I dealt with Ally Taft who provided me with detailed information and guidance from the start. I was never left feeling out of the loop and received information in a timely manner’.

‘I have nothing but praise for the way my Clinical Negligence Case was dealt with by this practice. Each of the Solicitors who dealt with my case from start to finish showed understanding, empathy and knowledge’.

‘ Fahmidah Ali called upon very knowledgeable expert witnesses when required to advance my case where necessary’.

‘The team is obviously experienced in dealing with Clinical Negligence claims against NHS Trusts and was able to advise accordingly.’

‘Ally Taft is an excellent solicitor I have worked with over a number of years and she is consistently impressive’.

‘Ally Taft – partner – very experienced, confident in the most complicated of cases, conscientious and fights hard for her clients’.

‘Ally Taft, and Amrit Dhaliwal stand out particularly as solicitors who lead the team by example; they are friendly and yet tenacious in their pursuit of justice’.

Key clients

Mrs S J

DS (by her litigation friend JS)

NL

AC (by her litigation friend SC)

Mrs TS

DB (as executor of the estate of BB, deceased)

SF

RB

RJ

GB (on behalf of the estate of JB)

Work highlights

  • Advising on a delay in diagnosis and treatment of meningococcal septicaemia resulting in multiple amputations. The claimant was one year old at the time, and lost both legs below the knees, all of the fingers on one hand, and three of the fingers on the other hand. The team achieved a capitalised settlement of £10.3m.
  • Advising on a delay in diagnosis of a bowel condition, leading to a permanent stoma, stroke and paralysis. The team settled the claim for a 7-figure sum.
  • Advising on a four-year delay in diagnosing kidney cancer. The team managed to secure settlement despite liability being denied.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 2

Victoria Fellows now heads the ‘young, vibrant and female team’ at Harrison Clark Rickerbys following the retirement of Kevin Harris-James (who remains a consultant at the firm). Fellows who has been described as ‘LA Law style tough, particularly good in getting bullies to back down’, has a particular focus on high-value financial remedy claims on divorce. Georgina Burrows specialises in complex and often long running private law children cases. Senior Associate, Shereen Chohan predominantly advises high-net-worth individuals on a broad spectrum of issues.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Fellows

Testimonials

‘I recommend this firm to family and friends as I know that they will be supported and well-advised through difficult times. The firm stands out as a class above other firms’.

‘Georgina Burrows is excellent. She is great with clients and is always thoroughly prepared’.

‘The firm has a strong presence in Birmingham and in Worcester as well as their other locations across the UK’.

‘Shereen Chohan, associate solicitor, deserves a great deal of praise. She is very hardworking and committed and has great procedural and legal knowledge. I rate her very highly’.

‘Victoria Fellows – clients have a lawyer new best friend who will put their case without fear or favour. Sheree Chohan is quiet and determined in style. No fuss or drama just excellent preparation. Takes time to understand clients story and builds their case plank by plank‘.

‘Georgina Burrows deals with tricky cases, parents denied or denying contact. Whatever the allegations, whatever the storm Georgina is their rock and their champion; she will offer 24/7 support and will extract the info to build the best possible case for the client’.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Harrison Clark Rickerbys assists high-net-worth clients on the full range of private client matters. In addition, the group is skilled at handling a variety of complex matters where there are substantial agricultural or international assets. Spearheaded by Shirley Rabbetts; Laura Banks and Julia Stahl, the team also receives plaudits for its specialist advice in other areas such as family investment companies and inheritance tax relief in addition to its work with older and vulnerable clients. Dawn Oliver is another key figure.  Lisa Whitehouse is now at Meridian Private Client LLP.

Practice head(s):

Shirley Rabbetts; Laura Banks; Julia Stahl

Other key lawyers:

Dawn Oliver; Lisette Macdonald; Beth King-Smith

Testimonials

‘Overall a very competent service. Everything has been done efficiently with a personal touch’.

‘Laura Banks has been excellent. Efficient and responsive with a friendly and approachable manner in a difficult situation’.

‘Extremely prompt. We always felt we were the only people they were dealing with. Never mind modern technology, here you find, old fashioned manners. Laura Banks, always takes time to listen’.

‘HCR has an abundance of talented solicitors with which they can draw experience and knowledge from to achieve the best outcome for their clients. Laura Banks’ knowledge on the law around Wills and Probates is unparalleled, coupled with her pragmatic approach, make her one of the best‘.

‘Very knowledgeable, up to date with the rules and regulation, precise, approachable, passionate with our individual’s need and situation. Mrs Laura Banks’.

‘What makes them different is their dedication to meeting client needs and expectations, in a timely efficient manner and providing clear and concise advice. They have considerable depth of knowledge and capability in the firm and you get input from highly capable specialists’.

‘Lissette MacDonald and Beth King-Smith – they are straight forward in their advice, willing to work with me on tax planning in a constructive and positive way and very supportive. They are prompt and efficient, knowledgeable and clear in their advice, what more could I ask for?‘.

‘Laura Banks is the consummate private client solicitor. Charming, reassuring and creative, but her service is underpinned with exceptional technical expertise’.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Handling a wide array of contentious and non-contentious insolvency work, the team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys is increasingly focused on early involvement in restructurings. Practice chair Robin Koolhoven's broad Cheltenham-based practice includes advising on fixed charge receivership appointments. Deanne Hamilton has significant expertise in director disqualification work, while Paul Grundy specialises in contentious work such as breach of trust matters.

Practice head(s):

Robin Koolhoven

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team can call on a wide variety of talent. There is plenty of diversity amongst the team and they are solution driven.’

‘Robin Koolhoven is a practical adviser and can see commercial solutions to difficult problems.’

 

Key clients

BDO LLP

Grant Thornton

Teneo

Mazars

Menzies

Durkan Cahill

McAlister & Co

RSM Restructuring and Insolvency LLP

Begbies Traynor Central LLP (Bristol Office)

Quantuma

Work highlights

  • Advising the joint administrators of a property investment company on the realisation of a property asset and issuing a paragraph 71 application to sell the property free from security.
  • Advising the joint administrators of Arboretum Devon Limited on a professional negligence claim relating to valuation of property interests.
  • Advising the joint liquidators of TNG Realisations Limited on asset recovery and realisation of a significant property portfolio.

Private client > Family Tier 3

HCR Hewitsons joins the rankings this year having recruited ‘sensible and approachable‘ partner Roopa Ahluwalia from BDB Pitmans in 2022. The firm is ‘well known for providing sound family law advice and representation at the highest levels'. Clients of Ahluwalia ‘value her clear advice and the ability to be realistic about outcomes. She predominantly handles high-value divorce and financial remedy work, often for clients in the technology, agriculture, and higher education sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm is well known for providing sound family law advice and representation at the highest levels. A good quality firm.’

‘Roopa Ahluwalia is very well known. She is sensible and approachable.’

‘HCR have a growing presence in Cambridge and have gone from a standing start of no permanent family lawyers to build a growing team.’

‘Roopa Ahluwalia is exceptional. She is pragmatic, takes time to listen to what her clients want to achieve and looks at all options available to resolve the issues. Clients value her clear advice and the ability to be realistic about outcomes.’

‘HCR Hewitsons is a multidisciplinary firm with very strong local foundations, as well as an important presence in London. Not every firm can offer the same breadth and reach that they can.’

‘Roopa Ahluwalia is a particular favourite of mine. Roopa is very hands on. Client’s love her and appreciate her direct but empathic approach. In my experience, she is calm, thoughtful and kind. As a qualified mediator and collaborative lawyer, where possible she prefers to find a solution without resorting to contentious litigation.’

‘Roopa Ahluwalia can turn her hand to anything, be it financial remedy, private law children, or the more esoteric. She is very experienced in cases involving interveners; many of them with an international element. When not leading from the front, Roopa is very involved in her local legal communities; she chairs the Cambridge & West Suffolk Resolution pod. She’s absolutely first class.’

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

HCR Hewitsons in Cambridge is on SAP (UK) Limited’s global panel of commercial law advisors. The firm’s commercial practice is a key adviser to a growing number of companies on IT transactions, among them commodity trading software developer VAKT Global, engineering and architecture consultant Sweco AB and mobile game developer Marmalade Game Studio. Practice head Nathan Evans is ‘a dependable and skilled external counsel’, who often handles integration services and material outsourcing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Evans

Testimonials

‘Nathan Evans continues to be a dependable and skilled external counsel to us. As evidenced by his previous ranking, he is well known for his FS expertise and as well as his commercial and pragmatic advice We are delighted to have him as our partner.’

Key clients

SAP (UK) Limited

SAP Fioneer Limited

VAKT Global Limited

Trade Information Network Limited

Ingenta PLC

Marmalade Game Studio

sa.global

Sweco AB

Connected Places Catapult

TactfulAI Limited

GOTU Sarl

MVG Media Limited

ThinCats

Work highlights

  • The firm holds a position on SAP (UK) Limited’s global panel of commercial law advisors. The firm provides advice on on-prem, cloud, consultancy, and professional services to SAP in both the UK and across the North EMEA.
  • Advising SAP Fioneer on deals and regulatory matters in connection with outsourcing in the financial services sector.
  • Advising VAKT Global Limited on a range of commercial matters, including strategic partnerships, data licensing, platform licensing, and transaction support.

Employment Tier 3

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

Harrison Clark Rickerbys is led by Rachel Turner on the corporate side, overseeing a particular hive of activity on private equity-backed transactions. Turner is a specialist on high-value and complex transaction structures, and is supported by experienced practitioner Robert Rice, who remains the focal point for the firm’s US-based clients in the space. Rachel Khiara heads the commercial division which is known for its expansive IT and technology sector work, alongside a full IP offering.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Turner; Rachel Khiara

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Steer Automotive Group Limited

BackOffice Associates (Europe) Limited

Wilton & Bain Group Limited

Azego TS Limited

Collard Group Limited

Insource Limited

Shareholders of J. Bennett & Son (Insurance) Limited

Shareholders of Wine Box Company Limited

YFM Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Mike Revell and Raza Rizvi on the sale of their shares in Activereach to Babble Cloud.
  • Acting for Steer Automotive Group Limited on its purchase of the entire issued share capital of AW Repair Group Limited.
  • Acted for the Shareholders of J. Bennett & Co (Insurance) Limited on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Jensten Limited.

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

Harrison Clark Rickerbys handles acquisitions, disposals and leasing matters on behalf of a national client base. Practice head Clare Day specialises in real estate finance and all aspects of property investment, whilst Lewis Djemal acts on the full range of commercial property transactions.

Practice head(s):

Clare Day

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We liked the way we were able to describe our business and its needs and they then decided who in his team would best fit our style/rhythm. Got this right first time.’

‘Lewis Djemal is excellent. Very good and delivered the service expected.’

‘Knowledgeable and worked together to ensure we had the best solution. There was always cover when one of the team was away. The partner was always copied on correspondence so was able to stay up to date with the activity.’

‘Friendly and down to earth. Ensured explanations were simple and understandable to non-legal people.’

Key clients

Darcliffe Homes (Country Estates Group)

Elstree Land

War Child

Biocrucible Limited

Procook Limited

Secure Trust Bank Plc

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Proplend

Lloyds Bank Plc

Cynergy Bank Limited

Eton Bridge Partners Limited

Avon Capital Estates

Work highlights

  • Advised internationally recognised charity, War Child, on the acquisition of their new head office location in London.
  • Advised retailer Procook Limited in acquiring their latest 167,000 sq ft warehouse space.

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Private client > Family Tier 3

The ‘hardworking, conscientious and accessible’ team at Harrison Clark Rickerbysdelivers sound advice‘ to clients across a broad spectrum of matters including divorce, financial remedy and children. ‘Knowledgeable and approachable’ team head Richard Scott is particularly noted for his work on behalf of public sector workers (including members of the police force) going through divorce and financial remedy proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Richard Scott

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Edwards

Testimonials

‘The members of the practice are hardworking, conscientious and accessible to clients and professional colleagues. They work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome for their clients whilst also ensuring they deliver sound advice and ensure that clients remain grounded and have a good understanding of how their case will progress.’

‘Richard Scott is knowledgeable and approachable, and does the best for his clients, in a sensible and amicable way.’

‘Richard Scott and Lucy Edwards have an easy manner that runs alongside a steely determination to ensure the best outcome for their clients.’

 

Work highlights

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Led by the ‘responsive and well-liked’ David King and recently strengthened by the recruitment of several associates, Harrison Clark Rickerbysknowledgeable and very efficient’ team continues to grow its presence in South Wales and is frequently sought out directly by clients, as well as in a referral capacity, to advise on wealth and estate planning matters. King ‘displays excellent technical ability when involved in complex estate planning matters’, including the creation of family investment companies and lifetime trusts.

Practice head(s):

David King

Other key lawyers:

Nia Griffiths; Georgia O’Reilly

Testimonials

‘A capable team with a growing presence in South Wales.’

‘Knowledgeable and very efficient.’ 

‘They are very responsive and communicative.’ 

‘David King is responsive and well liked by clients.’

‘David King displays excellent technical ability when involved in complex estate planning matters.’

 

Work highlights

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

Work highlights

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

The construction and engineering team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys combines construction practitioners with chartered quantity surveyors, such as Keith Blizzard, who is a chartered surveyor and construction manager, and who leads the team alongside Cambridge-based partner Colin Jones. The firm advises a broad client base, including local authorities, contractors and developers across a number of sectors such as infrastructure, education and health. Paul Johnston and Andrew James, based in Worcester, are key names to note for their respective expertise in construction projects and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Keith Blizzard; Colin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are flexible, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. They are always local and available. The team have a breadth of knowledge that is willingly shared.’

‘The individuals are all helpful, polite, engaging and professional in their field. Their ability to be available, supportive and quickly share their knowledge and advice is a huge benefit. The individuals and the team as a whole are diverse, with a professional approach.’

‘High level of skill and knowledge within their particular area of expertise’

‘A full-service practice but at regional prices. Good use of technology and a complete legal service.’

‘Andrew James is very responsive and helpful.’

‘It is the level of diversity, all our legal issues can be dealt with through one practice.’

Key clients

Tarmac

Speller Metcalfe

Lloyds Bank

Barnwood Group

Hatchbury

Gloucestershire College

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

The ‘strong team‘ at Harrison Clark Rickerbys is well placed to handle an array of landlord and tenant issues such as boundary disputes, 1954 Act lease renewals and high value dilapidations claims. The ‘hugely experienced’ Andrew Walker leads the Cheltenham-based practice; he has a particular focus on real estate portfolio work. Andrew Cave extends the practice’s property portfolio expertise while Kate Hallifax frequently assists with development disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Walker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Andrew Cave is an experienced pair of hands. He handled a challenging lay client extremely well. He can be robust when he needs to be, is pragmatic and down to earth and thinks ahead.’

‘The contentious work is led by partner Andrew Walker. We have always found his team to be competent and approachable.’

‘A well-rounded litigation practice well able to serve both their regional client base and more widely. A greater depth of experience than might be expected of a firm in their locations, at a regional price.’

‘Andrew Walker is hugely experienced in property litigation, based on his long career in city and UK-wide firms. Really knows his stuff, both legally and especially commercially. .’

‘HCR has a strong team, capable of dealing with all manner of property disputes. There is a strong ethos of working ‘glove in hand’ with counsel on cases to ensure effective litigation.’

 

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 4

The partnership team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys advises on the full spectrum of partnership and LLP work, ranging from SRA regulatory matters, law firm mergers and private equity deals to partnership disputes and drafting. The team’s client roster features fund managers, medical and farming partnerships, private equity houses and professional practices and is jointly led by the ‘very commercial’  Robert Capper, who specialises in commercial contracts and partnership work, and the highly regarded Rachel Khiara, who handles both the transactional and day-to-day management work of partnerships and LLPs.

Practice head(s):

Robert Capper; Rachel Khiara

Testimonials

‘Rachel Khiara is the go to person for complex regulatory advice. Her vast experience with Alternative Business Structures authorisations gives her unique insight into the approach by the regulator.’

‘The team works as a team should.’

‘Robert Capper brings a breath of fresh air to any project that we have worked on.  His approach is very balanced, well thought through and above all practical to ensure the best possible outcome for the client.’

‘A very capable and efficient team. They have great abilities in the medical partnership field too. A growing force.’

‘Robert Capper is very commercial and capable. He slices through to the point and is a powerful lawyer.

‘Rachel Khiara is a great addition to the team. She has vast partnership experience, is superb with clients and a strong lawyer.’

Key clients

LegalZoom.com, Inc /Pulse Global Services Limited

Burford Law (UK) Holdings Limited (SRA regulated)

Work highlights

  • Advising a fund manager on complex LLP constitutional issues and specialist FCA regulatory advice, arising in relation to a dispute with the management team, which has an aggregate consideration of c.£20m.
  • Advising a global law firm in relation to its international structure in the UK, USA, Australia and France, including drafting the LLP Deeds and constitutional documentation.
  • Advising a private equity buy and build specialist in relation to its entry into the legal services sector, commencing with the acquisition of a national top 100 law firm.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Harrison Clark Rickerbys excels when it comes to inheritance tax planning and estate administration, providing counsel to both domestic and global clients, including non-domiciled and non-UK resident clients, as well as landed estates. Emma McCarthy is the key name in the Thames Valley with her practice emphasising wills and lasting powers of attorney, alongside estate planning and administration.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Emma McCarthy was marvellous. She is very professional, knowledgeable, precise and extremely kind.’

‘Excellent service.’

‘Emma McCarthy offers clients reassurance and confidence in every instance.’

‘Emma McCarthy is professional, knowledgeable and listens to clients needs.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property Tier 4

Led by Justin Mason , the 'very pragmatic and proactive' team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys has a core focus on development work, both in the public and private sector. In this regard, the Cardiff team continues to grow its offering since the department was formally established in June 2022, with a number of recent associate hires providing more resources with which to handle an expanding workload. Mason also has niche expertise advising on property work in the funeral sector. Lisa Gibbs  heads up the residential property group.

Practice head(s):

Justin Mason (Commercial Property); Lisa Gibbs (Residential Property)

Other key lawyers:

Rhys Langley

Testimonials

‘There firm is very pragmatic and proactive in identifying solutions to potential issues. They have always been available when required and are able to bring a commercial perspective as well as pure legal advice.’

Very knowledgeable, very co-operative and brilliant people to work with.’

Key clients

Dartmouth Town Council

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

BN Developments Limited

Thame Community Land Trust

Green Axis Limited

Opex Logistics

Albion Lodge Limited and Albion Lodge Developments Limited

Memoria Limited

Low Cost Funeral Limited and The Independent Funeral Partnership 2020 Limited

TVS Supply Chain Solutions Limited

Urbane London Limited

Homer Pensions & Investments Limited

Sandpiper TKL Limited (trading as Lockley Homes)

Work highlights

  • Advising Dartmouth Town Council in respect of the acquisition and proposed development of the Former Cottage Hospital.
  • Continuing to act for Sandpiper TKL Limited in respect of their programme of high-end residential development sites in the Midlands including all aspects of the process from option agreements and planning advice through to plot sales.
  • Acting for Green Axis Limited in respect of an innovative acquisition structure relating to local authority land for the development of eight net-zero carbon homes with a view to rolling out the structure on future developments.

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Worcester-based firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys has established a strong roster of planning clients, both in the public and private sectors, including local authorities, education and healthcare providers, developers and landowners. The group also has a strong environmental cross-over as well as a robust contentious capacity. The practice is spearheaded by Rosalind Andrews, who specialises in residential development, village greens, highways and judicial review. Elizabeth Shield is a key member of the team and is a chartered planner.

Practice head(s):

Rosalind Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The planning team at HCR were exceptional on a recent complicated matter where time was of the essence. The lead partner was Rosalind Andrews. Even when she was away she followed matters up and ensured that the job was not delayed by her absence. She properly briefed her supporting Associates and Partners at all times and their work was also outstanding. Ros is a Lead Partner who does not shy away from understanding the detail.’

‘Very personal service, lateral thinking, time spent diligently.’

Key clients

Hill Residential Limited

Malvern Hills District Council

Wychavon District Council

University of Gloucestershire

Work highlights

  • Represented a developer in a Court of Appeal challenge against the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman relating to local authority conduct in planning matters.
  • Represented Wychavon District Council in relation to Section 106 Agreements for urban extensions of Worcester, 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.

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

Virginia Henley leads the practice at HCR Hewitsons, which advises a broad variety of charities on the full range of issues. Clients include not-for-profit organisations, community interest companies as well as registered societies. Other areas of expertise include advising many almshouse charities, and the group continues to act as a trusted adviser to various schools and Oxbridge colleges. Denise Wilkinson and her team also advise many major landowning charities in England and Wales.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Henley

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Holy Cross Preparatory School Kingston

True Athlete Project

4th Kenton (St Mary’s) Group

Hornchurch Housing Trust

Cheltenham College

Clifton High School Foundation

The National Association of Master Bakers Limited

Smallwood Trust

Milton Keynes Community Foundation

Mountain Trust

Old Wilsonians’ Sports Club

Grumpy Givers

The Tipping Point Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Holy Cross Preparatory School on the hive out of School from parent religious community.
  • Advised the True Athlete Project on the successful registration of the charity through statutory appeal process against initial rejection by Charity Commission.

Employment Tier 5

Praised for its ‘customer-focused and pragmatic way of dealing with difficult and emotive matters’, Harrison Clark Rickerbys‘ ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team has, since it was formed in February 2020, ‘established a formidable Welsh presence within a strikingly short space of time’. Key to the firm’s success is the reputation and leadership of team head Chris Mayers , who brings to bear significant experience representing claimants and respondents across a range of employment litigation, and who is able to ‘bring even the most intransigent opponent to the table’. Andrea Thomas  is noted for her ability to provide ‘balanced and commercial advice’ to public and private sector clients both in a standalone advisory capacity as well as in the context of corporate support.  

Practice head(s):

Chris Mayers

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Thomas; Nadine Maher

Testimonials

‘They are extremely knowledgeable, pragmatic, concise and friendly.’

‘The team has not only a huge amount of up to date legal knowledge, but an extremely customer-focused and pragmatic way of dealing with difficult and emotive matters.’

The team has established a formidable Welsh presence within a strikingly short space of time.’

‘Chris Mayers has a dominating presence, matched with charm and powerful wit. He is an exceptional negotiator and can bring even the most intransigent opponent to the table.’

I cannot praise Chris Mayers highly enough. He is a truly caring and fabulous solicitor. A rare gem.’

Andrea Thomas presented my business with a personable and very proactive manner of dealing with difficult decisions and tasks.’

Andrea Thomas has strong eye for detail, is good with clients, and a safe pair of hands.’

Andrea Thomas is quick to respond, offers balanced and commercial advice, and is a pleasure to work with. She acts like a true business partner.’

Key clients

allpay

British Airways Plc

Synetic Life Sciences Limited

Edmo Group Holdings Limited

Alltrust Holdings Limited

Janice Anyon & Others

Police Federation of England and Wales

Work highlights

  • Representing the Police Federation of England and Wales in a number of claims against different Police forces, mainly involving allegations of discrimination.
  • Handling the employment law advice pursuant to Synetic Life Sciences’ sale to Lucid Group.
  • Provided employment law support to the firm’s corporate team on its representation of the shareholders of Alltrust Holdings Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to The UAP Group based in Guernsey.

Employment Tier 6

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

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Employment > Health and safety

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

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

Harrison Clark Rickerbys is led by Rachel Turner on the corporate side, overseeing a particular hive of activity on private equity-backed transactions. Turner is a specialist on high-value and complex transaction structures, and is supported by experienced practitioner Robert Rice, who remains the focal point for the firm’s US-based clients in the space. Rachel Khiara heads the commercial division which is known for its expansive IT and technology sector work, alongside a full IP offering.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Turner; Rachel Khiara

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Steer Automotive Group Limited

BackOffice Associates (Europe) Limited

Wilton & Bain Group Limited

Azego TS Limited

Collard Group Limited

Insource Limited

Shareholders of J. Bennett & Son (Insurance) Limited

Shareholders of Wine Box Company Limited

YFM Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Mike Revell and Raza Rizvi on the sale of their shares in Activereach to Babble Cloud.
  • Acting for Steer Automotive Group Limited on its purchase of the entire issued share capital of AW Repair Group Limited.
  • Acted for the Shareholders of J. Bennett & Co (Insurance) Limited on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Jensten Limited.

West Midlands > Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Harrison Clark Rickerbys (HCR) is an award-winning, ambitious and entrepreneurial law firm. It provides a full 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. The firm 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.

HCR works collaboratively with firms internationally and is a founding member of LawExchange International – an independent association of law firms serving clients doing business in the world’s major commercial markets.

The firm has grown considerably through several strategic mergers, all answering client demand and it’s client demand that continues to rank the Corporate team as one of the top three dealmakers across all its regions in the UK in the last two years, according to Experian.

HCR is known for its Passion for People – it is passionate about recruiting and growing talented lawyers and support staff.

This passion for people extends 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Birmingham office Rebecca Leask rleask@hcrlaw.com 0121 454 0739
Head of Cambridge office Inger Anson ianson@hcrlaw.com 01223 461 155
Head of Cardiff office Hefin Archer-Williams hawilliams@hcrlaw.com 02922 749 200
Head of Cheltenham office Kristine Scott kscott@hcrlaw.com 01242 224 422
Head of Hereford office Rebecca Kirk rkirk@hcrlaw.com 01432 349 670
Head of London office - International HQ Harry Bengough hbengough@hcrlaw.com 0330 107 5802
Joint Head of Central England office Charlotte Thornton-Smith ctsmith@hcrlaw.com 01604 233 233
Joint Head of Central England office Dominic Hopkins dhopkins@hcrlaw.com 01604 233 233
Head of Thames Valley office Heath Thomas hthomas@hcrlaw.com 0118 911 1206
Head of Worcester office Charlotte Thornton-Smith ctsmith@hcrlaw.com 01905 612 001
Head of Wye Valley office Arpinder Dhillon adhillon@hcrlaw.com 01905 744 810
Photo Name Position Profile
Phillipa Mary Bruce-Kerr photo Phillipa Mary Bruce-Kerr Partner,  Head of Team
Andrew Cave photo Andrew Cave Partner, Real Estate Disputes.
Fiona Hayles photo Fiona Hayles
Rowena Kay photo Rowena Kay
Robin Koolhoven photo Robin Koolhoven
Jason Morris photo Jason Morris Partner and Head of Debt Recovery
Steven Murray photo Mr Steven Murray Head of Contentious IP
Rachel Parkin photo Rachel Parkin Education (Employment) Partner
Jenny Raymond photo Jenny Raymond Partner in the dispute resolution team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys acting for…
Rachael Reeves photo Rachael Reeves Partner
Rachel Roberts photo Mrs Rachel Roberts Partner Head of Employment, Cheltenham
Kristine Scott photo Kristine Scott
Alex Taylor photo Alex Taylor Partner,  Joint Head of Private Client Team.
Ben Thomas photo Ben Thomas
Zoe Touhey photo Zoe Touhey Partner, Head of Residential Conveyancing (West).
Richard Wilkey photo Richard Wilkey Richard is a partner and Head of the Corporate Team at HCR…
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Derek Callanan photo Derek Callanan Partner.
Mark Carter photo Mark Carter
Adam Finch photo Mr Adam Finch I head up the Cheltenham Dispute Resolution team, which includes over 33…
James Grigg photo James Grigg Partner, Head of Family Team.
Paul Grundy photo Paul Grundy Legal Director.
Deanne Hamilton photo Deanne Hamilton Senior Associate.
Richard Knight photo Richard Knight Consultant.
Tom Murphy-Kirkhope photo Tom Murphy-Kirkhope Partner.
Emma Swann photo Emma Swann Partner, Head of Academies.
Steve Thomas photo Steve Thomas Partner.
Andrew Walker photo Mr Andrew Walker Partner, Head of Real Estate Disputes.
Tim Ward photo Tim Ward Partner, Head of Corporate Cheltenham.
Morgan West photo Morgan West Partner.
Number of UK partners : 168
Number of other UK fee-earners : 384
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