HCR Hewitsons > Central Milton Keynes, England > Firm Profile

HCR Hewitsons
EXCHANGE HOUSE
482 Midsummer Boulevard
MK9 2EA
England

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Inger Anson; Nathan Evans

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

SAP (UK) Limited

SAP Fioneer Limited

VAKT Global Limited

Trade Information Network Limited

Ingenta PLC

AEB (International) Limited

Marmalade Game Studio

sa.global

Prism Global Partners Limited

Skillnet Limited

Quartix Holdings Plc

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

Hill Residential Limited

Homes England

Silverwell Energy Limited

Spirol Group, Inc. (HQ in USA)

Cheffins

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds Limited

Cambridge Maintenance Services Limited

4D Monitoring Limited

Biogen (UK) Group

Kisanhub (UK and India)

Work highlights

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

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Simon Biggin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

Key clients

An ANPR solutions company

Work highlights

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

Employment > Pensions Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Christopher Nuttall

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Biochrom Limited

T Groocock & Co (Rothwell) Limited

Permastore Limited

Trustees of the Velux Co. Ltd Retirement Benefits Scheme

United Learning Trust

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Trustees of the Superior Pension Fund (Greenery UK Limited)

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

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

Perrys Group Limited

Morris Education Trust (Eastern Learning Alliance)

C Walton Limited

Upshot Systems CIC

Work highlights

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

Employment Tier 3

East Anglia > Employment > Employment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Head of Birmingham office Rebecca Leaskrleask@hcrlaw.com0121 454 0739
Head of Cambridge office Inger Ansonianson@hcrlaw.com01223 461 155
Head of Cardiff office Hefin Archer-Williamshawilliams@hcrlaw.com02922 749 200
Head of Cheltenham office Kristine Scottkscott@hcrlaw.com01242 224 422
Head of Hereford office Rebecca Kirkrkirk@hcrlaw.com01432 349 670
Head of London office - International HQ Sam Paynespayne@hcrlaw.com020 7849 6320
Head of Milton Keynes office Robert Capperrcapper@hcrlaw.com01908 247 010
Joint Head of Northampton office Charlotte Thornton-Smithctsmith@hcrlaw.com01604 233 233
Joint Head of Northampton office Dominic Hopkinsdhopkins@hcrlaw.com01604 233 233
Head of Thames Valley office Heath Thomashthomas@hcrlaw.com0118 911 1206
Head of Worcester office Charlotte Thornton-Smithctsmith@hcrlaw.com01905 612 001
Head of Wye Valley office Arpinder Dhillonadhillon@hcrlaw.com01905 744 810
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Lynne Adams photo Lynne AdamsSenior Associate
Carolyn Bagley photo Carolyn BagleyPartner in private wealth department in Milton Keynes and Northampton, specialising in…
Maria Hearne photo Maria HearneSenior Solicitor
Yvette Morgan photo Yvette MorganPartner
Sunita Punj photo Sunita PunjSenior Solicitor
Simon Wain photo Simon WainPartner
David Wells photo David WellsPartner in the Real Estate Team advising on a full range of…
Number of UK partners : 172
Number of other UK fee-earners : 369
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