Firm Profile > Hewitsons > Northampton , England


Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Hewitsons impresses through its ‘attention to detail’ and ‘practical advice’. Its client base includes substantial landed estates, in addition to major producers of cereals, potatoes, herbs, vegetable and livestock. Particularly strong on the transaction front, the team is well-versed in acting for farmers and rural estate owners on the disposal of agricultural land for residential and commercial developments. Renewables are an additional area of expertise, with the workload increasingly consisting of matters related to solar farms and battery storage. The ‘bright, hard-working and reliableGareth Williams leads the department, which includes rising star Stephanie Dennis.

Leading individuals

Rising stars


They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics‘.

Stephanie Dennis is very diligent, efficient and communicative. Her work is always carried out with complete professionalism and skill‘.

The whole team offers excellent customer service, being responsive and timely with its advice‘.

Gareth Williams has a practical and proactive approach to projects, which is often missing elsewhere‘.

Key clients

Compton Estates

Wistow Estate. Leicestershire

Bedford Estates

Merton College, Oxford

Homes England

Watford Estate, Northamptonshire

Northern Family, Bedfordshire

Arbury Estate, Warwickshire

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

The ‘range of expertise is outstanding’ at Hewitsons, with the team acting for a host of service-providing, corporate, grant-making and education charities, in addition to various other non-profit organisations. Practice head Chris Knight deploys his ‘vast knowledge of the charity sector’ in governance, commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. The group is also experienced in handling mergers and redevelopments.

Leading individuals


They have a close knit team that keeps all of its members in the loop‘.

They are readily available‘.

Chris Knight is quick to grasp the issues being faced. His manner is always pleasant and engaging, and his explanations clear‘.

Key clients

Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust

Psoriasis Association

Oundle School

Community Spaces Northampton

Theotokos Romanian Church

Northamptonshire Association for the Blind

Jesus Army Charitable Trust

Sir Thomas White’s Northampton Charity

Northamptonshire Choral Foundation Ltd

Becketts and Sargeants Educational Foundation

Bedfordshire Charitable Trust

Kathleen and Michael Connolly Foundation

Woburn Estate / Woburn 1986

Thomas Christie Almshouse and Relief in Need Charity

Northamptonshire ACRE

Davidge Usher Trust

Northamptonshire Industrial Training Association

The Good Loaf

Nottingham Castle Trust

Roger and Jean Jefcoate Trust

Sports Chaplaincy UK

Kelmarsh Trust

Lamport Hall Preservation Trust

Headway Northampton

The Combined Harpole Charitable Trust

Will Woodlands

Frederick and Phyllis Cann Charitable Trust

Thomas and Rosemary Greenhalgh Charitable Trust

The Henry and Elizabeth Lineham Fund

The Finnis Scott Foundation

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

Hewitsons' practice stands out in disputes connected with renewable energy, financial services, technology and plant and equipment hire. In addition to handling domestic matters, the firm is also frequently sought-out for cases with an international dimension, where it acts for both UK and overseas-based clients. 'Very thorough and very detail-oriented' practice head Dominic Hopkins has a wealth of experience in commercial contracts disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, professional negligence cases, investment product litigation and IT-related matters, among other areas. Senior associate Stephen Cole is active in state aid cases, and he also acts for charities and education sector clients in other contentious matters.

Leading individuals

Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

Hewitsons provides full-service support on all aspects of commercial property work, and while its strong profile in the Northampton market sees it attract mandates from boot and shoe manufacturers, the firm also has notable specialisms in the motor dealer, healthcare and education arenas. Work for public sector clients is another pillar of the practice. Team head David Wells has vast experience of investment acquisitions and sales (particularly in the office and light industrial sectors), and also commercial landlord and tenant matters. Marc Carter is recommended for his commercial property development expertise. Other standout individuals include Patricia Kempson and legal director Claire Howard-Amos.


‘Able to understand the key issues and practical concerns.’

Key clients

Mansfield College, Oxford

United Learning Group

The Trustees of the Wilson Foundation (Charity)

IMT Aviation Limited

Lightdoor Limited

Cheaney Shoes Limited

Medigold Health Consultancy Limited

Bedford College (FE)

Ardent Hire Solutions

A W James

Levitt Bernstein Associates Limited

Wimbledon Property Holdings Ltd /Marchmont Investment Management Limited

Bright Horizons Family Solutions Limited

XPO Transport Solutions UK Limited

Community Spaces Northampton (charity)

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

Hewitsons primarily handles corporate transactions and commercial matters for SMEs, but it also has a significant client following among larger UK and overseas-based corporates. In addition, it acts for public bodies, family-owned businesses and individuals. David Browne leads the Northampton team, which includes Neil Harpham, and whose recent work included high-value share and asset sales and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and advice on company constitutional and governance issues. On the commercial front, Kevin Fletcher is the name to note for assistance with partnership and limited liability partnership agreements, supply and partnership agreements, and agency and distribution agreements. Fletcher is particularly knowledgeable about commercial agreements involving technology-related and intellectual property issues. Elsewhere, the firm generates work from clients in sectors such as agriculture, healthcare, automotive and charities.

Leading individuals


Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed

Great communication, reasonable fees, good value for the money

Good continuity throughout the project

Key clients

Perrys Motor Sales Limited

Medigold Health Consultancy Limited

Hi-Force Limited

Briggs & Forrester (UK) Limited

ACF Technologies Inc Group plc

Fencor Packaging Group Limited

Intamac Systems Limited

Tii Technologies Limited / Kelta Limited

The Lilacs Isham Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The ‘extremely professional’ practice at Hewitsons has maintained an ‘excellent local reputation over numerous years’. Inheritance tax planning, trust reorganisation and administration, overseas assets and capital gains tax are among its specialist areas. The ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘thoroughClare Colacicchi is a standout name and is highly recommended for trust, tax and property advice in relation to landed estates. She is also an expert on capital taxes. Associate Antonia Cooper is active in a broad range of private client matters and is valued for her 'knowledge' and 'professionalism'.

Leading individuals

Rising stars


Strong attention to detail. Always quick to respond to queries and easy to make appointments. Excellent reputation locally over many years‘.

They are caring and understanding. Relate well with individual needs‘.

Antonia Cooper and Catherine Ball’s knowledge is valued and they are professional throughout‘.

Clare Colacicchi is most efficient, thorough, very approachable and trustworthy‘.

Clare Colacicchi is always willing to help and advise. She makes one feel at ease and makes sure any issues are clearly explained‘.

Employment Tier 2

Lawyers at Hewitsons are noted for their ‘quick’ and ‘approachable’ service. Key strengths include TUPE, terminations and employment clauses, business immigration, discrimination and whistleblowing matters, as well as tribunal claims. The team's recent work also included employment support on various mergers and acquisitions. Headed up by Nick Hall, the group has specific sector expertise of the construction industry and also represents a significant number of clients in the education, trading charity and sports sectors.


Lynne Adams works with both empathy and great professionalism. She puts great thought into the situation’.

The team brings a personal dimension to relationships with its clients, which is missing in this day and age

Key clients

Travis Perkins PLC and its subsidiaries

Perrys Motor Sales Limited

Medigold Health Consultancy Limited

Barings UK Limited

The Stephen Perse Foundation

Mace Limited

VolkerWessels Limited

Telford Holmes PLC

Accommodation Concern

Royce Lingerie Limited

Banking and finance Tier 3

Hewitsons' banking and finance offering operates on a cross-office, multidisciplinary basis, supporting clients on a wide range of transactions. The firm sits on a number of regional bank panels, such as Lloyds, Santander and AIB. It is also highly regarded on borrower-side mandates. Under the leadership of banking head Neil Harpham, the practice covers property finance, corporate and acquisition finance, and construction finance, among other areas. Sector specialisation is a core feature of the practice, with strengths including agricultural finance and financing for the charities and education sectors. Tim Middleton is experienced in transactions connected with residential property development.


The team makes a real effort to understand the underlying transaction, act professionally, accurately and often within demanding timeframes

Key clients

Homes England

Lloyds Bank Plc

AIB (UK) Plc

Clydesdale Bank

The Agricultural

Mortgage Corporation Plc

Svenska Handelsbanken

Education Tier 3

Hewitsons' multi-faceted practice covers areas such as data protection, development and construction, dispute resolution, employment and regulatory advice for clients. It is also adept in independent school mergers and acquisitions, as well as single and multi-academy conversions. Practice head Chris Knight advises a number of clients from the charity sector on education-related issues.

Key clients

The Wilson Foundation

Maidwell Hall School

Becketts and Sargeants Educational Foundation

United Church Schools Trust

United Church Schools Foundation

United Learning Trust

Bedford College

Kimbolton School

Northampton Free School Trust

Oundle School

Wellingborough School

Hewitsons is a leading law firm that treats each of its clients on an individual basis, advising businesses, individuals and institutions. Hewitsons operates UK-wide, delivering a broad range of high-quality specialist legal services through its groups of solicitors and via its international network, LawExchange International.

The firm: Hewitsons operates out of locations in Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes and Northampton, from which its teams provide a well-tailored and co-ordinated service to clients. The expertise and professional approach of the firm’s personnel are equal to the quality expected from national practices but with the added advantages that the firm’s strategic locations bring in terms of cost-effectiveness and pertinent local knowledge.

The international dimension of Hewitsons’ service is strengthened through LawExchange International, the association of pre-eminent legal practices, which Hewitsons founded in 1994. Member firms throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia/Pacific and the Middle East provide their clients with informed legal knowledge within each respective national jurisdiction, and excellent service with global reach through the deeply integrated LawExchange network.

Hewitsons has the size and depth of resources, combined with commercially-minded and innovative approaches to client service, to ensure delivery of a high quality service that meets its clients’ legal requirements comprehensively and consistently adds value.

Types of work undertaken: Hewitsons provides a broad spectrum of services for the business community, public sector bodies, private clients and educational and charitable entities, encompassing all aspects of corporate, commercial, property and employment law, from non-contentious negotiations and advice through to dispute resolution and litigation. The firm offers in addition a higher number of specialist services (for example pensions, sport and technology law) than most firms of comparable size.

Hewitsons has multidisciplinary sector-focused groups to target its services, and to meet its clients’ current and future needs. These include dedicated groups focused on agricultural food and rural clients, banking and finance, development, technology and clean-tech, charities, educational institutions, high-net-worth clients, owner managed businesses, real estate portfolio management and sport.

Hewitsons’ corporate and commercial teams are market leaders with extensive expertise in all areas, including M&A, buyouts, start-ups, equity and debt investments, IPO’s, share schemes and corporate reorganisations. The firm is highly regarded for its expertise in the technology field, particularly for intellectual property and ICT law issues, and has a dedicated employment law group and dispute resolution lawyers specialising in commercial and intellectual property matters.

The firm’s property services group has exceptional knowledge of and experience in property and development work, including commercial sales and leasing, options, capital funding, joint venture and consortium agreements and associated construction, public procurement, planning and environmental issues, both contentious and non-contentious. Clients include owners and occupiers, promoters, developers, end-users, investors and portfolio managers.

Hewitsons’ substantial and highly respected private wealth unit provides specialised advice on tax planning, charity and agricultural law, trusts and probate to individuals and trustees whose wealth derives from family companies, listed market and other financial investments, commercial and agricultural property and landed estates.

Department Name Email Telephone
Private Wealth Clare Colacicchi 01604 463317
Construction Colin Jones 01223 532731
Agriculture Denise Wilkinson 01223 532743
Banking and finance Neil Harpham 01604 463301
Charities Chris Knight 01604 463103
Corporate James Lawrence 01223 532716
Commercial Bill Thatcher 01223 532709
Construction Tim Richards 01908 247011
Dispute resolution Dominic Hopkins 01604 233233
Education Chris Knight 01604 463103
Employment Nicholas Hall 01604 463375
Information Technology Andrew Priest 01223 532746
Intellectual property Mark Elmslie 01223 532720
Pensions Christopher Nuttall 01604 463134
Private wealth Daniel Curtis 01223 461155
Public sector Tim Richards 01908 247011
Real Estate Development Claire Howard-Amos 01604 463323
Residential property Tim Middleton 01223 461155
Sport Ben Moorhead 020 7400 6578
Photo Name Position Profile
 Catherine Ball  photo Catherine Ball
 Tiffany Benson  photo Tiffany Benson
 David Browne  photo David Browne
 Marc Carter  photo Marc Carter
 Clare Colacicchi  photo Clare Colacicchi
 Stephen Cole  photo Stephen Cole
 Antonia Cooper  photo Antonia Cooper
 Helen Deady  photo Helen Deady
 Stephanie Dennis  photo Stephanie Dennis
 Kevin Fletcher  photo Kevin Fletcher
 Bryan Guest  photo Bryan Guest
 Nick Hall  photo Nick Hall
 Neil Harpham  photo Neil Harpham
 Hauke Harrack  photo Hauke Harrack
 Rachel Hawkins  photo Rachel Hawkins
 Virginia Henley  photo Virginia Henley
 Gemma Hill  photo Gemma Hill
 Dominic Hopkins  photo Dominic Hopkins
 Claire Howard-Amos  photo Claire Howard-Amos
 Patricia Kempson  photo Patricia Kempson
 Christopher Nuttall  photo Christopher Nuttall
 Amanda O’Mahony  photo Amanda O’Mahony
 Anne-Sophie Reynolds  photo Anne-Sophie Reynolds
 Alexia Simon  photo Alexia Simon
 Rachel Smith  photo Rachel Smith
 Jane Stebbings  photo Jane Stebbings
 Alexandra Svennevik  photo Alexandra Svennevik
 Katie Wall  photo Katie Wall
 Ciara Wanstall  photo Ciara Wanstall
 Eric Wardle  photo Eric Wardle
 Gareth Williams  photo Gareth Williams
Number of UK partners : 45
Number of other UK fee-earners : 95
English (fluent)
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)