Firm Profile > Hewitsons > Northampton , England
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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 reliable’ Gareth Williams leads the department, which includes rising star Stephanie Dennis.
‘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‘.
Wistow Estate. Leicestershire
Merton College, Oxford
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.
‘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‘.
Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust
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
Davidge Usher Trust
Northamptonshire Industrial Training Association
The Good Loaf
Nottingham Castle Trust
Roger and Jean Jefcoate Trust
Sports Chaplaincy UK
Lamport Hall Preservation Trust
The Combined Harpole Charitable Trust
Frederick and Phyllis Cann Charitable Trust
Thomas and Rosemary Greenhalgh Charitable Trust
The Henry and Elizabeth Lineham Fund
The Finnis Scott Foundation
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.
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.’
Mansfield College, Oxford
United Learning Group
The Trustees of the Wilson Foundation (Charity)
IMT Aviation 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)
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.
‘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‘
Perrys Motor Sales Limited
Medigold Health Consultancy Limited
Briggs & Forrester (UK) Limited
ACF Technologies Inc
Gambling.com Group plc
Fencor Packaging Group Limited
Intamac Systems Limited
Tii Technologies Limited / Kelta Limited
The Lilacs Isham Limited
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 ‘thorough’ Clare 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'.
‘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‘
Travis Perkins PLC and its subsidiaries
Perrys Motor Sales Limited
Medigold Health Consultancy Limited
Barings UK Limited
The Stephen Perse Foundation
Telford Holmes PLC
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‘
Lloyds Bank Plc
AIB (UK) Plc
Mortgage Corporation Plc
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.
The Wilson Foundation
Maidwell Hall School
Becketts and Sargeants Educational Foundation
United Church Schools Trust
United Church Schools Foundation
United Learning Trust
Northampton Free School Trust
Hewitsons > Firm Profile
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.
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 45 Number of other UK fee-earners : 95
LanguagesEnglish (fluent) French German Italian
MembershipsSociety of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Agriculture and estates
- Charities and not-for-profit
- Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands
- Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands
- Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands
- Personal tax, trusts and probate