Firm Profile > Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP > Uckfield, England

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP
TN22 1SL

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP advises farming families across the South East on complex real estate transactions and commercial diversification, estate planning, and matters relating to succession. Managing partner Richard Cripps is located in Sevenoaks and manages rural property interests such as land development projects.

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Park Property Group

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's team advises charities and not-for-profits on matters such as commercial and corporate issues, governance and property and employment issues. It is known for its work with sporting charities and trusts. Practice head Bruce Hayter is experienced in issues relating to disability sport in the Sussex area, while Alan Zeal advises on charity registration, constitutions, and governance. Associate Amy White also comes recommended.

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Rix & Kay offer a wide range of skills and experience and are able to combine to suit the transaction, the risks, and the client’s priorities. There is a real sense of dealing with a team and getting the best of practice. We saw this in the way in which partners combine and where appropriate hand-off to others with the more relevant skills and sector expertise.’

Our engagement with Rix & Kay is now a long-term one and we feel that we are benefiting from a relationship and commitment to and understanding our mission that has been built over time. In this respect, Rix & Kay are looking beyond the delivery of the transaction to look after the client interest and the outcomes we are looking for.’

Amy White has transformed our ability to deal with all staffing issues and has made herself available when we have needed her. She is entirely aware of the needs of our organisation as an employer but also a charity and has taken the time to learn how we are structured to be able to provide us with the best advice and assistance with streamlining our procedures.’

Rix & Kay have been extremely helpful to our business and are always looking to support us where they can.

I feel like they have our back; they always give sound advice.’

Key clients

Conservation Without Borders

Sussex County Cricket Foundation

Ansty Village Centre Steering Committee Trust

National Autistic Society

Academies Trust

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex

Action for Deafness

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Services

Russell Martin Foundation

Active Sussex

Chalk Farm LDC (Learning Disabilities Centre)

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP handles matters including succession planning, inheritance tax issues, and the preparation of wills and pre-nuptial agreements. The firm's client base comprises HNW individuals throughout the South East, with a particular strength in advising clients with agricultural assets. Bruce Clarke joined the team in September 2019 from Lee Bolton Monier-Williams. Clarke became head of the practice in March 2020, while former head Max Wright continues to lead the firm's Brighton office.

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Very professional, thorough with details and explained the processes and potential pitfalls that could occur with the situation. The external professionals that were recommended by the team were also very professional and thorough with their detail.’

‘We dealt with Ian Best, who was friendly and patient. He explained in layman’s terms all the detail and was a good communicator. He achieved with his associates an excellent result.’

‘In a complex international UK court of protection issue over my PoA for my wife Max Wright guided and enlightened me and his book-keeping assistant was patient and understanding of my problems producing statements from foreign banks and producing a final account to satisfy the CoP. Without them I would have been in a very bad situation.”

‘The Rix & Kay team seem to know their clients really well. They take particularly good care with their most vulnerable clients.’

‘Excellent department organisation and clear hierarchy of responsibility.’

‘Outstanding ability to give clients confidence in grasp of the issues.’

Sport Tier 2

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's offering stands out for its niche expertise in the extreme sports sector; the practice is also is notable for cross-discipline work covering conservation and adventure expeditions. Disability is an additional specialism, and the firm has gained a reputation for effectively 'driving the agenda' throughout Sussex. In this respect, Bruce Hayter is as a member of Sussex FA’s Disability Football Committee and his renowned for his innovative approach. More generally, the team's solicitors cover areas such as governance, corporate and employment issues. Richard Cripps is recommended for committee restructuring while Alan Zeal has substantive experience in the charity sector.

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Rix & Kay have been exceptional in supporting our charity. They give us full support whether or not it is for paid service‘.

Key clients

Sussex County Cricket Club Foundation (and others)

Sussex Football Association

Canterbury Rugby Football Club

Ansty Village Centre Steering Committee Trust.

The Russell Martin Foundation

Active Sussex

Sussex Rugby Football Club

Crawley Rugby Football Club

Seaford Rugby Football Club

Brighton and Hove Sea Serpents RFC

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Based in Brighton, Sevenoaks, and Uckfield, Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's client base stretches beyond the South East, with the firm advising on commercial property matters across the country. Examples of their work include advising commercial clients and non-profits on leases, handling the financing and refinancing of properties, and assisting with property transactions. The practice is led by David Ashton, who has broad experience in the commercial property field. Richard Cripps specialises in advising developers on acquisitions, as well as working with landowners on the sale of land.

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Arch Europe Insurance Services

Diversified Business Communications UK

National Autistic Society Academies Trust

Turkey Mill Investments

Lenham Storage

JFL Properties

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's key client base is high-net-worth individuals and business owners; the practice uses its expertise in litigation and alternative dispute resolution to deal with matters relating to wealth protection, estate planning, and trust creation and management. Practice head Alan Foster is experienced in divorce dissolution, with an emphasis on complex family trusts/settlements, contentious probate, and family court matters. Leader of the South East private client department Max Wright advises clients on inheritance tax planning, complex probate matters, mental capacity issues, and living wills. Bruce Clarke joined as partner from Lee Bolton Monier-Williams in September 2019. Partner Alistair Rustemeyer has also joined the team, expanding his work from commercial litigation at the firm.

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Rix & Kay are an excellent choice for an out of London firm in this practice area. They really know their stuff.’

Alan Foster is extremely experienced and has good knowledge in the crossover area of matrimonial finance, which can be important in Inheritance Act claims. He has a lot of ‘EQ’ and is very good with clients.’

Rix & Kay have a real sense of local connection, a friendly, almost family feel. That is not to say they don’t wield significant expertise or clout, even when up against the bigger or more metropolitan firms.’

Alan Foster maintains a very healthy contentious probate practice and offers an excellent alternative to more expensive firms. He is very good at managing the client in terms of expectations and communication, keeping them informed and up-to-date without overwhelming them with information.’

Technically excellent private client department that supports their experienced contentious probate team.’

Max Wright is a superb private client lawyer. He is extremely hard working and truly on top of this technical area of practice. Alan Foster is very experienced and excellent at helping distressed clients.’

The team, led by Alan Foster, has great experience in contentious trusts and probate matters. Alan’s experience in family law, in Court of Protection law and procedure, and as acting as independent executor provides an invaluable adjunct. The firm has a really robust approach and is not intimidated by difficult opponents. A really great choice for an out of London firm when one has a tricky estate or probate dispute.’

Alan Foster has a wealth of experience and is charming, reassuring, and wise. He is thoroughly steeped in this area and his knowledge of the related areas of divorce and Court of Protection is a real bonus.’

I have valued Alan Foster’s professionalism, compassion, practical guidance, and ability to focus on the “bigger picture”. He has offered clear advice throughout and has been honest in his assessments of the best way forward. Initially, he was able to grasp the details of a very long and complex case without a problem and has consistently produced accurate, excellent draft letters and a successful strategy towards an agreement with the other party. As well as his legal expertise, I have valued his frank assessments and wise counsel.’

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's corporate team is capable of advising clients on both day-to-day corporate matters as well as one-off deals, such as mergers and acquisitions. The firm's client base is varied, including businesses in sectors such as property, digital media, and consultancy. Kathryn Paisley, who advises on M&A transactions, heads the team. Other key team members include Tim Sadka, who is involved in transactions and reorganisations, Alan Zeal, who specialises in work involving corporate structures, and the firm's experienced chairman Bruce Hayter.

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‘Everyone we have worked with from Rix & Kay were outstanding. They were not only exceedingly knowledgeable and professional, but personable and attuned to the unique nature of our needs. They took into account both the legal aspects of our work together as well as the business drivers.  I can’t imagine it being done better anywhere else.’

‘Kathryn Paisley was a joy to work with. Kathryn supported us through complex agreements and negotiations and was available at any time to help us. We couldn’t have wished for a safer pair of hands to guide us through a process that we had never been through before. I can’t recommend Kathryn enough.’

Key clients

Focus Group and its shareholders

Independence Homes Ltd and its shareholders

Shareholders of Ecosa

Shareholders of Prismm

Management team of Cognitive Applications



Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's team advises clients on HR and employment issues, including those related to M&A transactions. In particular, the firm's fixed cost retainer service continues to provide advice to SME clients throughout the South East, and has provided on-site support for clients. The practice is led by 'exceptional' chairman Bruce Hayter. Other key contacts include Victoria Regan and Amy White, who offers 'superb legal knowledge matched with a business minded perspective'.

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‘The entire team take time and effort to understand the business thoroughly and how they can support. They support brilliantly and nothing is too much trouble. The expertise is always spot on and delivered incredibly quickly.’

‘Amy White has superb legal knowledge matched with a business minded perspective.’

‘At a time when you are under pressure due to employment issues, this friendly, supportive team were able to readily understand and communicate the legal issues and how the situation may play out. This put my mind at ease.’

‘Amy White and Bruce Hayter were both exceptional in understanding the issue and being able to communicate the legal arguments.’

Key clients

Independence Homes

UKi Media & Events

Beauty & Skincare Essentials

Friday Media Group

Cognitive Applications Limited Management Team

Plummer Parsons

Conservation Without Borders

Focus Group (and shareholders)


C J Thorne & Company

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 4

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's commercial litigation work is led by Richard Ludlow, under whom the team has expanded since his joining in 2018. In addition to Ludlow, who is based in Sevenoaks, other key contacts include Alistair Rustemeyer in Brighton and Bruce Hayter in Uckfield. The team is dealing with a number of matters for construction firms, and also handled some cross-border matters. Ludlow is particularly experienced in litigation related to insolvency.

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‘Alistair Rustemeyer is a superb negotiator who handled our small companies negotiation with one of the most famous, major UK companies with great diligence, honesty and devotion to achieving a satisfactory conclusion for us. I highly recommend him.’

‘Richard Ludlow has a wealth of litigation experience and has a very keen sense of the right strategy. His drafting of correspondence and evidence is excellent and his approach retains commerciality at all stages.’

‘In my 60 year career I’ve dealt with many lawyers. Alister Rustemeyer, from our first phone call over two years ago, gave us the feeling of being part of the family, handling our very difficult multi-national case as though it was his own problem. He had to deal with us, a American client based in Asia, negotiating both with big name London solicitors, French speaking attorneys in Luxembourg and ourselves in Asia to gain funds owed to us on an almost twenty year old contract. It was a difficult negotiation with, at times, disagreeable people on the opposing side. Alistair handled it with great control, determination that resulted in a conclusion that we had agreed to accept.’

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Based in Uckfield, Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP is active in all areas of family law. The practice is led by Alan Foster, who is particularly active in trusts; Janet Raeburn is another key partner. In advising clients, the team works alongside colleagues in other practices such as commercial and residential property.

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‘Alan Foster is a well-rounded family lawyer who you can be reassured looks after his clients with an assured confidence from his extensive experience. I would happly recommend work to Alan.’

‘Janet Raeburn employed a ‘creative, make-it-happen approach’ to a very difficult divorce.’

‘I have had the misfortune to go through a divorce due to domestic abuse. During a confusing and frequently scary period which has included Police involvement Janet Raeburn has helped me see sense. She is reassuring, calm and always personable. Through a totally testing time, she has helped me to see the bigger and longer term picture and has assisted me in getting tough when I needed to be.’

Public sector Tier 4

The healthcare team at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP acts for private and public sector clients across the healthcare spectrum, with a particular focus on primary care organisations including the NHS. Stewart Gregory, who formerly led Browne Jacobson LLP's specialist healthcare property team in London, oversees the practice, which handles real estate matters as well as refinancing mandates for a wide roster of clients.

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‘Stewart Gregory has excellent knowledge of the medical sector.’

‘The team has a good combination of specialities in the healthcare sector.’

Key clients

Trentside Medical Group

The Calverton Practice

Market Harbourough & Bosworth Partnership

National Autistic Society

Independence Homes Ltd

Embankment Primary Care Ltd

Rix & Kay is a full service law firm with offices in Ashford, Brighton & Hove, Sevenoaks and Uckfield. We retain a strong regional presence across Sussex, Kent, Surrey and London and work in partnership with business owners, entrepreneurs and individuals, providing expert legal advice across a wide range of legal services.

We also work in partnership with some of the most successful organisations in the UK both on national and international projects.

Our mission is to ‘make law easy for you’ by providing legal services through dedicated, highly trained, teams that engage deeply with clients.

We help you to create, grow and protect your business wealth by taking the time to understand your goals before delivering the right blend of legal services to achieve them.

Our background of working with some of the most successful business owners and entrepreneurs in the UK allows us to give you uniquely commercial advice based on experience.

We have specialist and multi-disciplinary teams of lawyers and professionals that work seamlessly together to provide commercially-focused advice that enhances all the key operations of a successful business.

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Rix & Kay’s specialist sectors include:

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Richard Cripps
Chairman Bruce Hayter
Commercial property David Ashton
Dispute resolution Alistair Rustemeyer
Employment Amy White
Family Alan Foster
Private client Max Wright
Dispute resolution Richard Ludlow
Corporate & commercial Alan Zeal
Residential property Angela Arnold
Private client Bruce Clarke
Dispute resolution Dan Sherlock
Private Client Ian Best
Family Law Janet Raeburn
Corporate & commercial Kathryn Paisley
Commercial property Oliver Bussell
Commercial property Stewart Gregory
Corporate & commercial Tim Sadka
Employment Victoria Regan
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Ashton photo David Ashton David is a partner and leads Rix & Kay’s highly regarded Commercial…
 Ian Best  photo Ian Best Ian is Head of Rix & Kay’s Probate Team based in Uckfield…
 Alan Foster  photo Alan Foster Alan is Partner and heads Rix & Kay’s Family Law Team in…
 Stewart Gregory photo Stewart Gregory Stewart is a member of Rix & Kay’s Commercial Property Team and Healthcare Team based in…
 Bruce Hayter  photo Bruce Hayter Bruce is Chairman of Rix & Kay and Head of the firm’s…
 Kathryn Paisley photo Kathryn Paisley Kathryn leads Rix & Kay’s Corporate and Commercial team and is a specialist in…
 Janet Raeburn photo Janet Raeburn Janet is Partner and a specialist family and divorce lawyer in Sussex…
 Victoria Regan  photo Victoria Regan Victoria is Partner and a highly experienced Employment lawyer and a senior…
 Tim Sadka  photo Tim Sadka Tim is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial team and…
 Amy White photo Amy White Amy is an employment Partner based in Rix & Kay’s Uckfield office…
 Alan Zeal  photo Alan Zeal Alan is a partner in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial team and…
Number of UK partners : 19
Number of other UK fee-earners : 50