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

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP
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Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Primarily focused on the sale and development of farming land in the South East, the team at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP also provides expert advice regarding planning and environmental law, farm business structuring, and succession planning for farming families. Managing parter Richard Cripps has extensive experience in commercial property. He leads the wider team on major land transactions.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cripps


‘The team is made up of specialists across various fields who have an understanding of the particular needs of agricultural clients’ needs and wants – they work together in a blended way to provide solutions.’

‘Richard Cripps is a good communicator, technically skilled, and comes from a farming family and lives in the Garden of England. He is likeable, knowledgeable, and works quickly to find pragmatic solutions.’

‘Rix & Kay were hands on and efficient throughout the process and provided solid advice at realistic prices.’

‘Richard Cripps at Rix & Kay was always at the end of the phone when required and answered any questions and picked up any issues well in advance of there being a problem throughout the sale process. Good advice and strong links with Richard have helped sales progress throughout the last 12 months.’

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

The dedicated charities team at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP covers diverse areas such as governance, corporate, property, and employment for national and regional charities alike. It has particular experience advising local sporting charities, CICs, and trusts, as well as high-profile disability charities. Practice leader Bruce Hayter is an expert advising prominent conservation and disability in sport charities, while Alan Zeal focuses on strategic and constitutional issues for educational trusts and sporting clubs. Amy White was promoted to partner in 2020, and is highly regarded by her clients for her advice on employment and HR matters.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Hayter

Other key lawyers:

Amy White; Alan Zeal


‘Very professional and knowledgeable team. They have provided a retained service which suits our charity and is affordable. We have every confidence that in the area of employment law and HR, we are approaching each of our responsibilities robustly and properly.’

‘Amy White is professional, knowledgeable, approachable and makes herself available when needed. Everything that she provides advice in is set out in an understandable way, leaving us entirely clear on our options in every case. She has made the HR minefield associated with the global pandemic much easier than it would have been without her expertise.’

‘Amy White is extremely professional and efficient. She is extremely knowledgeable and demonstrates expertise. Amy always go out of her way to explain in full answers to the queries and issues I have raised. Her advice and guidance has always ensured the best resolution for all concerned.

‘Rix & Kay’s staff are extremely approachable and help us in a variety of ways. In addition they have also recommended companies from other industries which has been extremely useful to us as a charity’

‘Bruce Hayter has been outstanding. He takes a keen interest in the work of our organisation.’

Key clients

Crawley Town Community Foundation

National Autistic Society Trust

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex

Conservation Without Borders

The Russell Martin Foundation

Active Sussex

Action for Deafness

Ansty Village Centre Steering Committee Trust

Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (East Sussex WRAS)

Eastbourne Area Parents’ Action Group t/a Chalk Farm LDC

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

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP handles a broad range of private client services, including capital tax planning, wills, trusts, probate and estate planning. The team’s clients include high-net-worth individuals such as entrepreneurs, business owners and directors, and the private client team regularly works closely with the wider firm’s corporate department. Bruce Clarke heads the private client department in Sevenoaks after joining the firm in 2019. STEP member Max Wright frequently acts as executor and trustee for clients. Ian Best is skilled at complex will drafting whilst Alan Foster has particular expertise in Inheritance Act claims.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Clarke

Other key lawyers:

Max Wright; Ian Best; Alan Foster


‘Good communicators; top end IT systems; empathetic; caring and client-focused. Technically adroit, and they deliver good value. They don’t have that rigid corporate style – I always feel that I am dealing with likeable people doing their best for you – they are not robots reading scripts.’

‘The team have been especially proactive and available over the pandemic. They have always been very quick to return email and have gone the extra mile to overcome practical difficulties.’

‘The members of the team from the front to the back office were courteous, discreet and professional in all areas of their work. Giving advice clearly and guiding the process in all aspects of the business we were handling. I was also impressed with the seamless way Rix & Kay worked with our IFA.’

‘Very good at handling difficult trust situations and difficult beneficiaries. Good problem solving and clear thinking.’

‘I have worked with Bruce Clarke over a number of years. He is very personable and easy to work with. Good client manner too.’

‘Ian Best has advised my wife and I on drawing up our wills and lasting powers of attorney. We found him to be very approachable, highly professional and extremely knowledgeable. He has an ability to grasp and understand immediately and exactly what our family needs are and, to date, has set out effective and clear solutions for us to consider and which have informed our decision making. We intend instructing Mr Best to advise us on other matters related to estate planning in the near future.’

‘Ian Best is approachable, likeable, reliable and technically sound; to-the-point.’

‘I dealt with Max Wright on several matters and his vast experience allied to very clear explanations and advice was excellent.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 2

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's sports group is 'committed to the local area', as the team works extensively with clients in the Sussex and Kent region to provide advice on commercial, employment, real estate and governance issues. Much of the work centres around grass-roots level sport; for example, the firm has provided longstanding support to charity Active Sussex in its efforts to increase participation in sport and physical activity at a local level. Bruce Hayter leads the team and regularly assists with the development of local sports grounds, while Alan Zeal helps local clubs structure their constitutions so as to operate more profitably.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Hayter

Other key lawyers:

Richard Cripps; Alan Zeal; Amy White


‘The firm has a great understanding of sport, dealing with organisations of all sizes. They are committed to the local area and are a leading force in helping sports help towards disabilities, working in cooperation with leading organisations like Albion in the Community, the Sussex Cricket Foundation and others

‘Bruce Hayter has been first rate with his knowledge and experience ’

Key clients

Crawley Town Community Foundation

The Russell Martin Foundation

Sussex County FA

Active Sussex

Ansty Village Centre Steering Committee Trust

Seaford Rugby Football Club

Sedlescombe Golf Club Management Ltd

Tom Hicks (Polar Explorer)

Real estate > Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP advises on the full spectrum of commercial property work for clients across Kent and Sussex, including property portfolio management, landlord and tenant matters, development and secured lending. The team handles work within the healthcare, construction, professional services, agriculture, charity and sport sectors. David Andrew Ashton leads the Uckfield-based team. Stewart Gregory , who joined the firm in 2018 from Browne Jacobson LLP, has considerable expertise of the health sector. Oliver Bussell has expertise in planning law.

Practice head(s):

David Ashton

Other key lawyers:

Richard Cripps; Stewart Gregory; Oliver Bussell


‘We worked with David Ashton and his team – all demonstrated technical knowledge and commitment to client service. Correspondence was dealt with efficiently, and the frustrations arising from a third party’s slow progress were dealt with professionally.’

‘My experience with Rix & Kay was very positive. The team that I dealt with worked hard to support me. They were always responsive in a very timely manner and took the time to explain the process in non legal jargon ’

‘A great team with excellent knowledge -very approachable.’

‘Throughout our dealings with Rix & Kay we found them responsive and professional to deal with. Strong teamworking meant that we were always able to get a response, even if the main contact was unavailable.’

‘Oliver Bussell has provided clear and precise advise, sometimes at very short notice, allowing us to surmount various property related issues. His ability to present his advise in a fashion that we can understand, and his pragmatic approach to resolving issues has proved invaluable ’

‘I have worked closely with David Ashton on several matters. He is a very safe pair of hands and works efficiently to get deals done. Also very friendly and excellent mannerisms with clients. Would recommend without hesitation.’

‘Stewart Gregory and Oliver Bussell are both very competent and efficient, offering timely, expert, co-ordinated advice.’

Key clients

Turkey Mill Investments Limited

Lenham Storage Company Limited

National Autistic Society Academies Trust

JFL Properties Limited

JAJ Developments Limited

Green Insurance Group


JubyLee Bakes

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Led by disputes specialist Dan Sherlock across Sevenoaks and Ashford, Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP works with numerous contractors, subcontractors, and other construction professions on the full gamut of matters, including high-value debt collection. Richard Ludlow handles construction insolvency cases, while Brighton-based Stewart Gregory  focuses on primary care and NHS-led healthcare centre developments. Uckfield-based Amy White manages the firm's construction employment and HR retainer service.

Practice head(s):

Dan Sherlock

Other key lawyers:

Richard Ludlow; Stewart Gregory; Amy White

Key clients

National Autistic Society Academies Trust

C J Thorne & Company Ltd

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP advises high-net-worth individuals with significant assets and estates on complex contentious trust and estates matters. The team is particularly well-regarded for its use of alternative dispute resolution. Practice leader Alan Foster leads on all relevant matters, including Inheritance Act claims, complex family trusts, and matters in family court. Private client department lead Max Wright is an expert in complex trust and estate issues with a cross-border element. Partner Alistair Rustemeyer focuses on claims regarding wills, estates, and trusts, and is particularly experienced in tracing and recovering trust assets in multiple jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Alan Foster

Other key lawyers:

Max Wright; Alistair Rustemeyer


‘Rix & Kay are specialists in the difficult and complex field of contentious trusts and estates. The team has a fantastic head in Alan Foster who is vastly experienced, unflappable and incisive. He guides his clients unerringly through very stressful periods in their lives and obtains some great results. I would want him to act for me if ever I had a contentious dispute. His knowledge of family and matrimonial law is a great benefit in dealing with claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.’

‘Alan Foster is vastly experienced, unflappable and incisive. He guides his clients unerringly through very stressful periods in their lives and obtains some great results. I would want him to act for me if ever I had a contentious dispute. His knowledge of family and matrimonial law is a great benefit in dealing with claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. I regularly recommend Alan for contentious trust and estate disputes, as he has the ability to calm even the most troubled waters.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP has a broad spread of regional, national and international clients, many of which it has well-established and longstanding relationships with. Kathryn Paisley, who was promoted to head of the department in 2019 has a track record of work on cross-border transactions. Tim Sadka handles a wide variety of corporate work, especially implementing pre-sale reorganisations for companies and shareholders. Alan Zeal completes work for many repeat acquirers in the IT and insurance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Paisley

Other key lawyers:

Tim Sadka; Alan Zeal; Bruce Hayter; Ravinder Barn


‘The Rix & Kay team is absolutely on the ball. From the beginning of our relationship we were made aware of how they operated, the people we would be dealing with and the various costs that could be incurred. From our experience with various law firms over 30 years, Rix & Kay are by far the most professional we have used.’

‘The Rix & Kay partners are really good at managing relationships, commercially understanding the businesses challenges and working in partnership to get you to where you need to be. ‘

‘Excellent knowledge, very helpful’.

‘Friendly, helpful and take time to explain everything.’

‘Kathryn Paisley is a great communicator and very proactive in managing and implementing sound legal solutions. ‘

Key clients

Shareholders of Ltd

Former shareholders of RJW

Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP ’s employment team in Uckfield regularly provides support on M&A and acts for clients in the education, professional services, charity, sport and hospitality sectors. The employment department is headed up by Bruce Hayter, who is also chairman of the firm. Amy White leads the team’s GatekeeperHR offering, an employment and HR fixed cost retainer scheme. Victoria Regan recently handled a Supreme Court case addressing the harmonisation of contract dismissals following TUPE.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Hayter

Other key lawyers:

Amy White; Victoria Regan


‘As a team they collaborate well and are always responsive, friendly and efficient. The Gatekeeper service is outstanding – well priced with immediate access to answers you need which saves hours of time in researching HR issues (like having an in house expert for a fraction of the cost).’

‘I have used the Employment Legal services of Rix and Kay over several years. Whichever partner or associate I have used they have always given excellent advice with a prompt turnaround.’

‘The team has provided us with a bespoke HR service, backed by the legal team. This service has enabled us to deal with staff issues quickly and effectively during the last year, where COVID-19 has been in point.’

‘This practice is excellent in giving prompt legal advice for individuals wishing to leave complicated employment contracts.’

‘Bruce Hayter is always keen to support our wider organisation and clients and is always happy to discuss any legal issues before setting the clock ticking.’

‘Victoria Regan is an outstanding employment lawyer, who has provided employment advice which has proved invaluable to us as a business throughout the last year.’

‘Amy White is exceptional. She is very knowledgeable and is able to disseminate the issues and offer best practice solutions.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Ltd

Plummer Parsons Ltd

Let’s Do Business (South East) Group Limited

Crawley Town Community Foundation

Blue Strawberry Group Ltd

Grafters Recruitment Ltd

Always Accounting

Mountune 2 Ltd

Glawood Limited

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 4

Alongside its core commercial dispute offering, Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP holds specialisms in insolvency, restructuring and construction disputes, with clients including large SME businesses, professional services firms and accountants. Department head Richard Ludlow, has extensive experience in insolvency and restructuring disputes, and has also introduced a successful litigation funding model. Alistair Rustemeyer often handles specialist contested trusts advice. Dan Sherlock supports clients in disputes to protect reputation and confidential information.

Practice head(s):

Richard Ludlow

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Rustemeyer; Dan Sherlock


‘Rix & Kay always, without fail, put in the effort to progress matters. They have 100% of my legal work. ’

‘Rix &  Kay is a very strong regional firm with considerable strength in depth in its core areas. Its practitioners have a high level of specialism by the standards of most regional firms. ’

‘Excellent knowledge of the issues and legal precedents. ’

‘Dan Sherlock pretty much handled my case from start to finish, and I thought he was exemplary in every way. I cannot imagine that anyone else anywhere could have done a better job.’

‘Dan Sherlock is a wise and experienced litigator who has contributed very substantially to the development of Rix & Kay’s litigation offering. Dan is able to grasp the intricate detail of even the most complex disputes easily. He is measured, charming with clients, and has a great instinct for putting his clients in the best position before the court. ’

‘Alistair Rustemeyer has excellent client management skills. Very hands-on and willing to work extremely long hours as required to ensure the best outcome for his client. ’


Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Alan Foster leads the family team at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP from Uckfield. With other offices in Brighton & Hove, Sevenoaks and Ashford, the firm has a wide reach over Sussex and Kent advising high-net-worth clients in a range of family matters, including divorce, children issues and cohabitation agreements. Foster is a full member of the Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Solicitors and Alistair Rustemeyer has expertise in advising on contested wills and trusts to his family clients.

Practice head(s):

Alan Foster

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Rustemeyer; Janet Raeburn


‘Rix & Kay have a very strong team, who combine experience and strength in depth. Alan Foster is a terrific lawyer, with amazing client skills. Alan’s team covers all aspects of family law, and can deal with the simplest contact or divorce case up to the most complicated international case, or cases with very complicated assets and third party issues. A very strong team. ’

‘Our experience with this firm was professional and efficient at all times. ’

‘Deeply knowledgeable. Responsive to fast moving situations. Robust advice and clear stances. Standing by their expertise and in doing so provide a level of expert clarity that exudes confidence and makes a stressful situation far easier to handle. ’

‘Janet Raeburn has been particularly excellent and is deeply knowledgeable.’

‘Alan Foster is a fantastic lawyer. He is kind and supportive of me and is firm and decisive with my estranged husband and others we have had to deal with. He has always been incredibly responsive, whenever I have needed him urgently. I would absolutely recommend him. ’

‘Alan Foster has been there, seen it and done it. Nothing fazes him and his advice is generally spot on. ’

‘Alan Foster is a great family finance lawyer. Relaxed with clients yet highly professional, clients know he is a safe pair of hands with their best interests at heart.’

Public sector Tier 4

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's healthcare team offers the full range of corporate services to public sector healthcare organisations. Stewart Gregory leads the healthcare team in Brighton; he has over 20 years of experience advising NHS clients on all aspects of their real estate, in particular developing and managing primary care estates. The team also has experience of M&A transactions, employment matters and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Stewart Gregory


‘Stewart Gregory provides extremely prompt and constructive replies both to queries and work that needs action.’

‘Very responsive and happy to help with their contacts. Flexible payment arrangements.’


Key clients

Trentside Medical Group

NHS Nottingham & Nottinghamshire CCG

St Luke’s Surgery

National Autistic Society

Mayfield & Five Ashes Parish Council

Embankment Primary Care

Rix & Kay is a full service law firm with offices in Ashford, Brighton and 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.

Our key service groups include:

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
 Oliver Bussell  photo Oliver Bussell Oliver is a Partner and advises clients on a wide range of…
 Richard Cripps  photo Richard Cripps Richard is Managing Partner of Rix & Kay and a specialist commercial…
 Richard Ludlow photo Richard Ludlow Richard is Partner and a specialist insolvency, debt recovery and commercial litigation…
 Dan Sherlock photo Dan Sherlock Dan Sherlock is a Partner in Rix & Kay’s Dispute Resolution Team…
Number of UK partners : 19
Number of other UK fee-earners : 50