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

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP
TN13 1AN

Sport Tier 2

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP is well-known for its sports law work, particularly in Sussex - acting for a range of grassroots clubs, charities, and governing bodies within the county. The firm is particularly notable for its work with a large number of local rugby clubs on various commercial, HR, and property matters. Department head Bruce Hayter has significant commercial experience and is particularly focused on grassroots sports.


Everyone at Rix and Kay is knowledgeable and takes time to understand my needs but what makes them stand out is their friendly approach, manner and ability to explain everything comprehensively.

Bruce Haytor is friendly, knowledgeable and has been a great help, offering support where needed.


Key clients

The Russell Martin Foundation

Active Sussex

Sussex Football Association

Seaford RFC

Canterbury RFC

Hellingly RFC

Brighton and Hove Sea Serpents

Crawley RFC

Ansty Cricket Club

Sussex RFU

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

The rural business team at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP has a long-standing tradition of assisting the farming and rural business communities in Sussex and Kent and beyond. The team members act for landowners and farmers on the acquisition and sale of agricultural land, deal with farm business agreements and partnerships and agricultural easements. The practice is headed by Richard Cripps in Sevenoaks and William Keating in Brighton.


Rix & Kay have the expertise to deal with some of the most unusual and complicated rural properties‘.

Regular contact with William Keating helped what could have been a slow transaction move, in a timely fashion , to exchange‘.

Key clients

Rumsey Family

Allen Family

Karen Beaumont

Andrew Chisnell

Linda & Barry Martin


Forward and Mayern

Rumsey Family

Allen Family

Karen Beaumont

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP’s Uckfield practice assists charities and non-profit organisations with all aspects of their operations, such as registration, constitution and governance, commercial and corporate negotiations, property acquisitions, fundraising and contentious matters. Bruce Hayter, Alan Zeal and Richard Cripps are the key contacts.


All the advisers are extremely supportive and knowledgeable. As an organisation they compare well to other firms as we have a variety of contacts who understand and have a good knowledge of our organisation.

Bruce Hayter has a huge social conscience and has helped lead the way in Sussex to bring together organisations from the public, private and voluntary sector to use the power of sport to help local communities.

Key clients

Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust

The Russell Martin Foundation

Active Sussex

Children’s Respite Trust

Brighton and Hove Sea Serpents

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

The Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP team attracts a diverse range of clients from agricultural and estate owners to developers and industrial companies. David Andrew Ashton undertakes transactions for developers, investors and owner/occupiers and specialises in new homes development work, commercial leases and acquisitions and disposals and managing partner Richard Cripps  also specialises in development work. Stewart Gregory, who joined from  from Browne Jacobson LLP in April 2018, brings healthcare sector expertise.

Key clients

AE Beckett & Sons

Ishbel Hughes d-Aeth

Simon Heal & Hutton

Hawkins Thompson & Fildes

Park Property Group (Chalfont)

Park Property Group Leigh

Pomona Estates



Stansted Borough Council

Smarter Shows

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Sara Carpenter heads a team at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP which handles the full range of corporate mid-market transactions for SMEs. The firm's chairman Bruce Hayter has a wealth of experience in M&A transactions, MBOs and  shareholder agreements. Alan Zeal has a specialism in advising on corporate structures and Tim Sadka serves clients in sectors such as TMT, manufacturing, engineering and construction.

Key clients

Parker Building Supplies

Project Florence

Haines Watts Kent LLP

Keith Whitehead

Quattro Group

Pierhouse Business Solutions

Quattro Group

Smarter Shows (Power) Holdings

Broadham Care

Project Pathways

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP provides the full range of employment and HR assistance to both employees and employers and has a strong roster of corporate clients. Managing partner Bruce Hayter works closely with the corporate department and handles matters such as TUPE, redundancies and senior exits. Victoria Reagan also acts on such matters in addition to discrimination, harassment and whistleblowing cases and Amy White provides comprehensive HR expertise.

Key clients

Parker Building Supplies

Jennifer Barry

LPC Construction

Project Pathways

Broadham Care Limited

Quattro Group Limited

Focus 4 U Limited

Haven Security Limited

Seddlescombe Golf Club Management Limited

Watton Hall Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

The Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP team provides extensive expertise to both UK and overseas clients including advice on capital taxes planning, estate management and setting up and varying trusts. Its clients include wealthy business owners and clients in the agriculture sector. The 'exceptionalMax Wright leads much of this work and Alan Foster is hugely respected for his skills in contentious trusts and probate cases. Associate Amanda Attrell  heads the later life work which includes Court of Protection cases and Deputyship applications and Ian Best has extensive experience in dealing with wills, probate and the administration of trusts.


The team offer a great alternative to London practices – offering expertise at a much lower price.’

The team are not only incredibly approachable but provide an holistic service and the way they work with other complementary services is second to none. The focus on understanding clients’ issues and inclusive approach to resolving them with imagination and collaboration is a great model to work with for clients. It goes without saying that their knowledge is first class but the way they listen, support and deal with clients to understand their issues and requirements is really what sets them apart.’

This firm is rightly highly regarded in Sussex. I have experience of the quality of the legal advice, delivered in clear terms to the clients. There is a clear understanding of the need to achieve a commercially sensible outcome.’

Max Wright is an exceptional private client lawyer, with a calm manner under pressure and very good technical knowledge.’

Whist the whole team are a joy to work with, focused on delivering a caring and professional service, Max Wright stands out for his vast experience and knowledge but what really sets him apart is the way he listens to and discussed the real issues with clients that gets to the heart of the matter.’

Amanda Arrrell’s understanding of the requirements, technicalities and the sector are second to none, but its the way she can put a client at ease and deal with them in such a natural way that really stands out.’

Construction Tier 4

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's construction offering focuses on purely contentious matters, and is led by dispute resolution specialist Richard Ludlow. The practice is particularly strong in representing clients in adjudications, disputes arising from JCT contracts and construction liability cases. Other key areas of work include contested payment applications, defects claims and applications for time extensions. Another name to note is Dan Sherlock, who has a growing construction practice.


Provides efficient and well-informed responses‘.

Stewart Gregory is always responsive and approachable; his breadth of knowledge is excellent‘.

Key clients

NAS Academies Trust

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Led by Alan Foster, the contested probate practice at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP works closely with the firm's wills and estate planning department to offer a full service to clients. A significant portion of the firm's contentious work involves acting for high net worth individuals with large inheritances. It has also recently had an increase in mandates relating to SME-generated wealth.


Alan Foster has a really good feel for contentious probate work and is excellent at handling the client’. 

Alan Foster is knowledgeable, experienced and very practical. As a counterparty, he is able to advance matters sensibly in the interests of the clients. We will be able to identify the areas of dispute swiftly’. 

Alan Foster is very experienced; he absorbs the client’s stress and obtains very good outcomes‘.

I refer clients to Alan Foster and hold him in high regard.’

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP assists with all issues surrounding relationship breakdowns including dealing with trusts, companies and other assets accrued  post-separation. It also assists with disputes over the residency of children. From the firm's Uckfield office, Alan Foster and Janet Raeburn offer a wealth of experience across all family law matters.

Rix & Kay Solicitors is a long-established and award-winning law firm that has a reputation for providing outstanding client service. 96% of clients surveyed would recommend Rix & Kay to people they know.

The firm: Rix & Kay has a passion for talking with its clients about the way they work together. It helps the firm enhance the client experience and this value is at the centre of its business. The firm has been doing this proactively for more than ten years and it has allowed it to grow steadily over the last decade. Rix & Kay now employs more than 110 staff including 15 partners and a team of support staff and client care professionals.

Rix & Kay recently won two national awards, the LawNet Award and the Law Society Excellence Award that recognises exceptional people, teams and organisations in the legal profession.

Its reputation allows the firm to retain a strong regional presence across Sussex and Kent. Rix & Kay works in partnership with business owners, entrepreneurs and their families from its offices in Brighton & Hove, Uckfield, Seaford, Sevenoaks and Ashford. It also works with some of the most successful organisations in the UK both on national and international projects.

Rix & Kay helps successful, ambitious businesses and individuals to create, grow, protect and pass on their business and personal wealth for the benefit of themselves, their families and successive generations. It does this by applying technically brilliant and commercially focused legal advice across the entire range of business and private client legal services, while ensuring the highest level of client service standards.

Rix & Kay is passionate about three things: its clients, its people and its communities. Rix & Kay’s values are at the heart of the firm’s success. Read more about Rix & Kay’s values at

Types of work undertaken: Services:corporate and commercial: M&A, MBOs, shareholder agreements, corporate advisory and everything in between.

Commercial property: portfolio management, land acquisition, investment and development, full-service landlord and tenant, property finance, construction, dispute resolution and planning.

Dispute resolution: all types of commercial disputes, property disputes and insolvency.

Employment: strategic expertise including employment tribunals, operational and HR advice, and retainer services.

IP and IT: full-service commercial IP and IT including trade marks and copyright, and IP and IT disputes.

Services for individuals: wills, trusts, financial planning, probate and estate planning, family and divorce, buying and selling property, later life and care home planning.

Sectors: Rix & Kay’s specialist sectors include: healthcare and care homes; professional services, rural business and agriculture, charities and sport.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Richard Cripps
Chairman Bruce Hayter
Corporate and commercial Bruce Hayter
Commercial property David Ashton
Dispute resolution Alistair Rustemeyer
Employment Amy White
IP and IT Tariq Sayfoo
Family Alan Foster
Private client Max Wright
Residential property Claire Manning
Dispute resolution Richard Ludlow
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sara Carpenter  photo Sara Carpenter
 Richard Cripps  photo Richard Cripps
Number of UK partners : 15
Number of other UK fee-earners : 37