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Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

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Bruce Hayter

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Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Chairman and head of employment.


Bruce is chairman and head of the corporate group with strategic responsibility for the commercial and employment groups. He has built a solid reputation for being an expert in handling high value and complex corporate transactions. Bruce leads transactions very much from a commercial perspective drawing greatly from his time in commerce and he is able to manage and solve complex and challenging problems with a severe degree of commercialism. Bruce’s specialisms include dealing with sales, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, MBOs, MBI, shareholder agreements and LLP member’s agreements. In addition Bruce also has extensive experience in advising sp011s clubs, players, managers and administrators on legal matters. As to sports clubs, whether professional, semi professional or amateur the emphasis is in respect of sales, purchases, ground redevelopment and contractual matters. To quote counsel, David Lewis – ‘Bruce is a font of knowledge, with exceptional client management and most certainly the calm in the litigation storm.’


Trained Rix & Kay; qualified 1982; partner Cooper Carter Claremont 1983-93; director, company secretary and in-house solicitor Stonegate Farmers Ltd 1993-2001; managing partner, Rix & Kay 2001 – present.


Law Society; BASL; Honorary Life Member ofEastbourne RFC; Vice President of Seaford RFC; Vice President ofHellingly RFC; Vice President of Hastings United FC.


Sutton High School, Plymouth; Wolverhampton Polytechnic (1978 Law 2(1)); Leeds Polytechnic (Law Society Finals).


Rugby, football, family.

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

With five offices in the South East, Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP is considered 'ideal for larger transactions, but equally able to deliver a cost-effective solution for smaller transactions'. It provides full corporate and commercial services to local, national and overseas clients in sectors such as insurance, telecoms, healthcare and construction. Recent work included acting for the sellers on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Broadham Care to residential care specialist Elysium Healthcare. Group head Sara Carpenter is 'top class' and Alan Zeal 'is a consummate professional, who brings a wealth of experience to the table'. The firm's chairman Bruce Hayter is 'very solution oriented and focuses on what really matters.' Sevenoaks-based managing partner Richard Cripps has a wealth of corporate and secured-finance expertise. The team was further strengthened by the addition of Tim Sadka, who joined in September 2017 and, according to one client, 'brings a depth of experience and technical capability to an already effective and versatile team'.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP acts for companies, partnerships and individuals drawn from the professional services, hospitality and charity sectors, among others. The team frequently works closely with the firm's corporate department in advising on TUPE regulations, redundancies and employee exits following sales and acquisitions. In one highlight, it acted for a claimant who was made redundant following her pregnancy; the case involved issues of discrimination and was settled prior to the tribunal hearing. Victoria Regan  joined the team from Dawson Hart in September 2017 and managing partner Bruce Hayter is also a key part of the team. Miranda Martin retired.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP has a longstanding track record advising farmers and rural business owners in Sussex, Kent and beyond on issues concerning the rural business communities in the region. Key figures include Richard Cripps, who is regularly called on to advise on issues stemming from the acquisition and sale of rural property, from secured financing transactions to shareholder and partnership agreements; and Bruce Hayter who has more than 30 years' experience working with farming clients across the South East.

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Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP is particularly well known for providing support to sporting charities such as The Sussex County Sports Partnership Trust on the full range of corporate, commercial, employment and property issues. It also assists a number of small charities with their directors' and trustee duties, employment issues, and other day-to-day issues, as well as acting for larger charities. Recent highlights include advising the Ansty Village Centre Steering Committee on the establishment of a new charitable incorporated organisation and merging of the activities of the village hall, social club, cricket club, football club and their respective assets into the new organisation. Bruce Hayter acts for a number of local sports organisations and is recommended alongside real estate expert Richard Cripps and Alan Zeal.

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South East: TMT


Within: Sport

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP has established a firm following among regional cricket, football and rugby clubs, in addition to acting for sporting charities such as Active Sussex, and a number of high-profile sports personalities. Recent highlights include acting for Hellingly Regby Football Club on its company incorporation, and acting for the Ansty Village Centre Steering Committee on the merger of the activities of the cricket club, football club and other entities and their respective assets and charitable activities into a new charitable incorporated organisation, as well as assisting with the construction of a new sports and social centre and the demolition of the existing centre. Firm chairman and sports department head Bruce Hayter has an extensive track record working with grass roots sports teams and clubs. Also recommended are Richard Cripps, who focuses on sports-related corporate transactions, and Alan Zeal, who regularly acts for amateur rugby clubs on governance issues.

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