Firm Profile > Judge & Priestley LLP > Bromley, England

Judge & Priestley LLP

Debt recovery Tier 1

The debt recovery offering at Judge & Priestley LLP is split into two distinct parts; firstly, debt recovery and litigation, and secondly, a recovery service for insurance claims. The former deals with high volume cases and counts local government, utilities and security operations as clients. The latter acts for major UK insurers and has collections expertise in the automotive and household sectors. The team is led by Rachel Addai; Mark Oakley  and Uday Patel, a specialist in international enforcement actions, are other names to note.

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A very proactive and approachable team. Ahead of the curve and always effectively adapting their advice to our debtors‘.

The team provide good commercial awareness, while looking after client interests‘.

A good awareness of our needs and the ability to work with us and not just for us‘.

Rachel Addai is an excellent lawyer, with a keen eye for detail. She is very approachable and has been very helpful to our team‘.

Key clients

London Borough of Southwark

Crown Commercial

Social housing Tier 2

Judge & Priestley LLP has extensive experience in the social housing sector within London and the South East. The team acts for a range of registered social landlords and charities, advising on shared ownership leases right through to deeds of easements and auction sale. The department also deals with right to acquire, right to buy, social homebuy and all ancillary matters which come hand in hand with these instructions. Nitika Singh leads the housing management practice and carries out the whole breadth of work, with a particular focus on complex housing and property litigation. Mark Oakley is another name to note.

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Judge & Priestley are a standout firm delivering an excellent and cost-effective service for local authorities in London. They are efficient and diligent and go the extra-mile to fight for the best outcome for their clients. In particular, the housing team has good relationships with the local authority in-house clients and delivers well on the instructions. The housing team is ambitious and is fast-developing their expertise in defending local authorities in Environmental Protection Act 1990 cases.

Suki Dhoopher is an excellent lawyer and negotiator in all aspects of housing law. She is pragmatic, has good judgement and superb relationships with her clients. She is engaged, prompt and always has her clients’ best interest at the forefront of her mind.

Key clients

London Borough Southwark

Barnet Homes

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Camden

Wandle Homes

Birmingham City Council

Open Door Homes

Devon Mansions

Browning E.M.A.


Tower Hamlets Homes

Phoenix Community Housing

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

Led by Brian Tan and David Chandra, Judge & Priestley LLP's personal tax, trusts and probate expertise benefits high-net-worth clients in the South East, particularly focusing on estates. The team is capable of handling cross-border matters and is especially active in estates with French aspects. In 2019, the firm acquired Pritchard Joyce and Hinds, and handles Pritchard's client base from its new office in Beckenham. Chandra is an 'absolutely pragmatic and strategic lawyer' while Tan is highlighted as 'exceptionally knowledgable'.

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‘The team is proactive in client care, and always go the extra mile to deliver on service. The team is well run and second to none when it comes to technically complex issues. It has a range of private client specialists who work effortlessly and seamlessly together, complement each other effectively.’

‘David Chandra stands out to be an absolutely pragmatic and strategic lawyer. He possesses unrivalled talent in handling the most complex situations with utmost ease and skills. Brian Tan is very approachable and provides excellent, timely service- very client focused and great on detail.’

‘Brian Tan could not have been a better person to have as an advisor to me, he was sympathetic to my circumstances, exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful and together with Chyi his assistant were very efficient.’

‘David Chandra is intellectually really strong and instills confidence and reassurance in his clients.’

‘David Chandra is well connected and excellent leader, and only recruits and trains the brightest young lawyers to work in this team ensuring best outcome for the clients. Brian Tan is smart and compassionate who provides an attentive, tailored service.’

‘The Private Client team at Judge & Priestley are my first point of contact whenever I require legal advice and I consider the partners my trusted advisers who always fight my corners. This department consists of a team of exceptional lawyers with real depth and wealth of knowledge guiding me through personal taxation matters and administration of a very complex estate with utmost patience and care.’

‘It is worth mentioning how quickly they respond to my queries and provide me with constant updates without prompt.The team have consistently demonstrated they genuinely value me as a client and care about my wellbeing.’

‘The firm gives excellent advice with the expertise to serve a broad spectrum of clients. I refer my more complex cases to them knowing that they will provide the best outcome for the clients. An excellent firm all round.’

Founded in 1889 with an office in Bromley and Beckenham, this practice has always looked to move with the times, while not forgetting that expert service and value for money never go out of fashion. It prides itself on providing high-quality, value-for-money legal services for businesses, local authorities, housing associations and individuals alike, who value trusted independent and expert advice.

The firm: Judge & Priestley is one of the leading providers of legal services in the London Borough of Bromley and more widely across the South East. Supported by ongoing investment in the latest technologies and its skilled workforce, it is developing an increasingly national presence in areas of key competency and specialism. The practice has long-standing commercial clients of all sizes across many business areas and in the public sector, and a thriving practice delivering support and legal advice to private individuals.

The firm’s commitment to quality and high levels of service has been recognised by several independent external bodies. The practice has been awarded the Law Society’s rigorous Practice Management Standard Lexcel. It also holds the ‘Investors in People’ award, which confirms the commitment to staff training and development. The firm takes security of client data very seriously and was awarded the ISO27001 IT data security standard in 2016.

Types of work undertaken: The property litigation and housing management teams have long been recognized in the Legal 500 for their expertise in Social Housing matters and advise on a range of contentious property matters. The housing management team has been acting, predominantly for landlords, for over 20 years. Clients include leading London local authorities and housing associations such as LB Southwark, LB Havering, Barnet Homes and Wandle Housing Association etc. along with developers and private landlords. The team advise on all aspects of leasehold management and a variety of other litigious matters including disrepair claims, possession proceedings, squatters, unauthorised occupiers, adverse possession claims, and nuisance-related matters.

J&P Credit Solutions, the specialist debt recovery department of the practice, has grown significantly in recent years. The department has an excellent reputation in the industry in key specialist areas including local authority debt recovery, utilities collections and subrogated insurance losses arising from road traffic claims for example. The team has over 20 years’ experience in acting for local authorities and represents an ever growing number of London boroughs and Midlands authorities, assisting and supporting a variety of debt recovery strategies including residential charges, home care charges, service charges, deceased debtor, CIL and sundry debts. The insurance team has also been recovering debts for insurance clients for over 20 years, and clients include several leading national insurers. The department has considerably expanded its bulk pre-legal capabilities as it looks to enhance its growing reputation in general commercial and consumer debt collections. It already works for many national and international businesses in the utilities, finance and other business sectors, providing efficient value-for-money solutions and working closely to align debt recovery processes with clients’ internal systems and workflows.

Judge & Priestley has one of the largest residential conveyancing teams in the SE London area with experienced partners for both professional property investors and private clients, and a separate team providing specialist advice on lease extensions and leasehold enfranchisement.

The private client team focuses on wills, trusts and probate with a particular emphasis on contested probate, inheritance tax planning, elderly client services and trusts involving foreign jurisdictions.

The family team offers a full range of services covering family, children and divorce law and the private dispute resolution team assists individuals and businesses with all manner of disputes including employment law, contract disputes, insolvency and bankruptcy and professional negligence for example.

The commercial property team covers a range of work for businesses, including site acquisition, development, purchasing and selling or leasing commercial property. The company commercial team provides a broad spectrum of advice including business start-ups and structure, employment, sale and purchase of companies, partnership and shareholder agreements, management buy-outs and formation of limited liability partnerships.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Steven Taylor
Company commercial Neil Cuffe
Debt recovery Robert Davis
Debt recovery Mark Younger
Dispute resolution Mark Oakley
Employment and dispute resolution Paul Stevens
Family Kelly Sharman
Insolvency and bankruptcy Rachel Addai
Private client David Chandra
Commercial/property development Steven Taylor
Residential conveyancing Madelaine Henwood
Social housing management Nitika Singh
Social housing management Pamela Bachu
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rachel Addai  photo Rachel Addai Deals with all aspects of civil litigation with a particular focus on…
 David Chandra  photo David Chandra David is the head of private client and specialises in the administration…
 Anthony Clarke  photo Anthony Clarke Covers all aspects of residential conveyancing, with particular expertise in lease extensions…
 Neil Cuffe  photo Neil Cuffe Undertakes company commercial work, including mergers, acquisitions, partnership agreements, LLP agreements, general…
 Madelaine Henwood  photo Madelaine Henwood Experienced residential conveyancer, dealing with all types of residential sales and purchases,…
 Mark Oakley  photo Mark Oakley Head of litigation. Particular expertise lies with commercial disputes, leasehold/property disputes including…
 Lucy Rudd  photo Lucy Rudd Lucy is currently working in the property department specialising in mixed use…
 Nitika Singh  photo Nitika Singh Partner. Nitika has built up an impressive caseload advising and representing local…
 Paul Stevens  photo Paul Stevens Specialising in employment, debt recovery, probate litigation and private client litigation.
Mr Steven Taylor photo Mr Steven Taylor Managing partner and head of property department; deals primarily with acquisition of…
Number of UK partners : 15
Number of other UK fee-earners : 94
Number of consultants : 1
Total number of staff : 220

At Judge & Priestley LLP we are proud of our record on diversity and inclusion.

We are, unlike some small / mid-sized practices, fully signed up to the Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter, but more important than just signing; we are fully committed to implementing the spirit of the charter.

Here are some key figures from our diversity and inclusion data. Among our legal fee earners, c. 66% are female and c. 45% are from a non “white British” background. Among our partners, white British males, represent a minority, at some 42% of the total partner count.

Our approach to diversity and inclusion is straight forward. We simply employ and promote the best applicants to our business, regardless of sex, colour, race or creed.