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Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF

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Bournemouth BH2, Bournemouth BH2, Poole

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 2

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF is highly regarded in the local market and is lauded by local and regional SMEs and growth companies as ‘one of the strongest corporate teams’ in Bournemouth, providing ‘exemplary customer service’ in complex corporate and commercial matters. The department is led by Sam Freeman, regarded by clients and peers alike as ‘a knowledgeable yet highly practical’ lawyer, who ‘approaches problems in a commercially astute manner’; Freeman has handled a number of corporate restructurings and share sales for UK companies looking to expand their domestic businesses. ‘A powerhouse corporate lawyer’, Natasha Duffy-Jones acted alongside Ella Gould for a UK aviation group in connection with the establishment of a certain business, which will employ a degree transatlantic operation; this is illustrative of the corporate department’s recent activity in the aviation sector. Moreover, the highly recommended Edwina Young assists an aerospace company with ongoing advice related to the research and development of aerospace technologies in the public sector. Victoria Boynes-Butler joined from Streathers in 2017.

Leading individuals

Sam Freeman - Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF  specialises in licensing for outdoor events including music and other festivals, game fairs and events held at stately homes and other large estates. It deals with the licensing of alcohol, live and recorded music, late night refreshments, gambling premises, gaming, adult and family entertainment centres, sporting events, taxi and private hire licensing. Phillip Day heads the team and has more than 30 years' experience in licensing matters.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 3

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF

‘A stand-out player among firms outside the capital’, Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF provides ‘honest, clear and straightforward advice at a reasonable cost’. Headed by Mark Timberlake, who focuses on property litigation, the disputes resolution team handles a range of commercial disputes including contract and partnership litigation. The highly recommended associate Brendan Herbert is assisting a West End production company with claims regarding fees and profit sharing in connection with a successful musical production. ‘Blunt, but simultaneously receptive to client comments’, Herbert was also been involved in a number of shareholder and partnership disputes in 2017. Further, the team is regularly instructed in licensing and management disputes in the media and entertainment industry and has experience of contentious IP issues. Rob Kelly specialises in contentious probate and estate-related claims, while associate Robin Watson focuses on employment law.

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South West: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4


Laceys provides an ‘extremely efficient and knowledgeable’ service. Kate Mansfield is ‘very knowledgeable, and able to make legal matters clear and understandable for clients’; she heads up the non-contentious practice, with Rob Kelly leading things on the contentious side.  Simon Nightingale has a ‘keen mind, expert legal knowledge and thoughtfulness’, and focuses on agricultural property matters. Solicitor Gill Walker on the conveyancing side is ‘very good’.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire
Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire - ranked: tier 2

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF is ‘very strong in the local commercial property market’ and stands out for its ‘excellent client communication’. The property department was strengthened in 2017 by the arrival of solicitor Alanna McDonough, who joined from recently merged Bond Dickinson. McDonough and department head John Munro acted for Wilson & Sharp Investments in negotiations with Arts University Bournemouth for the provision of 153 student housing units. Additionally, Munro advised on the purchase of an investment property in Devon, and acted for the landlord in a series of letting agreements for a town centre office block. Jonathan Ogden was instructed by Bracken Developments in a number of site acquisitions, and also assisted Lime Wood Group with multiple hotel acquisitions. Further, Mark Preece  was involved in the multimillion-pound sale of a development site by Lidl.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF

In the area of landlord and tenant disputes, Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF ‘fares very well in terms of actual performance and value for money’. Department head Mark Timberlake represented a legal firm in a six-figure dilapidations claim and also acted for an estate in connection with the sale of a site that was occupied by a protected tenant. The team also handles collective enfranchisement and other residential disputes and has particular expertise in acting for the owners of housing blocks. Further, associates Brendan Herbert and Rob Kelly have experience in freehold property disputes. The team also represents a large regional chain of estate agents in all of its contested office lease matters.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5


Laceys advises on the drafting and negotiation of IP dispute settlement agreements, media contracts and specialist licensing agreements. It assists clients in protecting their IP in the UK and internationally with a particular focus on the retail and manufacturing sectors. Edwina Young heads the team and has ‘incredible knowledge and a drive to do things right’.

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