Lester Aldridge LLP > Southampton, England > Firm Profile

Lester Aldridge LLP
ALLEYN HOUSE
CARLTON CRESCENT
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 2EU
England

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Lester Aldridge LLP houses an ‘extremely knowledgeable‘ team in Southampton, which frequently assists creditors affected by the insolvency of another, and insolvency practitioners on procedural court applications and group simplification projects. Practice head Rebecca Walker has varied experience in solvent restructurings and the returning of assets to shareholders via voluntary liquidations, in addition to distressed restructuring issues. The ‘vastly knowledgeableNick Keitley is particularly adept at acting for clients in the charity, marine and hospitality sectors in turnarounds, while Matthew Barrow acts as the firm’s managing partner and also advises on the disposal of properties by office holders of insolvent estates, and the enforcement of security through administration and receiver appointments.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Walker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Lester Aldridge tailor and blend their team to fit the legal challenges and circumstances of their clients.’

‘Nick Keitley is a pre-eminent lawyer.’

‘A quality firm and insolvency team. Pre-eminent in the area. Widely knowledgeable across all sectors.’

‘Nick Keitley is vastly knowledgeable and approachable. I thoroughly enjoy working with him due to his detailed knowledge and no nonsense approach.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable team that provides commercial and practicable solutions based on the law. Helpful and constructive advice.’

‘Nick Keitley is an extremely knowledgeable and seasoned practitioner who clearly thinks things through and provides well-argued practical advice in a timely manner.’

Key clients

Azets

BDO LLP

Begbies Traynor

BTG Advisory

Evelyn Partners LLP

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Interpath Advisory

James Cowper Kreston

JWS Business Recovery

Knight Frank

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Mazars

Menzies LLP

Moorfields Advisory Limited

Quantuma Advisory Trading Limited

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Santander Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the liquidators of a technology publishing company in relation to its solvent liquidation, distribution of $10m cash to shareholders and how to address various claims against the company.
  • Advised the administrators of Johnsons Shoes Company on the solvent exit of the company from administration.
  • Advised the administrators of Passenger Lift Services Limited on the pre-pack sale of its business and assets.

Transport > Shipping Tier 1

The ’very creative and responsive’ Lester Aldridge LLP marine practice operates out of the Southampton and Bournemouth offices, specialising in the whole spectrum of litigious and transactional matters in shipping law. Southampton-based Russell Kelly has vast experience of advising national and international clients from the leisure marine and superyacht sectors, as well as handling complex contractual disputes which may arise. From Bournemouth, Linda Jacques leads on arbitration work involving contractual claims and the loss of cargo. Also in Southampton, Philippa Langton handles regulatory matters for shipowners and operators. Associate Lucy Goff is knowledgeable on professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Russell Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very creative and responsive. They are good value for money. Much more agile and flexible than other firms.’

‘Linda Jacques is particularly innovative and responsive within hours of the request, which is relatively rare.’

‘Great people, very knowledgeable and willing to offer advice to avoid problems down the line.’

‘Lucy Goff is very personable, she responds promptly to call or emails, very knowledgeable and offers sound advice.’

‘Lucy Goff is an absolute super-star. Her advice throughout the matter was absolutely spot on.’

‘As well as Philippa Langton’s experience as a P&I handler enabling her to think from a handlers’ point of view, she also has a strong language skill of speaking/reading Chinese which valued by some of our Chinese clients.’

‘I worked with Philippa Langton for several cases. She has a good knowledge of the field. I like her being sharp, swift and efficient.’

‘A knowledgeable team who are approachable and clear and clean in their communications. The team are always welcoming with a can-do approach.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

With demonstrable experience across the marine, defence and financial sectors, the ‘client-focused and reliable’ dispute resolution team at Lester Aldridge LLP acts on high-value claims brought on behalf of companies in insolvency procedures, and frequently advises on regulatory issues. Noted for his expertise in handling Part 8 Companies Act claims, practice leader Chris Evans handles contract disputes and financial litigation, professional negligence claims and insolvency-related mandates. Other key contacts in the group include property litigation expert Kate Stewart and senior associate Ben Kerley, while Michael Veal left in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Chris Evans

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Lester Aldridge are widely recognised as efficient, consistent and often servicing some of the biggest companies in the UK. I have always found them to be extremely client-focused and reliable.’

‘This is a firm with “big company” capability, resource and expertise, but delivered like you are their only client, such is the feeling of care and value they provide. At no time did I feel I was being “sold” to and the advice was always practical and pragmatic. They give lawyers a good name.’

‘Chris Evans is down to earth and when dealing with something so daunting, I appreciated being able to talk to someone who seemed like they were listening and taking my best interests into account. I always felt calm when dealing with Chris and that is worth every penny.’

‘Lester Aldridge work incredibly hard for their clients and provide excellent value.’

Employment > Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Lester Aldridge LLP fields a highly regarded employment practice in the Dorset area. The team handles a range of matters for its clients, including due diligence, TUPE, restructuring, and assisting with the employment aspects of large corporate transactions. Practice head Kevin Barnett provides strategic advice to corporate clients, as well as handling complex whistleblowing and discrimination cases.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Barnett

Testimonials

‘The team are always very helpful. There is always a very strong sense of team spirit.’

‘Kevin Barnett is always receptive, friendly and helpful. Always gets back to me when he says he would and he is knowledgeable in the area of employment law. I highly recommend him.’

Key clients

Curtiss Wright Corporation

Ceuta Holdings Limited

Osprey Europe Limited

FRP Advisory LLP

Lush Limited

Dorset Wildlife Trust

Durable (UK) Limited

Care South

Poole Lighting Limited

Global Maritime Consultancy Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented a care home provider in a discrimination and unfair dismissal claim relating to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021.
  • Providing day-to-day employment advice to a large international company with over 12,000 employees.
  • Advised a start-up design consultancy on compliance and employment obligations both in the UK and Australia.

Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 2

Lester Aldridge LLP’s real estate group operates out of Southampton, demonstrating significant strength in advising on lender services, residential developments, and property investments. The practice is headed up by 'standout advisorTom AlderLucy Stevens receives regular instruction from hoteliers, landowners, and regional developers. Matthew Barrow is an expert on secured lending transactions and commercial property matters, while Bethan Dodd typically handles landlord and tenant issues. Roger Woolley specialises in major development projects, and Rebecca Humm assists with the drafting of planning and infrastructure agreements. Sian Rogers supports clients with distressed property work. David Fanchi joined from Foot Anstey in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mark Benham; Suki Samra; Tom Alder

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Stevens; Matthew Barrow; Bethan Dodd; Roger Woolley; Rebecca Humm; Sian Rogers; Lana Farrell

Testimonials

‘The team offers a diverse range of expertise and experience, resulting in sound advice on a wide range of complex matters that we regularly present them with.’

‘The team are approachable and will frequently respond in a timely matter, making themselves available to fit their clients’ needs.’

‘Tom Alder and Rebecca Humm are the standout advisors that I deal with regularly.’

‘It’s refreshing to have a consistently high level of performance/service from a legal advisor.’

‘I have complete confidence in the advice that they provide and value the commercial understanding that they frequently demonstrate.’

‘It is genuinely a pleasure to deal with them.’

Key clients

McCarthy & Stone

Care South

Lloyds Bank plc

Fragrance Group

University of Southampton

Affordable Housing & Healthcare Group

Big Yellow

C&G Properties

Bargate Homes

Troika Developments

Work highlights

  • Advised University of Southampton on the acquisition of a flagship building in the city.
  • Advising McCarthy Stone on all of its new affordable housing schemes across England and Wales, which the client is seeking to deliver following its appointment as a strategic partner with Homes England, for which it received £94m in grant funding.
  • Advised C&G Properties on a multi-million pound refinancing of its property portfolio.

Real estate > Environment and planning Tier 2

Demonstrating significant strength in handling section 106 agreements and the community infrastructure levy, the Lester Aldridge LLP group is highly specialised in all facets of non-contentious planning expertise. The department particularly focuses on housebuilders and developers, supporting them with environmental projects, including a recent phosphate credit mitigation scheme. Tom Alder leads the team from Southampton, regularly advising clients on residential-led, mixed-use schemes and planning appeals. Senior associate Matt Gilks is an expert on planning and environment matters, including nitrates and biodiversity net gain.

Practice head(s):

Tom Alder

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The teams works for a variety of clients, from housebuilders to individuals, which gives depth of experience.’

‘The team is effective, communicates well, and delivers strong instructions to counsel in a timely fashion. This efficiency clearly delivers well for clients and makes the team a pleasure to work with.’

‘It is always a pleasure to work with Matt Gilks. Both his experience, coming to the process from a number of different angles, and knowledge of the law are great. He clearly remains focused on delivering positive and practical outcomes for clients for good value, and manages client expectations and instructions well.’

Key clients

McCarthy & Stone

Bargate Homes

C & G Properties

Captiva Homes

CHG Developments Limited

Big Yellow Self Storage

Dandara Southern

Dicentra Developments

Cavanna Homes

Harry Ferguson Farms

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Lester Aldridge LLP is particularly noted for its corporate and commercial work in the technology, social media and e-sports industries, as well as manufacturing. Based in Bournemouth, the practice is headed by Grant Esterhuizen, who is dual qualified in England and Wales and South Africa. Splitting his time between the firm’s Southampton and Bournemouth offices, Dean Drew has particular experience advising companies in the technology sector, in addition to counting a number of social media influencers among his clients. Associate Danielle Slater is a go-to contact for SMEs and is well versed on matters such as share buybacks, corporate governance and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Grant Esterhuizen

Other key lawyers:

Dean Drew; Edward Adamson; Susan Cowan; Danielle Slater; Ruth Chornolutskyy

Testimonials

‘Lester Aldridge provide excellent advice. They are professional and also very commercial, which is great.’

‘Grant Esterhuizen is a superb solicitor. Very experienced and easy to deal with. He always considers the commercial aspects of the deal as much as the legal position. He’s intelligent, open-minded and a real expert.’

‘This practice is very personal and professional. Always willing and able to help with whatever request we submit.’

‘Grant Esterhuizen is helpful and patient with all questions and requests. I would highly recommend Grant to any company needing legal or corporate governance assistance in the UK.’

Key clients

Flabba Limited

Supernova Events and Esports Limited

Futwiz Ltd

Trant Engineering Limited

Applications Platform Limited

Upload Agency

Work highlights

  • Advised Trant Engineering, a new client for the firm, in relation to corporate and commercial work and real estate and planning matters.
  • Negotiated the terms of a management buyout of the business and assets of a well-known restaurant and pub in the New Forest on behalf of a local businessman and entrepreneur.
  • Advised Flabba Limited, a fast-growth technology company, on fundraising to support the company’s roll-out of its document management solution across the UK.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Reputed for its work on brain and spinal injury claims, Lester Aldridge LLP predominantly deals with cases arising out of road traffic accidents. As head of both clinical negligence and personal injury, David Healy is adept at handling cases spanning both practice areas and has a particular specialism in motorcycle accident issues. Associate Fiona Brooke regularly handles orthopaedic injury, fatal accident and dependency claims.

Practice head(s):

David Healy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with David Healy with a number of clients. I have found him extremely easy to work with. He has a high level of knowledge of medical conditions and difficulties which impacts greatly on him ensuring his clients get the support and input they need.’

‘Specialist and experienced personal injury team dedicated to deriving the optimal settlements for clients.’

‘David Healey is an extremely good communicator who goes over and above to ensure his clients are part of the whole process and understand the legal process.’

‘David Healey works well as part of the wider team. He understands the need for a multidisciplinary team and all of their roles. He always obtains funds early to ensure that rehabilitation occurs for the client.’

‘Good mix of experience levels. Able to manage both low and high value cases with equal care.’

‘Fiona Brooke – very personable and down to earth. Excellent with clients.’

‘David Healey has taken over cases from other solicitor firms and turned a case around.’

‘I would highly recommend David Healey and would feel confident that any client will be well supported and have the best of outcomes possible.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

The ‘depth of knowledge and experience‘ at Lester Aldridge LLP is brought to bear on work relating to residential development, healthcare, hotel, and leisure sector transactions, to name a few. The Bournemouth-based team frequently works alongside the firm's Southampton office, and is additionally well regarded in the niche area of ports and marinas. The 'outstanding' seniors housing expert Mark Benham and enfranchising specialist Suki Samra serve as the Bournemouth-based practice heads, while Tom Alder oversees matters from Southampton.

Practice head(s):

Mark Benham; Suki Samra; Tom Alder

Other key lawyers:

Claire Kitchener

Testimonials

‘ Many other firms sit on the fence. Lester Aldridge does not, and this is the key difference for me.’

‘There is clearly no other firm in the country who has handled as many retirement site acquisitions as Mark Benham.’

‘We are always impressed by the depth of knowledge and experience within the team.’

‘We have found Mark Benham to be an outstanding lawyer with a clearly evident depth of knowledge and experience in the real estate sector.’

‘The depth of experience and the team’s appetite for getting stuck into the market means they are always able to provide real-world advice, find a resolution, or complete a transaction.’

‘Suki Samra’s ability to apply his breadth of real-world experience in a commercially minded yet creative way is unparalleled.

‘Claire Kitchener’s direct, client-focused approach makes transactions appear seamless.’

Key clients

McCarthy & Stone

Yorkshire Building Society

Allica Bank

Lloyds Bank plc

Shawbrook Bank

Care South

Affordable Housing & Healthcare Group

Generation Home

University of Southampton

Big Yellow

Work highlights

  • Advised Yorkshire Building Society on over 200 matters nationwide in 2022, including a refinance of a property portfolio of 62 properties.
  • Advised Allica Bank on over 500 secured lending matters in 2022.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP handles birth, brain and spinal injury claims, with a special emphasis on those cases which involve life changing injuries. Southampton-based Liz Oaten leads the clinical negligence team; she specialises in birth injury cases and stroke cases. Divisional head David Healy  is a go-to name for brain and spinal injury claims.

Practice head(s):

David Healy; Liz Oaten

Testimonials

‘David Healy is building a powerhouse of a team with his senior colleagues.’

‘David Healy has enormous experience and is a great manager.’

‘David Healy has a huge amount of experience; he has dealt with high value catastrophic injury work and clients love him.’

‘Liz Oaten is a hugely experienced clinical negligence solicitor.’

‘I would single out Liz Oaten who has huge experience and good tactical flair. She is an excellent solicitor.’

‘A very experienced team, particularly in the area of clinical negligence.’

‘Liz Oaten has a ruthless dedication to her clients. She has an incisive appreciation of the complexity of clinical cases. Her interaction with her clients, counsel and medical experts is impressive.’

‘Liz Oaten is fantastic. She is highly experienced with working knowledge of both sides. She has a wonderful ability to see into the heart of a problem. She is tenacious and does not give up.’

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

Following the departure of Michael Veal to take up a judicial role in January 2023, the offering at Lester Aldridge LLP has been under the leadership of Laura Guntrip, who oversees both the healthcare team, and the regulatory and business crime department; her area of niche expertise lies in social care, including advising on matters relating to the safety of people in receipt of care services. The team is differentiated by its equal balance between prosecution and defence work.

Practice head(s):

Laura Guntrip

Key clients

Health & Safety Executive

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Hampshire County Council

CK IT Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the Health and Safety Executive in the prosecution of Ensure Asbestos Management following work to asbestos on a construction site.
  • Defending an IT sector company and its director in a prosecution concerning the safety of electrical accessories.
  • Representing a care home operator in relation to the death of a care home resident who fell from a window and died, including representation at the inquest and in the subsequent criminal investigation by the Care Quality Commission.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

Focusing predominantly on the claimant side of professional negligence matters, Lester Aldridge LLP covers claims against solicitors, property surveyors and marine surveyors, among others. Under the leadership of Chris Evans, the practice also includes the ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ Rachel Gimson as well as property litigation specialist Kate Stewart. Michael Veal was appointed as district judge in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Chris Evans

Other key lawyers:

Kate Stewart; Benjamin Kerley; Rachel Gimson

Testimonials

‘A really good regional firm, with great lawyers and great clients.’

‘Rachel Gimson – she is experienced and knowledgeable, very easy to deal with. She has deep knowledge of the area and is very good with clients.’

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Work highlights

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Private client > Family Tier 3

Praised for their ‘encyclopedic knowledge‘ and ‘effective approach‘, the team at Lester Aldridge LLP focuses primarily on complex financial remedy cases, while the team’s expertise also extends to children matters and TOLATA related claims. Practice head Rosemary Sharp regularly handles high-net-worth cases involving companies, and has been praised for her ‘excellent judgement’. Laura George is also recommended.    

Practice head(s):

Rosemary Sharp

Other key lawyers:

Laura George; Guiseppe Pingerna

Testimonials

‘I appreciate the personalised, friendly, yet professional service they provide. They work well as a team, and know exactly which associate/partner is best suited to deal with any queries I have.’

‘Throughout my time with Lester Aldridge I have felt that I have been treated as a real person, not just a source of income. They have been kind, friendly, and professional, while also giving me a personalised service.’

‘Lester Aldridge have a very strong reputation in Family Law expertise. The team have a friendly, warm, and effective approach to case management. Clients love the team and feel fully supported throughout one of life’s most stressful experiences.’

‘The team at Lester Aldridge is diverse and together they have an encyclopedic knowledge of the facts of their cases as well as up to date legal principles that need to be applied.’

‘Rosemary Sharp has excellent judgment. She provides pragmatic solutions, and is tenacious and robustly effective in achieving the best outcomes for clients.’

‘Guiseppe Pingerna is a rising star who I would expect to be a partner in the very near future. He is personable and good with client’s from all backgrounds. He gives clear and sensible advice and is an excellent advocate.’

‘Laura George is a tough litigator and yet demonstrates incredible empathy with clients. She always strives to achieve the best outcome for clients and will always fight their corner. Clients immediately warm to her and rightfully trust her. She is certainly one to watch for the future and a partner in the making.’

‘Rosemary Sharp is fantastic. Over the last 12 months we have worked on some very challenging cases together but I have felt supported, safe in the knowledge that Rosie knows her stuff and always works hard. Rosie makes it very easy to work in a team and I know that we will strive to get the best result for the client together. Rosie is on top of her game.’

Work highlights

Public sector > Health Tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP‘s regulatory expertise within the healthcare sector covers both civil and criminal law matters, making the practice a popular choice for national care providers and healthcare charities. The team is additionally well placed to represent individuals in community care. Based in Bournemouth, practice head Laura Guntrip is a due diligence specialist with extensive experience of representing care providers in defence-side enforcement action proceedings. Southampton-based Bethan Dodd‘s healthcare practice notably covers primary care premise funding matters, with particular expertise in issues related to the Premise Costs Directions 2013. Nicole Ridgewell is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Laura Guntrip

Other key lawyers:

Susan Cowan; Bethan Dodd; Nicole Ridgwell; Alice Straight

Testimonials

‘I am delighted with the services provided by Nicole Ridgwell and her team at Lester Aldridge.’

‘Lester Aldridge are undoubtedly subject matter experts with regards to regulatory approaches, legislation and practice but what sets them apart from others is their analysis of regulatory behaviour which enables them to give clear indicative and objective opinions.’

‘Laura Guntrip has been and continues to be invaluable with regards to all matters pertaining to regulation and legal matters.’

Laura Guntrip is extremely knowledgeable, very responsive and always willing to help; as are her whole team.’

‘Laura Guntrip  and her team work tirelessly to ensure that their clients are supported and holistically assisted to make the right decisions when they are struggling with aspects of the care business.’

‘The team is incredibly experienced and strikes a brilliant balance when representing clients in sensitive situations to ensure they are protected against unfair criticisms whilst also ensuring their actions are not scrutinised unnecessarily.’

‘Laura Guntrip and her team are brilliant. Because of their experience, they know the issues that matter and they know how to help clients navigate difficult situations. The team are excellent with clients, putting them at ease and providing clear advice.

Alice Straight, in particular is great with clients; she is supportive, organised and takes a commercial and pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

HC-One

Graham Care

Registered Nursing Homes Association

Hampshire Care Association

Colten Care

Kent Integrated Care Alliance

Work highlights

  • Represented a large national care provider in a successful appeal against enforcement action by the Care Quality Commission to cancel registration of a care home.
  • Prepared regulatory due diligence for a private equity fund in relation to acquisition of a group of specialist care services.
  • Represented a mid-sized care provider in relation to the death of a care home resident who fell from a window, including representation at the inquest and in respect of a criminal investigation.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP ‘s ‘knowledgeable’ team is active in construction and telecoms disputes, with an additional niche focus on matters concerning marine-based landlords. Kate Stewart leads the Bournemouth-based practice, where she regularly represents major house builders in a variety of pre- and post-completion matters, such as overage liabilities disputes. ‘Excellent property litigator’ Rachel Gimson is proficient in land disputes, landlord and tenant matters, and construction disputes. Rebecca Antill, who handles residential, commercial and real property disputes, is lauded as ‘a real asset to a litigation team’.

Practice head(s):

Kate Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Associate Rebecca Antill has been proactive and approachable. She has been available as and when required, and provided regular and continuous guidance and advice.’

‘Clear, concise and accurate information, reflected in their responses, communication, and billing.’

‘I have found their instructions to be very clear and well-prepared.’

‘I have been instructed by Rebecca Antill a number of times and found her to be very willing to work as a team with counsel, which promotes an enjoyable and effective working relationship.’

‘A friendly team who divide up work well across the levels of seniority. They are knowledgeable with a good understanding of the commercial realities in which their clients operate.’

‘The individuals I have worked with have a thorough grounding in the substantive law, good judgment on the merits, and a good sense of when a difficult or technical point has arisen which would benefit from Counsel’s advice.

‘Rachel Gimson is an excellent property litigator who is on top of the detail of the case, with good judgment. Approachable and dynamic in her engagement with both clients and counsel.’

‘Rebecca Antill is a real asset to a litigation team; really detailed understanding of the factual history and an excellent knowledge of the procedural.’

Key clients

Mr Mark Facer

Work highlights

  • Acted for an individual in a judicial review of the decision for the route of the Coastal Path.
  • Acting for a large care home provider in disputes arising from defectively designed roofs to their buildings via insurance. Each claim is likely to be worth circa £3.5m.
  • Acting in a long-running dispute which has involved judicial review and County Court proceedings regarding incorrect allocation of an area as public highway.

Real estate > Construction

Headed up by senior associate Izabela Arnold, Lester Aldridge LLP‘s Southampton-based construction practice specialises in advising on residential developments and complex cladding issues.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Able to draw on close working ties with the firm's specialist probate team, the ‘experienced, knowledgeable, efficient and friendly’, Lester Aldridge LLP divides its practice into three core teams; UK Private Client, UK Tax and Trusts and International Private Client. The team is led by Kurt Lee, Oliver Phipps, and Mahendree Naidoo, the latter of whom joined the team in 2022.    

Practice head(s):

Kurt Lee; Mahendree Naidoo; Oliver Phipps

Other key lawyers:

Richard Fairbairn; Parisa Jones; Precious Igbokwe; Magdalena Lipinska

Testimonials

‘The team specialises in international probate matters and is specialist in dealing with cross-border estates. They are efficient at obtaining UK Grants of Representations in matters where I have required a UK Grant to deal with UK situs assets. The team is particularly responsive and cost-effective.’

‘Oliver Phipps is very knowledgeable and approachable.’

‘The team at Lester Aldridge are very experienced, knowledgeable, efficient and friendly.’

‘Kurt Lee is knowledgeable and personable. Great to work with. I have utmost confidence in his advice.’

‘Lester Aldridge LLP is a practice whose level of expertise in personal tax, trusts and probate matters is exceptional, particularly in complex, cross-border matters where there are interactions between differing legal systems which may impact on a client’s overall structures and planning. Their knowledge of the interplay between the jurisdictions and their ability to navigate their clients smoothly through this complex field sets the practice apart.’

‘Oliver Phipps is a pleasure to work with. He is approachable and is always happy to assist. When dealing with Oliver personally, or referring clients to him, I have full confidence in the level of expertise offered by him, and that client’s expectations will be fully met, and exceeded.’

Work highlights

South West > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

Reputed for its work on brain and spinal injury claims, Lester Aldridge LLP predominantly deals with cases arising out of road traffic accidents. As head of both clinical negligence and personal injury, David Healy is adept at handling cases spanning both practice areas and has a particular specialism in motorcycle accident issues. Associate Fiona Brooke regularly handles orthopaedic injury, fatal accident and dependency claims.

Practice head(s):

David Healy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with David Healy with a number of clients. I have found him extremely easy to work with. He has a high level of knowledge of medical conditions and difficulties which impacts greatly on him ensuring his clients get the support and input they need.’

‘Specialist and experienced personal injury team dedicated to deriving the optimal settlements for clients.’

‘David Healey is an extremely good communicator who goes over and above to ensure his clients are part of the whole process and understand the legal process.’

‘David Healey works well as part of the wider team. He understands the need for a multidisciplinary team and all of their roles. He always obtains funds early to ensure that rehabilitation occurs for the client.’

‘Good mix of experience levels. Able to manage both low and high value cases with equal care.’

‘Fiona Brooke – very personable and down to earth. Excellent with clients.’

‘David Healey has taken over cases from other solicitor firms and turned a case around.’

‘I would highly recommend David Healey and would feel confident that any client will be well supported and have the best of outcomes possible.’

South West > Real estate > Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

The ‘depth of knowledge and experience‘ at Lester Aldridge LLP is brought to bear on work relating to residential development, healthcare, hotel, and leisure sector transactions, to name a few. The Bournemouth-based team frequently works alongside the firm's Southampton office, and is additionally well regarded in the niche area of ports and marinas. The 'outstanding' seniors housing expert Mark Benham and enfranchising specialist Suki Samra serve as the Bournemouth-based practice heads, while Tom Alder oversees matters from Southampton.

Practice head(s):

Mark Benham; Suki Samra; Tom Alder

Other key lawyers:

Claire Kitchener

Testimonials

‘ Many other firms sit on the fence. Lester Aldridge does not, and this is the key difference for me.’

‘There is clearly no other firm in the country who has handled as many retirement site acquisitions as Mark Benham.’

‘We are always impressed by the depth of knowledge and experience within the team.’

‘We have found Mark Benham to be an outstanding lawyer with a clearly evident depth of knowledge and experience in the real estate sector.’

‘The depth of experience and the team’s appetite for getting stuck into the market means they are always able to provide real-world advice, find a resolution, or complete a transaction.’

‘Suki Samra’s ability to apply his breadth of real-world experience in a commercially minded yet creative way is unparalleled.

‘Claire Kitchener’s direct, client-focused approach makes transactions appear seamless.’

Key clients

McCarthy & Stone

Yorkshire Building Society

Allica Bank

Lloyds Bank plc

Shawbrook Bank

Care South

Affordable Housing & Healthcare Group

Generation Home

University of Southampton

Big Yellow

Work highlights

  • Advised Yorkshire Building Society on over 200 matters nationwide in 2022, including a refinance of a property portfolio of 62 properties.
  • Advised Allica Bank on over 500 secured lending matters in 2022.

Lester Aldridge is a full-service law firm with offices in Bournemouth, Southampton and London. The firm’s core practice areas are real estate, litigation and recoveries, dispute resolution, corporate and commercial services and private client, which it delivers regionally, nationally and internationally.

The firm: Lester Aldridge offers something to clients that other, larger firms do not: a genuine partnership. Client satisfaction is reflected in the growth it has experienced, seeing revenues increase steadily. Big-name clients include Ceuta Holdings, Lloyds Bank, Marina Developments, Moore Stephens and Monzo Bank.

Lester Aldridge is a growing firm whose breadth of service continues to broaden. Formed following the merger of two large Bournemouth firms in 1988 (with origins tracing back to 1796); in 2007, it changed status from a traditional partnership to that of a limited liability partnership and is a “go to” firm, which has proved to be attractive to partners from other firms.

Lester Aldridge has been accredited with the Law Society’s Lexcel Quality Standard since 2007.

Types of work undertaken include
Real estate: the firm’s extensive property team span sectors including commercial development, care, residential and lending, investment and retail, with expertise to handle a wide range of property issues, from development projects, management and investment, buying and selling properties, landlord and tenant issues, to planning, environment and construction. It also has expertise in the niche areas of ports and marinas, waterside developments and assisted living.

Dispute resolution: Lester Aldridge’s experienced team covers a broad range of general commercial litigation, as well as working for clients in specific industries, handling everything from emergency injunctions to mediation and high court litigation in areas as diverse as debt collection and multi-million cross-jurisdictional claims.

Corporate and commercial: The team handles an array of corporate work for a diverse client base. Particularly noted for its M&A work, the team regularly advises clients on other company and commercial issues, including joint ventures, IT and IP licensing, competition law and restructurings. The team also acts for international, national and regional clients in many sectors, including charities and the third sector.

Litigation and recoveries: Lester Aldridge’s team has a proven track record in providing effective advice to banks, building society, finance houses, leasing companies and insolvency practitioners. It specialises in the recovery of secured and unsecured commercial and personal finance, as well as asset recovery.

Marine: LA Marine is the specialist shipping and marine law team of Lester Aldridge, providing expert advice and practical solutions to the commercial shipping, logistics, superyacht and leisure marine industries. LA Marine deals with all aspects of maritime law, from non-contentious matters to collisions, charterparty issues, bill of lading disputes, demurrage claims and personal injury.

Healthcare: One of the leading areas of expertise at Lester Aldridge and one for which the firm has a national reputation. For over 20 years, members of the specialist healthcare team have been specialising in the regulation of health and social care services, regularly acting for independent social care providers, independent hospitals, NHS Trusts and GPs. The team also acts for children’s homes, schools and fostering agencies.

Employment: As one of the leading employment teams in the south, the team provides specialist advice on all areas of employment law, acting for international, national and major regional employers in all sectors. The team supports HR and senior management in dealing with a multitude of employment issues, from drafting service agreements, employment contracts, employment policies and handbooks, to advising on tribunal claims, redundancy programmes and TUPE-related matters.

Private client: The firm offers a full range of services for individuals, with specialists in wills and estates, tax planning and trusts, contentious probate, community care, residential conveyancing, family, employment, personal injury and medical negligence. The international private client team supports both professionals and private individuals across a range of global estate planning and administration matters, including a specialist medallion signature guarantee service.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Matthew Barrow
Chair Suki Samra
Real Estate Group Mark Benham
Litigation & Recoveries Ann Lloyd
Corporate & Commercial Grant Esterhuizen
Dispute Resolution and Property litigation Kate Stewart
Employment Kevin Barnett
Family Rosemary Sharp
Health & Social Care Laura Guntrip
LA Marine Russell Kelly, Philippa Langton
Personal Injury & Medical Negligence David Healy
Private Client Kurt Lee
Dispute Resolution Chris Evans
Restructuring & Insolvency Rebecca Walker
Shipping & Logistics Linda Jacques
Property & Conveyancing John Townsend
Charities & Social Enterprise Lisa Watson-Cook
International Private Client Oliver Phipps
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Sam Wylie photo Sam Wylie Sam is a Partner in the firm’s Real Estate Development team and…
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Tom Alder photo Tom Alder Tom Alder is a Partner in the Real Estate team. Tom is…
Izabela Arnold photo Izabela Arnold Izabela advises national developers, contractors, consultants, schools, colleges and lending institutions on…
Matthew Barrow photo Matthew Barrow Matthew is the Managing Partner and COFA of the firm, as well…
Bethan Dodd photo Bethan Dodd Bethan Dodd is a Partner in the Real Estate team. Bethan is…
David Fanchi photo David Fanchi David Fanchi is a Partner in the Real Estate team. David acts…
Matt Gilks photo Matt Gilks Matt Gilks is a Partner in the Planning team. Matt is a…
Lucy Goff photo Lucy Goff Lucy acts for clients across the leisure marine industry in relation to…
David Healy photo David Healy David Healy is a Partner and head of the Personal Injury &…
Rebecca Humm photo Rebecca Humm Rebecca is an experienced development lawyer whose focus is the residential sector,…
Linda Jacques photo Linda Jacques Linda Jacques is a Partner in the Marine, Shipping & Logistics team.…
Russell Kelly photo Russell Kelly Russell Kelly is a Partner and Head of the Marine team. Prior…
Philippa Langton photo Philippa Langton Philippa has a strong background in commercial shipping, with a focus on…
Liz Oaten photo Liz Oaten Liz Oaten is a Partner in the Personal Injury & Medical Negligence…
James Realff photo James Realff James is a Partner in the Southampton Real Estate Team and advises…
Sian Rogers photo Sian Rogers Sian is a Senior Associate solicitor in the Southampton Real Estate team.…
Lucy Stevens photo Lucy Stevens Lucy Stevens is a Partner in the Real Estate team. Lucy advises…
Rebecca Walker photo Rebecca Walker Rebecca Walker is a Partner in the Restructuring & Insolvency team. Rebecca…
Lisa Watson-Cook photo Lisa Watson-Cook Whether you work for a charity, social enterprise, voluntary organisation or association,…
Roger Woolley photo Roger Woolley Roger is a Partner in the Real Estate team. Roger specialises in…
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Solicitors & associates : 60
Other fee earners : 107
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COMPANY/FIRM: Legal Director at a global freight forwarder
TESTIMONIAL: “I have worked with Linda Jacques, partner at Lester Aldridge, on a few disputes involving liens among other questions, and she has proved to be extremely responsive and creative. She advises with a breadth of experience in the marine, shipping and logistics sectors and she gives pragmatic and business-oriented options to complex situations. It is a real pleasure working with her.”


CLIENT: Raoul Perfitt, Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Herb UK Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “We have used Grant Esterhuizen and his team of corporate lawyers at Lester Aldridge for over a decade now. They have supported us through thick and thin. Since our original management buy-out, Grant and his team have advised us successfully on a range of commercial and corporate transactional matters, from commercial contracts and mergers and acquisitions to internal company law advice involving shareholder related matters and changes to our articles of association and general corporate governance issues. We have found them to be accessible, quick to respond, commercial in their approach and razor sharp in their ability to cut to the main issues and help in resolving our legal requirements swiftly and professionally. As a UK based international distribution company, our requirements for legal advice are varied and often span cross-border jurisdictional issues – we have found that Grant and his team are able to cover all of these bases. In many respects we see Lester Aldridge as a business partner rather than as our advisers. Grant in particular is a determined lawyer who is focussed on getting the best results for his client.”


CLIENT: Peter Burrows, VP of International Business Development and M&A Integration
COMPANY/FIRM: Ceuta Group
TESTIMONIAL: “Lester Aldridge have represented Ceuta Group across all legal matters for over 20 years. On the occasions we have had to call on the advice and expertise of the Lester Aldridge Dispute Resolution Team we have been hugely impressed with their depth of knowledge across a wide range of issues and their ability to secure excellent outcomes for our business.”


CLIENT: Individual client
TESTIMONIAL: “I cannot rate Chris Evans and the professional negligence team at Lester Aldridge highly enough.
Throughout, my case was handled with the upmost professionalism and Chris Evans and his team guided me through the complexities of professional negligence law at every stage. But more than that they provided me with reassurance and compassion at what was an incredibly difficult and emotional time for me personally. I would strongly recommend the professional negligence team at Lester Aldridge, incredible service!”


CLIENT: Richard Hardy
COMPANY/FIRM: Lansdown Land
TESTIMONIAL: “I’m always impressed by the depth of knowledge and experience within the team. We require a high level of attention to detail on what are often complex development sites. They are very commercial in outlook and provide well considered solutions to any site specific issues. There are team members with clear specialisms such as restrictive covenant issues, right of way/easements and telecoms. We feel that they really take the time to understand our business and what is important to us. Budget communication is excellent, we feel that they go the extra mile and always deliver value for money.”


CLIENT: James A
TESTIMONIAL: “Great support for our move. Lester Aldridge supported us with a move back to the area. They were very responsive, attentive and professional, making the process as smooth as possible. We’d recommend their services.”


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COMPANY/FIRM: Shawbrook Bank Limited t/a Shawbrook Asset Finance
TESTIMONIAL: “Lester Aldridge have supported our Asset Finance business for many years. A very professional team that is always prepared to assist and offer clear advice. The team has a wealth of knowledge and expertise which enables them to deliver high-quality advice which is both practical and commercially viable. The advice and action taken, frequently results in a positive, swift outcome.”


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COMPANY/FIRM: Head of Planning at a local developers.
TESTIMONIAL: “We have used Lester Aldridge’s Planning and Real Estate team over the last five years. The work they do for us involves advising on planning application and appeal strategies, representing us at Public Inquiries, drafting and negotiating Planning S106 Legal Agreements and also securing land opportunities via Option Agreements all the way through to Site Purchases. The team at Lester Aldridge is very professional and understands our business needs. They are able to provide pragmatic and sound advice in a timely way, including dealing with matters effectively in very tight timescales. They have very good relationships with Local Authority solicitors, which has been of great help to us when negotiating legal agreements which accompany our planning consents.”


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COMPANY/FIRM: OSHCS Register Consultant/ OSHCS Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: “I have worked with Michael Veal and others from the Lester Aldridge Health and Safety team over a number of years. I found them professional and helpful with a pragmatic approach to dealing with a range of health and safety issues. In my opinion, they have a comprehensive understanding of health and safety legislation. Unlike some other legal firms I have dealt with, they have an ability to rapidly understand some of the technical aspects that could often be involved in considering the application of the law to a particular situation.”


At Lester Aldridge, we believe in equality and diversity for everyone – employees, clients and the firm. As part of our overall commitment to equality of opportunity, we are fully dedicated to promoting a good harmonious working environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Our Equality and Diversity Committee is chaired by the Head of Human Resources and consists of a group of staff members who represent different levels, departments and locations within the firm. We have a group of Equality and Diversity Champions who support the committee members on raising awareness of the different strands of diversity throughout the year. The Committee also meets regularly to consider equality and diversity issues throughout the firm, policy reviews and compliance with relevant legislation as well as identifying areas for improvement. The Committee works to a 3 year plan, which is updated when required to ensure that what we aim to achieve remains relevant. The Head of Human Resources would update the Managing Partner on a regular basis.

We have an equality and diversity policy which we are committed to making effective and will take all appropriate steps to ensure everyone is treated fairly.