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Lester Aldridge LLP
SO15 2EU
South East

Shipping Tier 1

The 'highly approachable' marine department at Lester Aldridge LLP provides a full service to shipping clients. The scope of its work includes assisting clients with the sale and purchase (and related financing) of yachts and superyachts, and also advice on sponsorship agreements and contracts. In addition, the group acts for clients in charterparty disputes, commodity disputes and security actions. It also handles investigations and prosecutions brought by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch/Maritime and Coastguard Agency for alleged regulatory offences Russell Kelly is the practice head.

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 2

Lester Aldridge LLP's strengths in the real estate sphere are illustrated by the fact that its team has experience of handling development site acquisitions for clients such as McCarthy & Stone Plc and Care South. Property finance is another driver of activity, with the firm generating work from a number of clearing banks. Its team also has significant experience of managing property portfolios for clients in the marine, healthcare and telecommunications sectors, among others. Practice head Roger Wooley is the name to note for development projects, development agreements and disposals.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

With 'a good mix of technical knowledge and practical application', the Insolvency and Corporate Recovery team at Lester Aldridge LLP's Southampton office joins tier 2 this year. Led by the 'first class' Nick Keitley, the practice is best known for its non-contentious work, acting mainly for insolvency practitioners. The practice has a particular focus in advising and assisting on the appointment of administrators acting on trading administrations and insolvency transactional work.  With 13 years’ of experience advising exclusively on corporate restructuring and insolvency matters, Melia Hirst is another key name to note.

Planning Tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP's planning department is led by housebuilding specialist Tom Alder. Although the team is particularly well-known for acting for residential developers, it also advises clients in the ports, marinas and care sectors. Areas of expertise include negotiating planning and infrastructure agreements, as well as CIL advisory work. On the contentious side, the team advises clients on judicial reviews.

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, private client and commercial services, 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:

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 & 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 & 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
Chairman Roger Woolley
Managing Partner Matthew Barrow
Litigation and recoveries Ann Lloyd
Charities and social enterprise Geoff Trobridge
Corporate and commercial Grant Esterhuizen
Dispute resolution and property litigation Kate Stewart
Employment Catharine Geddes
Family Jane Porter
Healthcare Laura Guntrip
LA Marine Russell Kelly
Personal injury Tim Blackwell
Real estate Mark Benham, Suki Samra
Private Client Kurt Lee
Regulation & business crime Michael Veal
Restructuring & Insolvency Nick Keitley, Melia Hirst
Shipping & logistics Linda Jacques
Photo Name Position Profile
 Tom Alder  photo Tom Alder
 Paula Barnes  photo Paula Barnes
 Matthew Barrow  photo Matthew Barrow
 Laura-Ann Burgess  photo Laura-Ann Burgess
 Claire Egerton  photo Claire Egerton
 Louise Fuller  photo Louise Fuller
 Melia Hirst  photo Melia Hirst
 Linda Jacques  photo Linda Jacques
 Nick Keitley  photo Nick Keitley
 Russell Kelly  photo Russell Kelly
 Claire Long  photo Claire Long
 Lucy Stevens  photo Lucy Stevens
Number of UK partners : 45
Solicitors & associates : 55
Other fee earners : 107
Law Society of England and Wales
MSI Global Alliance

CLIENT: Private individual
COMPANY/FIRM: Lester Aldridge
TESTIMONIAL: “I recently instructed Lester Aldridge to act on my behalf regarding a family dispute matter. The firm and in particular, Victoria Jones who personally handled my case, proved to be extremely professional, knowledgeable and efficient at all times… Because of Victoria’s skill I had a very successful outcome to my case and I have no hesitation in highly recommending her and Lester Aldridge.”

CLIENT: Private individual
COMPANY/FIRM: Lester Aldridge
TESTIMONIAL: “That is the perfect response – timely, easy to understand, answers all my queries and with clear reasoning… It backs up my reasoning for saying how brilliant it is having you and the Lester Aldridge team by my side as support.”

CLIENT: Gary Day, McCarthy & Stone
COMPANY/FIRM: Lester Aldridge
TESTIMONIAL: “I would not hesitate to recommend Mark and the property team at Lester Aldridge. Having advised McCarthy & Stone on several hundred development sites around the UK, I believe their track record is second to none.”

CLIENT: Private individual
COMPANY/FIRM: Lester Aldridge
TESTIMONIAL: “It only remains to thank you and the whole team at Lester Aldridge for holding my hand and steering me through the unexpected twists and turns of this saga.  Your input, calm heads, empathy and grasp of the vast detail were very helpful, supportive and impressive for what has undoubtedly been an emotional journey for me.”

CLIENT: D. Wright
COMPANY/FIRM: Lester Aldridge
TESTIMONIAL: “I can only say my experience with the team and mainly Victoria Jones, was excellent… There was never a time when following a telephone call, or letter from LA, that I didn’t feel so much better. I found the service efficient, advice factual and clear, but delivered with great empathy.”

CLIENT: Debbie Beere, Dbeere Yachts
COMPANY/FIRM: Lester Aldridge
TESTIMONIAL: “Having known Louise Fuller in a professional capacity for over ten years, I can honestly say she always goes above and beyond with her work. The service Louise and Lester Aldridge provide us is second to none and I would always be confident to recommend their services to others.”

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 Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP) and consists of a group of Partners and Associates, together with the Head of Human Resources. The Committee meets regularly to consider equality and diversity issues throughout the firm, monitoring and reporting of diversity data, policy reviews and compliance with relevant legislation as well as identifying areas for improvement. The Committee reports regularly to the Managing Partner and the Group Leaders.

We have a diversity policy which we are committed to making effective and will take all appropriate steps to ensure everyone is treated fairly. We also encourage all staff to complete an optional annual diversity questionnaire.

In 2010, we became a signatory of The Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter. Like The Law Society, we believe this commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential to reflect the society we serve today. It makes business sense because it helps us to attract and retain the best talent, it enables us to understand and meet clients’ needs more effectively and so provide a better quality service.

Accordingly, we will:

· Strive to achieve best practice in our recruitment, retention and career progression practices as employers.

· Support the development of good diversity practice by collecting and sharing examples of practical activities that contribute to progress with other signatories.

· Assign responsibility for meeting our Charter commitments to a named, senior level individual.

· Work together to develop and adopt future protocols that support the practical implementation of the aims of this Charter.

· Annually publish the diversity profile of our UK employees and details of our work on equality, diversity and inclusion.

· Publish a joint annual report on the basis of a monitoring exercise to measure the impact of this Diversity and Inclusion Charter and its protocols. These reports will form the basis of regular dialogue with stakeholders, employees and clients.