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Lester Aldridge LLP

ALLEYN HOUSE, CARLTON CRESCENT, SOUTHAMPTON, SO15 2EU, ENGLAND
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Work 023 8082 7400
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Fax 023 8082 7410
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www.lesteraldridge.com

South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP

'Specialist law firm' Lester Aldridge LLP is 'at the top of its game, particularly in non-contentious insolvency'. The team handles strategic and procedural matters for administrators and liquidators and also advises practitioners on insolvent business transactions, voluntary arrangements, bankruptcies, LPAs, receivership and other distressed property matters. Other major client groups are banks and asset-based lenders, as well as other creditors, stakeholders, contractors and directors of distressed businesses. Strong sectors include real estate, hospitality, marine, healthcare and charity, with the team receiving support from these practices within the firm directly. A highlight from 2017 was the representation of Moore Stephens as administrator of Pinnacle (Angelgate), which included the residential development and sale of a site. JWS Business Recovery, Smith & Williamson, Begbies Traynor and Santander further make up the roster of active clients. Partner Nicholas Keitley and associate Melia Hirst are the key contacts in Southampton.

'Specialist law firm' Lester Aldridge LLP is 'at the top of its game, particularly in non-contentious insolvency'. The team handles strategic and procedural matters for administrators and liquidators and also advises practitioners on insolvent business transactions, voluntary arrangements, bankruptcies, LPAs, receivership and other distressed property matters. Other major client groups are banks and asset-based lenders, as well as other creditors, stakeholders, contractors and directors of distressed businesses. Strong sectors include real estate, hospitality, marine, healthcare and charity, with the team receiving support from these practices within the firm directly. A highlight from 2017 was the representation of Moore Stephens as administrator of Pinnacle (Angelgate), which included the residential development and sale of a site. JWS Business Recovery, Smith & Williamson, Begbies Traynor and Santander further make up the roster of active clients. Partner Nicholas Keitley and associate Melia Hirst are the key contacts in Southampton.

'Specialist law firm' Lester Aldridge LLP is 'at the top of its game, particularly in non-contentious insolvency'. The team handles strategic and procedural matters for administrators and liquidators and also advises practitioners on insolvent business transactions, voluntary arrangements, bankruptcies, LPAs, receivership and other distressed property matters. Other major client groups are banks and asset-based lenders, as well as other creditors, stakeholders, contractors and directors of distressed businesses. Strong sectors include real estate, hospitality, marine, healthcare and charity, with the team receiving support from these practices within the firm directly. A highlight from 2017 was the representation of Moore Stephens as administrator of Pinnacle (Angelgate), which included the residential development and sale of a site. JWS Business Recovery, Smith & Williamson, Begbies Traynor and Santander further make up the roster of active clients. Partner Nicholas Keitley and associate Melia Hirst are the key contacts in Southampton.

Leading individuals

Nicholas Keitley - Lester Aldridge LLP

Next generation lawyers

Melia Hirst - Lester Aldridge LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP's team's 'knowledge and advice on real world issues that can impact projects is incredible' according to one client. The team has notable expertise advising on issues pertaining to house building, investments, portfolio management and finance, especially in the telecoms, hotels, ports and marinas, and healthcare sectors. It is acting for CHG holdings on the development of a Travelodge in Somerset, work that includes advising on the site acquisition, planning and construction as well as assisting with a forward-funding agreement. The group also acted for Lewis Investment Fund on the acquisition of a large retail investment. McCarthy & Stone, Captiva Homes, Monzo Bank, Big Yellow and Bargate Homes are also among its clients. Practice head Matthew Barrow is highlighted 'for his extreme legal dexterity when dealing with complicated projects and for always having a solution to issues encountered with transactions'. Roger Woolley, Suki Samra and Mark Benham are other key partners. Laura Anne Burgess and Nicola Sutton are also noted.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP's planning practice regularly acts for developers on a variety of matters, from obtaining planning consents to negotiating infrastructure agreements and advising on the impact of the Community Infrastructure Levy. It also acts for housebuilders and has particular expertise in the ports and marinas and care sectors. Recent highlights on the housbuilder front include advising a consortium of retirement housebuilders in a challenge to the Mayor of London's decision to publish supplementary planning guidance on affordable housing which would have the effect of causing a lack of retirement housing development in London. The practice is also acting for CHG Development on a proposed hotel development, which involved a stopping up application for a parcel of highway land and negotiating with the local planning authority to drop certain issues raised by the authority on the basis that they were not material planning considerations. In an illustration of its ports and marinas sector expertise, it advised a harbour authority on the extent of its permitted development rights under Part 18 of the GDPO, on the basis of powers granted under historic harbour legislation, for the purposes of a new mooring facility. Tom Alder heads the practice and has a wide-ranging track record in contentious and non-contentious planning issues.

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South East: Transport

Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP's shipping practice focuses on transactional, regulatory, arbitration and litigation work. Notable experience includes contractual, financing, construction, and racing yacht sponsorship advice, as well as charterparty, contract and commodity disputes, security actions, cargo claims, personal injury defence, yacht damage cases, merchant shipping regulation breaches and trade warranty issues. In a recent highlight, Russell Kelly represented the owner of a motor yacht in a £2m class warranty dispute with its insurer after the yacht suffered damage during a grounding in Florida. Shawbrook Bank is another key client. London-based practice lead Linda Jacques and yacht specialist Louise Fuller are other names to note. Stephanie Hayward left for a syndicate executive position at Steamship Insurance Management Services in August 2017.

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