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Longmores Solicitors LLP
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Employment > Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Longmores Solicitors LLP‘s Hertford-based team offers ‘impressive and commercial‘ advice on a range of matters, including TUPE applications, staffing terms and whistleblowing issues. Practice head Richard Gvero has ‘unparalleled knowledge‘ spanning employee competition disputes and injunction proceedings, and often advises international corporations. Associate Miranda Mulligan frequently gives clients ‘superb advice‘ on multi-party claims and injunctive proceedings concerning post-termination restrictions.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gvero

Other key lawyers:


‘Longmores’ team offers impressive and commercial solutions across the board, with particular expertise in healthcare recruitment, TUPE and restrictive covenants.’

‘Richard Gvero has an unparalleled knowledge of the employment law field and an eye for a commercial solution. Miranda Mulligan is an up and coming associate and one to watch.’

‘Miranda Mulligan keeps me very calm and gives superb advice. The support she then provides isn’t just legal, it is emotional. Miranda goes above and beyond.’

‘Miranda Mulligan is diligent, efficient, supportive, strong, understanding, and above all else, successful in helping me stand up for what I believe in and enabled me to fight for change for other women.’

‘The team is attentive and gives prompt client service.’

‘They listen and give sound advice.’

Key clients

European Flavours & Fragrances PLC

Endoline Machinery Limited

RSA Consulting Limited

Assist Security (Retail) Limited

Paradise Wildlife Park

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading UK recruitment business on the defence of tribunal proceedings by a disgruntled former employee claiming unfair dismissal.
  • Advising a respondent in complex multiple tribunal proceedings by two former employees.
  • Advising a client on conducting a complex redundancy process including the potential application of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Longmores Solicitors LLP’s ‘extremely professional and efficient’ team is based in Hertford, and assists clients with a broad range of issues, including Court of Protection applications and the administration of trusts and estates. The ‘very knowledgeable and helpfulRichard Horwood heads up the practice, and is particularly adept at assisting clients with reducing inheritance tax liabilities and handling the preparation of wills and succession issues for family businesses. Alastair Liddiard has extensive expertise in drafting trusts, handling powers of attorney, and winding up trusts.

Practice head(s):

Richard Horwood

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‘Richard Horwood is very competent, helpful and professional.’

‘Quick turnaround, friendly and helpful service. The team is knowledgeable, and thinks outside the box.’

‘Richard Horwood is very knowledgeable and helpful, he works very collaboratively and with the ultimate aims of the clients in mind.’

‘The private client team are very personable and helpful. Equally, they are extremely professional and efficient.’

‘Richard Horwood and his team are able to make very complex situations and scenarios manageable and easier to understand. They often have to deal with quite emotional and difficult subjects and scenarios, and always put the client at total ease.’

‘Richard Horwood is the only professional that I recommend consistently to my clients. The work he does and the knowledge he has is second to none in my personal opinion.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

The team at Longmores Solicitors LLP dispenses advice on partnership agreements and corporate financing issues within the healthcare and recruitment sectors. Michael Budd leads the Hertford-based team with his expertise in early stage fundraisings, group reorganisations, and shareholder disputes. Associate Xueqi Loo has broad expertise encompassing commercial contracts and share allotment work.

Practice head(s):

Michael Budd

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Propertymark Ltd

Koenig & Bauer (UK) Ltd

MBM Consulting Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Propertymark Limited on a range of commercial contracts and corporate services to support its growth.
  • Acting for MBM Consulting Ltd, a specialist surveying company, on its acquisition of a quantity surveying consultancy in the UK.
  • Acting for Koenig and Bauer (UK) Ltd, a part of an established international printing services and supplier company, on its capital reduction.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Longmores Solicitors LLP‘s ‘outstanding‘ team is located in Hertford, and the group assists a varied client roster including insolvency practitioners and medical recruitment businesses. The ‘very competent and professionalJohn Wiblin heads up practice, while John Wagstaffe leads on the property litigation side. Wiblin handles unfair prejudice claims and partnership disputes, and ‘star’ practitioner Nathanael Young is adept at advising on defamation and cross-border litigation. Associate Lauren MacKenzie is ‘super efficient, knowledgeable and professional‘, focusing on contentious probate and insolvency disputes.

Practice head(s):

John Wiblin; John Wagstaffe

Other key lawyers:


‘Longmores provide a very professional and personable service. I would not hesitate to recommend them in the future. I have dealt with many solicitors in my work, and Longmores are outstanding. The practice is reliable, efficient and always delivers results. Advice is clear and well presented.’

‘Lauren MacKenzie has been a marvellous help. She has guided us through a very difficult time and process with kindness and compassion whilst being super efficient, knowledgeable and professional. We are very grateful.’

‘Longmores has an impressive depth of expertise. They have the right specialists. They have a collaborative approach across the firm which reaps benefits. The culture is noticeably friendly and approachable. They will help you through to the other side of your dispute. You are left confident that your case is handled with thought and care.’

‘Lauren Mackenzie has been my voice when I felt I didn’t have one. Lauren has listened and taken on board the whole picture of events, which was incredibly important to me.’

‘I cannot praise this firm highly enough and am so happy that we were advised to instruct Longmores for the work we required.’

‘John Wiblin stands out as very competent, professional, knowledgeable, and committed. John thinks hard about his cases and gives clear, realistic and sensible advice. He provides exceptional levels of service and is always clear, honest and concise.’

‘Nathanael Young is a star. He is an instantly reassuring presence for clients and completely on top of all his cases. He is the man you want with you in the trenches on a difficult case. He always provides innovative and commercial solutions to complex problems.’

‘John Wagstaffe is very approachable. His advice on the interpretation of key clauses in leases is excellent and he has helped us overcome many difficult problems.’

Key clients

Pulse Healthcare Limited

Pathology Group Limited

Andusia Recovered Fuels Limited

Goldings Amenities Ltd

Vicars Moor Lawn Tennis Club

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading figure in the spa industry regarding the unauthorised activity and misuse of funds by his business partner.
  • Advised a major medical recruiter on a committal application following a breach of a court injunction by a former consultant.
  • Advised a company director on a dispute between shareholders when former directors were found to have carried out unauthorised property transactions.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

With ‘a strong background in agriculture and estates’  Longmores Solicitors LLP is led by Victoria Sandberg, who is adept in conditional contracts, option agreements and overage agreements. Richard Horwood leads the private client department and is sought after by families for his expertise in structuring and planning family wealth, while Rachael Spalton heads the commercial property team. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Hertfordshire.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Sandberg

Other key lawyers:


‘Longmores have a strong background in agriculture and estates with a friendly and approachable senior team.’

‘Longmores have an excellent practice in Hertfordshire which also covers the surrounding counties. They keep in touch with other professionals and organise regular briefings and updates of topical issues of interest.’

‘Victoria Sandberg is excellent and has a strong team to help on other legal matters. I value her sensible approach to issues which for rural property is often unusual and not straightforward!’

‘Victoria Sandberg is very proactive and robust in negotiations. Her expectation management is excellent, and she is very approachable.’

‘Victoria Sandberg is exceptionally smart, diligent, and efficient. She has highly impressive knowledge of a range of matters including leasing/letting, purchase and sales, commercial property and planning and development.’

‘Richard Horwood has a deep understanding of trusts, tax, and capital tax treatment in relation to rural property issues. He is responsive and very approachable.’

‘Rachael Spalton  has deep knowledge and an excellent understand of commercial matters including leases, planning and development.’


Work highlights

Private client > Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Longmores Solicitors LLP’s ‘incredibly approachable and highly capable‘ team assists clients with separations involving complex asset structures. ‘Extremely fierce litigatorTracey Dargan leads the Hertford-based group with her broad expertise in contentious issues surrounding co-parenting arrangements and the division of finances after divorce. The ‘meticulousKerrie Hall focuses on high and medium-wealth cases concerning pre-nuptial agreements and separations, showing ‘outstanding empathy‘ when handling private children disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Dargan

Other key lawyers:

Kerrie Hall; Jessica Few


‘It is fabulous to have such a high-quality family team in the provinces. They are extremely professional and very highly regarded, locally equipped with lawyers who work very hard for their clients.’

‘Kerrie Hall is a meticulous lawyer with excellent attention to detail. She is highly professional and simply wonderful to have on the other side of a case. She is robust and stands up for her clients with diplomacy and skill and very often in some of the most challenging and complex cases.’

‘Tracey Dargan is the head, the heart and soul of the family department. She is an extremely fierce litigator who anticipates problems. I cannot recommend her enough.’

‘Jessica Few is excellent. She deals with cases with a maturity, insight and forensic precision that is well beyond her years. Jessica Few is simply a star. Compassionate, focused and very bright. As a team, Tracey Dargan and Jessica are better than Batman and Robin.’

‘Kerrie Hall is without a doubt, a highly accomplished individual. She brings a breadth of expertise to her role, giving her a high level of credibility with those who she interacts with. Kerrie has outstanding empathy, which she grounds in pragmatism and professionalism.’

‘I find dealing with Longmores an extremely positive experience. The team are efficient and very knowledgeable. Someone is always on hand to deal with any queries, in a friendly and professional manner.’

‘Kerrie Hall has been amazing. She has made me feel supported and heard. I have found a courage related to my case I didn’t have before. I highly recommend them. Kerrie is super capable, very practical and hardworking.’

‘Incredibly approachable and highly capable family team with kind, patient solicitors able to handle all areas of financial remedies and children work.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

The team at Longmores Solicitors LLP handles the full spectrum of commercial property issues, including agricultural sales and purchases, and general commercial property leases. Rachael Spalton leads the Hertford-based practice, utilising her ‘deep knowledge and excellent understanding‘ to assist promoters, developers and landowners with strategic land transactions. The ‘exceptionally smart, diligent and efficientVictoria Sandberg is particularly adept at handling rural and agricultural matters concerning overage and option agreements, in addition to acting for landed estates. John Wagstaffe maintains his property litigation practice, often representing developers and landlords.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Spalton

Other key lawyers:


‘Very professional. Technical and commercial awareness to ensure advice is prompt and gets to the point.’

‘Rachael Spalton has deep knowledge and excellent understanding of commercial matters, including leases, planning and development.’

‘Victoria Sandberg is exceptionally smart, diligent, and efficient. Highly impressive knowledge of a range of matters including leasing and letting, purchase and sale, commercial property and planning and development. I never hesitate to recommend Victoria to clients and contacts.’

‘Victoria Sandberg and Rachael Spalton are excellent, providing pragmatic and timely advice.’

Key clients

Shine Partnerships Limited

King & Co Properties Limited

P2P Residential Limited

Stutley Brothers Limited

Millard Property Limited

Epping Green Trading Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a landowner in relation to a promotion agreement for 30 acres of land with a potential land value in excess of £13m.
  • Advised a land owner on the sale of 60 acres of strategic development land for over £38m.
  • Advised Shine Partnerships Limited on the acquisition, refurbishment and sale of supported living accommodation.
Photo Name Position Profile
Kirsty Adamson photo Kirsty Adamson Solicitor in Dispute Resolution
Polja Atkins photo Polja Atkins Associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)
Michael Budd photo Michael Budd Partner and the Head of Company Commercial
Tracey Dargan photo Tracey Dargan Partner and Head of Family and Divorce
Jessica Few photo Jessica Few Solicitor in Family and Divorce
Bernard Flanagan photo Bernard Flanagan Senior Solicitor in Private Client
Charles Fraser photo Charles Fraser Senior Solicitor in Private Client and Head of the Older and Vulnerable…
Flora Gaughan photo Flora Gaughan Chartered Legal Executive in Private Client
Hayley Grantham photo Hayley Grantham Associate Solicitor in Property Litigation
Richard Gvero photo Richard Gvero Joint Senior Partner, Head of Commercial and Employment
Lena Hale photo Lena Hale Solicitor in Company Commercial
Kerrie Hall photo Kerrie Hall Senior Solicitor in Family and Divorce
Richard Horwood photo Richard Horwood Partner and Head of Private Client
Alastair Liddiard photo Alastair Liddiard Partner and Head of Trust and Estate Administration
Lauren Mackenzie photo Lauren Mackenzie Partner in Dispute Resolution and Mediation
Miranda Mulligan photo Miranda Mulligan Senior Solicitor in Employment
Miranda Nixon photo Miranda Nixon Solicitor in Private Client
Chris Pease photo Chris Pease Joint Senior Partner and Head of Property
Victoria Sandberg photo Victoria Sandberg Partner in Commercial Property and Head of Rural
Shabnam Shekarian photo Shabnam Shekarian Solicitor in Property Litigation
Rachael Spalton photo Rachael Spalton Partner and Head of Commercial Property
Marija Sukyte photo Marija Sukyte Solicitor in Dispute Resolution
John Wagstaffe photo John Wagstaffe Partner and Head of Property Litigation
John Wiblin photo John Wiblin Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution
Victoria Wood photo Victoria Wood Associate Solicitor in Private Client
Nathanael Young photo Nathanael Young Partner in Dispute Resolution