Firm Profile > Longmores Solicitors LLP > Hertford, England

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

Longmores Solicitors LLP’s employment practice advises employers and high-net-worth individuals on a comprehensive range of issues, including complex disciplinary and grievance matters, discrimination, reorganisations, TUPE and employment-related aspects of commercial transactions. The team specialises in the recruitment and education sectors and is particularly well versed in competition and restrictive covenants and injunction remedies. Richard Gvero heads the practice. Solicitors Miranda Mulligan and Jennifer Mansoor are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

 Richard Gvero 


They are customer focused and do what the say the will do. They never let the ball drop.

The team stand out for their unswerving commitment to getting the best outcome for their clients, and the creative approach they take to resolving their clients’ employment issues.

The team at Longmores Solicitors is always professional and very helpful. They listen to any issues on any HR matter we discuss with them and provide detailed and precise advice.

Richard Gvero is an imaginative problem solver and very committed to addressing his clients’ needs. He works exceptionally hard and clients love him.

Miranda Mulligan is a fine employment lawyer and a safe pair of hands for employment disputes.

Jennifer Mansoor discusses any and all issues in a very calm manner. Her knowledge of HR issues we have discussed with her is excellent.



Key clients

Independent Clinical Services Ltd

Highways (UK) Ltd

Transport Planning Associates

Pulse Healthcare Ltd

RSA Consulting Ltd

Haileybury & Imperial Services College

Fusion Global Management LLP

Simmons (Bakers) Ltd

Endoline Machinery Ltd

Nord Gear (UK) Ltd

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

Longmores Solicitors LLP’s private client department is particularly experienced in advice on inheritance tax and associated taxation consequences, including the creation and administration of lifetime trusts. Clients include individuals and families from the local farming and rural community, as well as local business owners. Working with elder and vulnerable clients is a niche specialism. The practice is headed by Richard Horwood. Senior solicitor Alastair Liddiard is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Horwood

Other key lawyers:


I have always been impressed by their technical knowledge with regard to legal and tax matters. They are also extremely helpful and provide a fast, efficient service‘.

On the occasions that I have asked for work to be undertaken on very short deadlines, the team has always produced what was needed in the timeframe asked‘.

Focused and effective team delivering advice in a timely and efficient way‘.

I have  found the private client team at Longmores to be the easiest with whom to work based on timeliness and ease of engagement‘.

Richard Horwood is my preferred adviser with regard to trusts and estates. He is very knowledge and helpful‘.

Richard is quick to respond to my queries and the work that he produces is of exceptional quality‘.

Richard Horwood is outstanding. He brings excellent knowledge and a good insight from a ‘real world’ prospective in a calm and effective way‘.

Alastair Liddiard was able to manage the work required and answer queries in a timely and professional manner making what was a difficult time much easier‘.

Key clients

Marjorie MaplethorpeTrust

Arthur Stevens Charitable Trust

The Tappenden Charity

V J Cresswell Will Trust

Eddy Family Settlements

The Walter Wallinger Trust

Robert Wallace Family Trusts

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

Hertfordshire-based Longmores Solicitors LLP's corporate and commercial team is 'strongly experienced, personable and client-focused'. The practice advises clients on a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions as well as IP-related transactions. Rina Sond, who heads the practice 'is outstanding, her commitment and dedication shines through' and senior associate Agata Rumbelow is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rina Sond

Other key lawyers:


The team is very focused and works well to ensure the client is always made to feel well looked after‘.

They are always prompt to respond and work really hard to ensure deadlines are met on time‘.

The team at Longmores kept me updated with progress on the cases they were assisting me with. Some of the competitor firms are not often as pro-active in reporting back with progress‘.

They have always provided us with brilliant advice‘.

We were impressed with Rina’s ability to understand all facts and negotiate the best for us to swiftly conclude the issue‘.

‘Agata Rumbelow is very dedicated and has always delivered all work in the timescales promised‘.



Key clients

Intercake Limited

HP Tuners Europe Ltd

Prointeractive Ltd

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 4

The dispute resolution practice at Longmores Solicitors LLP has in-depth experience in commercial litigation, property litigation and contentious probate. The team is also well versed in injunctions and other emergency remedies. Recruitment and property management are key industry sectors. Practice head John Wiblin and senior solicitor John Wagstaffe are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

John Wiblin

Other key lawyers:


Reliable local firm, with very good subject knowledge‘.

Longmores are small enough to provide a partner-led service to clients, and large enough to maintain specialist expertise in a broad range of legal areas‘.

John Wiblin has not only expertise in law but also a commercially pragmatic approach‘.

John Wagstaffe is an superb lawyer. He is genuinely interested in his work, someone who takes time to think through his intended actions, intellectually very capable and a pleasure to discuss cases with‘.

John Wagstaffe is excellent. His subject knowledge is excellent, he gets to the point quickly and deals with our work succinctly. He has produced some excellent work and results for us‘.

Key clients

Independent Clinical Services Group of companies including Accident & Emergency Agency Limited, Pulse Staffing Limited, Maxxima Limited, Pulse Healthcare Limited, General Medicine Group, Frontline Staffing Limited, Thornbury Nursing Services Limited, Health Personnel Solutions Limited, and others

James Taylor Group including James Taylor Construction Limited

Andusia Recovered Fuels Limited

Datum Shopfitting Co (London) Limited

Hertford Planning Services

MCP Property Services Limited

Paradise Wildlife Park

Online 50 Limited

Victory Place Management Company Limited

Integraspec ICF Limited

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 4

The commercial property team at Longmores Solicitors LLP acts for a wide range of clients from the public and the private sector, with a traditional focus on landowners located both within and outside Hertfordshire. The team is experienced in rural/strategic land sales with options and overage provisions and promotion agreements. Rachael Spalton heads the practice. Victoria Sandberg is another name to note for her expertise in rural affairs.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Spalton

Other key lawyers:


Long-term relationship with clients and wide experience enable Longmores to deliver advice in a timely and focused way‘.

I rate Rachael Spalton very highly. She combines a excellent legal understanding of her area with a strong commercial understanding‘.

Rachael Spalton and Victoria Sandberg always provide sound advice and are not only alert to potential problems but also to possible solutions‘.


Key clients

The Tappenden Group

Trent Developments Limited

Simmons (Bakers) Limited

Wedge Investments Limited

Hertfordshire County Council

Pulse Healthcare Limited

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Fayers Plumbing and Building Supplies Limited

Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Great Northern Works Limited

About us

Longmores is a progressive firm of specialist solicitors renowned for its professional yet personal service that has been advising businesses and individuals for over 200 years.

We help individuals and families to buy and sell homes, resolve disputes, with employment related issues, divorce, relationships and children issues, and with their wills, trusts and inheritance matters.

We work with businesses across numerous industry sectors from smaller enterprises to market leaders on all aspects of their commercial matters including property, company and commercial, disputes, employment and rural land.

Our history

Much has changed since Longmores was founded in 1819.  Our values and our approach to our work with clients have not.

We continue to pride ourselves on our legal expertise.  Clients tell us that they value our common sense, commercial, no-nonsense approach; they also value our clear, concise advice and the fact that we make practical recommendations rather than simply reiterate the law.

They also like the robust manner in which we negotiate on their behalf and how we present their case when it comes to litigation.  They know that we seek to avoid the cost, distraction and risks of litigation where we can, through the use of alternative approaches such as mediation, so long as that will likely secure the best outcome possible for our clients.

When it comes to non-contentious work our clients say they like the fact that we focus on the outcomes that matter to them and that we communicate proactively and effectively.  That means that they understand how things are progressing at every stage of our work with them and can make informed decisions on their options if choices need to be made.  These characteristics are simply part of the way we do things across the firm.

Although the geographic reach of our work is greater than it was some two centuries ago, we remain involved in the community of the Hertfordshire area.  Our leading lawyers have always made time to give back, through public service and in other ways.  Charles Elton Longmore, a descendant of our original founder, served as Chairman of the County Council for over 35 years.  In 1914 he was also made President of the Law Society, representing the legal profession across England and Wales. Other partners have served the community as county coroners, judges and elected officials.

Our hardworking spirit has been passed on from generation to generation.  It is perhaps best typified by Bertie Cull, who joined the firm aged 14 in 1905. During World War II, he kept Longmores afloat almost single-handedly with clients always forefront of his mind.  An article in the Hertfordshire Mercury praised his extraordinary efforts, saying that “Bertie would work daily from 8am until after midnight. He did this seven days a week, and every week for six years”.

Today, whilst we aspire to continue in the tradition of solicitors like Charles Longmore and Bertie Cull, our Joint Senior Partners, Chris Pease and Richard Gvero, lead a modern and progressive firm of experienced solicitors.  Many join us because they feel that they can make a real difference for our clients and because they value our culture of client service and practical, intelligent delivery of real professional expertise.

Types of work undertaken:

Commercial Property: all aspects of commercial property transactions including acquisition and disposal of business premises, property development agreements, promotion and option agreements (including overage), business leases and landlord and tenant advice.  The team has a specialism in dealing with rural land transactions.

Company Commercial: acting for corporate and commercial clients across numerous industry sectors. The firm’s expertise includes business sales and purchases; mergers and acquisitions; company formations and reorganisations; joint ventures; shareholder agreements; share buybacks; share option schemes; commercial contracts; software licensing, IT service and outsourcing agreements; intellectual property; partnerships and LLP agreements.

Dispute Resolution: most aspects of commercial litigation (and some private litigation) are undertaken. The team has higher courts advocacy expertise and includes a mediator and an arbitrator. Specialist experience of search orders and other emergency remedies is offered. The team has significant expertise in matters involving the recruitment industry.  Within the department is a team of specialists dealing with property disputes acting for landlords, tenants and developers.

Employment: the specialist team deals with all aspects of employment law, contentious and non-contentious, and provides comprehensive support for HR departments. It also specialises in post-termination restrictions and TUPE. The team has developed a niche in the recruitment and education sectors.

Family: advising clients on divorce and separation, pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, dissolution of civil partnerships, financial provision, protective injunctions and child related disputes.  The team work with other solicitors within the firm on issues such as tax, trusts and company law and has access to a network of experts outside the legal field.  The solicitors are members of Resolution.

Residential Property: specialist residential property solicitors with broad experience dealing with all kinds of properties, ranging from listed buildings to new builds.  The team helps clients with buying and selling homes, remortgages, holiday and buy-to-let investments, disputes, shared ownership and transfer of equity.

Private Client: acting for individuals, including those with business and agricultural interests, providing advice on inheritance tax planning, wills, trusts and powers of attorney as well as the administration of estates and charitable giving.  Within the team are solicitors specialising in issues affecting older and vulnerable people such as Court of Protection matters, care funding decisions, issues around capacity and Lifetime Trusts. All the solicitors are full members of STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners).

Department Name Email Telephone
Employment Richard Gvero
Residential Property Chris Pease
Dispute Resolution John Wiblin
Commercial Property Rachael Spalton
Company Commercial Rina Sond
Family Tracey Dargan
Private Client Richard Horwood
Commercial Property Victoria Sandberg
Company Commercial Daniel Burns
Photo Name Position Profile
 Helen Bunting  photo Helen Bunting
 Charles Fraser  photo Charles Fraser
 Richard Horwood  photo Richard Horwood
 Alastair Liddiard photo Alastair Liddiard
 Agata Marosz  photo Agata Marosz
 Chris Pease  photo Chris Pease
 Victoria Sandberg photo Victoria Sandberg
 Rina Sond  photo Rina Sond
 Rachael Spalton  photo Rachael Spalton
 Douglas Traill-Stevenson  photo Douglas Traill-Stevenson
Number of UK partners : 10
Number of UK solicitors : 16
Number of other UK fee-earners : 6
Number of UK support staff : 25