Firm Profile > Longmores Solicitors LLP > Hertford, England
Longmores Solicitors LLP Offices
24 CASTLE STREET
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Longmores Solicitors LLP advises companies and high-net-worth individuals on employment law matters such as complex disciplinary and grievance situations, restrictive covenant and injunction remedies, reorganisations, and discrimination issues. It has particular expertise in the education and recruitment sectors. Practice leader Richard Gvero is known for his work in reorganisation and redundancy, as well as employment disputes. Solicitor Miranda Mulligan represents clients on complex tribunal proceedings and whistleblowing complaints.
Other key lawyers:
Independent Clinical Services Ltd.
Pulse Healthcare Ltd.
Keble Preparatory School
Haileybury & Imperial College
Fusion Global Management Ltd.
Simmons (Bakers) Ltd.
Endoline Machinery Ltd.
Nord Gear (UK) Ltd.
Chugai Pharma Europe Ltd.
The team at Longmores Solicitors LLP focuses primarily on providing advice to members of the farming and rural community in Hertford regarding the preparation of wills and trusts, the administration of trusts and estates, and inheritance tax matters. Court of Protection matters and associated areas regarding capacity are also areas of expertise in the practice. Practice leader Richard Horwood is considered 'very diligent' as a professional executor and attorney, while Alastair Liddiard is highly valued for his work in complex trusts and estates.
Other key lawyers:
‘Richard Horwood is extremely good. Very diligent, knowledgeable, and experienced. Pretty much the consummate private client solicitor and thoroughly recommended.’
‘As a firm, they are well-regarded; they invest in their company in both personnel and technology with a strategy to grow.’
‘The team are all professional, diligent, and they care about their clients. They seem to have the capacity and knowledge to deal with high-net-worth clients and the complex issues which come with such individuals and families. I often come away from a meeting having learnt about the latest changes in their field of expertise.’
‘They have been operating for many years in Hertford and have built up a fantastic reputation. I do a lot of work with Alastair Liddiard; he is extremely knowledgeable and very professional. He goes the extra mile to ensure everyone receives the very best advice and is well looked after.’
‘I have been satisfied with the service I have received. The professionalism Richard Horwood has shown is of a very high standard.’
Marjorie Maplethorpe Trust
Arthur Stephens Charitable Trust
The Tappenden Charity
V J Cresswell Will Trust
Robert Wallace Family Trust
Eddy Family Settlements
Longmores Solicitors LLP represents clients in industry sectors such as recruitment and property management; practice co-head John Wiblin has specialist experience in representing clients in the recruitment industry, while practice co-head John Wagstaffe has a focus on property litigation. The bulk of Lauren Mackenzie's instructions are in relation to contentious probate, while junior member Isabel Williams deals with commercial disputes and contentious probate. In 2019, Nat Young joined the practice from SA Law LLP.
Andusia Recovered Fuels Limited
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
Integraspec ICF Limited
ES Manufacturing Ltd
Selwyn Court Residents Ltd
Giovanni Falletta in re Romans Ltd
Harrington (Properties) Limited and Harrington Builders plc
Longmores Solicitors LLP advises commercial clients and local landowners on complex land sales, including options, overage provisions, and promotion agreements. Practice leader Rachael Spalton is known for her work in finance, including development and investment complex option arrangements, and promotion agreements. Victoria Sandberg specialises in rural land transactions and estate management matters. Two solicitors joined the practice in 2019: Helen Bunting from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP, and Douglas Traill-Stevenson from DAC Beachcroft.
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice works in a cohesive and non-hierarchical way to the benefit of its clients and their other professional advisers. As a result they seem able to draw opinion from each other and quickly answer queries or deal with problems. They move things forward in a timely way and are ‘solution’ rather than ‘problem’ driven.’
‘They have the talent and expertise of a large, City firm but the approachability, availability and value for money of a provincial practice.’
‘Rachael Spalton is very personable, knowledgeable, experienced and hard-working. She works well with kindred professionals, with a good understanding of when to take the initiative and when to support, consult or advise.’
‘Rachel Spalton is very approachable and extremely knowledgeable. She will always work a bit later or even out of hours to get things done.’
‘Victoria Sandberg is incredibly diligent and client focused.’
‘Victoria Sandberg and Rachael Spalton never fail to impress. It is a pleasure to work with them.’
The Tappenden Group
Roof Property LLP
Simmons (Bakers) Ltd.
Wedge Investments Ltd.
Hertfordshire County Council
Pulse Healthcare Ltd.
Svenska Handelsbanken AB
Fayers Plumbing and Building Supplies Ltd.
Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Great Northern Works Ltd.
Longmores Solicitors LLP advises clients on commercial agreements, relating to IP, data protection and IT, as well as business process outsourcing agreements. Former Weightmans LLP principal associate Michael Budd recently joined the firm as company commercial head; he now works alongside Rina Sond, who generally acts for owner-managers of medium-sized companies and has IP commercial contract expertise. Thomas Knight also joined the team from Tindall Riley & Co in December 2019.
‘Rina Sond is an excellent solicitor. Very professional and helpful. She gave us excellent advice.’
Andusia Recovered Fuels Ltd
Pulse Healthcare Ltd
Frontline Staffing Ltd
Fusion Global Development Holdings Ltd
Intercake UK Ltd
HP Tuner Europe Ltd
Fibreclear Analytical ltd
Longmores Solicitors LLP > Firm Profile
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. The firm also have a Property Litigation department 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.
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).
Property Litigation: Across-the-board property law expertise with a depth and breadth of knowledge that few other firms can match. Advising on commercial, residential and rural property, the team also has a particular speciality in block management. Typical clients include management companies, managing agents, commercial landlords and tenants, investors, developers and rural landowners.
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.
Rural Land: Acting for clients including businesses, farmers, investors, owner-occupiers, high net-worth individuals, and estate owners. The team advises on a range of rural land matters including freehold acquisitions and disposals, option and pre-emption agreements, overage clauses, commercial leases, sale and purchase of farm land, and the purchase of unregistered land.
|Residential Property||Chris Peaseemail@example.com|
|Company Commercial||Michael Buddfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Private Client||Richard Horwoodemail@example.com|
|Private Client||Alastair Liddiardfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rural Land||Victoria Sandbergemail@example.com|
|Company Commercial||Rina Sondfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Commercial Property||Rachael Spaltonemail@example.com|
|Dispute Resolution||John Wiblinfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Property Litigation||John Wagstaffeemail@example.com|
|Polja Atkins||CILEX Associate specialising in leasehold enfranchisement and property litigation generally.||View Profile|
|Michael Budd||Michael joined Longmores in 2020 as Partner and Head of Company Commercial.||View Profile|
|Helen Bunting||Helen is a commercial property solicitor and advises businesses and individuals on…||View Profile|
|Tracey Dargan||Tracey Dargan is a Partner and Head of the Divorce and Family…||View Profile|
|Bernard Flanagan||Bernard is a Solicitor specialising in Wills, Trusts, Inheritance Tax Planning, Probate…||View Profile|
|Charles Fraser||Charles is a Senior Solicitor and is Head of the Older and…||View Profile|
|Hayley Grantham||Hayley is a Solicitor, specialising in Property Disputes. She acts for a…||View Profile|
|Richard Gvero||Richard is Joint Senior Partner, Head of Commercial and Head of Employment.…||View Profile|
|Kerrie Hall||Kerrie is a Senior Solicitor in the team and has over 18…||View Profile|
|Richard Horwood||Richard is a private client partner and head of practice area specialising…||View Profile|
|Thomas Knight||Thomas joined the Company Commercial team at Longmores in 2019 as a…||View Profile|
|Alastair Liddiard||Alastair is a Partner who specialises in Inheritance Tax Planning, Administration of…||View Profile|
|Lauren MacKenzie||Lauren is a Senior Solicitor specialising in Dispute Resolution and mediation. She…||View Profile|
|Agata Marosz||Agata is a commercial property solicitor advising a wide range of clients…||View Profile|
|Miranda Mulligan||Miranda is a Solicitor specialising in Employment, advising both businesses and individuals on…||View Profile|
|Chris Pease||Joint Senior Partner and head of the residential conveyancing practice area.||View Profile|
|Victoria Sandberg||Victoria is a Partner at Longmores and Head of the Rural team.…||View Profile|
|Rina Sond||Rina is a Company Commercial partner specialising in Intellectual Property. She deals…||View Profile|
|Rachael Spalton||Partner and head of the commercial property practice area. Rachael has extensive…||View Profile|
|John Wagstaffe||John became a Partner in 2020 and is Head of Property Disputes.…||View Profile|
|John Wiblin||Head of Dispute Resolution team. A solicitor-advocate, Californian attorney and (now non-practising)…||View Profile|
|Victoria Wood||Victoria is a Solicitor in the Older and Vulnerable Client team. She…||View Profile|
|Nathanael Young||Nat is a senior Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team, specialising…||View Profile|