Firm Profile > Longmores Solicitors LLP > Hertford, England

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

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.

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Independent Clinical Services Ltd.

Finest Dental

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.

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

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.

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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.’

Key clients

Marjorie Maplethorpe Trust

Arthur Stephens Charitable Trust

The Tappenden Charity

V J Cresswell Will Trust

Robert Wallace Family Trust

Eddy Family Settlements

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

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.

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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

Kartsim Ltd

ES Manufacturing Ltd

Selwyn Court Residents Ltd

Giovanni Falletta in re Romans Ltd

Harrington (Properties) Limited and Harrington Builders plc

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

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.

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‘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.’

Key clients

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.

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

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.

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Rina Sond is an excellent solicitor. Very professional and helpful. She gave us excellent advice.’

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Andusia Recovered Fuels Ltd

Pulse Healthcare Ltd

Frontline Staffing Ltd

Thornbury Nursing

Fusion Global Development Holdings Ltd

Intercake UK Ltd

HP Tuner Europe Ltd

Fibreclear Analytical ltd

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Employment Richard Gvero
Residential Property Chris Pease
Company Commercial Michael Budd
Family Tracey Dargan
Private Client Richard Horwood
Private Client Alastair Liddiard
Rural Land Victoria Sandberg
Company Commercial Rina Sond
Commercial Property Rachael Spalton
Dispute Resolution John Wiblin
Property Litigation John Wagstaffe
Photo Name Position Profile
 Polja Atkins  photo Polja Atkins CILEX Associate specialising in leasehold enfranchisement and property litigation generally.
 Michael Budd  photo Michael Budd Michael joined Longmores in 2020 as Partner and Head of Company Commercial.
 Helen Bunting  photo Helen Bunting Helen is a commercial property solicitor and advises businesses and individuals on…
 Tracey Dargan  photo Tracey Dargan Tracey Dargan is a Partner and Head of the Divorce and Family…
 Bernard Flanagan  photo Bernard Flanagan Bernard is a Solicitor specialising in Wills, Trusts, Inheritance Tax Planning, Probate…
 Charles Fraser  photo Charles Fraser Charles is a Senior Solicitor and is Head of the Older and…
 Hayley Grantham  photo Hayley Grantham Hayley is a Solicitor, specialising in Property Disputes. She acts for a…
 Richard Gvero  photo Richard Gvero Richard is Joint Senior Partner, Head of Commercial and Head of Employment.…
 Kerrie Hall  photo Kerrie Hall Kerrie is a Senior Solicitor in the team and has over 18…
 Richard Horwood  photo Richard Horwood Richard is a private client partner and head of practice area specialising…
 Thomas Knight  photo Thomas Knight Thomas joined the Company Commercial team at Longmores in 2019 as a…
 Alastair Liddiard photo Alastair Liddiard Alastair is a Partner who specialises in Inheritance Tax Planning, Administration of…
 Lauren MacKenzie  photo Lauren MacKenzie Lauren is a Senior Solicitor specialising in Dispute Resolution and mediation. She…
 Agata Marosz  photo Agata Marosz Agata is a commercial property solicitor advising a wide range of clients…
 Miranda Mulligan photo Miranda Mulligan Miranda is a Solicitor specialising in Employment, advising both businesses and individuals on…
 Chris Pease  photo Chris Pease Joint Senior Partner and head of the residential conveyancing practice area.
 Victoria Sandberg photo Victoria Sandberg Victoria is a Partner at Longmores and Head of the Rural team.…
 Rina Sond  photo Rina Sond Rina is a Company Commercial partner specialising in Intellectual Property. She deals…
 Rachael Spalton  photo Rachael Spalton Partner and head of the commercial property practice area. Rachael has extensive…
 John Wagstaffe photo John Wagstaffe John became a Partner in 2020 and is Head of Property Disputes.…
 John Wiblin  photo John Wiblin Head of Dispute Resolution team. A solicitor-advocate,  Californian attorney and (now non-practising)…
 Victoria Wood  photo Victoria Wood Victoria is a Solicitor in the Older and Vulnerable Client team. She…
 Nathanael Young  photo Nathanael Young   Nat is a senior Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team, specialising…
Number of UK partners : 11
Number of UK solicitors : 12
Number of other UK fee-earners : 9
Number of UK support staff : 25