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Machins Solicitors LLP

Work 01582 514000
Fax 01582 535 000
5924 LUTON
Berkhamstead, Luton

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Machins Solicitors LLP

The corporate and commercial practice at Machins Solicitors LLP has been growing over the last few years and at the same time works closelywith the employment, commercial property and litigation departments. The team specialises in aviation and aviation finance, but also offers transactional and day-to-day advice to small businesses, start-ups, multinational companies and PLCs. The practice is jointly headed by Mark Pelopida and Jon Alvarez.

Practice head(s):Mark Pelopida; Jon Alvarez


'Machins are very quick and efficient in their response and advice'.

'The advice I receive is highly valuable to my business'.

'I find Mark Pelopida very personable and efficient, making himself available at weekends and out-of-work hours to ensure that whatever we are working on gets completed on time'.

'Down to earth people. Very pragmatic. Solution-focused'.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Machins Solicitors LLP

Machins Solicitors LLP’s commercial litigation practice is based in Luton and is headed by Neil O’Callaghan. The team members regularly work in the High Court, Court of Appeal, County Courts, First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber and Upper Tribunal. Areas of expertise include insolvency, property litigation and contentious probate. Senior assistant solicitor Janice Young is another key contact.

Practice head(s):Neil O’Callaghan

Other key lawyers:Janice Young


'Strong local practice, excellent value for money'.

'The team has great capability'.

'Neil O'Callaghan is very calm and sensible, and a very experienced litigator'.

'Janice Young is well qualified and very helpful'.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 4

Machins Solicitors LLP

Machins Solicitors LLP has specialist debt collection expertise in the areas of recovery of service and management charges on behalf of landlords and agents, consumer finance and business debts. Neil O’Callaghan is also able to assist with payment monitoring, tracing absent debtors and enforcement measures.

Practice head(s):Neil O’Callaghan

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Machins Solicitors LLP

The employment team at Machins Solicitors LLP has a track record in dealing with resolving disputes and advising on the employment issues connected with corporate transactions. Acting mainly for employers, but increasingly also for individuals, the practice has traditionally strong links with the transport, aviation and manufacturing sectors. The team specialises in discrimination matters, specifically, disability discrimination. Jackie Cuneen and Jacqueline Webb jointly lead the team, with the latter as acting head of practice.

Practice head(s):Jackie Cuneen; Jacqueline Webb


'A team of specialists within their individual fields and the ability to deal with a range of issues "in-house" in a consistently professional and efficient fashion.'

'Professionals with extensive knowledge and the ability to work with the lay man. Efficient and timely responses to all matters.'

'The Machins employment team is one of the few firms in the Home Counties which can genuinely claim to offer a "City quality" service outside of London.'

'Jacqueline Webb is tactically astute and incredibly driven in litigation. The mere fact that she is acting for a client improves their chances of success.'


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South East: Private client

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Machins Solicitors LLP

The family practice at Machins Solicitors LLP is split between the public and the private law teams. The public law team is based in Luton and headed by Liz Oldham. Expertise covers all aspects of children law, including representation of parents, extended family members and friends in care proceedings and other public law matters and applications for special guardianship orders and adoptions. The private law team, headed by Kathryn Ainsworth from the Berkhamsted office, specialises in cases involving high-net-worth individuals, business owners and international clients. Complex private Children Act proceedings are another area of strength. Associate Sarah Ashby and senior consultant Richard Phillips are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):Liz Oldham; Kathryn Ainsworth

Other key lawyers:Sarah Ashby; Richard Phillips


'Without doubt Machins now have one of the leading family teams in the Home Counties north west of London'.

'They work hard for their clients and take a pragmatic approach'.

'They are a very committed firm and treat each case with individual care and attention, going above and beyond for their clients'.

'They get instructed in some of the most interesting and serious care cases'.

'Machins Family Team has always been reliable. The more junior members of the team appear to be well supervised and the more senior member\'s have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share'.

'Great service, great people, great firm!'

'Liz Oldham is extremely dedicated and experienced and one of the best solicitors in the area'.

'Kathryn Ainsworth is simply superb. Her judgment is second to none, leaving her clients with realistic expectations from their first contact with her'.

'Kathryn Ainsworth leads the team by example. She delivers superb advice, always goes the extra mile for the client and is on top of her game. A real star!'

'Richard Phillips has impressed me. He gives sensible and practical advice. He has great empathy and never loses sight of the human side of the work we do'.




Work highlights

  • Representing mother in care proceedings regarding possible non-accidental injury to baby.
  • Representing two children in a children's guardian matter.
  • Representing the wife in complex financial matters in respect of the husband.
  • Advised client on complex postnuptial agreement.
  • Assisting a client with their financial remedy application.
Leading individuals

Kathryn Ainsworth - Machins Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

Sarah Ashby - Machins Solicitors LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Machins Solicitors LLP

The private client team at Machins Solicitors LLP caters for a client portfolio which includes Premiership footballers, stars from the music and performing arts industries, high-net-worth business clients and a number of MPs. Practice head Nic Pestell is based in Luton, as is associate Nicki Denton-Masih. The practice is also active in the new Berkhamsted office and is able to offer a full range of services to clients located in the Greater London area.

Practice head(s):Nic Pestell

Other key lawyers:Nicki Denton-Masih


'They care, they don't pretend to, they really do put clients first'.

'All of the individuals I have dealings within Machins act with the utmost professionalism whilst at the same time being personable and approachable'.

'The personnel are all very friendly, but give sensible pragmatic advice'.

'They can provide solutions quickly and suggest alternatives where appropriate'.

'Nic Pestel cares greatly about helping without unsettling his probate clients'.

'Nic has always proved to be knowledgeable, professional and approachable'.

Work highlights

  • Completed major estate administration involving property in Barbados, New York and the UK.
Rising stars

Nicki Denton-Masih - Machins Solicitors LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 4

Machins Solicitors LLP

Machins Solicitors LLP deals with small to mid-sized property portfolios (up to £50m) and advises a wide range of clients, including individual property investors, charities and banks. The team has in-depth expertise in property and estate development work, auction transactions, freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals of development land. The practice is headed by Santokh Singh. Nick Ginger is another key contact.

Practice head(s):Santokh Singh

Other key lawyers:Nick Ginger


'The team have a long-standing knowledge of our business and the commercial property activities related to them'.

'We love to work with Santokh Singh'.

'Nick has advised us on various transactions and issues over the years, and is aware of the commercial sensitivities involved, as well as the legal requirements to be considered'.

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South East: Transport

Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Machins Solicitors LLP

Machins Solicitors LLP acts for both regional and national aviation sector clients. The group has a strong corporate and commercial offering and is capable of handling small and large-scale aircraft acquisitions, as well as leasing and financing matters. It also has specialist expertise in escrow agreements in the context of aviation transactions. M&A expert Mark Pelopida is the department head.

Practice head(s):Mark Pelopida

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