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Machins Solicitors LLP

VICTORIA STREET, LUTON, LU1 2BS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01582 514000
Fax:
Fax 01582 535000
DX:
5924 LUTON
Email:
Web:
www.machins.co.uk
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

Clients of Machins Solicitors LLP are quick to praise the 'excellent support it provides to their business'. The 'expert and responsive' corporate and commercial team is headed by Mark Pelopida and includes Sing Li and Jon Alvarez, who provide 'pertinent advice during tricky discussions'. Pelopida's clients include PLCs and multinational organisations, for which he regularly handles M&A transactions as well as commercial contract work. Pelopida also works closely with Li on aviation-related matters. Also recommended are Sarah Liddiard , who is 'patient and generous with her time', and whose particular expertise encompasses commercial contract matters; and Simon Porter, who has notable strength in work related to dentists, pharmacies, care home and GP practices, as well as hotel matters.

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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 handles a range of contentious matters, including partnership and property disputes, insolvency litigation, and disputes arising from breach of fiduciary duty. Neil O'Callaghan heads the team, which recently acted for the defendant in a multi-party High Court bankruptcy claim. Other recent work includes acting in a High Court claim for damages in excess of £1.6m relating to faulty products connected to the oil industry, and successfully defending a client against claims for damages arising from allegations of harassment. Commercial property litigator Janice Young is also recommended.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 4

Machins Solicitors LLP

Machins Solicitors LLP has long-established expertise in debt recovery, especially with regard to motor finance and property recoveries. Its work includes the recovery of property service charges and ground rent arrears for property management companies and it also manages debt portfolios for both smaller and large companies including plcs, international clients and universities. The group is also well-known for its work in debtor tracing, enforcing judgments and recovering monies under the Consumer Credit Act. The well-regarded Neil O'Callaghan heads the practice.

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South East: Human resources

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

Machins Solicitors LLP

Machins Solicitors LLP's employment practice provides 'an excellent level of service; the team is extremely quick to respond to emails, and always available on the phone within a few hours, if not immediately'. Practice head Jackie Cuneen is 'wonderful; as well as providing superb legal advice, she is able to judge the situation very well and take the best route in even the most emotionally straining cases'. The practice's clients span the public and private sectors, with particular strength in transport, aviation and manufacturing, as well as a growing profile in the third sector. Other key figures include Robert Bedford in Luton, who regularly represents businesses and executives in cases involving unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, sex, race, disability and age discrimination, breach of contract and TUPE.

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South East: Private client

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

Machins Solicitors LLP

Machins Solicitors LLP's public law family team is particularly well regarded for children law work, in which it 'regularly obtains superior results for its clients'. Its expertise covers standalone applications for special guardianship orders, international adoption, and High Court cases involving non-accidental injuries, death and sexual abuse. Liz Oldham heads the practice and is 'simply the best children lawyer in the area - she has just the right balance of judgement and tenacity'. In addition to handling public law cases for parents and children, Martin Oldham also undertakes private law cases where a guardian is appointed to represent children. Sarah Ashby is 'hardworking, dedicated and fights hard for the rights of her clients'.

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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

Machins Solicitors LLP's personal tax and probate expertise covers inheritance tax planning for high-net-worth clients, including preparing trusts; preparing wills for sports people and musicians; advising farmers and other commercial clients on the use of trusts for tax mitigation and tax relief purposes; and administering several multimillion-pound estates. Practice head Nic Pestell is praised for his 'no-nonsense approach and ability to advise in a non-intrusive manner'.

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South East: Real estate

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

Machins Solicitors LLP

Machins Solicitors LLP's commercial property team provides advice that is 'always to the point and commercially focused', with a level of service that is 'superior to many Magic Circle and City firms'. Nick Ginger ('one of the most commercially aware and pragmatic lawyers you can work with') heads the practice and has extensive experience handling freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, sales of development land and leasehold work.

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South East: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Machins Solicitors LLP

The aviation department at Machins Solicitors LLP in Luton focuses on corporate and commercial matters, including transactions, contractual work, and leasing and finance for aircraft, business jets, engines and helicopters. The practice also offers representation in aviation disputes. Team lead Mark Pelopida and solicitor Sing Li are the key contacts.

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