Firm Profile > Boyes Turner > Reading, England

Boyes Turner
ABBOTS HOUSE
ABBEY STREET
READING
RG1 3BD
England

Employment > Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Boyes Turner has a strong track record in advising technology sector clients, retaining large blue-chip clients and start-ups. The team also has specialist expertise in dealing with cross-border employment issues, an area in which practice head Barry Stanton has extensive expertise. Other key partners include Michael Farrier, who is an experienced advocate before the tribunal courts, and Helen Goss, whose practice focuses on the leisure and hospitality sectors. Newly promoted partner Andrew Whiteaker and senior associate Claire Taylor-Evans are also recommended; Whiteaker focuses on managing pan-EMEA employment law requirements and Taylor-Evans handles high-level exits and assists clients with gender pay issues.

Practice head(s):

Barry Stanton

Testimonials

‘The team has provided a high level of support and advice over the last few months where we have needed to address a number of HR-related issues. Each of these issues has contained very specific details that have required careful consideration – the advice provided has allowed all of these issues to be addressed.’

‘Barry Stanton continues to provide high-quality advice and support – his innovative suggestions to address particular issues has allowed successful solutions to be reached in a number of difficult circumstances.’

‘The approachability and quick turnaround are what we really appreciate about this firm. They are very responsive with the required skill which greatly assists a busy in-house team.’

‘Andrew Whiteaker – excellent in providing prompt, practical advice. He is able to get to grips quickly with complex law and scenarios. Very approachable and willing to assist. He is a trusted adviser to us and we are always happy to put him in front of the in-house client directly. He brings bags of experience and delivers advice in a way that is easy to understand.’

‘Helen Goss – practical, great to work with, very pragmatic, no nonsense lawyer.’

‘Michael Farrier is a true powerhouse in Employment law practice. His deep, intelligent thinking, influenced by global commercial practice enables him to advise in a way that few others can. He can read situations quickly, commercially, and is always the first person to spot the gem in an argument that will often become indefensible for the opposition. Quite simply, he is the legal partner I continue to choose time and time again – because there are simply very few who are better!’

‘Boyes Turner has a very well-regarded employment team for good reason. They have excellent clients and are able to pool an impressive resource of knowledge.’

Key clients

Infor (United Kingdom) Limited

Reading Borough Council

Tesla Motors Limited

Avago Technologies UK Limited (Broadcom)

Culligan UK Limited

ESP Global Solutions Limited

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Boyes Turner's practice is characterised by the range and complexity of its work, with the firm being instructed in contentious and non-contentious matters, a portion of which has a cross-border dimension. Reflective of its first-rate reputation, the firm acts for a sizeable number of insolvency practitioners nationwide. Practice head Phil Smith and recently promoted partner Oliver Fitzpatrick are the names to note at the firm, which excels in handling administrations, LPA receiverships, sales of insolvent businesses and contentious corporate/personal insolvency matters. Smith is acting for the security trustee for the senior lenders of the energy company, Arlington Infrastructure Limited, which went into administration in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Phil Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A genuine specialist department within a multi-disciplinary regional powerhouse. Quick to react and always with pinpoint accurate advice. Experts in their field led by Phil Smith and Oliver Fitzpatrick.’

For me they are the unparalleled best insolvency specialist; often punching above their weight and outwitting far larger organisations.’

‘Oliver Fitzpatrick is always responsive and equally comfortable providing highly technical analysis or commercial advice. Always my ‘go to’ solicitor. Highly personable and very easy to work with.’

‘Phil Smith is an incredibly experienced head of insolvency; again equally adept at being commercial or highly technical.

‘Strong team with good strength in depth.’

‘Phil Smith is a very experienced and commercial lawyer.’

‘Oliver Fitzpatrick is a very good young lawyer. Proactive and commercial.’

Key clients

KPMG

Manolete Partners

BDO

C Hoare & Co

HJS Recovery

CMB Partners

Begbies Traynor

Smith & Williamson

Harrisons Business Recovery

Antony Batty & Company

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Boyes Turner's team has an outstanding track record securing significant judgements in high-value legally and medically complex clinical negligence and personal injury cases. Led by Susan Brown, the clinical negligence group frequently handles cases involving birth and neonatal brain injuries, spinal injuries and cerebral palsy. She works with Richard Money-Kyrle, as well as senior associates Vanessa Wand and Julie Marsh. Kim Smerdon leads the personal injury team, which includes Claire Roantree; its wide-ranging experience includes matters involving spinal cord damage, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injuries, amputations and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Laura Magson, who recently made partner, heads up the mesothelioma and asbestos group.

Practice head(s):

Susan Brown

Testimonials

‘Susan Brown was our solicitor, treated us with the utmost respect and was very professional at all times.’

‘They listen to me and work with me, they are considerate, polite and encouraging. Very personal in their approach.’

‘Polite, considerate, quick to respond. They go above and beyond to ensure I am up to date and informed.’

‘Dealing with complex multifactorial cases, there is strength in the legal analysis and understanding of claims, but also clear precise instructions which do not infringe an expert witness independence.’

‘Claire Roantree has been an exceptional solicitor, intellectually decisive but also thoughtful and caring towards her clients.’

‘I have found the Boyes Turner personal injury team to be a very well-run effective operation with knowledge and experience, which enabled them to bring our case to a very satisfactory conclusion.’

‘Our case was handled by partner Kim Smerdon, who has demonstrated the highest professional standards throughout, combined with the evident determination that the client’s needs must come first.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Boyes Turner's real estate group consists of four distinct areas of property expertise; commercial issues; developments and house building work; residential and plot mandates; and collective enfranchisement mandates. The group also has niche specialisms in acting for offshore trusts and investors, and aggregate and waste companies. Nick Carter heads up the practice, handling commercial property transactions for a range of national and international companies in the industrial, life sciences and TMT sectors. Mark Appleton is an expert in the management of investment properties and estates, and Derek Ching specialises in land development work including environmental and planning issues. Associates Rachel Duncan and Sarah Webb are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nick Carter

Other key lawyers:

Mark Appleton; Derek Ching; Rachel Duncan; Sarah Webb; William Nassau-Lake

Testimonials

‘The team continues to provide excellent advice and support. The attention to detail and prompt turnaround of matters sets this team apart from others.’

‘Attention to detail and personal service levels… many years of collective experience is invaluable.’

‘Rachel Duncan. She makes the effort to really understand client priorities and then goes the extra ten miles to deliver them. In my experience her ability to do this is rare in private practice.’

‘They were very responsive from start to finish during a complex transaction and their high standards of work were not disrupted by the pandemic.’

‘Nick Carter is exceptional and provided all the support needed to meet our requirements and kept us updated every step of the way with very commercial and practical advice.’

‘Very personable, nothing is too much, can be contacted at most times of day. Mark Appleton and Derek Ching particularly.’

Key clients

Cotax Limited and Winslett Property Limited trading as Cygnet Investments Limited

Castlefort Homes

Allerton Group

Guardian Media Group plc

Analog Devices UK Limited

Ramboll

AS 24 Fuel Card Limited

Hitachi Consulting

Verifone

Montpelier Estates Limited and associated companies.

Thomas Homes

Harleyford Aggregates Ltd

Trowelrads.Com

Ssassy Property

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

The team at Boyes Turner, though experienced in all areas of IP, have developed a strong reputation for advises companies from the tech and media sectors. The team often works closely with its clients to develop pan-European brand protection and IP commercialisation strategies, as well as handling trade mark, design right and patent infringement disputes. Practice head Mark Blunden  is one of the outstanding names in the region; he leads the firm’s international practice and focuses on cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Baker

Testimonials

‘Personal service. Quick response times. In depth legal knowledge. Not inclined to over extend when faced with a weak case – they will tell you exactly what your chances are.’

Key clients

Duffy & Sweeny Ltd

Auto Trader Ltd

Harvey Water Softeners Ltd

ESP Global Ltd

Virtualstock Ltd

Zimmer Biomet

Evolva AG

Innovyze

Spamhaus

Bedrock Healthcare Communications

2Heads Global

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Based in Reading, Boyes Turner is well-placed to advise early stage tech companies and established names on a broad range of issues. The group has expertise in numerous areas, including funding rounds, commercial contracts, data protection and supply chain issues. Practice head Mark Blunden‘s name is ubiquitous in the market and he is frequently consulted by clients for his international technology expertise. As a recent example, in 2020 Blunden advised Wind River on contractual negotiations with telecoms, defence and automotive companies across the EMEA region.

Practice head(s):

Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:

Amir Kousari; Kate Eavis

Testimonials

‘A good, cohesive team delivering sound advice combined with a clear understanding as to commercial realities. Many firms offer lip service to this last point, Boyes Turner understand that some compromise is necessary and work with the client to arrive at an optimal position from both a legal and commercial perspective.’

‘Special thanks to Mark Blunden. Obviously he understands the legal landscape but he has an ability to listen and frame problems in a simple, concise manner. His ability to deliver is quite impressive too. Witness his ability to dig a domain name out of a bankruptcy court in America when others had failed.’

Key clients

Innovyze

Wind River

Signal Media

2 Heads Global

Ericsson

Spamhaus

Bedrock Healthcare Communications

AND Digital

Virtualstock

Mobeus

ESP Global

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Handling complex IT matters, the team at Boyes Turner specialises in the technology sector, providing strategic commercial, transactional, regulatory and contentious advice to its national and international client base. Corporate lead Kate Eavis has extensive experience in providing advice to high-growth technology companies through the funding lifecycle as well as domestic and international M&A transactions. In addition, the team is able to provide expertise to clients in the water industry, with Chris Dobson as a specialist in this sector. Mark Blunden leads the technology sector and international sector teams.

Practice head(s):

Kate Eavis; Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A good, cohesive team delivering sound advice combined with a clear understanding as to commercial realities. Many firms offer lip service to this last point; Boyes Turner understand that some compromise is necessary and work with the client to arrive at an optimal position from both a legal and commercial perspective.’

‘Boyes Turner has been a truly trusted and valuable partner to our business from day one when we were simply a start-up with a concept and no resources. We were valued as much as any other long-term client would have been – the partners and associates within the practice pooled resources, time and connections to help get our business off the ground and we have never looked back.’

‘Chris Dobson and Mark Blunden have both been stand-out individuals with the firm for us, Chris especially has been a great support throughout our working relationship. He has on many occasions been able to bring together teams or contacts to resolves issues we have faced, or gone away to research a problem to find a resolution. Many of these times he has given his time freely and without hesitation – we are very grateful for that.’

Key clients

Sonos Inc

Culligan International

Auto Trader Group Plc

Mobeus Equity Partners

Panasonic

CIRCOR International Inc.

Origin Enterprises Plc

AND Digital

Harvey Water Softeners

Xtrac Transmissions

Wayfair

Zip Water

Mortgage Gym

IRI

Becton Dickinson

Innovyze

Wind River

Signal Media

2 Heads Global

Ericsson

Spamhaus

Bedrock Healthcare Communications

Virtualstock

ESP Global

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Boyes Turner services a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from local SMEs to international listed companies. The team advises on a range of matters, including pensions, product liability, injunctions, IP, professional negligence and partnership disputes. Stephen Baker and Rowan Turrall were both promoted to partner in September 2020; Turrall, whose work covers a wide range of commercial disputes, with emphasis on IT and construction, also became the new practice head. The team has further strengthened its offering with the hire of director James Quinn, who was previously a senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London.

Practice head(s):

Rowan Turrall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great and efficient commercial advice at a good price – much cheaper than London firms.’

‘Very clear in their advice – very helpful billing structures.’

‘Stephen Baker is an excellent and thorough litigation lawyer.’

Key clients

Viavi Solutions UK Ltd

Zimmer GmbH & Zimmer Biomet UK Ltd

Francis Construction Ltd

H Young (Operations) Limited

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

The property litigation team at Boyes Turner undertakes advisory work and litigation for housing associations, developers and major commercial entities. In addition to its capabilities in lease provisions, collective enfranchisements, and private land law advisory work, the team fields a dedicated landlord and tenant service charge recovery team, where practice head Russell May and associate Katie Rampton are key figures. Associate Darryn Harris is experienced in an array of real estate disputes, most notably on possession claims.

Practice head(s):

Russell May

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm has a broad commercial savvy which informs the strategies that they offer their clients. They are able to identify cost-effective solutions or directions even when litigation is the only option.’

‘Russell May has a very clear way of explaining things which helps get to the heart of things efficiently. He brings a very sharp mind to his clients’ cases but in a pragmatic, not academic, way, which is appreciated by clients and counsel. He attends to the nuts and bolts, as well as the big picture.’

‘Boyes Turner were extremely helpful and explained the process very clearly.’

‘The Boyes Tuner team were very capable. Russell May (our designated partner) was exceptional and a class act throughout.’

Key clients

Colt Group Limited

Affinity Reading Limited

Thomas Homes Limited

Trustees of the Reading District Odd Fellows

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 2

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 3

Boyes Turner focuses on book debt referrals, insolvency proceedings and the defence of small claims, and Rachel Brown stands out for her expertise in cross-border recoveries. The 'very efficient and immensely experienced' Donna Goddard leads the practice, specialising in litigation and enforcement proceedings, including insolvency cases. Associate Natalie Roff is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Donna Goddard

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are a great team, run by Donna Goddard, who is a very organised manager and a credit to Boyes Turner.’

‘Personal touch, professional, great advice at every stage of proceedings.’

‘Donna Goddard – very efficient and immensely experienced.’

Key clients

The Credit Protection Association Plc

Blick Rothenberg Limited

Simplicity Energy Limited

Summit Platforms Ltd

Chaneys

MLG Associates

FTI Consulting Ltd

Enterprise Security Distribution

FAAC UK Ltd

GLH Hotels Management UK Ltd

Public sector Tier 3

The  education team at Boyes Turner is headed up by Laxmi Patel in Reading. She founded the department in 2014 and has a notable focus on special educational needs (SEN). The team is known for providing 'a compassionate yet commercial offering' and 'an exceptional service in appealing education, health and care plans'. The team also includes associate Rachael Allison, SEN specialist Rachel Baxter and solicitor Lydia Dunford; together, they regularly work together on a range of sensitive and complex cases.

Practice head(s):

Laxmi Patel

Testimonials

‘Laxmi Patel has a calm and measured approach. She communicates well with parents and instils confidence in others.’

‘Rachel Allison was a godsend to our family. I can imagine that many disabled children are now getting an education they deserve because of Rachel.’

‘Laxmi Patel and her team didn’t let us down. Laxmi was so important in helping our family. She was a rock in a stormy sea.’

‘Caring and attentive with an unbiased approach to guide their clients to make the best informed decision that they can for their child.’

‘Laxmi Patel and the team offer an exceptional service in appealing Education Health and Care Plans. The team provide a compassionate yet commercial offering and provide Deputies with the clarity and understanding of what is needed both in respect of why any appeal is in the client’s best interest, but also a clear explanation of the likely costs and benefits.’

‘Boyes Turner’s team is made up of passionate professionals who are empathetic, highly skilled and knowledgeable with regard to Education and SEN Law. The solicitors are extremely experienced in their field and work efficiently and effectively to support their clients through what often is a highly emotional and difficult time.’

‘Rachael Allison is an extremely competent solicitor who is knowledgeable and incisive. She has a particularly strength in communication and liaising with expert witnesses.’

‘Lydia Dunford is extremely thorough and thoughtful in her approach.’

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

Simon Hardy leads the team at Kingsley Napley LLP that primarily assists clients with property and affairs matters. It is also widening its offering to include advice on health, care and public funding for care through its recent recruitment of Jemma Garside from Boyes Turner. Many of its clients lack capacity due to catastrophic medical negligence or acquired brain injuries. Anita Gill is recognised for her work with the elderly, particularly those diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Boyes Turner specialises in managing the property and affairs of those who lack capacity. The majority of its clients are high-net-worth and the team has a particular specialism in helping children who have suffered catastrophic brain injuries where there is a substantial claim for compensation that is needed for their care and treatment. The group also advises on issues such as statutory wills, gifts and other applications to the Court of Protection. Ruth Meyer leads the team. Jemma Garside  is now at Kingsley Napley LLP. Alexander Wright  has been promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hardy

Other key lawyers:

Anita Gill; Jemma Garside; Sameena Munir

Testimonials

‘All the team I worked with at Kingsley Napley was highly professional, understanding and approachable. I could not recommend the team more highly. The lawyers kept me totally informed at every point and gave reassurance and support when needed. Simon Hardy was outstanding together with his assistant Sameena Munir. The support, professionalism and expertise they gave at a difficult time was something I will remember for many years to come‘.

The team refers to each other. Information is promptly passed to the relevant member. I have found members of the team very helpful and patient with me. I know very little about the law and must have asked rather simplistic questions at times. Members of the team have never been patronising or impatient. Any professional that I encounter in the course of business, I expect to be efficient, hardworking and to know their sphere of expertise . Anita and Sameena definitely exceeded my expectations, and combined with such pleasant and warm personalities it was a pleasure to be associated with them. I would definitely recommend them and the firm‘.

‘I have been working with Anita Gill is respect of a COP matter. Anita takes a very sensible, empathetic and practical approach. Anita is proactive and positive‘.

Jemma Garside –  Excellent COP and Community Care solicitor‘.

‘The client care is second to none. I work with a number of different Court of Protection Teams and in my view the team at Kingsley Napley and Simon Hardy is head and shoulders above the rest. They are extremely client focused, responsive and adopt a common sense approach to this area. Simon Hardy is outstanding‘.

‘Each member of the team has knowledge and understanding of the client’s specific needs. I work with Simon Hardy who is engaged, honest, with integrity in his work‘.

‘Jemma Garside is always approachable, providing thoughtful and valuable insight. I have been impressed with her people skills and technical knowledge‘.

The team is v good- COP at all levels and lots of deputyship. Anita Gill and Sameena Munir- worked on a matter with them last year- v good‘.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Meyer

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Wright; Charlene Hughes

Testimonials

Really committed to its clients and offering a full service. Ruth Meyer and Alexander Wright. Alexander is a real rising star with an excellent reputation. His work is commendable. Ruth is excellent with clients and has grown a significant team‘.

‘Boyes Turner explained everything about the complexities involved in court proceedings. It was efficient and there was clarity. Alexander Wright explained everything in great detail and guided us through the complexities of the court proceedings in a very professional manner‘.

‘Very efficient and caring service that supports clients and facilitates the process of COP access. Very up to date in terms of legislation. Offers an all round supportive service. Ruth Meyer; Charlene Hughes‘.

Experienced Team. Ruth Meyer is the stand out member of the team‘.

‘From my experience with the Court of protection team at Boyes Turner it is very client focused and very supportive of clients. The lawyers are very proactive and responsive to their clients needs. Ruth Meyer  provides a seamless service to clients, very supportive and always responsive to the clients’ needs‘.

‘Very well organised. Great team work with good leadership. Understand clients’ needs. Good use of technology and generally a model legal practice. Alexander Wright has been a rising star for a number of years. He has this year been appointed a Partner and there can be no better person to be so appointed. He has great technical skills but also great emotional intelligence with both clients and his legal team‘.

‘The Team is very client focused and gives a high level of attention. The lawyers are meticulous in the level of detail in all aspects of  work and highly professional. Ruth Meyer heads up the team and is very committed to her clients and works tirelessly to ensure they receive the best service possible. Charlene Hughes is also a very diligent solicitor and a pleasure to deal with‘.

‘Very knowledgeable team that works together to provide a very positive outcome for clients. Alexander Wright and Ruther Meyer stand out as a class act with very detailed knowledge of their subject. No stone gets left unturned in pursuit of the clients’ needs‘.

 

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Led by Paul Lowery, Boyes Turner deals with estate administration, preparation of wills and estate planning for high net worth individuals. Senior associate Ally Tow is 'exceptional' and leads on the firm’s growing contentious trusts and probate work.  

Practice head(s):

Paul Lowery

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Well-established firm with excellent client relationships.’

‘We have belief that those we have dealt with are diligent and function with complete integrity – they are always polite, open and considerate.’

‘This is a high quality, innovative team delivering the kind of work and client service normally only experienced from niche London specialist private client firms. Intelligent, accessible, hardworking and capable of handling the esoteric while being approachable and client friendly. ’

‘Ally Tow is exceptional. I often recommend her to friends, clients and other legal professionals. She is never fazed, can handle all types of clients and inspire confidence, is always prepared to get stuck in, deadlines are never a problem and she is both innovative and prepared to take on unusual issues. She exhibits the perfect degree of robustness without straying into aggression or unnecessary confrontation. ’

‘The firm has a strong trusts and probate practice, with a good home counties client base.’

Boyes Turner is one of the UK’s most vibrant and outstanding, full-service regional heavyweight law firms.

The firm: Located in the Thames Valley, Boyes Turner are a regional UK law firm with an impressive international reach. The expertise of our teams is considerable, spanning both corporate world, technology and private clients. In the commercial sphere, our lawyers regularly work with some of the world’s most exciting start-ups and largest multinationals.

We have an internationally recognised expertise in the technology and innovation sector. The firm has additional particular expertise in the leisure and hospitality and development and house building sectors, as well as a nationally recognised claims group.

Committed to strong organic growth, the firm is able to use its geographic location to attract lawyers and support staff of the very highest calibre to service a client base which would sit comfortably with leading City and other national firms.

Types of work undertaken
Claims: the firm has a nationally recognised claims group, with solicitors on specialist panels for the Law Society, APIL, AVMA, Headway and Spinal Injuries Association. It has expertise in complex personal injury work and clinical negligence claims, including birth accidents, head injuries and spinal injuries.

Commercial: the commercial group provides advice on agency and distribution strategies, commercial and trading agreements, outsourcing agreements, protection and commercialisation of IP, regulation and competition, joint ventures and partnering, branding, media and marketing law, as well as data protection issues.

Corporate: the corporate group handles UK and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, buy-outs, disposals, joint ventures, partnership law, corporate governance, reorganisations and shareholder agreements.

Dispute resolution: the dispute resolution group is a leading commercial litigation services provider. The group acts for regional, national and international clients covering the full range of dispute services with a focus on the technology and international sectors. All members of the group have individual service specialisms and are leaders in their field, but a common thread is the group’s commitment to excellence in service delivery and a focus on delivering first-class commercial outcomes, whether through litigation, arbitration or alternative dispute resolution methods.

Employment: the employment group provides a comprehensive service tailored to individual clients’ needs on all contentious and non-contentious aspects of employment law and personnel matters. It also provides an HR consultancy service to help businesses cope with some of the more time-consuming tasks which they encounter on a daily basis.

Family/Matrimonial:
The specialist family law team advises individuals and families with a wide range of family law issues including divorce, separation, financial arrangements, arrangements for children and pro-active agreements.

Industrial disease: the firm’s significant industrial disease practice focuses on high-value asbestos-related disease litigation work, recovering maximum compensation for claimants.

Insolvency and corporate recovery: the business support and insolvency group includes a licensed insolvency practitioner and is one of the most highly rated in the UK. It acts for a wide range of clients in a number of industries and works closely with leading accountants and IPs, as well as banks and other professional advisers.

International: Boyes Turner provides advice and assistance on all aspects of inward investment into the Thames Valley and Europe, where the firm’s membership of LawRope provides clients with high-calibre, pan-European legal advice. It also assists its international clients by project managing cross-border transactions.

Private client: the firm advises high-net-worth individuals on wills, inheritance tax planning, probate and trusts.

Property: the commercial property group has substantial experience of all aspects of commercial property work, including landlord and tenant, land development and sales, as well as construction and environmental issues. Notably, it has its own dedicated planning team. It also offers residential conveyancing services.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Kate Eavis
Clinical negligence Susan Brown
Commercial property Nick Carter
Construction Rowan Turrall
Dispute resolution - property Russell May
Corporate recovery Phil Smith
Debt Collection Donna Goddard
Dispute resolution – commercial Rowan Turrall
Dispute resolution – property Russell May
Education Laxmi Patel
E-commerce Mark Blunden
Employment Barry Stanton
Family/ Matrimonial Paul Linsell
Housing associations Derek Ching
Immigration Chris Harber
Industrial disease Kim Smerdon
Intellectual property Mark Blunden
IT Mark Blunden
Personal injury Kim Smerdon
Private client Paul Lowery
Property development Derek Ching
Property finance Mark Appleton
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rachael Allison  photo Rachael Allison Rachael is an Associate within the Education team. Her experience extends to…
 Mark Appleton  photo Mark Appleton Mark is a partner in the commercial property team and has over…
 Stephen Baker photo Stephen Baker Stephen is a partner in the dispute resolution team with over twenty…
 Mark Blunden  photo Mark Blunden He leads the Boyes Turner Corporate & Technology team providing guidance to…
 Susan Brown  photo Susan Brown Susan leads the CN team at Boyes Turner and has specialised in…
 Nick Carter  photo Nick Carter Nick is the head of the highly regarded Commercial Property Group and…
 Derek Ching  photo Derek Ching Derek is a highly experienced partner in the property department at Boyes…
 Chris Dobson photo Chris Dobson Chris  advises clients on a broad range of corporate transactional and general…
 Lydia Dunford  photo Lydia Dunford Lydia Dunford is a Solicitor in Boyes Turner’s Education team.  She has…
 Kate Eavis  photo Kate Eavis Kate is an experienced corporate lawyer and advises businesses ranging from young…
 Michael Farrier  photo Michael Farrier Michael’s practice covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, although…
 Oliver Fitzpatrick photo Oliver Fitzpatrick Oliver is a Partner and an integral part of the market-leading and…
 Helen Goss  photo Helen Goss Helen is a partner in the firm’s Employment team and heads up…
 Jonathan Grigg  photo Jonathan Grigg Jonathan is Managing Partner at Boyes Turner.  He is responsible for the…
Ms Katie Harris photo Ms Katie Harris Katie is an associate solicitor and has over 10 years’ experience working…
 Paul Linsell  photo Paul Linsell Paul is a partner and heads up the specialist family law team…
 Paul Lowery  photo Paul Lowery Paul is a partner in the firm’s Reading based Wealth Protection team. He specialises…
 Russell May photo Russell May Russell is a senior associate – solicitor and head of the firm’s…
 Ruth Meyer  photo Ruth Meyer Ruth is a partner and the head of the highly regarded Court…
 Richard Money-Kyrle  photo Richard Money-Kyrle As a partner in Boyes Turner’s outstanding medical negligence team. Richard is…
 William Nassau-Lake  photo William Nassau-Lake William has over 20 years’ experience of advising on a variety of…
 Laxmi Patel  photo Laxmi Patel Laxmi Patel leads Boyes Turner’s leading Education team. An expert in special…
 James Quinn  photo James Quinn James is a director in the dispute resolution team and is experienced…
 Claire Roantree  photo Claire Roantree As a partner in Boyes Turner’s highly regarded personal injury team, Claire…
 Kim Smerdon  photo Kim Smerdon Kim Milan leads Boyes Turner’s highly regarded personal injury team. A specialist in…
 Phil Smith  photo Phil Smith Phil leads the firm’s Business Support & Insolvency service – Phil acts…
 Barry Stanton  photo Barry Stanton Barry leads the highly regarded Employment team at Boyes Turner. He advises…
 Claire Taylor-Evans photo Claire Taylor-Evans Claire is a Senior Associate in the Employment law team and also…
 Rowan Turrall photo Rowan Turrall Rowan is a partner and has been advising on a wide range…
 Andrew Whiteaker photo Andrew Whiteaker Andy is a partner in the highly regarded Employment team at Boyes…
 Alexander Wright photo Alexander Wright Alexander is a Partner and professional deputy for property and affairs and…
Number of UK partners : 25
Number of other UK fee-earners : 60

We are respectful, open and supportive. We value diverse ideas, perspectives and experiences. In fact, the smooth running of our business and our innovation depends on our colleagues having a wide range of skills, mind-sets and experience.

Everyone at Boyes Turner has a part to play, a valuable viewpoint and ideas that matter.

Increasing the diversity of our workforce and ensuring that we are representative of our clients and community is important to us. This is not about creating a policy that gathers dust in a drawer. This is about taking action and continually striving to improve.

Change is being driven by our people. Working parties, with colleagues from across the business, are focussing on the four strands that form our three-year equality, diversity and inclusion strategy:

  • Awareness through education and training: We will rethink workplace diversity, learn what diversity is, why it matters and how to develop a diverse workplace.
  • Workforce diversity:We will recruit from a diverse group of candidates to increase diversity of thinking and perspective.
  • Workplace inclusion: Our aim is to continue to keep workforce attrition below 12% by fostering a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility and fairness that will allow our employees to contribute to the firm’s initiatives and develop their own skills and experience to their full potential.
  • Sustainability and accountability:We will achieve sustainable workplace diversity by embedding equality, diversity and inclusion policies and practices. We will equip our leaders with the ability to manage diversity and hold them accountable for the results.

Client: Boyes Turner Client
Testimonial: “Very Professional ”
Boyes Turner helped me through one of the toughest times in my life. They were very professional whilst remaining friendly. At times the process was emotionally tough but they were very patient with me and went through everything with me until I understood it. I cannot recommend them enough.


Client: Boyes Turner Client
Testimonial: You have been very helpful and professional all the way through. We are delighted that this property could be purchased over a tight deadline. I will have no hesitation in recommending your services.


Client: M – Boyes Turner Client
Testimonial: “It has been a long battle but we got there in the end”
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you and your team for all your hard work, passion, dedication and professionalism which resulted in my successful claim. It has been a long battle but we got there in the end. Whatever happens in the future I now have the financial security that I deserve for myself and my family. I can now focus on my health and happiness.


Client: John Griffith
Company/Firm: Culligan International Company
Testimonial: ‘We have formed a partnership with Boyes Turner, instead of an arm’s length business relationship, and the result is that a deeper trust with Boyes Turner has developed over the years. We know they have our best interests in mind, and they know we come to them for all things outside of the USA.’

The Lex 100 Verdict

‘Friendly firm’ Boyes Turner boasts a ‘variety of work across numerous practice areas and good client contact’. ‘Leading a client meeting’ and ‘assisting on a personal injury claim where the client had been in a life-changing car accident’ are examples of work trainees can expect at the Reading firm. Recruits speak of an ‘excellent work/life balance; we generally don’t have to work late and there is no pressure or expectation to work past normal office hours’. It therefore comes as no surprise that the firm is top of the Lex 100 winner table in this category. Respondents were impressed by the assessment day, where ‘the other trainees were really friendly and spoke very highly of everyone at the firm’. Two more Lex 100 winner gongs have been awarded for social life and vacation scheme. Trainees reminisced about the ‘Friday night drinks (pre-pandemic) which were a great chance to meet other people in the firm and a great way to chat with partners’. There is also a monthly book club, regular theatre trips and sporting activities! Back at their desks, trainees are happy to ‘have a lot of client contact and involvement with high-quality fee-earning work’. As with any firm, it’s not all sunshine and roses at Boyes Turner; we heard that ‘they aren’t always great at taking into consideration your seat preferences; this is often allocated due to business need’. Diversity and inclusion could be improved and ‘adapting to remote working and trying to get the same client exposure’ has been difficult. To work at a firm which has a ‘great team spirit’ and where ‘all lawyers are approachable’, take a closer look at Boyes Turner.