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Boyes Turner

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Boyes Turner's 'extremely well-thought-of clinical negligence team' is led by  Susan Brown and skilfully handles the full spectrum of matters ranging from cerebral palsy and brain injury claims to high-value complex medical negligence cases. Richard Money-Kyrle deals with high-value matters and is particularly proficient in cases involving cerebral palsy and birth injuries. Julie Marsh has expertise in claims involving cauda equina syndrome, which form the bulk of her caseload, and Vanessa Wand manages obstetric and birth-related injuries.


‘This is an exceptional team which should be top ranked; they consistently deliver results on liability and quantum at the highest level in the most valuable and complex cases.’

‘This is an experienced and realistic team. There is genuinely no weaknesses that exists in relation to professional competence.’

‘Susan Brown is exceptionally experienced and knowledgeable, especially in relation to complex and high-value clinical negligence claims.’

‘Susan Brown is a very tough negotiator, fights for every pound for her clients, and should be top ranked.’

Richard Money-Kyrle is smooth, unflappable, and always on top of his cases.’

‘Julie Marsh is up and coming, knows her stuff and fights hard for her clients. Definitely, one to watch for the future.’

Vanessa Wand is extremely personable, easy to deal with and very bright. She is highly organised, progresses her cases in a highly effective manner and has good tactical judgment.

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

Boyes Turner leverages specialist practitioners in complementary areas such as planning, construction and dispute resolution.  Nick Carter leads the 'very knowledgeable' four-partner team who have 'outstanding capabilities' in commercial and residential development, technology and real estate finance. Mark Appleton specialises in the purchase, letting and disposal of properties for owners, occupiers and  investors, while Derek Ching primarily advises landowners and developers on land development issues, including aspects of site acquisitions and  assembly, secured lending to developers (acting for lenders and borrowers), as well as environmental and planning issues. William Nassau-Lake has 'an outstanding reputation' in housing development.  Rachel Duncan and Sarah Webb are also recommended.

Key clients

Castleford Homes Limited



Montpelier Estates

Cygnet Investments Limited

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

Boyes Turner has a strong track record advising technology, telecoms,  hospitality and leisure and automotive clients on the full range of employment law issues. Barry Stanton heads the practice and is experienced in handling whistleblowing claims, directors’ misfeasance and in relation to employees’ misuse of confidential information and breaches of restrictive covenants. Also of note are key partners Helen Goss and Michael Farrier for all aspects of contentious and non-contentious matters. Director Laurie Anstis is a specialist of business immigration, equal pay, TUPE and employment status matters. Associates Andrew Whiteaker, Claire Taylor-Evans and Darren Smith are all recommended.


Boyes Turner is valued for its pragmatism, responsiveness and good value for money.’

Barry Stanton and Helen Goss always provided very well thought-out, practical and robust advice.

Andrew Whiteaker is always very approachable and prompt in providing pragmatic advice. He is expert in his field and understands the commercial operating environment.’

Helen Goss is extremely experienced which she demonstrates by giving practical, candid advice and proposing workable solutions, she is also friendly and down-to-earth.’

Key clients

Tesla UK

Broadcom Inc.

Total UK


RCL Cruises

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Boyes Turner's insolvency team offers  a 'comprehensive' service, carrying out  a range of work involving complex contentious and non-contentious insolvencies, often with cross-border elements. Clients include a wide range of insolvency practitioners based nationwide, from both large and smaller practices. Recent work highlights include acting for an insolvency practitioner in a £2m claim in the liquidation of a cash and carry. Phil Smith heads the team and boasts over 20 years' experience as an insolvency lawyer. Chris Branson, who specialises in contentious insolvencies, asset-tracing, fraud and bankruptcies, is another key name to note, as is the 'excellent' Ollie Fitzpatrick.


‘Great strength in depth, experience with practical no-nonsense advice.’

‘A unique team of lawyers who are flexible and able to cover much ground.’

‘The firm offers one of the region’s best staffed bespoke insolvency teams; providing a significant breadth of experience ‘

‘The Boyes Turner insolvency team offers the most comprehensive and experienced specialist insolvency team in the region. They are quick to react and balance their offer between the technical and practical implications of any given matter.’

‘Where bankruptcy is concerned, Chris Branson knows it all and has been there, seen it and done it –  a fount of knowledge.’

‘Ollie Fitzpatrick is always on the ball, keeps litigation moving with an eye on the commercial outcome.’

‘Phil Smith is an excellent lawyer who has a wide knowledge of the area and whilst pragmatic and practical also has a steel to his opinions which gives confidence .’

‘Demonstrates a wide ranging technical knowledge and provides reassurance throughout the process of advising on any given issue.’


Key clients

Grant Thornton


Begbies Traynor

CVR Global


Cork Gully

Wilkins Kennedy

Smith & Williamson

Antony Batty & Company

Harrisons Business Recovery and Insolvency

Intellectual property Tier 1

Boyes Turner is notable for its cross-border capabilities, working with several US and European firms across both contentious and non-contentious work. A key feature of the practice is its brand guardianship programme, which provides clients with a comprehensive brand protection service and this is combined with its litigation expertise. Practice co-head Bill Gornall-King specialises in the commercial exploitation of intellectual property, while fellow co-head Mark Blunden is the key contact for cross-border matters.


Boyes Turner offers a great balance between IP and corporate knowledge and skills.

Mark Blunden is really good at understanding broader commercial needs of clients and bringing focused IP expertise to bear within the bigger picture.

They are local to us and always make themselves available.

The team is very professional but also accessible and down to earth.

Key clients

Auto Trader plc

Guardian News & Media Ltd

Mortgage Gym Ltd

Romax Technology Ltd

censhare AG

Culligan International

Bullitt Group

Edge by Ascential Plc

Signal Media Ltd


IT and telecoms Tier 1

Boyes Turner is a key firm in the Thames Valley market, advising a range of clients from across the technology sectors. The team has a particularly strong track record with clients operating in the data, automotive, fintech, and Adtech industries, and is particularly strong on contract negotiations. Mark Blunden heads the practice, and focuses on the commercialisation of clients' technologies, while licensing agreements expert Bill Gornall-King is another key name at the practice. Sarah Williamson departed the firm for Ashfords LLP in October 2018.

Key clients

Auto Trader Plc



Romax Technology Ltd

Censhare AG

Information Resources Inc


Mortgage Gym Ltd


Accelya Group

Kyocera Document Solutions  (UK)

Guardian News & Media

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Boyes Turner advises clients on a range of personal injury matters, with specialist expertise across the areas of brain and spinal injury. Kim Smerdon is the key name to note in the team, handling large catastrophic claims, brain damage, spinal injuries, and serious orthopaedic injuries. Claire Roantree acts in mild to severe high-value brain injury matters and also has experience in musculoskeletal injury and chronic pain claims.

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

Boyes Turner acts for individuals and corporate clients alike in commercial and contractual disputes, and boats a strong client roster in the technology sectors. The department has also expanded its offering in property litigation with the hire of Adrian Griffiths from Gordon Dadds LLP in July 2018. Key partner Jonathan Grigg and associates Stephen Baker and Rowan Turrall make up the 'knowledgeable and skillful' team.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners


Boyes Turner is an excellent local team with local knowledge but sufficient resources to make a real difference.

Boyes Turner provide a very personal service with tremendous skill and industry knowledge


Key clients

Viavi Solutions UK Ltd

Auto Trader Ltd

Zimmer GMBH & Zimmer Biomet UK Ltd

Mortgage Gym Ltd

Technology One (UK) Ltd

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

Boyes Turner is best known for its strong expertise withing the technology sector. Mark Blunden assists technology clients on the commercialisation of their products and services, including outsourcing, licensing, product and brand development, often with an international aspect. Corporate partner Kate Eavis advises life science, biotechnology and software spin-outs. Senior associate Chris Dobson is recommended for  M&A transactions in the technology and healthcare sectors. Robert Rice departed to Harrison Clark Rickerbys in December 2018.

Rising stars

Key clients

Shareholders of BrandView Limited

Auto Trader Group plc

CIRCOR International Inc.



Debt recovery Tier 2

Boyes Turner has significantly bolstered its capabilities in debt recovery with the recruitment of head of practice, Donna Goddard and her team of associates, Natalie Roff and Rachel Brown from BDB Pitmans in late 2018.  The practice acts for private and public sector clients and has recently won new instruction from corporate clients in the technology, professional services, construction, recruitment, retail and hospitality and property management sectors.

Key clients

Greatwood Property Management Limited t/a Chaneys Chartered Surveyors

The Credit Protection Association Plc

ABS Europe Limited

H Young (Operations) Ltd, Divisions Madison, Animal, Leeda & Sportline

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Boyes Turner has a strong presence in the advertising and adtech sector, with particular emphasis on media monitoring and data harvesting. Another key sector for the firm is publishing, where it advises clients on commercial and intellectual property matters, including advertising , publishing, and distribution agreements. IP and cross-border work specialist Mark Blunden heads the team, and is notable for his media licensing expertise. Sarah Williamson departed the firm for Ashfords LLP in November 2018.

Key clients

Auto Trader Plc

Guardian News & Media Limited



Signal Media Ltd

Workbooks Online Limited

MSP Gather Limited

Chartered Institute of Journalists

CenShare AG

Property litigation Tier 2

In July 2018, Boyes Turner strengthened its real estate litigation offering by hiring Adrian Griffiths from Gordon Dadds LLP. The department is best known for assisting clients with challenging purchase order decisions, collective enfranchisement work and right-to-manage claims. Elsewhere, the group handles commercial landlord and tenant disputes and dilapidation claims. Associate Russell May works primarily for blue-chip clients and developers.

Key clients

Guardian News & Media

Thomas Homes Ltd

Egretway Ltd

Computer Associates Limited

Oaklands (Reading) Management Association Ltd

Select Contracts UK Ltd

Education Tier 3

Advising exclusively on SEN and related matters, Boyes Turner is a key firm in the Thames Valley market for individuals seeking education advice. Practice head Laxmi Patel is highly experienced in SEN tribunal cases, and often works closely with the firm's clinical negligence and Court of Protection teams, as well as maintaining close relationships with various SEN charities. The team has undergone some personnel changes recently, with the departure of Janata Ali to Moore Blatch LLP and the arrival of Rachel Allison and Rachel Baxter  from Weightmans LLP and an independent practice respectively.

Next Generation Partners

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Boyes Turner’s expertise spans the core areas of wills, trusts and estate planning as well as contentious probate, LPA’s and Court of Protection work. The practice also advises on the specific legal issues affecting elderly and vulnerable clients, including legal implications of moving into long-term care and the funding options, often working in conjunction with the firm’s financial experts. Paul Lowery is the key figure in the Reading-based wealth protection team.

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

The firm: Boyes Turner has built a nationally and internationally recognised specialism in the technology and innovation sector. This is built on the firm’s roots as a leading regional law firm, based in Reading, in the heart of the UK’s ‘silicon corridor’, surrounded by globally innovative universities, and within 30 minutes of central London.

The firm has additional particular expertise in the leisure and hospitality and development and housebuilding 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.

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 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 Adrian Griffiths
Corporate recovery Phil Smith
Debtco Jonathan Grigg
Dispute resolution – commercial Jonathan Grigg
Dispute resolution – property Jonathan Grigg
Education Laxmi Patel
E-commerce Mark Blunden
Employment Barry Stanton
EU and competition Bill Gornall-King
Housing associations Derek Ching
Industrial disease Kim Smerdon
Intellectual property Bill Gornall-King
IT Bill Gornall-King
Personal injury Kim Smerdon
Private client Paul Lowery
Property development Derek Ching
Property finance Mark Appleton
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mark Appleton  photo Mark Appleton
 Mark Blunden  photo Mark Blunden
 Chris Branson  photo Chris Branson
 Susan Brown  photo Susan Brown
 Nick Carter  photo Nick Carter
 Andrew Chalkley  photo Andrew Chalkley
 Derek Ching  photo Derek Ching
 Kate Eavis  photo Kate Eavis
 Michael Farrier  photo Michael Farrier
 Bill Gornall-King  photo Bill Gornall-King
 Helen Goss  photo Helen Goss
 Jonathan Grigg  photo Jonathan Grigg
 Paul Lowery  photo Paul Lowery
 Ruth Meyer  photo Ruth Meyer
 Richard Money-Kyrle  photo Richard Money-Kyrle
 William Nassau-Lake  photo William Nassau-Lake
 Laxmi Patel  photo Laxmi Patel
 Claire Roantree  photo Claire Roantree
 Kim Smerdon  photo Kim Smerdon
 Phil Smith  photo Phil Smith
 Barry Stanton  photo Barry Stanton
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 60