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Boyes Turner

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

Boyes Turner‘s employment practice group is among the largest in the Thames Valley and acts on behalf of international clients in the tech, leisure and hospitality sectors. Barry Stanton heads up the team and represents many of the firm’s high-end clients in this space. Helen Goss is another key contact within the team, praised for her ‘invaluable blend of legal guidance, support, encouragement and resilience’. She has particular expertise in discrimination, breach of contract and whistleblowing claims. Andrew Whiteaker handles the full-range of employment law issues, and is recommended by clients for providing ‘pragmatic advice in a user friendly manner’. Senior associate Claire Taylor-Evans is an experienced tribunal advocate and focuses her practice on complex discrimination claims and managing high-level exits.

Practice head(s):

Barry Stanton

Other key lawyers:

Helen Goss; Andrew Whiteaker; Claire Taylor-Evans; Emma O’Connor; Katie Harris


‘Very approachable, good expertise and easy to work with. The team understands our business and is able to provide tailored advice.’

‘Andrew Whiteaker is a trusted adviser to our in-house legal team and our HR department. He provides pragmatic advice in a user-friendly manner. We know that we can rely on Andrew for our most urgent, complex and sensitive matters.’

‘The team at Boyes Turner always put your needs as a client first. They are there for you whenever you need advice and support. Their internal collaboration across areas of expertise such as global mobility as well as local law is excellent. They are an extremely personable team working well internally making the service they provide very easy to access and responsive.’

‘Helen Goss has been just that, a partner, to our HR team. An invaluable blend of legal guidance, support, encouragement and resilience. Helen uses your time very efficiently to ensure that you get what you need as a client for that moment in time. She is extremely personable and enjoyable to work with and her attention to detail and ability to ‘tune into’ whatever case you are working with, is second to none.’

‘I enjoy our collaboration due to a semi-casual/relaxed tone of conversations which means it is much more comfortable to talk about difficult situations and try to find a solution together.’

‘I typically work with Claire Taylor-Evans who has a wealth of knowledge which I never doubt. Claire always tries to find the best solution for the business while keeping in mind all risks involved.’

Key clients

Porsche Cars GB Limited/Porsche Retail Group Limited

The Dorchester

Broadcom Europe Limited

Becton Dickinson

Hanson Quarry Products Limited


Maybourne Group

LEO Laboratories Limited

Frasers Hospitality

Origin Enterprises PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising a global video technology provider on group TUPE transfers, supporting two large redundancy programmes (including collective), internal reorganisations of senior teams and co-ordinating advice internationally for their many subsidiaries.
  • Advising a luxury hotel group, preparing a contract of employment for the engagement of a celebrity chef considering confidentiality, employment-related restrictions, marketing and intellectual property issues such as television appearances and book deals alongside typical employment terms.
  • Advising a global medical technology company on reorganisation and integration following intra group TUPE, including numerous exits of senior leadership and negotiating settlements.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The ‘technically excellent‘ Reading-based team of  ‘first-class lawyers‘ at Boyes Turner is proficient in advising on a diverse range of matters, including the defence of winding up petitions, connected administrations and the realisation of company assets. Practice head Phil Smith assists insolvency practitioners, shareholders and creditors, dispensing ‘solid and diligent‘ advice on company administrations and fixed charge receiverships. The ‘very knowledgeableOliver Fitzpatrick is particularly adept at handling antecedent transactions and recovery litigation, often acting for administrators and trustees in bankruptcy.

Practice head(s):

Phil Smith

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Fitzpatrick; Donna Goddard; Darryn Harris


‘Boyes Turner are a regional practice with first-class lawyers and are able to assist their insolvency clients with a proactive no nonsense approach. They are technically excellent and have a fantastic debt collection department.’

‘Phil Smith has an elephantine memory and loads of experience. Excellent in complex insolvency matters.’

‘Donna Goddard really is first class.’

‘A focused and truly specialist insolvency team, with complimentary skills across the two partners and supporting team.’

‘Oliver Fitzpatrick is a personable and practically minded solicitor who provides clear and concise advice. A key and highly trusted adviser. Oliver is very knowledgeable and suggests practical solutions to problems. He pays attention to detail and is proactive in dealing with matters arising. I am always confident that he will get on with the job at hand.’

‘Boyes Turner provide excellent support, confidently handling possession and sale applications, plus extensive litigation. They are commercially aware and sensitive to the needs to ensure a recovery for insolvent estates. The team are easy to work with, and technically astute.’

‘Phil Smith is a true gentleman and a great insolvency solicitor. Easy to talk to, Phil grasps the intricacies of a case quickly and delivers solid, diligent advice, with no fluff or ambiguity.’

‘I find them very knowledgeable across all aspects of insolvency work adopting a practical approach in stressful situations. They offer flexibility and understanding.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for TruSolv Business Recovery, the joint administrators of DJS (UK) Limited, a fintech company which provided short term, high-cost loans.
  • Acting for BDO LLP, the joint liquidators of Azinor Catalyst Limited (company which held a portfolio of UK continental shelf assets) on the sale of various rights held pursuant to North Sea oil extraction licences.
  • Acting for Evelyn Partners, the joint trustees in bankruptcy of an individual who has fled the jurisdiction and moved overseas to Dubai. Extensive asset tracing exercises have been required to determine the location of assets in numerous jurisdictions within Europe and the Middle East.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Boyes Turner has a demonstrably strong record on high value and both medically and legally complex cases of maximum severity. Critical brain injuries, including child brain injuries, and cerebral palsy claims comprise the bulk of the team's caseload. Pre-eminent clinical negligence lawyer and brain injury expert Susan Brown leads the practice, specialising in child brain injury arising from birth asphyxia and trauma. Richard Money-Kyrle is 'an unflappable personality who is calm under pressure and secures great results for his clients'. 'Outstanding claimant solicitor' Julie Marsh and the 'bright, efficient, really hard-working' Vanessa Wand come highly recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Susan Brown


‘They fully understand our circumstances and this means they understand the speed we can all reply and offer our responses on our side. This does mean a lot when having a very busy family and work life.’

‘Vanessa Wand has from the beginning been a credit to Boyes Tuner. She has a lovely manner which is both caring and considerate but professional. She regularly keeps me informed of any developments and as such I never feel that I’m left in the dark.’

‘Communication with them was brilliant, they explained everything to see and explained what steps it would take and at what step we were at each time’

‘Susan Brown was really good, made me feel at ease throughout the whole process. When ever I had a question or wasn’t sure about something she took the time out to answer time or explain things to me. I wasn’t stressed throughout any of this and I think Susan helped me not get stressed’

‘Boyes Turner are an excellent claimant clinical negligence firm in Reading who are led by Susan Brown who has approaching 30 years’ experience in the field. They have a great team of associates who are each dedicated to their clients’ cases and ensuring that they achieve the best possible results.’

‘Susan Brown has a very calm and collected manner and she is a real team player in deploying her experience and expertise to good effect for her clients and supporting the more junior solicitors in the firm with their case load.’

‘Julie Marsh is an outstanding claimant solicitor who is clever, dedicated, hard-working, down-to-earth and tenacious. Vanessa Wand is a real asset to the team at Boyes Turner, as she is bright, efficient, really hard-working, always cheerful and empathetic to the client’s needs.’

Work highlights

  • Secured 100% liability judgments in a premature obstructed vaginal breech birth injury case arising from the defendant hospital’s failure to deliver the known breech presentation baby when the mother expressed concerns about being in premature labour.
  • Secured a £1,330,000 settlement in a cauda equina syndrome (CES) spinal cord injury clinical negligence claim.
  • Secured a £750,000 settlement for a young woman with physical and psychological injuries in a cervical cancer delayed diagnosis clinical negligence claim.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Boyes Turner enjoys a first-rate reputation on the personal injury front, specialising in maximum severity catastrophic injury claims, including head and brain injuries, amputation, spinal injury, and complex trauma with associated psychological issues. Kim Milan heads the personal injury team, focusing her practice on securing significant compensation for clients with acquired brain damage, spinal injuries and major trauma. 'Top-notch solicitor' Claire Roantree is a key contact for workplace injury claims and accidents on the roads. The 'outstanding' Laura Magson leads the mesothelioma and asbestos disease team and is both an APIL accredited senior litigator and an APIL accredited asbestos disease specialist.

Practice head(s):

Kim Milan; Laura Magson

Other key lawyers:


‘We worked with Claire Roantree who was fantastic and we cannot praise her and her team enough for the hard work they put into our case. Claire was very knowledgeable in her field and showed patience and compassion in frustrating situations.’

‘Laura Magson is outstanding, she is so kind, very hard working, attentive to detail always goes that extra mile and won a good settlement for my husband, we would definitely recommend Boyes Turner and especially Laura Magson to anyone needing help, especially in the field of Industrial Injuries.’

‘The asbestos team at Boyes Turner is second to none. They have a wealth of talent and experience. They are a pleasure to work with and work hard to obtain the best results for their client.’

‘Laura Magson is an outstanding lawyer willing to take on difficult cases and win them.

‘Kim Milan is a very experienced and effective PI lawyer. She is very practical in approach and fights hard for her clients.’

‘One of the best regional firms, delivering high quality results in a whole range of PI cases. The team is ably led by the highly regarded and impressive Kim Milan and capable of dealing with high value and complex PI claims as well as lower value cases. A definite leader in the field.’

‘Kim Milan  leads the PI department with real flair. The team is efficient, market-aware and very well run. Kim is undoubtedly one of the the best Claimant PI litigators in the business. Very client focused and a tough negotiator.’

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

Boyes Turner‘s real estate practice is one of the largest in the region, and is suitably well placed to handle the full suite of commercial real estate transactions, advising high-end clients on their investment portfolios and the full life-cycle of commercial projects. Niche specialisms, including advising offshore trusts and investors, acting for lenders regarding general secured funding arrangements as well as charities, round out the group’s service portfolio. Three lawyers comprise the leadership team: Nick Carter acts on behalf of domestic and international clients across various sectors, while William Nassau-Lake serves as head of development and house building, and Alan Tibber leads the residential and plots team. Mark Appleton‘s specialism lies in acting for owners and occupiers involved with industrial premises, investments, and development properties. Sarah Webb left the team to join Gateley Legal in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Nick Carter; William Nassau-Lake; Alan Tibber

Other key lawyers:

Mark Appleton; Derek Ching; Brian Dowling; Steph Richards; Philip Jacques; Russell May


‘Boyes Turner are always very focused on client satisfaction and maintain high standards of communication when advising throughout the duration of a project.’

‘I have worked with Boyes Turner on numerous commercial property projects over the years, specifically with Nick Carter. Nick is really ‘hands on’ and always strives to be your primary point of contact so you always have consistency in terms of lines of communication.’

‘Philip Jacques: depth of understanding of the property market beyond legal grounds. Thorough service with brilliant communication skills.’

‘Attentive, reliable and approachable with breadth of knowledge and skills across the commercial property disciplines.’

‘We have used Boyes Turner for about thirty years in connection with the leases etc. on our various sites and have always found them to be efficient and entirely reliable. They are prompt, knowledgeable and have given us good advice. In our opinion they are exactly as commercial solicitors should be.’

‘Mark Appleton – a good and highly efficient but personal relationship has been established between us. The work gets done without fuss and bother.’

‘We deal with a small team, who are able to co-ordinate work in different areas. We have high levels of confidence that any matter can be dealt with quickly and nothing will fall through the cracks.’

Key clients

4th Dimension Limited

Ericsson Group

Alpha 3 Manufacturing Limited

Occuity Limited

Brickability plc

Ssassy Group

Area Square Limited/Fourfront Group

Avnet Logistics Limited

Allerton Group

Guardian News and Media

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ssassy on acquisition, development, and disposal of passivhaus scheme in South Oxfordshire.
  • Advised Occuity Limited on taking office and laboratory space in The Blade, an office building in central Reading.

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

Well-regarded for its expertise in media, publishing, and technology matters, the team at Boyes Turner regularly works with foreign law firms on IP issues. Sarah Williamson leads the department and is thoroughly experienced in advising clients on both the commercialisation and protection of their IP rights. Helen Dobson previously acted as an in-house legal counsel for a telecoms operator, and her workload features activity in brand management and licensing. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Reading.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Williamson

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has excellent knowledge on open source licensing, source code software licensing and complex OEM arrangements.’

‘Helen Dobson has good business acumen on licensing and understanding what topics can be struck out as irrelevant for the business.’

Key clients

Guardian News & Media Limited

Auto Trader Limited

Harvey Water Softeners Limited

Wind River System Inc

First Hydrogen Limited

Pivot Digital Health Limited

Virtualstock Limited

Culligan / Waterlogic Group of companies

Zok International Group Limited

Tryzens Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Harvey Water Softeners in relation to the protection of its latest salt monitoring, wifi-enabled product.
  • Assisted and negotiated First Hydrogen’s contracts for the market-testing of their prototype zero-emission, long range hydrogen powered utility vehicles.
  • Advised Auto Trader in relation to the protection of its portfolio of 85 trade marks.

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

Leveraging its international experience, Boyes Turner supports on both contentious and non-contentious mandates, having been particularly active in data protection and IT law. Sarah Williamson oversees the team and is a specialist within the media and creative industries; she also often works alongside high-profile client, the Guardian. Helen Dobson is knowledgeable of IP rights pertaining to the retail, software, telecoms, and transport sectors. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Reading.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Williamson

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has excellent knowledge on open source licensing, source code software licensing and complex OEM arrangements. Several team members have completed secondments in the telco sectors.’

‘Helen Dobson is capable of closing in depth frameworks within the telco sector.’

Key clients

Culligan / Waterlogic Group Companies

Guardian News & Media Ltd

Wind River Systems Inc

Virtualstock Limited

Netmore Group

First Hydrogen Limited

Novatiq Solutions Limited

Higher Concept Software

Lee & Thompson LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Culligan on the agreement for a global ERP software solution across its group companies.
  • Advised on the framework agreement with Yorkshire Water to provide advanced metering infrastructure, LoRaWAN network and data as a service across new housing developments in the Yorkshire region.
  • Advised on commercial terms for technical and go-to-market collaborations using Wind River’s Linux-based software.

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

Demonstrable technology sector expertise is the defining feature of the corporate and commercial practice at Boyes Turner. On the corporate side, the team has seen growth in multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, particularly in the water and agricultural sectors. Corporate leader Kate Eavis is strong in venture capital, M&A and corporate restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Kate Eavis; Sarah Williamson


‘This firm is the most commercial team of lawyers I have worked with.’

‘The team I work with are very collaborative providing solutions when faced with challenges. They are very proactive in ensuring the process is kept on track with regular check-in points and discussions.’

‘They provide technology solutions for managing and tracking the process and are very willing to support when things arise that we may not have considered.’

‘Differentiation in customisation of approach to customer needs and deal-specific context. Very commercial, pragmatic and reactive. High-quality work.’

‘Solid commercial advice delivered quickly. The team has performed many secondments so the business acumen and understanding of delivering redlines is particularly strong. Due to the size of the clients there is also an excellent in-house counsel forum held every quarter where we discuss topics particularly affecting the tech sector and how in-house teams are implementing changes in law and practice. These are invaluable when there is a small in-house legal team.’

‘Helen Dobson is great at spotting issues that apply to my company that may not be relevant to other clients due to the nature of my business and my customers.’

Key clients

Culligan/Waterlogic Group of companies

Information Resources (IRI)

Becton Dickinson

Laurence Molke

Resonant Group Limited

Occuity Limited

Xtrac Transmissions

Origin Enterprises Plc / Agrii

CH & Co

Guardian News & Media Ltd

Wind River Systems Inc

Virtualstock Limited

Netmore Group (including Netmore IOT Solutions Ltd)

First Hydrogen Limited

Lee & Thompson LLP

Novatiq Solutions Limited

Higher Concept Software (trading as Point of Rental)

Work highlights

  • Advised Origin Enterprises Plc on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Keystone Environmental Limited.|
  • Advising management on private equity investment by Ara Partners into HamX Gas Technologies and FNX Liquid Natural Gas S.L.
  • Advising Culligan on the agreement for a global ERP software solution across its group companies.

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

Boyes Turner has a strong reputation in the Thames Valley, praised as a ‘professional and well-respected firm capable of handling high value and complex disputes’. The team handles the full suite of commercial disputes, frequently acting on behalf of both domestic and trans-national corporations. Experienced practitioner Rowan Turrall is noted for her robust practice which emphasises disputes arising out of the technology and construction sectors. Ally Tow is another key name for contentious trusts and probate work. August 2022 saw the departure of Stephen Baker to Herrington Carmichael LLP.

Practice head(s):

Rowan Turrall

Other key lawyers:

Ally Tow; Rachel Brown


‘Boyes Turner is a professional and well-respected firm capable of handling high value and complex disputes.’

‘I have found the team at Boyes Turner to be honest, hard working and thoroughly professional. In my opinion, Boyes Turner is a very good firm whose strong reputation rightly proceeds them.’

‘Having used different lawyers at different times and in different countries in the area of commercial litigation, our experience of Boyes Turner has been excellent. In particular we have found Rowan Turrall at Boyes Turner to not only be highly knowledgeable but also very thorough and sound in the advice and guidance she has given us and also in the high quality of her work.’

‘The high quality of their strength and capabilities in the area of commercial litigation has been apparent to us in the manner that they have represented our company and in their in-depth knowledge and the nature of the guidance given to us.’

‘Rowan Turrall looked after my case and kept me up to date on a regular basis and translated legal jargon and simplified the situation into layman’s terms to ensure I understood all options. Rowan is very professional and has an immense knowledge in the subject which gave me great confidence. I would recommend Rowan to anyone who requires this kind of legal advice.’

‘We have received excellent support from Boyes Turner in a commercial dispute with a supplier. Very knowledgeable and to-the-point advice with a great understanding of not only the legal and contractual issues but Boyes Turner was also able to help us navigate the commercial reality and support the tactical negotiation strategy.’

‘Rowan Turrall was the lead partner on our case and provided excellent and timely support. She was able to combine her outstanding legal knowledge with a great understanding of the commercial reality to provide the tailor-made support we needed to navigate through the dispute.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Counting residential sales and letting agencies, institutional landlords, and property management companies amongst its key clients, Boyes Turner’s real estate litigation team routinely handles residential block estate management dispute work and dilapidation claims, and is led by senior associate Russell May, who specialises in landlord and tenant disputes, as well as disputed break clauses. Associate Richard Pulford joined the firm in February 2022, and has over 11 years’ experience working on all aspects of property litigation, including possession and disrepair claims. The whole team is based in Reading.

Practice head(s):

Russell May

Other key lawyers:


‘Russell May is very helpful and will always respond to enquiries straight away. He give his honest opinion even though it’s not always what the client wants to hear to make sure there is no a false sense of security.’

‘Smaller firm so more personal contact with good response times. Good knowledge and reasonable fee levels appropriate to the level of advice required.’

‘I have found their work ethics and attention to detail commendable. My case has not yet been finalised but so far I am very satisfied with how my case has been handled.’

‘A very speedy and reliable service getting straight to the heart of the matter and suggesting practical and realistic measures to mitigate further problems in a very complex matter.’

‘A very professional and personable service with direct access to the fee earner dealing with the matter.’

‘All our interactions with the Boyes Turner team have been polite and prompt. Any inquiries we have made have been answered in full with time taken to explain details when needed. Invoices have been easy to understand and email communications all work smoothly.’

‘We have worked with Russell May for the past two years. He has always been well informed and precise in his outlining of our case at every stage we have been through. He has given us useful advice and pointed out options for us to consider with clarity and good detail.’

‘Russell May provides clients with an excellent good quality and responsive service always presented in a pragmatic, jargon-free way. I always enjoy working with Russell.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a national newspaper in relation to a disputed commercial lease guarantee with a potential value of £10m.
  • Acted for a group of owners of top floor flats in order to contest the legality of a proposed development by the freeholder to add an additional storey on to their block of flats.
  • Acting for a social housing provider on a variety of property disputes, from seeking possession from tenants in breach of their leases to defending tenant claims for disrepair.

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

Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

The ‘very brilliant and helpful’ Ruth Meyer is the practice head at Boyes Turner. It fields a well-organised team which specialises in the management of the property and affairs of high-net-worth individuals who lack capacity, whether they be children, adults or the elderly. The majority of its clients have substantial claims for personal injury or clinical negligence compensation. As well as professional deputyships, the team is regularly approached to provide advice to support lay deputy applications. Alexander Wright, who is ‘the epitome of a very ethical lawyer, and has a good following’, also acts as a professional deputy for property and affairs and works principally with clients who have suffered injuries at birth with lifelong care needs.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Meyer

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Wright; Lindsay Da Re


‘The team are very responsive. Very approachable, lovely to deal with. Listen well to ideas when advocating for the client’.

‘Very personable and knowledgeable that puts clients at ease almost immediately. Ruth Meyer is one of the most caring and considerate individuals in the field’.

‘Alexander Wright has substantial and high quality technical knowledge’.

‘The team deliver excellence in advice, understanding and care for clients who have sustained serious life changing injuries’.

‘Ruth Meyer is a wonderful example of how a deputy should engage with clients and families’.

‘Everyone I work with at Boyes Turner is competent and organised. Ruth Meyer has built up a very strong team around her. The team’s culture is key and they are determined to do the right thing for their clients. As a result clients trust them’.

‘Ruth Meyer and Alexander Wright know their clients extremely well. Whenever I have meetings with them they appear knowledgeable and professional but willing to take advice when given. Every decision I have seen them make has been solely with the client’s best interest at heart. They are supported by a strong team including Lindsay Da Re’.


Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 3

Praised by clients for ‘excellent expertise, advice, communication and professionalism’, Boyes Turner‘s debt recovery department in Reading works alongside the firm’s insolvency and dispute resolution teams to offer an all-round service. The department is led by ‘stand-out individual’ Donna Goddard, who is especially well versed in court proceedings, the enforcement of judgements and insolvency proceedings. Natalie Roff exclusively handles non-contested debt work, and Rachel Brown is recommended for defended debt recovery issues.

Practice head(s):

Donna Goddard

Other key lawyers:


‘In essence, its the people that make a business, and I have worked with the team a number of years. They are prompt, professional and very helpful when you have a query. They always have time to listen and provide options for you to consider, which I value a lot.’

‘When you are contacting both Donna Goddard and Natalie Roff you can be assured of a response. They listen, they offer the options that are available to you, you can depend on them.’

‘They listen to and understand our needs and then go on to fully satisfy those needs. Their expertise, advice, communication and professionalism are all excellent. And we can get to speak to them when we need to!’

‘Donna Goddard is a stand-out individual for me. She has an exceptional success rate for us.’

Key clients

The Credit Protection Association Plc

Blick Rothenberg Limited

Azets Holdings Ltd

ABS Europe Limited

Panalux / Panavision


Bytes Software Services Ltd

Leaders Romans Group of Companies

Stantec Limited

Feld Estates Limited

Remix Dry Mortar Ltd

Clubb Concrete Ltd and Clubb Sand & Gravel Ltd

Ridouts Professional Services Ltd

Quantuma LLP

Prodec Networks Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising members of The Credit Protection Association Plc, ranging from small claims to multi track, and cross-border cases.

Public sector Tier 3

Boyes Turner exclusively advises on SEN and related matters, and specialises in working with Court of Protection deputy clients. The team is led by Laxmi Patel  in Reading, who has more than 15 years of experience in this area of work. Rachael Allison's practice includes clinical negligence cases, while Lydia Dunford has a track record of running appeals, including representation.  James Pantling-Skeet, an expert in SEN and community care matters, joined the team from Lester Aldridge LLP in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Laxmi Patel

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Allison; Rachel Baxter; Lydia Dunford; James Pantling-Skeet; Janata Ali


‘Laxmi Patel is extremely knowledgeable and proficient. She is excellent at keeping you updated and keeping an eye on the costs.’

‘The team has a lot of collective knowledge around special educational needs, so when you deal with an individual solicitor, you also get the collective wisdom of the team.’

‘They have the unique ability to run complex cases involving community care issues as well as education and disability law. James Pantling-Skeet is absolutely stellar. One to watch for sure.’

‘They are focused but realistic, and provide a professional and honest view about the chances to succeed and what is needed to succeed in obtaining an appropriate EHCP for a child. They are sensitive and caring and support families in many ways to come to terms with what is possible.’

‘Rachael Allison – organised, incisive and highly  professional. Great communicator.’

‘Lydia Dunford is a very thorough and diligent practitioner.’

‘Rachael Allison is a fantastic and thorough solicitor with an amazing knowledge of SEN, who works relentlessly on behalf of her clients.’

‘Janata Ali is a fantastic and extremely competent professional, who gives her all to support parents, who have children with SEN. ‘

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

Paul Lowery leads an ‘exceptional’ wills, trusts and probate team at Boyes Turner, focusing on landed estate administration, onshore trusts – particularly trusts for vulnerable persons – and general estate planning on behalf of high-net-worth individuals. Senior associate and chartered legal executive Ally Tow is another key point of contact.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lowery

Other key lawyers:

Ally Tow; Sophie Martin; Hemisha Patel


‘Boyes Turner is an exceptional firm: demonstrating not just competence and knowledge, yet also personal communication indicating true care and interest in their clients.’

‘All individuals whom I worked with, inclusive of Paul Lowery and Sophie Martin, were highly capable, deeply versed in law, and understanding of each individual’s needs.’

‘The personal touch was also a unique part of the excellence in this firm, where I felt that my own case was given the same priority as large wealthy clients. I always felt supported and that my case would be concluded with success.’

‘Paul Lowery was an excellent solicitor from the start of my case. Paul took time for our intake call: never rushing or indicating any time pressure and walked me through the parameters of my case and set expectations for the future.’

‘Sophie Martin was highly competent and knowledgeable: she clearly set expectations of what my case involved and whenever I asked a question, took time to carefully email with clarity and precision. I deeply appreciated the fact that I could ask basic questions and would have them answered.’

Work highlights

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, we are a regional UK law firm with an impressive international reach. The expertise of our teams is considerable, spanning both corporate world and the technology sector whilst also assisting private clients. In the commercial sphere, our lawyers regularly work with some of the world’s most exciting start-ups and largest multinationals.

The firm has particular expertise in the global technology and innovation sector, a nationally prominent claims group, and expert teams covering leisure and hospitality, development and house building.  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, divorce under Islamic Law, financial arrangements, arrangements for children and pro-active agreements.  The team also offers a range of ground-breaking joint services for separating couples.

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 Oliver Fitzpatrick
Debt Collection Donna Goddard
Dispute resolution – commercial Rowan Turrall
Dispute resolution – property Russell May
Education Laxmi Patel
E-commerce Sarah Williamson
Employment Andrew Whiteaker
Family/ Matrimonial Paul Linsell
Housing associations Derek Ching
Immigration Chris Harber
Industrial disease Kim Milan
Intellectual property Sarah Williamson
IT Sarah Williamson
Personal injury Kim Milan
Private client Paul Lowery
Property development Derek Ching
Property finance Mark Appleton
Photo Name Position Profile
Rachael Allison photo Rachael Allison Rachael is an Senior Associate within the Education team. Her experience extends…
Mark Appleton photo Mark Appleton Mark is a partner in the commercial property team and has over…
Rachel Baxter photo Rachel Baxter Rachel has joined the education team as a SEN Specialist, helping children…
Rachel  Brown photo Rachel Brown Rachel has worked in debt recovery and dispute resolution for over 25…
Susan Brown photo Susan Brown Susan leads the Clinical Negligence team at Boyes Turner and has specialised…
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 is a partner in the Corporate team and advises clients on…
Lydia Dunford photo Lydia Dunford Lydia Dunford is an Associate Solicitor in Boyes Turner’s Education team.  She…
Kate Eavis photo Kate Eavis Kate is a partner and an experienced corporate lawyer and advises businesses…
Oliver Fitzpatrick photo Oliver Fitzpatrick Oliver is a Partner and head of the market-leading and highly regarded…
Donna Goddard photo Donna Goddard Donna heads up the Debt recovery team. The team works closely with…
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 a Partner at Boyes Turner.  He is committed to building…
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…
Laura Magson photo Laura Magson With over 15 years of specialist experience representing people with mesothelioma, Laura…
Julie Marsh photo Julie Marsh As a Partner within Boyes Turner’s outstanding medical negligence group, Julie enjoys…
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…
Kim Milan photo Kim Milan Kim Milan leads Boyes Turner’s highly regarded personal injury team. A specialist in…
Richard Money-Kyrle photo Richard Money-Kyrle Richard is a partner in Boyes Turner’s outstanding medical negligence team. Richard…
William Nassau-Lake photo William Nassau-Lake William has over 20 years’ experience of advising on a variety of…
James Pantling-Skeet  photo James Pantling-Skeet James Pantling-Skeet is an experienced Associate in Boyes Turner’s highly regarded Community…
Laxmi Patel photo Laxmi Patel Laxmi Patel leads Boyes Turner’s leading Education team. An expert in special…
Claire Roantree photo Claire Roantree As a partner in Boyes Turner’s highly regarded personal injury team, Claire…
Natalie Roff photo Natalie Roff Natalie has worked exclusively in non-contested debt recovery since 1996 and manages the…
Barry Stanton photo Barry Stanton Barry is the interim Managing Partner and is responsible with the Management…
Claire Taylor-Evans photo Claire Taylor-Evans Claire is a Senior Associate in the Employment law team and also…
Ally Tow photo Ally Tow Ally is a senior associate – chartered legal executive in the firm’s…
Rowan Turrall photo Rowan Turrall Rowan is a partner and head of the Dispute Resolution group.  She…
Vanessa Wand photo Vanessa Wand As a senior associate-solicitor in Boyes Turner’s outstanding medical negligence team, Vanessa…
Andrew Whiteaker photo Andrew Whiteaker Andy is a partner and head of the highly regarded Employment team…
Alexander Wright photo Alexander Wright Alexander is a Partner and professional deputy for property and affairs and…
Number of UK partners : 27
Number of other UK fee-earners : 80

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.’