Firm Profile > Boyes Turner > Reading, England
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Boyes Turner > The Legal 500 Rankings
Boyes Turner provides 'technically competent, client-focused' advice on both domestic and international property transactions across a wide range of sectors including commercial, industrial, and residential. Practice head Nick Carter has developed a practice managing portfolios of properties for large national and international corporate clients, often in the tech and innovation sector. 'Experienced, pragmatic and approachable' Derek Ching specialises in advising on land development issues, including all aspects of site acquisitions and site assembly, environmental issues and planning law. Mark Appleton deals with the management of investment properties and estates. Rachel Duncan and Sarah Webb are recommended associates.
‘There’s always an individual who is an expert, so nothing concerns me when I’m advised by Boyes Turner. They seem to share knowledge and apportion work fairly and support each other appropriately to the client’s benefit.’
‘They have helped us (in my capacity as chair of the board of a school) with a number of school property related matters over the last few years, and have impressed with their legal ability; their non-legal, commercial advice and awareness; and their diligence.’
‘Derek Ching has been excellent, giving clear explanations for the board as to the options available to them.’
‘Will Nassau-Lake is exceptional. He’s dedicated, loyal, and always goes one step further than most I know.’
‘The partners are very accessible and easy to deal with. They are not an aloof lawyer practice. They offer simple, old fashioned, good advice and a personal service. Working with them is enjoyable.’
Montpelier Estates Limited and Montpelier Land Limited
Guardian Media Group plc
Ssassy Property Limited
Cancer Research UK
Thomas Homes Limited
Drift Golf Club
Brooklands Investments Limited
Analog Devices UK Limited
K Care Nursing Agency Limited
Spitfire Bespoke Homes
‘Great depth in the team ; practical and approachable.’
‘Barry Stanton is an excellent practitioner who is focused, clear and practical. He’s a joy to work with.’
‘The best employment counsel I have worked with in over 10 years, I regularly refer their services to anyone looking for support on employment matters. They have an extremely broad range of knowledge, expertise and advise on best practice – no matter is too big or too small for them to add significant value.’
‘What Michael Farrier doesn’t know about UK employment legislation, tribunal management and best practice is probably not worth knowing.’
‘Katie Harris is knowledgeable and personable.’
‘Katie Harris is an exceptional employment solicitor. Beyond the standard strengths I would expect in any top solicitor, her particular ability to be extremely concise and efficient in her communications and actions makes working with her an absolute pleasure. She gave perfect and well-rounded advice every step of the way.‘
‘Katie Harris’s pragmatic advice has enabled me to resolve complex HR issues in a manner that reduces risk.’
Global medical technology company
Reading Borough Council
Individual-founder and CEO of tech company
A UK regulatory authority
Independent provider of managed communication and IT services
Premium international hotel chain
A digital marketing consultancy
Global leader in cloud data management
Further and higher education provider
Boyes Turner's insolvency practice advises on contentious and non-contentious insolvencies across a range of sectors, including manufacturing, payday lending, and the growing area of restaurants. The practice also advises insolvency practitioners on personal bankruptcies, working alongside the firm's debt recovery team to offer clients a full service. The practice is led by the highly experienced Phil Smith, who handles both contentious and non-contentious work and frequently advises on administrations, LPA receiverships and the sale of insolvent businesses. Associate Ollie Fitzpatrick is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘The insolvency team have a network of overseas associates who they can call upon when there are insolvencies with assets in different jurisdictions. Very practical and willing to continue to work on a case even with uncertain assets, continuing to give it their full attention.’
‘Oliver Fitzpatrick is very practical and progresses matters without the need to be chased.’
‘Ollie Fitzpatrick has an eye for detail and practical advice.’
‘A regional firm offering top quality service and advice.’
Portland Business and Financial Solutions
Harrisons Business Recovery
Antony Batty & Company
Intellectual property Tier 1
Clients in the tech and publishing sectors regularly turn to the IP team at Boyes Turner, which also has an established reputation as a go-to practice for foreign firms seeking assistance with UK and European matters. In terms of non-contentious work, the team covers brand guardianship and the exploitation of patents, copyright and trademarks. On the contentious side, it handles patent infringements across EMEA and defends a broad selection of copyright claims. Joint leads Bill Gornall-King and Mark Blunden cater for sectors including digital tech, biotech and precision automotive engineering. Stephen Baker is another key name for obtaining or defending injunctions.
Other key lawyers:
‘The IP team understands our needs very well‘.
‘Bill Gornall-King and Mark Blunden are both very engaged, open and trustworthy. Excellent sense of proportion‘.
Auto Trader Group plc
Culligan International Co
The Chartered Institute of Journalists
Harvey Water Softeners
IT and telecoms Tier 1
Reading-based Mark Blunden, who has more than 20 years' experience advising tech clients, heads up the sector team at Boyes Turner, regularly advising on international transactions. The 'pragmatic and practical' team handles both contentious and non-contentious matters for companies involved in media monitoring, content sharing, supply chain management and procurement. Key issues surrounding data protection are covered by Bill Gornall-King; these include cyber security threats, ransomware attacks and ensuring that documentation and policies are compliant with GDPR/ICO guidance. Amir Kousari is another name to note.
‘They understand our business and the pressures of working to very tight timescales, often on limited information. Where required, they are happy to liaise with business contacts directly. The team tries to be cognisant of the wider business issues which might be relevant to a particular problem. A particular strength is around being pragmatic and focusing on key practical risks‘.
‘Mark Blunden has a calm approach and is always happy to help and support. Nothing is too much to ask, despite ever challenging timescales. I value his supportive, can-do mindset.’
‘Amir Kousari is a safe pair of hands‘.
Information Resources Inc
Auto Trader Group PLC
Boyes Turner, a 'solid firm with a wealth of talent and experience' has a strong offering for both personal injury and clinical negligence. Susan Brown leads the team alongside PI expert Kim Smerdon who has over twenty-five years of experience handling catastrophic injury cases. Key partner and experienced trial lawyer Richard Money-Kyrle handles high-value and complex cerebral palsy and neonatal brain injury matters, and is supported by Vanessa Wand and Julie Marsh, who comprise the medical negligence group. On the personal injury side, Claire Roantree is the contact for complex orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injury. Laura Magson heads up the mesothelioma and asbestos disease team and is highly rated by clients. She also acts for victims of road traffic accidents, including cyclists and pedestrians.
‘Boyes Turner specialise in catastrophic injury cases with a caseload to rival the big London firms. The firm are in a league of their own for client care and getting care packages in place for the seriously injured from the very start. Few firms place so much emphasis on rehabilitation of the seriously injured as Boyes Turner, which has deep and long-standing connections with brain and spinal injury charities. The firm gets great results for their clients both in and out of the courtroom.’
‘Laura Magson knows nearly all there is to know about asbestos litigation. She has a calming manner and is a dream to work with.’
‘Laura Magson is a leading industrial disease lawyer. She is very experienced and knows her area of practice inside out. She has also not shied away from undertaking difficult cases and is very committed to her clients and the type of work she does.’
‘Kim Smerdon is a fantastic negotiator and brilliant tactical lawyer. Kim is unafraid to fight tough liability claims in addition to her bread and butter catastrophic work, for which she has an encyclopaedic knowledge.’
‘A youthful and dynamic team in both areas. Really focus on clients, a very genuine desire to obtain the best result as opposed to always looking to maximise profit, makes the teams easy to work with.’
‘The team is a solid provincial firm with a wealth of talent and experience.’
‘Unrivalled quality and ability for asbestos disease claims in the Thames Valley area – the “go to” firm.’
‘Claire Roantree and Kim Smerdon lead the personal injury team with great distinction. They are two of the most highly regarded lawyers in their field.’
Boyes Turner provides a 'good quality service' to corporate clients from a range of sectors on varied matters including intellectual property , professional negligence and partnership disputes. The team also assist individuals in trusts disputes involving fraud. Jonathan Grigg, who became managing partner in 2020, leads the practice and acts for large companies from the technology sector on matters with an international element. 'Outstanding' director Stephen Baker oversees many key client relationships and handles product liability and technology disputes. Adrian Griffiths departed in 2019.
‘Boyes Turner, particularly Stephen Baker, are great at understanding your business, your commercial needs and providing practical advice at reasonable rates. They often quote fixed fees for specific work. They’re of a sufficient size that they have expertise available in multiple areas and provide great quality advice and support.’
‘ Its solicitors are very dedicated and hard-working, adept at dealing with demanding clients and good at working in a team with counsel.‘
‘As a practice, they build a relationship with you, understand your business, and give practical advice: they’ll do the usual “here’s what the law says’ but they’re also very good at saying, “but in practice, we recommend…”. They’re great value for money – City quality advice, without the crazy fees.‘
‘Stephen Baker is the outstanding solicitor I have worked with at this firm. He is industrious, communicative, able to deal with demanding and difficult clients, and a real team player.‘
Auto Trader Ltd
Colt Group Ltd
Francis Construction Ltd
Gresham Technologies plc
Technology One UK Ltd
Viavi Solutions UK Ltd
Harrison Catering Services Ltd
Zimmer GmbH & Zimmer Biomet UK Ltd
Infor (United Kingdom) Limited
Specialising in the technology sector, Boyes Turner's 'efficient, knowledgeable and pragmatic' practitioners advise on outsourcing, licensing and product development, frequently at an international level. The team has also developed expertise advising clients from the water industry. Mark Blunden frequently acts as an outside GC for a number of clients, in addition to leading the practice alongside Kate Eavis, who advises young, high growth technology companies through the funding lifecycle. Senior associate Chris Dobson has experience leading on complex, high-value transactions.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team have all been very professional and efficient and a pleasure to be in conatct with. It has been far easier to contact them than it can be with a smaller firm; even if the person I wanted to talk to was not available, I was always put through to someone else.‘
‘ Kate Eavis and her team have been extremely responsive and thorough in the work they have done for us in a number of restructuring transactions. Kate has found practical solutions to a number of issues we have encountered.’
‘I’ve found Boyes Turner large and sophisticated enough to give good advice and implementation, while being significantly more cost effective than large international firms. We have used them primarily for company law matters, and have been very pleased with their work.‘
‘Phil Smith (restructuring) and Chris Dobson have both provided my own firm with astute and high quality advice on complex issues. They are approachable and carry an air of authority in the advice and service that they give.’
Auto Trader Group Plc
Information Resources, Inc.
CIRCOR International Inc.
Harvey Water Softeners
Information Resources Inc
Verifone UK & Ireland
Debt recovery Tier 2
Assisted by Natalie Roff, Reading-based Donna Goddard leads the debt recovery offering at Boyes Turner. The teams handles matters relating to company insolvencies, book debt referrals and the defence of small claims. In addition, the experienced Rachel Brown specialises in dispute resolution, cross-border recoveries and the enforcement of council tax/business rate orders. In terms of bankruptcy matters, the firm is increasingly catering for individual voluntary arrangements. Clients are attracted from sectors such as big data, pharmaceuticals, skincare, agriculture and publishing.
Daniells Harrison Surveyors LLP
Cotswold Fayre Ltd
FAAC UK Ltd
IHS Global Ltd
Grant Thornton UK LLP
South Oxfordshire & Vale of White Horse District Councils 18
Wireless Logic Ltd
Prodec Networks Ltd
H Young (Operations) Ltd t/a Animal
Kelly Services Ltd
Partylite UK Ltd
Ivor Searle Ltd
Remix Dry Mortar Ltd
Regency Shipping Ltd & Ferrari Express Ltd
The Credit Protection Association Plc
Ridouts Professional Services Plc
Media and entertainment Tier 2
Mark Blunden leads the media and entertainment team at Boyes Turner, which has specific expertise in the publishing sector, counting major news outlets and trade journals as key clients. Key areas of work include advice on marketing software, CRM systems, programmatic advertising and the sale of inventory. Bill Gornall-King is notable for his experience with rights issues regarding media articles, photography and reputations. The firm also handles contentious matters in the High Court/IPEC where Stephen Baker acts on issues such as IP infringement and copyright disputes.
Property litigation Tier 2While Boyes Turner has significant experience in commercial landlord and tenant disputes and dilapidations, it is particularly recognised for its complex work including applying for declarations in relation to the meaning of lease provisions, collective enfranchisements and right to manage claims. The practice also has a dedicated landlord and tenant service charge recovery team, which acts largely for institutional landlords and property management companies.
Guardian News & Media
Boyes Turner's primary focus is dealing with estate administration, as well as the preparation of complex wills and estate planning for higher net worth individuals. Practice head Paul Lowery has experience advising families with disabled children, and is frequently referred work from the firm's clinical negligence and court of protection teams.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team have all been very professional and efficient and a pleasure to be in contact with. It has been far easier to contact them than it can be with a smaller firm – even if the person I wanted to speak to was not available, I was always put through to someone else.’
Court of protection Tier 3
Ruth Meyer leads the team at Boyes Turner, which specialises in the management of the property and affairs of those who lack capacity. The majority of its clients are high-net-worth individuals, and the team is well known for assisting children with brain injuries and their families, who have substantial compensation claims. As well as acting as professional deputy, the team also advises lay deputies and attorneys on matters relating to their appointments, statutory wills, gifts and other matters. Jemma Garside is another name to note for her community care expertise.
‘An extremely well-organised and structured Court of Protection team, all of whom are extremely engaging with the client and in professional communications. Ruth Meyer is an exceptional Court of Protection solicitor who sets the culture for the team, also supported by Alexander Wright – they have very strong decision-making processes in place for their clients and COP obligations’
‘Boyes Turner’s Court of Protection practice continues to grow in strength and can now boast an exceptional team led by Ruth Meyer. Ruth Meyer stands out from the moment you meet her. She is client focused, caring and very bright, with the sensitivity and balance to maintain her trusted status with families and other professionals‘
‘Very client focused and very supportive when working with all its clients, in particular those with complex needs‘
‘The CoP team at Boyes Turner led by Ruth Meyer is highly professional and knowledgeable in its particular field of law. The team members are accessible and work in a responsive and timely way for the benefit of clients‘
‘Ruth Meyer is a good leader, always has her clients’ best interests at heart and works tirelessly to ensure their needs are met‘
‘Alexander Wright is very active, hardworking and doing really well. Ruth Meyer is an excellent deputy. Jemma Garside is also doing good work on community law‘
‘Alexander Wright is a rising star. Dynamic, focused and one to watch for the future. He is currently a senior associate but is definitely partner material‘
Boyes Turner > Firm Profile
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.
|Clinical negligence||Susan Brown|
|Commercial property||Nick Carter|
|Dispute resolution - property||Russell May|
|Corporate recovery||Phil Smith|
|Dispute resolution – commercial||Rowan Turrall|
|Dispute resolution – property||Russell May|
|EU and competition||Bill Gornall-King|
|Housing associations||Derek Ching|
|Industrial disease||Kim Smerdon|
|Intellectual property||Bill Gornall-King|
|Personal injury||Kim Smerdon|
|Private client||Paul Lowery|
|Property development||Derek Ching|
|Property finance||Mark Appleton|
|Rachael Allison||Rachael is an Associate within the Education team. Her experience extends to…||View Profile|
|Mark Appleton||Mark is a partner in the commercial property team and has over…||View Profile|
|Stephen Baker||Stephen is a partner in the dispute resolution team with over twenty…||View Profile|
|Mark Blunden||He leads the Boyes Turner Corporate & Technology team providing guidance to…||View Profile|
|Susan Brown||Susan leads the CN team at Boyes Turner and has specialised in…||View Profile|
|Nick Carter||Nick is the head of the highly regarded Commercial Property Group and…||View Profile|
|Derek Ching||Derek is a highly experienced partner in the property department at Boyes…||View Profile|
|Chris Dobson||Chris advises clients on a broad range of corporate transactional and general…||View Profile|
|Lydia Dunford||Lydia Dunford is a Solicitor in Boyes Turner’s Education team. She has…||View Profile|
|Kate Eavis||Kate is an experienced corporate lawyer and advises businesses ranging from young…||View Profile|
|Michael Farrier||Michael’s practice covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, although…||View Profile|
|Oliver Fitzpatrick||Oliver is a Partner and an integral part of the market-leading and…||View Profile|
|Helen Goss||Helen is a partner in the firm’s Employment team and heads up…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Grigg||Jonathan is Managing Partner at Boyes Turner. He is responsible for the…||View Profile|
|Ms Katie Harris||Katie is an associate solicitor and has over 10 years’ experience working…||View Profile|
|Paul Linsell||Partner||View Profile|
|Paul Lowery||Paul is a partner in the firm’s Reading based Wealth Protection team. He specialises…||View Profile|
|Russell May||Russell is a senior associate – solicitor and head of the firm’s…||View Profile|
|Ruth Meyer||Ruth is a partner and the head of the highly regarded Court…||View Profile|
|Richard Money-Kyrle||As a partner in Boyes Turner’s outstanding medical negligence team. Richard is…||View Profile|
|William Nassau-Lake||William has over 20 years’ experience of advising on a variety of…||View Profile|
|Laxmi Patel||Laxmi Patel leads Boyes Turner’s leading Education team. An expert in special…||View Profile|
|James Quinn||James is a director in the dispute resolution team and is experienced…||View Profile|
|Claire Roantree||As a partner in Boyes Turner’s highly regarded personal injury team, Claire…||View Profile|
|Kim Smerdon||Kim Milan leads Boyes Turner’s highly regarded personal injury team. A specialist in…||View Profile|
|Phil Smith||Phil leads the firm’s Business Support & Insolvency service – Phil acts…||View Profile|
|Barry Stanton||Barry leads the highly regarded Employment team at Boyes Turner. He advises…||View Profile|
|Claire Taylor-Evans||Claire is a Senior Associate in the Employment law team and also…||View Profile|
|Rowan Turrall||Rowan is a partner and has been advising on a wide range…||View Profile|
|Andrew Whiteaker||Andy is a partner in the highly regarded Employment team at Boyes…||View Profile|
|Alexander Wright||Alexander is a Partner and professional deputy for property and affairs and…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 22 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.
Student (The Lex 100 )
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.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
- Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Intellectual property
- IT and telecoms
- Public sector
- Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant