Boyes Turner > Reading, England > Firm Profile

Boyes Turner
ABBOTS HOUSE
ABBEY STREET
READING
RG1 3BD
England

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

One of the most commercially-minded employment firms‘, Boyes Turner demonstrates deep expertise in the tech and hospitality sectors, as well as international capabilities and and a strong litigation practice. A driving force behind the firm’s expansion of its multinational client list, Barry Stanton leads the team and focuses on matters concerning high-level employees. Andrew Whiteaker has extensive expertise in the tech sector and in supporting corporate transactions. Alongside employment, clients may benefit from Claire Taylor-Evans knowledge in business immigration.

Practice head(s):

Barry Stanton

Other key lawyers:

Helen Goss; Andrew Whiteaker; Claire Taylor-Evans; Katie Harris

Testimonials

‘Boyes Turner is a key partner for us in EMEA. They function almost as an extension of in-house counsel and provide expert, practical advice on day-to-day HR and employment law issues.’

‘Andrew Whiteaker is our main contact at Boyes Turner. He is knowledgeable, responsive, practical, and creative, at a reasonable price point.’

‘One of the most commercially-minded employment firms you are likely to find! The employment team at Boyes Turner really takes the time to understand our business so when they are advising us on the best course of practice, they do so with the best interests of the business in mind.’

‘The employment team is particularly strong. It is a small team, but with real strength and depth. Client care is excellent and the team collaborates brilliantly with counsel.’

‘Katie Harris works exceptionally hard and is always available and engaged.

‘Boyes Turner is a highly responsive organization, proactive in nature and delivering high levels of service and demonstrating applicable, capable legal solutions.’

‘Barry Stanton has provided outstanding support to our in-house team. Knowledgeable, experienced, and solution-orientated. Barry has gone the extra mile to deliver on our requirements.’

Key clients

Hanson UK

Origin Enterprises Plc

Tesla Motors Limited

Becton, Dickenson UK Limited

Porsche Cars Great Britain/Porsche Retail Group

DX Network Services Limited

The Dorchester Collection

CH & Co

DX Network Services Limited

Broadcom Europe Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Hanson Quarry Products Limited in litigation concerning unfair dismissal and sex discrimination, including several alleged acts of discrimination over multiple years.
  • Advising a global medical technology company on harmonization of terms and conditions of workforce.
  • Defending Infor Limited in a claim alleging unfair dismissal and unlawful deduction from wages pursued by a senior executive.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Boyes Turner acts for a wide range of insolvency practitioner clients based nationwide from both large and smaller practices such as Grant Thornton, Fortus Recovery and Interpath Advisory. The firm is recognised for handling both contentious and non-contentious matters often with a cross-border element. Phil Smith heads the business support and insolvency team with a focus on administrations, LPA receiverships and insolvent business sales. Oliver Fitzpatrick handles contentious insolvencies on a personal and corporate level in addition to business sales.

Practice head(s):

Phil Smith

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Fitzpatrick; Donna Goddard

Testimonials

‘The insolvency team offers a very broad range of services and a completely joined up offering. They have depth and quality and huge experience within the team.’

‘Phil Smith is first class as an insolvency and restructuring partner. His experience is vast and he is great at problem solving and proving a clear route through problems. Donna Goddard is brilliant at debt collection and runs an extremely efficient and cost effective national team.’

‘Wide ranging knowledge of the subject. Offering innovative solutions.’

‘Phil Smith a hugely capable and knowledgable lawyer.’

‘Boyes Turner LLP remains my ‘go-to’ firm for all insolvency matters. They remain the most reactive, efficient and knowledgeable dedicated insolvency team in the region and in fact beyond.’

‘Phil Smith is technically fantastic but with a commercial problem solving brain. Leads the team effectively and is always available to assist.’

‘Oliver Fitzpatrick is a long standing and trusted advisor with an eye for detail and also an eye for finding a solution for any problem. Has assisted in resolving a number of technically and logistically challenging referrals for me. My No.1 legal advisor.’

‘An effective team which is highly responsive and pays close attention to detail. Phil Smith and Ollie Fitzpatrick are very personable and work well together.’

Key clients

Fortus Recovery Limited

Interpath Advisory

Grant Thornton UK

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Smith & Williamson LLP

Antony Batty & Company

Manolete Partners

C.Hoare & Co

Mazars

Azets

Work highlights

  • Acted for Smith & Williamson LLP in bankruptcy of an individual who has fled the jurisdiction.
  • Acted for joint administrators of a leading manufacturer on all aspects of the administration.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Boyes Turner is known as ‘an efficient and empathic firm dealing with complex and substantial cases’. Led by Susan Brown, the clinical negligence group is praised for ‘looking after their clients with great care and sensitivity’. Brown works with Richard Money-Kyrle, senior associate Vanessa Wand and recently promoted partner Julie Marsh. Senior partner Kim Milan leads the personal injury team, which includes Claire Roantree, while Laura Magson heads up the mesothelioma and asbestos group. The firm is described as having ‘mastered the art of making clients feel like they are home and one big family.’

Practice head(s):

Susan Brown; Kim Milan; Claire Roantree

Testimonials

‘Susan Brown is outstanding: real expertise in her field, excellent judgement, sound understanding of the relevant legal principles, great tenacity and a pleasure to work with. Richard Money-Kyrle demonstrates the same qualties.’

‘Laura Magson is incredibly knowledgable and a dream to work with.’

‘Kim Milan is vastly experienced, empathetic and a thoughtful and thorough lawyer. She backs her clients up and listens to their concerns and worries but is also apragmatic problem solver. She is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Claire Roantree is also an asset to the firm. She is dedicated to her clients and a very effective performer.’

‘Led by Kim Milan, Boyes Turner is an excellent outfit that consistently manages to punch above its weight. One of the best provincial firms doing serious and catastrophic PI work.’

‘Kim Milan is very experienced and knowledgable. A tough opponent, who does her utmost to achieve the best results for her clients.’

‘Claire Roantree – exceptional in her close attention to cases, care and constant strategic awareness. A delight to work with .’

‘Claire Roantree is an extremely accomplished litigator who cares deeply for her clients and will focus on ensuring that they receive the best available rehabilitation whilst the litigation is ongoing as well as achieving outstanding settlements.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a 63 year-old amputee requiring a below-knee amputation in a multi-defendant, strongly defended negligence claim following her GP’s and district nurses’ failure to refer her for treatment of a post-surgical ankle infection.
  • Represented a tetraplegic, 61-year-old claimant in this complex, international, spinal cord injury, surgical negligence claim.
  • Represented a physically and psychologically injured client in this ongoing, delayed cervical cancer diagnosis clinical negligence claim.

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

Boyes Turner is home to a broad real estate practice where the team advises corporate clients on their property portfolios and funding arrangements, and provides a full-service offering, including a dedicated plot-sales team, to commercial and residential developers. Further, the firm advises on niche areas such as offshore trusts, charities, and acts for lenders in general secured funding arrangements. Nick Carter handles commercial property transactions in highly regulated sectors such as telecoms and life sciences, leading the team together with William Nassau-Lake who heads up the firm’s development division. Renowned practitioner Mark Appleton is a specialist in acting for owners, occupiers, and investors in relation to industrial premises and their development. Senior associate Sarah Webb's expertise includes residential development matters.  

Practice head(s):

Nick Carter; William Nassau-Lake

Other key lawyers:

Mark Appleton; Derek Ching; Brian Dowling; Stella Perry; Sarah Webb; Phil Jacques; Mette Clifton; Russell May; Brian Dowling; Steph Richards

Testimonials

‘Philip Jacques was impressive as to how quickly and accurately he replied to all our queries.’

‘They provide a business professional service, but with a strong focus on personal engagement and they take the time to fully understand the client’s requirements rather than to assume things. They don’t operate a one-size-fits-all methodology, the service is tailored. Brilliant.’

‘Mark Appleton and Derek Ching always respond quickly, politely and with great knowledge.’

‘The Boyes Turner team as a whole appears to have a very strong bond and we have seamlessly been looked after by different divisions whilst all the team have a working knowledge of the subject project.’

‘William Nassau-Lake & Steph Richards think practically and logically through the issues that arise and find solutions. They are always happy to offer advice and assess their advice in a way that explains potential risks to make a commercial decision. We find their ‘hands-on’ approach refreshing. This makes them more approachable, gives you a better chance to explain and debate issues. They are also very flexible and deadline-orientated.’

‘Key strengths would be property experience, responsiveness, reliability and commercial mindset.’

‘Will Nassau-Lake and Steph Richards. Both are easy to deal with, responsive, reliable and are very knowledgeable.’

‘Have a wide area of expertise, always able to answer/respond quickly to questions.’

Key clients

Cotswold Waters Ltd

Cotax Ltd

Winslett Property Ltd

Castlefort Homes Ltd

Grove Park Properties Ltd

Ssassy Properties/Greencore Construction

Avnet Logistics Ltd

Thomas Homes Ltd

Ericsson Group

Guardian News & Media

Bentier Homes Ltd

Zimmer UK

Auto Trader

Allerton Group

Montpelier Estates Ltd

N&R Raymond Construction Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Wayfair Group on a £1.6m pre-let across two sites.
  • Acting for Allerton Property Holdings a on portfolio acquisition of 120 units, across four portfolios, with a combined value of £25m.
  • Advising Grove Park Properties Limited on its re-mortgage of twenty mixed tenure property portfolios.

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

From Reading with an international reach, Boyes Turner has particular expertise in advising media, publishing, and tech clients on their IP as well as acting for foreign law firms on IP matters. The international aspect of the practice is lead by department head Mark Blunden who is additionally renowned for issues arising in commercialization of IP. On the contentious side, Stephen Baker comes particularly recommended. Further noteworthy is the firm’s knowledge in the water sector. Helen Dobson has recently returned to the firm and advises on a broad range of IP matters. They are further joined by Troy Maung, who, like Dobson, joined from an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Baker; Amir Kousari; Helen Dobson; Troy Maung

Testimonials

‘Various departments seem to integrate well, and any inquiry or difficulty not the speciality of our contact is easily and readily passed to another exceptional department at Boyes.’

Knowledgeable, attention to detail, prompt, commercial. You get the feeling they care.’

‘The various departments seem to integrate well, and any inquiry or difficulty not the speciality of our contact is easily and readily passed to another exceptional department at Boyes.’

Key clients

Applied AGI

Virtualstock Limited

Culligan International

Tryzens

Signal Media

Redstor

2 Heads Global

Harvey Water Softeners

Auto Trader

Interpublic Group (IPG)

Wind River

Masstock Arable (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Supporting Wind River System’s in-house counsel in contract negotiations to license its Linux-based technology to telecoms companies.
  • Advising Virtualstock on its trade mark portfolio in the UK, EU, and US, in particular, in relation to its flagship, cloud-based solution, The Edge.
  • Advised Masstock Arable (UK) Ltd on contract negotiations to secure patent use and branding rights for grains and new seed variants.

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

A go-to firm for software-related issues as well as its general IT practice, Boyes Turner handles both local and international matters, and has an extensive data protection offering. Practice head Mark Blunden frequently leads the EMEA projects of large international tech companies such as the firm’s representation of Culligan International. Complementary to Blunden, Kate Eavis advises on venture capital and M&A transactions in the IT space, whereas Rowan Turrall is an experienced litigator, handling disputes. Highly active associate Helen Dobson brings first-hand experience in the telecoms sector to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:

Kate Eavis; Rowan Turrall; Helen Dobson; Amir Kousari

Key clients

Wind River

Volta Trucks

AND Digital

Virtualstock

Tryzens

Culligan International

Spamhaus Technology

Redstor

Electric Miles

Pivot Digital Health

Work highlights

  • Supporting Wind River Systems Inc. in-house counsel in contract negotiations to license its Linux-based technology to telecoms clients in the UK and Finland.
  • Advising Virtualstock on a framework agreement with Travis Perkins.
  • Advising Culligan International on the procurement of its global financial systems to interface with its existing SAP systems.

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

A regional office with international reach, Boyes Turner advises foreign and domestic clients, particularly players in the tech and healthcare industry, and has a unique specialism in the water sector, an area of focus for Chris Dobson‘s M&A practice. Former US lawyer Kate Eavis leads the team alongside Mark Blunden and focuses on venture and development capital as well as reorganizations. Blunden heads up the firm’s international practice and has a strong focus on the tech sector.

Practice head(s):

Kate Eavis; Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:

Chris Dobson; Sophie Payne; Rachael Brenchley

Testimonials

‘We use Boyes Turner for corporate structuring work. They do a very solid job in a timely manner, and are always responsive to our needs. Their fees are quite reasonable for the quality of the work they provide.’

‘Kate Eavis is very capable and is easy to work with.’

‘Boyes Turner, and the specific team members we were to deal with, presented themselves as very knowledgable and experienced, but also pragmatic in their appreciation of our needs.’

‘The corporate team at Boyes Turner has been extremely reactive to our needs. This includes both spending a lot of time on calls discussing issues with our team, but also pro-actively raising issues before they become a problem.’

‘In particular we would like to mention Sophie Payne and Rachael Brenchley as being outstanding.’

Key clients

Sonos Inc

Culligan International

CH&Co

Mobeus Equity Partners

Occuity

CIRCOR International Inc.

Origin Enterprises Plc

Resonant Group Limited

Harvey Water Softeners

Xtrac Transmissions

Equivo Limited (formerly Chartsbridge Group Limited)

Wind River

Volta Trucks

AND Digital

Virtualstock

Tryzens

Culligan International

Spamhaus Technology

Redstor

Electric Miles

Pivot Digital Health

Work highlights

  • Advised Origin Enterprise Plc on the acquisition of Greentech Limited to complement the client’s amenity business portfolio in the UK.
  • Advised the shareholders of Motor Document Solutions Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of that company to Keyloop (Nederland) B.V.
  • Supporting Wind River Systems Inc’s in-house counsel in contract negotiations to license its Linux-based technology to telecoms clients in the UK and Finland.

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

Boyes Turner provides 'City quality advice at non-City prices' to small local clients and big international companies, especially on issues arising from contractual agreements. Rowan Turrall leads the team and focuses on contested IT matters and construction disputes. Stephen Baker has a broad litigation practice including cases involving technology sector clients, product liability, IP and reputation management.

Practice head(s):

Rowan Turrall

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Baker; James Quinn; Ally Tow

Testimonials

‘Key for me is the strength of the strategic advice from the Boyes Turner team, thinking not only about the merits of the case, but also the impact of any particular decision on the business as a whole.’

‘We have worked closely with Russell May in property litigation – his proactive, considered advice has been greatly valued.’

‘They provide very pragmatic, commercially focused advice, at very reasonable prices: its City quality advice at non-City prices. They’ve become my go-to law firm for everything from commercial litigation to commercial conveyancing.’

‘Stephen Baker is the stand-out individual for me. I use him for every dispute and litigation matter I have, whether large or small. He acts like another in-house counsel for me; he’s quick to grasp the key issues, quick to provide sensible realistic advice, and 99 times out of a 100 he’s right about the likely outcome. He’s the sanity check you need before responding to or issuing a claim.’

‘A very smooth running service across all disciplines with easy referrals to specialisms and a great depth of knowledge across the board.’

‘Stephen Baker is very knowledgeable and tactically astute.’

Key clients

Viavi Solutions UK Ltd

Zimmer GmbH & Zimmer Biomet UK Ltd

Francis Construction Ltd

H Young (Operations) Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Phoenix Ancient Art SA in multi-million pound-claims by a Qatari private investment company.
  • Acting for Viavi as claimant in Part 7 High Court professional negligence proceedings against Bond Pearce regarding the preparation of a pension trust deed.
  • Acting for a property company in a chancery claim for breach of trust and fiduciary duties.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Boyes Turner‘s well-regarded real estate litigation team is led by senior associate Russell May out of the firm’s Reading office. Its client base includes major national corporates, residential sales and lettings agencies, developers, and housing associations. The team handles the full range of disputes from rights to light claims to adverse possession, right of way, and commercial landlord and tenant matters; the group also has a dedicated landlord and tenant service charge recovery team. Associate Katie Rampton works on commercial landlord and tenant matters, and advises private clients on lease extensions, collective enfranchisement and residential possession claims, and neighbour disputes.

Practice head(s):

Russell May

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are very close to the client and their objectives and provide deep knowledge and practical advice.’

‘Boyes Turner staff have always been polite, informative and efficient when we have contacted them.’

‘Our main interactions have been with Russell May, senior associate, who has handled our access rights dispute with our neighbours. Mr May has always taken time to explain details clearly as they have arisen, has answered queries promptly and incisively and helped us to select a Barrister when we needed to seek counsel’s opinion. Mr May has shown exceptional negotiating skills in dealings with our neighbours who have been very awkward to deal with. When aspects arose that were out of his normal field he was willing to research relevant information/other contacts to get an answer.’

‘I liked that Russell May took a firm grip of my matter and gave sound advice when required without my having to ask.’

‘The firm are all extremely professional and they have exceptional commercial acumen across a variety of specialisms. Due to their expertise I feel they are very good value for money. I feel the firm look at the individual person and ensure they feel comfortable with the case before proceeding.’

‘Russell May is fantastic and I would highly recommend him. When we first opened our case Russell’s customer service was exceptional. Not only did he explain every step of the process to us thoroughly and in a way which we understood, but he is also very professional and knowledgeable in the area we needed him for. Russell has always come back to us in a timely manner and has always been able to answer our questions and worries. Russell is 100% committed to our case and has exceptional commercial acumen. We feel that Russell is an invaluable member of team and offers great value for money. We have total trust in the firm and Russell and would highly recommend him.’

‘Boyes Turner are definitely one of the go to firms for real estate/property related advice and issues in the Thames Valley. The general real estate transactional activity is supported by excellent property litigation and construction teams which are among the best. Always happy to recommend Boyes Turner.’

Key clients

Affinity Reading Limited

Colt Group Limited

Thomas Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a well-known telecoms provider on a significant dilapidations claim at the end of a lease.
  • Advised a national newspaper in relation to a guarantee on a property it had transferred to a third party which subsequently went into administration.
  • Advised a national chain of hotels in relation to significant rent arrears by its tenants as a result of Covid-19.

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

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 3

Boyes Turner in Reading regularly handles cases for in-house credit controllers, in-house lawyers, financial directors, managers and liquidators. Practice head Donna Goddard is an uncontested debt recovery specialist and works closely with Natalie Roff. The pair are well supported by associate and chartered legal executive Rachel Brown, who is a defended debt recovery and dispute resolution expert.

Practice head(s):

Donna Goddard

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Boyes Turner are very result driven. They provide us with tailored reporting in order to work with our board of directors. The team are an extension of my in-house team and not just an outsourced provider.’

‘Personable, collaborative, supportive, knowledgeable.’

‘Donna Goddard has helped me get great results when dealing with debtor ledgers in insolvencies. Enhanced realisations as a result of her help has resulted in better returns for creditors.’

‘They communicate effectively.’

Key clients

The Credit Protection Association Plc

Blick Rothenberg Limited

Hilton Baird Collection Services Ltd

Summit Platforms Ltd

Chaneys

Reifer Group of Companies

TPT Fire Maintenance Ltd

Capgen Services Ltd t/a Dunlop Heywood

FAAC UK Ltd

The Chat Shop Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Blick Rothenberg Ltd in collecting over a £1m worth of debt.
  • Assisting a company with pursuing a £200k debt due pursuant to a share purchase agreement against a company and guarantor.
  • Assisted with a portfolio of book debts for a client, referred to as Leaders Romans Group.

Public sector Tier 3

Boyes Turner has niche expertise in advising solely on SEN and related matters; practice head Laxmi Patel in Reading is a specialist in this area. The team also includes associate Rachael Allison, SEN specialist Rachel Baxter and solicitor Lydia Dunford, who regularly represent clients in hearings.

Practice head(s):

Laxmi Patel

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

Boyes Turner fields a ‘very knowledgeable, highly motivated and caring‘ team that is led by Ruth Meyer. Alexander Wright and Meyer are ‘well known and respected’ in this field. It specialises in managing the property and affairs of high-net-worth individuals who lack capacity to do so themselves, whether they be children, adult or elderly clients. The majority of its clients have substantial claims for personal injury or clinical negligence compensation.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Meyer

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Wright; Rosie Banks; Sue Clark

Testimonials

‘Ruth Meyer and Alexander Wright have been amazing, extremely supportive hardworking, organised, very caring and compassionate are always available if we need help from them and reply promptly. They always take our concerns seriously and do whatever they can to resolve any problems we are having’. 

‘The Court of Protection team at Boyes Turner has a strong collegiate feel. They all fully understand their clients’ needs and requirements superbly. Ruth Meyer and Alexander Wright always put their clients’ needs and interests first’.

‘We have been working most closely with Rosie Banks. She has always been very responsive to questions and has been able to provide a detailed analysis of a situation and a preferred way forwards, or a selection of options with a justification for each, very promptly‘.

‘Strengths include good availability and a willingness to engage in problem solving. The quality of associate lawyers in the role of assistant is consistently high. The team’s attention to detail and loving care of their clients makes this team exceptional in this area’.

‘Ruth Meyer – very knowledgeable and responds to queries very quickly. Very approachable but able to make difficult decisions. Sue Clark – very easy to deal with’.

‘Whilst there are industry stalwarts in the team including Ruth Meyer and Alexander Wright. The recent recruitment of Sue Clarke makes the team even stronger’.

‘Ruth Myer and her team are very proactive and are family centred. They collaborate with the case manager and have good insight into the client needs. They are on the ground with us and the team approach and excellent communication makes working with them and their clients a pleasure’.

‘Ruth Meyer – makes very complicated matters easy to understand and demonstrates a high level of empathy for clients. Makes herself available to clients and will listen carefully to their concerns. Alexander Wright – will work very methodically and logically with clients‘.

Work highlights

  • Advising on ongoing litigation and deputyship for a disabled teen with challenging behavioural issues who has requested a name change requiring the team to seek permission for a capacity assessment.
  • Acting as deputy for a minor with severe and complex needs arising from injuries sustained at birth. Following a settlement, a property was purchased and significant adaptations have recently been completed which provide its client with a bespoke, accessible home.
  • Acting as deputy for a teen with significant medical issues and limited life expectancy. Under challenging cross-jurisdictional and time-critical circumstances, the team sought authority to execute a settlement to ensure the client’s estate could not pass to his estranged father.

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

Boyes Turner plans and administrates estates including advice on taxation and drafting wills. Additionally, practice head Paul Lowery is a notary public, handles probate work, and is a specialist in inheritance tax. Senior associate Ally Tow is highly active in the team and particularly recommended for her contentious practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lowery

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm has a well-deserved strong reputation for contentious trusts and estates matters.’

‘I have worked with Ally Tow. She is very bright, competent and easy to work with.’

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate Kate Eavis
Clinical negligence Susan Brown
Commercial property Nick Carter
Construction Rowan Turrall
Dispute resolution - property Russell May
Corporate recovery Phil Smith
Debt Collection Donna Goddard
Dispute resolution – commercial Rowan Turrall
Dispute resolution – property Russell May
Education Laxmi Patel
E-commerce Mark Blunden
Employment Barry Stanton
Family/ Matrimonial Paul Linsell
Housing associations Derek Ching
Immigration Chris Harber
Industrial disease Kim Milan
Intellectual property Mark Blunden
IT Mark Blunden
Personal injury Kim Milan
Private client Paul Lowery
Property development Derek Ching
Property finance Mark Appleton
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Rachael Allison photo Rachael AllisonRachael is an Associate within the Education team. Her experience extends to…
Mark Appleton photo Mark AppletonMark is a partner in the commercial property team and has over…
Stephen Baker photo Stephen BakerStephen is a partner in the dispute resolution team with over twenty…
Rachel Baxter photo Rachel BaxterRachel has joined the education team as a SEN Specialist, helping children…
Mark Blunden photo Mark BlundenHe leads the Boyes Turner Corporate & Technology team providing guidance to…
Rachel  Brown photo Rachel BrownRachel has worked in debt recovery and dispute resolution for over 25…
Susan Brown photo Susan BrownSusan leads the CN team at Boyes Turner and has specialised in…
Nick Carter photo Nick CarterNick is the head of the highly regarded Commercial Property Group and…
Derek Ching photo Derek ChingDerek is a highly experienced partner in the property department at Boyes…
Chris Dobson photo Chris DobsonChris  advises clients on a broad range of corporate transactional and general…
Lydia Dunford photo Lydia DunfordLydia Dunford is a Solicitor in Boyes Turner’s Education team.  She has…
Kate Eavis photo Kate EavisKate is an experienced corporate lawyer and advises businesses ranging from young…
Michael Farrier photo Michael FarrierMichael’s practice covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, although…
Oliver Fitzpatrick photo Oliver FitzpatrickOliver is a Partner and an integral part of the market-leading and…
Donna Goddard photo Donna GoddardDonna heads up the Debt recovery team. The team works closely with…
Helen Goss photo Helen GossHelen is a partner in the firm’s Employment team and heads up…
Jonathan Grigg photo Jonathan GriggJonathan is Managing Partner at Boyes Turner.  He is responsible for the…
Katie Harris photo Katie HarrisKatie is an associate solicitor and has over 10 years’ experience working…
Darryn Harris photo Darryn HarrisDarryn joined Boyes Turner in March 2020 and is an associate solicitor in…
Paul Linsell photo Paul LinsellPaul is a partner and heads up the specialist family law team…
Paul Lowery photo Paul LoweryPaul is a partner in the firm’s Reading based Wealth Protection team. He specialises…
Laura Magson photo Laura MagsonWith over 15 years of specialist experience representing people with mesothelioma, Laura…
Julie Marsh photo Julie MarshAs a Partner within Boyes Turner’s outstanding medical negligence group, Julie enjoys…
Russell May photo Russell MayRussell is a senior associate – solicitor and head of the firm’s…
Ruth Meyer photo Ruth MeyerRuth is a partner and the head of the highly regarded Court…
Kim Milan photo Kim MilanKim Milan leads Boyes Turner’s highly regarded personal injury team. A specialist in…
Richard Money-Kyrle photo Richard Money-KyrleAs a partner in Boyes Turner’s outstanding medical negligence team. Richard is…
William Nassau-Lake photo William Nassau-LakeWilliam has over 20 years’ experience of advising on a variety of…
Laxmi Patel photo Laxmi PatelLaxmi Patel leads Boyes Turner’s leading Education team. An expert in special…
James Quinn photo James QuinnJames is a director in the dispute resolution team and is experienced…
Claire Roantree photo Claire RoantreeAs a partner in Boyes Turner’s highly regarded personal injury team, Claire…
Natalie Roff photo Natalie RoffNatalie has worked exclusively in non-contested debt recovery since 1996 and manages the…
Phil Smith photo Phil SmithPhil leads the firm’s Business Support & Insolvency service – Phil acts…
Barry Stanton photo Barry StantonBarry leads the highly regarded Employment team at Boyes Turner. He advises…
Claire Taylor-Evans photo Claire Taylor-EvansClaire is a Senior Associate in the Employment law team and also…
Ally Tow photo Ally TowAlly is a senior associate – chartered legal executive in the firm’s…
Rowan Turrall photo Rowan TurrallRowan is a partner and has been advising on a wide range…
Vanessa Wand photo Vanessa WandAs a senior associate-solicitor in Boyes Turner’s outstanding medical negligence team, Vanessa…
Sarah Way photo Sarah WaySarah is a senior associate – solicitor in the property team and…
Andrew Whiteaker photo Andrew WhiteakerAndy is a partner in the highly regarded Employment team at Boyes…
Alexander Wright photo Alexander WrightAlexander is a Partner and professional deputy for property and affairs and…
Number of UK partners : 25
Number of other UK fee-earners : 60

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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