The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
ABBOTS HOUSE, ABBEY STREET, READING, RG1 3BD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0118 959 7711
Fax:
Fax 0118 957 3257
DX:
54741 READING-2
Email:
Web:
www.boyesturner.com

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:Kate Eavis; Chris Dobson

Key Clients

Shareholders of BrandView Limited

Auto Trader Group plc

CIRCOR International Inc.

Panasonic

Wayfair

Work highlights

  • Advised the founder and shareholders of Brand View Limited on all aspects of the disposal of shares to Ascential plc for £38m.
Rising stars

Chris Dobson - Boyes Turner

[back to top]

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Jonathan Grigg 

Other key lawyers:Stephen Baker; Rowan Turrall

Testimonials

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

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

 

Key Clients

Viavi Solutions UK Ltd

Auto Trader Ltd

Zimmer GMBH & Zimmer Biomet UK Ltd

Mortgage Gym Ltd

Technology One (UK) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for an individual in a claim against a building contractor for damages arising from termination of contract and defective workmanship.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Grigg  - Boyes Turner

Next Generation Partners

Rowan Turrall - Boyes Turner

Stephen Baker - Boyes Turner

[back to top]

Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Donna Goddard

Other key lawyers:Natalie Roff; Rachel Brown

Key Clients

Greatwood Property Management Limited t/a Chaneys Chartered Surveyors

The Credit Protection Association Plc

ABS Europe Limited

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

[back to top]

South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Phil Smith

Other key lawyers:Chris Branson; Ollie Fitzpatrick

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Key Clients

Grant Thornton

BDO

Begbies Traynor

CVR Global

Quantuma

Cork Gully

Wilkins Kennedy

Smith & Williamson

Antony Batty & Company

Harrisons Business Recovery and Insolvency

Work highlights

  • Acted for Grant Thornton in a £2m claim in the liquidation of MSD Cash & Carry Plc.
  • Represented Cork Gully in the administration of Jamaica Tavern Limited, to successfully defend claims for breach of duty and removal from office.
  • Acted for a client of Oyster Marine Limited after it went into administration, to secure delivery of the client’s £2m yacht.
  • Acted for BDO LLP in the administration of Nordic Construction UK Limited, to bring claims for unlawful preference, misfeasance and avoidance of floating charges.
  • Acted for Gore & Company in the bankruptcy of Dhabir Ahmed.
Leading individuals

Chris Branson - Boyes Turner

Phil Smith - Boyes Turner

Rising stars

Oliver Fitzpatrick - Boyes Turner

[back to top]

South East: Human resources

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Barry Stanton

Other key lawyers:Helen Goss; Michael Farrier; Laurie Anstis; Andrew Whiteaker; Claire Taylor-Evans; Darren Smith

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Tesla UK

Broadcom Inc.

Total UK

Hanson

RCL Cruises

Work highlights

  • Successfully resisted employment tribunal claims of race and sex discrimination by a former employee of the company.  
  • Representing the client in complex litigation in relation claims brought by an employee relating to constructive unfair dismissal and direct disability discrimination.
  • Ongoing employment law advice across various jurisdictions following the £5.9bn acquisition of Brocade by Broadcom, including restructuring exercises across Brocade’s EMEA region and settling of outstanding litigation.    
  • Representing client regarding TUPE-related claims.
Leading individuals

Michael Farrier - Boyes Turner

Next Generation Partners

Laurie Anstis - Boyes Turner

Rising stars

Andrew Whiteaker - Boyes Turner

Claire Taylor-Evans - Boyes Turner

Darren Smith - Boyes Turner

[back to top]

South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Susan Brown

Other key lawyers:Richard Money-Kyrle; Julie Marsh; Vanessa Wand; Sita Soni

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Work highlights

  • Represented 5-year-old claimant who suffered from grade 2 hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy after a negligently delayed delivery.
  • Represented the mother of a 5-year-old girl in a complex, fiercely contested claim for psychological injuries suffered as a ‘primary victim’ during and after the child’s birth.
  • Represented a severely disabled teenager in this medical negligence case ending in a £21m settlement.
  • Secured a £12m capitalised equivalent settlement for the now 23-year-old, mentally capable but severely disabled claimant.
  • Achieved a £2.5m settlement for an 8-year-old boy with mild dyskinetic cerebral palsy in a strongly contested case.
Leading individuals

Richard Money-Kyrle - Boyes Turner

Rising stars

Julie Marsh - Boyes Turner

Vanessa Wand - Boyes Turner

[back to top]

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Kim Smerdon

Other key lawyers:Claire Roantree

[back to top]

South East: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 3

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Paul Lowery

[back to top]

South East: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 3

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Laxmi Patel

Other key lawyers:Rachel Allison; Rachel Allison

Work highlights

  • Successfully appealed to the SEND Tribunal on the parents behalf for a change of school from a maintained mainstream to a mainstream maintained with a special unit.
  • Appeal to SEND Tribunal for placement at a termly residential special independent college.
  • Appeal to the SEND Tribunal to move a child from her current day school, a maintained special school, to an independent residential special school in accordance with her parents’ wishes.
  • Represented parents in a case which involved a Local Authority refusing to agree to name a special school on the child’s Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • Assisted parents by identifying amendments required to their child’s Statement of Special Educational Needs and presented evidence to successfully negotiate with the Local Authority to agree full-time dedicated Teaching Assistant support at school.
Next Generation Partners

Laxmi Patel - Boyes Turner

[back to top]

South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Nick Carter

Other key lawyers:Nick Carter; Mark Appleton; Derek Ching; William Nassau-Lake; Sarah Webb; Sarah Duncan

Key Clients

Castleford Homes Limited

Ericsson

Verifone

Montpelier Estates

Cygnet Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ericsson with relocation of its headquarters from Guildford to the Thames Tower in Reading. The transaction included the acquisition of the new space along with exit advice from both locations in Guildford and Basingstoke.
  • Advised on refinance funding secured by way of a bank of security documents including Legal Charges and Debentures in favour of a consortium of lenders over a site in the South of England.
  • Representing Pentax UK Limited in the rationalisation of its business premises it having been agreed with the landlord to surrender its lease of the whole of Unit D Heathrow West Business Park with the landlord granting a new temporary lease of the 1st Floor and warehousing premises, while refurbishment works are being carried out.
  • Acting for Spitfire Bespoke Homes in its acquisition of Windsor Fire Station for £5.5m
Leading individuals

Mark Appleton - Boyes Turner

Rising stars

Sarah Duncan - Boyes Turner

Sarah Webb - Boyes Turner

[back to top]

Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Adrian Griffiths

Other key lawyers:Russell May

Key Clients

Guardian News & Media

Thomas Homes Ltd

Egretway Ltd

Computer Associates Limited

Oaklands (Reading) Management Association Ltd

Select Contracts UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Guardian News & Media on its liability under a lease.
  • Advising landlord client Computer Associates Limited on disputed commercial service charges totalling over £330k.
  • Advising management association company on a dispute concerning loss of parking spaces from its own land.
  • Advised a property developer on opposing an application for adverse possession of a piece of its land by a neighbouring landowner.
  • Represented an individual property owner seeking to build a £1.5m property on a plot of land and defending claims that the property could not be built because of a restrictive covenant.

[back to top]

South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:Bill Gornall-King

Key Clients

Auto Trader Plc

Wayfair

Opentext

Romax Technology Ltd

Censhare AG

Information Resources Inc

Redstor

Mortgage Gym Ltd

VirtualStock

Accelya Group

Kyocera Document Solutions  (UK)

Guardian News & Media

Work highlights

  • Advising VirtualStock in connection with a new procurement platform for the NHS.
  • Advising Autotrader on complex ad tech arrangements to make advertising space available to collaborative automated agencies.
  • Advised Mortgage Gym on the development and launch of the first regulated mortgage robo-adviser platform.
  • Supporting Information Resources UK's in-house negotiation of a contract with a company for a new data insights product.
  • Advised the shareholders of BrandView Limited on the sale of Brandview to Ascential for £38m.
Leading individuals

Bill Gornall-King - Boyes Turner

Mark Blunden - Boyes Turner

[back to top]

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Bill Gornall King; Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:Chloe Fernandez; Georgia Shriane

Testimonials

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

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

'They are local to us and always make themselves available.'

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

Key Clients

Auto Trader plc

Guardian News & Media Ltd

Mortgage Gym Ltd

Romax Technology Ltd

censhare AG

Culligan International

Bullitt Group

Edge by Ascential Plc

Signal Media Ltd

Wayfair

Work highlights

  • Advises Auto Trader on the entirety of its trade mark portfolio, and recently advised on its brand refresh programme.
  • Handling Romax’s multi-national portfolio of 54 trade marks which involves liaison with worldwide trade mark registries and local agents.
  • Advising Bedrock  Healthcare Communications in relation to a third party objection to its trade mark application.
  • Advising Virtualstock on the entirety of its trade mark portfolio in the UK, EU and US, in particular, in relation to its flagship, cloud-based solution, The Edge.
  • Supported Censhare in complex negotiations for a major implementation with budget airline Jet2.com for publishing software.
Leading individuals

Bill Gornall-King - Boyes Turner

Mark Blunden - Boyes Turner

[back to top]

Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Boyes Turner

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

Practice head(s):Mark Blunden

Key Clients

Auto Trader Plc

Guardian News & Media Limited

Panasonic

Wayfair

Signal Media Ltd

Workbooks Online Limited

MSP Gather Limited

Chartered Institute of Journalists

CenShare AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Auto Trader on a large number of agreements dealing with the buying and selling of ad inventory and agreements for analytics to help the optimisation of media inventory.
  • Drafting agreements for the printing and distribution of the Guardian Weekly in New Zealand and Australia, including data protection advice.
  • Supported Censhare in complex negotiations concerning a major publishing software implementation with budget airline Jet2.com.

  • Providing outsourced general counsel services to Brandview and advising on matters in the UK, USA, France, China and Australia.
  • Advising Auto Trader on a media buying agreement and an agreement for the appointment of an agency to provide creative services to Auto Trader

[back to top]


Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.