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Aaron & Partners LLP

5-7 GROSVENOR COURT, FOREGATE STREET, CHESTER, CH1 1HG, ENGLAND
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Work 01244 405555
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19990 CHESTER
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Web:
www.aaronandpartners.com

North West

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP's particular areas of expertise include taxi private hire licensing, Traffic Commissioner compliance and vehicle recovery. Client sectors include transport and warehousing. Tim Culpin heads the team and is an experienced advocate in both the Magistrates’ Court and at public inquiries.

Practice head(s):Tim Culpin

Other key lawyers:Simon Edwards; Nick Clarke

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North West
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 1

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP's Chester-based corporate and commercial team focuses on the Manchester, Cheshire and North Wales regions, as well as working with national and overseas clients. Clients include owner managed businesses (OMBs), venture capitalists, banks and angel investors. Areas of expertise include commercial and corporate transactions, acquisitions and commercial sales contracts. Stuart Scott-Goldstone  heads the team; senior partner Simon Edwards and newly-promoted partner Jamie Hawley are also recommended.   The firm recently expanded by opening an office at Manchester’s Airport City.

Practice head(s):Stuart Scott-Goldstone

Other key lawyers:Simon Edwards; Jamie Hawley; Aaron Vandermark

Key Clients

Illingworth Seddon

Knights of Old

Blue Prism Ltd

Santander

Work highlights

  • Acted for Illingworth Seddon on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Iain MacLaverty Wealth Management and Michael Ellis Wealth Management.
  • Advised Compass Financial on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Aqua Financial Services.
  • Acted for an environmental services company on the sale of the entire issued share capital of ESI to Stantec.
  • Advised shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the Mill Hotel to Chester Mill.
  • Acting for largest shareholder on the sale of LuxuryBARED Holdings to Zurich stock exchange listed company, A Small World.
Leading individuals

Stuart Scott-Goldstone - Aaron & Partners LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jamie Hawley - Aaron & Partners LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 1

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP is adept at handling disputes relating to shareholders, partnerships, corporate transactions, contracts, restrictive covenants, property and professional negligence, and the firm has recently begun to secure roles on an increasing amount of international cases. Clients come from a variety of sectors including energy, transport and warehousing. Nick Clarke heads the team; David Mann and John Devoy are also recommended. Stephen Taylor joined as partner from Beswicks.

Practice head(s):Nick Clarke

Other key lawyers:David Mann; David Harries; John Devoy; David Potts; Simon Edwards; Bryony Cook; Stephen Taylor

Key Clients

South Gloucestershire Council

Knights of Old Limited

Dŵr Cymru Ltd (t/a Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water)

Sanderson Plc

Leading individuals

John Devoy - Aaron & Partners LLP

Next Generation Partners

David Mann - Aaron & Partners LLP

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP is regularly instructed on contentious insolvency mandates and is engaged by a number of insolvency practitioners. It stands out for its specialist transport sector expertise and the team acts for a number of insolvent logistics companies. The department, which is led by Nick Clarke , is noted for its experience in advising on law firm insolvencies and it also handles personal insolvency work.

Practice head(s):Nick Clarke

Other key lawyers:Mark Davies; Simon Edwards; Jan Chillery

Testimonials

Mark Davies is a very able insolvency lawyer

Simon Edwards is excellent

 

Key Clients

Development Bank Wales (Finance Wales Group)

KPMG

Menzies

Grant Thornton

RSM

Dains

CLB Coopers

Marshall Peters

Smith & Williamson

Poppleton & Appleby, Manchester

Work highlights

  • Advised a trustee in bankruptcy on asset protection, identification, and in relation to investigations in relation to a non-cooperative bankrupt who failed to surrender to proceedings.
  • Advised the joint liquidators on claims against various parties in a large liquidation.
  • Advised the joint liquidators on possible claims against the director of company.
  • Advised the trustee in bankruptcy of a barrister-at-law.
  • Advised a trustee in bankruptcy on a claim against property transferred into the sole name of a solvent spouse.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Aaron & Partners LLP

Helen Watson is the head of employment at Aaron & Partners LLP, which has expertise across across a wide range of sectors, including logistics, education, recruitment, leisure, travel and tourism. Watson is one of only a few employment solicitors in the region with Higher Rights of Audience, and is also a qualified mediator. Areas of work in which the firm is seeing an increasing amount of instructions include atypical contracts and zero hours contracts, as well as contracts for media and sports professionals. The team also routinely conducts high level investigations, including compliance and risk audits.

Practice head(s):Helen Watson

Other key lawyers:Claire Brook; Steven Davies

Testimonials

'The team is easily accessible and works hard to get to know their clients. Relationships are built and maintained over many years.'

'I have worked with Helen Watson and Claire Brook, both of whom are very approachable, offer sound advice and often more importantly, will discuss issues from all angles and offer a number of options with the relevant potential consequences outlined.'

'The service we receive from Aaron & Partners is personalised. Nothing is too much trouble.'

'Helen Watson has impressed me significantly with the speed with which she can process information and turn this into advice. She has an amazing ability to de-escalate a concern you may have and will simply produce a simple plan with the appropriate reassurance that you need to take this forward. Helen shows empathy as needed but is also able to be fully objective and take some of the complexities and emotional stress out of significant HR issues.'

Key Clients

Imagine Independence

Connah’s Quay Nomads FC Limited

gap Group

Sovini Limited (One Vision Housing Trust)

Boots Hearingcare Limited

North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo)

Zip World Limited

Columbus McKinnon

Christleton Learning Trust

Charterhouse

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North West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP acts for partners and shareholders in farming and other agriculture related businesses on partnership and shareholder disputes, while also advising on the development of agricultural land and the acquisition of land for utility projects. The practice is led by real estate head Simon Ellis, who works alongside planning, energy, environmental and regulatory head David Harries. One of the team's particular areas of expertise is the development of land for mineral exploitation and waste management, as well as renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):Simon Ellis

Other key lawyers:David Harries

Key Clients

Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water)

Mostyn Estates

Denbighshire County Council

Chester Zoo

Chester Diocesan Board of Finance

John Holford Charity

Work highlights

  • Advised Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water) on the proposed extension of water treatment works involving the development of land near Snowdonia National Park.
  • Advised The North of England Zoological Society on the purchase of farmhouse outbuildings and former council land.
  • Advising the John Holford Charity on mineral rights for sand extraction over the charity's farmland in East Cheshire.
  • Acting for Welsh Water on a large-scale registration project involving voluntary registration of all Welsh Water assets and rights from North Wales to South Wales.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP's practice is led by wills, trusts and tax head Clive Pointon and James Wallace, who advises clients on both the litigious aspects of contentious trust and probate work as well as the taxation and estate planning consequences of judgments and settlements. The department, which also gives expert evidence on Court of Protection disputes, offers alternative funding arrangements for clients including conditional fees and damages-based agreements.

Practice head(s):Clive Pointon

Other key lawyers:James Wallace

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Aaron & Partners LLP

The family team at Aaron & Partners LLP have a 'depth of knowledge' and are 'very proactive' in their dealings with clients, which include business owners, professionals, sportsmen, land owners and wealthy retirees. The team is led by the 'excellent' Richard Barge who heads the Chester office and regularly works on high value and complex matters including nuptial agreements. The 'very reliable' Lorraine Saunders is another name to note, specialising in high-net-worth cases including offshore trusts and complex financial agreements. Senior associate Simon Mawdsley is also well regarded.

Practice head(s):Richard Barge

Testimonials

'Very proactive, with good communication skills. Transparency in dealing with clients.'

'The depth of knowledge in the team led by Richard Barge is excellent.'

'Lorraine Saunders has great empathy with clients, and makes them feel relaxed and confident in her abilities.'

'Lorraine Saunders is very reliable - her advice is measured, realistic, to the point and gave me confidence.'

'Richard Barge is an excellent solicitor - always incisive, ready to stand up for his client but equally sensitive to the realities of any case, and able to steer his clients towards pragmatic and sensible settlements.'

Rising stars

Simon Mawdsley - Aaron & Partners LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP advises on the administration of charitable trusts, inheritance tax mitigation, estate restructuring and wills and estate planning. Clients include a number of high-net-worth individuals as well as various charitable trusts. The 'precise and proactive' Clive Pointon offers experienced advice as a Court of Protection deputy, receiving a considerable amount of referral work with a wide geographical spread, and is described by clients as 'a delight to work with'.

Practice head(s):Clive Pointon

Testimonials

'Clive Pointon is delightful to work with.'

'Clive Pointon's precise and proactive professional approach imbued an absolute confidence in the advice he has provided.'

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP acts for non-plc energy developers, operating across wind, hydro power, solar, biomass and biogas, and battery storage industries, and the team has experience in cutting-edge projects such as pumped storage hydro and tidal energy. The team advises on land issues, planning, accreditation, regulatory requirements, grid connections, power purchase agreements, acquisition, financing, investment and disposals, and also handles disputes. The team is also instructed by landowners where developers are seeking to use their land. David Harries has 'fantastic knowledge of the energy sector'.

Practice head(s):David Harries

Other key lawyers:Stuart Scott-Goldstone; Jamie Hawley; Keith McKinney; Andrew Lees

Key Clients

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Bryn Blaen Wind Farm

Hendy Wind Farm

North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection

Work highlights

  • Advised Hendy Wind Farm on a planning case after Powys County Council refused planning consent for Hendy Wind Farm. As a result it was recovered to the Welsh Ministers who granted permission as a DNS (Development of National Significance) project following a lengthy public inquiry.
  • Advising Hendy Wind Farm on numerous planning and environmental issues to ensure the swift commissioning of the wind farm.
  • The team defended Hendy Wind Farm on a section 288 challenge of grant of planning permission for Hendy Wind Farm; and the team also defended it on an application for interim injunction.
  • The team continues to advise NWTE on all aspects of its proposed development of a tidal lagoon.
  • Advised on Developments of National Significance (DNS) applications for six wind farms, plus a grid connection.
Leading individuals

David Harries - Aaron & Partners LLP

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 2

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP stands out for its expertise across ecclesiastical property and charity land work. The education, utilities, food and retail sectors are also key areas of focus, and it is also instructed on renewable energy and waste management mandates. The team is active on commercial and residential development matters and is experienced in agricultural land and estates work. Team head Simon Ellis frequently handles commercial property instructions and is experienced in the utilities and charities sectors. Emma McGlinchey, who joined in 2018 from Knights plc, acts for retail and food sector clients. Senior associate Lisa Moncur is 'first-rate' and is experienced in diocesan work.

Practice head(s):Simon Ellis

Other key lawyers:Emma McGlinchey; Lisa Moncur; Iwan Williams

Key Clients

Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water)

Mostyn Estates

Edenstone Homes

John Holford Charity

Chester Diocesan Board of Finance

Santander

HSBC

Knights of Old

University of Chester

Galliers Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Dŵr Cymru Cyfyngedig  (Welsh Water) on the proposed extension of Waste Water Treatment Works, involving development over agricultural land subject to AHA tenancy, just outside the Snowdonia National Park.
  • Advised Edenstone Homes on a series of developments focused on the South Wales area.
  • Advised Knights of Old Ltd on the sale of a distribution warehouse in Northampton.
  • The team advises Galliers Properties on on-going investment property work.
  • The team advises the University of Chester Matter on a range of property matters.
Rising stars

Lisa Moncur - Aaron & Partners LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP offers specialist expertise in energy work, minerals and waste planning mandates. Energy specialist David Harries heads the planning, environment, energy and regulatory team which features Richard Forrester, who is experienced across mines, minerals, waste planning, complex land and agricultural work, environmental licensing and regulation; David Delaney, who is experienced in planning and compulsory purchase law; and senior associate Keith McKinney who is instructed on planning and environmental matters and is experienced in energy work and environmental crime.

Practice head(s):David Harries

Other key lawyers:Richard Forrester; David Delaney; Keith McKinney 

Testimonials

'The team has a deep understanding of environmental law, procedural hurdles in development consenting and renewables work in Wales.'

'Keith McKinney is a dedicated lawyer with real insight into client needs and what really matters in a case.'

'The team is highly responsive and fast to attend to the issues that arise on projects; it uses original arguments and angles to achieve successful outcomes and are of a size that ensures excellent client relationships.'

'David Harries is an excellent lawyer, who is highly knowledgeable and efficient in dealing with the various issues that can arise in development.'

'Keith McKinney is a highly determined and effective lawyer who provides fast and accurate advice easily within highly stressful situations; his ability to maintain a healthy sense of humour and his personable style makes working with him very easy.'

Key Clients

Hendy Wind Farm

Aldi Stores UK

Bryn Blaen Wind Farm

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection

Morris Homes

Meadow Foods

Tudor Griffiths Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Hendy Wind Farm after Powys County Council refused its planning consent and as a result the application was recovered to the Welsh Ministers who granted permission as a DNS (Development of National Significance) project following a lengthy public inquiry.
  • Represented Aldi Stores UK on a planning appeal.
  • Advised Renew Land Developments on an application to  develop a former quarry for housebuilding.
  • Advised Dwr Cymru Welsh Water in relation to a public inquiry for the new M4 and in particular with regard to compulsory purchase orders sought ancillary to the application for the new motorway.
  • The team continues to advise North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection on all aspects of its proposed development of a tidal lagoon on the North Wales coast.
Rising stars

Keith McKinney - Aaron & Partners LLP

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