Firm Profile > Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand > Lancaster, England

Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Lancaster-based Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand routinely handles the acquisition and disposal of agricultural property, as well as option agreements. The practice has a particular focus on transactions for the purposes of development. Many of its transactions involve complicating aspects, such as mineral rights, complex title issues and rights of common. John Myers leads on transactions and tenancy work, while Clare Love handles tax and estate planning for agricultural clients.

Practice head(s):

John Myers; Clare Love


‘Our family and business have dealt with OSG for over 4 generations. With their local knowledge, accessibility and continuity of individuals within the firm we have built up an excellent working relationship which we can rely upon.’

‘Oglethorpe, Sturton and Gillibrand (OSG) are highly regarded solicitors who specialise in Rural/Agricultural law and I have enjoyed a relationship with the firm for over eight years. My dealings with the firm have been carried out diligently and professionally.’

‘I have worked mainly with John Myers over the past 10 years or so covering a wide range of areas from agricultural land and property sales to a wide variety of renewable projects. He is a fount of knowledge on the legal issues and his constant caseload is an indication of his popularity and skill in this area.’

‘With regard to Clare Love, it is her professionalism, attention to detail, timeliness in responding to you and I would say the friendship that has grown during the last 12 months whilst she has been dealing with my father’s estate. With regard to John Myers, again it is the professionalism, attention to detail and in particular his willingness to talk to you rather than resort to emails all the time. This leads to a much better understanding of the matter in hand.’

‘John Myers is very knowledgeable and an effective communicator. A real breath of fresh air.’

‘There are no egos at OSG. it does not matter how big or small the job may be the client is treated the same which is so refreshing. the work ethic is tremendous, the partners lead by example.’

‘Down to earth, pragmatic and efficient. Good team players.’

‘The team are extremely experienced with a wide range of knowledge in the sector. They are happy to meet clients on farms and at local shows which I think people respect as they can approach them and retain good relations. They are certainly not a firm who remain in their offices 24/7 and I think the clients really appreciate that. ‘

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Lancaster-based Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand is known for its experience in acting for rural clients, such as landowners. Under the leadership of Clare Love, the team advises these clients on will planning and trust administration; it also draws on its experience of agricultural matters to advise farmers on succession planning and issues around partnerships and tenancies. Love is valued by clients for her 'vast knowledge and expertise in the field'.

Practice head(s):

Clare Love


‘Going the extra mile for clients is the norm for OSG’s private client team and really makes them stand out from the crowd. Led by the extremely knowledgeable Clare Love, the team has a deep understanding of issues affecting private clients and is well equipped with the skills to deal with a broad range of different private client matters.’

‘Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand LLP (OSG) are a long established practice who have worked hard to become the pre-eminent practice in the local and wider area. In particular the Private Client department has recruited very talented staff who are able to service High Net Worth clients equally as well if not better than many of the larger City firms. This is largely due to the personal attention they give to clients backed up by excellent knowledge and a very professional approach in the way they deliver their services. The level of communication from the team is exemplary and all services are delivered to time. The team also work extremely closely with accountants and financial advisors to ensure that clients receive well balanced and appropriate advice to achieve their specific needs.’

‘Very knowledgeable team, with strong partner lead. Very approachable, it is easy to pick up the phone and discuss ideas or issues with the team. They offer a friendly and very much personalised approach.’

‘OSG have expertise in many fields, they offer well rounded advice. People find their approach friendly, thoughtful and assertive when required. I have worked with a number of members of the team who are able to lead a project to completion in the trickiest circumstances, ensuring the client feels protected.’

‘My personal solicitor for many years now has been Clare Love. She is knowledgeable, very efficient and, above all, highly able. As it happens I have been called to the bar myself and although I subsequently chose a career in publishing instead of law I have always felt that Clare’s grip and understanding of legal issues inspires considerable confidence.’

‘The team at OSG is very well qualified and importantly very approachable and easy to deal with. In particular Clare Love shows leadership and sets a high standard of client care and service. She is very knowledgable and provides innovative solutions to achieve best results for her clients. She and her team take ownership of assignments such that the client knows that they are receiving the highest level of service. The depth and wide ranging knowledge from Clare and her team set them apart from other firms in the area. Her keenness to work with other advisors acting for clients is appreciated and ensures that the best advice is given and that all advisors are fully informed of that advice.’

‘Clare Love in particular is able to assist with estate planning, spotting issues and handling personalities beautifully, complimented by her vast knowledge and expertise in the field. She often goes the extra mile for her clients and her approachable and calm manner ensures that the clients feel like they are being ably guided through.’

‘There are no egos at OSG. It does not matter how big or small the job may be the client is treated the same which is so refreshing. The work ethic is tremendous, the partners lead by example.’

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 3

The commercial property team at Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand, a firm with a long history in the Lancaster region, prides itself on its well-established client relationships. The team is described as ‘very well equipped and knowledgeable’, handling property development, refinancings, commercial sales and acquisitions as well as landlord and tenant work. Alison Kinder leads the practice, drawing on sector expertise in leisure and hospitality. Allan Sumner, who has extensive experience in the commercial property area, is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Alison Kinder

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is very well equipped and knowledgeable. I find that matters are dealt with efficiently and pragmatically and appropriate resources are applied to each.’

‘All I can say is that I have received the most wonderful service at Oglethorpes. I believe that they are on top of their game and this gives me peace of mind and every reason to recommend their services.’

‘You get the feeling that you are dealing with a partner-led practice, and your matter matters.’

‘The property team have the experience to deal with the whole range of property work, ranging from small scale personal property transactions, to larger multi-party land deals and development work. They thrive on building personal relationships with their clients, especially professionals in the property sector.’

‘A long established firm with an excellent knowledge across almost every aspect of commercial property.’

‘Allan Sumner has superb knowledge in the development land sector.’

‘Alison Kinder has a great ability to focus on property matters of all sorts, hone in on the detail, find the issues and suggest solutions.’

‘Professionalism and subject matter knowledge is excellent.’

Key clients

Windmill Oaks Limited