Firm Profile > Paris Smith LLP > Southampton, England

Paris Smith LLP
NUMBER ONE LONDON ROAD
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 2AE
England

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 1

With the practice split across offices in Winchester and Southampton, Paris Smith LLP 's commercial property group covers the full spectrum of real estate work including: development, investment, property management, retail and leisure, charities and education, residential, construction, planning and property finance. The firm also has a full planning consultancy in-house, including chartered town planners and a chartered waste manager. Key names to note are Rachel Saint, Mark Withers, Janet May and Victoria Onoufriou. John Mansell leads the practice.

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Testimonials

Renowned professional legal services business.  They are supported and led by a very capable management team and provide leading service in a wide variety of legal services.

Joanne Spittles is a very approachable lawyer with an extensive knowledge of property law.  She is adept at providing common sense solutions which enable deals to happen and which ultimately benefit her clients in both a material and financial sense.

I’ve dealt with Paris Smith for approximately 15 years and what I’ve noticed is the Partners have been in place for a considerable amount of time and therefore there is continuity in the service. I also find that they have a great deal of pragmatism with their advice, which tends to result in transactions being less problematic.

Partners offer consistency, professionalism and continuity which more often than not results in transactions running smoothly. In particular Joanne Spittles provides sound advice whilst at the same time ensuring the commercial aspects of the deal remain in the client’s favour. Similarly Victoria Onoufriou, always takes a considered view on contractual matters in order to conclude a transaction.

Paris Smith are an extremely confident and professional firm to work with and knowing you have the team’s expertise behind you is very comforting. We used numerous practices in the past before having Paris Smith recommended to us and the fact we are still using Paris Smith after 12 years speaks volumes.

Key clients

Co-operative Group

Fat Face

The Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society

Associated British Ports

Ann Summers

Hobbycraft

Petchey Industrial Holdings

Alfred Homes Limitd

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Bargate Homes

Haskins Garden Centres

S.H.B. Hire

Millbrook Healthcare

Hillier Nurseries

Ageas Bowl

Employment: Hampshire Tier 1

As well as undertaking employment tribunal work, Paris Smith LLP's employment team conducts its own advocacy on cases shorter than three days. The team has a strong reputation for restrictive covenant cases, particularly within the recruitment sector, and also advises clients in relation to senior level exits. Alongside this, the firm has a strong client following in the education and transport sectors. TUPE specialist Clive Dobbin leads the practice, while David Roath has niche expertise in whistleblowing cases.

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Excellent client care, strong team ethos and they also integrate well with other teams for High Court work such as injunction work.  Good strength in depth and they are at the centre of the employment law community in the Solent region.

David Roath is an excellent lawyer and legal tactician, with a strong work ethic.  He is also really good at relating to clients.

Clive Dobbin is very knowledgeable about employment law and has a strong public sector practice.  He has a good eye for detail and a national reputation for  sound commercial advice.

Claire Merritt is a rising star in the Hampshire region.  She has good commercial sense and is very hard working.

The team are knowledgeable and always seek to provide options and resolutions which protect my organisation. They are proactive and client focused.

Clive Dobbin is very quick to respond and offers sound advice which always protects our organisation. Clive has great integrity and the culture fits well with our own, where honesty and transparent communication are key values.

Key clients

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

AFC Bournemouth

Hampshire Cricket (Ageas Bowl PLC)

Randstad UK

Barfoots of Botley

Stannah Stairlifts

Churches Fire & Security

Millbrook Industries

Keltbray

Draper Tools

Family: Hampshire Tier 1

Paris Smith LLP specialises in high and ultra-high net worth cases, with a particular emphasis on financial remedy and children work. The team is jointly led by Frank Prior who heads up the Southampton office and Huw Miles who manages the Winchester branch. Due to its proximity to the capital, the practice receives a large number of instructions and referrals from London clients. They nevertheless retain competitive charge out rates, offering a "pay as you go" scheme, allowing clients to tap into the team's expertise only when necessary.

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Paris Smith is by far the largest and strongest team in Hampshire, and possibly the south. It is set up like a London magic circle firm and is packed with stars. As a result, the team is able to provide a premier service to all levels,  including very high net worth individuals.  Top-rated in every respect.

Frank Prior is very experienced and a joy to work with. He has an entirely commercial approach, always acting proportionately and is tactically very astute. He has excellent client handling skills and achieves some brilliant results for his clients.

Neil Davies has been a leading figure in this area of law for over two decades. His immense experience means he is able to give very sound advice when necessary, but if the matter needs to be litigated he will deal with it.

Huw Miles is a canny and clever solicitor who is easy to work with. Very much a team player, he is thorough in his research and meticulous in his preparation. Understandably his clients become very reliant upon his skills.

Large, well established and well run team of specialists who are used to dealing with a broad range of (often high value) financial remedy and children work. They offer a superb service backed up by an excellent support team. Probably one of the top tier teams in the South of their size.

Huw Miles is a well respected and very experienced practitioner who not only has a great knowledge of the law and practice but engages well with clients from all backgrounds. He is excellent on detail and provides sensible advice and nothing phases him.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Described as 'friendly, professional, and approachable', Paris Smith LLP's banking and finance team is experienced in acquisition, project, property and asset finance. The firm's lender clients include both major and challenger banks, while on the borrower side the firm advises retail and leisure clients. The practice is led by James McNeil; M&A finance specialist Jonathon Roy is also recommended. Liam Doughty was made up to partner in January 2020 and handles all areas of banking and finance work. The banking and finance team frequently acts alongside the wider firm's property practice.

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‘Knowledgeable, thorough, customer-focused and can be relied upon to get the job done within the desired timeframe, often going beyond expectations.’

‘Professional yet personable.’

‘Personalised service, know their clients well and understand needs. Amazing service.’

‘Friendly, professional and approachable – always available to resolve issues.’

‘They build strong relationship with clients to provide an effective working partnership.’

Key clients

Santander UK

National Westminster Bank PLC / The Royal Bank of Scotland

Metro Bank

Interbay Funding

Hampshire Trust Bank

Yacht Havens

Haskins Garden Centres

S.H.B Hire

Millbrook Healthcare

Proseed Capital

Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 2

Paris Smith LLP's commercial litigation practice has seen an upward trajectory of instructions related to shareholder and partnership disputes. The team has continued to grow, with the addition of Peter Ralls QC bolstering the earlier hire of warranty claims and complex contractual disputes specialist Helen Brown  from Slater Heelis in 2019. Christopher Holliss  continues to act heavily in the recruitment sector, a niche specialism for the firm.

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‘Helen Brown is exceptional in all categories.

‘Friendly and approachable staff with a wealth of experience and excellent technical knowledge.

Helen Brown is cerebral, tactical and has an excellent client manner.

Key clients

Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery

Euro Car Parts

Hobbycraft

Randstad CPE

Metro Bank

Gattaca

U International

Quba Solutions

Hampshire Trust Bank

Corrotherm International

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 2

The nine-partner Paris Smith LLP corporate offering had a record-breaking 2019 in terms of number of deals completed. As well as advising on several venture capital transactions, the team was also instructed on several "buy and build" deals by private equity backed portfolio companies. The practice has significant expertise in the automotive, technology, healthcare, marine, built environment, recruitment and professional services sectors. Michael Moore and Crispin Dick  jointly lead the practice, while Claire McCauley specialises in non-transactional work including solvent restructurings and group reorganisations.

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Quickly learned about the client, the transaction and the key objectives – they listen.

Strong breadth of talent and experience ensures your transaction is covered from all angles.

Warm, genuine and colourful characters make them fun to be around.

Michael Moore is commercially astute and his all-round experience and talent shines through during the transaction. Extremely strong at building relationships across all those involved in the transaction.

The team I was dealing with showed a caring professional approach that was always commercial. They worked openly with our financial advisers and were happy to have their views altered or moderated by good arguments. The team communicated very clearly about their specialities and responsibilities and seemed to stay well briefed so that when we made contact we got answers quickly without any buck passing.’

Richard Atcherley is an outstanding professional showing great leadership and keeping all parties informed and on side. Probably the best commercial lawyer I’ve ever worked with.

Arezou Rezai is a fast clever focused lawyer with a clear commercial viewpoint. An excellent communicator she steered my team through the due diligence process with a kindly pressure that met deadlines.

Jonathan White managed the data collection and the data room extremely effectively and liaised with all parties and was a main point of contact. He carried on with the process of tidying up to the end.

Key clients

S.H.B Hire

Millbrook Industries

Churches Fire

Guernsey Recycling Group

UK Power Solutions

Lymington Marina

Adam Morey Holdings

Totalmobile

Hillier Nurseries

Richmond Cars

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Paris Smith LLP's core insolvency work involves advising the firm's base of commercial clients on any insolvency-related issues they face, such as dealing with insolvent trading partners and pursuing or defending against winding up petitions. Additionally, the firm handles work such as the appointment of administrators and pre-pack sales for insolvency practitioners, many of whom are long-term clients of the firm. Practice head Mike Pavitt is experienced in contentious and non-contentious insolvency work; he is valued by clients for his combination of technical ability and a commercial approach.

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‘The team has a strong work ethic and are genuinely client-focused. They are highly responsive and provide value for money.’

‘The team is ably led by the very personable Mike Pavitt who is both a highly skilled lawyer and commercial in his approach. He sets the standard and his team follows.’

‘Insightful, detailed and practical advice delivered in a timely manner. Paris Smith are one of the leaders in this field.’

‘Mike Pavitt will provide detailed advice yet deliver the message in a practical manner that give confidence to any course of action.’

Key clients

BDO

Beacon Licensed Insolvency Practitioners

Begbies Traynor

Hampshire Trust Bank

Interbay Funding

James Cowper Kreston

KPMG

Kreston Reeves

Manolete Partners PLC

Mazars

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire Tier 2

Paris Smith LLP is best known for its trust and estate planning advice to high net worth clients in the central southern region. Much of the firm's client base is commercial, with a strong practice managing the private wealth planning of entrepreneurs. The team also acts for long established family trusts, including farmers and landowners in the region, who benefit from the rural team attached to the practice. Elizabeth Power replaced Nick Turner as department head, while Daisy Eshelby joined the Winchester team from RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP. Jason Oliver leads the contentious probate practice.

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The team works well together and all seem to be kept in the loop, so very easily updated when requested.

I found them sympathetic and very understanding in dealing with my late husband’s estate and going forward sorting out my affairs.  I dealt with Isabel Deverill and her team.

Fantastic lawyers, efficient, available and pragmatic. Great value for money. Nothing negative to say.

Intellectual property Tier 3

The IP team at Paris Smith LLP is well-placed to handle complex trademark matters, while also advising on IP audit strategies for SMEs and other larger businesses. The team also handles GDPR compliance, sponsorship and distribution matters. Clients can also benefit from the firm's broad history in contentious and non-contentious work, covering passing off, unregistered designs and franchising. Co-leads Laura Trapnell and Crispin Dick are respective experts in UK/EU design rights law and licensing.

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Key clients

Meachers Global Logistics Ltd

The Wetwheels Foundation

Hobbycraft Trading Limited

Jane Austen House Museum

Barfoots of Botley Ltd

Gist Ltd

Keltbray Ltd

Marwell Wildlife

Hildon Ltd

The Mayflower Theatre Trust

Aquavitrum Ltd

British Friendly Society

Foresters Friendly Society

Focal Point Fires Plc

IT and telecoms Tier 3

The IT & telecoms team at Paris Smith LLP works with tech SMEs, often helping them with regulatory compliance to ensure that arrangements with third parties contain requisite data protection safeguards. The firm is also known for its ability to handle complex IT separation issues, software development, licensing structures and gaming contracts. Co-leads Crispin Dick and Laura Trapnell have experience serving corporate purchasers and gaming industry clients.

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Key clients

Datwyler Cabling Solutions AG

British Friendly Society Ltd

The Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society Ltd

Beyond Encryption Ltd

Gobel & Partner Ltd

Millbrook Healthcare Ltd

Cobalt Telephone Technologies Ltd

University of Southampton Science

Park Ltd

Visitor Chat Ltd

Mercury 1 Ltd

Property litigation Tier 4

Paris Smith LLP has developed a reputation in commercial and residential conveyancing, acting for clients across multiple sectors including investors, developers, business tenants and residential landlords. The team also has significant experience in representing developer clients in property contract disputes. David Eminton leads the practice and has increasingly been involved in high-value dilapidation claims, while Cliff Morris has particular expertise in boundary and right of way disputes and housing repossession claims.

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Responsive, professional and knowledgeable.

Quick to respond, good depth of knowledge.

The firms level of expertise is unique compared to other law firms, as there is always someone who can assist with any legal issue. Staff are also aware of their colleagues level of expertise and are able to refer matters to the correct person if they do not have a particular type of legal knowledge.

High-quality technical disputes team, but local to its area. Mixes solidity of legal practitioners, good atmosphere, fine juniors and trainees and excellent contacts in the industry. The backroom is very good.  Effective admin.  Everything you need without going to London.

Key clients

Co-Operative Group

ABP (Port of Southampton)

Petchey Industrial Holdings

NHS Southern Health Trust

Hillier Garden Centres

Marwell Zoological Park

Southwark Borough Council

Ocea Group Limited

Hobbycraft

Interbay Holdings Limited

The firm: Paris Smith continues to enjoy an exceptional reputation as a provider of services from its offices in Southampton and Winchester to both business and private clients across the central south of England. It boasts many longstanding relationships with clients and referrers throughout the region and beyond. While justifiably proud of its 200-year history, the firm’s focus is very much on the future with an emphasis on having the right people, resources and technology. Paris Smith’s purpose is to enable its clients to succeed and to help clients overcome the challenges which they may face, adding value to its clients through a positive experience with a quality of service which has become synonymous with the name Paris Smith. The firm uses its significant legal skills and extensive network to enable the outcomes which its clients seek.

The firm comprises some of the finest lawyers in the region, many of whom are considered to be leaders in their respective fields. Paris Smith offers a first-class proposition for those seeking a top-drawer legal service on par with much larger central London law firms, but at regional fee rates. The firm is increasingly being engaged by clients who have previously retained lawyers in the capital, evidenced by the quality of its client list, which includes large regional businesses, high-street brands, well known national PLCs, and high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

Types of work undertaken: The firm offers specialist advice to both business and personal clients. The corporate team is an established provider of mainstream M&A advice to enterprises ranging from midsize corporates to established owner-managed businesses. The commercial team provides a strong offering with ex-City expertise. It regularly advises clients on domestic and international commercial non-contentious and contentious matters.  The team also has a highly respected Banking and Finance offering who have considerable experience in advising lenders and borrowers including UK and international banks, building societies and corporate clients. It is complemented by specialist intellectual property and regulatory lawyers. The intellectual property team advises on IP/IT, data protection and e-commerce matters. The regulatory and business crime team advises on health and safety and other regulatory issues. The experienced corporate restructuring and insolvency team is regularly retained by a number of established and well respected insolvency practitioners across the country.

The employment team has a strong reputation for its work both with employers and employees and offers insurance-based solutions if appropriate. Lawyers in the team regularly provide line manager training to commercial clients.

The commercial property team is retained by many high-street names. It has advised on some of the south’s most high-profile developments. It boasts a specialist leasehold enforcement team (ALEP membership) and an Agricultural and Rural property team.  Its planning team comprises specialist lawyers and, uniquely, planning consultants, most of whom have had an involvement in many major planning projects in the central south region. The public sector team is retained by regional local authorities and several London boroughs.

The firm’s family and private client teams are recognised as leaders in their respective fields with several of their partners commended as among the leading lawyers in the region.

Dedicated teams in litigation and dispute resolution advise clients on a range of complex and high-value corporate and commercial actions including those concerning contractual issues, shareholder and partnership actions, property disputes, professional negligence, intellectual property claims, debt recovery and asset-based lending recovery actions. Lawyers in the firm have developed a reputation for dealing professionally with many contested probate, trusts and estates actions, several of which have been very complex in nature.

The firm has a number of trained mediators in employment, commercial and family disputes and has offices which are frequently used as a venue for mediation.

The firm’s charities and education teams act for national and regional charities, higher and further education establishments, schools and colleges. The firm acts for schools converting to academies.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Nick Vaughan nicholas.vaughan@parissmith.co.uk 023 8048 2482
Managing partner Peter Taylor peter.taylor@parissmith.co.uk 023 8048 2482
Property John Mansell John.mansell@parissmith.co.uk 023 8048 2482
Company/commercial James McNeil james.mcneil@parissmith.co.uk 023 8048 2482
Employment Clive Dobbin clive.dobbin@parissmith.co.uk 023 8048 2482
Business and commercial disputes David Eminton david.eminton@parissmith.co.uk 023 8048 2482
Family Frank Prior frank.prior@parissmith.co.uk 023 8048 2482
Tax and estate planning Elizabeth Power elizabeth.power@parissmith.co.uk 023 8048 2482
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Mr Richard Atcherley  photo Mr Richard Atcherley LLP Partner
Mr Henry Barker  photo Mr Henry Barker Solicitor
Ms Imogen Beaver  photo Ms Imogen Beaver Solicitor
Ms Stephanie Bellamy  photo Ms Stephanie Bellamy Solicitor
Ms Jane Biddlecombe  photo Ms Jane Biddlecombe Associate
Ms Lisa Bray  photo Ms Lisa Bray Associate
Ms Helen Brown photo Ms Helen Brown LLP Partner
Ms Ashleigh Bryant  photo Ms Ashleigh Bryant Legal Assistant
Ms Lisa Busby photo Ms Lisa Busby LLP Partner
Mr Alexander Cheele  photo Mr Alexander Cheele Solicitor
Ms Emma Cole  photo Ms Emma Cole Solicitor
Ms Emma Cory-Wright  photo Ms Emma Cory-Wright Solicitor
Ms Zoe Culverwell  photo Ms Zoe Culverwell Solicitor
Ms Tabytha Cunningham  photo Ms Tabytha Cunningham Associate
Mr Neil Davies photo Mr Neil Davies LLP Partner
Ms Nicola Davies  photo Ms Nicola Davies Associate
Ms Amy Dellar  photo Ms Amy Dellar Chartered Legal Executive
Mr Crispin Dick photo Mr Crispin Dick LLP Partner
Mr Clive Dobbin photo Mr Clive Dobbin LLP Partner
Mr Liam Doughty photo Mr Liam Doughty LLP Partner
Ms Claire Egerton  photo Ms Claire Egerton LLP Partner
Mr David Eminton  photo Mr David Eminton LLP Partner
Ms Charlotte Farrell  photo Ms Charlotte Farrell Associate
Ms Allison Fuller  photo Ms Allison Fuller LLP Partner
Mr Peter Gammie  photo Mr Peter Gammie LLP Partner
Ms Rachel Glover  photo Ms Rachel Glover Legal Assistant
Ms Bev Harding-Rennie  photo Ms Bev Harding-Rennie Planning Consultant
Ms Sarah Harris  photo Ms Sarah Harris Residential Conveyancer
Ms Sarah Hayes  photo Ms Sarah Hayes Solicitor
Mr Sean Hogan  photo Mr Sean Hogan Associate
Mr Chris Holliss  photo Mr Chris Holliss LLP Partner
Ms Sarah Jessup  photo Ms Sarah Jessup Legal Assistant
Ms Clare Lee  photo Ms Clare Lee LLP Partner
Mr John Mansell photo Mr John Mansell LLP Partner
Ms Janet May  photo Ms Janet May LLP Partner
Ms Clare McCauley  photo Ms Clare McCauley LLP Partner
Mr James McNeil photo Mr James McNeil LLP Partner
Ms Claire Merritt  photo Ms Claire Merritt LLP Partner
Mr David Middleton  photo Mr David Middleton Solicitor
Mr Huw Miles photo Mr Huw Miles Finance LLP Partner
Mr Ryan Mitchell  photo Mr Ryan Mitchell Solicitor
Ms Rachel Montgomery  photo Ms Rachel Montgomery Solicitor
Ms Shelley Moodie  photo Ms Shelley Moodie Legal Assistant
Ms Susan Moore  photo Ms Susan Moore Chartered Legal Executive
Mr Michael Moore  photo Mr Michael Moore LLP Partner
Mr Cliff Morris  photo Mr Cliff Morris LLP Partner
Ms Victoria Onoufriou  photo Ms Victoria Onoufriou LLP Partner
Ms Rachel Osgood  photo Ms Rachel Osgood LLP Partner
Ms Jennifer Packer  photo Ms Jennifer Packer Associate
Mr Christopher Parsons  photo Mr Christopher Parsons Solicitor
Ms Sarah Passemard  photo Ms Sarah Passemard LLP Partner
Mr Mike Pavitt photo Mr Mike Pavitt LLP Partner
Ms Emma Pope photo Ms Emma Pope LLP Partner
Ms Angela Powell  photo Ms Angela Powell Legal Assistant
Mr Frank Prior photo Mr Frank Prior LLP Partner
Mr Peter Ralls  photo Mr Peter Ralls LLP Partner
Ms Jane Rarok  photo Ms Jane Rarok Senior Planning Consultant
Ms Arezou Rezai  photo Ms Arezou Rezai Associate
Mr Jonathon Roy photo Mr Jonathon Roy LLP Partner
Mr Barry Russell  photo Mr Barry Russell Associate
Ms Emily Sadler  photo Ms Emily Sadler Associate
Ms Rachel Saint  photo Ms Rachel Saint LLP Partner
Ms Jennifer Sanders  photo Ms Jennifer Sanders Solicitor
Ms Georgina Savage  photo Ms Georgina Savage Solicitor
Mr Rob Sellen  photo Mr Rob Sellen Planning Consultant
Ms Lisa Sherman  photo Ms Lisa Sherman Solicitor
Ms Tamsin Simmonds  photo Ms Tamsin Simmonds Senior Associate
Mr James Snaith  photo Mr James Snaith LLP Partner
Ms Heather Souter  photo Ms Heather Souter Associate
Ms Christina Spiers  photo Ms Christina Spiers Legal Executive
Ms Joanne Spittles photo Ms Joanne Spittles LLP Partner
Mr Stephen Stafford  photo Mr Stephen Stafford Associate
Ms Eugenie Taylor  photo Ms Eugenie Taylor Solicitor
Mr Peter Taylor  photo Mr Peter Taylor Managing LLP Partner
Ms Jo Tilley  photo Ms Jo Tilley Solicitor
Ms Laura Trapnell photo Ms Laura Trapnell LLP Partner
Mr Nick Turner photo Mr Nick Turner LLP Partner
Mr Nick Vaughan photo Mr Nick Vaughan LLP Senior Partner
Ms Stephanie Wankling  photo Ms Stephanie Wankling Solicitor
Ms Jade Watkinson  photo Ms Jade Watkinson Solicitor
Mr Edward Watson  photo Mr Edward Watson LLP Partner
Ms Lisa White  photo Ms Lisa White Solicitor
Mr Jonathan White  photo Mr Jonathan White Solicitor
Ms Leyla Whitlingum  photo Ms Leyla Whitlingum Associate
Mr Andrew Wiltshire  photo Mr Andrew Wiltshire Associate
Ms Hannah Winchester  photo Ms Hannah Winchester LLP Partner
Mr Mark Withers  photo Mr Mark Withers LLP Partner
Number of UK partners : 48
Number of other fee-earners : 96

Paris Smith places great value on the unique and varied talents of our people and we understand that meaningful diversity within the firm contributes directly to excellence in client service. Therefore, we seek to integrate diversity into all our activities and foster an inclusive culture.

We believe this is achieved by recruiting and retaining diverse talent, understanding and delivering the needs of our diverse clients, and supporting the diverse community in which we serve.

Underpinning this is our commitment to providing equal opportunities in the work place. This means that all job applicants, consultants, casual workers, employees, agency staff and partners will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, paternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation (‘protected characteristics’). We ensure that people have the opportunity to join the firm and to develop their full potential regardless of their background.

Our policy applies to all aspects of our relationship with staff and to relations between staff members at all levels. This includes, but is not limited to, job advertisements, recruitment and selection, training and development, opportunities for promotion, pay and benefits, conduct at work, disciplinary and grievance procedures, and termination of employment.

We acknowledge that increasingly our people have to balance their career aspirations and work responsibilities with a wide range of domestic issues, such as caring for children, or elderly or infirm relatives. We therefore support applications for flexible working where it is practicable to do so. We also support the government’s child care voucher scheme.

We are also committed to not discriminating in the way we provide services or use service providers.


Family

CLIENT: Mr C

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: “I was more than happy with Neil and Zoe during their handling of my recent divorce. I felt like I had both friends and professionals genuinely interested and concerned for me and my interests. Importantly they kept an eye on the financials, but did not lose track of what the right thing to do as well seeking justice in very difficult circumstances.”

CLIENT: Notable Practitioners

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: “Mediator and trained collaborative lawyer Neil Davies has longstanding experience in financial matters and children cases. Market commentators are quick to praise his “unflappable and calm” approach towards the most complex issues.”

Property

CLIENT: Stephen Parry, Legal Team, Acting Head of Property

COMPANY/FIRM: Co-operative Group Ltd

TESTIMONIAL: “We find Rachel to be an extremely intelligent and commercial professional whose enthusiasm and dedication towards our business goals shines through in everything she does. She has an excellent way of dealing with people at all levels of our business and runs a well organised and efficient team at Paris Smith”

CLIENT: Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive

COMPANY/FIRM: Mayflower Theatre

TESTIMONIAL: “The partnership between Paris Smith and Mayflower Theatre is so important to us. As the region’s premier theatre we feel it important to associate with businesses who are similarly invested in the region. The length of our association shows the value Paris Smith puts on supporting the arts locally. The relationship is strengthened by the variety of initiatives we have developed together and I look forward to working with Nick and his team over the coming years.”

Tax and Estate Planning

CLIENT: Anne Lester

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: “Sincere appreciation and grateful thanks for all your valuable knowledge, advice and hard work that contributed to a very satisfactory and correct conclusion.”

CLIENT: David Ward

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you so much for all your help with Mum’s estate. You have been a great support at a very difficult time for me and dad. We really appreciate it.”

Dispute Resolution

CLIENT: Mr and Mrs E

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you for your most excellent and diligent work on behalf of our son. Without your support and advice, we both feel the situation could have become much worse. Your experience and correctness showed through many times throughout the drawn out process. We would certainly seek your advice should we ever need further help in litigation. With very grateful thanks.”#

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COMPANY/FIRM: Ranstad CPE Ltd

TESTIMONIAL: We have frequently used Chris for high-value or complicated dispute resolution matters and have found his service to be excellent. Chris has gained a reputation as a solicitor with specialist knowledge of the recruitment market and it is refreshing to deal with someone who understands the legal and commercial issues which we face on a daily basis. I would highly recommend him.”

Company Commercial

CLIENT: Karen Read, Director

COMPANY/FIRM: Wetwheels Solent CIC

TESTIMONIAL: “Paris Smith has helped us with regard to the protection and exploitation of our intellectual property along with giving us a lot of other help and advice in becoming GDPR compliant. We were really happy with the service we received and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone.”

CLIENT: Jo Ash, Chief Executive

COMPANY/FIRM: Southampton Voluntary Services

TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you so much for your support, advice and guidance delivered promptly and efficiently with patience and good humour which was very much appreciated.”

Employment

CLIENT: Mary Garner, HR Director

COMPANY/FIRM: Cobham TCS Ltd

TESTIMONIAL: “Why do I use Paris Smith for my employment law advice? I use them because they always offer timely, honest and pragmatic advice which results in us being able to make decisions necessary for the business from an employment law perspective. I have worked with David Roath, Clive Dobbin for over ten years and know that when I phone them up they will listen and act in a professional and friendly way whether it is for general employment law advice or something more complicated. The firm also supports us by offering excellent training seminars which ensure we keep well informed of new or changing legislation in the employment law area. I have always enjoyed my interactions with the team at Paris Smith and look forward to working with them in the future.”

CLIENT: Gordon Dodds, Deputy Principle, Finance & Administration

COMPANY/FIRM: The Sixth Form College. Farnborough

TESTIMONIAL: “I have been working with Claire Merritt for around 18 months. I am extremely happy with Claire’s advice and response rates. She advises many other colleges and therefore provides advice that is tailored to our organisation’s specific needs and standards. I feel Claire sets an excellent standard for legal advice in the sector. Claire helps us navigate the minefield of employment law and we apricate the service she provides.”