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Paris Smith LLP

NUMBER ONE LONDON ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO15 2AE, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 023 8048 2482
Fax:
Fax 023 8063 1835
DX:
38534 SOUTHAMPTON-3
Email:
Web:
www.parissmith.co.uk
Southampton SO15, Southampton SO15, Winchester

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Paris Smith LLP

Sean Davies heads a team at Paris Smith LLP that provides 'an overall level of service that is excellent'. Davies stands out for 'his impartiality, along with his breath of experience in the owner-managed sector and no-nonsense approach'. In addition to the full range of M&A and commercial work, the group can also draw on the expertise of the firm's banking, property and litigation teams. Highlights included acting for the management team of Churches Fire Security on an investment package valued at £40m provided by Lyceum Capital Partners and assisting EDC Communications, backed by US private equity firm Mill Road Capital, on the sale of Elvis Communications to Next Fifteen Communications Group. Other key names include Jonathon Roy, Michael Moore, commercial contracts expert Crispin Dick, and Richard Atcherley . The team was further enhanced by the arrival of Amanda Brockwell from Coffin Mew LLP.

Leading individuals

Amanda Brockwell - Paris Smith LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Paris Smith LLP

Paris Smith LLP's team is 'very responsive and provides excellent and nuanced advice'. Well-respected practice head David Eminton is well-known for his focus on real estate and insolvency litigation. Recently promoted partner Christopher Holliss and solicitor Shelley White win praise for their 'fantastic service' and Jason Oliver, who joined the team in May 2017 from Parker Bullen LLP, is 'responsive to ideas and  doesn’t jump to (expensive) conclusions'. The team is further enhanced by insolvency expert Mike Pavitt. It acts for an impressive range of clients in contract disputes in the recruitment sector, as well as in a range of other diverse sectors. The team represented an international fashion company in a dispute with a Canadian distributor concerning breaches of an agency agreement, which was valued at £1.4m, and also acted for a private client in a £2.1m negligence claim against a GP.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Paris Smith LLP

Paris Smith LLP provides 'a level of service that is excellent in all areas; the team is quick, efficient, extremely knowledgeable, pragmatic and provides good value for money'. James McNeil heads the practice and is rated for his 'ability to speak in layman's terms, meaning he can effectively cascade legal messages and requirements to clients'. Acquisition, asset, project and real estate finance are all areas of expertise for the practice, which has strong relationships with a number of retail banking groups such as Santander and HSBC, as well as regional corporate borrowers and higher education institutions. Recent highlights include advising RB Sport and Leisure Holdings on the refinancing of The Ageas Bowl, which involved the negotiation of a new finance lease with Eastleigh Borough Council. Also recommended are acquisition finance expert Jonathon Roy and real estate finance specialist Clare Lee.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Paris Smith LLP

The insolvency department at Paris Smith LLP is best known for its experience in personal insolvencies, as well as the property, retail, non-profit, financial services and leisure industries, for which it handles contentious matters, asset transactions and restructurings. The team represented CVR Global as a joint trustee in the separate bankruptcies of a husband and a wife, which involved a claim before the High Court concerning the matrimonial home. Mike Pavitt, who 'leads the team well and has good all-round knowledge', was assisted by solicitor Shelley White in the advice provided to Quantuma, which acted as a joint liquidator of Future Route. BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency, James Cowper Kreston and Mazars form part of the active client base. Phillip Baldwin made partner in 2018.

Next generation lawyers

Phillip Baldwin - Paris Smith LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Paris Smith LLP

The team at Paris Smith LLP represents both employers and employees and is a popular choice due to its breadth of expertise, which covers advisory and disputes work. It has a focus on the education, transport and logistics sectors and handles such matters as director exits, restrictive covenants and a range of discrimination cases. Clive Dobbin, who leads the team, successfully acted for a client in a dispute where 15 employees brought an action at the Employment Tribunal concerning the application of TUPE rules. David Roath has extensive expertise in dealing with employment cases, especially those concerning director exits, restrictive covenants and whistleblowing. He routinely conducts his own advocacy and is also a  mediator. Claire Merritt was promoted to partner in January 2018, and the team was further enhanced by the recruitment of associates Tabytha Cunningham  and Charlotte Farrell, who joined in 2017 from  Coffin Mew LLP.

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South East: Private client

Family: Hampshire
Family: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Paris Smith LLP

Paris Smith LLP¬†has arguably¬†‚Äėthe number one matrimonial finance team in Hampshire with great depth of experience and talent‚Äô. The team acts on very high-value matters, often in the tens of millions of pounds. It frequently acts for family clients in settling financial disputes, often where corporate and off-shore assets and trusts are involved as well as agricultural land trusts. ‚ÄėThe hugely talented‚Äô Frank Prior¬†heads the team, which also includes the ‚Äėalways brilliant‚Äô Huw Miles, who¬†is collaboratively trained and ‚Äėis tenacious in getting the best deals for his clients‚Äô and ‚Äėlooks for a collaborative outcome but is able to argue a point if necessary‚Äô. Neil Davis¬†is able to draw on his ‚Äėvery long experience of performing at the top level and handling the biggest cases'. Rachel Osgood¬†¬†and Sarah Passemard¬†¬†are also highly regarded.

Leading individuals

Frank Prior - Paris Smith LLP

Huw Miles - Paris Smith LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Paris Smith LLP

The team at Paris Smith LLP provides 'good advice' and assists clients across all aspects of complex trusts, the administration of estates, tax issues and tax planning and Court of Protection work. Practice head Nick Turner is 'very approachable and provides sound advice'; he advises high-net-worth clients on trusts, succession and related tax issues. Jason Oliver, who specialises in contentious probate and trust cases and Isabel Deverill, who is based in the Winchester office, joined from Parker Bullen LLP in May 2017 and August 2017 respectively. Elizabeth Power and William Hadley, who is able to 'explain very clearly any legal jargon and provide all the various options', were made-up to partner in January 2018.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Paris Smith LLP

Paris Smith LLP's team stands out for its 'commercial and pragmatic approach' and 'its response times' and 'attention to detail'. Mark Howarth heads a team that handles the gamut of real estate, planning and finance matters. Joanne Spittles is valued for her 'clear, concise and prompt responses'; Edward Watson, who specialises in property finance, was promoted to the partnership; and associates Lisa Busby and Sean Hogan are  'excellent'. In one highlight, the team advised Bargate Homes on innovative deal structures pertaining to a number of developments valued at more than £50m. It also acted for the former owners of Linton Fuel Oils on the sale of a site to Taylor Wimpey, which had a conditional planning agreement for the construction of over 100 new homes and a commercial space. Jin Takhar joined Clarke Willmott LLP.

Leading individuals

Mark Howarth - Paris Smith LLP

Next generation lawyers

Joanne Spittles - Paris Smith LLP

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Paris Smith LLP

The 'excellent' Paris Smith LLP¬†team is ‚Äėresponsive and able to provide options that are backed up by a solid opinion for a particular course of action‚Äô. The team is led by communications, media and technology expert Crispin Dick¬†and intellectual property lawyer Laura Trapnell, who is ‚Äėquick to respond, with fantastic customer service and is always really helpful‚Äô. Associate solicitor Emily Sadler¬†specialises in commercial IT contracts, acting mainly for suppliers of IT products. The team‚Äôs work portfolio includes IT-related commercial transactions, system integration, development and procurement projects, IT separation issues in M&A transactions, and cloud computing and hosting. Clients include The Property Ombudsman, Aspin Management Systems and Lascar Electronics.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Paris Smith LLP

Paris Smith LLP¬†is known primarily for its work in IP audit and strategy, trademarks, international licensing and franchising, and contentious IP, regularly receiving client referrals from local and national patent and trade mark attorneys such as Chapman IP, Deverill IP and Barker Brettell. Intellectual property department head¬†Laura Trapnell¬†is ‚Äėquick to respond and always really helpful with fantastic customer service‚Äô.¬†Emily Sadler¬†is noted for her expertise in franchise agreements and disputes. ¬†Clients of the practice include Hobbycraft Trading, Marwell Wildlife and The Mayflower Theatre Trust.

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