Firm Profile > Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP > Westcliff on Sea, England

Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP

Commercial property: Essex Tier 3

The commercial property practice at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP deals with joint venture agreements and medium to high-value acquisitions and disposals for a wide range of clients. Sam Robinson specialises in acting for developers and property investors, whereas Wendy Cole advises clients on high-value property acquisitions. Billericay-based Mark Deans has expertise in commercial freehold and leasehold property.

Employment: Essex Tier 3

The employment department at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP handles a wide range of matters, often working alongside the commercial team to provide corporate clients and individuals with advice on TUPE, merger-related employment issues and dismissal claims. Polly Plant is the key name to note and also heads the contentious probate team. Ana James-Pittau advises on contentious employment matters.

Family: Essex Tier 3

Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP's family team provides a full scope of services including cohabitation disputes, financial remedy proceedings, cross-jurisdiction assets to child care disputes and complex child relocation cases. Christopher Wall heads the team, which has recently acted for a client in a high-value financial remedy case with foreign interests abroad. Melanie Steeples specialises in pre and post-marital agreements.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex Tier 3

The wills and probate team at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP is led by recently promoted partner Lee Hibell and Caroline Cole. The practice covers a wide range of matters relating to estate and trust administration, wills, lasting powers of attorney and court of protection work. Recent matters include instructing genealogists in tracing and assisting heirs on a high value large estate matter. Senior associate Jonathan Saunders joined the team from Palmers.

Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 4

The commercial litigation team at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP acts for corporations, private individuals and financial institutions on a range of work including joint venture disputes, shareholder, and contract dispute matters. Practice head Fiona Colwell also has a focus on non-contentious work and has experience advising on significant cross-border issues. The firm is expanding its geographic reach, having recently opened an office in London.

Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 4

Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP's corporate practice group handles a variety of work involving commercial contracts, banking, licensing and insolvency matters. Led by Mark Deans, the team has been engaged in various joint agreement and acquisition matters. Westcliff-on-Sea based Fiona Colwell has complementary experience in litigation and is proficient in dealing with all matters related to M&A and company restructuring.

One of the largest law firms in the South East with offices in Westcliff on Sea, Billericay, Benfleet and Stratford, Paul Robinson is a leading provincial firm with a City approach.

The firm: Established in 1983 by Paul Robinson. After formation, the firm consisted of a small team: Robinson, a personal assistant, an articled clerk, two secretaries and an accounts manager. The firm has grown into a multi-officed business, consisting of fourteen partners and 115 other staff members.

Paul Robinson offers a full range of legal services to both individuals and organisations. The firm recruits high standard employees, trained and developed to deliver a quality service for clients. Paul Robinson has achieved the Lexcel standard.

The firm is committed to supporting local communities, providing pro bono advice at local law centres and at various Citizen’ Advice Bureaus. It sponsors a number of arts and educational organisations, and sports teams including West Ham United, Southend’s football, rugby and cricket clubs, and Billericay Town football and cricket clubs.

Types of work undertaken: Residential legal services: a dedicated team of residential property lawyers assist in the sale and purchase of homes, remortgages, transfers by way of gift and residential lettings. The team offers advice on joint ownership and trust deeds, and has secured the Law Society’s CQS accreditation.

Crime: the firm offers 24-hour legal advice following an arrest. It deals with offences, including road traffic, thefts, burglary, robbery, frauds, assaults, public order incidents, drug-related offences, sexual offences, white-collar crime, benefit fraud and murder. Its team is experienced in representing clients in trading standards prosecutions, Royal Mail prosecutions and environmental prosecutions, and can assist with appeals or judicial review cases. Representation extends to police stations, Magistrates Court and Crown Court. The team also deals with all matters relating to Motoring Offences.

Commercial property: the team represents developers and builders on both large and small housing developments, assists with options, joint ventures, factory, office and shop developments, licensing arrangements and general commercial property work. Paul Robinson is dedicated to dispute resolution, also covering a wide range of landlord and tenant work involving both residential and business tenancies. The firm also deals with licences, tenancy agreements and business leases and can advise on landlord and tenant disputes.

Family litigation: Paul Robinson helps with divorce proceedings, by offering information, administering the procedure, and handling the financial matters in adherence to the Resolution code of practice. The team deals with disputes related to children, has  accredited children law practitioners’ on-hand to offer expert advice. It assists unmarried couples and cohabitants on their rights in relation to property and children and in cases of abuse or domestic violence it can advise on the legal implications of the situations, and offer safe, high-level guidance. It also assists with collaborative law, allowing families to work in partnership, without resorting to the court process.

Employment legal services: the firm’s advice covers raising grievances with an employer, dealing with disciplinary proceedings, dismissal and appeals. It negotiates confidential exit packages, representing clients in tribunal claims, creating employment contracts and administering TUPE transfers. It also provides HR advice to client companies and assists them with related employment matters.

Corporate insolvency: the firm offers business clients corporate insolvency, including the dissolving of companies and partnerships, solvent liquidations, and the restructuring of a business. It also assists in directors’ disqualification and directors’ duties, and reaching settlement of purported claims.

Private client: the firm offers a wide range of services from drafting a simple will to advising on and creating complicated trusts. It provides assistance in matters surrounding loss of capacity and vulnerable adults, including drafting and registering LPA and Court of Protection applications as well as acting as professional deputies or attorneys. The firm is there to guide friends and family after death in obtaining grants of probate and administering estates of all sizes.

Civil litigation: Paul Robinson deals with all aspects of contractual claims, landlord and tenant disputes (residential and commercial), personal injury, commercial disputes; insurance claims, professional negligence, debt recovery, defamation claims, property disputes and contentious probate. Its representation covers the County Courts, High Court and also all forms of alternative dispute resolution. The department also has an accredited mediator.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Sam Robinson
Real estate Andrew McClintock
Commercial Mark Deans
Family Christopher Wall
Crime Michelle Breindel
Private client Caroline Cole
Civil litigation Fiona Colwell
Commercial Wendy Cole
Civil Litigation Lorraine Lancaster
Private client Lee Hibell
Real estate Pauline Evans
Real estate John Branch
Real estate Claire Bradley
Crime Emma Grewock
Photo Name Position Profile
 Lorraine Lancaster  photo Lorraine Lancaster
 Annette Lowen  photo Annette Lowen
 Polly Plant  photo Polly Plant
 Melanie Steeples  photo Melanie Steeples
Number of UK partners : 14
Number of other UK fee-earners : 35
English (fluent)

CLIENT: Michael Hayes
COMPANY/FIRM: Railscape Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: I have been a client of Paul Robinson Solicitors both personally and professionally for over 17 years. Over this period, they have provided me with expert legal advice across a wide range of areas including Conveyancing, Commercial Litigation, Human Resources and Contractual Legal matters. I have found the team to be very professional and knowledgeable, providing a high standard of expertise at all times. My questions are always answered swiftly, with the respect and integrity. I would highly recommend using Paul Robinson Solicitors for legal advice.

TESTIMONIAL: Southend YMCA has used Paul Robinson to handle local property work for many years. The lawyers are very thorough, they always provide advice which offers stretch i.e. secures the best and most timely outcomes in negotiations. The firm represents value for money. Their local knowledge and connectivity is an asset as is their friendly and dedicated approach.

TESTIMONIAL: A local presence and an attentive and knowledgeable team helps to support efficient progression and conclusion of requirements

CLIENT: Simon Goldring
TESTIMONIAL: As time passes, Fairfield’s requirement for property related advice has increased exponentially.

Paul Robinson’s experienced and exceptionally helpful team have always responded positively to challenges of dealing with complex and, most frequently, urgent time limited deals and all for most reasonable fees.

Given these uncommon attributes, coupled, of course with the relevant levels of expertise, I would have no hesitation in making a recommendation.

CLIENT: Peter Grief
COMPANY/FIRM: Baltimore Properties
TESTIMONIAL: Paul Robinson Solicitors has acted for us, and our associated Companies, for over a decade advising us on all aspects of our commercial property transactions. Not only is her advice both considered and informed it is allied to a commercial awareness that helps us weigh up the risks and benefits of each opportunity.