Firm Profile > Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP > Billericay, England

Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP
CM12 9BT

Commercial property: Essex Tier 3

Individuals, businesses and financial institutions call on the services of the 'friendly and approachable' commercial property team at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP. Jointly led by Mark Deans and Wendy Cole, it covers areas such as finance security documents, joint ventures, option agreements and tenancy issues. In addition, acquisitions (whether for owner occupiers, investors or developers) are all catered for.

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The team are very accessible and will give you an assessment of your case and costs early on so that you can then proceed with your decision as to how to go forward. They are able to react quickly to urgent situations.’

‘Friendly and approachable from the receptionist through to the solicitors‘.

Some of the matters I ask them to deal with are quite arduous but they deal with them excellently. I am not the easiest client to deal with, I am sure, but they handle my matters very capably and professionally‘.

Employment: Essex Tier 3

Employment team lead Fiona Colwell has cross-disciplinary responsibilities at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP. Specifically, this means that clients can also benefit from her commercial experience in relation to issues such as TUPE transfers and settlement agreements. More broadly, the firm handles work for individuals, businesses and schools, often drafting documentation such as staff handbooks and consultant contracts. Industries served include healthcare, insurance and recruitment.

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Family: Essex Tier 3

A member of the Law Society's Advanced Family Law panel, Christopher Wall oversees the sector team at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP. Pre/post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation disputes and cross jurisdictional assets are all covered by the firm. In addition, the team handles child arrangement disputes and has experience with complex relocation cases. Melanie Steeples is recommended for financial remedy work while Lorraine George has a 'great eye for detail'.

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Excellent, responsive, knowledgeable and dedicated team with great strategic planning and good at building client confidence. A pleasure to work with‘.

Lorraine George is an experienced and highly knowledgeable family lawyer. She has a great eye for detail and has a great manner with clients, being sympathetic and reassuring at all times. When dealing with her as an opponent, she has been efficient, constructive and solution focused, which has allowed us to resolve matters for our respective clients quickly and cost effectively‘.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex Tier 3

Wills, estate administration and lasting powers of attorney are all catered for by the private team at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP. In addition, clients can benefit from the firm's experience in Court of Protection work, with team head Lee Hibell and Caroline Cole particularly recommended. Notably, the firm recently opened a new office in Stratford in order to complement its existing outlets in Westcliff, Billericay and Benfleet.

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The team, in particular Lee Hibell, are outstanding, and are always available for clients to be able to speak with them‘.

Hard working, always available, great manner with clients, complete estates on time and without delay‘.

Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 4

Fiona Colwell oversees the commercial litigation offering at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP. Capable of dealing with substantive liquidations, it handles cases relating to issues such as unfair prejudice and minority protection, deadlocked board disputes, breach of warranty and misrepresentation claims. Clients can also source assistance with misconduct and negligence claims and general corporate governance issues.

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Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 4

The corporate and commercial team at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP is jointly led by Mark Deans (Billericay) and Fiona Colwell (Westcliff-on-Sea). The practice, which also has offices in Benfleet and Stratford, handles both regional and national work, covering areas such as commercial contracts, refinancing, licensing and insolvency. Clients can also benefit from the wider firm's expertise in the property elements of asset purchases. The firm's portfolio typically features work on behalf of individuals, businesses and financial institutions.

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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
 Mark Deans  photo Mark Deans Commercial and residential property matters including acquisitions, refinancing and disposals of residential…
 Lee Hibell  photo Lee Hibell Senior Associate in Private Client Department who handles all aspects of will…
 Lauren Larkin  photo Lauren Larkin Associate Solicitor
Number of UK partners : 14
Number of other UK fee-earners : 35
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CLIENT: Steve Faber
COMPANY/FIRM: Herts Living Limited
TESTIMONIAL: Lucy and I have been working together on the successful purchase of a number of residential development sites. This has included some troublesome title matters alongside significant negotiations with the vendors. I have found Lucy to be highly responsive, offering very considered solutions deeply rooted with sound commercial judgement. It is a pleasure working with Lucy.

CLIENT: Tony Baker
COMPANY/FIRM: Chambers Financial Solutions
TESTIMONIAL: Pauline and I have been working together for the past five years with providing conveyancing services to our clients. Pauline is our preferred legal partner and have no hesitation in recommending her services. She is very efficient and friendly which is what our clients love about her. Furthermore, we work together as a team as we both have the desire to get to completion in the interests of all concerned.

CLIENT: Jamie Lewis
COMPANY/FIRM: Affinity Mortgages
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked in the property industry for the last 23 years as both an estate agent, a writing mortgage broker and now the Managing Director of Affinity Mortgages and Director of The Mortgage Mum – over the many years in the industry we have worked with a number of law professionals and you should know that at every stage, of every separate transaction that has been undertaken by every lawyer, solicitor or support team member at Paul Robinson the service to the end client has been absolutely exemplary.

TESTIMONIAL: I felt as though I was listened to by Lucy G and the services were very professional, my case was dealt with well and the procedure was easy to follow. My initial enquiry was dealt with right away which I was most pleased with!

CLIENT: Ivor Watson
COMPANY/FIRM: Marden Homes Limited
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with Paul Robinson Solicitors for a number of years now and on a number of residential and commercial developments and the service they provide is and continues to be too a very high standard. From the initial introduction including searches and report on title through to the planning, construction and conveyancing stages of the development we are advised of any issues that arise which are fully highlighted and dealt with accordingly. We would definitely recommend their services.

TESTIMONIAL: Thank you so much for your help in helping us to a conclusion on this dispute. We felt that you really listened to our point of view, took time to understand our case and gave us excellent guidance. Our stress levels reduced appreciably as soon as we had our first conversation with you and we felt supported every step of the way.

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.

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.