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Prettys Solicitors LLP
6th Floor
St Vincent House
1 Cutler Street

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

Prettys Solicitors LLP in Ipswich continues to grow its practice and expand its client base both locally and across the region. Ian Waine, whose advice is ‘clear and concise', leads the corporate and commercial group, working closely with lead data protection services practitioner Emma Loveday-Hill. Sarah Lewis joined from Birketts LLP in October 2022; she brings niche expertise in the motor industry to the team and frequently acts for family-owned businesses. Also noteworthy is Daniel Billson who is noted as having ‘no trouble understanding matters from the client’s perspective'; he recently advised the owners of Deben Publishing Limited on its sale to Hachette UK Limited.

Practice head(s):

Ian Waine; Emma Loveday-Hill

Other key lawyers:


‘The Prettys are experienced and knowledgeable and are large enough to provide cover and expertise in specific areas. They appear to communicate well with their clients and provide regular informative events.’

‘Ian Waine stands out in my experience. Apart from being a very interesting and engaging individual, Ian always impresses when it comes down to the matter at hand. His advice is clear and concise and yet he’s still open to hearing our opinion – this attribute, in particular, is one of the reasons we have used Prettys for many years.’

‘Daniel Billson is a great corporate and contract lawyer. I really like working with Daniel, not only is he extremely competent and experienced in his field, he is a great human being who has no trouble understanding matters from the client’s perspective.’

‘Most of our work is delivered by Daniel Billson. We have worked with him very successfully on the majority of our commercial matters for the past six years. We have always found him to be collaborative, sufficiently pragmatic, solution finding when required and flexible in his approach to working alongside us to deliver the best result for us and our client.’

‘Daniel’s response style really stands out, he is firm and authoritative, but also reflective of our commercial imperative to negotiate quickly and decisively.’

‘Prettys have a very good and wide-ranging experience in all commercial and corporate situations.’

‘The Prettys team naturally blends a professional service with a friendly and approachable culture. They provide strong legal advice, whilst remaining open to challenges and therefore accepting commercial realities.’

‘Prettys are always ready to take on another legal challenge. Response to our needs is always very quick, and we get quality work, packaged in a user-friendly way. Some of our contractual discussion points are quite tricky. They have proved very capable and resourceful over the years.’

Key clients

3HA Ltd

Arthur D Little Services SAS

BTS Group Limited

Care UK

Clearsprings Ready Homes Ltd

Godolphin Management Co Ltd

Itsu (Grocery) Limited

Itsu Limited

Le Bas Group

Maritime Transport

Micro Scooters Ltd

ONE Group Construction

The Change Group Corporation Limited

The DPO Centre Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the seller on the sale of a publishing company for an undisclosed sum.
  • Advised the seller on the sale of the whole of the issued share capital of its company to a US listed corporation for an undisclosed sum.
  • Advised Maritime in connection with the commercial contract aspects of a multi-million pound development agreement for lease of the 6.8 hectare Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal at Segro Logistics Park.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

Prettys Solicitors LLP in Ipswich ‘takes the time to understand clients' situations and is responsive, transparent and committed to building long-lasting relationships'. The team is considered to be ‘practical, diligent and very timely' in its provision of advice. Lead partner and accredited mediator Peter Blake oversees the firm’s construction, insolvency, property, civil and commercial litigation teams. Key practitioner and advocate Graham Mead, whose ‘wealth of experience and deep knowledge are a true asset to his team'; Bushra Elzubeir, who joined the team in September 2022 from Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP; and associate Michael Booth, all play central roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Peter Blake


‘The practice has a good variety of fee earners at different levels and a good amount of specialisation within the litigation team such that clients get work done at the right level and niche expertise is delivered from the most experienced and knowledgeable people about technical aspects of a case. The practice also works in an agile way.’

‘With Graham Mead, you quite simply know where you are, both in terms of likelihood of success and finances.’

‘Prettys has a team of expert lawyers who have a wealth of experience across a variety of practice areas. They take the time to understand your situation and are responsive, transparent and committed to building long-lasting relationships. We have used Prettys for half a decade, for all our legal needs.’

‘Graham Mead is dedicated to providing the highest level of legal representation. With his wealth of experience and deep knowledge of the law, Graham is a true asset to his team. He has an unwavering commitment to client service and takes the time to understand our needs and goals, then works tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcomes.’

‘A very competent team with a very friendly and warm approach – also very responsive.’

‘Peter Blake’s approach has been very practical, diligent and timely.’

‘Bushra Elzubeir is greatly knowledgeable in his field and applies great thought processes and strategies to his thinking, bringing additional depth and specialist skills to commercial disputes. Bushra is incredibly articulate and has a reassuring nature. He gave me great confidence, not only in myself but in my case. He has always had my complete trust and confidence. He is an excellent communicator, often translating complex legal jargon into digestible bitesize chunks.’

‘What I look for in a team or firm of solicitors, is a top-notch ability and an air of confidence to pursue my case with as much impact as possible to achieve the desired result. The team at Prettys integrates to deliver the service I require whilst making me feel like an individual and a client that matters. Their customer service is extremely good, I certainly do not feel like just another number.’

Employment Tier 2

Prettys Solicitors LLP‘s Ipswich team has a growing roster of high-calibre clients and matters of increasing value in its gamut. ‘Realistic, honest and trustworthy’ practice head Matthew Cole acts for some of East Anglia’s largest employers within the region, as well as both national and overseas companies and offers great solutions’ therein. Vanessa Bell acts for a wide-range of clients in both East Anglia and London, among them, Call Assist and Chelmsford City Council. Senior associate Sheilah Cummins has a particular interest in the ecclesiastical sector. Bell and Cummins are both noted as ‘taking the time to get to know their clients and provide an outstanding service’.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Cole

Other key lawyers:


‘Matthew Cole is always professional and pragmatic, offers clear guidance and reassurance which at times has been enormously encouraging from both a professional and personal perspective. He listens to my ramblings and still manages to understand my questions and our organisational needs. I trust the advice I am given.’

‘Sheilah Cummins and Vanessa Bell are both excellent – they are knowledgeable and professional, taking the time to get to know their clients and provide an outstanding service.’

‘The team under Matthew Cole’s leadership is exceptional and very customer-focused. They are very up-to-date with current practice and always offer a pragmatic and sensible solution to however complex an issue might be. They always see it through the lens of the employer.’

‘Matthew Cole is brilliant. He is very responsive, understands the problem presented and always offers great solutions. Matthew is a realistic practitioner, honest and trustworthy.’

‘The employment team are a great bunch of people to work with.’

‘Matthew Cole is an exceptionally knowledgeable chap.’

‘A fantastic team to work with; there is always someone available to assist or advise. We have a longstanding relationship.’

‘Vanessa Bell is very approachable, understanding, supportive and reassuring; Sheilah Cummins is thorough whilst taking into consideration what client is trying to achieve. The team overall is super supportive, professional and goes above and beyond our expectations.’

Key clients

Arthur D Little Ltd

Bacton Transport Services Ltd

Call Assist Ltd

Chalegrove Properties Ltd

Chassis Cab Ltd

Chelmsford City Council

Clearsprings Ready Homes Ltd

Colchester Borough Council

Confer Ltd

D. S. Watson Civil Engineering (Anglia) Ltd

Fryers Transport Ltd

Greene King Services Ltd

Godolphin Management Co Ltd

Gyroscope Therapeutics Ltd

Harwich Haven Authority

Ichiban UK Ltd

Itsu Ltd

Killik & Co LLP

Kirkman & Jourdain Limited

Leading Lives Ltd

Mactenn Systems Ltd

Maritime Transport Ltd

Mestag Therapeutics Ltd

MGC Lamps Ltd

Pegasi Management Co Ltd

ChangeGroup Corporation Ltd

The Kennel Club Ltd

Trinity House Corporation

University of Suffolk

Private client > Family Tier 2

Prettys Solicitors LLP joins the ranking this year and is ‘a cut above the rest', according to clients. ‘They were interested, creative, consultative, and did not take a cookie-cutter approach to their work', say clients of head of personal law Georgie Hall and head of family Georgina Rayment. The firm frequently handles complex financial cases, some involving international aspects, whether assets are modest or in the multimillion-pound range, and is also adept in matters involving children. Senior associate Victoria Mayhew is one of the few accredited mediators in the region.

Practice head(s):

Georgie Hall; Georgina Rayment

Other key lawyers:


‘We hoped that we would never have to go to family court but when all other options had been extinguished, my wife and I spent many weeks trying to find the right solicitor. Prettys was a cut above the rest. They were interested, creative, consultative, clear with their billing and you could tell from the very first call that they did not take a cookie-cutter approach to their work. I can’t recommend them highly enough.’

‘Georgie Hall is a standout lawyer. She has gone above and beyond for us, she is incredibly smart, very calm and strategic and has a wealth of experience. The first time I spoke to Georgie on the phone after meeting five or six lawyers in person, it was a real eureka moment that had we found someone who was both smart and who actually cared and was prepared to immerse herself in this case. We’ve found this throughout our engagement with her.’

‘Georgina Rayment is very efficient and determined and supportive. I look forward to seeing how she will represent me in court but I have every confidence in her.’

‘Victoria Mayhew is very understanding and reassuring.’

‘Georgie Hall is empathetic and helped us see the bigger picture in the times where we were struggling to do so. She has guided us through the points where it felt like all was against us, and calmly moved the pendulum back our way through careful thought and strategy. Sometimes it was very hard and she was sensitive to that.’

‘Georgie Hall listened and explained and held our hands through all of it. We spoke to many people who tried to tell us to not use a solicitor and just spend money on a barrister. We are absolutely clear that we would never have been able to get through the last few years without Georgie. She has been indispensable. We would not be where we currently are without Georgie and the rest of Prettys.’

‘Georgie Hall goes above and beyond to support her clients. She shows compassion and empathy, whilst also remaining pragmatic and focussed on the goal. She takes the time to explain complex matters to ensure the client understands the situation, and is supportive of the clients position whilst also offering realistic advice.’

‘The whole family team is amazing and care about their clients very much.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2

Prettys Solicitors LLP is ‘the go-to firm in Ipswich; the service is always prompt, the experience excellent and the advice appropriate'. Lead partner in the practice Emma Woollard acts as a professional Attorney and Court of Protection Deputy for numerous clients. Woollard and associate Laura Parker ‘function fantastically as a team, making clients feel instantly at ease at what can be a difficult time'. Both advise on the full range of estates services, but the firm is particularly active in matters concerning care fees and end of life planning.

Practice head(s):

Emma Woollard

Other key lawyers:


‘In my accountancy practice I am always in need of go to legal services for clients. the go-to firm in Ipswich; the service is always prompt, the experience excellent and the advice appropriate.’

‘The main member of staff I deal with has a great understanding of what is available alongside the empathy to marry the options available with requirements of clients, to produce a result that serves the clients’ needs exactly.’

‘The team has the ability to provide advice across sectors within the firm,which is a massive help to clients as is the ability to work closely with other professional services such as tax advisers or financial planners. They have great knowledge across the board and the client outcome is at the heart of everything they do.’

‘Emma Woollard Laura Parker, and the whole team, are highly knowledgeable, personable and relatable. They function fantastically as a team, making clients feel instantly at ease at what can be a difficult time.’

‘A really good team – everyone is concerned about the wellbeing of their clients and they ensure that the client is at the centre of decision making.’

‘Exceptional attention-to-detail and always happy to go the extra mile for clients.’

‘I can always rely on Prettys to provide me with a quick, detailed response, no matter how complicated the matter is. Their knowledge base is extensive and there is always someone at the firm that can answer questions.’

‘Laura Parker and Emma Woollard are both very responsive and very knowledgeable. They are always willing to answer any queries. Answers are always explained in a clear, precise way, without using lots of legal jargon.’

Work highlights

  • Advised the Trustees of The Millar Danks Trust and assisted in reinstating their charitable status.

Transport > Transport and shipping Tier 2

Prettys Solicitors LLP in Ipswich provides corporate, commercial and property advice to clients in the haulage, distribution and intermodal sectors. Practice head Ian Waine acted for Maritime Transport Ltd in a multimillion-pound development agreement for the lease of the 6.8 hectare Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal at Segro Logistics Park, Northampton Gateway. Matthew Cole provides transport sector clients with employment advice, while corporate partner Daniel Billson handles a broad range of issues, including the sales and acquisitions of businesses.

Practice head(s):

Ian Waine

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bacton Transport Services Ltd

Fryers Transport Ltd

Harwich Haven Authority

Maritime Transport Ltd

Trinity House Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Maritime Group Limited in connection with the commercial contract aspects of a multi-million pound development agreement for lease of the 6.8 hectare Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal at Segro Logistics Park, Northampton Gateway

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Prettys Solicitors LLP in Ipswich joins the ranking having built up a track record of success in increasingly high-value personal injury claims. The firm continues to build a strong presence across Suffolk and clients note that practice head and senior associate Louise Plant is ‘a brilliant tactician‘. The firm ‘offers the service of a major national firm whilst staying true to its local roots‘, says another client. Her work includes Animals Act matters and road traffic accidents.

Practice head(s):

Louise Plant


‘The team is anchored by Louise Plant, an immensely knowledgeable and experienced personal injury practitioner.’

‘Prettys is able to offer the service of a major national firm whilst staying true to its local roots.’

‘The firm is deeply embedded in the towns and villages of Suffolk and is a major part of its local community.’

‘Louise Plant is the stand-out individual. She combines laser-focussed legal analysis with top-notch client care.’

‘Louise Plant is a brilliant tactician and has a masterly “feel” for any case. Any personal injury claimant feels reassured and safe in her hands.’

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3

The property practice at Prettys Solicitors LLP in Ipswich is noted for its 'expertise and detailed knowledge of freehold and lease situations', in addition to refinancing and portfolio restructuring issues. Practice head Rebecca Cleal is praised by clients for her ‘willingness to go the extra mile‘. Cleal recently assisted Maritime Transport with a multimillion-pound development agreement for lease of the 6.8 hectare Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal at Segro Logistics Park. Associate Paul Munnings  plays a key role in advising residential developers.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Cleal

Other key lawyers:


‘Always willing to pick up the phone to discuss matters.’

‘Willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Prettys commercial property team adds value to the work that we undertake through their expertise and detailed knowledge in freehold and lease situations. They are hard working and flexible.’

‘The standout partner is Rebecca Cleal.’

Key clients

Bacton Transport Ltd

Bioindustry Association

R Hayward Farming Partnership

Maritime Transport Ltd

Whitelodge Stud Ltd

Birch Homes UK Limited

Profile Homes Limited

Mayes Lane SPV Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Maritime Group Limited in connection with a multi-million pound development agreement for lease of the 6.8 hectare Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal at Segro Logistics Park, Northampton Gateway.
  • Acted for the R Hayward & Sons farming partnership in connection with the freehold acquisition of 57.8 hectares of unregistered farmland for an undisclosed purchase price.
  • Advised national award-winning Biotech trade association on a conditional agreement for lease and lease of office premises in central London (W1).

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Prettys Solicitors LLP joins the ranking this year for the quality of its work on both contentious construction matters, including disputes arising from defective designs. The firm houses a ‘highly intelligent team that thinks things through properly and understands its clients’. Practice head Peter Blake predominantly handles construction disputes, though he also advises on the drafting and negotiation of contracts. Blake and litigation associate Michael Booth exhibit ‘strong legal and client understanding combined with a keen work ethic’.

Practice head(s):

Peter Blake

Other key lawyers:

Michael Booth; Liam Hendry


‘Highly intelligent team that thinks things through properly. They understand their clients.’

‘Peter Blake and Michael Booth are an excellent team, with complimentary skills. Strong legal and client understanding combined with a keen work ethic.’

‘In my dealings with Prettys, they have always shown a willingness to consider and propose different options to resolve the matter at hand and provide both details of costs and risks involved early on in the discussions.’

‘My work with Liam Hendry has always been notable by the clear communication and willingness to consider the merits of alternative means to achieve resolution.’

‘The construction team at Prettys is knowledgable and experienced of construction related legal and contractual matters. However, they are not driven by legal arguments alone having an excellent problem solving and practical approach to resolution of disputes.’

‘Their in-depth knowledge of construction related legal matters combined with their practical problem solving approach to dispute resolution provides an excellent all round service.’

‘Prettys has a team of expert lawyers who have a wealth of experience across a variety of practice areas. They take the time to understand your situation and are responsive, transparent and are committed to building long-lasting relationships. We have used Prettys for half a decade for all our legal needs.’

‘We have used Pretty’s on and off over the last 8 years. We were recently involved in a large land transaction/refinance for which Pretty’s advised and we were exceptionally pleased with the overall level of service from top to bottom. The control of the multiple moving parts involving various different areas of the law was seamless and allowed us to focus on our business rather than worrying about who was coordinating what.’

Leading firm Prettys Solicitors LLP is a full service law firm based in Ipswich, Suffolk. Founded in 1906, Prettys prides itself on providing expertise, great results and peace of mind for all clients both commercial and private clients.

Complementing Prettys’ core services is a range of additional resources to keep clients up-to-date in the areas that matter to them. This includes the ‘Prettys Business Academy’, a free support service for all commercial clients, providing a dedicated programme of specialist networking events, seminars, publications and legal updates for business and the ‘Developers’ Club’, a regular programme of networking events and seminars open to all professionals in the construction and commercial property sector.

Prettys has also developed a unique approach to dispute resolution through its Talking Works initiative. This refreshingly innovative approach uses different methods and techniques which aim to deliver more expedient and lower cost answers to a wide range of disagreements. The service is equally suitable for resolving commercial and personal disputes.

Prettys has been awarded the Law Society’s Lexcel quality mark for its commitment to providing effective practice management and excellent client care.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and Commercial Ian Waine 01473 298223
Construction Peter Blake 01473 298 206
Employment Matthew Cole 01473 298 221
Family Georgie Hall 01473 298 233
Commercial Disputes Bushra Elzubeir 01473 298 237
Corporate and Commercial Daniel Billson 01473 298 296
Data Protection Emma Loveday-Hill 01473 298 266
Personal Law Emma Woollard 01473 298 342
Family Georgina Rayment 01473 298 344
Commercial Disputes Graham Mead 01473 298 234
Personal Injury Louise Plant 01473 298 293
Chief Operating Officer Lynn MacDonald 01473 298 254
Commercial Property Rebecca Cleal 01473 298 362
Corporate and Commercial Sarah Lewis 01473 298 202
Employment Vanessa Bell 01473 298 208
Mediation Victoria Mayhew 01473 298 350
Photo Name Position Profile
Sarina Bailey photo Sarina Bailey Associate
Vanessa  Bell photo Vanessa Bell Partner and Head of Employment Law
Daniel Billson photo Daniel Billson Partner
Peter Blake photo Peter Blake Partner and Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution
Michael Booth photo Michael Booth Senior Associate
Rebecca Cleal photo Rebecca Cleal Partner and Head of Commercial Property
Matthew Cole photo Matthew Cole Partner and Head of Commercial Services
Sheilah Cummins photo Sheilah Cummins Senior Associate
Bushra Elzubeir photo Bushra Elzubeir Partner
Georgie Hall photo Georgie Hall Partner and Head of Family Law
Sarah Lewis photo Sarah Lewis Partner
Siân  Llewelyn  photo Siân Llewelyn Associate
Emma Loveday-Hill photo Emma Loveday-Hill Partner and Head of Data Protection
Victoria Mayhew photo Victoria Mayhew Senior Associate and Accredited Mediator
Graham Mead photo Graham Mead Partner
Paul Munnings photo Paul Munnings Associate
Louise Plant photo Louise Plant Senior Associate
Bradley Powell photo Bradley Powell Associate
Georgina Rayment photo Georgina Rayment Partner and Head of Family Law
Maria Spencer photo Maria Spencer Solicitor
Ian Waine photo Ian Waine Senior Partner and Head of Corporate & Commercial
Emma Woollard photo Emma Woollard Partner and Head of Estates
Zoe Zhang photo Zoe Zhang Solicitor
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15
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