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RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP

Professional discipline Tier 1

For some clients, RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP 'has probably the most experienced lawyers in London for solicitors' disciplinary cases; the team always provides a first-class service'. In addition, the group assists healthcare professionals in relation to conduct, health and competence issues, including reputation concerns and criminal allegations. It recently added police professional discipline to its offering, with the arrival of Tom Nutter in its Leeds office from Slater and Gordon. Alex Leslie is focused on advising professionals working in the NHS; Sam Flew advises healthcare professionals on regulatory, disciplinary and criminal investigations and prosecutions; Nigel West is the commercial litigation and solicitors regulation head; and Susanna Heley specialises in regulatory law and professionals. Also key to the team are Stewart Duffy and consultant Linda Lee.

Practice head(s):

Sam Flew; Nigel West; Tom Nutter


The firm sets the standard for all others in this area of law; its partners and associates are some of the very best practitioners around‘.

The solicitors in the team operate with the utmost professionalism and willingness to assist; nothing is ever too much trouble and clients always feel very valued‘.

Nigel West is a standout practitioner and an extremely able tactician‘.

Susannah Heley has top-class knowledge of regulatory law and practice‘.

Stewart Duffy has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, while understanding that sometimes its applicability has limits‘.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

The size of the team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP allows it to advise on a broad range of HNW specialisms centred around private wealth, tax and estate planning. It is strong across the board from international wills and estate planning through to trust and international trust advice. It advises both individuals and professional trustees on a myriad of issues from Trustee Act 2000 obligations through to changes in the taxation of UK residential property. It is also strong on landed estate and heritage asset matters, as a number of its clients have significant collections of art, antiques and chattels. It has a China desk and through Tulin Hamit has a well-regarded Turkish markets team. Heads of department Jonathan Shankland and Victoria Fairley receive a lot of plaudits.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Shankland; Victoria Fairley

Other key lawyers:

Tulin Hamit; Tom Frankel; Patrick Malone


Jonathan Shankland is clearly a competent lawyer but his client management makes him exceptional and significantly increases the market-worthiness of Radcliffes. He is constantly 24/7 available by email, text, phone, whatever. He exudes client support and responsiveness.’

Excellent responsiveness, client-centric, good advice – Jonathan Shankland is outstanding.

I trust Jonathan Shankland greatly which I think is so important when someone is dealing with your financial affairs and I know that if he is handling work for me that it will be done both diligently, efficiently and on time.

‘Jonathan Shankland is a top-notch lawyer and one I really rate. He’s the full package – technically able, pragmatic, excellent client care skills and very responsive. He has a bright future ahead of him.

Victoria Fairley is extremely gifted and able.

Victoria Fairley has an extremely reassuring manner, and an outstanding ability to see a matter smoothly through to successful conclusion.

The team is extremely experienced and has a long and outstanding private client history. Tulin Hamit is extremely conscientious with her outstanding client base. She is extremely able.

‘Tom Frankel is a very approachable and likeable individual. Explained all the issues in layman terms and was very helpful.

‘Jonathan Shankland and Patrick Malone impressed with their international capabilities and ability to work collaboratively with firms outside their jurisdiction. They had a solid knowledge of international and tax matters.

Court of protection Tier 3

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP routinely deals with complex Court of Protection matters and vulnerable person matters for both institutional clients and private clients. Its practice straddles its private client and healthcare teams. It acts for many private healthcare providers as well as NHS clients. Andrew Parsons has extensive experience of advising NHS, private health and social care providers on all areas of health law, including care homes law, mental health law and judicial reviews. Jonathan Shankland is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Parsons; Jonathan Shankland

Other key lawyers:

Julia Appleton


The team has exceptionally broad knowledge and experience with a panoply of lawyers of all levels of experience, many of whom are excellent. Many of the trainees and junior solicitors are really able to tackle case-work beyond their years and do so with great enthusiasm‘.

‘The firm has a real “collegiate” feel to it. The lawyers are approachable, highly knowledgeable and always return calls the same day‘.

Julia Appleton is clever, competent and always personable. She is always pragmatic and sensible whatever the demands of the situation’.

Key clients

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Four Seasons Health Care

CAS Behavioural Services

Barchester Healthcare

Care UK

Healthcare Tier 3

As 'one of the most recognisable names in the healthcare market' RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP specialises in advising on CQC regulation and enforcement issues, mental health, and care homes, as well as advising healthcare professionals. Practice head Andrew Parsons acts for a large number of private sector healthcare providers and regularly advises on regulatory matters involving CQC and the police.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Parsons


The healthcare department provide high-quality, knowledgeable advice’

‘Andrew Parsons is a standout leader in this field – he knows more about the healthcare sector than anyone, and is a problem solver with a wonderful manner with clients that instills confidence

Residential property Tier 3

With a range of clients that includes high-net-worth individuals, estates and offshore trusts, RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP stands out for its leasehold enfranchisement and refinancing work and deep knowledge of trust structures, alongside its work on sales and purchases on new build properties, estates and country houses. The group also boasts considerable knowledge of the property market in China and inbound investment from China into the UK. Practice leader Karen Mayne leads a team of partners including Ping Leung, who heads the firm's China desk and specialises in advising lenders on secured lending and financing.

Practice head(s):

Karen Mayne

Other key lawyers:


‘RadcliffesLeBrasseur have great knowledge of leasehold enfranchisement  and licensing.’

‘The residential property team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur has specialist knowledge of estate management schemes.’

Key clients

The Church Commissioners for England

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP routinely acts for executors, administrators, beneficiaries and dependants on various high-value and complex trusts and estates in the UK and overseas. Key areas of expertise include advising on applications to remove or substitute personal representatives as well as claims relating to breach of trustees powers and duties or claims relating to negligent trustees. Jonathan Shankland and Dominic Green are the names to note. Nigel West is another known name for his advice to various ultra-high-net-worth clients on their personal and corporate litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Shankland l Dominic Green

Other key lawyers:

Nigel West; Cheryl Gayer


‘Nigel West is a highly experienced senior lawyer who brings a wealth of experience, common sense and commercial judgment to litigation and works hard to find a satisfactory solution to the client’s case.’

‘Nigel West is a very experienced litigation lawyer and you can see this with his confidence and style – he is never outwitted.’

‘Nigel West is a very experienced litigation lawyer; Jonathan Shankland has a very calming and settled manner and is very approachable; Cheryl Gayer is very organised.’

‘Jonathan Shankland: for his ingenuity, ability to find solutions for his clients – his resilience and the all-round service he provides to his clients. He is extremely technically able across a vast number of different areas.’

‘Cheryl Gayer  is great, very organised and also knowledgeable but she really makes matters tick along, she is very proactive.’

Family Tier 4

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP is well-placed to advise on issues for high-net-worth individuals in addition to middle-income professionals and routinely advises self-employed creatives and entrepreneurs. The group works closely with its tax and private client team to advise on tax, trusts and probate matters for clients going through relationship breakdown. It frequently advises on jurisdictional issues and issues surrounding offshore trusts and on different tax regimes as well as on complex pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Caroline Penfold heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Penfold

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Butler


It is a strong team that is increasingly making a name for itself‘.

It has a very broad spread of knowledge within the practice and all issues are handled with great sensitivity. Caroline Penfold lent support above and beyond what I would have expected‘.

Caroline Penfold is an extremely experienced solicitor who is handling complex cases’.

‘Caroline Penfold is extremely efficient and thorough. Her attention to detail, and excellent client management win her the loyalty of her clients‘.

Christopher Butler has a wealth of experience‘.

Christopher Butler is an ever calm, measured and able solicitor with excellent judgement. When required he will be punchy and effective, but his main quality is that he sees through to the core of a problem and solves it‘.

‘Many years of experience as a solicitor, backed up by extensive judicial experience, make Christopher Butler a very safe pair of hands. He is pragmatic and calm, but determined to get the best possible result for his clients‘.

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 4

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP advises corporates and individuals on fraud, white-collar crime, compliance and regulatory matters. Areas of expertise include injunctions, PoCA matters, confiscation, money laundering, prevention of crime and internal investigations. The firm often deals with investigations by the SFO, CPS, FCA and HMRC.

Practice head(s):

Nigel West

Other key lawyers:

Anil Rajani; Stuart Lindley


‘Anil Rajani is results driven and always has the correct strategy in mind’.

Property litigation Tier 5

The property litigation team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP is led by Simon Hartley, who handles a wide range of contentious commercial real estate work and has significant experience in rent reviews, but the group is also well versed in dealing with residential property matters, including landlord and tenant disputes and property issues associated with insolvency scenarios.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hartley

Other key lawyers:

Jane Emberton

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Led by the 'outstandingMike Scherp, the 'very competent' two-strong team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP provides a 'responsive and efficient' service to the members of all three main UK medical and dental defence organisations, as well as being instructed privately by individual professionals. Scherp has an excellent perspective on matters as a result of his work on both the defence and claimant side, and is also able to provide advocacy for healthcare professionals in complex inquests, ranging from deaths resulting from errors in general practice to deaths in custody, many of which involve issues arising from the Human Rights Act. Huw Morgan retired in December 2018.

Practice head(s):

Mike Scherp


‘Excellent healthcare sector knowledge and experience.’

‘Lawyers are properly on top of the cases when they instruct counsel.’

‘Mike Scherp’s experience means he has seen it all before and he is unflappable.’

‘The tactically astute Mike Scherp has excellent judgement and is fully on top of his cases.’

Key clients


Medical Protection

Dental Protection

Medical Defence Union

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP is one of the UK’s leading medium-sized commercial law firms with around 200 employees working in three offices located in London, Leeds and Cardiff.

The firm: Over 150 years, RadcliffesLeBrasseur has built a reputation for providing sound, practical, high-quality legal advice, allying traditional values to forward thinking and commercial acumen.

While the firm is organised into traditional departments, multi-disciplinary teams from across the firm come together to deliver complete solutions for clients in key areas where it has particular strengths.

Types of work undertaken: Business and property: the firm specialises in advising property investors and developers in relation to the acquisition, funding, development, disposal and management of property. It provides a full company and commercial law service and prides itself on helping its clients to build businesses of all sizes. Clients range from start-ups and entrepreneurs, and private and family-owned businesses through to major plcs, multinationals and lending institutions. The department has particular expertise in landlord and tenant and commercial litigation and includes an arbitrator and an accredited mediator.

Healthcare: the firm has one of the most substantial healthcare practices in the UK acting for medical defence organisations, the NHS, private providers of healthcare, primary care practitioners and regulatory authorities. The firm is renowned for its specialist work in the field of mental health and public law and is a recognised leader in advising providers of mental health services and those operating care homes, where its expertise is unrivalled.

Tax and private client: the firm provides specialist inheritance and capital gains tax advice, planning for lifetime tax mitigation and to ensure that provision for the next generation is made as tax-efficiently as possible. It provides tax and trust advice for settlors, trustees and beneficiaries of UK trusts and advice on the administration of trusts and estates. The firm provides a complete estate and tax planning service from simple wills, codicils and lasting powers of attorney through to complex trust structures. It also services the needs of international private clients and investors in the UK and is one of the few teams in the UK looking after the specific needs of Turkish clients, providing bilingual and dual-qualified advice.

Charities: the firm guides charities, and their trustees, through the increasingly intricate demands of charity law and practice and the many other areas of law which affect charities in their day-to-day activities. The team provides specialist advice on charity formation, governance, compliance and regulatory matters, trading, fundraising and tax as well as advice on employment, property, commercial and corporate matters and disputes.

Employment: the team has a wealth of experience and expertise in all areas of employment law, including dismissals, claims under the discrimination legislation, equal pay claims, breach of contract, pensions and share options and IR35 tax rules. Solicitors deliver their advice in a straightforward, practical and commercial manner. The firm is used to providing ad-hoc advice to organisations in urgent, often stressful circumstances, in which employment queries often arise.

Family: this department has a varied caseload including divorce, related financial proceedings, prenuptial agreements and all aspects of private client family law, including Children’s Act proceedings. The family department work encompasses issues relating to trusts (onshore and offshore) and tax, with the necessary expertise being provided within the tax and private client department.

Solicitors’ regulation: the firm has one of the leading regulatory teams specialising in solicitors defence work. In this fast-changing field of regulatory law, a solicitor facing any risk of disciplinary proceedings needs to instruct a specialist to protect his or her career. The team’s work includes advice in investigations by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, assistance on practising certificate applications, representation on forensic investigations reports and caseworker reports prepared for adjudication and defence of Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings.

Trainees: four trainees are recruited each year. Application is by CV with covering letter to Hetty Maher, HR Manager, or via the firm’s website.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief operating officer Jackie Darby
Charities Philip Maddock
Private client Victoria Fairley
Private client and international wealth Jonathan Shankland
Company commercial Stephen Blair
Corporate finance Stephen Blair
Employment Sejal Raja
Family Caroline Penfold
Health (mental health and care homes) Andrew Parsons
Health (MDOs and regulatory issues) Sam Flew
Insolvency Stephen Blair
Litigation and dispute resolution Nigel West
Property investment and development Karen Mayne
Residential property Karen Mayne
Solicitors regulation Nigel West
Photo Name Position Profile
 Julia Appleton  photo Julia Appleton Julia is a Partner in the Healthcare team and regularly advises many…
 Mark Baker  photo Mark Baker Mark is a Partner and heads the Commercial Property team advising clients…
 Ricardo Bassani  photo Ricardo Bassani Ricardo is a Partner in the Healthcare team and heads the firm’s…
 Stephen Blair  photo Stephen Blair Stephen is a Partner and Solicitor and head of both the Corporate…
 William Childs  photo William Childs Will is a Partner in the Healthcare department, specialising in advising medical…
 Sumaira Choudary  photo Sumaira Choudary Sumaira is a Partner and Solicitor working within both the Corporate and…
 Peter Coats  photo Peter Coats Peter is a Partner and Head of M&A. He advises on corporate…
 Stewart Duffy  photo Stewart Duffy Stewart is a Partner in the Healthcare department, advising doctors, dentists and…
 Jane Emberton  photo Jane Emberton Jane is a Partner in the Property team, specialising in all forms…
 Victoria Fairley  photo Victoria Fairley Victoria is a Partner in the Tax and Private Client team, providing…
 Sam Flew  photo Sam Flew Sam is a Partner and Head of the Healthcare Professionals team, specialising…
 Marianne Frall  photo Marianne Frall Marianne is a Partner in our Healthcare Providers team, advising clients on…
 Simon Gomersall  photo Simon Gomersall Simon is a Partner in the Healthcare department. He represents doctors, dentists…
 Dominic Green  photo Dominic Green Dominic is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation team and undertakes a…
Mr Simon Hartley  photo Mr Simon Hartley Simon is a Partner in RadcliffesLeBrasseur’s Property Litigation department, advising on all…
 Susanna Heley  photo Susanna Heley Susanna is a Partner in the Solicitors Regulation department, specialising in regulatory…
 Alexandra Johnstone  photo Alexandra Johnstone Alexandra is a Partner in the Healthcare department, advising and representing healthcare…
 Christopher Keough  photo Christopher Keough Christopher is a Partner in our Property team and specialises in high…
 Linda Lee photo Linda Lee Consultant
 Alex Leslie  photo Alex Leslie Alex is a Partner in the Healthcare team. He has more than…
 Hei Leung  photo Hei Leung Hei is a Partner in our Property team, specialising in residential and…
 Ping Leung  photo Ping Leung Ping is a Partner in our Property team. He specialises in the…
 Stuart Lindley  photo Stuart Lindley Stuart is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation team. Since qualifying in…
 Philip Maddock  photo Philip Maddock Philip is a Partner in our Corporate team. He acts for clients…
 Karen Mayne  photo Karen Mayne Karen is a Partner and Head of Property. She specialises in the…
 Alan Meneghetti  photo Alan Meneghetti Alan is a partner in the Corporate department at RadcliffesLeBrasseur UK LLP,…
 Michaela Nicholas  photo Michaela Nicholas Michaela is a Partner in the Healthcare team. She brings a unique…
 Andrew Parsons  photo Andrew Parsons Andrew specialises in medical law and all areas of health and social…
 Caroline Penfold  photo Caroline Penfold Caroline is a Partner and Head of Family. Caroline advises on all…
 Richard Privett  photo Richard Privett Richard is a Partner in the Healthcare team, specialising in criminal and…
 Sejal Raja  photo Sejal Raja Sejal is a Partner and Head of Employment, specialising in advising employers…
Mr Anil Rajani  photo Mr Anil Rajani Anil is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation department, with extensive experience…
 Ian Sadler  photo Ian Sadler Ian is a Partner in the Healthcare team advising and representing medical…
 Jonathan Shankland  photo Jonathan Shankland Jonathan is a Partner in the Tax and Private Client team and…
 Carina Smith  photo Carina Smith Carina is a Partner in our Family team. She advises a broad…
 Philip Vickers  photo Philip Vickers Philip is a Partner in our Property team. He specialises in both…
 Nigel West  photo Nigel West Nigel is a Partner at RadcliffesLeBrasseur, where he heads the litigation department.…
Number of UK partners : 42
Number of other UK fee-earners : 63

The Lex 100 Verdict

'I knew from first-hand experience that it would be a fantastic firm to train with thanks to my time as a paralegal', said one current RadcliffesLeBrasseur trainee. The London, Cardiff and Leeds-based firm's 'reputation in the healthcare sector' and 'teams and partners who are very well regarded in several areas' were also big selling points. A smaller trainee intake brings with it 'more client contact and responsibility', as well as 'greater involvement in tasks'. Recruits were pleased to receive 'a lot more billable work' than peers at some other firms. The work/life balance was praised too. Some trainees complained about the remuneration, which they considered 'on the lower side, even for firms of similar size and standing', but 'everyone is aware of that and it is a decent trade-off for the generally friendly culture and hours'. The approachability and friendliness of RadcliffesLeBrasseur staff, 'including partners', is greatly appreciated: 'there is a really pleasant atmosphere every day when you come into work. I get the feeling that everyone does genuinely get along'. The firm's social scene is, however, described as 'lacking'; that there is no Christmas party was particularly lamented. There was also some uncertainty over NQ positions. 'Placing medical records into chronological order', 'hours of bundling' and undertaking other administrative duties were tasks that trainees enjoyed the least. Conversely, 'visits to court' and 'being told by counsel that I was great at dealing with a nervous client at a hearing which I attended alone' galvanised recruits. For 'high-quality work, easy-to-approach partners' and a 'friendly nature which can be seen throughout the firm', consider RadcliffesLeBrasseur.