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RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP

Professional discipline Tier 1

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP has 'the team to match or attempt to beat in the professional discipline space'. The practice fields specialists in matters concerning corporate regulation, compliance and investigations, healthcare professionals, solicitors and legal services regulation, and police disciplinary and regulatory issues. Its practitioners also have a strong track record acting as advocates at interim hearings of the General Medical Council (GMC) and General Dental Council (GDC), as well as at Performers List hearings, coroner inquests, and hearings before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). Sam Flew is the head of the healthcare professionals team. Another name to note is Nigel West , who is the commercial litigation and solicitors regulation leader. Susanna Heley acts for solicitors, partners and employees in professional disciplinary matters. Also recommended are Stewart Duffy, who is a specialist in regulatory and disciplinary matters involving doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. Leeds-based Tom Nutter has experience of acting for police officers. Consultants Alex Leslie and Linda Lee (a past president of the Law Society of England and Wales) are other key names.

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I think this is the team to match or attempt to beat in the PD area of work. They are well known, well respected and trusted. They have a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of the law and regulators.’

Nigel West & Susanna Heley stand out. They have an excellent knowledge of the relevant law.’

RLB have unparalleled experience in the field of healthcare disciplinary work on behalf of the practitioner. The team’s work is predominantly on behalf of doctors and dentists. They have been doing this work for as long, if not longer, than anyone.’

Probably the most established team in the market. A good blend of experience and youth. Always approachable, good effective judgment and common sense. All are very good at open discussion of issues and problems with the joint aim of reaching a common solution. They will instruct experts where necessary but are not afraid of saying one is not needed if that is so. They have excellent client care but will give firm advice, even if unpalatable. The best interests of the client are always paramount.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP advises high-net-worth individuals on the full spectrum of private client matters, with particular expertise in private wealth, tax and estate planning. The 'strong and dynamic' team is adept at advising on international wills and estate planning, as well as trust and international trust matters. Other strengths lie in the taxation of UK residential property and landed estate and heritage asset matters, and the team is experienced in advising clients with substantial collections of art, antiques and chattels. It has a significant client base in South Africa, China, Turkey and Israel, as well as a growing client base in the Middle East. The practice is led by the highly regarded Jonathan Shankland and Victoria Fairley. While Tulin Hamit left for Collyer Bristow LLP, the team's senior ranks were bolstered by the promotion of Patrick Malone to the partnership.

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‘A highly innovative firm but with traditional values when it comes to client service. A strong private client team that has broad experience. Jon Shankland is technically excellent and obsessive about client service. His clients always receive exceptional service and they rely on him for all their legal needs

The firm is clearly one of the best, highly professional and with a name that implies trust and integrity. I would highlight the breadth of its global network; the impact of its brand; and the fact that I know that I have the broad resources of a top-class law firm at my disposal should I need it

Victoria Fairley is measured, intelligent and a very safe pair of hands

Jonathan Shankland is a quality operator at the top of his game. He is commercial, responsive and a lawyer you want on your team. He is an outstanding professional, knowledgeable and client friendly

‘It is a collegial team and its strengths lie with Jon Shankland and Victoria Fairley, who are dedicated to developing their team’s experience and expertise. It is genuinely a hardworking, collaborative and down-to-earth team. Very bright, sharp and creative in finding solutions

Jon Shankland is a savvy negotiator who is a very strong communicator. He has no weaknesses – he is exactly who you need when the rubber hits the road. Tom Frankel was very helpful and kind’

‘Patrick Malone’s strengths are his resourcefulness, determination and willingness to roll his sleeves up on any task. Patrick has a pleasant disposition. It feels a bit like I’m his only client, when I know that can’t be true

Good international tax knowledge and the ability to communicate this knowledge to clients. Jonathan Shankland is very focused and has an eye for detail with a real can-do attitude’

Key clients

JTC Trust Company (Jersey and Guernsey)

Swiss Independent Trust Company SA

Jersey Telecommunications

47 Brand LLC

HFMC Wealth

BBC Presenters v HMRC

Heritage Trust Company Limited

Healthcare Tier 3

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP frequently deals with highly sensitive issues before the Court of Protection, while also advising private healthcare providers, NHS clients, and mental health trusts regarding CQC investigations, health and safety investigations, safeguarding investigations, challenges to inspection reports, and ICO complaints. Head of healthcare Andrew Parsons advises NHS private healthcare providers on CQC issues, care homes and mental health law, inquests, and judicial reviews. In September 2019, senior legal officer Nicole O’Reilly joined from the Royal College of Nursing.

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This is a top-end team with some of the best in the business for regulatory law.’

Clear market leaders for NHS and particularly private clients. The team has great depth and variety and particularly attuned to working with the clients’ commercial realities in the private healthcare and care home sectors.

Andrew Parsons is simply the best healthcare lawyer there is. Calm and reassuring with clients his cool exterior belies the fact that his brain is working quicker than anyone else in the room.’

Key clients

Central and North West NHS Foundation Trust

Residential property Tier 3

Alongside high-value residential conveyancing for a wide variety of clients, RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP’s team is highly regarded for its leasehold enfranchisement work. Practice head Karen Mayne specialises in the purchase, sale, letting and management of high-value residential property for owner occupation, investment and development by both domestic and overseas clients. The team has a dedicated China desk; Ping Leung, who speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin, advises on investment from China into the UK and acts for Hong Kong banks in respect of refinancing.

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‘Speedy, efficient and reliable.’

‘Friendly; approachable – not stuffy. Sensible on fees.’

‘The team is both knowledgeable and approachable, with a wealth of experience in both contentious and non-contentious residential real estate matters.’

‘Lead by Karen Mayne, the department is effective and prompt.’

Key clients

The Church Commissioners for England

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP frequently acts for executors, administrators, beneficiaries and dependants in a broad range of high-value and complex trust and estates disputes in the UK and overseas. Particular specialisms include applications to remove or substitute personal representatives, as well as cases relating to negligent trustees and the negligent execution of wills or administration of estates. Jonathan Shankland and Dominic Green are prominent practitioners, along with Nigel West, who is noted for his advice to wealthy clients on their personal and corporate litigation matters.

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Nigel West is a very focused lawyer

Family Tier 4

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP is adept at advising middle income professionals and business people on high-net-worth financial disputes on divorce, and frequently also acts for self-employed creatives and entrepreneurs. It works with the tax and private client offering to assist clients with all issues that affect relationship breakdown. Through department head Caroline Penfold, the team is skilled in advising on jurisdictional issues, as well as issues surrounding offshore trusts and other matters such as complex pre and post-nuptial agreements and all aspects of private law children work.

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‘Caroline Penfold has a well-established reputation in London as a very experienced matrimonial finance solicitor. She has many years of experience and is extremely well respected by her peers, counsel and the judiciary. She exercises very sound judgement, is highly intuitive, and understands the subtle nuances of a case

Radcliffes LeBrasseur is a very accomplished outfit, with a strong team, delivering a first-rate service. Caroline Penfold is hugely experienced and brings real insight to all her cases’

Christopher Butler is a personable, vastly experienced solicitor with a deservedly strong reputation

Christopher Butler is an experienced practitioner and part-time judge, which give him a real understanding of the issues and the realities

‘Robert Emmett has great attention to detail and a sharp mind

‘Lucy Bridger has confidence and gravitas beyond her years, is hardworking, and very bright. She has dealt with some very difficult cases on her own,  which other less able and confident lawyers would have struggled with

Christopher Butler leaves no stone unturned in advancing his client’s case’

‘Carina Smith has grown a reputation for herself as a steady, very intelligent, and well-rounded lawyer. Carina specialises in matrimonial finance, often with an international element. She will consider a case from all angles, and is a real problem solver. She is a tenacious lawyer and will go the extra mile for her clients

Key clients

Mr. Rupert Martin

Property litigation Tier 5

Equally strong in both commercial and residential real estate disputes, RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP's workload includes insolvency and restructuring-related matters, boundary disputes, lease renewals and forfeiture cases. It is also active in landlord and tenant work, as well as property portfolio matters. Team head Simon Hartley covers a wide range of property disputes and has a niche in dilapidations insurance.

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Simon Hartley is astonishingly responsive. For client service, he cannot be faulted.’

Apart from excellent legal advice, the most important aspect is the 24/7 availability of the lead partner. This has been a stand out aspect of the firm.

Stand out partner is Simon Hartley. Good practical advice available at any and all times.’

They are a client-focused, results-driven team. Attention to detail and excellence is at the core of their business.

Jane Emberton is a class act. An excellent litigator with real depth of experience.’

Their attention to detail and the willingness to assist clients (both lay and professional) in whatever way necessary makes this a go-to firm.

They go above and beyond what is asked of them to ensure that the client is taken care of and they understand the litigation process. Counsel is provided with everything they need in a clear fashion so that they can seamlessly pick up a case and proceed to the hearing. The individuals also work as a team, which means assistance is always on hand from someone in the firm should it be needed. Stand-out individuals are Jane Emberton (Partner) and Nadine Tappouni (Associate)

Good strength in depth and timely response to queries for advice. Clear, concise advice delivered efficiently

Key clients

AG Plaza De Carlos 4BV

Baden Prop Limited

CBLH Limited

Citibase Limited

CW+ – Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity

European Springs & Pressings Limited

Freshwater Property Management

Four Seasons Health Care Limited

Kings House Developments Limited

Knightsbridge Residents Management Company Ltd

Lawrence Barnes Limited

MacIntyre Hudson LLP

MDDUS Property Limited

Pankhurst Family Trust

P J Care Limited

Simit Sarayi UK Holding Limited

Sir Robert Ogden Estates Limited

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Clinical negligence and personal injury: defendant Tier 2

At RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP, team head Mike 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.

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.