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Roythornes Solicitors continues to be a key legal resource for agricultural clients across the East Midlands and further afield, such as farm businesses, estates and professional referrers. The firm acts across the country on matters such as assistance with reviews of farm and estate structures, transactions, environmental measures and more. Simeon Disley is highly experienced in the legal aspects of ownership of land adjacent to the coast line and has a niche specialism in flood defence matters. Julie Robinson has a focus on matters relating to farm succession planning post Brexit. Edd Johnson and Emma Hill are recommended, while Claire Hindmarsh recently made partner.
Simeon Disley; Julie Robinson
The De Lisle Family Fund
- Carried out the purchase of farmland at pace on behalf of a farming partnership, together with a £9m re-financing, secured against land owned by partners and associated third parties and spanning 11 registered titles. Timescales on the re-financing were tight in order to meet the farmland purchase deadline.
- Advised on the purchase of the freehold of unregistered farmland, buildings and farmhouse by a sitting tenant and associated parties.
- Acted for the landlord in the grant of a long-term farm business tenancy over approx. 300 acres of agricultural land coupled with a pre-emption agreement giving the tenant the right of first refusal to purchase the holding if the landlord expressed an intention to sell all or part of it during the term.
Specialist agriculture and estates firm Roythornes Solicitors has a growing presence in Alconbury, where the team advises farming businesses and estates across England on property and development work, as well as taxes, trusts and estate management. The firm is 'efficient, professional and delivers excellent service'. Clients remark that practice head Julie Robinson is 'highly professional and communicates very strongly'. In 2020, Tim Russ moved over from the Spalding office, bringing his experience in Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies, and contentious farm partnership and property claims. Newly promoted partner Claire Hindmarsh and senior associate Kirsten Rimmer are agricultural property specialists.
‘I have consistently been impressed with Julie Robinson. She always has a quick and keen grasp of the issue(s), a rigorous approach and a very pleasant manner. And she is highly responsive and reliable.’
‘Efficient, professional, on time and in keeping with what was quoted. Roythornes delivered excellent service to me over a number of months in dealing with them and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.’
‘Julie Robinson was highly professional throughout my project and communicated very strongly at all times.’
Cheveley Park Farms
Huntingdon Freemen’s Trust
- Advised on the purchase of farmland on behalf of a farming partnership, together with a £9m refinancing.
- Advised on the purchase of the freehold of unregistered farmland, buildings and farmhouse by a sitting tenant and associated parties.
- Acted for a landlord in the grant of a long-term farm business tenancy over approx. 300 acres of agricultural land coupled with a pre-emption agreement giving the tenant the right of first refusal to purchase the holding if the landlord expressed an intention to sell all or part of it during the term.
Roythornes Solicitors' client base is notably broad, spanning private companies, recruitment agencies, insolvency practitioners, major accountancy firms and solicitors, and the team advises on the full spectrum of mandates from the initial stages of contacting debtors through to any disputes that may arise. The day-to-day practice is led by chartered legal executive Catherine Rickett and Victoria Stevenson, who is the lead partner for both the personal injury and debt recovery teams.
Victoria Stevenson; Catherine Rickett
‘All of the team provides support above and beyond what we would expect. They are always contactable and available to provide advice.’
‘Good consistency within the team.’
‘Catherine Rickett has been a pleasure to work to deal with over the last 4 years, she has, without realising, provided me with knowledge of dealing with difficult customers in paying debts and each time we pass overdue debt over to Roythornes the help/guidance given is above and beyond.’
‘We are very happy with their quick, efficient and reasonably priced service They have an in depth knowledge of all legal processes associated with English debt recovery.’
‘Efficient and yet very approachable, the team have successfully been able to offer their high standards of service working from home during the pandemic. They been available to talk through issues and respond promptly.’
‘Very professional firm and excellent customer service. They are always a pleasure to deal with, friendly, efficient and helpful. They have provided information and adapted it to suit our requirements and always deliver on time. The firm’s service is accurate, consistent and timely.’
‘Dealing with Catherine is an absolute pleasure, she is always friendly, gentle with advice, relevant, helpful and so approachable. I deal with different firms on a daily basis and Catherine stands out as an exceptional person to deal with and I trust her advice and guidance completely.’
‘The understanding applied to my problem from them was welcoming as I believed that there was no hope in retrieving what was owed. They explained the process thoroughly to me so as there was complete transparency and clear understanding for both parties.’
The Food Marketing Experts
Brown & Co
Integrated Communications Systems
E4Law T/A Lextox
Reydon Sports PLC
Mattioli Woods PLC
UK Private Psychology Limited
Masstock Arable (UK) Ltd T/A Agrii
Print Marshall Ltd
- Assisted a client with the recovery of £189,804.
- Advised I.S Sundries on the recovery of a debt in the sum of £2,411 for unpaid invoices
- Assisted Masstock Arable (UK) Ltd with the recovery of a debt in the sum of £14,463 for unpaid invoices.
Other key lawyers:
‘A good strong team, with lots of agricultural experience, and sensible litigators. Good at managing client expectations and sorting the achievable from the fanciful.’
‘Tim Russ has a sensible head on his shoulders. He is able to see rational and achievable outcomes to disputes.’
‘Joseph Mitchell has great knowledge of law.’
‘Tim Russ is bright, experienced, and has good judgement and people skills.’
‘Tim Russ is a very experienced practitioner who is great at handling difficult clients.’
‘Tim Russ is pure class as a litigator. He combines a razor sharp mind with years of experience in this area and is renowned for his success in agricultural will disputes. ’
‘Tim Russ is an excellent litigation solicitor. He is tenacious with opponents and understanding of clients.’
‘Jak Ward has strong expertise. He fights his clients’ corner but is always sensible and pragmatic.’
The core work of Roythornes Solicitors' private client offering focuses on high-value and complex tax and estate planning for a broad range of clients which include high net-worth families, farmers, trustees and entrepreneurs. The 'technically very strong' team also has a niche specialism in advising lottery winners with respect to the protection and management of the newly acquired wealth. Elizabeth Young and 'knowledgeable, responsive, courteous, thorough, honest and reliable' Paul Thompson jointly head the team. Clients feel that the 'detail and customer service are first class'.
Elizabeth Young; Paul Thompson
‘Paul Thompson has done all my trust work. He has stood out in terms of availability, trustworthiness and ability in his field.’
‘Paul Thompson knows his stuff and is easy to work with.’
‘My experiences with Roythornes are overall very positive, there attention to detail and customer service are first class.’
‘The majority of my dealings are with Paul Thompson, who embodies what one expects from a family solicitor. He is knowledgeable, responsive, courteous, thorough, honest and reliable.’
‘The team are approachable and understand the importance of working together. We have developed strong relationships and this pays dividends with our mutual clients.’
‘Our most regular contacts at Roythornes speak in plain English and put clients at ease. We know from our own work, that when dealing with private client matters you need to be able to build a report very quickly and gain the clients trust. I never have any concerns when referring clients to Roythornes because I know they are personable and professional.’
‘My involvement with this team has always been positive. They have drawn up several trust deeds and associated documents over the past 12 months which have always been excellent, usually as part of a peer-to-peer referral. They are transparent about fees and their service to our mutual clients is first class. ’
‘Excellent team who are professional, deal with matters promptly and are technically very strong.’
Edd Johnson; Iain Hibbert
Other key lawyers:
‘Detailed knowledge of their industry sector and provision of sound in-depth advice.’
‘Excellent communication enabling everyone to know where we are with complex projects, before having to ask. A practical approach, finding solutions, rather than merely just pointing out legal facts.’
‘Edd Johnson – excellent technical advice with an honest and practical approach. Not afraid to “pick up the phone” and talk difficult points through and find a solution.’
‘Roythornes still has that personal touch. You feel like you are dealing with a person not an organisation.’
- Advised a landowner on the lease of substrata to allow extraction of pot ash in North Yorkshire.
- Advised a landowning family trust in relation to the multi-phase development of a new town in the East Midlands.
- Advised a consortium of seven landowners in relation to a large ground-mounted solar scheme.
Other key lawyers:
Charlotte Lockwood; Ben Arrowsmith
‘Fantastic strength, diverse practice.’
‘A dynamic team with a multitude of skillsets to support clients. A firm I recommend both professionally and personally to deliver on time and to budget.’
A C Gotham & Son
Ashley King (Developments) Limited
Beeswax Dyson Farming
Chevin Homes Limited
DSL Holdings Limited
Elveden Estates Limited
Fowler Forest Farm Limited
G A Jenkinson & Sons Limited
Hull, D R, M J and CR
Kaaimans International Limited
Karam Properties Limited
Kier Living Limited
Langton Evans & Walker Limited
Larkfleet S W Limited
LEP Developments Limited
Lincolnshire Bomber Command
Longhurst & Havelok Homes and Partner Construction Limited
Longhurst Group Limited
M Good & Son Limited
Owl Homes Limited
Partner Construction Limited
Persimmon Homes (East Midlands)
Persimmon Homes (Midlands) Limited and David Wilson Homes (South Midlands)
Persimmon Homes (South West) Limited
Persimmon Homes Limited and Cerep III Trowbridge SARL
Persimmon Homes Wessex
Potter, RSC, C L & K F Marsh
RBH Properties Limited
Rose Homes Limited
Sleaford Town Council
Mr P L Stroude & Mrs W S Stroud
- Advising M Good & Son on a complex planning appeal relating to the refusal of planning permission for a residential development.
- Advising Tarmac on a major strategic site which is being promoted through the local plan process for a significant industrial allocation.
- Advising Rose Homes Limited on a number of issues arising from the lawful commencement of a development.
Roythornes Solicitors' group is led by Martin Jinks and assists with management buyouts, demergers, corporate succession planning issues, shareholder agreements and data protection matters. Located in Lincolnshire, the group is frequently consulted by clients in the fresh produce industry, as well as those looking for assistance with agricultural issues. Jinks is supported by Mike Matthews and Lizzie Walters; the former specialises in regional M&A transactions, while the latter has developed a niche in corporate restructuring work.
‘The team is diverse and strong whether they are helping with an MBO, trade sale or private equity sale. They have a wide range of services and some significant sector expertise.’
‘Response times are very quick and no problem or challenge is too big or small. The people I have dealt at Roythornes go the extra mile to ensure you get a first class service. I had to conclude an MBO this time last year and without the help of Roythornes and in particular Mike Matthews it is unlikely the deal would have got over the line.’
‘With Mike’s calm, considered and professional approach to the transaction, he preserved the right balance in protecting our position for the future whilst ensuring we got the deal of the line.’
‘We have worked with several members of the Roythornes team to help our business with our merger and all the complexities that entails. The team are always very accessible and collaborative in their approach. Particularly guiding us through the complex paperwork and nuances of areas of law completely alien to us. Fees are always a huge consideration as we are an SME and have to be very careful with our budgets. The team were very good at agreeing fixed fees so we had the confidence that we would not have escalating costs to deal with.’
‘Lizzie Walters’ extensive knowledge, patience and clarity has made this process so much easier. It has not been without it’s difficulties, but her calm, measured approach has really helped in making us feel very supported. Lizzie broke down complex law speak for us so that we really understood what we were reading and did it all with very good humour. She was always able to come at a problem with a variety of solutions which all made sense to us and no question was deemed too trivial or silly. All the Directors of our company value her expertise highly.’
‘This team provides an efficient and effective service, understanding the needs of often demanding clients to get a deal done.’
‘The individuals we have worked with including the very impressive Mike Matthews are approachable, pragmatic and knowledgeable. Always content to go the extra mile, they understand the importance of effective client care. Complex corporate transactions become less so in their hands.’
The Food Heroes Marketing Limited
Clayson Country Homes Limited
- Advising The Food Heroes Marketing Limited on intellectual property matters and the establishment of a joint venture with external investors.
- Advising a fresh produce company on a group restructuring.
- Advising a family farming company on its demerger.
Private client > Family Tier 3
Roythornes Solicitors' family law department has a focus on advising medium to high-value matters which often involve pension, farming and partnership assets as well as trusts, and are noted for being 'well versed in the court of protection' field. A primary aim of the team, which is headed by 'supportive and helpful' Nick Ingrey and has particular experience with farming businesses, is to preserve any businesses during the disentanglement of separating individuals. The team also produces a divorce podcast as an information resource for those contemplating a separation.
Other key lawyers:
John Boon; Neil Denny
‘I felt my money was spent very wisely with Roythornes. My dealings with all staff, from secretaries to solicitors, I found to be highly professional and communication was slick and timely. My bills were simple to understand and, in my opinion, money very well spent.’
‘I instructed Neil Denny last year in connection with my divorce. His calm but firm approach to dispute resolution completely changed the dynamics of the communication – and we now have reached a successful conclusion. I believe this would not have happened without Neil.’
‘Prepared to go the extra mile, working evenings and weekends when needed to address urgent issues.’
‘Nick Ingrey has been supportive and helpful and has provided support beyond what could reasonably be expected.’
‘When I was at first looking for legal representation, Roythornes stood out for their attitude of getting a fair settlement rather than just setting out to grab anything. This was in contrast to other solicitors I had spoken to. Once they were dealing with my divorce I genuinely felt they cared and had my wellbeing as a concern of their own.’
Roythornes Solicitors advises on a full range of personal injury matters and offers 'high quality service' for clinical negligence claims. The 'polite and efficient' team, headed by Victoria Stevenson, has a focus on head injuries, catastrophic injuries as well as fatalities and is particularly experienced in road traffic accidents. Robert Dempsey has a specialism in accidents at work. The department is accredited with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Other key lawyers:
‘Polite and efficient. Always responded quickly.’
‘I have found Roythornes to be efficient, understanding, helpful and keen to solve problems in a timely fashion.’
‘Contactable even during the Covid pandemic. Responsive to my queries. Able to solve difficulties in a timely fashion. Friendly.’
‘Roythornes are one of the best known firms in the region. They offer a high quality service across a broad range of areas. Their strength is the diversity of their offering and a strong personal touch. In every case I have worked on with them, their client care and manner has been excellent.’
‘I have worked on many cases with Robert Dempsey. He has a broad personal injury practice. His client care skills are extremely good. He has very good judgement and offers sound and realistic advice to clients.’
‘This team is dedicated to providing the best possible service to their client, even in circumstances where they may not recover their costs of doing so. They put their client at the heart and centre of every case.’
‘Victoria Stevenson goes the extra mile to ensure that her clients get the best possible representation and to ensure that they understand every step of the litigation process. She ensures that no stone is left unturned and all aspects of the case are properly investigated.’
Real estate > Social housing Tier 4Roythornes Solicitors supports major players in the social housing field on the full array of real estate, corporate and commercial, housing management, procurement, regulatory and funding matters; examples include strategic land transactions, housing policy reviews, succession disputes and joint ventures, among many other matters. The practice is led by Bhavesh Amlani, the firm’s national head of real estate, and also includes residential property disputes specialist Bukola Obadun-Craigs.
Other key lawyers:
Emily Danson; Benjamin Smith; Bukola Obadun-Craigs
‘An excellent property team with deal experience and background to cater to all complexities of property transactions.’
‘Bhavesh Amlani and Emily Danson have immense resilience to high volume workload with an impressive ability to quickly tune in and focus on the core issues complimented with commercial awareness and an ability to find simple acceptable solutions to complex problems. I have been consistently reassured by their ownership of the deal process and delivery in agreed cost and time.’
Gilbert and Goode
- Advising Macc Care Group on its share purchase acquisition from Octopus Healthcare Development Limited to secure the care home site acquisition in Blythe Valley Park, Solihull with planning for an 80 bed care home.
- Advising Kier Living Limited on completion of the first phase of the multi-phase development at Hardingstone, Northampton.
- Advising Macc on its acquisition of a former Morrisons supermarket site in Shirley, Solihull on a pre planning basis for a future multi-generational development to comprise apartments and a care home.
Roythornes Solicitors > Firm Profile
Roythornes Solicitors is one of the UK’s leading agri-food firms, with extensive experience in other sectors including private client, energy, and commercial property.
The firm: Roythornes was founded in 1934. It now has five offices in Alconbury, Birmingham, Nottingham, Peterborough, and Spalding and over 200 staff. The firm’s main office is in Spalding, which is at the heart of the UK’s agriculture and fresh produce industries.
The firm focuses on five key business sectors – agriculture and landed estates, charities, food and drink, housing and development and natural resources.
Roythorne’s clients range from individuals and families to some of the UK’s fastest moving and most innovative businesses. Within this there are long-standing family trusts looking after large country estates, property investors managing extensive portfolios and large high-street charities and corporates. A large proportion of clients have been coming to Roythornes for generations. The firm also acts for some of the most entrepreneurial companies in the UK – in renewable energy.
Types of work undertaken
Agriculture: Roythornes’ key strength is in agriculture, where the firm has a national client base – working for farmers and landowners, the agri-businesses they run, and their families. This brings in a wide range of work including agricultural property, commercial property, and private client, where the firm has a particularly strong reputation. It acts for many trusts and estates, providing tax and trust advice to help generations of families protect and preserve their assets.
Food: Roythornes’ experience helps clients to manage their businesses when margins are tight. The firm helps them to negotiate with high-street retailers and make sure their position is as protected as possible when developing new and innovative food products. When high-profile issues arise over food safety, it can act fast to ensure damage is minimised and all-important reputations maintained. Roythornes has extensive supply chain and logistics experience.
Natural resources: The firm has a national reputation in this area, in particular, working on large-scale renewable energy projects. The team, led by Edd Johnson, has been involved in some of Europe’s largest schemes. With experience of wind power, solar, anaerobic digestion, and energy from waste as well as the emerging technologies of battery storage and hydrogen production, the team’s ability to see projects from both sides (developer and landowner) gives it a unique position when advising clients.
Property: Roythornes undertakes a considerable amount of work for developers, in particular, large national house builders and Registered Providers of social housing. It has an efficient team handling plot sales for new-build estates etc. This type of work requires efficient systems and work processes that are developed in-house. The recent opening of the Birmingham office has significantly expanded the firm’s offering in this sector.
Planning: A rapidly expanding planning team advises landowners and developers on complex schemes including highways and infrastructure, land promotion, appeals, and large-scale mixed-use schemes.
Debt recovery: The busy debt team handles debt recovery for many large clients, including high-street names. Significant investment in systems means clients now instruct Roythornes online and have 24/7 access to the current position on their matters.
Corporate and commercial: Led by Martin Jinks, the team is quickly gaining a reputation for high-quality work, and the recent appointment of additional senior level headcount is further enhancing its capacity and skills in this sector. Martin is developing an excellent reputation in dealing with complex construction and automation contracts.
Personal injury: Roythornes’ personal injury practice covers mainstream business together with specialised work involving claims against the MOD. The firm operates several helplines for major insurers and financial institutions.
Other offices: Nottingham, Birmingham, Peterborough, Alconbury.
|Senior partner||Paul Osbornefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Managing Director||Vember Mortlockemail@example.com|
|Head of Agriculture||Julie Robinsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Renewable energy||Edd Johnsonemail@example.com|
|Property and development||Bhavesh Amlanifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Corporate and commercial||Martin Jinksemail@example.com|
|Private client||Elizabeth Youngfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Personal injury||Victoria Stevensonemail@example.com|
|Debt recovery||Victoria Stevensonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Food and drink||Peter Cusickemail@example.com|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 35 Number of other UK fee-earners : 104
Student (The Lex 100 )
The Lex 100 Verdict‘Highest rated local firm with big clients and big ambitions’, Roythornes is known for its prowess in the food and agricultural sectors plus its quality training. A Lex 100 Winner for work/life balance, Roythornes’ Lincolnshire head office in Spalding (as well as offices in Nottingham, Birmingham, Alconbury and Peterborough) ensures a diverse range of training options and clients. As one trainee comments, ‘it is local to where I grew up and I wanted to work at a firm that was not miles away from my family and friends'. Another adds, 'this is a large firm for the locality; it takes on very high quality work and has the feel of a larger commercial firm’. The firm’s approach to recruitment was also praised: ‘the focus was not just on grades - I really felt they wanted to get to know me as a person at both interviews I attended’. In particular, ‘the 'At Home with Roythornes' event provided a brilliant insight into the firm's culture and ethos, with everyone I spoke with on the day being very approachable’. The agricultural focus is a major draw, but the firm does have a range of other seats from private client to commercial available as well. In terms of training, trainees feel that they are ‘given lots of responsibility very early on in seats. I don't feel worried about asking for help’. Negatives related to the quiet locations of some of the offices, although this could be attractive to some, and the selection of seat choices. Highlights include ‘having a positive seat review and feeling valued within my department’ and ‘obtaining judgement in an urgent insolvency hearing, having instructed counsel, put insurers on notice and made representations to the judge’. If you want variety and an alternative to the big-city training experience, Roythornes could be a great fit.
- Private client > Agriculture and estates
- Private client > Agriculture and estates
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution > Debt recovery
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands
- Real estate > Planning and environment
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands
- Private client > Family
- Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia
- Real estate > Social housing
- West Midlands > Real estate > Social housing