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Roythornes Solicitors
1 Newhall Street
B3 3NH

Real estate > Social housing Tier 3

Roythornes Solicitors‘ ‘fantastic team of exceptional solicitors’ is a strong choice for a number of social housing sector operators seeking assistance on both strategic and transactional mandates. The practice is jointly led by national real estate head Bhavesh Amlani and Bukola Obadun-Craigs, an ‘exceptional’ residential property litigator whose broad practice encompasses the full scope of leasehold management and housing management disputes. Daniel Skinner, who joined the practice from Capsticks LLP in December 2021, is well-regarded by a mix of registered providers and local authorities for his expertise in housing management matters, particularly in relation to anti-social behaviour and leasehold issues. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Bhavesh Amlani; Bukola Obadun-Craigs

Other key lawyers:


‘Daniel Skinner is a superb lawyer and acknowledged expert in the social housing and property fields. His work is of a consistently high standard and he is very much a go-to lawyer. He is also a joy to work with and always willing to talk through issues.’

‘We have used the team for their planning, commercial property and construction expertise to date. So far, we have had excellent service. As an in-house legal team we really feel that Roythornes have acted as an extension of our own legal team which is of real benefit and not something we find with every firm. The collaboration is excellent. They are extremely responsive and offering a wide range of legal services mean that there is a very thorough review/approach to the work they do. They are also very good at finding solutions and moving things forward (and removing obstacles in the way of transactions).’

‘Where do I start! What a fantastic team of exceptional solicitors. Any social housing client will get the best service and knowledge base from Roythornes. Daniel Skinner and Bukola Obadun-Craigs know everything there is to know about social housing.’

‘Daniel Skinner is the godfather of social housing. What he doesn’t know, there isn’t to know. Tier one without doubt. Daniel is my favourite solicitor to work with not just because it’s so on the ball and knowledgeable but he is a genuine down to earth guy who just gets the job done but makes it fun at the same time.’

‘Bukola Obadun-Craigs is exceptional. She is thorough, knowledgable and very intelligent. She has her finger on the pulse of all recent case updates and is a joy to work with. She has extensive experience and if she is not already ranked that is a huge oversight.’

‘The team is proactive and responsive to our business’ needs when different specialist advice is required such as planning, acquisition, tax etc. matters.’

‘Roythornes is ambitious, agile, and approachable. It employs standout individuals who provide practiced and practical advice. As the complexity of our landlord responsibilities increases, it’s comforting to have on-hand advice from a knowledgeable and imperturbable team.’

‘Daniel Skinner is a proud housing law geek. His exceptional legal and sector knowledge keeps him pre-eminent. He is always available, always friendly and always honest; providing values-driven advice. Throughout Covid, he delivered fun and engaging training and legal updates. He is also a role model for enthusiastic and visible allyship.’

Key clients

Poplar HARCA

Regenda Homes

Walsall Housing Group

Longhurst Group

Platform Housing

Midland Heart


Flagship Hosing Group

Onward Housing

Work highlights

  • Advising Flagship Housing Group Limited on the acquisition of a number of section 106 agreement plots from Collins and Clark Developments (Little Melton) Limited to be used by Flagship Housing Group Limited as affordable housing at Little Melton.
  • Advising Flagship Housing Group Limited by assisting to create its precedence form of Golden Brick Sale Agreement and Golden Brick Development Agreement in order to assist to standardise its internal processes.
  • Advising Walsall Housing Group Limited on collateral warranties in respect of a JCT Design and Build Contract 2016 with a bespoke schedule of amends it had entered into with Keepmoat Homes Limited for a residential development.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3

The Alconbury office of Roythornes Solicitors is becoming a more important hub for corporate and commercial matters, working closely with the team in Spalding. The firm has a group of 'keen and clever individuals', led by Martin Jinks who works in both offices. So, too, do Lizzie Walters, who is strong in corporate restructuring, and Mike Matthews, who focuses on M&A and corporate finance. 'The team is very personable with a depth of knowledge that gives a real confidence in using the team for commercial transactions and corporate work that requires serious care and attention', remarks a client.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jinks

Other key lawyers:


‘Mike Matthews has a particularly good grasp of financial and corporate issues and can simplify complex transactions with his ability and pragmatism. In addition, Mike has can move quickly deliver and plough through time sensitive transactions with ease and is a safe pair of hands.’

‘The practice is well structured to cover all aspects that come to light during business sale and purchase agreements. Working for the client and seeking to find innovative solutions where at all possible.’

“Lizzie Walters is excellent at pulling together the final position and detail Always available at the key moments both for myself as a fellow adviser and also for the client ‘

‘The team is very personable with a depth of knowledge that gives a real confidence in using the team for commercial transactions and corporate work that requires serious care and attention. It is also very responsive to client needs.’

‘Personality combined with in depth knowledge.’

Key clients

Ceres Rural LLP

TC Bulley Davey Limited

BA Bush & Son Limited

FESA (UK) Limited

Peterborough Renewable Energy Limited

Frontier Agriculture Limited

Pigeon Investment Management Limited

Majestic Bingo Limited

Inivos Scientific Limited

Specialist Health Solutions Limited and group companies

Lawrence David Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Frontier Agriculture Limited in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Yagro Limited.
  • Advising the co-founders of Biocow Ltd in the sale of a majority stake to Macquarie Capital Principal Finance.
  • Acting in the demerger of a farming company with an asset value of £9.5m.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands Tier 3

Roythornes Solicitors‘ corporate and commercial team act for a diverse client base of start-up businesses, established family-owned enterprises and public companies. Mike Matthews is the key figure for M&A transactions, including as trade sales, private equity sales and management buy-outs/buy-ins. On the corporate side, Lizzie Walters specialises in demergers, investment rounds, joint ventures and group reorganisations. Martin Jinks heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jinks

Other key lawyers:


‘I have used Roythornes services over the last 30 years, and they have never failed to be able to provide the particular strengths and capabilities needed, no matter what the problem might be.’

‘The Roythornes team handled a sale with user-friendly practical advice and great client support. They demonstrated they have the experience to deal with complex corporate transactions and offered excellent value for money.’

‘Mike Matthews (corporate partner) is a star performer : great at grasping situations, finding solutions and managing clients (and other lawyers!). ‘

‘Lizzie Walters – excellent at pulling together the final position and detail Always available at the key moments both for myself as a fellow adviser and also for the client.’

Key clients

Sakata UK Limited

Fortis Hire

Sakata Vegetables (European)

Majestic Bingo Limited

FESA UK Limited

Frontier Agriculture Limited

Ceres Rural LLP

TC Bulley Davey Limited

BA Bush & Son Limited

Peterborough Renewable Energy Limited

Pigeon Investment Management Limited

Inivos Scientific Limited

Specialist Health Solutions Limited and group companies

Lawrence David Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Frontier Agriculture Limited in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Yagro Limited.
  • Acting in the demerger of a farming company with an asset value of £9.5m.
  • Advising a large property developer in respect of a c£20m refinancing exercise.

Private client > Family Tier 3

Roythornes Solicitors largely focuses on medium to high-value divorce cases involving issues such as pension assets, company/partnership assets, farming assets, and trusts. Though based in Spalding, Nick Ingrey frequently receives referrals from national clients as a result of his 40 years’ experience in high-value financial claims arising out of the breakdown of a marriage; he is also experienced in cases under the Children Act 1989 and negotiating pre-and post-nuptial settlements.

Practice head(s):

Nick Ingrey

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Elliott

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 3

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

Fielding an expanding team of ‘dedicated experienced professionals‘, Roythornes Solicitors is especially active in the residential development sector, advising a number of national house builders, care home providers, and other development specialists on the full gamut of transactional and project-based mandates. National practice head Bhavesh Amlani ‘s recent engagements include big-ticket mixed-use site acquisitions and land promotion agreements. Benjamin Smith  is noted for his expertise in leases and licences, and joint venture development agreements. Emily Danson is a key port of call for many of the firm’s house builder clients, who turn to her for her expertise in complex regenerations.

Practice head(s):

Bhavesh Amlani

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Smith; Emily Danson


‘A talented coherent unit which acts like a well oiled machine.’

‘Emily Danson has superb attention to detail and an eye to spot commercially relevant problems One is used to seeing this in a lawyer but she does it so well and unassumingly, taking it to a different level.’

‘The team are dedicated experienced professionals who provide an excellent service to me and my business. The team are always on hand to support and provide a commercially driven service to support our business aims.’

‘Benjamin Smith is dedicated and always performs getting each scheme across the line.’


Key clients

Tilia Homes

Owl Homes

Piper Homes

Macc Group

Gilbert and Goode

Allison Homes

Elan Homes

Woodhall Homes

Grace Homes

Living Space

Work highlights

  • 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 Tilia Homes on completion of the second phase of the multi-phase development at Hardingstone, Northampton.
  • Advising Macc on its acquisition of a care home and housing site in Leicester.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 4

Based in Lincolnshire, but with a regional Midlands reach, Roythornes Solicitors deals exclusively in personal injury claims with an emphasis on catastrophic injuries, head injuries, fatalities and acting for claimants who have had accidents overseas. Victoria Stevenson is ‘outstanding‘ and is the practice’s main contact; she has developed a keen interest in cases involving brain and motor function and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Stevenson


‘Goes the extra mile for their clients and commits wholeheartedly to the cases they take on – through the ups and the downs’

‘Excellent all round performance’

‘One of the leading personal injury claimant firms in East Anglia. – Very sound on clinical negligence claims. – Have a comprehensive offering, which reinforces their clinical negligence practice, e.g. Court of Protection department in cases where capacity is in issue.’

‘The team are extremely efficient. There is a very effective screening process. The claims are extremely well prepared and there are exceptional levels of communication with clients, experts and lawyers.’

‘Victoria Stevenson is outstanding. She has a good relationship with her clients and helps them to understand the pros and cons of their case while achieving exceptional results for them through her hard work.’

‘I have worked with Roythornes solicitors over a number of years on a handful of complex cases. Solicitors have been careful and considerate of the client in very sensitive cases, always putting their needs and feelings first. The person-centred approach has led to successful outcomes in those cases. Roythornes have very good legal knowledge, great technical ability and excellent tactical awareness.’

‘Victoria Stevenson: Victoria is very good at putting the client’s wishes above anything else. She has pursued difficult cases and has achieved very successful outcomes due to her negotiating ability and her legal knowledge. She is very good when working as a team to achieve a desired outcome. It is always good to know that we are usually on the same page, and usually have very similar views on the cases that we are working on.’

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Roythornes Solicitors ‘understands the mechanics of land title and the associated accounting principles, giving advice in a calm practical way to get a positive resolution‘. Agricultural matters are a core focus for the firm and its Alconbury office is home to substantial experience and expertise. Julie Robinson, who is a former chief legal adviser to the NFU, is active in advising on agricultural landlord/tenant matters and joint ventures between farmers. Tim Russ is a specialist in Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies and contentious farm partnership and property claims. Up-and-coming partner Claire Hindmarsh has extensive expertise in dealing with land subject to secure Agricultural Holding Act tenancies and their surrender, particularly in relation to commercial development. Senior associate Kirsten Rimmer also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Julie Robinson; Tim Russ; Claire Hindmarsh

Other key lawyers:


‘Agricultural specialists in family disputes.’

‘Understanding the mechanics of land title and the associated accounting principles, giving advice in a calm practical way to get a positive resolution, keeping dialogue going to maximise the clients objective, keeping the case away from the courts and settling on terms acceptable to all parties, bringing in professional competencies to prevent any misunderstanding from either side of the dispute.’

Key clients

The Environmental Farming Group

The Green Farming Collective

Evolution Farming

Elveden Estate

Cheveley Park Farms

Countryside Alliance

Huntingdon Freemen’s Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised members of a farming co-operative on the implications of a natural capital agreement funded by a consortium of food chain companies.
  • Acted for an Australian farm business in securing a lease of a livestock unit in Cambridgeshire.
  • Acted in the purchase of a 400-acre arable farm.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Julie Robinson , Simeon Disley , Edd Johnson and Tim Russ are all key figures at Roythornes Solicitors‘ ‘highly organised and well-led’ practice. The team takes on a wide range of rural and agricultural law instructions, and is particularly noted for its work in agricultural holding act tenancies. A further key pillar of the offering is the group’s advice to landowners who are supplying land for large solar developments, battery storage and anaerobic digestion projects.

Practice head(s):

Julie Robinson; Simeon Disley; Edd Johnson; Emma Cook

Other key lawyers:


‘Highly organised, well led team. Able to respond promptly appropriately and efficiently using zoom for client contact.’

‘Julie Robinson is outstanding; extremely able and wise in her leadership on a complex matter with significant detail and nuance to grasp which she dealt with promptly and effectively with an informed approach to the direction of an area of law in flux. Julie quickly built a strong rapport with us as clients and made it feel very much like a team effort.’

Work highlights

  • Advised members of a farming co-operative on the implications of a natural capital agreement funded by a consortium of food chain companies.
  • Acted in the purchase of a 400-acre arable farm in Nottinghamshire
  • Acted in an agreement to surrender parcels of Agricultural Holdings Act tenanted land for development and biodiversity net gain.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Roythornes Solicitors continues to establish itself as a prominent name for private client work, with the expansion of its team; partner Jak Ward joined in late 2021 from Smith Partnership, bolstering the firm’s expertise in contentious trusts and probate, while March 2022 saw the arrival of Tim Galloway, previously practice head at Birketts LLP. Galloway specialises in all aspects of estate planning, but with a particular focus on business succession and complex trust restructuring. Leading the department, Jarred Wright‘s practice focuses on capital tax planning, trust law and succession planning, often including agricultural estates. Paul Thompson is the firm's key contact in Nottingham, and routinely receives referrals from local accountants and wealth advisers.

Practice head(s):

Jarred Wright; Paul Thompson

Other key lawyers:


‘Very good trust and tax knowledge. Exceptional for large land transactions.’

‘Great personal service from Jarred Wright.’

‘Paul Thompson – clear definitive advice. Quick understanding of problems, delivered excellent solutions.’

‘The team has a wealth of experience in private client affairs specialising in agriculture and complex cases. The interaction of the business affairs and the private client matters is seamless ensuring clients are well advised on what is often complex matters.’

‘Jarred Wright is a stand out partner who understand this field to an exceptional standard, and give clients good clear advice regarding their affairs.’

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

The client base of Roythornes Solicitors' debt recovery practice includes a variety of national and international businesses from various industries, such as IT, agriculture, manufacturing, food and beverage as well as healthcare. The team provides a ‘first class debt recovery service’ which includes a fixed cost recovery service option particularly aimed at small business owners. Victoria Stevenson is the lead partner of the debt recovery team and is supported in the day-to-day business by ‘extremely knowledgableCatherine Rickett. Clients praise the ‘high standard of service and advice’.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Stevenson; Catherine Rickett


‘Really reliable staff and communication is very good. Any questions or issue they address them straight away and all issue explained.’

‘Roythornes are a very professional firm who provide 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 service provided is accurate, consistent and timely.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and approachable especially if advice on a specific matter is sought. They always act with integrity, honesty and provide a high standard of service and advice. When we have instructed the team to act on our behalf, we have found that their work is thorough, accurate and professional.’

‘The team is very proactive, I have used the Roythornes for a number of years now without any complaints. Questions are answered quickly, confirmation of solicitor demand letters etc are received within good timescales.’

‘Each individual functions very well as part of the overall team.’

‘Responsive and quick at responding. Also passed across some complex cases and gained valuable advice on how to proceed.’

‘Good honest advice and prompt responses. Also helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘Catherine Rickett is excellent, keeping me up to date with progress of collecting debts, asking for information when required, and being helpful.’

Key clients


The Food Marketing Experts

Brown & Co

IS Sundries

Enterprise Loans

Wrights of Twycross

Approach Personnel

E4Law T/A Lextox

Mattioli Woods PLC

BWB Consulting

Masstock Arable (UK) Ltd T/A Agrii

Taurus Collections

Industrial Metal Services

Glenway Products Ltd

Elizabeth Michael Associates Limited

BAB Services

Radford Holdings Ltd

Trafalgar Scientific Ltd

Queensgate Centre Association

Business Loss Prevention

Work highlights

  • Instructed to recover a debt in the sum of £3,830.39 for unpaid invoices.
  • Instructed to recover a debt in the sum of £15,306 for unpaid invoices.
  • Instructed to recover a debt in the sum of £5,275.60, for unpaid invoices.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Roythornes Solicitors routinely acts in multi-million-pound estate disputes in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, and is the go-to firm for litigation involving land and agricultural property, which is Tim Russ‘ area of expertise. Jak Ward is ‘tenacious at fighting his client’s corner’ and is instructed on disputes regarding the interpretation, construction or validity of a will, financial provision claims and disputes over co-owned property and trusts of land.

Practice head(s):

Tim Russ; Jak Ward


‘Jak Ward is an able litigation partner with good judgment.’

‘Roythornes are a well-respected outfit in this area. If Roythornes are on the other side you know the matter will be dealt with professionally and sensibly.’

‘Jak Ward has recently joined to boost their head count. Jak is tenacious at fighting his client’s corner and has a thorough understanding of the law. He is well respected by his peers.’

‘Jak Ward has recently joined. He is technically strong and a Partner to watch.’

‘Jak Ward is a new recruit to this team and is a fantastic, thorough lawyer. He really cares about his clients and develop excellent relationships with them.’

‘Roythornes is nationally well known for its expertise in agricultural law. Farms and farmers are often the source of probate and trust disputes, and Roythornes’ contentious trust and probate practice combines excellent legal analysis with a deep knowledge and understanding of the agricultural sector.’

‘Tim Russ is extremely able, commercial and energetic and gets on extremely well with his clients.’

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

Roythornes Solicitors provides 'strong, well-reasoned advice' advice on all aspects of planning to developers, landowners and local authorities and further advises developers and landowners on the impacts of the Environment Act 2021, with particular expertise in the issue of biodiversity net gain. The team also covers contentious planning litigation and is adept at advising on more niche issues, such as Listed Building Consent and general heritage matters. 'Extremely knowledgeable' Shruti Trivedi heads the practice, has extensive experience in complex planning, highway and infrastructure agreements and 'has a superb client manner that instils confidence'.

Practice head(s):

Shruti Trivedi


‘Shruti Trivedi is extremely knowledgeable, completely committed to the clients’ cause and has a superb client manner that instils confidence.’

‘A strong team who give strong, well-reasoned advice. Key capabilities to hit deadlines, and bring in additional expertise as issues arise.’

Key clients

Allison Homes Limited (formerly Larkfleet)

Ashley King (Development) Limited

Boston & Fosdyke Fishing Society Limited

Chevin Homes

Elan Homes Limited

Flagship Housing Group

Gilbert & Goode Limited

Grace Machin Planning & Property

Hamilton Russell

Lagan Homes Limited

Larkfleet SW Limited

Longhurst Group Limited

Owl Homes Limited

Piper Homes Limited

Rose Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Tarmac Aggregates Limited

Tarmac Services Limited

Tarmac Trading Limited

Vistry Developments Limited

Tilia Homes Limited (formerly Kier)

Walsall Housing Group

Woodall Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Boston & Fosdyke Fishing Society on opposition to a DCO.
  • Advised Allison Homes Limited on a multi-phase development at Whittlesey, Peterborough.
  • Advised Woodall Homes on an ongoing basis in relation to a development at Clay Cross, Derbyshire.

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
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.

Managing Director Vember
Head of Agriculture Tim
Litigation Peter
Renewable energy Edd
Property and development Bhavesh
Corporate and commercial Martin
Private client Tim
Personal injury Victoria
Debt recovery Victoria
Food and drink Peter
Charity Julia
Planning Shruti
Number of UK partners : 35
Number of other UK fee-earners : 104