Firm Profile > Roythornes Solicitors > Nottingham , East Midlands

Roythornes Solicitors
East Midlands

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Roythornes Solicitors’ ‘quality team of specialists’ covers a wide range of transactions, including leasehold arrangements, developments, sustainable energy projects and agricultural land sales. Alconbury-based Julie Robinson serves as practice head, overseeing a team that also advises on Common Agricultural Policy, the implications of Brexit, joint ventures, farm tenancies and contracting arrangements. Emma Hill is an expert on poultry rearing agreements and poultry farm business tenancies (FBTs); she recently made partner together with Alice Lees. The team also includes the highly recommended Alan Plummer.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Clients regard Roythornes Solicitors as a ‘market leader in the regions in which it operates’. Noted for its land and farming focus, the team specialises in estate administration involving agricultural and business assets as well as will preparation, capital tax planning, Court of Protection matters, Stamp Duty Land Tax advice and business succession. The elderly client sector is also a key strength, with the group possessing expert knowledge in managing incapacity. Names to note are Elizabeth YoungJarred WrightSarah Banner and Paul Thompson.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Roythornes Solicitors attracts particular praise for its work on proprietary estoppel matters, and it also has a strong track record in wills and trust disputes, Court of Protection matters and Inheritance Act claims. The ‘very capable and unflappableTim Russ serves as practice head, and his team is noted for its 'in-depth knowledge' and ‘strength in the agricultural sector’.

Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 3

Roythornes SolicitorsJo Ladds heads up a a dedicated development and planning department, which acts for regional and national housebuilders, as well as landowners, on development projects across England and Wales; matters range in size from small-scale schemes involving a few units to new town developments involving thousands of homes. Elsewhere, the firm distinguishes itself in the energy and waste sector; Edd Johnson heads up a specialist team, whose expertise includes the property-related aspects of wind farms, solar developments and anaerobic digestion plants, among others. Other mainstream commercial property work is handled by a group led by Andrew Czajka. It is particularly active in landlord and tenant matters, most notably in the licensed trade sector, and also in property-related mining and minerals mandates. The partnership was boosted by the promotion of Iain Hibbert in 2018.

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 3

Roythornes Solicitors' team is led by Martin Jinks, who handles corporate transactions and also advises clients on various commercial issues, with particular expertise in agreements specific to the construction and engineering sector. Elsewhere, Jinks is knowledgeable about outsourcing agreements, IT systems integration and licensing, and large-scale automation projects. Beyond construction and engineering, the team acts for clients across a broad cross-section of sectors, including agriculture, energy and waste, distribution and logistics, and technology. Julia Seary heads up the firm's work in the charities and not-for-profit sector. At associate level, Mike Matthews and Lizzie Walters are recommended.

Family Tier 4

Roythornes Solicitors fields a team, which is noted for its ‘good depth’ and ‘immediately impressive service’. Cases involving company, partnership, trust and pension assets are among the drivers of the work. Pre- and post-nuptial settlements, separation and divorce, Inheritance Act claims and civil partnership disputes are among other matters handled. In addition, child-related instructions include adoption matters, Children Act proceedings and child maintenance disputes. Nick Ingrey leads the team, which is reputed for its handling of farming cases.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 4

Roythornes Solicitors is home to a ‘knowledgeable and hardworking’ team, noted for its ‘friendly, approachable and personable staff’. Both personal injury and clinical negligence instructions form the caseload with core strengths including psychological injuries, substandard care, accidents at work, road traffic accidents and travel claims. A number of vulnerable claimants form the client roster, namely the elderly and those who lack mental capacity. Victoria Stevenson leads the team.

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 four offices and over 200 staff and continues to expand. The firm’s main office is in Spalding, which is at the heart of the agriculture and fresh produce industries  – sectors in which Roythornes has particular expertise.

Roythorne’s growth plans include an increase in focus on developing areas such as added value food and drink, energy and planning, as well as continued expansion and development of expertise in agriculture. Employing experienced cross-functional teams who handle complex and interrelated issues for clients, the firm offers a complete approach providing the very best advice available in the UK.

The firm’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. It also acts for some of the most entrepreneurial companies in the UK – in particular in the area of renewable energy.

Types of work undertaken: Agriculture: without doubt, 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 a large number of trusts and estates, providing tax and trust advice to help generations of families protect and preserve their assets.

Food: in terms of food clients, 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.

Energy: the firm has a national reputation in this area, in particular working on large-scale projects. The team, led by Edd Johnson, has been involved in some of Europe’s largest schemes. With experience of wind power, anaerobic digestion and energy from waste as well as the emerging technologies of battery storage, 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. It has an efficient team handling plot sales for new-build estates etc. This type of work requires efficient systems and work processes which are developed in-house.

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.

Personal injury: Roythornes’ personal injury practice covers mainstream business together with specialised work involving claims against the MOD. The firm operates a number of helplines for major insurers and financial institutions.

Other offices: Nottingham, Peterborough, Alconbury.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Paul Osborne
Managing Director Vember Mortlock
Head of Agriculture Julie Robinson
Litigation Phil Cookson
Renewable energy Edd Johnson
Property and development Jo Ladds
Corporate and commercial Martin Jinks
Private client Elizabeth Young
Personal injury Victoria Stevenson
Debt recovery Victoria Stevenson
Food and drink Peter Cusick
Charity Julia Seary
Planning Shruti Trivedi
Photo Name Position Profile
 Edd Johnson  photo Edd Johnson
 Fran Muldoon  photo Fran Muldoon
Number of UK partners : 33
Number of other UK fee-earners : 78