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Roythornes Solicitors

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East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 3

Roythornes Solicitors

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.

Practice head(s):Martin Jinks

Other key lawyers:Julia Seary

Key Clients

TGW Logistics Group



Miebach Consulting

MSF Technologies

Beeswax Dyson Farming


S&W Process Engineering

Kent Templar

Vital Recruitment


B. A. Bush & Son Limited

Work highlights

  • Advice on the capital reduction demerger of a farming business.
  • Advice on a joint venture agreement with a company based in the Isle of Man in relation to a renewable energy project.
  • Ongoing advice to the UK subsidiary of TGW Logistics Group on a framework agreement with various multinational companies.
  • Advice on various ongoing building contracts and framework agreements.
  • Advice to client on a share sale, with call option agreements over various other companies.

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East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Roythornes Solicitors

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.

Practice head(s):Victoria Stevenson

Other key lawyers:Tim Edwards; Robert Dempsey


'The client care is very good and they give clear, straight advice'.

'They do a brad range of work, and do it well'.

'Robert Dempsey is personable and trusted by his clients'.

'They are excellent at what they do'.

Work highlights

  • Significant compensation obtained for a client who brought a claim for personal injury damages arising from the negligent delay in investigation, diagnosis and treatment of a post-operative haematoma and Compartment Syndrome in his right leg.
  • Successful representation of a client who suffered from the failure to identify a spinal arterio-venous malformation during an MRI scan.
  • A case where deficiencies in surgery caused the client increased leg pain and swelling, resulting in an osteotomy to correct the original surgery.  
  • Obtaining settlement for a client who fell into a hole when delivering supplies to the defendant's premises.
  • Compensation obtained for the client, a former soldier who suffered eye trauma during an altercation with a fellow soldier at a mess function organised by the MoD.

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East Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Roythornes Solicitors

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.

Practice head(s):Julie Robinson

Other key lawyers:Alan Plummer; Simeon Disley; Tom Foottit; Alice Lees; Emma Hill

Key Clients

The Woodland Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client on the complex purchase of a significant farming interest involving in excess of 40 titles.
  • Assisted a client with the multimillion pound sale of agricultural land for development.
  • Advising the next generation of a Cambridgeshire farming family on succession to a traditional Agricultural Holdings Act tenancy.
  • Assisted a client with the complex sale of a farm, involving complicated corporate and taxation advice.
  • Specialist advice to the poultry sector.
Leading individuals

Alan Plummer - Roythornes Solicitors

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Roythornes Solicitors

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’.

Practice head(s):Tim Russ;

Other key lawyers:Sarah Whitehurst;


'The firm has strength in the agricultural sector'.

'Tim Russ is a very capable and unflappable litigator'.


Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with a proprietary estoppel claim relating to a farm in North Lincolnshire.
  • Dispute to secure a farm worth £7.25m.
  • Acting for a client on a well-publicised Inheritance Act Claim.
  • Assisted a client with a claim relating to a grandson being left out of list of beneficiaries.
  • Advised a client on a complex discretionary trust matter.
Leading individuals

Tim Russ - Roythornes Solicitors

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Family - ranked: tier 4

Roythornes Solicitors

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.

Practice head(s):Nick Ingrey;


'The team's knowledge of the subject is first-rate. They are friendly and approachable. Clear in their views, accurate in their presentation, able to set a timetable which works for all parties, and most importantly understand of the client's requirements'.

'Every member of the team is completely professional and empathetic'.

'The service is not just professional and efficient, it is also personal'.

'I felt they really cared about my case and the implications of the outcome. I could not recommend them more highly'.

'Nick Ingrey is exceptional. He looks at every detail of a case and leaves no stone unturned'.

Work highlights

  • An ongoing and complex agricultural matter in which the team are defending the husband’s assets for which the wife has made an application for Maintenance Pending Suit.
  • Acted for the husband who ran a successful farming business in a divorce matter.
  • Acted for the wife in resolving the Children Act proceedings.
  • Representing two adult sons of the deceased in a matter in which his second wife brought a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, following his death.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Roythornes Solicitors

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.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Young; Jarred Wright; Sarah Banner; Paul Thompson;


'Jarred Wright is an exceptional private client lawyer with a particular emphasis on farmers and landed estates'.

' A well focused team on the clients requirements and ability to be pro-active in their approach'.

'Good working relationship and sensible practical advice from the relevant partners and associates'.

'They fully understand the objective of their client instructions and help in a number of ways to achieve that objective'.

Work highlights

  • A technical estate matter dealing with life interests and advising executors.
  • A very complex probate application requiring expertise in the foreign domicile status of the deceased.
  • A complex £2m estate which required the set-up of a trust to protect the assets for one of the beneficiaries.
  • A detailed will and LPA matter which on investigation required the amendment of partnership  agreements to ensure clients were not penalised.
  • Advice was given in respect of the complex SDLT provisions of Schedule 15 Finance Act 2003 on a proposed £25m land purchase.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 3

Roythornes Solicitors

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.

Practice head(s):Jo Ladds; Andrew Czajka

Other key lawyers:Iain Hibbert; Edd Johnson


'The team has good knowledge of the development sector, and is hardworking and effective'

'Everyone is really friendly and happy to try and help in any way they can. Advice is always clear and free from too much technical jargon'

'Individuals are technically very competent - and come across well. As a client you feel as if you're in safe hands. The individuals adapt their style to your level of knowledge on subject areas, always making sure you fully understand the ramnifications of decisions and fully exploring options'

Work highlights

  • Advised landowner client on the sale of land in the East Midlands for development, with deferred payments secured by way of parent company guarantee, together with option for further phased land disposal.
  • Acted for landowner client on sale of a residential development site in Cambridgeshire, with the benefit of outline planning permission.
  • Acted for landowner client on the lease of substrata to allow extraction of pot ash in North Yorkshire.
  • Advised landowning family trust on the multi-phase development of a new town. The mixed use development comprises of over 3,000 new homes together with 16 hectares of employment land, schools and a community hub including shops
  • Advised landowner client on an option for lease over circa 500 acres of land for development of two solar farms.

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