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Sherrards Solicitors LLP

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Sherrards Solicitors LLP advises on an impressive range of disputes, covering major fraud, recruitment conflicts, and franchising, retail and bank litigation. The team also handles white-collar criminal matters, defending clients in relation to money laundering, regulatory enforcement, and criminal asset recovery. Additionally, it frequently represents international clients, handling CIS-related matters, the enforcement of foreign judgments and other cross-border issues, particularly in relation to China, the US, and French-speaking countries. Practice head Paul Marmor works on cross-border and multijurisdictional litigation, while Barney Laurence is another key team member. Marta Grieve, who heads up the firm’s Russia, Ukraine and CIS desk, was promoted to the partnership in October 2019. Associate Greg Pooler joined the team from Grosvenor Law in November 2019.

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We received excellent foreign law advice from Marta Grieve in a complex and sensitive case.’

Key clients

HBL Bank UK Ltd (formerly Habibsons Bank)

Aurora Leasing Ltd

Cambria Automobiles Ltd

Gresham House plc

Winkworth Estates & Lettings

Villa Plus

McGinley Healthcare Ltd

Pico’s Limited t/as Benito’s Hat

Menkind UK Ltd

Countrywide Estate Agents

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Sherrards Solicitors LLP advises local, national, and international clients on M&A and disposals, as well as providing regulatory advice for private equity transactions. The team works closely with the wider firm's employment and litigation departments. Practice co-head and partner Leigh Head is central to the firm's corporate and M&A offering, handling private equity transactions and financial and corporate restructurings. Practice co-head Jean-Paul Da Costa acts as legal counsel, notary public, and business adviser for CIS-based companies for IP and IT matters. Geraldine Fabre specialises in M&A, equity funding, joint ventures, corporate finance and restructurings, while recently promoted partner Kiall Bagnell is also recommended.

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Sherrards were recommended to me by my accountant and I found their work excellent in the sale of my business. I would have no hesitation in recommending this law firm to any of my business associates or friends.’

Leigh Head and his team were outstanding, with good advice and attention to detail.’

The team and partners are responsive, commercially minded, and always give sensible advice.’

Key clients

Winkworth Franchising Limited

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Sherrards Solicitors LLP advises a range of clients drawn from sectors including recruitment, retail and leisure on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. 'Thoughtful and commercial' practice leader Mark Fellows is an expert in dealing with employment disputes and tribunal cases, covering unfair dismissal and discrimination matters. Joanne Perry acts as an outsourced HR consultant/employment lawyer.

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Jo Perry is practical, calm, and has knowledge on all HR issues. Mark Fellows is pragmatic and thorough; he’s very good at finding a deal.

They are friendly but relate to client issues. When something new comes up Mark Fellows and Joanne Perry contact and make constructive suggestions.

In my experience, under Mark Fellows, the the Sherrards team operate as a team. It may be smaller than other firms, but as a client, you get the sense of scale and resource and this is both a comfort and a practical benefit.’

I have worked with Mark Fellows for a number of years. I have complete confidence in him. He is balanced and thoughtful with his views. He is also very commercial, and this a unique trait in my experience. He has the ability to gauge what the client needs very quickly.’

Nothing ever appears to be too much trouble for Mark Fellows. He is empathetic and makes you feel that he really cares about your issue. He is generous with his time. He’s insightful and also pragmatic in his advice. Deceptively tough too. A really good guy to interact with.’

Sherrards are a highly professional, modern and forward-looking entity. Their approach to clients is inviting, friendly, supportive and knowledgeable.’

We have predominately worked with Mark Fellows. Mark is an expert in his field and able to explain even complex issues in a clear and succinct way. He understands our company and his suggestions for dealing with the various employment cases have always been successful. Mark’s open, friendly, and empathetic personality supports his business approach and makes it easy to deal with him. We would recommend Mark and his employment team to any company that is looking for professional, efficient, and “down to earth” legal support.’

Key clients

Winkworth Franchising Limited

NewRiver REIT (UK) Limited

The Jewellery Channel Limited

Topgolf Limited

Air Business Limited

F H Bertling

FOCO UK Limited

B3 Living Limited

66 Books Limited

Berry Recruitment Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Sherrards Solicitors LLP's private client work has a notable international element, advising domiciled and non-domiciled clients with interests across North America, Europe, and Asia. The team has a strong track record in preparing wills, estate planning, the re-sealing of foreign grants, and offshore, discretionary, and charitable trusts. In recent years, the practice has sharpened its focus on providing legal protection for vulnerable adults and children. 'Transparent and very trustworthy' senior consultant Nicole Marmor is an expert in cross-border issues related to the preparation of wills for non-domiciled clients or clients with multi-jurisdictional assets. Senior solicitor Donna Payne focuses on mediation and resolution concerning economic coercion/control. Senior solicitor Nicole Edmonson and partner Elizabeth Jones both joined from Teacher Stern LLP in January 2020.

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They provide top quality technical advice and solutions with the highest quality client service and empathy. This sets them apart from other firms we have dealt with.’

They are both professional and personable. We regularly to refer our clients to Sherrards for wills, trust, and probate issues – both Nicole Marmor and Donna Payne provide our mutual clients with first-class advice and service. We have received nothing but praise for them from the clients we have referred.’

I have experienced excellent service with Sherrards from various team members and they have always had a welcoming open door for me and my family. Sherrards respond in a timely manner to my calls and dialogue on each occasion they have been appointed. I believe Sherrards try and take steps to improve their services all the time, and possibly even before they are asked to by their clients.’

From the first time I met with Nicole Marmor and appointed her for legal work, she has been my first go-to person of choice, her efficiency on preparation, of documentation is of a high standard. Nicole is a transparent and very trustworthy individual and you need this in someone when you are putting your family’s affairs in their hands. With her wonderful mannerism, friendliness, and honesty, I would not hesitate to ask Nicole and her team for their services again going forward.’

Sherrards Solicitors have been my family’s solicitor in St Albans for very many years. We have always been very satisfied with the service received. They offer a very efficient service for wills, power of attorney, and house sales/purchases. A pleasure to deal with whether in person, over the phone or by email. All my recent requirements fulfilled without any delay.’

Sherrards are a professional, modern, and forward-looking entity. Their approach to clients is inviting, friendly, and supportive.

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

The St Albans property team at Sherrards Solicitors LLP advises clients in the retail, franchising, leisure, and healthcare sectors on all aspects of commercial development work, from initial acquisitions to ongoing property management. The team frequently collaborates with the wider firm's dedicated property litigators on contentious matters. Practice leader Terry Fendt has particular experience advising high street retailers on all matters. Stephanie Kierans focuses on both acquisitions and disposals in the retail sector, while managing partner Alasdair McMillin is another key figure. Consultant Martin Halling joined from Forsters LLP in January 2019.

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‘The practice is very commercially minded and get on with the job at hand in a professional manner and quickly. If you can’t get hold of one person, their colleagues are available and will know the latest issues to pick up matters when required.’

‘Terry Fendt and Stephanie Kierans are fantastic property lawyers. They advise their clients thoroughly and have very good attention to detail. They work as a great team and do all we can to get the deals done in a professional and timely manner.’

‘Stephanie Kierans is great. Approachable, knowledgeable and efficient.’

‘A responsive and efficient team.’

Key clients

Pico’s Ltd.

Funstation Ltd.

Serendib London Ltd.

Energie Property (UK) Ltd.

Chokdee Ltd.

Menkind Ltd.

Evapo Ltd.

Rituals Cosmetics

Foodco UK LLP

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Jointly led by Charles Hodder and Terry Fendt, the commercial property department at Sherrards Solicitors LLP is primarily active in the retail, leisure, franchising, healthcare and banking property investment sectors. The team handles work relating to acquisitions, landlord and tenant matters, financing and portfolio asset management, in addition to development projects spanning residential, commercial and mixed-use schemes. The group is well-equipped to provide advice at all stages of projects, covering easements, options, funding and planning, and is praised for 'going above and beyond to make sure clients are well informed and happy.'

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‘They are very straightforward to deal with and easy to get along with, whilst also being effective solicitors.’

‘Sherrards provide a full range of commercial services – they are partner-led and supported by excellent senior associates and support staff. Sherrards compare favourably on fees.’

‘Experts in their fields but they also go above and beyond to make sure their clients are well informed and happy with the service received. I have worked with multiple associates and the standard/level of service has been excellent each time. The team are proficient, efficient, brilliant, personable, and really friendly.’

‘Charles Hodder is an excellent lawyer with good knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

John Jones Art Centre Limited

La Fosse Associates Limited (Technology, Digital and Change Recruitment Company)

Evapo Ltd

Chokdee Ltd trading as Giggling Squid

Menkind Limited

City Athletic Limited

Energie Property (UK) Limited

Watch House Coffee Holdings Limited

The firm: Sherrards is a law firm with a reputation for providing excellent client service to a range of clients including owner managed businesses and public companies, banks, global brands, partnerships and enterprises. Sherrards’ clients also benefit from specialist legal expertise in the recruitment, retail, franchising, leisure, charities, media & entertainment and banking & finance sectors. Sherrards’ client-centric approach means that they provide a clear and commercially focused perspective based on a solid understanding of real business issues, helping clients to successfully resolve complex matters and achieve their growth ambitions.

Principal areas of work: Sherrards’ varied client base includes OFO (UK) Ltd, Haier Group Corporation, Winkworth Franchising Ltd, Berry Recruitment Ltd, Rituals Cosmetics (UK) Ltd, Gift Universe Limited (incorporating Menkind Limited and Red 5 (Retail) Limited, Foodco UK LLP (trading as Muffin Break) and Cambria Automobiles plc.

Property: Respected lawyers Terry Fendt and Charles Hodder lead the team. Commercially savvy solicitors, they handle complex property transactions, including joint ventures and finance agreements, acquisition and disposal of retail and investment property, hotels, restaurants and pubs, property development (commercial and residential) and management work.  Asha Ngai and Caroline Vernon lead the residential team, much of which has an international element.

Corporate/commercial: Covering a full range of corporate and commercial work, the team has additional expertise in IP, media and entertainment and charity law. Jean-Paul da Costa and Leigh Head lead the team providing a partner-led service, committed to providing tailored, commercial and cost-effective solutions.

Dispute resolution and litigation: Paul Marmor leads the litigation team who provide a responsive service to manage the risks and maximise the strength of their client’s position.

Employment: Mark Fellows leads the team with partner Joanne Perry who support clients through all stages of the employment relationship with a focus on creating and maintaining a sound legal framework for employers.

Private wealth: The team handles Wills, tax and probate matters, UK and internationals succession planning and high­end residential property.

International: Sherrards has an international focus with China & Asia, Russia & CIS, French and German teams. The teams provide legal services to UK SMEs looking to export overseas and foreign companies and high-net-worth individuals setting up in the UK.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Alasdair McMillin 01727 738902
Commercial property Terry Fendt 01727 738922
Commercial property Stephanie Kierans 01727 738923
Commercial property Charles Hodder 020 7478 9027
Corporate/ commercial Jean-Paul da Costa 020 7478 9018
Dispute resolution/ commercial litigation Paul Marmor 0207 4789010
Employment Mark Fellows 01727 738976
Corporate/ commercial Leigh Head 01727 738937
Banking and finance Gregory Lunnon 01727 738903
Personal tax, trusts and probate Nicole Marmor 01727 738989
Residential conveyancing John Brian 01727 738977
Residential conveyancing Asha Ngai 02074953035
Residential conveyancing Caroline Vernon 020 3795 0036
Employment Joanne Perry 01727 738920
Property disputes Michael Lewis 01727 738980
Dispute Resolution/ Litigation Barney Lawrence 01727 738975
Residential property Amy Brunt 01727 738983
Corporate/ commercial Andrew Cooke 020 7478 9911
Property disputes Ben Walters 01727 738931
Wills, Trusts & Probate Donna Payne 01727 738943
Commercial property Fiorina Fortunato 020 3795 0026
Corporate/ commercial Geraldine Fabre 020 7478 9917
Commercial property Isabel Wolfe Barry 020 7478 9912
Corporate/ commercial Jonathan Cooke 020 7478 9028
Dispute Resolution/ Litigation Karen Dobson 01727 738906
Corporate/ commercial Kiall Bagnell 01727 738914
Corporate/ commercial Laurel Zhang 02074789916
Corporate/ commercial consultant Manzoor Ishani 07887745587
Commercial property Mark Peters 020 7478 9011
Dispute Resolution/ Litigation Paul Werth 01727 738940
Commercial property Richard Berns 020 7478 9020
Commercial property Sarah Bennett- Hughes 01727 738948
Trainee Sunira Patel 01727 738987
White Collar Crime Simon Morgan 020 3657 9454
Commercial property/ planning law Giles Ferin 07778192150
Commercial property/ construction Graeme Roberts 01256 889840
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Kiall Bagnell  photo Mr Kiall Bagnell Senior associate
Ms Sarah Bennett-Hughes  photo Ms Sarah Bennett-Hughes Solicitor
Mr John Brian  photo Mr John Brian Full range of conveyancing services including development work, portfolio sales and purchases,…
Mrs Karen Dobson  photo Mrs Karen Dobson Partner in the commercial litigation and dispute resolution department and head of…
Mr Mark Fellows  photo Mr Mark Fellows Mark joined Sherrards’ Employment team in July 2008, from an in-house role…
Mr Terry Fendt  photo Mr Terry Fendt Partner and head of commercial property; based in Sherrards’ St Albans office,…
Mr Martin Halling  photo Mr Martin Halling Consultant, commercial property
Mr Leigh Head  photo Mr Leigh Head Partner in the corporate and commercial department. Predominantly involved in general corporate…
Mr Manzoor Ishani  photo Mr Manzoor Ishani Principal area of practice (for over 30 years) UK and international franchising…
Ms Stephanie Kierans  photo Ms Stephanie Kierans Partner, Commercial Property
Mr Barney Laurence  photo Mr Barney Laurence Partner in the commercial litigation and dispute resolution department, handling all types…
Mr Michael Lewis  photo Mr Michael Lewis Partner
Ms Kirsty Limacher  photo Ms Kirsty Limacher Solicitor, Wills trusts and probate
Mr Gregory Lunnon  photo Mr Gregory Lunnon Gregory is a commercial property solicitor who specialises in secured lending work as well…
Mr Paul Marmor  photo Mr Paul Marmor Partner and head of litigation & dispute resolution, Paul focuses on substantial…
Mrs Nicole Marmor  photo Mrs Nicole Marmor Nicole is a private client lawyer who heads the Wills, trusts and probate department.…
Mr Alasdair McMillin  photo Mr Alasdair McMillin Managing partner of Sherrards since 1995 and instrumental in the major growth…
Ms Sunira Patel  photo Ms Sunira Patel Trainee Lawyer
Ms Donna Payne  photo Ms Donna Payne Senior Solicitor, Wills trusts and probate
Mrs Joanne Perry  photo Mrs Joanne Perry Joanne is a Partner in the employment team and advises on all…
Mr Ben Walter  photo Mr Ben Walter Associate, Property Disputes
Number of UK partners : 18
Number of other UK fee-earners : 55
Mandarin Chinese

We believe that it is the personalities at Sherrards that makes us powerful. One of our firm values is ‘working together’ and we strive to do that across race, religion, gender, age and identity.

We have a global, multi-cultural outlook and a strong commitment to inclusion when it comes to our work, our staff and our clients.

We continue to build an inclusive culture that supports and celebrates its employees and clients. We encourage employee groups including groups for women, for our young professionals, and for our LGBTQ+ & Allies group which works to support colleagues and helps to bring us closer to the LGBTQ+ community we serve.

We are proud to be an inclusive workplace and strive to make sure fairness, diversity and equality is at the heart of all we do – we are striving to improve year on year.

CLIENT: Andy Laurillard, MD Giggling Squid
COMPANY/FIRM: Chokdee Ltd t/a Giggling Squid
TESTIMONIAL: “Giggling Squid has grown from one restaurant in 2002 to over 30 and we need a law firm who can keep pace with us. Stephanie Kierans and the rest of the lawyers at Sherrards have done just that. They provide excellent commercial advice and are quick to respond to all our needs”.

CLIENT: Doug Bates
COMPANY/FIRM: Intelligent People.
TESTIMONIAL: “Sherrards are a warm and friendly team who not only offer expert advice but execute brilliantly. As a small business we occasionally have debt to chase or need legal counsel on other matters, we have a 100% record with Sherrards and will continue to use them for the foreseeable future. Highly, highly recommended”

CLIENT: Eve Gonsalves
COMPANY/FIRM: Energie Property UK Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “Energie have worked with Sherrards as the business has expanded. The team at Sherrards are down to earth, approachable and on hand to provide assistance where required. They work with us and our franchisees to help making the club acquisition process as seamless as possible.”

CLIENT: Robert McGregor, Director McConnell Group
COMPANY/FIRM: McConnell Group
TESTIMONIAL: “We have worked with Kiall, Leigh and corporate the team for a number of years and they always provides concise and commercial advice. They have a collaborative, personable approach and we thoroughly enjoy working with them.”