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Sherrards Solicitors LLP

4 BEACONSFIELD ROAD, ST ALBANS, AL1 3RD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01727 832830
Fax:
Fax 01727 832833
DX:
141853 ST ALBANS 17
Email:
Web:
www.sherrards.com
London, St Albans

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

Sherrards Solicitors LLP fields a team of 'superb and professional practitioners' who are 'clear in their communication and effective at getting the job done'. From its base in Hertfordshire, the firm handles a range of M&A and private equity transactions for local, national and international clients, with particular strength advising owner-managed businesses. The firm has developed a strong reputation in the media and entertainment sector, where it acts for clients including Graphite Media, Earworm Music and Bestival. In an illustration of its work for international clients, Jean-Paul da Costa assisted Ofo UK, a China-based bike sharing company, with the establishment of its UK branch, which involved ensuring compliance with UK data protection laws, as well as handling UK trade mark applications. In another key mandate, practice head Leigh Head acted for Winkworth Franchising on a number of acquisitions and disposals, in addition to assisting it with commercial negotiations with franchisees. Also recommended are Geraldine Fabre, who particularly stands out for cross-border deals involving France and the UK; Kiall Bagnell, who was part of the team advising Cambria Automobiles on the £60m refinancing of the client's bank facilities; and Andrew Cooke, whose growing client base comprises private equity firms, high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and public companies.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

Clients of Sherrards Solicitors LLP are 'thoroughly impressed with the high level and quality of service' provided by the team, which provides 'thoughtful and valued advice at each step of the dispute'. The practice's expertise spans multi-jurisdictional litigation, with a particular emphasis on CIS jurisdictions and Russia, thanks to Marta Grieve's extensive experience in these areas. Practice head Paul Marmor is particularly active in cross-border and fraud-related litigation, and acts for clients including Habibsons Bank. Other key figures include Barney Laurence, who acted for Villa Plus in obtaining an injunction against web hosting company GoDaddy to remove hoax rival holiday sites advertising the client's villas for rental, without the client's knowledge or consent; and Karen Dobson, who specialises in insolvency-related litigation.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

Clients of Sherrards Solicitors LLP are 'very happy with the level of service' provided by the employment team; 'advice is provided in a timely manner and in a way that is down to earth and easy to understand'. The practice handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters across a variety of sectors, including retail and leisure (where clients include the Giggling Squid restaurant chain), recruitment (where it acts for Berry Recruitment), franchising and logistics. The practice also handles the employment aspects of M&A transactions, and works closely with the firm's litigation department to handle High Court employment litigation. Recent work includes acting for Berry Recruitment on TUPE issues arising from being awarded a tender for the provision of agency workers employed under Swedish derogation contracts. Mark Fellows heads the practice and is 'an instrumental figure - his technical understanding and detailed, structured advice inspires confidence'. Joanne Perry is 'very commercial and provides practical solutions in a timely manner'.

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South East: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

Noted for offering a 'one-stop solution to any legal issues', Sherrards Solicitors LLP is regularly called on by its international clients to handle wills, estate and tax planning. The 'responsive, communicative' practice also advises on the establishment of life interest trusts, offshore and charitable trusts, disabled and discretionary trusts, and excluded property trusts. The 'very knowledgeable' Nicole Marmor heads the practice, which includes Carrolle Harris, who specialises in handling issues related to vulnerable adults and children.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

Sherrards Solicitors LLP fields a 'well-organised, efficient and knowledgeable' commercial property practice that provides 'sensible, down-to-earth advice that takes into account the technicalities and practicalities alike'. It is particularly noted for its expertise in the retail and food outlet, franchising, leisure and healthcare sectors, and handles the full range of development work, from acquisition, planning and construction to sales, lettings and ongoing management. Retail clients include Gift Universe, for which the practice handled approximately 30 temporary lettings for the client's "pop-up" shops. In an illustration of its growing property finance workload, practice head Terry Fendt advised Handelsbanken on a £1.1m refinancing of a mixed-use premises in London. Fendt and recently promoted partner Stephanie Kierans are singled out for their 'commercial and proactive approach'. The practice was strengthened by the recruitment of Caroline Vernon from CMS and Victoria Mundy from McGuireWoods London LLP.

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