Herrington Carmichael LLP > Berkshire, England > Firm Profile

Herrington Carmichael LLP
4 The Courtyard
Denmark Street
RG40 2AZ

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Demonstrating ‘great execution, knowledge and engagement’, Herrington Carmichael LLP’s Camberley-based corporate and commercial team offers ‘a consistently high standard of work and sound legal advice’ on cross-border and high-value corporate, M&A and commercial deals. ‘Dynamic and driven corporate lawyer’ Yavan Brar heads up the team and has experience advising on M&A, corporate restructuring, business ownership and IP matters. Specialising in the financial services sector is ‘rising star’ Alex Canham who is ‘one to watch’, handling the firm’s international offering and assisting clients with share sales and purchases, shareholders’ agreements and company option schemes. The ‘knowledgeable, personable and reliable’ Cesare McArdle focuses on commercial law matters in the hospitality, leisure and construction sectors, while Mark Chapman handles matters relating to commercial projects in the IT, manufacturing, financial services and automotive sectors.

Practice head(s):

Yavan Brar

Other key lawyers:

Mark Chapman; Joel Gocool; Alex Canham; Matthew Lea; Cesare McArdle; Chris Gemson; Melissa Deutrom


‘The partner in charge, Mark Chapman, was exceptional. Our issues were unique and we had to change direction several times, but the team always responded well, bringing in the new specialist skills as needed. I think that is the standout quality; adaptability.’

‘Alex Canham and Joel Gocool are a delight to deal with and form a highly efficient team. They have gone the extra mile in our negotiations. Alex Canham is a young dynamic corporate lawyer with great experience within the financial services sector. A rising star and one to watch! Matthew Lea is an experienced solicitor who has shown a good deal of common sense and gravitas when negotiating on behalf of clients.’

‘The advice and guidance provided to us by the corporate and commercial team at Herrington Carmichael has proved invaluable over the past few years. The team work closely together to provide a consistently high standard of work and sound legal advice. They are available when we need them, exceptionally knowledgeable and approachable. Knowing our company so well, they can provide high-quality legal advice that is suitably tailored to our commercial needs and risk appetite. The team not only resolve the question/issue at hand but always go above and beyond to provide support wherever required.’

‘Yavan Brar is a dynamic and driven corporate lawyer. He offers pragmatic advice and provides solutions to complete transactions. He is a highly experienced partner that is able to break down complex legal points and discussions into easily digestible concepts for clients. Cesare McArdle is great and always makes himself available should I need a quick turnaround. He is an outstanding lawyer, very client focused and always goes that extra mile to help his business contacts.’

‘Engaged employees and exemplary execution of our cases. We could not have been happier with Herrington Carmichael, especially with Yavan Brar, Chris Gemson and Mark Chapman. They have shown great execution, knowledge and engagement. The team is very friendly and approachable and explains things clearly without using legal jargon.’

‘They offer comprehensive advice that is delivered on time, in easy-to-understand terminology, fully assessing any risks.  Ultimately, they instil confidence and reassurance, which is very important to us. They have a truly professional approach and often go above and beyond.’

‘The team is highly professional, service-oriented, and solution-oriented. We are extremely satisfied with the assistance we have received. This is a regional practice with the capabilities of a much larger and more expensive firm.’ 

‘Mark Chapman is our go to contact for all regulatory matters. With strong technical knowledge and an unwavering eye for detail, Mark has a great ability to balance legal advice alongside commercial considerations, helping us to take a pragmatic approach to negotiations. Cesare McArdle has provided us with invaluable support through some tricky contract negotiations. He is knowledgeable, personable, and reliable. We can always rely on Cesare to provide exceptional attention to detail, sound advice and strong negotiating skills. Cesare never seems to be phased by anything thrown at him. Alex Canham and Melissa Deutrom provide a pragmatic approach, sound advice and consistently deliver high-quality work in a timely manner. Alex Canham really is viewed as an extension of our in-house team. He is reliable, approachable and exceptionally knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Metro Bank Plc

Portable Multimedia Ltd

VPS Holdings Limited

Cennox Group Limited

One Four Nine Group Limited

Alarm Communication Limited

Boom Spin Ltd


Grundon Waste Management Ltd

The Beaufort Group of Companies Limited

Buyline Norway AS

The Manor House Hotel (Castle Combe) Limited

Strata Residential Finance Plc

Andreas Stihl Limited

Fuel Cell Systems Ltd

Exclusive Hotels (Lainston House Ltd)

Amazon Filters Limited

BGF Investments LP and BGF UK Enterprise Fund Limited

DataOps.Live Ltd

Optimale Ltd

CV Library Limited

Nurvv Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising DataOps on its $10.3m SD Series Seed funding round led by Anthos Capital, alongside co-investor, Snowflake Ventures.
  • Acting for BGF on its investment in Operational Solutions.

Employment > Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Herrington Carmichael LLP acts on behalf of an international client base on a full range of complex matters, including discrimination claims, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing employment tribunal proceedings, cross-border senior exits, restructurings, and GDPR projects. Partner and practice head Alistair McArthur comes highly recommended, and excels when it comes to enforcement of complex employment tribunal litigation, post-termination obligations and TUPE. Leisure and hospitality sector expert Darren Smith continues to focus on rapidly expanding the team’s client base in the area.

Practice head(s):

Alistair McArthur

Other key lawyers:

Darren Smith; Hannah King


‘Alistair McArthur is an exceptional, charismatic, sharp and personable employment specialist. Alistair ensures that client’s get the best possible outcomes but is very pragmatic and defends his client’s position robustly.’

‘Alistair McArthur is very pleasant and professional. He always has his clients’ interests at the forefront of every decision. Darren Smith is equally capable. Hannah King is very efficient and an up-and-coming partner in the making.’

‘In the Thames Valley the employment team at Herrington Carmichael stands out as an excellent one. They have some impressive clients and are efficient and knowledgeable.’

‘Alistair McArthur is a fantastic employment lawyer. He leads his team from the front. He is tenacious where you need him to be but also commercially aware and user-friendly. He also always has a good grasp of how his clients’ interests would be best served.’

‘Darren Smith gives guidance as well as legal advice, based on his experience. Pragmatic. Fast to respond.’

‘I work mainly with Alistair McArthur. Alistair is, in my view, beyond compare. He knows his subject better than anyone I have ever come across and really is an expert in his field. He is always upbeat and positive, always honest and to the point, and explains things in simple, easy-to-understand language.’

‘Alistair McArthur is the best employment lawyer I have worked with. His advice and guidance is always so detailed, providing options and risks, whilst giving you his recommended course of action. He always takes the time to ensure you understand and follows up telephone advice with a detailed email.’

‘Alistair McArthur has gravitas, excellent knowledge and a flexible approach that gives our company confidence in moving our legal matters forward. He has a strong relationship style and balances key messages with appropriate humour, making our interactions informative and enjoyable.’

Key clients

Silvesea Cruises (UK)

Vistry Group

Andreas Stihl

CLEAN Linen Services


Royal Caribbean


Tech 21 (UK)

Aldermore Bank

MotoNovo Finance

Vineyard Group

Infor (United Kingdom)

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

In Camberley, Herrington Carmichael LLP, which acquired Bonnetts Solicitors Limited in March 2022, excels in development work and commercial real estate and financing mandates. The team has grown its reputation in finance matters with increasing instructions from bridging lenders and clients in the mezzanine finance sector. Another area of growth is the team’s landlord and tenant offering, which frequently involves large projects. Team leader Tim Hardesty regularly manages the team’s developer clients, leveraging his residential development experience. Leading landlord and tenant and secured lending matters is Daniel York, who also works closely with Metro Bank, while Rachel Duncan specialises in corporate support property work such as acquisitions and the letting and disposal of investment properties. Lauren Ainsley handles plot sales and mezzanine finance matters, and Liz Hailey has expertise in development, secured lending and landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hardesty

Other key lawyers:

Liz Hailey; Daniel York; Rachel Duncan; Lauren Ainsley; Claire McSorely; Annari Holmes; Joshua Watkins


‘Their expertise has been invaluable to us as landlords for all sorts of disputes and lease extensions, which can be a minefield. These matters are always dealt with extremely well. It is hard not to praise them too highly to be honest as in all of my dealings, I can say that I have always had a very positive outcome.’

‘Everyone is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and will take the time to build a good relationship, in person or on the phone. Lauren Ainsley, Claire McSorely and Annari Holmes have provided great help and support in all areas of property work for us. We chat as friends but at the end of it all, I know they are very professional people who do not want to waste time, or waste my money and that is greatly appreciated.’

‘The team is joined up and it is evident they are a cohesive unit. Working remote and when time is at a premium, this unity creates an efficient process even during complex issues. The completion of leases is very efficient from Herrington Carmichael.’

‘The stand-out contribution from Herrington Carmichael is the ability to communicate and push for understanding. This is led by Daniel York who will in turn communicate technical law in a digestible form. Knowing that you can ask and repeat simple questions to a law firm and receiving a patient answer is invaluable.’

‘The team at Herrington Carmichael are always extremely professional, experienced and proactive.’

‘Joshua Watkins is always my go-to partner of choice when seeking a solicitor for my clients several times a year. I trust his judgement and guidance implicitly. He’s everything you could want from a conveyancing solicitor – experienced, extremely proactive and responsive and diligent in his work. He always provides the steady hand of reason when needed.’

Key clients

Grundon Waste Management

Metro Bank

National Westminster Bank

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Herrington Carmichael LLP sees frequent instructions on high-level commercial dispute resolution mandates, especially those with complex and cross-border issues. Professional negligence and real estate litigation are particular strengths of the team, which was bolstered by the arrival of Stephen Baker from Boyes Turner. Baker now heads the practice group and is praised as an ‘experienced and commercially astute litigator’. He is supported by Frankie Tierney, who excels on complex High Court and multi-party commercial cases. Former practice head Adrian Taylor  departed in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Baker

Other key lawyers:


‘Herrington Carmichael’s commercial litigation team is rooted in years of experience, out of which they are able to navigate clients through a dispute in a strategic way. It is a team to be trusted.’

‘Frankie Tierney is an experienced litigator who keeps an eye on the commercial realities of a dispute. She distills the key issues from a case and provides clear and targeted advice.’

‘The firm has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is able to handle all types of issues that I have presented to them. They are easy to contact and you certainly feel looked after and that you are in capable hands.’

‘We have known and worked with Frankie Tierney for many years. Her advice is always simple, honest and to the point, which is what we want most, and her knowledge is exceptional.’

‘Stephen Baker is an excellent lawyer. We have worked on some difficult cases together, and he is hands on at the right times. His instincts are extremely good – he is almost always right.’

‘Stephen Baker is an experienced and commercially astute litigator, who is dedicated to the interests of his clients and has the ability to deal with the most demanding and difficult of clients while still retaining a cheerful and engaged demeanour.’

Work highlights

Employment > Immigration Tier 3

Herrington Carmichael LLP is well-equipped to assist clients with business visitor, family, and ICT visas in addition to SMS reporting matters. Sherry Fitzgerald leads the department and is often engaged in sponsor license application and management. Usof Shah advises a range of businesses with visa applications for their migrant workforce. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Camberley.

Practice head(s):

Sherry Fitzgerald

Other key lawyers:


‘Very knowledgeable in an often complex area. The depth of knowledge seems to extend through the team. They will act as our agent if/as necessary, taking full responsibility for things like Visa applications.’

‘The team provides useful guidance and support on the pitfalls and processes of being a sponsor. The team helps set everything up to become a sponsor as well as assisting with processing COS applications.’

‘Usof Shah has been a great source of information and guidance both in setting up to become a sponsor and also in getting candidates sponsored.’


Work highlights

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

The team of ‘dynamic and great communicators’ at Herrington Carmichael LLP’s Camberley hub, which was bolstered by the acquisition of Bonnetts Solicitors Limited in March 2022, is well versed in high-value probate matters. Collaborating with the real estate and corporate and commercial teams, the practice increasingly advises on inheritance tax matters and is active in assisting high-net-worth individuals with trusts and estates planning work. Practice head Charlotte Woods has significant experience in dealing with trusts, wills, estate administrations including insolvent estates, and LPAs. Graeme Black focuses on estate administration and Court of Protection work, while Minnaar Badenhorst advises on all areas of private client law from will drafting to powers of attorney and working with the elderly.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Woods

Other key lawyers:


‘Herrington Carmichael offers a wealth of knowledge and experience through each of their team members individually but also as a collective. Their service is exceptional and they have always been able to provide fantastic outcomes. I’ve always felt hugely confident and comfortable with any interactions they’ve had with my clients. When concerning matters such as wills, LPAs and trusts, I have found no better service out there. What they do is by far better than any other practice.’

‘I have always felt confident working with them from their delivery and service standards. I’ve never had a query or client outcome that has not been satisfactorily dealt with by any of the individuals whom I’ve had the pleasure of being in contact with. Charlotte Woods has such a great way with clients and a fantastic way of being able to easily identify and understand their needs. Graeme Black has such a wealth of knowledge and can offer this in such a way that client’s find it easy to understand.’

‘The team has a wide range of knowledge which means that you know an answer will always be looked at from a 360 degree perspective. The size of the team means there is also a variety of clients they are dealing with and ultimately help us with.’

‘They are all dynamic and great communicators. No chasing has to be done and they are on the front foot for all matters.’

‘HC strikes me as being a safe pair of hands and this is something to value in a trusted adviser.’

‘Charlotte Woods and Minnaar Badenhorst are knowledgeable and turn work around promptly.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

The ’punchy and effective’ Herrington Carmichael LLP team has extensive expertise in handling property disputes for international and national companies, along with HNWIs. Practice head Stephen Baker boasts over 20 years’ experience, and is supported by Frankie Tierney, who consistently acts for landowners, property developers, and investors in High Court cases. Solicitor Harriet Greener is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Baker

Other key lawyers:


‘Herrington Carmichael have been unique with their personal service and excellent legal knowledge.’

‘Each practitioner is a specialist in their field of work and has offered me exemplary advice.’

‘Excellent. Throughout the whole period we have received extremely professional and competant advise from Herrington Carmichael in bringing this to a successful solution.’

‘Frankie Tierney was available at any time to ask for advice. She and her team were extremely professional in the advice we received and easy to deal with.’

‘This was our first experience of property litigation and Frankie Tierney was very patient in guiding us through the process and explaining the issues. She probably had to be quite basic to help us understand but it all worked out as she said.’

‘This is a punchy and effective team that does high quality work.’

‘I work with Frankie Tierney in particular. She is conscientious and has great attention to detail. A safe pair of hands.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Herrington Carmichael LLP is led by Charlotte Woods who has over a decade of experience in insolvent estates, LPAs, wills, and trusts. The team head is supported by Sophie Spencer, while Frankie Tierney  has ‘an excellent understanding of dealing with dispute resolution services‘. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Camberley.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Woods

Other key lawyers:

Frankie Tierney


‘The team provides a professional service. Always available to answer any questions and give help where needed.’

‘Frankie Tierney has excellent understanding of dealing with dispute resolution services.’


Work highlights

Photo Name Position Profile
Alex Canham photo Mr Alex Canham Working with the Corporate and Commercial Department since 2010, Alex advises clients on a variety of…
Alistair McArthur photo Mr Alistair McArthur Alistair is an experienced employment lawyer with particular expertise in advising on…
Anthony Tahourdin photo Mr Anthony Tahourdin Anthony is a Partner in the Private Client Department. He joined the…