Firm Profile > Herrington Carmichael LLP > Wokingham, England

Herrington Carmichael LLP
RG40 1AU

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Herrington Carmichael LLP's team  is led by Tim Hardesty, who is the relationship manager for many of the group's  key developer clients, especially for residential developments. Daniel York leads on landlord and tenant and secured lending work; the team offers a broad range of transactional and finance skills.

Key clients

Grundon Waste Management

Metro Bank

National Westminster Bank

Immigration Tier 2

Herrington Carmichael LLP bolstered its immigration law expertise with the hire of  Bermeet Chhokar from Lexmark Legal in October 2018. The practice advises businesses on global migration matters, recruitment and sponsorship of migrant workers and sponsor licence applications. It also advises a growing number of individuals on the effects of Brexit on immigration issues. Imelda Reddington is the key partner.

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

Herrington Carmichael LLP's 'commercially astute' lawyers provide 'the high standards of service expected of a City firm' with 'reasonable billings'. The firm focuses on M&A transactions with an international element, as well as advising on share sales and purchases, corporate restructurings, company option schemes, shareholders’ agreements and other commercial arrangements.  Yavan Brar, Mark Chapman and Alex Canham are the lead partners.


Herrington Carmichael are able to draw on multiple areas of expertise and are very commercially minded, practical and good strategists.

Mark Chapman is extremely thorough and has a good eye for detail, but advises with a very good balance of technical legal advice and commercial/practical suggestions. ‘

Yavan Brar is outstanding in finding solutions to every problem. He is committed in terms of his energy, time and strategic mind.’

Alex Canham provides excellent advice and takes the time to understand the nature of the client’s business and objectives and explain the issues efficiently and clearly.’

Key clients

Grundon Waste Management

Metro Bank


Gavin Jones

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Herrington Carmichael LLP advises on all areas of employment law and is particularly experienced in handling internal restructurings, tribunal claims and matters related to data protection and GDPR. Alistair McArthur is 'brilliant' in advising on enforcement of post-termination obligations and TUPE. On the contentious side, Katie Harris and Katrine Clay are recommended for the defence of complex Employment Tribunal claims. Robert Frampton is of note for TUPE and reorganisations.

Key clients

Bovis Homes Group

Cygnet Health Care

Retail Insight

Aldermore Bank

Tech 21 (UK)

Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Maria Mulroe heads the family practice at Herrington Carmichael LLP and has a ‘solid reputation’ advising high-net-worth individuals with complex businesses and international assets, as well as handling child law matters. She is often assisted by associates Danielle Bentley and Catherine Currie in assisting clients in all areas of matrimonial and family law matters.

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

Herrington Carmichael LLP's personal tax, trusts and probate practice serves a range of clients including high-net-worth individuals with assets based abroad. In addition to areas such as estate planning and tax, Alexander Mulroe , who joined from Paris Smith LLP, assists elderly and vulnerable clients. Managing partner Frankie Tierney handles a range of disputes involving wills and trusts and undertakes Court of Protection work where mental capacity is in issue. Anthony Tahourdin offers decades of experience in probate and the range of matters affecting high-value estates.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Herrington Carmichael LLP bolstered its private client practice with the recruitment of department head Alexander Mulroe, who previously led the private client practice of Paris Smith LLP. Mulroe brings in complementary expertise in structuring complex cross-border estate planning and experience advising high-net-worth clients on a wide range of tax and succession planning issues. Other key figures in the Wokingham office include Anthony Tahourdin and Robert Syms for contentious matters and Sonia Dhesi, Andrew Smith and Faye Smith are also recommended.

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 4

Frankie Tierney is the practice head and managing partner at Herrington Carmichael LLP. She has long experience of commercial litigation in the High Court and of mediations. The team's work covers a range of contractual disputes, especially in the real estate sector in addition to areas such as professional negligence, corporate relationships and the protection of confidential information. Robert Syms, working with senior associate Frances Kyle, has a focus on the technology and  construction arenas and insolvency-related disputes.


The team provides an outstanding service and are very quick, thorough and professional with the response. The set up is very clear, you always know who is dealing with which part of the inquiry, corporate or property team.’



Key clients

Flavia Estates

Forest Care

Property litigation Tier 4

Frankie Tierney, who heads up Herrington Carmichael LLP's real estate litigation group, represents clients in particularly complex matters before the High Court, the Technology & Construction Court and the Property Tribunal. Clients include real estate developers, landowners, investors, corporate and commercial entities and private individuals. The firm has a demonstrable record of handling cases of a commercially sensitive nature. Robert Syms is another notable individual in the team.

Key clients

Flavia Estates


Herrington Carmichael is a full service law firm offering legal advice to UK and international businesses as well as individuals and families. With offices in London, Surrey and Berkshire they provide an increasingly specialist legal practice – with dedicated experts operating at the forefront of their individual areas of law. They provide practical, deep understanding and professional teams in each of the legal disciplines they specialise in.

The firm: The origins of the practice can be traced back over 175 years in Wokingham and 150 in Aldershot. It acquired its present name in 1935 when Walter Herrington and Graham Carmichael merged their practices. In recent years it has expanded through organic development as well as astute mergers and takeovers, including merging with Southorns in 2003, Stanbury’s in 2004, and Metcalfe and Mather in 2005.

Herrington Carmichael offers high-quality, jargon-free legal advice and representation, combined with very high levels of legal expertise. The firm believes in the traditional values of excellent service and value for money. Its clients appreciate its innovative, proactive and friendly approach to all their legal concerns.

Types of work undertaken: The corporate team is highly experienced across the full ambit of transactional work within a wide range of industry sectors. Expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, MBOs and MBIs, private equity investments, banking law, shareholder protection, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations, insolvency and corporate recovery, financial services and consumer law. The team also offers a wide range of due diligence and legal audit solutions.

The firm’s commercial expertise centres on providing efficiency, securing and assisting in revenue generation for clients. It has particular expertise in IT/IP law and covers the usual commercial services, which include terms of supply of goods and services, franchise agreements, e-commerce, distribution agreements research and development technology licensing, intellectual property, IT and software, advertising and sales promotions, sponsorship, bespoke contracts and financial services.

For employees, services range from advising on redundancy, reorganisation, and constructive dismissal to disciplinary and grievance procedures, compromise agreements, maternity/paternity and adoption issues, harassment and bullying, flexible working and tribunal and court claims.

The Property Law / Real Estate department is the largest in the local region, with staff based in Camberley and Wokingham dealing with matters including property development and plot sales for regional and local house builders. Services for landowners include selling land for development. Landlord and tenant services are provided for all parties from negotiating new leases to lease renewals, and advising on rent reviews. All aspects of residential property and conveyancing are handled including Help to Buy, shared ownership and HomeBuy.

Dispute resolution services cover a range of business and personal issues. Services are geared to keeping clients out of court wherever possible, while ensuring the best possible outcome in terms of time and money. Employment services for employers include an HR retainer service, an employment health check, handling unfair dismissal and redundancy claims as well as compromise agreements, discrimination claims, breach of contract, TUPE issues and contracts, procedures and policies. Restrictive covenants, termination of employment, recruitment and data protection issues are handled, as well as disciplinary and grievance procedures along with consultancy and service agreements. A full range of property disputes are handled, from business land disputes to boundary disputes and restrictive covenants.

Family and matrimonial law services include mediation as well as all aspects of family relationships. The department advises on separation and ending a relationship including financial matters and issues relating to children. Specialist services for the healthcare sector include corporate and commercial matters, such as medical practice and care home sales and acquisitions, as well as employment issues.

The private client department provide a comprehensive service including wills, inheritance tax, powers of attorney, services for the elderly, equity release and probate issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, Head of Corporate & Commercial Yavan Brar 0118 989 9713
Partner, Corporate & Commercial Mark Chapman 01276 854 928
Partner, Corporate & Commercial Alex Canham 0118 989 9717
Head of Dispute Resolution Frankie Tierney 01276 854 917
Partner, Dispute Resolution Adrian Taylor 01276 854 922
Head of Real Estate Tim Hardesty 01276 854 905
Partner, Real Estate Daniel York 01276 854 901
Head of Employment Alistair McArthur 0118 989 8158
Partner, Employment Darren Smith 0118 989 8151
Head of Residential property Annari Holmes 01276 854 940
Head of Family Law Amanda Phillips-Wylds 0118 989 9704
Head of Private Client Anthony Tahourdin 01276 854 947
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Yavan Brar  photo Mr Yavan Brar
 Alex Canham photo Alex Canham
Mr Alistair McArthur  photo Mr Alistair McArthur
Mr Anthony Tahourdin  photo Mr Anthony Tahourdin
 Daniel York photo Daniel York
Number of UK partners : 12
Number of other UK fee-earners : 59
Number of support staff : 47
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