Firm Profile > Herrington Carmichael LLP > Camberley, England

Herrington Carmichael LLP
GU15 3YL

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Based in Camberley, Herrington Carmichael LLP advises clients across the South East on a range of real estate matters. The team has been particularly active in assisting developers and landowners in transactions and option agreements. It also advises banks and developers on loans and refinancings. Practice head Tim Hardesty is experienced in assisting on retail developments, while Daniel York specialises in landlord and tenant work, as well as secured lending.

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‘Supportive and understand the requirements of us as a bank very well. They have a sensible split of the corporate and real estate specialists on our cases.’

‘I have dealt mostly with Daniel York  who is readily contactable on many commercial matters and cases, whether general advice or part of an instruction. But we have had equal strong support from Joshua Watkins and Olivia Regester on the real estate team.’

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Grundon Waste Management

Metro Bank

National Westminster Bank

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

Based in Wokingham and Camberley, Herrington Carmichael LLP  provides a 'hands-on and personal service' to clients on cross-border M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, company option schemes, shareholders’ agreements and other commercial arrangements. Yavan Brar  leads the practice and maintains a 'professional but friendly and relaxed approach' in advising on large-scale investments. Alex Canham and Mark Chapman are other key practitioners.

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The efficiency and communication between their own team was exceptional. Availability for me with this firm was at its highest, meaning that when there were concerns, we could be on the phone, with answers found quickly.’

We have always found Yavan Brar and Alex Canham to be very good, both in advice given and also understanding our business risk profile and adapting negotiations where necessary, but also fully explaining risks and opportunities.’

I’ve worked with lots of firms in the past, but what makes this firm unique is their friendly approach, combined with top level professionalism. No matter what our challenge, Herrington Carmichael will find a solution quickly and in a clear and understandable way.’

Mark Chapman is superb – he’s diligent, hard working and a great communicator.’

Alex Canham and his team deliver a hands-on and personal service to both vendors and buyers in the financial intermediary market that is backed up by in-depth knowledge and consistent delivery of service in a timely manner.’

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Grundon Waste Management

Metro Bank


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

Herrington Carmichael LLP advises employer and employee clients on a broad range of issues. Practice head Alistair McArthur has a history of acting for banks, financial institutions and retailers as well as companies in the hospitality  and technology sectors.

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Good customer care.’

The team responds to our needs extremely well.’

Alistair McArthur is a fantastic lawyer. He is able to offer great advice which is always balanced with a commercial approach.’

The employment law team at Herrington Carmichael are particularly approachable with great interpersonal skills.’

The team are pragmatic, open to challenge and challenging.’

Alistair McArthur is direct and personable.’

The team are always approachable and friendly, and nothing ever seems too much trouble.’

Alistair McArthur has the ability to put a complex issue into layman’s terms while providing details of risk or potential risk.

Deep knowledge of the market standards, ability to have a legal answer that does not ignore the business needs, being the authority for the issues that were dealt by the firm and being straight forward with direct answers even when they did not meet the client wishes’

There are no generic templates, the service is bespoke.’

There is expert level knowledge across the team and the support and follow up is fantastic.’

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

Herrington Carmichael LLP advises on a range of family law matters. Practice Head Amanda Phillips-Wylds  is a new arrival from KJ Smith, replacing Maria Mulroe who has departed to Royds Withy King .

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Immigration Tier 3

  Herrington Carmichael LLP advises a variety of national businesses on obtaining sponsor licences, compliance issues and grants of entry clearance to the UK. Bermeet Chhokar, having arrived in 2018 to help bolster the personal immigration practice, is the key practitioner and advises private clients seeking specialist advice on EU law and immigration rules, including the EU Settlement Scheme. Former practice head Imelda Reddington  departed for Field Seymour Parkes LLP  in 2019.

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

Herrington Carmichael LLP advises high net worth clients, many of whom have long-term relationships with the firm, on probate, estate planning, and later life matters. Practice head Anthony Tahourdin is highly experienced in this area. The team also handles contentious work related to wills and trusts; Frankie Tierney is a key contact.

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‘Overall I find the team at Herrington Carmichael is very professional, helpful and knowledgeable. ‘

‘A very approachable and knowledgeable team.’

‘Tony Tahourdin has a wise head on his shoulders.’

‘We have always found the firm to be very knowledgeable, professional and efficient.’

‘Tony Tahourdin is a highly experienced and knowledgeable solicitor. His knowledge of the trust and probate sector is detailed and comprehensive and his advice is very sound.’

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 4

Under practice head Frankie Tierney, Herrington Carmichael LLP continues to represent clients from across the South East in commercial litigation, including matters with cross-border elements. The team was strengthened in 2019 by the addition of Adrian Taylor from Healys, who has deep experience in the construction sector. Tierney acts on a range of commercial litigation matters, including handling mediations and acting for clients in the High Court.

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‘Frankie Tierney was good at explaining the process and possible outcomes.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Herrington Carmichael LLP's team advises on a full range of private client matters. Anthony Tahourdin leads the practice and focuses on the administration of trusts and estates, including both pre and post-death tax planning.

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Property litigation Tier 4

Herrington Carmichael LLP has seen an increase in demand for its real estate litigation capabilities from both direct real estate sector clients as well as corporate and commercial clients of the wider firm with significant real estate portfolios. Frankie Tierney leads the team and has particular experience in acting for landowners, property developers and investors in complex High Court, Technology and Construction Court, and Property Tribunal matters. Adrian Taylor is another key name to note.

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‘Prompt, precise and to the point in all dealings. Polite and approachable in face-to-face meetings.’

‘Frankie Tierney led the way throughout the process in a calm and professional manner. Her advice was clear and accurate and led to a satisfactory conclusion. Final settlement was in the ball-park of what Frankie had predicted at the start so there were no surprises.’

‘Provide easy to understand free initial advice to clients to enable them to fully appreciate their options depending on the circumstances of their case, so that they can then decide whether or not litigation is appropriate for them.’

‘Frankie Tierney, head of dispute resolution, has always been quick to respond to any queries I have raised when I have received instructions from her to carry out an expert report. Her responses have been clear and concise.’

‘Herrington Carmichael’s property litigation team has a dynamic and comprehensive regional offering.’

‘Frankie Tierney is diligent, efficient, and with a great eye for detail.’

‘I have used Herrington & Carmichael for over thirty years, for certain casual matters in the first instance and since 2003 full time. They are very sharp, well attuned to recent developments and cover a wide range of legal fields.’

‘The team is very dedicated to personal service. A partner is always available to speak to you and offer quick and well considered advice.’

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 provides 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
Partner, Real Estate Rachel Duncan 01276 748 382
Head of Employment Alistair McArthur 0118 989 8158
Partner, Employment Darren Smith 0118 989 8151
Head of Immigration Sherry Fitzgerald 01276 748 376
Head of Residential property Annari Holmes 01276 854 940
Head of Family Law Paul Linsdell 01276 854 911
Head of Private Client Charlotte Woods 0118 989 9705
Partner, Private Client Anthony Tahourdin 01276 854 947
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Mark Chapman  photo Mr Mark Chapman Before returning to Herrington Carmichael LLP in August 2012, Mark worked as…
Mr Tim Hardesty  photo Mr Tim Hardesty Tim is the head of the real estate department. Tim has particular…
Mrs Annari Holmes  photo Mrs Annari Holmes Partner & Head of Department
Mr Darren Smith  photo Mr Darren Smith Partner, Employment Law Darren Smith is a employment law solicitor with a…
Mr Adrian Taylor  photo Mr Adrian Taylor Adrian Taylor is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Team. Adrian can…
Miss Frankie Tierney  photo Miss Frankie Tierney Managing partner and head of dispute resolution department. Commercial litigation to include…
Mr Daniel York photo Mr Daniel York Daniel York is a Partner in the Commercial Property team. Daniel acts…
Number of UK partners : 15
Number of other UK fee-earners : 59
Number of support staff : 47
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