Herrington Carmichael LLP > Camberley, England > Firm Profile

Herrington Carmichael LLP
Building 2, Watchmoor Park
Brennan House, Farnborough Aerospace Centre Business Park
Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 6XR
GU14 6XR

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

Herrington Carmichael LLP advises clients in the tech and finance sectors, as well as providers of social housing and care homes on restructurings, employment tribunal proceedings, as well as general employment matters. Practice head Alistair McArthur leads his team brilliantly‘ out of London and focuses on enforcement of post-termination obligations and TUPE. Darren Smith continues to grow the firm’s client base and has extensive expertise in the leisure & hospitality sector.

Practice head(s):

Alistair McArthur

Other key lawyers:

Darren Smith; Hannah King; Nicola O’Dwyer; Tom Hyatt


‘This team is energetic, knowledgeable and going places! It has expanded over the last couple of years, adding to its strength and depth. The firm has a team of employment experts with diverse strength and depth. The firm is unique because it is top-heavy, meaning that there are multiple experienced experts in employment law and interrelated commercial law. They have some household names on their books and deal with very high value litigation.’

‘We work with Darren Smith, Tom Hyatt, and Hannah King and feel that the relationships we have built make them feel like an extension of our HR Team and business. Would highly recommend them.’

‘Alistair McArthur – a complete expert in the diverse range of issues which fall under the umbrella of employment law; he is a big personality and clients absolutely love him; he is calmly reassuring in the face of change and instils confidence in all who work with him. He keeps the momentum up in litigation and is a fierce opponent. He is a truly exceptional lawyer and a leading expert.’

‘Alistair McArthur leads his team brilliantly. Darren Smith has made a great impression on clients in the region. Both are very experienced. Nicola O’Dwyer is another great lawyer in the team with a practical and commercial approach.’

‘Darren Smith is always courteous, professional, responds in a timely manner and sets out his advice when required by us to a high standard and in simple understandable language. Our company would not hesitate to recommend Darren in any situation.’

‘I have always found the team at Herrington Carmichael extremely helpful and always available to provide advice and assistance where necessary. Their depth of expertise is exceptional and I have found them to be expert in every area in which I have engaged them in.’

‘They are flexible enough to act swiftly to meet urgent requirements without compromising on quality. They are keen to explain the risk/reward balance to guide management decision-making on any issue and the partner will engage the wider team at the outset to ensure prompt delivery of advice to avoid delays. The team has engaged with us on training and positively welcome input into the process.’

‘Incredible support, knowledge and understanding of our business. Very responsive to questions and queries. When answering questions they clarify and offer a broad understanding of the situation and often different paths to take or confirm and support the path we wish to take.’

Key clients

Vistry Group


Moguntia Food Ingredients UK

Andreas Stihl

CLEAN Linen Services


Royal Caribbean


Tech 21 (UK)

Aldermore Bank

Vineyard Group

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

Herrington Carmichael LLP completed the acquisition of Bonnetts Solicitors in April 2022. , and the real estate team has benefitted from the takeover by gaining access to a wider client pool in the South East region. Team head Tim Hardesty has particular experience of residential development work for both developers and landowners, regularly dealing with high-value land acquisitions and disposals. Daniel York has extensive experience in landlord and tenant matters and secured lending. He has also fostered a close relationship with Metro Bank.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hardesty

Other key lawyers:

Daniel York; Rachel Duncan; Joshua Watkins; Lauren Ainsley


‘They have always been efficient and effective communicators and able to deliver on time.’

‘A down to earth and personable approach with a clear ability to explain things to a layman.’

‘In 18 years of being a client I have never once been made to feel that my queries are unimportant, and my questions are always handled in a way which gives me complete confidence that I am getting good solid information.’

‘Efficiency, knowledge, professionalism and friendliness.’

‘There are so many intelligent qualified people in H&C and so many specialist departments, that whatever the the query or the issue – there always seems to be someone who has that as a speciality. It gives me great confidence that I am always acting well and in line with the law and always fairly.’

Key clients

Grundon Waste Management

Metro Bank

National Westminster Bank

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

Herrington Carmichael LLP's corporate and commercial team is regarded as a 'one-stop solution for legal advice', offering 'versatile and wide expertise' toa range of clients in the region. Yavan Brar heads up the team, working with corporate specialists Mark Chapman and the 'exceptional and committed' Alex Canham. Legal director Cesare McArdle, who focuses on commercial and construction matters is another well-regarded member of the team. Typical work includes multimillion-pound M&A, share sales and company reorganisations. The practice is primarily based in Camberley, but the wider firm also has a presence in London, Ascot and Wokingham.

Practice head(s):

Yavan Brar

Other key lawyers:

Cesare McArdle; Mark Chapman; Alex Canham; Matthew Lea; Melissa Deutrom


‘Cesare McArdle is an excellent senior solicitor. Cesare never says “no, I can’t do” and is always willing to help to the best of his ability within his expertise. He also has gentle and polite mannerisms which clients appreciate.’

‘Mark Chapman is very impressive.’

‘Cesare McArdle has help my business to expand in its chosen market. He is personable and easy to get hold of most of the time and we always feel valued.’

‘The practice is very knowledgeable and they have excellent versatile and wide expertise, plus very good teamwork.’

Herrington Carmichael are the one stop solution for legal advice in all the areas that we have required. Each contact and specialist provides an in-depth, clear and precise detail to guide us through each legal requirement that we encounter.’

‘Excellent professional service, Always reliable, and that’s important.’

‘I feel the strongest selling point is the team – they have always been quick to provide advice and are thorough in their process. They have been able to build trusted relationships and have taken the time to understand our business.’

‘The practice undertakes a high number of transactions each year. The team is well oiled and 100% client focused.’

Key clients

Metro Bank

Portable Multimedia

VPS Holdings



One Four Nine Group

Data Techniques


Boom Cycle

Cloud Distribution


Grundon Waste Management

Work highlights

  • Represented the Cennox Group’s management team on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Cennox Holdings to York Capital Management, including managing the exit of the incumbent investor, Business Growth Fund.
  • Advised the shareholders of the Data Techniques Group on their recent sale to North SP Group.
  • Representing data engineering and consultancy company Datalytyx, providing data engineering, data ops and master data management solutions.

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

Led by Charlotte Woods, Herrington Carmichael LLP’s Camberley-based private wealth and inheritance team is praised for its broad knowledge base and has particular expertise in elderly matters. Oliver Wilson brings extensive experience from corporate and debt recovery roles prior to working in the private wealth arena, and Minnaar Badenhorst is a STEP-qualified lawyer and a Solicitor for the Elderly.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Woods


‘Great team, lots of different personalities and backgrounds. Such a pleasure to work with as always. Impeccable service that you cannot find anywhere else.’

‘Excellent knowledge and understanding of issues. Efficient and helpful at all times.’

‘Charlotte Woods is absolutely fantastic. Her level of professionalism and knowledge is the best out there I have come across. She is a credit to her profession.’

‘I find HC to be a responsive and professional firm. It strikes me that their clients will find a safe pair of hands.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 4

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Described as ´a very personable group of people`, the litigation practice at Herrington Carmichael LLP handles contentious proceedings and arbitration for both foreign and domestic clients. Adrian Taylor leads the team and is a specialist in construction disputes. Former head of the department Frankie Tierney comes particularly recommended for her expertise in complex multi-party cases. Additionally, Mark Robertson is an expert in professional negligence matters.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Frankie Tierney; Mark Robertson; Annabelle Randell; Harriet Greener


‘They are very professional and easy to deal with.’

‘I can only describe this practice as “La Creme de La Creme”, head and shoulders above all other solicitors that I have ever consulted. The speed of response to new or ongoing situations is particularly striking. The depth of expertise throughout the practice is exceptional, knowledge of case law outstanding and there is an across the board ability to establish warm client relationships.’

‘Frankie Tierney is exceptional in that same day responses to all emails and other communications is the absolute norm, often involving lengthy explanations and detailed advice, sometimes out of hours as necessary. Her expertise, knowledge and ability to cut through the fog of irrelevant aspects of a case is without parallel.’

‘Highly efficient and responsive. A very personable group of people.’

‘Adrian Taylor has paid prompt and close attention to my concerns and suggestions, has been highly responsive throughout, and has provided a service which is perfectly in line with my understanding and experience.’

‘I dealt with Mark Robertson, he was very helpful throughout the process. Active listener and knowledgeable.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Led by Adrian Taylor from the firm’s Camberley office, Herrington Carmichael LLP‘s real estate litigation team handles both residential and commercial work for a range of predominantly regional clients. Frankie Tierney is especially well regarded for her experience acting for landowners, developers and investors, while senior solicitor Mark Robertson has expertise in real estate professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Taylor

Other key lawyers:


‘Herrington Carmichael’s experienced property litigators have a breadth of expertise, enabling them to find solutions to legal problems associated with property in a wide range of contexts. They offer versatility and commercial common sense in property litigation.’

‘From the minute we met Frankie Tierney her advice was absolutely correct and solid. She did a very efficient and reasonably priced job, very well done.’

‘Frankie Tierney at HC was spot on in her advice from day one and read the situation perfectly, I would not hesitate to recommend her to any person in the same boat.’

‘Frankie Tierney is extremely knowledgeable in the Property Litigation area and has the ability to explain everything to you and ensures that you have a full understanding of every step that will be taken. I was kept informed at every stage of the process, which in total took 18 months to settle due to Covid and the Courts not operating. During this time I was always kept informed of all progress that was being made. I was also kept up to date regarding the current costs and future cost.’

‘Frankie Tierney is efficient, compassionate and understanding to your actual personal case. Nothing is too much trouble and you are kept informed at all times.’

‘Frankie Tierney was very professional, keeping us updated and giving us everything we needed to support us.’

‘Frankie Tierney, Adrian Taylor and Mark Robertson are always on top of their brief, and have a full understanding of the legal landscape that their clients will need to navigate to achieve their goals.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Herrington Carmichael LLP benefitted from the arrival of practice head Charlotte Woods from Anderson Rowntree Solicitors in January 2021. The team has a growing workflow that includes contentious probate cases for elderly and vulnerable clients.

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, Hampshire 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. Bonnetts Solicitors was acquired on 1 March 2022, the firm retain their Ascot office and also opened a Reading office on 1 September 2022.

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 Farnborough 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.

Managing Partner, Head of Corporate and Commercial Yavan Braryavan.brar@herrington-carmichael.com0118 989 9713
Partner, Corporate and Commercial Mark Chapmanmark.chapman@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 928
Partner, Corporate and Commercial Alex Canhamalex.canham@herrington-carmichael.com0118 989 9717
Partner, Dispute Resolution Frankie Tierneyfrankie.tierney@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 917
Head of Dispute Resolution Stephen Bakerstephen.baker@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 922
Head of Real Estate Tim Hardestytim.hardesty@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 905
Partner, Real Estate Liz Haileyliz.hailey@herrington-carmichael.com01276 748 852
Partner, Real Estate Daniel Yorkdaniel.york@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 901
Partner, Real Estate Rachel Duncanrachel.duncan@herrington-carmichael.com01276 748 382
Head of Employment Alistair McArthuralistair.mcarthur@herrington-carmichael.com0118 989 8158
Partner, Employment Darren Smithdarren.smith@herrington-carmichael.com0118 989 8151
Head of Immigration Sherry Fitzgeraldsherry.fitzgerald@herrington-carmichael.com01276 748 376
Head of New Build Property Annari Holmesannari.holmes@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 940
Head of Family Law Sarah Speedsarah.speed@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 924
Head of Residential Property Joshua Watkinsjoshua.watkins@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 948
Head of Private Wealth and Inheritance Charlotte Woodscharlotte.woods@herrington-carmichael.com0118 989 9705
Stephen  Baker photoMr Stephen BakerStephen is the Head of Dispute Resolution. He has a wealth of…
Stephen  Baker photoMr Stephen BakerStephen is the Head of Dispute Resolution. He has a wealth of…
Mark Chapman photoMr Mark ChapmanBefore returning to Herrington Carmichael LLP in August 2012, Mark worked as…
Tim Hardesty photoMr Tim HardestyTim is the head of the real estate department. Tim has particular…
Annari Holmes photoMrs Annari HolmesPartner & Head of Department
Darren Smith photoMr Darren SmithPartner, Employment Law Darren Smith is a employment law solicitor with a…
Frankie Tierney photoMiss Frankie TierneyManaging partner and head of dispute resolution department. Commercial litigation to include…
Daniel York photoMr Daniel YorkDaniel York is a Partner in the Commercial Property team. Daniel acts…
Number of UK partners : 17
Number of other UK fee-earners : 79
Number of support staff : 65
English (fluent)
Law Society
IR Global (www.irglobal.com)
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
Resolution Family Law
British Franchise Association
Professional Negligence Lawyers Association