Herrington Carmichael LLP > Camberley, England > Firm Profile

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

The real estate team at Herrington Carmichael LLP has expertise in advising on residential development work, including acting for lenders in the development sector, working with banking institutions, undertaking agricultural matters, and advising on leasehold and enfranchisement issues. The department is led by Tim Hardesty who has particular expertise in development matters. Josh Watkin is growing the team’s international capabilities through the firm’s membership of IR Global. Daniel York leads the landlord, tenant and secured lending area; associate Ashvind Kaur joined the team in 2020 from Stevens & Bolton LLP, strengthening this offering.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hardesty

Other key lawyers:

Daniel York; Joshua Watkins; Ashvind Kaur


‘The team at Herrington Carmichael are responsive and reliable and provide an exceptional service to us. There is a strong level of ownership from the team and they go the extra mile to ensure that there is a thorough examination of each transaction and our interests are always protected.’

‘The team works well together as well as interacting well with our in-house team. Everyone in the team is knowledgeable but if a situation arises that requires more senior involvement, escalation is quick and efficient to enable satisfactory solutions for all parties, to be found as quickly as possible.’

‘The whole team is friendly and knowledgeable and provides a relaxed, professional service. ’

‘Herrington Carmichael have the experience and in-depth knowledge of property law with the ability of individual solicitors to refer specific problems to specialist teams like the dispute resolution team.’

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 advises clients on a range of corporate, M&A and commercial mandates, handling cross-border matters as well as domestic deals. As managing partner and practice head, Yavan Brar is a key figure at the firm and advises on large-scale investments. Alex Canham and Mark Chapman are also recommended, with Canham’s practice focusing on corporate matters within the financial services sector and Chapman on the commercial side, advising finance, software and manufacturing industry clients.

Practice head(s):

Yavan Brar

Other key lawyers:

Alex Canham; Mark Chapman; Cesare McArdle; Stephanie Craig; Matthew Lea


‘The corporate and commercial team are the best technical and at the same time practical and real-world solicitors I have come across – great client service’

‘Herrington Carmichael has a diverse skillset, covering most requirements. This means we can tackle complex issues knowing that they can call on their colleagues to compliment the analysis.’

‘Herrington Carmichael has acted like an extension of our business. They have been a huge support, have been exceptionally credible in some extremely difficult commercial contractual matters.’

‘This is a commercially minded practice that is led by a talented lawyer, Yavan Brar, who focuses his team on providing excellence in all they do. The team is genuinely keen to ensure good quality and pragmatic advice for clients and in my experience, this is achieved.’

‘Yavan Brar, sets the tone for the whole practice and leads from the front. He has developed an excellent corporate team and brought team members through to partner including the talented Alex Canham who has developed a niche in the financial services sector for the firm.’

‘Alex Canham is very knowledgeable – he also has a good appreciation of what is the minimum standard and what represents potentially less commercially needed aspects. ’

‘Strong commercial and corporate team, offering reliable and practical advice at competitive rates. The quality of advice we have received when instructing the commercial team is comparable to many large City firms we have used but at non-City fees. ’

‘Mark Chapman is extremely commercial and approachable. His previous in-house experience is clear and a real asset to his in-house clients. Cesare McArdle is a pleasure to deal with and detailed in his approach, but commercial and practical at the same time ’

Key clients

Grundon Waste Management

Metro Bank


Portable Multimedia

VPS Holdings

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

Herrington Carmichael LLP's employment team is praised by clients as 'exceptional'. Alistair McArthur leads the practice, working on a range of employment law matters, with particular emphasis on enforcing post-termination obligations and TUPE. In February 2020, Darren Smith joined the firm from Boyes Turner; Smith acts for a number of prestigious leisure and hospitality sector clients and also strengthens the teams offering in complex discrimination cases.

Practice head(s):

Alistair McArthur

Other key lawyers:

Darren Smith; Katrine Clay


‘Herrington Carmichael is the Rolls Royce of employment teams from top to bottom. They are complete experts.’

‘The team is well balanced providing senior practitioners in Alistair McArthur, Darren Smith (latest edition to the employment team) and Katrine Clay.’

‘Herrington Carmichael’s employment team is exceptional in the area. Alistair McArthur leads a great group of employment lawyers and they have an impressive client list.’

‘Alistair is a bit of a star. He has the confidence to steer cases strategically without losing sight of the commercial sense over legal strengths. He is personable but also tenacious for his clients. He has great knowledge and experience in all employment matters. His instructions are always comprehensive. He is particularly brilliant in TUPE-related matters.’

‘The team are very responsive. You can always rely on a quick turnaround with good, strong, practical and commercial advice. The team also pick up on perspectives that we may have missed, so they don’t just answer the question, they also think about the problem.’

‘The people within the team are outstanding. They make you feel completely supported and as if they are part of your own company. I felt in very safe hands from the moment I first spoke with the team. In a daunting world such as employment law they always make it sound so simple and no trouble at all, the team are outstanding.’

‘Darren Smith is an exceptional employment lawyer. His knowledge and professionalism goes without saying. Beyond this, he is pragmatic and able to take a commercial view on issues that require problem solving. He is very personable which makes him very easy to work with.’

‘Time, care and attention by the team is second to none. They build great customer relationships and deliver high quality advice and support. No question, query or plan has been too small or too big.’

Key clients

Vistry Group

Convergence (Group Networks)

Moguntia Food Ingredients UK

CLEAN Linen Services


Royal Caribbean


Tech 21 (UK)

Aldermore Bank

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

Herrington Carmichael LLP's Camberley family team has undergone a series of changes in recent months. The key contact is now Sarah Speed, who joined in May 2021 from local firm Foster Harrington, where she led the family practice.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Speed

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

The private client team at Herrington Carmichael LLP handles probate, estate planning and elderly and vulnerable client matters for regional and London-based clients, including high-net-worth individuals and directors of SMEs. After joining the firm from Anderson Rowntree in 2021, Charlotte Woods now heads the private client team in Camberley. Former practice head Anthony Tahourdin has experience in business property relief and agricultural property whilst Frankie Tierney has considerable expertise in handling matters involving Chancery Division disputes.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Woods

Other key lawyers:


‘Herrington Carmichael get the blend right between being approachable and professional. We have a range of clients from different backgrounds and Herrington Carmichael deals with them all in a way that puts them at ease and as importantly fulfils their professional obligations. ’

‘The staff at HC are good communicators. I appreciate that they are good at responding in a timely manner.’

‘A very personal efficient service, providing sound advice in all areas of private client work. Herrington Carmichael are more efficient and knowledgeable than most firms. ’

‘Approachable, easy to access, good sound advice. Wide range of departments that can deal with matters as they arise. Always on hand to provide advice to myself, my team and my clients on a range of needs. ’

‘Herrington Carmichael get the blend right between being approachable and professional – something that the legal profession often has issues with. We have a range of clients from different backgrounds and Herrington Carmichael deals with them all in a way that puts them at ease and as importantly fulfills their professional obligations. ’

‘Charlotte Woods is extremely knowledgeable in her field and is able to explain even the most complicated matters in the simplest of terms.’

‘Sonia Dhesi is a wonderful human being with a keen sense of humour. All of our connected clients speak incredibly well of how easy Sonia is to speak with, and how diligent she is towards her work. From my perspective she is incredibly responsive when it comes to any queries I may have.’

‘Anthony Tahourdin inspires such confidence in his knowledge and his professionalism is beyond reproach. I take the greatest care when I refer my clients to specialists and I will choose Anthony whenever possible because he has delivered every time.’

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

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

Herrington Carmichael LLP handles a variety of commercial disputes. Practice head Adrian Taylor advises a wide range of clients on domestic and international disputes, with specialist expertise in dealing with construction cases. Frankie Tierney is a 'highly experienced litigator' with experience in High Court proceedings and multiparty commercial cases as well as formal mediation processes.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Taylor

Other key lawyers:


‘The team deals with a wide range of commercial disputes cases. They have a depth of experience in insolvency and property litigation. The firm develops a dispute resolution strategy early on in a dispute so that clients are well aware of the risks and merits from the outset and problems are anticipated. Staff are both professional and personable.’

‘There is a good commercial/insolvency practice based at the firm.’

‘Adrian Taylor is a particular joy to work with. He has extensive experience and commercial savvy to assist clients with getting to the right result.’

‘Frankie Tierney is a highly experienced litigator. She is well-organised and well-prepared meaning that she approaches litigation in a considered and focused manner. She provides pragmatic, commercial advice and delivers outcomes cost-effectively.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Herrington Carmichael LLP’s practice, which is led by Adrian Taylor, is prominent in complex commercial real estate disputes across the South. In addition, residential property litigation is another mainstay of the practice. The varied workload includes matters arising from boundary disputes, restrictive covenants and construction disputes. Landlord and tenant work is also a key driver of activity. Frankie Tierney regularly acts for landowners, property developers and investors in High Court, Technology & Construction Court and Property Tribunal matters. Senior solicitor Mark Robertson joined from Wannops LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Frankie Tierney; Mark Robertson; Annabelle Randell


‘Frankie Tierney was excellent and professional.’

‘A combination of a meticulous attention to detail with a firm but polite approach.’

‘Frankie Tierney is an excellent litigator and someone I regularly recommend.’

‘Reliable and approachable team, providing good knowledge and service but at non-City prices. We have used City firms previously for property advice and the quality of advice received at Herrington Carmichael is certainly comparable.’

‘Frankie Tierney is very prompt and responsive.’

‘We dealt with Herrington Carmichael for a number of years, they are very approachable and proactive in their dealings.’

‘I have dealt with several members of the team at Herrington Carmichael and I have found them very easy to deal with. They explain the pitfalls very well and they set their work out in plain English.’

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.

Managing Partner, Head of Corporate & Commercial Yavan Braryavan.brar@herrington-carmichael.com0118 989 9713
Partner, Corporate & Commercial Mark Chapmanmark.chapman@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 928
Partner, Corporate & Commercial Alex Canhamalex.canham@herrington-carmichael.com0118 989 9717
Head of Dispute Resolution Frankie Tierneyfrankie.tierney@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 917
Partner, Dispute Resolution Adrian Tayloradrian.taylor@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 922
Head of Real Estate Tim Hardestytim.hardesty@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 905
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 Residential property Annari Holmesannari.holmes@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 940
Head of Family Law Paul Linsdellpaul.linsdell@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 911
Head of Private Client Charlotte Woodscharlotte.woods@herrington-carmichael.com0118 989 9705
Partner, Private Client Anthony Tahourdinanthony.tahourdin@herrington-carmichael.com01276 854 947
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 YorkDaniel York is a Partner in the Commercial Property team. Daniel acts…
Number of UK partners : 14
Number of other UK fee-earners : 65
Number of support staff : 50
English (fluent)
Law Society
IR Global (www.irglobal.com)
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)