Firm Profile > Tees Law > Chelmsford, England
Tees Law Offices
Victoria Road South
Tees Law > The Legal 500 Rankings
Agriculture and estates Tier 1
Tees Law is has a track record of advising both domestic and international clients on agricultural and estates matters, and in January 2019 the practice merged with Essex firm Wortley Byers, expanding its geographical reach. Practice leader David Miller has strong experience of dealing with complex energy projects and advising on strategic land transactions. Letty Glaister re-joined the partnership in April 2020 after a spell as a consultant, and was made head of agriculture and estates, while Charles Stevens is an expert in structuring complex transactions.
David Miller; Letty Glaister
Other key lawyers:
‘This practice is expert in agricultural legal matters, which is the reason why I initially contacted them after recommendations by the National Farmers Union and a local landowner/farmer.’
‘I have found the staff at Tees to be responsive and to give sound advice. They always come back within a reasonable timescale if they cannot answer the call or email immediately. It makes a big difference to a busy professional not to have to chase them up.’
‘David Miller is known for his work and advice on Option for Lease of solar farms. His knowledge and experience in the sector makes working with him a pleasure.’
‘Tees Law support the agricultural industry by having partners and associates with good agricultural knowledge. They are a very professional practice which are both organised and flexible with the clients best interests at the forefront.‘
‘We would not hesitate in recommending Tees Law to any agricultural business. We always feel we get a personal service which is often missing from business dealings these days.’
Strutt & Parker (Farms) Ltd
Commercial property: Essex Tier 1
The 2019 merger with Wortley Byers significantly enhanced the commercial property offering at Tees Incorporating Wortley Byers. The practice is jointly led by the 'in demand' Aaron Cane - who has experience of multimillion-pound regeneration projects and is recommended for portfolio management work - and Mark Carter, who acts for a large number of businesses, landowners and farmers. The 'knowledgeable and helpful' Jane Winfield is known for acquisitions and disposals and is a recognised specialist in landlord and tenant matters. The team's client base includes an array of major agribusiness and utility companies.
Aaron Cane; Mark Carter
Other key lawyers:
‘Unrivalled level of service from an expert team‘.
‘I found using Tees Law a very good experience, they were always on hand to answer questions – I would definitely use again‘.
‘The team are always happy to provide updates to the agents and client throughout a transaction which is useful in keeping matters progressing swiftly. I personally find that this is not always common practice among some of the other firms we deal with‘.
‘Extremely professional, competitive rates and top rate service‘.
‘Jane Winfield was outstanding in what was a complicated situation and worked tirelessly to see the job through. Jane made everything very clear from day one and we knew we were in good hands‘.
‘Jane Winfield was particularly very knowledgeable and helpful in her handling of the matter in hand. She was able to explain every action and procedure and its effects.‘.
‘The service levels provided by Jane Winfield in particular are impressive‘.
‘Aaron Cane is the very top of the list. Superior excellence in his knowledge of commercial property – he looks after his clients and is very much in demand‘.
Northumbrian Water Limited
Great Baddow Parish Council
Family: Essex Tier 1
Louise Margiotta (Brentwood), Joshua Coombe (Chelmsford) and Sally Powell (Bishop's Stortford) lead the family team at Tees Law. Following its merger with Wortley Byers, the firm has increased its expertise in the following areas: judicial separation, domestic abuse, child arrangements, intervenor proceedings and tax planning. In addition, it is noted for its emphasis on alternative dispute resolution, a field in which it increasingly operates in an online capacity. In this regard, Louise Buttery is distinguished by her mediation skills (and stands as an active member of the Resolution National Membership Development Committee). In addition, Caroline Andrews is known for her niche focus on fertility work.
Louise Margiotta; Joshua Coombe; Sally Powell
‘This is a tight and well run team with no weak links. It has high standards and is very client focused‘.
‘Their key knowledge in family law and their work etiquette gives clients extra peace of mind. I was very relaxed when I went through the divorce and Tees Law definitely supported me the whole way. Updates were constantly given about the case and they went the extra mile at all times to make sure I understood the law. Brilliant company and they look after all their clients‘.
‘I have experience of the Chelmsford, Brentwood and Bishop’s Stortford offices, and all the staff across the board are extremely efficient and provide an excellent service to their clients. As a well resourced firm they are always able to provide expert advice quickly and efficiently‘.
‘I finally found a solicitors in Tees Law that I could trust after being let down by so many others. Unlike alternatives, Tees Law actually find a solution and then see it through to the end‘.
‘Louise Margiotta has been exceptional: sympathetic to my situation, implementing a comprehensive approach to my case, encouraging, pushing me and being firm when required (all to achieve the best legal outcome for me as her client). A professional approach at all times‘.
‘Joshua Coombs is a fearless advocate for his clients, in both high worth money cases and children matters‘.
‘Caroline Andrews is an exceptional practitioner. She works closely with Louise Margiotta as part of the team and is very approachable. She has an in-depth knowledge of family law and utilises this to ensure the best outcome for her clients‘.
‘Louise Buttery is a stickler for detail and always goes above and beyond for her clients‘.
From its Bishop's Stortford base, Tees Law provides commercial litigation advice to many local businesses and substantial farming clients with a particular emphasis on agricultural work, property law and defamation. The practice successfully merged with Wortley Byers in January 2019. Practice head Darren Perks specialises in property disputes, often involving professional negligence and construction matters. Justin Robinson is adept at handling sensitive commercial matters, while Caroline Metcalf has expertise in agricultural disputes relating to partnerships. In November 2019, solicitor Harry Panayiotou joined from Nicholas & Co to specialise in property disputes.
‘I have always found Tees to be highly efficient, very commercially minded, and capable of providing practical solutions to their clients’ problems.’
‘Darren Perks and Caroline Metcalf are stand-out partners.’
‘We enjoy the fact that Tees can handle all of our legal needs under one roof.’
‘An approachable firm, particularly well suited to private client work.’
‘The Tees Law team that we work with are always open, honest, and clear in terms of the advice provided. They are always happy to take the time to explain complicated matters, in a very informative manner, breaking it down into “normal everyday speak”. We are very happy with the service that they provide overall.‘
Fuller Smith & Turner
Turners of Soham
Bishop’s Stortford College
Strutt and Parker Farms
Stansted Airport Limited
NHS Property Services Limited
Newhall Projects Limited
Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 2
The commercial litigation team at Tees Law, which is led by insolvency expert David Perry, has continued to build on the back of its merger with Wortley Byers in 2019 and is increasingly involved in cases featuring top London firms. With specialisms in insolvency, partnership and company disputes, the team also offers alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation. John Fawcett works in construction law and has a strong reputation with regards to agricultural issues - he has successfully represented claimants and defendants in litigation before the High and County Courts.
Other key lawyers:
‘Tees has a very strong reputation regionally. It is large enough to service all of its clients but not so large as to be impersonal or to compromise on client care‘.
‘Their prompt and personal service alongside the effort they go to make sure that they get to know the client and give individual advice tailored to the specific problem that the client has‘.
‘An approachable firm, particularly well suited to private client work‘.
‘As a firm/ team they are efficient, focused, clear and strategic. Cases are well managed, clients are well handled and the team generally is a pleasure to work with‘.
‘David Perry was excellent and understood exactly what the complex problem was all about and established a route forward very effectively‘.
‘We work with David Perry and appreciate his honest, straight-talking approach always cutting to the core of the problem, which he then deals with in a fair and resolute manner‘.
‘John Fawcett is very commercially astute. John has a very calm and assured manner. He is a very safe pair of hands. He is adept at dealing with multi-disciplinary disputes cutting across different sectors or practice areas‘.
‘John has a detailed knowledge of insolvency practice and procedure and an excellent grasp of the practical details of the insolvency process. Consequently, John has been able to give uniquely focused, practical and strategic advice (and direction to cases generally) in matters where construction and insolvency issues cross over‘.
Spicerhaart Property Services Limited
National Business Crime Solutions
The corporate and commercial team at Tees Law has an established reputation across various industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, insurance and print. Known for its ability to cover management buyouts and joint ventures, the team also handles M&A, private equity transactions and the development of start-ups. Following the 2019 merger with Wortley Byers, the firm has consolidated and expanded on this experience, recently overseeing the sale of the majority interest in Excitech Limited. Team lead Sue Dowman is known for her expertise in pharmaceutical regulations, Lucy Folley is a noted specialist in M&A and Baljeet Kaur is recommended for asset and share acquisitions.
‘I found the practice to be very effective and professional and I did feel that i was dealing with a highly professional company and team of individuals. I felt that the costs were transparent and that you offered fantastic advice before i even instructed your firm on this project. I used Tees Law for a range of legal matters and i always felt there was a relevant professional available to speak to me‘.
‘I have always received a professional service form all of the team, they communicate very well and are very good with providing impartial advise‘.
‘The strengths are in communication and teamwork. Contact is prompt and regular, with the team gelling so that all relevant parties can deal with the case at a moment’s notice‘.
‘Excellent understanding of the business and its needs‘.
‘My main contact within the organisation is Lucy Folley. She has provided legal assistance to me in a number of issues and has done so at a very high professional level‘.
‘Lucy Folley has been handling commercial matters for our business for a number of years. Lucy has always shown a good understanding of the matters being dealt with and the requirements of the business‘.
‘Baljeet Kaur is efficient, friendly, courteous, communicative and, above all, clearly providing advice in a client’s best interest – keen to ensure every detail is taken care of, yet pragmatic and aware that matters ultimately will need resolution to all parties satisfaction‘.
‘Baljeet Kaur was always available to support me; . I felt she really understood what I was trying to achieve and effectively guided me through the process to offer maximum protection in the final draft of legal contracts‘.
St Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry
Warneford Healthcare Limited
Flexipharm Austrading Limited
Majenta Solutions Limited
Review Hotels Limited
Quest Medical UK Limited
Keith Warwick, Daren Flight and others
Adrian Atkinson and others
Hearn Capital Limited
Tees Law advises, businees senior executives and business leaders across sectors including education, transport and logistics on the full range of employment matters. In January 2019 the firm merged with Wortley Byers, expanding its geographical reach across Essex, as well as broadening its capabilities, adding sector expertise in the pharmaceutical industry. Splitting his time between Chelmsford and Bishop's Stortford, practice leader Robert Whitaker advises clients in banking, finance, and telecoms on matters relating to data protection and restructurings. In Bishops Stortford, Katherine Jameson is experienced in restrictive covenants, advising on exit strategies, and disciplinary/grievance investigations.
Other key lawyers:
‘It is great that the firm offers a whole range of services. What I think is also great is that you can easily find out information about your solicitor on their website as everyone has profiles set up. Very easy to use and find out background information and experience.‘
‘I was recommended Tees Law by a friend, as they had a very good experience in the past. I cannot fault the experience I have had. Very professional, very knowledgeable, and actually puts your worries at ease.’
Bishop Stortford College
Island Pacific Sworders
Fine Art Auctioneers
Rand Brothers Aviation
Globe Tooling Oakray Ltd
Cambridge Market Research
Kevin Nash Group (Nash Tackle)
Marlborough Highways Limited
Employment: Essex Tier 2
Following the 2019 merger with Wortley Byers, the employment team at Tees Law has been significantly bolstered, with specialisms now including agribusiness, education, transport, logistics and professional services. In particular, the team is noted for its aptitude in TUPE transfers, with the practice supporting on the purchase of high-value companies. The firm also covers director/shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice, contractual advice and post-termination restrictions. Headed by agricultural expert Robert Whitaker, it also features litigation specialist Jonathan Insley and exit strategists Katherine Jameson and Sarah Stanyer.
‘Very professional, very knowledgeable – they put your worries at ease‘.
‘The employment advice is commercial, balanced and well explained. I have found the team to be exceptionally responsive and helpful in the advice provided. The contractual advice and employee relation advice that has been provided has been excellent‘.
‘Always reachable with prompt replies, advice given and steered in the right direction, clear concise information explained in detail or laymen’s terms if needed‘.
‘Very organised, efficient and responsive’.
‘Robert Whitaker: excellent. An expert in my opinion‘.
‘Robert Whitaker and Katherine Jameson are extremely responsive and very good at catering to the specific needs of the client‘.
‘Jonathan Insley has been particularly valued in terms of the advice and work he has carried out for us. His pragmatic and clear advice has allowed us to make well informed decisions on how to approach different employment situations. The turnaround time in the work he has provided has been quick, but the quality is not impacted as a result. His helpful and approachable manner makes him really easy to work with‘.
Bishop Stortford College
Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers
Kidney Cancer UK
Cambridge Market Research
Kevin Nash Group (Nash Tackle)
Marlborough Highways Limited
The 'dedicated and expert' practice at Tees Law provides expertise on both clinical negligence and personal injury matters for clients. David Jacobs has over thirty-five years of experience in this personal injury space, and leads a team which handles claims relating to historic sexual abuse and road traffic accidents. Formerly at McMillan Williams, Gwyneth Munjoma is the key name for clinical negligence, having 'unparalleled' expertise in obstetric claims due to her background in midwifery. The clinical negligence team has expanded with Craig Knightley who joined from Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors. Cambridge-based Janine Collier is the overall head of the team.
David Jacobs; Gwyneth Munjoma
Other key lawyers:
‘Janine Collier is a really good solicitor – she really understands the medicine in clin neg cases and works well with the team, the clients and the experts to get excellent results in difficult cases.’
‘A very dedicated and expert team.’
‘Gwyneth Munjoma’s clinical negligence work is unparalleled. She is able to take complex, sensitive information and provide it in a clear way while being sensitive to the impact it may have on her client. Striking the right tone when delivering difficult information, yet ensuring the recipient fully understands with as little upset as possible, is a true skill.’
‘I have worked with Gwyneth Munjoma for several years and always found her to be a very effective claimant clin neg solicitor. She is clearly very experienced is a pleasure to work with.’
Based in Bishop's Stortford, the team in the personal tax, trusts, and probate practice at Tees Law has experience dealing with all aspects of client work, including lifetime tax planning for high-net-worth individuals, administrating complex and high-value estates, and advising on multi-million-pound trusts and charities. Executive senior associates Nicola Havers and Sarah Walker jointly lead the practice; they are known for their work on property matters and wills and estate planning. Cathy Izzard is an expert in the complex relations between French and English law.
Nicola Havers; Sarah Walker
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has always been friendly and approachable, professional yet personal in their manner towards clients. They work in a timely manner, too.’
‘I have worked with Cathy Izzard and her team: she is helpful, professional, and always acted in my best interests. She says things clearly and precisely and has supported me a great deal.‘
‘We have been with Tees for thirty years. They have always been very helpful.’
‘Tees Law has managed to move with the times but still retains the personal touch of the trusted family solicitor. As a family, we have had a lengthy relationship with the practice over four generations, dealing mainly in property, limited company, personal trusts, and probate matters.’
‘I have dealt with Nicola Havers as executor on probate matters and as a trustee for a family trust. – she operates with calmness, tact, and diplomacy. Nicola is an efficient case manager. She brings in additional specialist advisers at the appropriate stages to supplement her own advice.’
‘What is important to me about Tees Law is that Tees provides both legal and financial services, and that they appear to do this in a way that is joined-up. It is a local firm that is large enough for me to feel confident in the expertise and experience the firm can bring to bear on an issue, but not so large that my modest requirements would appear of little consequence or interest to the firm. I would also regard one of its strengths as being an approachable, friendly, and generally efficient firm.’
‘I have always found this firm to be helpful and very professional when I have had to make an appointment with them. They make you feel like a friend who wants to give the best advice possible from the moment you go through their doors and then directing you to the person who can best help and advise on your needs.’
‘The team at Tees takes the time to explain what will happen and making sure l understood the process. They kept me updated without me having to contact them. After the meetings, l was happy l had a good grasp of what was a complicated legal request.’
Ian Johnston and Nicola Healy lead the personal tax, trusts and probate team at Tees Law. In light of the 2019 merger with Wortley Byers, it has now established itself as one of the largest private client practices in the region, and can handle complex work for high-net-worth individuals, including succession planning and major agricultural disputes. It is also notable for a costing structure which includes fixed fees for probate advice and bespoke pricing on wills creation. Oli Budino is known for his experience with dementia cases while John Southan specialises in property for trusts, estates and attorneys.
Ian Johnston; Nicola Healy
‘The team at Tees Law provide a professional and personal service to the clients we refer. Over the years they have demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of personal and estate law, which we feel provides a significant benefit to both ourselves and our clients. They are also an invaluable resource of technical information, which we often need to call upon in the course of our work‘.
‘I have found the staff of Tees Law to be professional and highly responsive. It is clear that they care deeply about their clients’ needs and delivering a first class service‘.
‘We’ve been with Tees 30 years. They have always been very helpful‘.
‘Excellent knowledge and service‘.
‘Ian Johnston is extremely reliable and prompt in responding. He listens to clients requests and then provides bespoke solutions. Very good service‘.
‘All of the private client team provide an outstanding service but we would single out Nicola Healy and John Southan for special mention. Both are quick to respond to our queries and have been supportive of client events we have hosted over the years. We are confident when referring clients to them that they will provide clear, concise and unbiased legal advice. We can’t fault them‘.
The commercial property team at Tees Law is known for providing a broad range of services for clients, including commercial landlord and tenant matters, collective and individual enfranchisement, strategic and current site acquisitions, social housing issues, and commercial property disposals. It has continued to diversify into areas such as agricultural property, energy projects, and mineral exploitation. Kay Piper, who heads the team in Bishop's Stortford, was promoted to partner in April 2020, while partner David Miller works on diversification projects.
Mark Carter; Kay Piper
Other key lawyers:
‘Reliable, first-class, professional lawyers we confidently use for all manner of legal services but most recently when concluding a lease negotiation renting offices in London. Their identifying lease provisions we would want to be changed, agreeing to changes with landlord lawyers, avoiding onerous side letters of agreement, etc, all concluded in a satisfactory final outcome for both parties.’
‘The lawyer handling our lease negotiation took us, step by step through all the lease provisions and issues thereby safeguarding us, where necessary, with agreed amendments. She also assisted both sides with workarounds and solutions to some lease issues such as level of service charge provisions.’
‘The team is very professional and knowledgeable. The personal touch and the patience they took to explain everything needed to know.’
‘Unrivalled level of service from an expert team.‘
‘I found using Tees Law a very good experience, always on hand to answer questions, etc, would definitely use again.’
‘Kay Piper’s work is comprehensive, clear, and goes above and beyond – always. She is always incredibly helpful, ensures she keeps me informed of all stages, and I am never unsure of where I stand legally. I have had to use other solicitors previously and have always found the experience slightly anxiety-ridden – not so with Kay. I would simply not consider using another solicitor while she is still working.’
‘Tees is a medium-size legal practice with the breadth and depth of legal skills found in large practices but the customer care typically found in smaller ones. I have worked with a number of associates and partners over many years and found them all to be friendly, helpful, and highly competent.’
‘Kay Piper is friendly and approachable whilst remaining professional. She is easy to contact and methodical in her work.’
‘Excellent personal service – what I really like is that if there is something outside their area of expertise they have excellent contacts.’
‘I have worked with Tees for many years in mainly rural elements of their commercial property practice. Throughout that time I have found them to offer sound, balanced advice to clients and to be clearly focused on delivering results.’
‘I have worked with Kay Piper on a number of transactions and found her to have a very straightforward and common sense approach with a keen appreciation of the commercial aspects of a deal.’
Birchanger Investment Company Ltd.
Braybrooke Settled Estate
C U Phosco Ltd.
Evolution Insurance Company Ltd.
Green King Brewing & Retailing
Hastingwood Developments (Harlow) Ltd.
Haverhill Properties Ltd.
Level Acre Developments
Lightsource BP Ltd.
Newhall Projects Ltd.
Pelham Structures Ltd.
Place for People Homes Ltd.
Pub Prop Ltd.
Tees Law advises high-net-worth individuals, farming families, and internationally mobile families on family law matters ranging from private law children matters, nuptial agreements,to financial remedy claims. Practice leader Sally Powell exclusively practices family law, with a focus on legal disputes relating to relationships and matters concerning children. Senior partner David Ian Redfern works on complex financial issues, while Elizabeth Gale focuses on contentious trusts and succession matters for international families.
‘Solid, sensible, high quality work, committed to each case.’
‘Elizabeth Gale always made time to chat with me and discuss all issues. I can honestly say that once we have had a discussion about my case, I always feel more secure and at ease.’
Tees Law provides contentious trust and probate advice for South East clients, with a recent increase in advising on challenges to the validity of wills, including cases involving the mental capacity of testators and inheritance disputes regarding step-siblings. Practice leader Caroline Metcalf works on complex litigation involving trust and will disputes and Court of Protection applications concerning the contested appointment of attorneys.
‘Caroline Metcalf and her close team have always made me feel so at ease. I have had a very traumatic case and Caroline has made sure I have never had any added anxiety. She has always been there for advice and kindness and has been the best advice and guidance. Her team has always been there to back up clerical work efficiently.’
‘I was more than satisfied with the communication, lucid explanations provided to one as inexperienced in law as myself, and their attention to detail.’
‘Caroline Metcalf was obviously experienced in the legal aspects of the negotiation that was needed, raised issues that would not have occurred to me, and put me on a secure footing to successfully complete the negotiations in a cordial manner. I would not hesitate to engage her services on a future occasion should the situation demand.’
Tees Law has a track record of defending directors and other individuals involved in insolvencies against litigation, such as allegations of fraud and misfeasance. The practice is led by David Perry, who often receives work through referrals from insolvency practitioners and accountants. The team is praised for its 'depth of knowledge'.
‘Our business has a very diverse range of clients with an equally diverse range of issues. We have always found Tees Law to be able to find someone able to give sound advice from their previous experiences which in turn has given us confidence in the advice we have passed on to our clients. They are not a company which reaches for the “charge clock” as soon as initial advice is requested. There is certainly depth of knowledge within the team.’
‘Our primary contact is David Perry who we have consulted with over a number of years. We have always found him to have a wealth of knowledge in the field of insolvency and happy to give his opinion on clients issues whether the company be a major limited company or small sole trader. Although the actual case may be handled by one of his staff we have always found that he continues to maintain an interest and able to discuss the issues that may be involved. You get a straight answer to a straight question.’
Brett Business Recovery
Intellectual property Tier 4
Based in Brentwood, Sue Dowman heads the post-merger IP team at Tees Incorporating Wortley Byers. The practice offers support on deals where the IP is purchased or sold as part of a larger transaction, and its expertise has been called on by clients in industries such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare, hotel & leisure, insurance and logistics. Elizabeth de Cruz is a name to note for brand protection work.
Other key lawyers:
Majenta Solutions Limited
Public sector Tier 4
The education practice at Tees Law is recognised for its work on complex special education needs matters. Led by senior associate and litigator Polly Kerr, the team is regularly instructed by institutions including local-authority-maintained schools and academies; it also acts for parents on contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice is able to leverage the firm's wider employment and dispute resolution groups to support the department.
‘Polly Kerr was excellent. She went above and beyond to help us. She really believed in my son’s cause and gave us excellent advice – not just legal, also personal so that we could present our case as effectively as possible.’
‘The practice is very thorough and communicates and executes very well.’
‘Polly Kerr is very knowledgeable, always helpful, goes the extra mile and good communicator.’
The Cambridge office of Tees Law has a strong clinical negligence team that grew in 2019 through a merger with niche firm Scrivenger Seabrook. Janine Collier, who is in charge of the medical negligence and personal injury practices and is a longstanding member of the AvMA and Law Society Clinical Negligence panels, has leading practitioners in consultant Vicki Seabrook and Tim Deeming. Senior associate Adam Copeland is also recommended. Their work encompasses adult brain injury, amputations, delays in cancer diagnosis, child brain injury, fatalities, gynaecology and fertility cases, plastic surgery and much more.
‘They have experience over many years in the field.‘
‘Vicki Seabrook is an outstanding individual with decades of experience running the toughest medical litigation.‘
‘Tim Deeming has been outstanding for me. This has been a very personal, emotional and challenging event for me. I know that Tees are a business, but I’ve only ever felt like an individual; one who matters, one who deserves fair treatment.‘
‘Tim Deeming is supportive, friendly, knowledgeable, willing and comforting. I feel protected in his care.‘
‘The personal touch is what sets Tees apart. We have always felt very connected and well informed. Even when our case is going through long periods of inactivity we’ve been sent updates just to let us know they are still working behind the scenes and giving us the chance to ask questions.‘
‘The communication has been fantastic throughout and we really feel like they are doing their best to support our son’s case.‘
‘Janine Collier has been amazing to work with. She is always quick to respond to queries, always takes time to make sure we fully understand the process and supports us to make decisions, i.e. switching from Legal Aid to no-win no-fee, with well reasoned and researched information to support us.‘
‘Rachel Benton has also been extremely helpful and supportive through our case and we feel like both Janine Collier and Rachel are doing everything they can to move our case forward.‘
‘Janine Collier shows dedication to ensuring access to the highest level of experts on medical negligence cases. There is excellent consistent communication with experts throughout a lengthy case, creating a supportive working atmosphere and ensuring long-term engagement of expert. She has a very intelligent and insightful approach to learning from experts, enabling sharing of detailed specialist information and findings with confidence, and she is excellent in multi-professional meetings with solicitors and barristers, enhancing communication in exceptionally complex cases; very high level of sensitivity demonstrated towards the needs of client throughout the case, consistently focusing on the multifactorial needs of the client, over and above the monetary compensation.‘
‘It has always been a rewarding experience working with Janine Collier and I would commend her very highly to lead on medical negligence cases.‘
‘A very dedicated small team with a lot of clinical negligence expertise who do an excellent job.‘
‘Janine Collier is a really good solicitor, she really understands the medicine in clinical negligence cases and works well with the team, the clients and the experts to get excellent results in difficult cases.‘
‘Tees Cambridge has an excellent clinical negligence team with a good depth and range of fee-earners. They focus on drilling into all relevant aspects of liability at an early stage, resulting in a well-prepared case moving forwards, and this analytical and industrious approach also applies to the gathering of quantum evidence. They are extremely personable, and this is apparent with clients, experts, as well as for counsel.‘
‘Janine Collier is exceptionally good at analysis, organisation and strategy. Adam Copeland is an effective clinical negligence lawyer with a diverse caseload.‘
‘A very strong team ethos. This is a well-led team with clear direction, support and encouragement from the head of department. Strong directional leadership is not apparent in every firm. Each member of the department is passionately committed to this work and there is an approachable, friendly and collegiate atmosphere. It is not uncommon for lawyers specialising in CN work to be committed but the collegiate and friendly approach to other team members is not always apparent. Cohesion is probably what sets this team apart from other firms.‘
‘The clinical negligence department goes the extra mile for its clients. They are a community minded team that do a lot of extra-curricular for a wide range of charities from local hospices to patient safety charities and this gives them a strong regional presence.‘
‘Janine Collier, head of department, is a perspicacious and very able lawyer, certainly one of the best in the region and beyond, who believes in her team and in the work she does. A genuinely nice person who sees it as her clients’ right and her duty to achieve the best possible outcome for them. Janine delivers this time after time. She is an extremely intelligent and intuitive lawyer who has a genuine understanding of the difficulties and fears clients experience when living with an avoidable injury.‘
Agriculture and estates Tier 2
Tees Law has a multi-disciplinary team in its Cambridge office that acts for clients ranging from small family farms to rural estates and large agricultural businesses. Head of the private client practice Catherine Mowat has 20 years’ experience in advising private landowners and farming families on the administration of complex rural estates and succession planning, as well as wills and powers of attorney. Commercial property partner James Dowson and associate Alex Waples handle farm and land transactions, as well as leaseholds and development projects.
‘Tees has great depth of experience across the rural sector and we have worked with a number of their private client team over the years on a variety of straightforward and complex estates where they have been proactive and open to exploring all avenues to ensure sound advice and positive outcomes.‘
‘Catherine Mowat has considerable experience of dealing with farming estates and manages to calmly tread what can often be a difficult line between the commercial and legal realities of a case and the individual client’s needs and aspirations.‘
‘A very competent team with depth and strength in all departments – commercial, farming and estate planning. They are always contactable and approachable. In the world of economics, many law firms are more interested in the fee than actually delivering the service. Tees do deliver what they say. I have used Tees for 47 years, and always found them to give a fantastic service. In a recent transaction, another regional firm acted on the other side and the client was continually told they were too busy to deal with the transaction, and if they wanted the matter to be expedited, they were told it would cost an additional £700 plus VAT! They were very unhappy and have now moved part of their business to Tees as they have seen the service Tees are giving.‘
‘Alex Waples is excited about working for Tees. He wants to go from a newly qualified solicitor to partner and wants to take on the responsibility and to deliver the very best service.‘
‘Tees is a regional firm but with the expertise to undertake high-quality work. The firm has a long history of acting for farming clients which means that they understand the needs of the rural community. Also, it is clear from their activity and influence within the local agricultural community that they really care about this sector, supporting rural initiatives and charitable events. As Tees is not London-based, they are able to offer excellent client service combined with value for money. There is no other firm like it for expertise, breadth of service and a dedicated, forward looking and problem-solving, rural team.‘
‘I have worked with a number of the team at Tees – each with individual strengths and qualities. Most recently, Alex Waples acted for me in the purchase of a farm. Alex’s attention to detail was notable, he clearly has an outstanding knowledge of his field and was attentive and punctilious in all communications with me and other parties. Alex was assiduous in building a rapport with me as a new client and, as a result, I will be sure to work with him again and recommend him to others. Alex’s keen and thorough understanding of the law was apparent throughout, leading to a smooth and successful purchase, and a large financial saving in part.‘
The dispute resolution group at Tees Law 'works very quickly and efficiently, with zeal and true professionalism'. The firm climbs the ranking this year having been involved in increasingly high-value and complex disputes including breach of contract and misrepresentation claims. Senior associate and Higher Court Advocate Sara Stabler, who leads the practice, 'will fight for you all the way', according to one client. Assistant solicitor Katie Hayes also handles commercial litigation.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Tees dispute resolution team works very quickly and efficiently, with zeal and true professionalism. The members of the team are friendly and extremely personable. They work well together and can be contacted easily. Their depth of knowledge is exceptional and this knowledge is used cleverly with individual clients’ needs always at the forefront.‘
‘I have frequent contact with Sara Stabler, James Dowson and, to a lesser extent, with James Marsh. Sara and James are truly excellent exponents of the legal profession and, in terms of ability and incisive thought and delivery, combined with response time, leave contemporaries in some other organisations in the shade.‘
‘I have used Tees law for many years and would not want to go anywhere else. When you give them a call, you know that you will be able to speak to somebody and get a response. This is so important when issues arise that you don’t know the answer to. For peace of mind, we want an answer to a problem now, not in a week’s time. Tees gives you this, you pass your problems to them, let them sort it out, and they do.‘
‘Sara Stabler and James Dawson have been exceptional in the issues that have arisen through the sale of my business. Sara will fight for you all the way, if she feels what you have done is right. If anyone has a litigation issue, I would recommend Sara.‘
‘Tees is highly professional, responsive and client-friendly.‘
‘They have always proved to be extremely adept at dealing with difficult legal issues with their practical “no-nonsense” approach.‘
‘The standout individuals I deal with are Polly Kerr and Sara Stabler. Both are highly experienced and offer excellent advice.‘
‘Sara Stabler brings a pragmatic approach to litigation, providing realistic solutions for her clients.‘
'I have always found this firm to be both very professional and friendly, and they work hard to get the best for their client without being overly litigious and aggressive,' says a client of Tees Law. Head of litigation Sara Stabler, who is 'definitely one to watch for the future', devotes most of her time to contentious trust and probate matters, though she also handles commercial and property litigation. As an ACTAPS member and a Higher Court Advocate, she frequently receives referrals from other law firms, barristers chambers and accountants.
‘I have always found this firm to be both very professional and friendly. They work hard to endeavour to get the best for their client without being overly litigious and aggressive. Despite some very difficult situations they calmly provide their clients with the appropriate advice.‘
‘Sara Stabler and Katie Hayes make an outstanding team of advisers. They combine their qualities to provide excellent service to clients. One of the best I have come across.‘
‘I have worked with Sara Stabler, senior associate at Tees Law, on two matters. One was a complex commercial dispute with a great deal of personal animosity between the parties and the other a challenging trust case. In the trust case, Sara showed a maturity beyond her years, standing up to difficult bullying opponents and, frankly, out-lawyering them. In the other, she conducted the negotiation of a settlement with consummate skill, never overstating her case but arguing with forceful reasoning. In my book, she is definitely one to watch for the future.’
Tees Law is a full-service private client firm that clients describe as 'friendly, kind, caring, knowledgeable and responsive'. Among its clients in the Cambridge area are high-net-worth individuals, academics, business owners, farmers and landowners. Practice head Catherine Mowat has particular expertise in deputyships and other Court of Protection work. Senior associate James Marsh is recommended for his work on trusts, tax planning and the affairs of the elderly.
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‘Tees have expanded rapidly in recent years, but has kept its traditions as a family firm at the core of their business.‘
‘The team has been helpful to me and my late mother in a range of ways that I feel go above and beyond the strict job description. In particular, they responded very quickly to her when she wanted legal help urgently when she discovered she was terminally ill. As she died two weeks later, Tees’ quick and helpful response was a great gift to her and so to me.‘
‘I have worked with three individuals at Tees over the last two years, and have found them all to be friendly, kind, caring, knowledgeable and responsive. Catherine Mowat in particular.‘
Tees Law is 'fast to react with sound commercial advice and knowledge'. The practice handles acquisitions and sales, strategic promotion and option agreements for landowners and developers, development site set-up, landlord and tenant work, and transactions in the renewable energy sector. James Dowson, who 'gives 110% to his clients’ case, with true professionalism', is the lead partner. 'Unfailingly courteous' associate Alexander Waples also plays a key role in the commercial and rural property practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘Fast to react with sound commercial advice and knowledge.’
‘I have worked with James Dowson for a number of years now and he has always provided a very high level of service. He has always delivered on time and even when things are complicated he ensures all angles are considered.‘
‘Tees Law has true professionals from the start to finish with absolute knowledge of every eventuality. The commercial team has excellent attention to detail with a fast turnaround.‘
‘James Dowson gives 110% to his clients’ case, with true professionalism. He always communicates his advice with absolute clarity.‘
‘The commercial team is up with the best in the UK although they are based in Cambridge, They are always assessable. When dealing with complex multiple commercial property transactions the firm has to have capacity to handle these matters for a long time. Tees tick all the boxes.‘
‘James Dowson is the leading solicitor. He is knowledgable, accessible and never panics even when difficult issues arise.‘
‘My main contact at the firm was always happy to offer the services of members of the firm’s team on matters outside his particular expertise. This was always provided in a timely and helpful manner.‘
‘Alexander Waples was a quite exceptional professional that it was my pleasure to work with over a period of some years. He was unfailingly courteous, and always answered my questions fully. He was very knowledgeable about an area of law which I had struggled to find an expert to take on. Alex was as pleased as I was that the task was successfully completed in what I understand for this area of law was a record time. Alex often worked outside usual working hours to further the task in hand.‘
Family Tier 3
Tees Law continues to grow its reputation in Cambridge for mediation, collaborative and roundtable discussions, as well as traditional court matters. 'Tenacious and committed' practice head Clare Pilsworth, who joined the firm in 2018, has more than 20 years' experience in complex financial issues arising from divorce and separation. She also has an in-depth understanding of farming partnerships and frequently advises clients in the agricultural sector. 'Clear and realistic' associate Deborah Hargreaves is a mediator and collaborative lawyer who focuses on both financial and children law cases.
Other key lawyers:
‘I only have experience of Clare Pilsworth, whom I rate highly). Clare is a tenacious and committed lawyer.‘
‘Clare Pilsworth is a polished operator. She shows steely determination and does not take bad points.‘
‘I have worked with Deborah Hargreaves. She is clear in her communications and realistic in her approach, avoiding long drawn out arguments.‘
‘They are a dedicated and experienced team able to deal with all types of family cases.‘
‘I have worked with Clare Pilsworth on a number of cases. Whilst she always has to follow her client’s instructions and do her best for them, she is still approachable and willing to try and find a practical solution for the situation. She is a tough, but fair negotiator.‘
‘Tees are one of my instructing solicitors in private client family work. They always brief in plenty of time, in detail and provide excellent advice to clients. In my experience, they adopt a team approach to complex cases in that they involve counsel from an early stage and use conferences effectively. Cases always seem well managed and clients kept very much informed. Where cases have been particularly complex, advice is sought well in advance.‘
‘I have been instructed by Deborah Hargreaves and Lorna Chapman. As a barrister instructed by them, I value the team-based approach they adopt and being attended when we are in court. They keep me apprised of a case and will call me for advice and to discuss tactics when needed. I have found Deborah and Lorna to be particularly good at dealing with difficult clients and complex legal issues.‘
‘Tees is a well respected and regarded firm with national reach.‘
‘Claire Pilsworth is a superb lawyer to have on the other side of a case. She works efficiently and works effectively with other lawyers to secure the best outcomes for her clients. Claire and I have worked on opposite sides of a case and she is really good to deal with, always prepared to have one-to-one discussions to resolve matters.‘
‘The firm is friendly, approachable and good to work with.‘
‘Deborah Hargreaves is a strong solicitor who is hardworking and clear-thinking. Lorna Chapman is an experienced and valuable member of the family team and clients really like her.‘
‘The practice has a wide range of expertise, therefore in a somewhat complicated separation situation the firm were able to provide all the required assistance needed, from separation agreement, through tax advice and conveyancing for transfer of jointly owned properties.‘
‘The partners and associates I have seen have all been highly professional, helpful and fair. I have from every individual meal they are keen to ensure I have the correct advice, but no more than I need to ensure costs are maintained within reasonable bounds.‘
Tees Law > Firm Profile
Tees offers support to clients in all categories, from private individuals and independent businesses through to professional partnerships and national corporations and institutions.
The firm: Tees has a strong reputation for excellence and commitment to providing the highest levels of service to clients from across the region and nationwide. Its approachable lawyers offer an in-depth, responsive and cross-disciplinary service. Tees philosophy is to take time to get to know clients, their goals and circumstances, so the lawyers can achieve the best possible results for them.
Wortley Byers and Tees merger: Wortley Byers, based in Brentwood, Essex, merged with Tees with effect from 1st January 2019. The merger has increased the range of services and the depth of resources significantly and provided additional sector expertise in addition to Tees serving an even larger geographical area. The merger unites two firms who have long respected each other’s successes and approach to client care.
Tees history: Tees has been part of the local community for over a century, supporting our clients from generation to generation. Historically, Tees growth has been driven by strategic mergers. Established in 1913, Tees has grown from a traditional family firm with a strong agricultural bias, into a dynamic full-service practice with six offices across East Anglia and the South East, employing more than 300 staff including our financial services team. In 2016 the Tees merged with Limbach Banham Solicitors to create the Royston office. Merging with Irena Spence and Co Solicitors in Cambridge brought significant extra depth to Tees residential team in the city. Wortley Byers from Brentwood can trace its history back over 50 years to Stamp Wortley, a well-established law firm which merged in 1967 with another firm to become Wortley Byers.
Tees offices: Tees has six offices: Brentwood, Bishop’s Stortford, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Royston and Saffron Walden. Its ultra-modern 20,000sq ft offices in Bishop’s Stortford offer exemplary client facilities. Tees is close to Stansted Airport and the M11 and M25, with fast road and train connections to London, the Midlands, the South East and East Anglia.
Tees growth: With current turnover in excess of £19m, the financial goal to achieve a £20m turnover by 2020 is almost realised. The strategy is to attract the best legal talent in the region and combine that talent with a £1.5m investment in IT that is already making working processes more efficient. This will allow lawyers to spend more time with their clients.
Tees awards: Recent awards include:
- Best Trainer – Medium Regional Firm 2019 at the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards recognising the hard work put into making Tees training scheme a success
- Janine Collier, Executive Partner and Co-Head of the Cambridge office, Cambridge District Law Society’s ‘Woman Lawyer of the Year’ Award 2019
- Ashton Hunt, Group Managing Director, Small-Medium Business IoD East Director of the Year Award 2019
Types of work undertaken:
Private client: the firm is renowned for its specialist private client team. The team advise on the preparation of wills, wealth protection and inheritance tax planning, the administration of complex estates, inheritance and trust services and on all elderly client matters. The firm provides the whole range of complementary private client services to individuals, with high-quality advice in family matters, litigation, property, conveyancing and regulatory areas.
Agriculture: the excellent reputation of the Tees agricultural team is reflected by the firm being one of just 16 legal practices on the national NFU panel. In 2018, Tees was successful in its bid to be re-appointed to the panel for the next three years. It advises in all aspects of agricultural law, including restructuring farm enterprises for inheritance tax and capital gains purposes. The firm continues to act for farming and land-owning clients in contracting the acquisition and sale of farmland for development.
Commercial property: the reach of the Tees commercial property team goes far beyond its geographical locations of the South East and East Anglia, and it receives many instructions from London and across the UK, acting in transactions ranging from retail and development projects through to agricultural businesses. The team handles options, overage and subject to planning deals, and also acts for development funders. Its lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of commercial conveyancing including portfolio work, acquisitions and sales, landlord and tenant matters, planning and licensing.
Family: the family department specialises in high-value and complex claims, including those involving foreign property and cross-border or cross-jurisdictional issues. Whilst the firm offers a constructive and conciliatory approach to family law through their mediation and collaborative practice, it is also highly effective in litigation when required. The family department is also highly regarded for its expertise in representing parents and grandparents in children’s proceedings.
Corporate and commercial: Tees’ corporate and commercial team acts for clients in corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions and disposals and structured shareholder agreements, company restructuring, data protection, intellectual property, partnership (including LLPs) and employment matters and advise on a wide variety of commercial arrangements in various business sectors including transport and logistics, agriculture, hotel and leisure, professional services, technology, pharmaceuticals and education.
Clinical negligence: the firm boasts one of the foremost groups of clinical negligence solicitors in the region, with a team of experts specialising in brain injury, cancer, psychiatric injury, obstetric and gynaecology cases.
Litigation: the firm’s strong litigation team specialises in tailored solutions for clients in all forms of litigation, arbitration and ADR with a reputation for its ability to handle complex matters involving multiple issues. The team deal with all types of dispute both for large corporate clients, smaller businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals, ranging from contractual disputes and shareholder agreements, through to negligence, insolvency and contentious property issues for landowners, landlords or tenants. The department is experienced in handling high-value as well as high-volume cases, fixed fee debt collection and recovery work through to group actions.
Financial services: In addition to our legal services listed above, Tees also has a complementary and integrated Financial services team which offer financial planning advice including investments, retirement planning, family and business protection, estate planning and wealth preservation, long-term care and equity release, together with pre-paid funeral plans. They are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
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|Group Managing Director||Ashton Huntemail@example.com||01279 710660|
|Head of Commercial and Civil and Regulatory litigation||Darren Perksfirstname.lastname@example.org||01279 710619|
|Head of Rural, Private Client||Letitia Glaisteremail@example.com||01763 295850|
|Head of Clinical Negligence||Janine Collierfirstname.lastname@example.org||01223 702303|
|Joint Head of Commercial property||Mark Carteremail@example.com||01799 582789|
|Head of Rural, Commercial||David Millerfirstname.lastname@example.org||01279 710657|
|Head of Family||Sally Powellemail@example.com||01279 710651|
|Head of Business Law, Employment||Robert Whitakerfirstname.lastname@example.org||01245 293197|
|Head of Residential Property||Allan Wrightemail@example.com||01279 322504|
|Joint Head of Commercial Property||Aaron Canefirstname.lastname@example.org||01277 268398|
|Joint Head of Private Client||Nicola Haversemail@example.com||01279 322516|
|Joint Head of Private Client||Sarah Walkerfirstname.lastname@example.org||01279 322518|
|Graeme Atkinson||Consultant Graeme qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and has worked in…||View Profile|
|Oli Budino||Associate Solicitor Oli is an Associate Solicitor in the Wills, Trusts, Tax…||View Profile|
|Joshua Coombe||Joshua is a partner and Head of Office for Tees Law in Chelmsford. Joshua also manages…||View Profile|
|Richard Payne||Corporate and commercial partner with particular expertise in dealing with mergers &…||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 29 Number of other UK fee-earners : 104
Tees Law > Firm Profile
Wortley Byers LLP is a well-established law firm based in Brentwood, Essex with an outstanding reputation built on strong foundations of excellent service. Its highly loyal client base ranges from national, publicly quoted companies to family-run businesses.
The firm: Wortley Byers LLP offers a wide range of services and specialist advice ranging from acquisitions and mergers through to commercial property and dispute resolution. The firm understands clientsâ business needs and prides itself on its ability to provide a friendly and approachable service to all. The firmâs modern offices are 30 minutes by train from London and five minutesâ drive from junction 28 of the M25. The firm has been accredited with both the Lexcel and Investors in People quality kite-marks. Its lawyers are experienced professionals and the partners have years of City and provincial experience. Each member of the firm prides themselves on providing a quality service delivered in a pragmatic and client-centred way, offering workable solutions with satisfaction of client needs always being the primary objective.
Types of work undertaken: The commercial property department handles development projects, including options, overage and subject to planning deals, and also acts for development funders. Its lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of commercial conveyancing including portfolio work, acquisitions and sales, landlord and tenant matters, planning and licensing. Clients range from start-ups to SMEs and nationally known PLCs.
The private client department offers specialist services ranging from advice on the preparation of wills, wealth protection and inheritance tax planning, the administration of complex estates, trusts and advice on all elderly client matters through to residential conveyancing and lettings, remortgages and enfranchisement.
The corporate and commercial department has solicitors with specialist skills in corporate finance, corporate and personal tax, intellectual property, employment law and partnership law (including LLPs), and also acts for charities, trade associations and other not-for-profit organisations. Work includes acquisitions and disposals, company restructuring and advising on a wide variety of commercial arrangements covering all manner of industry and business sectors, including outsourcing, agency, distribution and franchising, intellectual property and technology.
The litigation department has significant experience in representing clientsâ interests in all forms of litigation, arbitration and ADR. The members of the team deal with all types of dispute both for large corporate clients, smaller businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals, ranging from contractual disputes and shareholder agreements, through to negligence, insolvency and contentious property issues for landowners, landlords or tenants. The department is experienced in handling high-value as well as high-volume cases, fixed fee debt collection and recovery work through to group actions.
The employment team focuses on all aspects of workplace and HR relations, both for the employer and employee. These include grievance and disciplinary procedures, restructuring, boardroom appointments and departures, executive remuneration and corporate governance. The department represents clients both in tribunals and the High Court.
The family department offers expertise in divorce law, handling medium finance work to more complex finance cases. Whilst the firm offers a constructive and conciliatory approach to family law through their mediation and collaborative practice, it is also highly effective in litigation when required. The family department is also highly regarded for its expertise in representing parents and grandparents in childrenâs proceedings.
|Managing partner||Lucy Folley|
|Corporate and commercial||Sue Dowman|
|Private client||Anne Elliss|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 6 Number of other UK fee-earners : 19
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- Family: Essex
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- Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Commercial litigation: Essex
- Corporate and commercial: Essex
- Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Employment: Essex
- Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
- Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex
- Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Contentious trusts and probate
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Intellectual property
- Public sector
- Agriculture and estates
- Commercial litigation: Cambridge
- Contentious trusts and probate
- Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge
- Commercial property: Cambridge