The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Tees Law

TITAN HOUSE, CASTLE PARK, CAMBRIDGE, CB3 0BY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01223 311141
Fax:
Fax 01223 460749
DX:
5811 CAMBRIDGE
Email:
Web:
www.teeslaw.co.uk

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge
Corporate and commercial: Cambridge - ranked: tier 3

Tees Law

The practice at Tees Law is recommended for small and medium-sized transactions. Senior associate Sarah Ilic is head of a four-lawyer team that handles share and asset acquisitions and disposals, corporate borrowing and general company commercial matters for a broad range of local companies. The Cambridge office works closely with the team in Chelmsford on larger transactions, and both Ilic and 'simply exceptional' associate Katy Carson played a role in advising a housebuilder client on four multimillion-pound acquisitions. New recruit and associate Pieta Dalglish, who was formerly corporate counsel for Egencia Limited, works with both the Chelmsford and Cambridge practices. 'Brilliant' solicitor Troy Featherstone is also recommended.

[back to top]

East Anglia: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Cambridge
Commercial litigation: Cambridge - ranked: tier 2

Tees Law

At Tees Law, 'the commercial litigation team is comprehensively excellent', according to one barrister who adds that 'the lawyers' instructions are always precise and thorough, and they provide counsel with a complete and proper understanding of the case; their conduct is always highly professional and measured'. Senior associate Sara Stabler leads the team and she 'always impresses with her understanding of a case, and her judgment on litigation strategy is stellar'. One client remarks that she is 'extremely knowledgeable, thorough, timely, efficient and courteous; I would also highlight her tenacity'. Stabler has 20 years' experience in commercial litigation and her caseload includes complex contract disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, alongside her contentious trusts and probate practice. A recent contract dispute involved a client who had purchased an historic racing car from an estate, with a connected contract with a mechanic to rebuild the vehicle but who did not complete the work satisfactorily.

[back to top]

East Anglia: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Tees Law

Tees Law provides 'very good professional service and quick response times; the team is on the ball and explains things well to clients'. The firm is known for 'high-quality instructions with intellectual calibre' and it has one of the largest clinical negligence practices in the East Anglia region. 'They are dedicated to the cases they handle', says one barrister of the team led by the 'intellectually sharp, personable and sensitive' Janine Collier and Paul Taylor , who provide 'robust and fair advice'. Taylor led a team that acted in a £1.2m claim arising from negligent management of a long-term Warfarin prescription, which led to an intracranial haemorrhage. Collier acted for the wife of a deceased man who developed sepsis after a routine elective reversal of an end colostomy at a private hospital in London. The amount of compensation has yet to be decided, but the claim has an estimated value of £7m. Associate and APIL senior litigator Adam Copeland is 'very able - he pushes very hard and obtains tremendous settlements'. He has 20 years' experience and recently secured £130,000 for the wife a man who was misdiagnosed as having an immunodeficiency disorder and consequently received unnecessary and excessive doses of immunoglobulin. 'Professional, friendly and helpful' solicitor Sarah Stocker is also recommended. Associate David Gabell joined Fosters.

Leading individuals

Janine Collier - Tees Law

Paul Taylor - Tees Law

[back to top]

East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Tees Law

Tees Law brings together a strong mix of practice areas and skilled lawyers to serve its rural client base, which includes small family farms, rural estates, large agricultural businesses, landowning consortiums and agricultural bodies. Its work for these clients encompasses estate and succession planning, land development and diversification projects, employment advice, dispute resolution, business restructuring, and the sale and acquisition of commercial enterprises. The firm is a member of the NFU legal panel. Private client partner Catherine Mowat leads the agriculture practice and has nearly 20 years' experience in estate planning for rural clients. She works closely with property partner James Dowson and head of disputes Sara Stabler. Mowat recently acted as an executor of a multimillion-pound estate with large holdings in the agriculture sector, which required complex inheritance tax and succession planning issues, including advice on agricultural property relief and business relief.

[back to top]

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Tees Law

Tees Law¬†has 'excellent knowledge and a good team with a balanced ¬†but firm approach and a realistic outlook on the prospect of success'. ‚ÄėI was highly impressed with the quality of the service‚Äô, remarks a client of senior associate, ACTAPS member and higher court advocate Sara Stabler, adding that ‚Äėthe speed of response to emails suggested that she had no other clients and that this matter had her undivided attention; she was proactive in her dealings with the other parties and appeared to have a very good grasp of the litigation processes involved'. Stabler has spent more than 20 years handling contentious trusts and probate matters, and regularly receives referrals from leading chambers and well-respected law firms when conflicts arise. Her recent highlights include a probate and constructive trust dispute between children of a deceased father and his second wife concerning a high-value estate in which the children have raised a challenge to the will and a proprietary estoppel matter in respect to the transfer of a property.

Leading individuals

Sara Stabler - Tees Law

[back to top]

Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Tees Law

'A good firm with solicitors who are confident and easy to work with',¬†Tees Law¬†has a strong presence in the Cambridge market. The firm lost the head of its family practice when¬†Elisabeth Sneade¬†joined¬†Birketts LLP¬†in 2018,¬†but clients still report that it the department remains¬†‚Äėavailable at any time, comforting but most of all extremely patient‚Äė and one prominent solicitor remarks that it has 'a strong reputation and works in a collaborative way'. Collaboratively trained associate¬†Deborah Hargreaves¬†has a broad practice that includes¬†specialist expertise in¬†complex and sensitive cases involving children and financial matters. She recently advised the ex-wife of a man with substantial assets on obtaining the release of funds for the purchase of a property.

[back to top]

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge - ranked: tier 2

Tees Law

‚ÄėThe firm is very efficient in providing reasoned advice regarding probate and estate matters‚Äė, says a client of Tees Law, who also remarks that the team is ‚Äėgood at briefing clients as to what to expect‚Äė. Another notes that the service is 'exceptional - very efficient and professional'. As well as handling a large number of high-value estates, including those with¬†agricultural and international elements, the practice also¬†specialises in elderly client work, including long-term care planning and high value deputyships, and works closely with its top-tier clinical negligence department. Practice head¬†Catherine Mowat¬†'understands the need for the client to have time to consider options; she provides excellent service and clear analysis of available options'. Rising star and senior associate James Marsh¬†is¬†‚Äėefficient and delivers advice in a calm and comprehensive manner'. 'Extremely personable and thorough' associate Sarah Baber¬†'explains clearly every detail of the processes, making the process very simple and straightforward'. Solicitor¬†Angela Sewell¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Catherine Mowat - Tees Law

Next generation lawyers

James Marsh - Tees Law

[back to top]

East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Cambridge
Commercial property: Cambridge - ranked: tier 3

Tees Law

'A fantastic firm offering an unrivalled service',¬†Tees Law¬†is known for ‚Äėvery good service levels‚Äė and clients describe the team as ‚Äėextremely good when compared to some others'. 'The team at Tees is very much part of our business and we are in contact with them on a day-to-day basis for commercial advice' says one client. The broad property practice regularly advises clients on¬†residential development projects, and promotion and option agreements. Its recent work encompassed projects in the leisure industry, as well as local landlords and tenant matters.¬†Practice head¬†James Dowson¬†is¬†‚Äėknowledgeable and practical in his approach'. He acted for Fraser Capital Management in several transactions in the bingo sector, which involved the completion of a complex reversionary lease extending a tenant‚Äôs occupation of one property. Associate¬†Carol Thornton-Swan, who joined from¬†Mills & Reeve LLP¬†in 2017, frequently advises developers on residential development, and landlords on the management of property portfolios. Solicitor¬†Alexander Waples¬†is¬†‚Äėvery professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful;¬†his response times are very fast and his advice succinct and commercial‚Äė.

[back to top]


Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Gulbenkian Andonain discuss NEW Tier 1 Start-Up Visa and the NEW Tier 1 Innovator Visa

    The document entitled "Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules" which was released by the House of Commons on the 7th March 2019, outlined and advised us on a number of changes that will come into place that will affect the Tier 1 Investor Visa amongst other visa programmes and schemes. The latest article on our website discusses both of these new UK business visa routes. Our immigration lawyers London are already up to date on all of the required information for both the NEW Tier 1 Start-Up Visa and the NEW Tier 1 Innovator Visa .
  • Upcoming Changes to the UK Tier 1 Investor Visa

    According to the new document from the House of Commons on March 7th 2019 titled ‚ÄúStatement of Changes to Immigration Rules‚ÄĚ, a number of changes will come into place that affecting the Tier 1 UK Investor Visa programme amongst other visa programmes and schemes. Read about them in our latest¬† article .¬†
  • Brexit and non-EU Immigration

    There is no doubt that the UK has to date benefited immensely from visa-free EU immigration to the extent that visa conditions and caps on non-EU migrant have undermined and overshadowed the ability of this group to play a prominent role in British industry and commerce and in its expanding and overburdened NHS service. It is the view of  Gulbenkian Andonian  however, that after  Brexit, there should be a noticeable change in those skilled non-EU migrants contributing to British society in a meaningful way. 
  • Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors discuss Post Brexit scenarios - EU Nationals and Salient Immigration

    From 1 January 2021 everyone except for British and Irish citizens will be subject to immigration control in the UK.   Gulbenkian Andonian solicitors has already published an article on this topic of post- Brexit immigration and has discussed the case of EU nationals and family members after Brexit, you can find that article here as one of many in our blog .
  • DEFERRED PROSECUTION AGREEMENTS: THE BEST OPTION? OR A FLAWED IDEA?

    Tescoadmitted wrongdoing over its accounting scandal in order to obtain a deferredprosecution agreement and avoid a conviction. But with everyone charged overthe scandal having been cleared, Aziz Rahman examines whether the deferredprosecution agreement process needs revising.
  • DEFERRED PROSECUTION AGREEMENTS: OBTAINING ONE AND SEEING IT THROUGH TO COMPLETION

    With Standard Bank having become the first organisation to conclude a DPA, Aziz Rahman explains why gaining one is only the start of the challenge.
  • DISMISSAL AT NISSAN AND WORKPLACE CRIME PREVENTION

    The sacking of Nissan’s high-profile chairman may have beenproof that nobody is infallible. But Nicola Sharp argues that it should also beseen as an indicator that no company can be considered safe from wrongdoing.
  • Applying for A Sole Representative Visa

    Regardless of the Brexit outcome, the United Kingdom will remain one of the world most powerful economies. With a market of 65 million people and close ties with Europe, many overseas-based organisations look to establishing a subsidiary or branch office in Britain.
  • BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS IN MORE THAN ONE JURISDICTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF ENSURING A JOINED-UP DEFENCE AP

    Aziz Rahman considers the Ericsson bribery investigation and outlines how best to respond if you are investigated by more than one law enforcement agency
  • Have Changes to The Spouse/Civil Partnership Minimum Income Threshold Made A Difference?

    The plight of those denied a UK Spouse/CivilPartnership Visa or a Spouse/Civil Partnership Visa extension continues to feature in the headlines.   In August 2018, the Guardian reported on one young woman, driven to attempt suicide after her fiancé, an Albanian national, was not permitted to enter the country.   The Home Office ruled Paige Smith, a British Citizen, did not meet the £18,600 income threshold.   It later transpired the Home Office lost a crucial payslip proving that Ms Smith met the criteria, a document the department had been sent four times by a Solicitor and Ms Smith’s MP.   The appeal Judge took ten minutes to rule the Visa should have been approved; however, the couple still had to wait two months for the Home Office to declare it would not appeal the decision.