Firm Profile > Tees Law > Cambridge, England

Tees Law

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

'In my opinion, it is the best of the best by a long way', remarks a client of Tees Law, who notes that its lawyers are 'personal, caring and very thorough'. The firm has one of the largest, most well-established and experienced practices in the region. It handles high-value and complex matters arising from, inter alia, adult and child brain injury, fatalities, delays in cancer diagnosis, gynaecology, orthopaedic surgery, dental and plastic surgery. Practice head Janine Collier and new hire from Slater and Gordon Tim Deeming, who is 'a master tactician', are the key partners. Senior associate and APIL senior litigator Adam Copeland is also recommended. Paul Taylor moved to Richard Buxton to practice environmental law.


“I have been dealing with Tees for approximately 35 years and have found them to be very professional in all aspects of law. They employ the best people in their field and, to date, I have not been let down.”

“A very friendly and committed team that leaves no stone unturned in investigating cases and gets good results in difficult and unusual cases.”

“Janine Collier is a really dedicated, very intelligent and excellent lawyer who leads a very good team.”

“From the very beginning they took me through the process thoroughly step by step. The firm’s biggest strength is that they never give up and they did battle well for us.”

“Another of their strengths is bringing the best medical experts to the table. Tees kept me confidant at all times.”

“Tim Deeming is someone I was proud to have represent me.”

“Tees draws on its vast experience to bring the very best medical experts to the table. I had confidence in the team and was highly delighted with the substantial settlement.”

“I feel our case has been dealt with very efficiently and everyone we have worked with has shown compassion and empathy during a very difficult time for us.”

“Janine Collier has been wonderful to work with, she has kept us informed throughout the process and is always happy to answer queries via email or phone. We feel she has completely supported us and we feel very lucky to have her on our side.”

“The key individuals we deal with at Tees are always at the end of the phone or email. We receive updates by phone regularly, without prompting, and have always had any queries answered immediately.”

“Janine Collier’s advice has been invaluable and we have felt extremely comfortable and confident in her and her team from the start.”

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

The rural practice at Tees Law brings together lawyers from a wide range of practice areas including private client and property to advise clients ranging from small family farms to rural estates and large agricultural businesses. Catherine Mowat leads the practice that handles succession planning, land development, diversification projects, employment, company and partnership formation, dispute resolution, restructuring, and sales and acquisitions of commercial enterprises. The firm is on the legal panel of the National Farmers Union. Another key name to note is the 'extremely efficient' Alex Waples.


“There are individuals with good areas of knowledge in a good spread of business areas. The practice is easily contacted and connects quickly to the relevant person.”

“Alex Waples particularly efficient, he replies to emails quickly and acknowledges every email he gets. This has made working with Alex at Tees a real pleasure over the past couple of years.”

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Established in 2012, the Cambridge contentious trusts and probate practice at Tees Law is led by ACTAPS member and highly respected litigator Sara Stabler , who has 20 years' experience in this field and is a Higher Court Advocate who regularly progresses claims without input from counsel. Her caseload frequently includes multi-party actions and claims involving several different disciplines, including a recent inheritance claim against an estate where one of the parties is a company, which involved issues relating to trusts, contentious probate claims, company law, constitution issues and tax.


‘From the mediation I conducted for this firm’s client I found the lawyer handling the matter to be very competent and professional.’

‘I worked with Sara Stabler in a difficult probate mediation. I found her sensitive to her clients’ needs, focused and alert to the difficulties in managing the dispute.’

‘Sara Stabler worked hard to reach a conclusion for her client’s benefit and had a good professional relationship with the other lawyers involved.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 2

One client describes the practice at Tees Law as 'hardworking, efficient and dedicated, making sure that their clients get the best advice and best value for money'. The practice had its busiest year since arriving in Cambridge in 2008, and it has built up a strong client base for the administration of complex and high-value estates, including those with agricultural and international elements. Catherine Mowat is a leading light in the market for wills, powers of attorney and succession planning for rural clients and high-net-worth individuals, and James Marsh and Angela Sewell are rising stars.


‘Tees may be largely based in East Anglia but the professionalism and breadth of experience would not be out of place in a City firm.’

‘For the last 20 years Catherine Mowat has handled all my family’s private client, tax planning and trust affairs. She has dealt with both my parents’ estates. Over that period she has provided clear, accurate and efficient advice, cutting through the shifting fog of legislation, but not at the expenses of personal warmth.’

‘James Marsh is an effective communicator explaining exactly what is needed and in what timescale meaning that clients’ expectations are met and managed. He is well supported by his team.’

‘Angela Sewell offers the best advice for clients in achieving their objectives.’

‘The team was incredibly understanding and bespoke in its approach.’

‘Matters are handled with great dignity and professionalism. Nothing is too much trouble and they went well beyond the call of duty to exceed expectations.’

‘James Marsh has simply been outstanding. From the moment of instruction to concluding a case, he is always attentive, knowledgeable and highly professional – whilst remaining approachable.’

‘Dedicated team members dealing with the process from start to end. Excellent communication skills throughout the process. Always prompt in replying to issues.’

‘James Marsh and paralegal Courtney Searle are able to conduct business at a level and timely manner that I can understand and converse with. They have conducted themselves in a very professional way at the same time as being understanding of why processes have to be followed.’

‘Each solicitor is specialised in their field which gives you confidence and satisfaction. We were recommended many years ago and have always made them our first choice.’

‘We have every confidence in Catherine Mowat as she has dealt with all our private and personal matters for many years during very difficult times and will continue to contact her should we have any problems.’

Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 3

Tees Law has become a prominent presence in the Cambridge market since its local litigation practice was founded in 2012. Senior associate and Higher Court advocate Sara Stabler leads the practice, about which counsel remarks that 'their conduct is always highly professional and measured'. Though the 'truly excellent' Stabler predominantly handles contentious trusts and probate matters, her commercial litigation work also includes complex contractual disputes.


‘The commercial litigation team is comprehensively excellent. Their instructions are always precise and thorough, and they provide counsel with a complete and proper understanding of the case.’

‘Sara Stabler is a standout lawyer. I am always impressed by her instructions and understanding of a case, and her judgement on litigation strategy is stellar.’

Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 3

The real estate practice at Tees Law undertakes strategic promotion and option agreements for landowners and developers, site acquisition by purchase or option for residential developers, site set up, infrastructure agreements and plot sales, as well as high-value agricultural land transactions and residential enfranchisement work. Its recent strategic promotion and option agreement work has seen the practice active in sites in Suffolk, Cambridge, Essex and Hertfordshire. It has also handled residential development  work in Ware, Welwyn Garden City, Bury St Edmunds and central Cambridge. James Dowson is the key partner.


“The firm is very focused on the housebuilding sector and understands the commercial drivers for its clients.”

“James Dowson is proactive, knowledgeable and extremely client-focused.”

“We have used James Dowson for the last ten years in transacting property and business acquisitions. We can only confirm that he completes these matters quickly and efficiently.”

“Alexander Waples is easy to deal with and his advice is clear and concise. We felt that our interests in two transactions in areas unfamiliar to us were well protected.”

“The practice makes the effort to truly understand my business to be able to offer the most relevant and appropriate advice.”

“Alexander Waples is very responsive, proactive and commercial – a brilliant combination to have. What is more, he exhibits this not in rare moments of brilliance, but consistently. Having such reliable professional support gives us a genuine competitive edge.”

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 3

Senior associate Sarah Ilic leads the corporate and commercial practice at Tees Law, which frequently handles high-value and complex share and asset acquisitions involving complicated deferred consideration proposals particularly in the property, haulage and family-owned business sectors. She also handles corporate reconstructions and reorganisations for professional services groups, and commercial matters including confidentiality, data protection, franchising, distribution and joint venture agreements.

Family Tier 3

'To use a sporting analogy, the firm covers every blade of grass for its clients and no stone is left unturned in attempting to achieve a positive result', says a client of Tees Law in Cambridge. Partner Clare Pilsworth joined from Woodfines LLP to lead the practice. Collaboratively trained associate Deborah Hargreaves is a rising star in complex and sensitive cases involving children and financial matters.


‘The team worked seamlessly, with a single lead point of contact, which gave continuity and reassurance at a time of significant stress. The approach was always measured and objective, making it easy to ask for advice and to understand the various options.’

‘I have worked with Clare Pilsworth on a number of high-value and complicated matrimonial finance cases. She is an excellent lawyer with great technical abilities and has a common sense approach in all her matters. She works extremely hard on behalf for all her clients in what are often very long drawn-out difficult cases.’

‘What made them stand out was the fact that they were able to guide and lead through their legal expertise without being patronising. They acted in a way that helped defuse possible conflict whilst making me feel supported.’

‘Deborah Hargreaves genuinely strives to help her clients. She is kind, compassionate and clear-headed in the advice she provides.’

‘I was enormously impressed by the level of forethought and strategic planning which goes into their cases.’

‘The team has a high level of knowledge and gives clear and realistic advice to its clients. Well organised and easy to work with.’

‘Tees has an approachable and client-friendly team.’

‘An excellent local firm that wouldn’t be out of place operating in the City of London.’

‘David Redfern is a partner of great experience and a supreme strategic thinker.’

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner David Redfern 01279 710603
Group Managing Director Ashton Hunt 01279 710660
Head of Commercial and Civil and Regulatory litigation Darren Perks 01279 710619
Head of Rural, Private Client Letitia Glaister 01763 295850
Head of Clinical Negligence Janine Collier 01223 702303
Joint Head of Commercial property Mark Carter 01799 582789
Head of Rural, Commercial David Miller 01279 710657
Head of Family Sally Powell 01279 710651
Head of Business Law, Employment Robert Whitaker 01245 293197
Head of Residential Property Allan Wright 01279 322504
Joint Head of Commercial Property Aaron Cane 01277 268398
Joint Head of Private Client Nicola Havers 01279 322516
Joint Head of Private Client Sarah Walker 01279 322518
Photo Name Position Profile
 Janine Collier  photo Janine Collier
 Tim Deeming  photo Tim Deeming
 James Dowson  photo James Dowson
 Catherine Mowat  photo Catherine Mowat
 Clare Pilsworth  photo Clare Pilsworth
 Irena Spence  photo Irena Spence
 Sara Stabler  photo Sara Stabler
Number of UK partners : 29
Number of other UK fee-earners : 104


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 clients’ business needs and prides itself on its ability to provide a friendly and approachable service to all. The firm’s modern offices are 30 minutes by train from London and five minutes’ 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 clients’ 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 children’s proceedings.


Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Lucy Folley
Corporate and commercial Sue Dowman
Property Aaron Cane
Litigation Nick Hatchett
Private client Anne Elliss
Employment Sarah Stanyer
IP/IT Sue Dowman
Family Louise Margiotta
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 19