Tees Law > Bishop's Stortford, England > Firm Profile

Tees Law
Tees House,
95 London Road
BISHOP'S STORTFORD
CM23 3GW
England

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Tees Law's 30-strong agriculture and land team is spread across six offices in Bishop’s Stortford, Chelmsford, Brentwood, Royston, Saffron Walden and Cambridge. Bishop’s Stortford-based David Miller leads the commercial offering, focusing on property matters, while the private client arm is headed up by Royston-based wills, trusts, tax and probate specialist Letty Glaister, alongside ‘meticulous, friendly and approachable’ litigator Caroline Metcalf in Bishop’s Stortford. Senior associate Ian Johnston, who leads the Chelmsford private client team, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

David Miller; Letitia Glaister

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The partner I dealt with, Caroline Metcalf, was very much involved in all aspects of the advice, showed a great deal of knowledge and had the experience required.’

‘Excellent knowledge in all fields, diversity within the practice to enable specialist attention to different aspects. Throughout Covid, Teams meetings have been used, with a follow-up record. This has been easy and successful for me as a client.’

‘Caroline Metcalf has been exceptional in her work for us. She is meticulous yet friendly and approachable. She responds virtually immediately to any correspondence or telephone communication. Caroline’s attention to detail is first class and she has experts in other fields available to provide additional detail when required.’

‘Tees understand the client, reviewing in detail and making objective proposals to each matters in hand.’

‘They take time to understand the business and stakeholders within. Offering differing levels of solutions and appropriate levels of communication.’

‘Genuine understanding of agriculture and rural issues’

‘Tees partners are motivated by their wish to serve clients rather than the size of their wallets. I would single out David Miller and Letty Glaister as epitomising this ethos’

Key clients

Lightsource BP

Work highlights

  • Advising a global market leader in the development, acquisition and long-term management of large-scale solar projects and smart energy solutions.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Tees Law has a comprehensive personal tax, trusts and probate offering which deals with lifetime tax planning and wills, Court of Protection work and the administration of complex and high-value estates. The firm acts for several high-value charities and there is an international and agricultural dimension to much of the work carried out by the team. Co-heads Nicola Havers and Sarah Walker both joined the partnership in 2022 with combined experience in estate administration and inheritance tax planning. Sarah Walker also has expertise in advising on Anglo-French matters.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Havers; Sarah Walker

Testimonials

‘I use Tees because they have been our family solicitors for 80 years. I find them trustworthy and they know my business and family.’

‘Friendly and approachable, Nicola Havers in particular.’

‘Sarah Walker clearly had a mastery of her subject. She answered all my questions clearly and concisely. It was a pleasure to deal with her.’

‘The Tees private client team has helped my family over three generations. I would recommend Tees to every family in need of advice on trusts, tax, succession and estate planning.’

‘The obstacles we have faced as a family have been made much easier by having the extremely capable Tees private client team by our side, advising us along the way.’

‘Nicola Havers stands out because she has emotional intelligence and has an exceptional ability to deliver practical and understandable solutions to complex family situations. She has an empathetic nature and the combination of her excellent communication skills and legal knowledge made an anxious family member feel comfortable and reassured to take first steps to sort out their affairs. Nicola is very straightforward, responsible and easy to deal with. I trust Nicola to deliver difficult messages to family members.’

‘I found the advice given was clear and concise. All deadlines and other timing commitments were honored. Communication was excellent at all times.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a couple on a £27.5 million estate in addition to reviewing and updating their wills, lasting powers of attorney and a lifetime settlement.

Real estate > Commercial property: Essex Tier 1

Split across the firm's Brentwood, Chelmsford and Saffron Walden bases, the overall team at Tees Law is headed up by Aaron Cane, who specialises in complex property development work and regeneration projects. Commercial property generalist Jane Winfield leads the Brentwood team and counts property finance, landlord and tenant, and commercial conveyancing mandates among her key areas of practice. Undertaking work which requires collaboration with the dispute resolution team is another core element of the practice. Graeme Atkinson and James Dowson lead the Chelmsford and Saffron Walden teams respectively.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Cane

Testimonials

‘Tees Law is a large diverse company with several branches. I have had experience of several different aspects of Tees Law. My experience has been excellent. Quick responses. Easy to get hold of.’

‘Understand the legal complexities and understood that I did not have in-depth knowledge and needed their expertise.’

‘Jane Winfield has been very helpful, providing guidance with options and recommendations in a timely manner.’

‘I have found the firm provides straightforward, sensible advice on property (commercial & residential) and inheritance tax.’

‘I have used Tees Law and its derivatives for 45 years. There has always been a personal element even now when it has grown to become a large practice. There has always been a feeling that there is a person with expertise in the field I needed working on. I’ve always had a good relationship with all practitioners.’

Key clients

R.V.L. Properties Limited

William Thompson Homes Limited

Magri Developments Limited

Snowbird Property Limited

HWC Logistics Limited

Fairacres Group Limited

Chappell Estates Limited

Earl Estates Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a consortium of landowners on the sale of 100 acres to a leading housebuilder for a sale price in excess of £55m to enable the bill of up to 1,000 new houses.
  • Acting for a developer on the purchase of a new industrial estate conditional upon planning consent for redevelopment including negotiation of easements and overage provisions.
  • Acting for a hotel and leisure sector client on a negotiation with adjoining landowners to agree land swaps in order that a significant hotel within the client’s portfolio can be redeveloped.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The ‘professional and sympathetic‘ team at Tees Law is ‘approachable, understanding and shows genuine care’. The firm handles both catastrophic and lower-value medical negligence claims, and it has lawyers who specialise in inquest work and NHS continuing healthcare claims and appeals. Vastly experienced practice head Janine Collier ‘really cares and is a very dedicated person who just wants to help‘. She secured a seven-figure interim payment for a client suffering from cerebral palsy as a result of skull fractures. Tim Deeming is ‘outstanding in his advice and also realistic‘. Widely acknowledged PI expert Vicki Seabrook and ‘polite and efficient’ associate Sarah Stocker also play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Janine Collier

Other key lawyers:

Tim Deeming; Sarah Stocker; Vicki Seabrook; Rachel Benton; Adam Copeland

Testimonials

‘Janine Collier has an amazing reputation and quite rightly, she very quickly spotted something that wasn’t the main focus of the case but is able to zoom out and look at everything that’s going on and spot things others wouldn’t spot. You can tell she really cares and is a very dedicated person who just wants to help. The team are all caring and efficient.’

‘I deal with Rachel Benton most of the time and she is quite exceptional, very sensitive to all my emotional ups and downs as well as very professional. It’s obvious that she really cares about her clients, and she’s such a safe pair of hands. It’s a long, uncertain and exhausting process but she is really understanding and she is constantly managing and juggling everything brilliantly with the end goal in sight.’

‘Sarah Stocker is professional, efficient and kind.’

‘Tim Deeming has provided a sympathetic ear and understanding of our situation and he has been amazing in all he has done to help move our case forward in a professional and knowledgeable manner whilst still being on ‘our level’. If we didn’t understand anything or needed it repeating he was more than happy to do so, especially with all the technical terms and wording that has been used.’

‘I have mainly dealt with Mr Tim Deeming during our case and, without exception, have found him to be professional, caring and at all times very clear with regard to where we are and how we are progressing.’

‘Tim Deeming was the partner we dealt with, and he was always available to answer any questions or issues we had. He guided us through the minefield of two inquests, mediation, and always with a sensitive approach to our feelings. He was outstanding in his advice and also realistic which was very important as to the expectations of the legal process. Finally he was encouraging when we had to give evidence and was always on hand to help with statements and any evidence we needed to provide.’

‘Janine Collier demonstrates first rate client care skills and assays her considerable expertise in handling claims (such as for people who have lost their sight) into a highly personal and tailored service for her clients taking into account the wide range of needs they may have other than just purely legal help. Adam Copeland also provides highly tailored and specialist advice whilst maintaining his kind and approachable care to injured patients.’

‘Since Tees took over our case it has moved along very quickly. The team have been very supportive and understanding of our case and only have the best intentions for us. Their response to emails, questions and queries have been dealt with promptly and professionally.’

Work highlights

  • Secured a seven-figure settlement for the client who suffered cerebral palsy.
  • Advising a client on an ophthalmic medical negligence claim arising out of a failure to monitor glaucoma post-cataract surgery to their left eye.
  • Representing a client in relation to a claim for a 3+ year delayed diagnosis of a brain tumour.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Tees Law has 'a very knowledgeable and experienced team' and clients remark that the lawyers 'build rapport extremely well due to their personable approach and high level of knowledge'. The practice is led from Bishop's Stortford, but senior associate Sara Stabler in Cambridge devotes the majority of her litigation practice to contentious will, probate and trusts matters. 'I was impressed by her knowledge of the area, her thinking on the matter and her well written correspondence', remarks one client. Her work includes highly complex matters, including a contested probate dispute acting for the executor and sole beneficiary of the estate who was facing a claim by one of the deceased’s adult children from a previous marriage.

Practice head(s):

Sara Stabler

Testimonials

‘This is a very knowledgeable and experienced team. They feed off each others’ skills and thinking to provide their clients with an excellent level of service.’

‘Some very well trained and competent individuals work here. I have seen them work with a variety of clients and they build rapport extremely well due to their personable approach and high level of knowledge.’

‘I have only worked against one of their lawyers and I don’t think the team is that large but Sara Stabler impressed me as someone who understood this area.’

‘Sara Stabler was involved in a matter with me where I was impressed by her knowledge of the area, her thinking on the matter and her well written correspondence. I took the view I would be happy to recommend clients to her in the area of contentious probate and know they would be well looked after if my firm had a conflict of interest.’

‘They have good experience in probate and trusts work. I have done several cases in this area with Tees.’

‘Sara Stabler is also very able.’

Work highlights

  • Advising on a contested probate matter dealing with complex issues regarding proprietary estoppel, trust law, inheritance tax and capital gains tax.
  • Advising on a contested probate dispute acting for the executor and sole beneficiary of the estate who was facing a claim by one of the deceased’s adult children from a previous marriage.
  • Advising on a property trust dispute in respect of a beneficial interest in a property.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 2

Building on its ‘strength in depth in a wide variety of M&A transactions,‘ the group at Tees Law expanded its practice with the arrival of senior associate Alastair Cotton, who added the International Paralympic Committee as a client in the sports sector and has additional expertise in the transport and logistics industries. The team has also worked closely with the firm's commercial property practice to expand its property joint ventures expertise. Lucy Folley, who leads the team from Brentwood, and recently promoted senior associate Baljeet Kaur are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Folley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Lucy Folley has been my main contact. One of Lucy’s biggest strengths is her pragmatism. In a number of deals Lucy has been involved in, the counterparty in our negotiations has commented on how fair her approach is. This has made it much easier for us to close positions.’

‘Lucy Folley’s advice and knowledge across a wide range of topics was excellent and if an additional service was required, she would brief the relevant specialist team member and get the wider team involved.’

‘We have gained great confidence in Tees Law. We feel that we receive London quality advice but with a more provincial style of attention to customer service and communication.’

‘Members of the Tees team work in a conjoined fashion taking advice from and supporting each other where necessary.’

‘A very experienced team with strength in depth that has skills in a wide variety of M&A transactions.’

‘We have been impressed by their understanding of our business needs within the commercial environment.’

‘The corporate team at Tees have a wide breadth of experience and skills and deliver high quality results for clients. Dealing with transactional work often throws up some unexpected scenarios and the team have demonstrated the flexibility to be able to deal with these when they arise.’

Key clients

Ashberry Healthcare Limited

Brentwood School

Fairacres Group

International Paralympic Committee

Grove & Dean Limited

Turners (Soham) Limited

Xpediator Plc

GTES Holdings Limited

Price Bailey LLP

Cognisoft Limited

Voxtur Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising GTES Holdings Limited, a global aviation engine management services company, on management buyout of GT Engine Services Ltd.
  • Advising a global logistics company on all corporate and commercial aspects of its business, including a recent share acquisition.
  • Advising Voxtur Group Ltd to complete a key strategic acquisition of Three Grey Monkeys.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

The dispute resolution team at Tees Law specialises in property disputes, professional negligence, corporate recovery, insolvency and agricultural matters. The team provide commercial litigation advice to a diverse client roster from local businesses to PLCs. Darren Perks heads the practice with expertise in complicated property disputes. Caroline Metcalf is experienced in agricultural matters and complex farming issues. Associate Polly Kerr is a commercial litigator with experience in defamation, harassment and education.

Practice head(s):

Darren Perks

Other key lawyers:

Polly Kerr; Caroline Metcalf

Testimonials

‘Throughout a very stressful and challenging case, Caroline Metcalf provided me with the calm, professional and realistic advice necessary to make the best decisions given the nuances of English Law. Her commitment to her work is exemplary and often we discussed issues late at night and over the weekend as she was always available or responded to my concerns and queries extremely promptly and fully empathized with the legal difficulties facing me to balance my expectations against probable legal outcomes.’

‘Polly Kerr has been fantastic, we’ve had a long and drawn dispute and she’s been on the case 100%.’

Key clients

Greene King

Fuller Smith & Turner

Turners of Soham

Bishop’s Stortford College

Strutt and Parker

Price Bailey

Newhall Projects Limited

Spicer Haart

Work highlights

  • Acted for a festival organiser in bringing an urgent injunction in the High Court to prevent a neighboring land owner from blocking exit to a well known three day music festival.
  • Acted for an Airfield owner in successfully defending a judicial review to allow a new hanger to be developed.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 2

The growing commercial litigation practice at Tees Law has developed specialisms in insolvency litigation, partnership disputes and company litigation. David Perry, who is praised as an ‘excellent negotiator‘, leads the team which is split between Chelmsford and Brentwood. Associate Ana James-Pittau has built a solid foundation of both commercial and construction clients with particular knowledge of the construction industry; James-Pittau attracts praise for ‘working on complicated cases which would normally be dealt with by more senior individuals.’

Practice head(s):

David Perry

Other key lawyers:

Ana James-Pittau; Sarah Stanyer; Katie Latham

Testimonials

‘Very personable and down to earth in their approach. Straight forward advice.’

‘David Perry has a wealth of knowledge in this area and can think “outside of the box” with possible solutions to problems. Excellent negotiator with the aim to finding a cost effective solution, prompt in his responses and good at explaining the legal issues in layman terms to the client.’

‘Incredible client service. Always responsive.’

‘Ana James-Pittau works on complicated cases which would normally be dealt with by more senior individuals.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on a breach of warranty and negligent misrepresentation claim made by the original shareholder and director of a company the client invested in.
  • Advising a client, which is the sole distributer of a product manufactured in Europe, on a dispute with one of its agents.
  • Acting for a minority shareholder and partner in a claim for unfair prejudice with a potential value of £4m.

Employment > Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Tees Law has particular expertise in TUPE, shareholder disputes, post termination restrictions and employment contracts. Recent work highlights include supporting clients in defending tribunal proceedings arising from furlough issues. The firm advises senior executives, business leaders and owner investors across the agriculture, education, transport and logistics sectors. Practice head Robert Whitaker is recognised for his experience in data protection, TUPE, agriculture and managing restructures. Katherine Jameson regularly advises senior executives and managers on exits and restrictive convenants.

Practice head(s):

Robert Whitaker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Robert Whitaker is a great supporter of our law clinic and also encourages the involvement of trainees such as Amelia Ayres. They provide clear and pragmatic advice to clients who would not otherwise be able to afford it whilst helping to give our students an invaluable experience of seeing how the law works in practice.’

‘Great tacticians. A team that know which points to push, what to drop and how to apply pressure to opponents where necessary. Very thorough casework that leaves clients satisfied that no stone will go unturned.’

‘Straight-talking and sensible lawyers with quick insight into cases.’

‘From engagement to resolution, Tees supported through the whole process. Judging the level of communication, providing concise and accurate detailed analysis of the situation & options for resolution.’

‘Understand the business & the stakeholders within. Excellent communication, providing availability at all times of the night and day.’

‘Rob Whitaker and his team are outstanding. Well led. They care and are available for queries.’

‘They build fantastic relationships with their clients. Very knowledgeable and they go above and beyond.’

Key clients

English Heritage

Employment > Employment: Essex Tier 2

Headed up by Robert Whitaker in Bishop’s Stortford, the employment practice at Tees Law offers ‘clear, pragmatic advice‘ to both domestic and international clients, and Whitaker is well-regarded for his expertise in employment law, data protection issues, TUPE work, agriculture matters, and restructurings. Representing senior business leaders in personal employment matters is another area of strength for the team. Associate Katherine Jameson has expertise in the full range of employment issues and is known for her tribunal work.

Practice head(s):

Robert Whitaker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Robert Whitaker is an extremely able and competent lawyer who has a good way with clients, providing clear, pragmatic legal advice.’

‘Excellent group and the whole experience is very professional in so many ways. Advice, IT, service and organisation etc.’

‘Robert Whittaker’s advice is timely and supportive.’

‘Very hands-on and quick in responding. Careful attention to detail.’

Key clients

English Heritage

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Tees Law works with clients across a wide range of areas, including employers’ liability claims, road traffic accidents, orthopaedic cases, obstetrics, sub-standard surgery and delayed diagnosis cases. The personal injury team is led by Chelmsford-based Gwyneth Munjoma, who handles work with psychological and physical injuries, including as a result of childbirth. Medical negligence solicitor Georgina Wade joined in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gwyneth Munjoma

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Tees practice has given me unprecedented support through out the whole time this case was proceeding. As the claimant and a complete layman they explained to me every step of the procedure, answering any query I had with clarity and understanding of my lack of legal knowledge.’

‘Tees Law are always caring towards clients but also with an extremely high quality of intellectual discernment and forensic analysis of legal issues. These are conveyed in a clear manner from the perspective of a medical expert.’

‘Gwyneth Munjoma is both caring and professional, demonstrating high intellectual calibre.’

‘Excellent professionalism, support, communications and technical back up for radiology imaging distribution to a busy NHS practicing diagnostic radiology expert witness. All the solicitors in Tees Law that I have worked with over the past years are well above average in the management of medical negligence process and in enjoying an excellent relationship with the highest quality barristers/QCs to help settle cases.’

‘They seem to very widely experienced in medical negligence.’

‘The team is extremely capable in all aspects however their strength is the ability to work as a team and support their clients throughout the process. Giving them time and understanding and information where needed and total commitment and dedication towards their clients.’

‘Clear instructions. Records paginated and ordered. Timely communications. Prompt payment’

‘The whole team is outstanding. They offer a fantastic service which draws on the knowledge of every member of the practice group.’

Private client > Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

The Bishop’s Stortford-based family law team at Tees Law is best known for its experience in dealing with matters involving farming assets and high net worth individuals. The practice is also known for dealing with children issues, wealth held in company structures and trusts with tax implications. Practice head Sally Powell  is a specialist in financial proceedings and family trusts. Associate Helen Midgley has experience in pension matters and as a mediator.

Practice head(s):

Sally Powell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I thought the Tees practice was very professional, hard working and dedicated. Even when I visited the office, the secretaries were extremely accommodating. It was lovely.’

‘Tees team as a whole were very supportive to me, always in contact and reassuring me when I needed it. Katie Stewart in particular, who was my appointed solicitor, was amazing. Genuinely caring and worked extremely hard to benefit me and my case.’

‘To potential clients I would say that there key strengths are their diversity to adapt to your unique needs and situation having all the relative people and services to hand in-house.’

‘I think you get a friendly efficient no nonsense firm. As good as any firm in the city without the pomp, posh offices and price tag.’

‘They deliver what they say they will do without a lot of need for chasing or follow up.’

‘I found David Redfern, my Partner to be well engaged, but Helen Midgely really kept on top of things. She is excellent and would be happy to recommend her. An Associate on the way up.’

Level headed realists who told you the truth and not always what you wanted to hear.’

‘They managed expectations, were patient when I was not, and they came in at the end pretty much where they promised in the beginning in terms of estimated results and outcomes.’

Work highlights

  • Sally Powell is advising her client in complex financial order proceedings relating to a farm estate worth £5 million. On this occasion Sally has been sought out due to her particular expertise in farming divorces.
  • Helen Midgley is advising her client in a very high value financial remedy case involving a long marriage where the parties have combined assets of over £5 million.
  • Sally Powell assisted by Katie Stewart are advising a parent regarding a child arrangements order under The Children Act 1989, in respect of their young daughter.

Private client > Family: Essex Tier 2

At Tees Law, practitioners in Chelmsford, Brentwood and Saffron Walden are led by Joshua Coombe alongside overall department head Sally Powell. Coombe specialises in complex financial matters involving substantial wealth, company structures and trusts, and also has a range of expertise in family law. More broadly, the group is able to work with other teams in the firm on divorce cases with related company law issues.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Coombe; Sally Powell

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Andrews

Testimonials

‘The team are dedicated to ensuring that the client is well looked after from the beginning until the end of a matter. Everything is explained clearly from the outset.’

‘Caroline Andrews has been exceptional. She explained everything within a very difficult divorce with ease, understanding total transparency and complete empathy. I would not have come out the other side of a very emotional time without Caroline’s outstanding expertise and guidance. A fantastic senior associate who is a credit to the industry.’

‘There is a great depth in the team as they work across all offices with great technology, so there is always someone available if required. The team offers a number of specialisms within family law and interact well across the firm.’

‘I have worked with Caroline Andrews on a number of cases throughout the years and her empathetic but constructive approach stands out.’

‘A well-regarded firm with a number of offices and a good ‘reach’. They get good quality cases and are well prepared and hard working.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on divorce and financial arrangements regarding assets valued at £20 million.
  • Advised a client on successfully returning to Vietnam with her young son.
  • Advised a client on complex surrogacy and child arrangement issues following the breakdown of their relationship.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex Tier 2

Tees Law‘s private client practice spans across offices in Chelmsford, Brentwood, Bishop’s Stortford and Saffron Walden and assists a variety of clients from business owners to farmers. Ian Johnston, who leads the overall Essex team, continues to be recognised for his expertise in the farming community, including advising families on the succession planning of farming interests and dealing with farming estates.

Practice head(s):

Ian Johnston

Other key lawyers:

John Southan

Testimonials

‘Attention to detail, broad ranging approach to inheritance/LPA advice covering more than just the basic subject. John Southan has a very good grasp of the topics covered and an easy manner of presentation.’

‘The team at Tees are very experienced, able to adapt to different client types and those with differing needs, and easy to communicate with. It is pleasing to see this approach and makes them very easy to work with.’

‘The practice offers a quality service and clients can have full confidence in the practice which offers advice in many different areas of law.’

‘Ian Johnston is always approachable, gives advice to a high standard and is able to explain complex legal matters in simple terms.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on a death-bed will situation.
  • Advising executors and beneficiaries on the ability to use Deed of Variation to create a charitable trust.
  • Advising a farming client on the disposal of land at his farm for development purposes.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 2

The litigation group at Tees Law is 'relatively compact but by working as a team and their using their collective knowledge they provide their clients with an excellent quality of service'. 'Their advice is always straightforward and clear with even the most complicated cases', remarks one client. Senior associate Sara Stabler leads the practice in Cambridge, which is 'extremely personable and always happy to go the extra mile'. Highly skilled in contentious trust and probate work, Stabler also handles a steady flow of general commercial litigation for businesses and high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Sara Stabler

Testimonials

‘The team is relatively compact but by working as a team and their using their collective knowledge they provide their clients with an excellent quality of service. Their advice is always straight forward and clear with even the most complicated cases.’

‘Extremely personable with a very good knowledge of their subject and the individual case which is greatly appreciated by their clients. Nothing is too much trouble and they are always happy to go the extra mile.’

‘Tees is an excellent practice – their litigation team is incredibly professional and exceedingly competent.’

‘Sara Stabler and her team are consistently really strong performers. They have excellent work and it is clear that their clients receive really good service.’

‘The firm has a wealth of experience and importantly the quality of the communication across the practice areas (and offices) ensures that this breadth of experience can be brought to bear across the board.’

‘Sara Stabler’s commercial awareness ensures that the client’s best interests are always primary. Very personable approach.’

Work highlights

  • Advising on a contract dispute relating to the sale of a local sporting business.
  • Advising a confidential agriculture client on an Option Agreement and complex trust separation dispute.
  • Advising a confidential client on a hoarding related tenancy dispute.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Tees Law in Cambridge is known for 'attention to detail, prompt response to queries and questions and understanding clients needs'. Senior partner Catherine Mowat and 'very professional and approachable' associate Alex Waples lead the Cambridge agriculture and estates practice. Mowat assists private landowners and farming families with the administration of complex rural estates and succession planning, as well as wills and powers of attorney. Waples, who leads the rural property team along with partner James Dowson, predominantly handles farm and land disposals and acquisitions, leasehold arrangements, diversification projects, renewables and farming partnership agreements for individual farmers, farming partnerships and corporate entities, as well as landed estates.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Mowat; Alex Waples

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Alex Waples brings a practical knowledge of the dynastic issues within a family farming business when advising on complex legal matters. Ian Johnston offers a relaxed and reassuring approach to problems. One senses that any problem he will have encountered and dealt with in a previous case. Daniel Fairs is a go to player when property is involved.’

‘A good firm with a large team with specialists in all sectors meaning they can cater for all our requirements on a range of different jobs.’

‘They asses our specific needs and understand family farming business very well. I have received great service from Catherine Mowat and James Dowson.’

‘Tees Law is a large regional legal practice which provides a full range of legal services and advice under one roof. Their knowledge across all sectors we have engaged has been excellent. Their availability has been excellent, even during the Covid pandemic. I have no hesitation in recommending them.’

‘The team offer integrated advice based on individuals skills,specialist knowledge and experience.’

‘Attention to detail, prompt response to queries and questions and understanding clients needs.’

‘Catherine Mowat is extremely helpful and very approachable with a very pleasant manner. We would certainly use her again. Then we were passed to James Dowson who we are pleased with and work is still in process. We are very happy with the service we have received and is still ongoing.’

‘Alexander Waples – Alex was very professional and approachable. He quickly understood our position and what we needed going forward. We found his advise to be very effective and efficient. His advise is also so on point and thinking ahead.’

Key clients

Lightsource BP

Work highlights

  • Advice to a farming partnership on a dual 100MW battery storage scheme and 50MW solar energy scheme, encompassing in the region of 250 acres of their farm.
  • Advice to a prominent farming estate in the purchase of a £7.8million mixed use farm, within tight timescales and an off-market and confidential acquisition.
  • Strategic estate planning advice for a farming family, including consideration of trusts, partnership and other personal interests with a view to long term succession of the farming business.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 2

'The entire team have such a wide range of expertise and knowledge, and I felt as though they were always working with my best interests in mind', remarks a client of Tees Law. The firm has a diverse client base that includes high-net-worth individuals, members of the House of Lords, academics, business owners, farmers and landowners. Practice head and senior partner Catherine Mowat is 'very knowledgeable and able to deal with complicated issues'. Associates Chris Claxton-Shirley (who is 'highly efficient, thoughtful, humane and extremely good at what he does') and STEP member Heather Fuff also play central roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Mowat

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Catherine Mowat is very knowledgeable and able to deal with complicated issues.’

‘Always a responsive team to any general enquiries – they ensured good continuity of service during the lockdown restrictions. I would recommend them to others.’

‘I value the advice I have received for many years from Catherine Mowat. She replies promptly to enquiries and her advice is clear and concise. The detail she provides in her follow-up letters is always a useful reminder of our discussions.’

‘The size of Tees Law helps it to give a very broad expertise across the whole legal spectrum. Also this size means that they can advise and help with other matters from their own in-house experts. Yes, despite their size, Tees Law remains very approachable and friendly.’

‘Everyone that I have dealt with at Tees Law has been efficient, fast and personally engaging with a very good understanding of my requirements.’

‘The entire team have such a wide range of expertise and knowledge and I felt as though they were always working with my best interests in mind. They took time to determine my needs and who on their team would be best suited to help. The team consistently work fluidly and efficiently and I have never once has to chase them for anything. All of their work is completed to the highest standard and is always completed well within their given time ranges.’

‘Chris Claxton-Shirley stands out in my mind, he is an excellent member of the Tees Law team. He is incredibly easy to get along with and I felt incredibly comfortable talking to him about my personal matters.’

‘My dealings were with Catherine Mowatt who thorough, pleasant and she explained everything in great detail. I did not feel rushed at any time. Her colleagues who we met in both Cambridge and Saffron Walden were also very efficient and friendly.’

Work highlights

  • Succession planning for a client worth circa £5m including advice on their Will, Lasting Powers of Attorney, lifetime gifts and trusts, with a view to mitigation of IHT.
  • Advising on a specialist application for court approval for a personal injury trust to hold a multi-million-pound compensation payment on behalf of a minor who sustained life changing injuries because of medical negligence.
  • Advice on the administration of an estate with international assets, based in the UK and Hong Kong.

Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 2

Tees Law climbs the ranking due to its growing workload in strategic promotion, option and hybrid agreements for landowners, acquisitions of residential development sites, sales of agricultural land and farms, renewable energy projects with a focus on solar, wind farm and battery storage, and also landlord and tenant matters. The firm has 'great range and depth to its business which allows their solicitors to build great relationships with their clients so that they understand their client's specific legal needs and proactively advise accordingly'. Practice head James Dowson and senior associate Alex Waples are 'very user-friendly, available and proactive in finding solutions'.

Practice head(s):

James Dowson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Tees has a great range and depth to their business which allows their solicitors to build great relationships with their clients so that they understand their client’s specific legal needs and proactively advise accordingly. Tees provide consistently excellent and high quality advice across a range of departments as and when required.

‘Above all, Alex Waples’ unwavering can-do attitude makes him stand out in his field. Alex is able to accommodate time timescales when necessary and provides detailed commercial advice in a way which is easy to understand and gets straight to the crux of the issue whilst ensuring that he is protecting our interests at all times. Alex maintains a great working relationship with his clients through his effective communication and speedy responses – he is an essential and much valued part of our business.’

‘James Dowson and his team are very user friendly, available and proactive in finding solutions.’

‘Excellent personal service. Good grasp of the broader project picture and access to specialist knowledge where required. I enjoy the continuity in dealing with the same people and not simply redirected elsewhere.’

‘Alex Waples – Good grasp of project and the possible longer-term benefits/implications, asks the right questions and takes appropriate time before delivering a considered response.’

‘Well established team led by the very approachable James Dowson. They have a number of lawyers at varying fee levels to meet the client/job requirements. Seamless working between offices.’

‘A very friendly and approachable team, with notable mention of James Dowson and Alex Waples who have been at the firm for a number of years and know their market well. Good value for money for the level of service given.’

‘Communication with all Tees staff is good. Can always get to speak to the person I need to. From accounts to administration to para legal to solicitors all are approachable and will explain in laymans terms anything I have struggled to understand.’

Key clients

Lightsource BP

Work highlights

  • Advising property investor and development clients in connection with their large property portfolio.
  • Acting for landowners in connection with the grant of an option as part of a long term nationally significant strategic redevelopment of land.
  • Advising a key landowning client with a diverse estate and investment portfolio on their commercial property transactions and leases, including the purchase of a large farm.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Tees Law's contentious trusts and probate offering in Bishop’s Stortford is led by Caroline Metcalf, who specialises in highly complex trusts and probate cases.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Metcalf

Testimonials

‘They responded promptly, knowledgeably and compassionately to the situation that we required help with. Assistance was always available.’

‘The main criteria that applied in selecting Tees were the knowledge, thoroughness and personality of the team.’

‘Caroline Metcalf was always willing to deal with my enquiries and any concerns I had. The advice I received was clear and unambiguous, even if I didn’t want to hear it. The final decision was always left to me but was directed by her experience.’

‘Caroline Metcalf has been my main source of contact. I have found her to be extremely consciensous and very thorough. She responds very quickly to emails and phone calls. She never sugar coats anything so I always have realist expectations of outcomes.’

‘Tees are a well respected solicitors with several offices in the area. I have used them personally for probate and litigation issues and they have always found the right person to deal with my problems.’

‘Caroline Metcalf has been very helpful in sorting litigation issues following the death of a family member. She has shown extensive knowledge in unraveling several problems which arose following probate and has dealt with family disputes with fairness and impartiality.’

‘Tees were very helpful to my case. I was going through a difficult time and they were very friendly, and understanding and did exactly what was promised.’

Work highlights

  • Advised the beneficiary (niece of deceased) in relation to a claim by deceased’s husband against his wife’s estate (aunt of client) for a beneficial interest in the deceased’s property and a claim for reasonable financial provision from the deceased’s estate.
  • Advised in relation to an application for a succession tenancy under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 following the death of client’s father.
  • Advising on a dispute relating to the distribution of a trust fund claimed by a beneficiary of the trust fund against the Trustees.

Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

The commercial property team at Tees Law undertakes a range of real estate work including site acquisitions, enfranchisement, residential management, property finance and acquisitions. The team has several sub-specialisms with particular expertise in renewable energy with infrastructure projects and mineral exploitation. Practice head Kay Piper deals with complex matters relating to option agreements, land sales and purchases. David Miller focuses on rural and agricultural matters.

Practice head(s):

Kay Piper

Other key lawyers:

David Miller; Samantha Worth

Testimonials

‘They hire and take care of a great team.’

‘I have worked with Tees Law partner Kay Piper for years now. She has prepared and helped me with all the legal aspects of buying properties, freeholds and building disputes and I cannot recommend her service and work more highly. She is thorough, insightful and her work exudes confidence and expertise.’

‘Govan Bramley and more recently Kay Piper at Tees have carried out professional duties on our behalf with diligent and have been successful in achieving several good outcomes for our financial benefit . Achieved with excellent value for money. We also had excellent results when Caroline Metcalf undertook to recover monies owed to us by a government department.’

‘Tees Law is a large regional legal practice which provides a full range of legal services and advice under one roof. Their knowledge across all sectors we have engaged has been excellent. Their availability has been excellent, even during the Covid-19 pandemic.’

‘I have no hesitation in recommending them.’

‘The commercial property team at Bishops Stortford have been knowledgeable and professional in every interaction we have had with them and have maintained this throughout the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic.’

‘Established and highly reputable practice with comprehensive local knowledge.’

‘Samantha Worth recently dealt with a sale for us. Samantha was focused and determined, she is an excellent communicator and filled us with confidence.’

Key clients

Hastingwood Developments (Harlow) Ltd

Lightsource BP

Pubprop Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a global market leader in the development, acquisition and long-term management of large-scale solar projects and smart energy solutions.
  • Advised a landowner on complex option in favour of national housebuilder, relating to the potential residential development of land valued at £7 million.
  • Acted for a leading global logistics service provider in the sale of their UK commercial premises for £2.75 million.

Private client > Family Tier 3

The family law practice at Tees Law in Cambridge 'goes above and beyond to fully understand every aspect of your case'. Practice head Clare Pilsworth 'inspires confidence and has grounded solutions which she conveys clearly with no jargon'. She is currently resolving financial matters through a collaborative process where the assets are valued at over £9m. Solicitor Francesca Skakel, who is 'commercially-minded, yet empathetic', is handling a divorce and financial proceedings with issues arising in children matters, non-molestation and occupation orders.

Practice head(s):

Clare Pilsworth

Other key lawyers:

Francesca Skakel; Anna Jones

Testimonials

‘In my experience Tees goes above and beyond to fully understand every aspect of your case and take the time to ask for additional clarity when required as opposed to making any assumptions.’

‘Tees has lawyers attracted by its size and reputation, but maintains the client focus of a family law firm. They are responsive, good value and give practical grounded advice.’

‘Claire Pilsworth inspires confidence and has grounded solutions which she conveys clearly with no jargon. She clearly has my interests as her client front and centre. Francesca Skakel as her assistant has been responsive, efficient and understanding as well as clear with practical solutions as things crop up.’

‘Clare Pilsworth has a sensitive approach to all her cases and is committed to providing a well rounded service in what is often a very emotive area of law.’

‘Francesca Skakel – Francesca’s service is superior to many people far senior to her. She knows everything there is to know about her field, is commercially-minded, yet empathetic. Francesca is often known as a lucky charm, as her cases have a habit of finding favourable endings!’

‘It’s the attention to detail that really sets Anna Jones apart from other Solicitors that we have worked with. She is diligent and thorough when compiling information and consequently relaying it to us and others.’

‘The team at Tees Law matches me so well, I have a need for them to be assertive yet fair and they do exactly that. Their knowledge of family law is incredibly high and they always let me know what I can expect next and what the possible outcomes are. They give me time to digest information and explain it to me so I remain an expert in my own case.’

‘Anna Jones and her team are incredible. Anna works around my time with the children so they are never impacted in the legal going ons. Anna gives me honest legal advice and will research specific didability areas which have impacted our family law case. Anna has helped to make this awful reason for needing her services a positive one and I truly wouldn’t have made it this far legally without her. She respects my stance to be be fair but assertive and never forgets that the children are the most important part of this case.’

Work highlights

  • Resolving financial matters through a collaborative process where the assets are valued at over £9m. The matter involves complex tax points given the entrepreneurial nature of the main asset and the need for the shares to maintain value.
  • Advising on a divorce comprising complexity both in terms of Children Act and CAFCASS aspects, and also that a farm tenancy which provided the family home and the agricultural income is now being removed therefore affecting compensation payment.
  • Acting for a Husband/Father client in divorce and financial proceedings (valued at £2 million), with issues arising in children matters, non-molestation and occupation orders.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

Tees Law in Cambridge recently recruited senior associate Alastair Cotton, formerly of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), to lead on brand protection matters for clients in the sport, media, education, and cultural sectors. Cotton also focuses on issues concerning ambush marketing and the staging of sports events. Since joining, he has advised the IPC on a wide range of matters including with the protection, exploitation and enforcement of its intellectual property rights. This encompassed enforcing the IP rights globally against infringers, and preparing and executing the brand protection strategy for the Paralympic Games.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Cotton

Key clients

International Paralympic Committee

Work highlights

  • Providing a wide range of legal advice to the International Paralympic Committee, including with respect to the protection, exploitation and enforcement of its intellectual property rights.
  • Advised the International Disability Rights Campaign on a number of commercial, marketing and branding issues.
  • Advised a Swedish technology company specialising in lead generating and performance-based online marketing on its potential entry into the UK market and various IP issues arising from a proposed acquisition.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media, entertainment and sport Tier 3

Tees Law in Cambridge has a new sports practice led by senior associate Alastair Cotton who joined in early 2021 from an in-house role at the International Paralympic Committee, which is now a key client of the firm. His work for the IPC covers all of its income-generating activity. Cotton 'has a wealth of experience across a range of commercial and regulatory sports matters', notes one client, adding that 'his calm and focused approach provides great reassurance'. The firm acts for numerous regional sports clubs, primarily in rugby and cricket, as well as individual athletes and international sprots federations and national governing bodies, among them British Canoeing.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Cotton

Testimonials

‘The team takes the effort to understand clients’ needs and accommodate with dedicated resource to ensure that deadlines are met with as much as possible.’

‘Personalised and expert service. Very approachable and knowledgeable across a broad range of sports law matters.’

‘I worked with Alastair Cotton on media rights negotiations and contract management matters. He was very dedicated and understood the values and importance of our organisation.’

‘Ali Cotton has a wealth of experience across a range of commercial and regulatory sports matters. His calm and focused approach provides great reassurance.’

Key clients

International Paralympic Committee

Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club

British Canoeing

National Council for the Training of Journalists

Work highlights

  • Retained in April 2021 on an 18 month initial contract to provide a wide range of legal advice to the The International Paralympic Committee in respect of all of the IPC’s income generating activity.
  • Instructed to advise British Canoeing on a range of regulations including the sport’s Disciplinary Rules and Appeals Procedures, Selection Policies and its Athlete Disciplinary Rules and Procedures.
  • Acting for Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club advising on the continued development of its grounds and facilities, including securing the funding arrangements to finance these developments.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Tees Law services both insolvency practitioners and individuals with a specialisation in acting for directors and individuals affected by insolvency issues. David Perry leads the practice where much of his work comes through referrals from accountants, insolvency practitioners and other solicitors.

Practice head(s):

David Perry

Testimonials

‘The team provide clear, reliable, commercial advice and are readily available to discuss case matters. The team strive to ensure the needs of its clients are met.’

‘Having worked with David Perry on a number of insolvency matters, I have found him to be extremely competent and provides in depth reliable advice to insolvency practitioners. David is extremely experienced in all areas of insolvency law and is able to assist with complex matters and can always advise on a suitable strategy.’

‘Tees have particular expertise in insolvency and restructuring. They are the go-to-guys for this in the East of England.’

‘David Perry is a stand out litigator. Commercially savvy, strategically canny and with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a director of a company in respect of insolvency proceedings brought against him by HMRC.
  • Advised the respondents in proceedings brought by the liquidators of a holiday business against its former directors and company secretary.
  • Provided bespoke insolvency advice to a parent company client on debts owed to its subsidiary.

Public sector Tier 4

Located in Hertfordshire, Tees Law‘s ‘dedicated, personal and client-focused‘ group ‘undertakes work across all areas of education law’, with a particular focus on mandates involving SEND elements, an area in which Polly Kerr has become a significant presence, regularly acting for parents of children with SEND issues in tribunal proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Polly Kerr

Testimonials

‘They are quick and efficient, providing timely answers to difficult problems.’

‘The quick responses and detailed answers that do not shy away from highlighting potential risks in a given approach.’

‘Tees Law undertake work across all areas of education law, with a particular emphasis on SEN, admissions/exclusions, and issues relating to school governance and complaints. They have good experience of public law. In my experience, they offer a very dedicated, personal and client focused service.’

‘Tees Law is my go-to firm when I am recommending a solicitor for education or social care work.’

‘A standout solicitor in this firm is Polly Kerr. Polly manages to quickly gain the trust of the client in every case in which we’ve worked together. Polly is also not afraid to ask questions of local authorities.’

Key clients

Bishop’s Stortford College

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on bringing an appeal against the content of their child’s EHCP, where the local authority had not updated the EHCP in over 5 years.
  • Advising a school on a SEND tribunal arising from a permanent exclusion.
  • Represented a client through a tribunal process, including mediation with a local authority.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 4

The practice at Tees Law is ‘professionally diligent and detailed, with deep domain knowledge in key areas‘. ‘Courteous, personable and extremely hardworking‘ senior associate Alastair Cotton leads the Cambridge corporate team, which operates as part of a larger cross-office group led from Brentwood and Bishop’s Stortford. Cotton is ‘a tenacious negotiator with the integrity to apply his experience in a judicious manner that delivers results‘. He focuses predominantly on commercial matters, though is also active in M&A, joint ventures, MBOs, private equity transactions and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Cotton (Senior Associate); Robert Whitaker (Executive Head of Business Team); Lucy Folley (Head of Corporate and Commercial Team)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are professionally diligent and detailed, with deep domain knowledge in key areas.’

‘Alastair Cotton is a tenacious negotiator with the integrity to apply his experience in a judicious manner that delivers results. He is also courteous, personable and extremely hard working.’

Key clients

International Paralympic Committee

Roland Henry

Island Pacific

Three Grey Monkeys

GTES Holdings Limited

Turners (Soham) Limited

Cognisant Holdings Limited

Xpediator PLC

Voxtur Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Retained by the International Paralympic Committee to provide a wide range of legal advice in respect of its income-generating activity.
  • Advised the International Disability Rights Campaign on a global campaign, formed by a coalition of NGOs, to begin a 10-year movement to transform the lives of the world’s 1.2bn people with disabilities.
  • Advising GTES Holdings, a global aviation engine management services company, on a management buyout of GT Engine Services Ltd.

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 in 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 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 turnover of £22m last year, the firm is currently on track to increase this to £24m in the next financial year. 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:

  • Winner of the Excellence in Technology and Innovation Firm Award at the Cambridgeshire Law Society Excellence Awards 2021
  • Winner of the Residential Property Team of the Year Award at the Cambridgeshire Law Society Excellence Awards 2021
  • Tees were also Highly Commended for Injury Litigation Team of the Year, and Private Client Associate Chris Claxton-Shirley received a Highly Commended as a Rising Star.
  • 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 independent 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 Catherine Mowat catherine.mowat@teeslaw.com 01223 702304
Group Managing Director Ashton Hunt ashton.hunt@teeslaw.com 01279 710660
Head of Commercial and Civil and Regulatory litigation Darren Perks darren.perks@teeslaw.com 01279 710619
Head of Agriculture, Private Client Letitia Glaister letitia.glaister@teeslaw.com 01763 295850
Head of Clinical Negligence Janine Collier janine.collier@teeslaw.com 01223 702303
Head of Agriculture, Commercial David Miller david.miller@teeslaw.com 01279 710657
Head of Family Sally Powell sally.powell@teeslaw.com 01279 710651
Head of Business Law, Employment Robert Whitaker robert.whitaker@teeslaw.com 01245 293197
Head of Residential Property Anne Elliss anne.elliss@teeslaw.com 01277 268304
Head of Commercial Property Aaron Cane aaron.cane@teeslaw.com 01277 268398
Joint Head of Private Client Nicola Havers nicola.havers@teeslaw.com 01279 322516
Joint Head of Private Client Sarah Walker sarah.walker@teeslaw.com 01279 322518

Disputes

Bishop's Stortford, England
+5 other locations
  • Chelmsford, England
  • Royston, England
  • Brentwood, England
  • Cambridge, England
  • Saffron Walden, England
+4

others

Commercial Property

Bishop's Stortford, England
+5 other locations
  • Chelmsford, England
  • Royston, England
  • Brentwood, England
  • Cambridge, England
  • Saffron Walden, England
+11

others

Employment

Bishop's Stortford, England
+5 other locations
  • Chelmsford, England
  • Royston, England
  • Brentwood, England
  • Cambridge, England
  • Saffron Walden, England

Intellectual Property

Bishop's Stortford, England
+5 other locations
  • Chelmsford, England
  • Royston, England
  • Brentwood, England
  • Cambridge, England
  • Saffron Walden, England
+1

other

Sport

Bishop's Stortford, England
+5 other locations
  • Chelmsford, England
  • Royston, England
  • Brentwood, England
  • Cambridge, England
  • Saffron Walden, England

Family

Bishop's Stortford, England
+5 other locations
  • Chelmsford, England
  • Royston, England
  • Brentwood, England
  • Cambridge, England
  • Saffron Walden, England
+6

others

Private Client

Bishop's Stortford, England
+5 other locations
  • Chelmsford, England
  • Royston, England
  • Brentwood, England
  • Cambridge, England
  • Saffron Walden, England
+17

others

Education

Bishop's Stortford, England
+5 other locations
  • Chelmsford, England
  • Royston, England
  • Brentwood, England
  • Cambridge, England
  • Saffron Walden, England
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Govan Bramley photo Govan Bramley Consultant Govan principally acts for landowners large and small on full range…
Georgina Brignell-Wade photo Georgina Brignell-Wade Solicitor Georgina is a solicitor in the Medical Negligence team, having qualified…
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Frances Gill photo Frances Gill Associate Frances is a solicitor in the Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate…
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Tom Moulsdale photo Tom Moulsdale Associate After graduating from Cambridge University with a BA Hons and an…
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Amy  Riddick photo Amy Riddick Solicitor I qualified as a Solicitor in April 2022 working in the…
Katheryn Riggs photo Katheryn Riggs Associate Katheryn qualified as a Legal Executive in September 2019 and is…
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Katie Stewart photo Katie Stewart Associate Katie is an associate in the Family Department at Tees, based…
Victoria Sweeting photo Victoria Sweeting Associate Victoria is an Associate in Tees’ Private Client team and is…
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Samantha Worth photo Samantha Worth Samantha is a solicitor in our commercial property team. Since joining Tees…

CLIENT: Welham

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Individual

TESTIMONIAL: “Sally kept me fully informed at every stage of the process and undoubtedly went ‘the extra mile’ to complete the matter on time. Overall, a very professional service for which I am extremely grateful” (Regarding Sally Powell in the Family department)


CLIENT: Georgina Field

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Individual

TESTIMONIAL: “On time with everything ready and procedures went through smoothly and efficiently, could not ask for anything more. Came out pleased and stress free.” (Regarding the Private Client department)


CLIENT: Crystal Balkwell

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Individual

TESTIMONIAL: “We have used Tees since last year they have been very professional and competent in all the work they have undertaken for us of selling a commercial property I would definitely use them again and thank them for all the hard work that was involved.” (Regarding Jane Winfield in the Commercial Property department)


CLIENT: Excitech

COMPANY/FIRM: Excitech

TESTIMONIAL: “Lucy is a standout professional; expert in her field, commercially aware, empathetic to business and individual pressures…and a pleasure to work with. She’s absolutely one of our team.” (Regarding Lucy Folley in the Corporate and Commercial department)


CLIENT: Susan Hickman

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Individual

TESTIMONIAL: “We consider ourselves fortunate to have been recommended to Tees by the solicitor we initially approached. We did not realise it until the case was well established that the level of professional care we were receiving was exceptional and that the experience of the individuals and the contacts they have to assist in a very complex case was the best available.” (Regarding Janine Collier in the Medical Negligence department)


CLIENT: Carey Baglioni

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Individual

TESTIMONIAL: “I cannot recommend Tees highly enough. Their professionalism, knowledge and superb advice was fantastic. If you want a legal matter dealt with efficiently definitely use Tees. We had a CCJ on our business, put on in error, this was preventing us from getting a mortgage. Tees had this sorted and removed within less than 5 weeks. We had constant updates and easy to contact. Thank you so much!” (Regarding the Litigation department)


CLIENT: Gilgris

COMPANY/FIRM: Gilgris

TESTIMONIAL: “Over the past 5 years, Aaron Cane assisted us on the sale of a development site in east London. Aaron and his team worked tirelessly to ensure that the sale got over the line and his advice and support has been greatly appreciated. I couldn’t have asked for a better solicitor.” (Regarding Aaron Cane in the Commercial Property department).


At Tees, we are committed to ensuring an inclusive and equitable environment for all of our employees. We value people as individuals and strive to foster a culture of belonging for all. Our success is built upon a respectful work environment, equal opportunities in our hiring, promotion and development processes and cultivating diverse and strong relationships with our Employees, Clients and Suppliers.

Tees are signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity & Inclusion Charter where we have to submit our firm’s diversity data to the SRA every 2 years.

As at August 2022, 61% of Partners at Tees are women, including our Senior Partner and out of all the Partners, 17% work part-time. We feel that having such a balanced split works really well for us. Each Partner brings different strengths and qualities to the teams and contributes to driving the company forward. Out of all employees at Tees, 29% work part-time.