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

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

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

The 'extremely knowledgeable' team at Tees Law continues to support clients across the South East on all relevant agriculture and estates matters, working with farming families, high-net-worth estate owners, and major corporate landowners on complicated energy projects, strategic land transactions and major commercial and agricultural litigation. Commercial practice leader David Miller splits his time between the firm's six regional offices, working primarily on complicated energy projects, development land sales, and strategic land transactions. Letty Glaister is a 'superb' head of the private client side of the practice and advises on matters such as succession planing, while Caroline Metcalf is an 'excellent' resource for clients.

Practice head(s):

David Miller; Letty Glaister

Other key lawyers:

James Daynes; Caroline Metcalf

Testimonials

‘Tees Law have been approachable at all times – they are prompt and efficient with quick responses when required. Nothing has been too much trouble and attention to detail is excellent.’

‘Caroline Metcalf – is exceptionally professional, client friendly and approachable, always giving calm and measured advice, and understandable explanations of legal terminology. Caroline is totally dedicated to her work and her clients, her attention to detail is exacting, and her skillful strategy places her at the forefront of her field.’

‘The agricultural team at Tees Law are extremely knowledgeable and are my go-to firm for legal issues within the farming industry. My experience of working with Tees Law puts them head and shoulders above their peers. They consistently deliver work of the highest standard and without unnecessary delay.’

‘Letty Glaister is superb and can immediately relate to client’s issues and address their concerns in the most reassuring way. This allows Letty to build good relationships with her clients and it a pleasure to work alongside her on various projects.’

‘I have used this practice twice, both times with a successful result. They are very friendly and keep you informed of the progress of your case.’

‘Caroline Metcalf was the partner dealing with my cases. She was excellent in steering me in the right direction when I was unsure. I found her to be very friendly with a sense of humour that I found relaxing, taking the stress out of the situation for me.’

Key clients

Lightsource BP

Commercial property: Essex Tier 1

Tees Law's real estate practice, which is led by Aaron Cane, is spread between the Brentwood, Chelmsford and Saffron Walden offices. In addition to Cane, other experienced practitioners to note are Jane Winfield (Brentwood), consultant Graeme Atkinson (Chelmsford) and consultant Mark Carter (Saffron Walden). The team handles a diverse workload for clients, including commercial leasing, property finance, commercial property acquisitions and disposals, portfolio management and development matters. The practice is highlighted for its increased activity in sectors such as solar energy, infrastructure and agriculture. Cane is particularly experienced in regeneration and development projects in the south east.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Cane

Other key lawyers:

Jane Winfield; Graeme Atkinson; Mark Carter; Tom Moulsdale; Shaun Moody; Aldene Derrick

Testimonials

Jane Winfield – very commercial minded and practical in her advice. She puts service before fees.’

Jane Winfield has always provided us with excellent support – diligent, thorough, responsive and efficient. All other associates from Tees have been equally professional and efficient.’

Jane particularly is friendly, realistic and approachable yet single minded and focussed to get the best outcome for the client; very rare these days.’

Aaron Cane heads up the commercial property Team at Tees Law and provides pragmatic and accessible advice with a focus on a positive outcome.’

We find the commercial property team to be friendly and approachable while maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and thoroughness. They communicate effectively between themselves which enables an accessible service even when individual members are not immediately available. Through the disruption of the last year, they have adapted to working from home and have continued to provide us with a seamless service.’

Aaron Cane’s level of knowledge and experience are exceptional and he maintains complete professionalism and upholds the highest standards in the quality of service he provides. He is also fast to respond while being friendly, approachable and a pleasure to deal with. He provides us with an exemplary service. We also deal with Shaun Moody who inspires confidence with his knowledge and professionalism. He demonstrates an ability to focus on detail and has the ability to identify on the important issues.

A very hands on practice with attention to detail working in an timely efficient manner.

The key strength of this team is the personal knowledge that the partner has of our situation and of the town in which it works. They are approachable and keen to solve problems, whether a formal lease agreement, or a small question regarding procedure. They have managed remote working well.’

Key clients

Northumbrian Water Limited

Great Baddow Parish Council

Lightsource BP

Family: Essex Tier 1

Tees Law's family law offering has a wide reach across Essex, with practitioners in Brentwood, Chelmsford and Bishop's Stortford. Its team is well-known for advising on all types of pre and post-nuptial financial issues, including those involving tax planning, overseas trusts and company structures. Joshua Coombe in Chelmsford and Brentwood-based partner Louise Margiotta collectively have almost 50 years of family law experience. Also located in Brentwood is senior associate Caroline Andrews, who is knowledgeable about fertility law, surrogacy law and preconception agreements. Sally Powell is the main contact in Bishop's Stortford. Louise Buttery moved to Family Law Partners in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Coombe; Louise Margiotta; Sally Powell

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Andrews

Testimonials

‘Joshua Coombe is a great leader with good knowledge.’

‘Louise Margiotta is dedicated to her clients and ensures the very best outcome for them. She is pragmatic and offers sensible clear advice whilst protecting their position. She is a highly respected member of the legal community.’

‘Attention to detail and efficiency of service.’

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Tees Law provides commercial litigation advice to a range of clients, from PLCs to local businesses and substantial farming clients, on matters including property, defamation, construction and agricultural matters. Located in Bishop’s Stortford, the practice frequently collaborates with other teams across the firm in disputes relating to takeovers and acquisitions, as well as partnership and company disputes. Practice leader Darren Perks has particular expertise in property disputes, such as construction and professional negligence claims. Caroline Metcalf specialises in agricultural disputes, while Polly Kerr advises clients in defamation cases.

Practice head(s):

Darren Perks

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Metcalf; Polly Kerr

Testimonials

‘Tees’ key strength is its undoubted commitment to fight its client’s corner. It has a huge breadth of experience in all aspects of litigation and is as at home in the High Court as in its local courts.’ 

‘Darren Perks is extremely competent, business-minded and responsive. He brings a pragmatic approach and is always a master of the detail. Always thinks through the issues and is clear in his approach.’ 

‘Caroline Metcalf is always actively involved in any case and goes the extra mile to achieve the best outcomes for her clients. Has sound judgement, and is responsive and thoughtful.’ 

‘Polly Kerr is extremely responsive and clear in her approach.’ 

Key clients

Greene King

Fuller Smith & Turner

Turners of Soham

Bishop’s Stortford College

Strutt and Parker Farms

Price Bailey

Stansted Airport Limited

Newhall Projects Limited

Spicer Haart

Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 2

David Perry leads Tees Law's dispute resolution department, which is spread between the Chelmsford and Brentwood offices, and also counts on the support of practitioners in Bishop's Stortford, Cambridge and Royston. Perry, who has over 25 years of commercial litigation experience, is sought-after for advice on insolvency, company and partnership disputes. In addition to handling general commercial litigation, associate John Fawcett undertakes a mix of contentious property, construction and agriculture cases. Associates Katie Latham and Sarah Stanyer are also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

David Perry

Other key lawyers:

John Fawcett; Katie Latham; Sarah Stanyer

Testimonials

We always get a good resolution to any cases we send to Sarah Stanyer and very happy with the communication and costs associated with each case. Sarah has always gone out of her way to help us as a company and we have built a good relationship up with her. Very happy as a company to always use the services provided.’

The team has a hard earned reputation for being very thorough and providing a comprehensive service in all aspects of litigation. They have a good depth of adept senior and junior grade solicitors who able to provide a seamless service.’

David Perry is very experience and is able to reduce complex litigation to basic identifiable issues for clients.’

‘Katie Latham – very dedicated and fights her clients corner to the last.’

Tees are good at recognising great service and recommending it. I have found all staff to be friendly and responsive. I have been instructed as counsel by Tees.’

Key clients

National Business Crime Solutions Limited

Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 2

At Tees Law, the team in Brentwood is led by Lucy Folley, and is sought after to advise on M&A, internal reorganisations, joint ventures (and other strategic collaborations), outsourcing projects and governance-related issues. Folley, has over 20 years of experience in this space, and was formerly managing partner of Wortley Byers, which Tees merged with in 2019. She works with senior associate Baljeet Kaur, as well as associates Charles Kirk and Elizabeth de Cruz. Former practice head Sue Dowman left for Aston Park Law Limited in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Folley

Other key lawyers:

Baljeet Kaur; Charles Kirk; Elizabeth de Cruz

Testimonials

‘Lucy Folley has extensive experience in company sales and acquisitions, and her knowledge on the legal and financial process involved and her judgement in handling the personalities involved proved invaluable.’

‘The personal approach and genuine interest in clients’ needs is always apparent. All staff are swift to respond. The collaboration between differing teams and the ability to use other teams to support where required gives me comfort. ’

‘The individuals we work with show professionalism at all times and are genuinely committed to my needs.’

‘The team were always there for us throughout the whole process of the sale of our business, their commitment to what they do was more than we ever expected. Their knowledge and professionalism was second to none.’

‘Baljeet Kaur was very efficient and effective in the work she completed for me.’

‘In our opinion, the corporate and commercial team at Tees Law have always provided a knowledgeable and responsive service. ’

‘The difference I find when dealing with team at Tees is that they offer clear and helpful advice without ‘sitting on the fence’. I am always left feeling both assured and confident after consulting with them and I never feel lost in legal jargon.’

‘Lucy Folley worked with me on my first company acquisition. This was a daunting undertaking but Lucy made the task both simple and understandable as she took me through the process in manageable steps. I was never overloaded with information but Lucy always advised me of the key issues and concerns and advised me where to focus on large documents. The ultimate accolade was the fact the acquisition was very successful.’

Key clients

Stort Chemicals Limited

The Sellers of Rebura Limited

Brett Essex Golf Club Limited

Ashberry Holdings Ltd/Ashberry Healthcare Ltd

Dunmow Skips Ltd

Brentwood School

Grove & Dean Ltd

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Tees Law advises owner investors, business leaders and senior executives across the agriculture, education, transport and logistics sectors on a range of employment matters. The team handles reorganisations, redundancies and restructures, TUPE transactions, disciplinary procedures, settlement agreements and discrimination cases. Splitting his time between the Bishop’s Stortford and Chelmsford office, practice leader Robert Whitaker has expertise in data protection, restructuring and TUPE matters. Based in Bishop’s Stortford, Katherine Jameson deals with disciplinary and grievance investigations, exit strategies and contract reviews.

Practice head(s):

Robert Whitaker

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Jameson

Testimonials

‘Rob Whitaker is an expert in his field and was consistently excellent in his advice and support. Professional, approachable, calm and reassuring in every call, he effectively guided me through a challenging process providing clear and pragmatic advice, and was always prompt in getting back to me about queries.’ 

‘The team are personable and hugely knowledgeable. They build relationships with their clients and give a second to none service.’ 

‘Robert Whitaker is a superb head for the employment law department. His team are reliable and approachable.’ 

‘Robert Whitaker is exceptional and gives first-class advice, as do his team.’

Employment: Essex Tier 2

Tees Law's practice is led by Robert Whitaker, who attracts mandates from national and international clients, and is particularly noted for his expertise in agricultural worker issues. In addition, employment matters connected with the banking, finance and telecoms industries are other areas of strength for Whitaker and his team. Associate Katherine Jameson and Sarah Stanyer are among other names to note in the group, whose experience includes matters concerning restrictive covenants, disciplinary/grievance investigations, contract reviews and exit strategies. Jonathan Insley joined Birketts LLP.

Practice head(s):

Robert Whitaker

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Jameson; Sarah Stanyer; Gerard Gibbs

Testimonials

The true core strength of Tees’ work is their ability to combine the breadth of expertise and legal knowledge that you would expect from a City firm with the type of close client relationship that you would ordinarily associate with a boutique firm.’

Robert Whitaker is the principal individual that I work with. He has dazzling forensic judgement. His great talent is ability to identify quickly the legal nuances on which a case may turn.’

Robert Whitaker leads the Employment Team at Tees Law and he is exceptional at what he does. He is all about building strong relationships which mirrors how we run our business. His team is also excellent and I have no hesitation referring them to our clients as we do fairly regularly.’

The individuals I have worked with have always been very accommodating in making sure that we understand the legal implications of our situation. They will go out their way to explain to us all aspects of the case that we have asked them to looked into. They are always ready to accommodate request of meeting with the head of our company to present and make our legal positions clear. There were never any instances when we felt we have not been supported all throughout the process.’

Strangely we feel part of the company and we buy into their ethos. They are part of the local community supporting such things as health in the community and sports and diversity. Business-wise, one can be absolutely confident in that Tees advice is well thought out and takes into account the bigger picture. The emphasis is on the client not the company. I have used other companies but not for around ten years since we found Tees. They are experts and totally trustworthy in their billing and fees.’

We work mainly with the senior partner Robert Whitaker. He is extremely approachable and contactable. His interpersonal skills and his expert knowledge of employment law are outstanding. Robert and his team are a credit to the legal profession.’

Sarah Stanyer has really helped me over the year as I had to make four people redundant. She was helpful, professional and very efficient.’

Robert Whitaker and Katherine Jameson have very good attention to detail and remember the small points in the case whilst also focusing on the bigger picture. Papers are in excellent order and you feel like you have a safe pair of hands to work with. Very responsive and reliable.’

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Tees Law acts for high-net-worth individuals and farming families on a range of family law matters including inherited assets, complex financial remedies involving overseas trusts and private law children cases. The family team regularly uses alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration. Executive partner Sally Powell leads the team in Bishop's Stortford, handling complex farming cases involving significant assets and trusts, as well as children matters such as cross-border relocations. David Redfern advises on complex financial issues, while Elizabeth Gale has experience in contentious trusts and nuptial agreements, often with an international element.

Practice head(s):

Sally Powell

Other key lawyers:

David Redfern; Elizabeth Gale; Helen Midgley

Testimonials

‘The team at Tees puts its clients needs first and foremost. Its approach is collaborative, flexible and agile.’ 

‘Sally Powell is bright, tactical, has brilliant client care and is a superb all-rounder. A leader in her field and a go-to for difficult private law or financial family disputes.’ 

‘Elizabeth Gale is a standout member of the team. She is a firm but fair negotiator, and not afraid of picking up the phone.’ 

‘The team work from the heart when dealing with clients, they put themselves in the clients shoes ensuring they fully understand the issues.’ 

‘David Redfern remains one of the top senior family lawyers in his area. He understands the needs both of high-net-worth individuals who wish to retain their family and business assets and their spouses who are trying to unlock the wealth to secure a fair award. His clients love his calm and reassuring manner. He is excellent at explaining possible options and outcomes.’

‘Helen Midgley is excellent; she offers very sound advice and manages client expectations brilliantly. Her preparation is always top notch. She knows the details of her cases and goes the extra mile.’ 

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

At Tees Law, David Jacobs in Bishop's Stortford and Chelmsford-based senior associate Gwyneth Munjoma lead the personal injury and clinical negligence teams respectively. The firm attracts a strong flow of work from clients across a wide range of areas, including employers' liability claims, road traffic accidents, orthopaedic cases, obstetrics, sub-standard surgery and delayed diagnosis cases. In 2020, associate Craig Knightley and senior associate Natalie Pibworth joined from Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors  and Powell & Co Solicitors respectively. Associate James Sherwin was hired from Hudgell Solicitors.

Practice head(s):

David Jacobs; Gwyneth Munjoma

Other key lawyers:

Katheryn Riggs; Craig Knightley; Natalie Pibworth; James Sherwin

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

The personal tax, trusts and probate team at Tees Law handles a spectrum of matters including lifetime tax planning issues and wills for high-net-worth individuals, high-value trusts and the administration of complex estates with an international element or agricultural dimension. Practice co-head and executive senior associate Nicola Havers specialises in complex trusts and property work, while fellow co-head and executive senior associate Sarah Walker advises on Anglo-French private client matters. Cathy Izzard has experience in wills and probates with an international element.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Havers; Sarah Walker

Other key lawyers:

Cathy Izzard

Testimonials

‘The main feature that makes Tees Law stand out is that they are a very cohesive team, who are prompt and responsive.’

‘I have found Nicola Havers to have a broad depth of knowledge in trusts, and is able to deliver sound practical advice. She is also very approachable, and understanding of wider family issues. This enables her to deliver advice after considering the needs of the whole family. Nicola is an outstanding lawyer, who’s opinions and integrity I value greatly.’ 

‘The team’s strength is continuity of lawyer and client relationship, which is important in private client work. Their ability to work along with my own business accountants and investment advisors is key to a successful working relationship.’  

‘They have helped me in a number of ways over the past few years and I have found them to be very professional and helpful.’ 

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex Tier 2

Tees Law's private client practice has wide reach in Essex, with it being spread between the firm's offices in Chelmsford, Brentwood, Bishop's Stortford and Saffron Walden. The team's experience spans a full spectrum of matters, including wills, estate administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney, trusts and tax-related issues. The firm is seen as a key player in the agriculture sector, with it undertaking a significant amount of work for landowners, notably on succession planning and estate administration matters. Elsewhere, the practice has had a marked uptick in mandates from high-net-worth individuals, and it also has a strong profile among owner-managed businesses. Ian Johnston (Chelmsford), Nicola Healy (Brentwood), Nicola Havers and Sarah Walker (both in Bishop's Stortford) are all recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ian Johnston; Nicola Healy; Nicola Havers; Sarah Walker

Other key lawyers:

Lorna Boorman; John Southan

Testimonials

Nicola Healy and her team were most informative and helpful on a personal level.’

Nicola Healy was very personable and helped to make the whole process run smoothly. She was always willing to help out and we never felt we couldn’t contact her, even when it felt like a silly question. Nicola was always happy to guide us through paperwork we didn’t understand and was quick to get back to us with any issues raised.’

Efficient, friendly team who have quick responses, efficient and professional but also inclusive. Listened and did what we requested as clients with all the advice we needed. Felt like a collaboration and safe hands. Clear billing, good technology around the zoom meetings. Clear explanations of the work that was done for us. Good value for money.’

Tees Law have always been quick to respond clearly and resolve matters efficiently whenever needed, I always feel I can trust them to do the right thing which makes dealing with any matters less stressful for me.’

Nicola Healy always provides a prompt and comprehensive response to any requests we make. We have received positive feedback from those clients that we refer to her for estate planning matters.’

Friendly and approachable team who adapted well to the challenges of Covid.’

The firm/practice stands out as a responsive, solid adviser as well as being conscious of professional fee spend.’

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Tees Law provides a range of services to clients, including handling renewable energy issues, infrastructure projects, agricultural property work and mineral exploitation matters. Based in Bishop’s Stortford, the commercial property team handles residential portfolio acquisitions and disposals, sales of high-value development land, and commercial and residential management work. Practice leader Kay Piper deals with a range of complex work including leasehold enfranchisement, development and finance mandates, as well as general sales and purchases, while David Miller handles diversification projects and senior associate John Buckley is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kay Piper

Other key lawyers:

David Miller; John Buckley

Testimonials

‘Tees Law has in-depth acumen, experience and knowledge in all matters relating to development, planning and bringing large scale projects to fruition. They helped bring a conclusion during all the vicissitudes of lockdown.’ 

‘David Miller is incredibly detailed, hard working and imaginative to get the answers you require. Often ends up directing the deal from the off between all the parties involved.’

‘Kay Piper is a partner at Tees Law and we found her very professional, intuitive and she provided a personal service.’

‘John Buckley quickly identifies the key legal and practical issues, and works with fellow professionals to deliver results for clients.’ 

‘Efficient, knowledgeable and reliable. Response time is excellent to queries and a range of team experience to call upon.’ 

‘David Miller has very extensive knowledge of the renewables sector and is very clear in his mission to protect his client’s interests.’

‘We have found Kay Piper excellent in her approach, attitude and diligence with a wealth of knowledge on her finger tips to ensure work is carried out proficiently.’ 

‘I have been using the Tees commercial property team for many years now. Despite the huge challenges of the last year, they have been helpful and responsive. Where government restrictions have hampered normal relations, they have found ways to facilitate ongoing practice enabling us to keep our projects moving forward, mainly by rapidly adapting their use of IT systems.’ 

Key clients

Birchanger Investment Company Ltd.

Braybrooke Settled Estate

Greene King Brewing & Retailing

Hastingwood Developments (Harlow) Ltd.

Haverhill Properties Ltd .

Hereward Estates Ltd.

Pub Prop Ltd.

Vacton Properties (South) Ltd.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Operating out of Bishop's Stortford, Chelmsford and Cambridge, Tees Law advises clients on the full range of relevant matters concerning contentious trusts and probate, such as challenges to the validity of wills and claims for reasonable provision from estates, as well as investigations into mental capacity in the making of wills and advising on inheritance issues related to blended families. Additionally, clients have access to its sister company, Tees Weath, to provide systematic financial planning. Practice head Caroline Metcalf specialises in highly complex trusts and probate cases.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Metcalf

Other key lawyers:

Jason Torrance; Emily Jones

Testimonials

‘I often recommend Caroline Metcalf to anyone seeking advice and representation in contentious probate and trust matters. She is incredibly industrious and very focused on looking after the best interests of the client in a pragmatic fashion. She has also had a lot of experience of contentious private client matters.’

‘Total empathy and understanding.’

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

At Tees Law, seasoned litigator David Perry attracts a strong flow of referral work from accountants, insolvency practitioners and other law firms. Under his leadership, the practice is seen as a go-to for high-value and complex contentious insolvency cases. Perry particularly excels in acting for both insolvency practitioners and individuals or directors who are faced with proceedings against them. Matters involve issues such as wrongful trading, fraud, and validity and enforcement of security, among others.

Practice head(s):

David Perry

Testimonials

‘I am impressed with the knowledge and experience of the partner I have been dealing with.’

‘The partner always responds in a timely manner, often outside of normal working hours. I am made to feel confident and supported.’

‘David Perry is the standout partner for commercial litigation. He can can be counted on for realistic, commercially savvy and almost encyclopaedic knowledge of insolvency law.’

Public sector Tier 4

The team at Tees Law is well regarded for its work in the education sector, in particular working with special educational needs and disability matters. Senior associate Polly Kerr - who divides her time between Royston and Bishop’s Stortford - leads a team which advises parents, teachers, students, schools, local authorities and educational organisations on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Polly Kerr

Testimonials

‘The practice has specialist expertise in the area of education. This is particularly important to schools where understanding of the context within which the organisation operates is imperative.’

‘My public law/sector work with Tees focuses on education law, particularly relating to SEN, exclusions, discrimination and public law. They offer a great deal of expertise in these areas. ’

Polly Kerr has exceptional knowledge and understanding of the area she works in. She demonstrates extremely good working relationships with the families and professionals she works with. Her dedication and commitment is exceptional. ’

‘Polly Kerr has very good instinctive judgment, knows the law in this area well, and works tirelessly for her clients. ’

Key clients

Bishop’s Stortford College

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Tees Law has a contentious trusts and probate team in Cambridge, and senior associate and ACTAPS member Sara Stabler, who leads the practice and is a Higher Court Advocate, calls upon resources from the firm's other offices to handle a growing volume of high-value disputes. Clients are 'impressed by her knowledge' and note that she is 'approachable, sensible and very client-friendly'. She recently advised on a complex £1.8m property trust dispute involving assets that were held as tenants in common and a main property that was subject to a deed of trust.

Practice head(s):

Sara Stabler

Testimonials

‘Sara Stabler – I was impressed by her approach and knowledge. Clearly someone who knows what they are doing in this area. Approachable, sensible and very client-friendly. I would be happy to recommend clients to her and know they were in good hands.’

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Tees Law in Cambridge has one of the most well-established, experienced and well-respected claimant clinical negligence practices in East Anglia. Janine Collier leads the personal injury and clinical negligence practice, in which the vastly experienced Vicki Seabrook brings to bear more than 30 years' experience. Collier recently secured more than £2m for a young child injured due to delayed diagnosis of a Group A Streptococcal infection. The 'quite exceptional' Tim Deeming 'manages cases with a light touch and with the client's best interests at heart'; he recently secured a large settlement for the family of a man whose death was due to the delay in diagnosis of a colonic tumour.

Practice head(s):

Janine Collier

Other key lawyers:

Vicki Seabrook; Tim Deeming

Testimonials

‘Tees has been clear and consistent over a number of years to me in cases of personal injury and negligence. Inevitably this involves sensitive material and the need to dissect complex causal relations whilst maintaining empathy and sensitivity to clients.’

‘Tim Deeming has been quite exceptional in the quality of his legal instructions, respect for the independence of an expert and empathy towards clients. He has had to construct coherent analyses of causal relations thereby piecing together multiple different medical specialties, but has managed this with a light touch and with a client’s best interests at heart.’

‘Janine Collier was the first contact with Tees, this was still at a very distressing time for me, she patiently listened as to why we considered the care my wife received was not fit for purpose, and was quite reassuring and understood with empathy why we were so distressed. Tim Deeming also had the same qualities as Janine Collier, before Covid he made a home visit were the case could be discussed within a relaxed environment, and his manner inspired confidence. When we presented Tim with any small detail his telephone or email response would be almost immediate or at least within the day.’

‘The Tees law team has always been supportive and quick in any answer or request, they followed my case in the last two and half years, we always had good communication.’

‘Helpful and through. Excellent knowledge and understanding. Great customer service. Service through pandemic was excellent lots of contact via video call and resolved my whole case virtually.’

‘Very efficient when dealing with medical negligence claims, deep understanding of relevant issues and sensitivity when dealing with claimants.’

‘Great teamwork. Every team member I was in touch with was very sufficient and professional. I was able to trust them all as we were working alongside of my case.’

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Tees Law provides agricultural legal services to clients in East Anglia and across the Eastern region, drawing together a multi-disciplinary team. Catherine Mowat is head of the Cambridge rural team and assists private landowners and farming families with the administration of complex rural estates and succession planning issues, as well as wills and powers of attorney. James Dowson and associate Alex Waples lend the practice considerable expertise in commercial and rural property transactions.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Mowat

Other key lawyers:

James Dowson; Alex Waples

Testimonials

‘I cannot praise Catherine Mowat enough for her knowledgeable advice , patience and professionalism in this matter.’

‘James Dowson is reliable and also ensures the commercial aspects of the deal are not lost in detail.’

‘Good knowledge of client base and provision of good pragmatic advice.’

‘James Dowson has depth of knowledge of the relevant issues for our mutual clients and ability to provide sound guidance through challenging issues.’

‘Alex Waples provided an excellent level of client care and had a full understanding of the property being sold.’

‘Our transaction with Tees was quite protracted and complex. At all stages we were kept well informed and updated regularly. The information we were given was well explained and relevant. We were well taken care of and treated respectfully and courteously. I would recommend Tees Law.’

‘Alex Waples was the person who handled our transaction. Everything was explained carefully and any questions answered knowledgeably and accurately. We were regularly contacted to be updated on progress. Meetings were conducted in a professional but comfortable and relaxed manner.’

‘Catherine Mowat is technically very good and is good at solving client problems by taking a holistic view of their affairs. She has great empathy when dealing with clients. She is also very easy to work with.’

Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 2

Tees Law 'always provides a very well balanced and professional service, with very sound advice - they treat their clients like people rather than numbers'. The firm is well-versed in complex contract disputes and 'extremely business-minded and responsive' senior associate Sara Stabler, who leads the practice, is 'always actively involved and brings a pragmatic and hands on approach'. Stabler is a Higher Courts Advocate with more than 25 years' litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Sara Stabler

Testimonials

‘Tees have always been innovative and as a consequence of the early adoption of remote working technology adapted seamlessly to the working practices required by COVID. Their use of video conferencing, telephone conferencing and electronic bundles common to all allowed them to continue to provide advice and representation to their clients.’

‘Sara Stabler is always actively involved and brings a pragmatic and hands on approach. She is extremely business minded and responsive.’

‘Tees have always provided a very well balanced and professional service. They use very sound advice and treat their clients like people rather than numbers. ’

‘I have worked with Sara Stabler on several matters and have found her to be not only very knowledgeable but also extremely approachable.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 2

'The service was excellent, very professional and polite', remarks a client of Tees Law. The firm acts for numerous high-net-worth individuals, academics, business owners, farmer and landowners in the Cambridge area. 'Efficient and helpful' lead partner Catherine Mowat has more than 20 years’ experience in complex estate administration and succession planning. Associates Heather Fuff, who moved to Cambridge from the firm's Saffron Walden office, and Chris Claxton-Shirley (who is 'cheerful, kind and caring'), along with senior associate James Marsh, play pivotal roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Mowat

Other key lawyers:

James Marsh; Heather Fuff; Chris Claxton-Shirley

Testimonials

‘The service was excellent, very professional and polite.’

‘Chris Claxton-Shirley helped me navigate my way through all the various tasks I had to carry out to administer my wife’s estate. He was flexible in his approach, and always kept me informed of his progress and likely costs. The billing for the work was always clear and never a surprise. I trust Chris professionally and I like him personally. When the need arises I will happily work with him again.’

‘Absolute professionals and experts in their field.’

‘Chris Claxton-Shirley of Tees Solicitors is professional, cheerful, kind and caring.’

‘The team led by James Marsh worked well together. There was good communication between team members, who were always polite and helpful.’

‘I worked with James Marsh for nearly a year on winding up my late father’s estate. At all times he was professional, dealt with matters in a timely manner and happy to take the time to explain complex legal and tax issues in a clear and concise fashion.’

‘I have used Tees Law to administer a eill of a recent relative who died last year. They were very efficient and thorough. I have been given help and advice with all the aspects that have needed attention. The work has been done as promptly as is possible in these cases.’

‘Catherine Mowat has been most efficient and helpful. I was not knowledgeable at all in these matters and have been guided most diligently through all the necessary aspects by Catherine.’

Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 3

Tees Law is known for its recent work in strategic promotion and hybrid agreements, both in Cambridgeshire and also surrounding counties, though its broad practice also handles the acquisition of residential development sites, agricultural land. It also advises on landlord and tenant work. Its recent highlights include assisting a local charity with the disposal of a strategic parcel of agricultural land for more than £18m. James Dowson provides 'prompt and efficient service with a high level of expertise'. The firm hired associate Piers Woods from Brachers to bolster the team.

Practice head(s):

James Dowson

Other key lawyers:

Piers Woods; Catherine Wilson

Testimonials

‘They offer a wide range of in-house services – the partners are well experienced.’

‘James Dowson provides prompt and efficient service with a high level of expertise.’

‘I’m very pleased with the continued quality and depth of service received from the property conveyancing team, both with purchases and sales.’

‘I have worked with James Dowson for many years now and he continues to deliver good, balanced advice in a timely manner. I have and still would recommend him to business colleagues.’

‘Catherine Wilson has been dealing with property sales for us on our last two sites and has proved to be very thorough, whilst actively pursuing the conveyance process and keeping things moving when other firms aren’t quite so active.’

Family Tier 3

At Tees Law in Cambridge 'everything is done with transparency and there is complete honesty so that clients are aware of all potential outcomes'. Clients describe 'a solid group of family lawyers who are personable and approachable'. Practice head Clare Pilsworth 'makes clients feel comfortable and provides clear precise direction'. She has a wealth of experience in all areas of family law, is collaboratively trained and is an experienced mediator. She works in close collaboration with the firm's other offices outside East Anglia to handle complex divorce and financial matters.

Practice head(s):

Clare Pilsworth

Testimonials

‘Tees were extremely good to work with as a company as a whole. For somebody like myself who has little to no knowledge on the legal system regarding family matters they were very fast to have me relaxed with completely thorough information. Everything was done with transparency so I always knew exactly what was happening at what time and the next stages, as it were. An extremely good company to be associated with and I would definitely recommend them!’

‘I always felt as though when I was dealing with Tees that my case was top priority. The lengths that in particular Clare Pilsworth went to make me feel comfortable and clear on what was happening made me feel this way. Always contactable with a lovely admin team making everything seamless. Away from the legal obligations they are all just lovely people!’

‘The team are friendly, conscientious and take the time to understand who you are and your requirements. They provide honest advice and feedback which will be in your best interests – even if it’s to advise you against something. They endeavour to always provide good solutions to move forward in the most affordable way. I felt very supported.’

‘Personable and approachable – a solid group of family lawyers.’

‘Clare Pilsworth – a good collaborative family lawyer.’

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 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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Govan Bramley  photo Govan Bramley Consultant Govan principally acts for landowners large and small on full range…
 Nicola Havers photo Nicola Havers Joint Head of Private Client Executive Senior Associate and joint Head of…
 Cathy Izzard  photo Cathy Izzard Partner in private client department specialising in wills, tax planning, probate administration,…
Mrs Katherine Jameson  photo Mrs Katherine Jameson Associate in the employment law team providing advice to both employers and…
 Caroline Metcalf  photo Caroline Metcalf Partner Civil and commercial litigation acting for private clients, Plcs and companies…
 David Miller  photo David Miller Head of Rural, Commercial and Commercial Property Partner. David predominantly advises in…
 Darren Perks  photo Darren Perks Partner Darren heads up the Dispute Resolution & Litigation department at Tees. He specialises…
 Kay Piper photo Kay Piper Partner Kay has a broad knowledge of all types of property transactions;…
 Sally Powell  photo Sally Powell Executive partner and head of the family team, specialing in financial issues arising from relationship breakdown.  Known…
 David Ian Redfern  photo David Ian Redfern Consultant specialising in family finance, TOLATA claims and range of family issues.…
 Sarah Walker photo Sarah Walker Executive Senior Associate. Executive Senior Associate and joint Head of the Wills,…
 Allan Wright  photo Allan Wright Consultant Allan specialises in residential property transactions.
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 128

 

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

Tees has always been committed to the principles of fairness for all and as such was an early signatory of the Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter. Tees is committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting inclusivity in its own policies, practices and procedures and in all areas in which it has influence. The firm aims to encourage, value and manage diversity and is committed to equality for its entire staff. The firm always seeks to attain a workforce which is representative of the communities from which it is drawn. These principles of equality, opportunity and non-discrimination also extend to the way the firm treats our clients, our business partners, visitors, suppliers and other third parties, such as contractors and recruitment agencies.

Reflecting the importance with which inclusivity is treated within the firm, our actions are monitored by our HR team, Group Managing Director and our Senior Partner.

For over 100 years Tees has worked with local communities, and charitable and community activity remain a major part of the firm’s ethos to this day. The firm’s corporate social responsibility committee work together to plan and deliver its charitable activities throughout the year.

Much of this charitable work involves engaging with charities who work in the same fields as the firm and who seek to tackle the same issues. Our Medical Negligence team work very closely with:

  • AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents), sharing a focus on seeking to reduce the number of problems faced by elderly and vulnerable patients.
  • Petals, the baby loss counselling charity
  • MASIC (Mothers with Anal Sphincter Injuries in birth), helping women who suffer disabling incontinence following childbirth.
  • CRADLE (Support for early pregnancy loss)

The business as a whole supports the work of Mind, with different events throughout the year. And offices have helped other local charities such as:

  • Support4Sight (Assisting people with sigh loss to maintain their independence and quality of life)
  • CamSight (Supporting local people of all ages with low vision and blindness)

In addition to the work Tees does in this area, the firm sponsor’s local community events and each office participates in a make a will week scheme for a local charity. By working with the community in events such as these, and with our commitments outlined above, Tees will continue to support inclusivity.