Firm Profile > Tees Law > Bishop's Stortford , England
Tees Law Offices
95 London Road
Tees Law > The Legal 500 Rankings
Commercial property: Essex Tier 1
Tees Law, which merged with Essex firm Wortley Byers LLP at the beginning of 2019, has a 'very capable' commercial property group which acts for a number of large local and regional clients on all matters related to real estate, with a focus on commercial landlord and tenant work, property and site acquisitions and disposals, property finance and development agreements. Practice head Mark Carter is 'on top of his game' and has vast expertise in residential property law. Chelmsford based Graeme Atkinson is recommended. In Brentwood, Aaron Cane - who led the practice at Wortley Byers LLP - is the key name to note.
‘Mark Carter has an exceptional bedside manner and always seems to be on hand to give the right level of advice. His knowledge across all aspects of commercial property matters is outstanding.’
‘The individual knowledge and understanding that Aaron Cane has of our business and leases is second to none. He is always willing and able to give advice and guidance when we need it urgently’
‘Aaron Cane has great legal knowledge and is very responsive.’
‘Aaron Cane always gets the deals over the line whatever the timeframe.’
‘The strength and depth of the key members at Tees is always impressive and it would seem that they have an expert in all fields. They have a broad range of expertise and are very approachable.’
‘The commercial property team are personable and approachable, making it much easier to work through difficult issues.’
‘Very friendly and approachable, and explain things in a manner that is easily digestible. Very quick to respond.’
‘The property team is responsive, can deal with all sizes of transactions and types of property work from finance, residential developments and sales, commercial.’
‘Aaron Cane is a pleasure to work with. He has a very friendly manner, and is very good at providing advice. Nothing is ever too much of a problem. Worth his weight in gold, and a valuable asset to the company.’
‘I can not speak highly enough of Aaron Cane – he offers fantastic service and has superb technical knowledge.’
‘Very friendly and professional, great communication at all times. Deals with issues quickly and efficiently.’
‘The practice is long established and enjoys a strengthening regional reputation. We find the firm very friendly and responsive and able to provide a wide range of services.’
‘Broad range of expertise; very approachable and capable.’
‘A team that covers for each other to offer a service that is on point with the minimum of fuss.’
‘The strength & depth of the key members of staff at Tees is always impressive and it would seem that they have an expert in all fields.
‘The property team is responsive, can deal with all sizes of transactions and types of property work.’
‘Superb one-to-one communication and useful insight into problems.’
‘Very efficient and effective. Easily contactable and rapid responses. Very approachable staff.’
The firm is commercially aware and responds promptly which is important and not always the case with other practices I have worked with.’
‘Very friendly and approachable, and explain things in a manner that is easily digestible. Very quick to respond.’
‘The practice provides a bespoke service to cater for the specific requirements of the company I represent. The service provided is of such a standard that I now use their services for all my personal and professional needs. We are able to access professional advice on a wide variety of subjects. An all under one roof organisation who always give you their full attention.’
‘Accessibility to partners who provide clear, no nonsense advice. The commercial property team are personable and approachable, making it much easier to work through difficult issues.’
”Aaron Cane and Jane Winfield are both active in the local area and are therefore well connected and keen to introduce other property professionals, as well as colleagues within their own firm or externally when the opportunity arises.’
‘Jane Winfield is valued for her judgement as well as her implementation.’
‘Tom Moulsdale provided excellent advice and guidance culminating in that we had full confidence and trusted his judgement in certain areas where the complexity required an ordered and logical mind.’
‘Both Aaron Cane and Jane Winfield stand out as hard working, committed professionals who go the extra mile to get the job done.’
‘I regard Tom Moulsdale very highly. He is clearly highly intelligent, he listens and he works quickly.’
‘Jane Winfield brings great care and attention to her work. Always available to answer queries.’
Great Baddow Parish Council
Northumbrian Water Limited
Agriculture and estates Tier 2
Tees Law’s agriculture and estates team acts for both landowners and developers on a variety of matters, including strategic land transactions and energy projects. The practice also specialises in all manner of commercial and agricultural litigation matters. David Miller from the Bishop’s Stortford office is practice head. Charles Stevens joined from Hewitsons in October 2018. In January 2019, the practice merged with Wortley Byers LLP which has enlarged the firm's commercial, litigation and private client offering.
‘Good skills available across this sector‘.
‘The team is knowledgeable and practical in their approach. They ensure that clients understand complex legal issues‘.
‘David Miller gives good professional and practical advice‘.
‘David Miller is knowledgeable, efficient and has a practical approach to get deals completed. David is very good at explaining complex legal points in a clear way to ensure that clients understand the importance of specific points to protect their position and is a good negotiator‘.
Strutt & Parker (Farms) Limited
‘Richard Payne is a very experienced corporate lawyer, with a very pragmatic approach and ensures deals get done, whilst protecting the client’s interest.’
‘Richard Payne provides good concise advice, in a pragmatic way, whilst sticking to fixed price wherever possible.’
‘I was delighted with the service we received from the team at Tees. Advice was sound and reasoned, and I think we gave our buyers the right appearance of toughness, fairness and resilience.’
‘The corporate team is going from strength to strength with key appointments, of experienced lawyers. Tees Law is becoming a very serious regional firm in this field.’
‘In contrast with other lawyers I have worked with, I found Sue Dowman and her team genuinely interested in understanding our rather niche business, in understanding mine and the other shareholder’s objectives in the transaction, and pragmatic and realistic in the advice they gave us. The team were obviously experienced and skilled in the areas of law we needed, but were not remote or haughty, and were proactive, effective communicators enabling myself and my fellow shareholders to make informed decisions when we needed to do so. We could not fault the team”s handling of what was, for us, a crucial transaction that would have a significant impact on our futures.’
‘Highly skilled and knowledgeable. Having worked with them for over 15 years, their key skills are in depth knowledge of all our business matters, how we think and how we make decisions. They are now as good as in-house solicitors.’
‘The level of detail provided is exceptional. All communication is responded to quickly and efficiently – more so than any other legal firm I have dealt with.’
‘Highly knowledgeable team and the quality of the work has always been very good. Very responsive and personable. Always feel they have our interests at heart and are prepared to take a call to provide advice.’
‘Quality of personal service. Speed of service. Reliability of advice given. Friendliness of partners and staff. One is made to feel as if one is a ‘valued client’ – which other firms say one is, but don’t always follow it through with matching deeds.’
‘Sue Dowman is professional, obviously competent, genuinely interested in us as clients, listened as well as advised, was pragmatic and honest in her assessment of our negotiating position and what we could achieve, proactive and all in all great to work with.’
Baljeet Kaur is a pleasure to deal with.’
‘The individuals are all very strong in their legal knowledge. Responsiveness is their key. Being able to just highlight the key issues that need to be dealt with first, and also very good commercial acumen. they are able to easily highlight the clauses that have high commercial value and also the ones with little or no commercial value.’
‘Always extremely approachable and their ability to explain legal situations into simple layman terms makes them stand out. I have great working relationships with my main contact there and feel I can at any time pick up the phone to discuss any issue.’
‘Sue Dowman is efficient, highly knowledgable and skilled in the particular area of commercial law that I require. From intellectual property through to commercial agreements protecting IP, Sue is always available to rapidly respond and to deal with any queries.’
‘Tenacity, responsiveness, integrity, creativity and attention to detail.’
Very responsive and personable. Always feel they have our interests at heart and are prepared to take a call to provide advice.’
‘Lucy Folley’s work is excellent and always makes herself available to advise and recommend.’
‘Susan Dowman was very easy to get hold of at short notice and very responsive and helpful with difficult questions and dealing with difficult people and problems.’
The employment practice at Tees Law handles the employment aspects of business reorganisations and changes, TUPE, data protection, discrimination, whistleblowing and GDPR advice. It is particularly well known for negotiating exit terms both on the employer and employee’s side. The client base includes names from the agricultural and civil aviation sectors. Robert Whitaker heads the practice, splitting his time between Chelmsford, Cambridge and Bishop’s Stortford. Associate Katherine Jameson is also recommended.
‘Very engaging and always available even at very short notice.‘
‘The thing that makes this team unique is its ‘hands on’ approach to cases which is unusual in a firm of this size. Each case is not just dealt with by a particular person but by the team as a whole‘.
‘The various team members all bring their particular strengths together to form a formidable resource. They are knowledgeable and robust but always problem solving and practical.‘
‘The individual that is the leading light of the team is Rob Whitaker. He is a solicitor of huge experience who can instantly put clients at their ease and give them the confidence that their case is being dealt with by capable hands.‘
‘I have worked with Robert Whitaker for many years and have been consistently impressed by his unfailing diligence, unflagging enthusiasm and precise judgement.‘
‘Katherine Jameson is robustly practical and brooks no nonsense from her opponents.‘
Bishop Stortford College
Billericay Dental Supplies Limited
Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers
Star Computers PLC
Kidney Cancer UK
Cambridge Market Research
Employment: Essex Tier 2
The employment team at Tees Law has been enhanced through its merger with Wortley Byers. It handles a broad scope of matters including restructurings, disciplinary and redundancy proceedings. Sarah Stanyer is the lead on many matters and represents clients in tribunal hearings, as well as carrying out advisory work related to disciplinary proceedings and harassment claims. Chelmsford based practice head Robert Whitaker is praised by clients for 'giving them confidence that their case is in capable hands.'
‘Rob Whitaker is meticulous, thorough and leaves no stone unturned in his work for clients.’
‘Rob Whitaker is the leading light of the team. He has unfailing diligence, unflagging enthusiasm and precise judgement.’
‘The employment team bring their particular strengths together to form a formidable resource. They are knowledgeable, robust and practical.’
‘Commercially minded with the final outcome clearly in mind. Strengths are on compliance as well as resolution. Their compliance skills are really great. Drafting and provision of documentation is a great strength of theirs.’
I continue to be impressed with the high levels of customer service provided. The team always approach any issues we may have, no matter how big or small, with the same level of professionalism and gravitas. As we do not have an in-house HR function, it is invaluable to us to know that we have this additional resource to help us resolve staffing issues and plug the gaps we have in employment legislation.’
‘Without exception, Sarah Stanyer always responds to our requests for help in a timely and detailed manner. I am unable to find any fault in the support she gives us.’
International Petroleum Products
Fullstop Fire and Security Systems
Family: Essex Tier 2Tees Law merged with Brentwood firm Wortley Byers LLP, creating a 30-partner strong team. The merged family team, which is led by Sally Powell in Bishop's Stortford, has expertise in handling a broad scope of work in divorce and litigation, with additional niche areas including international child abduction cases. In Brentwood, where the well-regarded Louise Margiotta is among the key partners, the merged business will be known as Tees incorporating Wortley Byers. Joshua Coombe heads up the family team in Chelmsford.
‘I have recommended the family department to a number of clients and friends. I have also been involved in transactions with the corporate and commercial department. Both departments provided a very efficient service.’
‘My solicitor Caroline Andrews was extremely helpful and explaining things to me in layman’s terms. I would thoroughly recommend her to deal with your divorce.’
‘The practice is very professional in its approach and has a family feel to it. They are very caring and empathetic to your needs and take the time, no matter how long, to understand the situation. It is then dealt with in a very efficient manner.’
‘I was immediately impressed by the professionalism and knowledge of the staff. They quickly took over my family law case and ensured that there was no further delay in progressing within the legal process. I am particularly impressed by the level of communication I have observed. Work does not stop when my solicitor is out of the office or on leave. There is always someone available to answer my queries or deal with any issues which arise.’
‘Louise Margiotta went above and beyond to help her client, showing compassion where needed. Her tenacity helped tremendously when on the verge of throwing in the towel. Her professional yet caring approach would endeavour to recommend her to anyone who needs a strong solicitor on their side.’
‘Louise Margiotta is very experienced, has great judgement and provides a hugely supportive service to her clients.’
‘Caroline Andrews and Louise Margiotta handle matters with a calm, pragmatic manner. Having worked with Caroline for a number of years I have found her to be a responsive and pragmatic family solicitor.’
‘Louise Margiotta made my dealing with the practice exceptionally easy. She understood the personal nature of my situation and always tried to put herself into my shoes and provide me with best advise. At times, we would disagree on matters, but would always have a professional conversation and agree on the way forward. Although my case has concluded, she has kept in contact and because of this I would always recommend them.’
‘What impresses me most about Louise Margiotta is her wealth of knowledge, she is highly experienced and this is evident when speaking to her. She is straight to the point and positive in her approach to my case. I would not hesitate to instruct Louise again in future if necessary.’
Tees Law’s wills, trusts, tax and probate practice has in-depth expertise in lifetime tax planning, often for high-net-worth individuals, as well as in the administration of complex and high-value estates, particularly those with an international and/or rural dimension. The team also specialises in the administration of multi-million-pound trusts and offers clients combined legal and financial advice through their associated business Tees Legal. The practice is jointly headed by executive senior associates Nicola Havers and Sarah Walker. Cathy Izzard is another key contact.
‘The lawyers in the private client department at Tees are both knowledgeable and personal, and have an ability to help solve many traumatic family situations by applying legal expertise to resolve complex situations‘.
‘Tees Law is unique in their efficient, knowledgeable, friendly and approachable qualities‘.
‘There is a particularly good atmosphere at the Tees offices where staff appear to work extremely well as a team. The feeling is that of a happy, relaxed and efficient workplace‘.
‘I was very taken and impressed by the personality and friendliness, notwithstanding the professionalism, of Tees Law‘.
‘Nicola Havers’ commitment to personal service to her clients is excellent, as is her ability to listen with humanity and patience, and provide sensible and successful legal solutions‘.
‘Sarah Walker is extremely helpful, efficient and attentive‘.
‘I place the greatest trust in Cathy Izzard for her knowledge and professionalism‘.
The private client team at Tees Law has been strengthened by its merger with Wortley Byers. It is led by the 'exceptionally knowledgeable' Ian Johnston in Chelmsford. Post-merger, the practice undertakes a wide range of services including high-value estate administration instructions from clients and disputes. The team has expanded its reach in the agricultural sector, with Johnston leading on several new complex farming probates. Core team members include associate Oli Budino, Nicola Healy and 'exceptional' solicitor Hayley Weston.
‘Professionalism coupled with a friendly approach is what makes this firm different. This is by far the most efficient firm I have dealt with and the most approachable.’
‘A thorough, competent and knowledgeable team that provide clear and concise answers.’
‘Ian Johnston has an excellent bedside manner and is exceptionally knowledgeable. He explains even the most complex issues in a straight forward, easy to understand way.’
‘A faultless, efficient, professional and very personal service.’
‘Exceptionally good service on a very friendly basis. We feel that the service we received is first class and exceeded our expectations from the start compared with other firms we have dealt with in the past.’
‘Excellent personal attention and good continuity of repose and advice.’
‘This is a firm of solicitors l have used for a number of years, l have always felt comfortable dealing with all the members of staff l have come into contact with. I would be reluctant to go anywhere else for legal advice.’
Tees Law’s litigation department has growing expertise in regulatory breaches, agricultural work and defamation. The team works in close connection with other departments to handle disputes related to takeovers and acquisitions and partnership and company contentious matters. Darren Perks heads the practice. Caroline Metcalf, Justin Robinson and Royston-based senior associate Polly Kerr are also recommended. The practice merged with Essex-based Wortley Byers LLP in January 2019.
‘I find Tees extremely approachable and the partners immediately responsive to the issue at hand‘.
‘What makes this firm unique is that it has the feel of a small family firm whilst being able to draw on the resources of a large firm. For them no job is too small or too large‘.
‘Tees has a real strength in dealing with highly contentious cases, where its non-nonsense approach tends to be reflected in the high quality of the results it provides to its clients‘.
‘Our experiences of all aspects have been excellent‘.
‘Darren Perks is extremely capable of dealing with difficult cases with a client friendly but also resolutely commercial attitude‘.
‘Caroline Metcalfe is a born fighter‘.
‘I will never regret getting Caroline Metcalf on my side‘.
‘Justin Robinson stands out because of his clear, common sense commercial judgement‘.
‘I have had the pleasure of dealing with Polly Kerr, an excellent experience‘.
‘We received a first class personal service from Sarah Stanyer. She always makes us feel like we matter and her advice to date on every matter she has dealt with has been first class and to the point.’
Fuller Smith & Turner
Turners of Soham
Bishop’s Stortford College
Strutt and Parker Farms
Stansted Airport Limited
NHS Property Services Limited
Newhall Projects Limited
Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 3Tees Law's 'sharp, commercially focused' litigation department is led by Darren Perks, and has been enhanced by the recruitment of John Fawcett from Birkett Long LLP and Harriet Brice from Ellisons Solicitors. The team has a comprehensive practice that covers property, insolvency, contentious probate and contractual claims. Katie Latham has been instructed by a number of high-profile retail companies on injunction obtainment work.
‘I have been very impressed by the level of professionalism shown by Tees. While the team is on top of the technical legal aspects of their cases, they never lose sight of the pragmatic outcomes their clients are seeking.’
‘John Fawcett is an engaging, charismatic individual who inspires real client confidence. He has a real nose for strategy and never misses a trick.’
‘Harriet Brice has shown professionalism and a high level of legal knowledge throughout and has provided detailed and sensible advice when faced with difficulties from the other side throughout the process. I would highly recommend her.’
Begbies Traynor LLP
National Business Crime Solutions
Tees Law, which merged with Essex firm Wortley Byers at the beginning of 2019, handles a wide range of real estate matters including commercial and residential landlord and tenant, commercial and residential management, acquisitions and disposals as well as property finance matters. Other areas of expertise include advising on agricultural property, mineral exploitation and energy projects. The practice is headed by David Miller. Govan Bramley and associate Bilyana Munic are other names to note and Charles Stevens joined from Hewitsons in 2018.
‘A specialist team dealing with development matters, option, promotion agreements and so on. The also have a deep understanding of tax issues, trading and pooling‘.
‘Hard working, pragmatic and experts in their field‘.
‘Bilyana Munic provides more than the fees she bills‘.
Bellis Homes Limited
Birchanger Investment Company Ltd
Braybrooke Settled Estate
Evolution Insurance Company Limited
Greene King Brewing & Retailing
Hastingwood Developments (Harlow) Ltd
Haverhill Properties Ltd
Hereward Estates Ltd
Newhall Projects Limited
Paul William Humphrey and Jane Humphrey
Pelham Structures Limited
Places for People Homes Limited
Pub Prop Ltd
Vacton Properties (South) Ltd
Zero C Holdings Limited
Tees Law's family practice offers advice on a full range of family law matters, including financial remedy claims, private law children matters, cohabitation arrangements and a variety of complex cases involving significant assets and foreign jurisdictions. The client base includes high-net-worth individuals such as City workers, farmers, business owners and internationally mobile families. The practice is headed by Sally Powell. David Ian Redfern, associate Elizabeth Gale and assistant solicitor Helen Midgley are other names to note.
‘The team is very knowledgeable and have a close working relationship. Solicitors are not afraid to seek advise from other colleagues which offers reassurance to a client‘.
‘It is always a pleasure to work with Tees‘.
‘Clients are well supported and expectations managed‘.
‘Sally Powell understood my case well and me as a person‘.
‘The personable approach given by Helen Midgley with her clear and professional guidance was excellent‘.
‘Helen Midgley is thorough, pragmatic, provides sound advice and is very personable, which means she is great with clients and is well able to manage the more challenging types‘.
Personal injury: claimant Tier 3
Tees Law's personal injury team is headed by 'first-class solicitor' David Jacobs and has a diverse case load with experience in complex, and often high-value work-related stress claims. Jacobs has led on a variety of matters this past year, concentrating on liability and securing a number of significant settlements.
‘David Jacobs brings a vast range of experience to any case, and is a very skilful lawyer indeed. He is an extremely conscientious and determined individual who always gets the best for his clients. A real star.’
‘Tees Law is a very well-run firm with excellent lawyers, and with particular strengths in insurance and personal injury work.’
The contentious trusts and probate team at Tees Law, which is led by Caroline Metcalf, is 'highly professional and friendly'. It also 'exudes confidence and experience'. Areas of significant growth recently included contested wills, challenges to the mental capacity of testators and inheritance disputes involving families with step-children. Metcalf, who is a full member of ACTAPS, has particular expertise in niche farming-related disputes involving complex trusts.
‘The team worked very smoothly as a unit, passing on important information between the relevant departments. The team members were always very polite and cost-sensitive; they really made me feel comfortable‘.
‘Extensive knowledge of the field; they handle personal cases with sensitivity‘.
‘Caroline Metcaff was extremely efficient in dealing with litigation; she kept me well informed and spoke to me in a clear manner minus the legal jargon.
‘Caroline was extremely prompt with her responses and instilled in me a tremendous feeling of confidence at an otherwise difficult time‘.
‘Understanding, kind and empathetic, Caroline Metcalf was an absolute pleasure to work with while getting us the results we needed‘.
‘Caroline Metcalf is a knowledgeable and sensible specialist in this field. Her advice was sound and given in a calm manner which was just what we needed in a difficult situation’.
Education Tier 4
Senior Associate Polly Kerr leads the education group at Tees Law which specialises in SEN matters, representing parents and guardians. It also acts on exclusion matters and defends schools in SEN tribunals and other cases. The firm is particularly notable for its work on education and health care plan reviews, often collaborating closely with educational psychologists and other experts.
‘Polly Kerr has built up a successful educational law practice in recent years, and understands the market very well.‘
‘Polly has excellent judgement, is committed to this area of practice, and always goes the extra mile for the client.‘
‘Kerr has been responsible for the development of education law at Tees and I would have no hesitation in recommending her attributes as an education lawyer.‘
Tees Law advises clients on a broad range of restructuring, corporate rescue and insolvency matters, with its lawyers handling matters including receiverships, administrations and liquidations. Examples of the type of work the firm carries out include obtaining an injunction to prevent the presentation of a winding-up petition, advising on complex claims against company directors and advising liquidators. The practice is headed by David Perry, who advises both insolvency practitioners and individuals or directors faced with proceedings against them.
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Intellectual property Tier 4
Tees Incorporating Wortley Byers has retained its key IP practitioners in the wake of its merger, including leading partner Susan Dowman. Dowman has experience with trade marks, copyright, and design rights, with a particular focus on the commercialisation and licensing of IP. Functioning as part of the firm's broader corporate and commercial offering, which is led by Robert Whitaker, the team advises several technology sector clients, as well as established local companies in relation to their IP needs.
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Tees Law > Firm Profile
Tees offers support to clients in all categories, from private individuals and independent businesses through to professional partnerships and national corporations and institutions.
The firm: Tees has a strong reputation for excellence and commitment to providing the highest levels of service to clients from across the region and nationwide. Its approachable lawyers offer an in-depth, responsive and cross-disciplinary service. Tees philosophy is to take time to get to know clients, their goals and circumstances, so the lawyers can achieve the best possible results for them.
Wortley Byers and Tees merger: Wortley Byers, based in Brentwood, Essex, merged with Tees with effect from 1st January 2019. The merger has increased the range of services and the depth of resources significantly and provided additional sector expertise in addition to Tees serving an even larger geographical area. The merger unites two firms who have long respected each other’s successes and approach to client care.
Tees history: Tees has been part of the local community for over a century, supporting our clients from generation to generation. Historically, Tees growth has been driven by strategic mergers. Established in 1913, Tees has grown from a traditional family firm with a strong agricultural bias, into a dynamic full-service practice with six offices across East Anglia and the South East, employing more than 300 staff including our financial services team. In 2016 the Tees merged with Limbach Banham Solicitors to create the Royston office. Merging with Irena Spence and Co Solicitors in Cambridge brought significant extra depth to Tees residential team in the city. Wortley Byers from Brentwood can trace its history back over 50 years to Stamp Wortley, a well-established law firm which merged in 1967 with another firm to become Wortley Byers.
Tees offices: Tees has six offices: Brentwood, Bishop’s Stortford, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Royston and Saffron Walden. Its ultra-modern 20,000sq ft offices in Bishop’s Stortford offer exemplary client facilities. Tees is close to Stansted Airport and the M11 and M25, with fast road and train connections to London, the Midlands, the South East and East Anglia.
Tees growth: With current turnover in excess of £19m, the financial goal to achieve a £20m turnover by 2020 is almost realised. The strategy is to attract the best legal talent in the region and combine that talent with a £1.5m investment in IT that is already making working processes more efficient. This will allow lawyers to spend more time with their clients.
Tees awards: Recent awards include:
- Best Trainer – Medium Regional Firm 2019 at the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards recognising the hard work put into making Tees training scheme a success
- Janine Collier, Executive Partner and Co-Head of the Cambridge office, Cambridge District Law Society’s ‘Woman Lawyer of the Year’ Award 2019
- Ashton Hunt, Group Managing Director, Small-Medium Business IoD East Director of the Year Award 2019
Types of work undertaken:
Private client: the firm is renowned for its specialist private client team. The team advise on the preparation of wills, wealth protection and inheritance tax planning, the administration of complex estates, inheritance and trust services and on all elderly client matters. The firm provides the whole range of complementary private client services to individuals, with high-quality advice in family matters, litigation, property, conveyancing and regulatory areas.
Agriculture: the excellent reputation of the Tees agricultural team is reflected by the firm being one of just 16 legal practices on the national NFU panel. In 2018, Tees was successful in its bid to be re-appointed to the panel for the next three years. It advises in all aspects of agricultural law, including restructuring farm enterprises for inheritance tax and capital gains purposes. The firm continues to act for farming and land-owning clients in contracting the acquisition and sale of farmland for development.
Commercial property: the reach of the Tees commercial property team goes far beyond its geographical locations of the South East and East Anglia, and it receives many instructions from London and across the UK, acting in transactions ranging from retail and development projects through to agricultural businesses. The team handles options, overage and subject to planning deals, and also acts for development funders. Its lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of commercial conveyancing including portfolio work, acquisitions and sales, landlord and tenant matters, planning and licensing.
Family: the family department specialises in high-value and complex claims, including those involving foreign property and cross-border or cross-jurisdictional issues. Whilst the firm offers a constructive and conciliatory approach to family law through their mediation and collaborative practice, it is also highly effective in litigation when required. The family department is also highly regarded for its expertise in representing parents and grandparents in children’s proceedings.
Corporate and commercial: Tees’ corporate and commercial team acts for clients in corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions and disposals and structured shareholder agreements, company restructuring, data protection, intellectual property, partnership (including LLPs) and employment matters and advise on a wide variety of commercial arrangements in various business sectors including transport and logistics, agriculture, hotel and leisure, professional services, technology, pharmaceuticals and education.
Clinical negligence: the firm boasts one of the foremost groups of clinical negligence solicitors in the region, with a team of experts specialising in brain injury, cancer, psychiatric injury, obstetric and gynaecology cases.
Litigation: the firm’s strong litigation team specialises in tailored solutions for clients in all forms of litigation, arbitration and ADR with a reputation for its ability to handle complex matters involving multiple issues. The team deal with all types of dispute both for large corporate clients, smaller businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals, ranging from contractual disputes and shareholder agreements, through to negligence, insolvency and contentious property issues for landowners, landlords or tenants. The department is experienced in handling high-value as well as high-volume cases, fixed fee debt collection and recovery work through to group actions.
Financial services: In addition to our legal services listed above, Tees also has a complementary and integrated Financial services team which offer financial planning advice including investments, retirement planning, family and business protection, estate planning and wealth preservation, long-term care and equity release, together with pre-paid funeral plans. They are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
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Tees Law > Firm Profile
Wortley Byers LLP is a well-established law firm based in Brentwood, Essex with an outstanding reputation built on strong foundations of excellent service. Its highly loyal client base ranges from national, publicly quoted companies to family-run businesses.
The firm: Wortley Byers LLP offers a wide range of services and specialist advice ranging from acquisitions and mergers through to commercial property and dispute resolution. The firm understands clientsâ business needs and prides itself on its ability to provide a friendly and approachable service to all. The firmâs modern offices are 30 minutes by train from London and five minutesâ drive from junction 28 of the M25. The firm has been accredited with both the Lexcel and Investors in People quality kite-marks. Its lawyers are experienced professionals and the partners have years of City and provincial experience. Each member of the firm prides themselves on providing a quality service delivered in a pragmatic and client-centred way, offering workable solutions with satisfaction of client needs always being the primary objective.
Types of work undertaken: The commercial property department handles development projects, including options, overage and subject to planning deals, and also acts for development funders. Its lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of commercial conveyancing including portfolio work, acquisitions and sales, landlord and tenant matters, planning and licensing. Clients range from start-ups to SMEs and nationally known PLCs.
The private client department offers specialist services ranging from advice on the preparation of wills, wealth protection and inheritance tax planning, the administration of complex estates, trusts and advice on all elderly client matters through to residential conveyancing and lettings, remortgages and enfranchisement.
The corporate and commercial department has solicitors with specialist skills in corporate finance, corporate and personal tax, intellectual property, employment law and partnership law (including LLPs), and also acts for charities, trade associations and other not-for-profit organisations. Work includes acquisitions and disposals, company restructuring and advising on a wide variety of commercial arrangements covering all manner of industry and business sectors, including outsourcing, agency, distribution and franchising, intellectual property and technology.
The litigation department has significant experience in representing clientsâ interests in all forms of litigation, arbitration and ADR. The members of the team deal with all types of dispute both for large corporate clients, smaller businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals, ranging from contractual disputes and shareholder agreements, through to negligence, insolvency and contentious property issues for landowners, landlords or tenants. The department is experienced in handling high-value as well as high-volume cases, fixed fee debt collection and recovery work through to group actions.
The employment team focuses on all aspects of workplace and HR relations, both for the employer and employee. These include grievance and disciplinary procedures, restructuring, boardroom appointments and departures, executive remuneration and corporate governance. The department represents clients both in tribunals and the High Court.
The family department offers expertise in divorce law, handling medium finance work to more complex finance cases. Whilst the firm offers a constructive and conciliatory approach to family law through their mediation and collaborative practice, it is also highly effective in litigation when required. The family department is also highly regarded for its expertise in representing parents and grandparents in childrenâs proceedings.
|Managing partner||Lucy Folley|
|Corporate and commercial||Sue Dowman|
|Private client||Anne Elliss|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 6 Number of other UK fee-earners : 19
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, Managing Director and our Senior Partner.
In recent times there has been a particular focus on recruitment procedures to ensure provide the very best opportunities for everyone regardless of race, age and sex (gender), disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, care responsibilities and socio-economic background.
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. A year ago the firm established a corporate social responsibility committee to plan and deliver its charitable activities.
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.
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.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Agriculture and estates
- Corporate and commercial: Essex
- Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Employment: Essex
- Family: Essex
- Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex
- Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Commercial litigation: Essex
- Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
- Personal injury: claimant
- Contentious trusts and probate
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Intellectual property