Firm Profile > Wortley Byers LLP > Brentwood, England

Wortley Byers LLP
CM14 4ES

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.

Practice head(s):

Mark Carter

Other key lawyers:

Graeme Atkinson; Jane Winfield; Aaron Cane; Tom Moulsdale


‘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.’

Key clients

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.

Practice head(s):

David Miller

Other key lawyers:


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‘.

Key clients

Strutt & Parker (Farms) Limited

Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 2

At Tees Law, the corporate and commercial department has gone 'from strength to strength', handling multiple high-value deals and transactions, including cross-border M&A. The practice is led by Robert Whitaker, who is executive partner of the firm's business team. Troy Featherstone is noted for being 'efficient and personable', and is experienced in providing clients with advice on all aspects of incorporation and restructuring. The firm merged with Wortley Byers at the beginning of 2019; former Wortley Byers managing partner Lucy Folley is a key member of the combined team.

Practice head(s):

Robert Whitaker


‘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.’

Key clients

Xpediator Plc

Woodland Group

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Robert Whitaker

Other key lawyers:


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.

Key clients



Bishop Stortford College

Billericay Dental Supplies Limited

Island Pacific

Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers

Rand Brothers

Aviation Medica

Star Computers PLC

Kidney Cancer UK

Globe Tooling

PTC Systems

Oakray Ltd

Cambridge Market Research

Alloy Fabweld

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.'

Practice head(s):

Robert Whitaker

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Stanyer; Jonathan Insley


‘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.’

Key clients

Brentwood School

International Petroleum Products

Chigwell London

Wood International

Fullstop Fire and Security Systems

Family: Essex Tier 2

Tees 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.

Practice head(s):

Sally Powell

Other key lawyers:

Louise Margiotta; Joshua Coombe; Louise Buttery; Caroline Andrews


‘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.’

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Havers; Sarah Walker

Other key lawyers:


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‘.


Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex Tier 2

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 BudinoNicola Healy and 'exceptional' solicitor Hayley Weston.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Havers; Sarah Walker

Other key lawyers:


‘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.’

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

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 MetcalfJustin Robinson and Royston-based senior associate Polly Kerr are also recommended. The practice merged with Essex-based Wortley Byers LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Darren Perks


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.’

Key clients

Greene King

Fuller Smith & Turner

Turners of Soham

Bishop’s Stortford College

Strutt and Parker Farms

Price Bailey

Stansted Airport Limited

NHS Property Services Limited

Newhall Projects Limited

Spicer Haart

Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 3

Tees 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.

Practice head(s):

Darren Perks

Other key lawyers:

David Perry; John Fawcett; Harriet Brice; Katie Latham; Sarah Stanyer; Gez Gibbs


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.’

Key clients

Begbies Traynor LLP

National Business Crime Solutions

WDP Group

Verex Group

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

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.

Practice head(s):

David Miller


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‘.

Key clients

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

Henry Rowe

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

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

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 PowellDavid Ian Redfern, associate Elizabeth Gale and assistant solicitor Helen Midgley are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Sally Powell


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.

Practice head(s):

David Jacobs


‘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.’

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Metcalf


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.

Practice head(s):

Polly Kerr


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.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

David Perry

Key clients

Begbies Traynor Central LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Brett Business Recovery

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.

Practice head(s):

Robert Whitaker; Susan Dowman

Key clients

Majenta Solutions Limited

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Janine Collier

Other key lawyers:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Catherine Mowat

Other key lawyers:

James Dowson; Alex Waples; Rebecca Quick


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

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

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Sara Stabler

Other key lawyers:

Katie Hayes


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

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

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

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Catherine Mowat

Other key lawyers:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Sara Stabler


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

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

Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

James Dowson

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Waples


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

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

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

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

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

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

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ilic

Family Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Clare Pilsworth

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Hargreaves; David Redfern


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tees offers support to clients in all categories, from private individuals and independent businesses through to professional partnerships and national corporations and institutions.

The firm: Tees has a strong reputation for excellence and commitment to providing the highest levels of service to clients from across the region and nationwide. Its approachable lawyers offer an in-depth, responsive and cross-disciplinary service. Tees philosophy is to take time to get to know clients, their goals and circumstances, so the lawyers can achieve the best possible results for them.

Wortley Byers and Tees merger: Wortley Byers, based in Brentwood, Essex, merged with Tees with effect from 1st January 2019. The merger has increased the range of services and the depth of resources significantly and provided additional sector expertise in addition to Tees serving an even larger geographical area. The merger unites two firms who have long respected each other’s successes and approach to client care.

Tees history: Tees has been part of the local community for over a century, supporting our clients from generation to generation. Historically, Tees growth has been driven by strategic mergers. Established in 1913, Tees has grown from a traditional family firm with a strong agricultural bias, into a dynamic full-service practice with six offices across East Anglia and the South East, employing more than 300 staff including our financial services team. In 2016 the Tees merged with Limbach Banham Solicitors to create the Royston office. Merging with Irena Spence and Co Solicitors in Cambridge brought significant extra depth to Tees residential team in the city. Wortley Byers from Brentwood can trace its history back over 50 years to Stamp Wortley, a well-established law firm which merged in 1967 with another firm to become Wortley Byers.

Tees offices: Tees has six offices: Brentwood, Bishop’s Stortford, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Royston and Saffron Walden. Its ultra-modern 20,000sq ft offices in Bishop’s Stortford offer exemplary client facilities. Tees is close to Stansted Airport and the M11 and M25, with fast road and train connections to London, the Midlands, the South East and East Anglia.

Tees growth: With current turnover in excess of £19m, the financial goal to achieve a £20m turnover by 2020 is almost realised. The strategy is to attract the best legal talent in the region and combine that talent with a £1.5m investment in IT that is already making working processes more efficient. This will allow lawyers to spend more time with their clients.

Tees awards: Recent awards include:

  • Best Trainer – Medium Regional Firm 2019 at the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards recognising the hard work put into making Tees training scheme a success
  • Janine Collier, Executive Partner and Co-Head of the Cambridge office, Cambridge District Law Society’s ‘Woman Lawyer of the Year’ Award 2019
  • Ashton Hunt, Group Managing Director, Small-Medium Business IoD East Director of the Year Award 2019

Types of work undertaken:

Private client: the firm is renowned for its specialist private client team. The team advise on the preparation of wills, wealth protection and inheritance tax planning, the administration of complex estates, inheritance and trust services and on all elderly client matters. The firm provides the whole range of complementary private client services to individuals, with high-quality advice in family matters, litigation, property, conveyancing and regulatory areas.

Agriculture: the excellent reputation of the Tees agricultural team is reflected by the firm being one of just 16 legal practices on the national NFU panel.  In 2018, Tees was successful in its bid to be re-appointed to the panel for the next three years. It advises in all aspects of agricultural law, including restructuring farm enterprises for inheritance tax and capital gains purposes. The firm continues to act for farming and land-owning clients in contracting the acquisition and sale of farmland for development.

Commercial property: the reach of the Tees commercial property team goes far beyond its geographical locations of the South East and East Anglia, and it receives many instructions from London and across the UK, acting in transactions ranging from retail and development projects through to agricultural businesses. The team handles options, overage and subject to planning deals, and also acts for development funders. Its lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of commercial conveyancing including portfolio work, acquisitions and sales, landlord and tenant matters, planning and licensing.

Family: the family department specialises in high-value and complex claims, including those involving foreign property and cross-border or cross-jurisdictional issues. Whilst the firm offers a constructive and conciliatory approach to family law through their mediation and collaborative practice, it is also highly effective in litigation when required. The family department is also highly regarded for its expertise in representing parents and grandparents in children’s proceedings.

Corporate and commercial: Tees’ corporate and commercial team acts for clients in corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions and disposals and structured shareholder agreements, company restructuring, data protection, intellectual property, partnership (including LLPs) and employment matters and advise on a wide variety of commercial arrangements in various business sectors including transport and logistics, agriculture, hotel and leisure, professional services, technology, pharmaceuticals and education.

Clinical negligence: the firm boasts one of the foremost groups of clinical negligence solicitors in the region, with a team of experts specialising in brain injury, cancer, psychiatric injury, obstetric and gynaecology cases.

Litigation: the firm’s strong litigation team specialises in tailored solutions for clients in all forms of litigation, arbitration and ADR with a reputation for its ability to handle complex matters involving multiple issues. The team deal with all types of dispute both for large corporate clients, smaller businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals, ranging from contractual disputes and shareholder agreements, through to negligence, insolvency and contentious property issues for landowners, landlords or tenants. The department is experienced in handling high-value as well as high-volume cases, fixed fee debt collection and recovery work through to group actions.

Financial services: In addition to our legal services listed above, Tees also has a complementary and integrated Financial services team which offer financial planning advice including investments, retirement planning, family and business protection, estate planning and wealth preservation, long-term care and equity release, together with pre-paid funeral plans. They are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner David Redfern 01279 710603
Group Managing Director Ashton Hunt 01279 710660
Head of Commercial and Civil and Regulatory litigation Darren Perks 01279 710619
Head of Rural, Private Client Letitia Glaister 01763 295850
Head of Clinical Negligence Janine Collier 01223 702303
Joint Head of Commercial property Mark Carter 01799 582789
Head of Rural, Commercial David Miller 01279 710657
Head of Family Sally Powell 01279 710651
Head of Business Law, Employment Robert Whitaker 01245 293197
Head of Residential Property Allan Wright 01279 322504
Joint Head of Commercial Property Aaron Cane 01277 268398
Joint Head of Private Client Nicola Havers 01279 322516
Joint Head of Private Client Sarah Walker 01279 322518
Photo Name Position Profile
 Aaron Cane  photo Aaron Cane Head of commercial property and experienced in a wide range of matters…
 Sue Dowman  photo Sue Dowman Corporate and Commercial partner with extensive experience in a range of corporate…
 Anne Elliss  photo Anne Elliss Head of Tees’ Brentwood office, specialising in complex residential property. 
 Lucy Folley  photo Lucy Folley Partner in the corporate and commercial department specialising in mergers and acquisitions,…
 Louise Margiotta  photo Louise Margiotta Family Law partner offering a pragmatic and sensible solution to issues arising…
 Jane Winfield  photo Jane Winfield Partner dealing in all aspects of commercial property work including acquisitions and…
Number of UK partners : 29
Number of other UK fee-earners : 104


Wortley Byers LLP is a well-established law firm based in Brentwood, Essex with an outstanding reputation built on strong foundations of excellent service. Its highly loyal client base ranges from national, publicly quoted companies to family-run businesses.

The firm: Wortley Byers LLP offers a wide range of services and specialist advice ranging from acquisitions and mergers through to commercial property and dispute resolution. The firm understands clients’ business needs and prides itself on its ability to provide a friendly and approachable service to all. The firm’s modern offices are 30 minutes by train from London and five minutes’ drive from junction 28 of the M25. The firm has been accredited with both the Lexcel and Investors in People quality kite-marks. Its lawyers are experienced professionals and the partners have years of City and provincial experience. Each member of the firm prides themselves on providing a quality service delivered in a pragmatic and client-centred way, offering workable solutions with satisfaction of client needs always being the primary objective.

Types of work undertaken: The commercial property department handles development projects, including options, overage and subject to planning deals, and also acts for development funders. Its lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of commercial conveyancing including portfolio work, acquisitions and sales, landlord and tenant matters, planning and licensing. Clients range from start-ups to SMEs and nationally known PLCs.

The private client department offers specialist services ranging from advice on the preparation of wills, wealth protection and inheritance tax planning, the administration of complex estates, trusts and advice on all elderly client matters through to residential conveyancing and lettings, remortgages and enfranchisement.

The corporate and commercial department has solicitors with specialist skills in corporate finance, corporate and personal tax, intellectual property, employment law and partnership law (including LLPs), and also acts for charities, trade associations and other not-for-profit organisations. Work includes acquisitions and disposals, company restructuring and advising on a wide variety of commercial arrangements covering all manner of industry and business sectors, including outsourcing, agency, distribution and franchising, intellectual property and technology.

The litigation department has significant experience in representing clients’ interests in all forms of litigation, arbitration and ADR. The members of the team deal with all types of dispute both for large corporate clients, smaller businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals, ranging from contractual disputes and shareholder agreements, through to negligence, insolvency and contentious property issues for landowners, landlords or tenants. The department is experienced in handling high-value as well as high-volume cases, fixed fee debt collection and recovery work through to group actions.

The employment team focuses on all aspects of workplace and HR relations, both for the employer and employee. These include grievance and disciplinary procedures, restructuring, boardroom appointments and departures, executive remuneration and corporate governance. The department represents clients both in tribunals and the High Court.

The family department offers expertise in divorce law, handling medium finance work to more complex finance cases. Whilst the firm offers a constructive and conciliatory approach to family law through their mediation and collaborative practice, it is also highly effective in litigation when required. The family department is also highly regarded for its expertise in representing parents and grandparents in children’s proceedings.


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