Firm Profile > Steele Raymond LLP > Bournemouth, England

Steele Raymond LLP
RICHMOND POINT
43 RICHMOND HILL
BOURNEMOUTH
BH2 6LR
England

Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Steele Raymond LLP attracts praise for its ability to 'come up with practical, pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to clients' disputes'. It is a popular choice for companies in Dorset and is particularly active in property and construction litigation, shareholder and director disputes, and professional negligence claims. With a niche in professional negligence work, experienced commercial litigator and mediator Peter Rolph leads the team, which includes senior associates Hannah Dare and Amelia Williams, who recently joined from Lester Aldridge LLP and are particularly strong for property litigation.

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Testimonials

The team listen to the problem and are not afraid to let you know whether it is cost effective to take court action. They are happy to write letters on your behalf.

Peter Rolph is an excellent litigator with excellent experience.

Responsive approach to client needs. Coming up with practical, pragmatic and cost effective solutions to the client’s disputes.’

Peter Rolph is very easy to get on with and he makes you relax even though you are putting across a problem that is troubling you.

Key clients

Selwood Ltd

Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Extremely commercially aware sector leaderSteele Raymond LLP has ‘unrivalled knowledge' and is ‘respected by landowners, agents, housebuilders and promoters alike’. The firm has particular expertise in the areas of development, commercial property investment and pension property investment. The ‘highly professional and thoroughChris Twaits leads the team, which includes the ‘always efficient and diligentJennifer Rogerson; Emma Stainwright, who specialises in residential development work, acting for landowners and regional housebuilders; and associate Johanna Hammersley, who focuses on SIPP and SSAS pension property investment. Also notable is Chris Dolan, who joined from Blake Morgan LLP in 2019 and brings experience in residential development.

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‘Certainly one of the leading law firms in the South of England’

‘Emma Stainwright is simply unrivalled on the South Coast in her field and has incredible depth of knowledge’

‘Proactive, thorough and gets deals done’

‘They are the outstanding firm in the area as they work as a team for clients’ benefit’

‘They are pragmatic and hardworking and give commercial advice on the options available to resolve a matter with the best possible outcome for the client’

‘Carol Elliot is both highly professional and efficient’

‘The standout partners at the firm are Emma Stainwright and Chris Dolan, who are always supportive, understanding, professional and commercially minded’

‘They go out of their way to respond in a very quick timeframe and to find the best person to deal with matters.’

‘Chris Dolan is loyal, dedicated and thorough. Great knowledge and expertise in commercial property deals’

Key clients

South Somerset District Council

Hildon Limited

Broadshade Group Ltd

West Wales Airport Limited

World of Water Garden Centres

Charles Trent Limited

Birchmere Limited

Pivotal Homes Group

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association

Harry J Palmer

AJC Developments

Selwoods

Sydenhams

Hill Brush Company Limited

Stewarts Garden Centres

Jennings Bet

JGP Lakedale Limited

East Borough Housing Trust Limited

Framptons Café, Bar & Kitchen

Corporate and commercial: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Steele Raymond LLP has built a strong practice servicing Bournemouth's fast-growing digital and financial services sectors. The group provides a full commercial and corporate law service, with experience in share schemes and management buy-outs, as well as M&A and restructurings involving owner-managed businesses and corporates with operations in the region. The department is led by firm chairman Tim Stone, who clients note 'sets a fine example to the rest of his team with his professionalism and attention to detail'. Paula Eckton is a seasoned company and commercial lawyer who focuses on the firm's IT offering; while Craig Hardman has experience in manufacturing and construction transactions. Paul Longland is an expert in demergers and group reorganisations.

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There is an excellent team at Steele Raymond. They communicate with each other and the client in a friendly and informative manner. They have a great structure where everyone is aware of each others’ role but will discuss matters outside the remit. The junior members of the team behave in the same way and clearly have their peers’ ethos.’

I have dealt with Craig Hardman on a number of occasions, and he has always given 100%, his knowledge is exceptional and, more importantly, he is able to explain the key points in a clear and easy to understand manner.’

Tim Stone sets a fine example to the rest of his team with his professionalism and attention to detail.’

Craig Hardman’s business acumen and knowledge of our industry is very strong. Quick to understand the gaps in my thinking and to help in a collaborative way to get matters dealt with quickly and thoroughly.’

Key clients

Clark Group,

Parvalux Electric Motors

Slumbersac

Estate of Robert Braithwaite (founder of Sunseeker International Yachts)

Arden Group

PDQ Airspares

Challenge Group (HK)

Goadsby Estate Agency Group

Viper 10 Sportswear/Bournemouth 7’s

The Hill Brush Company Limited

Selwood Limited

Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Bournemouth-based law firm Steele Raymond LLP is particularly strong in contentious work involving commercial clients. Practice head Peter Rolph often represents both claimants and respondents in  complex and high-value discrimination cases at the Employment Tribunal. On the non-contentious side, the team's work includes corporate restructurings, senior executive exit packages and the enforcement of post-termination restrictions. A niche specialism of the department relates to long-term sick leave for employees receiving the benefit of an income protection policy. Amy Cousineau Massey joined Woodstock Property Law in 2019.

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I’ve never before worked with such astute, proactive and helpful lawyers and legal advisers; inside or outside of London. I’ve spent many hours with Steele Raymond, and the value and ROI from the financial investment I have made has been superb.

The way they draw on their significant experience to effectively cut to the core of a situation, opportunity or challenge makes my life so much easier, and from my experience, leads to exceptional results.

Pragmatic advice and support.

Peter Rolph offers pragmatic, commercially focused advice that takes into the specific needs and concerns of his client.

Family Tier 2

The family team at Steele Raymond LLP provides specialist advice to clients from across Dorset and the surrounding counties, as well as a growing number of international clients. Although focusing on complex financial remedy cases and pre and post-nuptial agreements, the team is also adept at Children Act matters and cohabitation disputes. Team head Daniel Sanders regularly acts for high-net-worth clients on cases involving complex corporate structures, trusts and pension schemes. Another key lawyer is associate Lindsay Halliwell, whose experience covers both financial and children law work.

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The family team at Steele Raymond have a breadth and depth of knowledge, skill and expertise, making them able to provide advice on all kinds of family dispute, whether children or finance related. This, together with their pragmatic yet friendly approach, makes them unmatched by local rivals.

Lindsay Halliwell is excellent. She is diligent, professional and gets results.

Steele Raymond were exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable; I very much appreciated their help and advice at a difficult time, and they were both professional and supportive throughout.

Daniel Sanders’ knowledge, legal expertise, availability and patience were outstanding and greatly appreciated, and his drive and determination were key to reaching a successful conclusion in the matter.

Lindsay Halliwell has very good attention to detail and always goes the extra mile for her clients.

They are consistently faultless with an outstanding reputation in the Dorset area.

Dan Sanders is able to reassure clients with his calm and measured approach, while delivering robust and sensible advice. Lindsay Halliwell is one of the hardest working practitioners in the area. She has an attention to detail which is second to none.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Bournemouth-based Steele Raymond LLP often handles complex disputes covering a broad range of trusts, probate and Court of Protection matters. Team head John Andrews is adept at dealing with Inheritance Act claims, advising claimants, defendants, executors and trustees. In trusts work, he is frequently instructed to advise trustees on their responsibilities and duties.

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Education Tier 3

Steele Raymond LLP has expertise in the governance of schools and colleges in the maintained and independent sectors. The firm advises on education-related commercial property and employment work in the independent sector, providing support to schools and other organisations. The ‘experienced, intelligent and incisiveJohn Andrews leads the team and has significant experience in the maintained and independent sectors.

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‘Steele Raymond is as a very strong regional firm with a number of extremely capable and experienced fee-earners’

‘The firm is a safe pair of hands’

‘I have no hesitation in recommending the firm generally’

‘I have known and worked with John Andrews for many years and regard him as the consummate professional: personally charming and engaging and excellent at dealing with even the most difficult of difficult clients.  Thoroughly recommended’

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

The private client team at Steele Raymond LLP has particular expertise in tax issues arising in relation to trusts and estates, while also regularly handling Court of Protection matters. Team head Sue Adams has additional experience dealing with offshore trusts and non-domiciled but UK-resident clients.

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Good-quality advice from a local firm.

Very good private client team. Knowledgeable and responsive and very good with clients.

Deep technical trusts and tax knowledge, proactive and ready to go the extra mile to deal with clients quickly, on and off-site.

Property litigation Tier 4

Steele Raymond LLP’s practice covers the spectrum of commercial and residential property litigation, as well as providing expertise in lease extension and collective enfranchisement matters. Senior associate Hannah Dare leads the team, which was boosted by the 2019 arrival of senior associate Amelia Williams from Lester Aldridge LLP.

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Bournemouth Churches Housing Association

Jennings Racing

Goadsby Estate Agents

Grange Mill Investments Limited

South Somerset District Council

Betting Shop Limited

South Coast Caterers Limited

Pennyfarthing Homes Limited

This leading Southern England practice serves a wide range of business and private clients. Company and commercial law, involving a wide range of corporate transactions (including complex Mergers and Acquisitions), commercial litigation and commercial property deals, are notable strengths and the firm also has particular expertise in large scale residential development projects, SIPP/SSAS pension investments, employment and construction litigation. Specialist commercial tax is a strength and private client services, including related tax advice, are also provided including specialist contentious trusts and probate work.

The firm: Steele Raymond LLP was founded in 1979 as a niche practice to serve the legal needs of all types of commercial client. Since then it has grown rapidly to become one of the most successful commercial law firms on the south coast of England.

The firm now has an extensive and varied portfolio of UK clients, including private and public companies, partnerships, housing associations, educational bodies, charities, insolvency practitioners and insurance companies. The practice also acts for a number of clients based in Europe, the US and the Far East.

The firm has both the capacity and expertise to respond effectively and efficiently to clients’ needs, as well as the skills to communicate its advice clearly and concisely. The firm adopts a commercial and proactive approach to solving problems.  Front and centre of all the advice provided is an answer to every client’s key question: ‘What would you do in my shoes?!

The firm’s solicitors are also used to working with in-house legal teams and supporting them in their role.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Tim Stone timstone@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Managing Partner Peter Rolph peterrolph@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Corporate & Commercial Tim Stone timstone@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Commercial Litigation/Litigation Peter Rolph peterrolph@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Commercial Property Chris Twaits christwaits@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Education John Andrews johnandrews@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Private client Sue Adams sueadams@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Tax Sue Adams sueadams@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Family Daniel Sanders danielsanders@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Residential Property Jennifer Rogerson jenniferrogerson@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Development & Social Housing Emma Stainwright emmastainwright@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Employment Law Deborah West deborahwest@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Construction Peter Rolph peterrolph@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Pension Property Investment Caroline Probert carolineprobert@steeleraymond.co.uk 01202 294566
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sue Adams  photo Sue Adams Head of Private Client, Partner, private client and tax, specialising in all…
 Paul Causton  photo Paul Causton Paul is a Chartered Tax Adviser, a member of STEP and holds…
 Adam Cooper  photo Adam Cooper Adam Cooper is a solicitor who advises clients on all aspects of…
 Hannah Dare  photo Hannah Dare Senior Associate
 Nick Davies  photo Nick Davies Nick is a partner in the Company & Commercial Team. He acts…
 Chris Dolan  photo Chris Dolan Chris is a Partner in the Residential Development Team Specialising in all…
 Harriet Dormer  photo Harriet Dormer Harriet Dormer is an Associate Solicitor in Steele Raymond’s private client team…
 Paula Eckton  photo Paula Eckton Partner
 Carol Elliott  photo Carol Elliott Carol Elliott is a partner in the commercial property team. Carol was…
 Deborah Fenton  photo Deborah Fenton Deborah Fenton is an Associate Solicitor in the firm’s Residential Property Team.…
 Roisin Fisher  photo Roisin Fisher Roisin Fisher is a Solicitor in the Commercial Property and Residential Development…
 Nikki Gates  photo Nikki Gates Nikki is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives specialising…
 Shaun Guppy  photo Shaun Guppy Shaun is a Senior Associate in the Company & Commercial Team. Adopting…
 Lindsay Halliwell  photo Lindsay Halliwell Lindsay has a breadth of experience in all areas of divorce and…
 Johanna Hammersley  photo Johanna Hammersley Johanna is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Commercial Property Team. Johanna…
 Craig Hardman  photo Craig Hardman Craig is a partner in the Company & Commercial Team. He enjoys…
 Victoria Jarmolkiewicz  photo Victoria Jarmolkiewicz Victoria Jarmolkiewicz is an Associate Solicitor in the Residential Property team. Victoria…
 Tom Johnson  photo Tom Johnson Tom is a solicitor in the top-tier Company & Commercial Team in…
 Paul Longland  photo Paul Longland Paul has over 35 years’ practical experience in advising on a wide…
 Kayleigh Medland  photo Kayleigh Medland Kayleigh is an Associate Solicitor in the Commercial Property Team. Kayleigh has…
 Sue Middleton  photo Sue Middleton Sue is a specialist consultant solicitor to the Residential Development Team. Sue…
 Luke Mowbray  photo Luke Mowbray Luke is an Associate Solicitor in the Commercial Property Team. Luke is…
 Laura Offer  photo Laura Offer Laura is solicitor in the dispute resolution team, specialising in property litigation.…
 Rosanna Parker  photo Rosanna Parker Rosanna is a Solicitor in the Commercial Property Team.  Rosanna deals with…
 Jennifer Possante  photo Jennifer Possante Jennifer has worked for the firm since September 1984. She is a…
 Caroline Probert  photo Caroline Probert Caroline is a partner in the commercial property team and was previously…
 Graeme Roberts  photo Graeme Roberts Graeme is a consultant in the Commercial Property Team. Graeme has over…
 Jennifer Rogerson  photo Jennifer Rogerson Jennifer is a partner in the firm’s commercial property team and is…
 Philippa Roles  photo Philippa Roles Philippa Roles is a consultant solicitor specialising in advising businesses and business…
 Peter Rolph  photo Peter Rolph Peter is the firm’s Managing Partner and head of the dispute resolution…
 Daniel Sanders  photo Daniel Sanders Daniel is a partner and the head of the family team. He…
 Emma Stainwright  photo Emma Stainwright Emma specialises in residential development and social housing working with private developers,…
 Joanna Staples  photo Joanna Staples Joanna will guide you through the sometimes daunting conveyancing process. She has…
 Tim Stone  photo Tim Stone Tim is a partner and is the company and commercial team leader.…
 Theo Tendler  photo Theo Tendler Solicitor
 Alice Toop  photo Alice Toop Alice is a dispute resolution solicitor in our top-tier Dispute Resolution Team.…
 Chris Twaits  photo Chris Twaits Chris is a partner and head of the firm’s commercial property team.…
 Deborah West  photo Deborah West Deborah West is Head of Employment Law at Steele Raymond LLP. Deborah…
 Melanie Wilkins  photo Melanie Wilkins Melanie Wilkins is an Associate in Steele Raymond’s Private Client team in…
 Amelia Williams  photo Amelia Williams Amelia Williams is a senior associate in the Dispute Resolution team, specialising…
Number of partners : 15
Number of other fee-earners : 34
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CLIENT: Robert Braithwaite CBE DL / Sunseeker
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “I instructed the company takeover team at Steele Raymond LLP due to their excellent reputation and the strength and depth of their people. The team worked tirelessly to achieve a successful completion of the sale and it was a pleasure to work with such driven, focussed and talented individuals. Like Sunseeker, Steele Raymond LLP has grown to become a leader locally in its field and I very much look forward to continuing my working relationship with the firm for many years to come”.


CLIENT: Bath Travel
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “We were delighted with the service provided by the Steele Raymond team. This was a complex transaction, Bath Travel being a 90 year old company with a large portfolio of freehold and leasehold properties across seven counties. We would like to thank all the Steele Raymond lawyers for their dedication to getting the deal done on time”.


CLIENT: BOFA International
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “I was very impressed with the support my family and I received from Steele Raymond throughout the sale process. The teams were exceptionally knowledgeable, efficient and dedicated to ensuring this complex deal was completed successfully.”


CLIENT: Selwood Ltd
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Selwood has been through enormous change over the last 22 years with Steele Raymond, and during that time they have always provided a comprehensive and highly responsive top quality service which we trust as the best in the region. I know I can always rely on Peter Rolph and the team for forthright advice and support.”


CLIENT: Unicorn Training Group
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Having worked with Craig Hardman and the Steele Raymond team on a number of transactions we have an experienced relationship that allows us to focus on moving forward with our growth plans quickly and more efficiently than ever before. Steele Raymond’s commercial advice coupled with practical guidance has been invaluable over the

years in helping us move forward and is unmatched in my experience. The team from Smith & Williamson were of great assistance and their skills and experience added significantly to the deal.”


CLIENT: Parvalux Electric Motors Ltd
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “We have had a close working relationship with Steele Raymond for over 10 years, their understanding of our business helped the whole legal process significantly. Their team of commercial solicitors has the experience to advise on, and bring to completion, these sorts of overseas transactions whilst ensuring the process progresses professionally and as efficiently as possible.”


CLIENT: Rushton Dog Rescue
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “We can’t thank Steele Raymond enough for all of their help and guidance throughout the acquisition process. They were friendly, professional and helped to drive the transaction forward to ensure that we secured the property.”


CLIENT: Lakeview Manor, Devon
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “The advice and assistance we have received from Chris, Nick and the team at Steele Raymond over many years has always been clear, concise and delivered in a commercial, efficient manner.”


CLIENT: Pines Hotel, Swanage
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “The advice and assistance we have received from Steele Raymond over many years has always been clear, concise and always delivered efficiently. This meant that the transaction could move forward as seamlessly as possible, and we are grateful for all their legal assistance over the years.”


CLIENT: RBA Restaurants UK Limited
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “The commercial and property teams at Steele Raymond were always there when I needed them. Launching a restaurant brings together so many variables and complexities, but having a legal team that could help manage those complexities made the whole process run as smoothly as possible.”


CLIENT: TJD Investments
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “The commercial and property teams at Steele Raymond impressed me from day one. Nick and the team have knowledge of the manufacturing sector and this was invaluable and helped with the legal acquisition process run as smoothly as possible for the benefit of all parties.”


CLIENT: Graytone Limited
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “The acquisition represents a great opportunity for the Graytone group of companies in terms of expanding our global reach through ADDEV Materials’ facilities in Europe and North America, and the potential to widen

our product portfolio to our ever- increasing customer base. The teams at Steele Raymond and PKF Francis Clark ensured a smooth process and helped deliver excellent value for the shareholders.”


CLIENT: Coppice Hotel, Torquay
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “We are extremely pleased with the sale to the Carlauren Group and wish them all the best with the hotel going forward. The advice and assistance we received from Steele Raymond in the sale process was clear, concise, commercial and delivered efficiently and effectively meaning the transaction could move forward to completion as planned”.


CLIENT: Hyphose Limited
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Having worked with Craig and the team at Steele Raymond for a number of years, the benefit of having a team that know your business is invaluable. The professionalism in which the legal sale process has been undertaken benefitted us greatly and we are delighted with the outcome for all parties.”


CLIENT: PDQ Airspares
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Steele Raymond’s understanding of the aviation industry helped the legal process run much more efficiently. This coupled with having a team of commercial solicitors that we have worked with for several years really did benefit the transaction and I thank the team at Steele Raymond who were exceptionally professional throughout.”


CLIENT: Arden Communications Group
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Nick Davies and the Steele Raymond team have been by our side through a number of complex negotiations over a number of years. The relationship that has been built over this time has helped us move forward efficiently with our ambitions for growth and then eventually exit. We are delighted to have sold the Group to Babble and wish them every success for the future. As always, Steele Raymond’s advice and assistance has been invaluable. Their service levels have been outstanding and we would highly recommend them to any other business going down a similar route to the one taken by Arden.”


CLIENT: Viper 10 Limited
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Having a team of commercial solicitors by our side who understood our business inside and out helped us immensely. The commercial team at Steele Raymond were exceptionally professional throughout the whole sales process and on point at every turn, operating quickly and efficiently.”


CLIENT: Challenge Group Limited, Hong Kong
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Steele Raymond’s advice and coordination on this significant international transaction was essential to meet the tight time frames. The team handled all matters expertly and were able to find a path through trickier moments as and when those arose. As a result the process was as smooth as is possible when selling multiple companies at once.”


CLIENT: Rotable Repairs Group Limited
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Having a team of commercial solicitors that we have worked with for several years and who understood the aviation industry benefited the transaction immensely. The commercial team at Steele Raymond were exceptionally proficient, diligent, professional, and on point at every turn of this transaction.”


CLIENT: Broadshade Group Ltd
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “We enjoy a very close working relationship with Broadshade Group Ltd, providing a full range of commercial property investment and development legal services. We have been delighted to assist them with regard to this further acquisition in the Bristol market.”


CLIENT: Passenger Technology Group
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Having a lawyer on my side who comes up with a creative, intelligent and legal solution to a commercial challenge is fantastic. Steele Raymond is consistently professional, provide a very high quality of service and adhere to their word.”


CLIENT: Arden Communications Group
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Having worked with Nick Davies and the Steele Raymond team on a number of acquisitions we now have a relationship that allows us to focus on moving forward with transactions quickly and efficiently. Steele Raymond’s advice and assistance was as invaluable as ever in completing these acquisitions. Steele Raymond always provide outstanding service levels which is unmatched in my experience.”


CLIENT: Hotel Collingwood, Bournemouth
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: As a business, it is very important for us that we use the right advisers and an experienced commercial solicitor to ensure the transaction runs smoothly and achieves the best commercial outcome. Nick, and his team did an excellent job. Steele Raymond have depth of knowledge across all of their commercial teams which has given us the confidence in our decisions and clarity for the future.”


CLIENT: Stewarts Garden Centres
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “The commercial legal advice provided to us by the team at Steele Raymond has been of huge value throughout this acquisition. The Steele Raymond team has been by our side every step of the way, providing responsive and first-class commercial advice.”


CLIENT: MouthPeace Dental
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “The commercial legal advice provided to me by the team at Steele Raymond has been of huge value throughout this sale. As they have been involved in a number of sales of dental practices previously the Steele Raymond team was able to anticipate any challenges that we may have faced and dealt with them early on. Their commercial advice was first-class.”


CLIENT: The Hill Brush Company Ltd
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “The legal advice provided to us by Steele Raymond has been of huge value throughout this long and complex development process. The Steele Raymond team has been by our side every step of the way, providing responsive and first-rate advice.


CLIENT: Slumbersac Trading
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “As a business it was important that we surround ourselves with the right advisers and an experienced commercial solicitor that would help us grow was one of those. Steele Raymond have depth of knowledge across all of their commercial teams has given us the confidence to grow the business knowing that we are built on very solid foundations.”


CLIENT: Ability Projects
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “I was impressed with the support we received from the Steele Raymond team throughout the sale of our business. They were exceptionally knowledgeable, efficient and dedicated to ensuring this complex deal was completed successfully. Steele Raymond’s service was truly top quality and I would have no hesitation at all in recommending them to any other business owner potentially wishing to realise their assets.”


CLIENT: Intelligent Insurance
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Intelligent Insurance has some very ambitious plans. As a business it is vital for us to be surrounded by the right commercial solicitors to support these ambitions. Bournemouth is well known for its strong financial services sector, and it also has a top tier commercial law firm in Steele Raymond. Nick Davies and the corporate team have provided an outstanding level of support and expert advice on a range of complex commercial legal matters.”


CLIENT: Arden Group
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “It was extremely valuable to have Steele Raymond’s advice and assistance in relation to this acquisition, which marks a major step in the development of our business. The Steele Raymond team was highly responsive and dedicated to making sure our commercial objectives were met, and provided a genuinely top quality service throughout the process.”


CLIENT: The Clark Group
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: ““Steele Raymond’s advice and assistance was as invaluable as ever in completing this acquisition. We have worked with Nick and the Steele Raymond team many times over the years and they always provide a comprehensive top tier service which we know and trust as the best in the region.”


CLIENT: The Clark Group
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “We have worked with Nick and the Steele Raymond team many times over the years and they always provide a comprehensive top tier service which we know and trust as the best in the region.”


CLIENT: FusionWiFi
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Bournemouth is a great centre for technology companies, helped very much by Bournemouth Borough Council’s forward-thinking approach to its infrastructure and support for local technology SMEs. Bournemouth also has a top tier law firm in Steele Raymond, who have proven themselves from the outset to be knowledgeable, reliable and dependable, offering us invaluable expert advice on a wide range of complicated legal matters.”


CLIENT: Golden Acres Group
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “I was very pleased to have Steele Raymond’s advice and assistance in relation to the sale of my company, which I have grown over many years. The team worked tirelessly to ensure that my commercial objectives were met. I would recommend anyone buying or selling a company to use Steele Raymond’s top tier commercial team.”


CLIENT: Subsea Vision Limited
COMPANY/FIRM: Steele Raymond LLP Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “Thanks to the highly professional team at Steele Raymond, the takeover went very smoothly. Their help and support proved invaluable. It enabled us to enter into discussions and negotiations with the confidence that all legal aspects and requirements had been thoroughly investigated. The advice we received was first class”.

The Lex 100 Verdict

Bournemouth's Steele Raymond 'punches above its weight in terms of the high-quality commercial work it undertakes'. A 'very well-organised and structured assessment day' where trainees 'had the chance to talk to the chairman and managing partner from the outset' impressed recruits. In fact, the firm came across as so 'friendly and welcoming' that one respondent 'felt at home from the first time I came here'. Whilst 'trainees are expected to work hard, 'supervisors don't believe in us staying late in the office simply for the sake of appearances'. But this does not mean recruits have to compromise on responsibility in any way, rather they are 'given the opportunity to take ownership of matters', which 'prepares [them] for life as an NQ'. Steele Raymond has earned an impressive seven Lex 100 Winner awards this year; quality of work and partner approachability just a couple of the medals the firm has amassed. One grumble was that 'trainee salaries lag behind other firms', with another trainee bemoaning the 'salary level in the second year of the training contract'. That the firm is not very well known outside of Dorset, 'despite having a number of very large clients', was also a bugbear. Worst moments were 'having to say no to work from a partner because my workload was already too high' and 'being faced with an upset client in a particularly sad case'. A genuine high point, however, was 'my six months in the company commercial team where I was treated to a varied and fast-paced caseload and partners devoted considerable time to help me develop'. To work with people who are 'friendly and happy to help' in a firm which is a few minutes' walk from some of Bournemouth's best beaches – what's not to like?', research Steele Raymond.