Firm Profile > Steele Raymond LLP > Bournemouth, England
Steele Raymond LLP Offices
43 RICHMOND HILL
Steele Raymond LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Steele Raymond LLP, which handles the full range of disputes for local clients, has had a notable increase in property litigation, construction litigation and professional negligence mandates. Peter Rolph (who has over 36 years of commercial litigation experience) heads up the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of Lauren Hayes from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Hayes covers a wide range of commercial disputes, with a particular specialism in contentious intellectual property matters. Hannah Dare is recommended for her property litigation expertise, which includes landlord and tenant disputes and applications under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
‘Very experienced in dealing with all kinds of commercial disputes, and can be relied upon to proceed with a case in a sensible and proportionate manner‘
‘Very practical and good with people, excellent at understanding the client’s needs and finding the best way to achieve the best possible outcome‘
‘They act pragmatically and advise you on the options and likely costs‘
‘The core team has been together for many years and have a good understanding of our business and the problems that we face. They handled matters in a competent, professional manner whilst remaining approachable at all times‘
‘Peter Rolph is a highly experienced litigator who takes a practical approach‘
‘Alice Toop is organised and very thorough‘
‘Peter Rolph has an excellent legal and commercial brain‘
‘I have found Peter to be careful, efficient and knowledgeable of the area; he steered a difficult claim with great sensitivity and expertise. He was ably supported by Alice Toop‘
‘I have found all the individuals I have dealt with to be outstanding. Always available to explain legal procedures in layman’s terms and their advice has been invaluable‘
‘Peter Rolph and Alice Toop have been exceptional, so helpful and knowledgeable in their dealings with me, I cannot praise them highly enough‘
‘Peter Rolph and Alice Toop were extremely friendly and listened to my problem; as a result, one already felt at ease‘
‘Partners Peter Rolph, Tim Stone, Paul Longland and Jennifer Rogerson embody the capabilities that we value in the firm‘
‘Lauren Hayes joined the team relatively recently but has achieved some excellent results for us‘
‘Nikki Gates has handled work for us for many years with considerable success‘
Steele Raymond LLP's team advises on matters such as sales and acquisitions of properties, leases, licenses, mortgages and charges, among others. Practice head Chris Twaits is ‘proactive and demonstrates an extremely high level of professional skills and ability’. Jennifer Rogerson, who is ‘always attentive and highly professional’, excels in retail sector landlord and tenant work, as well as investment and pension property investment mandates. The ‘excellent’ Emma Stainwright handles residential development mandates for landowners and regional housebuilders. Carol Elliott and associate Kayleigh Medland are also highly recommended. In April 2019, Caroline Probert joined from Trethowans LLP.
‘Very responsive and always willing to help even under great pressure’
‘The firm’s commercial property service exceeds other property firms in the area’
‘The team is thorough, comes up with creative solutions, and has a highly professional approach’
‘The team adopts a personal approach but it is also sufficiently big in size to handle more demanding issues’
Toogoods Property Company
West Wales Airport
Grange Mill Investments
World of Water Garden Centre
West Quay Holdings Poole
Pivotal Homes Group
Bournemouth Churches Housing Association
Harry J Palmer
GP Commercial Investments
Old Malthouse (Purbeck)
Stewarts Garden Centres
The Jurassic Coffee Company
Steele Raymond LLP undertakes a broad range of corporate and commercial work, although its primary specialism is in the M&A market. Share buybacks, corporate demergers and MBOs are bedrocks of the practice, while aircraft acquisitions and renewable energy projects have been areas of significant expansion. Tim Stone heads up both the corporate and commercial teams, with his experience leaning towards corporate M&A. New arrival Paula Eckton has a wealth of commercial experience, having previously led the team at Trethowans LLP.
‘The team fully understands our commercial needs and desire to minimise legal fees. A great level of experience in dealing with corporate matters with all sizes of businesses. The key people are interested in getting to know our business. You feel every time you contact them you can pick up from where you last left off, without the need to explain the basics all the time. That sense of stability really matters.’
‘This team helped us through our first business acquisition process. They were very supportive throughout and very thorough. They had a clear focus on the key parts of the deal and made sure that everything was covered off before we completed. Their attention to detail and guidance were greatly appreciated as was their accessibility when we needed to contact them. They are a very competent team that filled you with confidence that they would deliver the right result which they did.’
‘I have had some complicated and difficult corporate matters that required some detailed expert knowledge and also a great deal of patience in ensuring a successful outcome. They involved complicated people and situations. They took the time to understand all the nuances of complicated legal and personality problems with understanding, integrity and a clearness of thought.’
‘What is unique about Steele Raymond is that they consistently deliver on what they actually say you can expect from them. The client experience focus is tangible and evidenced by their partner-led approach, which is accessible and responsive. The transparency on fees is refreshing, however, the stand out aspect from my personal experience is the plain English ethos which allows our business to act quickly and professionally.’
‘Steele Raymond represent a hands on and senior led advisory practice. Having worked them in both a corporate and private capacity, they take the time to understand both the issues and the personalities involved and how their advice both needs to be technically accurate but capable of being delivered and the best outcome reached in the specific circumstances involved.’
‘A well resourced commercial/contract team who importantly are prompt to respond, willing to take on challenges and have a very pragmatic approach to setting out agreements which helps to ease the whole process.’
Extremely good presentation. First impression of office ambience is very professional. We have a good working relationship with the senior partner Tim Stone and his team. Very knowledgeable and thorough. Other firms have not had the specialist knowledge our clients were looking for.’
‘Individuals demonstrate they know our business, it’s key drivers and key objectives.’
‘We worked with Tim Stone on a long-term corporate matter. His thoughtful and considered advice to us in an unfamiliar situation was of enormous help in coming to our final conclusions. He was always available to discuss matters and his experience in these matters was invaluable.’
‘They are responsive, delivering when agreed no matter how big (or small) the piece of work across a range of specialisms.’
‘Tim Stone leads from the front and guided us through the process. He is very approachable but with a keen eye for the major issues.’
‘Tim Stone provides a very personal hands-on approach with a clear understanding of all matters along with good legal knowledge and an excellent negotiating ability. I have rarely found a lawyer who has the integrity of Tim and who has such excellent qualities and wish to do the very best for his clients.’
‘One standout partner at Steele Raymond is Paula Eckton. What impresses me, is that Paula not only manages to decipher what I am trying to articulate but similarly articulates her response in such a way that really helps me understand the context and purpose. This ability enables me to converse and negotiate confidently with our customers whilst supporting my personal development.’
‘I’ve worked with both Tim Stone and Craig Hardman, on cases where the personalities (both client and other side) have been hugely challenging. Their advice always reflects both the legal position but also the practical achievement of the best outcome for the client. Often in advisory firms the concept of delivering good advice can be forgotten in identifying the legal situation. At Steele Raymond they focus on the outcome and how to achieve that and guide and advise their clients to understand what is both deliverable and a good outcome for them.’
‘Paula Eckton is without doubt one of the best commercial/contract lawyers I have come across. She is a very dedicated individual who strives to get the best out of the parties involved. She is highly responsive , experienced and pragmatic in her approach.’
‘Tim Stone is extremely grounded and is able to deliver complicated topics in a coherent way. Paul Longland is also of a similar personality. They are a pleasure to deal with.’
Clark family, Clark Group, Parvalux Electric Motors
Robert Braithwaite (founder of Sunseeker International Yachts)
Lewis family, Rotable Repairs, PDQ Airspares
Challenge Group (HK)
Goadsby Estate Agency Group
Viper 10 Sportswear
The Hill Brush Company Limited
Steele Raymond LLP's contentious work is a notable area of growth; the firm is increasingly active in discrimination cases, in particular. It also undertakes a a significant volume of whistleblowing matters. Elsewhere, the firm has a strong flow of non-contentious work, which includes assisting clients with service agreements and TUPE transfers. In addition, the team has expertise in long-term sick leave and income protection policies. Team head Amy Cousineau Massey works with Peter Rolph, who has experience of restructurings, share packages and post-termination restrictions.
‘For me what makes Steele Raymond LLP unique is whoever I come into contact with at the practice, I find I am dealt with in a friendly, professional and approachable manner.
‘The team can be relied upon to deliver what they say they are going to and I have no doubt at all that our working relationship will strengthen even more over time‘
‘I especially appreciate their clear communication, how they manage my expectations re: budget and expected duration of work, and their expert knowledge which has often proved greater than lawyers I have used in the past‘
‘An excellent team with a very practical and commercial outlook‘
‘The employment team builds strong relationships with their clients through understanding of their needs and commercial requirements. They are pragmatic and empathetic in their approach, and honest with their advice‘
‘They responded very quickly and guided us through a potentially tricky and very time consuming situation with ease. They came up with a practical solution to sensitive issue which solved the situation completely‘
‘I would specifically recommend Amy Cousineau-Massey‘
‘Amy Cousineau-Massey has high emotional intelligence, and is shrewd in her advice‘
‘Amy is approachable, engaging and an expert in her field. She offers effective legal solutions to complex employment cases by taking a pragmatic approach and fully understanding the commercial reality of any given situation. Amy is also keen to support and build working relationships within professional networks for the mutual benefit of all concerned. In short, Amy is a pleasure to work with and a credit to her profession‘
‘We worked with Amy Cousineau Massey and Peter Rolph during a recent restructuring exercise. The situation was fast moving and Amy and Peter gave swift and clear answers to issues that we encountered during the process. It made a difficult easier to deal with knowing that we had excellent legal advice available very quickly‘
‘The calmness of both Peter Rolph and Amy Cousineau Massey is a breath of fresh air within the legal arena. They are both strategic yet pragmatic in their approach to their work and their clients. Quite simply, they are a pleasure to work with and they accomplish outstanding results‘
‘Amy Cousineau Massey is a very approachable and resourceful. She is very accessible and has provided some very helpful and cost effective solutions to some tricky situations‘
Family Tier 2
Steele Raymond LLP advises on financial remedy and cohabitation disputes, as well as on financial settlements after divorce and relationship breakdown. The practice also covers the drafting and negotiation of prenuptial agreements and assists with the protection of assets. Polish-speaking practice head Daniel Sanders handles child-related matters such as relocation disputes and regularly acts for members of Polish community groups. Senior associate Lindsay Halliwell is a family mediator and advises on urgent interim child arrangements. High-net-worth individuals, landowners and business owners count to the practice’s key clients.
Steele Raymond LLP handles contested probate and trust disputes and Inheritance Act claims. The firm is experienced in handling disputes regarding offshore trusts and cross-border estates. Clients involve high-net-worth claimants and defendants as well as executors. Another key aspect of the work is advising contentious matters regarding wills constructed by or on behalf of elderly clients with insufficient mental capacity as well as disputes concerning undue influence asserted on vulnerable clients.
Education Tier 3
Steele Raymond LLP is deeply embedded in the education sector, with members of its team having experience of serving as school governors. It acts for independent and maintained schools and colleges on governance and staffing arrangements as well as student/staff discipline, among other matters.. John Andrews, who heads up the department, has particular experience of handling appeals, including those involving decisions about pupils’ admissions. Peter Rolph represents clients in disputes over employment, construction and commercial affairs. The team has particular expertise advising clients on issues associated with individuals with special educational needs.
‘A very solid and highly professional team‘
Steele Raymond LLP specialises in technical tax issues, including advice on the taxation of offshore assets, inheritance tax, estate tax returns and the tax-efficient termination of trusts. The practice is also experienced in administering trusts and estates. The team additionally provides regulatory advice regarding company reorganisations and stamp duty land tax. Another field of expertise is the drafting of wills.
The private client team has a great tax expertise which is a big bonus; it can interface very well with accountants and link well
Sue Adams and her team really are a credit to the firm
Sue Adams is very approachable and easily understood and a pleasure to deal with
Property litigation Tier 4
The property litigation team at Steele Raymond LLP is knowledgeable about a full spectrum of contentious issues arising in relation to both commercial and residential property. Senior associate Hannah Dare, who leads the team, advises on disputes arising from the ownership, leasing and management of land. The team expanded its offering by hiring solicitor Lauren Hayes from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2018.
‘Steele Raymond has a litigation practice which provides solid legal advice and works closely with its clients‘
‘All team members are very competent, professional and focused‘
‘Steele Raymond’s property team is second to none‘
‘Hannah Dare provides comprehensive and commercially strong advice‘
‘Hannah Dare has a steady hand in guiding clients through difficult processes‘
Bournemouth Churches Housing Association
Grange Mill Investments Limited
South Somerset District Council
Steele Raymond LLP > Firm Profile
This leading south coast practice serves business clients of all sizes. Company and commercial law, including a wide range of corporate transactions and commercial property deals, are notable strengths and the firm also has particular expertise in education law, employment and construction litigation. Specialist commercial tax is a strength and private client services, including related tax advice, are also provided.
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.
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.
Steele Raymond LLP has both the capacity and expertise to respond effectively to clients needs, as well as the skills to communicate its advice clearly. The firm adopts a commercial and proactive approach to solving problems.
In the past year, the firm has continued to handle a significant number of quality transactions.
The firm is willing to undertake agency work in civil and employment matters.
Types of work undertaken: Company and commercial expertise covering a wide range of matters, including major acquisitions, venture capital, management buyouts and buyins, mergers and demergers. Expertise is offered in company formation and partnership (including LLPs), receivership and insolvency, commercial leases and contracts, EU regulations and compliance, intellectual property, and planning and environmental law. Commercial property sales and purchases are a notable strength, and major greenfield developments and large scale construction projects are handled.
All types of commercial litigation and dispute resolution are dealt with, including arbitrations, mediations, construction litigation and debt recovery; also commercial contracts and distribution and agency agreements. Employment law is a speciality, both contentious and non-contentious. One member is a CEDR-accredited mediator.
The firm’s expertise in education law is recognised by the Law Society, which has made a number of education law client referrals to Steele Raymond LLP. Private client work includes tax and estate planning, trust advice, and Inheritance Act claims, as well as wills and probate. Personal injury cases are also dealt with.
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|Managing Partner||Peter Rolphemail@example.com||01202 294566|
|Corporate & Commercial||Tim Stonefirstname.lastname@example.org||01202 294566|
|Commercial Litigation/Litigation||Peter Rolphemail@example.com||01202 294566|
|Commercial Property||Chris Twaitsfirstname.lastname@example.org||01202 294566|
|Education||John Andrewsemail@example.com||01202 294566|
|Private client||Sue Adamsfirstname.lastname@example.org||01202 294566|
|Tax||Sue Adamsemail@example.com||01202 294566|
|Family||Daniel Sandersfirstname.lastname@example.org||01202 294566|
|Residential Property||Sue Middletonemail@example.com||01202 294566|
|Development & Social Housing||Emma Stainwrightfirstname.lastname@example.org||01202 294566|
|Employment Law||Peter Rolphemail@example.com||01202 294566|
|Construction||Peter Rolphfirstname.lastname@example.org||01202 294566|
|Pension Property Investment||Caroline Probertemail@example.com||01202 294566|
Staff FiguresNumber of partners : 15 Number of other fee-earners : 32
LanguagesEnglish Polish French Spanish Farsi (Persian)
MembershipsSociety of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) Resolution CEDR
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- South West Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire
- South West Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire
- South West Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire