Firm Profile > Steele Raymond LLP > Bournemouth , South West

Steele Raymond LLP
South West

Commercial litigation: Dorset and South Wiltshire Tier 1

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.

Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire Tier 1

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 ‘excellentEmma 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.

Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire Tier 1

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.

Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire Tier 2

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.

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.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

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.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

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.

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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Tim Stone 01202 294566
Managing Partner Peter Rolph 01202 294566
Corporate & Commercial Tim Stone 01202 294566
Commercial Litigation/Litigation Peter Rolph 01202 294566
Commercial Property Chris Twaits 01202 294566
Education John Andrews 01202 294566
Private client Sue Adams 01202 294566
Tax Sue Adams 01202 294566
Family Daniel Sanders 01202 294566
Residential Property Sue Middleton 01202 294566
Development & Social Housing Emma Stainwright 01202 294566
Employment Law Peter Rolph 01202 294566
Construction Peter Rolph 01202 294566
Pension Property Investment Caroline Probert 01202 294566
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sue Adams  photo Sue Adams
 Paul Causton  photo Paul Causton
 Hannah Dare  photo Hannah Dare
 Bryony Davies  photo Bryony Davies
 Nick Davies  photo Nick Davies
 Paula Eckton  photo Paula Eckton
 Chris Elliott  photo Chris Elliott
 Carol Elliott  photo Carol Elliott
 Nikki Gates  photo Nikki Gates
 Shaun Guppy  photo Shaun Guppy
 Lindsay Halliwell  photo Lindsay Halliwell
 Johanna Hammersley  photo Johanna Hammersley
 Craig Hardman  photo Craig Hardman
 Tom Johnson  photo Tom Johnson
 Paul Longland  photo Paul Longland
 Lauren Meade  photo Lauren Meade
 Kayleigh Medland  photo Kayleigh Medland
 Sue Middleton  photo Sue Middleton
 Luke Mowbray  photo Luke Mowbray
 Rosanna Parker  photo Rosanna Parker
 Jennifer Possante  photo Jennifer Possante
 Caroline Probert  photo Caroline Probert
 Graeme Roberts  photo Graeme Roberts
 Jennifer Rogerson  photo Jennifer Rogerson
 Peter Rolph  photo Peter Rolph
 Daniel Sanders  photo Daniel Sanders
 Emma Stainwright  photo Emma Stainwright
 Joanna Staples  photo Joanna Staples
 Tim Stone  photo Tim Stone
 Alice Toop  photo Alice Toop
 Chris Twaits  photo Chris Twaits
Number of partners : 15
Number of other fee-earners : 32
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