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

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Steele Raymond LLP's 'experienced, well-resourced and friendly' dispute resolution team attracts praise for its 'professional and proactive advice and strategic thinking with excellent solutions' across a range of commercial litigation. The group is led by 'very experienced litigator' Peter Rolph, who handles a range of commercial disputes and professional negligence claims, and is particularly popular among Dorset-based corporates. Senior associate Hannah Dare, solicitor Alice Toop and senior associate Amelia Williams (who recently joined from Lester Aldridge LLP adding a breadth of experience in construction, property and contractual disputes) are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Peter Rolph

Testimonials

‘I always feel reassured to have Steele Raymond on my side of the table when approaching disputes, tricky discussions and negotiations. Their communication and soft skills are really quite deft, and I have full confidence that I will be well advised and represented.’

‘I am pleased to work with Peter Rolph, who manages to balance wit and gentle humour to diffuse situations, but can also take a more formal stance and approach as the situation dictates. I wouldn’t want to sit across from Peter, but am glad to have him on my side.’

‘Peter Rolph was quick to understand the commercial situation of our dispute and ensured his talented team were able to react swiftly. Alice Toop had a thorough understanding of our case and could be trusted to act promptly and effectively as required.’

‘A large South-west outfit who act on the corporate and disputes sides of significant transactions. They are experienced, well-resourced and friendly.’

‘Peter Rolph is a very good litigator and a pleasure to work with. He is very approachable and gives sound, commercial advice drawing upon many years of litigation experience.’

‘I have found the partners I have used to be exceptional within their fields of expertise. They provide professional and proactive advice and strategic thinking with excellent solutions.

‘Peter Rolph is a very experienced litigator who doesn’t mess around and goes straight for the jugular.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Steele Raymond LLP fields a team of practitioners with a range of specialities; it covers lease renegotiations, rent concessions and surrenders, and SIPP and SSAS pension property investment matters. Its clients include  investors and occupiers, developers and landowners. Team head Chris Twaits is a key advisor in the latter. Jennifer Rogerson is knowledgeable in retail landlord and tenant work, and Emma Stainwright specialises in social housing development. Carol Elliott is a 'is a very safe pair of hands' and senior associate Johanna Hammersley  is a SIPP and SSAS expert.

Practice head(s):

Chris Twaits

Testimonials

‘The strength of any business is its ability to perform when faced with difficulty, no more so than our last sale dealt with by Steele Raymond in the midst of the pandemic and the restrictions of lockdown requiring the partners to work from home. The complexities of the sale did not hold up its progress , with the help different partners expertise being available when needed to enable a successful and speedy conclusion in the knowledge that we had received the legal advice and protection we needed as trustees of the property. ’

‘Chris Twaits has consistently shown to be efficient, knowledgeable, thorough and timely with every matter he has carried out for me. Always very accessible, easy to talk to and discuss concerns he gives you the confidence that the case will be concluded successfully. Unlike so many, you do not have to chase to find out about progress, he keeps you well informed, which takes the weight of the burden away from the time you have instructed.’

‘Very responsive and intelligent. Practical commercial advice that focused on commercial needs. ’

‘The property team at Steele Raymond are proactive, helpful and provide me with shrewd solutions and the advice I need to negotiate contracts to get the result I am aiming for. They are approachable, organised and often positively exceed expectations’

‘Johanna Hammersley: outstanding performance and conscientious dedication to get the job done. Always available and returned emails on her days off. Exceptionally conscientious. Absolute attention to detail. Working with financial advisors for a really efficient outcome. Jo went above and beyond. The advice she gave dealing with a party wall and the complications that went with this transaction were second to none. I could not have had a better solicitor. Truly grateful for all Jo’s hard work and very pleasant disposition.’

‘Great strategic review and then a tailored lease which chimed with condition of the units on our estate’

‘Most recently we have worked with Emma Stainwright knows her stuff – and all discussions and meetings I have had with her have been carried off with huge professionalism and a large dose of humour which we find refreshing. Always approachable, my team agree that she is a delight to deal with.’

‘Carol Elliott is a very safe pair of hands. We have used Carol’s service on at least 5 occasions and her advice and guidance has always helped us reach the required goal. She is very approachable, responsive and very attentive.’

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

Work highlights

  • Advised South Somerset District Council on the acquisition of a Fitness First investment in Poole.
  • Acted for AECC University College on the acquisition of St Thomas Garnet’s School in Bournemouth.
  • Advised Severnside Distribution Land Limited on the ongoing development and sale of plots at Central Park, Severnside, one of the largest strategic distribution warehouse schemes in the South West of England.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Steele Raymond LLP‘s ‘professional and dependable‘ Bournemouth-based team is known for its M&A work across the region, as well as for its multifaceted commercial offering. Areas of expertise include IT contracts, incentive schemes, share buy-backs and management buyouts, as well as franchise work. The department as a whole is led by Tim Stone, appreciated for his ‘calm, thoughtful and practical counsel‘, who is an M&A specialist. Solicitor Shaun Guppy is an up-and-coming member of the team, regularly assisting with corporate transactions. Paula Eckton has responsibility for the development of the team’s commercial work.

Practice head(s):

Tim Stone

Other key lawyers:

Paula Eckton; Shaun Guppy; Alexandra Clapp

Testimonials

‘Extremely thorough in their work and attentive to the client’s requirements.’

‘Professional, dependable, friendly, experienced, and very good communicators.’

‘Overall, the team has provided us with excellent advice over the last 12 months, culminating in the sale of our business. Lines of communications were maintained during Covid lockdowns via Teams meetings.’

‘We valued Tim Stone’s calm, thoughtful and practical counsel, especially when matters pertaining to the transaction became protracted and tricky. This led to a successful result.’

‘There is a wide range of experience and knowledge across the team, with subject experts available to give advice and guidance.’

‘The team are very knowledgeable on their subject areas, able to clearly explain issues and concepts in layman’s terms, and give great guidance on issues, both in legal and commercial terms. This gives me great confidence in the advice given by the practice.’

‘Their people are their best asset: individuals you genuinely want to get to know, who are always pragmatic and looking to deliver the best commercial solution within the boundaries of the law and legal precedent.’

‘It is a smaller personnel business but large enough to offer all corporate services. For me it is essential that I can get all aspects of a matter covered by one firm with sufficient in-house knowledge, resource and scope.’

Key clients

Harvest Fine Foods

Mediaology

Arden Group

Estate of Robert Braithwaite (founder of Sunseeker International Yachts)

Slumbersac

The Drewitt Group of Companies

The Clark Group

The Hill Brush Company Limited

Goadsby Estate Agency Group

Fusion Wifi

Work highlights

  • Advising the Drewitt Group in connection with the management buy-out of its electrical and fire safety division.
  • Advising Hotel Terravina Limited in connection with its sale of “Spot in the Woods” to hotel group Hillbrooke Hotels.
  • Advising the Riskstop Group in connection with various commercial arrangements with customers and suppliers.

Employment > Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Steele Raymond LLP's employment team works with both employers and high-level individuals, often advising senior executives on company entrances and exits, with a growing focus on international hires. The team also has a significant contentious practice, led by managing partner Peter Rolph, with expertise in post-termination restriction enforcement and restructuring matters. The team recently hired partner Deborah West to head up its employment team from Bournemouth. West primarily advises on corporate entries and exits.

Practice head(s):

Deborah West

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Wide range of experience and knowledge across the team, with subject experts available to give advice and guidance.’

‘Deborah West offers commercially pragmatic advice, balanced within the constraints of employment legislation. She has always taken the time to explain both her reasoning for a particular decision path and clearly explains the options available to us particularly when the situations are complex and/or contentious.’

‘Very knowledgeable on subject areas, able to clearly explain issues and concepts in layman’s terms, give great guidance on issues, both in legal and commercial terms. This gives me great confidence in the advice given by the practice. ’

‘The team provide exceptional client service and commercially focused advice to their clients. They understand their client requirements and work hard to find the best solution all around.’

‘Peter Rolph has outstanding experience in the employment and commercial field, enabling him to provide excellent client service. His calm and assuring way with clients provides confidence.’

Private client > Family Tier 2

Steele Raymond LLP offers expertise across a variety of divorce and financial remedy matters, with an additional focus on complex Children Act matters. While the team's primary client base is in the Dorset area, it has begun to attract an increasing number of clients both in the surrounding counties and internationally. Daniel Sanders leads the team from Bournemouth and specialises in complex, high-net-worth financial remedy matters, often involving substantial capital and income-based wealth. Lindsay Halliwell is also noteworthy both for her financial relief and children law work.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Sanders

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Daniel Saunders leads a young and hard-working team with good offices and a positive and friendly approach which is rapidly growing the firm’s reputation in family law.’

‘Lindsay Halliwell is a capable and confident solicitor who is a robust and effective litigator.’

‘The department benefits from high-net-worth clients, many of whom are regional business owners. The family team provides an appropriately professional service. Instructions are well-prepared, preparation for court hearings is high quality and there is a high level of client care. ’

‘Daniel Sanders is a highly experienced family litigator; particularly in financial remedy cases. He is numerically articulate and has a firm grasp of businesses, their value and how they should be managed in the context of a divorce. He builds an excellent rapport with clients. He is robust but pragmatic with his opponents.’

‘Steele Raymond are a firm with an exceptional reputation on the south coast. Clients receive a high quality service delivered by a personable and approachable team.

‘Lindsay Halliwell is a formidable lawyer. Her work ethic is second to none; she is able to provide realistic advice, delivered in the most sensitive of manners; as well as being one of the most approachable practitioners (with a cracking personality) ’

‘The team are very cohesive – they share information and ideas well within the team and actively support each other.’

‘The family team at Steele Raymond, led by Daniel Sanders, are an extremely impressive department.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

The small but specialised contentious trusts team at Steele Raymond LLP receives instructions on behalf of a variety of individuals, trustees and executors disappointed in estate execution. Practice head John Andrews offers a broad range of contentious services, with a particular focus on representing clients on either end of an inheritance act claim. The team also successfully deploys alternative dispute resolution methods to avoid expensive litigation.

Practice head(s):

John Andrews

Public sector > Education Tier 3

The Bournemouth-based team at Steele Raymond LLP assists schools, colleges and students from the independent and maintained sectors with a variety of matters; those include finance, commercial, property and employment issues. John Andrews, who leads the practice, also has previous experience as a governor, and Emma Stainwright is 'wise and with an acute eye for detail'.

Practice head(s):

John Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Emma Stainwright; Tim Stone

Testimonials

‘Emma Stainwright is an excellent partner at Steele Raymond – friendly approachable but also knowledgeable, wise and with an acute eye for detail.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Steele Raymond LLP's team advise on a full range of tax matters, as well as trust, estate administration, and Court of Protection matters. The 'exceptional' Sue Adams leads the practice from Bournemouth, focusing on work with international clients.

Practice head(s):

Sue Adams

Other key lawyers:

John Andrews

Testimonials

‘Great personal service, a ‘can do’ attitude with a truly caring approach every step of the way’

‘They have a holistic approach to clients and a strong client care ethic, as well as a broad range of technical expertise. ’

‘The Steele Raymond private client team has strength in depth.’

‘Sue Adams leads the team extremely capably. Sue is exceptional.’

‘The whole team have tax qualifications and can therefore offer a joined-up approach to private client instructions. ’

‘Quality comprehensive advice and in-depth knowledge of the subject matter. Cost-effective.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Steele Raymond LLP has 'in-depth knowledge of the local market on the South Coast.' The team specialises in lease extensions and collective enfranchisement matters, but also covers development disputes. It is led by senior associate Hannah Dare who acts in commercial as well as in residential disputes. Senior associate Amelia Williams represents clients in construction and broader contract litigation.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Dare

Other key lawyers:

Amelia Williams; Laura Offer

Testimonials

‘Highly professional, forward thinking, personable – I have limited involvement but have found them to be a firm of “excellence”.’

‘Hannah Dare has been very easy to deal with, skilled and proactive.’

‘During a difficult time for us in relation to the dispute we are having and with the complication of the Covid-19 crisis, Steele Raymond have continued to provide a top class service utilising whatever technology was necessary. It is clear that the firm quickly got to grips with the requirements and through excellent teamwork have kept everything running smoothly.’

‘Amelia Williams has been on top of the case from day one, hugely supportive, always available and always willing to give the advice we need, favourable to our case or not. We wanted to do things correctly, no corner cutting, no opportunism and in Amelia we have found an advisor who fits the bill perfectly.’

‘Steele Raymond have in-depth knowledge of the local market on the South Coast and the needs of their particular clients which I think many regional firms do not. The team is very client focussed, even inviting Counsel to attend client events to demonstrate to their clients the full range of services they can obtain through the firm.’

‘Hannah Dare is a stand out of the firm and will no doubt make partner in a short space of time. She is incredibly capable at managing clients and takes a commercially sensible approach to litigation, ensuring clients enter into the process with their eyes wide open. Hannah is a collaborative lawyer and often involves other members of the team in her matters. Hannah is a delight to work with and I have no doubt she will go far within the firm.’

‘I have also been fortunate to work with Amelia Williams on a particularly difficult and involved neighbour dispute. Amelia has managed the case impeccably, especially in dealing with aggressive and unpleasant litigant in person opponents. Amelia works around the clock to ensure clients get the best service possible and I very much look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.’

‘I have worked with Amelia Williams and Laura Offer both at this firm and their previous one. They are both a pleasure to work with. They perform very well, whilst being very approachable and always having time to listen.’

Key clients

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association

Jennings Racing

Selwood Group Plc

Goadsby Estate Agents

South Somerset District Council

Betting Shop Limited

South Coast Caterers Limited

Pennyfarthing Homes Limited

D Stewart & Sons Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided advice and notices to Electro Mechanical Systems Limited to successfully terminate 16 oral tenancies.
  • Assisted the sub-tenants in a disclaimer of an underlease against the wishes of the head landlord.
  • Acted for Birchmere Limited in pursuing a claim against former tenant for dilapidations.

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.

Types of work undertaken:

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Chairman Tim Stonetimstone@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
Managing Partner Peter Rolphpeterrolph@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
Corporate & Commercial Tim Stonetimstone@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
Commercial Litigation/Litigation Peter Rolphpeterrolph@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
Commercial Property Chris Twaitschristwaits@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
Education John Andrewsjohnandrews@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
Private client Sue Adamssueadams@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
Tax Sue Adamssueadams@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
Family Daniel Sandersdanielsanders@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
Residential Property Jennifer Rogersonjenniferrogerson@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
Development & Social Housing Emma Stainwrightemmastainwright@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
Employment Law Deborah Westdeborahwest@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
Construction Peter Rolphpeterrolph@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
Pension Property Investment Caroline Probertcarolineprobert@steeleraymond.co.uk01202 294566
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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-based Steele Raymond has a sterling reputation for its broad practice areas and friendly atmosphere. Trainees love the ‘friendliness of the working environment’ and the ‘family culture’. As one trainee puts it: ‘the benefit of working here is that you are not just an employee or a number. Everyone knows everyone no matter what office or department or level you work at'. The praises continues: 'we are treated with respect and the partners care about us as individuals, making Steele Raymond a great place to work as you always want to give 100% in return'. ‘A forward-thinking, modern firm that has a good work/life balance’, trainees say that the work more than matches up. Reassuringly, the firm ‘respects that you have a life outside of work and does not want you to give that up’. No surprise that Steele Raymond wins two Lex 100 Winner awards for work/life balance. The small intake allows for training to be more hands on: ‘we are offered the chance to gain real experience working with clients and I have been given real responsibility’. Negatives are few and far between, but include ‘lower second year salary than competitors’ and slow notice of seat changes. Highlights include ‘taking control over a file and completing a company reconstruction for one of the largest private landlords in the area’ and ‘assisting in a £3.9m company sale’. If you are looking to train on the South coast and want a small intake with lots of firm-wide support, Steele Raymond could be an ideal fit.