Firm Profile > Stevens & Bolton LLP > Guildford, England

Stevens & Bolton LLP
WEY HOUSE
FARNHAM ROAD
GUILDFORD
GU1 4YD
England

Banking and finance Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP is equally strong at advising borrowers and lenders on their most complex financing issues. On the lender side, clients include challenger banks, direct/alternative lenders and shareholder financiers. The firm also sits on the panels of UK and international banks. Reflective of the firm's excellent reputation, it has had a marked increase in asset-based lending work. In addition, it maintains strong workflows in other areas, such as acquisition/leveraged finance, real estate finance, general corporate debt finance and venture debt finance. Jonathan Porteous heads up the team, whose financing work often has a nexus to industries such as education, energy and infrastructure, as well as financial services, among others. Andrew Dodds and senior associate Laura Barrett are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Porteous

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Dodds; Laura Barrett

Testimonials

‘The team has been excellent to work with providing timely and comprehensive advice on complex cross border matters. Stevens & Bolton are a very sophisticated firm, offering responsive and hands on support at a very price competitive rate.’

‘Stevens & Bolton are unique in that they blend exceptionally high standards with a relaxed, gentile, regional, country location, like Guildford. They compare very favourably with the City law firms in terms of quality of service and the calibre of lawyers working for them. Yet, they are very competitive in terms of the range of services provided, efficacy of delivery and pricing. The teams we dealt with are diversified in terms of demographic age and gender, which is good to see.’

‘Andrew Dodds is very capable, confident and reassuring lawyer. His unique qualities are his extensive banking and finance knowledge and experience coupled with an ability to guide and explain complex dry legal jargon plainly and clearly. The things that stands out about Stevens & Bolton are their excellent service and advice given by an exceptional team of lawyers at various levels of their careers. It is pleasing to see the participation of partners, seniors, associates and trainees in facing the client and delivery of service. All the while, the advice and service is delivered smoothly and price sensitively. This gave us comfort that, not only are the partners attending to our work, but that they are consciously allowing juniors to rise up the ladder and gain knowledge, confidence and experience.’

‘Andrew Dodds provides a secure, trusted, guiding hand in our dealings with loan documents from our two major debt funders. He takes great care in assisting us to understand and appreciate the issues and offers practical advice and guidance so that we can find a resolve that is acceptable to all parties.’

‘We work very closely with Andrew Dodds. He is excellent and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Andrew Dodds always cuts to the legal issue clearly and efficiently. He ensures that complex banking problems are simplified into readily digestible and understandable content ensuring we can in turn provide clear instructions. He is an invaluable support and is always available. Super bright, personable and efficient.’

‘The flexibility and ability to work at high pace are a critical asset. The willingness to go the extra mile to get a deal done is what I look for and Stevens & Bolton were superb in this area.’

‘The swift grasping of highly complex issues and the ability to translate this to simplicity for non subject matter experts is a stand out trait in this team.’

Key clients

ICP Nurseries

Cresswell Nurseries

OakNorth Bank

Lloyds Bank

FBN Bank (UK)

Rock Rail

Aspria

Samsung

Meridian Audio

Pine Technologies

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 1

The 'fantastically strategic' Sarah Murray heads the dispute resolution team at Guildford's Stevens & Bolton LLP. The team handles a wide range of work from clients based across the UK and internationally, with expertise in international arbitration, working with clients in the energy, food and beverage, IT, retail, franchising, insurance and pharmaceutical sectors. Michael Frisby's practice has a notable international focus; he has worked with law firms from jurisdictions as far afield as the US, Germany, Malta, Botswana, South Africa and Dubai. Catherine Penny was promoted to the partnership in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Murray

Other key lawyers:

Michael Frisby; Catherine Penny; Richard King; Andrew Quick; Michael Stocks

Testimonials

‘The team brings a strong ability to handle litigation alongside complex regulatory issues.’

‘Very responsive, user-friendly and cost-effective team. They prove that you can send City quality work to firms outside the City.’

‘They are incredibly commercial in nature, and have taken the time to really understand the commercial drivers for us which has allowed them to shape their advice to our real needs. ’

‘The quality and reliability of the services is high. This is coupled with open and transparent fee arrangements.’

‘Their willingness to go the extra mile has been phenomenal. ’

‘They are capable of forming well-balanced team and addressing complex scenarios swiftly and efficiently where multi-jurisdiction claims arise.’

‘Sarah Murray is a rare litigator who is a pleasure to work with and is still fantastic strategically and gives absolutely nothing away.’

‘Sarah Murray’s client care is impeccable. She is the reason we use the firm. She really understands what we need and prefer in the advice and services provided.’

Key clients

Allianz Insurance plc

Philips Electronics UK Limited

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

Global Display Solutions SpA

Helios Oryx Limited

Drivex Business Solutions SL

Pycom Limited

Justice for SubPostmasters Alliance

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP works with a range of clients in sectors including office, retail, industrial and logistics, hotels, leisure, education and medical care, offering 'a central London service from an out-of-town firm'. The team has strengths advising on investment, real estate finance, and is increasingly handling development matters with an environmental, social and corporate governance focus too. Department head Andrew Steele has previously worked in Australia and London for a range of clients including developers, investors and corporate occupiers. Howard Lupton has particular expertise in handling work involving strategic land assembly and development and investment projects whilst Alex Watt has considerable experience advising clients on complicated option, promotion and overage arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Steele

Other key lawyers:

Howard Lupton; Alex Watt; Daryl Rivero; Sarah Kirwan

Testimonials

‘Stevens & Bolton give a fantastic all-round legal service, due to their multi specialist departments, and have helped us cover everything from commercial property legals to commercial business legals when required. Their seamless delivery of these services is commendable.’

‘The Stevens & Bolton team have strength in depth and have been well placed to give high quality advice across a wide range of issues. The quarterly free webinars are informative, concise, interesting, and relevant. Billing is accurate, timely and provides sufficient information.’

‘A central London service from an out-of-town firm. Excellent client liaison with individual attention from well qualified partners, whether it be with property acquisitions/disposals or in compiling and completing complicated JV agreements. They never lose sight of the client’s objectives and are able to advise and transact in a very professional manner. They also have a team that is strong in depth.’

‘Andrew Steele provides very good partner-level contact and is fully briefed and aware on how a transaction is progressing and what issues there may be. Very good at phoning the client and providing an update on progress.’ 

‘Alex Watt is exceptional in all areas in supporting our business. Especially when it comes to advice, execution, communication and the friendly approach that makes working together feel easier and smoother.’

‘I have worked closely with Sarah Kirwan on all of our property projects; she is undoubtedly one of the most competent professionals I have encountered. Sarah stands out because she is very knowledgeable and technically astute and is able to guide us through complex legal matters by providing tailored, commercial and relevant guidance. Sarah consistently demonstrates a clear awareness of our business objectives and always provides solutions that are congruent with our goals. I value Sarah’s approach to solving problems that we have encountered – she always adopts a pragmatic, creative approach and manages to deliver solutions where others would undoubtedly struggle. I greatly appreciate Sarah’s care for and commitment to our business and the manner in which she strives to overcome obstacles – it’s very clear that she is absolutely dedicated to supporting her clients. Sarah consistently demonstrates real strength in negotiating on our behalf to protect our objectives; this makes her an invaluable member of our team. When working on a project, Sarah is very much part of our team – she is completely aligned to us and there is no end to the commitment she devotes to achieving our objectives. She’s always available, consistently professional and a pleasure to work alongside.’

‘Daryl Rivero is not only highly responsive to me but when dealing with other solicitors responds with immediate turnaround following working and advising me on details of leases. Excellent legal knowledge, easy to work with and always available.’

‘Howard Lupton takes the time and makes the effort to get to know their clients and their businesses which results in a more responsive and pragmatic approach to advice.’

Key clients

2020 Capital

Adur District Council

Alpha/Social Long Income Fund

Boundary Real Estate Partners

City Apartments

CMS Developments Ltd

Day Group Ltd

Definition Capital/Abbey Wood Ltd

Diebold Nixdorf

Hambridge Ltd

HSBC

Leightons Holdings Ltd

Lloyds Bank plc

Lynton Developments

OakNorth Bank

Octopus Healthcare Development Ltd

Store Property Investments Ltd

University of Surrey

Virgin Care Ltd

Wilky Investments Ltd

Wimshurst Pelleriti

Construction Tier 1

The team at Stevens & Bolton LLP advises a range of clients on both contentious and non-contentious construction matters. The Guildford-based team is increasingly instructed by contractors for appointment negotiations and adjudications, and healthcare providers on new facility developments and extensions. Practice head Kimberley Eyssell is recommended for her contentious expertise, where she notably handles rail sector disputes and defect claims for contractors and subcontractors. Stephen Rockhill is a dual-qualified solicitor and engineer with experience in both private and public sector construction work. Ben Willis advises on a range of manufacturing, engineering, infrastructure, and retail projects.

Practice head(s):

Kimberley Eyssell

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Rockhill; Ben Willis

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Stevens & Bolton since 2019, in relation to 3 separate development projects. The team delivers a high level of service and commercial understanding; they are very responsive and creative in finding pragmatic solutions, and add value to our real estate development business.’

‘Stephen Rockhill combines his technical background with his legal knowledge and experience to very good effect, providing erudite and very well-balanced advice. ’

‘The team at Stevens & Bolton not only provide expert legal advice but are always practical and pragmatic in their approach.’

‘Stephen Rockhill, Kimberley Eyssell and Ben Willis demonstrate deep industry knowledge and are able to cover all aspects of construction and property issues. As a trained engineer, Stephen understands the practicalities of construction projects and always seeks a win-win rather than adversarial approach.’

‘The S&B team are always able to provide a strong team member that can deal with issues outside of the ordinary. It is the depth and breadth of their strengths that we find particularly valuable.’

‘Kimberley Eysell is the stand-out partner.  Highly engaged and communicative, with a great understanding of disputes strategy that is tuned to our business and the pathways to the right outcomes for us.’

‘We would certainly recommend Stephen Rockhill for his all-round sound advice. Stephen is knowledgeable, friendly and able to act as a sparring partner for more than just legal subjects.’

Key clients

Asahi

BLOC Hotels

CBRE Managed Services Ltd

Constantine Ltd

Faithdean plc

Institute of Cancer Research

Kia Motors (UK) Ltd

Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College

Royal Albert Hall

Scitech Engineering Ltd

Store Properties

VX Fiber Ltd

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP's corporate and commercial team handles a wide range of work; the team’s sector strengths lie in technology, insurance, education, and food and beverage, handling a significant number of international deals. James Waddell heads the corporate team and specialises in M&A and private equity transactions. The 'very experienced and hands-on' Richard Baxter handles a wide variety of corporate work, while Beverley Flynn who leads the commercial and technology team has extensive experience of major contracts and data protection work. Nicola Broadhurst specialises in business expansion advice for international businesses as well as owner managed ones. Environmental, social and governance work is a growing area of focus for the team.

Practice head(s):

James Waddell; Beverley Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Richard Baxter; Joe Bedford; Oscar Horwich; Keith Syson; Nick Atkins

Testimonials

‘They really do work as a team – whatever the issue they seem to have an expert at hand to look at the problem and everyone pulls together. When it comes to billing you don’t get it loaded with five or six individuals who have all contributed – you get a simple explanation on costs and hours, fully justified.’

‘Exceptional availability, problem-solving skills, out of the box thinking. They always provide great solutions and possible options.’

‘The M&A, competition and IP teams were of great support to a cross-border transaction we were working on. The teams, especially the M&A and competition teams, were very responsive and consistently able to provide what the client needed despite the tight timelines. Their advice was sound and to-the-point. There was easy access to all the partners on the team, who personally handled all the calls with the clients.’

‘James Waddell is our go-to corporate lawyer for M&A – bright, thorough, unflappable and easy to deal with.’

‘Beverly Flynn stands out for me. Very professional and extremely good at what she does.’

‘Richard Baxter is very experienced and hands-on.’

‘Oscar Horwich is very commercial, clear and concise in his advice and is always on hand for a quick response.’

‘Keith Syson is exceptional. Always ensures our queries are dealt with as a priority no matter how small. In terms of any deals, he is calm and measured ensuring that he navigates us through legal and more commercial hurdles seamlessly.’

Key clients

Philips

DocuSign

Slater & Gordon Group

Flint Wines

CANCOM

Bunzl

Rock Rail

ICP Nurseries

Beretta

Electric Gamebox

Quortus

Asmodee

Business Growth Fund

Kia Motors Limited

Lit Fibre

SecurMed UK

Zest Technology Limited

Der Touristik

Fuller, Smith & Turner Plc

Natures Way Foods Limited

FGX Europe

International Planned Parenthood Federation

Bluebell Railway Plc

Ylem Energy Limited

Corporate tax Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP's 'pragmatic and technical' corporate tax department focuses primarily on advising SMEs and entrepreneurs in relation to exit tax planning work and the tax aspects of M&A transactions and equity investments. Kate Schmit is known for advising a broad spectrum of clients, with particular expertise in assisting entrepreneurs with navigating the regulatory regime with respect to tax law. Associate Sarah Balchin is also recommended for her expertise in corporate tax structuring issues and real estate tax. Former partner Jamie Crawford left to join Gateley Plc in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Kate Schmit

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Balchin

Testimonials

‘Kate Schmit – excellent in all areas of corporate tax – responsive, commercial,  cost-effective.’ 

‘I feel that the key people are direct, responsive, obviously competent, to the point and professional.’

‘In the tax practice I have mostly worked with Sarah Balchin who has embodied the practice strengths of being responsive, to the point and professional. The responsible partner Kate Schmit delegates well but is just as responsive and professional when she needs to be.’

Key clients

Ylem Group Limited

Beyond Corporate Limited

Ignition Law Services Limited

CANCOM UK Limited

Seal Software Limited

Zenitech

Pomodo Limited

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP has a strong employment practice in Guildford, with clients from the technology, food and beverage, manufacturing, automotive and media sectors. The team has been increasingly acting in contentious work and Tribunal claims, and department head Kerry Garcia has expertise in business immigration and TUPE matters. Hannah Ford specialises in contentious work and is a founding member of the Lexis Nexis (Employment) Consulting Editorial Board, while Lloyd Davey often handles work with an international element.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Lloyd Davey; Hannah Ford

Testimonials

‘I found Stevens & Bolton very thorough and professional. They rapidly identified the best QC to support the case and we worked together very collaboratively to discuss and agree negotiation strategy and to manage the process through ACAS and through the prescribed employment tribunal process and timetables. I found them to be open minded, collaborative, agile, flexible and very focused on doing the right thing.’

‘Stevens & Bolton are extremely responsive, and they appreciate the needs of businesses of all sizes. As a team, they have been invaluable in supporting our US tech clients that range from start ups to much larger established organisations but all want everything yesterday. The employment law team have been willing to invest time upfront for future value as clients grow and become less cost sensitive. This approach has directly contributed to more opportunities being created for the rest of the S&B wider teams.’

‘The Employment team at S&B are truly magnificent. The two people that I deal with know straight away what I want to do even if sometimes I need to work round the problem. They both know the culture of my Company which is a huge help. Before I receive a bill, I always receive an email or call to say the bill will be coming which I think is a good thing to do.’

‘Stevens & Bolton is an outside-London firm which provides City standard service. We like the professionalism, reliability and high standards of service, delivered with a touch of extra warmth and friendliness. It’s important when we are dealing with people matters.’

‘We have worked with several members of the Employment team and have always found the service to be excellent. Without exception the team are knowledgeable, responsive and friendly. They also have a good appreciation of how it feels on both sides of the employment relationship and offer sound practical solutions.’

‘I have always had a very high standard of service from the team at Stephens & Bolton for a range of issues from immigration to employment law to data protection. All people I’ve dealt with at the practice are always prompt to respond, give relevant full advice for a query and are able to view the particular situation from our perspective providing bespoke advice.’

‘Lloyd Davey consistently provides exceptional service to all our clients regardless of their size. He goes above and beyond and is a true ambassador for S&B. Lloyd is flexible and understanding of the clients’ needs and always willing to help. He is professional, has exceptional listening skills and has the ability to communicate even the most complex of issues with ease. He is pragmatic in his approach and a pleasure to work with.’

‘There is a high standard of knowledge and CPD at this firm. Kerry Garcia in particular really knows her stuff!’

Key clients

BMJ Publishing Group Limited

The Linde Group

Cornerstone on Demand

Kia Motors (UK) Limited

Papa John’s GB Limited

Belron (Autoglass)

Metropolis International Group Ltd

Cargotec Corporation

Great Eagle Hotels (UK) Limited/The Langham, London

UST

Natures Way Foods

Cambridge Display Technology

UCC Coffee UK Limited

Blatchford Limited

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

The Guildford-based family law team at Stevens & Bolton LLP  is led by 'fearless negotiator' Nicola Harries, who routinely goes toe to toe with top London firms in her work on high-value divorces. The team offers the full range of family law services, including financial proceedings, nuptial agreements and contested child proceedings; these matters can often include an international element. Its clients include medical professionals, banks, senior executives, property developers and lawyers. Grace Parker-White has significant experience of complex court proceedings, and Sean Hilton has expertise in advising third parties on protecting their assets amid matrimonial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Harries

Other key lawyers:

Grace Parker-White; Sean Hilton; Kate Lewis

Testimonials

‘They are an extremely strong team who are easily on par if not better than many of the leading teams at the biggest firms in London. I am consistently impressed by the quality of the team as a whole. All of the solicitors (and trainee solicitors/paralegals) in the team are intelligent and thoughtful.

‘I work regularly with different members of the team. They are all of an extremely high standard. That level of consistency marks them out amongst their competitors because you know that whoever you deal with in the team will be impressive.’

‘Despite being outside of London, the firm boasts London quality throughout their team. Also, being part of a bigger firm, covering so many other different areas of law, enables them to give their HNW clients the full service. They really don’t have a weak link!’

‘Very friendly and approachable whilst at the same time being very professional. With family law there needs to be a good balance of being firm enough to get the best deal for your client yet flexible enough to be able to compromise; Stevens & Bolton achieve this delicate balance.’

‘I have been particularly impressed by Kate Lewis. She has a maturity far beyond her relatively junior years, works conscientiously with considerable care, and builds a strong rapport with her clients. She is a pleasure to work with.’

‘I have worked with Nicola Harries and have found her extremely capable in getting the best deal for her clients without being aggressive in her approach, which some family lawyers can be. Very happy with her work for me personally and my clients’

‘Nicola Harries leads the team superbly and is an incredibly well-respected member of the family law community. She is a fearless negotiator and clients know they are in the best possible hands. Sean Hilton continues to make a huge name for himself. He is without doubt one of the best associates around and is years ahead of the game. Sean is also one of the brains behind the Without Prejudice Podcast, which has a huge following, not only in the family law arena. Grace Parker-White and Kate Lewis complete the team and are both forces to be reckoned with.’

‘Grace Parker-White was excellent at leading me through the divorce process with well-considered advice – she handled expectations well.’

Immigration Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP focuses primarily on business immigration issues, but has seen an increase in personal immigration mandates recently. The team regularly assists clients with Skilled Worker applications, EU Settlement Scheme arrangements, sponsor licenses and TUPE transfers. Kerry Garcia advises clients in a number of sectors, including the healthcare, technology and entertainment industries, with respect to all contentious and non-contentious employment law and immigration matters. Managing associate Jackie Penlington regularly advises clients on naturalisation and registration applications.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Jackie Penlington

Testimonials

‘Stevens & Bolton are a very knowledgeable and client-centric firm. They keep us proactively informed on a regular basis regarding any upcoming changes to immigration law.’ 

‘S&B played a great role in terms of communicating the legal requirements clearly and on time, enabling us to make a decision on sponsoring employees from overseas.’

‘Jackie Pennington took the burden away from us to deal with a complex immigration application and successfully completed the process.’

Key clients

Asahi International Ltd/Asahi UK Ltd

Accord Healthcare Limited

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

BMI Group Holdings UK Limited

Diebold Nixdorf

Behavioural Insights

Anders Electronics Plc

Domino Data Lab Limited

RBB Economics LLP

EverisConsultancy Limited

Spin Master Toys UK Limited

Faronics EMEA Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP distinguishes itself in insolvency matters with a nexus to insurance and other sectors in the financial services arena; David Steinberg has an outstanding reputation in this space. In addition, the firm is well-known for handling high-profile assignments in the retail/casual dining industry. The practice covers a full spectrum of mandates for clients, including corporate group restructurings, distressed asset sales, formal appointments and litigation. In addition to being active in the domestic market, the firm is increasingly seen in cross-border insolvency and restructuring mandates. In 2020, Steinberg, Tim Carter and managing associate Matthew Padian were among the advisers to Airpush Inc and its administrators on the pre-packaged sale through administration of the intellectual property rights and other assets of the business to Airpush Plc. Senior associate Lucy Trott is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tim Carter; David Steinberg

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Padian; Lucy Trott

Testimonials

‘The practice has the benefit of sufficient size and resource, to enable it to compete, whilst being small enough to remain approachable and caring.’

‘I have worked with Tim Carter on a specific matter for a number of years. Not once has he failed to return my calls, or emails, promptly and has always behaved in a courteous and professional manner. He is clever, articulate and applies innovation and practicality to his proposals. He has shown immense stamina and commitment to our case, from the outset. A good man to have in your corner.’

‘Pragmatic advice from a knowledgeable partner, Tim Carter. He has given us an appropriate amount of time and it has been easy to maintain contact with him. Lawyers can so often talk down to clients – Tim Carter does not do so. His advice and input has given the directors a good level of comfort during a difficult period.’

‘ They provide magic circle advice and service at regional law firm prices.’

‘ David Steinberg – professional, practical, easy to work with and very responsive. ’

‘A regional powerhouse in insolvency. Quality team and a highly effective approach.’

Key clients

Jascots Wine Merchants Limited (in administration) and administrators from RSM

Airpush, Inc.

Software Power Tools Limited (in liquidation) – liquidators from Quantuma LLP

Pizza Hut UK Limited

BDO – liquidators of Collateral UK Limited

Ernst & Young, as insolvency officeholders appointed to The Home Insurance Company and to CX Reinsurance Company Limited

The Directors of Casual Dining Limited

Celtic Roads Group (Waterford) DAC

Intellectual property Tier 1

Led by Tom Lingard, Stevens & Bolton LLP is best known for working with globally recognisable brands from the sports, tech, media and automotive sectors on disputes relating to all major types of IP, reputation management and data breaches, though it is also active in non-contentious matters such as strategic planning and commercial transactions. The team, based in Guildford, also has a particular expertise in the life science sector; Charlotte Tillett often assists with patent and know-how licensing agreements. At associate level, Elaine O'Hare leads the brand protection practice.

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Tillett; Elaine O’Hare

Testimonials

‘Tom Lingard, responsive and provides pragmatic contentious IP advice.’

‘Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett shine. Intelligent, knowledgeable, pragmatic and approachable. Always quick to respond and transparent on fees.’

Key clients

Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.

Custom Materials Ltd

FGX Europe Limited

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe Limited

Hugo & Hudson Limited

Jung SAS

PA Media Group Limited

KIA Motors Europe GmbH

Tudorknight Ltd

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP's client base spans both sides of the tech market, as the group acts for large corporates looking to procure IT services, as well as tech solution providers. Advising early stage companies is a key component of the practice; the teams partnership with the University of Surrey’s incubation programme for technology start-ups provides the group with a steady stream of innovative and rapidly developing clients. Beverley Flynn, having taken over as practice head from consultant Beverley Whittaker, handles data protection and supply agreements. Newly promoted partner Charles Maurice supplements his general IT practice with expertise in the sports and automotive sectors.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Beverley Whittaker; Gary Parnell; Charles Maurice

Testimonials

‘The lead partner, Beverley Flynn, ensured a smooth transition for me in relation to all open matters, and was accommodating in arranging meetings with a number of key partners at Stevens & Bolton. I have since engaged them on a handful of small matters, all handled competently and efficiently. ’

‘Beverley Flynn (partner) provides sound, practical advice in a down-to-earth, no-nonsense manner. She is extremely efficient and responsive, and instils those qualities in her team. Very impressive.’

Key clients

SecurMed UK

Zest Technology Limited

Belron International

NEP Group Inc.

Unum Limited

HUGHUB

VX Fiber Limited

Bakkavor Group plc

Zenitech Limited

HUB Financial Solutions Limited

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Based in Guildford, the cross-practice media and technology group at Stevens & Bolton LLP comprises specialists from numerous areas, and as such the team is able to provide comprehensive service to its clients which range from individuals and start ups through to nationally known media companies and publishing houses. IP work is the busiest part of the practice; primarily handled by practice head Tom Lingard, this includes advising media groups, television personalities and marketing companies on infringement disputes and licensing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

Other key lawyers:

Tom Collins

Testimonials

‘The team at S+B are good at being responsive, listening well and constructively engaging with business challenges.’

‘The person we deal with most is Tom Lingard. Tom has that rare ability to make you feel like he’s got all the time in the world and is very responsive when we have urgent issues to tackle. His in-depth knowledge of all things IP has been a god send for both us and we’ve recommended to some of our own clients.’

‘A great team to work with with excellent relationships and depth of knowledge. Always able to align the right resource against the specific work required. Also, creative in how the relationship work in terms of hours and billing. Form part of the team and willing to educate client in ways to further improve business. ’

‘The team are always on hand and very responsive to all requests. They build strong relationships across the management team to ensure the correct support is given. They understand our business and provide very genuine, open and honest advice. Very trusted by our business and great to have working alongside us.’

Key clients

PA Media Group

Tyrrell Promotions Limited

MediaBlaze Group Limited

Electric Gamebox Ltd

Todos Media Ltd

AnalogFolk

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s private client team is based in Guildford; the firm is described as being 'akin to a London firm outside of the City'. As well as the full range of private client services, including succession and estate planning, the team has been growing its tax compliance abilities. The department is also increasingly advising on cross-border matters. Stuart Skeffington heads the team; he has considerable experience in all core aspects of tax, trusts and charities work. Nick Acomb holds experience in tax planning for non-UK domiciliaries and international succession issues, whilst Daryl Fox leads the probate and estate administration team.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Skeffington

Other key lawyers:

Nick Acomb; Daryl Fox; Rosie Todd

Testimonials

‘Stevens & Bolton were very good at simplifying complex issues and making clear to us what we were signing up for.’

‘They are very competent, thorough, effective.’

‘I never hesitate to refer clients to this team, knowing that they will be well looked after.’

‘Very quick to respond on emails and knowledgeable in their areas. They were very happy to have follow-up calls to answer questions we had and put our minds at rest and make any changes we requested. Really high level of service and friendliness unusual for a larger firm of solicitors.’

‘Thoroughly professional team giving sound clear advice to myself my family and my clients. The firm gives high value for money’

‘Stevens & Bolton are akin to a London firm outside of the City. Many of them are ex-City lawyers and the service you received from them is top rate.’

‘Rosie Todd is very efficient and has been responsive – I have valued her advice.’

‘Daryl Fox is the complete article when it comes to advising on private client and trust related matters. They have been assisting my wife and I for many years in complex (and politically tricky) trust matters. We would recommend them as a team to anyone dealing with such matters. They are highly effective, efficient, approachable and reasonably priced. They go the extra mile.’

Property litigation Tier 1

The Guildford-based team at Stevens & Bolton LLP attracts a strong flow of work from blue-chip corporates, financial services providers and developers. It handles high-profile contentious matters for both owners and occupiers with equal fluency. The group has had an uptick in mandates as a result of Covid-19, particularly commercial landlord and tenant matters, such as property contract reviews and advice on multi-site exit strategies. Practice head Helen Wheddon maintains a broad landlord and tenant practice that encompasses lease renewal disputes, breach of covenant claims and easement settlements. Markus Klempa, who focuses on freehold and leasehold matters – notably pertaining to land-use and owner-side vacant possession strategies – is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Helen Wheddon

Other key lawyers:

Markus Klempa

Testimonials

‘The team has innovated to present quarterly webinars to clients, during which the issues surrounding the pandemic on the commercial real estate market are discussed. I am not aware of other firms offering this.’

‘I work with Markus Klempa who stands out for being highly knowledgeable, commercially astute and friendly. I have the confidence to know that Markus is also well organised and proactive, unlike many of his competitors, so our clients’ backs will be covered from the basics up to the highest level of every instruction.’

‘Markus Klempa went the extra mile and gave an excellent level of service which ultimately saved our client hundreds of thousands of pounds. He was very detailed and ensured the correct advice was provided at all times but in simple and understandable layman terms.’

‘Very strong in the field.’

‘Helen Wheddon has been consistently helpful and proactive.’

‘The property litigation team at Stevens & Bolton provides us with an excellent level of service for various situations.’

‘The extremely friendly and hands-on approach in dealing with commercial counterparts who are often not expert in the area in question is very valuable. The ability to translate complexity to simplicity is a great asset.’

Key clients

QIC

Bluebell Railway

Structadene Group/Pearl & Coutts

Store Property Investments Ltd

Penhaligon’s

TGI Fridays Ltd

Samsung UK Ltd

Countrywide

Day Group Ltd

Stockbourne Group

Sport Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP, operating from Guildford, provides commercial, technology and IP advice to sports clubs, retailers and tech companies. Football is one of the areas in which the team has developed a niche; IP partner Tom Lingard, with the assistance of associate Tom Collins, advises Brighton & Hove Albion FC on brand protection matters, including undertaking widespread enforcement efforts to remove infringing content from online marketplaces and websites. Charles Maurice, promoted to partner in May 2020, is the key contact for commercial agreements including sponsorship issues.

Practice head(s):

Charles Maurice

Other key lawyers:

Tom Lingard; Tom Collins

Testimonials

‘Full-service shop. From drafting and executing our SPA, to working on term sheets, to managing the immigration and tax issues for US investors, S&B’s team has been sensational.’

‘The firm has great experience and expertise across the sports sector, in particular on IP and commercial work. They have a real in-depth knowledge and understanding of the sports industry and can apply this knowledge to resolve complex legal issues for clients in this field. I know that many of the individuals in the Sports Group have worked for an array of high-profile sports clients across many different sports and various practice areas, so they are very well placed to advise clients in this sector.’

‘Tom Lingard is invaluable as an external advisor.’

‘They have an excellent variety of expertise’

‘Charlie Maurice is outstanding. Very knowledgeable and personable and always fast to respond.’

‘As good as a city team, partner led; value for money.’

Key clients

Brighton and Hove Albion FC

Crystal Palace FC

Jenahura Players Limited

Papa John’s

Pomodo Ltd

Drivex Business Solutions SL

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

The private wealth disputes team at Stevens & Bolton LLP offers advice to high-net-worth individuals, executors, and claimants regarding significant trust and estate work such as validity of wills, the administration of trusts, and Court of Protection disputes. The team is highly experienced dealing with multi-party disputes and disputes involving offshore jurisdictions, including Jersey and Guernsey. Practice leader James Lister is a 'tenacious litigator' and acts on significant and high-profile estates disputes. He is assisted by associate Brendan Udokoro, who is highly regarded. The team doubled in size in 2020, by bringing on senior associate Jack Bailey from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in November and associate Hayley Robinson from Moore Barlow in September.

Practice head(s):

James Lister

Other key lawyers:

Brendan Udokoro; Jack Bailey; Hayley Robinson

Testimonials

‘A small but very experienced team means a boutique offering that can rival the London and large regional firms in terms of quality and efficacy.’

‘James Lister is well-known within the sector as a tenacious litigator. He is very experienced for someone of his seniority and has excellent instincts. He doesn’t give an inch and really fights for his client.

‘Jack Bailey is a recent addition to the team and an excellent one – Jack understands private wealth litigation inside out and has common sense in spades. He is very good on the big picture.’

‘Brendan Udokoro and James Lister were always responsive, diligent and thorough. Brendan is particularly impressive for a young associate. Both demonstrate empathy and practical intelligence alongside their legal advice.’

‘James Lister is my go to lawyer out of London for contentious trusts and probate work. James has an encyclopedic knowledge of the contentious trusts and probate area combined with a charming and affable approach, but don’t be fooled – he is a fierce negotiator when he needs to be.’

‘This is a team that goes from strength to strength under the leadership of the highly-respected James Lister.’

‘Jack Bailey brings his substantial experience and knowledge of this area to every case. He is very charming and has a lovely way with clients. He is very accessible and gives excellent advice.’

Hayley Robinson’s client service is exceptional. She is down to earth and has an ability to put clients at ease. She provides advice in a clear, concise way that lay clients can understand. She has also accumulated a significant amount of experience in this area which shows through the way she manages her cases. One to watch. She is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Environment and planning Tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s specialist environmental liabilities practice covers areas including land and soil contaminations, water pollution, and damage to natural resources, as well as the subsequent insurance implications. In order to strengthen its offering, the team has partnered with Town Legal LLP, the boutique London planning law firm. Guildford-based Valerie Fogleman is a highly experienced practitioner whose recent areas of focus include waste management, climate change law, and the environmental implications of Brexit, with an increasing proportion of the environment team’s time devoted to European Commission-directed projects.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Fogleman

Key clients

AXA XL

Ecologic Institute (sub-contract pursuant to a framework contract with the European Commission)

RPA Europe srl (sub-contract pursuant to a framework contract with the European Commission)

Dencora Securities Ltd

VX Fiber Ltd

Pensions Tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises selling shareholders, employers and trustees in relation to a range of pensions matters, including M&A involving pension schemes and defined benefit pension schemes. Gabrielle Holgate has recently handled numerous corporate restructuring processes involving pensions issues, supplementing her broader practice in the field. James Lister handles a high volume of pension scheme trust disputes.

Practice head(s):

Gabrielle Holgate

Other key lawyers:

James Lister

Key clients

Beretta (Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A.)

ICP Nurseries

Slater and Gordon

Lagoon Trading Company Limited

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

The Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton LLP is noted for its expertise in the technology, insurance, education, and food and beverage sectors. James Waddell leads the team, which is regularly engaged on domestic and cross-border transactions, with notable recent highlights including a number of fast-growth technology industry instructions and a series of acquisitions for pre-school and nursery groups. Veteran practitioner Richard Baxter's broad corporate practice sees him leading deals for clients in the IT, energy and hospitality industries, among others. Keith Syson's finance experience makes him a key name for clients involved in private equity-backed transactions, while Jenny Robertson concentrates on mid-market technology mandates. Nick Atkins focuses on M&A and VC fundraising activity, and also acts as the firm's jurisdiction manager for Spain and Latin America.

Practice head(s):

James Waddell

Other key lawyers:

Richard Baxter; Keith Syson; Jenny Robertson; Nick Atkins; Andrew Dodds

Testimonials

‘Keith Syson and Andrew Dodds are simply excellent. Both exceptionally bright and commercial. Very responsive always. No query is ever too small. Couldn’t fault either individual.’

‘Nick Atkins is eminently likeable, efficient and commercial. Smooth with clients and pleasant with other lawyers.’

‘High quality of work, excellent business sense, very good value for money.’

‘Richard Baxter is quiet, calm, and assertive.’

‘Seamless team with excellent industry knowledge. Excellent attention to detail, and a very safe pair of hands.’

‘Richard Baxter is able to view the issues from a commercial and legal perspective enabling a pragmatic solution to be proposed. His calm style is also a great asset when negotiating challenging points on all sides.’

Key clients

Philips

DocuSign

Slater & Gordon Group

Flint Wines

CANCOM

Bunzl

Rock Rail

ICP Nurseries

Beretta

Electric Gamebox

Quortus

Asmodee

Business Growth Fund

Zenitech

Franchising Tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP acts for franchisors, multi-unit operators, master franchisees and franchisee on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The practice is active in the retail, food and beverage, education and care sectors and handles franchising disputes, including litigation, international brand expansion, brand management, e-commerce and property issues. Nicola Broadhurst, who heads up the team, handles a range of commercial matters and international expansion through franchising, licensing, agency and distribution. Tom Lingard is a name to note for IP and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Broadhurst

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Murray; Andrew Steele; Helen Wheddon; Tom Lingard

Testimonials

‘Nicola Boradhurst is great at understanding the trade-offs of legal issues with practical issues affecting growth companies.’

Key clients

BARB Ltd

British Franchise Association

C. & J. Clark International Ltd (Clarks Shoes)

COOK Trading Ltd

Cookie Dough Franchise Ltd

Immersive Group Gaming Ltd

Kokoro Ltd

Monkey Music Ltd

Papa John’s (GB) Ltd

Pepe’s Piri Piri Ltd

Pizza Hut Restaurants Ltd

Razzamataz Theatre Schools Ltd

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Stevens & Bolton LLP fields an excellent team that focuses on high-value trust and estate work dealing with trustees, beneficiaries, executors and claimants under the 1975 Act. It has extensive experience of advising on claims in different jurisdictions, including offshore jurisdictions,  as well as disputes about deputies or attorneys within the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection. The 'simply brilliantJames Lister leads the team that was pleased to add senior associate Jack Bailey to its ranks from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. 'The team offers City quality advice at regional prices.'

Practice head(s):

James Lister

Other key lawyers:

Jack Bailey; Hayley Robinson

Testimonials

‘James Lister is a fantastic solicitor and one of the leaders in his field.’

‘A small but very experienced team that offers a realistic alternative to the London and large national firms as it virtually matches them in legal knowledge and practical experience. James Lister: a hardened litigator who does not give an inch; very well-versed in effective litigation tactics. Jack Bailey: pragmatic and personable; very level-headed, which he deploys with excellent knowledge of the practice area to secure great results with a minimum of fuss.’

Jack Bailey is an excellent lawyer and will be an asset to the team. Jack Bailey – a good associate with positive attitude who really fights for his clients.’

This is a team that is going from strength to strength under James Lister’s ambitious leadership. James Lister is a first-rate junior partner in this area. He is building a burgeoning practice and he is a first choice for referrals.’

The members of the team I have worked with are very skilful, experienced and provide excellent client service. I have worked with Jack Bailey – he’s an impressive litigator. He’s astute and extremely knowledgeable I have also worked with Hayley Robinson – Hayley is clever and gives pragmatic advice. She has a wonderful manner and way with clients. She helps them navigate very difficult circumstances in a calm and reassuring way. Wonderful customer service.’

This firm seems to be gaining an ever-growing profile especially in the private client litigation area. I strongly recommend Jack Bailey who is a new member to the team, coming from a City firm. Very good in contentious trust and probate disputes and litigating claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Very personable and capable, and steers clients in an assured fashion through disputes that are often challenging.’

Stevens & Bolton is one of a handful of firms based outside London with the personnel and expertise to deal with UHNWI private clients at the top level. James Lister is a brilliant lawyer. He also possesses great business acumen, and is a pleasure to work with. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a top-flight private client litigator.’

‘A top quality but lean and efficient litigation offering. James Lister – a real pro, he is well-versed in both the law and practicalities, with a real nose for what is likely to make a difference in securing for a client what they want from litigation.’

Hospitality and leisure Tier 4

The hospitality sector group at Guildford's Stevens & Bolton LLP is led by commercial partner Nicola Broadhurst, who has particular expertise in franchising. Clients include well-known casual dining and quick service restaurants, which turn to to the firm for advice on finance, disputes and restructuring matters, with notable recent work including advising Pizza Hut Restaurants on its company voluntary arrangement with landlords and creditors. Employment partner Kerry Garcia works with key clients in the sector, while transactional and finance matters are handled by Keith Syson and banking and finance head Jonathan Porteous. David Steinberg and Tim Carter are the key names for restructuring and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Broadhurst

Other key lawyers:

Kerry Garcia; Keith Syson; Jonathan Porteous; Tim Carter

Testimonials

‘We have completed a number of transactions with the team – they have always been excellent, always focusing on the detail, with the right mix of commercialism.’

‘The advice, clarity and speed, of working with Jonathan Porteous over a number transactions has been excellent.’

‘Tim Carter provides a responsive, robust hands-on service and really owns the file.’

‘Full service firm. Able to advise on all aspects relevant to the sector including licencing, trade marks, GDPR, employee issues and corporate recovery sector specifics such as business sales and property licences.’

Key clients

Fuller, Smith & Turner plc (Fuller’s)

Immersive Group Gaming

Papa John’s (GB) Ltd

Paul U.K. Ltd

Pepe’s Piri Piri Ltd

Pizza Hut Restaurants Ltd

Red Mist Leisure

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 4

Stevens & Bolton LLP has expertise in both transactional and regulatory work, with a particular emphasis on insurtech and other technology-related insurance issues. Gary Parnell, who leads the practice, advises clients on matters where insurance and technology overlap, such as data protection, outsourcing, e-commerce and advertising. David Steinberg is experienced in restructurings and insolvencies of insurance companies.

Practice head(s):

Gary Parnell

Other key lawyers:

David Steinberg

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises buy and sell side companies in the technology sector, specialising in contract drafting and regulatory negotiations. Alongside this, the firm is heavily invested in supporting insurtech and fintech companies throughout their life cycle. Beverley Flynn is best known for drafting IT supply and procurement contracts; she is also experienced in data protection.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Flynn

Testimonials

‘Stevens & Bolton have a strong understanding of the detail in negotiating commercial agreements with IT suppliers in the European arena. They have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the forms of contract, the other partners’ negotiating positions and advised on how to enable our business to gain the most optimal commercial agreements. Their legal advice has enabled us to make significant savings as a result of their expertise.’

‘Beverley Flynn stands out as a partner with an excellent understanding of commercial agreements.’

Key clients

NEP Group Inc.

Zest Technology Limited

Belron International

HUB Financial Solutions Limited

HUGHUB

SecurMed UK

Unum Limited

VX Fiber Limited

Bakkavor Group plc

Zenitech Limited

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises a roster of clients spanning pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies, digital health providers, medical device manufacturers, trade bodies and regulatory service providers. Key areas of work include competition, compliance, clinical trial agreements, acquisitions and commercial transactions. Michael Frisby is noted for his risk management advice to clients in the sector, as well as for his litigation and international arbitration expertise. IP specialist Charlotte Tillett heads the group.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Tillett

Other key lawyers:

Michael Frisby; Gustaf Duhs

Testimonials

‘Charlotte Tillet stands out as a specialist in life sciences licensing. Her understanding of the commercial matters helps to adjust the legal advice to the needs of the specific project.’

‘Very capable, professional and friendly team.’

‘I have been impressed by their industry-wide capability on regulatory, IP and commercial issues. The team are approachable and reactive.’

‘Charlotte Tillett really looks out for us as a business. She is highly capable, friendly and always makes time.’

‘Great industry knowledge from the team, particularly Gustaf who has great industry experience and Charlotte who has a scientific background and technical understanding.’

‘Very responsive and able to make the complex simple.’

Key clients

Lonza Biologics Plc

Insud Pharma

The Institute of Cancer Research

Accord Healthcare

Glenmark Pharmaceutical Europe Ltd

SecurMed UK

Blatchford Ltd (formerly Chas A Blatchford & Sons Ltd)

inVentiv Health

BOC Group (Part of the Linde Group)

Octopus Healthcare

Brain Biotechnology Research and Information Network AG

Healthcare At Home

Philips Electronics UK Ltd and Koninklijke Philips N.V.

British Generics Manufacturers Association

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises on the full spectrum of private client work, from complex international tax planning for non-domiciled UNHW individuals to landed estates and estate administration matters. An increasing proportion of its work is generated from overseas law firms. Head of team Stuart Skeffington has extensive experience in all aspects of tax and trusts, with considerable expertise in family offices.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Skeffington

Other key lawyers:

Daryl Fox; Nick Acomb; James Hardaker; Harriet Irving

Testimonials

Stevens & Bolton explained everything clearly and streamlined our operations. We worked with Harriet Irving and Darryl Fox with Harriet being responsible for the detailed work. Their qualities were that they listened. They didn’t try to hurry us into making decisions. They always explained what they were doing in terms we understood. They replied promptly with any correspondence. They gave us confidence‘.

‘A marvellous team of people, professional, reactive and human. I dealt with Harriet Irving who was always contactable and understanding‘.

The team at Stevens & Bolton combines the working practices, knowledge and experience of a top City firm coupled with the realistic and pragmatic approach of a large regional practice. James Hardaker – partner – I have worked with James for several years now and it’s always a pleasure. My clients appreciate his calm, affable manner coupled with his deep knowledge of his practice area and practical advice. He is very knowledgeable‘.

‘I have worked with the private client team for many years and would have no hesitation in recommending it . The work is of an exceptional standard and produced accurately and timeously. The lawyers are also very client friendly. Nick Acomb is exceptionally knowledgeable and yet very straightforward in his approach and client relationship. It is the attention to detail and service to the client which is so impressive‘.

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

Guildford-based firm Stevens & Bolton LLP has one of the largest teams in the south of England. It acts for clients in litigation concerning corporate governance, joint ventures, warranty/indemnity claims, and shareholder and partnership disputes. In addition, other work includes disputes over trading, projects, contracts, fraud and professional negligence. Sarah Murray leads the disputes practice, which includes Michael Frisby, who provides 'a thoughtful, proactive service' and Andrew Quick, who 'gives really clear advice'. Catherine Penny made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Murray

Other key lawyers:

Michael Frisby; Catherine Penny; Andrew Quick; Richard King

Testimonials

They form well-balanced teams capable of being hands-on, interacting with each person involved in the case in a positive manner, and being flexible so as to overcome the hurdles stemming from cases involving more than one jurisdiction and possibly different cultures and legal systems.

Led by the energetic and approachable Sarah Murray, this team has grown quickly and really made a splash in the market as a genuine out-of-London alternative legal service provider.

Its all about the people! Clear, concise advice.

Definitely excellent!

Sarah Murray stands out as a key individual for her deep legal knowledge of the complexities of international disputes, coupled with her being capable of building a positive rapport with colleagues and clients, and working proactively in a team.

Sarah Murray is responsive, user friendly and great fun.

Thoughtful, proactive service from partner Michael Frisby throughout our dealings.

Andrew Quick gives really clear advice and guidance.

Key clients

Allianz Insurance

Philips Electronics UK

Papa John’s (GB)

Global Display Solutions

Helios Oryx

Drivex Business Solutions

Pycom

Justice for SubPostmasters Alliance

CBRE

CI Plus

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 5

With the ‘extremely knowledgeableBeverly Flynn at the helm, Stevens & Bolton LLP continues to handle a range of data protection and outsourcing matters for domestic and global clients. It has recently been handling data incidents and compensation claims, SARs, Brexit transition issues and medtech-related matters. Charles Maurice was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Beverly Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Gary Parnell; Nicola Broadhurst; Charles Maurice

Testimonials

‘The collaborative spirit, pragmatism and overall people culture at this firm is definitely a key strength in building long term client relationships’.             

‘Beverley Flynn is very knowledgeable and is able to share her expertise in a very hands on and understandable manner’.

‘Beverley Flynn is always aware of the latest developments’.

‘The team are all very knowledgeable – and bring in experts from other fields to assist with queries’. 

‘The team is well regarded, organised and personable’.

Key clients

Belron International Limited

SecurMed

VX Fiber

Papa John’s (GB) Ltd

Diebold Nixdorf

Kia Motors

Brightstarr Group t/a Unily

Penhaligons Limited

Asahi UK Ltd

RBB Economics LLP

Blueback

Hamilton Grant

Crystal Childcare/Three Little Birds Nursery

Cartwright Group Limited

Blatchford

British Medical Journal

Club Logistics

Foodient Limited t/a Whisk

Bakkavor Group

Kuoni/Der Turistik

Zest Technologies

FGX Europe Limited

Faronics

Atkey Solutions Limited

Family Tier 6

Stevens & Bolton LLP covers the full spectrum of family work from complex and high-value financial proceedings through to nuptial agreements and contested children matters. The team under the leadership of Nicola Harries deals with many cases that have an international element. In addition it offers alternative dispute resolution as Harries is a trained Resolution collaborative lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Harries

Other key lawyers:

Grace Parker-White

Testimonials

‘A team with great technical expertise allied with sound and considered commercial common sense and pragmatism. Nicola Harries – the points made above apply‘.

Although I mostly dealt directly with Grace Parker-White, her team around her on the occasions she hasn’t been available, has been efficient and helpful. Grace Parker-White has handled my divorce professionally and smoothly, offering reassurance to me navigating uncertain territories. She has always been available when I need to reach her, guiding me through each step of the process and has made me feel I’m in a safe pair of hands‘.

‘Personable and approachable team whilst maintaining the upmost professional standards. Grace Parker-White was knowledgeable, found the resources to help with specific quirks of the case. Rapid responses and adherence to the principles of Resolution led to a sensible settlement for my family and me‘.

 

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 6

Stevens & Bolton LLP has a strong offering in the patents space, with its workload covering advice on matters such as patent and know-how licensing, clearance issues and litigation. The practice is led by Tom Lingard and benefits from the additional expertise of Charlotte Tillett and Tom Collins. Clients span the technology and life sciences sectors, with both larger corporates and smaller businesses turning to the firm for advice.

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Tillett; Tom Collins

Testimonials

Friendly and responsive. Willingness to help. Sticking to timelines. Billing transparency – good information given in advance and then keeping to the costs given – this is important when the bills are relatively high.

Charlotte Tillett is very responsive and friendly with a can-do attitude – if she can’t help, she will direct me to a colleague that can.

Tom Collins is very thorough. Good input which my client found very helpful on a collaboration/MTA agreement where IP was an issue.

Key clients

Pycom Limited

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 6

Led out of Guildford by Tom Lingard, the team at Stevens & Bolton LLP handles contentious and non-contentious IP instructions for numerous high-profile names in the sports, media, fashion, technology, life sciences and food and drink sectors. Ongoing disputes relate to trade mark infringement, unauthorised imports and anti counterfeiting. Working with US counsel, Lingard assists British retailers with the unauthorised reproduction of website and marketing content.

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

Testimonials

Working remotely with this firm is a breeze, whatever time zones you may find yourself in.

The best part of working with them is they take great ownership of the matter at hand, acting as buffer to these, allowing you to get on with other daily business issues and not be to distracted from the action they are following for you.

Key clients

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

Custom Materials Ltd

FGX Europe Limited

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe Limited

Hugo & Hudson Limited

Jung SAS

PA Media Group Limited

KIA Motors Europe GmbH

Tudorknight Ltd

Tyrrell Promotions Limited

Todos Media Ltd

Stevens & Bolton – making a positive difference
Stevens & Bolton is a UK law firm with around 150 lawyers, approximately a third of them partners, many of whom chose to join us from City law firms. They are people who listen. People who develop a real understanding of your needs, concerns and priorities. People who care deeply about the outcome.

We’ve made excellence the hallmark of our firm: in the clear advice we give, in the enduring relationships we build and in our proactive and highly responsive service.

Our clients are major international organisations, UK FTSE companies, owner managed businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals. Whoever you are, you’ll get unambiguous recommendations based on expertise and insight. Clear advice that tackles your issues with realism and is delivered in language you understand.

With everyone under one roof, actively supporting one another, we work together to ensure you achieve your aims and to give you outstanding value. Always making a positive difference.

The firm offers a wide range of specialist practice areas, combined with sector experience and strength in depth:

Corporate/commercial: we have the largest team of specialist corporate lawyers in the South East, outside London, which undertakes the full range of corporate and corporate finance work including public and private M&A, private equity, fund raisings and joint ventures. The team is supported by the full range of specialists required to support corporate transactional work, including real estate, tax, planning and environment, employment, immigration and pensions, banking and finance, regulatory, intellectual property and franchising. The firm’s experienced commercial and technology team advises across a wide range of commercial transactions.

Real estate: the team (including construction, property litigation, planning and environment) has a wealth of experience dealing with developers, investors and lenders across a number of sectors including retail, office, residential, industrial, hotels and leisure, education, medical centres and nursing homes.

Commercial litigation: as one of the most well-recognised contentious law practices in the South East, the team has a wealth of experience in advising clients in the full range of corporate and commercial disputes. Dedicated teams manage disputes in relation to construction, employment, information technology, insolvency, insurance, intellectual property, professional indemnity, contentious trusts and probate, and real estate. In addition to handling High Court litigation and international arbitrations, we provide strategic advice in relation to claims management and avoidance.

Employment, immigration and pensions: the firm’s top-ranked team advises on all aspects of employment law and provides a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment services for employers, together with industrial relations advice. It also offers advice on immigration matters and in relation to pensions.

Private client: our experienced private client team advises on all aspects of private client matters including in relation to tax, trusts, estate planning, charities and family law – including capital tax planning, onshore and offshore trusts, planning for non-UK domiciliaries, estate administration, investment taxation, heritage property, landed estates and tax litigation. Much of our work has an international dimension and involves succession and trust based issues, as well as tax concerns.

Further information about our services and experience is available at www.stevens-bolton.com

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Richard King
Banking and finance Jonathan Porteous
Commercial contracts Beverley Flynn
Commercial litigation Sarah Murray
Construction and engineering Kimberley Eyssell
Private wealth disputes James Lister
Corporate James Waddell
Corporate tax Kate Schmit
Data protection Beverley Flynn
Debt recovery Michael Frisby
Employment Kerry Garcia
Entrepreneurs Nick Atkins
Environment Valerie Fogleman
EU and competition Gustaf Duhs
Family Nicola Harries
Franchising Nicola Broadhurst
Immigration Kerry Garcia
IP Tom Lingard
IT Gary Parnell
Life sciences Charlotte Tillett
Partnership Jenny Robertson
Pensions Gabrielle Holgate
Private client Daryl Fox
Professional negligence Andrew Quick
Real estate Andrew Steele
Real estate litigation Helen Wheddon
Retail Nicola Broadhurst
Restructuring and insolvency Tim Carter
Restructuring and insolvency David Steinberg
Sport Charles Maurice
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 Rosie Todd  photo Rosie Todd Partner in the tax, trusts and charites practice, advising on a broad…
 James Waddell  photo James Waddell Corporate partner and head of corporate and commercial group. James deals with…
 Alex Watt  photo Alex Watt Partner experienced in a wide range of commercial property matters including residential…
 Helen Wheddon  photo Helen Wheddon Partner specialising in all aspects of property-related disputes. Acting for a wide…
 Ben Willis photo Ben Willis Partner specialising in a broad range of construction and engineering projects, primarily…
Number of UK partners : 43
Number of other UK fee earners : 111

Stevens & Bolton is committed to providing equal opportunities and encouraging diversity in employment. It is the firm’s policy to promote an environment free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

Our commitment to diversity and equal opportunities focusses on constantly promoting an inclusive culture that encourages everyone to realise their full potential and to express their voice in the firm. We believe that through that approach comes true teamwork and strength.

This focus is embedded in the firm’s leadership and organisation via a D&I lead partner, Jenny Robertson, a partner steering group and a D&I forum group which includes members from all departments and roles within the firm – external consultants also provide support with key D&I initiatives and deliver a regular training programme. Our online culture and engagement platform offers inclusion and candidate/leaver surveys in order to gather information and views to further develop our initiatives.

Our policies and practices apply to all stages of the recruitment process, and for the development and promotion of staff during their career at the firm. Flexible working and non-linear career paths are available and widely used.

Stevens & Bolton is a member of The Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion charter as well as the Reignite Academy, the first non-London firm to have joined, which is designed to reintroduce fee-earning lawyers to the workplace after a career-break or time pursuing other career interests. The firm is also committed to social mobility and to providing work experience placements for students from less privileged backgrounds, having been a member of PRIME since 2015. This scheme enables students to find out how the legal profession works and, by using the firm’s resources and expertise, helps them gain important employability skills.

For further information please visit our website www.stevens-bolton.com