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 has a prominent reputation for advising both lenders and borrowers, working with corporate entities and funders including high street and challenger banks. The firm also sits on the panels of several major banks. A particular area of growth in 2019 was its trade finance practice, advising lenders financing commodities transactions. The practice is led by Jonathan Porteous, who is praised for his 'high-quality legal advice and good commercial understanding'. The banking and finance team also frequently acts alongside the wider firm's corporate and commercial, and insolvency and restructuring teams.

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‘Very service-minded, high-quality legal advice and good commercial understanding.’

‘Jonathan Porteous is very service-minded, always available, and provides high-quality legal advice and good commercial understanding.’

Key clients

ICP Nurseries

Cresswell Nurseries

OakNorth Bank

Ground Control (Spectrum Corporate Finance)

HSBC

The SR Group

Lloyds Bank

FBN Bank (UK)

Investec

Deep Blue Restaurants

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP's commercial litigation team advises clients in sectors including energy, retail and pharmaceuticals, including large multinationals. The firm's Guildford office has one of the largest teams in the South East, led by Sarah Murray. Murray offers clients a 'reassuring grasp of cases', and handles disputes both through arbitration and in the High Court. Michael Frisby is particularly experienced in international arbitration, while Andrew Quick specialises in professional negligence and franchising disputes. Richard King continues to be involved in larger cases. Associate Catherine Penny is also recommended by clients for her 'high degree of professionalism'.

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‘The team has a very hands on approach and assignments are dealt with by very senior lawyers who remain actively involved along the way. They communicate very well and take a pragmatic approach and show a good understanding of the clients needs. Great value for money.’

‘Sarah Murray is very responsive and has a lot of valuable experience.’

‘Genuine interest in the client’s business and always looking for solutions that meet the business need.’

‘Sarah Murray – sharp mind, with reassuring grasp of cases at an early stage. Effective use of junior staff and understanding of client motivation for litigation.’

‘I appreciated the speed with which they dealt with my initial contact, including the meeting with a senior partner (Michael Frisby) and his understanding of the issues & his communication regarding the process after our initial meeting. I was introduced to the associate who would be dealing with the day to day running of the case (Catherine Penny) who I have found to have the same high degree of professionalism shown by Michael Frisby. Communication has been excellent, including an early indication of the cost in taking on this litigation. Their approach far exceeds my previous experience of the legal profession, which has rarely been satisfactory.’

‘Michael Frisby is an excellent communicator and followed through on everything we discussed. His quick concise understanding of my legal issue gave me considerable comfort. Catherine Penny has good listening skills & introducing me to outside professionals when the need arose (a barrister and forensic accountant), explaining the reasoning for using these particular professionals. Her attention to detail including following up on things that she required from me. I haven’t experienced this level of detail from any other legal firm I have had dealings with.’

‘As well as being excellent value, they have real insight into how best to pursue litigation and achieve – when appropriate – negotiated results.’

Key clients

Gama Aviation

CBRE Managed Services

Allianz Insurance

Samsung Electronics

CI Plus LLP

TM Lewin

Syniverse

Gist

Annheuser-Busch In Bev Procurement

TGI Fridays

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

With one of the largest real estate teams in the South East, Stevens & Bolton LLP is active in areas including retail, leisure, offices, and education. The firm advised clients on acquisitions, developments, the financing of portfolios, and the management of leases. The practice is led by Andrew Steele; other key contacts include Howard Lupton, Alex Watt and Daryl Rivero. Steele is praised by clients for his 'sound advice', while Rivero is 'a valuable ally in business'. Watt is experienced in advising on the funding of development projects and related transactions.

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‘The Stevens and Bolton team dealt with a rather tricky tenant in a professional and proactive way. It required a lot of chasing on their part, however we were very pleased to avoid this having to go to a tribunal and we were more than happy with the outcome too. They also kept us well informed of progress throughout.’

‘The team were very professional and diligent in their work. In particular, Helen Wheddon and associate Richard Wilkins led and resolved a longstanding tenancy issue and we were very happy with the outcome.’

‘Andrew Steele is always on the end of the line with sound advice taking a proactive approach assisting with the project delivery. Ian Craig is very knowledgeable and delivers a high standard of service.’

‘The service provided is well-balanced to offer that of a large corporate team but with a personal touch. The expertise is second to none and covers all aspects of property requirements. Their approach of ensuring the service is covered by the appropriate level of staff is welcome given not all tasks need to be undertaken by a partner, with the more than capable associates being able to process in an efficient manner.’

‘We highly commend Alex Watt and Jonathan Cope from the Real Estate team. Their attention to detail and consistent performance is beneficial to our self managed company. We need a proactive service which often requires short notice attention, both Alex and Jonny appreciate this and are always available as a priority. They are an extension to our own team and work together with us maintain standards and modernised provisions.’

‘Specific stand out staff are Sarah Kirwan, Katie Green, Markus Klempa and Andrew Steele. I value the qualities of diligence, perseverance and communication that I consistently see in all my dealings with Stevens and Bolton. I have used Stevens and Bolton for transactions across a variety of real estate deals over the last 13 years – they have consistently performed at a very high level, and I fully expect them to continue to do so.’

‘The team I deal with is led by Daryl Rivero and her work marries legal expertise with pragmatic advice that enables me to navigate an increasingly tough market for property transactions. Also Daryl is able to call on other members of the team at Stevens and Bolton at short notice to deal with the increasing challenges of working in the construction and property market. Daryl is a valuable ally in business.’

‘Having used several law firms, what makes Stevens and Bolton unique is the quality of service that is displayed across the board. Great communication with stakeholders, a diligent approach, tenacity, perseverance – all combined with reasonable fees make Stevens and Bolton very easy to deal with.’

Key clients

Hambridge Limited

Social Long Income Fund – PAIF

University of Surrey

Store Property Investments

Fuller’s Pubs (Fuller Smith and Turner PLC)

Diebold Nixdorf

Octopus Healthcare Developments

Twenty Twenty Capital Limited (2020 Capital)

Boundary Real Estate Partners

CMS Developments

Construction Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP's construction group has significant expertise in the engineering, life sciences, leisure and retail sectors. It advises clients in relation to contentious and non-contentious matters. 2019 saw the launch of "Stevens & Bolton Connect", a secure collaboration platform providing a cost effective way for clients to access documents 24/7 and to facilitate important transactions, by allowing clients to share large and sensitive files with other advisers. Stephen Rockhill's previous training as an engineer is noted by clients who say that he 'understands things from a client perspective'. 

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The team has a leader who trained and worked as an engineer. This brings a depth of knowledge of the construction industry and a difference of approach which is unique.’

Stephen Rockhill is an exceptional lawyer. Having trained and worked as an engineer, he has real and practical knowledge of how buildings are put together and the construction industry as a whole that few other construction lawyers have. He is able to offer a pragmatic and practical approach in all his work that is unrivalled – even in the big London firms!

Commercial thinking and clear, pragmatic advice.

Stephen Rockhill – clear, pragmatic and direct. Has also worked in industry so understands things from a client perspective.’

The S&B team are highly approachable and responsive. They make great effort to understand our business and our issues. They consult willingly and are creative in the ways that they approach solutions. They give well-balanced advice and are highly knowledgeable in all of the areas of law in which we need support. Their seminars and industry days are always on-point and informative.

Kimberley Eyssell is a stand-out partner, always providing clear and balanced advice. She is able to distil complex problems into realistic and understandable proposals, and advises well on strategy and approach.

Key clients

Royal Horticultural Society

The Institute of Cancer Research

Kia Motors (UK)

Scitech Engineering

BLOC Hotels

VX Fiber

Constantine

Asahi

Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College

Royal Albert Hall

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP's 'very strong' practice advises clients including local companies and multinationals on the full range of corporate and commercial matters. Many of the firm's clients have worked with the firm for a long time. It also advises international clients on inward investment in the UK. Beverley Whittaker heads the commercial team, while James Waddell leads the corporate team, offering clients 'presence and impact'. The 'simply brilliant' Richard Baxter specialises in mergers and acquisitions. Other recommended lawyers are company law specialists Keith Syson and Joe Bedford, while Nick Atkins is noted for his work on cross-border transactions.

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‘Nick Atkins is the partner who was leading the team. I know him for many years and we started working together when we were associates. He is a very nice person to work it, solutions-oriented and really understand the needs of the client.’

‘Joe Bedford provides great attention to detail and always makes himself available to provide counsel.

‘A very strong corporate and commercial team, able to put forward solutions that take into account the wider business needs. I have found them to be pragmatic and conscious of budget constraints.’

‘Richard Baxter is simply brilliant. Beverley Whittaker provides good practical solutions within tight budget constraints.’

‘The service provided is well-balanced, to offer that of a large corporate team but with a personal touch. The expertise is second to none and covers all aspects of corporate requirements. Their approach of ensuring service is covered by the appropriate level of staff is welcome, given not all tasks need to be undertaken by a partner, with the more than capable associates able to process in an efficient manner.’

‘Keith Syson has a complete understanding of our company and always ensures the strategic advice provides a positive and beneficial standing. Always available and open to taking lateral thoughts to cover different circumstances/outcomes. A highly recommended solicitor.’

‘From the outset the S&B team were engaged and enthusiastic. They quickly got up to speed with the transaction and  were able to leverage the commercial knowledge they had gained, both in understanding us and the target asset industry, and apply this to their legal due diligence and transaction document drafting. The team had a pragmatic approach to issues encountered and were able to provide relevant recommendations.’

‘James Waddell had presence and impact and clearly demonstrated his commercial acumen in proposing practical solutions, which set him apart.’

Key clients

Bunzl

Philips

CANCOM

Bakkavor

Vestey Foods

Fuller Smith & Turner

Business Growth Fund

BOC / The Linde Group

OakNorth

Rock Rail

Kia Motors

SecurMed UK

Raleigh Bicycles

Kuoni Travel (Der Touristik UK Limited)

Qatar Insurance Company (QIC)

Ylem Energy

FXG International (Foster Grant)

Edina Energy

Allianz

UNUM

Corporate tax Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP's practice mainly services small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurial clients. Practice head Kate Schmit is skilled in employee share schemes and employment-related taxation. The team handles exit tax planning, M&A transactions involving complex equity as well as standalone tax advisory work for clients - Jamie Crawford is the recommended contact for this. The practice was recently bolstered by the arrival of associate Melanie Shone from Ropes & Gray LLP; she brings with her expertise in the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border transactions.

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‘Jamie Crawford is an experienced solicitor whom provides great advice and strategy to the benefit of his clients. Always available and quick to act on any new matter or query.’

‘Kate Schmit is practical, responsive, commercial and willing to speak in plain English when dealing with technical matters.’

‘Our experience has been uniformly good – commercially aware and responsive advice provided in challenging matters where time pressures and US timezones were a particular challenge.’

Key clients

CANCOM UK Limited/CANCOM SE

Brockton Capital LLP

Stackhouse Poland

ICP Nurseries

Ylem Group Limited (formerly ENER-G plc)

Pebble Beach Systems plc

ESO Capital

Striesen Holdings Pty Ltd

Beyond Corporate Limited

Philips

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP's employment team provides a full service offering to clients, including advisory and contentious work as well as handling the employment aspects of transactions. The team is led by Kerry Garcia, who acts in the full range of employment-related matters; other key contacts include Lloyd Davey and Hannah Ford. Davey is known for his work in the technology, media and retail sectors, while Ford provides 'thoughtful and commercial advice' to a client base concentrated in the automotive, insurance, and manufacturing sector.

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‘The main person I work with is Lloyd Davey. What stands out for me is the quality of advice and that it is relevant to our industry and company. Key qualities include being responsive, understanding, clear and not rigid in the advice given as some other solicitors would do. I always lean to contacting Lloyd in the firm for advice.’

‘Commercially focused and practical advice, sticking to the brief and not going over the top on the legalease’

‘The team are efficient and provide timely and practical advice. If one person is not available, someone else will also respond promptly.’

‘Hannah Ford is really smart – she always provides thoughtful and commercial advice in a friendly and helpful manner. Kerry Garcia is also extremely good at her job, responding promptly and in a practical way.’

 

Key clients

Asahi UK

BMJ Publishing Group

BOC Limited/The Linde Group

Cambridge Display Technology

Diebold Nixdorf

HCL Axon

Kia Motors (UK)

Papa John’s GB

Sports Information Services

UST

Seal Software

Passion Pictures

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP handles complex family law matters for clients including ultra high net worth individuals. The team is particularly skilled at resolving disputes around finances and children which feature international elements. The practice is led by the highly rated Nicola Harries, who is particularly skilled at advising on matters involving complex financial proceedings. Associates Grace Parker-White and Sean Hilton are also recommended. Parker-White acts in all areas of family law and is an accredited mediator, while Hilton recently handled a case in the Court of Appeals alongside counsel. Caroline Gordon-Smith has now retired.

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‘Expert professional service. Sympathetic but robust advice. Always considering the tactical advantages and disadvantages of each decision to be made. Real people that clients can relate to and trust.’

‘Sean Hilton is an amazing young lawyer, the best I have worked with. He excels at drafting statements for clients which make only the best points and allow the court to relate to the issues for the child at a glance.’

‘Good value for money. London service without London prices.’

‘Very strong and solid team with an exceptional leader in Nicola Harries.’

‘Nicola Harries is an exceptionally good solicitor. Diligent, punctilious, pragmatic and realistic, it is always a real pleasure to be instructed by her.’

‘Highly professional, caring team. Will act quickly, take responsibility even if they’re only standing in, and you don’t feel lost should things come in you need advice on. Always do what they say and don’t let you down.’

‘Caring, professional, and go that extra mile. It doesn’t feel like it’s just a job for them; it’s like they really care about your life and situation and what they can do to move you forward and resolve matters. My case has been long, painful and tough but it’s such a relief to know someone has my back to that degree. The attention to detail and care makes you feel like they’re only working on your case – it’s astounded me.’

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Immigration Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP provides a full service in business immigration matters, advising on Tier 2 Licences, Certificates of Sponsorship, entry clearance applications and sponsor compliance. The firm has also recently increased its personal immigration offering, advising on Tier 1 Investor, spouse, indefinite leave to remain, naturalisation and registration applications. Practice lead Kerry Garcia has vast experience in the food & drink sector and uses her employment law expertise to advise in relation to allegations of unfair dismissal of migrant workers. Jackie Penlington advises on naturalisation and registration applications, as well as more complex British nationality queries.

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Key clients

Asahi International Ltd/Asahi UK Ltd

Accord Healthcare Limited

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

BMI Group Holdings UK Limited

RBB Economics LLP

Guru Systems Limited

Anders Electronics Plc

Domino Data Lab Limited

Capitalise.com Platform Limited

innogy Consulting & Ventures Ltd

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP's Guildford team is known for its experience in advising on insolvencies in the insurance and financial services sectors. The firm's work in this area includes advising boards of directors on possible administrations or schemes of arrangement, as well as assisting insolvency practitioners who are handling the administration or liquidation of companies in this sector. Retail and personal insolvencies are other areas of expertise for the practice, which is adept at managing cross-border considerations. The team is led by Tim Carter and David Steinberg. Carter handles all areas of insolvency law and is 'very approachable and knowledgeable', while the 'extremely capable' Steinberg leads on insurance-related matters.

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‘Excellent knowledgeable team of restructuring and insolvency experts based in Guildford. Easy to approach and very good to work with.’

‘Tim Carter is very approachable and knowledgeable in his field. Tim is an excellent commercial solicitor who provides practical advice in a timely manner. Highly recommend.’

‘David Steinberg is an extremely capable, experienced partner who is well known and respected within the industry he services. He provides concise, accurate and reliable advice in strict timeframes. Very personable. A great asset for Stevens & Bolton.’

‘Experienced, price competitive and still retain a personal touch.’

‘David Steinberg is very knowledgeable, practical and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Graham White & Co Ltd t/a Porky Whites (in administration) and Administrators from Smith & Williamson

Chilli Pickle Limited (in administration) and Administrators from Kreston Reeves

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

Directors of Elite Insurance Company Limited

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

BDO – liquidators of Collateral UK Limited

The Home Insurance Company

Intellectual property Tier 1

At Stevens & Bolton LLP, the team's associates are required to complete an IP industry diploma at Oxford University, which ensures the practice maintains a high level of technical ability when dealing with trademark, copyright, and design litigation. The team also covers areas such as confidential information, trade secrets, brand protection (including online enforcement), competition disputes and cyber fraud. Clients can also benefit from the firm's reputation management advice, covering both defamation and privacy. Lead Tom Lingard works with major clients from sectors such as automotive and sport. Charlotte Tillett and managing associate Elaine O'Hare are also recommended.

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Lonza Biologics plc

Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

T.M. Lewin & Sons Ltd

McLaren Automotive Limited

PA Media Group Limited

FGX Europe Limited

Kia Motors (UK) Limited

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Based in Guildford, Beverley Whittaker leads the IT & telecoms practice at Stevens & Bolton LLP. The team has a consolidated relationship with the University of Surrey’s incubation programme, a support vehicle for technology start-ups, which has helped the firm develop its standing in the software development space. The practice advises clients in both buy and sell capacities, displays expertise in contract drafting and negotiations. Moreover, having increased its work in insurtech, adtech and autotech, the firm is ideally positioned to provide balanced expertise on the latest sector developments. Charles Maurice is another key name to note.

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Stevens & Bolton bring in the right resources for the different scopes of legal advice we require, often integrating several disciplines to provide the answers we need.’

The Stevens & Bolton team have been highly responsive to a wide variety of complex business law issues and have worked closely with us to ensure they fully understand the instructions we are giving to modify how they advise on legal issues. They have been instrumental in helping us actively manage our German supplier through some complex commercial issues‘.

Key clients

Unum

UST

SecurMed UK

Belron International

Thursdays (UK), trading as TGI Fridays UK

Digilog

Qatar Insurance Company

Fadata

Moteefe Yes

Viadex Global

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP, which provides a full service offering to media sector clients, has strong track records in both contentious and non-contentious work. Specifically, the firm is known for its experience in the publishing sector where it advises on IP litigation and the licensing of IP rights. Solicitor-advocate Tom Lingard heads the practice.

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP is frequently praised by clients for its ability to handle complex tax and trusts matters in a client-orientated manner. In the past year, the firm has taken on more work involving cross-border elements, as well as increasing its provision of accounting services to clients. The practice is led by Stuart Skeffington who offers clients 'a great commercial sense' and has all-round expertise in this field. Nick Acomb and Rosie Todd are also highly praised by clients, with Acomb singled out for his technical ability and Todd noted for her 'intellectual rigour'.

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‘The standard of work and delivery on time has always been of the highest quality. The presentation of the work to the client has been exceptional.’

‘Nick Acomb is one of the top advisers I have worked with in my career of over 40 years. His technical ability, clear and concise explanation to other professional and clients is exemplary. James Hardaker, his assistant and now Partner, has great technical strengths.

‘The Tax & Trust team at Stevens & Bolton LLP is professional, responsive and client orientated.’

‘Stuart Skeffington is very knowledgeable and delivers advice in a clear and easy-to-understand manner on complex Tax and Trust matters. Always accessible and responsive, Stuart has great commercial sense and has a pragmatic approach to get the best outcome for clients.’

‘The Private Client team at Stevens & Bolton offer a level of technical depth and excellence that is hard to find outside London. The team are also very accessible and user-friendly.’

‘Whilst working recently with Daryl Fox and Abigail Palmer-Page on two relatively complex estates, every technical problem encountered has been dealt with sensibly and confidently, which as an Executor I found very reassuring.’

‘Their analysis and innovative application of the law are of a standard that compares favourably with and, in my experience, often exceeds that of City specialists and leading private client chambers. Lesser lawyers will duck or try to skirt round complex issues rather than do the analysis and give a view – the private client team at Stevens & Bolton can be relied upon to find an answer.’

‘Rosie Todd and her colleague, Harriet Irving, bring the highest level of intellectual rigour and legal analysis to their work which gives the client, and third party professionals with an interest in the advice, real confidence in the solutions that they come up with. They are both a pleasure to work with.’

Property litigation Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP is increasingly active in the healthcare sector, specifically acting for investors and developers. The team handles a high volume of corporate occupier work, acting in landlord and tenant matters arising from substantial property portfolios as well as developing multi-site exit strategies for clients. Helen Wheddon leads the practice, while associate Markus Klempa has significant experience dealing with insolvency-related matters.

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Their attention to detail and forward thinking gives a real sense of comfort to us as a client. They are without doubt a credit to their organisation and we as a client are very grateful for their knowledge, insight and experience.

The Stevens and Bolton team dealt with a rather tricky tenant in a professional and proactive way. It required a lot of chasing on their part, however we were very pleased to avoid this having to go to a tribunal and we were more than happy with the outcome too. They also kept us well informed of progress throughout.

A very well balanced team who is able to give clear and precise advice across a number of property litigation areas. A trusted and very knowledgeable team.

Markus Klempa – A very easy personal manner delivering sound advice across a wide range of property issues. Helen Wheddon – Able to give pragmatic commercial advice which is essential in coming to the correct business decision.

Helen Wheddon and Naomi Campbell have given an exceptionally high level of service and client care. We have had a number of very complex issues on a a number of sites and nothing seems to phase them. They always provide a calm and measured response to all matters and we have a lot of trust in them and indeed belief that they will serve us well no matter what the issue.

Key clients

Aspria

BOC/Linde Group

Countrywide

Kia Motors

Octopus Healthcare Development

Store Property Investments

Penhaligon’s

TGI Friday’s

Samsung UK

Chas A Blatchford

Day Group

Kuoni/Der Touristik

Structadene Group/Pearl & Coutts

University of Surrey

Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care

Sport Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP has a first-rate reputation for its broad sports offering. Specifically, its sector team, overseen by Charles Maurice and Tom Lingard, is known for its work for football, golf, motorsport, horse racing and cricket clients. The firm deals with brand enforcement, reputation management; trademarks, licensing and IP disputes. Clients can also benefit from its commercial experience, covering sponsorship deals, player representation contracts and regulatory issues. Tom Collins has advised Premier League football clubs while Nick Schippers has experience in advertising and marketing regulation.

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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. Many of the individuals 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 adviser and guiding hand to any in-house counsel. drawing on a vast amount of knowledge and first-hand experience. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Charles Maurice brings a real background knowledge of sports issues in the commercial field. Very practical in his advice.’

‘Tom Collins is focused, very knowledgeable on the sports industry (from a legal and current affairs perspective) and very personable‘.

Key clients

Brighton and Hove Albion FC

MediaDrive Limited

Jenahura Players Limited

Intelligentgolf

Everton FC

Environment and planning Tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP's environment group is best known for its expertise in liabilities for environmental damage, including land/soil contamination, water pollution and damage to natural resources, and insurance for such liabilities. Practice head Valerie Fogleman represents clients on all aspects of environmental and climate change law including claims under environmental insurance policies, as well as environmental due diligence in a wide range of share and asset transactions. Markus Klempa provides property litigation support for the real estate/commercial property team where advice is required in relation to environmental liabilities arising from leases.

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Stevens & Bolton stands out from others with its professionalism and practical experience combined with the deep legal knowledge.

Valerie Fogleman has huge practical experience and theoretical knowledge. I appreciate very much her professionalism and expertise.

Key clients

AXA XL

WWF-Canada

Ecologic Institute

Pensions Tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP offers transactional support to potential commercial buyers on the acquisition of pensions duties and legacy pension schemes, as well as advising both employers and trustees on defined benefit pension schemes. Gabrielle Holgate is an 'efficient and proactive legal professional' and leads the team. She has recently expanded her practice to include assisting other law firms with support on corporate transactions. James Lister has substantial experience in advising pension scheme trustees and employers regarding their position in contentious matters.

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Gabrielle Holgate from Stevens & Bolton has proved to be a great asset to our business in relation to the various local government pension schemes we have inherited. She has always given clear and considered advice based on the wider context of our business.’

Key clients

The Trustees of the Buchanan & Curwen Pension Scheme

Diebold Nixdorf Limited

Bakkavor Group

Stackhouse Poland Group Limited

ICP Nurseries

BBS Consultants & Actuaries Limited

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises both local and international trustees, beneficiaries, and executors on high-value UK trust and estate work, on disputes concerning the validity of wills and trusts, the management and administration of trusts or estates, and disputes regarding deputies or attorneys within the jurisdiction of the court of protection. 'Imaginative and effective' practice head James Lister was made partner in 2019 and is described as a 'rising star'.

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Excellent personal relationships tied with first-class legal knowledge and strategy. A City-level of service with an out of town work environment and without the City price-tag.’

James Lister is the stand-out partner. A rising star in the private client world already, his knowledge is second-to-none, and he combines this with excellent tactical skills. He is great with clients. No doubt a future leader.’

Stevens & Bolton are a very serious player in this field. They are well stocked with seriously clever and astute lawyers, and have the scale and resources to provide a smooth and polished service for cases ranging from small disputes to very heavy litigation. They offer a service that can match (or beat) the major central London firms.

James Lister is a partner specialising in private client and contentious trusts and probate work. An obvious rising star, James is already much in demand. He is very bright and particularly good at coming up with creative and practical solutions to legal problems. He is decisive and not afraid to take a view on the merits and advise accordingly.’

This is an extremely capable team which gives the well-known London firms a run for its money.’

Partner and head of department James Lister is a very experienced litigator who for years has practised exclusively in contentious trusts and probate and has been involved in some of the most important recent cases in the field. As a result, he has developed a knowledge and tactical acumen well beyond that which might be expected of someone of his age.’

James Lister is simply stellar in terms of his ability and tactical acumen. He is very responsive to his clients’ needs and always a pleasure to deal with. He packs a steely fist in a velvet glove. I would highly recommend him to those that I cannot act for due to any conflict of interest.

The Stevens & Bolton team have gone from strength to strength, increasing their profile in the area in recent years and obtaining some fantastic instructions.’

James Lister is the best solicitor in this area practising outside of London. He is without a doubt my go-to regional referral and clients who have been referred to him have sung his praises.’

The team at Stevens & Bolton is very practical at the same time as being well-versed in the law.’

James Lister stands out as an imaginative and effective litigator. He looks set to be at the forefront of private client litigation for the future.’

They provide City-level private client contentious and non-contentious advice in an unstuffy and user-friendly manner and at regional prices. They are now my go-to UK firm.

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP has an increasingly presence in the tech sector, where it acts for an expanding national and international client base. Other areas of expertise for the team include the insurance sector, where it has particular strength in insurance broking consolidation, and education, where it advises nurseries and pre-schools. The department advises both public and private companies on the full range of M&A work and has continued to be instructed by corporate acquirers and owner managed businesses. Practice head James Waddell acts for entrepreneurial business owners and larger corporates with significant expertise in both tech and insurance. Other key names in the group include Richard Baxter and Joe Bedford, who both undertake the full range of M&A work.

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‘Very capable and likeable people, with a hands-on attitude. Lots of partner attention.’

‘Excellent customer focus, availability and hands-on working, including out of the box thinking to get the best result possible.’

‘Keith Syson is excellent. Knows us as a client super well which ensures that we always receive tailored, commercial advice which is spot on for the needs of our organisation.’

‘Excellent availability, great customer support.’

Key clients

Bunzl

Philips

CANCOM

Bakkavor

Vestey Foods

Fuller Smith & Turner

Business Growth Fund

BOC / The Linde Group

OakNorth

Rock Rail

Seal Software

Ethos Broking

The Ardonagh Group

ICP Nurseries

Metropolis International

Franchising Tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP handles a mix of contentious and commercial franchising work for franchisors, multi-unit operators, master franchisees and franchisees. As part of the firm’s broader corporate and commercial department, the franchising team primarily advises clients in the retail, casual dining and education sectors. International franchise expansions, master franchise agreements, area development agreements and international unit franchise agreements are the main areas of focus for Nicola Broadhurst, who heads up the group. Other areas of strength include franchise business establishments, franchise disputes, IP-related work, network resales and property mandates. Names to note include litigation expert Sarah Murray, real estate specialist Andrew Steele, and Tom Lingard, who is skilled in brand protection and enforcement mandates.

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Testimonials

‘The team are always available and provide both a legal and commercial view on how to deal with all situations. They are happy to deal with small issues, to major litigation work and easily flex their style to accommodate whatever the request is.’

‘The full team are very approachable and feel like a key partner and part of our business. This allows us to have full faith in them giving the right decisions and advice.’

‘Very responsive, dynamic highly engaged team. Not stuffy and very commercially astute. Highly recommend.’

‘Nicola Broadhurst -Very insightful and incisive.’

Key clients

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

The Massage Company Limited

The Lifeskills Company SA (t/a Little Gym)

T.M. Lewin & Sons Limited

Christians Against Poverty

Integral Fitness Limited

Monkey Music Limited

COOK Trading Limited

Vapouriz limited (the Vape Store)

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

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Stevens & Bolton LLP's team focuses on advising trustees, beneficiaries, executors and claimants alike on high-value UK trusts and estates. Under the leadership of James Lister, the team has extensive experience of handling claims in multiple jurisdictions and offshore, including disputes over the management and administration of trusts and estates and disputes over deputies or attorneys which come within the ambit of the Court of Protection. The practice has also gained a solid reputation for its work on unusual will disputes.

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The team has a big hitter at the helm in James Lister, who has done wonders in developing the Stevens & Bolton team into one of the top practices in the country. He is calm and collected, but frightening clever

James Lister is a standout operator. A shrewd tactician who is admired by clients and opponents alike. Brendan Udokoro is very reliable’

‘James Lister is a very experienced litigator who for years has practised exclusively in contentious trusts and probate and has been involved in some of the most important recent cases in the field. As a result, he has developed a knowledge and tactical acumen well beyond that which might be expected of someone of his seniority. He is a terrific lawyer’

‘Stevens & Bolton has a very high-powered practice in this field. James Lister is an extremely bright lawyer with a great litigator’s instinct; he is comfortable dealing with difficult and high-profile cases

The dominant figure in this practice is James Lister, who is a superstar in the area. The firm attracts high-quality work and is fast developing a formidable reputation in contentious trusts. James Lister is both charming and extremely sharp and tenacious

‘James Lister is very academic, has an encyclopaedic knowledge of this area of law, is very charming and can put clients at ease

James Lister is the standout individual in the department. His knowledge of the subject area is excellent, and he combines it with first-class tactics and strategy. He is really easy to work with and brings great value to every case

‘The team is fantastic. James Lister has rapidly made a name for himself in contentious trusts. He is fiercely intelligent but also very user friendly and phenomenally responsive

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 4

Based in Guildford, Stevens & Bolton LLP handles insurance work including transactions, commercial agreements between insurance and technology companies, and contracts for GDPR compliance. Gary Parnell leads the team and has expertise in transactions, outsourcings, and technology-related insurance issues. David Steinberg is another key partner and is known for his work on insolvencies and restructurings in the insurance space.

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‘S&B provide an excellent service and practical advice, without trying to over complicate matters. The team are helpful, client friendly lawyers.’

‘Gary Parnell is my go-to for commercial insurance queries. He is excellent to work with, technically strong and pragmatic.’

Key clients

AEGIS London

Allianz Insurance plc

Broker Network

Compass Networks

Digilog

Ethos Brokers

Fadata

JUST

Qatar Insurance Company

Stackhouse Poland

Unum Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Advising on the buy and sell side of transactions, Stevens & Bolton LLP has experience in insurtech, adtech, Brexit and fintech mandates; the practice is also particularly active in the autotech area. Beverley Whittaker leads the team and has broad IT expertise covering system implementations, outsourced services, cloud arrangements, developments, licensing work and website agreements. Also notable are Beverley Flynn, who drafts and negotiates IT supply and procurement contracts, and leads the firm’s data protection work; Gary Parnell, who advises technology sector clients on a range of matters; and Charles Maurice, who made partner in 2019 and focuses on IT outsourcing projects.

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Unum

UST

SecurMed UK

Belron International

Thursdays (UK), trading as TGI Fridays UK

Digilog

Qatar Insurance Company

Fadata

Moteefe

Viadex Global

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

Headed by patents specialist Charlotte TillettStevens & Bolton LLP's Guildford-based practice attracts clients from the pharmaceutical, biotech, digital health and medical device sectors, in addition to many of the sector stakeholders in the supply chain. It advises on regulatory regimes, IP, data protection and various corporate and commercial transactions, as well as Covid-19 issues concerning licensing and clinical trials. Gustaf Duhs focuses on competition and EU law and Michael Frisby has extensive experience in risk management and disputes.

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Stevens & Bolton have provided high-quality advice and legal opinions on a wide-ranging set of legal challenges involving EU, UK, public and private law. S&B bring the right parties to the table, including at times legal help from other countries, to support clients in making the right decisions.’

‘Stevens & Bolton’s team is unique in having highly skilled lawyers for all aspects of the life sciences sector. Moreover, they all have the necessary technical and commercial insight to provide services tailored to the specific demands of the sector. Their key strength, however, is the very cooperative approach among all departments of the firm. Last but not least, the whole team at S&B is very friendly and there is great atmosphere in the workplace which makes clients confident that they are at the right place.’

‘Charlotte Tillett stands out as highly professional and knowledgeable. Her ability to take into account the technical and commercial aspects of licensing helps to solve even the most complex issues. Her advice is always practical, to the point and easy to follow. But it is her personal character that truly stands out. She is friendly, easygoing and empathetic.’

‘Gustaf Duhs has great knowledge of various regulatory issues relevant to the life sciences sector, including public procurement, state aid and competition.’

Key clients

Lonza Biologics Plc

The Institute of Cancer Research

Accord Healthcare

Glenmark Pharmaceutical Europe Limited

SecurMed UK

Blatchford Limited (formerly Chas A Blatchford & Sons Ltd)

inVentiv Health

BOC Group (Part of the Linde Group)

Octopus Healthcare

Brain Biotechnology Research and Information Network AG

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

At Stevens & Bolton LLP, team head Stuart Skeffington has extensive experience of all aspects of tax, trusts and charities. Particular areas of expertise include advising on complex onshore and offshore trust structures, as well as tax-efficient strategies for non-UK domiciliaries. The team is also recommended for its tax-planning advice to business owners (including  advising on exit events and corporate reconstructions) and its assistance to family offices. An increasing proportion of its work is being generated from its contacts overseas.

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The Stevens & Bolton private client team provides high-quality, practical advice which is very reassuring, particularly when dealing with more complex tax and legal issues’

The team has a very good range of experience which enables it to deal with most situations very effectively. The level of service and response times are also very good. You feel like you are getting value for money

The whole team is very approachable and I have no hesitation in continuing to recommend the team to my clients

Nick Acomb has a great ability to explain legal matters to clients in a way that they understand’

You know that you are in good hands. I have worked with Daryl Fox and Harriet Irving, and I receive outstanding service. The quality of service and depth of knowledge are exceptional

‘Daryl Fox, supported by Abigail Palmer-Page, has always been very accessible, prompt in replying to any queries, and indeed very proactive in spotting possible opportunities or looming problems

Rosie Todd and Harriet Irving bring the highest level of intellectual rigour and legal analysis to their work, which gives the client real confidence in the solutions that they come up with – and they are both a pleasure to work with

Rosie Todd has one of the finest intellects in private client work. This gives her a creative edge over competitors and enables her to find solutions where others might not

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton LLP has one of the largest teams in the south of England handling commercial disputes. Its clients range from UK and foreign multinationals to owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition, the practice, which 'produces a consistently high level of work', has sector expertise in energy, food and beverages; IT; retail; insurance and pharmaceuticals. Sarah Murray heads the dispute resolution practice, while much of Michael Frisby’s work involves international elements. Catherine Penny (promoted in 2020) and Andrew Quick are also partners to note.

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A dedicated focus and account management that we didn’t feel we’d gain with a big London firm.

In working with S&B for over a decade, we’ve always been completely satisfied with the firm’s performance. They understand how we work as a business and how we approach our commercial risk profile – and that understanding allows them to tailor their advice and support to enable us to achieve what we needed to from each issue. That depth of understanding and experience saves a huge amount of time on briefing a firm’s team and bringing them up to speed, and allows us to progress more quickly to solutions.

S&B’s client service is first class. We know that when we pick up the phone on something new, we’ll be speaking to a trusted advisor who understands us and the way we work. We always feel valued. The depth of understanding of our business means we’re always being presented with a commercial solution that works for us. S&B deal with the reality of a situation, and tailor their advice accordingly. We very rarely need to have a conversation about value for money as a result.

Beverley Whittaker is our main liaison and starting point for any matter, and has been for over a decade. Beverley always impresses me with her depth of knowledge and experience, and her ability to not only appraise a situation quickly, but come up with pragmatic solutions. Her honest and thoughtful approach makes her very easy to work with.

Michael Frisby is normally our main contact on dispute and litigation matters, and his ability to evaluate and communicate complex and in-depth situations across a range of stakeholders is always invaluable. His experience in his field constantly shines through in his advice, and his ability to cut through the noise to get to the heart of an issue, whilst presenting a range of potential options, has led to the resolution of most of the disputes we face.

Kimberley Eyssell led us through a particularly complex and sensitive situation with a huge amount of skill, ensuring we were aware not only of the process steps but also the options available to us to drive the matter to a solution favourable to us. Over a period of 12 months plus, Kimberley kept us fully informed, and formed relationships with the other parties in the matter that allowed us to reach a settlement that would not have seemed likely at commencement.

Michael Frisby has always provided carefully considered advice. He takes the trouble to explain finer legal points in a way that non-legal clients can understand. He has built up our trust in his advice.

Stevens & Bolton is a small firm that punches above its weight in tricky commercial litigation. It is partner led, and therefore has a high level of senior input into any litigation.

Andrew Quick is an excellent partner, with great judgment, and impressive client handling cases in those cases I have worked with him on, which were both difficult factually and with somewhat difficult clients.

The team are ably led by the magnificent Sarah Murray who combines charm, efficiency and excellence in equal measure. There is significant strength and depth within the department which means that there is a consistently high work product.

Elaine O’Hare is, in my view, a particular star to watch.

 

Key clients

Gama Aviation plc

CBRE Managed Services

Allianz Insurance plc

Samsung Electronics

CI Plus LLP

TM Lewin

Syniverse

Gist Limited

Annheuser-Busch In Bev Procurement

Philips Electronics Limited

TGI Fridays

Family Tier 6

Stevens & Bolton LLP covers the full range of family work, from high-value and complex financial proceedings and nuptial agreements through to contested children proceedings. It advises members of the medical profession, bankers, property developers, business owners and other lawyers, as well as wealthy individuals and families, some of whom have featured in the Sunday Times Rich List. It often handles cases with an international element. Nicola Harries heads the team.

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‘The exceptionally talented Nicola Harries is dedicated to her clients’ causes, always ready to get in the trenches and absorb whatever workload a case dictates’

‘A very experienced team that is able to handle complex cases. The firm has a high-quality approach to its clients which is impressive

Very capable and well-respected lawyers – both in what they know and how they go about their business. They are solution focused but prepared to advance clients’ causes both in negotiations and in court

‘Strength and depth in family law. Sensible and pragmatic advice. Very cost effective. Grace Parker-White is a talented person who is excellent with clients and very settlement focused, whilst fighting her client’s corner where necessary

Sean Hilton is an extremely skilled tactician, whilst being wonderful with clients. He builds exceptionally good relationships with his clients, who always feel very supported throughout their proceedings

Attention to detail, quality of instructions and calibre of cases are hallmarks of S&B’

Nicola Harries and Grace Parker-White are experienced, capable, tough when they need to be but approachable. They are lawyers who will reach settlement away from the doors of the court

Sean Hilton provides brilliant, sophisticated and robust advice. He gives the best client support I have experienced – going the extra mile is an understatement

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

Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton LLP provides SMEs and start-ups with scalable legal advice and fees for their patent licensing and commercialisation needs. The team, which is led by  Tom Lingard, also advises larger global names in technology, life sciences, manufacturing and consumer electronics . Other lawyers to note in the practice, which also advises on licensing, patent protection strategy and entitlement disputes, include Charlotte Tillett .

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Stevens & Bolton has built an excellent team with Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillet.

Whilst many firms say they can handle IP litigation, in particular patent litigation, Stevens & Bolton are one of the few regional firms who really can.

Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett are not only highly knowledgeable when it comes to IP, but they are also approachable and highly impressive in the company of clients.

Key clients

Lonza Biologics plc

Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

T.M. Lewin & Sons Ltd

McLaren Automotive Limited

PA Media Group Limited

FGX Europe Limited

Kia Motors (UK) Limited

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

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
Charities Stuart Skeffington
Commercial contracts Beverley Flynn
Commercial litigation Sarah Murray
Construction and engineering Kimberley Eyssell
Contentious trusts and probate 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 Stuart Skeffington
Professional negligence Andrew Quick
Real estate Andrew Steele
Real estate litigation Helen Wheddon
Restructuring and insolvency Tim Carter
Restructuring and insolvency David Steinberg
Sport Charles Maurice
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nicholas Acomb  photo Nicholas Acomb Partner dealing with taxation (in particular capital gains tax and inheritance tax),…
 Nick Atkins  photo Nick Atkins Partner advising on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, shareholder arrangements, reorganisations and…
Mr Richard Baxter photo Mr Richard Baxter Partner and firm senior partner, dealing with a wide range of corporate,…
 Joe Bedford  photo Joe Bedford Partner with wide-ranging expertise in mergers and acquisitions, banking and structured finance,…
 Nicola Broadhurst  photo Nicola Broadhurst Commercial partner and head of the franchise group. Undertaking a broad range…
 Tim Carter  photo Tim Carter Partner and co-head of restructuring and insolvency group. Acted recently for insolvency…
 Ian Craig  photo Ian Craig Partner dealing with the full range of commercial property matters including development, leasing…
 Jamie Crawford  photo Jamie Crawford Partner specialising in the taxation of corporate transactions, including reorganisations and demergers,…
 Lloyd Davey  photo Lloyd Davey Partner in the employment, immigration and pensions department advising on the full…
 Andrew Dodds  photo Andrew Dodds Partner specialising in banking and finance work, advising borrowers, lenders and other…
 Gustaf Duhs  photo Gustaf Duhs Head of Competition and Regulatory law. Assisting clients with the full range…
 Kimberley Eyssell  photo Kimberley Eyssell Partner specialising in contentious construction and engineering.  Practice areas: TCC litigation, arbitration,…
 Beverley Flynn  photo Beverley Flynn Partner in commercial team. Dealing with major commercial contracts, outsourcing, agency and…
 Valerie Fogleman  photo Valerie Fogleman Lawyer specialising in all aspects of environmental law, in particular, environmental liabilities…
 Hannah Ford  photo Hannah Ford Partner experienced in all aspects of employment law, including handling employment disputes,…
 Daryl Fox  photo Daryl Fox Private client solicitor specialising in inheritance tax and succession planning, wills, trusts,…
 Michael Frisby  photo Michael Frisby Partner, handling Litigation, International Arbitration, adjudication and ADR for clients in a…
 Kerry Garcia  photo Kerry Garcia Partner and heads up the employment, pensions and immigration team. Undertakes both…
 James Hardaker  photo James Hardaker Partner advising on onshore and offshore trust structures, succession planning, general UK…
 Nicola Harries  photo Nicola Harries Partner and Head of the of the family law department. Nicola deals…
 Gabrielle Holgate  photo Gabrielle Holgate Partner and head of Pensions advising all parties in relation to occupational…
 Oscar Horwich  photo Oscar Horwich Highly experienced corporate partner advising on all areas of corporate transactional work…
 Richard King  photo Richard King Managing Partner and partner within the dispute resolution department. Practice areas: commercial…
 Tom Lingard  photo Tom Lingard Tom advises on all aspects of intellectual property and technology law. He…
 James Lister  photo James Lister Partner – Trust and Estate disputes  James is a specialist trust and…
 Howard Lupton  photo Howard Lupton Partner in real estate department dealing with all aspects of commercial property,…
 Charles Maurice  photo Charles Maurice Partner specialising in general commercial, contract, ecommerce, data protection, IT and intellectual…
 Sarah Murray  photo Sarah Murray Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation from May 2019, with a broad…
 Gary Parnell  photo Gary Parnell Partner and head of Technology & Media. With over twenty years’ experience…
 Catherine Penny  photo Catherine Penny Partner specialising in general commercial litigation and international arbitration. Particular interest in life sciences…
 Jonathan Porteous  photo Jonathan Porteous Partner specialising in finance and corporate work. Heads the firm’s finance restructuring…
 Andrew Quick  photo Andrew Quick Partner specialising in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, with emphasis on corporate…
 Daryl Rivero  photo Daryl Rivero Partner advising on a wide range of non-contentious commercial real estate transactions,…
 Jenny Robertson  photo Jenny Robertson Corporate partner dealing with broad range of corporate matters including company and…
 Stephen Rockhill  photo Stephen Rockhill Partner and head of non-contentious construction and engineering, dealing with commercial and…
 Kate Schmit  photo Kate Schmit Partner specialising in corporate tax, exit tax planning for entrepreneurs and share…
 Stuart Skeffington  photo Stuart Skeffington Head of the tax, trusts and charities department. Stuart is a private…
 Andrew Steele  photo Andrew Steele Partner and head of the commercial property department. Andrew deals with all…
 David Steinberg  photo David Steinberg Partner and co-head of the restructuring and insolvency practice, advising corporates, shareholders, banks…
 Keith Syson  photo Keith Syson Partner dealing with general corporate matters for public and private companies including…
 Charlotte Tillett  photo Charlotte Tillett Partner in the IP practice and head of Life Sciences. Charlotte advises…
 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 : 45
Number of other UK fee earners : 105

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