Firm Profile > Stevens & Bolton LLP > Guildford, England

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

Aviation Tier 1

The 'well-knit' aviation team at Stevens & Bolton LLP handles a range of multijurisdictional aircraft and engine transactions and it also advises aircraft operators on significant contentious matters. 'Ferociously commercial' practice head Richard Mumford specialises in complex legal disputes and asset recovery. Daniel James departed for asb law LLP in May 2018.

Practice head(s):

Richard Mumford

Testimonials

A well-knit team that capitalises on a number of different strengths‘.

The firm competes with London-based commercial aviation litigation firms‘.

A key firm for work related to aircraft and executive jet maintenance and operating contracts‘.

Richard Mumford is a big player in commercial aviation litigation; he has a ferociously commercial view and immediately considers the client’s best interests.’

James Evison is an upcoming practitioner with a calm and thorough approach, in addition to an impressive portfolio of aviation cases to his name‘.

Key clients

Emirates

AerCap

Gama Aviation

ACC Aviation

Acro Aircraft Seating

Airtime AB

Ford Aviation

Regional One

Hayward & Green

Weston Aviation

Banking and finance Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s banking and finance team has in-depth expertise in acquisition finance, real estate finance and corporate debt financing and refinancing. Asset-based lending deals, bridge finance and trade finance are other areas of strength. The practice is also known for his high-profile work on the borrower side, advising corporate businesses of various sizes on negotiating banking facilities in conjunction with M&A and multilateral deals. Jonathan Porteous heads the practice. Andrew Dodds was made partner in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Porteous 

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Jonathan Porteous is always available, with an incredible memory for complex details, and ability to give real practical advice rather than normal caveats from big firm lawyers. Good value.’

Andrew Dodds is super responsive and commercial. He knows our business so gets to the point quick when we need advice.

Andrew Dodds is incredibly accessible, efficient and gives straightforward advice even on the trickiest of subjects.

 

Key clients

OakNorth Bank

Merino Private Equity

Investec Bank

Falcon Group

Business Growth Fund

HSBC

Allied Irish Bank

Santander

Lloyds Banking Group

Bakkavor Group

Samsung

Meridian Audio

ICP Nurseries

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 1

One of the largest regional teams, Stevens & Bolton LLP's disputes resolution group takes on large-scale litigation and international arbitration. It serves clients in myriad sectors and includes those that are USA-based. Its work also encompasses advising on commercial disputes in areas such as trading disputes, shareholder actions, fraud and negligence. Team head Sarah Murray  acts for well-known, international retail clients and Richard Mumford focuses on the aviation sector. Michael Frisby and Richard King provide a wealth of experience in both litigation and arbitration and Andrew Quick has expertise in professional negligence and franchising disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Murray

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Allianz Insurance plc

Gama Aviation plc

BOC

Samsung Electronics

CI Plus

TM Lewin

Syniverse

CBRE Managed Services

Annheuser-Busch In Bev Procurement

Diebold Nixdorf

TGI Friday

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP serves an impressive breadth of retail and leisure, developer, and investor clients in addition to lenders; it is on the panel of a number of banks. Andrew Steele is highly rated for his experience in the healthcare sector and for advising corporate occupiers. Howard Lupton's expertise includes industrial and out of town retail developments, joint ventures and forward funding. 'Trusted partner' Alex Watt is valued for his work on all types of acquisitions and related funding and he and Jonathan Cope 'work tirelessly to support [clients] and ensure the service given is exceptional.'

Practice head(s):

Andrew Steele

Other key lawyers:

Howard LuptonAlex Watt; Daryl Rivero

Testimonials

Utterly reliable, always upbeat and efficient and an absolute pleasure to deal with. Despite a significant workload, matters are allocated around the team to ensure swift turnaround without compromising on the quality of the work.’

An experienced and knowledgeable team which proactively acts for their clients’ best interests. The team have a good understanding of client views and requirements. Service is efficient and second to none.’

The firm have a fresh approach to client engagement.’

Alex Watt is a pleasure to deal with, providing detailed expert knowledge together with pragmatic advice where appropriate.

Alex Watt is interested in developing a long-term relationship rather than one-off fees – which is exactly what we have been looking for.’ 

Key clients

Hambridge Limited

Diebold Nixdorf

University of Surrey

Store Property Investments

Montreaux Developments

Wimshurst-Pelleriti

Octopus Healthcare Developments

International Schools Partnership

Kia Motors

TGI Friday’s

Construction Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP's construction and engineering group sits within the firm's wider real estate practice. It generates a steady flow of contractual and procurement work in relation to high-value projects, and also handles contentious work, with a strong penchant for technical engineering disputes. Practice head Stephen Rockhill, who qualified as a mechanical and electrical engineer before becoming a solicitor, 'combines robustness with wisdom'. Ben Willis, who primarily undertakes non-contentious construction work, joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Rockhill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Stevens & Bolton are clear and transparent communicators who always deliver the right advice‘.

By first understanding our particular business ambitions and concerns, they are able to tailor the advice to our needs‘.

Stephen Rockhill offers timely, well-informed and innovative solutions to our issues‘.

Stephen Rockhill, being a trained engineer and solicitor, is a unique asset to the team‘.

Ben Willis stands out for his knowledge‘.

Key clients

Revitalise Respite Holidays

Royal Horticultural Society

The Institute of Cancer Research

CBRE Managed Services Limited

Kia Motors (UK) Limited

Scitech Engineering Ltd

BLOC Hotels

VX Fiber Limited

Constantine Limited

Bakkavor Group

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP, which is considered 'pre-eminent' in the market, can mobilise large, multi-disciplinary teams that provide expertise in areas from tax to competition issues. Its clients range from owner-managed to private equity and international businesses. James Waddell heads the corporate offering, while Beverley Whittaker leads on the commercial side. Richard Baxter is experienced in mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructurings and fundraisings, while Keith Syson's expertise lies in company law.

Practice head(s):

James Waddel; Beverley Whittaker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Broker Network Partner Holdings

CANCOM SE

Kaye Enterprises

Bakkavor Group plc

James Purdey & Sons

Fuller Smith & Turner plc

Immersive Games Lab

Shareholders of iCareHealth

Royal Philips

International Schools Partnership Limited

ICP Nurseries

Shareholders of Inzpire Group

Stackhouse Poland

Vestey Group

BMT Group

Business Growth Fund

Anheuser Busch InBev

Godiva Chocolatier

TGI Fridays

Japan Tobacco

Corporate tax Tier 1

The corporate tax team at Stevens & Bolton LLP is best known for advising entrepreneurial clients, owner managers and SMEs on exit tax planning and M&A transactions involving complex equity incentive structures. The practice is growing its expertise across the full range of equity incentive schemes, including EMI schemes and unapproved option schemes, as well as employment-related incentive structuring for private equity transactions. Kate Schmit heads the practice. Jamie Crawford was made partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):

Kate Schmit

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Outstanding service – prompt and clear communication, absolute transparency on transaction and time spent, delightful people to deal with‘.

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

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

'With a very commercial approach', the impressive employment and immigration team at Stevens & Bolton LLP is led by the 'exceptional' Kerry Garcia. Equally well-regarded partner Hannah Ford has a track record dealing with tribunal litigation; Lloyd Davey concentrates on clients within the technology, media and retail sectors and is highlighted for his offering on the full range of HR advice; and senior associate Abigail Etchells has a focus on TUPE matters and agency worker issues. The team has collective skills across all aspects of employment advisory and contentious cases.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Garcia

Testimonials

We have worked with the employment team on a wide range of matters including complex discrimination claims, tribunal cases, restructures, holiday pay, executive remuneration, immigration and judicial mediation. They  make the effort to fully understand our business and are commercially focused, responsive, pragmatic and flexible in their approach and pro-active in developing solutions.’

The team provides good solid advice and a good service –  it’s commercial in its approach –  looking to support their clients.’

Kerry Garcia provides top notch advice and support whilst being pragmatic and is in tune with business needs.’

Hannah Ford can always be relied upon to provide no nonsense advice in plain English, which we value hugely.  She has supported us through complex cases and has received high praise for her approach and commercial eye.’

Lloyd Davey is responsive and provides concise, accurate, commercial advice.  He is willing to add extra information and will discuss additional issues or angles he has noted.’

Key clients

BOC/The Linde Group

FF Group (Links of London/Folli Follie/Juicy Couture brands)

Kia Motors (UK)

Godiva UK/Godiva Global

Diebold Nixdorf

CBRE Managed Services

Sports Information Services

Surrey Satellite Technology

HCL Axon

Papa John’s GB

Passion Pictures

Cambridge Display Technology

EU and competition Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s competition and regulatory team specialises in investigations and merger control, particularly in the life science, fast-moving consumer goods and retail sectors. The practice’s work has a strong international focus, providing strategic advice to clients on complex cross-border matters including Brexit issues. Gustaf Duhs heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Gustaf Duhs

Key clients

Bakkavor Group

Chas A Blatchford & Sons

FGX Europe Limited

Papa Johns International

Samsung Electronics UK Limited

Sonardyne International Limited

Securmed UK Limited

TM Lewin & Sons

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

The 'proficient' team at Stevens & Bolton LLP attracts some of the most complex financial remedy cases and disputes relating to nuptial agreements, advising clients including ultra high-net-worth individuals and business owners. It also handles cases where clients and/or assets are located abroad and private children matters. Nicola Harries has extensive experience in dealing with high-value divorce cases, usually involving complex financial proceedings and Caroline Gordon-Smith's broad practice includes disputes over children, especially where moving abroad is an issue.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Harries

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Gordon-Smith; Grace Parker-White; Sean Hilton

Testimonials

They definitely aim for the top end of the market.’

They attract HNW clients and are perceived as such.  They are pragmatic but not a push-over and work hard to achieve the best outcome for their clients.

Nicola Harries and Grace Parker-White are both considered very capable, very sensible, hard-working, creative, willing to negotiate and refer into the DR process for which they should be given credit.’

We consider Sean Hilton to be one of the best associates within the market. His client care skills and judgement are second to none. You can guarantee that the lay client has already had the very best advice by the time they come to counsel.’  

Immigration Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP has extensive expertise in business immigration, especially in Tier 2 and related business immigration matters. 'First class' employment lawyer Kerry Garcia heads the practice which is increasingly sought after by private and corporate clients to assist with T1 Investor applications, residency permits, naturalisation and advising on the status and employment of EEA nationals post Brexit.  Associate Jackie Penlington is also recommended for business and personal immigration issues.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Stevens & Bolton are very experienced, knowledgeable in this sector and are responsive and make themselves available to clients at short notice.

The teams is professional at all times but understand and reflect the needs of the client so they use their knowledge of their clients to personalise their advice.’

Stevens & Bolton combine both detailed knowledge, and extremely good judgment.’

Kerry Garcia and Jackie Pennington are simply great lawyers who go the extra mile for clients.

Key clients

Asahi UK Limited/Asahi Europe Limited

RBB Economics LLP

Diebold Nixdorf Limited

Colas Rail Limited

Godiva UK

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The 'very strong' insolvency and corporate recovery team at Stevens & Bolton LLP's Guildford office has gone from strength to strength over the last year. Under the leadership of practice heads Tim Carter and David Steinberg, the team attracts complex and high profile matters, covering the full range of restructuring and insolvency matters. Recent work highlights include taking instruction from the administrators and then the liquidators of a telecoms company in relation to the ongoing trading of the company in administration and post-completion issues, including liquidation-only disclaimer of lease property.

Practice head(s):

Tim Carter; David Steinberg

Testimonials

‘A London team based outside of London! A dynamic and approachable team with experience in a large number of sectors. Efficient and with great communication, the team can act quickly on any number of difficult transactions.’

‘A very strong restructuring and insolvency practice which can more than hold its own against better known City law firms, both in terms of quality of advice, service and price. They give unequivocal advice and do not unnecessarily complicate matters.’

‘great on-hands attitude, exceptional responsiveness, legal work straight to the point and very useful for the client’s needs’

‘Tim Carter is excellent and always available. His commercial advice is appreciated and he is always quick to help.’

‘David Steinberg has a wealth of experience and gives technically strong but commercially savvy advice.’

‘Tim Carter is an urbane, affable individual who always goes the extra mile. 

Key clients

Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants

Harrison & Makin Limited (in liquidation) – Liquidators from Rollings Butt LLP

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

True Telecom Ltd (in administration, now liquidation) – administrators/liquidators from Mazars LLP

SecurMed UK

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

BDO – administrators of Collateral UK Limited

The Home Insurance Company : Ernst & Young

Intellectual property Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP provides clients with a full service in IP matters, and is particularly notable within the region for the range of its client roster. The firm is also distinguished by its life sciences and technology offerings, which include patent and know-how licencing work. Practice head Tom Lingard focuses primarily on contentious work, along with complex licencing, while other key names at the practice include Charlotte Tillett and senior associate Elaine O'Hare.

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Tillet; Elaine O’Hare

Testimonials

Knowledgeable, responsive, and commercially-minded, it provides first-rate services across the board and more than competes with the IP teams of the big city firms.

I would not go anywhere else.

Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett are stand-out individuals. They both have the winning combination of being extremely capable as well as extremely approachable.

Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett know their stuff and provide sensible, pragmatic advice.

The team  is flexible, efficient and quick.’

Key clients

Lonza Biologics plc

Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies Limited

Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited

Alternative Airlines Limited

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

Crazy Aaron Enterprises Inc

Auromoney Ltd

T.M. Lewin & Sons Ltd

Icam S.p.A

Passion Pictures Ltd

Bavaria N.V

Healthy Retail Ltd

Future Publishing Limited

Rocket UK Limited

PA Photos Limited T/A PA Images

FGX Europe Limited

Compassion in World Farming

Kia Motors (UK) Limited

Mr Frederick Walker

Bunzl Catering Supplies

Tyrrell Promotions Limited

Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies Limited

Rieker Schuh AG

Stackhouse Poland Holdings Limited

James Purdey & Sons

Mr Bruce Steinberg

Slater and Gordon Group

Exclusive Networks Limited

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

Links of London

Asmodee Holding

Diebold Nixdorf Ltd

Vestey Holdings Limited

Asahi

Sonardyne International Limited

Rock Rail Holdings Limited

Cayman Islands Shipping Registry

Bunzl UK limited

Bright Publishing Limited

UCC Coffee UK Limited

Jefferies International Limited

Saunders Markets Limited

Volution Group Limited

Thursdays (UK) Limited, T/A TGI Fridays UK

Day Group Ltd

The Astrid Lindgren Company

The SR Group (UK) Limited

Bakkavor Group

McLaren Automotive Limited / McLaren Group Limited

Chris Eubank Jnr

Accord Healthcare Limited

Chas A Blatchford & Sons

Penhaligon’s Limited

Antonio Puig S.A.

Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

M Science LLC

Condor Group Limited

Immersive Games Lab Ltd

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Prax Petroleum Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP is home to one of the region's largest IT teams that serves clients from a wide range of sectors. The firm maintains strong links with the University of Surrey's technology incubator, giving it a notable presence in the start-up and emerging technologies sector. Beverley Whittaker heads the team and has significant expertise in IT contracts, while managing associate Charles Maurice is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Whittaker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

SecurMed UK

The Capital Markets Company Limited

Zest Technology Limited

BMT Group Limited

Fortem Solutions Limited

Willmott Dixon Holdings Limited

Belron International Limited

Diebold Nixdorf Limited

Endian

Thursdays (UK) Limited, trading as TGI Fridays

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Stevens & Bolton LLP provides a full service to media sector clients, with strong offerings in both contentious and non-contentious work. The firm is notable for its work with publishing sector clients on IP matters, including litigation and advice on the licensing of IP rights. Tom Lingard heads the practice, and is a key contact for media-related litigation as a solicitor-advocate.

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP is highlighted for combining first-rate advice with diplomatic handling of clients' sensitivities. The 'calm, reassuring and authoritative'  Stuart Skeffington  supports clients on on all aspects of tax and trusts including: complex onshore and offshore trust structures and charities issues as does Nick Acomb. Rosie Todd is noted for her 'poised and authoritative' approach to succession planning for both UK- and non-UK-domiciled clients. Junior members of the team, particularly partner James Hardaker also attract client appreciation.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Skeffington 

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

In my experience the practice is unique because it takes a real interest in your situation. The lawyers explain what the processes are very clearly in plain language and are very tolerant of going over points again if you don’t understand. With other practices I have often found a lot of legalese that I have struggled to understand.

The team gives high-quality advice in a clear and commercial way, which enables clients to make well-informed decisions. They are partner-led, very personable and highly responsive – it is always a pleasure working with them.’

The quality that I have appreciated is their patience. They are patient and empathetic in face-to-face meetings and they are understanding that some decisions take a long time to make. They are aware that they are dealing with matters that go to the heart of the way you live and your relationships.’

I work with Stuart Skeffington and Phoebe Browne who supports him. Stuart and Phoebe are knowledgeable and professional both as regards the advice and support they provide and the manner in which they interact with their clients.’

Stuart Skeffington has a great manner with clients – he is calm, reassuring and authoritative and is able to explain complex issues in a clear and accessible way.’

Rosie Todd is an intelligent and poised adviser who addresses legal points with confidence and authority.’

I have worked with Nick Acomb primarily and with his associates particularly James Hardaker. I have always found it very easy to discuss problems/plan solutions and work to be done with them. Clients have always had the greatest regard for their expertise and have been grateful for their assistance.’

Property litigation Tier 1

The 'very experienced' real estate dispute resolution team at Stevens & Bolton LLP  'consistently provides excellent advice'. It acts for clients across a wide range of industries, including retail, food and drink, travel and leisure, education and healthcare. The practice has had a notable increase in mandates from developers and real estate investors. Also notable is that, in 2018, the firm advised on a number of complex lease renewal claims. Helen Wheddon heads up the team, which includes Markus Klempa, who has particular expertise in devising vacant possession strategies.

Practice head(s):

Helen Wheddon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Advice is given to clients in a personable yet highly professional manner, minus the egotistical overtones of many larger city practices‘.

All members of the team are vastly experienced in property litigation and have a sound understanding of the legal principles involved; they are very easy to work with‘.

Professional, knowledgeable, quick to respond and personable‘.

The team is understands unique issues and gives commercially-sensitive legal advice; it is incredibly prompt in its responses‘.

Andrew Steele’s knowledge is superb and his advice is very easy for a client or surveyor to understand‘.

Markus Klempa provides high-quality advice; he also demonstrates depth of knowledge and commercial acumen‘.

Helen Wheddon is well regarded and an excellent team leader‘.

Markus Klempa is clearly very bright and hard working; he always gives clear instructions‘.

I would recommend Naomi Campbell‘.

Key clients

CBRE Managed Services Limited

Day Group Limited

University of Surrey

Store Property Investments Limited

BOC/Linde Group

Octopus Healthcare Developments

Diebold Nixdorf

Kia Motors

Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care

TGI Fridays

Papa John’s

Blackwell

Sport Tier 1

Advising on commercial and IP matters, the team at Stevens & Bolton LLP act for a wide range of sports clients, including high-profile sports clubs, agencies, and events organisers. Charles Maurice is the key contact for sports clients seeking commercial advice, and acts for some of the firm's most high-profile clients. On the IP side, Tom Lingard takes the lead, and has strong experience in litigation as a solicitor-advocate.

Practice head(s):

Charles Maurice; Tom Lingard

Key clients

Feinberg Hansen LLP (on behalf of consortium of US investors)

Jenahura Limited

Jenahura Players Limited

Brighton and Hove Albion FC

Tyrrell Promotions Limited

Intelligent Health

Tough Mudder Incorporated

Environment Tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in a wide range of matters, with particular strengths in environmental liability and environmental insurance. Its work includes advice to clients on environmental insurance policies, liabilities related to land and water pollution, the environmental liability directive and environmental damage regulations. Associate Markus Klempa  is the name to note for asbestos-related litigation. Valerie Fogleman leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Fogleman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AXA XL

WWF-Canada

European Law Academy

Ecologic Institute

Pensions Tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises a mix of start-up businesses and large international corporates as well as trustees of occupational trust-based schemes.  Gabrielle Holgate leads the practice from the Guildford office and assists employers with governance, benefitS changes, litigation, Pension Protection Fund-related issues and pensions aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Gabrielle Holgate

Key clients

Greenclose Hotels Limited

Diebold Nixdorf

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Partner James Lister heads up the contentious trusts and estates department at Stevens & Bolton LLP, which 'balances the work ethic and knowledge of a city firm with the personal sensibilities of a local firm'. The group has significant involvement in multijurisdictional matters, having recently represented clients in disputes connected with Guernsey, Jersey, Singapore, France and Germany. High-value trust and estate work is a key area of focus. Lister also has experience of Court of Protection cases.

Practice head(s):

James Lister

Testimonials

Managing associate James Lister is an excellent lawyer; he is clever, commercial, collaborative and client friendly‘.

Although it is located outside of London, Stevens & Bolton can easily match its city opponents in strength. It is not to be underestimated‘.

Stevens & Bolton is one of the go-to regional firms for contentious trusts and probate‘.

James Lister is an excellent litigation tactician; he is well regarded in the field and while he remains steely when negotiating with the counterparty, he is always a pleasure to work either alongside or against‘.

James Lister is a stand out practitioner. He is a partner is all but name, and has exceptional knowledge and tactical insight. He is always prepared to go the extra mile for his clients‘.

James Lister is a very experienced litigator who has practiced exclusively in contentious trusts and probate for years and has been involved in some of the most important recent cases in the field‘.

James Lister has developed a knowledge and tactical acumen well beyond that which might be expected of someone of his seniority. He is a terrific lawyer who will undoubtedly go very far indeed‘.

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton LLP advises local, national and, increasingly, international clients across a broad range of sectors, with technology, insurance and education especially noted over the past year. The firm leverages itself against regional competition with a network of international partner firms, which allows the team to compete with London-based firms on cross-border mandates. Although the firm counts a number of larger corporate clients, it retains a strong standing acting for owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs. James Waddell heads the corporate and commercial department.

Practice head(s):

James Waddell

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Robertson; Joe Bedford

Testimonials

Large enough to offer advice on all aspects of a deal but small enough to ensure you feel you are being well looked after and that all departments are well briefed

Partner-led teams and commercial in their approach.’

A practice staffed by exceptionally talented specialists, who collaborate extremely well and are a delight to deal with

Keith Syson provided an exceptional overall knowledge of the deal – he made us feel secure and ensured that all elements of the deal were well coordinated

Nick Atkins is approachable and pragmatic.’ 

Outstanding service; prompt and clear communication and absolute transparency.

Key clients

Broker Network Partner Holdings Limited

CANCOM SE

Kaye Enterprises Limited

Bakkavor Group plc

James Purdey & Sons Limited

Fuller Smith & Turner plc

Immersive Games Lab

Shareholders of iCareHealth

Royal Philips

International Schools Partnership Limited

ICP Nurseries Limited

Shareholders of Inzpire Group Limited

Stackhouse Poland

Vestey Group

BMT Group

Business Growth Fund

Franchising Tier 2

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s franchising team sits within the firm’s corporate and commercial department and includes practitioners from the dispute resolution, real estate and banking and finance teams, among others. Nicola Broadhurst heads up the group and has notable expertise in international franchise expansions, master franchise agreements, area development agreements and international unit franchise agreements. The practice also handles franchise business establishments, international issues, franchise disputes, IP-related work, ethical franchising, e-commerce matters, network resales and property mandates. Sarah Murray and Andrew Quick are the key contacts for contentious work, Andrew Steele handles real estate matters and Helen Wheddon focuses on property disputes, and Tom Lingard is an expert in brand protection and enforcement issues.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Broadhurst

Testimonials

Stevens & Bolton has an extensive knowledge of international franchise and wholesale law and a strong network of local partners who can offer on-the-ground advice in specific markets. Given the international basis of the work, it’s not essential to be central London based and having offices outside of London allows it to offer its services at a competitive rate.

Each member of the team is very approachable and very willing to listen to the client, considering their position carefully before sharing professional advice or recommendations for action. Clients value their expertise and human approach and the fact that they appear to value each client.

Nicola Broadhurst provides innovative advice, her speed of response is exemplary and she has a complex and detailed understanding of franchising and GDPR. Her level of service goes beyond the norm.

Nicola Broadhurst’s knowledge of her clients’ brands and international strategies allows her a unique perspective on advising the businesses. She shows belief and passion in what her clients are trying to achieve and gives trusted counsel.

Key clients

Lake Dust Limited

Esquires Franchising (UK) Limited

The Wheel Specialist

The British Franchise Association

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

ILG Ltd (Il Gusto)

Cookie Dough Franchise Ltd

T.M. Lewin & Sons Limited

Three Horses Limited

Berkeley Int. Corporation Limited

Hope Into Action

Promedica Plus UK Limited

COOK Trading Limited

The Calendar Club Limited

Pepe’s Piri Piri Limited

Monkey Music Limited

Curae Norge AS

Leightons Holdings Ltd

Vapouriz limited (the Vape Store)

Kokoro Franchise Ltd

LS Franchise Ltd (Little Street)

Razzamataz Theatre Schools Limited

Brand management Tier 3

Stevens & Bolton LLP  provides 'superb legal services', with expertise across a the full spectrum of IP, brand management and commercial matters, ranging from trade mark registration, protection and enforcement matters to online monitoring, licensing and franchising. Tom Lingard heads the IP group; other noted team members are Charlotte Tillett for joint development agreements, licensing and contentious IP, and Nicola Broadhurst for licensing brands through franchising. Associate Elaine O'Hare continues to be active in trade mark infringement disputes, particularly in the fashion and retail sector.

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

Other key lawyers:

Elaine O’Hare

Testimonials

Tom Lingard is highly recommended. He is very knowledgeable on brand protection, comprehensive in his advice, and really easy to work with. Tom will go out of his way to be available for his clients.’

Elaine O’Hare is an impressive and bright lawyer. ‘

Key clients

Everton F.C

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

T.M. Lewin & Sons Ltd

Tyrrell Promotions Limited

Asahi

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Newly-promoted partner James Lister heads the team at Stevens & Bolton LLP that advises wealthy individuals, private banks, trust companies and landed estates. Lister focuses on high-value domestic and international trust and probate claims as well as court of protection work. He is experienced at advising on estate administration in addition to other issues such as claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. The team has also recently been acting in various substantial disputes in different locations such as Singapore, France and Guernsey.

Practice head(s):

James Lister

Testimonials

‘Stevens & Bolton are making great strides towards building their presence in this area by constructing a team around new partner James Lister. He is a name to watch having been a stand out junior at Charles Russell Speechlys. He has worked hard to grow the team and is ably supported by Andrew Reid but it is James that is the standout presence. Stevens & Bolton have a kudos that makes them stand out in the market place. It is filled with top quality lawyers with standout clients. James is fantastic at what he does and is trusted by his peers, counsel and clients alike.’

‘Offers a regional service with the same quality as its London competitors. James Lister is my “go to” lawyer outside of London and is a future superstar.’

‘”City” levels of experience and ability combined with the personal touches and communication of a regional firm. Stevens & Bolton brings excellent depth of experience and pragmatic solutions to every case.’

‘James Lister is very experienced, tactically astute and has an extremely detailed knowledge of the law in this area.’

‘James Lister is simply a force of nature. He is a fearsome opponent. He is an “iron fist in a velvet glove” and his clients love him for it. He is always highly personable.’

‘James Lister has developed a knowledge and tactical acumen well beyond that which might be expected of someone of his seniority. His recent promotion to partner is testimony to his outstanding ability.’

‘James Lister – sensible, pragmatic, personable.’

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Stevens & Bolton LLP's Guildford-based group has a client roster, which ranges from start-ups to established technology companies and also includes businesses which utilise technology. Practice head Beverley Whittaker has experience handling IT contracts for outsourced services, cloud arrangements and software development and licensing matters, while Gary Parnell excels in the IT and insurance sectors. Other names to note include Beverley Flynn, who leads the data protection practice; IP expert Tom Lingard and litigator Michael Frisby. Managing associate Charles Maurice, who combines IT and IP expertise, has notable outsourcing expertise.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Whittaker

Testimonials

The firm provides a good partner-led service with better value from its base outside London.

Stevens & Bolton has a great mix of technical and commercial understanding paired with solid legal advice based on significant contract experience.

Beverley Flynn cuts to the chase and gives clear and robust advice. Her and her colleagues’ advice is pragmatic and insightful.

Key clients

SecurMed UK

The Capital Markets Company Limited

Zest Technology Limited

BMT Group Limited

Fortem Solutions Limited

Willmott Dixon Holdings Limited

Belron International Limited

Diebold Nixdorf Limited

Endian

Thursdays (UK) Limited, trading as TGI Fridays

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Stevens & Bolton LLP does a broad range of complex work, from international tax planning for UHNW non-domiciliaries to landed estates and estate administration. In addition to receiving referrals from London private banks, firms of accountants and local IFAs, much of its work also comes from Magic Circle, US and top 20 law firms that do not have a private client team. As head of team, Stuart Skeffington has extensive experience of all aspects of tax, trusts and charities, including complex onshore and offshore trust structures, tax-efficient strategies for non-UK domiciliaries and tax planning for business owners.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Skeffington

Other key lawyers:

Rosie Todd; Nick Acomb; Daryl Fox; James Hardaker; Harriet Irving

Testimonials

The team is responsive and very approachable and takes the time to understand the needs of clients and to consider the best solutions. It is excellent at explaining issues in an accessible way and outlining the potential solutions. The partners manage their teams very well and are closely involved with transactions.

An excellent legal team that works well together to get the best results for its client. The entire team has always delivered excellent services and innovative thinking.

Stuart Skeffington is an excellent head of group – clients warm to him and he is very well practised at getting to the bottom of their situations and recommending appropriate solutions.

Stuart Skeffington has guided us through the process of setting up a UK trust and also advice for trusts with UK residents as beneficiaries. He has been able to make us think about the big picture before diving into technical details.

Stuart Skeffington is very knowledgeable and provides timely and commercial advice.

Rosie Todd is a very poised and capable partner, with a great understanding of the needs of clients and a practical, user-friendly style.

Rosie Todd and Harriet Irving both are clearly very capable and, importantly, they understand the family and our objectives. Advice is always clear. Meetings are always cordial.’

Nick Acomb’s approach is very thorough, technically very correct and his ability to explain and implement actions is exceptional .’

‘Nick Acomb and  Daryl Fox are quietly competent and instil confidence in their clients.

James Hardaker is great.

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 4

Charlotte Tillett heads the Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton LLP team whose core work for life sciences clients encompasses IP, regulatory, commercial and competition matters. Tillett, who has a science background, leads on much of the IP commercialisation work including licensing, joint development agreements and IP restructuring.  Michael Frisby handles the litigation, arbitration and ADR work and Beverley Flynn undertakes commercial work on an array of contracts as well as data protection issues. Gustaf Duhs has expertise in competition, EU Law and regulatory issues in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Tillett

Key clients

Institute of Cancer Research

Aguettant Limited

SecurMed UK

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

Lambda Therapeutic Ltd

Accord Healthcare Limited

inVentiv Health

Chas A Blatchford & Sons Ltd

NextPharma Technologies

Sanofi Synthelabo Ltd

Scitech Engineering Ltd

Lonza Biologics Plc

Royal Philips

Philips Healthcare

Zeta Biopharma GmbH

Rayner Intraocular Lenses Limited

iCareHealth (UK) Ltd

MedAnnex Ltd

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 5

Stevens & Bolton LLP has been developing its commercial insurance practice since the arrival of Gary Parnell from Clyde & Co LLP in 2015. He now works with a team of three partners in the field, covering a range of work including corporate insurance broker M&A transactions. David Steinberg, who joined the firm in 2016 after a long career at Clifford Chance LLP, has expertise in insurance restructuring and insolvency cases. The team also regularly advises underwriters, intermediaries and technology providers.

Practice head(s):

Gary Parnell

Key clients

Unum Limited

Allianz Insurance plc

QIC Global / Qatar Insurance Company

Broker Network Limited

AEGIS London

Stackhouse Poland

Home Insurance Company: Ernst & Young

JUST

Tokio Marine Kiln

Fadata

Commercial contracts Tier 6

Stevens & Bolton LLP has particular experience in the retail, food and drink, travel, life sciences and utilities sectors. In addition, the firm has expertise in technology-related issues and agreements. Beverley Whittaker leads the practice and works on a range of contracts, including procurement, supply of services, commercial and marketing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Whittaker

Testimonials

‘Take the time to get to know the nuances of not just the client’s industry but also the business itself’

‘Able to turn challenging projects around quickly and also proactively suggest enhanced and superior positions and proposals’

Key clients

AB InBev

SecurMed UK

KIA Motors

TGI Fridays

CBRE Managed Services

Kuoni Travel

QIC Global

Ylem Energy Ltd

FXG International (Foster Grant)

Edina  Energy

Allianz

Unum

Family Tier 6

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises various professionals, entrepreneurs and other lawyers on a range of high-value financial proceedings and nuptial agreements. Clients include those with modest wealth through to high-net-worth individuals and families. Clients have included ones who have featured in The Sunday Times Rich List. The group is also experienced at advising on contested children proceedings under the leadership of Nicola Harries.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Harries

Other key lawyers:

Sean Hilton; Grace Parker-White

Testimonials

Stevens & Bolton provides a very personal service’.

Nicola Harries was compassionate, effective, efficient, easy to contact and very responsive‘.

Nicola Harries is very understanding when clients face difficult situations and has a professional yet compassionate approach‘.

Nicola Harries and Grace Parker-White have a reputation for being thorough and robust when needed but will work constructively to look at a non-court based solution (i.e. all forms of DR)‘.

Grace Parker-White is very capable‘.

Sean Hilton is superb with clients and creates a great team with the barristers he instructs, giving the lay client the best service possible‘.

Resolution focused but work hard for its clients and the lawyers are prepared to be steely when they need to be‘.

Intellectual property Tier 6

The 'approachable, pragmatic and commercially-aware' Guildford-based practice at Stevens & Bolton LLP acts for national and multinational companies and start-ups, with particular expertise in the technology and life sciences sectors. The team handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters spanning all IP rights. 'Outstanding lawyer' Tom Lingard heads up the practice and focuses on contentious work, while the 'bright and sparky, and very able' Charlotte Tillett handles issues in the life sciences sector. Senior associate Elaine O'Hare is a name to note for brand management work in the fashion and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Tillett; Elaine O’Hare

Testimonials

Stevens & Bolton provides consistently first-rate advice on all matters relating to IP.

Tom Lingard has the ability to explain complicated legal problems in a very user-friendly way. He is super-quick, knowledgeable and friendly to boot.

Key clients

Asahi

Sonardyne International Limited

Rock Rail Holdings Limited

Cayman Islands Shipping Registry

Bunzl UK limited

Bright Publishing Limited

UCC Coffee UK Limited

Jefferies International Limited

Saunders Markets Limited

Volution Group Limited

Thursdays (UK) Limited, T/A TGI Fridays UK

Day Group Ltd

The Astrid Lindgren Company

The SR Group (UK) Limited

Bakkavor Group

McLaren Automotive Limited / McLaren Group Limited

Accord Healthcare Limited

Chas A Blatchford & Sons

Penhaligon’s Limited

Antonio Puig S.A.

Lonza Biologics plc

Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies Limited

Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited

Alternative Airlines Limited

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

Crazy Aaron Enterprises Inc

Auromoney Ltd

T.M. Lewin & Sons Ltd

Icam S.p.A

Passion Pictures Ltd

Bavaria N.V

Healthy Retail Ltd

Future Publishing Limited

Rocket UK Limited

PA Photos Limited T/A PA Images

FGX Europe Limited

Compassion in World Farming

Kia Motors (UK) Limited

Bunzl Catering Supplies

Tyrrell Promotions Limited

Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies Limited

Rieker Schuh AG

Stackhouse Poland Holdings Limited

James Purdey & Sons

Slater and Gordon Group

Exclusive Networks Limited

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

Links of London

Asmodee Holding

Diebold Nixdorf Ltd

Vestey Holdings Limited

Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

M Science LLC

Condor Group Limited

Immersive Games Lab Ltd

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Prax Petroleum Limited

Commercial litigation Tier 7

Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton LLP has 'an excellent, hardworking commercial litigation team'. It advises on joint venture disputes, warranty claims, and shareholder and partnership issues. Other areas include trading disputes, fraud, bribery, professional negligence claims and contentious trusts. Richard Mumford, who left for REN Legal, was replaced as team head by Sarah Murray in 2019. Managing partner Richard KingMichael Frisby and Andrew Quick are also key advisers. James Lister  was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Murray

Testimonials

It has the ability to conduct high-profile litigation cases to a very high standard‘.

Andrew Quick is an analytical thinker who provides practical and commercial advice‘..

Senior associate Paula Harris has a fantastic ability to absorb huge amount of complex data and simplify it all in a very methodical manner‘.

Key clients

Allianz Insurance

Gama Aviation

Samsung Electronics

CI Plus

TM Lewin

Syniverse

CBRE Managed Services

Anheuser-Busch Inbev Procurement

TGI Fridays

Stevens & Bolton is a leading full-service top 100 law firm, with a single office in Guildford, with 42 partners and some 150 lawyers. Its single-office strategy, close to London, ensures excellent communication and co-ordination of resources, for the benefit of its clients. The firm offers a high-quality alternative to City of London firms, as its out of London location means combining quality with cost-effectiveness, helping to deliver a better-value service.

The firm: Clients include a number of the top 100 and other UK FTSE companies, as well as other major international groups and high-net-worth individuals. Key industry sectors and markets include aviation, entrepreneurs, life sciences, retail, and technology and media. With many clients being multinationals, being based overseas or with international business interests, the firm has established close relationships with overseas firms in key jurisdictions, whose approach to service and quality is similar to its own.

Independently recommended in 26 specialist practice areas, the firm has attracted many other awards and quality marks – the firm was highly commended for ‘Regional/Offshore Firm of the Year’ at the Legal Business Awards 2019 and shortlisted for ‘National Firm of the Year’ at The Lawyer Awards 2019.

Types of work undertaken: Stevens & Bolton offers a wide range of specialist practice areas, combined with sector experience and strength in depth.

Corporate/commercial: with one of the largest teams of specialist corporate lawyers in the South East, outside London, the firm undertakes the full range of corporate and corporate finance work including public and private M&A, private equity, fund raisings, joint ventures and IPOs. 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 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 corporate occupiers, developers, investors and lenders across a number of sectors including retail, office, industrial, hotels and leisure, education, medical centres and nursing homes. One area of particular strength is landlord and tenant work where it acts for a number of well-known retailers and corporate occupiers including acting for franchisors and franchisees.

Commercial litigation: as one of the largest 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 and real estate. In addition to handling litigation, the firm represents clients in arbitrations (both UK and international), mediations and expert determinations and regulatory prosecutions, providing strategic advice in the areas of claims avoidance, risk management and litigation costs, including advice on litigation funding and defending costs claims.

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: the experienced private client team advises on all aspects of private client matters including in relation to tax, trusts, estate planning, charities, family law and residential property – including capital tax planning, onshore and offshore trusts, planning for non-UK domiciliaries, estate administration, investment taxation, heritage property, landed estates and tax litigation.

Further information on the firm’s experience and services offered is available from its website, www.stevens-bolton.com.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Richard King
Banking and finance Jonathan Porteous
Charities Stuart Skeffington
Commercial contracts Beverley Whittaker
Construction and engineering Stephen Rockhill
Contentious trusts and probate James Lister
Corporate finance James Waddell
Data protection Beverley Flynn
Debt recovery Michael Frisby
Dispute resolution Richard Mumford
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 Nick Acomb
Professional negligence Andrew Quick
Real estate Andrew Steele
Real estate litigation Helen Wheddon
Restructuring and insolvency Tim Carter
Restructuring and insolvency David Steinberg
Share options, employee incentives Kate Schmit
Tax Stuart Skeffington
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nicholas Acomb  photo Nicholas Acomb
 Nick Atkins  photo Nick Atkins
Ms Richard Baxter photo Ms Richard Baxter
 Joe Bedford  photo Joe Bedford
 Nicola Broadhurst  photo Nicola Broadhurst
 Tim Carter  photo Tim Carter
 Ian Craig  photo Ian Craig
 Jamie Crawford  photo Jamie Crawford
 Lloyd Davey  photo Lloyd Davey
 Andrew Dodds  photo Andrew Dodds
 Gustaf Duhs  photo Gustaf Duhs
 Kimberley Eyssell  photo Kimberley Eyssell
 Beverley Flynn  photo Beverley Flynn
 Valerie Fogleman  photo Valerie Fogleman
 Hannah Ford  photo Hannah Ford
 Daryl Fox  photo Daryl Fox
 Michael Frisby  photo Michael Frisby
 Kerry Garcia  photo Kerry Garcia
 James Hardaker  photo James Hardaker
 Nicola Harries  photo Nicola Harries
 Gabrielle Holgate  photo Gabrielle Holgate
 Richard King  photo Richard King
 Tom Lingard  photo Tom Lingard
 James Lister  photo James Lister
 Howard Lupton  photo Howard Lupton
 Charles Maurice  photo Charles Maurice
 Sarah Murray  photo Sarah Murray
 Gary Parnell  photo Gary Parnell
 Jonathan Porteous  photo Jonathan Porteous
 Andrew Quick  photo Andrew Quick
 Daryl Rivero  photo Daryl Rivero
 Jenny Robertson  photo Jenny Robertson
 Stephen Rockhill  photo Stephen Rockhill
 Kate Schmit  photo Kate Schmit
 Stuart Skeffington  photo Stuart Skeffington
 Andrew Steele  photo Andrew Steele
 David Steinberg  photo David Steinberg
 Keith Syson  photo Keith Syson
 Charlotte Tillett  photo Charlotte Tillett
 Rosie Todd  photo Rosie Todd
 James Waddell  photo James Waddell
 Alex Watt  photo Alex Watt
 Helen Wheddon  photo Helen Wheddon
 Beverley Whittaker  photo Beverley Whittaker
Mr Ken Woffenden photo Mr Ken Woffenden
Number of UK partners : 42
Number of other UK fee earners : 111

The Lex 100 Verdict

Trainees turned to Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton for 'top-quality work outside London'. The attractive 'personable feel' is enhanced by 'trainees sharing offices with their supervisors' and the firm's 'open-door policy'. Many complimented their work/life balance, as well as being 'given responsibility from day one', although 'not all seats have a work/life balance' and there was a report of 'working until midnight on one occasion'. Having 'thorough supervision whilst being given challenging work' pleased trainees who relish 'the responsibility to oversee their own work'. The people at the firm really stood out to respondents, who were grateful that 'everyone is so friendly' and that 'most senior partners are more than happy to help'. A perceived 'lack of job security at the end of the training contract' worried recruits, who wished there was 'greater transparency around qualification'. Receiving a 'lower salary than London trainees' and the 'limitations on flexible working in some departments' were also concerns. However, 'being able to completely run my own matter', 'working with a senior partner in corporate' and 'attending hearings as the sole point of contact for the firm' excited trainees. Stevens & Bolton also boats an impressive vacation scheme and is a Lex 100 Winner in this category. The firm offers many CSR opportunities and 'actively encourages all trainees to participate in the CSR committee'. One trainee 'ran a Children in Need event and the whole firm attended', demonstrating Steven & Bolton's 'commitment to hosting a number of charity fundraising events each year'. If the 'opportunity to work almost independently' in an 'inclusive firm outside the City' appeals to you, take a closer look at Stevens & Bolton.