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Stevens & Bolton is a leading full-service top 100 law firm, with a single office in Guildford, with 43 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 named 'Law Firm of the Year: Regional' at the City Wealth Magic Circle Awards 2018.

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,

  • Number of UK partners: 43
  • Number of other UK fee earners: 108
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Banking/finance: 11
  • Corporate/commercial: 34
  • Dispute resolution: 12
  • Employment, immigration and pensions: 7
  • Intellectual property: 2
  • Private client: 14
  • Real estate: 20

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