Firm Profile > Stone King LLP > Bath, England

Stone King LLP
13 QUEEN SQUARE
BATH
BA1 2HJ
England

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Stone King LLP advises trusts and funds, which involves acting for museums and galleries as well as for educational charities and charities which work with young people. The firm is experienced in assisting charities with restructurings and reorganisation, fundraising, charity acquisition, legacy disputes and employment regulations. Hannah Kubie and Tim Rutherford head the practice. Rutherford has particular expertise in working with faith organisations such as Roman Catholic charities and alms-houses. Senior associate Alexandra Steffensen advises museums as well as animal charities, and assists independent schools on the borrowing of funds from their permanent endowment to finance construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Tim Rutherford; Hannah Kubie

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Methodist Ministers’ Housing Society

Society of Jesus

Faithful Companions of Jesus

Diocese of Arundel Brightin

Jonathan Burchfield as Interim Manager of the Essex Islamic Academy

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahado Curch of St. Mary of Debre Tsion

Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse

Brentwood Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust

The Society of St. Stephen’s House

English Province of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd

The Carmelite Charitable Trust

Julian House

Sisters of Christian Retreat

Society of the Holy Child Jesus

The Sisters of the Divine Saviour

Screenskills

The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain

Fairfield Farm Trust

Family Action

Diocese of Westminster

The Polish Catholic Mission

Education Tier 1

Stone King LLP has a well-established reputation in the education sector nationally, which has made it a first port of call for both state-funded and independent schools, as well as the key national education agencies and intermediaries. The team advises on a full spectrum of schools-related issues, which includes governance, employment, school property, project finance and social finance, among others. Also notable is the team’s ability to advise on niche matters, such as IT and immigration issues arising in the context of education. Helen Tucker leads the work for independent schools and has considerable experience in handling complex issues concerning schools’ operation and in representing groups of schools. Ciara Campfield is the key contact for state-funded clients, multi-academy trusts and further education colleges.

Practice head(s):

Roger Inman; Graham Burns

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has strong specialist knowledge in education

Key clients

Princethorpe College

Monkton Combe School

Kingswood School

The Girls’ Day School Trust

Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire Tier 2

Stone King LLP excels in assisting corporate and individual clients with alternative dispute resolution, which complements its strong credentials in litigation. Its varied workload includes cases involving breaches of fiduciary duties and directors' duties, breaches of confidence, defamation, misrepresentation and commercial contract disputes. Contentious insolvency matters and claims brought under the Companies Act are among the growth areas of the practice. The firm also has a first-rate reputation in property litigation. Tony Pidgeon heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Tony Pidgeon

Crime: general Tier 2

Stone King LLP’s practice has expertise in defending clients in relation to health and safety prosecutions and assists companies with internal and external fraud investigations. The practice also has a significant foothold in the charities and education sectors and maintains a motoring law department, which deals with serious motoring offences such as speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Banks

Key clients

Freight Transport Association

Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire Tier 2

Stone King LLP divides its employment practice along its key sector lines, namely charity, education, personal and business. Across each, the practice handles dismissals, union activity, grievances, redundancies, TUPE issues and restrictive covenants. Practice head Nick Watson  has expertise in trade union disputes and complex governance structures.

Practice head(s):

Nick Watson

Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire Tier 3

Stone King LLP has a full-service practice, which covers sales, acquisitions, landlord and tenant work, and disputes, among other matters. Work for charities and education sector clients is a core strength; Stephanie HowarthHugh Pearce and senior associate Kathryn Williams are names to note in this space. Caroline Taylor joined from Michelmores LLP in April 2018 to head up the practice. Sarah Lane stands out for her experience in handling licensed property transactions involving public houses, petroleum filling stations and leisure industry facilities.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Triodos Bank

Wadworth & Company

No1 Lounges

The Faithful Companions of Jesus

United Learning Trust

FirstLight Trust

Charterhouse

Bernardine Sisters

The Edward James Foundation (West Dean College)

Crime: fraud Tier 3

Stone King LLP’s practice, which is based in Bath and Bristol, prepares Crown Court matters for trials including cases of white collar fraud and advises businesses, educational institutions and not-for-profit organisations on regulatory matters and fraudulent activities. The firm is also experienced in handling tax-related fraud cases and assists clients with the recovery of assets swindled out of their personal or institutional budget.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Banks

Family Tier 3

Stone King LLP advises on divorce and financial relief proceedings and is also experienced in mediating for married couples and between cohabitating individuals on financial matters and maintenance claims. The firm is also experienced in dealing with private children law matters, which involves relocation disputes. Another area of expertise is the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in allegations of domestic violence.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Fell

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Stone King LLP advises landowners, farmers and elderly high-net-worth individuals on wills and estate planning, the management of private family trusts and capital tax planning schemes. The firm is also experienced in handling international and cross-border probate and succession matters, which regularly involves the establishment of multi-jurisdictional inheritance tax saving schemes and the challenging of decisions made by HMRC on matters including domicile.

Practice head(s):

Alison Allen

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Harris

Property litigation Tier 4

Stone King LLP’s team has developed a niche specialism in the education sector, in which it acts for educational institutions in their capacity as landowners; contentious work involves removal of trespassers, nuisance claims, service charge disputes, and issues relating to land management and disputed rights of way. Other clients include charities, companies and high net worth individuals; the group's work for these clients includes possession claims, forfeiture relief, breaches of covenant and lease claims. Tony Pidgeon leads the team, which includes associate solicitor Simon Stone.

Practice head(s):

Tony Pidgeon

Other key lawyers:

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

The charities and social enterprise sector group at Stone King LLP is led from London and Bath, but the Cambridge office is home to key advisers to the charity and education sectors.

Other key lawyers:

James MacFarlane; Tamsin Eastwood

Key clients

The Friends of Whitefriars Oxford Fund

St Michael’s Catholic School

The Deptford Ragged Trust

British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group

The Foundation of Edward Storey

Borneo Orangutan Survival UK

Scotty’s Little Soldiers

Cambridge Islamic College

Spiritualists’ National Union

Education Tier 1

Stone King LLP has a national specialist education practice with full-service teams in Cambridge, London, Bath, Birmingham and Leeds. Roger Inman in Cambridge is the national leader of the practice group, which acts for state and independent schools across the UK, and for FE and HE colleges in East Anglia. The firm has deep sector knowledge in all aspects of school law, notably governance, educational provision for students, employment, property, capital funding and construction. Employment partner Tim Tyndall, who joined from Birketts LLP, has particular expertise in advising schools and higher education institutions.

Practice head(s):

Roger Inman

Other key lawyers:

Tim Tyndall; Robert Meakin

Key clients

United Learning

Unity Schools Partnership

Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust

Astrea

West Suffolk College

Cambridge Academic Partnership

CAM Trust

Active Learning Trust

Raedwald Trust

Peterborough Diocesan Education Trust

South Suffolk Learning Trust

Inspiration Trust

Felsted School

Wycombe Abbey School

The Chelmsford Learning Partnership

Education: schools Tier 1

Stone King LLP is renowned for its education work and is described as a 'go-to' firm for schools and higher education bodies. The team is skilled in advising state-funded schools on governance matters, high-profile transfers, mergers and establishing separate entities. Graham Burns has particular expertise is recommended for his ability to handle high-value and high-profile M&A in the academy sector, while Stephen Ravenscroft is experienced in advising on education projects and is knowledgeable in the NGO field. The team also provides specialist advice to faith schools, with Lee Coley heading up Church of England schools matters.

Practice head(s):

Graham Burns; Roger Inman; Tom Morrison; Helen Tucker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

United Church Schools Trust

The Collaborative Academies Trust

Oasis Community Learning

Future Academies

TBAP Trust

Learning in Harmony Multi Academy Trust

Community Schools Trust

Hasmonean High School

Greenshaw Learning Trust (previously Greenshaw High School)

Enfield Learning Trust

NAS Academies Trust

The Baker Dearing Trust

Peterborough Diocesan Board of Education

The Diocese of Worcester Multi Academy Trust

Leicester Diocesan Board of Education

Coventry Diocesan Board of Education

Greenshaw Learning Trust

David Ross Education Trust (DRET)

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The Enterprise Sector Group at Stone King LLP works together on a national basis operating across its various offices under the direction of Tim Rutherford and Hannah Kubie. The team does a lot of work with religious and faith organisations working with Catholic, Church of England and independent church charities, and other religious groups. It is also well-regarded for its work with educational charities and charities that work with young people. Other areas of expertise span its work with military charities, heritage, arts and museums, as well as increasingly livery companies and City corporations. Key team members include: Julian Blake, who has over 28 years of experience in social enterprise and charity work; Jonathan Burchfield, who concentrates his extensive expertise exclusively on charity law matters; and chairman of the firm Ann Phillips, who works with many of the firm’s long established charity clients.

Practice head(s):

Tim Rutherford; Hannah Kubie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Reema Mathur is very experienced and active in this area‘.

Key clients

Methodist Minister’s Housing Society

Society of Jesus

Downside Abbey

Faithful Companions of Jesus

Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

Jonathan Burchfield as Interim Manager of the Essex Islamic Academy

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church of St Mary of Debre Tsion

Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse

Brentwood Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust

The Society of St Stephen’s House

English Province of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd CIO

The Carmelite Charitable Trust

Julian House

Sisters of Christian Retreat

Society of the Holy Child Jesus

The Sisters of the Divine Saviour

Screenskills

The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain

Fairfield Farm Trust

Family Action

Diocese of Westminster

The Polish Catholic Mission

Royal Society of Medicine

Catch 22

HCT Group

Energy4All

Immigration Tier 2

Stone King LLP joins the ranking having seen a growing workload for senior associate and immigration specialist Julie Moktadir in its Cambridge office. She has notable expertise in charitable immigration work, specifically Tier 2 (Ministers of Religion) and immigration in the education sector. The firm has a particular focus on assisting teachers in Tier 2 and Tier 5 positions coming to the UK to work in both mainstream and independent schools.

Practice head(s):

Julie Moktadir

Key clients

Sister Margaret Herlihy, Poor Servants of the Mother of God

Sister Paula Langton, The Sisters of the Divine Saviour

Ms Jenny Cain, Director of HR, Greenshaw Learning Trust

Hannah Thomson, Cambridge Cancer Genomics

Christian Mouysset, Tenzo Limited

Nikki Walker, QCS

Education Tier 3

The Leeds-based group at Stone King LLP is led by head of further education Tom Morrison, who joined from Rollits LLP, following Graham Shaw's departure to Wrigleys Solicitors LLP. The practice is particularly noted for its further education expertise at a regional and national level. Morrison focuses on commercial and contractual issues as well as compliance work, and Polly O’Malley handles employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Tom Morrison

Other key lawyers:

Polly O’Malley

Employment Tier 4

Stone King LLP joins the ranking this year having hired vastly experienced consultant Tim Tyndall from Birketts LLP in Cambridge. Tyndall has 30 years' experience in employment law that includes advising individuals, public and private institutions, and multinational companies. The firm-wide employment practice focuses predominantly on the needs of education and not-for-profit clients, though the firm also has expertise in the transport, logistics and financial services sectors.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

Stone King LLP provides the full range of services for older clients. It advises clients on various matters such as powers of attorney, wills and estate planning and in addition the group is well-versed in international succession and probate matters. The group is skilled at advising on diverse matters, from lasting powers of attorney and applications to the Court of Protection through to advising on private family trusts. In London Rod Smith is a key contact and Bath-based Alison Allen and Daniel Harris are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rod Smith; Alison Allen; Daniel Harris

Stone King is a national leader in charity and education law and has won independent praise for the high-quality legal advice it offers to businesses and individuals across the UK.

The firm: Stone King has offices in Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds and London.

It continues to see growth across its charity, business, education and private client divisions and now employs over 250 people, including 42 partners and 118 fee-earners.

The firm’s sector-leading education team advises over 1,000 maintained and independent schools nationally and has been at the forefront of the academies programme.

Within the third sector, Stone King acts for hundreds of leading charity and not-for-profit organisations across the UK, including many educational establishments and religious groups.

The firm also offers a broad range of commercial legal advice to a wide variety of organisations, from family-run businesses to international companies.

In addition, Stone King has gained independent recognition for its expert advice to individuals and families, particularly on issues relating to care funding and family mediation.

Types of work undertaken: Charity and social enterprise: Stone King’s sector expertise includes advice on the formation and registration of new charities, Charity Commission investigations and review visits, charity mergers, establishing trading subsidiaries, and duties and liabilities of trustees. The firm also specialises in modernising and restructuring charity constitutions, governance and compliance issues, legacy disputes, corporate sponsorship and fundraising.

Education: the firm’s sector-leading work for educational institutions includes academy creation and conversions, governor training, corporate and regulatory issues, student disputes and issues arising from negligence in relation to the provision of education. It also specialises in employment matters including TUPE, the establishment of relevant employment contractual documents and advice on the appointment process.

Employment and HR: Stone King advises clients on a wide range of employment matters including those arising from a business sale, purchase or organisational change, TUPE, changing terms and conditions, restructuring, redundancy, dismissal and discrimination. The firm also provides representation at employment tribunals and HR support.

Commercial property: the firm specialises in commercial, charitable, educational and social housing work, providing expert advice on all aspects of planning and environmental law.

Construction: Stone King’s work covers a range of projects, from refurbishment works in existing facilities to large-scale new developments. This includes legal advice on construction procurement, building contracts and preparing bespoke schedules of amendments to standard forms, consultants appointments, letters of intent, collateral warranties, funding agreements, and PFI/PPP documentation.

Corporate and commercial: the firm advises on a wide range of commercial matters including business start-ups, administration and compliance, director duties and liabilities, IT, IP, shareholder and joint venture agreements.

Dispute resolution: Stone King’s expertise encompasses contentious work involving litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

Transport: the firm offers specialist advice on all aspects of road transport legislation, including public inquiries, appeals to the Transport Tribunal, tachograph and drivers’ hours regulation, construction and use regulations and the bus service operators grant.

Trusts and estates: Stone King provides bespoke advice to individuals on wills, trusts and tax planning, including advice on overseas assets. In addition the team is developing a strong reputation in providing specialist advice to clients in later life and their families and carers, particularly issues relating to care funding.

Family law and mediation: the firm’s expertise includes advice on divorce and separation, mediation, cohabitation, civil partnership, prenuptial agreements and cases involving children.

Residential property: Stone King specialises in local and national sales and purchases, transfers of equity, shared ownership, new-build purchases, residential leases and remortgages.

Court and regulatory: Stone King handles all manner of crime, including white-collar crime and fraud. The firm also specialises in regulatory defence in matters such as environmental, consumer protection and health and safety issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Ann Phillips
Managing partner Steven Greenwood
Number of UK partners : 42
Number of other UK fee-earners : 118