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Stone King LLP

Work 01225 337599
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8001 BATH

South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 3

Stone King LLP

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

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Stone King LLP

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

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

Stone King LLP

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

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South West: Human resources

Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

Stone King LLP

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

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South West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Stone King LLP

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:Alexandra Steffensen

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


The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain

Fairfield Farm Trust

Family Action

Diocese of Westminster

The Polish Catholic Mission

Work highlights

  • Carrying out the incorporation of the Missionary Sisters of Verona, a charitable Roman Catholic religious trust registered in England and Scotland, as a charitable incorporated organisation.
  • Providing data protection advice to the Anne Frank Trust in light of the changes introduced by the GDPR.
  • Advised the Society of St. Stephen’s House, a permanent private hall at the University of Oxford, on its incorporation as a charitable company limited by guarantee and rationalising its subsidiary charities and trusts.
  • Secured approval from the Charity Commission to enable the Grace and Compassion Benedictines to make an ex gratia application following a testamentary residual gift.
  • Advised the Methodist Ministers’ Housing Society, a registered society with regional assets worth £83m, on the process of conversion to become a company limited by guarantee registered as a charity.
Leading individuals

Tim Rutherford - Stone King LLP

Rising stars

Alexandra Steffensen - Stone King LLP

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Family - ranked: tier 3

Stone King LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Advising on divorce and financial relief proceedings
  • Advising on negotiations regarding financial claims and maintenance issues
  • Mediated on financial issues
  • Advising on children relocation matter
  • Advising on children law dispute involving allegations of domestic violence

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Stone King LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Advising the executors of a £2m estate on the planning, arranging and meeting of care needs for an elderly individual
  • Reorganising private client arrangements for a client with a £2.7m estate.

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South West: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 1

Stone King LLP

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:Helen Tucker; Ciara Campfield


'The team has strong specialist knowledge in education'

Key Clients

Princethorpe College

Monkton Combe School

Kingswood School

The Girls’ Day School Trust

Work highlights

  • Assisting West Suffolk College with issues regarding the development of one of the country’s first institutes of technology.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 3

Stone King LLP

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 Howarth, Hugh 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:Stephanie Howarth; Hugh Pearce; Sarah Lane; senior associate Kathryn Williams

Key Clients

Triodos Bank

Wadworth & Company

No1 Lounges

The Faithful Companions of Jesus

United Learning Trust

FirstLight Trust


Bernardine Sisters

The Edward James Foundation (West Dean College)

Work highlights

  • Advising Triodos Bank on multiple high-value property transactions.
  • Assisting Wadworth and Company with portfolio management matters.
  • Advised The Edward James Foundation (West Dean College) on a disposal of agricultural investment estate, thereby generating valuable capital for the charity.
  • Advising FirstLight Trust on the property aspects of ongoing work in relation to the charity’s portfolio, including opening up a network of hubs to enable access to support for military veterans.
  • Advising The Faithful Companions of Jesus on the £4.7m sale of a development site for 13 houses to a developer.
Rising stars

Kathryn Williams - Stone King LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Stone King LLP

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:Simon Stone

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