Firm Profile > Ashfords LLP > Bristol, England

Ashfords LLP
TOWER WHARF, CHEESE LANE
BRISTOL
BS2 0JJ
England

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Ashfords LLP offers a full array of services related to disputed wills, trusts and estates on behalf of its high-value client base. The firm has significant experience in proprietary estoppel claims, Inheritance Act claims, and a variety of trustee matters on behalf of individuals, landed estates and charitable corporations. The well regarded Robert Horsey leads the disputed wills and trusts team while Kerry Morgan-Gould, who focuses on charities, leads the Trusts and Estates department. Barny Croft is also recommended for his work with succession disputes.

Practice head(s):

Robert Horsey; Kerry Morgan-Gould

Other key lawyers:

Barny Croft

Testimonials

‘They provide really focused, pragmatic advice to their clients, and are always looking to gain their clients a strategic advantage in litigation wherever possible. ’

‘Barny Croft is a highly knowledgable solicitor who thinks strategically and fights tenaciously to secure the best outcomes for his clients. He is excellent at inspiring confidence in his clients, gaining the respect of opponents, and providing clear and focused advice.’

‘A very strong team led by Robert Horsey and Kerry Morgan-Gould. Barny Croft is excellent too. There are clear specialists with strength in depth and they are a sensible and pragmatic team to work with and litigate against. ’

‘Kerry Morgan-Gould and Barny Croft, in particular, are clear communicators and clear experts in this field on law which makes working with them a pleasure. ’

‘Very innovative, close-knit team, with a great deal of expertise.’

‘The legal team as a whole provide the highest quality of care to support clients in a friendly and efficient manner.’

‘Extraordinary ability to take huge complexity and sift, filter and extract the really important stuff, frame it appropriately and explain to laypeople precisely how and why they were doing what they were doing.’

‘I would say though that Robert Horsey impressed me very much – he has an extremely agile mind, was patient, good-humoured and ever available, even at very short notice – and more than able to handle the intense, unusual and difficult personalities that my case involved with tact and good grace.’

Corporate and commercial: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Ashfords LLP's 'impressive' team is most noted for its work in the technology, retail and financial services sectors. The offering in Exeter was boosted when Andrew Betteridge transferred from the Bristol office; Betteridge leads on corporate transactions, as well as heading the business services division. The commercial team is led by Brian Farrell, who assists with commercial transactional work, including in relation to the renewable energy sector. The 'superbMark Lomas, who chairs the firm, has developed a niche in acting for luxury fragrance clients, as well as advising on commercial intellectual property and IT law. Firm CEO Louise  Workman is a retail sector expert and an M&A veteran.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Betteridge; Brian Farrell

Other key lawyers:

Louise Workman; Mark Lomas

Testimonials

‘What stands out has always been their obvious interest in our organisation, genuine enthusiasm and keenness to understand what is needed, and why. And they have such an incredibly speedy grasp of what is important, which is really impressive.’

‘As a large regional firm Ashfords are perfect for us, combining a breadth of knowledge and expertise with accessibility, which has only been enhanced by the remote working measures they have implemented over the last year.’

‘Both Mark Lomas and Louise Workman are impressive in their ability to quickly grasp the bones of the issue at hand, and what we are trying to achieve in our contractual negotiations with customers, suppliers and business partners. As a business operating in a fairly niche sector we are aware that the intellectual property details at the heart of our discussions can be hard to grasp; Mark in particular is superb at assimilating new concepts and seems as excited by our projects and developments as we are.

Key clients

Curtis Bank Group Plc

Lloyd Warwick International

SimplyCook

Eden Ventures

Form 3

Fontaine Ltd (Creed)

Attomarker Ltd

Toshi Technologies Ltd

Valeport Limited

Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Ashfords LLP's employment practice offers a broad array of support to private and public sector employers. The team has particular experience with energy, retail and health companies. Its notable strengths include contentious work, defending clients in complex employment tribunal cases and representing directors and other executives in disputes over restrictive covenants. On the non-contentious side, it advises companies on matters including TUPE , immigration, redundancies, and other HR support issue. Charles Pallot leads the team in Exeter, working with well-regarded legal director Su Apps .

Practice head(s):

Stephen Moore; Charles Pallot

Other key lawyers:

Su Apps

Testimonials

‘Ashfords have a great breadth of experience, relevant to what we need and support our solutions with practical and commercially pertinent advice.’

‘Charles Pallot provides excellent advice and guidance, ensuring there are no surprises, the extent of risk is known and that all documents are drafted without ambiguity and are fully transparent.’

‘Highly professional team. Approachable, knowledgeable and experts in their field.’

‘I’ve worked with the team for a number of years now and they are all superb. Su Apps provided expert legal advice when my business had to undergo a restructure. Su delivers in a clear and calm way. She offers just the right level of professionalism, is down to earth and has a great sense of humour. ’

Key clients

Patron Capital Advisers LLP

Havana West Ltd

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

CDS Superstores International Limited (The Range)

Wandsworth Borough Council

Brick by Brick Croydon Ltd

Whitetower Energy Limited (part of the Rockland Group)

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The team at Ashfords LLP is regularly instructed in corporate and personal insolvencies as well as in transactional and restructuring assignments, providing advice on cross-border and related litigation matters. Practice head Alan Bennett has 'a legendary status among insolvency lawyers in the South West'; he is well versed in restructuring across borders and law firm insolvencies. David Pomeroy specialises in land and asset recovery. Legal director Katie Farmer handles transactions and contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Alan Bennett

Other key lawyers:

David Pomeroy; Katie Farmer

Testimonials

‘This is a team that bats massively above its weight. Led by Alan Bennett, who has legendary status among insolvency lawyers in the South West, this is a national firm with a South West base, with a conspicuous and growing presence in London.’

‘In my view, no other insolvency team in the South West can boast anything like their catalogue of High Court insolvency litigation. They are more than a match for the London firms, as is evidenced by the list of litigation against them.’

‘Collaboration, multi-disciplined, technical knowledge and efficient.’

‘Without a doubt one of the leading insolvency law teams in the South West. The team is now headed by Alan Bennett, who covers all 3 offices, supported by David Pomeroy based in Bristol and Katie Farmer in Exeter. They cover all aspects of commercial and personal insolvency, both contentious and non-contentious. There is no need to go anywhere else.’

‘Each individual brings an ability to analyse and understand complex problems. They never lose sight of the commercial considerations of the client (whether an office holder or an individual). Alan Bennett is also very experienced in international cross-border insolvency ’

‘The team has an excellent reputation for deals with contentious insolvency matters as well as cross border matters. Alan Bennett is supported in the Exeter market by Katie Farmer who has a great profile in her own right and client following.’

‘Katie Farmer deserves to be recognised as a leading individual, as I regularly encounter her on high value and profile matters taking a leading role. She is highly technical and effective. Clients really like working with her and appreciate her no nonsense approach.’

 

Key clients

Smith & Williamson LLP

CVR Global LLP (now Begbies Traynor LLP)

Menzies LLP

Kirks

Albert Goodman LLP

PKF Francis Clark LLP

Bishop Fleming LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Milsted Langdon LLP

Quantuma LLP

Intellectual property Tier 1

The team at Ashfords LLP excels in trade mark work, managing portfolios for a number of corporates and multinationals. Its expertise spans clearance, filings and prosecutions, as well as registrations, renewals maintenance and licensing issues. The group also provides patent attorney services, with a sub-team that handles drafting, filing and prosecutions. The department is led by Carl Steele, described as 'truly an expert in his field', who has particular expertise in the retail sector. Clare Jackman, dual qualified as a solicitor and trade mark attorney, brings to bear experience in UK, European and international brand protection and portfolio management. Mark Lomas has expertise in the commercial exploitation of IP rights, while Kaya Elkiner is a patent attorney licensed to practice in the UK and EU.

Practice head(s):

Carl Steele

Other key lawyers:

Clare Jackman; Mark Lomas; Tom Phipps; Kaya Elkiner

Testimonials

‘Ashfords’ professionalism and precision in following and supporting all IP matters for our company is impeccable.’

‘Carl Steele is truly an expert in his field and his proactive approach is a massive support.’

‘The Ashfords team were invaluable.’

‘Very responsive in the new online environment. ’

‘Carl Steele has been not only incredibly responsive to our demanding timescales but has provided truly practical advice and guidance. His understanding of the subject and ability to leverage this in negotiations has been impressive.’

Key clients

Penhaligon’s

Day Pitney

The Roald Dahl Story Company

Ginsters (Samworth Brothers)

Majestic Wine

J W Anderson

BlackRock

Post Office

The Brand Architekts PLC

Aardman Animations

Facegym

Fontaine

What3words Limited

Pancho Music Inc.

Beat Capital Partners Limited

Tarian Underwriting Limited

Chord Reinsurance Limited

Munitus Agency Limited

Alitus Intermediaries Limited

Brace Underwriting Limited

Alcor UK Holdings Limited

Satinwood Underwriting Limited

Amtrust Management Services Limited

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Borden Ladner & Gervais LLP

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Ashfords LLP has developed a technology-focused team 'peopled by experts', bringing together corporate, commercial and intellectual property lawyers. In addition to corporate transactions and investment issues, the group has experience in the implementation of national projects, as well as in data protection matters. Other areas of expertise include agile software development and blockchain issues. The department is led by corporate lawyer Chris Dyson, who is ably supported by commercial contracts expert Mark Lomas and investment funds specialist Jocelyn OrmondAndy Braithwaite handles intellectual property and IT transactions, and Suzie Miles is the name to note for IT transformation and outsourcing projects, as well as software licensing issues.

Practice head(s):

Chris Dyson

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lomas; Jocelyn Ormond; Andy Braithwaite; Suzie Miles; Kaya Elkiner; Brett Lambe; Scott Preece

Testimonials

‘The team has been very collaborative with our organisation to problem-solve where the need has arisen. Their expertise in our industry has enabled us to identify some challenges we may face ahead of time so that we have been well prepared if necessary.’

‘We have felt that working with Ashfords has always given us people rather than a generic organisation to work with. All team members are only a phone call away if something urgent has come up and they go above and beyond to help us turn around on requests quickly.’

‘Peopled by experts who understand business, the issues it faces and the people behind those issues.’

‘All experts with a very good bedside manner, who get to the heart of the issues quickly.’

Key clients

NMI

Notion Capital

Form3

Post Office

Simply Cook

Sparkol

BGF

GoMedia

eConsult Health

Small Robot Company

Shipping Tier 1

Ashfords LLP has an 'excellent national reputation for both marine regulatory and coastal development work.' The team acts as trusted advisor in harbour orders, vessel prosecutions and arrests, for various ports and harbours in the UK. Legal director Lara Moore is 'exceptional' and 'her knowledge is unrivalled'. She heads up the practice and is particularly well versed in marine licensing matters. Charles Hattersley retired in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Lara Moore

Testimonials

‘Expert advice on harbour authority powers, duties and responsibilities. Ashfords LLP provide a collaborative approach to responding to and resolving customer legal questions. The speed of response to enquiries is impressive and work always delivered on time or ahead of deadlines. There has never been a need to follow up on administrative matters.’

‘Lara Moore is an industry leading expert in Ports, Harbours and Coastal Developments. Her professional approach to delivering port and harbour legislative reviews is a key skill we rely upon.’

‘The Team is exceptionally knowledgeable about Ports and Harbours. They are the ‘go to’ firm for Harbour Orders and have a excellent national reputation for both marine regulatory and coastal development work. Unsurpassed in my experience.’

‘Lara Moore is exceptional. Her knowledge is unrivalled. A top lawyer nationally in her field. Clear and concise. ’

‘Ashfords external industry engagement is excellent with representation at UK Maritime level. Knowledge of the Maritime sector is second to none.’

‘The individuals that we have been working alongside are clearly dedicated and enthusiastic no issue is to small to resolve and team members are happy to go the extra yard as required.’

Key clients

Portsmouth International Port (Portsmouth City Council)

Poole Harbour Commissioners

Shoreham Port Authority

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Chichester Harbour Authority

Langstone Harbour Board

Looe Harbour Commissioners

Department for Infrastructure (Isle of Man Government)

Cornwall Council (Penzance, St Ives, Bude, Port of Truro, Penryn, Portreath, Portscatho, Newquay, Prince of Wales Pier (Falmouth) and Portwrinkle Harbours)

Dorset Council (Weymouth, Bridport and Lyme Regis Harbours)

Littlehampton Harbour Board

Fowey Harbour Commissioners

Dart Harbour & Navigation Authority

East Suffolk Council (Southwold Harbour)

Cattewater Harbour Commissioners (Port of Plymouth)

Flight 4 Whitby

Social housing Tier 1

Ashfords LLP is known to provide 'consistently good and thorough advice' in housing matters. Its impressive client list includes registered providers and local authorities; together with their London team, the group is also active for several of the capital's boroughs. It covers the full gamut of work with notable expertise in development work, in which Paul Butterworth has a strong track record, This in addition to housing litigation and tenancy management matters, for which Sian Gibbon is highlighted. Together with Tim Heal, they lead the practice. Associate Isabelle Clement has expertise in advising on regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):

Sian Gibbon; Paul Butterworth; Tim Heal

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Woods; Isabelle Clement 

Testimonials

‘Very professional outfit. Undoubtedly a match for their London-based peers. Proactive approach to collegiate working and engagement with counsel.’

‘Sian Gibbon – approachable and professional. Clearly knowledgeable in her field.’

‘The Ashfords team have provided consistently good and thorough advice to us on a range of affordable housing transactions. Ashfords have handled some particularly complicated situations and deals over the last 24 months and have been a great support in getting matters resolved as quickly and practically as possible. We enjoy working with the team, find their approach to billing to be really satisfactory and appreciate their pragmatic legal advice. ’

‘Paul Butterworth and Isabelle Clement are both very responsive and we benefit from strong working relationships with them. ’

‘One of the projects we have collaborated on was particularly challenging yet the team consistently provided clear, concise advice delivered in a timely manner.’

‘Paul Butterworth and Isabelle Clement – both highly skilled in their field, both consistently on top of each other’s work to provide seamless advice.’

‘Ashfords is the premium outfit. A very high standard of professionalism and attention to detail.’

Key clients

Sovereign Housing Association

Aster Group

LiveWest Homes Limited

The Guinness Partnership Limited

Evolve Housing & Support

Cornerstone Housing

London Borough of Wandsworth

St. Mungo Community Housing Association

HFL Group Limited

CURO

Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

Homes England

Stonewater

Notting Hill Genesis

Cross Keys Homes

Saxon Weald Homes

Sport Tier 1

At Ashfords LLP, the team is particularly noted for its 'unrivalled knowledge' in issues related to the horse-racing industry, although it also receives regular instructions from clients in football and golf. Areas of expertise include regulatory and governance work, commercial agreements (such as sponsorships and merchandising), sports-related taxation and brand management issues. Rory Mac Neice is the team leader, and focuses on matters concerning race fixing and integrity issues, often supported by associate Joanne SayeAndy Braithwaite advises sport governing bodies and sport property owners on event agreements, sponsorships and constitutional issues.

Practice head(s):

Rory Mac Neice

Other key lawyers:

Andy Braithwaite; Joanne Saye

Testimonials

‘Rory Mac Neice and Joanne Saye have a specific sector understanding and experience of equestrian sports law.’

‘An unrivalled knowledge of the equine industry, coupled with the ability to liaise with other professional bodies such as path labs and their senior staff and relate this information in layman’s terms to authorities and disciplinary hearings. Always available to us, giving clear and precise guidance and advice.’

‘The team stands out for its understanding of the industry and its workings and interaction. In particular, Rory Mac Neice and Joanne Saye have vast knowledge and attention to detail.’

‘Very strong on complex horse racing-related litigation.’

‘Jo Saye and Rory Mac Neice have an exceptional understanding of the racing industry, making Ashfords (and Roy Mac Neice in particular) the foremost firm in the UK for any racing-related litigation.’

Key clients

The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA)

The Professional Jockeys Association Limited

The Racecourse Association Limited

The British Show Horse Association Limited

The British Harness Racing Club

Ascot Racecourse Limited

Paul Nicholls

Dan Skelton

The Joint Measurement Board Limited

Brian Hughes

Oisin Murphy

Plymouth Leander Swimming Association

The National Trainers Federation

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

The expanding agricultural team at Ashfords LLP offers a diverse set of services to clients, across property, corporate, regulatory and contentious matters. The practice, which has been growing its client base, has recently brought in three new partners, most notably Susie Murray, who joined from Stephens Scown LLP, where she headed up the rural team in Devon. She focuses on property law, with a niche focus on equestrian matters. Darren Blackburn heads the practice from its Exeter office, with an emphasis on property transactions for companies and high-net-worth individuals. Jonathan Hickman is also regarded for his wide-ranging expertise in private client matters.

Practice head(s):

Darren Blackburn

Other key lawyers:

Susie Murray; Warren Reid; Jonathan Hickman; David Wood; Tom Biddick

Testimonials

‘Warren Reid is an excellent team player and communicator. I key attribute when dealing with complex matters is to bring the right people together to jointly deliver a result – Warren is excellent is achieving this.

‘Good focus on private client, rural land and estates work’

‘Jonathan Hickman very responsive and enthusiastic to satisfy client needs.’

‘David Wood is very efficient and thorough at delivering advice.’

Banking and finance Tier 2

Ashfords LLP has considerable experience in advising banks, government agencies and corporate clients acting as lenders in an array of finance transactions. Its offering includes property and development finance; commercial banking; and trade and project finance. Practice head Rebecca Dury is also well versed in cross-border matters. Ed Hobbs has know-how in energy and infrastructure finance.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Dury

Other key lawyers:

James Heath; Clare Brewer; Ed Hobbs

Testimonials

‘Ashfords adapted quickly and seamlessly to working remotely . The banking team have completed multiple deals for Exeter Finance during a very difficult year. Team fully committed to meeting tight timescales . Clear billing and documentation very accurate.’

‘Ashfords are building a strong Banking Team led by Rebecca Dury. Rebecca is always readily available to discuss a particular file.’

Key clients

BLG

Lloyds Bank plc

Santander UK plc

National Westminster Bank PLC

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Brunswick Limited and Sackville Limited

Exeter Finance Limited

Homes England

Albatross Capital

Fox Funding LLP

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Ashfords LLP's charities team focuses on contentious trust and probate matters, with a particular emphasis on inheritance and proprietary estoppel claims. Kerry Morgan-Gould leads this arm of the team, which frequently represents national, household name charities, with support from the wider contested wills and trusts team.  The firm has also been developing its trust administration team, providing dedicated tax advice to the sector. The 'knowledgeable and helpful' Barny Croft is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Morgan-Gould

Other key lawyers:

Barny Croft; Kate Venn

Testimonials

‘They provide really focused, pragmatic advice to their clients, and are always looking to gain their clients a strategic advantage in litigation wherever possible. They have excellent relationships with a large number of charities, who respect the sensible and commercial advice that they provide.’

‘Barny Croft is a highly knowledgable solicitor who thinks strategically and fights tenaciously to secure the best outcomes for his clients. He is excellent at inspiring confidence in his clients, gaining the respect of opponents, and providing clear and focused advice.’

‘Experts in the charity sector but also providing tangible support in the context of the South West ’

‘Kerry Morgan-Gould is strong, dependable, compassionate and highly knowledgeable. ’

‘Barny Croft and his team are attentive and always available to help. Barny has embraced the requirements of charity advice. I would wholeheartedly recommend him and his team’

‘Barny Croft is knowledgeable and helpful, and will always offer sound advice. ’

‘A well-rounded, full-service law firm which more than holds its own against other competitors in the niche field of contentious probate advice to charities.’

‘Extremely impressive across the board. Excellent communication and use of technology. Hard-working, tactically minded litigators, with good commercial awareness, friendly and compassionate for the clients’

Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Ashfords LLP's commercial litigation practice acts for its roster of commercial and public sector clients on a range of disputes and counts shareholder litigation, enforcement of restrictive covenants and seeking and defending injunction applications among its specialisms. Exeter-based Andrew Perkins focuses on corporate litigation and commercial contract disputes and jointly leads the multi-office practice with Rory Mac Neice in Bristol. Changes to the team include the arrival of senior associate Anusheh Burcher from Porter Dodson LLP, who adds a breadth of commercial dispute experience, and the retirement of Jason Squire.

Practice head(s):

Rory Mac Neice; Andrew Perkins

Other key lawyers:

Anusheh Burcher

Key clients

S. Notaro Group Ltd

Brand Architekts Group Plc

Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Ashfords LLP's skillset is broad; it acts for clients such as house builders, registered providers, contractors and investors, among others, in a wide range of real estate matters. The team, which offers 'sound commercial advice', is regularly active in projects, developments and urban regeneration. Practice head Kate Topp is experienced in sales and purchases of properties. Tim Heal advises on the development of residential and commercial property. Emma Warren is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Kate Topp

Other key lawyers:

Tim Heal; Emma Warren; Andrew Worley; Simon Bailey; Annika Gleeson

Testimonials

‘A team of experienced knowledgeable property professionals offering sound commercial advice.’

‘One area of service I greatly appreciated in my interaction with the Andrew Worley was his willingness and ability to be flexible with the scope of the engagement as the discussions evolved over time. Andrew balanced the needs of getting the job done with keeping clarity around the terms of the engagement. Communications with respect to anticipated fees and the overall fees were clear and fair. This gave me a reassurance that Andrew was cognizant of the value of the fees being accrued and the quality of service needed.’

‘The team were great in handling our legal implications. Nothing was too much trouble and they were on hand to answer and deal with any questions that arose. The explained everything to us in layman’s terms and didn’t confuse the situation at all. Everyone we dealt with was friendly, professional & knowledgeable.’

 

Key clients

Aster Group

Barratt Homes

Biffa Group

Burrington Estates

Cavanna Homes

C J Fry

Cogen

Courteney Group

DP London Gateway

Homes England

Mendip District Council

Pennon Group PLC

Persimmon Homes

Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall

Sovereign Housing Association

Strongvox

Torbay Council

Vistry Homes and Vistry Partnerships

Wainhomes

Wandsworth London Borough Council

Construction Tier 2

Ashfords LLP fields a ‘a talented group of individuals‘ who advise on regeneration schemes, procurement of construction projects and construction contracts. The team has considerable know-how in related disputes; this is also the area of expertise of practice head Patrick Blake and Stephen Homer. The client portfolio includes contractors, local authorities and waste and utility companies.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Blake

Other key lawyers:

Mark Manning; Stephen Homer

Testimonials

‘Patrick Blake: very personable, readily available, insightful, extensive case law knowledge that he cites with ease, generally gives feeling of comfort with a very strong sense of empathy.’

‘Stephen Homer is confident in his legal views, very experienced and calm under pressure.’

‘This is a small team of construction focussed professionals with a great deal of expertise.’

‘Stephen Homer is an excellent leader and keeps the focus on the client’

‘Ashfords have a strong construction practice with a range of qualified lawyers able to advise on a wide range of matters. Billing is detailed and reasonable and the lawyers themselves are very user-friendly.’

‘Principle adviser to us is Stephen Homer who is very experienced and knowledgeable, never afraid to point out where we might not be right. Stephen particularly advises on contentious matters with his experience of acting as an adjudicator.’

‘Their team are a talented group of individuals, all of whom are extremely knowledgeable. They take time to understand the nature of the problem and deliver a service which is second to none.’

‘Stephen Homer is a talented Construction Lawyer, very Knowledgeable and considerate. I have worked with a number of law firms over the years and Ashfords stand head and shoulders above most of the rest. They train their staff very well and always provide excellent advice.’

Key clients

BDW Trading Limited

Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

Midas Construction Limited

Mi-space (UK) Limited

United Living Group

Exeter City Council

London Borough of Hackney

Bi-Borough authority of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the City of Westminster

CC Construction Limited

Devon Contractors Limited

WFC Contractors Limited

Canterbury City Council

The Cambridge Union Society

Exeter Deaf Academy Trading Limited

Enterijer Jankovic d.o.o

EJ Interiors Limited

Mid Devon District Council

Flood Control International Limited

NPS South West Limited

DSVG Façade Limited

EP Langage Limited

Exeter City Living Ltd

SAS Utility Services Ltd

Ward Williams Associates

Makers Construction Limited

Tithegrove Limited

Corporate tax Tier 2

At Ashfords LLP, the 'smart' team is known for its expertise in the tax aspects of reorganisations. Tax structuring is a core specialism for the group, which advises corporates and high-net-worth individuals alike. Other areas of expertise include the establishment of property funds, M&A taxation, capital gains tax, and VAT issues. Exeter-based practice head Angus Bauer is the name to note for reorganisations and complex tax structuring. Nicola Manclark in Bristol is praised by clients as 'an outstanding professional who delivers high-quality advice', with corporate and commercial tax experience.

Practice head(s):

Angus Bauer

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Manclark

Testimonials

‘Competent, friendly advice, quickly available when you need it. Good value for money. Excellent team.’

‘Fantastic, well-thought-through advice delivered calmly and effectively. Answers to complex issues given in simple, easy-to-understand language. Calm under the pressure of an M&A event.’

‘Nicola Manclark was a pleasure to work with throughout our M&A process. She has detailed knowledge but with the ability to summarise in clear language what needed to be done and when. She was always available when needed, and calm under pressure but with a forensic eye for detail.’

‘The entire team is very responsive and collaborative. In all of our engagements the team delivered great, high-quality output and was fast to respond and find solutions to any queries and issues along the way.’

‘Nicola Manclark is an outstanding professional who delivers high-quality advice and often goes the extra mile in helping, explaining and exploring in great detail complex topics to find the best solution.’

‘Ashfords has assembled a smart team that consistently goes above and beyond to ensure well-considered advice is delivered in a timely fashion. They’ll keep your deadlines in mind, and are happy to adjust conversations and project work to suit as needs evolve. That kind of fast-paced flexibility is just what you need when you’re in the midst of a complex transaction with hard deadlines. Ashfords also gracefully adapted technology to whatever communication channels we were most comfortable with.’

‘Nicola Manclark tackled all of the many complexities involved in our matter with a calmness and professionalism that put us all at ease and gave us comfort that all bases were being covered. In a situation where tax considerations spanned multiple countries, Nicola went above and beyond by linking us up with appropriate tax experts in the countries outside the UK. She was also happy to jump on a call with us at very short notice.’

Key clients

Curtis Banks Group plc

GoMedia Services Ltd

Brand Architekts plc

Swallowfield plc

Pittards plc

Schlumberger plc

City & Counties REIT plc

Nordson Corporation plc

Pennon Group plc

LiveWest Holmes Limited

Debt recovery Tier 2

The team at Ashfords LLP is led by legal director Katie Farmer, 'who injects energy and enthusiasm into everything she does.' It works closely with the firm's insolvency and commercial litigation practices, and has experience in the recovery of invoice and statutory debts, enforcement of personal guarantees and cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Katie Farmer

Other key lawyers:

Holly Ransley

Testimonials

‘Ashfords are a big firm with a customer care focus of a small family business. The team I work with are very personable, and they make me feel that I am an important client.’

‘Holly Ransley and Katie Farmer are both very approachable, are up to date on all the various cases, and can give me updates when I request them. I feel I can call them with any number of queries, and they are happy to spend time with me – even when I ask seemingly obvious questions.’

‘The team is lead by Katie Farmer who injects energy and enthusiasm into everything she does as well as great technical skill. As a result the team has a great reputation for getting results efficiently.’

‘Katie Farmer leads this practice and is highly effective at doing so. Katie deserves to be recognised as a stand out individual.’

Employment: Bristol Tier 2

Ashfords LLP's employment law team provides 'personalised, empathetic but honest' support to its clients on a wide range of matters, including restrictive covenants, TUPE, and COVID-19 matters including furlough, while on the contentious side, the team has a strong track record of work on tribunal claims and High Court cases. Specific sector expertise includes public sector, health, energy and retail. Stephen Moore heads up the team, and is praised for this work on post-termination and whistleblowing cases, while Jenny Marley is particularly experienced in acting for housing, health and social care groups in tribunal cases.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Moore

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Marley; Lorna Clark

Testimonials

‘Stephen Moore leads an impressive employment team in Bristol. They offer a breadth of knowledge which is impressive. ’

‘Stephen Moore’s aptitude and knowledge in employment law is unparalleled – he’s particularly good in post-termination competition cases and whistleblowing cases. Lorna Clark is also a very able and personable solicitor with a good following of clients. She has a sensible approach and exercises sound judgement with a base of good knowledge and experience.’

‘Ashfords have a very large and highly experienced employment team. They are employment law experts and the go-to firm in the South West for claimants and respondents alike. They deal with the whole spectrum of employment law matters including restrictive covenants and complex breach of contract claims.’

‘Everyone I have dealt with has been extremely organised and professional. Instructions are always clear and documents presented in good order. The individuals have a strong understanding of both the commercial and legal aspects of the cases they are dealing with.’

‘The employment team at Ashfords have been fantastic at supporting us over the past three years. Their particular strengths have been finding practical solutions to organisational risk and providing immediate support on urgent issues. ’

‘Jenny Marley takes a no-nonsense approach to her cases. She always responds well to requests and is good with her case preparation despite working under pressure.’

‘Personalised, empathetic but honest. Legal jargon is explained to make it easy to understand.’

‘Jenny Marley is fantastic to work with. Jenny stands out as having a pragmatic, common sense approach with an exceptional ability to explain the issues and risks in a straightforward way, keeping legalese to a minimum. Jenny’s calm, reasoned approach inspires confidence in her ability and gives a sense that we are in safe hands with her. ’

Key clients

Continuum (Financial Services) LLP

St Mungo Community Housing Association

Caretech Community Services Ltd

Momentum Services Limited

The Great American Bagel Factory Ltd

Red Rock Estate and Property Management Ltd

A Subway franchisee

ARAG

Penhaligon’s Limited

BlackRock

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

Ashfords LLP has experience in the energy, waste and leisure spaces; it covers the full life cycle of projects, and is noteworthy in low carbon matters. The team’s client portfolio includes project sponsors, lenders and local authorities.  Practice head Brian Farrell is considered to be ‘conscientious, thoughtful and patient‘; he is knowledgeable in drafting and negotiating contracts. Clare Brewer specialises in project finance transactions, while Mark Manning also handles construction and engineering disputes.

Practice head(s):

Brian Farrell

Other key lawyers:

Mark Manning; Clare Brewer; Emma Warren; Jonathan Croley

Testimonials

‘They work really hard to come up with solutions, and understand the pressure on in-house local authority legal teams and our instructing officers. They are super approachable and responsive, and feel like an extension of the in-house team. They have excellent commercial & corporate knowledge so can compensate in areas where local authorities teams traditionally have less experience, but understand how to apply it in a local authority environment.’

‘Really approachable and responsive. Genuinely sympathetic to the pressures within local authorities, and you feel you can rely on their support to get you to the end of the project.’

‘I would specifically mention Brian Farrell, Partner, as a stand-out lawyer – broad and strong experience in the energy and corporate governance sectors, a commercial edge, yet able to apply this in a local authority environment and communicate it in an accessible way.’

‘Excellent working knowledge of the regulatory framework. Will research and enquire for areas where there is limited prior experience or previous case work upon which to base advice.’

‘Prompt and detailed responses upon often difficult and opaque questions.’

‘Very much available both in term of time and topics’

‘Whilst the projects team is small, they are made up of a few extremely dedicated and strong experts who are very commercially focused and supportive. They collaborate effectively and offer a seamless service to the client as a result.’

‘Brian Farrell – exceptional projects partner in the projects team. Always goes above and beyond to make sure that the team is supported. Knows what he’s talking about and will give his thoughts about what risks we can or cannot accept. Personally he is conscientious, thoughtful and patient. It is always a pleasure working with Brian.’

Key clients

Pennon

Wichelstowe LLP

Isles of Scilly Community Venture

Framptons Limited

Torbay Council

Assured Energy LLP

South Somerset District Council

Whitetower Energy

STC

Ingenious

Lakeside Energy from Waste Limited

Cogen

Viridor

Urbaser

Ingenious Capital Management

Mutamus Flex Limited

Vinci Construction

EU and competition Tier 2

Ashfords LLP's procurement and state aid team advises public, private and third sector clients on housing and regeneration projects, telecoms and broadband infrastructure issues, research and development, and aerospace sector matters. The group has vast experience in advising on funding structures for projects, particularly in relation to the Getting Building Fund, Local Enterprise Partnership funding and local authority funding, as well as European regional development funds. Lucy Woods leads the team from Exeter, with an increasingly active practice related to state aid, procurement and EU law instructions arising post-Brexit. Associate Ruth Yates advises public sector clients on all aspects of their contracts throughout the procurement and post-close stages. In February 2021, the group was further bolstered by the arrival of legal director Angela Watson, previously the monitoring officer for South Somerset District Council.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Woods

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Yates; Angela Watson

Key clients

Council of the Isles of Scilly

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

London Borough of Lambeth

Somerset County Council

Herefordshire Council

Family Tier 2

Ashfords LLP advises a broad range of clients, including business owners, entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals, and farming clients. The team is split across four offices in the South West, each allowing it to connect to local clientele effectively. Team head Zoe Porter is based in Exeter and focuses on divorce matters for high-value clients, while Taunton-based Jayne Turner specialises in complex asset protection cases involving pensions, inherited wealth and investment portfolios. Samantha Newton is highly involved in the Bristol team, whose experience is in international relocation cases for children.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Porter

Other key lawyers:

Jayne Turner; Samantha Newton; Megan Prideaux

Testimonials

‘This firm has a fabulous reputation all across the South West. It also has a strong team in other areas so can cross-refer and stay within the firm.’

‘Jayne Turner and the team are very professional. They provide clear and concise updates and keep professional counterparties informed well and can be relied upon to provide good customer service.’

‘I used Ashfords online and in-person over a period of 18 months. On all occasions the service was professional, timely and reassuring. Response to messages was swift, and I always felt kept up-to-date on the progress of my case. Dealing with my solicitor, her team and the office was always a positive experience for me.’

‘The family team at Ashfords in Taunton are the team to recommend, as you know they give excellent advice in a clear concise manner. If you find them acting for the other spouse, you know there is a very good chance of resolving matters amicably, as their client has all the facts to make sensible decisions and they do not act merely as a post box, necessitating the need for court intervention.’

‘Jane Turner leads the team and is an excellent Collaborative lawyer. When in this process, she is solution-driven and works with her client and the other parties to find a settlement which all find satisfactory.’

‘One of the best firms in the South West. They stand out for their attention to detail, the makeup of the firm and their ability to get the job done in a competitive industry.’

‘I have worked with Zoe Porter and Samantha Newton, both of whom are technologically savvy and incredibly driven and hard-working on behalf of clients. They both have excellent client care skills and good thinking strategies.’

Immigration Tier 2

Ashfords LLP's immigration team provides key support to national, international and regional companies employing non-UK workers. The team has seen a growth in Brexit-related instructions from businesses and individuals, advising on EEA matters, EU nationals' right to work, and the EU Settlement scheme. It also offers support acquiring Tier 1 and 2 visas, assisting companies in sponsorship matters, and immigration issues regarding corporate transactions. Kirsty Cooke leads the team and acts for a number of clients in the care and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Kirsty Cooke

Other key lawyers:

Laura Wonnacott

Key clients

The Roald Dahl Story Company

Penhaligon’s Limited

Rathlin Energy Limited

Moortec Semiconductor Limited

AccessESP UK Limited

TLC Group Limited

Caretech Community Services Limited

Homelync Limited

The Una Group

Private Individuals

Local government Tier 2

Ashfords LLP takes a cross-discipline approach, so it can offer clients support in employment, construction, dispute resolution, procurement and finance matters. Instructed by local government organisations, it provides those with 'practical and commercially pertinent advice.' Practice head Lucy Woods is busy with state aid, procurement and EU law related instructions. Melissa Jones left the firm in June 2020 for a role at the Department for Education, while planning specialist Robin de Wreede joined the team from Davitt Jones Bould in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Woods

Other key lawyers:

Charles Pallot; Ruth Yates; Robin de Wreede 

Testimonials

‘Ashfords have a great breadth of experience, relevant to what we need and support our solutions with practical and commercially pertinent advice.

‘Charles Pallot provides excellent Pensions and Employment advice and guidance, including ensuring there are no surprises, the extent of risk is known and that all documents are drafted without ambiguity and fully transparent.’

‘The team are very approachable & always very responsive to any queries raised. ’

‘Consummate knowledge and experience combined with a very personable approach and a willingness to find solutions to problems. In my experience this is far and away superior to any other firms in the region.’

 

Key clients

Torbay Council

Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

The London Borough of Lambeth

Wandsworth Borough Council and Richmond Borough Council

Somerset County Council

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Isles of Scilly Community Venture

Herefordshire Council

The London Borough of Hackney

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Ashfords LLP's practice includes advising on television production and adtech contracts, as well as advertising and marketing, rights clearances, pre-production issues and rights exploitation. Key partner Tom Phipps also has expertise in data protection and privacy issues.

Practice head(s):

Tom Phipps

Key clients

Aardman Animations Limited

Michael Caines

Alexander Blackman (“Marine A”)

Post Office

Sectorlight

Institute of Physics Publishing

Ginsters

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

With a strong base of landed estates and other agricultural clients, Ashfords LLP offers a full range of private wealth and probate services. The team has experience advising on succession, tax planning, wills and property relief claims for high-net value individuals, families and businesses. Kerry Morgan-Gould and Michael Alden co-head the Exeter-based firm, with Alden personally focusing on the landed estate clientele. The firm has also been developing a niche in trust administration, with an emphasis on tax advice. David Wood joined from Langleys Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):

Michael Alden; Kerry Morgan-Gould

Other key lawyers:

David Wood; Sarah Mansbridge; Sue Knowles

Testimonials

‘Sue Knowles is helpful, responsive and approachable.’

‘We receive excellent service – they are very quick to respond to a query and very pleasant to deal with. They work with you on day to day issues that arise. They price their work appropriately.’

‘They are very professional but also friendly. We have a very good rapport and if I have any query they are always happy to help. Nothing is too much, we have worked on various projects with them. They are approachable and we are very happy with the service we receive.’

‘Michael Alden and his team’s strength lie in their ability to be professional but down to earth. He explains complicated financial matters in an easy way to understand.’

‘The team work well together.’

‘They are both professional and understanding, and are always at the end of the phone if we need any assistance.’

‘Very approachable, responsive, thorough and confident when dealing with complex cases ’

Planning Tier 2

Ashfords LLP's team is noted for having 'extensive knowledge of planning law', for which it is instructed by clients from the house builder and public sector. It is experienced in compulsory purchase and compensation (CPO) and community infrastructure levy issues; practice head David Richardson is well versed in this work. He often acts on residential and mixed use developments. Legal director Duncan Moors is a key contact for local authority clients and Lara Moore, also a legal director, specialises in marine planning.

Practice head(s):

David Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Lara Moore; Duncan Moors

Testimonials

‘Ashfords are extremely professional, friendly and prompt in the delivery of their advice. I would have no hesitation in engaging them in the future.’

‘David Richardson is very helpful and always ready and willing to discuss over the telephone. The level of expertise is excellent and have always found him both approachable and helpful in the delivery of service that we would expect from a firm of this stature.’

‘Collectively, the Ashfords LLP Planning Team has an extensive knowledge of planning law which is unrivalled in the region. As a team they are able to assist and advise where necessary in a timely and considerable manner, including on occasions that require cross-departmental input. A major difference that I have found between Ashfords and other firms, is the openness of Practice. By having regular meetings with the Planning Team we are able to openly discuss ongoing projects in a more informal manner, which from experience, enables the Team to take the initiative to drive projects forward to ensure deadlines are met.’

Key clients

Vistry Homes

Cogen Limited

Devon County Council

Barratt David Wilson

London Borough of Wandsworth

Wainhomes

Dorset Council

Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

London Borough of Brent

Torridge District Council

Property litigation Tier 2

Ashfords LLP handles a range of property disputes, with a 'strong and genuine specialisation in this area.' The team acts for landowners, landlords and tenants, and is led by Sian Gibbon, who is particularly well versed in advising public sector clients. It has experience in commercial landlord and tenant cases, dilapidations, and commercial lease disputes. Other noted practitioners are Rob NicholsonJames Hemsley, and associate Marjorie BattenWarren Reid joined from Thrings LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Sian Gibbon

Other key lawyers:

Rob Nicholson; James Hemsley; Sophie Michaelides; Marjorie Batten; Warren Reid

Testimonials

‘Very strong real estate litigation practice working on matters such as complex repossession actions raising consumer mis-selling issues.’

‘Ashfords have a practical and realistic approach to their work.’

‘Warren Reid has great depth of knowledge and sound judgement on what is realistic and cost effective.’

‘James Helmsley and Sophie Michaelides are stand out performers with real expertise in real property law disputes. Both have good technical knowledge and combine that knowledge with commerciality. The team is a pleasure to work with and they attract very good work across the South West.’

‘Strong and genuine specialisation in this area, rather than general litigation practice. A significant number of partners and associates who understand real estate disputes and litigation very well. ’

‘A very strong team with great levels of experience, expertise, and understanding of the law and the commercial realities’

‘Rob Nicholson – really good lawyer; great commercial nous.’

‘This practice has a very personal approach and seeks to develop a lasting professional relationship with their clients. Compared to other firms in the area, Ashfords, quite simply “know their stuff”. Advice and guidance provided is concise and accurate according to the law with an application of “common sense”. All in all an excellent legal partner for any business.’

Key clients

London Boroughs of Wandsworth and Richmond

London Borough of Newham

Torbay Council

Brick by Brick (Croydon) Limited

CDS (Superstores International) Limited (“the Range”)

Kernick Farm Limited

London Borough of Southwark (planning and property team)

Courtenay Group of Companies

St Mungo

West of England Developments

The Guinness Trust

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 3

Ashfords LLP's 'always commercial' dispute resolution team has been particularly active in IT, professional negligence, data protection and jurisdictional disputes. It also has a growing risk advisory practice, led by legal director Ben Derrington, which advises clients, particularly in the construction, waste, food and manufacturing sectors, on a range of contentious regulatory issues. Practice head Rory Mac Neice specialises in financial and technology sector litigation and counts product recall advice among his other areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Rory Mac Neice

Other key lawyers:

Ben Derrington; Joanne Saye

Testimonials

‘Good industry experience, great commercial and practical insight into client business.’

‘Always commercial, down to earth and proportionate in approach.’

‘Very approachable and well-knit team with a good understanding of dispute resolution.’

‘Always, pleasant and helpful, Jo Saye is extremely thorough.’

Key clients

Environment Agency

Zoo Sport International PTE Ltd (part of the Transworld Group)

Racecourse Association Ltd

Ascot Racecourse Ltd

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 3

The members at Ashfords LLP are noted for being 'excellent communicators'; the team is well versed in property transactions, regeneration projects, real estate investments, and property development and finance. Its client portfolio sees several names from the franchise sector in particular. Led by Andrew Worley, it also includes residential matters specialist Kate Topp as well as social housing experts Paul Butterworth and associate Isabelle ClementWarren Reid joined from Thrings LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Worley

Other key lawyers:

Paul Butterworth; Kate Topp; Isabelle Clement; Warren Reid; Ian Ramsay Tompkins

Testimonials

‘Well respected in the area.’

‘Kate Topp and Ian Ramsay Tompkins are all knowledgeable, friendly and approachable.’

‘Very commercial. Excellent communicators. Great teamwork and a will to get the job done. ’

‘Very experienced regarding our business and acceptable terms. Very commercial and personable. Hard working and very professional. ’

‘A very well organised, professional company who deal with matters in a timely way.’

‘Kate Topp and Ian Ramsey Tompkins are extremely knowledgeable and deal with problems and provide solutions in a very timely manner.’

 

Key clients

David Wilson Homes South West

Barratt Bristol

Loungers Group

Crest Nicholson Operations Limited

Wainhomes Severn Valley Limited

Wichelstowe LLP (this is our JV of Barratt and Swindon Borough Council)

Vistry Homes Limited

Aster Group

Sovereign Housing Association

LiveWest Homes Limited

Homes England

Subway

Bicester Heritage

UK Storage Company (SW) Limited

Bristol City Council

James Hay Partnership

Curtis Banks

Taco Bell

Miss Millies Fried Chicken

Starbucks

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 3

The team at Ashfords LLP is well known for its experience in the technology, retail and financial services sectors, running a wide variety of transactions from the Bristol office, including management buy-outs and buy-ins, M&A and corporate restructuring matters. Andrew Betteridge leads the corporate department and the business services division, and has experience in venture capital investments. Chris Dyson leads on the firm's technology sector work, advising investment funds and growth companies. Jocelyn Ormond is an M&A lawyer with a focus on the health care and life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Betteridge

Other key lawyers:

Chris Dyson; Jocelyn Ormond; Rory Suggett; Scott Preece

Testimonials

‘Ashfords delivered the quality of a large London firm, with a strong, integrated, multidisciplinary team.’

‘Jocelyn Ormond is an excellent team leader.

‘The corporate team took us through an M&A process with calmness, efficiency, strong technical knowledge and good negotiating prowess. Despite the company on the other side of the table being significantly larger, I always felt that Ashfords managed to level the playing field. We would not have completed without their skills – I could not commend them highly enough.’

‘Chris Dyson and Scott Preece stood out. Both had strong negotiating skills and a clear ability to see the wood for the trees, so that management time could be focused on the points that mattered. Both of them showed integrity, technical skills and a fantastic work ethic when getting close to the acquisition.

‘We were looking for legal professionals with the volume and complexity of experience of City law firms but with a broader understanding of community-based healthcare businesses and, given the budget constraints of healthcare businesses, slightly lower price points. Ashfords offered the knowledge, the tax, technical, governance and commercial advice.’

‘A broad range of skills and capabilities with specialists in a broad range of practice areas. It is more comparable in breadth to a much larger firm.’

‘We worked with Jocelyn Ormond, who is a talented and thoughtful lawyer with significant Magic Circle and international experience. London law firm quality at Bristol rates.’

Key clients

Curtis Banks Group Plc

Notion Capital

BGF Ventures

Nordson Corporation Plc

Lloyd Warwick International

Frog Capital

GoMedia

SimplyCook

Fitzgerald & Law LLP

PeopleHR

Environment Tier 3

Ashfords LLP supports its clients in the whole life cycle of a project, and covers here contentious as well as non-contentious environmental matters. The members have particular strong expertise in the waste sector and advises food producers, energy companies, developers and funders. Development-specialist Brian Farrell and Ben Derrington, who combines environment, health and safety expertise, jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ben Derrington; Brian Farrell

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Croley

Testimonials

‘Regulatory and Information Governance. This small team has excellent all round in-depth knowledge in this field. This combined with good client care skills and ability to explain highly technical matters to the lay client make this team a noteworthy addition for this firm.’

‘They are able to make complicated/ technical matters seem straightforward and easy to understand and they are able to demonstrate a pragmatic approach to all situations.’

‘The Ashfords team gets to know its clients in a comprehensive and unique fashion. Having got to grips with the client’s business, it is uniquely well-placed to steer the client through the difficulties the case may present.’

‘Once the client has experienced Ben Derrington’s attention to detail, they want no one else to fill those shoes.’

‘Ben Derrington is second to none. His knowledge of client businesses goes before him, both in legal circles and in the commercial community. He never ceases to work for his clients and with Ben, they rightly feel looked after in all respects and in the best possible way.’

Key clients

Urbaser Ltd

Pennon Group plc

Noble Foods Ltd

Somerset Drainage Board

Wandsworth Borough Council

Torbay Council

Assured Energy LLP

Framptons Ltd

Cogen

Viridor

Lakeside Energy from Waste Ltd

Health Tier 3

The team at Ashfords LLP is well positioned to advise NHS clients as well as independent sector clients such as charities, private health operators, and investors. Its service offering includes handling M&A, joint ventures, agreements, regulatory compliance and disputes. Jocelyn Ormond is noted for having a 'great combination of domain expertise and pragmatism', and handles a variety of transactions in the sector. She leads the practice together with legal director Ben Tarrant, who also has experience in the real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Jocelyn Ormond; Ben Tarrant

Other key lawyers:

Katie Webber

Testimonials

‘Ashfords has a solid offering of expertise in respect of their health practice, they are building expertise from the ground up in this sector. They are particularly sought out in respect of mental capacity or mental health matters.’

‘Katie Webber is a star senior associate and is well known for mental capacity work. She regularly takes on urgent out of hours applications which deal with serious medical treatment, mental health/mental capacity interaction, or deprivation of liberty issues. ’

‘Jocelyn Ormond has a great combination of domain expertise and pragamtism.’

‘Ashfords have provided significant support to all aspects of our biotech business including most recently advising on our Series A investment including overseeing tax efficient share schemes for staff. The Ashfords team are well connected and were activities require an additional 3rd party (valuations etc), they have immediate access to the experienced partners who bring relevant and pragmatic advice.’

‘Jocelyn Ormond has for many years supported the company and through Ashfords LLP always ensures that appropriate expertise is deployed to execute specialist advice and in a timely manner. Equally, Jocelyn is sensitive to the company phase and appropriate costs structures.’

‘The team always provide an efficient, professional and trusted service. In the event that I need to escalate queries to a more senior member of the team, resolution is always quickly provided.’

‘Takes the time to understand our business model in order to offer the best advise and tailor support to meet our needs. Ability to respond quickly when needed, and always responsive in a timely manner. Billing is very clear and transparent.’

‘ Ben Tarrant offers a very personalised service, remains in contact even when we are not directly using the service, and always inspires confidence.’

Key clients

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

TLC

The Medical

Quanticate

DesAcc EMEA

CareTech

Developing Health and Independence

Iksuda Therapeutics

eConsult Health

Silva Care

Bradley Stoke Surgery

F.H. Halliday & Son

Health and safety Tier 3

Ashfords LLP's Bristol-based health and safety practice offers a strong array of services to its high profile clients. The team is particularly versed in workplace accidents, fire safety, and product safety issues, the latter in both food and medical contexts. It also serves on many public sector panels. Ben Derrington leads the practice, advising on food safety issues involving labelling.

Practice head(s):

Ben Derrington

Other key lawyers:

Jack Baumgardt

Testimonials

‘The Ashfords team gets to know its clients in a comprehensive and unique fashion. Having got to grips with the client’s business, it is uniquely well-placed to steer the client through the difficulties the case may present. Once the client has experienced Ben Derrington’s attention to detail, they want no one else to fill those shoes.’

‘Ben Derrington is second to none. His knowledge of client businesses goes before him, both in legal circles and in the commercial community. He never ceases to work for his clients and with Ben, they rightly feel looked after in all respects and in the best possible way.’

Professional negligence Tier 3

Ashfords LLP defends claims against financial services, construction and legal professionals, but it stands out for its specialism in bloodstock, with a strong veterinary clientele. The team is led by commercial litigator and veterinary sector specialist Rory Mac NeiceStephen Homer takes the lead on construction-related negligence claims. Senior associate Chris Freeman, who splits his time between London and Bristol, focuses on claims involving solicitors, valuers and project monitors.

Practice head(s):

Rory Mac Neice

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Homer; Chris Freeman

Testimonials

‘A very good professional negligence outfit in the South West with a wealth of talent.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank plc

Exeter City Council

Local government Tier 2

Operating out of Exeter, the 'outstanding' team at Ashfords LLP advises  local councils on all local government matters, including employment, planning, procurement, and dispute resolution. Practice leader Lucy Woods has experience of matters including state aid, procurement, and compliance, especially relating to housing developments owned and operated by local authorities. She works alongside Elizabeth Gibson, who is known for her expertise in procurement and local government matters. In Bristol, Paul Butterworth focuses on major real estate regeneration and development projects.  Robin de Wreede joined from Davitt Jones Bould in February 2021, while Andrew Rothwell retired in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Woods

Other key lawyers:

Paul Butterworth; Elizabeth Gibson

Testimonials

Outstanding technical competence, coupled with commercial knowledge of regional markets, and experience of different Local Authority requirements. Well ahead of other local/regional competitors.’

Ability to inspire absolute confidence in service delivery, coupled with approachable and personable individuals.’

Key clients

Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

The London Borough of Lambeth

Wandsworth Borough Council and Richmond Borough Council

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The London Borough of Hackney

Torbay Council

Somerset County Council

Isles of Scilly Community Venture

Herefordshire Council

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Ashfords LLP impresses with a trade mark filing practice that outperforms many larger firms, with a combined attorney and solicitor offering and a client list that features a number of prestigious luxury brands. Exeter-based practice head Carl Steele and his team assist with the full range of trade mark, copyright and design matters, including commercialisation agreements, litigation and transactional matters for which the team joins forces with the firm's corporate and private equity colleagues. Anti-counterfeiting matters, in particular for clients from the beauty and cosmetics sectors, and trade mark issues involving China, including bad faith trade mark registrations and customs issues, are also handled. Based primarily in the South West, the firm also has an office in London.

Practice head(s):

Carl Steele

Other key lawyers:

Clare Jackman; Dan Cahill; Chris Haywood

Testimonials

Highly responsive, skilled at translating complex legal issues into everyday language. Very good advice on balance of risks, pragmatic. Strength in depth, always able to deliver a quick response from a member of the team. Adept at progressing things very rapidly.

Dan Cahill is recommended for expertise and advice on intellectual property and trade marks.’

Key clients

Penhaligon’s

Day Pitney

The Roald Dahl Story Company

Ginsters

Majestic Wine

J W Anderson

BlackRock

Post Office

The Brand Architekts PLC

Aardman Animations

Facegym

Fontaine

What3words Limited

Pancho Music Inc.

Beat Capital Partners Limited

Tarian Underwriting Limited

Chord Reinsurance Limited

Munitus Agency Limited

Alitus Intermediaries Limited

Brace Underwriting Limited

Alcor UK Holdings Limited

Satinwood Underwriting Limited

Amtrust Management Services Limited

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Borden Ladner & Gervais LLP

Venture capital Tier 3

Able to provide a 'good overview of the market from multiple perspectives', Bristol-based firm Ashfords LLP is well placed to provide a 'very proactive and commercial service' to its core roster of fund clients and a growing number of company stakeholders engaged in tech-focused venture capital work. Chris Dyson is 'very easy to deal with' and provides 'very pragmatic' advice to single funds, as well as investor syndicates, on domestic and international fundraisings and exits. Andrew Betteridge is also one of the more experienced members of the team and is well regarded by a balanced mix of funds and growth company clients. Rory Suggett co-heads the team alongside Dyson and has particular expertise in advising emerging companies and investors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Dyson; Rory Suggett

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Betteridge; Jocelyn Ormond; Scott Preece; Ross Van De Velde

Testimonials

Proactive, partner-led and with a good overview of the market from multiple perspectives.’

Chris Dyson is very easy to deal with, doesn’t waste time on irrelevant issues and provides very pragmatic advice.’

Jocelyn Ormond and Scott Preece demonstrated significant expertise and pragmatism whilst advising the company in a large overseas Series A investment round.’

Key clients

Notion Capital

Form 3

BGF

Uncapped Limited

Guinness Asset Management Ltd

Frog Capital

Eden Ventures

eConsult Health

Iksuda Therapeutics

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Ashfords LLP represents a significant number of national charities in all types of litigation and is respected in this sector for its contentious trusts and probate work. Key areas of expertise include advising on proprietary estoppel claims and claims under the Inheritance Act in addition to reputation management issues. Team co-head Kerry Morgan-Gould continues to excel on various contentious legacy matters. Robert Horsey is another known name for his work on all aspects of contentious trust and estate administrations. John Toth co-heads the charities practice on non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Morgan-Gould (Head of Charities – contentious matters); John Toth (head of Charities (non-contentious matters)

Other key lawyers:

Robert Horsey; Barny Croft

Testimonials

A well-rounded, full-service law firm. Kerry Morgan-Gould is a highly effective and pragmatic lawyer who gets straight to the heart of the issue and maintains a cool head at all times.  She has helped us to defend several probate claims successfully and has also managed to steer lay Executors back on track when estate administrations are taking far too long or are encountering difficulties.  We really value her calm and professional approach, and we know that we can trust her completely to communicate appropriately with lay Executors, striking the perfect balance between a supportive, collaborative approach and being robust enough to obtain real results.  Kerry will always flex her communication style to suit the type of Executor or Claimant involved, and we can relax knowing that we don’t need to ask her to adjust the tone of her letters – she gets it spot‘.

The Ashfords team has an intuitive understanding of the practical needs of a charity in these circumstances, providing billing solutions and collaboration that make my life easy when I instruct the team on a matter. The knowledge and again the intuitive understanding of my needs when instructing as a charity are second to none. Barny Croft in highly valued, he is generous with his time and assistance in ensuring the charity gets not only the best result but understands why fully. Robert Horsey and Kerry Morgan-Gould make themselves available instantly if you have any queries so there is always someone to support you‘.

The team is very experienced and well respected in this area of law. Kerry Morgan-Gould is very approachable, efficient and easy to deal with and explains the situation in layman’s terms‘.

Very client friendly, exceptionally knowledgeable, and really nice people to work with. I work with Barny Croft, Robert Horsey and Kerry Morgan-Gould. I cannot rate them highly enough, they are great lawyers and really friendly‘.

‘I have been extremely impressed with Ashfords’ team. Both commercially minded but also caring for clients in distressing circumstances. It offers a great holistic product. Barny Croft is a superb lawyer, approachable, conscientious and deeply caring, whilst delivering tactically astute and high quality legal expertise’.

Key clients

A National Charity

Two National Charities

A Local Hospice

A local branch of a National Charity

A UK based Charity

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

Ashfords LLP's team is best known for contract disputes, applications for emergency relief, committal proceedings and fraud and asset tracing claims. Other areas of strength include company/partnership disputes, claims against company directors, professional negligence actions, cross-border/multijurisdictional disputes and debt recovery matters. James Crighton leads the dispute resolution team in London, while Bristol-based partner Rory Mac Neice is the firm-wide practice head.

Practice head(s):

James Crighton; Rory Mac Neice

Other key lawyers:

Chris Freeman

Testimonials

They have an excellent grasp of tactical litigation and never lose sight of the end objective of the client. Perhaps more than other firms, they have displayed a particular ability to adapt their approach to the specific demands of the case.

The team communicates extremely well and has openly embraced new technology to deal with the challenges caused by the Covid-19 virus. This has meant that there has been no disruption at all to the services provided.

They really think about how best to achieve the client’s objective and act accordingly, rather than deploying a one-size-fits-all approach.

Works well together, looks after the client and uses counsel effectively.

James Crighton leads a very strong team, provides robust commercial advice, and is relentless in fighting for his client’s interests.

James Crighton is a very hands-on partner who provides hard-headed commercial advice.

James Crighton is an excellent and experienced litigator, who has very good knowledge of the law and a real eye for tactics. He is always measured and realistic in his approach, and is able to gain the confidence of the client very early in the process.

James Crichton is highly efficient and easy to work with.

Key clients

Charles Saatchi

Eric Watson

Nobu Su

John Richmond

Per Gullestrup

Great American Bagel Factory

Nanusens

Laurus Law

Douglas & Gordon

Leather Inside Out

Slater & Gordon

Woods Bagot

nGage Specialist Recruitment

Ascension Island Government

Shepheard Epstein & Hunter

CognitionX

Ocean Capital

Partner PG

Sherbourne Preparatory School

Voilerie du Sud Ouest

Celtic Research

Imperial London

Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Ashfords LLP's construction team is well regarded for its advice to a number of local authorities, with key clients including many London borough councils. It also acts for developers and contractors on energy projects, regeneration schemes and mixed-use developments. Jessica Taylor leads the team, with experience advising housing sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Taylor

Testimonials

‘Expertise provided with a personable approach.’

‘Ashfords are very knowledgeable and commercial in their advice. They always go the extra mile for the client. They seek to work with you to find a solution and it is never about the fees.’

‘Jessica Taylor is very approachable and solutions-driven.’

‘Ashfords provide an impressive breadth of knowledge in construction and have particularly useful expertise in term service contracts for longer-term repair and maintenance contracts.’

Key clients

London Borough of Hackney

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Norman Rourke Pryme Limited

Wandsworth Borough Council

Brick by Brick Croydon Limited

United Living Group

Shepheard Epstein Hunter

Network Security & Alarms Limited

CC Construction Limited

Corporate restructuring & insolvency

Ashfords LLP has a good reputation among IPs, particularly for work in the mid-market and has strong national coverage. Although it is less focused on transactional-related restructuring matters, it has a good reputation for handling more formal contentious insolvency matters and also personal insolvency. The recent arrival of Amy Gallimore from RPC was also a boost to the team.

Ashfords LLP is a national provider of legal services. By combining the highest quality and depth of legal expertise, commercial experience and a wider network, we help clients achieve their goals, providing value for time and value for money.

The firm:  Ashfords works with many different kinds of clients – business owners, public sector, large corporates, private individuals and not for profit organisations – to help them make the most of their opportunities, whilst effectively managing risk.  We are commercially attuned to our clients, known for giving advice that is rooted in a wider appreciation of the world our clients are living and working in.

Ashfords’ client-focused and straightforward approach attracts clients including Pennon plc, Viridor, Lloyds Banking Group, Persimmon, London Borough of Wandsworth, Crown Commercial Service, The Roald Dahl Story Company, Form3 and Post Office.

Types of work undertaken: Ashfords provides integrated multi-disciplinary teams of expert lawyers who combine strategic understanding and technical excellence across a broad range of disciplines to deliver insightful advice on a full range of legal services including:-

Banking and finance: advising on all aspects of finance transactions and related issues.

Business risk and regulation: advising on crisis management, health and safety, public health incidents, enforcement action and prosecutions/enforcement by the HSE, Public Health England & Wales, Local Authorities and the Police.

Commercial: advising on the full range of commercial arrangements, helping clients to maximise their opportunities whilst minimising risks.

Construction and infrastructure: advising on a diverse range of projects – from renewable energy schemes and infrastructure to major commercial and mixed use developments.

Corporate: advising on corporate transactions, including M&A, reorganisations, venture capital, cross-border transactions, private equity investments, IPOs and joint ventures and restructurings.

Data protection: providing comprehensive data protection advice and privacy programme management services.

Dispute resolution: advising on matters involving litigation, arbitration and mediation, finding the most effective route to resolving the disputes that inevitably arise during the course of business helping to quantify and manage risk and offering solutions driven advice.

Employment: advising on all aspects of employment law including preparing contractual documents and handbooks, advising on redundancy and restructures, TUPE, industrial action, working time issues and the management of litigation in the Courts and Employment Tribunals.

Equity release: advising on the legal implications of lifetime mortgages and reversion plans, including lifetime interest only mortgages, hybrid lifetime interest only/compound mortgages and conventional lifetime mortgages.

Family: advising on matters concerning family breakdown, children and relationship agreements.

Intellectual property: specialist team including Chartered Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys advising on UK, EU and International IP law, including trade mark, designs and patent filing, IP licensing, IP protection and IP infringement.

Planning: advising on all aspects of the development process including planning agreements, statutory challenges and judicial review, planning appeals and compulsory purchase orders and compensation.

Property litigation:  advising on all aspects of property litigation ranging from commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, service charge claims, property issues arising in redevelopment projects and on insolvency, to equitable proprietary remedies, including trusts of land and agricultural land disputes.

Real estate: advising on the whole real estate-related spectrum, from negotiating development agreements, planning agreements and handling landlord/tenant disputes to working on major projects, and renowned for large scale residential and commercial property development, urban regeneration, infrastructure projects and real estate investment.

Residential property: advising on all types of property transactions including local and national sales and purchases, transfers of equity, shared ownership, new-build purchases, residential leases and remortgages.

Restructuring and insolvency: advising on all types of Contentious and Non-Contentious Corporate, Personal and Cross Border insolvency issues.

Tax: advising on a wide variety of taxation issues including reorganisations and demergers, succession planning, tax structuring and planning, debt financing, venture capital reliefs, HMRC enquiries, VAT and stamp taxes, employment taxes and share schemes.

Trust and estate: providing support in looking after personal and business interests, advising on Wills, estate planning, trusts, succession planning and Powers of Attorney.

International: Ashfords has a far-reaching and experienced international presence: as a member of the ADVOC international network of independent law firms, International Referral and other networks, Ashfords can co-ordinate the delivery of legal advice from over 100 jurisdictions worldwide.

Sectors: Ashfords’ multidisciplinary teams have in-depth understanding and connection with key sectors including technology; public sector; energy and waste; digital health and life sciences; homes, communities and regeneration; sport; agriculture and private wealth. Our sector specialists provide advice that is not just technically sound, but is rooted in a wider appreciation of the world in which they live and work,  adding strategic value through knowledge sharing, helping clients see what’s coming and providing timely advice, so that they can stay ahead of the curve.

Other offices: London, Bristol, Exeter, Taunton and Plymouth

Department Name Email Telephone
CEO Louise Workman
Chairman Mark Lomas
Head of Commercial Services Division Andrew Betteridge
Head of Real Estate Division Tim Heal
Head of Private Wealth Division Michael Alden
Head of Technology Sector Chris Dyson
Head of Commercial Litigation Rory Mac Neice
Head of Employment Stephen Moore
Head of Construction and Infrastructure Patrick Blake
Head of Property Litigation Sian Gibbon
Head of Real Estate Kate Topp
Head of Restructuring and Insolvency Alan Bennett
Head of Intellectual Property Carl Steele
Head of Risks & Regulation Ben Derrington
Head of Residential Property & Head of Agriculture Susie Murray
Head of Trusts and Estates Kerry Morgan-Gould
Head of Equity Release Peter Barton
Head of Family Zoe Porter
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jack Baumgardt photo Jack Baumgardt Associate
 Andrew Betteridge  photo Andrew Betteridge Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial Teams.
 James Blackwell  photo James Blackwell Associate
Mr Andrew Braithwaite photo Mr Andrew Braithwaite Partner in the Commercial Team.
 Paul Butterworth  photo Paul Butterworth Partner
 Audrey Calvas  photo Audrey Calvas Audrey is a Solicitor in the Commercial Team. Audrey advises on Commercial and…
 Olivia Cassells  photo Olivia Cassells Associate in the Corporate team.
 Lorna Clark  photo Lorna Clark Lorna is an Associate in the Employment Team. Lorna provides legal advice to both businesses…
 Isabelle Clement photo Isabelle Clement Associate
 Kirsten Currer  photo Kirsten Currer Associate
 Charles Davies  photo Charles Davies Charles is a Solicitor in the Corporate Team.
 Ben Derrington  photo Ben Derrington Legal Director
 Chris Dyson  photo Chris Dyson Partner in the Corporate Team and Head of the Technology Sector.
 Jon Groves  photo Jon Groves Jon is an Associate in the Corporate Team specialising in venture capital, private equity…
 Scarlett Guy  photo Scarlett Guy Scarlett is a Solicitor in the Corporate Team.
 William Hammond  photo William Hammond Associate
 Chris Haywood  photo Chris Haywood Associate
 Ed Hobbs  photo Ed Hobbs Partner
 Stephen Humphreys  photo Stephen Humphreys Legal Director
 Ellie Jack  photo Ellie Jack Ellie is a Solicitor in the Corporate Team specialising in Banking and Finance.
 Charlotte Kingman  photo Charlotte Kingman Charlotte is an Associate is the Commercial Team.
 Brett Lambe  photo Brett Lambe Senior Associate in the Commercial team and Technology sector
 Rory Mac Neice  photo Rory Mac Neice Rory is a Partner and head of our Dispute Resolution Team. He…
 Nicola Manclark  photo Nicola Manclark Partner
 Hayley Marles  photo Hayley Marles Hayley is an Associate in the Employment Team.
 Jenny Marley photo Jenny Marley Associate
 Suzie Miles  photo Suzie Miles Partner
 Stephen Moore  photo Stephen Moore Partner and Head of the award-winning Employment Team specialising in all aspects…
 Derek  Moore  photo Derek  Moore Legal Director
 Lara Moore  photo Lara Moore Partner
 David  Morris  photo David  Morris Legal Director 
 Shahannah Nazir Hussain  photo Shahannah Nazir Hussain Shahanna is a Solicitor in the Corporate Team.
 Samantha  Newton  photo Samantha  Newton Senior Associate
 Jocelyn Ormond  photo Jocelyn Ormond Parter
 Amy Penn  photo Amy Penn Amy is a Solicitor in the Employment team.
 Nadja Pike  photo Nadja Pike Nadja is a Solicitor in the Real Estate Team.
 David Pomeroy  photo David Pomeroy David is a Partner in the Restructuring and Insolvency Team.
 Scott Preece  photo Scott Preece Senior associate
 Megan Prideaux  photo Megan Prideaux Megan is an Associate in the Family Team.
 Patricia Przygodzka  photo Patricia Przygodzka Patricia is an Associate in the Real Estate Team.
 Warren Reid  photo Warren Reid Partner
 Henry Roberts  photo Henry Roberts Henry is a Solicitor in the Property Litigation Team.
 Joanne Saye  photo Joanne Saye Associate
 Miriam Soteriou  photo Miriam Soteriou Miriam is an Associate in the Construction and Infrastructure team and deals with a…
 Tom Storey  photo Tom Storey Senior Associate in the Corporate team
 Rory Suggett  photo Rory Suggett Partner
 Barney Sykes  photo Barney Sykes Barney is a Solicitor in the Corporate Team. 
 Ben Tarrant  photo Ben Tarrant Partner
 Ian Tompkins  photo Ian Tompkins Associate
 Kate Topp  photo Kate Topp Partner
 Rianna Treasure  photo Rianna Treasure Rianna is a solicitor in the Real Estate Team.
 Ross Van De Velde  photo Ross Van De Velde Associate
 Amie Vernoum  photo Amie Vernoum Assoicate
 Katie Webber  photo Katie Webber Senior Associate
 Melinda Willis  photo Melinda Willis Associate
 Joshua Wing  photo Joshua Wing Joshua is a Solicitor in the Real Estate Team.
 Andrew Worley  photo Andrew Worley
Number of UK partners : 71
Number of other UK fee-earners : 281
ISO:9001 Quality Management
The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)
The Specialist Quality Mark (SQM)
Law Society Family Law Accreditation
Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation
Law Society Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation
Lot 2a and Lot 3 of the Crown Commercial Services Wider Public Sector Legal Services Framework (RM3788)
London Boroughs Legal Alliance
NHS SBS
Crescent Purchasing Consortium
Lawyers in Local Government

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Our priorities go beyond business and we believe passionately that our firm can be a force for good in the communities in which we work.
We make sure our business behaviour encourages the growth and development of our communities and that we act responsibly towards the environment.

Our staff lead our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, which we call “Community Matters”. It relates to three types of community:

THE GREEN COMMUNITY

We take our responsibility to the environment seriously. Activities include planting trees, carbon offsetting, reducing waste (we now send zero waste to landfill) and using local suppliers where possible. The Ashfords Environmental Strategy aims to “Manage, Minimise and Improve”:

  • Manage – manage the impact our operations have on the environment, make environmentally conscious decisions in the operation of our business and promote a firmwide green culture;
  • Minimise – take steps to reduce our consumption of materials and energy, minimise waste and pollution, and meaningfully reduce our carbon footprint;
  • Improve – actively improve the environment in the areas in which we live and work with a focus on increasing biodiversity.

THE ASHFORDS COMMUNITY

We want to provide a positive and rewarding working environment for all employees. We do this through CSR initiatives including arranging staff discounts at local businesses, allowing staff to buy up to three days’ holiday each year and introducing a cycle scheme offering subsidised bikes. We are strongly committed to promoting Diversity and Inclusion within our teams. Our Diversity Champion and Steering Group have a clear action plan to further enhance our DE&I agenda including: reducing barriers preventing women and underrepresented groups from applying for senior positions (such as improving flexible working policy), updating our training materials to deliver enhanced diversity training, and expanding our apprenticeship scheme with additional support for students from marginalised groups and/or low socio-economic backgrounds.

OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

We actively contribute to the communities in which we work. For example, for the last three years we have asked all our teams to nominate a charity of the year, which  has raised almost £300,000 for Mind, Parkinson’s UK  and Alzheimer’s Society. We also actively engage with communities to support their changing needs, for example to promote digital inclusion we recently donated 20 computers to a local school to enable disadvantaged families to engage in online learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

THE ASHFORDS FOUNDATION

The Ashfords Foundation is a grant making charity which is closely associated with Ashfords LLP, a national provider of legal, professional and regulatory services. Established in 2018, the Foundation brings together all of Ashfords’ charitable giving. It is overseen by a Trustee Board, who are supported by a Staff Committee drawn from the various Ashfords’ offices. Our charitable mission is to make a real difference in the lives of the communities in which the partners and staff of Ashfords LLP live and work. As a grant making Foundation, we can only be as effective as the organisations we support. They are at the very heart of our mission. Our ability to make a difference relies on their work.

https://www.ashfordsfoundation.org.uk/

DIVERSITY REPORT

Here is a link to our diversity statistical report from September 2020: https://www.ashfords.co.uk/media/4430/diversity-statistics_2020.pdf


CLIENT: Mark Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer,
COMPANY/FIRM: Driver Group
TESTIMONIAL: Ashfords are one of the few firms that do offer a real ‘full service’ approach, we have used them for a wide range of business and commercial advice. The construction partners we work with have introduced us to their colleagues who specialise in planning, regulatory, employment etc and we have seen a strong client focussed customer ethos across the spectrum, with sound commercial and practical knowledge underpinning all of the work undertaken. We have yet to find a weak link in the Ashfords chain and look forward to working with them for many years to come.


CLIENT: David Jackson, executive chairman
COMPANY/FIRM: Altus Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: The Ashfords technology team work hard to achieve the desired outcome; they respond promptly, confidently and accurately to our needs…I would not hesitate in recommending them.


CLIENT: Michael Mueller, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Form3
TESTIMONIAL: Ashfords have been great partners to our business ever since the company was established in 2016. Based on a combination of good knowledge of the fintech sector and strong expertise in enterprise technology, the Ashfords team have provided us with highly effective support in various investment and commercial initiatives.


CLIENT: Anonymous
COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: We cannot thank the disputed wills and trusts team enough for your ongoing support and professional knowledge. You have gone above and beyond anything we could have expected from a solicitor. This is, and always was, about justice for our mum’s life of hard work and love for her children. All that you have done for us and for mum is really so appreciated and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


CLIENT: Jennifer Chamandi
COMPANY/FIRM: N/A
TESTIMONIAL: I’d like to thank the intellectual property team at Ashfords for supporting me through the protection of my brand and designs. The patent was particularly significant in capturing the judges’ attention.


CLIENT: Mark Caroe, partner
COMPANY/FIRM: Eden Ventures
TESTIMONIAL: We’ve worked closely with the Ashfords CoComm team for many years across our portfolio, including on investment rounds and the subsequent sale of NewVoiceMedia. Ashfords provided us with the excellent support we have come to expect from their team – their market knowledge and commercial advice are second to none.


CLIENT: James Cole, founder and CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Route1
TESTIMONIAL: We are pleased to have closed this round in record time and with the usual excellent service from Ashfords and the CoComm team. These funds will enable Route1 to further leverage its technology solution for clients and candidates in the post GDPR legal recruitment environment.


CLIENT: Francesca Rhodes, Finance Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Homes for Lambeth
TESTIMONIAL: The team at Ashfords provided valuable, insightful, timely and pragmatic advice and support to Homes for Lambeth as we designed and implemented the company structure, governance arrangements, policy framework and key documents to enable the company to trade; their knowledge of corporate law, banking, local authority context, and housing development structures was instrumental in building the foundations for Homes for Lambeth’s success and ultimately for the delivery of more and better homes for the people of Lambeth.


CLIENT: Kieran Daya, national land and development director
COMPANY/FIRM: Galliford Try Partnerships
TESTIMONIAL: All partners who I have dealt with at Ashfords are very hands on – they do the work as well as manage the relationships. That’s not to say that the teams beneath them are not capable, they very much are, but I always felt like I was getting the right level of lawyer for the job in hand. Where the job required a partner to both front the matter and do the work, this happened. There a number of standout lawyers who I highlight as follows: Tim Heal – Tim is the head of the real estate team and oversees our relationship. Tim is both responsive and helpful, with the rare skill-set of being extremely ‘commercial’ which every solicitor claims to be but very few are. We know that when we give Tim a problem, he either sorts it out or tells us how to do so. Kate Topp can only be described as ‘best in class’. She is a Rolls Royce property solicitor and her team manage our day-to-day transactional work. Something that sets Kate apart is how she applies her knowledge of the development industry; she is able to communicate with us in a language we understand from graduate to chief executive. Lastly, Ian Ramsay Tompkins – a name to watch within real estate in the South West.


CLIENT: Manisha Patel, legal manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Catalyst Housing
TESTIMONIAL: Paul Butterworth is professional, approachable and able to communicate in terms I could understand. He provides pragmatic and effective advice, is practical-minded and available at all times. Paul always applies a positive approach to resolving problems whilst remaining calm under pressure, together with applying acute attention to detail to deliver results in a timely manner.


CLIENT: Gordon R. Riddock MCIOB, Project Director,
COMPANY/FIRM: Stace LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Jessica Taylor (Partner) is very professional and approachable. Her extensive legal knowledge is coupled with a robust and very fair and considered approach to all legal issues. Her practical and commercial advice is always communicated in clear understandable terms.

She has a positive and engaging approach to resolving problems and a razor sharp attention to detail. Jessica is by far my favourite construction lawyer and I would be happy to recommend her. She is a pleasure to work with both professionally and on a personal level and I look forward to working with her in the future.


CLIENT: Barry Thomson, partner consultant
COMPANY/FIRM: ART Surveyors
TESTIMONIAL: I have had the pleasure of working with Paul Olliff on a number of projects over the last 10 years or so, and during recent years while you have been at Ashfords. Our work together has mainly involved the sale and purchase of commercial investments in London on behalf of non-resident entities and I have always enjoyed the collegiate approach which we have used in our work together. I have always found your legal advice to be of the highest order and always provided often within tight time frames. The help of your litigation team at Ashfords was also extremely helpful in one particular instance recently.


CLIENT: Caroline Plumb, founder and CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Fluidly
TESTIMONIAL: Rory Suggett and the CoComm team at Ashfords are superb. They are responsive, knowledgeable and have a good sense of where the market is at and what the key issues are to focus on. I especially value his pragmatic, commercial advice – always delivered in a clear, straightforward way which provides confidence and direction while keeping momentum on a deal.


CLIENT: Simon Calver, head of investments
COMPANY/FIRM: BGF Ventures
TESTIMONIAL: Ashfords’ ongoing support for BGF Ventures in this NewVoiceMedia transaction was excellent. Chris Dyson and the CoComm team at Ashfords were very responsive and worked tirelessly to get the deal over the line despite the challenges and time differences with many overseas parties.


CLIENT: Matt Smith, Operations Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Fastershire Broadband
TESTIMONIAL: Lucy is the consummate professional, she has an excellent knowledge and an eye for detail. Whilst she is extremely assertive in her representations she is also able to empathise with the client and translate the implications of often complex legal issues in a clear and concise way. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lucy to anyone.


CLIENT: Emma Leake and Rob Powe
COMPANY/FIRM: Wichelstowe LLP (a joint venture between Barratt Homes and Swindon Borough Council)
TESTIMONIAL: David Richardson provided us with excellent support in relation to the completion of our Section 106 agreement. Advice was clear and concise, demonstrating a strong understanding of our project and objectives for the development. We particularly welcomed the approach to problem-solving with proactive and effective solutions found. Resource was available when required with someone available at the end of the phone whenever we had any queries.