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Ashfords LLP

Work 01392 337000
150000 EXETER 24

Ashfords LLP is a national provider of legal, regulatory and professional services. Its strategic aim is to provide the highest quality and depth of legal expertise and to support its clients through a range of complementary business products and services.

The firm: Ashfords has introduced a dedicated patent and trademark agency, undertaken its first few cash investments in external companies, launched an innovative health and safety offering as well as a dedicated regulatory compliance service, developed and began selling its bespoke market leading contract management and deal platform and launched its own business consultancy unit.

Ashfords' client-focused and straightforward approach attracts clients including Viridor Waste Management, Sensus, Lloyds Banking Group, London Borough of Wandsworth, Crown Commercial Service, Schlumberger, Penhaligon's, Post Office and Crowdcube.

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 across three core divisions:

Business services: combining strategic understanding and technical excellence to ensure clients' activities are sound and secure. The team advises on a range of areas including intellectual property, corporate, employment, tax, business risk and regulation, dispute resolution and restructuring.

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

Private Client: providing a wide range of legal services to clients ranging from first-time buyers to high-net-worth individuals, including trusts and estates, residential property, family and children, disputed wills and personal injury.

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 that add strategic value through knowledge sharing, and the introduction of commercial and networking opportunities assist in business development and project delivery. Sectors include:

Agriculture: advising on all aspects of running commercial operations; in particular on legal and regulatory issues surrounding agribusiness, farm management and diversification.

Charities: working closely with registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations and advising on a complete range of services to its voluntary sector clients.

Energy & Waste: advising businesses with all aspects of energy and waste matters including waste and resource management, renewable energy, natural resources, smart grids, and energy innovation.

Food & Drink: advising clients at all stages of the food cycle including producers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers.

Homes, Communities & Regeneration: advising both private and affordable housing developers nationwide. Working closely with housebuilder clients to provide a smooth transition throughout the development process from initial acquisition to final disposal and after sales care.

Marine & Transport: advising in respect of all aspects of marine related legal advice to a national and international client base representing ports, harbours, marinas, government agencies, property developers, insurers, banks, shipping companies, fishermen, and other marine businesses.

Public Sector: advising local and national governmental bodies in matters including public procurement, outsourcing and externalisation and shared services arrangements, governance and vires, employment and HR matters, state aid, commercial contracts, planning, marine licensing and development matters, ports and harbours, major projects with a particular emphasis on renewable energy and waste, Passivhaus principles and building biology and information law.

Technology: advising entrepreneurial start-ups through to established multinational companies and investment funds on developments in the market such as cloud computing, IT infrastructure, mobile devices, big data, wearable tech, cyber security and data protection amongst other areas.

Retail: advising clients representing over 2000 outlets and £300m+ turnover, from high street clothes stores to major national brands on a wide range of issues including acquisitions, brand protection, employment law, e-commerce, managing property portfolios, franchising and product safety issues.

Sport: advising individuals, clubs and team sponsors and right holders on issues arising both on and off the field of play.

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

  • Number of UK partners: 75
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 227

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