Firm Profile > Taylor Walton LLP > Harpenden, England

Taylor Walton LLP

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Located in St Albans, Taylor Walton LLP advises business owners, landed families, and farmers on both local and multi-jurisdictional matters relating to wills, estate planning, probate, trusts, and powers of attorney. Head of the private client department Alex Drake advises on tax planning, probate, and wills and estate planning, while Alison Voyce deals with complex and high-value trust and probate cases. Steve Hamilton is also recommended. Former practice head Richard Crocker has now retired.

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The personal interaction is excellent; you are made to feel very comfortable. There is a family feeling at this firm and I am very happy to refer my clients in the knowledge that they will be well looked after.’

Alison Voyce and Steve Hamilton have been a well-oiled machine for many years, working well together and independently when required. They are extremely competent and relate complex legal matters clearly in an understandable manner. My clients have always feedback positive comments following their interactions with Alison and Steve.’

We have been very impressed with all our dealings with Taylor Walton. Everyone we dealt with was helpful and pleasant, which is really important with probate matters.’

Steven Hamilton is absolutely superb. He is always accessible and gives sensible, intelligible and practical advice. Steven is friendly but still very professional, kind and very efficient – in short, just the kind of person you want to be dealing with when you are trying to negotiate the complexities of probate law. I always felt that he was there as a giver of sage advice, and he took the worries I had about it all away.’

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Taylor Walton LLP boasts a growing international transactions practice that advises both regional and international clients across multiple jurisdictions, notably in the United States. It has particular specialisms in accountancy practice sales and acquisitions. Head of corporate Jeremy Brockis primarily focuses on M&A, joint ventures, and shareholder agreements; head of commercial Mike Pettit is experienced in M&A, corporate recovery, and corporate finance.

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Novanta Inc

The Entertainer

Capita Group plc

Nat West

Bank of Ireland

Campaign for Real Ale

Comline Auto Parts

Pet Food UK

Cross Pens Inc


Pieroth Wines

Star Cargo Group

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Taylor Walton LLP has a reputation for helping clients reach out-of-court settlements, with experience in alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation. Head of the family law department Ben Twitchen specialises in advising on financial matters arising from family disputes and child law. Olive McCarthy is experienced in advising high-net-worth families on all aspects of family law. Natalie Hughes was promoted to partner in July 2019; Emily Woodhouse joined from Greene & Greene in 2019; in 2020, Laura Woolard was recruited from Fullers.

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Very professional, proactive with solutions and polite, friendly, and knowledgeable staff.’

The personal interaction is excellent, you feel very comfortable that there is a family feel within Taylor Walton and I am very happy to refer my clients in the knowledge that they will be well looked after.

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

With three offices in Luton, St Albans and Harpenden, Taylor Walton LLP provides litigation services for both companies and private individuals in the South East and London, with experience spanning contentious probate and property disputes. Practice head James Carpenter specialises in litigation and mediation in relation to professional negligence claims, IP, defamation, civil fraud and contract disputes. Recently promoted partner Saljuq Haider is experienced in contract disputes, construction disputes, and financial disputes.

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Taylor Walton LLP specialises in a number of key areas in commercial property law, including landlord and tenant work, overage agreements, and acting for lenders offering mezzanine finance. Practice leader Angela Thomas has expertise in property finance, real estate acquisitions and disposals and development work. Managing partner Dermot A Carey has a track record of work for clients in the retail and industrial sectors.

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‘Taylor Walton have strength in depth and are not just a one-man team.’

‘The team we work with at Taylor Walton provide exceptional service, are always available and conclude transactions quicker than any of the other firms we work with.’

‘Dermot Carey is the ‘go-to man’ of the North Home Counties commercial property solicitors.’

‘The attention to detail and the commerciality of the team truly stand out compared to other firms we use.’

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Taylor Walton LLP deals with employment matters ranging from outsourcing and TUPE work, discriminatory issues, and employment tribunal work. Alec John Colson leads the practice; associate Nicola Smyrl is also recommended.

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Very pragmatic and quick turnaround of queries and issues.

This highly respected regional firm is the trusted advisor to a diverse range of clients including FTSE 350 companies, public and private sector organisations, charities and high-net worth individuals.

The firm: The firm has a reputation for developing and investing in home-grown talent, with an exceptionally high staff retention rate and an average length of service unrivalled within the region. This approach brings with it many inherent benefits for its clients, including a continuity and depth of knowledge and expertise that is hard to replicate.

A client-centred approach to legal support has resulted in steady organic growth in recent years. The firm boasts a number of longstanding clients and referrers for whom Taylor Walton is the first choice for a range of needs, from everyday business support to untangling the most impenetrable legal issues. Working in partnership with a number of other trusted advisors such as surveyors, accountants and HR consultants, the firm seeks to provide a fully rounded, commercially focused service to its clients.

Types of work undertaken: Taylor Walton provides all the services listed here from its offices in Luton, Harpenden and St Albans to an increasingly national client base.

Real estate: The strength and depth of the team offers clients real specialisms in key areas, including in landlord and tenant work. They have seen a growing focus on work in the retail sector, with an increasingly national client base. Areas of support include development work, including site assembly, overage arrangements and extensive security lending experience in acting for lenders offering mezzanine finance in connection with commercial and residential development sites.

Commercial litigation: The team provides a level of technical expertise and quality of work unrivalled within the region including leading edge work on website defamation claims. It provides a pragmatic, proactive and effective approach to dispute resolution work, including upfront information about costs, merits/chances of success, taking a creative approach to resolving disputes other than by traditional litigation, and the use of PLS (proportionate legal solutions).

Corporate and commercial: Taylor Walton acts for an outstanding range of well-known and high-quality clients within the region. It regularly handles matters of a size and complexity unrivalled by others, acting for the likes of NatWest, Santander and Bank of Ireland within the banking sector, and undertaking a range of substantial acquisitions and disposals in the last year. The team offers a growing international transactions practice across multiple jurisdictions, most notably in the US, and niche skills in the areas of recovery acquisitions and accountancy practice sales and acquisitions.

Employment: The employment team develops long-standing and highly valued relationships based on a genuine interest in, and understanding of, its clients’ business needs and objectives. It takes a preventative approach to employment issues ranging from outsourcing and TUPE work, share options and incentivisation plans through to advising on discriminatory issues and providing corporate support. The team advises on a full range of contentious matters, including tribunal work and dispute resolution.

Family: The family team is renowned for taking a pragmatic approach to matters where client expectations are carefully managed from the outset to ensure achievable outcomes are attained. The team offers an alternative approach to litigation through the collaborative law process which enables parties to negotiate their terms of settlement round the table, avoiding costly and contentious litigation. Work includes family trusts, complex disputes relating to contact and residence issues in respect of children, prenuptial agreements and cohabitee disputes relating to both children and property.

Private client: The Taylor Walton private client team is the team of choice for many clients and referrers both locally, and increasingly, from the City of London. The team takes a pragmatic approach to complex issues, working with many high-net-worth clients (including business owners and landed families), often across generations and increasingly across jurisdictions, to resolve current matters while proactively identifying areas of future support. All partners within the department have a substantial personal following and are members of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Dermot Carey 01582 731161
Head of Commercial Litigation James Carpenter 01582 731161
Corporate and Commercial Jeremy Brockis 01582 731161
Head of Corporate and Commercial Mike Pettit 01582 731161
Head of Employment Alec Colson 01582 731161
Head of Family Ben Twitchen 01582 731161
Head of Private Client Alex Drake 01582 731161
Head of Real Estate Angela Thomas 01582 731161
Head of Residential Conveyancing Stuart Wickham 01582 731161
Residential Conveyancing Caroline Hume 01582 731161
Family Olive McCarthy 01582 731161
Chief Financial Officer Steve Smith 01582 731161
People and Talent Partner Stephanie Simon 01582 731161
Photo Name Position Profile
 Richard Atkins  photo Richard Atkins
 Natalie Beese  photo Natalie Beese Partner
 Alison Voyce  photo Alison Voyce Partner specialising in wills, trusts and IHT planning for high-net-worth clients.
 Stuart Wickham  photo Stuart Wickham Stuart Wickham is a conveyancing partner with over 15 years residential property…
Partners : 25
Solicitors : 30
Other Fee Earners : 20

At Taylor Walton we are proud to promote an environment of inclusivity and equality. We foster these strong values through the fair and respectful treatment of both our employees and our clients.

We have robust policies ensuring that we all adhere to the same high standards with regards to how we treat each other and our clients and how we each expect to be treated by others. Our office environment is built on mutual respect and we raise awareness of our expectations through regular training.

The firm is made up of unique individuals working collectively; new starters say we are supportive and approachable and our long staff length of service records demonstrate that our people like to work with us. We recognise and value talent and potential, harnessing experience and knowledge sharing. There is plenty of opportunity to learn and share skills where our age profile spans five decades. A programme of Trainee Solicitors sits alongside our Solicitor Apprenticeship programme – allowing a diverse route to qualification. Those on different career paths in other areas of the firm may be supported with study sponsorships or pursue an apprenticeship.

Hard work and talent allows our people to succeed on merit in achieving their chosen career goals. Taylor Walton is proud to see Trainee Solicitors develop into Partners and see new starters develop into long standing skilled members of the firm.

We not only feel strongly about how we behave towards our clients and each other, we proactively support the wider community with a diverse range of charitable fundraising events and regular sponsorships; supporting our local food banks, hospice care and individual charities close to our staff. Teams from Taylor Walton have scaled mountains and braved Tough Mudder to support those less fortunate.

57% of the Firm completed the SRA Legal Diversity Survey in 2019 which closed on 19 April 2019. The results are published on our website at