Firm Profile > Taylor Walton LLP > Luton, England

Taylor Walton LLP

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

The private client team at Taylor Walton LLP is well known in the area for its expertise in working with high-net-worth clients, including business owners, farmers and landed families, often across generations and increasingly across jurisdictions. Investing in home-grown talent, the practice has been growing, with an excellent staff retention rates. Richard Crocker is the practice head. Alison Voyce is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Richard Crocker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Lytton Cobbold Family (Knebworth House)

The Daniells Family

The Gibson Family

The Cole Family

The Ramsden Family

The Williams Family

Eddie and Jill Minshull

The Webber Family

The Lloyd Family

The Webster Family

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

Taylor Walton LLP's Luton-based practice is jointly headed by commercial specialist Mike Pettit and corporate lawyer Jeremy Brockis. The team handles a variety of acquisitions, disposals and reorganisations, with a growing international transactional practice which focuses in particular on the US. The client portfolio includes prestigious names from the banking, technology, media, food and drink and charity sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mike Pettit; Jeremy Brockis

Key clients

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

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

Taylor Walton LLP offers a full range of dispute resolution services to clients, catering for both companies and private individuals and specialising in commercial litigation, property litigation and contentious probate. The practice is headed by James Carpenter, who is an expert in professional negligence claims, contract disputes, consumer claims, defamation, shareholder disputes and civil fraud. Tracey Harris is recommended for her expertise in employment litigation and contentious probate claims. Saljuq Haider is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

James Carpenter

Other key lawyers:

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

Taylor Walton LLP’s team is experienced in development work, property finance and real estate acquisition and disposal mandates. The retail sector is an area of growth for the practice, as is work with charities. The practice head is Angela Thomas. Managing partner Dermot A Carey and Michael Kelly are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Angela Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Capita Plc

The Entertainer (Amersham) Limited


Brook Street (UK) Limited

Chamberlain Holdings Plc

Jarvis Group Limited

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Taylor Walton LLP’s practice handles all aspects of employment law including outsourcing and TUPE work, share options and incentivisation plans, exit planning, discrimination matters and support to the firm's commercial department. The team also undertakes tribunal work and other dispute resolution. Heather D Cowley heads the practice. Alec John Colson and associate Nicola Smyrl are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Heather D Cowley

Other key lawyers:

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Taylor Walton LLP's family law department is committed to mediation as a way to help clients achieve amicable, out-of-court settlements. The practice works in close connection with the firm's conveyancing, corporate, private client and employment departments to provide full assistance on overlapping legal matters. The practice is headed by Harpenden-based Ben Twitchen, who specialises on financial issues arising from relationship breakdowns as well as children law. Arbitrator Olive McCarthy joined the St Albans office from Breeze and Wyles Solicitors Limited in July 2018.

Practice head(s):

Ben Twitchen

Other key lawyers:

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
 Jeremy Brockis  photo Jeremy Brockis Head of Corporate, specialising in mergers and acquisitions; investment, shareholder and joint…
 Dermot A Carey  photo Dermot A Carey Managing partner and formerly head of Taylor Walton’s 20-plus strong commercial property…
 James Carpenter  photo James Carpenter Head of Taylor Walton’s commercial litigation team with expertise in professional negligence claims,…
 Alec John Colson  photo Alec John Colson Head of Department and Partner in the Taylor Walton employment team dealing…
 James Cottrell  photo James Cottrell Partner specialising in acquisition, site assembly and disposal of residential and commercial…
 Steven Wyn Griffiths  photo Steven Wyn Griffiths Head of residential conveyancing in Taylor Walton’s Luton office; commercial conveyancing principally…
 Saljuq Haider  photo Saljuq Haider Partner
 Alison Lauder  photo Alison Lauder Partner specialising in landlord and tenant matters and advising banks on security…
 Mike Pettit  photo Mike Pettit Head of commercial team, advising on M&A, outsourcing, technology and construction projects.
 Angela Thomas  photo Angela Thomas Partner and head of commercial property department, specialising in major freehold and…
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