Firm Profile > Thompson Smith and Puxon > Clacton-on-Sea, England

Thompson Smith and Puxon
CO15 1RN

Employment: Essex Tier 1

Thompson Smith and Puxon has a wide breadth of expertise in employment law matters and covers all aspects of work including contracts, litigation, severance issues and tribunal proceedings. The 'outstanding' Richard Porter is particularly noted for his prowess on business re-organisations and termination of contracts. Clients from the agricultural and rural sector make up a sizeable portion of the firm's roster, in addition to some international clients. The team has been strengthened by the addition of heavyweight lawyer Jolyon Berry who joined from Birketts LLP.


Pleasant to work with and the consistency and quality of advice has always been to the highest level.’

Richard Porter stands out as an individual who goes beyond the normal client/consultant relationship. He provides advice in a clear way without jargon, and ensures all options are fully understood.’


Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Thompson Smith and Puxon's agricultural team assists clients with property and commercial issues as well as estate planning, taxation and succession matters. With a strong relationship with the rural communities in Essex and neighbouring counties, the team specialises in commercial and agricultural land and property acquisitions, disposals and related development transactions, as well as in development and planning, promotion and option agreements and property portfolio management and refinancing. Stephen Firmin heads the practice. Kerry Addison is also recommended.


A friendly and user-friendly team, wise and calm under pressure‘.

The agriculture and estate team at TSP have a great breadth of experience across the various legal disciplines that are needed to support farming families‘.

Many of the team at TSP come from farming families and therefore have personal experience of the challenges they face on a day to day basis‘.

Strong local presence and timely advice‘.

Stephen Firmin and Kerry Addison are approachable and effective at communicating and simplifying technical legal jargon and requirements‘.

Stephen Firmin has always answered my problems very promptly and has not drawn out issues unnecessarily‘.

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Thompson Smith and Puxon's clinical negligence department is 'a dedicated and courteous team' which handles a wide range of matters and is known for securing significant settlements and compensation for clients. 'Superb' practice head Steve Webb handles high-value brain injury cases and is also experienced in personal injury matters. 'Tenacious' Stacey Anderson is another core member of the team and is highlighted for her 'very good feel for settlement offers and parameters'.


‘Thompson, Smith & Poxon’s clinical negligence team has without a doubt some of the most efficient and meticulous solicitors I’ve ever worked with.’

‘Stacey Anderson is an excellent solicitor. She is extremely intelligent, organised and thorough. She has an exemplary relationship with clients who respect her and clearly feel supported by her.’

‘This is a dedicated and courteous team devoted to fighting for the rights of its clients.’

Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 2

'Exceeding all expectations', Thompson Smith and Puxon's corporate and commercial team is adept at handling the full scope of corporate matters including M&A, disposals, and distribution agreements. Led by Mary Anne Fedeyko, who is noted for her 'very practical commercial approach', the practice group works seamlessly across practice groups and provides significant cross-border services to national and international clients across a broad range of sectors. Nick Mayles is 'excellent' and has experience with restructuring and reorganizations.


Mary Anne Fedeyko, Nick Mayles, Claire Powell and Caroline Nicholls are standouts in the team. They have all been responsive, articulate, accommodating and always ready with a problem-solving approach.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex Tier 2

Thompson Smith and Puxon's 'impressive' private client department is 'very well versed in dealing with complex matters' which include all aspects of wills, inheritance tax planning and the administration of estates. Led by standout practitioner Fiona Ashworth , who clients describe as a 'real asset to the firm', the team is proficient in handling high-value and often uniquely challenging transfers of inter-generational wealth. The agriculture sector has traditionally been a strong client focus of the firm. Aileen Hirst acts for high-net-worth clients and advises on trust planning and estates. Sarah White  and Robert Ashworth are also recommended.


Fiona Ashworth is friendly, professional and has a wealth of experience. She understands the sensitivities of dealing with estates and her farming knowledge is very helpful when handling agricultural matters.’

Aileen Hirst is very professional but with a personal touch. She puts her clients at ease and has a real understanding of their needs.

The team offers a thoroughly professional service, prompt response time and unswerving commitment to providing comprehensive understanding.’

Commercial property: Essex Tier 3

The commercial property team at Thompson Smith and Puxon continues to reap in work from longstanding clients in the farming and agriculture sector and is proficient in handling high-value sales, acquisitions, and financing work. Practice head Stephen Firmin and Kerry Addison are both skilled in managing complex matters related to property disposals and development, displaying 'utmost professionalism and even going the extra mile'.


‘There is a genuine sense of teamworking in this practice. They understand and appreciate the different specialisms that they offer, and make sure you are pointed in the right direction.’

‘Kerry Addison and Stephen Firmin are both outstanding. Kerry is technically excellent but also very hands-on and practical.’

‘Stephen has always been able to add something more than just the normal advice and always worked having our best interest at heart. If only more solicitors took the same proactive approach as Stephen does, the whole sector would be quicker, more efficient and less costly to the client.’

Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

The 'great' personal injury department at Thompson Smith and Puxon handles an array of matters including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, and trips and slips. Led by Steve Webb, the team also has experience in medical negligence and covers hospital and dental mistakes and psychiatric shock.

Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 4

Thompson Smith and Puxon is led by seasoned litigator Sharon Auton and focuses on private litigation matters including contract disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, construction claims, and contentious probate matters, the last of which is an especially strong generator of work. Judith Winward specialises in residential lease matters and commercial property disputes. Auton and Winward have recently been instructed on an international damages case which resulted in a favourable outcome for the client.

Family: Essex Tier 4

The 'impressive' team at Thompson Smith and Puxon deals with all family law matters and is led by Clacton-based Marcus Price. The team undertakes a wide range of work spanning divorce proceedings, financial settlements, post-nuptial agreements, and private family law matters. Collaboratively trained solicitors Alison Cantor and Shelley Cumbers , who are based in Colchester, are core members of the team and handle high-value matters. Alongside family matters, Cumbers also manages related financial and property issues.


The team places traditional customer service at the heart of their work .  A good all-around team to work with.’

The firm: Thompson Smith and Puxon can trace its roots back to 1879 and has since grown to be one of the leading law firms in Essex, with 12 partners, some 70 employees, and offices in Colchester and Clacton. It offers a range of legal advice to businesses and individual clients. Its specialist practice areas, with accredited lawyers and attentive support staff, ensure clients receive the most professional and practical advice available.

Types of work undertaken: Private client: whether planning for the future and needing wills and estates advice, buying or selling property, or needing advice on contentious issues such as personal disputes, personal injury, clinical negligence, employment or family matters, TSP provides practical advice to guide clients through the various processes and procedures.

Wills, trusts and estates: the team provides advice and assistance based on understanding clients objectives. It advises on wills, inheritance tax, powers of attorney and Court of Protection, estate planning, the administration of estates, trusts, and elderly and vulnerable client matters.

Family and divorce law: the team advises clients on all aspects of family law, from cohabitation agreements and civil partnerships to divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, financial and property issues, and arrangements for children.

Clinical negligence (claimant): the team handles many different types of claim, but, in particular, specialises in catastrophic injuries involving children, such as birth injuries and cerebral palsy, and also cases involving missed diagnosis and treatment delay.

Personal injury (claimant): the specialist personal injury team has many years of experience helping accident victims with their claims and has recovered many millions in compensation. The personal injury team can help clients claim compensation for any injuries or losses suffered, which, as a direct result of the accident, affected the quality of life.

Residential Property: the team will guide you through each step of the buying and selling process as well as providing the practical and professional advice you need in order to ensure your transaction goes through smoothly and quickly.

Business services team: TSP looks after the business issues that matter to its clients whether they are large or small. The corporate and commercial team includes a number of lawyers with City law background and experience. Clients of TSP are regional, national and international, and include single-owner start-ups, high-net-worth individuals, SMEs and multinationals.

Sectors include: manufacturing, construction, care homes, hotels, energy (including solar and windfarms), professional services, agricultural businesses and dentistry.

Corporate/commercial: providing commercially driven advice, and transactional and advisory work (domestic and cross-border) in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance, refinancing, reorganisations and de-mergers, shareholder arrangements and joint ventures, share options, partnerships (including corporates), insolvency, agency and distribution, and supply and maintenance agreements across a broad range of industries.

Employment: delivering solutions-based advice and supporting clients in the day-to-day management of their people, legal issues and risk. The team works on a strategic and operational level on both contentious and non-contentious matters across the private and public sectors including contracts of employment, restrictive covenants, employment policies and procedures, share option schemes, dismissals and redundancy, employment disputes (including tribunal representation), settlement agreements, business sales and reorganisations.

Dispute resolution: providing alternative dispute resolution (by mediation and negotiation), and advising on civil and commercial disputes including contentious probate, breach of contract and negligence, insolvency (corporate and individual), injunctions, commercial and residential landlord and tenant and boundary disputes, and consumer rights.

Real estate and property: delivering high-quality commercial and innovative advice on property matters to its clients, including property ownership (for dwelling, trading and investment purposes), management, development, acquisitions and disposals, options, joint ventures and property financing.

Agriculture and estates: TSP has long-standing and strong relationships with the rural community in Essex, Suffolk and the surrounding counties. Headed by Stephen Firmin, a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association, the team is familiar with the specific issues and problems that the sector has and can advise on all matters that concern farmers and landowners.

Other offices: Clacton on Sea

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Mary Anne Fedeyko 01206 574431
Chief Operating Officer Sean Stuttaford 01206 574431
Personal injury (claimant) Steve Webb 01206 217045
Wills, trusts and estate management Fiona Ashworth 01206 217057
Corporate and commercial Mary Anne Fedeyko 01206 217049
Commercial and residential property Stephen Firmin 01206 217023
Employment Richard Porter 01206 217027
Family and divorce Marcus Price 01255 254247
Commercial and civil litigation and debt recovery Sharon Auton 01206 217043
Clinical negligence (claimant) Steve Webb 01206 217045
Residential property Laura Finnigan 01206 217020
Agriculture and estates Stephen Firmin 01206 217023
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Adina Milleare  photo Mrs Adina Milleare
Mr Marcus Price  photo Mr Marcus Price
Mrs Sarah White  photo Mrs Sarah White
Number of UK partners : 12
Number of other UK fee-earners : 29