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Thompson Smith and Puxon

Employment > Employment: Essex Tier 1

Thompson Smith and Puxon provides an excellent end-to-end user service to corporate clients on all types of business-critical issues that shape their operations on a day-to-day and long-term basis. Its first-rate practice is led by Jolyon Berry, who is equally adept in contentious and non-contentious employment matters, and is ably supported by Sam Welham and Lisa Dixon. Recent work included assisting clients with policy reviews, whistleblowing claims and discrimination cases.

Practice head(s):

Jolyon Berry

Other key lawyers:


‘Available in a timely fashion and offers full updates on current situation. ’

‘We have been supported by TSP for a number of years now and they have always provided us with sound and balanced advice. Some of our employment issues can be complex but TSP can always be relied upon to ensure that our business remains protected and we place our full trust in them. ’

‘What makes TSP stand out is how well they understand their clients – they obviously take time to get to know them and it means they give them really sensible and practical advice, as well as being able to provide detailed and accurate instructions to barristers.’

‘I particularly value Jolyon Berry’s commitment to his clients – he really gets to know them and understands their particular needs and concerns. ’

‘I would happily and highly recommend Jolyon Berry to any business needing advice on an employment issue. Jolyon is very professional and demonstrates a welcome understanding of the commercial and operational implications to the business. He confidently explores and explains the options available, without using too much legal jargon, whilst advising on any potential risks.’

‘They really dig into what our priorities are for each situation and are able to react differently to each scenario. they don’t have a one size fits all answer to everything.’

‘Personality, people and communication are the highlights for me. Of course technical knowledge has to exist, but these are a given. During the recent pandemic, online discussions have been easily accessed and performed. Our relationship with TSP has been over many years, with varying levels of support needed. Regardless, we always feel valued as a client.’

‘Honest down to earth advice and opinion of our situation and no faff or legal jargon. Nothing I hate more than someone sitting on the fence. We need to know what is our best option and what to do next efficiently, which is what we get with TSP.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 2

Led by senior partner Mary Anne FedeykoThompson Smith and Puxon's team undertakes the entire ambit of corporate and commercial work for local and national clients. It also has a strong profile among overseas-based entities, particularly those located in the US and Canada. Fedeyko has almost 25 years of experience advising clients on complex section 110 reorganisations and demergers. Elsewhere, other drivers of work include M&A, MBOs/MBIs, joint ventures, partnerships and shareholder agreements. The firm generates mandates from clients across a broad range of industries, with particular strengths in areas such as agriculture and healthcare (including matters relating to dental practices, GP practices and NHS contracts). Nick MaylesClaire Powell and Nicola Rout are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mary Anne Fedeyko


‘Nick Mayles – Absolutely excellent. Client focused and got to the nub of our challenge.’

‘Always enthusiastic and knowledgeable.’

‘Fantastic, knowledgeable and always understanding. Very efficient and professional in all manners.’

‘Mary Anne Fedeyko always goes above and beyond in a very professional whilst considered and caring manner.’

‘The team go to great length to get to know our specific business and what is important to us. Throughout all of their they continuously refer back to our priorities to ensue we are aligned to that.’

‘Definitely the personal touch. Easily accessible at all times if we have small questions. You don’t have to go through a switchboard or a PA all the time.’

‘Flexible and willing to listen.’

‘I find the practice personal and responsive to my needs.’

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Thompson Smith and Puxon's personal injury and clinical negligence team is led by Steve Webb, who has a strong track record securing favourable settlements for claimants. He is experienced in handling a full range of personal injury and clinical negligence cases, and is notably active in high-value brain injury claims. Webb works with chartered legal executive Stacey Anderson, who has particular expertise in medical accidents affecting women (including gynaecological and obstetric matters), in addition to undertaking more general cases. Solicitor Sam Welham is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Steve Webb

Other key lawyers:


‘Sam Welham and the team dealing with my personal injury claim in my experience are best described as amazing. They have a very personal touch, whilst representing with dignity and respect. They always appeared to go above and beyond, and nothing was too much trouble.

‘The team have an excellent, personal approach to clients going out of their way to ensure that clients’ needs are met. Their care when it comes to collating and reviewing medical records in clinical negligence cases is second to none. I have been impressed with their determination to pursue cases (with successful results) where other firms have given up.’

‘I have worked with Stacey Anderson who is a real rising star. She is careful and diligent and willing to go the extra mile to serve her clients and their cases.’

‘Stacey Anderson is a dream to work for. Her cases are always beautifully prepared and she has a really good tactical head on her shoulders. Her clients adore her.’

‘They have a small team that punches well above its weight, with an excellent and well-deserved reputation for clinical negligence.’

‘They are a strong yet supportive team in caring for those suffering loss and injury.’

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Located in Colchester, the agriculture team at Thompson Smith and Puxon is regarded for its estate and succession planning for farming and estate-owning clients in the South East, as well as its expertise in commercial and agricultural acquisitions and disposals. Practice leader Stephen Firmin has an 'encyclopaedic knowledge of land law' and focuses on property portfolios and strategic land planning, while Kerry Addison specialises in development and planning for farmers and landowners. Wills and estates team leader Fiona Ashworth is a 'force of nature'; she deals primarily with succession planning and administration of estates.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Firmin

Other key lawyers:


‘In my recent experience in working with the TSP team I have found them to be very engaged, response, willing to take a commercial approach to difficult situations and worked well with the rest of the clients professional team to get the deal done.’

‘Stephen Firmin is extremely thorough, knowledgeable and approachable. A really good team player.’

‘In my view, the agriculture and estates practice of TSP has become one of the leading firms in this area in the region. They have a very well resourced team, based in their purpose built head office in Colchester. The team have a close and empathetic relationship with their clients. The practice has top quality partners backed by an excellent group of solicitors and support staff.’

‘Stephen Firmin has an encyclopaedic knowledge of land law with a phenomenal attention to detail. He has the ability to break down complex issues and explain them in layman’s language. The consequence is to deliver pragmatic and practical solutions to client problems.’

‘Fiona Ashworth is a force of nature. One cannot be in her presence for long without appreciating her passion and commitment. Many profess to have these qualities but they are self evident with Fiona. I have seen her energy at first hand on cases. Fiona has the great advantage of being married to a farmer and being a farmer’s daughter. It enables her to empathise with her farming clients and understand their issues and concerns, as well as dealing sensitively with family dynamics.’

‘All the staff at TSP are so polite and helpful, smart and pleasant. They do not speak down to you and they have the patience to explain things, maybe even twice. They are always ready to collaborate with other departments to seek the best information for their clients. They convey confidence to you and have positive attitudes. You leave TSP feeling good and confident that you have received the best advice available.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex Tier 2

Thompson Smith and Puxon's wills and estates practice is highly prominent in the agriculture sector; its recent workload in this space has included advice to clients on farming family successions, high-value estate administrations and tax-related issues. Fiona Ashworth and Robert Ashworth are both members of the Agricultural Law Association, and along with Aileen Hirst, are members of the Tendring Hundred Farmers Association and Suffolk Agricultural Association. Beyond work for agricultural clients, the practice is highlighted for its advice to business owners and high-net-worth individuals on lifetime and succession planning. Elsewhere, the team's other areas of expertise include Court of Protection deputyship matters, powers of attorney and contested wills. Associate solicitor Sarah White is another key individual in the group.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Ashworth


‘The team is very experienced and established. Due to the size of the team there are a number of areas of specialism for individual members and many are also members of Solicitors for the Elderly and/or Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

‘I have worked with Aileen Hirst for a number of years and I have always found her to be thoroughly professional, knowledgeable and committed to ensuring the best outcome for clients. Aileen is compassionate and empathetic, able to gain a detailed understanding of clients needs and to build trusted relationships. I am happy to recommend clients, family and friends to Aileen in the knowledge that they will be well looked after and that Aileen will always be prepared to go the extra mile if needed.’

‘Very personable, approachable and able to make clients feel at ease.’

‘I have known Fiona Ashworth’s work and reputation for more than 20 years. Clients receive the benefit of total commitment, an unusually good memory for the finer details – often the telling factor behind a successful outcome.’

‘Robert Ashworth was the sole contact during my time working with TSP, and he proved to be the epitome of professionalism. High quality, balanced advice was combined with a will to go above and beyond, which meant the whole experience of working through the case was as pain free as possible. In my opinion, he is a true asset to the team.’

‘The practice is the most professional, knowledgeable, friendly and efficient of any I have previously worked with. Having found them, I would never work with any other law practice.’

‘In the private client sphere I usually deal with Robert Ashworth. He makes a good effort to get to know you and about your family. Over the years I have come to think of him as much as a friend as an adviser which is important when dealing with personal matters. He invariably responds swiftly to requests for advice and during these Covid times has gone out of his way to facilitate legal processes.’

‘Fiona Ashworth is a valued member of her team as well as a valued member of ours. All the people who have worked on behalf of our late family member value Fiona’s work, ethics and knowledge. Any customer or professional would be delighted to have her on board. Fiona’s team are a credit to the firm and herself.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Essex Tier 3

Thompson Smith and Puxon's team in Colchester is regularly called upon to advise on a wide range of commercial property and rural land matters. The scope of the practice covers commercial and agricultural land and property transactions, as well as related development work. Kerry Addison is notably active in strategic land projects. Stephen Firmin, who has over 30 years of experience, is the head of the team. Mark Rowlands is also a name to note. Clients include landowners, developers, farmers, property investors and UK subsidiaries of international companies.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Firmin

Other key lawyers:


‘Mark Rowlands, in particular, has a unique ability to think laterally and expansively, outside of normal principals, in order to work through complex transactions. His breadth of knowledge across various property types and practice areas is impressive and his practical approach refreshing.’

‘The team’s strength is its individuals. Kerry Addison and Stephen Firmin demonstrate their grasp of my clients’ commercial requirements and work with me in a collaborative manner. The team’s networking events are useful and relevant too.’

‘I have worked with Kerry Addison on a number of occasions and have introduced her to new clients. I have been pleased with how she provides solutions to any commercial issues and understands the client’s objectives. I am happy to recommend Kerry to other clients because of her commercial and pragmatic skillsets delivered in a personable and friendly manner.’

‘Mark Rowlands was excellent and very confident in his job which gave me the reassurance I was in good hands.’

‘A great team with a variety of experience.’

‘Stephen Firmin is an outstanding commercial property lawyer with exceptional attention to detail’

‘Having originally been recommended to the firm they have proved to be first class. All contact is simple, efficient and you receive polite, efficient and prompt attention.’

‘I work closely with Stephen Firmin. He gives high quality advice and is very experienced.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 4

At Thompson Smith and Puxon, the practice is led by chartered legal executive Sharon Auton, who has more than 20 years of litigation experience and is also a trained mediator. Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones is another qualified mediator in the group, whose work includes property litigation, as well as disputes arising from breaches of contract, contentious probate, professional negligence and consumer law matters. Andrew Breckenridge, the former head of dispute resolution at Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich, joined the firm as a director in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Auton


‘I engaged Sharon Auton to resolve a personal issue, She was very straight to the point, but considerate of my personal feelings, She resolved the issue in three months which was fantastic.’

‘The team at this practice offers a very professional service, charging reasonable fees for the complicated issues involved in our case. They continually keep us updated regarding any matters that arise at all times and assist us with our queries.’

‘We have received excellent expert advice concerning our land dispute from Sharon Auton and she has handled the many complicated issues very promptly and efficiently.’

‘This was the first time I had ever become embroiled in litigation. The shock, which coincided with lockdown in 2020 was extremely stressful. On first contact with the partner who represented us, I felt very much relieved to be dealing with somebody who was genuinely listening to me and at the end of our first conversation felt reassured that my family case was going to be dealt with properly.’

‘TSP guided us through a very difficult and stressful time and achieved what we believe was a satisfactory outcome.’

‘Andrew Breckenridge gives very clear, practical advice and cuts through a lot of noise in a helpful and constructive way.’

”Andrew Breckenridge’s policy is to reply by email with his immediate thoughts. This makes for a much more collaborative approach. He has solved some of my company’s big issues this year.’

‘Andrew Breckenridge is a reassuring presence to have on your side – he is knowledgeable, calm and strategic without resorting to game-playing or showboating. He communicates well – concisely and in a timely manner.’

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

Senior Partner Mary Anne Fedeykomaryanne.fedeyko@tsplegal.com01206 574431
Chief Operating Officer Sean Stuttafordsean.stuttaford@tsplegal.com01206 574431
Personal Injury (claimant) Steve Webbsteve.webb@tsplegal.com01206 217045
Wills, Trusts and Estate Management Fiona Ashworthfiona.ashworth@tsplegal.com01206 217057
Corporate and Commercial Mary Anne Fedeykomaryanne.fedeyko@tsplegal.com01206 217049
Commercial and Residential Property Stephen Firminstephen.firmin@tsplegal.com01206 217023
Employment Jolyon Berryjolyon.berry@tsplegal.com01206 217034
Family and Divorce Marcus Pricemarcus.price@tsplegal.com01255 254247
Commercial and Civil Litigation and Debt Recovery Sharon Autonsharon.auton@tsplegal.com01206 217043
Clinical Negligence (claimant) Steve Webbsteve.webb@tsplegal.com01206 217045
Residential Property Laura Finniganlaura.finnigan@tsplegal.com01206 217020
Agriculture and Estates Stephen Firminstephen.firmin@tsplegal.com01206 217023
Mrs Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones  photo Mrs Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones, who qualified as a Solicitor in 2018, joined the TSP…
Mrs Kerry Addison  photo Mrs Kerry Addison Kerry is an experienced commercial and rural property solicitor. She specialises in…
Miss Stacey Anderson  photo Miss Stacey Anderson Stacey Anderson, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (FCILEx),…
Mrs Fiona Ashworth  photo Mrs Fiona Ashworth Fiona, who qualified as a solicitor in 1999, joined the TSP Wills…
Mr Robert Ashworth  photo Mr Robert Ashworth Robert, who qualified as a solicitor in 2007, joined the TSP Wills…
Mrs Sharon Auton  photo Mrs Sharon Auton Sharon, a Chartered Legal Executive, is a director of Sharon Auton Limited, a partner in…
Mr Jolyon Berry  photo Mr Jolyon Berry Jolyon Berry is the director of Jolyon Berry Limited, a partner in…
Mrs Georgia Bolton  photo Mrs Georgia Bolton Georgia qualified as a solicitor in 2019 and joined the TSP Wills…
Mrs Mary Anne Fedeyko  photo Mrs Mary Anne Fedeyko Mary Anne, who originally qualified in Canada, has practised at both a…
Mr Stephen Firmin  photo Mr Stephen Firmin Stephen is a director of Stephen Firmin Ltd, a partner in TSP.…
Mrs Fiona Gibson photo Mrs Fiona GibsonFiona, who was admitted as a solicitor in January 2000, joined the…
Mr Nick Mayles  photo Mr Nick Mayles Nick is the director of Nick Mayles Limited, a partner in the…
Miss Simona Morina  photo Miss Simona Morina Simona, who qualified as a Solicitor in June 2020 joined the TSP…
Mrs Claire Powell  photo Mrs Claire Powell Claire is the director of Claire Powell Limited, a partner in the…
Mrs Nicola Rout  photo Mrs Nicola Rout Nicola Rout, who qualified as a Solicitor in 2002, joined the TSP…
Mr Mark Rowlands  photo Mr Mark Rowlands Mark, who was admitted as a solicitor in November 2006, joined the…
Mrs Kriti Sherchan  photo Mrs Kriti Sherchan Kriti, who was admitted as a solicitor in May 2017, joined the…
Mr Steve Webb  photo Mr Steve Webb Steven is the director of Steven J Webb Limited, a partner in…
Mr Sam Welham  photo Mr Sam Welham Sam, who was admitted as a solicitor in 2005, joined TSP in…
Number of UK partners : 12
Number of other UK fee-earners : 30

Thompson Smith and Puxon is committed to avoiding discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity and diversity. It is a requirement that all members of the firm comply with the firm’s Policy on Avoidance of Discrimination and Promotion of Equality and Diversity. The Policy applies to all of the firm’s professional dealings, both internal and external. The firm recognises that all of its employees have a duty to embrace, support and uphold the principles contained in its Policy and that we must all continue to challenge behaviour and attitudes that prevent us from achieving this.

We are committed to observing all legislative requirements in this area and will act as follows:

  • We will not discriminate unlawfully, or victimise or harass anyone in the course of our professional dealings
  • We will provide services to clients in a way that respects diversity
  • We will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that disabled clients, employees or managers are not placed at a substantial disadvantage compared to those who are not disabled, and we do not pass on the costs of those adjustments to those disabled clients, employees or managers
  • Our approach to recruitment and employment will encourage equality of opportunity and respect for diversity
  • We will deal with complaints of discrimination promptly, fairly, openly and effectively

These apply to all of our professional dealings with each other, with clients and with third parties.

The firm aims to create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit.

The firm does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity or paternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation (protected characteristics).

All members of the firm have a duty to act in accordance with the firm’s Policy and to treat colleagues with dignity at all times, and not to discriminate against or harass any other person, regardless of their status.

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Directors and Staff of Thompson Smith and Puxon are very proud of their fundraising activities and involvement in the local community. Many staff members undertake sponsored events and different activities throughout the year in support of different charities that are close to their hearts.

As well as supporting its staff with a donation for their fundraising activity the firm also sponsors events in the local community. The firm is a member of Dementia Action Alliance and is committed to raising awareness of dementia and promoting easy access for individuals living with dementia. The firm also takes part in Dying Matters Week, encouraging the wider public to talk about the taboo subject of end of life.

For a number of years now, the Directors of TSP have, in lieu of sending Christmas cards, donated to a number of local charities, including Open Road, Colchester Foodbank, Clacton Foodbank, Colchester Samaritans, Age UK Essex, CoHoC – the Colchester Hospitals Charity, Colchester Night Shelter and Headway.

CLIENT: Debbie
TESTIMONIAL: For the last 10 years I have used the services of the Thompson Smith & Puxon, and the advice received has always been straight forward, relevant, useful, and easy to understand and I would not hesitate in recommending them.

CLIENT: Charles
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Dispute Resolution
TESTIMONIAL: TSP have represented us over a dispute for two years and it has been very reassuring to be represented by an efficient and professional firm. TSP have always been approachable and timely and we have had confidence in their ability to take sensible action to resolve a stressful and, to us, unnecessary problem.

COMPANY/FIRM: East Anglian Chambers
TESTIMONIAL: Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones has an excellent manner with clients and is able to apply her knowledge, tenacity and diligence to achieving the best possible outcome every time. She is a pleasure to work with and has extensive experience in litigation that makes her good under pressure and excellent at strategic analysis.

CLIENT: Christine
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Dispute Resolution
TESTIMONIAL: I am very happy with the professional service received and like to recommend Sharon Auton and her team. During the period they have handled the many difficult queries that have arisen concerning our land dispute very promptly and efficiently.

CLIENT: Daphne
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Dispute Resolution
TESTIMONIAL: Sharon Auton and her team at Thompson Smith and Puxon have been acting for us in a matter of considerable complexity. Throughout, she has always kept us up to date with developments and has explained the various processes patiently in a good-natured, non-patronising manner. She is clearly extremely competent and we are wholly satisfied with her efforts on our behalf. We are indeed very lucky to have her on our side.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Dispute Resolution
TESTIMONIAL: Sharon Auton and the team at Thompson Smith and Puxon have been acting for us in an exceptionally complex boundary dispute. To say that we are entirely satisfied with her work on our behalf would be an understatement. We could not have chosen better.

CLIENT: Denise
COMPANY/FIRM: Scrutton Bland
TESTIMONIAL: I have great confidence in referring Clients for debt recovery to Thompson Smith and Puxon for the staff there to assist, the people I have worked with at Thompson Smith and Puxon are very knowledgeable, very informative and very helpful and I would highly recommend.

CLIENT: Amanda
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Agriculture and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: Prior to my Husband’s death I have never had any dealings with Thompson Smith Puxon. My experience with Robert Ashworth has been excellent. I have found him to be kind, considerate and compassionate in helping me during this very stressful time. Robert keeps in contact by phone and emails, with regular updates.

Probate has been made much easier by his knowledge of agricultural matters and I understand that he comes from a farming background, this knowledge has helped greatly with regard to my husband’s 50% share of a family farm.

CLIENT: Andrew Poole
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Agriculture and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: Aileen Hirst guided me through the process of executing the Will of an estate, at the same time advising on inheritance tax matters, assisting in the sale of property and ensuring all associated matters were dealt with in a timely and thorough manner. Aileen also advised on future planning in conjunction with the execution of the Will and she was able to explain all matters fully and clearly. Aileen is very approachable, understanding and knowledgeable and I would not hesitate to recommend the services offered by her and her team at TSP.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Agriculture and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: We have used Thompson, Smith & Puxon a couple of times now and have always found them to be helpful, informative, their knowledge makes you feel confident that you are approaching the issue correctly. On the phone or at their offices all the staff are always polite and helpful. Recently we have been using Fiona Ashworth to write our wills, sort inheritance and farming contract. Her advice has been second to none and she even suggested a way of sorting and dividing the estate in a way we had never had! Fiona’s advice, knowledge and suggestions have been so helpful especially as there are 2 sets of children involved with the inheritance of the farm. Fiona seems to go the extra mile to get the best for her client, her knowledge especially concerning the farming complexities you cannot fault. We have recommended Thompson, Smith & Puxon to some of our friends.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Agriculture and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: I have enjoyed continued excellence from Stephen Firmin of TSP. His second-to-none attention to detail gives me 100% faith in all legal matters he looks after on my behalf. I would have no hesitation in recommending his services.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Agriculture and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: While acting for us in a land promotion agreement Kerry Addison has demonstrated a keen eye for detail combined with an excellent appreciation of the ‘bigger picture’. Her clarity, pragmatism and professionalism have been appreciated while we have been involved in complex negotiations. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone looking for legal support in her field.

COMPANY/FIRM: Lambert Chapman
TESTIMONIAL: I have had the pleasure to work with Stephen Firmin on a number of agricultural cases. What impresses me, quite apart from the obvious depth of his knowledge of land and property law, is the way he is able to communicate complex legal issues with clarity and precision. He is always very quick to respond to any technical matter I need to seek his perspective on. He clearly instils great confidence in his clients and he is a solicitor whom I have no hesitation in recommending.

TESTIMONIAL: I had a fantastic experience using Thompson, Smith & Puxon to complete on a property purchase. Every step of the way was made clear and concise by the TSP team, and the completion timeframe was sped-up thanks to their professional attitude. I have been left extremely impressed with the service provided and I will no doubt be using them again when needed.

CLIENT: Deirdre
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Commercial Property
TESTIMONIAL: I am really grateful to Mark Rowlands for all his hard work in sorting my paperwork for the covenant on the land and working with the buyers of the property and to finalising payment.

CLIENT: Daniel
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Commercial Property
TESTIMONIAL: Mark Rowlands has provided thorough, detailed, clear and easy to understand legal advice enabling good relations with commercial property tenants. I can rely on him to deal with any complicated issues that arise and would thoroughly recommend his services.

CLIENT: Jonathan
COMPANY/FIRM: Lloyds Banking
TESTIMONIAL: Mark Rowlands is a very professional lawyer. He has worked with me on a couple of cases. He has excellent attention to detail and keeps all parties informed of progress. In our last case he picked up issues not identified by the previous lawyers, and took steps to correct and protect the client.

COMPANY/FIRM: East Anglian Group
TESTIMONIAL: Having been involved in property for nearly 40 years, I have had many experiences with the legal profession, some good and some bad. I cannot stress enough how important it is for any property company to have a good team of professionals advising them on matters ranging from Surveying, Planning and Architecture, Accountants and of course Solicitors. It took our company many years to understand that you get what you pay for, and it has only been in the last 20-years that we have been able to appreciate the cost of good advice.

We first became involved with Thompson Smith and Puxon approximately 10-years ago, when they advised us on leases as well as the occasional property purchase. Most of the properties where we were advised on leases remain our tenants to this day, however about 7-years ago we first came across Stephen Firmin. Stephen was a breath of fresh air as far as I was concerned, as I have far too often been advised by solicitors who simply agree with my point of view, and don’t dig deep enough. Stephen has been involved in numerous complicated purchases and leases, and has provided me with the comfort that should an issue ever arise, then we would be fully covered in any eventuality. Having this comfort for a medium sized business is essential, so that you can remain focused on your day-to-day work rather than having an unpleasant surprise, which could have an impact on your company performance.

I would highly recommend Stephen and his team to provide sound and professional advice on all aspects of property, transfers and lettings so that others can sleep well at night.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Commercial Property
TESTIMONIAL: My business had previously used Mark Rowlands at TSP to secure premises for the business and we had been impressed by his professionalism and efficiency. For this reason, we had no hesitation in returning to him and Kriti Sherchan to deal with the purchase of additional premises. We were not disappointed, in fact on this occasion there were serious difficulties with the vendor’s solicitors which I am sure any other solicitor may have conceded to their demands but Mark and Kriti stuck to what they believed was right and fought a hard battle on our behalf.

I cannot praise enough their commitment to our cause enabling us to secure the premises we wanted. They kept us informed of exactly what was happening throughout and advised and guided us on everything to do with the purchase. In addition to all this, they have a friendly approach and always had time to talk things through. I would highly recommend both Mark and Kriti and have also now used TSP for our personal conveyancing and cannot now imagine going anywhere else.

TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Kerry Addison for a number of years in connection with mutual clients’ land under option and promotion agreements with developers. I have always found Kerry to be good to work with, bringing sound legal advice and practical common sense solutions to sometimes complex situations. Kerry has the ability of understanding such development agreements from both sides and this, coupled with her personable style, ensures swift conclusions in getting deals done for landowners.

CLIENT: Nicola
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Commercial Property
TESTIMONIAL: Mark Rowlands has helped me such a lot with buying my first ever business which is quite scary seeing as I know nothing about the legalities of buying a Hair Salon. He was caring and compassionate, when I was having a few doubts when we came across quite a few problems but with his help and expertise we got there and I’m now a proud owner of my salon. His knowledge and professionalism is second to none. I cannot recommend him enough and in fact I have to several people who I know have also been exceptionally satisfied with his work.

CLIENT: Verity
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Commercial Property
TESTIMONIAL: I have instructed TSP on a number of occasions and have always been delighted with the service provided. Kriti Sherchan is highly responsive when I require advice, guidance or a simple update. It is so refreshing to have such a personal and professional relationship and the advice on technical matters is really balanced, informative and enables me to make a reasoned and confident decision. I would not hesitate to recommend TSP to any of my friends, family or my business associates. A truly first class service from a first class firm.

COMPANY/FIRM: Client / Corporate and Commercial
TESTIMONIAL: I have been using Nick Mayles for contractual, shareholder and purchase of businesses legal requirements for over 10 years. He has always given comprehensive professional advice working around our ability to change the goal posts in a friendly and timely manner. The great thing is, he always takes time to explain things in a way to ensure we understand. I would have no problems with recommending him.

COMPANY/FIRM: Client / Corporate and Commercial
TESTIMONIAL: My co-founder and I reached out to TSP on the basis of a recommendation. We weren’t disappointed. From the minute we walked through the door Nick Mayles and his team of excellent lawyers helped us navigate through a complex shareholder agreement. The team were extremely helpful, responsive and helped us get to the end point in a clean and efficient manner. We would highly recommend them and will be using them for other work, not just in the new business, but also our respective existing businesses.

COMPANY/FIRM: Client / Corporate and Commercial
TESTIMONIAL: We have found that the TSP solicitors are very easy to work with and are happy to explain the legal language in a way that those of us without this background can understand. We also found them quick to understand our organisations ethos and consequent needs and to work on our behalf from that perspective.

COMPANY/FIRM: Client / Corporate and Commercial
TESTIMONIAL: We first contacted TSP in the depths of lockdown back in early 2020 while looking to massage an existing contract for our business. Despite the obvious challenges of this new way of remote working and the speed with which we needed the documentation, Mary Anne Fedeyko worked her magic in supplying us with everything we needed in double quick time. Having received such a warm and professional service throughout, we couldn’t have asked for more and Mary Anne certainly saved the day on that occasion. It was several months later, knowing our contracts were in need of a full over hall, we again contacted TSP for further advice. This time Nicola Rout looked after the project and, like Mary Anne, handled the work with great humour and professionalism…what’s not to like!

COMPANY/FIRM: Client / Corporate and Commercial
TESTIMONIAL: I have used Thompson Smith & Puxon on three separate occasions over the last couple of years. Firstly in conjunction with the sale/acquisition of my business and then in conjunction with Commercial Property matters and the disposal of both Residential & Commercial properties. I have been very satisfied with the overall performance of the various solicitors that I have dealt with & recommend their services. In particularly, the service I have received from Nick Mayles has been first class & he has been a pleasure to deal with. I have always found him to be responsive, professional, extremely helpful and made me feel supported throughout the transaction.

COMPANY/FIRM: Client / Corporate and Commercial
TESTIMONIAL: We utilised the commercial team at TSP and they were very attentive and constructive in dealing with the instruction we gave and achieved a successful outcome in a very complex situation.

COMPANY/FIRM: Client / Corporate and Commercial
TESTIMONIAL: TSP recently acted for me in the successful acquisition of £10million company. The advice, support and communication was superb and I look forward to working with the team again.

COMPANY/FIRM: Client / Corporate and Commercial
TESTIMONIAL: TSP have been incredibly helpful with a wide variety of tasks. They have had an expert on hand to support with whatever we have needed and everyone we have engaged with has been knowledgeable and professional.

COMPANY/FIRM: Client / Corporate and Commercial
TESTIMONIAL: Retaining Thompson Smith and Puxon to handle our restructuring proved to be a wise decision. Thompson Smith and Puxon, led by Claire Powell, assessed my requirements, investigated applicable laws and formulated a detailed plan to achieve my goals. The complicated issues were effectively communicated to me so that I understood my options and potential outcomes. Claire understood the legal arena care homes operate in and her experience in providing advice to the care industry, and ability to work closely with the company accountants, was particularly helpful.  She balanced a refreshing level of pragmatism with keen insight into potential issues and, and offered effective solutions. I would not hesitate to recommend Claire, and the rest of the team at Thompson Smith and Puxon, to other businesses.

COMPANY/FIRM: Client / Corporate and Commercial
TESTIMONIAL: I run a small specialist accountancy practice advising a wide variety of clients. In the course of this work I have used the services of TSP legal. I find that they fully understand the problems my clients face and their service is reliable, efficient and always delivered in a personal and competent manner. I use them personally and I recommend them to my clients.

CLIENT: Danielle
COMPANY/FIRM: Client / Corporate and Commercial
TESTIMONIAL: We contacted Nicola Rout to provide us with a contract for a new venture within our business, providing physiotherapy to children in schools as part of their EHCP’s. From start to finish we had accurate timescales, costings and were made to feel that our input was welcomed in all aspects. Nicola guided us through the contract and let us know the elements that we needed to draw our client’s attention to. A few weeks on from this I needed Nicola’s advice on a paragraph from the contract and she was most obliging to help. The whole process was outstanding and we would highly recommend Thompson Smith and Puxon.

COMPANY/FIRM: Woodward Markwell
TESTIMONIAL: Jolyon Berry has been a coveted contact for myself and the business, whenever I have needed him I have always had a rapid acknowledgement of my instruction and then sound proactive advice. My biggest praise is on the no nonsense advice followed by mutual agreement and then action. He is such a down to earth person it makes dealing and understanding the tricky world of employment law easier to grasp. I would highly recommend Jolyon Berry.

COMPANY/FIRM: Employment Barrister
TESTIMONIAL: I recommend the TSP employment team strongly and without hesitation. I have always found Jolyon Berry, Lisa Dixon and Sam Welham to be meticulous, responsive and very knowledgeable. They provide sensible and practical advice to employers and employees, as well as being confident litigators when necessary – and perhaps most importantly, they really understand their clients.

COMPANY/FIRM: Precon Products
TESTIMONIAL: I would highly recommend Jolyon to any business needing advice on an employment issue. I have dealt with Jolyon Berry for 15 years and always found him very professional and has a fantastic understanding of the commercial and operational implications to the business. He explores and explains the options available, without using too much legal jargon, whilst advising on any potential risks.

COMPANY/FIRM: OnSide Youth Zones
TESTIMONIAL: I would happily and highly recommend Jolyon Berry to any business needing advice on an employment issue. Jolyon is very professional and demonstrates a welcome understanding of the commercial and operational implications to the business. He confidently explores and explains the options available, without using too much legal jargon, whilst advising on any potential risks.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / PICN
TESTIMONIAL: I have used TSP twice in the last couple of years and have found them to be very professional in their work. They make you feel comfortable and always answer and queries that come up. I have always felt that TSP is always work with my interest at the forefront.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / PICN
TESTIMONIAL: My late husband and I visited TS&P in 2015, having made an appointment with paralegal Stacey Anderson for advice. We chose TS&P after a recommendation from Citizens Advice Bureau. From the moment we entered the offices in Clacton on Sea, we were impressed by the professionalism, empathy, understanding and compassion every member of staff showed us. Stacey especially, reassured my late husband and I throughout the whole process. We were always allowed plenty of time to talk, ask questions, together with the opportunity to discuss opinions and clarify alternative views. The professional expertise of TSP shown to my late husband, coupled with their reassurance, support and advice allowed my husband faith that in his absence, I would be guided trustfully to pursue his Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence claim until its conclusion. To conclude, I have always found Stacey to be a fountain of knowledge, allowing me time to make discussions having given me all the facts. The whole team including barrister Vanessa Cashman were always entirely professional and supportive. I would always recommend TS&P to anyone requiring any form of legal advice or representation.

CLIENT: Lesley
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / PICN
TESTIMONIAL: My case was a very long one due to many reasons none of which were the fault of my solicitor’s, just a lengthy process. During this time, I could not have asked for a better firm to look after me informing me all through the process advising me and guiding me through. they didn’t make me feel that I was just a client but a person who was needing help through that case. Thompson Smith and Puxon would get my highest recommendation to anyone who requires any help, offer solid advice as they listen to you .and in any way you have of explaining yourself, from the solicitor’s and all the other staff they do this in a personal and professional way. I won my case and received more than I had set out to do, but I would have not got anywhere without this firm and the guidance they gave.

TESTIMONIAL: As a medical expert I have been instructed by Steve Webb and Sam Welham at Thompson Smith & Puxon for many years. That applies for both personal injury and medical negligence cases.

The instructions are always very clear. When instructions are received they are usually accompanied by all the relevant information, that is case notes and images. In addition, I am supplied with the relevant passwords for the documents.

It is always possible to discuss matters on the telephone if required.

The standard of professional contact has not changed over many years. My opinion is that the company has excellent professional standards. I do not have any reservations in recommending Thompson Smith & Puxon for the Legal 500 process.

TESTIMONIAL: I have worked alongside Sam Welham who has supported me with my personal injury claim. Throughout the process, Sam has been absolutely amazing at advising and I value his professional opinion. I am also impressed with how matters tick over if Sam is unavailable and the company all pull together to ensure there is no delay if further documentation is needed or received. Sam’s sensitive and kind approach fills you with complete trust in him. Sam has also been very understanding, and has shown a genuine interest in my recovery and I cannot thank him enough for how he has continued to manage the case. I would not hesitate to recommend Sam and TSP to anyone.

CLIENT: Claire
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Wills and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: TSP has provided legal services to myself and my family for over a decade, including dealing with my father in Laws estate, Wills for myself and my partner and more recently my partner’s estate when he passed away in 2019, including conveyancing for two properties. TSP were very helpful, supportive and guided me through all steps involved in managing the estates and kept regular contact with me, especially during the difficult times in 2019. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Wills and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: Aileen Hirst, of Thompson Smith and Puxon, assisted me in the administration of my mother’s Estate, following my mother’s passing in September 2019. Aileen’s professionalism is of the highest quality, she is consistently thoughtful, efficient and very easy to communicate with. I would recommend her without hesitation.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Wills and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: Having received a recommendation, my sister and I instructed Robert Ashworth to administer our late mother’s estate. On paper, this process should have been simple but, upon review, Robert advised us of potential issues that we may face in the future and clarified the best approach for all parties. It was clear that Robert went above and beyond to advise us on complex matters and, during the entire process, he displayed outstanding professionalism and expertise. We would strongly recommend Robert for private client matters, especially estate administration, wills and inheritance planning. I believe he is an exceptional solicitor who endeavours to deliver the highest standards in all aspects of his work.

CLIENT: Graham
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Wills and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: Myself and my family have engaged the legal services of TSP on a number of occasions and always experience excellent and professional services from their staff. TSP has handled matters of probate for my late parents in the UK and liaising perfectly with the Spanish legal counterparts for the inheritance of their holiday holiday home. Given the circumstances we were relieved to have worked with Aileen Hirst who is highly efficient and always a pleasure to deal with. A colleague also handled the conveyancing on the sale of my parents UK home with equal sensitivity and professionalism. Due to my positive experiences with TSP, I have since worked with Aileen Hirst on revising my UK Will and appointed a Power of Attorney – which was handled with the usual efficiency which I’ve come to expect. The professional legal advice I received was invaluable. I shall be turning to TSP for all my future legal advice and transactions as will other members of my family.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Wills and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: Fiona Ashworth came to me highly recommended by a former colleague. I in turn have recommended Fiona to a number of friends, who have had less than straightforward Estates and Lasting Powers of Attorney to contend with. Without exception, they found Fiona to be sensitive to their needs, taking the worry and concern out of their respective circumstances. Fiona has the perfect balance of calm and able professionalism. Having instructed Fiona on a matter, I whole heartedly share my friends’ observations; it has been a privilege to work with her. I have no hesitation in continuing to recommend Fiona to others as I have done over a number of years.

CLIENT: Jeremy
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Wills and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: TSP were my late father’s solicitors and when he died unexpectedly it could have been a very difficult process to sort out his affairs in addition to dealing with the emotional elements and grief. Fortunately, we were in the safe hands of Fiona Ashworth who could not have been more sensitive, engaged or empathetic. From the first time we met her, she was patient and understanding; able to guide us through the complexities of probate in a way which simplified things and made the options clear. At a time when uncertainty and emotional vulnerability were high, to know we had Fiona on our side was a huge relief, and a major worry off our minds. I cannot thank her and TSP enough.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Wills and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: Fiona Ashworth provides a superb private client service. Fiona is highly knowledgeable yet very approachable and distills complex matters into client-friendly explanations. Her expertise, candour and down to earth approach make her a refreshing and highly authentic practitioner. This is the culture she imbues to her team.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Wills and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: Our family have used TSP over a number of years, for various different matters. We have found TSP to be highly professional & understanding of our needs. Always prompt to answer any questions raised. Treated with courtesy & respect at all times, & what is rare in these times, a personal touch. I have had the pleasure of engaging Robert Ashworth, albeit in the saddest of circumstances. Over the past year I have sadly lost my brother & my father. Robert has helped me deal with both their estates. His compassion, thoughtfulness, professionalism, & kindness has helped me greatly during these difficult times. Robert has gone above & beyond. A thoroughly first class, decent man.

CLIENT: Richard
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Wills and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: Fiona Ashworth was a great help when we were updating our Wills and Powers of Attorney. It was a difficult time for us as we had recently lost our son to cancer. However, Fiona handled our affairs most sensitively and we appreciated her friendly but professional approach. She was able to point out a number of scenarios which hadn’t even occurred to us, and her thoughtful approach was most helpful. She was able to explain quite complex matters in clear and understandable language. We particularly valued her willingness to cooperate with our Accountant and Financial Advisors as this helped to avoid unnecessary duplication.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client / Wills and Estates
TESTIMONIAL: I have been a client of Fiona Ashworth for a long time and prior to her joining Thompson Smith and Puxon. She has assisted me with writing my previous wills and also with the compilation of my Powers of Attorney, both health and financial. At all times I have found Fiona efficient and sensitive to my thought and wishes. Due to a change in circumstances I recently decided to re write my will with Fiona’s assistance. She made herself aware of my history and emotional involvement in relation to the beneficiaries and advised the best approach in order to protect any inheritance I may leave. I struggled with making decisions regarding the approach to the new will which was somewhat complex, but Fiona was patient throughout the process and eventually we came to an agreement on the approach which will simplify things for the future and also align to my wishes. Overall Fiona gives an excellent service and always ensures that the client is happy but that the client is also protected for the future.