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Thompson Smith and Puxon

Employment > Employment: Essex Tier 1

Focusing on a commercial offering, Thompson Smith and Puxon’s employment department is equipped to handle the full array of employment matters, and works closely with the firm's corporate department on the employment aspects of transactional work. Colchester-based Jolyon Berry leads the team, and is described by clients as ‘someone you want to have on your side’; he is assisted by Grace Smyth. With High Court experience, Sam Welham‘s areas of work include issues arising from psychiatric injuries caused by work-related stress, disability discrimination claims and whistleblowing mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jolyon Berry

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is approachable, responsive and provides clear, succinct advice whenever required.’

‘Jolyon Berry offers straightforward, commercial advice and reassurance – someone you want to have on your side.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 2

Thompson Smith and Puxon‘s ‘highly skilled’ corporate and commercial department  in Colchester is led by Mary Anne Fedeyko, who is well known for her expertise in complex reorganisations and demergers. The team advises clients from a range of industries, with strong connections to the agricultural sector in Essex. Another focus sector of the department is healthcare, where Nick Mayles offers expertise in the sale and acquisition of dental practices. With a background in insolvency law, Nicola Rout handles debt restructurings, members’ voluntary liquidations, as well as corporate acquisitions and disposals, and has built a niche practice in charity law. Claire Powell  joined Tees Law in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Mary Anne Fedeyko

Other key lawyers:


‘A seamless experience with a tightly structured team. Good communicators both internally and externally.’

‘Mary Anne Fedeyko has led the team from its inception. She has the benefit of a City career with one of the Magic Circle firms and brings this sound foundation along with a clear and incisive intellect. Complicated matters are quickly distilled into easily understandable and plain English. There is none of the fustiness of a traditional provincial firm.’

‘Excellent advice on difficult legal issues. Timely service.’

‘Proactive approach to issues. Timely responses. Quality of service and breadth of knowledge.’

‘There are no egos, just professionals working together as a highly skilled team. All phone calls and emails are responded to quickly.’

‘Nicola Rout is a true expert. She is really dedicated to her clients and has really sought to understand our business and market when delivering her legal services.’

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Thompson Smith and Puxon has been praised in this area for its ‘excellent local knowledge and a passion for securing the best result for their clients’. Litigation department head Steve Webb  heads the clinical negligence team and handles critical seriousness brain injury cases. Spinal injury, brain injury and wrongful birth claims are key areas that Hasina Choudhury excels in - she is commended for being 'thorough and compassionate' and for having an 'extremely good grasp of the key issues for claimants in clinical negligence cases'. Stacey Anderson 's diverse caseload includes gynaecological and obstetric cases involving injuries to both mother and baby during labour and birth.

Practice head(s):

Steve Webb

Other key lawyers:

Hasina Choudhury; Stacey Anderson


‘Stacey Anderson was very supportive. Right from the beginning of this lengthy and emotionally difficult process was with us all the way. She pursued this claim and we are now approaching a successful conclusion due to her tenacity and professionalism.’

‘Stacey Anderson has been from the first very professional, and understanding and compassionate with the matter she has been dealing with on my behalf.’

‘Hasina Choudhury has an extremely good grasp of the key issues for claimants in clinical negligence cases. Her instructions reflect a sophisticated understanding of complex neurodevelopmental issues coupled with the ability to frame these into accessible questions to help guide the expert. She is thorough and compassionate.’

‘In my six years of being their client, my case has been handled efficiently and with great care to my personal wellbeing. I have always felt confident in their skills and services and would highly recommend them to any seeking to claim medical negligence.’

‘Stacey Anderson and Hasina Choudhury have been so supportive throughout my claim. They go above and beyond their professional remit to make sure you are secure in the knowledge they are handling your case with the time and care required to get the best outcome. I have always felt safe in the knowledge that I have had their support throughout the process of my case.’

‘Thompson Smith and Puxon have been extremely professional, caring and supportive throughout our case. We can not fault the rigour and humanity they have brought to what could otherwise be an extremely traumatic time.’

‘Hasina Choudhury and Steve Webb have been exemplary in their support and care for us. We have complete faith in their work.’

‘Hasina Choudhury was fantastic throughout the whole experience, ensuring we were always up to date at every stage always willing to explain anything or answering any concerns. Her honesty and professionalism really shone through the process and is a real credit to the firm.’

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

The long-established practice group Thompson Smith and Puxon handles high-value road traffic accident claims on the personal injury side, and receives praise for its 'excellent local knowledge and a passion for securing the best result for their clients'. Litigation head and personal injury team leader Steve Webb  is an APIL accredited senior litigator. Sam Welham  is an expert on issues surrounding work-related stress leading to psychiatric injury.

Practice head(s):

Steve Webb

Other key lawyers:

Hasina Choudhury; Sam Welham


‘The team have excellent local knowledge and a passion for securing the best result for their clients. They are prepared to go the extra mile and are committed to providing a personal service.’

‘Very professional firm, always felt like they would listen to you, and I felt they truly were sympathic to my situation. I felt like they really wanted to help.’

‘Thompson Smith and Puxon have been extremely professional, caring and supportive throughout our case. We can not fault the rigour and humanity they have brought to what could otherwise be an extremely traumatic time.’

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

The ‘formidable agriculture and estate practice‘ at Thompson Smith and Puxon is led by Stephen Firmin, a lawyer who leverages his corporate background to advise clients with business projects, in addition to transactional property matters. Kerry Addison handles site disposals on small rural developments, as well as larger plots, while Fiona Ashworth is knowledgeable of succession planning and wills. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Colchester.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Firmin

Other key lawyers:

Kerry Addison; Fiona Ashworth; Mary Anne Fedeyko; Robert Ashworth; Fiona Gibson


‘TSP have a formidable agriculture and estate practice in our region, and I believe that reality is being widely recognized by the professional community advising farmers. They have the strength in depth to deliver the best solution whatever the circumstances.’

‘This team is highly skilled and dedicated, offering specialist advice to their clients.’

‘A team who cover all aspects of land matters and are willing to consider all aspects and understand family issues which often arise.’

‘A great mix of characters who help each other in giving advice to clients.’

‘Kerry Addison in particular ensures a client’s needs are properly and fully understood before then dealing with those needs as fully as possible’.

‘Fiona Ashworth continues to be a force of nature, leading the team with her customary elan. Because she is from a farming family, she instinctively understands the issues confronting farming families and the dynamics at work.’

‘Fiona Ashworth – a powerhouse of knowledge. Giving outstanding advice and support to her clients, ensuring they attain their goals.’

‘Stephen Firmin always seems one step ahead in any engagement, he is available, patient and accurate.’

Work highlights

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

With offices in Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea, Thompson Smith and Puxon’s wills and estate team has significant experience in advising agricultural clients on tax and estate planning work, and is also geared to advise business owners from a range of industries on matters such as succession planning and estate administration issues. Exemplifying this are group head Fiona Ashworth, who provides a ‘stand-out service’, and Robert Ashworth, who advises high-net-worth clients on succession planning work. Staff changes in 2022 include the arrival of two new solicitors including Nicola Healy, the retirement of Aileen Hirst in June 2022, and the departure of Sarah White.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Ashworth

Other key lawyers:


‘Fiona Ashworth is excellent at what she does, and I would highly recommend her to family or friends.’

‘The team are all highly knowledgeable, approachable and professional. They go the extra mile to ensure clients are provided with a high level of service, suited to each individual’s needs.’

‘Fiona Ashworth provides a stand-out service in the wills and estates department. She is highly knowledgeable and experienced, focused and thorough.’

‘As with agricultural and estates, Fiona Ashworth is a doyenne, always pressing to find out exactly what clients want rather than taking any easy option. Her advice is always clear cut and definite. Robert Ashworth always strives to get the best result in terms of capital tax mitigation.’

‘Demonstrated a personable approach whilst remaining efficient and professional. I would recommend them to anyone.’

‘Nicola Healy’s service was excellent.’

‘Very caring and understanding in a difficult time.’

‘Very professional firm, with a range of specialists in all the key fields.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Essex Tier 2

Based in Colchester, Thompson Smith and Puxon’s commercial property team is well known for its high level of experience in the agricultural sector. Team head and ‘five-star solicitor’ Stephen Firmin covers acquisitions and disposals, and development, diversification and renewable energy projects, while Kerry Addison focuses on advising developers, affordable housing providers, farmers and landowners on a range of rural property matters. Mark Rowlands is praised by clients for his ‘impressive ability to come up with workable solutions to complicated issues‘.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Firmin

Other key lawyers:


‘An all-round team, willing and able to provide answers to tricky issues very quickly and explain them simply. I would always recommend them. A lovely firm with a very personal touch.’

‘Kerry Addison has always been able to provide sound and good advice. I would always recommend any clients who have particular estate and property issues to see them and discuss the issues they have as I know they would be well advised.’

‘Stephen Firmin is an excellent solicitor – prompt, professional and reliable – 5 stars.’

‘Experienced, pragmatic, grounded, with a good technical knowledge of the sector.’

‘Kerry Addison is very hard working, accurate, timely, and experienced in the local sector.’

‘Kerry Addison is hard working and quick to respond. She has excellent knowledge of property and development work. Stephen Firmin is technically excellent, and highly efficient.’

‘Mark Rowlands’ expertise and understanding of commercial property law, both from a legal and practical angle, has been invaluable to my business for many years. His ability to come up with workable solutions to complicated issues is very impressive.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 4

Thompson Smith and Puxon‘s ‘vibrant and forward-thinking’ dispute resolution team works closely with the firm’s other departments, including the corporate and commercial team, to offer broad advice to its clients. Colchester-based Andrew Breckenridge heads up the department following Sharon Auton's retirement in December 2022, and is especially well versed in banking and construction disputes. ‘Standout team member’ Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones is a trained civil-commercial mediator, and offers particular expertise in drafting pleadings and settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Breckenridge

Other key lawyers:


‘A thorough and well-organised team who provide tactical and realistic advice to clients.’

‘Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones is a standout member of the team at TSP. She has an incredibly approachable manner yet knows how to firmly assert her client’s position. She has a great breadth of knowledge, allowing her to advise clients holistically.’

‘Very much on top of all matters.’

‘The matters raised are often highly contentious however the advice given is always considers all aspects of a case and viable, legal, compliant option to reach a resolution.’

‘The Head of Litigation, Andrew Breckenridge is a particular source of support and great legal analysis of often complex and difficult legal matters.’

‘Andrew Breckenridge is always available. The quality of the responses received are always to the highest standard, clearly showing his understanding of the issues raised, and always offer not only a number of viable resolutions but also a preferred recommended plan of action.’

‘The team is vibrant and forward thinking.’

‘Katie Latham – very proactive and client focused, always willing to go the extra mile. Has a very good attention to detail.’

Private client > Family: Essex Tier 4

Thompson Smith and Puxon recently recruited the well-reputed Louise Margiotta in May 2022 to restructure its family department. Clients ‘have every confidence’ in Margiotta, who has more than 26 years’ experience in working with separating couples, and excels in complex financial and children matters, such as relocation and child protection issues. Stuart Tyler joined the team in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Louise Margiotta

Other key lawyers:


‘We worked with Louise Margiotta, and her experience and her demeanour were ideal.’

‘Louise Margiotta was very confident and professional which made me feel that I was in good hands. Louise was exemplary in the understanding of the stresses and emotions of a divorce and she explained the stages of divorce clearly to me. I had every confidence in Louise.’

‘I had confidence in trust, that they are the best people to do the job for me. They went above and beyond to achieve the result required.’

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 Estates Fiona Ashworth 01206 217057
Corporate and Commercial Mary Anne Fedeyko 01206 217049
Commercial and Residential Property Stephen Firmin 01206 217023
Employment Jolyon Berry 01206 217034
Clinical Negligence (claimant) Steve Webb 01206 217045
Dispute Resolution Andrew Breckenridge 01206 693041
Agriculture and Estates Stephen Firmin 01206 217023
Wills, Trusts and Estates Robert Ashworth 01255 254243
Photo Name Position Profile
Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones photo Mrs Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones Associate Solicitor
Kerry Addison photo Mrs Kerry Addison Director, Solicitor
Stacey Anderson photo Miss Stacey Anderson Associate Chartered Legal Executive
Fiona Ashworth photo Mrs Fiona Ashworth Director, Solicitor
Robert Ashworth photo Mr Robert Ashworth Director, Solicitor
Jolyon Berry photo Mr Jolyon Berry Director, Solicitor
Georgia Bolton photo Mrs Georgia Bolton Associate Solicitor
Andrew Breckenridge photo Mr Andrew Breckenridge Director, Solicitor
Richard Broadhead photo Mr Richard Broadhead Senior Associate Solicitor
Alex Butler-Zagni photo Mr Alex Butler-Zagni Senior Associate Solicitor
Hasina Choudhury photo Hasina Choudhury Director, Solicitor
Mary Anne Fedeyko photo Mrs Mary Anne Fedeyko Senior Partner, Solicitor
Stephen Firmin photo Mr Stephen Firmin Director, Solicitor
Fiona Gibson photo Mrs Fiona Gibson Associate Solicitor
Nicola Healy photo Ms Nicola Healy Senior Associate Solicitor
Kim Huggins photo Kim Huggins Solicitor
Katie Latham photo Ms Katie Latham Senior Associate Solicitor
Louise Margiotta photo Mrs Louise Margiotta Director, Solicitor
Nick Mayles photo Mr Nick Mayles Director, Solicitor
Caroline Nicholls photo Caroline Nicholls Director, Solicitor
Nicola Rout photo Mrs Nicola Rout Associate Solicitor
Kriti Sherchan photo Mrs Kriti Sherchan Associate Solicitor
Grace Smyth photo Grace Smyth Solicitor
Victoria Wallace photo Victoria Wallace Associate, Chartered Legal Executive
Steve Webb photo Mr Steve Webb Director, Solicitor
Sam Welham photo Mr Sam Welham Solicitor
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.