Firm Profile > Thompson Smith and Puxon > Colchester, England

Thompson Smith and Puxon
STABLE 6, STABLE ROAD
COLCHESTER
CO2 7GL
England

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:

Sam Welham; Lisa Dixon

Testimonials

‘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.’

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:

Kerry Addison; Fiona Ashworth

Testimonials

‘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.’

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

Other key lawyers:

Nick Mayles; Claire Powell; Nicola Rout

Testimonials

‘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.’

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:

Stacey Anderson; Sam Welham

Testimonials

‘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.’

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

Other key lawyers:

Aileen Hirst; Robert Ashworth; Sarah White

Testimonials

‘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.’

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:

Kerry Addison; Mark Rowlands

Testimonials

‘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.’

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.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Auton

Other key lawyers:

Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones

Testimonials

‘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.’

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

‘The team collaborates well and is well-integrated. There is always someone with whom to communicate when the lead solicitor is not available.’

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 13 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 maryanne.fedeyko@tsplegal.com 01206 574431
Chief Operating Officer Sean Stuttaford sean.stuttaford@tsplegal.com 01206 574431
Personal Injury (claimant) Steve Webb steve.webb@tsplegal.com 01206 217045
Wills, Trusts and Estate Management Fiona Ashworth fiona.ashworth@tsplegal.com 01206 217057
Corporate and Commercial Mary Anne Fedeyko maryanne.fedeyko@tsplegal.com 01206 217049
Commercial and Residential Property Stephen Firmin stephen.firmin@tsplegal.com 01206 217023
Employment Jolyon Berry jolyon.berry@tsplegal.com 01206 217034
Family and Divorce Marcus Price marcus.price@tsplegal.com 01255 254247
Commercial and Civil Litigation and Debt Recovery Sharon Auton sharon.auton@tsplegal.com 01206 217043
Clinical Negligence (claimant) Steve Webb steve.webb@tsplegal.com 01206 217045
Residential Property Laura Finnigan laura.finnigan@tsplegal.com 01206 217020
Agriculture and Estates Stephen Firmin stephen.firmin@tsplegal.com 01206 217023
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Jane Adams  photo Mrs Jane Adams Based in our Colchester office, Jane is a Graduate of the Chartered…
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…
 Georgia Bolton  photo Georgia Bolton Georgia qualified as a solicitor in 2019 and joined the TSP Wills…
Ms Mary Anne Fedeyko  photo Ms 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.…
 Fiona Galloway  photo Fiona Galloway Fiona, who was admitted as a solicitor in January 2000, joined the…
 Juliet Gordon  photo Juliet Gordon Juliet, who qualified as a solicitor in 2018, joined the TSP Family…
Mrs Aileen Hirst  photo Mrs Aileen Hirst Aileen, who qualified as a solicitor in 2011, joined the TSP Wills…
Mr Nick Mayles  photo Mr Nick Mayles Nick is the director of Nick Mayles Limited, a partner in the…
 Simona Morina  photo 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…
Ms Kriti Sherchan  photo Ms 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 : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 30
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EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY AND THE AVOIDANCE OF DISCRIMINATION

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 such as the Clacton Rotary Club Christmas dinner. 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 took part in Dying Matters Week (2020), encouraging the wider public to talk about the taboo subject of end of life / dying.

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 Samaritans, Age UK Essex, CoHoC – the Colchester Hospitals Charity, Colchester Night Shelter and Headway, and supported a client raising money for Just4Children.


CLIENT: Craig Sennett
COMPANY/FIRM: PC Futures Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: This is a letter of thank you from myself at PC Futures Ltd for your diligent help in representing a client of ours during a lengthy 3-year legal process. As you know I became more involved in this case as it progressed and your legal advice, when called upon, has been excellent. It genuinely helped to set us on the right path until trial. At trial, the judge awarded in our favour a six-figure amount for my client which was fantastic. Your help with the forms, timelines and information required by the courts was excellent. I found your litigation knowledge very extensive but also your ability to explain this in layman’s terms was first class. Therefore I thank you on behalf of my client and myself as you and your business are a credit to the legal profession and everything it should be.


CLIENT: Sue Gull
COMPANY/FIRM: Scrutton Bland LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Sharon Auton and her team have been our first port of call on debt recovery matters for many years. Recently the team responded extremely quickly on a case requiring tact and confidentiality, with excellent advice which helped resolve the case within two weeks.


CLIENT: Sammy Lee
COMPANY/FIRM: Keejays Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: Over 30 years I have developed my business from a tiny two man band to a multimillion pound company, during my endeavours in growing my business I have always been able to rely on the folks at TSP to look after all my legal growing demands, past, present and the future. An eternal thank you to all the good folks at Thompson, Smith and Puxon.


CLIENT: John Best
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: We instructed Sharon Auton in a boundary dispute. We are most impressed with her instant grasp of the complex issues involved. Sharon is very friendly and personable, which is hugely important to people like us who are not familiar with legal proceedings. Her wise advice – especially when gently moderating our tendency to be somewhat ‘heated’ about the dispute at times – is reassuring. It is particularly gratifying that she responds remarkably quickly to our questions and concerns, and we would recommend her without reservation.


CLIENT: Andrea Apps
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: Sharon Auton of Thompson Smith and Puxon has carried out work for us, as a family, around a dispute over a relative’s will. She dealt with helping us to obtain Probate, after another family member put a caveat on us doing so, which caused a lot of stress and worry. It enabled us to carry out our deceased relative’s last wishes as quickly as possible. We were very grateful for her work and professionalism during what was a very difficult time.


CLIENT: Daphne Goslings
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: If only we had had Sharon Auton as our lawyer from the start of our boundary/land dispute. We switched to her after a recommendation from the solicitor advising a neighbour equally affected by this dispute. I had increasingly become concerned by the lack of guidance and interest from our previous solicitor, at a time when we were finding ourselves thrown to the lions in the totally unfamiliar arena of an increasingly menacing dispute. What a difference Sharon has made. She has been reassuring all along. She immediately understood the complexity of the situation involving several properties and the ‘game’ that was being played. We have, at all times felt supported and well looked after, even when facing repetitive threats. She has kept us ‘on track’ when our emotions have been running high and guided us in the right direction. She has always been quick in responding to any of our concerns. We have felt that we could weather it all. What a difference a great lawyer makes.


CLIENT: Ian Barbour
COMPANY/FIRM: Capital Access Group
TESTIMONIAL: Jolyon Berry is the first port of call for our company when we need good value advice on employment matters. He responds in a timely manner and my fellow directors and I have always been able to rely on him and his advice, which is delivered in a way that is easy to understand and implement, to resolve our issues. Having Jolyon by our side is hugely reassuring when faced with a difficult employment problem.


CLIENT: Angelique Ryan
COMPANY/FIRM: Colchester Borough Homes
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Jolyon Berry over many years, knowing that I can call and speak to him directly means that I get consistent and reliable legal advice when I need it. In addition to support with complex employment matters, Jolyon has also delivered excellent employment law training for my HR Team.


CLIENT: Patricia Page
COMPANY/FIRM: Precon Products
TESTIMONIAL: I would happily recommend Jolyon Berry to any business regarding an employment issue. Jolyon is very professional and does understand 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.


CLIENT: George Rix
COMPANY/FIRM: Stourgarden
TESTIMONIAL: After having worked with Richard Porter for many years Jolyon Berry provided a seamless continuity as soon as he arrived at TSP. Jolyon took the time to get to know our business and ethos which was important to us as a family company. The whole team at TSP is easily available to answer any queries and provide good balanced advice, weighing up all options.


CLIENT: Jo Bethwaite
COMPANY/FIRM: Cobb Europe
TESTIMONIAL: I attended the TSP HR Academy which Jolyon Berry implemented and led. Jolyon demonstrated his extensive experience in Employment Law and clearly has a real passion for the practice. The sessions were delivered with enthusiasm and clarity which ensured that my own knowledge was developed.


CLIENT: Emily Bray
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client/Agriculture
TESTIMONIAL: I have been extremely happy with the legal service provided by Thompson Smith and Puxon. In particular Stephen Firmin, whose attention to detail and knowledge is meticulous in carefully and diplomatically handling our family’s transactions.


CLIENT: Steve Harmer
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: We are very pleased with the services provided by the TSP Commercial Team. They are responsive, knowledgeable and polite to deal with. In addition, the name TSP is well respected. This gives us, as a business, credibility when negotiating commercial transactions.


CLIENT: Jane Pearl
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: TSP has been extremely helpful to me over the past 18 months, guiding me through a complicated property sale. Always patient and long suffering with my ignorance and happy to guide me, I shall not hesitate to enlist their assistance in the future.


CLIENT: Tony Suckling
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client/Agriculture
TESTIMONIAL: TSP always provides an excellent service; they are professional yet approachable, attentive to detail and knowledgeable regarding agricultural and family matters. Stephen Firmin has always been reliable and diligent, individualizing advice rather than giving generalized statements.


CLIENT: Michael Watson
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client/Agriculture
TESTIMONIAL: Stephen Firmin has looked after my legal affairs, both private and business, for over ten years. I have always found him to be approachable and proactive. His advice is always carefully thought out and most welcome. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him wholeheartedly.


CLIENT: Mr and Mrs James Strathern
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client/Agriculture
TESTIMONIAL: Regarding the services provided by Thompson, Smith and Puxon and particularly Stephen Firmin and Kerry Addison, we have dealt with both of them for many years and found them both knowledgeable and able to give us a prompt and excellent service.


CLIENT: Richard and Hilary Carr
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client/Agriculture
TESTIMONIAL: As a landowner entrusting the sale of family land assets to a housebuilder and property developer it is important to trust the lawyers who protect us and ensure that the sale contract is absolutely watertight. In selling land for a 1,000 home development we were confident that the lawyers acting for us at TSP had the skill and professionalism to secure the deal, despite its complexity. We were also thankful for the courtesy and understanding shown at all times by our solicitors, Kerry Addison and Stephen Firmin.


CLIENT: John Foster
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client/Agriculture
TESTIMONIAL: Kerry Addison has demonstrated a keen eye for detail combined with an outstanding appreciation of the ‘bigger picture’. While acting for us in a land promotion agreement, no effort has been spared in resolutely protecting our interests. I have experience of many legal firms and her clarity, pragmatism and professionalism is reassuring while we are involved in complex and challenging negotiations. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone looking for legal support in her field.


CLIENT: Noel Kearney
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client/Agriculture
TESTIMONIAL: I have been under a lot of stress from my latest venture but I have always found Kerry Addison and her staff at TSP to be straight talking and very honest and very helpful. I am extremely happy with the end result every time.


CLIENT: Chris Harrington
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client/Agriculture
TESTIMONIAL: I have used several firms of solicitors for over 40 years in Colchester. I required legal representation for a complicated land deal involving several land owners and after much deliberation chose Thompson Smith & Puxon. From conception through 4 years to completion, Kerry Addison and her team at TSP were, quite simply, exceptional in every way. I have no hesitation in recommending this team as the very best.


CLIENT: Angela Morton
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: I have used the services of several solicitors at Thompson Smith and Puxon over recent years and have consistently received sensible, honest and practical advice as to the best approach in dealing with various matters.


CLIENT: John Pease
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: Excellent approach of Thompson Smith & Puxon staff. The legal staff are most punctilious in their professional approach to legal matters. I am most impressed with the company as a whole.


CLIENT: Stephen Penrose
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client/Agriculture
TESTIMONIAL: Kerry Addison has acted as my lawyer in a number of transactions concerning commercial and residential properties over the past 4 years. I have found her advice to be very insightful and practical. She has a good depth and breadth of experience which she brings to bear on the matter in hand. In particular I have appreciated her guidance on ensuring that possible future events are thought about and her sensible approach in drawing up the documentation. Kerry is good at making herself available to discuss any questions that I have had and has always produced any written work in a timely and professional matter. I have recommended her services to a number of associates and will continue to do so.


CLIENT: Owen Wilson F.Inst.L.M. F.B.I.I.
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: The last year has been a difficult one in relation to the legal affairs of my centenarian aunt, for whom Fiona Ashworth and I have Powers of Attorney. There have been complex negotiations with financial institutions, local authorities, public utilities and a care home regarding my aunt disposing of her property, moving into a care home and recently needing Council financial assistance. Fiona’s breadth of professional experience, tenacity in achieving successful results in challenging circumstances and deep concern for the wellbeing of her client cannot be too highly praised.


CLIENT: Jane Leech
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
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 recently instructed Fiona on a matter, I whole heartedly share my friends’ observations. I would have no hesitation in recommending Fiona to others.


CLIENT: Jessica Westrop
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: I recently instructed Fiona Ashworth to advise on probate for my husband, a farmer. She was knowledgeable, helpful and came highly recommended. She and her team were efficient and kept me well informed on progress which was reassuring at a difficult time. I would not hesitate to use her and TSP services again in the future.


CLIENT: Barbara Huntley
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: I have been a client of Mrs Fiona Ashworth for approximately twenty years. She has always offered a highly professional and at the same time friendly service in sometimes stressful circumstances. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.


CLIENT: Charles Canham
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: Thompson, Smith and Puxton were very helpful and efficient and dealt with everything in a timely manner. I was also kept informed at all times of the requirements and processes.


CLIENT: Christine Boalch
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: I had previously used the firm Thompson Smith and Puxon over 5 years ago for dealing with my father’s estate and found that the standard of service I received in 2019 for dealing with my husband’s estate was just as high. My solicitor, Aileen Hirst, was friendly and professional and dealt with my husband’s estate in a prompt timely manner with excellent communication and transparency of fees at every stage. I also found it particularly notable that it was easy to negotiate which parts of the estate I felt able and wanted to deal with myself rather than feeling pressured to pay for services which I did not need. I would not hesitate to recommend the firm and in fact will be approaching them again soon to deal with a property transfer.


CLIENT: Amanda Morrison
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: I chose TSP and Sarah White for our will service as she was so helpful when handling the will and estate of my late father William Stewart. I found the explanation and service I got excellent. In what was a difficult time Sarah was most helpful in researching the estate of my father and the process was made much easier by having a very approachable person to deal with. That was why we had no hesitation in returning to Sarah and TSP for our own wills.


CLIENT: Melvyn Pudney
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: It is with great pleasure that I send this recommendation for Sarah White who has dealt with the estate of my friend for whom I was executor. Sarah has been both pleasant and very professional during all of my dealings with her – solving many problems for me which I would otherwise have had to travel to Clacton to deal with, and has kept me well informed at every stage of the proceedings. I am so impressed that I have now asked Sarah if she would be kind enough to deal with my personal legal affairs.


CLIENT: Richard Boddy
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: Sarah White has been handling the affairs of my late Mother’s estate since we lost her in May 2017. This has included dealing with the sale of properties (Assisted by Carly Callaghan in your conveyancing department), collation of all appropriate papers and dealing with all matters relating to the estate on behalf of the family, in all their numerous complexities. Sarah has dealt with each matter in such an even minded and professional manner, happy to answer any query we raised, and keeping us up to date with all matters as they progressed. It has been reassuring to know that Sarah has taken that burden of responsibility from our shoulders. At time of writing we have completed on the sale of all properties and await the final outcome which will effectively put our Mother’s estate to rest, and I know I speak for my Brother and Sister in saying how very grateful we all are.


CLIENT: Robert Gillespie
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: Since Sarah White joined TSP I am aware she was looking after the affairs of an elderly former secretary of mine. The reason I know this is that this lady had kept in regular contact with me and, indeed, had become a family friend. I am therefore aware that my friend received an excellent service from Sarah and that Sarah was happy to be contacted at home and out of hours. When my friend was very close to death, in October 2019, Sarah sat with her for several hours even though it was a Saturday. This was certainly a service beyond the call of duty.


CLIENT: Steve Huckett
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: I have been very pleased with the way in which Sarah White has conducted matters relating to managing the estate of my late mother. She has provided expert advice, communicated well with me throughout, ensuring there were no surprises and handled things extremely sensitively through what would otherwise have been a difficult process. I would commend her professional approach to anyone else needing to manage the estate of departed loved one.


CLIENT: Wendy Johnson
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: Sarah White was very helpful when my husband died, sorted his estate out and everything went smoothly and efficiently. Since then I regard her as a “legal friend “helping me with any questions that arise with my own situation recently up- dating my POA and checking all is up to date with my Will.


CLIENT: Richard Farrow
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: I act as Executor to my mother-in-law Mrs Eileen Feaver. Immediately after Eileen’s death on 7th June 2019, Sarah White met with my brother-in-law (Gerald Feaver) and I detailing a comprehensive outline of the procedures required and which she would conduct on our behalf. As Executors we both felt this immediately lifted the responsibility we had hitherto expected. Sarah warned us not to be impatient! Over the past few months Sarah has shown great diligence, professionalism in not only carrying out the necessary transactions but keeping us fully informed throughout. I have been extremely grateful for Sarah’s support and advice and would have no hesitation in recommending to future clients.


CLIENT: Lesley Adams
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: In my opinion I could have not asked for a more thoughtful, caring, professional team led by Steve Webb for my difficult case and I would recommend Thompson Smith and Puxon to anyone who needs their expert help.


CLIENT: Robert Loaring-Adams
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: During the two years in which TSP represented me, I could not have asked for better service. In particular, Clare and Steve Webb dealt with my personal injury claim with the utmost professionalism and discretion. There was no doubt in my mind that they were acting with integrity and with my best interest in mind at all times. I was therefore confident to trust their guidance and legal expertise, which ultimately led to them achieving a most positive outcome for me. I am very grateful to them.


CLIENT: Alexander Wright
COMPANY/FIRM: Shoreham Vehicle Auctions
TESTIMONIAL: Mary Anne Fedeyko and her team are completely reliable and always provide value for money, practical and achievable advice, with prompt replies and accurate estimates on time scales and costs. Mary Anne is always accessible and responds by end of play if urgent.


CLIENT: Alastair Watson
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: Mary Anne Fedeyko was always accessible and her advice, and our dealings, were very professional – even in difficult situations. She works hard to bring issues to a conclusion and is proactive in suggesting alternative solutions.


CLIENT: Chris Brown
COMPANY/FIRM: SGA Technologies
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.


CLIENT: Johannes Mateboer
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: Through Nick Mayles of the TSP Company I got to know the world of lawyers and their legal stuff. This being an inevitable and intricate obligation, certainly for a foreigner like myself, it was good to meet and work with someone like Nick Mayles who has helped and led me through the legal requirements, when selling my business, in a very professional, knowledgeable and friendly way. Very thorough and personable to both Alex and myself. Thank You Nick.


CLIENT: John Dow
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: Having been recommended by our business coach we found working with TSP on the legal aspects of selling our business was a pleasure. They knew exactly what they were doing giving us full confidence and comfort that the process would be handled professionally and in our best interests. The Corporate & Commercial team, led by Nick Mayles kept us informed, updated and ensured we understood the implications and connotations of some of the less obvious legal terminology. They were good at listening, explaining the legal terms and possible pitfalls, briefing us on the implications of the buyers requests in the drafting of the documents and understood our negotiating position and ultimate goal. My business partner and I would have no hesitation in recommending Nick and the team to anyone when selling their business.


CLIENT: Mike Baker
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: Our Charity had two occasions to call upon the services of Thompson Smith and Puxon during 2019. On a matter of employment law and one on corporate registration. On both occasions we found the firm to be prompt in response, completely knowledgeable in the fields covered and highly professional whilst at the same time being approachable, supportive and friendly. We were delighted with their service and advice and would gladly recommend them to others.


CLIENT: Richard Sunderland
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Client
TESTIMONIAL: Mary Anne Fedeyko and Nick Mayles and their team at TSP team are extremely responsive, good communicators and committed to getting the deal over the line.