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Thompson Smith and Puxon

STABLE 6, STABLE ROAD, COLCHESTER, CO2 7GL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01206 574431
Fax:
Fax 01206 563174
DX:
3617 COLCHESTER
Email:
Web:
www.tsplegal.com
Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Essex
Corporate and commercial: Essex - ranked: tier 2

Thompson Smith and Puxon

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

Practice head(s):Mary Anne Fedeyko

Other key lawyers:Nick Mayles; Caroline Nicholls; Claire Powell

Testimonials

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

Work highlights

  • Advising the seller in connection with the sale of the specialist business in the building industry.
  • Advising on various financing aspects relating to an extremely large development site involving a national house builder.
  • Advising owner in relation to the disposal of private and NHS dental practice.
  • Advising corporate buyer in connection with its acquisition of certain business assets.
  • Advising shareholders in connection with the sale of the entire issued share capital.
Leading individuals

Mary Anne Fedeyko - Thompson Smith and Puxon

Rising stars

Caroline Nicholls - Thompson Smith and Puxon

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Essex
Commercial litigation: Essex - ranked: tier 4

Thompson Smith and Puxon

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

Practice head(s):Sharon Auton

Other key lawyers:Judith Winward

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Essex
Employment: Essex - ranked: tier 1

Thompson Smith and Puxon

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

Practice head(s):Richard Porter

Other key lawyers:Jolyon Berry

Testimonials

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

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

 

Leading individuals

Richard Porter - Thompson Smith and Puxon

 Jolyon Berry  - Thompson Smith and Puxon

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Thompson Smith and Puxon

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

Practice head(s):Steve Webb

Other key lawyers:Stacey Anderson

Testimonials

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

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

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

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Thompson Smith and Puxon

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

Practice head(s):Steve Webb

Other key lawyers:Sam Welham; Clare Sheeran

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Thompson Smith and Puxon

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

Practice head(s):Stephen Firmin 

Other key lawyers:Kerry Addison 

Testimonials

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

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

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

'Strong local presence and timely advice'.

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

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

Work highlights

  • Sale of substantial farming estate.
  • Acquisition of substantial farm estate.
  • Substantial farm business tenancy over a large farming estate.
  • Advising a farming partnership on the disposal of a substantial agricultural site.
  • Advising landowner on the sale of a  large farming estate and  equestrian business.

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Family: Essex
Family: Essex - ranked: tier 4

Thompson Smith and Puxon

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

Practice head(s):Marcus Price

Other key lawyers:Shelley Cumbers; Alison Cantor

Testimonials

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

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex - ranked: tier 2

Thompson Smith and Puxon

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

Practice head(s):Fiona Ashworth

Other key lawyers:Aileen Hirst

Testimonials

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

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

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

Leading individuals

Fiona Ashworth - Thompson Smith and Puxon

Rising stars

Aileen Hirst - Thompson Smith and Puxon

Robert Ashworth - Thompson Smith and Puxon

Sarah White - Thompson Smith and Puxon

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Essex
Commercial property: Essex - ranked: tier 3

Thompson Smith and Puxon

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

Practice head(s):Stephen Firmin

Other key lawyers:Kerry Addison

Testimonials

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

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

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for development company on the disposal of part of a business park to a related pension scheme trust.
  • Acting on the conditional sale of a substantial development site.
  • Promotion Agreement for residential/mixed-use development.
  • Acting in a complex promotion agreement and related overage for promotion of development site.
  • Acting in the sale of a mixed-use site with planning.
Next Generation Partners

Kerry Addison - Thompson Smith and Puxon

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