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The 'impressive' clinical negligence team at Thomson Snell & Passmore is equipped to handle high-value matters involving cerebral palsy, brain injury, surgical errors, and delayed diagnosis of cancer. Practice head Fiona Follis specialises in clinical negligence litigation and maximum severity of birth injury cases. 'Tactically astute and technically excellent', Graham Bell deals with complex medical accident claims.
‘Graham Bell is the standout partner in the team; a first-class legal brain and an amazing ability to take on a new case, boil down the complexities to the key issues and come up with solutions to legal conundrums.’
‘Graham Bell is probably the most meticulous lawyer I ever worked with. He sticks to the finest details of every case and he never leaves a stone unturned.’
‘James Cahan is impressive and develops a great rapport with clients and counsel alike.’
Thomson Snell & Passmore's large team acts for housebuilders, developers and investors with substantial portfolios and is active in areas as diverse as charity and education to transport, logistics and food and agricultural. Richard Ellard also brings expertise in regeneration projects and the disposal of surplus land and Joanne Wright focuses on the many aspects of portfolio management. Sarah Easton acts for landowners, developers and private funders and the team is ably supported by associate Kate Turnham whose work is 'first class'.
‘The whole team has embraced the reality that lawyers are now team members and have to perform and show that. They deliver good-quality work to a programme that can be relied on.’
‘Kate Turnham’s sage advice is presented in a non-legal way which is a pleasure. The work is first rate too compared to some of her competitors. She can overcome problems using her experience and practical skills.’
‘The whole team are great to work with, with the highest business acumen. You are guaranteed a fantastic service from Jo – nothing is too much.‘
Millwood Designer Homes Limited
Fernham Homes Limited
Association of Conservative Clubs
COOK Trading Limited
Aldermore Bank Plc
Keystone Property Finance
Sticks n Sushi
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1
All of the team at Thomson Snell & Passmore are members of Resolution; four are also collaborative lawyers and two are mediators. It handles high-value financial work arising from divorce or the dissolution of civil partnerships and nuptial agreements in addition to complicated Children Act matters and domestic abuse issues. The group is headed by 'class act' Joanna Pratt, who is supported by the highly experienced Kirstie Law and Desmond O’Donnell.
Personal injury: claimant Tier 1
'Particularly highly rated', Thomson Snell & Passmore's personal injury group comprises a dedicated team of practitioners who handle all catastrophic injury matters including child and adult brain injury cases. Led by Fiona Follis, the team also has expertise in brain injury litigation and asbestos claims. Graham Bell is regularly involved in the region's highest-value personal injury matters and is recommended for his insight into the industrial disease sector. Senior associate Oliver Chapman is 'definitely one to watch.'
Thomson Snell & Passmore provides teams of experts in trust management and tax planning together with contentious probate and Court of Protection cases. Nicola Plant heads the private client department and Stuart Goodbody heads the trust management team which includes the management of personal injury and charitable trusts. Helen Stewart heads the probate group and Mark Politz and Christopher Walker are especially adept in advising on all aspects of taxation including Inheritance and Capital Gains Taxes.
‘The clear identification of specialisms within the firm allows more ready identification of the specialist most suited to the legal advice required by clients.’
‘It is quite a big firm, but operates as a cohesive and very professional team. The visitor feels welcome and well looked after from moment of entry.’
‘Stuart Price assisted a high-net-worth client with complex generational tax and trust planning, He has dealt with the client sensitively and professionally at all stages of the process. He has built sufficient trust that other members of the same family have also appointed him to advise on their affairs.’
‘Helen Stewart and Stuart Goodbody are both very expert in their fields. There is nothing to fault.‘
Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2
Thomson Snell & Passmore is a firm favourite among education, health and social carec and community support charities. The Tunbridge Wells–based team draws on its expertise in the commercial, employment, real estate and private client areas to advise charities and non-profit organisations on all aspects of their operations, including formation, trustee duties, structures and funding options. James Partridge and Nick Hobden are the lead advisers.
‘Excellent and independent advice, always well thought through and clear to understand. Client focused and understanding of the needs of not-for-profits.’
‘James Partridge is empathetic with the sector, full of knowledge and understanding and behaves with the utmost integrity.’
Avante Care & Support
Medway Anglican Schools Trust
Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People
Chatham Maritime Trust
The Charity Bank
Thomson Snell & Passmore works with international and domestic clients on the full scope of disputes ranging from international contracts, trade and commodities disputes to insurance-related litigation, financial services and shareholder and partnership conflicts. Kamal Aggarwal is the well-regarded co-head of the team who, alongside Nicholas Horton and Douglas Skilton, has considerable expertise in both litigation and ADR. James Cradick handles a range of litigation and arbitration and Rico Dexiades, who joined the team from Griffin Law, includes contractual and IP-related disputes within his expertise.
‘Their qualities are focus, attention to detail, professionalism and courtesy.’
‘My introductions have always been to one senior partner who has to date provided excellent service via his real estate and litigation team, and that gentleman is Mr Kamal Kishore Aggarwal.’
‘James Cradick is a very open-minded, forward-thinking person. He is a very good lawyer and his arguments are to the point. I’m enjoying cooperation with him very much.’
Genting Casinos UK
Britannia Refined Metals (A Glencore company)
Berry Gardens Limited
Ward Security Limited
Compagnie Fruitiere UK
North Kent College
The team at Thomson Snell & Passmore attracts impressive regional work, including from international clients, particularly on inward investments and acquisitions. Joanne Gallagher is hugely experienced in M&A and private equity transactions, and together with Keith McAlister and associate Faye Cook, the team also tackles corporate demergers, other restructurings and share buybacks.
‘There is a great mix of personalities and talents, they are legally astute, commercially aware, well resourced and enjoyable to work with.’
‘I have complete faith in their ability to service clients when making referrals.’
‘Joanne Gallagher is always careful to ensure she fully understands what we are trying to achieve commercially, despite often challenging timescales and circumstances, she is one of the best.‘
‘Joanne Gallagher, Faye Cook and the corporate team have always dealt with matters quickly and thoroughly with attention to detail, whilst remaining commercial.’
Corinthian Pension Consulting
Nurture Landscapes Holdings
FORTEC Elektronik AG
Britannia Refined Metals (Part of Glencore)
Nick Hobden and the team at Thomson Snell & Passmore are considered 'exceptional' in their handling of Employment Tribunal and High Court claims concerning unfair dismissals and other employee disputes. Hobden also advises on senior executive terminations and business restructuring exercises. Highly recommended senior associate Ben Stepney has a notable focus on the healthcare sector and advises on areas such as sexual discrimination and harassment.
‘I really felt the whole team cared about our issues and the outcome – an exceptional piece of work, we were so pleased with the advice and the outcome.’
‘Ben Stepney and his colleagues guided us through a complicated dismissal with great professionalism. They were responsive, supportive and pragmatic at every step.’
‘TSP as a firm has real integrity and they care.‘
‘I particularly valued Ben Stepney’s advice. It wasn’t just that he gave sound legal advice – helping me to understand our position and options at each stage – but he was also very supportive during a difficult time. I can’t recommend him or the firm highly enough.’
Avante Care & Support
Seacon Terminals (part of the Seacon Group)
Rivermead Inclusive Trust
Compagnie Fruitiere UK
Airflow Developments Limited
St Thomas More Roman Catholic Primary School
Southward Diocesan Board of Education Multi-Academy Trust
Shipping Tier 2
Thomson Snell & Passmore's client base includes freight forwarders, warehouse operators, importers and underwriters. Fielding a cross-practice transport and logistics team, the firm provides corporate and commercial advice on acquisitions and disposals, as well as preparing various types of commercial agreements, including sector-specific agency and distribution agreements, supply agreements and warehousing, transport and logistics agreements. Employment-related work is another driver of activity. The firm also has a strong reputation in contentious matters, handling the full range of disputes arising from the logistics, distribution and supply chain processes. Practice head James Cradick is experienced in domestic and international litigation and arbitration.
Agriculture and estates Tier 3
Thomson Snell & Passmore deals with agricultural and rural affairs with a cross-practice team which includes commercial property, corporate and commercial, employment, private client and family specialists. The team acts for estates, landowners and landowning trusts, tenants and developers on land sales and purchases, agricultural tenancies, sporting rights, renewable energy projects, developments and planning issues. Commercial and contract work for farmers, advice on intellectual property rights and regulatory law, and support with tax, trusts and probate issues are other areas of strength. Sue Lister heads the team.
‘Long experience on dealing with commercial and agricultural issues and ability to call in expertise from other members of the firm including employment, FBT, planning and exposure to environmental liability risks‘.
‘Prompt responses and good IT resources and understanding. Amazing breadth of knowledge‘.
‘Sue Lister and her team specialise in agricultural matters and have an extremely good understanding of the industry and its nuances‘.
‘Sue Lister has a wealth of knowledge in our specialized area of quarrying and farming and is always able to provide advice that is to the point while understanding the companies’ objectives‘.
‘Sue has built a strong personal understanding of a family-run business and provides advice in an understandable, user-friendly way. Sue’s ability to translate legalese with ease is much appreciated in our meetings‘.
‘Sue Lister was excellent in keeping matters relevant and keeping a clear head as to how to work through the complexities and emotional aspects of our matter‘.
Construction Tier 3
Thomson Snell & Passmore provides comprehensive support at all stages of construction projects (of any size), with the work encompassing project documentation (pre-tender to pre-commencement), project support (in relation to live and recently completed projects) and dispute resolution. Developers, funders, main contractors and sub-contractors are among the clients of the practice. Consultant Chris Whittington heads up the group. Chris Kirby-Turner is the name to note for contentious work.
‘Thomson Snell & Passmore give first-class advice with regard to all contractual matters arising from projects‘.
‘Chris Whittington is a straight-talking legal representative who guides clients through a range of construction issues‘.
‘Chris Kirby-Turner was the main draw of the firm for me‘.
‘Chris Whittington always made himself available to us; we felt secure that we were getting the right advice from him‘.
‘Chris Kirby-Turner is tenacious, methodical, well organised and always makes sure to visit the site so that he has a practical understanding of the issues in question‘.
Avenue Building Company Ltd
Kentish Projects Ltd
OFP Timber Framed Homes Ltd
Stonegrove Refrigeration Services Ltd
Baxall Construction Ltd
Chatham Maritime Trust
Aldermore Bank PLC
GGT Estates Ltd (part of Motorline Group by common ownerhsip)
Charles Edward Ltd
Property litigation Tier 3
Thomson Snell & Passmore's property dispute resolution group works closely with the firm's commercial property department, with which it shares a number of repeat clients. The firm generates contentious work from entities in the charity, restaurant, real estate investment, public authority and property development sectors. Commercial landlord and tenant work forms the bulk of the work. The team is jointly led by Nicholas Horton and Mark Steggles.
‘The lawyers are very proactive, easy to deal with and have a friendly attitude; they are also experienced in their field of work‘.
‘Mark Steggles, Guy Evans and Kate Turnham are very responsive and willing to explain situations in as much detail as the client needs‘.
The Association of Conservative Clubs Limited
British Transport Police
Royal British Legion Industries Limited
Marley Pensions Limited / Marley Pension Trust Limited
Drakes Plumbing Supplies Limited
Fernham Homes Limited
Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People
LEFA Enterprises Limited
J Clubb Limited
Thomson Snell & Passmore's dispute resolution group, which undertakes the firm's contentious trusts and probate work, demonstrates 'robust expertise across all levels of seniority'. The scope of the work includes will challenges, Inheritance Act claims, trust disputes between co-owners of a property and disputes arising from the administration of trusts and estates. Practitioners work with members of the dedicated non-contentious tax, trusts and probate practice, as well as experts in Court of Protection matters. Nicholas Horton is the head of the dispute resolution team. In a recent development, contentious probate specialist Monika Byrska joined from Anthony Gold.
‘A highly professional team – always a sound choice‘.
‘Genuinely nice people who are a pleasure to work with‘.
‘They were professional yet deeply sympathetic to my situation. The anticipated costs and timeline were made very clear to me from the outset and key legal points were explained to me in an easily comprehensible manner‘.
‘Working with Amy Wilford was like dealing with an old friend; she is very caring‘.
‘Amy Wilford is conscientious and hard-working with a great depth of knowledge‘.
‘Amy Wilford is very bright and thorough; she is a a reliable practitioner and handles each case with skill‘.
‘Nicholas Horton’s depth of experience in this area shows in the way he handles cases. His knowledge of the practice area is so clear that clients are soon put at ease‘.
‘Amy Wilford handled my case efficiently, professionally and sympathetically. I knew where we were at every step of the journey‘.
Thomson Snell & Passmore > Firm Profile
This leading South East law firm is recognised for the high quality of its services in areas ranging from corporate and commercial law, commercial property and development, employment and dispute resolution to high-value private client work, clinical negligence, residential conveyancing and family matters.
The firm: With roots going back to 1570, Thomson Snell & Passmore has been honoured by the Guinness World Records as the oldest law firm in the world still in operation. Based in Tunbridge Wells and the Thames Gateway, just 15 minutes from St Pancras and with over 140 lawyers, the firm prides itself on giving uncomplicated, insightful advice conveyed in a straightforward way, making use of first-class technology. It has a history of providing high-quality, prompt and cost-effective legal services that protect client’s interests and safeguard their rights. The firm builds long-term relationships by encouraging a culture of respect, understanding and excellence. The client base includes private individuals, including directors, sports and media personalities, entrepreneurs, PLCs, SMEs, family businesses, subsidiaries of overseas companies, housing associations, schools and charities.
The firm’s continuing organic growth has been supported by a number of hires, together with its strategy of working in teams, sharing knowledge and expertise. Its aim is to provide peace of mind for generations of families and businesses. The practice has been recognised by industry awards in a number of fields, including a Top 25 Law Firm awarded by Private Client Practitioner magazine and appearances in the Citywealth leaders list. Twenty-six of its leading practice areas are ranked by prominent independent guides to UK law firms. Thomson Snell & Passmore is frequently quoted on legal topics in the media, including the Financial Times.
Types of work undertaken: The corporate and commercial team handles a range of matters, including complex and high-value transactions and cross-border as well as domestic issues. All aspects of trading and contractual matters are dealt with, with the aim of maximising client’s long-term profitability. Commercial property and development expertise includes extensive experience in promoting, acquiring and disposing of land for development, property finance and all aspects of purchasing, selling or leasing commercial property.
Specialist employment lawyers help to prevent employee claims arising and protect businesses against penalties. They have significant experience with tribunal claims. Dispute resolution expertise includes finding the most practical and cost-effective route to successfully dealing with any dispute. A variety of international as well as UK matters are handled.
Private client expertise includes a large number of referrals from clients and other professionals, as a result of the complexity and high quality of the firm’s work. Services include tax, probate, estate planning and trusts. The firm has the second largest Court of Protection practice in the country by number of cases and value, and is recognised for its range, depth and expertise in property and financial deputyships, welfare and contentious cases and personal injury trusts.
The clinical negligence & personal injury team is expert in a variety of complex and high-value cases, including cerebral palsy, other types of brain injury, amputation and delayed diagnosis of cancer. Catastrophic injury and adult and child brain injury are among the firm’s personal injury specialisms. The family team has the experience to act even in the most unusual and difficult circumstances. Matters include mediation and collaborative law, financial agreements, child welfare, care proceedings, cohabitation disputes and prenuptial agreements.
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 46 Number of other UK fee-earners : 98
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Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Clinical negligence: claimant
- Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
- Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
- Personal injury: claimant
- Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex