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Thomson Snell & Passmore

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Dartford, Tunbridge Wells

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Thomson Snell & Passmore

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.

Practice head(s):Joanne Gallagher

Other key lawyers:Nick Gabay; Keith McAlister; Faye Cook


'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.'

Key Clients

Goldex Investments

Ubisecure Holdings

Corinthian Pension Consulting

Nurture Landscapes Holdings

Motorline Group

Toureen Group

Bel UK

FORTEC Elektronik AG


Britannia Refined Metals  (Part of Glencore)

Work highlights

  • Advised on the sale of 14 Costa Coffee stores across Surrey and Kent.
  • Advised on a venture capital (debt and equity) investment from Octopus Investments.  
  • Advised the shareholders of pensions adviser Corinthian Group on the sale of a majority equity interest to the AIM-listed Just Group.
  • Advised longstanding client on its acquisition of two Hyundai digital stores in Bluewater and Westfield and its acquisition of the Hyundai Aftersales Centre in Dartford.
  • Advised the client and its and its UK subsidiaries  on the acquisition of UK-based distributors, Components Bureau and Display Solutions.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Thomson Snell & Passmore

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. 

Practice head(s):Kamal Aggarwal; Nicholas Horton

Other key lawyers:Douglas Skilton; James Cradick; Rico Dexiades


'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.'

Key Clients

Genting Casinos UK

Britannia Refined Metals (A Glencore company)

Bel UK

BDP International

Colas Limited

Motorline Holdings

Berry Gardens Limited

Ward Security Limited

Compagnie Fruitiere UK

North Kent College

Capespan International

Rising stars

James Cradick - Thomson Snell & Passmore

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Thomson Snell & Passmore

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.

Practice head(s):Nick Hobden

Other key lawyers:Ben Stepney


'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.'

Key Clients

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

Work highlights

  • Represented Sin defending an employment tribunal claim regarding employment status of a contractor.
  • Advised the client on its cross-border GDPR compliance.
  • Supported the client throughout an employee TUPE consultation process.
  • Represented a local school in successfully defending an employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal.
Leading individuals

Nick Hobden - Thomson Snell & Passmore

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Thomson Snell & Passmore

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.

Practice head(s):Fiona Follis

Other key lawyers:Graham Bell; James Cahan; Oliver Chapman


'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.'

Leading individuals

Fiona Follis - Thomson Snell & Passmore

Next Generation Partners

James Cahan - Thomson Snell & Passmore

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Thomson Snell & Passmore

'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.'

Practice head(s):Fiona Follis

Other key lawyers:Graham Bell; Oliver Chapman; Jonathan Herbert


'Graham Bell is the standout partner for clinical negligence and personal injury work and always gets to the real points.'

'Jonathan Herbert has a real ability to understand the client and the case and get results needed.'

Leading individuals

Graham Bell - Thomson Snell & Passmore

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Thomson Snell & Passmore

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.

Practice head(s):Sue Lister


'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'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client on the sale of a £20m estate.
  • Acting for the buyer on a complex purchase of a mixed-use farm.
  • Instructed by a Council to review and report on large portfolio of rural and agricultural land subject to leases and tenancies.
  • Instructed in the sale of large and complex estate by lots.
  • Acting for client on the  complicated and difficult  split of a farming partnership.

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore¬†¬†is a firm favourite among education, health and social carec and community support charities. The Tunbridge Wells‚Äďbased 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.

Practice head(s):James Partridge

Other key lawyers:Nick Hobden


'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.'

Key Clients

Avante Care & Support

Medway Anglican Schools Trust

Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People

Chatham Maritime Trust

The Charity Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Medway Anglican Schools Trust on a funding agreement with the Secretary of State for Education for the purposes of acquiring a nursery school, as well as on real estate matters and employment and transfer of undertaking issues.
  • Assisted Rivermead Inclusive Trust with the update and consolidation of its Master Funding Agreement produced by the Department of Education.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Thomson Snell & Passmore

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.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Horton

Other key lawyers:Amy Wilford


'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'.

Work highlights

  • Handled a dispute between beneficiaries and sole executor (a solicitor) relating to a high value, complex estate.
  • Handled a dispute between executors and widow (4th wife) of deceased who has been asserting a beneficial interest in deceased’s Mayfair property and pursuing a 1975 Act claim.
  • The firm is advising the executors / trustees on an Inheritance Act claim by the deceased’s former wife in relation to a multijurisdictional estate.
  • Correcting tax planning / drafting errors by a well known firm and then pursuing a professional negligence claim for any unmitigated losses and other costs.
  • Handling a Presumption of Death Act 2013 claim on behalf of a missing person’s spouse.

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Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Thomson Snell & Passmore

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.

Practice head(s):Joanna Pratt

Other key lawyers:Kirstie Law; Desmond O’Donnell; Sarah Keily


'They are ably led by Joanna Pratt and supported by Kirstie Law. Desmond O’Donnell is a sensible solution-focused lawyer.'

'Joanna Pratt is very good  – a class act.'

Work highlights

  • Acted for grandparents in a Special Guardianship application in respect of their  grandchildren
  • Assisting a client on a collaborative case that involves considerable pension and other assets and an agreement regarding their children.
  • Advised on financial proceedings involving pension arrangements and extensive expert evidence in relation to business interests.
Leading individuals

Joanna Pratt - Thomson Snell & Passmore

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Thomson Snell & Passmore

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.

Practice head(s):Nicola Plant

Other key lawyers:Mark Politz; Stuart Goodbody; Helen Stewart; Simon Mitchell; Stuart Price


'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.'


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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Thomson Snell & Passmore

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'.

Practice head(s):Richard Ellard

Other key lawyers:Joanne Wright; Joanne Wright; Kate Turnham; Alex Lewsley


'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.'

Key Clients

Pentland Homes

Millwood Designer Homes Limited

Fernham Homes Limited

Motorline Holdings

Association of Conservative Clubs

Brake Bros

COOK Trading Limited

Aldermore Bank Plc

Keystone Property Finance

Sticks n Sushi

Work highlights

  • Advising on a number of development projects across the country including acquisitions and disposals of affordable housing land and the disposal of the affordable housing land and infrastructure agreements for a development with a development value of £327m for the construction of of a mixed-use project.
  • Advised on the share sale and the sale of 13 stores across Surrey to Amhaus Limited. Advised on the management of the property portfolio including lease assignments.  
  • Assisted Motorline in its purchase of East Kent Audi from Inchcape, who will represent the brand. The corporate and employment teams also advised.
  • Advising an overseas client on a range of investment transactions in the residential and commercial sectors, valued at some £25m. The work included development projects, acquisitions and portfolio management.        
  • Advised on agreements for the lease relating to a new 37,000 square foot warehouse and associated car parking in Maidstone with rent in excess of £300,000.  

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Thomson Snell & Passmore

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.

Practice head(s):Chris Whittington

Other key lawyers:Chris Kirby-Turner


'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'.

Key Clients

Avenue Building Company Ltd

Kentish Projects Ltd

OFP Timber Framed Homes Ltd

Faithdean PLC

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

Work highlights

  • Advising European ApartHotel Company on full suite of documentation for overseas ApartHotel company in relation to a major London refurbishment project and disputes arising from delays during its implementation.
  • Advising a Kent-based fruit grower and distributor in relation to construction documentation for a large fruit-packing and distribution centre.
  • Acting for a client in a multi-party international dispute, which concerns works for the design and fit-out of a major UK data centre.
  • Acted for household name actor in relation to construction documentation for major London property renovation.
  • Acting for a UK-based contractor in relation to a valuation dispute arising from construction works at a European data centre.
Next Generation Partners

Chris Kirby-Turner - Thomson Snell & Passmore

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Thomson Snell & Passmore

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.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Horton; 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'.

Key Clients

The Association of Conservative Clubs Limited

British Transport Police

Royal British Legion Industries Limited


Marley Pensions Limited / Marley Pension Trust Limited

Hautford Limited

Drakes Plumbing Supplies Limited

Fernham Homes Limited

Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People

LEFA Enterprises Limited

J Clubb Limited

Work highlights

  • The firm is acting for Hautford Limited as the tenant in a dispute, which has arisen from the landlord withholding consent for the tenant to make application for planning consent.
  • The firm is acting for a developer in a development dispute. The dispute concerns the re-routing of a private right of way in the face of opposition by an adjoining landowner.
  • Acting for The Association of Conservative Clubs Limited as an interested party in litigation over the distribution of surplus funds following sale of club property.
  • Acting for landlord charity in a commercial landlord and tenant dispute, which concerns the enforcement of various tenant breaches of covenant.
  • The firm is acting for Old Hall Street Properties Limited as the landlord in proceedings over a tenant's failure to insure premises, which have burnt down.

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South East: Transport

Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Thomson Snell & Passmore

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.

Practice head(s):James Cradick

Key Clients

AXA Corporate Solutions

Gefco UK Ltd


Richard Hochfeld Ltd

Colas Rail

BDP International Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented a leading French packaging and distribution company in a dispute with one of the largest, leading warehousing and logistics providers.
  • Acting for AXA Paris and Gefco UK Ltd in longrunning litigation with Taiwanese forwarders.
  • Acting for Peru-based commodity traders specialising in the shipment of fruit in a dispute with UK-based buyers and distributors.
  • The firm is acting for leading traders in frozen fish products, with significant global distribution and trading operations, in SCC arbitration proceedings against respondents based in Belgium.
  • Acting for one of Russia’s oldest and most respected owners/operators of fishing vessels, warehousing and cold storage facilities in a series of disputes arising out of various supply contracts.
Next Generation Partners

James Cradick - Thomson Snell & Passmore

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