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Thomson Snell & Passmore

3 LONSDALE GARDENS, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, TN1 1NX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01892 510000
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Fax 01892 549884
DX:
3914 TUNBRIDGE WELLS-1
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Web:
www.ts-p.co.uk
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

Thomson Snell & Passmore offers a comprehensive service across corporate and commercial matters, restructuring, and debt and equity raising. According to one client, 'the firm is the best we have encountered so far', while another commented that 'the personable team provides practical advice and is good value for money.' It advised Sunray Engineering on the acquisition of Prestige Fire Door Services and assisted Kit for Kids, a Sevenoaks-based designer and manufacturer of innovative child sleep and educational products, with its £3.7m fund raising with Connection Capital.  Joanne Gallagher heads the team, which includes senior partner James Partridge,  Nicholas Gabay and  Gina Bicknell. 

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South East: Dispute resolution

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

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Clients rate Thomson Snell & Passmore's team 'very highly for commercial litigation', adding that 'it competes with London firms'. A multi-disciplinary team handles heavyweight disputes for local, national and international clients in areas ranging from international contracts, trade and commodities matters to insurance, shareholder and financial services disputes. Nicholas Horton leads the group and the 'excellent' Kamal Aggarwal heads the team based in the Thames Gateway office. Douglas Skilton is 'a calm, methodical lawyer who has an excellent manner with clients and looks for effective ways to resolve their issues'. 'Confident and tenacious' senior associate James Cradick, Mark Steggles and Julie Gabay  are also noted practitioners.

Next generation lawyers

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

According to one client, the 'outstanding' team at Thomson Snell & Passmore  'consistently impressed' with its handling of employment matters. It acts for clients from diverse sectors with an emphasis on education, charity, food and beverage, distribution and insurance fields. Recent work includes advising the Goody Bag Company on an unfair dismissal, which was successfully resolved following a tribunal hearing. Well-regarded practice head Nick Hobden has a focus on the education and charity sectors. Susanna Rynehart, who is 'fantastic with a great eye for detail', handles a full range of dismissal and discrimination cases and senior associate Ben Stepney specialises in the social care sector.

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

Thomson Snell & Passmore's 'excellent' clinical negligence practice 'punches well above its weight and manages substantial, complex cases very competently'. The team focuses on brain injury, cerebral palsy and amputation, as well as surgical errors in post-operative treatment and delayed cancer diagnosis matters. Clients recommend practice lead Fiona Follis, who 'combines extensive experience and a tough fighting spirit with a lovely personality', as well as partner Graham Bell and senior associate Oliver Chapman, who are both 'responsive and sensitive to their clients' distress'. James Cahan was promoted to partner in June 2017.

Leading individuals

Fiona Follis - Thomson Snell & Passmore

Next generation lawyers

James Cahan - Thomson Snell & Passmore

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

Thomson Snell & Passmore

The 'professional, supportive and empathic' department at 'outstanding firm' Thomson Snell & Passmore 'makes each client feel like its number-one priority' and is 'a safe pair of hands in high-value personal injury matters', providing 'specialist knowledge and realistic advice'. The team is renowned for its brain injury case work, while also handling orthopaedic, industrial disease and neurological matters. 'Superb' partner Graham Bell is recommended for his 'excellent client care, responsiveness and sound assessment'. 'Erudite' senior associate Jonathan Herbert has 'a strong client focus'. Oliver Chapman, who is also a senior associate, is the third key member of the practice.

Leading individuals

Graham Bell - Thomson Snell & Passmore

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Herbert - Thomson Snell & Passmore

Oliver Chapman - 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 draws on expert practitioners from across its private client department to handle the full range of commercial and residential conveyancing, corporate transactions, employment matters, and disputes for landowners, estates, landowning trusts, tenants and developers. Sue Lister heads the team and has an extensive track record handling agricultural and rural property sales and acquisitions, as well as handling farm tenancies and agreements, renewable energy leases and projects, among other matters. Other key figures include real estate expert Gilbert Green, and head of probate Helen Stewart, who regularly handles high-value estate administration matters.

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

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Clients are 'very pleased with the service provided by' Thomson Snell & Passmore 's 'very responsive and professional' practice, which draws on expertise from the firm's corporate and commercial, employment, property, dispute resolution and private client departments to provide 'effective, operational and watertight advice'. The 'knowledgeable, efficient' James Partridge  advises charities on regulatory compliance, fundraising, converting from unincorporated to incorporated organisations, and charity and academy mergers. Other key figures include employment expert Nick Hobden (who is noted for his 'quick, clear and sound advice'), Douglas Skilton, who handles regulatory investigations and disputes, private client head Nicola Plant and senior associate Penelope Edgar. The firm was appointed to The Charity Bank's legal panel to advise on its funding activity, recently assisting it on a £2.25m loan to a environmental charity to acquire and develop a community asset property from a local authority.

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

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore¬†Tunbridge Wells's team is ‚Äėhighly rated for the quality of its work and client care‚Äô skills. The team is noted for its commitment to resolving conflicts through collaboration and mediation in the course of handling the full range of financial issues arising from relationship breakdowns, nuptial agreements and children law issues, especially those relating to domestic and overseas relocation. The ‚Äėsensible, bright and pragmatic‚Äô team leader, Joanna Pratt,¬†recently handled a number of prenuptial agreements concerning some tens of millions of pounds as well as children law matters. Desmond O‚ÄôDonnell¬†is ‚Äėa¬†calm, focused mediator‚Äô and collaborative lawyer and mediator Kirstie¬† Law¬†‚Äėis a great negotiator‚Äô. Sarah Judd¬†handles a range of financial and children law matters and is also noted.

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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's team is 'excellent', 'very professional' and provides 'high-quality advice'. It advises high- and medium-high-net-worth families, farm and estate owners and business people on the range of private client matters including tax planning, trust management and contentious probate matters. It frequently deals with complex business structures and estates which include overseas assets. The 'practical and service-oriented' Nicola Plant heads the group and Helen Stewart focuses on probate issues and is noted by a client for having 'a knowledgeable and friendly approach in dealing with emotional issues'. Stuart Goodbody leads on trust management work and Mark Politz, who is 'bright and perceptive', heads the tax planning practice. Tax expert Christopher Walkeris 'very approachable and always provides clear, unambiguous advice'.

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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 fields a substantial team that handles the gamut of real estate work from property portfolio management, developments and, increasingly, related finance matters. New funding clients include Charity Bank, Aldermore Bank,  Paratus AMC and Oak North Property Finance. In one highlights, it assisted A A Homes & Housing with the refinancing of five properties with an aggregate value in excess of £70m and it acted for Brakes Bros on a range of matters concerned with managing its property portfolio including new leases, acquisitions, disposals and dilapidation issues. Practice head Richard Ellard and Sarah Easton are key contacts, together with Joanne Wright, Matthew Grogan and senior associate Laura Keatley.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore attracts praise for its 'in-depth knowledge of the construction industry'. The practice acts for developers, funders, contractors, sub-contractors and professional consultants on the full spectrum of construction matters, with an emphasis on on high-value, multi-party disputes. Recent work includes acting for a European aparthotel company on a major refurbishment of its London aparthotel, which involved drafting all relevant construction documentation, as well as handling a dispute with the contractor. Chris Whittington heads the construction practice and has a 30-year track record advising on procurement methods and negotiating building and engineering contracts, as well as construction disputes. Recently promoted partner Chris Kirby-Turner has a particular focus on professional negligence claims against designers and contractors.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore has an extensive track record in commercial landlord and tenant work, and acts for funders, developers and landowners, among other clients. Recent work includes acting for Huatford in securing a declaration that its landlord was unreasonably withholding consent to an application for change of use. Mark Steggles is the key contact.

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South East: Transport

Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Thomson Snell & Passmore

The shipping practice at Thomson Snell & Passmore 'compares very favourably with City firms' and offers 'better value for money'. Corporate risk management, commodity and trade, as well as transactional, contractual, employment and dispute resolution matters, constitute the main focus areas. Recent highlights include the representation of a Russian fishing fleet in multiple international supply contract disputes concerning non-payment, quality, supply chain and delivery issues, as well as the representation of South American commodity traders in contested brokerage fees proceedings against UK-based global suppliers. Colas, Richard Hochfeld and AXA Corporate Solutions in Paris also instructed the department in 2017. Litigation and arbitration specialist and senior associate James Cradick, who has 'a rare combination of legal brightness, organisation and good relationships with clients', 'makes case decisions like a partner'. Corporate and commercial partners Keith McAlister and Joanne Gallagher  and commercial property expert Matthew Grogan are other key individuals in the Tunbridge Wells and Thames Gateway offices.

Next generation lawyers

James Cradick - Thomson Snell & Passmore

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