The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Tilly Bailey & Irvine

8 NEWGATE, BARNARD CASTLE, DL12 8NG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01833 638326
Fax:
Fax 0333 444 4420
DX:
61664 BARNARD CASTLE
Email:
Web:
www.tbilaw.co.uk

North: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North - ranked: tier 3

Tilly Bailey & Irvine

Tilly Bailey & Irvine is praised for its great depth of knowledge’. ‘Extremely knowledgeable and personable’ team head Craig Malarkey specialises in share and asset sales and acquisitions and advised the selling shareholders of Ian Farmer Associates on the sale of the entire issued share capital to RSK. John Walters, whose transactional experience includes management buyouts and venture capital deals, acted alongside Malarkey for the shareholders and directors of a multimillion-pound turnover group supplying food products to national supermarkets with the restructuring of its trading business and share structure. Other highlights included advising the shareholders of a mobile app and development company on a multimillion-pound joint venture with an insurance services provider, and assisting the shareholders of an international online sales and manufacturing business with group restructuring matters.

[back to top]

North: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North
Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North - ranked: tier 2

Tilly Bailey & Irvine

Tilly Bailey & Irvine acts for public and private sector clients in a wide range of commercial disputes such as breach of contract and tax matters, injunctions and judicial reviews as well as professional negligence claims. Clients praise the ‘strong’ team for its ‘excellent service level’ and ‘very good response times’. Recent instructions include pursuing claims for damages arising from the wrongful termination of a contract, assisting a client with the application for a judicial review of a VAT exemption, defending a client against the claim of breach of competition law, and defending another client against claims of the unlawful and illegitimate use of confidential information. ‘Shrewd and practical commercial litigator’ Alison Leith heads the team ‘with a disarmingly relaxed style’. Kenton Bazeley moved to Archers Law LLP  in 2018.

[back to top]

North: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Tilly Bailey & Irvine

Tilly Bailey & Irvine receives regular instructions from SMEs, individuals, larger companies, lenders and insolvency practitioners to assist with debt recovery matters, asset transactions from insolvent companies alongside general insolvency law and corporate recovery issues. Craig Malarkey and solicitor Michael Stevens are the main contacts following the departure of former team head Kenton Bazeley, who moved to Archers Law LLP in 2018. In recent work, the group assisted a liquidator with the sale of various assets of an insolvent company to a third party, and, in a separate matter, handled an instruction from another liquidator to recover outstanding debts owned to the company in administration and to advise on misfeasance matters.

[back to top]

North: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Tilly Bailey & Irvine

Noted for its ‘excellent level of service’, Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s ‘highly professional and knowledgeable’ team regularly acts for clients in pursuing professional negligence claims against solicitors, architects, accountants, surveyors and insurance brokers. Alison Leith heads the team. Helen Lyne and Kenton Bazeley joined Archers Law LLP in 2018.

[back to top]

North: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 4

Tilly Bailey & Irvine

At Tilly Bailey & Irvine, the team led by Helen Dexter provides farmers, landowners, investors and property developers with succession planning advice and assistance with the sale and purchase of land and farms, agricultural tenancies and the sale and purchase of mineral and sporting rights. Dexter continues to administer the estates of several deceased landowning farmers, and associate Andrew Beattie assisted J.O. Brewis & Sons with the sale of a mixed farming estate.

[back to top]

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Tilly Bailey & Irvine

Working in conjunction with the firm’s private client team, Tilly Bailey & Irvine covers the full spectrum of contentious trust and probate work, including Inheritance Act disputes, financial claims and executor and trustees removals. Solicitor Gemma Smith is the main contact after former team head and commercial litigator Kenton Bazeley left the firm to join Archers Law LLP in 2018. In recent work, Smith represented the executor of an estate in a claim based on the Inheritance Act 1975 brought by a lodger who lived with the deceased prior his death and refused to vacate. Associate Debra Burton is now at Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

[back to top]

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Tilly Bailey & Irvine

Tilly Bailey & Irvine handles a wide range of probate and trusts-related mandates and specialises in wills, the administration of estates, inheritance tax planning and Court of Protection work. Nicola Dalzell heads the wills, probate, trusts and tax department team and advises individuals and business owners on the full spectrum of private client work, while managing partner and head of private client services Carolyn Tilly is frequently involved in elderly client matters and the creation of trusts. Martin Brown, who handles various contentious and non-contentious matters, and Helen Dexter  are also key individuals; Dexter is particularly experienced in high-net-worth estate administration.

[back to top]

North: Real estate

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North
Commercial property: elsewhere in the North - ranked: tier 2

Tilly Bailey & Irvine

Tilly Bailey & Irvine is singled out for its ‘commercially minded, forward-thinking and approachable’ team, which is now led by Gareth Jones following Martin Levinson’s move to a consultant position. Handling the full spectrum of commercial property work, the practice is adept at advising lenders and borrowers on real estate matters, assisting landlords and tenants with the acquisition and disposal of investment properties, and dealing with property transactions for self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and small self-administered schemes (SSASs). ‘Hard negotiator’ and ‘very professional’ associate Andrew Beattie, who also stands out for his ‘incredible attention to detail’, advised J.O. Brewis & Sons on matters pertaining to the sale of a substantial mixed farming estate consisting of two farms, development land and residential properties. Senior associate Sara Garnett assisted Swale Valley Construction with completing the acquisition of two development sites and exchanging contracts for a third site which was conditional upon planning permission being granted. Joanne Cowie is another key member of the team.

[back to top]


Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to