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Thrings LLP

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

The agriculture and rural affairs team at Thrings LLP offers strong advisory and contentious support to agricultural organisations, landed estates and individual clients. The well regarded Russell Reeves frequently represents high-profile clients in lengthy cases. Another key litigator is Robert James, who handles trusts and partnership disputes, with a particular speciality in proprietary estoppel claims. Practice head Duncan Sigournay's non-contentious work focuses on agricultural property matters, with an emphasis on tenancies, transactions and easements.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Sigournay

Other key lawyers:


‘The team works with professionalism, empathy and answers any problems swiftly.’

‘As a small company facing a covenant dispute, we were treated with the utmost courtesy and efficiency by the team at Thrings – it was most reassuring to know that we had such a professional outfit on our side. Every transaction was executed with maximum efficiency; billing was prompt and clearly detailed and all communication excellent.’

‘Although our small case developed into something of a complex and contentious one, having the invaluable support and advice of Russell Reeves made the process far less daunting. We received excellent advice at every stage and he took great trouble to respond promptly to every query – no matter how small – in a most friendly and approachable manner. Throughout the whole process it was a privilege to have him in our corner.’

‘Excellent service – especially from Duncan Sigournay.’

‘Great team and a good range of experience. Clearly personable individuals;  very professional and very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

National Farmers Union (NFU)

Country Land and Business Association (CLA)

The Badminton Estate

Denhay Farms Ltd Countryside Education Trust

EU Plants Ltd

Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal Trust

DJ Houghton Catching Services Ltd


Work highlights

  • Won a £10m proprietary estoppel claim/farm partnership dispute in the Court of Appeal.
  • Won a £9m proprietary estoppel claim in the High Court.
  • Acting for clients in a proprietary estoppel claim appeal to the Supreme Court.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 2

Thrings LLP's dispute resolution team attracts praise for its 'broad spectrum of skills' and is particularly strong for financial services and pensions litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes, IP claims and insolvency litigation. Alastair Govier (who is 'excellent strategically') and Mark Cullingford jointly lead the practice; both count corporate disputes among their specialisms, while Govier is also strong for financial services and pensions disputes and Cullingford is noted for insolvency issues. The group is also particularly popular among agriculture and food sector clients, for which Russell Reeves and Robert James are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Govier; Mark Cullingford

Other key lawyers:

Russel Reeves; Robert James


‘Always very fast reaction times, good engagement and these people have a broad spectrum of skills.

‘Excellent client relationship skills and also they take time to understand where else they can assist and support the business. Very affable people.’

‘Excellent fees, committed team and exceptional legal knowledge.’

‘Alastair Govier: brain the size of a planet, but also excellent strategically. Deeply committed to the client’s case but retains objectivity and always a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

National Friendly Society

Stonebridge Colleges (Publishing) Limited



AirTanker Services Ltd

CFH Docmail Limited

Pacific IFA Limited

The Government of Romania

Work highlights

  • Representing Romania in appeals and cross-appeals to the UK Supreme Court in a dispute relating to an international arbitration award that the International Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration panel granted in favour of the Micula brothers against Romania in 2013, arising out of a bilateral investment treaty that Romania had entered into with Sweden.
  • Defending Pacific IFA in multiple separate claims brought before the Financial Ombudsman and High Court arising out of advice relating to the investment of pension funds using self-invested personal pension (SIPP) products and unregulated overseas property investments.
  • Advised a private individual in a £9m proprietary estoppel dispute relating to a 650-acre farm.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 2

Thrings LLP's 'very knowledgeable' commercial dispute resolution team is particularly strong for corporate and contractual disputes, financial services litigation, debt and asset recovery issues and product liability disputes. Bristol-based Kerrie Hunt leads the group, which, in Swindon, includes Ramona Derbyshire, who 'couples friendly approachability with forensic rigour' and handles a range of contentious corporate and commercial issues, and Caroline Watson, who counts corporate, pension and procurement disputes among her areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Kerrie Hunt  

Other key lawyers:


‘Thrings are a leading firm in the Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire area and their expertise in commercial litigation and debt recovery is unparalleled. They are ably led by Ramona Derbyshire, who couples friendly approachability with forensic rigour. The firm deal with a wide range of commercial disputes and can be relied on for their knowledge of the law and awareness of commercial realities and the need for pragmatism.’

‘Very knowledgeable and well versed in bringing a claim to settlement before a court date whilst keeping fees to a minimum.’

‘I found Thrings to be a very professional and understanding firm. Any issues are dealt with extremely promptly and responses were very balanced and considered. It was a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Amanda Richardson is someone you can easily place your trust in as a safe pair of hands with an easy manner and a robust temperament when needed.’

‘Ramona Derbyshire dictates the tone of her team and her qualities infect others. She is pleasant to deal with, clear and accurate.’

‘Caroline Watson – a partner in the commercial dispute resolution team. Caroline is very responsive, friendly and pragmatic and we trust her implicitly.’

Key clients

Honda Finance Europe plc

MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd

Bar Council

Openwork Limited

Wella UK Limited

UTAX (UK) Limited

Quilter Financial Planning

Multivac UK Limited

DNO Consulting Limited

Citipost Limited

Four legs are better than two Limited

Stanley Security Solutions Limited

Wildanet Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending a well-known global financial services group in claims for specific performance of an annuity policy brought by the personal representatives of an estate relating to the defendant’s failure to make payment of a dependents’ pension.
  • Acted for three directors and former shareholders of an agri-tech services business which was sold to a global group in 2017 in claims for alleged breaches of the deferred consideration provisions in the Share Purchase Agreement arising out of the purchaser’s operation of the business in the deferred consideration period.
  • Defending an international supply chain services provider to the pharmaceuticals industry in claims for negligence and breach of contract following the failure of its cold storage facility and the resulting destruction of pharmaceuticals products owned by a third party.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

Thrings LLP fields a team of experienced litigators, who assist regional and national clients with debt and asset recovery. The scope encompasses pre-action protocol compliance, risk and credit control advice, enforcement, and disputed debts. Practice head Ramona Derbyshire also acts in financial services litigation. Recoveries manager Amanda Richardson is 'first class.'

Practice head(s):

Ramona Derbyshire

Other key lawyers:


‘Amanda Richardson and the Team at Thrings LLP are always extremely helpful, polite, diligent & quick to respond to our enquiries. With Thrings LLP and assistance we have recovered a significant amount of debt.’

‘Good communication and quick to respond.’

‘Quick to respond and gives good advice on what options are open and available to any problem.’

‘Amanda Richardson is absolutely first class. ’


Key clients

Honda Finance Europe Plc

Citipost Group

Mannings Facilities Management Ltd

Wilson Tool International (Europe) Limited

UTAX (UK) Limited

Marks & Clerk LLP

Tavistock Financial Limited

SLR Consulting Ltd

Smiths Roofing Contractors Limited

The Bar Council

Openwork Limited

Stanley Security Solutions Limited

Three New Square Chambers

3 Paper Buildings Ltd

Civitas Ltd

Radcliffe Chambers

CH Flats (No 3) Wootton Bassett Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Openwork Limited in the recovery of £40k clawback of commission debt from defaulting financial advisors under the Openwork financial advisor network.
  • Acting for a global manufacturer of beauty products upon volume instructions to recover small to mid-sized debts under trade account terms against companies and individuals to include under personal guarantees.
  • Assisted 3 London chambers with multiple instructing barristers with the recovery of £300k fee debt under issue of statutory demand against a London-based law firm.

Employment > Employment: Bristol Tier 2

Thrings LLP supports its clients in a wide variety of employment matters, including tribunals, corporate support, data protection and immigration. The team works with clients across multiple sectors, with the majority of work coming from telecoms, charities, manufacturing, agriculture, media and FCMG employers. The ‘absolutely superbKerrie Hunt leads the team, working with corporate and SME clients on matters including High Court litigation. Natalie Ward is also well regarded for corporate TUPE support.

Practice head(s):

Kerrie Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Ward


‘The response times that I receive from Thrings are excellent, the support that I receive from them is superb and I really couldn’t ask for more.’

‘Kerrie Hunt is absolutely superb – she explains clearly and assists with every query that I present to her.’

‘The team has the resources expected of a modern legal practice. The need to work from home meeting via video conferencing hasn’t diminished the quality of service and may even have improved it.’

‘An exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced team able to provide well-grounded and relevant advice. ’

‘Kerrie Hunt is one of the most collaborative business partners that I’ve personally interacted with. She is available, even when busy with other engagements.’

‘We find them extremely collaborative and are always available for our questions and guiding us through situations that require their expert steer. They are also proactive in providing additional support to reinforce our company internally – be it through training sessions for our employees, reviewing our processes, documentation to make it more robust for the future or others.’

Key clients

The Alzheimer’s Society

The Royal National Institute of Blind People

Private client > Family: Hampshire Tier 2

Thrings LLP is well-regarded for its expertise across agriculture and landed estate family law cases, handling relationship breakdowns and intrafamilial disputes with complex business and asset considerations. The team is jointly led by Swindon-based Matthew Kellow and Fiona Kellow, alongside Sally Pike, a key figure in the firm’s Romsey office. Pike is an experienced mediator and collaborative lawyer who regularly assists high-net-worth clients in alternative dispute resolutions, complex divorce proceedings, and prenuptial agreements. Fiona Kellow handles negotiated settlements and children matters involving parental alienation, often with an international element. Matthew Kellow is noted for his expertise in Children Act work governed by the Hague Convention.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kellow; Fiona Kellow; Sally Pike


‘Sally Pike is fantastic – the complete package. A clear top performer in family finance’

Sally Pike is very wise. She always prepares immaculately, forges excellent relationships with her clients and gets the best out of them. She is highly respected and a clear leader in this field.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 3

Thrings LLP's team in Swindon centres its practice around M&A transactions. The team is led by John Davies, a veteran transactional lawyer, and includes Simon Hore, a corporate finance specialist.

Practice head(s):

John Davies

Other key lawyers:

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

Thrings LLP has a 'strong and detailed knowledge'  in the banking and finance space. Instructed by lenders and borrowers, it acts in particular for challenger banks and institutional investors. Mike Tomlin, who heads the practice, is well versed in layered debt, linked debt and equity. The team has special experience in the telecommunication sector.

Practice head(s):

Mike Tomlin


‘My experience has been a clear, proactive service. Billing is clear and informative.’

‘The team works with professionalism, empathy and answers any problems swiftly.’

‘From the moment we contacted Thrings we had excellent service. professional and understanding. Nothing too much trouble’

‘Commerciality of advice given.’

‘Broad range of skill sets and highly personable partners. Strong value for money and a particular talent in complex areas of law and legal restructurings.’

‘A strong and detailed knowledge of their subject area, and innovative use of technology allow the team to best offer advice to clients.’

‘Great team and a good range of experience.’

‘Clearly personable individuals very professional and very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Santander UK plc

Metro Bank

National Westminster Bank plc

HSBC Bank plc


Royal Bank of Scotland

Arbuthnot Latham


AIB Group (UK) plc.

OakNorth Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Wildanet Limited on part-equity, part-debt investment of up to £50m from Gresham House.
  • Advised OakNorth Bank plc in respect of a circa £4.6m development facility.
  • Advised National Westminster Bank PLC in respect of a circa £5.8m real estate acquisition finance facility.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Thrings LLP has notable know-how in the agriculture, professional services and manufacturing supply chains sectors. It works closely with the firm's litigation, corporate and finance groups in order to cover contentious and non-contentious matters comprehensively. Mark Cullingford is well versed in corporate restructurings, and Melissa George is a key contact in distressed transactions; together they lead the group.

Practice head(s):

Mark Cullingford; Melissa George

Other key lawyers:

Kevin McGuinness

Key clients

Leonard Curtis Recovery

Moore Kingston Smith


Grant Thornton


Moorfields Recovery

Bibby Financial Services Ltd

Begbies Traynor

Evtec Automotive

Smith & Williamson

Milsted Langdon



Work highlights

  • Advising a UK Bank on options to enforce its fixed charge security over property in Europe owned by an English Borrower following Bankruptcy and taking steps to secure control of properties for sale.
  • Advising an EU retailer on the implications of a structural merger and subsequent EU insolvency proceedings to their obligations under English leases, concurrent claims by multiple landlords, Covid related issues and enforcement action in England and UK Secondary Insolvency Proceedings.
  • Advising Evtec Automotive Limited on the multi-million pound purchase of business and assets of Arlington Engineering Limited from Administrators

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Thrings LLP has significant experience across a full range of contentious trusts and probate matters. While the team has a strong list of charities and cross-border clients, it has seen an increase in work with farming and agricultural clients, particularly regarding proprietary estoppel claims. Emily Prout leads the Swindon-based team, handling the team's highest-value cases.

Practice head(s):

Emily Prout

Other key lawyers:

Robert James


‘The team offer approachability and clarity. They are detailed and efficient. All matters were explained in layman’s terms and the various possible outcomes were made clear. All costs were explained and billing was clear and regular.’

‘As a layperson, Thrings gave me clear advice. They handled the case efficiently and effectively and communicated developments very clearly. ’

‘Emily Prout handled the case efficiently and effectively and communicated developments to me very clearly. My claims were settled on favourable terms to me after extensive negotiation. ’

‘Emily Prout really knows her stuff and is lovely to work with. She is very able. ’

‘Thrings is one of the few firms in Swindon that offers specialist advice in this area. Their contentious team is growing which is a testament to the foundations which Emily Prout has laid.’

Work highlights

  • Advising client on a Supreme Court case, for permission to appeal on the issue of relief in proprietary estoppel cases.
  • Advised a beneficiary of a £4m pound estate about a will validity claim based on lack of capacity, undue influence and fraudulent calumny.
  • Advised a client on a professional negligence claim to recover losses incurred in defending a rectification claim.

Private client > Family Tier 3

The family law team at Thrings LLP is well regarded for its expertise within the farming and landed estates community. It advises on divorce, pre and post-nuptial agreements, and other asset protection services with an eye for the complexity that farming and other landowning assets bring to a case. Fiona Kellow and Matthew Kellow respectively head the private client and family law practices from Swindon.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Kellow; Matthew Kellow

Other key lawyers:

Anna Patterson; Kathryn Bew; Tara Connor-McLaren


My experience has been a clear, proactive service. Billing is clear and informative.’

‘Kathryn Bew has always provided a very clear, informative, proactive service. Kathryn has always been able to navigate a way forward that feels supportive and encompassing of my understanding. Kathryn’s depth of appreciation of my emotions has empowered me to have confidence in not just the legal aspects of my situation, but my own personal growth in feeling validated.’

‘I felt very supported and well advised over a very prolonged and difficult period. I always felt that Anna Patterson had my best interests at the core of her advice.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Leveraging its specialist areas of experience, the private wealth team at Thrings LLP provides bespoke advice to its agricultural, landed estate and international client base. It has a solid strength in providing tax advice, specialising in succession planning cross-border tax matters, and family investment trusts. Michael Westbrook heads up the practice, focusing on advising farming and landowning clients on matters including diversification and strategic land advice.

Practice head(s):

Michael Westbrook


‘We have never had to use a solicitor before, but from the moment we contacted Thrings we had excellent service. Professional and understanding. Nothing too much trouble.’

‘Thrings are a well known name in Swindon. We had no problems and they bent over backwards in helping us. We used Thrings for my late father’s probate and we were so happy – we would not use another solicitor.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol Tier 3

Thrings LLP's scope encompasses residential developments, landlord portfolio, corporate occupier work, and secured lending. Robert Barnes acts as key contact for private borrowers and lenders here. The group is also regularly instructed by purchasers from Hong Kong and Singapore in investment matters. Barnes leads the team together with Ben Jones and Gemma Featonby. Warren Reid left for Ashfords LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ben Jones; Gemma Featonby; Robert Barnes

Key clients











Work highlights

  • Advised Newland Homes Limited on the acquisition of a development site at a former commercial nursery in Chapmanslade, Wiltshire, including due diligence and the negotiation of transfer.
  • Advised Baylis Estates Limited on the acquisition of a strategic commercial development site at Fox Den Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, in South Gloucestershire, including planning construction and property due diligence and transfer and advice on agreements to lease.
  • Advised Oaknorth Bank PLC on development finance matters, including full property planning, corporate and construction due diligence for a brownfield site in Exeter.

Real estate > Commercial property: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 3

Thrings LLP works on secured lending, residential development and investment property matters. The key contacts are Ben Jones and litigator Gemma FeatonbyWarren Reid went to Ashfords LLP in July 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Thrings LLP handles a range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters; it acts for clients from the infrastructure, in particular telecommunication and water industry, retail and leisure, and residential development space. The team, which is led by Natalia Sokolov, also has experience in secured lending and development finance. Steve McCombe handles disputes relating to office buildings, power stations and railway stations, among others.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Sokolov

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Anthony Best Dynamics Limited

Baylis Estates Limited

Bourne Group Ltd

Bristol Water plc

OakNorth Bank PLC

Tithegrove Limited

TrueSpeed Communications Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Anthony Best Dynamics Limited on a project involving the client’s second purpose-built manufacturing facility for the automotive testing in Wiltshire.
  • Advising Baylis Estates Limited on various construction-related matters involving the development and sale of business parks, commercial plots and infrastructure.

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

Thrings LLP is noted for its 'excellent expertise in planning and environmental work'. Instructed by landowners and businesses, the group acts in contentious and non-contentious matters, in particular in the energy, waste and rural and agricultural sector. Practice head Alex Madden is well versed in agricultural development and renewables. Rosalyn Trotman  has experience in urban planning.

Practice head(s):

Alex Madden

Other key lawyers:

Fred Quartermain; Fred Quartermain


‘The Thrings environmental team is led by Alex Madden who has many years’ experience in environmental and planning matters, often dealing with highly contentious cases. He has a good tactical sense together with advice tempered by realism – a good combination when litigation is afoot. ’

‘The planning and environmental team collaborate effectively across instructions. I have dealt with various matters for different members of the team, when discussing a particular case it is clear that the team as a whole, rather than just the Partner / file handler, are aware of how matters are proceeding. In particular it allows for successful strategies to be shared and replicated across cases where appropriate.’

‘Fred Quartermain – deep planning knowledge, not afraid to get into the legal nitty gritty even in the most obscure of cases, capable, organised and always puts the work in for his clients.

‘Alex Madden – very personable, good client care, provides practical and realistic advice often on matters no well trodden, always takes a strategic view to securing desired outcomes.’

‘They are a medium sized practice in Bristol with a good range of clients and are, perhaps for that reason, very approachable and informal. They have an excellent expertise in planning and environmental work which they have built up over the years. Their size is important because it makes them flexible and much less rigid than the larger firms.’

‘Alex Madden and Ros Trotman: I would speak highly of them both. They are extremely capable and conscientious. From counsel’s point of view you know they are completely reliable. Anything you do will be thought about and not taken for granted. That is priceless because you know an intelligent interest is being taken and they are not behaving as a sort of ‘post box’ between you and the lay client. Administratively extremely efficient; they do not miss deadlines; you know that bundles of documents and anything to do with the court will work and will not be skimped or missed.’


Key clients

PB Leiner UK Limited

Alford Technologies Limited

Crown Waste Management Ltd

Vastern Timber Company Limited

Hills Waste Solutions Limited

Laverstoke Park Farm Limited

Newland Homes Limited

Wight Farm Energy

Denhay Farms Limited

Longwood Water Company

BAM Nuttall

Work highlights

  • Assisted Vastern Timber Company Limited with a Statutory Nuisance in relation to one of the largest hardwood sawmills in the Country.
  • Acting for the claimant in a judicial review challenge into the Secretary of State’s decision to approve the development consent order for the Norfolk Vanguard offshore windfarm.
  • Advising Newland Homes, a regional housebuilder, on environmental liabilities and clauses for the proposed acquisition of a site.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

The 'experienced and knowledgeable' IP, technology and data protection team at Thrings LLP specialises in advising SMEs and owner-managed businesses on all their contentious and non-contentious IP requirements. Practice head Megan Jefferies, who has 'carved out this market for herself', is adept in applications and registrations, commercial contracts and enforcement issues.

Practice head(s):

Megan Jefferies


‘Thrings has an experienced and knowledgeable team. I know that I can approach them on any topic and they will provide me with high-quality legal advice at a sensible cost. The speed of response is also excellent so no chasing is required.’

‘Megan Jeffries was knowledgeable, clear, patient, responsive and firm with the other side. This gave me an advantage in the negotiations, which were successfully concluded.’

‘The Thrings team is a highly capable and responsive to client needs. They understand the industry, and are strategic in their advice.’

‘Megan Jeffries is exceptional. She makes herself available after hours to overcome time zone differences, and is very receptive to our needs.’

‘Megan Jefferies has provided exceptional service to us over many years. Megan has always worked hard, tenaciously getting successful outcomes from the UKIPO despite initial set backs.’

‘They are responsive, thorough and flexible to meet our needs.’

‘The team have a strong understanding of their field, providing good service.’

‘Megan Jeffries has carved out this market for herself.’

Key clients

Lovehoney Group Limited

Miller Harris Fragrances Limited

Pima Ventures UK Limited trading as Bolt

Clarendon Speciality Fasteners Limited (a division of Diploma Plc)

AMS Accountancy Limited

GS Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) Limited

Anthony Best Dynamics Limited

Kenro Limited

Perfumer H

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta (BIBF)

Work highlights

  • Co-ordinating the management of Lovehoney Group’s trade mark, patent, registered designs and copyrights portfolios, providing ongoing advice on registrations and enforcement.
  • Advised Kenro on issues relating to its trade mark portfolio, and concurrent issues related to competition law.
  • Advising GS Yuasa Battery Sales on its portfolio management, recently representing the client in relation to a passing off and trade mark infringement case against a Dutch supplier which is using Yuasa’s trade marks in relation to its own batteries.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

With offices in Bath and Romsey, the agriculture practice at Thrings LLP advises on matters such as strategic landowning, renewables, and farming issues. It has particular experience advising on issues such as carbon capture, agriculture lending work, and acting for landed estates on estate tax planning and discrete matters. Practice leader Mark Charter is an expert in the sale and purchase of property, as well as secured lending. Senior associate Jonathan Thompson joined from Hunters Law LLP in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mark Charter

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

National Farmers Union (NFU)

Country Land and Business Associate (CLA)

The Badminton Estate

Denhay Farms Ltd

Countryside Education Trust

EU Plants Ltd

Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal Trust

DJ Houghton Catching Services Ltd


Work highlights

  • Won a £10m proprietary estoppel claim/farm partnership dispute in the Court of Appeal.
  • Won a £9m proprietary estoppel claim in the High Court.
  • Acted for client in a proprietary estoppel claim appeal to the Supreme Court.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire Tier 3

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 4

The team at Thrings LLP is experienced in M&A work, as well as management buy-outs, fund investments, corporate restructurings and share incentives, with numerous clients in the software, agricultural and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. The commercial group is particularly active in advising businesses on Brexit-related import and export issues. Leading the Bristol team is Elaine MeyrickJohn Richardson is another key lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Meyrick

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Learndirect Group

Lovehoney Group

Sellers of E-recycling Ltd

Wildanet Ltd

Woodstock Homes

Sotheby’s International Realty (UK Franchise)

Dimensions Group (Dimensions Training Limited)

Work highlights

  • Advised the sellers of the Learndirect group, and the group itself, on its acquisition by Queen’s Park Equity.
  • Acted for Wildanet in respect of an investment of up to £50m from Gresham House, which will support the client in becoming the leading gigabit-capable altnet service provider in Cornwall.
  • Advised the sellers of E-recycling Ltd (an owner-managed business) on the sale of their shares to Restore Technologies Ltd.

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Thrings LLP's core focus is on the agriculture and development sectors, where it advises regional house builders, developers, registered providers and promoters. The team has experience in consents, planning strategies, Community Infrastructure Levy and due diligence. Alex Madden is also well versed in the retail and leisure, waste planning and renewables sectors. He jointly leads the practice with Rosalyn Trotman, who combines planning and construction law expertise.

Practice head(s):

Alex Madden; Rosalyn Trotman

Other key lawyers:

Fred Quartermain


‘I find the Thrings team overall as very approachable and professional. I have been impressed by the level of engagement on each project, which is refreshing in comparison to its competitors. The level of service is first class.’

‘Fred Quartermain is our day to day contact at Thrings. The service he has provided to us has been brilliant. I rarely speak to Fred’s team leader as he is always on point. He has become our go to for planning agreements.’


Key clients

Santander PlC

D S Smith PlC

Curo Enterprises Limited

Newland Homes Limited

Cotswold Homes Limited

Burrington Estates Limited

Allied Irish Bank (GB)

National Westminster Bank PLC

Baylis Estates Limited

Halsall Construction Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Withers Fruit Farm in a judicial review to enable the development of 11 blocks of polytunnels on 37 hectares of farmland.
  • Advising Newland Homes on CIL, vacant building credit, and infrastructure agreements for the development of a brownfield site for 77 new homes including retention of listed building in North Somerset.
  • Representing Noel Properties in the development agreement and s106 agreement containing £10m+ contributions for a circa 800-home urban extension scheme.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Thrings LLP is instructed to handle disputes between corporate occupiers, commercial landlords and tenants as well as long leasehold enfranchisement and rent renewal matters, often in relation to office buildings. Michael Tatters is the contact person after Warren Reid  left for Ashfords LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Michael Tatters

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 4

Thrings LLP is known for advising start-ups and medium-sized technology companies on contractual issues, negotiations and disputes. The group is led by IT procurement project expert Kate Westbrook.

Practice head(s):

Kate Westbrook

South East > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire Tier 3

South East > Private client > Family: Hampshire

Thrings LLP is well-regarded for its expertise across agriculture and landed estate family law cases, handling relationship breakdowns and intrafamilial disputes with complex business and asset considerations. The team is jointly led by Swindon-based Matthew Kellow and Fiona Kellow, alongside Sally Pike, a key figure in the firm’s Romsey office. Pike is an experienced mediator and collaborative lawyer who regularly assists high-net-worth clients in alternative dispute resolutions, complex divorce proceedings, and prenuptial agreements. Fiona Kellow handles negotiated settlements and children matters involving parental alienation, often with an international element. Matthew Kellow is noted for his expertise in Children Act work governed by the Hague Convention.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Kellow; Fiona Kellow; Sally Pike


‘Sally Pike is fantastic – the complete package. A clear top performer in family finance’

Sally Pike is very wise. She always prepares immaculately, forges excellent relationships with her clients and gets the best out of them. She is highly respected and a clear leader in this field.’

The firm: Thrings continues to work towards providing exceptional legal service and collaborative long-term business relationships which enable its clients to succeed and grow.

Over the past ten years, Thrings has enjoyed significant organic growth, and is today a Top 100 law firm with offices in London, Bristol, Bath, Romsey and Swindon. In its positioning for growth in a changing legal market, Thrings provides a full range of legal services and strategic advice to a rapidly expanding and increasingly broad client base.

Types of work undertaken: The firm is known for its reputation in certain sectors. Its highly experienced and industry-renowned agriculture team has been providing specialist advice to those involved in farming and rural affairs for more than a century. Thrings – which has the largest specialist agricultural team of any law firm in the UK – has strong and long-term connections with many parts of the agricultural sector, and is on the NFU’s legal panel for seven counties.

Thrings’ reputation as a leading commercial law firm has been achieved, in part, as a result of providing legal and strategic advice to SMEs, corporates and multinationals, including World Fuel Services Europe Limited, Coty, Santander, HSBC, Lovehoney, MAN Truck & Bus Company and TrueSpeed.

Alongside the corporate and commercial success of the firm is that of the real estate team, which has advised on substantial regeneration projects, high-value corporate real estate transactions and major redevelopment schemes. The team has acted for established plc landlords on their portfolio management and institutional lenders on their secured lending requirements. Clients include Airsprung Group PLC, Corneliani SPA, Queen Anne’s Gate Limited (£139m luxury residential development at Queen Anne’s Gate, London SW1), Bremont Watch Company, Links of London, DS Smith, St John’s Foundation and Kersfield Developments Ltd, as well a number of leading private banks.

Thrings has also invested significantly in its international practice area – particularly in the Asia-Pacific region – advising on inbound investment and secured lending work for major banks. The firm currently acts for clients such as Rapid Solutions, Affluent Holdings, Athenaeum Holdings Asia Ltd and OCBC Wing Hang Bank Limited.

In line with Thrings’ strategy of guiding clients safely through complicated decisions that preserve their business interests, the firm has built up strong private client and succession and tax teams with a commercial background, meaning the complex needs of business clients as well as individuals continue to be well provided for. Clients clearly value this fully integrated, cross-discipline approach, rather than the more traditional separation of commercial and private client affairs.

Thrings remains a progressive and ambitious law firm, and in 2018 restated its commitment to the London legal market by signing a 10-year lease on new commercial premises in a prime City location. The firm also recently expanded its UK footprint by opening an office in Hampshire, where a 25-strong team of legal and business services specialists provides a complete service package to clients requiring legal support in the closely related practice areas of agriculture, agribusiness, landed estates and private client.

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Managing partner Simon Holdsworth
Senior partner Jonathan Payne
Agriculture Duncan Sigournay
Commercial Kate Westbrook
Construction Natalia Sokolov
Corporate John Davies
Dispute resolution David Patterson
Employment Kerrie Hunt
Environment Alex Madden
Private Client Fiona Kellow
Commercial litigation Alastair Govier
Technology Kate Westbrook
Insolvency Mark Cullingford
Planning Alex Madden
Private wealth Rachel Brooks
Real estate litigation Warren Reid
Real estate Ben Jones
Succession and tax Mike Westbrook
Banking and finance Mike Tomlin
Family Matthew Kellow
Intellectual Property Megan Jefferies
John Davies  photo John Davies Head of Corporate. John specialises in business and company acquisitions, disposals, MBO’s,…
Ramona Derbyshire  photo Ramona Derbyshire Partner heading up the debt and asset recoveries team  and the business…
Edward Jackman  photo Edward Jackman Edward has broad experience of commercial property work, acting for large corporates,…
Fiona Kellow  photo Fiona Kellow Fiona has many years’ experience as a family lawyer, specialising in all…
Conor Melvin  photo Conor Melvin Conor is a Solicitor specialising in corporate & commercial work, with a…
David Patterson  photo David Patterson Partner specialising in commercial litigation, particularly breach of contract, warranty claims, professional…
Jonathan Payne  photo Jonathan Payne As a leading partner in the company commercial team, Jonathan advises on…
Alex Pinhey  photo Alex Pinhey Alex is a commercial property lawyer with particular expertise in acting for…
Michael Tatters  photo Michael Tatters Partner specialising in commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, including lease…
Kate Westbrook  photo Kate Westbrook Partner and Head of Commercial.  Specialist commercial and tech lawyer dealing with…
Carey Willis Fleming  photo Carey Willis Fleming Associate Solicitor- specialising in employment tribunal litigation and dispute resolution, including claims…
Number of UK partners : 58
Number of other UK fee-earners : 117
National Farmers Union
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Agricultural Law Association
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors
Country Landowners Association
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)

Pro Bono

We believe strongly in the value of pro bono work and its ability to contribute to a fair and just society. To this end, we ensure that our expertise is shared with those most in need. We encourage employees at all levels to take on pro bono work, donating time, experience and knowledge to a wide range of causes.

Equality and Diversity

We believe in valuing everyone as individuals and recognise that if we encourage respect amongst individuals this will promote good working practices and team achievements in line with our values and culture. We also believe that diversity and equal opportunities strengthen our knowledge, understanding and capabilities, creating a better work environment for our employees and a stronger relationship with our clients.

We are committed to fair access to opportunities and appreciating each other’s differences which contributes to the firm being a successful and positive environment. All people are treated equally regardless of their age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or belief and we aim to proactively create an environment where everyone can and does thrive.


We want to leave a positive footprint in the communities in which we live and work. As a progressive modern business, we understand the importance of balancing commercial success with social and environmental sustainability – and so our work goes far beyond providing legal advice.

We donate time, energy, expertise and financial support to local causes and actively support the communities in which we operate.

We adopt an environmentally forward-thinking approach, and we invest in making sure Thrings is a positive and rewarding place to work

COMPANY/FIRM: Dynamatic Technologies Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “We have worked with Thrings over a period covering the last 10 years and they have always provided us with first-class advice and service across a spectrum of legal requirements, including acquisitions, employment law and legal disputes. They have been very supportive across all of these areas and provided sound common sense advice. I would highly recommend Thrings for all legal advice and support across all of the above issues.”

TESTIMONIAL: “HSBC has worked with Thrings on several banking proposals, including acquisitions and MBOs. They are pragmatic in their approach, use a huge amount of common sense, experience and focus on their clients’ needs. We have no hesitation in recommending Thrings.”

TESTIMONIAL: “Thrings has become a valued and trusted adviser for TrueSpeed. Their confidence in the value and potential of our business has been an integral part of us realising our commercial ambitions. We look forward to continuing to work with the firm as we expand into the region.”

CLIENT: Wallace Dobbin, Governance and Legal Director
TESTIMONIAL: “It was imperative we received the very best legal advice. Thrings played a pivotal role throughout, demonstrating great commercial awareness and discretion.”

CLIENT: Simon Wilcox – Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Wessex Grain Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “The legal support and guidance from Thrings was first rate; they took the time to fully understand the parameters of the sale and the specifics of the sector on the back of this gave strong commercially minded advice.”

The Lex 100 Verdict

South Western full-service firm Thrings is known for its ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘great people’. A trainee found that ‘I enjoyed my vacation scheme as it is a very friendly and inclusive firm; I left my vac scheme feeling like I was already a part of it’. With a small intake size, Thrings offers ‘more focused training rather than being one of many’. Trainees rate the variety the firm provides, commenting that Thrings ‘is willing to provide you with opportunities - whether this is client contact, variety/challenging work or networking which as a trainee is exactly what you want'. The friendliness and the fact that 'everyone in the firm is approachable' wins plaudits. Plus, 'there is not the rigid hierarchy that you get with some firms’. Trainees found that ‘moving around the Thrings offices can be both good and bad. It's good as it affords you the opportunity to meet new people but also means you're never fully settled. Although working from home for the last year has made this much less of a factor!’ Highlights include ‘attending the Royal Courts of Justice in London for an approval hearing, when I was only a week in to my training contract’, ‘being offered an NQ job’ and ‘assisting with a case being heard at the Supreme Court’. Thrings’ culture and variety of work are great assets and if you're looking in the South West, it's a strong contender.