Firm Profile > Thrings LLP > Bristol, England

Thrings LLP
THE PARAGON
COUNTERSLIP
BRISTOL
BS1 6BX
England

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Thrings LLP handles family disputes on land and real estates in the agricultural sector, and also assists with advise on real estate developments, land sales and purchases and labour disputes. The practice acts for tenants with regards to tenancy matters including the negotiation of tenancy agreements. Bristol-based Russell Reeves is the key litigation specialist in the team.

Key clients

National Farmers Union (NFU)

The Badminton Estate

Country Land and Business Association (CLA)

EU Plants

Denhay Farms

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 2

Thrings LLP fields a number of specialist dispute resolution teams, which are structured around the firm's core strengths in areas such as general commercial litigation, construction and engineering litigation, and agriculture litigation. Although the firm primarily acts for clients from the South West, it also national and international clients on cross-border disputes. Practice head Alastair Govier is particularly active in financial services and pensions litigation, as well as shareholder and partnership disputes.

Key clients

National Friendly Society

Stonebridge Colleges (Publishing) Limited

Lovehoney

Learn Direct

Tavistock Financial Limited

Teleperformance

AirTanker Services Limited

Winscribe Inc.

CFH Docmail Limited

SLR Consulting Limited

Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire Tier 2

Swindon-based Thrings LLP is highly regarded in financial services litigation, professional negligence claims, corporate disputes and contentious product liability. In the financial services space, the team predominantly acts for financial institutions and insurance companies; its work includes claims relating to mis-selling, FOS/FCA redress and defending policy-holder appeals from decisions of the Pensions Ombudsman. Elsewhere, the group handles various corporate disputes for start-ups, SMEs and multinational corporations, with particular expertise in core sectors of aerospace, manufacturing and IT. David Patterson, who leads the team, is experienced in disputes connected with the advanced engineering, aerospace and defence industries.

Key clients

Truespeed Communications Limited

Stanley Security Solutions Limited

Honda Finance Europe Plc

Positive Solutions (Financial Services) Limited

Yuasa Battery Europe Limited

MAN Truck & Bus UK Limited

MAN Truck & Bus AG

Wasdell Packaging Limited

Intrinsic Financial Services

Torchlight Limited

World Fuel Services Limited

Dynamatic Limited

Citipost Limited

Gerald Eve LLP

Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire Tier 2

Warren Reid leads Thrings LLP's commercial property team, which has vast experience of managing property acquisitions and disposals, commercial agreements and strategic land transactions. Alex Pinhey acts for a highly diverse client base, which includes pension schemes and factories. Legal director Charlotte Barrett’s practice focuses on advising landlords and tenants on portfolio management issues. Alan Goulding specialises in strategic land development.

Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire Tier 2

Thrings LLP has a strong capability in corporate and M&A matters, working with both national and international clients in the firm's core sectors of engineering, manufacturing and financial services. Elsewhere, the firm has seen a substantial growth in work in the technology, healthcare, education and banking industries. John Davies  and Jonathan Payne co-head the corporate group. Commercial lawyer Kate Westbrook leads a team, which advises clients on the interplay between Brexit and investments, commercial relationships and M&A strategies.

Key clients

Yuasa Battery Europe Limited

CybSafe Ltd

Arkells Brewery Limited

MAN Truck & Bus UK Limited

MAN Truck & Bus AG

Wasdell Packaging Limited

Multivac UK Ltd

Intrinsic Financial Services

Procurri Limited

The Wishford Group (Independent Schools)

HSBC Bank

Santander Bank

Fermac Limited

Elcome

Torchlight Limited

World Fuel Services Limited

Metex Online Limited

Dynamatic Limited

Magdev Limited

Optimal Industrial Technologies

Bonsai Tiger

Excalibur Communications Limited

Debt recovery Tier 2

Thrings LLP undertakes all aspects of domestic and cross-border disputes for clients. Its team is knowledgeable about pre-action and protocol compliance, risk and credit control advice, as well as the issuing of claims and enforcement action. The group is increasingly sought out to act for financial service providers, particularly in relation to consumer, vehicle and asset recovery under regulated agreements. Practice head Ramona Derbyshire handles disputed debt matters, including those with cross-border elements.

Key clients

Citipost Group

Mannings Facilities Management Limited

Wilson Tool International (Europe) Limited

Utax (UK) Limited

Marks & Clerk LLP

Tavistock Financial Limited

SLR Consulting Limited

Employment: Bristol Tier 2

Thrings LLP's employment team works closely with the corporate team to advise clients on reorganisations, restructures, outsourcing and TUPE issues arising from mergers and acquisitions. The firm acts for clients from a broad cross-section of sectors, including charities, education, IT and manufacturing. On the contentious side, employment tribunal work is on the increase, particularly in relation to whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Practice head Kerrie Hunt is knowledgeable about regulatory regimes concerning discrimination, parental leave, flexible working and working hours.

Key clients

AirTanker Services Limited

Brunel Capital Partners

Dycem Limited

ORX UK Limited

St John’s Foundation

Kohler Mira Ltd

Family Tier 2

Thrings LLP acts for landowning families and high-net-worth individuals on marriage-related farm asset planning and advises on financial settlements after divorce and relationship breakdown. The firm drafts and negotiates nuptial agreements and is also experienced in negotiating nuptial agreements. Another key area of expertise is the representation in cross-border family disputes, which involves children relocation disputes and cross-border divorce proceedings. Samantha Newton has expertise on the impact of divorce on assets owned by business owners.

Banking and finance Tier 3

The banking and finance team at Thrings LLP has a particular specialism in the healthcare sector, in which it acts for lenders. Also in the lending space, the group has advised a number of international banks and lenders on cross-border matters. The ‘impressiveMike Tomlin, who heads up the department, acts on a wide range of investment and secured lending facilities and arrangements.

Key clients

Santander UK

Metro Bank

NatWest

HSBC Bank

Clydesdale Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

Retail Money Market (t/a RateSetter)

Handelsbanken

AIB Group (UK)

TrueSpeed Communications

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 3

Thrings LLP acts for clients such as commercial developers, corporate occupiers, retail tenants and property investors, among others. The team advises on all aspects of residential development, corporate occupier and investment work, as well as secured lending. It also has a specialist health and care sector team, which is led by Ben Tarrant. The ‘excellentSteve Schofield, who is noted for ‘dealing with contracts commercially’, leads the wider Bristol-based commercial property group. Schofield has developed a niche in land development. Robert Barnes advises institutional lenders on property and development finance. In May 2018, Colin Stratton departed for Osborne Clarke.

Testimonials

The team is particularly commercial in their outlook

Excellent service level and technical knowledge

Approachable, friendly and commercially sensitive

Competitive in terms of fees

Very good at explaining the complex legal process with the requisite clarity and straightforwardness

Steve Schofield provides a consistently exceptional level of service

 

Key clients

DS Smith

Renrod Holdings

Newland Homes

FMG Support Group

AirTanker Services

Essilor

Property Partner

Teleperformance

Baylis Estates

Blue Cedar Homes

Learndirect

Create Real Estate

Burrington Estates

Airsprung Group

Tileflair

Construction Tier 3

Thrings LLP advises a wide range of clients on both commercial and residential development projects. It acts for developer clients of all sizes, which also notably includes larger overseas clients, such as Chait Investment Corporation. Its team’s sector expertise spans healthcare, retail, leisure, transport and energy. Also notable is that it has had an increase in mandates in the infrastructure sector, particularly in relation to contentious matters. Practice head Steve McCombe has vast experience of construction and engineering disputes. In 2018, Eric Livingston departed the firm to become a legal director at BYLOR Joint Venture. In another development, Natalia Sokolov made partner.

Key clients

Fusion Students

Chait Investment Corporation

Bristol Water

AFL Telecommunications Europe

Anthony Best Dynamics

TrueSpeed Communications

National Westminster Bank

Foundation Property and Capital

Braintree Properties LLP

Baylis Estates

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Thrings LLP's practice handles disputes over the validity of wills, claims on behalf of beneficiaries who have been left out of an estate, assistance with the removal of executors and trustee applications, as well as advice on proprietary estoppel claims. The team is also experienced in negotiating settlements with the aim of preserving estate and trust assets belonging to the client.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Thrings LLP's varied client base includes shareholders, pension funds trustees and creditors/debtors. Its team also acts for insolvency practitioners and purchasers in the context of transactions for the sale or purchase of distressed businesses or their assets. Elsewhere, the group particularly stands out for its advice to directors on conduct-related issues, as well as the challenges raised by insolvency. Mark Cullingford is the head of the practice.

Key clients

Bibby Factors Bristol

Moorfields Advisory

Begbies Traynor

Kingston Smith

Leonard Curtis

Smith & Williamson

Deloitte UK

Mazars

Grant Thornton UK

PwC UK

Intellectual property Tier 3

Thrings LLP has an excellent reputation among clients based in the South West, including owner-managed businesses and large companies. It is also active in cross-border work, generating mandates from places as far afield as Canada and Australia. Led by Graeme Fearon, the team assists clients with applications, registrations, contracts and enforcement. The food and beverages, digital and media, and retail and leisure sectors are among the areas of strength for the group.

Key clients

Lovehoney Group Limited

Kenro Limited

Dancerace plc

Taxi Studio Limited

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Multivac UK Limited

Essilor Limited

Anthony Best Dynamics Limited

Awareness Technologies, Inc.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Led by Swindon-based practice head Kate Westbrook, Thrings LLP's team focuses on acting for mid-sized and high-growth businesses. It handles commercial IT matters, licensing and data issues, large technology projects, outsourcing and procurement. Graeme Fearon in Bristol is experienced in the e-commerce and retail sector.

Key clients

Optimal Industrial Technologies Limited

CybSafe Limited

TrueSpeed Communications

Elcome

Altus

Metex Online Limited

Bonsai Tiger

Benefex

Essilor

Excalibur Communications Limited

Winscribe

Martin Lock Associates

Elecosoft

People Risk Solutions

Teleperformance

Anthony Best Dynamics

Lovehoney

Folli Follie and Links of London

Awareness Technologies Inc.

Malcolm Hollis

National Deposit Friendly Society (National Friendly)

Procentia

Proctor & Stevenson

Targett Business Technology

Media and entertainment Tier 3

Thrings LLP, whose practice is led by Graeme Fearon, handles commercial matters for media businesses such as start-ups and international companies. Areas of expertise for the team include negotiating satellite broadcast agreements for sporting events, the financing and commercialisation of TV shows and the drafting of publishing agreements.

Property litigation Tier 3

Thrings LLP's property litigation team represents corporate occupiers and institutional landlords in commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Other areas of focus for the group include handling contentious property-related matters for retailers in the luxury retail sector, rural land disputes and property portfolio management. Warren Reid in Bristol, and Swindon-based Gemma Featonby and Michael Tatters, are recommended.

Key clients

MAN Truck & Bus UK

Airsprung Group

Scottish Equitable

BAM Nuttall

Coty

MatchesFashion.com

Tileflair

St John’s Foundation Est. 1174

Malcolm Hollis

Countrywide Estate Agents

World Fuel Services

Arkell’s Brewery

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 4

Thrings LLP undertakes mid-market M&A, equity investments, joint venture arrangements, restructuring and corporate governance compliance. The team's industry expertise spans the retail, technology, education, medical and food and beverages sectors. Elaine Meyrick has experience of leading on several high-profile investments and acquisitions.

Key clients

Stonebridge Colleges

Learndirect Limited

London House Exchange t/a Property Partner

Truespeed Communications

Awareness Technologies

Platinum Motor Group

Anthony Best Dynamics

Visu Verum

Environment Tier 4

Thrings LLP's team regularly acts for businesses and landowners on both non-contentious and contentious environmental matters. The scope of its knowledge includes environmental prosecutions, controlled waste offences, environmental permitting and contaminated land (including remediation notice appeals), among others. Practice head Alex Madden is recommended.

Testimonials

A solid team

Key clients

PB Gelatins UK

Alford Technologies

Crown Waste Management

WZ Packaging

Hills Waste Solutions

Laverstoke Park Farm

Wight Farm Energy

Denhay Farms

EU Plants

Planning Tier 4

Thrings LLP has seen a growth in mandates from landowners and residential developers. Its planning department represents clients in challenges at the High Court (including statutory appeals and judicial reviews) and appeals against enforcement measures. Non-contentious work covers residential and mixed-use development schemes, planning and infrastructure agreements, and due diligence, among other matters. Practice head Alex Madden has developed a reputation as ‘an expert in rural planning’. The wider group is also active in the waste, quarries and renewables sectors. Cross-border planning work is a common feature of the practice, which is owed to the firm's strong presence in Wales.

Key clients

Santander

DS Smith

Greene King Developments

Newland Homes

Cotswold Homes

Burrington Estates

Allied Irish Bank (GB)

NatWest

Pasteur Retail Park

Halsall Construction

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.

For more information visit www.thrings.com

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mark Cullingford  photo Mark Cullingford
 Graeme Fearon  photo Graeme Fearon
 Melissa George  photo Melissa George
 Alastair Govier  photo Alastair Govier
 Kerrie Hunt  photo Kerrie Hunt
 Megan Jefferies  photo Megan Jefferies
 Alex Madden  photo Alex Madden
 Steve McCombe  photo Steve McCombe
 David Mears  photo David Mears
 Jane Oakland  photo Jane Oakland
 Warren Reid  photo Warren Reid
 Mike Tomlin  photo Mike Tomlin
Number of UK partners : 58
Number of other UK fee-earners : 117
Resolution
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)