Firm Profile > Tozers Solicitors LLP > Exeter, England

Tozers Solicitors LLP

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Tozers Solicitors LLP provides charity law support to all types of charities including religious and educational charitable institutions on corporate, commercial, employment, dispute resolution, property, intellectual property and data protection matters. A particular area of expertise is providing assistance with charity mergers and the structuring of charities. James Evans heads the practice and is experienced in assisting organisations with the obtainment of a charitable status and advising charities on regulatory compliance.


Easy to get hold of and very responsive. As a client, it is a positive experience

The firm has an excellent understanding of charity work and an ability to find solutions through deep knowledge of charity regulations

Clients receive a consistently high level of service and have established a strong working relationship with James Evans

James Evans has expert understanding of the charity sector but also understanding of the challenges that charities face.  His advice is always well thought through and pragmatic

Key clients

The Donkey Sanctuary

Dartington Hall Trust

Plymouth Diocesan Trust

Institution of Railway Signal Engineers

British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)

Libraries Connected

Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Driving Mobility

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Buckfast Abbey Trust

Family Mediators Association

Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education

Devon Wildlife Trust

Dame Hannah Rogers Trust

South West Lakes Trust


South Devon Railway Trust

South West Coast Path Association

Farms for City Children

Clare Milne Trust

Families for Children

Exeter Leukaemia Fund

Heartswell South West

Westbank Community Health & Care

Eddystone Trust

Africa Services International

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Tozers Solicitors LLP is experienced in assisting with injury claims involving brain damage such as meningitis and cerebral palsy caused during birth or in the neonatal period. The firm also handles claims in relation to autism caused by negligence. Other cases involve spinal injury claims such as cauda equina, infection claims and clinical negligence leading to immobility, incontinence, pain and depression.

Social housing Tier 2

Tozers Solicitors LLP is a well-known name among regional and national registered providers, for whom it provides a wide range of services. It is particularly strong in property work, an area which is led by Stephen Burtchaell; in this space, the firm advises on development and regeneration, infrastructure agreements, stock transfers and property finance, among other matters. The group is also sought out to advise on mergers between registered providers, as well as housing management and employment issues. Burtchaell leads the practice.


One lawyer supports the client throughout the whole process, which allows for excellent consistency of service

Stephen Burtchaell stands out for his commitment to providing clear advice and for his genuine spirit of support and willingness to go the extra mile for his clients

Key clients

LiveWest Homes

Yarlington Housing Group


Plymouth Community Homes

North Devon Homes

Coastline Housing

The Guinness Partnership

Cornerstone Housing

South Western Housing Society

South Devon Rural Housing Association


Ymca Bath

Ymca Bridgwater

Sandbourne Housing Association

Westward Housing Group

Octavia Housing

Cirencester Housing Society

White Horse Housing Association

Rickmansworth Churches Housing Association

Advance Housing and Support

Aston-Mansfield Charitable Trust

Merlin Housing Society

Phoenix Community Housing Association

Northampton Partnership Homes

Wellingborough Homes

Corporate and commercial: The West Country Tier 3

Tozers Solicitors LLP advises clients on investment transactions, M&A, expansions and associated fundraising, reorganisations and commercial contracts. The sectors in which it is principally active are the home and holiday parks, charities and aggregates industries. It is also increasingly active in the hotels and leisure space. James Orpin is the department head.


Strong team of individuals who work very well together

Amy Laver is a true professional, conscientious and has a keen eye for detail

Amy is able to grasp the key facts and plot a course to a successful outcome without delay

Key clients

Duo Group Holdings Limited

Duo Operations Limited

Haulfryn Group Limited

Peninsula Property Investments Limited

Family Tier 3

Tozers Solicitors LLP advises high-net-worth individuals on divorce proceedings as well as on the drafting and negotiation of financial settlements, pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. The firm also acts for vulnerable children and victims of domestic and sexual abuse. The firm also assists family members with children law disputes over residence and contact. Practice head Tracy Lambert is a qualified mediator.

Established in 1785, Tozers LLP is a leading law firm with offices in Exeter, Teignmouth and Newton Abbot. With 26 partners and over 150 staff, we work closely with our commercial and private clients enabling us to provide a comprehensive legal service.

Commercial Property
We advise on all aspects of commercial property, working closely with wide-ranging regional and international clients including investment landlords, charities, local authorities, holiday park owners and social housing providers.

Dispute Resolution
Our team are experienced in all types of court action from the High Court and District Registries to the Local County Courts and Tribunals. Court action is no longer the only alternative and we can advise on the best option for you.

Family Law
Here at Tozers, our specialist family law solicitors are committed to supporting you every step of the way. We will take the time to understand your personal situation, provide you with practical advice and help you make the right decisions for you and your family. We can help with divorce & separation, children, finances and domestic violence.

Company & Commercial
Our clients want to achieve their commercial goals as quickly, easily and cost-effectively as possible. We help them to do so by overcoming any problems with the minimum delay and cost. We act for a wide range of businesses, from sole traders, partnerships and small private companies to large corporates and financial institutions.

Employment Law
We give practical advice from a fast-response, partner-led team. We specialise in advising businesses. We act for all sorts of employers, from very small start-ups to major housing associations, charities, hotel chains and other commercial entities. Much of our work is with experienced HR teams, advising on the knottiest issues they come across, both at a strategic and a day-to-day level. We take a pride in getting to know our clients, which helps us tailor our advice to your needs.

Family Trusts & Tax Planning
Whether you are looking for ways to protect your own assets for the next generation or to make arrangements for how your finances are to be looked after if you could not deal with them yourself, our expert team can advise you on the options available for you and your family.

Intellectual Property (IP) and Internet Law
The law of the internet is complex and failure to comply can mean unenforceable contracts. There are steps you can and should take to ensure brand protection and legal compliance, many of them simple and inexpensive. We advise on: trade mark registration, design right registration, copyright protection, website legal compliance and IP Disputes.

Medical Negligence
Our medical negligence solicitors are classed as amongst the best in the UK, not least because they specialise in recovering maximum compensation from medical negligence claims and clinical negligence claims.

Planning & Licensing
Our experienced licensing team deals with liquor, public entertainment and gaming machines licensing for a wide range of clients both locally and nationally. With our particular experience in the leisure industry these include cafes, pubs, clubs, hotels, holiday parks and attractions.

Residential Property
We offer a bespoke conveyancing service across England and Wales tailored to meet your needs. Whether you are selling a manor house, making an investment purchase or buying your first flat, we have a large team of skilled and respected property lawyers who will guide you safely through the pitfalls of moving.

Residential Landlord & Tenant
We act for all types of landlords; from large, national social landlords with over 30,000 homes to private landlords with both large and small portfolios.We deal with all types of tenure: tenants; long leaseholders; lodgers; licences; caravan and mobile home park occupiers; shared ownership; trespassers.

Wills & Probate
Making a Will is a task which most of us put off yet it is one of the simplest steps you can take to ensure your family is provided for on your death. A carefully-drafted Will can also help to mitigate the Inheritance Tax which may be due on a person’s death. Whether or not a person has left a valid Will, their estate will need to be administered in accordance with the law and certain steps taken to ensure that their affairs are finalised and their assets distributed in the correct way.

We also have several specialist sectors, including:

Academies & Schools
Our team of experienced lawyers can assist and advise you on all aspects of forming partnerships with other schools, from informal collaborations to multi academy trusts (MATs).  We can help ensure schools maximise their opportunities when it comes to the increased autonomy and responsibility on offer. We offer a wide range of services and advice, not just on the mechanics of academy conversion but also support in delivering your vision and dealing with day to day matters post conversion.

We have a very long association with regional and national charities of all kinds. For existing charities we provide a review service to ensure that their activities are not out of step with their constitutions, advise on possible changes and negotiate with the Charity Commission.  And we advise on compliance and property issues, trading, VAT and a whole host of problems that charities encounter.

Farms & Rural Estates
We have a long established relationship with landowners, farmers and landed estates having acted for several generations of farming families since 1785 and we are members of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) and the Agricultural Law Association (ALA).

Holiday & Residential Parks
We are the leading firm of lawyers in providing a specialist service throughout England and Wales for caravan and leisure parks and mobile home parks, acting exclusively for and on behalf of park owners. We represent the British Holiday and Home Parks Association and are therefore at the cutting edge of legal developments affecting these businesses. Our clients range from the very smallest parks to large owners with a number of parks and our dedicated team will give prompt advice based on experience and at realistic fees.

Social Housing
We wholly identify with the aims and ethos of the social housing movement. We provide in-depth employment advice and housing advice. We advise on property issues from site acquisition and assembly, conditional contracts, planning gain retention and Section 106 Agreements through to straightforward right to buy and Shared Equity sales. We can also advise on strategic aspects of housing association activities such as governance and tendering (i.e. for supporting people contracts).

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Holiday and Residential Parks; Managing Partner Paul Kelly 01392 207020
Head of Commercial Property; Partner and Solicitor Richard Thorneycroft 01392 207020
Head of Property; Partner and Solicitor Vernon Clarke 01392 207020
Head of Litigation and Employment; Partner and Solicitor Jill Headford 01392 207020
Head of Family Law; Partner and Solicitor Tracy Lambert 01392 207020
Head of Wealth Management; Partner and Solicitor Gráinne Staunton 01392 207020
Head of Corporate and Commercial; Partner and Solicitor James Orpin 01392 207020
Head of Social Housing; Partner and Solicitor Stephen Burtchaell 01392 207020
Joint Head of Medical Negligence; Partner and Solicitor Endurance Arthur 01392 207020
Joint Head of Medical Negligence; Partner and Solicitor Stuart Bramley 01392 207020
Head of Charities and Social Enterprise; Partner and Solicitor James Evans 01392 207020
Partner in Planning; Solicitor Amy Cater 01392 207020
Partner in Litigation and Employment; Solicitor Stephen Jennings 01392 207020
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Mr Stuart Bramley  photo Mr Stuart Bramley
Mr Stephen Burtchaell  photo Mr Stephen Burtchaell
Ms Amy Cater  photo Ms Amy Cater
Mr Vernon Clarke  photo Mr Vernon Clarke
Mr James Evans  photo Mr James Evans
Mrs Jill Headford  photo Mrs Jill Headford
Mr Stephen Jennings  photo Mr Stephen Jennings
Mr Paul Kelly  photo Mr Paul Kelly
Mrs Tracy Lambert  photo Mrs Tracy Lambert
Mr James Orpin  photo Mr James Orpin
Mrs Grainne Staunton  photo Mrs Grainne Staunton
Mr Richard Thorneycroft  photo Mr Richard Thorneycroft
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At Tozers LLP we value the diverse experiences of everyone. We believe that our clients are best served by creative, empathetic and engaged people and to this end we support and encourage differences in our teams.

We want all our staff to reach their full potential, put their talents to best use, have a sense of belonging and enjoy rewarding careers in an environment where they can be true to themselves. To achieve this, we encourage an inclusive and respectful working environment that seeks out from everyone contributions which are driven by their individual and diverse perspectives.

Our commitment to inclusivity is not just about ensuring that policies and procedures are in place; we put our commitment into action. Of our staff, 40% work non-standard hours to accommodate their out of work commitments to things such as family care, education or to facilitate easier journeys to and from work. Our celebration of our generational differences is reflected in the age profile of our staff which spreads from early twenties to mid-seventies.

It is also important that our staff feel supported and we are signatories to the Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health. We have trained some of senior managers in mental health awareness to not only be able to provide support for existing staff who may be having difficulties but also to understand the discrimination that those with mental health issues may previously have experienced in recruitment and selection processes.

Every year we give our staff the opportunity to complete our diversity questionnaire and the statistical information is published on our website. We strive to keep learning from any feedback that we receive so that we can continue to attract and retain the best talent who will deliver the best service to our clients.

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: Very happy with this company. I was given facts and figures from the start. Would highly recommend Tozers – Tracy Lambert was honest and direct, and made me feel at ease during any decisions I was making. She gave professional advice, and was up front about all my options during the whole process. I would highly recommend.

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: We were recommended Tozers as local not-for-profit experts after numerous local firms advised they could not provide expertise in this area. We were not disappointed. Partner James Evans was user-friendly and approachable and guided us through the legislation in a comfortable yet professional style. He called upon experience to raise the issues we needed to consider and provided practical solutions to all. His services were excellent value for money and we would highly recommend the firm to any not for profit organisation needing specialist legal advice on all matters.

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: I have been a client of Tozers for the last ten years. They are knowledgeable, helpful and offer great suggestions or solutions to our queries.

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: Tozers Solicitors have represented our group directors and entities for many years. We have engaged their services on a number of matters but primarily through James Orpin as our legal representative for the acquisition of a number of businesses. James competently managed our expectations yet delivered on timescales. I have no hesitation in recommending James Orpin and Tozers for similar representation.

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: Great service and very understanding with timescales that were not always met due to my son issues with reading. Explained things in layman’s terms. Home visits really appreciated.

CLIENT: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: Excellent as usual, well done you guys… appreciate the support.