Firm Profile > Trethowans LLP > Poole, England

Trethowans LLP
BH15 2NL

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Trethowans LLP assists with transactional work relating to the sale and purchase of farms and estates. The team also advises banks on secured lending to agri- businesses, acts on farming partnerships and is also experienced in assisting landowners with inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning. The firm also advises on agricultural and equestrian tenancies as well as on rural and country house transactions. The ‘extremely efficientMarcus Thorpe heads the practice and has expertise on lease agreements, including on the extraction of minerals from farmland within a given lease period.


Trethowans is very helpful with regards to providing comprehensive legal advice. The team ensures the client gets a clear understanding of the relevant information.

‘Trethowans is a highly professional and highly responsive firm

Marcus Thrope is experienced, professional, thorough and courteous

Marcus Thorpe is prepared to go the extra mile for his clients to find the optimal solution

Key clients

Agricultural Mortgage Corporation

Clydesdale Bank

Lloyds Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

James Hay Pension Trustees

Rowanmoor Pension Trusts

Belport Investments

The Bossington Estate

Cornish Mutual

Farm and General Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Trethowans LLP has expertise in handling spinal injury claims and cases that involve cerebral palsy, birth injury cases, misdiagnoses, delayed diagnoses of cancer, negligently performed surgery as well as negligently treated medical conditions. Other claims are related to amputations as well as multiple fractures. The firm assists with the investigation of the relationship between breach of duty, causation and quantum.

Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire Tier 3

Trethowans LLP has developed a national reputation for commercial property transactions for pensions, with Garry Treagust being a noted expert in this area. The firm also has significant experience in landlord and tenant matters, residential development and property finance. In addition to undertaking standalone work, the commercial property team supports the corporate practice on M&A deals. Gareth Yeoman has a wealth of experience acting for developers, and advises on matters concerning the terms of purchases, the setting up of sites, as well as the subsequent sale and leasing of units. In 2018, James Kidner joined from Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP. In another development, Tom Mitchell made senior associate. Treagust took over as the head of the Salisbury property department from Caroline Probert, who moved to Steele Raymond LLP.


A solid team

Key clients

James Hay Pension Trustees

Ladbrokes Coral

Rowanmoor Trustees

Santander UK

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution/Jewson

Lloyds Bank

Sippchoice Trustees

Stannah Lifts Holdings

Sentinel Housing Association

Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire Tier 3

Trethowans LLP's client roster includes individuals, SMEs, financial institutions and corporates. Its work spans corporate M&A, joint venture agreements and private equity transactions, as well as commercial contracts. Mark Nixon is the key contact in the Bournemouth office.

Family Tier 3

Trethowans LLP is experienced in the drafting and negotiation of cohabitation and marital agreements, advises on cohabitation disputes and assists with children-related matters that involve relocation disputes, the negotiation of living arrangements and maintenance claims. The firm also assists with asset structuring and financial settlements after divorce or relationship breakdown. The firm has also expertise in private law adoptions and fertility law, which includes the negotiation of donor agreements.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Trethowans LLP has particular expertise in multiple fracture and head injury claims as well as multiple orthopaedic and spinal injury cases. The firm covers workplace injury occupiers’ liability, fatal accidents, public liability and industrial disease claims as well as claims arising from road traffic accidents. The firm is also involved in asbestos-related liability claims. Another area of expertise is the making of claims arising from mental illness.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Trethowans LLP advises on inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning for high-net-worth individuals, establishes personal injury trusts and assists with the administration of a wide range of assets, including agricultural land, woodland and family businesses. The firm also assists farmers and entrepreneurs with succession and capital tax planning. Charity trustees constitute another significant client base, as do elderly and vulnerable clients.

Trethowans is a leading law firm in the South of England providing a comprehensive range of services for businesses and individual clients.

The firm: On the commercial side, it represents international and national household brand names, owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs, banks, insurers and major regional employers across the UK. When acting for individuals, it represents entrepreneurs, local families, landowners, property developers and trustees among others.

Trethowans at a glance: Trethowans is a UK top-150 law firm and has been in existence for over 150 years with a team of over 230 people, including 44 partners. It has offices in Southampton, Salisbury, Winchester, Bournemouth and Poole. Commercial clients include household names such as Ladbrokes plc, Endsleigh Insurance Services, Jewson (part of the Saint Gobain Group), Pizza Hut, Garmin (Europe) Limited and Rowanmoor Group plc. The firm’s commercial property team also handled numerous multi million pound deals last year. The private client lawyers provide expertise in the area of inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning.

Types of work undertaken:

Commercial property: the team handles all aspects of property portfolio work across a range of sectors throughout the UK, and is nationally recognised for its pension property work.

Corporate and commercial: a leading regional practice with extensive experience in relation to all types of corporate transactional work and commercial agreements.

Licensing: the team have a national reputation for providing legal advice to operators in the leisure and retail sector in relation to the sale of alcohol and provision of entertainment. The team also acts for a number of nationally recognised restaurant chains, premier league football club, a number of hotels as well as individual operators and those hosting a one off event.

Employment: advises international, national and regional employers on all aspects of employment law including TUPE, restrictive covenants, discrimination and immigration issues.

Banking and finance: the team represents institutional lenders and corporate borrowers on all aspects of finance and related security arrangements. Restructuring and insolvency: the team has extensive experience in restructuring and insolvency-related issues.

Litigation and debt recovery: the team specialises in company and commercial issues, construction/building, property and professional negligence disputes as well as health and safety and regulatory compliance.

Personal injury: the team specialise in catastrophic head and spinal injury cases, accidents at work, road traffic accidents, military claims, accidents abroad, clinical negligence, and asbestos disease cases.

Planning: the team provide expert planning advice on site acquisition, planning applications and appeals, through to issues around conservation and listed buildings, planning enforcement and noise.

Private client, family, agriculture and rural property, and residential property: the group comprises the teams that advise individual clients covering wills, trusts, tax planning and lasting powers of attorney; family and relationship advice; agriculture and rural property; and residential conveyancing.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Simon Rhodes
Managing partner Chris Whiteley
Agriculture and rural property Marcus Thorpe
Banking and finance Sophie Eales
Banking litigation Jon Kelly
Clinical negligence Clare Carter
Commercial property Garry Treagust
Corporate and commercial Mike Watson
Debt recovery Louise Boyle
Employment and immigration Simon Rhodes
Family Andrew Mercer
Health and safety and regulatory Sarah Wheadon
Insurance litigation Kelvin Farmaner
Licensing Karen Lush
Litigation Richard Cook
Occupational disease John Hall
Personal injury Gavin Lane
Private client Mihiri Gajraj
Residential property Tim Higham
Restructuring and insolvency Matt Barker
Number of UK partners : 44
Number of other UK fee-earners : 71
Total staff : 238

CLIENT: Paul Garrett, Claims Controller
COMPANY/FIRM: Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: “For many years Trethowans has provided litigation support to Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd. Over this time, Trethowans has continued to impress us with very high levels of service, support and professionalism. They provide an extremely efficient service to ensure that our cases are handled cost effectively. More than anything, we value Trethowans clear understanding of our busy and commercial interests.”

CLIENT: Caroline Beel, Central Development & Licensing Manager
TESTIMONIAL: “We have worked with Trethowans and their Betting & Gaming Team for many years. The team have always provided a first class service to us. The advice provided has always been practical and they have worked alongside us to meet our overall commercial aims and objectives. The team is in regular contact with us and always reacts quickly and professionally to any situation, even when given short notice.”

CLIENT: Lucy Matthews, Managing Director (Pension Administration)
TESTIMONIAL: “Rowanmoor has worked alongside Trethowans fora number of years during which time we have always received a high level of service and proficiency. We value Trethowans’ understanding of our business and their professional expertise and it is a pleasure to deal with them in relation to our clients’ legal requirements when undertaking property transactions through our range of pension products.”

CLIENT: Denis Wellfare, Transport Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Saint-Gobain
TESTIMONIAL: “Trethowans has provided legal services to Saint Gobain (including Jewsons) for many years. We have built up a firm business relationship over that period and know we can rely on Trethowans to do their utmost to protect our commercial interests. They are both friendly and helpful, providing a first class service.”

CLIENT: Nikki McGhie, HR Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Bendicks of Mayfair
TESTIMONIAL: “We have been delighted with our decision to use Simon Rhodes and the Employment Team at Trethowans for our employment advice. Simon has been invaluable, understanding our business needs and giving excellent advice accordingly. He has the ability to take a difficult situation and simplify it, helping to set out a step by step action plan – in an increasingly complex legal area, Simon is a breath of fresh air! If Simon is not available, he has a great team supporting him who are always on hand to help.”

CLIENT: Paul Lavelle, Claims Manager
TESTIMONIAL: “A diligent and focused team who provide quality service – consistently. The advice provided is solid and pragmatic and supported with clear strategical recommendations. Our business involves cross border claims for major international insurers and knowledge of developments in constantly evolving European legislation adds an additional level of complexity. We have worked with Kelvin Farmaner and the Insurance Litigation Team for many years and have always received first rate service and support.”