Firm Profile > Trethowans LLP > Salisbury, England

Trethowans LLP
LONDON ROAD
SALISBURY
SP1 3HP
England

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Trethowans LLP is experienced in handling property transactions involving farms and estates, and regularly advises banks on securing lending for agricultural properties. The team also has expertise in tax planning, equine litigation and the partitioning of farms and estates. Marcus Thorpe leads the team from Salisbury, with support in private wealth matters from Chris Pemberton, who arrived from Porter Dodson LLP in March 2019. In addition, Emma Earp joined the Bournemouth office from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in January 2019, bringing banking expertise to bear on agricultural matters.

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Testimonials

Marcus Thorpe leads the team and has instilled an ethos of client care and efficiency. Marcus completed a transaction with 24 hours to spare on what was already a very tight timescale. First class.

Marcus Thorpe is one of the very few land and estate lawyers who actually visits the property and gets their boots dirty. I am convinced that this is one of the major contributory factors to his team’s efficiency. In addition it is perfectly normal to receive a telephone call from Marcus at 6:30 am or 9.30 pm, such is his dedication to exceeding expectations. This professionalism coupled with superb client bedside manner and an ability to cut through minutiae and provide pragmatic advice is what makes Marcus Thorpe a cut above the rest.

Key clients

Cornish Mutual

Agricultural Mortgage Corporation

Lloyds Bank

Rowanmoor Pension Trustees Limited

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Belport Investments Limited

Corporate and commercial: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Trethowans LLP's corporate team in Bournemouth is led by Mark Nixon, and is able to advise on all aspects of corporate transactions, including finance and investment, shareholder and joint venture agreements. Nick Gent is another key individual with substantial M&A experience.

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Riskstop Group

Saint-Gobain / Jewson

Mail Solutions Group

Baker Perkins

Innvotec

The Property Franchise Group plc

Carnival plc

Banking and finance Tier 3

Dorset-based Trethowans LLP acts for lenders and borrowers on a range of matters, including corporate borrowing and refinancing, acquisition finance and agricultural finance. The firm is also a member of the Loan Market Association (LMA). Corporate law specialist Nick Gent co-leads the team with Emma Earp, who arrived from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2019 and brings strong finance expertise.

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Key clients

Lloyds Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Royal Bank of Scotland plc/National Westminster Bank plc

HSBC Bank plc

CT Automotive Group Limited

Wessex Care Limited

Just Develop It Limited

Rowanmoor Trustees Limited

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Limited

R&M Electrical Group Limited

Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 3

Specialising in commercial property transactions, Trethowans LLP has experience in property pension and property finance matters. The firm is active in the residential development sector, as well as advising on matters ranging from landlord and tenant issues to restructuring and insolvency. Pension property expert Garry Treagust co-leads the practice with Paul Longman, who focuses on property finance and development. Guy Morgan joined from Lester Aldridge LLP in 2019 and has particular expertise in healthcare properties. Caroline Probert left for Steele Raymond LLP in 2019.

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Lloyds Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

HSBC Bank Plc

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Vivid Housing Association

Rowanmoor Trustees Limited

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Ladbrokes Coral Limited

Stannah Lifts Holdings Limited

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited

Family Tier 3

Trethowans LLP remains a strong regional presence in Dorset and Wiltshire, providing the full range of services in family law, with a focus on a collaborative approach. Andrew Mercer heads up the team from the Salisbury office, while other key names include Emma Wilders-Pratt in Winchester and Kimberley Davies in the Poole and Bournemouth offices. In December 2019, Juliet Mayhew left the firm to start her own company.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Trethowans LLP acts for a range of clients including high-net-worth individuals, handling the full spectrum of private client work. James Hammersley is head of the team at the Poole office.

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Testimonials

‘They are very friendly and have a high level of knowledge across a broad spectrum. They are very approachable as a team and will assist in whatever way they can with an enquiry.’

‘Chris Pemberton is very sincere and approachable as well as knowledgeable.’

Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

In Salisbury, Clare Carter heads the medical negligence practice at Trethowans LLP, handling cases involving birth and spinal injuries, delayed diagnoses and brain injury cases. For personal injury, the key contact in the firm's Salisbury office is Tom Hartigan; the team handles head injury and spinal injury claims, as well as fatal accidents and industrial disease.

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Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

Trethowans LLP acts for clients ranging from local SMEs through to large international brands in relation to corporate finance, joint venture agreements and articles of association. The team has been growing, following its hire of  Jon Stickland with the addition of Julian Hamblin from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in early 2020. Hamblin is a commercial contracts specialist within the IT, tech and e-commerce sectors. Mike Watson leads the practice and acts for a wide variety of sellers and buyers of privately owned companies.

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This practice is unique. The whole team are very knowledgeable in their field and ALWAYS puts their clients first on all occasions. I have found they are willing to go the extra mile and nothing is too difficult for them. Having used other practices in the past, Trethowans are head and shoulders above the rest and their customer service is best in class.

Mike Watson and Lucy Gleisner are key individuals at the practice. Both are well informed, and put their clients’ objectives first. Great listeners and communicators. Both are able to work through complicated issues to a resolution.

Key clients

Riskstop Group

Saint-Gobain / Jewson

Mail Solutions Group

Baker Perkins

Innvotec

The Property Franchise Group

Carnival

Licensing Tier 1

Trethowans LLP has extensive experience acting for large national restaurant estates and retail leaders on the full scope of licensing matters. The practice, under the leadership of Karen Lush, handles all premises and personal licensing and undertakes advisory work for national clients. Sandra Graham is a specialist in alcohol and entertainment licensing, as well as planning aspects of matters. The team also has the capacity to represent clients in court. Other team members include Julia Palmer, whose focus includes the Gambling Act 2005 and other betting issues.

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Nando’s Chickenland Ltd

Pizza Hut UK Ltd

Chelsea FC

MOD Pizza Ltd

Goals Soccer Centres

K.T.O. Lt

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Trethowans LLP 'punches above its weight' and handles a mixed caseload of serious clinical negligence and personal injury work. Clare Carter in Salisbury leads the clinical negligence practice and is described by peers as a 'formidable opponent', handling the full scope of matters including cerebral palsy, birth injury cases, misdiagnosis, and negligently treated medical conditions. The team regularly acts against NHS Trusts, hospitals and GPs regionally. Gavin Lane is a key name for head and spinal injury cases. Serious personal injury matters are overseen by Southampton-based John Hall, who covers the spectrum of catastrophic matters with a speciality in asbestos work. Frances Gillett is a personal injury expert and is recommended for road traffic accidents whilst managing partner Chris Whiteley is known for his work on catastrophic head and spinal injury cases.

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Testimonials

‘Trethowans is a regional firm punching above its weight in terms of reputation, quality or work and fee earners. They build good relationships with clients and adopt a compassionate and client-focused approach.’

‘Frances Gillett is experienced, organised and pragmatic. Her clients value and trust her judgement. Gavin Lane is vastly experienced in medical negligence litigation. He knows his onions, is an effective negotiator and works with determination to secure a fair result for his clients.’

‘Frances Gillett – a personal injury specialist with an impressive caseload. She is very clever and leaves no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of every case.’

‘Trethowans has the benefit of being a multi-location local practice but providing the service of a national personal and clinical negligence firm. Clients find their ease of location attractive as this is not a substitute for excellent service. Work is of the highest quality and resources are not compromised – they have the financial resource to pay medical fees and disbursements without having to rely upon agencies and the limited that brings.’

‘Gavin Lane is a seasoned campaigner. Dedicated and wily, he puts his client’s interests at the top of his objectives and secured excellent results. Clare Carter is a dedicated practitioner, no detail is left unchecked and this is the bedrock of her success. Particularly necessary in clinical negligence cases in which Clare specialises.’

‘Clare Carter is an exceptional lawyer. She has passion and intellect and is dogged in her pursuit of claims and understand the big picture – each case gets the commitment it requires whatever.’

‘Clare Carter’s attention to detail is phenomenal. Once she decides to take a case on, she is relentless. A formidable opponent’

This team is proactive, efficient and very pragmatic. They are adept at identifying the key points very early in the litigation and tailoring appropriate strategies. They have particular expertise in acting for and understanding the needs of overseas insurers.’

Banking and finance Tier 2

As well as handling corporate borrowing and finance, acquisition financing, and regional lending work, Trethowans LLP stands out from other firms for its experience in agriculture-related finance. With offices in Southampton and Bournemouth, the team is led by Nick Gent and Emma Earp. Gent is experienced in all areas of corporate finance, while Earp is known for her work on LMA transactions.

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Lloyds Bank

Santander UK

Royal Bank of Scotland/National Westminster Bank

HSBC Bank

CT Automotive Group

Wessex Care

Mark Allen Holdings

Just Develop It

Rowanmoor Trustees

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution

R&M Electrical Group

Employment: Hampshire Tier 2

With a broad client portfolio spanning the manufacturing, construction and retail sectors, Trethowans LLP has a particularly strong reputation for its contentious work; all lawyers in the team are tribunal advocates. Kathryn Casey-Evans who took over as practice head in late 2019, specialises in discrimination cases, director/shareholder disputes, national minimum wage assessments and TUPE issues. Leading individual Simon Rhodes is the name to note for mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing and insourcing work.

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I find that Trethowans are very grounded and talk to you in a simple and straightforward way. They recognise day to day constraints.  You get to speak to the same person and definitely feel like you are not just another number.

Kathryn Casey-Evans is outstanding in her knowledge and always talks through the plans and ensures that you understand.  She also knows the real world and the day to day challenges we sometimes face with staff.  Kathryn will always get back to you personally, so you don’t feel like your case is being passed around.

The advice given is always balanced, outlining the commercial risks, alongside the practical reality of the situation.

The advice given by Simon Rhodes is never straight from a dry textbook but takes into account the context, the culture & the reality of the commercial world in which we operate. You feel that it has been tailored to your specific company circumstances, which draws upon a relationship built over many years.

Family: Hampshire Tier 2

Alternative dispute resolution is a large part of Trethowans LLP Hampshire practice, which is split across offices in Southampton and Winchester. Practice head Andrew Mercer deals predominantly with wealthy individuals with family owned businesses and farms and is committed to a 'no-court approach' in the resolution of family related disputes. Grant Cameron is a resolution trained all-issues mediator, while Winchester based Emma Wilders-Pratt specialises in complex assets.

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As a team Trethowans have experience handling all levels of financial remedy claims.  The team is well balanced and highly efficient. The four partners are all highly regarded.  I consider them among the top band of firms in this area of law in Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Andrew Mercer is a top lawyer with very long experience and a wise head.  He will always strive to achieve sensible practical and commercial solutions. Grant Cameron and Kimberley Davies are also highly experienced practitioners with great track records and are excellent to work with.

They offer a first class service to clients in terms of litigation, alternative dispute resolution and support through what are often difficult and emotional times for the clients. The atmosphere at the firm is also very good. Whilst based outside of London, they are a go-to firm in the area for family law and are a match for any specialist London based firm.

Andrew Mercer is an absolute star and born leader. He is very relaxed and calm, which conceals a razor sharp knowledge of the law and an uncanny ability to predict at a very early stage the likely outcome. Staff respect him and clients immediately warm to him and rightly so. He is equally at home resolving cases in an alternative dispute resolution framework as he is in tough court-led litigation.’

Grant Cameron heads up the Southampton office and is a very effective practitioner who undertakes a considerable amount of mediation and collaborative resolution of cases.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Trethowans LLP's personal injury group is overseen by 'robust litigator' Kelvin Farmaner. The team has experience of a wide range of claims, including road traffic accidents, employer’s liability and public liability claims, as well as some catastrophic injury matters. Bethany Blamire is the standout practitioner in the team, having decades of expertise in this area and a niche in agricultural accidents. She is recommended for both domestic and international matters. The workload also features some equine and animal cases which Sarah Wheadon is the key name for.

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‘Bethany Blamire is someone who constantly achieves excellent outcomes for her clients, without seeking the limelight. I have been working with/for her for many years and within that time she has proved herself to be one of the most diligent, sensible and able solicitors in this field of work.  Bethany is sensible, approachable, and as a result, she is particularly successful in establishing excellent working relationships with lay clients and witnesses.’

‘Kelvin Farmaner has got a proven track record in complex litigation backed up by the experience of representing clients in landmark cases in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He is comfortable dealing with high-value claims requiring input from multiple medico-legal experts. His specialist interest in costs enables him to give realistic commercial advice at all stages. He is a robust, but sensible negotiator.’

‘This team is proactive, efficient and very pragmatic. They are adept at identifying the key points very early in the litigation and tailoring appropriate strategies. They have particular expertise in acting for and understanding the needs of overseas insurers.’

‘Kelvin Farmaner stands out for excellent client care and extremely sound instincts. Bethany Blamire warrants special mention for meticulous preparation and a very good grasp of the salient issues.’

‘I have worked for many years with Kelvin Farmaner. Hugely experienced, unruffled and dedicated to his clients.’

Key clients

Van Ameyde UK Ltd

Cornish Mutual Assurance Co Ltd

Go South Coast Ltd

RSPCA

Saint Gobain Building Distribution

Appleby Westward Group Ltd

Flyct B.V.

Jewson Ltd

Farm and General Insurance Ltd

WH Bond & Sons Ltd

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire Tier 2

The Trethowans LLP team specialises in advising farmers and landed estates on succession and capital gains tax planning. Mihiri Gajraj leads the Southampton office and advises clients in relation to to tax planning and trusts. In Winchester, Rupert Thompson joined from Stillwells LLP  and undertakes all private client work. The team also works on court of protection and mental capacity issues and acts as an independent administrator in contentious probate cases.

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Testimonials

I have found Trethowans LLP to be “head and shoulders above” other local firms in relation to the quality of service and the speed of their delivery and responses. Too often these are strengths that are not found together, and it is rare to find a firm like Trethowans LLP which can consistently deliver speedy and quality service.

I have worked most closely with Mihiri Gajraj at Trethowans LLP. I find Mihiri a pleasure to work with. She is friendly and professional, quick to respond to any queries and always willing to help. Her work is accurate and well written, and her attention to detail is excellent, which I feel is especially important when preparing trust deeds. I am confident recommending Mihiri to my clients and to other professionals I work with, and have done so on numerous occasions.

Communicate well, good expertise and knowledge ; patient and cooperative. Approachable at all times. Other firms I know are similar, but this team and Trethowans are among the best.

Trethowans has a great team spirit and are very capably led, making them a joy to deal with.

Mihiri Gajraj is an outstanding lawyer, with fantastic integrity in all aspects of our work together. She does what she says and gets it done in good time.

Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 3

Trethowans LLP's commercial litigation is led from Southampton by Karl Cameron; the team handles a range of matters covering contracts, partnership and shareholder disputes, insolvency and banking. Cameron also specialises in property and construction disputes, while fellow partner Richard Cook has expertise in professional negligence and IP. The team was boosted in mid-2019 by the arrival of former Steele Raymond LLP disputes head Robert Bajaj from Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP, where he was head of insolvency.

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Saint-Gobain/Jewson

Industrial Cleaning & Equipment Limited

Great Star (Europe) Limited

Eagle International Limited

Ministry of Defence

VES Andover Limited

4Com Plc

Bacardi Limited

Baker Perkins Limited

Elliot Brothers Limited

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 3

Trethowans LLP's commercial property group has added a partner, with the arrival of Guy Morgan from Lester Aldridge LLP, who heads up the firm's new healthcare property team. Property finance is a large part of this practice's work and the team acts regularly for several leading banks. Paul Longman leads the Southampton practice and is an expert in property finance, while pension property specialist Garry Treagust heads up the Salisbury team.

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Testimonials

Always available and on hand – nothing too complicated or difficult to handle.

Melanie Trim is a delight to work with. Knows how to handle lawyers on the other side and agents alike. Super efficient, excellent work ethic and gets the deals done!

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Santander UK

HSBC Bank

James Hay Pension Trustees

Vivid Housing Association

Rowanmoor Trustees

James Hay Pension Trustees

Ladbrokes Coral

Stannah Lifts Holdings

Legal & General Assurance Society

Debt recovery Tier 3

The debt recovery team at Trethowans LLP has a strong reputation in flight delay compensation, rent arrears and contractual disputes. Specifically, it has successfully represented a number of clients in relation to contentious 'extraordinary circumstance' claims. In addition, its offering incorporates work on salary overpayments, SIPPs, business telecoms, unpaid invoices and the recovery of book debts. The practice is led by Louise Boyle in Southampton and Chris Whiteley in Salisbury.

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Having worked with the team for many years, they are always professional, knowledgeable and happy to help with any queries. They provide a very valuable service to us which is evident in the results‘.

Key clients

4Com Customer Services Ltd

4Com Network Services Ltd

Nix Communications Group Limited

Nix Networks LLP

Berry Telecoms Limited

Towergate Underwriting Group Ltd t/a Towergate Insurance

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Embark Services Ltd

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Amey Plc

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Rowanmoor

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

South East > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Trethowans LLP 'punches above its weight' and handles a mixed caseload of serious clinical negligence and personal injury work. Clare Carter in Salisbury leads the clinical negligence practice and is described by peers as a 'formidable opponent', handling the full scope of matters including cerebral palsy, birth injury cases, misdiagnosis, and negligently treated medical conditions. The team regularly acts against NHS Trusts, hospitals and GPs regionally. Gavin Lane is a key name for head and spinal injury cases. Serious personal injury matters are overseen by Southampton-based John Hall, who covers the spectrum of catastrophic matters with a speciality in asbestos work. Frances Gillett is a personal injury expert and is recommended for road traffic accidents whilst managing partner Chris Whiteley is known for his work on catastrophic head and spinal injury cases.

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Testimonials

‘Trethowans is a regional firm punching above its weight in terms of reputation, quality or work and fee earners. They build good relationships with clients and adopt a compassionate and client-focused approach.’

‘Frances Gillett is experienced, organised and pragmatic. Her clients value and trust her judgement. Gavin Lane is vastly experienced in medical negligence litigation. He knows his onions, is an effective negotiator and works with determination to secure a fair result for his clients.’

‘Frances Gillett – a personal injury specialist with an impressive caseload. She is very clever and leaves no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of every case.’

‘Trethowans has the benefit of being a multi-location local practice but providing the service of a national personal and clinical negligence firm. Clients find their ease of location attractive as this is not a substitute for excellent service. Work is of the highest quality and resources are not compromised – they have the financial resource to pay medical fees and disbursements without having to rely upon agencies and the limited that brings.’

‘Gavin Lane is a seasoned campaigner. Dedicated and wily, he puts his client’s interests at the top of his objectives and secured excellent results. Clare Carter is a dedicated practitioner, no detail is left unchecked and this is the bedrock of her success. Particularly necessary in clinical negligence cases in which Clare specialises.’

‘Clare Carter is an exceptional lawyer. She has passion and intellect and is dogged in her pursuit of claims and understand the big picture – each case gets the commitment it requires whatever.’

‘Clare Carter’s attention to detail is phenomenal. Once she decides to take a case on, she is relentless. A formidable opponent’

This team is proactive, efficient and very pragmatic. They are adept at identifying the key points very early in the litigation and tailoring appropriate strategies. They have particular expertise in acting for and understanding the needs of overseas insurers.’

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 220 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 simon.rhodes@trethowans.com 023 8082 0547
Managing partner Chris Whiteley chris.whiteley@trethowans.com 01722 426921
Agriculture and rural property Marcus Thorpe marcus.thorpe@trethowans.com 01722 426932
Banking and finance Nick Gent nick.gent@trethowans.com 03300 582910
Clinical negligence Clare Carter clare.carter@trethowans.com 01722 426936
Commercial property Garry Treagust garry.treagust@trethowans.com 01722 426962
Corporate and commercial Mike Watson mike.watson@trethowans.com 02380 820546
Debt recovery Louise Boyle louise.boyle@trethowans.com 023 8082 0522
Employment and immigration Kathryn Casey-Evans kathryn.casey-evans@trethowans.com 02380 820468
Family Andrew Mercer andrew.mercer@trethowans.com 01722 426954
Health and safety and regulatory Sarah Wheadon sarah.wheadon@trethowans.com 02380 820485
Insurance litigation Kelvin Farmaner kelvin.farmaner@trethowans.com 02380 820527
Licensing Karen Lush karen.lush@trethowans.com 023 8082 0464
Litigation Karl Cameron karl.cameron@trethowans.com 02380 820491
Occupational disease John Hall john.hall@trethowans.com 023 8082 0526
Personal injury Gavin Lane gavin.lane@trethowans.com 02380 820535
Private client Mihiri Gajraj mihiri.gajraj@trethowans.com 02380 820544
Residential property Tim Higham tim.higham@trethowans.com 01722 426985
Restructuring and insolvency Matt Barker matthew.barker@trethowans.com 02380 820457
Photo Name Position Profile
 Clare Carter  photo Clare Carter Clare is a partner in the personal injury team. Clare specialises in…
 Tim Higham  photo Tim Higham Tim is a highly experienced and respected solicitor specialising in residential property…
 Andrew Mercer  photo Andrew Mercer Andrew advises individuals on divorce and separation arising from relationship break-up. His…
 Ian Singleton  photo Ian Singleton Ian primarily undertakes work involving professional negligence claims and property disputes including…
 Marcus Thorpe  photo Marcus Thorpe Marcus Thorpe is head of the firm’s Agriculture and Rural Property team,…
 Garry Treagust  photo Garry Treagust In addition to being a partner in the commerical property group, Garry…
 Chris Whiteley  photo Chris Whiteley Chris handles all forms of personal injury claims on behalf of individuals…
Number of UK partners : 43
Number of other UK fee-earners : 76
Total staff : 223
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL)
Solicitors Regulation Authority
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors

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
COMPANY/FIRM: Ladbrokes
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)
COMPANY/FIRM: Rowanmoor
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
COMPANY/FIRM: Van Ameyde
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.”


The Lex 100 Verdict

Trethowans offers a 'first-rate training contract and solid exposure to complex matters'. 'The people, the culture and the little things' are the winning features of the firm. During their training, trainees can expect to undertake seats in at least two of Trethowans' five offices across the south of England. Recruits receive 'a lot more responsibility and flexibility' and feel that they 'have a more central role in the progression of matters than those who trained in the City'. The 'work/life balance is fantastic' and 'Trethowans looks after its employees and has a very friendly working culture – I have been made to feel valued from day one'. The firm's Lex 100 Winner awards for work/life balance and inclusiveness are therefore easily explained. Gripes include the 'lack of international work' and that 'training and supervision can vary greatly between seats'. But, in good departments, trainees can expect to have 'big involvement in matters' and even to 'run files from beginning to completion'. A 'secondment to a corporate finance firm' and 'having my first appraisal, realising that I am on the right track and that I am doing the work to the correct standard' were also proud moments. By contrast, 'being put in a seat I really didn't want' and 'having minimal work due to there also being an NQ and paralegal in the department' did not make trainees feel that they were being stretched or developed. To train at a mid-sized regional firm with 'good growth prospects', where 'the ethos and values are practised on a daily basis', take a closer look at Trethowans.