Trethowans LLP > Southampton, England > Firm Profile

Trethowans LLP
THE PAVILION, BOTLEIGH GRANGE BUSINESS PARK
HEDGE END
SOUTHAMPTON
SO30 2AF
England

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

Trethowans LLP’s sizeable team makes the firm a strong choice for major companies seeking assistance on corporate transactions and commercial contract matters. Practice head Mike Watson regularly acts both for buyers  and sellers of privately owned companies, as does seasoned corporate partner Lucy Gleisner. Nick Gent is noted for his fluency in private equity transactions and funding structures, while Julian Hamblin’s expertise in technology law makes him a key contact for clients seeking commercial solutions to IT matters, especially in the retail and financial services sectors. Jon Stickland plays a key role in the firm’s commercial offering, acting for a broad range of companies on supply chain matters. Jamie Earley is recommended for divestments and corporate finance work.

Practice head(s):

Mike Watson

Testimonials

‘The commercial support they offer is invaluable. The team is excellent at managing the timing of our transactions, and is able to push and delay as appropriate.’

‘Lucy Gleisner is sharp and efficient, and an excellent sounding board for general legal and commercial issues.’

‘Trethowans commercial contracts support is excellent, with their team showing good attention to detail and providing timely responses. They have also taken time to get to know our business which adds to the value they can bring to contract negotiations and drafting.’

‘Jon Stickland is an excellent external resource for us, and feels like an extension of our in-house team. He is totally unflappable, and gets the job done to an excellent level with no fuss and total clarity.’

‘This practice is very much unique. The whole team cares about their clients and goes the extra mile to ensure clients’ objectives are met 100%. I have used other corporate lawyers in the past and they fall well behind Trethowans each time.’

‘ Great praise must go to Mike Watson and Jamie Earley in particular. I find it very difficult to any fault with Trethowans.’

‘Very refreshing blend of professional competence and pragmatism, which is quite unusual in my experience.’

 

Key clients

Riskstop Group Limited

Saint-Gobain / Jewson

The Property Franchise Group plc

Belport Investments LLP

Britvic plc

Bacardi-Martini

Kinetic Games Limited

The Army Museums Ogilby Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Britvic on strategic procurement contracts with its main suppliers.
  • Acting for multiple shareholders in the sale of the entire issued share capital of South Milford (Holdings) Limited (aka Milford Building Supplies) to Huws Gray.
  • Advising on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of J. & D. Edgar Limited from family shareholders and trusts. The acquisition was undertaken through a newly formed SPV subsidiary of Belport Investments.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 1

Located in Southampton, the long-established team at Trethowans LLP advises on a range of licensing matters in the retail, hospitality and sport sectors. Led by Karen Lush, the practice handles all premises and personal licensing and has experience acting for large national restaurant estates. Sandra Graham advises on planning matters in relation to licensed premises, as well as alcohol, entertainment and noise-related licensing issues. Julia Palmer is recognised in handling betting and gaming cases. The team also has experience in representing clients in court.

Practice head(s):

Karen Lush

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Nando’s Chickenland Ltd

Pizza Hut UK Ltd

Chelsea Football Club PLC

MOD Pizza Ltd

Goals Soccer Centres

K.T.O. Ltd

Poole Leisure Limited

Beach House (Mudeford) Limited

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Trethowans LLP demonstrates strong credentials across the entire spectrum of personal injury and clinical negligence work. In addition to handling domestic matters, the firm is also prominent in claims that have a cross-border dimension. The department, which is led by John Hall, is adept at representing clients in matters ranging in value from multimillion pound cases to lower-value claims. Hall is particularly active in legally-complex asbestos disease work. Another key individual is Gavin Lane, who has an extensive clinical negligence caseload and handles catastrophic injury matters involving head injuries, spinal injuries, amputations and multiple fractures. In addition, he has notable expertise in employers' liability claims. Chris Whiteley is also recommended for advice on complex and high-value clinical negligence cases, as is Clare Carter. Elsewhere, on the personal injury side, the firm's varied workload includes road traffic accidents, workplace accidents and public liability claims. James Braund made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

John Hall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Gavin Lane is a strong and seasoned practitioner. very committed to the work, his clients and well regarded by peers. He works assiduously and cautiously, and always delivers excellent results for his clients.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire Tier 1

High-net-worth individuals turn to Trethowans LLP for its expertise in capital gains and inheritance tax planning, complex (often contentious) probates, and multi-jurisdictional estate administrations. The team is especially well-regarded for its farming and landed estate focus, where practice head Mihiri Gajraj handles intergenerational planning and business relief matters. Associate Arcadius Gregory is recommended for his capabilities as an adviser to Polish clients. All named lawyers are based in Southampton.

Practice head(s):

Mihiri Gajraj

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘High level of expert knowledge. Very quick to respond. ’

‘Mihiri Gajraj is very professional and also very approachable.’

‘We really appreciated the cultural diversity within the team. High standard of service compared to some of their competitors.’

‘Arcadius took his time to understand my needs, and assisted greatly with ensuring that I am aware what the English law states and how this might affect me.’

‘A very professional team.’

‘Mihiri Gajraj has a great knowledge of probate, will making, and inheritance tax. These qualities have enabled Mihiri to be a problem solver where the need arose. I use Mihiriri over competitors because of the combination of talents that are simply unrivalled.’

‘The practice is large enough to have specialisms, but not too big that you lose contact with individuals who can help.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 2

Recent expansion has resulted in Trethowans LLP’s commercial litigation team representing a broader client base of developer and commercial property clients in addition to various well-renowned corporates, public sector entities, and regional SMEs. Southampton practice head Karl Cameron handles high-value property disputes, while Richard Cook focuses on contract claims and shareholder disputes. In the Bournemouth office, Robert Bajaj is a key contact for a range of commercial and property litigation matters, and has recently acted on high-value contract disputes and indemnity claims. Poole-based Andrew Carswell is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Karl Cameron

Other key lawyers:

Richard Cook; Robert Bajaj; Andrew Carswell

Key clients

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

Employment > Employment: Hampshire Tier 2

The employment team at Trethowans LLP is well-placed to advise and act for a range of leading regional clients and well-known corporates with both national and international interests. Department head Kathryn Evans handles employment law and immigration matters, including discrimination claims, shareholder disputes and TUPE matters. Experienced associate Andrew Crudge, who previously led the employment practice at Irwin Mitchell’s Southampton site, concentrates on reorganisations and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. Simon Rhodes recently left the firm to establish his own business consultancy.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Evans

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Winchester Garden Machinery Limited

Martinspeed Limited

This is Motif Limited

Impact Call Centre Limited

Glen Dimplex UK Limited

Gilmond Consulting Limited

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean UK

Farrow and Ball Limited

Riskstop Group Limited

Thatcham Research

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Trethowans LLP's banking and finance offering was significantly strengthened by Steve Cole joining from Blake Morgan LLP in April 2021. Cole, who now heads up the practice, has an outstanding track record in high-profile transactions seen in the South Coast market. Although the firm has traditionally tended to be known for borrower-side work, Cole's arrival is expected to lead to a notable uptick in lender-side mandates. Other names to note in the group are Nick GentPaul Longman and Emma Earp. The team's areas of expertise span a number of key areas, including acquisition finance, development finance and agriculture/rural affairs finance. Cole brings his Islamic finance knowledge to the firm. Longman is recommended for his property finance experience.

Practice head(s):

Steve Cole

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Nick Gent has continued to be a trusted adviser. Detail focused, with an astute eye for identifying risks who adopts a pragmatic approach to deliver time and again on corporate finance transactions with challenging time pressures.’

‘The team at Trethowans combines strong technical knowledge and commercial experience with an ability to step away from the detail and provide targeted advice where it matters – highlighting key issues that we as business owners need to really consider. The advice is pitched perfectly and the breadth of service offering ensures there is nothing that they cannot assist with.’

‘Emma Earp has a calm, considered approach to her advice which makes her both easy to work with and also very effective. She takes the time to understand our priorities and keeps that in mind throughout the transaction. We have been very impressed with her willingness to work to whatever timetable we need and bright and positive attitude throughout!’

‘Nick Gent provides very good advice and was able to take a pragmatic stance on matters which were of a more commercial nature in order to successfully conclude the project.’

Key clients

Santander UK plc

HSBC Bank plc

Lloyds Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

CT Automotive Group Limited

Mark Allen Holdings Limited

Rowanmoor Trustees Limited

Just Develop It Limited (trading as Onyx Finance)

The MCG Group Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Santander UK Plc on the refinancing of a well known luxury hotel group.
  • Advised Coutts & Co on the facility and security documents required for a loan to a HNW for the purpose of a refinance of an SPV property development company.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

The insurance and regulatory department at Trethowans LLP secured a major boost in late 2020 with the hire of defendant insurance specialist Ferhat Choudri from BDB Pitmans, along with other key members of his former team. Choudri is well regarded for 'applying exceptional care and attention to his cases, with total commitment to the interests of his clients'. The practice is led by solicitor advocate Kelvin Farmaner, who has particular expertise in catastrophic road traffic accident claims, bringing a 'wealth of experience and a no-nonsense approach to litigation'. Bethany Blamire covers personal injury claims for both domestic and international insurers and is praised for her 'unparalleled ability to save clients money through astute case management'.

Practice head(s):

Kelvin Farmaner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has long term experience in dealing with claims of maximum severity both in personal injury and in clinical negligence.’

‘I consider the firm to be a high quality provincial practice with long term experience in personal injury and clinical negligence claims. The firm has sensible, experienced lawyers, good administrative backup and smart, modern premises. The lawyers appear to have a more individual and directly supportive relationship with clients than in some other firms.’

‘They are established players, punching above their weight for a regional practice, offering a genuine alternative to a London based provider.’

‘Great example of a modern law firm with traditional values – excellent lawyers but super approachable.’

‘Trethowans are one of the very best PI and clinical negligence firms on the South Coast with an increasing national profile.’

‘The team are cohesive and work well together. They have an excellent reputation within the industry and have the expertise to pursue complex and high value cases, They are particularly known for their spinal injuries work.’

‘They have a large presence in the market and are well run and resourced. They have a strength in depth that enables the team to deal effectively with all size of claims, including those of the highest value.’

Key clients

Van Ameyde UK Ltd

Cornish Mutual Assurance Co Ltd

Go Ahead Group

RSPCA

Saint Gobain Building Distribution Ltd

Appleby Westward Group Ltd

Flyct B.V.

Jewson Ltd

Farm and General Insurance Ltd

Gallagher Bassett

Private client > Family: Hampshire Tier 2

Trethowans LLP continues to strengthen its regional standing with a concerted expansion effort, hiring a number of new fee earners to its family practice over the past 12 months. The team is experienced in a range of family law matters, acting for claimants and respondents in complex financial remedy matters and Children Act proceedings with an international aspect. Salisbury-based practice head Andrew Mercer has decades of experience acting for high-net-worth individuals, while seasoned mediator Grant Cameron runs the firm’s Southampton practice. In Winchester, Emma Wilders-Pratt is well-regarded for her financial remedies practice, and has handled landmark cases regarding complex pension assets. Kimberley Davies, who splits her time between Poole and Bournemouth, is recommended for her experience in mediation and private law adoptions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Mercer

Testimonials

‘I absolutely loved working with Kimberley Davies. She was so efficient, fast, professional, reliable and stood my ground. I couldn’t ask for a better representation. ’

‘Emma Wilders-Pratt has excellent client skills, knowledge and attention to detail.’

‘Emma Wilders-Pratt possesses a rare combination of strategic and emotional intelligence. With a steely resolve to fight for her clients, Emma achieves fantastic results and has a high satisfaction rate because she really cares about what she does.’

‘It is difficult to put my finger on one thing as Trethowans are masters at a number of important aspects – all the partners are approachable, friendly, efficient and proactive.’

‘Emma Wilders-Pratt is professional and empathetic with clients. Both her and Andrew Mercer have integrity and excellent listening skills combined with vast experience in their field.’

‘I work collaboratively with Grant Cameron who is very fair, sensible and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Andrew Mercer is an absolute star who leads a fantastic team. He is incredibly experienced in all aspect of financial remedy work and is well used to dealing with high end, high net worth cases and conducts them with a calm yet determined way.’

‘Trethowans are a very long established and highly respected firm. They have a strong presence in matrimonial finance and are capable of providing an excellent service to clients whatever the value.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 2

Fielding partners across several offices in the region, the commercial property practice at Trethowans LLP is well placed to act for key corporate and financial services clients on a range of instructions.  Led by property finance and development specialist Paul Longman, the team has seen growth in its property investment offering, and continues to be a mainstay for various landlords and tenants. In Salisbury, Garry Treagust and Jenni Wicheard are key contacts for property pensions work, while Guy Morgan is an established presence in the healthcare market. Gareth Yeoman heads up the commercial property team at the firm’s Poole office, focusing on land acquisitions for commercial and residential plot sales. Bournemouth lead James Kidner specialises in residential development work.

Practice head(s):

Paul Longman

Testimonials

‘Well-connected, multi-service sector teams that offer a comprehensive approach to legal advice’

‘Paul Longman is an approachable, efficient and highly skilled solicitor who offers a wealth of experience and an approach that leaves clients feeling relaxed and sure of the advice they have received.’

‘Trethowans have every legal service my business and I require. I particularly respect and admire the firm’s knowledge of real estate and commercial property transactions – no matter how challenging and complicated they may prove to be.’

‘James Kidner has been instrumental to the growth and progression of our business. James has provided us with sound advice that has enabled us to make informed decisions about whether to proceed or not.’

‘Clear, timely and practical advice provided in a commercial and sensible way.’

‘Trethowans are really professional, supportive and unique.’

Key clients

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for a consortium of international shareholders as tenant in £20m agreement for lease and associated documentation subject to planning.
  • Advising ReAssure on the transfer of c33 SIPP properties from Legal & General as part of the transfer of all L&G business assets to ReAssure –under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
  • Representing the partners of the Concord Medical Centre, Bristol on the surrender by University Hospital Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust of an existing lease at the Medical Centre and the grant of a new lease of a chemotherapy unit to them, conditional upon the GPs completing certain works at the property.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Trethowans LLP's 'effective and efficient' team in Bournemouth works closely with the firm's Southampton offices. On the corporate front, the group has expertise in corporate finance, investments and shareholder transactions, as well as joint-venture agreements. Commercial work includes a weighty outsourcing contracting practice, as well as work relating to distribution, logistics and supply-of-goods and services agreements. Mark Nixon, an experienced M&A lawyer, leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Nixon

Testimonials

‘Effective and efficient.’

‘The Trethowans team are a seamless extension of our organisation, able to support on contract negotiations across a broad spectrum of sectors, whether supply chain, technology or commercial.’

Key clients

Riskstop Group Limited

Saint-Gobain / Jewson

The Property Franchise Group plc

Belport Investments LLP

Britvic plc

Bacardi-Martini

Kinetic Games Limited

The Army Museums Ogilby Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising well-known brand Britvic plc on commercial contracts, including an agreement with Encirc for glass bottle supply.
  • Advising the shareholders of South Milford Holdings on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Huws Gray.
  • Advised Belport Investments LLP on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of J. & D. Edgar Limited from family shareholders and trusts.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Trethowans LLP offers its agricultural clients a wide variety of specialist services. Marcus Thorpe and Amanda Inch focus on transactional work, including property and equine transactions. Emma Earp focuses on working with banks as agricultural lenders. Mihiri Gajraj focuses on the private wealth offering, including offshore trusts and assets. The team also has offerings for partnerships and tenancies work, across farming, equestrian and sporting issues. Thorpe, Earp and Gajraj all co-head the practice, alongside Kathryn Casey-Evans and Kelvin Farmaner, from offices in Salisbury, Bournemouth and Southampton.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Thorpe; Mihiri Gajraj; Emma Earp; Kathryn Casey-Evans; Kelvin Farmaner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very professional, nothing too much trouble, would always call out of hours if necessary ’

‘Very personable and responsive.’

‘Honest, practical advice and a nice personal touch.’

‘A local firm with a national reach. Excellent at seeing the big picture.’

‘Marcus Thorpe leads a great team. Rebecca Gillard is meticulous in her attention to detail and a very capable pair of hands to have on the team’

‘They’re knowledgable and experienced, but most of all they’re “on it”. They know how to handle difficult clients and provide the service demanded. Being available to take a call to solve a problem and staying late to get the work done is such a valuable trait of the team.’

‘What I need is focus when the pressure is on, knowledge and experience, availability at all times and a measured style to guide the most demanding of clients. Marcus Thorpe is this and more.’

‘Trethowans is a small but personable law firm offering a variety of services. Their agriculture and rural property team are fantastic. I have been impressed with the transparency on their billing and also their flexibility.’

Key clients

Agricultural Mortgage Corporation

Lloyds Bank

Hampden Bank

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Belport Investments Limited

Strutt & Parker Farms Limited

Drew Family Partnership

Work highlights

  • Providing the Agricultural Mortgage Company independent advice in respect of applications made by borrowers for a variety of agreements, including farm tenancies.
  • Acting for the Trustees of the Tory MA Settlement as landowners in connection with the grant of an Option for a 200 acre Solar Farm.
  • Assisted with the retirement of the Drew Family Partnership’s senior partner.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 3

Known for its expertise in commercial debt recovery work, Trethowans LLP acts for a range of corporate clients, including SMEs and large companies. Its caseload is equally varied, encompassing claims for the recovery of rent arrears, unpaid invoices and book debts. Group co-head Louise Boyle, who is based in Southampton, specialises in corporate debt recovery work, with an emphasis on assisting clients in the telecoms and pensions sectors. Chris Whiteley, based in Salisbury, co-leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Louise Boyle; Chris Whiteley

Key clients

4Com Customer Services Ltd

Nix Communications Group Limited

Nix Networks LLP

Berry Telecoms Limited

Towergate Underwriting Group Ltd

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 Group

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Valhalla Private Client Services LLP

Work highlights

  • Assisted 4Com Customer Services with the recovery of an unpaid invoice for early termination charges raised pursuant to a Network Services agreement.
  • Assisted Rowanmoor Executive Pensions with the recovery of unpaid invoices for outstanding administration fees under SIPP and SSAA agreements.
  • Advised Valhalla Private Client Services, the administrator of a property investment syndicate, in relation to the pursuit of a debt owed under an agreement between the client and the syndicate.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

The team at Trethowans LLP handles acquisition finance, property and development financings, and rural affairs and agricultural finance matters. It also advises borrowers on refinancing.  Based in Southampton, Nick Gent and property finance specialist Paul Longman lead the practice, which also includes Emma Earp who handles LMA grade work.

Practice head(s):

Nick Gent; Paul Longman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Santander UK plc

HSBC Bank plc

Lloyds Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

CT Automotive Group Limited

Mark Allen Holdings Limited

Rowanmoor Trustees Limited

Just Develop It Limited (trading as Onyx Finance)

The MCG Group Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander UK plc on the refinancing of a well known luxury hotel group. This involved the preparation and settlement of a new facilities agreement and intercreditor documentation.
  • Advised Coutts & Co on preparing  the facility and security documents required for a loan to a HNW for the purpose of a refinance of an SPV property development company.
  • Acted for Just Develop It Limited (trading as Onyx Asset Finance and Onyx Development Finance) as lender, on funding arrangements in an aggregate amount in excess of £21m, mainly focussing on development finance.

Private client > Family Tier 3

With a strong focus on mediation and alternative dispute resolution, the team at Trethowans LLP offers a wide variety of family services. The team acts on behalf of a wide range of wealthy individuals and other professionals; Andrew Mercer heads the team from its Salisbury office, focusing on collaborative cases, while Emma Wilders-Pratt has significant expertise in cases involving coercive control and Kimberley Davies has a specialism in advising on assisted reproduction.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Mercer

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Trethowans LLP's private client team offers wealth planning and tax advice to a range of clients from high-value individuals to average household members. This also includes a Court of Protection practice which includes serving as deputy in personal injury or clinical negligence cases. James Hammersley and Mihiri Gajraj co-head the firm across its three offices in Poole, Southampton and Salisbury. Adam Scott joined from Humphries Kirk.

Practice head(s):

Mihiri Gajraj; James Hammersley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘High level of expert knowledge. Very quick to respond. ’

‘Mihiri Gajraj is very professional and also very approachable.’

‘A great, trustworthy and reliable team. We host online client calls jointly and have embraced new ways to work during the pandemic.’

‘They are a client focused and are keen to work with ourselves as a trusted partners ’

‘The practice is large enough to have specialisms, but not too big that you lose contact with individuals who can help. They will stand up for clients in deals and also work with them to achieve resolution.’

‘Always cooperative and willing to understand the subject as well as the interpretation and wishes of the client; patient and not ‘pushy’ – whilst giving their opinion they acknowledge the clients’ preferences.’

‘The team at Trethowans are really personable and their strengths are twofold – firstly, they demonstrate professionalism, and secondly, they are a relationship business, rather than transactional.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 3

Trethowans LLP is regularly involved in acquisitions and disposals in the residential development space and sees increased property investment work. Other fields of activity for the group are commercial property pension transactions, property finance, and landlord and tenant matters. Practice head Paul Longman also has capabilities in insolvencies. Garry Treagust advises on pension property matters and Guy Morgan specialises in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Paul Longman

Other key lawyers:

Garry Treagust; Gareth Yeoman;

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

HSBC Bank Plc

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Vivid Housing Association

Rowanmoor Trustees Limited

Ladbrokes Coral Limited

Stannah Lifts Holdings Limited

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a consortium of international shareholders, SPV, as Tenant in £20m agreement for lease and associated documentation subject to planning.
  • Advising ReAssure on the transfer of c33 SIPP properties from Legal & General as part of the transfer of all L&G business assets to ReAssure –under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
  • Representing the partners of the Concord Medical Centre, Bristol on the surrender by University Hospital Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust of an existing lease at the Medical Centre and the grant of a new lease of a chemotherapy unit to them, conditional upon the GPs completing certain works at the Property.

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

Trethowans LLP established its IT practice with the January 2020 arrival of Julian Hamblin from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Hamblin's experience in the area, particularly with regard to the financial services and retail sectors, has enabled the firm to attract technology companies and businesses looking to procure IT services, which it advises on issues such as data protection, outsourcing and intellectual property in the context of open source software.

Practice head(s):

Julian Hamblin

Key clients

Saint Gobain (Jewson)

UK Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels (UK CARES)

Britvic

The Army Museums Ogilby Trust

Kinetic Games Limited

Stannah Stairlifts

Just Develop It

Work highlights

  • Advised The Army Museums Ogilby Trust on a project to create an online archive.
  • Advised Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd on an agreement with Kantar for the provision of a cloud solution.
  • Advising start-up computer games company Kinetic Games on the launch of the award-winning and very successful game, “Phasmophobia”.

South West > Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

The team at Trethowans LLP handles acquisition finance, property and development financings, and rural affairs and agricultural finance matters. It also advises borrowers on refinancing.  Based in Southampton, Nick Gent and property finance specialist Paul Longman lead the practice, which also includes Emma Earp who handles LMA grade work.

Practice head(s):

Nick Gent; Paul Longman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Santander UK plc

HSBC Bank plc

Lloyds Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

CT Automotive Group Limited

Mark Allen Holdings Limited

Rowanmoor Trustees Limited

Just Develop It Limited (trading as Onyx Finance)

The MCG Group Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander UK plc on the refinancing of a well known luxury hotel group. This involved the preparation and settlement of a new facilities agreement and intercreditor documentation.
  • Advised Coutts & Co on preparing  the facility and security documents required for a loan to a HNW for the purpose of a refinance of an SPV property development company.
  • Acted for Just Develop It Limited (trading as Onyx Asset Finance and Onyx Development Finance) as lender, on funding arrangements in an aggregate amount in excess of £21m, mainly focussing on development finance.

South West > Private client > Agriculture and estates

Trethowans LLP offers its agricultural clients a wide variety of specialist services. Marcus Thorpe and Amanda Inch focus on transactional work, including property and equine transactions. Emma Earp focuses on working with banks as agricultural lenders. Mihiri Gajraj focuses on the private wealth offering, including offshore trusts and assets. The team also has offerings for partnerships and tenancies work, across farming, equestrian and sporting issues. Thorpe, Earp and Gajraj all co-head the practice, alongside Kathryn Casey-Evans and Kelvin Farmaner, from offices in Salisbury, Bournemouth and Southampton.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Thorpe; Mihiri Gajraj; Emma Earp; Kathryn Casey-Evans; Kelvin Farmaner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very professional, nothing too much trouble, would always call out of hours if necessary ’

‘Very personable and responsive.’

‘Honest, practical advice and a nice personal touch.’

‘A local firm with a national reach. Excellent at seeing the big picture.’

‘Marcus Thorpe leads a great team. Rebecca Gillard is meticulous in her attention to detail and a very capable pair of hands to have on the team’

‘They’re knowledgable and experienced, but most of all they’re “on it”. They know how to handle difficult clients and provide the service demanded. Being available to take a call to solve a problem and staying late to get the work done is such a valuable trait of the team.’

‘What I need is focus when the pressure is on, knowledge and experience, availability at all times and a measured style to guide the most demanding of clients. Marcus Thorpe is this and more.’

‘Trethowans is a small but personable law firm offering a variety of services. Their agriculture and rural property team are fantastic. I have been impressed with the transparency on their billing and also their flexibility.’

Key clients

Agricultural Mortgage Corporation

Lloyds Bank

Hampden Bank

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Belport Investments Limited

Strutt & Parker Farms Limited

Drew Family Partnership

Work highlights

  • Providing the Agricultural Mortgage Company independent advice in respect of applications made by borrowers for a variety of agreements, including farm tenancies.
  • Acting for the Trustees of the Tory MA Settlement as landowners in connection with the grant of an Option for a 200 acre Solar Farm.
  • Assisted with the retirement of the Drew Family Partnership’s senior partner.

South West > Private client > Family

With a strong focus on mediation and alternative dispute resolution, the team at Trethowans LLP offers a wide variety of family services. The team acts on behalf of a wide range of wealthy individuals and other professionals; Andrew Mercer heads the team from its Salisbury office, focusing on collaborative cases, while Emma Wilders-Pratt has significant expertise in cases involving coercive control and Kimberley Davies has a specialism in advising on assisted reproduction.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Mercer

South West > Real estate > Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

Trethowans LLP is regularly involved in acquisitions and disposals in the residential development space and sees increased property investment work. Other fields of activity for the group are commercial property pension transactions, property finance, and landlord and tenant matters. Practice head Paul Longman also has capabilities in insolvencies. Garry Treagust advises on pension property matters and Guy Morgan specialises in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Paul Longman

Other key lawyers:

Garry Treagust; Gareth Yeoman;

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

HSBC Bank Plc

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Vivid Housing Association

Rowanmoor Trustees Limited

Ladbrokes Coral Limited

Stannah Lifts Holdings Limited

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a consortium of international shareholders, SPV, as Tenant in £20m agreement for lease and associated documentation subject to planning.
  • Advising ReAssure on the transfer of c33 SIPP properties from Legal & General as part of the transfer of all L&G business assets to ReAssure –under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
  • Representing the partners of the Concord Medical Centre, Bristol on the surrender by University Hospital Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust of an existing lease at the Medical Centre and the grant of a new lease of a chemotherapy unit to them, conditional upon the GPs completing certain works at the Property.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior partner Simon Rhodessimon.rhodes@trethowans.com023 8082 0547
Managing partner Chris Whiteleychris.whiteley@trethowans.com01722 426921
Agriculture and rural property Marcus Thorpemarcus.thorpe@trethowans.com01722 426932
Banking and finance Nick Gentnick.gent@trethowans.com03300 582910
Clinical negligence Clare Carterclare.carter@trethowans.com01722 426936
Commercial property Garry Treagustgarry.treagust@trethowans.com01722 426962
Corporate and commercial Mike Watsonmike.watson@trethowans.com02380 820546
Debt recovery Louise Boylelouise.boyle@trethowans.com023 8082 0522
Employment and immigration Kathryn Casey-Evanskathryn.casey-evans@trethowans.com02380 820468
Family Andrew Mercerandrew.mercer@trethowans.com01722 426954
Health and safety and regulatory Sarah Wheadonsarah.wheadon@trethowans.com02380 820485
Insurance litigation Kelvin Farmanerkelvin.farmaner@trethowans.com02380 820527
Licensing Karen Lushkaren.lush@trethowans.com023 8082 0464
Litigation Karl Cameronkarl.cameron@trethowans.com02380 820491
Occupational disease John Halljohn.hall@trethowans.com023 8082 0526
Personal injury Gavin Lanegavin.lane@trethowans.com02380 820535
Private client Mihiri Gajrajmihiri.gajraj@trethowans.com02380 820544
Residential property Tim Highamtim.higham@trethowans.com01722 426985
Restructuring and insolvency Matt Barkermatthew.barker@trethowans.com02380 820457
PhotoNamePositionProfile
 Matt Barker  photo Matt BarkerMatt is head of the restructuring group specialising in all aspects of…
 Karl Cameron photo Karl CameronPartner
 Grant Cameron  photo Grant CameronGrant is a family lawyer with a wide range of experience dealing…
 Richard Cook  photo Richard CookRichard is a highly experienced commercial litigator. He specialises in contractual disputes…
 Kathryn Evans  photo Kathryn EvansPartner – Head of Employment
 Kelvin Farmaner  photo Kelvin FarmanerKelvin is an experienced Litigation Lawyer, Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings), and…
 Mihiri Gajraj photo Mihiri GajrajPartner
 Nick Gent  photo Nick GentNick is a corporate finance lawyer, advising on mergers and acquisitions, management…
 John Hall  photo John HallJohn is a partner in the personal injury team. He qualified as…
 Julian Hamblin  photo Julian HamblinPartner
 Gavin Lane  photo Gavin LaneGavin is a partner in the personal injury team. Since qualifying as…
 Paul Longman  photo Paul LongmanPaul is head of trethowans South Coast commercial property team. Paul has…
 Simon Rhodes  photo Simon RhodesSimon is a hugely experienced employment lawyer and advises a wide range…
 Mike Watson  photo Mike WatsonMike is an experienced corporate lawyer having acted for a wide range…
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

The Lex 100 Verdict

With locations in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and London, Trethowans prides itself on being a growing firm across the South West. A Lex 100 Winner for quality of work, the firm is a favourite among trainees looking for a small to mid-sized environment. As one trainee says, ‘I was looking for a regional firm that has potential to grow. Everyone seemed friendly and I got the impression I would fit in’. Often citing its culture and values, trainees approve of the firm’s approach: ‘I chose this firm as I was drawn to the down-to-earth, non-egotistical values here'. Another felt that 'it is important to feel comfortable and valued, not just a number. I also liked the progression and training that they give employees’. In terms of training, Trethowans ‘genuinely cares and makes an effort to accommodate, both with the seats that trainees request and also the standard of training when in those seats’. Few negatives were reported, other than the firm not supplying laptops for staff working at home. Trethowans is known for employing ‘hard working, genuinely friendly people’ and, as a trainee adds, inclusiveness is a strong selling point: ‘I really feel part of the firm and not just a trainee’.