Firm Profile > Trethowans LLP > Southampton, England

Trethowans LLP
SO30 2AF

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Trethowans LLP focuses on claims involving cerebral palsy, serious brain injury and medical misdiagnoses. Led by Clare Carter, the practice group handles a wide array of matters for clients against the NHS, private health companies and hospitals. Specialist clinical negligence lawyer Gavin Lane deals with catastrophic injury claims, and Salisbury-based Chris Whiteley has significant experience in spinal and brain injury matters.

Licensing Tier 1

Trethowans LLP handles licensing work on a national level, acting for clients across the country from its Southampton office. The firm predominantly acts for clients in the hospitality industry - including national chains and additionally acts for betting and gaming companies. The practice also offers a team of planning experts headed by Sandra GrahamKaren Lush leads the practice, and is noted by clients for her 'remarkable' response times.


The speed of their reaction to our requests can only be described as outstanding.

‘Their knowledge of our business and also the people within it is extremely good and everyone that has any contact with Karen and her team feel confident that we are well looked after.

Karen in incredible, her response time is remarkable and her attention to detail is, without a doubt, the reason we have a trouble free time when it comes to licensing.

On a personal level we all love to work with Karen as she is relentlessly cheerful, makes us feel very well looked after and valued’

we feel she gets our business and the often last minute way that we work

Without a doubt Karen is the reason we continue to work with Trethowans and have never looked elsewhere.’

Karen makes us look good’

Key clients

Pizza Hut


Chelsea FC

MOD Pizza


Five Guys

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Trethowans LLP's personal injury lawyers handle complex catastrophic injury cases, including high-value head injury matters and spinal cord cases. Chris Whiteley in Salisbury and Gavin Lane are names to note for head and spinal injury cases. The team also handles fatal accidents, public liability, industrial disease claims and road traffic accidents.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Trethowans LLP has a dedicated banking team acting for both lenders and borrowers on a variety of matters, including acquisition finance and property and development finance. It is also known for its experience on financing in the agriculture sector and restructuring and refinancing work. The practice is on the panel of the main banks active in the region. Sophie Eales heads the practice from the Southampton office. Other names to note are Nick Gent, who splits his time between Southampton and Bournemouth, Southampton’s property finance specialist Paul Longman and Emma Earp, who joined the Bournemouth office from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in January 2019.


Very approachable, flexible and easy to work with. Good with keeping me up to date on progress.’

Quality advice, value for money.

Sophie Eales  is approachable, easy to work with and reacts quickly to my needs.

I recommend Emma Earp – very good client care, pro-active and efficient and deep knowledge of her practice area.

Key clients

Rowanmoor Trustees Limited

Gentian Partnerships Limited

Spire Payments Limited

Trimlane Limited

Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Limited

R&M Electrical Group Limited

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 2

The arrival of commercial contracts specialist Jon Stickland from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in May 2018 has bolstered Trethowans LLP's corporate & commercial offering. Team head Mike Watson is experienced in advising buyers and sellers of privately-owned businesses. Elsewhere, the group handles the drafting of investment agreements, shareholder agreements and joint venture agreements. Paula Eckton departed for Steele Raymond LLP in June 2018.


A corporate offering that demonstrates strong teamwork and always puts its clients first.

The corporate team instinctively knows exactly what its clients require.

Each individual is well-versed in their field of expertise.’

The team never needs to be asked twice – it informs you every step of the way.’


Key clients

Riskstop Group


Mail Solutions

R&M Electrical Holdings

Employment: Hampshire Tier 2

All lawyers in Trethowans LLP's employment and immigration department are tribunal advocates with over ten years of employment law experience. Household name companies, owner-managed businesses and Hampshire-based businesses all feature on the firm's client list. The head of the team is Simon Rhodes, who has particular expertise in TUPE, organisational restructurings, restrictive covenants and discrimination.


The team is approachable, responsive and provides excellent advice‘.

Skillfully works through the red tape without delays‘.

A highly practical group‘.

Simon Rhodes is second to none; he is calm, considered and straightforward in his advice‘.

Simon Rhodes is very personable and always instills his clients with confidence‘.

Simon Rhodes is a lawyer you can rely on‘.

Simon Rhodes is a first-class employment expert‘.


Family: Hampshire Tier 2

Trethowans LLP's Hampshire family offering is split between the Southampton and Winchester offices, with Grant Cameron serving as the practice head. The full-service team is particularly experienced in alternative dispute resolution, with all of its partners trained in mediation or collaboration. The group regularly works on high-value financial provision and children law matters. Emma Wilders-Pratt is experienced in cases involving complex assets and often represents high-ranking military personnel. Also noted is Juliet Mayhew.


The team headed is absolutely first rate. It is very well organised and has a wealth of specialist experience in all areas of family law. It has a wealth of experience in dealing with high-value and complicated money cases but is  equally at home in dealing with more modest cases‘.

The team’s commitment to the clients and achieving the best outcome for them is second to none‘.

They offers specialist advice on complicated cases at a fraction of the price of city firms‘.

Grant Cameron is at home with both litigation and mediation‘.

Juliet Mayhew and Emma Wilders Pratt have added a wealth of experience to the team‘.

‘Amy Trench is an associate solicitor and one to watch – she has a great rapport with clients and they warm to her and trust her from the start. She has great judgment belying her years‘.

Trethowans have an outstanding team of family lawyers‘.

Emma Wilders-Pratt  is incredibly hard working, solution driven and has highly-tuned client care skills‘.

Juliet Mayhew is a robust negotiator who achieves fantastic results for her clients by being commercial, responsive and empathetic‘.

Associate Emilie Holland is bright, thorough and works tirelessly for her clients‘.

Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

Trethowans LLP's personal injury team offers clients an 'excellent bespoke service' with dedicated expertise ranging from liability matters to international claims. Led by Kelvin Farmaner, the group handles high-value and complex work, and also has experience in cross-border matters. Other key figures include Sarah Wheadon, who has niche experience in animal liability matters, and Bethany Blamire, who has acted for regional and international insurers.


‘Trethowans provides a high-level of knowledge that one can rely on. Their sound advice and support, attention to detail and pragmatic advice on what can be done in complex issues is what makes them stand out.’

They are approachable, efficient, commercially aware, and they consistently take sensible litigation decisions. They have clear strategic direction and are prepared to provide ad-hoc advice and training on legal and industry developments whenever required.

Kevin Farmaner is robust but tactically very astute.

Bethany Blamire is meticulous and always ahead of her opponents.

Key clients



Van Ameyde UK

Animal Friends Insurance

Farm and General Insurance

Appleby Westward Group

Cornish Mutual Assurance Co

Saint Gobain Building Distribution

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire Tier 2

Mihiri Gajraj, who specialises in tax planning and trusts, heads up the private client practice at Trethowans LLP. Complex probate administrations, tax planning, succession planning and Court of Protection matters are areas of strength. Cross-border mandates are also handled by the team, particularly those involving Belgian, French or German legal issues. Senior associate Rupert Thompson joined from Stilwell & Harby in January 2019.


The team goes out of its way to meet clients’ needs and has the depth of experience and knowledge to do so‘.

The team is eficient and reliable‘.

I am always impressed by their professionalism and their commitment to their clients‘.

The firm has the specialist knowledge needed to provide high-quality advice to its clients‘.

Mihiri Gagraj has an answer for everything and really cares for her clients‘.

Mihiri Gagraj is very efficient and provides sensible, common-sense advice‘.

Mihiri Gagraj can handle even the most difficult clients and tight time frames‘.

Mihiri Gagraj combines a friendly attitude with incredibly efficiency and knowledge‘.

Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 3

Having joined Trethowans LLP from Blake Morgan LLP in January 2018, Karl Cameron now heads up the firm's commercial litigation department, which has a 'strong reputation in Hampshire'. It regular collaboration with the firm's corporate practice provides a steady flow of transaction-derived litigation. There has also been a notable increase in property litigation mandates. Elsewhere, the group works on construction disputes, professional negligence cases and contentious insolvency matters. Richard Cook is recommended for contract claims and shareholder disputes.


What makes them different is the city experience they have at partner level combined with their approachability and and commercial common sense. They are my first port of call for referring clients when there is a conflict of interest‘.

‘Richard Cook is excellent and boasts extensive experience in the city and at national firms. He has a strong gut feel for the strength of a case and the right way to play it. He rarely, if ever, loses at trial. I refer conflicts to him with complete confidence‘.

The litigation team, headed by Richard Cook, has exemplary performance, solving issues in a timely and professional manner’.

Key clients


Industrial Cleaning &Equipment

GreatStar Europe

The Taylor Cocks Partnership

Ministry of Defence

VES Andover



Baker Perkins

Elliot Brothers

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 3

Trethowans LLP has a national reputation in commercial property pension transactions. In addition, its team is a strong performer in property finance transactions and landlord and tenant work, It also provides support on the property aspects of M&A, and advises LPA receivers and insolvency practitioners on restructurings and insolvencies. Paul Longman is the head of the practice. Liz Bryson has expertise in land development matters.


Liz Bryson is exceptional in all respects, nothing short of excellent‘.

Provides concise legal advice‘.

Liz Bryson is sharp, no frills, super efficient and to the point. She works well with the other side to get the deal through‘.

Key clients

James Hay Pension Trustees

Ladbrokes Coral

Rowanmoor Trustees

Santander UK


Lloyds Bank

Sippchoice Trustees

Stannah Lifts Holdings

Sentinel Housing Association

Debt recovery Tier 3

Trethowans LLP's diverse client roster includes NHS Trusts, professional service providers, telecoms and property sector clients. Litigation partners Richard Cook and Karl Cameron handle debt claims in connection with recovery of over payment of salaries, unpaid invoices, rent arrears, and also advise private clients in respect of compensation for delayed flights.

Key clients

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Amey plc

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Rowanmoor Personal Pensions Limited

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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Matt Barker  photo Matt Barker
 Karl Cameron photo Karl Cameron
 Grant Cameron  photo Grant Cameron
 Richard Cook  photo Richard Cook
 Kelvin Farmaner  photo Kelvin Farmaner
 Mihiri Gajraj photo Mihiri Gajraj
 Nick Gent  photo Nick Gent
 John Hall  photo John Hall
 Julian Hamblin  photo Julian Hamblin
 Gavin Lane  photo Gavin Lane
 Paul Longman  photo Paul Longman
 Simon Rhodes  photo Simon Rhodes
 Mike Watson  photo Mike Watson
Number of UK partners : 44
Number of other UK fee-earners : 71
Total staff : 238