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London: Corporate and commercial

Partnership - ranked: tier 3


VWV has a full-service professional practices team, which advises a range of clients, with a particular specialism in medical and accounting partnerships. The group is also noted for advising both law firms and individual solicitors on partnership disputes. Jos Moule heads the team, which includes London office managing partner David Emanuel, who has experience in partnership mergers and healthcare partnership specialist Oliver Pool.

Practice head(s):Jos Moule

Other key lawyers:Ben Willis; David Emanuel; Oliver Pool; Nigel Puddicombe


'Jos Moule is a legend of partnership law.'

'A strong firm which is now one of the undisputed leaders in the medical partnerships field.'

'David Emanuel is a senior individual who inspires enormous confidence and is very good at dealing with top people in businesses.'

Key Clients

Barton Willmore LLP


Stevens Hewlett & Perkins

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Stubbs Rich

Driver Exchange LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised a group of eight GP partnerships on the various options available to them for collaborative working when they were not ready to merge.
  • Advised Clark Avenue Surgery on the terms of a new partnership agreement for the firm.
  • Acted for a doctor in a partnership dispute with her longstanding business partner.
  • Advised on the merger of nine GP practices in Cheshunt.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2


VWV acts for a large number of educational charities acting for over 30 universities and 750 charitable independent schools. Other specialisms lie in advising charities in the healthcare, religious and arts sectors. In addition the experienced team does a significant amount of work for high-profile individuals in relation to their personal charitable work. The team advises on the full gamut of issues from governance to fundraising and insolvency issues and is also skilled at advising public bodies (such as local authorities) on charity law and charity trusteeship. Con Alexander is a key contact and his work includes advising on major transactions, endowment funds and fundraising issues. Shivaji Shiva joined the Birmingham office from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):Con Alexander; Paul Voller; Shivaji Shiva


'The team is willing to go the extra mile. It answers communication quickly and efficiently and gives the confidence that issues can and will be resolved'.

'Paul Voller is an expert on charity law and his manner and professionalism is the best I have ever dealt with'.

Key Clients

University of Bristol

Soil Association

Diocese of Truro

Harpur Trust

Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation

Institute of Cancer Research

National Star Foundation

Society and College of Radiographers

Malvern Hills Trust

University of Law

Royal Academy of Music

London Southbank University

St Peter's Hospice

Bristol Old Vic

James Tudor Foundation

CCHF All about Kids

Work highlights

  • Established a charitable incorporated organisation to support young people leaving the public care system.
  • Provided urgent advice to a leading university in relation to a non-executive directorship role.
  • Established a new charity.
  • Representing a  leading educational charity on all aspects of a governance dispute.
  • Advised the client on the structuring of the payment of regular grants to an NHS hospital trust.
Leading individuals

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3


Michelle Rose heads the team at VWV. Rose is appointed on a regular basis as an independent administrator and court-appointed deputy. She is currently dealing with ten substantial and complex estates as an independent administrator, and has been appointed by the court as a deputy in a multimillion-pound estate. Other clients include individuals, charities, high-net-worth business clients as well as film producers, journalists, private banks, celebrities and politicians.

Practice head(s):Michelle Rose

Other key lawyers:Sally Rushton; Julia Hardy


'It has exceptional experience in the administration of estates which have become acrimonious'.

'Michelle Rose is a well-established leader, respected throughout the contentious estates sphere'.

'Sally Rushton and Julia Hardy have excellent judgement, knowledge and communication skills'.

Key Clients

Michelle Rose as court-appointed litigation friend for Flora Keays

Work highlights

  • Acting as court-appointed litigation friend for Flora Keays in an Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim against the estate of her father, the late Right Hon. Cecil Baron Parkinson.
  • Acting as court-appointed independent administrators in two high-value complex estates.
  • Representing the claimant in a high-value and complex Inheritance Act claim against her late partner's estate.
  • Representing the claimant in a will challenge on the basis of undue influence and lack of testamentary capacity.
  • Represented the successful court-appointed deputy in High Court proceedings involving a £12m unlawful share transfer.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4


Michael Knowles heads a well-respected team at VWV that advises on the full range of private client matters, from wills and trusts to complex estate administration and inheritance tax planning. Clients include wealthy landowning families who have been with the firm for years, as well as wealthy entrepreneurs, foreign nationals and City professionals. Many of its clients are well-known and include celebrities in the performing arts and some politicians. The group also specialises in heritage property advice and offers specialist advice to artists and owners of art. Judith Cuxson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Michael Knowles

Other key lawyers:Judith Cuxson


'Judith Cuxson is friendly, diligent and trustworthy: the consummate trusted advisor.'

Work highlights

  • Advising on a cross-border estate planning matter involving four jurisdictions, a family investment company and advice on enveloped dwellings.
  • Advising on an ultra-high-net-worth matter involving a landed estate and settled land.
  • Advising on a complex estate administration involving a lifetime tax-saving scheme.
  • Advising on an estate administration of an ultra-high-net-worth individual who was US/UK dual national, who owned an important collection of art.
  • Advised on the  administration of an estate with a poorly written homemade will, in which the estate was left to the deceased's old school.

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals
Leading individuals

Barney Northover - VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

Simon Bevan - VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 1


At VWV, Bettina Rigg and Emma-Jane Dalley jointly oversee the practice, which serves a number of leading national clients across the higher education landscape. The team combines its expertise to advise universities on a range of matters involving employment, commercial property, governance, and international projects. Key members of the group include employment lawyers Jane Byford and London-based Michael Halsey; Clive Read, who is recommended for his expertise on commercial property and development projects for universities; and Doug Locke, who is a key contact for establishing educational institutions and other international projects in the Middle East and Asia.

Practice head(s):Bettina Rigg; Emma-Jane Dalley

Other key lawyers:Michael Halsey; Clive Read; Jane Byford; Doug Locke

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 1


At VWV, the education practice group has an impressive client roster spanning leading independent schools, academies and colleges. Jointly overseen by Barney Northover and Yvonne Spencer who is recommended for her insight on complex matters such as serious disciplinary cases, the team combines employment and education law expertise to offer a broad service, which includes sector strengths in corporate and commercial, real estate, immigration and litigation matters. Employment lawyer Simon Bevan remains the key name to note. Other team members include Bettina Rigg, Emma-Jane Dalley and Naseem Nabi.

Practice head(s):Yvonne Spencer; Barney Northover

Other key lawyers:Simon Bevan; Bettina Rigg; Emma-Jane Dalley; Naseem Nabi

Leading individuals

Simon Bevan - VWV

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Healthcare - ranked: tier 4


VWV's healthcare practice focuses on acting for healthcare professionals and primary care services, with GP surgeries being a key specialty of the firm. Practice head Ben Willis specialises in healthcare development work and funding, while Oliver Pool is noted for his work for GP partnerships and mergers, and has pioneered the decentralised superpartnership model. Mark Jarvis is another key member of the team in London.

Practice head(s):Ben Wills

Other key lawyers:Mark Jarvis


'Mark Jarvis is very happy to spend time understanding the details of the problems clients are facing.'

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a GP practice in relation to the incorporation of its primary care business.
  • Advised newly formed limited company College of Dentistry on the purchase of the business of BPP's dental institute.
  • Instructed by a GP practice in relation to challenging action taken against it by the Care Quality Commission.
  • Instructed by several GP practices to advise them on models for collaborative working.
  • Advised 22-practice GP federation Swale Community Healthcare on its set-up, as well as changes to the structure of the organisation.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 4


Noted as a ‚Äėvery solid and professional organisation', VWV¬†is engaged for a wide range of commercial property work, including development and investment, with particular prowess in the corporate occupiers space. Mark Hughes¬†heads the local practice which represents landlords, tenants and property investors within the sector, undertaking lease renewals and HQ relocations throughout the UK and within the prime central London market. The team also has expertise in the retail, office and industrial sectors.

Practice head(s):Huw Morgan; Mark Hughes

Other key lawyers:Jon Durham; Stephen Josephides


'Very solid and professional organisation.'

'A key requirement as a client is having a solicitor who will push forward transactions, respond patiently to delaying tactics and get the job done. Mark Hughes fulfills these requirements very well and was instrumental during 2018 in completing a major sale'.

'The team members are knowledgeable and provide quick responses to issues raised.'

'Jon Durham has always been very helpful, responsive and keeps matters moving forward.'

Key Clients

The Richemont Group (including Alfred Dunhill, Montblanc, Peter Millar and James Purdey & Sons)

Canterbury Cathedral

Sheffield & Regional Properties

Royal College of Music

Royal Academy of Music

City & Guilds

Citizens Advice

Crest of London

Royal Trinity Hospice Shops

The Governing Body of Rugby School

Work highlights

  • Represented the Royal Academy of Music on its 10-year lease of 28-32 Aybrook Street, London W1.
  • Advised Crest of London on the renewals of lease of its Central London retail stores at Piccadilly Circus and Whitehall.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5


Led by Bristol-based Michelle Bendall, the team at VWV handles a wide range of contentious commercial and residential property matters and is particularly active for charities and investors alongside education and retail sector clients. Typical work includes break notices, contested lease renewals and development-related matters as well as rent reviews, restrictive covenants, easement disputes and possession claims. Katie Hickman is the main contact in London.

Practice head(s):Michelle Bendall

Other key lawyers:Katie Hickman

Key Clients

Land Remediation

Amplio Group

The Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral

Richemont Group

Crest of London

St Albans School

Penoyre & Prasad LLP

Frecrest Properties

Powell-Cotton Settled Estate

Work highlights

  • Instructed by ten defendants in a 20-party High Court litigation involving the validity of unilateral notices and the claimant's claim for specific performance of 14 contracts for the grant of long leases.
  • Acted for the defendant housing association in obtaining summary judgement against the claimant, who sought over £250,000 from the client following a staircasing dispute.
  • Assisted a charity client with the removal of travellers from its land in West Sussex.
  • Instructed by a market trader to prevent its adjoining freeholder from taking action in respect of an alleged trespass.

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