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Tabitha Cave

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VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Litigation and Employment




How Can Tabitha Help You?

Tabitha is a commercial litigator who specialises in advising a range of commercial clients on reputation protection, regulatory issues and commercial disputes.

She has a particular expertise in advising education and healthcare institutions on regulatory compliance, critical incident management and associated investigations; and in representing them at inquests and in criminal and civil proceedings.

Meeting Your Needs

Tabitha seeks solutions for clients that avoid protracted and costly litigation and prides herself on her straightforward and commercial approach to regulatory issues and the resolution of disputes, whether a contested debt, a pending prosecution or a high value commercial dispute.

What Others Say

Legal 500 describes Tabitha as "highly commended", "commercial, pragmatic and results orientated" and an "excellent communicator, calm and unflappable".

Tabitha has been regularly recommended for her litigation and health and safety work in the legal directories having been described by them as "excellent in all respects" and "very approachable and accessible".

She is also the winner of the Legal best Training Principal of the Year award, having been described as "the best lawyer I have had the opportunity to work with".


Tabitha is a member of the HSLA, AOSH and the Education Group of IOSH and regularly writes and presents on litigation and regulatory matters.

London: Public sector

Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

VWV 'has a strong team and some excellent individual lawyers', who collectively have an impressive range of education-focused specialisms such as charities law, regulations, employment, real estate and commercial matters. The team's client list includes well-known independent schools, academies and colleges. It assisted with the establishment of the Reach South Academy Trust and is currently advising on its acquisition of two academies. It is also handling an exam malpractice matter and is acting for various schools in disputes raised by parents and pupils. Barney Northover, who is based in Bristol, and Yvonne Spencer jointly head the practice and Simon Bevan, who specialises in employment law, leads the firm's safer recruitment training programme. Other noted practitioners include Emma-Jane Dalley and Naseem Nabi. Tabitha Cave  and John Deakin  handle a range of regulatory compliances and Chloe Brunton has notable charities expertise in the education sector.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

VWV has strength in insolvency litigation and debt recovery claims and has won a number of new clients and panel appointments in 2017. Led by Ed Husband, the team was appointed to provide certain debt recovery services to The Bar Council, which comprises all members of the English Bar, as well as barristers chambers in England and Wales. Tabitha Cave focuses on recovery matters in the education sector and assists various schools and nurseries with school fee collections. The team is also active in the energy sector, and Dee Kundi provides ongoing support to a corporate energy supplier in relation to its collection of historical debts. Additionally, the team has seen increased instructions from private-sector corporates and has also invested heavily in its 24-hour digital debt recovery system.

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South West: Public sector


Within: Education

VWV¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent service and sector knowledge‚Äô with ‚Äėstrength in depth‚Äô. It advises on establishment and operation of MATs, education-related corporate property transactions such as mergers, debt finance, refinancing and corporate restructuring, pastoral care issues, policies and procedures, and disciplinary matters. Areas of specialism include procurement and state aid, charity law, governance, safeguarding children, immigration and regulatory compliance. Head of independent schools Barney Northover¬†specialises in governance and strategic matters. Yvonne Spencer¬†is head of academies and maintained schools, and¬†Bettina Rigg¬†leads on higher education. Simon Bevan¬†focuses on regulation and compliance issues such as safer recruitment, child protection incident management and reporting obligations. Tabitha Cave¬†deals with high-profile cases relating to student issues, disputes, regulatory issues, she also specialises historic abuse allegations against independent schools. Emma-Jane Dalley¬†is head of further education and advises on strategic change, constitutional review, maximising assets, acquisitions and good governance. Recent highlights include acting for the University of Bristol with regards to its acquisition of St. Augustines' Courtyard for ¬£11.75m from Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust. Another highlight includes acting for a university in relation to the defence of an employment tribunal claim brought by a former in-house lawyer for unfair dismissal, breach of contract and whistleblowing, the claim was settled before hearing for a much reduced sum.

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