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VWV

SECOND FLOOR, 3 BRINDLEYPLACE, BIRMINGHAM, B1 2JB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0121 227 3700
Fax:
Fax 0121 227 3777
Email:
Web:
www.vwv.co.uk
Birmingham, Bristol, London, Watford

West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

VWV

Debt recovery specialist Dee Kundi is the key name of note at VWV, 'combining knowledge and experience of the debt recovery and litigation arenas with sharp business acumen. The firm has recently revamped its offering with a bulk debt recovery model in an effort to control costs. Kundi and her team have particular experience in sectors such as financial services, professional services, education, recruitment and energy.

Practice head(s):Dee Kundi

Testimonials

'VWV provides an outstanding debt recovery offering, with the perfect blend of credible excellence, expertise in depth and a personable approach.'

'The team are very proactive, client focused and prompt. The team are extremely knowledgeable and professional.'

'A passion for what they do and how they go about doing it. Very transparent in dealing with clients. They set the highest of standards and consistently deliver positive outcomes for clients.'

'Dee Kundi has an excellent reputation - she leads the team from the front with her knowledge and experience of the debt recovery and litigation arenas, combined with sharp business acumen and an infectious business development aura. One of the most driven and likeable figures in the debt recovery industry.'

Key Clients

Handicare

Accessibility Limited

The Bar Council

EDF Energy Customers PLC

Kingston Smith & Partners LLP

1stClaims Limited

Phoenix Commercial Catering Equipment Limited

Rothdean Limited

Severn River Crossing PLC

The Health & Safety Group Limited

Thirdline Solutions Limited

ID Estates Limited

Caspian Agency

Upton House School Limited

Den Kommunale Selvestyrehavn

The Fuel Store Limited

Andrew Mckie

Brynmor Adams

Ian Pennock

Ian Skeate

Lorraine Barton

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie

Mr Alexander Gask

Mr Azeem Ali

Mr Daniel Clarke

Mr David John Carter

Mr David Rhodes

Mr John Walsh

Mr William Rees

Mukhtiar Singh

Paul O'Callaghan

Tanveer Qureshi

Electus Recruitment Solutions Limited

FastTrack Management Services Limited

Morgan Hunt UK Limited

S K Property Recruitment

Screen International Group Limited

The Three Partnerships Limited

Sunfield Children's Homes Limited

Sarah Robson

Products, Solutions & Composites Limited

Quay Legal

Edge Creative Limited

FastTrack Management Services Limited

Pod Talent Limited

Maclean Moore Limited

EW Accountancy Practice Limited

BCRS Business Loans

Ark Aurora

Alletsons Solicitors

Leading individuals

Dee Kundi - VWV

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

VWV

VWV has considerable strength in the education sector. It also advises numerous charities and various public sector clients on diverse issues, including investigations, employment tribunal claims and on the management of senior exits. In addition, the firm has a strong commercial client base. Jane Byford and Kathy Halliday are the key members of the team.

Practice head(s):Jane Byford; Kathy Halliday

Other key lawyers:Lorna Scully

Testimonials

'The team has an outstanding track record of excellence in the HE sector so is the "go to" firm for complex claims particularly involving academic staff'.

'It has the ability to explain complex areas of employment law in a way that is easily understandable'.

'Kathy Halliday  is well-known and respected for her TUPE work'.

Kathy Halliday is very pragmatic and does a good job!'.

'Jane Byford is technically outstanding and provides excellent customer service'.

'Jane Byford is always able to respond quickly and a constant form of support'.

'Lorna Scully provided stand-out support to our business'.

Key Clients

Aston University

Birmingham MIND

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Blue Coat School Birmingham

Bromsgrove School

Complete Business Solutions

Cheltenham Ladies College

Coventry University

Creative Education Trust

Dudley College

Evolve Academy Trust

Gunnebo

King Edward VI Academy Trust Birmingham

London Metropolitan University

Loughborough Endowed Schools

National Star College

Norland College

Queen Alexandra College

RMO International

Royal Academy of Music

Solihull School

St Philip's Chambers

The Schools of King Edward VI Foundation

Tulip

United Reformed Church Synods

University of Bath

University of Exeter

University of Law

Windsor Academy Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised the board of trustees of a Midlands-based charity on the termination of the employment of its Chief Executive on the grounds of a breakdown in the relationship of trust and confidence.
  • Advised a university on its buy out of a weekend working supplement of a group of 350 accommodation and hospitality staff.
  • Advised a university on the defence of a number of complicated inter-related employment tribunal claims led by a PhD student (a litigant in person) who had undertaken casual and voluntary work.
  • Assisted a private higher education provider with the provision of a suite of template contracts, an employee handbook and tailored in-house training.
  • Advising a large multi-site food producer on the defence of a complex and high value multi-party claim for race discrimination brought by a group of Eastern European butchers.
Leading individuals

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

VWV

VWV has a national immigration practice, which is led in Birmingham by Tom Brett-Young. Although the specialist team has expertise in immigration issues across a wide range of sectors, the practice has a particular emphasis on the pharma, life sciences and technology industries. Another cornerstone of the practice is work for clients in the education sector;  the firm is increasingly sought out to advise clients in the independent school and higher education space on issues such as Tier four compliance, among others.

Practice head(s):Tom Brett-Young

Testimonials

'Tom Brett-Young stands out for his encyclopaedic knowledge, pragmatism and genuine desire to get the best possible outcome for clients. Tom has gone the extra mile by helping upskill our team and has achieved some fantastic outcomes for our clients'.

'Tom Brett-Young is the most helpful and proactive solicitor I have ever worked with - no question is too big or small, and he is able to break down legal jargon and extensive and confusing home office guidance into simple terms'.

'Tom Brett-Young covers the entire range of matters from corporate to personal immigration and is an experienced practitioner'.

Work highlights

  • Advised a charitable organisation that was threatened with the revocation of its Tier 5 Charity Worker sponsor licence.
  • Secured a visa for a Californian technology business's EMEA sales rep.
  • Provided Tier 2 sponsorship and visa application support for a rapidly growing online and mobile gaming company.
  • Advised a pharmaceutical company on a Tier 2 sponsor licence application.
  • Secured a visa for the UK representative of a New Zealand trade association which requires a representative in the UK to represent the interests of its members as the UK prepares to leave the EU.
Next Generation Partners

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West Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

VWV

VWV has a large practice, which is well-equipped to advise charity clients on all aspects of their operations, such as governance, procurement, regulatory compliance, investment, tax and fundraising. The team was strengthened by the hire of Shivaji Shiva from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP. Shiva has a wealth of experience on the corporate and commercial aspects of the charity sector. Recently promoted partner Frances Anderson is highly rated for her work with arts, charities and universities, in particular.

Practice head(s):Shivaji Shiva

Other key lawyers:Frances Anderson

Testimonials

'The team is very knowledgeable on a wide range of topics'.

'All individuals who we have dealt with over the past 12 months have been supportive, approachable and respond in a timely manner'.

'Shivaji Shiva is immensely experienced'.

'Shivaji Shiva is truly a specialist, he is very considered and professional and very knowledgeable'.

 

Key Clients

Aston University

Birmingham MIND

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Blue Coat School Birmingham

Bromsgrove School

Cheltenham Ladies College

Coventry University

Creative Education Trust

Dudley College

King Edward VI Academy Trust Birmingham

London Metropolitan University

London South Bank University

Loughborough Endowed Schools

National Star College

Queen Alexandra College

Royal Academy of Music

The Schools of King Edward VI Foundation

United Reformed Church Synods

University of Bath

University of Exeter

University of Law

Windsor Academy Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised the board of trustees of a charity on the termination of the employment of its chief executive on the grounds of a breakdown in the relationship of trust and confidence.
  • Providing employment law advice on the sale of a charitable independent school to an educational consortium.
  • Advising a premium independent school on its licensing arrangements with an overseas investor to establish a number of international branded schools in China.
  • Providing continued advice to a national library institution with regard to its digitisation strategy and third party collaborations.
  • Advising an arts charity on a complex subject access request made by a senior employee of the charity in the context of an employment tribunal claim.
Leading individuals

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

VWV

VWV advises on all areas of the law relating to estates, tax planning and trusts. Its team is adept at handling a broad range of private client matters, such as those involving business assets, agricultural assets, family businesses and cross-border assets. It is also active in Court of Protection work. Rachael Armstrong is experienced in inheritance tax planning, the creation and administration of trusts, drafting powers of attorney and deputyship applications.

Practice head(s):Rachael Armstrong

Other key lawyers:Jennifer Morries

Testimonials

'VWV is proactive and is armed with very knowledgeable professionals who are at the top of their game and can assist whatever the situation, a field of experts you can rely on'.

'The private client team is very capable and has an understanding of how clients lives work'.

'Rachael Armstrong is very proficient at what she does, is brilliant at relaying complex issues and legal jargon into layman terms. Rachael can think on her feet fast, her responses have always been thorough'.

'Both Rachael Armstrong and Jennifer Morries explain complex areas easily. Working with both of them is a pleasure and they give clients confidence in the advice given'.

'We have been impressed in particular with Rachael Armstrong and Jennifer Morries' communication skills and attention to detail. They deliver effective solutions'.

'Rachael Armstrong is the model of efficiency'.

Work highlights

  • Provided client A with advice in respect of the sale proceeds of her company and the loss of Business Property Relief and the Creation of a Discretionary Trust prior to the sale of the company
  • Advising on a high-value contentious estate administration.
  • Advising on the  creation of a family trust.
  • Dealing with complex will instructions from a vulnerable client.
  • Dealing with a complex estate and trust administration.

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

VWV

VWV stands out for its wide client roster including academies, schools, universities and further education colleges. Team head Jane Byford handles both contentious and non-contentious issues relating to restructuring, outsourcing, unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. Frances Anderson, who was promoted to partner in November 2018, advises higher education clients on commercial contracts, research collaborations and spinouts, while Clive Read handles all education-related real estate matters.

Practice head(s):Jane Byford

Other key lawyers:Frances Anderson; Clive Read

Testimonials

'Everyone who I have dealt with at VWV is extremely professional yet approachable. I have had great confidence in the advice that I have been given'

'The team has great ability to consider and think through challenging issues, providing appropriate advice as is needed for each individual situation'

'Jaime Hobday is a great client manager - she inspires confidence and clearly has a great depth of knowledge in the academy sector'

Key Clients

Alderbrook School

Aston University

Blue Coat School Birmingham

Barnet & Southgate College

Bromsgrove School

Buckinghamshire New University

Cathedral Schools Multi Academy Trust

Challenger Multi Academy Trust

Cheltenham Ladies College

Cirrus Primary Academy Trust

Coventry University

Cranleigh School

Creative Education Trust

Doncaster Deaf Trust

Dudley College

Edge Hill University

Eton College

Evolve Academy Trust

King Edward VI Academy Trust Birmingham

Langley School

Learn@MAT

London Metropolitan University

London South Bank University

Loughborough Endowed Schools

Malvern College

Middlesex University

National Star College

Norland College

Queen Alexandra College

Queen Elizabeth's School (Wimborne Minster)

REAch2 Academy Trust

Royal Academy of Music

Rugby School

Solihull School

South & City College Birmingham

Staffordshire University

Streetsbrook Infant & Early Years Academy Trust

The Complementary Education Academy

The Schools of King Edward VI Foundation

The Stephen Perse Foundation

University of Bath

University of Bedfordshire

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

University of Law

University of Leicester

University of Northampton

University of the Arts London

University of Southampton

Warwick Independent Schools Foundation

Windsor Academy Trust

Work highlights

  • Supported a university in defending a number of inter-related employment tribunal claims led by a PhD student who had undertaken casual and voluntary work.
  • Advising a premium independent school on its licensing arrangements with an overseas investor to establish a number of international branded schools in China.
  • Advising a university on its involvement in a technology research and development collaboration.
  • Advising universities on the implications of Brexit for their EEA national members of staff and their recruitment teams.
  • Advised the University of Northampton on retail occupiers for part of its new campus.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 5

VWV

VWV focuses on advising developers and investors, charity and education sector clients and private individuals on real estate transactions and commercial and residential development. Experienced property finance specialist Andrew Tubbs joined from Shoosmiths LLP in February 2018.

Practice head(s):Clive Read; Andrew Tubbs

Key Clients

Birmingham Properties Group

Inox Group

Birmingham Law Society

Wing Yip PLC

University of Northampton

University of the Arts London

Barnet and Southgate College

National Westminister Bank

King Edward's School Foundation

Envira Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for BPG in its acquisition of share capital to acquire and develop a former office block for residential use.
  • Advised the University of Northampton on securing new retail operators for its new campus.
  • Advised the Birmingham Law Society on bringing back a redundant former library into a new commercial use.
  • Acting for regional developer Inox Group in the taking of options for the provision of housing.
  • Acted for Anarchy 45 on the agreement to convert redundant retail space into a boutique fitness studio.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

VWV

VWV has a particular focus on the education and charities sectors, representing a number of universities and private schools. Practice head Frances Anderson has expertise in advising charities and not-for-profits in various IP matters, while the team's other work includes handling complex research and development agreements for higher education institutions and technology contracts for notable manufacturing companies.

Practice head(s):Frances Anderson

Key Clients

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Birmingham Royal Ballet

University of Bristol

The British Library

Buckinghamshire New University

CultureCentral

Malvern College

Rugby School

Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation (aka The Grand Appeal)

Work highlights

  • Advising a London University institution which offers medical training and research on the spin-out of infectious diseases research and testing services.
  • Providing continued advice to a national library institution with regard to its digitisation strategy and third party collaborations.
  • Advising a luxury watch manufacturer and retailer on intellectual property issues relating to UK advertising campaigns.
  • Advising a premium independent school on its licensing arrangements with an overseas investor to establish a number of international branded schools in China.
  • Representing a specialist London-based sports television producer and distribution company with regard to a dispute over the distribution of a film of an event involving a high profile sports personality.

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