Firm Profile > VWV > Birmingham, England

VWV
SECOND FLOOR
3 BRINDLEYPLACE
BIRMINGHAM
B1 2JB
England

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

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.

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

Immigration Tier 1

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.

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‘.

Debt recovery Tier 2

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.

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

Education Tier 2

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.

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

Employment Tier 3

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.

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

Intellectual property Tier 4

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.

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)

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

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.

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‘.

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 5

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.

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

VWV is an award-winning firm which puts its clients at the heart of everything it does.

The firm: VWV has national recognition for its sector-focused approach. The firm directs its skill, energy and expertise towards understanding clients in the sectors they operate in. Each and every client receives bespoke and high-quality legal counsel, with VWV’s lawyers going above and beyond to meet clients’ needs.

VWV’s 400-strong team, located across offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham, brings a wealth of sector expertise and professionalism. VWV is proud to have the reputation of being a friendly firm to work with, and 98% of clients say that they would recommend the firm.

VWV’s core values underpin everything it does:

  • Teamwork and collaboration: ensuring there is a joined-up approach, often working across offices and departments to make sure the best possible solution is achieved.
  • Client at the centre of the firm: VWV thinks about how best to communicate and work together with its clients, and puts itself in their shoes.
  • Commercial approach: VWV is always keen to make sure clients receive the best possible service at a competitive rate.

The firm’s sector focus is supported by its core legal services of real estate, corporate, commercial, IP and technology, employment, dispute resolution and tax. VWV also offers high-level legal advice to private clients, which includes the specialised areas of contentious probate, personal injury and high-quality conveyancing.

Types of work undertaken

Charities: advises trustees and senior management of charities on all legal and regulatory issues. Acts for over 1,000 charities from community-based organisations through to national charities, ranging from grant-making charities to charities with complex operations. Charities involved in health and social care, education, faith and the arts are a particular focus for the firm.

Education: supports the full range of education institutions on every aspect of school relationships with pupils, parents, local authorities and regulators. Advises on the implementation of school T&Cs, finance and fee recovery, welfare of pupils, safeguarding, inspections, pupil discipline, governance, overseas franchising and much more. Assists over 1,000 education institutions across all types of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Family-owned businesses: supports family-owned businesses to achieve long-term strategic goals by advising on governance, succession, developing the next generation, and the transition from owner-managers to owners as the business grows, recognising each family’s unique history.

Healthcare: acts principally for healthcare providers, GP practices, GP-owned consortia, federations and provider companies. Acts on GP surgery development schemes and mergers of GP practices and provides a range of legal services to care homes, healthcare charities, social enterprises, dentists, pharmacies, private consultants, NHS and foundation trusts and vets. The firm has dedicated pharmaceutical and life sciences lawyers to aid clients who are involved in the supply of medicines, medtech and the convergence of IT and telecoms, and to assist pharmacies in the services they provide.

Private client: acts for individuals and families with many different interests and requirements to protect assets and provide for the succession of family members. The firm’s advice includes property purchase, will and trust disputes, estate planning, family-owned businesses and philanthropy.

Public sector: national public sector practice acting for over 100 local authorities by providing a one-stop full legal service for central and devolved government on property, planning, commercial contracts, vires, tax, construction, projects and employment issues as well as specialist teams advising on EU procurement, state aid, election law, standards and constitutional issues.

Client base: Airbus, Cheltenham Ladies College, DfE, The Royal Ballet School, London Symphony Orchestra, Diocese of Gloucester, Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, EDF Energy, Oxford City Council, Dorset County Council, The Fire Service College, IMG Media, Crest Nicholson, Hills Group, Le Cordon Bleu, PricewaterhouseCoopers, CBRE, Arcadis, The Royal Mint, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, The Serocor Group, REAch2 Academy Trust.

International: founder member of the Association of European Lawyers, which means the firm has a network of lawyers and associates around the world that can provide local legal assistance.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Simon Heald
Chairman David Emanuel
Aerospace and defence Ben Holt
Charities Con Alexander
Commercial Doug Locke
Conveyancing Jackie Roe
Corporate Robert Collier
Education Barney Northover
Employment Gareth Edwards
Energy and utilities Jason Prosser
Family business David Emanuel
Healthcare Ben Willis
International Doug Locke
Litigation Ed Husband
Partnerships and LLP Jos Moule
Personal injury Jan Markland
Private client Michelle Rose
Property development David Marsden
Public sector and emergency services Allison Cook
Real estate Huw Morgan
Technology Nathan Guest
Number of UK partners : 70
Number of other UK fee-earners : Over 400

The Lex 100 Verdict

Trainees flocked to new Lex 100 entrant Veale Wasbrough Vizards for its 'good work/life balance' and 'sector-specific work and client base'. The firm's strong 'emphasis on and involvement in charity schemes and volunteering projects' was also attractive to applicants. Paralegals already working at the firm knew they wanted to stay and others were 'sold by the great vacation scheme'. Being located in the city centres of Bristol and London, trainees lauded having access to 'good clients' along with 'decent working hours and great levels of support'. The 'friendliness and approachability of partners and colleagues' makes for a 'collaborative workspace' as one trainee reports: 'I sit next to the partner in my team and am never worried to ask questions'. However, respondents were concerned about pay, noting 'while it is not bad, it is poor in comparison to similar firms'. Recruits appreciated feeling trusted and being given responsibility, with many enjoying taking on 'client-facing roles'. Notable best moments were 'advising clients over the phone', 'completing work for a multi-million pound construction project' and 'drafting a commercial lease that was accepted by the other side without amendment'. Conversely, 'spending a lot of time getting used to the billing system' and the 'unrealistic chargeable work targets' were less popular. Trainees were also frustrated by making small mistakes such as 'an embarrassing typo' and 'sending an email to the wrong person' but felt relieved when 'after admitting it to the partner, he did not seem worried and made me feel better'. 'VWV is a large firm with a variety of seats and big clients that is also small enough to be friendly'. If the offer of 'good-quality work without being too demanding' convinces you, apply to Veale Wasbrough Vizards.