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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 1


VWV's corporate expertise includes transactions, corporate governance advice and regulatory and restructuring advice. The practice has a strong reputation for its work with technology and start-up companies and family businesses and handles work in the corporate banking, healthcare, life sciences, education and charities sectors. On the commercial side, the team specialises in commercial contracts and agreements in areas such as IP, privacy and data protection, public procurement and state aid. Richard Phillips heads the practice. Samantha Chaney was made partner in November 2018 and the 'very responsive and pragmatic' senior associate Tom Cahill is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Richard Phillips

Other key lawyers:Samantha Chaney; Tom Cahill


'High levels of empathy and very good at communicating in a language that is easily understood by non-legal clients'.

'VWV have very strong pharmaceutical sector experience and a deep commitment to the sector which goes far beyond merely trying to win new instructions. This level of expertise is unparalleled in a non-city firm'.

'The team at VWV is highly professional and has been extremely helpful to our business during our implementation of GDPR'.

'We have built up a very good relationship with the team and will keep working with them in the future'.

'They always put the client first and want to make sure that we are taking as few business risks as possible, whilst not making it harder to continue trading'.

'The team members are very thorough and detailed, but also commercially minded so that they can offer pragmatic suggestions'.




Key Clients

Santander UK plc

ESRI (UK) Limited

Porcelanosa Group Limited

Oakman Inns and Restaurants Limited

D.D.D. Limited

College of Dentistry Limited

Turquoise International Limited

National Pharmacy Association Limited

Sigma Pharmaceuticals Plc

British Science Association

The Occupational Psychology Centre

Peace Hospice Care

Circus Street London Limited

White Clarke Technologies Limited

Porcelanosa Group Limited

Sabien Technology Limited

Fourth Tier Solutions Limited

Articad Limited

Consort Medical PLC

SLR Consultants Limited

Galderma (UK) Limited

SwipeStation Limited

Clock Limited

Ennogen Healthcare Ltd

Flynn Pharma Limited

TM Robotics (Europe) Limited

Chapper Healthcare

Visual Data Media Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the client on its £4.2m sale of the Dentyl Dual action mouthwash and BB Mints business to Venture Life Group.
  • Assisted the client with the sale of the independent school group to GEMS.
  • Handled the sale of Aspen Electronics to APC Technology.
  • Advised the client on its purchase of Ei Group's shareholding in the Hunky Dory Pubs joint venture.
  • Assisted the client with a negotiation for the implementation and supply of its software to a business on a managed service basis.
Next Generation Partners

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 2


VWV’s employment team has a strong relationship with clients in the higher education, healthcare, life sciences and recruitment sectors. The practice has a solid reputation at the local as well as the national level, in particular for its employment-related work with a number of prestigious universities and schools. Michael Delaney heads the practice in the Watford office. Senior associate Rebecca Fox is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Michael Delaney

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Fox


'They always provide pragmatic, commercially sound, insightful advice.'

'The team are always so polite and friendly, from junior staff to the top. They deal with any inquirers professionally and efficiently.'

'Michael Delaney has always been able to provide sound, robust, commercial prudent, advice. That is why we always return to VWV for counsel on employment law matters.'

'I could not ask for any more from a solicitor. Rebecca Fox is exceptional. Her knowledge of her subject area is immense. Whatever query I have, no matter how big or small, she knows the answer. She always finds time to help me and ensure I am doing everything appropriately. I feel confident running my business knowing Rebecca is there to support me'.

Key Clients

Storm Technologies Limited

DDD Limited

Visual Data Services Limited

John E Fells & Sons Limited

European Healthcare Group Plc

University of Southampton

College of Dentistry Limited

Durbin Plc

Brunel University London

Work highlights

  • Represented Storm Technologies Limited, the respondent at the Watford Employment Tribunal.
  • Assisted the client with TUPE information and consultation processes.
  • Assisted European Healthcare Group Plc / Integrated Nursing Homes Limited with the disposal of a number of care homes within the group.
  • Working closely with  Brunel University's HR team, advising on a wide variety of issues from individual settlement agreements to restructuring.
  • Advised the University of Southampton on covering the absence on maternity leave of the University's sole employment lawyer.
Rising stars

Rebecca Fox - VWV

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South East: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 4


VWV's education team is particularly strong in employment matters, as well as providing commercial, corporate, and property advice. The firm acts for a wide range of further and higher education institutions, alongside its substantial independent schools and academies practices, which provide a full service to clients operating in those sectors. Bettina Rigg and Yvonne Spencer head the national practice, while Bob Fahy is a key figure in the Watford office.

Practice head(s):Bettina Rigg; Yvonne Spencer

Other key lawyers:Bob Fahy

Key Clients

Bournemouth University

Brunel University London

East Sussex College Group

London Metropolitan University

Middlesex University

Oxford Brookes University

University of Exeter

University of Greenwich

University of Reading



London Diocesan Board of Schools (Grow Education)

Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools Limited

Red Kite Schools Trust

Orchard Hill College Academy Trust

Creative Education Trust

The Pathway Academy Trust

The Spring Partnership Trust

Langley Park Learning Trust

Aylesbury Grammar School

Royal Latin School

The Royal Grammar School

The Mellor Education Trust

The Marlow Education Trust

Eton College

Harrow School

North London Collegiate School

St Alban's School

Ibstock Place School

Roedean School

Work highlights

  • Provided cover to the University of Southampton while its employment lawyer was on maternity leave.
  • Advised the College of Dentistry Ltd on the acquisition of BPP University Dental Institute from BPP University Limited.
  • Advising Brunel University London on a wide variety of employment issues.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3


Watford-based VWV’s team specialises in property development, acting for developer clients of residential, commercial and mixed-use development sites and assisting landowners, including private individuals, charities and educational institutions on large disposals of land for development. Property investment and property finance are other areas of strength, as is property management support for clients. The team is jointly headed by David Marsden and David Power. Joe Kwok is also recommended.

Practice head(s):David Marsden; David Power

Other key lawyers:Joe Kwok 


'Good attention to detail and prompt responses'.

'Strong commercial connections and wide range of in-depth expertise'.

'Commercial, pragmatic, granular regional knowledge and, most importantly, fun to work with'.

'We have a strong long-term relationship with Joe Kwok'.

'I trust Joe Kwok'.

Key Clients

Salmon Limited

Fox Funding LLP

Oakford Homes Limited

Pharmaceutical Group of Companies

Oakman Inns and Restaurants Limited

Laxton Properties Limited

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe Limited

GPF Lewis plc

Osprey Homes Limited

Local Developer/Investor

Work highlights

  • Assisting Salmon Limited with a pre-let of 28,000 square foot new grade A office premises in Watford.
  • Panel member of a private funder who is very active in bridging finance and development loans.
  • Assisting Oakford Homes Limited with the purchase of Wyevale Garden Centre Beaconsfield for residential development.
  • Advising Oakman Inns and Restaurants Limited on the purchase, joint venture acquisition and financing of a number of public house businesses.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4


VWV's specialist team 'combines a deep understanding of contentious property issues with keen commercial acumen'. In addition to handling the gamut of general property disputes, it is active in insolvency-related litigation, where it often acts for landlords in matters where tenants have entered into administration. The group also generates work from high street lenders. Developer clients are another key work stream, with the group providing advice on options, development agreements and title/covenant issues. Laura Seaman and Michelle Bendall jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):Laura Seaman; Michelle Bendall


'VWV's Watford office has attracted work from local surveyors and schools by explaining the relevance of some ostensibly dry, technical legal developments'.

'I find this firm a pleasure to deal with'.

'Laura Seaman and David Marsden both have formidable knowledge and experience and never cut corners with their preparation; they fully understand the practical realities of litigation'.

'The team at VWV is very approachable and professional; it works well with both clients and other property professionals'.

'Laura Seaman's advice has always been clear, concise and very practical'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for lender in enforcing security against extensive property in Guildford with unauthorised third party occupier.
  • Assisting a client with enforcing security against historically significant property in Essex.
  • Assisted a client with action to clear site of five protected business tenants to allow developer to proceed.
  • Assisted client with possession action to secure possession of a commercial unit in Park Road.
  • Acting for client in recovery action over two residential properties taken as security for bridging finance.  Charge removed fraudulently without authority of lender.

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