Firm Profile > VWV > Watford, England

VWV
45 CLARENDON ROAD
WATFORD
HERTFORDSHIRE
WD17 1SZ
England

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx 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:

Testimonials

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

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx 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:

Testimonials

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

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx 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 PowerJoe Kwok is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Marsden; David Power

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

Education 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:

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

REAch2

E-ACT

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

Property litigation 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

Testimonials

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‘.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

VWV specialises in advising healthcare, arts and educational charities. The firm regularly advises on structural reviews, commercial projects, use of trading subsidiaries as well as on governance and fundraising issues. Other areas of expertise include advice on employment law, tax planning, construction and financing matters. The ‘calm, reflective and well-reasoned’ practice head Con Alexander gives ‘helpful advice’ when acting for charities, academics, schools and universities on transactions, endowment funds, fundraising, mergers, and the restructuring of subsidiaries. Senior associate Rachel Tonkin assists with charity tribunal proceedings and cross-border transfers of charitable assets. Senior associate Laura Chesham has expertise in the registration and incorporation of charities.

Practice head(s):

Con Alexander

Other key lawyers:

Barney Northover; Rachel Tonkin; Laura Chesham

Testimonials

‘VWV has a very wide and deep charity practice, which possesses an excellent network and a good understanding of current legal and operational issues’

‘Barney Northover’s understanding of the sector and particularly of charitable schools is second to none’

Key clients

Soil Association

Diocese of Truro

Harpur Trust

Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation

Institute of Cancer Research

National Star Foundation

Society and College Radiographers

Malvern Hills Trust

University of Law

Royal Academy of Music

London Southbank University

St Peter’s Hospice

Bristol Old Vic

James Tudor Foundation

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.

Practice head(s):

Shivaji Shiva

Other key lawyers:

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

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

VWV has expertise in lifetime transaction disputes, disputes regarding the legal and financial duties of executors and trustees, and professional negligence claims in respect to will drafting. The firm’s client base includes high-net-worth individuals and business clients, wealthy families, charities and celebrities. The practice is led by Michelle Rose, who 'consistently searches for new ways to lead the legal battle', while senior associate Fiona Lawrence has experience of cross-border probate and trust litigation.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Rose

Other key lawyers:

Marianne Nankervis; Fiona Lawrence; Sally Rushton; Julia Hardy

Testimonials

‘Enquiries are answered promptly and efficiently without the client being left in the dark’

‘VWV is a market leader and competes on even terms with major London players in the marketplace’

‘The firm is characterised by doggedness and efficiency’

‘Michelle Rose is knowledgeable, competent and expresses a profound understanding towards financial and emotional hardships of the clients. She is also ready to make brave financial decisions in support of the client’s ends’

‘Michelle Rose swiftly grabs any chance to turn the table in favour of the client and leads to a brilliant result of settlement’

Fiona Lawrence is able to run large high-value estate claims across multiple jurisdictions, which usually end in a very advantageous settlement in favour of the client’

Education Tier 1

VWV is a ‘one-stop shop’ for further and higher education institutions, independent schools, academies, academy trusts and maintained schools. Its team has niche expertise in charity law, governance, regulatory compliance, safeguarding, procurement, state aid and immigration. Barney Northover, who provides ‘valuable and highly competent support’, advises independent schools on charity law, M&A and strategic reviews.

Practice head(s):

Bettina Rigg; Emma-Jane Dalley; Barney Northover; Chloe Brunton

Testimonials

All members of the team are highly reliable and very quick to respond

The advice on employment law and school policy drafting has been exemplary

Sensitive matters were handled well in a clear and timely manner

The firm’s rates are very reasonable, while the partners are very direct and pragmatic

Key clients

Bath Spa University

Bournemouth University

London School of Economics and Political Science

London South Bank University

Norland College

Oxford Brookes University

Royal Academy of Music

University of Bath

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

University of Greenwich

University of Law

University of South Wales

Education: institutions 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 HalseyClive 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

Education: schools 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.

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.

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‘.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

VWV has expertise in brain, upper limb, spinal and multiple orthopaedic injury as well as amputation claims. The firm also assists with cross-border accident claims. Another area of expertise are injuries sustained in road traffic accidents. The practice equally advises on claims relating to suicides and psychiatric diseases. The team is experienced in assisting with the obtainment of funds for accommodation and rehabilitation costs. The team is headed up ‘the very experienced and conscientiousJan Markland, who deals with fatal accident claims.

Practice head(s):

Jan Markland

Other key lawyers:

Dan Thompson

Testimonials

The firm is impressive, skilled, empathetic and transparent.

Senior associate Dan Thompson accomodates diseases in the most empathetic way.

Property litigation Tier 1

VWV houses an ‘exceptional’ property litigation practice, which operates as an integrated part of the firm’s real estate department. The team has a particular strength in contentious work in the healthcare, education and public sectors. It also acts for developers, charities and religious institutions. Michelle Bendall is an ‘excellent advocate’. The 'brilliant' David Bird and senior associate Daniel Hall are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Bendall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team’s real strength lies in the fact that everyone takes a very commercial approach towards litigation, realising that sometimes a good settlement may be worth more to a client than a judgment from a court

The team is quick to respond and provides clear advice and practical solutions

Michelle Bendall is a force to be reckoned with and someone you want in your corner

Michelle Bendall is a pleasure to deal with

Daniel Hall is a thorough and savvy litigator

Key clients

Airbus Operations

Airbus Defence and Space

PricewaterhouseCoopers

University of Bristol

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

United Reformed Church

Essar Oil UK

St Vincent de Paul Society

Mainline Pipelines

Diocese of Truro

King Edward’s School

The Diocese of Gloucester

Oxford City Council

Jisc

Wiltshire Council

Wing Yip

Crest Nicholson

Pell Frischmann Consultants

Homes England

Bournemouth Borough Council

Oxford Brookes University

Berkeley Homes

Faraday Development

Soil Association

Bristol Waste Company

Thanet District Council

Poole Borough Council

Bath Spa University

Charities and not-for-profit 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

Testimonials

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

Construction Tier 2

VWV's equally strong capabilities in contentious and non-contentious construction matters sees it generate work from clients in areas such as education, aerospace, energy, healthcare, insurance, and the public sector. Huw Morgan assists with PPP and PFI projects, design-and-build issues, and various contractual arrangements. Also recommended is Jason Prosser, who is particularly adept at acting on energy and utilities projects. Senior associate Alice Lang is a key contact for education sector clients and property developers.

Practice head(s):

Huw Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bouygues UK Limited

Airbus Operations Limited

University of Bristol

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Bath Spa University

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Taylor Maxwell & Co Limited

Herefordshire District Council

ULC Robotics International Limited

Thanet District Council

Debt recovery Tier 2

VWV is particularly well-known for representing clients in the energy and utilities sector in debt recovery matters; its track record dates back more than 30 years. In addition, the firm acts for administrators and liquidators, as well as companies entering insolvency. The education sector is another driver of work. The key name in Bristol is Ed Husband, who works closely with the Birmingham office. Husband is active in financial distress disputes, business breakdown and insolvency, and also energy sector debt recovery.

Practice head(s):

Ed Husband

Key clients

Handicare Accessibility Limited

The Bar Council

EDF Energy Customers Plc – since 2010

Kingston Smith & Partners LLP

1stClaims Limited

Phoenix Commercial Catering Equipment Limited

Rothdean Limited

Severn River Crossing Plc

The Health & Safety Group Limited

FastTrack Management Services Limited

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Porcelanosa North West Limited

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.

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Jane Byford

Other key lawyers:

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: Bristol Tier 2

The VWV employment practice has a strong profile nationally acting for commercial, charities, education and public sector clients. The firm is highly reputed for advisory work, and it is also equally adept in representing clients in complex Employment Tribunal claims. Within the education sector, the employment team acts for numerous independent schools and academies in contentious and advisory matters. Gareth Edwards is knowledgeable about discrimination law and freedom of information uses, and he is also experienced in advising clients on industrial relations, executive severances and TUPE and outsourcing issues.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Simon Bevan

Testimonials

The team has wide experience and excellent subject knowledge and is at the forefront of employment law practice for charities and independent schools

Simon Bevan is an outstanding partner for employment law matters. His advice is always sound but is also balanced by a good understanding of the practical issues and the operational requirements of his clients

Key clients

CBRE Limted

CBRE Global Investors Limited

British Library

Bristol Old Vic Theatre

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

South Gloucestershire Council

Clifton College

REAch2 Academy Trust

Rugby School

University of Bristol

Loughborough Endowed Schools

Eton College

Dorset County Council – the Shadow Dorset Authority

Bournemouth Borough Council

Millfield

Redmaids High School

Cheltenham Ladies College

Family Tier 2

VWV provides legal advice on legal aspects of family breakdown and divorce proceedings, which covers assistance with financial settlements, unmarried family disputes, separation planning and wealth structuring. Other aspects include cross-border relocation issues, child support agreements, cohabitation claims and Court of Protection proceedings. The firm seeks settlements both within and outside court hearings. Practice head Samantha Hickman is especially active in matrimonial and cohabitation disputes, as well as on disputes involving children.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Rose; Samantha Hickman

Health Tier 2

The healthcare group at VWV focuses on acting for GP practices, for whom it advises on all types of partnership arrangements, acquisitions and disposals, leases, employment and health and safety issues, and partnership disputes. It also generates work from other clients, including dentists, vets and pharmacists. Ben Willis specialises in healthcare development work and funding. Willis jointly heads up the practice with the 'very knowledgeable and pleasantOliver Pool, who focuses on GP partnerships and mergers.

Practice head(s):

Ben Willis; Oliver Pool

Testimonials

Highly competent experts in the healthcare sector

The team is very good in handling NHS matters for clients

Each partner makes a client feel like a priority

Key clients

Trowbridge Health Centre Partnership

32 GP practices across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire

Platinum Health

The Lewisham Care Partnership

Mendip Vale Medical Group/ Mendip Batch Medical

Clark Avenue Surgery

East Norfolk Medical Practice

Immigration Tier 2

VWV's immigration practice operates at a national level, but also maintains a strong market presence in Bristol. Its sector coverage spans a wide range of areas, with a particular emphasis on issues concerning independent schools, higher education institutions and technology companies. One specialism involves assisting independent schools with regulatory compliance audits and handling threatened actions arising from alleged breaches of Tier 4 sponsor guidance. The team works closely with the employment team on migrant worker issues, and acts alongside the corporate group on restructurings and reorganisations. Associate Judith Hockin is the key name in Bristol.

Practice head(s):

Tom Brett Young

Other key lawyers:

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

At VWV, insolvency litigation is a cornerstone of the practice, with the team acting both for and against office holders. Other work includes advising a number of energy suppliers on supply chain insolvency issues, as well as handling restructurings in the charity and education sector. The team is led by the ‘calm but firmEd Husband, who has specialised in insolvency and restructuring work for 20 years. Associate Kelly Johnson is ‘diligent and attentive to detail’.

Practice head(s):

Ed Husband

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is always capable of dealing with anything we throw at them, grasping the fundamental problems and providing practical solutions and support

Extremely approachable and professional at all times

While the team is deservedly considered one of the leading firms in the South West for insolvency and restructuring work, but it also has a distinct national presence

Both friendly, approachable and highly determined to bring clients the right result, Ed Husband and Kelly Johnson make a brilliant team that provides excellent advice and support

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

Smith & Williamson

Mazars

RSM

KPMG

Bibby

EDF Energy

Grant Thornton

Moore Stephens

CVR Global

Licensing Tier 2

VWV assists with the application of licensing permitting the sale of alcohol and the running of restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs. The firm also advises on private and public venue hire and is experienced in representing clients in prosecutions arising from the alleged breach of licensing regulations. Other areas of expertise include gaming and gambling laws as well as legal requirements relating to events that involve different age groups.

Practice head(s):

Jason Prosser

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

The projects group at VWV handles projects in the fields of education, construction, energy, waste management, local government, grant funding and procurement. The team’s growing client base includes charities and local authorities, schools and higher education institutions, as well as private sector organisations. A noteworthy aspect of the team’s recent work is its increasing prominence in state aid work, particularly in relation to advice on EU and UK project funding schemes. The ‘reliableStephanie Rickard heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Rickard

Testimonials

A team of highly focused, professional and efficient lawyers

VWV has a very wide breadth of relevant experience and knowledge of the area

The team has a broad range of experience and is able to field practitioners in the specialist areas of law which some clients need, such as UK and EU law

Contracts prepared by the team are well drafted and understandable

 

Key clients

West of England Combined Authority

Cabot Learning Federation

Harris Federation

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Airbus Operations

University of Bristol

Hills Waste Solutions

National Composites Centre

University of Exeter

University of Hull

Thanet District Council

University of Bath

Dorset County Council

Surrey Heath Borough Council

Fareham Borough Council

REAch2 Academy Trust

Bath Spa University

Banking and finance Tier 3

At VWV, the banking and finance team's strong transactional capabilities are evidenced by its work for clients in sectors such as education, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and the public sector. Robert Collier, who leads the practice, is equally strong in mandates from banks and borrowers. Another key figure is real estate lawyer Steven McGuigan, who has extensive expertise in secured lending matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert Collier

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Santander UK

Lloyds Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

Allied Irish Banks

HSBC Bank

Handelsbanken

Homes England

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 3

VWV provides litigation support in relation to general corporate and commercial disputes, and is particularly active in procurement, energy and utilities, charities and healthcare matters. Its excellent reputation ensures that it generates work from regional and national clients. Ed Husband, who leads the UK team from the Bristol office, has particular expertise in disputes related to financial distress and business breakdown.

Practice head(s):

Ed Husband

Other key lawyers:

Ben Holt; Nick Martindale

Testimonials

VWV have a great team working ethos, working together collaboratively especially well. They have a vast range of knowledge and specialists which means you can get insight and advice quickly. They are approachable, friendly and understand that sometimes advice needs to be given in an understandable way to non-legal professionals

We have worked with other firms and found VWV to be much better

The team has a broad range of experiences across practice areas, allowing them to draw upon these in complex commercial cases; for example those including company, property or trust law issues

I have found them to be extremely good with clients, ensuring that the right advice is given in a measured and supportive way. They are also excellent at handling difficult opponents

Ben Holt is strong on commercial litigation when in need of a claim. Ben has been the voice of reason when dealing with issues we felt had the potential to impact our reputation

Ben is intuitive about what a commercial company should and shouldn’t be doing when having to manage a crisis or issues where the law can support

Ben Holt is a superb partner, he keeps abreast of the detail, whilst ensuring that the overarching strategy is implemented efficiently. He is not afraid to tackle the knotty issues which crop up in litigation and has a wonderful manner with clients

Sarah Perry managed difficult opponents and a tight litigation timetable skillfully and calmly

Key clients

EDF Energy

Certsure LLP

Merthyr (South Wales) Limited

The Department of Education Sport and Culture (Isle of Man)

Corona Energy

The Bar Council

Brandon Hire

Begbies Traynor

Reading Borough Council

University of Greenwich

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 3

At VWV, the commercial property department brings together expertise in property acquisitions and disposals, property development, finance and investment, leases and relocations, and other projects. The practice is led by Steven McGuigan, whose client base mostly comprises property developers, local authorities, lenders and central government bodies. The firm has also built a strong reputation for advising religious and educational institutions, and also international energy companies. Jessica Booz and Simon Linnitt are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Steven McGuigan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Highly professional

The team delivers high-quality results in a speedy manner

The lawyers understand what the client’s objectives are, and work hard towards achieving them

Key clients

Airbus Operations Airbus Defence

PricewaterhouseCoopers

University of Bristol

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

United Reformed Church

Essar Oil UK

St Vincent de Paul Society

Mainline Pipelines

Diocese of Truro

King Edward’s School

The Diocese of Gloucester

Oxford City Council

Jisc

Wiltshire Council

Wing Yip

Crest Nicholson

Pell Frischmann

Homes England

Oxford Brookes University

Berkeley Homes

Faraday Developments

Soil Association

Bristol Waste Company

Thanet District Council

Poole Borough Council

Bath Spa University

Contentious trusts and probate 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

Testimonials

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

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 3

VWV has a strong presence in the South West region, and its corporate team regularly advises local owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs and family-run companies. In addition to providing day-to-day advice, the commercial group advises clients on long-term contracts. Both the corporate and commercial practices are heavily involved in the education and technology sectors; the latter sector, in particular, is a notable area of growth, with a number of start-ups and scale-ups turning to the firm for advice. Robert Collier, who heads up the corporate team, has extensive experience of the M&A and venture capital market. Commercial group head Doug Locke works closely with the intellectual property and technology teams. senior associate Jacob Scott, who is a recent hire, is a specialist in IT commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Robert Collier; Doug Locke

Other key lawyers:

Ed Rimmell; Nathan Guest

Testimonials

Team are very experienced in working with early stage companies in the life science sector, and clearly demonstrated this

The firm has a lot of connections which speeds up negotiations processes

Support was always available and the team were very helpful

I was particularly impressed by the guidance they offered, and what was important to the company’s future

We’ve seen them a fair bit more in the market recently

Key clients

Bellevue Education

Port of Ramsgate

Essilor International

ULC Robotics

University of Bristol

Hills Waste Solutions

Starpick

KETS Quantum Security Limited

SWR

United Learning

enModus

Inovo Robotics

Corporate tax Tier 3

VWV is increasingly instructed in matters with an international aspect and a significant portion of its work involves acting for non-UK domiciled individuals with business interests in the UK. It also advises clients in the charities and education sectors. Emma Bradley leads the team, whose expertise includes high-value SDLT and VAT planning, HMRC disputes and cross-border tax structuring. The group works closely with practitioners in various other areas - such as corporate, real estate, employment and private client - to advise clients on a broad cross-section of tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Emma Bradley

Key clients

Morgan Lloyd Administration Limited

Bellevue Education Group

Magmatic Limited t/a Trunki

enModus

University of Bristol

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.

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

Health and safety Tier 3

VWV advises clients on health and safety compliance and critical incident management, as well as the impact of breaches on governance, reporting obligations and liabilities. In addition to providing standalone health and safety advice, its team also plays a key corporate support role. In the contentious space, the team advises clients on investigations and enforcement actions by the Health and Safety Executive. Key areas of sector expertise include education, healthcare and charities. Tabitha Cave is the head of the regulatory compliance team.

Practice head(s):

Tabitha Cave

Intellectual property Tier 3

Doug Locke leads the team at VWV, which has a particularly strong track record in the education sector. It acts for a large number of schools, and also counts more than 50 universities as clients. The scope of its work includes advising on international school licensing projects and cross-border school trade mark prosecutions, as well as assisting universities with the protection and commercialisation of IP. Elsewhere, the team provides trade mark advice to clients ranging in size from start-up companies to multinational corporations. It is a first port of call for many clients in the charities sector in Bristol. The firm also works with international agents on contentious trade mark matters.

Practice head(s):

Doug Locke

Other key lawyers:

Paula Williams; Ben Holt;

Key clients

Rugby School

World Sailing

Airbus

Wallace & Gromit’s Children Foundation

Hunters Property Group

King’s School, Canterbury

Western Global Holdings Limited

Marlborough College

Malvern College

The British Library

Local government Tier 3

VWV's clients, which include local authorities and the emergency services, turn to the firm for advice on particularly complex issues, such as governance reviews, disputes, Code of Conduct complaints and constitutional matters. In addition, the firm is sought out to advise on projects, employment and real estate matters. Also notable is that it has had a longstanding role running and facilitating the Local Government Training Partnership (LGTP), which is a platform that is intended to enable members to provide and receive sector-specific training. Department head Allison Cook has been instrumental in growing the emergency services practice.

Practice head(s):

Allison Cook

Key clients

Dorset County Council

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Borough of Poole Council

Thanet District Council

Surrey Heath Borough Council

Fareham Borough Council

Herefordshire Council

South Somerset District Council

North Wales District Council

Partnership 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

Testimonials

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

Gleeds

Stevens Hewlett & Perkins

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Stubbs Rich

Driver Exchange LLP

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

VWV advises on estates and trusts with issues involving inheritance tax, capital gains tax and stamp duty land tax, which also includes assistance with the claiming of any tax relief available. The firm also advises on the creation of lifetime trusts and provides advice to trustees and existing trust administrators on exercising their duties. The team regularly acts as estate administrator. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, charities and business clients.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Rose; Mary McCrorie

Professional negligence Tier 3

VWV advises banks and financial institutions on professional negligence claims against solicitors, surveyors and valuers. The firm is also experienced in assisting both private claimants and defendants on corporate, charity, insolvency and real estate claims. The practice advises on insolvency litigations arising from professional negligence of solicitors, tax advisers and accountants. Another area of expertise is the handling of intellectual property infringement claims.

Practice head(s):

Ed Husband

Key clients

Platform Funding

Cheltenham Borough Council

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Noted as a ‘very 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

Testimonials

‘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

Energy Tier 4

The energy and utilities team at VWV includes energy disputes specialist Ed Husband and planning and infrastructure expert David Bird, who advises clients on new pipelines and the enforcement of rights in relation to existing pipelines. Jason Prosser leads the group, whose expertise includes energy plants, combined heat and power plants, commercial biomass installations, district heating systems, wind farms, solar farms and energy performance contracting. Commercial partner Edward Rimmell is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Jason Prosser

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

EDF Energy Customers

Hills Waste Solutions

ULC Robotics

United Gas & Power

Valero Energy

CLH Pipeline System

Wessex Water

Healthcare 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:

Testimonials

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

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.

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)

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.

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‘.

Personal tax, trusts and probate 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:

Testimonials

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

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.

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

Property litigation 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:

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

VWV is an award-winning firm which puts its clients at the heart of everything it does and is proud to have the reputation of being a friendly firm to work with.

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.

Their specialist solicitors are offering support and advice on the legal challenges and opportunities arising from Coronavirus through their online Coronavirus Hub.

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
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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.