Firm Profile > VWV > Bristol, England

VWV
NARROW QUAY HOUSE, NARROW QUAY
BRISTOL
BS1 4QA
England

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.

Leading individuals

Rising stars

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

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.

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Rising stars

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.

Leading individuals

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

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.

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.

Leading individuals

Rising stars

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

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Leading individuals

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.

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’.

Rising stars

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Key clients

Morgan Lloyd Administration Limited

Bellevue Education Group

Magmatic Limited t/a Trunki

enModus

University of Bristol

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Key clients

Platform Funding

Cheltenham Borough Council

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.

Key clients

EDF Energy Customers

Hills Waste Solutions

ULC Robotics

United Gas & Power

Valero Energy

CLH Pipeline System

Wessex Water

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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Con Alexander  photo Con Alexander
 Michelle Bendall  photo Michelle Bendall
 Simon Bevan  photo Simon Bevan
 Nicola Bickham  photo Nicola Bickham
 David Bird  photo David Bird
 Jessica Booz  photo Jessica Booz
 Emma Bradley  photo Emma Bradley
 Chloe Brunton  photo Chloe Brunton
 Tabitha Cave  photo Tabitha Cave
 Robert Collier  photo Robert Collier
 Allison Cook  photo Allison Cook
 Emma-Jane Dalley  photo Emma-Jane Dalley
 John Deakin  photo John Deakin
 Gareth Edwards  photo Gareth Edwards
 Andrew Gallie  photo Andrew Gallie
 Nathan Guest  photo Nathan Guest
 Simon Heald  photo Simon Heald
 Samantha Hickman  photo Samantha Hickman
 Ben Holt  photo Ben Holt
 Ed Husband  photo Ed Husband
 Simon Linnitt  photo Simon Linnitt
 Doug Locke  photo Doug Locke
 Jan Markland  photo Jan Markland
 Mary McCrorie  photo Mary McCrorie
 Steven McGuigan  photo Steven McGuigan
 Huw Morgan  photo Huw Morgan
 Jos Moule  photo Jos Moule
 Naseem Nabi  photo Naseem Nabi
 Barney Northover  photo Barney Northover
 Jonathan Peacock  photo Jonathan Peacock
 Oliver Pool  photo Oliver Pool
 Jason Prosser  photo Jason Prosser
 Nigel Puddicombe  photo Nigel Puddicombe
 Alice Reeve  photo Alice Reeve
 Stephanie Rickard  photo Stephanie Rickard
 Bettina Rigg  photo Bettina Rigg
 Edward Rimmell  photo Edward Rimmell
 Kris Robbetts  photo Kris Robbetts
 Michelle Rose  photo Michelle Rose
 Nick Smith  photo Nick Smith
 Ben Willis  photo Ben Willis
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.