Firm Profile > Warners Solicitors > Tonbridge, England

Warners Solicitors
BANK HOUSE
BANK STREET
TONBRIDGE
TN9 1BL
England

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Warners Solicitors advises clients on a range of non-contentious and contentious matters. Steve Colville and Michael McNally are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Steve Colville

Other key lawyers:

Michael McNally

Sport Tier 2

When it comes to country sports, Warners Solicitors is undoubtedly the strongest firm in the region. The group is able to provide a comprehensive service to the sectors key clients, including the Hunting Office and The Masters of Foxhounds Association. Practice head Michael McNally is a disputes specialist and one of the foremost experts in liability for animals under the complex Animals Act. Criminal and regulatory matters are handled by Tim Ryan; acting for all the hunts in the South East, Ryan's expertise spans animal welfare and public order offences as well as breaches of the Hunting Act.

Practice head(s):

Michael McNally

Other key lawyers:

Tim Ryan

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge and application of law in a complicated area’

‘Michael McNally stands out as a well versed expert on the subject area’

Key clients

The Hunting Office

The Masters of Fox hounds Association

JM Osborne and Co. Ltd

William Powell Ltd

GSC Grays

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Warners Solicitors’ team is led by Mary Shaw, who specialises in helping families manage their assets held in trusts. The firm's clients include high-net-worth clients and families, and the broad range of services that the team offers includes advice on estate and lifetime tax planning, creating trusts, trust compliance, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters. The firm also has a Court of Protection team as well as an in-house tax team. Philip Raggett advises on capital taxes estate planning, and Gail Hall specialises in wills, life-time tax planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney and trusts and estate administration.

Practice head(s):

Mary Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Philip Raggett; Gail Hall; Martin Terrell

Testimonials

‘Great understanding of the local area, key suppliers and ability to make and maintain networks of contacts to support clients with a variety of legal challenges.’

‘Warners provides high quality advice and service to the local market.’

‘My experience has been very good and I cannot fault the service I received. Dealing with lawyers and law firms can sometimes make one feel quite apprehensive; however the team’s approachable manner makes you feel at ease and dispel the myth that lawyers are scary people. The service I received was personable to work undertaken and not treated like a one size fits all approach which you often find with large firms of solicitors.’

‘From the outset I found Warners to be extremely knowledgeable, helpful, efficient and empathetic, added to which the charges for probate were clear and reasonable. I had total confidence in the team to deal with my mother’s probate.’

‘From the first phone call to the general office, the service given by the firm was exceptional, from the solicitor and her associates who dealt with my mother’s will, a professional, friendly and prompt service. All queries where dealt with promptly and although we were in the throes of a global pandemic everything ran very smoothly. I would certainly have no hesitation in using this firm again for any legal matters.’

‘From their town centre modern premises Warners provide very comprehensive legal services. They work to traditional standards, delivered by contemporary methods. They have a significant local presence.’

‘Mary Shaw is a partner of great integrity and dedication.’

‘Mary Shaw was very knowledgeable, explained everything in plain English in a pleasant, controlled and sympathetic manner. Often these types of issues can be charged with emotion, so you need a lawyer who can put you at ease. The charging was discussed and agreed before any work started, so there was no nasty surprises at the end.’

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Kevin Sullivan leads Warners Solicitors’ corporate and commercial team in Tonbridge, with particular expertise in the software sector. The department often completes disposals and M&A work for owner-managed businesses, and the team has particular expertise in advising clients in the creative technology sectors and the agricultural sectors. Russell Brinkhurst works with clients in the insurance, publishing and financial industries.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Russell Brinkhurst

Testimonials

‘During periods of considerable strain, Kevin Sullivan remained very calm and professional at all times, and with his support, our deal was eventually done at a good price. I am sure that without Kevin’s steady hand, and his professional and business judgement throughout, the deal would have collapsed at an early stage.’

‘Warners give clear advice and are good value for money. I have recommended the firm to peers and clients. ’

Key clients

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CYTI Holdings Limited

Beggars Group Limited

Intellectual property Tier 4

Warners Solicitors' IP work is closely linked to its technology practice, as the firm primarily handles licensing and copyright issues relating to the development and commercialisation of software products. Kevin Sullivan leads the team and handles IP issues as part of the holistic service he provides to TMT companies at all stages of development.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Russell Brinkhurst

Key clients

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

FSI Global Plc

Beggars Group Limited

Columba Systems Limited

Information Publishing Plc

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Warners Solicitors focuses on the IP elements of the technology market, and works with clients on issues such as licensing and teaming agreements. The firm is particularly active in the fintech sector, primarily through key client Mosaic Smart Data Limited, which it assists with a number of non-contentious issues. Kevin Sullivan and Russell Brinkhurst are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Russell Brinkhurst

Key clients

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

FSI Global Plc

Beggars Group Limited

Columba Systems Limited

Information Publishing Plc

This highly regarded firm delivers private client services to high-net-worth and other individuals and has a focus on significant estates and trusts, as well as family law. Agricultural land is a specialism and corporate and commercial services are provided, with notable experience in intellectual property, property disputes and employment, together with criminal expertise.

The firm: Established in 1785, Warners has served the communities of the South East of England ever since. It has historically been a private client firm, having acted for several generations of the same families for more than 200 years. Over the past 20 years it has expanded to provide commercial services to leading international, London and Kent-based organisations, as well as criminal services.

The practice operates from two modern offices in Tonbridge and Sevenoaks. It is known for the experience and knowledge of its partners, supported by a skilled team of assistants providing a highly responsive and practical service to all clients. Prominent organisations that instruct the firm include 21st Century Technology plc, Bell Identification BV, Black Eagle Estates, Brewin Dolphin, Fuel Oil Holdings, JM Osborne & Co, Masters of Foxhounds Association, RBS Commercial Funding, Svenska Handelsbanken and Tropifruit UK. Regular referrals are received from other law firms.

Types of work undertaken: Private client services include administering a significant number of high-net-worth estates and trusts, as well as advising individuals. Integrated advice is provided on tax and financial matters, using the experience of in-house accountancy professionals, as well as solicitors. The practice has close ties to farmers, landowners and landed estates provide support for its highly rated agricultural practice, from tenancies to land tribunal cases, boundary disputes, land sales and purchases, equine disputes and disputes over sporting rights.

As one of the leading family practices in the South East, Warners offers mediation and collaborative services, as well as court case expertise. It acts for many international clients and advises on cases with multi-million pounds of assets as well as smaller matters with highly complex issues.

Commercial property is a growing focus for national and regional clients. The corporate team specialises in mergers and acquisitions for owner-managed businesses as well as UK-based multinationals. Intellectual property expertise includes software and technology licensing and distribution. Employment is a specialism, with notable expertise in countryside and country sports matters.

All aspects of civil and commercial litigation are handled, including property matters in courts and tribunals. Niche expertise is provided in Japanese knotweed cases. Criminal expertise includes all regular and serious crimes including countryside issues, such as illegal hunting and breaches of animal welfare, as well as environmental issues.

Other offices: Sevenoaks

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman of Management Board David Wilson d.wilson@warners.law
Private Client Mary Shaw m.shaw@warners.law
Commercial Property Mark Davis m.davis@warners.law
Residential Property John McAuliffe j.mcauliffe@warners.law
Family Law Matthew Aves m.aves@warners.law
Corporate, Commercial & IP Kevin Sullivan k.sullivan@warners.law
Criminal & Regulatory Offences Tim Ryan t.ryan@warners.law
Agricultural Law Steve Colville s.colville@warners.law
Photo Name Position Profile
 John Beynon  photo John Beynon Consultant Solicitor
 Russell Brinkhurst  photo Russell Brinkhurst Partner
 Steve Colville  photo Steve Colville Partner
 Gail Hall  photo Gail Hall Partner
 John McAuliffe  photo John McAuliffe Partner & Team Leader
 Michael McNally  photo Michael McNally Partner
 Philip Raggett  photo Philip Raggett Partner
 Angela Robinson  photo Angela Robinson Partner
 Tim Ryan  photo Tim Ryan Partner
 Matthew Sabine  photo Matthew Sabine Partner
 Mary Shaw  photo Mary Shaw Partner
 Martin Terrell  photo Martin Terrell Partner
 Richard Theobald  photo Richard Theobald Partner
 Charles Warner  photo Charles Warner Consultant Solicitor & Notary Public
 Bill Wass  photo Bill Wass Consultant Solicitor
 David Wilson  photo David Wilson Partner
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40
English
ABL
England & Wales Law Society
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
Resolution
Resolution Accredited with particular specialisms in Children Law and Private
CILEx
Agricultural Law Association
National Farmers Union
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