Firm Profile > Warners Solicitors > Tonbridge, England

Warners Solicitors
BANK HOUSE
BANK STREET
TONBRIDGE
TN9 1BL
England

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Warners Solicitors’ agricultural team handles the full range of rural issues including non-contentious property work involving the buying and selling of farms, estates and grouse moors and landlord and tenant work. It also advises on contentious property work, criminal and regulatory matters. Its expertise extends to the creation and administration of estate and trusts for asset protection and estate tax planning. In November 2018 the practice was appointed to the panel of the NFU to cover the Kent and East Sussex counties. Steve Colville heads the practice. Litigator Michael McNally is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Steve Colville

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Masters of Foxhounds Association

Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles

All hunts within South East (under the Hunting Office legal expenses policy)

J M Osborne & Co Limited

William Powell Ltd

Oxney Organic Estate

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Warners Solicitors 'has an especially excellent reputation' whilst offering  great value for money to its local and non-UK resident clients. It is adept in wealth protection, cohabitation and children issues and provides tailored assistance ranging from private FDRs to litigation. It also offers a fixed fee for more straightforward divorce cases and provides pro bono help to organisations such as women's refuges. Matthew Aves' expertise includes dealing with cohabitation and land trusts disputes; Charles Tennant is noted for his advocacy skills and Abigail Eriksson-Lee undertakes a range of work for high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Aves

Sport Tier 2

Warners Solicitors' unique offering relates to country sports; it serves as the South-East panel firm for the Hunting Office and provides civil, regulatory, and criminal law advice to its country sports clients. Practice head Michael McNally specialises in civil litigation and employment issues, and is particularly notable for his work on animal liability cases, while Tim Ryan specialises in criminal and regulatory matters relating to country sports, farming, wildlife, animal welfare and firearms licensing.

Practice head(s):

Michael McNally

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Masters of Foxhounds Association

Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles

All hunts within South East (under the Hunting Office legal expenses policy)

J M Osborne & Co Limited

William Powell Ltd

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

The team at Warners Solicitors offers a comprehensive range of specialisms; estate planning, tax, trust creation and administration and elderly client services. The team attracts high-net-worth clients, owners of landed estates and clients in agriculture. It also tends to clients with capacity issues - Gail Hall has a focus on the latter and group head, Mary Shaw has extensive experience in all types of private client and family matters. Philip Raggett  'is excellent for tax planning' and Martin Terrell is noted for his excellence in Court of Protection work.

Practice head(s):

Mary Shaw

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Warners Solicitors advises on disposals and acquisitions of owner-managed businesses in the South East. Its also acts for banks on the financing of acquisitions, as well as venture capital and private equity transactions. Kevin Sullivan has an established track record acting for clients in the IT/technology sectors, and more broadly the team also services clients in areas such as education and agriculture.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Russell Brinkhurst; Jonathan Roberts

Key clients

Medaphor Group Plc

National Westminster Bank

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

Rough Trade Retail Group

Intellectual property Tier 4

Warners Solicitors is principally active in the software sector, advising clients on both non-contentious matters and IP disputes. Key elements of the practice include its licensing and copyright expertise, as well as its work on trade mark infringements, passing off, and domain name disputes. Kevin Sullivan heads the practice, and is active across all areas of the firm's IP work, while Russell Brinkhurst is another key name on the non-contentious side.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

Columba Systems Limited

Asset Mapping Limited

FSI (FM Solutions) Ltd

IT and telecoms Tier 4

At Warners Solicitors, the IT team predominantly acts for software developer clients on commercial matters, with a particular focus on financial and asset management software. The firm advises clients on development agreements, licensing, and distribution, as well as pre-contract issues such as proof of concept. The practice is headed by Kevin Sullivan, who handles dispute resolution work for clients in addition to the team's corporate offering.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sullivan

Key clients

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

Columba Systems Limited

Asset Mapping Limited

FSI (FM Solutions) Ltd

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
 Russell Brinkhurst  photo Russell Brinkhurst
 Steve Colville  photo Steve Colville
 Gail Hall  photo Gail Hall
 John McAuliffe  photo John McAuliffe
 Michael McNally  photo Michael McNally
 Philip Raggett  photo Philip Raggett
 Angela Robinson  photo Angela Robinson
 Tim Ryan  photo Tim Ryan
 Matthew Sabine  photo Matthew Sabine
 Mary Shaw  photo Mary Shaw
 Martin Terrell  photo Martin Terrell
 Richard Theobald  photo Richard Theobald
 Charles Warner  photo Charles Warner
 Bill Wass  photo Bill Wass
 David Wilson  photo David Wilson
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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