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Warners Solicitors

BANK HOUSE, BANK STREET, TONBRIDGE, TN9 1BL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01732 770660
Fax:
Fax 01732 362452
DX:
5501 TONBRIDGE
Email:
Web:
www.warners-solicitors.co.uk
Sevenoaks, Tonbridge

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Warners Solicitors

The team at Warners Solicitors is 'pragmatic in approach and focused on protecting the interests of the clients in a way that ensures that transactions are completed sensibly and effectively'. It handles sales, acquisitions, related finance and commercial contracts for largely owner-managed businesses, especially in the technology  and agriculture sectors. Its recent work included representing the Rough Trade Retail Group in respect of a 34.25% investment stake by Les Nouvelles Editions Indépendantes with a post-money valuation of £5m. Jonathan Roberts' expertise extends to private equity and finance transactions and Russell Brinkhurst acts for buyers and sellers across a diverse range of sectors, focusing predominantly on owner-managed businesses. The duo have 'a sensible and pragmatic approach to working with their clients and a broad range of expertise in the corporate and commercial space'. Practice head Kevin Sullivan has expertise in software-related contracts in addition to his broader corporate, venture capital and private equity work.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Warners Solicitors

'A market leader in the field', Warners Solicitors is 'a professional, friendly firm whose staff are knowledgeable and trustworthy'. Headed by Steve Colville, the agriculture and estates practice handles the full range of work in this area, from advice on the purchase and sale of farms, estates and grouse moors, and landlord and tenant work involving rural property, farms and estates, to contentious work including disputes of sporting rights, boundaries and other land disputes. It also has unique expertise in criminal and regulatory work affecting farms and estates, including defending against wildlife, farming, shooting and hunting related investigations and prosecutions. Recent work includes acting for a master of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt who was prosecuted under the Public Order Act following alleged threats towards a high-profile hunt saboteur. Criminal and regulatory law specialist Tim Ryan led on that matter and is recommended alongside disputes specialist Michael McNally and associate Samantha Bradburne.

Leading individuals

Steve Colville - Warners Solicitors

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Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Warners Solicitors

Warners Solicitors¬†has expertise in high-value financial remedy cases frequently involving cross-border complications together with tax advice. It also handles nuptial agreements, cohabitation disputes and the related children issues. The group is ‚Äėvery good with clients, maintaining a high quality of work while being costs conscious‚Äô. It also has ‚Äėstrength at all levels with a good band of excellent associate solicitors offering good value for money‚Äô. Practice head Rayma Collins, Matthew Aves¬†and Charles Tennant, together with the ‚Äėastute and sensible‚Äô associate Alice Scambler,¬†are noted as is Philip Raggett, who is a key name¬†on the tax and trusts sides.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Warners Solicitors

The 'excellent' team at Warners Solicitors provides a comprehensive private client service encompassing estate planning, tax planning, the creation and administration of trusts, and power of attorney and Court of Protection matters. In addition to acting for high-net-worth individuals and families, the team includes specialists who can assist elderly and vulnerable people, including with obtaining deputyship orders. Mary Shaw heads the group and Philip Raggett is acknowledged as an expert on tax planning, especially inheritance tax and matters related to trusts. Gail Hall has broad private client expertise and is noted for 'having an extremely good way of dealing with clients and providing advice in a way that is clear and understandable'.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Warners Solicitors

Warners Solicitors' clients range from banks and construction companies to family-owned farming businesses, estate owners and charitable institutions. The team advises on all aspects of site development, property investment portfolio work, planning permission and finance matters. In recent work, it is advising the independent record label Rough Trade on negotiating the lease of a new store as well as assisting with planning permission and a license to make alterations. Angela Robinson, who is based in Tonbridge, and Sevenoaks-based Mark Davis jointly head the practice. Angela Rowe, who acts for lenders and borrowers on secured lending, and Steve Colville are other names to note.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Warners Solicitors

Fintech expert Kevin Sullivan heads the Warners Solicitors IT offering, with software and other technology licensing and distribution agreements a major staple of his work. Some of Sullivan’s most notable recent projects include acting for Mosaic Smart Data in respect of the licensing of its MSX data analytics software product and representing Technomed in respect of its claim for the infringement of its copyright and database right in its ECG software solution. Other clients include Rambus and Columba Systems.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Warners Solicitors

Kevin Sullivan handles a range of intellectual property matters at Warners Solicitors, especially IP disputes, including those relating to copyright, designs, trademarks, passing off and misuse of confidential information. Recent highlights include acting for Technomed in respect of its successful claim for the infringement of its copyright and database right in its ECG software solution and acting for Mosaic Smart Data on the licensing of its MSX data analytics software product to JPMorgan Chase. Sullivan is supported in IP matters by solicitor Jonathan Booton.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Warners Solicitors

Country sports are the primary focus for Warners Solicitors' sports law practice, which acts for a number of country sports organisations and sporting estates on issues relating to game shooting, hunting, competitive and recreational riding and fishing. Clients include the Masters of Foxhounds Association, the governing body for hunts in the UK, and the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles, for which it handles constitutional affairs, disciplinary proceedings against hunt officials, and employment matters relating to hunt staff. Michael McNally, Tim Ryan and Russell Brinkhurst are the key figures.

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