Firm Profile > Wedlake Bell LLP > London, England

Wedlake Bell LLP
71 QUEEN VICTORIA STREET
LONDON
EC4V 4AY
England

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Wedlake Bell LLP's practice focuses on the firm's key sectors, which include energy, financial services, insurance, healthcare, hospitality, fintech and corporate real estate. The team has also developed a private wealth M&A offering and has advised family offices and private wealth funds on their acquisition targets. Leading the corporate practice, Adam Lynch acts on both public and private transactions for clients in the hospitality, fintech, real estate and healthcare sectors. Edward Craft is a name to note for corporate governance issues within M&A while Nigel Taylor is an experienced hand on private equity backed transactions.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent technical knowledge and client-handling skills.‘

‘Hugely reliable and knowledgeable. Exceptional understanding of client needs and delivery of results.’

‘Edward Craft – the most knowledgeable governance professional I’ve come across in my career, whose strong technical competency is expertly conveyed with a suitable degree of pragmatism that is aligned with the business needs.’

‘Well coordinated teams, a one-stop-shop for all legal queries.‘

 

Key clients

Global Risk Partners Limited

Care UK

Rainham Environmental Holding Limited

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

At Wedlake Bell LLP, Justin Lewis-Vivas oversees ‘a strong property team’ which ‘delivers excellent advice without hubris.’, The group excels in relation to development and investment projects within the care home, healthcare, student accommodation, retail, residential, mixed-use, business park and leisure sectors. Its clients include domestic corporate buyers and funds along with several overseas investors and international bodies. On the corporate occupier side, the workload includes premises moves, portfolio management and leasing affairs in sectors such as sciences, professional services, financial and co-working. The team which includes the 'highly personable and razor sharp' Suzanne Gill, was recently boosted by the additions of David Roberts  and Kathryn West from Jones Day.

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‘Decent, ethical people, delivering excellent advice and without hubris. The team has strong depth and robust abilities across the whole sector of real estate.’

‘Suzanne Gill is as much trusted adviser as solicitor. Suzanne is highly personable, razor sharp and always on top of matters. She delivers excellent client care, brilliant legal advice and can deliver withering legal putdowns in the most charming way to the other side. She has immense gravitas and is a strong moral champion for the legal sector.’

‘No-nonsense advice which gets to the heart of the matter but more importantly, identifies practical and effective solutions to drive transactions over the line.’

Key clients

Care UK

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC

Spire Healthcare

Hugo Boss

Breitling

Robert Dyas

Manpower

Lufthansa

Charles Taylor PLC

MS Amlin PLC

Illumina Cambridge Limited, the English subsidiary of Illumina, Inc.

McCarthy Tetrault

Sopra Steria

Oxford Sciences Innovation PLC

Techspace

Crowe UK LLP

Hachette Group

Revolut Limited

Qube Research & Technologies Limited

Resolution Life Group Services Limited

Novalpina Capital LLP

Riverstone Management Limited

Residential property Tier 2

Wedlake Bell LLP’s residential property team ‘stands at the top of the industry‘, advising a stellar range of clients on purchase and sales, lease extensions and landlord and tenant matters. Leasehold and enfranchisement work, led by Jonathan Achampong, is a specialism; the team handles a large number of such transactions, including collective enfranchisement in the prime residential market. Tom Allfree, who has driven the team’s growth in recent years, leads the practice and maintains a broad practice across all aspects of high value residential conveyancing. ‘Super efficientNick Stone  arrived from Child & Child in 2019 to increase the team's activity in the prime central London market.

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‘The residential property team provides a very high standard of professional service to clients.’

‘Tom Allfree has an ability to identify and resolve challenging legal issues in high value and complex transactions.’

‘Wedlake Bell’s practice stands at the top of the industry. They cover sales and purchases of all types of residential property but focus on prime property and complex transactions. Their key strengths are undoubtedly their people.’

Tom Allfree is intelligent, calm, personable and experienced.’

‘Nick Stone is highly regarded throughout the industry. Proactive, fast paced and diligent.’

‘A team that has grown over the years and has established itself as one of the best. They conduct themselves professionally and with excellent communication. There are not many firms that give such excellent service.’

‘Tom Allfree is a seasoned professional; his forensic approach to all transactions he deals immediately puts his clients at ease. His attention to detail never compromises timescales and he communicates regularly throughout any transaction.’

‘Nick Stone, Tom Alfree and Jonathan Achampong are all professionals and class acts.’

‘Nick Stone is super efficient, prompt and always looks to resolve any issues in a timely manner.’

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

At Wedlake Bell LLP, Justin Lewis-Vivas oversees ‘a strong property team’ which ‘delivers excellent advice without hubris.’, The group excels in relation to development and investment projects within the care home, healthcare, student accommodation, retail, residential, mixed-use, business park and leisure sectors. Its clients include domestic corporate buyers and funds along with several overseas investors and international bodies. On the corporate occupier side, the workload includes premises moves, portfolio management and leasing affairs in sectors such as sciences, professional services, financial and co-working. The team which includes the 'highly personable and razor sharp' Suzanne Gill, was recently boosted by the additions of David Roberts  and Kathryn West from Jones Day.

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Testimonials

‘Decent, ethical people, delivering excellent advice and without hubris. The team has strong depth and robust abilities across the whole sector of real estate.’

‘Suzanne Gill is as much trusted adviser as solicitor. Suzanne is highly personable, razor sharp and always on top of matters. She delivers excellent client care, brilliant legal advice and can deliver withering legal putdowns in the most charming way to the other side. She has immense gravitas and is a strong moral champion for the legal sector.’

‘No-nonsense advice which gets to the heart of the matter but more importantly, identifies practical and effective solutions to drive transactions over the line.’

‘David de Maupeou is a smart real estate practitioner with practical advice and a drive to deliver the optimum outcome.’

‘David de Maupeou is a pleasure to work with. He has an ability to break down complex problems and present them simply as well as finding sensible common sense solutions to tricky issues.’

Key clients

Care UK

CALA Homes

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC

Spire Healthcare

City & Country Group PLC

Taylor Wimpey

Carpenters Company

Warburg-HIH Invest

Royal London Asset Management

Helical PLC

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

LondonMetric Property PLC

Zeno Capital

Summix Capital

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Wedlake Bell LLP has an experienced team that handles a range of complex domestic and international matters for executors, trustees and beneficiaries. Areas of expertise include Inheritance Act claims and Court of Protection matters, as well elder law and advising clients with mental health challenges. The team is led by the 'tactically astuteAndrew O’Keeffe, who has been active advising on a range of contentious probate and breach of trust matters. Ann Stanyer’s work covers tax, trust and estate planning matters; she holds over 70 trusteeships in addition to acting as an executor and attorney.

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Testimonials

Wedlake Bell is a growing presence in this area of law, which is definitely able to take on bigger, higher-profile teams and come out on top. Andrew O’Keeffe is a strong team leader, with great strategic intelligence.’

Andrew O’Keeffe is very experienced, well respected and a brilliant tactician

Andrew O’Keeffe is an able and tough litigator. He obtains great results for clients and is a master of strategy

Andrew O’Keeffe is a well-known and rightly respected litigator. Caroline Miller is brilliant. Oliver Embley is an outstanding associate who is respected by peers and loved by clients

Caroline Miller is a litigator with deep private client knowledge. The team has a range of talent across the spectrum.’

Great experience within the sector coupled with a highly personalised service makes this a unique firm. Andrew O’Keeffe and Ann Stanyer are both excellent

A very strong team, especially for larger estates work and for complex trusts and tax issues. Andrew O’Keeffe is plain talking and no nonsense; he knows what he is doing and is very good at getting deals. Caroline Miller is able and expert and very good with clients

There is an ethos of attention to detail, thoroughness and effective communication with both clients and opponents – all of which are required when dealing with contentious trusts and probate disputes’

‘Andrew O’Keeffe is an experienced and tactically astute litigator, who knows precisely how hard to push and when in order to get results for his clients’

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 3

Wedlake Bell LLP's team, which is led by Martin Thomas, acts on domestic and cross-border transactions connected with a wide range of industries, including  the oil and gas, renewable energy, natural resources, early stage technology and financial services sectors. The group includes Edward Craft, who is the author of The Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code. Claire McConway and senior associate Kamalprit Lally are also notable individuals.

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Commercial, good value for money, knows the market well.

Janice Wall has a huge depth of knowledge and cares. Edward Craft also knows what we need to achieve. Kam Lally knows how to achieve what we need.

Key clients

Diversified Gas & Oil plc

Matura Finance Limited

Family Tier 3

Charmaine Hast leads the team at Wedlake Bell LLP, which is best known for its advice on complex pre-nuptial agreements where there are sometimes assets offshore or in complex entities all worth hundreds of millions and sometimes billions of pounds. In addition, Hast is a dual-qualified South African lawyer. Senior associate Trisha Siddique specialises in Sharia law and high-value, complex divorce cases. Conrad Adam is another key member of the team with particular expertise in pre and post-nuptial agreements. He is also an experienced mediator and a trained collaborative family lawyer.

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Testimonials

The family law department at Wedlake Bell conducts some of the biggest and most complex of financial family law cases. It has a wealth of experience and is led by one of the family law’s greatest tacticians, Charmaine Hast’

Charmaine Hast is exceptionally well known and highly regarded as a doyen of family law and relationship breakdown. Natasha Kurth is a brilliant associate

Wedlake Bell is a great firm to deal with – the team is robust in negotiations but never acts disproportionately. The lawyers always focus on their clients and they are cost effective

‘A very commercial firm of solicitors with high-net-worth clients. Provides an excellent, bespoke service, feisty when necessary, smooth when appropriate. Supported by a strong team of business and commercial lawyers

Conrad Adam is tough yet constructive. He always tries to find solutions rather than create problems. A very classy solicitor

A top London firm with high-profile clients and strength in big money and international cases. Conrad Adam is an excellent all-round lawyer who prepares his cases well. He is great with clients and not afraid to litigate where necessary’

‘Charmaine Hast is a high-profile lawyer with a big presence on the international scene. She brings in excellent work and has a real feel for tactics in big-money cases

‘Trisha Siddique is a fantastic solicitor: insightful, astute and very smart. She is an independent thinker who focuses on the client’s needs and gets great results efficiently and briskly. A go-to person for pre-nuptial agreements and tricky negotiations. Conrad Adam has a great, reassuring bedside manner born of years of experience at the top flight of family law. He is commercial and realistic

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Mrs D F

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Wedlake Bell LLP's 'star is on the rise'; it has been active advising a significant number of UK domiciled and international high and ultra-high-net-worth clients on complex and multi-jurisdictional wealth matters. Its expertise ranges from wealth transfer and wealth preservation strategies to wills and succession planning. Other strengths include advising on UK and international tax, the creation and administration of ultra-high-value estates and trusts, and heritage assets, art and collectibles. It has also been advising increasingly frequently on the use of family investment companies. Andrew O’Keeffe is a key contact in the sizeable team, which was recently joined by Antoaneta Proctor from Taylor Wessing LLP.

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Testimonials

Its star is on the rise

Antoaneta Proctor is a very good addition. She is very active in the Eastern European market and has excellent people skills

VAT and indirect tax Tier 3

'Renowned throughout the tax profession', Michael Ridsdale leads on VAT and SDLT matters at Wedlake Bell LLP. Working with Martin Scammell, he advises on the VAT and indirect tax aspects of transactions, HMRC disputes and fraud cases.

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Access to top class experience in the property sector ensuring that nothing is overlooked and often resulting in innovative solutions.’

Mike Ridsdale is extremely professional and always available at short notice – useful in property matters – and particularly adept at handling head-strong investment managers who don’t always see the detail that is required in tax matters.

Mike is renowned throughout the tax profession for his expertise in VAT and SDLT.  As a result of his well-deserved reputation, Mike attracts a quality of work to Wedlake Bell that is unrivalled in a firm of this size. He is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Imperial College London

Interpublic

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Wedlake Bell LLP is 'an excellent firm and the members of the commercial litigation team are all very switched on'. The practice routinely conducts cases in the High Court; and in a recent 12-month period, it also appeared in both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. The practice covers matters including breach of contract, professional negligence, judicial review and company disputes, along with shareholder and partnership claims, banking and finance litigation, fraud, debt and asset recovery, and IT disputes. It is also extremely well-known for real estate litigation and construction disputes. David Golten is commercial litigation head, while Glenn Chidgey and Tal Goldsmith are insolvency specialists.

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Wedlake is an excellent firm. The members of the commercial litigation team are all very switched on.

Glenn Chidgey has worked his way up from legal executive to partner, which is not an easy thing to do. He is a brilliant lawyer and fantastic communicator. Mike Gardner is also very good on the law and will work unceasingly to get the best result for his client. Aggressive at the right times, but with very good judgement.

Edward Starling is quite understated but is very clever and an excellent tactical litigator.

They are big enough to provide full service to major commercial clients, but small enough for you to really get to know the team. This works both ways and you really feel they are there to help. All members of the team are accessible and friendly, extremely thorough and hard working and always willing to go the extra mile. All that is on top of their being really good lawyers.

David Golten works tirelessly for his clients. He tries to eke out every last point, thinks laterally, puts together good teams and generally gets very good results.

Calm under pressure and proactive advice.

Robust advice and deep rooted knowledge of their specialist area.

Real team players when we work with them we feel we are in it together.

Tal Goldsmith and Ed Starling – both tenacious lawyers who give clear advice. We regard them as part of our team.

A very personable and commercial approach is taken across the team. The firm have sufficient depth to consider the more unusual points whilst never seeming too large to navigate.

David Golten and Nick Saville continue to perform well delivering good service in a practical manner always designed to match the best settlement with the need to control costs.

 

Key clients

The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

GTT Communications Inc

Parham Holdings Limited

The Royal London Property Fund

The Royal London UK Real Estate Fund

Mears Group Plc

American Express

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Commercial property: development Tier 4

At Wedlake Bell LLP, Justin Lewis-Vivas oversees ‘a strong property team’ which ‘delivers excellent advice without hubris.’, The group excels in relation to development and investment projects within the care home, healthcare, student accommodation, retail, residential, mixed-use, business park and leisure sectors. Its clients include domestic corporate buyers and funds along with several overseas investors and international bodies. On the corporate occupier side, the workload includes premises moves, portfolio management and leasing affairs in sectors such as sciences, professional services, financial and co-working. The team which includes the 'highly personable and razor sharp' Suzanne Gill, was recently boosted by the additions of David Roberts  and Kathryn West from Jones Day.

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‘Decent, ethical people, delivering excellent advice and without hubris. The team has strong depth and robust abilities across the whole sector of real estate.’

‘Suzanne Gill is as much trusted adviser as solicitor. Suzanne is highly personable, razor sharp and always on top of matters. She delivers excellent client care, brilliant legal advice and can deliver withering legal putdowns in the most charming way to the other side. She has immense gravitas and is a strong moral champion for the legal sector.’

‘No-nonsense advice which gets to the heart of the matter but more importantly, identifies practical and effective solutions to drive transactions over the line.’

Key clients

Care UK

CALA Homes

Spire Healthcare

City & Country Group PLC

Taylor Wimpey

Carpenters Company

Warburg-HIH Invest

Helical PLC

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

Native Land

West 11

Fresh Wharf Estates

Summix Capital

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark

Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Wedlake Bell LLP's practice is prominent across a variety of non-contentious construction matters including high-value house refurbishments and apartment and office developments, advising domestic and international owners and funders. Sarah Elliott works on hotel, biotech and mixed-use developments. Helen Garthwaite acts on sustainable construction and financing matters while Suzanne Reeves works with developers, project sponsors, consultants, and specialist contractors.

Key clients

Care UK

Spire Healthcare

Elysian Residences

City Developments

The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

Ronson

Russian HNW individual

McCarthy Tetrault

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Wedlake Bell LLP advises start-ups, customers, software suppliers, systems integrators and outsourcing service providers on a range of matters, with particular expertise in data protection and fintech mandates. Practice head Jonathan Cornthwaite specialises in drafting and negotiating commercial agreements. Other key practitioners include James Castro-Edwards, who focuses on cybersecurity and data protection issues; and consultant Mick Gorrill, who is an expert in data protection security breaches and complicated data protection compliance cases.

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Reed Exhibitions

Construction Skills Certification Scheme Ltd

Lanware Limited

Senior executives Tier 4

The employment department at Wedlake Bell LLP, led by Richard Isham, provides both contentious and advisory support to domestic and international clients, with a particular focus on the financial services sector. Following the departure of Blair Adams to Winckworth Sherwood LLP in June 2019, the team welcomed the arrival of William Granger from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in September that year.

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Testimonials

‘Warm, caring people who really stood behind me. Great team.’

‘The outstanding personal care and attention given to each client really makes this practice unique. This, combined with the experience, knowledge and attention to detail displayed by each person working on the case, makes the senior executives practice in this firm a sector leader.’

‘Each person who has worked on my case has been fully up to speed on even the most complex aspects. Clear leadership is shown by the partner in charge, but each member of the team contributes brilliantly and thus they work efficiently and effectively as a team. The working relationships between the partner, associates and trainee solicitors are impressive.’

‘William Granger is an outstanding lawyer. Not only does he have a superb grasp of the law and the most recent cases, but he is also a brilliant tactician and a genius at finding workable solutions for clients. I am always glad he is acting for me and not against me in any case. His approach to client care is particularly impressive. William also has the amazing ability to recall all the facts even in the most complex of scenarios.’

‘William Granger and his team never fail to impress me. He is in a class of his own. Simply outstanding.’

‘Laura Conway was excellent. She is both knowledgeable and very commercial on points of negotiation. Her advice is clear and concise.’

‘Laura Conway quickly grasped the sensitivity of my situation and the need for a pragmatic approach rather than a strictly litigious one. Laura was also good at bringing in other partners or members of the firm to advise on specific specialist advice, and the interaction from others was also positive.’

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

Wedlake Bell LLP advises on pensions strategy, liability management, corporate transactions, trusteeship and governance issues. Led by cross-border specialist Justin McGilloway, the team also assists clients with matters such as closing schemes to future accrual and winding-up. The 'lively minded' Alison Hills handles everything from self-administered schemes to multi-employer variants and regularly works with clients in the manufacturing, leisure and tourism sectors. 'Enduring practitioner' Clive Weber draws on his significant experience to effectively advise a range of trustees, employers and individuals.

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This is a small team which is strong on knowledge and researching new issues. You know who will be dealing with your matter – this is important to me as the issues I instruct on are usually pretty strange‘.

Justin McGilloway is effective in building the firm’s presence. He has a warm and engaging personality and is very client responsive.’

‘Clive Weber is one of the most enduring practitioners in this area and it shows with the depth of knowledge and experience he brings to his cases; you cannot buy the wisdom that Clive has acquired as a result of his many years of work in the field. He has a low key but determined and effective approach. A very safe pair of hands.

‘Alison Hills provides excellent support‘.

Alison Hills stands out – lively minded and pragmatic as well as detailed and sees the whole picture‘.

Key clients

Royal London

Ingersoll Rand Inc.

Scandinavian Airlines Pension and Assurance Scheme

Buhler Limited

Terrence Higgins Pension & Assurance Scheme

Natixis Pension Scheme

Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited Pension Scheme

Carlton Tower Pension Scheme

Jotun Paints (Europe) Limited Pension Scheme

Capital Radio Pension Plan

Carpenters Company Pension Scheme

Tenneco Automotive (UK) Pension Scheme

Sumi Agro Pension Scheme

Davis Langdon LLP Pension Scheme

Concentrix (a subsidiary of SYNNEX Corporation)

Global Association of Risk Professionals

Property litigation Tier 5

Wedlake Bell LLP's client base includes landlords, investors, occupiers, developers and insolvency practitioners. iThe team covers a wide variety of work, such as commercial landlord and tenant disputes, contentious development-related cases and insolvency-related matters. John Muncey leads the group.

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John Muncey (partner) is exceptionally good – one of the best property litigators I have worked with.’

The property litigation team is first-rate and undertakes high-quality work.

Adam Colenso is an outstanding lawyer. His commercial/strategic judgement is superb. He is calm and easy to work with. If he is running a case, you know that everything will go smoothly.’

The team as a whole is extremely solid, with a range of levels of seniority. They are always very well prepared, give extremely good client care and show good tactical judgment.

I work particularly with Adam Colenso. He is one of my best instructing solicitors. He is extremely thorough and always well-prepared. He is also extremely responsive and quick to deal with any queries I raise. His knowledge of the law is superb and so he always asks me insightful questions. He also has very good tactical judgments.’

The firm is client-oriented whilst also providing a proactive service which gets to the core of the issues at hand and addresses those issues in an authoritative manner.

We deal in the main with Adam Colenso. Adam displays a highly competent and specialist knowledge in his field and will often apply innovative and brilliant strategy to further his clients’ objectives.’

There is significant strength in depth, knowledge of property law and experience in this team.’

Key clients

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Care UK

Robert Dyas

Manpower

CALA Homes

Hugo Boss

Devonshire Metro Limited

Summix

London City Mission

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 6

The team at Wedlake Bell LLP handles a range of both contentious and non-contentious matters, including IP litigation, trade mark prosecution, and licensing, distribution and agency agreements. IP and commercial head Michael Gardner is described 'an excellent, hands-on partner', working alongside Adrian Heath-Saunders - who 'always hits the commercial issues bang on the head' - and Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite, who recently completed a doctoral thesis on the subject of IP law and the internet.

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‘Wedlake Bell is one of those firms where you know that the partner will take the lead and not pass down the work to a junior associate. Wedlake Bell has great in-depth knowledge of IP and litigation tactics.’

‘Excellent technical skill on the commercial side. Great at getting the right level of resourcing for the issue so you aren’t overspending. Good at giving accurate quotes and billing transparently.’

‘Mike Gardner is an excellent, hands-on partner whose ability to craft letters which set exactly the right tone and balance makes me always recommend him.’

‘Adrian Heath-Saunders’ contracts are a model of clarity.’

‘Logical, responsive, commercial thinking. Nothing is too much effort for them.’

‘Adrian Heath-Saunders is particularly good at explaining complex legal issues in simple terms, always hitting the commercial issues bang on the head.’

Key clients

Tesco Stores Limited

Stars Group (t/a PokerStars)

Jumeirah Group

Lacoste

Which?

Major Political Party

Surrey County Cricket Club

Aigle

Pangaea Laboratories

SHL Group

Employers Tier 7

The employment department at Wedlake Bell LLP, led by Richard Isham, provides both contentious and advisory support to domestic and international clients, with a particular focus on the financial services sector. Following the departure of Blair Adams to Winckworth Sherwood LLP in June 2019, the team welcomed the arrival of William Granger from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in September that year.

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Testimonials

‘I have found Wedlake Bell to be excellent in their advice and their immediate reactivity to any situation that arises. They are obviously extremely knowledgeable about all employment law matters and can also give advice, or contacts to liaise with, if I have questions relating to our other offices in Europe. Their knowledge of our business is great.’

‘I have worked with my main contact since 2009, we have a good, easy working relationship and he understands our business inside out now. It’s like having in-house counsel. All the other team members have the same easy manner which is incredibly helpful when you mainly only contact them during stressful times.’

 

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Sopra Steria

The Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC

TRAD Group

Royal Academy of Arts

Care UK

Property finance Tier 7

Primarily acting for lenders, Wedlake Bell LLP’s skill set in this space covers acquisition, investment and development finance. Hilary Platt leads the practice and is very experienced in acquisition and development finance, particularly matters involving a cross-border element.

The firm: Wedlake Bell provides clients with a full package of legal services delivering commercial and creative solutions for their business and personal interests. With a high level of technical expertise and a service capability which is second to none, the firm strives to meet or exceed client expectations by ensuring that integrity and service quality are at the heart of its approach to working. Longstanding clients of the firm include large multinationals, FTSE 100 companies, owner- managed businesses and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. The firm works on a broad range of international transactions and established the Trans European Law Firms Alliance (TELFA) to provide clients with legal expertise in all the main jurisdictions in Europe, as well as in Australia and China. The firm is also a member of USLAW NETWORK, Inc. a legal network with over 160 offices in 47 US states, and members in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and China and has a dedicated and renowned lndia Group comprising lawyers from teams across the firm.

Types of work undertaken
Banking and finance: the banking and finance team handles multi-jurisdictional transactions and acts for both lenders and borrowers on a wide range of syndicated, club and bilateral financings.

Insolvency: the team acts for lenders, insolvency practitioners, creditors, corporate entities, directors and other stakeholders in circumstances where a company or individual is insolvent or experiencing financial difficulty.

Commercial: the commercial team advises clients on a wide range of commercial agreements such as franchises, merchandising, outsourcing, and on competition law. Longstanding clients include large UK and international retailers and FTSE 100 companies.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution: the commercial litigation team protects its client’s interests in disputes both in the UK and internationally, whether by litigation, arbitration, expert determination, negotiation, mediation or other methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Corporate and financial services: the corporate and financial services team provides corporate, corporate tax and financial services advice to clients including FTSE 100 companies, banks and financial institutions, owner-managed private companies, family offices and high-net-worth individuals.

Data protection: the data protection team advises on all aspects of data protection law, whether pre-emptive compliance advice, or response to data breaches and cyber-attacks.

Employment: the employment team advises employers and senior executives on re-organisations, mergers, share and business acquisitions and disposals, the protection of businesses assets, employee rewards and equity arrangements, exit strategies and discrimination issues through to day-to-day disciplinary and grievance matters, as well as employment contracts and policies.

Family: the family team provides first class advice in respect of all matrimonial matters. The team advises clients on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, divorce and separation, civil partnerships and dissolution and Sharia and international law.

Intellectual property: the intellectual property team advises clients on a wide range of intellectual property issues, including registration of trade marks, licensing, distribution and franchising to help clients create, protect, exploit and enforce their intellectual property rights.

Pensions and employee benefits: the pensions team acts for trustees, employers and members of a wide range of pensions issues around affordability, business survival, HR policy and retirement savings options schemes.

Private client and tax: the private client team advises entrepreneurs, business managers and new enterprise investors, as well as long-established family wealth and high-net-worth individuals.

Real estate: the real estate team provides clients with a range of contentious and non contentious services spanning property investment and development, construction, acquisitions and disposals, strategic land use issues and planning and environmental issues.

Technology: the information technology team advises software suppliers, systems integrators, outsourcing service providers and customers on technology projects and the issues arising out of the use, exploitation, protection and management of information.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Martin Arnold
Senior partner Kim Lalli
Banking and finance Hilary Platt
Commercial Adrian Heath-Saunders
Commercial litigation David Golten
Construction Suzanne Reeves
Corporate and financial services Paul Corren
Data protection James Castro-Edwards
Employment Richard Isham
Family Charmaine Hast
Insolvency, restructuring and recoveries Glenn Chidgey
Intellectual property Michael Gardner
Pensions and employee benefits Justin McGilloway
Private client Andrew O'Keeffe
Projects and infrastructure Christopher Tite
Property litigation John Muncey
Residential property Tom Allfree
Real estate Justin Lewis Vivas
Technology Adam Edwards
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 Martin Ackland  photo Martin Ackland Martin’s experience covers offices, shops and industrial buildings, the retail and leisure…
 Conrad Adam  photo Conrad Adam Family law partner, trained collaborative lawyer and trained mediator specialising in divorce…
 Tom Allfree  photo Tom Allfree Partner specialising in all aspects of residential conveyancing, acting for UK and overseas…
 Martin Arnold  photo Martin Arnold Partner specialising in all aspects of corporate insolvency, both contentious and non-contentious. He…
 Sarah Blunn  photo Sarah Blunn Sarah is a partner and has been a real estate lawyer in…
 James Castro-Edwards  photo James Castro-Edwards Partner advising domestic and multinational organisations on data protection issues. Experience includes managing…
 Glenn Chidgey  photo Glenn Chidgey Glenn specialises in contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. He acts on behalf…
 Adam Colenso  photo Adam Colenso
 Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite  photo Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite Partner specialising in drafting and negotiating all types of commercial agreements and highly…
 Edward Craft  photo Edward Craft Partner specialising in corporate governance advises companies including privately held businesses (of…
 Jenny Cutts  photo Jenny Cutts Jenny is a specialist Private Client lawyer providing advice on wealth protection…
 Jay Das  photo Jay Das Partner specialising in planning and environment, compulsory purchase orders and compensation, highways and…
 David De Maupeou  photo David De Maupeou David is a partner who acts for developers, landlords, tenants, and investors…
 David Earl  photo David Earl Consultant specialising in property development and its funding and financing. Typically this…
 Sarah Elliott  photo Sarah Elliott Partner specialising in matters relating to construction projects including procurement issues and is…
 Ivan Fitzherbert  photo Ivan Fitzherbert Since 1986 Ivan was Head of Property at Stitt & Co prior…
 Leah Freeman  photo Leah Freeman Partner specialising in property team. She advises on all aspects of commercial…
 Michael Gardner  photo Michael Gardner Partner specialising in disputes involving commercial, IT and in particular intellectual property matters including trade…
 Helen Garthwaite  photo Helen Garthwaite Helen has a proven track record of leading legal services delivery at…
 Suzanne Gill  photo Suzanne Gill Partner specialising in advising commercial property occupiers and investors, particularly office, retail and…
 Tal Goldsmith  photo Tal Goldsmith Tal Goldsmith is an insolvency and litigation lawyer. She conducts a variety…
 David Golten  photo David Golten David is a litigation specialist and acts for a wide range of…
 Louise Gowman  photo Louise Gowman Partner specialising in the consenting, development and financing of infrastructure projects. A…
 Adam Grant  photo Adam Grant Adam has considerable experience working in partnership with employer businesses especially with…
 Charmaine Hast  photo Charmaine Hast Charmaine is regarded as an expert in English Family Law and is…
 Adrian Heath-Saunders  photo Adrian Heath-Saunders Partner specialises in intellectual property and commercial matters with particular expertise in trade marks and…
 Charles Hicks  photo Charles Hicks Partner specialising in trusts, probate, wills, capital taxation and wealth management for high-net-worth…
Mr Richard Isham  photo Mr Richard Isham Partner specialising in both contentious and non-contentious employment law and advising corporate clients on a…
 Julia Jackson  photo Julia Jackson Julia is a Partner and an expert in UK Immigration and Nationality…
 David Johnston  photo David Johnston David is a partner who acts for investors, property owners and tenants…
 Kim Lalli  photo Kim Lalli Kim’s particular expertise is in property development transactions, whether acquisitionsor disposals. Clients…
 Justin Lewis-Vivas  photo Justin Lewis-Vivas Partner specialising in commercial property, both transactional and management workincluding acting for landlords, tenants…
 Marc Leyshon  photo Marc Leyshon Marc is a Partner with experience of a wide range of real…
 Emma Loveday  photo Emma Loveday Partner specialising in advising both UK and non-UK-domiciled clients on general tax matters…
 Adam Lynch  photo Adam Lynch Adam is a corporate lawyer with a broad range of experience and…
 Malcolm Macfarlane  photo Malcolm Macfarlane Malcolm is a consultant and has worked as a solicitor in the City…
 Ravinder Mahal  photo Ravinder Mahal Partner specialising in managing cross-border and international employment law advice and projects. He…
 Matthew Mainstone  photo Matthew Mainstone Matthew is a partner in the commercial property group, specialising in planning…
 Julian Mathews  photo Julian Mathews Partner who leads the hospitality and leisure group. As a corporate lawyer,…
 Philip Matthews photo Philip Matthews Philip is a partner who advises on all areas of commercial property…
 Claire McConway  photo Claire McConway Partner who is a corporate and funds lawyer in our business advisory…
 Grainne McCourt  photo Grainne McCourt Grainne is a partner whos practice covers all areas of commercial property…
 Justin McGilloway  photo Justin McGilloway Partner specialising in advising employers (UK and international), trustee boards (including offshore), pension product…
 Eleanor Metcalf  photo Eleanor Metcalf Partner specialising in estate and tax planning for UK and non-UK-domiciled individuals, trusts,…
 Caroline Miller  photo Caroline Miller Caroline is a Partner and deals with both non contentious private client…
 John Muncey  photo John Muncey Partner specialising in property litigation including commercial landlord and tenant disputes and management-related issues and…
 Claire Nelson  photo Claire Nelson Claire is a partner who regularly deals with the acquisition, disposal, funding…
 Andrew O'Keeffe photo Andrew O'Keeffe Partner specialising in contentious trust and probate matters with particular expertise in disputes…
 Hilary Platt  photo Hilary Platt Hilary is head of the finance team and specialises in asset and…
 Suzanne Reeves  photo Suzanne Reeves Partner specialising in construction projects dealing with both contract drafting and disputes (domestic…
 Michael Ridsdale  photo Michael Ridsdale Partner who advises on all aspects of UK and international taxation affecting…
 David Roberts  photo David Roberts Partner whos practice  focuses on all aspects of Commercial Property investments and…
 Ann Stanyer  photo Ann Stanyer Partner specialising in wills, trusts, probate and estate planning for high-net-worth clients.…
 Edward Starling  photo Edward Starling Partner specialising in contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters, acting on behalf of lenders,…
 Christopher Tite  photo Christopher Tite Christopher’s experience spans the practice and business of law. His legal work,…
 Chris Vause  photo Chris Vause Partner specialising in advising lenders and borrowers on a broad range of real…
 Janice Wall  photo Janice Wall Head of corporate practice group, with substantial UK and international experience in…
 Camilla Wallace  photo Camilla Wallace Partner specialising in advising high-net-worth individuals, both UK and non-UK domiciliaries, on estate…
 Clive Weber  photo Clive Weber Clive is a Partner advising on all aspects of UK pensions law drawing…
Number of UK partners : 67
Number of other UK fee-earners : 93
Total staff : 32
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At Wedlake Bell we are committed to a culture of fairness and equal opportunities. This culture underpins our recruitment practice and guides the firm’s policy in relation to the development and retention of all those who work at the firm.

We are signatories to the Law Society’s Diversity & Inclusion Charter and we strive to build and maintain a culture that values and gathers strength from difference. We have always emphasised that our firm is a true “meritocracy”, with opportunities accessible to all.

Our Equality and Diversity Committee which includes Partners, legal and support staff from across the business meets on a regular basis to review all matters relating to diversity and to help us provide an inclusive and supportive place to work. The Committee reports direct to the firm’s board.

Within the firm’s leadership, Kim Lalli was elected as the firm’s first female Senior Partner, beginning a four year term in January 2017. Three of our eight board members are women. We were prize-winners in the City Wealth Awards 2016 for “Women in Leadership” and were ranked ninth in the Top 100 Law Firm table 2016 compiled by The Lawyer in terms of the percentage of equity partners who are female.

Apprenticeships: Wedlake Bell is an advocate of apprenticeships. We currently have an apprentice who sits in our IT Department, as a fully integrated member of the firm. The firm has sponsored the apprentice to undertake IT qualifications, in addition to the practical experience gained working within the firm.

Law Society Diversity Access Scheme: We support promising entrants from disadvantaged backgrounds or those who face exceptional obstacles to qualification by offering work experience placements in various departments across the firm. This provides hands on experience working within a law firm, together with support from our HR Department on careers, help with CVs, and interview guidance.

Links with colleges: We provide both work experience and employment opportunities to secretarial college students. A number of our secretaries started their careers with us through this initiative and we have ongoing links with the colleges to continue such arrangements.

Inspire! Education Business Partnership: We work with secondary schools in the Hackney and Camden areas to provide work experience to GCSE and A-level students. This is part of our commitment to widen access to opportunities and provide young people with relevant work-related skills helping them to develop an understanding of the world of work.

London Law Fair: We have attended the London Law Fair, which is specifically designed to encourage a more diverse range of entrants into the legal sector. This will give entrants the opportunity to discuss careers at Wedlake Bell and gain career advice.

Networking: We are associated with and support several business development networking organisations including Young Entrepreneurs in Property, Women in Property, TeCSA 10s, and Chicks with Bricks. We also host our own annual “Wedlake Bell – Future Business Leaders” networking event for junior clients and contacts.