Firm Profile > Wedlake Bell > London, England

Wedlake Bell
BEDFORD HOUSE
21A JOHN STREET
LONDON
WC1N 2BF
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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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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‘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.

Moon Beever, a notable leader in insolvency and litigation, acts for a wide range of prominent private and commercial clients as well as central and local government agencies. With offices in London and Essex, the firm also has strong European and International links thanks to its connections with ShawnCoulson International Lawyers, a group of international law firms, and also through InsolEurope and Insol International and the International Bar Association.

Originally in the 19th and early 20th Century, Moon Beever was an almost wholly private client and property firm, it has, since the 1980’s, developed a full range of commercial legal service offerings to its client base including insolvency, litigation, employment, property and corporate. Whilst still a ‘small firm’ in partner numbers, the size of the insolvency team rivals that of many much larger London firms.

Other than offering exceptional legal expertise, the firm is also known for producing a well-attended complimentary seminar and events programme. Moon Beever also works hard to ensure clients fully understand the market and are kept up to date via carefully crafted e-newsletter schedules.

The firm: The client base includes major public and private companies in the financial, manufacturing and retail sectors, as well as other clients such as government departments, small businesses and individuals. Intuitive technology means that all clients can be offered full file access and instruction online as well as 24/7 contact.

Types of work undertaken: Insolvency is a notable strength of the firm in corporate and personal areas, as well as cross-border, and also has particular specialisms in insolvency and litigation actions against directors, partnerships and third parties in fraud actions. Moon Beever also specialises in consumer and commercial debt recovery, and niche insolvency areas such as corporate restructuring, retention of title claims, liquidations, receiverships, corporate voluntary arrangements, administrations and directors’ responsibilities as well as personal insolvency. The firm is particularly well-known for its contentious insolvency, pursuing and defending claims by Office-Holders, Creditors and officers.

Comprehensive company and commercial services include acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses, company and business formations, administration of companies, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements, management buy-outs and intellectual property.

Private client expertise include trusts, lasting power of attorney, settlements and wills, estates, tax planning and contentious probate.

Commercial and residential property services cover sale and purchase, property development and funding, acquisitions and sales, landlord and tenant law, planning matters, auctions and tenders, building contracts and property taxation.

Moon Beever can also boast wide experience in employment and partnership law, and has built a significant body of work in this area.

Moon Beever is Lexcel accredited and proud to be a Stonewall Diversity champion.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Frances Coulson fcoulson@moonbeever.com 02075394114
Managing partner Frances Coulson fcoulson@moonbeever.com 02075394114
Commercial litigation Frances Coulson fcoulson@moonbeever.com 02075394114
Commercial litigation Edward Saunders esaunders@moonbeever.com 02075394113
Commercial litigation Graham McPhie gmcphie@moonbeever.com 02075394116
Commercial litigation Richard Saunders rsaunders@moonbeever.com 02075394137
Commercial litigation Charles Robinson crobinson@moonbeever.com 02075394103
Company and commercial Daniel Moore dmoore@moonbeever.com 02075394108
Company and commercial Edward Saunders esaunders@moonbeever.com 02075394113
Debt recovery Frances Coulson fcoulson@moonbeever.com 02075394114
Debt recovery Charles Robinson crobinson@moonbeever.com 02075394103
Insolvency Frances Coulson fcoulson@moonbeever.com 02075394114
Insolvency Graham McPhie gmcphie@moonbeever.com 02075394116
Insolvency James Latham jlatham@moonbeever.com 02075394120
Insolvency Edward Saunders esaunders@moonbeever.com 02075394113
Insolvency Richard Saunders rsaunders@moonbeever.com 02075394137
Insolvency Sarah Rushton srushton@moonbeever.com 02075394147
Insolvency Daniel Addrison daddrison@moonbeever.com 02075394130
Employment law Sarah Rushton srushton@moonbeever.com 02075394147
Property Daniel Moore dmoore@moonbeever.com 02075394108
Trusts and probate Monika Haidar mhaidar@moonbeever.com 02075394100
Intellectual property Edward Saunders esaunders@moonbeever.com 02075394113
Photo Name Position Profile
 Frances Coulson  photo Frances Coulson Head of insolvency and litigation, senior and managing partner, board trustee fraud…
 James Latham  photo James Latham Partner in the commercial litigation and insolvency department. Recent cases include: Eurocruit…
 Graham Mcphie  photo Graham Mcphie Partner in insolvency, dealing mainly with fraud claims, misfeasance, wrongful trading and…
 Daniel Moore  photo Daniel Moore Partner and head of property. Trained with Moon Beever and has over…
 Charles Robinson  photo Charles Robinson Partner in commercial litigation, insolvency and debt recovery departments. Specialist in downstream…
 Sarah Rushton  photo Sarah Rushton Partner in the firm. Dealing with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious…
 Edward Saunders  photo Edward Saunders A wide ranging litigation and general / commercial practice, including insolvency litigation…
Number of UK partners : 11
Number of other UK fee-earners : 46