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Wilkin Chapman LLP

THE MALTINGS, 11-15 BRAYFORD WHARF EAST, LINCOLN, LN5 7AY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01522 512345
Fax:
Fax 01522 545803
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11008 LINCOLN
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Web:
www.wilkinchapman.co.uk

East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 3

Wilkin Chapman LLP (Grimsby, Lincoln)

The ‘approachable’ Russell Eke, who ‘goes the extra mile’, heads Wilkin Chapman LLP’s practice, which combines ‘expertise, local knowledge and clear and pragmatic advice’. Eke advised the shareholders of Provantis Amenity on the £3.5m share disposal, including sale of the company’s wholly owned subsidiary Headland Amenity. Other highlights included assisting Martract’s shareholders with a £4.3m share disposal and acting for two shareholders of Albert Darnell in a share disposal including a pre-completion restructuring and a completion accounts mechanism. The ‘specialist’ team also managed funding and structuring arrangements for CNG Fuels pertaining to its nationwide compressed natural gas filling stations project. The education and biomethane energy sectors are also areas of strength for the firm, and with regards to the former, Ian Sherburn advised the Boston Witham Academies Federation on its merger with the Phoenix Family of Schools Academy Trust. Richard Frogson is another name to note, as is Michael Squirrell, who recently made partner.

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East Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Wilkin Chapman LLP (Lincoln)

Providing an ‘excellent service’, Wilkin Chapman LLP is particularly recommended for army-related cases. Gordon Holt, renowned for his court martial expertise, successfully defended several individuals from a custodial sentence and dishonourable discharge from the Armed Services. Outside the military space, the firm is a panel member for the National Farmers Union, National Union of Teachers and Royal College of Nursing. Rachel Taylor combines ‘integrity and commitment with an astute understanding of the law and a practical approach’ to deliver ‘immaculately prepared cases with diligence and care’. She recently prosecuted a case for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arising from dog fighting. Andrew Holt heads the team from Lincoln. Alex Rynn joined Kaim Todner Solicitors.

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 3

Wilkin Chapman LLP (Lincoln)

The ‘professional, personable and intelligent’ Andrew Holt leads the ‘thorough, efficient and effective’ practice at Wilkin Chapman LLP. The team also includes Jonathan Stork and Jonathan West, who is ‘unlikely to be intimidated by any opponent’. Chris Grocock led the representation of Cardiff County Council during a claim for unpaid business rates against the board of directors of a company that used a prohibited name in breach of the Insolvency Act. The recent workload also includes numerous property disputes.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Wilkin Chapman LLP (Grimsby, Lincoln)

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s ‘strong, innovative and experienced’ team handles commercial and consumer debt recoveries. Through several new client wins, it strengthened its local authority, credit union and utilities following. Chris Grocock has an ‘in-depth understanding of council debt collection and working within public sector constraints’, and Grocock and Matthew Dix are assisting London Borough of Haringey with local taxation recoveries, including volume charging orders and bankruptcy proceedings. Mark Taylor is leading the panel advice for the University of East London, managing tuition, accommodation and library fees recoveries. Other recent work included handling UK-based debt recovery work for Western Union; recovering license and mooring fees nationally for Canal & River Trust; advising Transave Credit Union on recovery of unsecured loans; and developing unsecured debt recovery strategies for new client NHS Credit Union. Extra Energy Supply, Better Energy Supply and Commsave Credit Union are other new client wins.

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East Midlands: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Wilkin Chapman LLP (Lincoln, Grimsby)

With expertise in both contentious and non-contentious work, Wilkin Chapman LLP handles matters involving investigations, asset realisations, property sales, wrongful trading claims and other claims against directors. Practice head Christopher Garwood is acting for a trustee in bankruptcy in a complex multi-party action arising from contested asset realisation and handling restructuring matters as an appointed liquidator for a company with assets in the UK and overseas. Matthew Dix specialises in personal insolvency.

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Wilkin Chapman LLP (Grimsby)

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s ‘knowledgeable, professional and highly skilled’ team is proficient in contentious and non-contentious matters. It is increasingly handling work in the public sector, advising education institutions, but also continues to act for private sector employers. Jane Eatock, who combines ‘in-depth knowledge, skills and experience’ with ‘business understanding’, continues to advise Total Lindsey Oil Refinery on employment issues following a major restructuring project. In other work, the group assisted Oil Brokerage with the employment aspects of its acquisition of six brokers in Singapore and London, and advised Jointline on issues arising from historic underpayment of holiday pay. On the contentious side, the firm represented Branston in a tribunal claim for unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and harassment filed by a former employee. Practice head Teresa Thomas is a ‘helpful sounding board’, and Katie Davies and David Buckle are also noted. Stanford Junior and Infant School and Praxair Gases UK are new client wins.

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East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Wilkin Chapman LLP (Grimsby, Lincoln)

At Wilkin Chapman LLP, personal injury specialists Mark Robinson and Tean Butcher are renowned for their expertise in military injury claims. ‘Outstanding’ senior solicitor Jonathan Baker combines ‘a sharp analytical mind’ with ‘an excellent eye for detail’ in clinical negligence claims, including misdiagnosis and delayed or wrongful treatment. The group takes on cases with challenging chains of causation and is handling claims for wrongful birth, misdiagnosis of lymphoma and negligent treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis.

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East Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Wilkin Chapman LLP (Grimsby, Lincoln)

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s ‘exceptionally thorough’ team provides ‘outstanding’ support in matters ranging from complex corporate transactions to high-value ownership transfers of agricultural property including acquisitions of residential developments as well as succession planning. The group also handles farming arrangements and diversification projects in the renewable energy sector. It advised Lincolnshire Farming Company with the mortgage-financed purchase of a farm, including transfer of 43 separate legal titles, and assisted a landowner with granting an option for a lease to a developer tenant in an anaerobic digestion plant project. Other highlights included acting for Hammond Produce during the acquisition of a part of a historic trust estate. Practice head Catherine Harris and Jonty Pearson show ‘genuine commitment in terms of skills, knowledge and availability’, and Flora Bennett and James Lloyd are also noted.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Wilkin Chapman LLP (Grimsby, Lincoln)

Lisa Boileau heads Wilkin Chapman LLP’s team in Lincoln and Grimsby-based Mark Carlton is also recommended. The firm has a solid track record in family finance cases and attracts instructions from high-net-worth individuals in the farming sector. Divorce proceedings involving company ownership and trusts are also an area of focus. In other work, the department acted for a grandmother in pursuing a special guardianship owner, and obtained a pension sharing order for a spouse. NFU and MOD personnel are clients.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Wilkin Chapman LLP (Grimsby, Lincoln)

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s practice focuses on comprehensive estate planning matters, including asset management, tax mitigation strategies, family succession and deputyship. Families in the agricultural sector, business owners, lottery winners and vulnerable individuals constitute a large proportion of the department’s clients. ‘Efficient, effective and knowledgeable’ practice head Lisa-Jane Howes is handling the management of a multi-jurisdictional landed estate between several beneficiaries. Sharon Plumtree, praised for her ‘honest and straightforward approach’, is managing a complex farming estate, including mixed assets, insurance policies held in trust and property subject to an option agreement.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Wilkin Chapman LLP (Grimsby)

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s team is a ‘safe pair of hands’ for local authorities seeking advice on code of conduct investigations, regulatory matters, data protection and safeguarding in education. ‘Governance expertJonathan Goolden handles disciplinary investigations on behalf of local authorities such as the investigation into alleged breaches of local authority code of conduct committed by an employee at Cornwall Council. The group also assisted the North East Lincolnshire Council with securing funding and managing the Delivering Differently programme for testing and implementing new service delivery models. Jane Eatock is recommended for public sector employment law.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 1

Wilkin Chapman LLP (Grimsby, Lincoln)

The ‘thorough and knowledgeable’ group at Wilkin Chapman LLP is led by the ‘experienced, calm, commercial and switched-onRuth Brewin, and acts for clients such as Galliford, Linden Homes, Cyden Homes and Acis Development. Peter Hanson advised National Westminster Bank on the £3m financing of three residential apartment blocks. In other work, the firm is handling a development project as part of the wider regeneration initiative in Grimsby town centre. Paul Tollerton specialises in high-value residential development work, while social and affordable housing is Rachael Perry’s area of focus. Nikki Hawkins recently made partner and Piet van Gelder joined Spearing Waite LLP.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Wilkin Chapman LLP (Grimsby, Lincoln)

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s group has ‘good knowledge of the sector’ and assists national and regional registered providers and developers, such as Acis Group, Longhurst & Havelock Homes, Galliford Try and Cyden Homes, with property sales and purchases. ‘Driven to achieve clients’ objectives’, Rachel Perry is recommended alongside Peter Hanson and Paul Tollerton.

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