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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
DX:
11008 LINCOLN
Email:
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

Noted for its ‘excellent and appropriate advice’, Wilkin Chapman LLP's team handles mergers and acquistions, reorganisations, refinancing transactions, and commercial contracts matters, with an emphasis on the energy, retail, financial services, insurance and manufacturing sectors. Intellectual property agreements, primarily software licensing agreements and trade mark and design right matters are other areas of strength. Senior solicitor Adam Aisthorpe recently advised Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on a £9m ten-year supply contract with digital healthcare player Agfa Healthcare UK. Other key figures include practice head Russell Eke, Ian Sherburn and Michael Squirrell. Tollbar Multi-Academy Trust and the shareholders of Carsley Group are also clients.

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East Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP has unique expertise in court martial defence work, a key specialism of senior solicitor Gordon Holt. Senior solicitor Rachel Taylor is an expert in road traffic offences, but also has strong regulatory credentials covering issues ranging from health and safety prosecutions to environmental offences. The team's other areas of expertise include representing clients at the police station, youth, magistrates and crown court, as well as handling judicial reviews. It also handles legal aid work.

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East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Wilkin Chapman LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at Wilkin Chapman LLP provides ‘very good service’ and is ‘equally at home in the High Court as in the County Court’. The team collaborates closely with other departments in the firm, particularly the agriculture and estates, commercial property, corporate and commercial and tax, trusts and probate departments.  Andrew Holt heads the practice, which includes the ‘robust and straightforward, yet personable’ Jonathan Stork, who is ‘highly efficient and gets to the nub of the issue’. Holt specialises in judicial review, noise nuisance, breach of contract and financial services litigation as well as in professional negligence claims, while Stork has particular expertise in defamation claims, misuse of personal information, breaches of confidentiality and data protection laws and human rights. Recently promoted partner Joshua Briggs is also recommended. Clients include The National Farmers Union, Branston, T W Logistics and Lamex Foods.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s core areas of expertise are local authority debt recovery, utility debt recovery, commercial debt recovery and credit union debt recovery, but the team also offers specialist strength in bankruptcy and winding up petitions as well as order for sale applications to enforce charging orders. Key figures include practice head Chris Grocock, Mark Taylor and Matthew Dix. The practice acts for several local authorities, including the London Boroughs of Haringey and Bexley, as well as multiple credit unions, including the Transave Credit Union, which the group advised on the recovery of unsecured loans from member across the UK, with a focus on regulatory and compliance issues regarding loan agreements and the development of recovery strategies. Other clients include Maria Mallaband Care Group, Canal & River Trust and Qpark.

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East Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s ‘advice always hits the nail on the head, and is timely and of the highest quality’. The practice continues to grow its public sector client list, which includes local authorities, educational institutions and clients from the public health sector, but also undertakes a considerable amount of work for private sector clients, in particular in the food, logistics, warehousing and packaging industries. Headed by the ‘responsive’ Teresa Thomas, the team includes the ‘extremely personable and knowledgeable’ Jane Eatock, the ‘pragmatic’ Katie Davies and David Buckle. In addition to advising Craven District Council on a major review and restructuring of the senior management team, ultimately involving a redundancy process and a potential subsequent claim from a displaced employee, the group also assisted John Leggott College with a major senior level restructuring process. Other clients include Branston Pickle, Cherry Valley Farms and a number of multi-academy trusts.

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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

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team specialises in clinical negligence, advising on the full severity gamut from low-value instructions all the way to cerebral palsy and maximum severity cases. ‘Tactically astute and procedurally brilliant’ senior solicitor Jonathan Baker is the key clinical negligence practitioner and ‘a real star’. Practice head Mark Robinson and military personal injury expert Tean Butcher are the main personal injury contacts.

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East Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Wilkin Chapman LLP

The ‘thoroughly professional team’ at Wilkin Chapman LLP demonstrates strength across a range of agricultural law and estates matters, including litigation, tax and trusts, employment and family law. Practice head Catherine Harris is especially well-versed in large-scale transactions, farming subsidies and agriculture environmental schemes, tenancy matters and succession and restructuring work. Acquisition specialist Flora Bennett and property and energy expert Jonty Pearson are noted alongside litigator Andrew Holt who is ‘unstinting and meticulous in his work’. Recent highlights include advising Bray and Sons as landlord on the negotiation and grant of a 25-year lease of a property for the purpose of using it for development and an anaerobic digestion plant. Other clients include Stourton Estates.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s ‘professional and engaging’ team provides ‘excellent’ advice, focusing on financial cases that range from divorces of high-net-worth individuals, especially farmers, business owners and divorces involving trusts, to military divorces, specialising in cases involving Armed Forces pensions. Both ‘personable’ and ‘honest’ practice head Lisa Boileau and Mark Carlton, who ‘handles cases with the utmost efficiency and expertise’, are family law arbitrators; Boileau is also a mediator. The team is on the panel of the National Farmers’ Union. Andrew Wareing retired.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Wilkin Chapman LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at Wilkin Chapman LLP is especially well-versed in estate planning, including issues in relation to family succession, asset protection, tax mitigation and mental capacity; and estate and trust administration. With its agricultural sector specialism, the client base contains a significant number of farming families, but also includes business owners and lottery winners in addition to vulnerable and elderly clients whom the group assists with care provision matters. Practice head Lisa-Jane Howes and  Imogen Holmes are the main contacts, with Sharon Plumtree, notary public Jim Judge and senior solicitor Emma Carr also recommended.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s expertise includes code of conduct investigations, regulatory matters and safeguarding in education as well as commercial instructions, especially regarding data protection. Jonathan Goolden is very experienced in handling cases of alleged misconduct in the public sector, while Jane Eatock is the specialist in 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

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s ‘very good’ team excels in residential and commercial development work, social housing and landlord and tenant matters and draws on its key sector expertise in the agriculture and food, tourism and leisure and renewables and energy sectors to advise local and national clients. practice head Ruth Brewin, noted for her ‘exceptional in-depth knowledge’, recently led advice for Maltgrade on the pre-let of a trampoline dome and the letting of a Starbucks Outlet, both for the Meridian Point leisure complex. In other work, Peter Hanson acted for Lincoln Corn Exchange & Markets on the next phase of its proposed £70m redevelopment of part of Lincoln City Centre. Jonty Pearson and Rachael Perry are also noted. The client list also features Linden Homes, Cyden Homes and The Lincolnshire Co-Operative. Wendy Spalding-Siracusa joined from Sills & Betteridge LLP.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP advises registered providers and developers on the property aspects of social housing, but also on governance issues and housing management matters. The team is adept at sales and acquisitions, acting for both regional and national clients, but with a strong client concentration in the East Midlands. Peter Hanson led advice for Boston Mayflower on its acquisition of 62 affordable housing dwellings on a new mixed-use scheme by Chestnut Homes, structured as a golden brick agreement and involving the provision of tailored transaction documents for these first sales of the new development. Other key figures include Rachael Perry and commercial property head Ruth Brewin. Galliford Try, Linden Homes and Cyden Homes are also clients.

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