Firm Profile > Wilson Browne Commercial Law > Kettering, England
Wilson Browne Commercial Law Offices
KETTERING VENTURE PARK
Wilson Browne Commercial Law > The Legal 500 Rankings
Social housing Tier 2
Wilson Browne offers in-depth coverage of the social housing sector, with practice head Tom Warrender and Jennifer Laskey the main names to note. It provides specialist advice to social housing providers on land acquisitions and affordable housing sales, as well as assistance with planning documents and option agreements. The team is also attuned to the requirements of private and professional landlords (such as local authorities and private housing associations), and advises on antisocial behaviour, possession and arrears-related issues, among other matters.
Abbeyfield Dorcas Society Limited
EMH Housing & Regeneration Limited
Park Lodge Project
In a major development, Wilson Browne recently acquired Corby firm Friday Legal Solicitors, a move which saw Stuart Love join the commercial litigation team as practice head, succeeding John Gordon, who has now left the firm. Hayley Mauro is another new arrival, following the acquisition. The team has a record of achieving early resolution of disputes at the mediation stage, but its experience also comes to the fore in court proceedings. The client base mainly comprises of sole traders, SMEs, partnerships and other commercial entities in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. Kevin Rogers' recent work included multimillion-pound cases with a cross-border dimension. Rogers has a strong profile in the professional negligence sphere, and is a member of the Professional Negligence Association. Elsewhere, contractual disputes, shareholder disputes and insolvency litigation are other areas of activity. Property litigation is another strong suit, with the firm generating work on a national basis.
United Pallet Networks Limited
Sterling Press Limited
SAS Logistics Limited
AKAL Computer Systems Limited
Global Processing Services Limited
Great Scot (Scotland) Limited
Create & Explore Limited
Infrastructure Gateway Limited
Total Computer Networks Limited
Resort Solutions Limited
Notwithstanding Wilson Browne's historic roots as a private client firm, the growth of the firm's commercial property practice now sees it it generate work from a broader client base from across the East Midlands. It acts for private and corporate landowners, developers, housing associations, developers and investors, among others. The firm has further enhanced its profile by acquiring Corby firm Friday Legal Solicitors; John Punni, who is one of the additions to the team, has succeeded Tom Warrender as the head of the commercial property practice. Warrender joined the firm's board of management, while also remaining an active partner in the commercial property team. The firm's varied workload includes freehold acquisitions and sales, leases, options and promotion agreements, and investment portfolios. Senior associate Simon Chambers is another key arrival as part of the Fridays deal. Ika Částka has been advising individuals and businesses on commercial, rural and agricultural property matters since 1986, while Nina Wilson is another key figure in the team.
Bakers Waste Ltd
Perfecta Assets Ltd
Anglo-Turkish International Limited
Beeches Farm Limited
Geo J Cox
F C S Properties Limited
ANC Access Limited
Market Harborough Building Society
Gorell Barnes Chartered Surveyor
Mama Jacq’s Limited
National Education Union
Rushden Town Council
Wilson Browne Solicitors recently acquired Corby firm Friday Legal Solicitors, a move which enhanced its profile in the East Midlands. The development saw partners Douglas Iles and Duncan Crowther and a team of solicitors join the corporate and commercial group. The practice is led by Andrew Kerr, whose wide-ranging advice to clients covers acquisitions and disposals, MBOs, corporate reorganisations and commercial contracts, among other areas. Also highly recommended is associate James Dent. The firm had a strong flow of work in 2018, acting for clients from a number of sectors, including energy, education, media and entertainment, manufacturing and financial technology.
‘The corporate and commercial team at Wilson Browne is going from strength to strength, with Andrew Kerr’s development of his team really coming through now‘
‘Andrew Kerr really understands what makes owner-managers tick and is well- known for giving clear and direct advice on how to handle an issue‘
‘The team is friendly and approachable‘
‘Solid team, which has a very good approach to client service – proactive and thorough‘
National Education Union
Global Processing Services Limited
Eneteq Services Limited
Phoenix Fragrances Limited
Power Engineering (India) Private Limited
The Gateway Group of Companies Limited
Oliver James Estate Agents Limited
OCM Wealth Management Limited
Total Computers Networks Limited
Family Tier 3
Wilson Browne Solicitors is distinguished by its ‘professionalism and ability to get things done above all expectations’. The group assists clients with all aspects of relationship breakdowns, including contact and resident agreements (in relation to children) and financial matters. Practice head Sally Robinson acts for public sector workers, business owners and professionals, among other clients. Her team has specific expertise in matters involving business and farming assets, inheritance and pension interests. Joe O’Brien, who recently joined from Brethertons LLP, 'never fails to impress',
‘Helen York grasps problems immediately and is always available for timely advice. The turn round of documents was very quick and efficient‘.
Wilson Browne Solicitors' team is noted for its ‘dedication to the case and speed of communication’. The practice, which is led by Louise Tyler, solely focuses on clinical negligence work. It undertakes a broad range of matters, such as cases involving birth-related injuries, delayed cancer diagnoses, surgical claims and avoidable falls by the elderly. Client representation at inquests is another area of activity.
‘It is a friendly firm, which does not confuse clients with complicated terminology‘.
‘The team works very professionally‘
At Wilson Browne Solicitors, core pillars of the practice include the administration of estates, trusts and tax planning, powers of attorney and wills. Its team also has specialist knowledge of the charity sector, where it acts as trustee and clerk to trustees in relation to various charity-related trusts. The group, which is led by Neelam Maher, also acts for a number of elderly clients. Court of Protection matters are another strength, with the firm having a dedicated department in this area.
‘They are approachable, understanding, compassionate and fair‘.
‘Always a friendly relaxed approach, which suggests no time restraints. Followed by a professional informative advice if needed‘.
‘Vicki Pearce and the team within the private client department take time to understand the client’s requirements, situation and provide clear and focused advice‘.
‘The Court of Protection team has a much better command of health and welfare matters than other CoP teams who practice solely as Deputies‘.
‘Vicki Pearce is efficient and hugely professional at all times‘.
Wilson Browne Commercial Law > Firm Profile
Wilson Browne Solicitors LLP is a strong regional firm with a wide range of expertise. The firm is able to offer a full range of legal services to business and private clients. It is forward-thinking and progressive, while not losing touch with its origins and history.
The firm: Wilson Browne Solicitors can trace its history back nearly 200 years, and is one of the largest legal practices in the East Midlands, with offices in Kettering, Northampton, Leicester, Wellingborough, Higham Ferrers and Corby. The firm has 17 partners and over 130 staff.
Following a total re-brand and re-focus of the business in May 2014 the firm has gone from strength to strength. In quick succession it won the Northamptonshire Law Society large law firm of the year award, NLS solicitor of the year (awarded to Kevin Rogers), and a national award -DBA design effectiveness. Additionally, lka Castka was elected president of Northamptonshire Law Society (NLS). It is known for being a truly partner-led firm that delivers excellent advice and service. Its tone is professional, but down to earth and friendly -as endorsed and appreciated by clients.
The firm has been investing heavily in its commercial law offering, which is reflected in the fact that the commercial law team was recently recognised in The Legal 500, which cements the firm’s claim to be a serious player in the commercial market. It has undertaken a number of proactive business development initiatives and promoted a number of staff from within.
Types of work undertaken: The firm handles corporate and commercial matters of all natures including land, property, disputes, employment and more. Clients include UK companies, financial institutions, privately owned companies as well as high-net-worth individuals, families and estates.
Services to private clients include providing specialised advice on issues relating to wills, trusts and estates; managing wealth and assets; the sale and purchase of residential properties; clinical negligence; personal injury; employment; family law and other legal advice.
In particular, Wilson Browne holds a strong reputation for its work in family law, wills, trusts and probate, court of protection, residential conveyancing, litigation and dispute resolution, and commercial property and housing.
Other offices: Kettering, Higham Ferrers, Wellingborough, Leicester, Corby
|Senior partner||Ed Rawlins|
|Chairman of the board||Kevin Rogers|
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 17 Number of other UK fee-earners : 87
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- East Midlands Social housing
- East Midlands Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands
- East Midlands Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands
- East Midlands Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands
- East Midlands Family
- East Midlands Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
- East Midlands Personal tax, trusts and probate