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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.
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.
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.
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.
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',
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.
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.