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Royds Withy King

Court of protection Tier 3

Royds Withy King has a dedicated team that provides contentious and non-contentious Court of Protection advice across the M4 corridor and London. The firm’s trust corporation, Withy King Trustees Ltd ( ‘WKTL’), has been appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian’s panel of professional deputies. The practice has considerable expertise in managing complex deputyships and personal injury trusts with Maria Meek at the helm. The group manages over 65 files where WKTL is appointed as deputy and also acts as financial attorney for a number of clients.


It has a real depth of experience and expertise in the field. Amanda Noyce is excellent. She has very good judgement and is a firm and effective litigation solicitor who knows when to dig in and fight when necessary’.

An experienced team with an eye for details and a professional quality to their output. Sara Isenberg and Maria Meek have an excellent understanding of complex client requirements and how to deliver a professional but still individual service‘.

Amanda Noyce always provides me with clear and careful instructions. She is always willing to go that extra mile for her clients‘.

The team possesses the technical knowledge required to excel at the role but I take that as a given. What makes it stand out is the way it communicates this knowledge to clients‘.

Edward Vidnes, Maria Meek, Becky Ricards Small have an exceptional ability to control what can be complex situations, without being overbearing‘.

Edward Vidnes and Maria Meek are both extremely approachable and very down to earth, but at the same time expert at what they do… able to provide a direct answer to a query, but more importantly provide you with the context of why the answer is what it is!’.

Maria Meek and Sara Isenberg stand out as team players who have the best interests of their clients at the centre of their actions‘.

Sara Isenberg is also very good and sound‘.

Mike Muston is also an excellent lawyer with very sound judgement and eye for detail‘.

Employment: senior executives Tier 3

The employment team at Royds Withy King is well-regarded for its contentious expertise, particularly in discrimination issues and unfair dismissal claims. The practice is led by commercial litigator Richard Woodman, alongside the internationally focused Caroline Doran Millett, David Israel and Gemma Ospedale.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

Royds Withy King acts for entrepreneurs and business owners on their UK tax and estate planning matters, as well as for international clients looking to move to, invest in or leave the UK. Tony Millson’s work spans tax and estate planning, the administration and winding up of trusts as well as lasting powers of attorney and court of protection matters. Deanna Hurst acts for individuals (mostly business owners) and charities on a broad range of matters.


The team has a very nurturing approach to dealing with clients, especially those elderly clients we often refer to them. They have the breath and depth of knowledge needed to provide the advice while delivering it in a way that is understandable to the lay person.

Deanna Hurst is proactive and professional.’

Deanna Hurst provides a wonderful personal and professional service to each of her clients and is always timely in her advice/communications.

Tony Millson is outstanding due to his diligence and knowledge from the length of his experience.

Family Tier 6

The family team at Royds Withy King has one City-based partner plus one other partner who works from both the London and Bath offices. The group has a particular focus on high-value cases often involving business assets, overseas assets, trusts and multi-jurisdictional issues. It has developed specialist expertise in complex cases involving cryptocurrency and other crypto assets. The majority of its cases have an international element and the team also has a strong practice in private children law proceedings. Patrick Hart heads the team that is one to watch.


It has a strong presence in the South West of England but also a central London office so it is excellent for families with connections to either or both parts of the country‘.

It has been expanding and building on its strong reputation in private client work. Noticeable friendly approach but also some leading individuals and building reputations in areas such as crypto currency‘.

Patrick Hart as head of team is exceptional. Deeply knowledgeable with a modesty and good humour. Great fun to work with. Will McFarlane is strong too‘.

Patrick Hart is a solid and capable team leader‘.

Patrick Hart is a fantastic lead partner – combination of strong technical skills, humour and great client skills’.

‘Will MacFarlane brings excellent tactical instincts to his work. He also has brilliant client care skills. He is widely respected by the very best in family law in London and the South West. He is definitely one to watch in the family law world‘.

Will McFarlane is a very talented solicitor who is excellent with clients‘.

Emma McMorrow is a very able, diligent solicitor. She is bright and engaged and cares deeply about her clients’.

Commercial litigation Tier 7

Royds Withy King's 'dynamic and forward-thinking team' is well known for disputes involving contracts, company and shareholder matters, contentious insolvencies, financial services, and estate agents and business agents. The firm also has particular retail sector expertise as well as a growing Indian practice. The key advisers are Stewart Wilkinson, Stephen Welfare and Chris RoddaJamie Lester was hired from Hunters Law LLP and Milan Kapadia was made partner.


Approachable, hardworking and commercial‘.

Key clients

Monsoon Accessorize

State Bank of India

Smyths Toys


Christie Group


Cantel (UK)

National Association of Jewellers

Leatherman Tools

The Baglioni Hotel

Bank of India

David Rubin & Partners

Royds Withy King is a national law firm with robust commercial, private client, personal injury and clinical negligence practices. It has the combined expertise of over 500 people, including 71 partners, across offices in London, Bath, Oxford and Wiltshire. Royds Withy King is a founding member of the international network of independent law firms, Interleges, which enables firms to collaborate and provide relevant in-country support and expertise to individuals and businesses across multiple jurisdictions.

Royds Withy King places client relationships at the heart of everything it does, using insight and forethought to anticipate their needs and help them to stay ahead of the curve.

Principal areas of work

Commercial: Royds Withy King has a significant commercial practice which offers the full spectrum of corporate, employment, property and litigation services with specialists bringing great breadth and depth of experience to clients regionally, nationally and internationally. With contentious and non-contentious work, they cover employment law, corporate/commercial contracts, M&A transactions, commercial disputes, intellectual property, commercial property and construction.

In addition, the firm has specialist sector-focused teams made up of legal advisers from across the practice with specific knowledge and experience of working with clients in these industries: Health & Social Care; Retail; Leisure & Hospitality; Financial Services; Tech & Innovation, and Private Wealth.

Significant clients include Vodafone, Monsoon Accessorize, Smyths Toys, Scribbler, Diamond Light Source, The Professional Jockeys Association, Bath Rugby and Stadium for Bath, Metro Bank, Clydesdale Bank, State Bank of India, and Punjab National Bank.

Private client services: Royds Withy King has large, well-established private client, family and residential property practices which cater to all personal legal needs. These may range from moving house to helping clients buy property for family members; advising on cohabitation agreements; negotiating a fair financial settlement on divorce; drawing up wills and helping clients to apply for a Lasting Power of Attorney for themselves or relatives. The firm’s solicitors are known for being friendly and approachable – but they are also experts in their field and will fight the client’s corner when it’s appropriate to do so.

The firm’s private wealth offering is tailored to high net worth individuals where their wealth gives rise to added complexity in their business and personal lives. Clients include business owners, entrepreneurs, family trusts, landed estates, City professionals and overseas clients.

Personal injury/clinical negligence: With a strong national reputation for high-quality claimant work, both the clinical negligence and personal injury teams put clients at the heart of everything they do. They build a team around each client – a team that will take the time to get to know clients personally and guide them through the often daunting process of pursuing a compensation claim.

Royds Withy King has a national reputation for work in highly specialist areas, including head, brain and spinal injuries; birth injuries and cerebral palsy; complex orthopaedic injuries; industrial diseases including mesothelioma; dental negligence; catastrophic road accidents; serious injuries caused by animals; amputations; chronic pain including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome; cycling accidents; and injuries sustained while in care.

Corporate social responsibility: Royds Withy King takes corporate social responsibility seriously and has a long history in supporting its local communities, financially and in kind. The firm has also introduced measures which have significantly reduced its environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Graham Street 01225 730 100
Private Client James McNeile 01225 730 100
Family, Private Wealth Will MacFarlane 01225 459 917
Residential Property, Farms & Estates Angus Williams 01225 730 260
Family Richard Ellis 01225 730 181
Private Client Edward Vidnes 01225 730 270
Family Sharon MacDonald 01225 730 100
Photo Name Position Profile
 Claus Andersen  photo Claus Andersen
 Zainab Dakhil  photo Zainab Dakhil
 Caroline Doran Millett  photo Caroline Doran Millett
 Patrick Hart  photo Patrick Hart
 Deanna Hurst  photo Deanna Hurst
 David Israel  photo David Israel
 Milan Kapadia  photo Milan Kapadia
 Jamie Lester  photo Jamie Lester
 Tony Millson  photo Tony Millson
 Bharat Nahar  photo Bharat Nahar
 John North  photo John North
 Gemma Ospedale  photo Gemma Ospedale
 Tony Roberts  photo Tony Roberts
 Christopher Rodda  photo Christopher Rodda
 Stephen Welfare  photo Stephen Welfare
Mr Stewart Wilkinson photo Mr Stewart Wilkinson
 Gareth Brook Williams  photo Gareth Brook Williams
 Richard Woodman  photo Richard Woodman
Number of UK partners : 71
Number of other UK fee-earners : 215