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Royds Withy King

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 5

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King's team is recommended for its ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ solicitors, who exhibit ‘impeccable attention to detail’. Corporate team head John North possesses over 25 years’ experience in a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions, with expertise in joint ventures, reorganisations, and publishing and media contracts. Solicitor Jennifer Sampson is recommended for her ‘attention to detail and explanation of issues’. Sampson notably advised Oxford Genetics on the negotiation of an investment agreement and assisted the client with the disclosure exercise and amendment to its constitutional documents pursuant to the investment terms. Other clients of the firm include HSBC, Invest UK and Oxford Ventures. Iain Butler joined in March 2018 from Shoosmiths LLP.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 4

Royds Withy King

The team at Royds Withy King is ‘always attentive, knowledgeable and proactive’, and is noted for its advice to clients in life science, education, professional services and the electronics and technology sector. Oxford-based partner Kate Benefer has proven experience in dealing with complex collective issues, business reorganisations and TUPE, and regularly advises businesses and senior executives on all aspects of employment law. Swindon-based national employment head Malcolm Gregory spends time in Oxford, primarily assisting large companies with difficult issues arising from transactions or reorganisations. Associate Paul Hayward joined the team from dph legal, while Mark Emery left to join Freeths LLP.

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King in Oxford is a 'powerhouse clinical negligence firm with expertise across the board', with a team of 'high-quality, talented and client-oriented lawyers'. The team focuses on catastrophic injuries, notably claims related to cerebral palsy and obstetric brachial plexus, spinal injuries, fatalities, gastrointestinal necrosis, limb amputation, weight-loss surgery and stroke management. Clients recommend 'shrewd tactician and tough negotiator' Richard Coleman, 'mature' fatal accident specialist Lucy Crawford, and associate Lucy Norton, who 'turns difficult claims into winners', as well as 'excellent' lawyers Judith Leech and Rosie Hodgetts. The 'skillful and empathetic' Tracy Norris-Evans also leads the firm's Court of Protection department.

Leading individuals

Richard Coleman - Royds Withy King

Tracy Norris-Evans - Royds Withy King

Next generation lawyers

Judith Leach - Royds Withy King

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Royds Withy King

The 'deeply knowledgeable and experienced' personal injury practice of Royds Withy King 'is a leader in its field', uses a 'forward-thinking approach' and has gained 'an exceptional reputation in the local area'. Its team is 'one of the best to work with', as 'clients get access to a depth of lawyers across a large geographical area' and 'papers are handed in on time and put together very well'. The team's areas of expertise include brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as claims regarding asbestos-related diseases, fatal accidents, chronic pain syndrome, cycling, travel and foreign accidents, and injuries involving animals. Neurological and paediatric claims partner Tracy Norris-Evans is also responsible for deputyship matters.  She heads the team together with 'dedicated' spinal injury lawyer Ian Carrier. In a recent highlight, Richard Brooks represented a claimant in a county court trial and appeal to the High Court concerning compensation of £1m for the memory and concentration problems he sustained while working as a stable boy and falling from a spooked horse. 'Savvy asbestos litigation star' Helen Childs and 'thorough and knowledgeable' associate Rachel James are acting for a claimant who was exposed to asbestos in the 1980s before emigrating to Australia, and was recently diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma.

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South East: Private client

Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King has ‘sensible, practical lawyers who represent their clients well’ and is noted for its advice in the financial remedy and private children law areas. ‘Excellent’ practice head Simon Bassett's expertise includes divorce, separation, financial matters, cohabitation and financial claims under the Children Act. Mark Phillips is strong for financial matters, and is recommended as ‘particularly knowledgeable and well-prepared; he is able to develop strong relationships with his clients’. Solicitor Monicka Rai (‘calm and measured; she represents her clients effectively and is a pleasure to deal with’) specialises in private children matters, including removal from jurisdiction and parental alienation cases. The experienced  Andrew Nellist is also noted, especially for conducting much of his own advocacy.

Next generation lawyers

Monicka Rai - Royds Withy King

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Royds Withy King

The 'excellent' Royds Withy King team is headed by the ‘thoughtful and helpful’ Tom Gilman, who is recommended for his ‘excellent advice’ and ‘very good client manner’. Gilman principally advises on estate planning for private individuals and families and on complex trust structures, while also acting for the trustees of local hospice Helen & Douglas House. Associate Jan Tyley has experience in offshore tax and trust structures, particularly in US-related matters. ‘Perceptive and personable’  Bridget Maier ‘grasps complex matters swiftly and is very good at dealing with challenging family situations’. Solicitors Chris Wilson and Ellen Boesen are other names of note at the firm.

Leading individuals

Tom Gilman - Royds Withy King

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 3

Royds Withy King

The Oxford office's property team at Royds Withy King is headed by senior associate Julie Acock, who ‘provides an excellent service’, with ‘timely, cost-effective and practical advice’. The practice is strong for development projects, with recent highlights including advice on option agreements for landowners, the development of a new surgery for a doctor’s practice, and acting for a developer on the acquisition and development of a scheme of 22 new homes. Acock specialises in the retail and leisure sectors, and also acts for several major banks on commercial lending matters. Paul Daniels has been involved in large transactions including mixed-use developments and care home acquisitions and re-financings. Andrew Chalk has a niche area of expertise in rural and equestrian property transactions including the sale, purchase and letting of training establishments, studs and farmland conversion.

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