Firm Profile > Royds Withy King > Bath, England

Royds Withy King

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Royds Withy King handles a wide range of clinical negligence claims, which particularly involves dental negligence claims. The ‘first rate practitionerPaul Rumley has a particular specialism in cerebral palsy, wrongful birth and spinal injury claims. Other areas of expertise involve obstetric and fertility cases as well as claims arising from amputations of limbs due to negligent medical treatment and undetected congenital defects, cardiology claims and delays in the diagnosis of cancer.

Practice head(s):

Simon Elliman

Other key lawyers:


The practice has a very successful Dental Negligence department

Highly knowledgeable expert medical negligence team

Each case gets continuous attention from start to finish

The team members of this firm are easily contactable and very helpful

The firm is dedicated to client care with an outstanding professionalism through the clinical negligence team

The team brings real expertise in handling a complete range of medical negligence cases, from lower value and dental negligence claims through to catastrophic brain and spinal injuries

The practice deals with the most complex of cases often involving difficult causation issues and looks for every conceivable angle to ensure the best outcome for its clients

This is one of the leading firms in this field nationally and with particular expertise in catastrophic brain injury claims and obstetric birth injuries. It is a top-ranking firm which deserves its high reputation – excellent

The team at Royds Withy King is exceptional for its strength in depth, its intellectual fire power and for the astonishing quality of its output, extending to every last detail

This is a very organised and knowledgeable team of solicitors.  It has a very good understanding of the issues raised and is very proactive in obtaining the best outcome for the clients

The key strengths of Royds Withy King are its professionalism, competence, integrity and compassion

The firm is always happy to give advice or discuss matters during preparation of reports

Paul Rumley is a leading practitioner whose attention to detail is second to none

Paul Rumley is quite simply the best clinical negligence practitioner in the business. He has an intellectually formidable brain. His determination to get to the right result is irresistible. Not surprisingly, his clients love him

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Royds Withy King's practice covers a wide range of disputed wills and contentious trusts claims. 'Incredibly industrious' practice head Amanda Noyce handles tax disputes, negligence actions regarding tax advisers, proprietary estoppel claims, inheritance disputes and applications to the Court of Protection in mental capacity matters. Clients involve high-net-worth families and individuals, including farming families, trustees and elderly clients with decreasing mental capacity.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Noyce

Other key lawyers:

Calum Campbell; Mike Muston


‘Royds Withy King has an unrivalled level of experience’

‘Amanda Noyce has a wealth of experience in her field and adopts a pragmatic approach to litigation. She has an excellent manner with clients’

Family Tier 1

Royds Withy King focuses on public children work. The firm assists guardians with the representation of children in care proceedings and handles cases of injuries and legal argument, as well as issues such as adoption and grandparents’ rights matters. Cross-border divorce, wealth protection and the negotiation of nuptial agreements constitute other areas of expertise. Key lawyers include accredited Resolution specialists Sharon MacDonald and Jon Toogood, while Rebecca Stevens deals with family disputes including child protection issues and residence disputes. Will MacFarlane joined as partner from Withers in February 2018.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Royds Withy King is experienced in dealing with claims relating to paediatric injury and pain disorder cases. The ‘tenacious, systematic, experienced and well-organised’ practice co-head Louise Hart specialises in claims involving amputations and chronic pain. Practice co-head Stuart Brazington is a ‘first-class solicitor with excellent legal and client care skills’. Brazington focuses on brain and spinal injury claims. The firm regularly handles claims arising from workplace accidents, car, motorcycle and cycling accidents as well as accidents involving animals. Senior associate Jennifer Seavor specialises in industrial diseases.

Practice head(s):

Louise Hart; Stuart Brazington

Other key lawyers:


The team provides an excellent client-driven service to injured clients.

The diverse team is impressive.

The team works to very high standards of professionalism, which is combined with a warm and caring approach.

The practice’s approach is consistent throughout the claim up to its conclusion. The team contains the right mix of experience and specialisation to provide a top-flight service to its clients. The lawyers consult each other, which ensures that clients get the input they need.

Key strengths of the firm are its depth of legal knowledge, its ability to think outside the box, its courage in taking on cases other firms would not – and winning them.

The team is well-known for its experience in dealing with asbestos claims.

Louise Hart continues to go the extra mile for her client, whilst maintain a good perspective on each case. She is also a very human lawyer.

Louise is excellent in every way. Her depth of knowledge and experience in dealing with complex, multifaceted cases is impressive, combined with her highly effective personal skills of commitment, care and communication.

Stuart Brazington has huge experience in dealing with maximum severity brain injury cases. He is extremely knowledgeable and has a strong team to him. Stuart gets excellent results in really difficult cases.

Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire Tier 2

Royds Withy King's team in Bath acts for a large number of national and international clients in contentious matters. Its expertise is evident in various sectors, including healthcare, financial services and construction. Philip Banks-Welsh is strong in financial services disputes, minority shareholder prejudice claims and contentious intellectual property matters. Senior associate Nicola Radcliffe has experience of both County and High Court litigation and is building her practice in the firm's regulatory and contentious healthcare offering.

Practice head(s):

Philip Banks-Welsh

Other key lawyers:


Quotes are provided in a timely manner and work standards are generally high

Philip Banks-Welsh has provided excellent support on a few cases over the past year and each instance has produced high-quality documentation

Philip successfully closed out a case for us in a very satisfactory manner due to the strength of the legal arguments and the clear way they were documented

Key clients

Bath Rugby Plc

Vodafone Limited

Begbies Traynor

Stanley Gibson Limited

Medical Wire & Equipment Co. (Bath) Limited

Bath City Football Club

Fairlynx Limited

Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire Tier 2

Royds Withy King specialises in representing business owners and HR professionals in all areas of employment law, including TUPE, tribunal disputes, dismissals and recruitment advice. Bath-based Richard White is the key name in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Richard White

Sport Tier 2

Royds Withy King is primarily active in the horse racing industry, where it acts for jockeys, owners and trainers. James McNeile and Sharon MacDonald, who are both based in Bath, provide legal advice on regulations, transactions and negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

James McNeile; Sharon MacDonald

Other key lawyers:

Richard White

Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire Tier 3

Royds Withy King’s varied workload includes property acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant work, property development, as well as secured lending and refinance work. Paul Daniels is the overall head of the team firmwide, whose clients include banks and borrowers, corporates, developers and pension schemes, among others. Greg Callard, who made partner in 2018, has experience of handling the transfer of businesses (such as pubs and restaurants), as well as acquisitions of retail stores in large shopping centres. Senior associate Aman Hart provides specialist advice on acquisitions, disposals and all matters concerning property development. Peter Foskett leads the commercial property group in Swindon. Edward Cooke retired from private practice in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Paul Daniels 

Other key lawyers:


The team is very solid and well-respected in the region

Construction Tier 3

Royds Withy King’s construction and engineering team attracts a varied portfolio of construction work from national and regional clients in sectors such as education, energy, infrastructure, technology and leisure. The team’s client base includes commercial and residential developers, utility companies, contractors and specialist sub-contractors. Practice head Andrew Ash specialises in construction dispute resolution. In 2018, the team expanded its offering on the non-contentious side through the appointment of Catherine Welch, who joined from Ashfords LLP. Welch has experience of drafting and negotiating construction contracts, as well as advising clients on procurement strategies for renewable energy and residential development projects. Managing partner Graham Street is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ash

Other key lawyers:


The team is always practical and supportive

The team is good at handling contentious work, but also focuses on avoiding litigation where possible

Everyone has excellent expertise in the construction field

Catherine Welch is deemed to be one of the regional go-to solicitors when it comes to construction law and contractor contract documentation

Catherine Welch and Andrew Ash are very approachable, friendly and knowledgeable partners, who also value their relationships with clients

Catherine clearly has a passion and desire to do the best for her clients

Andrew Ash is exceptional

Key clients

Bath Rugby

Arena 1865

Diamond Light Source

Focchi Limited

Hall & Kay Fire Services

MJ Church (Plant)


Socomec UK

That Bournemouth Company

University of Bath

Western Power Distribution

Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire Tier 3

Royds Withy King works with clients at all stages of their business life cycle, with notable strengths in the financial services, technology and healthcare sectors. Katharine Mortimer leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Mortimer

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Royds Withy King advises engineering, technology and IT businesses on IT contracts, software, outsourcing, cloud computing and data protection. The firm also works with clients who install voice, data and mobile telecommunications systems. Philip Banks-Welsh is the key contact in Bath.

Practice head(s):

Philip Banks-Welsh

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Royds Withy King liaises with high-net-worth family members on the management of personal injury trusts and deputyships, the structuring of offshore real estate and farmland assets and on the establishment of philanthropic work and charities. The firm has expertise in reviewing the tax implications of property ownership structures and estate planning measures. The practice additionally assists elderly clients with the preparation of their wills.

Practice head(s):

James McNeile; Samantha O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Noyce; Becky Ricards Small; Edward Vidnes

Media and entertainment Tier 4

Royds Withy King advises clients on ownership of rights, confidentiality agreements, royalties, licensing and publishing agreements, among other matters. Philip Banks-Welsh is the key contact.

Intellectual property Tier 5

Bath-based Royds Withy King is proficient in both advisory and contentious IP, with notable expertise in licensing contracts and dispute resolution. Philip Banks-Welsh is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Philip Banks-Welsh

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Royds Withy King's clinical negligence team is renowned for its complex catastrophic injury work which is led by Richard Coleman, 'a canny and experienced litigator'. 'Leaving no stone unturned', the team has been engaged in high-value claims involving cerebral palsy and obstetric brachial plexus injuries, in addition to claims involving spinal injury and fatalities. Tracy Norris-Evans specialises in claims of maximum severity, specifically neurological and paediatric cases. Judith Leach is recommended for her insight on a variety of medico-legal topics.

Practice head(s):

Richard Coleman

Other key lawyers:

Tracey Norris Evans; Judith Leach; Lucy Norton


‘Tracy Norris Evans is the standout partner, undertaking both clinical negligence, personal injury and court of protection cases. She is thorough and very professional.’

‘Richard Coleman is a tenacious and capable litigator in birth injury claims who will uncover all angles to explore attaining the best outcome for his client and does so unerringly.’

‘This is a strong team with an exceptional presence that handles many cases of gravity and complexity.’

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Simply 'exceptional', Royds Withy King is known for its 'dedicated, knowledgeable, and successful' catastrophic injury team, and its expertise in brain and spinal cord injury claims. Led by Tracy Norris-Evans, the team also handles complex asbestos-related claims, fatal accidents and chronic pain matters. Helen Childs' 'knowledge of industrial disease litigation is excellent', and Ian Carrier is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Norris-Evans; Ian Carrier

Other key lawyers:


‘Royds Withy King has strength in depth and considerable experience dealing with serious personal injury claims. There is a particular specialism relating to claims under the Animals Act 1971 and generally involving riding accidents.’

‘Ian Carrier has been excellent.  Nothing has been too much trouble for him, he is quite obviously an expert in his field.’

‘Tracy Norris is extremely knowledgeable and experienced with the sole motivation of delivering the best outcomes for clients in all situations. Clients are left with no doubt that she is in their corner.’

‘Helen Childs is an exceptional partner. She has a huge capacity for work and manages to combine an unerring willingness to fight for her clients with. She is a pleasure to work with.’

Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Royds Withy King has expanded its private client practice with the addition of a private wealth offering, providing complimentary advise in relation to international pre- and post-nuptial agreements, overseas financial claims following divorce and reputation management in family matters. Partners Mark Phillips, Simon Bassett, Andrew Nellist and associate Monicka Rai are the key advisors.

Practice head(s):

Simon Bassett

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Royds Withy King has enhanced its practice with the addition of a private wealth offering to complement its strong reputation in contentious wills, trusts and inheritance matters. Tom Gilman is the key Oxford-based advisor and is particularly skilled in estate planning for private individuals and families. He also advises on complex trust structures and undertakes Court of Protection work. Also of note are associates Calum Campbell, who is experienced in representing clients in disputes arising out of trusts, wills, The Inheritance Act and proprietary estoppel claims, and Chris Wilson and Jan Tyley for assistance in tax planning and trust arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Tom Gilman


The team is accessible, approachable, knowledgable and helpful. They are happy to see clients irrespective of the size of the issue –  seeking to built client relationships over the long term.’

I can’t praise Tom Gilman and Chris Wilson enough for providing excellent and engaging advice, and taking a ‘can do’ approach in seeking a solution, irrespective of whether it is profitable for the firm, as they look to put the client first.’

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Royds Withy King provides assistant to landowners and housing developers on a range of issues such as acquisitions, dispositions, leases and funding, including pension funding matters.  Senior associate Julie Acock is the key adviser.

Practice head(s):

Julie Acock

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.

Practice head(s):

Maria Meek

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Noyce; Sara Isenberg; Edward Vidnes; Becky Ricards Small; Mike Muston


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.

Practice head(s):

Richard Woodman

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Royds Withy King predominately focuses on assisting owner-managed businesses and management teams in corporate transactions, company reorganisations and investments, particularly in the life sciences and technology sectors. Iain Butler heads the group and is particularly known for advising spin-out companies from The University of Oxford on various funding rounds.

Practice head(s):

Iain Butler


The team at Royds Withy King is very responsive, has excellent communication skills and great attention to details


Key clients

Argosy Components


Cellmark Forensic Services

Oxford Genetics

The Sampler

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

The team at Royds Withy King assists employers in all aspects of HR-related issues, whilst also providing training programs to in-house HR team and advocacy in Employment Tribunals. Other key areas of expertise are business immigration, contract negotiations and advice on the management of employees. Kate Benefer and Charlotte Fisher are the main figures.

Practice head(s):

Kate Benefer

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Tony Millson; Deanna Hurst


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.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Hart

Other key lawyers:

Will MacFarlane; Emma McMorrow


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.

Practice head(s):

Stewart Wilkinson


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
 Helen Childs  photo Helen Childs Helen is a partner in our Personal Injury team and heads up…
 Richard Ellis  photo Richard Ellis Richard has over 20 years experience of family law where he has…
 Sharon MacDonald  photo Sharon MacDonald As a partner and a well established member of the Family team,…
 Will MacFarlane  photo Will MacFarlane Will joined Royds Withy King in 2018 and works between the Bath…
 James McNeile  photo James McNeile James is a partner with over 20 years experience of UK and…
 Maria Meek  photo Maria Meek Maria is a partner who specialises in Court of Protection and Compensation…
 Amanda Noyce  photo Amanda Noyce Amanda is a contentious probate solicitor in our Bath office. She is…
 Samantha O’Sullivan  photo Samantha O’Sullivan Samantha is a partner in our Private Client team. She specialises in…
 Becky Ricards Small  photo Becky Ricards Small Becky joined the Royds Withy King team in 2013 from Thrings, where…
 Paul Rumley  photo Paul Rumley Paul, a partner, helps to lead the Firm’s Medical Negligence team and is based…
 Kerstin Scheel  photo Kerstin Scheel Kerstin specialises in cerebral palsy and catastrophic injury cases, with a focus on complex…
 Rebecca Stevens  photo Rebecca Stevens Rebecca is renowned for her endless energy, drive and enthusiasm in dealing…
 Jon Toogood  photo Jon Toogood Jon specialises in helping clients to resolve financial disputes arising out of divorce and…
 Edward Vidnes  photo Edward Vidnes Edward is a partner in our Private Client team. He joined Royds…
 Angus Williams  photo Angus Williams Angus heads up the Residential Property, Farms and Estates team in Bath…
Number of UK partners : 71
Number of other UK fee-earners : 215