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Royds Withy King
South West

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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Number of UK partners : 71
Number of other UK fee-earners : 215