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Royds Withy King

MIDLAND BRIDGE HOUSE, MIDLAND BRIDGE ROAD, BATH, BA2 3FP, ENGLAND
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Work 01225 730100
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Fax 01225 730101
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8014 BATH-1
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www.roydswithyking.com

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

Royds Withy King

‘A go-to team for owner-managed and smaller listed companies’, Royds Withy King is ‘one of the best options, locally, when balancing cost and quality’. Headed by Katharine Mortimer, the sector-driven team has particular experience in the financial services, technology and healthcare sectors. Mortimer assisted a listed environmental sustainability consultant with a high-value corporate restructuring, and is also instructed by a Dutch-listed corporate with a multibillion-euro annual turnover. In one of the team’s flagship highlights, Hazel Phillips and highly recommended senior associate James Worrall acted for the sellers of Gold Care Holdings in connection to the £90m acquisition of the company by OHI UK Healthcare Properties, a subsidiary of a US REIT. Senior associate Rishi Ladwa is ‘down to earth’ and makes himself ‘very available to clients’. Solicitors Natalie Jones and Janetta Barrett joined the team from Knights Professional Services Limited and Lyons Davidson, respectively.

Next generation lawyers

James Worrall - Royds Withy King

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King’s sector-driven disputes team has particular strengths in the retail, leisure and healthcare industries and has been increasingly involved in criminal law and regulatory mandates. Philip Banks-Welsh is acting for a medical supplies company in relation to actions taken by a competitor to undermine the client’s activities throughout Europe; this matter involves assertions such as abuse of dominant market position. Additionally, Banks-Welsh and associate Nicola Cutler are representing a leisure village in potentially multimillion-pound claims against a high-street bank. Chris Kane is defending an individual in damages claims for alleged infringement of IP rights. Andrew Ash has considerable experience in construction litigation. Mei-Ling Huang joined from QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day and has bolstered the firm’s healthcare and social care regulatory practice. Key clients include Bath Rugby, Bath Building Society and DNA Legal.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 1

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King provides ‘practical advice that is easy to understand’. It handles all aspects of employment law, including discrimination issues, complex redundancies, re-organisations, business transfers, whistleblowing and TUPE transfers. The practice acts for a number of plcs as well as SME businesses, focusing on the social care, professional services, manufacturing, technology, transport and rail sectors. Recent highlights include advising a waste management company on a complex restructure which involved a contentious director exit with aspects of whistleblowing and age discrimination, and acting for a large furniture manufacturer in relation to proposed industrial action by a trade union following changes to shift patterns.  Partner Richard White is ‘very responsive, approachable and provides a good sounding board for employment related issues’; he ‘offers pragmatic common sense advice at all times’. Malcolm Gregory  heads the team and advises on all employment law aspects. Partner James Sage  is experienced in disciplinary action and dismissals, sickness, performance management and grievances. Lauren Harkin  was promoted to partner and handles employment tribunal claims, exit packages and TUPE transfers. Key clients include Airsprung Group, Blue Marlin Brand Design, Churchill Investments, Clarion (GB), Novia Financial, Ohasi Technica (UK) and Salters Hill Charity.

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South West: Insurance

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

Royds Withy King

‘Premier clinical negligence practice’ Royds Withy King is ‘the go-to firm for really large and demanding claims or strategic issues’. The practice provides advice on all areas of clinical negligence including catastrophic injury cases, birth injury, Erb’s palsy, bariatric cases, spinal injury and is also noted for its dental negligence work. Simon Elliman  heads the practice and specialises in cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, wrongful birth and spinal injury cases. Paul Rumley is ‘highly intelligent, passionate for his clients and the master of all detail’; he focuses on cerebral palsy, fatal, cardiology and cancer cases and also genetic conditions. Kerstin Kubiak  deals with high-value claims, particularly in relation to obstetric, gynaecology and fertility cases. Ali Cloak  focuses on inquests and fatal claims and Hannah Blackwell deals with maternal birth injury claims. Recent work includes acting for a claimant who suffered brain damage and cerebral palsy as a result of delay in birth and also representing at inquest the family of a mental health patient who committed suicide due to the negligence of the mental health trust whose care she was under. Associate Katie Reid  joined from Metcalfes Solicitors and Tracy Furminger left the firm.

Leading individuals

Paul Rumley - Royds Withy King

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

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King handles claims involving, brain injury, spinal injury, chronic pain, complex regional pain syndrome and amputations. It also deals with asbestos claims and industrial disease, cycle accidents, equine and animal cases, and fatal accidents. The team is ‘outstanding’ and ‘the depth of knowledge and experience shown by all the solicitors is impressive’. Partners Stuart Brazington and Louise Hart head the team. Brazington specialises in severe brain injury and spinal cord injury cases. Hart is ‘caring, competent, well-organised and highly effective’, and focuses on amputation, complex orthopaedic injuries, facial injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain, in particular Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Senior associate Mark Hambleton who is ‘punctilious in case preparation’ specialises in claims involving cycling and motorcycle accidents, defective products and animals. Recent highlights include representing a client injured at work with a circular saw, the client had part of his hand amputated, the defendant admitted liability and interim payments were agreed to fund prostheses and other treatment.

Leading individuals

Louise Hart - Royds Withy King

Stuart Brazington - Royds Withy King

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Royds Withy King

‘Extremely professional and knowledgeable’, clients describe Royds Withy King’s farming and property advice as ‘first class’. Practice head Angus Williams’ ‘knowledge of agriculture and anything legally connected is boundless’. Williams handles acquisition and disposal of farms and estates, development land, and farming and rural business interests; commercial and residential property development; agricultural tenancy work, including Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies and farm business tenancies; and secured lending and re-finance work for banks. Sharon MacDonald specialises in the preparation of cohabitation and prenuptial agreements designed to protect farming partnerships and business assets, and acts on behalf of farmers and family members in divorces involving a farm, farm businesses or farming assets. Bath-based solicitor Alice Newsome is also recommended.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King act on a wide range of contentious matters, including will validity claims, trustees’ disputes, and Court of Protection applications in mental capacity matters. The firm specialises in advising charities on all contentious trusts and probate matters, including inheritance disputes. Based in Bath, head of the team Amanda Noyce is an ‘excellent lawyer with an incredible breadth of knowledge’. Associate Calum Campbell is a ‘first-rate lawyer, who finds innovative solutions to complex problems’, and associate Mike Muston is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Amanda Noyce - Royds Withy King

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King has ‘one of the strongest and most experienced family teams in the South West’ and is ‘at the head of the pack of modernised family law firms.' The team specialises in complex child care proceedings, with five ‘sympathetic and pragmatic' partners leading the group. Sharon MacDonald ‘combines strong support for clients and has a pragmatic approach to negotiation’; she handles high-value finance matters, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and cohabitation disputes. MacDonald also specialises in cases involving farming and agricultural families, and the armed forces. A recently made partner, the 'outstanding' Rebecca Stevens deals with family disputes relating to children, including child protection, contact, residence, removal from the jurisdiction and domestic violence issues, and ‘moves mountains to get results’. Among other changes to the team, senior associate Kit O'Brien moved to Stokes Partners LLP in January 2018, and Will MacFarlane  joined from Withers LLP as partner in February 2018. MacFarlane has considerable experience acting for unmarried parents in financial claims on behalf of children, and recent Schedule 1 clients include two Premier League footballers. Senior associate Katherine Lauder is ‘exceptional’, and consultant Jon Toogood is also ‘an outstanding family lawyer’.

Next generation lawyers

Rebecca Stevens - Royds Withy King

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King delivers an ‘excellent overall service’. In a number of recent changes to the team, senior associate Fiona Feggetter departed, Luchia Hirst joined the Swindon office from Davey Law, and Edward Vidnes was promoted to partner. Team head James McNeile focuses on estate planning, trusts and tax planning for high-net-worth families and non-UK individuals. Becky Ricards Small heads up private wealth and succession planning matters, specialising in inheritance tax planning, lasting powers of attorney and wills. Ricards Small is also a key partner in the Court of Protection team. Amanda Noyce, head of inheritance and trust disputes, is an ‘excellent lawyer with an incredible breadth of knowledge’; she acts on contentious probate and trust matters, tax disputes, negligence actions regarding tax advisers, inheritance disputes and applications to the Court of Protection in mental capacity matters. Associate Calum Campbell is a ‘first-rate lawyer who finds innovative solutions to complex problems’.

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South West: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 3

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King specialises in providng advice to care homes and social care providers on CQC interactions, healthcare-related HR and employment advice, safeguarding, contracts, judicial review proceedings, inquests and mental capacity. It also provides advice to dental practices, pharmacies and GP practices. James Sage heads the team and specialises in employment law matters including dismissals, grievances and whistleblowing. Hazel Phillips jointly heads the health and social care team and focuses on acquisitions, contracts, business structure, governance and refinancing. Mei-Ling Huang Joined from Burroughs day, she is ‘extremely knowledgeable about her area and gives no-nonsense advice’. The team provides an ‘excellent overall service’ and is ‘very responsive’. Recent highlights include acting for Gold Care homes on the sale and leaseback of and 18 home care group to a US real estate investment trust.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King’s property group provides ‘a standard of service that is comparable to many larger—and more expensive—London and Bristol firms’. Headed by Paul Daniels, the team has a particularly broad, sector-based real estate service, which covers healthcare, education and charity work, pension and investment property, residential development, corporate occupier and leasing work, and secured lending. Of particular note, Daniels assisted Gold Care Holdings and its shareholders with a high-value disposal and leaseback of 18 care homes to an American REIT. Edward Cooke acts for residential developer Kersfield Group in connection with its ongoing property acquisition and disposal strategy. Senior associate Aman Hart counselled a specialist property developer on the property and construction aspects of its development of a large care home and assisted living village; Hart also advised on the security arrangements for the associated financing. Further, the ‘proactive, diligent, and commercially minded’ Greg Callard , who made partner in 2018, advised a company on a transaction with a European bank to refinance the client’s property portfolio. Peter Foskett is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Edward Cooke - Royds Withy King

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King regularly handles design and construction procurement for large regional residential and commercial development projects, and is particularly noted for its contentious construction practice. ‘A very good alternative to any London-based construction lawyer’, department head Andrew Ash represented a civil contractor in claims against a residential developer regarding concerning the cost of certain engineering works. Ash and Terry McDermott advised the University of Bath on the appointment of an architect for a £70m campus development, including new premises for the School of Management. Similarly, Graham Street assisted a developer with the design and construction procurement for a residential development. The team, including associate Abigail Garty, also advises lenders and corporate occupiers on construction due diligence in connection with real estate and funding transactions. Philip Banks-Welsh also has experience in construction disputes.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Royds Withy King

The team at Royds Withy King provides wide-ranging strategic and contentious property advice to regional corporates and individuals. The department is headed by Caroline Preist, who has expertise in commercial landlord and tenant matters and easements, boundary, covenant and title disputes. Associate Sarah Taylor specialises in residential long leasehold disputes, but also advised a foreign embassy on a possession claim regarding a foreign-owned property in central London. Additionally, senior associate Marianne Johns defended a group of related clients in possession and forfeiture proceedings for alleged non-payment of rent. Johns also has experience in property-related professional negligence. Bath Rugby and Triumph UK are among the team’s key clients.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King advises engineering, technology and IT businesses on IT contracts, software, hardware, outsourcing, data storage, procurement, data protection, security issues, cloud computing and SaaS contracts. Philip Banks-Welsh specialises in IP litigation and trade mark infringement. John North and James Worrall are also recommended. Recent highlights include advising TM Group (UK) in relation to online customer contracts, data protection issues and GDPR. Another highlight includes advising Applicable on the provision managed services and a bespoke consultancy service to a multinational IT equipment and services provider. Other clients include Adam Matthew Digital, Arco England, Bath Rugby, Chedburn Networks, Fidelius Financial Holdings and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King  Bath provides trade mark portfolio management services including IP protection and exploitation, assessment of ownership and licensing. It advises on contentious issues including copyright and trade mark infringement, passing off and patent infringement advice. The firm has particular experience in advising companies in the media and technology sectors. Highlights included advising Adam Matthew Digital in relation to licensing-in agreements from source archives and universities, and customer licenses. Philip Banks-Welsh  is also recommended. Clients include Applicable, Arco England, Bath Rugby, Bruce Munro and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King acts for media, publishing, leisure, technology and environmental businesses and organisations. Highlights include acting for media business Network N in relation to various contracts. The firm also advised Chedburn Networks on its online terms and conditions and policies. A further highlight includes advising Adam Matthew Digital on licensing-in agreements from source archives and universities. Philip Banks-Welsh focuses on IP litigation. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King advises clients on regulation, sports-related injuries and sports-related commercial disputes. It recently advised The Professional Jockeys Association on the implications of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Another highlight includes acting for horse trainer Hughie Morrison in relation to one of his horses testing positive for nandrolone. A nominal fine was imposed and the case led to a review of anti-doping rules and penalties by the British Horseracing Authority. Chris Kane and Andrew Chalk head the team, Chalk has ‘exceptional judgement and is first class with clients’. ‘Aggressive litigator’ Richard Brooks and Philip Banks-Welsh are also recommended. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

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