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Royds Withy King

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8014 BATH-1

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 3

Royds Withy King

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

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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 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:Nicola Radcliffe


'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

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in connection with claims against CareFusion for patent infringement and breach of a non-disclosure agreement.
  • Advising a client on FCA/SRA regulatory issues involving potential breaches.
  • Representing a client in disputes arising from contractual agreements for the purchase and hire of commercial vehicles.
  • Acted for a Bath-based business in defence of an case brought by a former employee alleging unfair dismissal and loss of earnings.
  • Representing a majority shareholder in a construction company in a minority prejudice dispute.
Rising stars

Nicola Radcliffe - Royds Withy King

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South West: Human resources

Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

Royds Withy King

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

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South West: Insurance

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

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King handles a wide range of clinical negligence claims, which particularly involves dental negligence claims. The ‚Äėfirst rate practitioner‚Äô Paul 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:Paul Rumley


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

Work highlights

  • Advised on undiagnosed and untreated group B streptococcus meningitis.
  • Advised a child who suffered with quadriplegic cerebral palsy following his birth.
  • Advised on claim arising from the delayed treatment of a rare metabolic genetic condition.
  • Advised on a claim arising from a grade IV sacral pressure sore, leading to a decline in the client’s independence and ability to care for himself.
  • Advised on a clinical negligence claim arising from a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome.
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 is experienced in dealing with claims relating to paediatric injury and pain disorder cases. The ‚Äėtenacious, systematic, experienced and well-organised‚Äô practice co-head Louise Hart specialises in claims involving amputations and chronic pain. Practice co-head Stuart Brazington is a ‚Äėfirst-class solicitor with excellent legal and client care skills‚Äô. 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:Jennifer Seavor


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.

Work highlights

  • Advised on a £250k claim arising from injuries caused by asbestos.
  • Advised on a £132k claim arising from injuries caused by asbestos at the workplace in a factory.
  • Advised on a £132k claim arising from injuries caused by asbestos at the workplace in a train maintenance hall.
Leading individuals

Louise Hart - Royds Withy King

Stuart Brazington - Royds Withy King

Rising stars

Jennifer Seavor - Royds Withy King

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South West: Private client

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

Royds Withy King

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'

Work highlights

  • Defending a proprietary estoppel claim in relation to a farm valued at £8.5m.
  • Advising on the administration of the parents’ $100m estates.
  • Advising in relation to a family dispute concerning a gift purportedly made in 2010 by the mother.
  • Advising on the removal of executors and trustees concerning the estates of the grandmother.
  • Defending in proceedings against the client to recover inheritance tax and the value of assets allegedly misappropriated by the client from the deceased’s estate.
Leading individuals

Amanda Noyce - Royds Withy King

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Family - ranked: tier 1

Royds Withy King

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.

Practice head(s):Richard Ellis

Other key lawyers:Sharon MacDonald; Jon Toogood; Will MacFarlane; Rebecca Stevens

Work highlights

  • Acting on multiple divorce proceedings including, among others, a HNW client in a highly acrimonious divorce case and a complex case involving the valuation of a client’s business.
  • Acted for the former partner of a premiership footballer in financial claims pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.
  • Acting on behalf of a child in a case with serious allegations of domestic violence between the mother and the partner.
  • Representing a client within private law enforcement proceedings.
  • The team regularly acts on highly complex care proceedings involving cross-border and potential criminal law issues.
Next Generation Partners

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 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

Work highlights

  • Acting on UK and US tax implications and advice regarding philanthropic intentions, use of trusts and residence aspects
  • Providing ongoing advice involving a trust rearrangement
  • Reviewing and reporting to the court on various family trusts with underlying property investment company
  • Administering taxable estates, including a valuation of shares held in private company
  • Assisting with the provision of wills

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 3

Royds Withy King

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:Peter Foskett; Greg Callard; Aman Hart


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

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Royds Withy King

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:Graham Street; Catherine Welch


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

Work highlights

  • Advising Bath Rugby Limited/Arena 1865 Limited on its construction procurement strategy, including consultants’ appointments and building contracts for Bath Rugby’s £80m stadium.

  • Advising NatWest on the design and the construction of a new £2.7bn care home.
  • Advising That Bournemouth Company Limited on the refinancing of the development of a £49m mixed-use site in Bournemouth.

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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, 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

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Royds Withy King

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

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 4

Royds Withy King

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.

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Sport - ranked: tier 2

Royds Withy King

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

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