Adams & Remers > Lewes, England > Firm Profile

Adams & Remers

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

The team at Adams & Remers advises high-net-worth individuals on matters relating to complex estates and trusts. It provides niche estate and trust work in financial abuse investigations by executors, remedying and investigating actions of trustees, and breach of trust claims. It frequently work with other practices to provide full coverage to clients. Practice leader Lloyd Junor focuses on trusts and estates litigation for trustees, beneficiaries, and fiduciaries. He is particularly experienced in mediation. Partner Ashton Davies advises on the validity of wills, 1975 Inheritance Act Claims, and financial abuse of the elderly and vulnerable.

Practice head(s):

Lloyd Junor

Other key lawyers:


‘A first class practice providing the quality of service that one might expect from a City firm but with the approachability of a local practice.’

‘Ashton Davies is a very tough litigator but very client focussed and always looking for practical solutions to tough problems rather than always chasing a ‘win’ for the sake of it.’

‘Lloyd Junor and Ashton Davies are well established in the field. They are experienced knowledgeable and robust partners.’

‘I have been particularly impressed by Lloyd Junor. I found him to have real expertise in the subject matter of the disputes we worked on together coupled with a practical and client-focussed approach to litigation.’

‘The team has a great depth of experience that they draw on to do the best for their clients. Some of their clients have extremest long-standing relationships with the firm and it is always a pleasure to see how sensitively their affairs are managed. In addition to client management experience, the team is always on the ball with the law and strategy.’

‘Lloyd Junor and Ashton Davies are excellent lawyers with a great grasp of what is important and what is less pressing.’

‘Very experienced private client firm grounded in industry knowledge.’

‘Lloyd Junor is a very able, measured, technically accomplished practitioner and Ashton Davies is a very able colleague.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Adams & Remers provides a full private client service, covering estate tax and succession planning, wills, probate, trust management and elderly client issues. The team has many long-standing high-net-worth clients. Bibi Fortin Lees, who heads the private client team in Lewes, is a member of STEP and the Law Society Private Client Section - she is described as 'a first-class private client lawyer'. Francis Nation-Dixon is also a founder member of STEP. The firm is praised for having 'a wealth of experience and expertise that far exceeds many legal practices of this size.'

Practice head(s):

Bibi Fortin Lees

Other key lawyers:

Francis Nation-Dixon; Amanda Epstein; Catherine Fromant


‘The team provides the expertise of a London practice with the personal service of a local firm.’

‘Wide ranging experts in every field, readily accessible and prompt’

‘The firm has a wealth of experience and expertise that far exceeds many legal practices of this size, whilst continuing to provide clients with a friendly, personal and supportive service.’

‘Bibi Fortin-Lees is a first-class private client lawyer. Originally trained with one of the best London law firms and bringing London service to the South East at an affordable price. ’

‘I have no hesitation in recommending Bibi Fortin Lees to my private clients for excellent advice delivered in a professional and considerate manner. A detailed consideration is given on all issues, providing real comfort to clients when they are often at periods of genuine stress in their personal lives.’

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Located in Lewes, the 'well-established' agriculture and estates team at Adams & Remers is dedicated to advising clients with major estates and farms across the South East of England on complex and high-value matters, including land and property disputes, property management, and land option agreements. Practice head Katherine Haslam advises on development, planning and investment matters, while 'highly respected' senior partner and head of the property team Robin Illingworth is an expert in providing advice to clients in the viticulture sector. Additionally, James Turner has a record of work on strategic land arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Haslam

Other key lawyers:


‘A well-established, knowledgeable and approachable team. A real grasp of the detail and ensuring clients interests are well served.’

‘I have found that Katherine Haslam and James Turner are both excellent lawyers, and I would have no hesitation in recommending their services.’

‘Adams & Remers are a multi-disciplined legal firm with longstanding Sussex roots.’

‘Katherine Haslam and James Turner are able to offer extensive experience in a wide range of agricultural and commercial elements and with a can-do attitude to getting the job done.’

‘A diverse range of skill sets, and an ability to match the right individual to clients with specific needs.’

‘Robin Illingworth is highly respected and knowledgeable, particularly in rural and agricultural matters.’

‘Katherine Haslam is a very good commercial solicitor with a no-nonsense approach to transactions.

Real estate > Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

The Lewes-based commercial property team at Adams & Remers has a focus on agricultural land and estates, healthcare and care homes - including a dedicated care home team - and the retail and leisure sectors. The team handles options and promotion agreements, development and investment work, and landlord and tenant matters. Its clients include private and public banks and lenders and property portfolio clients. Katherine Haslam heads the department and Robin Illingworth has experience in a broad range of residential property  transactions. Joanna Clark heads the care home team.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Haslam

Other key lawyers:

Robin Illingworth; Joanna Clark; James Turner; Jane Sinclair; David Barrett


‘Adams &Remers have a dedicated healthcare Tteam who know the industry really well. They are well connected and offer advice on anything relating to the sector from transactional through to HR. This unique specialism sets them apart from other firms.’

‘Joanna Clark is an excellent communicator and has been a great source of advice, particularly around transactions. She is very knowledgeable in the sector and this comes across well with clients with excellent feedback.’

Adams & Remers provides straightforward and responsive legal advice to corporate and institutional clients and private individuals, both nationally and internationally.

The firm: The firm has 18 partners and a 110-strong team with an established reputation for providing outstanding, commercially-focused advice delivered by a team of highly skilled and experienced solicitors.   In 2018, Adams & Remers merged with Mayfair-based firm, Evans Dodd, which increased our staff numbers and client base.

Adams & Remers remains committed to extending our range of services and expanding our client base, by continuing steady organic growth across work types and sector specialisms.

Adams & Remers’ clients include quoted and private companies, wealthy individuals, major landowners and their trustees. Industry specialisms include agriculture and rural estates, energy, listed buildings, healthcare, travel, retail and service industries.

Types of work undertaken
Residential and commercial property: commercial property, property development, planning, construction, investment, funding, insolvency, sales, purchases, leasehold enfranchisement, lettings, agriculture and mineral extraction, private property, and listed buildings. We also offer specialist services for care home owners for sales, acquisitions and refinances.

Corporate and commercial: mergers and acquisitions, admissions to the AIM Market, preparing a business for sale, corporate finance, business contracts, assisting in negotiations, company and partnership formation, shareholder and partnership agreements, advising on staff-related issues, tax planning, intellectual property issues, computer software contracts, and corporate recovery.

Private client: trusts; tax planning; inheritance, capital gains and income tax; wills; estate planning; estate restructuring; lifetime gifts; and notarial services.

Dispute resolution: commercial disputes; insurance; professional negligence; property, including landlord and tenant matters; environmental issues; health and safety; family and matrimonial law; and contested probate and trusts litigation.

Employment: contracts of employment, redundancies, disability and sick pay, transfers of business, disputes and dismissals, non-compete clauses, and staff incentive schemes.

Senior Partner and Head of Property Robin Illingworthrobin.illingworth@adamsandremers.com01273 403204
Head of Commercial Property - London Deepak Manghnanidm@adamsandremers.com020 7024 0801
Head of Employment Sarah Furnisssarah.furniss@adamsandremers.com020 7024 2317
Corporate and Commercial Simon Jonessimon.jones@adamsandremers.com020 7024 3601
Head of Corporate and Commercial Douglas Stewartdouglas.stewart@adamsandremers.com01273 403238
Head of Private Client Bibi Fortin Leesbibi.lees@adamsandremers.com01273 403210
Head of Litigation Andrew Pawlikandrew.pawlik@adamsandremers.com01273 403259
Litigation - Family Law Katherine Gagekatherine.gage@adamsandremers.com01273 403253
Head of Contentious Trust Litigation Lloyd Junorlloyd.junor@adamsandremers.com01273 403275
Contentious Trust Litigation Ashton Daviesashton.davies@adamsandremers.com01273 403211
Head of Property Litigation David Barrettdavid.barrett@adamsandremers.com01273 403243
Head of Commercial Property - Lewes Joanna Clarkjoanna.clark@adamsandremers.com01273 403226
Commercial Property Tim Brittaintim.brittain@adamsandremers.com0207 024 4808
Peter Ames  photo Peter Ames Partner Peter advises on a broad range of commercial and financial litigation,…
David Barrett  photo David Barrett David is a Partner who has over 30 years’ experience in dealing…
Danish Butt  photo Danish Butt Associate Solicitor Danish is a solicitor in the commercial property team and…
Joanna Clark  photo Joanna Clark Jo is a Partner and Head of Commercial Property in Lewes.  She…
Ashton Davies  photo Ashton Davies Ashton is a Partner within the Litigation team.  He specialises in claims involving…
Andrew Deans  photo Andrew Deans Solicitor
Aisha Dickson  photo Aisha Dickson Aisha is a Consultant and advises on a wide range of commercial, intellectual property and…
Amanda Epstein  photo Amanda Epstein Consultant
Bibi Fortin Lees  photo Bibi Fortin Lees Partner and Head of Private Client Bibi advises individuals and trustees on…
Katherine Gage  photo Katherine Gage Solicitor
Lisa Gibbins  photo Lisa Gibbins Lisa is a Partner and works with clients and other advisers to…
Jessica Gisby  photo Jessica Gisby Partner
Amy Goldstone-Sharma  photo Amy Goldstone-Sharma Associate All aspects of residential property law and general property advice. Expertise…
Robin Illingworth photo Robin IllingworthRobin is a Partner, Head of Property and is also Senior Partner.…
Samina Islam  photo Samina Islam Conveyancing Executive
Lloyd Junor  photo Lloyd Junor Lloyd is a Partner and heads the firm’s contentious trust and probate…
Alexandra Karrouze photo Alexandra KarrouzeSolicitor
Harriet Lythgo-Smith  photo Harriet Lythgo-Smith Solicitor
Francis Nation-Dixon  photo Francis Nation-Dixon Francis is a Consultant and advises individuals and trustees with regard to…
Kristina Obeid  photo Kristina Obeid Solicitor
Andrew Pawlik  photo Andrew Pawlik Andrew is a Partner and Head of Litigation, he has an impressive reputation for…
Jane Sinclair  photo Jane Sinclair Jane is a Partner in the commercial property team and advises clients…
Douglas Stewart  photo Douglas Stewart Partner, Douglas leads the Corporate Team in the Lewes Office.  He advises…
Sara Stuart  photo Sara Stuart Conveyancing Executive
James Turner  photo James Turner James is a Partner and Head of Agriculture & Estates. He specialises…
Number of UK partners : 18
Number of other UK fee-earners : 39



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