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Adams & Remers

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Adams & Remers is instructed predominantly by high-net-worth private clients with complex estates and trusts, as well as lay and professional trustees. Members of the practice are experienced in challenging claims for reasonable provision from an estate, and investigating the financial abuse of the elderly and deceased by an attorney or executor. 'Knowledgable' head of practice Lloyd Junor litigates on behalf of trusts as well as acting for professional trustees, fiduciaries, and their advisers. Ashton Davies is 'sensible and pragmatic', and specialises in claims involving trusts and acts for professional and lay trustees, executors, and beneficiaries.

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Adams & Remers has a very strong presence in the South of England and is extremely well-versed in this area of law.’

Very competent department with two experienced contentious probate lawyers. Good to deal with and have on the other side as they are practical and outcome-focused.’

Ashton Davies is a very sound contentious probate lawyer who has a good manner with opponents. You can get to the meat of the issue with Ashton who takes a practical view on outcomes.’

They are clearly very experienced in the contentious trust and probate field and offer a first-class service to their clients. They are at least on a par with other regional practices that offer this service.’

This young ambitious team has worked hard in this area, and they had developed a well-deserved reputation in the South of England.’

Ashton Davis and Lloyd Junor both give sound advice to their clients and have both academic and client-handling skills in good measure.’

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

Based in Lewes, Adams & Remers is particularly active in advising HNW individuals on estate planning, including in cases involving overseas assets. The practice also handles probate, trust administration, and the preparation of powers of attorney. The team is led by the 'clear, knowledgeable and sensitive' Bibi Fortin Lees, who handles all aspects of the practice area. Consultant Amanda Epstein and Francis Nation-Dixon are also key practitioners. Catherine Fromant joined the team as a consultant in 2019 from Coole Bevis LLP.

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‘I refer my clients without hesitation for a service that I could trust to be in their best interests. There is a also a transparent and clear working relationship with all other trusted advisers. The service is approachable and empathetic at a time when clients often need the most support.’

‘London, indeed international class advice, from an accessible and client-friendly practice in Sussex. If you live in the South East, don’t bother to go up to town. But if you are based in London, you can now get their absolutely unrivalled skills there too. A very strong team, who have seen and done it all, but retain a warming devotion to their clients’ needs.’

‘Bibi Fortin Lees leads from the front. She is one of the classiest practitioners in the private client world, but miraculously free of the arrogance that is often associated with a successful practice. Clear, knowledgeable and sensitive, she is everything a solicitor in the sector should aspire to be. Francis Nation-Dixon is a remarkably safe pair of hands, and Amanda Epstein has a loyal roll of clients, thankful for her ability to secure the outcome that suits them. A solutions-driven team.’

‘Adams & Remers is a lovely practice with lots of history and a true desire to put clients above all else. The people that work there clearly want to do the best job possible and whilst the firm has been around for many years, it has remained friendly, approachable and has avoided the mass, large company take-overs that other firms have experienced. That said, it has no trouble keeping up with the times in terms of its knowledge bank.’

‘The individuals show a genuine warmth and interest when helping me on client cases, and adopt a similar approach to their client work, that is very much focused on putting people first. They are happy to go that extra mile to make a difference, even when busy. Their knowledge is first class as is their bedside manner.’

‘Very professional , knowledgeable about all topics especially on the property side and especially associated issues such as tax. Good financial knowledge and understanding of trusts.’

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Adams & Remers advises owners of landed estates and farms on legal issues relating to refinancing, option agreements, property disputes and tax. Practice head Katherine Haslam advises on investment property and planning and development issues. Head of property Robin Illingworth is known for his work in the viticulture sector in the South East, while partner James Turner specialises in strategic land arrangements.

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Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

In addition to handling development, portfolio management, and landlord and tenant work, Adams & Remers has a particular specialism in care home transactions. They are also active in advising landowners on land disposals. The practice is led by Katherine Haslam, who has broad knowledge of the commercial property field, while Robin Illingworth is known for his work in the healthcare and pharmacy sector. The Lewes-based team is increasingly working alongside its London office in serving its clients.

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‘A firm that has significantly more solicitors in their commercial dept than most of the competition.’

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 21 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner & Head of Property Robin Illingworth 01273 403204
Head of Commercial Property Katherine Haslam 01273 403290
Commercial Property Deepak Manghnani 020 7024 0801
Head of Residential Property - London Caroline Roberjot 020 7024 3607
Head of Residential Property - Lewes & Listed Property Specialist Suzanne Bowman 01273 403220
Head of Corporate and Commercial - London and Head of Employment Sarah Furniss 020 7024 2317
Corporate and Commercial Simon Jones 020 7024 3601
Head of Corporate and Commercial - Lewes Douglas Stewart 01273 403238
Head of Private Client Bibi Fortin Lees 01273 403210
Head of Litigation Andrew Pawlik 01273 403259
Litigation - Family Law Katherine Gage 01273 403253
Head of Contentious Trust Litigation Lloyd Junor 01273 403275
Contentious Trust Litigation Ashton Davies 01273 403211
Head of Property Litigation David Barrett 01273 403243
Commercial Property & Head of Care Home Team Joanna Clark 01273 403226
Commercial Property Tim Brittain 0207 024 4808
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mahmood Ahmed  photo Mahmood Ahmed Consultant Mahmood acts in company and commercial transactions, dealing with mergers, acquisitions,…
 Dave Alleear  photo Dave Alleear Partner Whilst Dave is able to turn his mind to almost any…
 Ravinder Barn  photo Ravinder Barn Solicitor
 Tim Brittain  photo Tim Brittain Partner Tim leads our Corporate Team in the London office and advises…
 Sarah Cubacub  photo Sarah Cubacub Associate Solicitor Sarah provides advice on all aspects of UK residential property…
 Geoffrey Dodd  photo Geoffrey Dodd Consultant
 Sarah Furniss  photo Sarah Furniss Partner and Head of Employment Team
 Simon Jones  photo Simon Jones Simon is a consultant in our Corporate team and is based in…
 Deepak Manghnani  photo Deepak Manghnani Partner
 Jordan Powell  photo Jordan Powell Solicitor
 Caroline Roberjot  photo Caroline Roberjot Caroline is a Partner and is Head of our London Residential Property…
 James Stott  photo James Stott Partner
 Harriotte Underwood  photo Harriotte Underwood Solicitor
Number of UK partners : 21
Number of other UK fee-earners : 39

Adams & Remers is focused on creating a working environment in which we can all thrive.

Our diverse client base is matched with a diverse workforce in terms of gender, age, ethnic origin, sexual orientation and education background. We value abilities, skills and drive; not an individual’s background.

Our mentoring, training and development programmes ensure equal opportunities for all, and the ability to reach senior roles within our firm.  Our Senior Partnership has an almost 50% gender split and mixed ethnicity.

We also support the 8% of our team members who have a disability by creating working environments without barriers.