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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Essex
Corporate and commercial: Essex - ranked: tier 2

Wortley Byers LLP

The 'approachable' corporate and commercial practice at Wortley Byers LLP is recommended for its 'exceptional "one-stop-shop" service and overall time and cost effectiveness', as well as its 'above-average expertise in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector'. Here, the respective key clients include Warneford Healthcare and Claridon Group, as well as Martindale Pharma and its parent company Bolt Equity, both of which were advised on Bolt Equity's acquisition by French group Ethypharm. Other strengths include intellectual property and outsourcing projects, as well as corporate work in the leisure, transport and engineering industries. The 'focused' Sue Dowman 'always finds the time to deal with issues promptly'. Lucy Folley represented Benfleet Forwarding's shareholders during the multi-million-pound sale of all of the company's issued share capital.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Essex
Commercial litigation: Essex - ranked: tier 2

Wortley Byers LLP

The 'superb, very professional and helpful' litigation practice of Wortley Byers LLP delivers 'a strong performance, a good balance of pragmatism, first-rate response times and a reasonable pricing dynamic'. It covers a range of services, including contract and negligence disputes and banking, employment, property and insolvency litigation, as well as general contentious corporate management and partnership matters. Review Hotels, Brentwood School, Bank of Cyprus and Donald Moody Investments feature in the current client base. The 'approachable' Nick Hatchett 'explains the matter at hand very concisely' and 'manages contentious situations very well'. The second key partner is the 'very competent, measured and thoughtful' Wendy Beach, who 'brings years of experience to her role' and has an 'impressive ability to assimilate information and draw conclusions'. 'Responsive' employment specialist Sarah Stanyer is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Nick Hatchett - Wortley Byers LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Essex
Employment: Essex - ranked: tier 3

Wortley Byers LLP

Wortley Byers LLP's 'excellent and strong' employment practice mainly acts for companies, but also saw a recent increase in the representation of individuals. 2017 was also characterised by a higher load of tribunal proceedings, unfair dismissal claims in the construction industry and matters relating to working time and agency worker regulations, while the representation of clients in TUPE, redundancy, disciplinary, grievance, and post-termination restrictions proceedings continued. 'Outstanding' associate Sarah Stanyer, who has 'plenty of experience, a high level of responsiveness and good empathy', and litigation partner Wendy Beach, who 'offers commercially practical advice in a reassuring manner', are the key contacts. Clients include Chigwell London, Brentwood School, Shadforth Pharmaceutical and Fire Integrity.

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Stanyer - Wortley Byers LLP

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South East: Private client

Family: Essex
Family: Essex - ranked: tier 2

Wortley Byers LLP

The 'excellent and vastly experienced' family practice at 'well-established firm' Wortley Byers LLP has a 'pragmatic and highly professional approach' and a 'long-standing, exceptional reputation' of 'representing clients in a patient, conciliatory and effective manner'. Collaboratively trained partner and mediator Louise Margiotta handles divorce and financial remedy disputes involving substantial wealth, family businesses, company directors and inherited wealth, in addition to private and public law children and domestic abuse matters and the negotiation of marital, civil partnership and separation agreements. She represented a husband who was paraplegic and had complex medical needs in £1.6m financial remedy proceedings involving a large property portfolio. Solicitor Caroline Andrews joined from Giles Wilson LLP  in 2017 and brings niche expertise in fertility and surrogacy matters.

Leading individuals

Louise Margiotta - Wortley Byers LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex - ranked: tier 2

Wortley Byers LLP

The 'professional, timely and efficient' private client department at Wortley Byers LLP 'keeps clients well informed throughout the process', applies 'prompt internal communication' and provides 'invaluable, appropriate advice'. Its range of work covers tax, trusts and probate. 'Professional, prompt and understanding' inheritance tax, Court of Protection and elderly client specialist Nicola Healy and 'knowledgeable, compassionate and quick-minded' property and trust expert John Southan are recommended. Head of private client Anne Ellis handles residential conveyancing. Solicitor Herman Cheung joined from Gepp & Sons Solicitors LLP in November 2017, bringing experience in Court of Protection work, among other areas. Poh Shan Chong retired in June 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Nicola Healy - Wortley Byers LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Essex
Commercial property: Essex - ranked: tier 1

Wortley Byers LLP

The 'pragmatic, punctual and proactive' commercial property department of Wortley Byers LLP is 'very perceptive of clients' needs' and 'sets a high standard' through 'first-class industry knowledge', a 'very progressive business view' and 'detailed, comprehensive advice of exceptional quality'. Development, finance and secured lending, landlord and tenant, and property management and funding matters, as well as investment acquisitions, comprise the range of services.  The practice has long-standing relationships with Stonebond Properties, MCC Developments and William Thompson Homes, while being retained on several banking panels. Beresfords Group, Ingleton Wood and Hitachi Kokusai Electric in Germany instructed the team for the first time in 2017. Clients recommend 'strong negotiator and excellent leader' Jane Winfield, whose 'knowledge of property law is second to none', 'friendly, approachable and hardworking' partner Aaron Cane, 'insightful and responsive' solicitor David Grainger and 'indispensable' conveyancing specialist Tom Moulsdale. Associate Laura Harrison is another key member of the team.

Leading individuals

Jane Winfield - Wortley Byers LLP

Next generation lawyers

Aaron Cane - Wortley Byers LLP

Laura Harrison - Wortley Byers LLP

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South East: TMT

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Wortley Byers LLP

With a 'brilliant service and response',¬†Wortley Byers LLP¬†‚Äėalways lays out all the details clearly and concisely‚Äô for IP instructions. The firm attracts clients from a wide spectrum of industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals and healthcare, hotels and leisure, insurance, and transport and logistics. Head of practice¬†Sue Dowman¬†‚Äėis very pragmatic and responsive, with a fair and unbiased viewpoint‚Äô. Dowman has supported APP Wholesale with the management of its trademark portfolio and advised ATP when it was faced with allegations of copyright infringement. Solicitors¬†Baljeet Kaur¬†and¬†Elizabeth de Cruz¬†support Dowman.

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