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Blandy & Blandy LLP

ONE FRIAR STREET, READING, RG1 1DA, ENGLAND
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Work 0118 951 6800
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Fax 0118 951 6813
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4008 READING
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www.blandy.co.uk

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 4

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP is instructed by SMEs and owner-managed businesses on a wide range of corporate and commercial mandates, including cross-border M&A transactions, corporate governance and regulatory issues as well as assisting companies with entrance into the UK market and UK clients with out-bound investments and expansions into overseas markets. David Few and Debbie Brett are the key figures.

Practice head(s):David Few, Debbie Brett

Key Clients

Reading Transport Limited

Austin Fraser Limited

Revium Group Limited

Box Technologies Holdings Limited

Science Media Partners Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Reading Transport Limited on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Newbury & District Limited, a regional bus service provider.
  • Assisting the company on the establishment of its operations in Germany and expansion of its network in the US.
  • Advised the trustees and directors of Padworth College Education Trust on the sale of the business and assets to Inspiring Futures Limited.

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South East: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Blandy & Blandy LLP

At Blandy & Blandy LLP, the licensing team is most notable for its work with large-scale sports and entertainment venues, including all alcohol and entertainment licensing issues, and representation at contested hearings.  The team regularly collaborates with other departments in the firm to manage large venue projects for clients. Sue Dowling heads the practice, and is an experienced advocate at licensing committee hearings, as well as having substantial alcohol, betting and gaming, and entertainment licensing experience.

Practice head(s):Sue Dowling

Key Clients

Tottenham Hotspur Ltd/Tottenham Hotspur Football & Athletic Co Limited

AEG Europe (in relation to O2 Arena and AEG campus venue, new ICON shopping centre)

Rugby Football Union

Royal Academy of Arts

Henley Royal Regatta

The FA Group – Wembley  National Stadium Ltd

Marylebone Cricket Club ( in relation to Lord’s Cricket Ground)

Get Living London Limited

CH&CO (commercial caterers)

MM! The Party (Holdings) Ltd

Mama Festivals Limited

Leading individuals

Sue Dowling - Blandy & Blandy LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 3

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Areas of expertise for Blandy & Blandy LLP  include contractual, company and partnership disputes as well as also handling contentious employment issues and disputes arising from trusts and inheritances. David Murray and Philip D’Arcy are the key partners based in the Reading office.

Practice head(s):David Murray, Philip D’Arcy 

Key Clients

Certikin International Limited

Perfetti van Melle UK

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited

Reading Blue Coat School

The Abbey School

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Blandy & Blandy LLP

The Insolvency/Business Recovery team at Blandy & Blandy LLP covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious insolvency work, including corporate recovery and turnaround, company voluntary arrangements (CVAs), administration, receivership, liquidations, investigations and debt recovery. David Murray heads the team, which is also a member of the international Law Firm Network and receives recommendations and client instructions from a number of overseas companies with operations in the UK.

Practice head(s):David Murray

Key Clients

BDO LLP

Quantuma LLP

KRE Corporate Recovery LLP

KBC Bank Ireland PLC

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP has an 'excellent reputation' in the Thames Valley area, particularly in the areas of unlawful discrimination and TUPE and handling tribunal claims, for both respondents and claimants. Sue Dowling provides assistance on day-to-day HR issues, restructuring, the departure of senior executives, tax aspects of exit arrangements and business immigration. Key partner Tim Clark focuses on internal re-organisations, restructurings, redundancy and TUPE issues.

Practice head(s):Sue Dowling

Other key lawyers:Tim Clark

Testimonials

'The firm has a personal feel to it. It gets effective results.'

'Andrea Corr is personable and has good knowledge.'

'Tim Clark is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.'

'Tim Clark is approachable, pragmatic and knowledgeable.'

'Tim Clark is often able to come up with practical solutions that enable us to achieve what we need to achieve with minimum disruption.'

'The firm works well as a team which means that good cover is always available if the person you are dealing with is not.'

'Sue Dowling has an extroadinary knowledge of her subject area, she is genuinely interested in how our organisaton operates and nothing fazes her.'

'Blandy & Blandy have a team of absolute professionals who offer a responsive and pragmatic service.'

Work highlights

  • Advising a client in respect of the employment aspects of its purchase of a business including assessing matters related to employees’ and former employees’ potential health and disciplinary issues.
  • Advised a charity client regarding the decision to commence the direct employment of staff both by recruiting directly and taking on employees previously working as staff on the basis of the application of TUPE.
  • Advised an employer on the withdrawal from membership of a pension scheme under which it provided final salary pension arrangements and the proposal of a Defined Contributions Scheme as an alternative.

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South East: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Blandy & Blandy LLP

The Henley on Thames and Reading offices of Blandy & Blandy LLP advises a wide range of local and regional charities, educational trusts, community interest companies, social enterprises and philanthropists. Main areas of expertise include governance arrangements, registration and incorporation, commercial contracts, employment law and real estate matters. Commercial specialist Nick Burrows is the lead advisor and is particularly skilled at advising charities on commercial operations, joint ventures and collaborative working arrangements.

Practice head(s):Nick Burrows

Testimonials

'The support and advice we receive from Blandys is always prompt and helpful.'

'Charity and employment seminars hosted by Blandys are always of a high standard.'

'Blandy & Blandy have a personal approach, based on individual experience, and a high client service ethos.Their advice is pragmatic and reflective of experience combined with knowledge of current requirements.'

'Great listeners. Strong technical competency. Answers what they are asked but also seek to add value by teasing out the unasked questions.'

'Approachable and knowledgeable. Pragmatic solutions that we can action.'

'I have worked with Blandy and Blandy for over a decade and find the Charities and Not-for-Profit team to be first class. Nick Burrows, who leads the team, is a pragmatic lawyer who looks for ways to help clients achieve what they need to achieve rather than finding reasons why they can't. The wider expertise available through Blandy and Blandy's other teams (HR, Property, Data Protection etc) is invaluable in ensuring they are a one-stop shop for legal advice for charities.'

'Pippa Lee was our contact regarding our dispute and acted in a professional and methodical way. We were very pleased with the service we recieved and would not hesitate to recommend Pippa in future.'

'Nick Burrows is as an experienced and pragmatic practitioner. His advice is based on what is achievable; there is also a strong sense of what the reasonable expectation would be rather than the minute detail of the law and the regulations. Advice is in lay language which makes it easier for non-technical trustees to understand and consider as part of their trustee responsibilities.'

'Confident, responsive and good fun to work with.'

'Nick Burrows is a good communicator, able to understand the client perspective and modify solutions to suit individual need.

'Nick Burrows and Tim Clark are both excellent and sensible lawyers who looks to help clients achieve what they need achieve without excessive costs/fees.  First class.'

Key Clients

University of Reading

Royal Town Planning Institute

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Genetic Disorders UK/Jeans for Genes

St Joseph’s College

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP's dispute resolution team, which is led by Philip D’Arcy, handles contentious trusts and probate work. D'Arcy represents several high net worth individuals in high value estates and trust disputes, including those involving offshore assets. The team works closely with the firm's non-contentious probate, tax and trusts department to provide the full spectrum of advice to clients.

Practice head(s):Philip D’Arcy

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Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP’s solicitors are experienced in advising on complex and often high value cases, including those involving trusts, international elements, third party interveners and appeals, as well as emergency applications and injunction work. The team also supports clients in mediation and collaborative law resolution. Firm chairman Brenda Long has considerable experience in relation to financial settlements arising out of divorce/dissolution of civil partnership, particularly in complex cases involving companies, share options, enterprise Investment schemes and trusts. Andrew Don, Gemma Kemp, Paul Linsell and Claire Dyer (who leads the team) are the key advisers in Reading.

Practice head(s):Claire Dyer

Other key lawyers:Andrew Don; Brenda Long; Gemma Kemp; Paul Linsell

Testimonials

'Blandy and Blandy are a long-established and very well regarded firm in the Thames Valley and Home Counties. The firm has a well-deserved reputation for excellence across the board in terms of family work.'

'Blandy and Blandy attract clients of all levels and means but each is dealt with using the skill, professionalism and empathy that they are renowned for. They are easily one of, if not the, best Family Law firms in the area and give a service that is second to none. Lost track of the times I have recommended them and never once heard any negative feedback. Top drawer firm full stop.'

'Blandy & Blandy have an exceptional reputation and whilst they have some very senior, experienced members of the team, they certainly have one eye on the future with their succession planning with the good young exciting team they are forming to support the partners. The level of work they undertake and their excellence sets them apart from their competitors.'

'Brenda Long is a highly experienced family law solicitor. She is an excellent tactician who works exceptionally hard on her client's behalf. Brenda is always mindful of the wider 'human' issues in a case and uses her expertise as a family lawyer to assist her clients to reach the correct outcome in the context of their case.'

'Andrew Don, Brenda Long and Claire Dyer lead and inspire an impressive team. They all provide an excellent service and work tirelessly for every client doing everything they can to secure the best result. Recruitment is also important and the rest of the team are learning from the brilliant example the senior team set.'

'Claire Dyer is an exceptional lawyer. She treats each individual case and client equally and provides a first rate service.'

'Paul Linsell and Gemma Kemp are excellent lawyers and strengthen the team as a whole. I always look forward to working with them as the service they provide to their clients is what sets them apart from others.'

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP handles all matters in relation to wills and estate planning, non-contentious and contentious probate, lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) and Court of Protection matters. Key advisors in the the Reading office include head of practice Jonathan Gater, who specialises in trusts and estate administrations and Caroline Casagranda, the lead partner for matters related to tax planning and LPAs. Graham Benwell likewise has significant experience in the field of tax and estate planning involving wills and trusts.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Gater; Caroline Casagranda

Other key lawyers:Graham Benwell

Testimonials

'First class team. A joy to work with and for. Regularly recommend them.'

'Blandy & Blandy provide an excellent service to their clients and have the ability to explain complex matters to make clients feel at ease.'

'Attention to detail, quality of service and value for money.'

There is a broad range of experience within this department/team.'

'For the handling of my step-mother's will and the ensuing sale of her house, it was very clear that Blandy and Blandy LLP had highly competent and experienced staff with detailed knowledge of the relevant law. Precision and timeliness were the virtues of the service I experienced.'

'A strong team with a great reputation for private client work. I trust them to do a good job. Full of practical ideas despite the difficult field of work. Really want the help the client to achieve their goal. Know how to work across legal disciplines to help the client.'

'Philip Darcy is a dream of a private client/trusts/litigation solicitor. Calm and focused but genial and down to earth. Has obtained first class results in very protracted and contentious matters.'

'All of the individuals I have worked with, or referred clients to, always put the client first whilst providing excellent advice.'

'Caroline Casagranda and Anna Butler are responsive and efficicient.'

'I have found everyone I have worked with in the personal tax, trusts and probate team to be approachable, clear, understandable and easy to work alongside. I would particularly mention Caroline Casagranda and Lizzie Short who do both have a vey approachable manner with professionalism, assisting people with what is generally a very difficult time.'

'Graham Benwell stood out for me - not only was his advice very pertinent, his handling of our stepmother's estate, and of the subsequent sale of her house was highly efficient. He was always forbearing in the face of my lack of knowledge re legal procedures and he made sure that all aspects of the conveyancing were properly handled.'

'Caroline Casagranda is full of enthusiasm to do a fantastic job for the client.'

'Paul Linsell carefully considers the options to give thought-through and concise advice.'

Leading individuals

Jonathan Gater - Blandy & Blandy LLP

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South East: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP is one of the key firms providing education law services in the Thames Valley area. With a strong independent schools practice, the firm acts for clients on education-specific governance issues as well as property and planning, disputes, and employment matters. The firm also undertakes substantial work for education-focused charities. Nick Burrows heads the team and has significant experience in commercial contract matters.

Practice head(s):Nick Burrows

Testimonials

'They are very knowledgeable,have a wealth of experience and most importantly are pragmatic and flexible in their approach when issues arise.'

'Simon Dimmick, Victoria Charlesson, Kayleigh Chapman and Karen Jones are all helpful, reasonable and pragmatic in their approach.'

'Very efficient team who rarely require chasing; their experience means I can leave clients in their capable hands and know the work will be actioned.'

Key Clients

University of Reading

St Joseph’s College

The Abbey School

Adviza

CXK

Pangbourne College

Career Connect

Padworth Education Trust Limited

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP is experienced in advising private and public sector commercial clients, landowners, developers, investors and local authorities, as well as financial lenders such as Svenska Handelsbanken. Jane Gunnell leads the practice alongside Katja Wigham and both are 'have a very good reputation' in sales and purchases of development land, commercial freehold and leasehold property, landlord and tenant matters and secured lending.  John Dingle is experienced in the development of healthcare facilities.

Practice head(s):Jane Gunnell, Katja Wigham

Other key lawyers:John Dingle

Testimonials

'The team give the best advice and will always look at their client's interest. The advice that they give is well explained and logical.'

'The firm deals with the full range of commercial property matters.'

'Our experience of this team is that they are dedicated and very on the ball, both with timeframes and their advice. Knowing that they are providing the legal advice gives us peace of mind that our mutual clients are receiving the best advice.'

'Although the firm has a relatively small real estate team, it is well equipped to assist a broad range of clients in its area. As a key regional firm, the team members handle a wider range of disputes than they might if they worked for larger competitors in Bristol or London. This brings benefits both in terms of quickly gaining litigation experience and in respect of developing client care skills. In my experience, the latter is a core competence for the firm.'

'We have used them for complicated land transfers and commercial property transfers and found them knowledgeable and efficient, to a very high standard.'

'This team is very responsive and commercial in its approach, more so than other property teams.'

'Jessica Irwin brings an unruffled and unflappable personality to the table. Her advice is always logical and objective, but also takes into account the client's requirements and best interests.'

'Jessica Irwin is easy to work with and well-prepared. This is particularly important in commercial lease cases (dilapidations, service charges and interpretation of covenants) where the devil is in the detail. Jessica provides her clients with the benefit of a diligent and considered approach to litigation.'

'Pippa Lee delivers great client care. At every stage of litigation her focus is on explaining the often complicated legal scenarios to clients in meaningful ways which enable them to make informed decisions.'

'John Dingle has proved highly efficient with great attention to detail.'

'John Dingle's calm and client focused approach makes him a pleasure to work with.'

'John Dingle is always available to guide and point you in the right direction. Very professional and friendly.'

Key Clients

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Ltd

Austin Fraser Limited

InHealth Limited

University of Reading

SAS International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising on the sale of two properties in Hackney comprising 5 retail units subject to leases.
  • Advising on the redevelopment and subsequent lease of retail units in the North West of England in order to provide medical services.
Next Generation Partners

John Dingle - Blandy & Blandy LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Blandy & Blandy LLP

The planning & environmental group at Blandy & Blandy LLP advises on environmental impact assessments (EIAs), environmental permitting applications and the impact of Special Protections Areas (SPAs) on development proposals. In addition, the team handles waste regulation mandates, and defends prosecutions against landed estates and waste disposal companies. The 'practical' Karen Jones leads the team, which includes 'excellent communicator' Simon Dimmick, who is recommended for his planning expertise.

Practice head(s):Karen Jones

Other key lawyers:Simon Dimmick

Testimonials

'Blandy & Blandy LLP is unique in the marketplace because offers advice on environmental matters on a one-to-one basis that other firms cannot replicate'.

'When working with a lawyer from Blandy & Blandy LLP, there is no possibility of being swallowed up in the corporate miasma typical of large City of London firms; their attention to the client's particular circumstances is paramount.'

'Karen Jones brings a deep and thorough knowledge of environmental law, town and country planning law, local government and other regulatory regimes which is not matched by many other solicitors in her field'.

'Karen Jones's negotiating skills are accompanied by a practical approach and an ability to connect with opponents and steer the course which is most favorable for her client'.

'Simon Dimmick is an excellent communicator and is dedicated to client care.'

Key Clients

University of Reading

R Collard Limited

Reading Borough Council

Englefield Estate

Hargreaves  Property

Bewley Homes PLC

Bloor Homes Ltd

Palmarium Properties Limited

Cassini Developments Limited

Fairfield Parish Council

Charterfield Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client who wished to remove a tree which had been assessed as a potential danger to the public; the firm advised on the procedures in respect of TPOs, challenged the Council’s decision not to grant consent to fell the tree and appealed against the refusal.
  • Advised a property development company on the chances of success in challenging a granted permission which was potentially unlawful considering the development of 135 dwellings on a development site in the client’s ownership (which was granted permission subject to provision of SANG land and maintenance sums).
  • Advising a high net worth individual (along with specialist surveyors, highway consultants and a planning consultant) on the duties and responsibilities of the council, as well the clients’ rights and liabilities, in the context of the delivery of the Lyminster Bypass.
Leading individuals

Karen Jones - Blandy & Blandy LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP's planning and environmental practice has a track record of assisting clients with obtaining planning permission on particularly complex or controversial developments. Property developers, private landowners and education institutions all feature on the firm's varied client roster. Simon Dimmick advises clients on the planning aspects of significant acquisitions and disposals. Practice head Karen Jones is a specialist in regulatory enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):Karen Jones

Other key lawyers:Simon Dimmick

Key Clients

University of Reading

R Collard Limited

Reading Borough Council

Englefield Estate

Hargreaves  Property

Bewley Homes PLC

Bloor Homes Ltd

Palmarium Properties Limited

Cassini Developments Limited

Cove Construction

Charterfield Homes Limited

Fairfield Parish Council

Work highlights

  • The firm advised a client on strategy and negotiation with objectors and progress and procedure in the context of a Diversion Order under s257 Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
  • Assisting a client with enforcement notice appeal proceedings arising out of a completed development of ten luxury apartment suites.
  • Represented the University of Reading in an appeal against the refusal of a planning application for the construction of 826 new student bedrooms, cafeteria/bar, bin and bike stores, sub-station and energy centre, together with a new access link and landscaping.
  • Advising a developer on grounds of challenge and the prospects of success for judicial review of a local planning authority decision to grant planning consent for a rival development site where Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) requirements were not imposed.
  • Handling deed of discharge of s106 undertakings where an historic restriction designating part of a residential curtilage as land not available for development had not been adhered to and the local panning authority itself had granted permission in breach of this.
Leading individuals

Karen Jones - Blandy & Blandy LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP undertakes all types of commercial and residential landlord and tenant cases, including lease extensions and enfranchisement matters. Senior associate Jessica Irwin is experienced in acting for clients at the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in cases relating to long leasehold flats and houses. High net worth individuals, landed estates, charities, small and medium-sized enterprises and owner-managed businesses are key clients. Philip D’Arcy heads up the dispute resolution group.

Practice head(s):Philip D’Arcy

Other key lawyers:Jessica Irwin

Testimonials

'Jessica Irwin brings an unruffled and unflappable personality to the table. Her advice is always logical and objective, but also takes into account the client's requirements and best interests.'

'Jessica Irwin is easy to work with and well-prepared. This is particularly important in commercial lease cases (dilapidations, service charges and interpretation of covenants) where the devil is in the detail. Jessica provides her clients with the benefit of a diligent and considered approach to litigation.'

'Pippa Lee delivers great client care. At every stage of litigation her focus is on explaining the often complicated legal scenarios to clients in meaningful ways which enable them to make informed decisions.'

Key Clients

Phyllis Court Members Club Limited

Genetic Disorders UK (GDUK)

Gerald Palmer Eling Trust Company

Lister Wilder Limited

Fulcrum Worldwide (UK) Limited

SEA Windows & Doors Limited

Leywood Estates Limited

H&T Properties Ltd/ Berkshire Property Services Limited

Nirvana Spa & Leisure Ltd

Reading Blue Coat School

Wellington Country Park Limited

Gigastream PLC

The Trustees of Drayton Parochial Charities

Quadriga Worldwide Limited

Work highlights

  • The firm acted for landowner Englefield Estate Trust Corporation in litigation arising from travellers trespassing on farm land. It issued urgent proceedings and represented client at County Court hearing to obtain immediate possession order and arrange urgent enforcement action.
  • Advising a charity on statutorily protected agricultural tenancy, specifically  which statutory regime applied and how to regain possession.
  • Acted for a charity in court proceedings to obtain possession of Almshouse.
  • Advised a parish council on liability and potential quantum of compensation for local residents following a number of years of smell-related nuisance from a water treatment plant affecting residents, particularly during summer months.
  • Advised and represented a client on assured shorthold tenants of a large property let at a relatively high rent who failed to pay their rent.

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