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Blandy & Blandy LLP

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 1

With a base in the Thames Valley, the group at Blandy & Blandy LLP offers specialist expertise and experience in venue licensing work, regularly advising on the major sporting and entertainment venues of household names such as Tottenham Hotspur Ltd, The FA Group and Wembley National Stadium Ltd. More widely, the team’s offering also includes assisting with operational and compliance issues and regulations related to such premises. Practice head Sue Dowling utilises her decades of experience in venue licensing to advise grounds, entertainment venues and hotels on alcohol and regulated entertainment licensing.

Practice head(s):

Sue Dowling

Key clients

Tottenham Hotspur Ltd/Tottenham Hotspur Football & Athletic Co Limited

The FA Group/ Wembley National Stadium Ltd

Rugby Football Union (RFU)

AEG Europe/The O2

Royal Academy of Arts

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

Henley Royal Regatta

AEG Presents

Private client > Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

The lawyers at Blandy & Blandy LLP ‘always go the extra mile‘ for their clients in matrimonial, financial remedy, and children proceedings and offer the firm’s complementary services, including on property, taxation, and wills & probates, where needed. Claire Dyer leads the team and regularly handles complex cases involving additional elements such as trusts, business assets, or matters that have a cross-border element to them. Alongside a broad family practice, Tasha Bevan-Stewart brings with her a specialism in collaborative law. Consultant solicitor Shashi Sachdeva advises on complex separations, including trusts and inheritances as well as pre- and post separation assets.

Practice head(s):

Claire Dyer

Other key lawyers:

Tasha Bevan-Stewart; Peter Hilton; Elizabeth Owen; Shashi Sachdeva


‘Extremely approachable staff and very understanding, they take time to thoroughly listen and explain every step.’

‘Claire Dyer has been exceptional. She is thorough, professional, friendly, and has been working for me for many years, always giving her best without wasting time and money.’

‘Peter is responsive, knowledgeable, and efficient. I thought he was a very good family lawyer, and would thoroughly recommend him.’

‘They are efficient, organized, clear, and prepared – everything is provided in good time. They are available to assist you whenever needed. For their clients, it is clear they always go the extra mile, supporting them, giving clear and robust, but empathetic advice, and helping them to get to the right outcome.’

‘Claire Dyer is brilliant to work with – clear-sighted, always on top of the case, very discursive and collaborative. In the last few years I have done more work with Elizabeth Owen who is extremely efficient and organized, always ahead of the game.’

‘Peter Hilton, a new addition to the team, is very hard-working, conscientious and bright. He does not miss a single detail and is also very sympathetic.’

‘High-quality law firm – key capability in resolving disputes by ADR and other collaborative methods.’

‘Tasha Bevan-Stewart – highly experienced partner who is a walking example of how constructive conflict resolution should be done.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Blandy & Blandy LLP is a go-to full-service law firm for HNW individuals and handles contested and landed estates as well as matters where companies and foreign jurisdictions are involved. The ‘outstanding and kindJonathan Gater leads the team and is a specialist in trust and estate administration, powers of attorney and court of protection matters. Caroline Casagranda and Elizabeth Short focus their practice on inheritance tax planning, taxation of estates and their administration as well as powers of attorney. Particularly recommended for her expertise in handling matters for the elderly comes Louise Nelson.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Gater; Caroline Casagranda

Other key lawyers:


‘Personable, knowledgeable and supportive.’

‘Jonathan Gator is outstanding and kind. Elizabeth Short – pleasant, personable and diligent. Both seemed to care about the quality of their work and service more than their fee position.’

‘Jonathan Gater is a very experienced lawyer, he is personable, always makes himself available, and combines friendliness with outstanding professionalism.’

‘Excellent people to deal with, the practice has a wealth of knowledge in-house and their communication and liaison has always been to a very high standard.’

‘Graham Benwell has always been excellent – very professional, wise advice, timely in responses, and all round very good indeed.’

‘Excellent, creative and dedicated private client team that puts the needs of their vulnerable clients at the centre of their work. The team has taken its responsibilities to demand the very best care and support for clients without mental capacity to make health and welfare decisions.’

‘There is never any difficulty in contacting Graham Benwell whatsoever, and his responses have always been prompt and accurate. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending his services.’

‘Experience, knowledge, up to date understanding of the ever changing rules, proactivity.’

Real estate > Environment and planning Tier 1

Headed by Karen Jones in Reading, Blandy & Blandy LLP‘s planning and environmental team handles a range of work, with notable work in the last year including a large-scale town centre redevelopment, ecology enforcement, and the planning and regulatory implications of a nitrate credit scheme. Jones is also adept at handling all aspects of section 106 agreements, where she acts for clients ranging from home developers and estates to film studios. On the environmental side, she boasts experience in carbon offsetting, water neutrality, and biodiversity net gain.

Practice head(s):

Karen Jones


‘Karen Jones is a standout partner.’

‘A competent team who provide speedy and reliable advice.’

‘Karen Jones is a leader in her field. She is hardworking, accessible, knowledgeable and provides strategic assistance.’

‘To assist with our case, we had involvement from a trainee solicitor, solicitor and a partner which gave an outstanding balance of experience.’

‘Karen Jones bought unprecedented experience.’

‘Karen Jones – extremely professional and great to deal with.’

Key clients

Hargreaves Homes Limited

University of Reading

R Collard Limited

Elegant Homes Reading Limited

Turner Estates Limited

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited

Rumsby Homes Limited

Cove Construction Limited

Bourne Homes Limited

Donnington Hospital Trust

Farmglade Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised in connection with CPO proceedings for acquisition of land to implement the A284 Lyminster Bypass North road improvement proposals.
  • Advised on a proposed modification requiring republication of a Bridleway Diversion Order.
  • Acted on enforcement appeals relating to whether the retention or removal of bund work would have significant ecological and environmental impacts.

Employment > Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Blandy & Blandy LLP handles a broad range of employment matters, but is particularly noteworthy for its work on TUPE and unlawful discrimination, the latter being an area of specialism for practice head and experienced litigator Sue Dowling. On TUPE and large corporate projects, Tim Clark often leads the team. Andrea Corr leverages her previous in-house experience when advising on disciplinary and grievance matters, as well as settlements and business immigration.

Practice head(s):

Sue Dowling

Other key lawyers:

Tim Clark; Andrea Corr


‘The team acts with utmost professionalism yet remain personable. One is always confident they have the knowledge and experience and is acting at all times in its client’s interests.’

‘Professional and personable. They take time to respond and give full clear guidance.’

‘Excellent partner.’

‘Very efficient.’

Key clients

Perfetti Van Melle UK

Launch Diagnostics Limited

HANDD Business Solutions Limited

Blue Square Marketing Limited

AMBIC Equipment Limited

The Almshouse Association

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Blandy & Blandy LLP advises a range of local and national charities from its Thames Valley base, including education institutions, grant-giving charities and healthcare organisations. The team is well-regarded for ‘looking for solutions to enable clients to achieve their objectives, rather than looking for reasons why they can’t.’ Reading-based team leader Nick Burrows is praised for providing a ‘genuine partner-led service’ – his expertise spans charity formation, incorporation and conversions, as well as constitutional matters and governance.

Practice head(s):

Nick Burrows


‘Good, high quality advice, friendly and approachable team’

‘Nick Burrows, easy to work with, high quality advice, excellent communication skills’

‘Blandy & Blandy look for solutions to enable clients to achieve their objectives rather than looking for reasons why they can’t.’

‘The partners I work with all seek solutions rather than problems, aiming to support and enable clients through management rather than avoidance of risk.’

‘While Blandys feels very traditional, its understanding of modern business practices is excellent. It also has a genuine international network and the service has been efficient and informed throughout.’

‘Nick Burrows provides a genuine partner-led service. In advising trustees on difficult issues he provides advice both in terms of precise technical obligations, and also in how the trustees should bring those to bear on their own individual and collective decision making. He is approachable and engaging and is confident around areas of charity law and operation.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable about technical areas of charity law. They have some exceptionally long-established charity clients so they are experts in issues around changes of objects to reflect the needs of the times.’

‘Nick Burrows gives clear instructions and communicates succinctly and effectively, as well as being knowledgeable about his field of practice.’

Key clients

University of Oxford

University of Reading

Ben – Motor & Allied Trades Benevolent Fund

Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)



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Public sector Tier 2

Blandy & Blandy LLP, based primarily in Reading, provides a wealth of experience and ‘high-quality advice‘ to clients in the public sector including local governments, schools, colleges and universities. The group counts internationally recognised universities such as the University of Oxford among its clients. Experienced charity and commercial lawyer Nick Burrows leads the team and regularly advises charities, schools and third sector organisations.

Practice head(s):

Nick Burrows

Other key lawyers:

Tim Clark


‘Excellent, high quality advice.’

‘The team delivers a very well-connected service, especially for matters which might span two subject areas/specialisms.’

‘Without exception, they treat you as a valued customer, communicate clearly and ensure that they are always contactable at short notice.’

‘Blandy and Blandy know our school well across all areas of specialisation and I always get the support I need.’

Key clients

Tottenham Hotspur Ltd/Tottenham Hotspur Football & Athletic Co

The FA Group/ Wembley National Stadium Ltd

Rugby Football Union (RFU) NAEG Europe/The O2

Royal Academy of Arts

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

Henley Royal Regatta NAEG Presents

Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Blandy & Blandy LLP handles strategic development, transactions and landlord and tenant matters, and advises a list of banks on secured lending, Jane Gunnell has extensive experience in the latter. The team is led by Katja Wigham who has industry expertise pertaining to charities, educational institutions, and third sector organizations. John Dingle acts for house builders in a variety of matters and is a specialist at the intersection of property and the healthcare sector. In addition to Wigham, Gemma Smith advises charities as part of her broader commercial real estate practice.

Practice head(s):

Katja Wigham

Other key lawyers:

John Dingle; Gemma Smith; Jane Gunnell


‘The team is led by very experienced partners. I always feel confident in the advice given and consider them to be part of our team. The team is well respected throughout the industry.’

‘Client care is excellent – they are responsive.’

‘John Dingle is an excellent client partner.’

Key clients

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Ltd

University of Oxford

Simplyhealth Group Limited

InHealth Limited

Handelsbanken plc

Giganet Limited

R Collard Limited

Austin Fraser Limited

Cove Construction Limited

H & T Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Giganet Limited in taking three leases at Apex Plaza, Reading, and Solent Business Park respectively.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Blandy & Blandy LLP handles corporate and commercial disputes as well as advising on preventative measures such as risk identification, avoidance, and management. Additionally a specialist in contentious insolvency matters, David Murray leads the department and acts for companies, SMEs, family and owner managed businesses, charities, universities, and schools. On commercial disputes, Debbie Brett frequently assists Murray.

Practice head(s):

David Murray

Other key lawyers:


‘Individual attention, prompt, practical knowledge, and no-nonsense advice.’

‘David Murray’s abilities are above compared to other firms I have dealt with.’

‘Good clear advice.’

Key clients

DEKS Industries Europe Limited

Rux- Burton Associates Limited

Certikin International Limited

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited

British Fenestration Rating Council Limited

University of Oxford

GM Brooders Limited

Huguenot London Limited

Reading Blue Coast School

Pangbourne College

Work highlights

    Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

    Blandy & Blandy LLP is an established restructuring and insolvency practice headed by David Murray . The team is experienced in advising clients including insolvency practitioners, banks, professional advisers, funders and company directors. The firm handles a range of contentious and non-contentious issues such as CVAs, administration, receivership, liquidations and debt recovery.

    Practice head(s):

    David Murray

    Key clients


    Quantuma LLP

    KRE Corporate Recovery LLP

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

    Described as ‘quality lawyers doing quality work‘, the corporate and commercial team at Blandy & Blandy LLP focuses its expertise on servicing companies in the IT and professional services sectors. The department is led by Debbie Brett, a commercial lawyer who handles transactions and disputes particularly in IP and branding. On the corporate side, David Few is notably a notary public and a specialist in non-contentious insolvencies and reorganizations. Emma Ford is a highly active member of the team, often working alongside Few, who advises clients on a broad range of corporate matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Debbie Brett

    Other key lawyers:

    David Few; Emma Ford; Nick Burrows


    ‘David Few is an excellent corporate lawyer. He is very skilled at “hovering in the helicopter” and looking at a scenario holistically and this delivers strong positive results.’

    ‘I have always found them to be both extremely knowledgeable and professional in all areas. Dealing with Blandys, we have always felt that we were in safe hands and that they were looking out for our best interests.’

    ‘We found David Few to be extremely approachable and diligent with a good attention to detail.’

    ‘Quality lawyers doing quality work and looking after clients well. That sums up Blandy & Blandy for me.’

    ‘Exceptional focus on the client, great listening to needs of the client to execute the legal strategy/position.’

    ‘Accessible, patient and available.’

    Key clients

    Reading Transport Limited Group of Companies

    Skelllerup Agri Holdings Limited

    The Oratory Schools Association

    Operational Research in Health (Holdings) Limited

    ACOEM Grupo SAS

    Austin Fraser Limited

    The Cold Chain Federation

    GTK UK Limited

    Box Technologies Limited

    EIT Food CLC North West Ltd

    Warner Land Surveys Group

    Luff Holdings Limited

    Just Kampers Group of Companies

    New Vision Software Limited

    Roseta Software Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Parkstone Estates (South) Limited in connection with the acquisition of Luff Holdings Limited.
    • Acted for shareholders on the sale of Hireserve Limited to XCD.
    • Advising the selling shareholders of Roseta Software Limited and New Vision Software Limited in connection with the sale to Huboo Technologies Limited.

    Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

    Blandy & Blandy LLP‘s dispute resolution team also covers disputes arising from estate issues, including where long-term unmarried partners find themselves unsupported by the provisions of widowed spouses or non-nuclear families debate the terms of wills. The key names are consultant solicitor Philip D’Arcy and senior associate Frances Kyle.

    Practice head(s):

    Frances Kyle

    Other key lawyers:

    Philip D’Arcy


    ‘Very well established and extremely impressive team led by Philip D’Arcy. Well appointed and convenient offices and very accessible team.’

    ‘Philip D’Arcy is perfect for this role. He is calm and reassuring but a first class lawyer and an excellent communicator. As a barrister he is a delight to work with, clients have invariably been given first class advice, realistic and comprehensive and the whole team are great to work with.’

    ‘In my experience this firm can handle complex trust disputes at reasonable rates, and are approachable and friendly.’

    ‘Philip D’Arcy is very experienced and knowledgeable.’

    ‘Good regional firm, with a long history and good reputation in the Reading area.’

    ‘Philip D’Arcy is a very experienced and capable lawyer and a pleasure to work with.’

    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

    Working out of the firm’s Reading and Thames Valley offices, Blandy & Blandy LLP‘s property litigation team acts for commercial and residential clients on a range of matters including lease extensions, enfranchisements, and trusts of land disputes. The property litigation offering is led by Jonathan Dinsdale, who joined from Howell-Jones LLP in April 2022. Asma Muneer is also recommended, while consultant Philip D’Arcy supports the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Dinsdale

    Other key lawyers:

    Philip D’Arcy; Asma Muneer


    ‘The solicitor we used was very approachable and ready to talk through any problems we had at any time or would call us back promptly if she was busy. She patiently explained the rationale for her decision making. She checked with us to ensure we were in agreement with future actions at each step of the legal process and was prepared to change her stance according to the feedback we gave her.’

    ‘Blandy & Blandy are an exceptional regional firm with a long standing and excellent reputation for providing solid and practical advice. I have always found them very easy to work with because their messaging is clear and always appropriate. Put simply, they have always been a joy to work with and continue to be.’

    ‘The team have a number of different people they can call on with different levels of experience. We were kept informed of the costs in advance of any work done for us so we knew what to expect with regard to invoices. The costs were explained in an easy to understand way.’

    ‘Asma Muneer stands out for trusts of land and cohabitation cases. Her ability to provide detailed and comprehensive instructions is exceptional, as are her client handling skills in what can be extremely difficult and emotive cases. She is always professional and easily able to project to her clients (and me) a positive perspective and outlook.’

    ‘I have worked with Asma Muneer. She is easy to work with and has always updated me on developments in the case.’

    ‘Friendly and approachable across all departments.’

    ‘The legal advice and professional approach that we have received is exceptional. We have needed help with various different employment issues and were kept up to date on the Covid laws and rules. We have also received help with the ending of our current lease.’

    Key clients

    Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Ltd

    BEN – Motor & Allied Trades Benevolent Fund

    With centrally located offices in Reading, Henley-on- Thames and London, Blandy & Blandy is recognised as one of the Thames Valley’s leading and most established law firms.

    With a team of more than 50 lawyers and advisers, including 15 partners, the firm combines City-level expertise and experience with a more flexible approach only made possible by being regional.

    From redundancy or challenges in their business to a relationship breakdown, moving house or planning for their family’s future, Blandy & Blandy provides a comprehensive range of legal services to individuals, families and businesses and has the expertise and experience to help.

    Blandy & Blandy is committed to providing clear, practical and effective legal advice, a responsive and highly personal service and, crucially, value for money.

    The firm’s successful approach is evident in the excellent feedback that clients continue to share and through a series of awards, so you can be confident that you are in the very best hands when it comes to legal advice.

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    Family Claire 951 6800
    Private Client Caroline 951 6800
    Court of Protection Jonathan 951 6800
    Employment and Venue Licensing Sue 951 6800
    Employment Tim 951 6800
    Commercial Property Katja 951 6800
    Commercial Property John 951 6800
    Planning & Environmental Karen 951 6800
    Commercial, Regulatory & Intellectual Property Debbie 951 6800
    Corporate David 951 6800
    Charities & Education Nick 951 6800
    Commercial Litigation, Restructuring and Insolvency David 951 6800
    Property Litigation Pippa 951 6800
    Contentious Trusts and Probate Frances 951 6800
    Graham Benwell photo Graham BenwellGraham Benwell is a consultant solicitor and former partner in the Wills,…
    Deborah Brett photo Deborah BrettDebbie Brett is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial team at Blandy & Blandy.…
    Nick Burrows photo Nick BurrowsNick Burrows is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial department and head…
    Caroline Casagranda photo Caroline CasagrandaCaroline Casagranda is a partner in the Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts team at…
    Tim Clark photo Tim ClarkTim Clark is a partner in the Employment Law team at Blandy…
    Philip D Philip D"ArcyPhilip D’Arcy is a  partner in the Dispute Resolution team at Blandy…
    John Dingle photo John DingleJohn Dingle is a partner in the Commercial Property team at Blandy &…
    Sue Dowling photo Sue DowlingSue Dowling is head of the Employment Law team at Blandy & Blandy and…
    Claire Dyer photo Claire DyerClaire Dyer is partner in the Family team at Blandy & Blandy.…
    David Few photo David FewDavid Few is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial team at Blandy…
    Jonathan Gater photo Jonathan GaterJonathan Gater is a partner in the Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts…
    Jane Gunnell photo Jane GunnellJane Gunnell is a consultant solicitor iand former partner n the Commercial…
    Karen Jones photo Karen JonesKaren Jones is a partner in the Planning and Environmental team at Blandy…
    David Murray photo David MurrayDavid Murray is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team at Blandy &…
    Katja Wigham photo Katja WighamKatja Wigham is a partner in the Commercial Property team at Blandy…
    Number of UK partners : 15
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 50
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    CLIENT: Robert Collard, Managing Director
    COMPANY/FIRM: R Collard Limited
    TESTIMONIAL: “Blandy & Blandy has provided R Collard Limited with legal advice for over 12 years, supporting the growth of our company. They are a valued partner, understand our business needs and provide us with the right legal support, when needed.”

    CLIENT: Alasdair Jones-Perrott, Chief Executive
    COMPANY/FIRM: The Donnington Hospital Trust
    TESTIMONIAL: “The team at Blandy & Blandy are, without exception, an exemplar legal firm. I have had the privilege of working with partner level solicitors specialising in corporate, commercial, property and charity related matters. Their personal, rational and methodical approach to every case has been extremely beneficial and delivered favourable results in a timely manner. I would not hesitate to recommend Blandy & Blandy to anyone wishing to secure the very best legal advice.”

    CLIENT: Iain Bruce, Finance Director
    COMPANY/FIRM: Retail Marketing Group UK
    TESTIMONIAL: “The team at Blandy & Blandy really understands our business and, as a result, they always provide us with commercially focused, practical advice. We have worked together for many years now and have a great working relationship. The team are professional, approachable and we know we can rely on them to help us, whatever support we might need.”

    CLIENT: John Agnew, Managing Director
    COMPANY/FIRM: Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF)
    TESTIMONIAL: “Blandy & Blandy has supported the Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF) with a wide range of legal services, covering all aspects of commercial life, for many years. It’s the simple things that matter most to clients like the GGF, such as prompt responses to communications and sound advice that can be relied upon, which all equate to how you assess value for money as a client. These core building blocks have allowed the GGF to build key relationships with our partners at Blandy & Blandy and take their strategic legal advice as we continue to grow and develop all aspects of the GGF Group.”

    CLIENT: Tim Roots, Director
    COMPANY/FIRM: Parago Software Limited
    TESTIMONIAL: “From the inception of Parago in 2010, Blandy & Blandy have provided services around incorporation, recruitment and HR, property and our customer licensing. We have always found their service efficient and professional, and this was reflected when they acted on our behalf in the sale of the company.”

    CLIENT: Robert Williams, Chief Executive Officer
    COMPANY/FIRM: Reading Transport Limited
    TESTIMONIAL: “Blandy’s has provided us with legal advice and an excellent service for several decades. They make the effort to really understand our business and provide us with the right legal support, when required.”

    CLIENT: Robert Williams, Colin Kingston, Managing Director
    COMPANY/FIRM: Ambic Equipment Limited
    TESTIMONIAL: “Blandy and Blandy have taken time to understand the detail of Ambic’s business which has enabled them to provide excellent advice and timely service over many years. Their involvement has ranged from matters of contract law and employment strategy to advice on complex M&A projects; at times this has involved several countries and has thrown up challenging matters of compliance and corporate governance. Their service has always been professional, prompt and personal.”

    CLIENT: Frank Fogarty, Director
    COMPANY/FIRM: Cove Construction Limited
    TESTIMONIAL: “Blandy’s have acted for us over a number of years on a diverse range of issues. We have found them to be clear, expert, well-resourced and approachable in their advice.”