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Blandy & Blandy LLP

Environment and planning Tier 1

Blandy & Blandy LLP's Reading office handles the full range of environmental and planning matters, and advises on legal issues concerning high-profile sites and major projects across the region. The firm recently invested in a new practice management IT system, further streamlining much of the legal process for clients. Practice head Karen Jones' expertise includes strategic planning advice, appeals, public inquiries and environmental law, with an emphasis on regulatory enforcement. Associate solicitor Victoria Charlesson has significant experience in applications for certificates of lawfulness and development, advising on town and village greens, planning enforcement appeals/prosecutions and section 106 agreements.

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‘So far we have used Blandys planning team and have just commenced updating our wills will another partner.’

‘We have them constructive and efficient with respect to both activities and despite Covid.’

‘We have found Blandys to be more efficient and thorough than our previous solicitors.’

‘They have both a positive approach focused on our interests with very clear and sensible advice. Their research has found some gems for us and really strengthened our case.’

‘The team are very experienced across all planning matters and offer clear, commercial pragmatic planning advice.’

‘Karen Jones is supremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. A real team player.’

Key clients

Reading Borough Council

University of Reading

R Collard

The British Museum

Turner Estates

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation

Rumsby Homes

Cove Construction

Bourne Homes

Hargreaves Homes

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

Blandy & Blandy LLP's family practice is highly respected for handling the complete spectrum of matrimonial and children issues, including work for high net worth individuals and those in the public eye. Claire Dyer leads the team, while firm chairman Brenda Long has considerable experience in relation to financial settlements arising out of divorce, particularly where there are significant and less straightforward assets involved, such as companies, share options and Enterprise Investment Schemes. Associate Paul Linsell is a trained mediator and aids couples in all aspects of separation.

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‘All members of the team were briefed and conversant with my case and went the extra mile to help in what is a stressful time for any client. This provided a sense of trust and respect, knowing that my instructions were being carried out effectively and efficiently.’

‘Brenda Long is an exceptional lawyer. I could not have managed this process without her.’

‘Blandys have a formidable reputation in the region dealing with high-value divorce cases and complex children matters and quite rightly deserve a top tier ranking.’

‘Claire Dyer is an absolute star and her experience and dedication in both money and children cases set her apart from her peers.’

‘Very professional service given by all members of the Family Law Team.’

‘Claire Dyer and Brenda Long lead a fantastic team who are extremely well regarded and are the go team firm in the area.’

‘Blandy & Blandy’s family team are without a doubt the leading firm in the Thames Valley area.’

‘The depth and breadth of experience they have in their team is unparalleled, which is why the work they get is the very best within their area.’


Licensing Tier 1

Blandy & Blandy LLP is renowned for its work on major sporting and large entertainment venue licensing, and regularly advises national and international clients on compliance. Led by Sue Dowling, who is widely regarded as a leader in this field, the practice is instructed by clients across the hospitality, leisure and sports sectors on alcohol and regulated entertainment licensing. The team is also experienced in representing clients in hearings and has a cross-over with its employment practice.

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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

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

Blandy & Blandy LLP handles a full range of matters for high net worth individuals and high value trusts and estates, many of which involve offshore assets requiring cross-border expertise. Practice head and managing partner Jonathan Gater specialises in trust and estate administration, Power of Attorney and Court of Protection matters, as well as serving as under sheriff for Berkshire. Caroline Casagranda advises on wills, probate and estate administration of taxable and non-taxable estates. Consultant Graham Benwell has significant experience in the field of tax and estate planning involving wills and trusts.

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‘The Blandy & Blandy private client (personal tax, trusts and probate) team offer a perfect balance of professionalism and friendly service. I have referred many of my clients to them and I have had nothing but glowing feedback.’

‘I have always found Jonathan Gater to be highly professional, trustworthy and dependable and this filters down through the whole team.’

‘The whole team are extremely knowledgeable and approachable, and have an ability to put clients at ease when discussing complex and difficult areas.’

‘I have complete confidence that they will immediately create a working relationship with any client referred to them, and explain the options and solutions to clients in a clear and transparent manner.’

‘A very experienced and personable team. Energetic and engaging to deal with.’

‘Well rounded and pragmatic approach to advice.’

‘A very friendly and large legal practice for Reading. Well respected locally.’

‘Caroline Casagranda is an approachable partner at the firm. Really succinct and to the point with clients. Always happy to go the extra mile where necessary.’


Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Blandy & Blandy LLP advises charities and not-for-profits in the Reading and Thames Valley area on issues such as mergers/de-mergers and joint venture work. It also advises on registration/incorporation, constitutional issues and governance, IP, commercial contracts, employment and disputes. Practice head Nick Burrows advises on formation and incorporation,  joint ventures, collaborations and IP matters.

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‘Excellent team; efficient and deliver a good service to clients.’

‘Nick Burrows, very high standard of service, communicates well and gives very sound advice.’

‘Blandy and Blandy offer practical, risk based and constructive legal advice that looks for solutions not problems and is proportionate to the needs of the client – a rare quality in solicitors serving small charity clients in my experience.’

‘I value the candid and constructive advice from everyone at Blandy and Blandy.’

‘An astute team that understand your organisation and its needs.’

‘They understand what we need and how we’ll need to apply it. Just really easy to get on with and accommodating in tight timescales.’

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

Genetic Disorders UK/Jeans for Genes

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Adviza CXK

Career Connect

St Joseph’s College

The Abbey School

The Oratory Schools

Association Pangbourne College

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

Blandy & Blandy LLP advises a wide range of private and public sector commercial clients including SMEs and fast growing private companies, large landowners and landed estates, with particular expertise in development land and secured lending. Jane Gunnell and Katja Wigham lead the practice; the former handles secured lending work for banks and finance companies, the latter specialises in advising charities, educational institutions and third sector organisations. John Dingle has particular experience acting in the healthcare sector. Associate Gemma Smith is recommended for advising charities and ecclesiastical bodies on property matters.

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Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Ltd

Austin Fraser Limited

Cove Construction Limited

InHealth Limited

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

SAS International Limited

R Collard Limited

Acorah Software Products Limited (trading as TaxCalc)

HANDD Business Solutions Limited

H & T Properties Limited

University of Reading

Homes for Reading Limited

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

With offices in Henley-on-Thames and Reading, Blandy & Blandy LLP can provide a full service to both employer and employee clients from the public and private sectors, with an especially strong reputation for handling unlawful discrimination and TUPE related issues. Practice head Sue Dowling primarily works on contentious matters; her niche specialism is mental impairment disability discrimination issues. Tim Clark is another strong litigator who also advises on complex service agreements, commission and bonus arrangements, exit provisions and termination packages. Associate Laura Binnie is recommended.

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A strong team with excellent knowledge, that support each other well to give clients a high-quality service.

Tim Clark is excellent, knowledgeable and a good communicator.

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

Blandy & Blandy LLP handles a variety of disputes work for regional and national clients from both the public and private sector. Its work ranges from shareholder and director disputes through to contractual disputes and insolvency work. Philip D’Arcy heads the overall disputes practice. He has particular experience of disputes in the trust, probate and inheritance field as well as handling property-related disputes. Other key members of the practice include  David Murray , who heads the commercial litigation and insolvency team, and  Debbie Brett.  

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Perfetti Van Melle UK Limited

BEN – Motor & Allied Trades Benevolent Fund

Certikin International Limited

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Ltd

Createability Limited

University of Oxford

Cirrus Containments Limited

The Abbey School

Reading Blue Coat School

Bell Cornwell LLP

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

In addition to acting for many leading insolvency practitioners, Blandy & Blandy LLP advises companies and landlords on the insolvencies of creditors, as well as advising the distressed companies themselves. The team is a part of the international Law Firm Network, from which it is referred work involving cross-border matters. Philip D’Arcy leads the overall dispute resolution team, while David Murray is the lead insolvency partner.

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KRE Corporate Recovery


Public sector Tier 3

Blandy & Blandy LLP's charity law and education team advises schools, universities and other education providers on a range of issues including governance mandates, employment matters and dispute resolution. Operating from Reading, the practice is overseen by commercial law expert Nick Burrows and handles work for non-profits and national charities.

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Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Blandy & Blandy LLP represents high-net-worth individuals regarding substantial contested estates and multimillion-pound trusts, including at the High Court. Practice head Philip D’Arcy focuses on resolving disputes in relation to trusts, probate and inheritance matters, including disputed wills, claims to remove executors or trustees, breach of trust cases and Inheritance Act claims.

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

Blandy & Blandy LLP's client base includes SMEs, family-managed businesses and charities. On the corporate side, the team handles company sales/purchases, mergers and joint ventures as well as management buy outs/ins. Its commercial advice covers matters such as commercial contracts, intellectual property, data protection, outsourcing and procurement. Debbie Brett  leads the practice.

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The team had wide ranging experience in all aspects of the legal work that was required. Their knowledge, diligence and response times surpassed any comparable solicitors.

David Few is able to adapt strategy during negotiations with buyers to ensure that results are guaranteed.

Stuart Rose is capable and diligent. His great disposition makes him a pleasure to deal with.


Key clients

Reading Transport Limited

Skellerup Agri Holdings Limited

Revium Group

Perfetti Van Melle

ACOEM Group SAS – Dynoptic Systems Limited

ACOEM Group SAS – Air Monitors Ltd.

Austin Fraser Limited

The Oratory Schools Association

Box Technologies Holdings Limited

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Vertoscope Limited

HANDD Business Solutions Limited

Ben – Motor & Allied Trades Benevolent Fund

Genetic Disorders UK/Jeans for Genes

Launch Diagnostics Limited

Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Nilvip Holdings Limited

Eclipse Professional Hair & Beauty Supplies Limited

Wise Owls Club Limited

Property litigation Tier 4

Blandy & Blandy LLP handles all types of commercial and residential contested landlord and tenant issues and property ownership and management matters, including complex and high-value cases. The team is regularly engaged in property and planning litigation including judicial review work, and has specialist experience advising on lease extensions and enfranchisement issues. Pippa Garrod leads the property litigation practice and deals with a broad range of property disputes. Philip D’Arcy leads the firm's wider dispute resolution group.

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Englefield Estate Trust Corporation

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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Department Name Email Telephone
Family Claire Dyer 0118 951 6800
Private Client Caroline Casagranda 0118 951 6800
Court of Protection Jonathan Gater 0118 951 6800
Employment and Venue Licensing Sue Dowling 0118 951 6800
Employment Tim Clark 0118 951 6800
Commercial Property Katja Wigham 0118 951 6800
Commercial Property John Dingle 0118 951 6800
Planning & Environmental Karen Jones 0118 951 6800
Commercial, Regulatory & Intellectual Property Debbie Brett 0118 951 6800
Corporate David Few 0118 951 6800
Charities & Education Nick Burrows 0118 951 6800
Commercial Litigation, Restructuring and Insolvency David Murray 0118 951 6800
Property Litigation Pippa Garrod 0118 951 6800
Contentious Trusts and Probate Frances Kyle 0118 951 6800
Photo Name Position Profile
 Graham Benwell  photo Graham Benwell Graham Benwell is a consultant solicitor and former partner in the Wills,…
 Deborah Brett  photo Deborah Brett Debbie Brett is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial team at Blandy & Blandy.…
 Nick Burrows  photo Nick Burrows Nick Burrows is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial department and head…
 Caroline Casagranda  photo Caroline Casagranda Caroline Casagranda is a partner in the Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts team at…
 Tim Clark  photo Tim Clark Tim Clark is a partner in the Employment Law team at Blandy…
 Philip D’Arcy  photo Philip D’Arcy Philip D’Arcy is a  partner in the Dispute Resolution team at Blandy…
 John Dingle  photo John Dingle John Dingle is a partner in the Commercial Property team at Blandy &…
 Sue Dowling  photo Sue Dowling Sue Dowling is head of the Employment Law team at Blandy & Blandy and…
 Claire Dyer  photo Claire Dyer Claire Dyer is partner in the Family team at Blandy & Blandy.…
 David Few  photo David Few David Few is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial team at Blandy…
 Jonathan Gater  photo Jonathan Gater Jonathan Gater is a partner in the Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts…
 Jane Gunnell  photo Jane Gunnell Jane Gunnell is a consultant solicitor iand former partner n the Commercial…
 Karen Jones  photo Karen Jones Karen Jones is a partner in the Planning and Environmental team at Blandy…
 David Murray  photo David Murray David Murray is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team at Blandy &…
 Katja Wigham  photo Katja Wigham Katja 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.”