Firm Profile > Blaser Mills Law > High Wycombe, England

Blaser Mills Law
40 OXFORD ROAD
HIGH WYCOMBE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
HP11 2EE
England

Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Blaser Mills Law covers a broad scope of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, acting for clients in transport, logistics and technology on core issues such as GDPR compliance, pursuing and defending claims, and executive dismissals. Practice leader James Simpson is an experienced employment tribunal lawyer, with a strong track record on a wide variety of cases covering areas such as discrimination and redundancy. Jonathan Lilley is also an experienced litigator, with expertise in defending discrimination and whistleblowing claims, outsourcing disputes and restrictive covenant issues.

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Key clients

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire

Oxford Bus Company

Jupiter Hotels Ltd

Asprey the Jewellers

Metropolis International Group/Emap publishers PSV

Glass & Glazing Limited

Fischer Farms Limited

Rothamsted Research Limited

Softbox Systems Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

Operating out of offices in Amersham and High Wycombe, Blaser Mills Law provides the full range of private client services, ranging from high-value estate planning, advice on international assets, Court of Protection matters, and care home issues. Head of the wills, trusts, and probate department Jonathan Gallop is highly regarded, while Minesh Thakrar deals with the preparation of wills and enduring powers of attorney, especially regarding the elderly. Karen Woodison has expertise in dealing with complex Court of Protection matters, probate, and administrating high-value-estates with foreign assets.

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Testimonials

Highly professional, 100% clear on all process and communications, and 100% accurate on all costs.’

Jonathan Gallop is extremely professional – he also showed a high level of empathy on what was an emotional and stressful task for me. He walked me though everything, he costed everything 100% accurately, and did everything exactly on plan. Totally dispelled any myths that I may have had about solicitors. Highly recommended.’

I have used Blaser Mills for a number of different reasons and each person I have dealt with has been excellent. They provide a very personal service, but retain the professionalism required. They make a complex subject as easy as it can be and I have total faith in what advice they have provided.’

Jonathan Gallop set up new wills for myself and my wife last year. For the first time I really understand what my will means and how it protects our family. Jonathan is a very good communicator and I have in turn recommended him to friends and clients of my own.’

Although the practice has several offices and a number of legal associates working there, the treatment I experienced felt personal and tailored to my requirements. In my experience, this is not always the case in a practice that is any larger than a ‘one man band’ set up.’

Minesh Thakrar listened to my requirements, making suggestions where appropriate and pointing out considerations that I may have not thought of myself. I felt he understood me as a client as well as being able to provide the service I needed. He was approachable and I felt put at ease.’

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

The team at Blaser Mills Law is experienced in advising and litigating on behalf of clients on all aspects of commercial property issues, including businesses in the hotels and leisure, office and industrial sectors. Its lawyers are known for their work on sales, acquisitions and finance, as well as general commercial leases. It has recently seen growth in acting for clients on development funding. Based in Amersham, the head of the real estate and development team Louise Benning mainly specialises in real estate development. Partner David Kemp and David Michaels also come recommended.

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The real estate team is excellent at providing timely service. David Michaels is a very knowledgeable all-rounder lawyer.

Sensible commercial advice at reasonable fees within an acceptable timeframe.

David Kemp and Louise Benning are the partners of choice for commercial and residential conveyancing work.

Key clients

One Adlwych Hotel

The French Linen Company Ltd.

Ardmore Ltd.

Solai Holdings Ltd.

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Blaser Mills Law has a track record of work advising high-net-worth clients on complex financial matters, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, child-related cases in which guardians and experts are involved, and cases involving immigration elements. Head of the child care team Denise Herman is known for her work on complex cases involving non-accidental injuries to children, neglect, and other highly sensitive issues. Senior associate Javita Malhotra advises on high-net-worth financial remedy work, while 'calm, reassuring and authoritative' senior associate Naim Qureshi specialises in high-net-worth matrimonial finance work.

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‘Very approachable and very capable.’

‘A small but dedicated and effective family team within a strong broad-based local firm.’

‘Naim Qureshi is very calm and extremely dedicated.’

‘Javita Malhotra is a real credit to Blaser Mills. She approaches each case with skill & sympathy for the client and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Naim Qureshi is the consummate professional – he is incredibly knowledgeable, understanding and effective, with an eye for detail. Divorces can be very daunting and complicated to navigate for the average lay person- yet Naim would always approach conversations with patience and provided reassurance when the journey became challenging.’

‘Naim Qureshi is very able, with a thorough knowledge of the law, not just in its purely family aspects, but also the associated areas of property, company and trusts. He has a calm, reassuring and authoritative presence. He is considered and reasonable in his approach, but can be tough when pushed: he is someone who picks his ground carefully and then sticks to it. He has excellent judgement, both of people and the merits of a case. He is very efficient in his management of cases. He is lovely to work with and clients really value the care and commitment he brings to their cases.’

General crime and fraud Tier 2

Blaser Mills Law fields a team of experts who handle the full scope of matters on serious crime, sexual assault, and drug offences. Practice head Daniel Martin is singled out for his expertise in financial and corporate crime expertise, including cybercrime and financial crime. The group acts for regional and international clients, and undertakes work for legal aid clients. Skilled associate Ben Langley has a focus on prison law and lawyer Emily Harman is also recommended.

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‘They are great. They have a high level of ability and deal with practical issues quickly.’

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Blaser Mills Law focuses exclusively on personal injury matters, including accidents at work, serious road traffic accidents, and complex matters of the brain. Dave Matthews leads the practice; the core team comprises key senior associates Andrew Castle and Victoria Harvey. The team also handle public and occupiers’ liability claims and industrial disease such as asbestos. Experienced personal injury solicitor Nicola Heales left the team to head the personal injury group at Bevirs.

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Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Blaser Mills Law is known for its litigation capabilities in areas such as IP, reputation management, and data protection, with specialist industry knowledge in areas such as home care, and construction, alongside recent expansion into robotics and building. Team head Alka Kharbanda handles mediation and alternative dispute resolution regarding contractual disputes, civil fraud, and contentious probate. Partner Jackie Ray focuses on contract and IT disputes while Sangita Manek has expertise in contractual disputes and contentious probate. Associate solicitor Nina Bhatti joined from PDC Law; senior associate Emma B Dean joined from Royds Withy King.

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Key clients

Bunzl UK Ltd

First Collect International Ltd

Correco Ltd

C F Services

Stannah Lift Services Ltd

GRS Roadstone Ltd

Fraikin Ltd

THX Ltd

Debt recovery Tier 3

Jackie Ray leads the debt recovery team at Blaser Mills Law. Known for its diverse sector knowledge, it caters for a number of industries such as manufacturing, food and media. Notably, the firm can handle international claims involving registered foreign judgements, international recoveries and European Enforcement Orders. Nina Bhatti is recommended for her experience with commercial freight companies while Daria Stepien specialises in claims arising overseas.

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Bunzl UK Ltd

First Collect International Ltd

Correco Ltd

C F Services

Stannah Lift Services Ltd

GRS Roadstone Ltd

Fraikin Ltd

THX Ltd

Property litigation Tier 4

Blaser Mills Law' counts companies from the logistics, healthcare, property developers, hotels and hospitality sectors on its client roster. Olu Ajasa joined from Taylor Rose TTKW, bringing with him significant experience in  possession claims, dilapidation claims, contested and uncontested commercial lease renewals, contentious residential lease extensions and collective enfranchisement work. Alka Kharbanda leads the dispute resolution group, while Sangita Manek acts for clients in trespass issues, residential and commercial possession claims, adverse possession claims, forfeitures and landlord and tenant insolvencies.

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Testimonials

A key factor in the strength and success of Blaser Mills is the excellent leadership of the business. I have had the pleasure of meeting and placing business with most of the senior partners and rate them all very highly. Their commitment to their clients and staff is of the highest possible standard.

An excellent regional firm expanding in all sectors and upwardly mobile. Well run and user friendly.

Jon Lilley – a very experienced litigator justifiably well loved by his loyal client base. Alka Kharbanda – one of the toughest litigators you will come up against. clear and sensible in her advice. Jade Brooks – a hardworking and up and coming associate.

A partner led team where clients get a great deal of individual attention from the partner involved.

Sangita Manek is excellent. She is driven and always puts her client’s interests first. She will ferociously fight their corner, but is also pragmatic enough to tell them when it is not in their interests to pursue something.

My “go to” firm for all matters litigious.

Key clients

Stanford Developments

Blaser Mills Law is a leading law firm based in South East England with 22 partners and over 60 lawyers. It is a full-service firm, offering a comprehensive range of legal services to businesses and private individuals.

This highly regarded firm has a strong business services offering, including corporate and commercial, employment, commercial property and dispute resolution. The firm has experienced private client and family lawyers, as well as specialist lawyers in personal injury, child care and residential property. The firm has an outstanding criminal defence practice.

Blaser Mills Law is committed to building lasting relationships with clients and delivering high-quality legal advice from experts in their field. The firm is part of an international network and regularly advises clients in the UK doing business overseas and international clients wanting to invest in the UK.

The firm: Blaser Mills is a leading law firm based in the South East.

The full-service firm offers a comprehensive range of legal services to businesses and private individuals. The firm acts for blue-chip companies and household names, as well as SMEs, entrepreneurs and not-for-profit organisations.

Blaser Mills has expanded into international markets, regularly advising clients in the UK doing business overseas and international clients wanting to invest in the UK.

The firm has a rich history and has retained a reputation for providing high-quality legal advice by lawyers who are experts in their fields. At the same time, their modern and innovative approach means that its lawyers deliver practical and cost-effective solutions.

Types of work undertaken
Corporate: the team acts for businesses across a wide range of sectors and has developed particular expertise in freight and  logistics, software and telecoms, manufacturing, motor sport and healthcare. The team’s main focus lies in mergers and acquisitions (including joint ventures and private equity), corporate advisory work (including directors’ duties, corporate restructures and business formations), and work with partnerships and LLPs.

Commercial contracts: the team’s expert lawyers regularly draft pre-contractual agreements, including heads of terms and confidentiality agreements. They are experienced in reviewing existing documentation to ensure they are up to date and fully compliant. Clients range from household names to owner-managed business in a vast number of sectors, including construction, engineering, IT and professional services.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution: the team has lawyers with expertise in contract disputes, construction dispute, professional negligence, contentious probate, IT and software disputes and disputes involving directors, shareholders and partners. The team have the commercial and strategic experience to guide the client through the process with as little disruption and cost to their business as possible.

Real estate and development: the team has broad experience across most commercial property areas, including offices, shops, hotels, commercial units, development sites and loan security, as well as development land acquisition and site set up, hotel acquisition and sales. Key areas of work include general commercial leases, property acquisition and sale, development work and securitisation and option agreements.

Employment: the team offers advice across the full breadth of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. Specific areas of expertise include outsourcing and other TUPE issues, enforcing and contesting restrictive covenants, and defending discrimination and whistleblowing claims. The team regularly assists businesses in the drafting and reviewing of employment contracts, policies and procedures, and the compliance of legislation and regulations.

Child care: the publicly funded family team is renowned for its expertise in complex child care cases. The team provide children, parents, extended family and guardians with support and expertise on all aspects of Care Proceedings and public law matters. The department has also handled a number of cases with foreign/immigration elements.

Criminal defence: the team handles predominantly privately funded criminal defence matters. The team has a strong white-collar crime, fraud and business investigations offering and has built up a client-base that includes a number of multinational organisations.

Family and divorce: expertise range includes complex divorce cases, prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements and mediation. The team’s lawyers regularly handle cases of a financial high-stake nature or those involving children.

Personal injury and serious injury: has specialist expertise in personal and serious injury, including head and brain injury, spinal injury, medical and clinical negligence, military accidents, road traffic accidents and employer liability.

Residential property: deals with a wide range of property matters, including sales and purchases of high-value freehold and leasehold properties, remortgages, lease extensions and enfranchisement projects, plot sales for major national developers, buy-to-let mortgages, transfers of equity, and title rectification projects.

Wills, trusts and probate: the team are experienced in dealing with tax and estate planning, Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trust formation and Court of Protection matters. They regularly handle high-value probates for both UK and overseas clients. Members of the team are accredited with STEP.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Alka Kharbanda
Managing partner Jonathan Lilley
Commercial Robert Cain
Real Estate and Development Louise Benning
Employment James Simpson
Dispute resolution Alka Kharbanda
Residential property Alexandra Kirk
Wills, trusts and probate Minesh Thakrar
Wills, trusts and probate
Family and divorce Jolene Hutchison
Family and divorce
Child care Denise Herman
Child care
Criminal defence Daniel Martin
Photo Name Position Profile
 Robert Cain  photo Robert Cain
 Jolene Hutchison  photo Jolene Hutchison
 David Kemp  photo David Kemp
 Alka Kharbanda  photo Alka Kharbanda
 Jon Lilley  photo Jon Lilley
 Daniel Martin  photo Daniel Martin
 Dave Matthews  photo Dave Matthews
 Adrian Palmer  photo Adrian Palmer
 Jackie Ray  photo Jackie Ray
 James Simpson  photo James Simpson
 Colin Smith  photo Colin Smith
 Karen Woodison  photo Karen Woodison
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 40

Blaser Mills is a firm where we don’t just talk the talk on Diversity and Inclusion; the diversity of our workforce speaks for itself.

We are immensely proud of our record on diversity and inclusion. By simply always looking to recruit great people, regardless of background, we have a firm full of brilliant creative minds; people, each making their own unique contribution to the life and business of Blaser Mills Law.

Our aim is to attract talented people from all backgrounds, empower them to develop and maximise their talents in an environment of trusts and fairness where everyone can thrive.

When our people succeed, the firm succeeds.

Our commitments

  • We are a people focused firm 150+ and growing
  • We operate in an inclusive culture
  • We embrace gender equality (50% of our partners are female)
  • We nurture emerging talent
  • We support career progression
  • We encourage work-life balance

CLIENT: Matthew Wilson – Director – M-Sport Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: We were very pleased with the work that Bob Cain and Iona, who updated some of our business contracts recently. We felt confident that we were dealing with people who understood the ‘real world’ of business, and who also had a wealth of knowledge about our industry – motorsport. They provided us with good advice; worked at our pace; and delivered exactly what we needed – for a pre-agreed fixed fee.

CLIENT: David Finch
TESTIMONIAL: Valerie Findlay has performed work for us on two separate transactions. Valerie provided high quality professional advice and is thorough. There was good versatility at BM during times where Valerie was not available so that the service did not lapse at any point.

CLIENT: IKA Jackson
TESTIMONIAL: Excellent service from Colin Smith and his team handling my recent MBO. His knowledge and careful approach left me feeling extremely confident with my decision to employ the services of Blaser Mills Law. The level of communication and reaction time was faultless.

TESTIMONIAL: Joe Da Silva and his team have been fantastic. A lot of my purchases come from auction where there are strict time limits and lots of snags to catch. They have always done a great job, been very responsive, and never caused a delay. Joe has gone out of his way to provide exceptional service and I can’t praise him enough.

CLIENT: Rob Flouty
TESTIMONIAL: Bob headed up the team consisting of Valerie, Simon and Iona that handled the sale of my business last year. The entire process and ethos of the sale was very professional, short deadlines were continuously met and sound advice constantly on hand, which greatly assisted in holding the deal together at a crucial time of negotiations with the buyer. The team worked diligently from start to finish (which happened to be a sale completion at 2 am).

TESTIMONIAL: Divorce is a very stressful process, but Lucinda made mine as easy as it can be. She is highly professional and has great knowledge in the field of Family Law. She is a great listener who is able to quickly grasp complex issues and cut to the chase with sound practical advice. Her advice is always well-considered, honest and presented in a calm reassuring way.

The Lex 100 Verdict

From locations in Buckinghamshire, including the market towns of High Wycombe, Amersham and others across the region, and a London office, Blaser Mills brings a client list and level of work to rival full-service London-based firms. Its strength across the South East is appreciated by its trainees who comment that its 'location and reputation' as well as the 'quality of work' drew them to the firm. Blaser Mills secures  Lex 100 Winner awards for the amount of trainee client contact and this quality is highly praised; one trainee remarked 'I speak to clients over the phone, via email and meet with them face to face. This is the type of autonomy that I value throughout my training contract as I believe it will help with my transition into being a qualified solicitor'. Trainees also applaud the firm's culture which is 'approachable; I feel that my contribution mattered' and that it does not 'demand long hours irrespective of productivity'. In tandem with the high level of client contact, trainees also applauded the firm's trust in them, running their own matters and enjoying 'high levels of responsibility, learning on the job and close relationships with supervisors and the team'. The only drawbacks highlighted are the 'limited parking' and the lack of pro-bono opportunities, but the firm is otherwise very highly rated by its current trainees.