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

Employment > Employment: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 1

The employment team at Blaser Mills Law acts for clients in sectors including transport, logistics, technology and manufacturing on a range of issues including multi-jurisdictional restructurings, TUPE, boardroom disputes and tribunal claims. Based in High Wycombe, new practice leader Noel Deans joined from Rosenblatt in September 2020 and brings with him expertise in contentious employment work. James Simpson handles a range of matters, from GDPR compliance to restructuring, executive dismissals and discrimination cases. Debbie Saddler advises both employers and employees on a range of employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Noel Deans

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire

Asprey the Jewellers

Sodexo

Emap

Ercol

Buckingham University

Work highlights

  • Advised Stagecoach in Oxfordshire on employment tribunal claims and acted in a range of unfair dismissal and discrimination cases.
  • Advised Asprey the Jeweller on sensitive employment matters.
  • Advised Emap through the employment challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

Blaser Mills Law’s wills, trusts, and probate team handles a range of matters, including high-value estate planning and administration mandates, the preparation of wills and Court of Protection applications. Operating out of offices in Amersham and High Wycombe, practice leader Jonathan Gallop has experience in handling complex estate planning and trust matters. Minesh Thakrar is highly recommended and deals with powers of attorney, wills and private client issues concerning the elderly. Karen Woodison advises on complex estate administration, probate and Court of Protection matters. Senior associate Sara Rendell is praised by clients as 'absolutely delightful and personable'.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Gallop

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Blaser Mills are very responsive and efficient, even more so during lockdown. Jonathan Gallop is friendly and turns work round amazingly quickly. He is kind and caring. Jonathan anticipated my needs without always having to be told. This was important as some requirements were difficult for me to articulate. The process was managed during lockdown, via Zoom. My new will and supporting documents were turned around in a week. I was delighted by the response.’ 

‘Minesh Thakrar was very professional and extremely helpful, especially with my son’s estate. He did not leave a will and Minesh went the extra mile to complete all the transactions needed.’ 

‘Jonathan Gallop is an excellent person to work with. He has that special skill of making his clients feel important and valued. He was flexible on fees during what was a difficult time for me. I greatly appreciated that consideration, which has left me feeling warmly about the firm.’ 

‘Sara Rendell is absolutely delightful and personable, irrespective of the level of difficulty of the issue in hand.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Located in High Wycombe, Blaser Mills Law acts for a range of clients on commercial litigation concerning intellectual property, sports and reputation management. The department also has specialist industry knowledge in areas including IT disputes and construction. Practice leader Alka Kharbanda has particular expertise in contractual disputes, civil fraud and contentious probate. Jackie Ray deals with contract and IT disputes, while Sangita Manek - 'a real fighter for her clients' - has experience in property litigation and contentious probate matters. Executive chairman Jonathan Lilley remains a key contact, while Nick Scott joined from Greenwoods GRM in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alka Kharbanda

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Lilley is an extremely affable and experienced litigator. A respected opponent, who defends his client’s corner but with one eye on ultimate outcomes and makes good use of alternative dispute resolution. A joy to work with and gets good results for clients.’

‘Alka Kharbanda is an experienced and strategically wise litigator, robust when needed and gets good results for clients. Can really take the fight to the other side when its called for.’

‘A friendly and approachable team.

‘Jonathan Lilley is a very experienced litigator who knows when to settle. Excellent at delegating the day-to-day work to reliable associates but still completely on top of the case.’

‘Sangita Manek is a real fighter for her clients, who will leave no stone unturned.’ 

‘Nick Scott is an extremely good litigation strategist, has an agile mind and is supremely adept in batting away opponent solicitors’ correspondence.’ 

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.

Work highlights

  • Advised Bresco Electorial Services Ltd (in liquidation). The insolvency practitioners pursued an adjudication in the name of an insolvent company against a defendant for failure to pay monies due under the terms of a construction contract. The adjudication was successful and the defendant sought to bring an injunction preventing the enforcement of the adjudicators’ award.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Blaser Mills Law fields a team of experienced personal injury lawyers, whose work focuses almost exclusively on multi-track and highly complex cases. The group's caseload covers a wide range of accidents, with a notable increase in matters involving brain and spinal injuries. Beyond handling personal injury claims, clinical negligence work is also on the increase at the firm. The department is led by firm CEO Dave Matthews, who works with senior associates Victoria Harvey and Andrew Castle. Associate solicitor Kulvinder Bal is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Dave Matthews

Testimonials

The practice offers down to earth, approachable and sensible assessments which clients appear to appreciate.’

Approachable, responsive and determined. He always on top of his cases and able to respond quickly to strategic advice.’

Excellent experience and incredibly sound judgment.’

Andrew Castle: gives very practical advice backed but detailed knowledge and experience. Excellent at dealing with clients and opponents.’

Private client > Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Blaser Mills Law, which has offices in Amersham, High Wycombe, Rickmansworth and London, has specialist expertise in high-net-worth financial matters, including complex prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. The child care team is led by Denise Herman, who acts on behalf of parents and children in complex cases involving non-accidental injury to children, sexual abuse and other highly sensitive issues. Head of the family and divorce team Lucinda Holliday joined from LGP Solicitors in March 2020 and has experience in dissolution, divorce and separation matters often with cross-jurisdictional elements. Naim Qureshi advises on matrimonial finance matters and private law cases, while Javita Malhotra handles high-net-worth financial remedy work.

Practice head(s):

Lucinda Holliday; Denise Herman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very knowledgable, professional, efficient team, who readily make themselves available to their clients. They not only provide sound advice but also research related cases in order to provide a more rounded analysis.’ 

‘Blaser Mills are very professional and the services provided are outstanding. They are thorough, efficient, knowledgeable, helpful and provide clear and comprehensive advise.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge, client care and management of proceedings from beginning to end. A quality firm who seem to bill very reasonably. All of the Blaser Mills family team I have worked with are very approachable and sensible.’ 

‘Javita Malhotra showed an immediate grasp of the situation and was most sympathetic, understanding and professional in her approach. She kept me focused on the actions I should take and did her best to make herself available when I needed advice.’ 

‘Lucinda Holliday is exceptional. She has an eye for detail, knows the law inside out and is very good at managing client expectations.’ 

‘Naim Qureshi has excellent legal knowledge, takes a strategic approach to cases from the start, and has very empathetic client care. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team have a strong collaboration and ensure that between them the work is completed to a high level.’

‘Lucinda Holliday has a sharp legal mind, combined with a pragmatic sensible approach. She is always on top of the issues in the case and is able to give her clients robust advice when needed. She is approachable with both clients and counsel, and is a pleasure to work with.’ 

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 3

With expertise in a wide range of industries, Blaser Mills Law's 'extremely responsive and collaborative' team handles contentious debt recovery and insolvency litigation throughout the UK. 'Excellent commercial litigator' Jackie Ray acts in a broad portfolio of disputes, which includes representing creditors in insolvency claims before the Supreme Court, often with a cross-border element. Daria Stepien is also active in various commercial disputes involving debt recovery matters.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Ray

Other key lawyers:

Daria Stepien; Nina Bhatti

Testimonials

‘Blaser Mills understand the process of debt collection intimately and have developed a strong relationship with us over a number of years. They lead and require little chasing which makes them very easy to do business with. We have had some outstanding results through their diligence and expertise over the past year.’ 

‘The team are extremely responsive, collaborative and seek to find solutions for us in challenging times.’

‘Jackie Ray is a shining light and made it easy for us to select Blaser Mills. She was the reason we decided to choose them as opposed to any other firm in the market.’ 

‘Jackie Ray is especially effective and excellent at developing strong relationships with clients.’

‘Jackie Ray is an excellent, pragmatic and commercial litigator. Nina Bhatti is a dynamic, client focused young litigator who performs well above her years of qualification. Daria Stepien, legal executive, is a highly intelligent case manager who provides excellent client support.’

‘Jackie Ray – great with clients and opponents, very personable but also commercially astute and robust where appropriate.’

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Pythagoras Capital in relation to a case against a debtor for failure to pay monies due under the terms of a construction contract.

Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 3

Located in Amersham, Blaser Mills Law advises clients in the office, industrial, hotel and leisure sectors on commercial property issues ranging from sales, acquisitions and financings to general commercial leases, development work and securitisation matters. Head of the real estate and development team Louise Benning specialises in real estate developments, while David Michaels has experience in complex property transactions.

Practice head(s):

Louise Benning

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘David Michaels is very good and dedicated.’

‘Communication and the ability to get things or make things happen on time and thinking outside of the box to overcome problems are stand out features.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 4

Consultant Ben Langley is the key contact at Blaser Mills Law; he has particular expertise in road traffic law, achieving successful results for clients facing drink driving and speeding charges. He also handles other general crime matters from the firm's High Wycombe office. Former practice head Daniel Martin  left to join JMW Solicitors LLP's London office in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ben Langley

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Blaser Mills Law's varied workload includes boundary disputes, leasehold enfranchisement cases and service charge matters, as well as cases concerning the removal of tenants. Alka Kharbanda and Sangita Manek are key contacts.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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 Lucinda Holliday
Family and divorce
Child care Denise Herman
Child care
Criminal defence Ben Langley
PhotoNamePositionProfile
 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: David Singh

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: I would highly recommend Blaser Mills Chalfont Court. My personal experience with solicitors during a challenging time in my life left me with little to no confidence. However, Zara, Amy and Michaela were able to restore my confidence with their prompt responses and level of service. The team helped alleviate stress by managing the entire process on my behalf.


CLIENT: Alex Ryan

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: Lucinda helped me recently to petition for my divorce and with the conclusion of my financial settlement. Her sound legal advice and extensive experience was fantastic. She was also incredibly level headed and compassionate with her advice to secure me a fair and reasonable outcome during a personally tricky time! Many thanks again Lucinda.


CLIENT: Rob Kraitt

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: Was recommended to Sarah Scriven to handle my divorce and I can’t praise her highly enough: efficient, patient and understanding, as well as realistic! Thank you, Sarah.


CLIENT: Sarah Butler

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: I have bought and sold 10 properties over the past 25 years, and never have I come across a more professional and capable conveyancer than Samantha Bellia. She was on the ball, from start to finish, delivered professional and relevant advice, was quick, communicative and I felt that she 100% had my interests at heart. I can’t recommend her highly enough.


The Lex 100 Verdict

Buckinghamshire’s Blaser Mills is an ‘ambitious, commercially-driven firm’ perfect for those looking to avoid the ‘London commute and the cut-throat working practices of the City’.  Some respondents had previously worked at Blaser Mills as paralegals and knew that they ‘wanted to be part of this fast-growing, progressive firm’. The ‘ability to undertake seats in many different areas’ was attractive to trainees, as were the work/life balance and client contact – two categories in which the firm has earned Lex 100 Winner awards. Elaborating on work/life balance, respondents explained that ‘it is unusual to leave the office after 6pm’. Thanks to a small intake of trainees, recruits feel that the ‘training is of a much higher quality’ than at some larger firms. But seat allocation can be determined by ‘business need and your stint in a department can be interrupted if another team requires help for a few weeks’. Another complaint was the ‘limited communication from management’, which leads to ‘updates being trickled through the grapevine rather than actually being addressed or shared officially’. Training contract highlights included ‘sitting in on many hearings where I have played an active part’ and ‘receiving good feedback from a client who was pleased with the swift and successful conclusion of his property transaction’. By contrast, 'admin work and bundling’ and ‘making a grammatical error in a client document’ were worst moments. The uncertainty of 2020/21, including some trainees being put on furlough, has been very unsettling but ‘amazingly, this doesn’t seem to have affected the firm’s growth’! For ‘exposure to a broad range of areas of law, high levels of partner contact and the opportunity to advise on complex work’, consider Blaser Mills.