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 is home to a team that has expertise across the breadth of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including outsourcing and other TUPE issues, restrictive covenants, discrimination and whistleblowing claims. The practice acts mostly for employers, from small businesses to multi-national corporations and the not-for-profit sector. Advising overseas companies is an area of strength. James Simpson heads the practice. Managing partner Jonathan Lilley is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

James Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Great attitude, in-depth knowledge, prompt service.

Key clients

Jupiter Hotels

Oxford Bus

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire

Semcon AB

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

Aside from offering a full range of private client services, the wills, trusts and probate team at Blaser Mills Law has specialist knowledge in high- value estate planning, estates involving international assets, Court of Protection, trusts, care home and disabled client issues. Minesh Thakrar heads the practice from the Rickmansworth office. Jonathan Gallop and Sarah Ripper in Amersham and Karen Woodison in High Wycombe are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Minesh Thakrar

Testimonials

I was made to feel individual and important to them‘.

Minesh Thakkrar and his assistant were always helpful and made themselves available to me whenever possible‘.

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

Blaser Mills Law’s real estate and development team has merged with the commercial property team and is headed by Louise Benning from the Amersham office. The team is also has a presence in High Wycombe and Rickmansworth. made up of experienced property litigators and commercial lawyers, the practice handles a large number of commercial property matters in relation to shops, offices and industrial and commercial units, including sales, acquisitions and finance/security work. It is also active in the hotel and leisure sectors. David Kemp, consultant David Michaels and senior associate Shona Dunning are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Louise Benning

Crime: general Tier 2

Blaser Mills Law undertakes the full spectrum of defence work for both private and publicly funded clients, but particularly specialises in drug-related offences, serious sexual offences including historic offences, and violent crime. The 'committed, flexible, and accessible' team is headed by Daniel Martin who has specialist expertise in cases concerning the use, sale, and importation of offensive weapons, alongside a strong general crime practice. Associate Ben Langley is notable for his work in magistrates and youth court cases, as well as his work on cases involving sexual offences.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Martin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are very professional, understanding and have always wanted the best results for our case from day one.’ 

‘They have worked extremely hard on a complicated case for a year to achieve a positive result.’

Daniel Martin’s cool calmness under pressure, coupled with his unrelenting attention to detail make him every prosecutor’s nightmare.

‘Blaser Mills LLP is an incredibly professional and slick firm.

The team  is particularly adept at marrying the appropriate client with counsel to ensure a smooth running case.

Dan Martin is an extremely intelligent and brilliant defence lawyer.

Their high level of service was consistent between the fee-based work and when the case moved to legal aid – we experienced no change in the level of support we received.

Both Dan Martin and Emily Wright were incredibly responsive and able to explain our situation in understandable terms.

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx Tier 2

Blaser Mills Law’s team specialises in complex financial matters where large assets are at stake and/or the client is a high earner. Expertise in children work includes cases in which guardians and experts are involved and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are an area of growth. The practice is jointly headed by Jolene Hutchison (High Wycombe) and Denise Herman (Rickmansworth), who handle divorce and child care respectively. Senior associates Javita Malhotra and Naim Qureshi are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jolene Hutchison; Denise Herman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A full-service team able to deal with all and any issues‘.

This firm delivers a great balance between bigger central London firms and smaller high street organisations‘.

They provide an excellent all-round service‘.

Offering a London law firm service at non-London prices‘.

The family department offers a superb service. I recommend them wholeheartedly‘.

Jolene Hutchinson is very savvy and dynamic‘.

Jolene Hutchison is first rate‘.

Denise Herman is a consummate professional, and a hugely experienced litigator‘.

Javita Malhotra is very impressive. She is excellent with emotional clients, offering a sympathetic but firm support and giving robust advice in a very caring manner‘.

Naim Qureshi is hard working on behalf of his clients and is very thorough in his preparation for case‘.

 

Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Blaser Mills Law personal injury department covers medium to high-value serious injury claims pertaining to brain and spinal injuries. Practice head Dave Mathews handles pavement tripping accidents and accidents at work, senior litigator Victoria Harvey has experience in industrial disease cases, and Nicola Heales focuses on brain and spinal injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Dave Matthews

Other key lawyers:

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

Blaser Mills Law’s litigation department has specialist industry knowledge of consumables, including sterile products, disability aids, home care, catering equipment and agricultural feedstuff. Practice head Alka Kharbanda is well versed in contractual disputes, civil fraud, professional negligence and contentious probate, as well as in GDPR-related matters. Jackie Ray specialises in debt recovery. Commercial litigator Gary Braathen is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alka Kharbanda

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Blaser Mills has excellent strength and depth across their team, with a very impressive client list‘.

Jackie Ray is an excellent client-focused lawyer who is a delight to work with‘.

Gary Braathen is an excellent lawyer and great tactician‘.

Key clients

C F Services

First Collect International Ltd

Bunzl UK Ltd

Stannah Lift Services Ltd

THX Ltd

Correco Ltd

GRS Roadstone Ltd

Fraikin Assets

Crime: fraud Tier 3

Blaser Mills Law is active across the business and financial crime sector, providing services to private and legal aid clients in the Thames Valley area as well as London. The firm's presence is particularly strong in cases concerning benefit fraud. Practice head Daniel Martin is 'very professional' and noted for his significant experience in confiscation work, maintaining close relationships with forensic accountants

Practice head(s):

Daniel Martin

Testimonials

Dan Martin is an assured and wise operator.

‘A progressive firm with a very talented group of younger lawyers

A great team that can deal with the full range of financial crime

The quality of advice that I have witnessed being provided to my clients is exceptional.

They made me feel very confident with their advice.

Debt recovery Tier 3

Blaser Mills Law assists construction sector and consumer supply clients in  commercial recoveries. The firm also undertakes an increasing amount of work on behalf of trade finance and credit companies. High Wycombe based Jackie Ray is the lead adviser.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Ray

Testimonials

An excellent team, with an outstanding client list. Blaser Mills has a very good track record in the area.’

Jackie Ray is extremely good- very commercial and client focused.’

 

Key clients

C F Services

First Collect International Ltd

Bunzl UK Ltd

Stannah Lift Services Ltd

Property litigation Tier 4

Alka Kharbanda leads the real estate litigation department at Blaser Mills Law, which acts for high net worth individuals, property developers, and logistics and healthcare companies. The team works closely with the family practice, as well as the wills, trusts and probate department. Alex Wyatt, who has specialist social housing knowledge, is a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Alka Kharbanda

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Stanford Developments Ltd

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 LLP has a strong commitment to creating a diverse workforce. Rather than scrutinise an individual’s background, our goal is to attract the best talent and create an outstanding working environment that people want to be part of and remain with throughout their careers.

The people at our firm come from a range of backgrounds which we embrace. We treat everyone equally, regardless of gender, race, colour, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, age or sexual orientation. Moreover, we pride ourselves on our flexible working for employees to accommodate wide-ranging personal circumstances.

The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) requires us to collect information on our workforce based on an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion survey, and publish certain information from the survey. In accordance with the SRA guidelines, please find below a summary of the firm’s diversity data, including statistics relating to age, gender, ethnicity and disability:

*Individuals with a disability according to the definition of the Equality Act 2010, or whose day-to-day activities are limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least 12 months.

N.B.  The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion survey is optional. As a result, this data is based only on those individuals who opted to complete the survey questions and is not representative of the firm’s workforce as a whole.


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.