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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

Boyes Turner's practice has a 'broad range of commercial law experience and business acumen', providing a 'solution-orientated approach with speedy resolutions', with 'great value for money'. Particular industry specialisms of importance for the team are technology, fintech, automotive and healthcare, with clients of note including Auto Trader, Panasonic, MortgageGym and Wayfair. 'Outstanding commercial attorney' Mark Blunden heads the team, while Robert Rice leads the corporate group. Highlights included Rice handling the acquisition of assets of PACE Financial Group for US-based client Flywire; Kate Eavis ('smart, practical, experienced and good at delivering work on time') advising Circor International on the acquisition of a target group in a project worth around $855m; and Rice assisting Spain-headquartered company Accelya with its £8m acquisition of Anari. Commercial lawyer Bill Gornall-King is 'able to bring complex business issues into a practical and straightforward and effective approach’ and assisted Accelya with numerous commercial transactions. Sarah Williamson is noted for her experience in the digital, publishing, communications and advertising sectors, acting as in-house counsel to Auto Trader and the Guardian. Associate Helen Dobson and commercial solicitor Amir Kousari joined the team from Osborne Clarke's Reading office and an in-house role respectively.

Leading individuals

Robert Rice - Boyes Turner

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

The 'excellent, very responsive' team at¬†Boyes Turner¬†is ‚Äėgood value for money and timely in its responses‚Äô. ‚ÄėReassuring litigator‚Äô Jonathan Grigg¬†heads the practice and is noted for his ‚Äėexpertise and calm attitude‚Äô. The focus of Grigg‚Äôs expertise is acting for large corporates, particularly in the technology sector and in international disputes, and he is also highly regarded for pensions‚Äô disputes. Grigg is acting for Viavi Solutions in a dispute with trustees questioning the validity and enforceability of pension scheme documentation and is assisting the Showmen‚Äôs Guild of Great Britain with an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into alleged anti-competitive practices. Senior associate and debt recovery practice head Ally Tow¬†notably defended Auto Trader against a claim brought by a former customer for damages for alleged wrongful termination of an advertising contract. ‚ÄėTenacious, pragmatic‚Äô senior associate Stephen Baker¬†is defending Zimmer Group and Zimmer Biomet against a number of product liability claims relating to metal-on-metal hip devices. ‚ÄėInsightful, realistic and unflappable‚Äô senior associate+[Rowan Turrall]¬†heads the construction team. Kelly Services, Colt Group and Advantedge Commercial Finance are also clients.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Grigg - Boyes Turner

Next generation lawyers

Rowan Turrall - Boyes Turner

Stephen Baker - Boyes Turner

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Boyes Turner

Led by Ally Tow, Boyes Turner's team handles a range of contested recovery cases across sectors such as IT, recruitment, accounting and property management, as well as acting for public sector clients. Tow also handles contractual disputes and heads the firm's contentious probate team. In highlight work, the team acted for several divisions of H Young (Operations) in a variety of debt matters and acted successfully for a raft of other clients in pursuing unpaid invoices and disputed debts.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

The insolvency team of Boyes Turner in Reading is 'one of the strongest in the region', with 'great strength in depth, swift turnaround times and no-nonsense advice'. The team handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, especially asset tracing and recovery cases, administrations and business sales, as well as LPA receiverships. 'Rising star' senior associate Oliver Fitzpatrick represented Quantuma as liquidator of several companies within the Arena Group against multi-million-pound claims concerning directors' breach of duty, misfeasance and antecedence, while 'very experienced and pragmatic litigator' Phil Smith acted in a £6m shareholder dispute for Wilkins Kennedy as the liquidator of Emerald Meats and Emerald Properties. Further recommended is 'tenacious litigator' Chris Branson ('the go-to man on personal insolvency'). Grant Thornton, Begbies Traynor, Antony Batty & Company and CVR Global were advised by the team, which also gained KPMG as a new client in 2017.

Leading individuals

Chris Branson - Boyes Turner

Phil Smith - Boyes Turner

Next generation lawyers

Oliver Fitzpatrick - Boyes Turner

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

Boyes Turner¬†is ‚Äėalways prompt, available, pragmatic, flexible in approach and possessing a deep understanding of issues‚Äô. The team handles a wide range of work, including tribunal litigation, TUPE transfers and matters arising out of corporate transactions, for clients including LEO Pharma, Tesla and Reading Borough Council. Practice head Barry Stanton¬†handles a range of high-value and complex discrimination and whistleblowing cases, particularly in the technology and professional services sectors. Stanton and director Laurence Anstis¬†defended a digital marketing entity against claims by three former employees with a total value of several million pounds. Helen Goss,¬†who leads the leisure and hospitality sector team, has been advising Portico Corporate Reception Management in relation to its dress code and policy, with the policy on high heels provoking a debate in the national media. 'Real legal innovator' Michael Farrier]¬†represented an international electric car manufacturer in litigation commenced against its new employee by a former employer relating to post-termination restrictions, which had an important impact on the client‚Äôs research and development plans. Senior associates Andrew Whiteaker, Darren Smith¬†and Emma O'Connor¬†are all highly regarded.

Leading individuals

Michael Farrier - Boyes Turner

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Whiteaker - Boyes Turner

Darren Smith - Boyes Turner

Laurence Anstis - Boyes Turner

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

The 'knowledgeable' clinical negligence team of Boyes Turner 'handles a broad range of cases with the same skill and determination' and provides 'excellent client care'. It has particular expertise in child brain injury and cerebral palsy matters, and is also able to work with claimants residing abroad. Other focus areas include amputation and surgical and cancer negligence. In 2017, the 'superb, compassionate and unflappable' Richard Money-Kyrle , who is 'highly effective at generating creative solutions', and 'thorough' associate Sita Soni settled a £1.4m Erb's palsy case for a 20-year-old claimant. 'Tough and experienced tactician' Susan Brown and associate solicitor Julie Marsh , who 'is a credit to her team', 'inspires confidence in her clients' and 'leaves no stone unturned', represented a middle-aged claimant in a matter worth £550,000 concerning negligent hip (and later knee) replacement surgery, which caused a permanent shortening of her leg, reduced mobility, lower back pain and depression. Clients also recommend 'clever and dynamic' senior associate Vanessa Wand, who focuses on complex birth injuries.

Leading individuals

Richard Money-Kyrle - Boyes Turner

Susan Brown - Boyes Turner

Next generation lawyers

Julie Marsh - Boyes Turner

Vanessa Wand - Boyes Turner

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

'Excellent regional firm' Boyes Turner's 'talented and motivated' personal injury department 'has a strong presence and deserved national reputation, particularly in asbestos and other industrial disease claims'. Other specialisms include head and spinal injuries arising from road traffic and cycle accidents, and fatal cases, as well as other physical injuries sustained during accidents at work and in public places or via the use of defective products. The practice lead, 'fearless litigator and astute tactician' Kim Smerdon, settled a £750,000 case for a claimant who fell into a life-threatening coma and suffered a severe brain injury after their car was hit by the defendant's vehicle. Another highlight was a fatal mesothelioma matter, in which Smerdon successfully represented a family in its £1.1m loss-of-dependency claim. 'Thorough, professional and compassionate' senior associate Laura Magson is also highly recommended by clients for her 'long-standing reputation for achieving success in difficult asbestos cases'. Other noted individuals are partner Claire Roantree, who has 'great judgement and a brilliant manner with clients', and 'organised and client-focused' associate Peter Olszewski .

Leading individuals

Claire Roantree - Boyes Turner

Kim Smerdon - Boyes Turner

Next generation lawyers

Laura Magson - Boyes Turner

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South East: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 3

Boyes Turner

Providing ‚Äėsuperb advice‚Äô, the members of the team at¬†Boyes Turner¬†are recommended by one client as ‚Äėprobably the most understanding, amenable and efficient, dedicated, diligent and competent practitioners we could have asked for‚Äô.¬†Paul Lowery¬†heads the wealth protection practice at the firm, while¬†Ruth Meyer¬†leads the Court of Protection group. Lowery is supported by associate¬†Sophie Martin, whose ‚Äėstrength is her depth of knowledge and her personality; nothing is too much trouble for her‚Äô. Recent work for the department includes advising on wills, estate administration and domicile issues.

Next generation lawyers

Sophie Martin - Boyes Turner

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South East: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 4

Boyes Turner

Boyes Turner's education team is led by Laxmi Patel and has established a strong reputation in special educational needs matters, working with families and children to provide specialist support for their schooling needs. Patel has an extensive track record handling appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, and is able to liaise with the firm's clinical negligence and Court of Protection practices where clients and children with the most severe special educational needs require funding from local authorities for their educational provision. Janata Ali assists clients with special school placements and acts in appeals to the First Tier Tribunal.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

The ‚Äėprofessional, hard-working team‚Äô at Boyes Turner¬†‚Äėgoes that extra step to meet client needs‚Äô, providing a ‚Äėten out of ten service on all counts‚Äô. Commercial practice head Nick Carter¬†handles commercial property transactions for clients operating in many sectors, including media, telecoms, life sciences and retail. Carter recently led a team advising Verifone on the relocation of its headquarters. The development group is led by William Nassau-Lake¬†(‚Äėexcellent knowledge and understanding‚Äô) and Derek Ching¬†(‚Äėexceptional; he can deal with the most complex contractual issue and offer advice that is clear and easy to understand for the professional and the layman‚Äô), with clients of note including Fruition Properties, Spitfire Bespoke Homes and Antler Homes. ‚ÄėHighly recommended‚Äô Mark Appleton¬†holds a niche specialism in advising offshore trust companies on UK property transactions and was recently instructed by Curatus Trust Company (Mauritius) in connection with the sale of a substantial waterside site in London for around ¬£60m to an overseas developer. At senior associate level, Rachel Duncan]¬†¬†is noted for her experience in secured lending transactions and acting for foreign businesses setting up in the UK, while¬† Bob Daniel¬†and Sarah Webb¬†are other names of note.

Leading individuals

Mark Appleton - Boyes Turner

Next generation lawyers

Rachel Duncan - Boyes Turner

Sarah Webb - Boyes Turner

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Boyes Turner

Boyes Turner's property litigation practice has an extensive track record handling complex real estate disputes, including handling challenges to planning and compulsory purchase order decisions, collective enfranchisement and right to manage clients. Clients include well-known corporates such as LG Electronics and Guardian News & Media. Recent work includes acting for a commercial tenant on the exercise of a break clause, which involved advising on the conditions to be met in order to validly exercise the break; representing the commercial landlord of an industrial estate in a dilapidations claim made against a tenant who vacated the estate leaving the premises in a state of disrepair; and acting for a housebuilding company in a boundary dispute concerning the status of a plan which was attached to the transfer deed and the conduct of the parties in erecting boundary features which did not match the transfer plan. Russell May heads the group and handles the full spectrum of property disputes, including landlord and tenant issues, restrictive covenants and leasehold enfranchisement. Associate Katie Rampton is also recommended.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

The ‚Äėresponsive, professional and diligent‚Äô Boyes Turner¬†team possesses particular expertise in advising technology solutions providers such as Annodata, Kyocera, Bullitt and others on design and arrangements to incorporate third-party technologies into devices. The team also acts for data businesses, with complex performance auditing and data, payment transmissions, and online financial services matters among its diverse portfolio. Mark Blunden¬†leads the commercial and technology practice and assisted Mortgage Gym with the launch of the UK‚Äôs first regulated mortgage ‚Äėrobo-adviser‚Äô platform, constituting the first FSA-regulated mortgage platform of this type. Blunden and the ‚Äėcommercially minded‚Äô Sarah Williamson¬†have also continued to advise Virtualstock on the expansion of its ‚ÄúEdge‚ÄĚ SaaS platform, which is set to revolutionise NHS procurement systems when it launches later this year. Bill Gornall-King¬†advises clients on a varied range of matters across the automotive, aviation and engineering sectors, with key clients including censhare, Information Resources and the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group. Associate solicitor Helen Dobson¬†joined the commercial and technology team in October 2017¬†from Osborne Clarke,¬†bringing experience in co-ordinating international advice for digital business clients in relation to B2B and B2C arrangements.

Leading individuals

Bill Gornall-King - Boyes Turner

Mark Blunden - Boyes Turner

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Williamson - Boyes Turner

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

Boyes Turner¬†provides an ‚Äėoutstanding level of service‚Äô, with ‚Äėgreat, practical advice on real problems that require quick, yet intelligent solutions‚Äô and ‚Äėreally sharp business acumen‚Äô.¬†Bill Gornall-King¬†heads the department and specialises in advising clients on the commercial exploitation of their intellectual property, particular in the electronics and IT sector. Gornall-King is advising specialist software engineer Red Fox ID on the legal issues involved in its development of a new generation of software products and services for the transport sector. ‚ÄėHighly recommended‚Äô¬†Mark Blunden¬†‚Äėis an outstanding attorney‚Äô, who ‚Äėcomes armed with multiple solutions to complex commercial issues‚Äô. Blunden and media and entertainment law expert¬†Sarah Williamson¬†have been acting for Brandview on its content harvesting and monetisation when licensing its solutions to retail sector customers using¬†the solutions for price, promotions and product analytics. Associate solicitor¬†Helen Dobson¬†joined the team in 2017 from¬†Osborne Clarke.

Leading individuals

Bill Gornall-King - Boyes Turner

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Boyes Turner

Boyes Turner fields a high-calibre digital media team with specialist knowledge of advertising, digital media services and technology utilised by online publishers and advertisers. Key figure Sarah Williamson maintains a strong portfolio of clients, routinely supporting advertisers and publishers in complex technology-related projects, including agreements with providers such as Google and AppNexus for the licence of their advertising platforms. Williamson maintains her niche position as outsourced in-house counsel for Auto Trader and the Guardian, recently advising Auto Trader on a media-buying agreement and an agreement for the appointment of a creative services agency, and preparing agreements for the printing and distribution of the Guardian Weekly in New Zealand and Australia. Head of the commercial and technology practice Mark Blunden also acts for a number of multi-media sector clients, particularly on their technology-related projects. The team was strengthened in 2017 by the hire of Helen Dobson from Osborne Clarke, who has strong experience in the marketing and advertising sector.

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Williamson - Boyes Turner

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