Firm Profile > Brachers > Maidstone, England

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Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Brachers has a reputable team, known for its diligent work for professional health services, where the firm holds a number of long-standing clients. Led by Maidstone-based Scott Alexander, the group has been handling high-value specialist claims and has recently undertaken advisory work for two general practitioner clients. John Sheath has over three decades of healthcare law experience under his belt and represents doctors and medical staff.

Key clients

The Medical Defence Union

The Dental Defence Union

Specsavers Optical Group

Medway Maritime NHS Foundation Trust

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

'Professional, pragmatic and comprehensive advice' is the hallmark of the Brachers team. It advises on the full scope of real estate matters including related finance in combination with sector expertise in areas such as education, primary care , charities, agriculture and energy. The 'exceptionalSarah Gaines heads the charities sector work and the 'high-calibre' Bill Butler specialises in the health and education sectors. Ash Jilani  heads the primary care sector and has dealt with a number of new developments in that area. Sarah Webster's focus is on agriculture.


It provides a strong level of expertise across the real estate sector and is adept at involving and coordinating individual experts when needs arise.’

Sarah Gaines provides an exceptional combination of professionalism and pragmatism with an ability to think outside the box and to deliver solutions to complex issues.’

William Butler’s advice is very sound. Bill is a lawyer who knows his subject and does not hesitate to lead negotiations towards desired outcomes, knowing when to compromise and when to hold firm.’

‘Professional, pragmatic and comprehensive advice is the hallmark of the commercial property team at Brachers.’


Key clients

Alan Firmin Limited

Durtnell Group

CAF Bank

Dover District Council

Daunt Books

Hadlow Group

Bethesda Medical Practice

Plumpton College

Orpington College

London and South East Colleges

Debt recovery Tier 1

Brachers acts for a mix of owner-managed enterprises, SMEs and blue-chip corporations in the financial services, utilities, construction, vehicle finance and health sectors. The firm has particular expertise in financial services, where it advises on credit recoveries and provides portfolio management services. Robert Thompson and Graham Wallis are the key partners in the collections and recoveries group.

Health Tier 1

Brachers is known for its work with NHS trusts, particularly regarding inquests. John Sheath is the key contact for inquests and claims, often representing trusts and other providers without counsel. The firm also offers a substantial primary care practice, advising on new developments, as well as issues surrounding retirements in the single-handed GP sector. Commercial property specialist Ash Jilani leads the primary care team and Catherine Daw  heads the employment offering.

Key clients

Medway NHS FT

East Kent University  NHS FT

Sussex Partnership NHS FT

Sussex Community NHS FT

Maidstone &Tunbridge Wells NHS T

East Kent Medical Services Ltd

2Gether Solutions Services Ltd

Benenden Hospitals Trust

KIMS Hospitals

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Brachers’ agricultural and rural team is well versed a wide range of matters, acting for landowners and farming families in relation to development opportunities on their land, supporting charities within the rural community and handling commercial  and property disputes including boundary issues.  The department is well known for assisting educational and research institutions in the agricultural and rural sector. Sarah Webster heads the practice. Christopher Eriksson-Lee and Deborah Cain are other key contacts.

Key clients

Hadlow College

East Malling Trust

Kent County Agricultural Society

Alan Firmin Limited

Kent Farmers Benevolent Society

Plumpton College

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Other than a steady flow a will validity disputes, Inheritance Act claims, applications to remove executors and claims against trustees, Brachers also handles a number of propriety estoppel cases in the context of farming families. The firm saw a recent increase in  undue influence claims brought by executors or beneficiaries. Deborah Cain, who leads the contentious trusts and estates team, boasts ten years of exclusive practice in this area.

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Brachers assists clients on high-value acquisitions and financing deals as well as complex commercial transactions and contracts in a host of different sectors, with a roster of clients featuring major banks and other financial institutions. James Bullock has led on many of the largest, regional acquisitions and Erol Huseyin has a track record in energy and industrial projects.

Key clients


APC Technology Group Plc

DMC Capital Partners

Cosan SA

UK Medical Limited

Tennant Metallurgical

Mabanaft UK

Broad Oak Motor Group

Hadlow College

Education Tier 2

Brachers acts for a wide range of schools and further education colleges, including specialist institutions such as SEN schools. The team includes lawyers from several departments across the firm, particularly the employment, corporate and commercial and commercial property groups. Bill Butler heads the team and is a key contact for real estate matters, including the real estate aspects of academy conversions. Head of employment Catherine Daw is also a key figure in the multidisciplinary practice.

Key clients

Bromley College

Orpington College

London Skills for Growth (SfG)

Canterbury College

Hadlow College

West Kent and Ashford College

Plumpton College

New Horizons Federation (x 3 academies)

Loose Primary School

Coxheath Primary School

Vale View Primary School

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Brachers provides an all-round service to its healthcare, leisure and  manufacturer clients and has a notable list of automotive and aerospace industry clients. It operates a specialist human resources consultancy, Kent HR, in addition to handling Tribunal and High Court litigation. Team head Catherine Daw provides the healthcare expertise in addition to serving clients in areas such as aerospace and Antonio Fletcher, who is part of the agricultural team, handles restructures, TUPE transfers and employee disputes. Fellow partner Colin Smith has similarly broad expertise including collective redundancy programmes.

Key clients

Hadlow College

Hamton Environmental

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Moove/Cosan/Comma Oil

Global Sign

Plumpton College

Royal British Legion Industries

Plumpton College

Aliaxis Group

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

The Brachers team is highly respected for the quality and scope of its work which ranges from financial cases involving commercial or agricultural assets and trust structures to nuptial agreements and co-habitation issues. The team offers mediation and arbitration expertise and handles challenging family disputes involving children and other relatives including grandparents. Mark Leeson is a skilled mediator and Mei-Ling McNab's broad practice includes a focus on the agricultural sector.


One of the good regional firms with the ability to retain high-quality lawyers‘.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Brachers assists with all aspects of succession and tax planning, the administration of estates and probate. It acts for landed estates, agriculture and business owners throughout the South East often acting for generations of the same family.  It can deal with complex trusts and disputes over inheritances, executors or trustees. Christopher Eriksson-Lee is a director of Brachers Trust Corporation and is also a deputy in the Court of Protection. His broad expertise includes capital taxes planning. Alexandra Gordon  includes wills preparation, trust creations and lasting powers of attorney.


‘The team is incredibly experienced and has a specialist offering in tax planning, trust management, elderly and vulnerable work, and the services offered to clients with business and agricultural assets.’

‘We received a highly personal service from all of the staff involved in our affairs. They took time to understand what we as a family and individually wanted to achieve.’

Property litigation Tier 2

Brachers's property litigation group is active across landlord and tenant disputes, ownership and rights over land issues and contentious environmental matters. Allis Beasley is sought out in particularly high value and complex cases. Another name to note is James Milis, who advises a wide range of clients including charities, educational institutions and corporates. Michael Oatham leads the team.


The firm is responsive, easy to deal with, and has the breadth of experience to assist with most issues‘.

Clients are treated equally and sympathetically‘.

A highly efficient and dedicated team; I trust them to get the work done and always feel that I am in safe hands‘.

Allis Beasley and Emma Anderson are personable, responsive and really great to work with; I have complete faith in their advice‘.

Allis Beasley attracts a good client base and establishes a solid working relationship with both her clients and counsel; she is extremely pleasant to deal with‘.

Jame Millis is an excellent member of the team; he demonstrates utmost professionalism, attention to detail and commitment to the task at hand‘.

Key clients

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Hadlow College

West Kent & Ashford College

Alan Firmin Limited

Sevenoaks District Council

Benenden Hospital

East Malling Trust

James Baird (Home Farm) Limited

East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Banking and finance Tier 3

Brachers’s corporate, banking and finance practice is well known in the region for its position on HSBC’s national corporate lending panel, advising the bank on revolving credit facilities and other complex matters. The teams also assists clients with acquisition finance, refinancing and debt restructuring. James Bullock heads the practice. Matthew Simmonds is another name to note. Former asb law LLP corporate finance head Claire Williams joined the team in September 2019.

Key clients



Lloyds TSB


Premier Ground Rents

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

At Brachers’s cross-departmental Maidstone office, Sarah Gaines advises a range of charities on real estate transactions while Christopher Eriksson-Lee is the lead figure for regulatory and compliance matters. Antonio Fletcher who was made partner in May 2018, handles employment and data protection-related matters.


Dedicated, professional and personalised service. Always approachable and with an excellent knowledge of the charity sector and the peculiarities that are faced within the sector.

Clients value Brachers’ personalised service coupled with the professional attitude and knowledge. They are keen to work with the client which provides a different dynamic and will always look for ways of working together to ensure we all offer the best service possible. Sarah Gaines  provides excellent support, advice and guidance.

‘The Brachers LLP team are refreshingly able and enthusiastic. This permeates down from the top level and includes the support staff who always endeavour to get queries answered in a timely fashion.’

‘Christopher Eriksson-Lee is a stand out professional with a wide ranging knowledge of his subject.’

Key clients

William Barrows Charity

Charities Aid Foundation Bank

Royal British Legion Industries

Kent County Agricultural Society

Heart of Kent Hospice

Health and safety Tier 3

At Brachers, the highly experienced Lee May utilises his in-house experience to defend local authorities against prosecutions by health and safety executives. Also recommended is John Sheath, who has significant experience in providing specialist advice in inquests, corporate manslaughter, risk management and governance.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

The insolvency team at Brachers LLP's Maidstone office is led by Michael Oatham who has over 20 years' experience working for insolvency practitioners. Under his leadership, the team offers the full suite of pre and post appointment services to insolvency practitioners and employs its own in-house insolvency practitioner, Tim Mayner, who specialises in bankruptcy appointments and connected assets recoveries.

Key clients

Mazars LLP


Grant Thornton

Baker Tilly


Bretts Business Recovery

CCW Recovery Services

MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Kreston Reeves

Wilkins Kennedy

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 4

Michael Oatham at Brachers has expertise in high-value commercial disputes, especially contractual disputes, shareholder and directors' duties and professional negligence. The litigation team works with the recoveries and collections team, spearheaded by Robert Thompson, which is known for its debt recovery and insolvency-related work.

Key clients

Schindler Ltd

Alan Firmin Ltd

Systems Technology

Cory Environmental

Beadles Group

Donovan Brothers Ltd

Netbox Digital Ltd

Homeleigh Timber

Haynes Bros Ltd

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Construction Tier 4

Brachers' construction and engineering team generates a regular flow of work from employers, contractors, banks, developers, consultants and insurers. It advises on issues arising at all stages of projects, ranging from inception to completion. The scope of its expertise includes procurement routes, construction and engineering contracts, and dispute resolution. Michael Oatham is a key contact.

Brachers is a leading law firm in the South East, which prides itself on delivering quality and value to clients through continuous innovation, robust management practice and a commitment to excellence. The firm is accredited with both Lexcel and ISO quality standards and has an FCA licence. Brachers’ strength and depth of practice areas, deep sector knowledge, enviable client relationships and level of staff engagement are what sets it apart from competitors. With offices in Maidstone, London and Discovery Park in Sandwich it serves a broad range of clients from private individuals and their families and businesses, to SMEs, multinational corporations, healthcare and educational establishments and other public sector organisations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Joanna Worby 01622 690691
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Scott Alexander  photo Mr Scott Alexander
 Kate Baigent  photo Kate Baigent
 Allis Beasley  photo Allis Beasley
Mr James Bullock  photo Mr James Bullock
Mr Bill Butler  photo Mr Bill Butler
 Catherine Daw  photo Catherine Daw
Mr Christopher Eriksson-Lee  photo Mr Christopher Eriksson-Lee
 Sarah Gaines  photo Sarah Gaines
Mr Jeremy Horton  photo Mr Jeremy Horton
Mr Ash Jilani  photo Mr Ash Jilani
Mr Mark Leeson  photo Mr Mark Leeson
Mr Lee May  photo Mr Lee May
 Mei-Ling McNab  photo Mei-Ling McNab
Mr James Millis  photo Mr James Millis
Mr Michael Oatham  photo Mr Michael Oatham
Mr Simon Palmer  photo Mr Simon Palmer
Mr John Sheath  photo Mr John Sheath
Mr Matthew Simmonds  photo Mr Matthew Simmonds
Mr Colin Smith  photo Mr Colin Smith
Mr Robert Thompson  photo Mr Robert Thompson
Mr Graham Wallis  photo Mr Graham Wallis
 Sarah Webster  photo Sarah Webster
Mr Alexander Wilson  photo Mr Alexander Wilson
 Joanna Worby  photo Joanna Worby