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BPE Solicitors LLP

ST JAMES HOUSE, ST JAMES SQUARE, CHELTENHAM, GL50 3PR, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01242 224433
Fax:
Fax 01242 574285
DX:
CHELTENHAM 11
Email:
Web:
www.bpe.co.uk
Cheltenham, London, Stonehouse

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP¬†runs an ‚Äėexperienced and approachable‚Äô corporate group, with an active banking practice and ‚Äėparticular strength in the SME space‚Äô. Anthony Rudge¬†leads the department‚Äôs listed companies practice and is instructed by numerous AIM-listed corporates. Indeed, Rudge assisted clients including Totally and Sosandar with multimillion-pound placings and open offer fundraisings. Rudge also advised Integumen with a number of acquisitions and a related share placing and admission to AIM. Highly regarded by clients and peers alike, Tim Ward¬†‚Äėreally stands out in the department‚Äô. Iain Garfield¬†leads the firm‚Äôs commercial practice and has extensive experience advising SMEs and AIM-listed companies on high-value and often cross-border commercial contracts. John Workman¬†handles M&A and share option scheme mandates, and senior associate Louise Grzasko¬†has diversified, international experience in corporate finance law. Commercial solicitor Dianne Devlin¬†joined the team from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, while Zoe Reynolds left the firm and now acts as a locum solicitor in Cheltenham.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 1

BPE Solicitors LLP

‚ÄėA strong player in the local market‚Äô, BPE Solicitors LLP¬†is regularly involved in commercial contract litigation and ADR, but is perhaps best known for its high-profile professional negligence work. Practice head Philip Radford, who ‚Äėnever seems to switch off‚Äô, is involved in multiple high-stakes arbitrations involving issues such as breach of covenant against a utilities provider. Acting on the claimant‚Äôs side, Riyaz Jariwalla¬†is representing a client in a multimillion-pound contract dispute with a US-based company. Recently promoted to associate, Thomas Hall¬†has been picked out by clients as ‚Äėone to watch for the future‚Äô. Hall represented an individual in a dispute regarding a ¬£1m investment that was allegedly mis-used by the entrusted companies. The team also has experience of property disputes, IP claims, fraud and, uniquely, classic car litigation.¬†John Carter¬†specialises in property litigation and professional negligence and was promoted to senior associate in 2017.

Leading individuals

Philip Radford - BPE Solicitors LLP

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South West: Human resources

Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Employment: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 1

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP acts primarily for national clients  on whistleblowing, TUPE, and employee relations, issues, as well as business restructures, trade union negotiations and industrial action. It handles a number of cases in the EAT, High Court and the Court of Appeal, and acts for private individuals advising on senior level severances. It recently defended key client Interserve in a complex whistleblowing , unfair dismissal, breach of contract and disability discrimination claim. In another key mandate the practice acted for Just Go Travel Group on the acquisition of Omega Holidays and Cruise Connections, which included advising on restructuring, collective consultation and TUPE issues. Other clients include PureGym, Sytner and Omega Resource Group. Lisa Gettins heads the team, which includes Tim Gofton, Heyma Holmes and Sarah Lee.

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South West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 4

BPE Solicitors LLP

Solicitor Doris Woo joined from Browne Jacobson LLP to head up the charities team at BPE Solicitors LLP. Clients include The Smallpeice Trust, the UK's largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education charity, which the firm is advising on a merger with The Arkwright Scholarships Trust, including the novation of significant contracts and TUPE obligations. Senior associate Sarah Lee is 'consistent in her utterly professional approach', providing 'clear, thorough and concise' advice.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP’s practice is led by Helen Cankett, who specialises in financial settlements on divorce and in assisting unmarried couples with settlements on their separation. Senior associate Jemma Jones has extensive experience in high-value matters, specialising in all aspects of divorce and separation, and has a particular strength in private children's law.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP¬†has 'good expertise‚Äô and a ‚Äėvery busy private client department with some dedicated and hardworking lawyers serving clients from across the Cotswolds and beyond‚Äô. Team head¬†Clare Young¬†focuses on advising high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on personal planning and protection issues.¬†Peter Tyrrell¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent client service and pragmatic advice on a timely basis‚Äô, and has a particular interest in Court of Protection matters, including complex deputyship applications or contested power of attorney applications.¬†Lottie Goldstone¬†joined the firm as a solicitor from¬†Harrison Clark Rickerbys¬†in September 2017.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP¬†is instructed by corporate occupiers and property developers and regularly handles warehouse and development site transactions, corporate leasing, and property funding. Jo Bewley, who has expertise in real estate finance, advised Pure Gym on the property aspects of an equity sale to Leonard Green & Partners. Department head Antonia Shield¬†and senior associate Alex Curtis¬†assisted a well-known corporate with one of the nation‚Äôs largest warehouse lease acquisitions in 2017. Similarly, the ‚Äėresponsive and knowledgeable‚Äô Doug Armstrong¬†advised Boultbee Brooks Real Estate on its purchase of a city-centre warehouse in Leeds, and its subsequent refurbishment and pre-lets to various tenants. In the residential space, Thornton Allen¬†acted for Mears Housing Portfolio 2 in its ¬£13m acquisition of a development site for the development of nearly 100 houses. Lloyds Bank and SuperGroup are also among the team‚Äôs key clients. At the time of publication Rebecca Maxwell¬†was on maternity leave and Tim Williams¬†was on secondment to a nuclear power company.

Next generation lawyers

Rebecca Maxwell - BPE Solicitors LLP

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP advises on IT, technology and e-commerce law, commercial and contractual advice and IT regulatory advice. Recent highlights include acting for the Dotdigital Group corporate team advising on the acquisition of Compai Group. Another highlight includes advising New Gen (UK) on license agreements, usage restrictions, exclusivity and on-going support for commercial laundries based in the Middle East. A further highlight includes advising MandM Direct in relation to a new IT service agreement and cross-border data processing terms with US-based Proofpoint. Dianne Devlin joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and Doris Woo joined from Browne Jacobson LLP. Matt Jackson left the firm.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

BPE Solicitors LLP

BPE Solicitors LLP Cheltenham provides advice on a broad range of IP matters including international IP protection for trade marks and designs, licensing, patents and also litigates for clients in contentious matters. Key client sectors include science and technology, medtech, public sector, and media and entertainment. Iain Garfield heads the team, he recently led on advising Valour Clothing in relation to successful opposition of a trade mark application for Valor International. Riyaz Jariwalla specialises in IP litigation and providing advice to to retail, and science and technology businesses. Clients include Fiddes Payne, Innovate UK, Norville Group, Outdoor & Cycle Concepts (Cotswold Outdoor) and Spectrum Medical.

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