SE-Solicitors > Banbury, England > Firm Profile

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Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

SE-Solicitors’s debt recovery unit is equipped to handle the full range of work. The team delivers a ‘first-class service’, in particular in the telecoms, building supplies, recruitment, education and financial services sectors, and extends its reach with its international collections team. Practice head Richard Gwynne in Banbury has more than 25 years’ experience, and notable expertise in pre-legal collections, international debt recovery work, insolvencies and enforcements. Tina McLaren is noted for acting as account manager for the firm’s largest clients. Peter Gardner has left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gwynne

Other key lawyers:


‘Spratt Endicott have supported our business for a number of years now. They adapt and accommodate our requirements as needed to meet our ever-changing goals.’

‘Richard Gwynne and all the team at Spratt Endicott understand our business, our contracts and the way our billing works. As a result, they are able to offer sound advice and guidance which is vital to our business.’

‘The team understands and has adapted to how we work the legal accounts, they know the questions we will want answered by the debtors, and so that prevents toing and froing. Able to give advice only on occasions.’

‘Very friendly.’

‘The team has a great attention to detail, and having a nominated contact makes life so easy.’

‘First-class service, professionalism and great response times.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

The private client team fielded by SE-Solicitors comes recommended for its ability to provide ‘niche expert advice' and a 'realistic commercial feel'. Private wealth, court of protection, and contentious trusts and probate are among the team’s niche specialties in the space. Lucy Gordon is an expert on matters pertaining to agriculture alongside representing high-net-worth individuals. Founding partner David Endicott is a pre-eminent practitioner in the Thames Valley, and handles all aspects of wills, trusts, charity and tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Gordon

Other key lawyers:

David Endicott; Tom McInerney


‘Very knowledgeable, yet able to make this knowledge very accessible to lay person. Very personable professionals who are also friendly and warm and show real empathy.’

‘Lucy Gordon is a standout and runs a good team. You get niche expert advice without incurring London prices. All work is done efficiently and with a realistic commercial feel.’

‘Lucy Gordon has a wealth of experience and is a good communicator. Her pragmatic approach to trust and estate matters mean that the client can expect to receive sound advice and roll out at a competitive price. Because Lucy and her team will action the advice the client is not left wondering how they should act on the advice received. Thus they will receive an end-to-end solution.’

‘Lucy Gordon provided invaluable professional expertise with her advice and practical guidance throughout the process.’

‘Lucy’s approach and manner were always highly professional and proficient, though warm and empathetic. She and her team ensured that all the stages of the administration process proceeded smoothly and as swiftly as possible.’

‘The team had excellent client engagement from start to finish, explaining options and directing us to the service most appropriate for our situation. They had a very personal approach, understood our needs and were extremely responsive.’

‘Lucy Gordon is always excellent in her standard of advice, her manner and the efficiency in which the work is produced. An excellent service.’

‘Well established and knowledgeable team. Good communications and understanding of customer requirements.’

Work highlights

Employment > Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Carol Shaw heads up the team at SE-Solicitors, which provides a full range of services to both businesses and private individuals including  employment contracts, discrimination claims, harassment, TUPE, working time regulations, and grievance and disciplinary procedures, among others. Philomena Price  comes highly recommended, receiving praise as an ‘experienced employment lawyer, with specific expertise in food and drinks, and hospitality and leisure sector’.

Practice head(s):

Carol Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Philomena Price


‘Carol Shaw leads the department and offers clear and practical advice.’

‘Carol Shaw works proactively and is commercially focussed which ensures employment issues are resolved timely and successfully. Carol Shaw is highly knowledgeable and at critical times has always been available to give pragmatic advice by telephone – with other firms this has sometimes been days later in a letter.’

‘Philomena Price is an. experienced employment lawyer, with specific expertise in food and drinks, and hospitality and leisure sector. She is hard working, tactically astute and very good with clients hence the loyalty of her clients. Impressive has been her handling of difficult situations and her skill in negotiating.’

‘I was seeking an expert in employment law and I don’t think I could have found a better one than Philomena Price. She displayed a masterly grasp of her specialisms and the advice she gave me proved invaluable in helping me to secure a successful outcome to my case. I cannot recommend her highly enough.’

‘The ability to completely understand their client’s business and how best they can support them. A personal approach that makes you feel listened to and that working with them is a collaboration.’

‘Carol Shaw is professional yet personable, takes time to understand your queries or concerns, and works with you for the best solutions. The HR breakfasts are a great initiative and allow you to meet with other HR professionals and share thoughts and ideas, guided by Carol.’

Work highlights

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

With thorough expertise in contentious property matters, SE-Solicitors is also well-equipped to advise rural businesses on company structure and restructuring, partnerships, in addition to sales. Team head Guy Stephenson is supported by Jennie Loynes whose client roster features agricultural businesses, charities, and private individuals.

Practice head(s):

Guy Stephenson

Other key lawyers:


‘Spratt Endicott are efficient and knowledgeable, they get things done. We especially value a close working relationship and ease of access to legal advice that helps us concentrate on our own business knowing that we are in good hands.’

‘The team have been able to deal with a range of different property cases.’

‘Both Guy Stephenson and Jennie Loynes have completed work on our behalf in the past. We would not hesitate to use them again or to recommend them to others. They keep our business informed on progress and make themselves available to chat through issues and provide advice where needed.’

‘Guy Stephenson is approachable, friendly and pragmatic in his approach to challenging situations.’

Work highlights

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

SE-Solicitorsoffers extremely high quality contentious and non-contentious private client advice’, and is geared to handle Inheritance Act claims, proprietary estoppel, and trust disputes. Tom McInerney in Banbury leads the team and has notable strength in the administration of estates, personal taxation and power of attorney issues.

Practice head(s):

Tom McInerney


‘Spratt Endicott offers extremely high quality contentious and non-contentious private client advice.’

‘This firm offers clients a reliable, efficient and very competent service in relation to contentious probate disputes.’

I would have no hesitation in recommending the firm to anyone encountering problems with contentious probate or administration disputes.’

‘Tom McInerney is excellent, showing excellent technical expertise and sound commercial judgment, he is a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Tom McInerney has excellent knowledge of contentious probate and administration disputes.’

Work highlights

Private client > Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Under the stewardship of head of team Patrick Mulcare, SE-Solicitors has developed a specialism in acting for agricultural business owners, proprietors of landed estates and overseas clients engaged in cross-border separations and matters with international assets. Mulcare is also a specialist in financial remedies, and is supported on key mandates by ‘extremely experienced and talented solicitor’ Deborah Davies.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Mulcare


Other key lawyers:

Deborah Davies; Madeleine Harrington


‘The stand-out solicitor for me is Madeleine Harrington. The quality of her instructions, her support for the client and her communication skills are excellent.’

‘Spratt Endicott have a growing team, that can handle anything that comes their way. Small enough to care so everyone in the team knows what is going on, but big enough and experienced enough to provide first-tier advice in relation to all Private Law and Financial Remedy matters.’

‘For a regional firm of their size, they undertake work of quality and value. They are instructed in all Remits of Financial Remedy and Private Law Cases and have first-class knowledge base across their team. Over time they have developed great experience at all levels.’

‘Deborah Davies is an extremely experienced and talented solicitor. She is very thorough, wholeheartedly committed to supporting the client needs and provides excellent advice in an efficient, effective manner.’

‘Madeleine Harrington is a perfect blend of warm, compassionate, competent, realistic and efficient. She puts clients at ease, and it’s clear to see that they trust her. Her instructions are always very clear and she takes guidance and advice on strategy without being over-reliant.’

‘Deborah Davies provides an outstanding service for her clients and counsel. She is thoroughly prepared and has an excellent grip on the facts in the case.’

‘Patrick Mulcare is a calm, collaborative but tough solicitor with a keen eye for the bigger picture every case. Deborah Davies adding experience and steel to a well-balanced team.’

‘The family team at Spratt Endicott is excellent in all respects. Clients speak highly of the service they receive from both solicitors and supporting staff. The team stands out because it really does function as a team – there are always several people involved in any one case, meaning that nothing gets missed and clients are properly supported.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

SE-Solicitors handles high-value and complex transactions for local, regional, and national clients for whom they provide sector-specific knowledge across industries including commercial, residential, hospitality, aviation and automotive. Andrew Woods heads the team and provides strategic advice on complex real estate matters. Director Andrew Querelle acts for both developers and owner-occupiers in the space and is well-versed on issues pertaining to the automotive industry.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Woods

Other key lawyers:


‘The commercial property team continue to impress. Commercial property of course goes in ebb and flows. Spratt Endicott do not differentiate between years with multiple transactions and years where matters are just ticking along. Their commitment to their client remains unwavering’

‘Andrew Woods has always been my lead contact. He ensures work is done in a very timely fashion, and always sensible advice that fully understand the commercial reality of transactions and situations.’

‘You deal with a team that are dedicated to sorting out your interests , and are allotted one person who is responsible for you, and it works!’

‘Andrew Woods is very efficient and responsive, he gets things done.’

‘We are constantly recommending this firm to our clients because they are of such good quality.’

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

SE-Solicitors‘s ‘efficient and extremely knowledgeable’ company commercial team advises regional, national and multinational clients across a wide range of corporate and commercial legal services including M&A, business sales, restructures, contracts and competition law. Founding partner Hitendra Patel now heads the team, after John Spratt stepped back to a consultant role. Patel is an expert in M&A, partnership law, corporate finance and agency agreements. Catherine O’Riordan has particular expertise in warehousing and logistics agreements, as well as website terms and policies and distance selling legislation.

Practice head(s):

Hitendra Patel

Other key lawyers:

Catherine O’Riordan; John Spratt


‘Spratt Endicott are our go-to firm and trusted partners over many years. We very much value direct access to senior lawyers that are more than willing to provide frank and invaluable advice that helps us get things done. Efficient and extremely knowledgeable, they provide advice on potential pitfalls and solutions to mitigate them.’

‘We have worked very closely with Andrew Woods and Andrew Querelle on complex matters for several years. Both are highly efficient and knowledgeable – they get things done. With Spratt Endicott we don’t have to hold on the telephone, in a queue to be put through to the wrong person – we call through and they answer. The firm delivers!’

‘No-nonsense advice, delivered in a timely fashion and the ability to quickly understand and see the detail.’

‘Despite being a regional firm, the service and expertise is second to none. Their knowledge and expertise is comparable to top firms based in London.’

‘For a mid-size legal practice, a client is still treated as an individual and with personal recognition and respect. The firm covers a wide range of legal services as well as a good and solid understanding on corporate law.’

‘Spratt Endicott is a long-standing law firm that is highly invested in the community.’

‘Hitendra Patel was the partner in charge. I have dealt with numerous corporate partners in large London firms over the years and no one comes close to his ability, intellect, commercial acumen and work ethic. He is a very humble, calm, soft spoken but determined individual who will fight your corner with rational and commercial arguments with great success.

‘I have always been well looked after and have received a great personal service.’

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

SE-Solicitors handles a wide range of commercial disputes but places particular emphasis on restricted governance, injunctions, banking and financial services, insolvency, as well as property disputes. Carol Shaw leads the practice group, whilst Anis Waiz and Petra Van Dijk are important points of contact for finance and banking disputes, and IP litigation respectively.

Practice head(s):

Carol Shaw

Other key lawyers:


‘Spratt Endicott is a strong regional firm with technical capabilities which would not normally be associated with a firm of this size. It has particular skill in commercial property and development property, and commercial recovery work, both of which feed through to commercial litigation.’

‘Petra Van Dijk has a particular knowledge of the use of technology for efficient case management.’

Work highlights

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

SE-Solicitors houses a ‘strong‘ team of practitioners, which regularly acts for insolvency practitioners, debtors and creditors in liquidations and voluntary arrangements. ‘Talented‘ senior associate Petra Van Dijk leads the team in Banbury with her expertise in handling a variety of contentious insolvency matters, including the defence of bankruptcy and winding up petitions, and the annulment of bankruptcy orders.

Practice head(s):

Petra Van Dijk


‘Petra Van Dijk is a talented insolvency lawyer with a great manner, and is very protective of her clients.’

‘Spratt Endicott is a strong regional firm with technical capabilities. It has particular skill in commercial property and commercial recovery work, both of which feed through to insolvency.’

‘Petra Van Dijk has a strong technical skill in insolvency and a good reputation with IPs. Insolvency practitioners have particular commercial imperatives which Petra understands.’

‘Petra Van Dijk is a very thorough and capable solicitor, an asset to the team and a well-versed insolvency lawyer.’

The firm: SE- Solicitors is a leading law firm in the heart of England. Our relationship driven lawyers work with individuals and businesses to provide a full range of high-quality legal services across our specialist practice areas, with a particular focus on complex, multidimensional interests and private wealth, property, and commercial matters.

Working at our client’s side, we empower them with smart advice and pragmatic solutions to meet demanding challenges, achieve positive outcomes and realise success – in life and business.

Built around the belief that strong relationships really do matter, we pride
ourselves on a uniquely personal service that supports clients to feel
secure and protected, to embrace change, to grow and to thrive,
whenever they need us.

With more than 140 people working across our three offices in Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire, we serve regional, national, and international clients.

SE-Solicitors continues to make investments in its people, technology, processes and premises to ensure that the firm delivers the best possible legal expertise and service to all of its clients.

Types of work undertaken
Commercial property: The experienced team conducts high-quality work, focusing on service and value. Their high quality expertise and insights  includes strategic land acquisitions, commercial developments, residential developments, commercial investments and portfolios, landlord and tenant and non-contentious construction.

Agriculture: The agriculture team provide farmers, landowners and rural businesses with high quality legal expertise from land sales and purchases, commercial development of land and farming partnership structures, leasing and regulatory compliance and disputes to succession planning and protecting family’s wealth.

Residential property and country homes: The specialist residential conveyancing team is a busy and growing property department, accredited by The Law Society’s conveyancing quality scheme. They provide expertise in every kind of property transaction from modest homes and new builds, to high value country estates. They are known for their meticulous and distinctly personal service.

Debt recovery:  Our Top tier practice, as ranked by The Legal 500 UK in the South East, is recognised as a national leader of debt recovery solutions across a range of industries. The team acts for a wide variety of businesses in the UK and abroad, from financial institutions to multinationals, sole traders and local authorities. The department provides a seamless service from pre-legal collections to contested debt recovery, as well as credit management advice, training and strategic guidance.

Corporate and commercial: The partnership led solicitors provide high quality expertise in all aspects of corporate and commercial law, and have developed a particular specialist offering in the drafting and negotiation of high-value commercial contracts and other strategically important trading agreements on behalf of clients.  Our solicitors are experienced in mergers and acquisitions; MBOs; MBIs; joint ventures; share option schemes; corporate reorganisations; intellectual property; and shareholder agreements and disputes. Clients include entrepreneurs, founders, management teams, institutional and high-net-worth investors, as well as SMEs, large UK and international corporations.

Private capital: Our specialist private client solicitors have an enviable reputation for all aspects of private client law, including administration of estates and obtaining probate, trust planning, disputes, will writing, powers of attorney and court of protection matters.  Working with high net worth individuals, the team also provide strategic advice covering wealth planning, establishing trusts, managing estates with complex assets and navigating the rules, exceptions and reliefs associated with inheritance tax planning.

Dispute resolution: The dispute solicitors provide comprehensive dispute resolution expertise for a whole range of clients, from private individuals, local, national or corporate PLC or SME clients. Our core and varied dispute services include commercial , property and land, residential property, disputed wills and estates, insolvency, professional negligence, construction, property recoveries and banking and finance.

Family: Our renowned family solicitors delivers the very best legal support for a wide range of family matters with specialist experience in high-value financial cases . These services include a range of divorce solutions, child arrangements, divorce coaching, domestic abuse, nuptial and cohabitation agreements, grandparents rights in addition to mediation and collaborative Law.

Employment: The solicitors have an excellent record of advocacy success in tribunals, and offers high-level services including advice, in connection with: corporate immigration, corporate restructuring, data protection, day  to day HR issues,  TUPE transfers, disciplinary and grievances, dismissals, restrictive covenants, settlement agreements and whistle blowing.

Other offices: Linden House (Banbury), Gilmarde House (Banbury), Brackley, and Bicester.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial Property Andrew Woods
Corporate and Commercial Hitendra Patel
Debt Recovery Richard Gwynne
Dispute Resolution Kyle Wyness
Employment and Dispute Resolution Carol Shaw
Employment Philomena Price
Family Patrick Mulcare
Insolvency and Contentious Probate Petra van Dijk
Private Capital Lucy Gordon
Property Litigation Kyle Wyness
Commercial Litigation Anis Waiz
Residential Property and Agriculture Guy Stephenson
Contentious Probate Tom McInerney
Commercial Property Andrew Querelle
Commercial Property Emma Daniels
Private Capital Liliana Tomasulo
Family Monicka Rai
Private Capital Kristina Dunne
Corporate and Commercial Catherine O'Riordan co'
Corporate and Commercial James Macdonald
Corporate and Commercial John Spratt
Private Capital David Endicott
Photo Name Position Profile
Richard Gwynne photo Richard Gwynne Richard is a Director and Head of Debt Recovery at SE-Solicitors. His…
Tina McLaren photo Tina McLaren Tina is an Associate and Team Leader in the Debt Recovery team,…
Maria Zine photo Maria Zine Maria is a Team Leader with over 20 years experience in debt…
Photo Name Position Profile
Emma Daniels photo Emma Daniels Emma is a Director in the Commercial Property team. Emma advises on…
David Endicott photo David Endicott Together with John Spratt, David co-founded the practice in 2002. He has…
Lucy Gordon photo Lucy Gordon Lucy is a Director and dedicated Private Client lawyer with over 30…
James Macdonald photo James Macdonald James is a Senior Associate in the Corporate & Commercial team advising…
Tom McInerney photo Mr Tom McInerney Tom is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Private Client team. His…
Patrick Mulcare photo Patrick Mulcare Patrick is a Director and dedicated Family lawyer who leads the highly…
Catherine O'Riordan photo Catherine O'Riordan Catherine is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial team. She…
Chris Ozimic photo Chris Ozimic Chris is Director and passionate litigator with over 22 years’ experience of…
Harriet Page photo Harriet Page Harriet is a skilled Licensed Conveyancer, advising her clients on a broad…
Sneh Parekh photo Sneh Parekh Sneh is an Associate Solicitor in the Commercial Property team providing non-contentious…
Hitendra Patel photo Hitendra Patel Hitendra is a Director and Head of Department of the Corporate and…
Philomena Price photo Philomena Price Philomena has extensive experience in advising businesses and individuals on employment law…
Andrew Querelle photo Andrew Querelle Andrew is a director in the Commercial Property team. He has a…
Graham Roberts photo Graham Roberts Graham is an associate solicitor within our Commercial Property team. Graham specialises…
Julia Routen photo Julia Routen Julia is an experienced Solicitor, specialising in Probate, Wills and Trusts within…
Carol Shaw photo Carol Shaw Carol is a Director in the Employment and Dispute Resolution team advising…
John Spratt photo John Spratt John is a Founding Partner of SE-Solicitors and a highly regarded Solicitor…
Guy Stephenson photo Guy Stephenson Guy is a Director and leads the Residential Property, Country Homes and…
Liliana Tomasulo photo Liliana Tomasulo Liliana is a private client solicitor in the Private Client team in…
Andrew Woods photo Andrew Woods Andrew is a Director and dedicated Commercial Property lawyer with over 30…
Stephen Yates photo Stephen Yates Stephen Yates works in the Dispute Resolution Department, having just finished the…
Petra van Dijk photo Petra van Dijk Petra is an experienced Dispute Resolution and specialist Insolvency Solicitor, with over…
Number of UK directors : 15
Number of other UK fee-earners : 52