Spratt Endicott > Banbury, England > Firm Profile

Spratt Endicott
OX16 9AB

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

Located in Banbury, Spratt Endicott‘s ‘informative, proactive and knowledgeable’ team provides the full range of advice from pre-legal issues to court actions and international work, leaving it well placed to assist debtors who are either based overseas or have assets in different countries. Sector specialisms encompass the telecoms, building supplies, recruitment, education, and financial services industries. Peter Gardner leads the defended debt recovery team and commercial debt recovery expert Richard Gwynne heads up the wider team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gwynne

Other key lawyers:

Anis Waiz; Peter Gardner; Thomas Halstead; Tina McLaren


‘Spratt Endicott is very good at getting the job done, especially when under time pressure or if we were ever in need of some urgent legal advice or direction.’

‘Anis Waiz, Pete Gardener, Thomas Halstead – all three members have been an absolutely great support. They are always happy to assist and give advice wherever needed, no matter the query.’

‘Informative, proactive and knowledgeable.’

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

Spratt Endicott advises on estate administration, taxation, wills, and trusts, working closely with other departments within the firm to service corporate and farming client with additional expertise. Practice head Lucy Gordon in particular is a specialist in matters pertaining to agricultural clients as well as HNW individuals. Renowned in the market for his expertise, founding partner David Endicott handles wills, trusts, charities, and personal tax.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Tom McInerney; Emma Rolfe


‘Emma Rolfe & Tom McInerney are both extremely knowledgeable and have a warm and understanding demeanour when dealing with all clients. Emma particularly is a calming and caring influence on clients.’

‘Lucy Gordon is an excellent lawyer who will find a sensible solution to any problem and do so in the most efficient manner. I do not hesitate to recommend high-net-worth individuals to her for advice. The work is done effectively and efficiently and the clients love her.’

‘The client service was excellent. Any time I have needed to speak to a member of staff it has been easy and I’ve not been left waiting for contact. They have made me feel that my needs were important to them.’

‘Lucy Gordon – knowledgeable, reliable, efficient and simplifies the complex. Lucy is accountable and reliable.’

‘I particularly value the personal relationship, continuity, and knowledge of my family over many years. I have always had excellent, prompt service at what I believe are reasonable prices.’

‘We have found the personnel we dealt with to be friendly, knowledgeable, and professional.’

‘Spratt Endicott is a unique practice. Efficient, friendly, with an amazing work ethic that we have never experienced with other practices.’

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

Alongside general employment advice, Spratt Endicott is highly active in tribunal proceedings, particularly where they concern unfair dismissal. Carol Shaw heads up the team, handling restrictive covenants, business immigration, TUPE, and injunctions among others. Shaw works closely with Philomena Price who has a broad practice and is a specialist in tribunal proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Carol Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Philomena Price


‘The employment team is highly experienced and can be relied on to provide advice and guidance on a complete range of employment issues. The service is efficient at all times, and the team understands when a matter requires urgency.’

‘Carol Shaw gives clear and direct advice which is always pragmatic. Carol is able to anticipate issues before they arise and works on strategy to resolve employment issues, all whilst keeping a commercial outcome in mind.’

‘The two key solicitors (Philomena Price and Carol Shaw) have spent time understanding the culture of our business, and as a result are able to offer advice and guidance which is aligned to our way of thinking.’

‘They have always provided a first class service which is friendly, efficient and professional. My experiences with Spratt Endicott have been excellent and I would highly recommend their services.’

‘Our main contact within the Employment team is Carol Shaw. I believe that we would not have had the successful outcomes without the professional help from Carol Shaw, whose knowledge and experience of employment law is outstanding. Carol is super efficient and personable.’

‘A small employment team well lead by Philomena Price with excellent client following.’

‘Philomena Price is an excellent lawyer, leads the team well and is strategically superb. She has a good and loyal client following.’

‘From my initial phone call, I was treated with respect, friendliness, and asked questions regarding my employment in a professional way which put me at my ease in an upsetting situation for me. The team always replied to my e-mails, and phone calls promptly. And answered my questions clearly.’

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

The team at Spratt Endicott have ‘good local knowledge, yet are big enough to have specialists in many spheres’, and as such are set up to advise on succession planning, contentious probate and the structuring and restructuring of farming companies. The team is led by Banbury-based director Guy Stephenson, who joined from Lee Bolton Monier-Williams to become head of rural and residential property, bringing his experience in property litigation. He works alongside property-focused senior associate Jennie Loynes and managing director Andrew Woods, who heads up the commercial property team.

Practice head(s):

Guy Stephenson

Other key lawyers:


‘We regard Spratt Endicott as working partners in our business, they provide trusted advice and guidance together with the surety of knowing they’ll deliver what they say they will. Direct access to senior lawyers and responsiveness is key for us. Spratt Endicott are our go to firm.’

‘Guy Stephenson and Jennie Loynes are both very approachable, happy to provide early guidance and advice. They set timescales and work to them, allowing us to concentrate on our business knowing we’re in good hands.’

‘Available, helpful and know their subject.’

‘Jennie Loynes handled the sale of our rural property and managed the whole process very well. There were some particular challenging issues which had to be dealt with from the purchaser side, which Jennie handled very well and kept her nerve when I had lost mine.’

‘Locally based firm with good local knowledge, yet big enough to have specialists in many spheres.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Spratt Endicotthave strength in depth and are able to cross-refer to others with different specialisms in the firm when the need arises‘. The practice advises clients on complex estates, wills, and trusts disputes, including Inheritance Act claims. The team is led by senior associate Tom McInerney, ‘an excellent solicitor with deep knowledge of contentious trusts and probate‘.

Practice head(s):

Tom McInerney


‘I work with Thomas McInerney. Tom is an excellent solicitor with deep knowledge of contentious trusts and probate. His judgement is sound and his client care is excellent.’

‘An excellent service for clients, with very proactive collaboration between clients, the solicitors and counsel.

‘Tom McInerney interacts very well with clients and has an excellent grasp of the law and litigation strategy.’

‘The firm proved themselves competent and resourceful in dealing with the slightly unusual circumstances of our case. Despite seemingly narrow odds of success which were certainly not hidden from us, the matter was pursued to a successful conclusion against our expectations.’

‘Professionalism is the only word I can think of that encapsulates the integrity of the firm. They give the advice that is needed, not the advice that might earn them increased fees, or what you want to hear as a client. This is so refreshing and unusual these days.’

‘Incredibly professional, courteous and helpful in all matters’

‘Tom McInerney explains things in an easy-to-understand manner. Very knowledgeable, professional and approachable’

‘I have always struggled to find a responsive, professional and knowledgable lawyer to work with, whom I am happy to refer my clients. Finally, I seem to have found that in Tom McInerney, whom I cannot fault.’

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

Spratt Endicott provides ‘excellent legal services‘ particularly in relation to financial remedies and has special expertise in handling matters for business owners and players in the agricultural sector. A specialist in these matters, Patrick Mulcare leads the practice out of Banbury. Deborah Davies broadens the firm’s scope with her additional expertise in issues pertaining to children.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Mulcare

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Davies; Sigourney Lee-Smith; Madeleine Harrington


‘Madeleine Harrington is an outstanding and tenacious lawyer who treats her clients with kindness and empathy.’

‘The family law team at Spratt Endicott provides a unique blend of legal knowledge and technical aptitude with a highly personal service. Both clients and business partners like myself feel as if we are listened to and prioritized.’

‘Patrick Mulcare is the complete article. Clever, caring, and polished. The judges and clients love his no-nonsense, but massively reasonable approach.’

‘Spratt Endicott have a lovely team of family lawyers. I think clients would want to know that they work in a conciliatory way with other lawyers for the best interests of their clients, rather than aggravate the situation and increasing costs by being aggressive.’

‘A professional and friendly team always willing to go the extra mile. Approachable, knowledgeable and proactive in working collaboratively.’

‘Spratt Endicott is an excellent legal services provider with a strong commitment to providing a first class service for its region. It has excellent premises and technology and so is capable of dealing with cases from those with modest assets right up to those with very substantial assets.’

‘Patrick Mulcare is highly regarded as a stand-out practitioner in high asset financial remedy cases. He is ably supported by Madeleine Harrington, Deborah Davies and Sigourney Lee-Smith.’

‘Madeleine Harrington is a first class solicitor who provides an excellent service for her many clients. She has a relaxing, engaging and easy manner which puts clients at their ease during some of the most difficult times in their lives. She is very sensible and practical and always brings good sense, proportionality and commerciality to her cases. She is also very mindful of costs and so provides great value for money.’

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

Aside from expertise in strategic land transactions, commercial landlord and tenant laws as well as development, and property financing and disputes, Spratt Endicott additionally handles specialized matters such as non-contentious construction and agricultural property. Andrew Woods heads the practice and assists clients on complex and strategic high-value cases. His team includes Andrew Querelle, who represents both developers and owner-occupiers in commercial development transactions and is a specialist in automotive retail space. Further recommended comes associate Emma Daniels, for her expertise in investment acquisitions, commercial and residential developments, and landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Woods

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Querelle; Emma Daniels; Andrew Symington; Sneh Parekh


‘Subject matter expertise. Quality of communication. Speed of response and bringing matters to conclusion.’

‘Sneh Parekh has been excellent in all our dealings with her, going above and beyond.’

‘I have continued to use SE for property work, and transactions with inherent difficulties are dealt with in a very satisfactory way. SE continues to punch above its weight and provide city standard advice in the provinces.’

‘Simply the key feature is the way in which the lead partner understands how I conduct business and that the client contact has been adapted and moulded for me. Andrew Woods gives me outstanding service regardless of project size, and has ensured that other departments feed back to me in the same way.’

‘We were recommended to Andrew Symington and have been very happy with the excellent level of service he has provided.’

‘Full range of strategic land skill set. Knowledgeable and approachable and user-friendly for landowners, charging rates are clear and transparent and most importantly sensible.’

‘We have received excellent advice from Emma Daniels which has been implemented with great efficiency and a friendly and very professional attitude.’

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

Spratt Endicott advises foreign and domestic clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including M&A, restructures, contracts, and competition law, all areas of specialism of practice head John Spratt. Highly active in the team, associate Catherine O’Riordan advises on competition, consumer, e-commerce and IP law. The recent arrival of cross-border M&A expert associate James MacDonald has further bolstered the firm’s offering.

Practice head(s):

John Spratt

Other key lawyers:

Hitendra Patel; Catherine O’Riordan; James MacDonald


‘The attention to detail and services provided are exceptional. The practice is modern in its billing, has exceptional communications with its clients and demonstrates continuously a major understanding of legal requirements specific to each client.’

‘Personal service and attention to detail. John Spratt stands out as a truly attentive and knowledgeable partner as well as owner.’

‘Overall Spratt Endicott offers top London firm advice and assistance at county cost. They have the ability in-house to cover most situations and do so with transparency and tenacity.’

‘My most recent experience is with John Spratt, very approachable and knowledgeable, always able to identify the support he may need on an issue from his team and brings them to the table if required.’

‘The team adopts a balanced and proportionate approach to their work. John Spratt, Catherine O’Riordan and Hitendra Patel in particular stand out from their competitors. They always respond in a timely manner and provide exceptional legal advice viewed through a commercially pragmatic lens.’

‘John Spratt – commercially savvy legal advice. Wealth of experience. Desire to continuing to perform at a high level for his clients. Hitendra Patel – calm, considered and composed.’

‘Superb service from this company, really felt is safe hands from day 1. Real attention to detail and from dedicated people. Highly recommend.’

‘Having dealt with Spratt Endicott for many years they know and understand our business and that is a key issue for us as when we need legal advice and guidance they can provide it in context for our business – it is like having an in-house legal team.’

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

Spratt Endicott handles commercial disputes for a wide array of various clients but with a particular focus on professional services companies. The team is led by John Spratt , and in Anis Waiz has a specialist in finance and banking disputes. Senior associate Petra van Dijk handles IP and shareholder litigation.

Practice head(s):

John Spratt

Other key lawyers:

Anis Waiz; Petra van Dijk; Thomas Halstead; Pete Gardner


‘Spratt Endicott is unique in a way that they are very good at getting the job done. Especially when under time pressure or if we were ever in need of some urgent legal advice or direction. Billing is always clear and concise. Communication between employees is always great as well.’

‘Anis Wize / Pete Gardener / Thomas Halstead – all three members have been an absolutely great support. Their professionalism and friendliness has been a pleasure to work with. They are always happy to assist and give advise wherever needed, no matter the query.’

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

The team at Spratt Endicott draws on expertise from the corporate, employment and property litigation practices to advise clients in areas of contentious and transactional insolvency matters. Practice head Petra van Dijk‘s contentious experience includes defending winding-up petitions, transactions at an undervalue, applications for administration orders and freezing orders.

Practice head(s):

Petra van Dijk


‘Attentive pragmatic advice delivered with a friendly client led approach.’

Key clients

K & W Recovery Limited

BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency

The firm: With more than 140 people working across our offices in Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire, Spratt Endicott provides specialist commercial and private client legal services for its national and international clients.

The firm has experienced specialist lawyers with excellent regional knowledge, sector experience and a network of professional contacts.

Independent market research, conducted by the firm, confirmed that its clients, first and foremost, want expertise from their legal provider. Spratt Endicott therefore understands the importance of recruiting the highest calibre of staff throughout all practice areas and at all levels.

Spratt Endicott 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 department conducts high-quality work, focusing on service and value. The team’s expertise includes development, landlord and tenant negotiations and the acquisition, management and disposal of investment property. The team also has expertise in strategic land transactions including options, promotion agreements, and the acquisition and disposal of sites.

Agriculture and estates/residential property: the firm has two property teams advising private clients on a full range of property matters. The agriculture, estates and property team has particular expertise in high-end residential conveyancing, rural and agricultural property and property development. The residential conveyancing team is a busy and growing property department, accredited by The Law Society’s conveyancing quality scheme.

Debt recovery: undertakes commercial, consumer and international debt recovery. Ranked by The Legal 500 UK in Tier 1 for the South East, the department provides a seamless service from pre-legal collections to contested debt recovery, as well as credit management advice, training and strategic guidance.

Company commercial: the department provides an expert, complementary skill set in corporate and commercial work, and has 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, which include national and international brands. Its services include mergers and acquisitions; MBOs; MBIs; joint ventures; share option schemes; corporate reorganisations; intellectual property; and shareholder agreements and disputes.

Private capital: for private clients, including executives and high-net-worth clients. The department’s services include personal tax advice; estate planning; creation, variation, administration and winding up of all types of trusts; provision of trustee services; charity law; wills; powers of attorney; probate and estate administration; court of protection work involving mental incapacity issues; advice on the financing of long-term residential care and protection of family capital.

Dispute resolution: the department provides comprehensive dispute resolution expertise for a whole range of clients, from PLCs to SMEs; professionals to individuals; specialist services cover; pre-action assessment of risk; pre-emptive strikes; and injunctions. The team deals with contract-based actions; professional negligence; shareholder and partnership disputes; property litigation; intellectual property disputes; insolvency; contested probate and Inheritance Act claims; property recovery services for landlords and managing agents; and defended debt recovery.

Family: the department has specialist experience in high-value financial cases and Children Act matters, and also offers mediation services.

Employment: the department has an excellent record of advocacy success in tribunals, and offers high-level services including advice, in connection with: TUPE transfers; drafting terms and conditions of employment; disciplinary action; discrimination; equal pay; business immigration; and settlement agreements.

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

Commercial property Andrew Woodsawoods@se-law.co.uk
Company commercial Hitendra Patelhpatel@se-law.co.uk
Debt recovery Richard Gwynnergwynne@se-law.co.uk
Dispute resolution Kyle Wynesskwyness@se-law.co.uk
Employment Carol Shawcshaw@se-law.co.uk
Employment Philomena Pricepprice@se-law.co.uk
Family Patrick Mulcarepmulcare@se-law.co.uk
Family mediation Madeleine Harringtonmharrington@se-law.co.uk
Insolvency Petra van Dijkpvandijk@se-law.co.uk
Private capital Lucy Gordonlgordon@se-law.co.uk
Property litigation Kyle Wynesskwyness@se-law.co.uk
Commercial litigation Anis Waizawaiz@se-law.co.uk
Residential property Guy Stephensongstephenson@se-law.co.uk
Emma Daniels photo Emma DanielsEmma is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Property department. Emma advises…
David Endicott photo David EndicottDavid is a consultant in the firm’s Private Client practice and a…
Pete Gardner photo Pete GardnerPete is the Defended Commercial Recoveries Manager at Spratt Endicott Solicitors. Pete…
Lucy Gordon photo Lucy GordonLucy is a Director and Head of the firm’s Private Capital department.…
Richard Gwynne photo Richard GwynneRichard is a Director and Head of Debt Recovery at Spratt Endicott.…
David Inch photo David InchDavid Inch is a highly experienced Property Lawyer having worked in Banbury…
Jennie Loynes photo Jennie LoynesAssociate
Catherine O'Riordan photo Catherine O'RiordanCatherine has particular expertise in e-commerce law and regularly advises on the…
Harriet Page photo Harriet PageIn September 2015, Harriet qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer. She joined Spratt…
Hitendra Patel photo Hitendra PatelHitendra is a Director in the Corporate and Commercial department, and has…
Philomena Price photo Philomena PricePhilomena has extensive experience in advising businesses and individuals on employment law…
Andrew Querelle photo Andrew QuerelleAndrew is a Director in Spratt Endicott’s commercial property department. He carries…
Graham Roberts photo Graham RobertsLandlord & Tenant Matters; Retail; Asset Management, Non-contentious Commercial Property Graham has…
Julia Routen photo Julia RoutenJulia administers estates both large and small, and has recently administered the…
Carol Shaw photo Carol ShawCarol Shaw is a director and head of the Employment department. With…
John Spratt photo John SprattJohn is the chairman of the company and head of the corporate…
Andrew Woods photo Andrew WoodsAndrew is a director and leads the firm’s commercial property department. Andrew…
Kyle Wyness photo Kyle WynessProperty Litigation; Landlord & Tenant (both Commercial and Residential); Commercial Litigation; Alternative…
Petra van Dijk photo Petra van DijkInsolvency; Disputes; Dispute Resolution Senior Associate – with extensive experience in advising…
Number of UK directors : 15
Number of other UK fee-earners : 52