Firm Profile > Spratt Endicott > Banbury, England

Spratt Endicott
OX16 9AB

Debt recovery Tier 1

The debt recovery offering at Spratt Endicott is led by Richard Gwynne , an expert in the construction, recruitment and licensing sectors. The team which has been moving increasingly towards direct account management, provides clients with pre-legal services as well as in-court actions (both in the UK and abroad). Handling fast-track and multi-track claims, it is capable of pursuing negotiated settlements as well as final judgement. Peter Gardner, adept in both these spheres, caters for banking, farming and automotive clients. Anis Waiz, with more than 20 years' experience, is an expert in complex litigation matters.

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Every law firm is different but what makes Spratt Endicott stand out from the rest is that they priorities our recovery cases going above and beyond to deliver great service consistently and timely. They clearly communicate regularly with our company with updates, and I know they maintain a strong relationship with clients and position in the marketplace, which is why we continue to use their expertise. Their success is highly recognisable in our community, supporting many local charities, including events held by ourselves, which they happily to get involved with on many occasions‘.

The whole team are total professionals who take the time to understand our business, requirements and customers. We have passed hundreds of accounts over for collection and they have a proven record of collecting difficult debts while treating our customers and patients with respect. This makes them excellent value for money. The team is not only very knowledgeable and efficient but also incredibly responsive. They are professional, approachable and extremely helpful‘.

Peter Gardener is professionalism personified – great response times, does what he says he is going to do‘.

The individuals we communicate with on a day to day basis (Peter Gardner and Anis Waiz) have a great working relationship with us. They provide a personal service where they consider our opinions and our risks. They invest time in me and my colleagues to develop areas we are not particularly knowledgeable about, and they regularly provide progress updates on our ongoing cases. They bring unique qualities, which allows them to tackle issues with a wide perspective and formulate resolution options to our recovery cases. They also understand our work style and products, which sets them apart from many others and we will continue to use them in the future‘.

Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Andrew Woods leads Spratt Endicott's 'efficient' and 'well informed' practice, which advises on development and strategic land transactions; commercial landlord and tenant law; commercial development and property disputes. Director Andrew Querelle has considerable expertise in the commercial property elements of the automotive industry and the particular requirements when dealing with automotive retail space. Michael Campbell  is recommended for residential development and strategic land deals.

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The team have offered excellent post-transaction support. Andrew Woods hasn’t taken his foot off the gas throughout and has been an indispensable adviser through the whole process.’

Approachable and listen to my needs, and I can understand their advice.’

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

Spratt Endicott  provides an 'excellent and intelligent service' to high net worth individuals, business owners, entrepreneurs, farmers, and agricultural workers. Lucy Gordon, who took over as practice lead in 2019, frequently assists clients on matters involving local authorities or Court of Protection work.  Former head David Endicott  deals with high value and complex matters, and holds significant expertise in wills, trusts, charities, personal tax and tax planning and probate.

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The team here, led by Lucy Gordon, is very accessible and spot on with their advice. I always refer any private client work to them and it is always done exceptionally well.’

Lucy Gordon is the impressive director dealing with us. She is friendly but efficient and clearly on top of the legal detail and able to draft effectively. And she is able to give balanced personal advice in a way which is sensitive and helpful.

Spratt Endicott is the only firm which felt approachable to me, as a non-native speaker. Despite my language limitations, the team patiently helped and supported me throughout my difficult time. I was impressed with how speedily my calls were responded to – it gave me a great experience in the UK.’

David Endicott is terrific in getting across quite technical legal analysis of certain subjects. He can explain the unexplainable in clear layman’s terms.’

Lucy Gordon is distinguished in every way. Intellectually of the highest calibre, her knowledge of law appears infinite, and she deals effortlessly with every problem I throw at her. She always makes time to see me, if this is necessary, and, when appropriate, has proven to be a very comforting presence.’


Agriculture and estates Tier 3

With offices in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, Spratt Endicott is known for advising farmers, rural businesses, and country estates on the sale and purchase of farms, agricultural estates, and the sale of rural properties for property development. Associate Jennie Loynes is a key contact in the practice and has experience in overage agreements, sales to HS2, and advising farms and estates. Managing director Andrew Woods is another name of note.

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Astute, considered and practical lawyers – quite unflappable.’

Jennie Loynes provides calm and measured advice. She is an extremely personable and highly competent agricultural law specialist.’

Spratt Endicott are well ahead of the game when it comes to queries about land registry and trusts. The team provided prompt and joined-up advice to the whole of my family and interacted incredibly promptly to a never-ending stream of queries across a diverse set of legal subjects. We, as a family, felt that we were in good hands as we were able to to talk to a single person who handled the whole situation extremely calmly and with great confidence. Great value too. As a family of three generations, we were incredibly reassured by the all-round legal capability that Spratt Endicott demonstrated when compared to other firms.’

Jennie Loynes was exceptional; even when faced with the most minute and excruciating details, she remained calm and measured and helped us all through. She was superb at explaining and attempting to buffer the family from the exceptional minutiae that we were being asked to deliver.’

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Spratt Endicott's practice provides trust and probate services on contentious matters involving complicated large estates, contentious probate matters, and will provisions, as well as non-controversial work in drafting wills and estate administration. Founding partner and practice leader David Endicott focuses on a broad range of high-value and complex probate, will, trust, and charity matters. Shamsher Pangu focuses on complex trust and probate matters such as claims under the Inheritance (Provision of Family and Dependants) Act.

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Shamsher Pangu was very patient and explained all procedures clearly, which is very important to people who have limited knowledge of how the legal system works.’

I have had the pleasure of working with several members of Spratt Endicott and have been impressed by the firm’s ethics and transparency.’

Individuals I have interacted with at Spratt Endicott have been open, transparent, and ethical. Advice has been practical, pragmatic, and value-adding.’

Members of the team I have had dealings with have been very helpful and professional in all matters which have been of concern to myself and family. Questions that have been raised by myself have been answered quickly in a manner that was clearly understood.’

I have found Shamsher Pangu to be very helpful in explaining things in language that I can understand, rather than legal jargon.’

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Spratt Endicott provides a 'very personal service' to clients on complex matters regarding share purchase agreements, management buy-ins and buy-outs, shareholders’ agreements, and company reorganisations. The team has also developed a specialism in data protection. 'Enormously experienced' John Spratt leads the practice, as well as advising notable clients in the security sector. Associate Catherine O’Riordan is recommended for matters relating to competition, consumer and e-commerce law.

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The fact we have been dealing with the firm for the best part of two decades is a testament to the quality and reliability of the service we have received. We have found them to be responsive and knowledgeable in the matters on which we consult and they endeavour to meet our deadlines with efficiency and good grace, albeit our demands can be unrealistic at times.’

John Spratt understands my business and provides advice within this context, which saves time and improves the quality of the service. He is pragmatic, thorough and, just as importantly, prepared to act as an informed ‘sounding-board’.’

We have found the team to be very helpful for our clients’ needs in relation to business acquisitions, shareholder agreements.’

Quality of service and depth of knowledge

John Spratt is excellent to work with and takes a measured and balanced view in his work.’


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

Spratt Endicott's sphere of expertise includes advising employees and businesses on issues of redundancy, employment contracts, discrimination, harassment  and injunctive proceedings. Carol Shaw leads the practice, specialising in advising clients from the hospitality, security, manufacturing and education sectors. 'Stand-out' Philomena Price is also recommended.

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My case was time critical and required prompt responses . The team were able to seamlessly transfer my case between them so that if one person was not available another could respond for me. They were always proactive and anticipating future requirements. I never worried that some aspect of my case would “fall in the gaps”. There were always polite, efficient and friendly.’

I worked with Carol Shaw. What impressed me most about her was her constant concern to not overcharge or incur unnecessary costs.’

The team at Spratt Endicott take time to understand the issue and ensure that the right partner is assigned to your needs. They have a customer-centric focus and provide relevant advice and guidance.’

Philomena Price has an ability to explain employment law in simple terms, and offer a solution to a problem rather than “fence sitting”. This means that any e-mail she sends can be forwarded onto other individuals in the business safe in the knowledge that it isn’t full of legal jargon and contains proactive advice.

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Karcher UK Ltd

Novus Leisure


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

The 'approachable, professional and honest' team at Spratt Endicott offers its clients an 'outstanding service' in relation to family  law matters involving business assets, agricultural land and international property portfolios. Director and head of department, Patrick Mulcare , specialises in complex and high value financial issues within divorce proceedings and is dual qualified in England and Wales and Ireland. 'Expertly prepared' associate Gemma Davison is also recommended. She has experience handling issues relating to military pensions, self employment, and spousal maintenance in the context of divorce.

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Spratt Endicott are a firm with a reputation for excellence in the field of Family Law. When a client is at their lowest, they speak without judgement and repeat things when the legal jargon is not easy to take in.’

Patrick Mulcare and his team always offer an outstanding service; they are compassionate, professional and very helpful. They consistently give solid support, advice and clear expectations of the process. Gemma Davison is also standout for me.

Extremely helpful. Excellent response time, friendly but professional.’


Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Based in Banbury, Spratt Endicott handles both contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring matters. The practice frequently acts in tandem with other Spratt Endicott teams such as debt recovery, employment, and property litigation. Led by associate Petra van Dijk, the team advises both creditors and debtors. Van Dijk is particularly experienced in litigation, but also advises on transactions related to insolvent businesses and the appointment of administrators.

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‘The firm is a full service Oxfordshire law firm which acts both for regional clients and a number of international companies. This gives them a breadth of expertise which can be adapted to any given situation.’

‘I have worked with Petra Van Dijk for a number of years in both commercial litigation and insolvency matters. She has a thorough understanding of the technicalities of insolvency law, as well as the commercial realities under which most insolvency practitioners operate.’

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BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency

Begbies Traynor (Central)

John Harlow Insolvency & Corporate Recovery

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

Spratt Endicott's disputes team works alongside other departments to advise large regional businesses and local private clients in insolvency, contentious probate, and banking and finance disputes. John Spratt leads the company commercial department, while associates Anis Waiz  and Petra van Dijk  are key practitioners. Former practice head David Whiting departed in 2019.

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Petra van Dijk is my contact for a case we are dealing with. I found Petra to be efficient, knowledgeable and very supportive. This is our first big case which is likely to go to trial so we are going into the process blind. Petra has guided us through this process at every stage, which has been a huge help.’

The team have taken the time to understand our business and the legal requirements which are associated with the services we offer. The team are extremely approachable and willing to go above and beyond.

Anis Wais was highly adept at handling a fast developing commercial asset finance dispute and and associated injunctive relief; he draws on technical expertise in this area and good judgment in taking the right steps for clients to achieve the right commercial outcome.’

Intellectual property Tier 4

Chairman and name partner John Spratt heads up Spratt Endicott's company commercial team from Banbury, advising on standalone IP issues, licensing and infringement matters. Spratt specialises in patent protection and trade marks, working with clients ranging from local businesses to multinational corporations, all of which call on the firm to advise on the exploitation and defence of their interests. Recent work of note has included national template dealership agreements and competition matters relating to online sales.

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The firm: With more than 130 people working across offices in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, 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, Bicester, Buckingham

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial property Andrew Woods
Company commercial John Spratt
Company commercial Hitendra Patel
Debt recovery Richard Gwynne
Dispute resolution Shamsher Pangu
Employment Carol Shaw
Employment Philomena Price
Family Patrick Mulcare
Family mediation Patrick Mulcare
Insolvency Petra van Dijk
Intellectual property John Spratt
Landlord and tenant Kyle Wyness
Landlord and tenant Shamsher Pangu
Private capital Lucy Gordon
Property litigation Kyle Wyness
Commercial litigation Anis Waiz
Residential property David Inch
Photo Name Position Profile
 Emma Buck  photo Emma Buck Emma is a solicitor in the commercial property department. Emma advises on…
 David Endicott  photo David Endicott David is the managing director and head of the firm’s private capital…
 Pete Gardner  photo Pete Gardner Pete is the Defended Commercial Recoveries Manager at Spratt Endicott Solicitors.   Pete…
 Lucy Gordon  photo Lucy Gordon Lucy is a Director and Head of the firm’s Private Capital department.…
 Richard Gwynne  photo Richard Gwynne Richard’s experience encompasses volume debt recovery, contentious litigation, insolvency, telephone collection techniques,…
 Martin Hughes  photo Martin Hughes Martin Hughes is a non-lawyer director and head of commercial debt recoveries,…
 David Inch  photo David Inch David Inch is a highly experienced Property Lawyer having worked in Banbury…
 Jennie Loynes  photo Jennie Loynes Associate
 Ben Madden  photo Ben Madden Solicitor
 Patrick Mulcare  photo Patrick Mulcare Patrick Mulcare started working at Spratt Endicott in 2006, becoming Head of…
 Catherine O'Riordan photo Catherine O'Riordan Catherine has particular expertise in e-commerce law and regularly advises on the…
 Harriet Page  photo Harriet Page In September 2015, Harriet qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer. She joined Spratt…
 Krishan Patel  photo Krishan Patel Solicitor
 Hitendra Patel  photo Hitendra Patel Hitendra is a Director in the Corporate and Commercial department, and has…
 Philomena Price  photo Philomena Price Philomena has extensive experience in advising businesses and individuals on employment law…
 Andrew Querelle  photo Andrew Querelle Andrew is an associate in Spratt Endicott’s commercial property department. He carries…
 Graham Roberts  photo Graham Roberts Landlord & Tenant Matters; Retail; Asset Management, Non-contentious Commercial Property Graham has…
 Julia Routen  photo Julia Routen Julia administers estates both large and small, and has recently administered the…
 Carol Shaw  photo Carol Shaw Carol Shaw is a director and head of the Employment department. With…
 John Spratt  photo John Spratt John is the chairman of the company and head of the corporate…
 Andrew Woods  photo Andrew Woods Andrew is a director and leads the firm’s commercial property department. Andrew…
 Kyle Wyness  photo Kyle Wyness Property Litigation; Landlord & Tenant (both Commercial and Residential); Commercial Litigation; Alternative…
 Petra van Dijk  photo Petra van Dijk Insolvency; Disputes; Dispute Resolution Associate – with extensive experience in advising insolvency…
Number of UK directors : 16
Number of other UK fee-earners : 43