Firm Profile > Spratt Endicott > Banbury , England

Spratt Endicott
OX16 9AB

Debt recovery Tier 1

Spratt Endicott acts for corporate clients in the recruitment, telecoms, construction and security industries. Richard Gwynne 'always goes the extra mile' and specialises in pre-action collections, County and High Court litigation, cross-border recovery claims, as well as insolvency and enforcement actions. Associate Peter Gardner is lauded for his 'ability to provide quality advice on all claims, which allows the client to make commercially viable decisions so not to waste any further money'.

Next Generation Partners


Spratt Endicott continue to exceed expectations. They have a very good success rate but more importantly provide good, honest advice and are always available should you need them. ‘

The team is expert in its field and always willing to listen to our issues and help out. They are very professional and friendly and no matter who you deal with the quality of service is always excellent.’

Spratt Endicott combine legal expertise with ability to deal with the client on a non-legal basis clearly explaining the options and associated costs before committing on a route for particular cases.

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

David Endicott leads the ‘pro-active and value-for-money’ group at Spratt Endicott, which assists clients in all aspects of trusts, wills and estate planning. The practice is developing a focus on cross-border issues to assist international clients - advising on multi-jurisdictional estate planning, while also maintaining close contacts with local accountants and financial advisors. The practice also offers expertise in contentious probate as well as  mediation. Lucy Gordon handles all aspects of probate, estate administration, personal tax and  succession matters, often with an international angle as well as having niche expertise in issues affecting the elderly. Tom McInerney departed to Hedges Law in December 2018.

Leading individuals


‘They are pro-active without using up hours. The team makes useful recommendations based on recent inheritance tax experience with HMRC.‘

The team take the time to understand client needs and then have a high level of technical knowledge to work through situations and provide solutions.’

David Endicott is a brilliant personal solicitor – understanding, engaging and has a wealth of knowledge in this sector.

Lucy Gordon is excellent. A city legal brain at non city prices which clients love.’

Lucy Gordon is efficient approachable and gives the very best advice in all areas of private client work.’

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

The agriculture and estates team at Spratt Endicott has in-depth expertise in the sale and purchase of rural properties, farms, and agricultural estates, particularly in relation to the sale of unregistered land and the sale of land for property development or related to the HS2 project. The team works closely with the commercial property, residential property, dispute resolution, private client and family law departments to provide a comprehensive service. Associate Jennie Loynes, who joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP in October 2018, is the main contact. Managing director and head of commercial property Andrew Woods is another name to note. Christopher Goldingham retired in April 2018.


Spratt Endicott have a local presence, being an Oxfordshire-focused practice, but are far from insular in their approach to clients and demonstrate their awareness of wider geographical issues/markets. Their ability to quickly understand a transaction and the requirements of all professionals behind the transaction really helps‘.

Andrew Woods and his team understand time pressures that are often a key consideration in any transaction. They are able to keep to deadlines, without detrimental impact on the quality of their work‘.

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Spratt Endicott offers 'very good expertise at competitive rates' in commercial and IP disputes. The practices' recent caseload included defending a passing off claim and advising on breach of trust claims, enforcement and the right to terminate agreements. The group also is able to draw expertise from other departments to advise on banking and finance, property and insolvency-related disputes. David Whiting is the main litigation partner, also of note are associates Kyle Wyness and Petra van Dijk for contentious property and insolvency matters.

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

Spratt Endicott assists with developers and investors with strategic land transactions and development, in addition to acting for landlords and tenants in acquisitions, sales and leases. Andrew Woods is a ' safe pair of hands' in residential and commercial property developments.


Focused and personal service, always available and resourced to provide advice when required.’

The team have excellent knowledge and capabilities in real estate. They are efficient and quick to respond. I have real confidence in their knowledge and ability. Access at partner level is a given but the staff and associates are also professional and knowledgeable.


Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Spratt Endicott undertakes probate disputes, challenges to the validity and construction of will and trust documents, the appointment and removal of executors/trustees and breach of trust claims. In addition to handling litigation, the firm assists clients with alternative forms of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. David Endicott is the practice head. Shamsher Pangu is also recommended.


Shamsher Pangu has always responded promptly to correspondence and been available to clarify any matters of concern. He is very patient with his explanations and clearly sets out the options available. His responses to the counterparty are concise and to the point and he has a very calming manner‘.

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

Spratt Endicott has 'a profound understanding of clients' needs and a focus on delivering quality in a timely manner'. The practice has expertise across a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions and is also able to advise on share purchase agreements and company reorganisations and restructurings. Chairman John Spratt is noted for his 'agile thinking and ability to tackle any challenge'. Hitendra Patel has particular expertise in management buy-outs and buy-ins and joint ventures. Associate Catherine O’Riordan is lauded for 'top quality legal advice on issues concerning e-commerce law'.


Spratt Endicott have a strength in depth through a large and experienced team with a reputation for getting things done efficiently and at a fair price.’

Spratt Endicott has a very wide scope of expertise across a diverse range of legal services.’

John Spratt is an outstanding individual who takes the time and makes the effort to truly understand the client’s business and place his advice firmly in context.’

Hitendra Patel has a deep understanding and delivers practical solutions  regarding shareholders’ agreements, sale and purchase agreements and business acquisitions‘.

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

Spratt Endicott advises across the full spectrum of family law, with experience handling cases involving business assets, pensions, agricultural estates and international assets. The practice is also able to leverage additional expertise from the corporate, employment and private capital departments. Head of practice Patrick Mulcare is experienced in handling complex divorces and high-value financial matters. Gemma Davison and Harry White are also recommended.

Next Generation Partners


The lawyers are very personable approachable, and very knowledgeable. They fight their client’s corner but balance that with being sensible and pragmatic.’

Patrick Mulcare leads the team and is the figurehead for the family department. He has a very good reputation. He is very sensible and very experienced. ‘

Patrick Mulcare, Gemma Davison and Harry White are fantastic – individually and collectively their technical knowledge is deep and broad, but what I most value is their ability to elucidate complex matters, and listen.’


Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

The insolvency team at Spratt Endicott's Banbury office deals with formal insolvency proceedings, as well as offering advice on debt restructuring and finance. Although the team is best known for contentious work, it also undertakes non-contentious work, working closely with the firm's Debt Recovery team. The team’s experience in working with creditors and insolvency practitioners means it is ideally placed to advise debtors and companies who face creditor claims or claims brought by insolvency practitioners. With a 'comprehensive knowledge of insolvency law', associate Petra van Dijk heads the team,


‘A high degree of commercial awareness, coupled with good technical knowledge.’

‘A friendly boutique practice with a small but dedicated insolvency practice.’

‘Petra van Dijk has a comprehensive knowledge of insolvency law and very strong client relationships’

Key clients

Critchleys LLP

BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Mazars LLP

John Harlow Insolvency & Corporate Recovery Limited

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Spratt Endicott has significant experience in advising on redundancies, employment contracts, TUPE, discrimination and harassment claims and disciplinary procedures. Key figures Caroline Shaw and Philomena Price 'have extensive knowledge and respond to all employment issues in a practical, commercial manner'.


The team are always very responsive and their communication is very good. They are all very knowledgeable in the field but very good at explaining in a way that is understandable to someone without the legal background.

Carol Shaw and Philomena Price are very approachable and give straightforward, pragmatic advice. Always extremely knowledgeable and  always happy to talk through all options for a scenario, advising us on best practice.

Key clients

Karcher (UK) Ltd

Securitas UK Ltd

Novus Leisure

Intellectual property Tier 4

Spratt Endicott's team acts for clients on stand-alone IP mandates, as well as supporting other teams in IP-related matters. It provides litigation services as well as commercial IP advice; David Whiting is the key contact for the former and team leader John Spratt fronts the latter, focusing on transactional IP and commercial contracts. Brand protection issues are a key focus for the firm -  both non-contentious work as well as passing-off disputes.

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. Recent key appointments include Andrew Querelle, an associate in the commercial property team, and specialist private client barrister Justine Cadbury, who formerly practised out of the leading matrimonial chambers Queen Elizabeth Building (QEB), in London.

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 2016 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
Chairman John Spratt
Director David Endicott
Managing Director Andrew Woods
Commercial property Andrew Woods
Commercial property Howard Meakin
Company commercial John Spratt
Company commercial Hitendra Patel
Debt recovery Martin Hughes
Debt recovery Richard Gwynne
Dispute resolution David Whiting
Dispute resolution Shamsher Pangu
Employment Carol Shaw
Employment Philomena Price
Family Patrick Mulcare
Family mediation Patrick Mulcare
Family mediation Gemma Davison
Insolvency Petra van Dijk
Insolvency David Whiting
Intellectual property John Spratt
Landlord and tenant Kyle Wyness
Landlord and tenant Shamsher Pangu
Private capital David Endicott
Private capital Lucy Gordon
Property litigation Kyle Wyness
Property litigation Shamsher Pangu
Agriculture and estates Christopher Goldingham
Residential property David Inch
Residential property Christopher Goldingham
Photo Name Position Profile
 Emma Buck  photo Emma Buck
 David Endicott  photo David Endicott
 Pete Gardner  photo Pete Gardner
 Lucy Gordon  photo Lucy Gordon
 Richard Gwynne  photo Richard Gwynne
 Martin Hughes  photo Martin Hughes
 David Inch  photo David Inch
 Jennie Loynes  photo Jennie Loynes
 Ben Madden  photo Ben Madden
 Patrick Mulcare  photo Patrick Mulcare
 Catherine O’Riordan  photo Catherine O’Riordan
 Harriet Page  photo Harriet Page
 Krishan Patel  photo Krishan Patel
 Hitendra Patel  photo Hitendra Patel
 Philomena Price  photo Philomena Price
 Andrew Querelle  photo Andrew Querelle
 Graham Roberts  photo Graham Roberts
 Julia Routen  photo Julia Routen
 Carol Shaw  photo Carol Shaw
 John Spratt  photo John Spratt
 Harry White  photo Harry White
 Andrew Woods  photo Andrew Woods
 Kyle Wyness  photo Kyle Wyness
 Petra van Dijk  photo Petra van Dijk
Number of UK directors : 16
Number of other UK fee-earners : 43