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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 3


Ansons' growing corporate and commercial team handles M&A, disposals, restructurings, commercial contracts, shareholder agreements and joint ventures, typically acting on deals valued between £1m and £20m. Hilary D’Cruz, who jointly leads the team, has particular specialities in sales and purchases in the pharmacy and manufacturing sector, as well as matters relating to biofuel supply agreements. Fellow corporate co-head Neil Jones also acts for dental clients and handles private equity work.

Practice head(s):Hilary D’Cruz; Neil Jones

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 3


Ansons focuses on contractual disputes, shareholder disagreements and professional negligence claims. Martin De Ridder  leads the team and handles disputes in the aforementioned areas, primarily for owner-managed businesses in the Staffordshire area. Other key names include senior associate Jason Alcock, who is experienced in construction and property disputes, and associate Adam Pike, who acts on professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):Martin De Ridder

Other key lawyers:Jason Alcock; Adam Pike 

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 6


Ansons acts for clients across a wide range of business sectors, such as manufacturing, healthcare and recruitment. Its contentious work involves representing both employees and employers in bringing all forms of employment claims from unfair dismissal to claims under the Equality Act. Martin de Ridder has considerable experience of TUPE, reorganisations and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):Martin de-Ridder (Cannock); Jason Alcock (Lichfield)

Other key lawyers:Adam Pike

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West Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3


The team at Ansons, which is led by consultant Simon James, advises on all aspects of agricultural law. Its client base includes farm and estate owners, tenants and managers. It also acts for other clients closely linked to farming, including contractors, vets, professional advisers, estate planners and agricultural land agents. It has recently been advising on a number of diversification projects, including woodland acquisitions and the conversion of agricultural buildings for office and light industrial use.

Practice head(s):Simon James

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3


Ansons is particularly known for its expertise in handling agricultural estates and complex probate matters for farmers. Its team has extensive experience of the full range of private client matters, including estate administration, inheritance tax mitigation and will drafting. It also advises on lasting powers of attorney and applications to the Court of Protection. Associate director Adam Penn is a key contact.

Other key lawyers:Adam Penn

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 3


The practice at Ansons, which is led by director Richard Saum, advises on both sides of the refinancing of portfolio properties, as well as acting for housebuilders and developers on residential development and commercial projects. The firm stands out for its strength in the agricultural sector, where assistant solicitor Neil Faunch has particular expertise, and acts on farm developments, secured lending to farming businesses, and the negotiation of option agreements for agricultural landowners.

Practice head(s):Richard Saum

Other key lawyers:Neil Faunch

Rising stars

Neil Faunch - Ansons

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Planning - ranked: tier 5


Ansons in Lichfield handles section 106 agreements for housing developments, represents clients in disputes with councils over planning permission and planning enforcement, and advises clients on infrastructure projects. Associate Neil Faunch, who leads the team, has specific expertise in compulsory purchase and discretionary schemes. Head of regulatory law David Anderton is another key member of the planning practice.

Practice head(s):Neil Faunch

Other key lawyers:David Anderton

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