Firm Profile > Clarke Willmott LLP > Southampton, England
Clarke Willmott LLP Offices
BURLINGTON HOUSE, BOTLEIGH GRANGE BUSINESS PARK
Clarke Willmott LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Corporate tax Tier 1
Clarke Willmott LLP’s tax department has a wide range of expertise assisting clients in areas such as real estate and housing associations in addition to corporate tax and includes related litigation. In particular, the team focuses on property structuring for the property investment market, the creation of property funds, de-enveloping issues, offshore property trading, SDLT, ATED, NRCGT and capital gains tax. Other areas of strength include the implementation of share incentive schemes and the negotiation of settling historic tax liabilities. Niall Murphy heads the practice.
‘They have been very good , responsive and fair.‘
‘Responsive, knowledgeable and practical. They do not waste time with unnecessary complexity.‘
‘Commonsense is applied and they get to the point quickly with a deep knowledge of their subject areas.‘
‘Niall Murphy is the most practical and down-to-earth lawyer I have met.‘
Onecom Group Limited
Addnode Group AB
Aquis Exchange Plc
Oerlikon Drive Systems GbmH, Pfaffikon (now changed name to Graziano Fairfield AG)
Eduko Education Limited
Total Solutions (Southern) Limited t/a Total Rail Solutions
Eton Fire Limited
Marindus Group Limited
Import Services Limited
Burgon & Ball Limited
Property finance is a key area of focus at Clarke Willmott LLP, which acts for names such as Interbay Funding and Lloyds Bank Plc, among others. The firm also demonstrates strong capabilities in property investment transactions, and generates a significant amount of work from London-based clients. Elsewhere, the group is highly reputed for commercial landlord and tenant matters, and is also sought out for its development expertise. Peter Swinburn leads the team.
‘Professionals make it clear what they are going to do within a defined time frame and execute accordingly‘.
‘If a commercial judgement has to be made during a transaction, they are able to summarise the risks to the lender and client ensuring the process moves forward‘.
‘It is always a joy to work with this team; they bring the fun to business while remaining focused on the end goal. The individuals are very experienced and can cut through the noise to get to the heart of the issue‘.
‘Peter Swinburn is totally reliable, conscientious and someone you would want to have on side when dealing with property issues and transactions. He takes great pride in his work and delivers a great service for the client‘.
New Forest District Council
Horatio Properties Limited
Marina Developments Ltd
London and Cambridge Properties Limited
Sheet Anchor Evolve Limited
Farrow & Ball Limited
The Cornish Bakery
Taylor Wimpey UK
McDermott Will & Emery UK
Isle of Wight Council
Employment: Hampshire Tier 2
Clarke Willmott LLP has an HR consultancy offering, which draws on the expertise of both lawyers and senior HR consultants. Elsewhere, its employment team has a specialist focus on tribunal work, and it also has a strong track record of advising on restructurings and obligations under TUPE. Partner and barrister Mark Long, who heads up the practice, has TUPE experience in relation to both public and private sector transfers. Other work arises from outsourcings, insolvency proceedings and corporate transactions.
‘An excellent team with a wealth of technical knowledge; always gives the right advice for the best commercial outcome‘.
‘Marc Long is extraordinarily talented and boasts a great breadth of legal knowledge‘.
‘Associate Nicole Adams delivers outstanding advice with confidence and professionalism’.
‘The lawyers at Clarke Willmott are excellent; they provide advice which is straightforward and pragmatic and place a strong emphasis on making the client feel valued with the majority of advisory work getting partner input‘.
‘Marc Long and Nicole Adams are dependable and meticulous in their approach. Marc is extremely knowledgeable and Nicole is clearly dedicated and committed to the client‘.
PEI Genesis UK
Marsh & Parsons
One Family Foundation
Chelsea and Westminster Swimming Club
Intellectual property Tier 2Clarke Willmott LLP is equally adept at advising clients ranging from SME's to large multinationals. The firm's dedicated IP team prosecutes and enforces trade marks and design rights, maintaining a large EU and UK filing practice. It also handles anti-counterfeiting work, as well as its work with franchisees and franchisors involving various IP rights.
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Organix Brands Limited
Medicom Healthcare Ltd
Evac+Chair International Ltd
Mozzo Coffee Limited
Flexipads World Class Limited and Gekatex S.A.
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc
Clarke Willmott LLP's commercial disputes work includes complex contractual disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, contested debt work, restrictive covenant disputes and professional negligence claims. Areas of sector expertise include retail and financial services. Greg Hughes acts for the likes of Sony, Bandai and Wiggle. Hughes co-heads the practice with experienced solicitor advocate Owen Williams. Associate Cathy Harris is another key figure in the group.
‘The team was friendly and truly passionate about understanding my business‘.
The Student Room Group
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Clarke Willmott LLP works on a steady flow of management buyout deals involving private equity-backed entities. Its team is also increasingly sought out in cross-jurisdictional transactions. Richard Swain has a strong track record of acting for clients in the banking & finance and telecommunications sectors. The firm's ability to deliver full-service corporate and commercial advice is supported by expertise in ancillary areas, such as real estate, IP, and employment. Niall Murphy provides tax support to corporate clients.
‘Richard Swain and Amy Kerr are both very helpful and efficient; they always meet their deadlines‘.
‘The team is pro-active and works towards deadline dates diligently. As a banking client, we are fully kept in the loop with regard to pending transactions and concerns as they are raised‘.
‘Clarke Willmott takes a balanced approach problem-solving; it looks for a solution that achieves client aims without clocking up unnecessary time in arguing over niche legal points for the sake of it‘.
‘The individuals I work with are always available to discuss matters or answer questions‘.
Total Rail Solutions
Burgon and Ball
NetPay Solutions Group
Social housing Tier 3
On the housing management front, Clarke Willmott LLP handles the full range of tenancy management issues, such as enforcement proceedings, PRS tenancies, as well as exemptions, policies and procedures, and income recovery. The firm also has a dedicated home sales team, which guides social housing clients at all stages from site acquisition to plot sales. Property litigation is another cornerstone of the work, with the firm acting for clients in cases involving contentious leasehold and development issues. Hannah Langford divides time between London and Southampton. Associate Anne Jones, who specialises in planning and highways work, is another name to note.
‘The team met my request in a very timely manner and went the extra mile to do so‘.
‘Charlotte Westwood has advised me and guided me in various land sales and selling our garage sites at auction; Charlotte’s advice on each auction was invaluable‘.
Sovereign Housing Association Limited
Merlin Housing Society – part of Bromford
Yarlington Housing Group
Westward Housing Group
Ocean Housing Group
LiveWest Homes Limited
Moat Homes Limited
Raven Housing Trust
Clarke Willmott LLP > Firm Profile
Clarke Willmott LLP is a law firm with a regional, sector-led approach across England and Wales. it invests time in developing relationships with clients and is known for its high level of service, straightforward manner and transparent fee solutions.
The firm: Recognising that clients prefer working with lawyers who understand the climate in which they operate and how their business actually works day-to-day, Clarke Willmott decided a number of years ago to adopt a sector-led approach.
The success of this strategy is evident by its reputation in a number of key industry areas. These include its 100-strong real estate and construction group, nationally renowned 40-strong social housing group, and specialist retail group. It also has leading teams advising on private client, commercial services, agriculture, renewable energy and sport.
Clarke Willmott works with an extensive client base of private sector businesses, sole traders, public sector bodies, high-net-worth individuals and charitable organisations, and they advise on almost every aspect of the law.
Clarke Willmott has seven regional offices and over 600 lawyers and support staff, including over 100 partners. The focus at Clarke Willmott is on steady, repeatable, year-on-year planned growth. It will continue to develop its teams in order to deliver services on a national basis.
Types of work undertaken: Clarke Willmott has expertise across a range of industry sectors and has market-leading teams in:
Agriculture: the agriculture and estates team provides a full complement of legal services (both contentious and non-contentious) to the agricultural and rural landowning communities nationally.
Banking and finance: advises clearing and private banks, building societies, specialist lenders and borrowers (both corporate and individual) on all aspects of lending transactions and related issues including recoveries, financial litigation and professional negligence claims.
Commercial services: advises all sizes of companies and other organisations, in particular high-growth and entrepreneurial businesses, on transactional and commercial work, contractual issues, employment services, restructuring and insolvency, litigation and debt collection.
Financial services: offers sector-focused expertise from a range of different practice areas, notably corporate and litigation. Clients include product providers, brokers, lenders and financial advisers, and businesses requiring authorisation for consumer credit activities.
Housebuilder: regarded as leading legal advisers to the residential development sector, acting for many of the UK’s largest volume housebuilders as well as for strategic land companies, smaller traditional builders and niche start-up ventures with particular expertise in all property aspects.
Intellectual property: acts for all types of businesses from new start-ups to household names in relation to the protection, enforcement and exploitation of their intellectual property rights.
Private client: particular experience in acting for professionals, high-net-worth individuals, family businesses and those with interests in the entertainment, sports and agricultural sectors. Provides advice on succession planning, trusts, tax, divorce and family law, wealth protection, property issues, litigation, and personal injury and clinical negligence.
Real estate and construction: one of the largest of its kind in the UK, with more than 100 lawyers specialising in all aspects of commercial property, construction and procurement, development (including complex landlord and tenant, acquisition and disposal issues), regeneration, planning, property litigation and estate management.
Energy and natural resources: advice spans all aspects of renewable energy work from inception of a project through to planning, acquisition, financing, construction, regulation, commissioning, grid connection and subsequent operation of plants and facilities.
Social housing: one of the largest of its kind in the UK delivering services across England and Wales. The team acts for over 100 clients comprising RPs, RSLs, ALMOs, local authorities, charities and care organisations.
Technology: services include drafting and negotiating large-scale ICT acquisitions, including appropriate service level agreements, ICT outsourcing, managed service provision, website design and development, Cloud service agreements, software as a service data protection issues and social media issues.
|Chief executive||Stephen Rosser|
|Managing Director - Commercial||Simon Thomas|
|Managing Director - Core Litigation||Philippa Hann|
|Managing Director - Private Client||Anthony Fairweather|
|Managing Director - Property Services||Graham McIntyre|
|Managing Director - Commercial Property||Peter Swinburn|
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