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Clarke Willmott LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP

Philip Roberts and Kathryn Quinton co-lead Clarke Willmott LLP's team, which offers services including pre-legal collection, legal collection, payment agreements, insolvency actions and general debt recovery advice on volume and standalone matters. The group works closely with an IT team to allow it to offer bespoke debt collection process design.

Practice head(s):Philip Roberts; Kathryn Quinton

Other key lawyers:Stuart Hoysted; Karen Helier


'Fast responses to client requests for help when customer issues arise'

'Consummate professionals' 

'Very friendly and always willing to go the extra mile for clients'

Key Clients

The Insolvency Service

Premier Training International

Wireless Logic

London Borough of Enfield

Corona Energy

Wembley National Stadium

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Corona Energy to recover unpaid commercial and residential gas and electricity debts.
  • Acted for Wireless Logic and used a Part 36 offer to successfully achieve out-of-court settlement of a disputed debt involving two third parties.
  • Instructed by the London Borough of Enfield to recover debts arising from unpaid council tax and business rates pursuant to liability orders obtained.
  • Ongoing contract with the Insolvency Service for the collection of Income Payment Agreements, Book debts and Antecedent/Specialist Recoveries under the Insolvency Act for the benefit of creditors.
Leading individuals

Kathryn Quinton - Clarke Willmott LLP

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP has a strong offering under the leadership of Anthony Fairweather who is deputy for over 150 people. The skilled team specialises in the management of the whole spectrum of Court of Protection work including deputyship on international Court of Protection matters where there are assets abroad through to elderly care issues where there are disputes with local authorities and associated welfare issues. Anne Minihane is a member of the Public Guardian’s panel of professional deputies and acts as deputy for a wide range of clients such as those with acquired brain injury, a diagnosis of dementia, stroke or other learning difficulties as well as those with psychiatric illnesses. Jess Flanagan is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Anthony Fairweather

Other key lawyers:Anne Minihane; Frances Bamber; Camille Ivinson; Jess Flanagan


'This is a fabulous team – it really cares about its clients, and goes to exceptional lengths to support them and to fight their corners.'

'The team was highly professional yet very human. I was treated with compassion and sensitivity at every stage. The team delivered on all promises made too.'

'Anne Minihane always takes any concerns seriously and yet has a reassuringly light approach which makes a client feel at ease and able to confide in her.'

'Jess Flanagan is willing to take on matters at short notice and to a very high standard. Jess is very knowledgeable and experienced in court of protection welfare/capacity/best interests cases'.

'Jess Flanagan's communication and interpersonal skills are outstanding and she is highly skilled at quickly getting to the heart of the matter. I felt extremely reassured having her on board'.

'Camille Ivinson has good tactical sense and judgment. She is also hugely compassionate to the vulnerable people she works with, and they love her'.

'Frances Bamber is professional yet approachable'.

Key Clients

Training in Mind (Wales)

Southern Advocacy Services (Isle of Wight)

Dorset Advocacy

Official Solicitor

Solent Mind

Swan Advocacy

Mental Health Matters ( Wales)

Bristol Mind

Work highlights

  • Acting as litigation friend in a contested statutory will application.
  • Acting in a statutory will application where discretionary trust of residue was sought and in which the Official Solicitor was persuaded to support the application despite the provisions of the will usurping the court’s jurisdiction.
  • Instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent a client in a combined application to the court concerning his capacity to manage his finances and his capacity to marry and enter into a pre-nuptial agreement
  • Acted for the second respondent in a High Court application on P’s ability to make decisions on health and welfare matters including where to reside and on who should provide P with care.
  • Acting for the second respondent in an application by the local authority for welfare orders.
Leading individuals

Anthony Fairweather - Clarke Willmott LLP

Rising stars

Jess Flanagan - Clarke Willmott LLP

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London: Real estate

Social housing: finance
Social housing: finance - ranked: tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP's strong reputation in social housing finance ensures that it attracts a varied portfolio of work from housing associations and institutional lender clients. Vicky Kells leads the specialist national team, which undertakes a broad cross-section of transactions, including those involving bilateral and syndicated lending, private placements, aggregated bonds, debt capital markets issues and development finance. In 2018, Kells and associate Charlotte Lord acted for new client Wales & West Housing on a charging exercise comprising 1,400 residential properties to support a £70m loan facility. Another mandate involved Kells advising Southern Housing Group on property security to be put in place concerning its £75m MUFG revolving credit facility. Fraser MacRae is another experienced partner in the group, which also includes Bethan Evans.

Practice head(s):Kary Withers (sector leader); Vicky Kells (national head of social housing finance)

Other key lawyers:Fraser MacRae; Bethan Evans


'Queries are responded to in a timely manner by email or on a shared spreadsheet. When completing a project we also have weekly calls to ensure all questions are answered. Timetable is set at the beginning of each exercise and reviewed weekly. Clarke Willmott will chase the bank's lawyers to ensure that they also stick to the timetable. Fees are agreed before we begin work and do not go over budget. Clarke Willmott takes time to build good relationships and understand us and our needs.'

'Vicky Kells is a very experienced lawyer, who has excellent knowledge of property law and securitisation. Her team is also highly skilled in assisting her with achieving our property charging objectives on time. Both Vicky and her team are very easy to work with. They try to avoid using legal speak and explain things thoroughly in a manner we can understand.'

'This firm's team is very knowledgeable, client-focused and offers good value for money. Competitors could learn a lot from it.'

'Both Vicky Kells and Fraser MacRae are real experts in their field.'

'The team is experienced, thorough, comprised of great problem solvers and is practical. Individuals work well together and provide a joined-up service.'

Key Clients

London & Quadrant


One Housing Group

Wales & West Housing Association

Grŵp Cynefin

Triodos Bank NV

Handelsbanken plc

Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

Southern Housing Group

Principality Building Society

Handelsbanken plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for a subsidiary of London & Quadrant on its £125m fixed-rate government-guaranteed loan facility in connection with the private rented sector funding, operated by Venn Partners.
  • Advised Grŵp Cynefin on all property security issues connected with its recent £50m private placement with BAE Systems.
  • Assisted Lloyds Bank plc with preparing and negotiating a bespoke LMA-style, revolving credit facility for a housing association.
  • Advised Principality Building Society on the provision of a £10m loan to Taff Housing Association Limited.
  • Advised Triodos Bank NV on the provision of a new £12m loan to First Choice Housing Association Limited, a specialist Welsh registered social landlord.
Leading individuals

Fraser MacRae - Clarke Willmott LLP

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Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
Social housing: local authorities and registered providers - ranked: tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP's sizeable team is spread across its seven offices nationwide, and comprises of lawyers with deep sector experience. Hannah Langford has previously worked as a property and contracts lawyer at Clarion Housing Group, while associate Muzammel Mian was formerly with the Metropolitan Housing Trust. Housing management and property development are particularly notable areas of strength, but the firm's work also covers corporate, governance, tax, regulatory, employment and human resources, property litigation, and banking and securitisation, among other disciplines. Illustrative of its presence in the market, the firm acts for more than 100 registered providers. In 2018, Lindsay Felstead was the lead adviser to Lewisham Homes on an ex parte application for an injunction to exclude a vulnerable tenant from a property where he had allowed unlawful occupiers to gain entry. On the non-contentious side, Vicky Kells and associate James Young assisted Bromford Housing Association Limited with title due diligence and charging of properties as part of a £300m bond issue. Kary Withers is the overall head of the social housing team, which also includes Oliver Smedley and Stuart Wilson.

Practice head(s):Kary Withers (Sector Leader)

Other key lawyers:Oliver Smedley (National Head of Property & Development (Social Housing); Lindsay Felstead (National Head of Housing Management); Vicky Kells (National Head of Social Housing Finance);


'Stuart Wilson's advice is speedy without being hurried, detailed yet concise'

'Hannah Langford and Sarah Cave are very skilled and knowledgeable, and take time to explain complex information. They are personable and always professional, and assertive (but non-aggressive) when dealing with difficult individuals on the other side. I feel very confident I am getting sound advice that enables me to make informed decisions'

'The team has a strong focus on seeing matters through to completion. It considers all aspects of a transaction and not simply its specific remit, bringing in colleagues from other disciplines, where necessary'

'Hannah Langford has experience of working for a local authority and a registered provider. Hannah is very focused on seeing issues through to a conclusion'

'I have had the pleasure of working on numerous complex projects directly with Hannah Langford, Ayesha Ramzan, Shinal Badiani, Aaron Macauley and Megan Churchill. They have personalised the working relationship, establishing trust and commitment to providing legal advice to make my projects a success. Clarke Willmott takes the time to truly understand the complexities of our projects which in turn enhances the quality of the service provided'

'The team has in-depth knowledge of the housing sector and the legal issues affecting it, as well as a willingness to dig deep to find the answers'

Key Clients

Lewisham Homes

Settle Group

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

Newlon Housing Trust

Clarion Housing Association Limited

The Guinness Partnership Limited

Hexagon Housing Association


One Housing Group

Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

Stonewater Housing

Greatwell Homes

Women’s Pioneer Housing Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Newlon Housing Trust on the acquisition of a strategic housing site in North London.
  • Acted for Clarion Housing Association Limited on the acquisition of 103 shared ownership units from a national house builder.
  • Assisted Hexagon Housing Association with acquiring two sites in South London to enable it to deliver social housing objectives
  • Representing The Guinness Partnership in concurrent 1954 Act lease renewal proceedings against Telefonica UK Limited (“Telefonica”) and also proceedings in the Upper Tribunal against Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited (“CTIL”) regarding the grant of a new lease to Telefonica and/or Code agreement to CTIL pursuant to paragraph 20 of the Electronic Communications Code (“the Code”); this follows the introduction of the new Code, which came into force on 28 December 2017.

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