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Clarke Willmott LLP

Court of protection Tier 2

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.


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

Debt recovery Tier 2

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.

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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

Social housing: finance Tier 3

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.

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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

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 4

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.


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

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Jonathan Morton
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Priscilla Hall  photo Priscilla Hall
 Hannah Langford  photo Hannah Langford
Number of UK partners : 100+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 340+
All main business languages
Society of Construction Law
Institute of Directors
Solicitors Regulation Authority
The Law Society of England & Wales