Firm Profile > Clarke Willmott LLP > Manchester, England

Clarke Willmott LLP
55 SPRING GARDENS
MANCHESTER
M2 2BY
England

Intellectual property Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP acts for a wide range of household name brands in retail, automotives, and other key sectors, on the protection, enforcement and exploitation of their intellectual property rights. The firm has a strong focus on international work, reflected in its client base, and has notable expertise in trade mark filings, and anti-counterfeiting, acting for a number of key clients on dawn raids, seizures, and enforcement proceedings. The team is led by Roy Crozier, an expert in brand strategy advice and anti-counterfeiting, while Susan Hall works with public and private sector clients on contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Senior associate Andrew Stone leads on complex litigation.

Practice head(s):

Roy Crozier

Other key lawyers:

Susan Hall; Andrew Stone

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Roy Crozier many times. Roy’s great strengths are his commerciality, pragmatism and approachability. Very easy and a pleasure to work with.’

‘This practice is straight-talking, pro-active and extremely skilled in all matters of IP, specifically anti-counterfeiting.’

‘Very experienced and good value for money. ’

‘Roy is a good communicator and very bright. He gets the job done in a very efficient way. Andrew Stone works hard to service clients.’ 

‘Roy Crozier is very experienced and nice to work with. He has a good sense of providing the right advise, very pragmatic.’

‘Communication and management of this case was the perfect example of a high class professional organization. All representatives were reliable, honesty and very responsive with all our communications. They guided us through the process flawlessly.’

 

Key clients

Fred Perry

OTEP

UGG Australia

Otter Products, LLC (“OtterBox) and owner of TreeFrog Developments, Inc. (“LifeProof”)

Superdry

Playboy

PUIG Group – owner of many internationally recognised brands (including Paco Rabanne/Nina Ricci/Carolina Herrera/Jean Paul Gaultier/Christian Louboutin)

BaByliss

Canon

Quest International

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP advises software developers, website solutions providers, brand owners, businesses, and public sector organisations on data protection, large-scale IT acquisitions and outsourcings, and service agreements. The team is led by corporate lawyer Ed Foulkes and national practice head Susan Hall.

Practice head(s):

Ed Foulkes; Susan Hall

Testimonials

‘The sector leaders – unrivalled experience and understanding of all aspects of the industry to which they bring exceptional legal knowledge and (importantly) tactical nous.’

‘Susan Hall – simply fantastic – her command of varying technological and IT subject matters together with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant law and unrivalled experience of this area makes her the go to lawyer. All delivered with a light touch and in a manner that engages all who deal with her.’

 

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP is adept at advising globally connected, high-net-worth families and individuals on managing their affairs, from drafting wills to establishing trusts. The team’s work is international in scope, frequently featuring non-UK domiciled individuals with assets in the UK as well as UK residents with overseas assets, such as properties and offshore trusts and pension funds. Highly experienced practice head Paul Davies offers clients ‘outstanding breadth and technical knowledge’, while senior associate Nicola Walker is active in estate administration and Court of Protection issues. Senior associate Rebecca Clarke is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Fairweather; Paul Davies

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Walker; Rebecca Clarke

Testimonials

‘Paul Davies has outstanding breadth and technical knowledge. Paul is highly qualified and experienced in dealing with the requirements of high net worth clients. His advice is direct and and his style is relaxed which inspires confidence. Associate Rebecca Clarke provides proactive and constructive advice, technical knowledge, excellent client service and attention to detail.’

‘Rebecca Clarke was very personable and explained legal technicalities in language that was accessible and clear.’

‘Nicola Walker is efficient and knowledgeable. I always receive prompt attention and my business has been concluded in a timely fashion. ’

‘The team at Clarke Wilmott are very knowledgeable and helpful, and engaging. I have referred clients of mine to them for assistance and they have always been happy with the service provided.’

‘Nicola Walker is exceptional – both with her technical ability and her client facing skills. ’

‘Rebecca Clarke has a fantastic manner with clients. Conscientious and caring, she will do whatever she can to meet the client’

‘I love working with Clarke Willmott. Nothing is ever too much trouble and they are always happy to support myself and my clients ’

‘I work closely with Nicola Walker and find her extremely knowledgeable and unique in what she can offer – she goes the extra mile not only for me but also for my clients’

Social housing Tier 2

Praised for its ‘fantastic knowledge of housing law’, Clarke Willmott LLP's team is known for its strengths in housing management, handling disrepair issues, possession and leaseholder disputes. A name to note at the firm is Lindsay Felstead, who is the national head of the national housing management team, and also a joint head of the national social housing group. The practice covers a wide range of matters for clients, such as those concerning disrepair, anti-social behaviour, possession, fraudulent sub-lets and other breaches of tenancies. Aaron Macauley, who heads up the wider North West property litigation team has acted on significant disputes for social housing clients.

Practice head(s):

Lindsay Felstead; Vicky Kells (Cardiff)

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Macauley

Testimonials

‘Supportive an experienced in giving the correct advice. Explain things clearly and precisely without pressurising you.’

‘The solicitors here have a fantastic knowledge of housing law and complement each other well. They are always on hand to advise and offer opinions and solutions that don’t necessarily involve paying them fees. They look at the best outcome for clients not what will increase their income.’

‘The social housing team has strong leadership and are experts in their field. They keep clients up to date with latest developments and how they are applicable to them.’

‘Lindsay Felstead’s reputation in the sector is excellent. She is very good at her job but also developing relationships with her clients and the ability to translate legal jargon into plain English.’

‘Lindsay Felstead is such a fantastic person to have support and guide you on how to move cases forward.’

‘Very accessible. Good and practical advice given quickly over the telephone. The person we dealt with had previously worked in social housing and understood perfectly the issues we had. Very quick to take action within a very tight deadline, and during Covid restrictions.’

Key clients

Plus Dane Housing

One Manchester

MSV

Stonewater

Regenda

Peaks & Plains Housing Trust

L&Q

Clarion

Housing Plus

Connexus

Family Tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP counsels a client base of high net worth individuals, such as professional, entrepreneurs, and business owners, on private family law issues. The team’s diverse practice covers disputes involving children, including Schedule 1 and Children Act claims, as well as financial remedy proceedings involving complex assets. Pre- and post-nuptial agreements, non-molestation orders and occupation orders are also areas of law handled by the team. Chris Longbottom is the key figure in the Manchester office.

Practice head(s):

Chris Longbottom; Gareth Schofield

Other key lawyers:

Emily Finn

Testimonials

‘Chris Longbottom and Emily Finn were faultless from start to finish. Incredibly supportive and have been honest with me throughout. I would not have had the incredible outcome I did without them. I owe them an awful lot.’

‘The family team at Clarke Willmott is reliable and pleasant to deal with. They are well known as experts in their field and have good working relationships with other professionals. Our experience from dealing with the team has been that they are very knowledgeable and are also efficient at delivering a quality service.’

‘Chris Longbottom is a well established practitioner who is known for his expertise in the family field. He forges strong relationships with clients. Emily Finn is also a key member of the team and has a lovely approachable manner when dealing with both clients and other professionals.’

‘The matrimonial team is alert to different ways to support clients going through the demands of family separation and on the look out for all available options to problem solve. ’

‘Chris Longbottom is stand-out in his client care skills and ability to lead his team.’

‘Team approach, work well with other professionals, focus on the important financial arrangements and encourage clients not to sweat the small stuff. ’

‘Chris Longbottom provides very hands on client care, while Emily Finn is very knowledgeable in terms of procedure ’

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP works with a range of businesses, investors, and management teams on acquisitions and disposals in the healthcare, technology, and financial services sectors. The firm primarily advises regional and national entities, as well as handling cross-border issues and working in collaboration with its national corporate team. Ed Foulkes leads the team, advising on a range of transactions, while Susan Hall is also a key player, working with public and third sector clients in particular.

Practice head(s):

Ed Foulkes

Other key lawyers:

Susan Hal

Testimonials

‘The team has become prominent in the North West with some astute recruitment decisions in recent years. Adding established and respected names has enhanced the firms profile and capabilities within an increasingly competitive market.’

‘Ed Foulkes is knowledgeable, organised and effective in his advice and delivery.’

‘The team respond in a timely manner, give focused advice and have a clear strategy. They are are an extremely hard working team and you quickly form the view that you are in the best legal hands.’

Key clients

The Nova Crowd Ltd

Careathomeservice.tech Ltd

Mark Read & Others

David Salmon & Jenny Salmon

Xrail Group Limited

Martello Financial Services Holdings Limited

Manchester Consultants Eye Partnership LLP

Alchemette Investments Ltd

Aaron Rail Limited

Construction Tier 5

The practice at Clarke Willmott LLP, led by dispute and infrastructure specialist and 'extremely astute lawyer' James Driver, assists clients in a number of sectors, including energy, social housing and technology. The team has a strong focus on development and has 'strengths in resolving complex and technically challenging construction disputes', as well as expertise in cross- jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

James Driver

Testimonials

‘James Driver is an extremely astute lawyer who is able to think laterally to achieve the best outcome for a client.’

‘This is a very diverse practice with strong leadership from James Driver.’

‘Strengths in resolving complex and technically challenging construction disputes.’

‘Very strong in the energy and power sectors, and cases involving bespoke contracts and multi-country parties.

‘James Driver is strategic, commercially minded and client focused. Exceptional.’

‘We have principally instructed them on litigation matters and they have been phenomenal. I am continually impressed with their drive, persistence and organisation.’

Key clients

Orona Group

Wasa Dredging Limited

John Turner Construction Group Limited

Westshield Limited

London & Quadrant

Persimmon Homes Limited

Barratt Homes

Pulse Gyms

Abacus Cost Management Limited

ESS Modular Limited

Employment Tier 5

Under the leadership of Emma Hamnett, Clarke Willmott LLP acts for SMEs in employment law matters, with a particular focus in representing clients in employment tribunal claims. Hamnett, a specialist in litigation, defends clients facing allegations of unfair dismissal and discrimination, as well as claims involving whistleblowing. On the non-contentious side, the practice has been active in advising on COVID-19 relief schemes and regulations, as well as redundancies and TUPE transfers.

Practice head(s):

Emma Hamnett

Other key lawyers:

Alice Finlow

Testimonials

‘I dealt directly with Emma Hamnett during the whole of my case, and Alice Finlow as her trainee. I have nothing but positive comments. A joy to have representing me during challenging times.’

‘Emma Hamnett is excellent, after a short period I felt as if I had known her forever.’

‘They are a small but expert team. Absolutely first rate both in High Court and Tribunal litigation.’

‘Emma Hamnett – quick-witted, conscientious, commercial and an excellent negotiator.’

‘Emma Hamnett is hard working, client friendly and a delight to deal with. She really knows her stuff when it comes to employment law.’

Key clients

Bauer Radio Limited

Panmure Gordon & Co

NVC Lighting Limited

Integral Medical Holdings Limited

Ruskin Properties Limited

Abt Associates Ltd

Talent International UK Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP’s insolvency and corporate recovery practice in Manchester is headed up by Chris Keane, who acts on a broad range of personal and corporate insolvency matters, with a particular focus on contentious insolvency work.

Practice head(s):

Chris Keane

Property litigation Tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP's team in the North West is a core part of the firm's national offering. The growing practice covers a variety of contentious matters, including disputes related to the right to light, professional negligence and property portfolio management. Practice head Aaron Macauley, who is ‘very calm and measured’, acts for a number of household-name clients and he has featured in a number of reported cases recently.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Macauley

Testimonials

‘Aaron gave me very good advice and we had a very satisfactory out of court settlement.’

‘A diverse motivated team that never fails to impress. Particularly strong on development work (particular for Housing Associations), leasehold matters, and 1954 Act work.’

‘The team at Clarke Willmott are very efficient, thorough with their communication and are very approachable.’

‘Aaron Macauley: very calm and measured, and very efficient.’

‘Aaron Macauley – Excellent on residential property matters including complex leasehold issues, leads Manchester team. Very hard working.’

‘Deep experience in the property world, which they bring to bear on the litigation side of things. Adept at reading and understanding plans, maps, developments and the needs of developers.’

Key clients

BDW Trading Limited/David Wilson Homes

BPHA Limited

BurgerKing Limited

Dr Christopher Chinery

Clarion Housing Association Limited

Florala Properties Limited

Hansteen Holdings PLC

James Sinclair

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

The Mapeley Group

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 6

Clarke Willmott LLP's commercial and private client litigation team acts for owners, directors and shareholders of plcs, SMEs and financial institutions in a range of disputes including shareholder, contractual, defamation and breach of confidential information litigation and asset recovery issues. John Flint leads the team and is particularly active in the financial services, renewable energy, sport and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Flint

Key clients

National Union of Mineworkers

JGMT Limited

REL Capital Limited

Capital Growth Group Limited

REL Storage and Logistics Limited

Super Fund LLC

Trailstream Limited

Westbourne Property Management Limited

Modularwise

Selective Investment Services

Oathall (UK) Limited

Fast Dispatch Transport Limited

Pulse Fitness Limited

Derbyshire Flooring Contractors Limited

Premiserv Limited

Benoit Properties International Limited

McCollum Consultants Limited

Penny Irrigation Limited

Tecnicas Reunidas UK Limited

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Senior associate Sarah Jones heads up Clarke Willmott LLP's Manchester clinical negligence department after joining the firm in 2019 from Slater and Gordon. The team operates as part of a national practice led from Bristol and Taunton. Key areas of expertise include cerebral palsy, amputations, birth injury, spinal injuries and fatal cases.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Jones

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP's 'forward-thinking and tactical' litigation team combines the ability to act for national clients with 'a strong local presence'. The group has particular experience in financial services sector disputes, for which Philippa Hann, 'shrewd operator' Stephen Searle and recently promoted partner Laura Robinson are noted; the team also handles procurement challenges, group actions, corporate disputes and contentious regulatory issues. It also counts the IT, energy, agriculture and insurance industries among its other sector specialisms. 'Class act' Alex Jakubowski and Hann jointly lead the team, which includes the 'truly outstanding' Richard Moore, who handles commercial and intellectual property litigation, and senior associates Ed Halden and James Marshall (who both have a breadth of commercial litigation experience) and corporate dispute-focused David Stedman.

Practice head(s):

Alex Jakubowski; Philippa Hann

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Searle; Richard Moore; Laura Robinson; Ed Halden; David Stedman; James Marshall; Chris Taylor; Henry Russell

Testimonials

‘There are lots of good solicitors in Bristol as it seems to attract good solicitors who do not want to work in London. Clarke Willmott however really retain the sharpness and quality of a London firm, whilst providing it to their clients at provisional rates. This is the team I would recommend for any UK commercial dispute.’

‘Stephen Searle is a shrewd operator with good judgment and a firm grasp of his clients.’

‘Big well known national brand with a strong local presence.’

‘Alex Jakubowski is a class act and certainly knows his stuff bringing his considerable experience to each dispute that we have worked on together which makes my job as lead counsel easier than it might otherwise be. He leads his team from the front and I know he is well respected and admired within the firm.’

‘A leading team outside of London. This forward-thinking and tactical team delivers on the most complex of cases. They attract very high-quality work. Whilst they have a clear strategy for settlement, they also deploy an effective and winning strategy for trials when needed. Very highly recommended.’

‘This team stands out above the rest, the people here are outstanding.’

‘Richard Moore has been truly outstanding, he has gone above and beyond for my case. Literally the best solicitor ever.’

‘Richard Moore has excellent judgment generally; knows how to build and maintain a first-rate relationship with clients and he also knows when to get involved in the detail and when to let counsel get on with it. He has good assistants, too. I would single out Edward (Ed) Halden, a senior associate, for his stellar written work and willingness to take responsibility. I was also impressed by David Stedman, a solicitor advocate who handed a number of difficult interim applications in the case: mature beyond his years.’

Key clients

Restore Plc

Amicrest Holdings Plc

Burford Capital UK Plc

Mears Group Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Oscar Mayer Ltd

Molson Group

Ovo Energy

TrustQuay (UK) Ltd

Decathlon UK

Roland DG Ltd

Interclamp

Hepco Slide Systems Ltd

Arbuthnot Latham and Co Ltd

Biotiful Dairy Ltd

Orvis Inc UK Ltd

Microgen Wealth Management Systems Ltd

Betacraft

Ontario Management Ltd

Digital Gurus Recruitment Ltd

Rethink Recruitment Ltd

Talent International UK Ltd

Wellesley Finance Ltd

Cognitive Group Ltd

RQ Capital Ltd

Thamescard Technology Ltd

Risksave Technologies Ltd

PSTG Ltd

LEBC Group Ltd

Business Energy Claims Ltd

Sword Security Group

Kingspan Timber Solutions Limited

Legal Protection Group Ltd

Corporate tax Tier 1

With a strong presence in the real estate sector, Clarke Willmott LLP's 'excellent' team has outstanding expertise in property structurings, de-enveloping issues, offshore property trading work and capital gains tax. In addition, the firm is well-known for advising clients on share incentive schemes, historic tax liabilities and negotiations with HMRC. Niall Murphy has over 30 years of experience in the field, encompassing the tax aspects of corporate, real estate and employment matters, as well as international tax planning work and tax litigation. Chris Connors, who joined the firm from Addleshaw Goddard in 2021, advises clients on all areas of corporate tax law.

Practice head(s):

Niall Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Chris Connors

Testimonials

‘Niall Murphy – proactive, clear and practical tax advice.’

‘Excellent taxation skillset.’

Key clients

Addnobe Group AB

Revive A Phone Limited

Panther Logistics

Code A Weld Group Limited

Navigate PR and Helix Media Pte

Wasserman Media Group

Crime: general Tier 1

Based across offices in Taunton and Bristol, the 'very knowledgeable' team at Clarke Willmott LLP represents individuals, businesses and local government bodies in criminal and regulatory matters. The group has particular experience in matters pertaining to the environment and pollution, agricultural and animal welfare issues, breaches in planning law, and traffic and motoring offences. Team leader Tim Hayden, described by clients as a 'steady, calm presence', has expertise in criminal law applying to hunting. The 'tactically very astuteDaniel Gill is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hayden

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Gill

Testimonials

‘The team are leaders in their field.’

‘In particular, Daniel Gill has an astonishing depth of knowledge when it comes to issues of housing standards and houses in multiple occupation. He delivers good and sound advice and direction to his clients.’

‘Daniel Gill is a partner who provides exceptional service to his clients. He has an eye for detail, is very thorough but retains a strong and perceptive overview of the bigger issues. Very impressive.’

‘Very knowledgeable and connected to their rural client base. ’

‘Tim Hayden demonstrates dogged perseverance on behalf of clients. A steady, calm presence.’

‘Superb preparation and extremely good client management.’

‘Daniel Gill is tactically very astute and has excellent in-depth knowledge of the law in his field.

‘Daniel Gill is very responsive, nice to work with and gives good, concise advice.’

Key clients

Wessex Water Services Limited

Bristol Water Plc

South Somerset District Council

Debt recovery Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP is praised for its ‘exceptional speed and efficiency‘; the group is regularly involved in pre-legal and legal collection, payment agreements, insolvency actions, and providing general debt recovery advice. Practice head Philip Roberts is an established counsel to commercial clients and residential landlords. Kathryn Quinton is now the head of information security and data protection at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Philip Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Kayleigh Cullis

Testimonials

‘Very personable, yet still professional and puts things in layman terms, they are efficient and quick response to queries (no matter how small).’

‘The team at Clarke Willmott give an excellent customer service. Me and my team feel valued and know that any questions or problems we may have will be resolved right away. The team have taken the time to understand the utilities industry which can be very complex.’ 

‘Everyone we have worked with at Clarke Willmott is professional and friendly and always take the time to explain all options.’

‘Kayleigh Cullis is excellent’

‘The Team are always helpful and supportive. Regardless of who you speak to they are always professional and informative.’

‘The speed and efficiency in which Clarke Willmott dealt with my case was exceptional. I was recommended one of their team for a legal matter regarding pay from a company I had previously worked for but were withholding payment. I’ve never used another law firm but I would absolutely recommend CW LLP without hesitation’

‘Kayleigh Cullis was outstanding in her work. She made the whole process seamless and easy. I was told from the outset the prices that I would pay for the work to be undertaken, she was understanding of my position and took swift and effective action. I couldn’t have asked for better. ’

‘Great communication, a dedicated point of contact and a helpful service.’

Key clients

Hyde Housing Group

The Insolvency Service

Wembley National Stadium Ltd

Highways England

Viridor Waste Management

Wireless Logic

Plymouth Block Management

Fresh Property Management Ltd

Premier Training International Ltd

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Corona Energy

The Financial Conduct Authority

Workman LLP

JOMA

Hunts Food Service

Employment: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 1

The Taunton-based employment team at Clarke Willmott LLP provides top level advice to employers on executive exits, TUPE transfers, furlough and redundancy matters. It has seen significant growth in its litigation offering, in particular with online retail, logistics and pharmaceutical clients. Beyond that, the team is well known for its speciality work with agricultural, education and traditional retail employers. Paula Squire leads the Taunton office, advising on data protection matters in addition to a broader contentious and non-contentious offering, while Marc Long heads the firm's overall employment practice. Kate Gardner left for Michelmores in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Paula Squire; Marc Long

Testimonials

‘Paula Squire and her team provide a very responsive service. Their knowledge of employment law is exceptional and have handled a number of matters varying in size and nature since we have been working together. They are so approachable. ’

‘This is a highly responsive team. They are large enough to have specialists in most areas of practice, yet maintain a close relationship with us.’

‘Attention to detail, ability to think proactively, they make sound decisions and offer good advice. Their understanding of risk is always helpful.’

‘Collaboration and understanding of our business needs is excellent.’

Key clients

Bridgwater and Taunton College Trust

Acheson Construction Ltd

BMR Solutions Ltd

BioCare Limited

Powersystems UK Ltd

Focus Design Partnership Ltd

Sunlife Ltd

Leweston Farm LLP

Cardstream Services Ltd

Roland DG (UK) Limited

Hestercombe Gardens Trust Limited

Amica Care Trust

Summerfield Developments SW Ltd

Frogmary Green Farm Ltd

Chelston Park Nursing and Residential Home Ltd

Cave Veterinary Specialists Ltd

St John’s Nurseries Ltd

Rainbow Club Ltd

Brean Down Caravan Park

Abbey Manor Group Ltd

Branston Ltd

Plus One (South West) Ltd

Milsted Langdon LLP

Refresco Beverages UK Ltd

St Margarets Hospice Somerset Ltd

Wyke Farms Ltd

Castle Quarry Ltd

Testbourne Estate

Severn Delta Ltd

Chatham Clothing Ltd

Horsley Farm Partnership

ACC Silicone Ltd

Isedio Ltd

South and West Wiltshire Hunt

Sunlife Insurance

Greenslade Taylor Hunt

Xeiad Ltd

Warren Farms Holiday Centre Ltd

Northam Farms Ltd

National Farmers Union

J & K Aquatics Ltd

ACC Silicon

Family Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP‘s expanding family practice advises clients on a variety of nuptial and divorce matters, including complex international and Court of Protection matters. It also offers advice for complex financial matters arising from divorces, such as pensions, family enterprises, and incentive schemes. Gareth Schofield leads the practice, focusing on Schedule Act 1 claims and the firm’s high-value financial remedy cases. Alastair MacLeod has experience in cases with high-value settlements which often include farms and businesses, as well as experience in Children’s law. Clare Webb joined the firm in April 2020 and has a strong practice in cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Schofield

Other key lawyers:

Alastair MacLeod; Clare Webb; Hannah Livesey; Sarah Marchant

Testimonials

‘Gareth Schofield is hugely respected by peers for his knowledge, experience and approachable manner. Sarah Marchant is approachable and impressive. ‘Hannah Livesey is great to work with.’

‘Alastair MacLeod is always a safe pair of hands. He is thorough and calm in all situations and always gets clients on board.’

‘The team works very efficiently; rather than individuals being left to do almost all the work; they share the effort and this makes things more efficient.’

‘Clare Webb is a straight-talking, pragmatic, approachable solicitor.’

‘Hannah Livesey is bright and tenacious.’

‘Sarah Marchant is a polished and very determined junior member of the team. She is a real star in the making; her approach to her clients is exceptional with her attention to detail and complete availability to her clients.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The private wealth team at Clarke Willmott LLP offers expert advice on tax planning, estate administration, and Court of Protection work on behalf of its clients. It is particularly notable for its trusts work, providing tailored advice to over 450 trusts with combination property and investment portfolios. Anthony Fairweather and Carol Cummins co-lead the team from Bristol, with Cummins also leading the international services unit. Emma Pope also co-leads the practice from Taunton, leading the estate administration department and handling Death on Active Service inheritance tax exemption claims. It has also been strengthened by new hires Tom Chiffers and Jacqui Lazare.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Fairweather; Carol Cummins; Emma Pope

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Smithers, David Maddock; Jane Halton; Jacqui Lazare; Samantha Neagle

Testimonials

‘Samantha Neagle was very approachable and helpful and responded promptly and understandably to any queries I needed to raise. She called on specialist help when required and the transfer of information back and forth between the teams seemed to run very smoothly.’

‘A personal and professional team. Collaborative approach with relevant specialists. always keeping the client at the heart of the decision-making process.’

‘Jane Halton has dealt with many clients and family members with sensitivity. It is her attention to detail and knowledge that particularly stand out for me.’

‘The standout feature of this practice for me is how they collaborate across different areas to come up with solutions that are as unique as the situation put to them. This increases confidence in the advice and recommendations given as the solutions are well thought through and all aspects covered.’

‘The personal tax, trusts and estates team are always so helpful and easy to approach. They have a broad range of skill sets within the team to meet client needs and budgets. Their services are well priced and offer good value for money.’

‘ The service I received from Jacqui Lazare was excellent and I found her to be amenable, available and very supportive.

‘Carol Cummins always has time for questions and is very willing to help. She has the ability to explain complex planning scenarios and tax rules in easy to understand way. She sets clients at ease encouraging questions to confirm their understanding. Her follow up is thorough and efficient and she does what she says she will do. I have no hesitation in recommending Carol to clients.’

Professional negligence Tier 1

A 'well-known national brand with a strong local presence', Clarke Willmott LLP is instructed by corporate and private clients, as well as trustees in professional negligence matters across the professions. In addition to traditional claims, the group has experience in bringing multi-party actions. The 'practical and brightAlex Jakubowski heads the group, with particular expertise in claims arising from commercial and development lending involving an element of fraud and ensuing insurance coverage issues. Philippa Hann heads the litigation department, and has expertise in representing claimants who have been misadvised on investments. Stephen Searle specialises in claims relating to pensions and financial services, while Esther Woolford, who leads on agricultural and rural property litigation, has experience in claims involving trusts and surveyors.

Practice head(s):

Alex Jakubowski; Philippa Hann

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Searle; Chris Taylor; Esther Woolford

Testimonials

‘Bristol continues to attract some of the best insurance lawyers in the jurisdiction, the majority then end up at Clarke Willmott. This team is just head and shoulders above the rest.’

‘Alex Jakubowski just knows what needs to be done and gets on with it. No time is wasted on incidental or bad points.’

‘A big, well-known national brand with a strong local presence.’

‘Alex Jakubowski is very practical and bright, with excellent client management skills.’

‘This was my first experience needing a solicitor and I found the practice very helpful in explaining the process. They offered an initial package to help understand if my case was viable. This was reviewed very quickly with the possible options laid out clearly. All billing was very clear and very prompt.’

‘Alex Jakubowski was always quick to provide updates and was always chasing the other solicitors when the updates were not forthcoming. His advice and experience gave a good level of confidence to the claim and it was very reassuring, with him securing an excellent outcomeI am extremely grateful for the professional nature of his conduct and dealing with many stupid questions from myself. I would recommend him to anyone who required representation for a similar claim.’

Key clients

Wellesley Finance Ltd

Lloyds Bank Plc

Arbuthnot Latham

RQ Capital

Molson Group

FMC Developments

Arum Capital

KSJ Investments

Medina Capital Investments (Partnership) Limited

Gynn Construction Ltd

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP's agricultural team offers a broad range of services for clients which include farmers, agri-businesses, landed estates and institutional landowners. Areas of expertise include tax and trusts, property and family, with a new emphasis on the interaction between agriculture and green energy. Tim Hayden leads the agricultural team, with significant regulatory experience, while Esther Woolford leads on the litigation side. Rod Lloyd-Jones works on non-contentious matters, specialising in agricultural property transactions, while associate Polly Ridgway specialises in agri-business disputes and property litigation.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hayden

Other key lawyers:

Rod Lloyd-Jones; Polly Ridgway; Esther Woolford; Mark Buckerfield; Paul Hazeldine

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge of the specific area of law. Excellent and considered advice. Good availability.’

‘Clarke Willmott is regarded as the best firm in my area.  It has been proven time and time again this firm will always get good results for you.’

‘A consistent team with fantastic knowledge and expertise in agricultural legal aspects, and a good understanding of client needs.’

‘Approachable and understandable expertise’

‘Great client service’

‘Commercially savvy, fight hard for their clients.’

‘Overall, we felt that the team genuinely cared about our case and related very well to the significance of the case to how it personally affected the different businesses involved.’

Key clients

Andrew Guest

NFU members

David Gillbard

Havard

KS Coles Partnership

Banking and finance Tier 2

Under the leadership of the 'well-respectedFraser MacRaeClarke Willmott LLP's 'user-friendly and knowledgeable' four-partner team has developed a particular sweet-spot advising lenders and borrowers on real estate finance matters. A substantial amount of this work occurs within the social housing space, with instructions being generated from core funders in the sector, including Tridos Bank and Handelsbanken, as well as from housing associations, which the team advises on both their bank debt and debt capital markets mandates. Bethan Evans displays a 'practical approach to overcoming potential hurdles' and as well as her property finance expertise, she is also well-versed across corporate banking and education finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Fraser MacRae

Other key lawyers:

Bethan Evans; Vicky Kells; Clare Gregory

Testimonials

‘The team is user-friendly, available and knowledgeable.’

‘We’ve been working with the team for a number of years and have found them to be proactive and keen to deliver on sometimes challenging timescales to conclude transactions. In the last year, they have embraced developments in the banking market in relation to supporting us on a number of SONIA-based lending transactions, being new ground for us both.’

‘Fraser MacRae really knows his area and is well respected in the market. We really value his opinion and use him as a sounding board, not just on the pure legal aspects but also giving a wider market view.’

Bethan Evans has a practical approach to overcoming potential hurdles.

Key clients

Triodos Bank UK Limited

Santander UK plc

Yeovil College

Secure Trust Bank plc

Principality Building Society

Handelsbanken plc

Cardiff Community Housing Association Limited

Taff Housing Association Limited

Rhondda Housing Association Limited

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited

Melin Homes Limited

Lloyds Bank plc

Hafod Housing Association Limited

Julian Hodge Bank Limited

Commercial litigation: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 2

The 'very strong' commercial litigation team at Clarke Willmott LLP is noted as 'a big hitter in the sphere' particularly when it comes to agriculture sector disputes. The 'experienced and technically excellent' Esther Woolford leads the team, which includes Daniel Gill who, in addition to commercial disputes, handles regulatory environmental and pollution litigation. Among the senior associates to note are Ellen Yeates, who is particularly strong for partnership and shareholder disputes and cross-border shipping disputes, and the recently promoted Laura Mackain-Bremner.

Practice head(s):

Esther Woolford

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Gill; Ellen Yeates; Laura Mackain-Bremner; Polly Ridgway; Robert Mullen

Testimonials

‘Very strong west country practice. A big hitter in the sphere.’

‘A cohesive team of motivated lawyers who are able to deal with a wide range of complex property and succession disputes.’

‘The practice is unique for several reasons including their passion to succeed and help. The team’s strength is the knowledge and commitment and perseverance – leaves other firms way behind. The people are very forward and committed to do the job with billing cost kept at a level with discussions had at all time regarding this. Huge diversity within the firm with great collaboration at all times.’

‘Esther Woolford is dedicated, industrious and works fantastically in a team.’

‘Esther Woolford – experienced and technically excellent. Laura Mackain-Bremner – a cool head when litigation gets hairy.’

‘Robert Mullen is absolutely superb. He is a complete superstar and will go far. He is a very good technical lawyer with great client skills. He prepares everything very thoroughly and delivers impressive results for his clients. He will be a partner in no time. And deserves his success as he is a very nice, genuine person.’

‘I have been dealing with Ellen Yeates and her assistants primarily. Ellen has taken the time to understand my situation and taken expert counselling where necessary. The relief I have felt since Ellen has taken me on as a client is immense. Ellen explains the process and possible outcomes in a clear, understandable and practical way.’

‘Polly Ridgway is a highly motivated and ambitious young lawyer who provides excellent support. Dan Gill is similarly an ambitious and capable lawyer with mature judgment. In Taunton, Esther Woolford is a busy litigator with real ability and expertise in the agricultural and partnership fields.’

Key clients

NFU Members

FRP Advisory Group Plc

KS Coles

Osprey Shipping Ltd

Cisco Gomes Ltd

KWL Associates Ltd

Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 2

The Southampton commercial litigation department at Clarke Willmott LLP regularly assists a broad roster of individuals and corporate entities operating at a regional and national level. The team is led by Owen Williams, who chiefly handles shareholder disputes and contentious probate matters and has 'a real presence in court'. The 'quite brilliant' Cathy Harris is well-versed in complex contractual disputes and is also responsible for the firm’s growing business interruption practice.

Practice head(s):

Owen Williams

Other key lawyers:

Cathy Harris; Isabelle Cam

Testimonials

‘This firm has delivered success after success for me.’

‘They have a forensic ability to drill to the key points and mount elegant legal arguments. Put simply, they get results.’

‘Owen Williams has a real presence in court, matched with an incredible ability to negotiate and do a deal.’

‘Excellent service, delivering genuine value and partnership in their approach’

‘Cathy Harris is exceptionally efficient, very exact and highly personable – and quite brilliant.’

‘For a potential star of the future, look no further than Isabelle Cam –  already highly talented and extremely diligent. ’

 

Key clients

Sony Europe B.V.

Onecom Group Limited

Bandai UK Limited

The Student Room Group Limited

Wyke Farms Limited

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

Hawk-Eye Innovations Limited

Vokhus Limited

Salhan Accountants Limited

UK Land Limited

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP 'delivers a seamless service' across a variety of real estate matters. It is often involved in the housebuilder, commercial development and investment sectors as well as in residential development schemes. Other fields of activity are advising on telecommunications infrastructure sites and on energy-based matters. Practice head William Juckes is focused on property portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

William Juckes

Other key lawyers:

Simon Day; Beverely Pike; Laurence Lacy

Testimonials

‘Philip Thompson is excellent, always answers emails promptly and makes himself available for meetings – very knowledgeable’

‘The property team at Clarke Wilmott are able to provide a wide range of expertise across all aspects of property law and can call in assistance from other specialists within thier practice quickly to deliver a seamless service where unexpected problems arise for the client. The depth in the team means that there is always someone available to help with unexpected matters as well as for day to day issues that arise. The land transactions has required some unique “outside the box” thinking which Clarke Wilmott have delivered well and kept the project timeline moving.’

‘Laurence Lacy is very approachable and is able to give detailed, comprehnsive advice on technical issues which “non lawyers” both understand and are comfortable with. He is assisted by Beverely Pike who has grappled with complex land transaction issues with ease. Both have been readily available when needed and their advice has moved the overall project in the right direction.’

‘Personable, responsive, good old-fashioned customer service.’

Key clients

Bovis Homes Limited

Mapeley Group

Frank Capital

Evergreen Extra

O&H

Commercial property: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP is well positioned to advise on matters in the housebuilder, commercial development and investment area. The group acts for developers, investment companies, lenders, HNWIs and charities. Tim Walker is knowledgeable in strategic and immediate residential development projects; he jointly leads the practice with Sarah Manley who regularly handles estate management work, acquisitions and disposals. Philip Brown is a go-to counsel for developers, promoters and landowners.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Manley; Tim Walker

Other key lawyers:

Philip Brown

Testimonials

‘Great commercial advice.’

 

Key clients

Summerfield Developments (SW) Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Countryside Properties (UK) Limited

GPG Projects Limited

Bathurst Limited

Bradford and Sons Limited

Scotsgrove Holdings Limited

AE Securities Limited

Metis Homes Limited

Strongvox Limited

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP is active in both the commercial and residential development market, with practice head Peter Swinburn  regularly instructed by a range of key regional and national housebuilders. Ground rent investments are a further key competency, with Paul Hinett’s experience in the acquisition and disposal of portfolios making him a key contact for clients for this work. Andrew Cooper heads up the investment offering, acting for both lenders and borrowers on retail and mixed-use development opportunities. The group also maintains a robust landlord and tenant offering, which has advised various national retailers on urgent revisionary lease matters over the past 12 months. Joseph Campbell is joint head of the firm’s real estate finance team. All named lawyers are based in Southampton.

Practice head(s):

Peter Swinburn

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hinett; Andrew Cooper; Joseph Campbell

Testimonials

‘Wonderful people, exceptionally talented, very efficient and diligent and very competitive fees. Also highly integrated departments.’

‘A good team with very capable skillsets to cover all property requirements, with a practical and commercial approach.’

‘Paul Hinett is an exceptional and exceptionally responsible solicitor with an incredible knowledge of commercial property.’

‘Peter Swinburn is a true leader running an exceptional firm of brilliant individuals. Wonderfully personable service.’

‘Peter Swinburn is outstanding and very proactive in his service to his clients – very highly recommended.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

Fat Face Limited

The Cornish Bakery Shops Limited

Countryside Properties Limited

Historic Royal Palaces

The Brewery Square Development Company Limited

Import Services Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Sheet Anchor Evolve Limited

Sheet Anchor Evolve (London) Limited

Atelier Capital Partners Limited

Santander UK Plc

Farrow & Ball Limited

Evolve Estates Limited

L & C Investments Limited

Horatio Properties (Guernsey) Limited

Sainte Royale (Guernsey) Limited

Imperial Homes South Limited

Construction Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP offers 'excellent and professional service' in construction disputes, contracts and project management. The team is regularly instructed by funders, employers, contractors and consultants, which are often from the social housing, energy, transport and infrastructure areas. Zoe Stollard is a key contact in non-contentious construction and supply contracts; she heads up the team with London-based Priscilla Hall and James Driver in Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Priscilla Hall; Zoe Stollard; James Driver

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Wearing Evans

Testimonials

‘Enthusiastic team with wide ranging skills, but whilst holding good technical client knowledge also recognising the commercial elements and importance on matters.’

‘The team are very client-focused, quick to react to issues as they arise and good engagement from partner level down.’

‘Very good commercial understanding with construction contracts and good practical guidance with dispute resolution.’

‘The team made themselves readily available to assist and took the added Covid-complication in their stride. Their prompt responses and professional support were well received by our team.

‘Very impressive with the the different specialist teams they have that possess great knowledge in their field. Each team and individual harnesses the skill and knowledge of each other to provide excellent and professional service.’

‘All the individuals I deal with are excellent and very professionally driven, always kept me informed and updated.’

‘Zoe Stollard is really professional and supportive whenever needed. I feel very confident to always pick up the phone, because I know she will always answer and be there to help.’

Key clients

Ashville Group

Aster Group

GreenSquare Group

L&Q Group incl London & Quadrant Housing & Quadrant Construction Services

LiveWest

Lloyds Bank PLC

Robert Hitchins Limited

Somerset Passenger Solutions Limited

Solon South West

Stonewater Housing Association (Stonewater Ltd)

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Guinness

Host 2 Limited

Ingersoll Rand

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

The sizeable regional contested trusts and probate team at Clarke Willmott LLP works with clients on a wide range of claims, including inheritance matters, trust disputes, and negligence matter. Clients include a variety of individuals and families, with a particular emphasis on agricultural disputes. Bonita Walters, who leads the Bristol team, has a particular speciality with Court of Protection and mental capacity law. Esther Woolford, who leads the Taunton office, has significant agricultural experience, and Sarah O’Grady has a strong contested wills practice.

Practice head(s):

Bonita Walters; Esther Woolford

Other key lawyers:

Sarah O’Grady; Emma Ironside; Emily Jenkins

Testimonials

‘Bonita Walters epitomised for me everything you should be able to expect from a lawyer, with a variety of qualities I greatly valued.’

‘Professional, expert, composed, efficient, effective’

‘Emily Jenkins is an outstanding solicitor. She is intelligent, efficient, responsive and communicates very well. Her grasp of detail and ability to remember case details from several years before is extremely impressive.’

‘A very good West Country firm with a well-deserved strong reputation.’

‘The team has great strength in depth and associates are given responsibility and control over their own files.’

‘First-class legal analysis of problems and focus on client needs’

‘Bonita Walters has exceptional skills in managing a case so as to achieve the client’s goals’

‘Esther Woolford is an experienced and very capable lawyer with strong technical skills and mature judgment.’

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 2

The team at Clarke Willmott LLP handles a complete range of corporate transactions and commercial matters for established companies, emerging startups, and investors across a range of sectors. Southampton-based practice head Kelvin Balmont is noted for his experience acting for technology businesses and manufacturers.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Balmont

Court of protection Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP specialises in the management of the whole spectrum of Court of Protection work including high-value personal injury awards arising from catastrophic injury and clinical negligence cases; matters of fraud, insolvency and abuse by attorneys and foreign jurisdictional issues. It is also skilled at advising on dementia; disputes with local authorities, Care Act funding issues and associated welfare matters. Head of team is Anthony Fairweather who along with Anne Minihane are both members of the OPG panel of professional deputies. It has over 280 deputyships, numerous personal injury trusts and appointments as power of attorney - the team is ' extremely well managed, organised and approachable.'

Practice head(s):

Anthony Fairweather

Other key lawyers:

Anne Minihane; Jess Flanagan; Bonita Walters

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Anthony Fairweather on a number of cases, in which he has acted as Deputy and Litigation Friend, in the context of litigation for claimants who have lost capacity to handle their financial affairs, through traumatic brain injury. His approach has been outstanding. He has fantastic client skills; in a number of difficult cases, he has demonstrated expert client handling skills, combining an empathetic and understanding approach, with finding practical and workable solutions to a range of complex issues. He really is a leader in his field‘.

‘The team is led by three doyenne’s in the field of Mental Capacity, and as such it has a huge breadth and depth of experience that it can draw on. The lawyers are knowledgeable, fast paced, and keen to move their practice and knowledge forward. Anne Minihane is highly experienced and capable, particularly in the realm of statutory wills. She is dedicated to her team and is very easy to deal with. Jess Flannagan is second to none for Health and Welfare work. She has a huge capacity to understand her clients and fights tooth and nail for them. Anthony Fairweather is a highly experienced and knowledgeable deputy who has been around the block and seen it all‘.

Personalised service from a team who have matching competencies and interact well with each other. Anne Minihane goes the extra mile with her dedication to obtaining the best for her clients‘.

‘Our experience is of a strong team that works very efficiently and effectively with great communication. We get prompt answers to our queries from the appropriate level and we are kept informed on matters that are relevant. The team is led exceptionally by Anthony Fairweather who listens, reassures and delivers for his clients constantly. He does so with a confidence, strength of character and certain panache that makes him a force to be reckoned with and we are delighted he represents our son’s interests alongside us‘.

Anthony Fairweather has proved to be an excellent Deputy for our son. His huge breadth of experience is evident in his assured approach to problems and he works with a tremendous efficiency that keeps costs in check. Anthony takes time to listen and working with him has been an absolute pleasure compared to our previous experiences. He is professional and firm, but retains a compassion for the families with whom he works and he understands the daily battles that they face. He has a very mature view of risk management‘.

A brilliant firm who genuine specialise in Court of Protection Work and is at the top of its game. Anne Minihane is highly experienced, knows the law inside out, and is utterly charming. Bonita Walters is superb at dealing with contentious matters and is great with clients‘.

‘The court of protection team includes members experienced in the non-contentious aspects of the work of being a deputy, such as Anne Minihane, and those experienced in contentious work such as Bonita Walters. Anne Minihane is a very experienced practitioner in advising clients with court of protection issues and herself acting as a deputy in complex estates where understanding the family dynamic is key. Bonita Walters is very good at managing litigation and taking the right tactical decisions and how to make the best use of the evidence available‘.

‘Clarke Willmott LLP has a wealth of experience, its COP practice has Deputies and staff that are empathetic, client centred and dynamic to solve any of the clients’ issues. Its strengths are based on its vast experience, can do attitude and professionalism. Anthony Fairweather stands out as a Deputy who has vast amounts of experience working with complex clients. He is the go to Deputy for challenging and complex cases. His personal approach, ability to communicate with clients and family keeping them at the centre of the process is reassuring and successful‘.

 

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

The debt recovery practice at Clarke Willmott LLP operates across multiple sub-teams, with each one focusing on the needs of a specific group of clients. Clients of the firm include government departments, local authorities, utility and insurance companies. as well as businesses and FCA-regulated companies. The department, which is led by Philip Roberts, has a broad service offering, including pre-legal debt collection and litigation. Other work includes payment agreements, insolvency actions and credit control matters. Roberts' specialisms include contentious and non-contentious insolvency, debt litigation, enforcement and leasehold recoveries, among others. Kathryn Quinton is now the head of information security and data protection at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Philip Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Hoysted; Kayleigh Cullis

Key clients

The Insolvency Service

Wembley National Stadium Ltd

Highways England

Viridor Waste Management

Wireless Logic

Plymouth Block Management

Fresh Property Management Ltd

Premier Training International Ltd

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Corona Energy

The Financial Conduct Authority

Workman LLP

JOMA

Hunts Food Service

Employment: Bristol Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP offers the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment services. The team is particularly regarded for its HR consultancy unit, which has helped advise clients on issues relating to TUPE, furlough, and redundancy. Its client base spans across retail, manufacturing, education, pharmaceutical and logistics employers. Tim Copplestone is particularly well regarded for his experience with the professional sports sector. Sharon Latham and Marc Long co-head the team, with Latham spearheading much of the firm's international client base growth.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Latham; Marc Long

Other key lawyers:

Tim Copplestone

Testimonials

‘The advice we receive I am confident is the best for all matters; we never have to wait for a callback, meeting or simply any information we require. They have a range of skills within the group and the price always matches the skill level required to perform the task ’

‘Sharon Latham offers no-nonsense advice and guidance – she has defended us well with all matters and all outcomes have been the right ones. They are always professional, with a range of experience and actually take time out to get to understand our business and its requirements. I never have to question the service as I am 100% confident in Sharon and the practice’s support.’

‘The team is really great to work with – there is always someone available in the absence of our usual contact if he is unavailable and everyone that we work with approaches our queries in a consistent manner.’

‘Tim Copplestone is always willing to go the ‘extra mile’ for us and strikes a very good balance between explaining our legal position whilst balancing the risk for the business in taking any course of action.’

‘It is like having an in-house legal team which heads off the situation before they become situations. They proactively bring us up to speed on the latest legislation and best practice. When we do present serious challenges they always come back with a can-do attitude and case references.’

‘The team at Clarke Willmott are adaptable, the availability of partners is superb and they are very good at bringing in expertise from across the firm. Their actions mean that we and our members can be assured of being in safe hands. ’

‘Tim Copplestone stands out as being extremely attentive to the needs of our members. His understanding of the sporting landscape is exceptional. No matter the situation, he remains unflappable. His advice is always practical and tailored to the situation and the needs and position of the client, which provides us and our members with utmost confidence. ’

Key clients

Evergreen Garden Centre Limited

Lidl U.K. GmbH

Bristol Water plc

M+W Group

Inspirage UK limited

Thames Card Technology Limited

Meika Limited t/a Primrose

Exyte Group

Penguin Foods Limited

NKD International Limited

Decathlon

Wasserman Media Group

The Rugby Players Association

Microdesk Inc

AB Dynamics Plc

Employment: Hampshire Tier 2

Headed up by experienced Tribunal advocate and TUPE specialist Marc Long, Clarke Willmott LLP’s employment practice handles a range of contentious and non-contentious work for clients in manufacturing, construction, logistics, and telecoms. Nicole Adams is a key contact for contentious work, and has worked on multiple tribunal cases for a diverse range of clients. Gina McCadden, who has experience providing employer-side advice on disciplinary and grievance procuedures, joined the team from Warner Goodman LLP.

Practice head(s):

Marc Long

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Adams; Gina McCadden; Anna Youngs

Testimonials

‘The employment team are outstanding in not only their technical abilities but also their professionalism. Their advice is concise, easy to follow and consistently suited to the commercial decision as well as the technical legal point.’ 

‘Anna Youngs, Nicole Adams, and Marc Long were all outstanding.’

‘Great service for firm size, much more reasonable rates than the City. Very up to speed on COVID related issues, government assistance programs etc.’

‘Marc Long has provided very timely service during the pandemic – important to us as we are managing from a different continent and time zones can often delay response time.’

Key clients

Onecom Group Limited

Marina Developments Limited

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy

Bandai UK Limited

Ogury Limited

PEI Genesis UK Limited

Royal British Legion Club (Ferndown) Limited

Xpediator Plc

The Royal Institute of British Architects

Environment and planning Tier 2

The environment and planning team at Clarke Willmott LLP is regularly engaged by public and private sector entities, including property groups, developers, housing trusts, retailers, and local authorities. Recent highlights include a number of high-value Section 106 agreements, environmental scope-outs, and complex planning mandates, subject to multi-party stakeholder approval. Practice head Neil Baker is recommended for his varied planning experience, while Caroline Waller - who divides her time between Southampton and Taunton - frequently acts for developers and local planning authorities on highways agreements. All named lawyers are based in Southampton unless otherwise noted.

Practice head(s):

Neil Baker

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Waller; Anne Jones; Chris Charlton

Testimonials

‘Clarke Willmott have always provided a prompt and courteous service with regard to Planning Agreements’

‘Anne Jones is always on hand to help with any questions, including those of a very complex nature’

Key clients

Abri (formerly Radian/Yarlington)

Acorn Property Group

Aster Group

Clarion Housing Group

Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd

GreenSquare Group

Heylo Housing Ltd

Isle of Wight Council

Merlin Housing Society

Metropolitan Housing Trust

Moat Housing Group Ltd

New Forest District Council

One Housing

Origin Housing

Paradigm Housing Group

Persimmon Homes Southern

Questmap Ltd

Sovereign Group

Family: Birmingham Tier 2

Rayner Grice, who provides 'outstanding client care', leads a team at Clarke Willmott LLP that has a strong reputation for its work on the whole range of family law issues with a particular focus on complex financial and private law children matters. The team has considerable experience in dealing with family businesses. Clients include sports personalities as well as local professionals. Associate Caroline Young is a known name for her work on financial disputes and private law children matters.

Practice head(s):

Rayner Grice

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Young

Testimonials

‘The practice is outstanding. Rayner Grice and her team have always kept me informed and guided me through this extremely difficult time. The whole team is very well informed about your case and again very supportive.  I have also worked with Caroline who is outstanding.  I would highly recommend this firm. Divorce is an extremely stressful life changing situation. The whole team has all the skills to guide you through, maybe the most vulnerable and life changing time of your life’.

‘A very professional team. Rayner Grice is exceptional, experienced and knowledgeable with an outstanding work ethic.’

‘Caroline Young offered tremendous support and timely advice throughout my divorce proceedings. I was particularly happy with the way in which she understood my perspective on how I wanted to contest the divorce in a fair way without seeking to simply maximise my financial benefit. I found her to be firm and fair in her communication with my ex-wife’s lawyers and hugely sympathetic to the situation in which I found myself’.

Caroline Young was incredible. She was sympathetic and understanding. She guided me through a difficult divorce, financial matters and child matters’.

‘The team is extremely approachable. It has a winning combination of absolute drive to achieve the best results in every case coupled with sound advice delivered in a pragmatic way.’

‘Sterling commitment to client care and terrific at supporting clients through the most difficult of times. Compassionate and consummate professionals‘.

‘Rayner Grice and her team are one of the go-to teams in Birmingham for divorce work.

‘Rayner Grice has a wealth of experience in matrimonial finance cases. She has exceptional legal knowledge and client care skills. She will always go the extra mile to get the best outcome for her clients and will take a pragmatic and sensible approach to negotiations while relishing the battle if settlement is not possible’.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP is noted for covering the full range of insolvency and restructuring mandates, be it contentious or non-contentious. In the latter, the team is particularly active in breach of duty and employee benefit trusts claims as well as those where tax planning or offshore structure schemes have been implemented. Martin Askew has experience in asset recovery and Ken MacLennan is 'a sophisticated and charming non-contentious operator'; together, they head up the team. Senior associate Stephanie Bishop advises on misfeasance and wrongful/fraudulent trading.

Practice head(s):

Martin Askew; Ken MacLennan

Other key lawyers:

Sonal Chudasama; Stephanie Bishop

Testimonials

‘Nothing is too much trouble form the smallest client to a multi-million pound enterprise. Both are treated with the same care and attention.’

‘Ken McLennan – Ken is a pragmatic lawyer who always looks for ways to solve a situation in the most practical way. He is also interested in the client paying a real attention to them.’

‘Martin Askew is a quality solicitor. Probably one of the best technical insolvency solicitors I have ever come across.’

‘Clarke Willmott have a particular expertise in complex, contentious insolvency litigation involving transaction avoidance claims, particularly involving the use of s.423 of the Insolvency Act 1986. ’

‘Martin Askew is a tenacious and diligent litigator with an impressive understanding of the technicalities of insolvency law.

‘Sonal Chudasama has impressed me greatly with her attention to detail. Working on a case against 63 Respondents, and she has repeatedly demonstrated a comprehensive command of the key facts relating to each of those individuals. ’

‘A great strength in depth and a regionally-leading firm with highly rated specialists in all departments. Of particular merit is the quality of the more junior staff. ’

‘Stephanie Bishop – supports the partner team with knowledge and commitment.’

Key clients

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Bradford & Sons Limited

CVR Global LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Kingston Smith & Partners

KPMG LLP

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Mazars LLP

Menzies LLP

Quantuma LLP

Smith & Williamson LLP

The Insolvency Service

The Rugby Players’ Association

Umberto Ferioli, as curatore of Estate Service S.A.S Di Toniolo Lucia Catherine & C.

Wilkins Kennedy

WSM Marks Bloom LLP

Elwell Watchorn & Saxton

Planning Tier 2

Clients appreciate Clarke Willmott LLP for its 'fantastic eye for detail' in planning matters. The team is regularly instructed by national and regional house builders, social housing providers, commercial developers and landowners, in particular in mixed use development schemes. Practice head Neil Baker has longstanding experience in planning applications. Chris Charlton acts as point of contact for local authorities and Caroline Waller provides 'invaluable advice on how to deal with and avoid problems.'

Practice head(s):

Neil Baker

Other key lawyers:

Chris Charlton; Caroline Waller; Joann Bainton

Testimonials

‘They do not sit on the fence but will provide clear advice and follow it through. I have always found them excellent and easy to work with. They have a ‘can sort’ attitude and constructive approach to resolving issues.’

‘Caroline Waller continues to be the ‘go to’ planning lawyer for many working in the development industry within the south west. Caroline’s knowledge, experience and approach enables her to quickly pin-point the key issues and provide invaluable advice on how to deal with and avoid problems.

‘Joann Bainton is my go to for planning matters which is largely transactional support for corporate real estate and real estate deals. She offers a great blend of technical expertise, cost effective pragmatic advice. The service is responsive and she is approachable at all times to all members of my team , from the most junior to partner level. ’

‘Neil Baker – Particularly good in chasing things up and seeking to agree things in set time frames. Good relations with opposite numbers within Councils that assists with decision making and timely agreements. Good knowledge of whole development process as such, is always thinking ‘outside the box’ on matters that he may not necessarily be appointed for. Has particular interest in development within Bristol City of which he is a resident, this knowledge is always useful.’

‘I have found all of the planning solicitors at Clark Willmott to be accessible and capable of providing accurate advice at short notice. They have a fantastic eye for detail and are able to foresee potential shortfalls in Local Planning Authority S106 drafting and steer negotiations towards acceptable solutions for us as their client.’

‘Neil Baker and the team have a strong ability to disseminate complex planning issues into practical advice and solutions. Also a strong commercial focus always features in their advice. Clarke Willmott are founders of the Bristol Diversity Charter which is positive.’

‘We have built up a strong working relationship with the firm and key individuals at the firm. They can offer a one stop shop and are well resourced. They are client/ customer focused.’

‘We have great confidence in the individuals, they have substantial expertise and knowledge and also respond to meeting deadlines but also fully brief us on risks and of course provide strong legal advice.’

Key clients

Abri (Radian/Yarlington

Acorn Property Group

Barratt Homes (various regions)

Bovis Homes

CG Fry & Sons Ltd

Crest Nicholson

Guinness Partnership

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes

Persimmon Homes (various regions)

Sutton Harbour Holdings Limited

Property litigation Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP is noted for its broad client base, which includes property investors, retailers, housing associations, telecoms, house builders and local authorities, among others. Under the lead of Chris Taylor, the group acts in lease renewals, forfeiture, dilapidations, and telecom disputes as well as in rights of light and party wall issues. Neil Ham 'thinks of all the angles' and handles litigation as well as arbitration proceedings. Kary Withers is well versed in representing landowners against mast operators.

Practice head(s):

Chris Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Neil Ham; Nicola Seager; Graham McIntyre; Kary Withers; Simon Freeman

Testimonials

‘Strong local regional presence, personal service, partner led. Assisted on virtual reality arbitration with all documents and hearings conducted remotely via Opus Platform.’

‘Neil Ham – very knowledgeable in real estate (litigious and non litigious), personal service, thinks of all the angles.’

‘Their organisation and focus are very impressive. They are a well resourced and knowledgeable team.’

‘Kary Withers is superb.’

 

Key clients

Sutton Harbour Group plc

Mapeley

Marcol

London and Quadrant

Westray Investments Limited

Lidl Great Britain Limited/Lidl GmbH

Orvis

Fat Face

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

Mileway

CALA Homes Plc

Poplar Harcar

Peabody

Bristol Water plc

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Social housing Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP’s housing management focus makes it a strong choice for a range of registered providers operating across London and the  South East. Department head Lindsay Felstead also heads up the firm’s national Housing Management practice, splitting her time between the firm’s Manchester and Southampton offices. Felstead’s focus on advocacy work sees her representing clients in housing management disputes, while on the non-contentious side, she handles tenancy agreements, policy amendments, and advisory work for housing providers and property ombudsmen. Kate Silverman is the Southern lead for social housing development work, acting for various G15 registered providers, local authorities, and not-for-profit organisations on a range of ventures. Chidem Aliss focuses on commercial contracts and projects, as well as a range of IT and data protection concerns. Sarah Orchard’s extensive experience in ASB and Court of Protection matters make her a good contact for sensitive injunction orders. The team also includes associate Senga Howells and newly promoted partner Amy Peacey, who specialises in commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Lindsay Felstead; Vicky Kells

Other key lawyers:

Kate Silverman; Chidem Aliss; Sarah Orchard; Senga Howells; Amy Peacey

Testimonials

‘They are accessible and have good technology. ’

‘Sarah Orchard is very helpful, efficient and delivers a pragmatic approach to legal issues.’

 

Key clients

Silva Homes

Sovereign

Newlon Housing Trust

Phoenix

Saxon Weald

Abri (Radian)

Origin Housing

Clarion

Aster

Social housing Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP acts for registered providers and is also active on significant frameworks, both regionally and nationally. The team works closely with its property and development and the commercial property groups as needed. It also handles property disputes for which Kary Withers is a key contact. Oliver Smedley offers expertise in development matters and Helen Wittram specialises in transactions. Practice heads Lindsay Felstead and Vicky Kells are based in Manchester and Cardiff respectively.

Practice head(s):

Lindsay Felstead; Vicky Kells

Other key lawyers:

Kary Withers; Oliver Smedley; Helen Wittram; Zoe Stollard

Testimonials

‘An experienced and professional team with a wealth of knowledge of the sector. Always available for consultation over the phone and always willing to provide expert advice and opinion when needed.’

‘The team at Clark Wilmott have helped us deliver a variety of affordable housing schemes over recent years. We generally benefit from a strong relationship with them and enjoy working with their key personnel. ’

‘We find working with Helen Wittram positive for negotiating on contracts and providing considered, pragmatic, commercial advice to us.’

Key clients

Stonewater

The Guinness Partnership

Sovereign Housing

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Greensquare Homes

Abri (Yarlington and Radian)

LiveWest

Alliance Homes

L&Q

The Aster Group

Social housing Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP remains a market leader on social housing financing matters on behalf of both RSLs and lenders. 'Knowledgeable and thorough' team head Vicky Kells is very adept at advising on the property security aspects of loan and bond facilities sought by housing associations, including as it relates to securitisation transactions. Leveraging her broad-based commercial property expertise, Clare Gregory is also regularly instructed by housing associations to advise on their transactional real estate requirements, including on development issues.

Practice head(s):

Vicky Kells

Other key lawyers:

Fraser MacRae; Bethan Evans; Clare Gregory; Charlotte Lord

Testimonials

‘They always meet deadlines and respect the client.’

‘The secured lending social housing team is very knowledgeable of lenders’ requirements and provides excellent advice on methods of resolving issues to enable more properties to be mortgaged or to be accepted at full value.’

‘Vicky Kells continues to provide an excellent service. She is very knowledgeable and thorough.’

‘Vicky Kells is very experienced in preparing housing associations for securitisations, running them and dealing practically and innovatively with issues that arise unexpectedly.’

Key clients

Cardiff Community Housing Association Limited

RHA Wales Group Limited

United Welsh Housing Association Limited

Cadwyn Housing Association Limited

Wales & West Housing Association Limited

Orbit

London & Quadrant

Triodos Bank UK Limited

Principality Building Society

Handelsbanken

Sport Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP's sports group has experience in a wide variety of matters, including stadium-related planning law and construction projects, as well as high-value commercial litigation and elite sport clinical negligence claims. Heading the team is Tim Copplestone, an expert in sports employment law, who counts a number of professional sporting organisations among his clients. Philip Roberts is a debt recovery lawyer who has developed a niche in sports sector-related matters. Senior associate and employment specialist Sarah Driscoll advises international and professional players on contractual and termination issues.

Practice head(s):

Tim Copplestone

Other key lawyers:

Philip Roberts; Sarah Driscoll

Key clients

The Rugby Players’ Association

Wasserman Media Group

Decathlon UK

The Football Association – Club Wembley

England 7s Team

Phil Neville

Jack Wilshere

Greg Bateman

Phillip Cocu

Bristol Bears Limited

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

Somerset County Cricket Club

Surfing England

George Kruis

Joma

CSM Sport and Entertainment LLP

Banking and finance Tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP's banking and finance practice works closely with the firm's other teams; hence it is often involved in real estate portfolio financings, the funding of farm purchases and development finance. Roger Seaton leads the group and is well versed in advising clearing and private banks.

Practice head(s):

Roger Seaton

Other key lawyers:

Fraser MacRae

Testimonials

There is a very close working relationship between the Banking and Finance and Property teams at Clarke Willmott Cardiff and Bristol office. All to the benefit of the client. They communicate very well and far better than other firms than we use. ’

‘From a Banking and Finance perspective Fraser MacRae is an outstanding individual. Responsive, articulate and professional.’

 

Key clients

Lloyds Bank PLC

HSBC Bank PLC

Secure Trust Bank PLC

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited

Santander UK PLC

Handelsbanken plc

Cambridge and Counties Bank Limited

Charterbank Capital Limited

AIB

Wellesley Finance Limited

Banking and finance Tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP is a key player in the healthcare and real estate sectors, and its recent work has seen the firm undertake a particularly significant amount of work for borrowers in the care homes space. In one highlight, Rich EldridgeKristian Johnson and senior associate Emma Couch acted for DRS Care Holdings Limited as the borrower on the provision of financing by Triodos Bank. Elsewhere, lender-side transactions are also a bedrock of the practice, as is the team's advice on regulatory and contentious issues. Johnson has recently been promoted to senior associate. Real estate finance expert Joseph Campbell and Peter Swinburn are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rich Eldridge; Joseph Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Peter Swinburn; Kristian Johnson; Emma Couch

Testimonials

‘Very positive approach, working to tight deadlines without fuss. Approachable and willing to explain issues, whilst being reasonable on fees. We find they meet all our requirements in all areas of real estate lending and have good depth of resource and expertise to draw on when needed.’

‘Kristian Johnson is always a pleasure to deal with and willingly goes the extra mile to get the deal done.’

Joseph Campbell draws on his considerable experience to help achieve positive outcomes, actively promoting our interests whilst being pragmatic in outlook.’

‘The team at Clarke Willmott are always on hand to discuss any work currently being undertaken and ensure we are constantly up to date and informed as matters progress. We are easily able to raise queries or issues with them, for them to advise on best ways forward, and having this level of communication and speed of response is critical and makes them a favoured partner of ours when carrying out legal work.’

‘Everyone we have dealt with at the firm displays a level of service that is over and above that seen from other firms. They are happy to form strong relationships with clients and are always available to give general advice and support, which adds to the overall relationship piece and confidence in the firm.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

Handelsbanken Plc

Unity Trust Bank plc

Atelier Capital Partners Limited

Higher Drive Nursing Home (Holdings) Limited

DRS Care Holdings Limited

Boys & Girls Nursery Limited

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP's team has a strong track record of advising mid-market corporates on acquisition strategies. The firm also has an active practice advising owner-managed businesses on their transactions and is increasingly instructed on cross-border deals, leveraging its position in the South West to provide price-sensitive services. Simon Thomas is head of the national corporate practice, with experience in M&A, private equity investments and company law issues. Simon Smith is known for cross-border work, drawing on links with the Swedish market. Robert Ridd is another corporate transactional lawyer of note.

Practice head(s):

Simon Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Simon Smith; Robert Ridd

Testimonials

‘Simon Thomas provided good access at short notice and excellent support through difficult commercial decisions. He was happy to discuss tactics as well as the law, and helped us manage emotions through difficult negotiations. He kept things simple and we felt well supported and clear on our position.’

‘They give a London-quality service at non-London fees. The service and advice was exemplary.’

‘A friendly, approachable and very expert team. Lead partner Simon Thomas was always available.

Key clients

Panther Logistics

Turtle Bay Restaurants

Prysm Media Group

Harpsden Wealth Management

Evergreen Garden Care

Assured Digital Technologies

Wasserman Media Group

Addnode Group AB

Bramley and Gage Limited (6 O’clock Gin)

Fowlers of Bristol

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP's team is regularly active for EPC contractors in national and international projects, such as the construction of power stations, infrastructure and other developments. Another area of expertise is energy technology, encompassing matters around wind and solar farms, as well as waste to energy matters. Priscilla Hall leads the practice and is well versed in construction law queries. Zoe Stollard specialises in the nuclear and renewable energy spaces. Laurence Lacey covers property aspects. Ewen Cairns left the firm in late 2020.

Practice head(s):

Priscilla Hall

Other key lawyers:

Zoe Stollard; Laurence Lacey

Testimonials

‘The firm have exceptional industry knowledge and involvement which ultimately means that they are able to resolve contractual matters with ease and in a timely fashion, which drives cost saving efficiencies.’

‘The team are knowledgeable, warm, and approachable. They are our advisory knowledge base, and are treated as part of our in-house team. Its a strong partnership and I would be remiss if we had a change of personnel.’

‘Zoe Stollard: I have very much appreciated her professional expertise, her responsiveness, her dynamism in the negotiation. Zoe has provided an invaluable support.’

‘CW showed great understanding of the HPC contracting process having acted for several suppliers and are highly regarded by the clients.’

‘Zoe Stollard was lead partner and her knowledge of NEC3 contracts and the HPC amendments speeded up the negotiation process. Zoe also took positive control of the process which proved essential when dealing with a large client team.’

Key clients

Future Biogas Limited

Ripple Energy Limited

Sustainable Power Sources Limited

METKA EGN Limited

Osprey Shipping Limited

Somerset Passenger Solutions

Host 2 Limited

Ingersoll Rand

EnviTec Biogas AG

Tecnicas Reunidas SA

Environment Tier 3

The team at Clarke Willmott LLP is regularly instructed by companies, landowners and farmers, and it has special know-how in the agriculture and waste sectors. The members of the practice often defend clients in environmental prosecutions and environmental litigation claims. Neil Baker leads the team and has experience in development schemes. Joann Bainton provides 'excellent transactional support for environmental matters.'

Practice head(s):

Neil Baker

Other key lawyers:

Joann Bainton; Daniel Gill

Testimonials

‘Joann Bainton offers excellent transactional support for environmental matters and is my go to for these aspects across all clients and industry sectors. She offers a great blend of technical expertise, cost effective and pragmatic advice delivered with responsiveness and approachability throughout.’

 

Key clients

Acorn Property Group

Anthony Rew

Barratt Homes Bristol

BDW South West

Bloor Homes

Bristol Water Plc

Cove Communities

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes

Persimmon Homes

Wessex Water Services Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

At Clarke Willmott LLP, Stephanie Slinn is praised for being ‘excellent to work with and knowing the market well. She has a particular focus on contentious, property and construction-related insolvency matters. Slinn's workload is primarily drawn from insolvency practitioners though she also represents stakeholders and purchasers, frequently supporting on corporate recovery mandates in addition to business and asset sales.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Slinn; Martin Askew

Testimonials

‘Stephanie Slinn is decisive, logical, practical, persistent and easy to work with.’

‘Not only are the team all very approachable and easy to get hold of, they have a depth of practical knowledge from the least experienced through to partner level. This is unusual, but allows a swift response when called for.’

‘Stephanie Slinn is excellent to work with. She knows her market well, her advice is sound, and she has a knack of getting matters resolved sensibly and quickly without significant fuss or conflict.’

Key clients

Duff & Phelps

K J Watkin & Co

KPMG

FRP Advisory

Elwell Watchorn & Saxton

Santander

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Arbuthnot Latham

Stratford on Avon District Council

Smith & Williamson

Intellectual property Tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP's team, which spans several UK offices, is represented in the South East by Kate Cheney. A qualified trade mark attorney, Cheney works with a number of international clients from the food, retail and entertainment sectors on the management of their trade mark portfolios. Roy Crozier leads the team from Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Roy Crozier

Other key lawyers:

Kate Cheney

Testimonials

‘The team is business savvy, quick to respond with meaningful advice, and mindful of budget constraints.’

‘Roy Crozier is among the best. He provides practical, insightful advice and has a deep understanding of the intersection of business and legal needs.’

‘Both very reliable, quick in responding, good advice

Key clients

Medicom Healthcare Limited

Heritage Audio

Mozzo Coffee Limited

Flexipads World Class Limited and Gekatax S.A.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.

Navson

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP's 'passionate and dedicated' IT and telecoms practice has developed a niche in representing landowners in cases against major telecoms companies concerning the placement of masts, leveraging significant expertise in telecoms law. The lawyers also advise on the commercial and contractual side of IT and communications. The group in Bristol is led by property litigator Kary Withers, who 'has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the telecoms field' and is often supported by Beverley Pike.

Practice head(s):

Kary Withers

Other key lawyers:

Beverley Pike; Aimee Davies

Testimonials

Working in a male-dominated industry, it is fantastic to work with women who are knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated to client goals and the swift and comprehensive resolution of issues.

I have been struck with how passionate and dedicated the team are at Clarke Willmott, especially Kary Withers. I have worked with her on a number of different matters and she is knowledgeable and supportive, and also proactive in her advice and dealings with cases and the dissemination of information to the sector.’

I would rate CW as one of the leading firms in the country dealing with telecoms-property disputes for landowners. From the work I have done with them, I can see they attract a broad range of work and have been involved in some of the leading cases under the new telecoms code.’

Kary Withers has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the telecoms field, both of the legal landscape and the practical matters and pitfalls that landowners need to have in mind in this technical area. She is also a lawyer who knows how to get things done and get them done effectively and efficiently. She is a pleasure to work with.’

Clarke Willmott have detailed knowledge and experience in the new telecoms code, and are able to provide pragmatic advice to clients and agents alike.’

Kary Withers has both experience and knowledge in litigation matters regarding the telecoms code. Her no-nonsense approach and clear delivery of facts make her a go-to solicitor.’

A knowledgeable and experienced team which is active in an esoteric area of law.

Social housing: finance Tier 3

At Clarke Willmott LLP, Lindsay Felstead and the 'extremely knowledgeable' Vicky Kells jointly lead the 'experienced, proactive, knowledgeable, practical' and 'well-rounded' social housing team. It acts for both borrowers and lenders on social housing finance transactions, including those concerning development funding, private placements and aggregated bonds, as well as bilateral and syndicated facilities. Banking and finance partner Fraser MacRae advises on all aspects of secured funding.

Practice head(s):

Lindsay Felstead; Vicky Kells

Other key lawyers:

Fraser MacRae

Testimonials

‘Great team delivering for the social housing sector. Offering good value for money but the quality and deliverability of work was exceptional.’

‘Knowledge of area we commissioned and ability to deliver within project timescales.’

‘The team is very strong in dealing with securitisation for registered social landlords. They have extensive knowledge of the lenders’ requirements and are able to resolve issues so as to maximise values of properties.’

‘Vicky Kells is extremely knowledgeable in this field. Her advice is invaluable in making sure that property values are maximised and always works to protect our interests.’

‘A combination of factors make it a well rounded team – experienced, proactive, knowledgeable, practical. There is a good range of partner skills if issues crop up.’

‘The partners bring similar skills and traits – experienced, proactive, knowledgeable, practical. I work most closely with Vicky Kells who we go to for all our securitisations.’

Key clients

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Silva Homes

Abri

One Housing Group

Wales & West Housing Association Limited

United Welsh Housing Association Limited

Cardiff Community Housing Association Limited

Triodos Bank UK Limited

Principality Building Society

Handelsbanken

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP's commercial and private litigation team is praised for its 'good, solid, practical advice'. The group is particularly strong for shareholder disputes, which is a focus of 'seasoned litigator' Peter Brewer, who also handles other corporate and contractual litigation and professional negligence claims. Brewer leads the practice, which includes Paul Griffiths and 'efficient' associate Richard Howell.

Practice head(s):

Peter Brewer

Other key lawyers:

Paul Griffiths; Richard Howell

Testimonials

‘Availability and ease of contact. Good ‘on the hoof’ analysis followed by in-depth consideration.’

‘Peter Brewer: A seasoned litigator with a wealth of commercial dispute resolution experience known for his inciteful advice and pragmatic and commercial approach to litigation, which in my experience of Peter’s caseload is usually complex disputes.’

‘I have been working with Richard Howell and have found him to be very approachable and efficient.’

‘Really good knowledge and expertise in the banking sector in particular.’

‘Good, solid, practical advice.’

‘Peter Brewer has a breadth of experience which equates well with our business.’

‘The commercial disputes team is a leading law firm in the region offering a cross range of legal services with, I believe, first-class legal credentials. Overall, my impression of the team is that it is a strong player in the market and known as such by its competitors.’

Key clients

West Bromwich Building Society

Commercial property Tier 4

Appreciated for its 'very accessible and can-do attitude', Clarke Willmott LLP has a narrower focus than many in the ranking, however, its expertise at social housing finance, for both housing associations and banks is market leading. 'Knowledgeable and thorough' team head Vicky Kells is pivotal to this and has extensive knowledge on the property security aspects of bank loan facilities, private placements and securitisations. Clare Gregory is also a key member of the team and as well as advising on social housing-related property issues, including site acquisitions, has also been fundamental to broadening the scope of the work to include commercial property work for public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Vicky Kells

Other key lawyers:

Fraser MacRae; Bethan Evans; Clare Gregory; Charlotte Lord

Testimonials

‘The team has a very acccessible and can-do attitude.’

Vicky Kells is knowledgeable and thorough.’ 

Key clients

Cardiff Community Housing Association Limited

RHA Wales Group Limited

United Welsh Housing Association Limited

Cadwyn Housing Association Limited

Wales & West Housing Association Limited

Orbit

London & Quadrant

Triodos Bank UK Limited

Principality Building Society

Handelsbanken

Construction Tier 4

Peter McHugh is the key name for construction disputes in Clarke Willmott LLP's Birmingham office; he is a chartered arbitrator and accredited mediator with more than three decades of experience. The firm works with housing associations, contractors and developers on a range of contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter McHugh

Key clients

GreenSquare Group

Abri (formerly Yarlington)

Aster Group

B Price Limited

Treforest Property Company Limited

Stonewater

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 4

John Irving leads the practice at Clarke Willmott LLP; he has a broad practice spanning M&A, distribution and franchising and partnership matters, principally those pertaining to the manufacturing, healthcare, capital goods and casino sectors. The team is also engaged for a broad variety of commercial contracts work and is equipped to support on the financing elements of large corporate transactions, owing to the specialist expertise of Andrew Beedham.

Practice head(s):

John Irving

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Beedham

Testimonials

‘They had a quick grasp of my concerns and a rapid understanding of my immediate situation.’

‘John Irving is recommended for his attention to detail with contracts and excellent advice.’

‘Professional, high skill and deep knowledge. We have asked Clarke Willmott to produce number of legal documents, and layout agreements which clearly states the activities and duties for our unique share-matching platform for the private companies. Clarke Willmott has produced outstanding work. ’

‘Highly professional team able to cover all matters necessary for a client operating in the UK.’

‘Knowledge and pragmatism, focused on solutions not conflict or hours. Act in best interests of client but also looking to find solutions for all those impacted in constructive, real world manner. Experts in their field and able to bring in others as required. John Irving encapsulates all of these attributes and has a good support team around him.’

Key clients

Ballard Casinos Limited

Braunability UK Limited

ChangFa Capital Limited

Comau UK Limited

Complete Technology Group Limited

Envitec Biogas AG

Extra MSA Group

Ingersoll Rand

Kumho Tyre (UK) Limited

Manvers Limited

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP acts for registered providers on social housing matters concerning development, regeneration, construction, housing management and litigation. On the contentious side, the team provides 'robust advice' on commercial lease issues, possession claims and fire safety matters. The 'outstanding' Vicky Kells and Lindsay Felstead are the joint national social housing sector leads. 'Stand out partner' Kate Silverman leads the London social housing offering. Kary Withers is the head of litigation, while Oliver Smedley leads the social housing property and development team.

Practice head(s):

Lindsay Felstead; Vicky Kells; Oliver Smedley; Kary Withers; Kate Silverman

Other key lawyers:

Beverley Pike; Henry Russell; Simone Protheroe

Testimonials

‘The team collaborated really well bringing on board appropriate specialists within the practice to provide additional advice. The practice ensured client interests were prioritised at all times and risks were appropriately managed. The advice provided was concise and enabled robust decision making.’

‘The solicitor I dealt with was a specialist in the area of our requirement. In addition the solicitor was excellent at negotiation and mediating with the other party and pressed hard to ensure our interests were protected. The stand out partner for us was Kate Silverman.’

‘The practice has a specific social housing team with excellent cross-department links to other teams to enable efficient and robust advice.’

‘Vicky Kells is outstanding for her in-depth knowledge of the housing market, but she also has the capacity to apply commercial advice to the legal advice.’

‘They have been invaluable in providing advice, feedback and support helping us navigate through a new area of work.’

‘I have principally worked with Beverley Pike and her team, and also Kary Withers and Henry Russell, all of whom have demonstrated they comprehensively understand our context as a social housing provider, have steered us through new legislation and also providing timely advice on emerging precedent case law. In building this relationship we have gained a much better understanding, been able to respond effectively and secure our position.’

‘For me, the great thing is their ability to draw in experts across the legal spectrum to meet a specific requirement – planning law, litigation, land and acquisition, building contract. Our contact on a day to day basis seems to deliver this seamlessly acting as our account manager/point of contact.’

Key clients

Peabody Trust

Clarion

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Notting Hill Genesis

Optivo

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

One Housing Group Limited

bpha

Sovereign

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP has a notable focus on retail development projects in which it supports at every stage of relevant schemes; the other key pillar of the practice is its secured lending work handled on behalf of high street lenders, which sees it engaged on complex, high-value commercial property finance and re-financing transactions. Jonathan Morton also frequently acts for borrowers on portfolio secured lending while Iain Harrison is thoroughly experienced in mixed-use regeneration projects; the pair lead the team together with Fiona Rendell, a landlord and tenant and portfolio management specialist.

Practice head(s):

Iain Harrison; Fiona Rendell; Jonathan Morton

Other key lawyers:

Rabinder Chaggar; Alex Walsh

Testimonials

‘The team is big enough to provide all manner of services we require but small enough to care. Always super responsive.’

Fiona Rendell responds in an incredibly timely manner and is personable and friendly whilst also being great at her professional work. She has provided excellent commercial advice.’

‘Clarke Willmott have a great team of property specialists that deal with the technical complexities allowing me to get on and run my business.’

Key clients

Lidl Great Britain Limited

Lloyds Bank plc

Allegra Care

Beechdean Homes Limited

Mereway Kitchens Limited

Trevonny Investments Limited

Rediweld Holdings Limited

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Clarke Willmott LLP has a major focus on brain injury claims. Philip Edwards is the team leader in Birmingham and has handled some very high-value claims. In addition Edwards is an accredited specialist for APIL. Other core areas of expertise include amputation claims and the full range of serious injury cases, spinal cord injuries, fatal injuries and multiple orthopaedic injuries and burns.

Practice head(s):

Chris Thorne; Lee Hart

Other key lawyers:

Philip Edwards

Testimonials

Phil Edwards is a highly skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer. He has the innate ability to relate to clients with complex and catastrophic injuries explaining the law and options to them in a way that they and their significant others can understand. He is a strong advocate for rehabilitation and truly achieves the optimum outcomes for his clients. He works extremely well with the rehabilitation teams’.

‘Philip Edwards has excellent client skills. He is extremely experienced. Not risk averse in the slightest. Adapted to lockdown and remote working very well. Easily contactable‘.

Phillip Edwards is a non-judgemental, trustworthy and understanding person. Phillip is always at the end of the phone. He is empathetic, honest, creative and he has integrity‘.

What I particularly like about Clarke Wilmott is that clients get a personal service from very experienced lawyers. Philip Edwards provides representation in high-value accident claims. He is happy to fight but also prepared to work constructively with the other side when the time is right.  He stands out for me as a grown-up litigator who adds enormous value‘.

Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

At Clarke Willmott LLP, the personal injury and clinical negligence teams are coordinated by Chris Thorne. The 'very experienced' personal injury team represents adults and children with serious injuries, including brain, spinal cord and amputation issues. The group also has experience in fatal accident claims and in cases involving complex psychiatric disorders. The practice group is led by Lee Hart, an expert in catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. Philip Edwards, who splits his time between Bristol and Birmingham, is an expert in brain injury and amputation claims. Associate James Edmondson is increasingly active in fatal accident and secondary victim claims. The clinical negligence team, managed by Kerry Fifield, has an 'exceptional reputation', with a strong focus on birth injuries, as well as handling brain and spinal injury claims. The group is particularly active in novel cases, including in relation to the loss of cord tissue samples stored for stem cell therapy. Marguarita Tyne has a strong track record in non-birth catastrophic injury cases for adults and children, with additional expertise in fertility loss cases. Associate Vanessa Harris is particularly noted for delayed cancer diagnosis claims.

Practice head(s):

Chris Thorne; Lee Hart; Kerry Fifield

Other key lawyers:

Philip Edwards; Marguarita Tyne; Vanessa Harris; James Edmondson

Testimonials

Clarke Willmott has an exceptional reputation in clinical negligence cases. It has a specialist team who are highly experienced in a wide variety of claims. There are only a small number of firms that I would recommend to any client and they are one of them.’

Wealth of knowledge regarding clinical negligence claims allied to approachable and able lawyers, led by a really strong partner team.’

Chris Thorne is one of the most humane lawyers a client could hope to instruct. He has natural empathy combined with a wealth of experience and provides clients with a very complete service. Marguarita Tyne is also a very experienced lawyer whose attention to detail is faultless. She is a very reassuring pair of hands. Vanessa Harris is very thorough in her work and is good at looking for practical solutions to difficult problems.’

A small and very good clinical negligence team who take on the full range of cases. Senior solicitors are involved in every claim and I get the impression that they offer a very personalised service. They are empathetic, as well as being very thorough and on top of the detail.

Communication has been timely and relevant. Easy-to-understand language and communication used. They listen to clients’ views and needs.

Chris Thorne has been highly professional from our first engagement. He is clear and communicates promptly and relevantly. I rarely wait more than 24 hours for answers to emails and he is always at the end of the phone to help with questions.’

The standard of service at Clarke Willmott is exemplary in every sense. Communication is clearly an especially important part of the firm’s approach and is something that has been particularly appreciated in my case. Chris Thorne has worked incredibly hard to update me via letters and emails as and when news or developments have occurred.’

Very experienced in handling PI claims of complexity and maximum severity.’

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 companies of all sizes, from high-growth and entrepreneurial businesses to SMEs and larger corporates, on transactional and commercial work, contractual issues, employment services, procurement, 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.

Green energy: advice spans all aspects of green energy work including renewable and nuclear energy from inception of a project through to planning, acquisition, financing, construction, regulation, commissioning, grid connection and subsequent operation of plants and facilities.

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 UK and international succession planning, trusts, tax and wealth protection as well as divorce and family law, , property issues, litigation, and personal injury and clinical negligence.

Real estate: this national team is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and has a deep sector knowledge advising across the full range of commercial property matters. Expertise covers construction and procurement, development, investment (including complex landlord and tenant, acquisition and disposal issues), regeneration, planning & environmental, property litigation, property finance, property tax, telecommunications and asset management.

Social housing: the national team of highly experienced, sector focused lawyers is one of the largest in the UK. The team acts for both national and regional registered providers, including most major frameworks, and provides specialist advice across a comprehensive range of legal areas.

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 Kelvin Balmont
Chief executive Stephen Rosser
Managing Director - Commercial Simon Thomas
Managing Director - Core Litigation Philippa Hann
Managing Director - Private Client Anthony Fairweather
Managing Director - Property Litigation Kary Withers
Managing Director - Commercial Property Peter Swinburn
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Roy Crozier photo Mr Roy Crozier Roy is a Partner in the Intellectual Property team and has many…
 Paul Davies  photo Paul Davies Paul leads the private capital team in the Manchester office of Clarke Willmott. He has been…
 James Driver photo James Driver James specialises in resolving construction and engineering disputes. The team advises on all…
 Lindsay Felstead  photo Lindsay Felstead Lindsay Felstead is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Manchester Property Litigation…
 John Flint  photo John Flint John Flint is a Partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Commercial & Private…
 Ed Foulkes  photo Ed Foulkes Ed Foulkes is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Manchester Corporate team…
 Susan Hall  photo Susan Hall Susan Hall is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Manchester Intellectual Property…
 Emma Hamnett  photo Emma Hamnett Emma Hamnett is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Manchester Employment team…
 Chris Keane photo Chris Keane Chris’ expertise covers a broad range of both personal and corporate insolvency on a…
 Alex Walsh  photo Alex Walsh Alex is a Partner in our Commercial Property team with a broad range of…
Number of UK partners : 100+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 340+
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