Clarke Willmott LLP > Manchester, England > Firm Profile

Clarke Willmott LLP
55 SPRING GARDENS
MANCHESTER
M2 2BY
England

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP advises a range of high-profile international clients across sectors on the protection, enforcement and exploitation of their intellectual property rights. The department is particularly recognised for its substantial trade mark filings practice and anti-counterfeiting expertise. Practice head Roy Crozier and Andrew Stone are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Roy Crozier

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Roy Crozier is an excellent partner – down to earth, approachable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team has a business-minded approach to legal issues that sets it apart from others.’

‘Roy Crozier is among the best, ready to provide meaningful insight on complex matters.’

‘Roy Crozier is very knowledgeable and keen to support clients in any way he can. He is smart and a strategic thinker. With Roy, clients feel they are in safe hands.’

‘Roy Crozier is very smart and hands-on, great to work with him.’

Key clients

Fred PerrOTEP

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)

Conair/BaByliss

Audi

HERO group

Evergreen (various brands including Miracle-Gro)

Work highlights

  • Acted for a US law firm with regard to the IP aspects of high-value corporate acquisitions for various of its clients.
  • Acted for Trailers Concesionario S.L. with regard to a design right infringement action brought by PCO Group.
  • Acted for PUIG Group (the owner of many internationally recognised brands, including Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Paco Rabanne and Christian Louboutin) in relation to numerous seizures at ports, airports and hubs of entry into the UK where goods are detained by Border Force.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

Acting for a client roster of government departments and local authorities, utility companies, insurers and other commercial businesses, Clarke Willmott LLP handles the full range of debt collection work from payment agreements and enforcement issues to litigation and insolvency actions. Philip Roberts leads the national team and is also active on insurance, commercial and residential agent and landlord work. Senior associate Stuart Hoysted and associate Kayleigh Cullis also contribute to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Philip Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Clarke Willmott is extremely knowledgeable and have been able to provide us with excellent support for a number of years now.’

‘Kayleigh Cullis has outstanding skills and knowledge. She has helped me understand all legal technicalities, processes and advised on our best course of action. She has spent the time and effort with our team.’

‘Great communication, keep us informed all the time, clearly explain all the options available in order that the client may make an informed decision.’

‘Friendly, approachable and extremely knowledgeable.’

Key clients

SSE/OVO Group

Thames Water Utilities Ltd

Premier Training International Ltd

Hyde Housing

London Borough of Enfield

The FA Group/ Wembley National Stadium

Ministry of Defence

TT2 Ltd

Hunts Foodservice

University of Reading

Berry Telecom Ltd

Greenslade Taylor Hunt

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

Joma Sport

Shearwood Housing Co-operative

Waters & Gate

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Hyde Housing in the recovery of unpaid service charge and major works arrears.
  • Appointed to the FCA’s panel for debt recovery services.
  • Advised Corona Energy on the recovery of gas and electricity arrears accrued due to the pandemic.

Employment > Employment: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 1

The team at Clarke Willmott LLP includes an  in-house HR consultancy unit; this assists clients seeking advice on matters involving TUPE, redundancies, disciplinaries and grievances. The team has vast knowledge across an array of sectors such as agriculture, education, retail, manufacturing and sport. Paula Squire  heads the Taunton employment and HR team; her expertise includes advice on the formation of academies and TUPE transfers. The firm's overall employment practice is headed by Marc Long.

Practice head(s):

Paula Squire; Marc Long

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Le Page

Testimonials

‘The main reason we value the team is for their broad expertise in all employment areas; whether it be for our own in house employees or the recruitment contract market.’

‘Paula Squire is just fantastic. I have valued her time, expertise and counsel. She is human, approachable and a great listener. She put me at ease and within no time at all I felt comfortable talking about the problems we needed her help with.. I would recommend Paula to everyone and trust she would look after them to the best of her ability.’

‘Hugely knowledgeable; very approachable; very responsive to our requirements.’

‘They are a diverse team that can deal with any issue; useful as a one stop shop.’

‘They are knowledgeable, quick to respond and detailed in their advice.’

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

East Devon District Council

South Somerset District Council

Hestercombe Gardens Trust Limited

Amica Care Trust

Summerfield Developments SW Ltd

Chelston Park Nursing and Residential Home 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 Margaret’s Hospice Somerset Ltd

Wyke Farms Ltd

Severn Delta Ltd

Chatham Clothing Ltd

Sunlife Insurance

Greenslade Taylor Hunt

Warren Farms Holiday Centre Ltd

Northam Farms Ltd

National Farmers Union

J & K Aquatics Ltd

Ocean Estate Agents Ltd

Management Consultancies Association Ltd

Chick Master UK Ltd

Precise Management Services Ltd

Homes in Sedgemoor Ltd

Powersystems UK Ltd

Extra MSA Property (UK) Ltd

Bridgwater College Trust

Cardstream Ltd

R.J. Heathman (Contractors) Ltd t/a Country Contractors

Thames Card Technology Ltd

UTAC Ltd

Plantforce Rentals Ltd

BMR Solutions Ltd

YMCA Somerset Coast

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Cooper Associates Group Ltd

Tweenhills Farm & Stud Ltd

Cardiff and Vale College

Teddy Mountains (UK) ltd

J Gale & Sons

Stay Original Company Ltd

Taunton and Pickeridge Golf Club Ltd

JSS (Taunton) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust  with specialist employment advice including negotiations with Trade Unions, setting up a Charity, Covid issues, health concerns and the impact on the education sector.
  • Advised Wyke Farms Limited on employment law issues related to their large workforce, including modern slavery legal obligations, gender pay gap, various covid-19 related issues and change to terms and conditions.
  • Advised BMR Solutions Limited on issues including status issues, end user client demands and robust advice.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

The personal injury team at Clarke Willmott LLP, led by Lee Hart, specialises in handling high-value claims such as neurological and spinal injuries as well as amputations. Hart has broad expertise in this space, and is frequently instructed on claims arising from road traffic accidents and injuries at work. He works between the team’s Bristol and Taunton offices; Philip Edwards is another name to note in Bristol, and also spends time in the Birmingham office. Associate James Edmondson is increasingly active in handling secondary victim claims, as well as cases involving fatal accidents. Chris Thorne coordinates both the personal injury and clinical negligence teams on a national basis, with a personal workload focused on clinical negligence. Other key figures in clinical negligence include Kerry Fifield, who predominantly focuses on birth injury claims, and Marguarita Tyne, who is noted for her work on matters related to strokes. Tyne is regularly instructed on catastrophic injury cases and other claims related to delays in diagnosis.  

Practice head(s):

Chris Thorne; Lee Hart

Testimonials

‘A good team who know clinical negligence.’

‘Kerry Fifield is thorough and calm and really cares about her clients.’

‘Marguarita Tyne is brilliant with complex and difficult cases.’

‘Kerry Fifield has a mass of difficult cases which she tackles with ease.’

Work highlights

    Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

    Clarke Willmott LLP focuses on claimant-side professional negligence work, handling high-value claims against a range of insured professionals. In addition to representing individuals and companies, the practice also stands out for its work handling group claims. The team is jointly led by Alex Jakubowski and Philippa Hann. Jakubowski has a notable specialism in handling claims on behalf of businesses against their energy brokers, while Hann has a strong track record in litigation related to financial services, with Stephen Searle also noted for his knowledge of this space. Esther Woolford offers additional expertise in negligence claims related to agricultural property.

    Practice head(s):

    Alex Jakubowski; Philippa Hann

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘A very good choice for any claimant seeking to pursue a professional negligence claim, they simply are not phased by going against anyone.’

    ‘Alex Jakubowski is considered and patient. Will identify the issues likely to get results the quickest.’

    ‘Very capable and with the necessary expertise to deal with professional negligence claims involving multi claimants.’

    ‘Very efficient and provide helpful detailed instructions to counsel. Always looking for an opportunity to settle on satisfactory terms.’

    ‘Strong property knowledge.’

    Key clients

    Wellesley Finance Ltd

    Lloyds Bank Plc

    Arbuthnot Latham

    Mookie Toys

    JZ Flowers international

    Wolffkran Ltd

    Arum Capital

    KSJ Investments

    Gooch and Housego plc

    Kal Tire

    Orkney Fishermen’s Society

    Solihull Moors Football Club

    The Cornish Bakery Shops Ltd

    ESP Colour Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Wellesley Finance in a claim against Currie and Brown arising from negligent conduct of their role as a project monitoring surveyor.
    • Acting for Kal Tire in a claim against UK Direct Business Solutions and TotalEnergies arising from the payment of c£470,000 hidden commission in the energy sector.
    • Acting for Arbuthnot Latham in professional negligence claims against valuers arising from over valuation of property taken as security for lending.

    Private client > Family Tier 1

    The team at Clarke Willmott LLP has a broad range of expertise, and is praised for  providing ‘absolute top-quality service at a reasonable cost‘. Its specialisms include the handling of financial remedy claims, cohabitation claims and bankruptcy and divorce matters. Expert in TOLATA and unmarried family disputes, Gareth Schofield, leads the practice – he is described as ‘a brilliant practitioner with a national reputation‘. Alastair MacLeod is noted for his handling of financial settlements – ‘very easy to work with, a good communicator and puts clients at ease‘.

    Practice head(s):

    Gareth Schofield

    Other key lawyers:

    Alastair MacLeod; Clare Webb; Emma Gordon; Hannah Livesey; Laura Bond; Sarah Marchant; Laura Podger

    Testimonials

    Excellent yeam. They provide absolute top-quality service but at a much more reasonable cost than some of the best known London firms.’

    ‘Gareth Schofield is the star individual. Exceptional judgement, great legal brain and a very nice man. A problem solver.’

    ‘The team prepare thoroughly for cases. The professionals within the team work well together, and more junior members are not afraid to collaborate with the senior members of the team.’

    ‘The quality of work and value for money is outstanding. It is the best service but at a reasonable cost.’

    ‘The firm is brilliantly resourced with access to all manner of expertise.’

    ‘Everyone is excellent- retention is very good and the team has been built well.’

    ‘Gareth Schofield is a brilliant practitioner with a national reputation that is well earned. He has fantastic judgement and a great approach to cases and clients.’

    ‘Alastair MacLeod is a strong individual with long-standing experience in financial remedy work including acting for high net worth clients. Very easy to work with, a good communicator and puts clients at ease.’

    Work highlights

      Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

      Clarke Willmott LLP has a comprehensive practice, advising clients on matters from tax planning and estate administration, to the drafting of wills and trusts. The practice is led by Anthony Fairweather, Carol Cummins and Emma Pope. Fairweather and Cummins are based in Bristol, whilst Pope resides in Taunton. The team’s capacity has recently been boosted by the addition of a number of members at the junior level, and it is praised for its ‘terrific combination of professionalism and friendliness.’

      Practice head(s):

      Anthony Fairweather; Carol Cummins; Emma Pope

      Other key lawyers:

      David Maddock; Elizabeth Smithers; Jane Halton; Tom Chiffers; Jacqui Lazare; Samantha Neagle; Emma Barry; Harriet Neusinger

      Testimonials

      ‘Each member has different areas of knowledge and they are all very approachable and work interactively.’

      ‘Emma Pope has dealt with both of my parents estates/probate and has made the process as painless as possible. David Maddock has been part of the process to deal with very complex taxation/inheritance tax matters. Both come across as caring individuals.’

      ‘Jane Halton has always been ready to help family members’ individual needs. I particularly like the fact that she is more than ready to point out what steps would be best for us.’

      ‘I have found the quality of advice from Clarke Willmott to have been of the highest standard, and they tailor their discussions well to my level of knowledge.’

      ‘Emma Barry really does know her stuff, but what I particularly enjoy is the quality of the interactions. Responses are always quick – often same day. Communication is always clear, and promises to do things at a future point have always been kept.’

      ‘I dealt specifically with Jacqui Lazare who was very empathetic and understanding. I had to make some difficult decisions and she really helped me understanding the options and implications in a way that I could understand.’

      ‘Samantha Neagle is my contact person who I find truly capable, efficient, knowledgeable, and helpful… and above all, extremely friendly and patient. Would recommend her to anybody.’

      ‘From the first approach to this firm to the closing of my case, the service has been a terrific combination of professionalism and friendliness.’

      Key clients

      Various high net worth clients

      Work highlights

        Real estate > Commercial property: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 1

        Alongside its strengths in the housebuilder, commercial development and investment sectors, the commercial property practice at Clarke Willmott LLP covers all aspects of property portfolio management for its regional and national clients. Sarah Manley, who specialises in advising investment companies on landlord and tenant acquisitions and disposals, and development expert Philip Brown jointly head the team. Investment property is a particular area of expertise for Roger Seaton. Both having joined the firm in the second half of 2021, Adam Burrage and Caroline Mortimer handle residential and commercial development transactions on behalf of housebuilders, landowners, promoters and affordable housing providers.

        Practice head(s):

        Sarah Manley; Philip Brown

        Other key lawyers:

        Roger Seaton; Caroline Mortimer; Adam Burrage; Tim Walker; Caroline Waller; Nicola Seager

        Testimonials

        ‘They deliver a problem-solving approach.’

        ‘Excellent legal knowledge delivered in a friendly, down to earth manner.’

        ‘A strong team who are commercial and offer pragmatic advice.’

        ‘Philip Brown offers excellent advice and works to commercial timescales. Nicola Seager always provides excellent, pragmatic and good value professional advice. Caroline Waller is a most experienced planning lawyer who is both intelligent and commercial – always offering excellent 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

        Work highlights

        • Continuing to act for Countryside on the redevelopment of the Waltham Forest Town Hall site.
        • Advising a private landowner on the sale of a residential development site (c.1,210 residential units) by way of phased disposal along with commercial space (c.12,650sqm) at Wolborough, Newton Abbot, Devon.
        • Continuing to be instructed by Summerfield Developments (SW) Limited (“Summerfield”) relating to their commercial development site at Westpark 26, Wellington.

        Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

        Clarke Willmott LLP sports of ‘professional multi-faceted team’ which supports clients on the whole range of property litigation matters for both the private and public sector. The practice also brings to bear expertise in the telecoms sector, where it usually acts on behalf of landowners against telecoms operators. Graham McIntyre leads the team from Bristol, where Kary Withers is a key contact for telecoms disputes. In Taunton, Nicola Seager has extensive expertise pertaining to insolvency issues affecting leases. Naomi Cunningham joined the team as partner in June 2022 from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP.

        Practice head(s):

        Graham McIntyre

        Testimonials

        ‘A professional multi-faceted team in Bristol, good at sharing information across disciplines to provide a great service.’

        ‘We felt the lead representing us, Graham Mcintyre, took a genuine personal interest in our case and created a positive team ethos when working with other parties involved in the case.’

        ‘Deep bench of experts.’

        ‘I’ve worked with this team for many years on a large number of property negotiations of many types and have always found their work to be excellent.’

        ‘All partners have been great but the stand out individual has been Nicola Seager, her knowledge of the law is immense and she has the ability to think outside the box and also to make you aware of areas of opportunity or jeopardy you may not have thought of.’

        ‘Everyone is kind and welcoming, professional and knowledgeable. You are treated as a valued client no matter what size case you present and communication is always understandable but never condescending.’

        ‘Nicola Seager is a true asset to this company. She always gives honest feedback and never misses the finer detail. Her experience and compassion as well as her knowledge is second to none and we would use her services above any larger London firm any day.’

        ‘The Clarke Willmott is knowledgeable and communicate technical matters with we laymen effectively. They are efficient and punctual with their correspondence.’

        Key clients

        Ashtenne Industrial Fund Limited

        Ashville Group

        Barratt Homes

        Bath and North East Somerset Council

        BHPA Limited

        Bristol Water plc

        Burger King Limited

        Crest Nicholson

        Eagle One

        Farrow & Ball Limited

        Fat Face Limited

        The Guinness Partnership

        Hansteen Holdings plc

        Hawksworth Securities plc

        Hyde Group

        Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

        London & Quadrant Housing

        Lidl Great Britain Limited

        Mapeley Estates Limited

        Marcol Group

        Mileway

        N G Devco (led by Orion Capital)

        Orvis Group

        Parkdean Resorts Limited

        P G Group

        Persimmon Homes

        Sovereign Housing Association

        Stonewater

        Summerfield Developments Limited

        Summerfield Estates Limited

        Sutton Harbour Group

        Vistry

        Work highlights

        • Acted for Mapeley in managing multiple simultaneous lease terminations by various means in April 2021 including onerous break options.
        • Successfully intervened on behalf of Bath Recreation Ltd at the Court of Appeal stage in Bath Rugby Ltd v Greenwood & Ors v Bath Recreation Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 1927, winning the appeal.
        • Instructed by Lidl Great Britain Limited to provide strategic litigation advice in relation to issues arising across Lidl’s portfolio to support its ambitious plans for growth within the sector, including site clearance the use of 1954 Act redevelopment rights and restrictive covenants.

        TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 1

        Clarke Willmott LLP‘s sports team stands out for its work on employment matters, advising prominent players and managers on contract negotiations and also representing them in employment tribunals. The practice also provides ongoing and one-off advice to sports organisations on transactions, contractual disputes and corporate governance. Practice head Tim Copplestone specialises in employment law, while Robert Ridd handles corporate matters. Debt recovery specialist Philip Roberts is another name to note, as is associate Sarah Driscoll who focuses on employment cases.

        Practice head(s):

        Tim Copplestone

        Testimonials

        ‘Very well connected in sport – cricket, rugby and football in particular. Outstanding ability to find solutions on a commercial and cost-effective basis.’

        ‘Tim Copplestone is an outstanding and unassuming lawyer.’

        Key clients

        The Rugby Players’ Association

        Wasserman Media Group

        Decathlon UK

        The Football Association – Club Wembley

        Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

        Somerset County Cricket Club

        Surfing England

        Work highlights

        • Advised leading global sports agency Wasserman Media Group on its international acquisition of German boxing promoter agency Team Sauerland.
        • Advising the Rugby Players Association, the trade union for premiership rugby players, on player protection legal matters.
        • Representing Decathlon, the world’s largest sports retailer on employment law and commercial law matters.

        Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 1

        Clarke Willmott LLP continues to have a strong presence in acting for agricultural clients, defending them against allegations of breaking environmental, health and safety, and animal welfare laws, and is increasingly active in matters involving housing standards. In addition to its work defending clients, the practice is developing an active prosecution-side practice, acting for local authorities in the South West. Practice head Daniel Gill offers further expertise in crimes against persons and sexual offences. Gill took over as practice head following the retirement of Tim Hayden in October 2021, and is praised as a ‘shrewd operator’ who offers clients ‘a wealth of experience’.

        Practice head(s):

        Daniel Gill

        Testimonials

        ‘In-depth legal and procedural knowledge. Provide sensible clear and appropriate advice. Hard working and available when needed.’

        ‘Daniel Gill is very good.’

        ‘Daniel Gill blends in depth legal knowledge with an abundance of common sense and understanding of the client’s goals. He is a very competent advocate. His confident calm manner ensures he is trusted and listened to by benches.’

        ‘The team have an unrivalled reputation in dealing with criminal actions against individuals and businesses based on alleged breaches of regulations or fraud. Strength across the board ensures the firm are able to provide clients with a full service, including defending actions from regulators or criminal prosecutions.’

        ‘Daniel Gill is a shrewd operator with experience beyond his years, and sound commercial judgment. He puts clients at ease and delivers reassurance and reliability during what can be the most stressful time in their lives.’

        ‘The team has an excellent level of client care. Defendants can expect attendance from someone at the team at almost every hearing throughout the trial process, which is increasingly rare.’

        ‘Daniel Gill is a smart, dedicated partner with a wealth of experience who is always ready to discuss tactics and case management with counsel.’

        Key clients

        South Somerset District Council

        Roland Bugler, Heather Bugler and Simon Bugler

        Mears Housing

        John Sampson

        David Crossman

        Ireosa Limited

        F Drury & Sons Limited

        Mr X

        Work highlights

        • Conducted a number of prosecutions on behalf of South Somerset District Council.
        • Continuing to advise Mears Housing on housing matters, particularly relating to the House in Multiple Occupation regime and also in relation to housing health and safety matters.
        • Represented the Buglers in respect of their dispute with Natural England, which resulted in Natural England taking no action against the Buglers.

        Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

        Clarke Willmott LLP deals with complex tax planning, cross-border estates and off-shore trusts, and Court of Protection matters for high-net-worth clients. Private wealth team leader Paul Davies  is noted for his experience regarding tax mitigation and lifetime estate planning matters, while managing partner Anthony Fairweather covers Court of Protection work, elderly care law, and inheritance tax planning. Senior associate Rebecca Clarke is a key contact regarding complex estate administration. Nicola Walker departed in December 2021.

        Practice head(s):

        Anthony Fairweather; Paul Davies

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Friendly, down to earth, professional, as a client they instill confidence in you that they know what they are doing. Also very efficient, timely and easy to work with.’

        ‘Approachable, no nonsense approach (they will not blind you with jargon).’

        Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

        Under the leadership of Lindsay Felstead, Clarke Willmott LLP’s North West team is highly regarded for its housing management expertise and has grown its strength in construction-related mandates. The practice is also recognised for its anti-social behaviour order, possession claim, disrepair claim and policy and procedure experience. Within the team, Felstead focuses on non-contentious work and James Driver leads the contentious construction expertise.

        Practice head(s):

        Lindsay Felstead

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘The Housing Management Team at Clarke Willmott are all equally competent and always provide an excellent service. We can approach any member of the team and know that they will be able to offer support and guidance on any housing management issue no matter what the issue is.’

        ‘Knowledgeable and always advises on the best solution/outcome for the case.’

        Key clients

        Plus Dane Housing

        Mosscare St Vincent’s

        Stonewater

        Regenda

        Onward Homes

        L&Q

        Clarion

        Homes Plus

        Your Housing

        Sovereign

        Work highlights

        • Advised Your Housing on legal options to remove travellers from an unauthorised site – resulting in urgent injunction and possession proceedings.
        • Successfully defended a disrepair claim and EPA prosecution for a client.
        • Advised and successfully secured an injunction order with power of arrest for Paragon Asra Housing Limited, relating to noxious chemicals and substances being made in a property.

        TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

        Clarke Willmott LLP handles matters across the IT and telecoms space, encompassing fintech, information society services and specialist software development. The practice specialises in data protection and data security matters and also advises clients in the construction, transport and housing sectors on ICT projects. Roy Crozier is another key member of the team, while Andrew Stone handles technology and software contracts and IT disputes.

        Practice head(s):

        Susan Hall

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Showed an excellent understanding of my business, which is unique and non-standard.’

        ‘Andrew Stone has great command of the technology sector and an unrivalled attention to the detail.’

        Key clients

        The Berkeley Group Holdings plc

        Auga Technologies Limited

        Informed Solutions Limited

        Otep Technologies Limited

        Xpertrule Limited

        Lumi Technologies Limited

        Denis Ferranti Group Limited

        Jonple Limited

        Digital Devices Limited

        OVO Energy and SSE energy

        Findango

        Work highlights

        • Acted for Otep Technologies Limited and Richard Harris in a claim brought by Hewlett Packard Group in the High Court, in which the damages claimed by HPE amount to over £2m for the alleged supply of parallel imported goods into the EEA.
        • Advised Informed Solutions on the legal issues surrounding the Clean Air Zone digital infrastructure, in particular provided advice in relation to sub-contracting structures for the infrastructure.
        • Carried out strategic reviews of new partnering arrangements for longstanding client Xpertrule Ltd.

        Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

        At Clarke Willmott LLP, the national practice is led by Philip Roberts out of Somerset, and acts for a steady client roster comprising local authorities, utility companies and government departments. The team advises on pre-debt collections, litigation and insolvency actions, including bankruptcy and enforcements. Anna O’Reilly focuses on the recovery of service charge arrears for residential managing agents while senior associate Stuart Hoysted handles complex insolvency instructions and has appeared before the Country Court.

        Practice head(s):

        Philip Roberts

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Approachability, always happy to help, quick response times.’

        ‘They are friendly, speak in laymans’ language and not legal speak, and so are easy to understand.’

        ‘They are totally self sufficient and run with the entire process from beginning to end. I hand over problem creditors and they cover all the rest.’

        Key clients

        SSE/OVO Group

        Thames Water Utilities Ltd

        Premier Training International Ltd

        Hyde Housing

        London Borough of Enfield

        The FA Group/ Wembley National Stadium

        Ministry of Defence

        TT2 Ltd

        Hunts Foodservice

        University of Reading

        Berry Telecom Ltd

        Greenslade Taylor Hunt

        Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

        Joma Sport

        Shearwood Housing Co-operative

        Waters & Gate

        Work highlights

        • Acting on behalf of Hyde Housing in the recovery of unpaid service charge and major works arrears.
        • Appointed to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)’s panel for Debt Recovery services.
        • Advised Corona Energy on the recovery of gas and electricity arrears accrued due to the pandemic; taking into consideration reputational and commercial sensitivities as well as the changing landscape of the covid allowances on legal processes.

        Private client > Court of protection Tier 2

        The ‘knowledgeable and approachable’ team at Clarke Willmott LLP has the benefit of two Panel Deputies, namely Anthony Fairweather and Anne Minihane. It supports clients across the whole spectrum of Court of Protection work including on high-value PI awards arising from catastrophic injury/clinical negligence cases to matters of fraud, insolvency and abuse by attorneys. Other strengths include advising on foreign jurisdiction issues and dementia. It is a ‘down to earth and compassionate' team. Jess Flanagan is now at Ashfords LLP.

        Practice head(s):

        Anthony Fairweather

        Other key lawyers:

        Anne Minihane; Bonita Walters

        Testimonials

        ‘The team has breadth and depth in terms of knowledge and expertise. Anne Minihane always makes time to have informal discussions about novel issues. She provides an expert service to her clients whilst being incredibly approachable’.

        ‘Anthony Fairweather is a pragmatic and skilled leader. He is unafraid of the most challenging and complex matters and builds fantastic relationships with clients and other professionals‘.

        ‘The team has a hugely broad skill set, and can assist and advise on any manner of Court of Protection and Mental Capacity matters. They have a particular specialism in injured clients, and have an excellent paralegal support team to assist with this’.

        ‘The team at Clarke Willmott has always provided a professional and reliable service, responding to any queries in a timely and efficient manner. Anne Minihane is an experienced and competent Partner at Clarke Willmott’.

        ‘Clarke Willmott has an experienced court of protection team who deals with both deputy appointments and the management of P’s estate and also when contentious work challenges are made‘.

        ‘Anne Minihane is knowledgeable and very experienced. I have found her approach to be constructive, and I imagine that clients/their families find her an approachable person to deal with’.

        ‘Lovely rapport established with Anne Minihane and her assistants. Any queries I or the client have are dealt with in a very professional, friendly and timely manner’.

        ‘Anne Minihane just ‘gets it’. She is very through but also practical. In my view, had it been another solicitor/firm involved then the case would not have run as smoothly’.

        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

        Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

        Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 2

        Headed up by experienced solicitor-advocate Owen Williams at the national level, Clarke Willmott LLP‘s commercial and private client litigation department handles a broad range of disputes for individual and corporate clients. Senior associate Cathy Harris leads the team’s day-to-day work from the Southampton office. She also runs the firm’s new business interruption focus team alongside partners in the Bristol and Birmingham offices, and handles complex cases arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

        Practice head(s):

        Owen Williams; Cathy Harris

        Testimonials

        ‘Exceptional due diligence. Very efficient. Great depth and knowledge. And exceptional value.’

        Key clients

        Sony Europe B.V.

        Onecom Group Limited

        Bandai UK Limited

        E & J Capital Partners Limited

        Wyke Farms Limited

        Hampshire Sport and Leisure Holdings Limited

        SME HCI Ltd t/a Vivup

        Wessex Fleet Solutions Limited

        Salhan Accountants Limited

        UK Land Limited

        DD-Scientific Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advised and acted for E & J Capital Partners Limited in a rectification action in the Chancery Division arising out of a commercial deal that had mistakenly resulted in a balance of nearly £30m, rather than a nil balance.
        • Pursuing a class action on behalf of ten UK and worldwide investors to recover unpaid investments totalling c£2.4m.
        • Advising and pursuing a claim for business interruption losses in excess of £1m for a local prominent sporting and hospitality venue.

        Employment > Employment: Hampshire Tier 2

        Under the leadership of qualified barrister and experienced tribunal advocate Marc Long, Clarke Willmott LLP‘s employment and HR team is well equipped to act for a range of clients on contentious matters including unfair dimissals, discrimination claims and harassment issues. Long is supported by recently promoted senior associate Nicole Adams, who is known for her attention to detail. The team is also strong in non-contentious work, where Adams delivers training and undertakes complex investigations for clients, and Long is especially well known for his TUPE work. The firm’s offering was further strengthened by the 2021 hire of Gina McCadden.

        Practice head(s):

        Marc Long

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘The employment team at Clarke Willmott are excellent! Their combined technical ability is second to none and their customer care is outstanding. There is no other legal team that I would want to have by my side at an employment tribunal.’

        ‘Responses have been quick and they have been available at short notice when needed.’

        ‘Time keeping and doing what is required.’

        ‘The team are very knowledgeable and I always receive thorough advice citing the appropriate law and relevant cases.’

        ‘They have good understanding of our sector and can apply relevant examples to help decision making.’

        ‘Customer Care – They make you feel important and valued. They listen.’

        ‘Nicole Adams, senior associate, responds almost immediately to any query and provides excellent detailed advice that is clear and easy to follow.’

        Key clients

        Abri Group Limited

        Marina Developments Limited

        Xpediator Plc

        Greene King Limited

        Chichester City Club

        PEI Genesis UK Limited

        The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy

        Trinity Lifetime Partners Ltd

        Andrews & Wykeham Limited

        Thoburns Communications Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advised a private members’ club on the termination and exit of two difficult employees who were subject to a service occupancy agreement.
        • Represented an international financial institution in tribunal proceedings for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
        • Advised a multi-national car seat manufacturer on a large-scale redundancy scheme.

        Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 2

        With a client base including household names, developers, and investors, Clarke Willmott LLP's Southampton-based team is extending its reach across the region. Well regarded team head Peter Swinburn has specialisms including secured lending, development, and portfolio management, as well as landlord and tenant work. Joseph Campbell heads real estate banking and finance, and acts on acquisitions, disposals, and secured lending support. Andrew Cooper leads on investment, where he assists with acquisitions including retail and mixed-use centres, retail parks, and parades. Paul Hinett leads on ground rent investment, while Jin Takhar specialises in retail, portfolio management, and property finance. Kristian Johnson handles the real estate elements of mergers and acquisitions.

        Practice head(s):

        Peter Swinburn

        Other key lawyers:

        Joseph Campbell; Andrew Cooper; Paul Hinett; Jin Takhar; Kristian Johnson

        Testimonials

        ‘High quality legal advice across a range of property matters with great customer focus at all levels.’

        ‘Full service practice with access to all aspects of our property finance requirements, with good client care and attentive service. Fees are reasonable too.’

        ‘Very approachable.’

        ‘All solicitors working on our account are highly responsive, technically strong and have good understanding of our business needs and timeframes required for delivery of transactions. Excellent legal advise having regard to commercial requirements of the business.’

        ‘The staff we deal with are always responsive and helpful. They always respond well to calls and emails. You always feel like you are getting good advice.’

        ‘Really good team, strongly led by Pete Swinburn, always find a way to provide a solution and keep us updated on progress with the transaction. Very supportive of the business and knowledgeable of the whole Real Estate market which helps with our clients and any issues that may arrive.’

        ‘Joe Campbell – a great property lawyer; always helpful and provides you with the solution rather than the problem.’

        ‘Joe Campbell and Kristian Johnson advise us and we always find we get straightforward advice, showing awareness of the commercial context.’

        Key clients

        Lloyds Bank Plc

        Fat Face Limited

        The Cornish Bakery Shops Limited

        Persimmon Homes Limited

        Sheet Anchor Evolve Limited

        Sheet Anchor Evolve (London) Limited

        Atelier Capital Partners Limited

        Farrow & Ball Limited

        Imperial Homes South Limited

        Countryside Properties Limited

        Volcap Student Homes

        Work highlights

        • Advised Atelier Capital Partners Limited on development finance for the purpose of refinancing a property for development under a granted planning permission for a change of use from office to residential.
        • Advised Sheet Anchor Evolve London Limited on the acquisition of a shopping centre for the purchase price of £14,000,000.
        • Advised Persimmon Homes Limited on the acquisition of a residential development site in Hampshire.

        Real estate > Environment and planning Tier 2

        Clarke Willmott LLP's Southampton-based South East planning and environment team advises mainly on large development projects for local planning authorities, social housing providers, housebuilders, and commercial developers. National team lead Neil Baker splits his time between the Southampton and Bristol offices, and has expertise in specialist areas such as urban regeneration projects and industrial, waste, and mineral installations alongside his broad experience with residential and commercial development. Partner Caroline Waller is another key contact, especially well known for her work on planning applications and appeals and common land and town and village green issues. Senior associate Anne Jones is also recommended.

        Practice head(s):

        Neil Baker

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Neil Baker is very thorough with a real appetite for the detail. A structured mind with a real sense of strategic priorities.’

        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 South Coast

        Questmap Ltd

        Sovereign Group

        Work highlights

        • Ongoing advice to New Forest District Council/New Forest National Park on a complex Section 106 Agreement for the major redevelopment of former Fawley Power Station site for residential, commercial and employment uses.
        • Advising Southern Housing Group on a major planning appeal and inquiry relating to the erection of three 100 metre towers in Bromley -by-law, London.
        • Advising Persimmons Homes in connection with a planning appeal into a major mixed-use development scheme south of the A30 in Shaftsbury, Dorset.

        Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

        Clarke Willmott LLP's large national social housing team acts for clients including registered providers, local authorities, and management organisations. The practice is especially focused on housing management, where its experience ranges from planning and development to sales, conveyancing, and litigation. Joint practice head Lindsay Felstead, based in Southampton, boasts expertise across contentious and non-contentious matters, including acting as an advocate in housing management disputes. Chidem Aliss  and Amy Peacey are each strong in commercial matters, and Sarah Orchard is a key contact on Equality Act cases and cases relating to mental instability. Senga Howells is also recommended.

        Practice head(s):

        Lindsay Felstead; Vicky Kells

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Clarke Willmott are responsive to your client needs and provide a good professional service. They always provide sound and detailed advice, protecting your interests and ensuring good, robust contract terms are agreed.’

        ‘A very prompt service. The advice we give is pragmatic and insightful helping us to resolve complex issues.’

        ‘Sarah Orchard provides a very good service and is friendly, professional and knowledgable.’

        ‘Diligent and responsive to your client needs. They take the time to explore and resolve issues with you and will work hard to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved.’

        ‘I truly find the depth and breadth of the team as magnificent. Whether I am dealing with Sarah Orchard or any other member of the team, I receive highly satisfying advice on social housing matters. The team has very strong knowledge and experience. They do not just take cases to make money, but they care about me as a client as well, by providing advices to help me save money.’

        ‘Clarke Willmott LLP are reliable, trustworthy and quality solicitors and Sarah Orchard, in particular, has been most helpful. Sarah Orchard is very accessible, diligent, and dependable when it comes to dealing with me and the Association’s legal needs. I have used multiple solicitors in the past, but the relationship with Sarah Orchard and Clarke Willmott LLP has proven to exceed my expectations.’

        ‘The staff at Clarke Willmott are excellent, so knowledgeable and friendly. When you work with Clarke Willmott, you don’t feel like they are an external company, you feel like they are part of your own organisation because they are so invested in you and want to provide the best service they can. They offer expert knowledge and have provided free training to staff in our organisation. In addition, they provide the best and most honest advice they can which allows our organisation to make a decision on what action we wish to take based on our own budgets – it’s not all about money making for Clarke Willmott.’

        ‘I have been working a lot with Senga Howells who has been absolutely excellent. She is very knowledgeable and honest and on the extremely rare occasion she may not know the answer to something, she will make sure she finds out for you. Senga is prompt in her responses and always makes time to speak to you. She is such a fantastic asset to Clarke Willmott. Senga is thorough, patient and very fair in her approach to everything.’

        Key clients

        Silva Homes

        Sovereign

        Newlon Housing Trust

        Clarion

        Saxon Weald

        Abri (Radian)

        Paradigm Housing

        Orbit

        LiveWest

        Southdown Housing Association

        Work highlights

        • Acted for Orbit Group Limited on the sale of a portfolio of 191 of its shared ownership properties.
        • Advised Aster on the negotiation and exchange of a Development Agreement for the construction and acquisition of 32 affordable dwellings in Yapton, West Sussex.
        • For Southdown Housing Association, successfully defended a procurement challenge concerning the procurement process for an electrical services and maintenance contract for Southdown’s social housing estates in the South Coast of England.

        Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 2

        Fielding ‘a high-class and very efficient team which will always go the extra mile’, Clarke Willmott LLP ‘provides pragmatic and commercial advice’ for a high-profile national client roster including Lloyds Bank and Restore. The team is active in the financial services space and also excels in energy sector litigation, group claims, procurement challenges, IP and IT work, and regulatory mandates. The ‘tenacious and very smartAlex Jakubowski and financial litigation expert Philippa Hann jointly lead the team, and clients single out ‘savvy litigatorRichard Moore and ‘class act’ senior associate Ed Halden for praise. Martin Askew is the primary name for insolvency and fraud matters, Stephen Searle excels in financial services disputes and Laura Robinson handles issues relating to tax mitigation investments and schemes.

        Practice head(s):

        Alex Jakubowski; Philippa Hann

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘A high class and very efficient team who will always go the extra mile.’

        ‘Alex Jakubowski – tenacious and very, very smart at putting pressure on the other side. Ed Halden – a class act who is a very safe pair of hands.’

        ‘The team at Clarke Willmott are quick to provide support when required and are very pragmatic.’

        ‘The team at Clarke Willmott provide pragmatic and commercial advice and are quick to provide support. They are very approachable and supportive.’

        ‘CW provide an excellent and client-friendly litigation service without the cost associated with large London firms. They can handle disputes of any size, from small personal disputes to larger corporate matters.’

        ‘Richard Moore is an experienced and savvy litigator. He brings wisdom to any dispute and is a very strong negotiator. He knows just when and how to turn the screw on his opponents.

        ‘David Stedman is very good. He understands the client’s needs and stays calm in the heat of battle.’

        Key clients

        Restore Plc

        Amicrest Holdings Plc

        Burford Capital UK Plc

        Mears Group Plc

        Lloyds Bank Plc

        Oscar Mayer Ltd

        Ovo Energy

        TrustQuay (UK) Ltd

        Decathlon UK

        Hepco Slide Systems Ltd

        Arbuthnot Latham and Co 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

        Mookie Toys

        JZ Flowers international

        Wolffkran Ltd

        Arum Capital

        KSJ Investments

        Gooch and Housego plc

        Kal Tire

        Orkney Fishermen’s Society

        Solihull Moors Football Club

        The Cornish Bakery Shops Ltd

        Lakes College West Cumbria

        Teleperformance Limited

        NetVio Limited

        Hampshire Police

        ESP Colour Ltd

        Work highlights

        • Acting for St Joseph’s Independent Hospital Ltd, which has been named as defendant in a shareholders’ dispute.
        • Acting for Mears Group Plc in a series of procurement challenges against contract awards made by a number of local authorities in England & Wales.
        • Acting for Oscar Mayer Limited and over 30 other commercial clients in a series of claims against energy brokers and energy suppliers arising from the payment of hidden commissions.

        Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 2

        At Clarke Willmott LLP, practice head Esther Woolford attracts praise as ‘a star individual – dedicated and hardworking, responsive and goes all out for her clients’; her practice primarily spans commercial and agricultural matters including property litigation and contentious probate work. The group also receives a high volume of agriculture-related instructions thanks to its position on the NFU panel and has additional regulatory expertise through the specialist practice led by Daniel Gill. At senior associate level, key names include Laura Mackain-Bremner and Victoria Howlett; Howlett joined from BDM Law LLP in early 2022.

        Practice head(s):

        Esther Woolford

        Testimonials

        ‘Esther Woolford is a star individual. Dedicated and hard working, responsive and goes all out for her clients.’

        ‘I have worked a great deal with the Commercial and Private Client team, in particular with Dan Gill. Dan is a very safe pair of hands with excellent commercial judgment.’

        Key clients

        Andrew Guest

        NFU

        Countryside Alliance

        Work highlights

        • Acting for Andrew Guest in a proprietary estoppel claim.

        Employment > Employment: Bristol Tier 2

        The practice at Clarke Willmott LLP is led by both Sharon Latham and Marc Long. The team has an array of specialisms, including within the property, retail, education and sport sectors. Latham is well versed in the provision of senior and board level advice, while Long specialises in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

        Practice head(s):

        Sharon Latham; Marc Long

        Other key lawyers:

        Tim Copplestone

        Testimonials

        ‘A great team. Wonderful manner, commitment, cost-effective and you get results.’

        ‘Tim Copplestone – an unassuming brilliant lawyer.’

        Key clients

        Kingsdale Group Limited

        Growth Technology Limited

        Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jackson (London) LLP

        MCT ReMan Limited

        Evergreen Garden Centre Limited

        M+W Group

        Industrial Dwellings Society (1885) Limited

        Inspirage UK limited

        Meika Limited t/a Primrose

        Exyte Group

        NKD International Limited

        Decathlon

        Wasserman Media Group

        The Rugby Players Association

        AB Dynamics Plc

        Anthony Best Dynamics Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advised Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP on behalf of Invesco on the largest retail acquisition in 2021.
        • Advised Wasserman Media Group on employment law elements arising in its acquisition of international boxing agency Team Sauerland.
        • Acted for over 550 employees in relation to their exit from Royal Mail.

        Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

        Praised for its prowess in ‘dealing with technically challenging cases and litigation against multiple respondents’, Clarke Willmott LLP‘s restructuring and insolvency practice provides comprehensive support in litigation matters and non-contentious insolvency assignments.The ‘tenacious and robustMartin Askew, who specialises in insolvency litigation and misfeasance claims, and ‘standout’ Ken MacLennan jointly head the team. Senior associate Stephanie Bishop‘s portfolio includes restructuring and corporate insolvency, including bankruptcy.

        Practice head(s):

        Martin Askew; Ken MacLennan

        Other key lawyers:

        Stephanie Bishop; Ruth Hartnell-Thorne

        Testimonials

        ‘Excellent team, good product, works well with me as a client.’

        ‘Martin Askew is absolutely a top notch lawyer. Probably the best and definitely the most up-to-date knowledge than anyone I have worked with before.’

        ‘They have particular expertise in dealing with technically challenging cases and litigation against multiple respondents.’

        ‘Martin Askew has excellent technical knowledge of insolvency law, particularly in cases involving the use of offshore trusts.’

        ‘A cohesive team which stands out for its response times and availability. A high level of partner involvement but underpinned by a good quality team with a wide range of specialisms.’

        ‘Martin Askew – market leading understanding of contentious recovery routes. Tenacious and robust. Plain talking.’

        ‘Ken MacLennan – standout non-contentious specialist in local market. Wholly accessible and helpfully facilitates a wide range of specialisms.’

        ‘Clarke Willmott have long and an insolvency practice and the team has plenty of experience in contentious and non-contentious insolvency.’

        Key clients

        Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

        CVR Global LLP

        Elwell Watchorn & Saxton

        Grant Thornton UK LLP

        Interpath Ltd (t/a Interpath Advisory)

        Kingston Smith & Partners

        Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

        Mazars LLP

        Menzies LLP

        Quantuma LLP

        Smith & Williamson LLP

        The Insolvency Service

        Trustige Limited

        WSM Marks Bloom LLP

        Work highlights

        • Acting for Joint Liquidators/Joint Trustees from Elwell Watchorn & Saxton in respect of two companies in liquidation operating as cryptocurrency exchange platforms.
        • Acting for a liquidator from Moore Kingston Smith pursuing a claim against in excess of 60 respondents in respect of their use of a NIC and PAYE avoidance scheme with a case value of £3.5m.
        • Advising Hawksworth Securities PLC in relation to car parks owned by it that were included within the restructuring plan proposed by National Car Parks Limited (NCP).

        Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

        Clarke Willmott LLP acts for a wide range of both regional and national clients. The team is well equipped to represent clients before courts, including before the Supreme Court in the proprietary estoppel case of Guest v Guest. The team is led by Esther Woolford, an expert in property matters. Polly Ridgway is an experienced litigator.

        Practice head(s):

        Esther Woolford

        Other key lawyers:

        Rod Lloyd-Jones; Mark Buckerfield; David Maddock; Paul Hazeldine; Laura Mackain-Bremner

        Testimonials

        ‘Clarke Willmott have a great agriculture and estates team. They have a wide range of lawyers who are extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with.’

        ‘As they are specialists they also understand the legal matters that farms and estates have. They have often seen the issues before and can recommend practical solutions.’

        ‘Esther Woolford is stand out exceptional.’

        ‘David Maddock’s understanding and knowledge of wills and tax is second to none.’

        ‘Mark Buckerfield – if you are buying, selling or gifting farmland there is no better lawyer to deal with. Great attention to detail, combined with practicality and unsurpassed knowledge of property makes him the ideal property lawyer.

        ‘Esther Woolford is a star individual. Dedicated and hard working, responsive and goes all out for her clients.’

        ‘Particular expertise in this team is agricultural partnership disputes and succession disputes.’

        ‘Esther Woolford is superb. She has excellent sector knowledge, very sound judgment and excellent client care skills.’

        Key clients

        The National Farmers’ Union

        The Countryside Alliance

        Work highlights

        • Represented client in a significant proprietary estoppel claim, from pre-action stages up to the Supreme Court.
        • Acted for client in a dispute turned proprietary estoppel counterclaim; client won on all points in the preliminary issue, striking out counterclaim.

        Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

        The team at Clarke Willmott LLP utilises its multi-disciplinary practice when overseeing matters, making use of its agricultural litigation team as well as its private wealth team. Bonita Walters and Esther Woolford  lead the team. Walters is a reputable litigator, with over 20 years' experience. Woolford specialises in agricultural and property litigation. Senior associate Sarah O’Grady 'offers excellent advice with no pretence'.

        Practice head(s):

        Bonita Walters; Esther Woolford

        Other key lawyers:

        Sarah O’Grady; Emma Ironside; Emily Jenkins

        Testimonials

        One of the top players in contentious trusts and probate in the West of England who have captured the market in farming disputes.’

        ‘Esther Woolford is a star individual. Dedicated and hard working, responsive and goes all out for her clients.’

        ‘An excellent all-round agriculture team with deep knowledge of estoppels, testamentary promises and specialist agricultural knowledge.’

        ‘Esther Woolford is a standout partner, bringing a cool head to complex agricultural disputes.’

        ‘The firm provides an integrated service for all aspects of trust and probate disputes, being able to pull in expertise from its own property and tax teams. The lawyers have a wealth of knowledge and experience in trust and probate disputes.’

        ‘Standout partners: Bonita Walters, Sarah O’Grady and Esther Woolford. All three show legal skill, dedication to their clients and a focus on achieving their clients’ objectives.’

        ‘Sarah O’Grady is very approachable. She knows her stuff legally and offers excellent advice with no pretence. Emma Ironside is super helpful and friendly.’

        ‘The team are very skilled legally and real high flyers; they are also really nice people, very friendly and approachable.’

        Key clients

        The National Farmers’ Union

        The Countryside Alliance

        Work highlights

        • Represented client in a  proprietary estoppel claim from pre-action stages to the Supreme Court.
        • Acted for client in a turned proprietary estoppel counterclaim, winning all points in the preliminary issue, striking out the counterclaim.

        Real estate > Environment Tier 2

        Agriculture and waste are key sectors for Clarke Willmott LLP‘s planning and environment practice. The firm handles matters such as planning applications for development schemes and, on the contentious side, environmental commercial and property litigation. Neil Baker heads the practice from Bristol and is, together with Taunton-based Daniel Gill, regularly involved in environmental enforcement, due diligence and transactional environmental advice.

        Practice head(s):

        Neil Baker

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Good team with spread of expertise on environment and planning.’

        ‘Neil Baker – gets on with people well and gets the job done with no fuss.’

        Key clients

        Acorn Property Group

        Anthony Rew

        Barratt Homes Bristol

        BDW South West

        Bristol Water Plc

        Mactaggart and Mickel Homes

        Metis Homes

        Persimmon Homes

        Square Bay

        Work highlights

        • Acting for the landowning development advising on environmental impacts on a major city centre mixed-use regeneration scheme called in by the Secretary of State.
        • Undertaking legal vetting of two environmental statements for planning applications relating to linked sporting quarter and residential development in the South West.
        • Defending two South West farming concerns in enforcement action brought by the Environment Agency and Natural England.

        Real estate > Planning Tier 2

        Under the leadership of Neil Baker, the planning practice at Clarke Willmott LLP is highlighted for its reputation for advising regional and national housebuilders on residential-led development schemes. Based in Bristol and Taunton, the team is praised for its ‘first-class service and excellent advice’ alongside its ‘culture of giving clear opinions'. Chris Charlton is the primary contact for local authorities, while Caroline Waller is particularly well versed in advising public bodies and developers on highways, providing clients with ‘attention to detail, responsiveness, technical ability and strong negotiating'.

        Practice head(s):

        Neil Baker

        Other key lawyers:

        Chris Carlton; Caroline Waller

        Testimonials

        ‘Great knowledgable team with strength in depth, able to respond in a timely matter to all sorts of queries.’

        ‘Caroline Waller: Excellent individual, wide breadth of knowledge, understands practical and commercial reality and acts accordingly.’

        ‘Neil Baker is the Partner responsible for our matters and delivers an exceptional service. He is able to distill complex matters into manageable matters and has guided us through several potential conflicts with minimal fuss.’

        ‘Caroline Waller is an outstanding leader, offering attention to detail, responsiveness, technical ability and strong negotiating.’

        ‘The Taunton office planning team provides a first-class service and excellent advice on all planning law matters in a friendly, pragmatic and pro-active manner.’

        ‘Caroline Waller – Excellent planning lawyer – on top of her game and a pleasure to work with’

        ‘A culture of giving clear opinions and advice rather than ambiguity and hedging of bets.’

        ‘Caroline Waller is, in particular, an exceptional lawyer. Clear, persuasive and very intelligent.’

        Key clients

        Abri (Radian/Yarlington)

        Acorn Property Group

        Barratt Homes

        CG Fry & Sons Ltd

        Crest Nicholson

        Guinness Partnership

        Hannick Homes

        Homes England

        Mactaggart & Mickel Homes

        Persimmon Homes

        Sutton Harbour Holdings Limited

        Stonewater

        SquareBay

        Vistry Homes

        Work highlights

        • Acting for the landowners in connection with a planning inquiry into a mixed-use urban regeneration development scheme in the centre of Bristol which was called-in by the Secretary of State on flooding grounds.
        • Advising a developer on a large urban extension in Chippenham including 650 dwellings and significant highways infrastructure.
        • Advising a developer on planning issues associated with the creation of a new motorway services area on the M5 including an associated business park.

        Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

        Clarke Willmott LLP offers clients services along the whole lifecycle of social housing with strenghts in development and commercial matters. Vicky Kells leads the team out of the firm’s Cardiff office with specialisations in social housing property charging. In Bristol, head of planning and environment Neil Baker is regularly instructed by a host of registered providers for matters such as planning applications for housing sites and Kary Withers handles a range of property disputes. Oliver Smedley is a key contact for development work including site acquisition, joint ventures and collaboration agreements.

        Practice head(s):

        Vicky Kells

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        Stonewater Limited

        The Guinness Partnership

        Sovereign Housing

        Greensquare Homes

        Bromford Housing

        Abri

        Livewest

        Alliance Homes

        L&Q

        Aster

        Work highlights

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

          Clarke Willmott LLP specialises in acting for landowners in agreements and disputes with telecommunications operators. The practice advises on a wide range of matters related to the Electronic Communications Code, assisting clients with the drafting of agreements for leases as well as handling litigation before the Upper Tribunal. Kary Withers, a property litigator, leads the practice; she is supported by Beverley Pike, who focuses on the negotiation of leases and wayleaves, and senior associates Henry Russell and Aimee Davies, who both specialise in contentious work.

          Practice head(s):

          Kary Withers

          Testimonials

          ‘We find that the team handling all things telecoms from litigation to transactional matters work extremely well together as a tight unit. Their knowledge of the Telecoms Code across the Team is second to none, not only technically but also commercially – in that they have an excellent understanding of what the other side might be thinking.’

          ‘Kary Withers, even now as a Managing Partner, still leads the Telecoms team excellently. Kary is often on calls to coordinate others in the team and to deliver sage advice. Aimee Davies and Henry Russell are excellent litigators providing straight forward and sensible practical advice. Beverley Pike appears to do most of the transactional work speeding up the process very efficiently. Beverley is someone who is astute at spotting and successful in pushing back on inappropriate or unreasonable terms.’

          ‘My company has used Clarke Willmott for the past 5 years. Their responsiveness to my requests is always quick and I never get the feeling that they are prioritising other clients over us. Their breadth and depth of knowledge across the industry in which my company specialises is unrivalled in my experience and I never feel the need to look elsewhere.’

          ‘We work with Kary Withers and her team in the Bristol office of Clarke Willmott. Their advice on all matters relating to the Telecoms industry again, is unrivalled and I would never go anywhere else.’

          ‘This is the first time I have dealt with telecoms and the whole team have been very patient in explaining the processes to me multiple times. We have had countless calls, emails and advice notes and nothing has been too much trouble.’

          ‘Henry Russell and Kary Withers have been great to work with – extremely patient. They have both been able to explain the options to me in layman’s terms which has helped my understanding a lot more. Their knowledge and expertise has really helped broaden my understanding.’

          ‘The practice has a strength in a relatively esoteric area of law which many other practices do not have. This is backed by a full service, property law team to ensure comprehensive expert advice.’

          ‘Kary Withers and Aimee Davies are always on hand to provide a speedy response when needed.’

          Key clients

          L&Q Group

          NG Devco (Orion Capital)

          Lidl UK

          Mapeley Estates

          Pinnacle Towers

          Eris Media Solutions

          The Guinness Partnership

          The Peabody Trust

          Tradeweb Limited

          Startech.com Limited

          Sovereign Housing Association

          Southern Housing Group

          Work highlights

          • Acted for London & Quadrant in the leading case Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited v London & Quadrant Housing Trust, dealing with the terms that should be imposed on a site provider under the Code, and continue to advise on the implementation of the agreement and subsequent claims for compensation.
          • Secured the removal of telecoms operators from the rooftop of the BT Building in St Paul’s, London to enable a multi-million-pound redevelopment to proceed.
          • Acted for Southern Housing to secure the removal of telecommunications operators from a multi-million-pound site in Southwark, London.

          Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

          Clarke Willmott LLP's Cardiff office has a niche focus on social housing finance, including development funding. Team head Fraser MacRae  has a balanced practice that sees him advising both borrowers and lenders across a wide range of secured funding, including in the context of syndicated loans and bond issuances. Bethan Evans is also recommended.

          Practice head(s):

          Other key lawyers:

          Work highlights

            Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

            Acting on its own and also able to draw upon key resources from throughout the firm’s national network of offices, Clarke Willmott LLP‘s ‘very experienced and professional’ four-partner Cardiff-based team provides an increasingly broad array of services to stakeholders in the sector. Under the guidance of Vicky Kells , the team remains best-known, however, for its social housing finance expertise on behalf of a balanced mix of lenders and housing associations. Kells specialises in advising on all property security aspects associated with loan facilities, private placements and bond issuances. Fraser MacRae is also pivotal to the firm’s success in the social housing finance space given his aptitude at advising borrowers and lenders on the drafting and negotiation of syndicated/bilateral loans, as well as private placements involving institutional investors. Clare Gregory  has been pivotal to the broadening of the office’s skill set beyond pure finance work and continues to handle a significant flow of transactional real estate matters (including development issues) for housing associations.

            Practice head(s):

            Testimonials

            ‘The very experienced and professional team is knowledgeable and accessible.’

            ‘Problem solving, seeing issues from our perspective, getting the best result for us not just now but also for the future.’

            Key clients

            Cardiff Community Housing Association

            RHA Wales Group

            United Welsh Housing Association

            Cadwyn Housing Association

            Melin Homes

            Orbit Group

            Valleys to Coast Housing

            First Choice Housing Association

            Abbeyfield Wales Society

            Taff Housing Association

            Work highlights

            • Advised Orbit Group on the £16m transfer of a nationwide shared ownership portfolio (191 homes) to a for-profit registered provider (ReSI Housing).
            • Advised new client Valleys to Coast Housing on its £35m social bond issued by bLEND Funding plc.
            • Advised Melin Homes on the property due diligence for its £150m funding package with Macquarie Asset Management.

            Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 2

            Rayner Grice  leads the team at Clarke Willmott LLP which enjoys a strong reputation in the full range of family law issues, demonstrating particular expertise in complex financial and private law children matters. The group is also increasingly active in cases pertaining to domestic abuse and controlling/coercive behaviour and is vastly experienced in contentious pension arrangement and nuptial agreement matters. The ‘absolutely excellentAdam Maguire recently joined the group from Shoosmiths LLP and is recommended alongside senior associate Caroline Young.

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘Fantastic customer service and brilliant representation and guidance across the board. Very friendly and welcoming, and willing to listen when required in order to keep me going‘.

            ‘The service received is exceptional. All members of the team that I have dealt with have a great knowledge and understanding of their field which ensures they give the best advice and do all they can to ensure a successful result‘.

            ‘The members of the team I dealt with had a very professional approach and were way ahead of others in their field for accuracy and conduct. What helped to win my case was their choice to do everything professionally, correctly and thoroughly to ensure that there was no area left uncovered’.

            Rayner Grice is exceptional. She is totally committed to finding solutions for clients. She fights hard with a can-do attitude and provides welcome support for clients through the often difficult journey. Legal prowess and heaps of support wrapped into one. Caroline Young goes out of her way to make clients feel supported. She keeps clients onboard even in the most difficult of times’.

            ‘CW has a good team with strength across all levels. Rayner Grice is as empathetic as she is straight-talking‘.

            ‘Clarke Willmott LLP are absolute experts, delivering the highest quality of advice and representation. The lawyers combine their expertise by ensuring that they are also accessible and personable. Without question one of the premier firms that undertakes financial remedy work’.

            ‘The team, led by Rayner, is always accessible and always willing to do all that it can to deliver the best result possible for its clients. Highly effective and without doubt one of the best firms in the sector’.

            Work highlights

              Private client > Family Tier 3

              Clarke Willmott LLP acts for high-net-worth clients on complex private law children matters, Schedule 1 Children Act claims, separation planning, and financial remedy proceedings and settlements. Chris Longbottom leads the Manchester family team and is a key resource regarding prenuptial agreements for ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Solicitor Emily Finn is noted for work on domestic abuse matters as well as divorce and related financial issues.

              Practice head(s):

              Chris Longbottom

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘Emily Finn and Chris Longbottom: Combined, they consistently demonstrate a real commitment and dedication to their clients. Coupled with the provision of sound advice, my experience is that their clients can rest assured that all that can be done to progress their cases has been done.’

              ‘Emily Finn consistently demonstrates ability beyond her years. Her client care and communication with counsel is first class.’

              ‘Chris Longbottom builds an excellent rapport with clients. He cuts through the issues in a case to find a sensible solution.’

              ‘A very strong, close local team, within a broad-based national firm.’

              ‘Chris Longbottom is a very experienced, well-respected and well-connected lawyer.’

              ‘Chris Longbottom has an excellent relationship with clients and has a good reputation for Schedule 1 work.’

              Work highlights

                Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 3

                Clarke Willmott LLP fields specialised housing and banking practitioners who focus on social housing finance matters, including development funding. The team advises on a variety of funding options, including private placements, aggregated bonds and bilateral and syndicated facilities, while the securitisation team handles any issues concerning property charging and supports on large-scale due diligence exercises for transfers of stock. Cardiff-based Vicky Kells and Manchester-based Lindsay Felstead are the national heads of the practice, and are supported by Fraser MacRae who advises both borrowers and funders on any secured funding issues.

                Practice head(s):

                Vicky Kells; Lindsay Felstead

                Other key lawyers:

                Fraser MacRae

                Key clients

                Metropolitan Thames Valley

                Silva Homes

                Valleys to Coast

                One Housing Group

                Trident Housing

                Melin Homes

                Notting Hill Genesis

                Triodos Bank UK Limited

                Principality Building Society

                Handelsbanken

                Taff Housing Association Limited

                Abbeyfield Wales Society

                United Welsh Housing Association

                Optivo

                RHA Wales Group Limited

                First Choice Housing Association

                Work highlights

                • Acted for Melin Homes on the property due diligence for its £150m funding package with Macquarie Asset Management. Dealt with all property charging and title rectifications and the planning team provided support on a programme of variations of S106 agreements. Also acted on its £51m refinance of its first SONIA based loan.
                • Acted on Valleys to Coast’s £35m bLEND funding (the first social bond issued by bLEND) and subsequently on a £15m sustainability linked loan from another funder.

                Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 3

                Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

                Clarke Willmott LLP‘s banking and finance team has expertise in advising lenders and borrowers across the healthcare and real estate sectors. Practice co-head Rich Eldridge  is experienced in advising clients on a variety of loan, security and intercreditor arrangements. Peter Swinburn  is an expert in secured lending within the real estate field. Co-head Joseph Campbell  regularly acts for a number of high street and other lenders on commercial real estate.

                Practice head(s):

                Rich Eldridge; Joseph Campbell

                Other key lawyers:

                Peter Swinburn

                Testimonials

                ‘The team communicates well with us as the client but also well with each other, so that we get a seamless service. All the fee earners we deal with come over as enthusiastic and make us feel our work is important to them. Billing is invariably as quoted.’

                ‘Stand-out individuals for us are Joe Campbell, Kristian Johnson and Alexandra Davies. Each has their own area of expertise but all are efficient and a pleasure to deal with.’

                ‘I deal with the real estate team and they know exactly what I need as a lending manager. They are responsive and efficient and work well to deadlines. They are also quick to provide help and advice with on-going cases or even non Clarke Willmott cases where I need general assistance.’

                ‘Joseph Campbell is my go-to lawyer and goes above and beyond to help. Also Peter Swinburn.’

                ‘The personnel involved with us have a good understanding of our business. Service is always, prompt, efficient and precise. They always deliver on time and “go the extra mile” All the people we deal with are polite and extremely helpful.’

                ‘Politeness, prompt response time. Efficient.’

                Key clients

                Lloyds Bank plc

                Atelier Capital Partners Limited

                Unity Trust Bank plc

                Fairlie Holdings Limited

                UKE City Properties Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advised UKE City Properties Limited on finance provided by Coutts & Co.
                • Advised Atelier Capital Partners Limited on the provision of short term bridging finance.
                • Advised Lloyds Bank plc on the provision of finance.

                TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

                Clarke Willmott LLP's versatile practice focuses on soft IP work for international clients, many of whom well-known household brands. Trade marks, passing off, designs, domain names and copyright matters feature in contentious and non-contentious matters in the caseload. Practice head Roy Crozier is based in Manchester. In Southampton, the key contact is director Kate Cheney, a chartered trade mark attorney.

                Practice head(s):

                Roy Crozier

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘Always responsive and the advice is pragmatic and practical. We receive top quality advice equivalent to anything from a city firm but at a reasonable price.’

                ‘Roy Crozier knows his field well, is commercial and is able to give firm practical advice. He does not sit on the fence and you get an opinion in addition to analysis. He is pragmatic about litigation and has a good understanding of risk. Kate Chaney is very responsive, experienced and knowledgeable in her field. She gets on with it and achieves the results we need.’

                Key clients

                Fred Perry

                Otter Products, LLC

                Playboy

                Conair/Babyliss

                NEXTBASE

                HERO Group

                Evergreen

                Medicom Healthcare Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advised NEXTBASE on a global trade mark filing strategy.
                • Acted for Revive A Phone Limited before the UKIPO and High Court with regard to invalidity actions filed against their WEFIX trade marks.
                • Acted for HERO AG in numerous UKIPO trade mark opposition proceedings.

                Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 3

                Clarke Willmott LLP‘s 3-partner practice is instructed on mid-market M&A deals across a range of sectors. The team has long-standing relationships with many of its clients, acting for them on a series of transactions; it is also notable for its work on cross-border deals. Simon Thomas leads the team, with Simon Smith handling much of the team’s cross-jurisdictional work. Robert Ridd is another name to note and advises on M&A transactions, investments and restructurings; he and Thomas are valued by clients for their ‘very clear, commercial and down to earth advice’.

                Practice head(s):

                Simon Thomas

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘A solid, dependable firm demonstrating all the technical skills and inter-personal qualities needed for corporate finance transactions which can, at times, involve sensitive negotiations due to the individuals and personalities involved.’

                ‘Simon Smith provided high quality advice during a recent corporate transaction, displaying excellent client handling & management skills during periods of tricky negotiation with the parties involved. He helped to resolve some difficult technical issues and was always accessible throughout the deal. He can definitely be depended upon to deliver when the going gets tough.’

                ‘The team at Clarke Willmott Bristol always react with a highly responsive, thoughtful and engaged approach. This can involve simply bouncing an idea around about how best to approach an issue / project, through to advice in the middle of an important investment.’

                ‘Simon Thomas and Robert Ridd have both provided very clear, commercial and down to earth advice in a ‘trusted friend’ type relationship which is really very helpful as part of our investments where we typically deal with founders/entrepreneurs who need quite a lot of coaching through the process.’

                Key clients

                Wasserman Media Group

                Addnode Group AB

                Fortem International Limited (formerly Prysm Media Group Limited)

                Evergreen Garden Care Limited

                Turtle Bay Hospitality Limited

                Yeo Valley Associates Limited

                Somerset County Cricket Club

                Nederman Group AB

                Trailsuite Limited

                OMM Group Holdings

                Pieminister Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advised the shareholders of Trailsuite Limited on their sale to Access UK Limited.
                • Advised Wasserman Media Group on its acquisition of Team Sauerland.
                • Advised Fortem International Limited on the sale of Fortem Farm Business Ltd, Fortem FAM Ltd, and Fortem HPR Ltd to US private equity backed Arc Media Group Limited.

                Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

                Lenders, high street banks and private banks are amongst the client portfolio of Clarke Willmott LLP‘s banking and finance practice. The team sports extensive experience in dealing with real estate portfolio financing, the agricultural finance sector, as well as development finance. Roger Seaton leads the team, which is based in Taunton and Bristol. Commercial disputes and professional negligence specialist Alex Jakubowski and Rod Lloyd-Jones, who focuses on agricultural matters, are further key contacts.

                Practice head(s):

                Roger Seaton

                Other key lawyers:

                Key clients

                Lloyds Bank PLC

                HSBC UK Bank PLC

                Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited

                Santander UK PLC

                Handelsbanken PLC

                Charterbank Capital Limited

                Secure Trust Bank PLC

                AIB

                Wellesley Finance Limited

                Cambridge and Counties Bank Limited

                Work highlights

                • Advised HSBC UK Bank PLC on a £6.5 million refinance of care homes in England.
                • Advised Lloyds Bank PLC on a development finance transaction with a GDV of almost £90million.
                • Advised Handelsbanken in respect of the finance of an investment property in a business park in Bristol with a loan of £3.25 million.

                Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 3

                Clarke Willmott LLP regularly acts for a number of engineering, procurement and construction contractors, assisting them with domestic and international projects relating to energy and natural resources. Spread across the firm’s South West offices, the team is led by Priscilla Hall, who also spearheads the firm’s construction practice and is well versed in renewable energy projects. The advisory offering of Laurence Lacey covers the property aspects of energy projects across technologies, including biogas, waste to energy, solar and wind. Bethan Evans and Hayley Steel are further key contacts. Zoe Stollard left the firm in March 2022.

                Practice head(s):

                Priscilla Hall

                Key clients

                Bridgwater & Taunton College

                Goram Homes

                Ripple Energy Limited

                Commercial Forestry LLP

                OVO Energy Ltd

                Work highlights

                • Advising Goram Homes in relation to its development and letting of an energy centre in partnership with Vital Energi.
                • Advising Bridgewater & Taunton College on the construction of new training facilities to help support the building of Hinkley Point C.
                • Advising Ripple Energy Limited on its innovative wind farm development and ownership structure, to deliver a new form of community ownership.

                Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol Tier 3

                Taking a ‘collaborative and responsive approach’, Clarke Willmott LLP advises clients on the full spectrum of real estate asset classes. The firm sports a specialism in telecoms, where it acts almost exclusively for landowners, and counts retail, the public sector, as well as the housebuilding sector amongst its key areas of focus. Simon Day leads the practice and is the key contact for investment and landlord and tenant financing matters. Beverley Pike handles the full range of commercial property work, while Philip Thompson focuses on the housebuilding sector. Laurence Lacey, whose offering includes development, regeneration and energy projects, is noted for his ‘willingness to work collaboratively’.

                Practice head(s):

                Simon Day

                Other key lawyers:

                Beverley Pike; Philip Thomson; Laurence Lacey

                Testimonials

                ‘Collaborative and responsive approach to our requests and suggestions to ensure process and communication in doing our legal work is as streamlined and efficient as possible.’

                ‘Laurence Lacey – promptness of response, willingness to work collaboratively on how matters are structured and processed so they can run as efficiently as possible, doesn’t talk down to his clients in the public sector.’

                Key clients

                Mapeley Steps Ltd

                Sovereign

                Thor Equities

                BDW(Barratt) (Bristol)

                Persimmon Homes Limited

                Vistry Homes Limited

                University of Bath

                Bath Recreation Limited

                Homes England

                Cornwall Council

                Work highlights

                • We have acted for Mapeley for over 15 years, predominantly on their HMRC portfolio of properties. This relationship is a great example of the strength of our reputation in real estate investment and portfolio asset management work.
                • We act for some of the UK’s largest housebuilders such as BDW Homes, Persimmon, David Wilson Homes, Countryside Properties, Vistry Group Plc, Blue Cedar Homes, Crest and Mactaggart and Mickel.
                • We have acted for Homes England for a number of years on some of their most significant developments across the UK. We are often involved from inception through to multi phased completion. Our strength in public sector work is further demonstrated by the wide range of councils that we act for, including the Lawyers in Local Government – South West branch framework of councils.

                Real estate > Construction Tier 3

                Clarke Willmott LLP provides contentious and non-contentious construction advice to developers, housing providers, contractors, funders and consultants. The firm covers key sectors such as green energy, transport, local government and retail.

                Work highlights

                  Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

                  Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 4

                  Buyers, sellers, investors and management teams regularly instruct the team at Clarke Willmott LLP. The team is developing a particularly strong reputation for mandates with a nexus to the financial services sector. The firm is also highly regarded in the technology sector. Simon Thomas heads up the national practice, while Ed Foulkes takes the lead in Manchester. In January 2022, senior associate Barry Riley joined from Weightmans LLP.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Simon Thomas; Ed Foulkes

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Knowledgeable, efficient, pragmatic, and timely.’

                   

                  Key clients

                  CultureAI Limited

                  Aaron Rail Limited

                  HCI Limited t/a Vivup

                  Ergowealth Limited

                  Heritage Investments Limited

                  Apogee Wealth Management Limited

                  Skillray

                  Lloyds Bank plc

                  Dunlop Systems and Components

                  Brightstart Day Nursery Group Limited

                  Work highlights

                  • Advised the shareholders of Charter Wealth Management on the disposal of the company to OneFourNine Group, a new consolidator in the financial advisory sector.
                  • Assisted with CultureAI’s second round fundraising led by Senovo Capital, having originally advised on its seed funding round.
                  • Advised Apogee Wealth Management on the acquisition of, and funding arrangements for, Ash Financial, an independent financial advisory firm.

                  Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 4

                  Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 4

                  Clarke Willmott LLP provides an an ‘excellent service‘, advising registered providers on social housing development, regeneration, property and housing management matters, ranging from the establishing of joint venture vehicles, site acquisitions, planning, construction and sale of shared ownership units. Further, the team handles a variety of property related litigation, including service charge disputes, dilapidation, possession claims and leasehold issues. Lindsay Felstead, Vicky Kells, Oliver Smedley and Kary Withers head the social housing offering nationally while Kate Silverman heads the London social housing team.

                  Practice head(s):

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

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Kate Silverman has assisted on some complex land matters and she goes to great lengths to explain the legal issues in a way that non-legal people will understand.’

                  ‘The Clarke Willmott team were far more communicative than any other practice I have progressed work with previously. They were quick to identify pitfalls and open to acknowledging additional resource need where that became necessary. Always courteous, they progressed the actions required with vigour and capability. I do not have any involvement in the billing process but also recognised that they were very good value.’

                  ‘They always respond to requests for additional pressure and hasteners and ensure the smooth progress of the action in hand.’

                  ‘The team at Clarke Willmott have assisted us with various contractual requirements in the last few years. All matters have been dealt with quickly, diligently and in a professional manner each time. We would therefore highly recommend them to others in the future.’

                  ‘As well as providing an excellent legal service they run regular CPD webinar sessions which are of great value.’

                  ‘Kary Withers – always available at short notice and provides expert advice’

                  ‘The quality and depth on knowledge give me comfort. Never do they stray into areas they are not trained in and will always provide internal support when necessary. Their knowledge within their expertise is excellent.’

                  ‘Kate Silverman has excellent knowledge and understanding of commercial property law and provides clear advice considering all the outcomes. Her attention to detail is second to none.’

                  Key clients

                  Peabody Trust

                  Clarion

                  Metropolitan Thames Valley

                  Notting Hill Genesis

                  Optivo

                  London & Quadrant Housing Trust

                  One Housing Group Limited

                  bpha

                  Sovereign

                  Guinness Partnership

                  Work highlights

                  • Instructed to negotiate a bespoke works agreement for L&Q Group in relation to gas safety upgrade works with the ultimate landlord and freeholder. This has involved detailed review and negotiation of the underlying building contract, together with drafting provisions in the works agreement to cover access, defects and delay.
                  • Instructed by One Housing Group Limited in relation to the highly intricate Granville Road regeneration scheme involving infill development between Council tower blocks. Dealt with the phased acquisition of the affordable housing for One Housing Group Limited, as well as the subsequent transfer of the long-term management of the estate to One Housing Group Limited.
                  • Acted for a client whose tenant had ceased to occupy the client’s property and was living elsewhere. The tenant subsequently passed away. The tenant’s son was occupying the property and submitted a succession claim which the client declined. The occupier then issued a full judicial review claim with costs sought. Successfully defended the claim and have since instigated possession proceedings.

                  Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 4

                  Clarke Willmott LLP delivers ‘commercially-orientated and considered advice‘ in corporate dealings to a strong mix of businesses, particularly in the fields of manufacturing, engineering, and healthcare. Practice head Kim Klahn, who joined from Lodders Solicitors LLP in October 2021, is experienced in both transactions and corporate governance matters.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Kim Klahn

                  Testimonials

                  ‘The key to this practice is it treats you as an individual. Listens to what you require and then works with you to achieve the right outcome. It’s very client-centric.’

                  ‘Very commercially-orientated and considered advice.’

                  ‘Kim Klahn is pragmatic and commercial.’

                   

                  Key clients

                  Ovako Limited

                  Montpelier Developments Limited

                  Ashdale UK Limited

                  John Hibbard and Helen Shears

                  NVC Lighting Limited

                  Comau UK Limited

                  Your Doctor Film and Media Limited

                  Toylander Real Life Toys Ltd

                  Work highlights

                  • Advised Ashdale UK Limited on the sale of the business and assets (comprising real property) of a hotel and spa in Harrogate.
                  • Advised John Hibbard and Helen Shears (founders of Red Paddle Co) on the sale of shares in the leading paddle board producer in the UK to private equity.
                  • Advised Comau UK Limited on tender documentation and assisting in the drafting and negotiating of high value contracts with UK customers, liaising with the group legal department.

                  Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 4

                  Clarke Willmott LLP is especially strong for shareholder disputes for clients such as the West Bromwich Building Society. This is a particular focus for team leader Peter Brewer, whose team also includes Paul Griffiths and associate Richard Howell.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Peter Brewer

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Key clients

                  West Bromwich Building Society

                  Lidl UK

                  Work highlights

                  • Represented Keith Moore in a matter that went to trial in Birmingham in September 2021 and was tried before HHJ Rawlings. The Claimant alleged that Mr Moore had engaged in fraudulent activity in prior proceedings. The allegations were dismissed as a part of a substantial judgment handed down by the Court in October 2021.

                  Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 4

                  Philip Edwards of Clarke Willmott LLP is recomended his handling of high-value cases. Edwards specialises in brain injury cases and also has extensive experience in spinal cord injuries, amputations, burns, multiple orthopaedic injuries, fatal claims and amputations. In addition, he notably serves as an accredited specialist for APIL.

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Really committed, yet realistic, a mastery of detail but the big picture is not lost. Philip Edwards is exceptional. His capacity to read into a complex case, assess its strengths and weaknesses and plan a way through to a conclusion is second to none. He gives realistic advice, laying the ground well. Pragmatic, but willing to firmly hold the line where it is justified. The complete package‘.

                  ‘First -class service with impeccable client service, fighting for its clients’ best outcome from first to last. Always acts in the clients’ best interests and advice is always of the highest order’.

                  ‘Phil Edwards – one of the very best personal injury litigators in the country. Hugely experienced in high value catastrophic injury work. Always upholds the very best values and integrity in terms of always acting in his client’s best interests. The solicitor you would send your own mother to. He is always remarkably courteous throughout his dealings with insurers but also displays a dogged determination and razor sharp arguments in securing the right result and justice for his clients and those affected by what are invariably life-changing injuries‘.

                  ‘Phil Edwards is very approachable. He shows great empathy for clients and their families which makes them feel at ease in what can be a stressful and alien situation for them. He is very supportive of me and my thoughts on a clients rehabilitation‘.

                  ‘Very knowledgeable and passionate team. Phillip Edwards is an expert in the field of acquired brain injury. He is exceptionally compassionate and empathetic’.

                  I work with and for the Birmingham based team which is headed by Phil Edwards. The knowledge and expertise of the team is exceptional, which is partnered by a down to earth approach to clients and excellent communication skills. The team is focused on getting the very best rehabilitation outcomes for clients and to enhance their quality of life‘.

                  ‘I have worked with Mr Edwards for 20 years and I never fail to be impressed by his commitment, knowledge and ability to engage with clients with the most complex needs and their significant others. He is a highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. He is a strong advocate for rehabilitation and a strong communicator‘.

                  Work highlights

                    Real estate > Construction Tier 4

                    Noted for its strong sense of cross-office collaboration, Clarke Willmott LLP‘s ‘exceptional’ construction practice is a popular choice for a number of contractors, developers, housing associations, and corporate occupiers. Peter McHugh is seasoned chartered arbitrator and mediator who handles the full gamut of contentious issues for some of the firm’s most high-profile corporate clients. Mark Scotney, who was promoted to partner in May 2021, is regularly engaged in adjudications for both employers and contractors. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Peter McHugh

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Testimonials

                    ‘There is a real range and depth of experience on this team, both in relation to large and complex disputes and for more routine matters. They have an excellent grasp of technical legal points and a robust sense of commerciality. Significant construction disputes are often fact heavy, and/or personality driven; in those situations you need a team that can marshal the evidence, elucidate a strategy, and help the client steer a course to the best possible outcome. The team do all of that and are exceptionally personable to boot. A really great team.’

                    ‘The team stands out for its exceptional client service. Individual team members pursue their cases with skill, dedication and good humour.’

                    ‘I have been continually impressed by Mark Scotney. He is clever, strategic, and doesn’t hesitate to go the extra mile for his clients. He is incredibly easy to work with; the ideal partner.’

                    Key clients

                    Abri (formerly Yarlington)

                    B Price Limited

                    Treforest Property Company Limited

                    Stonewater (housing association)

                    Work highlights

                    • Advised Treforest Property Company Limited in relation to its dispute with RHP regarding two adjudications arising out of a £4.95m final account.  
                    • Represented a number of employers and contractors in a series of technical payment adjudications.
                    • Advising and representing a number of national housing associations in cladding and EWS claims against various national contractors and design teams.

                    Employment Tier 5

                    The boutique employment team at Clarke Willmott LLP covers business immigration and Employment Tribunal and High Court cases, often for medium-sized employers. It also advises on restrictive covenants and employment injunctions. Practice head Emma Hamnett is an experienced employment litigator and advises on post-termination restrictions and executive settlements. She also has experience in restructures and redundancies, TUPE and outsourcing, and contractual disputes.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Emma Hamnett

                    Testimonials

                    ‘It’s a small, but extremely capable team, with a strong reputation both in the North West and further afield. They are canny and tenacious litigators in employment claims of all kinds, with a particular strength in restrictive covenant work.’

                    ‘Emma Hamnett brings so much to her cases. She is deeply committed. She gives thoughtful and commercial advice. She is an extremely effective negotiator and an excellent strategist, and she works well with counsel.’

                    ‘Emma Hamnett is a breath of fresh air. She is hardworking and genial, but also a great lawyer.’

                    ‘We have required quick, clear, and accurate support/advice – all of which they provide.’

                    ‘Clarke Willmott as a business offers a variety of services to ensure their clients are always up-to-date with legislation.’

                    ‘Emma Hamnett is an asset to Clarke Willmott. True experts and professionals in all that they do. They always give balanced and guided advice to ensure the business is protected and are proactive in their approach; we always feel supported and have a great deal of trust in them.’

                    Key clients

                    Talent International Limited

                    Bauer Radio Limited

                    Integral Medical Holdings Limited

                    Abt Associates Limited

                    NVC Lighting Limited

                    Servium Limited

                    Work highlights

                    • Advised Talent International UK Limited in relation to an ex-employee who was soliciting clients.
                    • Acted for Bauer Radio Limited on all aspects of HR and people issues across its national network of radio stations.
                    • Continued to act for Integral Medical Holdings Limited in relation to employment tribunal claims involving a dismissal before a TUPE transfer.

                    Real estate > Construction Tier 5

                    Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 5

                    Clarke Willmott LLP is especially noted for its capabilities in the retail sector, handling a range of refinancings, leasings, and site acquisitions for renowned names in the market. The practice is jointly led by Fiona Rendell, a seasoned commercial property lawyer; Iain Harrison , who anchors the team’s retail offering; and Jonathan Morton , who specialises in site acquisitions and portfolio secured lending.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Fiona Rendell; Iain Harrison; Jonathan Morton

                    Testimonials

                    ‘What I think makes Clarke Willmott unique is the fact that I am dealing with solicitors who give straightforward advice and are not afraid of applying a commercial view where appropriate.’

                    Key clients

                    Lidl Great Britain Limited

                    Lloyds Bank plc

                    Beechdean Homes Limited

                    Trevonny Investments Limited

                    Rediweld Holdings Limited

                    Snap Fitness Limited

                    Work highlights

                      Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 6

                      The team at Clarke Willmott LLP has recently benefitted from the arrival of consultant Alex Megaw and senior associate Louise Goodwin from Primas; the duo joins a ‘simply exceptional‘ offering, which handles the gamut of disputes, from complex contractual cases to breach of confidentiality claims. The ‘razor sharpJohn Flint heads up the practice.

                      Practice head(s):

                      John Flint

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Alex Megaw; Louise Goodwin; Geraldine Stephens

                      Testimonials

                      ‘Its staff, from top to bottom, they are all a pleasure to deal with. John Flint gave us a fantastic service.’

                      ‘They truly care about the people they do work for.’

                      ‘The team at Clarke Willmott is highly responsive and very commercially minded. Their core strength is the ability to be responsive to clients whilst remaining highly professional.’

                      ‘Alex Megaw is a highly regarded and very experienced litigator who is always involved in high-value and often high-profile work. He is a go-to for any SME looking for urgent assistance. Louise Goodwin is a highly competent individual who is highly dedicated and very reactive to clients, yet remaining appropriately commercial.’

                      ‘Louise Goodwin – superb eye for detail and very hardworking. I have been so impressed with Louise’s timely action, her insights, and seemingly endless energy.’

                      ‘The team are simply exceptional and work diligently and tirelessly to get the best outcome for their clients. The practice is multi-disciplinary with high calibre subject matter experts who can input to consider all strands of relevant and applicable law when required.’

                      ‘John Flint’s knowledge is razor sharp and he is ruthlessly efficient. His advice is precise, clear and risks are fully explained. You are in good hands with him representing your case.’

                      ‘Geraldine Stephens is a rising star within the team. Has all the traits of a CW team member with her attention to detail. Fast developing experience and a reputation with her engagement with the local legal community.’

                      Key clients

                      National Union of Mineworkers

                      JGMT Limited

                      Andy Scott/REL Capital Limited

                      Capital Growth Group Limited

                      REL Storage and Logistics Limited

                      Super Fund LLC

                      Atabek Sukurov

                      Trailstream Limited

                      Westbourne Property Management Limited

                      Modularwise

                      Richard Wales / Selective Investment Services

                      Oathall (UK) Limited

                      Fast Dispatch Transport Limited

                      Pulse Fitness Limited

                      Derbyshire Flooring Contractors Limited

                      Premiserv Limited

                      Benoit Properties International Limited

                      Work highlights

                        Employment

                        At Clarke Willmott LLP, Anna Youngs mainly acts for employers on a broad array of contentious and non-contentious employment matters and has also recently been appointed as an employment judge in the South West region.

                        Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

                        National firm Clarke Willmott LLP has been building up its profile in the South East, with medical negligence specialist Gemma Osgood recently promoted to partner in the firm's Southampton office.

                        South West > Private client > Family

                        The team at Clarke Willmott LLP has a broad range of expertise, and is praised for  providing ‘absolute top-quality service at a reasonable cost‘. Its specialisms include the handling of financial remedy claims, cohabitation claims and bankruptcy and divorce matters. Expert in TOLATA and unmarried family disputes, Gareth Schofield, leads the practice – he is described as ‘a brilliant practitioner with a national reputation‘. Alastair MacLeod is noted for his handling of financial settlements – ‘very easy to work with, a good communicator and puts clients at ease‘.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Gareth Schofield

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Alastair MacLeod; Clare Webb; Emma Gordon; Hannah Livesey; Laura Bond; Sarah Marchant; Laura Podger

                        Testimonials

                        Excellent yeam. They provide absolute top-quality service but at a much more reasonable cost than some of the best known London firms.’

                        ‘Gareth Schofield is the star individual. Exceptional judgement, great legal brain and a very nice man. A problem solver.’

                        ‘The team prepare thoroughly for cases. The professionals within the team work well together, and more junior members are not afraid to collaborate with the senior members of the team.’

                        ‘The quality of work and value for money is outstanding. It is the best service but at a reasonable cost.’

                        ‘The firm is brilliantly resourced with access to all manner of expertise.’

                        ‘Everyone is excellent- retention is very good and the team has been built well.’

                        ‘Gareth Schofield is a brilliant practitioner with a national reputation that is well earned. He has fantastic judgement and a great approach to cases and clients.’

                        ‘Alastair MacLeod is a strong individual with long-standing experience in financial remedy work including acting for high net worth clients. Very easy to work with, a good communicator and puts clients at ease.’

                        Work highlights

                          South West > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

                          Clarke Willmott LLP has a comprehensive practice, advising clients on matters from tax planning and estate administration, to the drafting of wills and trusts. The practice is led by Anthony Fairweather, Carol Cummins and Emma Pope. Fairweather and Cummins are based in Bristol, whilst Pope resides in Taunton. The team’s capacity has recently been boosted by the addition of a number of members at the junior level, and it is praised for its ‘terrific combination of professionalism and friendliness.’

                          Practice head(s):

                          Anthony Fairweather; Carol Cummins; Emma Pope

                          Other key lawyers:

                          David Maddock; Elizabeth Smithers; Jane Halton; Tom Chiffers; Jacqui Lazare; Samantha Neagle; Emma Barry; Harriet Neusinger

                          Testimonials

                          ‘Each member has different areas of knowledge and they are all very approachable and work interactively.’

                          ‘Emma Pope has dealt with both of my parents estates/probate and has made the process as painless as possible. David Maddock has been part of the process to deal with very complex taxation/inheritance tax matters. Both come across as caring individuals.’

                          ‘Jane Halton has always been ready to help family members’ individual needs. I particularly like the fact that she is more than ready to point out what steps would be best for us.’

                          ‘I have found the quality of advice from Clarke Willmott to have been of the highest standard, and they tailor their discussions well to my level of knowledge.’

                          ‘Emma Barry really does know her stuff, but what I particularly enjoy is the quality of the interactions. Responses are always quick – often same day. Communication is always clear, and promises to do things at a future point have always been kept.’

                          ‘I dealt specifically with Jacqui Lazare who was very empathetic and understanding. I had to make some difficult decisions and she really helped me understanding the options and implications in a way that I could understand.’

                          ‘Samantha Neagle is my contact person who I find truly capable, efficient, knowledgeable, and helpful… and above all, extremely friendly and patient. Would recommend her to anybody.’

                          ‘From the first approach to this firm to the closing of my case, the service has been a terrific combination of professionalism and friendliness.’

                          Key clients

                          Various high net worth clients

                          Work highlights

                            South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

                            Clarke Willmott LLP's versatile practice focuses on soft IP work for international clients, many of whom well-known household brands. Trade marks, passing off, designs, domain names and copyright matters feature in contentious and non-contentious matters in the caseload. Practice head Roy Crozier is based in Manchester. In Southampton, the key contact is director Kate Cheney, a chartered trade mark attorney.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Roy Crozier

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Testimonials

                            ‘Always responsive and the advice is pragmatic and practical. We receive top quality advice equivalent to anything from a city firm but at a reasonable price.’

                            ‘Roy Crozier knows his field well, is commercial and is able to give firm practical advice. He does not sit on the fence and you get an opinion in addition to analysis. He is pragmatic about litigation and has a good understanding of risk. Kate Chaney is very responsive, experienced and knowledgeable in her field. She gets on with it and achieves the results we need.’

                            Key clients

                            Fred Perry

                            Otter Products, LLC

                            Playboy

                            Conair/Babyliss

                            NEXTBASE

                            HERO Group

                            Evergreen

                            Medicom Healthcare Limited

                            Work highlights

                            • Advised NEXTBASE on a global trade mark filing strategy.
                            • Acted for Revive A Phone Limited before the UKIPO and High Court with regard to invalidity actions filed against their WEFIX trade marks.
                            • Acted for HERO AG in numerous UKIPO trade mark opposition proceedings.

                            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 60-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 650 lawyers and support staff, including over 110 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.

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                            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
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                            Roy Crozier photo Roy CrozierRoy is a Partner in the Intellectual Property team and has many…
                            Paul Davies photo Paul DaviesPaul leads the private capital team in the Manchester office of Clarke Willmott. He has been…
                            James Driver photo James DriverJames specialises in resolving construction and engineering disputes. The team advises on all…
                            Lindsay Felstead photo Lindsay FelsteadLindsay Felstead is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Manchester Property Litigation…
                            John Flint photo John FlintJohn Flint is a Partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Commercial & Private…
                            Ed Foulkes photo Ed FoulkesEd Foulkes is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Manchester Corporate team…
                            Emma Hamnett photo Emma HamnettEmma Hamnett is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Manchester Employment team…
                            Chris Keane photo Chris KeaneChris’ expertise covers a broad range of both personal and corporate insolvency on a…
                            Alex Walsh photo Alex WalshAlex is a Partner in our Commercial Property team with a broad range of…
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                            Number of other UK fee-earners : 340+
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