Firm Profile > Clarke Willmott LLP > Taunton, England

Clarke Willmott LLP

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP's team covers commercial litigation in multiple areas, such as agriculture, banking, defamation, financial services and intellectual property. The firm also handles contentious issues involving niche areas, such as classic cars and commercial agents regulations; practice head Alex Jakubowski is a noted expert in the latter area. It is also a first port of call among clients in the energy and natural resources sector.


Top-flight commercial team that has real strength in depth

Excellent technically and tactically, and a real pleasure to work alongside

Excellent service, the best in the south west

Key strength to Clarke Willmott is that they really think through the issues in a case so that they then focus on what the client needs

Alex Jakubowski is technically and tactically superb, a real heavyweight powerhouse of a commercial litigator

Alex Jakubowski sets a course and then achieves his client’s goals

Richard Moore has excellent judgement generally, knows how to build and maintain a first-rate relationship with clients and knows when to get involved in the detail and when to let counsel get on with it

I would single out Ed Halden for his stellar written work and willingness to take responsibility

I was impressed with David Stedman, a solicitor advocate who handled a number of difficult interim applications in the case; he is mature beyond his years

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

Arbuthnot Latham

Secure Trust Bank

Hodge Bank

Burford Capital

Wellesley Finance

China Industries Limited ta “Wow! Stuff”

National Farmers Union

Roland DG

Debt recovery Tier 1

The team at Clarke Willmott LLP provides a comprehensive service to clients, with work covering general debt recovery advice, high-volume pre-legal debt collection and insolvency action, among other matters. It regularly advises clients on all stages of collections, including pre-action letters, court proceedings, payment agreements, bankruptcies, IVAs and CVAs. Philip Roberts and Kathryn Quinton jointly lead the practice; Roberts is experienced in advising commercial clients and residential landlords, while Quinton oversees the firm's government and insurance contracts.


Clarke Willmott is a very down to earth, yet professional body – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone. They explain things in layman terms without coming across as superior

I would pick out the quality of the communication; responses are prompt, informative and strike the right balance between politeness and professionalism

The team communications appear to work well

The team is highly qualified in all aspects of debt recovery, and has taken the time to get to know our business and the environment that we work in. Every member of the team is knowledgeable and takes the time to give various options to us, along with their recommendations

They are always happy to go the extra mile for us and nothing seems too much trouble

They are the benchmark for us, we compare other firms’ performance against them and have yet to find one that beats their service

They are quick in dealing with cases

My contact has been Caroline Wheeler; the team she works with are extremely efficient and I feel I can always turn to them if I ever have any property-based problems

The service provided by Kayleigh Linford in particular has been well received. Kayleigh is always responsive and has achieved a number of good results for us

Phil Roberts has been the main contact and he has been extremely helpful and given regular feedback and recommendations to assist with the recovery of the debt

Phil Roberts is always on-hand and available to provide practical and good advice. Nothing is too much trouble for him, and he has regularly come into the business to provide seminars/workshops to various teams

Kayleigh Linford is a delight to work with. She is always happy to hear from us, no matter how close to Court deadlines we get, and always displays a calm and unflappable attitude. She provides clear and concise advise and shows a good understanding of how our business works

Key clients

Abbott Fielding

Access Self Storage Limited

Active Iq

Alabaré Christian Care And Support

Albert E James & Son Ltd

Antony Batty & Company

Baker Tilly Creditor Services Limited

Batmink Limited T/a Batmink Distribution

Beckett And Kay Llp

Benedict Mackenzie

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Limited

Brymore Academy

Build Supplies Ltd

Built Environment Communications Group Limited

Bulley Davey

Burton Sweet Corporate Recovery Limited

Butlers Walk Management Company Limited

Bystronic Uk Limited

C N Unwin Ltd

Capital Books

Car Finance 247

Cave Veterinary Specialists Ltd

Celestia Management Company Limited

Better Move Limited

Cognitive Group Limited

Contempo Recruitment

Corona Energy

CVR Global LLP

Dan-Floor (uk) Ltd

Debt Clear Associates

Deloitte Llp

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

Dunwear Property Limited

Fifteen Twelve Limited

Foster & Foster Solicitors

Four Seasons Tree Services Ltd

Francis Clark Llp

Freeman Rich

Frp Advisory Llp

Fusion People Limited

Gibson Booth

Good Energy Gas Ltd

Good Energy Limited

Grant Thornton Uk Llp

Greenslade Taylor Hunt


Hanger Court ( Management) Limited

Harper Group Construction Limited


Herron Fisher

Hgc Civil Engineering Ltd

Highways England

Hunts Foodservice Ltd

Hydes Of Bristol

Joma Sport (UK)

Kevin Brown Advisory Limited

Kingston Smith & Partners Llp

Kpmg Llp

Larking Gowen

Ldl Components Limited

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Liberta Financial Ltd

London Borough Of Enfield

Mazars Llp

Menzies Business Recovery Llp

Mike Warren Consultancy Ltd

Moore Stephens

Newport Land Reclamation Ltd

Origin Housing Limited

Palmer & Harvey Mclane Ltd

Park Resorts Limited

Paystream My Max Ltd

Pieminister Ltd

Powervamp Limited

Premier Training International Limited

Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP

Pulse Printing Products Limited

Queenswood Natural Foods

Quinn Building Products

Quinn Cement

Quinn Cement ( N I) Ltd

Quinn Therm Ltd

Rawle Gammon & Baker Ltd

Remarkable Pendragon Limited

Rexquote Ltd

Richard Long & Co

Richmond Event Management Ltd

Rogerstone Woodworkers Limited C/o Parkmans

Safe Transport (south West) Limited

Salons Management Limited

Sid Valley Practice

Smith & Williamson Llp

Smith Cooper

Snows Timber Ltd

Sony Europe Ltd

South West Water

Springfields Advisory Llp

Stone King Llp

Thames Water Utilities Ltd

The Insolvency Service

The Mayor And Burgesses Of The London Borough Of Harrow

The Moore Scarrott Partnership LLP

The Scotts Company (uk) Limited

The University Of Reading Science & Technology Centre Ltd

Thomas & Claire Cave T/a Cave Veterinary Speciialists

Tmb Day Nurseries Ltd

Turpin Barker Armstrong

UHY Hacker Young

Unity Farm Holiday Centre Ltd T/a Holiday Resort Unity

University Of Reading

Viridor Enviroscot Limited

Viridor Waste (Thames) Ltd

Viridor Waste Exeter Limited

Viridor Waste Management Limited

Viridor Waste Management Limited

W. Gadsby And Son Limited

Wellington School

Wellington Self Storage Ltd

Wembley National Stadium Limited

Wessex Resolutions C.I.C.

Wessex West Country Finance Ltd

Westminster Court ( Kingshurst) Management Company Limited

Wilson Field Ltd

Windsor Heights ( Redditch) Management Co Limited

Wireless Logic Ltd

Family Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP assists with cross-border divorce proceedings, handles private children disputes and is experienced in negotiating nuptial and cohabitation agreements. The firm also drafts financial settlements involving companies, partnerships, trusts and farm businesses. Practice head Gareth Schofield is additionally experienced in advising on unmarried family disputes. Daniel Eames advises high-net-worth individuals on international asset protection measures and financial disputes arising from marriage and cohabitation.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP advises adults and children on injury cases relating to brain, spinal cord, industrial diseases involving asbestosis and mesothelioma, as well as amputation injuries. The practice is also experienced in handling fatal accident claims, neurological injuries such as brachial plexus and multiple orthopaedic fractures. Practice head Lee Hart also assists with claims arising from accidents involving animals, while associate Melanie Brown is a specialist in child and adult psychiatric disorders.


This firm has massive experience and is really engaged with clients and their cases.

A good team providing both breadth and depth in experience and ability.

The practice undertakes work at the highest level.

The team has an excellent understanding of clients, communicates well between all parties and keeps everyone informed. People with the right expertise handle the cases.

Professional negligence Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP primarily acts on the claimant side and assists with claims against accountants, tax advisors, land agents, banking surveyors, as well as architects, engineers and construction consultants. The firm handles claims against lawyers and accountants arising from negligent advice on tax avoidance schemes, and the failure to take tax consequences into account in corporate transactions. The practice also regularly advises uninsured defendants. The 'superbAlex Jakubowski  is practice co-head and regularly handles lender claims. He also acts for banks, peer-to-peer lenders and building societies.


The team is a high-calibre claimant-orientated firm who is not scared of going after big ticket defendants – and it has the resources to do it

Sound pragmatic advice sensibly delivered

Alex Jakubowski is simply superb at the overall tactical aspect of dealing with a case

Key clients

Alton & 10 Ors

Hammond & 4 Ors

British Steel Workers

Lloyds Bank

Wellesley Finance

RQ Capital

Arbuthnot Latham

Molson Group

Gynn Construction

Medina Capital

Sport Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP's national sports sector team excels in representing professional athletes - particularly football and rugby players - in employment-related matters. It also advises coaches and professional sports organisations, among other clients. The team's work often comprises cross-border elements, with strong links with clients in the US being particularly notable. Kevin Jones is the group head.

Key clients

Bristol Bears Rugby

Bristol Flyers Basketball

Bristol Sport

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

Somerset County Cricket Club

Wasserman Media Group

The Rugby Players’ Association


Decathlon UK

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP’s agriculture and estate practice advises on the structuring of agri-businesses, lifetime tax planning, and the sale and purchase of agricultural land, as well as on the negotiation of tenancy agreements and contentious tenancy disputes. The firm also handles succession planning matters and acts for banks on secured lending transactions undertaken by agricultural borrowers. Senior partner Tim Hayden leads the team, which includes the 'meticulous' Rod Lloyd-Jones.


A well-respected firm with a great reputation that the practice easily lives up to

Very happy with the depth of knowledge shown

Rod Lloyd-Jones is very thorough in his title investigations, making sure that the lender’s interests are protected throughout. His practical no-nonsense stance is most welcome!

Rod Lloyd-Jones is diligent and meticulous, whilst also working at pace

Key clients

The National Farmers’ Union

The Masters of Foxhounds Association

Lloyds Banking Group


The Countryside Alliance

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP handles cases relating to orthopaedic claims, delays in diagnosis of cancer, as well as clinical negligence cases linked to birth injuries and brain diseases such as meningitis and encephalitis. The practice is also experienced in handling stillbirth and neonatal fatal claims. Another area of expertise is litigations arising from sperm destruction claims and loss of fertility.


This team take on difficult, complex cases and deal with them to a very high standard with excellent results

A very knowledgeable and competent clinical negligence team

Commercial litigation: The West Country Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP has a strong capability representing clients based in the South West in agricultural litigation. The firm also represents SMEs in a wide range of matters. Practice head Greg Saunders has a particular specialism in shareholder disputes and restrictive covenant injunctions, among other areas.


Strong breadth and depth of experience. Certainly towards the top of the mid-size regional firms in the area. Very strong expertise in key regional areas, such as agriculture

Excellent quality of work

Instructions prepared in a orderly fashion and sent in good time

Always someone in the team available to speak to

The team are very polite and easy to speak to

They are a very responsive and well organised team, and a pleasure to work with

Bonita Walters is tenacious and very diligent in her work. Always goes the extra mile for clients

Greg Saunders is a steady hand at the helm, very experienced and instills confidence in clients

Robert Mullen is a rising young talent, very hard working and tactically astute

Sarah O’Grady is experienced and solid, she has a wonderful client manner and a real depth of knowledge

Esther Woolford is a standout lawyer, responsive to her clients and attentive to the needs of a case. She goes the extra mile to deliver the best outcome

Key clients


AHCI Limited

Supercat Limited

G-A-Y Group Limited

Bridgwater & Taunton College


Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP features prominently in some of the largest residential development schemes in the South West, and it is also a powerhouse in commercial development projects, investment acquisitions and disposals, and property portfolio management. Also notable is that the firm is particularly strong in real estate matters with a nexus to the telecoms and renewables sectors. Clients include developers, investors, retailers, telecoms operators, and business occupiers, among others. Louise Brown heads up the group, which includes William JuckesLaurence LaceyGreg Lovett and Oliver SmedleyClare Day departed for Harrison Clark Rickerbys.


The property team is a delight to work with.

The team is all about finding simple and creative solutions to complicated problems.

The strength of the Bristol office lies in the cohesiveness of the wider team – the client can easily call on experienced practitioners to advise on related specialist matters.

Oliver Smedley takes a creative commercial approach to getting the best deals for his property clients.

Key clients

Eagle One

Bath Recreation

Bath Abbey


Easterton & Markfield Investments

Mapeley Steps

Secure Trust Bank

Commercial property: The West Country Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP's commercial property team has a strong track record in the housebuilding, commercial development and investment sectors. It is also knowledgeable about all types of issues that arise from property portfolio management. Although Philip Brown handles a wide spectrum of work, his practice has a particular emphasis on residential and commercial development, where he mostly acts for developers, promoters and landowners. Tim Walker is also active in the development space. Roger Seaton’s real estate practice focuses on property finance.


Great, high-quality advice from a strong team with superb knowledge, understanding, commercial reality and pragmatism

The team has confidence that only comes with the experience it has

Clients get London-quality services at costs significantly lower than London rates

Nothing is too challenging for this impressive property team

The firm’s property seminars are an added bonus, providing a timely round-up of recent case law and clarifying the direction in which decisions and future legislation could go

Philip Brown is excellent, charismatic, very hard-working, and detail-oriented

Philip Brown provides excellent advice, both quickly and with a strong understanding of the commercial drivers underlying any transaction

Roger Seaton has the unique ability to spot and resolve the key issues of every matter, which makes him a very safe pair of hands for all kinds of corporate real estate transactions

Key clients

Summerfield Developments

Scotsgrove Holdings


Persimmon Homes

Countryside Properties

Metis Homes

Bradford & Sons

Precis Group

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Bathurst Limited

Construction Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP's dedicated construction practice, which has a national footprint, places a particular emphasis on sectors such as waste management, waste-to-energy, transport and infrastructure. In Bristol, Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden specialises in construction dispute resolution, and is particularly experienced in acting for registered providers and housing associations in the social housing sector. Recently promoted partner Natalie Read also focuses on dispute resolution. Non-contentious construction work is led by Zoe Stollard.


The team is very experienced in construction matters

Team members provide clear and concise advice

Lawyers on this team are able to handle all types of construction-related queries. Responses are always speedy, especially when urgent advice is needed. The team also goes out of its way to build stable relationships with clients.

Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden and Zoe Stollard are both very knowledgeable and efficient

Key clients

L&Q Group

Ashville Group

Secure Trust Bank

Stonewater Housing Association

Sutton Harbour Services

GreenSquare Group

Lloyds Bank


Aster Group

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP is experienced in handling proprietary estoppel claims, will disputes involving farm tenancies and partnerships, as well as disputes between trustees and beneficiaries amongst high-net-worth individuals and wealthy landed estate families. Senior associate Sarah O’Grady deals with a broad range of contentious trusts and probate matters, regularly defends proprietary estoppel claims and acts for executors and beneficiaries on estate claims.

Key clients

The National Farmers’ Union

The Countryside Alliance

St James’s Place Wealth Management

Crime: general Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP prosecutes and defends criminal and regulatory matters including environmental, farming and hunting investigations and offences, health and security matters as well as motoring and speeding offences. Practice head Tim Hayden is also head of agriculture, a partner in the private client and commercial litigation team and a deputy traffic commissioner.

Key clients

National Farmers’ Union

Masters of Foxhounds Association

Egford Bacon

The Countryside Alliance

Employment: Bristol Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP has a strong reputation for advising on complex employment matters in the sports sector, and represents a number of local and national sporting bodies and teams. In addition, the team regularly acts for high-profile athletes and sports managers in employment matters, both in terms of ongoing disputes and transfers. The team also performs well in the agricultural, manufacturing and retail sectors. Kevin Jones is head of the firm's national employment team from the Bristol office, and is active in the aforementioned sports sector. Sharon Latham covers both the public and private sector, and comes highly recommended in the employment practice.


Over the years, Clarke Willmott has provided our business with invaluable support and guidance. They are an integral and significant part of our suite of external advisors providing both HR and Employment specific advice, as well as guidance and support on crossover areas like GDPR

Their holistic approach really sets the team apart from the siloed advice of their competitors

Sharon feels like an extension to our in-house HR team. She knows our business so well I always feel like she fully understands the challenges we face and is always on hand in a moment’s notice which can prevent situations escalating

Sharon advises our legal and HR teams as well as our local, regional and global executives providing them with advice and guidance appropriately tailored to the audience

Sharon stands out for her efforts to provide genuinely practical guidance and her ability to offer real world solutions to our HR and employment problems

Key clients


Rawle Gammon and Baker Holdings Limited

Wasserman Media Group

Oscar Mayer Limited

Decathlon UK Limited

Primrose Group Limited

Fowlers of Bristol Limited

Bradfords & Sons Limited

The Rugby Players’ Association

Aqua Italia

CityWest Homes Limited

Employment: The West Country Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP advises business clients on restructurings and redundancies and trade union relations. In addition, it assists clients with all aspects of contentious cases; recent highlights included unfair dismissal claims, and cases involving discrimination allegations and whistleblowing. Taunton-based Kate Gardner is particularly knowledgeable about the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.


From the moment I went to Kate Gardner and her Team at Clarke Wilmott I was able to switch off and Kate sorted the employment issue I was experiencing. I wholeheartedly recommend Clarke Willmott

Extremely strong, very hands-on and terrific

The team is very flexible and understands the world of business. Solutions in the world of employment law need to be practical and commercial as well as complying with legislation. Clarke Willmott is very good at getting the balance right

They help you find options and solutions that are practical business options

The service is friendly, understanding and of the highest professional standard

Emma Hamnett is very professional, cost-effective and smart

Kate Gardner always makes the time to talk with me. I like the personal touch; seems more like a friend than a solicitor. She always keeps me well informed and up to date with the matter in hand

Key clients

ACC Silicones Limited

Isedio Limited

South and West Wiltshire Hunt

Amica Care Trust

Really Comfy Beds t/a Loaf

Sun Life Insurance

Summerfield Developments South West Ltd

Frogmary Green Farm Limited

Chelston Park Nursing and Residential Home Ltd

Bowering Animal Feeds Limited

Cave Veterinary Specialist Limited

St Johns Nurseries Limited

Greenslade Taylor Hunt

Rainbow Club Limited

Brean Down Caravan Park Limited

Sun Life Limited

Krystal Hosting Limited

Plantforce Rentals Limited

Azronet Limited

Abbey Manor Group Limited

Branston Limited

Plus One

Milsted Langdon LLP

Refresco Beverages UK Limited

Queens College

St Margaret’s Hospice Somerset Limited

Xeiad Limited

Wyke Farms Limited

Castle Hill Quarry Limited

Testbourne Estate

Horseley Farm Partnership

Immigration Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP's immigration team sits within the wider employment practice, and advises businesses on employee transfers and foreign migrant sponsorship. It also assists individuals with visa issues. Immigration disputes are another pillar of the practice. Team head Alex Jakubowski regularly advises Tier 1 entrepreneurs and investors. Tim Copplestone is another key figure, who assists clients with sponsor licensing, Right to Work issues and compliance. He also has specialist expertise in the sports sector, and has represented professional sports players and clubs in immigration matters.


Everybody in the immigration team at Clarke Willmott was very positive and communicated well. The team worked tightly and we highly recommend them

Tim Copplestone is very professional , efficient, responsible and works very hard. He offers professional credibility through fantastic work, and we are very satisfied with him

Key clients

Bandai UK Limited

Jiangsu Guotai International Group Shanghai Import and Export Co Limited

Kong Company Limited

ClearView IP Ltd

Talent International Limited

Cave Veterinary Specialists

Ghwain Tech Co. Limited

Microdesk Inc. and Microdesk Ltd

Somerset County Cricket Club

Riversand Technologies UK Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP provides non-contentious advice to clients facing the risk of insolvency, and also provides ongoing assistance with managing the formal insolvency process. The team's recent highlights included handling multiple complex claims against directors for allowing specific creditors to be targeted for non-payment, and for causing companies to enter into employee benefit trusts (EBTs). Clients include insolvency practitioners, official receivers, government bodies, creditors and debtors. The core seven-strong restructuring and insolvency team works closely with practitioners in the firm’s property, property litigation, corporate and employment departments. Martin Askew, who is ‘a good person to have on your side’, handles complex insolvency litigation and misfeasance-related claims. Ken MacLennan is ‘the standout lawyer for non-contentious insolvency work’, according to one client.


A highly innovative team

The partners’ skillsets complement each other perfectly

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

CVR Global

Grant Thornton UK

Kingston Smith & Partners


Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group




Smith & Williamson

The Insolvency Service

Wilkins Kennedy

WSM Marks Bloom

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Being especially active in the agriculture sector, Clarke Willmott LLP maintains a rural client base and focuses on real estate planning to individuals and entrepreneurs along with the resulting advisory wills, trusts and probate aspects. The firm also assists with the establishment and management of family trusts as well as in relation to the winding up of taxable estates.


A highly competent team with excellent specialist knowledge

Clarke Willmott is very professional and has an excellent work ethic. All details are explained in clear language

A very friendly and accommodating firm

No matter how often they are contacted: they are always ready to answer queries or make early appointments

Key clients

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Bristol City Council

Somerset County Council

St. James’s Place Wealth Management

Planning Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP acts for clients on mixed-use development schemes, residential-led developments and infrastructure projects. In addition, contentious work is on the increase at the firm, with ‘exceptional lawyer’ Chris Charlton having experience of judicial review challenges at the Planning Court, among other matters. The group’s wide-ranging client base includes established housebuilders, commercial developers, landowners and promoters. The ‘proactive and extremely competentNeil Baker, who heads up the department, has extensive experience of handling complex planning applications. Caroline Waller has ‘top-class’ knowledge of town and country planning and highways law.


A good team, which provides consistently strong, spot-on legal advice

Everyone on the team is always ready to help

All team members are professional, knowledgeable, responsive and attentive

Caroline Waller is excellent at her job and always a pleasure to work with

Caroline Waller is very highly regarded within the development industry in the South West

Neil Baker is by far the best planning and environment lawyer out there

Neil Baker and Chris Charlton are exceptionally personable and are always available to provide advice

Key clients

Acorn Property Group

Alliance Housing Group

Aster Group

Barratt Homes Bristol

Bovis Homes

CG Fry & Son

Crest Nicholson

Countryside Properties (UK)

David Wilson Homes South West

Eagle One

GreenSquare Group

Guinness Partnership

Hannick Homes

HPH Developments

Keepmoat Homes

LiveWest Housing

L&Q Housing Trust

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes

Persimmon Homes

South West Strategic Developments

Strategic Land Partnerships

Summerfield Developments

Sutton Harbour Holdings

The Scotts Company (UK)

West of England Developments

Yarlington Homes

Property litigation Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP handles the gamut of property litigation work for clients in sectors such as property investment, social housing, retail, telecoms, and utilities. Taunton-based Nicola Seager has experience of a wide range of issues, including dilapidations, service charges, forfeiture and lease renewals, among others.


The team has highly capable lawyers who are experts within their field

A great combination of City-quality of legal advice given at regional prices

Everyone on the team is brilliant and focuses on the needs of the clients

Nicola Seager delivers results in a simple, pragmatic and totally efficient manner

Key clients



Lidl UK GmbH

Principality Holdings

PG Lewins

The Ashtenne Industrial Fund

Ashville Properties

Aster Group

Barratt Homes

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Bristol Water

Burger King

Celestia Management Company

Social housing Tier 2

The ‘efficient and dependable’ social housing team at Clarke Willmott LLP acts for a growing number of registered providers and housing associations. Working with the firm’s other offices nationwide, the team in the South West provides full service support to regional and national clients. It has excellent credentials in all aspects of commercial property and development work, which includes land acquisitions and disposals, construction, development and housing management. A separate commercial property team assists clients with managing their property portfolios, while a property litigation group handles contentious work in connection with leasehold issues and development disputes. Elsewhere, a partner-led corporate team undertakes a wide range of transactions for social housing clients, and also provides advice on governance and regulatory issues. Kary Withers is the overall head of the practice, with other key figures including Oliver SmedleyHelen WittramAnna-Liisa Blanks-Walden and Kate Saunders.


A very dependable and experienced team who provides excellent services

Team members are highly competent and happy to answer all questions

Allowing excellent access to partners, client service is certainly a strength of the firm

Kary Withers provides competent advice in a friendly manner, which is also easy to understand

Helen Wittram is a great and highly experienced communicator, who is also dedicated and easy to contact

Key clients

Advantage South West

Alliance Homes Group

Yarlington Housing

Aster Group

The Guinness Partnership

United Communities

GreenSquare Group


London and Quadrant Housing Trust

Magna Housing Association

Sovereign Housing Association

Raven Housing Trust

Banking and finance Tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP stands out for its strengths in real estate finance transactions, including commercial portfolio financing and refinancing, investment acquisitions and development finance. Elsewhere, agriculture and healthcare are other sectors of focus. Roger Seaton leads the team, which acts for a wide range of lenders, including high-street and private banks.

Key clients

Lloyds Bank


Secure Trust Bank

Arbuthnot Latham & Co.

Santander UK

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Cambridge &  Counties Bank

Charterbank Capital

Allied Irish Bank

Triodos Bank

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP advises mid-market corporate clients on their serial acquisition strategies, and also handles venture capital and private equity-backed transactions for management teams and investors. Cross-border transactions are an area of growth of the practice, with the firm advising clients on the UK aspects. Simon Thomas, who heads up the corporate team, provides corporate M&A, private equity and AIM advice.


Very efficient and true to their word

Robert Ridd was very pleasant, easy to deal with and supportive throughout the deal

Key clients

Goonvean Holdings Limited

Addnode Group AB

DSI International Luxembourg Sarl

Eduko Education Limited

Talent International UK Limited

Prysm Media Group Limited

Thames Card Technology Limited

Applus Services

Altitude Partners LLP

Munters Group AB

Environment Tier 3

On the non-contentious side, Clarke Willmott LLP has an excellent record in large infrastructure projects. It also demonstrates strong credentials in contentious matters, such as enforcement prosecutions and other actions undertaken by environmental regulatory authorities. Environmental claims are another key work stream. Bristol-based Neil Baker advises clients, such as developers and landowners, on the environmental aspects of planning applications for (and appeals into) major housing sites, commercial and mixed use developments, and urban regeneration projects. Tim Hayden in Taunton has expertise in waste management, contaminated land, air and water pollution and statutory nuisance. In December 2018, Karen Howe departed for DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Key clients

Acorn Property Group

Barratt Homes Bristol

Bristol Water

David Wilson Homes South West

Exmoor National Park Authority

Isle of Wight Council

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes

Persimmon Homes

The Scotts Company (UK)

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP has an excellent reputation acting for landowners in disputes with telecoms operators; practice head Kary Withers has a first-rate reputation in this space. In addition, having played a significant role in the government's consultation on the new Electronics Communications Code (which came into force in 2017), the firm has handled litigation connected with the new legislation. Also notable is that the group works closely with the commercial practice to assist IT clients with contractual matters.


They are all extremely personable and build good working relationships with clients

Prompt and reliable in responding to queries, and always offer a helpful and friendly response

The individuals at the firm stand out because they take a genuine interest in their clients

Simon Day and Kary Withers are particularly reliable, especially when working to tight deadlines, which are always met

Key clients

The PG Group

Pinnacle Towers Limited

The Guinness Partnership


The Berkeley Group


Onecom Group Limited

Eris Media Solutions Limited

The Student Room Group Limited

LiveWest (part of ASW Framework)

Lewisham Homes Limited

Mapeley Estates

Energy Tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP's energy and natural resources group assists both local and foreign clients with legal issues arising from infrastructure projects, high-value developments and the construction of power stations. The team also focuses on transactional work in the renewables sector. Practice head Priscilla Hall advises developers on energy technology. Laurence Lacey handles the property aspects of energy projects.

Key clients

Future Biogas

EnviTec Biogas AG

Alpha Real Capital


Styles & Wood Group

ResMan AS

Aqua Consultants

Clarke Willmott LLP is a law firm with a regional, sector-led approach across England and Wales. it invests time in developing relationships with clients and is known for its high level of service, straightforward manner and transparent fee solutions.

The firm: Recognising that clients prefer working with lawyers who understand the climate in which they operate and how their business actually works day-to-day, Clarke Willmott decided a number of years ago to adopt a sector-led approach.

The success of this strategy is evident by its reputation in a number of key industry areas. These include its 100-strong real estate and construction group, nationally renowned 40-strong social housing group, and specialist retail group. It also has leading teams advising on private client, commercial services, agriculture, renewable energy and sport.

Clarke Willmott works with an extensive client base of private sector businesses, sole traders, public sector bodies, high-net-worth individuals and charitable organisations, and they advise on almost every aspect of the law.

Clarke Willmott has seven regional offices and over 600 lawyers and support staff, including over 100 partners. The focus at Clarke Willmott is on steady, repeatable, year-on-year planned growth. It will continue to develop its teams in order to deliver services on a national basis.

Types of work undertaken: Clarke Willmott has expertise across a range of industry sectors and has market-leading teams in:

Agriculture: the agriculture and estates team provides a full complement of legal services (both contentious and non-contentious) to the agricultural and rural landowning communities nationally.

Banking and finance: advises clearing and private banks, building societies, specialist lenders and borrowers (both corporate and individual) on all aspects of lending transactions and related issues including recoveries, financial litigation and professional negligence claims.

Commercial services: advises all sizes of companies and other organisations, in particular high-growth and entrepreneurial businesses, on transactional and commercial work, contractual issues, employment services, restructuring and insolvency, litigation and debt collection.

Financial services: offers sector-focused expertise from a range of different practice areas, notably corporate and litigation. Clients include product providers, brokers, lenders and financial advisers, and businesses requiring authorisation for consumer credit activities.

Housebuilder: regarded as leading legal advisers to the residential development sector, acting for many of the UK’s largest volume housebuilders as well as for strategic land companies, smaller traditional builders and niche start-up ventures with particular expertise in all property aspects.

Intellectual property: acts for all types of businesses from new start-ups to household names in relation to the protection, enforcement and exploitation of their intellectual property rights.

Private client: particular experience in acting for professionals, high-net-worth individuals, family businesses and those with interests in the entertainment, sports and agricultural sectors. Provides advice on succession planning, trusts, tax, divorce and family law, wealth protection, property issues, litigation, and personal injury and clinical negligence.

Real estate and construction: one of the largest of its kind in the UK, with more than 100 lawyers specialising in all aspects of commercial property, construction and procurement, development (including complex landlord and tenant, acquisition and disposal issues), regeneration, planning, property litigation and estate management.

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

Social housing: one of the largest of its kind in the UK delivering services across England and Wales. The team acts for over 100 clients comprising RPs, RSLs, ALMOs, local authorities, charities and care organisations.

Technology: services include drafting and negotiating large-scale ICT acquisitions, including appropriate service level agreements, ICT outsourcing, managed service provision, website design and development, Cloud service agreements, software as a service data protection issues and social media issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Jonathan Morton
Chief executive Stephen Rosser
Managing Director - Commercial Simon Thomas
Managing Director - Core Litigation Philippa Hann
Managing Director - Private Client Anthony Fairweather
Managing Director - Property Services Graham McIntyre
Managing Director - Commercial Property Peter Swinburn
Photo Name Position Profile
 Kirill Bingham  photo Kirill Bingham
 Mark Buckerfield  photo Mark Buckerfield
 Daniel Eames  photo Daniel Eames
 Nick Francombe  photo Nick Francombe
 Kate Gardner  photo Kate Gardner
 Lee Hart  photo Lee Hart
 Tim Hayden  photo Tim Hayden
 Paul Hazeldine  photo Paul Hazeldine
 Rod Lloyd-Jones  photo Rod Lloyd-Jones
 David Maddock  photo David Maddock
 Emma Pope  photo Emma Pope
 Kat Quinton  photo Kat Quinton
 Greg Saunders  photo Greg Saunders
 Nicola Seager  photo Nicola Seager
 Roger Seaton  photo Roger Seaton
 Chris Thorne  photo Chris Thorne
 Stuart Thorne  photo Stuart Thorne
 Tim Walker  photo Tim Walker
 Caroline Waller  photo Caroline Waller
Number of UK partners : 100+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 340+
All main business languages
Society of Construction Law
Institute of Directors
Solicitors Regulation Authority
The Law Society of England & Wales