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Clarkslegal LLP

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Clarkslegal LLP has a wide-ranging litigation practice, acting for both foreign and domestic automotive companies such as BMW and Rolls-Royce. A heavy-hitting litigator, Antony Morris heads the department and represents Avnish Patel against a substantial fraud claim brought by Equity Real Estates.  Christopher Tayton has established a broad practice, while Stephen James focuses his on construction. Emma Butcher has recently made partner and is a specialist in public procurement and product liability matters.

Practice head(s):

Antony Morris

Other key lawyers:


‘Antony Morris – pragmatic, commercial advice.’

‘The team are very responsive. They know our business very well and are excellent to work with.’

‘Chris Tayton is excellent. We trust him with our most problematic cases. He is very responsive, very thorough, and understands what we are trying to achieve.’

Key clients

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited

Bop-Me Limited

Lumen Technologies Inc

BMW (UK) Limited

JDM Technology Group

Willmott Dixon

Element Materials Technology Group

University of Reading

Crown Packaging Manufacturing UK Ltd

CAB Automotive Ltd

MVL Group

InstaGroup Limited


Work highlights

  • Acting for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars as the defendant in High Court proceedings brought by German software development company Topalsson.
  • Acting for Bop-Me Ltd in a procurement claim against the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care arising out of the award of a number of contracts for the supply of PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Acted for BMW (UK) Limited and BMW AG in civil claims brought by the estate and insurers of an individual who died in an accident, and by an injured passenger.

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

Headed by Monica Atwal in Reading, Clarkslegal LLP‘s immigration team is well known for its work across the full spectrum of business immigration issues. Atwal specialises in assisting businesses with the global transfer of staff and their families, especially at director-level; she also has a niche focus on assisting entrepreneurs, investors and overseas companies wanting to set up and operate in the UK market. Her work in this area assists clients from start to finish, from procuring visas for individuals representing overseas parent companies to finalising large-scale staff transfers. Associate Rebecca Hone, who joined the team in April 2021 and splits her time between the London and Reading offices, is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Monica Atwal

Other key lawyers:


‘The team at Clarkslegal LLP are responsive and helpful, no matter the level of the query. The Immigration team is appointed to work on our behalf to ensure compliance with legislation and they proactively manage this for us, keeping us informed of upcoming changes or key dates that we need to be aware of. I never have to worry about missing something or overlooking important information. I am always clear on the scope of work that is being carried out, how many hours of somebody’s time we are getting and what deliverables we can expect.’

‘I really appreciate Rebecca Hone’s clear, concise advice on immigration matters. In supporting us, Rebecca has given us total confidence that we are compliant and meeting requirements.’

‘The team has a good breadth of knowledge.’

‘Excellent knowledge and information given in a range of ways, depending on the situation.’

Key clients

Jardine Motors Group UK Limited

Tetra Tech Inc

Mishipay Ltd

United for Global Mental Health

Work highlights

  • Providing full immigration support to Tetra Tech Inc., a leading Australian geotechnical engineering company that was acquired by a £multi-billion tech giant, as well as training the client’s HR team in relation to sponsor duties, the sponsorship management system, and how to carry out the prescribed right to work checks.
  • Advising a leading leading automotive dealers with operations in the UK and the Far East, including Hong Kong, the PRC and Macau, on various immigration issues, including assisting in connection with the international transfer of members of staff from Hong Kong to the UK.
  • Advised MishiPay, a global leader in scan and go technology, on obtaining a sponsorship licence and advising on the sponsorship of software engineers from India.

Employment > Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Clarkslegal LLP is home to a predominantly international practice, with a notably strong litigation team, a focus on employment advice in relation to complex corporate projects as well as high-level individuals. Practice head Helen Beech handles restructurings, change programmes and TUPE as well as matters for individuals involving discrimination or whistleblowing. Renowned for his expertise in industrial relations, Michael Sippitt is a specialist in work concerning trade unions, employee engagement, collective disputes, and industrial action. Recommended especially for her capabilities as a litigator, as well as her complementary expertise in immigration, comes Monica Atwal.

Practice head(s):

Helen Beech

Other key lawyers:

Michael Sippitt; Liz Bradley; Monica Atwal; Louise Keenan; Caroline Lendrum; Deborah Scales


‘Excellent employment practice with high level of legal expertise.’

‘Helen Beech: An excellent employment practitioner with great people skills and attention to detail. Highly skilled lawyer.’

‘Liz Bradley is an exceptional lawyer, providing meticulous instructions to counsel and always friendly and courteous to clients.’

‘Liz Bradley is excellent.’

‘Working with Clarkslegal for our employment law needs is straightforward, helpful and I am never in any doubt that my query will be resolved satisfactorily. The team will often present a few possible solutions based on the individual circumstances, meaning that we can find a solution that suits our business and the specific situation.’

‘I predominantly work with Helen Beech, who is an absolute pleasure to work with. Helen has taken the time to understand how we work, which means she is able to offer concise, commercial advice that is suitable for our business culture and treats our employees with respect and empathy, especially in difficult situations. Helen’s support was vital throughout the pandemic in particular.’

‘Advisers are available at short notice and are extremely knowledgeable about a broad knowledge of areas.’

‘Individuals are able to provide a good balance of advice and guidance, and are quickly able to grasp the situation.’

Key clients


Delaware North Companies

Reading Transport Ltd

Evolving Systems ltd

Pacific Life

Cignpost Diagnostics

Nadine Lee

Work highlights

  • Advising Delaware North on amendments to employment contracts and policies, including in connection with flexible working and working from home.
  • Providing ongoing employment support to Evolving Systems Ltd.
  • Supported a national charity with a detailed HMRC audit concerning worker status.

Real estate > Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Clarkslegal LLP handles developments, transactions, and investment portfolio management work for clients in the automotive, healthcare, and education sector. Team lead Simon Ralphs also has a strong practice pertaining to the hospitality sector. Associate Pierre Dutton works closely with Ralphs, advising on acquisitions, disposals, landlord and tenant matters as well as insolvencies and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Simon Ralphs

Other key lawyers:


‘Extremely responsive. Thorough advice.’

‘This is a substantial practice. I cannot rate the firm as a whole, but I can recommend without reservation Simon Ralphs who has provided an excellent and skilled service at reasonable costs.’

‘Good lawyers use their legal skills and expertise to add value to their clients’ commercial ambitions and objectives. Bad lawyers add cost and diminish their client’s opportunities. I am pleased to report that the partners I deal with at Clarkslegal are intellectually bright, legally competent and, importantly, commercially aware.’

‘Clarkslegal was recommended to me and I never looked back. Clarkslegal covers several different areas of the legal system, basically, it’s ONE-STOP practice, I will defiantly recommend it.’

‘Simon Ralph is very experienced in any property matters, he has a wealth of knowledge, and I have taken his advice. I also worked with Pierre Dutton. The whole team stands out.’

‘The team is available whenever required, always has an answer to my queries and if they are unsure will speak to someone else within the team that has the right knowledge. Very efficient at getting deals over the line and meticulous in their work.’

‘The individuals that we work with are very personable. They are interested not only in the work that we provide for them but us as a company and individuals. They understand the intricacies of our company, that makes them stand out from competitors.’

Key clients

NTT Data UK Limited

Crown Packaging Manufacturing UK Limited

Newham Sixth Form College Further Education Corporation

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

St Clair Developments Limited

Lafarge UK Pension Trustees

Eden Motor Group

Offsite Archive Storage and Integrated Services (OASIS)

Liquidators of Carillion plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Urban regeneration company on the redevelopment of two large indoor shopping centres.
  • Acting for Offsite Archive Storage and Integrated Service Holdings Limited on a number of real estate projects across the UK.

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Led by experienced partner Stephen James, who splits his time between the firm's Reading and London offices, Clarkslegal LLP's construction team provides the full range of advice for clients in both purchase and supply. James is especially well regarded for his contentious construction experience, which includes bringing and defending claims at adjudication, arbitration, and court hearings. Key areas of expertise include matters relating to interim and final accounts, time extensions, defects and professional negligence. Also based in Reading, Antony Morris heads the firm's dispute resolution offering, with interests in engineering, professional negligence, and health and safety.

Practice head(s):

Stephen James

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Morris


‘Great construction knowledge.’

‘The construction lawyer, Stephen James, knows his stuff inside out. Very methodical and pragmatic in his working. Assimilates information very quickly and advises very well.’

Key clients

Lumen Technologies UK Limited

Vascroft Contractors Limited

Really Local Group

Optimum Group Plc

Frencon Construction Limited

Area Sq Limited

Cube Interior Solutions Limited

Stanton Williams Limited

Allenbuild Limited

BSW Building Services Limited

Westford Mechanical Limited

NCS Plumbing and Heating Services Limited

Fourfront Group Limited

PRP Architects LLP

QB Technology Limited

Crown Packaging UK Plc

Mackin Construction Limited

Future Tech SCI Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Really Local Developments, part of London-based regeneration specialist Really Local Group, on a project to transform a 14,000 sq ft space in Reading’s well-known Broad Street Mall into an independent four-screen cinema, refreshments, music and events centre.
  • Instructed by leading architects firm Stanton Williams on 100 different projects over recent years, including complex drafting, reviewing and negotiating professional appointment terms on a number of high value development projects.
  • Act for Crown Packaging UK plc, part of the Eviosys Group, which has manufacturing facilities across 17 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, on various key construction and property-related matters nationally.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

A local firm with an international reach, Clarkslegal LLP has extensive expertise in advising tech companies as well as players in the automotive sector on corporate transactions. Both are areas of specialism for practice head Ashan Arif, who represents BMW Group, New Era Group, and Lumen Technologies. Arif regularly works alongside Stuart Mullins, who focuses on M&A, restructurings, insolvency, and partnership disputes in the tech sector.

Practice head(s):

Ashan Arif

Other key lawyers:


‘Flat structure. Very approachable and responsive.’

‘Professional and well-informed, but informal. Ashan Arif has taken time to really understand us as a client.’

‘Fantastic responsiveness and practicality in getting their client’s needs served. Always fair on price and deliver on budget.’

Key clients

BMW Group UK

Kinectrics Inc.

Branford Castle Partners, LP

Offsite Archive Storage and Integrated Services (UK) Limited

TFC Holdings London Limited

Comvest Investment Partners Holdings, LLC

New Era UK Holdings Ltd

Lumen Technologies

Dynamic International Freight Services Limited

Adler Pelzer Group

Employment > Immigration Tier 5

Clarkslegal LLP‘s ‘fantastic‘ immigration team is headed up by Reading-based Monica Atwal, who has particular expertise with high-level staff transfers, including directors and their families, and advising businesses setting up in the UK. She is supported by associate Rebecca Hone, newly arrived from Withers LLP in 2021, who also brings experience acting for high-net-worth private clients.

Practice head(s):

Monica Atwal

Other key lawyers:


‘The team at Clarkslegal is fantastic. They are very responsive, clear in their billing structure and always deliver results in a timely manner. I am always be sure when contacting Clarkslegal that I will be speaking to a specialist who understands their business area inside out and can provide commercial, practical advice.’

‘A friendly team on all interactions.’

‘I mainly work with Rebecca Hone on Immigration matters. Rebecca is a joy to work with; her communication style is clear and concise with clear actions and deadlines highlighted. I never have any doubt that our visa processes are in good hands.’

Key clients

Jardine Motors Group UK Limited

Tetra Tech Inc

Mishipay Ltd

United for Global Mental Health

Work highlights

  • Provided full immigration support to Tetra Tech Inc. as well as training the client’s HR team in relation to sponsor duties, the sponsorship management system, and how to carry out the prescribed right to work checks.
  • Advising leading automotive dealer Jardine Motors Group UK Limited on various immigration issues, including assisting in connection with the international transfer of members of staff from Hong Kong to the UK.
  • Advised MishiPay, a global leader in scan and go technology, on obtaining a sponsorship licence and advising on the sponsorship of software engineers from India.