Firm Profile > Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors > Reading, England

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors

Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors has a strong reputation for handling all matters relating to family law, ranging from pre-nuptial and co-habitation agreements, complex divorce with cross-border elements to cases involving children, including child abduction and abuse claims. Anne Deller has experience dealing with disputes arising between unmarried couples including claims under Schedule 1 of the Children Act for financial provision, while Kate Grant focuses on divorce and related financial cases including those involving partnerships, companies and trusts.Nick Rodriguez  is also of note for children arrangements and local authority issues, as is senior associate Rekha Joshi for financial work and acting on behalf of financially dependent spouses in separation proceedings.


Very impressed by their practical and logical advice. The team are very responsive, even making themselves available be it in the evenings or at weekends.’

‘The team at Clifton Ingram provide a very good service, very experienced team with fair and reasonable billings.

Kate Grant is very impressive- she is able to find and understand the issues quickly, clearly sets out the next steps and makes it clear what the costs are likely to be before going further and lays out the strengths and weaknesses of the case.’

Anne Deller and her team are excellent, responsive and understanding. Anne had a wealth of experience and shared this to my benefit.‘

I am so grateful for the expert guidance provided by Anne Deller owing to her vast experience I felt very safe in her hands. Anne is pragmatic, hardworking and constructive in her approach and strives hard to achieve the right outcome.’

Rekha Joshi is outstanding, she gives accurate and sensible advice to clients so that their expectations have been appropriately managed.‘


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

The team at Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors 'have a vast depth of knowledge and experience' particularly in leaseholds for landlord and tenant in the industrial, retail and office sectors. The practice also regularly advises developers and landowners on sales, acquisitions and land developments. The 'well integrated team' also have the ability to draw upon advisers experienced in planning law and litigation. Tim Read is 'simply fantastic' for leasework, advising both landlords and tenants, while Ian Graham has a 'has a wealth of knowledge' in commercial acquisitions, disposals and lettings. Senior associates Lewis Djemal and Jonathan Foulds are also of note.


The staff at Clifton Ingram Real Estate team are immediately knowledgeable about all aspects of commercial property. They have a depth of knowledge and experience particularly of the local area‘.

Ian Graham has a great ability to quickly understand the clients’ desired results and works tremendously hard to reach it. He is very solutions-orientated, practical with a wealth of knowledge in the sector‘.

Tim Read and Lewis Djemal make a strong team – they have excellent judgement, respond swiftly and go the extra mile for their long-standing clients‘.

Clifton Ingram are a terrific law firm. They have a superb commercial property department led by Tim Read and Lewis Djemal and are fast, commercial and really understand the key metrics for their client.’

Key clients

Nike Group of Companies

Lawsons Holdings

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors’s houses one of the 'best client-orientated' private client practice in the Thames Valley. The department, headed by Peter McGeown and Stephanie Rose advise clients on administration of estates and trusts, the preparation and drafting of Wills, codicils and lifetime disposals, in addition to cross-border tax and estate planning. McGeown is particularly experienced in inheritance and capital gains tax planning, while Rose has a niche within the specific issues affecting the elderly.


Clifton Ingram Solicitors have been invaluable to us – we are more than happy with Peter McGeown’s advice in the area of wills, trusts, and wealth preservation.

We found Clifton Ingram Solicitors to be completely professional and very sympathetic to our needs from reception staff right up to senior partner.’

‘I am consistently impressed with Peter McGeown’s integrity, expertise, knowledge and management of trusts. ’

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors has been active in representing employers as respondents to unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, bullying in the workplace, sex and pregnancy discrimination claims. The firm has specialist sector expertise within the technology and pharmaceutical industries. Robert Cherry, who was promoted to partner in May 2018 and senior associate Alison Gair are the main contacts.


Robert Cherry has a robust knowledge of Employment Law.’

Robert Cherry will always try to provide a few different options for problem solving and disclose the extent of any  associated risks. He is very conscientious and will always return phone calls and emails in an exceptionally timely manner.’

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors provide a 'practical, solution-focused and efficient' service to SMEs and owner-managed businesses in commercial transactions, shareholder agreements, corporate structures and restructuring work. Practice head Barry Niven's recent mandates include advising shareholders in disposal of shares, sales and acquisitions and management buy-outs and buy-ins.


The team at Clifton Ingram are very approachable and always willing to help on any issue, big or small.

Barry Niven is a brilliant corporate lawyer – always responsive, knowledgeable and tailors advice to suit the requirements of the client and the business.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors  regularly advises on all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency. The team, which is headed by Barry Niven, contains specialists in both contentious and non-contentious insolvency law and advises on all aspects of insolvency-based work ranging from administrations to receiverships and liquidations, through to voluntary arrangements and bankruptcies.The majority of instructions come directly from insolvency practitioners or the directors of insolvent companies.

Key clients

KRE Corporate Recovery LLP

Wilkins Kennedy

Clifton Ingram is an established, professional and trusted law firm, providing legal advice over the full range of corporate and private client services.

The firm: Clifton Ingram LLP was founded over 100 years ago and has grown both organically and through various acquisitions to become one of the largest full-service law firms based in the Thames Valley.

Known for being proactive, capable and honest, Clifton Ingram attracts significant and high-value work to its offices in Reading and Wokingham. Its increasing client base ranges from multinational organisations to individuals, and it has a reputation for providing practical, plain-speaking legal advice and for putting client care foremost in its priorities.

The firm is currently recruiting to increase its commercial capacity, and will continue to grow both organically and through further acquisition.

Types of work undertaken: Corporate services: Clifton Ingram’s corporate team is regularly instructed to advise on acquisitions and disposals, MBOs and MBIs, corporate finance, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, buy-back of shares, reduction of capital, company reorganisations and general company law issues. The emphasis is on owner-managed businesses and professional practices, but the client base also includes several large organisations and banks.

Intellectual property: the firm’s IP expert provides advice in relation to all aspects of IP law, trade marks, designs, names and reputation.

Insolvency and corporate recovery: the team regularly advises on all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency, and has specialists in both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of insolvency law. Clifton Ingram is regularly instructed by insolvency practitioners, asset-based lenders, banks and fixed-charge receivers, directors of companies, creditors and other stakeholders, (such as shareholders, charge holders and landlords), and debtors.

Employment: the employment team handles a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work, predominantly for UK-based SMEs and foreign-owned subsidiaries, as well as employees. All aspects of employment law are handled, including TUPE, discrimination, redundancy, contracts and tribunal cases.

Commercial property: the firm has one of the largest commercial property departments in the area. The team operates a diverse practice, specialising in leasehold work for both landlord and tenant for office, industrial, educational, licensed and retail premises, residential development work for both developers and landowners, and agricultural-related work encompassing farmland and large country estates. In addition the team has wide experience of commercial property litigation, planning law and related areas, including enforcement and lawful use issues.

Dispute resolution: dispute resolution expertise covers all litigation, ranging from High Court and County Court proceedings, to ADR and arbitration. The team has specialists for both residential and commercial property disputes, corporate and partnership matters, debt, contract and intellectual property disputes.

Family: Clifton Ingram is renowned for its family work and has one of the largest dedicated family teams in the Thames Valley, which specialises in matrimonial finance, private law children and care work.

Private client: Clifton Ingram has long been regarded as one of the leading firms in the Thames Valley in both the non-contentious and contentious private client fields. In addition to advising on and conducting the administration of estates and trusts (whether acting as executor and/or trustee or not), the preparation and drafting of wills, codicils and lifetime disposals, the team specialises in advising clients in relation to tax affairs at every stage of their lives, with a view to implementing tax-efficient financial arrangements during their lifetimes and for passing on wealth for future generations.

Residential property: accredited by the Law Society with the Conveyancing Quality Scheme in recognition of the high levels of service, Clifton Ingram’s residential property team is committed to providing a first-class service for clients purchasing or selling properties throughout the UK.

Other offices: Reading

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial Property Tim Read
Dispute Resolution & Employment Robert Cherry
Corporate & Commercial Barry Niven
Commercial Property Ian Graham
Wills & Inheritance Peter McGeown
Wills & Inheritance Stephanie Rose
Family Anne Deller
Family Kate Grant
Family Nicholas Rodriguez
Residential Property Tina Crow
Family Rekha Joshi
Employment Alison Gair
Commercial Property Lewis Djemal
Commercial Property Jonathan Foulds
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Lewis Djemal  photo Mr Lewis Djemal
Ms Kate Grant  photo Ms Kate Grant
Mr Tim  Read  photo Mr Tim  Read
Mrs Stephanie Rose  photo Mrs Stephanie Rose
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 33
Law Society
ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)
Law Society Children Panel

At Clifton Ingram we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace. We value and celebrate the differences that a diverse workforce brings to our organisation. Inclusion and diversity is a key part of our culture and core values. We believe that no one should be discriminated against because of their differences, such as age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, religion or sexual orientation. Our diversity makes us stronger and gives us the power to better serve our clients.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Clifton Ingram is fully committed to the elimination of unlawful and unfair discrimination and will not discriminate because of:

  • age,
  • disability,
  • gender reassignment,
  • marriage and civil partnership,
  • pregnancy and maternity,
  • race (which includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins),
  • religion or belief,
  • sex or sexual orientation.

Clifton Ingram will not discriminate because of any other irrelevant factor and will build a culture that values meritocracy, openness, fairness and transparency.

All employees are responsible for the promotion and advancement of this policy. Behaviour, actions or words that transgress the policy will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in line with the organisation’s disciplinary policy.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Policy is applicable to all employees, secondees, agency staff, clients, communities, suppliers and contractors, whether permanent or temporary. The policy applies to all processes relating to employment and training and to any dealings with clients. Decisions relating to clients and communities will be based on business-related criteria only and any irrelevant information will not form part of the process.

Our Diversity policy is reviewed on an ongoing basis to reflect changes in the law, demographics and internal business requirements.