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' family team is 'knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated' with 'excellent client care'.  The practice covers a broad spectrum of specialisms from complex high-value financial issues, to pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements, to complex children's cases involving disabilities and capacity issues. It also offers some legal aid for difficult cases involving domestic violence. Anne Deller and Kate Grant jointly head the practice, specialising in divorce law involving companies, trusts and international properties, and intricate financial issues. Rekha Joshi goes 'above and beyond', handling high-net-worth and complex financial work. Nicholas Rodriguez, who advises on disputed children arrangements, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Anne Deller; Kate Grant

Other key lawyers:

Rekha Joshi; Nicholas Rodriguez


‘Kate Grant and Anne Deller run an emotionally intuitive team that knows when to fight and when to settle.’

‘Very approachable solicitors. A robust blend of friendly but stalwart particularly in financial remedies when confidence is paramount. In children’s work, a very understanding and compassionate team supporting clients from all walks. ’

‘Kate Grant was everything I could have hoped for in a solicitor. Very professional, kind and supportive, she was always there when I felt this was all too much to deal with.’

‘Solid and highly capable family team with a supportive, no fuss, can-do, approach. Highly respected within their region, by lawyers and the judiciary. ’

‘A knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated team with excellent client care. They give realistic advice and comfortably handle all matters relating to family law.’

‘Rekha Joshi is down to earth but knows her subject matter. Professional and calm approach to client care- a joy to work with. Nick Rodriguez has difficult clients in care proceedings but will always go that extra mile for them.’

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

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors advises clients on a wide range of commercial property matters, with a particular focus on leasehold work relating to office, industrial, educational and retail premises. The team also advises on agricultural-related work including farmland and large country estate matters, an area in which Tim Read has expertise. Jonathan Foulds advises on all property matters, including refinancings and business acquisitions, lease acquisitions and disposals. Ian Graham has expertise in the management of investment portfolios and lending secured on properties.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Foulds

Other key lawyers:

Ian Graham; Tim Read; Chris Baggs


‘Superb organisation and efficiency to an outstanding level.’

‘Very quick to respond to issues as they arrive so we can deal and resolve matters that arise in our business in a prompt and efficient manner. Specialists in many varied areas that give confidence that you are always getting the best advice and guidance possible.’

‘Jonathan Foulds – a very professional, calm, collected and forward-thinking property lawyer. A pleasure to deal with and excellent communication skills throughout.’

‘The approachability of people in the practice is very refreshing. Talking honestly and plainly makes it much easier to understand and take any problems into account. I genuinely feel like they want to help and solve problems for you.’

Key clients

Elstree Land Limited

Darcliffe Homes Limited

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

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors focuses on clients in the SME market and large owner-managed businesses. The team undertakes a broad range of corporate and commercial work and has a strong transactional practice, with practice head Barry Niven regularly advising on management buy-outs and buy-ins, joint venture agreements, corporate structures and company restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Barry Niven


‘The team work very well together and share a similar ethos of a focus on client service as well as commercially-driven legal advice. They work exceptionally well with other professional advisers to provide a joined-up approach to client advice.’

‘I work primarily with Barry Niven who always delivers proactive and timely service for clients. Barry always makes his advice relevant to the commercial objectives of his clients and thinks proactively about potential issues so they can be addressed early on in the process. 

Key clients

Lawsons Holdings Limited

Nike Land Securities Limited

Sandhurst Autoprint Limited

Longacres Garden Centres Limited

Cleartone Group Limited

Bowman International Limited

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors' employment team has specialist experience in advising clients in the technology, pharmaceuticals and biotech sectors. The team advises on day-to-day issues as well as complex cases regarding unfair dismissal, sexual harassment and sex and pregnancy discrimination claims. Alison Gair heads up the department and has experience advising employers and individuals on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Alison Gair

Other key lawyers:

Robert Cherry


‘Extremely professional and sharp, fostering a supportive relationship.’

‘Alison Gair was exceptionally insightful, astute and professional, whilst being available when needed and managing the process very fluidly and efficiently.’

‘Solid performance during Covid-19 with excellent collaboration between colleagues. We have used this firm since 1997 which speaks volumes for their solid performance.’

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors is particularly active in advising insolvency practitioners in their capacities as administrators, liquidators and supervisors of CVAs. In addition, it also handles work from other stakeholders, including asset-based lenders, company directors, banks and fixed charge receivers. Barry Niven heads up the practice, which is equally strong in corporate and personal insolvency work. Robert Cherry's experience includes antecedent transactions, as well as bringing and defending wrongful trading, transactions at an undervalue and preference claims.

Practice head(s):

Barry Niven

Other key lawyers:

Robert Cherry

Key clients

KRE Corporate Recovery LLP

Azets Holdings Limited (Formerly Wilkins Kennedy LLP)

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, Wokingham and Farnham. 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 and Farnham

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
Family Rekha Joshi
Employment Alison Gair
Commercial Property Jonathan Foulds
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Kate Grant  photo Ms Kate Grant Partner, Joint Head of Department 
Mr Tim Read photo Mr Tim Read Partner
Mrs Stephanie Rose  photo Mrs Stephanie Rose Partner
Number of UK partners : 11
Number of other UK fee-earners : 43
Law Society
ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)
Law Society Children Panel

CLIENT: Michelle Weiss
COMPANY/FIRM: Just Eat plc
TESTIMONIAL: I’ve worked with the Commercial Property team at Clifton Ingram for 8 years. They have always given top notch professional support and advice and dealt with matters in a straight talking, efficient and friendly manner. Clifton Ingram supported me and the business with some very complex lease agreements which helped us to grow from a tech startup to FTSE 100.

CLIENT: Rick de Kerckhove
COMPANY/FIRM: Longacres Garden Centre Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: Our business has a very varied demand for legal services and Clifton Ingram have always been able to respond exceptionally quickly to our needs and demands. Over the last twenty years they have taken us step by step through many complex issues, making it easy to understand and fully informing our decision making processes in matters such as commercial property law, business acquisitions, tax planning, employment law and dispute resolution as well assisting on personal concerns including conveyancing, family law, wills and probate. We regularly work with Tim Read, Lewis Djemal, Louise White, Lydia Methven, Barry Niven, Tina Crow, Lesley Bacon and Peter McGeown and would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending their services to others.

CLIENT: Paul Ellison
COMPANY/FIRM: KRE Corporate Recovery LLP
TESTIMONIAL: At KRE we have worked with Barry Niven and Joel Malloy for about 7 years and their corporate recovery offering is one of the best in Thames Valley. They are fast in reaction and their advice is clear and well supported and we would have no hesitation in recommending their services as they are one of our preferred suppliers for legal advice.

CLIENT: Chris Nike
COMPANY/FIRM: The Nike Group of Companies
TESTIMONIAL: We take great pleasure in recommending the legal services of Clifton Ingram Solicitors LLP. Having used their services for the last two years we have found their experience on how to deal with negotiations very professional and practical and field specific specialists have been tremendously helpful. We were kept up to date from start to finish and assistance was provided when we needed it with an outstanding reaction and response time. The quality of service was of the highest possible standard and we would not hesitate to use Clifton Ingram again in the future.

TESTIMONIAL: We have been using Clifton Ingram LLP for our Commercial/Development Business for some 20 years now (which I think is a testimony in its self) they have dealt with transactions up to £5 million. I have personally dealt with Mr Tim Read since we started to use them and have always found him to be efficient and enjoyable to work with. In the last couple of years I have also dealt with Mr Lewis Djemal in the Commercial Property Department who did his training under Tim and as such works in a very similar manner which suits the way I like to work.

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.