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Coole Bevis LLP
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Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Coole Bevis LLP is a full-service law firm with offices in Brighton, Horsham, Hove and Worthing. Jenny Murphy, who is head of the private client practice, is praised for her ‘perseverance, strength, patience and knowledge’; she specialises in Court of Protection matters, lasting powers of attorney, and managing the affairs of elderly clients. Alex Bowers specialises in estate administration work, complex will drafting, and trust creation and administration issues, and associate Amanda Owen is STEP qualified.

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‘We work regularly with their private client team and have done for many years. They are efficient and highly responsive and provide an excellent level of customer service.’

‘Jenny Murphy showed great empathy and went above and beyond when assisting with my father’s estate. She ensured that probate was granted so we were able to complete the sale on his property in a timely manner exhibiting perseverance, strength, patience and knowledge.’

‘Claire Carberry was extremely understanding and helpful when it came to helping me revise my will. She was thorough and professional. And very prompt with her responses to my queries and situation.’

‘I find them fast and reliable, easy to make appointments at short notice and happy to accept correspondence dropped into the office anytime.’

‘I found Amanda Owen extremely competent at all times. I was very impressed with the quickness in response to emails and telephone calls. Amanda acted always with great confidence and I would not hesitate to ask her to represent me again if needed.’

‘Emily Wardrope has been excellent to date. Whilst having to deal with a cross border probate matter which is complicated enough she has also had to grapple with insolvency issues that she has taken easily in her stride.’

Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Coole Bevis LLP’s family team in Brighton is ‘a well-established and trusted team with proven strength in all areas of family law’. Team head Susan Knight ‘has impeccable judgment and approaches each case with meticulous care’. In addition to litigation knowledge, she has extensive experience in collaborative law and mediation proceedings, with expertise in cases involving property portfolios and complex tax issues.

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‘A well-established and trusted team with proven strength in all areas of family law. A particular strength is the firm’s breadth of practice, which is an advantage to clients who find themselves in more complex disputes.’

‘Exceptional lawyers with a real depth of knowledge of their areas and honest advice which together command the trust and confidence of their clients. A formidable team.’

‘Susan Knight heads a strong and capable family law team. They are well respected locally and further afield. They have a wealth of experience in dealing with complex matters and have the experience to provide high levels of legal advice which goes above and beyond. Clients will be supported throughout their process and feel confident that they are in safe hands and know that they will achieve the best outcome possible in the emotionally charged area of family law. Clients needs are prioritised in every way.’

‘Susan Knight has impeccable judgment and approaches each case with meticulous care. She offers very clear advice in the most difficult circumstances and is a truly astute practitioner. Her 30 years’ experience is obvious in the way she approaches her work and from the respect she commands from opponents and judges alike.’

‘Susan Knight brings years of experience and sound judgment. She is quite remarkable in her dedication to her clients and willingness to fight their corner in a manner that avoids ramping up the temperature.’

‘Susan Knight who heads up the family team continues to be well respected. She is pragmatic and undoubtedly fights her client’s corner. Susan is extremely well respected and always in demand.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Coole Bevis LLP is a Sussex-based full-service firm with offices in Brighton, Horsham, Hove and Worthing, serving a diverse client base. The team is led by Oliver Maxwell-Jones. Nicola Hunt has expertise in a wide range of transactions. The firm is dedicated to providing cost-effective and efficient services – this year the firm has introduced new anti-fraud technology.

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‘Excellent, very professional solicitors practice, whose fees are very reasonable. One can depend on them to deliver on time in a very efficient manner.’

‘Oliver Maxwell-Jones is very friendly, efficient, fast moving and solutions focussed.’

‘The team at Coole Bevis have always been responsive and highly professional. They offer a personal service, and I know that I can speak to my solicitor at any time. Most important I trust their expertise, and always feel confident that I can rely on this firm.’

‘Personal service, good relationships, and good to work with. Nicola Hunt is an outstanding professional.’

‘Uniqueness is difficult to attribute to any lawyer, but Coole Bevis are a very professional, friendly and easy firm to deal with. They are fast to respond and always provide excellent service and advice. They are large enough to be able to provide the depth of experience and knowledge that most people need but also small enough to provide a personal service that makes you feel valued as a client.’

‘Jeff Streater has looked after my company’s property interests for several years. I have always found him extremely knowledgable and professional and prepared to take a pragmatic view when required. I would highly recommend him for any commercial property matters.’

‘They have many very skilled individuals. It is very refreshing to have so many autonomous knowledgable groups of staff conversant in a very useful number of areas.’

‘Jeff Streater has been a pleasure to work with. He exudes knowledge and experience with just the right amount of conviction and charm. He is always willing to go the extra mile in the support of his client.’

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Royal Docks Management Authority Limited

Tate Bros Limited / Tates of Pyecombe Limited / Tates Property Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Coole Bevis LLP’s corporate & commercial team in Brighton acts for a wide range of clients including individuals, sole traders, companies, partnerships and other organisations and businesses in many industry sectors such as motor dealerships, computer software businesses, media companies, property companies, nursing homes, and manufacturing and services companies. Team head Chris Clifton-Moore is ‘commercially focused and pragmatic but absolutely on top of the legal detail’. Ismail Groves, promoted to joint managing partner this year, is praised for ‘working tirelessly to get the job done’.

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‘I found them to be professional through the process offering specific support when required. Having had such a positive experience I have since recommended them to other business associates.’

‘Competitively priced, above and beyond customer service.’

‘We’ve been really impressed by the breadth of expertise at Coole Bevis and the seamless collaboration between different members of the team. They have taken ownership of the corporate transaction we engaged them on and have managed the various moving parts (with internal and external stakeholders) brilliantly.’

‘Chris Clifton-Moore and his team were exceptional in challenging circumstances – they went above and beyond with my recent transaction.’

‘Chris Clifton-Moore is a pleasure to deal with. He is commercially focused and pragmatic but absolutely on top of the legal detail which he can explain clearly and succinctly. His ability to run complex calls and then send carefully considered follow-up notes within a short time frame has been impressive and much appreciated. He has certainly cut down the amount of time I would have expected to have spent on this with internal resource and has made a significant contribution to the success of our latest transaction.’

‘Throughout the whole transaction I found Ismail Groves to be very knowledgeable, helpful and supportive. During the very intense period of the SPA Ismail always made himself available to myself offering a great deal of guidance and advice. Without Ismail’s support I suspect that the deal may have collapsed!!’

‘At 5pm the phone lines didn’t close, Ismail Groves worked tirelessly to get the job done in the short time space, staying open late to meet the deadline. Ismail made the whole process less stressful, always answering calls/emails quickly and never made me feel that I was a pain, it was all about customer service. The way Ismail dealt with us has led us to using Coole Bevis for other needs and recommending them to others.’

‘Robert Hutchins has been impressive in his approach to disclosure documentation. He ran very long calls with diligence and good humour and made the process far less painful than I believe it can be. Like others in the CB team he is commercially aware and was able to help us before we would get too far into rabbit holes of unnecessary details.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 4

Coole Bevis LLP is a Sussex-based full service law firm with offices in Brighton, Horsham, Hove, and Worthing. The dispute resolution team undertakes a wide range of work, including contractual disputes, partnership disputes, cases involving directors and shareholders, procurement disputes, professional negligence, bankruptcy and insolvency, and debt recovery. Kelly Mills, previously the head of debt and leasehold recovery at DMH Stallard LLP, joined in January 2022 to head the team.

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‘The team at Coole Bevis are approachable and give concise and practical advice to clients. A commercial approach is always taken and unnecessary litigation is always avoided. The partners have strong legal knowledge and are swift with the action that they take with clients. This action is always robust and professional and the results speak for themselves.’

‘The team builds excellent rapports with clients and counsel. This makes a strong working team to ensure the best outcome in the litigation. Nigel Targett has a wealth of knowledge in commercial work. He builds a brilliant rapport with clients and is honest in his assessment of cases. He always takes a commercial approach and is always willing to give the difficult advice. Nigel will always make his own assessment of a case and is not reliant upon counsel.’

‘Liaison between the various offices and departments is strong, with all staff I have encountered being very professional and client aware in their approach.’

‘What distinguishes Nigel Targett is his deep commitment to his clients.’

The firm: Coole Bevis LLP is a leading Sussex based full service law firm with offices in Brighton, Horsham, Hove and Worthing. The firm is highly regarded and has a well-established reputation for providing excellent service to businesses, individuals and not-for-profit organisations across Sussex and beyond.

We are proud to serve and support our communities across the following areas of law: residential property, commercial property, leasehold enfranchisement, dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, family and mediation, and private client including court of protection work.

Corporate and commercial: the team handles all types of corporate transactions, including business sales and purchases, company restructuring, acquisitions and disposals.  Our lawyers also provide commercial law support to businesses and entrepreneurs, including shareholders’ and directors’ agreements, NDAs, supply contracts and business terms and conditions.

Private client: This is one of the largest specialists departments in Sussex, with significant expertise in wills and trusts, estate and succession planning, and later life issues, as well as charity advice. Jenny Murphy, head of the private client department is also on the Panel of Deputies and is an accredited member of the Solicitors for the Elderly.

Family: This team is renowned for “punching above its weight”. In addition to handling a wide range of divorce, separation, pre and post nuptial agreements, children and other family issues, we have specialists qualified in Mediation and Collaborative law. A significant number of our cases involve complex issues including multiple foreign assets.

Property: The firm has great strength and depth in all aspects of property law.  We have an enviable reputation for providing a quality service in respect of both commercial and residential property transactions. Our dispute resolution department has significant expertise in property disputes.

Leasehold enfranchisement: Unusually for a regional practice, we have a specialist leasehold enfranchisement team. We act for both freehold landlords and leaseholders and our lawyers have extensive experience and a thorough understanding of the law and procedures in this niche area of law.

Dispute resolution:  As well as property disputes and contentious probate, our litigators deal with employment law and all aspects of contractual, commercial and partnership/company disputes including debt recovery.

Head of Corporate & Commercial Chris Clifton-Moorechris.clifton-moore@coolebevisllp.com01273 323231
Head of Private Client Jenny Murphyjenny.murphy@coolebevisllp.com01403 210200
Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement and Commercial Property Jonathan Everettjonathan.everett@coolebevisllp.com01903 213511
Head of Dispute Resolution Kelly Millskelly.mills@coolebevisllp.com01273 322805
Head of Residential Property Carol Blakeycarol.blakey@coolebevisllp.com01273 323231
Head of Family Susan Knightsusan.knight@coolebevisllp.com01273 323231
Head of Commercial Property Oliver Maxwell-Jonesoliver.maxwell-jones@coolebevisllp.com01273 716626
Tim Fenton photoMr Tim FentonConsultant
Christina Grinham photoMs Christina GrinhamAssociate Solicitor
Geoff Harrington photoMr Geoff HarringtonPartner I specialise in commercial property transactions, with a particular focus on…
Jenny Murphy photoMrs Jenny MurphyHead of Department; LLP Member
Amanda Owen photoMs Amanda OwenAssociate

Coole Bevis LLP is committed to promoting inclusivity, equality and diversity in our policies, practices and procedures and to eliminating discrimination and unlawful behaviour. The firm values a diverse workforce and the contribution each individual makes.

The aim is for our workforce to be representative of all sections of society and our clients, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

In the provision of its services, the firm is also committed to avoiding unlawful discrimination in relation to clients, third parties or others.

As part of implementing this policy, the firm is committed to complying with the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority’s (SRA) principles and code of conduct in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as with all applicable anti-discrimination legislation and associated codes of practice, including the Equality Act 2010.

The firm will:

  • Encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace in line with best practice.
  • Create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued.
  • This includes training all staff and partners about their rights and responsibilities under this policy. All staff should understand that they, as well as their employer, can be held liable for acts of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination in the course of their employment, against fellow employees, clients, suppliers and the public.
  • Take seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination by fellow employees, clients, suppliers, visitors, the public and any others in the course of the firm’s work activities.
  • Such acts will be dealt with as misconduct under the firm’s grievance and/or disciplinary procedures, and appropriate action will be taken. Particularly serious complaints could amount to gross misconduct and lead to dismissal without notice.
  • N.B. Sexual harassment may amount to both an employment rights matter and a criminal matter, such as in sexual assault allegations. Harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 is a criminal offence and not limited to circumstances where harassment relates to a protected characteristic.
  • Provide opportunities for training, development and progress to all staff, so they can develop their full potential, to the mutual benefit of the individual and the firm.
  • Ensure decisions concerning staff are based on merit (apart from in any necessary and limited exemptions and exceptions allowed under the Equality Act).
  • Review employment practices and procedures when necessary to ensure fairness, and update them and the policy to take account of changes in the law.
  • Monitor the make-up of the workforce regarding information such as age, sex, ethnic background, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and disability in encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion, and in meeting the aims and commitments set out in the equality, diversity and inclusion policy.
  • Monitoring will include assessing how the equality, diversity and inclusion policy, and any supporting action plan, are working in practice, reviewing them annually, and considering and taking action to address any issues. The firm will also comply fully with the SRA’s requirements and regular monitoring surveys.

The above is an extract from Coole Bevis LLP’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy.