Firm Profile > Coole Bevis LLP > Brighton, England

Coole Bevis LLP

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

At Coole Bevis LLP Jenny Murphy counts regional Court of Protection work as a major part of her practice; she is on the Panel of Deputies and drafts lasting powers of attorney in addition to her broader private client work. Alex Bowers is noted for the handling of complex estate and tax planning work, often with an overseas element and the team, including Emily Wardrope, handles a large number of trusts and estate administration and probate cases.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Oliver Maxwell-Jones, whose expertise spans commercial property transactions, landlord and tenant and financing, heads the Coole Bevis LLP  group. Nicola Hunt's clients are made up of individuals, companies and charities and Jeff Streater is handling a range of land purchases and lease issues.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Maxwell-Jones 

Other key lawyers:

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Coole Bevis LLP acts on the full range of finance and children matters, many of which involve an international element and assets including pensions and company holdings. Collaborative lawyer Susan Knight spearheads the work, often working with accountants. Charlotte Youdan represents children and guardians in complex care proceedings and Claire Parsons  is a mediator.

Practice head(s):

Susan Knight

Other key lawyers:


Susan Knight is extremely experienced and knowledgeable and is a good tactician.’

Susan Knight is excellent – a red meat litigator when she has to be, but decent and fair and is also really good at the collaborative. Well respected.’

The firm:  With offices in Brighton, Hove, Horsham and Worthing, Coole Bevis LLP is the result of the merger in 2016 of two of the most highly regarded and longest standing law firms in Sussex, Coole & Haddock and Woolley Bevis Diplock LLP. Our client base extends well beyond Sussex and we are often chosen over London law firms.

We aim to combine our long-standing values of client service and courteous communication with modern legal practices and methods.

Types of work undertaken:  Coole Bevis LLP provides a comprehensive legal service to businesses and individuals alike.  Our lawyers regularly deal with high value assets and transactions, often involving foreign elements.

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. The partner in charge of this department is on the Panel of Deputies, one of only 68 in the Country.  A dispute resolution partner specialises in contentious probate.

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.  Unusually for a regional practice, we have a specialist leasehold enfranchisement team, as well as 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.

Dispute resolution:  As well as contentious probate and property disputes, referred to above, our litigators deal with commercial litigation such as shareholder and franchise disputes, IT contract litigation, insolvency proceedings and professional negligence cases. We have specialist rights of audience to appear in court on our clients’ behalf where necessary.

Clinical negligence/personal injury:  This team specialises in catastrophic and complex personal injury and clinical negligence claim.  The head of department is a member of the Law Society’s Personal injury Panel and of APIL (Association of Personal Injury lawyers), as well as advisor with AVMA (Action for Victims of Medical Accidents).

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Corporate & Commercial Chris Clifton-Moore 01273 323231
Head of Private Client Jenny Murphy 01403 210200
Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement and Commercial Property Jonathan Everett 01903 213511
Head of Dispute Resolution Andrew Holt 01273 722532
Head of Residential Property Carol Blakey 01273 323231
Head of Clinical Negligence & PI Parisa Costigan 01403 210200
Head of Family Susan Knight 01273 323231
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Carol Blakey  photo Ms Carol Blakey Head of Department, LLP Member
Mr Chris Cilfton-Moore  photo Mr Chris Cilfton-Moore Head of Department, LLP Member
Ms Helen Evennett  photo Ms Helen Evennett Partner
Mr Jonathan Everett  photo Mr Jonathan Everett Head of Department; LLP Member
Ms Nicola Hunt  photo Ms Nicola Hunt Partner
Ms Susan Knight  photo Ms Susan Knight Head of Department; Partner
Mr Oliver Maxwell-Jones  photo Mr Oliver Maxwell-Jones LLP Member, Partner
Mr Dominic Mercer  photo Mr Dominic Mercer Partner
Ms Charlotte Youdan  photo Ms Charlotte Youdan Partner