Firm Profile > Coole Bevis LLP > Worthing, England

Coole Bevis LLP
BN11 3DT

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

From its offices in Horsham and Howe, Coole Bevis LLP advises clients across the South East and London on private tax, trusts and probates. The firm is also increasingly advising clients on matters with international aspects. Practice head Jenny Murphy is experienced in Court of Protection work and acting for vulnerable clients, and is on the Panel of Deputies. Alex Bowers frequently acts on complex estate and tax planning work, and is praised by a client as 'efficient and well-regarded'. Associate Amanda Owen is another key contact, and is also recommended by clients.

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‘Our personal experience derives only as a client with little experience of the legal profession. Everyone displayed clear friendly assistance from the outset, without pressure, demonstrating a clear understanding for handling a difficult intestacy on our behalf. Overall we identified a very well explained step by step approach giving us confidence in proceeding.T his confidence was sustained over more than 15 months. Delays beyond this were entirely due to the processes of external service providers, and beyond their control. Costs were contained despite these delays.’

‘Amanda Owen has been the Solicitor who has been working on my late mother’s estate affairs for the last 15 months. She is efficient, available often at very short notice to help with problems and answer questions that I have over the phone or e mail. With Amanda’s help and support we are close to finalising my late mother’s affairs. Amanda’s Secretary, Caroline Fowler, is most helpful and efficient and with her experience, can answer many questions if Amanda is busy with another client. James Vick, the Property Solicitor, has been very helpful and prompt in my recent House purchase. Vanessa in reception is very pleasant and helpful as a first contact either on the phone or when I go in to the Office in the Carfax.’

‘Alex Bowers is an efficient and well-regarded team leader. Jenny Murphy is an excellent professional advisor. Amanda Owen provides efficient and understanding service.’

‘Amanda Owen handled the estate matters providing clarity for the best way ahead, with a constant very prompt response clearly identifying the costs involved and handled the liaison with external agencies, service providers and organisations with clear competence. David Vick handled the sale of property with a similar style and competence. Both impressed with rapid and usually immediate responses to verbal, electronic and written communications.’

‘I have been very pleased with the work that Coole Bevis have done for me over many years. Their Team of Solicitors and support staff are most accessible, obliging and helpful. I have utilised the services of other Solicitors in the past, but have found Coole Bevis to be the most helpful.’

‘All contact with the firm was friendly and processes were efficient.’

‘Their team is very approachable and have always dealt with me and my clients in a highly professional manner. Nothing is ever too much trouble. They handle work in a prompt and efficient manner.’

‘Prompt, efficient service.’

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

With offices in Brighton and Worthing, Coole Bevis LLP advises both local start-up businesses and larger, regional corporates on property matters. The team also frequently assists property investors with the management of their portfolios. The practice is headed by Oliver Maxwell-Jones and alongside assistant solicitor Aman Johal, Maxwell-Jones is praised as 'incredibly efficient, knowledgeable and very communicative'. Nicola Hunt and solicitor Jeff Streater are also recommended by clients, while the team as a whole is noted for its 'depth of knowledge, responsiveness, communication and pure professionalism'.

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‘I have worked with a few legal entities in the past on both a personal and professional level. To date, Coole Bevis have outshone all previous experiences with their depth of knowledge, responsiveness, communication and pure professionalism.’

‘I have dealt with a number of firms in the last 25 years since our previous long term solicitor retired and I was never happy. I have now found a firm that deals with matters promptly, efficiently and at a reasonable price and, most importantly, keeps me informed about progress and issues. In my experience having all of these things is rare if not unique.’

‘Our main dealings have been with Oliver Maxwell-Jones and Aman Johal. Both are incredibly efficient, knowledgeable and very communicative meaning we are never chasing for replies or updates.’

‘Oliver Maxwell-Jones. A great person to chat things through and gives great, grounded legal advice.’

‘Jeff Streater displayed an honest and considered approach towards all areas of works for us.’

‘The team there are very approachable and successfully helped my Employer through some very difficult and time dependent issues. I specifically worked with Carina Moss originally, then Nicola Hunt, Laura Saye, Laura Prince. Despite staff changes at Coole Bevis, I never felt that there was a problem due to information not being passed on.’

‘They have a great personal touch. They build relationships with their clients.’

‘Nicola Hunt is the reason we will stay with Coole Bevis for all of our property and other legal matters.’

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

'Approachable, knowledgeable and friendly', Coole Bevis LLP handles financial disputes as well as public and private children matters. The team's work on care proceedings often involves challenging aspects such as allegations of abuse, while their divorce and financial remedy cases feature complex asset and earning arrangements. Practice head Susan Knight handles all areas of family law, and is a qualified collaborative lawyer and mediator. Charlotte Youdan specialises in care proceedings, and has been appointed as a Recorder to the South Eastern circuit.

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‘There is an air of total professionalism which is tempered by the congenial atmosphere which is much needed when seeking to engage a solicitor for the first (and possibly only) time in one’s life. I needed to feel that my interests were paramount and that my representative had the capability required to ensure they were catered for. I was reassured of that very quickly. Confidentiality is of course essential – and there was no doubt that this was total. Transparency with regard to charges and options was complete.’

‘Susan Knight was very reassuring yet professional. Divorce was what I engaged her for, and she was superb at ensuring that I did not get lost in the emotional aspect of the process, but remained focus on the legal and practical implications of each step. Her experience, gained over many years, reassured me that there was little she had not had to contend with and that she had my interests as a priority. I had no surprises, and was able to be as relaxed as one can be in such circumstances. A debrief after each collaborative meeting made it clear what the next steps were and what to expect.’

‘The team are approachable, knowledgeable and friendly. They have a broad base of skills and can offer a one firm solution to an individuals legal needs.’

‘Helen Evernett is tenacious in her approach and will leave no stone unturned to fight a client’s case. Charlotte Youden is measured and thorough in her approach, with a particular speciality of representing the Guardian in private law proceedings.’

‘Helen Evennett is a superb advocate for parents, tackling their cases with compassion and forensic excellence. I would never hesitate to recommend her.’

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 property disputes and contentious probate, our litigators deal with employment law and all aspects of contractual, commercial and partnership/company disputes including debt recovery

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 Rebecca Turnbull-Simpson 01273 322805
Head of Residential Property Carol Blakey 01273 323231
Head of Family Susan Knight 01273 323231
Head of Commercial Property Oliver Maxwell-Jones 01273 716626
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Mr Ismail Groves  photo Mr Ismail Groves Partner
Mr Robert Hutchins  photo Mr Robert Hutchins Associate Solicitor
 Laura Russell  photo Laura Russell Associate Solicitor. I specialise in leasehold enfranchisement which includes the processes of…
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