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

The private client team at Coole Bevis LLP is spread across offices in Brighton, Hove and Horsham. The department handles matters for clients based in the South East and London, while also increasing its international focus, advising on complex estate planning and administrations and trusts. Jenny Murphy leads the private client team also heads the Court of Protection practice in Horsham whilst also sitting on the Panel of Deputies. Alex Bowers handles high-net-worth estate and tax planning matters in addition to multi-jurisdictional estate administration.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Alex Bowers; Emily Wardrope; Amanda Owen


‘I like the team’s ability to use down to earth language to explain complicated matters. It is an art to do this without sounding patronising or omitting complex but pertinent risks.’

‘The team work in an efficient manner. There is a good variety of experience and nothing is ever too much trouble for them to deal with.’

‘Kindness, compassion and sensitivity are just three of the strengths that come to mind. My solicitor is a truly amazing human being and her thoughtfulness towards our family during our bereavement was truly first class. ’

‘High level of competence and knowledge of field of law relevant to our needs. Very sympathetic in regard to our situation. Excellent all round.’

‘Jenny Murphy has a very good knowledge of her area of expertise. She also deals with client matters in a timely and efficient manner.’

‘Jenny Murphy in particular is outstanding. She leads a great team but her personal expertise and breadth of knowledge combined with natural empathy and compassion is in a class of its own for all private client matters. You really could not find a better candidate to represent you in times of need.’

‘Emily Wardrope is helpful, compassionate and warm.’

‘Amanda Owen led me through the process with thoroughness, efficiency and gave sound advice. I was impressed with how quickly she replied to my emails; if I was concerned about any part of the business I knew I would not have to wait for an answer, and this was particularly invaluable in dealing with the sons.’

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

With a family practice led by Susan Knight - 'a trusted member of the Brighton legal community'- Coole Bevis LLP has offices in Brighton, Hove, Worthing and Horsham and often handles divorces, financial proceedings and children matters for clients regionally and based in London. Claire Parsons is a mediator and is also now trained as a collaborative lawyer, and Helen Evennett  deals with children law, removal from the jurisdiction, and Hague convention cases. Charles Tennant joined the team in 2020 from Warners Solicitors with specialisms in financial and Children Act disputes.

Practice head(s):

Susan Knight

Other key lawyers:


‘The solicitors I have worked with from this firm are all extremely professional and go above and beyond for their clients to ensure that they feel that everything has been done to litigate their case at the highest level.’

‘What has been very reassuring about Coole Bevis is that throughout my litigation, there has been a steady and stable presence of staff. Everyone from the receptionist, to the legal assistants, the accounting team and the partners, when needed have made themselves available and they have been very accommodative and helpful. This has given me enormous confidence and peace of mind while pursuing to have my legal case concluded.’

‘Coole Bevis offer a unique combination of expertise, attention to detail and professionalism. Team members communicate clearly and effectively with one another, meaning instructions are thorough and consistent between them.’

‘The team is known in Sussex as the go-to team for matrimonial finance. They have a dedication to detail and thoroughness which is second to none.’

‘I have been particularly impressed by Helen Evennett and Susan Knight, both of whom are highly analytical in their approach, which combined with a wealth of experience provides for an exceptional service for any lay client. Both are intuitive and accurate which makes them effective tacticians. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Never to be underestimated, Susan Knight has a calm wisdom which her clients love and a steely tenacity in her approach to the matter at hand. She is a trusted member of the Brighton legal community. She identifies tricky areas of a case at the earliest opportunity, at a huge advantage to her clients.’

‘Susan Knight is astute and pragmatic. I have engaged several different family lawyers over a long and acrimonious divorce and Sue is by far and away the best. I completely trust her judgement, advice and above all I am confident that she has given me the most cost-effective advice I could have asked for. No prevarication. No grey. I would 100% recommend her to anyone going through the family court.’

‘Charles Tennant is a very dedicated and experienced professional and I have worked with him on financial remedy cases for many years. He is extremely committed and conscientious and leaves no stone unturned in his cases. He is always a master of the detail without losing sight of the bigger picture. He provides his clients with careful and pragmatic advice and is both sympathetic and sensible. I have no hesitation in recommending him as an excellent all-round matrimonial solicitor.’

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

Coole Bevis LLP has offices in Brighton, Hove, Worthing and Horsham. The team advises buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants, property developers and investors, funders, and institutional lenders. The Worthing office in particular has capabilities advising clients within the motor industry. Oliver Maxwell-Jones heads the department  has specific expertise in landlord and tenant issues and development. Carol Blakey leads the residential property department, specialising in residential conveyancing.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Maxwell-Jones

Other key lawyers:

Carol Blakey; Nicola Hunt; Jeff Streater; Aman Johal


‘I have dealt with the commercial property team at Coole Bevis for over 10 years and for good reason. Year on year they work tirelessly to provide an extremely efficient and sound service that in turn helps my business succeed. A vast array of extremely knowledgeable individuals within the practice means that whatever the situation, a member of the team is able to resolve any issues or conflicts we may have.’

‘Competency which is married with a structured approach to dealing with complex transactions. However, running through this is a sense of humility and understanding of the pressures we as a client were under.’

‘I have known the key people at Coole Bevis for a number of years as a client. I have always had excellent service. The firm is responsive and professional. At times they will even go above and beyond what is expected if there is a situation which requires urgent attention. In my view Coole Bevis is one of the best legal practices in the South East.’

‘The basis of a good legal practice is for the client to have strong relationships with key team members. I have confidence that there will always be a prompt response, and that any work that I put their way will be dealt with speedily and professionally. Much of our work goes to Nicola Hunt, who in my view is an outstanding lawyer in her field. She has never let me down, and I have complete confidence that, it at all possible, she will do all in her power to get the work done to the highest standard.’

‘There is a good level of support and it is clear that there is good camaraderie amongst the team which makes it easier when working on multiple projects with multiple team members. There is a very good understanding of the immediacy of certain issues, and responses time are extremely good.’

‘Oliver Maxwell-Jones has helped navigate us through a range of situations and his experience and ability to negotiate with differing personalities is worth its weight in gold. I highly recommend Oliver as an exceptional individual in his field. We choose to return time and time again for good reason.’

‘Jeff Streater is very hard working and does an excellent job. All work has been carried out in a timely fashion and all legal details have been explained to us in an excellent manner. We would recommend him to other businesses and associates.’

Key clients

Royal Docks Management Authority Limited

Tate Bros Limited

Tates of Pyecombe Limited

Tates Property Limited

Bird & Blend Tea Ltd

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

The South East based corporate and commercial department at Coole Bevis LLP acts for a wide range of clients, including individuals, companies, and partnerships in sectors including motoring, IT, media, and care. Chris Clifton-Moore heads the department and frequently advises clients on all aspects of corporate and commercial work. Ismail Groves has expertise in M&A.

Practice head(s):

Chris Clifton-Moore

Other key lawyers:


‘There is unique element to the Coole Bevis team: they have an ability to treat your requirements on all legal matters in an individual manner – they avoid giving standard responses in legal jargon, each element of the work is only about your questions and the possible solutions they could find depending on what you require.

‘I was referred to the company’s corporate team after using their conveyancing team on another transaction, for which I had a very good experience. If I had to best describe the company to another, I would suggest it as having a local presence with a family feel, yet at the same time, it has the professionalism and expertise which I think might be hard to find, even if one were to look towards the offerings within London.’

‘As well as having solid legal expertise, the corporate team at Coole Bevis has a longstanding relationship with our accountants. This has been very valuable as we have executed several transactions over the past 15 years: we have received joined-up advice spanning tax and legal.’

‘The paralegals have excellent attention to detail and a commendable work ethic (especially as transactions near completion). The partners complement each other very well. The partner with whom we have worked most over the years has a powerful legal brain and as such legal documentation is favourably structured. Another partner is very impressive in negotiations. Together they make a formidable team and, frankly, wiped the floor with our counterparty’s legal team despite being outnumbered and with a lower fee level.’

‘Chris Clifton-Moore, one of the partners, is notable in his approach. I have introduced several companies to him, to prepare shareholders agreements, SPAs, DSCs etc. He has a clear and concise manner with his clients, especially those unfamiliar with the subject matter.’

‘Two individuals stand out in particular: Chris Clifton-Moore and Ismail Groves. We’ve worked with Chris for over five years and I’ve always been impressed with his clear, concise style and flawless attention to detail. It is a pleasure to deal with him in written communications in which he addresses outstanding issues succinctly and with clear consideration to balancing legal and commercial points. In person Chris is engaging and professional; I’ve been consistently impressed with his ability to listen to our concerns which can be unstructured and link multiple issues, and then to bring order and clarity to our thinking. He is approachable and responsive and someone I would happily recommend to others.’

‘Ismail Groves has proved to be of the high calibre that I’ve come to expect from Coole Bevis. Ismail’s style is considered and unflappable and I have been very happy for him to represent us directly in dealings with counterparties. I like his polite but firm approach and his ability to explain issues in clear language, using relevant examples. I would not hesitate to recommend Ismail.’

‘Chris Clifton-Moore is probably the best corporate lawyer I have ever worked with, and I have used three or four major firms.’

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

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 Rebecca Turnbull-Simpsonrebecca.turnbull-simpson@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
Ms Sara Duyman-Purdie photo Ms Sara Duyman-PurdieI specialise in residential conveyancing and have over 12 years of experience. …
Mr Ismail Groves photo Mr Ismail GrovesPartner
Mr Robert Hutchins photo Mr Robert HutchinsAssociate Solicitor
Ms Laura Russell photo Ms Laura RussellAssociate Solicitor. I specialise in leasehold enfranchisement which includes the processes of…
Mr Jeff Streater photo Mr Jeff StreaterPartner
Ms Claudia Welbourne photo Ms Claudia WelbourneI am an Associate Solicitor specialising in residential conveyancing and leasehold enfranchisement.