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Cozens-Hardy LLP is a long-established leading regional law firm offering a comprehensive range of services to private individuals and businesses.

The firm: The firm was founded in 1877 by Sydney Cozens-Hardy, who operated as a sole practitioner. The foundation of the firm was private client work – wills, trusts, probate and property, both contentious and non-contentious. Organic expansion since the 1960s has brought the firm to its present profile, where it boasts a strong offering in commercial work alongside its traditional private client services.

Types of work undertaken: Business, headed by managing partner Simon Whipp: company formations/restructures, asset sales and purchases, transfer of businesses and company share sales, partnership agreements, management buy-outs, employment law, commercial property, business expansion and venture capital schemes, distribution, manufacturing and agency agreements, sale and purchase of land for development, joint venture development agreements, pre-emption, option and conditional agreements, new leases, assignments and transfer of leases, contentious and non-contentious lease renewals, agricultural property.

Disputes, headed by solicitor Gary Leverett: commercial litigation and arbitration, business disputes, partnership disputes, contract disputes, debt recovery, construction disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, professional negligence claims, disputed estates, will and trusts, property and housing disputes, intellectual property disputes.

Family and children, headed by senior partner Jane Anderson: divorce and separation, financial matters arising from divorce and separation, cohabitation problems and agreements, where children should live, contact with an absent parent, child care proceedings, social services involvement, prenuptial agreements, civil partnerships, adoption, collaborative approach.

Personal injury, headed by partner Damian Short: specialists in brain injury claims, accidents at work, road traffic accidents, tripping or slipping injuries, industrial disease claims, asbestos claims, injuries caused by faulty goods, injuries sustained by children, holiday claims.

Wills, probate and estate planning, headed by partner Michelle Collins: wills and codicils, probate and the administration of trusts, disputed estates, wills and trusts, inheritance claims, living wills, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection work, planning for business or property succession, inheritance tax, CGT, the formation, administration and winding up of trusts and settlements, advising the older client, charity law.

  • Number of UK partners: 11
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 14
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Residential property: 45
  • Family: 17
  • Private client: 14
  • Litigation: 5
  • Commercial: 10
  • Personal injury: 9

Above material supplied by Cozens-Hardy LLP.

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