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Cripps Pemberton Greenish

NUMBER 22, MOUNT EPHRAIM, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, TN4 8AS, ENGLAND
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London EC4R, London SW3, Tunbridge Wells, West Malling

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP¬†¬†is highly rated for its ‚Äėsolid knowledge of corporate and M&A transactions and reliable, straightforward advice‚Äô. The¬† team continues to attract an impressive range of mandates across mergers, acquisitions, sales and secondary buyouts, many of which are inbound. It is known for its focus on transactions in the private equity sphere and expertise in the technology and media sectors. Highlights included advising the shareholders of MTR Group on the sale of the entire share capital and assisting the management team of Bunker Secure Hosting with the secondary, leveraged buyout of the company from Foresight Private Equity.¬†James Beaton¬†leads the corporate division, Nigel Stanford¬†heads the corporate team and¬†Pete Kenyon¬†leads the commercial group.¬†Salim Somjee¬† is highly regarded for his M&A and private equity skill set and managing associate¬†Helen Garner¬†has expertise in private equity and capital markets.

Leading individuals

James Beatton - Cripps LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP

Ed Weeks leads an 'excellent team' at 'stand-out firm'  Cripps LLP. It handles disputes ranging from breaches of contract and IP rights to resolving shareholder and partnership matters. Recent work includes acting for a shareholder with a 49% stake in a dispute with the majority shareholder, which was ultimately settled by negotiation. In other work, it acted for a food distributor in a dispute with a large customer in The Netherlands, a matter in which the team negotiated a resolution that preserved the parties' relationship. Philip Youdan and managing associate Joanna Ford are other key members of the team. Pradeep Oliver joined in May 2017 from  Wixted & Co Limited.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP's team handles the recovery of commercial debts, monies obtained by fraud, unpaid fines and disputed fees. It also handles bulk debt recovery in the property sector. Clients range from high-net-worth individuals to corporations and government agencies, and it acts for clients from the manufacturing, construction and leisure industries, and has a focus on assisting professional service firms. Fiona Chamberlain specialises in real estate-related debt and dispute resolution expert Ed Weeks, who frequently works with managing associate Jo Ford, assists clients with an array of commercial debt issues. The team's work includes advising Kings Hill Residential Estate Management Company on estate charges arrears and other matters, and it also acts for The Treasury Solicitor in respect of fees imposed by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

The arrival of¬†Victoria Symons¬†has significantly strengthened the practice at¬†Cripps LLP; clients 'rate her and the team very highly'. She joins a practice headed by¬†Nigel Stanford¬†and¬†¬†James Beatton¬†which is praised for its 'top levels of service' and for its 'engaging and proactive approach'. It acts for lenders (including Clydesdale and Lloyds Banking Group) as well as borrowers on a range of transactions; recent highlights include advising CH1 Investment Partners on structuring a number of SPVs that will raise funds from high-net-worth investors for the purpose of financing the development and construction of solar farms and other renewable energy projects. In another key transaction, Beatton advised HSBC on the ‚ā¨5m acquisition financing for the purchase of a company in Germany, while Stanford acted alongside¬†Julie Hughes¬†for AdEPT Telecom on a ¬£30m syndicated facility provided by Barclays Bank and RBS.

Leading individuals

Victoria Symons - Cripps LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP

The insolvency team at Cripps LLP  is best known for its restructuring and transactional work in distressed situations, while also handling contentious corporate insolvency matters such as misfeasance and wrongful trading claims. Its main areas include media and technology, healthcare, financial services, and the food industry, as well as the private client sector. Managing associate Joanna Ford continued to advise Pretty Legs Hosiery and supervisor BDO on its £700,000 company voluntary arrangement until mid-2017, while practice lead James Beatton assisted J Clubb with its reorganisation and de-merger. Corporate partner Chris Langridge defended CCW Recovery Solutions against creditors' claims in the High Court concerning the administration application of an investment firm. William Nash and PKF Geoffrey Martin & Co. were won as new clients. Liz Barton  left for Doyle Clayton in September 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Joanna Ford - Cripps LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish has 'a very strong team at all levels', which is able to 'tailor its advice to suit clients' businesses'. In conjunction with the corporate team, it advises on the HR issues that arise from M&A transactions, as well as handling board and shareholder disputes discrimination claims, whistleblowing and redundancies. In one matter, it is acting for Slough Borough Council on a tribunal case involving whistleblowing and also advised the same client on discrimination and constructive dismissal issues. The team is led by Erica Dennett, and also includes 'the excellent and commercial' Rhona Derbyshire  and associate Camilla Beamish.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP

Clients 'receive a very high level of service' from Cripps LLP; 'advice given is practical, there is good strength in depth in the team, and knowledge provided is always reliable'. The two-partner regulatory team handles a range of health and safety matters, with a particular emphasis on advising its developer, construction and housebuilder clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, including handling personal injury claims. It also acts for directors, transport managers, drivers and other employees in connection with transport law matters, including public inquiries before the Transport Commissioner. Recent work includes respresenting Horder Healthcare in an Inquest involving issues around the provision of medical services, as well as complex causation and liability points. Philip Youdan heads the team.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP is 'a well-established regional firm adept at handling claims'. The principally claimant-focused professional negligence practice handles claims against solicitors, surveyors, accountants, financial advisers and architects, but also acts for defendants, particularly solicitors in Solicitors Indemnity Fund run-off cases. Russell Simpson heads the practice, which was joined in 2017 by Pradeep Oliver, who brings specialist expertise in financial services negligence cases, with a focus on claims arising from mis-sold or mis-managed financial arrangements including pensions, savings accounts and investments. David Morgan left the firm for an in-house position.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP is widely regarded as a 'go-to firm for agriculture and estates work', with the practice providing 'an excellent, fast and reliable service' to a number of high-net-worth individuals and landed estates. It handles a wide range of agricultural and rural issues, from buying and selling farms, to handling issues involving rights of way, development, options and overage agreements, to stamp duty land tax. Key figures include the 'hugely experienced' Sally Firby (who 'will not stop until the job is done'); Darren Philpot, whose 'care and attention cannot be faulted - he is always at the end of the phone to answer any questions'; and Nick Fagg, who joined in September 2017 from Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP.

Leading individuals

Sally Firby - Cripps LLP

Next generation lawyers

Darren Philpott - Cripps LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP fields a 'highly professional, diligent and knowledgeable' practice that is praised for its 'commitment to the charities sector'. The firm's clients cover the waterfront of charitable and not-for-profit arenas, including art, culture and heritage; education; social housing; and healthcare. It also acts for a number of religious charitable organisations, such as The London Diocesan Fund, for which it handles the full range issues arising from its property portfolio. On the education front, the practice acted for The University of Kent (a longstanding client) on the development of a new college consisting of 801 new student bedrooms and a central social hub building. Other highlights included acting for The English National Ballet, a new client for 2017, on the relocation of its main headquarters, which involved negotiating the construction documents relating to the fit-out of its new headquarters. Kate Arnold heads the team, which includes Andrew Harbourne, who acts for a number of religious, education and affordable housing sector clients, and Peter Scott, who is praised for his ability to 'analyse all sides of complex problems and provide very practical and commercial advice'.

Leading individuals

Kate Arnold - Cripps LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP is 'one of the regional leader for contentious trusts work', with clients singling out the practice for its 'practicality, pragmatism and ability to manage client expectations during difficult circumstances'. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and family businesses, for which Russell Simpson and his team handles the full range of contentious probate and trust matters, from Inheritance Act claims to issues of testamentary capacity and cases involving multimillion-pound estates and offshore assets. Other key figures within the team include the 'excellent' Philip Youdan, who is noted for his 'high level of integrity'; Myles McIntosh, who is 'affable but to the point, and whose advice is well balanced and straightforward';  Dino Sikkel, who is noted for his 'practical approach to difficult matters' and 'eminently sensible advice'.

Leading individuals

Philip Youdan - Cripps LLP

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Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP¬†is ‚Äėa top tier firm, from the quality of the work it attracts, to the quality of the solicitors dealing with the work‚Äô. Alex Davies¬†is ‚Äėa top-class act, who inspires confidence and achieves excellent outcomes for clients‚Äô and is also credited with having ‚Äėbuilt up a brilliant team‚Äô. The group handles heavyweight financial remedy matters together with children disputes including the removal of children from the jurisdiction and abuse cases. Arbitration and mediation are also offered as are fixed fee arrangements. ‚ÄėTough negotiator‚Äô Vanda James¬†handles the gamut of issues arising from relationship breakdowns and ‚Äėhas the experience to deal with the most difficult cases with ease‚Äô. Katy-Louise Allen, who is collaboratively trained and qualified as a mediator,¬†‚Äėis incredibly pragmatic and is amazing with clients‚Äô and associate Helen Fisher¬†is considered ‚Äėa real up-and-coming solicitor‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Alex Davies - Cripps LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP is acknowledged for its 'great strength and depth in the private client area' and 'its excellent performance and broad approach'. The team, which also includes chartered tax advisers and trust and probate managers, advises on tax, trusts, succession planning and the administration of estates. Clients include high-net-worth and well-known individuals and company owners. Key names include practice head Myles McIntosh, Anne Lewis, who is highlighted for her 'superb client-handling skills' and Chris Wilkinson . Jessica Jamieson, 'who demonstrated depth of knowledge and was able to explain concepts very well', consultant Simon Leney and managing associate Stephen Horscroft, who is noted for 'his broad knowledge, infinite patience and great wisdom', are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Simon Leney - Cripps LLP

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South East: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP's healthcare team is 'particularly strong' and has 'a strong reputation dealing with healthcare clients'. The practice acts for GPs, pharmacies, dental practices and integrated care providers, and has a growing workload for children's day care clients. It acted on some 70 pharmacy-related transactions in 2017, including advising Paydens, which operates one of the largest independent pharmacy groups in the country, on its acquisitions of pharmacy businesses, as well as real estate, employment and commercial matters. Other recent highlights include advising North West Surrey Integrated Care Services on the establishment of a corporate body to integrate care services provided by general medical practices in the area. Nick Austen heads the team and has 20 years' experience in dental, pharmacy and medical transactions. Also recommended are Justin Cumberlege, who has 'a deep understanding of the healthcare sector', Gemma Mintram, who is noted for her track record in dental and pharmacy transactions, and Sarah Hillebron.

Leading individuals

Justin Cumberlege - Cripps LLP

Nick Austen - Cripps LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gemma Mintram - Cripps LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP's local government practice has wide-ranging expertise covering real estate acquisitions and disposals, development work including planning, environmental and construction matters, and public sector procurement, among other areas. James Lee is continuing to lead the advice to Slough Borough Council on the £1bn urban regeneration project in Slough, which involved a library and football stadium, as well as housing and community projects. Other recent highlights include acting for Eastbourne Borough Council on the acquisition and redevelopment of Hampden retail park, and representing Canterbury City Council in Employment Tribunal proceedings arising from claims for unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal. Miles Paffard, which includes James Lee, who has a strong track record handling development and regeneration projects, and Jason Towell.

Leading individuals

Miles Paffard - Cripps LLP

Next generation lawyers

James Lee - Cripps LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP's team includes 'specialists in each area who are able to jump in when needed'. Mike Scott is noted for 'his great knowledge of the industry', Kate Robinson is 'super responsive, very technically knowledgeable and has amazing attention to detail' and Jason Towell  is 'calm and pragmatic'.Stephen Hedley, Richard Blackman and Glenn Miller are other key practitioners. The team handles all facets of real estate work from planning, funding and construction to refinancing and sales. Clients include investment companies, pension funds, private equity houses and REITs, as well as developers and occupiers. It is advising Liberty Property Trust UK on a mixed-use development near Horsham in a project that is valued in excess of £200m; the development is intended to provide a new sustainable community.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP fields a 'professional and well-resourced' construction practice that handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious construction matters, with an emphasis on regeneration and urban renewal projects. In an illustration of its track record in major regeneration projects, the practice is continuing to act for Slough Borough Council on the £1bn regeneration of Slough, which involves a £27m library, an £8m football stadium for Slough Town FC, and most recently four new leisure centres, the refurbishment of a number of schools and several housing and infrastructure developments. Other highlights included assisting the English National Ballet with the relocation of its headquarters to London City Island, which involved negotiating the construction documents relating to the fit-out of the new HQ; and acting for Kato Kagaku Co on the refurbishment of the Aldwych Quarter in London, for which Andrew Harbourne led the team handling the completion of the appointment and construction documentation for the work on the north west wing in 2017. James Lee heads the practice and is 'a great construction lawyer who offers practical and commercial advice in a timely manner, and achieves a good balance between protecting the client's interests and commercial acceptability'. Contentious construction expert Nitej Davda is also recommended.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP's planning team handles environmental law matters and is 'highly regarded by fellow professionals'. Jason Towell has a longstanding track record advising housebuilders and land promoters on environmental law issues relating to their high-profile developments. Areas of expertise include environmental impact assessments, contaminated land issues and judicial reviews.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP is particularly noted for its advice to housebuilders and affordable housing providers, although its expertise extends to handling planning issues related to major projects in the retail, leisure and renewable energy sectors. In an illustration of its work on the housebuilding front, practice head Jason Towell acted for Liberty Property Trust a s106 agreement for a new sustainable community in North Horsham, includes 2,750 new homes, a business park in excess of 45,000 sq metres, and retail and community facilities. Other recent highlights include acting for Persimmon Homes and Bovis Homes on the planning strategy and s106 agreement  for a major urban development for 400 dwellings, and assisting Wates Development with securing planning permission for an urban extension of 750 dwellings at Basingstoke. Beth Gascoyne is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Jason Towell - Cripps LLP

Next generation lawyers

Beth Gascoyne - Cripps LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

'A leading firm in property litigation in the South East', Cripps LLP provides 'sophisticated , commercial advice and effectively fights for its clients' interests where necessary'. The 13-lawyer team acts for a prominent client base of developers, property investors, occupiers, central and local government authorities and infrastructure companies on the full range of property disputes. Recent work includes acting for the Crown Prosecution Service on the operation of an option to break a lease of premises in the Home Counties, which involved negotiations to settle repairing liabilities sufficiently early to avoid the need to undertake works, detailed consideration of items to be removed from the premises and liaison with surveyors. The practice also defended a developer against a breach of covenant preventing the use of a former public house as anything other than a public house, and acted for an insurer in eight rights to light claims with a combined insurable value of more than £150m involving residential tower blocks in London. Miles Paffard heads the practice and is recommended alongside Mike Scott, who is noted for his 'clear advice and commercial attitude to disputes', and Nitej Davda, who is 'accessible, committed and solution focused',

Leading individuals

Miles Paffard - Cripps LLP

Nitej Davda - Cripps LLP

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP advises registered providers, housebuilders and affordable housing divisions on the full range of social housing matters,  including site acquisitions, development and funding, regeneration schemes and shared ownership leases. Andrew Harbourne is the key contact.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP

The team at Cripps LLP has experienced an uptick in a number of practice areas, including fintech, ad tech, insurance tech and healthcare tech, as well as assisting clients with GDPR compliance. Commercial practice head Pete Kenyon also heads up the firm’s advertising, technology and media sector group, and has continued to advise Optomany on a range of complex, high-value technology deals, including a contract with a household payment services provider for the supply of the Optomany Payment Solution to the provider’s customers. Irfan Baluch has been assisting RDT with complex integration and support issues relating to the Trice app, creating a new mobile marketplace for RDT’s insurer clients. Other clients include TET, Diaku and Documents Plus. Recently promoted partner Kathryn Rogers is recommended as a figure of note.

Next generation lawyers

Kathryn Rogers - Cripps LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Cripps LLP

The ‚Äėexcellent, knowledgeable‚Äô¬†Cripps LLP¬†provides ‚Äėquick response times, good value for money and appropriately tailored practical advice‚Äô. Advertising, technology and media sector head¬†Pete Kenyon¬†and¬†Irfan Baluch¬†are the key figures; both are recommended for their ‚Äėexcellent responsiveness, good sector knowledge and straightforward advice‚Äô. Kenyon‚Äôs client base is focused in the software sector, and Kenyon himself has a particular focus on complex IP development and licensing structures, spending a considerable amount of time working with Optomany on a range of complex, high-value technology deals with IP licensing at their core. Baluch assists established businesses and start-ups with the development, acquisition, protection and exploitation of IP, with one notable matter seeing him working alongside ‚Äėstar‚Äô corporate and commercial lawyer¬†Victoria Symons¬†to advise RDT on the strategic licensing issues relating to the Trice app, which effectively seeks to create a new mobile marketplace for RDT‚Äôs insurer clients. Other practice clients include Coregeo, Holiday Extras and the Alzheimer‚Äôs Society.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Cripps LLP

The 'excellent'¬†Cripps LLP¬†team ‚Äėunderstands the client‚Äôs business thoroughly‚Äô and ‚Äėis as good as any of the big London firms‚Äô. The firm acts for major advertising and marketing services agencies, rights owners and publishers, among others, with representative clients including Instinctif Partners, Hearts & Science and Samba Communications.¬†Pete Kenyon¬†heads the firm‚Äôs advertising, technology and media team in Kings Hill and specialises in working with media and creative agencies and online publishers, with recent projects of note including acting for social media marketing agency Influencer on an issue of shares to Caspar Lee and advising We Are Social on its commercial agreements. Tunbridge Wells-based¬†Nigel Stanford¬†specialises in M&A deals in the technology and media sectors, recently completing a joint venture arrangement for client DAC Group Europe with Spanish media agency Infinity Media Services.¬†Kathryn Rogers,¬†Irfan Baluch¬†and¬†Salim Somjee¬†are other figures of note.

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