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Cripps Pemberton Greenish
CITY PAVILION, CANNON GREEN
27 BUSH LANE
LONDON
Middlesex
EC4R 0AA
London

Commercial property: retail Tier 1

Cripps Pemberton Greenish has an ‘impressive client base and a diverse depth of work that reflects its quality service’. Its development team is frequently instructed for commercial and residential projects, advising on all relevant issues including site purchases, planning permission, overage and subsequent lettings. In particular, mixed-use developments are a keystone of the practice with the group lending its expertise to prime central London projects, regenerations and joint ventures. The investment practice has a track record of acting for the principal London Estates, and also assists institutional property investors, government departments, housebuilders, banks and high-net-worth individuals. Retail is a sector specialism, with the group acting for nationwide shopping centre owners on asset management and development schemes in addition to providing luxury brands and other stores on disputes, transactions, construction, employment and planning affairs.

Property litigation Tier 3

Now operating under the name Cripps Pemberton Greenish following the merger of Pemberton Greenish and Cripps LLP in December 2018, the team jointly led by Tunbridge Wells-based Miles Paffard and London-based 'stand-out characterKerry Glanville is best known for its leasehold enfranchisement work but also handles dilapidation and rights to light claims, service charge and land registration disputes as well as matters arising from restrictive covenants and insolvency scenarios.

Residential property Tier 3

Building on the merger which formed the firm in late 2018, Cripps Pemberton Greenish's newly combined practice represents high-net-worth domestic and international sellers and buyers of prime London and UK properties, working with developers, banks and estates. The group, which is led by Fiona McIntosh, is adept at liaising with foreign investors, evaluating SDLT liability and negotiating leases. The team also has expertise across the spectrum of tax law, and acts for clients in the Middle East and the Far East looking to invest in the UK property market. Former Pemberton Greenish senior partner Robert Barham is also a key member of the team.

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Cripps Pemberton Greenish has an ‘impressive client base and a diverse depth of work that reflects its quality service’. Its development team is frequently instructed for commercial and residential projects, advising on all relevant issues including site purchases, planning permission, overage and subsequent lettings. In particular, mixed-use developments are a keystone of the practice with the group lending its expertise to prime central London projects, regenerations and joint ventures. The investment practice has a track record of acting for the principal London Estates, and also assists institutional property investors, government departments, housebuilders, banks and high-net-worth individuals. Retail is a sector specialism, with the group acting for nationwide shopping centre owners on asset management and development schemes in addition to providing luxury brands and other stores on disputes, transactions, construction, employment and planning affairs.

Commercial property: development Tier 5

Cripps Pemberton Greenish has an ‘impressive client base and a diverse depth of work that reflects its quality service’. Its development team is frequently instructed for commercial and residential projects, advising on all relevant issues including site purchases, planning permission, overage and subsequent lettings. In particular, mixed-use developments are a keystone of the practice with the group lending its expertise to prime central London projects, regenerations and joint ventures. The investment practice has a track record of acting for the principal London Estates, and also assists institutional property investors, government departments, housebuilders, banks and high-net-worth individuals. Retail is a sector specialism, with the group acting for nationwide shopping centre owners on asset management and development schemes in addition to providing luxury brands and other stores on disputes, transactions, construction, employment and planning affairs.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

A large proportion of the work that Cripps Pemberton Greenish does focuses on tax and succession planning with an international element. Clients include members of the English aristocracy, ultra-net-worth individuals as well as sports personalities and musicians. It also works for numerous non-dom clients and the primary focus of the practice is on individuals who have assets of over £10m. The London team has two dedicated trust managers (one of whom is a qualified accountant) who can deal with annual compliance, trust accounts, tax returns and related matters for its London clients. They also deal with many of its clients’ personal tax affairs. Jeremy Curtis heads the team.

THE FIRM

Cripps Pemberton Greenish is one of the country’s leading legal practices serving corporate, real estate and private clients. With offices in Kent and London, the firm offers a flexible team of more than 450 people to deliver exceptional service to its clients. The firm builds, equips and continuously strengthens its teams, investing in the best talent and technology to deliver this service.

By making ‘how we do it’ as important as ‘what we do’ Cripps Pemberton Greenish has built a unique culture and capability designed around our clients’ needs. Our lawyers, who genuinely care about what they do, have the imagination to provide new perspectives to achieve the best outcomes for clients and want to make the client-adviser experience as enjoyable as possible. Whether acting for a real estate investor, a fast-growing business or a private individual, the approach is the same – making their objectives our own, and getting them to where they need to be at a pace they set. Internationally, the firm has a strong network of trusted legal advisers to support clients with cross-border interests.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Businesses & Organisations:
 The award-winning corporate team supports many of the UK’s most exciting businesses from innovative start-ups to global brands. Dedicated teams advise on mergers, acquisitions and disposals, corporate finance, corporate tax, employment and HR services, commercial contracts, and commercial dispute resolution. Typical clients range from entrepreneurial businesses to international companies who need a personal, flexible service coupled with astute commercial advice. In 2019, the team won Corporate Team of the Year at the Southeast Dealmaker Awards and were recognised in The Times Best Law Firm Guide.

Business Owners: The firm’s unusual combination of private client and commercial capabilities are of considerable advantage to business owners whose personal and business needs overlap. Cripps Pemberton Greenish takes a holistic view of each client’s overall situation and advises on corporate entities and structures, personal and family ownership of business assets, and disposals and transfers, linking these with the structuring of personal tax, wealth management and inheritance affairs.

Individuals & Families: The private client team is one of the largest in the country. It helps people to maximise their assets and makes their lives easier by taking the burden out of managing their personal affairs, in particular on complex trust and tax issues. Working nationally and internationally, the team also helps clients with all types of estate, property and inheritance issues. Cripps Pemberton Greenish is a member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme and the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme.

Real Estate: With one of the UK’s largest commercial real estate teams, the firm advises on every aspect of the property life cycle from raising investment funds, planning a commercial or residential development, to managing a property portfolio.  The team works for some of the country’s largest property owners, developers and investors, as well as advising on the property needs of medium-sized and smaller entrepreneurial businesses and investors. Clients also benefit from the largest dedicated property dispute resolution team in the South East, which advises on all types of contentious property issues.

Sector Focus: Multi-disciplined teams combine industry knowledge and understanding to deliver advice and solutions to businesses in a range of industries. These include real estate investors and developers; advertising, technology and media businesses; retailers; central and local government; pharmacists, dentists and care providers; food and drink businesses; hospitality and leisure clients; professional practices, financial institutions and investors; and, charities.

RECRUITMENT Cripps Pemberton Greenish recruits like-minded people into all parts of the firm. Lawyers are either home-grown through the firm’s comprehensive training scheme or join from other high-quality, city, national and regional firms. Business support professionals are of the highest quality. All staff appreciate the interactive, positive and non-hierarchical working culture in which everyone is valued.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Clare Hyland
Managing partner Gavin Tyler
Agriculture and estates Sally Firby
Banking and finance Nigel Stanford
Charities Kate Arnold
Construction James Lee
Contentious trusts and probate Myles McIntosh
Corporate and commercial James Beatton
Debt recovery Ed Weeks
Dispute resolution Ed Weeks
Education Andrew Harbourne
Employment Rhona Darbyshire
Environment Jason Towell
Family Alex Davies
Financial services professional negligence Pradeep Oliver
Food and drink Victoria Symons
Healthcare Nick Austen
Information technology Pete Kenyon
Intellectual property Irfan Baluch
Media and entertainment Nigel Stanford
Partnerships Chris Langridge
Planning Jason Towell
Private client Myles McIntosh
Professional negligence Russell Simpson
Property development Richard Blackman
Property litigation Miles Paffard
Real estate Mike Scott
Restructuring and insolvency James Beatton
Retail Ed Fowler
Social housing Andrew Harbourne
Trusts and personal tax Myles McIntosh
Number of UK partners : 49
Number of other UK fee-earners : 171
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Pemberton Greenish is a successful central London law firm specialising in real estate, private wealth and corporate.

The firm: Pemberton Greenish LLP offers clients ‘big firm’ expertise in its chosen areas of practice, but with an individual approach and personal service that only specialist firms can provide. The partner-led teams are experienced in their fields and committed to developing a close understanding of clients’ business and legal needs. This personal approach not only fosters familiarity, openness and short lines of communication, but also helps to drive efficiency in getting the work done. The firm’s clients include real estate businesses, domestic and international private individuals, entrepreneurial and family businesses, and charitable foundations and trusts.

It is particularly well known as a leader in leasehold reform work and prime central London property, with a high-quality UK and international private wealth practice. In particular, the firm has developed the largest client base of major London estates of any comparable specialist practice. These include the Cadogan Estate, the Portman Estate, the Crown Estate, the Eyre Estate, the John Lyon’s Charity Estate, the Ilchester Estate, the Sloane Stanley Estate and the Day Estate.

Pemberton Greenish’s heritage spans over two centuries. Founded in 1775, the business has operated in a continuing partnership ever since. The present firm was established in 2000, having demerged from Lee & Pembertons in 2000. The aim was to establish a specialist firm dedicated to advising on all aspects of estate property, with a focus on London’s largest landed estates, together with a private client practice. Since then, the firm has more than doubled in size, and added both a corporate practice and a sizeable team of commercial real estate and construction practitioners, now one of its largest areas of practice.

The firm continues to grow in size, though it will focus this growth on its three core practice areas of corporate, real estate and private wealth. It has recently hired partner, Christine Hereward, as head of planning, adding further strength to the real estate team. It has been noted in legal publications as being understated, but ‘punching above its weight’ (The Lex 100).

Types of work undertaken: Pemberton Greenish’s core business is providing legal services to real estate companies and individuals owning and dealing in UK property assets, with a focus on prime central London. Its 200 years’ experience in the property market is complemented by offering wealth planning services to private clients in areas of UK and international tax planning, trusts, wills and the operation of UK and offshore investment vehicles. The firm has a particular focus on providing services to foreign nationals seeking to relocate to the UK. Its third area of business is the provision of advice and support to owners of small and medium-sized enterprises, including family businesses, across a range of industry sectors such as real estate, media and technology, hotel and leisure, and retail.

Real estate: led by 13 partners, Pemberton Greenish has a sizeable team of 21 fee earners, specialising in both the commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate markets. It offers a comprehensive service with legal advice on areas such as acquisitions, asset management, development, investment, financing, dispute resolution and specialist landlord and tenant, including leasehold enfranchisement.

Private wealth: the firm advises on a broad range of issues, including domicile, tax residence (for individuals, trustees and companies), inheritance tax, capital gains tax and income tax, the tax treatment of resident but non-domiciled individuals, anti-avoidance, and on the formation, administration and governance of UK trusts and charities. It also provides wills and probate services.

Corporate: the firm advises on the formation and governance of companies, acquisitions and disposals, share issues and loan arrangements, shareholder and partnership agreements, and general commercial contracts, working closely with privately-owned companies and private equity firms, as well as charitable organisations, partnerships, sole traders and individuals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Kerry Glanville
Real estate Jason Tann
Private wealth John Goodchild
Corporate Andrew Millet
Number of UK partners : 16
Number of other UK fee-earners : 35
Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Several Cripps Pemberton Greenish recruits had heard about the 'fantastic opportunities on offer for trainees' which would help them 'develop and flourish as lawyers'. And the recently-merged Tunbridge Wells-headquartered firm certainly lives up to expectations, with reports of 'real, hands-on work' and 'involvement in challenging deals and transactions' rife. 'I speak to clients every day. It's not ever considered a problem and in fact it's encouraged' said one trainee, which is presumably the reason Cripps has won a Lex 100 Winner medal for client contact. The 'human approach to the assessment process' was greatly appreciated, with trainees feeling like 'the firm really wanted to get to know the person they were interviewing'. Another Lex 100 Winner medal has been awarded for the vacation scheme. Despite being outside of London, the firm 'has large clients' and a 'broad reach' and you 'get a great work/life balance whilst acting opposite City firms on quality work'. The main complaint was trainee remuneration, which it was felt 'could be slightly improved for a firm of its size and reputation'. 'Losing cases' and 'dealing with difficult and emotional clients' were singled out as worst moments. On a more positive note, 'exchanging contracts on a complex sale', 'going to court for the first time' and 'bringing in a large piece of work for the firm' were clear highlights. The culture is collaborative and one respondent described Cripps as 'the friendliest firm I have ever encountered'. For a firm with an 'excellent reputation' where, even as a trainee, 'you will be involved in challenging deals and transactions', take a closer look at Cripps Pemberton Greenish.