Cripps > Tunbridge Wells, England > Firm Profile

Cripps
NUMBER 22
MOUNT EPHRAIM
TUNBRIDGE WELLS
Kent
TN4 8AS
England

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Cripps has a large corporate team, based in Tunbridge Wells, which handles private equity and M&A transactions in the healthcare, advertising, technology and media, insurance broking and education sectors. The team acts for a wide range of regional, national and international clients including from the US, France and Spain. James Beatton co-leads the team with Julie Hughes. Beatton has particular experience in advising directors and shareholders, while Hughes has increasing expertise in transactions involving nurseries and schools. Salim Somjee heads the team’s growing private equity offering; his Spanish fluency helps to attract corporate clients from Spain.

Practice head(s):

James Beatton; Julie Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Salim Somjee; Nigel Stanford; Helen Garner; John Kirkwood

Testimonials

‘Proactive, flexible approach. Strong understanding of commercial drivers and key transaction acspects. Consistent team provides a consistent approach.’

‘Real sector strength – technology, media, education are three examples – and an ability to bring the right skills and people to the task. The team is truly outstanding – and fun too!’

‘Cripps Pemberton Greenish has strength as a team for project work, enabling a complex process to be successfully completed. ’

‘Salim Somjee must do nothing else but think about helping his clients get the best result.’

‘I came across Julie Hughes as she was working on the opposite side of a transaction we are involved in. Although she was not working for our client, I saw enough to know that she would be better on our side in future deals! I have since worked with Julie on a number of complex childcare transactions and she has been brilliant. ’

 ‘John Kirkwood has strong commercial understanding, experienced in commercial and transactions. Always delivers to a high standard and on timetable.’

‘Julie Hughes is direct, empathetic and knows her stuff, which in the childcare and education industry is a prerequisite! If we come across an issue she is able to make sure we have a solution which saves time and money!’

‘Julie Hughes is an outstanding team leader – highly capable in providing the right input in the right way, and in navigating through a complex and protracted process.’

Key clients

Sahara Holdings Limited

The John Lyon School

E-Cloth Limited

Bedfont Scientific Limited

EKC Group

PFPR

Local Planet

Mobeus Equity Partners

AdEPT Technology Group

Holiday Extras

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of the Sahara Group on their £74,000,000 sale to Nasdaq listed Boxlight Corporation.
  • Advised John Lyon School on the strategic acquisition of the business  of Quainton Hall School, which comprised the assets and properties.
  • Advised EKC Group on its acquisition of Ashford College campus from West Kent & Ashford College and Canterbury Spring Lane campus from Hadlow College; in each case, from education administrators.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 1

The commercial litigation team at Cripps frequently handles complex work involving shareholder and partnership disputes, insolvency, professional negligence and contract frustrations, with clients based nationally and increasingly internationally. The team is co-led by Ed Weeks and Russell Simpson; the ‘very commercial‘ Weeks has particular expertise of work involving senior individuals in business, especially shareholder disputes, while Simpson heads the firm’s specialist disputes team, with expertise in trust and estate disputes and professional negligence. Joanna Ford works with clients in the IT and technology sectors, whilst Tom Bourne leads on the team’s food and drink related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ed Weeks; Russell Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Ford; Tom Bourne; Hannah Proctor

Testimonials

‘A very good out of London team. Responsive, commercial and good to deal with.’

‘From a client’s point of view, the organisation works as a team – where particular expertise is required, then the appropriate person is put in touch, whilst it is clear that the overall picture of one’s individual case is maintained.’

‘My experience has been that Cripps is very good at identifying the issues in a case, only spending time on what needs to be done and not being tempted to do what is not necessary. There is an overall sense of them being commercial and competent in a way that other firms do not achieve.’

‘The Cripps team is diligent, attentive and client-friendly. We are very satisfied with Cripps.’

‘The individuals in the Cripps team that we work with, particularly Hannah Proctor, are always very responsive, and they provide clear advice and assistance in guiding us through the various procedural aspects of the English court system. They are calm, reasonable and rational.’

‘The organisation as a whole has been an invaluable source of support – Tom Bourne in particular making himself available at all times through a crisis situation. His knowledgeable, calm and empathetic manner, and his grasp of complex situations gives a feeling of total confidence.’

‘Ed Weeks is excellent – very commercial, great to work with and with very good instincts. Hannah Proctor is an efficient and capable associate.’

‘Ed Weeks has excellent judgement, knowing when to litigate and when not.’

Key clients

Eurotunnel / The Channel Tunnel Group

University of Kent

Holiday Extras

The Wates Group

Bank of St Helena

Cadogan Estates Ltd

Fridays Ltd

Spink & Son Ltd

Paydens (Nursing Homes) Ltd

Panini Spa

Work highlights

  • Advising an international manufacturer and distributor of toys and games in relation to breach of warranty issues following acquisition of UK entity.
  • Acting for majority shareholders with regard to protecting their interests in a family owned construction business, following presentation of a petition by the minority shareholder.
  • Acting for a non-executive director of a company in administration being pursued for millions of pounds in relation to alleged breaches of fiduciary duty.

Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Rhona Darbyshire heads up the Tunbridge Wells-based employment team at Cripps, and specialises in advising clients from the advertising, technology, retail and hospitality sectors. While the department has an impressive international reach, it is also dedicated to supporting regional businesses in the South East, with clients ranging from private schools and hospitality-based businesses to technology driven companies. Camilla Beamish has particular expertise in general employment advisory work, corporate support issues and employment litigation, while Patrick Glencross frequently handles TUPE work and tribunal litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rhona Darbyshire

Testimonials

‘In my experience, Cripps Pemberton Greenish take the time to understand their client and offer pragmatic and actionable advice. They are on top of the latest case law and imminent changes to support compliance and change management.’

Key clients

Eurotunnel Services Limited

Cadogan Estate

Delivery Associates

Valeo Groupe

Harrow School

Sessùn

Rémy Cointreau

Holiday Extras

Sahara Holdings

Chapel Down Group plc

Work highlights

  • Representing Gatehouse Bank in an Employment Tribunal high-value unfair dismissal claim and other ancillary claims, which arose out of a reorganisation project.
  • Advising Holiday Extras in relation to the impact of Covid-19 on its workforce requirements.
  • Advised Sahara Holdings Limited regarding the sale of the business, including assisting with due diligence, responding to enquiries, drafting/negotiating employment provisions in the sale agreement and reviewing employment contracts.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Cripps‘s insolvency and restructuring practice leverages the firm’s strengths in commercial litigation and corporate work. On the non-contentious side, practitioners are sought after in intra-group reorganisations, solvent schemes of arrangement, demergers and pre-sale restructurings. Contentious work covers claims arising from antecedent transactions and breaches of directors’ duties, as well as winding-up petitions, among other matters. As part of an ongoing trend, the firm has seen an uptick in administrations and insolvency litigation. The practice is led by Joanna Ford, who led a cross-departmental team that acted for Crowe UK LLP as the administrators of Simply Scuba Limited in 2020. Other members of the group include managing associate John Kirkwood and contentious insolvency specialist Hannah Proctor, who was recently promoted to senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Ford

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A diverse team, very knowledgeable.’

‘Hannah Proctor is very competent leading claims/defences relating to directors duties disputes and claims arising post-insolvency. She understands the key issues and proactively deals with issues that arise. She is someone you want on your team. ’

‘Jo Ford thinks clearly, works hard for her clients and gets the right result.’

‘The people in this team are empathetic, professional, personable, thorough and dedicated with superb specialist knowledge and make everything seem so effortless given the unprecedented year we have been through.’

‘So personable and kind without losing their edge for a moment. Joanna Ford has been a guide and a rock throughout some very challenging times.’

The commercial advice was very positive and practical and not lost in legalese wording. Cripps positive responses to the two matters they dealt with for me were efficient, timely and effective in demonstrating that the claims was of no substance. For one of the claims, other national law firms were involved but Cripps was not overshadowed by them and took the lead in our response. The other major matter is that their fees were extremely reasonable and significantly lower than if I had used a London firm.’

‘The partner I dealt with was Joanna Ford. I found her accessibility outstanding compared to my experience of other firms.She was always available to discuss matters as they arose and to give practical advice – a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

The Conduit

Crowe U.K. LLP

Quantuma LLP

Cadogan Estates Limited

Green Box Recycling (Kent) Limited

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Edge Recovery Limited

East Kent College

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Smith & Williamson LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised The Conduit, a private members’ club in Mayfair, on its financial difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing winding-up petition issued by its landlord.
  • Acted for EKC Group on the acquisition of a further education college from the Hadlow Group, the country’s first education administration.
  • Acted for the defendants in a reported six-day High Court trial concerning breach of directors’ duties.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

The Tunbridge Wells-based team at Cripps advises both regional and national clients in high value claims involving solicitors, surveyors, financial advisors accountants, and architects. Russell Simpson, who leads the specialist disputes team, handles complex claims and is ‘always on top of the details‘. He works alongside Pradeep Oliver, who focuses on claims regarding mismanaged and mis-sold financial arrangements, including financial products, investments, and pensions, and is praised for his ‘clear thinking, calm and confident’ approach. Associate Tristam Razzell also has a focus on financial services claims.

Practice head(s):

Russell Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Pradeep Oliver was incredibly professional; I felt immediately at ease speaking to him and he built trust with me very well. He brought Tristam Razzell in on our second call when we did a deep dive. Tristam then took the lead and asked a series of investigative questions. This call assured me that I was happy to work with Tristam moving forward.’

‘I am seriously impressed by Pradeep Oliver. He displayed clear thinking and and a calm and confident way of dealing with the argument and counter argument. This led to a highly satisfactory conclusion for me.’

‘Notable attributes include perseverance and good communication.’

‘Russell Simpson is particularly adept at explaining complex issues.’

‘Cripps has longstanding expertise in this area, acting both for claimants and defendants. They are a tried and tested outfit.’

‘Russell Simpson is a dedicated litigator, who works extremely hard for his clients, is always on top of the details of a case, and will not accept second-best.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for 20 private clients bringing a group action against their solicitors for negligent advice surrounding their investment in a failed hotel development scheme.
  • Instructed in place of other solicitors by an ultra-high net worth individual who is bringing a claim against his accountants/tax advisors for failing to declare the income within an offshore trust structure and the benefit of a tax free loan on his tax returns from 2009 to 2017.
  • Acted for a private client in relation to a claim against former solicitors who failed to issue proceedings under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 within the 6 month limitation period.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Operating from offices in Tunbridge Wells and London, the team at Cripps advises on the full range of matters related to agriculture and estates, including family succession and wealth planning, property leases, grazing arrangements and major property disputes. Practice leader Sally Firby specialises in the sale and purchase of high-value residential farms and estates, working with ‘excellent‘ associate Kit Mordaunt, who has considerable experience regarding complex matters relating to landed estates. Kate Arnold leads the private wealth team and is an expert in structuring property ownership, while Paul Fairbairn deals primarily with lad tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Sally Firby

Testimonials

‘Kit Mordaunt was excellent at all times. I cannot speak too highly of his service and help.’

‘Cripps remain one of the strongest, if not the strongest rural legal teams in the South. ’

‘Sally Firby is the optimum professional, being very approachable and communicative with a firm grasp and knowledge of her subject and client case to ensure great results in very quick time.’

Key clients

Chapel Down

Wayfarer Wines LLP

Evremond Estates Ltd

Rauceby Farms

Mably Dairies Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised on the administration of a £20m estate, successfully claiming agricultural and business property reliefs.
  • Advised on the succession and tax planning on a £10m development within a £100m estate.
  • Acted for Mably Dairies Limited and the lender in the purchase of a large West Country working dairy farm.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Cripps works with high-net-worth individuals, charities, and corporate clients on the full range of charity law and governance matters, including charity formation, dissolution and mergers, liabilities and protection, and ethical investment and staffing. The team frequently collaborates with the wider firm’s real estate practice on relevant property matters. Practice leader Kate Arnold leads the team and is an expert in matters regarding philanthropy and the setting up of charitable trusts, and managing associate Dominic Ribet frequently acts for high-net-worth individuals seeking to establish charities in the UK. In London, Andrew Millett also focuses on charity financing, restructurings, and governance.

Practice head(s):

Kate Arnold; Dominic Ribet

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘It feels like a holistic team rather than a firm of individuals working in the best interests of my charity.’

They all go above and beyond what is required to deliver clear guidance and an exceptional service. As a charitable funder they understand that the more we save, the more we can grant to the charities we support.

Key clients

John Lyon’s Charity / Harrow School

EKC Group

URC Thames North Trust

The London Diocesan Fund

University of Kent

Canterbury Christ Church University

Goodenough College

The Dorothy Kerin Trust

English National Ballet

The Dulwich Estate

Francis Holland Schools Trust

Hospice in the Weald

Work highlights

  • Advised John Lyon’s Foundation on all legal matters in relation to Harrow School, John Lyon’s School, John Lyon’s Charity, Harrow International Schools Ltd., Harrow Development Trust, and Harrow School Enterprises Ltd.
  • Advised the English National Ballet in relation to their high-profile relocation of their main headquarters from Markova House to London City Island.
  • Provided advice to Goodenough College on commercial and corporate matters related to real estate, employment, and dispute resolution.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Cripps advises both UK and overseas high-net-worth individuals on high value trust disputes involving assets across different jurisdictions, offering “a truly specialist service”. 2020 saw the launch of Cripps Life, a legal management system for clients. Practice leader Myles McIntosh , who ‘commands great respect for his considered and measured approach’, heads up the team on major matters. ‘Excellent litigation strategistPhilip Youdan specialises in trust and will disputes, while Russell Simpson deals with high value probate and inheritance and trust disputes. Additionally, senior associate Dino Sikkel specialises in dispute resolution on high value trust and estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Myles McIntosh

Testimonials

‘They are very pragmatic and user-friendly. Good expertise across the range of trust and estate disputes.’

‘Phil Youdan has very impressive knowledge and experience in this area. An excellent litigation strategist.’

‘Cripps offer a truly specialist service. You get the impression that they stick to what they know.’

‘Myles McIntosh commands great respect for his considered and measured approach, becoming a senior figure in the region. Philip Youdan is making a name for himself.’

‘The team has a wealth of experience and depth. They are client focused and achieve results. The team is pleasant to deal with and although they will fight hard for their clients and their client’s position, they adopt a sensible approach. The team also embrace mediation where necessary and make full use of mediation in contentious trust and probate cases where mediation is regarded as a norm.’

‘Myles McIntosh is the head of the team and he is exceptionally pleasant to deal with. Philip Youdan is a very experienced practitioner who again is pleasant to deal with and does not adopt unnecessarily contentious positions. He gets to the meat of the matter and will endeavour to find constructive solutions.’

‘The contentious trusts and probate team is well set up to handle disputed estates and trust matters. They are experienced in what they do in what is a niche area.’

Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Alex Davies leads the family department at Cripps’s office in Tunbridge Wells, which is praised for its ‘incredible strength in depth‘. The team has particular expertise in handling work for high profile and high-net-worth clients regarding complex financial remedy cases, pre-nuptial agreements and children work, and has a commitment to ADR, FDR and arbitration. The team also has a strong regional presence. The ‘understanding and strongVanda James, a member of Resolution, frequently handles complex financial cases involving pensions and trusts assets, whilst Simon Donald has considerable experience advising clients on relationship breakdowns.

Practice head(s):

Alex Davies

Other key lawyers:

Vanda James; Simon Donald; Helen Fisher

Testimonials

‘What makes the firm unique and different to firms I had worked with previously was that at every level Cripps made you feel that you mattered. They wanted to respond to your queries and get back to you with answers as soon as possible. Firms I had previously worked with made you feel you were an inconvenience or expecting too much. Cripps welcomed any correspondence.’

‘Cannot speak too highly of this firm. The team are friendly, engaging and an absolute pleasure to deal with.’

‘Vanda James was exactly what I wanted from a solicitor. She was understanding and strong. I felt like she wouldn’t be willing to settle or convince me to be more realistic. Vanda got to know my story and know what I wanted and what was best for the children.’

‘Helen Fisher was personable and articulate. Her attention to detail was outstanding and her guidance through an acrimonious divorce, dealing with my personal emotional roller coaster was balanced, settling and firm. Helen listened and took advice/guidance when she thought it was appropriate but stayed firm and resolute when she felt she needed to. I always felt this was in balance. She was always explaining processes or law so that I always felt I understood what was happening. I thought she was outstanding in how she worked with, and on behalf of, me.’

‘Helen Fisher’s works was just excellent – I couldn’t recommend her enough. She supported and guided me so professionally through what was a stressful, acrimonious divorce. Hard working and pragmatic, Helen Fisher is a credit to Cripps, always giving balanced advice, anticipating and advising on every next step, and developing situations expertly. Helen cuts through the detail efficiently, and gives clear, succinct information and advice every step of the way. Super bright and always so responsive – thank you for helping me through this really rough time.’

‘Alex Davies is the standout. I’ve known Alex a long while and knew early on he was one to watch. In a really competitive Family Law market he really does hold his own and is much in demand if the quality and volume of work he sends to chambers is any indicator.’

‘Simon Donald brings intelligence and humanity to his role. He cares about the outcome of his cases and focuses on achieving the best results for his clients but does so through the lens of objectivity that makes his work cost efficient and minimises emotional difficulty for the clients, too. His intelligence means that he sees right to the heart of the issues and his lateral thinking helps to resolve seemingly intractable issues. He is outstanding.’

‘They have an incredible strength in depth. Alex Davies has done an amazing job in building the team from the ground up to one of the top firms in Kent. The level of client they attract, the fantastic advice and client service they offer really is second to none!’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Cripps has a large private client team in Tunbridge Wells. Alongside the core private client offering, the team handles work related to trust and estate administration and philanthropic giving. Its regional, national and international clients include business owners, legal and financial professionals, estate owners and individuals with significant inherited wealth. Kate Arnold, who leads the team, has considerable experience advising a wide range of clients; she has a notable focus on UK and French succession. Paul Fairbairn has extensive experience advising international individuals whilst Stephen Horscroft is skilled at advising on complex capacity issues. Jessica Jamieson has a particular specialism in international probate matters.

Practice head(s):

Kate Arnold

Testimonials

‘We were recommended this firm and were not disappointed. ’

‘Locally based firm in Tunbridge Wells, but providing a London class of service and professionalism.’

‘Cripps Pemberton Greenish have excellent lawyers with very good quality of work. ’

‘Kate Arnold is willing and able to explain the legal aspects of private wealth issues, particularly concerning wills and succession planning, and then deliver to an agreed strategy. Very friendly and approachable manner.’

‘Jessica Jamieson quickly grasped the case’s complex issues, provided clear and relevant advice and drafted easily readable and understandable documentation to achieve the agreed results’

‘Jessica Jamieson is an excellent lawyer both in the terms of technical knowledge and also client service/handling. She has a very detailed understanding of tax and trust issues as well as wider private client matters including Court of Protection. She has an eye for detail and will very often pick up on a point that others before her will have missed. She is very calm under pressure and a genuinely nice person to work with.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a formally resident and domiciled couple – who now live in the US and hold green cards but retain some properties in the UK – on their transatlantic estate planning.
  • Advising a CEO of a major private company on estate planning for his estate worth in excess of £100m, including shares in the business and a landed estate.
  • Acted for a terminally ill UHNW individual who owns a substantial London property portfolio and properties owned in two investment companies and by the client’s incapacitated elderly mother.

Public sector Tier 1

Cripps provides multidisciplinary advice to a broad public sector client base, including central government bodies, local authorities and utility companies. James Lee heads the construction practice, specialising in non-contentious transactional work and acting as the lead on key projects such as Slough Borough Council’s regeneration scheme. Miles Paffard is a commercial landlord and tenant specialist who works on high-value and complex claims, securing substantial savings for government in dilapidations, conditional lease break and rent review matters.

Practice head(s):

James Lee; Miles Paffard

Key clients

Ashford Borough Council

Crawley Borough Council

Canterbury Christ Church University

Home Office

Runnymede Borough Council

Sevenoaks District Council

Slough Borough Council

South East Water

Town and Country Housing

University of Kent

URC Thames North Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Slough Borough Council in relation to their £1bn urban regeneration called Slough Urban Renewal, providing construction and property litigation advice for the creation of a new library, school, football stadium, housing and infrastructure, with its development partner Morgan Sindall.
  • Acting for Sevenoaks DC in relation to the preparation and negotiations of a s106 Agreement to support an application for a £30m mixed-use redevelopment scheme comprising three commercial units and 104 residential homes.
  • Reviewed and negotiated all South East Water’s construction documents, professional appointments and building contracts under their five-year contractor framework agreements and provided dispute resolution advice.

Real estate > Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Cripps’s ‘very thorough, competent and professional‘ commercial property team in Tunbridge Wells handles work for clients including institutional property investment companies, residential developers, local authorities, shopping centre owners and real estate lenders. The team is co-led by Michael Scott, Stephen Hedley and Richard Blackman, with Hedley handling investment and development transactions. Sarah Ferguson has expertise in advising institutional investors regarding commercial and residential property, whilst Sally Ashworth  deals with promotion and collaboration agreements, site assembly and structuring of development documentation.

Practice head(s):

Mike Scott; Stephen Hedley; Richard Blackman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very thorough, competent and professional team – they have always had our firm’s best interests in mind. The quality of legal advice provided is exceptional. Matters are project managed, partner-led and supervised. Alongside the legal advice the firm provides clear, pragmatic advice and empowers us to make the right decisions. The firm also plays an important role in the local community which we value.’

‘Personal, committed, hardworking and the ability to communicate well throughout all legal matters.’

‘Sarah Ferguson is easy to deal with, responsive and commercial.’

‘Lisa Steer was a pleasure to work with, never missed a scheduled meeting and always took my calls. What I especially liked about Lisa was the time she took to get to know our group, her knowledge of commercial property matters and her understanding of our sector. ’

‘Having worked with Lisa Steer on several property and land related projects, I can confidently state that Lisa’s communication skills are excellent as is her depth of experience in dealing with complex legal matters.’

Key clients

AEW

EKC Group

Endurance Land

The Dulwich Estate

Hermes Real Estate

Kennedy Wilson

Prologis

M&G

Ocean Infinity Group Limited

Omega (After Alpha) Limited

Park Holidays UK Limited

Tristan Capital

Ramsgate Development Company Limited

Runnymede Borough Council

SMCP UK Limited

SRG Group in UAE

Work highlights

  • Advising Omega (After Alpha) Limited on three strategic residential care home projects with a combined value of £15m, comprising the sale of a recently converted, vacant care home conditional on planning for change of use; the sale of the residential care home business with input on corporate, banking and property documentation; and the transfer of a residential care home business with change of leases and the grant of a new 10 year lease conditional upon consents.
  • Advising Kennedy Wilson on key investment matters valued at £38m regarding the sale of two adjoining shopping centres in Oldham totalling approximately 80 retail units.
  • Acting for Ramsgate Development Company Limited in relation to obtaining development finance for the Pleasurama Amusement site in Ramsgate, Kent. and acquiring the company that owned the development site and helped them obtain project funding.

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

With Nitej Davda and James Lee helming the contentious and non-contentious teams  at Cripps respectively, the firm is well-placed to advise on a broad range of work for its diverse client base.  Lee’s team has been advising on a range of mixed-use regenerations, infrastructure projects, and development schemes for local authorities, national utility providers, arts organisations, and public-sector residential developers. On the contentious side, Davda is a seasoned construction litigator with experience dealing with insolvency and professional negligence claims.  Kate Kennedy is a key contact for institutional investors, while Marcus Angell – who arrived from Dentons – has experience in rail and energy-sector disputes. All named lawyers are based in Tunbridge Wells.

Practice head(s):

James Lee (non contentious); Nitej Davda (contentious)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A regional powerhouse.’

‘Adam Osieke and Marcus Angell stand out from the crowd. Both excellent lawyers.’

‘I have always found the firm to be available and responsive on all matters raised in the performance of our business. They are extremely accommodating  and are very efficient and effective .’

‘Kate Kennedy has been invaluable with her knowledge and expertise in matters and advice on construction documentations, and tender processes.’

‘Practical and sector-focused legal advice. They always seem to achieve the right balance so that informed decisions can be made.’

Key clients

Crossrail

Slough Borough Council

South East Water

Federated Hermes (owner of centre:mk)

Harrow School (John Lyon’s Foundation)

English National Ballet

Cadogan Estates

M&G Real Estate (formerly PRUPIM)

Liberty Property Trust UK

Kennedy Wilson Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised the English National Ballet in relation to the high profile relocation of its main headquarters from Markova House to London City Island. This included negotiating the construction documents relating to the fit-out.
  • Advised Slough Borough Council in relation to its £1bn  urban regeneration called Slough Urban Renewal, with its development partner Morgan Sindall.
  • Reviewed and negotiated all South East Water’s construction documents, professional appointments and building contracts under their five-year contractor framework agreements and provided dispute resolution advice. Also drafted a new 8-year framework contract for network maintenance works and the installation of a new mains pipeline and several water treatment work upgrades.

Real estate > Environment and planning Tier 1

Cripps ’s expertise in the residential development sector is reflected in their notable roster of national housebuilder clients and key regional panel appointments. Beyond housebuilding, the team is highly capable in the mixed-use and commercial planning sphere, acting for a range of retailers, leisure groups, and utilities providers. Department head Jason Towell brings almost three decades of market experience to bear on an array of major urban extension projects and commercial development schemes. Beth Gascoyne is a specialist planning lawyer with a significant private and public sector presence, handling Section 106 agreements, redevelopments and infrastructure matters with equal fluency. All named lawyers are based in Tunbridge Wells.

Practice head(s):

Jason Towell

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Barratt Homes

Berkeley Homes (Eastern Counties) Limited

Bulwark Limited

Cadogan

F C Stark Limited

Federated Hermes

Kennedy Wilson Europe

Persimmon Homes Limited

Redrow Homes Limited

Sevenoaks District Council

Trenport Investments Limited

Town and Country Housing

Wates Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Wates Developments and Redrow Homes’ Section 106 agreement for 1,500 dwelling garden town development in Bicester.
  • Advising on development of 1,360 dwellings as part of a mixed use urban extension of Aylesham Village near Dover.
  • Advising on development of a site in Hampshire to provide for 110 new homes which required establishment of a complex mitigation strategy to deal with Natural England’s and the local authority’s concerns re nutrient neutrality in the Solent. Nutrient neutrality in the Solent is a very high profile issue at the moment.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Cripps fields one of the largest property litigation departments in the South East and it is well placed to handle mandates from public and private sector clients at regional, national and international level. The team has been engaged in a growing number of COVID-induced retailer insolvencies, where seasoned practice head Miles Paffard is a key contact. The equally experienced Nitej Davda concentrates on leasehold enfranchisement and residential landlord and tenant disputes, including property-based professional negligence claims. Mike Scott splits his time between management duties and a wide-ranging disputes practice. Also recommended are Richard Housley, who focuses on leaseholder rights, and Adam Osieke. Senior associate Anna Toynton joined the team from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

Practice head(s):

Miles Paffard

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This is the stand out firm in property litigation in the South East, and stands head and shoulders above the rest. The whole team acts as a team, and though they have exceptionally good individual lawyers, they work together extremely well.’

‘Mike Scott, who is stepping up from head of team to senior partner of the firm is one of the best lawyers of his generation. He combines a keen legal analytical mind with an affability that clients love and is a pleasure to be instructed by. When you work with Mike, you are part of a team. Miles Paffard is also excellent and is similar to Mike in terms of being fiendishly clever, but extremely clever to work for.’

Key clients

M&G Real Estate (Prudential Assurance Company)

Federated Hermes

Kennedy Wilson Europe

Wates Group

AEW Europe

Park Holidays UK Limited

South East Water

The Dulwich Estate

Legal & Contingency

SRG Group

Work highlights

  • Providing advice, assistance and support to Federated Hermes, M&G Real Estate, Kennedy Wilson Europe and AEW Europe on an ever-increasing number of retailer insolvencies.
  • Conducting a variety of claims for Legal & Contingency, ranging from absence of easement claims to restrictive covenant claims and absence of planning permission or building regulations claims.
  • Defending an ultra-high net worth individual in a circa £3m damages action arising from the redevelopment of a large property in Chelsea.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

At Cripps, one of the distinguishing features of the practice is its strengths in real estate finance; reflective of its strengths in this area, the firm is on the panels of a number of UK banks and other institutional lenders. It also excels in acquisition finance and asset finance work. Elsewhere, the firm has a standout capability in funds matters; a name to note in this area is Victoria Symons, who handles the entire ambit of funds issues (including structuring and regulatory) for clients such as institutional investors, family offices and high-net-worth individuals. Her practice covers areas such as renewable energy, social enterprise, and residential and commercial property.  Craig Bowers heads up the group, which also includes Julie Hughes.

Practice head(s):

Craig Bowers

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ability to deliver a high quality service, on timetable for a reasonable value fee. good level of experience and consistent use of team providing a consistent high service level.’

‘Victoria Symons is a very pragmatic down to earth lawyer who is our main touchpoint at Cripps. She is responsive and almost always immediately understands what we are looking for. She is insightful, genuine and covers a wide range of issues for us. She will refer work to her colleagues whenever the need arises and will turn around work quickly and efficiently if the situation demands.’

‘The individuals within the practice are easy to work with, yet thorough and rigorous in their approach.’

Key clients

Holiday Extras

CH1 Investment Partners Limited

Jensco

Paydens

Close Brothers Property Finance

AdEPT Technology Group Plc

SRG

NR Orion LLP (Niveda Group)

Solai

Santander

Work highlights

  • Acted for Holiday Extras Investments Limited on the refinance of its existing term and revolving facilities and a new CLBILS facility.
  • Advised Jensco on a loan facility from Kinetic Capital Limited to fund the development of large scale student accommodation facilities in Nottingham.
  • Providing CH1 with regulatory and structuring advice on numerous alternative investment fund structures for high-net-worth investors.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

Cripps primarily focuses on non-contentious work, assisting with all elements of IP commercialisation including strategic planning, licensing and auditing. The team is particularly strong with regards to tech-related issues; practice head Pete Kenyon and Irfan Baluch are experienced in the sector and advise start up and early stage companies on commercial agreements relating to software. Beyond tech, the group works with businesses from the e-commerce, energy and food production space, including new clients Thortful and Alpha311. At associate level, Phil Bilney collaborates with the firm’s litigation team on IP-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Really appreciated the flexibility and belief shown by Cripps for our business model. As a start-up funds are minimal and Cripps worked with us to defer billing in order for us to build the company in the first instance without the challenge of finding the funds upfront.’

‘Professional and reputable. My personal experience of working with Cripps has been a pleasure. I have established a good rapport with both of them and feel comfortable to have free and frank discussions about important topics which affect my business. They know they can tell me if I am wrong or if what I am suggesting is not the best course for the business and I will take that onboard sensibly because of the relationship we have established. I trust them both to give me honest and sound counsel. Anything we have asked of them they have been able to assist with, and this is a breath of fresh air when compared to our previous experiences which were the polar opposite.’

‘The team work very well together and have good knowledge of our sector, us as a client and our needs. This allows for swift communication, turnaround and a very effective service provided across many areas. Collaboration, confidence and trust, all linking to an overall relationship are the key.’

‘Our key contact, Pete Kenyon is always available, responsive, knowledgeable and can provide great legal and commercial advice during the process. Our key associate, Phil Bilney is exactly the same.’

‘The TMT-IP team is very strong, both in terms of the their legal expertise and their commercial experience’

‘The team understood early what our needs were and organised assistance to achieve our legal structure. Not too pricy but appropriately budgeted.’

‘Irfan Baluch is our intellectual property rights council. He has been instrumental in structuring our negotiations for IP rights.’

‘Irfan Baluch – trusted advisor to RDT. Cares about the work he does for us as much as we do.’

Key clients

Thortful

Alpha311

Berry Gardens

The Mango Agency Limited

RDT

Electroneum Ltd

Qubedata

AG Thames

Awesome Dog Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising online card company Thortful on the subsistence and enforcement of its intellectual property rights.
  • Advising Alpha 311 in relation to intellectual property ownership and confidentiality matters in relation to its development of novel wind turbines which generate energy from passing vehicles.
  • Advising leading fruit grower and supplier Berry Gardens in relation to its intellectual property matters, in particular its licensing arrangements with key suppliers.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Cripps has genuine expertise in almost all areas of the technology market, though fintech, insurtech and AI are some of the firm’s key areas. In 2020, the team has been busy assisting clients with issues relating to the covid-19 pandemic; Kathryn Rogers in particular has assist clients with the e-commerce services and remote-working requirements. ‘Fantastic partner’ Pete Kenyon leads the team and focusses on the commercialisation of software, which includes assisting technology providers and purchasing businesses on the procurement of IT products. Irfan Baluch, having previously worked as a software developer, is perfectly placed to advise tech companies on data protection, SaaS and outsourcing.

Practice head(s):

Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They really listen and take a lot of time to truly understand the business and what makes it tick or not as the case may be!’

‘Honest even if not what you necessarily want to hear – efficient and not afraid to question you.’

‘The CPG team has a pragmatic approach to problem solving and the individuals that assist our company have demonstrated a great deal of competence throughout.’

‘The team have been very responsive in our dealings. They have first hand experience and knowledge of the software market and their guidance and support had been extremely useful over the last year or so as we have brought new products to market.’

‘We have worked with several parts of the practice most of this support is directed through Irfan Baluch who is extremely knowledgeable. Irfan ensures that the support we receive is aligned to our needs. He was able to provide guidance during early days of COVID on specific Contracts and in shaping difficult discussions on Contracts with Suppliers and Customers.’

‘Bubbly and energetic staff who are always striving to support’

‘Pete Kenyon is a fantastic partner who will happily answer a call anytime to help out and support.’

Key clients

Electroneum

Thortful

Deltatre

OSTC

RDT

Optomany

Holiday Extras

Park IT Solutions

Pixid

Winchester Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advising on the commercialisation of the Alphastream’s cutting edge data experiences platform for the financial services market.
  • Advising Electroneum on the development and rollout of the innovative AnyTask platform.
  • Advising Deltatre on a range of issues, including software development and acceptance testing, service levels, information security, data protection and confidentiality.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 2

Cripps uses its ‘pragmatic approach to problem solving‘ to assists media agencies, marketing companies, technology companies and entertainment venues on a broad spectrum of issues. The group is able to collaborate with its strong corporate and commercial property teams to assist companies in the sector with management buyouts, M&A transactions and premises leases. Having previously worked in house at an advertising and media company, Nigel Stanford is ideally placed to work with clients from the sector, specifically on cross-border joint ventures. Pete Kenyon heads up the advertising, technology and media sector team.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Stanford; Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:

Elliot Fry

Testimonials

‘The CPG team has a pragmatic approach to problem solving and the individuals that assist our company have demonstrated a great deal of competence throughout.’

Key clients

Local Planet International

PFPR

We Are Social

Awesome Dog Ltd

PHD Media

Goodstuff

Chase & Co Advertising

Uniquest Holdings

Sahara Presentation Systems

Deltatre

English National Ballet

Broden Media

The Conduit

The Mango Agency Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Local Planet International Limited, the only privately-held global media agency in the world, on all their legal matters.
  • Acted for Holiday Extras Investments Limited on the refinance of its existing term and revolving facilities and a new CLBILS facility.
  • Advised the shareholders of the Sahara Group on its sale to Nasdaq listed Boxlight Corporation.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Cripps stands out for its estate management work, including leasehold enfranchisement, carried out for major London estates. Kerry Glanville is the key contact in this space; based in London, she co-heads the practice with Tunbridge Wells-based Miles Paffard, who handles a wide range of landlord and tenant disputes – another key strength of the team – and property-related insolvency. In the insolvency space, the team has acted for a number of estates requiring assistance with retailer CVAs, while, in other work, landowners instructed the team in Electronic Communications Code matters. Other clients include property investors, developers and high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Miles Paffard; Kerry Glanville

Other key lawyers:

Mike Scott; Nitej Davda; Laura Southgate; Lesley Robinson

Testimonials

‘CPG provide me with a very tailored service to meet the specific demands of the asset they are involved in. They ensure all staff working on the asset have the appropriate level of experience to manage and advise us. They are responsive and always provide advice on top of the transactional detail and provide us with a cost-effective service.’

‘They are all first-rate lawyers with excellent client care skills who always, in my experience, go the extra mile.’

‘The team provide comprehensive advice framed in a commercial way that has regard to likely success of outcome and cost.’

‘We have worked with Mike Scott for over 15 years. He is an exceptional lawyer and leads an excellent team.’

Key clients

The Cadogan Estate

The Crown Estate Commissioners

The Sloane Stanley Estate

The Portman Estate

The Eyre Estate

The John Lyon’s Chraity Estate

The Ilchester Estate

The Day Estate

The Dulwich Estate

Federated Hermes

Work highlights

  • Acted for 82 Portland Place Investment LLP in a dispute over the circumstances in which it is appropriate to rectify the register at the Land Registry.
  • Acted for Queen Court Freehold Company Limited in an appeal in which the team successfully argued that the leaseholders who had exercised the right to collective enfranchisement should be entitled to acquire leases of the airspace, subsoil and parts of the basement of the relevant premises.
  • As solicitors for a number of London Estates as well as Federated Hermes, the team has advised on an increasing number of tenant retailer insolvencies.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 3

Cripps handles residential property transactions and leasehold enfranchisement work, and it also assists with the general management of country estates, counting The Crown Estate as a key client. In addition to acting for UK-based clients, the team also advises estates and individuals located outside of the UK, most of which are generally domiciled in the US, Middle East and Far East. Tunbridge Wells-based partner Fiona McIntosh, who leads the team firm-wide, has particular experience of matters involving high-value London and country properties. She is assisted by Anna Favre, Kerry Glanville and Sally Firby.

Practice head(s):

Fiona McIntosh

Other key lawyers:

Kerry Glanville; Anna Favre; Sally Firby; Laura Southgate; Kit Mordaunt

Testimonials

We are always impressed with the depth of knowledge in agricultural, estate and SDLT matters; they consistently demonstrate an investigative approach to conveyancing matters.

Their background of working for central London landed estates gives them an edge over competitors. They are still also one of the few firms who provide a full written report on title to clients and other professionals, which has been at times a life-saver.

Anna Favre is of particular note, being a “go-to” person for fast answers to complicated questions, particularly without having to go away and spend three days trying to find said answers. Also one of the few good speakers on leasehold enfranchisement who can give an engaging presentation on the subject. ‘

Key clients

Native Land Limited

The Crown Estate

Cadogan Estates Limited

Eyre Estate

Battersea Power Station Development

The Sloane Stanley Estate

The Portman Estate

The Dulwich Estate

Work highlights

  • Acted for Queen Court Freehold Company on an appeal arguing that the leaseholders who had exercised the right to collective enfranchisement should be entitled to acquire leases of the airspace, subsoil and parts of the basement.
  • Advised Cadogan Estates Limited on the acquisition of leases within its estate.
  • Advised a property developer on the sale of a high end luxury apartment.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Cripps advises clients who include members of the English aristocracy and judiciary, politicians, celebrities and leading business people. The focus of the practice is on advising wealthy UK and overseas individuals, in addition to advising on executorship and trusteeship matters with an international dimension. Jeremy Curtis heads the group and is skilled at advising on all aspects of estate planning, business succession, heritage property and other matters such as court of protection, probate and estate administration. There have been changes to the team at a senior level; John Goodchild is now at Brecher LLP while Victoria Fairley recently joined the team from RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Curtis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘You get the sense that they are on the client’s side and looking for a solution. Jeremy Curtis – great attention to detail, forward thinking and wonderful client care’.

‘The merger of Cripps and Pemberton Greenish has led to a really strong team in this sector, combining traditional values with modern delivery, and able to deliver really good value for money. Jeremy Curtis is a deep thinker, with skills way beyond those just of a lawyer: his deep experience gives him some great abilities to see things from the client’s point of view, and find solutions that work for everyone‘.

‘I only work with Jeremy Curtis, a partner at CPG. Jeremy is measured, thoughtful and a good team player‘.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Cripps, which operates from two bases in London and Tunbridge Wells, works with a client list which includes institutional investors such as REITs, private equity bodies and pension funds, who engage the group for transactions across a wealth of asset classes, particularly retail, hospitality and prime Central London assets. Jason Tann is the key contact in the development space, specialising in residential, mixed-use and landmark office schemes in addition to regeneration, housebuilder and joint venture-led ventures. Elsewhere, the ‘exceptionalOliver Morris is a specialist in head office relocations, new premises transactions and lease negotiations, catering to a broad array of occupiers including professional and financial service, media, technology and central government clients.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Morris

Other key lawyers:

Ed Fowler; Kate Robinson

Testimonials

‘They get straight to the crux of a matter and separate all the issues from the real issues, focusing on just the issues.’

‘Jason Tann is exemplary in his straight-talking, no-nonsense, “let’s focus on the issues and get-the-deal-done” approach.’

‘Very professional with patience in explaining the legal process and practice of English law and court to clients.’

‘Easy to reach out to answer your question and give you their legal opinion with clear direction and easy to understand.’

‘A great firm and highly reliable.’

‘Oliver Morris is exceptional. Always helpful, diligent and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Cojean

Endurance Land

Fender

Infosys Limited

Maje Stores Limited & SMCP UK Limited

Mazars LLP

M&G Real Estate

Mott MacDonald Limited

Ocean Infinity Group

Panaya

Premier Pensions

Punch Drunk

Spink & Sons

Sovereign Capital Partners

Tabula Investment Management

Tradedoubler

Wayne Mcgregor

Yasa

Work highlights

  • Advised Brilliant Basics (part of Infosys) on the expansion of their presence in London, taking four separate leases of approximately 40,000 sq ft of office space at Helical’s new Old Street development, The Bower.
  • Instructed on the assignment of a lease held by an Israeli tech company Panaya.  Panaya no longer needed their office premises. The team assisted with the transfer of their lease which included payment of a reverse premium to the new tenant.
  • Advised American data analytics and marine robotics company, Ocean Infinity Group, on a £6m lease of their new UK headquarters.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 5

Cripps, which operates from two bases in London and Tunbridge Wells, works with a client list which includes institutional investors such as REITs, private equity bodies and pension funds, who engage the group for transactions across a wealth of asset classes, particularly retail, hospitality and prime Central London assets. Jason Tann is the key contact in the development space, specialising in residential, mixed-use and landmark office schemes in addition to regeneration, housebuilder and joint venture-led ventures. Elsewhere, the ‘exceptionalOliver Morris is a specialist in head office relocations, new premises transactions and lease negotiations, catering to a broad array of occupiers including professional and financial service, media, technology and central government clients.

Practice head(s):

Jason Tann

Other key lawyers:

James Lee

Testimonials

‘They get straight to the crux of a matter and separate all the issues from the real issues, focusing on just the issues.’

‘Jason Tann is exemplary in his straight-talking, no-nonsense, “let’s focus on the issues and get-the-deal-done” approach.’

‘Very professional with patience in explaining the legal process and practice of English law and court to clients.’

‘Easy to reach out to answer your question and give you their legal opinion with clear direction and easy to understand.’

‘A great firm and highly reliable.’

‘Oliver Morris is exceptional. Always helpful, diligent and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Baylight Properties Limited

Birchall Properties Limited

Crossrail Limited

English National Ballet

Endurance Land (AG EL LWB B.V.)

Eyre Estate

Hermes Real Estate Investment

Harrow School

Home Office

John Lyon’s Charity

Liberty Property Trust UK Limited

M&G Real Estate (formerly PRUPIM)

Niveda Group

Cadogan

The London Diocesan Fund

The Sloane Stanley Estate

Francis Holland Schools Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising landowner and developer Birchall Properties Limited on all aspects of the development of the Peak Resort scheme in Derbyshire, a mixed leisure, health, sport and education scheme on the edge of the Peak District with a GDV of c. £400m.
  • Acting for an offshore client in connection with various prime central London hotel/leisure investment assets valued at c£100m.
  • Acting as main construction advisers in relation to the development and maintenance of Harrow School’s 300-acre estate on Harrow-on-the-Hill, working on various large scale and high value projects across the estate.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 5

Cripps, which operates from two bases in London and Tunbridge Wells, works with a client list which includes institutional investors such as REITs, private equity bodies and pension funds, who engage the group for transactions across a wealth of asset classes, particularly retail, hospitality and prime Central London assets. Jason Tann is the key contact in the development space, specialising in residential, mixed-use and landmark office schemes in addition to regeneration, housebuilder and joint venture-led ventures. Elsewhere, the ‘exceptionalOliver Morris is a specialist in head office relocations, new premises transactions and lease negotiations, catering to a broad array of occupiers including professional and financial service, media, technology and central government clients.

Practice head(s):

Jason Tann; Stephen Hedley

Other key lawyers:

John McGeough

Testimonials

‘They get straight to the crux of a matter and separate all the issues from the real issues, focusing on just the issues.’

‘Jason Tann is exemplary in his straight-talking, no-nonsense, “let’s focus on the issues and get-the-deal-done” approach.’

‘Very professional with patience in explaining the legal process and practice of English law and court to clients.’

‘Easy to reach out to answer your question and give you their legal opinion with clear direction and easy to understand.’

‘A great firm and highly reliable.’

‘Oliver Morris is exceptional. Always helpful, diligent and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

John Lyon’s Charity

Kennedy Wilson

Kato Kagaku Co. Limited

Hermes Real Estate

The Cadogan Estate

The Eyre Estate

The Baltic Exchange

The Sloane Stanley Estate

SRG Holdings

Niveda Group

Baylight Properties Ltd

Emirates National Bank of Dubai

The Academy of Medical Sciences

M&G Real Estate

Liberty Property Trust UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Principal legal advisors to the Eyre Estate and the Eyre Estate Investment Fund. The team has acted for the client for over 100 years and undertake all investment and asset management work in relation to St John’s Wood Estate and their UK wide property portfolio, which consists of both commercial and residential assets.
  • Advising landowner and developer Birchall Properties Limited on all aspects of a mixed leisure, health, sport and education scheme on the edge of the Peak District, with a GDV of c. £400m. This includes joint venture arrangements, funding arrangements, construction and transactions with future occupiers, including the development and letting of Summit@Peak.
  • Advising a high net worth family in connection with their office and industrial real estate investments, completing transactions totalling c.£15m.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

With offices in Tunbridge Wells and London, the ‘strong‘ real estate finance team at Cripps advises traditional and alternative lenders on investment and development finance. The team is also skilled in handling structures involving offshore jurisdictions, Sharia-compliant finance and bridge financing. Ajoy Bose-Mallick heads the team and predominantly advises on residential and student accommodation properties.

Practice head(s):

Ajoy Bose-Mallick

Testimonials

‘Strong team with strong experience and good reactivity.’

‘Very knowledgeable, understand quickly the legal position of the client and have a good ability to suggest solutions.’

Key clients

Baylight

BRYDG Capital

Niveda Group

London Wall

Liberty Property Trust

Clydesdale Bank PLC

Santander

Handelsbanken

OakNorth Bank

Zorin Finance Limited

Hilltop Credit Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising BRYDG Capital on £5m to £50m investment and development finance transactions involving residential, mixed-use and commercial real estate across the UK, many of which involve complex offshore structures.
  • Advising landowner and developer Birchall Properties Limited on funding aspects of the Peak Resort scheme in Derbyshire.
  • Advising Niveda Group on its investment and development finance requirements for student accommodation sites across the UK, with comprised deals valued at over £100m

The firm: Cripps 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 430 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.

As lawyers for business and life, Cripps’ advisers put their clients at the heart of what they do. Taking it personally from the outset, the firm is one dedicated, integrated team, solving clients’ problems, championing their ambitions and planning for their future.

Cripps doesn’t just do the right thing by clients, the firm is committed to doing it the right way. With the best talent and the right balance of technology, creativity and imagination, Cripps aims to make a lasting difference for clients, people, communities and the planet.

Internationally, the firm has a strong network of trusted legal advisers to support clients with cross-border interests.

Principal areas of work
Businesses and 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 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 and 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 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 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing partner Gavin Tyler
Senior partner Mike Scott
Agriculture and estates Sally Firby
Banking and finance Craig Bowers
Charities Dominic Ribet
Construction James Lee
Contentious trusts and probate Myles McIntosh
Corporate and commercial James Beatton
Dispute resolution Ed Weeks
Education Andrew Millett
Employment Rhona Darbyshire
Environment Jason Towell
Family Alex Davies
Financial services professional negligence Pradeep Oliver
Food and drink Tom Bourne
Healthcare Julie Hughes
Information technology Pete Kenyon
Intellectual property Irfan Baluch
Media and entertainment Nigel Stanford
Partnerships Paul Lester
Planning Beth Gascoyne
Private client Myles McIntosh
Professional negligence Russell Simpson
Property development Richard Blackman
Property litigation Miles Paffard
Real estate Mike Scott
Restructuring and insolvency Joanna Ford
Retail Ed Fowler
Social housing Sarah Ferguson
Trusts and personal tax Myles McIntosh
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Gavin Tyler photo Gavin TylerManaging partner. A highly experienced litigator, whilst managing the firm he has…
Ed Weeks photo Ed WeeksEd has been resolving high level disputes for over 20 years.  He…
Philip Youdan photo Philip YoudanPhilip specialises in resolving disputes concerning money and other assets left on…
Number of UK partners : 65
Number of other UK fee-earners : 130
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At Cripps, we put people at the heart of what we do – our clients, our colleagues and the people in our communities. Together, our purpose is to be the difference. This means using our collective energy, empathy and expertise to make a positive and long-lasting impact on people’s lives and businesses. We realise that actions are more important than words and we make our purpose a reality by channelling our actions through four key ‘pillars’ – our people, clients, planet and community.

Diversity

We embrace diversity, celebrating the different backgrounds and experiences our people bring to work. Understanding that the best ideas come from working with each other, not for each other.

We have active programmes around encouraging and nurturing diversity and inclusion, and have had a longstanding track record on ensuring equality. We treat everyone we work alongside with dignity and respect and our policies on harassment, maternity and paternity leave, help uphold the importance of equality and inclusion in our culture.

The diversity of our team makes us more capable, responsive and, above all, human. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer – our diversity enables us to better serve our clients and to create better solutions for them.

We are fully committed to fostering a truly diverse business that reflects the community and society we inhabit. To underline this commitment, we have signed the Law Society’s Charter on Diversity, which promotes diversity and equality across the entire legal profession.

Read our 2020/21 gender pay gap report.

Protecting the planet

We’re committed to protecting the most valuable resource we have: this remarkable planet we’re all fortunate enough to inhabit. As part of this effort, we’re working towards becoming a net zero business to help build a more sustainable future.

We have an independent assessment and audit of our energy usage, industrial process and travel expenses under the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and report on our energy consumption and associated greenhouse emissions under the SECR regulations. Each year our energy consumption continues to decrease as we introduce new initiatives. Find out more about our environmental initiatives.

In the community

It’s our greatest privilege to use our skills and resources to help support the communities within which we live and work and share our good fortune. We want our actions to have a positive impact on our communities and contribute to causes that matter to our business and our people. Each year, our people support a range of initiatives designed to give back to our communities – from supporting our Charity of the Year, to pro bono work and volunteering for worthwhile causes on our ‘be the difference days’. Find out more about how we make a difference in our communities.


CLIENT: Holiday Extras
COMPANY/FIRM: Cripps
TESTIMONIAL: “[I] continue to be impressed and reassured by having the Cripps team on hand as our legal partner. We have used them on a variety of areas from M&A to commercial and property based projects/deals. They understand our business, give pragmatic advice and become one of the project team seamlessly. We are expertly client managed by Pete [Kenyon] and they are our go-to firm for advice/support and counsel.”


CLIENT: A technology business client
COMPANY/FIRM: Cripps
TESTIMONIAL: “Over the last decade and more, the Cripps team have been on call to give us the support we need, when we needed it and to help us realise our vision. Because of their in-depth understanding of our business and technology and like-minded approach to delivering innovative solutions and managing risk, we regard them as a key strategic partner who continue to make a very valuable contribution to our business.”


CLIENT: A private client (family law)
COMPANY/FIRM: Cripps
TESTIMONIAL: “In such difficult times, you need to have friends. You have made me feel that I was not only dealing with a professional solicitor but with a caring friend that I could count on the support of. For this and for everything you have assisted me with, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”


CLIENT: A private client
COMPANY/FIRM: Cripps
TESTIMONIAL: “They adopt a very modern, human approach to areas of technical legal complication. They make it easy and straightforward for a private individual to understand, interpret and fundamentally make important decisions.”


CLIENT: A real estate developer client
COMPANY/FIRM: Cripps
TESTIMONIAL: “Cripps are very happy to spend time with us before receiving a formal instruction, to discuss and plan our requirements, to ensure we achieve the best possible outcome, in the right time frame for our customers and our business.”


CLIENT: A real estate lender client
COMPANY/FIRM: Cripps
TESTIMONIAL: “The nature of the transactions are often time critical and require legal expertise across a wide range of legal disciplines. At short notice Cripps have provided a dedicated team to work with the bank and our clients in providing a top quality professional service.”