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Downs Solicitors LLP

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Cobham, Dorking, Godalming, London

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 4

Downs Solicitors LLP

From offices in Dorking, Goldalming and Cobham, Downs Solicitors LLP Dorking handles company and asset sales, shareholder sales, joint venture matters and equity funding, with SMEs making up the bulk of its clients. According to one client, 'the service is outstanding, the team gives good advice and is very capable of negotiating with the other party to ensure the deal progresses at a good pace', while according to another client. the team 'compares very favourably with any other firm in the region'. The well-respected team head Julian Harvey is a 'first-class lawyer', who 'is always ahead of the game and remains completely unfazed if hiccups appear during a transaction'. He is also experienced in franchising and share option schemes. 'Extremely knowledgeable' Richard Clapham has considerable experience in advising both national and overseas clients ranging from large corporates to start-ups and family businesses and is ably assisted by 'excellent' associate Magdalena Janki.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Downs Solicitors LLP

The insolvency department of 'very capable Dorking-based firm' Downs Solicitors LLP 'comprehends the issues and cuts to the point'. Team lead Chris Millar 'knows how to maximise realisations and keeps matters focused', handling contentious corporate and personal insolvency matters. Commercial litigator Martin Steer in Goldaming and non-contentious corporate restructuring and insolvency consultant Nigel Cook are the other key practitioners. In a recent highlight, Millar represented a client in administration against a statutory demand from a beneficiary of his personal guarantee, while Steer acted for the joint liquidators of a wound-up pharmacy regarding the recovery of funds which had been removed from the company's account by the director. Cook is assisting the former director of a company in administration during an investigation into his conduct launched by the Insolvency Service.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Downs Solicitors LLP

The team at Downs Solicitors LLP provides an 'exemplary' service and is 'responsive, comprehensive, compassionate and friendly'. Practice head Matthew Kilgannon is 'particularly strong' when dealing with contentious cases, and David Seals is 'accessible, practical and provides good value for money'. It assists corporate clients and senior executives with matters pertaining to bullying and disciplinary procedures, restraint of trade, sexual and other discrimination cases, senior exit strategies and TUPE transfers. The group also provides related HR and health and safety support.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Downs Solicitors LLP

According to one client, Downs Solicitors LLP's team's 'service and ability to respond has been excellent'. The group handles commercial property work encompassing sales, purchases and landlord and tenant matters involving  properties including offices, industrial and retail sites. Working in conjunction with the firm's corporate department, the team acted for a resident-owned management company on the grant to a developer of an option to purchase part of the grounds of a freehold site. Practice head Andrew Peach  is 'brilliant' and 'exceptionally able and helpful' and Heather Kershaw, who was promoted to senior associate in July 2017, stands out for her 'tenacity and client management skills'.

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