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Trethowans LLP


Trethowans LLP - Salisbury
  • London Road Office Park
  • London Road
  • Salisbury
  • Wiltshire
  • UK
  • SP1 3HP
  • Senior Partner Chris Whiteley
  • Managing Partner Simon Rhodes
  • Number of partners 24
  • Number of other fee-earners  54
  • Total Staff 140

THE FIRM Trethowans is a premier law firm in the South providing a comprehensive range of services for business and individual clients.
On the commercial side, they represent international and national household brand names, owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs, banks insurers and major regional employers across the UK.When acting for individuals, they represent entrepreneurs, local families, land-owners, property developers and Trustees.

Commercial Property:
The team handles all aspects of property portfolio work across a range of sectors throughout the UK, and is nationally recognised for its pension property work.
Licensing: The team is nationally recognised for advising on all commercial and regulatory aspects including betting, gaming, liquor, entertainment licensing and copyright.
Employment: The team advises international, national and regional employers on all aspects of employment law including TUPE, restrictive covenants and discrimination issues.
Corporate: The team has extensive experience in corporate finance transactions as well as mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals and restructuring.
Litigation & Debt Recovery: The “hands-on” litigation team specialises in company and commercial issues, construction/building, property and professional negligence disputes and also has niche expertise in the areas of banking litigation and corporate recovery and insolvency.
Personal injury: The Claimant team brings claims on behalf of individuals. It receives the vast majority of its work based on word of mouth. The team has won repeated plaudits for the fact that it “clearly really cares about its clients”. The Defendant team acts for foreign and domestic insurance companies as well as self insuring businesses and private individuals. The team defends a wide range of claims arising from all types of accidents and from small value to £multi-million cases.
Private Client, Family, Agriculture & Rural Property, & Residential Property: This coordinated group comprises the teams that advise individual clients covering wills, trusts, tax planning and lasting powers of attorney; family and relationship advice; agriculture and rural property matters and residential conveyancing.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate 11%
  • Finance 6%
  • Litigation 44%
  • Property 29%
  • Other 10%
  • Banking Litigation Jon Kelly
  • Clinical Negligence Chris Whiteley
  • Commercial Property Garry Treagust
  • Corporate Mike Watson
  • Debt Recovery Louise Boyle
  • Employment Jon Loney
  • Family Andrew Mercer
  • Agriculture & Rural Property Marcus Thorpe
  • Insurance Litigation Kelvin Farmaner
  • Licensing Caroline Matthews
  • Litigation Richard Cook
  • Personal Injury Chris Whiteley
  • Private Client Elizabeth Webbe
  • Residential Property Tim Higham


  • The Director General's House,
  • 15 Rockstone Place,
  • Southampton,
  • Hampshire
  • UK
  • SO15 2EP
  • Tel (023) 8032 1000
  • Fax (023) 8032 1001
  • DX 154120 SOUTHAMPTON 48
  • Email : info@trethowans.com
  • Website : www.trethowans.com
  • London Road Office Park,
  • London Road,
  • Salisbury,
  • Wiltshire
  • UK
  • SP1 3HP
  • Tel (01722) 412512
  • Fax (01722) 411300
  • DX 155560 SALISBURY 7
  • Email : info@trethowans.com

Agriculture & Rural Affairs - The South

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 3 associates
- Office locations ranked: Salisbury

What the team is known for Succession planning for farming businesses and ensuring a smooth transition between generations. Experience in handling self-invested personal pension (SIPP) and secured lending transactions involving agricultural and rural properties.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Clarity: "The advice was straightforward, confident and in a form that our client could rely on."

Client satisfaction: "I've never had a problem or a complaint - timely and faultless."

What's new? The team bolstered its substantial financial services client base with several new names, including Svenska Handelsbanken and Standard Chartered Bank.

Notable practitioners  

Marcus Thorpe is the team's leading expert on agricultural matters. According to sources, he "cuts through the issues to deal with the real points of risk, gives constructive feedback and clear and transparent options." He is also praised for his "top-notch" technical abilities and for dealing with issues "without any fuss."

Nicola Smith brings specialist experience in equine issues. According to clients, "she will drop what she's doing, come to us and talk us through the matter. She's very thorough."

Significant clients James Hay Pension Trustees, Cornish Mutual Assurance, WH Bond & Sons, Clydesdale Bank, Lloyds TSB.  

Banking & Finance - The South

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- Office locations ranked: Southampton, Salisbury

What the team is known for Lender and borrower-side representation with respect to a range of areas including acquisition finance and secured lending. Niche expertise in agriculture and rural affairs finance. 

What's new? Paula Eckton joins the team from Lamport Bassitt.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Gent heads the banking and finance team and is noted for his handling of structured finance and private equity funding.

Significant clients Santander, Clydesdale Bank, Lloyds TSB, Standard Chartered Bank.

Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant - The South

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 solicitors
- Office locations ranked: Salisbury

What the team is known for Deals with the full range of clinical negligence cases, of varying size. Receives private instructions as well as legal aid funding, and also offers conditional fee arrangements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Dedication: "The team is extremely competent, very dedicated to its work and very thorough."

Notable practitioners  

"Greatly experienced" team leader Clare Carter enters the top band on the back of excellent market feedback. She is also noted for her "calm and efficient leadership."

Head of litigation Chris Whiteley "stands out because he does the extra bit for clients." He is trusted by clients and is a "very skilful" practitioner.    

Corporate/M&A - The South

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Southampton

What the team is known for Active in the Solent area, advising on a range of corporate transactions, joint venture agreements and corporate structurings.

What's new? Senior associate Lucy Grey joined the team from Coffin Mew late in 2012.

Notable practitioners  

Clients regularly enjoy working with Catherine MacRae. She is the key contact for significant client Riskstop Group.

Nicholas Gent has a broad practice, advising a number of corporate entities on a range of acquisitions and disposals.

Paula Eckton regularly advises on corporate investments and high-profile commercial contracts.

Michael Watson is the department head. He works with Ladbrokes on a broad range of commercial matters.

Significant clients Bacardi-Martini, 4Com, Mail Solutions Group, Tate & Lyle Sugars, Baker Perkins.

Employment - The South

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Southampton

What the team is known for Remains one of the leading firms in the Southampton area, with an impressive client base and long-standing relationships across the health, education, media and retail sectors.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Rhodes is highly regarded by peers and recognised by sources for his work in the healthcare sector.

Jon Loney is highly experienced in the media sector, offering expertise in trade union recognition and arbitration.

Holly Cudbill provides TUPE advice on acquisitions, disposals and outsourcing. She is a regular commentator on employer and employee legal news.

Ian Grimshaw advises professionals and managers on employment matters, and has experience in a range of contentious and non-contentious concerns.

Significant clients Associated Newspapers, Bacardi-Martini, Wrigley, Progressive Digital Media, Icon Clinical Research.

Family/Matrimonial - The South

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Southampton, Salisbury

What the team is known for Provides the full range of family-related legal advice. Houses considerable expertise in ADR, with particular experience in methods of collaborative law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Approachability: "Their manner is excellent. They are extremely professional, knowledgeable, efficient and very personable."

Availability: "Their client response times were astounding - all queries were answered very quickly."

Notable practitioners  

Department head Andrew Mercer specialises in complex and high net worth financial remedy cases, as well as drafting prenuptial agreements. He also has a well-established collaborative law practice. Clients describe him as "personable and tenacious, with great people skills."

Licensing - The South

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Southampton 

What the team is known for Advising nationally known names on liquor, gambling and entertainment licensing issues across the UK.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "A solid, professional and effective licensing team. Trethowans has looked after all our work for several years."

Market standing: "A national presence."

Work highlights Continued to act as sole licensing advisers in England and Wales to Nando's, providing day-to-day assistance on a comprehensive range of issues and successfully managing 15 new premises licence applications.

Acted for long-standing client Ladbrokes on a number of betting and gaming issues, including direct advocacy support in a number of contested betting office applications and appeals.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Caroline Matthews specialises in alcohol and entertainment-related licensing issues, and also has extensive experience of work in the betting and gaming sector. In addition to acting as lead partner advising Nando's, she plays a similar role assisting the Pizza Hut chain with all licensing matters affecting its restaurants in England and Wales.

Significant clients Chelsea FC.

Litigation - The South

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Salisbury

What the team is known for Wiltshire team acting on a wide spectrum of disputes for local businesses and national retailers. Home to a debt recovery team. Additional expertise in professional negligence, banking, construction and IP.

Work highlights Advised a couple on a £130,000 professional negligence claim against a solicitors firm in Burton-on-Trent.

Advised MSL Group Holdings with its USD200,000 dispute with Clearwell International concerning the non-payment of licence monies and breach of a shareholders' agreement.

Notable practitioners  

Team leader Richard Cook specialises in contractual disputes and has particular expertise in warranty claims. Others in the market comment: "He is a very safe pair of hands, very approachable and good at assessing a matter. He can make a judgement very quickly; he has a good eye and good instincts."

Significant clients Saint-Gobain, Toys R Us, Ladbrokes, Partridges of Sloane Square, Bacardí, Novatech.

Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant - The South

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Southampton, Salisbury

What the team is known for Notable experience across the gamut of personal injury matters, including complex spinal, head and orthopaedic injuries, asbestos-related matters and fatal accident claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They're very good – very thorough and incredibly professional. If I were looking for a solicitor in Salisbury I wouldn't hesitate to go there."

Notable practitioners  

Chris Whiteley handles complex catastrophic claims, with particular expertise in cases involving spinal cord injuries. Sources note that he is "very approachable" and "proactive – he goes right on the front foot."

Clare Carter heads the claimant personal injury team. Her workload features a range of serious and catastrophic injury claims, including complex work involving head, spinal and orthopaedic injuries.

Gavin Lane has a wealth of experience in employers' liability claims, frequently involving catastrophic head and spinal injuries. He is also noted for his handling of cases concerning asbestos exposure.

Private Client - The South

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Salisbury

What the team is known for Tax and succession planning, probate administration and care provisions for vulnerable clients and those lacking capacity to manage their own affairs. Clients include high net worth individuals and business owners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "They are a large firm with a great variety of experience and specialised teams of strong, technical people. They are also local to us, friendly and accessible to our clients." 

Notable practitioners  

Elizabeth Webbe comes highly recommended for her prowess in all areas of private client work. Wealth protection is her forte, and she has considerable experience advising on domestic and cross-border tax matters.

Real Estate - The South

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners (2 Southampton, 2 Salisbury) 
- 4 other qualified lawyers (4 Salisbury)
- Office locations ranked: Southampton, Salisbury

What the team is known for Often acts on commercial property investment matters for pension funds and SIPP providers. Active real estate finance practice, and noted landlord and tenant group.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "I like them very much – it's a really good practice."

Work highlights Acted on the leasing of 30,000 sq ft of office space to Wilsons Solicitors for landlord Fussell Group.

Notable practitioners

Garry Treagust heads the commercial property department. Peers describe him as "very good, with a very strong client base."

Paul Longman specialises in secured lending work for banks as well as insolvency and receivership matters. Peers say: "He's sensible – he wants to get the deals done."

Caroline Probert leads the Salisbury team, and specialises in investment transactions for pension funds.

Jennifer Rogerson acts on secured lending matters for banks and institutional investors.

Significant clients James Hay Pension Trustees, Rowanmoor Trustees, Santander UK, Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming, Tate & Lyle.