Firm profile submitted by Pitmans LLP
Managing Partner: John Hutchinson
Number of partners: 35
Total staff: 200
Corporate: Sean Kelly
Commercial: Philip Weaver
Defendant Insurance: Ferhat Choudri
Dispute Resolution: Tim Clark
Employment: Mark Symons
Information Technology: Phil Smith
Intellectual Property: Sajjad Khan
Matrimonial: Matthew Heyworth
New Homes: Helen Rogers
Pensions: Chris Netiatis
Planning: Christina Daniels
Real Estate: Delphine Mehouas
Restructuring & Insolvency: Suzanne Brooker
The Firm: Established for over 150 years, Pitmans Law achieves outstanding outcomes for clients. For corporates, Pitmans Law offers a wide range of commercial law services. The firm also delivers a variety of private wealth services for private clients. Clients range from large, global listed companies to entrepreneurs, and their private client base includes corporate executives, high net worth individuals and family offices. As a founding member of Interact Law, a global network of specialist legal firms, they offer a seamless service worldwide for clients’ international needs. Pitmans Law offers the highest standards of personable client care, quality advice and professionalism at a competitive price, from its regional HQ in Reading and offices in Southampton and London.
Services include: Banking and finance, commercial, corporate, debt recovery, dispute resolution, employment, insurance, intellectual property, matrimonial and family, pensions, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, wills, tax and trusts.
Sectors: Banking, charity and not for profit, energy, hospitality, real estate, retail, TMT, transport.
Areas of Practice
Corporate & Commercial: 17%
Defendant Insurance: 4%
Dispute Resolution: 17%
Restructuring & Insolvency: 8%
IT & Intellectual Property: 5%
Planning & Real Estate: 31%
Private Tax & Family Business: 5%
Principal Areas of Work
Banking & Finance: Handles corporate lending, corporate restructuring, acquisition and corporate finance, property acquisition, development and investment finance, receivables, asset and trade finance, invoice discount and factoring finance, business and personal security, and derivatives.
Corporate: Company formations, M&A, takeovers, MBOs, private equity, AIM and Official List, joint ventures, restructurings, share option schemes, financial services and general commercial work.
Debt Recovery: Chasing of debts, letters of demand, issue and service of court proceedings, enforcement of judgment, statutory demands.
Insurance: Acts for corporates, insurers and claims handlers on complex cases including international disputes, product recalls, injury, fraud and property damage claims.
Dispute Resolution: Domestic and international commercial disputes; specialises in company and shareholder disputes, banking and finance, construction, employment, insurance, property and trades.
Employment: Advises employees and employers on all matters from recruitment to restrictive covenants, termination to dismissals, disputes and claims in the employment tribunal.
IT: Licensing of software, outsourcing, SaaS and cloud computing; advises on contentious IT matters, including the supply of goods and services, and contractor disputes.
Intellectual Property: Specialises in design right, copyright and trade mark disputes, advice relating to protection and exploitation of IP, and the management of trade mark and design right portfolios.
Matrimonial: A fully integrated service including divorce and finance, civil partnerships, children contact disputes, pre and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation and separation agreements, trust of land claims and inheritance act claims.
Pensions: One of the largest teams in the South; advises trustees and employers on all aspects of occupational pension schemes; specialises in corporate pensions, disputex resolution and insolvency.
Planning: Contentious and non-contentious advice, working with local authorities, successfully negotiating s106 planning obligations, brownfield redevelopment work and planning enforcement.
Real Estate: Provides integrated acquisition, planning and new homes service for residential developers; also has extensive experience advising banks financing institutions, hoteliers, landowners, local authorities, occupiers, retailers and utilities.
Restructuring & Insolvency: Advises on all individual and corporate restructuring or refinancing matters using a network of banks, financiers, brokers and insolvency professionals.
Wills, Tax & Trusts: Domicile and residence planning, establishment of UK and overseas trusts, tax planning, wills and probate, trust and estate disputes, and enduring powers of attorney.