Firm profile submitted by Taylor Walton LLP
Managing Partner: Dermot Carey
Number of partners: 27
Assistant solicitors: 28
Other fee-earners: 10
Commercial Litigation: James Carpenter
Corporate & Commercial: Jeremy Brockis & Mike Pettit
Employment: Heather Cowley
Family: Aileen Hartnett
Private Client: Richard Crocker
Real Estate: Angela Thomas
Residential Conveyancing: Stuart Wickham
THE FIRM This highly respected regional firm is the trusted advisor to a diverse range of clients including FTSE 350 companies, public and private sector organisations, charities and high-net worth individuals. The firm has a reputation for developing and investing in home-grown talent, with an exceptionally high staff retention rate and an average length of service unrivalled within the region. This approach brings with it many inherent benefits for its clients including a continuity and depth of knowledge and expertise that is hard to replicate.
A client centred approach to legal support has resulted in steady organic growth in recent years. The firm boasts a number of longstanding clients and referrers for whom Taylor Walton is the first choice for a range of needs from everyday business support to untangling the most impenetrable of legal issues. Working in partnership with a number of other trusted advisors such as surveyors, accountants, and HR consultants, the firm seeks to provide a fully rounded, commercially focused service to its clients.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Real Estate: 26%
Residential Conveyancing: 22%
Corporate & Commercial: 16%
Dispute Resolution: 11%
Private Client: 10%
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Taylor Walton provides all the services listed here from its offices in Luton, Harpenden and St Albans to an increasingly national client base.
The strength and depth of the team offers clients real specialisms in key areas, including in landlord and tenant work. The team has seen a growing focus on work in the retail sector, with an increasingly national client base. Areas of support include development work, including site assembly, overage arrangements and extensive security lending experience in acting for lenders offering mezzanine finance in connection with commercial and residential development sites.
The team provides a level of technical expertise and quality of work unrivalled within the region including leading edge work on website defamation claims. It provides a pragmatic, proactive and effective approach to dispute resolution work, including upfront information about costs, merits/chances of success, taking a creative approach to resolving disputes other than traditional litigation, and the use of PLS (Proportionate Legal Solutions).
Corporate & Commercial:
The Taylor Walton team acts for an outstanding range of well-known and high quality clients within the region. It regularly handles matters of a size and complexity unrivalled by others, acting for the likes of NatWest, Santander and Bank of Ireland within the banking sector, and undertaking a range of substantial acquisitions and disposals in the last year. The team offers a growing international transactions practice across multiple jurisdictions, most notably in the US and niche skills in the areas of recovery acquisitions and accountancy practice sales and acquisitions.
The Taylor Walton employment team develops long standing and highly valued relationships based on a genuine interest in, and understanding of, its clients’ business needs and objectives. The team takes a preventative approach to employment issues ranging from outsourcing and TUPE work, share options and incentivisation plans through to advising on discriminatory issues and providing corporate support. The team also advises on a full range of contentious matters including Tribunal work and dispute resolution.
The family team at Taylor Walton is renowned for taking a pragmatic approach to matters where clients expectations are carefully managed from the outset to ensure achievable outcomes are attained. The team offers an alternative approach to litigation through the Collaborative Law process which enables parties to negotiate their terms of settlement round the table, avoiding costly and contentious litigation. Work includes family trusts, complex disputes relating to contact and residence issues in respect of children, prenuptial agreements and cohabitee disputes relating to both children and property.
The Taylor Walton private client team is the team of choice for many clients and referrers both locally, and increasingly, from the city of London. The team takes a pragmatic approach to complex issues, working with many high net worth clients (including business owners and landed families) often across generations and increasingly across jurisdictions, to resolve current matters whilst proactively identifying areas of future support. All partners within the department have a substantial personal following and are members of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).