Firm profile submitted by Taylor Walton LLP
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, insolvency practitioners and HR consultants, the firm seeks to provide a fully rounded, commercially focused service to its clients.
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.
Real Estate: The strength and depth of the team offers clients real specialisms in key areas, including in landlord and tenant work. They have 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.
Commercial Litigation: The team provide a level of technical expertise and quality of work unrivalled within the region including leading edge work on website defamation claims. They provide 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 act for an outstanding range of well-known and high quality clients within the region. They regularly handle 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 offer 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.
Employment: The Taylor Walton employment team develop long standing and highly valued relationships based on a genuine interest in, and understanding of, their clients’ business needs and objectives. They take 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 advise on a full range of contentious matters including Tribunal work and dispute resolution.
Insolvency: Head of department Guy Thomas is known throughout the region and further afield as the “knotty problem” solver. The team work with their clients, (primarily IPs) to unpick complex issues and devise appropriate and often unconventional solutions. They take the time to understand clients’ (and referrers) specific needs and respond with a solution that matches the context, team ethos and individual personalities of those involved.
Family: The family team at Taylor Walton are 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 offer 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.
Private Client: The Taylor Walton private client team are the team of choice for many clients and referrers both locally, and increasingly, from the city of London. The team take 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).