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Firm Profile

Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Valiant House
  • 12 Knoll Rise
  • Orpington
  • Kent
  • UK
  • BR6 0PG

Firm profile submitted by Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd

Senior Partner: John Bowden
Managing Partner: Andrew Wright
Number of Partners: 15
Assistant/Associate Solicitors: 14
Other fee-earners: 10

Areas of Practice
Corporate Services
Private Client 25%
Personal Injury 20%

Benjamin Madden
Commercial Property: Gavin Powis
Employment: Judith Curran
Litigation: Amanda Mehlin
Personal Injury: David Greenhalgh
Family: Claire Schneck
Residential Property: Michelle Pinnington
Notarial: Andrew Wright

The Firm Established over 140 years ago, the firm acts for individuals, partnerships and large private and quoted companies. The firm offers a partner-led service supported by dedicated teams (with both London and in-house experience) but at rates lower than those normally associated with the City. The firm is committed to a quality service by maintaining ISO 9001 accreditation. The firm is a member of LawNet.

Principal Areas of Work 
Corporate & Commercial:
The firm regularly handles mergers, acquisitions, disposals, MBIs and MBOs. Additional commercial services include preparing LLPs and professional partnerships (including medical partnerships), JV agreements, technology, intellectual property and insolvency. The team also has experience with AIM admissions.
Commercial Property: The firm handles the acquisition and disposal of commercial premises, landlord and tenant matters, property aspects of share sales/ purchases, leasehold enfranchisement, care homes, development site acquisitions and plot sales.
Employment: The firm advises on employment policies and procedures, implementation, day to day application as well as employment tribunals claims and civil court actions for dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract and TUPE. The firm also advises senior employees and directors. A retainer scheme is provided together with access to insurance services.
Family: The firm handles divorce, complex financial remedy disputes and cohabitation disputes. The firm also advises on pre/post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and all children matters.
Litigation: The firm regularly deals with company, shareholder, commercial and construction disputes, trade mark infringement/passing off actions, debt recovery, licensing, professional negligence and landlord and tenant claims. The private client side advises on litigation relating to wills, trusts and probate, partnership matters and defamation.
Personal Injury: The firm acts mainly for claimants in clinical negligence and PI actions. It specialises in catastrophic injury claims and is a panel member of the Spinal Injuries Association, Headway and AvMA.
Residential Property: The firm advises on freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, remortgages, transfer of equity and purchase of shared ownership property and new builds.
Wills and Estate Administration: The firm advises on individual inheritance tax planning, wills and trusts, (STEP accredited) lasting powers of attorney, Court of Protection work, guidance for the elderly, probate and the winding-up of estates and executorships.
Notarial: The firm has two notaries providing the full range of notarial services for both individuals and businesses.


  • Valiant House,
  • 12 Knoll Rise,
  • Orpington,
  • Kent
  • UK
  • BR6 0PG
  • Tel (01689) 887887
  • Fax (01689) 887888
  • DX 31603 Orpington
  • Email : [email protected]
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