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Posted 1 November 2018
byPaul Kelly

Legal 500 2018 Success for Tozers


Leading Devon law firm Tozers LLP is celebrating after being recognised as one of the South West’s top performing firms of solicitors in the latest edition of the Legal 500. Renowned for providing the most comprehensive and worldwide coverage currently available on legal service providers, the Legal 500 is often regarded as offering the definitive judgement of law firm’s capabilities.

Commenting on the results just published, Paul Kelly, Managing Partner – said: “We are delighted that six different teams have been acknowledged by the Legal 500 again this year. It is pleasing to see that the directory recognises not only the continued successes of our corporate & commercial, employment, social housing, family, charity and clinical negligence teams but also reflects clients’ views of the lawyers within those teams.”

Here are the highlights of the Legal 500’s comments:

Charities and not-for-profit Tozers Solicitors LLP delivers ‘excellent knowledge’ of the sector. Head of the practice James Evans arrived in January 2017 and has since led the team to build client relationships with Dartington Hall Trust, Marine Biological Association, Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education, Society of Chief Librarians, and the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust. Evans is ‘easy to talk with, explains things simply and has an excellent knowledge’, and specialises in advising on charity start-ups and registration, governance and constitutional issues, corporate transactions such as mergers, joint ventures and restructures, commercial agreements, and funding and trading arrangements. Richard King is ‘very personable, ethical, honest, wise, frank, and delightful to work with’, and advises charities on all aspects of charity law, including formation, mergers and collaborations, compliance issues, fundraising, legacies, property, tax and Charity Commission investigations.

Clinical Negligence Tozers Solicitors LLP is adept at handling catastrophic injury claims, especially those relating to brain injury. It also specialises in advising on cerebral palsy claims caused during birth, autism caused by negligence and high-value Erb’s palsy cases. Other areas of expertise include cauda equina, spinal injury claims and child abuse claims. Endurance Arthur and Stuart Bramley who is ‘highly experienced in the field of medical negligence’ and ‘a fantastic communicator’ head the team. Endurance Arthur focuses on Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, delay in diagnosis of cancer and negligent surgery claims. Stuart Bramley specialises in fatal accident claims and acts for clients at inquests, he is also an expert in Streptococcus Type B infections. Clair Hemming ‘extremely intelligent, professional, effective, compassionate and personable’ and is adept at handling vulnerable clients such as children and young adults with neurological injuries inflicted at birth. She also deals with gynaecological injury, ophthalmology, diabetes and orthopaedic injuries. Recent highlights include acting for a claimant against a GP who failed to diagnose cauda equina syndrome, this led to a delay in surgery and post-surgery problems, the matter was settled for £600,000.

Corporate & Commercial: The corporate team at Tozers Solicitors LLP provides ‘timely and competent service at a competitive price’. James Orpin heads the practice group and has experience in a wide range of corporate work, including general share transactions, joint venture agreements, MBOs and corporate restructurings. Conversely, the practice head advised an individual on the sale of a large holiday caravan park. James Evans and Richard King handle ongoing corporate governance work for clients in the charities sector.

Employment Tozers Solicitors LLP acts mainly for respondents, clients include commercial organisations in the retail, leisure, tourism, social housing and education sectors, and also public sector and charitable organisations. It advises on discrimination, dismissal, breach of contract, day-to-day employment matters and represents clients in Employment Tribunals and at EAT. It also provides advice to senior employees and directors for high-value claims. The team is ‘excellent in terms on alacrity of response, clarity of guidance and unparalleled industry knowledge’. Stephen Jennings heads the team and has the ‘ability to interpret and apply the theory to the practice within the industry’. Paul Kelly is also recommended.

Family Tozers Solicitors LLP’s main family team advises high-net-worth and high-profile clients on their divorces, while the childcare sub-team represents vulnerable children and victims of domestic violence. Tracy Lambert heads up the overall practice, advising on complex family cases involving matrimonial finances and children matters; she has success in securing settlements involving substantial assets and overseas interests. Consultant Caroline Ryan focuses on pensions on divorce. Tony Wood leads the new specialist public law children team based in Newton Abbot; his experience includes a high-profile shaken baby case which resulted in the death of the child. Following solicitor Julia Clayton’s appointment to Circuit Judge, Louise Barber was recruited as a replacement.

Social housing Acting primarily for regional housing associations, Tozers Solicitors LLP is known in the South West for providing ‘excellent advice on development contracts and land sale agreements’. Simon Sanger-Anderson heads the cross-departmental social housing practice group and is noted for his ‘deep industry knowledge’ and ‘friendly and accommodating service’. Stephen Burtchaell, who leads the registered provider property group, has been instructed by various housing associations in housing stock transactions, development agreements, property acquisitions and commercial letting arrangements.

Stephen Burtchaell has also been recognised as a leading individual.

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About the author

Paul Kelly

Partner and Solicitor

Paul is the managing partner of the firm