All change! How to approach your seat rotations during your training contract.

Abi Sutcliffe started her training contract in 2017 after working as a Conveyancing Assistant for the firm. Now in her final seat, she gives her top tips for getting the best from your training contract.

“One of the most challenging but rewarding aspects of my training contract has been seat rotations, not only in terms of technical progression, but also personal development and self awareness. It is important to keep an open mind when choosing and changing seats. You might not always get your first choice, but you may be surprised to discover you enjoy an area you were previously unsure of.

Choosing your next seat

Your training contract is your greatest opportunity to acquire and build key skills and experience during your journey to qualification and hopefully a long and happy legal life beyond! It is important to put some thought into which area(s) of law you might like to experience. If you know where you wish to qualify, perhaps chose areas which complement each other. If not (which is normal!) this is an opportunity to practice areas which interest you, or that you think might suit your skills or personality.

The training format at Royds Withy King is four, 6-month seats. The firm matches trainee’s seat choices with the available seats. I have been encouraged to undertake a broad mix of seats, exposing me to both contentious and non-contentious work for both private and commercial clients.

How did my seats compare?

Trainees will agree that starting each new seat is like starting a new job. Every move will keep you on your toes, not only with fresh faces and names to learn (and how they take their tea!) but also with various approaches to file management; stylistic preferences; levels of client contact; time in court or levels of trainee responsibility to name a few.

My first seat was in Clinical Negligence. This seat requires an enthusiasm for the law and medicine. You have to be patient as matters can take years to settle and have an eye for detail. As my first seat, I didn’t know what to expect but I definitely felt like a ‘real lawyer’! From drafting instructions and reviewing medical records to attending a round table meeting to negotiate in a settlement relation to a birth injury, this seat was an excellent place to start.

My second seat in Employment required a meticulous attention to detail, an analytical nature and thirst for knowledge in a fast evolving area. Acting for employers and employees, there was lots of drafting and frequent client contact. I was able to attend an employment tribunal which was great experience. I also led my own supervised meeting to advise a client on a settlement agreement.

In my third seat in Family, I had barely sat down before we were off to court! My seat involved Children (public and private law) and Matrimonial work, and was people focused, solution based and fast paced. It was imperative to be able to work independently and as part of a team, with a level of resilience to cope with difficult situations.

My final seat is a split seat, with 3 months in Real Estate before returning to Family prior to qualifying in March 2019. Real Estate is a transactional area of law and involves strategic thinking and a pragmatic, commercial approach. There is such a variety of individual and corporate clients in transactions worth thousands to multi-millions!

My top tips for seat rotations

  • Keep an open mind and don’t be disappointed if you don’t get your first choice. It doesn’t preclude you from practicing that area in the future, and you are guaranteed to develop transferable skills to showcase in your next seat!
  • Talk to people. The chances are you only know an area from your experience on the LPC, whereas the day to day is much different. Will you have much client contact? Will you run files? Ask current trainees, Partners, assistants. Everyone is approachable and wants you to do well!
  • Be open and honest. If you feel very strongly about a specific seat, speak to your training supervisor or HR.
  • Don’t throw away your LPC textbooks! You never know when they might prove helpful (though check the law is up to date!)
  • Work hard. You will only realise the potential of your training contract by making the most out of it and it’s rewarding to leave a good impression.  “

Contact us if you have a question about being a trainee with a specific learning difference.

About Sophia

Sophia graduated from University of West of England in 2012 with a law degree. She completed her Legal Practice Course in 2014 and is currently a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

Sophia advises clients on a variety of medical claims against hospital trusts, private hospitals, opticians and GPs including:

She also works on dental negligence claims including:

  • negligent root canal treatments
  • wrongful extractions
  • misdiagnosis or mismanagement of periodontal gum disease
  • negligent restorative work or orthodontic treatment.

 

About Ellen

Ellen joined the firm in 2017 from Thompsons Solicitors, where she worked as a personal injury fee earner for nearly two years. She has experience in complex claims involving claimants’ employers and assaults perpetrated by a third party. For example, in Ellen’s previous role, she was part of a ‘civil assault’ team, working on claims involving assaults on health staff by vulnerable adults, on prison staff by prisoners and on teachers by pupils.

Interests

Outside of work, Ellen enjoys running, and she is currently training for the Reading Half Marathon. She also enjoys travelling, and is lucky enough to have seen the Northern Lights in Iceland.

About Laura

Laura is an assistant within our Residential Property, Farms & Estates team, managing identity compliance, progressing cases with estate agents and solicitors, and providing clients with updates on their cases.

She joined the team in 2007 and originally worked on remortgages, moving across to the general residential conveyancing in June 2009.

About Gareth

Gareth joined the real estate department in August 2008. He qualified in 1983 with Rooks Rider and subsequently worked in property teams at firms in London prior to joining Royds.

  • Property purchases, sales, leases and development of Care Homes
  • Purchases and disposals of dental and medical practices
  • Secured lending & re-finance work
  • Property aspects of corporate sales, acquisitions and mergers

Memberships

Gareth is a member of the Law Society.

About Caroline

Caroline assists international and USA businesses on inward investment, litigation and dispute resolution in the UK. She has a focus on the USA market. Caroline’s UK and international clients benefit from her legal experience, commercial judgement and global network of trusted professional experts. She is trusted to deliver excellent service and strategic advice to other professionals and clients.

Caroline has numerous legal articles published and has been quoted in The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian and specialist legal journals. She has been a speaker at the International Bar Association (Boston) and other prestigious conferences. The Legal 500 UK praised her as “a calm, clear-headed and careful lawyer who provides considered advice throughout and fully supports and reassures her clients”.

Practice areas

Caroline works with a network of trusted legal and professional advisers in the USA and globally to help our clients achieve their aims.  She assists clients with UK legal interests or issues, and advises on all aspects of UK employment law, including:

  • cross border employment disputes
  • whistleblowing investigations
  • contracts and dismissing employees
  • poor performance issues
  • misconduct allegations
  • boardroom and bonus disputes
  • restrictive covenants and team moves
  • disciplinary and regulatory investigations in the UK and USA
  • fraud allegations
  • wrongful and unfair dismissal claims
  • discrimination
  • settlement agreements and exit packages
  • redundancies
  • business restructures
  • equal pay.

Caroline’s work highlights include:

  • advising on UK and international regulatory issues including FCA, DOJ and HMRC investigations. She has assisted clients relating to film financing tax fraud allegations and suspected manipulation of the foreign currency markets and insider trading allegations.
  • resolving complex boardroom disputes and advising CEOs and board members of FTSE 250 and international companies and subsidiaries
  • conducting and advising on complex whistleblowing investigations for FTSE 100 and high profile entities
  • helping businesses deal with dismissing CEOs and other board members with complex high value remuneration packages
  • advising on under-performing staff, large scale relocations and redundancies
  • training Board members and senior managers on staffing and legal issues
  • advising on complex and high value bonus, profit share or options disputes
  • acting for senior individuals whose reputations and future marketability are highly important. Caroline has helped senior executive directors and employees negotiate seven figure payouts, increasing one person’s redundancy from £70,000 to £500,000.
  • advising those working in the City including HSBC, Nomura, Credit Suisse, RBS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Rothschilds and numerous financial services companies
  • advising professional partnerships including well-known City and international law firms and accountants.

 

Memberships

International Bar Association
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Texas

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About Julia

Julia specialises in Wills, UK and international probate and the administration of estates. She also deals with Lasting Powers of Attorney, guardianship matters including the appointment of deputies and trust administration.

Practice areas:

Memberships

Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives
Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

About Mandy

Mandy’s private client expertise includes;

Mandy trained at Royds Withy King and qualified in 2003 where she has built her experience and reputation as an estate and probate specialist, including advising same-sex couples on estate planning.

Membership :

Full Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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About Lisa-Marie

Lisa-Marie joined the Residential Property, Farms and Estates team in March 2017. Having worked in conveyancing since 2000, Lisa-Marie has progressed from a legal secretary through to becoming a chartered legal executive, qualifying in 2012.  Lisa-Marie is excited to be returning to conveyancing after spending the last 5 years working in Private Client dealing with wills, lasting powers of attorney and all aspects of deceased estate planning and administration, including post death conveyancing matters.

Practise areas

Lisa-Marie works across a range of areas including:

  • dealing with complex registered and unregistered titles
  • first registration of title at the Land Registry with no or very little evidence of title deeds.
  • all aspect of home sales and purchases, transfers of equity and re-mortgages
  • declaration of trusts
  • dealing with beneficial interests in post death conveyancing matters

Memberships

Lisa-Marie is a registered as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and Associate Member of the Solicitors for the Elderly.

Interests

Outside of work Lisa-Marie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and going to the cinema.

About Hannah

After graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2013 with First Class Honours, Hannah studied her Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School. Hannah then trained at Howes Percival LLP across a number of their offices in the East Midlands in Northampton, Cambridge and Leicester. After qualifying as a solicitor in September 2016, Hannah worked as a Family Solicitor in Leicester for 1 year before joining the Family team at Royds Withy King.

Experience

Hannah advises on all aspects of divorce and separation, with a focus on dealing with financial matters.  She also deals with private law issues involving children, including where a child will live and contact arrangements.

Memberships

Young Resolution (YRes) London

Interests

Outside of work, Hannah enjoys socialising and going to new restaurants.  She enjoys travelling and exploring new places, and starts to plan the next holiday after her last one.

About David

David helps clients with:

  • sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties
  • transfers of equity
  • new build purchases
  • sales and purchases involving equity release
  • re-mortgages.

About William

William graduated from the University of Bristol with an undergraduate degree in Music (BA) before completing their qualifying, postgraduate degree in Law (MA). While studying for his MA, he worked in the Legal and Business Affairs Department of Aardman Animations, which drew on both disciplines to support copyright disputes within commissioned compositions as well as trademark clearances and licencing requests.

Prior to joining Royds Withy King in 2018, William worked at Kura Aviation, a start-up organisation, where he provided legal support on a variety of commercial matters including intellectual property (IP) disputes, equity finance and GDPR compliance.

Practice areas

William works across a range of dispute resolution areas including:

  • commercial and contractual disputes
  • consumer disputes
  • director, shareholder and partnership disputes
  • debt recovery
  • fraud
  • professional negligence
  • business protection.

Interests

Outside of work, William directs a 6-piece Jazz-Funk band and enjoys cycling.

About Stewart

Stewart has more than 35 years’ experience advising on all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration, principally in the High Court and specialist courts in London. He has been a partner in Royds and now Royds Withy King since 1988.

Whether a multinational corporation or a family run company, a professional partnership or an individual entrepreneur, Stewart brings specialist expertise across a broad spectrum.

Practice areas

  • Advising clients in banking and financial services litigation including regulatory issues, disputes concerning loan facilities, secured lending, guarantees and documentary credits, structured products and derivatives.
  • Advising airlines in disputes concerning airside and landside services, regulatory matters and in particular issues involving the CAA and passenger and cargo claims arising under the EC Regulations.
  • Resolving complex property related disputes for owners and tenants, particularly restrictive covenants; boundary disputes and construction and building disputes.
  • Advising overseas clients on disputes arising both in the domestic jurisdiction and where there are multi-jurisdictional issues arising involving both litigation and international arbitration procedures.

Key clients

State Bank of India, Bank of India, Air India, Air France, Monsoon Accessorize and Smyths Toys

Work highlights

Bank of India v Riat (2014)
Advising the Bank of India on a dispute over enforcing personal guarantees provided by individuals when entering into commercial lending facilities.

Sea Cargo Skips AS v State Bank of India (2013)
Acting for the State Bank of India on a dispute over honouring a demand from the Buyer made under a refund guarantee.

Small v Oliver & Saunders (Developments) Ltd (2006)
Advising Mr Small in his successful claim that using a part of original land for access to a new development breached a restrictive covenant.

Memberships

Stewart is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and the City of London Law Society.

Outside of work Stewart enjoys tennis and is a member of the Woking Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

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About Laura

Laura began her legal career at Royds With King as a legal assistant in our Clinical Negligence team, whilst studying for her Legal Practice Course (LPC) part time. After completing the LPC she started her training contract with our firm. On qualification, Laura joined Irwin Mitchell in Bristol working on some of the biggest Family cases in the South West.

Laura has returned to Royds Withy King, joining the Family team, specialising in high net worth divorce and financial settlements and also helping client’s resolve disputes relating to children.

Laura’s previous experience of working in a school for children with learning disabilities and studying modules in child psychology at university has provided her with a unique foundation and understanding in cases involving children, especially in contested Children Act matters where child arrangements are in dispute.

Work highlights

Laura hasworked on the following cases:

  • Key member of the team on a high value Schedule 1 case, involving a premiership footballer
  • Involved in variety of international cases involving jurisdictions, including California, Serbia and UAE.
  • Advising on disputes involving child arrangements
  • Advising on cohabitation disputes

Memberships

Laura is a member of Resolution.

Interests

Outside of work, Laura enjoys a variety of sports from skiing to trail running. She has taken part in the firms 3 Peaks Challenge and charity cycle from Bath to Paris. When she isn’t running or cycling, Laura can be found running around after her young son or indulging in good food with family and friends. Laura is also an Army Reservist.

About Amanda

She has worked in conveyancing in Swindon since joining Lemon & Co in 1988 and has over 25 years experience in residential property.

About Edward

Edward previously worked for 10 years at Bath firm, Burningham & Brown, dealing with all aspects of private client law, from the drafting of Wills, the administration of estates, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyship applications.

Edward’s skills and experience include:

Edward is a student member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) having gained a distinction in STEP’s Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation.

Memberships:

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About Philip

Phil was formerly a commissioned officer in the RAF so it’s no surprise that he has a practical, no-nonsense approach to resolving conflicts. As a former RAF fighter controller, so is ideally qualified to assist in any drone law issues.

 

The Legal 500 UK describes Phil and Chris Kane as ‘a dream team‘, who provide ‘advice which is legally and commercially sound, coupled with a robust approach to litigation‘. Chambers & Partners describes Phil as ‘commercial, practical, pragmatic and he doesn’t use unnecessary legal jargon‘, and recognise him as a “Leader in his field“.

Clients comment that Phil is ‘highly professional‘, gives ‘clear and concise advice’ and responds to the client’s needs in a ‘fast and efficient’ way.

He recognises that litigation is not always the best or most cost effective option and he is also a fully accredited and experienced mediator. Phil is also a member of the Construction & Engineering and Technology & Media sector groups and has extensive experience in dealing with both construction and IT/IP related disputes.

Phil has many years’ experience of resolving disputes, particularly in the following;

  • acting for and advising insolvency practitioners, especially dealing with insolvency claims against Directors
  • Intellectual Property disputes including copyright infringement, Trademark disputes and passing off actions
  • multi-party construction claims involving developers, employers, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants
  • disputes relating to high value commercial contracts
  • breach of warranty and indemnity claims arising out of company sales and purchases
  • director liability disputes, including where he successfully concluded an appeal to the House of Lords for a company director (Natural Life Health Foods v Mistlin (1998).

Memberships :

R3: Association of Business Recovery Professionals

 

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About Corinne

Corinne started her career as a legal secretary whilst training for the CILEx.  She qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2006, specialising in Residential Property.

Corinne is experienced in a wide range of residential property matters including sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties, re-mortgages, transfers of equity and buying and selling property at auctions.

Interests

Outside of work, Corinne enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as swimming, photography and yoga.

Memberships

Corinne is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

About Paul

Described by The Legal 500 UK as “highly intelligent, passionate for his clients and the master of all detail” , Paul also has “tenacious attention to detail, his relationship with clients is great and he is respected by the other side. I was enormously impressed, there is nothing he doesn’t know“, according to an interviewee of Chambers & Partners UK.

Paul’s experience informed his extensive contribution to recent legal aid reforms. Working with both houses of Parliament, Paul received nationwide recognition for his efforts and success in retaining legal aid for a group of severely disabled children. He is regularly approached for comment on local and national radio, television, and national newspapers, and has written several specialist articles on the subject of legal aid reform.

Having qualified as a solicitor in 1998, Paul’s particular expertise is in cases involving:

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About John

After qualifying as a solicitor in September 2015 into Family Law, John trained at a regional firm in Guildford where he practised for two years. John undertook a double seat in Family law during his training contract and quickly realised that it was the area he wished to practice in upon qualification.

Practice Areas

John has experience in all areas of Family Law, including:

Memberships

  • Resolution
  • Previous committee member Surrey Young Resolution (YRes)

Interests

Outside of work, John enjoys sailing, windsurfing and playing Golf. He is a keen reader and also enjoys rugby and football.

About Andrew

Andrew established his own niche bloodstock practice in 1999, and joined Royds Withy King as a partner in 2004.

Andrew’s knowledge in his chosen sectors is second to none, having been independently rated as a leader in the field by legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for many, many years. He has appeared in a number of very high profile cases that have been widely reported in the national media. According to Chambers and Partners UK, who recognise him as a “Leader in his field”, Andrew “knows horse racing inside out“, and “has excellent bloodstock experience“. “He knows his stuff and understands the industry, and it’s easy to do business with him.” (Chambers and Partners UK 2015) and commentators salute him as “a great quality regulatory lawyer” (Chambers and Partners UK 2013). The Legal 500 UK most recently commended him for his “exceptional judgment”, describing him as “first class with his clients”.

Andrew has great experience in a broad range of work including:

  • Agricultural and equestrian property transactions
  • High-value estates negotiating regulatory and agricultural and business tenancy issues
  • Sports disciplinary and licensing cases, including appearing before the Disciplinary Panel and Appeal Board of the British Horseracing Authority representing jockeys, trainers and owners
  • Specialist commercial agreements, including sponsorship agreements under the Rules of Racing and ownership and syndications of racehorses and other bloodstock.

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About Georgina

After graduating in 2013, Georgina joined Brethertons LLP in 2013 where she gained experience in the Commercial Recoveries, Family and Conveyancing departments. Georgina qualified as a Solicitor in April 2017.

Georgina advises clients on the following areas:

Interests

Outside of work, Georgina plays Netball for a local team in Oxfordshire. She is also a qualified netball umpire and umpire games in Oxford every week. Georgina took part in a charity challenge in October 2015 where she travelled to China with 20 other people to walk 60km of the Great Wall of China to raise money for CoppaFeel! Charity. She is looking forward to taking part in another challenge soon.

About Clive

His considerable experience includes:

  • buying and selling all types of residential property
  • remortgages and private mortgages
  • Declarations of Trust
  • grants of easements and other property related matters
  • transfers of equity
  • tenancy agreements.

Clive was born in Bath and has been with Royds Withy King for over 20 years qualifying in 1988 as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

 

About Milan

Milan qualified as a solicitor in 2009 at a niche city firm and joined Royds, now Royds Withy King, in 2012. His experience and expertise includes:

  • high value commercial claims  for corporate clients and individuals
  • complex litigation involving beneficial interests, property, trusts, asset tracing and recovery
  • company administrations and restructuring of insolvent companies, liquidations, insolvency petitions, pre-pack sales
  • personal insolvencies
  • private criminal prosecution

Milan has also appeared before Registrars in the Bankruptcy Court and Masters in the Queen’s Bench Division and the Supreme Court Costs Division.

 

Work Highlights

Bank of Baroda & Syndicate Bank v three law firms (2015)
Advising two Indian banks (and administrators) in the successful recovery of a loan of £4m plus interest and other losses to fraudulent property investors and negligent lawyers.

Thomas v Edmondson (2014)
Advising a Trustee in Bankruptcy in an application for an Income Payments Order. It was the first case (and is the current authority) to decide that an IPO could be made pursuant to section 310 of the Insolvency Act 1986 in circumstances where an Income Payments Agreement had already been made pursuant to section 310A of the Act, but which had come to an end.

The bankruptcy of Suresh Mirpuri (2012 to 2015)
Advising the supervisor of the debtor’s failed IVA in a contentious bankruptcy petition which led to his bankruptcy. Milan advised the Trustee in Bankruptcy on several complex applications including on the resisted sale of a property worth £3m, for the benefit of the creditors. The petition and bankruptcy involved important decisions on the timing of resolutions authorising Supervisors of IVAs to petition for bankruptcy and retrospective extensions for creditors meetings and annulling bankruptcies.

Strait Oil & Gas v Various Defendants (2011 to 2015)
Acting for Strait Oil & Gas to recover losses caused by negligent handling by specialist project management companies. Also successfully defending actions to recover sums from the company.

Life & Style Retail Limited (2011 to 2014)
Advising the Administrators of one of the previously largest national clothes chains (with over 100 stores), including over 30 contentious retention of title claims, the sale of the assets of the company and other insolvency issues.

Portsmouth City Football Club (2010 to 2012)
Advising in respect of the petition to wind up the first Premier League football club to become insolvent, and on the purchase of the assets of the football club.

 

Memberships

Milan was admitted to the Law Society in 2009 and is a member of the Junior London Litigation Solicitors Association and the Society of Asian Lawyers.

 

Interests

Away from work, Milan’s interests include tennis, golf, theatre, the movies and technology. He can also speak four languages: English, Hindi, German and Gujarati.

About Clive

His considerable experience includes:

  • buying and selling all types of residential property
  • remortgages and private mortgages
  • Declarations of Trust
  • grants of easements and other property related matters
  • transfers of equity
  • tenancy agreements.

Clive was born in Bath and has been with Royds Withy King for over 20 years qualifying in 1988 as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

 

About Mike

Mike is “highly recommended” by independent legal directory The Legal 500 UK 2019, who commented in 2017 that he “gives excellent and fair advice“. His team is also recommended by The Legal 500 UK in 2016 as it “achieves good results for its clients time and time again.”

Mike’s experience includes:

  • challenges to the validity of Wills, including issues of:
    capacity
    undue Influence
    execution
    lack of knowledge and approval
  • Court of Protection disputes
  • claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Prorietary Estoppel and Constructive Trusts
  • problems relating to the administration of estates.

Memberships

  • Full Member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
  • Full Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Publications

Mike recently wrote an article for the Trusts & Estate Law and Tax Journal, reviewing a case which indicated that the courts would take a ‘common sense’ approach to construction and rectification. He explores the case of Millar v Millar [2018] which came before the Court in Bristol.

In another article for the Trusts & Estates Law and Tax Journal, Mike discusses the ‘Forfeiture Rule’. In this article, Mike reviews the extent to which the court can use its discretion to change the rule that prevents a killer from benefiting from the estate of someone they have unlawfully killed. He looks at the recent tragic case of Macmillan Cancer Support v Hayes [2018], which saw the court needing to consider this issue in the context of an elderly husband, who took his wife’s life, followed by his own, as both were suffering with serious illnesses and the husband did not wish his wife to see out her days in a care home.

 

About Becky

Becky specialises in inheritance tax planning, drafting Lasting Powers of Attorney and Wills. She is also part of our specialist Court of Protection team and advises on deputyships.

Becky was awarded the national title of being one of the ‘Top 35 under 35’ Private Client practitioners in the country. This award identifies, promotes and celebrates the rising stars of the Private Client profession.

Women in law award 2016In 2016, Becky was nominated for and won ‘Inheritance Tax Planning Lawyer of the Year’ in the Women in Law Awards. These awards, run by The Lawyer Monthly magazine, celebrate and highlight the achievements of women in the legal profession across the globe. They recognise female legal experts that have influenced the wider legal profession in their jurisdiction. You can read more about her award here.

She often lectures in her area of specialism to other professionals and regularly contributes to a number of topical media broadcasts and interviews.

Quartet Community Foundation

Becky is a Trustee of the Quartet Community Foundation (West of England) and has also been appointed as the Chair for the B&NES area.

The main focus of Quartet Community Foundation is to change people’s lives for the better across the West of England. They do this by enabling a wide variety of donors to fund projects that make a difference where people live and work. Community Foundations match those who want to invest their money locally with those who give of their time and energy to improve local communities.

Over the past 26 years they have made grants of over £32 million and built a permanent endowment of over £19.5 million. They distribute over 1,000 grants each year to voluntary and community groups across the West of England.

To find out more about Quartet Community Foundation click here. If you would like to donate to the community you can do so through their website: https://giveamonkeys.co.uk/westofengland.

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About Emma

Emma is identified as “undoubtedly one to watch” by The Legal 500 UK,  who also recognise her as “very personable and a delight to work with”, and “absolutely diligent in terms of her case preparation”.

She has in depth knowledge of the pre proceedings process, care proceedings and private law matters when the local authority is asked to assist the court. Her detailed knowledge of local authorities’ duties and their powers means that she is able to offer clear and robust advice, while ensuring that the correct process is being followed.

Emma has regularly dealt with complex matters including cases where allegations have been made of serious inflicted injury and sexual abuse. Emma conducts her own advocacy where possible.

She is able to undertake all work involving children, in particular:

  • Representing parents during the pre proceedings process under the Public Law Outline.
  • Representing parents, children (both through their Children’s Guardian and direct) and other family members in care proceedings where the local authority has made an application to court.
  • Representing parents in respect of various issues, including obtaining parental responsibility, contact disputes and determining where a child should live.
  • Special guardianship matters.
  • Adoption and step parent adoption.
  • Domestic violence matters.

Memberships

Resolution

Association of Lawyers for Children

Accredited Children’s Representative with the Law Society

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About Bhavesh

Bhavesh has expertise in a wide range of medical negligence claims but has a particular interest in the following areas:

Bhavesh regularly works with local and national media, commenting on topical issues and cases in which he is involved. He has also written extensively for the Solicitors Journal.

He is also heavily involved in national business development activities within the firm.

Memberships

  • Oxford Medico-Legal Society (OMLS)
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Intersts

Outside of work, Bhavesh enjoys travelling, keeping fit and playing a range of sports (an avid member of Royds Withy King’s cricket team!). He is also a member of the UNICEF NextGen UK team and is involved with organization of a number of national and international charity projects.

About Robert

Robert joined Royds Withy King in February 2014. With over 10 years of experience in road traffic litigation and personal injury, he previously worked as a paralegal in a large credit hire firm where he primarily dealt with complex litigated road traffic dispute cases.

He then moved into a new practice dealing with personal injury resulting from road traffic collisions. In both of these roles Robert built a vast wealth of knowledge in the field of personal injury law.

Robert’s charity fundraising

Robert has set himself a goal of raising £1,750 for The Queen Elizabeth Foundation (QEF), a leading charity for brain injured people, by completing the London Marathon in April 2016. Robert was inspired to run the marathon for the QEF when he saw a client of the team’s admitted to the QEF Banstead for residential rehabilitation for six months and saw the difference the charity made to the client’s life, skills and independence. To add to Robert’s fund-raising efforts for the QEF, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RobBeazley.

About Ellen

Ellen graduated from the University of the West of England (UWE) in 2016 with a first class law degree, and then went on to complete her LPC at UWE in 2017.

Prior to joining Royds Withy King, Ellen volunteered for several organisations and projects including the Innocence Network UK, Elder Law UWE and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Interests

Outside of work, Ellen plays netball every week in a local league. She also likes travelling, going to the theatre and loves eating out.

About Rosie

Rosie joined Royds Withy King as a result of the firm’s merger with Marshall and Galpin in 2008 having completed a law degree and trained in the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury departments. She has since been described as an “excellent” lawyer by The Legal 500 UK, commended for her team-work on very complex high value claims, as well as assisting with a wide spectrum of both medical negligence and personal injury cases.

She is experienced in:

  • catastrophic and complex high value claims
  • litigation work encompassing both clinical negligence and personal injury claims
  • Rosie is based in the firm’s Oxford office.

Memberships

  • Berks Bucks and Oxfordshire Law Society
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Oxford Medico-Legal Society

Rosie is Deputy Chair for Unlimited Oxfordshire, a local charity promoting social inclusion for individuals with physical or sensory disabilities in Oxfordshire.

About Andrew

Andrew’s expertise is in contentious construction and engineering matters. He handles large, high profile cases for a wide variety of international and domestic clients, including utility companies, commercial and residential developers, contractors and specialist sub-contractors, including those working in the rail, energy, renewables as well as the offshore construction industries.

Andrew regularly presents seminars on construction related legal issues to clients in-house and to external bodies such as the RICS.

Andrew graduated from Bristol University and completed his post graduate studies at Birmingham University.

He trained and qualified with Neil F Jones & Co in 1995 and joined Royds Withy King in 2016. Chambers and Partners describe him as a “Leader in his field”, whilst The Legal 500 UK refer to him as “a very good alternative to any London-based construction lawyer”.

What clients say about Andrew

[Andrew is] technically very good, and passionate about what he does.” Chambers and Partners 2017

Technically, he’s one of the best lawyers in the region” Chambers and Partners 2016

He is very good and passionate about his client and the work… he really gets behind the client on an issue” Chambers and Partners 2015

He has notable expertise in the utilities and waste recycling sectors amongst others” Chambers and Partners 2014

Memberships

  • Society of Construction Law
  • Adjudication Society
  • Technology and Construction Court’s Solicitors Association

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