Mike advises businesses and charities on all aspects of commercial property transactions.

Mike has extensive experience in all areas of commercial property law, including dealing with freehold and leasehold sales and acquisitions, negotiating commercial leases on behalf of both landlords and tenants, advising charities and academic institutions in their commercial property matters, advising on commercial and residential property development, property finance and property asset portfolio management and on the property aspects of corporate sales and acquisitions.

Mike can offer your business the following:

  • FREE review of your lease to look at options for getting out of the lease such as assignment provisions or breaks
  • FREE review of your lease to look at what alterations you can make to the property and whether the landlord’s consent will be required
  • FREE advice on outline terms when you are considering taking a lease of a property in order to ensure that you are getting the deal you want
  • FREE overview of how best to structure your property acquisitions or disposals.

About Rebecca

Rebecca graduated from Loughborough University in Sport and Exercise Science before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. She completed her training contract in Birmingham and joined Royds Withy King in 2017 from The Partnership property solicitors in London.

Rebecca advises first-time buyers and high net worth individuals on the residential purchase and sales of freehold and leasehold properties, as well as re-mortgages and transfers of equity.  She is known for her modern, friendly and proactive approach to all property transactions. Rebecca also plays an active role in business development, building a strong network of agents and contacts.

Interests

Outside of work, Rebecca is a keen sports enthusiast – particularly skiing, netball and keeping fit – and enjoys travelling, and exploring creative interests.

Membership

Rebecca is a member of The Law Society.

About Abigail

Before joining Royds Withy King, Abigail worked in a conveyancing firm in Southampton.

She has a degree in English Language & Law BA (Hons) from Bristol UWE, completed the GDL in 2013 and then the LPC in 2014 at University of Law in Bristol.

About Louise

Louise’s specialist experience includes:

  • Drafting Statutory Wills
  • Appointing new trustee and gift applications
  • Applications to the Court to appoint property and affairs deputies and general orders
  • Drafting Property and Financial Affairs and Personal Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Registering Enduring Powers of Attorney where the donor has lost mental capacity.

Louise works closely with our Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury teams and deals with the day-to-day general management of Court of Protection and Personal Injury Trust clients, many of whom will have received large damages awards. She liaises closely with professional deputies/trustees, case managers, and therapists to ensure a holistic approach to the management of the client’s finances and lives.

Memberships :

Solicitors for the Elderly

About Elizabeth

Before joining the Private Client team at Royds Withy King, Elizabeth worked at Thrings LLP where she spent five years specialising in Wills and Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Powers of Attorney across their Bath, Swindon and Bristol offices.  Elizabeth has also been studying towards qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive.

Interests

Outside of work, Elizabeth takes the opportunity to travel around the world including South East Asia which has given her a passion for Asian cooking. She is also a keen runner and often takes part in the Bath Half Marathon.

About Hannah

Hannah completed her training contract with a Bristol-based firm and qualified as a solicitor in September 2016. She joined the Employment team in 2018 and advises businesses, Health & Social Care clients and individuals on a wide range of employment issues including:

 

Memberships

Hannah is a member of both the Employment Lawyers Association and Bristol Law Society.

Interests

Outside of work, Hannah enjoys travelling and exploring new places. She also likes to keep fit and when the weather permits, spend her evenings paddle boarding around the Bristol harbourside.

About Liz

Liz specialises in advising clients and their families on:

  • managing the financial affairs of elderly and incapacitated clients, who may have dementia as a result of age, or as a result of accident or injury or through disability or mental illness
  • preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney to cover both the financial affairs and personal welfare of vulnerable individuals
  • applications to the Court of Protection for clients who may require an appointed Deputy to manage their personal affairs
  • assisting Deputies with the management of the client’s financial affairs.

 

About Lucy

Lucy graduated with a first class law degree in 2012 before completing her training contract and qualifying with a national law firm. Lucy joined Royds Withy King in 2017 having gained almost three years of invaluable experience across a variety of commercial disputes and litigation (mainly conducted in the High Court) and continues to build on that experience whilst growing her expertise across all areas of commercial dispute resolution.

Practice areas

Lucy works across a range of dispute resolution areas including:

  • commercial and contractual disputes
  • consumer disputes
  • racing and bloodstock disputes
  • director, shareholder and partnership disputes
  • debt recovery
  • fraud
  • professional negligence
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • business protection
  • internal dispute resolution.

Memberships

Lucy is an accredited civil and commercial mediator and is also a member of the Oxford Young Professionals Society.

Interests

Outside of work, Lucy enjoys travelling, open water swimming and skiing.

 

About Sophie

Sophie graduated from the University of Sussex in 2013 with a First Class Honours degree in Law and passed her Legal Practice Course examinations in 2014. Prior to joining us, Sophie worked as a Crown Court caseworker at a criminal law firm in Bristol.

Sophie joined Royds Withy King as a Legal Assistant in our Medical Negligence team in January 2015, providing advice and information about the claims procedure, including funding options and how to proceed with a claim.

She started her training contract in September 2016 and is currently working in our Employment team in Bath.

Interests

Outside of work, Sophie loves being in the countryside, is a keen tennis player and an all-round food lover.

About Gemma

Gemma worked in the horse racing industry before entering the legal profession. She studied for a law degree with the University of London, while continuing to work part-time. Gemma has been a partner at Royds and now Royds Royds Withy King since 2003.

Gemma has specialised in employment law since qualifying as a solicitor. Her particular areas of expertise include:

  • all forms of tribunal claims including unfair dismissal, sex, race and disability discrimination
  • all commercial aspects of TUPE transfers
  • advising on workplace policies such as maternity, paternity and flexible working
  • advising on staff handbooks
  • advising on employment contracts.

Gemma’s clients range from retail outlets and charities to senior level employees.

She also acts, with partner Richard Woodman, on behalf of the Mauritian government handling cases on appeal from the Mauritian Supreme Court to the Privy Council, which is interesting and varied work involving both civil and criminal appeals.

Gemma regularly speaks at seminars and workshops on changes in employment law affecting both small and large employers.

In her spare time, Gemma enjoys racing, hill/fell walking and travelling.

Memberships

Gemma is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

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About Caroline

Caroline’s background is professional services, having worked in accountancy practices Edmunds Gibbs (now Shaw Gibbs) and Critchleys.  She joined the litigation team of then Marshall & Galpin in 2004 as a legal secretary, gaining a wealth of experience in clinical negligence, personal injury, employment, family, care work, licensing and general litigation cases.

Caroline has been with Royds Withy King since its merger with Marshall & Galpin, working in the Family team since 2009 and as a paralegal since 2017.

 

About Luchia

Luchia graduated from the University of Chester in 2010, having read Law and then studied the Legal practice course at BPP Law School Bristol.

After qualifying with Goughs Solicitors in 2015, Luchia worked as a private client solicitor at Davey Law in Cirencester, advising clients on all aspects of wills, lasting powers of attorney, probate and elderly client matters.

Luchia advises clients on the following areas:

Memberships

Solicitors for the Elderly

Interests

Outside of work, Luchia enjoys travel, photography, eating and baking.

About Richard

Richard studied law at Hull University and qualified as a solicitor in 1983. He started his career as a commercial litigator, with employment law emerging as his specialist interest.

Richard’s commercial litigation experience gives him a perspective in dealing with employment disputes which is unusual among employment lawyers. He is widely recognised for his strategic approach and known for providing clients with pragmatic, commercial solutions no matter how complex the problem.

Richard advises on all aspects of employment law, including:

  • wrongful and unfair dismissal claims
  • the protection of business confidential information including restrictive covenants, confidentiality, garden leave, and the duties of employees, directors and partners not to compete unfairly
  • bonus claims
  • discrimination issues
  • employment tribunal claims and settlements
  • advising, often in conjunction with the our Corporate & Commercial team, on employment issues arising from corporate re-structuring and acquisitions/disposals, especially the application of TUPE and complex redundancies.

In addition to his employment law work, Richard continues acting as a commercial litigator and heads the Royds Withy King team which successfully argued the leading case on aggregation of claims governed by the Solicitors Minimum Terms and Conditions.

Richard also heads the Royds Withy King team representing the Government of Mauritius as its Privy Council Agents in respect of final appeals from the Supreme Court of Mauritius.

Work highlights

Richard’s clients include the leading business services company Christie Group and the UK’s largest watch brand, Rotary.

Richard’s recent work includes:

  • claims totalling in excess of £1m against two former directors of a medical supplies company concerning theft of confidential information
  • defending a sizeable employer against allegations of disability discrimination from a former director
  • representing several traders involved in the fallout from the FX Probe (including working with US attorneys to deal with US regulatory and criminal aspects), involving whistleblowing, breach of contract and unfair dismissal claims
  • injunction proceedings against a former director for breach of restrictive covenants and theft of confidential information
  • contempt of court proceedings against former directors for perjury in witness statements concerning their actions (resulting in suspended sentence of imprisonment ahead of overall settlement)
  • multi million pound breach of contract / duty and professional negligence claim arising from demise of failed overseas property company (now the leading case on the interpretation of the aggregation provisions of the Solicitors Minimum Terms and Conditions – AIG Europe Ltd v OC320301 LLP [2016] EWCA Civ 367)

Memberships

Richard is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the European Employment Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society.

Outside of work Richard is a longstanding supporter of Leicester City FC – and so his sporting life reached its zenith in 2016 (no doubt never to be repeated). He enjoys all sports, especially football and cricket; however his main interest is his family, with a newly added grandson.

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About Richard

Richard studied law at Hull University and qualified as a solicitor in 1983. He started his career as a commercial litigator, with employment law emerging as his specialist interest.

Richard’s commercial litigation experience gives him a perspective in dealing with employment disputes which is unusual among employment lawyers. He is widely recognised for his strategic approach and known for providing clients with pragmatic, commercial solutions no matter how complex the problem.

Richard advises on all aspects of employment law, including:

  • wrongful and unfair dismissal claims
  • the protection of business confidential information including restrictive covenants, confidentiality, garden leave, and the duties of employees, directors and partners not to compete unfairly
  • bonus claims
  • discrimination issues
  • employment tribunal claims and settlements
  • advising, often in conjunction with the our Corporate & Commercial team, on employment issues arising from corporate re-structuring and acquisitions/disposals, especially the application of TUPE and complex redundancies.

In addition to his employment law work, Richard continues acting as a commercial litigator and heads the Royds Withy King team which successfully argued the leading case on aggregation of claims governed by the Solicitors Minimum Terms and Conditions.

Richard also heads the Royds Withy King team representing the Government of Mauritius as its Privy Council Agents in respect of final appeals from the Supreme Court of Mauritius.

Work highlights

Richard’s clients include the leading business services company Christie Group and the UK’s largest watch brand, Rotary.

Richard’s recent work includes:

  • claims totalling in excess of £1m against two former directors of a medical supplies company concerning theft of confidential information
  • defending a sizeable employer against allegations of disability discrimination from a former director
  • representing several traders involved in the fallout from the FX Probe (including working with US attorneys to deal with US regulatory and criminal aspects), involving whistleblowing, breach of contract and unfair dismissal claims
  • injunction proceedings against a former director for breach of restrictive covenants and theft of confidential information
  • contempt of court proceedings against former directors for perjury in witness statements concerning their actions (resulting in suspended sentence of imprisonment ahead of overall settlement)
  • multi million pound breach of contract / duty and professional negligence claim arising from demise of failed overseas property company (now the leading case on the interpretation of the aggregation provisions of the Solicitors Minimum Terms and Conditions – AIG Europe Ltd v OC320301 LLP [2016] EWCA Civ 367)

Memberships

Richard is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the European Employment Lawyers Association and the Industrial Law Society.

Outside of work Richard is a longstanding supporter of Leicester City FC – and so his sporting life reached its zenith in 2016 (no doubt never to be repeated). He enjoys all sports, especially football and cricket; however his main interest is his family, with a newly added grandson.

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About Jack

Jack graduated from University College London in 2005 with First Class Honours in English. In the same year he was awarded the John Oliver Hobbes Memorial Scholarship Prize for academic achievement. He obtained his Masters in English with Distinction from University College London in 2006. Jack made the transition into law in 2006, studying at BPP Law School. Jack joined Royds (now Royds Withy King) as a trainee in 2008 and qualified in 2010.

Jack deals with a wide range of dispute resolution matters, including:

  • small to high value contract disputes
  • professional negligence claims
  • insolvency matters
  • fraud
  • pension-related matters
  • cross-border commercial disputes
  • construction disputes.

Jack is an experienced litigator in the High Court and County Courts, and conducts his own advocacy where appropriate. He is experienced in various forms of ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution), including mediation, adjudication and arbitration.

Jack’s recent clients include airlines, international banks, business transfer agents, recruitment consultants, IT firms, retailers, trusts and pension schemes. He has also acted for a variety of small to medium size businesses, and on behalf of individuals and a number of high profile and celebrity clients.

Jack’s work highlights include:

  • acting on behalf of a well-known business transfer agent who was seeking a commission fee following the sale of a multi-million pound property portfolio. Jack successfully negotiated payment of the commission fee plus legal costs.
  • representing a well-known recruitment company that was seeking a commission fee for placement of a candidate in a high-end city job. Jack successfully secured at trial an order that the client be paid the full amount of its claim plus legal costs.
  • negotiating a speedy settlement for a famous music venue in a dispute concerning the professional negligence of its former solicitors.
  • negotiating a very favourable settlement in a construction dispute with contractors over the redevelopment work to a London landmark.
  • acting on behalf of the trustees of a major occupational pension scheme and successfully bringing the winding-up of the scheme to its conclusion and securing the distribution of benefits to its members.

Memberships

Jack is a member of The City of London Law Society and The Young Lawyers’ Group.

Outside of work, Jack’s interests include music, sports and travelling.

About Richard

Richard joined Royds Withy King in May 2013 with a background in real estate having previously been an in-house paralegal at a bank where he assisted on internal security and property review work. Richard has also worked in private practice in a commercial property planning and development team.

About Caroline

Caroline’s background is professional services, having worked in accountancy practices Edmunds Gibbs (now Shaw Gibbs) and Critchleys.  She joined the litigation team of then Marshall & Galpin in 2004 as a legal secretary, gaining a wealth of experience in clinical negligence, personal injury, employment, family, care work, licensing and general litigation cases.

Caroline has been with Royds Withy King since its merger with Marshall & Galpin, working in the Family team since 2009 and as a paralegal since 2017.

 

About Katie

Katie graduated from Kings College London with a 2:1 in Law before going on to study for her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Bloomsbury.

In the 5 years before joining Royds Withy King, Katie worked as an Estate Agent in West Oxfordshire. She has developed a thorough but empathetic approach to client care, which helps her to achieve good outcomes for her clients.

Interests

When Katie is not working, she enjoys spending time in the countryside with her three children.

 

About Samantha

Prior to joining us, Samantha worked in Bristol as a senior legal assistant.

Samantha has a particular interest in cases where there has been a failure to treat periodontal disease and failures in cosmetic dentistry.

About Bharat

Bharat trained with Royds before qualifying into the firm’s highly regarded real estate team acting for small, medium and blue-chip companies as well as private individuals and charities.

Bharat has a broad mix of clients, allowing him to gain considerable experience in dealing with a variety of complex property issues. A large part of Bharat’s work is acting for well known High Street names in the retail sector where Bharat has accumulated a wealth of highly sought after expertise.

Memberships

Bharat is a member of the Commercial Real Estate Association (CRELA) and the Law Society.

In his spare time Bharat enjoys playing sports and travelling.

About Elaine

Elaine assists the solicitors and legal executives in conveyancing and is very much part of the team.  She is often the day to day contact for clients helping them with their queries on their property’s sale or purchase.

She also ensures our firm is placed on mortgage lenders panels and on the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).

About Katie

Katie has specialised in medical negligence claims since qualifying as a solicitor in 2007 and has worked on both sides of the claims procerss, having represented both NHS defendants and claimants.

Katie has specialised exclusively in claimant work since 2009.  In July 2015, she was awarded Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel Membership Status.

Work highlights

Katie has diverse experience having fought and won claims concerning:

  • brain injury in adults and children
  • obstetrics and gynaecology
  • oncology/cancer
  • orthopaedics including knee and hip surgery
  • diabetes
  • fatal accidents
  • inquests
  • cauda equine syndrome
  • meningitis
  • bowel and gastrointestinal.

Memberships

  • Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel
  • Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
  • Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers (SCIL).

Interests

Katie enjoys cycling, hiking, cooking and traveling. She once walked 62 miles in 29 hours for Oxfam.

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 Ivelina

Ivelina joined the Employment team at Royds, now Royds Withy King, as a paralegal in May 2013 following a change in career. She successfully completed a law degree (LLB) at the University of London and went on to gain a Distinction in her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School. She is registered for pro bono employment law work at the Free Representation Unit (FRU) and also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies.

Prior to her legal career, Ivelina acted as a Commercial Manager within a within a global Fortune 500 company covering Europe, Middle East and India group operations. In her role, she worked directly for the Group Managing Director and Managing Counsel in commercial and legal negotiations, risk analysis, anti-bribery and corruption compliance. She had been instrumental in the negotiations of a number of complex projects for public and private sector clients across various international jurisdictions, such as the Tube Lines PPP Contract Re-stated Terms in the UK, Windsor-Essex Parkway project in Canada and the A-Roads projects in Germany.

In 2015, Ivelina began her training contract with the firm and qualified as a solicitor in the Corporate and Commercial team in March 2017. Before qualifying as a  solicitor, Ivelina gained experience in employment law, commercial property law and corporate and commercial law before qualifying as a corporate solicitor with Royds Withy King.

Interests

Ivelina’s mother tongue is Bulgarian and she understands other Slavonic languages such as Russian, Macedonian and Serbo-Croatian.

Outside of work, Ivelina enjoys watching historical drama, going to the theatre and travelling. Her other interests include tennis, science fiction, psychology and literature.

About Priya

Priya joined our real estate team in May 2017 from a well-established niche practice specialising in property law in North West London, bringing years of experience in commercial property law to the team. Priya has established a reputation for actively managing each transaction, ensuring that each one goes through as quickly and efficiently as possible while finding practical solutions to legal issues which may affect the transaction.

Practise areas

 

Priya specialises in complex and high-end commercial acquisitions and sales, and acts for clients in relation to grants of commercial leases. Her expertise includes:

  • Advising commercial landlords and tenants on matters such as new leases, lease renewals, agreements for lease, as well as licences to assign and alter.
  • Acting on high-end portfolio refinance transactions, including for PLC clients and large UK and international banks.
  • Acting on investment acquisitions and disposals of investment property, including land acquisition for development purposes.
  • Attending auctions with clients, advising on potential investments and developing relationships with auctioneers to secure opportunities for her clients.

Work highlights

  • Acted on the purchase of 24 new build units across three high-end London developments at a total cost of over £40 million for an overseas trust company.
  • Acted on over £19 million portfolio refinance transaction consisting of 34 properties for a PLC client.
  • Acted on £4.5 million loan facility from a well-known bank for a hotel purchase, transferring part of a site which was owned by a charity.
  • Acted on £8 million refinance for a large Indian bank, involving a lease back element and overseas ultimate beneficial owners.

Memberships

Priya is a member of the Law Society.

Interests

Outside of work Priya is a keen traveller, taking every opportunity to jet off somewhere new.

About Victoria

Victoria joined Royds Withy King in November 2015, having previously worked as an associate solicitor for a national law firm in Bristol. She has over 15 years’ experience dealing with all aspects of personal injury work including road accidents, employer’s liability and occupier’s liability cases.

Victoria has acted for numerous clients over the years dealing with a wide range of injury claims. Over the past four years she has specialised in head and brain injury work.

Memberships

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX)

About Iain

Iain trained and qualified at a London-based international law firm and joined Royds Withy King in March 2018 from national law firm Shoosmiths.

Iain has particular experience advising on early stage start-ups and investments. He is highly regarded for his straightforward, pragmatic approach and technical ability.

Having advised on a large number of transactions, Iain has a particular focus on the Real Estate, Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Health & Social Care sectors and is a member of the firm’s multi-disciplinary Life Sciences team.

Iain’s particular areas of expertise include:

  • mergers and acquisitions (UK and cross-border)
  • shareholder agreements and group restructurings
  • joint ventures
  • private equity / venture capital transactions (acting for both investors and management).

Iain is recognised as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ by the 2017 Legal 500 guide.

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About Mark

Mark handles a wide variety of personal injury claim types, but has particular expertise in:

  • all aspects of sports related injuries
  • claims relating to motorcycle accidents
  • acting for cyclists involved in accidents
  • injuries received due to defective products
  • claims due to stress at work
  • personal injury involving animals
  • injury claims due to violent crime.

Mark also receives instructions to act in professional negligence cases and is happy to take over the conduct of personal injury claims from other firms.

Mark’s career with Royds Withy King started in 2006 as a trainee and he qualified in 2008 when he joined the personal injury team. He is recognised by Chambers & Partners as an “Associate to watch”, and sources in the directory describe him as “always very impressive” and note he’s “very good with clients“. He is also praised for being “client-focused” by The Legal 500 UK.

Mark’s blogs

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Press contributions

Cycling and the law: how will your rights be affected by driverless cars? (RoadCC)
UK cycling – how bike safety can be improved (Bike Radar)
Legal Q&A: What are my rights if a pothole makes me crash? (Bike Radar)
Personal injury firms face rising claims

Membership :

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Professional Negligence Lawyers’s Association

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About Paul

Paul has more than nine years’ experience as an employment lawyer and a proven track record of bringing and defending complex multi-issue discrimination claims for clients.

Paul joined Royds Withy King in 2017 from an employment law boutique firm, where he advised a number of senior individuals, a range of companies within the IT industry, as well as companies that facilitated public sector contracts, such as supplying products and services to the NHS. Paul has also undertaken claimant work for senior executives within the BBC and a Premier League football club coach.

Work highlights

  • advising a company with regards to a director and two junior employees stealing confidential information and actively setting up and competing against the company during their employment. This included enforcement of the restrictive covenants within the former employees’ contracts of employment, the defence of Tribunal proceedings brought by the employees and a successful application for pre-action disclosure, resulting in disclosure of all of the individuals’ activities so that losses could be quantified.
  • advising an NHS Trust on the change of 35 employees’ contractual benefits that resulted in collective consultation, with the involvement of the employees’ trade union. With expert legal support, the Trust was able to successfully procure changes to all of the contracts of employment in question.
  • advising a senior individual on the campaign of harassment he was subject to due to his mental impairment. This involved advising the client on his grievances, correspondence with the company’s management team and successfully negotiating through judicial mediation a five-figure settlement, an agreed reference and an apology by the company.

Memberships and interests

Paul is a member of  the Employment Lawyers Association. Outside of work, Paul is a keen cyclist.

About Vandana

Vandana graduated with an LLB Hons in Law and Politics before qualifying as a solicitor in June 2005. She headed a Family department at a well established firm in Surrey before joining Royds (now Royds Withy King) as an associate solicitor in 2013, going on to become a partner.

Vandana advises on high net worth financial settlements regularly involving businesses,  assets in foreign jurisdictions, offshore trusts and  inherited wealth to name a few. She also deals with cases involving children including international jurisdictional issues.

In her spare time Vandana is a keen runner and enjoys yoga and philosophy. Her other interests include travelling and reading.

Practice areas

Memberships

Vandana was admitted to the Law Society in 2005 and is a member of Resolution.

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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 Malik

Malik joined the residential property team at Royds Withy King in 2013. He brings his experience in dealing with:

  • Sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties
  • Re-mortgages
  • Transfers of equity
  • Right to buy and shared ownership

Interests

Outside of work, Malik loves cooking and being with the family. He is also a keen cricket player.

About Jacqui

Her work with the property disputes team has given her a broad range of experience including:

  • resolving landlord and tenant disputes
  • residential long leasehold matters including collective enfranchisement and lease extensions
  • advising on Rights of Way and other property rights
  • advising on commercial and residential boundary disputes
  • acting on Right to Buy sales
  • all aspects of deeds, including Deeds of Release, Deeds of Easement, Deeds of Variation
  • registrations at the Land Registry, including first registrations and changes to registration following disputes.

Jacqui joined Royds Withy King in 2004 and is an Affiliate of the Institute of Legal Executives.

Memberships

Institute of Legal Executives

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About Carole

Acting for a wide range of businesses, some of Carole’s recent clients include Oyster Hotels, Virtua UK Ltd, Xograph Healthcare Ltd, Icera Inc, First Great Western and Cosi International. Clients recommend Carole for being “professional and pragmatic.”

Carole is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and in 2003 Carole founded the Bath & West Wilts CIPD group which she chaired for five years.

Examples of Carole’s work include;

  • Completed on behalf of a client a reorganisation of their company structure which included full consultation with employees, voluntary and compulsory redundancies. Leaving the management team free to manage other company matters and be free to manage the process of supporting the business and its employees within the new structure.
  • Carried out a complex independent disciplinary investigation on behalf of a client which included interviewing employee internally and gathering information from external advisory organisation. Completing a comprehensive report for the client to use in the management of the disciplinary matter.
  • Negotiated and agreed a settlement agreement for a client who was mutually exiting an employee from the business.
  • Mediating a sensitive maternity leave matter
  • Reviewed a complex industrial dispute involving five employees; making recommendations to the company for the resolution of the dispute.

About Amy

Amy finished her law degree in June 2017 then secured a temporary contract in July working as a Legal Assistant for Kier Construction alongside Pinsent Masons on a pre-arbitration claim in Dubai. Then in September she started studying her Legal Practice Course part time.

Interest

Outside of work Amy plays netball, enjoys swimming and baking. She is also an avid reader, aiming to read a new book every week.

About Catherine

Catherine qualified in September 2015 and joined Royds Withy King in March 2017. She read law at the University of Reading and spent a year in the Netherlands at the University of Maastricht where she read European and International law.

Catherine trained and qualified at Gordon Dadds Solicitors and also spent a year in the City in an in-house role specialising in corporate and employment law.

Catherine’s experience includes:

Memberships

Employment Lawyers Association

 

About Louise

Louise’s personal injury experience is comprehensive and includes;

  • Advising on claims relating to accidents at work
  • Securing claims due to accidents abroad or on holiday
  • All aspects of road traffic accidents
  • Accidents due to domestic violence.

Louise qualified in 1989 and spent her early legal career in London. She joined Oxford firm Marshall & Galpin in 1993 and moved to Royds Withy King following the merger of the two firms in 2008.

Memberships :

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

About Helen

Helen represents family members exposed to asbestos dust brought home on the overalls of workers. In the last three years alone, Helen has recovered over £5m for injured claimants. According to an impressed source in Chambers & Partners UK, Helen’s work was “absolutely superb from the outset“, and she demonstrated “phenomenal attention to detail“. She is also recognised in Chambers as a “Leader in her field“.

Helen’s most prominent successes include:

  • £375k recovered in compensation for a journalist who had developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos while doing summer building jobs in his university vacations. Helen obtained a further £50k for his father, alongside whom he had worked, and who had died of mesothelioma in 2002.
  • £250k for the family of a 59 year old woman who died of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos from her husband’s work clothes, when he was in the Royal Navy.
  • £175k for the family of a woman who developed mesothelioma as a result of laundering her husbands work clothes. He was a carpenter at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Aldermaston.
  • £150k for an electrician at the AWE. This claim was settled within just three months of instructions being received.
  • £750k in compensation for a man who had worked for Foster Wheeler and had visited many different oil refinery and power generation sites. By using her knowledge of the various different sites he had visited and letting him see what other workers in similar occupations had done, Helen was able to prove that he was exposed to asbestos in the aftermath of a big explosion and during regular maintenance and repair work.
  • Over £750k for a man who had worked in shipbuilding during his apprenticeship. His claim was particularly valuable because he was only 65, and was earning a six figure salary in the offshore oil industry. He intended working for many years into the future and the evidence indicated he should have been able to do so because there was a real skills shortage for experienced people like him.
  • In the much publicised case of P v Portline, Helen proved that employers were aware of the dangers of exposure to asbestos as early as the 1950s. This case made it possible to claim compensation for diseases caused by exposure to asbestos back then. Before this case was won, claims for exposure this early invariably failed.

Helen is a regular speaker at seminars, public meetings and charity fund raisers. She supports several charities which assist both the individuals injured as a result of industrial diseases, and their families.

Helen lives with her two children, Joe and Lucy, who manage to take up most of her spare time. However, when time allows, she loves gardening, cooking and baking, sewing/dressmaking, swimming, cycling, running, and long walks.

Professional memberships

APIL and CPIL (at Fellow Level).

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About Tracy

Tracy understands the damaging effect of injury on the entire family and she appreciates the importance of achieving the right level of compensation, as well as making sure it lasts her clients for their lifetime. She has specialised in personal injury and clinical negligence catastrophic claims since 1989 and has successfully recovered damages in excess of £50,000,000 for her clients.

Tracy is independently recognised as a “Leader in her field” in the areas of both personal injury and clinical negligence law by legal directories Chambers & Partners UK and The Legal 500 UK. The latter describes her as an “empathic communicator” who is “extremely knowledgeable and committed to her clients“.

Tracy heads the firm’s personal injury team and her specialisms include:

  • Injury claims to children through birth injury or accident
  • Head injury cases
  • stroke as a consequence of physiotherapy
  • acting as a Professional Trustee or Deputy for clients.

Her high profile cases are regularly reported in legal publications including Lawtel, MedNeg, APIL and Healthcare Risk.

Tracy became head of the personal injury team following the merger of Royds Withy King and Marshall & Galpin in 2008.

Memberships :

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Oxford Medico-Legal Society
Headway
CBIT (Child Brain Injuries Trust)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

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About Matthew

Matthew qualified as a lawyer in April 2013 and has a strong academic background, having obtained a distinction in his Legal Practice Course. He is well-regarded for his negotiation, advocacy, and case-analysis skills, drawing upon his previous experience as a Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Matthew’s clients range from senior executives to part-time employees to SMEs. Matthew’s clients praise his “extremely professional advice”, “guidance and knowledge” and his “determination” to resolve matters in often “difficult circumstances.” (source: client letters).

Matthew’s recent cases include:

  • negotiating a substantial exit package where the working relationship had broken down
  • drafting contracts of employment for a local business
  • negotiating a significant enhancement to a proposed settlement agreement
  • representing employees of a PLC in a class-action contract claim
  • resolving a complex and historical sexual harassment dispute
  • securing a high value settlement in an ‘unfair dismissal’ and Discrimination Claim at the Employment Tribunal.

About Natalie

Natalie graduated from Cardiff University and has specialised in corporate and commercial law throughout her career. She deals with a wide range of corporate and commercial matters.

Natalie’s expertise includes:

  • advising on company acquisitions, disposals and management buyouts
  • advising on general company and commercial law
  • advising on share restructures
  • drafting and advising on articles of association, shareholders’ agreements and partnership agreements
  • drafting and reviewing a variety of commercial agreements and business terms and conditions
  • advising on general company and commercial law.

Work highlights

  • advising on a series of large acquisitions for a waste disposal company
  • working with dentistry practices on a variety of acquisitions and disposals
  • advising on a contentious share disposal.

Memberships

Law Society

Interests

Outside of work, Natalie enjoys long walks in the countryside, spin classes, exploring new places and spending time with friends and family.