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 Bharti

Bharti joined our Corporate & Commercial team in autumn 2017 from IBB Solicitors, bringing with her a broad range of experience in corporate finance work, acquisitions and disposals, banking (specifically secured lending), corporate restructuring , joint ventures and general commercial contracts.

Bharti’s clients include both businesses and business owners, from international companies to small and medium-sized enterprises and banks.

Work highlights

Bharti’s work highlights include:

  • advising the shareholders of a company in the recruitment industry on their initial disposal of 70% of the issued share capital to a listed company
  • advising the buyer in a pre-pack administration in the retail recruitment industry
  • reviewing and advising a property developer on a £15m revolving credit facility
  • advising the shareholders of a company in connection with a demerger and a management buy-out.

Memberships

Law Society

About Ali

Ali, an associate who “demonstrates good strategic thinking” according to The Legal 500 UK.

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

  • inquests and coronial law, including medical inquests, as well as deaths in prison, police custody and mental health detention
  • fatal claims
  • birth injuries, including Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy
  • maternal injuries
  • psychiatric injury, including secondary victim claims
  • orthopaedic injuries including knee replacement surgeries, hip dysplasia, amputations and podiatric negligence.

In 2014, Ali won the Bath Solicitor of the Year at the prestigious Bristol Law Society Awards. The award recognised her as “an exceptional solicitor who has made an outstanding contribution to their firm, client work or the legal sector in Bath”.

She has previously worked with local and national media, commenting on topical issues and cases in which she was involved.

Memberships:

  • Bristol Law Society
  • INQUESTcharity
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – Senior Litigator

 

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 About Robert

Robert joined the Family team in February 2017. Bringing knowledge from his previous roles within the local government sector of care proceedings that include; cases involving non-accidental injuries, fabricated or induced illness and international issues.

Practice areas

Robert works across a range of family areas including:

  • Representing parents and other family members in care proceedings
  • Advising on Special Guardianship and adoption
  • Representing parents in respect of obtaining parental responsibility, contact disputes and determining where a child should live

Interests

Outside of work Robert enjoys keeping fit, film and playing chess.

About Hollie

Hollie has a particular interest in the following areas:

  • joint ownership disputes
  • boundary and neighbour disputes
  • commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes
  • covenants.

She qualified as a solicitor in 2013 after spending two years with the firm while she completed her training contract.

Memberships :

Property Litigation Association

Women in Property

Bath Young Professionals

Bristol Junior Lawyers Division

About Chris

He graduated from Cambridge with a 2:1 in Law in 2015, and joined our team in December 2015 after a short stint in the legal team at a pharmaceutical company. Chris will begin his solicitor training contract with our team in London in 2018.

Chris supports the team and works closely with Associate Mandy Casavant with both the legal and non-legal sides of the team’s work – drafting, research and meeting clients while working on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, estate administration and trusts.

About Dawn

Dawn previously worked for an estate agent for 11 years. While working there, Dawn became interested in working on the other side of the house buying and selling process with a career in conveyancing.

Dawn completing an Ilex course and has worked in conveyancing since October 2014.

About Ali

Ali, an associate who “demonstrates good strategic thinking” according to The Legal 500 UK.

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

  • inquests and coronial law, including medical inquests, as well as deaths in prison, police custody and mental health detention
  • fatal claims
  • birth injuries, including Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy
  • maternal injuries
  • psychiatric injury, including secondary victim claims
  • orthopaedic injuries including knee replacement surgeries, hip dysplasia, amputations and podiatric negligence.

In 2014, Ali won the Bath Solicitor of the Year at the prestigious Bristol Law Society Awards. The award recognised her as “an exceptional solicitor who has made an outstanding contribution to their firm, client work or the legal sector in Bath”.

She has previously worked with local and national media, commenting on topical issues and cases in which she was involved.

Memberships:

  • Bristol Law Society
  • INQUESTcharity
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – Senior Litigator

 

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About Milan

Milan qualified as a solicitor in 2009 at a niche city firm. He joined Royds, now Royds Withy King, in 2012 before becoming a Senior Associate in 2013. 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 as a solicitor to the Law Society in 2009 and is a member of the Junior London Litigation Solicitors Association and the Society of Asian Lawyers.

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 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 Robert

Robert has lived and breathed law for as long as he can remember. His father was a barrister and he spent his childhood living just a stone’s throw away from the Royal Courts of Justice in London’s illustrious legal quarter, the Temple. He joined Royds, now Royds Royds Withy King, as an Articled Clerk in 1967 and has worked in the Property team for more than 20 years.

In addition to Monsoon, Robert’s other important clients include other retailers, educational and religious institutions, banks and charities. He also acts for a number of London restaurateurs and well known entities in the art world. His expertise is complemented by the fact that he takes a real interest in all of his clients.

Robert’s expertise includes:

  • acquisitions
  • leases
  • planning
  • portfolio investment work
  • land development

Work Highlights

Robert led the acquisition for a major Paddington development and more recently he clinched the deal to acquire the site for the Monsoon  headquarters near Shepherds Bush which has been the subject of further extensions for ongoing mixed use development.

Outside of work, Robert’s interests include cycling and sailing.

About Nathan

Nathan graduated with distinction from Swansea University Law School, where he was awarded best performance in business law and practice.

Nathan has a keen interest in construction law. He supports construction projects handled by our team by reviewing, drafting and preparing standard or bespoke contractual terms and conditions that align with the realistic expectations of clients; advising and assisting clients in procurement of projects; and dealing with queries. He worked as a paralegal in the team before becoming a trainee legal executive.

Prior to joining Royds Withy King, Nathan worked at Buro Happold Engineering, which is a leading consultancy firm in the built environment. His experience includes working on exciting and prestigious projects such as the transformation of a 60 year old facility into a community centre and a museum in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the development of a cultural venue and arts space in Bristol, European Green Capital 2015. This latter project presented the opportunity to connect future citywide smart infrastructure including district heating networks.

About Louise

Louise has been recognised by The Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme for 15 years. Described by The Legal 500 UK as “tenacious” and “knowledgeable“, she deals with claims resulting from accidents at work, road traffic accidents, occupiers’ liability accidents and accidents involving children.

Louise’s experience is extensive and includes acting for clients suffering from:

Louise joined Royds Withy King in 1992 and qualified in 1994. She became a partner in the firm in 2000.

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About Charlotte

Charlotte graduated with a Law degree from the University of the West of England and has previously worked for a national law firm specialising in representing clients with catastrophic injuries.

Charlotte joined Royds Withy King in March 2016. She works as one of the solicitors in a close knit team representing clients who have suspect brain and spinal injuries.

Memberships

Charlotte is a committee member of the Bristol Women Lawyers Division.

Interests

Outside of work, Charlotte enjoys live music and is a regular gig attendee. She is also active in local politics.

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).

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 Elena

Elena supports partner Angus Williams dealing with the ‘Agriculture and Rural Business’ sector of this team.

About Paul

Described by The Legal 500 UK as “simply first-class” and “absolutely meticulous“, Paul Rumley is “a very approachable lawyer with vast experience on high-value and complex cases” who handles “a range of matters including birth injury claims, fatal accidents and delay in diagnosis of cancer claims“, according to 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 Mike

Mike is “highly recommended” by independent legal directory The Legal 500 UK 2014, who added 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
  • Affiliate Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

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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 Laura

Laura specialises in probate, estate administration and trust management, including completion of accounts and tax returns, resealing foreign grants and making applications for grant on behalf of non-UK domiciled deceased estates owning assets in the UK.

She is particularly experienced and highly regarded in dealing with high net worth and complex estates.

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 Marianne

Marianne’s experience includes:

  • consumer and commercial contract disputes – including sale of goods and services, consumer credit and product liability, building disputes
  • debt recovery and insolvency
  • professional negligence – solicitors, accountants and surveyors
  • director, shareholder and partnership disputes
  • residential, commercial and mortgage possession proceedings and forfeiture actions
  • boundary, party wall, title and easement disputes, trespass actions.

Marianne prides herself on her ability to adapt to meet the needs of her wide variety of clients. She takes a pragmatic, no-nonsense and to the point approach but with the sensitivity that each different client situation requires. At all times, Marianne’s aim is to achieve a swift and cost effective solution to the clients’ issues and she fully understands that litigation is not always appropriate – she is an avid advocate for Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Marianne qualified in 2000 having worked for a year during her Business Law degree at Lewis & Potts in Richmond-upon-Thames gaining a 6 month exemption to her training contract through litigation experience. She then completed her training at Lemon&Co where Marianne became head of litigation before joining Royds Withy King following the merger of the two firms.

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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 Sorcha

Sorcha joined our Private Client team as a paralegal in 2015. She has assisted in a number of matters including Wills, probate, estate administration and mental capacity.

Sorcha studied Business Management at the University of Glasgow and then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at City University. She completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in March 2018.

In her spare time Sorcha enjoys running, reading, playing backgammon and cooking.

Practice areas

Work highlights

• Estate administration
Assisting with the administration of a complex estate worth circa £10m involving business assets, multiple bank and building society accounts as well as various life assurance policies.

Sue has re-joined the firm several times since first starting with us. In 2013 she joined for the third time after living in Spain where she ran her own legal firm dealing with the problems British expats faced abroad.

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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Ivneet re-joined the Residential Property, Farms & Estates team in 2016 having previously trained as a solicitor at Royds Withy King. She prides herself on being very efficient and organised and understands the importance of meeting deadlines. Her approachable manner means her clients feel at ease throughout their property transaction.

Ivneet is experienced in dealing with:

  • Sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties
  • Re-mortgages
  • Transfers of equity
  • Declarations of Trust

She has a keen interest in property in her personal life and has acted as project manager on a number of renovations for family and friends. Away from work, she has a passion for fine dining and fashion.

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 Terry

Terry has a wealth of experience in the construction sector, having previously run his own contractor business and worked on a number of projects in the UK and Europe. He qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and worked at Mogers Drewett LLP, before joining Royds Withy King in September 2016.

Terry quickly gets to grips with highly complex matters. His extensive experience of construction disputes includes:

  • resolving payment disputes including application, valuation and notification
  • claims for extensions of time and loss and expense, including LADs
  • suspension and termination of contracts
  • professional negligence claims
  • construction dispute resolution and negotiation including adjudication, mediation, litigation and arbitration
  • international arbitration.

Work highlights

Terry assisted with a successful application in the High Court of Justice, in support of a Swiss arbitration. The application was to obtain injunctive relief, restraining any calls being made on performance bonds and payment guarantees. This involved an unprecedented exercise of the English Court’s powers under s. 44 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to grant interim injunctive relief in support of wholly foreign arbitral proceedings.

Interests

Terry is an avid cyclist and has taken part in a number of fundraising events including the Dragon L’Etape Wales by Le Tour de France. He has also been a mentor for underprivileged young people for many years.

 

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 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.

Practice areas

Caroline works with a network of trusted legal and professional advisors 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 Malcolm

Clients value Malcolm’s ability to “dispel complexity and reduce challenging scenarios to simple and ordered next steps” and he is praised for his business acumen and pragmatism.

Malcolm is independently recognised as a “Leader in the field” by legal directories Chambers & Partners UK and The Legal 500 UK, the latter of whom also described him as “efficient and knowledgeable” in 2017.

Recognised widely as an excellent public speaker, Malcolm frequently delivers seminars and training sessions to clients, HR professionals and businesses on a wide range of topics.

Malcolm handles all aspects of employment law and is a keen Tribunal Advocate. His recent work includes:

  • advising on three linked multiparty Employment Tribunal claims valued at around £1m brought by 70 Claimants involving complicated TUPE and trade union issues
  • assisting a global technology leader for biomedical and industrial applications in defending claims for race discrimination and unfair dismissal
  • guiding a large US company with a restructure of its European subsidiaries, including assessing the impact of the proposals and risk assessing the potential outcomes
  • advising on the strategic restructure of a business following an acquisition by venture capitalists with a view to exit involving TUPE transfers, large scale redundancies and careful positioning with a trade union.

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About Robert

Robert has lived and breathed law for as long as he can remember. His father was a barrister and he spent his childhood living just a stone’s throw away from the Royal Courts of Justice in London’s illustrious legal quarter, the Temple. He joined Royds, now Royds Royds Withy King, as an Articled Clerk in 1967 and has worked in the Property team for more than 20 years.

In addition to Monsoon, Robert’s other important clients include other retailers, educational and religious institutions, banks and charities. He also acts for a number of London restaurateurs and well known entities in the art world. His expertise is complemented by the fact that he takes a real interest in all of his clients.

Robert’s expertise includes:

  • acquisitions
  • leases
  • planning
  • portfolio investment work
  • land development

Work Highlights

Robert led the acquisition for a major Paddington development and more recently he clinched the deal to acquire the site for the Monsoon  headquarters near Shepherds Bush which has been the subject of further extensions for ongoing mixed use development.

Outside of work, Robert’s interests include cycling and sailing.

About Laura

Laura studied Law at Bristol UWE and went on to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive. She has specialised in personal injury claims throughout her career. Laura deals with a wide spectrum of cases including employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability and road traffic accidents. In addition to managing her own caseload, Laura assists Louise Hart on more complex cases and Helen Childs in the niche area of industrial diseases.

Her personal injury experience includes:

  • personal injury claims relating to employers’ liability and occupiers’ liability
  • all aspects of road traffic accident claims
  • assisting clients with orthopaedic, chronic pain, brain and spinal injury claims.

Memberships :

Laura is a Chartered Legal Executive of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

Natalie completed LLB Law Degree at the University of Exeter in 2013 and joined the Royds Withy King team in 2015. She is currently studying to become a Chartered Legal Executive.

About Jacinta

Jacinta studied Government & Law at the University of Ulster and later achieved a Doctorate of Philosophy. She joined Royds, now Royds Withy King, in 2015. During her legal career, Jacinta has advised corporate clients, charities and individuals at all stages of the litigation process. In particular, she has advised large corporate clients on how best to manage their commercial property/retail portfolios. Her expertise includes:

  • Advising on landlord and tenant disputes, including
    – business lease renewals
    – dilapidations disputes
    – possession actions and forfeiture
    – boundary disputes.
  • Advising on claims relating to breach of covenant, services charges, proprietary estoppel, nuisance and disrepair.
  • Advising in relation to failed joint venture disputes.
  • Resolving complex commercial disputes, including breach of contract disputes, claims for the recovery of assets, professional negligence and shareholder actions.

Memberships

Jacinta is a member of the Property Litigation Association and the London Solicitors Litigation Association.

Outside of work, Jacinta enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and running.

About Tony

Tony qualified at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London and practised there for 13 years. He undertook secondments to the Moscow office and the in-house legal team of a major international company.

Tony became a partner with Royds in June 2015, following a period as Head of Corporate of a leading regional firm.

Tony acts for domestic and international clients on a variety of corporate and commercial matters, including:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • joint ventures
  • shareholder disputes
  • corporate governance
  • commercial contracts
  • reorganisations

Tony is advising on major confidential transactions which are currently ongoing and has acted for major UK and international companies on projects in Russia, India and Africa.

His approach is always pragmatic and his key focus is to apply the law in a way which best responds to the commercial drivers of the deal.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tata Motors on its acquisition of JaguarLandRover from Ford
  • Acted for London & Continental Railways on the Eurostar joint venture agreements
  • Tony has contributed to Tolley’s Company Law and has been interviewed on topical legal issues by the BBC.

Tony enjoys travelling and hiking in regions of great natural beauty, especially along the coast. His other interests include films, theatre and fighting a losing battle to keep the garden in good shape.

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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 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 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.

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 Rachel

Rachel joined the Personal Injury team in January 2017.  After qualifying in 2005, Rachel specialised in catastrophic brain injury cases before specialising in asbestos linked diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural thickening claims in recent years.

Work highlights

Examples of awards Rachel has recovered for her clients are:

  • £280K for the widow of a Ford Motor plant worker who did not know where her husband was exposed. Rachel was able to find evidence to show how he was exposed by tracing witnesses who worked alongside him at the plant
  • £170k for a former merchant naval seaman who had subsequently emigrated to Australia, concluding his case within 3 months
  • damages for the family of a lady who was exposed to asbestos when assisting a relative, whose husband worked in an asbestos factory, with her laundry. Rachel accepted instructions on this case after it was investigated and turned down by a national law firm, securing Judgement for her client in the High Court.
  • £120k for the widow of an asbestos factory worker who passed away from asbestosis after his case had been turned away by a national law firm. Rachel was able to obtain witness evidence to settle her case, where another law firm had failed
  •  damages for a lady who was exposed to asbestos while working as a medical secretary at hospital in a ward made from corrugated asbestos cement.

Memberships

Rachel is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

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