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 Karen

Earlier in her career she worked with an estate agency which provided her with a valuable perspective on the needs of clients who are buying and selling homes and investment properties.

Karen handles a wide caseload of property work but with particular expertise in:

  • all aspects of home sales and purchases
  • issues surrounding freehold and leasehold properties
  • new build purchases
  • advising on complex title issues
  • transfers of Equity in property, particularly following separation or divorce
  • dealing with rural properties, particularly issues relating to private services.

She joined Royds Withy King Solicitors in 1997 and qualified as a Legal Executive in 2008.

About Zainab

Zainab and her team specialise in acting for High Net Worth individuals and corporate bodies in residential property transactions, predominantly in the Prime Central London area. She has also built up a strong reputation in affordable housing and government funded schemes, meaning that she is often instruction to provide specialist advice to private individuals in the UK.

Zainab’s specialisms include:

Zainab joined the firm in July 2016 after working for a niche property firm in West London where she was also Practice Manager. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Queen Mary University, London, and is an avid follower of international affairs.

 

About Will

Will specialises in complex financial settlements on family breakdown, acting for clients with significant assets including businesses, offshore trusts, investments, properties and pensions located in the UK and abroad.

He joined Royds Withy King from Withers LLP as partner in 2018. After studying at the University of St Andrews and at BPP Law School in London, Will trained and qualified at Burges Salmon in Bristol before moving to London to join Withers LLP in 2010.

Will’s specialisms include:

Will’s recent work has included advising high net worth foreign nationals living in the UK on wealth protection issues. He has worked closely with family lawyers (usually IAFL Fellows) in other jurisdictions including Germany, France, Russia, Brazil, Italy and various US states when advising on international prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Will’s previous clients have included premiership footballers, investment bankers, surgeons, entrepreneurs, accountants, lawyers, landowners and those wishing to protect significant inherited wealth.

Other

Will has blogged regularly on Family Law issues and has written for the Trusts & Estates Law and Tax Journal on attacking real estate owned by offshore companies. In 2017, he spoke at the annual conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, delivering an update on recent developments in Family Law.

Will has been involved in the following reported cases:

  • M v M [2013] EWHC 2354 (Fam)
  • Re S (Abduction: Hearing the Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1557

Memberships

Will is a committed member of Resolution and where possible, he favours alternative forms of dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration.

Interests

Outside of work, Will is a keen tennis player, enjoys country pursuits and hiking in remote parts of the world. Other interests include theatre and volunteering at his local Citizens Advice Bureau.

About Edward

Edward comes from a corporate background and acts for owner managed businesses, SMEs through to large corporates operating internationally. He is also passionate about business development.

Edward’s expertise includes:

  • advising on mergers, acquisitions and disposals
  • advising on corporate restructuring and reorganisations, including in financially distressed situations
  • drafting and advising on articles of association and shareholders’ agreements
  • drafting and reviewing commercial contracts
  • company formations and company secretarial work
  • advising on share buybacks and reductions of capital

Work highlights

  • a corporate reorganisation and related rebrand for a non-listed plc in the renewables sector
  • acting for a major US listed furniture designer and manufacturer on its strategic partnership with a growing UK retail company
  • the acquisition of a portfolio of care homes for a leading national provider
  • the sale of Bristol Forklifts Ltd to Red Diamond Distribution Limited.

Interests and memberships

  • Bristol Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Bath Young Professionals
  • Bristol Junior Lawyers Division
  • Bristol Young Professionals

Away from work, Edward is a keen sportsman, and can often be found playing football, golf and squash.

About Tim

Before qualifying as a solicitor, Tim gained several years’ commercial experience in the world of copyright licensing. Inspired by his involvement with a number of legal issues, he decided to change direction to pursue a career in law.

Tim qualified as a solicitor at a niche London firm specialising in intellectual property and litigation. He then worked for a number of years within the litigation team at City of London based firm Royds, now Royds Withy King.

Tim acts for both corporate and individual clients, and has particular experience in the following areas:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Recovering debts  & enforcing judgments
  • Commercial and residential landlord & tenant disputes
  • Possession claims
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Insolvency claims

Work highlights

  • Bringing a successful copyright claim in the High Court against a major High Street retailer on behalf of a design company client.
  • Obtaining a freezing injunction on behalf of a law firm over the sale proceeds of its former client’s property.
  • The award of a substantial judgment on behalf of a Trustee in Bankruptcy following the High Court trial of an insolvency claim.

About Tara

Tara graduated with a law degree in 2010, before going on to study for a Masters in Law and obtaining her LPC. Prior to joining RWK in September 2017, Tara completed her training contract at a firm in Cardiff and spent her final year in the Commercial Dispute Resolution department, qualifying into this area in June 2016. Tara then went on to practice at a large Bristol firm, dealing with a wide range of property disputes. She has gained experience in dealing with both commercial and property disputes and deals with a wide range of matters in both areas.

Tara’s work experience spans the property disputes and commercial disputes areas of law:

Property disputes:

  • residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters, including recovery of rent arrears, possession and forfeiture
  • boundary disputes, interference with easements, party wall issues, restrictive covenants and trespass.

Commercial and contractual disputes:

  • directors, shareholders and partnership disputes
  • consumers rights, including sale of goods and services disputes
  • debt recovery and insolvency.

Memberships

Law Society

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 Jayne

Jayne qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and spent 10 years at Lemon and Co Solicitors (now Royds Withy King) before becoming a partner in 2006 and being responsible for all matters dealing with both legal aid and public law. She has a great deal of experience in representing both parents and children within proceedings in the family courts.

Her expertise lies in the areas of:

  • Public law children – care proceedings
  • Private law children – all aspects of disagreements between parents as to where a child will live or as to contact arrangements.

Outside work Jayne enjoys walking, good food and time spent with friends and family.

Memberships :

Law Society Children’s panel
Secretary of the local branch of Resolution

About Richard

Graduating from the University of Surrey with an upper second class honours degree in Law, Richard completed the LPC at the College of Law in Guildford. Qualifying as a Solicitor in 2013, Richard joined Royds in February 2016 from another firm of solicitors based in South-West London.

Richard has experience in a broad spectrum of real estate work with particular expertise in Landlord and Tenant transactions. In addition to acting on the granting, assignment and surrender of leasehold interests, he can also assist with various other real estate matters including freehold acquisitions, disposals and re-financing.

Outside of work, Richard is a keen sportsman with particular interest in rugby, football and tennis. He also enjoys good food and wine and loves to travel.

About Tracy

Tracy has more than 27 years’ experience, qualifying as a solicitor in 1989. Following a career break in South Africa since 2011, she rejoined Royds Withy King in January 2017.

Practice areas

Tracy has a broad range of expertise on matters involving children, including:

  • Resolving family disputes, including determining living and contact arrangements and obtaining parental responsibility
  • Representing children/parents and other family members in child protection issues, where the local authority has applied to place a child/children in care
  • Advising on adoption and special guardianship matters

Interests

Outside of work, Tracy enjoys cooking, gardening and watching the rugby.

About Louise

Louise has been recognised by The Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme for 15 years. Described by The Legal 500 UK as “caring, competent, well-organised and highly effective“, 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 joined Royds Withy King in October 2015. She qualified as a Fellow in 2006 and then managed a team of conveyancers for a firm in Banbury, before returning to Oxford to specialise in high net worth transactions.

Charlotte has experience in both leasehold and freehold property, acquisitions and disposals as well as remortgage work, transfers of equity and first registrations of title. As part of our wider Wealth Protection team, Charlotte enjoys working closely with the Private Client and Family teams, we she is able to offer property advice to a range of clients with different needs.

In 2015 Charlotte founded the Oxfordshire branch of CILEx and was appointed Chair. The branch aims to support other Legal Executives in the area, both qualified and training.

About Victoria

Vikki’s experience encompasses the following areas:

Vikki is also a trained collaborative lawyer. She is committed to assisting her clients in resolving family and matrimonial disputes in an efficient and compassionate manner, with a view to obtaining a positive outcome for the whole family.

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 Tracy

Tracy has more than 27 years’ experience, qualifying as a solicitor in 1989. Following a career break in South Africa since 2011, she rejoined Royds Withy King in January 2017.

Practice areas

Tracy has a broad range of expertise on matters involving children, including:

  • Resolving family disputes, including determining living and contact arrangements and obtaining parental responsibility
  • Representing children/parents and other family members in child protection issues, where the local authority has applied to place a child/children in care
  • Advising on adoption and special guardianship matters

Interests

Outside of work, Tracy enjoys cooking, gardening and watching the rugby.

About Chris

Prior to joining the team in London, Chris spent three years as a Legal Assistant in the Private Client team in Royds Withy King’s Swindon office, assisting with Wills, Powers of Attorney and the administration of estates. Chris graduated from Cambridge University with a BA in Law in 2015, and achieved a Distinction in his Legal Practice Course at BPP University in Bristol in 2018.

Interests

Outside of work, Chris enjoys watching football (especially his beloved Arsenal FC), cooking and playing the guitar. He is also an avid – and highly competitive – player of video games and board games.

About Holly

Holly graduated in Law (LLB) from the University of Exeter in 2016 and has previously worked as an adviser for the Citizens Advice Bureau and volunteered with the Witness Service.

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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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.

 

Hazel’s expertise covers sales and acquisitions, contracts, business structure, governance and refinancing. She also has experience of advising on and negotiating local authority framework agreements and tenders and has previously assisted numerous care providers in fee negotiations with funders.

Hazel has a thorough understanding of the regulatory systems operated by CQC, CSSIW, GPhC and OFSTED. She is regularly consulted by agents, accountants and banks in respect of queries over registration and compliance issues which may arise during an acquisition or sale. Her knowledge and reputation means she is often instructed in addition to the existing legal team.

Her clients include new entrants, sole traders, small and large groups.

Recent experience includes:

  • acting for existing care operator in purchase of nursing home for £2.2m
  • acting for sellers in sale of their care company for £5,7m
  • acting for 18 home care group in £80m sale and leaseback to a US REIT
  • advising sellers in sale of two-pharmacy group in Cornwall to a national corporate for £2.5m
  • advising dental practice on re-drafting and updating of partnership agreement
  • advising exiting sole trader on sale of dental practice in Bristol
  • acting for first time buyer in purchase of day care nursery in Kent for £500,000.

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About Abigail

Abigail graduated in medicine from Cambridge University in 2005 and completed her Legal Practice Certificate with CILEx Law School in January 2015.

With a solid background in both medicine and law, Abigail brings valuable insights to handling medical negligence claims. She works closely with partner Kerstin Kubiak, who specialises in a wide caseload of complex and high value claims and has a particular interest in birth injury, cerebral palsy and Erb’s Palsy.

Abigail is a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

About Hannah

Hannah advises clients on a wide range of areas, including:

  • Will drafting
  • Applications for probate, including both Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration
  • Dealing with estates where a person dies without a Will (Intestacy)
  • Claiming inheritance tax reliefs
  • Varying the distribution of an estate (Deeds of Variation)
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney

About Ronald

Ronald’s considerable residential property and conveyancing experience includes;

  • Advising on all aspects of property sales and purchases, including freehold and leasehold issues
  • Advising on investment property, including ‘buy to let’ property investments
  • Equity release advice
  • Private tenancy agreements
  • Planning permission issues relating to residential property.

Ronald joined  Royds Withy King in 2008, following its merger with Marshall & Galpin in Oxford.

He has been active in developing the Oxford and Abingdon practices of the firm.

About Robert

Robert joined Royds Withy King in 2008 following the merger of the firm with Oxford based Marshall & Galpin.

Robert’s extensive conveyancing experience includes:

  • Sales and Purchases – both freehold and leasehold
  • All aspects of Transfers of Equity
  • Advice on Re-mortgaging properties
  • New build transactions.

About Steve

Steve joined Royds Withy King in August 2015. He has over 15 years’ experience in dealing with all types of injuries and has previously worked as a litigation executive in a large claimant-focused firm dealing with complex road traffic accident claims. He is proud to have acted for clients with minor injuries through to complex brain injuries and has developed an interest in epilepsy and Non Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD).

Steve has seen a number of road traffic accident, employers’ liability and public liability and medical negligence claims right through to trial. He has a keen interest in advocacy and has dealt with a broad range of hearings in the County Court.

About Nial

Transactions that Nial has been involved in include:

  • disposal of land for the construction of Gablecross Divisional Police Headquarters, including section 106 agreement and land option
  • head office relocation of national retailer
  • acting for national retailer in several substantial retail property transactions throughout the country
  • acting for landlords on lettings of units on industrial estates
  • acting for tenants on acquisition of large storage and distribution premises
  • land options and overage agreements for development land
  • transfer of property into private pension schemes.

 

About Carol

Carol’s specialist probate and estate planning experience includes;

  • dealing with estates with foreign assets
  • claiming inheritance tax relief
  • advising on intestacy (where a person dies without a will)
  • varying the distribution of an estate (Deeds of Variation).

Memberships :

ILEX (Institute for Legal Executives)

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.

About Eleanor

She graduated from the University of the West of England in 2012 with a First Class Degree in Law LLB (Hons) and went on to graduate from the Legal Practice Course in 2013.

About Patrick

Patrick applies the wealth of experience he has accumulated by finding sensible, early compromises where possible and taking up a robust settlement position where necessary. Where court applications arise, he undertakes much of the advocacy at court.

Patrick specialises in complex financial proceedings upon divorce, which more often involve cross-jurisdictional issues, offshore trusts and overseas assets. He has a particular interest in untangling corporate structures and disputes arising between company directors and shareholders. Those usually require a forensic examination of company accounts prior to valuation. The Legal 500 UK recently recognised Patrick’s “vast experience of representing HNW spouses often with international connections”.

Patrick considers himself to be a “solicitor for life”, maintaining strong connections and valued friendships with clients post-proceedings or for whenever called upon. In years gone by Patrick was a keen sportsman and chess player. He applies those skills now to provide an assured approach to his work and tactical planning to the cases he takes up.

Practice areas

Memberships

Patrick was admitted to the Law Society in 1993 and is also a member of Resolution.

About Melenik

Melenik joined Royds Withy King in September 2018 from Signature Litigation. For the last few years, Melenik has worked as a paralegal in dispute resolution gaining experience from magic circle and US firms, as well as boutique litigation experience from as far afield as Gibraltar.

Melenik graduated from King’s College London with a undergraduate BA (Hons) degree in Modern Greek and Hispanic Studies before completing his Legal Practice Course and the Professional Certificate of Competence in Gibraltar Law.

Interests

Melenik has lived in six different countries. He plays the violin and loves sports, mainly  rugby, football and squash.

About Anna

Anna specialises in assisting people who have suffered road traffic accidents, including motorcycle, cycle and pedestrian claims.

Anna began her legal career in 1994 and joined Royds Withy King in 2011. Anna’s early legal career was spent in debt recovery, commercial litigation and commercial property. She then went on to work in housing and personal injury law.

Memberships :

Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX)
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS)

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.

About Tara

Tara graduated with a law degree in 2010, before going on to study for a Masters in Law and obtaining her LPC. Prior to joining RWK in September 2017, Tara completed her training contract at a firm in Cardiff and spent her final year in the Commercial Dispute Resolution department, qualifying into this area in June 2016. Tara then went on to practice at a large Bristol firm, dealing with a wide range of property disputes. She has gained experience in dealing with both commercial and property disputes and deals with a wide range of matters in both areas.

Tara’s work experience spans the property disputes and commercial disputes areas of law:

Property disputes:

  • residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters, including recovery of rent arrears, possession and forfeiture
  • boundary disputes, interference with easements, party wall issues, restrictive covenants and trespass.

Commercial and contractual disputes:

  • directors, shareholders and partnership disputes
  • consumers rights, including sale of goods and services disputes
  • debt recovery and insolvency.

Memberships

Law Society

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About Richard

His child protection work includes representing children, guardians, parents and other individuals involved in care proceedings. He has considerable advocacy experience in Magistrates, County and higher courts and has been involved in a number of reported cases.

The Legal 500 UK describe Richard as having “considerable legal knowledge“, and praises him for his ability to “manage court proceedings well and engage with children and their parents in a way that endeavours to represent the child’s welfare and enables parties to fully understand what is happening within the proceedings“.

Richard specialises in all areas of family law, including;

Richard trained at Royds Withy King and became a partner in 2000 where he has always specialised in family law. He has a particular interest in cases where mental health and learning disabilities are an issue and has often been appointed by the Official Solicitor to represent vulnerable parties. Outside of work, he enjoys family life, cricket, the mighty Potters and enjoying music.

Memberships :

  • Law Society – Children’s Panel
  • MIND – Chairman of Bath MIND
  • Bath Racial Equality Council

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