Take the Royds Withy King GDPR Quiz

You may think that you are ready for the GDPR deadline this May, but have you really tested the depth of your understanding? Can you be sure that the people in your organisation are fully prepared? If you want to avoid any breaches in compliance after the 25th, you can always contact our specialist GDPR taskforce and discuss any concerns that you many have.

Take the quiz and then share your results with your colleagues to see if your GDPR knowledge is ready for the deadline day this May 25.

 


Which organisations does the GDPR affect?

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Any organisation, big or small will have to comply with the key principles, rules and rights set out in the regulations.

True or false, Brexit will not affect the enforceability of the GDPR?

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True - It will come into force regardless of Brexit. The GDPR is a piece of EU legislation which is automatically incorporated into UK law. The UK will need to comply with the Regulation while it is still a part of the EU and after its exit from the EU, the Data Protection Bill will apply, which incorporates the principles of the GDPR. Also due to the extraterritorial reach of the GDPR, if the UK wants to continue to do business with the EU after Brexit, UK businesses will need to comply.

Which of the following are examples of special category data under the GDPR?

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Special category data is more sensitive than personal data. This is information about an individual’s race, ethnic origin, politics, religion, trade union membership, genetics, biometrics (where used for ID purposes), health and sex life or sexual orientation. There are special conditions and requirements for collecting and processing special category data.

Can a business charge for a Subject Access Requests?

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A business will not be able to charge for complying with a request unless the request is ‘manifestly unfounded or excessive’. If the request is excessive then the organisation may charge a reasonable fee or refuse the request. To do that a business will need to provide evidence of how that conclusion was made.

Are there any financial penalties for a breach of GDPR?

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Financial penalties of up to €20,000,000 or 4% of global annual turnover - whichever is higher. These fines are for the most serious breaches of the GDPR. For other breaches there are financial penalties of up to €10,000,000 or 2% of global annual turnover, whichever is greater.

How long can an organisation keep the personal data of a prospective job applicant?

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It depends because you will need to consider the legal basis that the personal data will be processed, how long the data will be retained and whether this data is being transferred outside Europe. But ultimately an organisation should only retain the amount of data it actually needs (“data minimisation”) and this data must be kept up to date. You may want to give the applicant your Candidate Privacy Policy in advance of processing the personal data so they are aware of how the organisation processes and protects the collection of personal data.

Do all staff need to be aware and trained on the GDPR?

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All staff need be aware and trained on the GDPR. The ICO reports that 62% of reported data breaches are due to human error by staff.

True or false, a clause in employment contracts which states that an organisation can collect and process staff data with their consent is enough?

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Blanket consent clauses in employment contracts to collect and process staff data will be insufficient. Under the GDPR consent must be freely given, informed, specific and unambiguous, as well as presented in an intelligible and easily accessible format using clear and plain language, where it can also be withdrawn at any time. It is unlikely within an employment contract that consent will ever be able to be freely given.

Does using a safe cloud provider fall within processing data?

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By giving the cloud provider personal data where someone can be identified from that data the cloud provider is processing data. A Data Processing Agreement is necessary to ensure the processing meets all the requirements of the GDPR. The GDPR requires such an agreement to be in writing and a GDPR compliant agreement will safeguard the position of both the data controller and the data processor.

Which policy regulates how personal data is collected, processed and protected?

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The Privacy Policy regulates how personal data is collected, processed and protected. A Staff Privacy Policy and Candidate Privacy Policy will be required to regulate staff personal data.

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About Stewart

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

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

Practice areas

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

Key clients

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

Work highlights

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

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

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

Memberships

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

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

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About Rosie

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

She is experienced in:

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

Memberships

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

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

About 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 Callum

Callum graduated from Newcastle University with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree before completing a masters in International Commercial Law at Northumbria University and then his LPC with MSc Law and Business at the University of Law in Moorgate.

From his studies and through his work as a legal adviser at Carillion Advice Services (Carillion PLC), Callum has a strong background in the commercial aspects of the law. He is also experienced in assisting clients with their property transactions, conducting due dilligence, analysing documents and appraising contracts. Callum works with first time buyers, developers and high net worth individuals.

Interests

Callum is an avid follower of current affairs and enjoys reading, cycling, football, and history.

About Stuart

Stuart has a special interest in paediatric brain injury work and chairs the South-West support group of a well-known child brain injury charity as well as being an active member of the charity.

Stuart is a Deputy approved by the Court of Protection frequently acting on behalf of people who are incapable of dealing with their own affairs due to mental incapacity. Stuart lectures on brain and spinal injury issues to legal, medical and charity specialists.

The Legal 500 UK epitomise Stuart as “a very good strategist”, while Chambers & Partners UK say Stuart “knows his cases extremely well” and that he “has good judgement about which points are likely to be important“. They also recognise Stuart as a “Leader in his field“.

Memberships :

The Law Society Personal Injury panel
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Spinal Injuries Association
Bristol Medico-legal Society
United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UK ABIF)
Brain Injury Social Work Group (BISWG)
Child Brain injury Trust (CBIT)

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About Samantha

Chambers and Partners UK (2018) independent directory recognise Samantha’s extensive experience in private client and charity law. Clients describe Samantha O’Sullivan as “helpful, informed, professional and friendly,” and note her level of expertise in acting for clients. Samantha advises individuals on a wide range of issues, including pre and post death estate and tax planning for individuals and families, use of trusts and tax-efficient Wills, inheritance tax and capital gains tax. She also assists with the formation and restructuring of charities and their dealings with the Charity Commission. Samantha trained in London and worked there for some years after qualifying as a solicitor, moving to the South West in the 1990s. She joined Royds Withy King in 2013 from Mogers, where she was a partner.

Samantha advises clients on a wide range of issues, including:

Samantha is a trustee of:

  • AAFDA (Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse) which provides support to families of abuse victims
  • The Collins Educational Trust which makes grants to support children under the age of 18 to achieve academic excellence
  • The Eva Crane Trust, which provides grant funding for apicultural research to individuals and organisations nationally and internationally.

In her spare time, Samantha is a volunteer with the junior section of Devizes Rugby Club. She reads voraciously, and is proud of having mastered baking croissants and Danish pastries.

Memberships :

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

 

About Sophie

Sophie joined us in March 2016 after previously working for a law firm in Bristol where she also worked as a paralegal in the personal injury team.

Sophie graduated with her law degree from Cardiff University in 2014 and is currently studying toward her CILEx Graduate Fast Track Diploma.

Memberships:

Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)

About Megan

Previously Megan worked as a paralegal in Bristol, following the completion of both a Law LLB degree and the Legal Practice Course at Aberystwyth University.

Megan qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in March 2019.

About Laura

Laura joined Withy King in 2002 (before the merger with Royds in 2016), having previously worked at Lemon Line & Felton in Wiltshire in the Family and Criminal departments. Laura was a qualified Paralegal in Family Law, attended Court and sat behind Counsel on many criminal defence cases.  After joining Withy King, she became a legal assistant for the Personal Injury department, initially dealing primarily with brain injury cases and catastrophic claims.

Experience

Laura has worked successfully with Maggie Powell since 2004 primarily dealing with workplace accidents and serious road traffic accidents, assisting claimants with injuries such as amputations and paraplegia, in one significant case liaising with experts in groundbreaking technology to create a bionic arm.  Since 2014, Laura has been assisting Maggie with industrial disease cases and obtaining compensation for claimants suffering from mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural thickening.

In her industrial disease cases, Laura has extensively researched the presence of asbestos in all sorts of locations, most notably making links between companies that no longer exist in order to expose concrete evidence of asbestos in claims that have been turned down by other firms specialising in these types of claims.

Interests

Outside of work, Laura is interested in social history, political science, comedy and watching snooker. She also enjoys listening to punk and heavy rock music.

About Sharon

Sharon is independently recognised as a “Leader in her field” by Chambers & Partners UK 2017 who write that ‘she frequently represents high net worth clients on alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as mediation and collaborative law, associated with complicated finance matters. The Legal 500 UK remarked that she “combines strong support for clients and has a pragmatic approach to negotiation”. One client reports: “She was very thorough – all the paperwork was correct down to the minutest detail. She obtained a wonderful result for me.” ‘ The Family team in Bath is also awarded Tier 1 status by The Legal 500 UK 2016 where it is ‘one of Bath’s leading family law firms’ for collaborative law and mediation’ and Band 1 in Somerset by Chambers & Partners 2017 who say the team are ‘Highly experienced at taking on financial remedy cases. Focuses on settling issues through collaboration or mediation where possible, and through litigation if necessary.’

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Sharon specialises in:

Sharon trained at Royds Withy King and has over 20 years experience of family law. She works primarily from the Bath office. In her spare time she is a keen supporter of Bath Rugby, Sharon is also a very keen gardener and keeps chickens.

Memberships

Resolution – accredited specialist
Collaborative Law – accredited specialist
Family Mediation – qualified specialist
Law Society – Children Panel

 

About Kate

Kate qualified in 2005 and joined Royds Withy King in 2016.

Kate is experienced in advising both individuals and employers and has worked with clients of all shapes and sizes. She advises on all aspects of employment law including disciplinary, grievances and sickness management, redundancy and restructures, discrimination and Tribunal claims. She has particular experience in dealing with collective issues including large scale restructures and changes to terms and conditions, collective agreements and industrial relations.

Kate advises businesses and individuals on a wide variety of business immigration matters. She regularly provides advice and training to employers on their obligations in carrying out right to work checks. Kate supports organisations with sponsor licence applications and advises on compliance with their sponsor duties. She also provides advice to individuals who are applying for tier 2 visas or seeking to enter the UK as a business visitor.

Kate regularly supports the work carried out by her colleagues in other teams and provides advice on the employment aspects of corporate and property acquisitions, outsourcing and insolvency proceedings.

Clients commend Kate for providing practical, commercial advice and she has been described as “very switched on” (client feedback).

She previously worked in-house with two different clients, providing support to the Human Resources department and working closely with the board and senior management team.

Kate speaks regularly at seminars and training sessions and has a wide range of experience in delivering bespoke training to HR professionals, line managers, procurement teams and in-house lawyers. She has been described as a “confident and poised speaker” whose delivery is “on the money” (delegate feedback).

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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 Jasmine

Jasmine graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies with a Bachelors in Law (LLB) and then went on to complete her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School.

Prior to joining Royds Withy King, Jasmine completed her training contract and qualified as a Solicitor at Sharpe Pritchard LLP, where she assisted several departments such as the Real Estate and Litigation teams. To date, Jasmine has been involved in a variety of different matters, including the Isle of Wight v Platt case, where the question of whether term-time holidays are legal was posed in the Supreme Court.

Interests

In her free time, Jasmine enjoys music, film, travel and taking part in charitable causes.

About Isobel

Isobel decided to study law whilst studying her undergratuate degree having completed a work placement with the children’s charity Barnardo’s. After graduating with a degree in Sociology from the University of Bath, Isobel completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course.

Interests

Outside of work, Isobel enjoys watching rugby games, having played the sport for many years at school and university. She also loves travelling and exploring new countries.

About Paul

Chambers & Partners UK recognise Paul as a “Leader in his field” and report that he has “significant expertise in property development, care and renewables“. He is held in high regard by his clients, who appreciate his “very commercial advice”. The Legal 500 UK call Paul a “class act” and mark him as “recommended“.

Paul joined Royds Withy King in 1993 and was promoted to partner in 2000, having been appointed head of the real estate department in 1999.

He has wide experience of commercial property transactions including:

  • landlord and tenant work in the office, retail and leisure sectors
  • property development for commercial and residential use
  • secured lending/re-finance work acting for banks and borrowers
  • acquisition and disposal in of care homes, retirement villages, hotels & restaurants
  • property transactions for pension schemes (SIPP/SSAS)
  • property support for corporate sales, acquisitions and merge

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About Clizia

Clizia joined Royds Withy King in 2013 as a Trainee Solicitor. She gained experience in advising individuals by working in our Family, Residential Property, Private Client, and Court of Protection departments. Clizia is an Italian national and bilingual Italian / English.

Experience

  • Advising clients on all aspects of divorce and separation proceedings
  • Advising clients on all aspects of matrimonial finances
  • Advising on issues relating to domestic abuse and violence, such as non-molestation orders, protection from harassment act injunctions and occupation orders.

Memberships

  • Resolution
  • Bath Young Professionals
  • Bristol Junior Lawyers Division
  • Bath Business Women Association

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 Tony

Tony joined Hextall Erskine (Hextalls) in 1974 and was Managing Partner from 1991 to 1998. In 2002 he moved to Vizard Oldham Brooke Blain (Veale Wasborough Vizards) and in 2012 he joined Royds – now Royds Withy King.

The “outstanding” Tony Millson was described by The Legal 500 UK as “urbane, unflappable, and has seen it all. He gives thoughtful and clear advice and is thorough without unnecessary fussiness”.

Tony’s interests include travel, food and drink (whether travelling or otherwise) and bridge; he is a member of Sussex County Cricket Club and is generally a keen sports watcher.

He has been a member of the board of trustees of a number of pension schemes and charities. He is currently a trustee of Choice Support.

Practice Areas

Tony’s expertise spans these key areas:-

Work Highlights

1. Re Erskine Trusts, Gregg and another v Pigott [2012] EWHC732
Tony was the instructing solicitor in this leading European Convention on Human Rights case where adopted sons won the right to be considered next of kin in this High Court decision.

2. Re Estate of Dorothy Whelen Deceased; RNID, RNIB, Marie Curie Cancer Care and ICR v Turner [2015] EWHC3301(Ch)
Along with Royds Withy King partner James Millar Craig, Tony successfully acted for these four leading charities in a lengthy and complex Chancery case in relation to the estate of Dorothy Whelen deceased involving both a lost Will and a disputed Will. As the estate was valued at over £2m the charities were delighted to succeed and the judgment was widely reported.

3. Dealing with family trusts worth in excess of £50m. Estate Planning involving younger second wife.

4. Dealing with partition of a family trust (worth approx. £7m) on the breakdown of the relationship between the two sides of the family.

5. Producing secret trust in the Will of a businessman (£10m estate).

6. Creating a number of lifetime trusts (before the change in rules to pilot trusts) for a family with assets of £10m.

7. Dealing with a family with assets of £5m or £6m with two different sets of children; making arrangements to benefit both sets of children.

8. Assisting commercial department in the sale of a family company worth tens of millions. Tax planning for one particular shareholder for he continues to act.

9. Acting as attorney, then executor, for an estate of £2m, where the donor/deceased suffered severe psychiatric problems (one of her phobias being solicitors!).

10. Dealing with an estate of £6m where the younger (second) wife predeceased her husband. Inheritance Tax planning for the older surviving widower. Dealing with share valuation issues as between the two families.

11. Administration of estate worth £5m where there was a breakdown of trust between four children (executors were a son and son-in-law).

12. Dealing with one of the first cases under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975; acting for a former wife who had remarried but was still being maintained by her former husband at his death.

13. Acting in the unreported case of Winter –v- Winter (1986) where we successfully argued that the terms of an undated letter of wishes could be incorporated into a subsequent Will.

14. Executor of the estate of a Marquis and subsequently his widow, the Marchioness; continuing as trustee of the widow’s estate as the bulk of the estate was sold off but former employees were allowed to live in their tied cottages until their deaths.

15. Acting for a family who founded, and now run, a museum exhibiting items about which they are passionate – involved for nearly 40 years.

16. Pro bono formation of a music charity (Concordia Foundation) with which he is still involved.

17. Acting for a wealthy Somali family in relation to their UK interests.

18. Acting for a wealthy Jordanian family in relation to their UK interests.

19. Helping more elderly clients with their financial dealings; some of these relationships going back 40 years.

Memberships

Tony was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors by the Law Society in 1976 and is a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Solicitors for the Elderly and Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors.

About Arvin

Arvin graduated from the University of Bristol in 2017 with an undergraduate degree in Law (BA) and then went on to complete his LPC Masters from the University of Law in Moorgate. Alongside studying for his Legal Practice Course Arvin worked part-time at Rainer Hughes.

Whilst working as a Legal Assistant at Rainer Hughes, Arvin provided legal support on a variety of commercial and conveyancing matters including tax disputes, leases and general legal research for fee earners.

Interests

Outside work, Arvin loves playing and watching football and previously played for Leicester City Academy.

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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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 Angus

‘Extremely professional and knowledgeable’, Angus is independently recognised by the The Legal 500 UK directory for giving ‘first class advice on complex issues’, and is noted for his ‘knowledge of rural property, agriculture and anything legally connected‘. Chambers and Partners UK describe him as ‘well known in the agricultural community‘. “He has a strong grasp of anything to do with agriculture,” confirms one client, and he has been praised for his “rural background and thorough understanding of agriculture“. Chambers also recognise him as a “Leader in his field”.

He has a wide range of skills across both residential, commercial and agricultural and rural property including:

  • The acquisition and disposal of farms and estates and development land
  • The acquisition and disposal of farming and rural business interests
  • Commercial and residential property development
  • Agricultural Tenancy work including Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancies and Farm Business Tenancies
  • Secured lending and re-finance work for banks

Memberships :

Country Landowners Association
Agricultural Law Association

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About Matthew

Prior to joining Royds Withy King, Matthew completed his Legal Practice Course at University of Law in Bristol and LLB Law and LLM Human Rights Law at Cardiff University.

Interests

Matthew is a keen cook and traveler, recently returning from Australia and Singapore. He is the 1XI goalkeeper for Barnes Hockey Club in South West London, playing across Southern England during the season. Matthew is also a regular marathon runner, currently training for an 80km ultra-marathon in Madeira.

About Zoe

Zoe is part of our Corporate team and works alongside senior partners in the Health & Social Care team on a range of transactional work and contractual matters.

Prior to joining Royds Withy King, Zoe worked at a Bristol firm where she qualified and gained a range of experience in corporate and commercial law.

Zoe’s experience includes:

  • working with care home owners to update their service user contracts in light of recent Competition and Markets Authority guidance
  • assisting and advising owners in the sale and purchases of care homes,  pharmacies and dental practices
  • assisting on acquisitions and disposals
  • assisting on corporate transactions including share buybacks and company restructures.

Memberships

  • The Law Society
  • Bristol Young Professionals
  • Bristol Women’s Professional Network

Interests

Outside of work, Zoe enjoys playing the saxophone, sailing and fitness.

About Chris

Chris qualified as a solicitor in 1987. He was a partner at Pickering Kenyon and has been a partner at Royds and now Royds Withy King since 1995. Recognised by The Legal 500 UK as “a realistic pursuer of claims”, Chris has built up a reasonable client base, primarily through recommendations, advising individuals and smaller businesses on a range of issues. His expertise covers a wide area of litigation issues and includes:

  • Acting in contract, fraud and professional negligence matters (including against solicitors, Banks, IFA’s, insurance companies and to the FOS)
  • Advising  concerning contentious probate and trust/TOLATA issues
  • Handling possession claims for commercial and residential properties
  • Advising on contentious commercial lease issues including renewals
  • Advising on landlord and tenant matters and mortgage possession claims.
  • Advising on boundary/neighbour disputes
  • Advising on debt recovery and insolvency related issues

Work highlights

Chris has acted in a number of the High and County Court cases including:

2014/5 
Acting against HSBC in a contested “swap” claim

Re K (2007)
Advising on insolvent estates, where there was a series of disputed  claims against the deceased’s estate

2005
Acting in opposition to the former wife of the Sultan of Brunei’s million-pound claim for fraud

2005
Securing freezing orders in a £2.5m claim against a currency trader

Hampton v Minns (2001)
Acting for Mr Hampton in his successful claim to secure a contribution to the amount he was called upon to pay to the Bank, and therefore establish liability between co-guarantors

Memberships

Chris is a member of the Property Litigation Association.
Outside of work, Chris enjoys cricket and tennis.

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About Judy

Judy graduated from King’s College London in 2010 with a 2:1 in Law and was awarded the Property Law Prize from Dechert LLP. After working with major donors for an international development charity and a start-up working with law firms, she completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Bloomsbury, where she obtained a Distinction. Judy then worked as a paralegal at a firm specialising in mortgage litigation, before joining Royds as a trainee solicitor in September 2014. As part of her training, Judy undertook seats in the Family, Litigation, Property and Corporate & Commercial teams. She qualified into the Family team in 2016.

Judy focuses on achieving the best possible outcome for her clients, who value her sympathetic and considered manner. As a member of Resolution, she is committed to using a non-confrontational and constructive approach when dealing with family disputes.

Experience

Judy has experience in advising on all aspects of divorce and separation, with a focus on dealing with complex financial matters. She also deals with private law issues involving children, including where a child will live and contact arrangements.

Practice Areas

Memberships

Judy is a member of Resolution.

About Emma

Emma joined Royds in 2015 (now Royds Withy King following our merger). After graduating from the University of St Andrews, she worked for a large international investment group in the City before making the transition into law in 2009. Emma went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law and qualified after completing her training contract with a North London firm.

In her spare time Emma enjoys cooking, music and a variety of sports.

Practice areas

Memberships

Emma is a member of the Law Society and Resolution.

About Robert

Robert and his team deal with all aspects of house sales and purchases, including:

Robert joined Swindon firm Jaggar & Co in 1989 as a trainee, qualifying in 1992. He joined Royds Withy King as a Partner in 2002 when the two firms merged.

 

About Elena

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

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 Richard

Specialising in all aspects of employment law for businesses and individuals, Richard has a strong employer client base and regularly advises on discrimination issues, complex redundancies, re-organisations and business transfers. He often gives seminars and training sessions on a range of topical employment issues which clients acknowledge as being “interesting and beneficial”.

In Chambers & Partners directory, Richard has been described by a client as “superb in his approach, exceedingly knowledgeable and really understands business“. Noted by The Legal 500 UK as “very responsive” and “approachable”, Richard “provides a good sounding board for employment related issues” and “offers pragmatic common sense advice at all times”.

Examples of Richard’s recent work includes:

  • Settling a complex unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim on favourable terms for the employer
  • Advising on the purchase of a business out of administration including complex TUPE and insolvency issues
  • Successfully defending a high value disability discrimination claim
  • Advising on a restructuring and large scale redundancy process resulting in no claims being made against the employer.

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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 Judy

Judy graduated from King’s College London in 2010 with a 2:1 in Law and was awarded the Property Law Prize from Dechert LLP. After working with major donors for an international development charity and a start-up working with law firms, she completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Bloomsbury, where she obtained a Distinction. Judy then worked as a paralegal at a firm specialising in mortgage litigation, before joining Royds as a trainee solicitor in September 2014. As part of her training, Judy undertook seats in the Family, Litigation, Property and Corporate & Commercial teams. She qualified into the Family team in 2016.

Judy focuses on achieving the best possible outcome for her clients, who value her sympathetic and considered manner. As a member of Resolution, she is committed to using a non-confrontational and constructive approach when dealing with family disputes.

Experience

Judy has experience in advising on all aspects of divorce and separation, with a focus on dealing with complex financial matters. She also deals with private law issues involving children, including where a child will live and contact arrangements.

Practice Areas

Memberships

Judy is a member of Resolution.