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 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 Lisa-Marie

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

Practise areas

Lisa-Marie works across a range of areas including:

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

Memberships

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

Interests

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

About 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 Liz

Liz specialises in advising clients and their families on:

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

 

About Katie

Katie undertakes a wide range of clinical negligence cases and has a particular interest in:

  • dental negligence, inc. failure to diagnose periodontal disease, failures in cosmetic dentistry, nerve injury, negligence relating to implants and incompetently performed crown and bridge work
  • maternal birth injuries
  • pressure sores
  • GP and hospital negligence.

About James

James has been noted by Chambers and Partners UK (2018) for his extensive experience advising a range of clients on private client law. In the 2017 edition, he is described as a “Leader in his field.” Their independent source comments that James is a “very well-regarded estate planning partner”, who is acclaimed for his “deep knowledge” of UK and international trusts and estates matters. Commentators appreciate his management of deeply personal cases, remarking that he “navigates with great sensitivity balanced with business acumen, making sure to get the economics and the law right.” The Legal 500 UK Directory describes James as a solicitor with “expertise in estate planning, trusts and tax planning, [who] acts for a range of high-worth families and non-UK individuals.”

James is an expert on estate planning for families with a particular interest in tax planning for non-UK domiciled individuals who have a tax exposure here either through UK residence or through ownership of UK assets.

He heads the firm’s private client services which includes protecting wealth as assets, probate and estate administration, elderly and incapacity and inheritance and trust disputes.

He is also a member of the firm’s Agriculture and Rural team advising farm and landed estate owners on lifetime issues such as the most tax efficient business ownership structures as well as succession and trust planning.

 

His specialisms include:

  • advising on the creation of UK and international trusts
  • estate and trust planning for individuals and families
  • advising farm and estate owners on estate and tax planning, as well as efficient business structures
  • creating structures, involving both onshore and offshore elements, for the protection and efficient transfer of wealth.

James’s specialist knowledge is highly regarded throughout the industry. He has written for Lexis Nexis and Butterworths legal publications, including chapters on “Planning and Administration of Offshore and Onshore Trusts” and “Trust Drafting and Precedents”. He is a regular speaker at UK and international conferences on the UK residence and domicile here.

He joined Royds Withy King as a partner in 2006 having previously been a partner in the international private client team at Farrer & Co in London.

Memberships :

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Holborn Law Society revenue Committee

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About Andrew

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

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

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

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

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About Lauren

Lauren qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined Royds Withy King’s employment team in May 2013. Lauren is renowned for providing employment law advice in the local business community and within the HR profession; and regularly writes for the local business press and delivers training courses and seminars on all aspects of employment law.

Lauren is described as providing “excellent, practical and comprehensive advice in what can often seem like an employment law minefield” (Source: client feedback). She has a broad range of experience advising local businesses including defending employment tribunal claims, drafting contracts of employment and senior level service agreements, all aspects of discrimination, business reorganisations and redundancy and TUPE transfers.

Lauren is also particularly experienced in negotiating exit packages for employees and advising on settlement agreements.

Lauren has been listed as an ‘Associate to watch’ in Chambers & Partners for being known by clients for her “excellent understanding of employment law.”

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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 Eve

Prior to joining Royds Withy King, Eve worked at Seth Lovis & Co. Solicitors where she qualified and gained a range of experience in commercial and civil litigation.

Eve has joined our Dispute Resolution team working collaboratively with senior solicitors on areas of commercial litigation, insolvency and employment law.

Eve’s experience includes:

  • acting on behalf of claimant and defendants in contractual disputes, both consumer to business and business to business disputes
  • insolvency matters such as bankruptcy and winding-up proceedings and claims on behalf of liquidators and or trustees
  • general debt recovery claims.

Interests

Outside of work, Eve enjoys going to the gym, cooking and gigs/music festivals. She has bungee jumped and sky dived while backpacking around Australia and New Zealand, and  has also completed a 100km walk for charity, which took her 28 hours to complete non-stop!

About Lois

Clients describe Lois as having “in depth knowledge and expertise” being able to “really get to grips with the issues and provide the full spectrum of services with a personal and friendly ‘can do’ yet highly professional approach”.

Lois commercial property and private client experience includes:

About Catherine

Catherine joined our Construction & Engineering team in Bath from Ashfords in 2018.

Catherine has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating construction documents and advising different project stakeholders on procurement strategies for all types of commercial, large-scale residential and renewable energy development projects, where she has worked with a number of leading contractors, investors and developers.

Catherine’s experience includes:

  • drafting and negotiating construction documents
  • advising on NEC contracts
  • acting for project stakeholders on procurement strategies for all types of commercial, large-scale residential and renewable energy development projects
  • advising employers, funders, developers, consultants, contractors, and sub-contractors on all forms of construction and engineering contracts.

Work highlights

  • playing a key role in advising members of EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C supply chain, including on procurement using NEC contract forms
  • being previously seconded to the in-house legal team of a major international energy and oil company
  • advising on various forms of industry contracts, such as NEC, JCT, ICHEME and FIDIC
  • acting for national retailers in connection with construction contracts for the fit-out of high-end retail units
  • advising on the forward funding and construction of various mixed use commercial developments and associated infrastructure for public sector investors
  • advising on construction security, including bonds, guarantees and latent defects insurance
  • regularly running industry-based training seminars, for example, covering the NEC4 suite of contracts.

About Richard

Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and helped to establish niche bloodstock practice Chalk Smith Brooks in 1999. He is a joint leader of the Racing and Bloodstock team who “knows equine matters inside out” according to The Legal 500 UK. Richard, an “aggressive litigator”, regularly and expertly handles animal-related claims.

He has considerable experience in:

  • accidents to riders and horses including claims under the Animals Act 1971
  • personal injury work more broadly particularly very serious injury cases with a special interest in chronic pain
  • motorbike accident claims
  • sporting injuries: accidents involving participants and spectators
  • denied health insurance claims often related to ME/CFS
  • chronic pain including CRPS
  • equine claims involving training and other contract disputes, misrepresentation, sales of goods and veterinary negligence
  • sports disciplinary and licensing work particularly in horseracing acting in high profile cases, including race-fixing and corruption enquiries.

Richard is also an accredited Mediator and part of the firm’s mediation team. Known in particular for mediating equine-related matters he acts in a wide range of other commercial, property and other disputes.

Richard is the Training Principal for our trainee solicitors and provides support and guidance throughout their training contract.

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About Caroline

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

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

 

About Joanne

Jo is a dual qualified solicitor with over 12 years’ experience, having originally trained in South Africa following the award of an LLB (Hons) degree in 2005. Following the completion of her training contract and admission to the Bar in South Africa, she worked at two well-known firms and was involved in a varied caseload, including property disputes and acquisitions, trusts, breach of contract claims and financial disputes.

Jo moved to the United Kingdom in 2008 and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2011.  She originally focused her attention on the Asset Based Lending industry representing clients such as Bibby, Close, Aldermore and Metro Bank, but has within the last five years worked exclusively within the insolvency sector representing a multitude of clients on a number of significant cases, including the recent and well publicised Court of Appeal case of Global Corporate Ltd v Hale 2018 [2018] EWCA Civ 2618.

Jo acts for and advises insolvency practitioners, financiers, creditors, directors (facing disqualification proceedings or claims brought by insolvency practitioners), bankrupts and shareholders, often with a multi-jurisdictional element. She is well known within the insolvency sector with strong client and chambers relationships which ensures that her clients benefit from the best possible service.

Jo’s expertise includes:

  • insolvency – contentious and non-contentious
  • director disqualification
  • shareholder disputes
  • general commercial litigation.

Memberships

Jo was admitted to the Bar in South Africa in 2007 and as a solicitor to the Law Society in 2011.

Interests

Outside of work, Jo enjoys cycling, swimming, competing in triathlons, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

About John

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

Practice Areas

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

Memberships

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

Interests

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

About 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 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 Richard

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

Richard’s commercial litigation experience gives him a perspective in dealing with employment disputes which is unusual among employment lawyers. Described by The Legal 500 UK as “highly experienced”, he is widely recognised for his strategic approach and known for providing clients with pragmatic, commercial solutions no matter how complex the problem.

Richard advises on all aspects of employment law, including:

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

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

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

Work highlights

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

Richard’s recent work includes:

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

Memberships

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

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

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About 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 David

David completed his Law degree and Legal Practice Course at Aberystwyth University. He then trained with a high street law firm, dealing with a wide range of matters including personal injury, professional and medical negligence. After qualifying as a solicitor in 2014, David joined a large national law firm based in Cardiff and specialised in medical negligence for a further two years before joining Royds Withy King.

Practice areas

David manages a wide range of medical negligence matters including:

David also assists associate Lucy Norton on cases involving injuries of maximum severity, such as birth injury and cerebral palsy claims, as well as spinal injury claims. David also has a keen focus on matters involving the negligent management of diabetes and the various complications this can result in, such as amputation.

Work Highlights

David has gained experience of high value, complex cases early on his career including where the value was in excess of £100,000 and matters dealt within the High Court.

Interests

Outside of work David enjoys travelling and also tries to attend as much live comedy and music as his spare time allows.

About Laura

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

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

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

Work highlights

Laura hasworked on the following cases:

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

Memberships

Laura is a member of Resolution.

Interests

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

About 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
  • cyber security
  • 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.

Grey Matters

Lucy is the main contact for the firm’s Grey Matters community in Oxford. If you are an in-house lawyer and would like to find out more about this initiative, please contact Lucy to discuss further.

 

About Simon

As head of the Family law team and lead partner in Oxfordshire, Simon is well-known in the Oxford business community.

The Legal 500 UK, an independent guide to the legal profession, recognises that Simon “has invaluable experience and knowledge of the legal system“. In a more recent edition, he has been described as “excellent” and “a consistent high performer, particularly in matrimonial finance“.

Chambers & Partners UK says ‘Simon Bassett is particularly active in matrimonial finance cases. One source reports: “I’ve been really impressed with his ability to think creatively around the financial cases, and to look for solutions that aren’t obvious.”‘ Chambers also recognise Simon as a “Leader in his field”.

Simon’s expertise includes:

Simon is a regular contributor to local and legal press and provides family law training for local charities and organisations, including RELATE and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. He regularly features on BBC Radio Oxford dealing with family law matters. He is an accredited adviser for Resolution, an organisation committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

Simon qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and joined Royds Withy King as a partner in 2008 after the firm’s merger with the Oxfordshire firm Marshall & Galpin.

Memberships:

Resolution – accreditated specialists

Feedback:

“Simon, thank you for all your invaluable help and support. Your professionalism and knowledge made navigating unknown waters bearable.”
Sara Butler, client

“Simon, the success of this trial began with your imaginative and efficient planning.  You equipped the client’s case with credible witness evidence and a robust enquiry into the other party’s circumstances.  The result was a formidable case to present at trial.”
Hamish Dunlop, Barrister, Head of Family at  3PB Chambers.

“I have always been impressed with Simon’s  ability to think creatively about the issues in a case.”
Nick Goodwin QC

“Simon, thank you so much for all your work over the past 6 months. I’ve been extremely pleased with the way you’ve handled the whole divorce. I’ll certainly be using you again next time I get divorced!
Oliver Taylor, client

I can’t thank Simon enough for his help, support and professionalism. It has been a real pleasure having Simon as my solicitor. He’s on the ball, very efficient and gets things done! I would highly recommend Simon personally to anyone who needs an excellent solicitor.
Lisa Thomson, client

I would just like to thank Simon for his help in making this whole matter stress free and for the reassurance he gave me. I will be highly recommending him.”
Paul Hancock, client

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About Elizabeth

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

Interests

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

About Rachel

Rachel has many years’ experience of handing personal injury claims makes her the ideal first point of contact for new clients. Clients are reassured by her breadth of experience in handling all types of personal injury claims, as well as her clarification of the “no win, no fee” service which the Personal Injury team offer following numerous changes and restrictions to personal injury funding brought in by the Government since 2013.

She has considerable experience in assisting people who have suffered:

  • Road traffic accidents where they weren’t to blame, including motorcycle, cycle and pedestrian claims (as well as Motor Insurers’ Bureau cases involving uninsured or untracable drivers);
  • Injuries from working in the vehicle recovery and breakdown sector and the various equipment and hazards that involves;
  • Injuries due to tripping and slipping accidents on pavements and highways, and in retail shops, supermarkets and other premises;
  • Injuries due to accidents at work.

Memberships :

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

 

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 Michaela

Michaela graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with an Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Science, majoring in Sport Psychology. She worked in management in a private health care clinic before taking a career break, travelling around the world.

Wanting a new challenge, Michaela worked as an assistant in a small family-run law firm, which covered areas such as conveyancing, probate and marriage. She joined Royds Withy King in May 2016  as a legal assistant, before becoming a paralegal in March 2017.

Michaela particularly enjoys cases representing children within public proceedings. As their welfare is paramount, it is “rewarding to know the positive difference made to their wellbeing.”

Interests

Outside of work, Michaela enjoys travel, the theatre, food and drink. She is also a member of the Oxford Young Professionals Society.

About Andrew

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

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

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

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

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About Katie

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

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

Work highlights

Katie has diverse experience having fought and won claims concerning:

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

Memberships

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

Interests

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

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth, known as Lizzy, graduated from Cardiff University in 2013 with a degree in Philosophy and History. She then remained at Cardiff and completed her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course. Prior to completing her training contract at Royds Withy King, Lizzy worked as a paralegal in the banking and finance department for Ogier in Jersey.

Areas of expertise

Lizzy advises on project procurement and non-contentious construction and engineering matters. Her expertise covers:

  • contract analysis and negotiations
  • advice on risk analysis, procurement options, main contracts, sub-contracts, consultant appointments, collateral warranties, parent company guarantees and performance bonds.

Lizzy’s client base includes funders, developers, contractors and consultants.

Memberships

Lizzy represents Royds Withy King on the Bath Young Professionals Committee. She organises networking events for professionals in Bath and raises money for local charities.

Interests

Outside of work Lizzy enjoys art, particularly painting and textiles. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, surfing and playing netball.

About Jon

He is an accredited specialist with Resolution in matrimonial advocacy and pensions and a trained Collaborative lawyer.

He has been independently recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners UK legal directories as an ‘Eminent Practitioner’ and “an outstanding family lawyer”, having been described as “top drawer and super because he puts his clients’ interests to the fore while remaining open and honest” (Legal 500). Jon ‘handles matrimonial finance issues in the context of divorce cases, and is a skilled arbitrator and collaborative lawyer. One client praises his “excellent technical knowledge, very good commercial awareness and very good bedside manner” (Chambers & Partners 2017).

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In March 2013 Jon qualified as a Family Arbitrator and was admitted to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. This means that he is now qualified to arbitrate Family disputes between parties; he is a keen advocate of this process which is another form of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Jon’s experience is wide ranging and includes:

A devoted family man, he likes nothing more than tending his garden, walking his much loved dogs and also watching his beloved Bristol City.

Memberships :

Resolution – accredited specialist
Collaborative Law – qualified practitioner

 

About Bhavesh

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

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

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

Memberships

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

Intersts

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

About Elizabeth

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

Interests

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