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Christian Browne, Managing Director, Solicitor (Corporate Finance and Intellectual Property)

 

Chris specialises in corporate, commercial and intellectual property law and is based in our Market Harborough office. He advises on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, private equity and investments and regularly advises on international transactions. Chris also advises on commercial disputes including director and shareholder disputes, contractual disputes and intellectual property infringement actions.

 

In addition to his role with Summerfield Browne Limited he is also a legal advisor with the Institute of Directors and holds a legal surgery each Tuesday at the IOD’s premises in Pall Mall, London.

 

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Tom Lathom, Solicitor (Commercial Contract and Property Dispute Litigation)

 

Tom specialises in commercial contract disputes and landlord/tenant disputes and is based in our Market Harborough office.

 

He has considerable experience of both fast and multi-track claims and advises clients on their prospects of success in a cost-effective manner. Tom is an experienced county court advocate and worked as a duty solicitor for over two years providing advice to tenants in relation to eviction proceedings. As a duty solicitor Tom made submissions in Court on behalf of clients, cross examined witnesses and presented complex legal arguments. Tom is now mainly instructed by landlords in relation to disputes with their tenants and uses his extensive knowledge of section 8 and section 21 procedures to secure possession of his clients’ properties.

 

Tom also advises on Employment Law including wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal and redundancy claims and frequently advises clients on settlement agreements (previously known as compromise agreements)

 

"I was a client of Tom at his old firm a while back and decided to come back to him at his new practice for a new matter. I found him to be very trustworthy, respectable and prompt to respond to my messages and calls. He was clear, succinct and offered a balance sheet approach with a burdens and benefits analysis with options relating to my case to help me inform my decision. Having forged a good professional rapport with Tom which has eventually developed into a trusting partnership has convinced me that he was the right person to turn to."

 

Mr B

 

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Yasmin Tahir, Solicitor (Commercial and Civil Litigation)

 

Yasmin is a solicitor experienced in civil litigation dealing with both fast track and multi-track claims. After training in private practice Yasmin moved to work as a Supervisor in an international law firm where she managed a team of paralegals. Yasmin brings a wealth of experience in a variety of areas and enjoys the litigation aspect of her role as a Solicitor. She takes pride in her work and will ensure she achieves a good result for her clients.

 

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Martin Gregory, Senior Consultant Solicitor (Commercial Property)

 

Martin is an experienced Solicitor specialising in commercial property law.  His areas of expertise include the sale, purchase and development of freehold and leasehold land, as well as landlord and tenant matters (for example, leases, tenancies and licences, assignments, renewals and rent reviews).  Such work covers retail, office, restaurant, industrial and warehouse premises amongst others and he represents sole traders, partnerships, small and medium enterprises and limited companies.

 

Martin is also able to advise on residential conveyancing and company/commercial law, including contracts and terms and conditions, asset/business/share sales and purchases and compromise agreements.

 

Martin provides clear, personal and professional advice.  

 

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Hugh Mulley, Senior Consultant Solicitor (Corporate Finance and Commercial)

 

Hugh is a specialist company and commercial lawyer with over 20 years experience acting for clients across the business spectrum. He advises on a wide range of company and commercial legal matters, including:

1 Buying and selling companies and businesses

2 Shareholders and joint venture agreements

3 Standard terms of business

4 Commercial agreements.

Hugh has a background working in major London law firms and has also spent four years working as a lawyer in the Middle East.  Hugh was recently head of the company and commercial group in a leading Hertfordshire law firm.

Hugh is recognised for giving direct and common sense advice and has a diploma in Corporate Finance giving an extra dimension to the service that he provides.

Hugh lives near St Albans in Hertfordshire and advises clients in the Home Counties and London as well as across the UK.

 

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Helen Monson, Senior Consultant Solicitor (Employment Law)

 

Helen specialises in employment law. She can offer support on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters including employment tribunal claims. Helen has enjoyed a high success rate in defending tribunal proceedings for employer clients where the claims related to sex, age and disability discrimination, unfair dismissal and TUPE issues.

The focus of Helen’s approach is on offering prompt, pragmatic and commercial advice in clear language and free of legal jargon. She recognises that understanding clients’ business or individual objectives is a key part of this process.

Recommendations:

Recommended in The Legal 500 Directory for several years and in the Chambers Directory, Helen’s clients have described her as being “quick and responsive”, having “excellent client care” skills and as adopting “a highly commercial outlook”. Helen is also recognised in the Directory of Legal Experts.

Clients:

Helen acts for employers and senior employees. Her clients have included multinational companies in a wide range of sectors, financial institutions, SMEs, family run businesses, educational institutions, charities and senior executives.

Experience:

Helen qualified in 1999. Prior to becoming a Consultant, Helen was a partner and Head of the Employment Team at a Thames Valley law firm for over 3 years. Helen trained in the City and spent 6 years there post-qualification working for a leading boutique employment law firm.

 

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Joanna McKenzie, Senior Consultant Solicitor (Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation)

 

Joanna is a consultant in the firm’s Dispute Resolution team.  Joanna is a Commercial and Intellectual Property litigator who deals with a variety of disputes ranging from professional negligence claims, debt recovery, breach of contract claims as well as business and company matters such as shareholder disputes and Partnership disputes.  She has a keen interest in Intellectual Property and advises on copyright and trademark issues as well as passing off and breach of confidentiality.  Joanna is an advocate of alternative dispute resolution, especially Mediation.  However if necessary she is experienced in taking matters to the County Court, High Court (both Queens Bench and Chancery Divisions), and if necessary the Court of Appeal.

 

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Maxine Johnson, Senior Consultant Solicitor (Commercial and Civil litigation)

 

Maxine qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and has worked at City firms and a regional Legal 500/Chambers rated firm. Maxine has also worked as in-house counsel at the Government Legal Department (Previously known as the Treasury Solicitor) acting for the Prison Service, Home Office and Probation Service.

 

Maxine is an experienced commercial and civil litigator specialising in contract, negligence, property, insurance, business, banking, building/construction and matrimonial disputes for corporate clients and high net worth individuals.

 

Maxine has a special interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

 

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Razina Akhtar, Senior Consultant Solicitor (Commercial Property)

 

Razina is an astute commercial property lawyer who has gained broad commercial property experience as part of a tier 1 award winning team.

She has dealt with a wide range of property matters including sale and purchase of leasehold and freehold land, landlord and tenant (including deeds of variation, licences leases), corporate support, property finance, property insolvency, solar and wind farm joint venture projects, trust fund acquisitions and property development including putting in place options for land, overage and pre-emption agreements.

Razina prides herself in providing easily accessible advice and taking a pro-active approach for her clients.  

Razina enjoys seeking out solutions in seemingly impossible situations and is described as a “safe pair of hands”.

Razina gained most of her 7 years’ experience at a top 50 law firm acting for a wide range of clients including The Crown Estate, The Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, The London Development Agency, major banks and property investment funds and clients in the retail, leisure and charities sector.

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Adam Tolfree, Patent Agent/ Trade Mark Agent

 

Adam is a patent and trade mark agent and assists a range of clients from lone inventors and start up-companies to large corporations. Adam has experience of drafting and prosecuting patent applications in a range of technologies including mechanical devices, offshore structures, aerospace, electronic devices and communication systems, military technologies, medical devices, material synthesis and organic glasses. He has provided patent validity opinions and advised on the filing of patent invalidity actions and opinion requests with the UK Intellectual Property office.

Adam also works with clients to assist with the protection of design rights and trade marks and has experience of trade mark opposition proceedings with OHIM and the UK Trade Mark Registry.

 

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James Doran, Senior Consultant Solicitor (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

James is an experienced litigator with a wide and deep experience of court advocacy in the Civil and Criminal Courts.

Possessed of a strategic mind and ability to formulate bespoke solutions to clients requirements he has for many years acted for parties involved in commercial and business disputes. He is expert in making an early assessment of cases, assembling what is required to prevail in contentious matters and knows how to recover monies effectively or mitigate damages exposure.

He is the Solicitor to turn to when you are faced with an unexpected crises when clear thinking is required to ensure that his clients interest’s prevail.

James is a tried and tested Family lawyer with particular aptitude in respect of the key financial issues that arise when relationships break down.

As a long term Duty Solicitor and Crown agent James is an expert in representing clients who might have fallen foul of the criminal law. He is the Solicitor you want in your corner when being investigated by the authorities.

James Doran is also fully conversant with litigation involving Estates and Building disputes

 

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Andrew Royce, Senior Consultant Solicitor (Corporate and Commercial)

 

Andrew advises businesses in all aspects especially terms and conditions, commercial property, dealing with Banks and mergers and acquisitions. He has been doing this as a solicitor  for over 25 years for businesses up to £50m turnover. Andrew has substantial experience  in commercial advice and strategy, consolidated with an MBA from Lancaster University. He offers specialist insight and proactive advice which all developing businesses now must have.

 

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Anthony Reeves, Consultant Chartered Legal Executive (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

Anthony is an experienced Chartered Legal Executive in the field of civil and commercial litigation. He is also a published author of several law books for the lay person.  He has over 10 years’ post qualification experience in a variety of contested areas including:

 

  • Debt collection (both claimant and defendant)

  • Contractual disputes

  • Property litigation, including boundary disputes, restrictive covenant removal, rights of way disputes,

  • Inheritance Claims, including claims by family and dependants against the estate of the deceased

  • Landlord & Tenant disputes, including possession proceedings and service charge disputes.

  • Consumer Law

 

Anthony is known for providing understandable advice in a timely manner. He lives in Wiltshire but advises clients throughout England and Wales.

 

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Raymond Cooper, Senior Consultant Solicitor (Commercial Property and Planning)

 

Raymond is a very experienced senior property lawyer who has been rated one of the best of his generation. He was for many years Head of Commercial Property at London solicitors, Farrer & Co, but now casts his net much more widely; he does of course have a great deal of experience of transactional property work but his speciality these days is problem solving in any legal field affecting real estate. You can see the breadth of his interests in blogs on his website. You can also find him on LinkedIn. In recent years, Raymond has advised on complex situations involving easements, restrictive covenants, the right to light, landlord and tenant issues including, in particular, rent reviews and the interpretation of leasehold documents, and judicial review. Raymond has been awarded the accolade of 2016 UK Planning of the Year by both Finance Monthly and Lawyer Monthly magazines.

 

Raymond is an active (though as he acknowledges, irregular) blogger and has had work published in Hill and Redman’s Law of Landlord and Tenant (of which he was Precedents Editor for some years), the Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, the Journal of Planning and Environment Law, the Property Law Journal, the Estates Gazette and the Landlord and Tenant Review.

 

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Louise O'Donoghue, Senior Consultant Solicitor (Commercial Property)

 

Louise is a commercial property solicitor experienced in undertaking legal and portfolio management work across the whole of that practice area, with a particular specialism in the retail sector.  After working in private practice in major UK law firms as a commercial property solicitor Louise moved in house to the Timpson Group, which includes Max Spielmann and Snappy Snaps and worked there for five years within the Estates Team, undertaking a mix of commercial retail, portfolio management and investment management work. Louise is also lecturer in law and commercial property within the Property Management and Development Department at Nottingham Trent University and is therefore very up to date with legal and industry developments.

 

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Faizal Essat, Consultant Chartered Legal Executive (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

Faizal Essat is admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is also admitted as a Legal Executive Advocate. He is a senior lawyer with extensive experience in private practice as well as the public sector and has substantial experience in handling large value and complex litigation claims. This includes commercial litigation claims as well as high-value personal injury claims. He is also an award-winning lawyer and has been recognised for his contribution to supporting local communities with his pro bono work. He was the Inaugural winner of the DLA Paul Nicholls Memorial Foundation Award for excellence in Pro Bono work, he was also runner-up in the ILEX Award in 2001 and was the winner of the ILEX Pro Bono Award in 2005. He has also served on various boards and advisory committees and continues to provide advice to the voluntary sector.

 

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Rosa Monica Colacicco, Paralegal (Commercial and Litigation)

 

Rosa Monica  is a Qualified Italian Lawyer, registered at Rome Bar Association since 2000,  with extensive experience in commercial and civil law, able to move between legal consultancy service and litigation.  In particular,  she advises clients on (i) Consumer Law (ii) Contracts Law, Sale of Goods, Supply of Goods and Services (iii) Debtor-creditor matters. She is a practiced litigator, very keen on writing persuasive claims and briefs.  She has represented a few Multinational Company, in Italian Courts, in disputes about liability for defective products and has managed a high-volume caseload for both claimant and defendant involving sale of goods, supply of goods and services, breach of contracts and in debt recovery matters, including enforcements of judgments.  She has strong attention to the Client’s best interests, always thriving to be effective and prompt.

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Team of Consultant Solicitors working remotely in the UK

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