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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. He also has expertise in dealing with building and construction disputes.

 

Chris Browne has recently joined Lexis Nexis as a Q&A Panel Author for the Life Sciences Sector.www.lexisnexis.co.uk

 

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, Senior 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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Laura Everson, Senior Paralegal (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

Laura has over 8 years experience as a Criminal Law paralegal and was previously employed by one of the busiest Criminal Law practices in Northampton as Assistant Manager of the Crown Court department.

 

Laura has considerable experience of fully preparing matters for court hearings. Laura fully prepared the clients matters for the Barristers that she regularly instructed from London chambers.

 

Laura has dealt with numerous matters over the years, however one of Laura’s career highlights was representing an ex professional footballer who was charged with serious offences alleged to have been committed in a private members club. After many months of hard work, which included locating numerous important witnesses, Laura’s client was acquitted of all of the charges.

 

Laura will be dealing with Civil and Commercial litigation matters and will be based within our litigation department where she will assist our Mr Tom Lathom.

 

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Tessa Rhodes, Senior Litigation Executive (Civil and Commercial Litigtaion)

 

Tessa specializes in Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution and is based at our Leicester office.  She has many years of experience in dealing with all small claims, fast track and multi track actions covering commercial contract disputes and debt collection for both Claimant and Defendants.

 

Tessa has worked for a large city firm for many years and has gained considerable experience in her field.

 

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Sarah Manning, Litigation Executive (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

Sarah is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives based in our Market Harborough office and specialises in Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution. She holds many years’ experience in Civil Litigation which included preparing legal court documents and preparing cost documents and she was previously employed by a firm of Solicitors ranked in the top 200 independent firm of solicitors.

 

Sarah will be dealing with Civil and Commercial litigation matters and will be based within our litigation department where she will assist our Mr Tom Lathom.

 

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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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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.

 

"Tony gave us exemplary service and we got the result we needed.  

 

Our case involved two defendants that didn't act sensibly with each other let alone us - this made life complex and upsetting from the moment problems started appearing.  Tony guided us through the process with endless courtesy and good humour - all the time keeping us on track and keeping the defendants  (politely but effectively) on their toes.  

 

The eventual outcome came at a considerably greater cost to the defendants than should have been the case simply because they tried relentlessly to confuse their obligations rather than face them.

 

The ethical and consultative approach that Tony used kept the issues clear, his experience navigated us through the various legal institutions and necessary choices and framed the actions we needed to get the best result from complex and distressful circumstances."

 

Mr F

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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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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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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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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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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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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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