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Harrison Clark Rickerbys


  • Ellenborough House
  • Cheltenham
  • UK
  • GL50 1YD

Banking & Finance - South West

Basic facts about the department

- 9 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham 

What the team is known for Respected handling of complex national and international financing matters. Noted expertise in real estate, acquisition, project and asset finance, as well as recognised sector specialisms in healthcare, charities and social housing. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I have been very impressed with their level of service, and their willingness to understand our business."

Partner involvement: "I am very happy with them. They are very responsive and it feels like I have a direct line to the partners. It feels like we are a valued client."

What's new? Rickerbys and Harrison Clark merged in April 2013 to become Harrison Clark Rickerbys, consolidating two strong banking and finance practices.

Adam Finch, a financial regulation specialist, joins the team from Bevan Brittan.

Work highlights Acted for Bank of Ireland regarding the sale of a portfolio of commercial and residential properties in Liverpool.

Advised Norwegian company Green Resources on facilities provided by Norfund and Finnfund, for the purposes of financing timber plantations in various African countries including Tanzania.

Notable practitioners  

Tim Walker has a strong general banking and asset finance practice, with notable expertise in shipping and aircraft finance. Sources report: "He is very level-headed, very detail-oriented. I very much trust and rely on the advice he gives. He is proactive and gives suggestions as how best to structure a deal."

Chris Agius is recognised for his strong banking and finance practice. He advises both lenders and borrowers in a wide variety of matters, from real estate finance and refinancing to social housing and healthcare funding.  

Significant clients Clydesdale Bank, Lloyds TSB, HSBC, VoIP Capital International.

Corporate/M&A - South West

Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners 
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Often instructed by regional and national businesses on acquisitions and disposals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "I cannot fault the overall level of service and found that regardless of who took my call or e-mail, they were always well briefed on my case and able to action my many requests."

Technical ability: "They have a very effective style, calm and effective about how they work."

What's new? Established Cheltenham firm Rickerbys merged with Harrison Clark to form a new five-office offering.

Work highlights Advised the shareholders on the sale of Classic Care to Bricklehampton Classic Care.

Acted for Elite Security Products on its MBO from its Israeli parent.

Notable practitioners

Richard Knight heads the department. Clients describe him as a "good, practical and realistic corporate lawyer who takes a pragmatic approach."

Notable practitioners Pharos Offshore Group, Welco, Vanguard Healthcare, The Dezac Group, Angels 4 Angels.

Information Technology - South West

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Acts for large corporate customers as well as software suppliers. Specialist e-commerce expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "The team has an understanding of my big picture and it proposes ideas to me in a commercial way."

What's new? Rickerbys merged with Harrison Clark in April 2013 to become Harrison Clark Rickerbys, deepening the combined firm's IT offering.

Work highlights Providing ongoing support to British ISP Namesco in relation to cloud infrastructure, platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) agreements with its customers.

Notable practitioners

Tim Walker is a accomplished commercial lawyer with years of experience in IT and e-commerce transactions behind him. He often advises overseas law firms on deals coming in part or entirely under English law.

Matt Johnston joins from the Harrison Clark side of the firm, and provides non-contentious and transactional advice to a number of large corporate clients. Clients say he is "knowledgeable, pragmatic and thorough." 

Litigation - South West

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for General commercial practice catering to SMEs in the South West and nationally. Particularly skilled in partnership disputes.

Work highlights Defended The Premiere Polish Company from a £200,000 claim from Dynamiq alleging overcharging for service, maintenance costs and illegal payment.

Defended Allpay against a Barclays Bank attempt to recover what it alleges is £70,000 gained from an erroneous duplicate payment. 

Notable practitioners  

Derek Jones is head of the team.

Significant clients Pillar UK, Environmental Recycling Technologies, Levolux.

Private Client - South West

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Strong all-round abilities in the private client world. Specialisms include estate planning and administration, often with a cross-border element, as well as trust and probate disputes. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bespoke advice: "They listen to what clients want and then translate that into a legal form, rather than offering preconceived ideas about what is needed."

What's new? The merger between Harrison Clark and Rickerbys that created the firm has bolstered its depth of resources.

The private client team has been strengthened with the promotion of Phillipa Bruce-Kerr and Alex Taylor to partner level.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Hartley is an acknowledged cross-border tax specialist. He has an established reputation in high-end estate planning for those with rural and farming interests.

Real Estate - South West

Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners 
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Frequently instructed in the education and healthcare sectors, acting on development matters, acquisitions and disposals. Also involved in secured lending transactions and refinancings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: Peers note the firm's strong standing in the Cheltenham market.

Work highlights Advised on over 60 academy school conversions.

Notable practitioners

Mark Fabian leads the commercial property team. Peers say he is "thoroughly pleasant to deal with and very commercial – he helps his client get the deal through."

Significant clients Headlam Group, Interserve, Cheltine, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, Simon Smith Group.

Education - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Provides a range of services to independent schools, free schools and academies. Areas of expertise include employment, IP, procurement, property, admissions and freedom of information. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Rickerbys has impressed us with its care and commitment to us as client." 

Work highlights Assisted Sabres Educational Trust with the procurement of IES UK to manage a new free school in Suffolk.

Assisted White Horse Federation in Swindon with the conversion to academy status of several of its schools.

Significant clients Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Badminton School, Pate’s Grammar School, Gloucester Academy, Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust, Cabot Learning Federation.