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Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Cheltenham

  • Ellenborough House
  • Cheltenham
  • UK
  • GL50 1YD

Banking & Finance - South West

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Acts for both major and specialist lenders in matters including refinancing, development finance and acquisition finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are very customer-friendly and efficient."

"They are very used to the way banks want to deal with security, meaning they are easy to work with."

Notable practitioners  

Tim Walker is highly experienced in advising lenders and corporate borrowers on domestic and cross-border banking transactions. Clients report he is "commercially aware" and appreciate his "upfront discussions, which make him able to direct on how to take things forward."

Significant clients Santander, HSBC, Clydesdale Bank, Unity Trust Bank, The Co-operative Bank.

Corporate/M&A - South West

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

What the team is known for Areas of focus include private equity, M&A and restructurings. Comes recommended for its work on cross-border as well as domestic transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are outstanding: so commercially minded." 

"They have consistently performed well for us and met our expectations."

Work highlights Acted for Meld Group on the disposition of the company in a deal worth £7 million.

Represented Teamsport Investments in relation to a £9 million management buyout.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Knight advised Meld Group on the £7 million sale of the company to a listed plc. His practice includes M&A and restructurings. Clients say: "He understands our business, is commercial and gets straight to the point." 

Significant clients Gloucester Rugby, Pharos Offshore Group, Vanguard Healthcare Solutions, Tricorn Group, GIL Investments.

Employment - South West

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Sizeable team with extensive, in-depth expertise across all areas of employment law, notably in education and healthcare-related matters. Significant presence amongst regional clients in numerous sectors, providing detailed HR knowledge alongside employment law advice. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very good - attentive, businesslike, efficient and straightforward to deal with."

"These lawyers provide practical advice, and explain the implications of changes in the law. They spend considerable time getting to know the nature of our business, so that they can provide accurate advice."

What's new? Highly regarded partner Matt Jenkin joined the team from Morgan Cole in the Thames Valley.

Work highlights Advised University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust on a long-term, complex dispute with a cardiologist. The high-profile case concerned issues of whistle-blowing, race discrimination, disability discrimination and unfair dismissal. 

Notable practitioners  

Recent hire Matt Jenkin impresses sources with his employment law practice, and has a strong reputation in the South West. Since joining the firm he has acted for claimants and respondents on numerous significant employment cases, concerning issues such as restructuring-related redundancies and a settlement agreement for an executive-level departure.

Senior associate Tim Crane offers advice to clients on a broad range of matters, such as restrictive covenants, discipline and grievance matters, employment tribunals and TUPE issues.

Significant clients London Borough of Redbridge, West Midlands Police, University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust, Worcester Rugby Football Club, Dudley MBC.

Information Technology - South West

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Acts for purchasers on non-contentious IT matters, including transactions, licensing and outsourcings. Clients include national retailers, energy sector operators and media companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very pragmatic and always looking for what is best for the client. They consider what is important to achieve commercial objectives and thus deliver balanced legal advice."

Notable practitioners 

Matt Johnston leads the Cheltenham team and handles contentious and non-contentious IT matters. Clients appreciate his "ability to analyse issues and distil them in clear and understandable language. He can take a complex issue and be very straightforward and pragmatic."

Tim Walker is known for his pragmatism, his understanding of commercial objectives, and his balanced approach. One client singles out his "clarity of communication, response times and particularly his personality" for praise.

Significant clients Universal Music Group International, Marks & Spencer, Electricity North West, RAC Motoring Services, Mitchells & Butlers.

Intellectual Property - South West

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- 3 patent attorney consultants
- 1 trade mark attorney consultant
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Broad IP offering with sector strength in areas including retail, software development and engineering. The practice is bolstered by the recruitment of in-house patent attorneys.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very pragmatic and always looking for what is best for the client. They consider what is important to achieve commercial objectives and thus deliver balanced legal advice." 

Work highlights Acted for European manufacturer Lisca in an IP dispute with Austique concerning an underwear range. The case was one of the first to be heard in the High Court following the Jackson reforms, and it was successfully argued for the client that it should remain in the High Court, on a costs budgeting basis.

Notable practitioners  

Partners Adam Finch and Tim Walker are key contacts for the practice.

Significant clients Contact Sales & Marketing, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Entnet, Direct Sight, Food is Art.

Litigation - South West

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

What the team is known for Significant expertise in IP, insolvency, financial services and shareholder disputes. Local and national client base.

Work highlights Acted for Marrill on a professional negligence claim against Fox Evans alleging negligent completion of accounts.

Acted for Lisca on a £250,000 trade mark dispute.  

Notable practitioners Derek Jones heads the department. 

Significant clients Attraction World, G R Lane Health Products, Wilson Field, HETAS, Morgan Motor Company.

Private Client - South West

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Provides traditional private client advice on trusts, wills, estate administration and power of attorney, in addition to specialist expertise in the fields of elderly client care and Court of Protection matters. Clients include large corporations as well as high net worth individuals. 

Notable practitioners  

Mark Hartley has an excellent reputation in the fields of wills and inheritance tax planning. Commentators appreciate his personal approach to dealing with clients and other professionals in the area.

Real Estate - South West

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 6 other qualified individuals
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Strong property finance practice, specialising in secured lending transactions. Often acts for landowners and developers on a range of residential and commercial development matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Absolutely first-class and nice to deal with." 

"They're very efficient and quick, and they kept me informed all the time."

Notable practitioners  

Mark Fabian heads the firm's regional commercial property department. He is well regarded by peers, and one client describes him as "practical, helpful and thorough, with good legal knowledge."

Significant clients Lloyds Banking Group, Canal & River Trust, Worcestershire Rugby Club, Interserve, Headlam Group.

Real Estate Litigation - South West

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Well versed on the gamut of residential, commercial and agricultural property litigation. Advises clients in a variety of areas such as charities, investors, developers and retailers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their approach is absolutely fantastic; they are specialists at property litigation."

Work highlights Acted for Messier-Dowty on a threat of injunction and negotiation of a commercial settlement in a multiparty action alleging nuisance and breach of covenant.

Assisted Ecclesiastical Insurance Group with the termination of a subtenancy.

Notable practitioners  

Senior associate Andrew Turner is described by a client as "straightforward and easy to deal with." His practice includes experience in unlawful forfeiture, and sources highlight his practical approach.

Significant clients Mexfield Housing Cooperative, Westgate Housing Association, Headlam, Canal & River Trust, Countrywide Estate Agents.

Education - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers an array of services to education clients, such as employment advice, and data protection and freedom of information advice. Acts for a range of schools and is well versed in academy conversion work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They know our business development plan very well and what we are looking to achieve. They are proactive and are our first port of call. Their response times are excellent and their continuity is great."

"The service provided has been of the highest quality, with advice and guidance we felt we can trust."

Work highlights Acted for the Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust on the establishment of a free school, Hewens Primary Free School and the academy conversion of Brookside Primary.

Advised Gloucestershire College on its £14 million campus development project in the Forest of Dean. 

Notable practitioners

Kristine Scott is the head of education at the firm.

Significant clients Cheltenham College, Badminton School, Headington School, Dean Close School, The White Horse Federation.