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Veale Wasbrough Vizards


Veale Wasbrough Vizards - Bristol
  • Narrow Quay House
  • Narrow Quay
  • Bristol
  • Bristol
  • UK
  • BS1 4QA
  • Tel:(0117) 925 2020
  • Fax:(0117) 925 2025
  • Web:
  • Managing Partner Simon Heald
  • Number of partners  53
  • Number of other lawyers 216

THE FIRM VWV has national recognition for a sector-focused approach, which means that the firm focuses skill, energy and expertise on understanding clients in the sectors. People and culture are important to the firm. VWV is proud to have the reputation of being a friendly firm to work with. Many comment on the open culture and approachability of staff, no matter what the role or position. 97% of the firm’s clients say that they would recommend VWV. This is a strong indicator that it is the firm’s culture, and not just experience, that gives clients the confidence to continue to instruct. With over 300 staff across three different locations in London, Bristol and Birmingham, VWV strives to maintain this reputation. The firm’s core values underpin everything it does:
Teamwork & Collaboration: ensuring there is a joined up approach, often working across offices and departments, to make sure the best possible solution is achieved.
Client at the Centre of the Firm: VWV always thinks about how best to communicate and work together, and puts itself in the shoes of the client.
Commercial Approach: VWV is always keen to make sure clients receive the best possible service at a competitive rate. The firm’s sector focus is supported by its core legal services: real estate, corporate, commercial, IP and technology, employment, dispute resolution and tax. VWV also offers legal advice to private clients, which includes very specialised areas such as contentious probate, personal injury and high-quality conveyancing.

Advises senior management and trustees on all legal and regulatory issues to deliver the best outcome for their beneficiaries. It acts for more than 900 charities – endowed trusts, foundations, charities with national and international presence, and community organisations and social enterprises.
Education: Supports the full range of education institutions on every aspect of school relationships with pupils, parents, local authorities and regulators. VWV advises on the implementation of school T&Cs, finance and fee recovery, welfare of pupils, safeguarding, inspections, pupil discipline, governance and much more. The firm has a rapidly growing education practice with more than 1,000 clients.
Family-owned Businesses: Advises family business clients on a broad range of corporate matters, including governance of the business, reorganisation of shares between family members and family trusts, shareholders’ agreements and disputes.
Healthcare: Acts principally for healthcare providers, including over 400 GP practices, as well as GPowned consortia, federations and provider companies. VWV has acted on over 95 GP surgery development schemes and numerous mergers of GP practices and provides a broad range of legal services to care homes, healthcare charities, social enterprises, dentists, pharmacies, private consultants, NHS and foundation trusts and vets.
Private Wealth: Acts for individuals and families with many different interests and requirements to protect assets and provide for the succession of family members. The firm’s advice includes property purchase, will and trust disputes, estate planning, family-owned businesses and philanthropy.
Public Sector: National public sector practice, acts for over 100 local authorities by providing a one-stop full legal service for central and devolved government on property, planning, commercial contracts, vires, tax construction, projects and employment issues as well as specialist teams advising on EU procurement, state aid, election law, standards and constitutional issues.

Clients: London Symphony Orchestra, Diocese of Gloucester, Seasalt, Westons Cider, Arcadis (UK) Limited, Trunki, Cheltenham Ladies College, Eton College, The Department of Education, University of Bristol, University College London, CBRE Ltd, Avon Care Homes, Optima Care Partnership, Hanham Health, The Royal Mint, Yankee Candle, The Grand Appeal, Clarks Shoes, EDF Energy Customers Plc, Britannia Building Society, Luton Borough Council, Dorset County Council, DVSA, Airbus, Fire Service College, PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, Crest Nicholson Plc, The Hills Group, IMG, Le Cordon Bleu, entrepreneur- led businesses and a large number of wealthy private individuals. International: Founder member of the Association of European Lawyers, which means the firm has a network of lawyers and associates around the world that can provide local legal assistance.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial 16%
  • Corporate 7%
  • Employment 14%
  • Litigation 22%
  • Private Client 9%
  • Real Estate 32%
  • Aerospace & Defence Ben Holt
  • Agriculture & Estates Steven McGuigan
  • Banking & Finance David Emanuel
  • Charities Con Alexander
  • Commercial Doug Locke
  • Conveyancing Jackie Roe
  • Corporate Nathan Guest
  • Education Barney Northover
  • Employment Gareth Edwards
  • Energy & Utilities Jason Prosser
  • Family Business David Emanuel
  • Healthcare Ben Willis
  • International Doug Locke
  • Litigation Tabitha Cave
  • Partnerships & LLP Jos Moule
  • Personal Injury Jan Markland
  • Private Client Michelle Rose
  • Public Sector & Emergency Services David Hansom
  • Real Estate Huw Morgan
  • Real Estate Litigation Michelle Bendall
  • Private Wealth Christine Green
  • Technology Nathan Guest


  • Narrow Quay House,
  • Narrow Quay,
  • Bristol,
  • UK
  • BS1 4QA
  • Tel (0117) 925 2020
  • Fax (0117) 925 2025
  • DX 7831 Bristol
  • Website : www.vwv.co.uk
  • Barnards Inn,
  • 86 Fetter Lane,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4A 1AD
  • Tel (020) 7405 1234
  • Fax (020) 7405 4171
  • DX 6 London/Chancery Lane
  • Second Floor,
  • 3 Brindley Place,
  • Birmingham,
  • West Midlands
  • UK
  • B1 2JB
  • Tel (0121) 227 3700
  • Fax (0121) 227 3777