CEO: Garry Mackay
Chariman: Mark Lomas
Number of UK partners: 74
Number of other UK fee-earners: 212
THE FIRM Ashfords LLP is a national provider of legal, regulatory and professional services. Its strategic aim is to provide the highest quality and depth of legal expertise and to support its clients through a range of complementary business products and services. Ashfords has introduced a dedicated patent and trademark agency, undertaken its first few cash investments in external companies, launched an innovative health and safety offering as well as a dedicated regulatory compliance service, developed and began selling its bespoke market leading contract management and deal platform and launched its own business consultancy unit.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Ashfords provides integrated multi-disciplinary teams of expert lawyers who combine strategic understanding and technical excellence across a broad range of disciplines to deliver insightful advice on a full range of legal services across three core divisions:
Business Services: Combining strategic understanding and technical excellence to ensure the clients’ activities are sound and secure. The business services team works seamlessly together to advising on a range of areas including intellectual property, corporate, employment, tax, business risk and regulation, dispute resolution and restructuring.
Real Estate & Infrastructure: Highly experienced teams working across the whole real estate-related spectrum, from negotiating development agreements, planning agreements and handling landlord / tenant disputes to working on major projects and is renowned for large scale residential and commercial property development, urban regeneration, infrastructure projects and real estate investment.
Private Client: Providing a wide range of legal services to clients ranging from first-time buyers to high net worth individuals, including trusts and estates, residential property, family and children, disputed wills and personal injury.
Ashfords’ multidisciplinary teams have in-depth understanding and connections with key sectors that add strategic value through knowledge sharing, and the introduction of commercial and networking opportunities assist in business development and project delivery. The teams work across sectors including:
Energy & Waste: Advising businesses with all aspects of their energy and waste matters including waste and resource management, renewable energy (including solar, energy from waste, biomass and anaerobic digestion), natural resources, smart grids, and energy innovation.
Technology: Advising entrepreneurial start-ups through to established multinational companies and investment funds on developments in the market such as cloud computing, IT infrastructure, mobile devices, big data, wearable tech, cyber security and data protection amongst other areas.
Retail: Advising retail clients representing over 2000 outlets and £300m+ turnover, ranging from high street clothes stores to major national brands on a wide range of issues including acquisitions, brand protection, employment law, e-commerce, managing property portfolios, franchising and product safety issues.
Public Sector: Advising local and national governmental bodies in relation to a wide variety of matters including public procurement, outsourcing and externalisation and shared services arrangements, governance and vires, employment and HR matters, state aid, commercial contracts, planning, marine licensing and development matters (including CIL and compulsory purchase), ports and harbours, major projects with a particular emphasis on renewable energy and waste, Passivhaus principles and building biology and information law.
Agriculture: Advising on all aspects of running commercial operations; in particular on legal and regulatory issues surrounding agribusiness, farm management and diversification.
International Ashfords has a far reaching international presence with extensive experience of working with overseas clients. As a leading member of the ADVOC international network of independent law firms, International Referral and other networks, Ashfords can co-ordinate the delivery of legal advice from over 100 jurisdictions worldwide.
Clients Ashfords’ client-focused and straightforward approach attracts a wide spectrum of clients including Viridor Waste Management, Sensus, Lloyds Banking Group, London Borough of Wandsworth, Crown Commercial Service, Schlumberger, Penhaligon’s, Post Office and Crowdcube.