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Batchelors

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Managing Partner:  Thaine Wilson
Senior Partner: Mark Walkington
Number of partners: 14
Number of assistants: 8
Other fee-earners: 7

Contacts:
Commercial: Matthew Miles
Commercial Litigation: Mark Walkington
Employment: Matthew Miles
Housing: Andrew Harmer, Thaine Wilson, Gavinder Ryait
Private Client: Sarah Hickey, Nick Stotesbury, Edward White
Real Estate: Steve Wilbourn, Anne Nurse, Roger Hoque, Elaine Allen

THE FIRM
With offices in Bromley and the city of London, Batchelors is renowned for services to registered providers and other not-for-profit organisations. Areas of expertise include; housing management, commercial property and development, commercial law and litigation such as professional negligence and fraud. The firm has established an enviable reputation within the social housing sector with its cross disciplinary team able to offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ for its social housing clients.

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Commercial:
16%
Housing Management: 35%
Private Client: 14%
Property & Development: 35%

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK

Social Housing - Housing Management:
With the head of the department on the Law Society’s Housing Committee, four lawyers named as “Leader in their Field” by Chambers and Partners, two partners with experience on Housing Association boards and a partner who is a founding member of the Social Housing Lawyers Association, the department boasts an enviable proactive involvement in the sector. The team comprises of nine lawyers and prides itself on the quality of the service provided to clients via qualified staff.
Real Estate: The development team has seen a dramatic increase in instructions over the past year, especially from its registered provider clients. Commercial property continues to receive high levels of instructions, a substantial amount from long established clientele who appreciate fixed or capped fee’ in this area. The team also provides services for developers on plot sales, housing associations, private clients, and particular chains of estate agents, delivering essential support and particular expertise in shared ownerships. The department boasts an ever-growing team of lawyers, including a partner named as a “Leader in their Field” by Chambers and Partners.
Commercial: Areas covered include regulatory advice, business acquisitions and sales of companies. Clients are varied from social landlords to partnerships, companies and LLPs. The firms’ fixed-fee debt recovery package is proving popular as a cost effective way to strengthen cash flow. The litigation team service companies, private clients and social landlords across the UK. Included within the team is a qualified mediator. The department has a growing international and domestic practice, built on cost effective and practical solutions that include the use of alternative dispute resolution. A website dedicated to professional negligence work (www.profnegdispute.co.uk) continues to attract instructions.
Private Client: The wills, trust and probate team has benefited from investment in staff training and has qualified and accredited members of STEP. High-net-worth individuals make up a large proportion of the client base, and family business succession is becoming a focus for the firm. The department also has particular expertise in respect of inheritance claims under the 1975 Act and also contested wills and has a dedicated website (www.disputeawill.co.uk) for this work area.

CLIENTS
Optivo, McCullochs, Frankham Consultancy Group, Hyde Housing Group, London & Quadrant Housing Trust and Orbit Housing Group.Optivo, McCullochs, Frankham Consultancy Group, Hyde Housing Group, London & Quadrant Housing Trust and Orbit Housing Group.

INTERNATIONAL
Languages spoken within the firm include French, German and Hindi.