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Foot Anstey LLP

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Managing Partner: John Westwell
Senior Partner: Duncan Ralph
Number of Partners: 47

Agriculture & Estates:
Edward Venmore
Banking: Will Whitt
Banking Litigation: Mark Rhys-Jones
Charities & Social Enterprise: Lucy Gill
Clinical Negligence: Robert Antrobus
Construction: Ian Stubbs
Corporate: Chris Worrell
Commercial: Karen Bates
Data Protection: Alexandra Leonidou
Dispute Resolution: Steven Richards
Employment: Karen Bates
Energy: Chris Pritchett
Retail Financial Services: Alan Hughes
Information Technology: Martin Cuell
Intellectual Property: Paul Cox
Islamic Finance: Imam Qazi
Planning: Tim Taylor
Private Equity: Matthew Stoate
Private Wealth: Jessica Pitt
Real Estate: Martin Hirst
Real Estate Litigation: Patrick Wetherall
Restructuring & Insolvency: Joanne Rumley
Tax: John Pindard

Sector Contacts 
Islamic Finance:
Imam Qazi
Retail & Consumer:
Nathan Peacey
Developers: Patrick Wetherall
Media & Entertainment:
Pete Singfield
Private Wealth: Jessica Pitt
Private Equity:
Matthew Stoate
Energy & Infrastructure: Ian Stubbs

The firm has seen significant organic growth over recent years, due to its focus on contributing to client success, predominantly in six industry sector: Retail and Consumer, Media and Entertainment, Financial Services, Developers, Energy and Private Wealth. Under the leadership of Managing Partner, John Westwell, the firm continues to invest in high quality talent and supporting infrastructure. The firm has now expanded across eight offices in the South West, South Coast and London. The firm is also committed to making a positive contribution to the communities in which it operates, and has its own charitable foundation.

Foot Anstey launched its own medical negligence brand in 2017 — Enable Law.


The firm’s respected corporate team supports a wide range of clients, from global businesses on transactions with an international dimension to entrepreneurs and business owners requiring local expertise and connections. The corporate team is comprised of leading experts in private equity, banking, restructuring and insolvency, international transactions, tax, and company secretarial. Types of work include advising on public and private M&A, domestic floats, delistings and equity fundraisings, joint ventures and group restructuring.

The commercial team are trusted experts to private, public and third sector organisations, advising on all aspects of business including research and development through to the post sales environment, such as commercial contracts, complex projects and disputes, competition and procurement law, financial services and consumer credit, intellectual property, privacy and data protection, IT and telecommunications, and outsourcing and commercial collaborations.

Dispute Resolution:
The rapidly growing dispute resolution team looks after a wide range of commercial disputes, with highly specialist teams offering advice in a number of niche areas.

The firm’s employment team is the largest in the South West, working with major national and regional employers.

Real Estate:
The property team supports a large portfolio of public sector and private clients handling prestigious city work alongside large regional and local projects. The team is supported by dedicated planning, property litigation and construction specialists.

Enable Law:
Enable Law, the firm’s medical negligence, personal injury and mental capacity practice, has over 60 specialists with vast experience in handling high-value and complex cases. Work comes from private individuals and key relationships with charities and support groups.

Private Wealth:
The firm also has a strong wealth and succession team advising on a range of work from tax planning to wealth and succession management and family law, both in the UK and internationally.

Foot Anstey’s growing client base covers regional, national and international businesses and public sector organisations. The varied client base includes leading organisations across key sectors, for example: Berkeley Homes, Santander, Kingfisher, The Independent, Ministry of Sound and B&Q.

The firm has extensive experience advising UK companies working abroad and advising international companies looking to come to the UK. Islamic finance is a niche area in which they have specialist expertise.

Foot Anstey is ambitious and aims to attract, develop and retain the best talent, and recruits high quality talent from leading firms and from in-house positions. The firm is always interested to hear from others who want to be involved with its journey.
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