Managing Partner: Robert Fox
Number of partners: 23
Other fee-earners: 56
THE FIRM Porter Dodson is one of the largest firms in the South West, featuring in the UK top 200 and has a unique network across Somerset and Dorset. Developing from its historic client base it has a strong reputation for applying effective and decisive solutions and continues to innovate and evolve.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Corporate Commercial: The corporate commercial team provides a comprehensive service to all types of clients, from SMEs and family businesses to major retail and national employers with operations in the UK and overseas. These include limited companies, partnerships, public sector organisations and charities. The team advises on company formation, regulation and disposal, mergers and acquisitions and agreements. To maintain its range and level of commercial expertise and stay abreast of the changing economic environment, the firm continues to invest in quality appointments.
Real Estate: The team comprises a number of highly regarded lawyers who advise on property portfolio matters of every size. Work undertaken involves site development work (building agreements, collateral warranties and infrastructure arrangements), property finance and commercial landlord and tenant for national and local businesses and companies. In addition, the firm has an established client base of high net worth clients for residential transactions. The real estate and corporate commercial teams are leaders in the field of GP surgery integrations throughout Somerset, being an NHS pilot scheme.
Dispute Resolution: The dispute resolution team is one of the largest in the area and provides a comprehensive litigation service, including mediation services.
Employment: The team advises a number of major employers, providing strategic advice and expertise, including restructuring and TUPE and the provision of in-house training.
Private Client: The team’s high-level expertise and broad knowledge is bolstered by practitioners who are members of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). The firm has an enviable reputation for advising generations of families on their private legal matters, from property transactions, asset protection, succession and tax planning, to estate administration. The team’s reputation attracts a large volume of contentious probate work, often of a complex nature.
Family: Porter Dodson has one of the largest family teams in the region, with in-house counsel, and can, unusually, offer collaborative family law advice, mediation and representation in court. The team has an excellent reputation in childcare, pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. The firm offers a highly innovative, niche fertility and parenting practice.