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Wilsons

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Managing Partner: Mike Parker
Senior Partner: Frances Mayne
Number of partners: 31
Assistant solicitors: 52
Other fee-earners: 27

The Firm:
Wilsons is ranked as one of the top private client and charity law firms in the country. Its 280- year heritage, combined with lawyers who are recognised leaders in their fields, enables Wilsons to provide a unique combination of skills and experience to wealthy individuals, entrepreneurs, companies, landowners, trust companies and charities. Wilsons has built its national reputation on the strength of its private client and charity practice, a strategy which it has pursued consistently for over 30 years. The firm prides itself on the quality of its bespoke service delivery. Its lawyers are dedicated to ensuring a detailed understanding of their clients’ interests and a seamless working relationship across the different specialities of the practice.

Contacts:

Private Client:
Tax & Trusts:
Adam Herbert
Tel: 01722 427 543
Email: [email protected]

Probate: Frances Mayne
Tel: 01722 427 714
Email: [email protected]

Landed & Historic Estates: Belinda Watson
Tel: 01722 427 661
Email: [email protected]

Wills & Trusts Disputes: James Aspden
Tel: 01722 427 677
Email: [email protected]

Family: Jacqueline Fitzgerald
Tel: 020 7998 0421
Email: [email protected]

Property: Tim Clayden
Tel: 01722 427 713
Email: [email protected]

Property Disputes: Ben Thornton
Tel: 01722 427 732
Email: [email protected]

Disputes:
Personal & Property Disputes:
Ben Thornton
Tel: 01722 427 732
Email: [email protected]

Wills & Trusts Disputes: James Aspden
Tel: 01722 427 677
Email: [email protected]

Commercial:
Commercial Property:
Jane Lonergan
Tel: 01722 427 733
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & Commercial: James Johnson
Tel: 01722 427 658
Email: [email protected]

Employment: Anthony Edwards
Tel: 01722 427 714
Email: [email protected]

Education: Stephen Oxley
Tel: 01722 427 743
Email: [email protected]

Agriculture:
Landowner Development & Planning: Alison Bailey
Tel: 01722 427 560
Email: [email protected]

Farming Disputes: Peter Bourke
Tel: 01722 427 715
Email: [email protected]

Partnerships & Farming Structures: Jonathan Stephens
Tel: 01722 427 744
Email: [email protected]

Charity: Gillian Fletcher
Tel: 020 7998 0422
Email: [email protected]

Wills & Trusts Disputes: James Aspden
Tel: 01722 427 677
Email: [email protected]

Practice Area Breakdown: 
Private Client Trust & Probate:
37%
Contentious General & Charity: 23%
Non-Commercial Property: 10%
Commercial Non-Contentious: 9%
Commercial Property: 6%
Employment: 6%
Agriculture: 4%
Family: 3%
Charity Non-Contentious: 2%

Principle Areas of Work:

Private Client:

The firm has notable experience in representing clients with business interests, landed and inherited wealth, foreign domiciliaries, UK and offshore trustees and individuals with international interests. It has developed a high profile client base, providing services including wills, tax and estate planning, UK and offshore trust formation and probate and estate administration. The disputes team advises clients on a wide range of matters, particularly contentious trust, probate and property disputes. The family team’s expertise ranges from pre-nuptial agreements and civil partnerships to divorce and children’s arrangements.

Property:
Many of Wilsons’ clients have substantial commercial, agricultural and residential property interests and the firm advises on purchasing, letting and sales, and has a reputation for gaining excellent results for landowners in the options over and sales of development land.

Disputes:
Wilsons have one of the largest teams outside London. The firm advises clients on a wide range of contentious matters to provide an efficient and effective means of dispute resolution. In addition to its expertise in agricultural and probate disputes, the firm has specialists who can advise on all aspects of commercial dispute claims.

Commercial:
The team has specialist lawyers in employment, commercial property, insolvency and corporate work. The team specialises in helping businesses by providing cost-effective and valuable advice on banking and insolvency, buying and selling while also advising on investment and private equity work. The corporate work focuses on the three main areas of private equity: commercial tax and asset planning, transactions and refinancing.

Agriculture:
The agriculture team has developed a practice centred on the legal needs of rural business and landowners. These include complex sales and purchases, development options for landowners, grants and diversification advice, property litigation including landlord and tenant legislation, partnership matters, boundaries and rights of way disputes.

Charity:

Wilsons has one of the most highly ranked teams in the UK. Unlike many of its competitors, the firm advises on the complete range of a charity’s legal needs and has a particular specialism in contentious and non-contentious legacy work, acting for charities. The constitutional and governance team has considerable expertise in advising military charities and the charitable care sector.