Knights plc

Exeter Office

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Managing Partner: James Eveling
Number of partners: 3
Number of other fee earners: 13

James Eveling
Real Estate: Keith Biggs
Employment: Matt Huddleson
Dispute Resolution: Keith Biggs

THE FIRM OTB Eveling is a niche commercial firm advising businesses, business owners, investors and property developers. Formed from the merger of Over Taylor Biggs and Eveling Legal in 2012, the firm is led by managing partner James Eveling and has continued to grow and strengthen its presence in the South West market, whilst also acting for national and international clients. OTB Eveling are passionate about forming long-term relationships with clients by providing clear, concise legal advice to deliver commercially effective results. The firm’s partners are leaders in their fields and attract talented and engaged lawyers. A modern and progressive firm, OTB Eveling is committed to staff development and wellbeing.

OTB Eveling’s corporate team is now recognised as a leading player in the Westcountry corporate market and able to compete with much larger legal practices. The corporate team works with companies across all business sectors from start-ups to international organisations. Key services include: corporate finance – leading and managing company disposals, acquisitions, mergers and MBOs; early stage investment, venture capital/private equity shareholder agreements, terms of trade and technology contracts.

Real Estate: The property team is recognised in Chambers and offers a range of specialist skills from its knowledgeable and experienced lawyers, headed by partner Keith Biggs. Key services include: residential and commercial site acquisition; strategic land transactions such as options, property joint ventures and promotion agreements; landlord & tenant and investment sales and purchases.

Employment: Partner Matt Huddleson heads the employment team and is recognised in Chambers. The team advises employers only, with a focus on supporting the firm’s corporate and commercial clients. The team aims only to do work which represents value to its clients, by prioritising commercial solutions to complex issues and ultimately achieving outcomes that support clients’ commercial interests and bottom line performance.

Dispute Resolution: The dispute resolution team specialise in supporting companies, business owners and investors to ensure the best outcome that can be achieved. Commercial awareness and pragmatism are hallmarks of their approach. The team regularly deal with: commercial matters – including shareholder and director disputes, contract disputes; construction disputes; property claims, landlord and tenant renewal and management issues, and employment disputes.

CLIENTS The firm has a loyal client base of South West and London based SME businesses and private investors, plus a small but growing group of international businesses. Clients span multiple sectors including hospitality and leisure, technology, retail and wholesale, healthcare and financial services. OTB Eveling’s clients include Van Ameyde International Group, Doctor Care Anywhere Group, Shipman Group, Finbourne Technology, Candy Kittens, Tolchards, Dainton Self Storage and Pearce Fine Homes.

INTERNATIONAL The firm has a growing number of international clients, including businesses and individuals. A key client is Dutch claims administrator Van Ameyde International Group. The firm’s lawyers have experience with cross border corporate transactions.

RECRUITMENT The firm is always looking to attract talented and committed lawyers who will value its distinctive style and culture.