Chief Executive: Stephen Rosser
Chairman: Jonathan Morton
Number of partners: 100+
Number of staff: 600+
THE FIRM Clarke Willmott LLP is a law firm with a regional, sector-led approach across England and Wales. The firm invests time in developing relationships with its clients and is known for its high level of service, straightforward manner and transparent fee solutions. Recognising that its clients prefer working with lawyers who understand the climate in which they operate and how their business actually works day-to-day, Clarke Willmott decided a number of years ago to adopt a sector-led approach.
The success of this strategy can be evidenced by its reputation in a number of key industry areas. These include the firm’s 100-strong real estate and construction group, nationally renowned 40-strong social housing group and specialist retail group. Clarke Willmott also has leading teams advising on private client, commercial services, agriculture, renewable energy and sport.
Clarke Willmott works with an extensive client base of private sector businesses, sole traders, public sector bodies, high net worth individuals and charitable organisations, and the firm advises on almost every aspect of the law. Clarke Willmott has seven regional offices and over 600 lawyers and support staff, including over 100 partners. The focus at Clarke Willmott is on steady, repeatable, year on year planned growth. The firm will continue to develop its teams in order to deliver services on a national basis.
PRINCIPLE AREAS OF WORK Clarke Willmott has expertise across a range of industry sectors and has market leading teams in:
The agriculture and estates team provides a full complement of legal services (both contentious and non-contentious) to the agricultural and rural landowning communities nationally.
Banking & Finance:
Advises clearing and private banks, building societies, specialist lenders and borrowers (both corporate and individual) on all aspects of lending transactions and related issues including recoveries, financial litigation and professional negligence claims.
Advises all sizes of companies and other organisations, in particular high growth and entrepreneurial businesses, on transactional and commercial work, contractual issues, employment services, restructuring and insolvency, litigation and debt collection.
Offers sector-focused expertise from a range of different practice areas, notably corporate and litigation. Clients include product providers, brokers, lenders and financial advisers, and businesses requiring authorisation for consumer credit activities.
Regarded as leading legal advisers to the residential development sector, acting for many of the UK’s largest volume housebuilders as well as for strategic land companies, smaller traditional builders and niche start-up ventures with particular expertise in all property aspects including acquisition and site assembly, planning, litigation and plot sales.
Acts for all types of businesses from new start-ups to household names in relation to the protection, enforcement and exploitation of their intellectual property rights.
Acting for professionals, high net worth individuals, family businesses and those with interests in the entertainment, sports and agricultural sectors. Provides advice on succession planning, trusts, tax, divorce and family law, wealth protection, property issues, litigation and personal injury and clinical negligence.
Real Estate & Construction:
One of the largest of its kind in the UK, with more than 100 lawyers specialising in all aspects of commercial property, construction and procurement, development (including complex landlord and tenant, acquisition and disposal issues), regeneration, planning, property litigation and estate management.
Energy & Natural Resources:
Advice spans all aspects of renewable energy work from inception of a project through to planning, acquisition, financing, construction, regulation, commissioning, grid-connection and subsequent operation of plants and facilities. The team is closely involved with the supply chain for the Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset.
Advising standalone stores, large chains and international brands. The firm is recognised for its real estate, intellectual property and corporate/commercial expertise.
One of the largest of its kind in the UK delivering services across England and Wales. The team acts for over 100 clients comprising RPs, RSLs. ALMOs, local authorities, charities and care organisations.
Services include drafting and negotiating large scale ICT acquisitions, including appropriate service level agreements, ICT outsourcing, managed service provision, website design and development, Cloud service agreements, software as a service data protection issues and social media issues. Founded Bristol Fintech.
CLIENTS Clarke Willmott’s clients include Lidl, M+W Group, L&Q, The Insolvency Service, Persimmon Homes, Lloyds Banking Group, Circle Housing Group, Park Resorts, Countryside Properties, Crest Nicholson, The Guinness Partnership, Santander, Sony, Starbucks, Superdry, UGG, Fat Face, Burger King, National Trust and Somerset County Cricket Club. International Through Clarke Willmott’s links with law firms across China, it’s able to help its clients when they have legal issues or requirements when investing and trading in the UK. Clarke Willmott also utilises its network when its clients are looking for local legal support and guidance in any area of China. Additionally, a number of other links exist in other jurisdictions.
RECRUITMENT All applications should be emailed to [email protected] with a CV attached. If applying on a speculative basis please set out the area of interest and preferred location.