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Named as a ‘Leading Firm’ in Chambers UK Guide 2017

Awards and accreditations

Blandy & Blandy LLP has once again been named as a ‘leading firm’ in Chambers UK Guide 2017, published on 2 November.

Chambers' legal guides recommend the world’s best law firms and lawyers in all areas of law across 185 countries. The UK edition is produced annually.

Blandy & Blandy is ranked across ten different practice areas, including top tier rankings in the Private Client, Family, Planning and Environment practice areas.

The firm’s Corporate team has achieved a new band 2 ranking, reflecting the team’s growth following the 2015 addition of partner Jonathan Williamson and continued success throughout the past year. Key deals included acting on the disposal of Box Technologies to Taiwan-based listed group Flytech Technology (TWSE: 6206) and advising the shareholders of Stontronics Ltd on the sale of the company's entire issued share capital, valued at £6.5 million, to Stadium Group PLC.

Partners John Dingle (Real Estate) and Jonathan Williamson (Corporate M&A) are featured for the first time, while fellow partner David Murray (Restructuring/Insolvency) is newly ranked.

Charities
The team’s expertise is recognised nationally, while partner Nick Burrows is individually ranked on a UK-wide basis.

Corporate/M&A
Our ‘comprehensive team’ is described as an ‘established corporate practice acting for banking clients, SMEs and larger corporate bodies on a range of transactions including M&A, reorganisations and private equity matters.’ According to clients the team is ‘very professional’ and provides an ‘excellent service’, while partner David Few is credited for being ‘highly knowledgeable’ and an ‘extremely experienced and professional.’ 

Employment
Our Employment team is described as a ‘well-established practice known for representing employers and senior employees.’ According to clients the team is ‘very good indeed’, with matters handled promptly and with ‘professionalism and care’. Partner Sue Dowling is credited for being ‘tactically brilliant’, while fellow partner Tim Clark is labelled as ‘excellent technically’ and a ‘superb strategist’. Associate solicitor Laura Binnie is also recommended.

Environment (Band 1)
The team ‘remains a force to be reckoned with in the region, fielding experts in the full range of environmental issues. It is ‘frequently sought by well-known clients to advise on environmental impact assessments, species protection and conservation areas, among other matters.’ Karen Jones is picked out for her expertise in ‘the intersection between planning law and environmental regulatory regimes’ and has ‘a wealth of experience, particularly in relation to nature conservation.’ Fellow partner Simon Dimmick ‘is an expert in the environmental aspects of planning applications and development’ and creates a ‘constructive atmosphere.’

Family/Matrimonial (Band 1)
Described as ‘excellent in every regard’, the team ‘handles complex divorce, separation and financial remedy matters’ and ‘represents clients in children-related work including contact and custody arrangements.’ According to clients partner Andrew Don is ‘very experienced’ and a ‘straightforward and a fantastic mediator’. Fellow partner Brenda Long has ‘a breadth of experience and fantastic judgement’ and ‘heads a fantastic team’, while Claire Dyer is credited as ‘responsive’ and excellent’.

Licensing
The team is ‘sought after for its expertise in obtaining premises licences for sizeable stadium events’ and ‘maintains a significant presence in the sports sector, along with the real estate and restaurant industries.’ According to clients the team is ‘very thorough’ and ‘knows how to approach local authorities’, while partner Sue Dowling is credited for being ‘incredibly focused and knowledgeable.’ 

Litigation
The team is described as a ‘notable local team with experience handling a range of matters, including contractual and insolvency disputes, property litigation, professional negligence and contested probate matters.’ Partner David Murray ‘has extensive litigation experience, including significant expertise in insolvency cases’ and is labelled as ‘excellent’ and ‘very responsive’.

Planning (Band 1)
Described as a ‘strong regional practice’, the team ‘advises on a range of planning matters, from planning applications and Section 106 agreements, to objections and public inquiries.’ And ‘regularly handles residential developments and highways matters.’ The team is credited for providing ‘a bespoke service’ as ‘proactive, practical and professional.’ According to clients partner Karen Jones is ‘very thorough’ and ‘has impressive knowledge of a wide range of planning and environmental law’. Fellow Partner Simon Dimmick is described as ‘devastatingly effective’.

Private Client (Band 1)
Described as a 'notable Reading firm, known for acting on behalf of high net worth individuals in matters relating to high-value trusts and estates, frequently involving offshore trusts and engaging foreign jurisdictions. Also ‘adept at dealing with Court of Protection and capacity issues.’ According to clients the team is ‘efficient, knowledgeable, courteous and straightforward.’ Partner Jonathan Gater’s ‘wealth of knowledge he has with regard to probate’ is acknowledged while Caroline Casagranda and Graham Benwell are also recommended.

Real Estate
The team ‘assists clients with all types of commercial property transactions, both in the private and public sector’ and ‘regularly advises clients on secured lending transactions and land development projects.’ It is also ‘equally well versed in complex asset management work.’ Partner Katja Wigham is ‘extremely tenacious when presented with challenges’, ‘determined’ and ‘very approachable’. ‘Excellent property lawyer’ and partner Jane Gunnell heads the firm's commercial property team and ‘has particular experience of property acquisitions and disposals and the sale and purchase of valuable development sites’. Partner John Dingle is described by clients as ‘very responsive, commercial, efficient and a pleasure to deal with’ and credited for ‘thinking outside the box’.

Real Estate Litigation
Associate Solicitor Jessica Irwin features in this practice area. She predominantly handles property-related disputes - dealing with both commercial and residential property matters. 

Restructuring and Insolvency
Partner David Murray is individually recommended in this practice area. He is actively involved in advising insolvency practitioners, funders, companies and directors on insolvency, turnaround and business reconstruction matters. He provides proactive advice on the wide range of issues that arise in insolvency and turnaround situations.