Actons has yet again been recommended in seven practice areas in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 UK, the definitive guide to law firms.
On top of the recommendations in seven areas of law, Director and specialist insolvency lawyer Nicky Calthrop-Owen retains her place in the Hall of Fame, with fellow Directors Nic Elliott (Head of Employment Law) and Annabel Whittaker (Head of Insolvency) retaining their titles as ‘Next Generation Partners’ within the Employment and Insolvency sections. Associate and Wills, trusts and probate specialist Bindiya Patel is listed as a ‘Rising Star’.
Here are just a few of the comments from this year’s Legal 500:
Corporate & commercial (Nottingham & Derby)
Noted for its particular investment in the private healthcare industry, Actons ‘very professional’ team focuses primarily on advising owner-managed businesses and SMEs on acquisitions and disposals. Simon Dakin continues to be very active in multimillion-pound corporate transactions. The ‘diligent and hardworking’ Peter Flowerday has considerable expertise assisting clients with corporate and commercial deals.
Dispute resolution – commercial litigation (Nottingham & Derby)
Actons represents a number of family-owned businesses and other private companies in partnership, director and shareholder disputes. The ‘extremely experienced’ Caroline Bowler has a notably strong track record in equine disputes, and is also active in professional negligence cases and general commercial litigation. Associate Gordon Monaghan, who joined the practice in November 2019 from Bray & Bray, has expertise in breaches of contract, restrictive covenants and company law disputes.
Finance – insolvency and corporate recovery (East Midlands
Actons’ Nottingham practice is frequently appointed in insolvency cases to represent joint trustees, administrators or liquidators. In addition, the team handles non-contentious insolvency and restructuring work and bankruptcy annulments. Licensed insolvency practitioners Nicky Calthrop-Owen and Annabel Whittaker both have a wealth of experience in corporate and personal insolvency mandates.
Human resources – employment (East Midlands)
Actons advise on a wide range of employment and HR issues for owner-managed businesses and SMEs, as well as household name clients such as Iceland Foods and Bistrot Pierre. The team’s key strengths include advising on Employment Tribunals, absence management and providing training. James Symons, who was promoted to director, is ‘friendly, calm and incredibly knowledgeable’. Practice head Nic Elliott is an ‘engaging partner’ and maintains a strong ‘rapport’ with his clients.
Private client – personal tax, trusts and probate (East Midlands)
Actons undertakes a wide range of matters concerning wills, trusts and estate planning for individuals, farmers and business owners. Its team has notable expertise in contentious work, including contentious probate and Court of Protection applications. The firm has a strong presence in the charities sector and is associated with Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire and Reach Learning Disability. Former group head Mandy Kelly has retired from private practice and the team is now led by associates Bindiya Patel and Heather Parker; the latter was a key hire from Rotheras.
Real estate – commercial property (Nottingham & Derby)
Actons’ Nottingham practice predominantly advises a range of clients, including developers and high-net-worth individuals, on land and property acquisitions. Amanda Gordon handles the real estate aspects of corporate transactions, including joint ventures and partnership dissolutions. Caroline Pearson’s expertise lies in freehold and leasehold sales and acquisitions, and also landlord and tenant work. Zoe Romain, who made partner in 2019, is another key member of the team.
Real estate – property litigation (East Midlands)
Actons’ Nottingham team represents individuals, companies and charities in property litigation involving landlord and tenant matters, breach of contract claims and trust disputes, among other areas. Caroline Bowler has particular expertise in disputes concerning restrictive covenants, adverse possession and easements. ‘Efficient and effective’ associate Daniel Harley focuses predominantly on landlord and tenant litigation. Associate Gordon Monaghan joined the team from Bray & Bray in 2019.
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Posted on October 1, 2020