LEGAL EXPERTISE

Practice areas

Banking & Finance

We are experienced with helping major institutional lenders such as Lloyds, Santander, RBS, Handelsbanken and HSBC, and independent lenders such as Alternative Money Solutions, Exeter Finance, Windsor Estates Finance and Privatbank Berlin Von 1929, and can bring this experience to your business and help with your financing needs. With extensive experience of acting for lenders and borrowers across a range of sectors, we have expertise in bilateral and syndicated lending in terms of acquisition finance, property & development finance, structured lending, asset finance, leveraged finance, project finance, trade finance and invoice discounting. We frequently advise in respect of re-financings and debt...

Business Risk & Regulation

The team is able to offer a high quality and pragmatic service. Providing clients with significant experience covering a wide range of disciplines with a wealth of experience of dealing with the most serious cases. The department is led by Richard Voke, who has a wealth of industrial experience both before and after becoming a solicitor - he is a leader in his field. Richard's team includes Jeremy Asher, an Associate who has extensive practical and procedural expertise. Richard can offer comprehensive legal risk and liability assessments in both Health & Safety and Environment; examples include advice on legal risk and liability...

Commercial

Our Commercial Team advises companies of varying sizes – from entrepreneurial start-ups to major international organisations – with their on-going business needs, helping them achieve their commercial goals. We aim to inject value into your business and focus on finding solutions rather than problems. We invest time to understand what you want to achieve and then apply our expertise and experience to make you succeed.  Many of our lawyers have worked in-house, on secondment, or have previous industry expertise which means we understand the challenges you face and work with you to deliver practical, timely solutions. We provide specialist advice that helps our...

Construction & Engineering

Our leading Construction and Engineering Team work on projects across the UK. We understand the pressures our clients operate under in the construction industry. We strive to provide clear, practical and innovative commercial advice and solutions to both private and public sector clients on all types of projects and construction related matters, whether in relation to large scale projects or disputes involving factual and complex contractual issues or minor works. Our experience ranges from advising on the design, construction and commissioning of solar farms to multi-million pound construction disputes. Our clients include a broad cross-section of major developers, leading contractors...

Corporate

Our Corporate Team assists companies of varying sizes – from entrepreneurial start-ups to major international organisations – across a range of corporate transactions, including M&A, reorganisations, venture capital, private equity investments, IPOs and joint ventures and restructurings. We are well versed in banking and finance, corporate governance and corporate tax. We pride ourselves on our specialist knowledge and depth of team providing a nationally regarded practice. We focus on finding solutions rather than problems and invest time to understand what you want to achieve and then apply our expertise and experience to make you succeed. Many of our lawyers have worked in-house,...

Corporate Tax

Our Tax Team works closely with our Corporate and Commercial teams as well as directly with clients such as private and public companies, investment funds, individuals and accountancy and other professional service firms (including law firms) to support your transactional and ongoing business needs. We have significant experience in a wide variety of taxation issues affecting businesses, including advising on corporation tax, VAT, stamp duty, stamp duty land tax, EIS, SEIS, VCT, reorganisations, demergers, tax structuring and obtaining tax clearances and liaising with HM Revenue & Customs, as well as long term strategic tax planning and structuring. We also provide a stand...

Dispute Resolution

Ashfords' Litigation Teams are recognised for their expertise, depth of resources and practical commercial approach and can help you find the most effective resolution to your dispute or issue.  As well as Court proceedings we are actively involved in all forms of alternative dispute resolution and have considerable experience of mediation and arbitration. Many local, national and international clients ranging from business start-ups to multi-national companies, major banks, public sector bodies, utility companies, schools and colleges benefit from our commercial approach to business disputes.  We have strong international links, both through ADVOC (the international network of independent law firms, of which Ashfords was...

Employment

The Ashfords Employment and Human Resources Team, who have been ranked as 'Employment Team of the Year' in The Lawyer Awards, provides pragmatic, rigorous and commercial advice in both the private and public sectors. The team also provides expert advice to employers and senior employees/executives in a range of litigious and non-contentious matters. Our lawyers have considerable experience of supporting clients and advising them on all issues that can arise from beginning to end of the employment relationship, including HR advice, the preparation of employment contracts, service agreements and handbooks, restructures and redundancy, the TUPE implications on the sale or purchase...

Intellectual Property

We specialise in assisting individuals, businesses, charities and public sector bodies in protecting, defending and exploiting their inventions, ideas, designs, creative works, trade marks and brands, both in the UK and overseas, so that they can benefit from their own work and investment. Our experience covers a very wide range of different industries and sectors.  We are recognised as having particular expertise in international trade mark portfolio management, intellectual property transactional work, technology sector work and intellectual property disputes.     We provide commercially sound advice, delivering common sense as well as technical expertise. Our approach is straightforward: "Our clients' interests are our...

International

Whether you’re a UK firm wanting to do business abroad, or an overseas company wanting to do business or resolve a dispute in the UK, our international team can help. Our International Team's extensive experience of both contentious and non-contentious international work means that we’ve seen and done it all before.  Our membership of ADVOC, International Referral and a range of other networks means we can draw upon the expertise of firms in more than 100 jurisdictions worldwide, so we’re comfortable working in any jurisdiction around the world. This brings real comfort to our clients who are entering new territories or resolving issues in jurisdictions they...

Planning

Our extensive and diverse Planning Team includes experienced City lawyers and lawyers that have previously worked in-house at local planning authorities. In addition to our vast planning experience, we are recognised nationally for our preeminent expertise in Coastal and Marine development. We have extensive experience within the development industry and are at the leading edge of developments in planning law, ensuring that our advice is pragmatic, commercial, and efficient. This breadth of experience means we are well placed to advise on all aspects of planning and development issues. Our aim is simple, to help our clients get what they want in...

Private Client

Our Private Client Team assists everyone from first-time buyers to high net worth individuals with a wide range of legal services – and we’ve built a reputation for excellence. We know it’s more than a job to you, so it’s more than a job to us.

Projects & Infrastructure

The Projects Team act for major international sponsors, project companies, sub-contractors and lenders in relation to some of the most significant infrastructure, outsourcing and technology projects undertaken in the UK. Our projects experience covers a range of sectors including Waste and Energy, Technology, Roads, Airports and Regeneration Schemes. We understand that achieving value for money in purchasing legal services is a key consideration for any participant in a major project. Our policy of guaranteeing dedicated partner-led resource to each project together with our ability to offer genuine "regional" rates whilst maintaining a "City quality" service means we add value to every transaction.

Real Estate

Our highly experienced Real Estate Team has the strength in depth to meet the demands of the modern real estate world and its business requirements. Our technical expertise is matched by our pragmatic and commercial approach, which makes us well-equipped to meet the needs and objectives of our clients. The team are renowned for real estate development, self-invested pension schemes, retail franchising, healthcare, education and investment. We offer a full range of legal services across all asset classes for a wide range of clients, both in the private and public sectors, UK and international. We work closely with our Planning, Environment, Construction,...

Restructuring & Insolvency

The Restructuring and Insolvency Team has a great deal of experience in dealing with all types of Contentious and Non-Contentious Corporate, Personal and Cross Border insolvency issues As well as acting for Insolvency Practitioners, the team also acts for others affected by insolvency, such as lenders, professional advisors, trade creditors, businesses and individuals. The team operates from our Bristol, Exeter and London offices and is supported by members of our specialist Banking, Property, Employment and IP teams, all who have knowledge and experience of insolvency issues. In addition, we have established a niche expertise for cross border work through our membership of INSOL...

Sectors

Agriculture

We have a strong team of lawyers to advise businesses in the Rural and Agricultural Sector in relation to all...

Aviation Law

Ashfords has unique air accident claims and aviation expertise - specialist lawyers have represented the victims of air accidents dating...

Energy & Waste

Our Energy & Waste Team have specialised in energy and waste management for over 10 years and we're passionate about...

Charities

Our Charities Team works closely with registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations and is able to offer a complete range...

Marine, Transport and Logistics

The Ashfords Marine, Transport and Logistics Team specialises in all aspects of marine related legal advice to a national and international...

Public Sector

Our Public Sector Team is nationally recognised for delivering innovative legal and commercial solutions for local, regional and central government bodies. Many of...

Retail

Our Retail Team is absorbed in the sector and have specific knowledge key to retailers. From employee issues to lease renewals,...

Sport

Our specialist team of sports lawyers is equipped with a blend of technical expertise and practical understanding of the industry,...

Technology

Technology continues to change in terms of what is available and how we want to use and interact with it.  This...