We can help you with all legal aspects of land ownership, from land sales and purchases, to diversification, commercial tenancies and finance arrangements. A dedicated team will work on your behalf to ensure that you get the results you want in an efficient manner. We work with farmers, land investors, trustees and owners of landed estates, and other rural property owners and our clients include more than 80 privately owned agricultural estates, including some of the UK’s most prestigious.

Our specialist charities team can advise you on any challenges you face, including expanding your commercial operations to meet a funding gap, addressing compliance risks in light of new legislation, and dealing with the day-to-day pressures of managing an increasingly commercial business. We have assisted in establishing more than 100 charities in three years, advising on incorporation, management and funding. Our clients include high-profile charities such as Macmillan, The British Council and the Wellcome Trust.

For more information, contact Gary Barber, Neil Burton or Ted Powell.

We are recognised as a leading provider of legal services to the education sector and we will provide you with full support with any legal issues you may face, including campus development, international collaborations, employment and pensions and regulatory issues. We act for more than 120 education institutions across the UK, ranging from universities and colleges, to independent schools and academies, and our clients include the University of Cambridge, The UK Higher Education International Unit and the Academies Enterprise Trust.

For more information, contact Gary Attle or Richard Sykes.

Food and beverage
We can work with you to navigate all the challenges you face, from complying with health and safety regulations, to the potential for reputational damage caused by food scares and recalls and managing volatile commodity prices and exchange rates, as well as demanding customers. We can advise on acquisitions and disposals, tax, banking, brand protection, outsourcing, product liability and recall, and competition law, among other issues. We have more than 100 clients, from large multinational conglomerates to SMEs, including Weetabix Food Company and Adnams.

For more information, contact Craig Hodgson or Anthony McGurk.

Our dedicated health team will work on your behalf on any legal issues you face, including commissioning, inquests, commercial health, data protection, and judicial reviews. We have worked on some of the most complex transfers of service in recent years, and have experience in both public and private health. Our health solicitors act for more than 100 NHS commissioners and providers, and some of the UK’s largest independent health providers, including Cambridge University Hospitals and Nottinghamshire Health. We have also acted for the Department of Health and independent providers such as Virgin Care.

For more information, contact Bridget Archibald.

Private wealth
If you need help to understand the many laws and regulations governing private wealth, our lawyers can help you with any legal issues that may arise. From estate planning, including wills, trusts and probate, to property issues and pre- and post-nuptial agreements, we can give you the best advice for your own personal situation. We can work with you to establish trusts, secure inheritance and capital gains tax, and advise on the financial implications of divorce. Our clients include wealthy families and individuals, business people, landowners, and anyone who wants to make the most of their personal wealth.

Real estate investment
Our real estate team has a strong track record assisting major institutional and private investors, private equity backed developers, and investors in alternative assets. A good example of this was our advice to Trinity College Cambridge on its landmark investment in a 50 per cent stake in a portfolio of 11 Tesco stores across the UK worth £440m. We will help you make the best return, regardless of the level and type of your investment. Our clients include large retail developments, property developers, educational establishments and government bodies.

We have built up valuable experience and a leading reputation over more than 50 years and can help you whatever your legal needs. We have worked with individuals and sporting bodies on issues from regulatory matters and disciplinary issues, finances and insolvency, to contract negotiations and commercial arrangements, sponsorship, tax planning and sports arbitration and mediation. Our clients include The Professional Footballers’ Association and the Court of Arbitration for Sport as well as individual athletes and sportspeople.

We can provide all the legal services required by technology businesses. Whatever your issue, we can help, including securing intellectual property, building corporate structures, guiding your through funding rounds, and helping you negotiate strategic commercial deals. We act for all the main players in the industry, from entrepreneurs to customers, investors and technology-transfer departments. Our clients include Aveva, Xaar, Bango and Medimmune, among many others.

For more information, contact Kevin Calder, Isabel Napper or Alasdair Poore.

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