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Our solicitors in Bristol

Welcome to Clarke Willmott, Bristol

With views of Bristol Bridge and Castle Park, Bristol is our largest office and we’ve been at home here since 1986. We’re an established part of the community and our central location helps us keep our ear to the ground. Over the years, we’ve made a lot of connections and come to understand the city and the needs of its residents and businesses well.

We have more than 300 staff, including over 40 partners, and our expertise is broad. This means you can choose the legal services you require from our range of commercial and private client specialisms and always know you are in good hands.

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How to find our Bristol office

Address: 1 Georges Square, Bath Street, Bristol, BS1 6BA

Telephone: 0117 314 9000 | Fax: 0345 209 2002 | DX: 78247 Bristol 1

Our Bristol office services

We are known by our real estate clients as the go-to property lawyers in the South West and we have leading teams in commercial property, construction, property litigation, planning, and social housing. Our lawyers host regular industry events, including our annual property conference.

Our commercial teams work with SMEs across a range of markets. We have a specialist team that works with start-ups and high growth businesses and we are one of the founding members of Bristol Fintech.

For individuals and families, we offer a full range of private client legal services, including private capital and family law. We have two Court of Protection deputies and provide advice on elderly care, health and social care, and mental capacity and welfare.

Our dedicated personal injury, serious injury and medical negligence solicitors also have a strong presence in Bristol and we have close relationships with the Limbless Association, Headway, Spinal Injuries Association and Meningitis Research Foundation.

Our work in the community

Our current office charity is Duchenne UK. Duchenne UK is a lean, ambitious and highly focused charity with a clear vision: to fund and accelerate treatments and a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), and to do so in a decade.

Our Bristol partners

Alex Jakubowski photo, Partner Commercial & Private Client Litigation

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Alex Jakubowski

Partner

Bristol

Alex Jakubowski is a Partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol Commercial Litigation team specialising in commercial disputes.

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Martin Askew photo, Partner Restructuring & Insolvency

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Partner

Bristol and London

Martin Askew is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol Restructuring & Insolvency team specialising in insolvency and off shore trust entities.

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Neil Baker photo, Partner Planning & the Environment

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Partner

Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester

Neil Baker is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol Planning & Environment team.

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Cheryl Brady - Partner - Commercial Property - Clarke Willmott Bristol

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Partner

Bristol

Cheryl is a Partner in Clarke Willmott's Bristol Commercial Property team specialising in advising and assisting developers.

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Karl Brown photo, Senior Associate Commercial Property

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Partner

Bristol

Karl Brown is a Partner in Clarke Willmott's Bristol commercial property team specialising in the acquisition and disposal of development land.

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Paul Chapman photo, Partner Financial Litigation

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Partner

Bristol

Paul Chapman is a partner is Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol Financial Services Litigation team specialising in professional negligence claims.

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Christopher Charlton photo, Partner Planning & the Environment

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Partner

Bristol and Cardiff

Chris Charlton is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Cardiff & Bristol Planning team specialising in all aspects of Planning and Compulsory Purchase.

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Tim Copplestone photo, Senior Associate Employment & HR

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Partner

Bristol

Tim is an employment lawyer within the firm’s sport sector, having previously been an international athlete representing Great Britain in kayaking. He is identified as a Leading Individual in the Legal 500 2021.

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Roy Crozier photo, Partner Intellectual Property

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Partner/Head of Intellectual Property

Manchester, Southampton, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Taunton and London

Roy Crozier is a Partner and Head of Clarke Willmott solicitors' Intellectual Property team specialising in both contentious and non-contentious IP law.

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Simon Day photo, Partner Commercial Property

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Partner

Bristol

Simon Day is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol Real Estate team specialising in commercial landlord/tenant, funding and property insolvency.

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Anthony Fairweather

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Partner

Bristol

Anthony specialises in UK and international Court of Protection finance work and elderly care law and is also a professional deputy.

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Lindsay Felstead photo, Partner Property Litigation

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Partner

Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Southampton and Taunton

Lindsay is Head of our Housing Management team and jointly leads our Social Housing sector team. Lindsay was called to the Bar in 2000 and subsequently admitted as a Solicitor in 2005.

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Kerry Fifield photo, Partner Medical Negligence

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Partner

Bristol

Kerry’s primary focus is the needs of the client and their family when pursuing a claim, taking into account that each client is an individual with specific requirements who needs to be supported in addition to the legal investigation.

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Simon Freeman photo, Partner Property Litigation

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Partner

Bristol

Simon Freeman is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol Property Litigation team specialising in recoveries, rent reviews and valuation.

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Daniel Gill photo, Senior Associate Commercial & Private Client Litigation

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Partner

Bristol

Daniel specialises in dispute resolution, with particular expertise in property matters, inheritance and trust disputes, and criminal and regulatory matters.

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Samantha Grimwood - Agriculture - Partner - Clarke Willmott Bristol

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Partner

Bristol

Samantha deals with residential sales and purchases, auctions, residential landlord and tenant matters, re-mortgages, charges and transfers of equity.

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Susan Hall photo, Partner Intellectual Property

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Partner/Head of Technology

Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, London, Taunton and Southampton

Susan is a Partner in Clarke Willmott's Manchester Intellectual Property team specialising in Intellectual Property and Information and Communications Technology.

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Jane Halton photo, Partner Private Capital

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Partner

Bristol

Jane provides advice on estate planning needs through wills, trusts & related structures. This encompasses clients with a wide range of profiles; cohabitees, married coupes, grandparents, retirees, divorcees, those that are widowed and those that are incapacitated as a result of accident or illness.

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Neil Ham photo, Partner Property Litigation

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Partner

Bristol and Cardiff

Neil Ham is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol & Cardiff Property Litigation team specialising in service charge, rent review & arbitration.

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Philippa Hann - Partner - Financial Services Litigation - Clarke Willmott Bristol

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Partner/Managing Director

Bristol, Southampton and Taunton

Philippa is a Partner in the Financial Services Litigation team specialising in investment product mis-selling claims and negligent investment advice.

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Ruth Hartnell-Thorne photo, Senior Associate Restructuring & Insolvency

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Partner

Bristol

Ruth Hartnell-Thorne is a Partner in Clarke Willmott's Bristol insolvency team specialising in personal bankruptcy and corporate insolvency.

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Alex Jakubowski photo, Partner Commercial & Private Client Litigation

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Partner

Bristol

Alex Jakubowski is a Partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol Commercial Litigation team specialising in commercial disputes.

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William Juckes photo, Partner Commercial Property

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Partner

Bristol and Cardiff

William Juckes is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol Commercial Property team specialising in property portfolio management.

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Laurence Lacey photo, Partner Commercial Property

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Partner

Bristol

Laurence Lacey is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol Commercial Property team specialising in development, regeneration and renewable energy.

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Sharon Latham photo, Partner Employment & HR

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Partner

Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff

Sharon Latham is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol Employment team specialising in HR/legal/strategic support for businesses.

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Ken MacLennan - Partner - Insolvency - Clarke Willmott Bristol

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Partner

Bristol, Cardiff and Taunton

Ken MacLennan is a partner in Clarke Willmott's Bristol Insolvency & Restructuring team and has a wide range of experience in corporate restructuring.

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Graham McIntyre photo, Partner

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Partner

Bristol

Graham “is well respected in the market” with over 25 years’ experience dealing with commercial landlord and tenant and real property disputes.

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Anne Minihane photo, Partner Private Capital

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Partner

Bristol

Anne Minihane is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Bristol private capital team and a panel deputy for the Court of Protection.

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Richard Moore photo, Partner Commercial & Private Client Litigation

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Partner

Bristol, Cardiff and London

Richard is a partner in the Commercial and Private Client Litigation team specialising in the resolution of commercial disputes.

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Beverley Pike photo, Partner Commercial Property

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Partner

Bristol

Beverley Pike is a solicitor in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Commercial Property team specialising in development work and property portfolio management.

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Rob Ridd photo, Partner Corporate

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Partner

Bristol

Rob Ridd is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol corporate and commercial team specialising in company acquisitions and disposals.

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Philip Roberts photo, Senior Associate Business Recovery Unit

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Partner

Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton

Phil is a Chartered Legal Executive and Partner in Clarke Willmott's Debt Recovery team specialising in defended debt recovery litigation and insolvency actions.

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Laura Robinson

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Partner/Team Manager

Bristol

Laura is a Partner in Clarke Willmott's Bristol Financial Services Litigation team specialising in pensions and tax mitigation.

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Gareth Schofield photo, Partner Family

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Partner

Bristol, Cardiff, London and Southampton

Gareth Schofield is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol Family team specialising in divorce settlements and cohabitation disputes.

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Stephen Searle photo, Partner Financial Services Litigation

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Partner/Team Leader

Bristol

Stephen Searle is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol Financial Services Litigation team specialising in professional negligence disputes.

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Oliver Smedley photo, Partner Commercial Property

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Partner

Bristol

Oliver is a Partner and leads our Social Housing Development Team, specialising in development work for Registered Providers.

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Simon Smith photo, Partner Corporate

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Partner

Bristol

Simon advises on corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, corporate reorganisations and general corporate governance.

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Liz Smithers photo, Partner Private Capital

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Partner

Bristol

Liz is a Partner in the Private Client team specialising in Wills, Trusts and Estate planning.

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Zoe Stollard photo, Partner Construction

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Partner

Bristol

Zoe sees her main role as “protecting the client’s interest”. She does this by tying together the various practical and commercial issues of each project / client with clear and concise legal drafting and negotiation.

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Chris Taylor photo, Partner Property Litigation

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Partner

Bristol

Chris Taylor is a Partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Bristol Property Litigation team specialising in acting for national housebuilder clients.

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Simon Thomas photo, Partner Corporate

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Partner

Bristol

Simon helps businesses and their owners with their Corporate legal issues, advising on business structuring, funding and M&A transactions.

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Philip Thompson photo, Partner Commercial Property

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Partner

Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff

Phil has extensive experience in immediate and strategic land development and joint venture arrangements between housebuilders.

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Marguarita Tyne photo, Partner Medical Negligence

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Partner

Bristol

Marguarita Tyne is a claimant clinical negligence solicitor who investigates and brings claims on behalf of patients who have been injured during the course of their medical treatment, acting mainly (but not exclusively) for brain injury claimants in high value and often complex litigation.

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Bonita Walters - Partner - Private Client - Clarke Willmott Bristol

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Partner

Bristol

Bonita specialises in contested Wills, inheritance and trust disputes and also in disputes involving mental capacity, properties and professional negligence.

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Clare Webb - Family Solicitor - Clarke Willmott Bristol

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Partner

Bristol

Clare has built her practice with a commitment to helping her clients resolve their issues in a constructive and conciliatory way. In doing so, she will always have regard to the longterm hopes and aspirations for the family as a whole, whilst of course protecting her client’s interest.

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Kary Withers photo, Partner Property Litigation

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Partner

Bristol

Kary deals with a wide variety of real estate disputes with a particular specialism in the removal of telecoms masts to enable development.

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Helen Wittram photo, Partner Commercial Property

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Partner

Bristol

Helen is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' commercial property team specialising in all aspects of acquisition, development and disposal of property

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