Based in Chester, Manchester and Shrewsbury, this firm has an excellent reputation in many areas of practice acting for commercial and individual clients in work areas such as corporate and commercial services, employment, litigation, real estate, family law and wills and trusts. In addition, the firm has a strong standing in the niche areas of renewables, logistics and road transport, professional practices, professional negligence, waste management and minerals.
The firm: Aaron & Partners provides trusted advice to a wide range of primarily owner-managed businesses as well as multinationals, charities, public bodies, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals across the North West, North Wales, Shropshire and beyond. The firm prides itself on providing high-quality, results-focused advice through a dedicated partner-led service.
Many of the firmís lawyers have reputations as leaders in their field, hosting seminars and other events on legal topics, as well as regularly contributing to industry and business press. The firm is passionate about quality and holds the national quality standard as an Investor in People, is an accredited member of the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme, Conveyancing Quality Scheme and also holds the Law Society quality standard Lexcel.
Types of work undertaken: Corporate commercial expertise includes sales and acquisitions, early stage VC investment, asset finance and secured lending, shareholder agreements, and directorsí duties and liabilities. In addition, the commercial team has a particular specialism in partnership law through partner Mark Briegal and contract law through both senior partner Simon Edwards and partner Nick Clarke, both of whom undertake work in the logistics sector as honorary legal advisors to the United Kingdom Warehousing Association.
Logistics expertise is further strengthened by the presence of Tim Culpin, a leading road transport lawyer, assisting hauliers and their drivers with public inquiries, licence applications and transport audits.
The firm is well recognised as expert in the field of litigation, undertaking work in the County Court right up to the High Court and Appeal Courts on a wide range of matters including IP and IT, professional negligence and property litigation.
Commercial property expertise covers all types of real estate work including sales, purchase and letting of property for clients including retailers, charities, utility companies, public bodies and mineral and waste operators (where the firmís specialists in environmental and planning law allow them to provide a level of service usually beyond practices of this size). A further area of specialism is that of renewables, led by David Harries, particularly relating to on-shore wind, tidal and waste to energy schemes.
The firmís active employment team headed by Helen Watson (who has Higher Rights of Audience) offers strategic support to employers on the whole range of employment law, including TUPE, redundancies and restructuring, pay evaluations, dismissals, grievances and discrimination, as well as the drafting and implementation of policies, procedures and handbooks. Paul Bennett undertakes specialist regulatory work for professionals, as well as workplace mediation.
For individuals, the firm specialises in looking after high-net-worth clients through its dedicated matrimonial and wills, trusts and tax teams, as well as a bespoke residential conveyancing service.
Clive Pointon heads the wills, trusts and tax team which is made up of numerous fully STEP-qualified solicitors, providing advice on substantial charitable and discretionary trusts, disputed wills, care fee planning, LPAs and Court of Protection matters.
The matrimonial team, headed by Richard Barge, specialises in helping to protect business assets resulting from divorce and separation through the use of pre and post-nuptial agreements, and has acted on numerous high-profile cases involving celebrities and wealthy business owners alike.