Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London


Clarkslegal`s lawyers have again featured strongly in the independent Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 legal directories.

Accomplished team with the experience to handle an array of local, national and international matters. Advises a range of industry players, including contractors, developers and purchasers of construction services. Provides significant expertise in procurement and contract matters for major development projects. Also represents clients in disputes, including arbitrations and adjudications.

"The firm provides a very good and thorough service."

"They're very useful for property construction matters."

"They compare well with London peers."

Ashan Arif is a very bright individual who seems to have very broad experience.

Outstanding practice regularly involved in high-profile disputes. Acts for clients active in a variety of sectors, including the energy, shipping and automotive industries. Expertise covers a wide range of commercial and contractual disputes.

The team has been recognised for their high level of service with clients describing them as "attentive and efficient" and "the team is always responsive."

Head of department Antony Morris is described as "excellent" by one client, who adds: "He took ownership of the case and led from the front. At meetings he took a tough line but was always fair and understood our needs and objectives." His expertise covers a broad array of commercial and contractual cases, including shareholder disputes. He has notable experience of contentious matters in the energy sector.

Christopher Tayton handles a broad scope of contractual disputes, including insurance and liability cases and professional negligence proceedings.

He is described as "very thorough and has a great depth of understanding of commercial law."

Stephen James has experience handling contractual disputes pertaining to distribution and supply agreements. He is described as:

"Knowledgeable" and praised for his "good, sound advice."

The team maintains a healthy reputation in the higher and further education sector advising predominantly on redevelopment projects, disputes and student accommodation. We act for a mix of prominent clients, including universities, education trusts and local authorities.

Clients describe the education team as:

"Outstanding and provides timely and precise advice." 

"They know the sector and provide good-quality work."  

Advises on the full range of issues affecting employers and employees, with notable strength in restructures and TUPE transfers and senior executive matters. Also handles large-scale litigations, tribunals and problems with regard to industrial relations. Acts for a range of clients from small businesses to large employers in the technology, pharmaceutical and construction sectors.

The "formidable" Michael Sippitt combines his role as chair of the firm with consultancy work for the firm's clients. He is noted for his expertise with regard to industrial relations, redundancy and senior executive issues.

Helen Beech is recommended for her work on restructures, change programmes and TUPE matters. She is commended by clients for "giving excellent specialist advice."

Monica Atwal represents clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, and has notable experience handling discrimination and disability claims. One client says: "The speed at which her mind moves and her grasp of very complex cases is phenomenal."

Regularly assists local authorities with their environmental matters. Also advises private sector clients, handling issues such as waste management and the environmental aspects of development projects. 

Wide-ranging practice with notable work on waste management projects and issues relating to local authority governance. Also notable for its PFI work.

Advises on major commercial and residential property transactions and development projects. Also equipped to assist with complex investment and portfolio management matters. Regularly handles public sector work, including assisting clients in the education and healthcare industries. Strong client base consists of notable regional and national organisations. Further strength in advising clients in the hotels and leisure sector.

Clients have described the department as:

"Clarkslegal on the whole give an impression of a professional and easy company to work with. They are always more than happy to help, even if it is just a phone call for some legal advice."

"The client service is very good indeed. They offer legal opinions in a practical way rather then just quoting the law; they advise us on how it should be applied to our circumstances."

Rachel Krol has been described by clients as "extremely knowledgeable and has a great eye for detail."