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Commercial Dispute Resolution

Gives a frank, honest and open analysis of the issue and the potential remedies. Competent and efficient. Provides pragmatic advice.

Legal 500

Having recently worked with Phillippa O’Neill to bring about and resolve a legal action against a former employee, we have no hesitation in endorsing her services.

We found Phillippa to be extremely responsive, practical and robust in the approach she took on our behalf, a real breath of fresh air in terms of getting things done and her effectiveness.

The results also speak for themselves and through Phillippa’s expert guidance, we confidently undertook our action and concluded matters in a decisive and convincing fashion.

We see having Phillippa’s support to our business as a real asset and hold her counsel in very high regard, we have not since required to engage Phillippa but have spoken with her on several subsequent matters, each time finding her approach to be extremely obliging and supportive. We will continue working with Phillippa and have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone seeking to resolve a legal problem such as ours.

Stephen Brown, Managing Director, Euro-Projects Recruitment Ltd

Jonathan Wheeler is ‘an excellent communicator and adviser’

Legal 500

Should anything else come up you will be the first to know - your service has been excellent.

Theresa Edgson, Management Accountant, Pinnacle

Spearing Waite LLP’s ‘pragmatic' and ‘focused support' is appreciated by its range of clients, which include Leicester City Football Club and Glenstone Property. Its three-partner team is led by Jonathan Wheeler; associate Phillippa O’Neill recently joined the growing team.

Legal 500

I just wanted to thank you for being such a brilliant ally to me and my company during the recent claim we faced.  The stress of entering the legal world is acute for small businesses like ours so I will always be grateful for the confidence your rock-solid advice gave us.  You offered bombproof protection at a vulnerable time while enabling us to understand our position, and then make decisions that proved supremely effective.  Having you on our side was an incredible asset and you’ve made me realise that it’s average solicitors who are expensive because good ones, like you, are the best investment a business can make.  You delivered a hugely satisfactory result for my company and I can’t thank you enough.


Property Dispute Resolution

Michael Lawrence "gets straight to the point".

Legal 500

Michael Lawrence "provides an impeccable, personal service".

Chambers & Partners

Spearing Waite LLP’s ‘pragmatic and cost-effective’ practice is led by Michael Lawrence

Legal 500

I know you got paid but it is much nicer when you not only like but have confidence in your solicitor.  A great job.

Kevin Thomas, Casepak

Spearing Waite LLP continues to advise an array of investor clients, developers and commercial interests in property management issues. Michael Lawrence is the main contact. Clients include Glenstone Property, Dunelm and Poundstretcher.

Legal 500

Commercial Property

Tom Bower is a leading property lawyer. I have worked with him on numerous property projects for mutual clients and found him to be robust, pragmatic and extremely commercial in his approach whilst delivering the projects on time, with professionalism and always with a smile. A great solicitor to work with all round and I would not hesitate to recommend his work.”

Peter Leverett, Partner, twentyretail

Richard stands up very well to the large London-based practices in commercial lease negotiation

Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Limited

The ‘outstanding’ Richard Wyvill, is ‘good at highlighting risks’

Legal 500

The level of service is excellent, and the advice is always practical and pertinent.

Legal 500

Thanks Kate and Alison

Always a pleasure to undertake work of this sort with quality professionals, it really makes our life easier.

Martin Palmer, Handelsbanken

Great to work with, fun and down-to-earth, and reliable advice.

Chambers UK

Tom Bower is praised by clients for his outstanding knowledge and for being incredibly methodical.

Chambers UK

Richard Wyvill is very pleasant to deal with.  Clients regard him as attentive and responsive.

Chambers UK

Spearing Waite LLP has ‘strong commercial acumen' and is ‘very strong on lease negotiation'. The firm’s busy 2013 saw instructions from its varied client roster, such as Svenska Handelsbanken, Dunelm and Cambridge & Counties Bank. Tom Bower is a ‘very good communicator'.

Legal 500

Sources state that Thomas Bower has an “excellent. No-nonsense approach,” further highlighting his willingness to “roll his sleeves up on  behalf of his clients.”   Bower is best known for advising developers on acquisitions, developments and disposals.

Chambers & Partners 2015

Richard Wyvill is a “steady and safe pair of hands”,” according to clients.  He concentrates on retail, especially landlord and tenant issues, and also handles matters surrounding warehouses and industrial property. Complex leases for shopping centre unites is another area of expertise.

Chambers & Partners 2015

We have worked with many different commercial property lawyers over the last 25 years and Satpaul is the best we have ever come across.

Several of our Executive Leadership Team have interacted with Satpaul over the last 5 years and we all have an excellent working relationship with him. When we commenced our business relationship he invested the time to ensure that he fully understood our business and property requirements. He has performed the legal work, acquiring and disposing of over 70 leasehold properties for us during this time and he has delivered even when faced with unexpected challenges and last minute complications.

I would not hesitate to endorse the service that he and his team have provided consistently over a sustained period of time.

David Moulsdale, Chairman of Optical Express

In less than 2 year, Satpaul has negotiated over 80 leases for Dreams, always to a very high standard. He is robust but pragmatic. A sensible but uncompromising negotiator. Able to protect and deliver our legal needs in an understated efficient manner.

Ben Whittle, Head of Property & Format of Dreams

Over the years Satpaul has built a strong working relationship with our business. He fits in perfectly with our core values of respect, integrity, friendly service and professionalism.

I have total trust and confidence in his ability to represent us and his ‘can do’ attitude comes across in all that he does.

I see him as a long term business partner.

Mark Pickersgill - Retail Director of Bonmarche  


We have worked with Spearing Waite on several occasions and find them to be a good legal partner for us.  They work to the high standards you would expect from a leading London firm, but charge less and can give more ‘senior’ focus to our deal.  The team were efficient, pragmatic, willing to turn work around quickly and has a high attention to detail – all are important attributes to us.

David Denny of Oxford Technology Management Limited

We have worked with Martin Smith for a number of years. On corporate transactions the Spearing Waite LLP team, which Martin leads, is always highly responsive and proactive. They are very used to executing complex transactions in challenging timeframes.

Adrian Gill, Connells Limited

I was extremely impressed with the way my legal team at Spearing Waite handled themselves and the transaction. There was pressure to get this done in time and they delivered for me

KC Suri, Managing Director, Reel Cinemas

The team at Spearing Waite LLP is ‘very responsive and value for money’, and ‘one of the best in the region, without question’.

Legal 500

Martin Smith shows ‘great leadership in negotiations’, and Jahid Ali is ‘excellent’.

Legal 500

Thanks Kate and Alison

Always a pleasure to undertake work of this sort with quality professionals, it really makes our life easier.

Martin Palmer, Handelsbanken

We have now worked with Spearing Waite’s corporate team on several occasions and on each occasion they have provided a high level of service and advice. In particular, they have given advice that is both pragmatic and covers us from a legal perspective.

David Pochin, Managing Director, Robert Pochin Limited

They are excellent at advising clients from a commercial as well as a legal perspective.

Chambers UK

Kate Blank is very commercial and clear in the advice she offers.

Chambers UK

Martin Smith is a very tough negotiator, a good thinker, extremely commercial and vastly experienced in corporate transactions.

Chambers UK

Spearing Waite LLP continues to build an ‘absolutely excellent' and ‘exemplary' service in the area, led by the ‘solution-focused' and ‘practical' Martin Smith. Its long list of impressive deals during 2013 included advising Longwall Venture Partners LLP on its investment in Oxford Photovoltaics. 

Legal 500

Martin Smith enjoys a strong reputation for his long-standing experience in the corporate sector and draws praise for his assured management of complex deals.

Chambers & Partners 2015

Kate Blank offers clients a wealth of experience in commercial agreements, banking and corporate transactions.

Chambers & Partners 2015

Intellectual Property

Spearing Waite sorted out our trade mark and branding issues with clarity, great efficiency and cost-effectively.  John Buckby is uniquely qualified when it comes to music business and IP deals, there aren't many lawyers out there who've run their own record label! He’s our go-to lawyer for anything in this area and we always recommend him to others. 


John Buckby of Spearing Waite LLP attracts extensive praise for his comprehensive mastery of contentious and non-contentious IP law.  Several sources testify to his flair for “communicating a complex area to people without a legal background,” while one client observes: “I feel very protected with our IP since engaging John’s services and would not hesitate to recommend him.”

Chambers & Partners 2015


Edeco considers Amanda Badley to be a first class lawyer and, unlike some, can grasp the situation with speed and accuracy

Mike Jepson, Edeco

Amanda Badley and Andrew Rowell always offer practical and commercial advice and solutions.  Both are very approachable and have an in-depth, all round knowledge of employment matters.

Lesley Finnigan, LCFC

Amanda and Andrew are both very intelligent, professional and knowledgeable lawyers, in whom I place my utmost trust, quick to respond to enquiries and consistently come back to me within agreed timescales with the kind of advice that allows me to grow my company, safe in the knowledge that we are not about to step into a legal minefield.

Spearing Waite’s advice over the years has ensured Igloo has never had to answer any court action, from any source, ever.  A pretty impressive record for a company who employs up to 12,000 different staff every year and supplies over 500 different clients in, what can only be described as a very litigious environment.

They add real and tangible value to my company and the biggest compliment I can pay them is that the Directors of Igloo regard Spearing Waite’s staff to be an extension of our own team.

Craig Brodie, Artics Ltd t/a Igloo

It has been a pleasure to meet the very personable team. Friendly and professional, trustworthy, and yet not afraid to highlight potential pitfalls in preferred strategies, whether in large corporate issues or individual matters. An ideal and rare combination.

I continue to recommend Spearing Waite’s employment team to other colleagues in our industry. In a litigious environment having Spearing Waite’s team available to help has been second to none. I agree with another writer - the biggest compliment I could pay is that I regard Spearing Waite’s team to be an extension of our own.

Ian Francis, Carrington Carr Holdings Limited

Spearing Waite LLP gives ‘an excellent service’. Andrew Rowell delivers ‘easy-to-understand advice, and provides alternatives’, and Amanda Badley displays ‘in-depth knowledge of all employment law issues’.

Legal 500

Andrew Rowell is very prompt at dealing with issues and has a good commercial approach.

Chambers UK

Spearing Waite LLP’s ‘superb' and ‘strong' employment practice often advises employers on strategic or day-to-day issues. It also supported numerous corporate transactions over the year. Head of department Andrew Rowell is supported by Amanda Badley.

Legal 500

Leicester-based Spearing Waite LLP advised a number of national sports clubs based in the region on employment matters. Andrew Rowell is the main contact.

Legal 500

Head of the department Andrew Rowell offers particular expertise in TUPE matters and business reorganisations.  Market commentators reserve particular praise for his pragmatism and appreciate the fact that he “cuts the jargon, making things very easy to understand”. 

Chambers & Partners 2015

Amanda Badley focuses on business reorganisations and redundancies, management of employees’ conduct and equal opportunities.  She is praised for her in-depth knowledge and meticulous approach to matters. 

Chambers & Partners 2015


Swati was recommended to me by a friend. I had initially booked three introductory meetings but subsequently cancelled the other appointments after meeting Swati as I was instantly impressed by her openness and approach, she set me at ease straight away, there was no need to 'shop around'..

Swati was warm and friendly but very professional. The advice and support I received during a very difficult period of my life was outstanding. Swati always delivered on timescales and her advice was fair and realistic. Her guidance and counsel helped me get through the legal process in a timely manner and I always knew I could contact Swati at any time with any queries or concerns I had. I have since recommended a colleague of mine to Swati, and they too are also extremely satisfied with the guidance and support they have received.  An excellent  service, delivered with empathy and the utmost professionalism.

S Mitchell

Warm, friendly and very professional.  The advice and support received during a very difficult period of my life was outstanding. 

I found Swati to be very helpful in guiding me through what was a very difficult time in my life, Swati started as my solicitor but I now class her a friend and would/have recommend her services to others.

James Driver, Drivers Pickles

Swati made me feel at ease from the start of the whole process through to the conclusion.  She explained clearly in straight forward language every step of the way.  I would recommend her to anyone else considering legal advice on divorce etc.

Chris Alloway, Managing Director GBF

As all matters between us appear to be now finalised, I just wanted to thank you for everything you have done for me over the last 18 months in bringing our matrimonial affairs to a satisfactory conclusion.  Despite some 'frantic' moments and pressure from the other side, your advice and judgement throughout the process has been very much appreciated.  I wish you all the very best for the future.

D Prior, Leicester

I wish to express my gratitude for the work you and your team have done for me during my difficult divorce which resulted in a very successful outcome.

My circumstances have been particularly complex both in terms of my businesses and my marital circumstances, and you have always been there to advise me in an extremely knowledgeable and professional manner, and to ease the pain and put my mind at rest when I thought the world was caving in around me. 

I would have no hesitation in recommending you and your company to anyone about to embark on a divorce situation, especially when there are large sums of money and complex property and business situations involved.

Wishing you and your team all the best for the future, and thank you again for your dedication.

Steve Clarke

The ‘highly professional and very client-focused’ team at Spearing Waite LLP  is praised for its ‘dedication to professionalism’.

Legal 500

Spearing Waite LLP attracts family referrals from the firm’s strong corporate and property client base. Swati Somaiya and her team are ‘extremely dedicated'.

Legal 500

Personal Injury

Thank you Tim for all of your help, advice and encouragement along the way and believing me enough to take on my case.  I really do appreciate all of your hard work enabling us to come to a “winning conclusion”.  I am very pleased that I found you and I am sure that others would have faltered or even given up.  My deepest and sincere gratitude and thanks.

Mrs W,  Leicester

Greg Bee's attention to detail, grasp of the argument, good will and efficiency have been matched only by his tact and sensitivity...he has been enormously careful and supportive.

Shaunagh Latymer

I feel yourself and Tim were hugely supportive and found Spearing Waite to be professional and efficient throughout the case.

Mrs B, Leicester

Residential Conveyancing

I could call Lesley a pearl but really she is a pure diamond at her job.  At the scaling of 1-10 I could classify her at 12!

John Jee, Leicester

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