Hewitsons is a leading law firm based in Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes and Northampton in England, serving the needs of a regional, national and international client base, ranging from owner managed businesses, major corporations to individual private clients.
Hewitsons follows a policy of Absolute Client Focus, with the size and depth of resources, combined with commercially-minded and innovative approaches to client service, to ensure it can both meet its clients’ legal requirements comprehensively and consistently add value.
The firm has established a leading reputation for the broad spectrum of services which we provide to our clients encompassing all aspects of Business Services, Private Wealth and Real Estate. These services areas include a range of specialisms including corporate, commercial, employment law, from non-contentious negotiations and advice through to dispute resolution and litigation. The firm offers in addition a higher number of specialist services, for example in pensions, IP, IT, Education and Charities, public, regulatory, environmental, planning and construction law and UK and European competition law, than most firms of comparable size.
Hewitsons does not believe in rigid departmental structures; instead, multi-disciplinary teams of lawyers are brought together as required to act on particular matters and transactions, so maximising the responsiveness to clients’ needs, which are frequently industry or sector specific. These include dedicated groups focussed on agricultural food and rural clients, banking and finance, development, technology and clean-tech, charities, educational institutions, high-net-worth clients, owner managed businesses and real estate portfolio management.
Hewitsons’ corporate and commercial teams have extensive expertise in all areas, including Stock Exchange listings, capital re organisations, mergers and acquisitions, management buy-outs, and buy-ins, private equity, corporate finance and employee share schemes. The firm is highly regarded for its expertise in the technology field, particularly for intellectual property, ICT, life sciences and from sectors such as computer software and hardware, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, globally branded businesses and multi-media.
The firm’s employment team is particularly active, with this specialist area witnessing continuing changes to UK and European legislation. The team handles matters including employment contracts, confidential information, health and safety, the employment implications of business transfers, redundancy and other forms of termination of employment, restructuring, discrimination and industrial action.
The dispute resolution specialists handle the contentious work of the firm’s commercial and private clients. It is noted for its success in substantial and complex commercial and contractual disputes, landlord & tenant litigation, and banking litigation, and increasingly on pre-action advice and mediation.
The firm’s Real Estate services group has exceptional knowledge of and experience in property and development work, including commercial sales and leasing, options, capital funding, joint venture and consortium agreements and associated construction, public procurement, planning and environmental issues, both contentious and non-contentious. Clients include owners and occupiers, promoters, developers, end-users, investors and portfolio managers.
Hewitsons substantial Private Wealth group provides specialised advice on tax planning, charity and agricultural law, residential property, contested wills and probate and trust law to individuals and trustees whose wealth derives from family companies, listed market and other financial investments, commercial and agricultural property and landed estates.
Membership of LawExchange International has enabled Hewitsons to assist its clients in their international dealings; the firm frequently works with other member firms in cross-border advice and transactions which may require a mix of the areas of expertise described above.