What the Legal 500 Says About Spratt Endicott

Legal 500 2017 Top Tier FirmThe Legal 500 series has been published for 29 years, and is widely acknowledged as the world's largest legal referral guide. The Legal 500 is an independent guide, and firms and individuals are recommended purely on merit.

Spratt Endicott is recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 South East region as a Top Tier Firm in Debt Recovery and is further recommended in 9 practice areas, with 26 lawyers (all those listed below) being recommended

David Endicott and Chris Goldingham are recognised as leading individuals and are listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" list, The Legal 500 UK 2017's guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide.

Gemma Davison and Tom McInerney are recognised as next generation lawyers.

What the 2017 edition of Legal 500 United Kingdom says about Spratt Endicott Solicitors ....

Debt Recovery      Top Tier

Spratt Endicott is ‘excellent on all counts’; the team ‘takes the time to understand the client’s business and requirements’. In 2016 the team advised on a range of debt recovery matters including multiple bankruptcy orders, credit policies and high-value debt portfolio management. It acts for clients in the telecoms, finance and automotive sectors, including debtors and lenders. The firm also has a notable international debt collection presence, with relationships with debt collectors abroad as well as acting on debt collection matters in the UK for international clients. The highly regarded Martin Hughes is head of commercial recoveries and is ably supported by director Richard Gwynne and associate Peter Gardner, who is ‘very professional and approachable’.

Corporate and Commercial

Spratt Endicott ‘provides the advice of a large firm with the personal touch of a small one’. Practice head and firm chairman John Spratt delivers ‘calmness and reliability in the most exacting of circumstances’; the ‘outstanding’ Hitendra Patel's expertise includes business reorganisations, management buyouts and partnerships; and associate Catherine O’Riordan is ‘very knowledgeable’.

Dispute Resolution - Commercial Litigation

Spratt Endicott handles a plethora of disputes, including agricultural, contentious probate and shareholder matters. ‘Innovative and astute’ practice head David Whiting represented a shareholder in a dispute concerning the division of assets following a manufacturing company’s closure. Clients of the team also include telecoms, technology and automotive companies. Shamsher Pangu is another name to note, as are associates Kyle Wyness and Petra van Dijk, who lead the property litigation and insolvency teams, respectively.

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Spratt Endicott’s ‘responsive’ insolvency and corporate recovery practice ‘has a strong reputation in the local market and a broad range of expertise running across corporate and personal insolvency’. The ‘determined and accessible’ associate Petra van Dijk is based in Banbury and ‘approaches complex cases with thorough technical knowledge and sound commercial judgement’. Dijk, who is also qualified in the Netherlands, focuses mainly on contentious matters, such as winding-up petitions, statutory demands, misfeasance and wrongful trading claims, administration orders and injunctions, but also handles transactional agreements and other non-contentious matters. She is supported by the head of dispute resolution David Whiting and corporate and commercial partner Hitendra Patel. Begbies Traynor is a new addition to the client base, which also includes Critchleys, Mazars and BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency.


Food sector expert Carol Shaw heads the practice at Spratt Endicott, which acts for employers and employees in an array of disputes, covering everything from unfair dismissal to enforcing restrictive covenants. Philomena Price ‘understands the needs and culture of her clients’ businesses’, and handles large-scale redundancy exercises, tribunal claims, training and senior executive severances. Data subject access requests, holiday pay and sex discrimination claims were also among the firm’s recent mandates. Novus Leisure, Fine Lady Bakeries and Involvement Packaging (trading as INVOPAK) are key clients.

Commercial Property

At Spratt Endicott, the ‘exceptional’ Andrew Woods heads the practice and ‘gets the deal done’ in developments and land transactions; Howard Meakin is recommended for residential and commercial development work; and Neil Belcher focuses on property investment and has particular expertise in property taxation. Associate Graham Roberts is noted for retail sector landlord and tenant mandates as well as portfolio asset management. Individuals, investors, developers and manufacturers are among clients of the practice, which recently hired associate Andrew Querelle from Blake Morgan LLP.

Personal tax, trusts and probate

At Spratt Endicott, managing director and department head David Endicott has ‘a style that is definitely client led’ and utilises his ‘vast wealth of knowledge and experience’. Lucy Gordon ‘genuinely cares for her clients’ needs and getting the best outcome for them’ in matters concerning tax planning, probate, estate administration and succession. Court of Protection work also increased for Gordon, who has strength in advising elderly clients. Recently promoted associate Tom McInerney leads the team in Bicester and is ‘extremely personable’. Solicitor Julia Routen is ‘professional, knowledgeable, understanding and patient’.

David Endicott is listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" list, The Legal 500's guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide.​

Family Law

Spratt Endicott ‘provides sound legal advice and represents clients with a constructive and forward-focused approach’. Practice head and ‘absolute class act’ Patrick Mulcare is ‘a tough litigator who takes no prisoners’ in financial remedy cases, the dissolution of civil partnerships and other family disputes. Associate Gemma Davison (‘a real star in the making’) arrived from Johnson & Gaunt Solicitors to head the firm’s dedicated mediation offering; she handles financial work for married and cohabiting couples, public and private pension sharing orders and spousal maintenance, among other matters. Experienced barrister Justine Cadbury was another significant hire and is highly regarded along with solicitor Sandeep Sandhu, who specialises in children matters and ‘always provides clients with the best advice’.

Agriculture and estates

The ‘professional and diligent’ team at Spratt Endicott provides ‘a good quality legal service’ and has ‘an excellent reputation in the field’. Key figure Christopher Goldingham is ‘approachable and knowledgeable’; David Endicott advises private individuals on trusts, personal tax, planning and charities issues; and Andrew Woods has significant expertise in development and strategic land transactions. Howard Meakin is the name to note in Bicester.


Chris Goldingham is listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" list, The Legal 500's guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide.

Intellectual Property

Spratt Endicott’s client list spans sectors such as distribution, software and technology. In addition to selling and acquiring IP rights, the firm has been handling the licensing of software and trade marks in other countries. Chairman and practice head John Spratt advises on the IP aspects of corporate transactions with Hitendra Patel, and associate Catherine O’Riordan is particularly strong in domain name and other IP matters that affect websites.

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