VWV has national recognition for a sector-focused approach, which means that the firm focuses skill, energy and expertise on understanding clients in their sectors. People and culture are important to the firm.VWV is proud to have the reputation of being a friendly firm to work with. Many comment on the open culture and approachability of staff, no matter what the role or position. 98% of the firm’s clients say that they would recommend VWV. This is a strong indicator that it is the firm’s culture, and not just experience, that gives clients the confidence to continue to instruct.
With over 380 staff across four different locations in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham, VWV strives to maintain this reputation.
The firm’s core values underpin everything it does:
- Teamwork & Collaboration: Ensuring there is a joined up approach, often working across offices and departments, to make sure the best possible solution is achieved.
- Client at the Centre of the Firm: VWV always thinks about how best to communicate and work together, and puts itself in the shoes of the client.
- Commercial Approach: Provide clients with the best possible service at a competitive rate.
The firm’s sector focus is supported by its core legal services: real estate, corporate, commercial, IP and technology, employment, dispute resolution and tax.
VWV also offers legal advice to private clients, which includes very specialised areas such as contentious probate, personal injury and high-quality conveyancing.
TYPES OF WORK UNDERTAKEN:
Charities: Advises trustees and senior management of charities on all legal and regulatory issues. Acts for over 1,000 charities from community-based organisations through to national charities, ranging from grant-making charities to charities with complex operations. Charities involved in health and social care, education, faith and the arts are a particular focus for the firm.
Education: Supports the full range of education institutions on every aspect of school relationships with pupils, parents, local authorities and regulators. Advises on the implementation of school T&Cs, finance and fee recovery, welfare of pupils, safeguarding, inspections, pupil discipline, governance, overseas franchising and much more. Assists over 1,000 education institutions across all types of contentious and non-contentious matters.
Family-owned businesses: Supports businesses to achieve long-term strategic goals by advising on governance, succession, developing the next generation, and the transition from owner managers to owners as the business grows, recognising each family’s unique history.
Healthcare: Acts principally for healthcare providers, GP practices, GP-owned consortia, federations and provider companies. Acts on GP surgery development schemes and mergers of GP practices and provides a range of legal services to care homes, healthcare charities, social enterprises, dentists, pharmacies, private consultants, NHS and foundation trusts and vets. The firm has dedicated pharmaceutical and life sciences lawyers to aid clients who are involved in the supply of medicines, medtech and the convergence of IT and telecoms, and to assist pharmacies in the services they provide.
Private wealth: Acts for individuals and families with many different interests and requirements to protect assets and provide for the succession of family members. The firm’s advice includes property purchase, will and trust disputes, estate planning, family-owned businesses and philanthropy.
Public sector: National public sector practice acting for over 100 local authorities by providing a one-stop full legal service for central and devolved government on property, planning, commercial contracts, vires, tax, construction, projects and employment issues as well as specialist teams advising on EU procurement, state aid, election law, standards and constitutional issues.
CLIENTS London Symphony Orchestra, Diocese of Gloucester, Seasalt, Westons Cider, The Royal Mint, Arcadis (UK) Limited, Trunki, Cheltenham Ladies College, Eton College, The Department of Education, University College London, CBRE Ltd, Avon Care Homes, Optima Care Partnership, The Royal Ballet School, Yankee Candle, City & Guilds, Citizens Advice, The Grand Appeal, Clarks Shoes, EDF Energy Customers Plc, Lloyds Bank, Oxford City Council, Dorset County Council, DVSA, Airbus, Fire Service College, PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, Crest Nicholson Plc, The Hills Group, IMG, Le Cordon Bleu, entrepreneurled businesses and many wealthy private individuals.
INTERNATIONAL founder member of the Association of European Lawyers, which means the firm has a network of lawyers and associates around the world that can provide local legal assistance.
Highlights, Specialties & Features
- Partnerships &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; LLPs
- Commercial Sales &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Acquisitions
- Dispute Resolution
- Provider Company Formations and Federating
- Advice on Care Quality Commission (CQC) processes
- Wills, Trusts and Probate
- Healthcare Law
- Education Law
- Charity Law
- Employment Law
- Private client
- Commercial Property
- Data Protection
- Arbitration and Mediation
- Creative Industries
Professional Associations & Certifications
- Chairman of the National Association of Specialist Solicitors Advising Doctors (NASSAD)
- Chairman of the Lawyers section of NASDAL
- Member of the Specialist Medical Accountancy Services Group (SMAS)
- A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in August 1999
- A Member of the Primary Care Premises Forum
- A Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
- A Member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners (APP)
- A Member of the Association of Specialist Providers to Dentists (ASPD)
- VWV's Healthcare team recognised amongst the best in the UK - March 2017
- Bristol Life Awards - Legal Category Winner - April 2017
- Winners of Pharmaceutical Law Firm of the Year in England - 2016 by Global Law Experts
- VWV recognised as a leading law firm in Watford and surrounding areas by Chambers and Partners - Nov
- EducationInvestor top Deal Maker Award 2015
- Central London
|Person||Mr Smon Heald|
|Address||Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol|
|Phone Number||0117 925 2020|
|Fax||0117 925 2025|
Mr Smon Heald
Having worked for many years advising commercial clients in all forms of litigation including injunctions, fraud, breach of contract, professional negligence and breach of trust, Simon is ideally placed to assist you and your company. He specialises in insolvency and corporate work, including shareholder and director disputes.
Simon has the skills and expertise required to assist with regulatory litigation and disputes, civil claims and local authority advice.
Chambers & Partners refer to Simon as a 'key individual' who heads the team working on Britannia's panel for recovery work.
Simon has been recommended as a 'safe pair of hands' when it comes to commercial litigation and 'He instils huge confidence in us whenever we instruct him - he really knows what he is doing.'
Chambers & Partners also states that 'managing partner Simon Heald has significant experience of advising commercial clients on a range of disputes. He also has expertise in assisting with regulatory litigation.' and that he is 'a seasoned litigator, with experience in contractual, professional negligence, trusts and fraud disputes. He is also noted for his expertise in insolvency litigation.'
Simon is a member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) and the Colston Society. He is also a Governor of Clifton College. Simon is a keen organist and sailor and also enjoys spending time with his family and walking his dog.
Products & Services
Our commercial solicitors will work closely with you to understand your business needs and provide you with pragmatic legal solutions to the challenges and opportunities that you face. Offering more than just commercial legal advice, we will work as part of your team to help you find the right legal solutions for your business.
Whether you need a conveyancing solicitor to help you buy or sell a house or a contentious probate specialist to help you contest a Will, we can provide you with experienced private client solicitors who will put you at the heart of everything.
Careers with VWV offer the rewards and challenges of working in a thriving law firm. We recruit lawyers at all levels across the range of legal disciplines that enable our teams to offer excellent legal advice to our clients, so would like to hear from you if you think your skills and experience offer a good match. Our highly-regarded trainee solicitor programme means that we look for high calibre candidates with the potential to develop into successful solicitors to contribute to the firm's future growth. Of course the firm also relies on a wide range of professionals providing support for our lawyers, from legal secretaries to accounts, marketing, IT and HR experts.
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Staff are encouraged to engage in community support work and projects both during office hours and outside. We do this by granting extra holidays for days spent on worthwhile causes whilst at work and advertising widely the activities. We also match-fund any amounts produced as a result. Involvement in community projects also provides us with a valuable source of personal learning and development as well as enabling us to deliver important professional advice and support. Each year, our staff nominate their chosen Charity of the Year, which we support through various fundraising activities.