We understand the personal and commercial challenges faced by family owned businesses including farming partnerships. Our experienced business solicitors regularly advise clients in the Chelmsford and Ipswich areas on matters such as estate planning, succession planning, property relief, inheritance tax, business structuring and strategy, pension trusts and employment issues.
Every family owned business is unique, so our first step is to understand not only your business but also its values, culture and what your family want to achieve from it.
Partner and Head of Estates
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"friendly, personable and empathetic"
Legal 500 2016
Zöe is a Partner in the Estate Planning department and has over ten years’ experience in Wills, Estates, Tax and Trusts having trained at a local firm. She joined Prettys in October 2007 and was promoted to Partner in May 2013 and is Head of the Estate Planning department.
Zöe advises on all aspects of private client work including Wills, probate, the administration of insolvent estates, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications, care fee planning advice, inheritance tax planning, trusts and contentious probate matters.
Zöe is a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) following her successful completion of a post-graduate diploma. STEP is the leading professional body for trust and estate practitioners worldwide and full members are considered the most experiences and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates.
Zöe’s recent instructions include:
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Legal 500 2016
Jon studied law at Magdalene College, Cambridge and qualified as a solicitor in 2001.
Before joining Prettys in 2012 Jon worked in the North West; initially in the corporate teams of leading national law firms and then as head of business law at a boutique firm in Merseyside. He became a partner in 2013.
Jon advises investors, business owners and funders on all aspects of corporate transactions including business and share sales, management buy-outs and private equity investment. He also acts for banks and borrowers in relation to acquisition and structured finance and secured lending.
He has a particular interest in the digital and online sectors and acts for a number of high growth clients in this sector. As well as dealing with investments and funding, his expertise in this area includes advising on software and website development agreements and complex website, e-commerce and mobile application terms and conditions.
Jon’s recent work includes:
Partner - Head of Employment Services
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Legal 500 2016
Kelly studied in Northampton and Chelmsford before qualifying as a Solicitor at a law firm with offices in London and East Anglia. Kelly joined Prettys on qualification in 2002 and became an Associate in 2005. She became a Partner in 2008 and Head of the Employment Services team in May 2011.
Kelly advises on the full range of HR and employment related issues including managing difficult employees, defending complex Employment Tribunal claims, advising on redundancy and restructuring exercises, and advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions. She also advises on policies and procedures and undertakes training to managers, HR teams and directors on a range of employment subjects.
Kelly works for organisations across a variety of sectors including healthcare, logistics, leisure, construction, engineering, manufacturing, financial services and energy. Her clients include large multinationals, NHS Trusts, local authorities and charities as well as family owned businesses and start-ups. Kelly also acts for senior executives.
Kelly’s recent work includes:
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