Rix & Kay praised by leading industry voices

11th December 2018

Rix & Kay has once again been recognised by leading independent research directories, Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for outstanding legal services across a wide range of law. Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 are regarded as the most respected industry voice commenting on law firm’s capabilities in the UK.

Rix & Kay has excelled in a number of prominent areas of law including in Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Property and Employment.

In addition, Rix & Kay has been widely acknowledged for the services it provides to individuals and their families and has been ranked in no fewer than five categories including Personal tax, trusts and probate, Private wealth law, Contentious trusts & probate, and Family.

Richard Cripps, Managing Partner, comments,

“It’s rewarding to receive recognition from our clients, peers and other professionals that we work with. Their comments and opinions of the services we provide are the highest endorsement of the quality of our work.”

Highlights of Rix & Kay’s directory reviews include:

Corporate and commercial

“With five offices in the South East, Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP is considered ideal for larger transactions, but equally able to deliver a cost-effective solution for smaller transactions. It provides full corporate and commercial services to local, national and overseas clients.”

“Bruce Hayter is chair of the firm and has extensive experience acting for businesses of all sizes on corporate transactions as well as structuring and governance issues. Tim Sadka brings a depth of experience and technical capability to an already effective and versatile team. Alan Zeal is a consummate professional, who brings a wealth of experience to the table.”

Commercial property

“Rix & Kay’s team provides a similar level of service to City firms but with more sensible fees. The team is headed by David Ashton, who is great to deal with and carries out work perfectly. David is highlighted for his combination of property knowledge and commercial acumen, and whose expertise spans development, investment and commercial lease work.”

“Managing partner Richard Cripps has broad expertise in development and investment work and Oliver Bussell specialises in planning law as well as broad commercial property matters. Property portfolio management expert William Keating is another noted practitioner.”


“Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP acts for companies, partnerships and individuals. The team frequently works closely with the firm’s corporate department in advising on TUPE regulations, redundancies and employee exits following sales and acquisitions. Victoria Regan joined the team in September 2017.”

Personal Tax, trusts and probate

“Rix & Kay’s team combines good business acumen with a broad area of knowledge and rates very high on the value for money chart and is therefore a very effective alternative to the London firms. It fields a number of specialist teams that focus on probate and estate administration, estate planning, tax and trusts, later life and Court of Protection matters.”

“Max Wright is a first-rate lawyer and a pleasure to deal with and is valued for his discretion and sensitivity in his management of clients. Alan Foster, who leads on contested probate matters, is very responsive. Ian Best is also a key practitioner.”

Private wealth law

“Rix & Kay’s private client team handles a range of work, including estate planning and administration, trusts, tax and wills. The firm also has expertise in contentious probate. Market sources describe the firm as responsive and empathetic. Other interviewees say the firm has always seemed accessible and available. Max Wright has always been approachable, warm and friendly but at the same time very clear, efficient and professional in his approach, according to one client. Wright is described as someone who has a very good brain to deal with complicated matters.”

Family and divorce

“Rix & Kay is recognised for its strong private client offering, which blends family, trusts, probate and tax expertise. It is adept at handling matters with international elements, such as trusts and offshore assets. One interviewee notes that the lawyers have an air of quality and confidence and are always welcoming. The team handles a range of financial remedy cases especially where company assets and trusts are concerned.”

“The excellent Alan Foster, who is good with clients and always takes a pragmatic approach, heads the department. His manner is calm and measured and his attention to detail impressive. Associate Helen Noble, who is a mediator and collaborative lawyer, undertakes a range of financial and children matters and, together with senior legal executive Maria Steele-Williams, provides an exceptional service.”

Contentious trusts and probate

“Clients of Rix & Kay find the service provided by the contentious trust and probate practice to be thoroughly professional, sympathetic, never overbearing, and knowledgeable; the response time is normally 24 hours, if not quicker, and the advice is always helpful and not intimidating.”

“Practice head Alan Foster is a very experienced contentious probate solicitor who provides sound, practical advice focusing on the needs of the client. He leads a team with a strong track record acting for high-net-worth individuals in contentious probate matters involving high-value estates, some with assets exceeding £15m in value”.