Meet Your Amicus Law Commercial Team

We have created a modern working environment, giving our lawyers a level of freedom and flexibility which few can match.

Most law firms impose strict time recording and billing targets on their lawyers. We believe this conflicts with the lawyers’ duty to you as the client. Your lawyer should focus solely on supporting you and your business rather than hitting a monthly target.

Working with Amicus Law Commercial you will deal with the same lawyer throughout your engagement with us. A lawyer who will get to know your business intimately, anticipate your needs and make progressive suggestions to help you grow sustainably and profitably.

You’ll be able to contact your lawyer directly, on their mobile phone, even in the evening or at weekends, and with no partners, trainees or juniors, all our lawyers are your first and last point of contact.

Supporting them, our admin staff are friendly and efficient and if you need specialist input from another skilled professional, your lawyer will know the right person to contact; someone who can be trusted and has the same ethos as us.

We have fantastic offices at Rumwell Hall, near Taunton and are always happy to see you here. But if it suits you better for us to come to you, that’s fine.

We also see it as part of our role to co-ordinate all aspects of your engagement with us. Where appropriate we will always try to fix joint meetings with bankers, accountants, or other professionals. No distractions – just great service, and real value.

We are interested in building long term relationships, and know this is based not just on the quality of our advice, but on the quality and convenience of our client service. As a result we have started with a clean sheet and created client support systems that will make it simple and easy for us to be your legal adviser, whenever the need arises.

Morgan Morgan

Commercial Lawyer

As a specialist corporate solicitor I have wide ranging experience advising businesses on company and commercial law. My practice includes advising on acquisitions and disposals, capital raising, commercial contracts, partnership matters, outsourcing, shareholder & joint ventures agreements and general company law matters.

Call Morgan on 07971 886130
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Suzanne Belina

Employment Solicitor

Suzanne is a specialist employment solicitor focusing on the needs of an employer. Suzanne worked at Over Taylor Biggs, Exeter for just under 20 years prior to linking up recently with her former colleague, Richard Biggs, as a key member of our commercial team. Suzanne is one of the few lawyers who has both corporate and employment experience and is therefore very well versed in dealing with the employment issues which can crop up during a business sale or purchase. It is no secret that she is one of the very few lawyers who actually enjoys dealing with TUPE!
Suzanne ‘s aim is to get to know an employer’s business really well so that she is better able to resolve employment problems when they arise as well as being proactive in advising an employer on the documentation which it should have in place to protect its business interests which includes its confidential information, intellectual property and customer base. In addition, Suzanne has extensive experience in handling all areas of employment law including redundancies, settlement agreements, employment tribunal claims, disciplinary and grievance issues as well as advising on general internal HR issues for employers without an HR department. Suzanne is based in South Devon and in her spare time enjoys all equestrian pursuits.

Call Suzanne on 07570 776756
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Richard Biggs

Commercial Lawyer

After qualifying as a Solicitor, Richard worked initially in London and Hamburg, specialising in company acquisitions and disposals. Moving to the West Country in 1993, he became a founding partner of Over Taylor Biggs, later becoming OTB Eveling. His interests have remained in Corporate Law and when the opportunity arose to establish a new Corporate Law Hub this year within Amicus Commercial, Richard rose to the challenge. In his professional life, Richard enjoys nothing more than working closely with clients who are buying or selling businesses. The satisfaction, he believes, comes from earning the respect of his client as a trusted adviser and delivering a professional but personal service which develops a clear strategy for his clients.

He is also very experienced in areas such as finance arrangements, reorganisation of company share structure, shareholders’ agreements, employment incentives, governance and franchising and licensing agreements. Richard lives in Taunton and is a keen rugby supporter.

Call Richard on 01823 462500
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Keith Griffiths

Commercial Property Lawyer

Keith qualified as a solicitor in 2001 after completing his training with a West Country legal practice. After moving away from the area to work with a regional firm in Cambridge, he returned to the West Country in 2006 and joined Amicus Commercial in 2014.

Keith is an experienced commercial property lawyer and enjoys assisting clients with a variety of property-related matters including landlord and tenant work, secured lending and re-finance transactions, sales and acquisitions and investment property work. Keith is a keen squash player and plays both in the Somerset league for the Wyvern Club in Taunton and represents the County. He is also the secretary of Somerset Squash.

Call Keith on 01823 462500
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Richard Haste

Senior Partner

Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and has been a partner in a law firm since 1993. Early training was with a large firm in Windsor and Maidenhead before moving to a commercial firm in Bristol and eventually moving home to Taunton in 1994. Richard set up Amicus Law Private Client in 2003 and is one of the founding members of Amicus Commercial.

Richard’s practice covers civil and criminal litigation including a high proportion of divorce and financial settlement claims, usually where business interests are at stake. He also has an increasing business development roll in the firm, which he loves.

Call Richard on 01823 462500
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Lizzie James

Commercial Director

Formerly a  corporate and commercial lawyer with niche firm Over Taylor Biggs now OTB Eveling LLP, Lizzie soon realised her true vocation and worked for many years in business development for both RBS and more recently Santander.

Lizzie brings the lawyers and corporate world together beautifully!

Call Lizzie on 01823 462500
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Ian Pearson

Employment Solicitor

Ian started his legal career at British Petroleum before qualifying at Nabarro Nathanson (now Nabarros) and then working for Linklaters, the UK’s number two lawyers. After some 20 years in London, Ian moved down to the West Country to pursue a number of interests, both legal and otherwise. Ian specialises in UK employment law and acts on behalf of both employers and employees in all areas of contentious, non-contentious and company commercial law.

Ian is a company director of two small companies, a private landlord and when not practising law runs Somerset’s smallest commercial microbrewery. “Thank you for your patience and I am more than pleased with the outcome. I am not sure that I will ever again need the services of an employment law specialist but I would be happy to recommend you to anyone with a problem.” AB Ilminster

Call Ian on 01823 462500
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Grant Squire

Dispute Resolution Lawyer

Grant is a commercial dispute resolution specialist solicitor with a reputation for providing sound, commercial advice and delivering results.

He spent six years as a partner and head of dispute resolution at OTB Eveling and before that eleven years as a senior lawyer handling high value, complex disputes at leading international law firm, Osborne Clarke.

He has significant experience and expertise in all forms of commercial dispute management including High Court and County Court litigation, arbitration, adjudication and expert determination and wherever possible helps clients to resolve their disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) such as mediation and negotiation.

Call Grant on 01823 462525
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Daniel Stevens

Dispute Resolution Lawyer

Dan hails from the Thames Valley – he worked for Boyes Turner in Reading before moving to the SW in 2002 to join Stones Solicitors’ Litigation Team in Exeter, moving up to become Head of the Department there. Dan then moved to a litigation specialist firm in Exeter before joining Amicus in 2013. Dan is a litigation and dispute resolution specialist with over 17 years’ litigation experience, from Court of Appeal through High and County Courts to Small Claims Court and in Mediations. With specialist experience (and age!) comes the understanding that clients do sometimes need a Rottweiler to hammer home a point and other times need a more pragmatic and commercially viable approach – not just a run of the mill legal expert who fails to understand what the client needs to achieve from a dispute he/she invariably could do without whilst costing a small fortune.

Dan has acted in reported cases on Search and Seize injunctions, the proper interpretation of covenants in title deeds and commercial contested lease renewals and he has acted in any number of contract disputes and contested debt claims, he will fight for your cause and he is an adept negotiator and commercially minded business lawyer.

Dan also provides dispute resolution services for Private Clients – Click here for more info

Call Daniel on 01823 462500
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Jayne Turner

Partner and Specialist Wealth Protector

Jayne Turner is a Partner and Specialist Wealth Protector at Amicus Law Commercial in Taunton, Somerset. Jayne qualified as a solicitor in 1995, is highly experienced and especially in relation to financial settlements for business owners on separation and divorce.

Jayne is an Advanced Member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Advanced Financial Provision and Pensions on Divorce.

She has a straightforward approach and, as a qualified collaborative lawyer, works hard to reach an amicable settlement while fighting her client’s corner.

Call Jayne on 01823 462 525
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