Metcalfes solicitors – Meet the Team

Metcalfes is a city centre law firm, situated on Queen Square, Bristol. We have nine Partners and a total staff complement of around sixty individuals, ranging in specialisms and expertise.

We are an unconventional law firm, where our ideas are marked by a certain individuality; where your concerns are met by our commitment to incisive, no nonsense advice; and where our goal is YOUR success.

Although it is impossible to introduce you to all of our team through our Blog, here are a few individuals you may see making appearances throughout this Blog from time to time . . . 

Tony Forster

Tony Forster

Partner
Head of Company Commercial

DDI – 0117 8453 040

Email – tforster@metcalfes.co.uk

 

 

Tony qualified in 1984 and heads our Business Law Team which prides itself on combining a commercial attitude and personal service when dealing with our clients requirements.

His particular areas of specialisation cover business sales and purchases and helping business owners with all their commercial contracts. 

He is a member of several local business organisations, and has successfully given legal help and guidance to many Business Owners, building up a loyal and varied client and contact base in the process. 

Barry Riley

 

Barry Riley

Solicitor
Company Commercial

DDI – 0117 9453 042

Email – briley@metcalfes.co.uk

 

Barry qualified as a solicitor in September 2011, and works alongside Tony in the Company Commercial department at Metcalfes. His particular areas of specialism include commercial contracts and agreements, company law, and intellectual property, and he prides himself on a personable and commercially effective service to business owners. 

Barry is also chief blogger at Metcalfes, responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the site, and for the publication of updates for clients.  

Natasha Bliss

 

Natasha Bliss

Associate
Dispute Resolution

DDI – 0117 9453 094

Email – nbliss@metcalfes.co.uk

 

Natasha is an Associate in our Business Disputes and Construction Departments.

She joined Metcalfes in 2002 as a trainee, qualifying in 2004. Natasha has experience dealing with most types of Business Disputes including disputes with customers, suppliers, agents and sub contractors.

Natasha is also a fluent French speaker.

David Baynton

 

David Baynton

Solicitor
Employment

DDI – 0117 9453 069

Email – dbaynton@metcalfes.co.uk

 

David is a Solicitor in our employment and business disputes departments. He graduated from University with a first class LLB (Hons).

David has been an employee of the firm since 2003. He started his training contract with Metcalfes in June 2008 and qualified as a Solicitor in January 2010. 

David is a member of the Bristol Law Society, the Bristol Junior Lawyers Division and the Employment Lawyers Association.

Heidi Bateman

 

Heidi Bateman

Solicitor
Commercial Property

DDI – 0117 9453 018

Email – hbateman@metcalfes.co.uk

 

Heidi qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and joined Metcalfes’ Property Department in April 2008. She has a range of commercial property experience and her particular specialisms include commercial Landlord and Tenant work and Licensing Law, providing clients in the hospitality industry with a complete service when it comes to dealing with their affairs. 

Before joining Metcalfes, Heidi worked in private practice in Bristol where she not only practiced in property but also in commercial law and litigation. This wider background has given her a proactive and pragmatic approach to her clients’ commercial affairs. 

Heidi is an active member of BNI, the business networking organisation.

Claire Sharp

 

Claire Sharp

Associate
Head of Insolvency

DDI – 0117 9453 044

Email – csharp@metcalfes.co.uk

 

Claire is the head of the Insolvency and Restructuring team and an associate solicitor. Claire qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and as a Higher Courts’ Advocate (Civil) in 2005. She joined Metcalfes in 2010 and specialises in insolvency law, both contentious and non-contentious, and personal and corporate insolvency matters.

Claire also undertakes advisory work for company directors facing personal claims or disqualification proceedings, businesses in financial difficulty, and individuals dealing with personal guarantees or bank claims. 

Claire has acted on behalf of the majority of the Licenced Insolvency Practioners in the South West and South Wales, and has been previously recommended by Chambers and Partners UK. She regularly speaks at conferences and seminars for professionals in insolvency, and has had several articles published in professional and academic journals, such as Insolvency Intelligence and Recovery. Claire is a full member of R3 (the Association of Business Recovery Professionals) and SAHCA (Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates). Claire sits as a fee-paid Employment Judge in the Wales region.

Andrew Atkinson

 

Andrew Atkinson

Solicitor
Personal Injury

DDI – 0117 9453 079

Email – aatkinson@metcalfes.co.uk

 

Andrew  is a Solicitor in our Personal Injury team specialising in injuries caused in the workplace, occupiers and public liability claims and road traffic accidents.

He was called to the Bar as a barrister in 2004 and qualified as a solicitor in February 2011 having worked as a Defendant fee earner for 5 years, boasting Aviva, AXA and NFU as some of his clients.

Andrew made the change to act for Claimants in 2010 and now acts for individuals funded by their Legal Expenses Insurers or on Conditional Fee Agreements. Andrew has extensive litigation experience and works closely with local barristers to progress claims through the courts when necessary.  

Rachel Bell

Rachel Bell

Solicitor
Personal Injury

DDI – 0117 9453 077

Email – rbell@metcalfes.co.uk

 

 

Rachel is a Solicitor in our Accident Claims Department.

Prior to qualifying in 2009, Rachel gained both Claimant and Defendant experience as a personal injury paralegal for seven years.

Her main areas of interest are Occupiers’ Liability and Accidents Abroad. 

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Metcalfes Solicitors is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority – SRA Number: 46921

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Tenants History

Metcalfes are proud to be the preferred legal advisors of Tenants History.

Barry Riley is the main contact at Metcalfes, who will be happy to assist should you have any legal queries.

Barry Riley

Contact Barry by any of the following methods:

Email – briley@metcalfes.co.uk
Telephone – 0117 9453 042

Or by completing the following web enquiry form

Barry endeavours to respond to all queries within 48 hours (business days only).

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Tenants History members enjoy reduced rates for legal services through Metcalfes and a free initial consultation.

Barry is a solicitor in the Company Commercial team, who can assist on matters in this discipline. He can also take any initial information from you, and ask a member of the wider Metcalfes team to contact you, should the advice required be outside his practice area. All queries should be directed through him.

Metcalfes have solicitors in all key disciplines who are able to assist where required, and are happy to do so. For an overview of some of the key members of the Metcalfes team, click here

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Metcalfes Solicitors is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority – SRA Number: 46921

Guestscan

Barry Riley

Metcalfes are proud to be Guestscan’s preferred legal advisors.

Barry Riley is the main contact at Metcalfes, who will be happy to assist should you have any legal queries.

Contact Barry by any of the following methods:

Email – briley@metcalfes.co.uk
Telephone – 0117 9453 042

Or by completing the following web enquiry form

Barry endeavours to respond to all queries within 48 hours (business days only).

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Guestscan members enjoy reduced rates for legal services through Metcalfes and a free initial consultation.

Barry is a solicitor in the Company Commercial team, who can assist on matters in this discipline. He can also take any initial information from you, and ask a member of the wider Metcalfes team to contact you, should the advice required be outside his practice area. All queries should be directed through him.

Metcalfes have solicitors in all key disciplines who are able to assist where required, and are happy to do so. For an overview of some of the key members of the Metcalfes team, click here

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Metcalfes Solicitors is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority – SRA Number: 46921