Tom Sneddon

I joined OGR Stock Denton in October 2016. I have since expanded my expertise by acting for clients on many different transactions across the residential and commercial property sectors. These have included:

  • sales, purchases and refinancing of residential property;
  • development site acquisition and finance projects;
  • leases to retail, office, leisure and restaurant tenants; and
  • securing and registering financial interests in commercial property portfolios on behalf of lending institutions.

My approach towards every transaction (from first instruction until after completion) involves:

  • identifying and monitoring my client’s personal and commercial objectives; and
  • staying in frequent contact with my client, promptly reporting and advising upon my findings as they arise.

This approach enables an open and transparent relationship. You can not only get your deal done quickly (if you wish) but you will also be advised on the legal risks and issues at an early stage and how they affect your specific circumstances; enabling you to make informed decisions. This is particularly important when dealing with tight timescales.

I would be pleased to hear from you so we can discuss progressing and fulfilling your objectives in the property market.

Education/Background

I studied at the University of Westminster before completing the LPC at the College of Law. I then worked in a variety of junior property law positions in London before training and qualifying at Kidd Rapinet LLP’s London office.

Following admission to the roll on April 1st 2015, I worked as a property solicitor in the Thames Valley for over a year before joining OGR Stock Denton in late 2016.

Client testimonials

"Tom, you have been truly awesome.  So kind, so detailed, so patient & calm, so advice-oriented,  such awesome client service..... exactly what I look for in a consigliere!

We are so grateful for your help and should we need any consiglieri in the future: YOU ARE IT!!!

Robert, the seamless transition from Tom to you has been just that...it is refreshing and wonderful.

Great job, and you deserve all the compliments you can get."

Recent notable cases

Edwards & Walkden (Norfolk) Ltd & ORS v Mayor & Commonalty and Citizens of City of London [2012] – EWHC 2527 (Ch) – I Helped to act for the defendant tenants’ association at Smithfield Meat Market in connection with their contentious lease renewals and whether new rents should be inclusive of service charges. This case followed the ruling in O’May v City of London Real Property Co Ltd [1982].

Memberships

The Law Society

Leisure interests

Outside of the office I enjoy sunrise gym sessions, a round of golf and speaking Italian.

Susan Bernstein

With over 20 year’s experience working as an employment lawyer, advising both employers and employees across a hugely diverse range of industries.  I have a particular interest in education, healthcare and the voluntary sector and also regularly advise legal firms on employment issues where those firms do not have their own employment department.

My clients range from small to medium-sized companies to senior or junior employees; law firms to individual lawyers; medical and dental practices to individual doctors and nurses; and schools to teachers.

I advise on all aspects of employment law and regularly deal with drafting employment contracts (including service agreements), disciplinary and grievance issues, redundancy, employment tribunal litigation, discrimination, restrictive covenants, and settlement agreements.  As well as providing solutions, I advise on how to prevent problems arising in the first place.

The close relationships I build with my clients are key to securing the most suitable solution for them and making the process as smooth as possible. Clients regularly comment on my practical, common sense approach and, when negotiating, my perseverance in delivering favourable results.

I have a genuine desire to provide the best solution for my clients’ needs and always take a hands-on approach, providing whatever support is required.

I am a regular speaker on employment issues and host a variety of informative seminars throughout the year.

Education/background

I qualified as a solicitor in 1979 and specialised in corporate law at a major City law firm.  When my children were small, I took a career break and worked as a volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau where I developed a successful employment law niche, acting on behalf of employees.

This diverse background has given me a unique understanding of both employers and employees and is the basis of my reputation for giving sound practical advice and being a good negotiator.

I joined Osmond Gaunt & Rose (now part of OGR Stock Denton) as an employment solicitor in 1999 and was made a Partner in 2005.

Client testimonials

"I just want to say a massive thank you once again for all your assistance in helping me win my case against FirstGroup. All your hard work has been greatly appreciated by myself. I have organised something in the post which should be with you by the end of the week as a token of my thanks."


“Your advice was sensible and without fault and I found you very easy to work with.”


“Thanks for all your help, advice and support …I had real confidence in you.”


“From the moment we spoke I felt calmer, understood and supported. I can’t over emphasise the importance of knowing you were in my corner and I didn’t have to face my employer alone.”


“Thank you for your help…I appreciate now much more than ever before the reason behind your persistence…If we had not followed your advice all along the outcome of this case would not have been as favourable.”


“I really appreciate the care you took in explaining everything and the support you gave me.”

Recent notable cases
  • Advising a senior employee in respect of the termination of his employment under a settlement agreement and obtaining, through negotiation, a compensation sum more than three times the amount originally offered by his employer.
  • Acting for a respondent medical practice in a claim against it by a former employee for constructive unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. The employee took her claim all the way to a full hearing but at the tribunal agreed to accept a nominal financial settlement.  My client’s legal expenses insurer was so pleased with the proposed settlement value that it agreed to pay it on the client’s behalf.
  • Acting for a respondent hotel in a claim by a former employee for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, unauthorised deductions from wages arising from non-payment of the National Minimum Wage and breach of the Working Time Regulations. The employment Judge found in favour of my client on every count and the claimant’s case was dismissed.
  • Acting for a respondent children’s residential care home in a claim brought by the former house manager for constructive unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, automatic unfair dismissal by reason of a public interest disclosure and unauthorised deductions from wages. Following a Case Management Discussion at which the claimant was ordered, at my request, to provide additional information, the claimant withdrew his claim in its entirety.
  • Helping secure a six figure sum for a disabled employee claiming disability discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal.
  • Acting for an employer in a race discrimination claim, in which a £1,200 settlement was agreed.
Memberships

Employment Lawyers’ Association

Publications

I write the firm’s Employment newsletter and have had articles published in various in-house journals, including an online publication for GP practices.

Additional languages

Basic French

Leisure interests

Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family and every now and then, holidaying in far-flung places. To keep fit, I love yoga and dance and walking on Hampstead Heath with our dog, Daisy.

Robert Rosenberg

I provide real estate advice to UK companies and international businesses entering the UK market across several business sectors including, health, finance, leisure and retail. A number of the businesses I act for in the retail sector are household names.

I work quickly because my clients want to complete on the best terms possible in the fastest time. I will speak regularly to you over the phone or via email so that you know where you are in a transaction and what points really matter commercially.

Throughout the recession I also regularly advised clients on store acquisitions in administration and assisted on sales of property, often working to very tight timescales.

I also act on high-end residential transactions and negotiations in areas including Eaton Square, advise on lease work for Central London offices and secured lending for banking clients.

My reputation is built on three fundamentals; my ongoing commitment to clients, securing good terms at speed and my ability to get the job done. Clients value my proactive and responsive approach to their needs and I am happy to come to you, if you believe it to be easier and more convenient.

Education/background

I qualified as a solicitor in 2002 at SNR Denton and specialised in real estate at Fasken Martineau. I later pursued a career at Memery Crystal and joined OGR Stock Denton in 2009

Client testimonials

"....you have been truly awesome.  So kind, so detailed, so patient & calm, so advice-oriented,  such awesome client service..... exactly what I look for in a consigliere!

We are so grateful for your help and should we need any consiglieri in the future: YOU ARE IT!!!

Robert, the seamless transition from Tom to you has been just that...it is refreshing and wonderful.

Great job, and you deserve all the compliments you can get."


“I find Robert to be very commercial in his advice and quick to respond. He gets the job done with the least possible fuss.” --- Steven Cohen, Blue Inc


“We found an office and needed to complete in two and half weeks.  Our agent advised that this would be practically impossible unless we used Robert Rosenberg at Stock Denton and true to his word Robert did not let us down.  Rather than compounding the reputation solicitors have for operating at their own pace, Robert dispelled this reputation by literally being ‘on it’ the whole time and at 100 mph. Not only did we complete on time but he actually made the process enjoyable too, not to mention the jargon busting which I also really valued too.”

Recent notable cases
  • Advising on the acquisition, pre-letting, development and disposal of a large mixed-use scheme in East London.
  • Acting for Blue Inc in the property purchase of the Officer’s Club 50 properties from Administration.
  • Acting for Blue Inc in the property purchase of D2 Jeans’ properties from Administration.
  • Acting on purchases of properties in Kensington for values in excess of £30 million.
  • Acting for Bonmarche in the transfer of properties following the Administration and successful purchase.
  • Integral part of the team for Sun European Partners in their purchase of Bonmarche which has stores in over 240 locations worldwide.
  • Acted for the multinational brand Aesop for 10 years (20 stores in the UK) and continue to assist on acquisitions within the UK.
  • Sole UK property law firm for longstanding client Blue Inc which has over 150 stores throughout the UK and Ireland.
  • Acted for Self Service and Aesop in securing commercial premises at the newly built shopping street in Kings Cross – Coal Drops Yard.
  • Acted for Lyst in office relocation in excess of 20,000sq feet in Old Street – tech city
  • Acted for Depop in office relocation in excess of 10,000sq feet in Old Street – tech city
  • Acted for Gaming Realms in office relation in excess of 5,000sq feet
Leisure interests

Outside of work I help look after my three kids. I also enjoy hypnosis (I used to practice) and jazz/rock music.