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Birketts LLP exhibits ‘outstanding commitment and provides sound and detailed advice within tight deadlines’. The ‘swift, efficient and calmJames Austin leads the team and ‘provides excellent service’. The ‘hardworking, committedMark Henryalways goes above and beyond’. Mark Gipson advised on a complex £4.5m company sale in the energy sector that included a joint venture agreement.

Gotelee Solicitors is ‘very responsive and good quality’. Max Harnden’s team advised on numerous franchise re-sales, the MBO of a local logistics and transport company, and the disposal of an independent design agency. Clients include ACC Publishing Group and Freight International Ltd. Petra Sharp stands out for her ‘first-class ability to communicate complicated terminology in a language that is easy to understand’.

The ‘always excellentIan Waine heads the corporate and commercial practice at Prettys and is ‘a superb operator, who is very highly rated for corporate finance work’. He advised the Aldeburgh Music Endowment Fund on the £7m acquisition of a retail business at Snape Maltings. The firm mainly advises SMEs and provides ‘an excellent balance between legal and commercial advice’. Jon Bloor is also recommended.

At Ashtons Legal,the service is excellent and the firm understands its client’s business’. Paul Whittingham is ‘very good on acquisitions and start-ups, striking a careful line between pragmatic negotiation and keeping a tight view on the legal issues’. He advised on a €20m business sale to a US buyer. Solicitor Joel Furniss is a rising star.

Barker Gotelee provides ‘good practical support’ to family-owned businesses and is noted for its expertise in farm diversification matters. The ‘pragmatic, polite, unfussy’ Clare Richards ‘takes time to ensure clients understand the legal aspects’. She advised Barley Brigg Biogas on a £4m fundraising from an Enterprise Investment Scheme fund and internal investors.

Kerseys Solicitorsprovides excellent service and value for money’. Team leader Kimat Singh and solicitor Matthew Osborn advised on the £1.2m acquisition of a mini-supermarket. Senior solicitor Amanda Wheatley assisted a nationwide franchise operation with its legal audit, and handled a multimillion-pound share sale to foreign investors for a client in the entertainment and leisure sector.

Andrew Fleming at Blocks has over 30 years’ experience and is a respected adviser to many of the region’s SME clients.

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