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Gateley Plc’s team provides ‘very knowledgeable and fair’ advice to a client base that includes large-scale corporates and financial institutions, in addition to SMEs. Recent highlights include advising several shareholders on the management buyout of Stressline Holdings and acting for the sellers on the management buyout of UK Gas Services. Gareth John and Rachel Bennett are the key contacts. Keith Gilbert joined Freeths.

Hewitsons is highly regarded for its expertise in the packaging, agricultural and motor industries. In a highlight matter the firm advised Northampton-based motor dealer Perrys on its acquisition of GK Group, which includes six sites and over 400 employees. Kevin Fletcher, David Browne and Richard Ingram are recommended.

Spearing Waite LLP covers a wide range of corporate matters, including M&A, venture capital transactions and private equity fundraising and investments, as well as complex reorganisations. The practice recently assisted the group manager of the Engineering Technology Group on a secondary management buyout. Martin Smith heads the ‘responsive’ team, which includes public company expert Oliver Brookshaw.

Headed by Ed Nurse, BHW Solicitors’ ‘impressive and strong’ team is noted for its aerospace industry expertise. In 2015, it advised the shareholders of Power Towers Limited on its disposal of Oshkosh Corporation.

Transactional highlights for Howes Percival LLP included advised BPW Limited on its acquisitions of FP&S Parts and Service and EMS Limited. Gerald Couldrake heads the team.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s ‘commercially astute’ team has wide-ranging corporate expertise spanning M&A, investments, MBOs, and employee buyout and ownership mandates. Highlights included advising Shield Engineering on the acquisition of Alumasc Precision Castings. Gary Davie and Roy Botterill are recommended.

Jason Hathaway heads Edward Hands & Lewis’ practice, which routinely acts on corporate transactions and commercial matters.

At Nelsons Solicitors Limited, Lisa Botterill recently acted for Johannesburg-based client Matco on a cross-border acquisition. Associate Ziaur Rahman is also recommended.

Roythornes Solicitors’ corporate and commercial practice leverages the firm’s strength in the agricultural and food sectors, enabling it to handle a wide spectrum of corporate and commercial matters. Recent highlights include the reorganisations of large estates and farming groups. The ‘excellentPeter Bennett and Martin Jinks are recommended.

Wilkin Chapman LLP is particularly noted for its strength in the renewable energy sector, especially in connection with anaerobic digestion plant projects. Russell Eke and Ian Sherburn are the key figures. Stephen Savage left the firm, although he remains active on a consultancy basis, and Richard Frogson joined in January 2015.

At Wilson Browne Solicitors, the ‘very practicalAndrew Kerr (who joined the firm in 2014 from Shakespeare Martineau LLP) advised the sole shareholder of Tomkins Services (Northampton) Limited on the sale of the business.

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