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The ‘excellent’ team at Aaron & Partners LLP is noted for its ‘efficient service’. Venture capital investments are a particular strength of the firm, which has acted for a number of fund managers on their investments. Stuart Scott-Goldstone heads the team, which includes partnership specialist Mark Briegal.

Highlights for the ‘impressive’ team at Gorvins Solicitors included advising the shareholders of Performance Doorset Solutions on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Masonite International Corporation. Team head Andrew Curwen, Christian Mancier and consultant Paul Lupton are recommended.

The ‘thorough’ team at Myerson Solicitors LLP advised Willows Veterinary Group on its merger with Charter Veterinary Group and assisted Associated Security Solutions with its acquisition of Safes International. Team head M Akeel Latif ‘always understands the issues very quickly’ and managing partner Carl Newton provides ‘in-depth expertise’. The ‘excellent’ Andrew Brown and Scott Sands are also recommended.

Napthens LLP’s ‘very responsive’ department attracts praise for its ‘unfaltering attention to detail combined with its ability and willingness to explain in plain English’. Highlights included advising the shareholders of Cyclesport North on its partial sale to True Capital, and assisting the shareholders of Eison with the disposal of the company to ANS Group. Standout individuals include team head Richard Robinson, the ‘incredibly experienced’ Keith Melling, and ‘outstanding’ Robert Dobson. Gareth McIntegart joined as a consultant from DLA Piper UK LLP.

SAS Daniels LLP advised the trustees of the employee benefits trust of Meridian Healthcare on the sale of the entire issued share capital to HC One, and acted for the shareholders of Voice Marketing on its sale to Capita. Corporate head Jeremy Orrellis very responsive and clear in his advice, which is always jargon free and easy to understand’. ‘Experienced’ commercial head Kaye Whitby and Andy Booth are also recommended.

DTM Legal LLP’s team stands out for its ‘quick response times’. Highlights included advising the shareholders of Redwalls Care Services and Drew Care on the sale of two private nursing homes to Kingsley Healthcare. Key figures include Alison Brennan in Chester and Edward Barnes, who splits his time between the Liverpool and Chester offices. Phil Whitehurst joined the Liverpool office from Hillyer McKeown.

The ‘first-rate’ Pauline Rigby heads the corporate and restructuring team at Forbes Solicitors, which advised Stokers on its acquisition of Lucas World of Furniture, and assisted ACME with the acquisition of the Canopy Company. Daniel Milnes is also recommended.

Slater Heelis LLP’s ‘excellent’ department is experienced in the healthcare, education and life sciences sectors. Highlights included advising the shareholders of Cre8 Holdings on its sale to Ridge & Partners. Katharine Mellor heads the team, which includes Geoffrey Blower, who has a ‘wealth of experience’.

Chafes Solicitors LLP’s ‘impressive’ team acts for a range of owner-managed businesses. The ‘very responsive’ Tony Morris leads the team, which includes consultant Ruth Smith, who is recommended for commercial IT and IP matters.

Fielden Marshall Glover Strutt delivers an ‘absolutely first-class service’. It advised Colemans-ccts on the sale of its legal services business to Simpson Millar LLP. Nicholas Fielden is singled out for his ‘accessibility and collaborative approach’.

Jolliffe & Co LLP’s ‘professional team’ provides a ‘top-drawer service’. It advised the shareholders of Vannplastic on its £8.5m sale to Epwin Group. The ‘approachable’ Simon Williams heads the team and is noted for his ‘well-rounded and objective advice’.

The ‘top-notch’ team at KBL Solicitors LLP advises on corporate and commercial matters for a range of individuals and businesses. Phil Stephenson and consultant Jonathan Shorrock are recommended.

Steve Hartley heads the team at MLP Law LLP after joining from Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers LLP in 2015. The department advises a range of high-net-worth business owners. Managing partner Stephen Attree is also singled out for praise. Emma Lewis left the firm to form EL Law Ltd.

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