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    • David Carr - Napthens LLP
    • Jamie Hawley - Aaron & Partners LLP
    • David Jones - Hillyer McKeown
    • William Ngan - Jolliffe & Co LLP
    • John Pickervance - Forbes Solicitors
    • Nick Pickup - Forbes Solicitors
    • Anne Scheland - Hillyer McKeown

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The ‘exceptional’ team at Aaron & Partners LLP handles investment mandates, corporate finance transactions, restructurings, and sales and acquisitions of owner-managed businesses across Cheshire and North Wales. Its recent highlights include handling mergers of professional services firms and educational establishments and advising on numerous renewable energy projects. It also handles venture capital transactions and continues to sit on the panel of several investment funds, including the North West Fund. Department head Stuart Scott-Goldstone, who splits his time between the Chester and Shrewsbury offices, led Harry Levy Amusement Contractor on a complex corporate reorganisation and the subsequent grant of EMI options and ESS shares. Knights of Old Group, Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and Enterprise Ventures are also clients. Scott-Goldstone is also noted for his technology, support services and renewable energy experience. Also recommended are partnership specialist Mark Briegal and senior associate Jamie Hawley.

The ‘prompt and knowledgeable’ team at Gorvins Solicitors acts for a number of national, regional and local clients, including public and private companies, owner-managed businesses, SMEs, entrepreneurs, banks and corporate funders. It is noted for its expertise in the media, publishing, retail, distribution, healthcare and finance sectors. Key highlights included advising FMPP Group on its £8m merger with Silbury Marketing, acting for Avonside Group Services on several acquisitions, and advising PDHL on the disposal of its debt management and IVA businesses. It also led John Mooney on the sale of Jontek to Legrand. John Munroe Group, Mondiale Publishing and Bridgebank Capital are also clients. Andrew Curwen heads the team, which includes the ‘first-rateChristian Mancier, who acts for owner-managed and family-owned businesses and leads the firm’s family business team. Consultant Paul Lupton advises on corporate and commercial matters for small-to-medium-sized businesses and their owners.

The ‘effective’ team at Myerson Solicitors LLP is ‘fast to respond and is able to react at short notice. It regularly acts for owner-managed and SME businesses, as well as banks, venture capital institutions, plcs and other large organisations. IT, IP, TMT, franchising and charities related mandates are all active areas for the ‘highly regarded’ team, which advised Customs Connect on a company restructure and a £4m investment by NVM Private Equity. It also acted for Code Computer Love on the sale of a 75% stake to WPP. The ‘exceptionally talented’ M Akeel Latif heads the department, which includes the ‘very able’ Andrew Brown, Scott Sands, who acts for technology, charity and professional service clients, and the ‘brilliantCarla Murray, who was promoted to partner in 2016. Managing partner Carl Newton is also a key figure in the team.

The ‘highly rated’ team at Napthens LLP advises on high-profile transactions for entrepreneurs, owner-managed businesses and plcs. Blackburn-based corporate head Richard Robinson led advice for White Moss Horticulture on its reorganisation and subsequent sale to Irish company Board na Móna. Robinson also led a team, which included senior associate David Carr (who joined the Blackburn office from Brabners LLP in July 2016), advising the shareholders of Natures Aid on its sale to Stada Arzneimittel. Preston-based Robert Dobson advises on M&A, particularly in relation to large family businesses, and led W. H. Bowker on the acquisition of the business and assets of Potter Logistics. Also based in Preston, Keith Melling advised Test Direct on its sale to US-based Quality Test Group. Other recommended figures in Preston include consultant Gareth McIntegart.

SAS Daniels LLP’s ‘very professional’ department advises SME clients on corporate and commercial mandates in a range of sectors, including healthcare and education. ‘Very responsive’ and ‘client-friendly’ corporate head Jeremy Orrell led the shareholders of Oakfield Caravan Park on its sale to Lyons Holiday Park. He also acted alongside commercial head Kaye Whitby for Prima Doors on its sale to Assa Abloy. Pentre Group Holdings, Training 2000 Premier Care and Louvolite are also clients. Andy Booth has specialist knowledge of the music industry and acts for a range of North West-based bands and artists.

Based across its Liverpool and Chester offices, the ‘experienced’ team at DTM Legal LLP delivers ‘pragmatic corporate advice’, ‘quick response times’ and is applauded for its ‘personal approach’. The team provides corporate and commercial advice to SME, owner-managed and family businesses across Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. Team head Edward Barnes, who splits his time between the Liverpool and Chester offices, is ‘approachable, and builds strong client relationships’. In Chester, Alison Brennan has ‘strong technical expertise’ and ‘always goes the extra mile to meet tight deadlines’. Brennan advised Hall Livesey Brown on its acquisition of an accountancy practice and also acts for a number of doctors’ practices in relation to their practice agreements. Phil Whitehurst in Liverpool led advice to Hadlow Edwards on its acquisition of Ellet Wealth Management.

The ‘knowledgeable, speedy and commercial’ team at Forbes Solicitors is particularly noted for its strength in advising on corporate and commercial transactions across Lancashire. Highlights included acting for the majority shareholder on the sale of shares in Mercers and Sons, and acted for ticket exchange platform The Vibe on a crowdfunding round. It also advised Promenade Hotel (St. Annes) on the £4m demerger in order to facilitate the separation of two hotels held within the company. Pauline Rigby ‘gets the job done’ and heads the ‘technically able’ corporate and restructuring team. Daniel Milnes is recommended for commercial matters. Key figures at associate level include John Pickervance, who ‘provides information in plain English’, and Nick Pickup.

According to clients, Jolliffe & Co LLP’s department ‘really knows its stuff’. Its client base includes entrepreneurs, private companies, SMEs and owner-managed businesses. Highlights included acting for the shareholders of F.J. Need (Foods) on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Ireland-based Ornua. It also advised the shareholders of Wright Landscapes on its sale to Hultons Holdings. ‘Knowledgeable’ team head Simon Williams ‘explains things in a way that is easy to understand and with complete clarity’ and attracts praise for his ‘exceptional client-handling skills’. Also recommended are the ‘brilliant’ Chantel Clague, and senior associate William Ngan, a tax specialist who joined in 2016 from Addleshaw Goddard.

The ‘tremendously efficient’ team at Slater Heelis LLP delivers ‘prompt responses’ and has ‘good technical knowledge’. The team is experienced in the bio-tech, education, leisure and healthcare sectors; in an illustration of its bio-tech expertise, the team advised a personal medical device producer on the granting of an option to acquire up to 20% of its issued share capital. It also acted for the minority shareholders of Aflex Hose on the sale of all the shares in the company to a trade buyer, Spirax Sarco Investments. It also advised Elle R Leisure on the acquisition of a boutique hotel and events venue. Katharine Mellor’s ‘breadth of knowledge and experience allows her to deliver advice in a structured and understandable way’. Geoffrey Blower recently retired.

Bolstered by its 2016 merger, the ‘very knowledgeable’ corporate and commercial team at Chafes Hague Lambert LLP acts for owner-managed businesses on corporate matters such as sales, acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, partnership agreements. The practice also handles commercial matters such as supply, agency, licensing and distribution agreements. Team head Tony Morris is ‘extremely diligent and professional, and is always on hand to respond to queries’. Consultant solicitor Ruth Smith handles commercial, IP and ICT matters.

Fielden Marshall Glover Strutt’s ‘knowledgeable’ team provides ‘commercial advice’ to a corporate, investor and entrepreneur client base that includes plcs and SMEs in the retail, telecoms, distribution and pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors. The ‘very responsive’ Nicholas Fielden heads the corporate and M&A department.

The ‘skilled’ department at Hillyer McKeown advises SMEs and owner-managed businesses, with particular emphasis on acting for vendor clients. Its sector expertise spans the manufacturing, accountancy and technology arenas. Highlights included advising UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) on a tripartite co-operation agreement between WADA, UKAD and RUSADA for the provision of sample collection and testing services to Russian athletes. Other key clients include Registered Digital Institute, ANSA Environmental Services and Progress to Excellence Group. Senior associate Anne Scheland heads the team, which includes associate David Jones, who is ‘excellent on commercial matters’, and managing partner Steven Harvey.

Bolton-headquartered KBL Solicitors LLP fields a ‘prompt’ department, and now has a presence in Blackburn as a result of its 2016 merger with Garricks. It acts for small-to-medium-sized clients ranging from owner-managed businesses to sole traders, including a number of manufacturing businesses. The ‘renowned’ Phil Stephenson heads the team and is also noted for his expertise in sports-related contracts. Consultant Jonathan Shorrock is also singled out.

MLP Law LLP operates out of its Altrincham, Liverpool and Manchester offices acts for SMEs and family-owned business across the North West in the healthcare and retail sectors. Steve Hartley heads the team, which includes managing partner Stephen Attree.

Noted for its ‘strong technical knowledge’, ‘very commercial outlook’ and ‘straightforward advice’, Baines Wilson LLP operates out of its Carlisle and Lancaster offices and handles a range of corporate acquisitions, disposals and international distribution, agency and licensing agreements. Key work included advising Lloyd Motors on its acquisition of the Ripon Land Rover business and service centre; acting for Gott Agri Synergy on the acquisition of the Stonegate Group; and assisting the sole shareholder of Lakes Biomass Limited with its sale to Forest Fuels. John Wilson heads the corporate team and Andrew Hill, who delivers ‘very clear advice’, heads the commercial team.

Butcher & Barlow LLP’s corporate and commercial team is based across its Gadbrook Park, Northwich and Bury offices, offering sector expertise across the care home, healthcare and the brewery industries. Highlights included advising Cartridge People on a marketplace agreement for online sales; acting for Aston Financial on a share restructuring and finance transaction; and assisting Permavoid with a commercial agreement. Jonathan Aldersley, James Hodgson and Justin Kelly are key figures in the department.

The team at Farleys Solicitors LLP operates across its Blackburn, Preston and Manchester offices and is commended for its ‘excellent strength in depth’, as well as for its ability to ‘take the time to truly understand the client’. Highlights included advising Calderprint on the acquisition of Whitney Woods and acting for Brysdale Group on its purchase of Appletree Industry. Blackburn-based team head Debbie King is ‘technically strong’ and provides ‘efficient and comprehensive explanations’. In Manchester Ian Liddle is noted for corporate finance work.

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