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Corporate and commercial: Newcastle

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  1. Corporate and commercial: Newcastle
  2. Leading individuals (region-wide)
  3. Next generation lawyers (region-wide)

Leading individuals (region-wide)

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Next generation lawyers (region-wide)

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    • Stacey Hall - Bond Dickinson LLP
    • Martin McKinnell - Endeavour Partnership LLP
    • Emma Pern - Sintons LLP
    • Adam Rayner - Muckle LLP
    • Paul Wigham - Watson Burton LLP

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Bond Dickinson LLP is a ‘standout firm’ with ‘an approach that is unmatched in the region’. The seven-partner corporate and commercial team is jointly led by the ‘excellentBen Butler and Jamie Pass and counts FTSE 100 companies, global corporates, start-ups and private equity firms as clients. Key sectors for the group include manufacturing, chemicals, financial services, retail and transport. Butler recently advised Atom Bank on three private fundraising rounds (amounting to £135m) to support the bank’s launch, and Pass is assisting OpSec Security Group with its multimillion-pound takeover by a bid vehicle incorporated by Investcorp Technology Partners, a strategically important take-private transaction for the client that involved advising on regulatory issues including Takeover Code requirements. Pass is also advising Hydro International on its £28m takeover by Ely Acquisition, and is handling longstanding client e-Therapeutics’ acquisition of Searchbolt, a search engine technology optimisation company. Other clients include ARC Trinova, which Simon Watts (who leads the firm’s company and commercial department) advised on its acquisition of the Covance Alnwick facility in Northumberland; and Lotte Chemical UK, which Peter Snaith (who leads the manufacturing and chemicals groups) assisted with its global supply agreement. Corporate finance specialist Robert Phillips is also recommended, as is associate Stacey Hall.

Muckle LLP’s ‘incredibly impressive’ team ‘ranks highly, thanks to its professionalism, excellent knowledge, pragmatism and commerciality’. The firm has handled an array of corporate finance mandates throughout 2016, in keeping with the firm’s historic strength in the area; the group advised Kitwave Group on its combined £41.5m debt financing and related equity investment from Pricoa Capital and Allstate, which the client used to finance two acquisitions and support the growth of its national presence. It also assisted Fairstone Group, the UK’s largest chartered financial planning firm, with a £25m investment from Synova Capital (which was among the largest private equity investments in the region in 2016), and handled a £15m fundraising for Quantum Pharma, a notable public company transaction that involved tapping into new and existing institutional investors for an accelerated book-build. Practice head and ‘experienced corporate adviser’ Andrew Davison is noted for his wide-ranging coverage of transactional and regulatory matters. Other key team members include corporate finance specialist Anthony Evans, who ‘combines in-depth technical knowledge with a practical approach’; the ‘excellent’ Hugh Welch, who is recommended for M&A work; Philip Clare, who ‘has an exceptionally strong work ethic’; Mike Spetch, who focuses on private equity transactions; and commercial contract specialist Alan Grisedale. Associate Adam Rayner is also recommended.

A go-to firm in the North’, Mincoffs Solicitors LLP has a ‘premium’ team that provides ‘grounded advice with an ability to understand exactly what the client wants and build a process to achieve that aim’. The practice focuses on assisting SMEs, with particular emphasis in the healthcare, leisure, technology and engineering sectors. Representative clients include Ailantus Hotels, LB Foster and Danieli Group. John Nicholson has an extensive track record of handling corporate issues ranging from business start-ups through to IPOS and Public M&A transactions. In a recent highlight, Nicholson (who is ‘highly rated in the field’) advised the Cairn Hotel Group on its £75m acquisition of the entire share capital of the five companies that form the Hotel Collections Group; he also assisted Amor Healthcare with its acquisition of Healthways Chemist and is handling corporate governance and constitutional matters for Northern Bear. ‘Exemplary’ department head Paul Hughes acts for a range of listed companies, owner-managed businesses, institutional clients and entrepreneurs. Other key figures include Peter Robinson, who has wide-ranging corporate finance expertise and has a track record advising universities in spin-out transactions.

A true leader in the healthcare field’, Sintons LLP’s ‘highly proactive team’ acts for a range of public and private healthcare clients including Intrahealth, Derwentside GP Federation and multiple NHS trusts. In a recent highlight, dental specialist Amanda Maskery led advice on the sale of an orthodontic practice to Queensway Dental Practice. Karen Simms heads the team and is noted for her combination of ‘a technical and commercial mindset’. Simms focuses on the energy and waste sectors, where the firm acts for clients including North Tees Waste Management, and is assisted by Christopher Welch (a ‘market leader in the leisure sector’) and the ‘brilliant’ Adrian Dye, who also handles a wide range of corporate matters in the waste and healthcare sectors. Welch recently assisted Gainford Hotels and Gainford Care with its acquisition of County Hotel and Dye acted for the selling shareholders on the MBO of DEF Software. Other clients include Ladhar Group, Jennings Motor Group and Creative Support. Other key figures include Matt Collen, handles private equity transactions, and associate Emma Pern, who is ‘professional and courteous at all times’.

The ‘extremely knowledgeable, helpful and personable’ group at Ward Hadaway is ‘fantastic to work with’ and ‘really takes the time to get to know its clients’. Corporate practice head Martin Hulls focuses on private equity and venture capital transactions; he recently advised True Potential on its sale of a minority stake to FTV Capital. The ‘excellentColin Hewitt is head of the commercial team and regularly acts for public sector clients; his highlights included handling North East Finance’s extension to the Finance for Business North East fund and acting for Virgin Money on the development and implementation of a cloud-based mortgage application system. Other clients include Total Capital Partners and Business Travel; Katherine Hay-Heddle (who ‘adds gravitas to any transaction’) assisted the latter with its sale to Hays Travel. Robert Thompson, Richard Butts, Damien Charlton and Phil Tompkins are also names to note. James Nightingale made partner in mid-2016 and Dean Murray joined from Square One Law.

Watson Burton LLP is ‘genuinely excellent across the board’, with notable strength advising education, technology and financial services clients. Key highlights included advising MTrec on the sale of 85% of its shares to Trust Tech, a Japanese staffing business; acting for the selling shareholders on G2G3’s acquisition of OrangeBus and handling Camerons Brewery’s acquisition of Leeds Brewery Holding Company. The ‘truly exceptional’ Duncan Reid leads the group and specialises in private equity transactions; he recently assisted My Wealth Management with its sale to Fairstone Group. Other clients include Broadband Satellite Services, Federal Signal and Northstar Ventures. Paul Wigham, who is ‘highly experienced in technology and venture capital transactions’, made partner in late 2016. David Jenkins is singled out for his outsourcing and commercial contract expertise and solicitor Kirsty Adamson is cited as ‘definitely one to watch’. Andrew Francey joined Freeths LLP.

The ‘incredibly proficient’ practice at DWF works closely with the firm’s team in Leeds and excels in the media, technology and energy sectors, where it acts for clients including Guinness Sustainable Infrastructure and Top Technology Ventures. The group also has international M&A experience with substantial expertise in equity capital markets work including IPOs and secondary fundraisings; it recently advised Cloudcall Group on its placing of new ordinary shares on AIM. Practice head Jeremy Swift is highly regarded for his corporate finance expertise and recently assisted Cussins and two of its shareholders with a secondary buyout and refinancing. He also advised Hindley Circuits on its acquisition of the assets of Opsol UK from administrators. Clients single out M&A expert Anne Spetch, who is ‘forthright and exudes confidence from the outset’, and associate Jemil Visram, who is ‘an excellent asset no matter the problem’.

Jonathan Waters and Mark Adams are key names to note at Hay & Kilner. Waters is recommended for his healthcare and charity sector expertise and Adams regularly represents clients in the pharmaceutical and veterinary sectors. Highlights for the ‘exceptional’ practice included advising the management team of Indigo Software (a new client) on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Indigo Software (Holdings), and acting for the buyout team on the MBO of DEF Software. The group primarily represents owner-managed businesses and SMEs at a regional and national level; clients include Barrier Group, Park Lane Healthcare, Danieli Holdings and Culpitt. Sarah Hall is recommended for employment-related issues and Paul Taylor handles the commercial property elements of transactions.


Corporate and commercial: Cumbria

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  1. Corporate and commercial: Cumbria
  2. Leading individuals (region-wide)
  3. Next generation lawyers (region-wide)

Leading individuals (region-wide)

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Next generation lawyers (region-wide)

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    • Stacey Hall - Bond Dickinson LLP
    • Martin McKinnell - Endeavour Partnership LLP
    • Emma Pern - Sintons LLP
    • Adam Rayner - Muckle LLP
    • Paul Wigham - Watson Burton LLP

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Clients of Baines Wilson LLP praise its ‘strong technical knowledge’, its ‘commercial outlook’, and its ability to ‘provide straightforward and practical advice, making it a key name on any shortlist’. John Wilson and the ‘excellent’ Andrew Hill lead the commercial and corporate groups, respectively. Wilson advised Gott Agri Synergy on its acquisition of Stonegate Group and Hill assisted Lloyd Motors with its acquisition of the Ripon Rover business and service centre. Further highlights for Hill include acting for Lakes Biomass on its sale to Forest Fuels and advising one of the shareholders of Online Systems on its MBO. Clients also single out Kate Parker, who is ‘genuinely brilliant’; consultant Chris Kelly, who joined the firm in 2016 from Pinsent Masons LLP and focuses on commercial work and risk management issues; and ‘incredible’ commercial property specialist Sean Logue.

Burnetts has a ‘standout team’ that ‘exceeds expectations across the board’ and maintains ‘exceptionally high standards’. Department head John Noctor ‘excels in his role’; he is assisted by IT and IP specialist Vaughan Jones, who ‘makes communication easy’, and M&A and private equity expert Michael Walby, who ‘brings energy and passion to all the work he does’. Key sector focuses include transport, education, professional services and nuclear. In an illustration of its education-sector capability, Noctor advised Carlisle College on the preparation of a series of contracts and sub-contracts for the delivery of the Skills Support for the Workforce programme, which is being funded by the European Social Fund ESF funded programme. Other highlights included assisting Lloyd Motors with its acquisition of a Jaguar franchise from Clelands of the Borders, and acting for the shareholders of Denton Tyres on its sale to Micheldever. Other clients include Hudson Swan Engineering and H&H Group; Walby acted for the latter on its acquisition of Armitage Livestock Insurance Brokers.

Cartmell Shepherd’s team of ‘commercial and pragmatic partners demonstrates knowledge and technical abilities that are comparable to any others in the market’, and is praised for its ‘comprehensive, fast and accurate advice’. The group, which sits as part of the firm’s business services team, regularly works with the employment and real estate departments and is led by associate Nick Hodgson, who ‘provides sound advice that is always level-headed’. Hodgson regularly handles M&A transactions, MBOs, restructurings, distribution agreements and franchising matters. Recent mandates include advising on the sale of a property maintenance company, handling a refinancing for a national accountancy practice and assisting a local media company with the disposal of one of its titles to a community interest group. Hodgson is also advising on an investment into a professional sports team.


Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North

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  1. Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North
  2. Leading individuals (region-wide)
  3. Next generation lawyers (region-wide)

Leading individuals (region-wide)

  1. 1

Next generation lawyers (region-wide)

  1. 1
    • Stacey Hall - Bond Dickinson LLP
    • Martin McKinnell - Endeavour Partnership LLP
    • Emma Pern - Sintons LLP
    • Adam Rayner - Muckle LLP
    • Paul Wigham - Watson Burton LLP

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North clients in North using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact david.burgess@legal500.com.

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One of the best corporate firms in the North East’, Archers Law LLPconsistently delivers exceptional work with an ability to focus on finding solutions that meet the client’s needs’. Practice head David Adams attracts praise for his ‘keen eye for technical detail, commercial approach and incredible wealth of knowledge’. Adams, who handles corporate finance, MBOs and M&A transactions for a primarily SME client base, recently advised the shareholders of a national haulage company on a £38m share sale. Associate Daniel Flounders is singled out as ‘a great lawyer who is in high demand and has exceptional expertise beyond his years’. Consultant John Richardson is also recommended.

Endeavour Partnership LLP fields ‘a commercial, pragmatic and practical team of problem solvers’ that ‘provides the highest possible level of service’ and is noted for its ‘clear focus on the client’s priorities; it doesn’t shy away from the most complex issues’. The department handles the full gamut of corporate and commercial mandates, from corporate transactions and financing, to private equity, share incentive schemes and IP matters for a client base of multinationals, SMEs, individual shareholders and investors. Key names include the ‘incredibly strong’ Nik Tunley, who leads the department, associate Martin McKinnell and managing partner Paul Bury. Substantial sector focuses include the offshore, energy, waste management, franchising, sport and leisure sectors.

Swinburne Maddison fields ‘one of the best teams in the region’ led by the ‘perfectly excellent’ Martyn Tennant, which is noted for its ‘exceptional service levels and professionally delivered advice’. Tennant focuses on advising regional SME clients and is recognised for his transactional and restructuring expertise; he recently advised G Mayes on its acquisition of J Dinning. Other representative clients include Bondshold, Forward Sound, TJD Properties and Ocucon. ‘Brilliant’ transactional specialist Alex Wilby regularly advises on joint ventures, corporate restructurings and M&A, and senior solicitor Mike Ward primarily acts for software companies and handles corporate restructurings and commercial contract work.

Recent highlights for Jacksons Law include advising Sunderland GP Alliance on its acquisition of three local GP practices, handling a company sale in the education sector and assisting with a corporate restructuring. Tony Wentworth, whose range of expertise includes business acquisitions, disposals, funding issues, franchises and commercial contract mandates, leads the group, which also includes solicitor Louise White, who joined from an in-house position at Cobblestone. The practice primarily advises regional SMEs; its client roster includes PD Ports, Esterline Technologies and Cleveland Cable Company.

John Walters leads the practice at Tilly Bailey & Irvine, which handles financing matters, transactions, commercial contracts, IP issues, insolvency mandates and restructurings for a predominantly Tees Valley-based client roster. Walters’ expertise lies in transactional issues, particularly MBOs, M&A transactions and venture capital investments. Craig Malarkey focuses on acquisitions and share and asset sales, and solicitor Matthew Smith has expertise in drafting and reviewing commercial agreements. Representative matters include advising on academy conversions for both Ad Astra Academy Trust and Stranton Academy Trust, and assisting with the sale of a multi-practice veterinary surgery.

BHP Law’s practice handles a wide range of transactional mandates, including recent work for Taradina Group on the movement of assets following a corporate restructuring. The firm also handled a business sale for a local hotel and spa, and advised a local manufacturing company on the terms of an international settlement agreement. Other key areas of expertise include venture capital and private equity investments, M&A, commercial contracts and insolvencies. Franchise specialist and British Franchise Association affiliated lawyer Marc Allison leads the group. Former department head Gary Copeland is now a consultant.


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Jeremy Smith leads the department at Bond Dickinson LLP, which is noted for its handling of tax aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, and tax-efficient restructurings. Recent highlights include advising Hydro International on the tax issues surrounding its £28m takeover by Ely Acquisition, acting for Polyframe Group on its acquisition of The Window Bureau, and assisting with the internal restructuring of REG Power Management. Associate Lee Parbery focuses on property transactions and was recently part of the team that handled the tax aspects of Noble Organisation’s £18m sale of Brighton Pier to Eclectic Bar Group. Other key strengths for the group include banking and employment related tax issues. Old Mutual Wealth, Esh Group and Hertshten Group are also clients.

At Ward Hadaway, practice head Paul Christian handles tax structurings, transactional tax matters, advice on VAT, income tax and stamp duty. It also has expertise in employee share incentives and property tax. The practice regularly advises entrepreneurial hi-tech companies on structuring, investment and exit planning, and handling innovative employee share incentive arrangements. Clients include The Bannatyne Group and NEL Fund Managers; Christian advised the latter on the establishment of an employee ownership trust. He also acted for the selling shareholders on the tax elements of the sale of Business Travel to Hays Travel, assisted various fund managers with the tax aspects of investment structures, and advised Frank Recruitment Group on the tax elements of its sale to TPG Group.


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