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Corporate and commercial: Newcastle

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Bond Dickinson LLP’s sizeable team regularly acts on large-scale corporate transactions for FTSE 100 companies and global corporates, as well as high-end start-ups and private equity companies. In a highlight deal Ben Butler, who is skilled in fundraisings and group reorganisations, acted for Atom Bank on its Β£135m equity fundraising, which involved investments from several banks and investment management companies. Butler heads the team alongside Jamie Pass (who β€˜knows how to get the deal done’) and Simon Watts. Tax specialist Jeremy Smith, is β€˜very responsive, practical, and extremely user-friendly’. Robert Phillips joined in early 2016 from Muckle LLP.

Muckle LLP’s corporate practice stands out for its β€˜excellent job of supporting both for profit and not-for-profit organisations in their commercial endeavours’. Recent work includes acting for the selling shareholders of CAV Aerospace on its sale to Better Capital. New clients include Rosewood Packaging, Bay Plastics and Design For Sport Developments. Andrew Davison leads the practice.

Karen Simms leads Sintons LLP’s team, which regularly handles high-value corporate transactions in the financial services, energy, waste, care and leisure sectors. Other key figures include Amanda Maskery, who specialises in sales and acquisitions of dental practices, and Matt Collen, who is β€˜commercial, pragmatic, knowledgeable and a good negotiator’ and has expertise in private equity transactions. Adrian Dye and Christopher Welch are also recommended.

Ward Hadaway’s team recently acted for the shareholders on the disposal of Bake Northern Holdings, and for The Pen Shop on its change of ownership. Corporate head Martin Hulls is noted for his ability to instil β€˜a high degree of confidence within the whole transaction team’. Commercial practice head Colin Hewitt is also recommended.

Eversheds LLP’s Newcastle presence is complemented by the firm’s extensive international practice, making the corporate practice a natural choice for cross-border deals. Corporate head Charles Reynard recently led a group reorganisation for Nomad Holdings, which included the re-designation of share capital to align with shareholder requirements.

Hay & Kilner’s team provides β€˜first-rate advice that is thorough, comprehensive and delivered in terms a layman can understand’. Team head Jonathan Waters receives praise for his combination of β€˜deep knowledge with a balanced approach’. Mark Adams led advice to Chambers Chemist on the disposal of three pharmacies.

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP acts for clients including Northern Bear plc, Metnor Group, Ulysses Leisure Group and Bede Gaming. Paul Hughes heads the team and is noted for his advice on IPOs and AIM flotations. John Nicholson recently advised a US-based, NASDAQ-listed company on acquisitions in the UK and Europe.

Noted for its β€˜excellent in-house expertise’, Watson Burton LLP’s corporate team has particular strength in the technology, leisure, energy and waste sectors. Practice leader Duncan Reid β€˜is great at governance and corporate structures; his proactive approach is a valuable addition to a mandate’.

Key figures at Square One Law include Alan Fletcher, who is dual-qualified in Scotland and England, and Ian Gilthorpe, who is highly experienced in both private and public sector commercial projects.


Corporate and commercial: Cumbria

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Recent highlights for Baines Wilson LLP include advising an engineering company on its purchase of the business and assets of another engineering company. The team’s client base covers a broad cross section, from family-owned businesses to large multinationals. John Wilson has expertise in primary and secondary issuances and private equity transactions, and heads the practice with Andrew Hill, who is β€˜a professional, reliable and practical corporate lawyer’.

Clients of Burnetts highlight the firm’s β€˜good balance of value for money, professionalism, legal and technical knowledge, and customer focus’. Highlights included Michael Walby’s advice to H&H Group on its acquisition of an estate and land agency practice based in South Cumbria. β€˜Commercially focused’ team head John Noctor is recommended for his ability to β€˜communicate complex matters in a non-technical manner’.

Cartmell Shepherd recently advised on a complex cross-jurisdictional management buyout of a technology business. Associate Nick Hodgson handles shareholder and partnership arrangements and has experience in reorganisations, joint ventures, disposals and acquisitions.


Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North

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Archers Law LLP is β€˜an outstanding firm with very good practical knowledge’. The practice is headed by David Adams and includes Daniel Flounders; β€˜both are very knowledgeable, approachable and very good with clients’. Highlights included advising Knightingales on the acquisition of a pharmacy.

Endeavour Partnership LLP acts for clients across a range of sectors including offshore, energy, waste management, franchising and sport and leisure. Recent highlights include acting for the seller of a recruitment and placement company based in London. Key figures include practice head Nik Tunley and managing partner Paul Bury, who stands out for his β€˜patience, comprehension, and timing’.

Jacksons Law β€˜has an excellent practice and its people are all highly capable and experienced’. The team advised four shareholders on the sale of a company involved in high street pharmacy and online medication supply businesses. Practice head Tony Wentworth is β€˜a lawyer of the highest quality’.

β€˜One of the best firms on Teesside’, Tilly Bailey & Irvine fields a β€˜quality team that offers an unrivalled level of service and advice’. John Walters and Craig Malarkey β€˜form the backbone of the corporate team and offer excellent advice’. Walters recently advised a group of accountants on a new LLP members’ agreement.

Recent work handled by BHP Law includes the creation of an EMI scheme for a property management company. Gary Copeland leads the team.

Nicholas Poole heads the team at Latimer Hinks Solicitors, which acts predominantly for SMEs. Poole is noted for his significant experience of sales and acquisitions in the care home sector.

Elaine McLaine-Wood leads Punch Robson’s practice, which recently advised the lender andpurchaser on the acquisition of a pharmacy worth Β£2.1m.

Swinburne Maddison β€˜punches above its weight’, thanks in part to β€˜very experienced, capable corporate partners’ Martyn Tennant and Alex Wilby. The team recently acted on the sale of the entire issued share capital of an offshore engineering and equipment hire company.


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Bond Dickinson LLP acted for MVM Private Equity Limited on the Β£10m merger of Cleveland Biotech Holdings and Biological Preparations, which raised issues of the availability of relief for venture capital trusts and the exercise of share options. Team head Jeremy Smith β€˜is very responsive and practical’. Other clients include Deutsche Bahn, Hertshten Group, Old Mutual Wealth and Grainger plc.

Ward Hadaway’s clients praise its corporate tax advice as being β€˜of the highest technical standard and balanced with sound commercial judgement’. Paul Christian (who is β€˜of the highest calibre’) is noted for his broad-ranging expertise spanning takeovers, sales and purchases, joint ventures, MBOs and fundraising. The team provided tax advice to the sellers of Wrap Film Systems, the holding company of Bacofoil, to Melitta.


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