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Rafael Ruiz at Birketts LLP is praised as a ‘great communicator’ with an ‘extensive knowledge of competition law’. Adam Jones led a team advising the owners of Alstons Furniture Group on its £24.5m sale to Thai Carpet Manufacturing Company. Nick Burnett advised both parties on the merger of Bird Luckin and Rickard Keen, two of the largest accountancy firms in Essex.

The team at Birkett Long LLP is led by Tracey Dickens and handles all aspects of corporate finance, banking, joint venture and commercial work. David Wisbey is also recommended.

The ‘hardworkingSeamus Clifford leads the practice at Ellisons Solicitors, which regularly advises shareholders and directors on sales and acquisitions; highlights included assisting the shareholders of Knight Developments with a management buyout.

The ‘responsive’ group at Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP is led by Tony Fisher and gives ‘clear and authoritative advice’. It has particular strength in the sale and purchase of dental practices, as well as renewable energy sector transactions. Ashton Carter is also recommended.

Thompson Smith and Puxon’s team provides ‘well-researched legal advice on a wide variety of corporate matters’. Mary Anne Fedeyko is singled out for her ‘good business acumen and legal experience’. She advised E.S.C. (Europe) on the £2.1m sale of its share capital. Nick Mayles is also recommended.

Wortley Byers LLP’s ‘excellent’ and ‘exceptionally responsive’ team is noted for its ‘out of the box’ solutions. The group is led by the ‘commercially astute’ Sue Dowman and has a particular focus on the pharmaceutical sector, where it continues to assist Martindale Pharma with its expansion abroad. In another highlight, Lucy Folley has been advising Precision Lift Services on its multimillion-pound sale to Lakehouse.

Matthew Poli leads the team at Palmers, which advised on the sale of a fashion industry manufacturer and on the purchase of a financial advisory business.

Julien Pritchard heads the team at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors, which ‘gets the job done efficiently, no matter how complicated’.

Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP’s clients include care homes and car dealerships. Fiona Colwell, Wendy Cole and Mark Deans are recommended.

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