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Ashfords LLP’s sizeable team acted for Pennon Group on the £100m acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Bournemouth Water. Louise Workman heads the corporate team in which Stuart Mathews and IP specialists Mark Lomas and Carl Steele are all highly recommended. Other clients include Pipex px, Sensus and Viridor.

At Foot Anstey, Chris Worrell led the team advising Succession Group on a number of share capital and asset acquisitions. In another highlight, private equity specialist Matthew Stoate advised longstanding client 90 North Real Estate Partners on an offshore equity structuring to facilitate a residential development.

Michelmores LLP has particular strength in private equity and equity capital markets matters. In 2015 Ian Holyoak (who is ‘excellent at identifying practical solutions to complex problems’) advised Ducalian Capital on fund incorporation and funding rounds for its investments. Practice head Richard Cobb, Stephen Morse and Alexandra Watson are also recommended.

At Murrell Associates, the ‘commercially-minded’ Chris Wills advised an investor in a wind energy project on the sale of part of its shareholding. Hugh Murrell is ‘one of the most astute commercial lawyers in the region’.

James Eveling leads the team at OTB Eveling, which acts for owner-managed businesses and SMEs.

Stephens Scown LLP is particularly strong in the renewable energy, and mines and minerals sectors, where it acts for a client base of SMEs and family businesses. The team advised Wolf Minerals on a number of high-value transactions. James Keliher heads the team, which includes Gavin Poole, Simon Morris and Christian Wilson.

Dominic Hollingsworth’s team at Kitsons LLP has particular expertise in the leisure and care sectors.

Brian Maxwell’s team at Porter Dodson LLP handled a number of share sale transactions. Evelyn Adfield is also recommended.

Solicitors Title LLP’s practice has particular expertise in the technology and media sectors. Richard James has ‘both the knowledge and experience to equal that of any London corporate firm; a rare find’.

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