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Corporate and commercial: Hull and East Yorkshire

Index of tables

  1. Corporate and commercial: Hull and East Yorkshire
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP handles a range of local, national and international corporate transactions with particular expertise in the dairy and food, engineering, renewables and IT sectors. Andrew Funnell heads up the corporate group, which includes Nicholas Scott, and is complemented by the commercial law practice led by Marie Kell. The department works closely with its York-based corporate team, which includes corporate finance expert Philip Ashworth.

Practice head(s):Andrew Funnell

Other key lawyers:Marie Kell; Nicholas Scott

Key Clients

Ashcourt Contracts

Integra Buildings

H&R Healthcare

Ideal Boilers

PhD Nutrition

CPD Direct

Bostonair Group (including Boston Energy)

Seven Seas

Thompson Commercials Group

East Coast Construction (N.E.)

Henderson Insurance Brokers

John Good Group


Broady Valves

Pipers Crisps

Pickering and Ferens Homes

Green Oil International

Sewell Group

BW Industries

Work highlights

  • Acted for the sole shareholder on the sale of Locate Supplies to TW Metals sale.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Kenwick Park Hotel, Kenwick Estates  and Kenwick Woods to Coppergreen Developments.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Westgate Motors to DM Keith.
  • Assisted Burton Roofing Merchants with the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Brian Gow Roofing Warehouse.
  • Acted for Northcoast Seafoods on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Ambassador Seafoods.

Gosschalks' team is singled out for its representation of local and national mid-market and SME clients, and regularly acts for housebuilders, construction companies and property developers, and caravan manufacturers and caravan holiday park operators. It also handles a range of banking, finance and security matters for corporate clients, banks and other alternative business lenders. Nigel Beckwith heads up the practice, which includes Andrew Tarbutt and Paul Plaxton, who have particular expertise in private equity fundraisings and corporate reorganisations respectively. James Phinn focuses on commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):Nigel Beckwith

Other key lawyers:Andrew Tarbutt; Paul Plaxton; James Phinn; Simon Lunt

Key Clients

Ei Group Plc

Kingspan Group Plc

Shorewood Leisure Group

Rougemont Estates

TFG Capital


Age UK


Motor Depot

Kingstown Works

Auto-Trail VR

Massarella Catering Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Age UK on multiple acquisitions and disposals of retail outlets.
  • Assisted ResQ with the negotiation and drafting of new client service contracts, including a contract with Vodafone.
  • Advised TFG Capital on various bridging finance transactions.
  • Advised a long-standing local farming family on its £10m sale of two on-shore wind turbines.
  • Advised a group of high-net-worth individuals on an EIS investment in a start-up business.

Rollits LLP's team counts public and privately-owned companies, SMEs and joint venture vehicles as clients. John Flanagan heads up the practice and frequently assists clients in the education sector including several multi-academy trusts. The group's other areas of strength include handling food sector instructions (for which Julian Wild is a key name to note), and acting for social enterprises and family-owned businesses; Richard Field also handles matters in the charity sector. Nasim Sharf joined Wilkin Chapman LLP.

Practice head(s):John Flanagan

Other key lawyers:Richard Field; Julian Wild

Key Clients

Cranswick PLC

Allam Marine Limited

Hull City Tigers Limited

Rix Petroleum Limited

Donaldson Filter Components

GWE Biogas

Quickline Communications Ltd

The Retreat, York

AAK (UK) Limited

Sangwin Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the selling shareholders on the sale of Barrowcliffe.
  • Assisted the shareholders of Bell Internet with its sale.
  • Advised Zubrance on a demerger of the its group structure to separate out two distinct businesses.
  • Acted for Sangwin on its disposal to Ashcourt Group.

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

Index of tables

  1. Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Addleshaw Goddard's corporate finance team has an impressive breadth of experience handling high-profile M&A transactions, particularly in the private equity, financial services, retail and consumer sectors. The Leeds-based practice, headed up by Garry Elliott, was recently bolstered by the promotion of James Tatro to the partnership and lateral hire of Richard Hunt from Squire Patton Boggs; Hunt is well-regarded for his experience advising corporates in the chemicals and industrials sectors, and assisting individual entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals in Yorkshire and the North East.

Practice head(s):Garry Elliott

Other key lawyers:Neil Woolhouse; Peter Wood; Richard Hunt; Mark Hallam; James Tatro


'James Tatro is very good.'

'Richard Hunt is a very effective lawyer'

Key Clients

General All Purpose Plastics Limited




Riverside Private Equity

WSP Group

Elysian Capital LLP

Daniel Thwaites plc

Stadium Group

Pyroguard UK

Müller group of companies

William Jackson Food Group


AFI Uplift

Fastflow Group

M.K.M. Building Supplies


Mangar Health

Skanska UK plc

International Personal Finance plc

YFM Private Equity

Zenith Vehicle Leasing

Brenntag UK

NGH Holdings

Broker Network



Ted Baker

Shearings Leisure Group

Tieto Oyj

SGG Group

Raphael & sons plc

Skipton Building Society

Punter Southall plc

Utex Industries UK Limited

Carclo plc

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team of Pirtek on its sale and tertiary management buy-out by US private equity house PNC Riverarch Capital.
  • Advised on the management buy-out of Deep Sea Electronics, which was backed by Caledonia.
  • Assisted Lloyds Development Capital with its acquisition of shares in NBS from RIBA and the related shareholder arrangements.
  • Acted for William Jackson Food Group on the sale of Aunt Bessie's to Nomad Foods.
  • Advised Sainsbury's on its high-profile acquisition of the Nectar reward scheme and related entities from Aimia.

DLA Piper UK LLP's Leeds-based corporate and commercial practice provides a broad service to its impressive client roster of local, domestic and, increasingly, international companies. Led by Andrew Davies, the corporate team, which handles a range of high-profile M&A and private and public equity transactions, also includes Jonathan Procter, who is well-regarded for his financial services and retail sector expertise. The firm's commercial offering is headed up by Matthew Duncombe. The hospitality and leisure, healthcare, retail, energy and technology sectors are all key areas of strength for the department.

Practice head(s):Andrew Davies; Matthew Duncombe

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Procter; John Gallon; Wendy Harrison; Stephen Atkinson


'Jonathan Procter is a very good lawyer.'

'The team is very commercial, with good in-depth knowledge of various sectors.'

'John Gallon is outstanding and provides high-quality advice.'

Key Clients

Arconic Inc

Newell Brands

Cube Infrastructure Fund

Vaillant Group


Anglo African Oil & Gas plc

I-Nexus Global plc

Maintel Holdings plc

Investec Investments (UK) Limited

August Equity

UGI Corporation


Formula E

Severfield plc

Starwood Capital

Greencoat Capital

Ramsay Healthcare

GT Gettaxi Ltd ("Gett")

Croda International plc

Yum! (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell)


Koh Tan Resorts

Crooked Mile S.A

Work highlights

  • Advised Starwood Capital on its £135m acquisition of a portfolio of Hilton branded hotels.
  • Advised Sun Capital on the cross-border disposal of Bundy Refridgeration involving over 12 jurisdictions.
  • Acted for Yorkshire Water on its sale of water treatment plants in Northern Ireland.
  • Advised Marriott International on the sale of five country residence hotels to Britannia Hotels.
  • Negotiating commercial agreements  for Gett relating to the global expansion of its pre-book and on-demand transportation platform, and the integration of its transportation networks globally.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP combines local expertise with the ability to leverage the global reach of its international network to handle a range of multi-jurisdictional transactions. The food and drink, retail, diversified industrials and financial services sectors are all areas of strength for the Leeds-based corporate and commercial teams, which are led by Robin Skelton and Peter McCormack respectively. Principal associate Jonathan Pollard is a name to note for public and private company work.

Practice head(s):Robin Skelton; Peter McCormack

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Pollard

Key Clients


Communisis plc

Rolls Royce


JP Morgan

Lloyds Banking Group

Next plc

Inflexion Private Equity

Perwyn LLP

Baird Capital

American Express

Work highlights

  • Advised KFC on the £300m sale to numerous franchisees of a portfolio of over 160 restaurants located throughout the UK.
  • Acted for Raisio on its disposal of the entire issued share capital of Big Bear Confectionery, The Lindum Snack Company and Candy Plus to Rowse Honey.
  • Advised Communisis on a £153.8m takeover offer from New York-based payment solutions firm OSG Group Holdings.
  • Advised Tyman on its stock exchange fundraising to raise £51.5m to support its acquisition of a North American manufacturer.

Pinsent Masons LLP has a varied client roster of domestic and international companies; practice head Andrew Black counts several large publicly listed companies based in the region as clients, and the 'well-regarded' Andrew Kerr has strong links with clients in Japan and Asia. The team frequently acts across the infrastructure,  manufacturing, technology, and real estate sectors, while senior associate Joanna Jowitt has a particular focus on the financial services and waste management sectors. The commercial team, which is headed up by Lisa Harley, is carving a niche in advising its education sector clients on digital and IT transformation projects.

Practice head(s):Andrew Black; Lisa Harley

Other key lawyers:Andrew Kerr; Catherine Hemsworth; Michelle Kershaw; Joanna Jowitt


'Pinsent's puts meeting the client's needs at the top of its priorities.'

'Andrew Black is smart and very client friendly whilst able to keep his eye on the big picture. The team works very well together which is a tribute to his matter management.'

'Andrew Kerr is highly responsive, attuned to client needs, a good communicator, and offers sound counsel.'

Key Clients

Fenner Plc


Stadium Group plc

Central Square Holdings

ENVA Group

Northgate Public Services


Forterra plc

Hyland Software Inc

Speedy Hire plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Fenner on its £1.2bn acquisition by Michelin.
  • Acted for Exertis on its £55m acquisition of the Kondor Group of companies from private equity owners, HIG Capital.
  • Instructed by DCC on its acquisition of Stampede Global Holdings.
  • Advised Stadium Group on a £46m recommended cash offer by TT Electronics.
  • Acted for Central Square Holdings on its takeover of Styles & Wood and its acquisition of Southerns.

Hannah Kendrick leads Squire Patton Boggs' Leeds-based practice, which regularly handles high-value domestic and international transactions. On the corporate side, Jonathan Jones and Adam Hastings focus on private equity and capital markets respectively, while Paul Jinks heads up the commercial practice, which frequently advises on the delivery and contractual structures of large IT projects for customer and supplier clients. Francesca Fellowes brings significant data protection and privacy expertise to major technology transactions.

Practice head(s):Hannah Kendrick

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Jones; Paul Mann; Adam Hastings; Paul Jinks; Francesca Fellowes

Key Clients

NorthEdge Capital

Endless LLP

Xeros Technology plc

Pharmacy 2U

Team 17 Group plc

ECI Partners

Clipper Logistics

Inflexion Private Equity

VP plc

Callcredit Information Group


EDF Energy

XLN Telecom

Cox Automotive/Manheim

Sigma Retail Solutions

Liquid Voice

CTI Travel

Marston Holdings

Auction Technology Group

Omega Plc

Contis Group

McBride plc

Johnson & Johnson

Work highlights

  • Advised Callcredit Group on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Callcredit Consumer to Credit Karma.
  • Acted on the sale of Haydock Finance Group to Apollo Global Management.
  • Advised Inflexion on its acquisition of and investment in the PMC Treasury Group.
  • Assisted NorthEdge Capital with the management buyout of iPortalis.
  • Instructed by Team17 to advise on its £217m IPO and admission to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

From its Yorkshire base, Walker Morris LLP attracts a variety of impressive national and international transactions, with particular expertise in the food and drink, retail, waste and energy, technology, healthcare and medical devices and industrials sectors. Practice head John Hamer handles the full range of public and private company takeovers and acquisitions, public market listings, private equity investments and joint ventures, while Debbie Jackson has particular experience in M&A, private equity work and venture capital transactions.

Practice head(s):John Hamer

Other key lawyers:Debbie Jackson; Richard Naish; Daniel O'Gorman; James Crayton; Jo Stephenson


'John Hamer is very able and has a commercial attitude.

'The quality of the work at Walker Morris is as good as its London rivals and peers, plus it is very well connected to the local business community.'

'Walker Morris is legally sharp, business and deal-minded, and approachable, with "international firm" levels of responsiveness and service. It is much more international in its way of working than some of the other regional firms, while offering an unbeatable price-quality ratio. That unique combination makes it a clear first choice.'

'Walker Morris provides a great service and proves you do not need to hire a London firm to get first-class legal advice. Its approach on transactions is to be partner-led, which is invaluable. It has a strong commercial approach, provides clear advice and has a good knowledge of industry specific issues.'

'Daniel O'Gorman is a key partner in the corporate team. He is intellectually agile and solution-minded, always available and helpful. Dan is simply brilliant. He can jump from a private equity matter to an equity capital markets prospectus issue in a matter of seconds, and comes up with the right approach to move things forward.'

'Debbie Jackson and Richard Naish are names worthy of a specific mention, who are extremely impressive.'

'The high-quality advice always focuses on the needs of the client and is always given in a friendly manner.'

Key Clients

Pelsis Holding (UK)

Renew Holdings plc

Mattioli Woods plc

Revolution Dancewear

Mobileum Group

Fastener Distribution Holdings

Numis Securities

Calbee UK

Audax Private Equity

Pipers Crisps

Endless LLP

Total Capital Partners

Business Growth Fund

Work highlights

  • Advising Endless on its £74.5m acquisition of Menzies Distribution.
  • Acting for Pipers Crisps on PepsiCo’s intended acquisition.
  • Assisted on its IPO and the placing of ordinary shares by Investec Bank.
  • Advised Calbee UK on its acquisition of Seabrook Crisps.
  • Advised German headquartered Schenck Process Group and its US private equity owners, Blackstone Private Equity, on its acquisition of the Process Components Group.

Clarion's corporate and commercial teams are led by Richard Moran and Matthew Hattersley respectively and are particularly strong in the media, marketing and digital sectors alongside expertise in the manufacturing and logistics sectors. The group has the ability to handle the full range of M&A, private equity, buyouts and acquisition finance work. The arrival of legal director Hitesh Tailor from DLA Piper UK LLP strengthened the firm's private equity offering.

Practice head(s):Richard Moran; Matthew Hattersley

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Simms; Hitesh Tailor; Sarah Harrison


'Clarion handles a lot of good corporate work, and is particularly recommended for private equity transactions.'

'Clarion really goes the extra mile for clients and is very collaborative to work with, fielding a team of tough negotiators.'

'The key uniqueness of Clarion is its genuine media and technology sector specialisms - knowing the legal challenges is important, but understanding them in the context of these sectors is what sets it apart.'

'Jonathan Simms has an exceptional work ethic and is determined to always get his clients the best possible result; nothing is too much effort.'

'Richard Moran is exceptionally calm under pressure; his quiet style hides a tough approach to negotiating and his commerciality is exceptional.'

'Jonathan Simms and Sarah Harrison are both exceptional practitioners, but what impresses the most is how powerful they are as a combination. In particular their ability to manage and interact with people - both peers and clients.'

'Jonathan Simms is a stand out lawyer. Not only is he incredibly commercial and pragmatic when operating in his 'badged' discipline of corporate law, but he takes the time to really get to know his clients.'

Key Clients

The Intermarketing Group


We Are Vista, part of the ICF Group

The Home Marketing Group

Up Fitness Group

Trinity McQueen

Hesco Bastion

Sweet Squared

All Steels Trading

Leo Group

HJ Human Capital Group

Clarks Vehicle Conversions

Acumen Waste Services

HB Projects Group

Arrow Taxis

Keelham Farm Shop

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders of We Are Vista on the sale of shares to ICF.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Associated Waste Management on the sale of the company to DM Topco.
  • Advised iPortalis on an investment by NorthEdge SME Fund.
  • Acted for Sweet Squared on its acquisition of The Icon Consultancy.
  • Assisted the company and management team of Waste Services Group with its management buy-out.

Gateley Plc handles a range of M&A, private equity and equity capital market transactions and frequently handles cross-border deals; practice head David Armitage acts for companies based in the US, Europe and the UK on overseas investments, while Nicholas Emmerson's clients include Chinese and Japanese companies. The team has particular experience in residential construction, recruitment and healthcare matters, and Sandip Khroud also has a focus on the regulated industries, technology and food and drink sectors.

Practice head(s):David Armitage

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Emmerson; Sandip Khroud


'Sandip Khroud is highly-rated in the region.'

Key Clients

Inspired Energy Plc

Arden Partners

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Freedom Finance Limited

Daniel Stewart & Co.

Dr Oetker

Business Growth Fund

Langley Holdings Plc

Bellway Plc

United Molasses Group Limited

Connecting Luxury Group Plc

Gresham House Plc

Lodha Group (India)

Astral Pipes

Work highlights

  • Advised Dr Oetker on the acquisition of Unilever's Alsa baking and dessert business.
  • Acted for BGF on its £4.3m investment in Fleetondemand Holdings.  
  • Advised TickX on its investment by BGF Ventures, and the increased backing from existing investors, Ministry of Sound and 24 Haymarket.
  • Assisted Inspired Energy on its AIM share placing.
  • Advised Allied Healthcare on its sale to CRG.

Gordons LLP's corporate and commercial team acts for a number of large corporates in the region and particularly stands out for its strong reputation in the retail sector. James Fawcett heads up the corporate practice and has particular expertise in the motor trade industry. Andy Brian leads the commercial contracts team, which includes associate Ryan Gracey, who recently joined from Addleshaw Goddard bringing significant technology sector expertise.

Practice head(s):James Fawcett

Other key lawyers:Andy Brian; Ryan Gracey


'Gordons has a very friendly approach, provides thorough, detailed, commercial and value-adding insights; is extremely knowledgeable and has highly relevant experience.'

'The team at Gordons has a very pragmatic and commercial approach, which delivers the best results for clients.'

Key Clients




Reed Boardall

Christeyns UK

Pitch Hero

Annuity Management

Arena Group


Timothy Taylor

Advanced Intelligent Logistics

Freeman Grattan

Work highlights

  • Advised DM Keith on its acquisition of Skoda, Seat and Honda motor dealer, Westgate Motors.
  • Assisted Annuity Management with its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of EPD Holdings and EPD Asia Pacific.
  • Acted for Pavers on its acquisition of the business and assets of Jones Bootmaker from its administrators.
  • Advised the shareholders of Tranquil PC on the sale of the company to 2CRSI.
  • Instructed by the shareholders of AH Leach & Company on the sale of its entire issued share capital to French-listed Chargeurs Group.

The corporate practice at Schofield Sweeney is spread across its three Yorkshire bases in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield; it advises individuals and companies on a range of mergers, acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures and also handles equity and debt financing transactions. Chris Schofield heads up the corporate team and is based in Leeds alongside Adrian Ballam and David Strachan, while Martin Sweeney is a key contact in the Bradford office. Also in Leeds, Luisa D’Alessandro leads the group's commercial offering.

Practice head(s):Chris Schofield

Other key lawyers:Adrian Ballam; David Strachan; Martin Sweeney; Luisa D'Alessandro


'The team provides an all encompassing array of experience and, above all, provides a personal service from the partner.'

'Adrian Ballam stands out as an extremely knowledgeable individual who responds to all requests very quickly and always goes the extra mile.'

'David Strachan is very bright, very experienced, commercial and gets things done.'

'Martin Sweeney & Luisa D'Alessandro are both experienced and pragmatic lawyers that are commercially aware and great to deal with.'

Key Clients

Sanderson Group Plc

Leman International

Greenhous Group

H. Dawson Sons and Company (Wool)

DFDS Seaways Plc

Catfoss Renewables

Business Growth Fund

4D Pharma Plc

Solingen Private Equity

C4X Discovery Holdings Plc

EMIS Group Plc

Axminster Carpets

Millers Oils


Airedale Catering Equipment Group

BWSC Power Corporation


Kent Renewable

Shearings Group

Instem Plc

Claritas Solutions

HSL Chairs

IP Group

Optima Energy Systems

LIV Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for C4X Discovery Holdings on its £10m fundraising.
  • Advised Catfoss Renewables on the £23m acquisition and refinancing by Greensill Capital of a waste processing plant.
  • Assisted the shareholders of Royal Armouries (International) on its £11.2m sale to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
  • Acted for new client Business Growth Fund on a £6.4m equity and debt funding.
  • Advised H Dawson on a refinancing involving HSBC, Lloyds, Santander and Leumi.

The corporate finance practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is led by Simon Pilling and is particularly strong in private equity transactions. The team in Leeds includes recently promoted legal director James Cook. Beyond its private equity expertise, the group also has experience assisting clients in the manufacturing, real estate and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):Simon Pilling

Other key lawyers:James Cook


'The corporate team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP utilises its broad experience to provide clear, commercial advice and always makes itself available.'

'Simon Pilling has an excellent hands-on approach, understands the industry and utilises his experience to provide pragmatic advice.'

'James Cook has excellent technical capabilities and great communication skills.'

Key Clients

Cairngorm Capital Partners

Chemoxy International

Clearly Drinks

Customade Holdco Group

Cutwel Limited

Endless / Enact


Lloyds Development Capital


NVM Private Equity

Stephenson Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for NorthEdge Capital on the management buyout of Cutwel.
  • Advised LDC on its £10m investment in Yorkshire property sales and lettings agency, Linley & Simpson.
  • Instructed by the management of Bright Blue Foods on the company's acquisition of a division of the Greencore Group.
  • Advised the shareholders of 25sevenIT on the successful disposal of its interests to Timico Technology Group.
  • Acted for Stephenson Group on the sale of its textiles business to Belgium-based EuroDye.

Leeds-based Giles Clegg heads up Lupton Fawcett's pan-Yorkshire corporate team following former practice head Jonathan Oxley's move to a managing partner role in 2018. Clegg has particular expertise acting for clients in the healthcare sector, and is joined in Leeds by Daniel McCormack .

Practice head(s):Giles Clegg

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Oxley; Daniel McCormack;


'Lupton Fawcett fields an incredibly responsive and knowledgeable team, which provides top-quality advice in a very timely fashion and works very closely with its clients.'

'The team delivers exactly what is promised, on time and in budget. It fields excellent communicators, who work to a deadline and really make an effort to understand the client's business sector.'

'Giles Clegg is very experienced, provides great commercial advice and manages a project and a diverse team exceptionally well. He is very easy to work with, and ensures matters are seamless from a contract and legal point of view.'

'Daniel McCormack is approachable, likeable and very competent. He and his team deal with an enormous amount of paperwork in a disciplined manner. Daniel does an excellent job of explaining every step to all parties and is always accessible.'

Key Clients

Hand Picked Hotels

Age Partnership

Northern Bloc Ice Cream

Pure Retirement

Event Protect

Alpha Healthcare

Qualia Care


Silbury Foods


Conveyor Group

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the shareholders of Independent Content Services to advise on the sale of the company to the venture capitalist owner of the Racing Post.
  • Advised Top Treads on its management buyout by way of capital reduction and demerger, followed by a share sale.
  • Advised the vendor shareholders on the sale of a 50% shareholding in Langlands Nursery to West Vale Holdings.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Smart Buildings on the sale of the company to Engie Services Holdings.

Shulmans LLP handles a range of corporate, commercial and financing transactions. Marcus Armstrong heads up the corporate team, which has particular experience handling matters in the IT, health and social care, pharmacy and financial services sectors; and Emma Roe leads the commercial practice, which counts the manufacturing, energy and chemicals and education sectors among its industry specialisms.

Practice head(s):Emma Roe; Marcus Armstrong

Other key lawyers:Andrew Bradley; Chris Peace


'Shulmans LLP provides a very personal service, where it gets to know its clients and their requirements.'

'The corporate lawyers at Shulmans LLP work as a team, have high standards of communication and keeps things simple.'

'Shulmans LLP's corporate team is approachable and has the ability to empathise with a variety of industry specific issues.'

'The corporate team at Shulmans LLP is fair and expresses both the legal position but also offers pragmatic advice.'

'Marcus Armstrong is an excellent operator. He gives clear and straightforward advice.'

'You can rely on Marcus Armstrong to get the deal done without fuss.'

'Emma Roe provides a personal service and relates her advice to the client rather than taking a 'one size fits all' approach.'

Key Clients

PCT Healthcare

Dudley Taylor Pharmacy Group

Roxor Group

Pure Technology

Oriium Consulting

PPB Limited


SFS Intec AG

21st Technology plc

One Advent

National Association of Independent & Non-Maintained Special Schools

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Pitman Training Group (including the UK management team and investors based in South Africa) on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Launchlife International.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Davison Chemist on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Juno Health.
  • Assisted Roxor Group with a second round of investment funding from the Business Growth Fund to facilitate its acquisition of Better Bathrooms.
  • Advised Oriium Consulting on its acquisition of PAV IT Solutions.
  • Instructed by PPB to advise on its acquisition of the entire issued capital of NE Plastics.

3volution Limited's corporate team frequently acts for entrepreneurial start-ups and scale-ups in capital raising transactions and disposals. With the ability to leverage the firm's significant IP capabilities, the team acts largely for clients in the IT, science or brand sectors. Practice head Jonathan Priestley has experience handling a range of M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions.  Other key team members include Michael Cantwell and recently promoted partner Amy Wright.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Priestley

Other key lawyers:Michael Cantwell; Amy Wright

Key Clients

Remedy Tech Centre Limited


Group Rhodes

Mad as Birds

Around Noon Foods

The Data Shed

Tech Search Associates

Project Group UK


Northern Monk Brewing Co.

P Waddington

Chameleon Technology (UK)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Northern Monk Brewing on a crowd funding equity investment through Crowdcube.
  • Instructed by two individuals to assist with the disposal of interests in several companies under common ownership.
  • Acted for P Waddington on its acquisition of 75% of the issued share capital of MJ Caine & Sons.
  • Assisted Optrical with its second round equity investment from Northern Powerhouse Investments and Wren Capital.

Blacks Solicitors LLP assists SMEs and owner-managed businesses with a range of corporate transactions and regularly acts for healthcare and hospitality sector clients; it has also recently further developed its specialism in the hotel sector. Nigel Hoyle, who specialises in corporate transactions; and David Paterson, who handles corporate, financing and commercial matters, jointly lead the practice with commercial lawyer Philip Parkinson, who recently joined from Raworths.

Practice head(s):Nigel Hoyle; David Paterson; Philip Parkinson

Other key lawyers:Lewis Goodwin


'Blacks Solicitors LLP is very professional and technically very good yet approachable and friendly.'

'Blacks Solicitors LLP is uniformly reliable and cost-aware.'

'The corporate team at Blacks Solicitors LLP is approachable, forward thinking and able to express itself in language that clients are able to understand.

'Blacks Solicitors LLP's corporate practice acts as though every client is the only client it has, making clients feel special and at ease.'

'Blacks Solicitors LLP's corporate team is open and approachable at all times, with a practical no-nonsense approach.'

'Nigel Hoyle thinks through the ultimate impact and reassures clients with his all-round knowledge.'

'David Paterson gives excellent guidance based on his experience from dealing with similar issues.'

'Chris Allen is dynamic, yet very easy to deal with. He tells you exactly how it is.'

Key Clients

Hague Group

Regency Wealth

Production Park

Technology Group

Dalesman Group

Fullers Foods International Plc

Harrogate Spring Water

LLB Investments


Brightbridge Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised Hague SR on its acquisition of Triform Holdings.
  • Acted for a shareholder on the sale of shares in Skeldale Veterinary Centre to Medivet.
  • Acted for Innervate Group on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Changes 2016, the parent company of Innervate Technology Solutions and Innervate Talent Services, including a management buyout financially backed by Brightbridge.

The department at Harrowells Solicitors acts primarily for local SME companies and charity organisations on a range of transactions. The team, which is led by Susie Mortonson,  handles a range of M&A, management buyouts, corporate reorganisations and commercial matters, and has recently been particularly active in the road haulage, food production, packaging and distribution industries.

Practice head(s):Susie Mortonson

Langleys Solicitors LLP's corporate team acts for a range of regional businesses, SMEs and national companies on corporate transactions and advisory work. Christian Hunt heads up the practice and also counts owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs as clients.

Practice head(s):Christian Hunt

Other key lawyers:Oliver King


'Langleys fields a brilliant team, which has a modern friendly approach in the way it works.'

'Christian Hunt is always prepared and able to explain some of the more technical details in a more simplistic way. He is clearly a very much respected partner at Langleys and is always available for his clients.'

Key Clients

The Continuum Group

HSBC UK Bank plc

Compass Business Finance

Gutteridge Haskins & Davey

York Racecourse

Castleford Rugby League Football Club

Lebus Upholstery

Sheppee International

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders of Galtres Timber on its sale to G.H. Brookes & Co (Harrogate).
  • Advised on its acquisition of the business and assets of Hat Trick Media.
  • Acted for the shareholders of The Inspired Branding Group on its sale to Dowlis Global, as part of a staged exit of part of the management team.
  • Advised for Encore Envelopes on its acquisition of Great Northern Envelopes.
  • Acted for Avocet Scarborough Holdings on its acquisition of The Electrical Network.

LCF Law's department acts primarily for owner-managed and family-owned businesses in the region. It is frequently instructed to handle a range of M&A and venture capital transactions, as well as complex corporate reorganisations. Susan Clark heads up the corporate team and has particular healthcare sector expertise, while commercial practice head James Sarjantson focuses on IT contracts.

Practice head(s):Susan Clark; James Sarjantson

Other key lawyers:Clementine Duckett; Cathy Cook

Key Clients

The Private Office/Savings Champion

XL Joinery

Mitu Misra

Yorkshire Van Centre

Beaucare Medical Group


Cygnet PEP


Consolidated Timber

The Excel Precision Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Lexblock with a fundraising transaction, which included a share capital restructuring and SEIS/EIS structuring.

The team at Mills & Reeve LLP is frequently instructed on a range of mid-market transactions, with key sectors including the technology, food and agribusiness, healthcare and private wealth industries. Practice head Paul Johnson counts a range of private and public companies as clients and has recently been increasingly active in the insurance sector. Martin Priestley joined from Pinsent Masons LLP to head up the commercial team, bringing education sector expertise.

Practice head(s):Paul Johnson

Other key lawyers:Martin Priestley;

Key Clients



Rema Tip Top

WH Ireland

Servoca Plc

Kings Security Systems

YFM Equity Partners

Alliance Medical



Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders of Bytemark Holdings on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Iomart Group.
  • Advised WH Ireland as broker and nominated adviser on AfriTin Mining's fundraising by way of placing and subscription of ordinary shares.
  • Assisted Bango with the placing of new ordinary shares and the acquisition of a majority stake in the Borsa Italiana-listed Audiens.
  • Advised the shareholders of the Larsen Howie Group on its sale to Kingsbridge for £2.6m.
  • Advised the shareholders of Thomas Sagar Insurance on the sale of the company to Global Risk Partners.

Shoosmiths LLP continues to build its reputation in Leeds for its representation of local, national and international clients in M&A and private equity transactions, with notable expertise in the oil and gas, real estate and hotel and leisure sectors. Philip Goldsborough, who counts a combination of private and public companies as clients, heads up the practice, which includes corporate finance lawyer James Foster, who leads the firm's private equity and venture capital initiatives in the North.

Practice head(s):Philip Goldsborough

Other key lawyers:James Foster; Simon Procter

Key Clients

SIG plc

Schoeller Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment AG

Lloyds Development Capital

August Equity LLP


Coppergreen Developments

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Grupa Lotos S.A

John Cotton Group

Ligentia Group

Work highlights

  • Advised SIG on the strategic £29m disposal of the VJ Technology business to Primary Capital.  
  • Acted for BGF on the merger of two BGF-backed businesses, NWC and High Access Maintenance.
  • Advised Lloyds Development Capital on its reinvestment in Kite (Topco) following a partial exit in Bybox.
  • Acted for an entrepreneur on their £4m acquisition of boutique Leeds hotel, 42 The Calls, from its administrators.
  • Instructed by Park Lane Properties (Leeds) to advise on its joint venture with Hamilton Black.

The corporate team at DWF acts for a combination of local SMEs and national clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters. Practice head Lester Wilson handles M&A transactions, equity capital markets and private equity and venture capital instructions. Other names to note include debt finance specialist Chris Ramage and corporate tax partner John Toon.

Practice head(s):Lester Wilson

Other key lawyers:Chris Ramage; John Toon

Freeths LLP handles M&A, private equity work, financing and corporate restructuring and reorganisation transactions for its diverse client roster, which includes owner-managed businesses, SMEs and national public and private companies. Dahren Naidoo jointly heads up the team with Andy Francey, who has particular experience handling bank refinancings in the leisure sector.

Practice head(s):Dahren Naidoo; Andy Francey


'The Freeths team demonstrates a personable service and a holistic approach to dealing with legal matters. It is able to break down an idea into a logical legal roadmap and implement an idea into a solid agreement that captures what the client needs. What makes it unique is its personable, logical, holistic approach to matters backed by various legal expertise in the one firm, that can be conveniently accessed.'

'Andy Francey from the commercial law division stands out with his logical approach to resolving complex legal matters, coupled with his personable approach and ability to deliver outstanding service on a tight time line, within the budget originally estimated.'

'The individuals at Freeths are approachable, knowledgeable, accessible and helpful. They often go the extra mile without being asked in order to deliver the best outcome for the client, and the speed of response is excellent.'

'Dahren Naidoo thinks laterally and proactively tests and challenges the business rationale for a particular action in the context of the legal framework. He manages the project and team cost effectively and on time, and delivers sound advice in a timely fashion and acts very much as a critical friend to the business. He is very highly regarded and the 'go-to' corporate lawyer for M&A, with first-class associates and junior lawyers in support.'

Key Clients

Eddie Stobart

Linley & Simpson



Peratech Holdco

Hague SR


Arie Capital

Arie Tech LLP

Filmore and Union

Knightsbridge Mergers and Acquistions PTY

Work highlights

  • Advised Eddie Stobart Logistics on its £52.8m acquisition of the pallet distribution business, The Pallet Network.
  • Assisted Linley & Simpson with a £10m investment from LDC.
  • Advised the trustees of Southerns on its £42.5m acquisition of Styles and Wood including the related disposal of Southerns to a vehicle formed for the acquisition.
  • Instructed by the shareholders of The Car Buying Group to advise on its sale to Aston Barclay.
  • Advised Hague SR on its purchase of the entire issued share capital of Venture Business Forms Group.

Gavin Maddison and Joanne Bone head up Irwin Mitchell's corporate and commercial teams respectively; Maddison recently joined the firm from Ward Hadaway. On the commercial side, the group has particular expertise in data protection and IT sector contracts. The corporate team also includes senior associate Catherine Hinchliffe, who also recently joined from Ward Hadaway, and handles a range of mid-market corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Joanne Bone; Gavin Maddison

Other key lawyers:Catherine Hinchliffe


'The corporate and commercial team at Irwin Mitchell is decisive and gets the job done.'

'Gavin Maddison makes sure his clients understand any pitfalls that might be around, but always gets the job done quietly and efficiently.'

'Joanne Bone is highly professional in her approach, whilst being easy to chat to. There is no problem to big or to small to discuss with her, she always has a friendly tone and is available whenever required. Her advice is thorough, concise and always on point.'

Key Clients

Mitchell Farrar Group

West Cumbria Mining

Mitre Group

Mamas & Papas (Holdings)


Strata Homes

Joy Global UK

NG Bailey

Work highlights

  • Advised Mamas & Papas on its GDPR compliance project.
  • Advising Lhasa on the drafting and negotiation of complex international licensing terms with leading pharmaceutical companies, and bespoke project agreements.
  • Instructed by Strata Homes on its GDPR readiness programme including carrying out a data protection audit and assisting with drafting its policies and privacy notices.
  • Advised Joy Global UK on its GDPR readiness programme.

Needle Partners Limited has experience acting for national and international clients including individuals, listed companies, governments and banks on a range of corporate transactions. Managing partner Sharon Needle and Tim Wimbush are key names to note and specialise in Islamic finance work and the financial services sector respectively.

Practice head(s):Sharon Needle

Other key lawyers:Tim Wimbush

Ward Hadaway's practice includes commercial lawyer and group head Philip Jordan, who has particular experience in the manufacturing, engineering and construction industries; corporate partner James Nightingale, who has experience handling a range of M&A and private equity transactions, investments and reorganisations; and banking and finance specialist Mark Smith. Gavin Maddison and Andrew Finfer left the practice to Irwin Mitchell and Addleshaw Goddard respectively.

Practice head(s):Philip Jordan

Other key lawyers:James Nightingale; Mark Smith

Weightmans frequently acts for owner-managed businesses, public sector clients, charities and social enterprise organisations, and has particular expertise in the transport, financial services, manufacturing, and software and digital media sectors. The Leeds-based team includes Stephen Johns, who joined from DLA Piper UK LLP and specialises in  infrastructure sector deals; and recently promoted partner Victoria Robertson. Manchester-based Sarah Walton leads the national practice.

Practice head(s):Sarah Walton

Other key lawyers:Victoria Robertson; Stephen Johns

Key Clients

LexisNexis Risk Solutions

The Open University

School Lettings Solutions

Luxfer Group

Surrey and Sussex Police

GDS Group

Bubba Gump Shrimp (UK)

Operational Group

BJSS Limited

Anixter Group

Totus Environmental

Brit European Transport

Work highlights

  • Advised Anixter on several commercial matters including agreements with cross-border elements.
  • Acted for the shareholders on the sale of Green Drive Liverpool.
  • Assisted Surrey and Sussex Police Forces with contracts relating to the video enabled justice programme.
  • Assisted School Lettings Solutions, which assists school and colleges in hiring out their facilities to the local community, with a number of contracts with schools around the country.

Berwins' corporate and commercial team is particularly active in the IT, digital and technology sectors. Paul Berwin heads up the practice and frequently acts for owner-managed businesses and handles transactions with an international element.

Practice head(s):Paul Berwin

Other key lawyers:Mike Patterson

Key Clients

Gap Systems


Data OD

IPR Interactive

Mox Digital

MXM Digital

AppMi Global

Berwin & Berwin


Work highlights

  • Acted for Gap Systems on its sale to global market leader, Loftware.
  • Advised Berwins Holdings on the sale of the international clothing company from administration to an affiliate of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group.
  • Instructed by MXM Digital to advise on its company structure, to allow for further growth and business development.
  • Assisted Data OD with a corporate restructuring transaction.

McCormicks is frequently instructed by a range of high-net-worth individuals, local SMEs and large corporates, particularly in the sport, hospitality and leisure sectors. Jon Healey heads up the team and specialises in transactions with complex finance arrangements, while Peter McCormick has significant sports sector expertise.

Practice head(s):Jon Healey

Other key lawyers:Peter McCormick


'McCormicks' corproate team is very friendly and responsive.'

'Jon Healey turns things around very quickly and explains the issues in plain English.'

'McCormicks' professional approach and subject knowledge gives clients reassurance that it knows what it is talking about.'

Key Clients

The Premier League

Premier League Charitable Fund

Rudding Park Limited

Paul Lamb Racing Limited (t/a Swift Carbon Pro Cycling)

(AQ) Limited

Harrogate Town AFC Limited

Harrogate International Festivals Ltd

InTechnology PLC

Torne Valley Limited

T Plus Ltd

Norwich City FC (Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones)

Work highlights

  • Advised the Premier League on various transactions, most notably advising on the operation of the Owners and Directors’ Test, and handling the takeovers or attempted takeovers of various clubs.
  • Assisted the Premier League Charitable Fund with a number of matters including the formation of the fund, governance issues, corporate documentation and the ongoing running of the charity.
  • Advised Rudding Park on a major refinancing that facilitated the development of new spa facilities, and a transaction to facilitate the redevelopment of a part of the Rudding Park complex.
  • Acted for Bartfields (UK) on the sale of its business and assets to Sedulo Leeds.
  • Advised T Plus on an investment into the company, which had arisen as a result of the client’s appearance on the BBC 2’s Dragon’s Den, and assisted with documenting and completing the related transactions.

Boutique firm Progeny Law is noted for its experience acting for owner-managed and family businesses on a range of transactions including disposals, financings and corporate governance issues. The group also has particular experience handling management buyout transactions with backing from private equity firms. Practice head Alistair Scott-Somers has expertise in the food, leisure and manufacturing and chemicals sectors.

Practice head(s):Alistair Scott-Somers

Key Clients

Platinum Rails Holdings

Shareholders of CitNOW Video

Management team of VJ Technology

Shareholder of Cerberus Security and Monitoring Services

Certain shareholders of Mackenzie Stuart

Tonia Investments

LSG Ventures

Bayswater Education

Equinox Kombucha

Lawsco Holdings

Managing director of APT Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised Platinum Rails Holdings on the sale of the entire issued share capital of its subsidiary Platinum Stairlifts to NorthEdge Capital.
  • Advised the shareholders of CitNOW Video on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Tenzing Private Equity.
  • Assisted the management team of VJ Technology with the £29.7m management buyout of the business from building product supplier SIG, backed by UK private equity investment firm Primary Capital.
  • Advised on the management buyout of Carpet and Flooring from SIG in a transaction backed by Endless.
  • Acted for the shareholder of Cerberus Security and Monitoring Services on the sale of its entire issued share capital to The Clearway Group.

The corporate team at Ramsdens has particular experience acting for owner-managed and family businesses in the region. Stephen Newman heads up the practice, which frequently handles share sales and purchases, asset sales and purchases, tax-driven corporate restructurings, management buyouts and company formations.

Practice head(s):Stephen Newman

Other key lawyers:Richard Dean


'Good all-round commercial skills offered in a pro-active way at good value. Can hold their own with more established regional firms. Particularly insightful in the sports sector'.

'Paul Joyce- practice manager but an effective senior resource'.

'Adam Cockroft has been main contact and a good all-round associate, pro-active and sensible'.

Key Clients

Emballator (UK)

Pneumatic & Electrical Systems

A & F Sprinklers

Sharma Dental

Work highlights

  • Acted for Emballator (UK) on its £5m acquisition of the issued share capital of TEF Transport.
  • Advised A & F Sprinklers on the acquisition of the assets and undertaking of Hall Fire Protection from its administrators.
  • Assisted Sharma Dental with its acquisition of Shelswell Dental Practice.

Raworths' team assists its client roster of predominantly Yorkshire-based owner-managed and family businesses, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals with a range of transactions and advisory work. The group has experience handling acquisitions and disposals, succession planning issues, restructurings and corporate governance work. Simon Morris heads up the practice, which recently saw the addition of Jon Healey from McCormicks. Philip Parkinson joined Blacks Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):Simon Morris

Other key lawyers:John Healey


'The whole team at Raworths provides sound advice and demonstrates high levels professionalism and a good sense of urgency.'

'Raworths has a willingness to come up with solutions to difficult problems and always puts the clients first, providing good old fashioned legal .'

'The team provides good commercial advice, which is coupled with a responsive and accurate service. The main difference with other firms is the level of partner input on transactions is much higher and so confidence in the team as a whole is high.'

Key Clients

Linley & Simpson Group

The shareholders of Cambridge Roof Truss

Telescope Holdings

Celli S.P.A.

Hepworth and Morphet

Coffee Global

Linley & Simpson

The shareholders of The Pre-Wired Conduit Company

The shareholders of Funcare

Grosvenor House Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Linley & Simpson on a variety of private equity backed acquisitions including the acquisition of the Angus Roberts letting agency.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Cambridge Roof Truss on the sale of the company to Donaldson Timber Engineering.
  • Assisted Celli with the significant restructuring of its UK group.
  • Advised Hepworth and Morphet on the sale of the business to Pon Bicycle.
  • Assisted Coffee Global with its sale to the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs.

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DLA Piper UK LLP's Sheffield-based team has the capacity to handle local, national and international M&A, public and private equity matters, long-term contracts, outsourcings and procurement transactions. Capital markets and M&A expert Rob McKie leads the corporate team, which includes Richard May, who has particular expertise in the manufacturing sector, and David Beech. Roger Gough heads up the commercial contracts and distribution team and has particular expertise in transport and logistics arrangements. The group is also active in the energy, technology, sports and media, retail and government contracting sectors. Catherine Simister retired from the practice.

Practice head(s):Robert McKie; Roger Gough

Other key lawyers:Richard May; David Beech; Amanda Pilkington


'DLA Piper UK LLP fields a heavyweight corporate practice in Sheffield.'

'The team has a calm, informed approach which would be expected from a leading London team, but at a cost which is substantially less. Its advice is consistently excellent and it really puts its clients and the work first - many other firms seem only interested in talking about fees.'

'DLA Piper is global, but acts local.'

'Robert Mckie and Liam Freeman in particular are superb: they are always available, very responsive and provide consistently excellent advice. Simply outstanding.'

'Richard May has an outstanding approach to work, which is night and day if necessary. He provides sound legal advice, and is highly commercial.'

Key Clients

Arconic Inc

Newell Brands

Yu Group plc

Vaillant Group


Anglo African Oil & Gas plc

I-Nexus Global plc

Maintel Holdings plc

Investec Investments (UK)


CPL Industries

Align Bidco

Formula E

Wilko Retail


Armitage Pet Care

Avanti Gas

Speciality Steel

Reckitt Benckiser

Work highlights

  • Advised the board of directors of i-nexus Global on the terms of a conditional placing to raise £10m and an IPO process including a pre-IPO group reorganisaton.
  • Acted for Softomotive Holding on a $25m investment from Grafton Capital.
  • Advised the UK shareholders of ZND on its sale and partial rollover to Gilde Buy Out Partners.
  • Acting for JLT EB Holdings, a subsidiary of JLT plc, on its strategic acquisition of online investment firm Moola Systems from Gemma Godfrey.
  • Acted for Align Bidco on its acquisition of Altius.

The corporate team at CMS is frequently instructed by public and private companies, private equity houses and venture capital funds on acquisitions, investments, disposals, management buyouts and joint ventures. With a host of national and international clients and the ability to leverage the firm's global network, many of the team's instructions have a cross-border element. Corporate finance expert Ben Hendry heads up the practice, which includes Gareth Saynor.

Practice head(s):Ben Hendry

Other key lawyers:Gareth Saynor; Nick Hopper

Key Clients

NG Bailey

Civitas Social Housing PLC

GRI Group

Bank of London and the Middle East (BLME)

Select Property Group

City Taxis

British Steel


CTW Hardfacing

Corviglia Capital

CCL Stressing Systems

Feld Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Advised the Dubai head-quartered company AWR Rostamani on its acquisition of a majority stake in Brayleys Car.
  • Acted for NG Bailey Group on its acquisition of Wakefield-based power engineering services contractor The Freedom Group from RG Schultz.
  • Acted for DV4 and its management team on the sale of its investment in db Symmetry to Tritax Big Box REIT.
  • Advised the Bank of London and the Middle East on the corporate, banking, real estate and tax aspects of a property investment transaction in Glasgow.
  • Assisted City Taxis Group with a number of sector acquisitions and disposals in the Sheffield and Midlands regions, and also handled the groups' management buy-out.

The team at Freeths LLP handles a breadth of transactions for its client base, which encompasses SMEs and large corporates; the group also has particular experience acting for manufacturing, engineering and high-growth technology businesses. Practice head Peter Crawford and senior associate Lisa Wallis are key names to note and have experience handling corporate deals and commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):Peter Crawford

Other key lawyers:Lisa Wallis


'Working with the team at Freeths is a complete delight. It is always innovative and quick to respond to any issue, which certainly helps calm tricky situations.'

'Peter Crawford is reliable, super professional and makes an effort to feel like he is part of the client's company.'

Key Clients

The Floow

The InfoTrack Group

Careport Group

The Arkote Group


Additive Manufacturing Technologies

Whitespace Technology

Pro Display TM

Osmond Capital

Various Eateries Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the Arkote Group on its acquisition of Zanogen.
  • Assisted the Careport Group with multiple care home acquisitions.
  • Advised the InfoTrack Group on all aspects of its restructuring.
  • Advised a provider of co-working spaces on a significant investment by a FTSE-listed plc.
  • Acted for the management of a South Yorkshire-based manufacturer on its £9m MBO.

Keebles' corporate team handles the full spectrum of transactions for its client roster of regional, national and international companies. The group acts for a mix of SMEs, owner-managed businesses and large corporates, and has experience handling acquisitions, disposals, mergers, demergers, reconstructions, shareholder arrangements and joint ventures. Key sectors for the team include the technology, healthcare, hospitality and manufacturing industries. The 'highly-regarded' Matt Ainsworth heads up the practice, which includes Paul Trudgill and recently promoted partner Michael Hall. Roger Dyson retired.

Practice head(s):Matt Ainsworth

Other key lawyers:Paul Trudgill; Michael Hall


'Keebles' corporate team has good all-round experience.'

'Matt Ainsworth understands the client's needs and requirements, and manages the process well with a commercial and practical approach.'

'Michael Hall and Matt Ainsworth are very impressive.'

Key Clients


Altek Europe

Calsithem Verwaltungs

BG Engineering

Delivered On Time

Pressure Technologies plc

Senior Architectural Systems

ELG Haniel

Vacation Rentals UK

Wyndham Worldwide

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team of Ask4 on the investor buy out of Darwin Private Equity by Bowmark Capital.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Biocatalysts on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Brain Biotechnology Research and Information Network UK.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Altek on its sale to Harsco.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Nationwide Retail Systems on the sale its entire issued share capital to Civica UK.
  • Acted for Calsitherm Verwaltungs on its £8.5m acquisition of International Syalons (Newcastle).

Lupton Fawcett has 'long-standing experience in corporate M&A transactions' and is instructed by a mix of regional and national companies as well as overseas clients, which the team frequently advises on buying, selling, investing, refinancing, and reorganising UK-based assets. Practice head Michele Phillips stands out for her corporate finance expertise and education sector experience. Corporate tax specialist Sarah Illidge joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):Michele Phillips

Other key lawyers:Sarah Illidge


'Lupton Fawcett has a very cost-effective approach and provides advice that is to the point.'

'The corporate team at Lupton Fawcett provides a friendly face with a professional service.'

'Michele Phillips is very practically minded, results oriented, and able to find reasonable compromises in a negotiation.'

Key Clients

Atlas North Group


Smyle Creative Group

Timber Garden Buildings

Airmaster Air Conditioning

Air Flow Cooling Group

Each Other Care Holdings

Stay Properties

National Westminster Bank

Events Solutions


Lillison Engeineering Services

Westdale  Group

Genesis Group

AD Tyres

Aldermore Bank plc

Secure Power

SBD Apparel




Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Smyle Creative Group on its acquisition, backed by investment from Rockpool Investments.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Events Solution on sale its entire issued share capital to Arena.
  • Assisted Atlas North Holdings with the simultaneous acquisitions of Air Cat and Special Air Services.
  • Advised the vendor shareholders of iDisrupted on its sale to The Panoply.
  • Advised STAY Properties on its establishment of a new UK-based care home operator group and the related acquisition of 3 care homes in the UK, with funding support from Barclays Bank.

The practice at Bell & Buxton advises owner-managed businesses on corporate transactions, and is frequently instructed by shareholders on share disposals and management buyout transactions. Alex Ross heads up the practice and has particular experience assisting clients in the IT, engineering and manufacturing sectors. Commercial lawyer Emma Digby is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Alex Ross

Other key lawyers:Emma Digby


'Bell & Buxton never lets clients down in terms of efficiency and the general process. Not only that, it also takes a real commercial view on deals and liaises with clients on key situations giving a real clear picture, both legally and financially. Ultimately its harmoniously works with clients, maintaining a high level of overall advice.'

'Alex Ross' measured approach creates a sustained peace of mind for clients and he easily deals with very challenging transactions, ultimately taking the worry and burden away from the client. Essentially Alex, with his team, provides an excellent service and works closely with the client to ensure its best interests are followed through to completion.'

Work highlights

  • Acted for the selling shareholders on the sale of shares in Trac Systems and its subsidiary, Zedcore Systems to Civica UK.
  • Advised the sellers on the disposal of Eyres of Chesterfield.
  • Acted for the management team on the management buyout of Designer Kasbah, trading as The Natural Bed Company.
  • Assisted ECS Sheffield with a capital reduction as part of a tax planning exercise, following the disposal of two subsidiary businesses .
  • Advised the selling shareholders on the disposal of Firber Engineering.

Irwin Mitchell handles a range of instructions with particular experience in the education, manufacturing, not-for-profit and charity sectors at a regional and national level. Practice head Laurence Gavin has particular expertise in providing securities regulatory advice; transactional lawyer Gavin Maddison is another key name to note and regularly advises on acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations, shareholder arrangements and corporate governance issues.

Practice head(s):Laurence Gavin

Other key lawyers:Gavin Maddison


'The team has significant accumulated knowledge and is pro-active in applying it.'

'The individuals have significant in-depth knowledge of the sector.'

Key Clients

Electronic Data Processing Plc

Barnsley College

British Chambers of Commerce

Biovation UK Ltd

Bruker UK

Builders Merchants Federation

Cadbury College

Cepac Limited

Downstream Fuel Association

Havant and South Downs College

Key Fund

Westfield Health Limited

Maltby Learning Trust

Peak Indicators

South Essex College

Telford College

Whitby Seafoods Limited

Sheffield City Trust

Sheffield Futures

P.A. Jewellery Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Electronic Data Processing on its £11m public takeover by Eagle Bidco 2018.
  • Advised Key Fund Investments on its legal funding documents.
  • Acted for Telford College of Arts and Technology on its merger with New College Telford.
  • Advised Cadbury College on its acquisition by Sandwell College.
  • Advised Downstream Fuel Association on a voluntary car wash scheme to assist with the prevention of modern slavery.

Taylor & Emmet LLP counts family-run businesses, SMEs and not-for-profit organisations as clients, particularly in the manufacturing, professional services, retail and education sectors. Rob Moore heads up the practice and advises on a range of corporate and commercial mandates from M&A transactions to commercial agreements including IP licenses and service agreements.

Practice head(s):Rob Moore

Key Clients

The owners of Gain Solutions Limited

Starchild Nurseries Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the owners on the sale of Gain Solutions Limited.
  • Assisted Starchild Nurseries with the sale of a nursery in Goole and another in York to two separate newly incorporated companies.

The team at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited is frequently instructed by local SMEs and owner-managed businesses on a variety of transactions with notable strength assisting clients in the regional manufacturing sector. Duncan Shepherd heads up the practice, which includes John Baddeley and recently promoted director Rebecca Robinson.

Practice head(s):Duncan Shepherd

Other key lawyers:John Baddeley; Rebecca Robinson

Key Clients

Gala Technology Ltd

Sunnybarn Investments Ltd

Red Industries Ltd

HSBC UK Bank plc

Clydesdale Bank plc

Exol Lubricants Ltd

Moody Ltd

Granville Oil & Chemicals Ltd

PBS Group Ltd

Evolution Power Tools Ltd

Swann Morton


Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Allied Glazing Systems to J&G Holdings in a management buy-in.
  • Acted for Red Industries on its £23.5m acquisition of Environmental Resource Group, funded by term loan facilities of £17.1m provided by HSBC UK Bank.
  • Advised the selling shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Pentag Gears & Oilfield Equipment to BG Engineering.
  • Assisted the selling shareholders with the sale of the entire issued share capital of Guardian Electrical Compliance to Premier Technical Services Group.
  • Acted for the owner of Billington International on the sale of its entire issued share capital to James Jones & Sons Pallets and Packaging.

Corporate tax

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  1. Corporate tax
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Pinsent Masons LLP's practice has extensive experience assisting clients with a range of property tax matters, including tax structuring, property investments, property joint ventures and funds, as well as handling mid-market M&A, share plan and incentives work and assisting private equity clients. Peter Morley joined the team from Squire Patton Boggs and leads the practice following John Christian's retirement; he has a breadth of experience across business tax with a focus on M&A transactions, restructurings and IPOs. Associate Andrew McCarthy acts for a number of private equity clients, with expertise in the dental and care home sectors, and also handles real estate-related work for local authorities, funds, investors and universities.

Practice head(s):Peter Morley

Other key lawyers:Andrew McCarthy

Key Clients

DCC plc

Mayfair Capital Investment Management

UDG Healthcare plc

Drax plc

Halma plc

University of London

Imperial Brands PLC

Fenner plc

Janus Henderson

Halfords plc

Work highlights

  • Assisted Equistone Partners Europe with the tax aspects of the sale of Travel Counsellors to Vitruvian Partners.
  • Advised Cargill on its joint venture with Faccenda Foods including the tax structure.
  • Provided tax structuring advice to the shareholders of Morgan Kai on the £20.5m acquisition of its entire issued share capital by Ideagen.
  • Advised Grainger on the tax aspects of its acquisition and forward funding of a private rented sector development.
  • Acted for Halma on its £42m acquisition of Navtech Radar, which included advising on a number of complex tax issues and tax structuring matters.

The tax strategy and benefits team at Squire Patton Boggs advises on a range of commercial tax issues including matters relating to corporate, finance and property transactions, employee share incentives, employment and pensions, and VAT, and also has contentious expertise. Practice head Mark Simpson has particular experience assisting developers, investors, public sector bodies and funders with real estate transactions, while Timothy Jarvis focuses on private equity, banking and corporate finance transactions

Practice head(s):Mark Simpson

Other key lawyers:Timothy Jarvis


'The corporate tax team at Squire Patton Boggs has a wide range of corporate expertise, which is delivered with authority in a professional and business-like way.'

'Timothy Jarvis has a deep knowledge of tax and is able to communicate very complex tax issues in layman's language. He combines the expertise with a human touch.'

'Timothy Jarvis has encyclopedic tax knowledge and is able to explain the issues in non-technical terms.'

'Senior associate Louise Parker provides very thorough and professional support on legal documentation.'

Key Clients

FORE Advisors LLP

Team 17

Six Degrees Group


Epic LLP

Leeds City Council

Succession Group

Sussex County Cricket Club

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fore’s investment club on the tax aspects of two UK property acquisitions.
  • Advising Leeds City Council on its strategic partnerships relating to HS2.
  • Advised Team 17 on its AIM flotation with a market capitalisation of £217m.
  • Advised Inflexion on its investment in Kilmacow.
  • Instructed by Live Nation on a range of tax issues.

DLA Piper UK LLP is instructed to advise on the tax elements of regional, national and international corporate transactions. Practice head David Smith handles corporate and employment tax matters, while senior associate Richard Johnson focuses on advising clients on corporate M&A transactions and Lynda Finan specialises employee incentives.

Practice head(s):David Smith

Other key lawyers:Lynda Finan; Richard Johnson


'DLA Piper UK LLP's tax team is fantastically good at articulating complex legal texts and rules in a way that in-house non-lawyers understand. It is also incredibly responsive and has a real depth of commercial knowledge.'

'DLA Piper UK LLP offers tax support in acquisition processes that is absolutely invaluable.'

'The tax group at DLA Piper UK LLP provides clients with excellent advice and is always available at short notice.'

Key Clients

NCC Group plc

WYG plc

ZOO Digital Group plc

i-nexus global plc

Henry Boot plc

CVS Group plc

Tyde Group Worldwide, LP

Sytner Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised i-nexus Global on its £23m IPO.
  • Advised Tyde Group Worldwide on the international tax issues relating to its sale of Bundy Refrigeration.
  • Advised Menzies Aviation on its purchase of the de-icing, aircraft presentation and ground handling divisions of Airline Services.
  • Advised a client on the extension of its share schemes to newly acquired group companies.
  • Advised on the sale of Cutwel, a UK supplier of cutting tools based in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire.

The tax team at DWF has expertise, which spans the full cycle of tax-related advice from investments to disputes. The group has a particular focus on real estate transactions, acting for local authorities and private equity firms and their management teams; it also advises on customs and excise duties, and handles private capital and family tax planning instructions. John Toon heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):John Toon

Key Clients

National Pension Service of Korea


Assura Plc

Alumno Developments Limited

Commercial Development Projects Limited

West Lancashire MDC

Wirral BC

Redhill BC

Blackpool BC

BMB Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the National Pension Service of Korea on its acquisition of Goldman Sachs' newly-developed central London headquarters.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Crisp Thinking Group on a partial divestment to and substantial investment by Baird Capital.
  • Assisted Wirral Council with a joint venture for the development and letting of over 500 dwellings at a regeneration site at Wirral Waters.
  • Advised Assura on the £30m acquisition of Stratford Healthcare Centre.
  • Advised Conwy CBC on the tax aspects of its completion of the development and letting of the first phase of the city centre regeneration project at Colwyn Bay.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP assists clients with transactional and structuring tax advice with particular expertise in corporate tax matters, real estate transactions and fund structures, VAT and employment tax. The team frequently leverages its international network in handling cross-border matters and counts the renewable energy, education, waste and local authority sectors as notable areas of strength. Leeds-based David Jervis jointly heads up the firm's global tax practice; other key names to note include recently promoted partner Colin Askew, who handles transactional and private equity tax work and recently joined the Leeds-based team from the firm's London office, and principal associate Amanda Dodsworth, who is a key name for employment tax advice.

Practice head(s):David Jervis

Other key lawyers:Colin Askew; Amanda Dodsworth

Key Clients



Blackrock Investment

Communisis plc

Greencore Group


Kier Group

Next plc

Wm Morrison

Work highlights

  • Acted for SPX Flow on the tax aspects of its European reorganisations.
  • Advised Network Rail on the tax elements of its £1.5bn disposal of its arches property portfolio.
  • Advised Diamorph Group Holdings on the tax aspects of its disposal to and reinvestment with Epiris.
  • Advised Lloyds Development Capital on its £800m disposal of the National Exhibition Centre.
  • Acted for the shareholders of WTS Holco 1 on its strategic disposal.

Walker Morris LLP's tax group provides its impressive client roster with a range of corporate, real estate and employee tax planning and transactional advice . Directors Sarah Bruce and Nicola Parkinson jointly lead the practice and handle a range of corporate and property tax instructions, with particular expertise in stamp duty and student housing taxation respectively. Parkinson also has experience assisting clients with employee incentive arrangements.

Practice head(s):Sarah Bruce; Nicola Parkinson


'The team has very good specialist knowledge and experience of various sectors.'

Key Clients

Endless LLP

Shareholders of Pipers Crisps Limited

Wright Leisure Limited (t/a Xercise4less)

Servelec Group plc

Avacta Group plc

Augean PLC

Renew Holdings plc

Real Good Food plc

Fulcrum Utility Services Limited

Total Capital Partners LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for Endless on its MBO acquisition of Menzies Distribution.
  • Acted for Pipers Crisps on the disposal of its business to PepsiCo.
  • Advised Wright Leisure on a tax-efficient reorganisation.
  • Advised Avacta Group on the availability of benefits under the Enterprise Investment Scheme for potential investors under a proposed placing.
  • Assisted Augean with the preparation of a bespoke performance-based cash long-term incentive plan.

Addleshaw Goddard's tax and structuring team advises on a range of corporate tax issues with particular expertise in the private equity, real estate, energy and asset finance sectors. Group leader Justine Delroy splits her time between Manchester and Leeds and specialises in advising on the structure of private equity transactions. The team also includes Martin Griffiths, who recently joined the Leeds office from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP; he has a breadth of tax expertise encompassing the private equity sector and property and funds structuring work.

Practice head(s):Justine Delroy

Other key lawyers:Martin Griffiths

Key Clients

Co-Operative Group

J Murphy & Sons

Aberdeen Standard Investments

WBHO Construction


PZ Cussons


Car Finance 247

National Grid

North West including ECI




Literary Capital

Phoenix Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for the selling shareholders on the sale of Deep Sea Electronics to a purchaser, which is majority-owned by Caledonia Investments.
  • Provided William Jackson Food Group with structuring and tax advice on the strategic re-positioning of the group, including the acquisitions of Richard Wellock & Sons and The Fresh Olive Company.
  • Advised Pirtek's management team on the disposal of shares in the company and equity stake in the buyout vehicle, which is backed by US private equity house PNC Riverarch Capital.
  • Advising Aberdeen Standard Investments on a number of transactions in the real estate sector involving alternative asset classes.
  • Advised Rcaf E-Learning Holding (a Riverside portfolio company) on its acquisition of Atlas Knowledge.

Freeths LLP's tax practice is instructed on the tax elements of a range of corporate and real estate transactions including M&A, project finance work and the structuring of private equity funds. It benefits from the ability to leverage its national network in large instructions. Nottingham-based Bob Neal heads the team, which includes Adrian Hackett in Sheffield.

Practice head(s):Bob Neal

Other key lawyers:Adrian Hackett

Key Clients

Eddie Stobart

Linley & Simpson


Hague SR Limited


Xceed Group Limited

JGA Group Limited

Majenta PLM Limited

Flomax Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Eddie Stobart Logistics on the acquisition of The Pallet Network.
  • Acted for Linley & Simpson on the £10m investment from LDC.
  • Advised Fleetondemand on a £5m investment from a private equity fund.
  • Acted for Hague SR on its acquisition of Venture Business Forms Group.
  • Assisted Xceed Group with its sale of shares to Wavestone.

Lupton Fawcett frequently advises clients on the tax-related aspects of corporate and real estate transactions and also has experience handling disputes against the HMRC. Julian Moran splits his time between the Leeds, Sheffield and York offices, and heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):Julian Moran

Key Clients

Shareholders of Independent Content Services Limited

Shareholders of Smart Buildings Limited

Shareholders of Smyle Creative Ltd

Shareholders of Event Solutions Limited

Atlas North Holdings Limited

Top Treads Limited

Ian Ducker and John Ducker

Work highlights

  • Advised the vendor shareholders of Independent Content Services on its sale to the venture capitalist owner of the Racing Post.
  • Advised the vendor shareholders of Smart Buildings on its sale to Engie Services Holdings.
  • Assisted the vendor shareholders of Smyle Creative and its management buy-in and buy-out team with its acquisition, backed by Rockpool Investments.
  • Advised Atlas North Holdings on its simultaneous acquisitions of Air Cat and Special Air Services, with funding support from NatWest.
  • Advised on the management buy-out of Top Treads Limited, by way of capital reduction and demerger followed by a share sale.

EU and competition

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  1. EU and competition
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Addleshaw Goddard's team advises clients both regionally and nationally, with the Leeds office developing a particular niche in state aid work. The team, which is led by 'exceptional strategist' Mark Molyneux  -who splits his time between Manchester and Leeds - advises clients including building societies, NHS foundation trusts and other regional corporates. Legal director Elizabeth Turner, who joined from gunnercooke LLP in mid-2018, works with businesses in the financial services, retail, telecoms and technology sectors and has represented clients before the CMA and the EU Commission.

Practice head(s):Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Turner


'A very practical, commercial and responsive firm which is incredibly knowledgeable in its areas of expertise.'

'Collaborative approach; outcome-focused; no egos; all about the team and the outcome for the client.'

'Mark Molyneux is extremely practical; an exceptional strategist - always two steps ahead of the game.'

Key Clients

Office Depot Europe

Yorkshire Building Society

Leeds Building Society

Skipton Building Society


Work highlights

  • Instructed by Office Depot Europe, the claimant in two English High Court actions for follow on and stand-alone damages against addressees of a decision of the European Commission in relation to the Envelopes Cartel.
  • Advising the claiment, RHA, in collective proceedings to be brought before the Competition Appeal Tribunal worth £1b
  • Provided state aid advice to Stockton Borough Council on the structure of its district heating scheme.
  • Advising Bradford Council on the state aid structuring requirements for its city centre regeneration scheme.
  • Advising the claimant RHA on the largest and most significant UK competition claim to date, with collective proceedings to be brought before the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The claims are follow-on damages claims on behalf of businesses affected by the EU Truck Cartel.

DWF's EU & competition practice, which covers state aid, contentious competition, anti merger and merger control, is led by Jonathan Branton who has particular expertise in state aid and the European Regional Development Fund. Branton, who divides his time between Leeds, Manchester and Brussels, also leads the firms central and local government sector group and heads up the firm's work for a range of clients in sectors including food, retail, real estate and the public sector.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Branton

Key Clients


Burton Foods

Hull City Council

Maven Capital Partners

Birmingham City Council

Dairy UK

Scarborough Council



Leeds City Council

Wakefield Council

National Exhibition Centre

Work highlights

  • Provided state aid advice to Birmingham City Council and Finance Birmingham against delivery of major fund for industrial collaborations.
  • Provided state aid and related advice to Liverpool City Region Combined Authority against delivery of fund for stimulation of economic growth in the Merseyside region.
  • Advising Maven Capital Partners on state aid and EU funding to deliver investment funds in different regions.
  • Advising Gateshead Council on a public funding package to deliver new arena and other facilities.
  • Advised Parkhill Estates on a public funding application.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a dedicated team of competition specialists in Leeds advising regional, national and international clients across a range of sectors. In recent years the team has developed a particular specialism in regulated industries and utilities, with a specific focus on water and energy clients. The team is led by the hugely experienced Kate Newman, who has particular expertise in the application of competition law to complex regulated sectors and utilities.

Practice head(s):Kate Newman

Key Clients

European Metal Reycling

Greencore Group

DFS Furniture

Ingevity Corporation


Buzz Bingo

Thames Water

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authrority

Wm Morrison Supermarkets

Ecobat Technologies


Work highlights

  • Advised European Metal Recycling on the Competition and Markets Authority Phase 1 and 2 merger investigation into its £57m acquisition of a competitor, Metal &Waste Recycling.
  • Advised a subsuduary of Cox & Kings on the multijurisdictional £467m merger control aspects of the sale of its educational travel business.
  • Advised Invegity Coproration on the merger control aspects of its £507m acquisition of the Caprolactone division of Perstorp AB.
  • Advised Compass Group in relation to the competition law aspects of the £14m sale of its security division to competitor Mitie.
  • Provied competition advice on the structure of Wienerberger's UK distribution model.

Walker Morris LLP covers all areas of competition law, with a particular focus on merger control, abuse of dominance and other compliance issues. The firm also advises public authorities and private developers on procurement and state aid matters. The team is jointly led by Trudy Feaster-Gee, who has extensive experience in areas including regulated utilities and financial services, and Jeremy Scholes, who also has wide ranging experience, particularly in relation to construction materials and regulated materials. Senior associate Richard Jacques  is the firm's Groceries Supply Code of Practice expert and also has CMA market investigation and EU/UK merger clearance experience.

Practice head(s):Trudy Feaster-Gee; Jeremy Scholes

Other key lawyers:Richard Jacques


'Very friendly and forthcoming lawyers that really know the business.

'The team is fully responsive to clients needs and proactive in keeping them informed and in seeking instructions as issues arise.'

'Trudy Feaster-Gee has excellent skills and Richard Jacques does a fine job.'

'Trudy Feaster-Gee and Richard Jacques are both highly recommended.

'Trudy Feaster-Gee and Richard Jaques provide an excellent service, are on top of the case and communicate well.'

Key Clients

Audax Private Equity



Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust



Pipers Crisps

Work highlights

  • Acting on a competition litigation matter for Arla Foods Amba, which is claiming damages from the EC truck cartelists.
  • Advised Pipers Crisps on the UK merger control aspects of its sale to PepsiCo.
  • Advised Endless LLP on the competition law aspects of its acquisition of Menzies Distribution.
  • Advised Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on the procurement of a new CHP energy centre providing heat and power to St James' Hospital.
  • Advised the management team of Pelsis Holding on whether a multimillion-pound buyout was subject to review under UK merger control.

McCormicks leverages its sports expertise to advise high-profile clients in the sector on competition issues, most notably The Premier League. The team is led by Philip Edmondson, who handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. Senior partner Peter McCormick also takes a lead role on much of the firm's most significant work.

Practice head(s):Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:Peter McCormick

Key Clients

Premier League

GMI Construction Holdings

GMI Construction Group


Andrew Hindle, Serving Sport and Venue Hospitality

Work highlights

  • Representing GMI Construction Holdings and GMI Construction Group in one of the OFT's largest-ever investigations, which looked into bid rigging by the use of a practice known as 'cover pricing'.
  • Defending the Premier League in an arbitration brought by Leyton Orient in relation to the Olympic Stadium.
  • Represented the Premier League as interveners in a case brought by HM Revenue & Customs to challenge the so-called Football Creditor Rules regime.
  • Defending Analytix, a manufacturer of microwave parts against an abuse of dominant position claim.
  • Advising the Premier League on foreign competition law proceedings brought in Belgium by Doyen Sports.

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