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Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s team ‘is a pleasure to work with and is always focused on cost-effective solutions’ and practice head Andrew Funnell ‘is a capable leader who is well-liked for his expertise and personable way of working’. Known for its strengths in the dairy, food, engineering and renewables sectors, the practice advises clients ranging from owner-managed businesses to UK businesses with cross-border interests. Corporate finance expert Nicholas Scott is, according to one client, ‘rapidly becoming known for his clear thinking and problem solving’; he was part of a team that advised family-owned business Colt Industrial Services on its £9.2m sale to Augean, which completed in May 2016. York-based Philip Ashworth advised longstanding client John Brash & Co on its acquisition by roofing manufacturer Marley Eternit and Matthew Smith, who is also based in York, handled Bostonair’s acquisition of the crane maintenance division of HMF, a UK subsidiary of a Danish manufacturing company. Managing partner and M&A specialist Mark Pearson-Kendall, senior consultant Martin Whitehead, who focuses on agricultural corporate matters, and Marie Kell, who advises plc’s on data protection, IP and commercial issues, are also key contacts. Other clients include Heron Food Group, Henderson Insurance Brokers, CPD Direct and Seven Seas.

Gosschalks’ corporate team stands out its ‘depth’ and ‘provides a cost effective and efficient service’ and ‘excellent guidance’. Practice head Nigel Beckwith’s specialisms include advising medical partnerships on structural issues including partnership agreements, retirements, expulsions and disputes. He, alongside Paul Plaxton, advised on the £34m sale of an arcade group, which included a complex pre-sale indirect dividend demerger. Plaxton, who regularly handles high-value group restructurings, advised the shareholders of a jewellery group on its reorganisation by way of the sale of the entire issued share capital of four trading companies to a new holding company in exchange for shares in the new company worth £9m, and also assisted the shareholders of GSA Environmental with a £500,000 private equity investment comprising of share and loan capital from Finance Yorkshire. Commercial litigator Matthew Fletcher, private equity expert Andrew Tarbutt, Simon Lunt, who is a key name for commercial strategy and finance structuring, and James Phinn who advises on commercial contracts, are the other key contacts.

Rollits LLP has notable strength across the renewable energy, education, charities and social enterprise sectors, and is a popular choice for family and owner-managed businesses. It also has a strong MBO practice, having completed several buy-outs in 2016. Practice head Steve Trynka has considerable expertise in M&A pertaining to the food industry; he handled several matters for Cranswick recently, including the £40m acquisition of Crown Chicken from the Thacker family, the purchase of Dunbia Ballymena’s pork processing facility in Northern Ireland, and the £15m disposal of The Sandwich Factory to Greencore Group. Other highlights included advising the shareholders of Axgro Foods on its purchase by Florette, where the firm was able to draw on the support of its property, employment, tax, pensions, IP/IT and commercial teams; tax specialist Nasim Sharf, who led the matter, is also well-versed in share schemes and bespoke equity arrangements. The group also advised Simon Gibson Transport on its sale to France-headquartered logistics company GCA Europe. Richard Field, who is experienced in advising on flotations, buy-outs, joint ventures, banking and corporate recovery work, is also noted.

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