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Woodfines LLP

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Stephen Oliver

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Woodfines LLP

Work Department

Company commercial and employment.


Stephen is a partner practising in all areas of employment and company commercial law, including insolvency and intellectual property.


Trained Richards Butler, qualified 1993; Woodfines LLP, assistant solicitor 1994-97, partner 1997 to date.


German, Spanish, French.


Employment Lawyers’ Association; Society for Computers and Law.


St Columba’s College (Donegal); University of Limerick (1987 BA); King’s College (1989 LLM international business law).


Tennis, cycling.

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Woodfines LLP has built a reputation for both domestic and international deals, acting on cross-border matters for companies based in China, India and other jurisdictions. Team head Stephen Oliver has more than 20 years’ experience and is well known for his work on joint ventures, shareholder agreements and many other corporate issues. He is supported by one paralegal. Among Oliver’s many highlights was his work on a joint venture for a company in the property sector that was seeking investment for a multimillion-pound development project. Oliver also acted for a leading UK agricultural business in arranging an international distribution contract for its innovative technology.

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East Anglia: Human resources


Within: Employment

Woodfines LLP is ‘always efficient and has a keen eye on balancing costs’. The team, led by employment specialist and senior associate Nick Sayer, acts for employers and executives on the full spectrum of employment issues and counts local SMEs, national and international businesses among its clients. The firm’s main industry focus is in road transport, where it advises many operators, but it also advises clients in sectors such as recruitment, manufacturing and software solutions. Geodis UK Limited, Saffron Building Society and Silverbug are clients. In 2016, Sayer advised an employer on the defence of holiday pay test cases brought by union members, and defended a different employer against an unfair dismissal claim related to health and safety issues. Corporate partner Stephen Oliver is also recommended.

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Woodfines LLP’s ‘very capable’ team ‘delivers results and communicates with clients in an approachable, commercial and real-world manner’. The firm represents the full spectrum of businesses and charities, and has significant expertise in the agricultural, transport, education and professional services sectors. The department is headed by Stephen Oliver, and the ‘proactive’ Neil Gibbs ‘builds great relationships with clients’ and ‘will always come up with a solution to the problem at hand’. Highlights included advising Fire Protection Services on a purchase and sale agreement for part if its business, and acting for Philex with an acquisition project. Titan Motorsport & Automotive Engineering and Lillibet Lodge residential care home are also key clients.

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