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James Lawrence

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Partner in corporate department specialising in equity markets and mergers and acquisitions; venture, start-up and development capital, particularly in biotech and technology sector; corporate and banking finance and reconstructions; and employee share option schemes. Practice areas: flotations (small and mid-cap); corporate finance; M&A.


Trained Shoosmiths & Harrison; qualified 1987; Theodore Goddard 1987-97; partner Hewitsons 1998.


French, German.


Sir Roger Manwoods Grammar School, Sandwich; Leicester University (1984 LLB with French Law); University of Strasbourg (1988 Diploma in French Legal Studies); College of Law, Guildford (1984-85).


Cricket, hockey.

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Within: Leading individuals

James Lawrence - Hewitsons

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

The team at¬†Hewitsons¬†‚Äėalways delivers everything in a friendly and concise way‚Äė and provides ‚Äėstrong advice at a good price point‚Äė. Clients are 'extremely pleased with the level the of service'. The firm handles public markets work, M&A deals in the technology sector, corporate finance work for a regional SME client base, and¬†restructuring and refinancing transactions in the property sector. Practice head¬†James Lawrence¬†specialises in public markets work but also has extensive experience in M&A deals, private equity transactions and MBOs. He acted for¬†Nuformix Technologies Limited in its ¬£17m reverse takeover of Levrett Plc. Lawrence is¬†'able to get to the core of the issues quickly, understands our challenges and works around the clock when time is of the essence', remarks one client.¬†Laurence Evans¬†has stepped up to take the mantle of retiring partner¬†Jason Williams, and is recommended for¬†complex share sales and purchases, corporate restructuring and assisting with AIM admissions. He handled Medigold Health Consultancy's purchase of a key competitor.¬†Head of technology¬†Andrew Priest¬†is recommended for IT, outsourcing, technology transfer and general commercial contracts. Commercial partner¬†Bill Thatcher¬†is also recommended.

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East Anglia: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Hewitsons has 'a responsive team with decent strength in depth'. The firm's practice spans its entire office network and is led from Northampton by Neil Harpham, but the Cambridge office has significant expertise in the form of corporate partner James Lawrence, commercial real estate partner James Simpson and residential property partner Tim Middleton. The firm handles a broad range of secured lending work, particularly in deals in which property is used as security, as well as acquisition finance and debt funding transactions for SMEs. Among its lender clients are domestic banks, multi-national companies and private investors, and it also acts for numerous borrowers. It is on the panels of Santander UK, Lloyds Bank and Svenska Handelsbanken. A highlight from 2017 was its work for both the lender and the borrower in a multimillion-pound mortgage deal secured against a large portfolio of residential properties.

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East Anglia: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Hewitsons is 'well-placed to advise on all agricultural and rural matters' and it 'provides a high level of advice which represents great value for money'. The firm is on the National Farmers' Union panel for Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire and Norfolk, and has a nationwide client base that includes mixed estates, major producers of cereal, potatoes, herbs, vegetables and livestock, and some of the largest conservation landowners in the UK. Practice head Denise Wilkinson 'demonstrates a broad depth of knowledge and is always pragmatic and astute; her ability to grasp the matter, provide focused advice and get the job completed without any fuss are a testament to her negotiating and advisory skills'. One client notes that 'she is particularly good at understanding clients' objectives and thinking outside the box'.  She recently advised a client on an option agreement for a fracking project, and concluded the purchase of a plot of conservation standard grassland. Clients also praise the wider team, which include Charles Stevens , who handles acquisitions and disposals including some renewable energy projects; consultant Charles Hewitson, who handles trust matters for agricultural clients; regulatory specialist Deborah Sharples; James Lawrence for commercial contracts; property litigator Natalie Minott; and Lucinda Brown, who handles contentious farming trust and probate matters.

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