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David Smellie

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B P Collins LLP

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Corporate and commercial.


Partner in corporate and commercial practice group specialising in M&A transactions for a wide range of clients including subsidiaries of listed companies, international companies and smaller corporate entities. In addition, advising on investments into growing businesses in a variety of sectors and dealing with shareholders agreements, restructuring and a mix of other general commercial work.


Trained Davies Arnold Cooper; qualified 1988; solicitor Davies Arnold Cooper 1986-98; partner 1998-2006; self-employed 2006-07; B P Collins 2007; partner 2008 to date.


Verulam School, St Albans; Nottingham Trent University (1985 LLB Hons 2:1).


Family, avid watcher of all sports at all levels, supporter of Saracens RFC, golf, epicurean.

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

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

B P Collins LLP fields a team that 'understands clients' needs and compares well with City firms both on price and service'. The group has an extensive track record in the waste management, recycling, renewable energy, technology, food, logistics and pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, and has longstanding relationships with national and international clients such as Biffa Group. In an illustration of the depth of the firm's waste industry knowledge, practice head Alex Zachary    ('Very thorough and will stick to his guns where required') and solicitors Lucy Newman   and Dana Eyre  acted for Biffa Wast Services on its £4.9m acquisition of Amber Engineering, a waste management business in South Wales. In another key transactional highlight, David Smellie  acted for the shareholders of Martello Holdings on the sale of the company's issued share capital to Franki Foundations UK. Other key figures include technology sector specialist Simon Deans , whose clients include CliniMed and Rico Logistics; and Victoria Holland , whose expertise encompasses retail and leisure and professional services.

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South East: Real estate


Within: Environment

B P Collins LLP fields an environmental law team that is 'very strong indeed', with clients singling out practice head Alex Zachary as 'very thorough and will stick to his guns where required'. The cross-practice team has extensive experience in all stages of the waste cycle, acting for clients in waste management, renewables and efficiency, as well as for waste-to-energy clients involved in renewable energy projects. In an illustration of the practice's track record in the waste management sector, Craig Williams acted for PB Donoghue in a £3m claim for damages arising from or JV/management/licence agreements made with an ex-HGV driver. Other recent highlights include advising Biffa on the acquisition of Amber Engineering, a waste management business in south Wales, and assisting the same client with updated terms for its project involving the collection and disposal of garden waste. Also recommended are David Smellie, who regularly handles commercial contracts and corporate transactions related to the waste management and renewables sectors, and Alison Taylor, who handles high-value commercial lease transactions for environmental clients.

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