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Penningtons Manches LLP

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Justin Starling

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Penningtons Manches LLP

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Partner in the corporate team dealing with all types of corporate transactional and advisory work, including domestic and international disposals and acquisitions, venture capital, joint ventures and reorganisations.


Trained Frere Cholmeley Bischoff; qualified 1994; assistant solicitor Sinclair Roche & Temperley 1994; assistant solicitor Baker & McKenzie 1997; partner Speechly Bircham 2001; partner Manches LLP 2005; partner Penningtons Manches LLP 2013 to date.


Cottenham College, Cambridgeshire; University of Birmingham (1990 LLB 2(1)); College of Law, Guildford (1991 LSF).

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Penningtons Manches LLP’s ‘highly competent’ team is headed by Simon Bickerdike on the corporate side. The practice includes David Tighe, who acted for the shareholders of Catermasters in its merger with Host Management; Justin Starling, who advised Westcoast on Amshold Group’s acquisition of Viglen Technology; and Rob Hayes, who acted for Veryan Holdings on its £18m funding round led by Imperial Innovations. The group’s technology expertise was strengthened by the arrival of Will Axtell from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Key figures in the commercial group include Chris Shelley and life sciences expert Kerry Sharp.

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