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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Marriott Harrison LLP

Marriott Harrison LLP focuses on transactions across a broad spectrum of industry sectors, including media and technology, leisure and retail, education and healthcare. Clients include entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses, for whom the firm acts on investments and cross-border acquisitions. Outside the UK, the firm's international capabilities are facilitated through an international network of referralfirms. Practice head Simon Charles is experienced in corporate financing, and has a strong track record in advising clients on acquisition financing activities. The firm promoted David Strong to the partnership this year, while at the other end of the spectrum, Jonathan Pearce and Andrew Wigfall retired.

Practice head(s):Simon Charles

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Leigh-Hunt; Ben Devons

Testimonials

'Marriott Harrison offers straightforward, quality advice at a reasonable price'

'An excellently resourced and very practical and commercial firm'

'A wide range of skills from commercial lawyers able to work effectively as a team'

'Ben Devons has exceptional commercial acumen delivered in a calm, measured fashion'

Key Clients

Cello Group Plc

Coolabi Group Limited

Balderton Capital

Accel Partners

The Fulham Shore Plc

Nasstar Plc

Kaplan International Holdings Limited

International Schools Partnership

Chiltern Capital LLP

Volvere Plc

Eight Capital Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising shareholders of Gatehouse Consulting on its sale to the Arthur J. Gallagher & Co group
  • Advising Chiltern Capital on its backing of a management buyout of the Hanmere polythene business
  • Acted for the shareholders of Whizz Kid Entertainment Limited on the sale of 70% of the share capital to Entertainment One, for £7m
  • Advised the sellers of Stratford Healthcare Centre on its £30m sale to Assura plc.
  • Represented Acelity Group in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital of Systagenix Wound Management Manufacturing Limited to Scapa Plc

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 2

Marriott Harrison LLP

Benefiting from 'strong venture capital market and transaction experience', Marriott Harrison LLP provides 'pragmatic and commercial' advice to a primarily investor-focused client base engaged in seed and Series A financings. Now headed by the 'trustworthy and personableDavid Strong following Andrew Wigfall's departure in the middle of 2018 to Balderton Capital, the team has been particularly active of late handling work in the fintech space, including its recent work for Thrive Capital on its investment into Monzo as part of its recent £85m Series E fundraising (a deal which is also emblematic of the team's growing presence in later stage mandates). Although the team is better known for its investor practice, Daniel Jacob provides 'very clear advice' to to many early-stage companies.

Practice head(s):David Strong

Other key lawyers:Daniel Jacob; Jonathan Leigh Hunt; Ben Devons; Jon Sweet; Hugh Gardner; David Bettis

Testimonials

'The team is very straightforward to deal with and understands how to support commercial discussions.'

'Jon Sweet and David Strong are very good at managing and structuring transactions.'

'David Strong provides a consistently fast turnaround and is not overly "lawyerly".'

'Jonathan Leigh Hunt is particularly competent and helpful.'

'Ben Devons is unflustered and a consummate professional.'

Key Clients

Accel Partners

Balderton Capital

Mobeus Equity Partners

Beringea

Kindred Capital

Frontline Ventures

Thrive Capital

Maven Capital Partners

Chiltern Capital

Accomplice

Vinted

Previse

Edge Investments

Work highlights

  • Acted for Thrive Capital on its investment into Monzo as part of the latter's recent £85m Series E fundraising.
  • Advised Mobeus Equity Partners on its investment into Grow Kudos, a cloud-based toolkit to help authors of scholarly content explain and share their publications.
  • Advised longstanding client Vinted on its Series D fundraising led by Sprints Capital.
  • Advised Balderton Capital on its £6.8m Series A investment into Cleo AI Limited.
  • Advised Accel Partners on its Series A investment into Humio, a start-up that provides a real-time log analysis platform for on-premises and cloud infrastructures.
Next Generation Partners

David Strong - Marriott Harrison LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 8

Marriott Harrison LLP

Marriott Harrison LLP's 'commercial litigation team is solutions focused and provides well-targeted, savvy advice'. Tamar Halevy advises on director and shareholder disputes, breaches of contracts and trusts, fraud, and professional negligence. Jim Mackie is the other partner to note.

Practice head(s):Tamar Halevy

Other key lawyers:Jim Mackie

Testimonials

'The team provides high-quality litigation advice, and has excellent practical skills and a strong understanding of the matters it deals with'.

'Tamar Halevy has an excellent intellectual grasp of legal problems and fantastic knowledge of the law'.

'Jim Mackie has seen it all and is unflustered by anything the other side might raise'.

Key Clients

Mobeus Private Equity Partners

UAB Avion Express

Ross Hare

MAC Aero Interiors

Work highlights

  • Represented Ross Hare in a breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation claim that related to a South African game farm and resort.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 4

Marriott Harrison LLP

Marriott Harrison LLP is hailed for its ‘positive, can-do attitude, backed up by robust and intelligent advice’. Though it handles the full spectrum of commercial property matters, it is particularly active in the corporate occupier area, representing both landlords and tenants on HQ relocations, office moves and leasing issues. The ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘thorough and diligent’ Mark Lavers serves as practice head. His team also frequently undertakes site acquisitions and subsequent developments, investment-related disposals and asset management work as well as a range of property matters in the retail sector.

Other key lawyers:Guy Hitchin

Testimonials

'As a team Marriott Harrison are very approachable and focused on achieving practical solutions for their clients.'

'Mark Lavers is very knowledgeable with sound judgement on difficult points.'

'Guy Hitchin is very hands on and engaged with an excellent understanding of his client's business and their needs.'

'Nick Smith is excellent at seeing the big picture and focuses on practical solutions.'

'High levels of emotional intelligence with pragmatic and sensible advice all with added pride in a job well done.'

'Guy Hitchin provides excellent advice and guidance.'

'They always get the job done and never give up if things get tricky.'

'Responsive, pragmatic, commercial, detailed legal knowledge, top of game, proportionate fees.'

'Mark Lavers is at the top of his game, knowledgeable and approachable.'

'Mark Lavers has a deep experience and knowledge of landlord and tenant/conveyancing law. Mark stands out from the vast majority of other solicitors in that he takes an obvious pleasure and pride in patiently explaining complex legal issues to non-lawyers in an understandable way.'

'A positive, can-do attitude backed up by robust and intelligent advice. In any given matter advice is forensically researched and delivered at lightning speed.'

Key Clients

GSM London Limited

Total Media Limited

Amplience (UK) Limited

Hurley Palmer Flatt Limited

Bleep plc

Procam Television Holdings Limited

Pico London Limited

Lightship Chartering (UK) Limited

Information Builders (UK) Limited

Theramex HQ UK Limited

Dore Partnership Limited

Fenix International Limited

American Superconductor

Interica Limited

General Intelligence Limited

Work highlights

  • Relocating the HQ of TOPdesk Limited, in both London and Manchester.  
  • Represented Total Media in its HQ office move into Soho.

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Marriott Harrison LLP

Marriott Harrison LLP is hailed for its ‘positive, can-do attitude, backed up by robust and intelligent advice’. Though it handles the full spectrum of commercial property matters, it is particularly active in the corporate occupier area, representing both landlords and tenants on HQ relocations, office moves and leasing issues. The ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘thorough and diligent’ Mark Lavers serves as practice head. His team also frequently undertakes site acquisitions and subsequent developments, investment-related disposals and asset management work as well as a range of property matters in the retail sector.

Practice head(s):Mark Lavers;

Testimonials

'As a team Marriott Harrison are very approachable and focused on achieving practical solutions for their clients.'

'Mark Lavers is very knowledgeable with sound judgement on difficult points.'

'Guy Hitchin is very hands on and engaged with an excellent understanding of his client's business and their needs.'

'Nick Smith is excellent at seeing the big picture and focuses on practical solutions.'

'High levels of emotional intelligence with pragmatic and sensible advice all with added pride in a job well done.'

'Guy Hitchin provides excellent advice and guidance.'

'They always get the job done and never give up if things get tricky.'

'Responsive, pragmatic, commercial, detailed legal knowledge, top of game, proportionate fees.'

'Mark Lavers is at the top of his game, knowledgeable and approachable.'

'Mark Lavers has a deep experience and knowledge of landlord and tenant/conveyancing law. Mark stands out from the vast majority of other solicitors in that he takes an obvious pleasure and pride in patiently explaining complex legal issues to non-lawyers in an understandable way.'

'A positive, can-do attitude backed up by robust and intelligent advice. In any given matter advice is forensically researched and delivered at lightning speed.'

Key Clients

Smith Bradbeer & Company Limited

5:15 Records Limited

Sister Ray (2007) Limited

H Huntsman & Son Limited

Bucherer

J & M Davidson Limited

Mackintosh Limited

23.5 Degrees Limited

Planet Organic Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for 23.5 Degrees Limited on the negotiation of pre-letting and lease for new Starbucks unit in Leeds.  

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