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Steele Raymond LLP

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Bournemouth BH2, Bournemouth BH6

Craig Hardman

Work 01202 294566
Steele Raymond LLP

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Company commercial solicitor, Bournemouth


Partner. Craig is experienced in dealing with a wide variety of company and commercial law transactions including acquisitions and disposals, reorganisations, share schemes and commercial contracts. He also advises clients on business and company structures to assist with succession planning and employee incentivisation.


He initially joined the firm in September 1998 as a result of the Steele Raymond Bursary and Placement Award and worked within the firm until July 1999. He subsequently completed his degree in Business Law at Bournemouth University with first class honours and his post-graduate studies at UWE, Bristol. He rejoined the firm in September 2001, qualified as a solicitor in March 2003, became an associate in November 2006, was promoted to senior associate in February 2011 and then became a partner in December 2011.


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South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire

By some clients’ measure, the service at Steele Raymond LLP ‘far exceeds that of many of its regional contemporaries’. The team is especially active in Bournemouth’s tech sector and has taken on a number of new instructions from clients in the digital and creative tech sectors in 2017. ‘An excellent lawyer and skilled diplomat’, department head Tim Stone advised a Bournemouth-based e-learning company on the negotiation of an investment and subsequent establishment of a joint venture for the commercialisation of a potentially lucrative mobile app. In an illustration of the firm's aviation-sector expertise, the ‘proactive and commercially mindedNick Davies assisted the shareholders of a UK aerospace company with the sale of the group to a subsidiary of a US-based aircraft parts company. Paul Longland has a range of corporate and commercial experience and advised a UK property developer in the demerger of its investment property portfolio from its trading arm. Craig Hardman is another key figure in the department.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Within: Employment: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Steele Raymond LLP handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including discrimination and whistleblower claims, TUPE-related transfers and breach of restrictive covenants. Managing partner Peter Rolph handles contentious employment matters, exit packages, enforcement of post-termination restrictions and strategic commercial advice. Partner Tim Stone focuses on non-contentious matters such as consultancy agreements, employment contracts and employment policies. Other key figures include Paul Longland, who provides non-contentious support to commercial clients, Craig Hardman, who specialises in incentivisation and remuneration packages, and Amy Cousineau Massey, who heads the team and specialises in contentious employment issues such as discrimination and whistleblowing, as well as senior employee exit packages.

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