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Richard Phillips

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Corporate and Commercial




Richard specialises in transactional and non transactional corporate law. The majority of his work is in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He also advises on corporate governance. He advises banks on the banking and corporate aspects of their lending in the SME sector. He has expertise and experience in advising Limited Liability Partnerships.

Richard is an active member of the firm’s Life Sciences sector and has a number of clients in this and in the Healthcare industry.

He has developed close relationships with a number of European and worldwide law firms, which he meets regularly. Richard and the firm receive regular work from these firms, but more importantly, these relationships allow him to identify the most suitable contact for clients of the firm who need legal advice outside the UK.

Meeting Your Needs

With 25 years of acting for a range of businesses from startup and owner managed entities through to significant SMEs and listed companies, Richard has developed a broad experience of commercial issues and that depth of knowledge enables him to provide proactive and practical commercial advice to his clients. He has been advising a number of senior decision making clients over many years and enjoys the strong 'trusted advisor' relationships that he has developed.

The Pharmaceuticals & Lie Sciences team have been voted 'Pharmaceutical Law Firm of the Year in England 2016' by Global Legal Experts.

What Others Say

Richard has been described by Chambers & Partners 2014 as '…personable and very knowledgeable and practical, and able to communicate with the client. If I asked a question I would get a considered answer',  and by Chambers & Partners 2015 as being 'practical and efficient'. He is recommended in the latest editions of Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 and clients and referrers like his team ethos and ability to lead transactions over the line and his ability to defuse and resolve potential conflict.

Richard’s corporate team joined VWV on 1 February 2016 from Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP and The Legal 500 has described that team as “impeccable across the board”,  and has recommended Richard as "a very capable lawyer who is also able to see the bigger picture, meaning he can give practical advice not merely legal technical guidance."


Richard is a regular participant in EMIG, the industry body and interest group for SME pharmaceutical companies.

He is a director of WENTA, a not for profit business in the South East providing support and opportunities to startup businesses and in education. He is also on the Board of LawNet, the UK and Ireland's leading network of independent law firms. These appointments, combined with many years of law firm management, have given Richard a wealth of experience in running and directing businesses which he is able to apply to the advice he gives to clients.

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

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

VWV's 'very effective' corporate and commercial team in Watford was further strengthened by the firm's acquisition of healthcare specialist Lockharts, bringing on board partnership specialist Paul Werrell. In addition to healthcare, the practice's sector expertise also encompasses pharmaceuticals and life sciences, where clients include Sigma Pharmaceuticals; technology, where it has acted for more than 30 tech start-ups in 2017; education, where the practice has advised on a number of conversion matters for multi-academy trusts; and banking, where it regularly acts on large institutional lending and refinancing transactions, as well as for secondary lenders and borrowers. Richard Phillips heads the team and is 'a very capable lawyer who is also able to see the bigger picture, meaning he can give practical advice not merely legal technical guidance'. In an illustration of the practice's cross-border workload, Phillips acted of the sale of a Norwegian software company to an English purchaser. Other highlights included advising the National Pharmacy Association on an investment into a technology company that has developed an app to assist pharmacies with streamlining deliveries, improving record keeping and enhancing patient safety; and acting on the sale of Bodoni Systems to Agfa Graphics. Other key figures include Emma Cameron, who regularly advises on technology-related transactions, and Paul Gershlick, who heads the firm's pharmaceuticals and life sciences practice.

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