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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

PDT Solicitors

PDT Solicitors' practice covers M&A and strategic commercial advisory work and is also known for its finance expertise. Noel Ruddy is recognised for his corporate finance expertise; he is a specialist in receivables finance and asset-based lending. The 'very bright' Rebecca Glazebrook undertakes a range of both corporate and finance transactions, and Andrew Hoad 'who provides pragmatic and commercial advice' has a focus on the technology sector, including advising on software consultancy sales.

Practice head(s):Noel Ruddy

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Glazebrook; Andrew Hoad


'The firm strives hard to get things right - it is increasing in stature.'

'The corporate team has three strong practitioners in Noel Ruddy, Rebecca Glazebrook and Andrew Hoad. It has a no-nonsense approach and will provide sensible commercial fee proposals that are appropriate to the task in hand.'

'A small but very experienced and talented team of corporate lawyers. Real senior leadership on transactions and a commercial approach to problem solving.'

'A long-established firm, extremely well known and widely respected within this industry. Happy to deliver partner-led relationships across all disciplines - the partners will get involved personally and are not afraid to get hands dirty.'

'Top-class advice - they really care and are led from the front by the partners.'

'Noel Ruddy has unrivalled knowledge and expertise in the receivables industry. He is widely respected and extremely well connected across the sector. Always available personally to deal with our client-related matters in a helpful and expeditious manner.'

'Noel Ruddy is a wise and experienced head who brings real commercial insight. Rebecca Glazebrook is a detail-focused partner who will fight tooth and nail for her clients.'

'Noel Ruddy is a legend in the asset-based lending sector. Rebecca Glazebrook is a bright lawyer who is very capable. We have used Andrew Hoad on smaller matters where he has provided pragmatic commercial advice.'

Key Clients

Yomdel Limited

Pill Box Chemists

The Specialist Work Limited

Geotech Soil Stabilisation

Shareholders of AJ Mobility

Premier House Investments

Kamic Group AB

Shareholders of ICA Digital

Freedom Food Limited

Nucleus Commercial Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team of The Specialist Works, a leading independent international media agency, on a management buy-out led by Martin Woolley and Parry Jones.
  • Advised on the MBO of Geotech Soil Stabilisation, funded by Mobeus Equity Partners. Co-ordinated the acquisition of the third party company at the same time as the MBO. The deal was valued at £14m.
  • Acted for the shareholders in driving through the sale of their company.
  • Acted for the client on its acquisition of Ralph Coleman International and also assisted with the documentation for the funding which consisted of a loan from Caple and an IF line from Arbuthnot Commercial Finance.  
  • Acted on the disposal of Amicus Commercial Finance division to Investec Bank plc.
Leading individuals

Noel Ruddy - PDT Solicitors

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 4

PDT Solicitors

At PDT Solicitors, Nigel Davidson, who is appreciated for his 'wealth of experience', and William Angas head a team that undertakes disputes in relation to breaches of contract, professional negligence, protection of confidential information and shareholder disputes. The team also has a niche expertise in asset-based lending disputes. Gail Morris is noted for her real estate-related experience and 'pragmatic litigator' Justin McConville takes on a broad range of County and High Court litigation. Aysha Hussain and Laura Sutton are also highly rated team members.

Practice head(s):Nigel Davidson; William Angas

Other key lawyers:Gail Morris; Laura Surron; Justin McConville; Aysha Hussain


'We have a 95% win rate in court and that is due to Nigel Davidson's full understanding of a difficult area of law.'

'They stand out because of their willingness to go the extra mile. Our reputation is linked to their ability to push through litigation in a timely fashion.'

'The Dispute Resolution team at PDT are very strong and commercially minded and have a knack for understanding what judges are looking for in terms of persuasive litigation.'

'William Angas is a very focused team player and understands his client's needs.'

'Associate Laura Sutton is excellent  with a very strong pleading style and the ability to see several steps ahead for the client's benefit.'

'Gail Morris is a pleasure to work with, has always been very thorough in her approach to cases, and is willing to take the time out to properly think through matters before taking action.'

'Associate Aysha Hussain, despite only recently being post-qualification,  shows an awareness above her years and a careful approach to litigation.'

'They are big enough to offer bandwidth in expertise, small enough to maintain personal relationships.'

'Nigel Davidson is professional, commercial ( very unusual but great) and decisive.'


Key Clients

R2 Advisory (formerly Auria Recovery LLP)

ABN Amro Commercial Finance

Sunley Group

The Specialist Works


Nucleus Commercial Finance

Catalyst Business Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services

Pulse Cashflow Finance

Work highlights

  • Acted for Simon Thomas and Arron Kendall of Moorfields, the Joint Administrators in the high-profile insolvency of Toys “R” Us, in pursuing and recovering large balances owed to Toys “R” Us pursuant to contract by trade vendors based in the United Kingdom, North America and Hong Kong.
  • Acted for the lender in successfully obtaining summary judgment in the reported decision Catalyst Business Finance Limited v Very Tangy Television Limited, Richard Tuckwell and Very Tangy Media Limited
  • The clients’ previous solicitors prepared a commercial lease of our clients’ property from an existing lease negligently omitting to change all clauses to reflect the clients’ instructions. The matter was valued at  £800,000.
  • Assisted client in granting a Common Law Tenancy of a Battersea Reach penthouse apartment at an annual rent of £130,000. The tenant refused the client entry for a survey of the apartment, prompting application for an injunction.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

PDT Solicitors

PDT Solicitors focuses on debt recovery in the recruitment and retail sectors, particularly in asset-based lending, invoice finance and insolvency. The group are also regularly instructed to handle flight delay compensation claims.  Dispute co-heads Nigel Davidson and Will Angas are frequently supported by associates Gina Hope and Anne Bryant.

Practice head(s):Nigel Davidson, Will Angas

Other key lawyers:Nigel Davidson; Will Angas; Gina Hope; Anne Bryant

Key Clients

ABN AMRO Commercial Finance

Outsauce Financing Limited

Advantedge Commercial Finance Limited

Flight Delay Pay

Work highlights

  • Acting for an insolvency sector client in recovering outstanding book debts owed to a company in administration.
  • Instructed on behalf of a compensation provider in recovering compensation owed to airline passengers under an EU Directive,

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

PDT Solicitors

The team at PDT Solicitors specialises in asset and invoice finance, acting for a number of ABLs and cash flow finance providers and advising on client mergers, acquisitions and demergers. The practice is well versed in assisting clients with documentation, dispute resolution issues, debt recovery, fraud and insolvency. The main contacts are Noel Ruddy, who heads the corporate department, co-heads of dispute resolution Nigel Davidson and William Angas and insolvency specialist Dawn Shadwell.

Practice head(s):Noel Ruddy

Other key lawyers:Nigel Davidson; William Angas; Dawn Shadwell

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

PDT Solicitors

The insolvency and restructuring practice at PDT Solicitors advises on all aspects of insolvency including both contentious and non-contentious matters. On the non-contentious side, the firm's lawyers work with financiers on high-value restructuring and refinancing transactions, and on the contentious side, the firm assists with issues such as misfeasance and breach of statutory duties. Practice head William Angas  is 'always accessible and commercial in his advice'.

Practice head(s):William Angas; Dawn Shadwell


'A niche firm with a big market presence. Very well experienced in personal insolvency'

Key Clients

R2 Advisory Ltd

CVR Global LLP

Moorfields Advisory Limited

SFP Restructuring Limited

Moorfields Advisory Limited t/a Moorfields Corporate Recovery

Alliance Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for liquidators of Pinetum Limited with a claim against the company’s directors for repayment of dividends and remuneration
  • Acted for Simon Thomas and Arron Kendall of Moorfields, as Joint Administrators in the high-profile insolvency of Toys “R” Us Limited, in pursuing and recovering large disputed balances owed by trade vendors based in the United Kingdom, North America and Asia.
  • Acted for SFP Restructuring Limited as administrators of a company supplying mobility equipment.
  • Acted for Moorfields Advisory Limited as administrator of the London College of Creative Media in an emergency appointment by the College’s funder.

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South East: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 2

PDT Solicitors

PDT Solicitors is particularly notable for its work in the pharmacy sector, advising clients on the set-up and expansion of pharmacy businesses, as well as disposals, and sales for sole practitioners who retire. The firm also advises opticians and social care clients on corporate matters. Practice head James Clewlow has a strong track record advising clients throughout the life cycle of their businesses. Jo Williams departed the firm for an in-house position in April 2018.

Practice head(s):James Clewlow


'The team are accessible and responsive.'

'They are knowledgeable experienced in the industry, and up-to-date on current issues.'

'They provide very good value advice.'

'James Clewlow is a very able practice head.'

Key Clients

Medimpo Limited

Brunswick Trading Limited

Pearl Chemist Limited

Janak Jethwa and Bhanu Jethwa

Pillbox Chemists Limited

FMP Norfolk Limited

Mukesh Mandora – sole trader

Anna Healthcare Limited and Nima (Malden) Limited

Septagon Limited

PSG Pharma Limited

Mid Suffolk Medical Supplies Limited

Abax Health Limited

Pyramid Pharma Pharmaceuticals Limited

MIG Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Medimpo Limited in respect of a restructure of its existing assets (mixed-use freehold properties including pharmacy businesses).
  • Acted for existing clients as part of a joint venture to acquire six separate retail pharmacies.
  • Acted for the clients in the sale of their shares in a company operating an independent retail pharmacy business in the South East of England.
  • Acted for Pill Box Chemists Limited in respect of its first pharmacy sale.
  • Acted for a client selling his pharmacy business in order to retire.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

PDT Solicitors

PDT Solicitors assists clients on all types of commercial property transactions, construction and planning law including promotion agreements and landlord and tenant issues. Managing partner James Clewlow also heads the healthcare team and includes a range of clients in this sector in addition to developers. Jane Bowden counts national and regional property developers and land promoters among her clients; land promotion agreements are an outstanding facet of her expertise.

Practice head(s):James Clewlow

Other key lawyers:Jane Bowden; Craig Burton


'They are a knowledgeable, approachable and efficient firm who offer easy access to their senior legal team. They are excellent at providing clear, practical and useful advice on complex matters and situations.'

'They have been professional and intelligent in all my dealings with them.'

'They have excelled in placing their partners and staff in areas which particularly suit their personalities and skill sets, be it negotiation, process or technical knowledge. This makes dealing with the firm straightforward and uncomplicated, even on complex transactions. I have yet to deal with a member of their team who has not been readily available with answers and solutions to any legal problem I have thrown at them.'


Key Clients

Medimpo Limited


Greenplan Designer Homes Ltd

The Specialist Works Limited

Sunley Estates Ltd

J P Whelan Homes Ltd

Turnbull Land Ltd

Southern Housing Group

Portland Villas Limited

Moussavi Holdings Limited

Hamid Mahmood

Duarch Partnership

Kallend and Others

BTC Racing Limited

Euro Cucina Limtied

Work highlights

  • Acted for the client in respect of a restructure of its existing assets, work that included the incorporation of three new companies, transfers and leasebacks of the properties and a capital reduction and demerger.
  • Advising on the acquisition six new estates as part of a stock transfer from Sovereign Housing Association.  
  • Assisted on the acquisition of three development sites across Sussex, including development and planning matters and  liaising with funders.
  • Acted in the sale and leaseback of premises. The sale was in order to release funds for a management buyout, a matter valued at   £10m.      
  • Advising on planning and obtaining planning permission for development of site in Minster, including negotiating the release of overage and charge held by Secretary of State. The gross deal value is £7m.

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