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Birkett Long LLP

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Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester

David Wisbey

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Birkett Long LLP

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Commercial & Corporate team




I am Chairman of Birkett Long and a member of the Commercial & Corporate Finance team, which I joined after more than 13 years working in the City of London. I trained with the City firm, Stephenson Harwood, spending 4 years in Hong Kong with that firm, and more than 7 years with the City office of the National firm, Eversheds.

 have particular experience of the health, automotive and technology sectors. International transactions have included advising a UK plc on the purchase of a company in Switzerland and a UK company on the sale of its German business, and advising on joint ventures in Singapore, Russia and Spain. I advise banks on a wide variety of matters, including acquisition finance, and borrowers when taking out, renewing or amending bank facilities.

At Birkett Long I have advised a major UK listed company in the healthcare sector on the funding for projects for the construction and operation of treatment centres. I advise clients locally and nationally on transactions in a variety of health related sectors but with a particular specialism in residential care.

I have, for more than 20 years, advised an international car component and sub-system manufacturer (headquartered in France) on all its UK corporate activity and have advised them on business purchases and sales and contracts and contractual disputes. I also have experience of the retail market, having advised on the purchase and sale of car dealerships.

I have many years experience of assisting technology based companies, from “start ups” to public companies, on their corporate and commercial legal needs, including advising on business purchases and sales and contracts and contractual disputes. I advise on the terms for private equity or venture capital investment and have advised both companies and investors on investment agreements and funding and security documents.


I am a member of the Company Law Committee of the Law Society and Chairman of its working party on Corporate Governance and Shareholder Rights. I have written and spoken frequently about the implementation of the Companies Act 2006 and was a member of the working party of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators that produced guidance on the implementation of Part 13 of that Act.

South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Birkett Long LLP's insolvency practice impresses with its 'very practical and good commercial advice and extremely prompt responses'. The team is best known for its contentious work for insolvency practitioners, private bankrupts and company director clients; the latter mostly seek defence against disqualification claims. Recent highlights include the representation of 24 creditors in their application to remove and replace the administrators of a company with debts in excess of £8m, as well as the advice provided to a former company director regarding misfeasance enquiries from liquidators. CVR Global, Larking Gowen, Kingston Smith & Partners and LB Insolvency Solutions make up parts of the active client portfolio.  Colchester-based partner Kevin Sullivan and associate Tracy England are recommended, while David Wisbey in Chelmsford is also a key practitioner.

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South East: Public sector


Within: Health

Birkett Long LLP fields a healthcare team that provides 'an excellent level of service and guides the client through complex issues with great patience'. The multi-disciplinary practice acts for a range of clients, including general medical practices, care home operators, dentists and pharmacists, on a variety of issues. Recent work includes acting for a consortium of 5 GP practices on their corporate options and shareholder agreements between the practice representatives and their individual practices, as well as preparing new articles of association concerning share ownership and succession arrangements. Tracey Dickens heads the health and social care team and provides 'invaluable assistance' to her GP clients. Also recommended are the 'very thorough' Liz Jones and David Wisbey, who regularly advises UK-based healthcare companies on corporate and commercial matters.

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