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Andrew Harris

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Andrew is the managing partner of the Milton Keynes office. He is also head of the Milton Keynes corporate and TMT/commercial practice. He has particular experience in transactional M&A, private equity, and funding work involving companies of all sizes and across various sectors including international and domestic household name groups and also privately and family owned, entrepreneurial local businesses. Andrew’s period in industry with a fully listed public company group broadened his experience and taught him valuable lessons in how to look at things from the client’s perspective, and also from a wider business perspective. Exposed to a wide palette of legal issues, as well as a broad range of commercial contracts, he was prominently involved in the negotiation of banking facilities for the group, and took the lead in the group’s acquisition and disposal programmes.


Trained Eversheds, qualified 1988; solicitor/associate/senior associate 1988-95; : company secretary and then group legal director Powerscreen International plc 1995-99; partner Howes Percival 1999-2008; partner Dentons 2008-present.


Birmingham University (LLB Hons 1985); College of Law Guildford (1986).


Classic cars; music – plays guitar and sings in own band; cycling; family.

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Leading individuals

Andrew Harris - Dentons

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

Dentons in Milton Keynes stands out for its ability to leverage the firm's substantial global reach, making it a go-to for cross-border transactions. In 2017, the office played a role in transactions spanning Europe, Turkey, the United States, Russia, Australia and Turkey; recent cross-border highlights include advising a longstanding FTSE 100 client on its €8.5m acquisition of a company with operations in France, Spain and china. Christopher Colclough  led on that deal and has been instrumental in the development of the practice's international capability; he also led the team (which included senior associates Francesca Betterman  and Matthew Wimot) advising Solera Holdings on its acquisition of an international software business with operations in Australia and South Africa. The firm also has an excellent reputation for mandates in the automotive sector, with Betterman leading the automotive team in Milton Keynes. In an illustration of its track record in motor retail, Wilmot and Betterman acted for Marshall Motor Holdings, the seventh-largest motor retail group in the UK, on the sale of its leasing division. Practice head and Milton Keynes managing partner Andrew Harris  has also been active in automotive sector deals; he led a team acting for Group 1 Automotive UK on its acquisition of Beadles Group. Also recommended are Peter Cox, who acted for Business Growth Fund on its £7m investment in Netcall, and Faye Garvey , who acted for Informa on its acquisition of Futurum Media.

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