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Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Index of tables

  1. Corporate and commercial: Cambridge
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

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James Allen at Birketts LLP leads a practice that clients describe as 'very commercial, always coming up with pragmatic solutions to problems'. The corporate practice works as a single unit across the firm's four regional offices, with Cambridge a key hub for the firm's regional, national and cross-border work. Corporate finance specialist Allen works closely with M&A and technology sector specialist Quentin Golder, corporate partner Adrian Seagers, whose skills include VC finance and private equity deals, and rising star Nick Burt.

Practice head(s):James Allen

Other key lawyers:Quentin Golder; Adrian Seagers; Nick Burt

Testimonials

"The team focuses on the important issues and doesn't get bogged down in issues which don't really affect their client."

"The individuals are very approachable, reactive, and efficient."

"The firm has a very strong local team that is well embedded into the local business community and engages a lot with that community. The practice has grown quickly and the firm has recruited a strong team."

"James Allen gives very practical and sensible advice. Because he provides a pragmatic approach and does not seek to point score, transactions progress smoothly and positions do not become entrenched."

Key Clients

Scientific Digital Imaging plc

PSI

Sygnis AG

John Henry Group

Time GB Group Ltd

Royale Parks Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Plasgran on its £34.5m sale.
  • Advised the shareholders of sale of NotSoSecure Global group on its sale to Claranet Group.
  • Advised the shareholders of Frimstone Ltd, a family owned business in Downham Market, which operates from 10 premises and has over 70 years’ experience in mineral extraction, recycling and restoration projects in the East Anglian region, on its sale to Mick George Ltd.
  • Advised on all legal aspects of the acquisition of learndirect’s eAssessment business. Under the deal, PSI, which has its international headquarters in California, will take over learndirect’s UK test centre network, technology and call centre along with all associated staff.
  • Advised on all legal aspects of the sale of Innova Systems UK Limited, a software training and support provider, to Visiativ SA (a French listed entity).

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP is home to to a deep bench of talent including practice head Tom Pickthorn, private equity expert Anthony McGurk and education and investment funds specialist Claire Clarke, who are leading lights in the market. Zickie Lim stands out for her work in in venture capital finance in the technology and life sciences sectors, as do corporate finance partner Stephen Hamilton and newly promoted partner Jonathan Greenwood for M&A deals in the education sector and mid-market corporate work. The firm is frequently involved in high-profile and high-value transactions around Cambridge, across East Anglia and the rest of the UK, as well as handling a large volume of cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):Tom Pickthorn

Other key lawyers:Claire Clarke, Anthony McGurk; Zickie Lim; Stephen Hamilton; Dona Ardeman; Poppy Short; Vanessa Walton

Key Clients

Ridgeons

Ubisense Group plc

Mercia Investments Limited

Mercia Technologies PLC

IQ Capital Partners LLP

Imagen Limited

Kershaw Group holdings Limited

Prior Scientific Instruments Limited

PayPoint plc

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the family shareholders of Ridgeons on its sale to Huws Gray.
  • Acted for Ubisense on the proposed sale for up to £35m of its RTLS SmartSpace business to a subsidiary of Investcorp Technology Partners subject to shareholders’ consent.
  • Handled the £17m sale of Science Warehouse Limited to Advanced Business Software and Solutions Limited.
  • Advising Mick George Limited on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Frimstone Limited.
  • Acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Kershaw Group Limited by way of a MBO.

Taylor Vinters¬†has an outstanding record in the technology sector for M&A and investment transactions, and acts for¬†numerous high-profile domestic and international companies.¬†The corporate and commercial group works closely with the firm's growth team, which focuses on supporting early stage and rapidly growing tech-backed businesses, supporting high value investments and advising on disposals and acquisitions. Head of corporate¬†Adam Bradley¬†leads a practice that acts for¬†owner‚Äďmanagers, serial acquirers, venture capital funds and intermediaries in Cambridge, London and internationally.

Practice head(s):Adam Bradley

Other key lawyers:Sian Scanlon; Susan McDonald; Nick Palmer

Key Clients

Endomagnetics Ltd

Kaleao Limited

RealVNC Ltd

Assael Architecture Limited

NJ Russel Holdings Limited

Sareum PLC

UK Vehicle Ltd

Clearstone Services Limited

Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass

Work highlights

  • Advising Endomag on its $10m equity fundraising.
  • Advising Kaleao on its £ 2.5m equity fundraising.
  • Advising RealVNC on the management buy-out of its automotive division.
  • Advising Assael Architecture on the sale of its business.
  • Acting for NJ Russel Holdings on its acquisition of Prima Electronics.

The corporate technology practice at Taylor Wessing LLP works between the firm's London and Cambridge offices, as well as drawing on expertise in the firm's international network, to advise UK and international IP-rich technology and life sciences companies, and their investors. The firm frequently acts for US investors and acquirers in transactions involving Cambridge technology and life sciences start-ups, including representing Grapeshot in its acquisition by Oracle Corporation. Key partner Adrian Rainey and head of UK corporate and co-head of the international corporate Group David Mardle are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):Adrian Rainey

Other key lawyers:David Mardle; Malcolm Bates; Adam Thatcher; Elizabeth Rhodes

Testimonials

"The firm has great strengths in hi-tech ventures and we get excellent advice from Adrian Rainey."

"Malcolm Bates thinks and explains very clearly and has great experience. He manages a great team focusing on all areas of commercial and IP contracts."

"Malcolm Bates is technically very strong on licence and commercial agreements."

Key Clients

Grapeshot

Cambridge Innovation Capital

MiNa Holdings Ltd

Partech Ventures

Synthace Limited

Apotex

MMC Ventures

Monzo

Bloom & Wild

Work highlights

  • Advised Grapeshot Limited, a UK start-up and provider of brand safety and pre-bid contextual solutions to over 5,000 of the world’s leading marketers, on its sale to Oracle Corporation.
  • Advised on the £74m sale by Apotex International of its six European subsidiaries in five jurisdictions to Agile Pharma.
  • Advised Monzo on its Series E funding round led by new investors General Catalyst and Accel, with participation from existing investors Passion Capital, Stripe, Goodwater, Thrive Capital and others.
  • Advised TTP Labtech, Cambridge-based design and development of life sciences instruments and consumables company, on its sale to Battery Ventures.
  • Advised Ensoft, a UK-based software house specialising in networking software, on its sale to Cisco.

BDB Pitmans has a small but highly experienced team in Cambridge with Duncan Walker and James Stephen both highly respected in the region having practised in Cambridge for many years. The firm's clients range from entrepreneurs and SMEs to large corporates. Stephen recently acted for the founders of Cambridge Design Partnership Limited on the transfer of the ownership of the company to an Employee Ownership Trust. Walker's recent work includes advising the shareholders of a manufacturing company in its £57m disposal to an overseas trade buyer.

Practice head(s):James Stephen; Duncan Walker

Testimonials

"They maintain strong personal relationships, are reliable and their fees are fair. In addition to making it easy for me to deal with them, it also gives me the confidence to recommend them to others knowing that those to whom I recommend them will be satisfied."

"Duncan Walker is always responsive and happy to help."

Key Clients

Owlstone Medical Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Owlstone Medical Limited on a $50m equity fundraising from global investors.
  • Acting for the founders of a leading technology and product design consultancy on the transfer of ownership of the company to an employee ownership trust (EOT).
  • Providing cost-effective advice to a growing technology sector company on its latest c£700k equity fundraising.
  • Acting for a venture capital company, with a focus on investing in and building early stage technology companies, on its latest equity investment.
  • Advising a UK company involved in the development of drug therapy on an early stage equity fundraise.

Hewitsons has a long-established reputation for M&A, corporate finance, private equity, investment and capital markets transactions. It has a broad client base with particular expertise in the technology, charities and education, healthcare, sport and energy sectors. Practice heads James Lawrence and Andrew Priest and key partner Bill Thatcher in Cambridge have a particular focus on the technology sector, in which they frequently handle acquisitions, venture capital investments, MBOs and MBIs. Newly promoted partner Laurence Evans has a strong practice in partnerships and LLPs, particularly for the firm's agricultural client base.

Practice head(s):James Lawrence; Andrew Priest

Other key lawyers:Bill Thatcher; Laurence Evans; Charlotte Bull

Testimonials

"The level of subject matter expertise, business sense, responsiveness, and cost-effectiveness is unmatched in my experience with law firms around the globe."

"I would like to call out Bill Thatcher as an absolutely outstanding asset to our business. His responsiveness, commercial expertise, and value is truly remarkable. It has been a true privilege to work with him over the years."

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."

"Great communication, reasonable fees, good value for the money."

"I particularly liked the approach of Hewitsons in that we worked with the same lawyer from initial discussions and quotation through to completion of the sale. This meant there was good continuity throughout the project."

"The practice was very accommodating of a change of direction that occurred mid-way through the sale and also the complications of dealing with a foreign buyer."

"We worked predominantly with Laurence Evans on the sale of our business. He understood the business, our objectives and helped to negotiate a successful outcome."

"I found Laurence Evans to be professional and very easy to work with. He was also very fast at turning around questions we raised and amendments to the contract."

"I would have no hesitation in recommending both Laurence Evans and Hewitsons in general."

"Hewitsons offers a broad spectrum of specialist support for whatever commercial issues you face."

"Bill Thatcher has proved to be a formidable ally to have onside during tricky commercial negotiations. His ability to make the complex seem simple, and to make arguments which are hard to dispute, is uncanny."

"Bill Thatcher has an amazing ability to deeply understand our business, despite it being extremely specialised. All in all he is an invaluable part of our team and one we could not recommend highly enough."

"Excellent all round abilities, with very solid associates and good access to partner expertise."

"James Lawrence has a first rate legal mind, and his advice is always succinct and completely on the point."

Key Clients

Quartix Holdings Plc (listed)

Homes England

KisanHub (UK and India)

Nuformix Plc (listed)

VKR Group (owner of Velux brand with HQ in Denmark)

Cryptomathic Group (HQ in Denmark)

Spirol Group, Inc (HQ in USA)

Amino Technologies Plc (listed)

Scientific Molding Corporation Ltd

Hill Residential Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted in the £16m private equity backed management buy-out of Hanmere Polythene, a Hertfordshire-based manufacturer of recyclable packaging products.
  • Acted on the acquisition by German private equity fund BID Equity of Cambridge-based eSight Energy Group Limited, a provider of energy use intelligence.
  • Acted in the acquisition by OpenView of the analogue maintenance business of Careline UK Monitoring Limited (t/a Appello).

  • Acted on the £2.4m sale of Guardian Water Treatment Limited and GPCS Limited, to AIM listed Marlowe Plc.
  • Acted on the sale of the sale of 100% of shares in the target company to a private purchaser.

'They have simply done it before many times and have the expertise', says a client of the corporate and commercial practice at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. The practice is led from London, Oxford and Guildford, but key partner Helen Drayton in Cambridge plays a pivotal role in some of the firm's largest transactions. The practice acts for technology, biotech and pharmaceutical clients, as well as academic institutions and non-profit research organisations. Associate Katharine Robinson is a rising star in technology, real estate, food and agriculture M&A deals. Ross McNaughton is predominantly based in San Francisco, but still leads deals through the Cambridge office.

Other key lawyers:Helen Drayton; Katharine Robinson; Ross McNaughton

Testimonials

"Helen Drayton was very experienced and sensible. She has excellent communication skills and gets her points across clearly and succinctly."

"Helen Drayton's advice is well thought through and coherent. She gave us good steers and sound advice."

"They don't work 9-5 Mon-Fri. They respond to emails and queries very rapidly. Also, you get the feeling that they fight for your benefits in negotiation and bring the pitfalls to your attention in clear English."

"They gave us a keenly priced acquisition service with good clear advice and can bring in key skills for certain aspects when needed."

Key Clients

GRC International Group Plc

Vindis Group Limited

Oppilan Pharma Limited

Ellgia Recycling Limited

Iliffe Media Limited/

Yattendon Group Plc

Erwin Technologies UK Limited

Cambridge Commodities Limited

BidX1 Limited

Derris LLC

Friar’s Pride Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised GRC on its initial public offering (IPO) and admission to trading on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

  • Advised existing client, Iliffe Media (which publishes the award-winning Cambridge Independent) on its strategic acquisition of the Newark Advertiser and its associated website and publications, including the Newark Trader, based in Newark, Nottinghamshire.
  • Advised data governance software maker Erwin Technologies UK Limited on its strategic acquisition of an Italian information communication technology company, A&P Consulting.

  • Advised Ireland’s ground-breaking online auction house, BidX1, on its acquisition of leading UK property auctioneers Andrews & Robertson to create a powerful new omni-channel property auction house.
  • Assisting Oppilan Pharma Limited with its on-going fundraising and general corporate assistance.

The bulk of the corporate and commercial practice at Ashtons Legal is outside Cambridge in the firm's other regional offices, yet the Cambridge office is involved in some substantial work. Senior associate John Yatchisin is the key lawyer and is supported by capable solicitors including Paul Mitchell for work that includes share sales and company acquisitions for SME clients.

Other key lawyers:John Yatchisin; Paul Mitchell

Key Clients

Cosworth Group

Thyngs

TaxAssist Group

Signs Express

Comm-Tech Voice and Data / Conrad Global Group

Stow Healthcare Group Ltd (Formerly k/a Stowlangtoft Healthcare Group Ltd)

Medical Management Systems Ltd

Cambridge Building Society

Barenbrug UK Ltd

Recroot Ltd

Lead partner David Woods at Greenwoods GRM oversees the firm's corporate team in Cambridge, though he works predominantly from Peterborough. He calls upon the firm's expertise in the technology, business services and manufacturing sectors to advise SME clients across the region, as well as entrepreneurs and larger corporates around Cambridge.

Practice head(s):David Woods

Testimonials

'David Woods is the one we use for commercial contracts. He is a very fast thinker and very thorough and I can always rely on him for fast action. He does not try to over-complicate matters to draw them out to earn higher fees. To the contrary, he is excellent at simplification but not at the expense of putting the Agreements at risk.'

'Neville Drummond handles the land Property side and is very thorough and has found a number of bad errors missed by other lawyers. Again, he is very helpful and goes the extra mile to help us out in anything that is urgent. As does David.'

 

Key Clients

Albendan Limited (Derek Watts)

Openarch Group

Key Publishing Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented an overseas client in its investment into a UK company in the confectionary sector.
  • Advised a Cambridge headquartered company on the exit of a shareholder.

Howes Percival LLP continued to grow its client base in 2018, notably among owner-managed and family-owned businesses. It focuses predominantly on corporate acquisitions, reorganisations and commercial work. Lead partner Nathan Horton, who works between the Cambridge and Norwich offices, draws on expertise in the firm's other offices to service the needs of clients in the local market, as well as his own in-depth knowledge of acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, shareholder and investment agreements and corporate reorganisations across a range of industry sectors.

Practice head(s):Nathan Horton

Work highlights

  • Advised onthe merger of the Monkfield Nutrition and Euro Rep Ltd businesses.

Senior associate Sarah Ilic leads the corporate and commercial practice at Tees Law, which frequently handles high-value and complex share and asset acquisitions involving complicated deferred consideration proposals particularly in the property, haulage and family-owned business sectors. She also handles corporate reconstructions and reorganisations for professional services groups, and commercial matters including confidentiality, data protection, franchising, distribution and joint venture agreements.

Practice head(s):Sarah Ilic

Work highlights

  • Represented a property developer in its £62.5m refinancing of its property portfolio.
  • Advised on the £1.25m purchase of the goodwill, business and assets of a specialist timber provider.
  • Handled the sale of high-end leisure facility.
  • Represented a client in relation to the demerger of an offshore fiduciary business.
  • Acted for a client on the unwinding of two software as a service technology joint ventures.

Vivienne Robinson Ltd is a sole practitioner who specialises in competition law at the highest level. Clients appreciate the 'personal service from a specialist who is quick to respond, sensitive to our needs and adept at providing competition law advice in connection with commercial agreements'. Her practice supports clients throughout the UK and abroad, and range from SME’s to large listed corporates. She also receives numerous instructions from law firms seeking first-class competition law advice for their clients.

Practice head(s):Vivienne Robinson

Testimonials

"Vivienne Robinson has excellent knowledge of the practices of the CMA."

"Vivienne Robinson is pragmatic and commercially minded, and advises on how to shape the structure of the arrangements in order to reduce competition law risks."

"Vivienne Robinson is able to provide a clear and invaluable insight as to how she considers the competition law authorities will approach certain matters."

Key Clients

Spar

Henderson Group


Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Anglia

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  1. Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Anglia
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

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Rising stars

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Greene & Greene undertakes high-value, complex and high-profile transactions and provides commercial advice to PLCs, investors, SMEs and owner-managed businesses in East Anglia and beyond. The corporate practice led by Simon Ratcliffe was recently involved in transactions in the UK, Europe and overseas jurisdictions including the US, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Libya. In 2018, it handled transactions with a total aggregate value in the region of £500m.

Practice head(s):Simon Ratcliffe

Other key lawyers:Neil Walmsley; Mark Daly; Andrew Cooper; Mark Williams

Testimonials

"I have always found Greene & Greene to be a very professional and knowledgeable firm in a number of aspects. The partners there are very helpfully and commercially minded. When faced with problems/issues they take a very proactive approach in solving the issues."

"I have found the firm to be the best in East Anglia, where you get a London service and a local price."

"Simon Ratcliffe's knowledge and understanding in M&A is great and our clients like him a lot, especially in healthcare."

"The culture of pragmatic commercial excellence runs deeply throughout Greene & Greene and all members of the team."

"Mark Daly and Andrew Cooper are simply excellent in their attention to detail, pace and commercialism."

"Greene and Greene is always available to provide advice at any time or day. They work extremely hard when we have transactions, sometimes working 15-16 hours a day to get things completed."

"The firm can help in all areas including employment, property, transaction and corporate and we always have the same solicitors to help us which means that they understand the business really well."

"Simon Ratcliffe and Andrew Cooper are extremely knowledgeable in their areas and highly competitive in their fees. I would say that they are extremely detailed and commercial."

Key Clients

Nexus Underwriting Management Limited

Berlin Packaging LLC

The Dunamis Group

Treatt Plc

The Vitec Group plc

Wonde Limited

Ablatus Therapeutics Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of The Dunamis Group on the £22m sale of the company to Fulcrum Utility Services Limited (a listed entity).
  • Handled the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Huntington Underwriting Limited, a company based on Labuan.
  • Advised Treatt plc on the £11m sale of Earthoil Plantations Limited to Univar, Inc (global chemical company, listed on the NYSE) and the ongoing commercial relationship between the parties in respect of the business that was sold.
  • Represented Nexus Underwriting Management Limited on the acquisition of the business and assets of Altitude Risk Partners LLP.
  • Advised The Vitec Group plc on its £8.5m acquisition of the leading microphone windshield and suspension systems manufacturer, Rycote, including the related commercial arrangements post completion.

At Ashtons Legal, the corporate practice works as a single unit across all of the firm's regional offices, but key partner Geoff Hazlewood leads the practice from both Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds. He is specialises in banking, M&A deals and transactions in the  care home sector. He draws on the expertise of partners across the office network who handle franchising matters, technology sector transactions and deals for veterinary practices.

Practice head(s):Geoff Hazlewood

Key Clients

Cosworth Group

Thyngs

TaxAssist Group

Signs Express

Comm-Tech Voice and Data / Conrad Global Group

Stow Healthcare Group Ltd (Formerly k/a Stowlangtoft Healthcare Group Ltd)

Medical Management Systems Ltd

Cambridge Building Society

Barenbrug UK Ltd

Recroot Ltd

 

Work highlights

  • Advised on the acquisition of the business and assets of Attwoods Manor Nursing Home, and the acquisition of adjoining land and overage agreements.
  • Handled the sale of the entire issued share capital of Haughcare Ltd to OHI UK Healthcare Properties Ltd and associated sale of operating business to Healthcare Homes Group Ltd.

Fraser Dawbarns is one of the most highly regarded firms in East Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk. Clients appreciate the 'good quality and practical advice' of Tony Cheetham in King's Lynn and the 'very hardworking and committed' Silke Trevor in Wisbech. The practice has a wealth of experience in acting for larger local businesses and counts around 20 local doctors surgeries among its clients.

Practice head(s):Tony Cheetham

Other key lawyers:Silke Trevor

Testimonials

I have always found them to be very approachable as well as having wide experience and good knowledge in the work undertaken.

They are able to work to a timetable, which enables matters to be completed as requested.

Silke Trevor and Tony Cheetham, partners in the firm are of particular high calibre being very competent, but also commercial in the work they undertake.They have the ability to communicate well with clients as well.

Work highlights

  • Acquisition of two new private limited companies in the agribusiness sector.
  • Represented shareholders of estate agency group and its companies in a reconstruction of the group valued in excess of £3m.
  • Advising a client on the purchase of shares in a private limited company together with parallel purchase of a debt and multiparty debt restructuring.
  • Provided advice on restructuring for two companies with similar interests and related ownership.
  • Provided advice on corporate restructuring and share buyback.

Metcalfe, Copeman & Pettefar has a client base that extends through Norfolk, Suffolk, North Cambridgeshire and Essex. It also acts for some business with operations across the UK and abroad. Lead partner Paul Garner in Wisbech and consultant Tim  Stevenson in Thetford are the key names in a practice that handles acquisitions, mergers, demergers, compliance, shareholders and partnership agreements, and corporate governance matters.

Practice head(s):Paul Garner

Other key lawyers:Tim Stevenson; Aimee Hedley

Testimonials

"Tim Stevenson is pragmatic and experienced."

"The practice has a detailed knowledge and understanding of all commercial matters about which we have consulted them."

"The practice responds quickly, clearly and efficiently to any questions we ask and makes suggestions for areas we should be looking into, so they are not only responsive but also take the initiative in offering us assistance. We would not hesitate to recommend the practice to other commercial companies."

Work highlights

  • Represented a long established farming partnership with regards to the sale and restructure of the partnership.
  • Represented a company with regards to a company reorganisation.
  • Represented a manufacturer with regards to an own share purchase.

Nicholsons Solicitors LLP joins the ranking on the strength of its Lowestoft office, where clients note that 'the firm compares highly to other firms in this area and is very efficient in dealing with queries'. Lead partner Joseph Long, who works in both Lowestoft and Norwich, frequently advises successful local businesses on corporate and commercial matters and in 2018 had a busy caseload of work in the East Coast and Waveney Valley areas for clients including medium-to-large local and regional accountancy firms.

Practice head(s):Joseph Long

Testimonials

"I have always found the partners and staff at Nicholsons to be efficient and knowledgeable in dealing with any queries raised and have referred me to colleagues within the practice for expertise in specific matters."

"Joseph Long has always impressed with his knowledge and efficiency."

"It is the only law firm in town that we pass corporate work to, the alternative being to work with Norwich or Ipswich firms. The firm has top-quality specialists in a number of areas of law, all of whom are knowledgeable and efficient."


Corporate and commercial: Ipswich

Index of tables

  1. Corporate and commercial: Ipswich
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

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Next Generation Partners

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Birketts LLP has by far the largest corporate and commercial practice in Suffolk and the team in Ipswich works as part of a single practice across the firm's four offices. Clients praise the 'speed of response, the personal engagement and the understanding of clients' business. from a commercially-minded team'. Senior partner James Austin and corporate finance expert Mark Henry are leading lights in the market. The practice's client base comprises a local businesses and national enterprises covering all sectors in a broad array of industry sectors.

Practice head(s):James Austin; Mark Henry; Mark Gipson

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Nelson; Emma Bysouth; Sarah Lewis; Andrew Tubb

Testimonials

"The team works extremely well together involving other areas of the firm where appropriate. They all go out of their way to ensure that a solution is found to some very difficult situations."

"Mark Henry, Alexandra Nelson and Emma Bysouth all work extremely well in the corporate team. They work very hard in finding solutions and are very responsive to our needs. They have handled two acquisitions this year in incredibly short timescales and both had their challenges but they were very commercial in their approach, enabling us to complete within timescales."

"Mark Henry is incredibly dedicated and hard working."

"Mark Gipson always makes himself available and provides sound advice."

"The firm is approachable and has a high level of engagement. It feels like Birketts is on our side and is supportive."

"Sarah Lewis is diligent, approachable and a pleasure to deal with."

"The breadth of knowledge, industry expertise and available services is exceptionally comprehensive. Due to this, we have never required the assistance of another firm."

"Sarah Lewis is our primary contact and I cannot be more complimentary about the service she provides and the way in which she conducts herself. She always makes herself available, is easy to work with and is a consummate professional."

"The breadth and depth of expertise and client support is benchmark. The Birketts team has supported three business transactions in the past 12 months and each engagement was tailored to the specific requirements of the deal, resourced accordingly and competitively priced."

"I was impressed by the high standards, both set and achieved, as well as team's flexibility to ensure I was seldom on the critical path for long."

"Once initial contact with Birketts was established with Mark Henry, Alexandra Nelson became the lead on each transaction from start to finish. Given these transactions are rarely uneventful and would occasionally deviate from plan, I welcomed the legal counsel provided by Alexandra and the flawless, professional approach to ensuring all matters were resolved in a positive manner."

"Emma Bysouth provided exceptional support to each transaction and demonstrated outstanding professionalism throughout."

"I have always found Birketts to be very efficient, down-to-earth and approachable."

"Very few firms have offered the same very high standard service that Birketts has always provided."

"During the last few years I have worked very closely with James Austin and Sarah Lewis and they have always delivered on there promises. They are very competent and very approachable."

"The leading mid-market law firm for M&A in East Anglia. Birketts is able to draw on a vast depth and breadth of experience to help its clients unlock the tricky world of M&A transactions."

"Mark Henry and his team set the bar for high-quality delivery. He and Emma Bysouth consistently go the extra mile to exceed client expectations and deliver exceptional results."

"The firm has a really strong team with lots of depth compared to most regional practices."

"Mark Henry is always a very strong lawyer and dependable in a tight spot."

Key Clients

Silk Industries Limited

Jas Bowman & Sons Limited

Notcutts Limited

Muntons Plc

Thurlow Nunn Holdings Plc

Nationwide Metal Recycling Limited

Green Label Foods Limited

Autumn Foods Holdings Limited

Morrison Freight Limited

Tex Holdings Plc

Perivan Limited

Marshall Wolfe Limited

Gressingham Foods

Bruni Erben

Work highlights

  • Birketts represented Perrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries Limited in its acquisition of the property, goodwill and assets of Wyevale Sudbury.
  • Represented the shareholders of H.Erben Holdings Limited in their disposal of H.Erben Holdings Limited to Berlin Packaging.
  • Represented Gressingham in its purchase of J.F Edwards (Smithfield) Limited.

Ashtons Legal now has two highly respected partners based full-time in its Ipswich office. Practice head Geoff Hazlewood and the vastly experienced Paul Whittingham both specialise in M&A transactions, with notable expertise in the care homes and veterinary sectors. The practice is handling a growing stream of high-value and complex transactions, and calls upon the firms highly regarded franchising and technology practices to assist franchised businesses and high-growth companies throughout East Anglia.

Practice head(s):Geoff Hazlewood

Other key lawyers:Paul Whittingham

Testimonials

"We have found Geoff Hazlewood and his team to be excellent. They are practical, very commercial and ensure risks are understood, but dealt with in a practical fashion that ensures deals actually get done."

"As a client, you feel reassured that Geoff has taken full ownership and will ensure everything is done well across the board."

"Geoff Hazlewood has excellent knowledge and always applies a very practical and commercial approach to all situations. This means work gets completed in a cost effective and timely fashion with minimal stress."

Key Clients

Cosworth Group

Thyngs

TaxAssist Group

Signs Express

Comm-Tech Voice and Data / Conrad Global Group

Stow Healthcare Group Ltd (Formerly k/a Stowlangtoft Healthcare Group Ltd)

Medical Management Systems Ltd

Cambridge Building Society

Barenbrug UK Ltd

Recroot Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acquisition of business and assets of Attwoods Manor Nursing Home, and the acquisition of adjoining land and overage agreements.
  • Sale of entire issued share capital of Haughcare Ltd to OHI UK Healthcare Properties Ltd and associated sale of operating business to Healthcare Homes Group Ltd.
  • Sale of shares in AB Plant Shipping Limited.
  • Advising on an MBO with in excess of 30 employees joining the MBO team.

Gotelee Solicitors has a respected regional corporate and commercial practice that is headquartered in the firm's Ipswich office. Max Harnden, who has 30 years' experience in the market, leads a practice that acts for both SMEs and large corporates in local, regional and national matters. One client remarks that 'the firm has supported our business throughout the 27 years of its existence and is a natural port of call to assist us'. Laura Gray moved to Birketts LLP and Petra Sharp moved to Ellisons Solicitors.

Practice head(s):Max Harnden

Testimonials

"Max Harnden has considerably relevant experience and provides insightful and helpful analysis and guidance throughout."

Blocks acts for a wide range of businesses in sectors including utilities, manufacturing, construction, outsourcing and financial services. Practice head Andrew Fleming has 30 years' experience and is well known in the local area for his work on complex transactions and new recruit Ed Manning, who previously had an in-house role at BUUK Infrastructure, has in-depth knowledge of contracts and procurement.

Practice head(s):Andrew Fleming

Other key lawyers:Ed Manning

Work highlights

  • Blocks advised a client on a high-value contract for the installation of industrial silos.
  • The initial buy back purchase of the majority shares from two retiring Directors, restructuring the share classes and creating new denominations, appointing a set of new Directors and creating an incentive share scheme by the company for those new Directors.

The Ipswich office of Ellisons Solicitors joins the rankings this year as the firm extends its local offering into corporate and commercial work. Vastly experienced partner Jon Bloor has moved to the region to lead the practice, bringing extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, and banking and secured lending work. He was joined in early 2019 by partner Petra Sharp from Gotelee Solicitors, who specialises in M&A deals.

Practice head(s):John Bloor

Other key lawyers:Petra Sharp

Testimonials

"Jon Bloor is an exceptional individual who has the ability to review and explain a technical document in a way that is easy to understand."

"Having Jon Bloor available at the end of the phone to discuss legal matters at short notice made the process so much easier for us."

"The firm has an excellent team that is very professional and approachable."

"The firm provides first-class advice, which focuses on solving problems rather than just finding them. Fee rates are very competitive for the value delivered."

"Jon Bloor provides excellent quality advice and is extremely pragmatic and relaxed but focused on finding solutions. He is great to work with as solutions are often a compromise between legal and commercial considerations, and therefore client and lawyer working together. Jon is very good at this."

Kimat Singh at Kerseys Solicitors LLP leads both the commercial department and the commercial property practice, both of which grew steadily in 2018. The firm advises local businesses on general company commercial law, business development projects, commercial contracts, compliance, governance and risk avoidance, joint ventures, employment, franchising, acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):Kimat Singh

Other key lawyers:Adrian Chaffey; Adrian Green

Work highlights

  • Completed a review and overhaul of the client's website terms of use and terms of business.
  • Share purchase of a company.
  • Purchase of accountancy practice.
  • Acted for company in preparing a shareholders' agreement.
  • Sale of a restaurant as a going concern.

Prettys Solicitors LLP has a strong corporate and commercial practice focused on Ipswich, where it is a key player in the market, though it also handles significant matters outside Suffolk and East Anglia. Senior partner Ian Waine leads the practice and he handles both domestic and cross-border transactions involving UK companies. His work encompasses M&A, disposals, private equity investments, joint venture arrangements, governance, outsourcing and financing transactions in both the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):Ian Waine


Corporate and commercial: Norwich

Index of tables

  1. Corporate and commercial: Norwich
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • Christina O‚ÄôBrien - Mills & Reeve LLP
    • Jade Tinney - Clapham & Collinge Solicitors

Birketts LLP has 'good listeners who are professional, reflective, straightforward and clear in their advice'. The firm has an outstanding reputation for corporate and transactional work, particularly in the Norwich market, and practice head Adrian Possener is a specialist in transactional work including public company matters, IPO’s and bond issues. Greg Allan focuses on complex reorganisations and restructures, and he has an excellent track record in the healthcare sector, having advised numerous care home providers on acquisitions, group restructures and funding arrangements.

Practice head(s):Adrian Possener

Other key lawyers:Greg Allan; Joe Yexley

Testimonials

"The firm provides good customer service and quick turnaround, and is always receptive and professional."

"The corporate team is great at managing expectations and ensuring that clear and concise information is passed to us. A pragmatic approach is taken to ensure matters can easily be resolved."

"Greg Allan and Joe Yexley are particularly good. Greg is outstanding at listening to our needs and working to the timeframes required. He is always available and happy. Joe is exceptionally thorough and we never have any concerns that things will be missed."

Key Clients

Servest Group

Black Swan Care Group

Tobar Group

Orbital Media & Advertising Limited

Evoke Systems Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Servest in its acquisition of Aktrion Holdings.
  • Acquisition of Grossman Group.  Advising Tobar Group Trading Limited on share acquisition of wholesale distributor as part of group expansion.
  • Acted for the founders and sellers of R A Howarth (Engineering) Ltd to Milltech Precision Engineering Ltd.
  • Advised 2SD Ltd reagrding the management on their MBO of Alicat Workboats from Gardline.
  • Sale of group of veterinary practices and reorganisation.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a leading corporate and commercial practice both regionally and nationally, and many of its M&A transactions have an international element. In 2018, the firm as a whole acted in matters involving more than 75 jurisdictions the US, China, Canada and Australia. The Norwich office, where Craig Hodgson leads the practice, plays a key role in many of the firm's high-value deals, which include acting for venture capital funds, angel investors, large corporates and growth companies in equity funding rounds, as well as handling significant transactions in sectors such as food, agribusiness, healthcare, technology, financial services and the mid-market.

Practice head(s):Craig Hodgson

Other key lawyers:James Hunter; Natalie Wade; Greg Gibson; Alex Kenworthy; Christina O’Brien

Key Clients

Validus-IVC Limited

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Limited

Hughes of Beaconsfield Group

Robinsons Motor Group

RPC Plc

Simplify Group

Tate & Lyle Sugars

Archant Limited

Ridgeons

Midwich Group plc

Work highlights

  • We acted for the shareholders (and optionholders) of Validus-IVC Limited (a SaaS provider of claims management solutions and the leading subrogation portal in the UK) on its sale to US listed and S&P 500 purchaser Verisk, Inc.
  • We drafted and negotiated two SPAs and tax schedules with input from Bermudian, Canadian and US counsel.  The deal involved the disposal of 6 insurance services companies and 4 captive management companies by Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Limited; an AIM listed Bermuda company.
  • The deal consisted of the £21m disposal of a multi-site Mercedes Benz dealership and other motor franchises based in Beaconsfield and Aylesbury to Vertu Motors plc, the 5th largest motor retailer in the UK.

  • Successfully advised the shareholders of the Robinsons Motor Group on the sale of their Mercedes-Benz franchises to Group 1 Automotive.
  • We acted on the £35m purchase of the entire issued share capital of Plasgran Limited, a specialist plastics recycling business and on the separate but related purchase of the freehold property from the sellers.

At Ashtons Legal, key partner James Tarling acts for a broad range of local businesses in corporate transactions, and has a specialist focus innovative high-growth technology companies. He is highly regarded for his advice on issues such as GDPR and regulatory compliance. The firm has a leading franchising practice in which John Chambers and Damian Humphrey are the driving forces. They act for both UK and overseas clients, and the firm is an adviser to around 15% of all domestic franchise networks.

Other key lawyers:James Tarling; Mark Watson; John Chambers; Damian Humphrey

Key Clients

Cosworth Group

Thyngs

TaxAssist Group

Signs Express

Comm-Tech Voice and Data / Conrad Global Group

Stow Healthcare Group Ltd (Formerly k/a Stowlangtoft Healthcare Group Ltd)

Medical Management Systems Ltd

Cambridge Building Society

Barenbrug UK Ltd

Recroot Ltd

TaxAssist Accountants

Easygym

CeX

Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries

Bubbleology

Signs Express

Water Babies

Flip Out

Tossed

Caremark

Work highlights

  • Advising Thyngs Ltd in relation to various equity investment transactions including an oversubscribed crowdfunding fund raise via Crowdcube.
  • Ashtons advised on the UK legal aspects of the sale of engineering and manufacturing company SlimDril Holdings, Inc. to a trade customer in Holland.
  • Advising Signs Express in respect of MBO of Norwich based Signs Express a leading nationally franchised sign business with a turnover in excess of £23m.
  • Advising innovative tech company on a $4m series A funding round with US investors.

  • Ashtons advised on the UK legal aspects of the $45m sale of an international software company to private equity buyers in the US.

At¬†Fosters, practice head¬†Jamie Arnall¬†has developed the innovative Fosters In House service, which¬†works for many clients on a retainer basis and makes lawyers in the business and commercial team available on an outsourced ‚Äėin-house‚Äô model. One client of this service describes Arnall as 'an inspiration - he is dedicated, brilliant and always makes himself available when called upon - the perfect lawyer to have in your corner'. Among the clients for the in-house lawyer service is a FTSE250 company.

Practice head(s):Jamie Arnall

Other key lawyers:Phillip Hopkins

Testimonials

"The team understands our business, is quick to respond and offers clear and concise advice. Unlike some other legal firms I've worked with, I always feel its focus is on putting our needs first and never feel as if they're aiming to maximise their fees."

"Jamie Arnall is key to the success of the team. His historic in-house lawyer experience makes his ability to support us second-to-none and he is by far the easiest to understand and most pragmatic lawyer that I've ever worked with."

"Jamie Arnall has a good commercial practice that is are proactive and responsive and it is headed up by someone who has worked in-house himself, which is reassuring."

Work highlights

  • Assisted with the negotiation and drafted the professional league licence on behalf of a national sports governing body.
  • Advised in relation to the acquisition of multiple restaurant franchises in deal worth more than £12m.
  • Advised in relation to the drafting of an arena hire contract in relation to a high-profile concert event.
  • Advised client on a circa €2m international goods and services agreement.
  • Advised client on multi-million pound offshore supply contracts.

Howes Percival LLP has 'a strong team that responds rapidly to both the clients' and fellow professionals' needs in complex and pressured situations'. Practice head Nathan Horton frequently acts for owner-managed businesses across a range of sectors in sales and acquisitions, reorganisations and shareholder or investment agreements. A client remarks that the firm has 'a refreshing and practical approach' to multimillion-pound deals, which in 2018 included the high-profile sale of Aspall Cyder to Molson Coors.

Practice head(s):Robert Colman; Nathan Horton

Testimonials

"Nathan Horton demonstrated excellent commercial judgement to keep transactions running smoothly and he takes the pressure off clients."

"The most important strength that Howes Percival displayed was the time and ability to get to know our business, its shareholders and, therefore, our goals. This enabled them to align their service offering to match our desires implicitly."

"All of the Howes Percival team that worked on our share sale, but specifically Nathan Horton, took the time to ensure that we fully understood all of the processes and documentation that was in place."

"They absolutely understood that we were not from a legal background and as such communicated in ways that made the whole transaction as painless as they could for us."

Key Clients

Quattro Recruitment Limited

Ford Retail Limited

Hughes Electrical Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Shareholders of Quattro Group Holdings Limited in the acquisition of 75% of the business by Gap Personnel Holdings.
  • Acted for the family shareholders on the sale of Aspall Cyder to Molson Coors.

The company commercial practice at Steeles Law acts for large and well-known companies based in the East Anglia, as well as national businesses including Hovis. The firm also advises a Westminster political party on matters including regulation and governance. The practice led by Richard Bailey, who is a recognised expert in commercial agency law, also works for national trade associations including the Greeting Card Association.

Practice head(s):Richard Bailey

Other key lawyers:Rachel Sims; James Hopgood

Testimonials

"The firm is flexible and listens us, providing wise and realistic commercial advice in our best interests that is understandable to laymen; and they are prepared to work late and over weekends to deliver our needs."

Key Clients

Hovis

Broadland Guarding Services Limited

Animax Limited

Symphony Talent Limited (formerly Hodes UK Limited)

Cox Powertrain

Work highlights

  • Advised Hovis on its commercial agreements to use payments under the Apprenticeship Levy.
  • Sale and purchase of the entire shareholding of a group of companies in the animal and human health sector for consideration of £6m, with potential earn out consideration of an additional £2.5m.
  • Renegotiation of £14m commercial agreement for not for profit organisation.
  • Advising a multi-national security solutions company on a “preferred supplier” contract for temporary labour.
  • Bespoke commercial agreements for an expanding manufacturer developing a revolutionary new product.

At Clapham & Collinge Solicitors, associate Jade Tinney leads the corporate and commercial practice, which handles company acquisitions and disposals, management buy outs, shareholders’ and partnership agreements corporate restructuring and lending, distribution agreements, contract review and terms and conditions. One client describes Tinney as 'the ultimate professional' and last year, she continued to grow the firm's client base across East Anglia and further afield to include a growing number of large business owners.

Practice head(s):Jade Tinney

Other key lawyers:Hugh Berrridge; Jack Shreeve

Testimonials

"The firm provides prompt attention to enquiries and calling back compared to other legal firms I have used."

At Rogers and Norton, practice head and managing partner Richard Etheridge has a strong focus on the sale and purchase of GP practices, for which he is regarded as one the market's leading advisers. The firm also handles a broad range of corporate finance work for local SMEs. The firm remained busy in 2018 with own share buybacks and MBOs situations with deferred consideration and security. It also handles shareholders agreements and commercial contracts including loans, novations and assignments of IP rights, partnership agreements and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):Richard Etheridge

Spire Solicitors LLP handles all aspects of commercial contract work for businesses ranging from start-ups to large enterprises. It also has a strong corporate finance offering for large group companies, owner-managed and family-owned businesses. Practice head Roger Margand and key partners Alistair Ponder and Matthew Downing are all experienced in M&A deals, private equity transactions and joint ventures, notably in the education, healthcare, oil and gas, and leisure and tourism sectors.

Practice head(s):Roger Margand

Other key lawyers:Alistair Ponder; Matthew Downing


Corporate and commercial: Peterborough

Index of tables

  1. Corporate and commercial: Peterborough
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Buckles Solicitors LLP has extended its resources across its three offices in Nottingham, London and Peterborough, with the latter remaining the hub of its corporate and commercial practice. The firm handles high-value and complex transactions, often with a cross-border element through its relationship with CastaldiPartners in Paris and Milan. Practice head Nigel Moore and associate Nadine Duncan are the key lawyers handling a broad range of commercial, IT, outsourcing, technology and M&A matters.

Practice head(s):Nigel Moore

Other key lawyers:Nadine Duncan

Greenwoods GRM acts for a diverse range of businesses from start-ups to listed companies and has two vastly experienced partners in David Woods, who works from both Peterborough and Cambridge, and Alastair Gunn, who 'works 24/7 to get the deal done'. 'Whenever I have used the team, it is as if they are carrying the works for themselves; they care and take the role of a professional to the next level', remarks a client. Associate Victoria Robinson is also recommended for commercial agreements and corporate restructuring.

Practice head(s):David Woods

Other key lawyers:Alastair Gunn

Testimonials

"Greenwoods provides a bespoke client service, that is both engaging and pragmatic."

"The advice is relevant and appropriate, whilst being technical accurate, and Greenwoods provides good breadth of technical knowledge and experience, in line with what I would usually associate with a London firm."

"Alastair Gunn's approach to corporate dealing is without doubt the best I have ever had - he has a special way of getting his team to deliver the total package."

"Alastair Gunn is a tenacious and highly experienced deal advisor; he brings to the mix solid technical expertise, a rounded knowledge of the law and an extremely pragmatic approach."

"Alastair Gunn is able to provide comprehensive advice, whilst also balancing the legal perspective with what is a pragmatic approach to getting the deal done."

Key Clients

OpenArch Holdings Ltd

Albendan Limited

Key Publishing Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Prowting Family Concerns in relation to the sale of Holmwood House School in Colchester to Bellevue Education.
  • Advising a shareholder management team in relation to the sale of the share capital of a company to a private equity firm.
  • Representing the management in an MBO in the media sector.
  • Advising the owners of a training company on its sale to a national group.
  • Representing an overseas client in its investment into a UK company in the confectionary sector.

Hunt & Coombs LLP is well known in the local area for business asset sales and purchases, shares sales and purchases, commercial agreements, joint ventures and general advice on company law. Lead partner Anna Spriggs counts local companies, charities and ecclesiastical institutions among her clients, for whom she also handles commercial property transactions.

Practice head(s):Anna Spriggs

Other key lawyers:Olivia Chalmers; Wendy Davidson; Sarah Morris

Key Clients

The Chapter of Peterborough Cathedral

The Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance

Anglia Home Furnishings Ltd trading as AHF

The IS Group Limited

Advanced Handling Ltd

Work highlights

  • New store developments including conditional redevelopment agreement.
  • Re-organisation and sale of a successful family-owned business.
  • A debt for equity exchange for a land investment company.
  • Ongoing general advice retainer for property management company of exclusive and luxury development.  
  • Represented client in negotiation of overseas corporate contracts.


Corporate tax

Index of tables

  1. Corporate tax
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Birketts LLP has a dedicated practice for corporate tax and employee incentives. Karl Pocock leads on tax matters and has more than 16 years' experience in this field. He frequently advises on the tax implications of M&A transactions and also advises corporate and real estate clients on tax structuring. Lisa Hayward has more than ten years' experience in assisting employers and business owners with employee incentives schemes. Senior associate John Kahn is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Karl Pocock; Lisa Hayward

Other key lawyers:John Kahn

Key Clients

Shareholders of Servest

Brafe Engineering Limited

Cambridgeshire County Council

Granarolo UK Limited

Shareholders of Innova Systems UK Limited

Shareholder of H Erben Limited

PSI Services (UK) Limited

Ventrica Limited

Shareholders of AllClear Holdings Limited

Shareholders of Plasgran Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the shareholders of Servest in relation to various tax aspects of the merger of Servest with Atalian Group.
  • Advising Brafe Engineering Limited in respect of the introduction of an employee ownership trust.
  • Represented Cambridgeshire County Council on the acquisition of its first investment property.
  • Represented Granarolo UK Limited on its acquisition of Midland Food Group.
  • Represented the Shareholders of Innova Systems UK Limited when the company was sold to Visiativ SA.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a new head of corporate tax following the retirement of Christopher Townsend, and principal associate Matthew Short now leads the practice. The firm handles corporate and real estate taxation, particularly in relation to large-scale property development, investment and construction projects. Among its clients are charities, multinationals, local authorities, NHS trusts and pension funds. Consultant Robert Kent, who was previously a tax partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):Matthew Short

Other key lawyers:Robert Kent

Key Clients

Floreat Real Estate

Lendlease

Railways Pension Fund

Urban & Civic plc

Trinity College, Cambridge

Monterey Mushrooms, Inc.

Oxford University Endowment Management

Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund

Work highlights

  • Advice in relation to a significant investment by Tus Holdings (the Tsinghua University-backed science park developer) for the redevelopment of part of Cambridge Science Park.
  • We are instructed upon the sustainable urban extension at Houlton, Rugby on behalf of the landowner.
  • Acquisition of a business park comprising eight high quality detached office buildings located on the Leeds outer Ring Road, 5 miles from the centre, by The Hillview Group, an independent Merchant Bank and alternative Asset Manager.
  • Instructed by Investment Manager, Floreat Real Estate, on the acquisition by a BVI Fund of two office buildings in Bristol and Cardiff for a price in excess of £30m via the purchase of a Jersey registered holding company and on the acquisition financing from Investec Bank.
  • We acted on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Plasgran Limited, a specialist plastics recycling business and on the separate but related purchase of the freehold property from the sellers.


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