Corporate and commercial: Cambridge in East Anglia

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP 'represents the best of what you can get in London, but represented in the Eastern region' and one client remarks that it has 'a great team of highly professional and experienced lawyers which has resulted in them establishing one of the best market profiles in the region'. Cambridge is a key hub for the cross-office corporate practice, which handles regional, national and, increasingly, international transactions. The 'experienced, commercial and bright' James Allen is the lead partner in Cambridge, where early-stage funding expert Quentin Golder, private equity specialist Adrian Seagers and experienced ICT partner Andrew Priest are key practitioners. Legal director Nick Burt also plays a pivotal role in high-value corporate transactions. He advised SDI Group plc on its £4.9m acquisition of Scientific Vacuum Systems.

Practice head(s):

James Allen

Other key lawyers:

Nick Burt; Simona Gruodyte; Andrew Priest; Quentin Golder; Adrian Seagers

Testimonials

‘Good size and breadth of expertise – definitely one of the most complete and well respected corporate teams in Cambridge’

‘James Allen is experienced, commercial and bright.’

‘Birketts represents the best of what you can get in London, but represented in the Eastern region. They have built a great team of highly professional and experienced lawyers which has resulted in them establishing one of the best market profiles in the region.’

‘I’ve worked with the the Cambridge corporate team on a number of transaction over several years including some deals in the past 12 months. James Allen and Simona Gruodyte work well as a team and both are excellent. The advice they given clients is very direct and straight forward makes it easy for clients to understand the consider commercially. They fight hard on key issues but are willing to be more pragmatic on items that have less of a commercial downside.’

‘Nick Burt, Simona Gruodyte and all the team are friendly and helpful 24/7.’

‘Projected costings were correct and stuck to.’

Key clients

Time GB Group Limited

Milbank Group

SDI Group plc

Chestnut Inns Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised SDI Group plc on its acquisition of Scientific Vacuum Systems Limited for £4.9 million.
  • Advised Essex-based, family-owned company, Milbank, known for its precast concrete products, on its purchases, including of Bruno Rimini Ltd (trading as Silostop).
  • Advised on the sale of Goddard Veterinary Group, the largest family-owned veterinary group in the UK.

Goodwin

Goodwin's Cambridge office plays a key role in the firm's globally recognised technology and life sciences practice, which frequently assists private and public companies, venture capital funds and investment firms with early-stage financings, capital markets issuance, M&A, strategic collaborations and licensing transactions. David Mardle, Malcolm Bates and Tim Worden are the lead partners. Mardle acted for fast-growing start-up Hopin in its $450m funding round and in the acquisitions of Streamable, Jamm, Boomset and Attendify. Worden assisted spin-out life sciences company In4Derm Limited with a licence agreement for a new oncology treatment. Newly promoted partner Elizabeth Rhodes and associate Adam Thatcher, who both focus on VC and M&A transactions, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Bates; David Mardle; Tim Worden

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Rhodes; Adam Thatcher

Key clients

Moderna

Evox Therapeutics

Kymab

Oxford Biomedica

Calliditas Therapeutics

InBrain

Avacta

SparingVision

CIC

Tropic Biosciences

Index Ventures

MiNA Therapeutics

Avacta Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. on a strategic collaboration on the exclusive worldwide licensing and development of MODAG’s lead compound anle138b and a related compound, sery433.
  • Advised Calliditas Therapeutics AB on a strategic licence agreement with STADA Arzneimittel AG to register and commercialize a novel specialty drug candidate for the treatment of the chronic autoimmune kidney disease Immunoglobulin A Nephropathy (IgAN) in the European Economic Area member states, Switzerland and the UK.
  • Advising Kymab on its agreement under which Sanofi will acquire Kymab for an upfront payment of approximately $1.1 billion and up to $350 million upon achievement of certain milestones.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is involved in high-value M&A and capital markets transactions both regionally and nationally, among recent examples being the £33.1m AIM IPO of Skillcast Group. Head of corporate Tom Pickthorn and head of commercial Kevin Calder lead a deep bench of talented partners across the firm's office network. Pickthorn advised Aksiom Group and joint venture partner Ara Partners, a US private equity firm, on the multimillion-pound acquisition of renewable energy equipment company Anesco.  Claire Clarke has particular expertise in education work and formation of investment funds, and Anthony McGurk focuses predominantly on private equity, food and agribusiness, and life sciences transactions. Emerging partner talent Jonathan Greenwood handles education mergers and acquisitions, and mid-market corporate work.

Practice head(s):

Tom Pickthorn; Kevin Calder

Other key lawyers:

Claire Clarke; Anthony McGurk; Jonathan Greenwood; Charlotte Bull

Key clients

Adnams plc

Aksiom Group

BAE Systems plc

Business Growth Fund

F-Star Therapeutics Inc.

Heathcote Holdings Group

Industrial Chemicals Group (ICL)

Midwich Group plc

Randall & Quilter Holdings Limited

Skillcast Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Skillcast on its £33.1 million AIM IPO and related £4.5 million fundraising.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of molecular diagnostics company Biocrucible Limited to KKR Sapphiros LP.
  • Advising F-star Therapeutics on its exclusive licence agreement with AstraZeneca, under which AstraZeneca will receive global rights to the development of next generation Stimulator of Interferon Genes (STING) inhibitor compounds for the treatment of cancers.

Taylor Vinters

Taylor Vinters has 'an exceptional corporate team that provides tailored, commercial and pragmatic solutions at every stage'. One client remarks that is 'stands head and shoulders above its counterparts in their articulation of complex legal matters in the simplest of terms'. Practice head Charles Fletcher and key partners Adam Bradley and Sian Scanlon act for a diverse range of clients, among them growth stage and multinational companies, notably in the technology and life sciences sectors. Senior counsel Nick Palmer and senior associate Sarah Ilic are among the 'exceptionally responsive and personable' lawyers who make up the practice. The firm's  strategic alliance with Mishcon de Reya LLP has significantly enhanced the breadth and depth of the corporate team's offering.

Practice head(s):

Charles Fletcher

Other key lawyers:

Adam Bradley; Sian Scanlon; Nick Palmer; Sarah Ilic; Rebecca Quick

Testimonials

‘They have an ability and a willingness to support the everyday, the major project and the unexpected. Professional but highly approachable staff.’

‘Our principal contact is Nick Palmer. Nick is calm, approachable, precise, reliable, pragmatic and extremely professional. He has been an excellent support, advisor and partner across many routine matters but also on some complex, highly significant projects – he has become an essential part of our team. He adds value in every discussion.’

‘The TV corporate and commercial team are smart, practical, business-minded lawyers. They have top quality partners and experienced associates who are able to provide thoughtful and practical legal advice for our UK business.’

‘I have worked closely with Adam Bradley for many years, and he has made the effort to fully understand our business, which makes it much easier for him to consult and advise on our legal needs. He has put in the time to really learn our wants and needs. He is always available and provides clear and effective legal advice.’

‘Sarah Ilic is my regular contact who is very knowledgeable and extremely approachable across a range of corporate work from M&A, to VCs and the more general shareholders agreements and contracts’

‘Well rounded with the resources to close a complex transaction and good vaue for money.’

‘Sian Scanlon is phenomenal. Super available, a great understanding of the big picture whilst being totally on top of the detail – I struggle to think of anyone harder working! Highly recommended.’

‘The stand out members for me at Taylor Vinters would be Sian Scanlon and Rebecca Quick. They are exceptional corporate lawyers. They are always on hand to assist with transactions, maintain momentum of deal flow, respond to queries, find workable solutions for all parties involved and are both extremely knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Andrea Gotley and the Trustees of the Rose Gotley Settlement 2017, as majority shareholders of Alphasense Limited

EuroEyes International Eye Clinic Limited

Shareholders of Lostmy.Name Ltd (t/a Wonderbly)

Alva Reputation Analysis Limited

BP3 Global, Inc.

The shareholders of Global Inkjet Systems Limited

Martlet Capital Limited

The founder-shareholders of Insight Medical Writing Limited

Glamorous AI Ltd

Binx Health

Work highlights

  • Acted for the majority sellers of Alphasense Limited on the nine-figure disposal of the company to a subsidiary of NYSE listed AMETEK, Inc.
  • Advised the sellers of childrens’ digital publisher Wonderbly (Lostmy.Name Ltd) on the sale of the company to Graphite Capital.
  • Advised Martlet Capital Limited on its simultaneous acquisition of an existing portfolio of early-stage technology investments from Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) and its own equity financing to fund the acquisition and to provide it with capital to deploy in future venture investments into the existing portfolio and new deeptech targets.

BDB Pitmans

At BDB Pitmans, 'the team works well together and with the client, sharing practical ideas to ease the transaction’. The firm is a key adviser to numerous technology companies in East Anglia, particularly those based in Cambridge's science and technology parks and innovation centres. Sole corporate partner Duncan Walker is 'a skilled partner with many years of pragmatic experience'. James Stephen is now a consultant with the firm. Walker advised Oilstone Medical Limited on an investment agreement and articles of association with more than 20 new and existing investors in a $58m Series D funding round.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Walker

Other key lawyers:

Ross Fletcher

Testimonials

‘The team works well together and with the client, sharing practical ideas to ease the transaction’

‘Duncan Walker is a skilled partner with many years of pragmatic experience, well supported by Ross Fletcher.’

Key clients

Owlstone Medical Limited

Gerda Security Products Limited

Natalma Bloodstock Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Owlstone Medical Limited on its $58 million Series D funding round.

HCR Hewitsons

HCR Hewitsons has ‘a team of highly approachable, incredibly intelligent and transparent lawyers whose communication skills are second to none‘. Since the merger of Hewitsons with Harrison Clark Rickerbys to create HCR Hewitsons, the firm now has 11 offices in the UK, and the Cambridge office is now involved in high-value transactions across a wider catchment area. Head of the Cambridge office Inger Anson leads the corporate practice, while Nathan Evans leads the commercial group. Anson supported Grove Pet Food Group shareholders in the multimillion-pound sale of the company to Cranswick Country Foods. Partners James Lawrence and Laurence Evans also play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Inger Anson; Nathan Evans

Other key lawyers:

James Lawrence; Laurence Evans

Testimonials

‘We worked with Laurence Evans as lead partner on our deal and James Lawrence for his expertise in private equity. Both were excellent to work with – diligent, super knowledgeable and able to offer very good advice in what proved to be a complex, time consuming and changing cross border PE backed deal. Not only this, they were friendly, explained the complex and worked exceptionally hard to tight deadlines.’

‘As an SME owner I received excellent service and support from the team, covering corporate, commercial, employment and commercial property matters. Their prompt response to enquiries, pragmatic advice and speedy progression of instructions consistently gave me confidence in them as my go-to source of legal services.’

‘Great communicators providing clear explanation of legal requirements, implications and language with advice that recognises the commercial realities of an issue. Laurence Evans provided excellent, pragmatic advice and support throughout the recent sale of our business. Laurence rapidly assimilated and understood the shareholders’ priorities, was easy to work with and delivered a timely completion despite some significant hurdles along the way. I was delighted by his level of service and its overall value.’

‘HCR has built a friendly and dependable team in Cambridge. They bring a lot of expertise and support and we very much enjoy working with them. They are trusted advisors!’

‘Nathan Evans is a very extremely dependable and one of our most trusted advisors. He is dependable: he talks the talk and walks the talk. He has invaluable experience in IT and the finance sector and always provides pragmatic advice. He is our go-to person for all deals in the financial sector and for complex deals. Nathan is proactive and dedicated which means we know that we are in a safe pair of hands. Moreover, he has a very good knowledge of our industry and managed to build affinity not only with our legal team but also with our business.

‘A team of highly approachable, incredibly intelligent and transparent lawyers whose communication skills are second to none. Incredible at helping to simplify and explain complicated legal situations in laymans terms. All areas of legal advise I feel confident to leave with them and feel safe that there will be no “surprise” bills or elements left uncovered. I have never worked with such a reliable and friendly legal team before.’

‘Inger Anson – incredible detail and accuracy, open and honest.’

Key clients

SAP (UK) Limited

SAP Fioneer Limited

VAKT Global Limited

Trade Information Network Limited

Ingenta PLC

AEB (International) Limited

Marmalade Game Studio

sa.global

Prism Global Partners Limited

Skillnet Limited

Quartix Holdings Plc

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

Hill Residential Limited

Homes England

Silverwell Energy Limited

Spirol Group, Inc. (HQ in USA)

Cheffins

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds Limited

Cambridge Maintenance Services Limited

4D Monitoring Limited

Biogen (UK) Group

Kisanhub (UK and India)

Work highlights

  • Providing strategic deal support (on-prem, cloud, consultancy, and professional services) to SAP (UK) Limited in both the UK and across the North EMEA.
  • Acted for a Cambridge-based company, Zetta Genomics, on a Seed funding round led by venture capital firm Nina Capital, Novacapital, Cambridge Enterprise and others.
  • Advising VAKT Global Limited on a range of commercial matters including strategic partnerships, data licensing, platform licensing, and transaction support.

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP has 'the ability to be commercial while protecting the clients interests and ensuring their client's needs are met'. Clients note that the practice has 'a tenacious attitude towards negotiation to get deals over the line'. The firm has a growing presence in SME and mid-market corporate transactions. Oliver Pritchard leads the corporate group in East Anglia, which is part of an eight-partner practice across all of the firm's offices. He advised on the multimillion-pound management buyout of Falcon Tower Cranes, the UK's largest tower crane supplier.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Pritchard

Testimonials

‘When dealing with corporate transactions, the important attributes for me in a lawyer is for them to have the ability to be commercial while protecting the clients interests and ensuring their client’s needs are met.’

‘Corporate transaction can often be lengthy and draconian. A good lawyer should be able to maintain the momentum and have a tenacious attitude towards negotiation to get us over the line.’

Key clients

Hughes Electrical Limited

Falcon Cranes

Bulgin Limited

Marfa Stance Limited

Eurokey Recycling Limited

Welch’s Transport Limited

Garashield Ltd

Mossbourne

Vehicle Procurement Solutions

Hunter Douglas

Work highlights

  • Advising on the MBO of Falcon Tower Cranes, the UK’s largest supplier of tower cranes to the construction industry.
  • Undertook a pre-sale capital reduction demerger and subsequently acted for the selling shareholders of Eurokey Recycling Limited on the sale of the Company.
  • Advised EdPeritus on its collaboration with De Montford University (DMU) with regards to the establishment and running of the DMU campus in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's Cambridge office is a key hub for the firm's international corporate practice, which acts for spin-outs, early-stage and multinational companies in the world, including many local companies and their investors, in the life sciences and technology sectors. Its work encompasses company formation, venture capital fundraising and high-value M&A transactions. The lead partners are Ross McNaughton and IP specialist Adrian Toutoungi. Together they advised high-growth biotechnology company Nuclear on the acquisition of E Ink's digital microfluidics unit, and subsequently handled the company's $71m Series B financing.

Practice head(s):

Ross McNaughton; Adrian Toutoungi

Key clients

Nuclera

Ventyx

Centessa

Telensa

Qubit

B-Flexion (formerly Waypoint Capital)

The Faraday Institution

Nexus Underwriting

Oxbotica

Cambridge Epigenetix

Apollo Therapeutics

Adrestia Therapeutics

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

Illumina

Work highlights

  • Acted for Centessa Pharmaceuticals in the transformational roll-up and concurrent $250 million crossover financing for a number of cutting-edge UK and European biotech companies.
  • Advised fast-growing biotech company, Nuclera, on its acquisition of E Ink’s digital microfluidics unit.
  • Advised Oppilan Pharma Limited and Zomagen Biosciences Limited, two companies operating in San Diego and registered in Cambridge, on their sale into Ventyx Biosciences Inc and concurrent $114 million crossover financing led by venBio Partners.

Withers LLP

At Withers LLP, 'the advice is strategic and well explained' and clients praise the firm's 'good range of skills and experience, with individuals who have good scientific knowledge'. The Cambridge office is a key hub in the firm's global venture capital and technology practice, which advises disruptors and innovators in the technology and life sciences sectors. Lead partner Susanna Stanfield is 'an amazing lawyer, extremely smart, kind and very commercial'. She advised local joint venture partnerships Medovate on distribution agreements with French and US distributors. Senior associate Sharmela Kalmer handles both IP and corporate matters for biotech, medtech, and foodtech companies. She is 'responsive, knowledgeable, to-the-point and accurate'.

Practice head(s):

Susanna Stanfield

Other key lawyers:

Sharmela Kalmer; Mary Harley

Testimonials

‘The Withers team have been very helpful to us – efficient and courteous. They also were tolerant and accommodating to our needs with regard to delayed billing and invoicing during Series A fundraising.’

‘We worked with a female-led team, which facilitated a positively nuanced and calm experience. Susana Stanfield was particularly helpful, responsive and competent.’

‘Withers brought the appropriate expertise and guidance to give us confidence in our position and reassurance.’

‘Sharmela Kalmer and Mary Harley have been responsive, knowledgeable, to-the-point and accurate.’

‘Strong team with agility and experience in transactions for businesses our stage. Have managed multiple deals for us in tandem professionally and calmly.’

‘Advice is strategic and well explained. Other firms we tried weren’t able to pull of rigour and agility in the same way. We’ve used their IP and deal teams for funding and acquisitions.’

‘Susanna Stanfield is an amazing lawyer. Extremely smart, kind and very commercial. Very responsive and thorough. Highly commercial. Give great confidence the interest of the company will be well represented and that any risk area will be flagged. Access to legal counsel in all areas.’

‘The practice has a good range of skills and experience, with individuals who have good scientific knowledge, which is helpful to underpin the legal and drafting advice given. Advice is available in a range of areas which spans our needs across our business. GDPR advice has been a particularly helpful addition to the day-to-day.’

Key clients

30Mhz B.V.

Activum SG Ventures SCSp

Altruistic Innovations Ltd

Audiense Limited

Bonsai Partners Fund I FCR

Cambridge Respiratory Innovations Limited

CellCentric Limited

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Climate Edge Limited

Clowdy Group Limited

Coople UK Limited

Codebay Solutions Limited (trading as Lodgify)

Critical Pressure Limited

Diligen Holdings LLP

Doctify Limited

Emerge Venture Lab Ltd

Entrepreneurs Fund General Partner Ltd

ETF Partners LLP (Previously ETF Manager LLP)

Fig Leaf Promotions Limited

Fourthrev Ltd

HE Feeds Ltd

Hermes GPE LLP

ICF Venture Tech II FCRE

In3Bio Research Ltd. (formerly Bioven (Europe) Limited)

Keapstone Therapeutics Ltd

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Kynos Therapeutics Ltd

Leucid Bio Ltd

LocalGlobe X, LP

Lumici Ltd (trading as Teacherly)

Meatable B.V.

Medovate Limited

Melico Sciences Limited

MEVOX Ltd.

Mologic Ltd.

Morningside Venture Investments Limited

Nature Metrics Ltd

Octeract Limited

Oja Global Ltd

Papier Ltd

Parcelly Limited

PsiOxus Ltd

Parkinson’s Disease Society

Regenerate Ventures Limited

Relayer Ltd

Skiller Whale Limited

Snap HR Limited (formerly Circalit Limited)

Solveteq Ltd

Start Codon Ltd

Story Terrace Ltd

Stress Point Health Limited

Synthesized Ltd

Testcard Ltd

THS Group Limited

VaxEquity Ltd

YLD Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Nature Metrics on Series A investment round raising £6.5m to expand their biodiversity data business.
  • Advised CellCentric in respect of its further funding from existing investor Morningside Venture Investment Limited and American Cancer Society’s impact venture capital fund BrightEdge.
  • Advised Aztec on their Series A investment round raising £17M to further its efforts to bring programmable privacy to Web 3 transactions.

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP ‘always provides prompt, commercial advice‘. The firm is best known for its work on transactions in the education and charity sectors, though it also has extensive experience in industries such as marketing and communications, software, technology, professional services, retail and financial services. Practice head Miguel Pereira works in both the London and Cambridge offices. Key partner Tamsin Eastwood supported Wakefield College in its merger with Selby College, which included advice on due diligence, transactional issues and the protection of the college’s brands. Clients praise her ‘availability, flexibility of approach and sensitivity to the financial pressures facing a start-up‘.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Pereira

Other key lawyers:

Tamsin Eastwood

Testimonials

‘A deep understanding of the issues facing tech start-ups, both legal and practical. Expertise in IP as well as contracts. Flexibility in approach and sensitivity to cost. Great network, putting us in touch with experts in other domains such as company valuations and tax credits.’

‘Greatly valued Tamsin Eastwood’s support in our contract negotiations, in particular her availability, flexibility of approach and sensitivity to the financial pressures facing a start-up.’

‘We have received good responsive service and, most importantly, Stone King demonstrates an understanding of the need to balance normal lawyering with the particular requirements of social impact investing.’

‘Tamsin Eastwood was very responsive and great at explaining legal concepts to non-lawyers. There were a number of complexities in the transaction that needed to be thought through and she very deftly guided us through those. Tamsin is extremely knowledgeable and this, combined with her experience, meant she was able to smooth the transaction process by building a good working relationship with counsel on the other side and quickly conceding points when appropriate.’

‘Prompt, commercial advice always provided. Always very approachable.’

Key clients

Wakefield College Further Education Corporation

Phillips Dempsey Limited

Phillips Dempsey Limited, formerly known as Dixon Phillips, is a niche corporate practice. It has 'a small team with a high level of expertise and a dedicated approach' and clients remark that the practice is 'approachable, responsive and reliable'. Lead partner Oliver Phillips and Matt Dempsey focus on advising small and medium-sized businesses with turnover between £200,000 and £20m and often family-owned, on M&A transactions, restructurings, shareholder agreements and commercial contracts. One client notes that 'they are a pleasure to work with and always find time to discuss matters openly with other advisers and clients'.

Practice head(s):

Olly Phillips; Matt Dempsey

Testimonials

‘They are a small but very practical team. They know their stuff and they are easy to deal with.’

‘Oliver Phillips is a problem-solver and gives quick, sensible advice without over-complicating an issue.’

‘We like the fact that the staff have made an effort to fully understand how our business works not just from the legal perspective. Oliver and Matthew understand our business is a global operation and they have been happy to make themselves available beyond the normal 9-5 hours.’

‘We find both Oliver and Matthew very approachable and extremely knowledgeable. As we mentioned above they accept we are a global operation and are happy to have team meetings early in the mornings or late at nights depending on the part of the world we are dealing with. They have helped us to build a library of templates for agreements for our printers and distributors as well as developing meaningful NDAs.’

‘Small team with a high level of expertise and a dedicated approach.’

‘Oliver Phillips has great legal knowledge but it also pragmatic and a has a strong understanding of business motivations. This makes him well-placed to advise not only on the letter of the law, but on strategies, negotiations and decisions. Always a pleasure to work with and to have him on your side.’

‘Boutique commercial solicitors with a hands on collaborative approach. I have worked with the team at Phillips Dempsey on numerous projects and have always found them to be approachable, responsive and reliable.’

‘I have worked with both Oliver Phillips and Matthew Dempsey on projects primarily advising our mutual clients. Both Oliver and Matthew have been a pleasure to work with. They always find time to discuss matters openly with other advisers and clients.’

Key clients

STV International Limited

MAP Patient Access Limited

Fiscale Limited/Fiscale Holdings Limited

Workforce Biologics Ltd

Cambridge Management Consulting Limited

PEW Electrical Distributors Limited

Buildview Limited

Ravenwood UK Packaging Limited

Genie Ventures Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Staircase 51 Limited on a capital reduction demerger and group restructuring.
  • Advised Buildview Limted on the purchase of the pre-pack sale of the business and assets from Gooee Limited (in administration) and EIS share investment with several international investors.
  • Advised the members of, Cooke, Curtis & Co LLP on its reorganisation into a limited company and equity shareholding matters in connection with the new limited company.

Tees Law

The practice at Tees Law is ‘professionally diligent and detailed, with deep domain knowledge in key areas‘. ‘Courteous, personable and extremely hardworking‘ senior associate Alastair Cotton leads the Cambridge corporate team, which operates as part of a larger cross-office group led from Brentwood and Bishop’s Stortford. Cotton is ‘a tenacious negotiator with the integrity to apply his experience in a judicious manner that delivers results‘. He focuses predominantly on commercial matters, though is also active in M&A, joint ventures, MBOs, private equity transactions and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Cotton (Senior Associate); Robert Whitaker (Executive Head of Business Team); Lucy Folley (Head of Corporate and Commercial Team)

Other key lawyers:

Alastair Cotton

Testimonials

‘They are professionally diligent and detailed, with deep domain knowledge in key areas.’

‘Alastair Cotton is a tenacious negotiator with the integrity to apply his experience in a judicious manner that delivers results. He is also courteous, personable and extremely hard working.’

Key clients

International Paralympic Committee

Roland Henry

Island Pacific

Three Grey Monkeys

GTES Holdings Limited

Turners (Soham) Limited

Cognisant Holdings Limited

Xpediator PLC

Voxtur Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Retained by the International Paralympic Committee to provide a wide range of legal advice in respect of its income-generating activity.
  • Advised the International Disability Rights Campaign on a global campaign, formed by a coalition of NGOs, to begin a 10-year movement to transform the lives of the world’s 1.2bn people with disabilities.
  • Advising GTES Holdings, a global aviation engine management services company, on a management buyout of GT Engine Services Ltd.

Woodfines LLP

At Woodfines LLP, ‘the level of care and professionalism is of the highest quality and there is always vast knowledge delivered in a very friendly and efficient way‘. In 2021 the firm recruited former City lawyer James Wilkinson – he is praised for being ‘accessible, informed and providing good, realistic business advice‘, and was promoted to partner in spring 2022. He advised shareholders of FSTP Limited on its sale to global edtech provider OSTC, and assisted Deepdale Trees Holdings Limited with its management buyout and the expansion of its operations in the UK and Europe.

Practice head(s):

Maria Gallucci – Head of Commercial

Other key lawyers:

James Wilkinson

Testimonials

‘Attention to detail; explanation of the finer points of the contract; willingness to work outside office hours to get the job completed.’

‘Very focused on my particular job. Exceptional service from a friendly but professional team at all times. Prompt replies to questions and queries. Great ability to make you feel comfortable with the process and to understand it.’

‘We engaged with Woodfines LLP during one of the lockdown periods – normally we’d conduct our business face to face but on this occasion, everything was done online – it made the process, easier, quicker and slicker.’

‘James Wilkinson is accessible, informed and provides good, realistic business advice whilst also keeping us on a legal path that made things easier to complete.’

‘James Wilkinson provided a very timely service and was clear in describing the meaning and value to the directors of various essential clauses in the investment agreement. Investors had objections and he dealt with these in a highly professional way explaining the up and down sides and proposing acceptable edits to both parties. By comparison with a previous venture where we used a City practice this experience was better in terms of unscrambling legal jargon, timely and reasonably priced.’

‘Working with Woodfines has been a very efficient and pleasant experience. Everything that our business required was provided with a great deal of professionalism. Staff were always at hand to answer any queries and this information was delivered in a very knowledgeable but easy to understand manner. Every measure was made to make sure that working with Woodfines through the pandemic was as easy as possible. Communication was made simple as the technology in place was at a very high standard. Pricing was very reasonable and always transparent.’

‘The level of care and professionalism of every staff member I dealt with was of the highest quality. There was always a vast knowledge to every query I had and it was delivered in a very friendly and efficient way. Any time I emailed with a query it was responded to the same day and like wise with a phone call. James Wilkinson was incredibly helpful.’

Key clients

Shareholders of FSTP

Deepdale Trees Holdings Limited

Plastometrex

Oomph Ventures Limited

Taviso Limited

CovertSwarm Limited

Pockit Diagnostics

Identifi Global

EMC Africa

ATL Haulage

Constant and Co. Investments Limited

Shape Beyond Limited

Westbridge Tax

Recruiterrater Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising on an electronics manufacturing service to a trade buyer.
  • Advised the management team of Deepdale Trees in its buyout to expand and grow operations throughout the UK and Europe.