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Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands in East Midlands

BHW Solicitors

BHW Solicitorscompletely understands the clients' needs' and 'always goes above and beyond’, according to one client, and is known in the Leicester market for its specialism in transactions in the aerospace, manufacturing and insurance sectors. Head of corporate Matt Worsnop is a ‘very personable lawyer who has a great ability for putting clients at ease with the often complex transaction process’ and is a strong counterpart to Ed Nurse‘s commercial practice. Alex Clifton, Stephen McElhone and James Dent are recommended for acquisitions, disposals and corporate fundraising. The department continues to be active in Employee Ownership Trust conversion projects, supply chain solutions and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Matt Worsnop; Ed Nurse

Other key lawyers:

Alex Clifton; James Dent; Stephen McElhone


‘BHW have a brilliant team of skilled and experienced lawyers across all departments of their business. Their Corporate team is led by Matt Worsnop, and we have dealt with many of his colleagues, all of which provide the same high level of responsiveness, expertise and professionalism in service delivery.’

‘The team at BHW are always commercially aware and have a brilliant ability to simplify often complex legal matters for everyone involved in an M&A transaction.’

‘Matt is an exceptional corporate lawyer who has successfully represented many clients on M&A transactions of varying size and complexity over the years. He is a very personable lawyer who has a great ability for putting clients at ease with the often complex transaction process. He is exceptional at simplifying legal matters so sellers can make sensible decisions with absolute confidence and peace of mind. He is responsive and always available to both ourselves and our clients.’

Key clients

Correlation Investments Limited

Lavendon Group Limited

Gardner Group Limited

Oadby Plastics Limited

BPX Group Limited

NatWest Bank Plc

Nationwide Platforms Limited

Animal Friends Insurance Services Limited

HSBC Bank Plc

KCT Holdings Limited

Technicut Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Correlation One Holdings on its third round of investment into veterinary technology company Vet-AI.
  • Advised SML Group in respect of its purchase of the entire issued share capital of My Home Needs.
  • Advised BPX Group in relation to the acquisition of Control Components (Anglia).

HCR Hewitsons

Exceptionally knowledgeable across multiple topics‘, HCR Hewitsons advises across the full spectrum of corporate and commercial matters, with a niche in IP, IT and commercial contracts, and particular knowledge of the health and social care sectors. David Browne advises on mergers, disposals, acquisitions and group reorganisations. Neil Harpham has over 25 years' experience in company and business acquisitions and disposals, group reorganisations, representing both public and private companies from start-ups to publicly traded multinational corporations. Previously head of corporate at DFA Law, David Davies joined in September 2022 and brings his prior experience working in Central and Eastern Europe to cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

David Browne

Other key lawyers:

David Davies; Neil Harpham


‘The team are exceptionally knowledgeable across multiple topics and their speed of response is always second to none.’

‘The individuals I have dealt with at Hewitsons are always personable, responsive, understanding and inquisitive. They are also pragmatic when required.’

‘The corporate team, specifically David Davies, have provided good detailed advice on some challenging tax led structures. The team on the whole are well briefed, and so it makes little difference who replies to questions / queries. As always, I look for London quality advice in the provincial firms and HCR fulfill this requirement entirely.’

‘David Davies in particular has knowledge of structures that may in some circumstances be a challenge for non-specialised corporate lawyers. This makes David and HCR a prime choice. David ensures that work is completed at the earliest possible opportunity, and with the work being close to the intended structure on first draft. This only comes with an exceptional depth of knowledge.’

‘Neil Harpham was superb.’

‘David Browne: He uses his intimate knowledge of our business acquired over many years to provide sound, realistic and measured legal advice.’

‘Very responsive and prompt with work, particularly when timescales and project deadlines are approaching. This level of responsiveness was extremely reassuring and provides a positive, engaging and pleasant client experience. Good communication within the firm across different teams.’

Key clients

Perrys Motor Sales Limited

Medigold Health Consultancy Limited

Anglotech Group Holdings Limited

Anglotech Solutions


Hi-Force Limited

Biogen (UK) Limited

Homes England

Fencor Packaging Group Limited

AA Thornton IP LLP

A.A. Thornton & Co

Work highlights

  • Advised Northamptonshire Sport on a commercial collaboration for the build, design and operation of a brand new mountain bike park, converted from a previous golf course.
  • Acting for the shareholders on the sale of their shares in Trustee Limited and Trustee Matters Limited to Swiss-based company Zedra.
  • Advised a client on the conversion of the partnership into a limited liability partnership.

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP‘s recently restructured collective corporate, commercial and banking practice is led by Jahid Ali and Paula Dumbill in Leicester, head of corporate and commercial, respectively, supported by Northampton-based corporate partner Matthew Thompson, who leads on mid-market M&A transactions. Gerald Couldrake is another prominent practitioner in the same office. Ali continues to be active in corporate M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, while Dumbill is recognised for her expertise in commercial contracts and IT projects. Promoted to partner in May 2022, Katherine Cereghino advises on M&A, corporate governance and commercial contract issues. Senior associate Miles Barnes is highlighted for his ‘standout knowledge, output and communication‘.

Practice head(s):

Jahid Ali; Matthew Thompson; Paula Dumbill

Other key lawyers:

Gerald Couldrake; Katherine Cereghino; Miles Barnes


‘Howes Percival are an excellent law firm we have used many times over the years. There is a high-caliber team, who fully understand our requirements and support us in the best way.’

‘The team is excellent. They come with my strongest recommendation. Always available, always excellent advice.’

‘Matt Thompson and Gerald Couldrake provided a warm, personal service but also demonstrated a high level of technical expertise which was reassuring throughout our business sale process.’

‘Miles Barns is an excellent Senior Associate. His knowledge, output and communication are stand out qualities.’

‘Tremendously commercial and strategic. Calm heads and supreme attention to detail. I can be confident nothing is slipping through the net. They are a first class team.’

‘They’re just a fantastic group of individuals. One of the things I like the most is that the quality is always excellent no matter who I deal with.’

Key clients

Foresight Capital

Mercia Capital

Connells Limited

Bell Plantation

E-Bate Limited

Milestone Communications

Retourmatras UK Ltd

Shareholders of O’Donovan Waste Disposal Limited

Shareholders of Cave and Sons Investments

Cinch Cars

De Montfort University

Work highlights

  • Advised specialist Dutch recycling business RetourMatras on its investment into The Furniture Recycling Group (the UK’s largest mattress recycling business).
  • Acted for Cinch Cars in negotiating and agreeing its sponsorship agreements with Premier League team Crystal Palace Football Club.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Cave and Sons on their partial sale to MHA Macintyre Hudson, which purchased a majority shareholding in the business.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP maintains its well-earned reputation for acquisitions, dispositions and reorganisations up to £100m. Automotive and aerospace, healthcare and IT are among its key sector specialisms. In Leicester, Roy Botterill has over 25 years’ experience assisting owner-managed businesses with sales and business purchases and advising on their internal structures and strategy. He is particularly skilled in dealing with corporations based in France and the US. Lisa Botterill has developed a specialism in healthcare and social care transactions. Michael Squirrell in Lincoln is another key corporate partner.

Practice head(s):

Roy Botterill

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Botterill; Michael Squirrell


‘A great multi-disciplinary team with a can-do attitude.’

‘Roy Botterill is the stand-out partner for me.’

Key clients

WBR Group (formerly Westbridge Tax)

Shield Engineering Group


Langdale Group

Work highlights

  • Advised The Langdale Care Group on its acquisition of the Woodlands nursing home based in Chesterfield.
  • Advised WBR Group on the purchase of SSAS business (3,500 client SSAS schemes with investment value of over £7bn) from Rowanmoor Executive Pensions.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Orchards House on the sale of a care home group.

Freeths LLP

Distinguished for its healthcare and care sector-focused offering, Freeths LLP‘s practice is headed by corporate partners Thomas Golding in Nottingham and Phil Baigent in Leicester. Baigent has over 20 years of experience advising sellers and buyers, banks, REITs, mid-market SMEs and management teams in the care sector.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Golding; Phil Baigent


‘Very knowledgeable in the care sector. Approachable. Good value. Provide real solutions to issues that are both pragmatic and realistic. As a team, well rounded and experienced.’

‘Phil Baigent: Very good corporate lawyer and great with detail.’

Key clients

Anchor Hanover Group

Boutique Care Homes

LNT Group

Country Court Care Group

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Optimo Care Group Limited

Maria Mallaband Care Group

Lawrence Baker Group

Sandstone Care Group

Belmont Healthcare Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Optimo Care Group (via its subsidiary, Optimo (SL Holdco)) in relation to the acquisition of the entire issue share capital of My Life Choice.
  • Advising on a new investment framework with Impact Healthcare REIT for a portfolio of care homes, involving the sale and leaseback of one asset via a corporate sale of the ‘propco’ and acquisition of another.
  • Acted for one of the largest UK care home developers on the nine-figure sale of eight development sites with the benefit of planning permission for the construction of a care home on each site.

Sills & Betteridge LLP

Displaying ‘superb professionalism‘, Sills & Betteridge LLP has seen a substantial increase in transactions in the financial services and technology sectors. James Conduit heads the corporate and commercial team and is sought after for share and asset sales and purchases, cross-border transactions, corporate finance and s.110 restructurings. He has also developed an interest in the digital and renewable energy sectors. For cross-border M&A, Martin Walsh is recommended, particularly for US-based clients. Euan McLaughlin brings complementary expertise in commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

James Conduit

Other key lawyers:

Martin Walsh; Euan McLaughlin


‘We have been very pleased with the service we have received from Sills & Betteridge for our commercial business transactions. They have offered a prompt service, scaled their team to handle the transactions in the time frame required when the scope of the work increased unexpectedly to deliver the business on time. The communication has always been excellent, with full availability of the team. ‘

‘James Conduit is very easy to work with and communicate. While providing us with a full legal opinion in a clear and succinct manner, the team have also become familiar with our style of business and preferred method of working and have made the process very simple and efficient.’

‘Superb professionalism.’

Key clients

Active8 Managed Technologies Limited

Ballet Makers Europe Limited

Beaphar BV

Chandlers (Farm Machinery) Limited

Clydesdale Bank PLC

Hemswell Estates Limited

HFL Financial Advisers

Lincoln College Group

Micronclean Limited

NerG Ltd/ NERG Holdings Ltd

Omex Agriculture Limited

SHD Group

Sleeping Disorders Centre Group

The Burdens Group

Turnbull & Co Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders in their sale of The Elms Retirement Park to Cove Communities, a group based in Canada.
  • Advised US company Sentry Aerospace Corporation on its merger with Aerospares 2000.
  • Advised Chandlers (Farm Equipment) on its acquisition of the business and assets of Ross Farm Machinery.


Focusing largely on corporate transactions, Chattertons‘ key partner, the Newark-based Adam Gilbert advises private companies across various sectors on M&A, MBOs, disposals and restructurings. The team's commercial offering continues to be sought after by in-house legal and procurement teams.

Practice head(s):

Adam Gilbert


‘Adam Gilbert runs a very good team. I work with a number of other corporate law teams and Adam and his team is right up there in terms of quality.’

‘Adam in particular is a very strong corporate lawyer, he is knowledgeable and experienced and has good communication skills.’

‘Reasonably priced for the services that they provide.’

Key clients

Larkfleet Group Limited

Prominent Fluid Controls UK Limited

Commercial Limited

Anemoi Marine Technologies Limited

Simpatica Group Limited

Abzorb Systems Limited

ACT National Limited

Wonderland Agency Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of an insurance company on the sale of their shares to Jensten.
  • Advised the shareholders on the sale of their shares to Cadogan Tate Group.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Alice Rees is the lead partner in Nelsons Solicitors Limited‘s East Midlands practice, focusing on acquisitions, disposals, mergers, restructurings, management buy-outs and company formations. Director Ziaur Rahman is also noted for corporate lending and security, joint venture agreements, Employee Ownership Trusts, and charity and third sector matters.

Practice head(s):

Alice Rees

Other key lawyers:

Ziaur Rahman; Palbir Vadesha; Duncan Taylor


‘Alice Rees heads the Nelsons Corporate and Commercial Team. She is the go to Corporate Lawyer for a number of intermediaries, other law firms, certain sectors and leads and manages her transactional teams well. Ziaur Rahman is very experienced and very commercial. Duncan Taylor is a fantastic Corporate lawyer. Calm, knowledgeable, gives clear advice and well respected. Palbir Vadesha is a great support to Ziaur Rahman but also deals with and manages transactions herself. She works hard for her client, is thorough and definitely one to watch.’

‘Ziaur Rahman is supremely efficient and competent.’

‘Nelsons have carried out over the past two years a number of complex transactions for my clients and we were always comforted to know that the work they carried out was to the highest standard.’

Work highlights

  • Advised individual clients on the asset purchase of a well-known Italian restaurant based in Leicestershire, Ferraris Trattoria.

Roythornes Solicitors

At Roythornes Solicitors, Mike Matthews and practice head Martin Jinks are the lead partners on M&A transactions, private equity and management buyouts, while Lizzie Walters handles demergers, investment rounds, joint ventures and group reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jinks

Other key lawyers:

Mike Matthews; Lizzie Walters


‘Mike was excellent throughout, friendly, professional and thorough, which gave me confidence in the service I was being given.’

‘Unique breadth of knowledge. I have not dealt with another legal firm who work so transparently, with all outcomes being targetted towards the benefit of the client.’

‘Lizzie Walters steered our business through a number of very complex transactions in a very efficient manner. We were delighted with the outcome that she achieved for us and would strongly recommend her to any business for their legal planning.’

‘Mike Matthews and his team are responsive, hardworking and skilled on a wide range of M&A matters. They have a good reputation across the East of England and are a strong firm in South Lincs and Peterborough.’

‘Mike Matthews is a corporate partner of the highest quality and is supported by a proficient team. Mike is personable and skilled at getting to the source of potential deal issues quickly, finding good quality solutions to ensure clients receive exceptional advice.’

Key clients

Ceres Rural LLP

TC Bulley Davey Limited

BA Bush & Son Limited

FESA (UK) Limited

Peterborough Renewable Energy Limited

Frontier Agriculture Limited

Pigeon Investment Management Limited

Majestic Bingo Limited

Inivos Scientific Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Naylor Nutrition Group on the creation of a joint venture company and all accompanying legal issues.
  • Advised shareholders of Amasha in relation to a restructuring following the sale of shares by one of the shareholders in Amasha to Melosch Export.
  • Acted for the holding company in the sale of its shares in Opals UK to OCU Group.

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP‘s group is led by Ian Sherburn in Grimsby; the practice remains active in company sales and acquisitions and in drafting and negotiating complex, long-term and high-value commercial agreements. It is particularly popular among medium-sized enterprises and owner-managed businesses. A key partner in Lincoln, Russell Eke is an expert in the energy sector, focusing on corporate reorganisations, management buy-outs and refinancing transactions. Ed Capes is another recommended lawyer for M&A.

Practice head(s):

Ian Sherburn

Other key lawyers:

Russell Eke; Ed Capes; Limara Rickell


‘Everyone at Wilkin Chapman worked harder and longer than they were contracted to. This level of commitment and hard work delivered the sale. They are a truly exceptional team and in 30 years of business I can genuinely say I wish I had met them earlier in my business career. ‘

‘The team at Wilkin Chapman delivered on all fronts. They ensured not a single penny was deducted from the other side in the due diligence process, batting back many queries from the other side and also managed me, the owner, through the process every day.’

‘Ed Capes and his advice and knowledge made the whole process as easy as possible. I have never known a solicitor who is always available to take your calls – but Ed always was or called back as soon as possible. Great service.’

Key clients

Darabeto Holdings Limited

Prax Group

Card Industry Professionals Limited

Harvest Energy Limited

Bimsense Limited

Exceed Learning Partnership

Horizon Academy Trust

Tong Engineering Limited

Unitas Wholesale Limited

Previsico Limited

Mizkan Euro Limited

Yara UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Darabeto Holdings on the simultaneous corporate sale of both Wise Robotics (UK) and Wise Software (UK) to Forterro UK.
  • Advising Prax Lindsey Oil Refinery in respect of a licensor agreement relating to its well-publicised carbon capture project and drafting and negotiating commercial agreements.
  • Advising Card Industry Professionals in respect of the equity investment made by Northern Powerhouse Investment Funds, which acted by its fund manager Mercia Asset Management.

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Wilson Browne Solicitors is known in the Northamptonshire market for its work in company acquisitions and disposals, restructurings, and the drafting of commercial contracts, employee share options, equity investments and joint venture agreements. The firm has a strong following among local charities and education providers. Practice head Duncan Crowther, Holly Threlfall and Andrew Kerr are the key partners.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Crowther

Other key lawyers:

Holly Threlfall; Andrew Kerr


‘A very professional but personable approach to legal matters.’

‘Professional in their attitude. When assistants are brought in to support getting things done you feel confident in their ability and they are always smart and friendly. We had a very good experience and would not hesitate to use Wilson Browne Solicitors again or indeed recommend them.’

‘Andrew Kerr is the partner we always contact and we have found him to be courteous and effective. Andrew and his team have been of great service.’

Key clients

Grove Engineering Services Limited

Woodley Holdings Limited

County Lifting Services Limited

Pragmatiq Solutions Limited

Midland Stone Centre Limited

EB Designs Limited

Cooney Marine International Limited

D Robinson & Co Limited

Kori Construction (Holdings) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the selling shareholders Technomation and Megnajet in the sale of the entire issued share capital of two associated companies to a listed PLC buyer.
  • Advised the sole shareholder of a large manufacturing company in a complex group restructuring transaction as a preliminary step in a subsequent partial management buyout.
  • Advised the selling shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of a large window manufacturing company to a UK group.