Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is well-regarded for its national coverage and its involvement in high-value sales and acquisitions, particularly private equity transactions as demonstrated with Gavin Cummings advising Apiary Capital on their buyout of global media adviser, Mediasense Communications. Head of corporate, Richard Cox often advises on transactions involving an international element, alongside colleagues, Mark Hughes, Nigel Blackwelland Paul McCannah. Selina Hinchliffe and new partner hire, Kay Chand, who arrived DAC Beachcroft LLP, focus on IP and IT commercial transactions.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Cummings; Richard Cox; Selina Hinchliffe; Kay Chand

Other key lawyers:

Mark Hughes; Paul McCannah; Nigel Blackwell

Key clients

Pure Gym

Bridge Farm Group

Addo Food Group

Brokerbility Holdings

BCF Equity Partners

CARE Fertility Group

Apiary Capital Partners

SDL Property Services Group

Belvoir Lettings plc

Lloyds Development Capital (LDC)

Rcapital Partners LLP

Hay Wain Group

Foresight Group LLP

Bionical Solutions Limited

Blue Light Card Limited

The Appointment Group Limited

Connect Managed Services group

The Edwin Group Limited

Kingswood Corporation Limited

Wismettac Harro Foods

MI Hub Limited

Paddle Holdings Limited

CHAS 2013 Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for the selling shareholders, management team and private equity house LDC on the sale of Addo Food Group (Holdings) Ltd (Addo) to French private equity house PAI Partners.
  • Advising the shareholders of Centiq Limited (including Private Equity house LDC) on the sale of Centiq to international acquiror SoftwareOne.
  • Advised enX plc, a South African plc on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Impact Fork Trucks Limited.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, corporate partner and team head Jon Cox-Brown specialises in M&A, joint ventures and reorganisations for major corporate clients, entrepreneurs and financial sponsors. He is particularly sought after for transactions in the financial services, fintech and technology sectors. Private equity and equity capital markets are also significant areas of activity.

Practice head(s):

Jon Cox-Brown

Key clients

Sygnature Discovery

IRIS Software Group

Capita plc

FLEETCOR Technologies Inc

ENSEK Limited

Acacium Group


Kingswood Group

Aston Lark

Work highlights

  • Advised the key shareholders (including Phoenix Equity Partners, previous PE investors) and management team of Sygnature Discovery on the investment by Five Arrows Principal Investments (the PE arm of Rothschild & Co).
  • Advising FLEETCOR Technologies Inc, a leading global business payments company, on its acquisition of Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX), one of the world’s largest non-bank cross-border payment solutions provider.
  • Advised the Acacium Group on all aspects of the acquisition of CHS Healthcare, a provider of innovative patient flow, pathway solutions, and continuing healthcare services.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP‘s ‘highly competent team‘ is led by John Heaphy , who leverages 25 years’ experience advising owner managed companies and businesses on corporate finance, M&A and buy out/buy ins. The firm is recognised for its extensive roster of healthcare clients, including national care providers, developers, funders and institutional landlords. Karl Jansen is another senior lawyer who is highly recommended for private equity/investment transactions, transactional due diligence and reorganisations and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

John Heaphy

Other key lawyers:

Karl Jansen


‘A highly competent team that lead the company through quite complex transactions with an authoritative style, using plain English and an ability to focus on the key issues.’

‘Experience coupled with a pragmatic approach and a sense of humour when required. A real pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Tropical Marine Centre Group (2021) Ltd

Whites Generation Limited

BIMG Limited

Wilford Limited

The Reflex Group Limited

Birchgrove (Leatherhead) LLP

BIMG Limited

Willoughby (874) Limited

The Way Ahead Group Limited

TGCC Limited

Tropical Marine Centre Group (2021) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders of Willoughby (874) Limited (ISYS Interactive Systems Limited being its subsidiary) on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Willoughby (874) Limited to the Access group. ISYS leads as a best-in-class, end-to-end ERP software and services provider to the waste management and food & drink delivery sectors.
  • Acted for the shareholders of BIMG Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company which included complex aspects including trusteeships, earn out and completion accounts.
  • Advised on The Reflex Group’s acquisition of Macfarlane Labels Limited and its Irish and Swedish subsidiary companies from Macfarlane Group plc.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP fields an ‘exceptional blend of talent and personality‘ and attracts instructions from a varied range of UK and foreign corporates and private equity houses. Heading the corporate side, Crispin Bridges Webb has 30 years’ transactional experience in M&A, capital fundraising and reductions, corporate restructuring and governance. Commercial contracts specialist, Michelle Craven-Faulkner, joined in early 2021 from Geldards LLP; she brings complementary expertise in all aspects of the supply and purchase of assets, goods and services, along with a strong background in the rail and engineering sectors. Senior associate Ania Vernon is another key contact for mature investment/exits and high value corporate M&A.

Practice head(s):

Crispin Bridges Webb; Michelle Craven-Faulkner

Other key lawyers:

Ania Vernon


‘An exceptional blend of talent and personality, the Shoosmiths team brought a refreshing approach and explanations were crisp and clear and avoided the obfuscation so prevalent in some lawyers. The team were well versed in private equity deals and its personal approach was brilliant.’

‘The team and especially Michelle Craven Faulkner are very knowledgeable on all aspects of rail. They listen to the customers requirements and adjust their approach accordingly.’

Key clients

Jensten Group

Foresight Ventures

FPE Capital

IRS Group

Addtech Nordic


UK Material Handling Association

L. Possehl GmbH


Summa Equity

Ufenau Capital Partners

Loram UK Limited

WH Davis Limited

Exergy Solutions Limited

ADComms Limited

Legacy Rail Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising FPE Capital and other shareholders on the sale of The Nav People to Node4.
  • Advising Ufenau Capital backed IRS Group on its entrance into the UK market with its strategic partnership with Halo Accident Repairs.
  • Advising the management team of Correla Limited on its sale to/buy-out by NorthEdge Capital.

Flint Bishop LLP

Derby-based Flint Bishop LLP maintains a strong level of corporate activity and reports an uplift in M&A throughout 2021, acting for privately-owned SMEs and listed PLC nationally. Leading the corporate department, Martyn Brierley has experience supporting large property developers on complex property development joint ventures, and institutional banks on their lending and security arrangements as part of their funding of corporate transactions, such as management buy-outs and other deal structures. Commercial partner Haroon Younis joined in July 2021 from Weightmans LLP and focuses on contracts, particularly in software and IT. Solicitor Mandy Chan also joined from Freeths LLP. Former head of commercial, David Miller left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Martyn Brierley; Haroon Younis

Other key lawyers:

Mandy Chan; Mark Wilcock


‘We are comforted that Flint Bishop offer all specialities in house and we are covered whatever our needs.’

‘Martyn Brierley is a skilled professional with a very approachable personality. ‘

Key clients

A1 Comms Limited

Sitting Pretty (UK) Limited

4D Medicine Limited

Connected Data Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented a global logistics company on a complex warehousing and logistics agreement with a lifetime contract value of over $120m.
  • Advised the shareholders of Pendragon Holdings Limited (incorporating C.R Civil Engineering Ltd) on their disposal to the RSK Group Limited, a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services provider.
  • Advised the shareholders of the Penlaw & Company Group, on their disposal to SIG Trading Limited, a subsidiary of SIG plc, a leading European supplier of specialist building solutions to trade customers across the UK, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Benelux.

Gateley Plc

Mark Rutherford leads the corporate department at Gateley Plc‘s where he focuses on corporate finance, M&A, private equity, management buy-outs and company disposal transactions. Beth Mather and Victoria Elliott are the other recommended Nottingham partners and are adept in all-manner of corporate work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rutherford

Other key lawyers:

Beth Mather


‘There is a really strong blend of a focus on local relationships together with access to national specialist skills and experience when needed – they seem to get the balance right between keeping a local team culture within a large corporate. The team is hugely focused and driven to get the best possible outcomes for their clients. Technically strong but with a practical and commercial approach.’

‘Mark Rutherford builds extremely strong and deep relationships with clients – he is very much the trusted adviser for many clients building a huge amount of respect and trust.’

Key clients




Connection Capital LLP


Troy (UK) Limited

United Tooling Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Rolec services Limited and One Stop (Europe) Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the companies to Sdiptech AC (publ).
  • Advised LDC (Managers) Limited on the investment in and acquisition of Bramble Foods Limited.
  • Advised the shareholder of Total Integrated Solutions (Group) Limited on the investment into the company by Key Capital Partners LLP.

Geldards LLP

Headed by Debra Martin, the corporate practice at Geldards LLP leverages its extensive expertise working with domestic and foreign clients on disposals, acquisitions and private equity transactions; she is also experienced in assisting owners to transition the ownership of their business to their employees. Jamie Goldberg combines his commercial and sports experience to assist athletes on their commercial agreements, sponsorship and image rights licences.

Practice head(s):

Debra Martin; Jamie Goldberg


‘Unique client experience, responsiveness, capability, levels of knowledge, breadth of services, availability during COVID, flexibility and credibility as our representative.’

Key clients

Cullum Detuners Limited

Woodberry Capital Limited

Kiwa Group

We Are Pioneer Group (formerly Biocity)

Shareholders of Agilitas Holdings Limited

Shareholders of Alerter Group Limited

Effective Energy Group Ltd

Shareholders of DSL Systems Limited

BAMA Companies Inc

Shareholders of Henry Hulley Holdings Limited

Shareholders of Hydro Mechanical Services Limited

AXS Europe Limited

Formidable Media Limited

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

Right Legal Group Limited

WH Security


Toyota Tsusho

Warrington Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Biocity Limited on the £120m sale of the company to a joint venture company owned by Harrison Street and Trinity.
  • Advised Bay Tree Interiors (Holdings) Limited in relation to the acquisition of all of its shares by an Employee Ownership Trust.
  • Advised ASmallWorld AG on a strategic partnership agreement with Global Hotel Alliance relating to the delivery of its loyalty programme GHA DISCOVERY, which will expand to more than 20 million members in 2022.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

At Nelsons Solicitors Limited, Nottingham-based Duncan Taylor is a well-known figure in the East Midlands market; he handles all aspects of corporate law and primary acts for buyers, sellers and client companies taking investment. In Derby, David Kaplan has over 20 years’ experience advising multi-national aerospace businesses, large healthcare operators and local engineering and manufacturing groups on commercial matters. Harpreet Sandhu is the lead commercial partner.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Taylor; David Kaplan; Harpreet Sandhu


‘Personal service by professional people with a comprehensive service offering. Good use of technology particularly when in house meeting were not available.’

Key clients

Badgemaster Limited

Ekkosense Limited

Cornshire Limited

Chromalloy Gas Turbine LLC

Nottingham Rugby Limited

Talkstaff Limited

Cooper Parry

Prime Life Limited

Rushcliffe Care Limited

Alltruck plc

Work highlights

  • Advised the selling shareholders in the sale of their respective shareholdings in their two jointly owned companies, Welfare 4 Hire Limited and Surrey Hire & Sales Limited to separate buyers.
  • Acted for the buying management team of Greenzone Facilities Management Limited which consisted of two separate share acquisitions.  

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises clients on M&A transactions and reorganisations and focuses on the logistics, life sciences, healthcare, banking and engineering sectors, among other areas. In addition to its corporate activities, the firm advises on commercial matters for a range of businesses, from start-ups to global household names. The team is jointly led by Duncan James and Edward Wright, with James handling corporate and financial matters for family-run businesses and entrepreneurs, and Wright recommended for IP-related commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Duncan James; Edward Wright

Other key lawyers:

Roger Harcourt; Richard Vernon

Key clients


Allied Irish Bank

Lloyds Bank


Future Health

Tympa Health Technologies

Quadralene Holdings Limited

Replay Maintenance Limited

University of Nottingham

Incus Performance Limited

Nemaura Medical Inc./Dermal Diagnostics Limited

Spirit Healthcare Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised The Spirit Health Group on a new digital solution, which included corporate governance and structuring advice.
  • Acted for Kiwa Holdings UK Ltd on its acquisition of R.N. Electronics Limited.
  • Advising the shareholders of Alcuris on the sale of the company to Access Group.


Actons primarily acts for owner-managed businesses and SME’s in a wide variety of corporate, commercial and finance related instructions up to the value of £50m. Firm chairman Simon Dakin and Peter Flowerday are its key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Peter Flowerday; Simon Dakin


‘I have always received excellent service from Actons, with their attention to detail, commercial outlook and clear communication standing out. The service received has been of a standard that you would expect from a significantly larger firm. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Actons team for corporate and commercial work.’

‘Peter Flowerday stands out for the quality of his advice, his responsiveness and his commercial awareness.’

‘Peter Flowerday is extremely knowledgeable and has a sharp eye for detail and for potential issues, and makes sure that any future problems are satisfactorily dealt with in the agreements he has a hand in drafting.’

‘Simon Dakin has provided an exceptional service, going beyond providing clear and concise advice. Simon really takes the time to understand your needs and provide options / solutions to remedy all complex situations which arise during our contract negotiations. I would not hesitate to recommend him or the Actons practice.’

Key clients

EIDO Healthcare Ltd

Prima Solutions Ltd

Bruton Knowles LLP

Zeel Solutions Ltd

Peter Cook Ltd

Nest Management Ltd

The Palfreymans Limited

Holden Copley Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised on the acquisition by The Palfreymans Ltd of the share capital of the operator of the North West area franchise for Urban Planters, to complement The Palfreymans Ltd’s existing Midlands franchise operation. The acquisition was funded by Thincats.
  • Advised on by Newman’s Plants Ltd acquisition of the share capital of the operator of the West London area franchise for Urban Planters, to complement Newman’s Plants Ltd’s existing London franchise operation.

Austin Moore & Partners LLP

Austin Moore is the founding partner at Austin Moore & Partners LLP, a boutique corporate  practice which has bolstered its bench strength with the addition of Dav Jaspal, formally of Nelsons Solicitors Limited, in November 2021. Jaspal focuses on general corporate M&A acting for large corporates as well as family owned and owner managed businesses across a range of sectors, such as engineering, tech and healthcare. Private equity specialist Laura de Banke is another key figure to note.

Practice head(s):

Austin Moore

Other key lawyers:

Dav Jaspal; Laura de Banke

Key clients

GEV Holdings Limited

Rutland Cycling 2013 Limited

Mornington Partners Limited

Rock Compliance Holdings Limited

Instarmac Group plc

Pharmaseal International Limited

North West Precision Limited

MA Group Limited

Buster + Punch Holdings Limited

JBMI Group Limited

Rush Hair Limited

Mechatronic Production Systems Limited

A W Lymn The Family Funeral Service

Clifton Packaging Limited

EnableX Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the buyer, EnableX Group Limited, on acquisition and merger of Techland Systems Limited and Pragma Group, including advising on acquisition finance from Boost & Co.
  • Advised Rock Compliance Holdings on a group refinancing facility with Shawbrook Bank Limited.  
  • Advised Terratruck Group on its acquisition of a Scottish tooling supplier, S.I.I.S Limited.