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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Next generation lawyers

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    • David Carr - Napthens LLP
    • Jamie Hawley - Aaron & Partners LLP
    • David Jones - Hillyer McKeown LLP
    • John Pickervance - Forbes Solicitors
    • Nick Pickup - Forbes Solicitors
    • Anne Scheland - Hillyer McKeown LLP
    • Nicola Whittle - Brabners LLP

Value Reimagined: part of the Legal Reimagined Series

Our Manchester Legal Reimagined event will focus on the value proposition for the in-house function, but with a greater focus on reimagining how teams manage both the strategic risk challenge and effective outsourcing solutions.

Legal Reimagined goes beyond the ‘talk shop’, focussing on outcome-based and solution-orientated discussion. Conversation will be led by our Advisory Group of North West based general counsel and supported by insights from KPMG partners Nick Roome, Ed Bartlett and Paul Kelly. We welcome guest contributors on risk (Annabel Reoch) and value in the supply chain (Nicola Brooks).

Be part of it: peer-to-peer experience, knowledge-sharing and insights to transform ideas into solutions and action.

12 September 2019 | One St Peters Square, Manchester

The ‘approachable’ team at Aaron & Partners LLP is commended for its ‘attention to detail’ and regularly handles investments, corporate finance transactions, restructuring, and sales and acquisitions of owner-managed businesses across Cheshire and North Wales. Highlights included advising DP Williams Group on the disposal of its wholly owned subsidiary, D P Williams Holdings, to CCP Building Products; advising Mercury Commodities on the sale of its business and assets to Glencore Agriculture UK; and advising Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership on its £3.2m Growing Places Fund investment into the Cheshire Green Employment Park at Wardle, East Cheshire. Knights of Old Group, Meadow Foods and Culina are also clients. Department head Stuart Scott-Goldstone, who also operates from the firm’s Shrewsbury office, is praised for his ‘expertise’ and ‘clarity’. Senior partner Simon Edwards and partnership expert Mark Briegal are also recommended, as is senior associate Jamie Hawley, who is ‘thorough and explains details in an understandable manner’.

Gorvins Solicitors impresses for its ability to ‘explain and suggest options in a straightforward manner’. The practice is active in corporate and commercial mandates across the retail, finance, media, publishing and healthcare sectors. Key instructions included advising the shareholders of Aecus on the acquisition of Aecus by The Hackett Group; advising Avonside Group Services on an investment into the company by Core Capital; and advising Rothwell Plumbing Services Group on its acquisition of HeatLink Technical Solutions. Key figures include corporate and commercial team head Andrew Curwen, who specialises in corporate transactions; the ‘knowledgeable’ Christian Mancier, who predominately acts for owner-managed and family-owned businesses in the SME sector; and consultant Paul Lupton  is an experienced advisor to small and medium sized businesses. Associates Gemma Lingard and Rowan Uren are also recommended.

The ‘top-quality’ department at Myerson Solicitors LLP is regularly instructed by owner-managed businesses across the technology, professional services, manufacturing, media, franchising and charity sectors on transactions, and often advises banks, venture capital institutions, and plcs. Recent work includes advising Evans Textiles on its acquisition of Bedmaker Textiles, and acting for CCP Building Products on the acquisition of a quarry in Flintshire. Corporate finance specialist M Akeel Latif heads the practice, which includes Andrew Brown, who routinely handles M&A, equity investments and restructuring matters; Scott Sands, who handles transactions across the technology, charity and professional services sectors; and Carla Murray, who is experienced across IT, IP and commercial matters. Recently promoted senior solicitor Philip Ball is also noted, as is managing partner Carl Newton.

The team at Napthens LLP is ‘responsive, accurate and knowledgeable’ and ‘demonstrates the right amount of pragmatism’. It acts for family-owned businesses, venture capital funds and private equity backed companies. The team advised Abbey Logistics on its acquisition of Armet Logistics; advised Jersey-based Ball Investments on the sale of its Lightwater Valley attraction and amusement park in Yorkshire to Livingstone Leisure; and acted for the shareholders of Hawkshead Brewery on the sale of the company to Halewood International. Key figures in Preston include ‘extremely diligent and responsible’ corporate head Keith Melling, ‘brilliant’ consultant Gareth McIntegart , who also operates out of the firm’s Southport office, and Robert Dobson. Blackburn-based Richard Robinson is experienced across the financial services, leisure and healthcare sectors. Senior associate David Carr, who is also based in Blackburn, handles a range of corporate matters. Commercial contracts team head Jon Esner joined the Preston office in 2018 from an in-house role.

The corporate and commercial department at SAS Daniels LLP routinely advises SME clients, and has particular strengths across the healthcare, music and education sectors. The team advised Training 2000 on its merger with the University of Central Lancashire; assisted Nviron with its MBO; and advised Pale Wood Holiday Park on the acquisition of the business and assets of Henstent Park. The practice also acted for Fayrefield Foods on the sale its subsidiary, Good Carb. Managing partner Jeremy Orrell, who is based across the Chester and Stockport offices, heads the corporate team and is ‘very experienced’. Commercial team head Kaye Whitby is based in Chester and handles complex commercial agreements and also advises on competition law and data protection. Stockport-based Andy Booth specialises in commercial matters, and has experience in advising on music contracts. Pail Tyrer, who operates across the Macclesfield and Congleton offices, also handles corporate matters.

DTM Legal LLP acts for SMEs, owner-managed businesses and family business across the region. Highlights included advising Chester Boat Company on the sale of its York River Boat Cruises subsidiary to City Cruises, acting for The Marine and Property Group on its acquisition of Port Dinorwic Marina in North Wales, and advising NWN Media and its shareholders on the sale of the company to Newsquest. Team head Edward Barnes acts across the firm’s Liverpool and Chester offices on M&A, complex corporate restructures, investments and IP mandates, in addition to being active in the energy and renewables sector.  Chester-based Alison Brennan heads the firm’s compliance team, and advises on M&A, commercial contracts and finance, and is regularly instructed by GP practices.

Forbes Solicitors delivers ‘fast response times’ and demonstrates ‘impressive industry knowledge’. The team is active across corporate transactions, restructuring, corporate de-mergers and commercial matters throughout Lancashire. Key work included advising the shareholders of Tilemaster Adhesives on the sale of shares to an Italian buyer; advising the majority shareholder of Blackburn Brakes Holdings in the sale of the shares to Parts Alliance; and advising NWTT Holdings on the de-merger of North West Timber Treatment and John HY Mayor and Sons. Preston-based corporate and restructuring head Pauline Rigby is ‘highly professional and very focused; she has excellent awareness and a helpful, friendly and understanding approach’. Key associates in Prestion include John Pickervance, who delivers ‘business-sound and practical advice’ and is noted for commercial matters; Nick Pickup, who is active on corporate transactions; and Jennifer Bell, who joined in 2017 from Backhouse Jones and heads the firm’s transport team. Chorley-based commercial head Daniel Milnes advises public and private sector clients on a range of contractual matters.

Jolliffe & Co LLP’s ‘exceptional’ team ‘really gets to know its clients’, which include entrepreneurs, private companies, SMEs and owner-managed businesses. The team advised Rhino Products Holdings on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of AVS Steps and acted for the shareholders of Greenwood Forest Park on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Greenwood Forest Park to The Continuum Group. Advising Delta Rock Holdings on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Delta Rock (North West) and the investment by Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF) in Delta Rock Holdings, to partially fund the acquisition, was another key highlight. The North of England Zoological Society and HIAB Limited are also clients. Managing partner and department head Simon Williams is ‘pro-active and knowledgeable’ and the ‘first-rate’ Chantel Clague specialises in corporate transactional work. William Ngan  joined HRC Law LLP in 2018.

The ‘reliable’ team at Slater Heelis LLP renders advice in ‘practical and commercial terms’ and is noted for its experience in the healthcare sector, advising GPs, pharmacists and dentists on acquisition and disposals. The digital and telecoms sectors are also areas of focus. The team advised the sellers of 100% of the share capital of AA Access (Holdings) to High Access Maintenance and advised Mark Andrew Developments (MAD) UK on the restructure of its existing banking facilities and on a further working capital facility with Allied Irish Bank (GB). Katharine Mellor, who ‘provides excellent guidance’, handles corporate acquisitions and disposals, particularly in the SME sector. Associate solicitor Richard Riley is also recommended.

Butcher & Barlow LLP is based across its Northwich, Bury and Runcorn offices and the corporate and commercial team delivers ‘excellent response times’. It is experienced in the sale and purchases of companies, with expertise in the care home, brewery industry and hospitality sector. The team advised Onfab on a £3m investment by Foresight and also advised Electrical Project Installations on its sale to KBE Holdings. The ‘very engaging’ Jonathan Aldersley is ‘able to provide a common-sense analysis of matters’ and produces ‘quick, practical and commercial advice’. James Hodgson handles share transactions and advises on company structures and Justin Kelly handles a range of commercial matters. Andrew MacKenzie and Rebecca Jepson were promoted to partner in May 2018.

Chafes Hague Lambert LLP regularly acts for owner-managed businesses and high-net-worth individuals on corporate and commercial transactions across Cheshire, South Manchester and High Peak. Acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholders and partnership agreements, as well as supply, agency, licensing and distribution agreements are all mainstays of the practice, which is headed by Tony Morris, who advises on both corporate transactional and commercial contract matters. Consultant solicitor Ruth Smith focuses on commercial, IP and ICT work and specialises in software development matters.

Fielden Marshall Glover Strutt’s client base includes corporates, investors and entrepreneurs and the team has experience across the retail, distribution, media, manufacturing and pharma sectors. M&A, venture capital work, shareholder and investment agreements are key areas of expertise. Nicholas Fielden heads the corporate and M&A team and is experienced in partnership and LLP work.

Hillyer McKeown LLP handles a range of corporate transactions for its SME and owner-managed business client base, including M&A, MBOs, joint ventures, employee share schemes and commercial contracts. The manufacturing, technology and accountancy sectors are key areas of focus. It advised the management team on the MBO of the Bodyline Clinic. Group chairman Steven Harvey handles commercial and corporate matters across the professional services, energy and utilities sectors, and associate David Jones handles commercial matters. Recently promoted partner Anne Scheland heads the team.

The ‘friendly and approachable’ team at KBL Solicitors LLP delivers ‘clear, confident and accurate advice without delay’. It advises individuals and businesses on business structuring, share distribution and management restructuring, cash injections, growth and development, and sales and mergers, with a notable focus on advising sports clubs. The ‘thorough’ Phil Stephenson heads the department and specialises in corporate transactions, commercial contracts, MBOs, joint ventures, restructuring and partnerships. Consultant Jonathan Shorrock is ‘outstanding’ and associate solicitor Anneka Traynor  is ‘always responsive’ and has ‘determination to drive transactions forward’.

MLP Law LLP handles corporate and commercial matters across the insurance, healthcare, media and IT sectors; Internet Fusion Group, Myers La Roche and Sim Trava and gtd healthcare are clients. Team head Steve Hartley  advises entrepreneurs and SMEs on M&A, re-organisations and company matters, while managing partner Stephen Attree specialises in IP, commercial family businesses and M&A.

The ‘highly-rated’ team at Baines Wilson LLP regularly handles acquisitions and disposals and advised ICT Reverse (Holdings) on its sale to EcoAsia Technologies Holding and advised Meldrum Limited on its sale to Vinci Energies UK. The team also advises on international distribution, agency and licensing agreements. Andrew Hill heads the corporate and commercial team and consultant John Wilson is also recommended.

Based across its Manchester, Preston and Blackburn offices, the team at Farleys Solicitors LLP is noted for its expertise in advising Lancashire-based SMEs on sales and purchases, and also advises on corporate restructures and de-mergers. The team has an ‘excellent understanding of commercial issues’, ‘works quickly and meets deadlines’ and delivers ‘clear advice’. In Manchester, Ian Liddle is noted for corporate finance matters and associate partner Charlotte Mills is ‘commercial, pro-active and doesn’t spend time trying to win points that don’t matter’. Blackburn-based corporate team head +Debbie King is ‘brilliant’.

The Preston office of Brabners LLP handles a range of transactional mandates for SME clients and owner-managed businesses. The team advised Ltd on the purchase of the entire issued share capital in ASB Trading and also advised the client on its first fundraising round via the Crowdcube platform. The team also assisted the firm’s commercial property department in advising Sofology in relation the purchase of its entire issued share capital by DFS. Senior associate Nicola Whittle heads the team.

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