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Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP advises regional, national, and international companies, primarily OMBs, on acquisitions, disposals, and private equity investments, with notable capabilities in US-domiciled work. The team is led by Stuart Scott-Goldstone, who specialises in the technology, renewable energy and care sectors, advising on M&A, private equity deals, and corporate finance, as well as long-term strategic issues. The 'excellent' and 'efficientJamie Hawley has a strong record in financial services, advising banks and institutions on corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Scott-Goldstone

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Hawley; Zoe Lloyd

Testimonials

‘A&P’s Corporate team have a great approach to dealing with commercial matters in a commercial manner which differs from many of their peers. They know their own strengths and are happy to bring in support where necessary . Both flexible and supportive in their approach they have continued to provide us with an excellent service throughout out time with them.’

‘When needed both Stuart Scott-Goldstone and his associate Zoe Lloyd were there. The last sale was both urgent, cross time zones and time critical and they worked tirelessly often late into the early hours of the morning to get the project done.’

‘Our business has used Aaron & Partners for the majority of our legal work since 2015 when they acted efficiently and at short notice to resolve a serious situation within our business. We enjoy working with A&P as they are well located and this allows us to build a good working relationship with the firm. The firm is sufficiently sized in order to have various teams who we can work with to cover everything off under one roof.’

‘We work almost exclusively with Jamie Hawley in the Corporate Team. Jamie has acted on our behalf for a number of years and this year (through Covid) he has acted on our behalf in a number of corporate sales which have been significant for our business. Jamie really is excellent and we are very pleased with the service which he fulfils for our business. Jamie provides a very good service for a competitive price; Jamie is readily available on the phone at all times and is very prompt at responding to e-mails. Jamie doesn’t look to overcomplicate a transaction or to drag things out, he works to keep things straightforward and to get the deal done in the most efficient way.’

 

Key clients

Sicut Enterprises Ltd

KNP Logistics Group Limited

Special Needs Group Limited

North Wales Hydro

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders on the sale of a group to Aryza Holdings Ltd.
  • Advising on the sale of the entire issued share capital of a waste management services business to Ambipar, the global environmental services and commercial response group headquartered in Brazil.
  • Advising shareholders of a UK and US-headquarted business on its sale to Harbor Capital.

Forbes Solicitors

Forbes Solicitors  is known for its 'first class' corporate offering, handling high-value transactions for major regional and national clients. The firm acts on a continuous basis for many long-term clients, and also handles commercial contracts, intellectual property work, and large-scale projects. The team is led by the 'technically superb' Pauline Rigby, an experienced dealmaker with a strong profile in the regional market, and John Pickervance, who leads on commercial matters, with a particular focus on the manufacturing and engineering sector. David Filmer joined from Harrison Drury & Co, and Nick Pickup departed for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Rigby; John Pickervance

Other key lawyers:

David Filmer; Daniel Fletcher; Rebecca McCann

Testimonials

‘The attention to detail is first class together with client care. Very thorough in the work that is executed and also very approachable. Nothing is ever too much trouble. fees are very competitive and overall great value for money.’

‘Pauline Rigby is a an exceptional lawyer and arguably, the best I have ever worked with. Approachable, helpful, detailed and understanding. Technically superb.’

‘What makes Forbes unique to me and by business is the relationship that we have built in the 5 years of working with them. The corporate and commercial teams are very approachable, they were from the beginning and we instantly felt confident and trust in working with Forbes. Everybody I have worked with in the corporate and commercial team has a great ability and skill to explain complex legal matters in laymans terms that is easier to understand and digest. We are a small customer to Forbes but we are always made to feel valued and appreciated by the company. ’

‘The people within the corporate and commercial teams are all very approachable and they are always very quick to respond to my enquiries. Whatever the enquiry, they are very engaging and dedicate their attention to my enquiry. The advice and processes are always explained in a way that a layman can understand and this is very helpful. When dealing with John Pickervance and Daniel Fletcher in the commercial team, they are very proactive, they make progress with work very quickly and I always feel like they are advising me as if they view the business as their own. Rebecca McCann in the corporate team has been a big help over the years and I can approach Rebecca with a real variety of business related enquiries, whatever the enquiry, she has the advice at hand. Any subsequent work is carried out promptly by Rebecca and I can rest assured that the matter is in very capable hands with her.’

‘They are very committed team, work hard to get he deal done in a very commercial way.’

‘Pauline Rigby & Rebecca McCann – two very capable lawyers, always available, will do whatever it takes to meet deadlines and operate at a very high commercial level.’

‘I was impressed by the seamless cooperation between the various specialist contacts we required which enabled the process to be delivered professionally, without fuss and always on time.’

‘Forbes are a local firm of national scale and quality so we get the best of both worlds – they understand who we are, the partners we work with, what we are working on and how we work…and because of that they can match our ethos and style (whilst ensuring we comply legislatively and with the best outcomes for us and partners).

Key clients

Eleven Sports Media Limited

Kepak Group

WEC Group

YourZooki Limited

Osan Limited t/a Sock Shop

Freight Link Services Limited

Vetruus Limited

K2 North West Storage Limited & North West Commercial Space Limited

George Stavrinidis

Storm Property Limited

Haworth Chartered Accountants

Mytton Fold

Work highlights

  • Advised WEC Group Limited on the negotiation of a long-term agreement for the manufacture and supply of pillar boxes to the Royal Mail.
  • Advised K2 North West Storage Limited & North West Commercial Space Limited on the acquisition of two separate businesses to create a storage facility and warehouse.
  • Advised shareholders on the sale of the entire issued capital of Lone Worker Solutions Limited to Totalmobile.

Gorvins Solicitors

Gorvins Solicitors advises on a broad range of transactions and commercial matters from its Stockport office, working with regional and national clients including SMEs, listed companies, corporate financiers, and service providers. Sector focuses include media, healthcare, construction, and financial services. The 'agile' team is led by Andrew Curwen, who specialises in transactional work, handling M&A, venture capital investments, corporate finance, and MBOs, with the highly-praised Christian Mancier also a key player, focusing on family businesses and medium-sized OMBs. Associate Gemma Lingard plays a leading role in corporate work, particularly on behalf of family businesses.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Curwen

Other key lawyers:

Christian Mancier; Gemma Lingard

Testimonials

‘Christian Mancier has a wealth of expertise and has always provided me with an excellent service over the last 8-10 years.’

‘Gorvins have helped the business with a full journey from buying the company, creating an EMI scheme for the management team to and exit via a trade sale over a number of years. They were the only local practice that had a range of requisite skills available and sufficient substance to deal with many individual issues. ’

‘The leader during the EMI and exit process was Christian Mancier and I found him to be a great adviser, enabling us to negotiate the process. On a personal basis, I was grateful he was able to guide less experienced colleagues in my team through this, we needed an open approach to every one (5 people) so that we all trusted one another, as, this was a first for the more junior stakeholders. We were very lucky to get this over the line, and, the whole Gorvins team delivered.’

‘The Gorvins team were responsive and agile throughout our due diligence and sale process. They were able to balance the commercial pressure to complete in a short timeframe with the need to provide us with appropriate legal counsel and protections. We worked collaboratively to resolve issues and the team were flexible and available outside of normal working hours to keep the deal momentum going. ’

‘Christian Mancier understood our commercial requirements and communicated the legal aspects of the process in a way that all parties understood. Rather than simply explaining the relevant legal point he applied it to our particular business context so that we understood why something was required and any associated commercial risk attached to our decisions. He was always available, quick to respond and a pleasure to deal with.’

 

Key clients

Valour Finance Group Plc

Avonside Group Services Limited

Astute Private Wealth Limited

Williams Motor Group

Mondiale Publishing Limited

CGA Strategy Limited

Alan Howard (Stockport) Limited

Richer Sounds Plc

Rowlinson Group Limited

e-Foods Limited

Tandom Metallurgical Group Limited

John Munroe Group Limited

GPC Computer Software Limited

Myerson Solicitors LLP

Myerson Solicitors LLP advises a diverse range of SME and OMB clients on corporate transactions, commercial contracts and operational issues, financings, and restructuring matters. The firm regularly receives referrals from tax advisors, accountancy firms, and other professionals, on a national basis. The team is led by Mohammed Akeel Latif, a trusted advisor to clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters, with particular strength in corporate finance. Scott Sands specialises in early-stage funding rounds, as well as private wealth matters. Andrew Brown focuses on corporate and commercial work in the SME sector including mergers and acquisitions, and Carla Murray specialises in commercial IT and IP matters. Senior associate Terry Moore is noted for his work in the technology, manufacturing and professional service sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Akeel Latif

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Brown; Terry Moore; Scott Sands; Carla Murray; Ryan Fletcher

Testimonials

‘Carla Murray was willing to adjust and adapt to any of the feedback I provided to her, whilst keeping the project on-time and on-budget. She took the time to understand the business, and the requirements of the documents we were in need of. ’

‘Regular and proactive contact with clients and fellow professionals. Strong work origination team which underpins a well resourced corporate offering.’

‘Myerson helped us in the sale of a business. An in-depth and demanding process especially with so many players involved. The professionalism, flexibility and the outstanding attitude of Myerson’s team and their team leader were impressive.’

‘Knowledge, dedication, flexibility and great attitude. Myerson’s team and in particular their team leader Andrew Brown were available at any time required even late at night to avoid delaying the process. ’

‘We worked with Scott Sands as partner who was assisted by Ryan Fletcher. Both Scott and Ryan were very good to work with. They were friendly, responsive and able to deal with complex issues that arose on a timely and practical basis.’

‘Andrew Brown is a very effective operator who keeps clients well informed and delivers consistently’

‘Terry Moore and Andrew Brown in the commercial team are very responsive and clear where they can assist. Also very good at bringing in other departments of the business to provide complimentary services. ’

‘They make it easy to do business with, are practical and good decent down to earth people. They of course want the bigger jobs but will always help out with. a smaller brief, give advice even if not billable etc. You don’t feel like its a transactional relationship, more like an outsourced part of your own business.’

 

Key clients

CDL Group Limited

Pozzoni Architecture Limited

Customs Connect Limited

Fortis Developments Ltd

Evans Textiles (Sales) Limited

Starkey Laboratories Ltd

Minton Morrill Solicitors

Stax Trade Centres Plc

VeGB Holding BV

Machinecompare.com Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Panthera Biopartners on a Series A funding round.
  • Advised VeGB Holding on the negotiation of commercial, corporate, and intellectual property agreements.
  • Advised e-commerce client Machine Compare on the drafting of two sets of website terms and conditions in advance of its service launch.

Napthens LLP

Napthens LLP has an active corporate transactional team, advising clients across the region including larger businesses, owner managers, and institutional clients on M&A, with many deals including national and international elements. The firm also advises financial institutions, banks, selling shareholders, and venture capital investors. Keith Melling leads the Preston-based team alongside Jon Esner, taking the lead on corporate matters and commercial work respectively. Consultant Gareth McIntegart is an experienced transactional advisor, while senior associate David Carr is noted for his work with international clients, investment funds, and high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Keith Melling; Jon Esner

Other key lawyers:

Gareth McIntegart; David Carr; Rachel Atherton

Testimonials

‘Without exception, the Napthens team provide such a diverse set of skills and services, providing flexibility and most essentially, a respectful understanding of our changing and quite often challenging requirements. We engage with Napthens on such a wide range of projects including land procurement/management, landlord relationship, service procurement contracts etc. They are without doubt, a pivotal part of our business’

‘Jon Esner is the partner who guides us expertly through procurement contracts.’

‘They are quick to respond. They deal comprehensively and competently with the issues, with energy and professionalism. ’

‘Keith Melling provided solid, sensible advice. A cool head with a commercial eye.’

‘I am impressed with the teams ability to take complex situations and provide quick turn around advice. Napthens are at a size where they have the scale to support and have clear subject matter experts but you still feel that the service is being dealt with in a local and friendly way. ’

‘We have had most contact with Rachel Atherton who we find to be a pragmatic commercial lawyer who is very responsive and comes up with innovative suggestions to solve and advise tricky commercial negotiations on agreements. ’

‘We have never received anything less than a first class service from Napthens. I have dealt with a few of their partners and associates across different areas of legal expertise and they have all been incredibly helpful. As a firm I would recommend them to anyone.’

‘I have had the pleasure of working with Jon Esner for a number of years now. He knows our complex and very niche industry as well as anyone, always provides meaningful advice and is a very valued part of our extended team.’

Key clients

Ludlow Wealth Management Group

Bethell Group of Companies

Next Generation Travel Group of Companies

Joloda Group of Companies

Smith Equipment Hire Group

MDS Healthcare Group

Lattimer Group

Danbro Group

University of Central Lancashire

Addison Engineering

Inspired Energy PLC

The Barkby Group plc

Wireless Social Group Ltd

Abbey Logistics

Westmorland Limited

Diamond Resorts (Europe) Limited

Presspart Manufacturing Limited

HY Hotels Limited

Morecambe Bay Partnership

Insiris Limited

RCI Europe

Hope Technology (IPCO) Limited

Plumbs Limited

Alufold Direct Limited

Albert Harrison & Co Limited

Vivoplex Group Limited

Heritage Great Britain plc

EH Booth & Co Limited

Phoenix Safe Company Limited

Suresite Card Services Limited

Havwoods Limited

Clearwater Consultancy Ltd

Industria Systems UK Limited

MK Illuminations UK

NRG Fleet Services Ltd

Bensons For Beds Retail Ltd

Fletchers Solicitors Ltd

RingCentral UK Ltd

T Sumner Smith Ltd

Chloraco Health

Work highlights

  • Advised the selling shareholder on the sale of the entire share capital of Tangerine Equine Limited to Foran Healthcare Limited.
  • Advised the selling shareholder and management team on the sale of Inciner8 Holdings Limited to a newco backed by Chiltern Capital.
  • Advised Assystem on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Corporate Risk Associates.

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP offers long-term strategic advice to SME clients, advising a range of corporate clients on M&A, commercial issues, corporate governance, and wider business strategy. The primarily Chester and Stockport-based team is led by Jeremy Orrell, an experienced transactional lawyer with expertise in regional, national, and cross-border deals. Kaye Whitby heads up the commercial team, and advises clients on corporate transactions as well as operational issues. Andy Booth maintains a notable music industry practice, advising high-profile bands and musicians, while Paul Tyrer advises a number of SMEs on transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Orrell

Other key lawyers:

Kaye Whitby; Andy Booth; Paul Tyrer

Testimonials

‘Work well together , friendly relaxed atmosphere ’

‘Excellent, well led team with a commercial approach in supporting businesses.’

‘Jeremy Orrell – Personal touch, depth of knowledge, practical, results focussed approach, excellent at keeping a positive approach.’

 

Key clients

Pentre Group Holdings Limited

Medical Air Technology Limited

Beech Developments (NW) Limited

The Challenge Group

High Court Enforcement Group Limited

TFLI Limited

Louver-Lite Limited

Fayrefield Foods Limited

Premier Care Limited

Rowlinson Knitwear Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Hyde Park Finance Limited on a sizeable lending to a Midlands based housing developer.
  • Advised the MBO team on the acquisition of HMK.
  • Advised shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Keyways, an alarm and security company, to Irish fire and safety products and services business, Moyne Roberts.

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Butcher & Barlow LLP advises on commercial and corporate transactions across the North West, with a diverse client base including businesses in the education, charity, wealth management, and commercial property sectors. Alongside transactions, the firm also has notable capabilities in handling employment issues, including share options and employment aspects of takeovers and mergers, a particular strength of Justin Kelly, who now leads the team from Stockport. Previous practice head Jonathan Aldersley remains active, advising clients on commercial agreements and transactions, while Bury's James Hodgson handles shareholder agreements and property transactions.

Practice head(s):

Justin Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Aldersley; James Hodgson

Testimonials

‘The Practice is distinctive as it is one of the very few firms who are engaged with Charities – The practice partner and his team are exceptional in their responsibility and knowledge that is required in this role – being outstanding.’

‘Jonathan Aldersley is unique being thorough, knowledgeable and always available at any time to discuss a matter.

‘I find Butcher and Barlow unique in being very approachable and able to deal with complex legal issues in a relaxed and communicative style. ’

‘Butcher & Barlow LLP are an exceptional company to deal with. Our customer experience was superb, especially during these testing times and we would recommend this company to any other business in whatever capacity their business required. The communication skills by all employees of the company were superb always seeking to help in any way possible.’

‘Justin Kelly acted on our behalf for the sale of our business. He was extremely efficient and the sale of our business was processed exceptionally well throughout the entire transaction, meeting all required timescales. He remained professional, yet extremely approachable at all times, always taking the time out to offer his professional advice to ensure a smooth sale. Justin clearly has immense knowledge and we feel our sale was processed to perfection. Prior to commencing the sale we were very apprehensive as to whether this would be possible due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus, yet all necessary precautions were made at all times when meeting in person to ensure a safe environment for all.’

‘I have worked with B&B LLP for a number of years, and they are always my first port of call for all legal requirements, both commercially and personally. Communication is always quick, clear and concise. They are extremely thorough in their approach and will help you weigh up the pros and cons of taking certain decisions. Fees are very reasonable and overall service is excellent. ’

‘Jonathan Aldersley is the partner I have worked with most. Nothing is too much trouble, communication is excellent and he will always try his utmost to stick to challenging deadlines. He will offer excellent and balanced advice, highlighting risks where required. ’

Key clients

Joseph Holt Brewery

Higham and Higham

Glashen Services

Aeroco Group Limited

AD Aerospace

Depledge Strategic Wealth Management

Sanders Fisher Ltd

Victor OId Trafford Ltd

Robert Oliver Wealth Recruitment

Olympian Sheds Ltd

Breathe Technologies Ltd

Law Distribution

Demeva Refrigeration Ltd

Fords of Winsford

Olympus International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Radcliffe on the sale/transfer of an internationally renowned Ballet School in central Manchester.
  • Advised Cooper on the sale of a nationwide facilities management specialist.
  • Advised a strategic wealth management client on the restructure of EMI Share options schemes.

DTM Legal LLP

Chester-based DTM Legal LLP advises a wide range of SME clients, both locally and nationally, with broad expertise across transactions, share schemes, corporate governance, and commercial contracts. The firm also handles issues such as Brexit adaptation and Covid-19 response, and advises several long-term clients on a continuous basis. The team is led by Edward Barnes, an experienced corporate and commercial practitioner, who advises SMEs, larger national businesses, and financial institutions. Alison  Brennan has a strong record in mergers and acquisitions, restructures and re-organisations, alongside corporate finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Edward Barnes

Other key lawyers:

Alison Brennan

Key clients

Village Bakery Group

Marine Specialised Technology Limited

Dee 106.3 Limited

Holiday Gems Limited

Rotex Europe Limited / Hillenbrand Inc

Angel Solutions Limited

Clwydian Group Limited

Clogau Gold of Wales Limited

D A Roberts Fuels Limited

Centegra Limited

Ellison Europe Limited

Even Marketing Solutions Limited / EMS Healthcare

Evolution Costs Limited

Evoke Creative Limited

The Ice Cream Farm Ltd Cheshire Farm Ice Cream Ltd

Callitech Limited (Moneypenny)

The Cygnet Group of Companies

Typhoo Limited

Codex Integrity Limited

Tapestry (Partners) Limited

Calder Group Limited and Calder Industrial Materials Limited

Boardlink Group Limited

Lewis Reed (WAV) Limited

Charles Own & Company (COMFG Limited)

Pointogic Holdings BV

Yimba Ltd

Peaty’s Ltd

RSK Orbital

Swishfund Ltd

Bikmo Limited

Paxton Medical Group

Williams Financial Planning

DriveWorks Limited

Morris & Co (2011) Limited

Kate McIver Skin Limited

Aviagen Turkeys Limited and Hockenhull Turkey

Work highlights

  • Advising the Village Bakery Group on a simplification of its group structure.
  • Advising Bikmo on an equity investment by Development Bank of Wales and Hiscox insurers.
  • Advising the shareholders and management of Hi-Mark Automotive Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Fibrax Limited.

Farleys Solicitors LLP

Led by Blackburn-based Debbie KingFarleys Solicitors LLP advises a broad range of clients, from sole traders to national business groups, across corporate transactions, commercial agreements, and operational matters. The practice has expanded its work in the healthcare space, alongside existing strength in handling corporate restructurings, and works closely with other departments.

Practice head(s):

Debbie King

Other key lawyers:

Richard Bell; Ian Liddle

Testimonials

‘Having dealt with the Corporate & Commercial team for a number of years, I can without hesitation state that as one they continue to fill me with confidence with every matter I raise with them. They have a very balanced commercial view of the world, and take the time to fully understand the background to any given situation, before then giving best and most practical advice. I cannot think of a single example where, at the end of the process, I have been any less than 100% satisfied with the quality of advice / work done by the team at Farleys.’

‘As a collective, they take their time to fully understand the background to any situation, provide excellent advice in terms a lay person can easily understand, and then deliver to the highest of standards – all at a reasonable cost! What is there not to like about this practice?’

‘Full spread of services and a warm friendly approach.’

‘Readily available, approachable, and a friendly down to earth approach.’

‘Attentive, commercial and value for money’

‘Debbie King, Richard Bell – very hard working, don’t dwell on insignificant points, try to negotiate in an objective way not just to point score. ’

‘The availability of support across all areas is second to none. The timely, organised and professional way all projects are assessed and quoted within some very tight time frames are exceptional. Without this assistance from Debbie King we would not have been able to achieve what we have and what we wished to.’

‘Debbie King and Ian Liddle understand the importance to the effective and efficient relationship with ensuring our requirements are met professionally and promptly while working alongside our accountants and advisers to ensuring the outcome required, even when these are changed at short notice. ’

‘We have worked with the corporate team at Farleys for a number of years now and have always found them to be excellent. They are commercial and pragmatic as well as robust in their negotiations with the opposing legal team with a focus on getting the deal across the line. Their approach is very hands on and they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘An outstanding team who have always delivered the highest standard of service at least equal to city centre corporates – but with the advantage of being super fast to react and provide a personal and commercial focus. Totally dependable – you want the on your team.

Hillyer McKeown LLP

Hillyer McKeown LLP advises a wide range of OMB and SME clients on corporate and commercial issues, with transactional work including standard M&A, private equity investments, MBOs, and joint ventures. The team also provides corporate governance advice together with issues such as shareholder agreements, share options, and employee matters. It has a strong record in commercial contracting advice for vendor clients in the technology, healthcare, accountancy and storage sectors. Anne Scheland leads the team, and is recognised for her capabilities in large, complex transactions and commercial agreements in diverse sectors, while Robin Gill advises primarily on transactions and corporate finance work.

Practice head(s):

Anne Scheland

Other key lawyers:

Robin Gill

Testimonials

‘This is a fast growing practice offering great value for money. The corporate arm is very experienced and great communicators both with fellow professionals and with clients.’

‘Anne Scheland leads the team very effectively and is always available for advice to fellow professionals and clients. Value for money is exceptional.’

‘There is always seamless collaboration between departments which is vital on commercial transactions.’

‘Robin Gill is a pragmatic, highly experienced first class lawyer, who possesses great commercial awareness. ’

‘Great range of partners across a broad spectrum of services. Always happy to quote on a fixed fee basis and really step up to the mark on fast moving deals.’

‘Anne Scheland has really done some great work on a number of corporate disposals for us over the last 24 months. Always on the ball and proactive, as well as being responsive to client demands.’

 

Key clients

EA Technology Limited

ANSA Environmental Services Limited

Rent a Space (Self-Storage) Limited

Uren Food Group

AF Global Limited

Roberts Manufacturing Limited

Howard Worth Chartered Accountants

The Severn Partnership Limited

Platts Animal Bedding Limited

F. Duerr & Sons Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the selling shareholders in connection with the disposal of the Townley Group to private equity-backed Wavenet.
  • Advised Howard Worth Accountants on with the acquisition of the practice by WR Partners.
  • Advised the shareholders of Ashton Maund Associates Limited on the MBO to Richard Millar, a director of the company in September 2020.

Jolliffe & Co LLP

Jolliffe & Co LLP advises a range of major regional and national clients from its Chester office, with a notable portfolio of international brands, leisure attractions, and retail clients. The team handles commercial contracts and supply agreements, corporate governance issues, and transactions including MBOs, acquisitions, and private equity investments. The team is led by managing partner Simon Williams, who maintains an active practice across the region. Mark Fergusson is noted for his expertise in data protection and charity-related work, while Sharon Auld takes the lead on employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Simon Williams

Other key lawyers:

Mark Fergusson; Sharon Auld

Testimonials

‘Jolliffes focus on the client and always assist in a team orientated manner. By that I mean that when I or any of my clients have a legal issue I can call any one of the Jolliffes team and they will help me find the most appropriate legal mind to assist quickly. Pragmatic, empathetic and enjoyable to work alongside. They give me the confidence to introduce my clients directly to them. ’

 

Key clients

Chester Zoo (the North of England Zoological Society)

Challenger Mobile Communications Holdings Limited

Datascope Systems Limited

Innovative Scaffold Services Limited

Wok & Go Franchise UK Limited

KTSL Limited

Brenig Construction Limited

La-Z-Boy UK Limited

Socialsignin Limited

Flutterlab Ltd

Fine Shooting Accessories Ltd

Linney Cooper Limited

The Made of More Agency Ltd

The exiting shareholders of Digital Exchange Products Ltd

Popcorn Hospitality Ltd

DNF Holdings Ltd

Solomon New Homes International Ltd

Tyn Dwr Properties Ltd

LBG Group Ltd

PharmAppy Limited

ConData Global Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Chester Zoo on commercial law issues.
  • Advising Wok & Go on its national and international franchise operation.
  • Advised the exiting shareholders on the share sale of Digital Exchange Products Ltd for consideration of up to £1.2m.

Baines Wilson LLP

Baines Wilson LLP advises corporate clients on acquisitions and disposals across the UK, with particular strength in the healthcare and IT sectors. Primarily working with SME and OMB clients, the team also advises on private equity investments and broader corporate law issues. Andrew Hill leads the Lancaster-based team, and is an experienced transactional advisor. Kate Parker and Jennifer Bell are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hill

Other key lawyers:

Kate Parker; Jennifer Bell

Testimonials

‘Jennifer Bell and her team did a great job.’

‘The practice is very commercially focused with a common sense approach to the resolution of issues encountered during the life cycle of businesses.’

‘Jennifer Bell  is able to implement the law and communicate it to less qualified individuals in a simple and effective manner.’

‘A team of capable, professional and genuinely nice people. Always happy to help and advise without taking you down the long winded and expensive route.’

 

Key clients

WCF Ltd

Lloyd Motor Group

Cumberland Building Society

Handelsbanken

Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd’s plc

James Brearley & Sons Limited

Hollyblue Healthcare Finance Limited

Ecorenew Group

A W Jenkinson

Work highlights

  • Advised WCF on its acquisition of A1 Lawn Limited.
  • Advised a subsidiary of Hollyblue Healthcare on the sale of three care homes to Impact Healthcare REIT.
  • Advised Eco Communications on its acquisition of Integrity Office.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP specialises in mid-market corporate work from its Preston office, advising OMBs and SMEs in a diverse range of sectors on strategic acquisitions, equity raisings, and business restructurings. The corporate team is led by Nicola Whittle, who continues to grow her profile, advising regional businesses on complex M&A and investment transactions. Richard Hough heads up the commercial practice, which handles contracts, procurement and intellectual property work for clients in the retail, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Whittle; Richard Hough

Key clients

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Eventura Limited

Delivery Software Limited

Dushyant Kholi

The Stanmore Group

Parcel2go.com Limited

Wigan Rugby League Club Limited

HR Healthcare t/a Treated.com

Innox Trading Ltd T/A Chemist-4-U

Sky Marketing Limited t/a doktorABC

Work highlights

  • Advising a technology company on the acquisition of the business and assets of a software business.
  • Advising a group of FCA regulated insurance brokerages on a restructure and exiting a minority investor.
  • Advising a manufacturing business on acquiring external funding to enable the client to secure and fulfil a lucrative contract with the NHS.

FDR Law

Cheshire-based FDR Law advises national companies, regional businesses, and shareholders on acquisitions and disposals, contentious and non-contentious commercial issues, and corporate governance matters. The team is overseen by Stephen Woodall, who leads on commercial matters, and the 'exceptionalMargaret Evans, who heads up the corporate team and has expertise in share and asset based transactions. John King and Stephen Poyner are also regular contributors to the corporate and commercial teams respectively, and both have expertise in litigation as well as advisory work.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Woodall; Margaret Evans

Other key lawyers:

John King; Stephen Poyner

Testimonials

‘Efficient and exceptional professional advice’

‘Margaret Evans was exceptional with her professional help and advice and we highly recommend FDR Law. She was quick to respond to queries and very approachable.’

‘The practice knows our situation and the same people deal with the specific topic which saves having to continually going through the issues. They also are very knowledgeable in their field and so can answer the queries we have.’

‘I cannot fault the team, my experience has been very positive. They have shown great legal skills, and knowledge of legal issues.’

 

Key clients

ATG Airports Ltd

Beck Developments Limited

Beck Homes (NW) Limited

Edsential Community Interest Company

HyProMag Ltd

Newhaven Properties Limited

Parkin S Booth & Co

Pulse Group

Sandymoor Parish Council

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Terraconsult Limited

Timothy Blackshaw

United Utilities Property Services Limited

Warrington Borough Council

West Lancashire Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised HyProMag Ltd on a restructure to secure private investment.
  • Advised Newhaven Properties Limited on the sale of its shares in Attain Group Limited.
  • Advising the shareholders of The Fileroom Limited on the sale of their shares to H W Coates.

Taylors LLP

Specialist corporate and commercial firm Taylors LLP, now based in Blackburn after relocating from Manchester, advises OMBs, SMEs, and financiers on M&A, investments, and a wide range of commercial contracts and logistics agreements. The firm has a strong record in the manufacturing, retail, financial services, and software sectors. The team is led by Matthew Catterall, who handles corporate work, alongside commercial head Elaine Hurn.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Catterall; Elaine Hurn

Other key lawyers:

Arun Dhaliwal

Testimonials

‘They make me feel as though I’m their only client. It’s almost like having an in-house lawyer. There is never any hesitation in going the extra mile.’

‘Our key point of contact is Matthew Catterall. He has gained a deep understanding of our business and the risks involved which is essential in producing appropriate documentation. ’

‘Taylors are commercially focussed. If something is not worth pursuing then they say so and allow me to make the final decision. All members of the team are clear in explaining what is needed and their position on the project. Clear quotes and updates are provided. They have done well to adhere to the quoted process. The team is open and honest about the processes involved. I have used them for many years and have introduced others to them. ’

‘Matthew Catterall and Elaine Hurn are the two members of the team I have worked most with. However Arun Dhaliwal was also a great asset to the business dealings we were working on. When I look for a solicitor/legal firm, I look for someone to guide me through the project and find the best course with the greatest accuracy and least resistance. This team does just that.’

 

Key clients

Trinity Organics Limited

Capitalstackers Limited

Perception Holdings Limited

NBDA Architects Limited

Concept Nutrition Limited / John Whitehead

North West Roofing Supplies Limited

Woodscape Limited

Wilmslow Wealth Management Limited

Health and Social Care Services Limited

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Associated Security Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Trinity Organics Limited on a £14m investment from Perpetual Next.
  • Advising Capitalstackers on a number of transactions providing mezzanine financing for property development.
  • Advised Concept Nutrition Limited on the sale of its shares in its subsidiary, Wyreside Products Limited to Swiss purchaser, Herbonis AG.

Harrison Drury & Co

Preston-based Harrison Drury & Co works with a range of corporate clients on acquisitions, joint ventures and investments, corporate governance issues, and commercial agreements, advising regional and national businesses. Of particular note is the firm's work with family businesses and on law firm mergers. Nick Booth heads up the team, with 'exemplary' associates Jack Stephenson and Kerry Southworth also playing key roles.

Practice head(s):

Nick Booth

Other key lawyers:

Jack Stephenson; Kerry Southworth

Testimonials

‘They have a relatively small team but they work extensively and tirelessly towards the goal and each member contributes successfully to reassure the client that the work they are doing is best in practice. ’

‘I would like to support Jack Stephenson for his team leadership and overall control of the process and I’d like to give a special thanks to Kerry Southworth for the time and effort she put into her data room … so much information to collate in a restricted time scale and Kerry was exemplary.

‘They give excellent support, focusing on the client rather than how much they can charge in fees. The different departments communicate very well and is almost seamless.’

‘I would describe the team as both tireless and problem solvers. They offer an extremely professional and corporate service, whilst being attentive to all involved parties within every transaction I have worked alongside them. I have no hesitation in recommending Harrison Drury to any clients I work with as I know they will be impressed & satisfied. They are unique in the level of attentiveness & communication they provide. They act with the weight of a large national firm, with a personal & very effective service. ’

‘A standout individual I have worked with would be Jack Stephenson from Harrison Drury. We regularly have calls out of office hours in relation to transactions that we are working on. He always responds to any communication within a timely manner and works tirelessly for his clients. There have been many issues on various transaction we have both worked on, and having Jack involved has helped us progress towards a positive outcome for all parties.’

‘We find the team at HD to be incredibly proactive and curious about our business and the challenges shaping our ability to first win, and then execute projects. Compared to other firms, HD have proven to be ahead of the game in adapting to the changed way of working due to the pandemic.’

‘The team have a strong base of individuals always willing to help, they are responsive and relatable. For many law can be a complex area but they make clients feel at ease explaining matters clearly and concisely. For the perspective of a professional working with the team, I know they will always be on hand to bounce ideas off for what is feasible offering practical and commercial solutions to a situation. ’

‘I work most closely with Jack Stephenson within the team. Jack is enthusiastic and passionate about his work. Despite having a significant work load Jack will always find time for a conversation. He responds in an extremely timely and efficient manner. When Jack is working with us on a mutual client I know the project will be well managed, with the highest level of service provided to the client. The same level of service is shown no matter the size of the project.’

Key clients

Ellisons Solicitors

Montagu Events Limited, t/a XYZ

11 Degrees Limited

R&G Acquisitions Limited

Barton Grange Group Limited

Tangerine Group Limited

Graeme Macleod Property Limited

AFC Fylde (official legal partner)

Dexine Leyland Rubber Technology Limited

Walker Fire (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Walker Fire on a number of strategic acquisitions, and on its expansion strategy.
  • Advised South East-based Ellison Solicitors in a merger deal to strengthen its presence in the Suffolk region.
  • Advised shareholders of a petrol station business on the disposal of Auk Investments Holdings Limited, including a complex corporate restructure beforehand.

MLP Law LLP

MLP Law LLP advises medium-sized businesses on transactions, sales, and long-term growth strategies, with particular strength in the healthcare, tech, and hospitality sectors. Clients include SMEs, family-run businesses, and larger regional companies. The Altrincham-based team takes a partner-led approach, with Stephen Attree and Rachel Owen heading up the practice; Karen Delamore is another senior practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Attree; Rachel Owen

Other key lawyers:

Karen Delamore

Testimonials

‘MLP Law took time to understand our business needs. Clear communication throughout the process and billing.’

‘I have found the MLP Law team to be both super practical and also to have an excellent grasp of the detail, but never in a way which obscures ensuring big picture goals are delivered. Very straightforward and clear to deal with.’

‘Stephen Attree – well organised, decisive, excellent communicator, practical.’

‘Rachel Owen – very efficient, clear and straightforward to deal with.

‘Able to speak directly to the partners, extremely approachable and professional people, felt very safe during the process.’

Key clients

gtd Healthcare Limited

Sim Trava Group

Work highlights

  • Advised gtd Healthcare Limited on a group restructure to establish an Employee Benefit Trust and to convert the group to a wholly employee owned company.  
  • Advising on the the MBO/V I MBO of Ilk Agency Holdings for a £1.1m buyout.
  • Represented Sim Trava in a case brought by former supplier XMB. .

WHN Solicitors

Led by Bury-based Paul MatthewsWHN Solicitors advises regional family and owner-managed businesses, as well as Manchester-based SMEs, on transactions, shareholder agreements, and company restructurings, with notable cross-border capabilities. The firm also provides continuous commercial advice to long-term clients.

Practice head(s):

Paul Matthews

Key clients

Sugden Ltd

Intelitrack Ltd

Professional Surveillance Management (PSM) Limited

Arnfield Care Limited

AMS Accountants Group Ltd

Baldwin Engineering Holdings Limited

Cheshire Demolition & Excavation Contractors Limited

Bluedrop Services (NW) Limited

Saltaire Facilities Management Limited

Prestfield Wealth Management UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Sugden Limited on the purchase of VanderPol Waffles.
  • Advised Intelitrack Limited on a shareholders agreement, articles of association, and EMI agreement.