Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West in North West

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP's Chester-based corporate and commercial team focuses on the Manchester, Cheshire and North Wales regions, as well as working with national and overseas clients. Clients include owner managed businesses (OMBs), venture capitalists, banks and angel investors. Areas of expertise include commercial and corporate transactions, acquisitions and commercial sales contracts. Stuart Scott-Goldstone  heads the team; senior partner Simon Edwards and newly-promoted partner Jamie Hawley are also recommended.   The firm recently expanded by opening an office at Manchester’s Airport City.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Scott-Goldstone

Other key lawyers:

Simon Edwards; Jamie Hawley; Aaron Vandermark

Key clients

Illingworth Seddon

Knights of Old

Blue Prism Ltd

Santander

Work highlights

  • Acted for Illingworth Seddon on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Iain MacLaverty Wealth Management and Michael Ellis Wealth Management.
  • Advised Compass Financial on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Aqua Financial Services.
  • Acted for an environmental services company on the sale of the entire issued share capital of ESI to Stantec.
  • Advised shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the Mill Hotel to Chester Mill.
  • Acting for largest shareholder on the sale of LuxuryBARED Holdings to Zurich stock exchange listed company, A Small World.

Forbes Solicitors

Forbes Solicitors handles acquisitions, sales, licensing, contracts and distribution agreements, data protection and procurement matters in the North West. Other areas of expertise include governance, charity law and projects. Client sectors include construction, manufacturing, engineering and high street healthcare. The firm has recently seen an increase in instructions from the SME market. Preston-based Pauline Rigby and Chorley-based Daniel Milnes head the team. Associates John Pickervance and Nick Pickup are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Rigby

Key clients

Kepak Group Limited

WEC Group Limited

Burnley Football Club

HO2 Management Limited

CG Turnbull Holdings Limited

Mattioli Woods

Seed Property Investments

Lifting Gear UK Limited

Ronald Britton Limited

Ongo Homes Limited

Southway Housing Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented Kepak in its acquisition of 2 Sisters Red Meat Limited.
  • Provided intellectual property licensing and contracts advice to Ronald Britton on the sale of manufactured biodegradable glitter products.
  • Acted on behalf of the shareholders and partners in the sale of the entire issued share capital of Fisherbeck Management Limited and the business and assets of the Heart of the Lake Partnership.
  • Acted on behalf of an engineering company in two share capital reductions, which released in excess of £22m in distributable reserves.
  • Advised Gillett Environmental on a commercial agreement for the provision of waste removal services.

Gorvins Solicitors

Gorvins Solicitors is adept at handling matters including mergers, acquisitions, disposals, management buyouts and buy-ins, private equity and corporate transactions. It also advises on commercial contracts and outsourcing arrangements. Its clients include owner-managed businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs, banks, corporate funders and service providers from the local region as well as nationwide. Key client sectors include media and publishing, housing and construction, finance, retail, healthcare and market research, where the firm has seen an increasing number of instructions. Andrew Curwen heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Curwen

Other key lawyers:

Christian Mancier; Paul Lupton; Gemma Lingard; Rowan Uren

Key clients

Williams Motor Co

Avonside Group services Limited

B2B International Limited

Mondiale Publishing Limited

CGA Strategy Limited

Alan Howard (Stockport) Limited

ProSeal UK Limited

Pennine Air Holdings Limited

LJM Insurance LLP

Pulse Fitness

Richer Sounds plc

Rowlinson Group Limited

Computeam Limited

GPC Computer Software Limited

E-Foods Limited

John Munroe Group

Tandom Metallurgical Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Williams Motor Co on the acquisition and development finance arrangements for the company’s new motor retail site at Trafford Park.
  • Advising shareholders in the sale of B2B International to Dentsu Aegis Network.
  • Advised construction company Avonside on four key acquisitions.
  • Advising market research company CGA Strategy on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of CPL Technology Group including CPL Online.
  • Advising Pulse Fitness on its investment from entrepreneur Mo Chaudry in M Investment Group.

Myerson Solicitors LLP

Myerson Solicitors LLP advises local and national owner-managed businesses, banks, venture capital institutions, listed companies and individuals on corporate and commercial matters. Key client sectors include IT, IP, professional services and manufacturing. Mohammed Akeel Latif heads the team and focuses on corporate finance work, such as M&A, sales, equity investments, restructuring and capital markets. Terry Moore was promoted to senior solicitor.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Akeel Latif

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Brown; Scott Sands; Carla Murray; Philip Ball; Carl Newton; Terry Moore

Testimonials

Strong in all departments; a one stop legal service‘.

‘I have worked closely with Akeel Latif and his team and several matters over the last few years. Akeel is extremely accessible, commercial and reliable. His technical expertise is second to none and he knows our sector well.’

Responsive and proactive approach to new developments in the wider market‘.

Andrew Brown has a professional and friendly manner‘.

Mohammed Akeel Latif is a very safe pair of hands‘.

Terry Moore is a very good commercial lawyer with a hands-on approach‘.

‘Akeel Latif and Phil Ball have constantly been ready to accept new projects and make themselves available at all times to see these projects through.’

Key clients

CDL Group Limited

Pozzoni Architecture

Customs Connect

Fairhome Group PLC

Evans Textiles

Styles & Wood

Starkey

Minton Morrill

Solicitors

Tute Education

Escape Room

Associated Security

Joseph Holt

Stax Trade Centres

Work highlights

  • Acted for DF Optometrists on the £578,000 acquisition of Gregory M Etkin.

Napthens LLP

Napthens LLP represents larger corporates, owner managed businesses and institutional clients on corporate transactions and commercial matters. It is experienced in private equity deals and acting for venture capital funds. Keith Melling heads the team in Preston. Gareth McIntegart heads the  firm's new office in central Liverpool. Senior associate David Carr is also recommended. The firm expanded its offering with the hire of Jon Esner  as a lead partner on the commercial team from an in-house position. Grahame Love joined as partner from Taylors LLP.

Practice head(s):

Keith Melling

Other key lawyers:

Robert Dobson; Richard Robinson; Gareth McIntegart; David Carr; Jon Esner; Grahame Love; Rachel Atherton

Key clients

CCN Holdings

Hope Technologies

Wyndham Destinations Inc

Vacation Rentals UK

EH Booths & Co Ltd

Heritage Great Britain Plc

Emerson & Renwick Ltd

C-MAC Partnership

Elitetele.com Plc

Joloda International

Prefix Systems

English Lakes Hotels Limited

Glasdon Group Limited

Plumbs Limited

Hallis Hudson Group

Recycling Lives Group

Westmorland Group

Ludlow Wealth Management Group

Assystem Technologies

NGT Travel

Work highlights

  • Acted for Assystem Technologies on its acquisition of Stirling Dynamics Limited (SDL)
  • Acting for the shareholders of Smart Storage Holdings on its £13m sale to Scottish-based  Kangaroo Self Storage.
  • Advising on the acquisition of Cabfind from Transdev.
  • Providing regulatory and compliance advice tp Vacation Rentals
  • Acted for the shareholders of Complete Care Network in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital of Complete Care Network Limited to NRS Healthcare.

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP has a good geographic coverage across the North West, with offices in Chester, Stockport, Congleton and Macclesfield. The firm has particular expertise in transactional work for SMEs including M&A, demergers, sales and joint ventures. Client sectors include healthcare, music and education. Chester-based Jeremy Orrell and Kaye Whitby head the corporate and commercial teams respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Orrell; Kaye Whitby

Other key lawyers:

Andy Booth; Paul Tyrer

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

  • Acted on the sale of Zircom to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).
  • Represented the shareholders in school wear suppliers FR Monkhouse in sale of company.
  • Acted for JDP Hotels in the purchase of Beaufort Park Hotel.
  • Acted on the sale of Flamefast Fire Systems to Marlow Plc.

DTM Legal LLP

DTM Legal LLP advises owner-managed businesses, SMEs and family businesses in the Cheshire and North Wales regions. The firm has recently seen an increase in instructions from alternative funding organisations, banks, investment companies, insurance, wealth management companies and private equity houses. Areas of expertise include M&A, restructurings, IP, commercial contracts and governance. Edward Barnes, who is based in both the Chester and Liverpool offices, heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Edward Barnes

Other key lawyers:

Alison Brennan 

Key clients

MoJo Holdings

Village Bakery Group

Marine Specialised Technology Limited

Dee 106.3 Limited

Holiday Gems Limited

Rotex Europe Limited

Betts Associates Limited

Business by Technology Limited

Pinacl Holdings Limited

Clwydian Group Limited

TEO UK Packaging Limited

Clogau Gold of Wales Limited

Data Law Limited

D A Roberts Fuels Limited

Centegra Limited

Electricity Solutions Limited

Evolution Childcare Limited

The Marine and Property Group Ltd

Tattenhall Dairy Products Ltd

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream

Callitech Limited (Moneypenny)

The Cygnet Group of Companies

Let Alliance Limited

Calder Group Limited and Calder Industrial Materials Limited

Evoke Creative Limited

PMD Leasing Limited

Apex Industries Limited

Burry Port Marina Limited

Boardlink Group Limited

BPD Holdings Limited

Lewis Reed (WAV) Limited

KMS (Europe) Limited

Charles Own & Company (Bow) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Evoke Creative in relation to £6m investment in the company by Business Growth Fund (BGF).
  • Represented Business By Technology on its multi-million pound acquisition of Technology Solutions Group as part of its continued growth strategy.
  • Acting for Surgitrac on establishing cross-border joint venture and licensing  distribution agreements.

Hillyer McKeown LLP

Hillyer McKeown LLP represents owner managed businesses, SMEs and local authorities on various corporate and commercial matters including shareholder agreements, corporate governance, employee benefits, sales and acquisitions, demergers, management buyouts, private equity, joint ventures and outsourcing arrangements. Key client sectors include the technology, healthcare and storage sectors. Anne Scheland heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Anne Scheland

Other key lawyers:

Steven Harvey; Michael Embra; Rachael Piggott

Key clients

EA Technology Limited

ANSA Environmental Services Limited

Solutions Asset Finance Limited

Work highlights

    Jolliffe & Co LLP

    Jolliffe & Co LLP represents entrepreneurs, private companies, SMEs and Owner managed businesses. Simon Williams heads the team and advises on transactional and non-transactional corporate and commercial work, such as M&A, reorganisations, management buyouts, private equity, joint ventures, enterprise investment scheme (EIS) advice, enterprise management incentive (EMI) advice and shareholder agreements. The firm has recently started using DocuSign for electronic signatures of contracts and EquiFax for verification of client identities. Mark Fergusson joined as partner from Aaron & Partners LLP.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Williams

    Other key lawyers:

    Tom Newman; Elizabeth Judson; Mark Fergusson

    Testimonials

    Personal service and always available‘.

    Efficient and personable‘.

    Key clients

    Chester Zoo (the North of England Zoological Society)

    HIAB Limited

    La-Z-Boy UK Limited

    Rhino Products Limited

    Inform CPI Limited

    The Armstrong Partnership Limited

    Challenger Mobile Communications Limited

    JA Imports Limited

    Isringhausen (GB) Limited

    The shareholders of Menai Holiday Cottages Limited

    Socialsignin Limited

    The Corbett Group Limited

    Datascope Systems Limited

    Browns (Shopfitting & Construction) Limited

    The shareholders of Pro-Vision Distribution Limited

    Dare & Dare Limited

    Christopher Blackham

    The 1885 Sporting Village Limited (formerly Chester Centurions FC Limited)

    Wok & Go Franchise UK Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acted for outgoing shareholders in the sale of the entire issued share capital of Pro-Vision Distribution Limited for £3m.
    • Acted for Chester Centurions FC Limited (now The 1885 Sporting Village Limited) on its £1m donation to Chester City Supporters’ Society Limited (ie Chester FC), in order to develop the club’s infrastructure and income streams and assist in its long-term growth and sustainability.
    • The practice is instructed by the zoo on all of its commercial law needs.
    • Advised HIAB Ltd on the acquisition of the business and assets of Londonderry Garage (S.E.) Limited.
    • Advise La-Z-Boy UK on commercial law needs.

    Slater Heelis LLP

    Slater Heelis LLP advises a wide range of clients including life sciences companies, charities, education, professional services, healthcare, veterinary and entrepreneurial clients. Sale-based Katharine Mellor is adept at handling M&A, reorganisations and partnerships matters, particularly in the SME and OMB space. Associate solicitor Richard Riley, who is also based is Sale, deals with software development, licensing and franchising. Simon Wallwork heads the team from the Manchester office. Jim Tully joined as partner from an in-house position at Co-op.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Wallwork

    Key clients

    Kids Allowed Limited

    FCMS

    Imperial

    Simpson Haugh Architects

    Work highlights

    • Completed an acquisition for £1.9m for Windmill Properties and Paddock Inns
    • Represented Tre Ciccio in external investment to fund further expansion of the business.

    Brabners LLP

    Brabners LLP’s 'proactive' and  'knowledgeable' Preston office advises on commercial matters, corporate transactions with implications of insolvency, regulatory issues, pensions, intellectual property and construction/planning. Nicola Whittle was recently promoted to partner and heads the corporate team. Head of commercial Richard Hough works between the Manchester and Preston offices. Mairead Platt joined as solicitor from KBL Solicitors LLP.



    Practice head(s):

    Nicola Whittle

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Hough; Mairead Platt

    Testimonials

    Extremely approachable, knowledgeable and ready to help’.

    A very proactive and friendly team backed by their expertise in everything legal’.

    Nicola Whittle is outstanding – always responsive, clear and has a great network of contacts to support any client’.

    Key clients

    Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

    Eventura Limited

    DCS North West Limited

    Santander UK PLC

    CSK Electrical Services Limited

    Haroby Limited

    Bowland Foods Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Haroby Holdings on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital in a target company.
    • Represented Bowland Foods on an acquisition
    • Acted for Rockport UK in an internal reorganisation prior to the ultimate sale of the parent company in the US out of bankruptcy.

    Butcher & Barlow LLP

    Butcher & Barlow LLP 'provides the complete spectrum of legal services'. It advises on various corporate and commercial matters including share options, shareholder agreements, commercial agreements and partnership agreements. The team is headed by Gadbrook Park-based Jonathan Aldersley who specialises in enterprise management incentive (EMI) schemes. Andrew MacKenzie, Adam Shawcross and Rebecca Jepson were promoted to partner in May 2018.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Aldersley

    Other key lawyers:

    James Hodgson; Andrew Mackenzie; Adam Shawcross; Rebecca Jepson; Rachel Martin

    Testimonials

    A local/regional firm with the capability of much larger city firms‘.

    Jonathan Aldersley is very efficient in his delivery’.

    A very diverse law firm which provides the complete spectrum of legal services’.

     

    Key clients

    Joseph Holt

    Higham & Higham

    Conveyor Networks Ltd

    Booth Charities

    Fifield Glynn

    SPS Viking limited

    Work highlights

    • Acted for SPS Viking in acquisition of assets and goodwill from administrator.
    • Acted for Thomas Leo Murphy and Van Raam Holdings as seller in a sale of shares deal totalling £16.5m.
    • Advised Fifield Glyn on the acquisition of the business and assets of a London based surveyors.
    • Advising pension trustees on a new structure to fund pension deficit.

    Farleys Solicitors LLP

    Farleys Solicitors LLP is 'always easy to work with', according to clients. It  advises mainly SMEs in the Lancashire market on sales and purchases, corporate restructurings, mergers and demergers. investments and joint ventures. The firm has a start-up advice program called Evolve that supports the growth of new businesses, entrepreneurs and enterprises. Debbie King heads the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Debbie King

    Other key lawyers:

    Ian Liddle; Charlotte Mills

    Work highlights

    • Advised Fat Media on acquisition of Reading Room from Idox.
    • Advised Technical Textile Services on the acquisition of two competitor companies, taking Techtex to a £20m turnover business.

    Fielden Marshall Glover Strutt

    Fielden Marshall Glover Strutt advises plc and SME clients in various industries including, retail, fast moving consumer goods, telecoms, media, pharmaceutical, professional services, manufacturing, consulting and outsourcing.   Other clients include trade associations, angel investors , company directors and shareholders. Areas of expertise include M&A, restructuring, venture capital work, and shareholder and investment agreements. Nicholas Fielden heads the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Nicholas Fielden

    Other key lawyers:

    Christopher Strutt; Craig Whittingham; Nicky Davies

    KBL Solicitors LLP

    KBL Solicitors LLP acts for individuals and businesses in relation to share issues, management restructurings, growth and development, sales and mergers. The practice has recently seen an increase of instructions relating to secured lending for property developments and projects. Department head Philip Stephenson focuses on corporate transactions, commercial contracts, MBOs, joint ventures and partnership work. Consultant Jonathan Shorrock is experienced in advising sports clubs on governance matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Phil Stephenson

    Other key lawyers:

    Anneka Traynor; Jonathan Shorrock

    Baines Wilson LLP

    Baines Wilson LLP has a focus on corporate acquisitions and disposals, and also deals with broader commercial matters. Andrew Hill heads the team and is experienced in advising on initial and secondary issues, takeovers, private equity/venture capital transactions, reorganisations, joint ventures and general governance issues. Kate Parker was promoted to partner.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Hill

    Other key lawyers:

    John Wilson; Chris Kelly; Kate Parker; Samantha-Jane Amor

    Key clients

    Stolle Machinery Company LLC

    Lloyd Motor Group

    Cumberland Building Society

    Svenska Handelsbanken

    Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd’s plc

    James Brearley & Sones Limited

    Butterfly Group Healthcare Limited

    EcoRenew Group

    A W Jenkinson Limited

    Lake District Hotels Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Lake District Hotels on the sale of a hotel for a guide price of £2.75m.
    • Advised Butterfly Group on multiple disposals resulting in sale of entire care home portfolio.
    • Advising on the sale of a holiday park business and assets.