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Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP's workload includes equity and debt investments, corporate finance transactions, restructurings and sales and acquisitions. Stuart Scott-Goldstone, an expert in the technology, support services and renewable energy sectors, heads the department which also includes Jamie Hawley; his key strengths encompass join ventures and general company law issues, among other corporate matters. The firm is a member of the International Advisory Group and is active on a range of cross-border matters, including many which relate to the US. In a recent highlight, the team acted for the shareholders of Roadway Civil Engineering & Surfacing Ltd on its £13.5m sale to Breedon.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Scott-Goldstone

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Hawley

Testimonials

‘From the initial engagement with the team at Aaron & Partners, I was confident that I was with the right legal firm. Communication was excellent, they ensured they had enough people to get the deal over the line, there was total clarity on what was expected in terms of information, what timescales this had to be returned and when. They went the extra mile from the beginning.’

‘Jamie Hawley was always available, at any time of day, he understood what was required commercially and worked seamlessly with the other professional teams of accountants and financiers. Lots of things happened behind the scenes without much involvement or input from me personally, working on my initial instructions pulling all aspects together. Where required they were very firm with the opposing team, but were also fair in conceding points where necessary for mutually gain. I would have no hesitation in recommending Aaron & Partners.’

Key clients

Invertek Drives Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of J29 Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of J29 Limited to Mabanaft Limited.
  • Advising shareholders of Invertek Drives on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd, a global corporation listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Forbes Solicitors

The ‘comprehensive, friendly and knowledgeable’ team at Forbes Solicitors is acclaimed for its ‘excellent levels of service’. Among the group's core areas of expertise are corporate transactions, complex restructuring, contractual matters and demergers. Jointly headed by the ‘always accessiblePauline Rigby and the ‘outstandingJohn Pickervance, the practice is active in a large number of industries, namely manufacturing and engineering, construction, leisure and hospitality. The high street healthcare sector is also a key industry sector for the team, with Nick Pickup recently acting for HO2 Management on an excess of 40 acquisitions valued at approximately £30m. Pickup and Pickervance both recently made partner.

Other key lawyers:

Nick Pickup

Testimonials

‘Forbes are a business that we have used for around four years for advice on terms & conditions. They have excellent knowledge of this area and once they grasped our specific involvement in certain areas of the various industry sectors, they quickly became a source that we could rely on.’

‘John Pickervance is someone that I would recommend without hesitation. He is fully contactable and goes the extra mile to assist me whenever I need him and sometimes this is very much at the drop of a phone. He is a very professional and reliable source.’

‘John Pickervance was able to absorb himself and understand our business and our processes very quickly. His ability to work at the highest level with other enterprise legal adversaries has ensured that, even as a small business, we are able to compete with much larger competitors to offer solutions to our clients.’

‘John Pickervance has been outstanding. His efficiency and responsiveness have never delayed any contract negotiations and his pragmatic approach has ensured that our legal expenses have always been of value.’

‘Excellent levels of service.’

‘I have dealt with John Pickervance on a number of projects over several years. I have found John to be personable and attentive in protecting our interests whilst being pragmatic to helping us achieve a win/win situation with our client’s

‘They offer a comprehensive, friendly and knowledgeable service, where clarity is king. They operate as a team – not as disparate individuals – and I feel a sense of security from that.’

Key clients

Kepak

WEC Group

MTL Advanced

HO2 Management

Burnley Football Club

C.G. Turnbull Holdings

Mattioli Woods

Seed Property Investments

FRP Advisory

Lifting Gear UK

Seneca Bridging

Second Chance

StaffSafe

Alphatek Hyperformance Coatings

Freight Link Solutions

Heathcotes Catering

­­Ronald Britton

Colorlord

Ribby Hall Village

Croud Inc.

BeMo Tunnelling UK

Lucchini Unipart Rail

Storm Property

Country Range Group

Keep Britain Tidy

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackburn-based entertainment services specialist HSL Group Holdings Limited over the sale of its business to 4Wall Entertainment Inc.
  • Acting for Heathcotes as it worked alongside Bolton Council in developing a new solution for providing hospitality in Albert Halls, Bolton involving the provision of concessions and the running of a restaurant.
  • Advised LBT Holdings Limited over the sale of Bolton-based LBT Brick and Facades Limited to Brickability UK Holdings Limited.

Gorvins Solicitors

Home to a ‘tight team with great communication’, Gorvins Solicitors is active on M&A, disposals, MBOs, MBIs, private equity and corporate transactions. Practice head Andrew Curwen also has knowledge of venture capital and debt finance and recently acted for Valour Finance on its £20m structured finance investment from Cairn Capital. Christian Mancier provided support on the matter and is hailed for his ‘excellent guidance’. Additional expertise includes outsourcing, supply and purchasing agreements and distribution and agency agreements, while key sectors encompass media & publishing, market research, finance, construction and healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Curwen

Other key lawyers:

Christian Mancier; Paul Lupton

Testimonials

‘It was clear from the outset that this was a tight team with great inter-team communication. I always felt confident that whichever member of the team that I spoke to. They were fully briefed on all aspects of the transaction.

‘Christian Mancier provided excellent guidance and support – I have already recommended Gorvins and Christian in particular to another business undergoing a share sale.’

Key clients

Valour Finance Group Plc

Avonside Group Services Limited

Williams Motor Group

Mondiale Publishing Limited

CGA Strategy Limited

Alan Howard (Stockport) Limited

Proseal UK Limited

Richer Sounds Plc

Rowlinson Group Limited

e-Foods Limited

Tandom Metallurgical Group Limited

John Munroe Group Limited

GPC Computer Software Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for CGA Strategy Limited on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of CPL Training Group Limited, one of the largest providers of personal licence training to the hospitality industry in the UK.
  • Acted for Mondiale Hospitality Holdings LLP on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Imagine FM Limited, a local radio station broadcasting in the Stockport/Greater Manchester area, to Like Holdings Limited and Helius Media as a joint venture purchaser.
  • Acted for Avonside Group on the acquisition of share capital of White Plumbing Services Limited.

Myerson Solicitors LLP

Clients recommend Myerson Solicitors LLP for its ‘proactive approach’, ‘diverse range of skills’ and ‘excellent response times’. Home to extensive sector expertise, the team is active in the manufacturing, property, charities, franchising, technology, creative and media, private wealth and charity sectors where it handles a range of corporate matters including M&A, equity investments, restructurings, corporate finance, sales, share options and joint ventures. The 'technically very good' Mohammed Akeel Latif leads the department which includes Andrew Brown, reputed for ‘investing significant time in maintaining key relationships’. Terry Moore is an 'up and coming star'.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Akeel Latif

Testimonials

‘What sets Myersons apart is the depth of their team together with the proactive approach to work origination that they take.’

‘Andrew Brown is a proactive partner within the corporate team. He invests significant time in maintaining key relationships with clients and fellow professionals to the benefit of all concerned.’

‘They are easy to contact and give speedy and reliable advice, also the explain things clearly.’

‘Myersons incorporate a diverse range of skills.’

‘I found that they provided advice that can be trusted.’

‘The response time is excellent, the solutions that they have brought our business have been simple and practical and not tied up in legal jargon. What makes them stand out is that they as a team treat all businesses with the same level of respect and professionalism regardless of size of business and level of instructions.’

‘Scott Sands is approachable but professional, providing excellent advice and support while also being very human. Carla Murray assisted immensely this year with a GDPR issue and provided a straightforward solution.’

‘The team gives a practical effective approach to delivering for the client. Can be robust in negotiation, but provide elegant solutions to commercial issues.’

‘Andrew Brown is a capable individual that ensures his clients needs are met and goes the extra mile to get commercial transactions over the line. He works with his team to deliver complex restructures on time and in budget.’

‘The firm has a large corporate team, and yet it is still small enough to be able to forge relationships with most of the team members. This is essential for repeat client work where previous knowledge is essential to avoid wasting time and costs. I have used them for several transactions and always found them to be willing and able..’

‘Mohammed Akeel Latif is personable, available, and technically very good.’

‘Terry Moore is an up and coming star. He is reliable, quick on his feet, commercial and extremely capable.’

Key clients

CDL Group Limited

Pozzoni Architecture

Customs Connect

Fairhome Group PLC

Evans Textiles

Styles & Wood

Starkey

Minton Morrill

Solicitors

Associated Security

Joseph Holt

Stax Trade Centres

Napthens LLP

The team at Napthens LLP, which is recommended for its ‘understanding of its client’s business’, includes Keith Melling, who has notable experience in representing clients from the healthcare, motor retail, transport, manufacturing and financial services sectors, and Gareth McIntegart, who leverages strong expertise in acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, group reorganisations and private equity. At the junior end, senior associate David Carr assists high-net-worth individuals on setting up family investment companies. Jon Esner leads the team alongside Melling; he oversees the specialist commercial contracts department.

Practice head(s):

Keith Melling; Jon Esner

Other key lawyers:

Gareth McIntegart; David Carr

Testimonials

‘I would definitely recommend Napthens to others. We have worked with them over five years and have developed a good working relationship with them. They have a good understanding of our business and provide us with sound advice.’

‘I have had the pleasure of working with Jon Esner for a number of years and the commercial legal advice we receive from him is always timely, helpful and if necessary communicated in such a way that non-lawyers can understand it.’

‘Napthens are very helpful and respond quickly to communications.’

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

Wireless Social Group Ltd

Abbey Logistics

Westmorland Limited

Diamond Resorts (Europe) Limited

Presspart Manufacturing Limited

HY Hotels Limited

Morecambe Bay Partnership

Insiris Limited

Wyndham Destinations Inc

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for client Double Dutch Hotels Ltd on the acquisition of the business and assets of the high-profile, family owned Barton Grange Hotel.
  • Acting for the Surestore portfolio of companies on the sale of part of their portfolio of self-storage facilities in Cannock, Northwich and Bolton to Legal and General.
  • Acting for Ecovnor Limited on the sale of the issued share capital of The Celtic Entertainment Centre Limited, owner of The Celtic Royal Hotel based in Caernarfon, North Wales.

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP's team has strong corporate transactional experience, with a focus on M&A, demergers, sales and joint ventures. Headed by Jeremy Orrell, the group recently acted for Challenge Recruitment Group in relation to its acquisition of TRG Logistics, with work including the preparation and negotiation of the share purchase documentation. Distinguishing features of the group include is its expertise in the music industry along with its history of acting for SMEs and entrepreneurs. It is also well-equipped to advise on operational requirements.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Orrell

Other key lawyers:

Paul Tyrer; Andy Booth; Kaye Whitby

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 for Challenge Recruitment Group Limited, a haulage and logistics recruitment company with a £120m turnover, on the acquisition TRG Logistics Limited.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Labels Plus Limited on its sale to Integrity Print Limited.
  • Acted for the shareholders of G & M Goold (Independent Funeral Directors) Limited on its sale to Funeral Partners Limited.

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Butcher & Barlow LLP can be relied upon ‘for a wide range of legal matters’ including share transactions, commercial agreements, reviews of company structures, high-value transactions and asset sales and purchases. Justin Kelly, acclaimed as ‘truly professional with great knowledge’, provides experience in acting for clients from industries such as construction, car hypermarkets, plastics and healthcare; he recently replaced Jonathan Aldersley as practice head.

Practice head(s):

Justin Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Aldersley

Testimonials

‘Wide range of legal matters can be catered for. Company buyouts, litigation, disputes, employment & HR.’

‘I found dealing with Jonathan Aldersley regarding a partner buyout, easy and straightforward, with easy explanations in layman terms.’

‘I have worked Butcher Barlow for 20 years on a business and personal level. They cover every aspect of law. One-stop shop & excellent at what they provide from advice to costing. I have always felt secure with them. I trust them with my life and I don’t say that lightly.’

‘Justin Kelly has always supported me through tough times in my business career. He is down to earth, speaks my language although extremely professional.’

‘Justin Kelly was the partner who conducted my deal. Prior to this I did not know him, but right from the start his approach was totally professional, with a great knowledge of the key issue involved in the deal.’

Key clients

Joseph Holt

Higham & Higham

Glashen Services

Aeroco Group Limited

Alextra Accountants

Work highlights

  • Advised Murray and Kennedy on the high-value sale of entire issued share capital in a construction company,
  • Advised Alextra Group in relation to its acquisition of an accountancy practice.
  • Acting on behalf of 20 sellers in relation to the sale of a property company with need for security over the land to protect loan notes and deferred consideration.

DTM Legal LLP

At DTM Legal LLP, the team is routinely engaged for M&A, demergers, corporate restructures and commercial contract matters. In addition, the practice's workload includes an increasing number of employee incentive and private equity matters, while advice on constitutions and governance is another front on which the group is active. Practice head Edward Barnes is also well-versed in joint ventures, branding, corporate finance and strategic planning matters; his team demonstrates a history of supporting start-ups from inception through to sale and owner exit.

Practice head(s):

Edward Barnes

Other key lawyers:

Alison Brennan; Fredrica Reid

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge, always approachable, plain speaking and, most importantly, apply commercial reality to their work.’

‘Our experience with this firm is that they are very proactive, quick to respond to urgent requests when made and provide us with the information we need. The firm are responsive and provide us with a tremendous level of support – they provide us with first class advice in a timely way, explaining the detail with flair and clarity. The firm are commercial and sensible in their approach while providing practical and realistic solutions. We feel that this is a true partnership, and that DTM understand our company very well.’

‘The team is down to earth and communicates and advises in plain English and in layman’s terms. They are warm and friendly and respond to all forms of communication efficiently and promptly.’

‘The team at DTM Legal offer an exceptional service to their clients. They genuinely understand the business needs of their clients. This allows them to entirely engage in the legal analysis of the complicated areas of law whilst always having commercial realities at the forefront of their minds.’

‘DTM cut through to the issues at the core of a situation and amend their scope accordingly. The processing of working through a project with them is concise and targeted, which I’ve found to be rare amongst legal practices.They clearly know their stuff but they explain it in very accessible language, and show great patience with our slow understanding. They are proactive in spotting issues and rectifying them with only minimal time requirements on our side.’

‘There is a real sense of the importance of training and nurturing good young talent to ensure that they are retained.’

‘Ed Barnes always puts himself out to assist, irrespective of deadlines and work pressure, and covers all aspects of commercial and corporate work. 

‘We deal mainly with Fredrica Reid and Ed Barnes and have found both to be utterly professional, incredibly approachable, supportive and detail oriented. Both are extremely knowledgeable and reliable, able to bring complicated contract law to life and willing to go the extra mile. Fredrica is always client friendly in her communications, plain speaking and incredibly easy to deal with.’

‘Ed Barnes is our main contact, but we’ve had the same excellent service from Fredrica Reid on his team. Ed is patient and direct, using straightforward language and taking pains to reassure us that most things are normal – and pointing out anything that is out of the ordinary. He suggests amends to make things more in our favour and gives us a likely path for discussions, with the expected destination made clear. ‘

Key clients

MoJo Holdings (formerly NWN Media Limited)

Village Bakery Group

Marine Specialised Technology Limited

Dee 106.3 Limited

Holiday Gems Limited

Rotex Europe Limited

SPI Global Play Limited

Betts Associates Limited

Business by Technology Limited

Pinacl Holdings Limited

Angel Solutions Limited

Clwydian Group Limited

TEO UK Packaging Limited

Clogau Gold of Wales Limited

Data Law Limited

D A Roberts Fuels Limited

Centegra Limited

Ellison Europe Limited

Evolution Costs Limited

The Marine and Property Group Ltd

Evoke Creative Limited

The Ice Cream Farm Ltd

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream Ltd

Callitech Limited (Moneypenny)

The Cygnet Group of Companies

Let Alliance Limited

Typhoo Limited

Tapestry (Partners) Limited

Calder Group Limited and Calder Industrial Materials 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 (COMFG Limited)

Rosler International Verwaltungs GmbH

Pointogic Holdings BV

Yimba Ltd

Peaty’s Ltd

RSK Orbital

Swishfund Ltd

Bikmo Limited

Paxton Medical Group

Williams Financial Planning

DriveWorks Limited

MCS

Kate McIver Skin Limited

Morris & Co (2011) Limited

Aviagen Turkeys Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the shareholders of Village Bakery Group on a complex restructure and demerger.
  • Acting for the sole shareholder of Business By Technology Holding Ltd in the sale of the company to Corona Corporate Group Limited.
  • Advising Swishfund Ltd on its funding arrangements.

Farleys Solicitors LLP

Praised for its ‘extremely approachable and client-friendly staff’, Farleys Solicitors LLP handles sales and purchases, corporate restructures and demergers for SMEs in a broad array of sectors. The practice, which is led by the ‘pragmatics and diligentDebbie King, also specialises in joint ventures, mergers, investments and corporate finance. A distinguishing feature of the team is its ‘Evolve’ service, created to support up-and-coming businesses by offering a free initial legal consultation and discounted fixed-fee services to start-ups.

Practice head(s):

Debbie King

Other key lawyers:

Ian Liddle; Charlotte Mills

Testimonials

‘Extremely approachable and client-friendly staff. Generally quick to respond when needed.’

‘Debbie King is pragmatic and diligent – she is an excellent SME adviser. Ian Liddle is extremely efficient, with a can-do approach.’

Hillyer McKeown LLP

Hillyer McKeown LLP focuses on representing OMB and SME clients, demonstrating expert knowledge of sectors including technology, childcare, storage and finance sectors. The ‘very practical and experienced’ practice is led by Anne Scheland  and is relied upon for M&A, joint venture private equity and corporate governance matters. Additional breadth of expertise is evident through its commercial contracts expertise with the team regularly acting on agency, distributional, manufacturing, shareholder and franchising agreements in addition to supply contracts. Robin Gill is a new arrival from Storrar Cowdry and has impressed clients with his 'first class' service.

Practice head(s):

Anne Scheland

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Piggott; Robin Gill

Testimonials

‘A very practical and experienced commercial practice.’

‘Robin Gill is a very experienced, first class corporate lawyer.’

Key clients

EA Technology Limited

ANSA Environmental Services Limited

Solutions Asset Finance Limited

Uren Food Group

AF Global Limited

Roberts Manufacturing Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for founder Richard Day in connection with the sale of the entire issued share capital of English In Chester Limited to The English Language Centre Limited, a regional specialist in the private TEFL sector.
  • Handling the sale by Dewi and Amanda Roberts (founders) of the entire issued share capital of G.T. Roberts & Son Limited to APK Construction Services (UK) Limited, a Cumbria-based specialist in the construction sector.
  • Acting on the sale of the business and assets (comprising a 50,000 sq. ft. Liverpool depot) of Rent-a-Space to Armadillo Self Storage Limited, part of the Big Yellow Group.

Jolliffe & Co LLP

Led by the ‘great experience and energy’ of Simon Williams, Jolliffe & Co LLP provides its clients with a ‘pleasant and straightforward service’. The team is active on both the transactional and non-transactional fronts, handling M&A, reorganisations, joint ventures, franchise work and private equity matters in addition to shareholder agreements and a wealth of other commercial contract issues. The team notably supports Chester Zoo on the full range of commercial and corporate issues, and counts the waste management, IT and charity industries among its key areas of focus.

Practice head(s):

Simon Williams

Other key lawyers:

Mark Fergusson; Elizabeth Judson

Testimonials

‘A partner-led and joined-up team. Clients feel that the whole team has got their backs in every transaction.’

‘Simon Williams. Great experience and energy. Always gives the client confidence that obstacles can be overcome.’

‘Jolliffe are a very proactive legal practice and have become our first port of call for all legal matters. We have always received a pleasant straight forward service with straight forward answers and communication.’

‘Jolliffes has a refreshingly simple approach and a can-do attitude. They are particularly good at explaining why on requests from the other side of the transaction. Local and cost-effective; I value what they do and how they go about doing it.’

‘For me the key contact is Simon Williams who is incredibly hardworking and customer-centric.’

Key clients

Chester Zoo (the North of England Zoological Society)

HIAB Limited

Challenger Mobile Communications Holdings Limited

Isringhausen (GB) Limited

Datascope Systems Limited

The Armstrong Partnership Limited

Innovative Scaffold Services Limited

Dare & Dare Limited

The 1885 Sporting Village Limited

Wok & Go Franchise UK Limited

KTSL Limited

Brenig Construction Limited

La-Z-Boy UK Limited

Socialsignin Limited

Roleam Limited

Flutterlab Ltd

AST Plastic Containers UK LLP

Lever Holdings Ltd

Precision Facades Ltd

Fine Shooting Accessories Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised on the restructuring of the Challenger Mobile Communications group and a subsequent MBO in respect of the group.
  • Responsible for all ongoing UK and international franchise work on behalf of the Wok & Go group, as well as general commercial matters including group restructuring, investments, joint ventures, and intellectual property work.
  • Acted for Lever Holdings on the MBO of SP Projects Ltd, an independent property and management consultancy business based in North Wales.

Baines Wilson LLP

Though active on a number of fronts, the team at Baines Wilson LLP has a particular focus on corporate acquisitions and disposals. Andrew Hill heads the department with a proven track record in initial and secondary issues, takeovers, private equity and venture capital transactions, reorganisations and joint ventures. Jennifer Bell recently joined from CG Professional; she arrives with specialist expertise of the transport and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hill

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Bell; Kate Parker

Key clients

WCF Ltd

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for WCF Ltd on the purchase of Herding Hill camp site.
  • Acting on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Solid Roots Limited to WCT 2019 Limited.

Brabners LLP

The ‘extremely professional and approachableBrabners LLP team is overseen by the ‘brilliant’ and ‘very knowledgeableNicola Whittle alongside Richard Hough. Mid-market specialism is the keystone of the practice, which represents entrepreneurs, private and family businesses, SMEs and OMBs on the full range of commercial and corporate services. Examples include M&A, private equity, group reorganisations, insolvency and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Whittle; Richard Hough

Testimonials

‘I’ve utilised the services of a number of legal firms but support I’ve received from Brabners and Nicola Whittle in particular has always been excellent and extremely responsive.’

‘My main support has been from Nicola Whittle, who shows great compassion for difficult situations but then guides you through what you need to come to a suitable conclusion. Nicola is very personable and shows true compassion when needed. She is very responsive and seems to resolve contractual matters quickly but with great thoroughness.’

‘I have always found the team at Brabners to be extremely professional and approachable.’

‘Nicola Whittle is just brilliant! Very knowledgeable but is able to explain matters in a very simple way which clients prefer. Nicola always responds quickly when contacted and that, in itself, is valued and I find her very commercially minded and always looking out for referral and new business opportunities.’

‘Very responsive and client-focused service with practical and realistic advice that support our business objectives.’

Key clients

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Eventura Limited

Stanmore Group Limited

Jonple Group Limited

Bravura Foods Limited

Daletech Holdings Limited

CSK Electrical Holdings Limited

Bowland Foods Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on the management buyout of P.E. Systems Limited.
  • Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group, longstanding clients of the firm, instructed the team on a number of corporate transactions.
  • Advising Eventura Limited on all corporate and commercial matters.

KBL Solicitors LLP

The practice at KBL Solicitors LLP is jointly helmed by Philip Stephenson, Jonathan Shorrock and Anneka Traynor. The team works with both individuals and companies on share issues, management restructuring and business structures. Corporate transactions, sales and mergers, commercial contracts, shareholder duties and restructurings are also regularly handled, and the team has niche expertise in relation to the representation of golf clubs.

Testimonials

‘I engaged KBL to assist in a rather complex share purchase agreement. Phil  Stephenson dealt with the matter throughout and I was extremely pleased with his performance. He was able to cut to the chase, dealing expeditiously with the matter. The distinguishing feature between Phil and the solicitors previously engaged was his ability to take instructions from me and accordingly it progressed to completion and on budget.’

Slater Heelis

Slater Heelis is geared towards lower mid-market M&A transactions with the team particularly well-versed at matters in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Simon Wallwork leads the practice, which prides itself on its representation of entrepreneurial clients, having acted for numerous early-stage clients from funding rounds through to eventual exits. Other expertise encompasses business-to-business and business-to-consumer contracts, franchise agreements, corporate governance and group reorganisations. Former partner Katharine Mellor has now taken up a consultancy role.

Practice head(s):

Simon Wallwork

Other key lawyers:

Katharine Mellor; Richard Riley

Key clients

Ruth Lee Limited

FCMS (NW) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for a Project Orca, a Belgian company with a Dutch private equity investment. The clients acquired the whole of the issued share capital of Joint the Dots Holdings Ltd and its various subsidiaries.

FDR Law

FDR Law is reputed for its ‘timely service and practical advice'. Led by the ‘exceptionally brightMargaret Evans, the team is active in wide range of industries including manufacturing, medical, sports, development, retail and leisure, as well as the public sector. The team's workload ranges from sales and purchases, joint ventures and demergers through to commercial contracts, finance and company restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Margaret Evans

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique because it has been long established in Warrington and many of the partners have extensive experience.’

‘Stephen Poyner has resolved many issues for my company over the years and his long experience has proved to be invaluable to our development.’

‘The team at FDR react in a timely manner with practical advice clearly expressed. They are approachable and adapt readily to client needs. It is a small team with Margaret Evans at the head and she ensures that all team members adhere to her demands for client care in all respects.’

‘Margaret Evans as head of the team is an exceptionally bright individual. She has the ability to quickly grasp the needs of the client and to proffer practical advice. She is most approachable with an easy manner and has the ability to give the client confidence that they are in safe and competent hands.’

‘I have always found the team to be flexible; they have a structure that is dynamic across all disciplines allowing you to have one corporate law firm cover all areas you need – this in turn allows them to understand your overall family and objectives.’

‘Stephen Ponyer guided us through what we needed to know; he delivered a great service.’

‘Charles Agar is very knowledgeable about commercial matters, makes sure we get contracts across the line and will go the extra mile when timelines are tight.

Key clients

ATG Airports Ltd

Beck Developments Limited

Beck Homes (NW) Limited

Bravo Inns Limited

Bravo Inns II Limited

Edsential Community Interest Company

HyProMag Ltd

Moorfield Nanotechnology Limited

Network Space Limited

Network Space Developments Limited

Network Space Management Limited

Parkin S Booth & Co

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Terraconsult Limited

United Utilities Property Services Limited

Warrington & Vale Royal College

Warrington Borough Council

West Lancashire Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acting on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Bravo Inns to NewRiver REIT PLC, comprising a portfolio of 43 public houses at a purchase price of £17.9m.
  • Acting on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Moorfield Nanotechnology Ltd to Quorum Technologies Limited for a value of £2.3m.
  • Acted on behalf of HyProMag in advising on and negotiating the restructure required to secure an investment by Maginito Limited.

Fielden Marshall Glover Strutt

Fielden Marshall Glover Strutt has core strengths in M&A, reorganisations, joint ventures and other investment structuring and shareholder agreements, as well as the formation of private limited and unlisted public companies, partnerships and LLPs.

Harrison Drury & Co

The team at Harrison Drury & Co, which is led by the ‘exceptional’ David Filmer, is particularly active in the manufacturing, sports and entertainment sectors, and is regularly entrusted for M&A, joint ventures and company formations. It is also experienced in corporate governance, shareholder agreements and management buyouts.

Practice head(s):

David Filmer

Other key lawyers:

Jack Stephenson; Kerry Southworth

Testimonials

‘They explain technical legal language so it is easily understood. Very helpful when you are dealing with an issue for the first time.’

‘All people dealing with the company have gone the extra mile, whether that’s out of hours contact or just being available – both David Filmer and Kerry Southworth were exceptional.’

Key clients

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

Work highlights

  • Advising on various high profile sports and entertainment sponsorship contracts with leading individuals in their fields on behalf of 11 Degrees Limited, including Ben Stokes, Jorge Lorenzo, Raquel Rakitic and Luis Fonsi.
  • Advised on R&G Acquisitions’ multi-million pound acquisition strategy as part of their concerted growth.
  • Advised on a multi-million complex demerger of three key revenue streams to assist with Tangerine Group Limited’s diversification and asset protection.

MLP Law LLP

MLP Law LLP is home to a team of ‘knowledgeable, proactive and professional lawyers’. Stephen Attree is a specialist in commercial, family business and M&A matters; he ‘leads team by example’ and is noted for his ‘understanding of the challenges facing a small business’. Other areas of expertise include asset and share sales, due diligence and shareholder agreements, equipment leasing and asset finance. Particular focus is directed towards the hospitality and catering, technology, engineering and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Attree

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Page; Karen Delamore

Testimonials

‘Their advice is trusted and solid; they have a commercial understanding of our business requirements.’

‘MLP provide a number of legal services for my business and also on a personal level. They would say they are a city law firm without the city prices; we say they are way better than a city law firm and without the city prices. The team are always available, offer unbiased technical advice which is articulated in a manner that allows me our my team to make the best decisions for our business.’

‘The corporate and commercial team is led by Stephen Attree, who understands acutely the difficulties and challenges of running a small business from his own personal experience. Stephen has helped us with M&A, shareholder agreements and even with our exit strategy.’

‘This is a hands-on service which makes you feel they are part of your team. Their turnaround time is very quick on queries and they’re always available for a call.’

‘The team are friendly approachable and always ready to offer advice and help, they are also happy to be supportive and enable me to talk through issues to find the best way forward. As a team they are very knowledgeable, proactive and professional.’

‘We have used MLP for many years now and the reason we have remained with them is the quality of help and support they give our business. We are an international company and MLP are a business partner in the UK. They accommodate our business needs, even working around the time differences. The level of service and willingness to help is exceptional and for further support they provide training sessions for our business managers.’

‘MLP Law is a standout law firm, due to the pragmatic advice it provides across all service areas. You know that the team understand the law and legal situation inside out, but how they choose to give advice and options, which are appropriate to the size of our business and the situation we are in, is second to none.’

Stephen Attree leads his team by example. Notwithstanding the ethos of pragmatic advice, which Stephen clearly leads on, he also is very responsive and sets out a clear set of next steps and timeline in his correspondence.’

Key clients

GTD Healthcare Limited

Sim Trava Group

Travelogix Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Travelogix Limited on a management buyout from GWS, the exiting shareholder, listed on the Swedish stock exchange.
  • Advised GTD Healthcare on a complex group reorganisation within the regulated sector liaising with NHSE in-house lawyers merging GP and client Primary Care providers.