Firms To Watch: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Freeths LLP has been building up its Manchester practice with a number of promotions in recent years - the key name in the team, which focuses on private healthcare transactions, is Sarah Moore.

Corporate and commercial: Manchester in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

The corporate and commercial team at Addleshaw Goddard is ‘technically strong with a very down-to-earth style’ and covers the full spectrum of matters including M&A, private equity and PLC transactions. The firm has expertise in the real estate sector, acting for leading property developers and investors in the north west. Practice head Paul Medlicott  acts for mid-market private equity houses and management teams with support from Andrew Green. Roger Hart routinely works with major PLCs, while Shelley McGivern is known for her work on corporate finance and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Medlicott

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Green; Roger Hart; Shelley McGivern


‘I would trust Roger Hart and team with any corporate work as much, if not more so, than traditional London based corporate law firms. They know their stuff, they get things done quietly and effectively and they are competitive on fees.’

‘What they have in common is they are technically strong with a very “down to earth” style, which plays out really well with plcs.’

‘A reliable firm and team, meaning client’s can be guaranteed a quality service no matter which partner and team are handling the project. They have shown an ability for specific matter knowledge to seamlessly transfer across individuals in the team.’

‘Collaborative, the focus is on getting the deal done. Good at building relationships with both clients and the other side.’

‘Very collaborative and measured solid advice and unlike many corporate partners, they don’t try to point score but instead gets the deal done.’

‘Fundamentally the firm in Manchester offers a very high standard of lawyer, with a high level of consistency across different levels of experience and seniority and across the corporate disciplines.’

‘Whilst the overall standard of partners and associates at Addleshaw is high across the board, the primary stand out corporate lawyer is Roger Hart who has excellent technical skills, always delivers the highest quality advice, is proactive and commercial and has a very strong work ethic.’

‘We found the team at AG Manchester to be incredibly knowledgeable and supportive throughout the process of selling our business. The team were incredibly dedicated to getting the right result for us as their client and worked tirelessly and often very late into each evening to achieve this result.’

Key clients

JD Sports Fashion

Co-operative Group




Manchester Airports Group

National Grid

Victorian Plumbing


Work highlights

  • Advised Co-operative Group on the £605m disposal of its c132 site petrol filling station business and associated convenience retail outlets to Asda Stores.
  • Advised K3 Capital Group plc on its £272m public takeover by Sun European Partners.
  • Advised Bruntwood Sci-Tech on its £1.5bn joint venture with the University of Manchester.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is one of the leading practices in Manchester; its corporate team, led by James Kerrigan, acts for a wealth of private companies, PE houses, public companies and entrepreneurs. Lee Brierley heads the commercial side providing advice across the supply chain on licensing, manufacturing and service level agreements. Jonathan Watkins focuses on acquisitions, disposals and group reorganisations while Yunus Maka provides transactional expertise. Andrew Phillips works on private equity transactions and David Booth specialises in commercial matters in the manufacturing sector.

Practice head(s):

James Kerrigan; Lee Brierley

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Watkins; Yunus Maka; Andrew Phillips; David Booth


‘Top class practice on the ground in Manchester with the benefit of being part of a truly global international firm. Well resourced teams led by experienced, industrious, hands on partners.’

‘Jonathan Watkins is a very smart and extremely experienced M&A lawyer – there won’t be much he hasn’t seen and successfully handled before. Exceptionally hardworking – always available and quick to respond. Thoughtful and articulate and a tough negotiator when the need arises. Truly exceptional practitioner.’

‘James Kerrigan is a highly experienced transactional lawyer – immensely hardworking and very commercial. Fully deserves his reputation as a leading private equity practitioner.’

‘Lee Brierley has vast experience of complex outsourcing and other commercial contracts. Highly commercial in approach and extremely responsive, he take time to understand the clients objectives and imperatives and has the skill to explain difficult issues in easily understandable terms.’

‘Highly client intimate, experienced and fact acting advisors. The firm is organised and has a breadth of available specialists and industry leaders. Employment, corporate and commercial practices are of stand out value.’

‘Yunus Maka is a highly experienced, fast acting advisor. He is extremely solution focused and coordinates large products well to provide an excellent client experience.’

‘The team is very competent, is solutions driven, and commercially savvy i.e. what is relevant to that client and market at that point in time.’

‘James Kerrigan is an outstanding leader; deeply considered, to the point, and delivers solutions combined with cohesive execution by the team and wider business around him.’

Key clients

Aerocloud Systems

ABM Industries Inc



Beech Tree Private Equity

Biffa Group Limited




Dynamic Code


Equistone Partners Europe


Flowtech Fluidpower plc


Key Retirement Group

Lloyds Development Capital

Molson Coors

MS3 Networks

NCC Group plc

Orcha Health

Nichols plc



Simply Asset Finance

Snowdonia Cheese

Talk Talk Telecom Group

The Co-operative Bank

The Hut Group plc

Trio Healthcare

Verna Group



Work highlights

  • Supported Nichols plc on various 3PL and manufacturing outsourcings in respect of its retail business and Vimto Out of Home business.
  • Advised on the sale of BCN Group to ECI Partners.
  • Acted on the sale of Hoist Finance AB to Metis.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has strong expertise in private equity, advising on transactions across the mid-market both locally and internationally. The practice is prominent across a range of sectors including healthcare, aerospace, retail, real estate and defence. Michael Birchall leads the team and advises clients on acquisitions, joint ventures and financing projects. Daniel Hall  specialises in TMT while Alistair Cree focuses on M&A transactions and ECM work. Elizabeth Tindall is well-versed in private equity matters and Tom Bridgford handles commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Michael Birchall

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Hall; Alistair Cree; Elizabeth Tindall; Tom Bridgford


‘Lizzy Tindall is great – very commercial, extremely hard working and responsive.’

‘Lizzy Tindall is outstanding.’

Key clients

Norcros Plc

Uinsure Limited

Lookers plc


Peel L&P

Morris Group


Arcline Investment Management

Sovereign Capital

Persimmon plc

Pinsent Masons LLP

The corporate department at Pinsent Masons LLP works on a wide range of transactions across the technology, science, infrastructure, retail and consumer sectors. The team acts for major PLCs, advises on IPOs and assists big-name clients on private equity transactions. The firm represents several household names on the commercial front, such as Tesco, easyJet and JD Sports. Amie Norris focuses on private equity matters and co-heads the practice with commercial head Samantha Livesey. Transactional experts Kieran Toal and Alasdair Weir work with management teams on buy-outs and strategic investments.

Practice head(s):

Amie Norris; Samantha Livesey

Other key lawyers:

Kieran Toal; Alasdair Weir


‘Provide advice which highlights the key risks and potential commercial solutions with a view to mitigating those risks.’

‘Alasdair Weir gives sound practical legal advice.’

‘The team provide high quality legal advice in a cost effective way.’

Key clients

Westbridge Capital


Peel Ports Investments Limited

John Wood Group PLC

Sabio Ltd


JD Sports

News UK

British Engineering Services Group




World Athletics

University of Manchester Innovation Factory

Briggs Equipment


Numis Securities Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Sherlock Foods Holdings Limited on their sale to Grupo Bimbo.
  • Advised Westbridge Capital on the management buyout of Alpine Fire Engineers Limited from its existing investor, Soho Square Capital.
  • Advised Jockey Club Racecourses on its major sponsorship deals for 2022 and 2023.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs advises on the full range of corporate transactions, with a particular focus on mid-market M&A, equity capital markets, corporate governance and joint ventures. Giles Chesher has significant expertise in M&A and also advises on organisational and structural matters. James Fitzgibbon is noted for his experience in commercial matters in the energy space. Corporate finance lawyer Andrea Cropley acts for clients in the technology and biotech sectors. Darren Warburton has a wealth of experience in the chemicals manufacturing industry while Louise Barber regularly advises companies trading on the LSE and AIM.

Practice head(s):

Giles Chesher; Tony Reed

Other key lawyers:

James Fitzgibbon; Andrea Cropley; Darren Warburton; Louise Barber; Matthew Canipa


‘They have been incredibly helpful with high support and high availability at all times. All high focus on what is important to our mutual client and not focus on things that are ultimately of no importance to the client.’

‘SPB’s Manchester team is a an excellent partner for us in cross-border transaction. Very attentive and easy-going while delivering great advice.’

‘Good mix of brilliant, experienced partners and talented, energetic associates. Commercial experience that provides real world context.’

‘Matthew Canipa is our go-to partner and is always very much present in the team’s work.’

Key clients

GB Group plc

Instem plc

Miss Group


Foresight Group / Clubhouse Golf Limited

ECI Partners LLP

Radius Payment Solutions Limited

EPIC Investment Partners LLP


Shareholders of King Topco Limited (KB Associates)

Hili Ventures

Clear Group

Perwyn Private Equity

H2 Equity Partners

Shareholders of Nexus Topco Limited / Arkessa Limited

ROI Media UK Limited

Shareholders of InXpress Holdings Ltd

Vital Energi

The Coaching Inn Group Limited

Bantry Bay Capital Limited

Aptamer Group plc

Finance Yorkshire Limited

Galliford Try Investments Limited

HEB Group Limited

Mindtrace Limited

University Games Inc

Cushon Holdings Limited


Doodles Drinks

Fourth Group



Progeny Group



TheLogically Limited

Costain Pension Trustees

Work highlights

  • Advised ECI Partners on its exit from chartered insurance broker The Clear Group.
  • Advised Mobeus Equity Partners LLP on the purchase of The Translation People.
  • Advised Endless LLP on its acquisition of Yorkshire Premier Meat (YPM).


CMS advises on high-value corporate deals in both the local and international markets, with expertise in the real estate and hotel sectors. The practice is also experienced in financial services transactions involving payments, FinTech and wealth management. Howard Gill heads the team and focuses on multijurisdictional financings and fundraisings. Matthew Davies handles mandates in the banking, fintech and payments space. James Crossman is experienced in public and private M&A deals in addition to issues relating to investment rounds.

Practice head(s):

Howard Gill

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Davies; James Crossman

Key clients

Far East Consortium International Limited

Brightbay Real Estate Partners Limited

International Hotel Properties Limited

Manchester Airport Group

Select Property Group

Spectrum Brands Group

Bibby Line Group Limited

Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited

Yappy Limited

NatWest Group PLC

WSP UK Limited

BFC Bank Limited

International Currency Exchange Limited

Lenlyn Holdings Limited

The Limited

Big Help Homes Limited

JD Sports Fashion PLC

Radius Payments Solutions Limited


Brave Bison Group PLC

Results CX

Highlander Computing Solutions Limited

Ronal AG

Work highlights

  • Advised the sellers of B&M Waste Services Limited to DM Topco Limited.
  • Advised WSP UK Limited on the acquisition of Capita (Real Estate & Infrastructure) Ltd. and GL Hearn Ltd. from Capita PLC.
  • Advised Brave Bison Group PLC on the acquisition of Social Chain Limited From The Social Chain AG.

Gateley Legal

The corporate and commercial team at Gateley Legal is ‘client-centric, pragmatic and provides clear concise advice’. In addition to acting on private equity transactions, the practice advises on significant M&A deals in sectors including leisure, healthcare and energy. The team is headed by Charles Glaskie who works with a client roster of both private and public companies. Rebecca Grisewood routinely handles disposals and joint ventures with a particular focus on private equity. Paul Jefferson advises on fund formation for a range of private and institutional investors.

Practice head(s):

Charles Glaskie

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Grisewood; Paul Jefferson; Kate Richards


‘Client-centric, pragmatic and provides clear concise advice.’

‘Incredibly helpful, great to deal with.’

‘We have used Gateley for a variety of corporate acquisitions and disposals over a number of years. The team are very proficient at identifying key areas of risk and working to achievable timetables. We place particular value on stability of the Gateley team who know how we operate and are prepared to go that ‘extra mile’ and work late into the evening / weekend.’

‘We have found Gateleys to be one of a few legal practices who are prepared to offer fixed fee quotes and to honour agreements when costs escalate.’

‘Whilst individuals have particular areas of expertise – transactional, corporate, property, tax, IP etc. they work as a team and communicate. It is rare we have to question explain something twice. In the event a team member is ill, or on leave, there is always another associate or partner who is aware of the transaction and available to provide answers.’

‘Stand-out partners are Kate Richards and Rebecca Grisewood in the corporate team. Both are experienced commercial lawyers who understand a clients needs and help deliver a transaction on time and to budget. They can hold their ground without being adversarial and rarely engage in ‘point scoring’ with other lawyers.’

Key clients

Palatine Private Equity


Bridges Capital

Radius Payment Solutions Limited

Timpson Group

JD Sports

Inspired Plc

Next Wave Partners

Pure Leisure Group

Just Childcare

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP offers a broad range of non-contentious commercial advisory work for clients across several sectors including logistics, health, charities, manufacturing and education. Ian Gillis co-heads the practice - his practice encompasses corporate finance, M&A, disposals, capital markets and joint ventures. Fellow co-head Mark Fitzgibbon is recognised for his work across the charity and not-for-profit industries. Ian Riggs is known for his work on private equity transactions with support from David Mkhitarian. Sean Lightfoot has experience in private equity investment and capital market transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gillis; Mark Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:

Ian Riggs; David Mkhitarian; Sean Lightfoot; James Lonsdale


‘They have a really exceptional team in Manchester. With Hill Dickinson, they have a whole team working on the transaction and everyone will know the case inside out. This means that we don’t experience delays if someone is off or in a meeting.’

‘They are always happy to go through a deal before we send to credit to make sure we are structuring the proposal properly – I find that this always helps things get approved much easier. They have a good mix of experience across the team so I know that there will always be someone to help with a particular issue. They are also able to make a commercial decision without increasing risk.’

‘They have exceptionally good relationships with our business and know the right people to engage with regarding sector specific questions, such as tax and insurance matters.’

Key clients

SysGroup plc



Palatine Private Equity


Fox Brothers

Hakim Group

Equity Release Supermarket

Thermo Fisher

Vynova Runcorn Limited

Alpla UK Limited

Laceby Limited

ACC Liverpool limited

Presspart Manufacturing Limited

NHS England

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Business Services Authority

Work highlights

  • Acted for Xeinadin Group Limited in relation to the investment by Exponent Private Equity.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Vetasi Limited on the sale of the Company to Cohesive Group.
  • Supported NHSE through complex procurement and contracting process for the largest electronic staff record system in the world.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has prominent expertise in the technology sector, advising companies on VC matters and growth fundraisings in addition to mainstream corporate work. The practice has expertise across several other sectors including media, healthcare, retail, food and beverages. The team is co-led with Chris Ross working on transactional matters while Chris Wilkinson  applies his experience in the pharmaceuticals sector. Commercial lawyer Paul Knight is well-versed in handling matters regarding IT and data protection law. Vicky Protano acts for management teams on acquisitions, disposals and joint venture arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Chris Ross; Chris Wilkinson; Vicky Protano; Paul Knight


‘Great efficient team led by Chris Ross, proactive and can always get hold of a partner as required.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Boomtown Festival

Hunter Douglas Finance (UK) Limited

LPP Parkside Limited

The management team of Barclays & Mathieson Limited

Mr Robert William Atherton and Mrs Umi Adam

Downing LLP

The shareholders of Blakedale Ltd

Michael J Field Consulting Actuaries, MJF Scheme Administrator Limited, Michael Jeffrey Field and Karen Lesley King

3W Equity Limited

The shareholders of the Bluedot Festival and Kendal Calling

Hunter Douglas (UK) Limited

Broadwick Group Limited

Remedi Solutions Limited

Sloemotion Distillery Limited

Tip Trailer Services UK Limited

Yallo Limited

The founder share

Translation People Limited

The shareholders of the Granted Consultancy Limited

Consolidated Timber Holdings Limited

P & H Contract Services Ltd


Work highlights

  • Advised Hunter Douglas Finance (UK) Limited on a major financing restructure.
  • Acted for the management team in the multi-million sale of Barclay & Mathieson Limited.
  • Acted for sellers on the sales of the Bluedot Festival and the Kendal Calling festival.

Pannone Corporate LLP

Pannone Corporate LLP, led by chairman Steven Grant, handles a wide range of corporate matters, spanning financial services, venture capital and tech deals. The commercial team is experienced in a range of agreements, supply and procurement of goods, distribution and joint ventures. Key sectors for the practice include hospitality, events, retail and IT. Tim Hamilton undertakes work for private equity firms while Amy Chandler has particular specialism in IP-related matters. Mark Winthorpe and Tom Hall are well-versed in M&A and venture capital issues. Arshnoor Amershi is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Steven Grant

Other key lawyers:

Tim Hamilton; Amy Chandler; Mark Winthorpe; Tom Hall; Arshnoor Amershi


‘Attention to detail. Quick responses whenever we had a query. Flexible in meeting urgent timelines. Personal attention to any assistance we needed.’

‘The team is always available, is very commercial, has a broad range of skills, and is able to manage demanding and challenging stakeholders – always with a smile on their faces.’

‘Tom Hall highlights risks in a commercial manner. Doesn’t belabour incidental points, a characteristic that helps keep processes moving and on track.’

‘Always seems to have a solution when required to get through a log-jam, and is able to manage diverse stakeholders to ensure a consensus solution is found.’

Key clients

YFM Equity Partners

Maven Capital Partners

Slicker Recycling

Tradebe Group

Marlborough Fund Managers

NorthEdge Capital

NVM Private Equity


Beijer Ref

Esker SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Argenbright on its investment into Amberstone Security.
  • Advised Marlborough Group on its exit from wealth management platform Hubwise.
  • Advised the management team of Babington Managed Services on the tertiary buyout by Unigestion.

Shoosmiths LLP

The corporate team at Shoosmiths LLP regularly acts for large international companies, with significant experience in public company matters and cross-border acquisitions in the insurance sector. Co-heads Richard Millington and Elia Montorio focus on reorganisations, private equity and venture capital work. Fellow co-head Luke Stubbs leads the commercial offering with expertise in payment services and fintech. Andrew Millar provides corporate support across the retail, technology, media and sports sectors. Suzanne Taylor advises clients on financial services issues ranging from regulatory compliance and consumer credit issues to contractual arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Elia Montorio; Richard Millington; Luke Stubbs

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Millar; Suzanne Taylor


‘We dealt direct with Elia Montorio and her team, who had good experience dealing with international companies and gave us a really good personal service.’

‘Elia Montorio is the kind of lawyer you would trust your M&A deal and your kids to. She has your back 100%, does a great job of ensuring you are getting the quality of service that you want, able to pull favours/resources at short notice. She will source her best teams for your deals and fight hard on your behalf. She has been both a great work partner and mentor for me personally too.’

‘The practice has an excellent reputation and provides a first class service. The are a proactive practice and go above and beyond to ensure clients get the best advice. Shoosmiths are unique in that they are a large firm, but still maintain a hands-on approach. I have worked with the team on several transactions and it’s always been a pleasure to work with them. They also provide excellent value for money when compared to the law firms I have worked with.’

‘Elia Montorio is an excellent lawyer. Technically exceptional, but also very commercial understanding of what it takes to get a deal over the line. She is outstanding at guiding clients through the legal jargon and highlighting the key commercial risks so clients can make an informed decision. She is also very personable and hard working, which is a unique trait amongst corporate partners.’

‘I would recommend Elia and her team to clients without hesitation.’

Key clients

Whaivu Holdings Limited

B&M Bargains plc

Apex Partners SA

Euro Garages

Sports Direct

Wilkie Farr & Gallagher

Door & Joinery Solutions Limited

Avant Homes Limited

Tudor Group Limited

Moorfield Group

Peakbridge VC

Jensten Group Limited

MVI Vehicle Integration

French Connection

Zip Co Limited (listed on AUS)

Hedges Direct Group Ltd

Wraith Holdings International Limited

Hallam Land Management Limited

Matillion Limited

Fissara Limited

Sandcastle Care Limited

Radii Planet Group Limited

Infex Therapeutics Limited

Crown Golf Limited

Lingit A.S.

Alcidion UK Limited

Compusoft GB Limited

MIP Holdings Limited

Thinksmart Limited

ABN Amro Bank NV

N Brown Group Plc

Manchester City FC Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised AIM traded Thinksmart Limited on English law matters in connection with its acquisition of Tuscan Equity Pty Ltd by way of scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised existing key client Moorfield Group Limited on a series of cross-border, time-sensitive disposals totaling £200,000,000.
  • Advised a leading UK vehicle finance business on the procurement of a new core system and related implementation services.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP operates across a large number of sectors, with a notable focus on sport, technology, healthcare, automotive and hotels. The corporate department, led by Sam Mabon, specialises in the mid-market, acting for entrepreneurs, private companies, SMEs, OMBs, family businesses and AIM listed companies.  Fellow co-head Richard Hough works on commercial issues including terms of business, purchasing, supply, manufacturing and joint venture agreements. Corporate lawyers Caroline Litchfield and Simon Lewis advise on transactional matters such as acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Sam Mabon; Richard Hough

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Litchfield; Simon Lewis; Morgan Lewis; Emma Thomas


‘Provide a full range of services that go beyond core legal service, and do so with a real commitment to the client.’

‘The stand out characteristics of individuals are the obvious deep personal commitment to client needs and consistent professionalism.’

‘Practical, efficient and engaging legal services team with enough debt to cover matters such as HR, tax and property whilst working directly with the commercial lawyers.’

Key clients

Bridgestone Tyres

Beaverbrooks The Jewellers

Begbies Traynor Group plc

Rhenus Logistics

Chase de Vere Group

Omni Partners LLP

Seddon Group Limited

Asertis Limited

Httpool Holdings UK Limited Limited

UK Meds Direct Limited

NorthWest EHealth Ltd

Electric Glass Fiber UK Ltd

HR Healthcare t/a

Innox Trading Ltd T/A Chemist-4-U

Fleetsolve Limited

International Exhibition Co-operative Wine Society Limited t/s the Wine Society

Sykes Seafood Holdings Limited

All About Children

Work highlights

  • Acted for the All About Children Limited group on its acquisitions.
  • Advised ProBiotix Health Limited on its initial public offering to the Aquis Stock Exchange March 2022.

Browne Jacobson LLP

The corporate and commercial practice at Browne Jacobson LLP is well-regarded for its work on mid-market private equity and M&A transactions. The team is well-versed in commercial matters relating to intellectual property rights, IT, technology and outsourcing. Corporate lawyer Peter Allen leads the department with particular focus on looking after owner-managers and business founders. Cat Driscoll specialises in the drafting of e-commerce contracts across the manufacturing and logistics sectors. Ryan Brown has a particular focus on private equity and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Peter Allen

Other key lawyers:

Cat Driscoll; Ryan Brown


‘We have been impressed with the support and strong commercial advice we received from the team at Browne Jacobson. There were a number of complexities with this transaction which required real collaboration between all parties, and I was always impressed by the responsiveness, pragmatism and support Ryan Brown and the team provided. They were always able to breakdown and contextualise technical legal issues into points we could understand and therefore respond to, and we are very grateful for that.’

‘Ryan Brown went above and beyond my expectation, making himself available whenever we needed to contact him. Also breaking down the legal jargon to simple English.’

‘Excellent understanding of the clients needs with great preparation for any meetings unlike other firms who take on more than they can handle BJ are always available and come in on or around budget – which shows great integrity which can be hard to find in these times.’

‘Honest, hardworking and good interpersonal skills, not always watching the clock.’

‘Mid-market PE experience is excellent with a range of experience and specialist knowledge. A full service firm, but geared to the mid-market (including lower mid-market) rather than the smaller OMB business. Ability to bring in specialists to transactional work to ensure dedicated and knowledgeable lawyers focus on key issues. The team is growing and links in well with Nottingham head office.’

‘Ryan Brown is a rising star in the M&A world. Pete Allen has an abundance of experience and a particular ‘way’ with clients – living the journey through their eyes and building a strong emotional connection. Ryan is continuing to gain a reputation in the PE sector as a very capable and dynamic lawyer who gets deals completed.’

‘They are extremely responsive, and through Peter Allen, are providing a city service from Manchester.’

‘Great M&A advice on our recent transaction.’

Key clients

Chesterfelt Limited

Triangle Fire Group Limited – Project Panorama

World Options Limited

Palatine Private Equity LLP

Construction Testing Solutions Limited

Palatine Private Equity LLP

Amity Limited

Maven Capital

First Milk Limited/The First Milk Cheese Company Limited

AGCO International GmbH

Montagu Evans

The National Trust

Clarke Willmott LLP

The corporate and commercial team at Clarke Willmott LLP acts for buyers, sellers, investors and management teams across several industries such as technology, financial services, healthcare and renewable energy. Ed Foulkes works on M&A, investments, joint ventures and co-heads the practice with transactional expert Simon Thomas. Barry Riley is well-versed in corporate governance, shareholder restructurings and company law advisory matters.

Practice head(s):

Ed Foulkes; Simon Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Barry Riley; Stephen Jarman


‘They are highly competent and efficient with specialist insights and respond rapidly so don’t need constant chasing, unlike many other solicitors! They have an excellent personal service with a key contact but if not available others seem to be really well briefed to assist.’

‘We have dealt with Ed Foulkes previously – he maintained the excellent standards and prompt attention to our deadlines and issues. Prompt and efficient – an excellent, highly competent and patient service.’

‘Their processes are streamlined and easy to follow, all their teams are exceptional – practical and personable but tough and direct when they need to be. We have built good relationships with the partners and associates and feel that they are all professional, approachable and understanding.

‘The biggest positive is their approach; at no time did we feel intimidated by legal jargon or extensive protocols. They supported us through difficult processes, spent time explaining the connotations of various decisions and were readily available when we needed advice.’

‘Well organised, and pragmatic.’

‘Ed Foulkes has a calm and measured approach to problem solving and getting deals across the line.’

Key clients

Mosley & Jarman Ltd

Clipeum IT Limited

Horatio Finance (Guernsey) Limited

Apollo Wealth Management Limited

James Rust and family

RWA Financial

BB Legal

Sheet Anchor Evolve Limited

Brightstart Day Nursery Group Limited

Hilton Scott and Partners Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Balmoral Asset Management Limited on its sale to the Progeny Group.
  • Acted for Evolve Estates on its acquisition of The Grosvenor Centre, Northampton from the Reassure Group.
  • Acted for the majority shareholder in relation to the sale of his shares in CPS Building Services Limited to Carp Bidco Limited, a buyout vehicle formed by HIG Capital.


EY LLP has a strong track record of work advising a range of companies, investors and management teams on joint ventures, fundraising transactions, public and private M&A. The practice, led by Richard Thomas, has particular expertise on TMT, advanced manufacturing and financial services. Claire Scott-Priestley is experienced in restructurings and general corporate advisory matters with support from Mark Hough.

Practice head(s):

Richard Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Claire Scott-Priestley; Mark Hough

Key clients

Novotech Health Holdings Pte. Ltd

Croda Plc

Ripe Thinking Limited

Rigby Group Finance Limited

Legrand SA

Shareholders of Stirling Anglian Pharmaceuticals Limited

OakNorth Holdings Limited

Kadensis SAS


GlobalData Plc

Ab Duell Bike-Centre Ab

Monex Europe Ltd

DNA Payments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Novotech Health on its acquisition of EastHORN Clinical Services.
  • Advised Croda PLC on the global carve-out of its Performance Technologies and Industrial Chemicals business.
  • Advised Ripe Thinking and its shareholders in relation to the sale of a majority stake in to US private equity firm Aquiline Capital Partners.


Fieldfisher provides corporate and commercial services to clients in the technology sector, combining work for AIM-listed companies with a venture capital practice. Practice head David Bowcock is well-versed in private acquisition work across the technology and healthcare industries. Tom Ward advises companies, investment funds and management teams on M&A and private equity transactions. Adam Jones handles disposals and management buy-out issues.

Practice head(s):

David Bowcock

Other key lawyers:

Tom Ward; Adam Jones


‘The thing that makes this team unique is how comfortable it makes you feel. While working with them I always felt that they really know what they are doing and saying and had full confidence in their ability to deliver.’

‘They were super responsive, great communicators and did a great job. The partner I was working with was Tom Ward. He gave me the confidence and comfort that I wanted throughout the process. I would strongly recommend working with Fieldfisher and Tom Ward.’

‘Key strength is in the attention from partners and ability to deliver effective solutions in a cost-efficient manner. Access to niche specialist areas, specifically related to growing tech firms is tremendous.’

‘Tom Ward – attention to detail, ability to collaborate effectively within own firm and external business community and accessibility are all tremendous.’

‘Great leadership from Tom Ward, who is always on call to get his hands dirty. I care about them doing a good job. Which they do, at a rapid pace, and for very reasonable rates.’

‘Tom Ward is a high quality, commercially-minded and market savvy lawyer.’

‘Adam Jones is an exceptionally responsive and a calm lawyer to have on our side of M&A transactions.’

Key clients

Marlowe plc

Restore plc

Made Tech Group plc

ixWireless Limited

Gusbourne plc

Merit Group plc

Fuel Ventures

Together Group Holdings plc

Founders Factory


Oh Goodlord

Samsun Yurt Savunma

Work highlights

  • Advised ixWireless Limited, a telecommunications infrastructure provider, on its receipt of debt and equity investment from River and Mercantile.
  • Advised Emperia on its $10 million Series A venture capital funding led by US venture capital fund Base10 Partners.
  • Advised car financing fintech platform Carmoola on its £27m seed investment from investors including Jaguar Land Rover’s investment fund, InMotion Ventures, VentureFriends, BCI and California-based Clocktower Ventures.

Irwin Mitchell

The corporate team at Irwin Mitchell acts on a range of mid-market M&A transactions and private equity investments in addition to restructurings and reorganisations. The firm’s specialist sectors include financial services, life sciences and interactive entertainment. Victoria Zivkovic advises clients on mid-market M&A and corporate restructurings. She oversees the practice with Adam Kaucher  who routinely works on private equity transactions and is supported by Gregory Mazgajczyk .

Practice head(s):

Victoria Zivkovic; Adam Kaucher

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Mazgajczyk


‘I could not speak more highly of the Irwin Mitchell Corporate team, whom acted for us on our transaction.’

‘The team took time to really explain the process and what was involved, which was greatly appreciated.’

‘All round excellent service at all times. Could not rate Vicky Zivkovic more highly.’

‘I was particularly impressed with Greg Mazgajczyk’s dedication & professionalism, helping us navigate through what was a complex process for the company and its founders. I’m extremely grateful for his support, positivity, and light-hearted approach, especially at times where the deal felt hard and tiring, as these things can. I would therefore have no issues whatsoever in recommending Greg.’

‘The team are very personable and tailor their advice to the situation rather than providing cookie cutter solutions. They are very proactive and responsive.’

‘High calibre partner led team which I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend in complex high value matters. Strong brand with good market recognition.’

‘The usual Irwin Mitchell lawyers I work with are technically brilliant, commercial, and value reciprocity. Vicky Zivkovic and Adam Kaucher – take a bow.’

‘Vicky Zivkovic is pragmatic, prompt and helpful.’

Key clients

Kingswood Group


Millwall Football Club

Maven Capital Partners

Apis Assay Technologies

Praetura Ventures

FCF Holdings

Kington Building Supplies

Liverpool Chirochem

Newson Health


Plato Training Limited

Manchester Metrology Limited

YFM Private Equity

Risk Capital Partners

Merlin PCB Group

Care Management Systems

Una Health

Honister Slate Mine


Fluid Business Solutions

Digerati Distribution

Work highlights

  • Advised Praetura Ventures on investments into Orka Tchnology Group, Percayso Inform, and Patchwork Health.
  • Advised YFM on investment into Relative Insight and further investment into Vypr.
  • Advised Millwall FC on its re-registration as a private company and consolidation of its share capital.

JMW Solicitors LLP

The corporate and commercial team at JMW Solicitors LLP advises SMEs, owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs and investors on a range of issues including tax reorganisations and demergers. The practice is headed by Mike Blood who has specialist knowledge in the sports, media and digital sectors. Mark Heppell works on corporate matters involving disposals, MBOs, joint ventures and share option schemes. Commercial law expert Richard Parkinson  advises clients on consumer issues involving sales promotions and protection legislation.

Practice head(s):

Mike Blood

Other key lawyers:

Mark Heppell; Richard Parkinson


‘I find the JMW team friendly and easy to work with, whilst at the same time always offering clear, pragmatic commercial advice.’

‘Richard Parkinson is great to work with. Always very accessible and prompt with responses and replies. The main thing though was that feeling of confidence that you are in “safe hands” and that the advice being given was up-to-date and robust.’

‘JMW have always been highly responsive. We always feel that we are a valued client, and nothing is too much trouble. Very much a pleasure to work with. Their strength in breadth has always been apparent, and we are sure that all the resources we have worked with have the necessary qualification and experience.’

‘One quality – directness. Very clear advice – especially the advice we might not like to hear!’

Key clients

Costdesign 1 Ltd

EA-RS Group Ltd

Gatsby Platform Limited

Voly Limited

Functional Backpacks Limited

Universal Pallets

Igniso Limited

Motac Holdings Ltd

Norton Properties Scotland Ltd

Perspective Financial Group Limited

Eden Valley Property Limited

Tosca Debt Capital LLP

Universal Tankers Limited

Yeovil Town Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Voly Group Limited on the acquisition of Pinpoint and setting up of the Voly music division.
  • Advised Functional Backpacks Limited on a number of licensing arrangements with high profile licensors and on a significant investment round to boost their growth.
  • Advised Perspective Financial Group Limited on various IFA business and share acquisitions totalling over £22million.


KPMG Law is home to a diverse corporate practice handling high-stakes M&A, business reorganisations and tax advisory work. The firm’s client base includes a mix of multinational PLCs, private companies and businesses founded in the north west. Paul Kelly works on cross-border M&A and structuring projects for entrepreneurs and multinational companies. He co-leads the team with Edward Bartlett who focuses on corporate reorganisations and structuring projects.

Practice head(s):

Paul Kelly; Edward Bartlett

Other key lawyers:

David Fitzmaurice; Sarah Flinn


‘KPMG are never less than outstanding and were the obvious choice for us on a large scale cross border transaction. They are commercially minded, have the ability to call upon specialist experts whenever needed and help the transaction run smoothly.’

‘Paul Kelly is a superb operator, brilliant at leading large, complex transactions.’

‘Ed Bartlett – as well as being a thoroughly nice guy, Ed makes the effort to acquire a deep understanding of his clients’ business and operating environment as well as the motivations and worldview of his clients. This, combined with his undoubted legal expertise, commercial acumen and ability to negotiate makes Ed a hugely valuable and trusted advisor.’

‘Sarah Flinn – super helpful and pragmatic, very strong attention to detail and not afraid to positively challenge.’

‘David Fitzmaurice works hard to bring about results for us a client and that shines through versus competitors.’

‘Sarah Flinn – great specialist knowledge and experience with US deals.’

‘Madeleine Silverman – tenacious, accessible, thorough and very good to work with.’

‘Maddie Silverman – extremely diligent, knowledgeable and hard working, Maddie is an essential member of the team.’

Key clients

Bidcorp UK

Hewlett Packard International

INEOS Limited

NG Bailey

Tribepad Group Limited

Sykes Seafood

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sykes Seafood on the acquisition of the business and assets of Big Prawn Co Limited through an emergency pre-pack administration deal from the distressed seller.
  • Advised HP International on the complex global post-acquisition integration and reorganisation of the Polycom videoconferencing business, following its US$3.3billion acquisition by HP UK.
  • Advised NG Bailey on its acquisition of Kershaws Mechanical Services.

Slater Heelis

Slater Heelis is known for its expertise in lower and mid-market M&A with particular experience in the life science and tech sectors. The practice is headed by Rhian Owen who acts on acquisitions and disposals in addition to development capital deals. Simon Wallwork is a corporate transactional lawyer with expertise in the life sciences industry. Janet Robinson works on group reorganisations, demergers, disposals and shareholder arrangements while Richard Riley focuses on business-to-business contracts.

Practice head(s):

Rhian Owen

Other key lawyers:

Simon Wallwork; Janet Robinson; Richard Riley


‘Small enough to care, but highly professional and experienced.’

‘Simon Wallwork has a huge amount of corporate finance experience. Able to explain difficult concepts in layman’s terms in a clear and concise manner. He wants to work for the entrepreneur to get the best deal for them in a commercially astute way.’

‘Slater Heelis has a superb team of professionals who offer calm, high quality advice. In comparison with their peers they offer both fantastic, clear legal advice but also with a personal touch. They utilise digital technologies to facilitate corporate deal making faster whether through digital signatures or through data rooms for the sharing of due diligence information. I cannot recommend Slater Heelis enough.’

‘I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Rhian Owen and Richard Riley from Slater Heelis.’

‘Rhian Owen has at times been both a fantastic advisor but also a close confidant when discussing the details behind details and negotiation lines. Rhian is always available when we have needed her and has worked during holidays at times where urgency was required. Rhian is calm, professional and able to work on the companies behalf in a clear way during negotiations.’

Key clients

Incom-CNS Group

Sunnysands Caravan Park Ltd

KMP Associates Ltd

HL Healthcare Limited

Steven Potts & Karen Potts

Catchpoint Limited

Sun Valley Caravan Park Ltd

Teckentrup (Holdings) Limited

Watercycle Technologies Limited

The shareholders of Acceleris Capital Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Paul Tomlinson and other shareholders of IEG Holdings Limited in relation to the private equity acquisition of IEG Holdings Limited for a consideration of £27,000,000.
  • Acted on behalf of the Mead family being shareholders of Sunnysands Caravan Park Limited and also the pension scheme owner of Snowdon View caravan park.
  • Acted on behalf of John Keefe and other shareholders (including Enterprise Venture Fund) of KMP Associates Limited.


The corporate and commercial team at TLT has experience across a range of sectors including leisure, food, drink, retail and consumer goods. The practice is well-versed in financial services, advising on contracts within the regulatory framework and specialisms in payments, eMoney and Fintech. Ian Roberts heads the team and is experienced in private equity matters with support from Elizabeth Delaney. Commercial lawyers Pauline Cowie and Stuart Campbell advise on outsourcing, franchising, information technology and joint ventures. Andrew Clare works on corporate transactions with a focus on energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Ian Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Delaney; Pauline Cowie; Stuart Campbell; Andrew Clare


‘Readily accessible people, from associate to partner level – they have the ability to manage the budget and expectations of me as the client – very transparent.’

‘Knowledgeable and adaptable to requirements which can be quite complex and specific to our company. Our key contact is Liz Delaney.’

Key clients

K3 Capital group plc

Boohoo Group plc

Thrive Childcare Group

SpaMedica Limited

In The Style Fashion

Space48 Limited

Maven Capital Partners

Barburrito Group Limited and management

Business Growth Fund

The Sovereign Group Limited

MiChild Nursery Group

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Department of Health and Social Care

Government Legal Department

Superdry plc

WH Smith PLC

Boohoo Group PLC

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Metropolitan Police

Yorkshire Building Society

Elavon Financial Services

Imperial Brands PLC

Greene King Limited

Police ICT

Matthew Clark Bibendum Limited

UK Finance

C&J Clark International Ltd


Pets at Home

Merlin Entertainment

Ministry of Justice


Tim Hortons


Work highlights

  • Acted for Monese on a transformative investment and technology deal.
  • Advised the shareholders of Barburrito on its £7m sale to The Restaurant Group (TRG).
  • Advised BGF on the £5m investment into Apprentify.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP provides a range of corporate services including acquisitions, disposals, group restructures, reorganisations and venture capital transactions. On the commercial side, the team works on IP, IT, data protection and competition law issues. Sarah Walton specialises in corporate transactions for owner managed businesses with support from Paul Raftery. Martin Vincent is experienced in advising university clients on contractual, outsourcing and procurement matters.

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Walton; Paul Raftery; Martin Vincent


‘Pleasant and commercial.’

‘Commercial and experienced.’

‘A small but strong commercial and corporate finance team.’

‘Sarah Walton is a standout – a commercially minded yet detail orientated and immensely experienced lawyer.’

‘Weightmans have been excellent when faced with complex and sophisticated matters, which under procurement law happens frequently. Clients have often commented that Weightmans were very helpful in ensuring that they understand everything before making a decision on how to proceed and they have always been quick to respond.’

‘Weightmans’ service levels and responsiveness has been excellent. We have never been left wondering why Weightmans didn’t respond – we have always received swift responses and a quality service.’

‘Weightmans deliver to budget and quote accurately all matters on which we have requested advice. Weightmans’ pricing is very competitive and great value for money particularly given the complexity and time taken on advising and assisting clients on difficult matters.’

‘Weightmans constantly have their finger on the pulse around any commercial developments and recent matters which may impact their advice. Knowing the market and any issues which may crop up (including best ways to deal with them) puts Weightmans ahead of the pack.’

Key clients

Sonoco Limited

Bestway National Chemists Limited t/a Well Pharmacy

Scott Fletcher MBE

VibePay Limited

Community Integrated Care

Trust Alliance Group Limited

Strategic North Limited

DSW Ventures

TAC Holding Limited

House of Hearing Limited

Regital Limited

Mawdsley-Brooks & Co

Westlab Limited

Hoyer Petrolog UK Limited

Great Ideas Group Limited

Kreiss SIA

Ultima Furniture Systems Limited

Composites One LLC

Prosperity Investments and Developments Limited

Seventeen Group

Cybertill Ltd



Manchester Fertility Services Limited

Mercarto Limited

West Northamptonshire Council

Rutland County Council

NHS Blood Transplant

North West Ambulance Service

Northern Health Science Alliance

Copeland Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Liverpool City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Surrey Police

Sussex Police

Lancashire Police

Cheshire East Council

Wigan Council

National Crime Agency

British Transport Police

Flintshire County Council

South Lakeland District Council

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Real Life Options

Keelman Homes

Locala Community Partnerships CIC

Be Caring

National Forest

Irwell Valley Housing Association

Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Association

University of Cumbria

Solent University

Queen Mary, University of London

Lancaster University

University of Liverpool

London Business School

Liverpool Hope University

The Open University

Sunderland University

Newcastle University

Keele University

Royal College of Physicians

Royal Veterinary College

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders and management team of Strategic North Limited on its sale to Prescient Healthcare Group following a competitive bid process.
  • Advised Apadmi Group Ltd and its trading company Apadmi Limited on the acquisition of XWITS Group B.V trading as The Mobile Company.
  • Acted for Well pharmacy on a number of acquisitions in 2022, including the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of N-Pharma Limited, L&P 244 Limited and Frosts Group Limited.

Beyond Corporate Law

The work at Beyond Corporate Law includes general M&A, private equity, management buyouts, joint ventures, shareholder agreements and employee ownership schemes. Jim Truscott co-heads the practice and has a particular focus on advising entrepreneurial clients and management teams. Other co-head James Corlett specialises in advising on supply chain agreements and has expertise in the fashion and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jim Truscott; James Corlett

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lupton


‘Good all-round legal advice, flexible, rapid turnaround. Relevant expertise from a variety of specialties available.’

‘Mark Lupton has excellent account management. Good all-round legal advice and overall business advice.’

‘High degree of partner involvement.’

‘Very personable team that will put in the long hours when required.’

‘Excellent knowledge on all matters regarding corporate law.’

‘Nimble and quick to act on matters. Great retail expertise and consumer facing knowledge.’

‘James Corlett has provided great practical and commercial advice. Natalia Shvart has provided guidance to junior members and franchising support.’

‘My main contact is James Cortlett. He is knowledgeable, prompt to respond, and very personable to work with.’

Key clients

Shawston Group

Inprova Group

Afraz Investments

Shawston Group

New Care Holdings

Nutri Advanced

Benchmark Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised management on the terms of a large private equity-backed management buy-out.
  • Advised Shawston on a wholesale restructuring spanning equity, group structure and management incentivisation.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is well-regarded in the owner-managed and family business sector with expertise in M&A, capital market issues, investments and joint ventures. The firm operates across sectors such as healthcare, leisure and tech. Robert Buckley focuses on inward investment work and co-heads the team with corporate finance expert Kirsti Pinnell. Other co-head Caroline Brennan is a commercial lawyer working in the sport and manufacturing industries.

Other key lawyers:

Kate Gledhill


‘I have always found the Kuits Corporate team to be very professional, technically strong and resourceful, who have supported us well in a range of contractual situations and given us the confidence to know that we will always be equipped with the best legal advice in any such situation. When necessary, they have always been able to turn work around to tight deadlines (literally next day), whilst maintaining tight administrative control of more drawn out scope of works.’

‘I have worked with a couple of staff at Kuits this year that have stood out with regard to a couple of briefs they have worked on respectively. Kirsti Pinnell – again showing excellent technical knowledge and client communication skills, Kirsti supported us with great skill, commitment and tenacity during negotiations with a much larger entity, enabling us to successfully punch above our weight in these negotiations.’

‘The team at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP provide pragmatic commercial advice and we have found them to provide excellent value during all our dealings with them.’

‘Kate Gledhill, Senior Associate in the Corporate team, has been fantastic for the last 12 months. She has provided us with expert advice on various corporate matters for our group and its subsidiaries – cutting through corporate jargon to provide us with actionable and commercial guidance that we have used to grow and maximise profits. She has always done exactly what she said she would do when she would do it and is a reliable partner for us moving forward who we would highly recommend to other directors looking for a trusted partner.’

‘Sound understanding of the technicalities involved in UK corporate transactions. Cost effective and pragmatic.’

‘Kirsti Pinnell has delivered great service over many years, capably backed up by Kate Gledhill.’

‘They have a great variety of solicitors in different fields so pretty much all areas are covered, which makes it a great “one stop shop” for all law advice. However the team is very close knit, so everyone knows each other and very aware of their specialities.’

‘The team has significant experience in M&A activities. We have been impressed with their knowledge of the legal process and the ability to project manage a transaction to completion.’

Key clients

Ironveld plc

Shareholders of JS Burgess Engineering Limited

The Crossroads Group Ltd

UK Waste Solutions Limited

Shareholders of 349 Group Limited and HowdidIdo Media Limited

MGH Corporation Limited

Work highlights

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a strong track record of supporting owner-managed businesses and family investment companies on transactional matters. The practice is particularly active in the manufacturing sector and is co-headed by corporate expert Paul Ellaby. Co-practice head Victoria Robertson has expertise in complex commercial contracts, as well as data privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ellaby; Victoria Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Max Ankers


‘Trowers provide a first-class service. Their Manchester team is knowledgeable and their advice is consistently reliable and robust.’

‘Max Ankers always maintains a calm and balanced demeanour which has a reassuring effect when tensions are running high on a deal. He is an extremely capable lawyer and, as I fed back to Trowers at the end of our recent corporate transaction, it is clear that Max is partnership material and will not delay in getting to that point.’

‘Paul Ellaby is a calm, sharp and a safe pair of hands.’

‘Every member of the team we dealt with were knowledgeable and professional but what was invaluable to us as a small organisation without any internal legal expertise was the way they patiently explained the document changes/reviews without using jargon and took the time to really understand what we needed.’

‘The individuals we worked with were professional but extremely personable and it made working with them a real pleasure. Victoria Robertson led us through an update of our contract templates as well as negotiating a complex contract and was really supportive and patient.’

Key clients

Corega Limited & John Lees

Matthew Cox and Charles Oliver

Comhar Capital Limited

Bowdon Industries Limited

PPD Holdings Limited

Mawdsley-Brooks & Company Limited

Manchester Fertility Services Limited

Semovo Limited

Pointer Group Limited

Bare Rock Holdings Limited

Upperton Limited

Integreon Managed Solutions Limited


CAC Group

Anchor Hanover Group

Phoenix Futures

Pinewood Technologies PLC

Epifocus Limited

CNX Therapeutics Limited

West Midlands Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised an international logistics group on the reorganisation of its land freight businesses, valued at £55m, across 3 jurisdictions.
  • Advised the vendors on the $36m sale of an international recruitment group.
  • Advised Manchester Fertility Services on complex AI projects including the anonymisation transfer and analysis of patient data.

Glaisyers LLP

Glaisyers LLP provides advice to a range of clients from medium-sized enterprises to high-net worth individuals covering issues such as acquisitions, disposals, restructurings and joint ventures. Daniel Varney advises businesses, entrepreneurs, lenders and investors. He co-heads the team with Julian Bond.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Varney; Julian Bond

Other key lawyers:

Niki Polymeridou


‘The corporate team has great knowledge and experience in advising owners of private businesses and punches above its weight. Its no-nonsense attitude to getting the job done coupled with ensuring its clients interests are looked after make it an obvious choice for advice. Being a small team allows it to avoid fee creep and rarely has the team failed to deliver on its quote.’

‘Julian Bond and Niki Polymeridou are excellent commercial lawyers and understanding their clients’ feelings, thoughts and objectives very well.’

Key clients

ETL Holdings (UK) Limited

Sheard Properties Limited

Personal Group Holdings Plc

Komi Group

Solid Bond Capital

Salboy Limited

Ceramet UK

Ear to the Ground

Tangerine Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advised ETL Holdings (UK) on a number of acquisitions of controlling stakes in professional advisory companies.
  • Advised MGR Weston Kay LLP on the acquisition of The MAP Partnership.
  • Advised Salboy Limited on a group reorganisation and refinancing.

gunnercooke LLP

The bench of talent at new model law firm gunnercooke LLP has expertise in M&A, restructuring and private equity across sectors such as IT, utilities, financial services, outsourcing and hospitality. Nick Ducker has particular experience in the M&A sphere, advising on reorganisations and restructurings. Jo Glass acts on local, national and cross-border corporate transactions such as mergers.

Other key lawyers:

Nick Ducker; Jo Glass

Key clients

InTEC Business Technology Limited

Graylaw International Limited

HH Legal

Paragon Group Ltd

Calveton UK

Breal Capital Limited

Telcom Group


Primas combines knowledge in the fields of M&A, reorganisations and joint ventures to provide advice across the retail, manufacturing and IT sectors. The growing team is led by Gary Black who has expertise in acquisitions, disposals, management buy-outs and bespoke commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Gary Black

Other key lawyers:

Barney Leaf


‘Always positive and friendly, quick to jump to action, sensible client handling robust with others when it needs it. Effective at planning implementation.’

‘Gary Black is an effective communicator and clients find him easy to deal with but exceptionally knowledgeable, especially on deals.’

‘I used Primas as our lead commercial law firm in two substantial business sale processes, where they acted for us as sellers. Their approach to clients is amazingly personal, you never feel like what you ask for us too much. The advice and information you get is clear, concise and helps you work out the direction of travel in your process. They met all challenges in our sales without complaint, and just overcame the barriers with us, ensuring that we got to the finishing line.’

Key clients

Mi Hiepa Scout

Manchester Drinks Company Limited

Altrix Technology Ltd

Astra Partners Ltd

Eagley Plastics Limited

Hibbert Homes Limited

The Potter Group


Ryan Tax Services

DAM Group UK Limited

Bentley Motors

Williamson Croft Accountants

Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) Limited

First 2 Group Limited

Engaging Works Group Limited

Clear Care Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Catax Solutions Limited on a sale to Ryan with backing from Onex Corporation.
  • Advised the shareholders of Astley Signs Limited on their sale to Mindelon AB.
  • Advised the shareholders of Swift-Cut Automation Limited on their sale to an American Swedish industrial company.