Corporate and commercial: Manchester in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard offers major corporates across the North West and beyond leading expertise in three core areas: M&A, which is a focus for recognised practitioners George Danczak and Duncan Wilson; private equity, a specialism of Andrew Green; and PLC transactions, for which ‘exceptional operatorRoger Hart is particularly recommended. The team is also widely known for its stellar corporate real estate practice, in which Shelley McGivern is the key contact. Paul Medlicott oversees the much lauded department.

Practice head(s):

Paul Medlicott

Other key lawyers:

Roger Hart; Andrew Green; George Danczak; Richard Lee; Shelley McGivern; Duncan Wilson

Testimonials

‘High-quality team – more than capable of advising on deals to the same standard as City firms, with the obvious costs benefits. For corporate clients, who need to deliver value in their businesses, the question is becoming why would I not instruct Addleshaw in Manchester on this deal, rather than why would I.’

‘Roger Hart is an exceptional operator.’

‘George Danczak – superb service from him and his team.’

‘Knowledgeable and reliable. Top quality.’

‘A strong knowledge of the process from start to finish with exceptional advice and hand holding throughout the complexities of the various work streams.’

‘Roger Hart and his team were exceptional throughout the entire process. I felt they were always available when needed and their work ethic was amongst the highest I have encountered. In all dealings, they were exceptionally calm, assured, communicating with us at all times in a very professional manner showing real maturity and empathy when required. I would have no hesitation in recommending the firm and the team to other companies contemplating a similar process.’

Key clients

JD Sports Fashion

Co-op

BT

Currys

Boohoo

Manchester Airports Group

National Grid

PZ Cussons

Moneysupermarket

Work highlights

  • Advised Bruntwood Sci-Tech on its joint venture with the University of Manchester to deliver the £1.5bn innovation district known as ID Manchester.
  • Advised management on the sale of Huws Gray to Blackstone for £1.1bn.
  • Advised JD Sports Fashion on its £464m equity fundraising on the London Stock Exchange.

DLA Piper

The ‘powerhouse‘ team of ‘highly experienced, market leading partners‘ at DLA Piper is well placed to advise public companies, major entrepreneurs, leading global corporates and notable local businesses on corporate and commercial matters. James Kerrigan heads up the offering in the former field, while Lee Brierley leads on the latter. For private equity work, ‘total superstarAndrew Phillips and seasoned practitioner Christopher Wilson are particularly noted. Yunus Maka and David Booth  are recommended for their cross-border and manufacturing industry expertise, respectively. ‘Stand-out transactional lawyerJonathan Watkins completes the roster of key group members.

Practice head(s):

James Kerrigan; Lee Brierley

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Watkins; Yunus Maka; Andrew Phillips; Christopher Wilson; David Booth

Testimonials

‘DLA is a global powerhouse, but has not lost its focus on each of its local markets. The corporate and commercial practices in Manchester are led by highly experienced, market leading partners who are client-facing, hands-on transactional lawyers who have the benefit of being able to tap into the technical and worldwide expertise that comes with being a leading global firm. Junior lawyers are well supervised and have good exposure to clients and all fee earners are supported by excellent know-how and training.’

‘Jonathan Watkins is a stand-out transactional lawyer. Very bright and extremely hardworking with a wealth of experience – as a client you are in no doubt that you are in very good hands.’

‘James Kerrigan has a good all round client base with a particular emphasis on private equity where he is a market leader. Andrew Phillips is smart and personable with good interpersonal and client management skills.’

‘Lee Brierley – very experienced and commercially savvy. Understands what is important to clients and finds solutions to difficult issues.’

‘DLA Piper are trusted corporate and commercial legal partners. They are, frankly, a market leading agency who provide pragmatic, and outstanding commercial support, able to draw on relevant expertise seamlessly across its cross-functional legal practice areas.

‘The service was exceptional, and it was an absolute pleasure to work with a team who is utterly down to earth, yet super knowledgeable. When any management team are involved in a deal, it is vital to know you have a safe pair of hands dealing with your legal matters. The DLA team surpassed all expectations. Attention to detail, client-centricity, dedicated team with actual hands-on approach from senior partners at all stages from proposal to deal completion: a much-needed boutique experience, lost by many competitor global law firms. If you are looking for lawyers to act on investment transactions, general M&A, sales and/or on-going portfolio management work, do not look any further because these guys are the A-team.’

‘Andrew Phillips is a total superstar. He is a true leader in his field. He is vastly knowledgeable, remarkably committed, smart and imaginative. He provides a totally down-to-earth approach, backed by vast corporate and commercial experience and expertise that he draws upon.’

Key clients

ABM Industries Inc

Bajaj

BASF

Beech Tree Private Equity

Bentley Motors

Biffa Group Limited

Clariant

Elavon

Equistone Partners Europe

Experian

Flowtech Fluidpower plc

Inflexion

Key Retirement Group

Lloyds Development Capital

Molson Coors

NCC Group plc

Next

Nichols plc

Payvision (part of ING Bank)

Snowdonia Cheese

Talk Talk Telecom Group

The Co-Operative Bank

The Hut Group plc

Trio Healthcare

Verna Group

Warburtons

Wheatsheaf

Work highlights

  • Advising Inflexion Private Equity on its investment in CMS Payments Intelligence, a global payments consultancy which provides data, technology and industry expertise to support merchants navigating the industry.
  • Advising the Key Group – and its subsidiaries More2Life, and Key Retirement Solutions – on the client’s long-term collaboration with Phoenix Group regarding the development and provision of later life lending products under the Standard Life Home Finance brand.
  • Assisting The Hut Group with the £275m acquisition of UK online prestige beauty retailer Cult Beauty.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Michael Birchall sits at the helm of an expansive roster of specialised practitioners at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Alistair Cree focuses on high-value M&A transactions in the aerospace and defence sector, while Daniel Hall has a wealth of experience in advising public and private companies on acquisitions, public bids, disposals, joint ventures and fundraisings. Private equity work is a cornernstone of Elizabeth Tindall‘s practice. Legal director Jamie Partridge is noted for his corporate finance expertise. On the commercial side, Kuljeet Gill and Tom Bridgford are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Michael Birchall

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Hall; Alistair Cree; Tom Bridgford; Lizzy Tindall; Jamie Partridge; Annika Unsworth; Kuljeet Gill

Testimonials

‘I find the strength of the team, collectively and individually, to be a great positive.’

‘Daniel Hall – an eye for detail and also the big picture of a transaction. Sees things from the client’s perspective and has a strong commercial sense.’

‘Jamie Partridge has a phenomenal eye for detail and capacity for sustained, high-quality work.’

‘Kuljeet Gill is an incredibly experienced corporate/commercial lawyer with exceptional knowledge and attention to detail and a phenomenal drive, which is invaluable in ensuring deadlines are met and projects completed.’

Key clients

Morris Group

Revolution Beauty Group

Forcepoint LLC

Shareholders of Cocogreen Professional Substrates Group Limited

Globus Group

Sovereign Capital Partners

Arcline Capital Partners

Endless LLP

H2 Equity Partners

ProCook Group Plc

The University of Manchester

Work highlights

    Pinsent Masons LLP

    The ‘pragmatic‘ corporate offering at Pinsent Masons LLP leverages its substantial international presence to assist with the full gamut of complex cross-border transactions, focusing particularly on the technology, infrastructure and education sectors. Private equity work is a stand-out area of strength; Kieran Toal and Amie Norris regularly advise on such mandates. For M&A, Alasdair Weir is the name to note. On the commercial side, the Manchester office fields global practice head Samantha Livesey, who is recognised for her expertise in intellectual property, IT and data matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Samantha Livesey

    Other key lawyers:

    Kieran Toal; Amie Norris; Alasdair Weir; Sam Hall

    Testimonials

    ‘Commercial and practical approach to problemsolving.’

    ‘Alasdair Weir – good communication skills and attention to detail.’

    ‘The Pinsent Masons team is responsive and pragmatic. They have delivered cost-effective and quality work to suit the tight deadlines that we set.’

    ‘Sam Hall offers solutions-focused advice and takes a welcomed commercial approach to negotiations.’

    ‘Samantha Livesey and Sam Hall have demonstrated that they understand us and our perspective really well. This commercial acumen, coupled with their legal skills, is highly appreciated.’

    ‘Samantha Livesey – gets right to the heart of an issue quickly. Stand-out commercial acumen. Sam Hall – excellent quality drafting and commercial input. Handles clients with real skill.’

    ‘Strong team, very experienced, led from the front.’

    ‘Samantha Livesey – excellent commercial partner.’

    Key clients

    World Athletics

    Jockey Club Racecourses

    Honda Motor Europe

    Partou

    Peel Ports Investments Limited

    John Wood Group PLC

    Sabio Ltd

    Waterland

    SoftwareONE

    British Engineering Services Group

    Numis Securities Limited

    easyJet

    Livingbridge

    Work highlights

    • Advised Sirius Real Estate on its accelerated bookbuild share placing on both the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges to raise gross proceeds of £137m, which were applied to part-fund the £380m acquisition of BizSpace.
    • Advised Swiss-listed SoftwareONE on its acquisition of HeleCloud, a UK-based cloud-native consulting, software architecture, infrastructure engineering and managed service provider with a presence in the Netherlands and Bulgaria.
    • Advised World Athletics on a wide selection of commercial, intellectual property and media contracts, including a Media Rights Agreement with the European Broadcasting Union.

    Squire Patton Boggs

    Transactional work forms the cornerstone of the practice at Squire Patton Boggs. The team advises on mandates ranging from international acquisitions and disposals in the mid-market and upper mid-market private equity, to joint ventures and green economy M&A. Darren Warburton and James Fitzgibbon  are noted for their knowledge of the chemicals manufacturing and energy sectors, respectively. Louise Barber is noted for her niche expertise in matters at the intersection of corporate and capital markets and regularly acts for companies admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange. Giles Chesher leads the group, working closely with seasoned practitioner Andrea Cropley.

    Practice head(s):

    Giles Chesher

    Other key lawyers:

    James Fitzgibbon; Andrea Cropley; Louise Barber; Darren Warbuton

    Testimonials

    ‘The team know our business extremely well, which means they tailor their advice to our risk appetite. They are responsive and pragmatic.’

    ‘Giles Chesher’s client relationship management is second to none. He is also an extremely able deal lawyer, with a very effective negotiating style that combines commercial pragmatism with tenacity when required to get the best outcome for his client. He manages cross-border deals seamlessly, bringing in colleagues from various departments to provide specialist advice and translating its impact into practical risks that our business colleagues can assess.’

    ‘High-quality, timely, practical advice provided throughout the team. Key issues identified early and pragmatic solutions offered.’

    ‘Responsive, professional and very enjoyable to work with.’

    ‘Well resourced across all grades of lawyer, good cross disciplinary skills, agile and responsive, client centric’

    ‘Andrea Cropley is a trusted advisor and valued partner. Highly skilled, has presence and gravitas and a “let’s get this done” attitude.’

    Key clients

    GB Group plc

    Instem plc

    Miss Group (backed by Perwyn Private Equity)

    BGF

    Foresight Group/Clubhouse Golf Limited

    ECI Partners LLP

    Radius Payment Solutions Limited

    EPIC Investment Partners LLP

    LDC

    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

    Studio Retail Group plc

    Cushon Group Limited

    Boxt

    Doodles Drinks

    Fourth Group

    Hospedia

    Sambro

    Sweatband.com

    Progeny Group

    Talkwalker

    WCCTV

    TheLogically Limited

    Costain Pension Trustees

    Innospec Pension Trustees

    Work highlights

    • Advised GB Group, the Chester-based identification verification specialist, on its £547m acquisition of Acuant.
    • Advised ECI Partners and its management shareholders on the sale of KB Associates to the Waystone Group (backed by Montagu and Hg).
    • Advised Aptamer Group on its £80.7m AIM IPO.

    CMS

    CMS is known as a go-to corporate advisor in the real estate and financial services sectors. Manchester-based team lead Howard Gill and seasoned practitioner Matthew Davies are the names to note for each of these areas, respectively. The group is also extremely well regarded for its expertise in work with a nexus to high growth companies and early stage investments. National practice co-heads Charles Currier and Victoria Henry oversee the offering from the London office.

    Practice head(s):

    Howard Gill; Charles Currier; Victoria Henry

    Other key lawyers:

    Matthew Davies

    Key clients

    Far East Consortium International Limited

    RDI REIT P.L.C.

    International Hotel Properties Limited

    Manchester Airport Group

    Select Property Group

    Spectrum Brands Group

    Brooks Macdonald Funds Limited

    Ground Rents Income Fund plc

    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 Gallery.com Limited

    Big Help Homes Limited

    JD Sports Fashion PLC

    Radius Payments Solutions Limited

    Worldline

    Social Communications Group

    Coadjute

    Work highlights

    • Advised LSE-listed RDI REIT on its £468m recommended takeover by Starwood Capital Private Equity.
    • Advised Bibby Line Group on the sale of Costcutter Supermarkets Group, consisting of over 1,500 convenience stores throughout the UK, branded Costcutter, MACE, Kwik-Save and Simply Fresh.
    • Assisting Worldline with the sale of its Ingenico businesses in Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg.

    DWF

    At DWF, the corporate offering is overseen by global practice head Frank Shephard and M&A specialist Jonathan Robinson. The pair is well versed in private equity transactions, with Robinson also regularly handling cross-border matters. Legal director Vicky Thomas is also noted for her work in these areas. Commercial expert James Lonsdale‘s expertise spans agency, distribution, supply and outsourcing contracts issues, particularly those relating to high-profile and complex projects. In January 2022, the firm welcomed senior associate Kathryn Myers from an in-house position.

    Practice head(s):

    Frank Shephard; James Lonsdale; Jonathan Robinson

    Other key lawyers:

    Vicky Thomas; Kathryn Myers; Darren Ormsby

    Testimonials

    ‘Darren Ormsby has been an exceptional partner for us, offering sound advice, availability as needed and the expertise we require. Because of Darren, DWF have become our legal partner of choice.’

    ‘Excellent relationship with partners and ability to tailor the service to the size and scale of the task/deal.’

    ‘Extremely professional and amiable individuals. Adaptable and flexible in working practices and timeframes.’

    Key clients

    BT PLC

    Sovereign Capital

    Moneyplus Group Limited

    Simginuity Limited

    Inflexion Private Equity Partners

    Lloyds Development Capital

    NorthEdge Capital

    Livingbridge LLP

    YFM Equity Partners

    Prefequity

    RMS International Limited

    Cardinal Maritime Group Limited

    Zuto Holdings Limited

    Data Capital Group Limited

    Scapa Group plc

    Together Money

    Endless LLP

    Palatine Private Equity LLP

    Reebok International Limited

    Zeus Capital Limited

    Tatton Asset Management plc

    Perspective Financial Group

    Assura PLC

    Missguided

    Trak Global Group

    Wincanton Plc

    Advanced Supply Chain Group

    Munnelly Group plc

    Bollington Wilson Limited

    K3 Business Technology Group Plc

    MusicMagpie Plc

    Arthouse Limited

    Daisy Group Holdings Limited

    Wasteland Private Equity

    O’Neill Patient Solicitors

    IMC Group

    Comparison Technologies Group

    Evergreen Life

    DR&P Group

    Work highlights

    • Advised Inflexion Private Equity Partners on the sale of Bollington Wilson Group to Gallagher Holdings.
    • Advised Zeus Capital on the admission of Ladbible to AIM.
    • Advised Missguided on an investment by Alteri.

    Gateley Plc

    At Gateley Plc, the group is equally well versed in advising instituions and management on private equity, capital markets and M&A deals – on the corporate side – as well as on procurement, outsourcing, data protection and privacy issues on the commercial side. Recently, the firm has also been particularly focused on assisting large corporates, including Timpson and BetFred, with their buy and build strategies. Charles Glaskie, Paul Jefferson and Rebecca Grisewood are the key senior names to note.

    Practice head(s):

    Charles Glaskie

    Other key lawyers:

    Paul Jefferson; Rebecca Grisewood; Kate Richards

    Testimonials

    ‘A strong, flexible team that thinks outside the box and gets to know the client’s business. We like the latter and the fact that we don’t have to explain the logic of why we want to do ‘x’ or ‘y’.’

    ‘The Gateley team takes a highly engaged and collaborative approach, taking time to understand the context in which their clients operate and adding value accordingly.’

    ‘We liked that all individuals were contactable throughout the pandemic and that a number actually rang us where government policies impacted on our business.’

    ‘Excellent all round in corporate and banking – always available and helpful.’

    ‘Our main points of contact in the corporate and commercial team are Kate Richards and Rebecca Grisewood. In simple terms… they get the job done and don’t engage in ‘point scoring’. They understand that time is precious and that contracts are negotiated. We also like the fact that we can negotiate a fixed price fee at the outset for a piece of work.’

    ‘We valued their commitment to deliver a very aggressive and demanding program of work.’

    Key clients

    Palatine Private Equity

    LDC

    Bridges Capital

    Radius Payment Solutions

    Timpson Group

    Peninsula Business Services

    Inspired plc

    Next Wave Partners

    BetFred

    Just Childcare

    Wren Sterling Financial Planning

    Accrol Plc

    Work highlights

    • Advising Palatine Private Equity on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Wren Sterling by Palatine Private Equity Fund II and others to a newco financed by Lightyear Capital.
    • Advising the selling shareholders and management team of National Education Group on the MBO by a newco funded by Synova Capital GP.
    • Advising LDC and the newco buyer on its multi-million-pound investment in Marmalade Game Studio, a UK games developer and publisher, to support the management team’s growth strategy and future game launches across its offices in London and Lisbon.

    Hill Dickinson LLP

    At Hill Dickinson LLP, corporate mandates are overseen by Ian Gillis who takes the lead on many of the stellar M&A and private equity deals for which the firm is known. Other practitioners with notable expertise in these areas include Ian Riggs, who is most commonly instructed by family businesses and entrepreneurs; transactions expert David Mkhitarian; and Sean Lightfoot, who was promoted to legal director in November 2021. For commercial work, the group fields seasoned practitioner Mark Fitzgibbon who is widely recognised for his public procurement work.

    Practice head(s):

    Ian Gillis; Mark Fitzgibbon

    Other key lawyers:

    Ian Riggs; David Mkhitarian; Sean Lightfoot

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is fantastic in all aspects. They are hugely passionate about the job they do, pragmatic, super knowledgable and dedicated. They are hands down the best legal company we have ever worked with. They get the job and go above and beyond to make sure everything is not only done brilliantly, but also done with passion and care.’

    ‘Absolutely outstanding, attention to detail, dedication. They deal quickly and pragmatically with any last-minute things that arise, regardless of the time of day or night. Totally dedicated and committed team.’

    ‘Mark Fitzgibbon’s technical knowledge in respect of the public procurement regime is second to none, and at the same time he is able to offer very practical, commercially sound advice. He is always a real pleasure to work with.’

    Key clients

    Silicone Engineering Limited

    Kingswood Corporation

    Leonard Curtis Recovery

    Bis Henderson Consulting

    Leisure Lakes Limited

    IQ Glass Solutions

    Harlequin Group

    Tier 1 Asset Management

    NHS England

    Vynova Runcorn Limited

    Laceby Limited (t/a Absolute Collagen)

    Presspart Limited

    Medicines Discovery Catapult

    Thermo Fisher

    ACC Liverpool Limited (t/a Liverpool Arena)

    The Little Greene Paint Company Limited

    Managed IT Services Group limited

    Rowan Recruitment

    BGF

    Waterland Private Equity

    Sykes Cottages

    Dept UK Holing

    Rhino Products

    YFM Private Equity

    Lucena Capital

    Palatine Private Equity

    Work highlights

    • Advising UP Global Sourcing on the £34m acquisition of the Salter brand from FKA Brands, including assisting with a £15m fundraise by way of a placing of new shares on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
    • Advising Jadebricks, who are developing a new Adagio Access aparthotel in the Northern Quarter area of Manchester, on the Hotel Management Agreement (under the Adagio Access brand) with Cycas Hospitality.
    • Advising the management team of PAM Occupation Health Solutions on an investment by private equity firm LDC into PAM Group.

    Pannone Corporate LLP

    Pannone Corporate LLP‘s sizeable corporate offering comprises a number of recognised practitioners with considerable M&A, private equity and venture capital expertise. Steven Grant, Tim Hamilton, Mark WinthorpeTom Hall and Andrew Walsh are the key names to note for such work. The firm continues to stand out for its depth of knowledge in the e-commerce industry and is instructed by a notable roster of household names in this sector, many with cross-border requirements. On the commercial side, Amy Chandler, who has a particular specialism in IP and IT-related agreements, takes the lead.

    Practice head(s):

    Steven Grant

    Other key lawyers:

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

    Testimonials

    ‘The team assigned to projects works seamlessly so that there is a continuum of service provision, from partner to manager to associate. They anticipate client needs well, look for ways to reduce client workloads, and translate legal “jargon” efficiently to help client understanding of situations/implications and present options. Where direction/opinion is needed, they will offer it without hesitation.’

    ‘Tom Hall and Arshnoor Amershi – highly collaborative, listen to clients effectively and demonstrate high commitment throughout the project, sticking to deadlines and working well in multi-disciplinary teams (across multiple parties). Tom is a strong leader and facilitator.’

    ‘The team has been extremely aware of our business and the position it found itself in. The corporate and commercial team worked to help us keep everyone co-ordinated and at the same time provided sound commercial and corporate advice.’

    ‘Tim Hamilton always helps us to look at things from a different perspective, giving “commercial” advice having listened to the problem in hand and the stated objective. Tim always made sure that he had thought about our particular issue and gave us a considered opinion.’

    Key clients

    YFM Equity Partners

    Maven Capital Partners

    Slicker Recycling

    Tradebe Group

    Marlborough Fund Managers

    NorthEdge Capital

    NVM Private Equity

    Franke

    Metaventures

    Chloride Group

    Manchester Central Convention Centre

    Granada Material Handling

    Brother

    EM&I

    Work highlights

    • Advised boohoo.com on its £72m acquisition of a Jersey company, which held its new flagship property in Soho, London.
    • Assisted private equity institutions Maven and Mercia with their sale of Mojo Mortgages to RVU Group, part of Zoopla.
    • Advised tech investment institution Metaventures on its acquisition of and investment in Dubit, to help build the world’s first metaverse e-sports league.

    Shoosmiths LLP

    Tim Jackson-Smith and Andrew Millar jointly head up the corporate offering at Shoosmiths LLP. The former – who also co-leads the firm’s energy group – brings this dual expertise to the role, while the latter continues to lead on some of the team’s highest value transactions. The department’s public company expertise was further strengthened in May 2022 by the arrival of associate Poppy Ball from Gateley Plc. Another significant recent acquisition was senior practitioner Elia Montorio, formerly of DLA Piper. On the commercial side, Richard Millington – who regularly advises on projects across the retail, media and sports sectors – and Luke Stubbs – who has significant fintech knowledge – are the key names to note.

    Practice head(s):

    Tim Jackson-Smith; Richard Millington; Luke Stubbs

    Other key lawyers:

    Andrew Millar; Elia Montorio; Poppy Ball

    Testimonials

    ‘Very friendly team with deep M&A expertise and ability to adapt to changing deal circumstances.’

    ‘Andrew Millar is an excellent negotiator. Clear and responsive to client needs. Technically excellent in his field.’

    ‘Tim Jackson-Smith is very responsive, gets to the point and provides consistently good advice.’

    ‘The Shoosmiths team was integrated, bringing together a number of competencies within the same time. We are impressed with the level of connectivity within the team, and that they were completely aligned in their advice so that you can speak to any person and get clear and consistent advice across a broad range of topics.’

    ‘We found Andrew Millar and Tim Jackson-Smith to be clear, concise and structured in their advice. They were very commercial, and highly engaged in the project throughout. They were also available to the client and ourselves as advisors whenever required, which was critical to the success of the project in a very tight timeframe.’

    ‘Shoosmiths take ownership of the deal and are to be commended for the commercial outlook. Exceptional client care and a comfortable environment.’

    ‘Richard Millington – excellent client service with swift grasp of the issues.’

    Key clients

    Hexagon Metrology Inc

    Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

    Hedges Direct Group Ltd

    Wraith Holdings International Limited (the “Bench” brand)

    Hallam Land Management Limited

    Matillion Limited

    Fissara Limited

    Tudor Group Limited

    Sandcastle Care Limited

    Radius Payment Solutions Limited

    Radii Planet Group Limited

    Infex Therapeutics Limited

    Biofortuna Limited

    Crown Golf Limited

    DataLase Limited

    Lingit A.S.

    Berkeley De Veer Limited

    Alcidion UK Limited

    Avant Homes Limited

    Compusoft GB Limited

    MIP Holdings Limited

    Texthelp Limited

    Zip Payments

    Cellnex UK Limited

    Global Switch Limited

    TRX

    Peloton

    Pentland Group

    French Connection Group

    Work highlights

    • Advised the shareholders of Berkeley De Veer on the investment provided by Elliott Management into Berkeley De Veer (by way of the formation of Viva Topco which acquired Berkeley De Veer Holdings), and additionally advised Viva Topco on the acquisition of Avant.
    • Advised MIP Holdings on its acquisition of French Connection Group by way of a scheme of arrangement.
    • Advising Zip on the full range of commercial and contracting matters, including affiliate and introducer arrangements with e-commerce platforms, merchant services agreements (with the likes of Boohoo and the The Hut Group), customer – facing terms, and regulatory and data protection matters.

    Brabners LLP

    Brabners LLP offers ‘the depth and expertise of a large-scale London-based firm‘, particularly in the sport, technology, medical, automotive, hotel and housing sectors. On the corporate side, Simon Lewis and Tony Harper are a recommended duo. Caroline Litchfield, noted for her transactional expertise, and Sam Mabon, who is equally proficient in advising clients on complex acquisitions and disposals, and business strategy, are also recommended. Another key contact on the commercial side is Richard Hough, who has a particular focus on healthcare regulatory work. The recent arrival of Morgan Lewis from Knights plc in March 2021 and Chloe Morgan from JMW Solicitors LLP in June of the same year has further strengthened the firm’s offering in this space.

    Practice head(s):

    Sam Mabon; Richard Hough

    Other key lawyers:

    Tony Harper; Caroline Litchfield; Simon Lewis; Emma Thomas; Chloe Morgan; Morgan Lewis

    Testimonials

    ‘Very responsive. Very knowledgable. Punch above their weight.’

    ‘Sam Mabon is a very experienced and commercially minded partner. Sam is my go-to partner for all corporate matters.’

    ‘They are great at listening to a problem and working on a pragmatic, sensible solution. They keep their approach simple, straight forward and solution-oriented.’

    ‘Great listening skills and strong collaboration. Often present options with pros and cons. Really effective communication.’

    ‘Brabners has the depth and expertise of a large-scale London-based firm yet operates in a cost-effective, engaged and efficient way.’

    ‘They have a strong team of professionals specialised for different fields, so in terms of corporate and commercial practice, you are able to get full support in all areas. They are really professional, responsive, have a great attitude, and put in their best efforts in when it comes to their clients.

    ‘Sam Mabon – professional, supportive, responsive. A great person to work with, who always gives you the feeling you are his number one client. Great negotiation skills, positive, and solution oriented. His skills resulted in the utmost positive outcome.’

    ‘Emma Thomas was continually proactive and her response times were extraordinary. I consider that the Brabners team acted for me as if it was their business that was buying the company. Emma was always available and also able to navigate that most difficult of tasks – delicately letting the vendor (and their solicitor) know that she knows her field without causing offence.’

    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

    Codeweavers Ltd

    Httpool Holdings UK Limited

    Parcel2go.com Limited

    UK Meds Direct Limited

    NorthWest EHealth Ltd

    Wigan Athletic F.C.

    Electric Glass Fiber UK Ltd

    HR Healthcare t/a Treated.com

    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

    Work highlights

    • Advised Httpool Holdings and its parent company, Aleph Internet Media Services, on the acquisition of 86% of Connect Ads DMCC.
    • Advised Begbies Traynor on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of David Rubin & Partners.
    • Advising Wigan Rugby League Club on a variety of issues.

    Browne Jacobson LLP

    Since the arrival of ‘technically excellent and commercially pragmatic‘ practitioners Peter Allen and senior associate Ryan Brown in 2019, Browne Jacobson LLP‘s corporate offering in Manchester has been handling transactions of increasing size and complexity for a growing roster of notable clients. In 2021, the firm expanded its capabilities even further with the acquisition of commerical specialist Cat Driscoll; she brings her experience as a legal director advising on a wide range of contract and IP matters at DWF to the role.

    Practice head(s):

    Peter Allen; Cat Driscoll

    Other key lawyers:

    Ryan Brown

    Testimonials

    ‘The corporate team at BJ Manchester has an excellent understanding of both the issues that face clients, and the way that other members of the team work. Their advice is measured, proportionate, and never delays progress on a deal unless the matter under consideration is absolutely fundamental. Furthermore, their ability to earn the clients’ trust is unparalleled, and this ability to develop relationships quickly creates an atmosphere which more easily facilitates transactions.’

    ‘Ryan Brown has competence that exceeds his standing as a senior associate, to the extent that each time I deal with BJ the required input of a partner diminishes.’

    ‘The PE experience of the team in the mid-market space is unique. The Browne Jacobson Manchester M&A Team are high quality individuals, well known in the city for their commercial acumen, can-do attitude and negotiation skills. The wider firm are also brought to bear on a number of transactions as the specialists in specific areas come to the fore.’

    ‘Ryan Brown is soon to be a leading light in the Manchester legal market in his own right; the support Ryan provides to Peter Allen on a transaction is second to none and is regularly commented on (in a positive manner).’

    ‘Great depth of knowledge and resources across the team, both locally and nationally. Clear and straightforward advice with a clear recommendation and opinion at the end of the legal analysis, delivered with obvious commercial understanding of the wider context within which their advice is being provided and the potential business impact.’

    ‘Technically excellent and commercially pragmatic – the combination of Peter Allen and Ryan Brown just works – a great team. Ryan’s grasp and retention of the detail on all aspects of a corporate transaction is superb, with Peter providing years of experience and great commercial awareness.’

    ‘Very responsive; great breadth of expertise; good advice’.

    ‘Peter Allen is a stand-out performer. Goes above and beyond what is expected to provide a first rate service.’

    Key clients

    Sale of Chesterfelt Ltd

    Palatine Private Equity and CET Property Assurance – Project Castle

    Access Creative College and Apiary Capital

    SICAME S.A.S

    Apiary Capital and Project Engine Bidco Limited

    Cooper Software Ltd

    Construction Testing Solutions Ltd

    The First Milk Cheese Company Limited and First Milk

    Weight Partners Capital LLP

    Salocin Capital

    Maven Capital

    Work highlights

    • Advised Access Creative College and Apiary Capital on the acquisition of a sound of music institute (dBs) by Access Creative College, backed by private equity firm Apiary Capital.
    • Advised Cooper Software and its shareholder and management team on YFM Equity Partners’ investment into the client.
    • Advised Weight Partners Capital on its acquisition of the Grosvenor Health and Social Care Group.

    Fieldfisher

    The ‘immensely efficient‘ team at Fieldfisher combines work for prolific AIM-listed companies with a thriving venture capital practice. David Bowcock heads up the group and is regularly supported on deals by recommended senior associate Adam Jones. The ‘exceptionally sharpTom Ward is another key contact; he advises companies, investors, entrepreneurs and management teams on M&A and private equity transactions, and has a strong focus on the technology, life sciences, and food and beverage sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    David Bowcock

    Other key lawyers:

    Adam Jones; Tom Ward

    Testimonials

    ‘Uniqueness is created by the blend of rigour mixed with a highly commercial approach.’

    ‘David Bowcock is an outstanding corporate lawyer – organised and communicative.’

    ‘The corporate team is immensely efficient, driving a huge number of transactions to completion each month, whilst still putting client communication first. Their in-depth knowledge of legal documentation and ability to negotiate warranties, representations and indemnities has been proven to protect my interests against less savvy or purposefully disruptive opposing solicitors.’

    ‘From rapidly learning my negotiating style to effortlessly dealing with sellers’ demands, Tom Ward was exceptionally sharp and thorough. Tom seamlessly acted as my main point of contact across several Fieldfisher teams. A leader in communication and relationship building, Tom always delivers sound, professional and commercial solutions.

    Key clients

    Marlowe plc

    Restore plc

    Made Tech Group plc

    Gusbourne plc

    Merit Group plc

    Fuel Ventures

    Founders Factory

    Getir

    Oh Goodlord

    OnBuy.com

    Work highlights

    • Advising e-commerce platform OnBuy.com on its £35m Series A+ venture capital and venture debt financing, which was structured as mix of both equity and venture debt, involved participation from strategic retail and tech investors, Scandinavian VC firm Bring Ventures, Norway Post venture arm, and London early-stage growth specialist VC fund Fuel Ventures, among others.
    • Advising on Marlowe’s £135m acquisition of Optima Health Group and related £131m secondary fundraising through a cash box accelerated book build process.
    • Advising on Made Tech Group’s initial public offering on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

    Irwin Mitchell

    Irwin Mitchell‘s practice has been growing rapidly since its formation in 2017, providing ever more complex transactional and project management advice to a growing roster of clients; the firm’s highly regarded expertise in the media and creative industries has aided this development. Victoria Zivkovic and Adam Kaucherwork exceptionally well as a team‘ to lead on the corporate side. Laura Harper, who oversees the commercial offering, was recently joined by Suzanne Thompson, formerly of Bromleys Solicitors LLP.

    Practice head(s):

    Victoria Zivkovic; Adam Kaucher; Laura Harper

    Other key lawyers:

    Suzanne Thompson

    Testimonials

    ‘The Irwin Mitchell team has been steadily improving its profile in the Manchester region. The ability of Victoria Zivkovic and Adam Kaucher to work together on a transaction, with each bringing different points and skills to bear, is significant.’

    ‘Adam Kaucher and Victoria Zivkovic are my key contacts. They have increased their profile over recent years completing a number of high-profile transactions in the last 12-24 months which shows their development as an M&A Team. Both very good lawyers, but with slightly different and overlapping skill sets – they work exceptionally well as a team.’

    ‘Advice, availability and pragmatic approach.’

    Key clients

    Swansway Group

    Fircroft Group

    Brown Shipley & Co

    Maven Capital Partners

    Apis Assay Technologies

    Praetura Ventures

    Beringea

    Whispering Smith Limited

    Liverpool Chirochem Limited

    Firesprite Limited

    Newson Health Limited

    Balance App Limited

    J Hopkins (Contractors) Limited

    Waterside Hotel

    Autocoding Systems Limited

    YFM Ventures

    Park Homes (UK) Limited

    FCF Holdings Limited

    Manchester Rusk Company Limited

    Econocom Group

    Work highlights

    • Advised the shareholders of AutoCoding Systems on its sale to JBT Corporation.
    • Advised Park Homes (UK) on the acquisition of EachStep Care, an elderly care business comprising 15 sites.
    • Advised YFM Private Equity on its investment into Vypr Validation Technologies.

    JMW Solicitors LLP

    Whilst the primary focus of JMW Solicitors LLP is on complex M&A mandates, the team also regularly advises on all manner of transactional issues, including financing, members’ agreements and structuring; Mike Blood takes the lead on these areas. Mark Heppell also stands out for his corporate expertise. On the commercial side, Richard Parkinson is the key contact. Recently, the firm has seen a transformation in its core client base, and is now increasingly receiving instructions from buyers and investors, rather than sellers and owner managers.

    Practice head(s):

    Mike Blood

    Other key lawyers:

    Mark Heppell; Richard Parkinson

    Testimonials

    ‘The service we receive from JMW is excellent – they respond to our requests in a timely manner and always look to recycle any previous work they’ve done for us to keep down costs and time allocation. Richard Parkinson is very approachable and he’s built a very skilful team around him.’

    ‘Richard Parkinson’s diligence and the way he inspires his team to equally high standards is what makes them really stand out. He also takes the time to really understand your business before offering legal advice, and stands up to their “In Your Corner” tagline.’

    ‘JMW operate a central point of contact, with a clear method for delivering simple and direct advice and directing enquiries to other parts of their business. The relationships with the individuals within JMW are built on trust and I have confidence that they will neither pad hours nor bring in unnnecessary practitioners.’

    ‘My experience with Richard Parkinson has never been less than positive, he provides accurate, timely advice with recourse to the rest of JMW where needed and has always worked transparently with me. He understands the nature of our work and is able to determine the appropriate level of advice to be delivered to achieve the outcome we are looking for. From my perspective, his greatest strength is the ability to contextualise our issues, understand our business and convey advice from both a technical/legal perspective and in layman’s terms so that we can disseminate the advice and findings internally where needed.’

    ‘JMW have a number of excellent lawyers who build an excellent relationship with their clients understanding their business and striving to support them with care and attention. We have used JMW for a number of years now and would highly recommend them for a variety of services.’

    ‘Richard Parkinson understands the needs of our business and supports our aims and objectives providing excellent legal and commercial advice so that we can obtain the best solutions for our business. Richard’s knowledge is second to none and the speed of service has meant we haven’t missed any opportunity.’

    Key clients

    Handepay Limited

    Brookhouse Group Limited

    Healthwork Limited

    Perspective Financial Group Limited

    Eurofins Digital Testing UK Holding Ltd

    DNA Fit Limited trading as Prenetics

    LWC Drinks Limited

    Meridian Business Support Limited

    Voly Limited

    Universal Tanker Group Limited

    Uinsure Limited

    ADT Workplace Limited

    Xeinadin Group Limited

    Compass Minerals UK Limited

    Envirosystems (UK) Limited

    Merchant Rentals Limited

    Queensberry Promotions

    MyPura.com Limited

    Birmingham Bank Limited

    Pulseroll

    Boutique Hotel Group Limited

    Queensberry Promotions

    Green Thumb Limited

    Maven Capital

    Work highlights

    • Advised the shareholders of Handepay and Merchant Rentals on the sale of the companies to Paypoint for £70m.
    • Advised MC2 on its transition to employee ownership.
    • Advised Perspective Group on multiple acquisitions in the financial services sector.

    KPMG Law in the United Kingdom

    KPMG Law in the United Kingdom assists a client roster which ranges from SMEs founded and based in the North West to large UK and multinational PLCs and private companies. Under the guidance of experienced corporate specialists Paul Kelly and Edward Bartlett, the team focuses on providing M&A and resturcturing advice. The technology sector is an area of particular expertise.

    Practice head(s):

    Paul Kelly; Edward Bartlett

    Other key lawyers:

    David Fitzmaurice; Sarah Flinn

    Testimonials

    ‘Available 24/7, this highly skilled and motivated team make the M&A process as simple as possible for us.’

    ‘The team are just excellent to deal with. I found them to be supportive, professional, on the ball, down to earth and empathetic, really cannot recommend the legal team at KPMG enough.’

    ‘The KPMG team are warm, personable, great fun to work with, as well as delivering to the highest possible level. They work in true partnership with their clients, at pace and with incredible diligence and attention to detail.’

    ‘Paul Kelly always considers the commercial element of an issue when giving advice.’

    ‘Edward Bartlett has the tact, diplomacy, patience and experience to negotiate all sides of a transaction brilliantly. He is pro-active in his client relationship management, fully transparent on costs and manages expectations on all sides superbly.’

    ‘Edward Bartlett really stood out. He is superb at explaining complex points to clients and getting large groups of principals and advisors to cut through the discussion and reach agreement.’

    ‘Both Edward Bartlett and all his team went out of the way in making sure the protracted deal discussions came to a satisfactory end for all concerned.’

    Key clients

    Bouygues

    Doosan Power Systems S.A

    GlobalData Plc

    Hewlett Packard International

    London Stock Exchange Group PLC

    NG Bailey

    Nobia Holdings UK Limited

    Quinnfinity

    Synetiq Group

    Shareholders of Killer Ink Limited

    The shareholders of Planet Enterprises Limited

    INEOS

    Aegion Corporation

    INOVYN

    Work highlights

    • Advised the selling shareholders on the £225m divestment of Synetiq.
    • Assisted with the UK due diligence aspects of French company Boygues’ €6.7bn cross-border acquisition of the Equans business from Energie.
    • Advised NG Bailey on its investment into British Volt, the constructor and operator of the UK’s first electric vehicle battery Gigafactory.

    Mills & Reeve LLP

    Mills & Reeve LLP expertly leverages its expertise in the healthcare, life sciences and technology sectors to handle the full gamut of corporate and commercial mandates. Chris Ross and Chris Wilkinson oversee the former practice area, while Paul Knight leads on the latter. The group’s deep bench also includes recommended principal associate Vicky Protano and Melissa Welch, who joined from Primas in April 2021, and was promoted to senior associate in September of the same year.

    Practice head(s):

    Chris Ross; Chris Wilkinson; Paul Knight

    Other key lawyers:

    Vicky Protano; Melissa Welch

    Key clients

    TIP Trailer Services UK Limited

    Shareholders of Great British Communications Limited

    Sole shareholder of Rebo UK Limited

    CorpAcq Limited

    Shareholders of UK Live Limited

    Shareholders of MPirical Limited

    Hunter Douglas (UK) Limited

    Management of AT Engine Controls Limited

    Shareholders of Enviroflow Management Limited and Streetwise UK Management Limited

    Encon Insulation Limited

    Steel Dynamics Group

    Michael J Field Consulting Actuaries

    Work highlights

    • Advising the sole shareholder of Rebo UK, trading as Outdoor toys, on the company’s £82m sale to 3i backed trade acquirer GartenHaus, based in Germany.
    • Assisted Steel Dynamics Group with several acquisitions.
    • Negotiating the terms of a multi-million pound long-term supply agreement between Encon Insulation and PFC Corofil for the supply of passive fire protection products, in conjunction with the sale of PFC Corofil from Encon to Manchester-based Tenmat.

    Slater Heelis

    Slater Heelis continues to stand out as a firm of choice for lower mid-market M&A transactions, particularly in the life sciences sector. Entrepreneurial clients are another key source of instruction, and particularly value the team’s proven ability to guide early-stage companies through their funding rounds to an eventual exit. Simon Wallwork heads up the practice, and shares the workload with experienced practitioners Rhian Owen and Janet Robinson.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Wallwork

    Other key lawyers:

    Rhian Owen; Janet Robinson

    Testimonials

    ‘The Slater Heelis corporate and commercial Manchester practice go that extra mile to deliver the results required. Small, but perfectly capable of taking on the big practices.’

    ‘Simon Wallwork leads by example, he has a persona and experience that you can trust and depend on.’

    ‘Practical, no nonsense advice. Always looking to progress things and give useful suggestions.’

    Key clients

    Ubiquigent Limited

    Dr Fertility Limited

    D Wise Holdings Inc & D Wise Technology UK Ltd

    IEG Holdings Ltd

    BiVictrix Therapeutics plc

    DAR Industrial Trucks Ltd

    Blueberry Therapeutics Ltd

    Monument Therapeutics Ltd

    Imagin3D Ltd

    Cryonis Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised BiVictrix on its admission to AIM and on the placing of £7.2m.
    • Advised IEG Holdings and its shareholders on an investment by Lloyds Development Capital, which enabled a cash out for shareholders and saw LDC taking a minority stake in the Group.
    • Advising D-Wise Holdings and D-Wise Technology UK on the English law implications of their disposal to Instem.

    TLT

    TLT is differentiated by its core focus on a number of industries; the firm has a proven track record handling transactional and commercial mandates across the retail, financial services, leisure and public sectors. On the transactional side, Ian Roberts and Elizabeth Delaney are some of the key senior contacts. The corporate offering was further strengthened in October 2021 by the arrival of legal director Andrew Clare from DAC Beachcroft LLP. For commercial work, particularly in the fintech space, Stuart Campbell is the name to note.

    Practice head(s):

    Ian Roberts; Stuart Campbell

    Other key lawyers:

    Elizabeth Delaney; Richard Life; Mark Traynor; Alex Williamson; Andrew Clare

    Testimonials

    ‘All the team we have dealt with have been true professionals, going above and beyond to serve our needs.’

    ‘Ian Roberts is prolific, acting on all of our acquisitions. As an M&A advisor, he is also a top choice for our clients as he is exceptional at what he does.’

     

    Key clients

    K3 Capital group plc

    Boohoo Group plc

    Thrive Childcare Group (previously Bertram)

    SpaMedica Limited

    In The Style Fashion Limited

    Space48 Limited

    Maven Capital Partners

    Barburrito Group Limited and management

    Business Growth Fund

    Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

    Department of Health and Social Care

    Government Legal Department

    Superdry plc

    WH Smith PLC

    Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

    Metropolitan Police

    Yorkshire Building Society

    Checkout.com

    Elavon Financial Services

    Imperial Brands PLC

    Greene King Limited

    Police ICT

    Matthew Clark Bibendum Limited

    UK Finance

    C&J Clark International Ltd

    Iceland

    Work highlights

    • Advised professional services group K3 Capital on a share placing move which saw it raise £10m to fund two acquisitions of advisory firms, Knight Corporate Finance Group and Knight R&D.

    Weightmans LLP

    Under the guidance of ‘great point personSarah Walton and owner-managed-business expert Paul Raftery, the corporate offering at Weightmans LLP assists clients from the technology, healthcare, utilities and waste, manufacturing and financial services sectors with the full gamut of transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, and venture capital deals. On the commercial side, Martin Vincent and Vincent King take the lead; in this sphere, the firm is particularly renowned for its work within the public sector.

    Other key lawyers:

    Sarah Walton; Paul Raftery; Martin Vincent; Vincent King

    Testimonials

    ‘Approachability, responsiveness and capability of solicitors. Above all, a level of confidence and trust in the advice received and commercial approach taken to get a deal over the line.’

    ‘The team at Weightmans have expertly facilitated delivery of instructions and they have adapted their usual procedures where possible to suit the client and encouraged feedback at all stages including regular update meetings. This has allowed large amounts of advice on discrete points to be provided, in-keeping with the client’s processes. To date, I have not experienced any other law firm to do this willingly for their clients.’

    ‘Sarah Walton is an exceptional lawyer with outstanding interpersonal skills who articulates the situation in a clear and precise way to achieve a great outcome for her clients.’

    ‘Sarah Walton is extremely easy to deal with. She is great point person and leads the team well. As a result they are very responsive and adapt well to short-term fluctuations/changes. Her advice is pragmatic and simple, but provides high confidence that she knows her stuff. Would highly recommend her and the team.’

    ‘They always make time for me and it always feels like I am their most important client. Turnaround is quick and efficient.’

    ‘Sarah Walton takes an excellent commercial approach.’

    ‘Weightmans were the first choice and have not disappointed.’

    ‘Clarified important details and distilled complex legal points to the client in a very accessible way.’

    Key clients

    Sonoco Limited

    Bestway National Chemists Limited t/a Well Pharmacy

    Sontay Limited

    ANS Group Limited

    DSW Venture Capital LLP

    Community Integrated Care

    TAC Holding Limited

    Hoyer Petrolog UK Limited

    Cybertill Limited

    Great Ideas Group Limited

    Robert Smethurst

    Composites One LLC

    Prosperity Investments and Developments Limited

    Seventeen Group

    Card Saver Limited

    Manchester Fertility Services Limited

    Mercarto Limited

    Apadmi Limited

    West Northamptonshire Council

    Rutland County Council

    Harrogate Borough Council

    NHS Blood Transplant

    London Fire Brigade

    North West Ambulance Service

    Northern Health Science Alliance

    Copeland Borough Council

    Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

    Leicestershire County Council

    Surrey Police

    Sussex Police

    Cambridgeshire Police

    Lancashire Police

    West Mercia Police

    Cheshire East Council

    Wigan Council

    National Crime Agency

    Locala Community Partnerships CIC

    Be Caring

    National Forest

    Irwell Valley Housing Association

    Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Association

    University of Cumbria

    Southampton Solent University

    University of London, Queen Mary

    Lancaster University

    University of Liverpool

    University of Law

    Manchester Metropolitan University

    London Business School

    Liverpool Hope University

    The Open University

    Work highlights

    • Advising Global Capital Partners on an investment in Flint Global.
    • Advised CIC on the sale of its older people’s care home business, EachStep Care, to Park Homes UK.
    • Assisted Hoyer Petrolog with its joint venture and acquisition of 51% of Fuels Transport & Logistics from DHL Supply Chain.

    Bermans

    Under the leadership of seasoned practitioner Jonathan Davage, Bermans fields a team of specialists in the SME transactional and corporate finance markets. TMT, M&A and private equity are fields of particular expertise. The firm is also seeing an increasing number of cross-border matters. Stephen Jarman and Barney Leaf complete the roster of senior team members, with Robin Hastings standing out at senior associate level.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Davage

    Other key lawyers:

    Stephen Jarman; Barney Leaf; Robin Hastings

    Testimonials

    ‘Bermans understand our business.’

    ‘They are very honest and we always feel they are looking out for our best interests. Stand-out partner: Jonathan Davage.’

    ‘I believe that Bermans have an exceptional corporate team with a commercial and innovative approach to doing deals. They have utilised technology to streamline the deal-making document preparation. They take a strong relational approach both with clients and also with counterparties, smoothing what can be an emotional and challenging process.’

    ‘I think they are ahead of the competition in terms of high-growth tech, including crypto and fintech.’

    ‘I have worked closely with Jonathan Davage and he is excellent, providing a responsive, commercial approach for his clients. He is well regarded and maintains a hands-on approach were required. He is supported by a strong team, including Barney Leaf and Robin Hastings.’

    ‘They are proactive and think out of the box.’

    ‘I work regularly with Jonathan Davage, Robin Hastings and with Barney Leaf. They communicate well and plan ahead on transactions to make sure the transactions work smoothly.’

    Key clients

    Time Finance PLC

    EHE Capital Limited

    Advance Group Holding Limited

    Bedspace Resource Limited

    Rijo Coffee Group

    Domis Property Group

    CF Capital PLC

    Mast Group

    Zeno Group Limited

    Reviv Global Group

    Drive Motor Retail Group

    OTAQ Group PLC

    Performance Finance Group

    Connect Childcare Group Limited

    Constant Group

    Voxsmart Limited

    Harada Corporation – Japan

    Higson Brewery Group

    Hippo Motor Group Limited

    HM Distribution Group

    J Parker Dutch Bulbs

    John Such Cranes Limited

    Checkmedia Holdings

    Nutriculture (UK) Limited

    Compudal

    Bromak Limited

    Sputnik Digital

    The Start Up Factory

    Trade Acquistion Partners Limited

    Valloop Fund Limited and its investee companies

    Vecom Group

    Wellington Motors Group

    YR Free Technologies Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Voxsmart and its international subsidiaries on the equity investment by Tosca for a minority stake.
    • Assisted MissionLabs with the sale of the entire issued share capital of the client to listed company, Gamma  Telecon, for a maximum consideration of £46m, of which £42m was in cash at completion.
    • Advised the vendors on the sale of ER Capital.

    Clarke Willmott LLP

    Buyers, sellers, investors and management teams regularly instruct the team at Clarke Willmott LLP. The team is developing a particularly strong reputation for mandates with a nexus to the financial services sector. The firm is also highly regarded in the technology sector. Simon Thomas heads up the national practice, while Ed Foulkes takes the lead in Manchester. In January 2022, senior associate Barry Riley joined from Weightmans LLP.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Thomas; Ed Foulkes

    Other key lawyers:

    Barry Riley

    Testimonials

    ‘Knowledgeable, efficient, pragmatic, and timely.’

     

    Key clients

    CultureAI Limited

    Aaron Rail Limited

    HCI Limited t/a Vivup

    Ergowealth Limited

    Heritage Investments Limited

    Apogee Wealth Management Limited

    Skillray

    Lloyds Bank plc

    Dunlop Systems and Components

    Brightstart Day Nursery Group Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised the shareholders of Charter Wealth Management on the disposal of the company to OneFourNine Group, a new consolidator in the financial advisory sector.
    • Assisted with CultureAI’s second round fundraising led by Senovo Capital, having originally advised on its seed funding round.
    • Advised Apogee Wealth Management on the acquisition of, and funding arrangements for, Ash Financial, an independent financial advisory firm.

    Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

    The team at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP is differentiated by its ‘willingness to spend time learning the business and its operational systems‘. The healthcare, technology, leisure and professional services industries are areas of particular expertise, but the firm is also noted for its knowledge of family and AIM-listed companies. Rob Buckley oversees the practice, with Kirsti Pinnell and James Wall taking the lead on corporate and commercial mandates, respectively.

    Practice head(s):

    Rob Buckley; Kirsti Pinnell; James Wall

    Other key lawyers:

    Helen Mather

    Testimonials

    ‘Kuits take the time with every instruction to understand exactly how our business operates which, given that it is a difficult industry, has been admirable and ensured that in every new contract they are better able to advise and draft in a way that is suitable to requirements. Importantly, they have a pragmatic and commercial approach to drafting that ensures that the law is used to enable contracts to go live in an expedited way.’

    ‘Their willingness to spend time learning the business and its operational systems has been exceptional. They have dedicated fee earners to develop an in-depth understanding of our business at the outset of our relationship which has made every transaction with them pain-free and swift. Fundamentally for us, Kuits people are cognisant of and aligned to our ethos in every contract negotiation.’

    Key clients

    Barkby Group plc

    Beauty Bay Limited

    Ironveld plc

    Relentless Developments

    Salford City Football Club

    SmartKem Limited

    Synextra Limited

    UK Waste Solutions Limited

    University Academy 92 (UA92)

    Zeelandia Group

    Work highlights

    • Advised Relentless Developments on all aspects relating to equity investment into Phase 1 of St Michaels, a £200m premium real estate development in Manchester city centre.
    • Advised James Fleming & Company on its acquisition of the John Morley food manufacturing business by Zeelandia Group.
    • Advised SmartKem, a Manchester-based pioneer in the development of Application Specific Organic Materials, on a reverse acquisition transaction with SmartKem, formerly known as Parasol Investments.

    Beyond Corporate Law

    For Beyond Corporate Law, James Corlett‘s arrival from Fieldfisher in August 2021 significantly broadened the firm’s offering in the commercial direction;  the group is now well placed to assist high-profile clients operating in the retail, manufacturing and fashion sectors on a range of mandates, including supply chain agreements. Jim Truscott heads up the corporate offering, and continues to advise on M&A, private equity, management buyouts, joint ventures, and regulatory issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Jim Truscott; James Corlett

    Other key lawyers:

    Mark Lupton

    Key clients

    McGoff Group

    Morson Group

    Supreme PLC

    Shawston Group

    New Care Group Holdings

    Work highlights

    • Advising Supreme on its IPO on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, with a market capitalisation on admission of approximately £156m, which involved interaction with institutional investors and the company’s nominated and financial advisors.
    • Advised McGoff Group on a complex joint venture related to a cross-generation living development comprising a care home, a day nursery and assisted-living bungalows.
    • Advised Morson Group on its acquisition of the entire share capital of Cornwallis Holdings.

    Clyde & Co

    Property and TMT are the two core focuses at Clyde & Co; work on both the corporate and commercial side is typically carried out for notable clients with a nexus to these sectors. The firm is also noted for its public sector expertise. Team lead Daniel Varney and intellectual property expert Steve Kuncewicz are the key contacts.

    Practice head(s):

    Daniel Varney; Steve Kuncewicz

    Testimonials

    ‘The practice has experts in all fields of corporate law, and a strong collaboration with our team.’

    ‘Daniel Varney is very professional, knowledgeable and helpful. He has an excellent way of communication.’

    ‘Friendly and professional demeanour across all staff at the firm and excellent at making complex legal cases, arguments and clauses understandable to a layperson.’

    ‘The friendliness and casual feeling of meetings and conversations with the partners is a welcome change from what can often feel very corporate and cold at other firms.’

    Key clients

    Solid Bond Capital

    Salboy Limited

    Domis Developments Limited

    Qover Insurance Company

    Oliver James Associates Limited

    Ridge & Partners LLP

    MTC Novo

    Komi Group (formerly Itsgoneviral)

    LOVE Creative

    Don’t Panic Projects Limited

    Cert Property Group

    Avensure Limited

    Landscape Institute

    Tangerine Limited

    Green Energy Advice Bureau

    Owl Live

    Sputnik Digital

    Project 808 Limited

    Hedges Direct Limited

    Ellis Brigham Limited

    Mr Pretzels (UK) Retail Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Burning Sky on the acquisitions of online retail companies Hedges Direct from individual and private equity shareholders, and a significant investment in online lighting retailer LSE Group.
    • Advised the shareholders of Clicksit on its sale to Sorted Holdings.
    • Advising Salboy and its group companies on property development joint ventures, acquisitions and development funding arrangements.

    Glaisyers LLP

    Under the joint leadership of William Pinnock and Julian Bond, the team at Glaisyers LLP assists a client roster comprising SMEs and high-net-worth individuals with a range of issues, including those relating to acquisitions and disposals, restructuring, joint ventures, and contracts. The practice heads are ably supported at associate level by Niki Polymeridou, who is dual-qualified in Greek and English law. The firm has particular strength in the pharmaceutical, education and professional services sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    William Pinnock; Julian Bond

    Other key lawyers:

    Niki Polymeridou

    Testimonials

    ‘Julian Bond builds exceptional client relationships.’

    ‘Creative thinking and client care.’

    ‘Julian Bond – vey knowledgeable and provides very good speedy advice.’

    Key clients

    ETL Holdings (UK) Limited

    Nigel Stewart, Robert Stewart, Wendy Dorset, Susannah Williams, Helen Stewart

    Glaisyers Solicitors LLP [Laytons matter]

    Lee and Shirley Hawarden

    Sheard Properties Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised ETL Holdings (UK) on the acquisition of 51% of Gerald Edelman Accountants.
    • Advised Nigel Stewart, Robert Stewart, Wendy Dorset, Susannah Williams and Helen Stewart on the sale and purchase of the entire issued share capital of Richard Williams (Deganwy).
    • Advised ETL Holdings (UK) on the acquisition of 51% of Fiander Tovell Group.

    gunnercooke LLP

    At gunnercooke LLP, the ‘exceptional people doing brilliant work in the swiftest possible time‘ have particular expertise in M&A, corporate restructuring and private equity. ‘Classy operatorNick Ducker is a key senior contact within the team, as is Jo Glass, whose regular workload ranges from the local to the international.

    Other key lawyers:

    Nick Ducker; Jo Glass

    Testimonials

    ‘The blend of sector expertise together with a personable approach is much talked of, but rare to actually find. As individuals, the gunnercooke team have been brilliant in supporting us and their connected approach has helped us realise the ambitions we had for the company, culminating in a successful acquisition which we are very pleased with.’

    ‘Exceptional people doing brilliant work in the swiftest possible time in order to minimise costs to us. Cannot rate them highly enough.’

    ‘The practice works on a solutions-driven approach which, when working on complex transactions, is a great offering for clients and existing advisers. Their senior experience bandwidth can be called on quickly and efficiently without unnecessary costs or time spent.’

    ‘Nick Ducker has a great approach to getting deals over the line. Bringing legal diligence in line with relevant risk to ensure a well managed transaction journey for all.’

    ‘I feel like I’m getting a very personal service and they have the ability of making themselves feel totally available to me at all times. Communication is easy and the flow of information is always understandable. They have a good ability to make complex legal issues understandable to their audience. They work very well as a team and always feel united and committed even when working under pressure to tight deadlines. I couldn’t fault them.’

    ‘Nick Ducker – a very classy operator! Works hard and is always available to support and guide me through often complex situations in our larger commercial transactions.’

    ‘I never feel like the fees are too much for the work undertaken.’

    Key clients

    HH Legal

    Paragon Group Ltd

    Calveton UK

    Breal Capital Limited

    Graylaw International Ltd

    Telcom Group

    Work highlights

    • Advising on a cross-border corporate transaction to purchase assets, including a commercial ferry.
    • Advising on a £63m investment for a UK internet service provider.