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Corporate and commercial: Cumbria

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Acting for clients across a range of industries, Baines Wilson LLP’s ‘very professional and thorough’ team provides ‘rock-solid’ corporate and commercial advice. On the corporate side, the team has particular expertise in handling M&A instructions, while international distribution, agency and licensing agreements form the bulk of the firm’s commercial workload. ‘Very good’ associate Kate Parker and ‘insightful and very knowledgeable’ team head Andrew Hill, who frequently deals with acquisitions and disposals and ‘provides pragmatic and commercially sound advice in a clear manner’, advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of ICT Reverse to EcoAsia Technologies, and acted on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the Carlisle-based electrical installation service provider Meldrum to VINCI Energies. Founding partner John Wilson acts for a wide range of businesses, from family-owned companies to large multinationals.

‘Providing sound advice and a fantastic level of service’, Burnetts is particularly rated for its strength in transactional work, which frequently stems from education, transport, nuclear, IT and tourism sector clients. The ‘pragmatic’ team advised Carlisle College on a part B merger with Newcastle College including the transfer of staff, students, property and contracts. In an illustration of its tourism industry capabilities, it assisted Best Northern Hotels with the sale of the Crown Hotel in Cumbria. ‘Very knowledgeable and responsive’ IT and IP expert Vaughan Jones (who is ‘sharp as a razor’) took on the role of team head following John Noctor’s retirement in December 2017. He works closely with ‘approachable and trustworthy’ M&A expert Michael Walby, who advised Amsric Foods on its acquisition of 22 KFC franchise stores across the South of England from KFC Limited, and assisted the H&H Group with two insurance broking transactions.

Cartmell Shepherd's corporate team frequently works in conjunction with the firm’s employment and property departments to guide clients through a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including M&A, restructurings, management buyouts and contractual matters. Recent highlights include advising a client on the sale of a hotel by way of a share sale, acting for the purchaser on a management buyout of an electrical engineering company, and assisting a large national accountancy firm with the restructuring of its business and several acquisitions. The practice also advised a food nutrition company on the sale of its business to a national organisation, and acted for the seller on the sale of shares in a veterinary practice. In other work, the practice advised a shareholder on his exit from a family farming business, and assisted a coach operator with a commercial contract with a professional football team. Associate Nick Hodgson is the main contact.


Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North

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  1. Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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    • Paul Bury - Endeavour Partnership LLP

Next generation lawyers

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    • Martin McKinnell - Endeavour Partnership LLP

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Endeavour Partnership LLP’s corporate and commercial team is a regular fixture on high-value cross-border transactions and is adept at handling commercial contracts for a broad client base including large corporates, SMEs, individual shareholders, start-ups, banks, corporate financiers and investors. 'Very knowledgeable and responsive’ team head Nik Tunley predominately deals with transactional work; he was joined by Nigel Williams, from  Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP  in February 2018, who handles joint ventures, MBOs, start-ups and refinancing matters, and has particular expertise in acting for clients in the chemical and manufacturing sectors. The practice also acts for clients in the energy, waste management, franchising, retail and leisure sectors. Managing partner Paul Bury and senior associate Martin McKinnell are also recommended.

Frequently working in conjunction with the firm’s commercial property team, Archers Law LLP's practice ‘provides an exceptional level of service’. Clients include SMEs, shareholders and bank lenders, for which the team advises on a wide range of corporate finance matters, including lending and security issues, as well as assisting with M&A and corporate reorganisations. Together with colleagues from the commercial property and employment departments, executive associate Daniel Flounders acted for the shareholders in the £3.5m sale of one of the UK’s largest refrigeration and air conditioning tool specialists. Funders also advised a client on its acquisition of the whole share capital of two independent pharmacies. Team head David Adams is also recommended.

Swinburne Maddison’s practice regularly handles small- to mid-market M&A  for owner-managed businesses and larger corporates, while, in the commercial space, the ‘professional and knowledgeable’ team is well versed in dealing with supply and distribution agreements, among other matters. Team head and ‘impressive’ transactional lawyer Martyn Tennant, who also has experience in corporate restructuring and private equity work, advised Teescraft Engineering on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of LH Quarry Plant, and assisted the management team of North East Sheets and Panels with a management buyout. Alex Wilby is another key individual of the team; he regularly advises clients on joint venture projects, including shareholder and partnership agreements, and corporate restructurings.

Jacksons Law provides wide-ranging M&A and corporate advice to a primarily SME and mid-market client base. Areas of work include business acquisitions, disposals and mergers, business funding, company and partnership matters and franchising and commercial contracting issues. Team head Tony Wentworth assisted a client with a refinancing deal, and advised another client on a shareholder agreement and general corporate matters.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine is praised for its great depth of knowledge’. ‘Extremely knowledgeable and personable’ team head Craig Malarkey specialises in share and asset sales and acquisitions and advised the selling shareholders of Ian Farmer Associates on the sale of the entire issued share capital to RSK. John Walters, whose transactional experience includes management buyouts and venture capital deals, acted alongside Malarkey for the shareholders and directors of a multimillion-pound turnover group supplying food products to national supermarkets with the restructuring of its trading business and share structure. Other highlights included advising the shareholders of a mobile app and development company on a multimillion-pound joint venture with an insurance services provider, and assisting the shareholders of an international online sales and manufacturing business with group restructuring matters.

BHP Law provides regional clients with general corporate and commercial advice regarding sales and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity investments, turnaround and restructuring transactions as well as corporate de-mergers and reorganisations. The team led by consultant Gary Copeland continues to advise the Taradina Group on share issues and the movement of assets following a large corporate restructuring. In other work, the team assisted shareholders with the sale of a care home company, and acted for the shareholders and directors of a manufacturing company in the purchase of its own shares and the acquisition of a company in liquidation. Marc Allison moved to Watson Burton LLP in November 2017.


Corporate and commercial: Newcastle

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  1. Corporate and commercial: Newcastle
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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The sizeable team at Muckle LLP is ‘not easily phased by unusual challenges and provides good, timely advice’. The practice is regularly involved in the region’s most significant transactions and has particular expertise in corporate finance work. Anthony Evans and team head Andrew Davison acted for longstanding client Quantum Pharma on its £150m takeover by the Clinigen Group by way of a scheme of arrangement, while Philip Clare, who is noted for his ‘good technical skills and strong commitment’, assisted the Fairstone Group with a number of strategic acquisitions: in 2017, the team advised the client on its acquisitions of McParland & Partners, DHD Wealth Management, Hase Osborne Asset Management and Professional Partners. Clare also advised the shareholders of O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions on the sale of their entire share capital to Biffa, and acted alongside Mike Spetch for LDC Private Equity - one of several private equity firm clients - on acquiring the share capital of the Parsons Group. The team subsequently acted for Parsons Group on the acquisition of the share capital of THDA. On the commercial side, the practice regularly handles commercial arrangements for the supply and distribution of goods. Alan Grisedale assisted EDMI Europe with its contractual supply and software licensing agreements with national utility providers. Hugh Welch and associate Adam Rayner are other names to note.

The ‘very good’ team at Ward Hadaway ‘provides a superb service’ and ‘focuses on getting the right result for the client’. On the transactional front the practice handles a wide range of corporate transactions and MBOs alongside venture capital and private equity work, while the commercial group led by Colin Hewitt advises on director duties and governance matters, trading structures and commercial agreements. He works closely with the ‘pragmatic and client-focused’ Damien Charlton, who is noted for his strength in handling outsourcing and other long-term commercial contracts. In the corporate space, practice head Martin Hulls acted for the HMC Group in selling Helen McArdle Care to HC-One, comprising a portfolio of 20 care homes, while Katherine Hay-Heddle advised the shareholders of the software company Kykloud on the sale of US-based Accruent, and Tom Pollard assisted the Bannatyne Group with five corporate acquisitions. Other clients include private equity investor Total Capital Partners, the Business Growth Fund and Nissan.

Womble Bond Dickinson’s full-service corporate and commercial practice is a regular fixture on many of the market’s headline deals. In a highlight matter, managing associate Iain Pritty advised Newcastle City Council on the Science Central joint venture between the council, Newcastle University and the financial services company Legal & General. Other clients are typically drawn from the transport, retail, financial, healthcare, chemicals and manufacturing sectors and include a number of regionally based private and family-owned businesses. In an example of its work for regional clients, the very experienced’ Ben Butler, who jointly heads the team with Jamie Pass, assisted the shareholders of Vocare with the £11m disposal of the company to Totally. Butler also advised Huntsman on its acquisition of chemicals manufacturer IFS Chemicals, which involved various competition and employment law matters. Other key individuals include manufacturing sector group head Peter Snaith, who assisted Lotte Chemical UK with commercial contracts and with various issues pertaining to its global goods supply arrangements. Corporate finance partner Robert Phillips and associate Stacey Hall are also recommended.  

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP is praised for providing ‘very grounded advice’. The firm's corporate practice has a strong transactional profile, which includes handling investment mandates, and acts across a wide range of sectors, with particular expertise in the healthcare and leisure industries. John Nicholson acted for Ashok Aggarwal and his family on the sale of the entire share capital of the North East pharmacy chain Ashchem to a group of chemists. In other significant work, the team advised the Parsons Group on its private equity investment from Lloyds Development Capital and the related acquisition of THDA Limited, and acted for Cooper & Turner in the sale of its entire issued share capital to the Watermill Group, a US-based investment firm. Northern Bear received constitutional and corporate governance advice and also retained the practice to assist with the sale of its asbestos removal business, while team head Paul Hughes advised a different client on the management buyout of NTE Limited and its associated companies. Peter Robinson is well versed in handling corporate finance instructions.

The team at Sintons LLP acts for SMEs, owner-managed businesses and privately held corporates on mergers and acquisitions, buy outs, private equity and other corporate finance transactions. The ‘very focused and customer-oriented’ Matt Collen and Adrian Dye are the main contacts for PE transactions and investments; Collen acted for the entrepreneurs Graham Auld and Derek McLaren on the sale of shares in Pennine Newcastle, while Dye assisted YoungsRPS, a chartered surveyors and property consulting business, with its merger with Stanton Mortimer. Noted for her specialist expertise in the healthcare sector, Amanda Maskery advised Wellway, Lintonville and Brockwell Medical Groups on the merger of three primary care practices in Northumberland. In other work, Christopher Welch assisted Dhillon Property - a longstanding client of the firm - with the restructuring and incorporation of several general partnerships into a limited company. Team head Karen Simms provides regular assistance with corporate transactions in the energy, waste, healthcare and leisure sectors. ‘Very focused’ Senior associate Emma Pern is also recommended.

With particular expertise in the financial services, technology and education sectors, the ‘strong and well-balanced’ team at Watson Burton LLP is praised for its 'very good service and prompt replies'. It has a strong profile in private equity and venture capital transactions, university financings and mandates involving the conversion, merger and acquisition of educational establishments. The ‘very efficient and professional’ Duncan Reid leads the team and is noted for his ‘refreshingly commercial viewpoint’. Reid advised Evac Chair International’s MBO team on the acquisition of the business, which involved dealing with the purchase agreement, due diligence and the management team’s investment, and acted for Northumbrian Water on the sale of air stacking business Exova. The ‘very personable and hardworking’ Paul Wigham, who regularly handles IT-related instructions, assisted the investment fund Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV) with a number of investments in technology businesses totalling £18m. Marc Allison, who joined the firm in November 2017 from BHP Law,  handles franchise matters for franchisees and franchisors.

DWF stands out for its expertise in corporate finance, including flotations and fundraising. Recent highlights include advising Cenkos Securities on a £6.5m placing for UK Oil & Gas Investments, and acting for the Cloudcall Group in a secondary AIM placing. In co-operation with colleagues from the firm’s other UK offices, the Newcastle team also handles joint ventures, M&A and private equity transactions. Team head Jeremy Swift is particularly rated for his private equity expertise and acts for a number of clients in the financial services industry alongside energy and TMT sector players.  Anne Spetch left in June 2017 for an in-house position.

Hay & Kilner is highly active in M&A transactions; in a standout matter, managing partner Jonathan Waters advised the shareholders of Van Mildert Landlord & Tenant Protection on the sale of the entire issued share capital to Adlington Capital. In an illustration of his specialist expertise in the care home sector, Waters assisted a care home group with refinancing matters. The ‘very responsive’ and ‘cost-sensitive’ team also includes the ‘practical and very competent’ Mark Adams, who advised Robson Laidler Accountants on the acquisition of Straughans Chartered Accountants, and assisted the shareholders of P F Burridge & Sons with the management buyout of the company.


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In October 2017, Bond Dickinson LLP and US firm Womble Carlyle merged to form Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The Newcastle team is led by Jeremy Smith and provides a wide range of corporate tax services with a focus on corporate and real estate transactions. In conjunction with the corporate practice, Smith advised AVX Corporation on various UK and foreign tax matters pertaining to the acquisition of the transportation, sensing and control division from the TT Electronics Group, and assisted the shareholders of Vocare with tax matters arising from its sale to Totally including share incentive arrangements. In the real estate space, he advised Akelius Residential on stamp duty, land tax and VAT matters pertaining to the acquisition of a number of residential property portfolios. Other areas of expertise include handling banking, restructuring and employment-related tax issues. Intrinsic Financial Services and the housebuilding company Taylor Wimpey are also clients.

The team at Ward Hadaway is led by Paul Christian , who has specialist expertise in transactional tax alongside employee share incentives and other employee benefits. He acted alongside colleagues from the corporate team for the shareholders of Kykloud on employee share options as part of the sale of the software company to US-based Accruent. In other work, the team advised the HMC Group on tax matters arising from the sale of Helen McArdle Care to HC-One, assisted an education sector client with VAT issues, and provided a different client with reorganisation-related tax advice. Other key areas of expertise include tax structuring, corporation tax and stamp duty matters.


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