Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx in South East

B P Collins LLP

The corporate and commercial team at B P Collins LLP provides ‘high-calibre support’ to a wide range of clients, from family-owned businesses to UK branches of international companies. The practice is known for its expertise in the waste management and renewable energy sectors, while also advising clients in the in technology, logistics and healthcare sectors on a variety of transactional and commercial matters. Practice group leader Alex Zachary has considerable experience in the waste management, recycling, pharmaceutical and technology industries, while Simon Deans specialises in the technology sector. David Smellie advises on shareholder agreements and investments, and Beth Miel is recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Alex Zachary

Other key lawyers:

Simon Deans; David Smellie; Beth Miel 

Testimonials

‘The team are meticulous in their approach, with extensive research into relevant facts to understand every aspect of my business in order to provide the most appropriate support. B P Collins are client focused and provide a practical approach to problem solving. They have a vast amount of knowledge, expertise and experience to call on across many different business sectors which has helped to mitigate risks, as well as identify opportunities especially with commercial contracts.’ 

‘Alex Zachary continues to deliver exceptional service for corporate and commercial transactions. He is diligent, flexible and combines industry experience with pragmatism which ensures my matters have progressed efficiently with excellent outcomes.’ 

‘Beth Miel is a true professional who holds herself to a high level of integrity. Her knowledge of her profession combined with her ability to communicate effectively with others puts her above the competition. Beth’s hard work and determination to go the extra mile is a great credit to her. Beth is an exceptionally talented legal professional with a strong legal acumen, problem-solving ability, attention to detail, and well-developed organisational skills. she is also an extremely approachable individual who always exhibits a high level of enthusiasm.’ 

‘B P Collins continue to support my corporate and commercial transactions providing high-calibre support. They are responsive, flexible, pragmatic and extremely knowledgeable. They’ve used technology during the pandemic to provide seamless support.’ 

‘Amazing service and staff, extremely knowledgeable, accommodating, professional, and responsive. I highly recommend the firm.’ 

Key clients

Biffa Waste Management Limited

Clinimed Holdings Limited

Rotom Europe BV

Rico Logistics Limited

Summerleaze Limited

R H Amar & Co Limited

Utonomy Limited

White Light Limited

The Amtico Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Biffa Waste Services Limited on its acquisition of Camo Limited (trading as Simply Waste) for an upfront debt and cash free consideration of £35m.
  • Advised the shareholders of Lloyd Latchford Group on the sale of the entire issued shares capital to Ardonagh Group.

Dentons

The corporate and TMT team at Dentons regularly handles substantial cross-border and international transactions, specialising in sectors including automotive, insurance and venture tech/funds. Head of the corporate department Christopher Colclough has a track record of work on complex cross-border transactions, while head of TMT Nick Harrison leads the commercial side. Faye Garvey advises on private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. Ryan Chia is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Colclough; Nick Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Faye Garvey; Ryan Chia; Chris White: Francesca Bettermann

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Group

John Lewis Partnership

Royal Mail Group

Sharjah Islamic Bank

Cavendish Online

Cognita Schools

Silverstone Circuits Limited

White Clarke Group

Marshall Motor Holdings plc

Appello Careline Limited

Saracens Limited

Roku Inc

Euro Food Brands

Alpha Blue Ocean

Energie Fitness

Work highlights

  • Guided the founders of Engergie Fitness through an exit and assisted in acquiring the business out of administration during the first lockdown.  
  • Advised Appello Careline on its agreement with McCarthy Stone for the provision of new IT infrastructure, to underpin the provision of their technology enabled care services.
  • Advised Sharjah Islamic Bank on a deal with Cloudflare for the provision of infrastructure and security for the Bank’s website.

EMW Law LLP

Based in Milton Keynes, EMW Law LLP handles a variety of mid-market transactions, often with a cross-border element, such as advising management teams on buy-outs and private equity-backed transactions. The team also advises owners and management teams on funding, shareholders on disposals and buyers on acquisitions. Led by Ian Mabbutt, the practice has experience in the food and drink, recruitment and healthcare sectors, as well as a growing focus on start-up companies. Matthew Holman specialises in IT, IP and data protection, while Ian Morris has experience in leveraged buy-outs. Simon Arkell handles private equity work, funding and tax efficient investment structures.

Practice head(s):

Ian Mabbutt; Matthew Holman

Other key lawyers:

Ian Morris; Simon Arkell 

Testimonials

‘The degree to which they have understood and embedded themselves in our business is remarkable and has enabled them to proactively make suggestions for us to change and improve our standard documentation and processes.’

‘Ian Morris provides great advice and manages challenging client relationships well.’

Key clients

Riverside Capital

Cognita Schools

MacIntyre Hudson LLP

Growthdeck Limited

Steven Eagell

Business Growth Fund

Ocee International

Rightmove

Blueprint Gaming

Health Made Easy Group

Suzuki GB Plc

BFS Group Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders of the owner of the Rubik’s Cube on the $52.5m sale to Spin Master.
  • Acted for Ebury Partners Limited on its acquisition of Frontierpay International Group Limited.
  • Advised the selling shareholders of Axis Group Integrated Services Limited and its subsidiaries on their sale to Bidvest Noonan.

Freeths LLP

The corporate team at Freeths LLP handles M&A and private equity transactions, as well as complex refinancing and restructuring matters. Located in Milton Keynes, the practice has expertise in the drinks, hospitality, leisure, software and healthcare sectors, covering a range of corporate finance and transactional work. Practice leader Jonathan Hambleton has considerable expertise in joint ventures, management buyouts and corporate restructuring. Both Gary Smith and Natalie Drought handle M&A and private equity transactions and commercial contracts. Director James Cowell deals with restructuring and refinancing matters.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hambleton

Other key lawyers:

Gary Smith; Natalie Drought; James Cowell 

Key clients

AFI Group

London Luton Airport

Carlsberg Breweries

Travis Perkins Plc

Konica Minolta

Wells & Co

Childbase Partnership

Corus Hotels Limited

Triad Group Plc

Avalon Aero Engineering Services Limited

Metro Logistics Group

Time and Space Studios Limited

Imaan Healthcare Ltd., Jardines Limited and Sharief Healthcare Limited

The Sports Office Limited

Prescript Limited

Gapuma Group

NEG Earth Lights Limited

LH2 Studios Limited

Origlass Limited

Fitton & Co Ltd.

Henfold Country Park Ltd.

Optimas Wealth Planners Limited

Innuscience Canada Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Carlsberg Breweries on its £780m deal with Marston’s plc to form a new joint venture beer company in the UK, Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company.
  • Advised Corus Hotels Limited and its various group companies on a refinance in excess of £100m with its existing funders, Bank of East Asia and United Overseas Bank.
  • Advised Time and Space Studios Limited on its acquisition of a 50% interest in the Twickenham Studios from its current owners.

IBB Law

IBB Law acts for clients across Uxbridge, Reading and West London, including family owners and individual shareholders, as well as large multinational businesses, which it advises on cross-border corporate matters. The team also handles business restructurings, guiding clients through new financial arrangements with their lenders and insolvency-related business acquisitions. Practice leader Adam Dowdney is known for his work on complex transactions across a range of business sectors. Harriet Jones deals with business restructurings, acquisitions and disposals, and shareholder agreements.

Practice head(s):

Adam Dowdney

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Jones; Ami Bhatt

Testimonials

‘IBB Law take the time to understand our business, to give us the professional support we need in order to deal with any matters we go to them with in order to resolve them. IBB Law are personable and always on hand to support.’ 

‘Harriet Jones is always on hand and able to answer any questions we may have. She is informative and goes through her reasoning in detail to ensure we have a full understanding.’ 

‘Ami Bhatt is an excellent legal practitioner and worked around the clock for us with Harriet Jones on one particular project, which yielded great results. Ami is an incredibly bright legal mind and a pleasure to work with.’ 

‘Adam Dowdney is really responsive and practical.’ 

Key clients

Renault UK/Renault Retail Group

Patek Philippe

ARRI Rental

SEB Professional

Ascend Global Media Limited

AIB Group (UK) plc

Wilderness Safaris

Boatfolk Marinas Limited

Chiltern Group

IST Supplies Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on the expansion of the Wilderness Safaris group through the acquisition of the Jacada brand.
  • Assisted The Berry Group in the acquisition of business and assets carried on at Inchcape’s site at Thames Ditton.
  • Advised Ascend Global Media Limited on the acquisition of the Maddox Events business from the administrators.

Moorcrofts LLP

Moorcrofts LLP's 'personable and practical' team advises clients including multinational organisations on transactional matters such as M&A, share capital reorganisations, corporate restructuring, demergers and tax-driven issues, often acting for US or other overseas clients in respect of their US subsidiaries or groups. The team also has expertise in the IP, technology and date protection aspects of corporate transactions. Practice co-leader Teri Hunter focuses on cross-border work relating to M&A and disposals, and management buy-outs, while practice co-leader Andrew Katz handles technology law matters. Adrian Phillips deals with complex corporate restructuring, while William Pearce has expertise in acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Teri Hunter; Andrew Katz

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Phillips; William Pearce 

Testimonials

‘The team are personable, good to partner with and work in a practical way for the client’s best interest.’

‘Teri Hunter is an excellent commercial lawyer; knowledgeable, detailed, commercial and good to work with.’

Key clients

MRIB Group

Elevate Staffing Group Limited

CCL Specialist Supplies Limited

XCD HR Limited

EveryCloud AntiSpam Ltd.

Optimised Group Limited

Graphaware

BenevolentAI

Camunda Services AG

Biz2Mobile Limited

PagerDuty Inc.

Payara Services Limited

Mathematical Market Research

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of MRIB Group on a two staged exit, including a demerger and subsequently two share sales.
  • Advised Elevate Staffing Group Limited in the reorganisation of the client’s wider group companies and three separate cross-border acquisitions.
  • Advised Graphaware on the intellectual property and legal framework for their new flagship product “Hume”.

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

The St Albans team at Sherrards Solicitors LLP acts for local, national and international clients, particularly owner managed businesses, on mergers, acquisitions and disposals, private equity transactions, as well as providing regulatory advice. The practice has a strong focus in the franchising and recruitment sectors, and frequently collaborates with the employment, litigation and commercial property departments within the firm. Practice co-leader Leigh Head deals with private equity transactions, banking, financial and corporate restructuring, while practice co-leader Jean-Paul Da Costa has expertise in IP and IT matters. Andrew Cooke handles M&A work, while Kiall Bagnell advises on franchising and recruitment-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Leigh Head; Jean-Paul da Costa

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Cooke; Kiall Bagnell

Testimonials

‘The team are always available, revert quickly with sound advice and are always very thorough in their analysis of issues.’ 

‘Kiall Bagnell works hard to deliver the right result quickly and with an eye to contain fees charged. He was able to take ownership on a deal and drive it to completion delivering for me, the client, with clear and concise advice.’ 

‘Andrew Cooke is outstanding. He is exceptionally responsive and thorough.’ 

‘Technically competent, pragmatic and commercially minded.’ 

‘We have been dealing with Leigh Head for many years – he has the ability to break down legal language into simple terms. He is always very patient, calm when the pressure is on and gets us across the line every time.’

Key clients

Winkworth Franchising Limited

Watch House Coffee Holdings Limited

Little Garden Day Nurseries Limited

Cambria Automobiles plc

Aitchison Raffety Property Consultants Limited

Gift Universe Limited

Pico’s Limited

FoodCo Franchising Limited

City Athletic Limited

Mediashare Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted in a management buyout (consisting of five of the existing senior leadership team) of the entire issued share capital of an advertising agency, approximately £3.5m.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP advises large corporates, public companies, private equity houses and venture capital firms on a broad range of transactional matters, with expertise in the technology, healthcare, education and retail sectors. The practice has considerable experience in the automotive and mobility sectors. Sanjeev Sharma leads the corporate team in Milton Keynes and Thames Valley, working alongside Amit Nayyar, who focuses on private equity investments, and Robin Webb, who deals with complex automotive transactions. Sebastian Price covers the full range of commercial arrangements, while Simon Briggs is praised for his ‘practical, value-added approach‘.

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Price; Simon Briggs; Aleksandr Bosch

Testimonials

‘Quality legal support at regional prices – very reasonable andvery commercial. Particular expertise and knowledge in the motor industry, confident that they know their way around the subject. Strengths in all the core commercial areas, and regulatory support for the motor industry.’

‘Robin Webb is easy to work with; he has a relaxed style and is responsive and commercial.’

‘We have worked with Shoosmiths for a number of years. Whilst there have been changes over this period, the ethos which has helped Shoosmiths is always in evidence. The team is readily available and responsive to our questions and requirements, and all aspects of their offering are professionally delivered with the use of the appropriate technology behind them to assist with this delivery.’

‘Sanjeev Sharma and Aleksandr Bosch are extremely professional in their approach and execution of our requirements.’

‘Simon Briggs takes a practical, value-added approach.’

Key clients

Rothschild (Five Arrows Principal Investments)

Foundation Investment Partners LP

Lloyds Development Capital/ LDC (Managers) Limited

Business Growth Fund

Downing LLP

NVM Private Equity LLP

Norland Capital LP

TA Associates

FRAM Capital

Horizon Capital

The Marshall Group

New Mountain Capital LLC

Volkswagen Group

Honda Motor Europe

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd

Peugeot Citroen

Mercedes Benz

Ineos Automotive

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Close Brothers

DHL

McDonald’s Restaurants

RLDatix

IMS-Evolve

Hovis

Work highlights

  • Acted for Five Arrows Principal Investments (Rothschild & Co) on the secondary buy-out of the Texthelp Group (an LDC portfolio company).
  • Acted for Foundation Investment Partners I LP and management on the sale of Strictly Education to Supporting Education Group Limited, a portfolio company of Intermediate Capital Group.
  • Advised Nissan’s headquarters in Tokyo on multiple global contracts, including the procurement of advertising and marketing services to support its Infiniti brand globally.

Tollers LLP

The corporate and commercial team at Tollers LLP, which includes lawyers based in both Milton Keynes and Stevenage, is known for advising mid-market  owner-managed businesses on management buy-outs and M&A mandates. The practice handles transactional matters including sales and purchases, EIS investments, financing and acts for overseas clients transacting in the UK. Well-regarded corporate head Craig Harrison has particular expertise in M&A, bank lending transactions and acting for owner-managers in the sale of their business.

Practice head(s):

Craig Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Liz Appleyard

Testimonials

‘The experience within the team at Tollers has been excellent. Highly efficient, short lines of communication. Accessibility to the team has been easy and quick.’ 

‘Craig Harrison’s knowledge and professionalism has been instrumental in a number of transactions over the last few years.’ 

‘Craig Harrison is someone I have great trust in, and he has real ability in working his way through corporate transactions in a sensible and commercial manner, which puts his clients at ease.’

Key clients

Fitr Training

Strathcarron & Company

Therefore Limited

Stevenage FC Limited

The Rochmills Group (also trading as Hampton Healthcare Group

Drax UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a family business in connection with a £10m management buy-out.
  • Advised a purchaser in relation to a £12m acquisition of a manufacturing business.
  • Acted for sellers on the sale of their company for £11m in the warehousing and logistics sector.

VWV

Based in Watford, the 'knowledgeable and personal' corporate and commercial practice at VWV is split into two specialist teams which cover a range of transactional work, often with an international element, and advise on high-value commercial contracts. The corporate team has expertise in the technology, healthcare, education, pharmaceutical and life science sectors, while the commercial team advises clients on IP and data protection matters. Practice leader Richard Phillips deals with M&A and corporate finance matters, while Samantha Chaney specialises in corporate law and bank lending. Emma Cameron advises on acquisitions and sales, while the 'patient, thorough and pragmatic' Paul Gershlick is praised for his commercial advice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Chaney; Emma Cameron; Paul Gershlick 

Testimonials

‘Great all-round knowledge and expertise. The team are always extremely responsive to queries, ensuring that there are no delays in getting timely advice.’ 

‘Paul Gershlick is very knowledgeable in commercial law. Patient, thorough and most importantly pragmatic.’

‘The team are knowledgeable and personal, have awareness of the client’s desire to obtain best value, and deliver on quality at a sensible price.’

‘Emma Cameron has an excellent understanding of the veterinary industry. I was very impressed at her ability to recall specific details of our cases even after long periods between contact. I couldn’t recommend her and VWV enough.’ 

‘They have a core of experienced solicitors who are able to cope with most problems that are thrown at them. They always take a sensible approach and ascertain what our objectives are, as a client, and then come up with practical solutions to achieve them.’ 

‘Getting timely advice on contractual matters is extremely important. Paul Gershlick is always extremely responsive to these needs and provides very timely commercial advice, striking the right balance between commercial and legal points.’ 

Key clients

Fresche Solutions Inc

Lane Data Solutions Limited

Visual Data Media Services

ESRI UK Limited

Turquoise International Limited

Green and Fortune

Sobell Rhodes LLP

Computacenter UK Limited

SwipeStation Limited / Clock Limited

Oakman Inns and Restaurants Limited

Santander UK Plc

Focus SB Limited

Porcelanosa Group Limited

Sigma Pharmaceuticals Plc

Flynn Pharma (Holdings) Limited

TM Robotics

The Occupational Psychology Centre

British Science Association

ArtiCAD Limited

Galderma (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Visual Data Media Services group on the UK aspects of the sale by the shareholders to venture capital investor, Endeavour Capital.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Qubic Group plc.
  • Advised Lane Data Solutions Limited on the sale of all assets and business in the UK, USA and Singapore, to an acquisitive specialist software and technology firm.

Howes Percival LLP

The corporate team at Howes Percival LLP advises a broad mix of owner-managed businesses and larger multinational corporates, as well as clients in the charity, education and automotive sectors, on transactional matters often involving an international element. The practice covers acquisitions and disposals, banking, restructures, in addition to other commercial work. In May 2021, Andrew Harris was appointed as head of corporate, commercial and banking; he has considerable expertise in M&A and private equity transactions, and business reorganisations. Edward Lee's primary focus is in M&A, advising on complex cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Harris

Other key lawyers:

Edward Lee

Testimonials

‘The team are clearly highly knowledgeable and great at what they do. They seem to have genuine care for us as a client organisation, and are big supporters of initiatives aligned with our aims in the local area. Also, they see the bigger picture (and help us make the links) which has been very helpful when dealing with more complex matters.’ 

‘Edward Lee is an outstanding lawyer with great commercial nous.’

‘Andrew Harris is professional; he bends over backwards to get work done, especially if it has a time constraint, and is very easy to work with.’ 

‘The team are personable, professional, responsive and very capable.’

‘Edward Lee is highly regarded, with a strategic approach to ensuring the business and corporate community is well served across a range of areas.’   

Key clients

Polyco Healthline Group Limited

Tripod Crest Group

Dynamic Procurement Holdings Limited

Mossbourne Federation

Administrate Limited

Milton Keynes College

Skills4Stem Limited

Software Migrations Limited

Meller Designs Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for sellers in the sale of SaaS based business, providing support services and products to the education sector.

Machins Solicitors LLP

The corporate and commercial team at Machins Solicitors LLP advises a wide range of clients, from start-ups and small businesses to multinational companies, and has expertise in aviation and aviation finance, GDPR and intellectual property. Based in Luton, practice co-leader Mark Pelopida advises on complex contractual negotiations, aircraft lease and aircraft finance transactions, including transactions with a multi-jurisdictional element. Practice co-leader Jon Alvarez has expertise in M&A, IT-related contracts and private equity investments, while Sarah Liddiard specialises in data protection matters. Sing Li is also recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Mark Pelopida; Jon Alvarez

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Liddiard; Sing Li 

Testimonials

‘Machins are very responsive, approachable solicitors and provide clear concise responses to our queries. They always provide what we need in good time and are a pleasure to work with.’ 

‘Mark Pelopida has a wealth of experience that he can draw upon to make transactions run more smoothly. He takes a very realistic commercial view and is not afraid to give the right advice even when it is difficult to hear. He is always available and worked well into the evening and at weekends to make sure our transaction succeeded.’ 

‘The team as a whole are always on hand to help with all legal needs, treating every issue with the care and attention you would hope a member of your own team would do so. Taking time to respond out of hours as well, if putting your mind at ease helps the cause.’

‘Jon Alvarez is easy to work with. He takes a commercial approach to contracts and gets the job done painlessly.’ 

‘Sing Li has provided practical advice to guide us through the options and explained fully the pros and cons. The quality and timeliness of his responses and work is very good.’ 

‘A strong team across the board and in depth. Technically strong with very fast response times. They are friendly, approachable and provide good practical advice. The level of service provided did not drop during the Covid-19 lockdown.’ 

SA Law LLP

Based in St Albans, SA Law LLP advises clients on a range of corporate matters including M&A, sales and purchases, management buy-outs, corporate finance and restructurings. The practice has particular expertise in the professional services, high-tech and real estate sectors. Practice leader Vincent Billings handles the sale and acquisition of companies in administration, joint ventures, share capital reduction demergers and business transfers.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Billings

Testimonials

‘The team takes a honest and fair approach, providing a language and style which allows clients to understand and follow their advice.’

‘Quick to respond, consistent and easy to understand.’

Key clients

Core UK Limited

Ignite Marketing UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a construction company in Hertfordshire on its £20m acquisition of a demolition company with a £32m turnover, within eight weeks.
  • Advised founders of a bespoke software company on the $10m sale of their company to a global corporate software company.
  • Completed the £1m management buyout of an insurance company from its US parent company.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

The corporate and commercial team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP has expertise in the IT and professional services sectors, as well as advising clients in the retail, energy, healthcare and hospitality industries on a range of matters. Based in Milton Keynes, practice leader Mark Thompson specialises in M&A commercial contracts and corporate finance, working with clients in the hotel and leisure, construction and IT sectors, as well as family-owned businesses.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thompson

Testimonials

‘The team have always acted quickly when needed and made themselves available even out of normal business hours when required. The advice given to us has been at or above our expectations.’

‘Mark Thompson stood side by side with the company on all matters, not only legal, using his vast understanding of our unique business model. Mark has been our corporate lawyer for many years so was able to stand in our corner from a position of understanding on how we operate. It was also evident that there was sufficient depth and support for Mark on all other matters.’ 

‘They understand our business and its issues, make themselves available at short notice when needed and have guided and us through many issues successfully.’  

Key clients

Light & Indemnity Solutions Limited

XY Media Limited

New Blue Chip Limited

Lousada Plc

Fired Earth Holdings Limited

Nigel Von Sachsenburg

Imperial Bathrooms

RSM 2000

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders of New Blue Chip Limited in relation to the sale of the issued share capital of New Blue Chip Limited to US-based Service Express.
  • Acted for Fired Earth Holdings Limited in relation to the acquisition of Fired Earth Limited from AGA Rangemaster.
  • Acted for I-Abra Limited in relation to the negotiation of a manufacturing agreement with TT Electronics, and negotiation of distribution agreements with Leidos Inc.

Taylor Walton LLP

The corporate and commercial team at Taylor Walton LLP has expertise in the banking sector, advising regional and international clients on acquisitions, disposals and reorganisations. The practice also specialises in accountancy practice sales and acquisitions. Based in Luton, Jeremy Brockis heads up the corporate team, and has experience in M&A, joint ventures and shareholder agreements. Mike Pettit oversees the commercial team, and handles corporate finance, corporate recovery and M&A deals.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Brockis; Mike Pettit 

Testimonials

‘Jeremy Brockis is easy to work with; a good collaborator, he thinks outside the box and looks at potential issues outside the brief. He always finds solutions and is commercial. Even when very busy he will deliver.’

‘Taylor Walton have a good corporate team. I have worked with Jeremy Brockis and I have been very satisfied with the firm’s ability to get things done – great communication and a competitive price.’

Key clients

IRIS Business Software

Campaign for Real Ale

Capita Group plc

The Entertainer

Cross Pens Inc

NatWest

Villa Plus

Bank of Ireland

Comline Auto Parts

Pet Food UK

Pieroth Wines

British Board of Agrement

JVCKenwood

Work highlights

  • Adviced Campaign for Real Ale on AGM attendance, voting procedures and planning, in light of Covid-19 restrictions, statutory flux and shifting corporate governance landscape.
  • Advised TH Bull & Sons Ltd in a share sale of a residential lettings company.

Debenhams Ottaway

Based in St Albans, Debenhams Ottaway has a strong focus on clients in the healthcare, charity and private wealth sectors, advising on matters relating to private company assets, share acquisitions and disposals, as well as terms and conditions for local clients and distribution agreements. Head of the team Andrew Yates deals with acquisitions, disposals and transaction finance, and has expertise on share rights and corporate structures. The 'incredibly engaging' James Brawn handles healthcare-related corporate and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Yates

Other key lawyers:

James Brawn

Testimonials

‘Andrew Yates is our primary contact for all our varied commercial work, be it investments, acquisitions and growth share schemes – he is particularly able and amenable.’ 

‘They are very helpful, quick to respond, approachable and their advice is top notch.’ 

‘I have worked with several individuals from the practice, but in particular James Brawn stands out. He is incredibly engaging, very easy to work with and has a fantastic recall of what we have discussed on previous engagements. You never feel you start from scratch.’ 

‘Very thorough with excellent attention to detail.’ 

Key clients

Veruth Holdings Limited

Europa Components & Equipment PLC

Luxottica North Europe Limited

Benchmark Fabrications Limited

Jeeves Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Veruth Holdings Limited on the acquisition of an established private limited company by way of share purchase.

Longmores Solicitors LLP

Located in Hertford, Longmores Solicitors LLP advises clients on commercial matters relating to IP, technology and data protection, as well as corporate deals including private M&A, restructuring and shareholder agreements. Practice leader Michael Budd handles early-stage fundraisings and investments, management buy-outs and buy-ins, and group reorganisations and restructuring. Rina Sond focuses on commercial contracts and intellectual property matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Budd

Other key lawyers:

Rina Sond

Testimonials

‘I have used Longmores for various things over the last 10 years, from commercial contracts to debt recovery, and have found each department very helpful and professional. Each time I have found the team to understand my particular problem and deal with my needs to a high standard.’

Key clients

Acacium Group

Shine Partnerships Ltd.

Minority Supplier Development UK Ltd.

Shareholders of Endoline Machinery Ltd.

Chugai Pharma Ltd.

ClickDealer Ltd.

MCP Property Services Ltd.

Andusia Recovered Fuels Ltd.

Exquisitely Equine Ltd.

HP Tuners Europe Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Acacium Group with various commercial contracts and data protection matters, to assist their expansion into the digital health and wellbeing services sector.
  • Advised Endoline Machinery Limited in relation to the restructuring of its corporate group of companies.
  • Advised Minority Supplier Development UK Ltd on articles of association and membership terms for the organisation, drafted commercial contracts and advised on GDPR issues.

Neves

With offices in Harpenden, Luton and Milton Keynes, Neves advises clients on matters including sales and purchases, management restructures and acquisitions. Practice leader Stewart Matthews frequently acts for clients in the care and educations sectors on matters including IT-related agreements, commercial property documentation and general commercial agreements. Kim Sayer handles share purchases and sale transactions, as well as asset acquisitions and disposals, and franchising agreements.

Practice head(s):

Stewart Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Kim Sayer

Testimonials

‘Stewart Matthews provides an exceptional service. He always makes time for our pressing and urgent requirements.’

‘Broad capabilities with a friendly, pragmatic, easy to do business style. It is never like a conversation with a lawyer, more a friendly consultation with a clear explanation of legal issues.’

‘Stewart Matthews has wide knowledge of all commercial situations that I put to him. The practice also has a team that specialise in different elements of business that Stewart sometimes calls upon.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for longstanding clients in the sale of a care business at a price of £10.5m.
  • Acted for an existing commercial client in the share sale of their fire safety company for approximately £1m.
  • Acted for a client in relation to the negotiation of a supply contract, for services to be provided to a sporting venue in the UK.