Firms To Watch: Corporate and commercial: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Nockolds Solicitors has a niche expertise within the food and beverage franchising industry and is headed by James Brunton who is experienced in secured and structured lending transactions.

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

B P Collins LLP

B P Collins LLP provides corporate and commercial advice to a range of clients including individuals, family-owned businesses, SMEs and listed companies. Based in Gerrard’s Cross, the team has expert knowledge in sectors such as renewable energy, food, pharmaceuticals and logistics.  Alex Zachary heads the practice with extensive knowledge of the waste management and recycling industries. David Smellie handles shareholders agreements and EMI schemes while Simon Deans specialises in the technology sector. Beth Miel advises on share sales and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Alex Zachary

Other key lawyers:

David Smellie; Simon Deans; Beth Miel


‘B P Collins deliver exceptional service and deliver quick, clean and concise commercial advice.’

‘There is a wealth of knowledge within the team that we have been able to draw from. They have been able to address all our diverse requirements from IP, data protection, exclusivity and the sharing of propriety information.’

‘B P Collins reacted very quickly during the Covid-19 pandemic and was able to offer a seamless service throughout.’

‘You always feel as though you have their undivided attention, they take the time to understand what your requirements are and what you hope to gain from a project and will guide you to that end if possible to do so within their remit.’

‘Alex Zachary works with you to understand your needs and objectives and ensures that the advice provided is done so in easy to understand, non-jargon language.’

‘Advice was well researched, thoughtful and timely. Careful consideration for my specific circumstances were given. I was very happy with the service.’

‘Both Alex Zachary and Beth Miel were very knowledgeable and considerate. I highly recommend them.’

‘Partners see through the issues faced and provide concise and clear advice to clients to enable them to have a strong grasp of the situation and enable informed decisions to be made. The B P Collins team is led by Simon Deans who is a leading exponent in driving through this culture of positive advice.’

Key clients

Biffa Waste Management Limited

Clinimed Holdings Limited

Rotom Europe BV

Rico Logistics Limited

Summerleaze Limited

R H Amar & Co Limited

P B Donoghue

Utonomy Limited

White Light Limited

The Amtico Company Limited


The corporate team at Dentons is frequently involved in multi-jurisdictional acquisitions due to its international reach, with work that spans industries such as automotive and insurance. The firm has a diverse client base with high profile names such as the Royal Mail Group and the John Lewis Partnership and the team carries out specialist insurance work in the warranties and indemnity sector. The practice is headed by corporate expert Christopher Colclough and Nick Harrison who routinely leads deals in the retail and sports sectors. Senior associate Ryan Chia works on public sector matters.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Colclough; Nick Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Chia; Faye Garvey; Francesca Betterman


‘They get the work done.’

‘Very responsible and knowledgable.’

‘What stands out about our experience with Dentons is the collaboration. It is very easy to tell theirs is a culture of delivering excellence to the client in a transparent and considered manner.’

‘Chris is incredibly hard working diligent and was able to summarise complex legal matters succinctly, therefore protecting us from information overload which may have distracted the sellers in their day to day work. Chris introduced Ryan Chia who acted as our Senior associate and we were delighted with his professionalism, diligence and hard work. At no point did we feel uncomfortable or uncertain in the process and this is credit to both these individuals and the heavy lifting that they provided during the transaction process. All individuals we dealt with (Chris, Ryan and associate Rebekah Hobbs) were all very personable.’


‘Experienced in automation installation and IT contracts.’

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

Group 1

Saracens Limited

Roku Inc

The National Crime Agency

Strictly F/X

Energie Fitness

Inwido UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Marshall Motor Holding on its acquisition of Motorline Holdings Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of Axis Electronics limited on the sale of their shares.
  • Advised Saracens RFC on day-to-day commercial legal and contractual matters.


EMW Law LLP is one of the largest corporate and commercial teams in the South East and is known for its work in private equity backed buy-outs, M&A and cross-border matters. The practice has sector experience in  the food and drink, recruitment and healthcare industries. Ian Mabbut leads the practice and co-heads with Matthew Holman who is experienced advising businesses on technology contracts, licence terms, outsourcing agreements and privacy policies. Ian Morris advises on leveraged buy-outs while Simon Arkell has expertise in funding and tax efficient investment structures.

Practice head(s):

Ian Mabbutt; Matthew Holman

Other key lawyers:

Ian Morris Simon Arkell


‘EMW have been able to demonstrate a unique understanding of the way in which we do business over a long period. This is replicated across functions so that we know we are getting a consistent approach that is always supportive but also technically excellent and pragmatic in terms of advice.’

‘There is an exceptional attitude of wanting to help and finding the right person for the job, which we have benefitted from across disciplines and with particularly strong engagement from partner Simon Arkell and associate Daisy Divoka.’

‘Nick Lloyd is outstanding in terms of his legal ability, commerciality and negotiating skills. At a more junior level we would say the same about Kerry Jimenez and Daisy Divoka who are certain to become partners in the not too distant future.’

‘The team works well which in my experience is unusual. Really good seamless approach.’

‘Ian Mabbutt can wade through reams of small print and extract a useful commercial view in a heartbeat – just don’t know how he does it. And Simon Arkell is a stand out corporate advisory partner, my primary contact and all round superstar.’

Key clients

Riverside Capital

Cognita Schools

MacIntyre Hudson LLP

Growthdeck Limited

IW Capital

Business Growth Fund

Ocee International

Caerus Assets Group


Blueprint Gaming

Health Made Easy Group

Suzuki GB Plc

BFS Group Ltd t/a Bidfood

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders of the owner of the Rubik’s Cube on the $52.5m sale to Spin Master.
  • Acting for senior management team on the terms of their investment into private equity backed acquirer of premium dessert brand GÜ from Noble Foods.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Eclipse Power on the sale of the entire issued share capital to Octopus Energy.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP is a full-service corporate team covering a range of finance and transactional work for SMEs, individual entrepreneurs and listed public companies. Situated in Milton Keynes, the practice has an excellent client portfolio including Aldi Supermarkets, Travis Perkins, Eddie Stobart Logistics Plc and Experian. Jonathan Hambleton co-heads the practice with considerable experience in M&A, corporate restructuring and joint ventures. Co-head Leon Arnold has acted on various disposals including the sale of Garland Partners Limited. Gary Smith and Natalie Drought handle private equity transactions while director James Cowell deals with refinancing matters.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hambleton; Leon Arnold

Other key lawyers:

Gary Smith; Natalie Drought; James Cowell; Tom Walker


‘Professional practice providing proactive and clearly presented legal advice to a range of clients. Fast to respond, friendly and reputable.’

‘Individuals are knowledgeable and communicate with a proactive and thorough approach which is clearly understood by clients.’

Key clients

Centrica plc


Travis Perkins Plc

London Luton Airport

Konica Minolta

RedCat Pub Company Limited

Zetar Limited

Shareholder of DTE Solutions Limited

Cromwell Group (International) Limited

Shareholders of Safety Services Holdings Limited

Gravity Consulting Engineers Holdings Limited

Wells & Co

Childbase Partnership

Metro Logistics Group

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

Time + Space Studios Limited

AFI Group

Arkk Consulting Ltd

Lancer Property Asset Management

Avalon Aero Engineering Services Limited

Shareholders of Plus 8 Industries Limited

BWC Manufacturing Limited

Dalkeith Laboratories

OTC Concepts Limited

Herbal Concepts Limited

Canalys Group

Aurelia Bioscience Limited

Flowmax Group

Howes Percival LLP

The corporate team at Howes Percival LLP are well known for their expertise across the automotive, healthcare and not-for-profit sectors. The team regularly handles restructuring matters, acquisitions and disposals for a range of large multinational corporates and owner-managed businesses. Andrew Harris  heads the corporate, commercial and banking team with support from Paula Dumbill who is experienced in commercial matters such as outsourcing and joint venture mandates.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Harris

Other key lawyers:

Paula Dumbill


‘Very practical firm and advice. Do the basics well which is not always easy to achieve. Always on budget and fair with billing and cost management. Really seem to appreciate clients relationship.’

‘Andrew Harris provides pragmatic advice and his experience leads to real world solutions.’

‘Combines high quality legal expertise with excellent commerciality in approach and recommendations.’

‘Andrew Harris is very grounded and an effective provider of high quality commercial advice.’

Key clients

Polyco Healthline Group Limited

Russell Hopcraft and Sashenka Milston

Stonbury (Holdings) Limited

PCS Business Systems Limited

Fascel Group Holdings Limited

Meller Designs Limited

CSL 2021 Holdings Limited

Syrinix Limited

RO Investments Limited

Blue Alligator Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Polyco Healthline Group Limited on their sale of 75% of the share capital to an ownership employee trust (EOT).
  • Advised early-stage water technology and intelligent pipeline leak detection company Syrinix on its Future Fund matched investment.


The corporate and commercial team at IBB Law advises clients including SMEs in the Uxbridge, Reading and West London areas on share sales and acquisitions. The practice handles matters such as business restructuring, financial arrangements and insolvency-related issues. Harriet Jones co-heads the team and is well regarded for her experience in group re-organisations, disposals, EMI share options and aspects of banking matters. Co-head Adam Dowdney has expertise in acquisitions and disposals in the technology sector. In reading, senior associate Ami Bhatt continues to act on complex transactions and the team has been enhanced since partner Sonia Jordan joined.

Practice head(s):

Harriet Jones; Adam Dowdney

Other key lawyers:

Sonia Jordan; Ami Bhatt

Key clients

Bellstan Limited

Marsh Wall Limited

Wilderness Safari

Arpo Global Limited

Birchwood Topco Limited

Seabrook Parks Holdco Limited

Charles Simpson Organisation Limited

Renault Retail Group

Cappagh Contractors Construction (London) Limited

Lumi-Plugin Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Arpo Global Limited on the equity investment by Rutland Partners.
  • Advised Renault Retail Group on the strategic disposal of 4 dealerships during the year.
  • Advised Wilderness Safari on its acquisition of Yellow Zebra Travel Limited.

Moorcrofts LLP

Moorcrofts LLP is a well-regarded corporate and commercial practice with experience in M&A, share capital re-organisations, demergers, share repurchases and tax issues. The firm advises a number of high profile clients from businesses, SMEs and start ups, many of whom are in the technology sector and are focused on capital growth. Teri Hunter co-heads the corporate team with expertise in employee share schemes and management buy-outs while co-head Andrew Katz has experience in the technology industry. Adrian Phillips and William Pearce focus on M&A issues with cross-border considerations. The team has been boosted with the arrival of Peter Vass whose focus is the tech industry.

Practice head(s):

Teri Hunter; Andrew Katz

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Phillips; William Pearce


‘Extremely personable. These are highly knowledgeable professionals who are very willing to explain everything and anything in layman’s terms. Excellent breadth of knowledge and clearly very experienced. I can’t recommend them enough.’

‘Will Pearce and Adam Forder are very easy to deal with, fast under pressure, precise and exacting. Capable of delivering what you need on an individual basis. Totally bucked the traditional perception of the corporate lawyer and made the whole transaction flow on time and without fault. The other side even commented on how excellent they were! Entirely reasonable fees as well.’

‘In my dealings with Moorcroft’s, I have found them to be very client centric. They communicate well, set the appropriate expectations and deliver what they say they will on time and to the pre-agreed price.’

‘They play the long game, placing a value on building long term client relationships and invest in learning about their clients and keeping it simple in what can be very complex situations.’

‘The firm works as a team and are approachable, thorough, commercial and practical.’

‘Teri Hunter and Will Pearce epitomise the commercial, knowledgeable and practical nature of the firm.’

Key clients


Wilson Partners

Elevate Staffing Group Limited

Drax Executive

XCD HR Limited

MLL Telecom Ltd

Touchstone Group Limited

Greyson Whitley Limited

Buzbees Beverages Limited

ThingThing Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Pythagoras Communications Holdings Limited on the sale of its entire issued share capital.
  • Advised the shareholders of Wilson Partners Limited on the sale of its entire issued share capital.
  • Advised Elevate Staffing Group on the reorganisation of its wider group companies and on three separate acquisitions.

Shoosmiths LLP

The corporate and commercial team at Shoosmiths LLP has a wide client base including large corporates, public companies, private equity houses and venture capital firms. The practice operates across multiple sectors such as technology, industrial, healthcare and retail providing regulatory advice and M&A support. Robin Webb  heads the commercial team and focuses on advising global automotive brands in areas such as IT and finance with support from Sebastian Price. Corporate heads Amit Nayyar and Sanjeev Sharma  advise on a full range of matters with a specialism in private equity.

Practice head(s):

Amit Nayyar; Sanjeev Sharma; Robin Webb

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Price


‘Amit Nayyar blends deep technical legal expertise and excellent commercial acumen to get deals done. He also shows great willingness to support our organisation outside of deal processes whenever we have legal questions or general market queries. His smart and friendly approach to doing business is really beneficial, particularly in circumstances that need high levels of EQ to create forward momentum.’

‘Pragmatic advice with a friendly face. Excellent breadth of knowledge of the subject.’

‘Very impressed with Jonathan Smart who has wide knowledge of his subject and a creative and lively approach. He is often able to apply his awareness of trends in the sectors we work in and the law to good effect.’

‘Broad experience of M&A and working with PE transactions. Able to work with both founders and investors – clear understanding of both positions.’

‘Claire Checketts is outstanding.’

Key clients

Rothschild (Five Arrows Principal Investments and Five Arrows Capital Growth)

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

Mercedes Benz



Peugeot Citroen Vauxhall

Volkswagen Financial Services

The White Company

Close Brothers Plc



Work highlights

  • Advised RLDatix and its sponsors, Five Arrows Principal Investments and TA Associates, on its acquisition of Allocate Software from Hg Capital and Vista Equity Partners.
  • Acted for Five Arrows Principal Investments on its acquisition of drug-discovery business, Sygnature Discovery.
  • Prepared multiple high value bespoke contracts to supply logistics services to Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited for the distribution of vehicles and parts throughout the UK.


The corporate team at VWV advises a number of local owner managed, entrepreneur-led and family run businesses on M&A, re-organisation and corporate governance issues. It also provides regulatory and restructuring advice with a particular focus in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector. The commercial team advises technology start ups and global corporates on issues relating to IT, outsourcing, supply agreements and terms and conditions. Practice head  Richard Phillips specialises in transactional corporate issues and Emma Cameron handles joint ventures and shareholder arrangements. Paul Gershlick focuses on commercial matters in the pharmaceuticals industry.

Practice head(s):

Richard Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Emma Cameron; Paul Gershlick


‘We have been working with VWV for over over 10 years and have always found the team meticulous and professional in their approach to the advice they have offered. They have a vast amount of knowledge, expertise and experience to call on across many different business sectors and provide exceptional support in a very pragmatic way. I have found them all good, dependable people. I would highly recommend the firm.’

‘Emma Cameron is our main contact at VWV for all our varied commercial work. From the very beginning Emma has been a consummate professional with us in all our dealings. Emma is very easy to work with, extremely well organized, pragmatic and extremely knowledgeable. On the recent business acquisition Emma completed for us, she was incredibly thorough with excellent attention to detail and available at the end of a phone night & day. I cannot speak highly enough of Emma and her professionalism.’

‘Old cliché, but the people make VWV ‘human’ and easy to work with. So far nothing we have asked for has not been addressed and effectively delivered. The partners are keen to add relevant and appropriate value, particularly in drafting commercial contracts and on employment related matters. With some 12 years’ experience of working with the VWV team we have always had good outcomes for our businesses.’

‘At VWV, Paul Gershlick has always provided high quality, accurate, consistent and reliable advice and guidance in helping us with our commercial contracts. He clearly understands the technology sector and can quickly identify the most appropriate solutions to solving commercial contractual matters.’

‘The team are friendly, personable and easy to work with. They explain things in plain English making complex legal issues easy to understand, yet at the same time they focus attention on all legal details. Over the years I have been working with them, their advice has always been valuable and they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘The practice is very well-respected in the pharma field and puts together excellent networking events. It’s knowledge of pharma is, in my opinion, unparalled outside larger London firms.’

‘Tom Cahill is flexible and pragmatic’.

‘Good sound commercial advice and always very responsive to requests.’


Key clients

Cleantec Services Limited

Sobell Rhodes LLP

Austin (GB) Limited

Santander UK plc

Oakman Inns and Restaurants Limited

ESRI (UK) Limited

Fresche Solutions Inc

European Healthcare Group plc

Forkway Group Limited

Green and Fortune

SwipeStation Limited

Clock Limited

Oakman Inns and Restaurants Limited

Santander UK Plc

Porcelanosa Group Limited

Sigma Pharmaceuticals PLC

Flynn Pharma (Holdings) Limited

TM Robotics

The Occupational Psychology Centre

British Science Association

ArtiCAD Limited

Galderma (UK) Limited



Custom Pharma Services


Durbin PLC


Institute of Cancer Research

National Pharmacy Association


Torbay Pharmaceuticals


Work highlights

  • Advised Cleantec Services Limited on its sale to an Employee Ownership Trust and an Employee Benefit Trust.
  • Advised Xebec Adsorption Inc on the acquisition of Tiger Filtration.
  • Advised the shareholders of E4tech on its sale to ERM.

Machins Solicitors LLP

The corporate and commercial department at Machins Solicitors LLP advises on a range of transactions including negotiating complex contracts, reorganisations, restructurings, private equity investment and M&A. The firm is particularly well-versed in the aviation sector and combines this expertise with advice in areas such as GDPR and intellectual property. Mark Pelopida co-heads the practice and regularly advises on M&A matters and complex contractual negotiations. Co-head Max Lesser handles aviation matters while Jon Alvarez assists high net-worth individuals. Sarah Liddiard has expertise on shareholders agreements, joint venture and supply agreements.

Practice head(s):

Mark Pelopida; Jon Alvarez; Max Lesser

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Liddiard


‘There are specialists in many different areas of law, so my needs are always met under one roof. I use Machins for all my business and personal legal advice.’

‘I work very closely with Sarah Liddiard for all of my commercial terms and she has always been excellent. Sarah always takes the time to fully understand the exact requirements and then works with me to find the best solution, keeping legal terms in a way that a non-legal person can understand. I always feel reassured knowing that I have Sarah on standby for advice in the fast paced world my business operates in.’

‘The key strength is partner involvement being a partner led service and an ability to communicate legal concepts in simple English.’

‘Unlike larger firms more advice is directly given by partners and senior staff rather than being delegated to more junior members of the team.’

‘The individuals that I work most closely with are Mark Pelopida, Nic Pestell and Jon Alvarez. Mark Pelopida in particular has the ability to give practical commercial advice and communicate in simple English. At the same time he gives realistic legal advice which helps clients make informed decisions.’

‘Mark Pelopida is a very experienced commercial solicitor who was very valuable when I was selling my business. He also has a good team behind him who are on the ball!’

‘The firm has a strong team covering all of the main areas of the law. As well as professional and technical expertise, the team members I have dealt with are all friendly, helpful and approachable. They work well together and have a good knowledge of what colleagues can do to help.’

‘The stand out individual is Mark Pelopida. His advice and execution on M&A deals is always first class. On every deal he builds a unique rapport with the client and with their advisers, eg accountants and bankers. His advice to the client, whilst being first class in terms of the law, is always given from the highest moral and ethical standpoint. The client knows that, if anyone can close a transaction on their behalf, it will be Mark.’


SA Law LLP advises clients such as family-owned and owner-operated businesses from all industries with particular expertise in the professional services, high tech, IT and real estate sectors. The St Albans-based practice handles issues such as M&A, management buy-outs, corporate finance and restructurings. Vincent Billings heads the practice and focuses on sales, acquisitions, share capital reductions and share transfers.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Billings


‘Specialist knowledge of the law.’

‘Flexible, friendly and tailored to our needs.’

‘Personal service like we are their only client. Very responsive and quickly understand what we need and plan how to achieve it. When you hit a problem, they give clear advice on how to deal with it to get to the right place.’

‘Very very commercial. Understand what we are trying to achieve and act like a partner at all times.’

‘Client service is second to none at SA Law and that sets them apart in the legal world. They have great people who make genuine effort to know and understand their clients and their businesses.’

‘Dedication to client service and ensuring they understand their clients’ wishes so that this becomes a key focus in their output.’

‘Very good wide expertise and skillset.’

Key clients

Core UK Limited

Ignite Marketing UK Limited

Zest Media Limited

Platform 13 Limited

Pronet Gaming Limited

Qualco UK Limited

Forward Trucking Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided comprehensive corporate legal advice to a music merchandise business on the £10 million sale of the business to an international music company.
  • Advised a PR and media company on its acquisition of a smaller PR/advertising company.
  • Acted as sole legal advisor on the demerger of a property investment business to split the portfolios of the company’s assets between families in line with tax advice.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

The corporate and commercial team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is based in Milton Keynes with strength in the information technology, professional services and retail sectors. The firm has also significantly strengthened it’s offering in the healthcare, education and charity industries with the arrival of Jordan Glackin from EMW Law LLP. Mark Thompson heads the practice with expertise in M&A, commercial contracts and corporate finance.

Practice head(s):

Mark Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Jordan Glackin


‘Consistency in personal relationships at senior level.’

‘Mark Thompson has great breadth of corporate and capital market knowledge.’

‘I principally deal with Mark Thompson. He has a very good all round knowledge and is very practical in dealing within the M&A field.’

‘Allawee Albaghdadi is a standout partner in the sector – dedicated to performing to a deal timetable. Allawee sees the bigger picture on a transaction and has an instinctive ability to foresee how matters will unfold and work that to a client’s advantage.’

Key clients

Focus Hotels Management Limited

AC Plc

Lousada Plc

Fired Earth Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fired Earth Holdings Limited in connection with the acquisition of Fired Earth Limited from Aga Rangemaster Group Plc.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Suretrans Limited in relation to the disposal of the entire issued share capital of the company to Banyan Supply Chains Solutions Limited.
  • Acted for the shareholders of 80s Casual Classics Limited in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital to J D Sports Fashion Plc.

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

Operating in St Albans Sherrards Solicitors LLP is an established corporate and commercial team with mergers, acquisitions and disposals at the root of its work. The practice also handles private equity transactions and provides regulatory advice to its clients who are often owner managed businesses. The firm has a particular focus in the franchising, retail, entertainment and hospitality sectors. Co-head Leigh Head has expertise in the music and media industry while fellow head Jean-Paul Da Costa has experience in IP and IT matters. Partner Kiall Bagnell has recruitment and franchising experience.

Practice head(s):

Leigh Head; Jean-Paul da Costa

Other key lawyers:

Kiall Bagnell


‘Kiall is very down-to-earth and easy to get on with. He focuses on getting the job done but not at the expense of getting it done properly. Kiall is commercially-minded and pragmatic and doesn’t take positions on issues needlessly. His drafting is good, as are his communication skills.’

‘Sherrards are always available and have the ability to respond quickly where required. The various members of the teams I have dealt with have always understood our requirements and delivered professional advice on time. Sherrards introduced a series of webinars during the pandemic which were a fantastic way to reach out to its clients and keep us informed. Sherrards have the ability to give excellent advice from a brilliantly friendly and professional team.’

‘We are not lawyers and what we need as clients is someone who we can communicate with us in a language we fully understand. Our main contact at Sherrards is Leigh Head who knows our industry and knows us, he knows how to communicate to us and this is extremely important.’

‘Corporate team are excellent.’

‘Kiall Bagnell is first class, understands client’s business and objectives, genuinely friendly, pleasant and competent.’

‘This is a top firm with its feet on the ground. The reason why they are my choice is that they understand people as well as the law and are focused and driven. Tell you as it is and wont let you down.’

‘The corporate and commercial team has in depth experience across multiple sectors and are never phased by a new matter.’

‘Leigh Head is my go to corporate and commercial Lawyer due to his experience, knowledge, excellent advice and always remaining calm.’

Key clients

Winkworth Franchising Limited

Screwfast Foundation Limited

Cambria Automobiles plc

Mediashare (ER Productions) Limited


Village Underground

One Sky Flight LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for the main shareholders of HAC Group Limited and Village Underground Holdings Limited in the sale and investment by the Big Issue Invest.
  • Worked with the shareholders of Screwfast Foundation Ltd in the sale of the company to Van Elles Plc.

Taylor Walton LLP

The corporate and commercial team at Taylor Walton LLP handles a range of matters from substantial acquisitions, disposals and re-organisations to contract negotiations and bulk data management. The firm is co-headed by Jeremy Brockis who leads the corporate affairs group and Mike Pettit who handles various commercial matters and corporate finance.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Brockis; Mike Pettit


‘Knowledgeable lawyers, responsive and value for money.’

Key clients

American Iron & Metals Inc.

IRIS Business Software

Campaign for Real Ale

Capita Group plc

The Entertainer

Cross Pens Inc

Nat West

Villa Plus

Bank of Ireland

Comline Auto Parts

Pet Food UK

Pieroth Wines

British Board of Agrement


Work highlights

  • Advised the management shareholders on the sale of Pet Food (UK) Holdings Limited to private-equity-backed IPN.
  • Advised management shareholders on the sale of EA Scaffolding Services Limited to Alltask.
  • Advised American Iron & Metal Co Inc on the acquisition of B.L.T. Circuit Services Limited.

Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway is a strong corporate and commercial practice with a focus on M&A work such as private company asset and share acquisitions and disposals. The team operates in the three main sectors of healthcare, charities and private wealth. Andrew Yates heads the practice and focuses on disposals and transaction finance with support from James Brawn.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Yates

Other key lawyers:

James Brawn


‘I have been introduced to 3 partners at this firm who specialise in different fields. All display a clear grasp of their roles and are able to deliver a client experience that I have not come across in other law firms. Professional, knowledgeable and likeable. The latter is absolutely key when it comes to retention of our business with them.’

‘James has been a key contact for our firm for years and always delivers in a fast and efficient manner. He also provides solid advice on the needs of our firm. In my 23 years of running a business which has a heavy emphasis on client service and delivering successful outcomes, he is one of the best lawyers I have come across.’

‘Debenhams Ottaway are all incredibly helpful and responsive in their approach. You know you can rely on them to give you professional and friendly advice.’

‘James Brawn is my stand-out individual at Debenhams Ottaway. I have worked with him for years and had prompt, courteous and solid advice. He is an excellent partner and very pragmatic and realistic in his approach to business.’

‘As a fellow lawyer it can sometimes be a challenge when working with opposing teams, I’m pleased to say that is never the case with Debenhams Ottaway – they are a very good team – a very strong corporate and commercial offering with a thorough grasp of the law while offering pragmatic commercialism which helps clients to achieve their goals.’

‘They are personable, approachable and always willing to listen.’

‘Their advice is clear, concise, and to the point.’

‘Andrew Yates has an excellent knowledge of corporate law and contract law. Always pragmatic.’

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

The company commercial team at Longmores Solicitors LLP has sector specific expertise in the healthcare, rural, recruitment and IT outsourcing industries. On the corporate side, the firm is well versed in shareholders’ agreements, restructurings and private company mergers and acquisitions. The commercial work includes outsourcing agreements and data protection issues. Corporate expert Michael Budd heads the practice with support from Rina Sond.

Practice head(s):

Michael Budd

Other key lawyers:

Rina Sond


‘Working with Longmores gives access to resources within the practice that meet our needs as a smaller organisation. They have particularly supported us with commercial agreements with external parties and have been able to ensure we have the appropriate structures in place with third parties.’

‘The people we engage with at Longmores have an excellent knowledge in their field of expertise and are able to explain what needs doing to people with a non-legal background. Rina Sond has been particularly good on commercial matters and quickly understands our needs and offers proactive solutions which can sometimes be a linger and more time consuming process in other firms.’

‘We find the service direct and responsive to our needs. Rina Sond who we have been working with recently has been particularly helpful.’

‘I have been very impressed with Michael Budd who is the partner that Heads up the Corporate and Commercial Team. I have found him to be very knowledge and practical in his approach.’

Key clients

Propertymark Ltd

HP Tuners Ltd

Acacium Group Limited

Shine Partnerships Ltd

Chugai Pharma UK Ltd

Chugai Pharma Europe Ltd

Metflam Limited

Auto Finesse Limited

Matthews Haulage Limited

Vox Europe Investment Holding LLC

Gordon Low Limited

Gordon Low Products Limited

G-way Surgical Limited

SilverRail Technologies UK Limited

Stutley Brothers Limited

A Stutley & Sons Limited

A&D Mackay Farm Partnership

Work highlights

  • Acted for Propertymark Limited on a range of commercial contracts to support their growth.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Gordon Low Limited and Gordon Low Products Limited in respect of the sale of the entire issued share capital to a subsidiary of Nordic Waterproofing Holding AB.
  • Acted for Vox Europe Investment Holding LLC in respect of its acquisition of a majority stake in Dunsar Media Company Limited.


Neves advises clients in a broad range of company and commercial matters such as sales and acquisitions, investments, fundraising and lending agreements and corporate re-organisations. On the commercial side the team deals with partnership matters, franchise and management agreements. Practice head Stewart Matthews has expertise in the education and retail sectors while associate Kim Sayer assists on share purchase and sale transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stewart Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Kim Sayers; Simon Porter


‘Three factors: excellent communications, outstanding value for money and the ability to manage complex legal challenges.’

‘Stewart has a customer centric approach to his service. There are never any unnecessary delays, he always picks up his calls or calls back again without causing any delays. After using Stewart for a number of years, it is comforting that he knows his customers and therefore on business purchases applies our approach to the transaction.’

‘The practice has a wealth of expertise and have been able to deal with everything I required of them. They liaise with each other where necessary and keep me informed. They respond to email/phone requests promptly and are prepared to spend time listening to my needs. They use language that is easy to understand and always try to seek solutions.’

‘The main two people I have dealt with recently have been excellent. They helped me sell my business during difficult times. From the moment they took over handling the sale I felt I was in very capable hands and as issues arose they helped find solutions and give expert advice on my suggestions. The fact that they made themselves available and contactable was a huge comfort and they treated me like a human being as well as a client. Throughout my time dealing with them they met every deadline and told me what risks might occur and what could or could not be done to avoid these.’

‘Stewart Matthews is helpful, friendly and when we had an issue with the seller he investigated on our behalf which was out of his scope.’

‘Kim Sayer and Jessica Williams provide first class advice and customer service and are a credit to Neves.’

‘It’s comforting to know we have Neves available as and when we need them. The team are friendly and knowledgeable. A safe pair of hands.’

‘The process is easy for me. One email into Stewart Matthews and he will direct our concern to the right person. I have used other legal teams in the past but always seem to return to Neves. There is a more personal atmosphere which allows us to open up and work closer together.’