Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Offering assistance with corporate transactions and commercial contracts, the team at Thackray Williams LLP in Sevenoaks is headed up by Nick Gabay who ‘provides thoughtful, insightful and clear advice’ across M&A transactions, joint ventures and employee share schemes.

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex in South East


The team at Brachers, based in Maidstone and headed up by James Bullock, is well positioned to assist with commercial contracts, negotiations, company law advice and cross-border deals for reputable and international clients, particularly in the manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and IT spaces. The firm continues to push into the energy recovery and green technology sectors as well as the commercial and industrial projects industry. Specialising in next-generation energy recovery matters is Erol Huseyin, who is well versed in advising on all aspects of commercial contracts, and Alex Cosgrove, who has expertise in supply chain agreements, joint venture contracts and construction contracts. Claire Williams is another key corporate lawyer that acts for a range of clients, including international corporations and individual shareholders, in significant deals such as the sale of Take 1 Script Services.

Practice head(s):

James Bullock

Other key lawyers:

Erol Huseyin; Alex Cosgrove; Claire Williams; Matthew Simmonds


‘Personal and attentive service offering.’

‘Claire Williams focuses on involving the clients to understand what is required.’

‘We have used Brachers for many years now and their key strengths are building real relationships with their clients and then offering joined up support in a breadth of legal scenarios.’

‘Matthew Simmonds is an absolute legend and his team are incredibly efficient. He has provided amazing support to us in a number of situations. He is incredibly hard working and busy, yet he is seemingly always available to receive a call or respond to an email. His reputation goes before him, and he has a formidable network and arsenal of other key professionals who add a richness to his offering.’

Key clients

Ennogen Healthcare Limited

Shareholders of Take 1 Script Services Limited

Associated Asphalt Contracting Limited

Hamton Environmental Services Limited

IKRA UK International Limited

Simona AG

Peak Pipe Systems Ltd

Imperium Trust Corporation

It’s Interventional Limited

Shareholders of Peter Thompson Group

1ST PS Limited

Alterola Biotech Inc

Amergent Hospitality Group Inc

APC Technology Group Plc

Clear Treasury Group

EKC Group

Enovert Management Limited

Evolution Power Holdings Limited

Fayat Lifting Ltd

Gallagher Group Limited

Green Tower B.V.

H+H Group

Hamton Metals Management Services Limited

HSBC Corporate

Inspire Contact Services Limited

Knauf UK GmbH

Mabanaft Limited

MWA Financial Limited (My Wealth Alliance)

N&P Feedstock Hooton Ltd

N+P Beheer BV

N+P Group BV

N+P Crayford MRF Ltd

Powerfuel Development and Finance Limited

Raise Platform Limited

Rivermead Inclusive Trust

Shareholders of Beech Underwriting Agencies Limited

Shareholders of Talisman Consultancy Limited

Shareholders of Traymate Products Limited

Smart Office Solution Limited

Subcoal Production TSP Ltd

Systems Technology

Szerelmey Limited

The East Malling Trust

The Luna Cinema Limited

The Shareholders of Fire Action Limited

UK Medical

Work highlights

  • Advising NandP Crayford MRF Ltd on a wide range of multi-million pound contractual and implementation issues in respect of the Crayford Materials Recycling Facility in South-East London, one of the largest material recycling facilities in the UK.
  • Advising Simona AG, a producer and development partner in the field of thermoplastics, headquartered in Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, on its acquisition of UK-based Peak Pipe Systems Limited.
  • Advising the shareholders of Take 1 Script Services, the global TV transcription platform, on the sale of the company to Verbit Inc.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP excels in corporate and M&A transaction work particularly in the pharmacy and dental industries. Based in Guildford, the team’s growing client roster features international and local businesses, private equity companies and high-net-worth individuals across an expanding list of sectors including the technology, education and sports industries. Practice head and M&A specialist Tim Jenkins, who also heads up the firm’s retail healthcare transactions team, assists clients with joint ventures, shareholder agreements and business sales, while Geoffrey Sparks handles commercial work relating to information technology and outsourcing issues. Helen Wong left the firm in April 2022 to join Setfords Solicitors, and Jonathan Steele left in May 2023 for Stevens & Bolton LLP.

Practice head(s):

Tim Jenkins

Other key lawyers:

Geoffrey Sparks; Samuel Milne; Howard White; Mark Howard


‘A strong team with a solid understanding of the pharmacy sector from both a corporate and regulatory viewpoint.’

‘A good commercial team that has a good understanding of sectors and is responsive to the market.’

‘Howard White deals with matters with an extremely sensible head and ensures that the problem is understood with practical solutions offered. Very technical and extremely knowledgeable.’

‘A very good team technically that is pragmatic, easy to work with and has detailed knowledge of the pharmacy sector.’

‘Mark Howard is excellent personally and does well at bringing in the wider team when required. Just a really good person to deal with.’

‘They are very strong on client relationship management. There is good engagement at all levels of the team and the lead partner is always very accessible.’

‘Tim Jenkins is a very technically skilled lawyer.’

Key clients

DiscoverIE plc

Dentex Healthcare Group

Maitland Medical Service Ltd

Avicenna Holdings Limited

CAJ Mercian Holdings Limited


London Irish Rugby Club

University of Surrey

E Nova Healthcare Group

Weldricks Pharmacy Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the majority shareholders of In Touch Games Limited, as part of a cross-office multi-disciplinary team on all legal aspects of the cross-border sale of the In Touch group, including its overseas interests, to Skywind Holdings Limited.
  • Advised DiscoverIE Holdings Ltd, as part of a cross-office multi-disciplinary team, on its acquisition of Custom Design Technologies.
  • Acting for Dentex Healthcare Group, providing commercial, employment and regulatory advice across a range of areas and completing 30 dental acquisitions during 2022 supporting the client with its acquisition and growth strategy.


Based in Tunbridge Wells, the corporate and commercial team at Cripps regularly assists with cross-border mandates across a range of industries. The team is headed up by corporate law lead Julie Hughes, who handles healthcare and childcare instructions, and commercial law lead Kathryn Rogers, whose clients include digital media and data management agencies. Leading the growing private equity offering is Salim Somjee, who has experience in M&A, crowdfunding and capital markets work. ‘Go-to partner’ Helen Garner is a ‘star’ and also noted for her capital markets expertise. Expanding the firm’s presence in the insurance broking M&A space are James Beatton and Lowri Jones. Nigel Stanford leads on advertising, media and technology related matters. In early 2024, the firm merged with Horsham-based firm PDT Solicitors, which added the expertise of Noel Ruddy, Rebecca Glazebrook, Ian Lindley and Sian Webber.

Practice head(s):

Julie Hughes; Kathryn Rogers

Other key lawyers:

Salim Somjee; Helen Garner; James Beatton; Lowri Jones; Nigel Stanford; Pete Kenyon; Lauren Romo; Katie Haylock; Andreea Rusu; Noel Ruddy; Rebecca Glazebrook; Ian Lindley; Sian Webber; Chehraz Fox; Victoria Jackson


‘Good understanding of our business, fast paced responses and personable people and lawyers including Pete Kenyon and Kathryn Rogers.’

‘Julie Hughes and her team are unique in what they do. As a business broker I come across countless law firms on both the buy and sell side and I feel Cripps are the best at what they do. Cripps manage their client’s efficiently and effectively. Julie has the perfect balance of support and direction which enables the deals to progress smoothly. They are efficient across the various departments within Cripps which also helps to keep a deal moving. I can’t recommend them enough.’

‘Julie Hughes and Lauren Romo have the perfect balance of knowledge, expertise and empathy which makes them so successful in what they do. Julie understands people which is invaluable to this role. That combined with her professionalism and knowledge make her a reliable and consistent lawyer.’

‘They have a highly professional and knowledgeable team, offer interdepartmental and third-party communication and their team working skills are faultless. They are not afraid to challenge on points thought to be unfair or unreasonable. No holdups in the process on their side. Sector knowledge and previous experience of the buyer side is invaluable. The team members included Julie Hughes, Katie Haylock, Lauren Romo and Andreea Rusu.’

‘Cripps represent a quality-led and reasonable cost corporate law firm by virtue of being in Kent with good links to London.’

‘Julie Hughes and Lauren Romo in particular provide practical advice and a very diligent work-ethic to get deals done in the timelines set out and focus on the key issues.’

‘The team offers high quality regional transactional lawyers.’

‘Helen Garner is a star and our go-to partner. She is very bright, has seen it all and a top-class trusted adviser.’

Key clients

Chromalloy Gas Turbine, LLC

Chapel Down Group plc

Modulous Limited

Berry Gardens

Mirovia UK Limited / Lyvia Group

B.P. Marsh & Company Limited

Uniguest Holdings, Inc

REL Solutions Limited / Arcapix

Cadogan Estates Limited

Dreamtek Inc / Dreamtek UK

EKC Group

Soho Capital SAS

Brazilian Nickel plc

iprism Underwriting Agency Limited

HiiROC Limited

Kent County Cricket Club

Harrow International Schools Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised private equity-backed Chromalloy Gas Turbine LLC on the sale of its machining businesses in the UK and France, as well as the pre-sale reorganisation.
  • Advised Modulous Limited on its £16m series A fundraising round.
  • Advised Berry Gardens on the sale of its sales, packaging and distribution business to Driscoll’s.

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP excels in complex and high-value deals for national and multinational brands in the e-learning, vineyard and travel sectors. The firm has grown a local Brighton M&A practice through its merger with Griffith Smith LLP in March 2022. Heading up the team from Gatwick is corporate expert Jonathan Grant, who has significant experience in transactions involving management buyouts and buy-ins as well as business sales, and commercial lead John Yates, who regularly acts on IP projects, complex IT contracts and data protection matters. Based in Guildford is Helen Mead, who specialises in share and asset acquisitions and disposals, investments, and private equity matters. Abigail Owen is also noted for her work in complex regional, national and international M&A transactions across a range of industries. Debbie Venn is another key lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Grant; John Yates

Other key lawyers:

Helen Mead; Abigail Owen; Debbie Venn; Kay Miles


‘Full scope of services with different practitioners. Communicate well behind the scenes leading to good client engagement.’

‘Very good attention to detail and understanding of unique issues. Work quickly and accurately.’

‘The DMH team have excellent knowledge of the client’s business and a really strong trusted adviser relationship with the client. They have a friendly and commercial approach on the client side, which clients love.’

‘Kay Miles is incredibly impressive and a strong member of the team. She has excellent knowledge of the client and is on top of the detail while still focusing on the bigger picture.’

Key clients

Fabco Sanctuary Limited

Ridgeview Estate Winery Limited

Lightning Fibre Limited

Bolney Wine Estate

WestonWilliamson+Partners LLP

SafeGroup Services Limited

Global Risk Partners

Independent Builders Merchant Group

Cow Corner Investing

Roja Parfums Holdings Ltd

Aspen Pumps Ltd

BestAtDigital Ltd

Comptoir General Du Resort C.G.R SAS

Work highlights

  • Acted for the partners and members of the LLP on the sale of the membership interests in architecture firm WestonWilliamson+Partners LLP to EGIS UK Holdings Limited and 10 Europe Limited.
  • Established a retainer arrangement with Roja Parfums, which involves advising on contracts, cross-border distribution arrangements and data protection matters.
  • Advised the shareholders of Bolney Wine Estates Limited on the sale of its English Winery to Freixenet Copestick Limited.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

In Guildford, the team at Stevens & Bolton LLP has a full-service commercial offering, which handles contract negotiations, transactional work, advisory issues and regulatory matters in key sectors including the retail, hospitality, life sciences and healthcare and finance industries. The corporate team, led by Joe Bedford, regularly advises public and private companies on M&A strategies and is reputable in the management advisory space. Commercial lead Beverley Flynn advises on contracts and procurement, IT and data protection matters. Richard Baxter specialises in M&A, corporate restructuring and governance issues, while Keith Syson has expertise in all aspects of company law and acts as the led partner for private equity and management advisory transactions. Cross-border M&A specialist Nick Atkins and James Waddell are other key lawyers. Jonathan Steele joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Joe Bedford; Beverley Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Richard Baxter; Keith Syson; Nick Atkins; James Waddell; Jenny Robertson; Charles Maurice; Gustaf Duhs; Nicola Broadhurst; Jonathan Steele


‘Charlie Maurice is a first rate commercial lawyer with excellent communication skills. Builds great relationships, doesn’t overcomplicate legal problems and provides resolutions in simple and easy to understand language.’

‘Beverley Flynn is unrivalled in her ability to translate key complex issues into clear advice and to find solutions which my clients and my business can rely on. Her business insights are superb. She makes all the difference and I know the matter will proceed as planned.’

‘Beverley Flynn – consistently impressive; personable, yet always asks the key questions needed to get to the thorniest issues. She has an excellent breadth of experience which we have found extremely useful.’

‘I have been regularly working with Gustaf Duhs and I would always involve him for future projects.’

‘Joe Bedford- calm, wise, strategic and razor focused. a delight to work with and a hugely impressive lawyer.’

Jenny Robertson – smart, hardworking, diligent, resilient, creative – I will always want Jenny on my team.’

‘Joe Bedford is an excellent partner – he provides superb, commercial advice and is extremely responsive to feedback. He is able to tailor his negotiating style as required and is enjoyable to work with.’

‘Keith Syson is a titan of corporate law.’

Key clients

UCC Coffee UK Limited

DER Touristik UK Ltd (Kuoni)

Natures Way Food Europe Limited

Cad & The Dandy Limited

Biggin Hill Airport Hotel Limited

Techtronic Industries EMEA Ltd

Kia UK Ltd

MultiPass Platforms Limited

Nintendo UK (a branch of Nintendo of Europe GmbH)


Bunzl plc

BrakesDiploma plc


The Ardonagh Group



Wates Group



Work highlights

  • Advised EfectoLed (Zernin Trade S.L.), a portfolio company of Spanish private equity group Miura Partners, on a cross-jurisdictional transaction which involved the acquisition of Lyco Group Limited.
  • Advising the founding shareholders on the sale of Actica Consulting, the Guildford-based specialist provider of digital transformation, cyber security and technical consultancy services, to private equity company Sovereign Capital Partners.
  • Advising DER Touristik UK Ltd on all of Kuoni’s arrangements from a commercial and regulatory perspective including agreements with agencies and providers at travel destinations globally.

Herrington Carmichael LLP

Demonstrating ‘great execution, knowledge and engagement’, Herrington Carmichael LLP’s Camberley-based corporate and commercial team offers ‘a consistently high standard of work and sound legal advice’ on cross-border and high-value corporate, M&A and commercial deals. ‘Dynamic and driven corporate lawyer’ Yavan Brar heads up the team and has experience advising on M&A, corporate restructuring, business ownership and IP matters. Specialising in the financial services sector is ‘rising star’ Alex Canham who is ‘one to watch’, handling the firm’s international offering and assisting clients with share sales and purchases, shareholders’ agreements and company option schemes. The ‘knowledgeable, personable and reliable’ Cesare McArdle focuses on commercial law matters in the hospitality, leisure and construction sectors, while Mark Chapman handles matters relating to commercial projects in the IT, manufacturing, financial services and automotive sectors.

Practice head(s):

Yavan Brar

Other key lawyers:

Mark Chapman; Joel Gocool; Alex Canham; Matthew Lea; Cesare McArdle; Chris Gemson; Melissa Deutrom


‘The partner in charge, Mark Chapman, was exceptional. Our issues were unique and we had to change direction several times, but the team always responded well, bringing in the new specialist skills as needed. I think that is the standout quality; adaptability.’

‘Alex Canham and Joel Gocool are a delight to deal with and form a highly efficient team. They have gone the extra mile in our negotiations. Alex Canham is a young dynamic corporate lawyer with great experience within the financial services sector. A rising star and one to watch! Matthew Lea is an experienced solicitor who has shown a good deal of common sense and gravitas when negotiating on behalf of clients.’

‘The advice and guidance provided to us by the corporate and commercial team at Herrington Carmichael has proved invaluable over the past few years. The team work closely together to provide a consistently high standard of work and sound legal advice. They are available when we need them, exceptionally knowledgeable and approachable. Knowing our company so well, they can provide high-quality legal advice that is suitably tailored to our commercial needs and risk appetite. The team not only resolve the question/issue at hand but always go above and beyond to provide support wherever required.’

‘Yavan Brar is a dynamic and driven corporate lawyer. He offers pragmatic advice and provides solutions to complete transactions. He is a highly experienced partner that is able to break down complex legal points and discussions into easily digestible concepts for clients. Cesare McArdle is great and always makes himself available should I need a quick turnaround. He is an outstanding lawyer, very client focused and always goes that extra mile to help his business contacts.’

‘Engaged employees and exemplary execution of our cases. We could not have been happier with Herrington Carmichael, especially with Yavan Brar, Chris Gemson and Mark Chapman. They have shown great execution, knowledge and engagement. The team is very friendly and approachable and explains things clearly without using legal jargon.’

‘They offer comprehensive advice that is delivered on time, in easy-to-understand terminology, fully assessing any risks.  Ultimately, they instil confidence and reassurance, which is very important to us. They have a truly professional approach and often go above and beyond.’

‘The team is highly professional, service-oriented, and solution-oriented. We are extremely satisfied with the assistance we have received. This is a regional practice with the capabilities of a much larger and more expensive firm.’ 

‘Mark Chapman is our go to contact for all regulatory matters. With strong technical knowledge and an unwavering eye for detail, Mark has a great ability to balance legal advice alongside commercial considerations, helping us to take a pragmatic approach to negotiations. Cesare McArdle has provided us with invaluable support through some tricky contract negotiations. He is knowledgeable, personable, and reliable. We can always rely on Cesare to provide exceptional attention to detail, sound advice and strong negotiating skills. Cesare never seems to be phased by anything thrown at him. Alex Canham and Melissa Deutrom provide a pragmatic approach, sound advice and consistently deliver high-quality work in a timely manner. Alex Canham really is viewed as an extension of our in-house team. He is reliable, approachable and exceptionally knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Metro Bank Plc

Portable Multimedia Ltd

VPS Holdings Limited

Cennox Group Limited

One Four Nine Group Limited

Alarm Communication Limited

Boom Spin Ltd


Grundon Waste Management Ltd

The Beaufort Group of Companies Limited

Buyline Norway AS

The Manor House Hotel (Castle Combe) Limited

Strata Residential Finance Plc

Andreas Stihl Limited

Fuel Cell Systems Ltd

Exclusive Hotels (Lainston House Ltd)

Amazon Filters Limited

BGF Investments LP and BGF UK Enterprise Fund Limited

DataOps.Live Ltd

Optimale Ltd

CV Library Limited

Nurvv Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising DataOps on its $10.3m SD Series Seed funding round led by Anthos Capital, alongside co-investor, Snowflake Ventures.
  • Acting for BGF on its investment in Operational Solutions.

Outset Limited

Outset Limited, operating from Maidstone and a member of Kent Corporate Finance Alliance, is well versed in acting for a range of clients from entrepreneurs to private equity houses and corporates, particularly in the veterinary and healthcare sectors and more recently in the food and beverage and technology industries. Leading the team is Tilly Clarke, who handles a wide range of corporate and commercial matters including M&A and complex reorganisations, specifically across the automotive and digital business sectors, among others. Bank lending, veterinary and automotive M&A specialist Nick Lewsley is another key member of the team, and Andy Poppleton leads the commercial team, while Sally Arnold has private practice and in-house experience including advising on outsourcing and franchise agreements, shareholder agreements and acquisition buy-side work.

Practice head(s):

Tilly Clarke

Other key lawyers:

Nick Lewsley; Andy Poppleton; Sally Arnold; Chloe Pereira; Sean Gorman


‘Tilly Clarke and her team provided the shareholders with good support and advice throughout the transaction. We were very satisfied with their professionalism and support. Tilly Clarke has always been a standout lawyer. She goes the extra mile, is highly personable, easy to understand and efficient with her time. I like her approach and her down to earth attitude.’

‘Their professionalism, extensive knowledge, and personal touch stands out as it is clear they actually care about your business and want to build a long-term partnership.’

‘The team at Outset are highly personable and engaging. Senior members of the team at Outset have taken the time on several occasions to discuss strategically how their services can complement our business plans and to ensure that their service delivery has been adapted as a result.’

Key clients

Gungho Marketing Limited

IVC Evidensia

Denmaur Independent Papers Limited

KBE Drinks Limited


Work highlights

  • Acting for the shareholders of Gungho Marketing Limited on the sale of Gungho Marketing Limited to Mobeus Private Equity for £8.8m.
  • Acting for Denmaur Independent Papers Limited on the refinancing and subsequent acquisition of Middleton Paper Company Limited.
  • Acting for IVC Evidensia on the acquisition of Sussex Equine Hospital Holdings Limited for £13.5m.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Led by London-based Matthew Martin, the Guildford team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, also a member of the Multilaw network, regularly advises corporates, high-net-worth entrepreneurs and investors on start-ups, investments, restructurings and acquisitions. Its client base spans the technology, manufacturing and healthcare industries. Technology and private wealth expert David Kendall leads on joint ventures and transactions such as management buyouts, private equity work and reorganisations. Another key player in the team is Simon Bickerdike who often advises business owners and management on ownership structures and best practice as well as cross-border sales and purchases. Senior associate Hannah McIlwraith offers experience in assisting on cross-border M&A, reorganisations and corporate governance issues. Also noted is Philip Walton who has specialist knowledge across a range of areas including aviation, pharmacy, retail and real estate, while commercial lawyer Oliver Kidd focuses on IT, technology and procurement work.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Martin

Other key lawyers:

David Kendall; Simon Bickerdike; Philip Walton; Hannah McIlwraith; Oliver Kidd


‘The firm and team has a longstanding relationship with our company and also with me as an individual. They offer high level advice and heavyweight partners with good value compared to some other firms.’

‘David Kendall and Hannah McIlwraith stand out as two individuals we have worked with who stand out. Their positive and professional approach helps to break down complex or difficult situations into manageable pieces that a layman like me can understand. They have long working knowledge with key individuals in our company and the company itself.’

‘The team offers friendliness, a willingness to help with anything and great legal knowledge.’

‘David Kendall is my go-to person, not just for corporate advice but every time I need a sounding board for anything. He’s incredibly supportive and shows a genuine interest in our business and our future plans. When he’s working with us, he acts and feels as though he’s part of our company.’

‘Penningtons is local and also has an international reach. They have had a presence in Surrey where we are headquartered and those local roots are important to us as we care about the local business environment, and also value the ability to meet face-to-face where necessary. The reach they have both within the firm, with presence in London and across the UK, has allowed them to tap into other expertise elsewhere in the firm if that hasn’t been immediately available. We have likewise benefited from the international connections for help with specific matters in other countries including employment and contracts with teams overseas.’

‘Our principal point of contact in the company has always been Simon Bickerdike and his involvement with our company since founding has been incredibly useful to maintain continuity and allow for a speedy and accurate response to matters. Over the last few years, our day to day involvement has been with Oliver Kidd. He had shown understanding of our sector and an ability to learn quickly.’

Key clients

RazorSecure Limited

The Shareholders of Alemba Topco Limited

The Shareholders of E C Electronics Limited

The Shareholders of The BCS Consulting Group Ltd

The Shareholders of The Hub Community Healthcare Holdco

Connected Innovations Limited

CottonConnect Limited

Infosec K2K Limited

Accelerate Group Limited

Polymax Holdings Limited

U1st Sports, S.A.

Elixiir International PLC

Barfoot Farms Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for shareholders on the disposal of the Alemba group to Volaris PLC.
  • Advised the shareholders of EC Electronics on its recent funding from Rockpool Investments.
  • Provided M&A support and assisted the shareholders of The Hub Community Healthcare Holdco Limited which following the investment by Bridges Fund Management expanded to include 16 pharmacies.

Thomson Snell & Passmore

The corporate and commercial team at Thomson Snell & Passmore has recently assisted private limited companies, multinationals, entrepreneurs and investors with acquisitions, asset and share sales, commercial contracts and reorganisations. Headed up by the ‘fabulous’ and ‘exceptional’ Joanne Gallagher, a specialist in succession and exit planning, venture capital and private equity matters, the team has sector expertise in the food and beverage, manufacturing, and professional services industries. Technology sector expert Jason Varney is another key lawyer that often handles M&A matters. Jonathan Askin joined the team in May 2022 from Knights plc and has significant experience in commercial and IP-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Gallagher

Other key lawyers:

Jason Varney; Jonathan Askin; Faye Cook; Will Chivers


‘The team work seamlessly together to provide support in all areas of our commercial law requirements. Joanna Gallagher is a fabulous lawyer, and this is reflected in her team. I have used other practices in the past and none come anywhere near as efficient, and their communication is second to none.’

‘Joanne Gallagher is exceptional. She is totally professional, knowledgeable and gives me full confidence with all of our transactions that she has all bases totally and methodically covered with the back-up of her well-trained team. Communication is particularly important to us, and Joanne always makes sure that she is available.’

‘Jonathan Askin stands out as a key partner in the commercial team. He is very hands on and commercial in his approach, clients love him. He is a human first, lawyer second – a great quality to have. He has extensive experience and is someone I refer work on to.’

Key clients

Nurture Landscapes Limited

Landmark Underwriting Limited

Ebury Partners

Childrensalon Limited

PPJ Oiltax Partners LLP


Cascade Pipes Corporation

Base Quantum Limited (now SOCOTEC Advisory Ltd)

Futures Supplies & Support Services Limited

Prime Clean Limited

Adelphi Group of Companies

Barth Haas

Sticks ‘n’ Sushi

Paris Baguette


Locks 4 Vans

Work highlights

  • Advised PPJ Oiltax Partners LLP on the acquisition of the business and assets of specialist tax consultancy firm CW Energy LLP from legal, accounting, financial services, consulting and pension advice services company, The Ince Group plc, an AIM listed company.

Coole Bevis LLP

Coole Bevis LLP offers a range of corporate and commercial advisory services for individuals, companies and partnerships across the automotive, computer software, manufacturing and media industries. Heading up the practice in Brighton is the ‘superb’ Chris Clifton-Moore who ‘goes above and beyond’, utilising his company and commercial expertise in the private and public company arenas. Worthing-based Ismail Groves is an M&A specialist, has experience in producing contractual documents and ‘adds real value during a commercial transaction’.

Practice head(s):

Chris Clifton-Moore

Other key lawyers:

Ismail Groves; Robert Hutchins; Nigel Targett


‘A really thorough and great team to work with, hardworking and knowledgeable. Chris Clifton-Moore is superb, he just goes above and beyond and works very hard. We have used several solicitors in the past but when we started working with Coole Bevis, we’ve never had to change. His colleagues are also fantastic.’

‘Coole Bevis have built up excellent knowledge of our business, our sector and our commercial needs during a transaction. Reliable communication from senior partners is always provided and commercial deadlines are understood and met.’

‘Ismail Groves is the senior partner who we deal with directly during business transactions. We have always found that Ismail’s work and advice is provided with a good understanding of our sector and wider commercial needs. He is able to respond promptly to matters and consistently meets our commercial deadlines. We find Ismail adds real value during a commercial transaction.’

Key clients

ION Science Holdings Limited / ION Science Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for ION Science Holdings Limited / ION Science Limited on the acquisition of Analox Limited, the target group comprising 5 companies.
  • Assisted with the sale of the total share capital in Networks Centre Holding Company Limited to a Swedish purchaser, Alcadon Group Ab.

Downs Solicitors LLP

The ‘highly commercial’ and ‘friendly, approachable and knowledgeable’ team at Downs Solicitors LLP regularly handles high-value M&A transactions, commercial contract drafting and share sales for clients across a range of sectors including the technology, healthcare and travel industries. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Julian Harvey, based in Dorking, is very ‘approachable and highly skilled’ and offers particular experience in shareholder agreements, franchising work and share option schemes, while Godalming-based Richard Clapham also heads up the team and specialises in M&A, corporate finance and restructuring work and advising family investment companies.

Practice head(s):

Julian Harvey; Richard Clapham

Other key lawyers:

Emily MacNiven; Charmaine Dudman


‘Downs are a friendly and skilful team. They have a particularly strong corporate and commercial team, working well with clients and collaborating with other advisers. They communicate complex legal documents well with clients, showing a good appreciation of the real world and commercial realities. They have always delivered high-quality work and excellent customer service.’

‘I work predominantly with Richard Clapham who works very well with all clients, is efficient and experienced in advising business clients on complex legal areas.’

‘The team are highly commercial with a sound understanding of small and mid-market businesses and the challenges they face. They have excellent communication skills, are very personable and always put their clients’ interests first.’

‘Julian Harvey has outstanding people and communication skills. He is an excellent negotiator. He is very approachable and highly skilled with a friendly and calm demeanour. He has fantastic legal and technical knowledge and is able explain complex legal issues in plain English so that the client has a full understanding of the issue. Emily MacNiven is an outstanding young professional solicitor. She has knowledge and people skills beyond her years and solid technical ability. She puts clients at ease. She also has excellent negotiation skills and is very well organised.’

‘Julian Harvey is a very prompt and easy-going partner. He takes the time to discuss the issue with you and is very likeable and personable as an individual. He delegates to the team well and we have had a fantastic experience with him, and the company and they have supported our clients fantastically, even at short notice.’

‘The firm really punches above its weight, has the breadth and depth of legal skills and experience that would be expected from a much larger practice.’

‘Their partner accessibility and responsiveness is where they stand out as they are able and willing to take calls or deal rapidly with ad-hoc queries in an efficient manner. Access to experienced partners is not always readily available with other firms. I would have to namecheck Julian Harvey as an outstanding partner, have not come across a better commercial lawyer.’

‘The team understand the need to listen and clarify the objective of any process. This is key to ensuring that we do not waste time but also enables them to engage and discuss the pros and cons of different approaches. Julian Harvey is a clear guiding hand and ensures that culture and approach is maintained. Charmaine Dudman provides a practical and highly responsive service to our commercial requirements, with an understanding that there needs to be a pragmatic as well as legal position when trading.’

Key clients

Clubbable Properties Ltd

Cerealto UK Ltd

ORIDA Corporation Ltd

Dwellcourt Limited

Hound and Porter Limited

Aronova Interactive Ltd

Ishrosh Healthcare Limited

Office Base Limited

Prosys International Limited

CHD Living Ltd

EGAP Estates Ltd

Guest Holdings Ltd

Angela Hartnett (Queen Street) Limited

Format Games Limited

Star Cargo PLC

Office Oracle Group Limited

Pan United Ltd

Danhouse Security Limited

UK Agriculture Produce Ltd.

Tortoise & Hare Limited

So Sound Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the selling shareholders of Etrac Trading Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital.
  • Advising the selling shareholders of Promain (UK) Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital.
  • Advising Real Digital International Ltd in relation to different commercial agreements such as collaboration, supplier, distribution and R&D agreements.


The ‘team of highly skilled lawyers’ at Girlings in Ashford has recently advised on restructurings, sales of businesses and equity investments for clients across a range of industries including the food and beverage and construction sectors. The team is headed up by the ‘thorough, detail-oriented and proactive’ Chris Brightling. Jonathan Masucci is another key player who has expertise in social media and brand influencer agreements, while consultant solicitor Caroline Armitage specialises in advising charities.

Practice head(s):

Chris Brightling

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Armitage; Jonathan Masucci


‘Great team to work with who are very open and honest in the way they operate. They are extremely good at translating legal jargon into plain English. Down to earth and fully engaging with us and show the human side that you don’t always see with professionals. Come across as genuine and empathetic. Quickly get an understanding of our business and professional needs. You never feel like you are on the clock.’

‘I found Girlings to be very proactive in their approach and they always responded in a timely manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services in the future. Chris Brightling led the team in the most professional manner, and he was ably assisted by Jonathan Masucci.’

‘In terms of the team’s strengths and key capabilities, Girlings has a team of highly skilled lawyers who have a track record of delivering exceptional results for clients. The firm’s lawyers are approachable and responsive, and they have a deep understanding of their respective areas of practice.’

Key clients

Adelard LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Adelard LLP on the sale of its business to NCC Group Plc.
  • Advised the seller on the sale of one of its subsidiary companies operating in the rail construction sector by way of management buy out to the existing management team for a value in excess of £5m.
  • Advised the seller on the sale of the entire shareholding of a substantial group operating in the food sector for a consideration in excess of £20m.

Moore Barlow

The multi-disciplinary and ‘superb’ team at Moore Barlow regularly advises SMEs, AIM-listed companies, private equity houses and entrepreneurs on M&A and IPOs as well as commercial contracts in the technology and engineering sectors. Southampton-based Jeremy Over and commercial lawyer John Warchus, who has ‘invaluable’ knowledge of client sectors and splits his time between the Guildford and Richmond hubs, lead the team. Also in Guildford, Mark Lucas leads on corporate transactions particularly in the independent school sector. Belinda Walters joined the team in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Over; John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lucas; Belinda Walters; Dorothy Agnew; Matthew Devine


‘At all touch points with the business, from initial inquiry to invoicing, the whole organisation cares about its business and customers. All superb.’

‘Work most closely with John Warchus, great guy and friend to our company now after many years of partnership. Always provides concise and appropriate advice. We feel confident in the advice received and our legal standing accordingly. His knowledge of our sector is invaluable, he really understands our business and how we operate.’

‘Easy access to the team with reliable and prompt advice given.’

‘John Warchus had gained a very good knowledge of our business and is very approachable.’

‘Moore Barlow has a very useful practice for clients outside of Central London with a range of unique skills to support international business requirements.’

‘I found the lead Partner to be very knowledgeable and experienced in this international labour field and his assistant solicitors gave me excellent and timely support. We use Moore Barlow’s practice on an ongoing support basis. We appreciate the expert guidance that is more local to our own offices and can meet the lawyers concerned at any time.’

‘Fast response time with responses tailored to client’s level of understanding.’

Key clients

Miltenyi Biotech Limited

Royal Russell School

Hall & Woodhouse Limited

CardsSafe Limited

Allotrope Energy Limited

Zuora UK Limited

New Path Fire & Security

Southern Communications Holdings Limited

Ecovis Wingrave Yeats

The Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers

Kallidus Limited

Kyocera SGS Precision Tools Limited


Sabien Technology Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ecovis Wingrave Yeats with acquiring another accountancy practice.
  • Acting for leading UK engineering company Kyocera Precision Tools SGS Limited (part of the Kyocera group) in relation to a range of commercial agreements and NDAs, as well as IP and GDPR advice.
  • Acting on telecoms and commercial agreements for fast-growing UK telecoms supplier Southern Communications.

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

The ‘collaborative and diverse’ lawyers at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP’s office in Uckfield have expertise in corporate transactions including sales and acquisitions of share capital and management buyouts. Heading up the practice is Kathryn Paisley, who works with businesses of all sizes on sales and purchases, shareholders’ agreements and joint ventures. The ‘highly experienced, reliable and knowledgeable’ Tim Sadka often acts as a deal maker for owner managed SMEs, while consultant Alan Zeal has significant experience in advising on complex M&A matters in the IT and insurance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Paisley

Other key lawyers:

Tim Sadka; Alan Zeal; Daniel Halls


‘The corporate and commercial team work as a collaborative and diverse unit across a number of locations in the South East of England. The team has ready access to complimentary specialists. This allows complex transactions to be completed without the need for multiple advisers from different firms. The size and culture of the firm gives all parties confidence that the matter in hand will be dealt with efficiently, competently, respectfully and with personality. The structure of the practice also allows delivery of a quality service that is good value.’

‘Most of my contact is through Tim Sadka who I have worked with throughout my career. Tim and his colleagues all have an eye for detail, pride themselves on being technically excellent but still deliver practical and commercial solutions that clients understand and last the test of time. The team always seems to deliver value. Tim in particular is forthright in his approach, deals with difficult issues well and in a timely fashion, meaning that time is not wasted which on large commercial transactions is an essential personality trait.’

‘The team comprises a range of experienced staff who deal with matters in a prompt and efficient manner.’

‘Tim Sadka is a highly experienced, reliable and knowledgeable lawyer who deals with any matter in a practical, pragmatic and no-nonsense fashion. Tim is not afraid to offer alternative solutions to complex problems, often simplifying what could potentially be burdensome strategies.’

‘We have used Rix and Kay for a number of years for our corporate requirements and at times this has crossed into personal legal dealings. We found that the collaboration between departments was seamless and they also took our own suggestions into consideration so it felt more like a partnership with them. Everything was explained clearly and professionally, and not using terminology that would be difficult to understand.’

‘My main dealings have been with Kathryn Paisley and her team. Kathryn worked tirelessly to ensure a good outcome for me on the share purchase of my business. Kathryn always came up with a solution which allowed a positive outcome for both parties. She not only provided professional advice but also was a good sounding board for me, especially when the situation became more stressful. I felt Kathryn genuinely had an interest in the case, she kept me fully informed at all stages of timescales and became a good friend during the transaction. That personal touch is what makes all the difference and I have recommended her services to other professionals since.’

‘Highly capable team of lawyers offering proactive advice. They are dedicated and hard working with a strong desire to get an excellent result for their client. The team take great care to guide and explain all matters to clients.’

‘Alan Zeal and Kathryn Paisley are exceptional lawyers that are dedicated to their clients and determined to achieve a great result. Great care is taken to look after the client’s best interests and ensure that a client fully understands the matter.’

Key clients

DNV Investments Limited

Shareholders of Dutysheet Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised an individual client on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of an independent financial planning business as a way of buying out their fellow shareholder and director.
  • Advised DNV Investments on a management buyout.
  • Advised shareholders of DutySheet Limited on the sale of a high-tech niche software company specialising in rostering for a significant sum to Access.

TWM Solicitors LLP

Acting for clients ranging from sole traders to multinational corporations on all aspects of their operations, the Guildford hub of TWM Solicitors LLP, led by finance specialist David Powell, provides competition law, transactional and corporate finance advice on matters in the financial services, property and media spaces. Jamie Berry is a key lawyer with experience working with international ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families across a range of sectors. Commercial and IP law expert Laurie Heizler joined the firm in October 2022, while Daniel Jenking departed from the firm in December 2022 to join Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP.

Practice head(s):

David Powell

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Berry; Laurie Heizler; Nick Ball

Work highlights

  • Advised on the sale of an insurance company for £27m.
  • Advised a lender client as one of only two lenders accredited to provide development finance facilities under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS).
  • Advised a media company on the complex share purchase of a communication company.

Boddy Matthews Limited

Commercial boutique Boddy Matthews Limited has ‘an approachable and modern team’ and has recently assisted clients with corporate integrations following mergers, commercial contracts, and brand protection and license models. ‘Industry champion’ Kate Matthews is highly regarded for her franchising expertise, and ‘stand-out partner’ Helen Boddy has experience in assisting corporate clients with reorganisations, restructurings and business sales.

Practice head(s):

Kate Matthews; Helen Boddy

Other key lawyers:

Louise Elliott


‘Boddy Matthews has an approachable and modern team in terms of how they engage and interact within the sectors and specialisms and with existing and potential clients. As a non-legal person you feel able to approach them to discuss ideas and issues. No question is too odd or too stupid, this is a modern law firm that is not traditional and stuffy.’

‘I have known and worked with Kate Matthews for 25 years. She has always given clear and practical advice and support. She is also an industry champion.’

‘I recently used Boddy Matthews for the sale of my company which involved introducing me to an expert in this field. Although I dealt with one of the partners, I felt reassured there were other experts within the practice who could help and give me full confidence throughout the process. To me, Helen Boddy is a stand-out partner. Her attention to detail in every aspect of her work is second to none. Her explanation and guidance throughout the process was very reassuring.’

‘Kate Matthews of Boddy Matthews is very experienced in franchising. She always goes beyond questions, she prepared everything that we had not thought of, and I feel safe having her as our franchise legal counsellor. Helen Boddy is always available, she replies very quickly to requests and is also able to perform the actual work within very good time frames.’

‘Very friendly and welcoming firm where the partners give you the sense that they really care about you and that you are important to them. The team is approachable, user friendly and competent. When you run a business, you need excellent response times and good communication, you always get this from Boddy Matthews. Their level of collaboration never falters. The people are personable and knowledgeable.’

‘The partners have first class experience and expertise with commercial awareness. They express this without the jargon offered by many professionals which helps the client’s decision-making processes.’

‘The team at Boddy Matthews are unique. I was referred to Boddy Matthews by one of my clients and after my initial chat with the team I knew they were the team and firm for me. They deliver legal services to an exceptionally high standard, the extent of their legal knowledge is outstanding, they are pragmatic, responsive, clear when giving advice or communicating and authoritative.’

‘Kate Matthews and Louise Elliott have been fantastic from the very first contact. Kate Matthews is definitely stand-out for me. Since Louise Elliott took over my case, she has been one of a kind. She has an extremely professional approach and conduct, she is efficient in handling my matters, thorough, accessible, effective, bold in arguments, robust, gives good value for my work overall and achieves results. They are both extremely easy to work with and proactive. I would definitely recommend them and this firm to anyone.’

Key clients

Baby Ballet Franchising Ltd

BCR Restaurants Limited

Bollore Logistics UK Ltd

Gesibsumnes Ltd t/a Gymboree Play & Music

MSP Secretaries Ltd

People Tree Fair Trade Group Ltd

Pepes Piri Piri Ltd and Pepes Franchising Ltd

PJ Valves Holding Ltd

Riverpoint Enterprises Ltd t/a Cannell Signs

Vecta UW Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for the international brand owner, Babyballet Ltd to secure additional contracts with other high-profile child activity brands such as Peppa Pig to promote the Babyballet brand, expand through franchising and licenses to increase the network reach.
  • Acting for PJ Pipe & Valves Limited and PJ Valves Holdings Limited, a major manufacturer of valves in the petrochemical industry worldwide, on the sale of its majority stake in its sister company in the US Texas, PJ Piping Inc to minority shareholders.
  • Advising People Tree Fair Trade Group Limited during 2022 including advising the board in respect of UK matters including share issues, employment and company guarantees.

Clarkson Wright & Jakes

The ‘very friendly, knowledgeable and approachable team’ at Clarkson Wright & Jakes in Orpington offers a ‘blend of personalities and experience’ and specialist knowledge in several sectors including the healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and software industries. Practice head Ben Madden has a broad range of experience including handling investment transactions, disposals of companies, management buyouts and acquisitions, while senior partner Andrew Wright has international experience in IT and commercial law.

Practice head(s):

Ben Madden

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Wright; David Morrison


‘The team has a blend of personalities and experience. The firm offers a stable and supportive environment and intra team communication is good.’

‘Ben Madden and David Morrison have been working in their roles for many years and have built huge experience of the local business landscape. They are always responsive and pragmatic with their advice.’

‘Very friendly, responsive, knowledgeable and approachable team. They always explain matters fully so that we understand the next steps. Special mention to Andrew Wright for his assistance.’

Key clients

S&B Herba Foods Limited

Trooli Limited

Specac Limited

CooperBurnett LLP

CooperBurnett LLP is a ‘local Kent firm but has the punch of a London firm’ with another client noting the team is ‘very polite, helpful and professional’. Operating out of Tunbridge Wells, the practice is led by the ‘highly responsive and articulate’ Victoria Sampson who ‘goes over and above to help clients’. The team frequently advises on commercial contracts such as change of control agreements and sale of businesses and share capital in the education and hospitality industries, among others. Russell Brinkhurst joined the firm in April 2023 and has a broad M&A practice, advising across a range of industries including the publishing and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Sampson

Other key lawyers:

Russell Brinkhurst; Katie Hilsdon


‘Cooper Burnett LLP is a local Kent firm but has the punch of a London firm. The partners take time to learn the needs of your business, so it feels like a very boutique approach to law. I’ve worked with the firm for some years and they truly understand the requirements of our business.’

‘The people are Cooper Burnett’s greatest strength along with their amazing levels of knowledge too. The care and attention they give you is second to none.’

‘We could not have managed the sale of the business without the sterling help, advice, guidance and magnificent support from the legal team at Cooper Burnett LLP.’

‘Victoria Sampson goes over and above to help clients. She is highly responsive and articulate. She is easy to work with, down-to-earth and knocks the spots off the lawyers we have to deal with.’

‘Victoria Sampson more than proved she knew her business, I absolutely knew she was looking after my business.’

‘Everyone we encountered from Cooper Burnett was very polite, helpful and professional. I have recommended them to a number of my clients and friends.’

‘Victoria Sampson was the lead in the sale of a division of our business. Victoria is a pleasure to deal with as she gave us confidence whilst negotiating the terms of the agreement. She had the experience to be very direct with us whilst being personable and honest. She made the whole process a lot less stressful than it could have been.’

‘The corporate finance team is very focused, efficient and driven by customer satisfaction. They communicate and liaise well with all relevant parties. They work hard to ensure client goals are securely met. We have used them for over 20 years and they have always been consistent.’

Key clients

Alpha Schools Group

Syd Bishop & Sons Group (inc Watch It Come Down Ltd and Pinden Limited)

Four Seasons Fencing Ltd

GBH Law Limited

The Godalming-based team at GBH Law Limited offers ‘a personal service’ and a ‘pragmatic and commercial approach to solving problems’. The team is headed up by Denise Harrington, who is an expert in corporate deals, restructurings and refinancings and focuses on buying and selling companies in the SME market, and Kate Doody, who handles corporate transactions such as share and asset sales and purchases as well as commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Denise Herrington; Kate Doody

Other key lawyers:

Chloe Wallington


‘A sincere personal service from a team that is prepared to put in the hard work and hours. They offer sound advice and strong, efficient and prompt delivery of documentation. The speed of reply and execution stands out.’

‘Personal service from an experienced and knowledgeable team. They offer a pragmatic and commercial approach to solving problems. The team were very knowledgeable and calm at all stages and we were confident to proceed to the completion of the deal.’

‘Denise Herrington acted with true professionalism managing the relationship perfectly. The trust we had in Denise helped us sleep at night when things got stressful. Her knowledge and experience saw the deal completed to everyone’s satisfaction.’

Key clients

Condor Gold Plc

UIA (Insurance) Limited

LMS Computer Services Limited

Mountfitchet Group Limited

Swindon Town Football Company Limited

Menzies LLP

Mitek Industries Limited

LogiGear Corporation

Eurovia UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Condor Gold PLC on a convertible loan note, sub-division of shares, open offer and placing.
  • Advised LogiGear Corporation on its first acquisition in the UK when it acquired Developing World Systems Ltd.
  • Advised Swindon Town Football Club on the repayment and refinance of existing debt.


In Brighton, the ‘solid and reliable’ team at Healys has recently advised on management buy outs, joint ventures, franchising work and sales of share capital. ‘Very capable and experienced corporate commercial lawyer’ Karen Lord leads the team and has expertise in acting for owner managers in M&A transactions. Samantha Oakley has extensive experience, particularly in the media and technology spaces.

Practice head(s):

Karen Lord

Other key lawyers:

David Gordon; Samantha Oakley


‘A good diverse team that is capable of building good relationships.’

‘Karen Lord is a very capable and experienced corporate commercial lawyer for small to medium-sized deals. Very calm and capable yet dogged and determined.’

‘I have dealt with Karen Lord who looks after the mergers and acquisitions and corporate work for this firm. I’ve been most impressed by Karen’s experience, knowledge and advice provided to the clients. Karen brings the necessary momentum to keep the process moving to a successful conclusion.’

‘Karen Lord has the necessary experience and drive to successfully conclude transactions which are often complex and can demand great patience and perseverance.’

‘Solid and reliable which is what you want in a law firm. We have enjoyed working with Samantha Oakley.’

‘Dealing with Healys is an easy and hassle-free process. The team are quick to respond; highly knowledgeable; and quick to put you at ease during, what could otherwise be, a fairly stressful process.’

‘Karen Lord is an individual who has the ability to immediately to make you aware she is on your side. Despite the various intricacies of the project; Karen was attentive; informed and able to lay out the many possible paths to take and the potential impact of each one.’

Key clients

Aeropowder Limited

Anything Is Possible Media Limited

Pennies Day Nursery Limited

Pigs Ears Beers Limited

Oakley Commercial

Bread Ahead Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on the sale of Outre Creative Limited and Outre Creative Inc. to global independent marketing and communications company, FINN Partners.
  • Advising long-standing client, Bread Ahead Limited, on the expansion of its overseas operations with franchise partners.
  • Advised management teams on two management buy outs, including the sale of 21:12 Communications.

Moore Law

Headed up by Tris Moore and based in Brighton, technology, media and sports boutique Moore Law offers commercial law and intellectual property advice. Sports expert Mike Townley and Scott Appleton, who handles a range of matters including intellectual property, commercial contracts and investments, are among the other key lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Tris Moore

Other key lawyers:

Mike Townley; Scott Appleton

Key clients


Carpenter Box / Summa Tech




Groovy Groovy Limited

Benifacts Accountants


University of Sussex

Brighton & Sussex Medical School

P1vital Limited

Cow Corner Investment Fund

Connolly Brothers

Onnisoft/ GoatGaming

Ace Grading

Base Insurance Brokers

FibreTrace Solutions

Sidemen Clothing Limited

Connolly Brothers

Lighting Design International

Click Databases


Lucy & Yak

Upload Agency

Wired Sussex

Buff Motion

Definition Health

Designate Advertising

British Triathlon Federation

Bailey & French

We Are Tilt

Ice Hockey UK

British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Assoc.

Work highlights

  • Continue to advise Pacific Green Technologies on a multi-million pound development of UK Battery Energy Storage Plants, including finance, construction and operators. agreements, National Grid connection and supply agreements.
  • Advised Cow Corner on the acquisition of a substantial South East UK regional professional advisory services group including a regulated law firm.
  • Advised DabbaDrop on a proposed private and public fundraising round involving a private/high net worth subscription round followed by an open crowdfunding round.

Warners Solicitors

Warners Solicitors regularly advises on the acquisition and disposal of owner-managed businesses, particularly in the technology, financial services and agricultural sectors. Practice head Kevin Sullivan offers transactional and advisory support particularly in software and fintech-related matters. Russell Brinkhurst left the firm in April 2023 to join CooperBurnett LLP, and Andrew Hawkins joined the firm from CooperBurnett LLP in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hawkins

Key clients

Pathlock, Inc.

Medaphor Group Plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

Rough Trade Retail Group Limited