Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex in South East
Clyde & Co LLP's Guildford offices handles large-scale corporate matters, including mergers, joint ventures, and acquisitions, for a range of international clients. The firm is particularly involved with a number of energy clients. Practice head Simon Vere Nicoll is experienced in cross-border matters, while Nick Purnell has a focus on the marine, shipping, and logistics sectors. Richard Elks offers clients a specialism in the real estate sector. The team works alongside other Clydes offices both in London and around the world .
Dusit Thani Public Company
Retail & Financial Services
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (UK)
Progressive Games Licensing
Investec Investments (UK)
RMS Cash Solutions
- Advising SIMEC Group in connection with the sale of a portfolio of high value income generating hydro power generation assets including a complex pre-completion restructuring.
- Acting for the management team of Pirum Systems on the secondary disposal of the business from Five Arrows Principals Investments to Bowmark Capital for approximately £130m.
- Advising Grainger plc on a landmark joint venture with TFL to develop a portfolio of approx. 3000 homes across 10 sites owned by TfL in London.
Cripps Pemberton Greenish's large corporate team has been expanding its presence in the private equity sector, advising both PE houses and corporates. Additionally, the team, led by James Beatton, Nigel Stanford, and Pete Kenyon , continues to advise on large-scale M&A deals. The firm frequently acts in cross-border matters, aided by the Spanish language fluency of Salim Somjee and the French language capabilities of Julie Hughes . The pair regularly advise clients from these countries.
‘We have been impressed by the commercial knowledge and professionalism of the Cripps Pemberton Greenish team, and have been happy with the services and advice received through multiple engagements. In M&A transactions, the team was thorough and efficient in due diligence, worked well with many parties, including senior management, shareholders, and third-party advisers, while being able to complete transactions in a demanding timeline.’
‘Salim Somjee and Lowri Jones led all of our engagements and have been very reliable and resourceful. In negotiations, their ability to identify critical issues and offer up solutions to resolve them has been very helpful. In addition, they always try to understand our objectives and what is critical in due diligence, and brings in specialists when needed to advise on unique topics.’
‘They know us – who we are, and how we like to approach the projects we are involved in. They know the market we operate in.’
‘Salim and Lowri did a great job getting to know our team and our business. Both were experts in their fields, which was important for us given we are a US-based company. Additionally, they made themselves available at all hours of the day to accommodate our time zone challenges.’
‘Lowri Jones is simply outstanding. She knew UK law extremely well and made it easy for us by picking out the key items that we needed to discuss and make decisions on. Our whole team felt very comfortable that Lowri was representing us.’
‘Salim Somjee is a presence. When needed he can command the room and negotiate the tough points. He was also quick to push back when we weren’t being reasonable ,which was much appreciated to keep the deal moving forward.’
Chapel Down Group
AdEPT Technology Group
Park Holidays UK
COBRA group of companies
Uniguest Holdings, Inc
BP Marsh & Company
Harrow School Enterprises
- Acted for US private equity backed Uniguest on its acquisition of Tripleplay.
- Acted for new French client Addev Materials SAS on its acquisition of Graytone Limited, allowing Addev to enter the UK market.
- Advised Harrow School’s subsidiary company, Harrow School Enterprises Limited, on its contract negotiations with Pearson Education Limited, on the launch of a new online school.
DMH Stallard LLP
DMH Stallard LLP has significantly expanded its team with several hires, including experienced corporate lawyer Helen Mead . The practice works with clients in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, building supplies, financial services and manufacturing on work including M&A deals, joint ventures, and management buyouts. With offices in Guildford and Gatwick, the corporate team is led by Jonathan Grant, who is experienced in advising on large corporate transactions. Mead is 'extremely commercial' with a loyal client base. Abigail Owen and Kate Norgett are also highly recommended.
‘Helen Mead is a lawyer who is extremely commercial and pragmatic with a loyal following of clients and introducers. She has a very polished and user friendly style but is determined, has real steel and delivers exceptional outcomes.’
‘The Corporate team at DMH Stallard has been boosted by the arrival of Helen Mead. Helen brings quality and class and will increase their offering into Surrey and beyond as she strengthens the Guildford office where she is based.’
‘Danos Athanasi is a strong relationship partner, able to provide very fast responses on matters in his own field and also to leverage his network of experts in other areas.’
‘The team is very proactive, always available to engage and friendly but professional in their dealings. From my perspective all the team always makes you feel that they are “batting on your side”‘.
‘Kate Norgett leads the team. She explains things in layman’s terms and easily gives the client a sense of trust.’
‘Abigail Owen is by far the top corporate finance lawyer in the south east in terms of volume and quality and she leads an exceptional team . As a firm they have the right spread of sector skills and depth in the departments to act on major transactions as well as for smaller SMEs’
Abigail Owen is a great communicator and very detailed and technical – the perfect legal package. She leads the full team on projects and takes proper ownership of jobs. John Yates in commercial has great experience and a sensible approach to challenges.’
Durbin plc and Durbin Inc
Chandlers Building Supplies
Brandywine Communications Inc and Brandywine Communications
MAR Facilities (Holdings
Jarvis Tech Group
Miramar Global Holdings
- Advising on the £24million sale of Durbin PLC (UK) and Durbin Inc (US), a worldwide sourcing and distribution pharmaceutical platform supplying more than 160 countries, to Dublin-based healthcare services company Uniphar.
- Advising Chandlers Building Supplies Limited on their transaction with Cairngorm Capital resulting in Chandlers merging with Parker Building Supplies Limited.
- Assisting Highworth Insurance with its share sale to Aston Lark, one of the top five independent chartered insurance brokers in the country.
Irwin Mitchell advises clients on matters ranging from collaboration deals, share disposals, mergers and acquisitions, and investments from venture capital and private equity. The corporate side of the team is led by Daniel Bastide, who also leads the small cap group, while Stuart Padgham leads on commercial matters, advising on issues including outsourcing and other commercial contracts. Another key contact is Faye Bargery, who is experienced in advising private equity clients on corporate transactions. The team is based in Gatwick but works alongside Irwin Mitchell's offices in Birmingham and London.
Other key lawyers:
Micheldever Tyre Services
Offering clients 'workable and cost-effective solutions', Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's Guildford-based team advises on a number of large corporate transactions, as well as reorganisations and joint ventures. They are particularly active in transactions involving international acquisitions of UK companies, especially in the technology sector. The team is led by Simon Bickerdike and also includes David Kendall. The Guildford arm frequently acts alongside Penningtons' offices in Oxford and Reading.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent knowledge of our sector and mastery of the deal. Easy interaction, good availability of partners and team.’
‘The team present workable and cost effective solutions, are persistent and supportive. They understand both the commercial nature of a transaction and the effect on individuals involved.’
Gordon Murray Design
Bharat Forge International
Tata Consultancy Services
Bolney Wine Estates
Barfoots of Botley
- Advised the shareholders of ISO Health on the sale of ISO Health Medical Communications to the US-based W20 Group.
- Assisted Elixirr Partners on the re-organisation of its consultancy business.
- Acting for the French company Eurobio Scientific on the purchase of two UK-based companies.
Stevens & Bolton LLP's 'very strong' practice advises clients including local companies and multinationals on the full range of corporate and commercial matters. Many of the firm's clients have worked with the firm for a long time. It also advises international clients on inward investment in the UK. Beverley Whittaker heads the commercial team, while James Waddell leads the corporate team, offering clients 'presence and impact'. The 'simply brilliant' Richard Baxter specialises in mergers and acquisitions. Other recommended lawyers are company law specialists Keith Syson and Joe Bedford, while Nick Atkins is noted for his work on cross-border transactions.
‘Nick Atkins is the partner who was leading the team. I know him for many years and we started working together when we were associates. He is a very nice person to work it, solutions-oriented and really understand the needs of the client.’
‘Joe Bedford provides great attention to detail and always makes himself available to provide counsel.
‘A very strong corporate and commercial team, able to put forward solutions that take into account the wider business needs. I have found them to be pragmatic and conscious of budget constraints.’
‘Richard Baxter is simply brilliant. Beverley Whittaker provides good practical solutions within tight budget constraints.’
‘The service provided is well-balanced, to offer that of a large corporate team but with a personal touch. The expertise is second to none and covers all aspects of corporate requirements. Their approach of ensuring service is covered by the appropriate level of staff is welcome, given not all tasks need to be undertaken by a partner, with the more than capable associates able to process in an efficient manner.’
‘Keith Syson has a complete understanding of our company and always ensures the strategic advice provides a positive and beneficial standing. Always available and open to taking lateral thoughts to cover different circumstances/outcomes. A highly recommended solicitor.’
‘From the outset the S&B team were engaged and enthusiastic. They quickly got up to speed with the transaction and were able to leverage the commercial knowledge they had gained, both in understanding us and the target asset industry, and apply this to their legal due diligence and transaction document drafting. The team had a pragmatic approach to issues encountered and were able to provide relevant recommendations.’
‘James Waddell had presence and impact and clearly demonstrated his commercial acumen in proposing practical solutions, which set him apart.’
Fuller Smith & Turner
Business Growth Fund
BOC / The Linde Group
Kuoni Travel (Der Touristik UK Limited)
Qatar Insurance Company (QIC)
FXG International (Foster Grant)
- Acted for specialist insurance broker, and longstanding client, Stackhouse Poland on its sale to US headquartered global insurance brokerage and risk management firm, Arthur J. Gallagher& Co.
- Acting as lead counsel to the UK executive team of Kia Motors and helping with the negotiation and structuring of all their commercial contract arrangements for the procurement team.
- Advised Rock Rail, an investor-developer of rolling stock and other rail infrastructure, in relation to its equity investment, alongside Japan Infrastructure Initiative, for the £400m financing of new trains for Abellio UK’s new East Midlands Railway.
The corporate team at Brachers was strengthened in 2019 with the additions of Alex Cosgrove from Peace | Crowell LLP and Claire Williams from asb law LLP. Cosgrove adds to the firm's skills advising on industrial projects, particularly in green technology, while Williams is experienced in a broad range of corporate law areas. The team is headed by James Bullock , who leads on many corporate transaction,s and also includes Erol Huseyin, who is skilled at handling energy and industrial matters.
‘London quality advice from a responsive and approachable local firm.’
‘Erol Huseyin is excellent. Professional, approachable and engaging.’
‘Communication was excellent throughout the engagement.‘
‘A very high level of availability, flexbility and eagerness to fight for our key points.‘
‘We could not have dreamt of a better duo than Erol Huseyin and Claire Williams.‘
‘We were astonished by Erol Huseyin’s level of dedication.’
‘Alex Cosgrove is my go-to lawyer.‘
N+P Group BV
The Luna Cinema
- Advising Subcoal Productions TSP Limited (a subsidiary of N+P Group) in connection with the construction of a subcoal production plant in North Tees.
- Advised the shareholders of the Burden Group on the sale of the largest independent meat wholesaler in the UK (and the largest business at the famous Smithfield Market in London) to a private equity backed buyer.
- Advising the Luna Cinema on the supply, install and provision of a range of open-air cinema screenings in Saudi Arabia.
Led by Geoffrey Sparks, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has an impressive client base, particularly in the technology and healthcare sectors. The firm's work focuses on transactions, and the Guildford team frequently acts alongside the London office to advise clients. In addition to handling mergers and acquisitions, Sparks also handles commercial matters, particularly in IT and outsourcing. Tim Jenkins leads the healthcare team, advising pharmacies and dental practices. Catherine Drew departed the firm in April 2019, while Rebecca Burford was promoted to partner.
‘They have a very strong capability for regulatory work.’
‘Tim Jenkins is pragmatic and knowledgeable and gets deals done.’
discoverIE Group (formerly Acal)
London Irish Holdings
Sellers of The Gas Centre L
Dentex Healthcare Group
Next Control Systems
- Advised longstanding main market (premium segment) listed client, discoverIE, an international designer, manufacturer and supplier of customised electronics to industry, on its acquisition of Xi-Tech and its wholly-owned subsidiary Sens-Tech.
- Acted for London Irish Holdings Limited in relation to the entry into a stadium use agreement with Brentford FC.
- Advised Juno Health Limited on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Avicenna Holdings, which comprises of 21 pharmacies, as well as Avicenna’s medicine buying group operations, serving more than 1,000 pharmacies.
Mundays LLP is heavily involved in a broad spectrum of commercial and corporate work, particularly transactions such as share sales, mergers and acquisitions. The team also advises on restructurings, refinancings, and joint ventures. The practice is headed by Neale Andrews and also includes David Irving and consultant Mark Andrew. Andrews leads on most transactions, while Irving is particularly focused on companies in the logistics and life sciences sectors. Andrews is dual-qualified in the UK and the US.
‘Mundays consistently provided a very positive experience. They field exceptional teams who demonstrate strong technical knowledge combined with a practical hands-on approach. They are strong team players who collaborated well both with our in-house transaction team as well as other professional advisers. Commercially they are sensible — not cheap but competitive and good value for the advice and service they provide. They are as good as central London firms that I have worked with.’
‘Neale Andrews has consistently demonstrated strong leadership of the firm and his client assignments. He is very talented – switched-on commercially but still practical and an all-round nice guy to work with. I have chosen to work with Neale for many years on corporate transactions over numerous other firms because of this.’
Thomson Snell & Passmore
Described by clients as 'extremely competent' and 'very commercial' Thomson Snell & Passmore advises mid-market clients (particularly those based in the South East), entrepreneurs and the UK operations of multinationals on corporate matters. Led by Joanne Gallagher, the firm's clients span industries including manufacturing, healthcare, construction, and technology. Gallagher is 'astute, competent and on top of matters', and is noted for her experience in M&A work. Keith McAlister handles areas of corporate law including joint ventures, partnerships and share options. Associate Faye Cook is also praised by clients.
‘Extremely competent and on top of things! Jo Gallagher is always astute, competent and on top of matters. She is never fazed. Her team reflects that competence and attitude. It has happened more than once that TSP had to guide the lawyers of the other party in the process.’
‘The corporate and commercial team at Thomson Snell and Passmore is very commercial in its approach, taking time to understand their clients’ objectives and dedicated to achieving the best results for its clients.’
‘Jo Gallagher is a standout practitioner – hard-working, efficient and committed to her clients. The associate base is also strong, in particular Faye Cook.’
Nurture Landscapes Holdings
Britannia Refined Metals
Miles & Barr
- Advised Nuture Landscapes on three company acquisitions during 2019, the purchase of EcoLandscapes, Jordans Interiors and Demita Contracts.
- Assisted the Motorline Group on a double acquisition in order to increase its Audi portfolio with the purchase of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Audi businesses from Inchcape.
- Advised the shareholders of KH Engineering on its sale to M Group.
Clarkson Wright & Jakes
The core of Clarkson Wright & Jakes' 'professional' corporate practice is its work for owner-managed SMEs, many of which are long-standing clients. In 2019, the team advised clients on matters such as investments, share sales, and acquisitions. Based in Orpington, the practice is led by Ben Madden; Andrew Wright is also a key contact. Madden is described as 'always available and constantly on the ball'.
Other key lawyers:
‘We hit the jackpot with CWJ. They were professional throughout and provided the right level of resource without unnecessarily running up a high bill. Even though they were up against law firms with dedicated telecoms teams, the CWJ team were able to competently represent us.’
‘Ben Madden was excellent throughout our negotiations, he was always available and constantly on the ball in terms of timely responses. His calm approach to negotiations was reassuring and garnered respect from the opposing lawyers.’
Call Flow Solutions
S&B Herba Food
- Advised Call Flow Solutions on its investment from CEBF, a European broadband infrastructure fund.
The Downs Solicitors LLP team is spread across offices in Godalming, Dorking and Cobham, and is led by Julian Harvey. They are involved in areas including technology, healthcare, and leisure, with Richard Clapham particularly active in advising clients on transactions involving hotels. The team also handle matters with cross-border elements, such as transactions between clients in France and Ukraine. Harvey is experienced in corporate finance, M&A, private equity and joint ventures; he is praised by one client as 'a pleasure to deal with at all times'.
Other key lawyers:
‘In all of my dealings with the Corporate team at Downs I have found them to be extremely knowledgeable, responsive to requests and very proactive in everything that they do. I have always found them to be an extremely personable practice and a pleasure to deal with – clients that I have referred give the same feedback and are very grateful to be referred to the team at Downs.’
‘Julian Harvey always finds time to talk to both us and prospective clients. He is extremely proactive and always looks for opportunities. A pleasure to deal with at all times.’
‘My company has worked with Downs for well over 30 years. What is key to their success is that whilst they are relatively small (as compared to huge London firms) they can support and service all that is needed,from commercial contract law to litigation. They give me the confidence that the deals and business ventures I am engaged with are up to date legally and ‘pass muster’ in both a professional and lay perspective. Downs Solicitors provide a seamless and professional image to both my current customers and business prospects.’
‘ A professionalism that I think is outstanding. Responsive and alert to my needs and aware of current business pressures , they successfully concluded the sale of two companies I had and were particularly chosen by the acquirers to act for them as the new business owners going forward . Calm, hard working and very fairly priced, they make for an attractive package , especially for me as a small to medium sized company who could neither afford nor wish to work with a vast legal conglomerate in the city of London. As the saying goes if you can do it all as well and as professionally locally why would you seek anything else? Super people, excellent service, top brains.’
‘The team are very personable and professional. They have the ability to deliver a very personal service and yet clients still feel the weight and legitimacy of an established law firm behind the service. They will always put the interests of the client first and provide honest advice. Their ability to deliver in technical and complex situations and explain the technicalities to the client in an understandable and reassuring way is second to none. I have complete faith in their ability to deliver for our clients and do not hesitate to recommend them. Finally, another trait that sets them aside from their peers is excellent communication. They are very careful to keep clients fully updated and informed.’
‘Julian Harvey is an exceptional member of the senior partnership team at Downs. Julian has an excellent manner and instantly provides reassurance . He is dynamic and leads his department very well. He is the first to step in when times are challenging and leads from the front. Julian is also very commercially astute and has the requisite skills to understand commercial strategy.’
‘Richard Clapham has been very helpful to us. They have been very efficient and always seem to be on top of things, with what work is left outstanding and what deadlines are approaching.’
Hound and Porter
- Advised Orida Corporation Ltd and Orida Limited in their asset and property purchase of the hotel premises and assets of the Holiday Inn Maidstone from HIN Maidstone Limited and HICP Limited.
- Advised Guest Holdings Ltd in its share purchase of the exclusive hotel No.15 Great Pulteney from numerous shareholders.
- Assisted Vivo Medical Limited with the sale of its shares in Pathway Diagnostics and Personal Diagnostics Limited to French acquirer Eurobio Scientific SA.
Furley Page Solicitors advises both large and SME clients across sectors ranging from the automotive industry to charities, on corporate and commercial matters, such as M&A, corporate governance, joint ventures, and corporate finance. The team has longstanding relationships with many of its clients, advising them from the early stages of their business, as well as securing referrals from accountants and others. The practice is led by the experienced Susan Jennings. Tony Chester has experience handling restructurings and succession planning issues.
‘The team at Furley engage well with customers, and from personal experience, kept me on my toes when it came to dealing with my legal requirements.’
‘I dealt mostly with Will King. Will was always professional, helpful and often able to assist out of normal hours. I really did feel that Will held on to my best interests, reassuring me throughout the legal process .’
Global Invacom Group
A Hinge & Son
Roma Capital Group
- Advised Sharp Interpack on its multi-million pound acquisition of Flight Plastics UK.
- Advised Magna in respect of the rationalisation of its Stadco group. This involved legal and tax planning in conjunction with EY.
- Advised Roma capital in respect of its financing, investment documentation and security comprising multi-million pound projects.
Knights plc's acquisition of asb law LLP in March 2020 has given the national firm a foothold in Maidstone. Following the departure of Claire Williams , the corporate and commercial practice is led by Daniel Tozer, who was promoted to the partnership in August 2019. Under Tozer, the team handles a range of matters including business sales and acquisitions, share sales, and joint ventures.
‘The team is quick to respond to questions such as what is the best legal solution for the commercial situation.’
‘Daniel Tozer has worked at length to ensure completion of deals within the timeframe requested.’
Minority Venture Partners
Denmaur Independent Papers
- Advised the Seventeen Group on the acquisition of Graybrook Insurance Brokers and Walker Persson and Spargo.
- Advised the shareholders of CMR Insurance Services in their sale of the company’s entire issued share capital to PIB Group.
- Acting for HR GO in the acquisition of Sussex Recruitment and its specialist division, Gel Resourcing, with a cash payment on completion and deferred instalments subject to an earn out adjustment.
Moore Barlow , formed through the May 2020 combination of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins, provides advice on a range of corporate and commercial matters to a base of longstanding clients. The Guildford practice is led by Mark Lucas, who offers particular experience in mergers in the education sector, while Tim Matthews has brought substantial expertise in life sciences. The team is also active advising companies in the technology sector. The merger significantly increased the size of the firm's team in the South East.
‘They pay attention to detail, are responsive to ideas, and the clients’ needs are foremost.’
‘Matthew Devine did a splendid job and I always felt that Mark was in the background with his finger on the pulse.’
‘The team are extremely professional , with a personal touch.’
The Press Association
Ian Allan Group
The Wisley Golf Club
Avantus Business Solutions
Wimbledon School of English
- Advised RJF Seymours on the purchase of a chain of estate agencies in Surrey.
- Acted for A.FC.B Entreprises on its acquisition of 25% of the Premier League football club AFC Bournemouth from PEAK6 Holdings.
- Acted for Ian Allen Group on its disposal of Ian Allan Travel, a travel agency primarily targeting business and institutional users.
Outset Legal LLP
Outset Legal LLP has a proven track record advising clients in the veterinary and dental sectors, and also increasingly receives instructions from clients in other areas, including engineering and manufacturing. The practice was previously led by Sean Gorman who has now become managing director, with Abbe West taking over as practice head. Gorman is praised by clients as 'very personable and commercially astute', while the team as a whole is described as 'extremely high quality and pragmatic'.
Other key lawyers:
‘Our trusted partner for corporate and commercial legal advice. They fundamentally care about how to communicate with clients, where most solicitors fail. They have a proactive approach to everything they do and their team is always reliable and very competent. They have a systematised approach to their workflow which is clearly evident .’
‘Sean Gorman is very personable and commercially astute. Wants to seek a solution that works for all.’
‘They understand how we work . This makes everything much more conducive for a long lasting relationship where information flows transparently and fluidly between all parties involved. We value their proactiveness, professionalism but also their softer skills, which allow for seamless integration with our systems and clients. In particular I would praise Jonathan Williamson, Abbe West and Sean Gorman.’
‘Outset are an extremely high quality and pragmatic legal firm. I have found without fail the advice to be sensible and considered. They have the right balance between using the legal framework and achieving a required goal via negotiation and building relationships with the client and the other party. Additionally their built in HR support facility works extremely well and leaves us safe in the knowledge we have both HR and legal advice to hand as required.’
‘Sean Gorman’s outstanding performance for us is unquestionable. Sean has delivered every time. The HR advisory team have also been extremely efficient and pragmatic. Above all, they are commercial in approach. Dedicated to deliver even under strict time constraints and able to calmly adapt to last minute changes. Always available to get deals done.’
‘Friendly, professional, approachable and easy to work with in a collaborative way.’
The Honey Partnership
Curd & Cure
- Advised Indepedent Vetcare on a key strategic acquisition of Scarsdale Vets – a leading group of veterinary practices across the Midlands.
- Assisted Independent Vetcare on the acquisition of a nationwide pet cremation and waste disposal business.
- Acted for the sellers, Lee Boulton and Richard Samuel, on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Simtek EMS Limited. The company was sold to the Pexion Group – a group of engineering companies specialising in design and manufacture solutions for some of the world’s biggest OEMs and Tiered Supply Chains.
PDT Solicitors' corporate and commercial team is active in a range of corporate matters, in particular advising owner-managers of businesses and asset-based lenders on acquisitions and disposals. The team is also involved in transactions in the media, technology and healthcare spaces. The practice is led by Noel Ruddy and Rebecca Glazebrook, who both offer experience in corporate finance. Ian Lindley leads the commercial side of the practice, and M&A specialist Andrew Hoad is another key contact.
‘I have worked with PDT for over 25 years and the service and quality of work has been first class. The work over the years has been varied including buying and selling of companies/events/publications/employment/litigation and general advice.’
‘A hugely experienced team of top flight lawyers led by Noel Ruddy, who brings valuable commercial sense alongside a level of experience and legal ability that’s hard to beat. Noel and the team are brilliant communicators, swift to respond, proactive, and make sure their advice and assistance is always relevant. For SME businesses like mine this is very hard to find short of having your own GC.’
Kamic Group AS
Shareholders of Southwood Research
Shareholders of Western Business Exhibitions
Shareholders of Learning Performance Training
The Specialist Works
Western Business Media
- Advised AIM-listed EU Supply plc on its acquisition by Mercell Holdings AS by means of a Scheme of Arrangement. The price paid was £15.4m.
- Advised the shareholders of Southwood on the disposal of the company to a large US acquirer.
- Advising long-standing client RSPCA Assured on a number of commercial matters including advice on the use of its Certification Mark and regulations regarding its usage.
Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's corporate team is capable of advising clients on both day-to-day corporate matters as well as one-off deals, such as mergers and acquisitions. The firm's client base is varied, including businesses in sectors such as property, digital media, and consultancy. Kathryn Paisley, who advises on M&A transactions, heads the team. Other key team members include Tim Sadka, who is involved in transactions and reorganisations, Alan Zeal, who specialises in work involving corporate structures, and the firm's experienced chairman Bruce Hayter.
‘Everyone we have worked with from Rix & Kay were outstanding. They were not only exceedingly knowledgeable and professional, but personable and attuned to the unique nature of our needs. They took into account both the legal aspects of our work together as well as the business drivers. I can’t imagine it being done better anywhere else.’
‘Kathryn Paisley was a joy to work with. Kathryn supported us through complex agreements and negotiations and was available at any time to help us. We couldn’t have wished for a safer pair of hands to guide us through a process that we had never been through before. I can’t recommend Kathryn enough.’
Focus Group and its shareholders
Proversity.org Ltd and its shareholders
Shareholders of Ecosa
Shareholders of Prismm
Management team of Cognitive Applications
- Advising Focus Group, one of the UK’s largest IT and communications providers on its ongoing acquisition strategy, including assisting on four acquisitions of telecoms providers in 2019.
- Advised Independence Homes on its sale to Active Assistance Group.
- Providing ongoing advice to Proversity.org, including assisting on a reorganisation and share sale in 2019.
TWM Solicitors LLP handles matters including corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, and the management of business portfolios. The firm's client base is predominantly made up of family-owned or managed businesses, many of which are long-term clients. The team is led by Jamie Berry, who is experienced in providing long-term advise to start-ups. Peter Stevens is fluent in French and German; a highlight of 2019 was his work advising on a merger between a UK company and its French subsidiary. The practice is valued by clients for its 'specific, pragmatic and commercial application of the law'.
Other key lawyers:
‘The TWM team were excellent – it is a given that they know the law, however, what stood them apart from other legal practices was their specific, pragmatic and commercial application of the law to our deal – fighting the battles that were necessary and worth fighting.’
‘Jamie Berry was standout. Our deal involved a US Multinational acquirer with an advisory team that would have rivalled the number of extras in Ben-Hur! It involved necessary real time interaction with those advisers in different world-wide time zones so we were often working together out of hours and with a hierarchy of opposing solicitors in the UK and lawyers in the US – Jamie was side-by-side in the trenches with us and acted with professionalism, expertise, commerciality, pragmatism and humour. Looking back, he was an intrinsic part of our team and invaluable in securing the successful sale of our business.’
Lucas Design & Construction
Image Skincare UK
- Advised a client on the share sale of two property SPVs to one of the UK’s largest investment groups for £20m.
- Assisted two private limited companies on the sale of online and mobile applications and advertising in the sports information sector for over £10m.
- Advised a client on the sale of a stake in his food and beverage business for £9m.
Boddy Matthews Limited is known for its expertise in the specialist area of franchising, advising clients in sectors including food, healthcare, and retail. The team is led by founder Kate Matthews, who is an accredited mediator for the British Franchise Associate and a Qualified Franchise Professional; senior consultant Nick Fieldhouse is also recommended. The team is praised by a client as 'an invaluable resource'.
Other key lawyers:
‘Boddy Matthews have become an invaluable resource when it comes to protecting my rights and growing my business. Their attention to detail and knowledge of laws are unsurpassed and they were able to handle the whole spectrum of my business legal needs. I specifically needed substantial advice in conflict resolution and IP affairs and I believe Boddy Matthews are unique, not only because of their professionalism, but also for their transparency and honesty. As a small business costs are very important and Boddy Matthews were always upfront and honest about the most cost effective ways to do things. If it was not for their support and expertise, I truly do not think my business would be where it is today.’
‘Kate Matthews and Nick Fieldhouse are what I call the ultimate legal duo. Both are ridiculously knowledgeable, helpful and, most importantly, patient. If that doesn’t make them stand out then their care for their customers has to! Both of them answer enquiries on the same day and quite a few times when they were on holiday on the opposite side of the world. They are relentless and I feel they care about my business as much as I do. I’m very grateful to having had the pleasure of being a client of Boddy Matthews.’
Pepe’s Piri Piri
Pawpals Pet Sitting
Ryan Evans (In-Toto Kitchens Franchisee)
Toddlerworld Limited (Gymboree Franchisee)
J&T Drainage Solutions Limited (MetroRod Franchisee)
Emily Bates (Little Kickers Franchisee)
- Acted for Pepe’s Piri Piri Limited in respect of its contractual and tortious claims against nine defendant shareholders of corporate vehicles and the corporate entities in an 8 day High Court trial.
- Advised established franchisor Babyballet on its strategic expansion into New Zealand, Canada and Asia, protecting its brand.
- Advising Blend Clinic on its pilot franchise and brand protection structures.
GBH Law Limited
Based in Godalming, GBH Law Limited handles corporate and commercial matters for clients including SMEs, owner-managed businesses, and professional practices. The team is led by Denise Harrington, who frequently advises on transactions involving SMEs, as well as advising legal and accounting practices on matters such as incorporations. Kate Doody joined in February 2019 from asb law, and offers experience in both corporate and commercial matters
Other key lawyers:
‘Kate Wheeler dealt with some very tricky and unusual issues quickly and efficiently.‘
‘Friendly and contactable.’
‘Knowledgeable and easy to talk to.‘
Shareholders of Business Data Partners
Shareholders of Luxonic Lighting
Freight Software Group
New Wave Ventures
Q3 Services Group
County Windows Winchester
Shareholders of Allen Watson
- Advising shareholders on sale of Business Data Partners Holdings Ltd to Talan Corporate SA and Talan SAS.
- Advising shareholders on sale of the Luxonic Lighting Group of companiesto Glamox SA for a consideration including earnouts of £16.9m.
- Advising Freight Software Group on the acquisition of Forward Computers Ltd.
Girlings' corporate and commercial practice is led by Chris Brightling, who provides advice on matters such as share sales, acquisitions, restructurings, and shareholder exits to SME clients, particularly owner-managed businesses. Based in Kent, the firm receives referrals from local accountancy firms. Brightling is praised by a client for his 'very sound knowledge of company law'.
‘We feel that Girlings have been the first firm to understand how we work and also explain legal terminology in plain English. Nothing is too much trouble for the individuals we have dealt with and they always respond promptly with the information we require.’
‘Chris Brightling has always been very supportive and co-operative. On the two large transactions that he has worked with us on, he has been extremely calm and organised in getting the deal over the line and always working with a smile on his face. No question is too difficult for him to take on and he is always very accommodating.’
‘Girlings have been invaluable in helping us navigate our way through the company acquisition process, educating us where necessary and dealing with business owners and their advisers.’
‘Chris Brightling displayed very sound knowledge of company law in a recent restructuring exercise undertaken by our Group. Each step of the process was explained and executed efficiently.’
‘Knowledgable about a range of topics with a specialist on hand to manage all aspects of a project. The biggest comfort for me was the feeling of confidence they gave me, I felt reassured throughout the whole process. I had an overall sense of ability, professionalism and skillful negotiations, which rounded off a totally satisfying experience dealing with Girlings for my company sale. Because of the service and outcome I received I have already returned to other departments for additional projects.’
‘A first class performance from the whole team led by Chris Brightling.’
- Advised the selling shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of M&P Fire Protection Ltd to AIM listed Premier Technical Services Group Plc.
- Advised on a significant capital reduction demerger of a group of more than ten companies with a value in excess of £12m.
- Advised on the sale of a national UK distributor to the German subsidiary of a Japanese -owned manufacturer.
Based in Brighton, Moore Law specialises in the sports, media and digital sectors. In 2019 it advised clients such as Youtubers and social media influencers. The practice is led by founder Tris Moore , and also includes Scott Appleton who handles day-to-day corporate support work for clients. Consultant Mike Townley is known for his work in the sports sector, and also advises companies in other sectors on commercial matters.
Based in Tonbridge, Warners Solicitors specialises in advising owner-managed businesses on acquisitions and disposals. In 2019, they also handled management buyouts and investments in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, and financial services. Practice head Kevin Sullivan is experienced in the FinTech sector.