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

Brachers

The corporate and commercial practice at Brachers is based in Maidstone and lead by the 'very knowledgableJames Bullock. The commercial team frequently advises energy recovery and green technology companies, while also providing commercial contracts and corporate advice for domestic and international businesses in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, information technology, energy, and education sectors. Erol Huseyin has particular expertise handling work in the waste-to-fuel and energy-from-waste sectors. Matthew Simmonds and Claire Williams both have well-established reputations for corporate finance work, while Alex Cosgrove is recognised as a successful commercial and industrial projects lawyer.

Practice head(s):

James Bullock

Other key lawyers:

Erol Huseyin; Matthew Simmonds; Claire Williams; Alex Cosgrove

Testimonials

‘Brachers are an excellent local firm for us which means we get a great local customer service but with London knowledge and expertise. We use them mainly for corporate M&A – they are very good at keeping the documents and process simple, which is very important for our target acquisitions who are typically small owner managed businesses who have never been through a process like a company sale before.’

‘Close attention to detail, friendly and very helpful with each step carefully administered and explained. Deadlines were always met.’

‘The Brachers corporate team have delivered for us every time on several disposals and acquisitions. Their commercial approach to dealmaking is excellent and they quickly understand the risk appetite of an entrepreneur and appreciate the necessary flexibility needed to get deals over the line.’

‘They keep in touch and are very happy to act as a sounding board – I would have no hesitation in calling one of them for a discussion.’

‘Brachers are approachable, friendly and have a great team with a variety of specialisms to serve our needs.’

‘James Bullock is very knowledgeable on the corporate side and very responsive to our needs.’

‘We have an excellent working relationship with Matthew Simmonds. Matt has lead the Brachers corporate team on acquisitions and disposals for us and nothing is ever too much trouble for him. He clearly balances his heavy workload in such a strong manner that his clients never feel like he is too busy to help, when he really is! I would have no hesitation in recommending Matt to anyone looking for a dynamic and commercially minded deal-maker.’

‘Alex Cosgrove has been incredibly helpful, professional and communicative.’

Key clients

DLF Group

Mabanaft Ltd

N+P Beheer BV

N+P Group BV

N&P Feedstock Hooton Ltd

APC Technology Group Plc

Moove Lubricants

Comma Oil

Subcoal Production TSP Ltd

Magnetic Shields Limited

Fayat Lifting Ltd

Systems Technology

Clear Treasury Group

H+H Group

Knauf UK GmbH

The Luna Cinema Limited

UK Medical

HSBC Corporate

Associated Asphalt Contracting Limited

John Newton & Company Limited

Powerfuel Development and Finance Limited

Astrid Advisors Ltd

KIMS Hospitals

Szerelmey Limited

The Mum Club

EKC Group

The East Malling Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised DLF on its multi-million pound investment into a start-up environmental tech company operating in the biotransformation of plastics sector.
  • Advising Fayat and Comete on the implementation of its contracts for the manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of a significant amount of lifting equipment to provide general lifting capacity for the construction, operations and maintenance of the Hinkley C nuclear power project in the UK.
  • Advising the founding shareholders on the £20m sale of Systems Technology Limited Group to Private Equity backed DMC Canotec.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's corporate and commercial team has expertise acting for clients in the technology, healthcare, education, sport, charity and not for profit sectors. The team combines a strong regional presence with roles on an increasing number of cross-border transactions. Helen Wong has particular expertise in supporting investment transactions from China and Hong Kong. Team head Tim Jenkins - 'an outstanding lawyer within the retail pharmacy space' - leads the firm’s retail healthcare transactions team. Rebecca Burford has particular expertise in private equity transactions, fundraisings and M&A transactions in the gaming industry.

Practice head(s):

Tim Jenkins

Other key lawyers:

Geoffrey Sparks; Rebecca Burford; Helen Wong; Jonathan Steele

Testimonials

‘The team provides pragmatic and commercial approach to deals. They are able to support in terms of not only the transaction, but also in terms of the pervasive skills.’

‘Very professional in their approach and helping us and guiding us on legal and commercial matters. Very approachable firm and easy to get on with’

‘Very approachable and most important to us is their availability across their firm, so we can cover any legal matters related to our business.’

‘CRS has exceptional knowledge in the healthcare sector. This is important as the nuances within this sector change very rapidly.’

‘They have been working with us for over two years and are able to anticipate the needs of the business to ensure smooth transactions.’

‘The structures of our deals sometime involve a great deal of complexity and the team have shown the ability to meet and structure such complexity in a commercial manner.’

‘Jonathan Steele  is pragmatic, commercial and efficient, bringing a huge amount of technical knowledge tapered with commerciality.’

‘Tim Jenkins is an outstanding lawyer within the retail pharmacy space. He combines commercial pragmatism with an in-depth, unsurpassed sector knowledge. He is collaborative in approach and enjoys strong support from his wider practice team. He focuses upon delivering solutions rather than scoring points and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Dentex Healthcare Group

Avicenna Group

SSE Services Holdings Ltd

ITV

Sterling Healthcare Group

Clean Beauty Co Limited

LeBlanq Limited

Veloce Esports Limited

London Irish RFC

Fiveqube Limited

Barnados

CSM Sports & Entertainment Holdings Ltd

Electra Prescribing Services Ltd

John Masters

Work highlights

  • Acted for John Masters in the sale of his shares in AVMI Group Limited, the UK’s leading provider of audio visual integration services to businesses, to private equity-backed Kinly Netherlands B.V. as part of Kinly’s global expansion of their business as a video collaboration provider.
  • Acted for US client SSE Services Holdings LLC on its acquisition of ScanSource’s European distribution business for $30m.
  • Acted for Clean Beauty Co Limited (trading as BYBI) on its fundraising (circa $7,000,000).

Clyde & Co LLP

The Guildford-based corporate and commercial team at Clyde & Co LLP work on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including investment structures, corporate financing, M&A, joint ventures and private equity. The team has particular expertise in the real estate, marine, energy and commodities sectors, advising clients both domestically and internationally. Simon Vere Nicol, who heads the team, is praised for his 'brilliant legal mind'. Nick Purnell specialises in supporting clients in the marine and shipping and the cash payment systems sectors. Richard Elks has particular knowledge of domestic and international real estate development projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Vere Nicoll

Other key lawyers:

Nick Purnell; Richard Elks; Victoria Green

Testimonials

‘The team led by Nick Purnell make you feel they are fellow employees with you – they are your team. They listen well, they respond in a timely fashion, they ensure there is always someone available. They ensure their understanding of your business and your needs remains sound through the constant changes driven by the online field in which we operate.’

‘They have the ability to relate to our business, to understand its dynamics, to get to know our industry sector and to make you feel they are part of your team – 10/10! They have helped build our business to a position of strength and stability over the past few years and their contribution is much appreciated.’

‘Empathy, understanding, interest, enjoyment, commitment and availability. All key contributory factors into why Clyde & Co’s commercial team have retained our business for many years and assisted us significantly in our success.’

‘Great legal documentation skills; the team created complex legal partnership structures, with many levels of shares and debt, and were able to document all this under great timing pressure, without error.’

‘Nick Purnell takes an active interest in his clients. He is always interested in getting the right result for the client.’

‘Simon Vere Nicoll has a brilliant legal mind and the ability to connect legal structuring with commercial sense.’

‘Victoria Green is a reliable and fast-moving lawyer with excellent attention to detail.’

‘Nick Purnell and Victoria Green have both been pillars of strength to us throughout past years of running our business, and in 2020 very influential in getting the sale of our business across the line. This was nine months of total commitment from them 24/7 in the face of many obstacles, but they more than held our hand across the finish line.’

Key clients

Insect Technology Group Holdings UK Limited

Progressive Games Partners LLC

DeepOcean 1 UK Limited

A-House Investments Limited

Choice International Limited

Circus Street Developments Limited

Native Land Limited

Mountain Berg Limited

Rawlinson & Hunter LLP

Kings Park Village LLP

Adrian Willis / Adastral Flying Displays Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Insect Technology Group Holdings UK Limited in connection with a proposed $100m fundraise and a $10m shareholder bridge lending facility.
  • Acted for Progressive Games Partners LLC on the sale of PGP to Galaxy Gaming Inc.
  • Advised DeepOcean 1 UK Ltd on its €155m restructuring.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish has a large corporate team, based in Tunbridge Wells, which handles private equity and M&A transactions in the healthcare, advertising, technology and media, insurance broking and education sectors. The team acts for a wide range of regional, national and international clients including from the US, France and Spain. James Beatton co-leads the team with Julie Hughes. Beatton has particular experience in advising directors and shareholders, while Hughes has increasing expertise in transactions involving nurseries and schools. Salim Somjee heads the team’s growing private equity offering; his Spanish fluency helps to attract corporate clients from Spain.

Practice head(s):

James Beatton; Julie Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Salim Somjee; Nigel Stanford; Helen Garner; John Kirkwood

Testimonials

‘Proactive, flexible approach. Strong understanding of commercial drivers and key transaction acspects. Consistent team provides a consistent approach.’

‘Real sector strength – technology, media, education are three examples – and an ability to bring the right skills and people to the task. The team is truly outstanding – and fun too!’

‘Cripps Pemberton Greenish has strength as a team for project work, enabling a complex process to be successfully completed. ’

‘Salim Somjee must do nothing else but think about helping his clients get the best result.’

‘I came across Julie Hughes as she was working on the opposite side of a transaction we are involved in. Although she was not working for our client, I saw enough to know that she would be better on our side in future deals! I have since worked with Julie on a number of complex childcare transactions and she has been brilliant. ’

 ‘John Kirkwood has strong commercial understanding, experienced in commercial and transactions. Always delivers to a high standard and on timetable.’

‘Julie Hughes is direct, empathetic and knows her stuff, which in the childcare and education industry is a prerequisite! If we come across an issue she is able to make sure we have a solution which saves time and money!’

‘Julie Hughes is an outstanding team leader – highly capable in providing the right input in the right way, and in navigating through a complex and protracted process.’

Key clients

Sahara Holdings Limited

The John Lyon School

E-Cloth Limited

Bedfont Scientific Limited

EKC Group

PFPR

Local Planet

Mobeus Equity Partners

AdEPT Technology Group

Holiday Extras

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of the Sahara Group on their £74,000,000 sale to Nasdaq listed Boxlight Corporation.
  • Advised John Lyon School on the strategic acquisition of the business  of Quainton Hall School, which comprised the assets and properties.
  • Advised EKC Group on its acquisition of Ashford College campus from West Kent & Ashford College and Canterbury Spring Lane campus from Hadlow College; in each case, from education administrators.

DMH Stallard LLP

The Gatwick-based corporate and commercial team at DMH Stallard LLP has a strong focus on regional M&A transactions. Jonathan Grant heads the corporate team, while 'standout partnerAbigail Owen works on local, national and international M&A deals across a wide range of different industries. Helen Mead regularly works with clients in the travel, aviation, retail insurance and technology sectors. John Yates is group head of commercial, advising on non-contentious IP and IT matters, while Debbie Venn has extensive commercial experience.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Grant

Other key lawyers:

Abigail Owen; Helen Mead; Danos Athanasi; Kate Norgett; John Yates

Testimonials

‘The team at DMH are very people-oriented and easy to get along with. They take a commercial approach, quickly finding solutions to any potential conflicts. It’s efficient and straightforward to work with DMH.’

‘Very professional, City-standard expertise but much more responsive and accessible. A combination of knowledge and responsiveness that I have not encountered elsewhere. Ethos is to spend a lot of time understanding the clients business and needs and to tailor responses, advice and services to best fit those needs. Feels like a real partnership. Knowledge and experience are excellent and are a given.’

‘Strong, cohesive team that still offer personal service, but the major difference is the leadership and communication as evidenced by Abigail Owen, their standout partner. She goes the extra mile even when its not her dept to make sure that jobs get done as required on time’

‘Abigail Owen is a fabulous lead partner who delivers on time every time. She and her team always get the job done and as lead partner she makes sure others deliver. Throughout covid she was available 24/7. You just don’t see that level of service anywhere else. She keeps you informed on costs in advance so you know where you stand and have full transparency.’

‘Kate Norgett is an outgoing and friendly person, and a good negotiator who will ensure her clients get the best outcome. Her negotiation style is very commercial, which allows her to quickly find solutions; instead of making negotiations difficult, she is very facilitating.’

‘Helen Mead was outstanding in her grasp of the issues and ability to draw together the different elements and professionals involved. The most important factor for Helen was to get the job done.’

‘I’m very impressed with Danos Athanasi. The firm spent time understanding my company and the key points that are important to me as the client. He is always available and always provides outputs on time.’

Key clients

Accordance Technical Services

Ashtons Hospital Pharmacy Services

Atelier Ten

AVS Group Holdings

BestAtDigital

Cargostore

Global Risk Partners

Lightning Fibre Limited

Monty’s Bakehouse

Posturite Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Monty’s Bakehouse Limited on it sale to Singaporean SATS Investments Pte Ltd, an integrated food supplier in the Asia Pacific region, for £27m.
  • Advising the shareholders of Atelier Ten on joining with Surbana Jurong Group, a major global urban infrastructure and managed services consultancy firm headquartered in Singapore.
  • Advising the sellers of Brighton-based Ashtons Hospital Pharmacy Services on the sale, rollover equity investment combined with a major private equity investment into the business.

Irwin Mitchell

From its Gatwick office, the Irwin Mitchell team offers a full service of corporate work and has expertise in M&A and equity transactions, in particular working with management teams. The team also has a strong private wealth offering. The commercial team benefits from the firm’s nationwide presence and frequently advises on commercial contracts matters. The corporate and commercial teams are led by Daniel Bastide and Stuart Padgham respectively. Faye Bargery has extensive corporate experience, supporting clients in the consumer industry, and Daniel Hedley is a specialist IT lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Bastide; Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:

Faye Bargery; Daniel Hedley; Andrew Tinker; Aurelia Butler-Ball

Testimonials

‘Great internal communication, multifuctional teamwork, ease and effectiveness of communication between team and client’

‘Ease of connection, communication style, levels of knowledge, appreciation of the outcome we are trying to achieve.

‘The team are focused on doing the job in hand – they advise on the practical approach, with regard to particular circumstances and deadlines.’

Key clients

Saga plc

Escape Hunt plc

Various Eateries plc

Envision Pharma Group

Hambledon Vineyard plc

Bluerock Diamonds plc

Health Partners (OH) Limited

Chesney’s Limited

The shareholders of Waterloo Group

Dualit

Tangmere Airfield nurseries

Bishops Move

GADF Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Various Eateries in relation to its admission to AIM with a market capitalisation of £65m and associated £25m fund raising by way of an institutional placing.
  • Advised the senior management team of Envision Pharma Group on the sale of the shares in Envision Pharma Group to an entity backed by GHO Capital, together with rollover of equity by the management team.
  • Advised AIM listed Escape Hunt Plc, an international provider of escape rooms, on its £4.3m placing, open offer and loan note issuance.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP's corporate and commercial team handles a wide range of work; the team’s sector strengths lie in technology, insurance, education, and food and beverage, handling a significant number of international deals. James Waddell heads the corporate team and specialises in M&A and private equity transactions. The 'very experienced and hands-on' Richard Baxter handles a wide variety of corporate work, while Beverley Flynn who leads the commercial and technology team has extensive experience of major contracts and data protection work. Nicola Broadhurst specialises in business expansion advice for international businesses as well as owner managed ones. Environmental, social and governance work is a growing area of focus for the team.

Practice head(s):

James Waddell; Beverley Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Richard Baxter; Joe Bedford; Oscar Horwich; Keith Syson; Nick Atkins

Testimonials

‘They really do work as a team – whatever the issue they seem to have an expert at hand to look at the problem and everyone pulls together. When it comes to billing you don’t get it loaded with five or six individuals who have all contributed – you get a simple explanation on costs and hours, fully justified.’

‘Exceptional availability, problem-solving skills, out of the box thinking. They always provide great solutions and possible options.’

‘The M&A, competition and IP teams were of great support to a cross-border transaction we were working on. The teams, especially the M&A and competition teams, were very responsive and consistently able to provide what the client needed despite the tight timelines. Their advice was sound and to-the-point. There was easy access to all the partners on the team, who personally handled all the calls with the clients.’

‘James Waddell is our go-to corporate lawyer for M&A – bright, thorough, unflappable and easy to deal with.’

‘Beverly Flynn stands out for me. Very professional and extremely good at what she does.’

‘Richard Baxter is very experienced and hands-on.’

‘Oscar Horwich is very commercial, clear and concise in his advice and is always on hand for a quick response.’

‘Keith Syson is exceptional. Always ensures our queries are dealt with as a priority no matter how small. In terms of any deals, he is calm and measured ensuring that he navigates us through legal and more commercial hurdles seamlessly.’

Key clients

Philips

DocuSign

Slater & Gordon Group

Flint Wines

CANCOM

Bunzl

Rock Rail

ICP Nurseries

Beretta

Electric Gamebox

Quortus

Asmodee

Business Growth Fund

Kia Motors Limited

Lit Fibre

SecurMed UK

Zest Technology Limited

Der Touristik

Fuller, Smith & Turner Plc

Natures Way Foods Limited

FGX Europe

International Planned Parenthood Federation

Bluebell Railway Plc

Ylem Energy Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client Seal Software on its $188m sale to DocuSign.
  • Advising SecurMed UK in connection with various contractual matters relating to its operation as the UK Medicines Verification Organisation, responsible for establishing and maintaining the system through which medicines are verified as legitimate in the UK.
  • Advised the shareholders and management team of Zenitech on its significant investment from UK private equity buy and build specialist, Sovereign Capital Partners.

PDT Solicitors

PDT Solicitors has extensive experience of advising media, technology and healthcare clients on M&A transactions and asset-based lending, with an increasing focus on data protection work and commercial contracts. Noel Ruddy, who leads the practice in Horsham, has particular expertise in finance matters. Ian Lindley heads the commercial team with considerable experience handling GDPR, IP and insolvency matters, while Rebecca Glazebrook is skilled in corporate finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Noel Ruddy

Other key lawyers:

Ian Lindley; Rebecca Glazebrook; Andrew Hoad; James Clewlow; Sian Webber

Testimonials

‘Strong corporate commercial team with excellent knowledge of cross-border transactions and complex M&A deals. Excellent advocacy and tenacious negotiators.’

‘I’ve been using PDT for thirteen years as my main company commercial and M&A lawyers. They are easily the best firm of lawyers I’ve dealt with.’

‘PDT is a very professional practice with very good advocacy skills. Other than the professional side I value PDT’s friendly and approachable interaction with us as a client.’

‘The team is welcoming and helpful which has meant that we have been able to build up a good relationship over the years. The practice is a one-stop shop for our legal requirements and is able to assist in corporate and commercial matters as well as employment law. Even during these unprecedented times, they have been there to support and advise. All the solicitors we deal with are approachable, supportive and very patient in explaining legal matters in layman.’

‘Noel Ruddy, who focused on the banking and financial side of the transaction, was very commercially and practically focused ensuring that key issues were not missed or forgotten as part of the legal drafting.’

‘Rebecca Glazebrook and Noel Ruddy are the two best commercial lawyers I’ve ever come across.’

‘Rebecca Glazebrook is the stand-out partner who combines encyclopaedic legal knowledge with deep transaction experience. Bringing her tenacious negotiating skills to every discussion, she is an excellent advocate for her clients’

‘Our main contact in PDT is Rebecca Glazebrook. Rebecca is professional but also very approachable partner who delivers strong, clear advice to our company. Rebecca is able to effectively delegate legal matters within her team and provide answers back to us within agreed time-frame.’

Key clients

Manager Shareholders of Hamsard 3414 Limited

Shareholder of CompliMed Limited

Shareholders of Fitii Limited

Penfold Verrall Holdings Limited

Tri-Fab Limited

Shareholders of Platform Action Limited

Santokh Kandola and Balwinder Kandola

Suffolk Pharma Group

Sima Consultancy Ltd

Ramiz Bahnam

Pearl Chemist Limited

Daniel Gilbert

Mithani

Satago Financial Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted the manager shareholders of Hamsard 3414 Limited on the sale of 80% of the issued share capital of the company, which is the holding company of Advantedge Commercial Finance Limited and Advantedge Commercial Finance (North) Limited.
  • Assisted the shareholder of CompliMed Limited on its sale of the entire issued share capital of the company.
  • Assisted Satago Financial Solutions with its negotiation of the complex outsourcing arrangements with Lloyds Bank PLC.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's corporate team attracts numerous high-net-worth entrepreneurs and investors, as well as clients in the technology and healthcare industry. The firm merged with Thomas Cooper LLP  in 2019, and since then has been growing its international client base. Simon Bickerdike leads the corporate team with Matthew Martin, and often advises on multi-jurisdictional transactions. Described as 'fiercely intellectual', David Kendall has particular expertise in the technology and private wealth sectors, and Philip Walton is skilled at advising healthcare professionals.

Practice head(s):

Simon Bickerdike; Matthew Martin

Other key lawyers:

David Kendall; Philip Walton; Hannah McIlwraith

Testimonials

‘The Penningtons team, led by David Kendall, provides us with a full legal service to support us on transactions such as acquisitions and corporate restructuring. The team stands out for being responsive and its commercial and practical advice. They represent good value and are very approachable. We value the excellent service we receive from Penningtons and enjoy working with them.’

‘The corporate department has a sense of purpose which combines the needs of clients and the individuals therein with a clear commercial understanding ensuring that all parties are broadly aligned. This is especially important when things don’t go to plan.’

‘A team of professionals at the top of their respective fields all working cohesively together as one.’

‘Local, friendly, approachable.’

‘Standout team members are David Kendall, who always provides pragmatic and commercial advice and delivers solutions to difficult problems – David is as good as any magic circle partner, he is worth every penny and understands our business.’

‘Simon Bickerdike is highly regarded by clients, is a clear thinker, proactive and user-friendly.’

‘David Kendall stands out head and shoulders above any other lawyer I have ever worked with. His personable demeanour works and its genuinely given but when required, David has cast-iron tenacity and if asked to describe him I would say he was fiercely intellectual.’

‘Philip Walton made me feel like a member of his family, and I have no doubt that Phil had my very best interest at heart right the way along.’

Key clients

Elixirr International plc

Group Positive Limited

Axian Consulting Ltd

Oversight Board UK

Artemis Venue Services Ltd

Wirehive Limited

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineers

The Hub Pharmacy Limited

Whitepost Group Ltd

Whitespace Limited

Thatcham Research

Accelerate Group Limited

Rebottling Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Elixirr International plc in its pre-IPO group restructure.
  • Acting for the shareholders of Wirehive Limited in their sale to Pax8 UK Limited.
  • Advised the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineers on changes to its constitution and Brexit-related matters.

Thomson Snell & Passmore

The corporate and commercial team at Thomson Snell & Passmore in Tunbridge Wells is lead by Joanne Gallagher. The team offers advice on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, ranging from M&A and disposals to share option schemes and succession planning. Its particularly adept at advising clients in the food and beverage, automotive and technology sectors. Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and RPC lawyer Jason Varney joined the team in mid-2020, bringing expertise in the technology sector. Faye Cook is also an experienced corporate lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Gallagher

Other key lawyers:

Jason Varney; Faye Cook

Testimonials

‘A highly technical team with relevant experience and practical insights to share.’

‘Collaborative, to the point advice.’

‘We always had contact from one person on the team throughout the work’

‘Working with Joanne Gallagher and Faye Cook is always a pleasure – they are client focused, responsive and personable. ’

‘Extremely diligent and commercial. Jason Varney is pragmatic, personable and has exemplary gravitas and charisma to make us want to instruct him repeatedly.’

‘Faye Cook always replied to emails and phonecalls promptly. She engaged well with the client as well as ourselves. The steps that were required were clearly laid out from the beginning and we were updated on where we were within those steps regularly, which was really helpful.’

Key clients

Motorline Group

North Kent College

Toureen Group

SMP Group PLC

CML Microsystems PLC

Rhokett Limited

Stephens IT Holdings Limited

Nurture Landscapes Holdings Limited

Prime Clean Group

Bel UK

Work highlights

  • Advised North Kent College on its acquisition of the education related assets of Hadlow College.
  • Acted for CML Microsystems PLC on its acquisition of Plektek RFI Limited.
  • Advised Nurture Landscapes Holdings Limited on the acquisitions of Claphams Landscape Services Limited, Rockside Estates Limited and D.R.P. Client Services Limited

Clarkson Wright & Jakes

Ben Madden leads the Kent-based corporate and commercial team at Clarkson Wright & Jakes. The team has expertise in advising small and medium sized owner-managed enterprises, with particular knowledge of the aviation, construction, healthcare, hospitality and software industries. Andrew Wright has international experience in IT and commercial law after spending three years in Hong Kong.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Madden

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Wright; Harry Bowden

Testimonials

‘The team at CWJ are professional, diligent and extremely friendly. ’

‘The experience of the partners are evident when speaking to them. They never have to “come back to you”; they are always knowledgeable and suggest solutions rather than problems.

‘The team at CWJ work together as if they are one person.’

‘Clarkson Wright & Jakes are an excellent firm with exceptional solicitors who are willing to go the extra mile for their clients.’

‘There is no question of doubt that we would recommend CWJ to our clients. They are extremely competent and offer a service comparable to a multinational firm with ample resources, but without the eye-watering fees.’

‘Andrew Wright and Harry Bowden have been exemplary and have assisted on countless occasions. ’

Key clients

Call Flow Solutions Limited

S&B Herba Foods Limited

Winch Energy Limited

Specac Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted and advised Call Flow Solutions Limited with its arrangement of operational finance from a UK bank.

Downs Solicitors LLP

Downs Solicitors LLP advises a range of domestic and international clients, including those in the technology, media, healthcare, travel and sports sectors. The team has a focus on M&A transactions but is growing its reach into IP and insolvency work. The team is led by Julian Harvey, who specialises in corporate finance, M&A, private equity and joint ventures. Richard Clapham specialises in acquisitions and disposals in the hotel, telecoms and media industries.

Practice head(s):

Julian Harvey

Other key lawyers:

Richard Clapham; James Bracher; Charmaine Dudman

Testimonials

‘The team are all very competent lawyers who consistently provide service of the highest level. They are very approachable and always explain their expert legal advice in an intelligible manner.’

‘Downs Solicitors manage to blend high levels of professionalism, knowledge and expertise with a caring and personal approach. The company has a reach and network far beyond the region and certainly “punch above their weight”. The team are always on-hand from the partners down to trainee solicitors and the reception team, they are always available and approachable. They help clients to feel at ease and secure and instil a level of confidence, very quickly. They have also mastered the art of managing a virtual data room, introducing new software and supporting clients through the process.’

‘I’ve worked with many law firms and the standout for me is that over and above the required legal expertise, Downs is more than willing to offer pragmatic business advice. Any importantly they are readily contactable on short notice. Downs is therefore a trusted business partner and not just a law firm.’

‘Having dedicated and high-quality corporate teams in regional hubs providing quality advice at reasonable rates is much needed in the local market and that is what Downs provide. The partner-led approach means clients deal with a senior member of the team at all major points in the transaction, something that is often missing from the client service in other firms.’

‘Richard Clapham has always given safe and well considered advice to our mutual clients and we have found his responsiveness and dedication to getting deals over the line to be particularly impressive.’

‘Charmaine Dudman and James Bracher have been outstanding on every occasion we have worked together.’

‘I can honestly say that James Bracher has been my best lawyer for three reasons – his clarity in being able to easily understand the issue, a sense for finding a workable solution, and timeliness.’

‘Julian Harvey is a superb lawyer with a high degree of knowledge and experience. He leads his team very well, always remains calm and acts in the best interests of his clients at all times. His warm and approachable demeanour enables him to connect with his clients very easily and his professionalism always shines through. The combination of knowledge, experience, commercial awareness and balance together with a personable nature is what makes Julian is such an asset to the firm.’

Key clients

Clubbable Properties Ltd

Cerealto UK Ltd

ORIDA Corporation Ltd

East Stuff Ltd

Hound and Porter Limited

Aronova Interactive Ltd

Ishrosh Healthcare Limited

Air Studios Limited

Peachy Productions Limited

Fowler Clark Limited

Prosys International Limited

CHD Living Ltd

EGAP Estates Ltd

Guest Holdings Ltd

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors’ corporate and commercial team is led by Susan Jennings who handles work for a wide range of clients, particularly across the manufacturing, automotive and professional services sectors. The team advises on matters such as pure M&A transactions, group restructurings, supply arrangements, joint ventures and security documentation. Tony Chester has strengths in demergers, farming and charity restructures.

Practice head(s):

Susan Jennings

Other key lawyers:

Tony Chester; Jamie Bourne

Testimonials

‘The team has specialist lawyers who are experienced and knowledgeable about their area of work, but what we like about them is their accessibility, approach and commerciality. We were using a different firm before Furley Page was recommended to us – I rate Furley Page far higher in terms of capability and attitude. They are very well regarded in this geographical area.’

‘Furley Page Solicitors have acted on behalf for the last 10 years and their service has always achieved the results I require.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable of their subject, very professional and approachable going the extra mile to achieve time sensitive results.’

‘Susan Jennings is our trusted adviser. Always pragmatic, solution-driven and practical in her advice. She is experienced and most importantly for us commercial in her dealings. She has a can-do attitude, is very personable and we have a good rapport.’

‘Susan Jennings is highly knowledgeable and experienced, understanding all aspects of M&A.’

‘I found working with Tony Chester to be a very positive experience. His sense, his commitment to the transaction and ability to respond to the challenges were self evident throughout. He provided high quality advice, realistic timescales for undertaking work and was a first rate guide for me through the complexities of corporate law. His strengths were not just a very clear understanding of corporate law but also his ability to communicate that understanding to me so I was able to make good decisions throughout.’

‘Tony Chester takes great pride in his role and always goes the extra mile to achieve the end result.’

Key clients

Magna International Inc

Megger Group

Uplands Engineering Limited

Global Invacom Limited

East Kent Property Developments

Orbital Sound Limited

Prohire Software Limited

Roma Capital Group

Mobility Networks (Holdings) Limited

University of Kent

Work highlights

  • Acted for Susan Nelson in the sale of the entire issued share capital of Breakthrough Funding Limited to EY.
  • Advised Global Invacom Limited on a corporate finance job regarding bank refinance, which involved negotiating the facility agreement and a suite of security documents applicable to all of the UK-based entities within the group.
  • Advised Megger Limited on the share purchase of Vespula Limited.

Moore Barlow

Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins merged in May 2020 to create Moore Barlow. The newly combined firm acts for a wide range of clients across the South East, London and internationally, drawing on its membership of the Ecovis network. The corporate and commercial teams advise SMEs, AIM-listed companies, private equity houses, entrepreneurs, schools and charities. Jeremy Over heads the corporate team, whilst the commercial department is led by John Warchus. Mark Lucas acts for educational service providers and Tim Matthews has numerous clients in the life sciences and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Over; John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lucas; Tim Matthews; Matthew Devine

Testimonials

‘Our family have used the lawyers at this firm for over 40 years. As such we have built a good relationship with key members of the team. As solicitors have changed over the years, the understanding of our business and our family have helped build a strong and reliable relationship. When I came to consider selling the business,the team helped me through every stage of the process. With an in-depth knowledge of our business and history, their advice and support were of critical importance to me.’

Key clients

Serocor Holdings Limited

SKS Business Services Ltd

Roger Head and Liz Godden

BSC Group Limited

Wimbledon School of English

Veriton Pharma Limited

Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers

Ian Allan Group Limited

Achieve Education Limited

Hythe Marine Services Limited

Broomco Limited

Miltenyi Biotech Limited

AFC Bournemouth

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service

Appitek Limited

Fonteva, Inc.

AOP Orphan A.G

Midatech Pharma PLC

Science Group PLC

Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Paion A.G

S.Saf Ltd

Dot Origin Ltd

Practice Pal Music Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Ian Allan Group Limited on the exit of two shareholders by way of the purchase of their interests by a new holding company.
  • Acted for Roger Head and Liz Godden on the sale of Birdworld, Forest Lodge and GardenStyle.
  • Advising Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service on complex IT and contractual issues.

Outset Legal LLP

The corporate and commercial team at Outset Legal LLP handles corporate deals across a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, energy, food and drink and recruitment, including niche expertise for veterinary and dental clients. Abbe West heads the team and has extensive experience in healthcare acquisitions. Sean Gorman frequently advises on business acquisitions and disposals, and equity and debt investments. Tilly Clarke joined the team in 2018 and works with clients such as global businesses and tech start-ups.

Practice head(s):

Abbe West

Other key lawyers:

Sean Gorman; Tilly Clarke; Jonathan Williamson; Nick Lewsley

Testimonials

‘The team are exceptional, speedy, professional and detailed advice is always received.’

‘They are honest in their approach in terms of likely outcome, timescales and costs and also go the extra mile to support whatever the commercial and/or legal need may be.’

‘The Outset corporate team handle a large volume of vet practice purchases and have really sorted out the way to break deals down into components which are dealt with by various team members at a suitable level of experience.’

‘Outset has a large team that has a focused and efficient transaction process that is focused to its client’s priorities and sector. A strong team with a track record of delivering multiple deals at once.’

‘The corporate team are innovative, work extremely hard and are always willing to take a commercial approach and go the extra mile to get results for their clients.’

‘The team is very reliable and have a wealth of knowledge that is focused commercially without the need or feel of just trying to be clever. This is one of the main reasons we chose them as our main partner in advising our clients in a legal capacity – we have a very particular and deliberate approach when advising our clients and Outset understood this and aligned in the same way, which works very well.’

‘Sean Gorman is very experienced and commercially focused. A very good lawyer.’

‘Nick Lewsley is a very energetic and pragmatic corporate partner. He produces sensible documents and takes a business-like view of issues which arise on deals we have done together.’

Key clients

IVC Evidensia

GOTO Energy

Woodfield Systems Ltd

Talent Point

Dragon Asphalt Limited

Vegetarian Express

Toppesfield Limited

CB Collier Limited

Kent Crisps Limited

Hutton Group

Work highlights

  • Advised IVC Evidensia on the acquisition of a large referral hospital in the North of England.
  • Advised IVC Evidensia on the acquisition of a market leading direct debit provider, Easy Direct Debits Limited, to the veterinary market.
  • Assisted shareholders of Simon Morray-Jones Architects on the sale of a UK architectural practice with a particular expertise in renovation and remodelling of listed and historic buildings to an Employee Ownership Trust.

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP has a broad spread of regional, national and international clients, many of which it has well-established and longstanding relationships with. Kathryn Paisley, who was promoted to head of the department in 2019 has a track record of work on cross-border transactions. Tim Sadka handles a wide variety of corporate work, especially implementing pre-sale reorganisations for companies and shareholders. Alan Zeal completes work for many repeat acquirers in the IT and insurance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Paisley

Other key lawyers:

Tim Sadka; Alan Zeal; Bruce Hayter; Ravinder Barn

Testimonials

‘The Rix & Kay team is absolutely on the ball. From the beginning of our relationship we were made aware of how they operated, the people we would be dealing with and the various costs that could be incurred. From our experience with various law firms over 30 years, Rix & Kay are by far the most professional we have used.’

‘The Rix & Kay partners are really good at managing relationships, commercially understanding the businesses challenges and working in partnership to get you to where you need to be. ‘

‘Excellent knowledge, very helpful’.

‘Friendly, helpful and take time to explain everything.’

‘Kathryn Paisley is a great communicator and very proactive in managing and implementing sound legal solutions. ‘

Key clients

Shareholders of Proversity.org Ltd

Former shareholders of RJW

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Construct on a majority share sale to Melbourne-based Online Education Services.
  • Advised on the sale of RJW Limited to The MJ Allen Group, a long-established family owned business based in Ashford specialising in engineering of castings and fabrications.

TWM Solicitors LLP

Jamie Berry, who leads the team at TWM Solicitors LLP, has extensive experience of working for ultra-high net worth clients from Russia, China and the Middle East. The team handles work for clients drawn from the technology, natural resources, automotive and leisure sectors, both domestically and internationally. It is also skilled at providing corporate finance advice to businesses at all stages of their development. Daniel Jenking has a track record of work on sales and purchases of privately owned companies. David Powell frequently acts for bridging finance lenders and Peter Stevens represents many of the firm’s golf club and automotive clients.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Berry

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Jenking; David Powell; Peter Stevens; Nick Ball

Testimonials

‘They deal with matters in a highly professional manner and are always prepared to go that little bit extra to ensure the client understands what is going on.’

‘Without exception, all the team, at every level, are approachable and extremely professional. Most importantly they are available to speak with or meet when required and reply promptly when contacted.’

‘TWM have built a strong reputation in the competitive Guildford market and have a loyal following of clients. My interactions with them have always been positive and mutually beneficial. The commercial team are effective and experienced.

‘Jamie Berry has been exceptionally helpful at all times.’

‘I have worked with Jamie Berry on a number of transactions and have found him to be commercial, cost effective and great fun to work with. Jamie and his team has a strong M&A department in Guildford which is very experienced.’

Key clients

TVR Automotive Limited

Tindle Newspapers Limited

Lucas Design & Construction Limited

Matortho Limited

Image Skincare UK Limited

Jane Shilton Limited

Maincourse Associates Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on the merger of Chantries and Pewleys estate agents.
  • Advised an international family office on the refinancing of their portfolio and restructure of their offshore and onshore assets.
  • Advised a family owned business on succession planning and ultimately a management buyout.

Boddy Matthews Limited

The experienced Kate Matthews founded Boddy Matthews Limited in 2013 and heads the niche commercial department at the boutique firm. Matthews holds extensive expertise in franchising matters, being an accredited mediator for the British Franchise Association and a Qualified Franchise Professional. Senior consultant Nick Fieldhouse provides support on core corporate and commercial work.

Practice head(s):

Kate Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Nick Fieldhouse

Testimonials

‘Friendly and willing to explain things clearly. Returned calls when messages were left. Answered questions and dealt with my requirements in good time. Provided a good written document/report for me to refer back to when needed. ‘

‘They understand my business very well and they also understand me very well so they are able to tailor their advice to meet my specific needs and requirements. They are always available and respond to my calls, even when they are on holiday.’

‘It is a small team which provides an efficient service. Partners often consult with each other in order to provide a fuller legal service rather than specific advice on one branch of the law.’

‘Friendly and professional and dealt with me like a customer, not just another number. Offered a personal and professional service and I was never left feeling like I was simply dealing with another computer dishing out automated responses, even during these pandemic times.’

‘Incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful advice.’

‘Kate Matthews was recommended to me by a banking contact as an expert in franchise agreements, which proved to be the case. She was easy to contact directly and she responded quickly to requests for support.’

‘Kate Matthews is very knowledgeable and very happy to give advice without being billed for every second you talk. They have a team that each has their speciality and are happy to refer you to any member. They understand your requirements (even though you may not speak their language) and are able to explain things in plain English.’

‘Kate Matthews was clearly focused on providing appropriate guidance and support for my specific requirements. Responded quickly and within requested timescales.  I was confident with the guidance, advice and support she provided and this encouraged me to undertake further due diligence before proceeding with the franchise agreement.  I would not hesitate to use Kate again or indeed recommend her services to others seeking legal guidance in respect of franchise agreements.’

Key clients

Pepes Piri Piri Limited

Babyballet Franchising Limited (re Greenwich)

Caremark Limited

LK Woking Limited t/a Little Kickers Woking

PJ Pipe & Valves pvte Limited

Stocksigns Limited

TSG National Limited

R and D Real Estate Limited

AUM Care Limited

E. Bates

Work highlights

  • Acting for Babyballet Limited to secure the brand and its trading network during UK lockdowns
  • Acted for Caremark Limited in securing its trading position for the network.
  • Providing trusted advisor legal services to Stocksigns Limited for 2020 trading and the associated challenges.

Coole Bevis LLP

The South East based corporate and commercial department at Coole Bevis LLP acts for a wide range of clients, including individuals, companies, and partnerships in sectors including motoring, IT, media, and care. Chris Cilfton-Moore heads the department and frequently advises clients on all aspects of corporate and commercial work. Ismail Groves has expertise in M&A.

Practice head(s):

Chris Clifton-Moore

Other key lawyers:

Ismail Groves

Testimonials

‘There is unique element to the Coole Bevis team: they have an ability to treat your requirements on all legal matters in an individual manner – they avoid giving standard responses in legal jargon, each element of the work is only about your questions and the possible solutions they could find depending on what you require.

‘I was referred to the company’s corporate team after using their conveyancing team on another transaction, for which I had a very good experience. If I had to best describe the company to another, I would suggest it as having a local presence with a family feel, yet at the same time, it has the professionalism and expertise which I think might be hard to find, even if one were to look towards the offerings within London.’

‘As well as having solid legal expertise, the corporate team at Coole Bevis has a longstanding relationship with our accountants. This has been very valuable as we have executed several transactions over the past 15 years: we have received joined-up advice spanning tax and legal.’

‘The paralegals have excellent attention to detail and a commendable work ethic (especially as transactions near completion). The partners complement each other very well. The partner with whom we have worked most over the years has a powerful legal brain and as such legal documentation is favourably structured. Another partner is very impressive in negotiations. Together they make a formidable team and, frankly, wiped the floor with our counterparty’s legal team despite being outnumbered and with a lower fee level.’

‘Chris Clifton-Moore, one of the partners, is notable in his approach. I have introduced several companies to him, to prepare shareholders agreements, SPAs, DSCs etc. He has a clear and concise manner with his clients, especially those unfamiliar with the subject matter.’

‘Two individuals stand out in particular: Chris Clifton-Moore and Ismail Groves. We’ve worked with Chris for over five years and I’ve always been impressed with his clear, concise style and flawless attention to detail. It is a pleasure to deal with him in written communications in which he addresses outstanding issues succinctly and with clear consideration to balancing legal and commercial points. In person Chris is engaging and professional; I’ve been consistently impressed with his ability to listen to our concerns which can be unstructured and link multiple issues, and then to bring order and clarity to our thinking. He is approachable and responsive and someone I would happily recommend to others.’

‘Ismail Groves has proved to be of the high calibre that I’ve come to expect from Coole Bevis. Ismail’s style is considered and unflappable and I have been very happy for him to represent us directly in dealings with counterparties. I like his polite but firm approach and his ability to explain issues in clear language, using relevant examples. I would not hesitate to recommend Ismail.’

‘Chris Clifton-Moore is probably the best corporate lawyer I have ever worked with, and I have used three or four major firms.’

GBH Law Limited

GBH Law Limited advises a range of clients including schools, professional practices, businesses and owner-managed SMEs. The team works on a broad range of matters including M&A and commercial contracts. Denise Harrington, who leads the team, has significant experience of corporate and commercial matters, particularly buying and selling within the SME market. Kate Doody, who joined from asb Law in 2019, has growing expertise in the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Denise Herrington

Other key lawyers:

Kate Doody

Testimonials

‘Fast, efficient, well balanced, superb personal service at competitive prices. In 30 years this is the best law firm I have worked with.’

‘I feel GBH Law are unique due to their blend of professionalism and distinctive warm and friendly approach, which runs throughout the firm and in contrast to their contemporaries. Unlike other law firms I have always found their fee quotations to be transparent, well communicated and good value. It is rare that I would unequivocally recommend a professional to another in any field, let alone for legal advice, but GBH Law are an exception to this rule.’

‘Accessible, plain English, knowledgeable, accurate and turnaround times are amazing! Kate Doody has been a brilliant partner for our business. In addition, Kate is always contactable and reasonably priced and also knows when it’s not her area of expertise and will happily recommend others. What more could a client want?’

‘Kate Doody’s levels of engagement and collaboration were exemplary. She provided sterling personal support to me. She exuded confidence and demonstrated a real can-do approach. The values, behaviours and culture of the business really showed through in all of my dealings with Kate.’

‘I had the absolute pleasure of working with Kate Doody who was exceptional throughout my engagement with her. She calmly represented my company during a contract negotiation with a very difficult customer. He verged on bullying and intimidating tactics and tried to keep moving away from the key topics. Kate, very skilfully and assertively (whilst still maintaining respect at all times) challenged the customer to keep us on track. Kate was the most commercially minded lawyer I have ever come across. She also turned around redrafts during evenings to ensure that the contract was completed within the required timescales. I cannot recommend Kate highly enough and would certainly return to her for future assignments.’

‘GBH provide a quality of service and corporate/commercial expertise that is hard to find in the local market. They know the market well and have proved themselves willing and more than capable of dealing with transactions of varying size and complexity. The partner/director-led approach to client work and interactions with clients, whilst still maintaining a very sensible fee structuring, sets them apart from a number of competitors.’

‘We have worked closely with Kate Doody and Denise Herrington recently. Both are extremely proactive and always actively involved at all stages of a transaction, offering exceptional client service. Both have demonstrated the ability to explain complex transactional issues to clients in a well thought out and reasonable manner to enable clients to make well informed decisions at every stage of a transaction.’

Key clients

CHD Living Ltd

Condor Gold Plc

David Pemsel

Faroe Law Ltd

Frequency 3G Telecom Limited

Fresh Insurance Group Ltd

Hamish Wilson

HGP Architects Limited

John Warn/The Baggery Sundries UK Ltd

Mark White

Mike Kirby /Systems Support Ltd

Minority shareholders of Camberford Holdco Limited

Mitek Mezzanine Ltd

Miter Consulting Limited

Property Services (Haslemere) Limited

Riverhouse Partners Ltd

Systra S.A

UIA (Insurance) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding AIM listed client Condor Gold Plc on its placing of shares and warrants, raising £6.6m for the company.
  • Advised a longstanding client holding interests personally and via blocker corporations in Seko Global Logistics Inc. The client sold to a US buyer in 2015, retaining equity, and this was their final exit to a new investor.
  • Advised Riverhouse Partners Ltd on a management buyout, acting for the sole shareholder of the company.

Girlings

Chris Brightling leads the Ashford-based corporate and commercial team at Girlings. Whilst offering a full range of corporate and commercial services, the team specialises in advising owner-managed businesses on acquisitions and disposals. Consultant solicitor Caroline Armitage has particular expertise of advising charities.

Practice head(s):

Chris Brightling

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Armitage

Testimonials

‘In my dealings with the firm, I can state that all the people I came in contact with were polite, professional and very knowledgeable about the areas that they dealt with. this gave me the confidence to deal with all the matters that I needed quickly and to a positive outcome.’

‘A well-recognised firm in the local area but able to offer advice that is appreciated by those working in London and further afield. The team is able to offer a wide range of legal services.’

‘Across the whole business all associates with the business provided valid and professional knowledge of the M&A process ensuring we felt protected at all times. Uncertainties were quickly dealt with giving us confidence in the whole sale process.’

‘Exceptional knowledge within the team across a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters. Extremely personable partners who go above and beyond to assist and really understand the key drivers of their clients and contacts.

‘Chris Brightling has a vast legal knowledge and great attention to detail and had an exceptional understanding of my business and my personal feelings. He was a reassuring, calm and loyal member of my team during the sale of my business. His constant advice, offered and requested, to me personally was exceptional and I relied on it.’

‘The standout partner is Chris Brightling. He was available throughout the whole M&A process and regularly liaised with me late at night and weekends whilst we dealt with our overseas buyer. His knowledge and experience was greatly received and enabled us to move the process along efficiently allowing me to work as quickly or slow down for negotiations purposes accordingly.’

‘The commercial team including Chris Brightling and Caroline Armitage have been able to disseminate our needs and map out a succinct plan of action in order to achieve the stated goals. In particular Chris Brightling was able to reduce a complicated series of inter-related tasks into a schedule of action that all parties involved could understand and work towards.’

‘Lawyers like Caroline Armitage as extremely knowledgeable about specialist sectors such as charities and non-profits. She is immersed in the sector in both a professional and personal capacity and this brings a wealth of expertise and understanding of sector challenges and sensitivities.’

Work highlights

  • Advised the corporate shareholders of a substantial manufacturer on the sale of their shares to an international buyer group for consideration of over £4.5m.
  • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of a well-established fabricator and national supplier of precision sheet metal components, fabrications, assemblies and machine parts for a consideration of over £2m.

Healys

The corporate and commercial team at Healys is based in Brighton; clients are drawn from the IT, childcare, technology and media and entertainment sectors. The team is headed by Karen Lord, who offers the full range of corporate and transactional services. Consultant solicitor Samantha Oakley joined the team in January 2021 and has expertise in commercial work for technology, media and creative companies.

Practice head(s):

Karen Lord

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Oakley; Andrei Baev

Testimonials

‘Easy to work with and direct, timely advice. Able to introduce other professionals as needed in a deal. Willing to agree a cap on fees from the beginning.’

‘Karen Lord is approachable and gives direct advice. I was very happy with the service.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Madgex Holdings Limited

Churchlake Care Group

Bread Ahead Limited

Brighton Gin

The Monarch Partnership

Tinysaurus Nursery Group

Push Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Madgex Holdings Limited on the sale of the Madgex Group to John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Advised the Churchlake Care Group on a series of transactions involving the purchase of the Lakeland Care Services Group which was financed by new funding facilities provided by ThinCats.

Moore Law

Moore Law’s team is based in Brighton and has a growing clientele, ranging from social media influencers to medical professionals. The firm’s expertise is primarily based in the technology, media, entertainment and sport sectors; the team handles a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions for clients in these areas. Tris Moore founded and heads the team; Mike Townley has particular expertise in the sports sector.

Practice head(s):

Tris Moore

Other key lawyers:

Mike Townley

Key clients

University of Sussex

P1vital Limited

KSD Group

Onnisoft/ GoatGaming

Technogym UK

Smit Mobile Equipment BV

Asics

Lighting Design International

World Academy of Sport

Click Databases

Alliantist

Lucy & Yak

Upload Agency

Wired Sussex

Zeitgeist Agency

Definition Health

Edburton Contractors

British Triathlon Federation

Bailey & French

We Are Tilt

Work highlights

  • Advised the University of Sussex on the spin-out of a new company, Stingray Bio, intended to commercialise a potential breakthrough breast cancer treatment drug developed by two UoS Professors.
  • Advised Dutch-based SMIT on contracts with GE Medical System for the supply of three mobile MRI and two mobile CT units for the installation of specialist GE equipment and onward sale to GE customers.
  • Act for P1vital Limited and its affiliate P1vital Products Limited.

Warners Solicitors

Kevin Sullivan leads Warners Solicitors’ corporate and commercial team in Tonbridge, with particular expertise in the software sector. The department often completes disposals and M&A work for owner-managed businesses, and the team has particular expertise in advising clients in the creative technology sectors and the agricultural sectors. Russell Brinkhurst works with clients in the insurance, publishing and financial industries.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Russell Brinkhurst

Testimonials

‘During periods of considerable strain, Kevin Sullivan remained very calm and professional at all times, and with his support, our deal was eventually done at a good price. I am sure that without Kevin’s steady hand, and his professional and business judgement throughout, the deal would have collapsed at an early stage.’

‘Warners give clear advice and are good value for money. I have recommended the firm to peers and clients. ’

Key clients

NFU

CYTI Holdings Limited

Beggars Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders in connection with the sale of an initial shareholding in CYTI Holdings Limited to Moneysupermarket.com Financial Group Limited.
  • Acting for Beggars Group on its equity investment in Driift Holdings Ltd, the holding company of Driift Live, the new live streaming music platform.