Next Generation Lawyers: Partners

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 in South East

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP is ‘comparable with London Firms with demonstrably capable lawyers’ and has particular sector expertise in tech, healthcare, and education with the latter two being steady pillars of co-head Alison Patten-Hall ‘s commercial practice. She leads together with Simon Staples who focuses on the corporate side and in a recent highlight represented Michael Lester in Langholm Capital’s buy-out of WoolOvers Group. Timothy Coles broadens the firm’s scope with his knowledge of the leisure sector, he handles private acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, restructurings, and IPOs. Elisabeth Bell brings her commercial law, data protection law and IT expertise to the table.

Practice head(s):

Alison Patten-Hall; Simon Staples

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Bell; Penny Rinta-Suksi; Timothy Coles; James Vaughan

Testimonials

‘Friendly professional service comparable with London Firms with demonstrably capable lawyers.’

‘The team at Blake Morgan works really well with us to get to the advise quickly and at a price we can afford. I like the way the staff work well at all levels.’

‘Simon Staples, James Vaughan, and Cathy Bryant stand out in our relationship.’

‘Good strong team, have worked with Simon for many years in different roles. Well executed transaction, efficient, and worked with tight deadlines. Highly commercial approach allowed focus on main work streams.’

‘Simon Staples – high work rate, got the job done and sensible advice.’

Key clients

University of Reading

Digital Space Group Limited

HTEC Limited

Miele Company Limited

NHS England

Reading Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Langley House Trust

NTT Security Limited

SSE Water

GB Bank Limited

Wiggle Limited

Utilita Energy Limited

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and the Crime and the Metropolitan Police Service

Juriba Limited

Falanx Group

Dillistone Group plc

Anthesis Consulting Group

Velocys

De La Rue plc

Boom Holdings Limited

Lucy Group

Vail Williams

Winterbotham Derby

Sutton and East Surrey Water plc

InHealth Limited

Osirium plc

Oxford Pharmagenesis

Recarta IT

Work highlights

  • Advising Digital Space Limited on a range of commercial supplier and customer contracts, including review, redrafting, and drafting template agreements.
  • Acting for HiSpeed Limited on its incorporation and set up, including advice on corporate structures, tax, protection and licensing of IP assets.
  • Acting for EFlorist on its UK reorganization as part of the sale of the entire group.

Freeths LLP

With specialist practitioners in various sectors, Freeths LLP has established itself as a leading corporate and commercial practice in Thames Valley, headed by Leon Arnold on the corporate and Rebecca Howlett, who has extensive expertise in the beauty and cosmetics industry, on the commercial side. Malin Svanberg Larsson has a broad M&A practice which she has recently increasingly employed in service of private equity, tech, retail, and property clients. Tom Walker has established himself as a go-to lawyer for high-net-worth individuals, agricultural and agrifood companies, advising primarily on business structures. Additionally recommended for his corporate law expertise comes Ben Filmer.

Practice head(s):

Leon Arnold; Rebecca Howlett

Other key lawyers:

Malin Svanberg-Larsson; Tom Walker; Claus Andersen; James Lapham; Ben Filmer

Testimonials

‘Malin Svanberg-Larsson was fantastic in all aspects.’

‘Good solid commercial team. A very well resourced team able to provide solid legal and commercial advice on a wide range of commercial contracts and corporate matters.’

‘Leon Arnold and Malin Svanberg-Larsson always keep to their word and deliver the final agreement within time, and with a transparent and pragmatic approach to increasing the fee (if needed).’

‘Both Leon Arnold and Malin Svanberg-Larsson and their associate team are patient, understanding and professional throughout, and I will and do most certainly recommend them highly to others who need a corporate solicitor who values both their clients and their profession.’

‘Tom Walker is very much the “trusted adviser” for our firm and we frequently seek his advice.’

‘Rebecca Howlett was a key source of support.’

‘Rebecca Howlett is a pleasure to deal with, making sure reviews are carried out efficiently and within agreed timescales. Reports are tailored to our needs and additional support given when needed.’

‘The team’s sincerity, integrity and pride in their job are self-evident. And the dedication towards their clients and to their profession is second to none. Furthermore, the attention to detail – so vital in the work of a solicitor, not least of all in the corporate setting – is always very clear throughout any process.’

Key clients

Centrica plc

GEFCO SA

Shareholder of DTE Solutions Limited

Shareholders of Safety Services Holdings Limited

Gravity Consulting Engineers Holdings Limited

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

Arkk Consulting Ltd

Flowmax Group

Canalys Group

Freevolt Group Limited

The National Exhibition Centre Limited

Highbourne Group of Companies

Shareholders of Garland Partners Limited

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute

Cool Milk At School Limited

Alumier Labs UK Limited

Korres International/Korres Natural Products

Annie Sloan

Shoe Zone Retail Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Centrica Plc on their investment into HiiROC Limited which formed part of a wider investment of ca. £26m.
  • Advising Micheldever Tyre Services on a series of four acquisitions of tyre retail business both by share purchase and asset purchase.
  • Acting for the selling shareholders of Safety Services Holdings Limited in the sale of the entire issued share capital to Phenna Group.

Gateley Plc

A corporate practice particularly established in the TMT sectors, and a commercial team handling predominantly IT, IP, and general commercial work characterize Gateley Plc. Andrew Peddie leads on corporate transactions, often for private equity groups. Another specialist in this area is Mark Metcalfe. Alongside Peddie, Mailin Bala heads up the commercial division and focuses on copyright, digital, data and media. Sarah Souter is highly active in the team, she advises investors and management teams on the seller side.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Peddie; Mailin Bala

Other key lawyers:

Mark Metcalfe; Sarah Souter; Laurel Knight; Jenni Ferguson

Testimonials

‘Consultative and supportive. They help de-jargon the legal speak and help you understand the decisions that you’re making and the risks that you’re taking. Highly collaborative, supporting a one-team mentality with other advisers and the business. Diverse group of people.’

‘We worked with Mark Metcalfe, who was highly consultative and did a great job of providing excellent service, interpreting our needs, helping us understand the legals whilst being compassionate and thoughtful. Mark was supported by Sarah Souter and Laurel Knight who were also outstanding with their attention-to-detail, work ethic and cheer.’

‘As part of a national team the Gateley’s Reading team is able to provide specialist advice across all aspects of corporate law. Advice is always well considered and information is provided in a timely manner.’

‘Andrew Peddie and Jenni Ferguson from the corporate team give great personal service and are always available either to reply to emails or on their mobile phones. They are a pleasure to work with and look to provide pragmatic constructive solutions to obstacles as these occur.’

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital

YFM Equity Partners

Maven Capital Partners

Babble Cloud Holdings Limited

CACI Limited

Grupo Bimbo

Connection Capital

Aquavista

Amberjack

Guinness Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for the selling shareholders of The Marketing Practice Limited on the MBO by Horizon Capital.
  • Acted for Babble Cloud Holdings Limited on eight separate corporate acquisitions.
  • Acted for Aquavista Watersides Limited and its other group companies on their acquisition of Castle Marinas Limited.

Osborne Clarke LLP

An M&A, private equity, and venture capital powerhouse, Osborne Clarke LLP in the Thames Valley advises across a broad range of industries, with specific sector expertise in TMT and healthcare and regularly handling multi-jurisdictional transactions. The latter is a focus area for practice head Sara Valentine who is ‘exceptional in all respects‘. Greg Leyshon is renowned for his corporate practice, particularly his understanding of private equity deals. A specialist in venture capital transactions, Robert Wood is a go-to for investor syndicates. The firm’s management advisory group is led by Mike Freer, a safe pair of hands for management teams on buy-outs, buy-ins, and exits.

Practice head(s):

Sara Valentine

Other key lawyers:

Greg Leyshon; Robert Wood; Mike Freer; Rob Hayes; Justin Starling

Testimonials

‘The team’s breadth of experience in the mid-market M&A space makes them a market leader in the Thames Valley. Their diligence and focus on partnering with their clients throughout transactions really sets them apart.’

‘Sara Valentine stands out as a particularly strong lawyer and a good communicator. Her client service is very good.’

‘Sara Valentine – exceptional in all respects. Responsiveness, breadth of experience. Speed to assimilate complex issues. Always positive!’

‘The team we worked with has a deep understanding of our technology and sector and is also highly experienced in venture capital and licensing work. We also found the team to be highly responsive and offered us the perfect blend of in-depth legal advice and a commercial approach to help us navigate our way.’

‘The team balanced legal and commercial inputs with skill and experience and worked seamlessly despite being out of office and in different locations due to Covid restrictions.’

‘The OC team is the best there is when it comes to venture capital. They combine outstanding, clear legal advice with practical, commercial solutions in everything they do. The team has tremendous experience across all stages of a company’s life – from spin-out, to series A and all the way through to exit, and understand the constraints and considerations for each type of investor. A one-of-a-kind.’

‘Rob Hayes – hands-on, invested in the deals he does, brilliant lawyer with an incredibly practical and commercial approach to negotiations. A pleasure to deal with. Justin Starling – incredibly talented with a huge breadth of experience of dealing with companies at every stage of the VC ecosystem.’

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital

Intersurgical

Davies Group

Xeretec

DnaNudge

Business Growth Fund

Redstor

Work highlights

  • Acted for the selling shareholders of Leverton-Clarke Holdings Limited on a partial sale of shares and a joint venture with HELM AG at £27m.
  • Acted for Nexeon Limited on a $80m refinancing, including an investment, a joint venture, and a licensing matter.
  • Advised the management shareholders of Southern Communications on its management buyout backed by Ares Management.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a go-to for Oxford University spin-outs when it comes to investments and funding rounds and as such has a strong industry focus on tech and life sciences. The leadership duo consists of Will Axtell, a specialist in advising entrepreneurs on exits and private equity, and James Went, renowned for his expertise in M&A transactions. Another M&A expert in the firm is David Tighe, who regularly works with associate Dominique Sabatini, who is becoming increasingly prominent in the Oxford and Imperial spin-out community.

Practice head(s):

James Went; Will Axtell

Other key lawyers:

David Tighe; Dominique Sabatini

Testimonials

‘They offer a full service of legal requirements and provided individuals that covered all our needs in house. They worked as a team and were very thorough.’

‘James Went is an excellent corporate lawyer and did an outstanding job coordinating the completion of our case. James is an incredibly calm and collected character and coupling this with his clarity and conviction of reasoning when it comes to deal terms makes him very effective in complex and tense cases. We also found that James’ way of working served as an education to our team and we have picked up a significant amount of knowledge around corporate structuring along the way.’

‘The team was very experienced and very straight forward to deal with. They understood what we were trying to achieve as a business and were able to advise the appropriate corporate structure quickly and efficiently.’

‘David Tighe – very experienced, no fuss, and delivered as per commitments.’

‘James Went is an exceptional lawyer – good guidance on commercial matters and an efficient and resourceful approach to constructing documentation which drives a deal towards a successful close, bringing the parties along with the process.’

‘Will Axtell – experienced in all areas of the transaction, very good at pulling everyone together to ensure deadlines were met wherever it was within our control. Will has a friendly manner and he remains calm and affable under extreme pressure, which helped enormously towards the end of our process when the normal sale and purchase agreement pressures started to ramp up.’

‘Dominique Sabatini, a senior associate was the primary point of contact and the person who did the bulk of the work, fulfilled her role in an excellent manner. She was available when required, completed tasks in a timely manner, but most importantly provided excellent advice. I always felt we were in very good hands. The partner on the case was David Tighe who came across as extremely knowledgeable but he was rarely required to get involved due to Dominique’s excellent work.’

‘During burdensome acquisition times, Dominique Sabatini became like one of our family members. She not only comprehended our particular area, but also accomplished a tremendous job completing the SPA.’

Key clients

Seedrs Limited

Rezonence Limited

Shareholders of Pareto Facilities Management Limited

Deepreason.ai

OQEMA Limited

Paul Mason Consulting Limited

Amba Health and Care Limited

Oxford Flow Limited

ATDBio Limited

OxVax

Depixus SAS

Owen Mumford Limited

Elis UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Seedrs on its proposed $100m sale to Republic.
  • Advised the shareholders of ATDBio on its sale to NASDAQ Stockholm listed Biotage AB at £45m.
  • Advised the shareholders of Pareto FM on the £18m MBO of the Oxfordshire-based facilities management business.

Shoosmiths LLP

A long list of established market players such as Horizon Private Equity and Rothschild instruct Shoosmiths LLP on complex corporate transactions and the firm’s large commercial team services clients from all sectors, but has a particular focus on telecoms, online food delivery, fast-moving consumer goods, gaming, and manufacturing. The corporate side of the practice is headed by Sanjeev Sharma. In the Thames Valley Nina Smith leads the team and leverages her strong relationships with companies in the healthcare, investment, and private equity spaces. Nick Holland, a tech and privacy specialist, heads the firm’s commercial practice. Alongside him works Fiona Teague who has particular expertise in cross-border matters. Private equity specialist Kiran Dhesi is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Sanjeev Sharma; Nick Holland

Other key lawyers:

Nina Smith; Ed Smith; Kiran Dhesi; Fiona Teague; Adam Leszczynski; Lawrence Renny; Matt Douglas

Testimonials

‘Adam Leszczynski is a pleasure to work with. He is responsive and concise with his advice. Most importantly, he communicates simply and his views are balanced. Sanjeev Sharma is available when needed. They set out their pricing at the start of the process.’

‘Ed Smith is a high quality, thoughtful and empathetic lawyer.’

‘Nick Holland – thoroughly commercial in approach and understands particular risk areas, enabling us to take a risk-based approach that’s effective within our business.’

‘Understanding of client needs, ability to tailor a solution based on budget, ability to put together a cross disciplinary team.’

‘The team is well-known in the Series A venture space and up-to-date with current trends.’ 

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital/LDC (Managers) Limited

Downing LLP

Business Growth Fund

NVM

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

Mercia Asset Management

Churchill Contract Services

Roofoods Ltd t/a Deliveroo

British American Tobacco Ltd

Henkel Limited

John Deere Ltd

Metals and Materials Limited

Chevron Traffic Management Limited

Foresight Group LLP

Ipsos Group SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Five Arrows on the acquisition of the Allocate group.
  • Acting for the sellers of Metals and Materials Limited on the sale to Advanced Scientific Materials Acquico.
  • Acting for Ipsos Group SA on its acquisition of the Karian Group.

Boyes Turner

A regional office with international reach, Boyes Turner advises foreign and domestic clients, particularly players in the tech and healthcare industry, and has a unique specialism in the water sector, an area of focus for Chris Dobson‘s M&A practice. Former US lawyer Kate Eavis leads the team alongside Mark Blunden and focuses on venture and development capital as well as reorganizations. Blunden heads up the firm’s international practice and has a strong focus on the tech sector.

Practice head(s):

Kate Eavis; Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:

Chris Dobson; Sophie Payne; Rachael Brenchley

Testimonials

‘We use Boyes Turner for corporate structuring work. They do a very solid job in a timely manner, and are always responsive to our needs. Their fees are quite reasonable for the quality of the work they provide.’

‘Kate Eavis is very capable and is easy to work with.’

‘Boyes Turner, and the specific team members we were to deal with, presented themselves as very knowledgable and experienced, but also pragmatic in their appreciation of our needs.’

‘The corporate team at Boyes Turner has been extremely reactive to our needs. This includes both spending a lot of time on calls discussing issues with our team, but also pro-actively raising issues before they become a problem.’

‘In particular we would like to mention Sophie Payne and Rachael Brenchley as being outstanding.’

Key clients

Sonos Inc

Culligan International

CH&Co

Mobeus Equity Partners

Occuity

CIRCOR International Inc.

Origin Enterprises Plc

Resonant Group Limited

Harvey Water Softeners

Xtrac Transmissions

Equivo Limited (formerly Chartsbridge Group Limited)

Wind River

Volta Trucks

AND Digital

Virtualstock

Tryzens

Culligan International

Spamhaus Technology

Redstor

Electric Miles

Pivot Digital Health

Work highlights

  • Advised Origin Enterprise Plc on the acquisition of Greentech Limited to complement the client’s amenity business portfolio in the UK.
  • Advised the shareholders of Motor Document Solutions Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of that company to Keyloop (Nederland) B.V.
  • Supporting Wind River Systems Inc’s in-house counsel in contract negotiations to license its Linux-based technology to telecoms clients in the UK and Finland.

BDB Pitmans

Between London and Reading, Philip Lamb and Oliver Pilkington lead the ‘excellent team‘ at BDB Pitmans, which has recently been handling a large number of transactions in the retail and financial sector. In the Thames Valley, Pilkington focuses on equity capital markets and M&A work. Stephanie Perry is ‘the jewel on the crown‘ and in a recent highlight advised members of CVR Global on the sale of their interests to Begbies Traynor at £20.8m.

Practice head(s):

Philip Lamb; Oliver Pilkington

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Perry; Daniela Munro; Jude Layas

Testimonials

‘BDB Pitmans corporate and commercial department is an excellent team of individuals who work well as a team. The service provided was exceptional even given some very challenging individuals we were having to work with.’

‘You are definitely not treated as ‘just another client’.’

‘All our work is headed up by Stephanie Perry and she is very much the jewel on the crown. I don’t think there’s much more I can say.’

Key clients

Light Science Technologies Holdings plc

IDE Group Holdings plc

Westcoast Holdings Ltd

finnCap Ltd

Ashdown Holdings Limited

Waylands Automotive

Novcyt SA

Guernsey Investment Fund

Garden Trading Company

Sipsmith Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Light Science Technologies Holdings plc on the successful admission of its shares to trading on AIM and the associated placing.
  • Acted for the sellers on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Off Grid Energy Ltd to Pramac Generac UK Limited.
  • Advised on the sale of The Garden Trading Company Limited to Joules Group plc.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP

Home to an established M&A practice, Field Seymour Parkes LLP is growing its venture capital and private equity work. In this respect Penelope Garden is taking an active lead within the team, she recently advised founder of Playful Promises Emma Parker on an investment by Bestport Private Equity. Rachael Maunder heads up the department and coordinates various teams on M&A transactions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Maunder

Other key lawyers:

Penelope Garden; Jeremy Parkes; Sian Daly

Testimonials

‘We do a fairly high volume of corporate transactions and the team is always able to cope with our workload.’

‘Penelope Garden and Rachael Maunder understand our typical deal structures and know when to take pragmatic views and when to be tough.’

‘Great team to work with and takes the time to understand your needs as a client, your aims with respect to the deal and how you like to work.’

‘Penelope Garden is an absolutely fantastic addition to our deal team. She is quick to respond, understands the problem and takes a pragmatic and sensible approach to overcoming any issues and getting the deal done. She works well with members of our team at all levels and is never too busy to help when we have a problem.’

‘The team was always available and acutely aware that it was a complicated and challenging transaction and therefore provided much needed reassurance, guidance and encouragement.’

‘Both Jeremy Parkes and Rachael Maunder broke everything down into bite size pieces and guided us through some challenging decisions. They complement each other and I don’t think we would have got the deal over the line if it wasn’t for their diligence and encouragement.’

‘Penelope Garden and Jeremy Parkes are consistently exceptional. Jeremy was wonderful. Penny always gives coherent and holistic advice which considers all facets of a problem; obtaining her advice is so much more valuable because of it.’

‘Sian Daly is an exceptional associate with a bright future.’

Key clients

Ethos Partner Holdings Limited

BGF

Euro Car Parts

Codan Limited

Honda Motor Europe Limited

NCAM Technologies Limited

On Direct Business Services Limited

Whistl UK Limited

Mentor Group Limited

Independent Builders Merchant Group

Work highlights

  • Advised We Are Kin on a £50m investment by Moorfield Group into a joint venture vehicle.
  • Advised the shareholders of E2E on a £10.5m investment by BGF.
  • Advised Ethos Partner Holdings on the acquisition of Schofield Insurance Brokers.

White & Black Limited

A stellar team of top lawyers‘ ingrained in the tech sector, White & Black Limited handles M&A and private equity transactions for clients such as Humly and Matchesfashion.com. A renowned specialist in this area, John Allen also handles corporate work for marketing services companies and in a recent highlight advised Alexia Inge on the sale of Cult Beauty at £275m. Jonathan Williamson has recently joined the team, further bolstering the firm’s strength in M&A transactions, joint ventures, venture capital, and private equity matters.

Practice head(s):

John Allen

Other key lawyers:

Phil Riman; Jonathan Williamson; Laura Sinoplu

Testimonials

‘Friendly, understanding of the constraints a founder faces when selling their business.’

‘Honest, practical, and helpful when explaining difficult aspects of the law.’

‘A stellar team of top lawyers who have chosen to move out of London to Oxfordshire. They bring with them huge levels of experience and a pragmatic edge that is often elusive within the large firms.’

‘I really appreciate the professional yet pragmatic approach to the tasks and M&A projects that we collaborate on. The advice we receive is covering legal aspects combined with a more business-oriented approach which really adds to our evaluations and the basis for decision-making.’

‘We have primarily collaborated with John Allen and we can highly recommend his experience and authority within the M&A field as well as his pragmatic and solution-oriented advice.’

‘We would highly recommend to anybody that is looking to acquire or sell a business to talk White & Black.’

‘I had a conversation with John Allen and realized straight away that we had to use White & Black. John navigated us from start to end of the process which resulted in a successful acquisition. Working with all parties John helped shape the SPA that was the basis for a successful transaction.’

‘Laura Sinoplu was there to the bitter end. She kept us up to date throughout providing updated paperwork along the way.’

Key clients

Moixa Energy

Humly

Ability Matters Group

Vectair Systems

Matchesfashion.com

Alexia Inge (Cult Beauty)

Trizell Holding SA

Nexus GS

Work highlights

  • Advised Humly EdTech AB on the acquisition of Supply Teaching Limited.
  • Advised Alexia Inge, the co-founder of Cult Beauty, on the sale of the business to e-commerce retailer The Hut Group.
  • Advised Humly EdTech AB on its acquisition of Simply Supply, its second acquisition in the UK during the period.

Clarkslegal LLP

A local firm with an international reach, Clarkslegal LLP has extensive expertise in advising tech companies as well as players in the automotive sector on corporate transactions. Both are areas of specialism for practice head Ashan Arif, who represents BMW Group, New Era Group, and Lumen Technologies. Arif regularly works alongside Stuart Mullins, who focuses on M&A, restructurings, insolvency, and partnership disputes in the tech sector.

Practice head(s):

Ashan Arif

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Mullins

Testimonials

‘Flat structure. Very approachable and responsive.’

‘Professional and well-informed, but informal. Ashan Arif has taken time to really understand us as a client.’

‘Fantastic responsiveness and practicality in getting their client’s needs served. Always fair on price and deliver on budget.’

Key clients

BMW Group UK

Kinectrics Inc.

Branford Castle Partners, LP

Offsite Archive Storage and Integrated Services (UK) Limited

TFC Holdings London Limited

Comvest Investment Partners Holdings, LLC

New Era UK Holdings Ltd

Lumen Technologies

Dynamic International Freight Services Limited

Adler Pelzer Group

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

The ‘energetic and engaged‘ team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys has particular expertise in private equity-backed transactions, which it handles across a wide range of industries including healthcare, automotive and IT. Practice head Rachel Turner has extensive experience in waste management and in a recent highlight represented BPR Group in its acquisition of Reef Environmental Solutions. Robert Rice has been highly active in developing the firm’s US client base.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Turner

Other key lawyers:

Robert Rice; Joel Molloy

Testimonials

‘A really energetic engaged team from the most senior to the junior who absolutely made you feel as if nothing was any trouble and they would do whatever was necessary to hit deadlines and get the deal done despite its complexity.’

‘Firstly Robert Rice and Rachel Turner play a double act uniquely well having an almost telepathic understanding of each other! They are able to play a seamless tag game when needed and naturally pick up the right elements of the work without creating and concerns of duplication or ball dropping. Quite extraordinary service.’

Key clients

Steer Automotive Group Limited

Perch

BPR Group Europe Limited

BackOffice Associates LLC (trading as Syniti)

YFM Private Equity

CitySprint

Sabert Corporation

Channel Mum Limited

Shorterm Group

Wayfair Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Perch on its acquisition of Gutter Games Limited.
  • Advised Syniti on its first UK acquisition, 360Science Limited.
  • Advised Steer Automotive Group Limited on three completed acquisitions and three further current acquisitions.

Herrington Carmichael LLP

Herrington Carmichael LLP's corporate and commercial team is regarded as a 'one-stop solution for legal advice', offering 'versatile and wide expertise' toa range of clients in the region. Yavan Brar heads up the team, working with corporate specialists Mark Chapman and the 'exceptional and committed' Alex Canham. Legal director Cesare McArdle, who focuses on commercial and construction matters is another well-regarded member of the team. Typical work includes multimillion-pound M&A, share sales and company reorganisations. The practice is primarily based in Camberley, but the wider firm also has a presence in London, Ascot and Wokingham.

Practice head(s):

Yavan Brar

Other key lawyers:

Cesare McArdle; Mark Chapman; Alex Canham; Matthew Lea; Melissa Deutrom

Testimonials

‘Cesare McArdle is an excellent senior solicitor. Cesare never says “no, I can’t do” and is always willing to help to the best of his ability within his expertise. He also has gentle and polite mannerisms which clients appreciate.’

‘Mark Chapman is very impressive.’

‘Cesare McArdle has help my business to expand in its chosen market. He is personable and easy to get hold of most of the time and we always feel valued.’

‘The practice is very knowledgeable and they have excellent versatile and wide expertise, plus very good teamwork.’

Herrington Carmichael are the one stop solution for legal advice in all the areas that we have required. Each contact and specialist provides an in-depth, clear and precise detail to guide us through each legal requirement that we encounter.’

‘Excellent professional service, Always reliable, and that’s important.’

‘I feel the strongest selling point is the team – they have always been quick to provide advice and are thorough in their process. They have been able to build trusted relationships and have taken the time to understand our business.’

‘The practice undertakes a high number of transactions each year. The team is well oiled and 100% client focused.’

Key clients

Metro Bank

Portable Multimedia

VPS Holdings

Cennox

Datalytyx

One Four Nine Group

Data Techniques

Alarm

Boom Cycle

Cloud Distribution

Wessex

Grundon Waste Management

Work highlights

  • Represented the Cennox Group’s management team on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Cennox Holdings to York Capital Management, including managing the exit of the incumbent investor, Business Growth Fund.
  • Advised the shareholders of the Data Techniques Group on their recent sale to North SP Group.
  • Representing data engineering and consultancy company Datalytyx, providing data engineering, data ops and master data management solutions.

KPMG Law in the United Kingdom

The ‘simply outstandingEmma Gibson leads KPMG Law in the United Kingdom in Reading, where she and her team handle M&A, corporate reconstructions and reorganizations, finance and private equity transactions. Tim Sydor has a particular specialism in acting for management teams in private equity buy-outs, regularly handling transactions for vendors and buyers.

Practice head(s):

Emma Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Tim Sydor; Emma Couch; Duncan Kay

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and able to adjust quickly to the changing situations.’

‘Very resourceful and always reassuring.’

‘Strong professional and interpersonal skills, bench strength across entire team, allowing for seamless sharing of caseloads and excellent continuity of service. The only team we see hybrid and flexi-working actually managed effectively without detracting from client service. The team works well to provide excellent time-critical work product with simple solutions and good attention to detail.’

‘Individuals are result-driven and have a hands-on approach.’

‘Emma Gibson: simply outstanding corporate lawyer. Handles challenging matters with calm deftness and aplomb. Unflappable, gets right to the heart of an issue and fixes it with no drama. Very much appreciate her style during emotive or highly charged M&A matters – very good in a crisis, but equally technically proficient – a rare combination.’

Key clients

Amber Beverage Group Holding Sarl

Pulsant Limited

Watson Farley William LLP

Konsentus Ltd

Higgs LLP

Management team of New World Foods

Work highlights

  • Advising Amber Beverage Group Holding S.a.r.l. on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of an Irish whiskey and liquor company.
  • Acting for Pulsant Limited on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of a data centre business.
  • Advising Watson Farley Williams LLP on its leadership and governance structure and the review of its existing LLP agreement.

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Described as ‘quality lawyers doing quality work‘, the corporate and commercial team at Blandy & Blandy LLP focuses its expertise on servicing companies in the IT and professional services sectors. The department is led by Debbie Brett, a commercial lawyer who handles transactions and disputes particularly in IP and branding. On the corporate side, David Few is notably a notary public and a specialist in non-contentious insolvencies and reorganizations. Emma Ford is a highly active member of the team, often working alongside Few, who advises clients on a broad range of corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Debbie Brett

Other key lawyers:

David Few; Emma Ford; Nick Burrows

Testimonials

‘David Few is an excellent corporate lawyer. He is very skilled at “hovering in the helicopter” and looking at a scenario holistically and this delivers strong positive results.’

‘I have always found them to be both extremely knowledgeable and professional in all areas. Dealing with Blandys, we have always felt that we were in safe hands and that they were looking out for our best interests.’

‘We found David Few to be extremely approachable and diligent with a good attention to detail.’

‘Quality lawyers doing quality work and looking after clients well. That sums up Blandy & Blandy for me.’

‘Exceptional focus on the client, great listening to needs of the client to execute the legal strategy/position.’

‘Accessible, patient and available.’

Key clients

Reading Transport Limited Group of Companies

Skelllerup Agri Holdings Limited

The Oratory Schools Association

Operational Research in Health (Holdings) Limited

ACOEM Grupo SAS

Austin Fraser Limited

The Cold Chain Federation

GTK UK Limited

Box Technologies Limited

EIT Food CLC North West Ltd

Warner Land Surveys Group

Luff Holdings Limited

Just Kampers Group of Companies

New Vision Software Limited

Roseta Software Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Parkstone Estates (South) Limited in connection with the acquisition of Luff Holdings Limited.
  • Acted for shareholders on the sale of Hireserve Limited to XCD.
  • Advising the selling shareholders of Roseta Software Limited and New Vision Software Limited in connection with the sale to Huboo Technologies Limited.

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors focuses its expertise on residential development and retail matters, whereas corporate recovery and insolvency are particular areas of focus for practice head Barry Niven.

Practice head(s):

Barry Niven

Other key lawyers:

Martin Reynolds; Rebekah Sutcliffe; Lily Holland

Testimonials

‘The team at Clifton Ingram had a strong focus on our business needs and was successfully able to challenge a City law firm where required.’

‘Barry Niven was strongly engaged through the negotiation process and he took a pragmatic approach, recognizing our need to get the deal done within a tight timescale. He drew our attention to the risks while accepting that we did not want to argue over minor points.’

‘The team is proactive with its clients early on in the engagement and thinks about the overall commercial objective when advising on their work.’

‘The team is led by Barry Niven who demonstrates a fantastic level of client service. He is responsive, knowledgeable, and clear on his advice. The team is clear with its fee proposals and pricing and will explain any additional scope items and the impact on fees.’

Key clients

Lawsons Limited

Greencore Construction Ltd

Prospect Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Greencore Construction Ltd on an investment from M&G Catalyst.
  • Acting for Lawsons Limited on its continued buy and build strategy by advising on three share acquisitions.
  • Acting for Prospect Holdings Limited on its buy and build strategy, including two share acquisitions.

Gardner Leader LLP

Philip Humphreys leads the corporate team at Gardner Leader LLP, focusing predominantly on share and asset deals for vendors, whereas Peter James, head of the commercial side, primarily advises clients in the IT sector. The firm recently merged with Clark Holt, further bolstering its strength in corporate, commercial, and real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Philip Humphreys

Other key lawyers:

Gail Vallis; Belinda Walters; Jeff Jenkins; Joe Lewis; James Thorpe; Peter James; Hannah Davies

Testimonials

‘The people involved are knowledgeable, very commercial, hard-working, empathetic and all around excellent people to transact with. The individuals within the firm team clearly liked and respected each other too. The collaboration was first class.’

‘Philip Humphreys and Gail Vallis were patient, constructive, and imaginative when the deal faced a few hurdles.’

Definitively a “one team” approach, which benefited all those involved, i.e. clients and advisers.

‘Partners very attentive and happy to make themselves available at short notice. Very experienced team in commercial contracting that we know we can rely on to provide sound and comprehensive advice.’

‘Individuals are experienced in their respective fields and take the time to explain complex matters to enable the business to take informed decisions. Belinda Walters in particular has been exceptional in advising and representing us.’

Key clients

KAM Project Consultants

Argentum Apothecary

Censornet

Cordell Health Limited

Clearwater Hampers Limited

Pirum Systems Limited

Kallidus Limited

Solverboard

Shareholders of GWP Holdings Limited

Swan London Limited

Rivar Ltd

Swift Logistics

Team Technologies Limited

Age UK Surrey

Milligan Limited

Wynne Jones IP Limited

Aptitude Software Group PLC

ESP Colour Limited

All Medical Professionals Limited

Jonas Software

Juice Moving Images

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of Great Western Packaging Group on the sale of the group to Macfarlane Group UK Ltd.
  • Advising Argentum Apothecary Limited on obtaining investment from Ushopal.
  • Advising Kallidus Limited on commercial contracts and general commercial matters, including data protection and employment.

IBB Law

Corporate finance specialist Adam Dowdney leads the team at IBB Law in Reading, jointly with Harriet Jones who is based in the West London area. The firm focuses on advising SMEs, family owners, and individual shareholders on their sales and acquisitions and in a recent highlight represented Marsh Wall Limited in its acquisition of Inchcape’s Cobham BMW/MINI branch.

Practice head(s):

Harriet Jones; Adam Dowdney

Other key lawyers:

Ami Bhatt

Testimonials

‘We use IBB as they have an excellent working knowledge of our industry. They are very approachable, proactive in their operations and always considerate of our needs.’

‘Adam Dowdney handled a recent acquisition for us with no hassle. Ami Bhatt was excellent in the A-Z process of the recent acquisition’

Key clients

Bellstan Limited

Marsh Wall Limited

Wilderness Safari

Arpo Global Limited, trading as Southgate Global Limited

Birchwood Topco Limited

Seabrook Parks Holdco Limited

Charles Simpson Organisation Limited

Renault Retail Group

Cappagh Contractors Construction (London) Limited

Lumi-Plugin Limited

Work highlights

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

Spratt Endicott

Spratt Endicott advises foreign and domestic clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including M&A, restructures, contracts, and competition law, all areas of specialism of practice head John Spratt. Highly active in the team, associate Catherine O’Riordan advises on competition, consumer, e-commerce and IP law. The recent arrival of cross-border M&A expert associate James MacDonald has further bolstered the firm’s offering.

Practice head(s):

John Spratt

Other key lawyers:

Hitendra Patel; Catherine O’Riordan; James MacDonald

Testimonials

‘The attention to detail and services provided are exceptional. The practice is modern in its billing, has exceptional communications with its clients and demonstrates continuously a major understanding of legal requirements specific to each client.’

‘Personal service and attention to detail. John Spratt stands out as a truly attentive and knowledgeable partner as well as owner.’

‘Overall Spratt Endicott offers top London firm advice and assistance at county cost. They have the ability in-house to cover most situations and do so with transparency and tenacity.’

‘My most recent experience is with John Spratt, very approachable and knowledgeable, always able to identify the support he may need on an issue from his team and brings them to the table if required.’

‘The team adopts a balanced and proportionate approach to their work. John Spratt, Catherine O’Riordan and Hitendra Patel in particular stand out from their competitors. They always respond in a timely manner and provide exceptional legal advice viewed through a commercially pragmatic lens.’

‘John Spratt – commercially savvy legal advice. Wealth of experience. Desire to continuing to perform at a high level for his clients. Hitendra Patel – calm, considered and composed.’

‘Superb service from this company, really felt is safe hands from day 1. Real attention to detail and from dedicated people. Highly recommend.’

‘Having dealt with Spratt Endicott for many years they know and understand our business and that is a key issue for us as when we need legal advice and guidance they can provide it in context for our business – it is like having an in-house legal team.’

Taylor Vinters

A strong focus on venture funding transactions particularly for IP-centred companies in life sciences and tech characterizes the practice at Taylor Vinters. Nicola McConville leads the department and is a specialist in advising emerging companies on corporate matters. She has recently been joined by Attilio Leccisotti from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP who advises start-ups on their founding rounds.

Practice head(s):

Nicola McConville

Other key lawyers:

Attilio Leccisotti; Kunal Sankhla

Testimonials

‘TV gets Oxford University spin-outs and funding. They know the people, what works and what won’t, and how to draft, negotiate and escalate.’

‘Nicola McConville is experienced, sensible and calm, and can bring in specific experts as needed. She unlocked the process in a couple of key moments. Stand-out performance from Associate Kunal Sankhla who jumped straight into the trenches with us: he communicated well, and has the great talent of “thinking like a client”.’

Key clients

Blue Venture Fund

OxCCU Technology Limited

Quantum Dice Limited

NanoSyrinx Limited

Alethiomics Limited

Human Centric DD Ltd

Streetdrone

Carnot Ltd

Brainomix

SpyBiotech