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

Blake Morgan LLP

Working from Oxford and Reading offices, Blake Morgan LLP advises on a full range of high-profile transactions, with a particular focus on banking and technology deals with a cross-border element. Simon Staples leads the corporate practice, handling mergers, acquisitions and private equity matters. Commercial lead Alison Patten-Hall specialises in large projects such as outsourcing and IT procurements, supported by Elisabeth Bell, who leads on technology and GDPR matters. Senior associate Timothy Coles  advises a number of university spin-out start-ups. Legal director Mary Pears joined from Harrison Clark Rickerbys in 2020.

Testimonials

Professional, prompt and to the point.’

A good spread of expertise.

Key clients

Sutton and East Surrey Water Plc

InHealth Limited

Recarta IT

Osirium Plc

Allmakes Limited

De La Rue Plc

Dillistone Group Plc

Falanx Group

Oxford Pharmegenesis

Hague and London Oil plc

Vail Williams LLP

Simpson Associates Consulting Engineers LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised De La Rue plc on its recent £42m sale of International Identity Solutions Business to HID Corporation Limited.
  • Advised TimeCaps  bringing its innovative new social media app to a global market.
  • Advised the shareholders of 3GRC on the sale of the company to Prevalent Inc.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc 'stands head and shoulders above anyone else' in advising on M&A transactions, according to one client, as well as being heavily involved in private equity transactional work. On the commercial side, the firm has expertise in business-critical and complex supply chain and logistics matters, direct and indirect procurement and IT/digital media issues. Paul de Vince and Andrew Peddie  lead the commercial and corporate practices respectively; the former specialises in private and public M&A and corporate finance, while the latter handles big ticket commercial work in the outsourcing/supply chain area. Director Rustam Roy joined from Legalistic Ltd in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Paul de Vince; Andrew Peddie

Other key lawyers:

Rustam Roy; Mark Metcalfe; Mailin Bala

Testimonials

Paul de Vince’s commercial team is great. A few have in-house experience which really shows. Simple and easy to deal with and very accessible. A good few female commercial lawyers as well which is good to see. I use them for everything I can’t do myself.

‘Andrew Peddie’s corporate team is really responsive, practical, no nonsense and easy to deal with. They go out of their way to try and make the deal structure more user friendly for clients.’

Mailin Bala is very approachable and practical. She uses her legal expertise very effectively to help us assess and mitigate the real world risks, and I have no hesitation in letting her work directly with my non-legal colleagues, safe in the knowledge that she will provide a robust and customer-friendly service.’

Key clients

CACI Limited

Lloyds Development Capital and related group companies

Grupo Bimbo UK Limited (formerly New York Bakery Company Limited)

Babble Cloud Holdings Ltd

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Connection Capital

Optimal Audio Group Limited/Martin Audio Limited

British Waterways Marinas Limited

Carbosynth Holdings Limited

The Chemistry Group Holdings Limited

New York Bakery (Grupo Bimbo)

Dr. Oetker (UK) Limited

Maplin

Birmingham City University

N Brown Plc (JD Williams division)

Lexis Nexis

Timpson Group Plc

William King Limited

Wacoal EMEA Limited

Nelsoncroom Limite

Work highlights

  • Advised CACI Limited on the acquisition of Deep3 Software Limited.
  • Advised on the sale of Optimal Audio Group Limited (including LDC) to Focusrite PLC.
  • Advised Lloyds Development Capital on the MBO of Amberjack Global Limited.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke provides high-calibre advice for commercial clients at a local, national and international level. Areas of particular specialism include technology and telecoms, as well as mid-cap private equity and venture capital. National head of business transactions Greg Leyshon focuses on large transactions in the communications sector, while Thames Valley practice head Sara Valentine has experience of M&A transactions, management buyouts, and general corporate advice. Robert Wood advises on all private equity matters, with particular expertise in advising on complex transactions involving investor syndicates. Caroline Drummond and Mike Freer  are recommended associates.

Practice head(s):

Sara Valentine; Greg Leyshon

Testimonials

Caroline Drummond has excellent knowledge of our business and corporate history following a number of share and capital restructures.

Key clients

LDC

Davies Group Limited

Uniphar plc

Xeretec

Southern Comms

Xerox

Highland Europe

Rush Hair Group

Business Growth Fund

Redstor

Work highlights

  • Advised Davies Group on the £36m acquisition of the Direct Group Companies.
  • Advised the management team of Onecom on a £100m funding package through investment from mid-market private equity firm LDC and Ares funds.
  • Advised Uniphar plc on the £24m cross-border acquisition of UK specialist pharmaceuticals suppliers Durbin plc.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The 'outstanding' team Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP acts for both buyers and sellers in mid-market M&A transactions, particularly in the technology and life science sectors. In Reading, Rob Hayes and Justin Starling  handle venture capital work, as well as offering general advice on acquisitions, disposals, buyouts, demergers and reorganisations. Will Axtell and James Went operate from the Oxford office; the former leads on large technology transactions, while the latter specialises in M&A and venture capital financing. Former partner and emerging tech-specialist Nicola Mcconville  departed for Taylor Vinters  in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Simon Bickerdike; Matthew Martin

Testimonials

The corporate team at Penningtons is outstanding. They are hugely client-focused, with a real dedication to understanding and working with our business needs. They are always available, provide straightforward and direct advice, and the quality of their work is consistently excellent. We’ve been using this team for 10 years and have been thoroughly happy throughout.’

Our main relationships are with David Tighe and James Went, both of whom are outstanding. We are particularly appreciative of the extent to which they provide direct, clear and understandable responses to our questions: they don’t shy from giving views on complex issues, and their advice is always sensible, well thought out and actionable.’

Calm, dedicated, hardworking and knowledgeable  about the acquisition process, with a willingness to go the extra mile to get the deal done in a fair and diplomatic way.’

Key clients

Halma plc

Business Growth Fund

IRIS Software Group

SQW Group

OQEMA

Oxford University Press

Zegami

The Electrospinning Company

MoA Technologies

Cytox

Mirada Medical

Evotec AG

Organox

Work highlights

  • Advised Process Systems Enterprise on the auction sale of the company to Siemens.
  • Advised IRIS Software Group on its acquisition of Innervision.
  • Advised Logical Glue on its sale to Swiss stock exchange listed Temenos AG.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP exhibits 'expertise in a wide range of topics', advising on a broad spectrum of corporate, commercial and competition law matters. Corporate lead Sanjeev Sharma advises venture capital firms, private equity houses, management teams and listed companies alongside Nina Smith. Fiona Teague, promoted to partner in 2019, specialises in advising cross sector, multinational clients on high value strategic projects. New head of commercial Nick Holland joined from Fieldfisher in 2020 to advise on international technology and data privacy matters, as well as global outsourcing transactions. Simon Barnes  leads the firm's competition practice. Simon Edwards   departed for RPC in 2020. Associate Kiran Dhesi is recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Nina Smith; Kiran Dhesi; Fiona Teague

Testimonials

The team are particularly commercial, easy to work with and responsive. Shoosmiths are our favoured partners for M&A advisory – we typically work with them on over 10 deals a year.’

Fiona Teague was always very responsive, dealt with everything very promptly and provided clear, comprehensive and detailed advice to the business.’

The team demonstrated an understanding of the key issues and had significant experience in advising on global framework agreements. The fact that Fiona Teague has experience of working in-house meant that she was able to support the business with minimal involvement from the in-house team.’

A personal and friendly team, providing excellent quality advice. Shoosmiths work hard to build and maintain relationships with my team, often by responding within tight deadlines.’

 

Key clients

Lloyds Development Capital / LDC (Managers) Limited

British American Tobacco UK Limited

Business Growth Fund

Experian Finance Plc / Experian Limited

Downing LLP

Game Retail Limited

NVM Private Equity LLP

CDW Limited

Phabrix Limited

Associated British Foods Plc

The Marshall Group

Shareholders of FWD Training and Consultancy Limited

Kidspace Adventures Holdings Limited

Shareholders of Avec Partnership Limited

Third Space Holdings Limited

Churchill Contract Services Group Holdings Limited

CIPHR Group Limited

Foresight Group

Mercia Asset Management

Mercedes-Benz

Ageas Insurance

Asahi

Euronics

Henkel

Peugeot Citroen

Mattel

Citizen Watch

Work highlights

  • Advised Phabrix Limited on its sale to Japanese-based Leader Electronics.
  • Advised the shareholders of FWD Training & Consultancy on its sale to Davies Group, an international consulting group.
  • Advised British American Tobacco on a range of strategically critical projects in relation to vapour products.

Boyes Turner

Specialising in the technology sector, Boyes Turner's 'efficient, knowledgeable and pragmatic' practitioners advise on outsourcing, licensing and product development, frequently at an international level. The team has also developed expertise advising clients from the water industry. Mark Blunden  frequently acts as an outside GC for a number of clients, in addition to leading the practice alongside Kate Eavis, who advises young, high growth technology companies through the funding lifecycle. Senior associate Chris Dobson  has experience leading on complex, high-value transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Blunden; Kate Eavis

Other key lawyers:

Chris Dobson

Testimonials

The team have all been very professional and efficient and a pleasure to be in conatct with. It has been far easier to contact them than it can be with a smaller firm; even if the person I wanted to talk to was not available, I was always put through to someone else.

 Kate Eavis and her team have been extremely responsive and thorough in the work they have done for us in a number of restructuring transactions. Kate has found practical solutions to a number of issues we have encountered.’

I’ve found Boyes Turner large and sophisticated enough to give good advice and implementation, while being significantly more cost effective than large international firms. We have used them primarily for company law matters, and have been very pleased with their work.

Phil Smith (restructuring)  and Chris Dobson have both provided my own firm with astute and high quality advice on complex issues. They are approachable and carry an air of authority in the advice and service that they give.’

 

Key clients

Sonos Inc

Culligan International

Auto Trader Group Plc

Information Resources, Inc.

Panasonic

CIRCOR International Inc.

Accelya

Asolvi UK

Harvey Water Softeners

Boehringer Ingelheim

Wayfair

Zip Water

Mortgage Gym

Flywire Inc.

Becton Dickinson

Innovyze

Wind River

Signal Media

Nehemiah

Information Resources Inc

Romax

Virtualstock

Censhare UK

Pentax UK

Verifone UK & Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised Sonos Inc. on the acquisition of the business and key intellectual property assets of a UK-based tech company.
  • Advised ANDigital Limited in relation to investment from The British Growth Fund.
  • Advised Orascom (OTMTI) on all aspects of the sale of the INTERNATIONAL target group to US acquirer, ScanSource Inc.

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans has a strong reputation for advising large clients on private company M&A transactions,  along with a developing portfolio of private equity and cross-border work. Oliver Pilkington leads the Reading and Southampton teams,  advising on a range of transactions, with a focus on equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Stephanie Perry handles management buy-outs and buy-ins, private equity investment, shareholder agreements and joint venture arrangements. John Hutchinson and Philip Weaver are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Pilkington

Testimonials

The quality of the individuals in the team drives an impressive client base and complex transactions.  Combine this reach and experience with a cost-effective practice located outside of London and the result is a compelling client offering that I haven’t found elsewhere.’

From a client’s perspective, Oliver Pilkington is the perfect combination of technical knowledge and commercial pragmatism; he refines and simplifies the decision-making process immeasurably. Oliver’s outcome focused and adaptable approach to dealing with different types of counterparties is rare and sets the tone for transactions to be delivered with great efficiency as well as certainty.’

Key clients

finnCap Limited

Royal Berkshire Shooting Group

MXC Capital

Waylands Automotive

Westcoast Group

CALA Homes

Sipsmith Limited

Novacyt S.A.

Chrysalis VCT plc

Bridges Fund Management Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised finnCap in relation to a placing and retail offer via Primary Bid by Scientific Digital Imaging plc to finance the company’s acquisition of Graticules.
  • Advised Cantor Fitzgerald and finnCap as joint bookrunners in connection with a placing for Surface Transforms plc.
  • Advised Art Systems Limited (a Westcoast Group company) on the acquisition of Colourgen Ltd.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP

Servicing clients from a diverse range of sectors, Field Seymour Parkes LLP  advises on all corporate matters, with particular specialisms in private equity/venture capital issues, as well as corporate restructurings. The team, led by Rachael Maunder , includes managing partner Jeremy Parkes, who has considerable experience advising clients on high value, complex corporate finance transactions and restructurings. Senior partner Ian Wood-Smith works with entrepreneurs from start-up to exit and also has significant restructuring/insolvency experience. Penelope Garden works with clients on venture capital investments and management teams on PE-backed buy outs. Philip Stephenson is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Maunder

Testimonials

Direct and straightforward.

What they say they will do, they do.

Penelope Garden was  direct, to the point and took trouble to explain the more complex aspects of the documents. I would recommend Penny strongly.

Cathrine Ripley  has been no-nonsense and patient.

Charlotte Burroughs pointed out options in clear and helpful terms, giving practical advice and then following though on our decision. Refreshing.

Agile and highly responsive.

Take a commercial, balanced and practical view.

Understand the business and what is truly important to the client in the context, consistently adding value as a result.

Partner-led service all the way. Partners are highly visible and hands-on, and demonstrate accountability and responsibility at all times.

Regularly out-match peers in negotiations and reasoning. Solid skillsets with a practical and commercial approach.

Penelope Garden and Rachael Maunder are consistent deliverers with high energy, sound technical skills, excellent communication and response times.

Key clients

Whistl UK Limited

Euro Car Parts Limited

Finch Commercial Insurance Brokers Limited (part of the Ardonagh Group)

On Direct Business Services Limited (trading as Cloud Direct)

Finance South East

Honda Motor Europe Limited

Heartstone Inns Limited

BGF Investments LLP

Akzonobel Plc

Cohort Plc

Cynergy 3 Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Cynergy 3 Limited (“C3”) on the sale of 100% of the shares in C3 to ST Schrader Holding Company UK Limited.
  • Advised Cohort Plc on its acquisition of a majority shareholding in Chess Technologies.
  • Advised BGF on its £11,600,000 investment in Invenio.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP provides a 'rare combination of technical capability and the human touch', advising a number of longstanding clients in the food and drink, healthcare and financial sectors. Specialisms include acting for banks funding an acquisition with debt and venture capital providers funding with equity. 'Exceptional' Leon Arnold manages some of the most significant client relationships and is heavily involved in disposals; Rebecca Howlett is a specialist in the commercialisation of intellectual property. Tom Walker and Malin Svanberg Larsson are other key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Leon Arnold; Rebecca Howlett

Testimonials

Their strength comes in their expertise in many different aspects of law. You may hire a commercial lawyer but you get whole team behind them including IP, tax etc.’

Leon Arnold leads the team, and must take overall responsibility (and therefore credit) for the culture and approach that has makes the team so capable. Leon also brings a level of presence and input to transactions that can be unusual at his level of seniority.’

They work flexibly according to our needs, respond quickly and listen to our objectives. We have built up a level of trust in their work and don’t feel like they are constantly looking to earn additional fees.

In particular I’d single out their head of corporate and partner Leon Arnold as exceptional and a key reason to their abilities and depth of knowledge. We find him easy to work with, superbly knowledgeable and exceptionally professional. His best feature though is his speed of thought and decisiveness for cutting through the irrelevant and pointing the way forward in difficult and stressful situations.’

Their depth of experience and wealth of knowledge is unrivalled. In particular, their wide and varied corporate and commercial knowledge, twinned with their professionalism keeps their customers on the front foot, best protecting their interests.’

Key clients

Integrity Print Group

Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG

Flowmax Limited

Arkk Consulting Ltd

The selling shareholders of Gnosys Global Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Centre Tank Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Flowmax Limited, on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Whisper Pumps Limited.
  • Represented the shareholders of Gnosys Global Limited in the sale of the Company to the Kinetrics Group.
  • Represented Vivalda Group Plc in the acquisition of MSP (Scotland) Limited.

White & Black Limited

White & Black Limited provides 'professional, prompt and pragmatic advice' on corporate M&A transactions and private equity matters, primarily for companies and investors in the technology sector. John Allen exhibits a 'good understanding of in-house workflows' and advises significant technology clients on funding rounds and buyouts.  Co-lead Phil Riman  has worked in venture capital in the UK in the US and undertaken transactions across the world, notably involving Japanese investors. Stephen Silvester is also recommended for venture capital work.

Practice head(s):

John Allen; Phil Riman

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Silvester

Testimonials

Very service oriented, they think business and don’t hide behind legal terms and mechanics.’

Commercial understanding of our business. Thoughtful advice and support in decision-making.’

Key clients

Tonic Games

Moixa Energy

HT2

Zzoomm PLC

Scottish Equity Partners

Highland Capital

Trizell Holding SA

Ability Matters Group

Matchesfashion.com

Solid Solutions

Nikon Corporation

Palace Skateboards

Work highlights

  • Advised a smart battery tech company on a multi-million pound investment by Honda
  • Advised Tonic Games on a significant investment by Synova Capital.
  • Advised Zzoomm PLC on a multi-million pound funding round.

Clarkslegal LLP

Clarkslegal LLP assists national and international clients, as well as regional businesses and SMEs,  with M&A, AIM listings and private equity investments. The team also advise on shareholder issues and sales of businesses assets. Practice head Ashan Arif is experienced in advising technology start-ups and early-stage and scaling stage technology businesses. Chrysilla de Vere  joined from Slade Legal in 2019 to increase the team's offering in brand protection and licensing issues.

Practice head(s):

Ashan Arif

Other key lawyers:

Chrysilla de Vere; Stuart Mullins

Key clients

BMW Group UK

University of Reading

Reading Golf Club

Offsite Archive Storage and Integrated Services (UK) Limited

TFC Holdings London Limited

Eden Motor Group

New Era UK Holdings Ltd

CenturyLink Limited

Dynamic International Freight Services Limited

Independent Trustee Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a cloud-based technology group with global operations in connection with the multi-million pound acquisition of a UK technology business.
  • Advised on the £14 million acquisition of a market leading group of companies in the food sector.
  • Advised an Asian company on various issues relating to the launching of a new app.

Herrington Carmichael LLP

Based in Wokingham and Camberley, Herrington Carmichael LLP  provides a 'hands-on and personal service' to clients on cross-border M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, company option schemes, shareholders’ agreements and other commercial arrangements. Yavan Brar  leads the practice and maintains a 'professional but friendly and relaxed approach' in advising on large-scale investments. Alex Canham and Mark Chapman are other key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Yavan Brar

Other key lawyers:

Alex Canham; Mark Chapman

Testimonials

The efficiency and communication between their own team was exceptional. Availability for me with this firm was at its highest, meaning that when there were concerns, we could be on the phone, with answers found quickly.’

We have always found Yavan Brar and Alex Canham to be very good, both in advice given and also understanding our business risk profile and adapting negotiations where necessary, but also fully explaining risks and opportunities.’

I’ve worked with lots of firms in the past, but what makes this firm unique is their friendly approach, combined with top level professionalism. No matter what our challenge, Herrington Carmichael will find a solution quickly and in a clear and understandable way.’

Mark Chapman is superb – he’s diligent, hard working and a great communicator.’

Alex Canham and his team deliver a hands-on and personal service to both vendors and buyers in the financial intermediary market that is backed up by in-depth knowledge and consistent delivery of service in a timely manner.’

Key clients

Grundon Waste Management

Metro Bank

Cennox

Work highlights

  • Advised Cennox Plc on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Cedardell.

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King services owner-managed businesses and management teams in corporate transactions within the technology and life science sectors. Iain Butler  exhibits a 'refreshingly pragmatic approach' in leading the practice, advising on M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, early stage start-ups and investments. Associate Jennifer Sampson is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Iain Butler

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Sampson

Testimonials

The team is very much in touch with each other, providing different qualities and giving the client very quick answers and solutions to questions or problems asked.’

 Iain Butler is always available to answer any questions .’

Royds Withy King acted for us in a business purchase and really understood everything not just from a legal context, but from a business context of what we were looking to achieve from the purchase. This massively assisted in putting together an SPA that work well for both parties and moved things forward in a great timescale.’

They do what they say they will do, on time and to budget.’

Our experience was one of professional efficiency, with work completed in a timely manner. Their flexibility shown during interaction with third parties was welcomed.’

Key clients

Cellmark Forensic Services

OXGENE (Oxford Genetics)

Sharp Laboratories of Europe

Fine Print Holdings

Argosy Components

Work highlights

  • Advised OXGENE on its £6.5m syndicated investment round with investors Mercia Technologies, Invesco Asset Management and Canaccord Genuity.
  • Advised Fine Print Holdings on the strategic acquisition of Technique Print.

Spratt Endicott

Spratt Endicott provides a 'very personal service' to clients on complex matters regarding share purchase agreements, management buy-ins and buy-outs, shareholders’ agreements, and company reorganisations. The team has also developed a specialism in data protection. 'Enormously experienced' John Spratt leads the practice, as well as advising notable clients in the security sector. Associate Catherine O’Riordan is recommended for matters relating to competition, consumer and e-commerce law.

Practice head(s):

John Spratt

Other key lawyers:

Catherine O’Riordan

Testimonials

The fact we have been dealing with the firm for the best part of two decades is a testament to the quality and reliability of the service we have received. We have found them to be responsive and knowledgeable in the matters on which we consult and they endeavour to meet our deadlines with efficiency and good grace, albeit our demands can be unrealistic at times.’

John Spratt understands my business and provides advice within this context, which saves time and improves the quality of the service. He is pragmatic, thorough and, just as importantly, prepared to act as an informed ‘sounding-board’.’

We have found the team to be very helpful for our clients’ needs in relation to business acquisitions, shareholder agreements.’

Quality of service and depth of knowledge

John Spratt is excellent to work with and takes a measured and balanced view in his work.’

 

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP's client base includes SMEs, family-managed businesses and charities. On the corporate side, the team handles company sales/purchases, mergers and joint ventures as well as management buy outs/ins. Its commercial advice covers matters such as commercial contracts, intellectual property, data protection, outsourcing and procurement. Debbie Brett  leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Debbie Brett

Other key lawyers:

David Few; Nick Burrows

Testimonials

The team had wide ranging experience in all aspects of the legal work that was required. Their knowledge, diligence and response times surpassed any comparable solicitors.

David Few is able to adapt strategy during negotiations with buyers to ensure that results are guaranteed.

Stuart Rose is capable and diligent. His great disposition makes him a pleasure to deal with.

 

Key clients

Reading Transport Limited

Skellerup Agri Holdings Limited

Revium Group

Perfetti Van Melle

ACOEM Group SAS – Dynoptic Systems Limited

ACOEM Group SAS – Air Monitors Ltd.

Austin Fraser Limited

The Oratory Schools Association

Box Technologies Holdings Limited

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Vertoscope Limited

HANDD Business Solutions Limited

Ben – Motor & Allied Trades Benevolent Fund

Genetic Disorders UK/Jeans for Genes

Launch Diagnostics Limited

Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Nilvip Holdings Limited

Eclipse Professional Hair & Beauty Supplies Limited

Wise Owls Club Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Oratory on the part sale of the Oratory Prep School to Bellevue Education International Limited
  • Advised Skellerup Agri Holdings Limited on the £3.3m purchase of Siclear Limited
  • Acted for the Reading Transport group of companies in its purchase of Courtney Coaches Limited and associated entities.

Brethertons LLP

Brethertons LLP is particularly active in the manufacturing, property management, healthcare, pharmaceutical and retail sectors. Areas of expertise include M&A, restructuring and corporate governance. Amy Edwards  leads the team and also has experience of employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Amy Edwards; Shaun Jardine

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Jarrett

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors

The 'knowledgeable and friendly' team at Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors primarily services clients from the SME market and large owner-managed businesses. Led by practice head  Barry Niven , the team regularly advises on business and share sales and acquisitions, management buy-outs and buy-ins, shareholder agreements, joint venture agreements, corporate structures and company restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Barry Niven

Testimonials

In a year where we focused on acquisitions, Clifton Ingram provided us with excellent guidance all along the way. Exceptionally thorough in their due diligence, explaining all the pros and cons. Helped negotiate for us in some difficult and sensitive situations so that are best interests were protected.’

Barry Niven has always given us great commitment and insight into the issues involved. We were exceptional grateful how he was able to help and assist after hours and into the weekend to help us push through the various deals in a timely manner.’

 

Key clients

Sandhurst Autoprint Limited

Longacres Garden Centre Limited

Lawsons Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the largest independent garden centre in the UK on the acquisition of the freehold property, business and assets of a Wyevale Garden Centres Limited site.
  • Advised Lawsons Holding Limited on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of AVS Group Limited.
  • Advised the purchaser of  the entire issued share capital of Mogo UK Limited.

Gardner Leader LLP

Gardner Leader LLP operates in a 'commercial and uncomplicated manner', advising start-ups, owner-managed businesses and investors. Greg Humphreys leads the team and is experienced in matters involving retail, industrial, licensed, leisure and office premises, supported by Diane Yarrow and Derek Rodgers.

Practice head(s):

Greg Humphreys

Testimonials

A very well balanced and complementary range of specialities. They always respond very promptly and are good at anticipating issues before they arise.’

Diane Yarrow is the partner I recommend most. She embodies the qualities I need to ensure my clients will be in excellent hands.’

Having worked with a large number of legal firms over my career, what sets Gardner Leader apart from most is the commercial and uncomplicated manner in which they communicate.’

Diane Yarrow is a great lawyer and easy to work with on transactions. She takes the time to understand the requirements of the transaction and works to get the outcome that both parties desire whilst protecting her own particular client.’

The team is organised, communicates effectively and knows a good network of third parties to help with advice.’

Key clients

Pomroy & Hine Limited

J & J Carter Limited

Team Technologies Limited

One SightSolutions Limited

Henley Women’s Regatta (HWR) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Henley Women’s Regatta on all company secretarial questions and specific contractual projects
  • Advised the British Skin Foundation on the corporate aspects of a change in structure to operate as a CIO.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Harrison Clark Rickerbys uses its 'excellent technical abilities' to advise clients from the healthcare, manufacturing, technology and retail sectors. Corporate head Rachel Turner handles a full range of mergers and acquisitions work, as well as venture capital matters. Rajeshree Bhojnani leads the commercial team and has particular expertise in the negotiation of contracts relating to intellectual property and IT.

Other key lawyers:

Robert Rice

Testimonials

The entire team are highly professional, yet friendly and welcoming. I’ve already recommended the practice to a number of my associates, which I feel is a strong endorsement of the team.

My dealings with Rajeshree have always been extremely positive. She gives strong professional advice, whilst demonstrating a good understanding the commercial aspects of our business.’

Robert Rice is probably one of the leading corporate lawyers in practice in the region. Rachel Turner is also very strong.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Vavassor Limited (Pulsar Process Measurement)

Chemigraphic Group of Companies

Fluidone Group

Shareholders of Unified Resources Limited (Integra CLO)

Marsden Group of Companies/Deacon Search Merger

Steer Automotive Group Limited

Re:creation Limited

Elmelin Group of companies

Insource Limited

Collard Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders on the sale of the Integra CLO Group to National Care Group
  • Advised the management team of Fluidone on its transformational buy-out by Livingbridge Partners.
  • Advised shareholders on the sale of the Pulsar Process Measurement group of companies to Onicon UK Limited.