Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands in West Midlands

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Working across multiple offices throughout the region, Harrison Clark Rickerbys‘ ‘extremely impressive‘ corporate team is sought out by a multitude of regional and national businesses active in the healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and retail sectors. Corporate chair and Worcester office head Charlotte Thornton-Smith is a major factor underpinning the firm’s success in the healthcare sector, working with service providers, equipment suppliers, and not-for-profit organisations on the full gamut of transactional activities. Rebecca Leask spearhead’s the firm’s highly regarded health and social care team, working closely with Thornton-Smith on a steady stream of multi-million pound deals within the sector. Wye Valley office head Arpinder Dhillon maintains a strong focus on high-value transactions for clients spanning the worlds of infrastructure, computer manufacturing, and financial services. On the commercial side, Robert Capper enjoys a strong reputation in the advanced manufacturing space, advising both SMEs, MNCs, and partnerships on technical contract matters. Clare Emery‘s niche expertise in the dental space ensures that she handles a prolific volume of sales and acquisitions within the sector. Tom Bartley-Smith and Helen Higginbotham are also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Worcester unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Thornton-Smith; Robert Capper

Other key lawyers:

Arpinder Dhillon; Rebecca Leask; Clare Emery; Tom Bartley-Smith; Helen Higginbotham

Testimonials

‘The team were patient and helpful – they were always willing to come up to solutions and work with us as we were raising capital.’

‘Tom Bartley-Smith was very diligent and helpful. We are a start up and took into consideration our constraints and also where we needed to get. His experience and advice was really appreciated.’

‘A genuine breadth of knowledge across the team. There is a can-do attitude across the corporate and M&A teams with a genuine focus on client outcome- a clear desire to ensure clients achieve the optimum outcome by balancing commercial need and legal risk.’

‘Rebecca Leask has a decade of star performance. Incredibly professional, superbly effective, and extremely results driven and yet retaining genuine care for her clients. A leader in the social care and pharmacy space.’

‘The breadth of knowledge is extremely impressive.’

‘It is always encouraging that whatever we ask for, we are always treated as though we are the only and most important client on their books. The partners and staff are very skilled and personable. That’s why we have used HCR for the best part of 20 years.’

‘Frankly, everyone at HCR is top-notch.’

Key clients

Allpay

Poundland

Safran UK Ltd

Birmingham Ormiston Academy

HSL Compliance

National Care Group

Circle IT

Fluidone Limited

Taurus Clearer Communication Limited

Tavistock Wealth Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided commercial legal services to Allpay through the firm’s client secondment model, HCR Flex including advising on general commercial contracts and data protection compliance.
  • Advised National Care Group on the acquisition of Stepping Stones Care Homes, a group of three homes in Northamptonshire.
  • Advised Shareholders of Taurus Clearer Communication Limited on their sale to a group company of Focus Group, a UK provider of business communications and technology solutions.

Higgs LLP

Higgs LLP is roundly praised for its ‘experienced, knowledgeable and commercially focused‘ corporate practice, which works closely with the firm’s tax and private client teams on big-ticket transactions for owner-managed businesses and household names alike. Business Services department chair John Heaton takes the lead on a number of cross-border M&A deals, most recently for clients in telecoms, manufacturing, and food and drink. Corporate transactional practice head Richard Griffiths is a ‘go-to‘ advisor on multi-jurisdictional mandates, including divestitures and private-equity backed acquisitions. Jamie Partington is a key port of call for tech and high-growth companies based in the Midlands, working with founders and investment funds from their genesis to scale-up and exit. Senior associate Katie Willems is developing a reputation for share and business acquisitions whereas associate Emily Parkes regularly works on high-value transactions for a diverse cross-section of clients. All named lawyers are based in Brierley Hill unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

John Heaton; Richard Griffiths

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Partington; Katie Willems; Emily Parkes

Testimonials

‘The practice took time to understand our business and objectives. The practical advice we received was incredibly invaluable in providing a perspective for the process and decisions we needed to make. The technology for the data room worked perfectly and was especially important as Covid restrictions meant we only ever interacted remotely.’

‘Higgs provided a great hands on service, which was delivered with a personal touch and as part of a multi-skilled law practice.’

‘The corporate team is experienced, knowledgeable and commercially focused. ‘

‘Richard Griffiths in particular is my go-to corporate lawyer of choice. Nothing is ever too much trouble for him and his ability to articulate complex areas of corporate law and explain these in such a way to make them sound simple to the client is brilliant.’

Key clients

The Old Station Nursery Limited

Grid Edge

Palletline

Miriad Products

Mercia Asset Management

Adapttech

First Blue Group

Purity Brewing

United Glass Group

Fine Pack

Erodex

Bowman Stor

Alycidon Private Equity

Simworx

AF Blakemore

SuperGroup

Servosteel

Boxway Packaging

United Care Group

Barton Storage Systems

Work highlights

    Wright Hassall LLP

    Wright Hassall LLP is a reputed name among SMEs and nationally-known brands seeking assistance in the full scope of corporate and commercial matters, including cross-border transactions and high-profile supplier-side projects within tech sector. Corporate head Steve Halkett maintains a broad transactional practice, encompassing M&A deals, MBOs, and joint ventures, while Robert Lee is particularly noted for his expertise in retail sector restructuring mandates. Helming the outsourcing, technology, and commercial desk, Peter Maguire works with an array of tech companies, defence contractors, and manufacturers, often on projects with a distinct international aspect. All named lawyers are based in Leamington Spa.

    Practice head(s):

    Steve Halkett; Peter Maguire

    Other key lawyers:

    Robert Lee

    Testimonials

    ‘Wright Hassall have that rare quality of being able to discuss legal issues in plain English and make them relevant to your perspective – in this case commercial negotiations that were complex to understand and had an impact on the directors personally.’

    ‘Steve Halkett was specifically stand out in his dealing with our directors. He was always available, very pragmatic and sensitive in his advice. He had the uncanny ability to go through detailed points in plain English ensuring all directors were aware of implications of the situation. He was also extremely knowledgeable, provided a highly useful perspective on aspects of the deal we worked on and was extremely empathetic.’

    ‘Timely and professional.’

    ‘Peter Maguire provides clear and concise support at all times, even when our needs are urgent and involve complex issues.’

    Key clients

    Scholastic Limited

    Wasps Holdings Limited

    Gestamp Automocion SA

    Hilco Capital Limited

    Denby Holdings Limited

    Bridge Event Technologies Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acted on behalf of Trinity Pictures in the reverse takeover of Canadian firm, Appreciated Media Holdings.
    • Acted on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Advent Communications P.R. Limited to Political Lobbying & Media Relations Limited.
    • Advised Wasps on a sponsorship agreement with a British multinational telecommunications company, as well as a partnership agreement between Wasps and an international US technology solutions provider.

    George Green LLP

    George Green LLP is sought out by SMEs and large corporates from the manufacturing, retail, telecoms, and life sciences fields, namely for its capabilities in transactional and advisory matters. Practice head Sarah Ward is especially experienced in working with clients in the retail, energy and logistics sectors. Banking and finance expert Phillip Round is rated for his very strong’ position as a deal advisor to clients in highly regulated industries, including financial services and pharmaceuticals. Based in Wolverhampton, the exemplary’ Kam Johal heads up the firm’s commercial desk, handling contractual reviews and shareholder agreements. Associate Andrew Ward is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Cradley Heath unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Sarah Ward

    Other key lawyers:

    Phillip Ward; Kam Johal; Andrew Ward

    Testimonials

    ‘The firm’s attitude is to deliver first-class service to its customers at very competitive fees. We found the firm a joy to work with. Superb value for money.’

    ‘Sarah Ward, the lead partner, dealt with the forming of our company with great care and attention. She took me through every stage of the process, explaining each element in detail, always happy to answer any queries I had with easy to understand explanations.’

    ‘The practice does not give the impression that they are focused on billing unlike others, they seem to genuinely care that they deliver a great service.’

    ‘Kam Johal worked with me on a specific project and made an amazing contribution. Her knowledge on the subject matter as you would expect was exemplary but it was her responsiveness and flexibility that set her apart for me from my usual dealings with other firms.’ 

    ‘They understand what a trusted advisor and relationship means – it does not feel transactional. The technical knowledge is very strong.’

    ‘Philip Round possesses very strong technical knowledge, and is a great persuader and influencer.’

    ‘Very experienced and responsive general commercial law team with good business judgement, always providing pragmatic advice.’

     

    Key clients

    Ortus Secured Finance

    Olive Communications Solutions Limited

    Clive and Marion Freeman

    Shareholders of Element Hinton (Insurance Brokers) Limited

    Keith & Margaret Ashbourne

    Brandenburg Holdings Limited & members of Brandenburg NA, LLC

    Individual shareholders of C G Murray

    Saltus Partners LLP

    Diesel Marine International Limited

    AGT Retail Limited

    Barton Firtop Engineering Company Limited

    Chapter Restaurant Limited

    Kenton Black Limited

    Marcegaglia UK Limited

    Photon Therapeutics Limited

    Alloy Wire International Limited

    Pargat & Co Limited

    Pinnacle Financial Planning Limited

    Voice & Script International Limited

    Three Pines Building Co. Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising Olive Communications Solutions Limited on their acquisition by OneCom Group Limited.
    • Advising Brandenburg Holdings Limited on the sale and purchase of the entire issued share capital of and the entire membership interest in Brandenburg NA, LLC.
    • Advising CG Murrays and Sons’ pharmacy business on its merger with PCT Healthcare.

    Thursfields Solicitors

    Working between its Worcester and Solihull offices, Thursfields Solicitors attracts considerable praise from a number of SMEs and owner-managed businesses, who turn to the team for its capabilities in multi-million pound transactions. Helmed by Gareth Burge, the practice regularly advises on deals and commercial contract matters for clients in the healthcare, events, technology, and corporate finance sectors. Healthcare head Tim Edwards handles a considerable volume of M&A transactions within the sector alongside Reece De-Vaney, and is also noted for his capabilities as an advisor to clients in the automotive industry. Joe Rollins regularly advises on high-value sales and acquisitions, as well as joint ventures and group restructurings.

    Practice head(s):

    Gareth Burge

    Other key lawyers:

    Tim Edwards; Joe Rollins; Reece De-Vaney

    Testimonials

    ‘Thursfields are the ideal size to provide legal services into the SME market by having a full range of services but not being too large so that they can still provide the personal touch to the relationships with their clients.’

    ‘Gareth Burge and Joe Rollins are my main contacts and they are both very open and easy to talk to, it never feels like asking clarifications from them is a burden which can be the case with other professionals. They consistently provide quality legal advice on joint projects and go above and beyond to provide a timely and detailed delivery of service.’

    ‘The team stands out from its regional competitors having a wide range of deal experience on par with the leading national firms.’

    ‘The corporate team is very ably led by Gareth Burge, whose expertise and lack of ego make him stand out amongst his peers.’

    ‘Extremely pragmatic approach in balancing risk and costs. Plain English explanations and always available for consultation.’

    ‘When reaching for the phone in need of a legal firm, I would not even think about who to call. I am always straight on the phone to Gareth Burge; if he can’t help me, he puts me in touch with someone who will.’

    ‘Gareth Burge is bright, understands our requirements, always on-hand, communication is excellent. The best solicitor I have ever dealt with.’

    ‘Joe Rollins is very approachable, with strong attention to detail. Works very hard and to tight deadlines, a rising star in his field.’

    ‘Practical, hardworking, think outside the box, value for money.’

    Key clients

    Rockfire Resources plc

    Freemans Event Partners Holdings Limited

    DRP Holdings Limited

    Ruroc Global Holdings Limited

    LW Cole Limited

    CloudThing Limited

    TelXL Limited

    Vale Brothers Limited

    Renniks Limited

    Harry Hall International Limited

    National Business Register Limited

    Henllan Chalet and Leisure Park Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised the sellers on the sale of CloudThing Group Limited and its subsidiaries (including the group’s UK and Indian operations) to Kerv Group Limited.
    • Advised the sellers on the sale of Sarpak Limited on the sale of the company to Sphere Consolidated Holdings UK.
    • Advising Richard Bridge on the sale of part of the issued share capital of TI2 Limited to Tony Ball Associates PLC.

    Ansons

    Working across several sites, Ansons‘ ‘responsive’ and ‘extremely knowledgable’ team routinely handles multi-million pound transactions for a broad roster of clients. The practice is jointly chaired by Sutton Coldfield-based Hilary D’Cruz and Cannock-based Neil Jones, who advise on the full gamut of corporate and commercial matters, leading multi-million pound transactions for clients in a diverse range of sectors. Also in Cannock, newly-promoted director Jamie Gill is most frequently engaged by the firm’s healthcare and logistics sector clients, and is additionally noted for his niche expertise in money laundering matters. Paul Bennett, who joined the practice as a consultant from George Green LLP in January 2022, is renowned for his considerable experience handling big-ticket corporate deals, with recent highlights including high-value sales in the telecom and pharmaceutical arenas. Sutton Coldfield-based senior associate Emma Rowley is recommended for her capabilities in pharmaceutical, dental, and care home sector work.

    Practice head(s):

    Neil Jones; Hilary D’Cruz

    Other key lawyers:

    Jamie Gill; Paul Bennett; Emma Rowley

    Testimonials

    ‘Ansons are a solutions based law firm who look at a client assignment and seek to add value to the clients requirements; looking at successful outcomes rather than just commoditised services.’

    ‘Neil Jones drives client success telling them what they need to know and not just what they expect to hear and Jamie Gill goes the extra mile for clients.’

    ‘Always responsive and have the ability to gear up from a resource and capacity point of view when needed.’

    ‘ We have worked with Hilary D’Cruz for many years. She is proactive, technically strong and extremely commercial. Always puts her clients first and has, in many cases, secured trusted adviser status.’

    ‘The addition of Paul Bennett to the firm is a real win. Paul is highly regarded and excels in his field. He has deep knowledge of the law and, having worked with him on numerous occasions, he offers a wealth of sensible advice in all manner of commercial and corporate situations.’

    ‘Neil Jones is extremely able and has consistently demonstrated a well balanced approach with clients, blending technical ability with clients’ commercial requirements and needs in an exemplary way.’

    ‘In comparison to other specialist lawyers, they provide us with regular updates and are always willing to help when either we have a question or a problem arises, which they proceed to resolve immediately.’

    ‘The whole team are refreshingly responsive, punctual, extremely knowledgeable with respect to the pharmacy industry. In fact their depth of knowledge of the industry is astounding; a knowledge which you would only expect a pharmacy owner to be aware of!’

    Key clients

    Néos International Limited

    Busch UK Limited

    Pharmaelite Limited (and group)

    Work highlights

    • Advised Néos International Limited in relation to its acquisition of the business and assets of Superform UK, a division of Luxfer Gas Cylinders.
    • Advised Busch UK Limited (wholly owned subsidiary of Busch SE) in relation to its acquisition of Vacuum Furnace Engineering Limited.
    • Advised the sellers in respect of the entire issued share capital of Pure Washrooms Limited to Elis UK Limited

    Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited

    Consistently punching above its weight‘, Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited attracts praise from a litany of SMEs and commercial banks, who turn to the team for its ‘excellent‘ capabilities in transactional mandates. 'Hardworking and tenacious‘ practice chair Colin Rodrigues is a prolific advisor to corporate clients and high-profile lenders alike, helming a number of multi-million pound deals, often with a distinct cross-border aspect. Managing director and dispute resolution specialist Harminder Sandhu is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Dudley.

    Practice head(s):

    Colin Rodrigues

    Other key lawyers:

    Harminder Sandhu

    Testimonials

    ‘Hawkins Hatton assisted us in the sale of our business to an American company. Their team were faultless and looked after our best interests throughout.’

    ‘Colin Rodrigues and Harminder Sandhu at Hawkins Hatton took a personal interest in the sale of our business and were directly involved in the process from start to finish. They were highly knowledgeable and were able to navigate and negotiate with difficult 3rd party solicitor whilst maintaining our best interests and ensuring a constructive working relationship with all parties throughout the process.’

    ‘Over the years Hawkins Hatton have provided me with a one stop solution for all my commercial requirements. Its without any doubt the advice and service provided by HH is always extremely prompt, thorough, with clear and professional guidance allowing you to make informed decisions. Having recently sold my business for which HH acted on my behalf, I can only express my gratitude for the first class service they provided and highlight how much more pro-active and commercially astute they were in comparison to the purchasers lawyers.’

    ‘Colin Rodrigues and Harminder Sandhu are first of all extremely accessible and approachable, they always find a solution to your requirement, make you feel at ease instantly and genuinely have your best interest at heart. Due to their outstanding leadership, this personable characteristic resonates throughout the whole practice.’

    ‘High profile team in the local market, consistently punching above their weight. Work with clients in a collaborative way and often spends time ahead of formal engagements in a consultative capacity, helping to shape a client’s strategy.’

    ‘Colin Rodrigues leads the corporate team and has, for many years, had a high profile in the marketplace. Hardworking and tenacious in his approach.’

    ‘Colin Rodrigues and Harminder Sandhu are outstanding corporate lawyers. They kept the relationship light and bright throughout some fairly serious topics. Their attention to detail ensured no surprises for our bankers, accountants, shareholders and directors in a recent key transaction. The consistency of information and people was unlike many other similar institutions and has really stood out over a relationship now spanning several years.’ 

    ‘Colin Rodrigues and Harminder Sandhu runs tight ship, and the firm and its staff embody their principals of providing excellent services at a reasonable cost.’

    Key clients

    GT Access Limited

    New Century Global Limited

    Homecare4 U Limited

    Green Sheep Group Limited

    IBC Healthcare Limited

    SBS Cladding Limited

    SRM Group Limited

    Fidelis Contract Services Ltd

    Integrated Pest Management limited

    HSBC Bank PLC

    Work highlights

    • Acted on behalf of the MBO in its acquisition of Green Sheep Group Limited.
    • Acted on behalf of IBC in its acquisition of the shares in Lester Hall Apartments Limited.
    • We were instructed by the shareholders of Fidelis to act for them on the sale of their entire shareholding to React SC Holdings Limited.

    Lanyon Bowdler

    Lanyon Bowdler‘s corporate and commercial team is sought out by a multitude of SMEs, owner-managed businesses, and not-for-profit organisations for assistance in transactions, reorganisations, and technical contract matters. The ‘absolutely fantastic’ Telford-based practice chair Grainne Walters is highly rated for her diverse sector focus and far-reaching capabilities, ranging from investment transactions to share transfer agreements. Ludlow-based Edward Burrell‘s recent highlights include automotive sector restructurings and manufacturing sector divestitures.

    Practice head(s):

    Gráinne Walters

    Other key lawyers:

    Edward Burrell

    Testimonials

    ‘Gráinne Walters is absolutely fantastic: understands the broader commercial picture and offers useful insight above and beyond legal considerations. A great negotiator, proactive, and actively helps move the process forward. She’s become our go-to lawyer for all new transactions, trusted and reliable, not to mention great value for money.’

    ‘A very professional outfit.’

    ‘Lanyon Bowdler have looked after some complex share transfer arrangements over a number of years and have been able to deliver innovative solutions in a timely manner, offering value for money.’

    ‘Gráinne Walters has been instrumental in guiding me through some difficult share transfer deals, providing innovative solutions and liaising seamlessly with my accounting advisor to create a driving force to ensure that other parties are confident in the arrangements being made. I rely on and recommend her capabilities fully.’

     

    Key clients

    British Amateur Gymnastics Association

    Zip World

    Beaver Bridges Limited

    Highgate Capital Management

    Work highlights

    • Advised Beaver Bridges Limited on a key acquisition of MG Fabrications (Wigan) Limited.
    • Advised on complex partnership agreements for British Amateur Gymnastics Association.
    • Advised Zipworld on its continued expansion.

    Shakespeare Martineau LLP

    Fielding ‘experienced, pragmatic, and hands-on partners’  who are well-versed in the full scope of corporate and commercial matters, Shakespeare Martineau LLP is geared to handle a range of both transactional and non-transactional instructions. Department head Andrew Smith goes above and beyond‘ on corporate deals and financings, working with higher education institutes, manufacturers, and engineers. Rachel Gwynne specialises in corporate, governance, regulatory, and contractual advice for charities and other non-profits. All named lawyers are based in Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Smith

    Testimonials

    ‘Patient and sensitive to the particular needs of the group I represent.’

    ‘React promptly to urgent matters with good knowledge and experience.’

    ‘Andrew Smith carries considerable knowledge and can convey this well to clients who are not experienced in legal matters.’

    ‘The support and expertise of Andrew Smith was second to none!’

    ‘Very experienced, pragmatic and hands-on partners.’

    ‘Very helpful and supportive, always available when you need them, a helpful and practical approach.’

    ‘Andrew Smith is always available when needed, goes above and beyond, and always delivers on time.’

    Key clients

    Whitworth Bros

    Viessmann Investment GmbH

    Phoenix Brickwork UK

    UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

    Idea Catalyst Partners LLP

    The Extracare Charitable Trust

    Walsall Housing Group

    O’Brien Contractors

    Orbit Group

    HG International

    Socotec UK

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Viessmann on its acquisition of Pacifica Home Services.
    • Acting for HG International on its acquisition of Ecozone Ltd.
    • Acting for Socotec UK on its acquisition of Tor Drilling.

    Aaron & Partners LLP

    Aaron & Partners LLP works with various owner-managed businesses across the West Midlands on a host of transactions and commercial contract matters. Practice head Stuart Scott-Goldstone  divides his time between Shrewsbury and Chester and handles a number of MBOs and international transactions, including and inward and outward investments. The ‘outstandingHugh Strickland , who also runs the banking and finance team, specialises in M&A, with recent engagements including deals in the food retail and manufacturing sectors. Associate Zoe Lloyd is a key name at the junior end meanwhile Peter Manford joined the firm as a commercial consultant from Higgs LLP in November 2021. All named lawyers are based in Shrewsbury unless noted otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Stuart Scott-Goldstone

    Other key lawyers:

    Hugh Strickland; Zoe Lloyd; Peter Manford

    Testimonials

    ‘As a family owned and operated SME we have found Aarons to be incredibly responsive to our varying needs as we prepared ourselves for selling our business. They were incredibly helpful in supporting us to ensuring that when we were approached by prospective buyers we have everything we needed in place. Aarons have provided a fantastic one stop shop meeting our commercial property needs as well as the amazing work they fulfilled in helping us to sell our business.’

    ‘Hugh Strickland as the commercial partner was outstanding – responsive, supportive and innovative in always looking for solutions.’

     

    Key clients

    Different Dog

    Marches Care

    Invertek Drives Ltd

    Tudor Griffiths Limited

    TriTech Group

    Hawk Developments

    Work highlights

    • Acted for the selling shareholders on the sale of Marches Care Holdings Limited.
    • Acted for Different Dog on several funding rounds for individual investors and Seedrs.
    • Assisted Georges Tradition Group Limited with the purchase of Georges Tradition Limited, while the latter was in administration.

    Lodders Solicitors LLP

    Lodders Solicitors LLP is regularly engaged by various private owners and owner-managed businesses for representation in corporate deals, restructurings, and general advisory matters. Practice head Graham Spalding works between the firm’s offices in Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham, leading on numerous deals for clients in manufacturing, software, and finance. Bradley Quin, who joined from KPMG Law in the United Kingdom in November 2021, spearheads the firm’s burgeoning Company Commercial offering in Cheltenham. Associates Leanne Lawrence and Nicola Vernon are also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Stratford-upon-Avon unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Graham Spalding

    Other key lawyers:

    Bradley Quin; Leanne Lawrence; Nicola Vernon

    Key clients

    Whitehouse Industries Limited

    Marrill Group Limited

    Granger Hertzog Limited

    Chrysalis Automotive

    Eley Group Limited

    Avanta UK Limited

    Eight Days a Week Print

    Solid Solutions

    Sandland Packaging Limited

    Orbis Partners

    Work highlights

    • Advising the sellers on the share sale of Chrysalis Automotive to PE-backed Autofutura group.
    • Advising Whitehouse Industries on its sale of Flotronic Pumps Limited to US PE-backed Unibloc, Inc.
    • Advising the owners of Orbis Partners, a corporate finance house, on their sale of a majority stake to an employee ownership trust.

    MFG Solicitors LLP

    Working across multiple offices throughout the West Midlands, MFG Solicitors LLP is regularly instructed by a diverse roster of businesses for assistance in corporate and commercial matters. The firm is noted for its thriving food and drink sector offering, working with a mix of farmers, packagers, distributors, and retailers across the region. Based between Kidderminster and Birmingham, practice head Clare Lang provides ‘an exemplary service‘, possessing far-reaching expertise that runs the full gamut from M&A deals and MBOs, to insolvency-driven reorganisations and employee share scheme initiatives.  The ‘outstanding’ Worcester-based James Hayes is a key port of call for a number of international investors seeking assistance in cross-border transactions and trade agreements, most notably in the healthcare, engineering, and financial services sectors. Kidderminster-based education sector specialist Stephen Wyer is also noted for his capabilities in healthcare deals, especially those involving dental and veterinary practices.

    Practice head(s):

    Clare Lang

    Other key lawyers:

    James Hayes; Stephen Wyer

    Testimonials

    ‘The corporate team work together and maintain a very close communication process that ensures that all parties are fully informed and that no issues arise or delays occur. The system of online signing is very useful for long distance parties involved especially due to Covid restrictions. Regularly teams or zoom meetings were very useful too. In comparison to other firms the team are very organised and efficient I found.’

    ‘Clare Lang is the corporate partner that has impressed me the most. Her professional but personable approach to legal transactions is refreshing. She is always available and very responsive. She organised her team so well and we were never out of the loop with matters. Her friendly ,extremely knowledgeable experience made dealing with her a pleasure. I will always recommend her to anyone I know, both personally and professionally.’

    ‘We found Clare Lang was able to provide an exemplary service within tight timelines, drawing on the wider areas of expertise and capacity around the firm where required to get the job done.’ 

    ‘They are responsive, professional and priced at a sensible level for our clients.’

    ‘We have worked with Clare Lang for a very long time, both for our firm and with our clients. She is an excellent lawyer. Professional, kind, understanding, immediately responsive and always does a first rate job. We look forward to working with her again very soon.’

    ‘They are extremely reliable and have a very broad depth of knowledge across all corporate and commercial matters.’

    ‘James Hayes is an outstanding lawyer who gets the deal done every time. He is a solutions-driven lawyer and skilled negotiator. He has been key to the successful expansion of our subsidiaries into the UK healthcare marketplace. We’re glad he is on our side!’

    Key clients

    Catriona Savage (My First Friends Group)

    Hotelshop UK Limited

    FBS Intelligent Engineering (iE) Limited

    Trustees of the Falco Construction Ltd Employee Ownership Trust

    Electronic Business Systems Limited

    Days New Homes

    Digby Stone

    Parweld Group

    Stimela Associates Limited

    DLF Seeds Limited

    Datascan Retail Limited

    Solutions by Jigsaw Limited

    Bolt and Nut Manufacturing Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acted for the shareholder of the My First Friends group in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital of the parent company to The Old Station Nursery.
    • Acted for the management team of FBS Intelligent Engineering (iE) Limited in a multi-million management buyout to facilitate the company’s next phase of growth.
    • Advised DLF Seeds on the acquisition of the amenity seeds business of Limagrain UK Limited.

    Pickerings Solicitors

    Pickerings Solicitors regularly advises various clients from the worlds of technology, industrial goods, architecture, and design on commercial reviews and transactions, both domestic and cross-border. Practice chair Craig Davies is a ‘standout‘ figure, who works with both public companies and owner-managed businesses on sales, acquisitions, and contractual matters in industries ranging from IT to manufacturing. Keri Pointon is widely praised by clients for her ‘incredible professionalism’ and ‘extremely proactive’ approach to corporate matters, including her growing restructuring practice. All named lawyers are based in Tamworth.

    Practice head(s):

    Craig Davies

    Other key lawyers:

    Keri Pointon

    Testimonials

    ‘They operate their business with strong ethics and with client care at heart. I have had no hesitation in recommending clients to them.’

    ‘Work extremely hard and exceed expectations.’

    ‘Keri Ponting has been fantastic, responsive and extremely proactive in answering queries and supporting throughout the process. This was our first acquisition and Keri has been very supportive in addressing all our queries, making process seem very simple and straightforward.’

    ‘I’ve instructed Pickerings on another acquisition in the past year, and yet again they have done a sterling job. Very flexible and responsive when negotiations were intense, and proactive and efficient behind the scenes with the other side when bringing the matter towards completion.’

    ‘Craig Davies is the standout commercial lawyer in this area of the Midlands.’

    ‘Keri Pointon was a constant support through a process fraught with issues and a particularly difficult set of sellers, who though keen to sell, were obstructive to say the least. Keri was available for advice, someone to talk tactics with and went above and beyond at multiple points responding to enquiries and weekends and evenings. Her professionalism was incredible.’

    Work highlights