Next Generation Partners

Corporate and commercial: Hull and East Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s corporate department has particular expertise in the food and dairy, renewables, and technology sectors. With offices in Hull, York and Grimsby, the practice has a strong corporate presence in the region. Practice head Andrew Funnell has significant experience handling corporate M&A and finance matters, with a particular focus on the engineering sector. Meanwhile, Philip Ashworth specialises in the chemicals, telecoms, and manufacturing sectors. Also noteworthy are Nicholas Scott, Martin Frost, and Matthew Smith, all of whom have a broad corporate practice that covers corporate finance, reorganisations, buy-outs, joint ventures, and demerger-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Funnell

Other key lawyers:

Philip Ashworth; Nicholas Scott; Martin Frost; Matthew Smith; Samuel Peake


‘The team are incredibly understanding and easy to work with.’

‘Martin Frost and Samuel Peake have offered incredible work every time we deal with them.’

‘I am continually impressed with how they transfer knowledge between their people and therefore how you always get contacts who already understand our business and how it functions. This makes getting to the end solution much simpler and more efficient.’

‘Their ability to identify the relevant legal issues and translate them into language that is understandable and actionable.’

‘Nicholas Scott has continually provided the highest quality advice which is rooted in practicality. He has consistently suggested solutions that are deliverable and efficient. He is always conscious of the end goal that the business is looking to achieve.’

‘Andrew Funnell stands out; he grasped the clients’ needs and situation exceptionally quickly. He was fully invested in ensuring that other legal representatives in the project also acted quickly and proportionately.’

‘The collaborative, full support provided by Andrew Jackson has been a significant help to our business. All partners are diligent in both their advice but critically their responses.’

‘It is not an exaggeration to say that working with Martin Frost has been transformational for our business. He has supported us through two acquisitions, which without his calm, methodical and expert advice would almost certainly not have completed.’

Key clients

Ashcourt Group Limited

Advanced Plastics Group Limited

Integra Buildings Limited

Ideal Boilers Limited

Singleton Birch Limited

Walker Crips Group Plc

Dacre Son & Hartley Limited

Mainprize Offshore Ltd

SIS (Science in Sport) Ltd

CPD Direct Limited

Bostonair Group

Thompson Commercials Group Limited

John Good Group

Blended Products Limited

Modular Movements Ltd

Portland Fuel Limited

Lincoln & York

BW Industries Limited

Newbegin Holdings Limited

N&P Electrical Limited

New Century Foods Limited

Sewell Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised The Ice Co Storage & Logistics Holdings Limited in the acquisition of Savage Haulage Limited.
  • Advised Advanced Plastics Group Limited on the acquisition of the Protool group of companies who manufacture injection moulded plastic components.
  • Advised Livett’s Launches Limited in the sale of its subsidiary Thames Luxury Charters Limited to Ocean Diva London Shipping BV, part of Dutch multinational Ocean Diva Group.


The corporate and commercial team at Gosschalks focuses primarily on the mid-market and SME space, though it also has experience advising larger PLCs and blue-chip companies. It is particularly active in handling matters for housebuilding, construction, and property development clients, though it also has a growing practice advising clients in the renewables sector. Nigel Beckwith heads the team, with extensive experience in corporate transactions, and Andrew Tarbutt specialises in private equity fundraisings and renewable energy-related corporate transactions, while Paul Plaxton has particular expertise handling corporate group reorganisations, demergers, and refinancing-related matters. Also noted is James Phinn, who focuses on commercial contracts, and associate Emma Orriss, who is experienced in corporate transactions and reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Beckwith

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tarbutt; Paul Plaxton; James Phinn; Emma Orriss


‘Gosschalks are our ‘go-to’ for all our legal needs. They have exhibited excellence in the areas of commercial contract drafting and negotiation, property and lease negotiation, wills, employment law and contracts, company reorganisation and shareholding.’

‘James Phinn represented and led our commercial contract negotiations with a large blue chip; his professionalism, forethought, fairness, knowledge and drive were exemplary.’

‘Andrew Tarbutt advised us on a complex matter of share distribution, pointing us into a comfortable space, which ultimately brought about a clean and simple resolution to a complex challenge.’

Key clients

SLS Group Limited

ResQ Limited

Tevalis Limited

Ideal Boilers Limited

WHM Pet Group Limited

The 55 Group

Omorovicza Cosmetics Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised SLS Group Limited on it’s acquisitions of both SCBS Holdings Limited and Gem Scientific 2014 Limited.

Rollits LLP

The corporate team at Rollits LLP is led by John Flanagan, who has extensive experience handling M&A, refinances, corporate governance, and company structure-related matters, as well as particular expertise in the education sector. Beyond that, the wider team is particularly experienced in acting for PLCs, privately-owned companies, LLPs, joint venture vehicles, and multi academy trusts. Also noted is Richard Field, who has significant expertise acting for family-owned businesses, as well as clients in the education and charity sectors, on a range of matters, including acquisitions and disposals, joint venture agreements, family constitutions, and shareholder agreements.

Practice head(s):

John Flanagan

Other key lawyers:

Richard Field


‘Rollits have strong representation in the Yorkshire region.’

‘They are responsive, whether at partner or solicitor level. Their main strength is that all partners know us and understand our business.’

‘John Flanagan is the stand-out partner on commercial for us.’

Key clients

Vantage Motor Group Limited

Leeds City College

Colten Care Limited

Carmichael International Ltd

Allamhouse Limited

Hull City Tigers Limited

Nippon Suisan (Europe) BV

J. R. Rix & Sons Limited

Hawthorn Timber Limited

Oak Farming Partnership

Northcoast Seafoods Limited

William’s Den Limited

Quickline Communications Limited

The Retreat York

The Serious Sweet Company Limited

Ward Homes Yorkshire Ltd

Ulrick & Short Limited

Nim Limited

TGC (2015) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Allam family on the sale of Hull City Football Club (and the Stadium Management Company) to Acun Medya (from Turkey).
  • Advised Nippon Suisan Europe B.V. on the acquisition of Regal Fish Supplies Limited for significant consideration.
  • Advised the shareholders of Northcoast Seafoods Limited on the sale of the company to Seafood Connection Holding B.V.

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP acts for a range of clients, including financial institutions, SMEs, and multinational companies. Practice head Nasim Sharf has significant experience handling corporate matters relating to tax, exit planning, group restructuring, demergers, and share schemes. Alistair Latham recently joined from Stamp Jackson & Procter Limited and has particular expertise advising family-owned and owner-managed businesses in the agricultural, medical practice, and holiday park sectors. Meanwhile, Sarah Kemp was recently promoted to partnership, and acts for owner-managed businesses, including in the caravan and holiday park industry.

Practice head(s):

Nasim Sharf

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Latham; Sarah Kemp; Russell Eke


‘Wilkin Chapman are a corporate and commercial firm of the highest quality. They seamlessly navigated the technical and cultural challenges of a complex cross-border deal.’

‘They have great diversity across the team and are able to offer great quality advice in a commercial manner. They are able to offer agile high quality advice to SME and mid-market clients in ways larger corporate firms are not whilst possessing the size and expertise to stand toe to toe in larger M&A transactions when there are far larger international firms advising the acquirer or investor.’

‘Nasim Sharf and Sarah Kemp are well trained, personable, hard-working and operate under the highest quality standards.’

Key clients

British Hardwood Tree Surgery Limited

Shareholders of Harlen Management Limited

Shareholders of G&E Wealth Management Limited

Shareholders of Leisure Worldwide Limited

Shareholders of Portable Building Sales Limited

RMS Ports Limited

ESP Systex Holdings Limited

Kabe Holdings Limited

Save Water Save Money Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Harlen Management Limited, a UK based manufacturer and supplier of marine safety equipment and personal locator beacons across the world under the brand name ‘Marine Rescue Technologies’, on its sale to the Wescom Group.
  • Advised the shareholders of G&E Wealth Management Holdings Limited on its sale to Succession Wealth.
  • Acted for Darabeto Holdings Limited in the simultaneous corporate sale of both Wise Robotics (UK) Limited and Wise Software (UK) Limited to Forterro UK Ltd.