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

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP's corporate practice group is widely considered a market leader in Hull and is singled out for its expertise in the food and dairy sector. Overseen by Andrew Funnell, the team handles a steady stream of multi-million pound M&A matters, particularly buyouts and sales. York-based Philip Ashworth is the key name for complex regulatory issues and private equity work, while Martin Frost advises on a range of transactional matters at a domestic and cross-border level. The core group also includes Nicholas Scott, who has extensive banking and corporate finance expertise, specialising in the telecoms and manufacturing sectors. Other sector strengths for the team include the renewable energy and engineering industries.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Funnell

Other key lawyers:

Martin Frost; Phillip Ashworth; Nicholas Scott

Testimonials

‘The personability and professionalism of my contacts was soon evident. Their knowledge and confidence was evident.’

‘This has been a difficult time, but Andrew Funnell and the team were excellent in the approach to this complicated company transaction. We all worked hard and they delivered. I cannot speak highly enough of the way they acted for me, ensuring a smooth, timely, most satisfactory outcome. I shall be pleased to contact Andrew Funnell the next time I need legal advice.’

‘The team is led by Andrew Funnell who is a very bright and personable lawyer. His outlook is extremely commercial and he doesn’t get bogged down in unnecessary hypothetical arguments. He also has the ability to explain situations to clients in language which is understandable to the layman. His values are reflected in the approach of the whole team.’

‘This firm is dedicated to getting the best result for their clients and really goes that extra mile. For this reason they stand head and shoulders above many other firms.’

Key clients

Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centres Limited

Ashcourt Group Limited

Integra Buildings Limited

H&R Healthcare Limited

Ideal Boilers Limited

Singleton Birch Limited

Walker Crips Group Plc

Dacre Son & Hartley Limited

Mainprize Offshore Ltd

PhD Nutrition Ltd

CPD Direct Limited

Bostonair Group (including Boston Energy)

Thompson Commercials Group Limited

John Good Group

Blended Products Limited

Modular Movements Ltd

Needlers Limited

Broady Valves Limited

Lincoln & York

BW Industries Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the sellers on the sale of Needlers Holdings Limited to Electrocomponents UK Limited for £40m.
  • Acted for the sellers of Regroup UK Limited, which deals with the processing of waste oil, on a particularly complicated transaction in the energy industry.
  • Advised on the reorganisation and sale of H&R Healthcare Limited to Netherlands based Mediq International BV.

Gosschalks

Gosschalks is described as a 'solid team' by clients, and acts in a range of mid-market transactions primarily for SMEs and private equity funds. The corporate and commercial practice group is led by Nigel Beckwith and handles group reorganisations, demergers, joint ventures and corporate financings. Paul Plaxton leads on transactional matters and advises manufacturing and leisure clients on large-scale acquisitions. On the commercial side, James Phinn heads up the contracts team and is the key name for trade agreements and licensing deals. The group also enjoys repeat instructions from renewable energy sector clients on commercial contracts, renewables financing work and sales, for which Andrew Tarbutt is the key name.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Beckwith

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tarbutt; Paul Plaxton; James Phinn

Testimonials

‘Good solid team.’

‘Professional, competent, pragmatic. Excellent personable professionals who understand their client’s businesses.’

‘Personable, competent and trustworthy. I have used Gosschalks across many disciplines and have found their abilities to be consistently high. Excellent advice and services from Andrew Tarbutt.’

‘Wide range of professionals under one roof, can do attitude.’

‘Friendly professional approach, respond promptly to questions.’

‘Very happy with Gosschalks. Communication is clear and prompt. They do a good job of coordinating all the specialties when working on a transaction for us.’

‘Paul Plaxton – corporate lawyer who is great at transactions because he (i) is efficient to get the work done fast without ramping up fees (ii) works in a collaborative way to get the deal done and overcome obstacles from the other side (iii) brings in and coordinates other specialists from his firm (iv) responds promptly to my questions and from the other side (v) is open and honest and honourable.’

‘Andrew Tarbutt’s service to the company was exceptional. He devoted considerable time to explain all the contracts and their meanings. There was a tight deadline with the transaction and Andrew worked tirelessly to achieve this. He went beyond his remit to assist all, to ensure the transaction completed with all associated parties to the transaction.’

Key clients

The Original Fit Factory Limited t/a TV.FIT

MEDI-Clear Limited

Massarella Catering Group

ResQ Limited

Tevalis Limited

Kingstown Works Limited

Ei Group Limited

Ideal Boilers Limited

Kingspan Access Floors Limited

Scientific Laboratory Supplies Limited

WHM Pet Group Limited

Imagesound Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the selling shareholders of medical label and packaging business, Medi-Clear Limited in connection with the sale of shares in the company for £3m to Canadian based, Jones Packaging Inc.
  • Acted for The Original Fit Factory Limited (t/a TV.FIT) in relation to a £2m investment package comprising a mixture of share sales by certain shareholders and direct investment by a lead investor and secondary crowd funding platform, Seedrs, to enable the company to grow and further enhance its popular online fitness platform/application.

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP's corporate and commercial practice group is headed up by John Flanagan and has expertise in handling a range of corporate transactions and merger work. The team acts for SME's across the food and beverage sector and routinely handles acquisitions and governance issues for education sector clients; Richard Field is the key contact in this area.

Practice head(s):

John Flanagan

Other key lawyers:

Richard Field; Julian Wild

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s corporate and commercial team is now under the leadership of Russell Eke and retains its expertise in demergers and spin-offs, acting for multi-national companies. Dual qualified tax lawyer Nasim Sharf is the key practitioner in the group and handles a significant number of high-value exit planning, group restructuring and private equity transactions. The team also has niche experience in property incorporation matters. Associate Sarah Kemp advises on commercial contracts and corporate restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Russell Eke

Other key lawyers:

Nasim Sharf; Sarah Kemp

Testimonials

‘A very personal service from a committed team who acted as if they were part of our organisation rather than a third party.’

‘Nasim – always available (weekends/evenings etc)/very commercial. Sarah Kemp – created a great relationship with our team who were new to this world.’

‘Knowledge and promptness of service. Sarah Kemp is our main contact and is excellent.’

Key clients

RMS Group Holdings Limited

Lights4Fun Limited and its shareholders

Shareholders of DVELP Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of Lights4Fun Limited on the sale of its entire issued share capital to a PE house.
  • Advising the shareholders of DVELP Limited on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Sabio Group.
  • Advising RMS Group Holdings Limited on the exit of investor shareholders managed by YFM, involving the purchase of own shares with a value in excess of £2m.