Hall Of Fame

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is recognised as a market leader in the corporate arena, with the Leeds team demonstrating strong capabilities across M&A, capital markets, and private equity work. It has particular expertise in the technology, industrials, retail and consumer, and financial services sectors. Practice head Richard Hunt has extensive experience acting on M&A and private equity transactions for founders, entrepreneurs and private companies. Mark Hallam advises on financial services and M&A mandates, while Pete Wood acts for private equity houses and private companies. Carly Gulliver, who focuses on the transactions in the digital sector, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Mark Hallam; Pete Wood; Carly Gulliver; Adam Hastings; David Parker; Rebecca Sabin


‘The broad depth of knowledge and willingness to work across specialist teams is a real advantage when working with the team at AG.’

‘Pete Wood was great at leading the team during the process. He understood what we were trying to achieve and ensured his team was focused on the end goal.’

‘Good engagement across the team, and they were very good at getting other departments involved when required.’

‘Highly commercial, great expertise and incredibly customer focused, always delivering on time and no hesitation in going the extra mile when required.’

‘Adam Hastings is a stand-out leader in my view, builds highly skilled and high performing teams with an abundance of experience, capability and energy and as a partner.’

‘Flexibility, dedication, partner engagement level, relationship, availability and responsiveness.’

‘Pete Wood, as lead partner for our projects, has supported our group on numerous complex transactions (and other) projects for many years, providing high quality advice and regularly going above and beyond the brief to help us secure a successful and safe outcome.’

‘Rebecca Sabin and David Parker displayed resilience, dedication and energy to get our recent, highly challenging corporate sale transaction to a successful completion.’

Key clients

SoHo Square Capital LLP

Volpi Capital LLP

Lloyds Development Capital

Pacifica Group

Equistone Partners Europe Limited

CSB Holdings Limited

NGH Holdings Limited

Prime Surfactants Limited

Team17 Group plc

Appreciate Group plc

101 Ways Limited

Shareholders of Hydraquip Hose & Hydraulics Limited

Skipton Building Society

My Money Expert

The Private Office

Sovereign Group

Tenet Group

MJ Hudson plc

Sixt Rent a Car Limited

Azzurro Associates Limited

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has a strong reputation in the region for its corporate and commercial capabilities. It acts for a broad range of household-name clients and international corporates on both national and cross-border M&A transactions, restructurings, IPOs, secondary fundraises, and private equity deals. Beyond that, the commercial team has particular expertise in the retail and consumer goods sectors. Andrew Davies heads the team, with demonstrable experience acting for listed and private companies on corporate matters. Stephen Atkinson, Victoria Rhodes and John Gallon are also noted for their broad corporate expertise, while Matthew Duncombe leads on commercial matters. Amar Maan focuses on the financial services and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Davies

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Atkinson; Victoria Rhodes; John Gallon; Matthew Duncombe; Amar Maan; Milena Falciano-Padron

Key clients

ProPharma Group

Fuerst Day Lawson Limited

Iduna Infrastructure Limited

Aggreko Limited

Slate Asset Management (Europe) Limited

Queensway as a Shareholder of Point A

Hoist Finance

Redde Northgate plc

LSL Property Services PLC

Sun Capital European Partners

Spark Advisory Partners and SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Hyatt International Corporation

Blueground Inc

TriplePoint Capital

ProPharma Group

PrimeFlight Aviation


Hoist Finance

Work highlights

  • Advised Sun Capital on its disposal of Allied Glass, a leading manufacturer and distributor of glass products, to Verallia.
  • Advised on the sale of Point A Hotels brand, which is a budget hotel brand and which has 80% of its rooms in London for a reported transaction value of £420m.
  • Advised Hoist Finance, a Swedish listed financial services business, on the sale of its UK non-performing loan portfolio and collections business for a total consideration of £370m.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The corporate team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP are well regarded for their sector expertise in the food and drink, retail, industrials, and financial services spaces. It acts for a range of clients, including private companies, PLCs, and private equity houses on a broad spectrum of local and multi-jurisdictional mandates. Practice head Robin Skelton specialises in private equity and M&A transactions, and is supported by principal associate Russell Naglis. Other notable practitioners include Amanda Partland, who acts for multi-nationals on cross-border deals, and Robin Johnson, who has significant international M&A experience.

Practice head(s):

Robin Skelton

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Partland; Robin Johnson; Russell Naglis


‘Eversheds Sutherland are professional and meet all our needs.’

‘We work closely with Robin Skelton and Russell Naglis who are very strong in the field of work they specialise in.’

‘Russell Naglis is outstanding and has such a calm manner giving you confidence in his work.’

Key clients

Morningside Pharmaceuticals and Morningside Healthcare

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Parker Hannifin Corporation

Perwyn Advisors UK Limited

Shareholders of Medequip

Cranswick Country Foods plc

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

Next plc

Rolls-Royce plc

Elysian Capital

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has a broad corporate practice, with the team regularly acting on a range of public and private M&A deals, as well as private equity and capital markets transactions. Key sector strengths include the technology, consumer, manufacturing, real estate, infrastructure, and financial services spaces. On the commercial side, the team has specialist expertise in the technology, retail, and sport sectors. Andrew Black heads the corporate team, while Lisa Harley leads the commercial group. Also noted are Andrew Kerr, who acts on domestic and international M&A transactions, and legal director Catherine Hemsworth, who advises property funds and investors in the real estate and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Black; Lisa Harley

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Kerr; Catherine Hemsworth; Michelle Kershaw; Megan Thurman


‘Pinsent Masons offer excellent advice based on a good understanding of our business and our expectations. Their ability to react promptly and proactively means that transactions progress smoothly with little concern. They have the ability to provide pragmatic advice which is always welcomed.’

‘The team was extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with. They were usually available and very responsive when not. It helped that they all had experience of not only the sector but all the other parties involved. This made it much easier to come to agreements and saved a lot of time and money. Even though we are based in the Midlands we chose the Leeds office because of their particular expertise, and recommendations.’

‘As lead on the team Catherine Hemsworth was outstanding. She expertly and economically shuttled between the various parties, always with our best interests at heart. She had taken time to understand our priorities, so we felt comfortable trusting her to speak for us.’

Key clients

Turner & Townsend

Sirius Real Estate

LSL Property Services plc

Hanson Quarry Products Europe Limited

Biffa Waste Services Limited

Cory Environmental Holdings Limited

MML Growth Capital Partners

Speedy Hire plc


Kerv Group

Univar Solutions, Inc


DCC plc

Jola Cloud Solutions

Imagination Technologies Group Limited

Schroders Greencoat

Work highlights

  • Advised Hanson Quarry Products Europe Limited on the acquisition of Mick George Limited, a leading construction and demolition waste recycler in East Anglia and the East Midlands.
  • Advised N.M. Rothschild & Sons Ltd., as sponsor, and Numis Securities Limited and Peel Hunt LLP, as joint book runners, on a firm placing and placing an open offer by Marshalls plc, the FTSE 250 external landscaping, paving and flooring products business.
  • Advised SIG plc on the acquisition of Miers Construction Products Limited and its subsidiaries for a sum of up to c. £36.5m.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has a leading corporate and commercial practice, with the team regularly handling a variety of private equity, capital markets and M&A transactions, both at national and international levels. Key sectors of focus for the team include food and drink, tech and fintech, and industrial products. The group is co-led by Hannah Kendrick, who has substantial experience advising on cross-border corporate transactions, and Paul Jinks, who specialises in commercial and IP matters. Paul Mann focuses on private equity-related matters, as does Mae Salem. Hannah Crosland primarily focuses on mid-market M&A and equity capital markets transactions, while senior associate Louisa Hine is particularly active in the technology and digital sector. Jonathan Jones is also noted for his private equity expertise.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Kendrick; Paul Jinks

Other key lawyers:

Paul Mann; Mae Salem; Hannah Crosland; Louisa Hine; Jonathan Ross; Jonathan Jones


‘Technically excellent, and also very easy to use. They de-mystify legal concepts and language and speak in plain English. They take time to understand our business. Furthermore, they approach legal issues as problems to be solved, rather than obstacles.’

‘Hannah Kendrick is one of the best corporate lawyers I have met. As an added bonus, she is very approachable and easy to work with.’

‘Squires is my go-to firm for all matters corporate. This ranges from M&A to commercial to international matters. They are a responsive firm, who can be relied upon to find exactly the right person for any query.’

‘The Squires team are incredibly responsive, commercial and always look for solutions and middle ground in negotiations.’

Key clients

TPA Capital

FORE Partnership

Shareholders of Progeny Holdings Limited

Specialist People Services Limited

LDC (Managers) Limited

Ligentia Group Limited


Dayes B.V

Synova Capital Fund IV LP

H2 Equity Partners

TPA Capital


Work highlights

  • Advised on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Lewis Brownlee Holdings Limited by The Progeny Group Limited.
  • Advised on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of VGL Solid Group Sp. o.o. by Ligentia Group Limited.
  • Advised on the investment by LDC in the Cellhire group of companies.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP is well regarded for its corporate expertise in the region, with a strong track record acting across private equity, equity capital markets, and cross-border M&A mandates. It has particular expertise in the food and drink, manufacturing and industrial, and technology sectors. John Hamer heads the group, with demonstrable experience in handling public and private company take-overs and acquisitions, private equity investments and joint ventures. Debbie Jackson leads on funds-related matters, while Richard Naish handles matters arising out of the food and drink sector. Daniel O’Gorman is noted for his cross-border M&A and UK ECM transactions expertise, while Oliver Duke acts on inbound M&A mandates. Jo Stephenson has experience in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

John Hamer

Other key lawyers:

Debbie Jackson; Richard Naish; Daniel O’Gorman; Oliver Duke; Jo Stephenson


‘Walker Morris brings a high quality and pragmatic service at a very reasonable cost to clients. Easy to work with for outside counsel.’

‘Debbie Jackson is a commercial and pragmatic adviser. She gives straight forward, clear advice.’

‘Walker Morris punches well above its weight. The team has an ability to assist U.S. clients with their inbound investments and take a very practical approach to all issues uncovered en route.’

‘Daniel O’Gorman, Oliver Duke and Jo Stephenson are stand-out corporate partners.’

‘Walker Morris offers a multidisciplinary service from a single site. They focus on providing sound commercial advice and a partner-led service. They consistently achieve results and have great client care.’

‘Jo Stephenson is a highly regarded trusted adviser in the sector. She always delivers a professional service that goes above and beyond and is actively involved in each transaction she works on, adding great value. Her attention to detail, technical knowledge and focus on client care are second to none.’

‘Commercial approach to billing and abortive fees. Genuine interest in the work and our business. Exceptional responsiveness and availability. Safe pair of hands.’

‘Easy going, calm under pressure and really exceptional and pragmatic advice. Willing to stick their neck out and make a suggestion or propose a decision, rather than defer to the client to take all the risk.’

Key clients

Endless LLP

Audax Private Equity

Lifco AB

Avacta Plc

Renew Holdings plc

Trexon Global

Matiolli Woods plc

Statlab Medical Products

Novax Group AB

Bufab AB

Essentra Plc

Canon Production Printing

Global Connectivity Plc

Gridiron Capital

Neighborly Group

Findel Education

Holland Capital


Milwaukee Tool



Clarion’s corporate and commercial team handles a full spectrum of matters. On the corporate side, it is particularly active in the digital and technology sector, as well as in the waste sector. Richard Moran heads the corporate group, with considerable expertise in handling M&A and private equity matters, and is supported by Jonathan Simms and legal director Tony Berry. Matthew Hattersley leads the commercial practice and handles IT and technology-related matters. Legal director Sarah Harrison is also noted for her expertise in the digital marketing sector.

Practice head(s):

Richard Moran; Matthew Hattersley

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Simms; Tony Berry; Sarah Harrison

Key clients

Redcentric plc

Mattresses Online

Effective Security Services Limited

Mina Digital Limited

Craggs Holdings Limited

Sovereign Wealth LLP

The shareholders of Electron Group

Assisi Pet Care Limited

Thermocable (Flexible Elements) Limited

Hark Systems Ltd

Acumen Group Holdings Limited

Solutionpath Limited

Imperagen Limited

H&M Distribution Limited

EPMS Holdings Limited

Hemingways Marketing Services Limited

Nichols plc

Card Factory plc

EZ Teamsports

Augustus Martin Limited

IMA Agency

47 Skin

The Property Buying Company Limited

Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited

My Expert Midwife


Ligentia plc

Expect Distribution

Gordons LLP

Gordons LLP is recognised for its corporate and commercial expertise in the region, with demonstrable experience in the retail, technology, and financial services sectors. Practice head James Fawcett handles M&A and private equity transactions, with particular expertise in the motor trade and retail sectors, while Jonathan Asquez acts for entrepreneur clients and Duncan Firman advises on matters for SMEs to large corporates. Amy Pierechod and Ryan Gracey have both recently been promoted to partnership.

Practice head(s):

James Fawcett

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Asquez; Duncan Firman; Amy Pierechod; Ryan Gracey


‘Professional, experienced team. Service delivered by great people. Wide range of skills, areas of expertise.’

‘It’s a relationship, not merely a transaction. Loyal, commercial and first-class to deal with.’

‘Really great diversity of talent, covering a broad area of disciplines. A holistic view of our business really helps.’

Key clients



Reed Boardall

Christeyns UK


Advanced Intelligent Logistics

Wren Kitchens



Oak Furniture Land


Buy It Direct

DM Keith

ERM Europe

JMG Group

British Garden Centres




Work highlights

  • Advised Synova-backed insurance broking firm JMG Group on its acquisition of George Stubbs insurance brokers.
  • Advised bar operator Arc Inspirations on the £19m investment by BGF.
  • Advised the shareholders of Chippindale Plant on its sale to AER Rents, part of the O’Flaherty Holdings group in Ireland.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s corporate team has considerable experience in handling M&A and private equity transaction for both national and international clients. In particular, it has notable expertise advising on inbound European transactions for European clients. The team is led by James Foster, who has a broad corporate finance practice that covers acquisitions and divestments, venture capital, growth equity, private equity investments and joint ventures. Simon Procter advises on public and private M&A and corporate restructuring mandates. Principal associate Natalie Hager who assists on private equity transactions, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

James Foster

Other key lawyers:

Simon Procter; Natalie Hager; Sophie Davies


‘The team are technically brilliant, always supportive and extremely commercial. They continually make each of our matters easier.’

‘Simon Procter is an excellent lawyer. He is always considering items or issues that others perhaps do not see, but approaches dealing with these in a commercial and pragmatic way which will make every matter move forward.’

Key clients

Capfun Group

Azets Holdings Limited

Lloyds Development Capital

Business Growth Fund

Moorfield Private Equity Group

Element Solutions, Inc.

Capiton AG

Nimbus Investments

YFM Private Equity Limited

Parabellum Investments

Interactive Investor Services Limited

Rakuten, Inc

Production Park Holdings Limited

Yorkshire Wildlife Group

Evo Dental Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a UK subsidiary of Capfun, a pan-European operator of 175 family-focused campsites and holiday parks headquartered in France, on its £42m acquisition of holiday park operator, Lakeshore Leisure Group, from London based private equity firm Kings Park Capital and management.
  • Advised Moorfield Private Equity Group on the disposal of the “Duet” to Swiss Life Asset Managers for approximately £74 million.
  • Advised the management team of Building Cost Information Services on the investment by LDC into BCIS.

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Keys areas of expertise for Blacks Solicitors LLP include acting on transactions in the healthcare sector, as well as in acting for insurance brokers. The team is co-headed by Nigel Hoyle, who has demonstrable experience in the food and drink manufacturing arena, and Phil Parkinson, who specialises in commercial and data protection matters. Saby Sambhi and senior associate Alex Hall act for SMEs and owner-managed businesses, while Pete Bott recently joined the firm and has expanded the practice’s capabilities in the music industry. Lewis Goodwin is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Nigel HoylePhil Parkinson

Other key lawyers:

Saby Sambhi; Alex Hall; Pete Bott; Lewis Goodwin; Hayley Blackburn


‘We have used Blacks for the past 20 years, both personally and in business and have always had a professional, reliable service. When you need a solicitor, things tend to be very confusing for the average person but in my experience, Blacks have always explained things in a way that you can understand.’

‘Recently both Alex Hall and Hayley Blackburn were fantastic, among other members of the team at Blacks, when we used their services during the sale of our business in 2022. Making what was a very stressful process as simple as possible.’

‘I was very pleased with the professional approach Blacks’ took from the word go. They were very clear on pricing, and the team would get in touch promptly, with the information required.’

‘I couldn’t recommend Alex Hall enough. Alex gave a very personal service from day one. Nothing was too much trouble for Alex, from giving regular updates on the sale of my business to making sure I fully understood all the legal jargon.’

‘Blacks have been our go-to advisers for many years and have always satisfied our requirements promptly, professionally and with understanding and support.’

‘Practical, pragmatic and professional advice.’

‘The team is very stable which provides great continuity – the same partner has acted for us for over 20 years, supported by good people both in the corporate team and other departments, which creates a very personal high-quality service.’

‘Nigel Hoyle is most definitely our ‘trusted business adviser’ – we value his service levels and legal expertise of course, but equally the fact that he is always happy to give his advice on commercial matters as well as legal matters – and has a pragmatic, commercial approach to all the transactions and other matters Blacks act for us on.’

Key clients

Harrogate Spring Water

TPV Limited

Eville & Jones Limited

Cromwell Polythene Limited


Upper Canada

David Wood Baking

Catalyst IT Solutions

Great Rail Journeys

Fullers Foods

Big Change

Serenity Parks

School ICT

The Dalesman Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Technology Forge Holdings Limited on the sale of the company.
  • Advised the shareholders of ProAktive Holdings Limited on the sale of the company.
  • Advised Audience Collective Limited on the collation of contractual documentation for the Group companies, with elements of data protection flow to the EU and abroad.

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett handles a broad range of corporate matters, including acquisitions for VC-backed vehicles, M&A, and share incentive schemes. It is particularly active in the healthcare sector, as well as acting for start-up and high growth companies. Team head Giles Clegg has extensive experience in handling M&A matters, while Jonathan Oxley specialises in early stage and growth funding, partnerships and share scheme matters. Rory Conwill recently joined from Knights plc.

Practice head(s):

Giles Clegg

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Oxley; Rory Conwill; Michele Phillips

Key clients

PetCare Group AB

Vet-Ai Limited

Arterius Limited

Northern Bloc Ice Cream limited

Age Partnership Limited

Betteryou Limited

Renovotec Investments Limited

The Mosaic Tile Company Ltd

Hartshorne Crossroads Group Limited

American Promotional Events

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP handles a broad range of transactions across its core sectors of expertise, including technology and media, retail, waste management, food and agribusiness, healthcare, and insurance. Beyond that, the commercial team has demonstrable experience in the government and education sectors. Paul Johnson heads the corporate group, while Martin Priestley leads the commercial team.  Joanna Jowitt focuses on mid-market M&A and Alex Kenworthy advises international clients investing in the UK market. Vanessa Walton is also noted for her M&A experience, acting for both domestic and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Paul Johnson; Martin Priestley

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Jowitt; Alex Kenworthy; Vanessa Walton


‘The team is exceptional at being proactive in identifying issues and recommending pragmatic solutions.’

‘In what can be a somewhat frenetic sector, Mills & Reeve provide a calm and considered approach. This gives confidence that all pros and cons have been weighed and measured and that the client’s best interests will be served.’

‘Alex Kenworthy combines not only an acute ability to assess the legal and corporate implications of any deal, but also an innate ability to bring together a team of like-minded individuals and teams from other disciplines and jurisdictions who all seamlessly contribute to the overall objective.’

‘A brilliant team who understand what support you need and present information to you in a digestible way. The team is extremely responsive and if it’s not their field, they make sure the right team is put in place to assist.’

‘I’ve worked with Alex Kenworthy for a number of years now, he makes sure he understands your business and what you are trying to achieve, whilst taking into account the commercial needs of the business. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Alex and his team.’

‘Reactivity, business and cost constraint oriented.’

‘Alex Kenworthy is business-oriented, pragmatic and bilingual. He offers various legal solutions when appropriate.’

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney advises both individuals and public and private companies on a full spectrum of mandates. It regularly acts alongside the firm’s wider private client practice, lending to the team’s capabilities in handling tax and succession planning matters. David Strachan focuses on acquisitions and disposals, while Martin Sweeney has experience in the financial services and automotive sectors. Steven Millward and Karen Crutchley both have broad corporate and commercial practice, and Lucy Holroyd focuses on corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Martin Sweeney; David Strachan; Steven Millward; Karen Crutchley

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Holroyd; Jack Venable; Daniel Bisby


‘The practice is large enough to provide advice across all the specialist areas but retains the feel of a smaller firm to clients. They have a diverse workforce who are always approachable and seek to provide guidance and solutions rather than just advice.’

‘David Strachan has a skill in being able to liaise with, and be understood by, all ages and types of client, whilst highly skilled and professional at all times. Lucy Holroyd and Jack Venable have been a tremendous help during the recent business sale, and the former in a previous demerger – always being prompt and precise in their work.’

‘I have always enjoyed working with the team at Schofield Sweeney. They have a real great understanding of us a business. I get one contact who then puts us in touch with all the relevant people in each of their separate departments. They are always helpful, thorough, timely.’

‘Karen Crutchley is amazing in every way. She is someone who is great to work with and understands our business needs. She is on top of legislation and knows her stuff. Deserves the highest accolade.’

‘Unrivalled industry knowledge, a focused approach on what’s important, not sweating the small stuff, speed of execution, responsiveness, always getting back within a few hours, under promising and over delivering and sectoral expertise.’

‘Daniel Bisby is a truly exceptional solicitor. A real specialist in the financial services sector.’

Key clients

Cubico Group Limited

Greenhous Group Ltd

H. Dawson Sons and Company Limited

DFDS Seaways Plc

Catfoss Renewables Limited

Business Growth Fund

C4X Discovery Holdings Plc

EMIS Group Plc

Kettlewell Fuels Limited

Airedale Catering Equipment Group Limited

Copenhagen Infrastructure Service Company Ltd

Elevation Financial Group Limited

Switalskis Solicitors

NDL Software Ltd

AlphaPlus Consultancy Limited

BRI Wealth Management Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised BGF on Debt & Equity Investment of £13,750,000.
  • Advised EMIS Group plc in respect of the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Edenbridge Healthcare Limited.
  • Advising the shareholders of JCH Investments Limited on the disposal of 100% of the issued share capital in the company to the AIM listed, Kingswood Group.

3volution Limited

3volution Limited handles a broad range of corporate and M&A matters for SMEs, and is particularly active in the technology, digital and gaming arenas. It also acts for entrepreneurial clients, including those with an IP base to the business. Team head Jonathan Priestley has considerable experience in the field, acting for SMEs to PLCs, while Michael Cantwell acts for acquiring groups, MBO teams, and sellers.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Priestley

Other key lawyers:

Michael Cantwell


‘Very responsive and are able to bring in expert legal advice.’

‘They have a good understanding of commercial transactions and respond quickly and efficiently.’

‘We have known this team since they established their business. We have worked with the founding partners individually and collectively on a variety of assignments. They have a pleasingly independent and objective perspective and invest considerable effort in truly understanding their client’s needs and objectives and tailor their advice to suit.’

Key clients

Aerzen Machines Limited


Kiril Mischeff (Trading) Limited

Dransfield Novelty Company Limited

Dormole Limited

Newsome Limited

Drivespeed Group Limited

Northern Monk Brewing Co. Ltd

Around Noon Foods Limited

Michael Chamberlain & Co Limited

Nuvision Biotherapies Limited

Ebru Evrim Limited


The corporate team at DWF have a broad range of expertise, including acting on national and multi-jurisdictional M&A, equity capital markets, and acquisitions. Practice head Lester Wilson has considerable corporate finance experience, including ECM, private equity, and mainstream M&A matters. Other notable practitioners include Wendy Harrison and Jonathan Procter, who act for a range of clients in the financial services and hospitality and leisure sectors, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Lester Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Wendy Harrison; Jonathan Procter


‘Highly responsive, technically excellent and commercial.’

‘Lester Wilson is the stand-out corporate partner. Highly responsive, great communicator, technically excellent and experienced.’

‘Strong team with local knowledge and national reach. Breadth of offer is compelling and DWF takes time to build long term relationships with clients, collaborating on issues to generate successful outcomes.’

Key clients

Countrywide plc/Connells

Ascot Lloyd/Bellpenny

Lambert Smith Hampton

Allay Claims

Nick Dunning Associates

Zinnwald Lithium plc

Woodbois Limited

Horizonte Minerals Plc

Belluscura Plc

Pivotal Growth

MKC Wealth/Cabot Square Capital


Crisp Thinking Group Limited

SPARK Advisory Partners

Emerald Publishing Group

Braime Group Plc

Superbike Factory Limited

Plant Healthcare Plc

Oxford Pharmascience

Kudos Shower Products Limited

Naxos Capital Partners

Barrett Steel Limited

Oculus Wealth Management Limited

DR & P Group Limited

Shed Data Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for 250 shareholders on the sale of Crisp Thinking Group Limited.
  • Acted for shareholders of Emerald Publishing Group Limited on its sale to Cambridge Information Group.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP advises on private acquisitions and disposal matters, particularly in relation to owner-managed businesses with investment capital being injected. Beyond that, the team is also well-versed in handling M&A, MBO, MBI and ECM transactions, corporate restructuring and reorganisations, in addition to commercial matters. The leadership team consists of Dahren Naidoo, Andy Francey, and Jeremy Swift. Frank Suttie leads the commercial side of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Dahren Naidoo; Andy Francey; Jeremy Swift; Frank Suttie


‘They really push the pace of deals without compromising on client direction and interaction, and without compromising on quality.’

‘Andy Francey always provides balanced advice and different angles where needed, and is available but has a great team, who we’ve learned through experience, we can rely on. Andy empowers and supports his team such that they can give robust and pacey support to clients.’

‘Andy Francey is our main contact. His commitment and dedication is second to none.’

Key clients

Skipworth, Ewan and Blannin

Definition Agency Limited

Schmid, Schmid and Redmoor Health

Paul and Claire Minikin

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Sound Training for Reading Limited

School Explained Limited

Educationalappstore Limited

Inploi Limited

Preformed Windings

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of some of the shareholders of Ecus Holdings Limited and Environmental Monitoring Solutions Limited to complete a corporate merger of the three companies, to be known as Cura Terrae, and facilitate a significant investment by Palatine Private Equity.
  • Acted for Definition Agency Limited in relation to the acquisition of both Brand Vista Limited and Schwa Consulting Ltd.
  • Advising Sound Training for Reading Limited on a range of matters, including trademarks, product licencing (based upon a software as a service approach for part of the product) and a reseller agreement.

Harrowells Solicitors

Harrowells Solicitors’s commercial group is led by Matthew Rowley, who has demonstrable experience of handling a range of deals across numerous industries, including acquisitions, business disposals, business sales, and cross-jurisdictional transactions. The team also works closely with the firm’s wider employment practice, bolstering its capabilities in employment-related commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Rowley


‘Dealing with Matthew Rowley directly was invaluable and always approachable and available. Backed by a superb team around him the experience received from both him and company was exemplary.’

‘The Harrowells’ corporate and commercial team are efficient, diligent and provide prompt and clear lines of communication with clients and advisors alike.’

‘Honest, transparent and provide real business advice.’


LCF Law acts for SMEs, owner-managed and family businesses on a full spectrum of mandates, though it has particular expertise advising on matters relating to employee ownership trusts. It also has a growing practice acting for healthcare sector clients, including GP and dental practices, pharmacies, and social and residential care homes. Susan Clark heads the team, and is supported by Cathy Cook, who focuses on EOT transactions.

Practice head(s):

Susan Clark

Other key lawyers:

Cathy Cook


‘Wide range of talented individuals. Always introduce the best qualified and most appropriate person for any task. Very prompt and friendly response to all communication and contacts.’

‘Susan Clark, who heads up the corporate team, always goes above and beyond what is expected.’

Key clients

Herd Group Limited

EA Employee Ownership Trustee Limited

Youwe Global BV

Andrew Caygill

Ben Johnson Limited

Clayton Glass Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Herd Group Limited on the establishment of an employee ownership trust and the associated transfer of a controlling interest in the equity share capital the company to the EOT.
  • Advised Youwe Global BV on acquisition of Fisheye Marketing and Fisheye Media.
  • Advised Andrew Caygill and family on the disposal of LCW Group to JCT600.


Raworths’ corporate team advise on acquisitions and disposals, equity investments, shareholder agreements, demergers and restructurings, and succession planning matters. Team head Jon Healey handles M&A and other corporate transactions, with demonstrable experience in handling commercial agreements. Simon Morris focuses on the SME sector, while Thaynara Charlesworth primarily acts on restructuring transactions for HNWIs.

Practice head(s):

Jon Healey

Other key lawyers:

Simon Morris; Thaynara Charlesworth


‘The people are very friendly, capable, professional and quick to turn actions around. They are also very pragmatic in their advice.’

‘Jon Healey sees the wider picture of what needs to be achieved.’

‘Raworths is a well respected law firm we have been delighted to have been introduced to on entering the Harrogate market; we have had no hesitation in recommending them to our clients, and have also used them for our firm’s internal legal matters.’

‘We have been impressed by staff at all levels, but would particularly like to highlight Simon Morris, who despite his role as managing partner has still been able to bring his expertise to client matters and has proved of great assistance in the projects our firms have worked on together.’

‘Raworths had the experience and expertise to carry through an extremely complicated issue involving the bringing an overseas entity to the UK.’

‘I experienced nothing but courtesy, efficiency and friendliness from all with whom I had contact at Raworths.’

‘Straightforward, realistic sensibly pragmatic.’

‘Jon Healey us always available, willing to share experience without pressing home perspectives. Advice and guidance where it helps.’

Key clients

Lomond Capital and Linley & Simpson Limited

Community Partners

Celli Group

Ward Hadaway LLP

Ward Hadaway LLP acts for a broad spectrum of clients, including individuals and entrepreneurs, SMEs, owner-managed businesses, public companies, equity funders, and debt providers. The corporate team, led by Adrian Ballam, has experience in the healthcare, technology, energy, manufacturing, and food and drink sectors. Jonathan Pollard is another key contact in the corporate group, while Bill Goodwin leads the commercial practice, which has particular know-how in IP, IT and telecommunications, and data protection-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Ballam; Bill Goodwin

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Pollard; Kate McLean


‘We have sincerely appreciated Jonathan Pollard’s reactivity on some unexpected emergencies we encountered from a corporate standpoint. Jonathan is very pragmatic and business-savvy. He has a deep knowledge about our internal organisation, which makes every request very smooth.’

‘Jonathan Pollard is very personable whilst highly capable. He managed the process and relationship with the buyer’s legal team very well and was extremely patient during what became a very complex and drawn-out transaction. He excelled in providing advice and mediating on some difficult issues to help reach a workable solution for both parties and acted decisively when necessary to complete the sale.’

‘A real personal, competent touch to engaging with clients. The people are excellent, and collaboration was simple and effective.’

‘Adrian Ballam and Kate McLean were very knowledgable, supportive and flexible throughout our acquisition process. A complicated process with many challenges, which they helped overcome and get us over the line. Very knowledge, responsive and competent compared to other firms we have historically worked with.’

Key clients

Allied London

RFM Group

Solingen Private Equity Limited

ASD Lighting Plc

Mercia Technologies

Harrogate Cashmere Limited

DataArt Technologies

Ansys, Inc.

Peter Jackson & Sons Limited

Suncrop Produce Limited

Salus Controls Plc

Cardale Asset Management

Aprais Limited

Grosvenor Cleaning Services

Mi Telecom

Work highlights

  • Acted for the selling shareholders and ongoing management team of Barwick Bathrooms, enabling the founding shareholders to exit and retire and the management team, to drive this successful local business forward to its chapter with the purchaser, TPA Capital.
  • Acted on the sale of Gem Scientific and its subsidiary, Northern Balance, to SLS Group Limited.
  • Acted for the selling shareholders and ongoing management team of Cardale Asset Management enabling the founding shareholders to exit and retire and the management team to take forward this highly successful stockbroking business with the purchaser, Titan Wealth Services Limited, as a part of its expansion plan.


Berwins acts for technology-based businesses on commercial matters. Paul Berwin leads the team and has considerable experience in handling commercial and corporate matters in the region, with particular expertise in dealing with owner-managed business and transactions, often involving a cross-border element. Oliver King has recently been promoted to associate director.

Practice head(s):

Paul Berwin

Other key lawyers:

Oliver King

Key clients

Champion Health Limited

Bendam Visual Limited

Aux Music Limited

Eintech Limited

Brave the Skies Limited

Jigsaw Dating Limited

Diecut Finish Limited

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP is well-versed in handling both public and private sector corporate transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, private equity investments, management buy-outs, and secondary market activity. It has particular expertise acting for local authorities, the NHS, and central government bodies. The team is co-headed by Chris Harper and Christian Hunt, both of whom have considerable corporate experience.

Practice head(s):

Chris Harper; Christian Hunt

Key clients

Merton Council

Veezu Group

Westbrooke Capital

Ardent Limited

Red Arrow Electrical

Creode Agency

Work highlights

  • Advised Merton Council on the sale of its wholly-owned company to Veriforce.
  • Advised the shareholders of Custom Vet Products on its sale to Swedencare AB Publ.
  • Advised the shareholders of Novis & Co on its sale to DJH Mitten Clarke Group.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Counting mid-market and large-scale private companies, in addition to regional-based PLCs, among its key roster of clients, Hill Dickinson LLP is noted for its expertise in handling corporate healthcare transactions, as well as general corporate matters. Sandip Khroud, who focuses on all aspects of corporate finance, including M&A, disposals and joint ventures, jointly leads the team alongside Alison Starr, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in January 2023 and advises on a range of corporate deals and company law mandates.

Practice head(s):

Sandip Khroud; Alison Starr

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Bennett

Key clients

Dr. August Oetker Nahrungsmittel KG

VetPartners Limited

Sterlite Technologies Limited

Freixenet Copestick Limited

BGF Investments Limited

Nasaleze International Ltd

Gresham House Plc

Dr Oetker UK Limited

New Cakes B.V.

Vertically Urban Limited

Create Better Group Limited

Golf Masters Limited

LPD Doors Limited

Megabet UK Limited

Rise Homes Limited

Lewden Limited

Modu.Digital Limited

Procurae Group Limited

Clear Factor Limited

Rapleys LLP

Kromek Group PLC

Tyman Plc

Pozitive Energy Limited

Amjai Care Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rapleys LLP on its asset purchase of Aston Rose Limited, an independent multi-disciplinary chartered surveying practice offering a full range of professional services to both property owners and occupiers.
  • Acting for the management team of Leeds Plywood & Doors Limited in the management buyout, becoming the controlling shareholder of the second-generation family-owned business.
  • Acting for Freixenet Copestick in its acquisition of the English sparkling wine vineyards, Bolney Wine Estate Limited.


McCormicks is well regarded for its expertise in the sports sector, with the team acting for clients such as the Premier League, Leeds United FC and Norwich City FC. Beyond that, it is also active in the hospitality and leisure sectors, as well as acting for owner-managed companies. The team is co-headed by Peter McCormick and James Towler from Harrogate.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormick; James Towler

Key clients

The Premier League

The Premier League Charitable Fund

AQ Limited

Harrogate International Festivals Limited

Abacus Direct Limited

Leeds United FC Limited

Norwich City Football Club Limited

Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust

Redline Specialist Cars Limited

Dot + Diode Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised Norwich City Football Club on an issue of convertible preference shares for £10m.
  • Advised the Premier League in relation to the owners and directors test on the sale of Chelsea Football Club, value c£4.5bn.
  • Advised Leeds United on its commercial contracts, including sponsorship agreements, throughout the year.

Ramsdens Solicitors LLP

Ramsdens Solicitors LLP’s corporate and commercial team is co-led by Stephen Newman and Adam Cockroft from Huddersfield. Newman focuses on advising owner-managed businesses on commercial transaction and tax-driven reconstructions. Meanwhile, Cockroft’s practice spans a wide range of corporate matters, including acquisitions and disposal, share sales and purchases, MBOs, and joint ventures. Richard Dean has recently departed the firm.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Newman; Adam Cockroft


‘The personal service at Ramsdens is very good. They have innovative ideas and present them in a way that appeals to clients. Very approachable and highly skilled with fees way below the bigger firms.’

‘Stephen Newman stands out as a highly-skilled corporate lawyer. He has an astonishing grasp of the intricacies of corporate restructuring.’

‘Practical up-to-date advice that businesses can rely on when requiring corporate/business legal advice. The team has significant experience in the area and has proven on multiple occasions a solid grasp of the brief.’

Key clients

Saria Limited

A&F Sprinklers Limited


Tyr was founded in 2019 and has been continuing to bolster its corporate and commercial offerings. Chris Blantern heads the corporate group and acts for a wide spectrum of clients, ranging from SMEs to national public and private companies. Luisa D’Alessandro leads the commercial team, and has a broad practice that covers trading arrangements, agency and distribution matters, supply and manufacturing contracts, franchising, and outsourcing.

Practice head(s):

Chris Blantern; Luisa D’Alessandro


‘Luisa D’Alessandro is personable, available and commercially astute.’

‘The team ethos is excellent. They clearly work together with associates having great energy and commitment to assist the partners on the deal. Communication was excellent with us and attention to detail was excellent.’

‘Chris Blantern was excellent and handled the challenges with patience and great skill.’

‘Responsive and flexible team.’

‘Engaged and eager to help.’

Key clients

Claritas Solutions Limited

DFDS Seaways Plc

Wastecare Group

Connection Seating Limited

Duchy Homes Limited

Impact Computing and Consulting Limited

Charlesworth Publishing Group

Carlton Forest Group

Prosperis Limited

Stainless Steel Vessels Limited

AB3 Medical Limited

MHA Monahans Group LLP

Chiorino UK Ltd

Yesss Electrical Group

Gee & Watson Wealth Management

Barrington Jarvis Limited

Pebble & Co Limited

Propel Your Product Limited

TEP Machinery Movement Limited

The Exit Partnership Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of The Charlesworth Group Worldwide Limited to Crimson Interactive Private Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Johnston Financial Planning Limited to Amber River Group.
  • Advised Carlton Forest Enigen Limited on supply contracts for the sale of oil char.