Addleshaw Goddard fields a ‘fantastic team at every level.’ The team regularly handles complex M&A, capital markets and private equity matters, in which it acts for a wide range of sellers, buyers, investors and funders. It has established strong bonds to companies from the technology, industrials, retail & consumer and financial services sectors. Richard Hunt leads the group, and has also considerable experience acting for founders and entrepreneurs in transactions. Adam Hastings has noteworthy expertise in IPOs and secondary fundraisings. Partner Carly Gulliver and managing associate David Parker are also noted.
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber
Other key lawyers:
Garry Elliott; Pete Wood; Carly Gulliver; David Parker
‘Richard Hunt led an excellent team who were able to deal with all aspects of a difficult and complex transaction, all of whom provided a very high level of service and were available and went above and beyond to push the transaction forward when needed.’
‘Fantastic team at every level. Clear communication, pragmatic advice, strong delivery to deadlines. I would gladly recommend them to anyone.’
‘Richard Hunt – absolutely first class. An exceptional lawyer in every area.’
‘Dave Parker provided fantastic support; he made a lot of stuff happen.’
Infinity Works Limited
Sneak Energy Limited
6 Point 6 Limited
Team17 Group plc
Alpha Financial Markets Consulting plc
Volpi Capital LLP
ANS Group Limited
- Advised the shareholders of Infinity Works on the sale to Accenture.
- Advised Sheffield Forgemasters International Limited on its sale to The Ministry of Defence.
- Advised the shareholders of NBS on the sale to Byggfakta Group UK Ltd.
DLA Piper offers an ‘unrivalled level of access to partners’ combining ‘clear advice’ with ‘access to a wider internal network.’ Its broad practice especially supports clients from the (renewable) energy, hospitality and leisure, healthcare, retail and technology sectors, among others. It is particularly noted for its activity in M&A and private equity deals; team co-head Andrew Davies is a key contact here, while his fellow practice leader Matthew Duncombe deals with commercial matters such as supply chain arrangements, services and consultancy agreements. Stephen Atkinson and Victoria Rhodes are sought after by healthcare clients. John Gallon covers a broad range of transactions, and Amar Mann is well versed in the infrastructure and financial services space. Director Milena Falciano-Padron is another key contact in commercial matters.
Andrew Davies; Matthew Duncombe
Other key lawyers:
Stephen Atkinson; John Gallon; Milena Falciano-Padron; Amar Mann; Victoria Rhodes
‘Despite being a large firm DLA feel like that have a very personal approach. They have approached matters in a flexible and open way, willing to adjust their approach to our needs and resourcing.’
‘Victoria Rhodes has been great at being on hand when needed and making herself available at short notice. She has provided insightful guidance when navigating new territory.’
‘The unrivaled level of access to partners throughout our dealings means that not only do we get clear advice but also access to their wider internal network. This is the key strength – being able to cover different disciplines (IP, regulation, property etc), and across multiple geographies, via one point of contact.’
‘The quality of advice but also the clear instructions throughout. Problems are not just flagged but solutions are found to continue to move things forward. I would also highlight the quality of dealings with other parties whether that be on the buy side or sell side. The ability to forge positive relationships with numerous parties throughout a transaction ultimately led to a efficient and successful close.’
‘Quick to react, large scope of services.’
‘Amar Maan was extremely reactive at any time, understood all our requirements well and always acted in an accurate way.’
Intercontinental Hotels Group
Tetra Tech UK
Adler & Allan Limited
Wescom Signal & Rescue
Hive Energy Limited
Brickability Group plc
Learning Technologies Group plc
Inspired Pet Nutrition
- Advised Ramsay Healthcare on its acquisition of Elysium Group for £775m from BC Partners and the Elysium management team following a competitive auction process.
- Advised Brickability Group plc on the acquisition of Taylor Maxwell Group, national supplier of facades and timber-products for consideration of up to £63m.
- Advised Gap Inc on its JV with Next Plc in relation to Gap’s ongoing presence in the UK.
The service provided by Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Leeds-team is considered to be 'transparent, proficient and meticulous.' The team is regularly instructed by private companies and regionally-based plcs as well as PE houses, often found in the food and drink sector and the retail, diversified industrials and financial services sectors. It can draw on its full service and international network offering. Practice leader Robin Skelton specialises in PE and M&A transactions. Amanda Partland has in particular cross-border expertise; principal Russell Naglis' 'attention to detail, work rate and the respect he gets from his colleagues is a credit to him.'
Other key lawyers:
Alison Starr; Amanda Partland; Russell Naglis
‘We have used Robin Skelton and Russell Naglis for many years. They understand our industry and have been exceptional when we have sold two of our businesses.’
‘Both Robin Skelton and Russell Naglis have been outstanding. Russell Naglis in particular negotiated so well. He is a young man who we trust implicitly. His attention to detail, work rate and the respect he gets from his colleagues is a credit too him.’
‘We have worked with several representatives of Eversheds Sutherland at all levels and welcomed their professional and friendly manner. Every step of each service has been transparent, proficient and meticulous.’
‘The individuals we have worked with at Eversheds Sutherland are not only professional and efficient, but also friendly and accommodating. They engage promptly, their communication is excellent and they have supported us through each legal process in a precise and steadfast manner.’
‘The team provides responsive and good value service.’
‘Alison Starr is always responsive and a real gem as a corporate advisor.’
Inflexion Private Equity
Perwyn Advisors UK Limited
The shareholders of Medequip Group Limited
McCain Foods Limited
Revolution Beauty Group plc
The shareholders of Tombola Limited
The shareholder of Pipes (UK) Holdings Limited
Pinsent Masons LLP
Clients note that Pinsent Masons LLP's 'knowledge of the business, priorities, and risk appetite makes for a painless acquisition process.' It assists clients from a variety of industries but in particular from the technology, retail, manufacturing, real estate and managed services sectors. The group covers significant M&A transactions and PE-investments as well as commercial matters such as outsourcings, franchise arrangements, and a variety of contracts. Andrew Black and legal director Lisa Harley are the practice heads and specialists in the respective areas. Andrew Kerr has cross-border deal expertise. Legal director Catherine Hemsworth is well versed in the real estate and healthcare sectors, while Michelle Kershaw also acts for joint ventures and start-ups.
Andrew Black; Lisa Harley
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Kerr; Catherine Hemsworth; Michelle Kershaw; Andrew Senior
‘The corporate team in Leeds has supported us through all M&A transactions for a number of years and their knowledge of the business, priorities, and risk appetite makes for a painless acquisition process from due diligence through to completion and beyond.’
‘Andrew Kerr is accessible and has complete oversight of the work being undertaken by the team. He is ably supported by Catherine Hemsworth who is also strong in leading the deal teams and steering the other side in transactions.’
‘I have used Pinsent Masons’ Leeds office for a number of transactions for many years. It has reached the stage whereby the team know what we need without having to discuss it in too much detail! I think the overriding reason we have remained with Pinsent Masons for buy-side legal advisory is their commercial pragmatism.’
‘I have worked with Andrew Kerr and Andrew Senior, who are both committed, professional and agile advisors.’
‘The corporate team have deep expertise, allied with an incredible drive to succeed and deliver excellence. I am hugely impressed with the team’s total alignment with the client. Everything is second to the client’s requirements.’
‘Andrew Black is an exceptional corporate lawyer who can be relied upon to deliver whatever the circumstances.’
‘Andrew Senior is a very knowledgeable lawyer who quietly and assertively delivers great outcomes.’
Turner & Townsend
Sirius Real Estate
LSL Property Services plc
Univar Solutions, Inc
Speedy Hire plc
Jola Cloud Solutions
Imagination Technologies Group Limited
- Advised the partners of Turner & Townsend on the sale to CBRE of a 60% stake for approximately £960m.
- Advised Sirius on its acquisition of Helix Investments Limited, the holding company of the BizSpace business, from Vardë Partners for an enterprise value of £380m and on the associated equity fundraising, a £135m placing on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
- Advised a subsidiary of NYSE-listed Univar Solutions Inc. on the sale of Distrupol, its European thermoplastics distribution division, to an affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners.
According to clients, Squire Patton Boggs ‘leads the market in pre-deal proactivity and the tracking of opportunities.’ The team handles a range of private equity, capital markets and general M&A transactions, particularly in the mid-market. Its client roster includes private equity houses, management teams, large corporate clients and listed plcs on a national and international level. Hannah Kendrick is a food and drink expert; she leads the local practice together with Paul Jinks who covers the interface of commercial and IP. European managing partner Jonathon Jones and Paul Mann specialise in private equity matters. Jonathan Ross assists clients with group reorganisations. The ‘unflappable‘ Hannah Crosland was recently promoted to the partnership.
Hannah Kendrick; Paul Jinks
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Jones; Paul Mann; Jonathan Ross; David Milne; Hannah Crosland
‘Paul Jinks gives practical commercial advice that anyone in the organization can understand. Agrees in advance the billing to avoid any delays and misunderstandings.’
‘We have tried a lot of different legal teams over the years but without a doubt, Squire Patton Boggs have been the best in terms of understanding of our requirements (quite specialist computer software contracts), speed of response and the relationship we have.’
‘The SPB team leads the market in pre-deal proactivity and the tracking of opportunities, making them a uniquely integral part of the deal process long before the execution phase.’
‘The proactive and tailored coverage we receive from Paul Mann and David Milne truly stands out. The level of individual engagement blends seamlessly into execution, making the SPB senior team feel like part of the investment deal team.’
‘The team were a tight-knit unit and were all excellent communicators. Despite several lawyers and paralegals working on projects they were all aligned at all times.’
‘Hannah Kendrick managed her team well and gave them the ability to move the project forwards.’
‘Hannah Crosland was excellent to work with and was careful, prompt and generally unflappable.’
‘Excellent team. Proactive and guiding in their approach. Lead partner Jonathan Ross was truly exceptional in managing several diverse stakeholders in a calm, patient and commercial manner, which has direct positive impacts. Highly recommend.’
Applied Graphene Materials plc
ClearCourse Partnership AcquireCo Finance Limited
TransUnion Information Group Limited
Tilney Smith & Williamson Limited
Clipper Logistics plc
- Acting for the shareholders in the sale of the entire issued share capital of Ligentia Group Holdings Limited including its subsidiaries in Australia, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam and Poland.
- Acting for the Shareholders of Contis Group on the sale to Solarisbank AG.
- Acting for the Shareholders of Progeny Holdings Limited on the sale of Progeny Group Limited to a newco backed by Further Global Capital Management.
Walker Morris LLP impresses with a strong track record in cross-border matters, as well as in transactions related to the private equity and ECM space. Clients are often active in the food and drink, manufacturing and technology sectors. The practice is overseen by John Hamer who handles public and private takeovers and acquisitions, and also includes Debbie Jackson; she is a key contact for a variety of funds. Richard Naish is well versed in advising public companies as well as food & drink sector clients. Daniel O’Gorman and Oliver Duke are noted for their experience in cross-border M&A and UK ECM transactions. Jo Stephenson has a focus on healthcare clients.
Other key lawyers:
Debbie Jackson; Richard Naish; Daniel O’Gorman; Oliver Duke; Jo Stephenson
‘Top class, client-focused and partner led service. Diverse and well experienced team – can do practical attitude to supporting.’
‘The team has a practical can-do attitude, always get the job done, and work pragmatically and helpfully with other lawyers. Completely dependable on any project I’ve worked with them on.’
‘High quality support and advice matched by in depth understanding of the food manufacturing and retail sectors. All staff very responsive to the clients needs particularly at partner and director level. Given the quality of service, fee levels represent exceptional value in what can be a vastly overpriced sector.’
‘Richard Naish was lead partner on a recent transaction. His knowledge of the sector we operate in was outstanding and provided significant added value, over and above the high level of legal advice, which certainly helped get us to a successful completion of the transaction against a very tight deadline. His calm and thoughtful approach ensured that we were able to overcome the difficult issues which inevitably arise in any transaction.’
‘We worked in particular with Jo Stephenson. Great collaboration, smooth, fast, focusing in finding practical solutions, accommodating to the Client’s needs and particular requests, also fee related.’
‘Oliver Duke works tirelessly to ensure transactions are completed. Helped in pushing difficult issues to conclusion with vendors to keep momentum behind deals. He has been available at all times when deals have been conducted over several time zones to keep all parties fully up to date with progress of any aspects of work he is involved in.’
‘Very approachable and responsive. They have good industry insight and look for solutions to commercial problems.’
‘We have a long standing relationship with the team at Walker Morris and they understand our business, which is key to the delivery of recent major projects. They continue to be engaged and act as soon as they are contacted. Couldn’t ask for more at this point.’
Audax Private Equity
Proactis Holdings plc
Renew Holdings plc
Eight Fifty Group – Management Team
Matiolli Woods plc
Stat Lab Medical Products
Real Good Foods plc
Novax Group AB
Trevco Industries, Inc.
MCH Private Equity
TPC Wire & Cable
- Advised Acuant and its private equity owner Audax Private Equity on two deals, the acquisition of the UK headquartered Hello Soda group, and on the $736m sale of Acuant to AIM-quoted GB Group plc.
- Advised Mattioli Woods plc on the £143m dual track acquisitions of both Maven Capital Partners and Ludlow Wealth Management and the associated ECM fundraising by way of a placing with institutional investors.
- Advised Audax Private Equity on the UK aspects of various matters, such as the sale by Audax Private Equity of Corsearch to private equity buyer, Astorg and the sale by Audax Private Equity of Katena to Corza Medical.
Clarion fields a sizeable team of dedicated corporate finance and commercial specialists. It has considerable experience in cross-border matters, as well as acting for technology and waste management clients. Practice co-head Richard Moran covers a wide range of M&A and private equity work. Fellow team leader Matthew Hattersley is well versed in commercial contracts, technology, data protection and supply chain compliance. Besides transactions, Jonathan Simms also deals with corporate governance matters. Legal director Tony Berry handles plc instructions, and also legal director Sarah Harrison is often sought after by owner-managed businesses.
Richard Moran; Matthew Hattersley
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Simms; Tony Berry; Sarah Harrison
Frasers Group plc
Regal Food Products Group plc
Home IMA Group
Interchange & Consort Hotels/Best Western
Evergreen Capital LP
Vocalink Limited (Mastercard)
Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited
Card Factory plc
Hemingways Marketing Services Limited
Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited
The members of Schofield Sweeney corporate team are appreciated for being ‘balanced and sensible in their approach and working hard to deliver.’ The group has close ties with regional owner managed and family businesses as well as national companies and HNWIs, which it supports in acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, reconstructions/demergers and forms of equity and debt financing. Due to its close collaboration with the private client team, it can also cover tax and succession planning. David Strachan is well versed on this interface. Managing partner Martin Sweeney has experience in the financial services and automotive sectors. Other prominent practitioners are Steven Millward, Karen Crutchley and associate Lucy Holroyd.
Other key lawyers:
‘Schofield Sweeney provide us with a great service, they are balanced and sensible in their approach and work hard to deliver. We use the firm on a regular basis for mid-tier corporate transactions, and recently concluded such a deal with their assistance.’
‘Martin Sweeney is a great lawyer, experienced, balanced, considerate – in essence you are getting a lawyer that could easily be with any of the major local firms but at a much more competitive rate, which is great for us as the client.’
‘Very attentive to detail. Care about the client and the result that we are aiming for. Proactive during deal construction making the process as eay as possible for the client.’
‘We work closely with the corporate team who are always on board with our requirements. Karen Crutchley is exceptional with her attitude, ability to work in compressed time scales and excellent technical capability. World class.’
Cubico Group Limited
Greenhous Group Limited
H. Dawson Sons and Company (Wool) Limited
DFDS Seaways Plc
Catfoss Renewables Limited
Business Growth Fund
C4X Discovery Holdings Plc
EMIS Group Plc
Kettlewell Fuels Limited
NDL Software Limited
Millers Oils Limited
Airedale Catering Equipment Group Limited
Copenhagen Infrastructure Service Company Ltd
Elevation Financial Group Limited
AlphaPlus Consultancy Limited
Hempel Special Metals Limited
Marlborough Construction Services Limited
Claritas Solutions Limited
Optima Energy Group
Switalskis Solicitors Limited
- Advised Greenhous Group Ltd on the sale of its reconditioning and storage business “Smart Fleet Solutions” to the online car retailer Cazoo Ltd.
- Acted for Airedale Catering Equipment Group Ltd and its management team on a private equity investment by Rockpool Investments LP.
- Advised the Steers family on the sale of their commercial vehicle rental group “Eurotrail” to TIP Trailer Services.
Shoosmiths LLP which recently celebrated five years since opening in Leeds, regularly acts for national and international listed companies and funds from a variety of industries. Team head James Foster has broad expertise in matters such as acquisitions and divestments, venture capital, growth equity, private equity investments and joint ventures. Simon Procter provides 'a top level service and a fantastic technical ability.' Principal associate Natalie Hager and senior associate Sophie Davies are further key contacts.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Procter; Natalie Hager; Sophie Davies
‘The team is always available and on hand to provide excellent commercial advice. They always strive to support in any way they can and their technical ability combined with pragmatic approach really helps ensure any matter moves forward in the best way.’
‘On all of the matters Simon Proctor has led from the front, providing a top level service and a fantastic technical ability. He has always delivered, ensured the transactions progress on time and is always on the end of the phone is needed. Without his support we would not have had the success we have achieved in the last year.’
‘Strong team, highly skilled but delivered by a team with a diversity of backgrounds.’
‘James Foster – very entrepreneurial, relationship led lawyer but underpinned by strong legal acumen.’
WM Morrison Supermarkets plc
Azets Holdings Limited (a HG Capital investee company)
Capiton AG (and multiple investee companies)
Moorfield Private Equity Group
Coppergreen Developments Limited
Lloyds Development Capital (and multiple investee companies)
Frasers Group plc (Sports Direct)
Business Growth Fund (and multiple investee companies)
Wild Life Group Limited
Maven Capital Partners UK LLP (and multiple investee companies)
YFM Private Equity Limited
Nationwide Specialist Services Limited
MegaGroup Trade Holding B.V. (Nimbus investee company)
Jet Aire (DC) Limited
- Advised the shareholders of Coppergreen Developments Limited, a holiday park group backed by BGF, on the £91m disposal to Away Resorts Limited (backed by CVC Capital Partners Fund VIII).
- Advised Moorfield Private Equity Group on the disposal of “The Forge”, a luxury Quayside housing tower, to Grainger plc for £57m.
- Advised Berlin Private Equity House, Capiton AG (via its investee company Fydec Holding SA – Dec Group) on the acquisition of the “Extract Technologies” division of NYSE listed Wabash National Corporation.
The team at Blacks Solicitors LLP is ‘able to connect the legal position with the realities of business life.‘ Larger regional clients approach the group in connection with sales, corporate restructurings and shareholder agreements; it is particularly well-versed in the healthcare and technology sectors. Nigel Hoyle also has expertise in acting for owner-managed businesses. He leads the practice together with Phil Parkinson who focuses on commercial law and data protection. Saby Sambhi often advises holiday park clients. Lewis Goodwin is another key member of the group.
Nigel Hoyle; Phil Parkinson
Other key lawyers:
Saby Sambhi; Alex Hall; Lewis Goodwin
‘Excellent knowledgeable service and support.’
‘Blacks were responsive, balanced but passionate about my position helping me through a very complex legal position to get best outcome.’
‘Blacks go the extra mile to meet clients needs, big or small.’
‘The team’s strengths are a combination of the knowledge of everyone working in the team together with their personalities and approach to the work. They show a genuine interest in the matter to hand and are able to connect the legal position with the realities of business life. Pragmatic solutions are sought, rather than black and white legal arguments.’
‘A special mention to Alex Hall who went above and beyond in her assistance to get our deal over the line. In what ended up being very difficult protracted negotiations, Alex made herself available to us throughout and worked evenings and I am sure some weekends to assist us. She is a very valuable asset to the business and we cannot speak highly enough of her calm and friendly outgoing nature.’
‘Phil Parkinson: very impressed with the attentiveness and efficiency in my dealings.’
‘The team are very practical and down to earth – clients appreciate this and their honesty and approachability They always help find the solution you want and work well with other professionals. They are very knowledgeable and highly recommended.’
‘Nigel Hoyle has an extremely amiable personality that puts you at ease immediately. Add to that a genuine care for your personal situation and business, and a relentless desire to deliver on your behalf.’
The shareholders of HKA Holdings Limited
The shareholders of Red Embedded Holdings Limited
The shareholder of Magna Colours Holdings Limited
Leonidas Capital Limited
Tovey Little Dental Centre Ltd/The Shareholders
Harrogate Spring Water
Southern Wind Group t/a Fazenda
Catalyst IT Solutions
Great Rail Journeys
HKA Financial Services
Perega (aka Thomasons Group)
David Wood Baking
Great Rail Journeys
The Dalesman Group
Backstage Academy (Training)
David and Slavka Peatfield
- Advised the shareholder of Magna Colours Holdings Limited on the sale of the company to Avient Corporation.
- Advised the shareholders of Red Embedded Holdings Limited in relation to the implementation of, and sale of the company to, an employee ownership trust.
- Acted for Production Park Limited in securing a £12m loan from the Cultural Recovery Fund, implemented by the Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The Arts Council.
Gordons LLP‘s practice is ‘personable, very professional, incredibly pragmatic, and delivers no-nonsense legal advice.’ The team handles M&A transactions and commercial deals concerning outsourcing activities and launches. It is reputed for acting for retail, digital and technology clients, and the team is headed up by James Fawcett; he also covers private equity transactions. Jonathan Asquez has experience acting for entrepreneurs. Duncan Firman and Amy Pierechod are both 'incredibly knowledgeable in their areas of expertise.’
Other key lawyers:
Duncan Firman; Jonathan Asquez; Amy Pierechod
‘The team at Gordons is personable, very professional, incredibly pragmatic, and delivers no-nonsense legal advice. They genuinely go the extra mile for their clients – and that’s why we love them.’
‘Duncan Firman and Amy Pierechod are truly amazing lawyers and were true partners to us. They are honest, easy to work with, professional, and incredibly knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. While working with us, they worked around the clock to help get our deal done – morning, day and late at night. They’ve become the only lawyers I’d work with commercially.’
‘Attention to detail and availability to discuss issues whenever needed. Went the extra mile for us.’
‘James Fawcett – excellent appreciation for us and our business. Listened to our thoughts and needs and translated them into proper advice and implementation of a difficult contract negotiation.’
‘Andrew Moore – pulled together a complicated disclosure and sale documentation without a single mistake. All stakeholders were looked after and properly informed and advised of their requirements and responsibilities.’
‘Jonathan Asquez and his team are a well coordinated group offering full service M&A support with exceptional value for money. We have been consistently impressed with Jonathan’s commercial pragmatic approach and the ‘can do’ attitude of everyone on the team.’
‘A large business but still offers then personal touch where everyone still knows their colleagues in different departments to look after you. They genuinely care and keep you informed throughout every project.’
‘Duncan Firman as he is able to recall details of your case at any time that you contact him without the need to revert to checking his file all the time unless it is of course necessary for finer points of detail. He always keeps you informed of the position and manages to explain the legal process in layman’s terms.’
Advanced Intelligent Logistics
Oak Furniture Land
Buy It Direct
British Garden Centres
- Advised the shareholders of social media planning group Content Calendr on the sale of the company to tech giant Adobe.
- Advised Severfield PLC on its acquisition of DAM Structures for up to £32m.
- Advised legal engineering firm SYKE on the investment by Bowmark Capital-backed Lawyers on Demand.
Team head Susie Mortonson and Matthew Rowley at Harrowells Solicitors are noted for being 'knowledgeable, efficient and for giving brilliant sensible advice.' The group is often instructed by clients from the hi-tech manufacturing, distribution, hospitality, food production and processing industries. The workload includes matters such as share purchases and sales, company reorganisations. Mortonson combines corporate, commercial and employment know-how.
Other key lawyers:
‘All very experienced and practical in their approach and response.’
‘Susie Mortonson and Matthew Rowley handled the sale of my business with tenacity and professionalism in sometimes difficult negotiations.’
‘Harrowells Solicitors have been extremely friendly and helpful, and I was attended to incredibly quickly – nothing was too much trouble. Potential clients could feel rest assured knowing that they can the expect a very efficient and high level of service.’
‘The collegiate way in which the firm’s people work with their clients and other professional advisers sets them apart.’
‘I have worked most closely with Susie Mortonson who is pragmatic, calm and most importantly great fun to work with even in high pressure situations which helps all parties achieve more successful outcomes.’
‘The team are well known, and regarded, in the city, and their field. They are competent, professional and excellent at getting the deal completed.’
‘I’ve worked with Susie Mortonson and Matt Rowley a number of times and will always recommend them. They are knowledgeable, efficient and give brilliant sensible advice.’
‘Very impressed by Susie Mortonson. Takes time to support her clients. Had emotional intelligence and empathy together with keen legal brain. As clients we have valued her service over past two years. Made the difference in getting a complex matter resolved.’
Lupton Fawcett has a noteworthy track record of acting for private equity backed clients, start-ups and family businesses. The team, led by M&A specialist Giles Clegg, is often involved in small- to lower mid-market deals, scale-ups and fundings of early stage and high growth companies, and share incentive schemes. It has particular know-how in the healthcare, technology and innovation sector. Jonathan Oxley is a key contact for VC clients and share schemes, while Michele Phillips covers corporate finance matters.
Other key lawyers:
Dan McCormack; Jonathan Oxley; Michele Phillips
Northern Bloc Ice Cream limited
Age Partnership Limited
Renovotec Investments Limited
Hartshorne Crossroads Group Limited
American Promotional Events
- Acted for the holding company of The Mosaic Tile Company Limited in its acquisition of the Tile Giant retail business from Travis Perkins Plc.
- Advised Simomics Limited in respect of a growth stage investment of up to £3.5m from two angel investors.
- Acted for selling shareholders of GT Timber Limited, the holding company of Taylormade Timber Products and Kerr Timber Products.
Mills & Reeve LLP has established itself as a go-to firm for mid-cap transactions in the Leeds-market. The team is often involved in matters in the technology, waste, food, healthcare and insurance space, and also handles wealth management and real estate investment matters. Joanna Jowitt is regularly approached by financial sector clients. Practice head Paul Johnson knows acting for private and public companies, in particular private equity-backed clients, well. Martin Priestley is a key contact in sourcing, collaborative and strategic commercial projects. Principal associate Alex Kenworthy often advises international clients looking to invest in the UK, and principal associate Vanessa Walton has experience in corporate structured transactions and joint ventures.
Other key lawyers:
Martin Priestley; Joanna Jowitt; Alex Kenworthy; Vanessa Walton
Societe Mutuel D’Assurance du Batiment et des Travaux Publics (Groupe SMA)
William Jackson Food Group
Voyageurs du Monde
Karndean International Limited
The Enva Group
Nolte Kitchens UK Limited
CVC Capital Partners
Westerleigh Group Holdings
FGS Agri Group
Steel City Interactive Limited
Rema Tip Top
Kadans Science Partner UK Holding Limited
Quanesco Bidco Limited
- Advised VetPartners on the acquisition of Goddard Group.
- Advised CVC Partners in connection with its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the Away Resorts group from Freshstream LLP, and its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the Aria Resorts group from management.
- Advising on the MCA’s procurement for a replacement national radio network infrastructure for ship to shore communications with the UK’s Coastguard.
3volution Limited is sought after by numerous SMEs, often in the tech, digital or gaming space. Its multi-disciplinary teams can cover matters relating to corporate, M&A, private equity, venture capital, restructuring and reorganisation, corporate governance and finance, often taking IP considerations into account. Practice head Jonathan Priestley has more than 30 years of experience in the field. Michael Cantwell acts for acquiring groups, MBO teams and sellers in the full life-cycle of corporate and venture capital transactions.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Cantwell; Amy Woodfine
‘Very approachable team – they provide good corporate advice.’
‘The team specialises in their niche sectors. Their response times are rapid and their costing is fair and transparent.’
‘Michael Cantwell is not only an excellent M&A lawyer but also a pragmatist. So many lawyers create hurdles (sometimes just to show how clever they are !) whereas Mike Cantwell invariably seeks to clear hurdles in order to make the company sale/purchase arrangement as fast and cost efficient as possible – whilst still, of course, protecting the client interests.’
‘The team are very practical and down to earth – clients appreciate this and their honesty and approachability. They always help find the solution you want and work well with other professionals. They are very knowledgeable and highly recommended.’
‘Mike Cantwell is always available to talk and meet etc, very pragmatic in his approach and clearly well versed in his subject.’
Northern Monk Brewing Co. Ltd
Drivespeed Group Limited
Rabbit (Holdings) Limited
Alton Cars Limited
DWF in Leeds offers a 'good depth of knowledge and pragmatic advice' in corporate and commercial matters. Areas of expertise include management buyouts, private equity deals, as well as assisting clients in the lettings, wealth management, mortgage broking and financial services sectors on acquisitions. The growing team is led by Lester Wilson, as is Jon Marriott , who is a specialist in corporate finance. Wendy Harrison advises in particular hospitality and leisure sector clients. Another noted individual is Jonathan Procter who has 'detailed all-around knowledge and ability with a huge amount of experience.'
Other key lawyers:
Jon Marriott; Jonathan Procter; Wendy Harrison
‘Knowledgeable and experienced.’
‘Lester Wilson is excellent.’
‘Good depth of knowledge and pragmatic advice.’
‘Excellent corporate lawyers with a commercial view.’
‘Jonathan Procter has detailed all around knowledge and ability with a huge amount of experience. With that knowledge/experience also comes a commercial opinion as to how to proceed, which is very valuable as a client.’
The Property Franchise Group plc
Lambert Smith Hampton
Nick Dunning Associates
Zinnwald Lithium plc
Horizonte Minerals Plc
MKC Wealth/Cabot Square Capital
Crisp Thinking Group Limited
SPARK Advisory Partners
Emerald Publishing Group
Braime Group Plc
Superbike Factory Limited
Plant Healthcare Plc
Freeths LLP in Leeds covers the full life-cycle of corporate transactions. It demonstrates know-how in private acquisitions and disposals, particularly when owner managed businesses are injected with investment capital, such as private equity and debt capital. The members also handle corporate restructuring and reorganisations, MBOs and MBIs as well as a range of commercial matters. The practice's key contacts are Dahren Naidoo, corporate finance specialist Andy Francey, Jeremy Swift and director Frank Suttie.
Dahren Naidoo; Andy Francey; Jeremy Swift; Frank Suttie
Other key lawyers:
‘Andy Francey provides exceptional service.’
‘The team is very responsive, practical and commercial. The attitude is to work constructively to get a deal done. We value the advice in particular because the Freeths corporate team find commercial solutions to problems as they arise.’
‘Dahren Naidoo is excellent. Dahren is responsive, practical and organised. I always trusted Dahren and his team to stay on top of matters and manage transactions from start to finish.’
Linley and Simpson
Definition Agency Limited
Cloudcall Group Plc
Peratech Holdco Limited
James Ian Parker/The Gym King (Holdings) Limited
Twenty20 Midco 1 Limited
The British Education Suppliers Association
EdTech Evidence Group
North Yorkshire County Council
Reading Borough Council
Massolit Online Learning
- Advised Linley & Simpson on the LDC backed merger with Lomand Capital in a £100m transaction creating a new national lettings and estate agency group.
- Acted for the seller in the sale of 40% of issued share capital of the Gym King Limited from Founder and key manager to JD Sports Fashion Plc.
- Acted to enable the transfer of ownership of Elevation Holdings into an employee ownership.
LCF Law offers 'succinct legal advice coupled with commercial awareness.' The group is active for SMEs, owner managers and family businesses but also for healthcare sector clients such as pharmacies, dental practices, nursing and care homes, and GP practices. It often advises on sales to private equity and larger corporate acquirers, Employee Ownership Trusts and corporate restructuring. Susan Clark is the team head and main contact. Cathy Cook is 'brilliant at delivering the desired outcome.'
Other key lawyers:
Cathy Cook; James Sarjantson; Brad Stewart
‘Great practical lawyers who really understand their clients’ businesses.’
‘Susan Clark – fantastic adviser who knows her clients’ history and guides them through tricky negotiations brilliantly. Absolutely holds her own against lawyers in much bigger firms. There’s nothing she hasn’t seen in her practice and she can cut through to the important commercial points. Delightful to work with.’
‘Cathy Cook – superb communicator and brilliant at delivering the desired outcome. A really dedicated adviser who is also a fantastic person!’
‘LCF have a friendly, hands-on, commercial approach to corporation transactions and legal advice.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable, and always willing to research issues without committing to something they don’t understand. They appear to understand their client and accommodate specific requirements.’
‘Succinct legal advice coupled with commercial awareness.’
‘James Sarjantson – always accessible and always provides a candid approach to the problem at hand.’
‘The LCF corporate and commercial team is alway responsive and offers great advice. The level of communication is exceptional with rapid responses going above and beyond. I have even had a partner take a call from me whilst they were on vacation to ensure the momentum was maintained on an acquisition project.’
The shareholders of Consolidated Timber Holdings Group Limited
Davison Fencing Holdings Limited
Kershaw & Kershaw Limited
The shareholders of Apptopay Limtied
Yorkshire Building Services Limited
The Red Consultancy Ltd
- Advised the shareholders of Consolidated Timber Holdings Limited to Rubicon, a private equity buyer.
- Advised Davison Fencing Limited on the establishment of an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) and the associated sale of 100% of the issued share capital of the Company to the EOT .
- Advised the shareholders of ApptoPay Limited on the conditional sale subject to FCA approval to the Secure Trust Bank Plc such transaction to complete on receipt of change of control consent.
Clients including PE-backed and privately owned groups, owner managers, HNWIs and entrepreneurs appreciate Raworths for providing 'succinct, practical and easily understandable advice in an efficient and timely manner.' It is mainly active in acquisitions and disposals, M&A, and equity investments as well as succession planning and wealth management. Jon Healey leads the practice and is also well versed in commercial agreements. Simon Morris specialises in advising SME clients, and senior associate Thaynara Charlesworth often deals with asset and share acquisitions/sales.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Morris; Thaynara Charlesworth; Deborah Boylan
‘The practice doesn’t waste time; it gets to the point and provides succinct, practical and easily understandable advice in an efficient and timely manner.’
‘Deborah Boylan is always easy to contact, comes back to you quickly and provides succinct, practical and easily understandable advice.’
‘The Raworths team are extremely accessible and responsive. Communication is frequent and always unprompted resulting in the fastest possible transactions. Billing is fair and completely transparent. The level of knowledge and skill meets all our requirements and has done for two decades now.’
‘Simon Morris handles our corporate and acquisition needs and is perfectly in tune with our industry and methods. His service and execution is faultless.’
‘Jon Healey delivers considered advice in a level headed manner.’
‘The put themselves on our shoes and offer answers with quickness at any time.’
‘Efficient, seamless processes overall – particularly strong team on commercial/M&A for small and medium-sized businesses.’
‘Thaynara Charlesworth has helped us with our complex corporate updates – managing to speak in laymans terms so we could understand the complexities – no easy feat. She has been very personable and professional.’
Lomond Capital and Linley & Simpson Limited
Celli Group (UK) Limited
Printeos Group Holding SL
Shareholders of Higgidy Limited
Homes For Students Limited
- Advised Printeos Group Holding SL on its acquisition of a UK headquartered printing business.
- Advised Celli Group (UK) on the framework agreement for warehousing, distribution and supply of goods and services to Diageo in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and various countries around the World.
- Acted for Lomond Capital and Linley & Simpson on numerous acquisitions to support and implement the group’s private equity backed growth strategy across the UK.
Ward Hadaway LLP regularly assists individuals and entrepreneurs, SMEs, owner-managed businesses, plcs, equity funders and debt providers in their corporate and commercial endeavours. It has know-how in several industry sectors, such as healthcare, technology, energy and manufacturing. Adrian Ballam is a corporate key contact. Jonathan Pollard advises both public and private companies. Robert Thompson and Damien Charlton in Newcastle lead the practice.
Robert Thompson; Damien Charlton
Other key lawyers:
James Nightingale; Jonathan Pollard; Adrian Ballam; Nathan Bilton
‘Responsive; open and transparent; no surprises – you get what was agreed at the price agreed.’
‘Nathan Bilton – extremely responsive, quickly understands the challenge from your perspective and delivers a solution. Nice guy too!’
‘Ward Hadaway provides an expert legal opinion but in a time where contact has clearly been challenging have made every effort to support and understand our business. The invaluable advice on ancillary work, means as an advisor they have developed a rounded view of the activities ongoing within our business, leaving them best placed to provide the advice we require.’
‘The key individuals we deal with at senior level is through James Nightingale. I find James hugely accessible and he provides professional advice alongside an approach which feels supportive and comfortable. In a challenging period for all industries, the firm has maintained a good contact throughout where possible, which leaves them best placed as people who understand our business.’
‘The partners and staff are focused on ensuring their clients receive great service. They always do what they say they will do and when they say it will be completed. I can’t compliment the team looking after us highly enough.’
Solingen Private Equity Limited
CNG (Group) Limited
BGF Investments LP
SHG (Care Villages) Limited
Epta Developments Corporation
Suncrop Produce Limited
Peter Jackson & Sons Limited
BioresQ Skincare Limited
Maynards Europe Limited
BTL Group Limited
Grosvensor Integrated Services Holdings Limited
Vodat Communications Group (VCG) Holding
Citi Logik Limited
- Alongside KPMG, advised the shareholders (including Maven Capital Partners) on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Healthpoint Limited to Dayes BV.
- Acted for the shareholders of Yorkshire-based leading textile manufacturer Peter Jackson & Sons Limited on the sale of the business to pan-European Paris-based private equity house Tioopo Capital.
- Acted for the shareholders of Quidvis Limited on the majority sale of the business to Bradford-based Kings Secure Technologies Limited.
Berwins‘ corporate team ‘performs efficiently and effectively.’ It has considerable experience and activity in the technology sector where it advises on matters such as transactions, investments and share structures. Paul Berwin leads the group; his caseload is often of international nature. Senior associate Oliver King joined from Langleys Solicitors prior to that firm's takeover by Knights plc.
Other key lawyers:
‘Our 15 year relationship with Berwins is comprehensive on our commercial and personal requirements; this provides seamless understanding from one to the other.’
‘Approachable. Quick to understand the situation. Good communication skills. Thorough in work undertaken. Achievement of timescales. Clarity in costs.’
‘The team are very personable and responsive to queries. Work is performed efficiently and effectively. A friendly approachable group.’
‘I have mostly dealt with Oliver King, who I have found to be honest, approachable, friendly and professional and am impressed at the speed at which queries are resolved and work delivered.’
Prodigi Group Limited
Kore Logic Limited
Novo Onboard Retail Limited
Vet UK Holdings Limited
- Advised VetUK shareholders on selling shares to acquisitive vet chain VetPartners.
- Acted for ACR IT Solutions Limited in the acquisition of shares in the client when it was acquired by BDR Holdings.
- Provided legal support to Prodigi Group Limited as the company’s structure evolved.
Bevan Brittan LLP has notable expertise with regards to local authorities, the NHS and central government bodies, as well as a range of private sector businesses. The firm's practice spans M&A, joint ventures, funding and PE investments, as well as reorganisations, trade sales and secondary market activity. Chris Harper divides his time between Bristol and Leeds, and he leads the practice together with Christian Hunt; he also handles corporate governance matters.
Chris Harper; Christian Hunt
SiRRAN Engineering Services
A Shade Greener Finance
- Advised Sirran Engineering Services on its sale to US based NetNumber Inc.
- Advised the management of the management buy-out of Dowlis Inspired Branding Group.
McCormicks is an established advisor to sport sector clients in particular, with clients such as Premier League, the EFL and Leeds United FC on its roster. Here, it advises on commercial contracts and sponsorship agreements. The practice also offers support to hospitality and leisure as well as private clients. The key contacts and practice heads are James Towler and senior partner Peter McCormick.
Peter McCormick; James Towler
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent corporate advice, value for money, huge experience.’
‘Peter McCormick: fantastic client service and unrivalled sector expertise.’
The Premier League
The Premier League Charitable Fund
Harrogate International Festivals Ltd
Leeds United Football Club Limited
Abacus Direct Limited
Harrogate Town Football Club
Harrogate Racquets Club Limited
Universal Search Group Limited
Redline Specialist Cars Limited
- Acting as retained advisors to the Premier League in respect of the operation of the Owners’ and Directors’ Test.
- Advising Leeds United on a large number of commercial contracts, including a large number of sponsorship agreements.
- Advising IT and telecoms business, AQ Limited, in relation to various commercial relationships and contracts with third party suppliers, customers and partners.
Ramsdens Solicitors LLP
Clients praise Ramsdens Solicitors LLP for being 'able to distil complicated areas of law into understandable concepts.' In particular, owner-managed businesses approach the team for support in a wide range of company law matters, including share sales and purchases, asset sales and purchases, corporate reconstructions, management buy-outs, and joint ventures. The Huddersfield-based group is led by engineering and logistics specialist Stephen Newman and transaction-focused Richard Dean. Senior associate Adam Cockroft is considered to be 'instrumental.'
Stephen Newman; Richard Dean
Other key lawyers:
‘Their ability to communicate at very regular intervals even when there is little progress to report. This ensures the client they are on top of the job.’
‘Adam Cockcroft was instrumental in ensuring I didn’t concede areas I probably would have without his expertise and input.’
‘Very client-friendly and responsive, able to distil complicated areas of law into understandable concepts. Particular expertise in family companies so great tact and diplomacy and ability to keep all informed and happy. Work well with other professionals – accountants etc. Very professional.’
‘Stephen Newman is a highly qualified corporate lawyer with innovative thinking. Combining old-fashioned values with modern corporate structuring – a hugely talented individual. Adam Cockcroft is knowledgeable and a great complement to Stephen, both are unflappable and bring calm, competence to the table.’
‘Throughout the process Adam Cockcroft acted professionally and promptly. He always delivered on time at every stage of the process and ensured we were aware of exactly what was required. Adam always took the time to ensure we understood the process and when required explained to us in detail any areas that we did not fully understand. We were extremely impressed with Adam’s professionalism and ability to guide us through the process.’
- Acted for NEIL RUSHWORTH and others in the sale of the trading operations of Expect Distribution to its management team.
- Acted for Dennis Morgan and others in the sale of the issued share capital of Pyramid Display Materials Limited to Grimco Inc., and American supplier of signage and display materials with more than 65 branches across the United States.
- Acted for Graham Tannant and others of the issued share capital of Advance Technical Services Limited to Indutrade UK Limited.