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Ian Thomson

Work 0116 262 4225
Knights plc

Work Department

Corporate & Commercial


Partner & Head of Commercial.  Advising business clients ranging from sole traders and SMEs to multinational corporations on a comprehensive range of contractual, commercial, trading and regulatory matters, including the buying and selling of goods and services through terms and conditions and bespoke contracts; outsourcing; international trade; manufacturing arrangements; agency; distributorship and franchising arrangements; technology transfer and licensing; software licensing, support, maintenance and development and hardware procurement and supply; energy distribution and supply; financial services (in particular consumer credit); advertising, marketing and sales promotion regulation; media and sponsorship agreements; competition law (including dawn raids) and anti-corruption; trading law; confidentiality and data protection.


Admitted as a Solicitor in 1985; Iveson, Jarratt & Co, Hull (1983-1986); British Coal (1986-1989); Nestle UK (1989-1995); The Boots Company Plc (1995-2004); Focus Wickes (2004-2005); Geldards LLP (2005-2016); Spearing Waite LLP (2016), acquired by Knights plc in October 2018.


Conversational French & German


Former Chairman of the Law Society's Commerce & Industry Group


Hymers College, Hull; Downing College, Cambridge (MA with Honours), College of Law (Solicitors' Final Examination)


Watching sport (football, cricket, & rugby league), vintage film, television and music, reading, walking, travel, cookery & school governor

East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Within: Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands

Spearing Waite LLP is noted for ‘delivering excellent client-focused service’ and is singled out by clients as a ‘rare example of a professional and personal’ group. Having recently strengthened its corporate offering with the arrival of banking expert Haydon Simmonds from Addleshaw Goddard and the establishment of a specialist commercial team under the lead of Ian Thomson, the group now provides a dedicated corporate, banking and commercial offering. The team’s expertise in corporate transactions ranges from mergers and acquisitions to venture capital and private equity fundraising and investments, as well as complex reorganisations and corporate governance work. Clients include private and listed companies. In a recent headline-grabbing highlight, ‘excellent communicatorMartin Smith and Jahid Ali, who jointly head the corporate team, led advice to the exiting private equity backers and founder shareholders on the secondary buyout of Ensek, an acquisition backed by Lloyds Development Capital and with debt funding provided by HSBC. In a venture capital highlight, Ali led a team assisting Longwall Venture Partners with the raising of a new £75m venture capital fund, with investors including British Business Bank and institutional and private investors. The client roster also features Beowulf Mining, Freudenberg & Co and Oxford Technology Management.

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