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Marriott Harrison LLP
11 STAPLE INN
LONDON
WC1V 7QH
England

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Marriott Harrison LLP focuses on transactions across a broad spectrum of industry sectors, including media and technology, leisure and retail, education and healthcare. Clients include entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses, for whom the firm acts on investments and cross-border acquisitions. Outside the UK, the firm's international capabilities are facilitated through an international network of referralfirms. Practice head Simon Charles is experienced in corporate financing, and has a strong track record in advising clients on acquisition financing activities. The firm promoted David Strong to the partnership this year, while at the other end of the spectrum, Jonathan Pearce and Andrew Wigfall retired.

Testimonials

Marriott Harrison offers straightforward, quality advice at a reasonable price

An excellently resourced and very practical and commercial firm

A wide range of skills from commercial lawyers able to work effectively as a team

Ben Devons has exceptional commercial acumen delivered in a calm, measured fashion

Key clients

Cello Group Plc

Coolabi Group Limited

Balderton Capital

Accel Partners

The Fulham Shore Plc

Nasstar Plc

Kaplan International Holdings Limited

International Schools Partnership

Chiltern Capital LLP

Volvere Plc

Eight Capital Plc

Venture capital Tier 2

Benefiting from 'strong venture capital market and transaction experience', Marriott Harrison LLP provides 'pragmatic and commercial' advice to a primarily investor-focused client base engaged in seed and Series A financings. Now headed by the 'trustworthy and personableDavid Strong following Andrew Wigfall's departure in the middle of 2018 to Balderton Capital, the team has been particularly active of late handling work in the fintech space, including its recent work for Thrive Capital on its investment into Monzo as part of its recent £85m Series E fundraising (a deal which is also emblematic of the team's growing presence in later stage mandates). Although the team is better known for its investor practice, Daniel Jacob provides 'very clear advice' to to many early-stage companies.

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

The team is very straightforward to deal with and understands how to support commercial discussions.

Jon Sweet and David Strong are very good at managing and structuring transactions.

David Strong provides a consistently fast turnaround and is not overly “lawyerly”.’

Jonathan Leigh Hunt is particularly competent and helpful.

Ben Devons is unflustered and a consummate professional.

Key clients

Accel Partners

Balderton Capital

Mobeus Equity Partners

Beringea

Kindred Capital

Frontline Ventures

Thrive Capital

Maven Capital Partners

Chiltern Capital

Accomplice

Vinted

Previse

Edge Investments

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Marriott Harrison LLP is hailed for its ‘positive, can-do attitude, backed up by robust and intelligent advice’. Though it handles the full spectrum of commercial property matters, it is particularly active in the corporate occupier area, representing both landlords and tenants on HQ relocations, office moves and leasing issues. The ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘thorough and diligent’ Mark Lavers serves as practice head. His team also frequently undertakes site acquisitions and subsequent developments, investment-related disposals and asset management work as well as a range of property matters in the retail sector.

Testimonials

‘Very good partner availability.’

‘Good on detail; take responsibility for all documentation with good commercial and practical advice.’

‘They always get the job done and never give up if things get tricky.’

‘Responsive, pragmatic, commercial, detailed legal knowledge, top of game, proportionate fees.’

‘The team are constantly there for us, no matter how trivial or major the issue may be. They are friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, patient and most of all totally supportive.’

‘The team at Marriott Harrison always quickly understand client requirements and respond quickly with practical solutions. I also find them fun to work with and no job is too small.’

‘Good level of response times – generally within the same day. This is a key consideration when choosing a solicitor to work on a particular instruction.’

‘Mark Lavers has strong technical knowledge and attention to detail.’

‘Sam Swann challenged and negotiated an alternative legal view point to an opposing law firm representing our landlord. In a situation where the opposing side appeared to be inflexible and disinterested in changing their view, Sam protected our business and successfully reset their mindset and resulted in a good outcome.’

‘Old school personal client care. Modern in attitude.’

‘Mark Lavers’ attention to detail and his proactive approach are second to none.’

‘Mark Lavers has been working with us for several years now and he is the ultimate professional. I trust him implicitly and know that he always has our best interests at heart and will get us the best possible solution.’

‘Mark Lavers has a deep experience and knowledge. He stands out from the vast majority of other solicitors I’ve dealt with in that he takes an obvious pleasure and pride in patiently explaining complex legal issues to non-lawyers in an understandable way. Mark is always ready to do this and that makes such a refreshing difference. Properly understanding an issue makes it so much easier to deal with.

‘I find Guy Hitchin to be more commercially minded than most, his ability to keep transactions moving along whilst untangling complicated issues impressive. His honest advice and attention to detail makes me feel proud to refer him to my clients.’

Key clients

GSM London Limited

Total Media Limited

Amplience (UK) Limited

Hurley Palmer Flatt Limited

Bleep plc

Procam Television Holdings Limited

Pico London Limited

Lightship Chartering (UK) Limited

Information Builders (UK) Limited

Theramex HQ UK Limited

Dore Partnership Limited

Fenix International Limited

American Superconductor

Interica Limited

General Intelligence Limited

Commercial property: retail Tier 4

Marriott Harrison LLP is hailed for its ‘positive, can-do attitude, backed up by robust and intelligent advice’. Though it handles the full spectrum of commercial property matters, it is particularly active in the corporate occupier area, representing both landlords and tenants on HQ relocations, office moves and leasing issues. The ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘thorough and diligent’ Mark Lavers serves as practice head. His team also frequently undertakes site acquisitions and subsequent developments, investment-related disposals and asset management work as well as a range of property matters in the retail sector.

Testimonials

‘As a team Marriott Harrison are very approachable and focused on achieving practical solutions for their clients.’

‘Mark Lavers is very knowledgeable with sound judgement on difficult points.’

‘Guy Hitchin is very hands on and engaged with an excellent understanding of his client’s business and their needs.’

‘Nick Smith is excellent at seeing the big picture and focuses on practical solutions.’

‘High levels of emotional intelligence with pragmatic and sensible advice all with added pride in a job well done.’

‘Guy Hitchin provides excellent advice and guidance.’

‘They always get the job done and never give up if things get tricky.’

‘Responsive, pragmatic, commercial, detailed legal knowledge, top of game, proportionate fees.’

‘Mark Lavers is at the top of his game, knowledgeable and approachable.’

‘Mark Lavers has a deep experience and knowledge of landlord and tenant/conveyancing law. Mark stands out from the vast majority of other solicitors in that he takes an obvious pleasure and pride in patiently explaining complex legal issues to non-lawyers in an understandable way.’

‘A positive, can-do attitude backed up by robust and intelligent advice. In any given matter advice is forensically researched and delivered at lightning speed.’

Key clients

Smith Bradbeer & Company Limited

5:15 Records Limited

Sister Ray (2007) Limited

H Huntsman & Son Limited

Bucherer

J & M Davidson Limited

Mackintosh Limited

23.5 Degrees Limited

Planet Organic Limited

Commercial litigation Tier 8

Marriott Harrison LLP's 'commercial litigation team is solutions focused and provides well-targeted, savvy advice'. Tamar Halevy advises on director and shareholder disputes, breaches of contracts and trusts, fraud, and professional negligence. Jim Mackie is the other partner to note.

Testimonials

The team provides high-quality litigation advice, and has excellent practical skills and a strong understanding of the matters it deals with‘.

Tamar Halevy has an excellent intellectual grasp of legal problems and fantastic knowledge of the law‘.

Jim Mackie has seen it all and is unflustered by anything the other side might raise‘.

Key clients

Mobeus Private Equity Partners

UAB Avion Express

Ross Hare

MAC Aero Interiors

Marriott Harrison is a leading specialist business law firm. It provides a high-quality partner-led service for business clients across a wide range of sectors. It is particularly known for its mid-market transactional practice.

The firm: Marriott Harrison consistently operates at a high level in its core practice areas by concentrating on excellence. The firm advises clients on a wide range of deals: not only does it have experience domestically and internationally in major complex transactions for institutions and corporate clients, but it is also very experienced in representing owner-mangers and growing businesses.

What particularly distinguishes the firm is its very personal approach both internally and with clients and its commercial, common-sense attitude. There is an expanding and loyal client base, which is a measure of the continuing success that these attributes bring. The firm has grown by attracting senior personnel from larger firms while at the same time its graduate training programme has been successful in enabling the firm to grow organically.

Types of work undertaken: Corporate: the corporate team provides expertise in all corporate finance and M&A areas, including corporate acquisitions and disposals, management buyouts and venture capital, flotations, restructuring, banking, financial services and funds. The firm has a particularly strong presence in the venture capital market and represents a number of private equity and venture capital institutions as well as advising management teams. It also has a significant practice in equity and debt capital markets, acting regularly for issuers and for sponsors, nominated advisers and brokers.

Intellectual property: the intellectual property team advises across a broad range of issues including online and digital media, patents, know-how, branding, advertising and reputation management. The team is also experienced in the technology sector, advising on software creation, development and exploitation, e-distribution (including to the consumer market), intellectual property rights in software and data, as well as privacy and data protection.

Life sciences: the life sciences team, which recently joined from Denoon Legal, has an excellent reputation advising a substantial portfolio of life sciences clients from conventional pharmaceutical and medical technology companies to clients developing and selling regenerative medicine, genomics and borderline products. The team focuses on advising its clients regarding IP, regulatory (including contentious matters such as judicial reviews) and associated commercial contracts.

Real estate: the real estate team looks after existing and new clients’ property needs, taking and granting leases, buying and selling – whether it be for owner-occupiers, investment or development – providing strategic advice and helping them when disputes arise. Recent highlights have included hotel acquisitions, the refinancing of a retail park and the sale of a business park.

Litigation: the litigation team is widely experienced in commercial litigation and arbitration with particular expertise in company and shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, breach of trust and fraud. The team’s expertise covers interim remedies, including freezing injunctions. The work is often complex and high value and involves a high proportion of international work.

Employment: the employment team deals with the full range of non-contentious employment matters including employee documentation, employee incentives, TUPE issues, redundancies and reorganisations. It also deals with contentious matters including complex employee tribunal and High Court claims, team moves and enforcing restrictive covenants.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking Brett Israel
Banking Hugh Gardner
Commercial Bruce Jones
Corporate Jon Sweet
Corporate finance Simon Charles
Employment Bob Mecrate-Butcher
Employment Katherine de Souza
Intellectual property Julian Hitchcock
Life sciences Alex Denoon
Litigation Tamar Halevy
Private equity David Strong
Private equity Jonathan Leigh-Hunt
Real estate Mark Lavers
Photo Name Position Profile
 Simon Charles  photo Simon Charles
 Katherine De Souza  photo Katherine De Souza
 Alex Denoon  photo Alex Denoon
 Ben Devons  photo Ben Devons
 Hugh Gardner  photo Hugh Gardner
 Tamar Halevy  photo Tamar Halevy
 Julian Hitchcock  photo Julian Hitchcock
 Guy Hitchin  photo Guy Hitchin
 Brett Israel  photo Brett Israel
 Daniel Jacob  photo Daniel Jacob
 Bruce Jones  photo Bruce Jones
 Mark Lavers  photo Mark Lavers
 Jonathan Leigh-Hunt  photo Jonathan Leigh-Hunt
 Jim Mackie  photo Jim Mackie
 Bob Mecrate-Butcher  photo Bob Mecrate-Butcher
 Nick Smith  photo Nick Smith
 David Strong  photo David Strong
Mr Jon Sweet photo Mr Jon Sweet
Number of UK partners : 19
Number of other UK fee-earners : 23