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Marriott Harrison LLP
80 Cheapside

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Marriott Harrison LLP’s corporate team covers a wide range of sectors, advising fast growth technology companies in sectors such as fintech, e-tail, medtech and data analytics to more traditional and established businesses in sectors such as leisure, media, education, retail, resources, engineering and manufacturing. Team head Jonathan Leigh-Hunt  has a strong focus on M&A, venture capital and private equity, and also acts for management teams, owners and investee companies on a wide range of other transactions, helping corporate clients on both day-to-day and strategic matters through their life-cycle.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Leigh-Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Jacob; Ben Devons; Andrew Ross; David Bettis; David Baverstock; Jon Sweet


‘Diverse and deep knowledge on M&A, property and technology matters. Excellent availability of associates and partners.’

‘We have had a superb work done by the team on our transaction. We felt very confident in their hands; and they helped to push and resolve all the issues that popped up in a timely and a professional manner.’

‘David Baverstock – skilled in M&A and commercial transactions. Exceptional advice, support and availability.’

‘They offer leadership, professionalism and the ability to mitigate over all issues, small or large.’

‘The perfect combination of knowledge, insight, experience, dedication, patience, hard work and of course sage advice. Always delivered on demand and on time.’

‘Jon Sweet is the perfect corporate advisor – his knowledge, experience and legal expertise is a foundation for tailored, direct advice in difficult and challenging situations.’

‘Daniel Jacob is an excellent lawyer but also a fantastic manager of his team and his clients. He is very impressive to observe in action.’

Key clients

The Fulham Shore plc

Chiltern Capital

Balderton Capital

Accel Partners

Coolabi Group

Gresham House


Delta Capital Group


Planet Organic Limited


Perfect Image Ltd


Primosole Holdings



Work highlights

  • Acted for Delta Capita Group Limited on its acquisition of the JDX group, following the strategic fundraising of its majority shareholder, Prytek.
  • Advised the seller of Kenyon International Services, Inc., PT Lobos LLC, on the sale of 100% of the share capital of Air Partners Plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange for $12,000,000.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 2

Although relatively small, Marriott Harrison LLP is able to draw upon ‘deep venture capital knowledge and experience’, enabling it to punch above its weight and to handle a huge flow of deals for both investors and investees in the tech sector. ‘Exceptionally insightful and innovative’ team head David Strong has a ‘tonnne of experience advising investors and high growth companies’, and has been pivotal to the firm’s success, leading from the front on early and growth stage investments, including for Accel Partners and Balderton. The ‘absolutely amazing’ Fran Spooner was promoted to partner in 2021, a testament to her growing visibility in the market, particularly among investee clients, who are appreciative of her ‘founder-friendly’ approach.

Practice head(s):

David Strong

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Jacob; Jonathan Leigh-Hunt; Fran Spooner; Andrew Ross; David Bettis; Graham Halliday; Inbar Cohen; Uday Mehra; James Fleming


A small team but one that punches above its weight with deep venture capital knowledge and experience. They are also very responsive and you get full partner attention.’

The team is incredibly innovative and versatile.’

The firm was able to demonstrate that they had wide experience with start-ups from pre-seed to later stages; particular benefit to us as we continue to scale, having familiarity with the business from the beginning to Series A and beyond.’

David Strong is world class and has been exceptionally insightful, responsive and innovative in his approach.’

‘David Strong – excellent, pragmatic, efficient and cost effective.’

David Strong has a tonnne of experience advising investors and high growth companies. He has a calm manner and is very responsive.’

Fran Spooner has been absolutely amazing to work with. She is really supportive, acts fast, is very transparent and founder-friendly.’

David Bettis – a safe pair of hands and a lovely calm manner, able to handle the most difficult of opposing clients/lawyers and deals.’

Key clients




Andreessen Horowitz





Oxford Science Enterprises

Frontline Ventures

Kindred Capital

Gresham House






QBN Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Gresham House, Beringea and Acton on the £49.8m Series D financing of, the world’s largest reseller of photo and video equipment.
  • Represented spend-automation platform Soldo on its $180m Series C financing, led by Temasek.
  • Advised top-tier investors Northzone and Lightspeed Venture Partners on $20m Series A financing of virtual travel platform Heygo.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Marriott Harrison LLP  works with clients across the technology, media, professional services, leisure and retail sectors on corporate occupier matters, covering lease negotiations, including lease regears using break clauses, as well as headquarter relocations. Mark Lavers, whose ‘advice and support is always first-class’, leads the ‘professional, friendly and knowledgeable’ team and acts for investors and owner occupiers, while ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Stephen Whittaker focuses on real estate financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lavers

Other key lawyers:


‘Their work is accurate and timely, and they are knowledgeable and supportive.’

‘Partner-led service by experienced partners.’

‘Mark Lavers is very pragmatic and efficient.’

‘Professional, friendly and knowledgable.’

‘Mark Lavers offers sensible advice, has a good approach and is always helpful.’

‘Dealing with Marriott Harrison means dealing with experts. They star for their speed of response. Nothing is allowed to sit in their inboxes.’

‘Mark Lavers provides a depth of knowledge and a the light touch that my clients need.’

‘Stephen Whittaker is extremely knowledgeable in his sector and offers balanced and professional advice.’

Key clients

Brazilian Consulate


Balderton Capital (UK) LLP

Procam Take 2 Limited

Think Publishing Limited

Total Media Group Limited

Eccord Limited

Vistex (UK) Limited

Lightship Chartering (UK) Limited

Firstlight Group Limited

Cherryz Ltd

Medical Imaging Partnership Limited

Hurley Palmer Flatt Ltd

Luk Events Limited

Magni Partners Limited

Snow Peak (London) Limited

Age UK Camden Ltd

Schleich UK Limited

RB Golf Limited

Northumberland Events Ltd

One Circle Events

IHC Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a tech company on its new office lease in Mayfair.
  • Advised Schleich UK Limited on its new office lease.
  • Advised Medical Imaging Partnership on subleases, new premises and lease renewals.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Regularly acting in disputes with international dimensions, Marriott Harrison LLP's recent track record includes major High Court trials. The practice of disputes head Tamar Halevy covers breach of contracts, trust-related claims, director/shareholder disputes, fraud and professional negligence; and fellow partner Jim Mackie 'deploys superb litigation and dispute resolution strategies'.

Practice head(s):

Tamar Halevy

Other key lawyers:


‘Impressive ability to assemble a top-level and winning team.’

‘Great availability and extremely knowledgeable – we were in very safe hands (and we won our case).’

‘All the partners we worked with were very qualified and knowledgeable – very solid and experienced professionals. At all times, we were confident that they worked in our best interests as a client.

‘Tamar Halevy’s integrity stands out – it genuinely feels like she has our interests at heart. Her personal dedication and commitment to finding the best solution to our legal issue has been incredibly reassuring.

‘Tamar Halevy does an outstanding job.  She is a highly experienced and very bright litigator, who combines intellectual depth with an empathetic manner and highly practical approach.

Tamar Halevy is not only an exceptional technical lawyer, but also a committed and hardworking team leader who keeps abreast of every aspect of the case. She really goes the extra mile to achieve the best outcome for her clients.

We reached the limit of our capacity to finance the overall trial but Tamar Halevy was able to find a solution so we could complete the trial. This shows that the firm takes the time to understand its clients and find solutions for them to attain their goals.

‘Jim Mackie is not only a pleasure to work with, but an outstanding solicitor. He has deep knowledge of clients’ industries; and deploys superb litigation and dispute resolution strategies, always with clients’ commercial objectives in mind.’

Key clients

Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC

Radisson Hotel Manchester

Eric Duneau

Frederic Senegas

Work highlights

  • Achieved a win for Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC in the Commercial Court, which related to a £130m dispute with Harbour litigation fund over the terms of an investment agreement.
  • Achieved a win for Eric Duneau and Frederic Senegas in the Companies Court, the judgment relating to the just and equitable winding up of a listed PLC.
  • Represented Radisson Hotels in a High Court dispute with its private energy supplier, Manchester Airport.

Marriott Harrison is a leading legal advisory and transactional firm. It is fully focused on serving the ambitions of  Europe’s most innovative businesses and market leading investors. The firm has a reputation for providing clients with exceptional service and constructive commercial insight on all of the things that matter most to them, from early-stage start-up, through periods of fast-growth and change, to maturity.

From its base in London, the firm works across all continents, manages transatlantic deal flows, and works alongside its clients on all international aspects of their business.

The firm is independent, flexible and responsive, forming multi-disciplinary teams of the brightest people, with deep specialist expertise to best fit each client mandate, much of which is transformative technology that is shaping the future.

The firm has grown organically.  Its distinctive culture, personal approach and close connections with its market attract a loyal client following, experienced specialists, and a stand-out graduate training programme.

Managing Partner, Corporate Daniel (0) 20 7209 2006
Head of Corporate, Private Equity Jonathan (0) 20 7209 2029
Head of Venture Capital David (0) 20 7209 2024
Head of Capital Markets Simon (0) 20 7209 2032
Head of Banking and Finance; Business Restructuring Brett (0) 20 7209 2007
Head of Commercial Chris (0) 20 7209 2030
Head of Tax Katerina (0) 20 7209 2099
Head of Real Estate Mark (0) 20 7209 2013
Head of Dispute Resolution Tamar (0) 20 7209 2048
Head of Employment Bob (0) 20 7209 2017
David Bettis photo David BettisPartner in the Corporate team at Marriott Harrison. David’s practice has a…
Simon Charles photo Simon CharlesPartner, with a capital markets focus, AIM and FSMA regulation, company law…
Ben Devons photo Ben DevonsPartner. Experienced in advising on both domestic and international corporate transactions, particularly…
Hugh Gardner photo Hugh GardnerHugh specialises in finance particularly debt (senior and mezzanine), private equity and…
Tamar Halevy photo Tamar HalevyPartner, and head of the dispute resolution team at Marriott Harrison. Specialising…
Katerina Heal photo Katerina HealPartner and head of Tax at Marriott Harrison. Katerina’s corporate tax practice…
Brett Israel photo Brett IsraelBrett has extensive experience acting for a range of insolvency practitioners, banks…
Daniel Jacob photo Daniel JacobManaging Partner and experienced business lawyer who deals with all aspects of…
Mark Lavers photo Mark LaversPartner and Head of Property team at Marriott Harrsion. Mark’s focus is…
Jonathan Leigh-Hunt photo Jonathan Leigh-HuntPartner and Head of Corporate at Marriott Harrison with a focus on…
Jim Mackie photo Jim MackiePartner. Jim has extensive experience of commercial litigation in the High Court in…
Bob Mecrate-Butcher photo Bob Mecrate-ButcherPartner and Head of the Employment team. A principal focus is advising…
Chris Mooney photo Chris MooneyPartner and head of the Commercial team. Chris leads a team of…
Andrew Ross photo Andrew RossPartner whose practice focusses on private equity-backed transactions, cross-border mergers and acquisitions,…
Frances Spooner photo Frances SpoonerPartner in Marriott Harrison’s Corporate team. Frances advises clients in a range…
David Strong photo David StrongPartner and Head of Venture Capital in Marriott Harrison’s Corporate team.  David…
Jon Sweet photo Jon SweetConsultant specialising in all aspects of corporate finance, private equity and M&A.…
Stephen Whittaker photo Stephen WhittakerPartner with a key focus on real estate finance acting for banks…
UK partners : 20
UK fee-earners : 40