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Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 3

Led by Peter Workman, KPMG Law is experienced in a range of corporate matters, regularly advising on M&A transactions, joint ventures, and reorganisations. Legal director Jenna Ostrowski handles a number of cross-border corporate transactions across a host of industries. Thomas Swain specialises in restructuring – acting for both domestic companies and multinationals – while Eve Oppenheimer’s recent engagements include cross-border acquisitions and reorganisations. Dean Chauhan is also recommended for corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Workman; Jenna Ostrowski; Thomas Swain

Other key lawyers:

Eve Oppenheimer; Dean Chauhuan; Amarit Dhaliwal


‘KPMG have a strong team to support all aspects of corporate M&A legal advice.’

‘The team were pragmatic, organised, and happy to go the extra mile when faced with late changes that challenged the completion timetable.’

‘KPMG have been very supportive and always available to provide advice for what became a very complex corporate M&A with difficult stakeholders.’

‘Jenna Ostrowski in particular has always provided timely and accurate advice and is very good to work with’

‘Thomas Swain – very responsive and collaborative and great communication throughout.’

‘Thomas Swain, Dean Chauhan and Amarit Dhaliwal were clear throughout process, provided additional support as required and remained focussed on the required work without attempting to expand scope beyond our requirements. The team were responsive to changes in scope and timing and ensured the ultimate deadlines were met.’

Key clients

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Global Savings Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on the initial carve-out and subsequentdisposal of its “Building Costs Information Service” business to Lloyds Development Capital.
  • Advised Global Savings Group GmbH on its acquisition of Pepper Media Holding GmbH, aGerman holding company with, amongst others, a wholly owned UK subsidiary (Pepper DealsLtd).

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 3

Founded in 2019, KPMG Law leverages the comprehensive capabilities of the Big Four firm to advise clients on a host of corporate matters. The team has a track record of advising on complex cross-border deals, regularly drawing on the resources of its in-house team of legal technologists. The practice is steered by Kate Eades, who has extensive experience in M&A transactions, business structuring and corporate advisory. Both Richard Woods and Tanvir Dhanoa were promoted to the partnership in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Kate Eades

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Axis Spine Technologies Limited

Guardian Angel Network Limited

Wealth Dynamics Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the selling shareholders of Wealth Dynamics Limites on the cross-border sale of a controlling interest in the company to CA Indosuez, a group company of Credit Agricole.
  • Advising Axis Spine Technologies Ltd on raising US$12.5 million through new investment from exisiting investor Mercia Asset Management plc, alongside US-based MedTex Ventures and other private investors, in exchange for new shareholdings.
  • Advising the founder of Guardian Angel Network Limited on the company’s sale to Octopus Capital.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

KPMG Law is home to a diverse corporate practice handling high-stakes M&A, business reorganisations and tax advisory work. The firm’s client base includes a mix of multinational PLCs, private companies and businesses founded in the north west. Paul Kelly works on cross-border M&A and structuring projects for entrepreneurs and multinational companies. He co-leads the team with Edward Bartlett who focuses on corporate reorganisations and structuring projects.

Practice head(s):

Paul Kelly; Edward Bartlett

Other key lawyers:

David Fitzmaurice; Sarah Flinn


‘KPMG are never less than outstanding and were the obvious choice for us on a large scale cross border transaction. They are commercially minded, have the ability to call upon specialist experts whenever needed and help the transaction run smoothly.’

‘Paul Kelly is a superb operator, brilliant at leading large, complex transactions.’

‘Ed Bartlett – as well as being a thoroughly nice guy, Ed makes the effort to acquire a deep understanding of his clients’ business and operating environment as well as the motivations and worldview of his clients. This, combined with his undoubted legal expertise, commercial acumen and ability to negotiate makes Ed a hugely valuable and trusted advisor.’

‘Sarah Flinn – super helpful and pragmatic, very strong attention to detail and not afraid to positively challenge.’

‘David Fitzmaurice works hard to bring about results for us a client and that shines through versus competitors.’

‘Sarah Flinn – great specialist knowledge and experience with US deals.’

‘Madeleine Silverman – tenacious, accessible, thorough and very good to work with.’

‘Maddie Silverman – extremely diligent, knowledgeable and hard working, Maddie is an essential member of the team.’

Key clients

Bidcorp UK

Hewlett Packard International

INEOS Limited

NG Bailey

Tribepad Group Limited

Sykes Seafood

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sykes Seafood on the acquisition of the business and assets of Big Prawn Co Limited through an emergency pre-pack administration deal from the distressed seller.
  • Advised HP International on the complex global post-acquisition integration and reorganisation of the Polycom videoconferencing business, following its US$3.3billion acquisition by HP UK.
  • Advised NG Bailey on its acquisition of Kershaws Mechanical Services.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

KPMG Law‘s Reading-based corporate and commercial practice group represents clients on high-calibre mandates that include M&A, corporate restructurings and private equity transactions. Practice chair and office senior partner Emma Gibson has extensive experience across all aspects of corporate law. Tim Sydor specialises in private equity work, particularly for management teams in PE buyouts.

Practice head(s):

Emma Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Tim Sydor; Emma Couch; Duncan Kay; Rachel Reeves; Becky Powell


‘Working with KPMG allowed a “one-stop” shop for an acquisition project. Rather than having multiple firms around a table, we were able to quickly co-ordinate DD, tax and legal with one team. Becky Powell was diligent, hard-working and always cheerful. Tim Sydor was technically excellent in managing the deal.’

‘Becky Powell stood out as an exceptional solicitor, with an amazing attention to detail, quick thinking, always happy to answer questions, and the ability to explain things in a very clear way.’

‘Tim Sydor has made things as easy as possible. Good customer service and communication.’

‘Emma Gibson combines accessibility with great knowledge – really impressive.’

‘I continue to be impressed with the diligence and outputs from Rachel Reeves and Becky Powell who work together seamlessly and provided an excellent service.’

‘Very responsive and collaborative and great communication throughout. They understood broader technical issues well, and were pragmatic in their approach.’

‘Tim Sydor and Duncan Kay were both very knowledgeable in executing private equity transactions as well as being highly experienced creating the supporting legal materials. Great at explaining and translating complicated and/or intricate legal details throughout this process.’

Key clients

Amber Beverage Group

Shareholders of Akixi Holdings Limited

BAP Pharma Limited

Shareholders of FourteenFish Limited

Pulsant Limited

Responsible Group

Oil Spill Response


Hall & Woodhouse

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pulsant Limited and its investor Antin Infrastructure Partners on the £77m purchase of Amito.
  • Advised the founding shareholders of Akixi Holdings Limited on the sale of a majority share in the company to Axiom Equity following a competitive auction process.
  • Advised the shareholders of FourteenFish Limited on preparation of the company for sale through to ultimate disposal of their shares to EMIS Group PLC for £16m.

Corporate and commercial > International business reorganisations Tier 1

KPMG Law acts for top domestic and international companies on global restructurings and reorganisations, utilising integrated legal, consulting, accounting and tax advisory teams. The firm offers technological support on matters using its international business reorganisations delivery platform, which assists clients with the planning and implementation of reorganisations and has recently been used by a number of high-profile blue-chip clients. Richard Needham heads up the practice and is recommended for legal entity rationalisation programmes, separation transactions and global reorganisations, while Manchester’s Paul Kelly is a name for post-acquisition and integration matters. Tanvir Dhanoa is experienced in the financial services sector and director Ben Brafman advises on pre-sale spin-outs, integration projects and governance issues. Laura Fisher joined from Baker McKenzie in April 2023, while former practice head Richard Needham left the firm in December 2023.

Other key lawyers:


‘KPMG Law provides a unique combination of support both in terms of legal advice and technology.’

‘They provide excellent UK legal advice and have access to specialist country teams for overseas legal advice and to the wider KPMG services/non-legal experts.’

‘Ben Brafman is an experienced director with particular expertise in large corporate restructurings. He stands out for his technical knowledge and ability to work with KPMG non-legal experts to produce integrated solutions that meet the clients’ commercial and strategic needs.’

‘The team is made up primarily of corporate lawyers. They are well staffed and have a range of experience. Their main strength is their legal technology innovation. The platform tool that they have made available to us is a game changer. It is hugely impressive and is able to give an overview of the various steps involved in the reorganisation,’

‘Ben Brafman has a pleasant communication style with a good sense of humour, is knowledgeable and has a very good understanding of what needs to be done.’

Key clients

3M Company

Aegion Corporation

Axis Bank

Eni SpA

Ford Credit Europe Bank plc

HP Inc


JERA Global Markets

National Bank of Greece

Santander Bank

Scania Group

Sedex Information Exchange Limited

Shell Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Sedex Information Exchange Limited on a major internal reorganisation to set it up for near-term and future strategic goals.
  • Advising HP Inc on the integration of its $3.3bn acquisition of Polycom, involving the reorganisation of entities in over 40 jurisdictions.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

KPMG Law‘s ‘unmatched’ team of tax dispute specialists acts on cutting-edge work for high-profile clients such as HSBC, Lloyds, and the United Grand Lodge of England. Matthew Fleming, who is qualified in both the UK and New Zealand, leads on indirect tax disputes. Angela Savin heads the direct taxes disputes practice and has notable strength in advising taxpayers in main purpose tax disputes with HMRC. The ‘exceptional’ Amanda Brown KC advises and represents clients in a broad range of matters. Director Colette Van Zyl advises on all aspects of indirect tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Angela Savin; Matthew Fleming

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Brown KC; Colette van Zyl; Lee Ellis


‘I think what makes this practice unique is the ability to leverage the depth and breadth of the KPMG firm. Outside of the legal professionals we were able to leverage accountants and tax specialists who were market leaders in the field that impacted us.’

‘Matthew Fleming was truly tremendous to work. What made Matthew stand out to me was his desire to understand our business and ensure that he was able to apply the law to our facts and circumstances. I truly trust Matthew.’

‘I particularly like the combination of a specialist tax legal team working alongside accounting tax specialists. That combination means they think about how the law translates to numbers and commercial risk.’

‘Amanda Brown KC is exceptional,  and our trustees, who in themselves come to the party with considerable experience, also think Amanda is exceptional. She is clear, thinks very well on her feet, is interested in us as a client, and has very strong technical skills.’

‘Excellent dispute resolution team which is unmatched when compared to their peers in the advisory/consulting sector. Superb interaction between the litigation team and the tax subject-matter experts ensure that advice is absolutely on point.’

‘Colette van Zyl provides clear and calm advice and has deep expertise in advising healthcare clients with very technical and complex VAT cases in an ever-changing area.’

‘Having a KC and Tribunal Judge in the team gives you confidence that they will be able to deal with even the most complex matters, and have insight into the workings of the courts and tribunals. Having a multidisciplinary team also allows for a one-stop shop.’

‘Amanda Brown is excellent.’

Key clients

Altrad Services Limited

Chelmsford City Council

DHL Air Ltd

Euromoney Institutional Investor plc

GAP Group Limited

Genesis Cancer Care Limited

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

HSBC Bank plc

Knot Builders Ltd


Lloyds Bank Plc

Midlothian Council

Pye Motors Limited

Robert Wiseman and Sons Limited


Thyssenkrupp Materials (UK) Limited

United Grand Lodge of England

Work highlights

  • Represented HSBC in a dispute with HMRC about whether UK branches of non-UK incorporated global service centre entities are entitled to be in HSBC’s VAT group.
  • Represented Euromoney in a dispute with HMRC regarding the corporation tax treatment of the disposal of its stake in a financial data publishing business to the Carlyle group.
  • Acted for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on a ground-breaking and precedent-setting judicial review concerning the correct VAT treatment of NHS Contracted Out Services.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 4

KPMG Law is active in the IP, technology licensing and development arenas. The team advises on a range of mandates, including M&A, financial services outsourcing, joint ventures, in addition to matters concerning cloud and data centres. Usman Wahid leads the practice and is a specialist in outsourcing and emerging technologies, while Chris Overton focuses on fintech and financial services regulation.

Practice head(s):

Usman Wahid

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Guardian Angel Network Limited

Wealth Dynamix Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the selling shareholders of Wealth Dynamics Limited, a Client Lifecycle Management technology company, on the company’s sale.
  • Acted for the founder of Guardian Angel, a fintech client, on the company’s sale to Octopus Capital.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

Alice Killingbeck heads the department at KPMG Law. She has developed a focus on integrated, cross-border advice for wealthy individuals, trustees and family offices. The practice has attracted work from a number of UHNW individuals and families with multijurisdictional assets, as well as from businesses seeking to establish charitable trusts or foundations.

Practice head(s):

Alice Killingbeck


I could not speak more highly of Alice Killingbeck. Her knowledge of the law and attention to detail is second to none. She is pragmatic, on the ball and a real pleasure to deal with. Highly recommended’.

‘Fantastic team‘.

Work highlights

  • Advising a dual national who is resident in Switzerland and has £45m worth of assets in a number of jurisdictions on design and preparation of a global will structure.

A new reality demands a different approach. Our business is law and our focus is solving your challenge. Through collaboration and innovation, we combine expertise in law with business insight and technology-enabled solutions.

The ‘change challenge’ for business has never been greater. Your business is operating in an increasingly complex, global and fast-moving legal environment. You are under pressure to deliver business outcomes at speed, but with pressure on resource. And your stakeholders, workforce, customers and suppliers expect you to demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, inclusivity and social mobility. Markets will increasingly judge your contribution and inform your success by reference to the environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda. The world is changing at pace and so is what you need from your legal adviser.

Reimagining legal solutions through three lenses

We organise our business around the things that matter to you. Great legal expertise is a given, but you need more than that. We put our client solutions though robust analysis of what really drives our client’s needs, wants and fears. We support you on the day-to-day, the unexpected and preparing for the future:

  • Solutions to support with core business execution


We help you address your business as usual requirements with the benefit of independent and experienced legal insight, economies of scale and outsourcing efficiencies.

  • Solutions to support with situational and critical needs


We provide legal support when you’re faced by a new situation or crisis, whether driven by a macro-economic event or more specific business scenario.

  • Solutions to support your aspirational and future requirements


We help you transform and evolve your business. That might simply mean using technology more effectively or it could mean rethinking how you operate.

A genuine focus on what matters to you most

  • We deliver complete business solutions to help ensure you and your business get better outcomes. No more piecing together the parts, just one solution.
  • Talented people with expertise and business perspective, we nurture legal professionals who are experts but think about client outcomes first and constantly have an eye on how technology can be an enabler.
  • A strong commitment to diversity, inclusivity and social mobility – at KPMG Law we have an enviable record, proud to have a diverse and inclusive business with 50 percent* female representation in our leadership.
  • Access to global solutions and local legal advice, where you need it, when you need it across 81 countries with over 2,800 lawyers via KPMG’s Global Legal Services network.
  • Reimagining Law is a willingness to adapt, to flex, to change ways of thinking and working, embrace technology and to collaborate to deliver to you the outcomes you need.


*Numbers accurate at the time of publication, July 2020.

What can you expect from us?

  • Energised and diverse teams
  • A desire to fully understand your challenges
  • A focus on business solutions with a legal lens
  • A willingness to leverage technology to do things better
  • A collaborative and open relationship
  • Control over costs and value for money
Photo Name Position Profile
Bradley Quin photo Bradley Quin Director
Peter Workman photo Peter Workman Partner
Number of Lawyers : 130+
Global Legal Services Network : 2,800 colleagues worldwide in 81 countries

What we believe  

Where you were born, your socio-economic background, your ethnicity, your sexuality, your gender: none of these things should affect whether you fulfil your potential. 

We believe that building an inclusive environment simply makes sense. Our clients know that diverse teams do better thinking. And we know that you’ll be at your best when you feel you belong. 

We study every part of the firm through the lens of inclusion. It’s a core part of our recruitment process, it’s part of how we progress our people and it’s part of how our leaders are measured and rewarded. 

It’s important to us to keep learning and improving. It’s why we collaborate with outside organisations like StonewallRace for Opportunity and Working Families. We choose to publish our gender and our ethnicity pay-gaps every year, and we hold ourselves to stretching targets on inclusion, diversity and social equality. 

You can read more about our approach to inclusion on our careers site. 

Our Black Lives Action Plan  

The Black Lives Matter movement has created a precious moment in history. And it’s a moment we don’t want to waste. We have committed to redoubling our efforts at every level, to push harder for faster and more significant change in our firm. We’re working together on five priority areas of our Action Plan: 

  • We’ve introduced dedicated resources to work on Black inclusion full-time, reporting directly to our UK Chair, Bill Michael, and the Head of People. 
  • We’ve brought in external expertise, to support our efforts and to constructively challenge us. We know we can’t accelerate change if we act alone 
  • We’ve committed to at least doubling our Black population in leadership positions over the next two years. And through our internal and external programmes, we have built up a strong pipeline of future Black leaders.  
  • We’ve asked everyone to commit to educating themselves. A new Allies programme will help us all learn from each other and act as role model sponsors of our black talent 
  • And finally, the leadership has committed to driving this change and being held accountable for its success