Howard Taylor > Payne Hicks Beach LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

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Howard is a partner and corporate lawyer specialising in the sale and purchase of companies and businesses, private equity transactions, joint ventures and fundraisings. He also advises on a wide variety of other corporate law matters, including company reorganisations and refinancings, shareholder agreements, private company investments and lending and security documentation.

Howard works with both domestic and international clients across a range of business sectors, including technology, financial services, professional services, insurance, hotels and leisure, food and beverages, manufacturing and chemicals. His clients include companies, business owners, family offices, trustees and individuals.


Trained at Lane & Partners LLP and qualified in 2000. Lane & Partners LLP from 2000 to 2008. Fox Williams LLP from 2008 to 2016. Joined Payne Hicks Beach in 2016 and promoted to partner in 2019.


Law Society of England & Wales.


LLB honours degree from King’s College, London. Called to the Bar and subsequently re-qualified and admitted as a solicitor in 2000.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Noted for its broad M&A capabilities, Payne Hicks Beach LLP possesses considerable strength across the financial services, technology, publishing, chemicals and automotive sectors. The practice is steered by Jonathan Gatward, a seasoned practitioner who has a wealth of experience advising privately owned and managed businesses across a range of different transactions. Gatward has a particular interest in businesses with an intellectual property angle. Practice co-chair Howard Taylor specialises in M&A transactions, and is also experienced in joint ventures and private equity-driven deals. Recent arrivals include Max Baird-Smith, who joined the team from Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP in July 2022.