Duncan Reid > Weightmans > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile



 Duncan is well-known amongst the North East business community for providing strong, pragmatic legal advice on a whole range of corporate transactions, including acquisitions and disposals, as well as private equity and venture capital transactions. He ensures that businesses receive practical and relevant legal advice. In addition to his experience of working in national law firms, Duncan also spent two years working in-house at a leading private equity firm.
 Specialising in the technology, financial services, waste, and leisure sectors, Duncan’s impressive client list includes BGF, Camerons Brewery Limited, Zerolight Limited, J & B Recycling, QuantuMDx, Total Recycling Services and SaleCycle Limited.
 As one of the North-East’s ‘go to’ lawyers, Duncan’s track record in providing solutions-driven, bespoke advice combined with his ability to engage with clients in a business context, ensures that his clients feel supported at every stage, from instruction through to completion. The loyal client base Duncan has built is testimony to both his professional, approachable demeanour and his ability to provide outstanding advice to business owners who truly value the personal service they receive.
 In 2020, Duncan was awarded the ‘Acritas Star – independently rated lawyer’, an accolade given to those identified as a client-nominated, stand-out lawyer in private practice.
 Duncan was part of the team that was recognised at the North East Business Insider Dealmakers Awards 2020 for their support to Zerolight in the ‘Private Equity Deal of the Year’.
 Recent experience
  Advising the shareholders of The Car People Limited on the sale to Sytner Group
  Advising the shareholders and management team on the Palatine Private Equity backed MBO of Lucion Service
  Advising Camerons Brewery on its acquisitions of The Leeds Brewery and The Head of Steam
  Advising Datum360 on an investment from BGF, which helped provide an exit for the company’s venture capital investor
  Advising BGF on its investments in Arc Trinova, Broadband Satellite Services and J & B Recycling and on its subsequent exit from Arc Trinova to Permira-backed Quotient

Lawyer Rankings

North > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Newcastle

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Duncan ReidWeightmans

Praised for its ‘great breadth and depth of expertise’, Weightmans is also known for its astute handling of acquisitions, disposals and private equity investments.  Practice head Duncan Reid has broad-ranging experience in all these key areas and particularly stands out in sectors such as technology, waste and leisure. Paul Wigham is another key contact for technology-related mandates and also works with a number of venture capital funds. Marc Allison specialises in joint venture transactions with a property element. Principal associate Kirsty Adamson is a rising star in the team.

North > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Corporate clients, particularly those with a nexus to technology, regularly instruct the team at Weightmans to advise on the commercialisation of their technology and intellectual property, including securing the external funding required to do so. Venture capitalists and accelerator programmes with a technology focus also make up a key part of the firm’s client base. The firm is increasingly gaining recognition for its contentious expertise, and has recent experience of litigating large and high-profile data theft cases. Paul Wigham and Duncan Reid, both of whom have extensive experience of transactional work, are the key contacts.


North > Finance > Banking and finance

The cross-departmental banking and finance group at Weightmans is a top choice for clients seeking assistance with venture capital and private equity funding matters. The practice is led by national corporate group head Duncan Reid, who is adept at advising companies with capital raising advice in the technology and leisure industries. Additional areas of focus include the care home, construction and property sectors. Paul Wigham has extensive experience acting for venture capital funds.