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Weightmans LLP

PALL MALL COURT, 61-67 KING STREET, MANCHESTER, M2 4PD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 233 7330
Fax:
Fax 0161 233 7331
DX:
18564 MANCHESTER 7
Email:
Web:
www.weightmans.com

Sarah Walton

Tel:
Work 0161 214 0529
Email:
Weightmans LLP

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Part of the firm’s corporate team, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, group reorganisations (to include s110 reorganisations and statutory demergers), EMI share options and shareholder and investment agreements. Particular knowledge of, and expertise in, the acquisition and disposal of retail pharmacies, advising Independent Pharmacy Care Centres plc on the acquisition of 35 pharmacies and one health store and then the subsequent sale of the group to Lloyds Pharmacy for £60m. Specific transactions on which she has recently been involved as lead legal advisor include: Slush Puppie on its acquisition of Beverage Concepts Benelux (BCB); on substantial debt and equity investments into RealityMine; and on a range of equity investments for the North West Fund for Digital and Creative LP. Retained clients for corporate, company and commercial advice include ANS Group plc, Martin Ainscough Holdings and Ainscough Industrial Group (and their subsidiaries such as Flourish Capital and Ainscough Vanguard) and Apadmi.

Career

Trained Mace & Jones; qualified 2002; associate 2005; partner 2008. Merged with Weightmans May 2011.

Education

Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University (1999 LLB Hons; 2000 diploma of legal practice).

Leisure

Family, food and drink, walking, travelling.


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Following a strategic review, Weightmans LLP underwent a transformational management restructure in May 2017, which resulted in a new 'client relationships' arm being created to cover six key markets: owner-managed business, built environment, corporate, private client, insurance and public bodies. Its national commercial team includes Leeds-based Michelle Mathers, who focuses on servicing owner-managed businesses. Sarah Walton in Manchester leads the group, which advises on procurement, collaboration agreements, manufacturing agreements, franchising and outsourcing, among other areas. Vincent King and newly promoted partner Victoria Robertson recently acted for Lancashire Constabulary and the Lancashire PCC in a collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire to establish a forensic academy. Laurence Pritchard was the lead adviser to a consortium of independent greyhound track owners on the sale of media rights to the greyhound races at their tracks to Arena Leisure Limited. Sean Crotty acts for public and private sector clients, such as the Metropolitan Police, Derbyshire County Council and Playground Games Limited. John Schorah, Martin Vincent and associate Haroon Younis are also recommended.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Within: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Weightmans LLP's 'efficient and highly commercial' department is active in transactions across the manufacturing, healthcare, higher education and public sectors, and has seen growth in activity in the IT, digital and creative sectors, with consultant Robert Turnbull advising online retailer In the Style (ITS) on its investment-backing from Livingbridge. Elsewhere, Paul Raftery advised Aspire IOM on the sale of its subsidiary Kreston IOM to listed acquirer The Financial Services Opportunities Investment Fund. Sarah Walton heads the corporate team and tax partner Haydn Rogan is also noted. Vincent King  and Martin Vincent are recommended among the commercial team, which advises on heavyweight commercial contracts for the firm’s private and public sector client base; King is leading advice for the British Transport Police on its procurement of managed network services under the Crown Commercial Service’s Managed Network Services framework.

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