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Weightmans LLP

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Sarah Walton

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Weightmans LLP

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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.


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


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


Family, food and drink, walking, travelling.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Weightmans LLP is well known for advising clients in the public and private sectors on a number of areas, including intellectual property, IT, data protection, competition law and procurement. Victoria Robertson, who has experience in commercial, intellectual property and data protection matters, leads the practice with tech and healthcare expert Sarah Walton. Their team was strengthened in 2018 by the arrivals of infrastructure projects specialist Stephen Johns from DLA Piper and experienced commercial lawyer Tracy Lake from the National Grid.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool

Within: Corporate and commercial: Liverpool

Weightmans LLP handles M&A, corporate governance, funding, general company law advice and commercial affairs for public and private companies. Other areas of practice include succession planning, joint ventures, shareholder reorganisations and venture capital, private equity transactions and GDPR compliance. Clients sectors include built environment, financial services, retail, utilities, transport, logistics, leisure, manufacturing, professional services and insurance. Manchester-based Sarah Walton heads the team. Laurence Pritchard and John Schorah are also recommended.

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Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Within: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Weightmans LLP focuses on M&A work for owner managed businesses. Client sectors include IT, digital and creative, public sector, higher education and healthcare. Sarah Walton heads the team and specialises in M&A, private equity, investments, joint ventures and strategic projects. Other areas of expertise for the team include corporate finance, fundraisings, governance, demergers and disposals. The firm also deals with contractual and corporate structures, procurement and IP, including university spin-outs.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

Weightmans frequently acts for owner-managed businesses, public sector clients, charities and social enterprise organisations, and has particular expertise in the transport, financial services, manufacturing, and software and digital media sectors. The Leeds-based team includes Stephen Johns, who joined from DLA Piper UK LLP and specialises in  infrastructure sector deals; and recently promoted partner Victoria Robertson. Manchester-based Sarah Walton leads the national practice.

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