Firm Profile > PDT Solicitors > Horsham, England

PDT Solicitors
RH13 5AD

Banking and finance Tier 3

PDT Solicitors is known for its strength in the area of asset-based lending, acting for a national base of clients. The team is led by Noel Ruddy, who is also head of the corporate department, Dawn Shadwell, and William Angas. Former disputes co-head Nigel Davidson retired in October 2019.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance N.V.

Advantedge Commercial Finance

Bibby Group

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance

BZ Commercial Finance Designated Activity Company

Calverton Finance

Close Invoice Finance

FSE Group

G C Factoring Limited (Trading as Grenke)

Gener8 Finance

Innovation Finance

Investec Plc

Nucleus Commercial Finance

Pulse Commercial Finance

Select Invoice Finance

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

PDT Solicitors advise on the full gamet of commercial property matters. Its clients include national and local housebuilders, landlords and tenants, housing associations, and organisations in the healthcare sector. James Clewlow leads the practice and is praised for his 'experience, understanding of process and pragmatism'. Jane Bowden is 'truly fantastic to deal with' and Craig Burton is an 'exceptional talent' and leads on landlord and tenant work.

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‘Over the 50 years I’ve been in business I have dealt with a number of solicitors. We moved to PDT Solicitors about 8 years ago and at the time, I was concerned that our lead solicitor was very young however, what he knows and what he does for us and the speed with which he does it for us goes beyond any other solicitor I have worked with over the years. The knowledge that I can phone him and get hold of him first time most of the time is a huge benefit to a small business.’

‘Stand out individual is Craig Burton, who is our lead contact at PDT Solicitors. Whatever the legal requirement we have, Craig either efficiently deals with this himself or guides us to whoever at PDT is best able to assist us albeit he then always takes an active role it making sure matters continue moving swiftly irrespective. The personal touch is all important and Craig’s professional, expeditious, courteous and friendly manner is an all important reason why he is so well regarded, not just by our company but by business colleagues across our local area. An exceptional talent amongst an exceptional team at PDT.’

‘PDT have a broad range of expertise with exceptionally capable team members. We have had a variety of legal requirements over the years involving property, litigation, development, company sales, land sales, employment, you name it and PDT have been able to respond expeditiously. We are pleased to take for granted that the legal advice from PDT is always first rate and at good value which is obviously what one wants as standard from your solicitor. PDT stands out from other firms we have used because they are extremely approachable (don’t under-estimate this!); communicate well; cover a broad range of legal requirements under one roof; and are able to provide quick responses without fuss. PDT have exceptionally good teams in all their departments and come with the highest recommendation from us.’

‘Jane Bowden was truly fantastic to deal with, she was always prompt to answer queries either via email or phone.’

‘PDT are very personable, pro-active as well as re-active and reliable. In all of the transactions I have been involved with they have been focused on achieving the goal of completing the transaction whether it be a sale or a letting and if there are any issues they are raised straight away with suggested solutions, meaning time is not lost. Their monthly seminars with both internal and external speakers are well received as to their topical notes which are always informative. I would not hesitate recommending the practice to others and i do regularly.’

‘I predominantly deal with Craig Burton who is very professional, very good at keeping me updated on the cases in hand, calls as well as e-mails me which is rare and is human and good company which is a really good attribute in the modern working world. When Craig is not available James Clewlow and also Elise Sherwell & Holly Goacher are always willing to assist where they can.’

‘Quite simply there is a genuine desire to provide the best possible service and support. We deal with the charitable sector and often clients who have minimal experience of dealing with legal matters – this requires patience and understanding from our legal partners and often, PDT go over and above what I would consider ‘industry standards’. I would wish to highlight two people who have been particularly supportive this year. Associate Holly Goacher regularly goes ‘the extra mile’ to support both ourselves and the client to ensure the best possible outcome. She has had to deal with a number of ‘difficult’ cases over the past year on our behalf and has shown empathy and understanding to resolve issues that have arisen and could have caused significant problems. Additionally, James Clewlow, Managing Partner – unlike other firms where the managing partner is reserved for the ‘larger clients’, James takes a keen interest in supporting the relationship we have. He is proactive about working in partnership with our firm and regularly attends our servicer meetings, providing advice and expert knowledge which certainly benefits our relationship and continued growth.’

‘James Clewlow is our main point of contact, whose experience, understanding of process & pragmatism meant that we works well within our Development team environment. We also have able assistance from Carl Mason, Holly Goacher & Laura Sutton, in particular.’

Key clients

Sunley FPR

Reside Developments

Southern Housing Group

Sunley Holdings

Marchdown Residential

Jensen and Davis

Greenplan Designer Homes


CAF Bank

Turnbull Group


Bedford Park Group

B.J. Babb Ltd

Prime Securities

Aerotron Leasing Services

Little Barn Owls

Commercial Collection Services

Achieve Sports

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

PDT Solicitors' corporate and commercial team is active in a range of corporate matters, in particular advising owner-managers of businesses and asset-based lenders on acquisitions and disposals. The team is also involved in transactions in the media, technology and healthcare spaces. The practice is led by Noel Ruddy and Rebecca Glazebrook, who both offer experience in corporate finance. Ian Lindley leads the commercial side of the practice, and M&A specialist Andrew Hoad is another key contact.

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‘I have worked with PDT for over 25 years and the service and quality of work has been first class. The work over the years has been varied including buying and selling of companies/events/publications/employment/litigation and general advice.’

‘A hugely experienced team of top flight lawyers led by Noel Ruddy, who brings valuable commercial sense alongside a level of experience and legal ability that’s hard to beat. Noel and the team are brilliant communicators, swift to respond, proactive, and make sure their advice and assistance is always relevant. For SME businesses like mine this is very hard to find short of having your own GC.’

Key clients

EU Supply

Kamic Group AS

Shareholders of Southwood Research

Shareholders of Western Business Exhibitions

RSPCA Assured

Shareholders of Learning Performance Training

Educapital SAS

The Specialist Works


Western Business Media

Debt recovery Tier 3

Debt accrued from asset-based lending is a specialism of the recoveries team at PDT Solicitors. Working with clients in recruitment and retail, it also undertakes substantive ledger recoveries for insolvent firms. Lead partner William Angas is known for recovering losses under finance agreements, while the 'tenaciousGina Hope covers invoice factoring companies, local businesses and flight delay compensation.

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PDT Solicitors are very commercially minded, and have considerable knowledge regarding asset-based finance‘.

PDT Solicitors is a well established firm who have specialised in the asset based lending industry, giving them an advantage over other practices that have not had a close affiliation with the sector in which we operate. The team are very good at articulating what action will be taken and what the chances of success would be; leaving us to make informed decisions‘.

PDT have a very relaxed and friendly approach to their work witch makes it easier to deal with highly stressful cases. The team have a great way of working along side us with our clients in order to maintain clear understanding of procedures all round. Most other firms can make it difficult for the everyday person to understand proceeding with technical term but with PDT it is clearly explained for our clients to relate to easier‘.

The team is very capably led by William Angas, who is incredibly professional and commercially minded. William’s experience in dispute resolution is often called to the fore and is hugely valued‘.

Gina Hope remains professional and informative even with the difficult to deal with clients‘.

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Close Brothers Invoice Finance


CAF Bank Limited

Bibby Group Factors Renewal

ABN Amro Commercial Finance Renewal

Aldermore Bank PLC/Aldermore Invoice Finance No

Catalyst Business Finance

Advantedge Commercial Finance

Hitachi Capital PLC

Leumi ABL Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

PDT Solicitors advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring matters, and in particular has a proven track record advising on invoice finance and asset-based lending. The team is also increasingly active in the area of personal insolvencies. The practice is led by William Angas and Dawn Shadwell. Angas, who also leads the firm's dispute resolution team, specialises in insolvency litigation, particularly in the recovery of unlawful dividends or unauthorised renumeration from shareholders and directors. Shadwell handles much of the team's advisory work.

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Public sector Tier 3

PDT Solicitors has strength in the pharmaceuticals sector and assists clients with the refinancing and acquisition of pharmacies. Led by James Clewlow, the 'commercially astute' team is highly experienced in the pharmacy space and also handles dental and optical practice purchases. Associate Holly Goacher works closely with Clewlow and is also skilled in undertaking and advising on transactions.

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‘Holly Goacher has been fantastic in her approach in handling my work in the assistance of the Pharmacy purchases.’

‘James and his team have acted for my firm on two transactions. Very professional and meticulous in their work. All inquiries dealt with promptly.’

‘The practice partner and the associates I dealt with were extremely knowledgeable and commercially astute in protecting my interests. They were highly competent and completed the various stages of my transaction in a timely manner. They obviously work well as a team and are able to cover for each other as their competencies overlap. I was treated with courtesy and respect at all times. I felt that my business was valued.’

‘James Clewlow who went out of his way to visit my business to gain an understanding of my needs. He did this outside of normal business hours and was willing to meet at any time if the need arose. He is clearly well experienced and competent in his area of expertise. He is a people person rather than a voice at the end of a telephone. He is able to persuade, cajole, and encourage other parties to work to complete a transaction in a timely manner.’

PDT Solicitors are unique because of their thorough professionalism and one to one attention that I experienced. They had made me feel the centre of their attention and I received up to the minute attention from the whole team. I also felt I was made to feel part of their team to achieve my goals.’

‘James Clewlow has been outstanding from beginning to end. Having met James last year it became clear to me that I would use PDT for my future legal needs. His knowledge and ability to apply that legal knowledge was second to none. Indeed he even highlighted serious legal errors in the sellers solicitors when I was buying another Pharmacy which would have scuppered the deal had he not spotted their errors.’

Highly impressed from beginning to end.’

Key clients

Paxton Limited

Suffolk Pharma Group

Shareholders of Willingham Healthcare Limited

Medimpo Limited

Rohit Patel / R & N Businesses Ltd

St Catherine’s Dental Grantham Limited

Sai Dutt Limited

VK Nurseries Limited

PRSS Limited

Anna Healthcare Limited

SMP Pharma Limited

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 4

PDT Solicitors handles disputes including breach of contract, professional negligence, shareholders disputes and protection of confidential information. The team also handles disputes related to asset-based lending, a particular area of focus for the firm. Nigel Davidson retired in 2019 and was replaced as practice head by William Angas. Other key contacts include Gail Morris and Justin McConville. The team has been boosted by Robert Kenyon who joined from Irwin Mitchell.

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‘PDT is a professional law firm yet handles all of your legal needs like a family run business. They have expertise in various divisions which we have used over time. We especially used their business law recently in a contract dispute, but have used their commercial team for our commercial property purchase. Their partners work very well together and I feel a real peace of mind every time i visit them. ‘

‘We recently had a dispute with one of our customers, a large North American firm doing business in the UK and was represented by Justin McConville. They had unlimited finances and were trying to bully me and Justin was able to negotiate an even better deal by 10k. When most firms would take the easy solution and settle, Justin went well beyond and had my best interests at the centre of his negotiations. PDT have demonstrated this in all of our dealings over the past 20 years. I have recommend them on many occasions and continue to believe they are one of the best firms I have dealt with while here in the UK.’

Key clients

The Specialist Works

Sunley Group

R2 Advisory

Close Brothers



Nucleus Commercial Finance

Bibby Financial Services

Pulse Cashflow Finance

CVR Global

Mazars LLP

Asset based lending Tier 4

Led on the origination front by the 'well-informedNoel Ruddy and for restructuring/insolvency-related matters by the 'experienced and professionalDawn Shadwell and William Angas, Horsham-based firm PDT Solicitors provides 'timeous and personalised solutions' to lenders engaged in domestic invoice finance and factoring work. As well as his receivables financing expertise, Ruddy is also active on the corporate front and has developed a strong track record advising on M&A in the invoice finance space.


‘The practice offers us timeous, personalized solutions to whatever we throw at them no matter the size of the deal. Dawn Shadwell and her team are ready to help and use their many years of experience to provide legal solutions to our clients’ requirements. Their can-do attitude makes them a desirable partner to work with, providing a great product at very competitive costs.’

‘Dawn Shadwell and Ruth Clinton are up for any challenge and unlike some of their competitors, the same degree of care and attention is paid to every deal no matter how big or small. They are always available and provide well thought-out intelligent solutions to a diverse portfolio of deals.’

‘Dawn Shadwell is always professional and supportive.’

‘William Angas is very client focused and approachable.’

‘Dawn Shadwell is experienced and professional.’

‘Noel Ruddy is informed and always willing to offer advice and opinion without the client feeling like there’s a fee clock ticking in the background.’

‘The key factor that differentiates PDT from its [eers is the investment in personal relationships at all levels of the organisation, from the reception to the most senior partners. They take the time to get to know you and the organisation you work for which gives them a greater understanding of our needs and requirements.’

‘The team headed by Noel Ruddy and supported by Dawn Shadwell is as good as any firm in the UK. They are able to combine legal knowledge and expertise with an entrepreneurial and commercial spin which is critical of an innovative finance provider looking to compete in an increasingly “fintech” driven world. They provide the confidence that you need, through robust legal support, to find that competitive edge.’

‘Will Angas is an exceptional litigation lawyer who takes the time and trouble to really understand a recovery issue and works with you to formulate a strategy that is all about achieving the best possible outcome for all parties. The point worth emphasising is that whilst you would expect most lawyers to understand and know the law, it’s about how it is applied in a rapidly moving commercial setting that is important and PDT are able to strike the right balance in support of their clients.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance N.V.

Advantedge Commercial Finance Limited

Bibby Group

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance

BZ Commercial Finance Designated Activity Company

Calverton Finance Limited

Close Invoice Finance Limited

FSE Group

G C Factoring Limited (Trading as Grenke)

Gener8 Finance Limited

Innovation Finance Limited

Investec Plc

Nucleus Commercial Finance Limited

Pulse Commercial Finance Limited

Select Invoice Finance Limited

PDT Solicitors is a leading commercial law firm, specialising in corporate and commercial law, commercial real estate, dispute resolution and employment law

Our core principles are to deliver clear, strong advice and nurture genuine and supportive relationships with our clients.

Our approach is collaborative and practical, we fuse City experience with niche specialisms and a uniquely warm and welcoming approach to business.

Types of work undertaken
Corporate: Our corporate team is known throughout the South East for its broad experience advising on M&A, strategic advisory work and other corporate transactional matters. We have significant experience dealing with acquisitions, buy-outs, demergers, private equity, AIM transactions and joint ventures.

Asset and invoice finance: We are a leading advisor to the Asset Based Lending Industry and provide commercial advice to ABL’s dealing with client mergers, acquisitions and demergers and to help assess legal and commercial risks.

Commercial real estate: Our commercial real estate practice helps businesses to buy, sell and grow, advising housebuilders, housing associations, commercial landlords and tenants on all aspects of land development and commercial property transactions.

Pharmacy and healthcare: We are leaders in pharmacy and healthcare, advising on everything from first acquisition to retirement sale, to group development and expansion.

Insolvency and corporate recovery: We advise on contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring. We regularly work with financiers and office-holders on high-value, complex restructuring and refinancing transactions.

Corporate and commercial dispute resolution: Our dispute resolution team have successfully worked on wide range of corporate and commercial disputes, including breach of contract and professional negligence, partnership and shareholder disputes, property and land disputes, and advised on banking and finance disputes, including guarantor liabilities, consumer credit issues and repossessions.

Debt recovery: We have specialist debt collection team dealing with all aspects of commercial debt recovery.

Employment law: Our employment law team offers prompt, practical and effective solutions on a range of employment and HR issues from day to day matters to employee exits and Employment Tribunal claims.

We are committed to providing excellence in service delivery, to developing key sector specialisms and creating a culture within the firm that encourages growth and confidence in everyone who works with us.

We have the ability to collaborate with you at any stage of your business development.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner, Head of Real Estate / Head of Healthcare James Clewlow 01403 831 229
Head of Corporate Noel Ruddy 01403 831 206
Head of Dispute Resolution, Co-Head of Corporate Recovery William Angas 01403 831 266
Co-Head of Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Dawn Shadwell 01403 831 245
Head of Commercial Ian Lindley 01403 831 214
Photo Name Position Profile
 William Angas  photo William Angas Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Co-Head of Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring
 Ben Ashworth  photo Ben Ashworth Senior Associate
 Jane Bowden  photo Jane Bowden Partner
 Craig Burton  photo Craig Burton Partner
 James Clewlow  photo James Clewlow Mannaging Partner, Head of Real Estate, Head of Healthcare
 Ruth Clinton  photo Ruth Clinton Legal Executive
 Chehraz Fox  photo Chehraz Fox Senior Associate
 Rebecca Glazebrook  photo Rebecca Glazebrook Partner
 Holly Goacher  photo Holly Goacher Partner
 Rosie Haines  photo Rosie Haines Senior Associate
 Gina Hope  photo Gina Hope Legal Manager
 Tania Leverington  photo Tania Leverington Legal Executive
 Ian Lindley  photo Ian Lindley Partner, Head of Commercial
 Carl Mason  photo Carl Mason Legal Executive
 Justin McConville  photo Justin McConville Senior Associate
 Laura McMaster  photo Laura McMaster Senior Associate
 Gail Morris  photo Gail Morris Partner
 Oliver Parsons  photo Oliver Parsons Solicitor
 Noel Ruddy  photo Noel Ruddy Partner, Head of Corporate & Commercial
 Dawn Shadwell  photo Dawn Shadwell Partner, Co-Head Insolvency & Corporate Recovery
 Elise Sherwell OLY  photo Elise Sherwell OLY Senior Associate
 Laura Sutton  photo Laura Sutton Senior Associate
 Sian Webber  photo Sian Webber Senior Associate

Ongoing change

Equality and diversity is not a discrete matter and cannot be dealt with as a tick box exercise. It is a living and breathing issue. It impacts every person at PDT, everyone we interact with, everything we do and how we do it. We understand that any meaningful commitments must be embedded in, and reflected by, our work and our culture – what we do and how we think. As an example of this, PDT coordinated Sussex law firms to unite in a joint commitment that ‘Racism has no place in our society’. The law firms agreed to the following statement, with a joint social media and online push to publicise their commitment at 11am on Friday 12 June 2020: “We support the Law Society’s unequivocal commitment that Black Lives Matter. We as law firms operating in Sussex recognise the importance of challenging racism in all its forms in our organisations and communities. Whilst we strive to do this, we know that we can do more and believe the Law Society’s commitment and statement is the impetus for us all to do this now.”

Effecting change is difficult and effecting change in terms of racism can be particularly challenging. Real change starts with a series of sometimes personal and uncomfortable questions and challenges. We are asking ourselves: Do we recognise that a problem exists? What do we think causes it? Are we committed to taking action? What we are going to do about it and are we willing to do it? We are putting together further plans to ensure we are driving these changes and that matters of equality, diversity and inclusion are at the centre of everything we do.

We are planning a series of training events on equality and diversity, and related policy, with the objective that each employee will sign up to an acknowledgement that they respect and are committed to achieving the objectives of our equality policy.

Diversity and inclusion

PDT values fairness, equality and diversity in all dealings, both as a provider of legal services and an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to ensuring that our culture, training and policies facilitate and enhance the development and promotion of equal opportunities and that our equality and diversity values are embedded into everyday practice, policies and procedures.

PDT has adopted an equality and diversity policy which addresses the ‘protected characteristics’ of the Equality Act 2010: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation.

We are committed to avoiding discrimination on these grounds, and for part-time and fixed-term workers, in our dealings with clients and potential clients, other solicitors, barristers and third parties, and in relation to all current partners and employees, as well as applicants for positions within PDT and all related recruitment activity, along with internal promotions and training opportunities. The partners are committed to promoting equality and diversity in all aspects of our operations including client service.

In addition to our obligations not to discriminate against, harass or victimise those with a disability PDT is also subject to a duty to make reasonable adjustments to prevent employees, partners and clients who are disabled from being at a disadvantage in comparison with those who are not.

For clients or other visitors with mobility problems, we have a ramp leading to the front door with toilet and other facilities located on the ground floor. A lift provides access to other parts of the building, where required.

The latest diversity statistics for PDT are available on our website (

CLIENT: Dr Colin Wheeler
TESTIMONIAL: I was deeply impressed with PDT. This was the first time we had used them and, despite having been introduced late to the deal, I was amazed at how quickly they picked it up and got us over the line. This was not an easy deal given we had a number of complicated cross border issues to deal with and a very tight deadline, but the team at PDT just took it in their stride. We are incredibly grateful to the team for all their hard work in making this deal happen and I would recommend them to anyone.

CLIENT: Ray Goodfellow, Chief Legal Officer
TESTIMONIAL: We’re delighted with the service we get from PDT. We’re particularly impressed with the range of expertise available, their commitment to finding the best solutions for us and their ability to provide clear practical advice on the options available. Their commercial and dispute resolution teams provide an outstanding service.

CLIENT: John Wilde, Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Investec Capital Solutions
TESTIMONIAL: PDT are ABL industry specialists and that expertise has been invaluable to us over the years. In addition, they have built a formidable corporate practice and this is another in a long line of successful deals we have worked on together. This was a complex deal which needed to be done quickly and efficiently. Noel’s industry expertise and Rosie’s calm efficiency were instrumental in the success of this transaction, and we will continue to use them for ABL and corporate support.

CLIENT: Anand Chavda
COMPANY/FIRM: Savemain Pharmacy
TESTIMONIAL: We faced quite a few difficulties during the transaction, however from the very onset when we were deciding on which firm to use it became clear that PDT were willing to offer a more personal touch, which is something we really appreciate as it’s the way we have conducted our business for many years. Therefore, the trust created helped to ensure there wasn’t a need for second guessing and we really trusted the advice, guidance and instruction given.

CLIENT: David Clements, Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Harrisons Business Recovery and Insolvency Limited
TESTIMONIAL: Will Angas and his team have acted for me on several occasions when we have successfully recovered payments from directors or third parties which related to unlawful actions permitted by the directors prior to my appointment. Will’s energy and commitment to these cases was exceptional and has resulted in significant recoveries to the benefit of the insolvent companies’ creditors. In many of these cases, Will’s sharp, commercial approach and strong, technical ability has resulted in settlement without the need to commence formal legal proceedings therefore reducing the risk and potential expense to the insolvent estate. I look forward to working with Will and his team on future matters.

CLIENT: Andrew Streeter, Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Streeter Group Holdings Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: Always friendly, professional and supremely competent, PDT solicitors have been our solicitors for a number of years dealing with property sales and purchases; property leases; business sales; promotional and collaboration agreements; debt recovery, loan agreements and so on which is a superb testament to the range and depth of services they offer. Highly recommended and look forward to many years more of working together.