BHW Solicitors > Enderby, England > Firm Profile

BHW Solicitors
1 Smith Way
Grove Park
LE19 1SX

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands Tier 1

BHW Solicitorscompletely understands the clients' needs' and 'always goes above and beyond’, according to one client, and is known in the Leicester market for its specialism in transactions in the aerospace, manufacturing and insurance sectors. Head of corporate Matt Worsnop is a ‘very personable lawyer who has a great ability for putting clients at ease with the often complex transaction process’ and is a strong counterpart to Ed Nurse‘s commercial practice. Alex Clifton, Stephen McElhone and James Dent are recommended for acquisitions, disposals and corporate fundraising. The department continues to be active in Employee Ownership Trust conversion projects, supply chain solutions and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Matt Worsnop; Ed Nurse

Other key lawyers:


‘BHW have a brilliant team of skilled and experienced lawyers across all departments of their business. Their Corporate team is led by Matt Worsnop, and we have dealt with many of his colleagues, all of which provide the same high level of responsiveness, expertise and professionalism in service delivery.’

‘The team at BHW are always commercially aware and have a brilliant ability to simplify often complex legal matters for everyone involved in an M&A transaction.’

‘Matt is an exceptional corporate lawyer who has successfully represented many clients on M&A transactions of varying size and complexity over the years. He is a very personable lawyer who has a great ability for putting clients at ease with the often complex transaction process. He is exceptional at simplifying legal matters so sellers can make sensible decisions with absolute confidence and peace of mind. He is responsive and always available to both ourselves and our clients.’

‘Ed Nurse – highly accomplished in his area of expertise with the added benefit that he understands a lot of the accounts/tax implications surrounding the M&A type work he is involved in.’

‘They completely understand the clients’ needs, proper personal service and always go above and beyond.’

‘Partner-led advice from highly experienced team which offers excellent advice with a keen eye on commerciality. Always take the time to ensure clients understand their matter and guide them through an often complex journey to completion of the transaction.’

‘Ed Nurse, Alex Clifton and James Dent are extremely knowledgeable, approachable and determined to get a good result for their client.’

‘Always willing to go the extra mile, nothing is ever too much trouble.’

Key clients

Correlation Investments Limited

Lavendon Group Limited

Gardner Group Limited

Oadby Plastics Limited

BPX Group Limited

NatWest Bank Plc

Nationwide Platforms Limited

Animal Friends Insurance Services Limited

HSBC Bank Plc

KCT Holdings Limited

Technicut Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Correlation One Holdings on its third round of investment into veterinary technology company Vet-AI.
  • Advised SML Group in respect of its purchase of the entire issued share capital of My Home Needs.
  • Advised BPX Group in relation to the acquisition of Control Components (Anglia).

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

The commercial property team at BHW Solicitors is instructed by a range of prominent clients in the sector on matters on a local and national scale. In particular, the team is known for its track record in matters surrounding secured lending, residential development, pension scheme property and transactions involving storage and distribution. Beverley Merrell handles a range of freehold an non-contentious leasehold commercial property matters while also assisting private pension schemes with their property requirements. Eleanor Rattay specialises in secured lending and agricultural property.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Merrell

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor Rattay; Ian Sanders; Kate Burlinson; Raj Hundal; Alison Harrod; Molly McLoughlin


‘Exceptional team.’

‘Alison Harrod is proficient, speedy, communicates well via email and will contact me direct as an when needed. She is good at managing expected outcomes. She is exceptionally good at her job.’

‘Beverley Merrell understands the needs and responds quickly.’

Key clients

Alandale Scaffolding

ATL Limited

Bamfords Trust plc

Berkeley Burke


Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Coutts Bank

Coyote Ugly

Cropston Properties Limited

Crowfoots Carriers

DHL Parcel UK Limited

Foston Park Limited

Gardner Aerospace

Geosynthetics Ltd


HSBC UK Bank Plc

Invicta Developments Limited

James Coles and Sons Nurseries

Jordan Developments (UK) Limited

Kaby Engineering Limited

Landmark Property Solutions Limited

Leicester Social Economy Consortium Limited

Mattioli Woods

Morningside Properties Limited

Nationwide Platforms Limited

Parker Motor Services Ltd

Rumrat Limited

T Systems Limited

Vantage Property Group Midlands Limited

Westerby Trustee Services Ltd / WPA Trustees Limited

WKM Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Coyote Ugly chain in completing a lease in the high profile area, Camden Market.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

Well regarded by clients for providing ‘excellent, expert advice and services for a reasonable price’ Paul Davis and his Leicester-based team at BHW Solicitors are instructed by various corporates across the aerospace, telecoms, retail and insurance sectors, as well as a number of high-net-worth private individuals. Davis predominantly appears in local courts, handling a wide array of contentious work which includes shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, and contentious insolvency proceedings, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Davis


‘Paul Davis is an excellent leader of a highly capable and diverse litigation team which has wide exposure to and experience of commercial matters in conjunction with the firm’s excellent corporate and commercial department.’

‘BHW stands out as a firm which provides excellent expert advice and services for a reasonable price. They do not overbill, everything is prepared well in advance with partner oversight, and they devote considerable effort into achieving the best outcome for the client.’

‘Paul Davis is an excellent litigator. He is incredibly intelligent and has a wealth of experience in contentious commercial matters, both of which show themselves in the pragmatic and sensible advice he gives. Paul is diligent and shows real attention to detail. He really is prepared to go the extra mile for clients.’

‘Paul Davis and the team were always at the end of a call and couldn’t be more helpful. From the outset, Paul gave me his thoughts on the case, the likely outcome and the likely costs. It was great the way he laid it all out and gave me all the information I needed to make a decision on how to proceed.’

Key clients

Gardner Group Limited

DHL Parcel UK Limited

Nationwide Platforms Limited

OBR Construction Limited

BRI Insolvency Limited

Cosmo Beauty Limited

PH Properties Limited

Notts Sports Limited

Imperial Corporate Events Limited

Chaperone K9 Limited

HG Comms Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Nationwide Platforms Limited in respect of a high value claim.
  • Advised Gardner Group Limited in respect of a commercial property litigation matter.
  • Advised BRI Insolvency Limited in respect of a complex contentious insolvency matter.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

The Matt Worsnop-led IT group at BHW Solicitors has ‘a strong breadth of knowledge’ in IT and telecoms contracts, tech-focused corporate transactions, restructures and re-financing of software, telecoms and IT companies. ‘Very approachable and knowledgable’ Worsnop is highly repuatable for software development and licensing agreements, e-commerce and supporting regional and national clients in large-scale IT infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Matt Worsnop


‘Everyone I have dealt with at BHW has been approachable and professional.’

‘Matt Worsnop – very approachable and knowledgable. Explains legal jargon very well. Matt always take the time to listen and understand what we are trying to achieve – which may sound basic, but has not always been my experience when dealign with our practises.’

‘The team have a strong breadth of knowledge and coordinate well within the business to provide prompt responses to queries. They also work with us as client to tailor their service and responses based on the circumstances as opposed to a ‘standard’ approach to the work they do for us.’

‘Matt Worsnop has been excellent at dealing with the contractual issues we have had with our IT provider and has always provided timely and considered advice. ’

Key clients

Lavendon Group / Loxam

Nationwide Platforms Limited

Vehicle Vision Limited

Atomic Multimedia Consultants Limited

Best Path Limited

Creative Software Solutions (Europe) Limited

Netdocs Digital Mailroom Solutions Ltd

Xapsys Limited

Autoprotect (MBI) Limited

Dynamic Technology Group Limited

GP Automated Limited

rg+p Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising GP Automate on an entirely new licence subscription agreement.
  • Revised and modernised the standard customer contract for Dynamic Technology Group Limited to use with all its IT clients.

Employment Tier 4

Amanda Badley leads the Enderby-based employment department at BHW Solicitors, which demonstrates breadth of expertise assisting with TUPE transfers, managing large restructuring projects and employment disputes. Badley is the main figure regarding the exit of senior employees, employment status matters and holiday pay issues. Associate Aimée Johns advises clients on the implementation of multiple salary sacrifice schemes and on trade union striking issues.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Badley

Other key lawyers:


‘The communication from this team is excellent. There is always somebody available to assist with queries even when your usual contact is away or unavailable.’

‘Amanda Badley is exceptional. An astute tactician, her advice is straight to the point and gets results.’

‘Aimée Johns takes a very pragmatic approach to employment matters.  She is extremely patient and always happy to answer questions, providing full and clear explanations.’

‘The team has a fantastic range of experience across employment matters in all types of sectors. The client can have confidence that their matter is being dealt with by an experienced team with an understanding of the field.’

‘Aimée Johns’ calm professional manner with an outstanding level of knowledge of her practice area leaves you reassured your matter is being dealt with by one of the leading employment solicitors in her field.

‘Top quality team giving out straightforward, no-nonsense advice. Most firms claim to give it, this team actually does.’

‘Amanda Badley cares about clients and cares about providing a good quality of service tailored to the client’s individual needs.’

‘Amanda Badley focuses on providing clients with an excellent service tailored to their requirements.’

Key clients

Gardner Group Limited

RG & P Limited

Correlation Risk Partners Limited

Thurne Middleby Limited

Delta Global Source Holdings Limited

Hamilton Adhesive Labels Limited

Arkay Group

S&B Clothing Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Henry Gaze Holdings on the employment aspects of the sale of the company (a specialist fibre optic networks engineering business) to Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios.
  • Provided employment support to Canis in the City on its purchase of the assets of Canis in London, a dog walking/day care business in London.
  • Provided employment support to BPX Group in respect of the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Control Components (Anglia).

BHW Solicitors is a specialist commercial law firm in Leicester which provides advice to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes. In addition to its core commercial services, the firm specialises in several industry sectors including aerospace, automotive, agriculture, renewable energy, information technology, plant hire, retail, pension fund property transactions, secured lending and estate agency M&A.

The firm: BHW was established in 2003 and has grown to become a major regional player in respect of its following and the complexity, value and importance of the work it undertakes.

BHW’s clients range from owner-managed businesses to some of the UK’s best-known companies and organisations.

The firm operates leading systems to guarantee the highest levels of quality and maintains the Lexcel Legal Practice Quality Mark. In 2015 BHW achieved a perfect result on audit against the latest Lexcel standard (v6).

Despite the fact that BHW is a comparatively young firm, its regional impact should not be underestimated. In terms of the firm’s client following and the complexity, value and importance of the work it undertakes it is the equal of any firm in the East Midlands.

Types of work undertaken
Corporate and commercial: the department handles a full range of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures, employee ownership trusts and other company and commercial matters. It has sector-specific specialisms, including aerospace, plant hire, secured lending and estate agency M&A.

Commercial property: BHW’s commercial property department advises on all aspects of freehold and leasehold property for its business clients. The department has sector-specific specialisms, including agriculture, retail, pension fund property transactions and secured lending.

IT and telecoms: BHW advises on procurement and tendering protocols for IT projects; software development agreements; configuration and implementation agreements; software licences; software maintenance agreements; hosting agreements; website terms of business and e-commerce facilities.

Dispute resolution: BHW’s dispute resolution department handles all forms of commercial litigation, dispute resolution and mediation. The department also specialises in contentious probate and has one of only a handful of ACTAPS members in the East Midlands (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists).

Employment: BHW deals with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, acting principally on behalf of employers.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Nick Bridle
Corporate/commercial Ed Nurse 0116 281 6230
Commercial property/real estate Bev Merrell 0116 281 6221
Employment Law Amanda Badley 0116 402 9019
Dispute Resolution Paul Davis 0116 281 6231
Corporate/commercial Matt Worsnop 0116 281 6235
Commercial property/real estate Ian Sanders 0116 281 6227
Commercial property/real estate Eleanor Rattay 0116 281 6224
Corporate/commercial Stephen McElhone 0116 281 6237
Corporate/commercial Alex Clifton 0116 281 6232
Commercial property/real estate Kate Burlinson 0116 402 9022
Commercial property/real estate Raj Hundal 0116 402 7249
Employment Law Aimee Johns 0116 402 7252
Photo Name Position Profile
Amanda Badley photo Amanda Badley Partner & Head of Employment
Nick Bridle photo Nick Bridle Chairman
Kate Burlinson photo Kate Burlinson Partner
Alex Clifton photo Alex Clifton Partner
Paul Davis photo Paul Davis Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution
Raj Hundal photo Raj Hundal Partner
Aimée Johns photo Aimée Johns Senior Associate Solicitor
Stephen McElhone photo Stephen McElhone Partner
Beverley Merrell photo Beverley Merrell Partner & Head of Commercial Property
Ed Nurse photo Ed Nurse Managing Partner & Head of Corporate and Commercial
Eleanor Rattay photo Eleanor Rattay Partner
Ian Sanders photo Ian Sanders Partner
Matt Worsnop photo Matt Worsnop Partner
Number of UK partners : 18