Firm Profile > BHW Solicitors > Enderby, England

BHW Solicitors
1 Smith Way
Grove Park
LE19 1SX

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands Tier 1

Focusing primarily on the aerospace, private equity, manufacturing and insurance industries,  BHW Solicitors' 'commercially minded and pragmatic' team advises clients on M&A, corporate restructuring, secured lending and commercial contracts. Ed Nurse is frequently engaged by companies selling or buying shares in high value transactions. He recently advised Gardner Aerospace Holdings on its sale to Shaanxi Ligeance Mineral Resources for $326m. Driven by partner Stephen McElhone's wealth of experience, the team also assists clients with submitting IPOs on the AIM and NEX exchanges. 'Thorough and helpful' Alex  Clifton is very active in a wide range of corporate transactions and often provides key support to Nurse.

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‘The BHW commercial team is as good as any team in a big city firm which is unusual in the region.’ 

‘BHW are an excellent legal choice for UK company owners and have become our go-to recommendation for high quality corporate and M&A services.’

‘The team always have the best interests of their clients at heart, they are excellent communicators and always contactable.’

‘Highly professional, sound advice, straight talking yet down to earth and approachable.’

‘Alex Clifton always keeps in touch, always wants to know what’s going on in our business and is always on hand to offer speedy advice and bounce things off.’

‘Alex Clifton and Ed Nurse are a pleasure to work with and I would not hesitate to work with them again should the opportunity arise.’

‘Alex Clifton is my go-to corporate and commercial specialist. He is straight talking and clear in his advice yet has the ability to tackle difficult topics in a sensitive manner.’

Key clients

Correlation Investments Limited

Lavendon Group Limited

Gardner Group Limited

Oadby Plastics Limited

BPX Group Limited

NatWest Bank Plc

Nationwide Platforms Limited

Money Thing Capital Limited

Animal Friends Insurance Services Limited

HSBC Bank Plc

Qualvis Print and Packaging Limited

Cast Alum

Deichmann-Shoes UK Limited

Savage Marine Ltd

Home Pro Insurance Limited

Creative Software Solutions (Europe) Limited

Verdon Timber Group Limited

Marks Electrical Limited

Notts Sport Limited

UK Airsoft Limited

Blauberg UK Limited

Staircraft Group Limited

Eclipse Group Solutions Limited

Evergreens (UK) Limited

BTE Plant Sales Limited

Delta Global Source Holdings Limited

Solutions Diverse Ltd

Sturrock and Robson Limited

Red Sands Insurance Company (Europe) Limited

Clifton Packaging Group Limited

AutoProtect Group Limited

SIL-MID Limited

Reach Engineering & Diving Services Ltd (REDS)

Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

BHW Solicitors' Leicester team is particularly active in mandates connected with the leisure, retail and logistics industries. It primarily advises clients on land acquisitions, property investments, private pension schemes and secured lending transactions. The 'excellent' Beverley Merrell frequently advises developers on freehold and leasehold projects. Ian Sanders primarily advises clients engaged in construction projects on all aspects of planning and development. Eleanor Rattay's broad expertise spans secured lending, refinancing and development work.


‘BHW Solicitors have provided great support to us in often challenging and time-sensitive matters.’

‘Eleanor Rattay is very approachable and accessible and understands our business needs.’

Key clients

Alijyso Limited

Bamfords Trust


BPX Group Limited

Cambridge and Counties Limited

DHL Parcel UK Limited

Fischer Future Heat UK Limited

Folk 2 Folk

Gardner Aerospace Limited

HSBC Bank plc

Jelson Limited

Jordan Developments Limited

Lavendon Group plc

Limetree Living Limited

Mark’s Electrical Limited

Mattioli Woods plc

Morningside Holdings Limited

Next Holdings Limited

Oadby Plastics Limited

Obstrat Limited

Ratcliffe Farms Limited

Roca Limited

Staircraft Limited

Svenska Handelsbanken plc

T – Systems Limited

Verdon Timber Group Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 3

BHW Solicitors regularly handles significant software infrastructure projects. In addition, the firm also regularly advises on mergers, acquisitions, restructures and refinancings of software and IT companies. Practice head Matt Worsnop has a strong background in software development. The team is praised for its 'sensible and pragmatic' approach.

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Sensible and pragmatic in terms of both advice and fees.’

Matt Worsnop is excellent on tech matters.’

Trust, consistency and value.’

Key clients

Lavendon Group / Loxam

Nationwide Platforms Limited

Eclipse Group Solutions Limited

DealTrak Ltd

Vehicle Vision Limited

Atomic Multimedia Consultants Limited

City Computing Limited

Davis Ground IT Services Limited

G Siddons Limited t/a Bikercomm

Loupe Testware Ltd

Switch Networks Ltd


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 and company and commercial matters, and 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
Managing partner Nick Bridle
Corporate/commercial Ed Nurse
Commercial property/real estate Bev Merrell
Employment Law Amanda Badley
Dispute Resolution Paul Davis
Corporate/commercial Stephen McElhone
Commercial property/real estate Ian Sanders
Commercial property/real estate Eleanor Rattay
Corporate/commercial Alex Clifton
Commercial property/real estate Kate Burlinson
Corporate/commercial Matt Worsnop
Photo Name Position Profile
Miss Amanda Badley  photo Miss Amanda Badley Partner & Head of Employment
Mr Nick Bridle  photo Mr Nick Bridle Managing Partner
 Kate Burlinson photo Kate Burlinson Partner
 Alex  Clifton  photo Alex  Clifton Corporate and Commercial Partner
Mr Paul Davis  photo Mr Paul Davis Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution
 Stephen  McElhone  photo Stephen  McElhone Corporate and Commercial Partner
Mrs Beverley Merrell  photo Mrs Beverley Merrell Partner & Head of Commercial Property
Mr Ed Nurse  photo Mr Ed Nurse Partner & Head of Corporate and Commercial
 Eleanor  Rattay  photo Eleanor  Rattay Partner
Mr Ian Sanders  photo Mr Ian Sanders Partner
Mr Matt Worsnop  photo Mr Matt Worsnop Partner
Number of UK partners : 15