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 Solicitors is one of the leading corporate firms in the region, with a number of experienced partners with expertise in M&A transactions, restructurings, secured lending work and employee ownership trust conversions. The group stands out for its expertise in the aerospace, private equity, manufacturing and insurance sectors. Ed Nurse leads the team and advises the firm's international insurer clients on complex restructuring issues, while Stephen McElhone has developed a niche in the mineral resource sector. Alex Clifton is experienced in numerous corporate issues, including management buyouts, demergers and strategic acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Ed Nurse

Other key lawyers:


‘We have worked with BHW for a number of years now, based on our experiences of working with their Corporate and Commercial Department, they are a first choice legal firm when it comes to referring legal services to Company owners, and both the buyers and sellers of SME sized Companies in the UK. Their Corporate team are always responsive to communication, they are excellent at simplifying the process for Clients, reducing stress in the transaction, identifying and resolving issues before they become issues and ensuring that everything is in place so deals can meet target completion deadlines.’

‘Matt Worsnop (Corporate & Commercial Partner) is a highly personable, highly professional M&A lawyer. Matt is an excellent communicator who is willing to spend time understanding the client brief before proposing high quality solutions. He is a lawyer of high integrity and ethics and is excellent at building trust with our Clients and progressing deals. We enjoy working with Matt, he is always available and always responsive. He always makes time to explain things calmly and clearly and is the perfect appointment for any Business owner with a Corporate / Commercial legal services requirement.’

‘Ed Nurse has a very calm approach to problems and always contactable. His input in varied legal matters within our group is done with a great personal touch.’

‘Broad range of corporate and commercial experience and expertise. Balanced objective advice. Very responsive when required.’

‘Knowledge of our businesses and group. Attention to detail. Responsiveness. Commercially very astute.’

‘Matt Worsnop has a practical approach to resolving matters. I can always rely on Matt and his team to complete work efficiently and effectively. Matt is very effective at dealing with issues to get deals done. Matt will offer practical solutions to solve any problems arising.’

‘Ed Nurse has been very committed in getting the deal done, he has been a true business partner, always available also outside standard working hours. He has been a great coordinator of his team, overseeing the different topics and making sure everything was on track.’

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

KCT Holdings Limited

Cast Alum

Technicut Limited

Quartz Holdings Limited

Home Pro Insurance Limited

Creative Software Solutions (Europe) Limited

Verdon Timber Group Limited

Marks Electrical Limited

Colson Castors Limited

Future 45 Limited

Staircraft Group Limited

Evergreens (UK) Limited

Delta Global Source Holdings Limited

Solutions Diverse Ltd

Sturrock and Robson Limited

Red Sands Insurance Company (Europe) Limited

AutoProtect Group Limited

SIL-MID Limited

Reach Engineering & Diving Services Ltd (REDS)

Beowulf Mining Plc

Meet & Engage Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders on the disposal of ARCC Communications to KN Circet.
  • Advised Dare&Dare Limited on the disposal of Hay Hampers Limited to Moguntia Food Group.
  • Advised the shareholder of Solutions Diverse Limited on the disposal to an MBO team.

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

Based in Leicester, BHW Solicitors' practice is notable for the range of mandates it handles, including agriculture, development, financing and pension scheme issues. In 2020, the practice's secured lending expertise led  to the group being added to HSBC's national panel, which led to an high volume of instructions, with the team advising on over 30 matters in the final quarter of 2020, most of which has been handled by practice head Beverley Merrell and Eleanor Rattay. Ian Sanders is another name to note and focuses on commercial and residential developments.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Merrell

Other key lawyers:

Ian Sanders; Eleanor Rattay; Raj Hundal; Kate Burlinson


‘Excellent service.’

‘Beverley Merrell is an exceptional lawyer, providing clear concise advice to clients, in a timely efficient manner. We work with a number of commercial property lawyers and firms, and would recommend Beverley above all others.’

‘I moved to follow Kate Burlinson; she is highly efficient, calm and knowledgeable. Always available and always on the ball. I never find myself having to chase her up.’

‘Proactive in getting the transaction completed in a very timely manner offering guidance and advice throughout the process to ensure all risks are understood and mitigated.’

‘We deal with both Kate Burlinson and Ian Sanders who are both driven to achieve completion of the transaction ensuring we are well advised and protected.’

Key clients

DHL Parcel UK Limited

Technicut Limited

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Rumrat Limited

W Potter & Sons (Holdings) Limited

Ivor King Properties Limited

The Beighton Family Investment Company

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited and John E. Haith Limited

Little Tiger Investments Limited

MSI Property Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC UK Bank Plc on taking various securities including development finance and assisted with perfecting securities over both residential and commercial properties.
  • Advised DHL Parcel UK Limited on its acquisition of two new distribution depots.
  • Advised W Potter & Sons (Holdings) Limited on the refinancing of the Potters Poultry group of companies.

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

The IT and telecoms department at BHW Solicitors regularly advises on IT infrastructure projects as well as IT and telecoms contracts for a variety of clients, among others from the automotive and financial sector. Advice on hosting agreements, software as a service, hardware supply agreements, software development and IT tendering projects are all part of the firm's repertoire, which also regularly advises on acquisitions, mergers, re-financing and restructures of IT, telecoms and software companies. Practice head Matt Worsnop 'is a consistently excellent partner to work with'.

Practice head(s):

Matt Worsnop


‘Their understanding of the work we do and the ins and outs of a product we’re exploring launching was super helpful in drafting an agreement which met our needs.’

‘Matt Worsnop was excellent – understood everything we were asking for (including data protection). He was thorough, patient and communicative.’

‘Excellent on technology contract and commercial matters, a fast flexible and positive approach to delivery.’

‘Matt Worsnop is a consistently excellent partner to work with and I mean that in the sense of partnering with us – the client. He is responsive, collaborative, looks for win-win, acts and thinks commercially, and understands technology.’

‘What we found excellent as a small business was the team understood how to turn our high level requirement into the legal documents we needed quickly.’

‘Matt Worsnop stands out for us as he quickly got to an understanding of our business and makes relevant recommendations in the exact context of our business.’

‘I find BHW the most approachable practice that I have dealt with to date. Quick response, good interaction, clarity and delivery are all strong capabilities.’

‘Matt Worsnop is our key contact and continues to be as dedicated and responsive as the first day we used BHW.’

Key clients

Lavendon Group / Loxam

Nationwide Platforms Limited

DealTrak Ltd

Vehicle Vision Limited

Atomic Multimedia Consultants Limited

City Computing Limited

Loupe Testware Ltd

Unicomm Ltd

Forward Action Ltd

Work highlights

  • Prepared entirely new set of terms and conditions for Unicomm Ltd in respect of the unified telecommunications services to be used with Unicomm’s clients.
  • Prepared entirely new SaaS Agreement for Forward Action Ltd for a new SaaS service allowing for the creation of fund raising web pages.
  • Prepared entirely new developer licence for Vehicle Vision International Limited for the client to use with third party software developers wishing to make use of its new API.

Employment Tier 4

Since its inception as a standalone department in 2019, the employment practice at BHW Solicitors has offered a full array of employment services. Clients hail from all types of industries, including insurance, packaging, automotive and energy, and are given ‘invaluable’ advice on issues pertaining to business transfers and TUPE issues as well as restructurings, redundancies and more. Amanda Badley heads the team and is experienced in all types of employment litigation matters. Associate solicitor Aimée Johns is described as ‘standout’.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Badley

Other key lawyers:


‘Having worked on various employment matters throughout the pandemic, the service and breath of knowledge has been outstanding.’

‘The level of detail and risk management advice has been invaluable. Amanda Badley and Aimée Johns have both been standout.’

‘Amanda Badley is responsive, knowledgeable, experienced and pragmatic. She had seen our employment related issues before and knew how to deal with them in a practical way which enabled us to implement the necessary follow up actions on a timely basis.’

‘We receive valuable, sensible, informed and none generic employment advice, targeted knowledgeably at our business requirement with a deep understanding of our business people. All advice, work, support comes with a sensible degree of commerciality.’

‘Aimée Johns is an essential part of the team. As with many businesses, 2020 was extremely difficult to manage and the advice and support of Aimee was very much critical to a business, and me, in a distressed time. The continuity received in the absence of Aimee is also second to none, showing real collaboration within their department, meaning that we as the customer really benefit from a lack of duplication and keep unproductive time to a minimum. I would always highly recommend BHW to other potential clients.’

‘The team are approachable and available at all times. During the ever changing times of the pandemic the advice has been invaluable as our business has been operating throughout. ’

‘They are honest and concise with their recommendations. They are happy to discuss options and the outcome of each option. They have made time to get to know our company and the individuals in the company so when giving advice it comes from a place of greater understanding of the consequences.’

Key clients

Correlation Risk Partners Limited

KCT Holdings Limited

RG & P Limited

Thurne Middleby Limited

Gardner Group Limited

Qualvis Print & Packaging Limited

MTE (Leicester) Limited

Hamilton Adhesive Labels Limited

S&B Clothing Limited

Delta Global Source Holdings Limited

European Quilting Supplies Limited

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.

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
Miss Amanda Badley  photo Miss Amanda Badley Partner & Head of Employment
Mr Nick Bridle  photo Mr Nick Bridle Managing Partner
Mrs Kate Burlinson photo Mrs Kate BurlinsonPartner
Mr Alex Clifton  photo Mr Alex Clifton Corporate and Commercial Partner
Mr Paul Davis  photo Mr Paul Davis Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution
Mr Stephen McElhone  photo Mr 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
Mrs Eleanor Rattay  photo Mrs Eleanor Rattay Partner
Mr Ian Sanders  photo Mr Ian Sanders Partner
Mr Matt Worsnop  photo Mr Matt Worsnop Partner
Number of UK partners : 15