Firm Profile > BHW Solicitors > Enderby, England

BHW Solicitors
1 Smith Way
Grove Park
LE19 1SX

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 1

BHW Solicitors' team, which is led by the 'thoroughly commercial and strategically minded' Ed Nurse, has standout capabilities in corporate and commercial matters in the private equity, supply chain, secured lending and aerospace sectors. The practice is well-known in the Leicester and wider East Midlands region, and it also attracts work from clients nationwide. In a key development, Stephen McElhone joined from Spearing Waite LLP, a move which now makes the firm a strong choice for advice on AIM and NEX Exchange IPOs. In addition, McElhone also has expertise in corporate acquisitions, disposals and fundraising matters.  Matt Worsnop and recently promoted partner Alex Clifton are other highly regarded practitioners, as is Michael Lam, who made associate.


The team is very knowledgeable about all aspects of company law, and is also pragmatic when seeking commercial solutions

Ed Nurse and Alex Clifton have a very broad and detailed understanding of commercial law and all of its nuances

The recent appointment of Stephen McElhone gives added strength and depth to the firm

Ed Nurse is highly competent in his field of expertise, and is calm, assured and highly knowledgeable

You can always rely on Alex Clifton to deliver high-quality work

Straight-talking (without jargon) at a competitive rate

The lawyers fully grasp the complexities of the issues and offer solid, reliable advice in a prompt manner at all times

Key clients

Correlation Investments Limited

Lavendon Group Limited

Gardner Group Limited

Oadby Plastics Limited

BPX Group Limited

Nat West Bank PLC

Nationwide Platforms Limited

Money Thing Capital Limited

Animal Friends Insurance Services Limited

ThinCats (Business Loan Network) Limited

HSBC Bank Plc

Valiant Investments PLC

Qualvis Print and Packaging Limited

Cast Alum

Deichmann-Shoes UK Limited

ISI Global

The Barons Eden Hotel and Leisure Group

Savage Marine Ltd

Garben Holdings Limited t/a The Orange Tree

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

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

BHW Solicitors’ department is jointly led by Kate Chorley, Eleanor Rattay and Ian Sanders. It is particularly well-regarded for transactions, acting on the acquisition and disposal of farms, agricultural land, woodland, country houses and equestrian properties. Additional areas of expertise include option and promotion agreements, renewable energy contracts and development agreements. The group's knowledge of secured lending transactions has been bolstered by the arrival of Kate Burlinson from Spearing Waite.

Key clients

Natwest Bank




Beesley – Garden Centre

Cadeby Tree Sales Limited

Venture Homes (Midlands) Limited

Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 2

The growth of BHW Solicitors' practice has been reflected by an uptick in the firm's secured lending work for institutional lenders and peer-to-peer lending platforms; in a related development, secured lending specialist Kate Burlinson joined as an associate solicitor from Spearing Waite LLP. Development-related work is another core part of the practice; Ian Sanders heads up this part of the offering, and advises developers on all aspects of development projects across the UK. Lucy Ward, who (like Burlinson) has joined from Spearing Waite LLP, leads a new specialist plot sales team, which acts for developers and housebuilders. The firm also acts for plot purchasers in relation to new build developments. Elsewhere, Beverley Merrell heads up a group,which advises pension schemes on property-related matters. The firm also assists investors with portfolio transactions (office blocks, business parks and warehouse premises), and acts for clients in matters connected with sectors such as retail and leisure, and storage/distribution. Recently promoted partner Eleanor Rattay is another name to note.


Excellent communication, really understanding of clients and their needs, quick and professional service, good advice

Beverley Merrell is an excellent lawyer and very personable

Key clients

Mattioli Woods Plc

Morningside Holdings Limited

Obstrat Limited

Fischer Future Heat UK Limited

Next Holdings Limited

DHL Parcel UK Limited

T-Systems Limited

Lavendon Group Plc

Natwest Bank Plc

Svenska Handelsbanken Plc

HSBC Bank Plc

BPX Group


Folk 2 Folk

Staircraft Limited

Bamfords Trust Plc

Marks Electrical Limited

Alijyso Limited


IT and telecoms Tier 3

Hailed by clients for its ‘good understanding of IT contractual matters’, BHW Solicitors’ department is led by the ‘knowledgeableMatt Worsnop. Its specialist areas include software and licensing agreements, IT project tenders, software infrastructure projects, website development and app agreements. Other pillars of the practice are M&A, restructures and refinancings of software and IT companies. Mandates from the virtual reality and app industries are on the increase.




Key clients

Lavendon Group / Loxam

Nationwide Platforms Limited

VR Simulation Systems Ltd

Eclipse Group Solutions Limited

DealTrak Ltd

Earlybird Technologies Limited

Workvine Limited

Twin3 Limited

BestPath Limited

Vehicle Vision 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.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
Miss Amanda Badley  photo Miss Amanda Badley
Mr Nick Bridle  photo Mr Nick Bridle
Mr Alex  Clifton  photo Mr Alex  Clifton
Mr Paul Davis  photo Mr Paul Davis
Mr Stephen  McElhone  photo Mr Stephen  McElhone
Mrs Beverley Merrell  photo Mrs Beverley Merrell
Mr Ed Nurse  photo Mr Ed Nurse
Mrs Eleanor  Rattay  photo Mrs Eleanor  Rattay
Mr Ian Sanders  photo Mr Ian Sanders
Mr Matt Worsnop  photo Mr Matt Worsnop
Number of UK partners : 11