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Austin Moore & Partners LLP

Commercial property: Nottingham and Derby Tier 3

Vik Moothia, the department head at Austin Moore & Partners LLP, has been practising in the Nottingham legal market for more than 16 years, and has built up a wealth of transactional experience. Under his leadership the firm has become well-known for other work including landlord and tenant matters, property development and property finance. Rachael Briggs is another key partner in the team.

Practice head(s):

Vik Moothia

Other key lawyers:


‘Austin Moore & Partners is a very proactive, responsive and forward-thinking firm, fielding commercial lawyers who do as they say, and in the timescale you agree with them’

‘Vik and the rest of the team are always on the end of the phone. They tell you in straight talk what the issues are’

‘Vic Moothia is a very experienced property lawyer. Rachael Briggs is always available if problems arise’

‘A first-class team, which responds to demands and executes what’s needed precisely and quickly’

Key clients

200 Degrees Coffee Shops Limited

Birds (Derby) Limited

Paragon Property Development Company

Kennelpak Limited

Nu-Energy Limited

Instarmac Holdings Limited

Harmony Bridge Limited

Mr Tajinder Singh Ubhi (and associated companies)

Mr Carl Springthorpe

BS Squared Limited

IH Moore and Company (Holdings Limited)

Mr Gabriel Strauss (and associated companies)

Mr Neil Footitt

Cardzone Limited

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby Tier 3

Austin Moore & Partners LLP handles a significant number of large and complex transactions in the Nottingham marketplace, thanks to the reputation of its founding partner, Austin Moore, who has been a specialist in corporate transactions for more than 30 years.  Associate Laura de Banke works with Moore on the firm's most significant deals, and also takes charge of day-to-day transactions, restructuring work and corporate governance matters. Moore's team also includes Louise Firth, whose arrival from Fishers in 2017 has been a catalyst for the growth of the firm's commercial practice. Firth advises on commercial law and intellectual property issues for clients across a wide range of sectors, including technology and energy.

Practice head(s):

Austin Moore

Other key lawyers:


Austin Moore has been nothing but competent and a trusted adviser and Louise Firth is cut from the same cloth. The team doesn’t simply tell you what you want to hear, but tells it as it is

The practitioners at Austin Moore are business-minded lawyers. They look at a problem commercially and give you honest opinions on what they would do, rather than try to create some form of self perpetuating legal argument that would be in their own interest

The strength of the team is that it is focused, clear when giving advice and understands the commercial aspects/repercussions of the advice given

Austin Moore, Louise Firth and Laura de Banke work well as a team

Key clients

JBMI Group

GEV Group

Instarmac Group Plc

AW Lymn The Family Funeral Service Company

Funeral Service Company

Rutland Cycling Bicycle

Distribution and Retailing

Buy My Motorhome

Serif Group

Crown Computing

Accrosoft / Vacancy Filler

Buster + Punch

Agritec Systems

Mornington Partners

Austin Moore & Partners LLP was established by Austin Moore  and Vik Moothia  in 2013 to focus on corporate and property transactions.  The firm offers “big firm experience” with the personable service of a smaller firm, extensive practice in both commercial property and corporate transactions and a price advantage over its larger rivals.   This formula has led to rapid growth with eleven lawyers and seven support staff at its Nottingham office. The firm’s offering has expanded to include lawyers specialising in employment, commercial, intellectual property and tax.

Austin Moore & Partners find the modern client has a particular appetite for advisers who are dedicated and technically agile yet approachable and easily accessible. Without the constraints of wider commercial considerations or hierarchical issues often experienced when engaging larger firms, Austin Moore & Partners LLP is able to form solid relationships as trusted advisers, often seen by the clients as an extension of their own management team.  With roots firmly placed in the East Midlands, the individual members of the team at Austin Moore & Partners combine their considerable experience, connections, local knowledge and reputations to provide clients with unparalleled support wherever and whenever they need it, both commercially and legally.

Austin Moore & Partners has a network of lawyers that it works with to ensure that, where its client’s requirements fall outside its core specialisms, it is able to access an appropriate lawyer for the client’s specific need.

Types of work undertaken: The firm has four main practice areas, Corporate, Commercial property, Employment and Commercial (including intellectual property).  The client base varies from SMEs and individual lenders to pension funds, large companies and plcs.

Corporate: Austin Moore & Partners’ corporate team is particularly well regarded and known for undertaking a variety of transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, including shares, business and asset sales and purchases; corporate reorganisations and reconstructions; management buyouts, including advice on associated funding arrangements; subscription and shareholders’ agreements; private equity funding, including institution and ‘business angel’ funding; joint ventures and other new business structures; commercial agreements; employment and consultancy agreements; and partnership law, including LLPs.

Commercial property: The commercial property team has comprehensive property experience in a range of transactions such as the acquisition and sale of  commercial property; investment property management; tenant property management; leasehold – landlord and tenant with a particular focus on the retail sector, property development; and property finance, including investment loans, development finance, grant funding, portfolio funding, profit share arrangements and restructuring.

Commercial and intellectual property: The commercial teams works with a diverse client base, ranging from manufacturing and supply businesses to tech clients.  It supports clients on a broad spectrum of contractual matters which include, NDAs, tenders, manufacturing and supply agreements, IT contracts, IP licensing and exploitation.

Employment: The employment team is renowned for advising on all areas of employment law with particular expertise in tribunal proceedings, discrimination issues, TUPE, complex restraint of trade cases, data protection, assisting with negotiated settlements and supporting on commercial transactions.  The team also provides hands on HR support, training and HR planning through its retainer services.

In addition to the core practice areas, the firm has a specialist private client tax consultant solicitor.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Vik Moothia
Senior partner Austin Moore
Corporate Austin Moore
Commercial Property Vik Moothia
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Rachael Briggs  photo Mrs Rachael Briggs
Miss Rebecca Del Grosso  photo Miss Rebecca Del Grosso
Mrs Louise Firth  photo Mrs Louise Firth
Mr Stephen Howe  photo Mr Stephen Howe
Miss Alison James-Moore  photo Miss Alison James-Moore
Mr Austin Moore photo Mr Austin Moore
Mr Vikhen Moothia  photo Mr Vikhen Moothia
Mrs Natalie Thomson  photo Mrs Natalie Thomson
Mrs Laura de Banke (née Goody)  photo Mrs Laura de Banke (née Goody)
Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 8