Deputy Head of Corporate & Commercial
My role & experience
I am a partner in the Corporate & Commercial Team. I am a business lawyer with nearly 20 years’ experience in working closely with business owners.
Before I qualified as a solicitor I spent 5 years working for patent agents in Germany.
My area of expertise
My work covers everything to do with owning a business. This includes: sorting out arrangements between co-shareholders or business partners; reorganising the ownership structure of a company or a group of companies; helping people to grow their business through investment or by buying bolt-on businesses; and working with business owners to achieve their goal of successfully selling their business – and then maybe starting another one.
My specific experience
Much of my work involves buying and selling businesses. I act for both buyers and sellers and work on about 20 deals a year with deal values ranging up to about £15m. Over the years I have been involved in a number of management buy-outs, including most recently the private equity-backed buy-out Hydralectric Group Limited.
I also work closely with start-up businesses, helping them with their ownership structures and early stage fund-raising.
I have been involved – as the lead legal adviser for the sellers – in two deals which have won Insider Deal of the Year; in 2006 and again in 2017. I have also been recognised as a ‘leader” in my field’ by both of the leading UK legal directories Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 (see Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession 2017).
My involvement with the community and associations
I have recently been appointed a trustee of local charity, Stripey Stork.
Something you may not know
I love to travel and am always looking forward to my next trip – be it Cuba or Oban!
I speak fluent French and German and enough Spanish to order a meal and a drink!