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Ashfords LLP


  • Tower Wharf
  • Bristol
  • UK
  • BS2 0JJ

Corporate/M&A - South West

Basic facts about the department

- 15 partners 
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol, Exeter

What the team is known for Established South West firm provides corporate advice from its four offices in the region. Particularly active on peer-to-peer investment platforms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Very commercial and fast - cost-effective."

Market standing: Peers praise the firm's strong corporate practice and base of national clients.

What's new? Rebecca Dury and Christopher Dyson were promoted to partner. Stuart Mathews joins the firm from the Met Office. James Lyons joins from Trowers & Hamlins. Koichiro Nakada joins from Rochman Landau.

Work highlights Advised Ombu Group on its £22.5 million investment in waste water facilities provider Bluewater Bio International.

Advised crowdfunding platform Crowdcube on investment and share subscription issues.

Notable practitioners

Chairman and head of corporate Simon Rous acts for a wide range of businesses, from start-ups to multinationals.

Described as a "good venture capital lawyer" by peers, Andrew Betteridge advised technology fund Eden Ventures on its USD24 million investment in Ninian Solutions.

Christopher Dyson is described as "very good and very responsive" by clients. He specialises in private equity and venture capital.

Simon Staples acted on the sale of Virtuoso Advertising to XL Marketing. One of his peers says of a recent deal: "He was technically and tactically very good. If I was his client I'd be pleased with the job he did."

Plymouth-based David Heard specialises in acting for providers of crowdfunding platforms. Clients say: "He knows the sharp end of funding work."

Significant clients Wessex Exploration, Dillistone Group, Viridor Waste Management, Centrax, Antech.

Information Technology - South West

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol, Exeter

What the team is known for Comprehensive IT offering, encompassing outsourcing, procurement and implementation projects.  

Work highlights Advised North Yorkshire County Council on procurement contracts for a major project to roll out next-generation broadband in remote districts of the county.

Continuing advice to market-leading mobile payment service provider CreditCall on a range of commercial contracts and regulatory issues.

Notable practitioners  

Garry Mackay heads the firm's commercial services practice and is esteemed for his work in software development, licensing, outsourcing and support services agreements, often for large cross-border projects.

Mark Lomas is rated for his "highly commercially aware" approach to IT matters. He heads the firm's IT and IP practices. and handles complex, multi-jurisdictional projects with a focus on energy and utilities clients.