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Ashfords LLP

Bristol

  • Tower Wharf
  • Bristol
  • UK
  • BS2 0JJ

Corporate/M&A - South West

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth

What the team is known for Noted corporate finance expertise, including its work with AIM-listed clients. Other areas of focus include M&A, corporate governance and restructurings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They're great: very responsive, they put the hours in, and the added value is great."

"They have a very good proactive attitude." 

Work highlights Acted for the shareholders of Stovax on the sale of the company to NIBE.

Represented Diana Naturals in the acquisition of a fruit producer headquartered in Ecuador.

Notable practitioners  

The highly experienced Simon Rous handles M&A, joint ventures and shareholding structures. He was the lead partner acting for the shareholders of Stovax in its sale to NIBE.

The excellent Andrew Betteridge assisted Ombu II with its investment in Bluewater Bio. He receives particular praise for the quality of his venture capital work.

David Heard has a "very good reputation" amongst peers. He is noted for his private equity expertise and enjoys a strong track record for his work with clients in the financial services sector.

Chris Dyson focuses on private equity and venture capital matters. He recently advised Notion Capital on a USD5 million investment in Duedil. 

Simon Staples is renowned for his M&A work and recently acted for the sellers in Yotta's acquisition of Mayrise Systems.

Significant clients Quba Holdings, Gro Group, Eden Ventures, Wessex Exploration, Dillistone Group.

Information Technology - South West

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

What the team is known for Non-contentious IT practice, working with user and supplier clients across the UK. Offers expertise in cloud computing and projects matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Extensive knowledge and great personality to go with it. They had lots of enthusiasm." 

Work highlights Advised Sensus on the UK government smart gas and electricity metering roll-out project. 

Assisted CreditCall with online payments issues, advertisement licensing and bank agreements for its CardEase mobile payment solution.

Notable practitioners 

Firm chairman Mark Lomas heads the IT/IP department and regularly advises on software development contracts and licensing agreements. One client says: "He's absolutely fantastic, with great knowledge. He made the process very clear and logical. "

Garry Mackay is the firm's head of commercial services. He acts on large-scale projects and maintenance agreements. Clients regard him as "sensible and straightforward to work with."

Significant clients Age UK Enterprises, Computer Sciences International, Pro-Direct Sport, London Borough of Ealing, CrowdCube.

Education - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Advises on the full spectrum of education issues, specialising in academy conversions, internal investigations, employment law issues and contentious matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have always found the staff to be highly professional, providing an excellent level of service."

"They have done tremendously well for us." 

Notable practitioners  

Helen Tucker's broad practice includes advising a range of schools and authorities on governance, compliance and negligence matters. One client notes: "She is meticulous and very reliable, and knows the sector very well," adding: "She goes beyond the brief."

Significant clients The Girls' Day School Trust, Bristol Steiner School, Bishop Fox's School, London Borough of Croydon, Swindon Borough Council.