Experience

I am a business lawyer.  My practice involves advising clients across a huge range of sectors including technology, healthcare, infrastructure, retail, energy and gambling.  As the lead for medtech at Bates Wells, I have a particular focus on the technology sector generally and the benefits technology can bring to the medical sector.

 

I enjoy advising clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial aspects including mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, private equity transactions, reorganisations, shareholders’ agreements, company law, outsourcing and general commercial contracts. 

My clients include start-ups and established companies both domestically and internationally that are involved in a broad spectrum of sectors.  I am passionate on helping my clients achieve their goals and look for pragmatic legal and commercial solutions.

Recent projects

  • Social Misfits Media

    Bates Wells’ M&A team acted for the shareholder of Social Misfits Media Limited on the sale of part of its share capital to Freud Communications Limited, the high-profile communications and public relations firm which is part of The Brewery Group. Social Misfits is a social media communications company which helps charities and social enterprises think strategically about their digital presence and create dynamic social media strategies for marketing, campaigning and fundraising. The Bates Wells team ensured completion of the transaction within a couple of weeks of receipt of initial instructions.

  • Conway

    Bates Wells’ cross departmental M&A team acted for FM Conway Limited (“Conway”) on its acquisition of a minority interest in Toppesfield Ltd (“Toppesfield”). Conway is a leading independent infrastructure services company delivering vital services in transportation, the built environment and open spaces for communities and business. The company’s turnover in the financial year ending 31 March 2016 was £247.8 million. Conway is ranked number 72 in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 2016. Toppesfield is the UK’s largest independent surfacing company which provides road surfacing and associated services for clients on major projects across the UK’s strategic road networks. The company’s turnover in the financial year ending 31 May 2017 was £66.4 million. The acquisition was Bates Wells’ third M&A mandate for Conway after the company’s acquisition of United Asphalt and Berkshire Macadams Limited.

  • Netsparker

    Bates Wells’ M&A team acted for the shareholders of Netsparker Limited on the sale of its entire issued share capital to a US based private equity firm. Netsparker is a cyber-security business that provides web application security scanners, which are distributed to clients internationally and developed by its wholly owned Turkish subsidiary. The transaction demonstrates Bates Wells’ ability to work in complex time critical M&A transactions with international elements and our strength and expertise in the technology sector, in particular cyber-security.

  • I advised a private GP practice on its articles of association and shareholders’ agreement;
  • I assisted a medical technology company on its group reorganisation;
  • I advised a clinical provider on its joint venture agreement with HCA Healthcare UK;
  • I advised on outsourcing agreements in relation to IT and healthcare services;
  • I advised FairFX Group plc, the AIM quoted online international payment services provider, on its acquisition of CardOne for a consideration of £15 million and its fundraising by way of Placing and Open Offer which raised in aggregate £27.7 million;
  • I advised FM Conway Limited on its acquisition of United Asphalt and Berkshire Macadams Limited;
  • I assisted a US manufacturer involved in the heat technology business in the acquisition of a UK clean technology company;
  • I assisted a private equity house in the acquisition of a cloud computing company;
  • I advised on a £16 million private equity injection into a restaurant chain;
  • I advised the shareholders of an oil and gas consultancy company in relation to its sale to a Norwegian company for £20 million;
  • I advised the NHS Trust Development Authority in relation to numerous transfers and mergers within the NHS family one of which involved saving the NHS £522 million;
  • I advised a franchisee of a large hairdressing corporation on a shareholders agreement;
  • I set up a new company for an app developer and advising on shareholder agreements and articles of association; and
  • I set up GP federations involving new companies for several GP provider groups.

Qualifications and career

  • University of Southampton, LLB (Hons) Law, 2006
  • University of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2007
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2009
  • Thomas Eggar LLP (now Irwin Mitchell LLP) 2007-2010
  • Bond Dickinson LLP (now Womble Bond Dickinson LLP) 2013
  • Hempsons 2015
  • Ince & Co 2016
  • Joined Bates Wells 2016

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Advocate of Technology London Advocates.