Recommendations

  • Nominated as a super lawyer 2015.

    Super Lawyers Magazine

Experience

I am a business lawyer. My practice includes corporate (buying or selling a business, investments into companies and shareholder matters) commercial contracts (outsourcing, franchising and terms & conditions of trade) and banking (acting for lender and borrower).

I’m particularly interested in corporate, commercial and banking work within the education and edtech sectors. I sit as a non-executive director of Herts for Learning (UK’s largest school’s company) and I’m chair of governors of Sheredes Primary School (OFSTED rated Outstanding and voted best state primary in Herts by the Real Schools Guide 2018).

For the last three years, I have been a part-time working mum. I understand multi-tasking to time pressured deadlines, the importance of clear communication and quick response times. I’m passionate about using my experience to empower people in the business arena and the boardroom.

Recent projects

  • I advised Fedcap UK on its acquisition of Kennedy Scott Limited

    Fedcap and Kennedy Scott Limited share similar aims, both working to support socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to participate more fully in society and to achieve their potential. The acquisition represents a significant entry for Fedcap into the UK market, and will allow Fedcap to increase the impact of its work globally. Kenneth Brezenoff, Fedcap’s General Counsel and Vice President commented: “We are very appreciative of Bates Wells’ efforts on our behalf to complete this transaction. Their expertise was extremely valuable in understanding the intricacies of our particular transaction”. This transaction demonstrates our ability to support the not –for-profit clients of our market leading charity law practice by combining our specialist charity law knowledge with our M&A expertise and further emphasises our proficiency in the Impact Economy.

  • I advised F Hinds on rescue of a number of Chapelle’s specialist jewellery and watch outlet stores from administration

    F Hinds is an award-winning, family-run firm which runs 116 jewellery stores across England and Wales, and has now acquired 12 Chapelle stores, saving over 80 Chapelle employees after Chapelle went into administration earlier this year. Given the similar culture of the two companies, the acquisition of certain Chapelle stores offered F Hinds a perfect opportunity to increase its brand offering and to capitalise on its position in the market. Commenting on Bates Wells’ role, Paul Hinds said: “Bates Wells gave an invaluable service, providing us with advice on a transaction which contained many elements which were new to us. Having the ability to quickly tap into Bates Wells’ multiple areas of expertise was key to us being able to complete the deal in the short timeframe available”. This transaction demonstrates our ability to advise household name clients on complex matters in a short timeframe, utilising its cross-departmental M&A, Real Estate and Employment teams.

  • I acted for ReSolve on its investment into The Debt Advisor

    ReSolve is a business advisory investment house, providing advice and capital to businesses facing changing circumstances and The Debt Advisor specialises in “doing the right thing” for debt management. Both our companies identified in each other a similar ethos and focus, with the desire to do the right thing for every client common to each firm. As Bates Wells is a firm for people creating a positive impact, we were pleased to be involved in helping these two entities to join forces. Our team was project managed by myself, and was described as “intensely practical” and who “kept complexity to a minimum”. This transaction further underlines the wide-ranging capabilities of Bates Wells’ corporate finance practice as well as the firm’s broader expertise in the Impact Economy – an area which continues to be a major focus for many of our teams.

  • I acted for NCFE, a national Awarding Organisation, to grow and develop its offering through the strategic acquisitions of ForSkills Limited and Peerz Academy
  • I acted for the Foundation for Training and Education in Care (formerly CACHE) on the sale of the CACHE business
  • I advised a micro-lender on debt facilities of up to £130m, to fund its growing working capital needs
  • I advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Finalta Enterprises Ltd, a leading financial services benchmarking and best practice firm, to a leading global management consultancy
  • I advised P2i Ltd on a £10 million club fundraising to support its continued rapid growth
  • I advised a national charity on an outsourcing and supply of services agreement for use with a travel management company

Qualifications and career

  • University of East Anglia, LLB (Hons) Law, 2004
  • College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2005
  • Trainee solicitor at Batchelor Myddelton, 2005
  • Associate solicitor at McFaddens LLP, City of London, 2007
  • Joined Bates Wells, 2011

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Non-Executive Director of Herts for Learning (UK’s largest school’s company)
  • Chair of Governors of Sheredes Primary School (OFSTED rated Outstanding and voted best state primary in Herts by the Real Schools Guide 2018).
  • Member of Women In Business Network