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Virtual Networking. Helping businesses get through Covid-19.

24th April 2020 by Ella Gould

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ONLES recent purchase of The Boardroom, supported by Laceys Solicitors, will be a welcome relief for many businesses concerned about how they can maintain work relationships or build new ones through Covid-19.

With both parties keen to proceed with the transaction despite Covid-19, Laceys guided their client through the process and managed to conclude the deal even in the restrictive circumstances of lockdown.

Founded by James and Kelly West in 2018, ONLE Networking is already a well-established professional networking organisation with 20 core groups across the South Coast. The purchase of The Boardroom’s network and business advisory boards has kick started ONLE’s peer board branch, now known as ‘The ONLE Boardroom’ and is expected to prove a worthwhile addition to the range of services ONLE offers.

ONLE had made impressive progress in the field of virtual networking and was well-prepared for the world to move online, much before Covid-19 reared its head. It already has an online-only network, ‘ONLE Online’, and has now moved its other 18 meeting groups online as well. These are well-attended by the members and considered a fantastic support particularly during these difficult times.

We look forward to continuing to advise and support ONLE with any future acquisitions that will further expand and complement the networking opportunities and educational collaborations offered to their members.

The purchase was overseen by Laceys’ corporate and employment law specialist, Ella Gould.

Speaking of Ella Gould’s advice, Kelly West said: “We were concerned completion would get delayed due to the current circumstances, but Laceys took control of the matter and proved legalities can still be done, you just need to have a little extra resourcefulness, diligence and patience along the way! We have instructed Ella on various corporate matters and continue to be very pleased with the reliable and proactive service provided.”

Laceys are continuing to advise businesses and their owners in a variety of sectors during these more difficult times. If you would like to discuss the potential or agreed sale or purchase of a business with us, please contact Sam Freeman on 01202 205040 or email

Ella Gould

Senior Associate — Corporate and Commercial / Employment

Direct dial: 01202 377825


Ella Gould, Solicitor in Laceys Corporate and Commercial team
  • “We believe Ella worked extremely hard to bring our sale to the satisfactory conclusion especially during the difficult Covid19 trading conditions. She worked late in evening to accommodate our needs. A real asset and credit for Laceys.”

    Brian Clemons

  • “Ella makes every process we deal with understandable and as straight forward as possible. I have not doubt she will remain our solicitor for many years.”

    Kelly West

  • “Corporate acquisitions never go quite as planned but Ella was always at the end of the phone and more than willing to chase up whatever was not forthcoming! A thorough and efficient service with plenty of good advice along the way!”

    Stuart Harding

  • “Commercial legal details can be a minefield to interpret and understand. Clear explanations are offered at every step and this provides confidence in the decision making process.”

    Martin Spooner

  • “Ella carried out the work for my business sale very efficiently, and always responded promptly. This was particularly important to me as I often required assistance quickly in order to progress matters within the given time frame.”

    Jon Dudley

Ella completed her Law LLB Hons degree at the University of Surrey graduating in 2013 and subsequently the LPC at the University of Law. Ella joined us to commence her training contract in 2014 and qualified into our corporate and commercial team in March 2016, now acting on a wide variety of corporate, commercial and employment matters ranging from local businesses to national companies.

Ella can assist with business and share transactions, shareholders’ agreements, drafting articles of association and other general company law matters. Ella also advises on employment law aspects predominantly in a corporate context. In particular, her work includes drafting and reviewing contracts of employment, providing assistance and advice on TUPE transfers, and other general employer advice.

Outside of work Ella enjoys going for long runs around Bournemouth and the Purbecks, skiing when the opportunity arises and making the most of the local beaches in the summer.

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