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Buying and Selling a Business

Is your business aiming to expand or merge? Are you considering selling? When there is a lot at stake ask our dedicated team of experienced corporate solicitors to guide you through the negotiations and help you achieve your objectives.

These processes can be time consuming and complex, however, with proper planning and timely advice, you can concentrate on the current and future stages of your business life whilst we take care of the transaction. Our commercially-minded team of solicitors will take a pro active and tailored approach to ensure that your deal completes as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We regularly advise all manner of clients, from local businesses to those trading internationally, through a variety of industries and as such we can identify issues before they arise and manage them to a suitable conclusion with the minimum of interruption to the transaction.

As your professional advisors, we will work both for you and with you, ensuring you obtain your desired outcome with as little stress as possible!

Laceys Corporate and Commercial team are recognised in the Legal 500, an independent guide to leading law firms in the UK.

 

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    Edwina Bones

    Associate — Corporate and Commercial

    Direct dial: 01202 377824

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    Edwina has returned to Laceys after working for Womble Bond Dickinson in Southampton and is an Associate within our Corporate and Commercial team. Edwina specialises in commercial contracts, intellectual property and charity law and has experience in drafting, negotiating and advising on a variety of agreements. Since qualifying in 2011, she has advised a range of businesses in various sectors. This includes a secondment working in-house for a well-known multi-national retailer.

    Edwina has been listed in the Legal 500 as having an “incredible knowledge and a drive to do things right’. She enjoys getting to know a client’s business in order that she can provide tailored, practical advice.

    Outside of work Edwina enjoys practising yoga, walking her energetic Labrador in the beautiful Dorset countryside and generally keeping active as well as spending quality time with her family and friends.

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    Natasha Jones

    Partner — Corporate and Commercial

    Direct dial: 01202 377866

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    Natasha Jones, Partner at Laceys Solicitors
    • “Laceys have advised me recently on some sensitive corporate transactions. I was impressed with their approach, particularly the very pragmatic advice from Natasha, her calmness under pressure, absolute commerciality and general willingness to get the deal done.”

      Mark Brooks, CEO – Castrum

    • “Always friendly and efficient.”

      Alan Redout

    Natasha is a member of our Corporate and Commercial team and is an experienced corporate lawyer having trained and practiced in London for many years before relocating to Bournemouth in 2015.

    Natasha has advised a range of businesses and individuals across different sectors and her practice focuses on acquisitions and disposals of both shares and assets, general banking work and in particular real estate and asset-based finance, company restructures, shareholder agreements and partnerships.

    Natasha aims to help her clients find solutions that best fit their business and future plans with a pragmatic and helpful manner.

    Outside of work Natasha has two small children so ‘me time’ is a distant memory but Natasha does squeeze in the odd gym visit to help her complete in her first Pretty Muddy race for life this year! When not training, Natasha enjoys a good catch up with friends over a glass of wine.

    Jeremy Channon

    Associate — Corporate and Commercial

    Direct dial: 01202 377831

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    • “I simply cannot fault the service that we received from Jeremy. Highly professional, quick to respond, gave clear advice regarding commercial issues, delivered to a competitive fixed fee, and worked to tight deadlines to get a deal done. Nothing was too much trouble, and I wouldn't hesitate to engage Jeremy again.”

      Ian Woodgate, Head of Productivity - Technical at Pythagoras

    • “Jeremy completed the legal aspects of the purchase of Haroys Ltd. This was carried out with minimal fuss and maximum efficiency, and made the whole process extremely slick and stress free. Thank you!”

      Ian Riley - Commercial Manager at Haroys Ltd

    • “Many thanks for your speedy and patient assistance dealing with our latest acquisition. We found you to be very friendly, professional and personal. It was a pleasure doing business together. I am using Laceys again now for my house move.”

      Mark Moore - Managing Director at Moore International Limited

    • “I'm very pleased with the service provided - Jeremy Channon made the process simple to deal with and provided a prompt, courteous service and was a pleasure to deal with.”

      Peter Munro

    • “I felt I was dealing with someone who had a clear, realistic and commercial understanding of the task that needed doing and who added value to the process at a fair price.”

      Stephen Hogan

    Jeremy is a member of our Corporate and Commercial team advising businesses, shareholders and directors on all legal matters relevant to their businesses, ranging from sales and acquisitions, shareholder agreements, restructures and corporate governance.

    Jeremy adopts a responsive and expert approach to matters which is always well received by his clients.

    Jeremy’s career path to Laceys was somewhat unconventional having spent 4 years out from the legal profession working as a professional mariner, 2 of which were on a superyacht and 2 on a commercial fishing boat!

    Outside of work he is an active sportsman and plays squash, real tennis and touch rugby.

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    Ella Gould

    Associate — Corporate and Commercial / Employment

    Direct dial: 01202 377825

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    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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    Sam Freeman

    Partner — Corporate and Commercial

    Direct dial: 01202 377878

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    • “First Class Service. ....Sam and Victoria were an absolute pleasure to work with whilst expertly guiding us through the pitfalls of the merger. I would highly recommend anyone considering an acquisition or merger to speak with Sam.”

      Caroline Kelleway, Burns Property Management and Lettings Limited

    • “Thoroughly professional and helpful advice at all times.”

      G & H Walford-Howell

    • “I launched POW Energy Water with 15 years experience in food and drink, but no experience in the legalities of setting up and structuring a business. Sam and his team have been fantastic helping me secure finance and trademarks, ensuring I am safe in the knowledge that my back is covered so I can concentrate on growing by business.”

      Ed Woolner, Founder & Managing Director - POW Energy Water

    • “Sam Freeman is an excellent solicitor who is extremely knowledgeable and who shows great patience and kindness when dealing with someone who is unfamiliar with legal matters.”

      Jane Balmforth

    • “Straight forward and easy to work with and very helpful.”

      Adrian Broom

    • “Sam is very good at understanding what we need, even if we aren't that clear. He keeps us up to date and gives clear concise advice when needed.”

      Judith Young

    Sam Freeman is head of our Corporate and Commercial team and is a vastly experienced corporate lawyer having advised a wide variety of businesses within a range of sectors.

    Sam’s particular specialisms include share and assets acquisitions and disposals, company restructures, shareholder agreements and partnerships. Sam enjoys helping people succeed in business regardless of whether the client is a small local set up or a large national organisation. Whatever the concern, Sam provides a calm personable approach to his work ensuring clients are guided in a practical straightforward manner.

    Away from work Sam has recently become a dad for the first time, although when the time permits he enjoys playing cricket and pursuing the never ending task of trying to lower his golf handicap.

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