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Valuing a private company or family business in a divorce settlement

Running your own business can be the fulfilment of a lifelong dream, but it also brings stresses and strains which sometimes contribute to relationship breakdown. It certainly adds complexity when…

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Jonathan Talbot

Partner — Family

Direct dial: 01202 377844

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Jonathan Talbot
  • “Jonathan has been amazing at helping me get a resolution with my ex-husband. He was a great listener when I was getting very upset about clauses in our old divorce agreement that were not being adhered to and reacted really quickly with a letter and support. I would not hesitate to ask Jonathan for help again but please excuse me if I hope that doesn’t happen for a while as we all know dealing with ex's is never much fun! Thank you Jonathan.”

    Sharron Davies, MBE

  • “Very happy with how you dealt with my case. Many thanks for your help and advice from Mr Talbot and his secretary.”

    Jan Saad

  • “Jonathan Talbot explained the process and how things would proceed. He was very patient allowing us time to understand and adapt to our new situation. Legal language can be quite difficult to understand and he would explain what it meant and how it would impact.”

    Rae Frederick

  • “I always use Laceys for my legal work, I feel able to talk to them and I know they listen. They have always been professional and kind.”

    Dawn Aston

  • “I’d like to extend heartfelt thanks to you and Shannon for helping me through this difficult time, I am really very appreciative to have had you on my team this year, you’ve been an enormous support. ”

    Mrs W

Jonathan heads up Laceys family department with over 30 years experience in Family Law.

He specialises in Family and Relationship Breakdowns, Financial Remedies, Collaborative Law and International Family Law.

Jonathan has a exceptional caring nature and will always strive to find solutions to family issues outside of the court if at all possible.

Outside of work Jonathan likes to keep himself busy by competing in Ironman 70.3’s when he gets the chance – which are no easy feat at having to complete a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and then a 13.1 mile run each race!

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Mark Preece

Partner — Commercial and Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 377862

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  • “Mark has acted for our varied property portfolio in Dorset for over 5 years, and has a real understanding of our business and how we operate. He shares our passion for high standards and attention to detail, providing us with invaluable advice and support on all aspects of our developments from initial site acquisition through to completed property sales. Mark and his team continuously add value by being proactive and delivering a fast and expert service."”

    Eddie Fitzsimmons- Managing Director, Lomand Homes Limited

  • “Quick, responsive service. Prepared to recommend a way forward and not sit on the fence.”

    Guy Eccles

  • “Efficient, competent and friendly.”

    Michael Bond

  • “Mark and the team take great care of our commercial property requirements. We have always been delighted with their service.”

    Simon Ward, NSN Propertis Ltd

  • “Straightforward. Everything kept clear and simple.”

    Nicola Maidment

  • “I appreciate the personal service and the feeling that my business is important. I also respond well to a friendly approach.”

    Andrew Taylor

  • “Mark noted the requirements of the sale and worked very hard to achieve an excellent prompt outcome. He phoned me immediately the deal was done!”

    Paul R Barry

  • “Excellent service provided by Mark Preece and his team.”

    Francis & Natalia Erard

  • “Everyone at Lacey's seem to have my best interest at heart and act super efficiently. A pleasure to deal with.”

    John Beauchamp

Mark qualified as a solicitor in 2008 after gaining an LLB (2003) and LLM (2005) at university’s in Birmingham.  He completed his training contract with the North Dorset and South Wiltshire firm now known as Farnfields LLP and joined Horsey Lightly Fynn (HLF) in Bournemouth in 2011.  He became a partner at HLF in 2014 and at merger of HLF and Laceys became a partner in the merged firm in 2015.

Mark is a partner working across our Commercial and Residential property teams acting for a wide variety of clients from property developers, property investors, businesses, first time buyers and those needing advice relating to enfranchisement and residential landlord and tenant dealing with all aspects of property work.

Away from work Mark spends his time with his wife and their three young boys who keep them very busy.

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Ella Gould

Associate — Corporate and Commercial / Employment

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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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Jeremy Channon

Associate — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 377831

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Jeremy Channon
  • “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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