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Whether you are an ambitious startup, high net worth individual, a growing private business, a FTSE 100 company or a multi-national business, our lawyers are passionate about helping you to secure and enhance the value of your business.

We work across all market sectors, with a particular interest in technology, brands, retail, manufacturing, charities & not for profit, transport & logistics, food & drink, energy and sport.

Our large and varied private sector client base means that different needs and opportunities arise, and we will work closely with you and your other advisers to understand your aims and objectives and the challenges that you face, building a long-term relationship that consistently delivers the right results whatever your business need.

what we do...

  • Dedicated specialists – based in Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham, we have teams of lawyers covering the broad range of commercial specialisms, including lawyers with invaluable in-house experience gained across the spectrum of sectors.
  • Our clients – blue chip multi-nationals, listed companies, unquoted public limited companies, privately owned organisations, entrepreneurs and startups.
  • Our sectors – technology, brands, retail, manufacturing, charities & not for profit, transport & logistics, food & drink, energy and sport.
  • Our industry membership - the Institute of Directors, Chamber of Commerce, Confederation of British Industry, Loan Market Association members, Association of Business Recovery Professionals and Institute of Credit Management, the Association of Pension Lawyers and The Pensions Advisory Service.

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Legal updates

Rotrust Nominees Ltd v Hautford Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 765

A landlord unreasonably withheld consent to a tenant’s request to make a planning application because of the increased risk of enfranchisement.

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J N Hipwell & Son v Szurek [2018] EWCA Civ 674

An entire agreement clause did not prevent the court from implying a term to fill a perceived gap in the parties’ repairing obligations.

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Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd [2018] UKSC 24

A case dealing with whether a clause in a licence agreement preventing oral variations was of any effect.

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Ropemaker Properties Ltd and another v Bella Italia Restaurants Ltd and another [2018] EWHC 1002 (Ch)

A notice purporting to terminate a conditional agreement for lease had to be served strictly in accordance with the terms of the relevant clause in the agreement.

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