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Boost to Corporate and Commercial teams

09th June 2016

                         

Managing partner at BHP Law John Pratt (third from left) with new appointments to the firm, (L-R) conveyancing solicitor Kelly Slater (left) and new members of the corporate and commercial team Phil Masters, Leigh Ferguson, Marc Allison, Jane French and Andrew Lightburn.

 

A regional law firm has announced significant investment in its legal services to businesses with a series of specialist appointments.

BHP Law is boosting its existing corporate and commercial teams with senior lawyers across several disciplines as it seeks to grow its company work region-wide from offices in Durham, Darlington, Stockton and Newcastle.

Corporate, dispute resolution, employment and commercial property are just some of the disciplines where the firm has added experience and expertise.

Highly respected and experienced corporate lawyer Gary Copeland, who has been with the firm for many years, has been joined by new partner and team leader Marc Allison, who has previously worked as in-house lawyer for a multi-national listed company and run his own law firm.

Marc is a member of the British Franchise Association and an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

The team advises on matters ranging from basic terms and conditions to a variety of multi-million pound commercial transactions, including company and business sales and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity investments, turnaround and restructuring transactions, corporate de-mergers and reorganisations and s110 Insolvency Act reconstruction schemes, as well as acting for a number of national franchisors.

The growth of the firm's corporate team has been supported by the arrival of experienced lawyer and head of dispute resolution Leigh Ferguson.

Leigh has broad expertise covering a wide range of commercial disputes including claimant and defendant work involving breach of contract claims, negligence, misrepresentation, partnership disputes, fraud and complex debt recovery.

Commercial property specialist Jane French has brought considerable experience from both the public and private sectors, including acting for Scottish investors and banks with commercial property interests in England.

For employers, Andrew Lightburn is developing further the firm’s employment law services for companies needing advice on negotiating settlements or facing claims from aggrieved employees.

The firm has also been boosted with the arrival of new conveyancing solicitor Kelly Slater.

Marc said: “The range of expertise within the firm is immense and there are no matters that we cannot deal with effectively and efficiently on behalf of business clients, large and small.

“It’s a very exciting time to have joined BHP Law with so many new colleagues arriving to support the existing expertise within the firm and build on our reputation across the region.”

Managing partner John Pratt added: “We’re delighted with all our new appointments which add real strength and depth to what was already a highly regarded corporate and commercial team. We all look forward to meeting the needs of a growing client base and seeing the firm continuing to flourish as we seek to expand still further.”

Leigh Ferguson is hosting a free breakfast seminar on Fraud on July 7 at Wynyard Golf Club, when she will be joined by colleagues from Tait Walker. For more information, contact Emily Charlton on 01325 466794 or email emilyc@bhplaw.co.uk