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Professional Services

The professional services sector is changing apace. Increased competition, margin pressure as a result of reduced fees, innovation in technology and regulatory changes are challenging business models and forcing firms to evolve in order to future-proof their operations.

Our specialists draw on expertise from around the firm to deliver a bespoke service based on a depth of experience and thorough understanding of the commercial priorities and practical requirements of our professional services clients. This involves advising on M&A, regulatory matters, issues between partners or members, including profit sharing arrangements and establishing decision making processes.

Our employee ownership practice is market-leading and, as the government's Independent Adviser on Employee Ownership, our partner Graeme Nuttall has set the agenda for promoting employee ownership in the UK. The "Nuttall Review of Employee Ownership" sets out a vision for UK businesses which has been widely praised and adopted.

Notable deals and highlights


  • We acted for Metamorph Law Limited (a licensed alternative business structure and consolidator of high street legal practices) on numerous acquisitions and disposals, including the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of T J Legal Services Limited and BPL Solicitors Limited.
  • We provided advice to Greenberg Traurig on its acquisition of Olswang's Berlin office.
  • We advised Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, in its capacity as nominated adviser and broker, for Gateley (Holdings) Plc in relation to its IPO on AIM.
  • We acted for the partners of Bentley Jennison on the £76m sale to Tenon Group plc.
  • We advised Cambridge Design Partnership on its successful transition into a fully employee-owned company.
  • We acted for Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Limited on its move to majority ownership by an employee ownership trust.
  • We advised Metamorph Group Ltd on its internal structuring arrangements and subsequent rights issue.
  • We advised the continuing members of a law firm on the departure of an LLP member, and assisting in the resolution of a partnership dispute.
  • We have acted for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in respect of regulatory matters.
  • Our team provided advice on the sales of Capitus Limited (a niche tax practice) and Hamer Associates (a surveying practice) to publically listed law firm Gateley (Holdings) Plc.
  • We advised Panmure Gordon, on the IPO of Keystone Law Group plc.