Corporate & Commercial

The Corporate and Commercial Group handles a wide range of corporate transactions and company law related matters, acting for companies and businesses of all sizes from start ups to established national and international companies.

We work closely with Intellectual PropertyEmployment and Commercial Property colleagues, and have strong links with local accountancy firms and banks, enabling us to handle the multitude of issues that can arise during a corporate deal.

Our team is well equipped to handle cross-border transactions through our Advoc network of independent law firms, which covers over 60 jurisdictions worldwide.

"'High levels of ability and commercial awareness and a wide skill set' please clients, who readily recommend the group, which is taking on increasing numbers of large and international deals. 'It's extremely high calibre, with great commercial awareness and a wide skill set. The lawyers here are also really understanding and know what makes clients tick.'" Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.

We provide our clients with an approachable, reliable and expert service.

"We have a preference for using Ashfords rather than some of the larger magic circle firms as a partner looks at the detail of the transaction across all aspects and for the duration of the deal, rather than senior or junior associates as we experience elsewhere. We find Ashfords' approach produces a smoother, more efficient process." Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession Client testimonial.

Irrespective of the complexity of your matter, our Corporate and Commercial Group will ensure that you receive the highest quality service at a competitive price.


We also provide bespoke corporate secretarial services:

Recent work


Schlumberger Oilfield UK PLC on its share purchase of Rock Deformation Research Limited (with US subsidiary)


Enghouse Ltd

Advising Enghouse Systems Limited (traded on Toronto Stock Exchange) on its share purchase of Mettoni Limited (with subsidiaries Arc Solutions, Datapulse and Exxcom)


Eden Ventures

Advising Eden Ventures on its supplemental investment in Blinkbox Entertainment Limited, a video-on-demand service provider


Acting for Gemalto NV on the UK elements of the acquisition of a smartcard business, IP portfolio and trademarks of Keycorp, including the acquisition of shares in Multos Limited

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Advising Sprue Aegis plc on its agreement with BRK Brands Europe Limited (BRK) for the exclusive distribution of fire, smoke and related safety products and safes under the “BRK”® and “First Alert”® brands in Europe, transfer of BRK’s employees and inventory and lease of BRK’s fixed assets and premises


ADVOC Global M&A Conference 2015

The ADVOC Global M&A Conference on 25 & 26 January 2015 at the Grange St Paul's Hotel in London was a huge success.

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Long awaited FCA policy statement on crowdfunding published

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has, as predicted, taken a fairly restrictive approach to crowdfunding in its policy statement released today. Nevertheless investees, investors, crowdfunders and support businesses will all welcome the clarity this guidance will bring to the rapidly developing crowdfunding industry.

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A Note on Electronic Signatures

We have seen a significant rise in requests for the use of electronic signatures over recent years. This has raised questions as to the legal status of these systems.

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Ashfords LLP strengthens links with IoD Devon and Cornwall region

South West law firm Ashfords LLP has strengthened its links to the Institute of Directors Devon and Cornwall region with the appointment one of its partners to the board.

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Ashfords sponsor 2nd Thursday Corporate Finance Drinks

Ashfords co-sponsored the 2nd Thursday Corporate Finance Drinks with Crowdcube. The event was well attended and received by 80 local professionals.

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