We aim to inject value into your business and have a track record of doing just that. We have high standards of service, we are experienced, knowledgeable and down to earth.

We try to think like investors of hard cash in your business providing guidance on how to run a transaction or apply the law to make you more profitable, more valuable, and generally healthier. You get stronger because we invest time and thought in understanding what you want to achieve and then apply our expertise and experience to make you succeed.

We help companies of varying sizes, from entrepreneurial start-ups to major international organisations, both public and private, with a range of issues around corporate transactions and ways to achieve your commercial goals.

Our clients tell us that we genuinely understand their challenges and their sectors and that we focus on finding solutions rather than problems. Many of our lawyers have worked in-house, on secondment, or have previous industry experience. That means we deliver commercial advice, in context; we understand the challenges you face and work with you to deliver practical, timely solutions.

We pride ourselves on being accessible. There’s no point in employing expert lawyers if you can never get hold of them, so you can ask us anything, anytime. This helps us build strong, long-term relationships with our clients, based on outstanding service and real value for money.

We work across a range of corporate transactions, including M&A, reorganisations, venture capital, private equity investments, IPOs and joint ventures and restructurings. We are well versed in banking and finance, corporate governance and corporate tax. We pride ourselves on our specialist knowledge and depth of team providing a nationally regarded practice.

One of our key strengths is our ability to handle cross-border transactions because we regularly work on major international deals.


Recent transactions


Advising 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

Sprueaegis Logo

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


Preparing to acquire - some practical steps

Advance preparation is key to a successful M&A transaction. We share our thoughts on some of the practical steps that should be undertaken when preparing to acquire.

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Cross-border Acquisitions - Regulatory and other approvals

Simon Rous, Corporate Partner at Ashfords, looks at regulatory approvals to which cross-border transactions may be subject and the protections buyers should seek if the acquisition is conditional on these.

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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 the changes to the regulations regarding business names and trading disclosures

There have long been restrictions on the use of certain words in company and business names. There are some obvious restrictions, such as that company names cannot be the same or substantially similar as an existing company, which are fairly self-explanatory, but there is also a list of "sensitive" words that cannot be used in business names.

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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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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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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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