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.

We are running a series of roundtable discussions addressing issues affecting in-house legal teams. Click here to findout more.


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

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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



Ashfords LLP advise on Flybe capital reduction as part of proposals for employee share awards

Exeter-based airline, Flybe, has been granted court approval for a capital reduction enabling the airline to proceed with the grant of share awards to its employees giving them an equity stake in the business

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Ashfords LLP advises beauty supplier Swallowfield on its acquisition of The Brand Architekts Limited

Ashfords LLP advised Swallowfield PLC, a market leader in developing and producing high quality personal care and beauty products for many world leading brands, on its recent acquisition of the entire issued share capital of fellow beauty supplier, The Brand Architekts Limited.

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Possible consequences of the vote to leave

The British people voted to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016. While the result of the referendum is clear, its consequences are uncertain. This article outlines some possible outcomes of the vote to leave.

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What happens when overseas parties acquire UK businesses?

British businesses are a very attractive proposition for overseas buyers: so what happens when a big player comes to the UK?

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Ashfords LLP advises on the acquisition of a stake in UK wine merchants Yapp Brothers Limited by German wine producer Reh Kendermann

National law firm Ashfords LLP advised Yapp Brothers on the transaction of a stake in German wine producer Reh Kendermann.

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Supreme Court restates the law on implied terms

In a recent case, Marks and Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd and another [2015] UKSC 72, the Supreme Court has clarified the law relating to implied terms in contracts.

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The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

On 26 March the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill received royal assent, the changes will include amendments to both the Companies Act 2006 and insolvency legislation and implementation will take place in 3 stages (with the highest impacting changes delivered in the final stage) within an 18 month period following implementation of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

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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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Ashfords LLP expands City corporate team with major lateral hire to strengthen technology focus

National law firm Ashfords is pleased to announce the appointment of Giles Hawkins as a Partner in the Corporate Team. Giles joins the firm from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, providing particular expertise in the technology sector.

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Ashfords LLP ranked as most active legal advisers in the UK and South West

Independent research by Experian MarketIQ has identified Ashfords LLP as one of the most active, by volume, legal advisers in the UK and the South West. Ashfords has been ranked top 20 in the UK and first in the South West, putting the firm in first position within the region consecutively for 18 months.

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Confirmation statements and the central register

Including confirmation statements and the central register. The following changes to company filing requirements came into effect on 30 June 2016.

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Ashfords LLP Invest in Route 1

National law firm Ashfords LLP has invested in tech start-up, Route 1 International, who plan to disrupt the stale, opaque and high cost legal recruitment market by creating a low cost and highly efficient tech substitution.

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Ban on corporate directors postponed for 12 months

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the "Act") will introduce a ban on the appointment of corporate directors in UK companies. However, implementation of the ban (originally intended for October 2015) has been postponed until October 2016.

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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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