Louise Workman

Partner and CEO


Louise a Partner, CEO of Ashfords and Head of Client Services. 

Louise has vast experience in the retail sector having advised the likes of LK Bennett, HelloFresh and Penhaligons with their strategic legal issues. She has significant corporate experience in group structures, both local and cross border, and has advised on major strategic issues such as global joint ventures as well as fundraisings and M&A plans.

Louise trained at Norton Rose and spent 5 years as an Associate in the corporate finance department before moving to Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. Louise was a corporate finance Partner at BLP for 10 years and headed its retail team.

Relevant experience

  • Frugi: Advising the shareholders of a leading organic children’s clothing maker, Frugi on the acquisition by True, Europe’s only retail and consumer investment and innovation firm.
  • Torquay Leisure Hotels: Advising management team of the multi-hotel and leisure resort on its management buy-out. The management buy-out was backed by Connection Capital and Santander Bank.
  • Swallowfield plc: Advising the plc on the sale of its manufacturing business to Canadian group, Knowlton Development Corporation (KDC), in a deal worth £35m which was subject to shareholder approval.

  • Datum Alloys: Advising on the management buyout of steel stencil foils manufacturer to private equity firm, Rockpool.

  • Pennon plc: Advising on its £100 million acquisition of Sembcorp Bournemouth Water.
Her approach, professionalism and pragmatism was very reassuring from the get-go," and says: "She was very good at answering queries and guiding us through.

Chambers 2019