The Corporate and Commercial Team at Leicestershire-based BHW Solicitors is celebrating a highly successful 2023, having advised on transactions with a total value of over £450 million.

Highlights included:

  • Advising the family behind Leicester based vehicle suspension seating supplier, CAPITAL Seating, on the successful sale of the business following a management buyout. This deal was subsequently awarded ‘Deal of the Year (under £10m)’ at the 2023 East Midlands Dealmakers Awards.
  • Advising the shareholders of Verdon Timber, one of BHW’s earliest and longest-standing clients, on the sale of the business to nationwide counterpart, Howarth Timber Group.
  • Advising 6 businesses on their conversion to employee ownership through the use of an EOT (BHW is itself employee owned, and a member of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA)).

In 2023 BHW’s Corporate and Commercial Team retained its status as the only one ranked ‘Band 1’ by Chambers & Partners in its classification, and is one of only four ranked ‘Tier 1’ in the Legal 500. The team also boasts three of the seven lawyers awarded ‘Leading Individual’ in the Legal 500 for corporate and commercial work in the whole of the East Midlands, with Matt Worsnop having joined Ed Nurse and Steve McElhone. Ed, Matt, and Steve, along with Alex Clifton, are four of only ten ranked lawyers across the entire equivalent sector in Chambers & Partners. James Dent was also recognised in the Legal 500 for the first time as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’, while Alex Clifton was once again awarded ‘Next Generation Partner’ status.

BHW’s Managing Partner, and Head of Corporate and Commercial, Ed Nurse commented:

“The number and value of the transactions we have advised on during 2023 demonstrates the quality within the Corporate and Commercial Team, and reflects the drive and commitment of everyone involved.

BHW is the leading independent law firm in our region, which means that 100% of the work we do is both generated and serviced from our offices at Grove Park in Leicester. Our focus has always been to provide the highest levels of service to a client base which extends across the East Midlands and beyond. The continued success of the Corporate and Commercial Team, and the wider firm, is a testament to this approach.

Following a busy start to 2024 and a strong transaction pipeline, BHW is grateful to our clients for the faith they continue to place in us, and is looking forward to continued success in the year ahead.”

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