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Corporate lawyers

The Corporate and Commercial Department at Paris Smith is made up of an established team of corporate lawyers, based in Hampshire. The team advise on the areas of ownership matters, trade related commercial advice including intellectual property advice and the purchases and sales of companies and businesses. In each case, the department advises owners, companies, LLPs, partnerships and sole traders.

Chambers Top Ranked Legal 500 Leading firm

During these difficult and unprecedented times, please rest assured that the corporate team at Paris Smith is still available to support you and your business, should you need us. Whether you are an existing client or somebody who needs assistance for the first time, we can still meet or speak with you via Skype, Facetime or other video conferencing facilities.

For more information, please call either the head of our corporate team, Jonathon Roy on 023 8048 2301; or visit our team and individual lawyers’ pages for our contact details.

Specific areas we can help with

Purchases and sales of businesses

Ownership matters

For companies

For LLPs and partnerships

  • Membership and partnership agreements
  • Deeds of appointment and retirement

For sole traders

  • Incorporations

Commercial matters

  • Trademarks, patents and copyright
  • Licenses
  • Data protection and website/internet compliance
  • Terms of business

Legal Directory Endorsements

    • Chambers and Partners 2021: Well-reputed team capable of advising clients on the full range of complex M&A transactions and other corporate matters. Recognised cross-border capabilities, including acting for owner-managed businesses and larger corporates based both locally and overseas. Operates alongside other departments within the firm to provide a rounded service to clients, including prominent retail and property development companies. One client describes the team as having a “wide range of specialist lawyers, with significant support resources, allowing them to tailor their advice to suit a range of business requirements.” 
    • Legal 500 2020-2021: The practice has significant expertise in the automotive, technology, healthcare, marine, built environment, recruitment and professional services sectors. Michael Moore and Crispin Dick jointly lead the practice, while Claire McCauley specialises in non-transactional work including solvent restructurings and group reorganisations. Sources have the following to say about the team they “quickly learned about the client, the transaction and the key objectives – they listen“; they have a “strong breadth of talent and experience ensures your transaction is covered from all angles”; they are “warm, genuine and colourful characters make them fun to be around“; whilst another says “the team I was dealing with showed a caring professional approach that was always commercial. They worked openly with our financial advisers and were happy to have their views altered or moderated by good arguments. The team communicated very clearly about their specialities and responsibilities and seemed to stay well briefed so that when we made contact we got answers quickly without any buck passing“.
    • Chambers and Partners 2020: One source reports: “They’re professional, practical and offer reasonable charges for the high level of legal support provided.” Clients report: “They have a very good reputation and a strength and depth throughout the team. They not only give good, practical commercial advice, but they’re really nice people to deal with.” Sources add: “They work extremely well and are very high-quality. They can offer as good a service as any London firm, but at significantly reduced costs.
    • Chambers and Partners 2019: Jonathon Roy is recognised for his in-depth private equity experience. Sources praise his “very good commercial sense.” Amanda Brockwell is lauded as a “very astute and commercially aware” lawyer by her clients, who value that “she presents decisions in a way that makes sense to business owners as well as legal sense.” Sources praise Sean Davies for his “really good commercial sense” and say: “He is dynamic and puts forward strong arguments. Commentators say Michael Moore “is flexible, pragmatic and gets to the point.”
    • Legal 500 2018-2019: Sean Davies heads a team at Paris Smith LLP that provides ‘an overall level of service that is excellent’. Davies stands out for ‘his impartiality, along with his breath of experience in the owner-managed sector and no-nonsense approach’. In addition to the full range of M&A and commercial work, the group can also draw on the expertise of the firm’s banking, property and litigation teams. Other key names include Jonathon Roy, Michael Moore, commercial contracts expert Crispin Dick, and Richard Atcherley.
    • Chambers and Partners 2018: Sean Davies is held in high regard by market commentators for being “good with clients.”  Sources appreciate Richard Atcherley’s ability to “explain complex scenarios in a very straightforward way.” Amanda Brockwell  is “extremely knowledgeable with lots of experience,” according to market commentators

Southampton Contact

Jonathon Roy
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2301
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Winchester Contact

Amanda Brockwell
LLP Partner

T: 01962 677 808
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Meet the Team

James McNeil
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2108
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Crispin Dick
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2107
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Richard Atcherley
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2105
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Jonathon Roy
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2301
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Michael Moore
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2290
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Laura Trapnell
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2114
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Clare McCauley
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2117
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Jennifer Packer

T: 01962 677338
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Emily Sadler

T: 023 8048 2102
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Liam Doughty
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2325
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Arezou Rezai

T: 023 8048 2330
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Ryan Mitchell

T: 023 8048 2316
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Imogen Beaver

T: 023 8048 2115
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Claudia Mihai

T: 01962 677809
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David Middleton

T: 023 8048 2144
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Jonathan White

T: 023 8048 2415
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Sean Davies
LLP Partner - Consultant

T: 023 8048 2203
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Shaun Piesley
Trainee Solicitor

T: 023 8048 2142
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Clients say “The partners involved have all been very knowledgeable in their areas and pleasant to work with”; “Excellent performance – they understood the commercial nature of the deal”; “Very pragmatic, very cost-efficient and comprehensive, knowledgeable advice”; “They like to keep things simple and don’t blind you with the science”

- Chambers & Partners Legal Directory

From the outset Jonathon Roy and the team at Paris Smith have been a pleasure to work with. They proved very quickly they were the right team for the job and that allowed me the time to focus on the commercial elements of the deal. I’ve already recommended them to others and would have no hesitation in using them again.”

- Jamie Harwood, CEO

UK Web Media

Jonathon Roy and his team assisted General Estates with the purchase of Whitchurch Bridge Company in February 2019. It was the first time the company had changed ownership in over 200 years and consequently there were a number of quirks to the deal which were fairly unique but all were competently and pragmatically handled by Jonathon and his team to ensure the deal closed smoothly.

- James Percy, Director

General Estates

The Millbrook Group have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Paris Smith. The Paris Smith team on this transaction, led by Jonathon Roy, were professional and dedicated in the legal assistance they provided to enable us to achieve an extremely satisfactory conclusion to a complex and intensive process.

- Paul Croll, Selling Shareholder

Millbrook Healthcare

Despite being told that we should use London lawyers for the sale of SHB we decided to stick with Paris Smith whom our family have dealt with since the 1950s. We found that they reacted quickly and efficiently to the many issues that arose out of a process of creating new companies, transferring shares and properties and finally selling SHB. The purchaser used London lawyers and Paris Smith more than proved themselves to have been the best choice for us.


Mike Street, Founder of SHB Hire

I have to say Amanda is hands down the best corporate lawyer I have ever worked with. She is responsive, commercial, helps guide us in our business development with solid advice and knows exactly what we want from purchasing a business. We hardly need to give any instruction other than “crack on” and she and her team deliver – every time. 

- Lorna Hayes, Managing Director

Churches Fire Security Ltd

Your service and dedication to this job has been outstanding – particularly so because of all the problems on the way. Your advice has been highly valued and you have handled the situation with absolute calm. We cannot thank you enough

- Terry Turner

Priority Mailing

1-1 Recruitment have worked with Amanda on a number of acquisitions and have always received first class advice and service. We would thoroughly recommend her and her team.

- Jim Floor, Director

1-1 Recruitment

These were key acquisitions for us and enhance the portfolio of services we can now offer to a wide range of sectors. Amanda and the team at Paris Smith became an integral part of our deal team and provided great commercial, practical and legal advice within tight timeframes. We would recommend the team whole heartedly.

- Jim Darragh, Chief Executive

Totalmobile Group

Professional, responsive and practical support from Jonathan and Arezou of Paris Smith throughout the recent sale process of my business. I have had excellent service and advice throughout the seventeen plus years that I have been a client of Paris Smith and this transaction has been no different . I can’t recommend them and the PS team highly enough.

- Trevor Smith

Amberley Labels

We have benefited from the support of Paris Smith on 4 transactions since 2012 and remain very impressed by their pragmatic and commercially astute approach. What is needed in the heat of negotiating and problem solving is calm and informed guidance plus an ability to stay focussed on what really matters. My personal thanks to Jonathon and the team for delivering success on each occasion.

- Several companies in packaging/pharmaceutical sector

John Sidnall, Founder & CEO

When we were considering the proposed acquisition of an overseas subsidiary with a relatively complex earn-out structure, we approached our regular solicitors, Paris Smith for some clear guidance on both the due diligence and legal requirements. As we have not been involved in such a transaction previously, working with Jonathon Roy for the first time made this process very simple. Jonathon was especially helpful and provided clear, efficient and prompt advice on our legal and financial position. Working very closely with our Dutch solicitor, Jonathon steered us through the legal documentation and the language barrier to bring the acquisition to a successful conclusion.

- Peter Denney, Finance Director

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