If you’re a business owner then your business is not just a place to work or a means of generating income, it’s also potentially your biggest asset. So what are you going to do with it?
Innovative, experienced and commercially savvy, our corporate team is built around core principles of extensive expertise and a clarity of approach to ensure you get your deal done.
A good team of motivated people who are extremely client-focused and solve problems with a commercially creative approach.Chambers UK 2018
Having worked with a number of larger firms, it was refreshing to find that Clarion was not only able to provide the clear, quality advice I needed, but also delivered an unusually high level of personal service at a senior level. They were committed to the deal, reacting very quickly and working tirelessly day and night to make it happen. Clarion provided the quality of advice of a much bigger firm and often responded to queries within the hour – they turned the deal around as quickly as possible. I will be using them for my corporate work going forward and highly recommend them.Matthew Crewe, Managing Director, Greens Power
This was an important time for the business and it was essential that we found the right partners to back us on the next stage of our growth strategy. Clarion played a key role in structuring and closing the deal, meeting our required deadlines.Paul Crossley, Managing Director at Just Trays Limited
Richard led the Clarion team advising management in our £6m buy-out of Winder Power Ltd. He was a tremendous asset and really helped push the deal over the line. He is that unique blend - not always found - of a lawyer with great commercial insights and the ability to focus on what's really important. He is also good fun to work with and that means a lot; sometimes it's what makes the difference.Laurence MacKenzie, Managing Director at Winder Power Ltd
By taking the time to listen to what you want to achieve and understanding the unique issues you may face, we bring clarity, together with commercial acumen in providing transactional advice, trouble shooting and negotiation often within complex regulatory frameworks.
In delivering the right results for you, we work hard to establish long-term relationships; acting as a sounding board and trusted advisor through our honest and no nonsense approach.
Helping businesses develop and flourish we have national and international reach. Supportive, dynamic and business minded - it’s our approach that makes us different and helps you achieve your objectives.
"They price themselves competitively and communicate well, as well as doing the work competently and in a timely manner." Chambers UK 2017
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Innovative, experienced and commercially savvy, our corporate team is built around core principles of extensive expertise and a clarity of approach to ensure you get your deal done.
We started working with Richard Moran and his corporate services team when we were first thinking about expanding the business and they are proving adept at always keeping an eye on the company’s future direction, while advising us on the issues we are facing now. I know we’re going to be calling on them more and more!Mark Woolley, Cardio Solutions (UK) Ltd
The following are illustrations of just some of the work we have recently undertaken:
- Acted for the management of Just Trays Limited in their secondary MBO.
- Advised Communisis on their acquisition of Public Creative Limited.
- Represented Epta S.p.A/George Barker on the acquisition of Cold Service Group Limited.
- Advised and acted for the shareholders on the sale of Servatech Limited.
- Act for Home Marketing Group on the acquisition of various agencies. The team have a particularly strong presence in the digital media sector where we represent a large number of the key players in the region and beyond.
- Represented the Bulmer & Lumb Group in its joint venture with Shandong Rui in respect of the Taylor and Lodge business.
- Advised Acropolis Hotels on the sale of Cedar Court Grand Hotel, York.
- Acted for MyCSP Trustee Company Limited during the acquisition of a controlling share by Equiniti.
- Structured and delivered a complex deal which included the acquisition and onward sale of the Roger Bullivant Group to Bachy Soletanche.
- Advised on the £6.3m management buyout of the Promotional Products Division (PPD) of Altitude Group Plc, the Surrey-based promotional merchandise and marketing solutions group.
- Garforth-based IT business Boxing Orange was bought in a £7.5m cash and shares deal by AIM listed IT security firm Accumuli plc. We advised the vendors.
- Advised on the disposal of Ice Pak Seafood Specialists to the Yearsley Group for an undisclosed sum.
- Full service creative agency Intermarketing & Communications Group was acquired in a management buyout led by Jamie Allan and Steve Sowden, advised by our corporate team.
- Advised on the disposal of data services provider The Trading Floor, when they were purchase by credit reference agency Callcredit Information Group.
With the media sector in the north of England booming, we have seen lots of M&A activity in recent years as larger agencies seek continued growth by acquiring specialist divisions.
The Register of People with Significant Control Regulations 2016 come into force on 6th April 2016 and require most UK companies and LLPs to maintain a new statutory register of people with significant control.
Inheritance tax planning and wealth protection - advice for entrepreneurs
Family run businesses are undoubtedly an important part of the UK economy, with two thirds of businesses being family owned.
A glance at any of the business pages will tell you the outlook for UK businesses is distinctly brighter than in previous years.
Yorkshire-based windows and doors company HWL Group is continuing to grow its business following an ambitious programme of diversification which has culminated in a move into the retail sector following two acquisitions.
Cardio Solutions (UK) Ltd, the North Yorkshire-based independent medical devices distributor, is setting its sights firmly on the future with plans to target new sectors and expand its product portfolio as part of its ambitious five-year growth strategy.
Although the term ‘prenup’ is frequently bandied around, many people don’t really understand what it involves or why it might be worth their consideration.
Planning for a safe and secure future is even more important these days - pension pots are not as substantial and both the younger and older generations need more financial support than ever before.
Whether you’re a big fish or a bright new start up, you can expect the same high level of service at Clarion. We are real ‘people people’ and we like to get to know our clients personally from day one.
East Yorkshire-based Simon Gibson Transport, a specialist in bulk powder transport, handling and storage, is celebrating growing its turnover from £6m in 2012 to £13m in 2014.
Leeds-based Home Group has seen phenomenal growth, despite the economic downturn. It has doubled turnover and profit in the last three years alone as well as establishing a number of overseas offices and it has ambitious plans for further expansion.
After just two years of trading, Bedale sausage maker Heck has already secured listings with most of the major supermarkets.
Family owned businesses have long been the lifeblood of the UK and, indeed, the Yorkshire economy. Here, we celebrate some of the leading family companies in the region which have survived generation after generation.
A recent survey of manufacturers by the UK's Manufacturing Advisory Service revealed a growing number of companies are bringing production home in order to reduce costs and improve quality and lead times.
In December 2014, the High Court decided not to follow the earlier decision made in Raithatha v Williamson  EWHC 909 (Ch) (“Raithatha”).
New research carried out by the Business Growth Programme (BGP) at Cranfield School of Management shows that of 171 small to medium enterprises (SMEs) surveyed, 54% of the owner-managers were over 50.
If you are a professional adviser, are you and your clients safe in the knowledge that they have 'future proofed' all elements of their life?
It has been reported that the Chancellor is considering forcing banks to refer SME’s to alternative funders if they are unable to fund them.
The case of National Merchant Buying Society Limited v Andrew Bellamy and Stephen Mallet has confirmed that where a binding all monies guarantee is provided the liability of a personal guarantor cannot be extinguished...
There has been a lot of recent press coverage of SMEs ("SME" stands for small and medium-sized enterprises) not getting the TLC that they need and deserve.
As featured in BQ Magazine (Summer 2013)....
New obligations for employers to automatically enrol eligible workers into pensions are affecting more and more businesses. All employers will need to be fully compliant with the new regime as soon as they reach their specific staging date.
The Enterprise Management Incentive (“EMI”) regime allows small, higher risk companies to grant tax advantaged share options to their employees.
Yorkshire is renowned for its high number of innovative and entrepreneurial companies, but what makes these businesses different?
Property transactions completed by pension schemes over the last decade have largely been investments made by Self Invested Personal Pensions (“SIPPs”). Offering a wide range of investments to almost any UK individual, SIPPs have proven to b…
Looking4Parking.com, which was acquired by Purple Parking in 2016, has completed a management buy back of the business. The two directors of the Leeds-based international airport parking price comparison company, have confirmed that they have bought…
Alex Birch is the latest senior lawyer to join Clarion’s corporate team. Alex’s appointment increases Clarion’s corporate team to eleven which emphasis the ever-growing firm’s commitment to delivering proactive advice and turnaroun…
Newcastle-based building services provider Northern Bear has acquired an interior development business which has been operating for almost 70 years and counts the University of Manchester, Pizza Express and Virgin Active as clients. H Peel & Son…
The shareholders of Intermarketing were advised by Jonathan Simms and Sarah Harrison of our corporate team.
Congratulations to our corporate team winning National/International Deal of the Year for the Hesco Bastion acquisition by Betafence.
A £2.5m funding package from Santander Corporate & Commercial led by Riana Azam of Santander Invoice Finance, has enabled Leeds-based market research and insight services agency Trinity McQueen to complete the final stage of a three year MBO process as well as providing the business with working capital for further growth.
A £12m-turnover installer of automatic fire sprinklers established in 1976 has been acquired from its founder in a management buyout (MBO).
A York-based biscuit and confectionery specialist whose customers include major retailers across the UK has been acquired from its founder for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.
A very warm welcome to Tony Berry who has joined our successful 12-strong corporate team as a legal director.
Leeds law firm Clarion has enjoyed a record-breaking start to 2016 with its 11-strong corporate team led by partners Richard Moran and Jonathan Simms completing major transactions with a combined value of £200m in the first three months of the year.
Leeds headquartered Hesco has today announced that the business has been acquired by Betafence, the global perimeter security specialist, for an undisclosed sum.
The corporate team advise CBIS Education on securing funding.
Yorkshire County Cricket is back in the black - Yorkshire County Cricket Club has reported a profit for the first time since 2009.
Bradford printing company T&P Print has been bought out by the son of the former owners, following a winding up petition.
European logistics provider Groupe Charles Andre (GCA) has acquired a 75% stake in Simon Gibson Transport. The deal was brokered by Yorkshire advisers.
Software and managed services provider, Castleton Technology, has expanded its operation with the acquisition of housing management and finance software provider Kypera Holdings.
Two Yorkshire IT providers have been snapped up by Pinnacle Technology Group.
Our corporate team advise on another management buy out.
Kaira Clarehugh, who was recently named Trainee of the Year in the Yorkshire Legal Awards, has joined Clarion as an associate.
Kingstown Associates has been bought by a management team consisting of Jody Allan, Wayne Barry and Paul Chambers.
A new online business angels investors organisation for the North of England, Angel Groups - Yorkshire, celebrated its launch event at law firm Clarion in Leeds last week (24 November) when two aspiring entrepreneurs from the region pitched their product and proposition to 16 potential investors.
The international lighting corporation Zumtobel Group has acquired a majority holding in acdc, a leading UK lighting company.
The team at Clarion has helped Reward Finance Group advance £4.5m of funds to complete a record ten deals in ten days.
Leeds karting venue Pole Position Indoor Karting has been sold to TeamSport, Europe's largest indoor karting operator.
Our corporate team advised Intermarketing on this deal. The agency acquired fellow Leeds business Teabag in a buy-out from its owners.
Leeds-based digital agency What Creative, founded by digital designers, Chris Kemm and Chris Skelton, has been acquired by brand agency Thompson Brand Partners.
One of Yorkshire and the North East’s largest animal feed producers has been acquired in a major deal which has created a £110m turnover business.
York Mailing Group, a UK market leader in the specialist production of retail flyers, media inserts and catalogues, has completed its second acquisition of the year.
88% of current family business owners believe the same family or families will control their business in five years.
The Grade two listed luxury hotel in York has been sold to Splendid Hospitality Group.
Sixty-five years old Dewsbury commercial interiors company H Peel & Sons has undergone a Management Buy-in Management Buy Out (BIMBO) in a seven figure deal.
Richard Moran and Rachel Dean in our corporate team advised on the deal.
A multi-million pound investment has been made by Maven Capital Partners to back the management team of Yorkshire-based Just Trays (JT) to acquire the business from Gresham Private Equity.
We are delighted to welcome Paul King.
COMMUNISIS has made two acquisitions of digital and video businesses.
About 80 jobs have been saved after the management of a school uniform supplier agreed to buy 27 outlets out of administration with backing from Leeds-based lender Reward Capital.
Corporate team advised Huddersfield-based MTP Innovations - as they are set to expand its product and customer base after securing £400,000 from Finance Yorkshire’s Equity Linked Fund.
Jonathan Simms in our corporate team advised on the management of the transaction.
Jonathan Simms in the corporate team advised the family on the share sale.
Insight has acquired Yorkshire-based specialist fraud and financial crime investigations provider AGS Risk Solutions.
Headlam, one of Europe's biggest floorcoverings distributors, has bought historic Yorkshire family firm Roger Fell who were advised by our corporate team.
St Ives plc announced that it has sold St Ives Direct Bradford Limited (SIDB) to growing B2B services specialist Cogent B2B Limited.
Our corporate team advised on the deal.
Fast growing Yorkshire business Exquisite Handmade Cakes Ltd has secured a five figure sum for further capital investment with the help of crowd funding company rebuildingsociety.com in a deal supported by corporate lawyers from Clarion.
The business and assets of a garden centre in West Yorkshire have been sold out of administration, safeguarding jobs for all 45 staff.
Acoustic Sensing Technology (UK) has developed SewerBatt, a low cost acoustic technology product that assesses the condition of sewer pipes.
Langtons Gin Ltd has succeeded in raising £600,000 from private investors and the Sheffield-based Business Angel Co Investment Fund (Angel CoFund) to further develop the business.
Leading French veterinary drug company Sogeval has purchased York-based Alstoe Ltd Animal Health.
Manrochem, the Yorkshire based international process engineering specialist, has yesterday (31 January) completed an MBO for an undisclosed sum, assisted by a team of Yorkshire advisers.
Packaging, waste and recycling group Tradpak has saved jobs after undergoing a pre-pack administration. Our corporate team advised one of the funders, Reward Capital.
Rachel Dean from our corporate team acted for the holding company Lawsco Holdings Limited. “The team of Yorkshire advisers we worked with helped the process to run as smoothly as possible."
Corporate team advise Procter Brothers on acquisition.
Advisory teams from Leeds acted on the deal including Clarion who advised the management team.
SENECA Investments has taken a stake in Yorkshire recruitment business PSI Energy.
Alstoe Ltd, the York-based supplier of animal healthcare products, has acquired the worldwide rights, trade mark and intellectual property of Vetergesic from Reckitt Benckiser for an undisclosed sum. Alstoe was advised by Clarion’s corporate team led by corporate partner, Christian Hunt.
The corporate team has advised the founders of Anchor Bay Construction Products Limited.
Jonathan Simms in the corporate team advised Reward Capital.
Jonathan Simms in the corporate team advises Intermarketing in a management buyout.
Introducing Helen Young, new associate in the corporate team
Property, employment and corporate teams advise the vendor.
Rachel Neems joins the corporate team and Jonathan Simms in promoted
One of the UK’s leading piling and foundation specialists, Roger Bullivant Ltd (Bullivant) has been sold to the French parent company of rival Bachy Soletanche (Bachy) for an undisclosed sum, in a complex deal structured and delivered by Yorkshire lawyers
Our corporate team and corporate partner, Christian Hunt, has advised on the management buyout of the Promotional Products Division (PPD) of Altitude Group Plc, the Surrey-based promotional merchandise and marketing solutions group.
Garforth-based IT business Boxing Orange has been bought in a £7.5m cash and shares deal by AIM listed IT security firm Accumuli in Salford.
The last two years have not been easy for owners when it comes to buying or selling a business. A lack of liquidity from banks coupled with the desire of most corporates to preserve cash certainly hasn’t helped get deals done. The fundamental reason how
Credit reference agency Callcredit Information Group has continued its acquisition spree after buying marketing data agency The Trading Floor. Corporate partner Christian Hunt advised The Trading Floor.
Clarion was on the team of advisers from Leeds and Manchester last week (13 January 2011) who completed a deal for leading cold storage and distribution company Yearsley Group to acquire Ice Pak Seafood Specialists Ltd to for an undisclosed sum.