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?
Succession and exit strategies are a key part of any business and we feel it’s never too early to plan your strategy for your future.
The communication is extremely good - it's the right balance to ensure you are aware of the progress. Additionally, when we hit problems, the advice is very commercial.Chambers UK 2015
The lawyers take complex issues and distil them into something the general world can understand.Chambers UK 2015
As none of us know what may happen, setting a plan in place is a positive step, both in a business and personal sense.
Tackled at the right time and in the right way, we can help combine your personal ambitions with the goals for your business and create an appropriate, dynamic ‘road map’ that works for everyone, reviewing it as your circumstances or goals change.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Clarion has done it again!
We are Vista, a Leeds-based creative communications agency which reported a turnover of £16.4m and pre-tax profits of £2.1m last year, has been acquired by a global consulting and digital services firm. We Are Vista was advised on the transac…
The most active merger and acquisition (M&A) advisers during the first half of 2018 in Yorkshire and the Humber have been revealed in the latest rankings from Experian MarketIQ. During this period the number and value of deals both rose, with Yorkshir…
Leeds-based marketing agency Home has acquired brand and innovation consultancy fusion learning. The acquired business has offices in Leeds and Sydney, as well as teams on the ground in countries such as India and Canada. Its portfolio of clients includ…
Clarion has expanded its corporate practice with the appointment of Hitesh Tailor as legal director, resulting in a 12-strong specialist corporate team. Hitesh joins from the Leeds office of international law firm DLA Piper where he spent 12 years advisi…
Lawyers at Leeds firm Clarion have stepped in to help client Nick Mitchell, the world renowned trainer and founder of Ultimate Performance (UP) Fitness, by donating their services to incorporate his new charitable foundation which has been set up to promo…
A Leeds-based online bingo comparison platform has been acquired by performance marketing company XLMedia. WhichBingo, founded in 2003, covers the UK bingo market, publishing player reviews alongside its own opinion pieces. It has recently expanded its p…
A Queen's Award-winning provider of IT support and post warranty services headquartered in Leeds has been acquired by Swiss service revenue management company Annuity Management Group. The Europlus Direct group of companies, which won the Queen's…
Sweet Squared, the distributor, marketer and educator of premium professional beauty products, has acquired ICON Consultancy. ICON Consultancy, based in Nelson, Lancashire, is a distributor and marketer of premium professional hair care brands incl…
A £12m-turnover Halifax escalator installation business, which has worked on projects at Anfield football stadium and Paddington Station, has secured a £6.4m investment from BGF to support its expansion in the UK and Europe. Norther…
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.
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.
Kaira Clarehugh, who was recently named Trainee of the Year in the Yorkshire Legal Awards, has joined Clarion as an associate.
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.
88% of current family business owners believe the same family or families will control their business in five years.
We are delighted to welcome Paul King.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Advisory teams from Leeds acted on the deal including Clarion who advised the management team.
Rachel Neems joins the corporate team and Jonathan Simms in promoted
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