I specialise in corporate and general commercial law and am well known for providing sensible commercial advice to a range of businesses throughout Somerset and Dorset.
I am experienced in dealing with the acquisition and disposal of all forms of businesses and of companies of a variety of sizes. Deals successfully handled by myself include the disposal of a software company to a competitor, which wished to acquire the new system of defence-based software developed by the target company and yet to retain the services of the shareholder-directors after completion of the transaction. Deals also include advising a US group on their restructure and on their disposal of two different arms of their operations for a multi-million figure.
My friendly and practical approach has helped me to build strong links and relationships with clients, and to earn the confidence and respect of fellow professionals. I provide general commercial advice to the nationally renowned Weymouth and Dorset National Sailing Academy and have acted for a fast-growing financial services company in a number of its business acquisitions.
Work undertaken for local businesses and organisations includes drafting terms and conditions of trade for a company designing and implementing irrigation systems for golf courses, incorporating heavy horse societies for the protection of their members, and the purchase of an otter sanctuary.
As well as business sales and purchases, I am a specialist at advising companies on all aspects of their day-to-day running, from incorporation through all stages of their growth and changes of structure. I advise on company set-up to ensure that the appropriate shareholders' agreements and articles of association are put in place, and on internal re-organisations. I put into effect management buy-outs, advise directors and shareholders on their responsibilities and obligations, and assist them in preparing for, and confidently adapting to, the impact of the Companies Act 2006.
I also advise business owners regarding the strategies they should adopt and the measures they should put in place in order to prepare for, and then achieve, a successful disposal of their business when the time comes for them to realise their investment and to take value out of their company.
I also help clients to enter into partnership agreements, including agricultural partnerships.
I am a member of Women in Business.
I studied law at Somerville College, Oxford. After completing my studies at Chester College of Law, I trained at Battens, qualifying as a solicitor into the Company Commercial Team. I was promoted to senior associate in 2007 and Director in 2021.
As someone bringing up a small family, I like to recharge my batteries by spending time in the part of Cornwall I love and have visited since childhood.
"We couldn't recommended Battens enough, the first time we used them the matter was extremely stressful and they completely took that stress away, so well in fact the matter got dropped from the other side. The second time we used them was for a different matter yet they handled it in the same way and made thing plain, simple and quick for us."