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Two new specialist teams launched by Thursfields

New team: Thursfields’ retail and leisure team members Georgia Morris, Rob Pettigrew and Mike Brien

Thursfields Solicitors has launched a new retail and leisure team, made up of industry specialists who can provide a one-stop service for retailers and leisure operators of all shapes and sizes across the Midlands region. The team will be headed by Rob

Pettigrew, a commercial property director based at Thursfields’ Solihull office. Mr Pettigrew has practised in the

sector for a number of years and has acted for a broad range of clients stretching from Waitrose & Partners to family-run businesses. The team also includes corporate

and commercial director Jane Rudge and associate Jade Linton, a specialist in employment and HR issues. Rob Pettigrew said: “The world of

retail and leisure has evolved massively in the past few years with

the pace of change, and demands on the operators, becoming more rapid. “In this fast moving environment,

operators in the sector need a one- stop quick and competent legal advisor and we’ve put a team together to provide this. “While for many operators in the

sector, both large and small, the pace of change has been too rapid, we have seen that with the right support and direction the majority of businesses can continue to thrive. “Being able to respond quickly

and flexibly is often the key as numerous retailers will chase the best bases to operate from, making it even more important that businesses are aware of the full range of opportunities open to them whether that is trading individually on the high street, online as an entrepreneur, or as part of a larger

collective making the most of the flexible arrangements the modern market can offer. “If a business in this sector is to

succeed a number of factors need to come together, with the correct legal advice being a key component.” He said Thursfields had

established its retail and leisure team in response to growing market demand, and the focus would be on: retail, charities and communities, healthcare, technology, media and telecoms, wealth protection, energy and infrastructure, new homes, and agriculture and estates. Thursfields has eight offices

across the West Midlands in Birmingham, Solihull, Kidderminster, Stourport-on- Severn, Halesowen, Sedgley and two in Worcester.

Top team celebrate string of deals

Mills & Reeve’s Birmingham corporate and commercial team is celebrating after advising on a number of acquisitions and sales. The team assisted Midlands-

based healthcare giant Alliance Medical, which supplies scanning and diagnostic services across Europe, on acquisitions, and advised on the sale of Zettlex, a supplier of high-tech components to medical, industrial and defence equipment manufacturers, to NASDAQ listed Novanta. The team also advised the

shareholders of Alliance in Partnership, including Key Capital Partners, on its sale to global multinational Sodexo. Stantec appointed the team to advise on

various deals, including the acquisitions of Peter Brett Associates and ESI Consulting. Another significant deal

was the secondary buyout of Indigo Telecom, which made the shareholders more than four times the money invested in less than three years. The number of deals

the team have participated in has seen them shoot up the Experian rankings, rising to third place in the Midlands in Experian’s 2018 rankings of the most active mergers and acquisitions advisers. The firm ranked fourth nationally.

Julian Smith (pictured),

corporate partner in Mills & Reeve’s Birmingham office, said: “The last year has seen the team working on some high profile, and often complicated deals. “The work we’ve done

shows that businesses are looking to Birmingham and the Midlands more than ever when it comes to their

corporate and M&A work. “From deals involving

Midlands based organisations, to manufacturers in the US and leading healthcare businesses, it’s extremely gratifying that our hard work has been reflected in our fantastic Experian rankings.”

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