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  • Spearing Waite’s dealmakers post a record year

    The corporate team at Leicester law firm Spearing Waite has posted record results for 2017, advising on around £300 million worth of transactions. The firm, which moved into new offices in Pocklingtons Walk in November 2015, following a £2 million regeneration project, said...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite helps local business in Old John trade mark dispute

    Leicester law firm Spearing Waite is helping landscape gardener Andy Foster in his bid to challenge trade mark claims being made by Bradgate Park Trust, concerning the Old John monument in Bradgate Park.  Mr Foster, who runs Bradgate Landscaping from his home in nearby Cropston, was...MORE >

  • Leicester law firm Spearing Waite help Domino’s get a £24 million slice of pizza

    Spearing Waite’s corporate and real estate teams have acted for Domino’s Pizza on its £24 million acquisition of a 75% stake in its largest London franchisee with 25 stores.  Domino’s will be working in partnership with the franchisee which will enable DPG to...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite provides advice to Longwall Venture Partners in £75 million venture capital fund raise

    A team at Spearing Waite led by corporate partner Jahid Ali advised Longwall Venture Partners on the new £75 million venture capital fund raise known as Longwall Ventures 3 ECF LP. The fund was backed by a number of institutional and private investors including the British Business Bank...MORE >

  • Christmas Family Fun Day

    Spearing Waite held its first Christmas family fun day for all of the staff earlier this month at its Pocklington Walk offices.  Santa came to the offices for the afternoon and gave out presents to all of the children and stayed for a mince pie or two.  The Bishop Ellis School in...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite adds to its Partnership with the recruitment of Head of Planning & Environment, Pritpal Singh Swarn

    Planning & Environment Specialist Pritpal Singh Swarn joins Spearing Waite as a Partner after spending the last 11 years at Wright Hassall spearheading their Planning and Environment department.     Pritpal has over 16 years’ experience- including in the public...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite helps to spark growth for leading energy technology business

    Spearing Waite’s Martin Smith and Jahid Ali acted alongside Magma Chartered Accountants to advise the management team of ENSEK in their recent MBO, backed by mid-market private equity investor, LDC. ENSEK is a leading SaaS business serving the UK energy industry and the additional...MORE >

  • Leicestershire Three Peaks

    On Sunday 24 September, Corporate Partner Steve McElhone and Employment Solicitor Peter Nicholson took part in the second ‘Leicestershire Three Peaks’ event, organised by Leicester Charity Link, a local charity which helps around 8,000 people each year who are experiencing poverty,...MORE >

  • It’s a COO for Leicester Law Firm Spearing Waite

    Spearing Waite is delighted to announce the appointment of a Chief Operating Officer with effect from 1st September 2017.  Corporate Partner, Oliver Brookshaw, will take on the new role working alongside the Management Team of Tom Bower, Jonathan Wheeler and Martin Smith to deliver the...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP advises Freudenberg on the acquisition of Metflex

    The corporate team at Spearing Waite LLP has advised Global Technology Group, Freudenberg on its acquisition of Lancashire based Metflex Holding Company Limited, in a deal that will see it become part of its international Sealing Technologies division. Founded in 1919 Metflex specialises in...MORE >

  • RKH and Spearing Waite give local businesses an introduction to GDPR

    In mid-July, we teamed up with marketing agency Rock Kitchen Harris to give a presentation to local businesses on how the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law will affect companies who do business in the UK. GDPR will be coming into force on 25th May 2018. With less than a...MORE >

  • Johnsons Aggregates & Recycling £10m Development Capital Deal Wins SME Deal Of The Year

    Spearing Waite were delighted to have advised Business Growth Fund on the £10m funding package provided by BGF and NatWest on their investment in Johnsons Aggregates & Recycling and even more delighted that it won the SME Deal of the Year at the Midlands Business Insider Dealmakers...MORE >

  • Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre gets a new lease of life

    The Real Estate and Corporate teams at Leicester Law firm Spearing Waite LLP have recently assisted The Haymarket Consortium with its funding and its 30 year sub-lease of The Haymarket Theatre in Leicester’s Town Centre.  The aim is to restore the theatre to its former glory over the...MORE >

  • Drone Racing comes to the East Midlands with the help of Spearing Waite

    The real estate team at Leicester Law firm Spearing Waite LLP have recently assisted UKDS Racing Limited in taking a lease of a 25,000 square-foot warehouse, enabling the world’s first permanent Drone racing arena to open in Nottingham in a unit next to Notts County’s Meadow Lane...MORE >

  • National Award for Spearing Waite’s Intellectual Property Team

    At a recent dinner held at the Guildhall in London to celebrate the 2017 Legal 500 Awards, Spearing Waite partner & Head of Intellectual Property & Media, John Buckby, collected a coveted award from Legal 500 Editor, Alexander Boyes. John and his team scooped The Legal 500 UK Firm of...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite’s Intellectual Property team wins national Legal 500 Award

    The Intellectual Property & Media Team at Spearing Waite has won The Legal 500 UK Firm of the Year award (Regional) under the Technology, Media & Telecoms (TMT) category.  The award recognises the quality of Spearing Waite’s work in relation to trade marks, copyright, media,...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite & Mazars Advise on Sale of ICON to Elecosoft®

    The corporate teams at Leicester Law Firm, Spearing Waite LLP, and top accountancy and financial advisory firm, Mazars LLP, have recently advised the shareholders of Leicestershire based ICON on their sale to Elecosoft for a total consideration of £2.4 million. ICON, based in Market...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite and Grant Thornton advise on Sale of D & H Engineering Limited

    The corporate teams at Leicester Law Firm Spearing Waite LLP and Grant Thornton UK LLP have recently advised the Sellers in the disposal of D & H Engineering Limited and its Polish subsidiary. The transaction involved the Sellers retaining the existing Indian operations. Specialist...MORE >

  • Trainees take Lex 100 Survey 2016 – The Results are in ……

    If the firm were a fictional character it would be ………………… Filbert Fox, loyal to Leicester and enjoying great success A brief overview of our write-up is as follows: Leicester’s Spearing Waite attracts trainees due to its ‘good...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite Advises on Sponsorship Deals for ValueLicensing

    Derby based ValueLicensing, one of the leading suppliers of pre-owned Microsoft software in the UK and Europe, has boosted its media visibility in recent weeks through a series of high-profile sponsorships of European Tour golf professionals and leading darts referees. Out on the courses of...MORE >

  • Leicestershire’s Most Influential – Senior Partner Tom Bower Listed

    Senior Partner & Head of Commercial Property, Tom Bower, has been listed as one of “Leicestershire’s Most Influential” by the Leicester Mercury.  A Partner since 1993, Tom became senior partner in 2011.  He acts mainly for property developers in connection with...MORE >

  • Heritage Open Days

    Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and history by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public.  This is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite assists Parkers Motor Services on Acquisition

    Car parts retailer Parker Motor Services has acquired a rival with operations across the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber in a deal that creates a £27m-turnover group. Leicestershire-headquartered Parkers was founded in 1924 and has supplies the likes of Audi, BMW, Land Rover...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite assist with Pochin’s Expansion

    Robert Pochin Limited, the Leicester-headquartered bathroom fittings retailer which dates back to the 1860s, has acquired another business in the West Midlands. The addition of a Birmingham trade counter and showroom is expected to result in revenues reaching £24m in 2016. Pochin has...MORE >

  • Rounders anyone?

    19th of July once again saw teams from the great and the good of the Leicester Business community descend on Grace Road for the annual Spearing Waite Rounders Tournament, this year raising money for LOROS. By an incredible stroke of luck, the event was to take place on the hottest day of the...MORE >

  • Peter Nicholson, Solicitor in the Employment Department, writes an article in the Discrimination Law Association's July 2016 Briefing

    He discusses the case of Harron v Chief Constable of Dorset Police UKEAT/0234/15/DA in which the EAT gave important guidance on the approach to be taken in cases involving alleged discrimination on the ground of philosophical beliefs. Philosophical belief discrimination: ‘public...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite assist Camloc with Management Buyout

    A Leicester-based maker of gas springs and dampers has undergone a management buyout (MBO) backed by private equity firm Foresight Group. Camloc was previously backed by US investors and employs a team of 36 at its New Star Road factory. It has been acquired by sales and marketing...MORE >

  • Another Partner joins the squad at Leicester Law Firm Spearing Waite

    Commercial Law Specialist Ian Thomson joins Spearing Waite as a Partner after moving from Geldards.  Prior  to Geldards Ian worked in-house for 20 years at  British Coal as well as for Nestle, Boots and Focus Wickes. Ian brings with him over 30 years’ experience in all...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite Acts on sale of Clarke Rubicon

    Two Leicestershire businesses that specialise in making packaging for luxury products have joined forces.   Enderby-based Pollard Boxes has been trading for almost 50 years and specialises in the design and manufacture of products for the luxury drinks, beauty and personal care sectors....MORE >

  • Employment specialist Amanda Badley delivers her Equal Opportunities Webinar - enjoy a taster clip here

    Employment specialist Amanda Badley delivers her Equal Opportunities Webinar, an essential part of your staff training. Enjoy a taster clip here: If you want to protect your business and access the full webinar, please contact Amanda on 0116 242 1238 and MORE >

  • Construction & Engineering Specialist joins Partnership at Spearing Waite

    Leicester Law Firm Spearing Waite has added to its partnership with the hire of Construction & Engineering specialist Piet van Gelder. Piet brings with him over 16 years’ experience in all aspects of construction & engineering and is also a specialist in public procurement and...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite "Officially Open"

    Having moved into 34 Pocklingtons Walk in November of 2015 and after a settling in period, law firm Spearing Waite recently “officially opened” their new premises with three parties. Clients, contacts and friends of the firm enjoyed champagne, canapes and a tour of the building...MORE >

  • They only “muddy” well did it ……

    On 14th May 2016, a team of 15 from Spearing Waite LLP took part in Tough Mudder Midlands Half 2016. Half Tough Mudder is a team-orientated 5 mile (approx. 8k) military style obstacle course designed to test physical strength and mental grit.  They thought taking law exams was...MORE >

  • High Drama at the Leicester Y with 14/48

    Last weekend one of our Employment Solicitors, Katherine Cooke took part in 14/48 Leicester (the World’s Quickest Theatre Festival) hosted by The Y, Leicester. The festival originates Seattle and has also found a home in Wolverhampton and at The Y, Leicester. Together, 7 writers, 7...MORE >

  • England are crowned Dodgeball World Cup Champions!!

    Brett Koenig might be a trainee solicitor by day but in his spare time plays Dodgeball for England.  Brett recently took time out of his busy schedule to go to Manchester to take part in the World Cup.  After a two day event beating Australia, Wales, Egypt, USA, Australia (semi finals)...MORE >

  • Employment law specialist Peter Nicholson writes in the Discrimination Law Association’s briefing

    In this article he discusses the case of Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWCA Civ 1264 in which the Court of Appeal found that it was necessary to establish the underlying reason for apparent disparate impact in the context of an indirect discrimination claim. Disparity alone...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite Acts on £11.1m Management Buy-Out of historic Leicester firm EE Smith Contracts Limited

    Leading Leicester law firm, Spearing Waite has helped deliver a management buy-out deal for Leicester based firms EE Smith Contracts Limited and Clarendon Fabrications Limited.  The two companies have been sold to newly established NJDR Group Limited as part of a management buy-out deal...MORE >

  • Pal International wins passing off case, with help from Spearing Waite

    Leicestershire healthcare business Pal International Limited has won a high-profile legal dispute relating to the packaging of its ‘Medipal’ brand healthcare wet wipes. Pal’s wipe products are sold to NHS Trusts throughout the UK, and are used to clean and disinfect...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite Acts on sale of Brobot Group

    A family-run petrol station business based in Leicester has acquired a counterpart with sites across Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. HKS Holdings purchased 23 sites from Brobot Group, which is headquartered in Melton Mowbray.   Combined revenues are...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite Move to New City Centre Location

    Leading Leicester law firm Spearing Waite has relocated to 34 Pocklingtons Walk after over 40 years on Friar Lane. Charles Street Buildings has owned the building, formerly a bank, since 1979 and it has stood empty for the last 10 years.  £2m has been spent on the project...MORE >

  • Our trainees have undertaken a survey with Lex 100 and the results are back in

    If the firm were a fictional character it would be ……………………….. Diane Lockhart (The Good Wife) – principled and highly knowledgeable.  Takes both the job and social life seriously The Verdict East Midlands-based...MORE >

  • Chambers UK 2016 Rankings Released

    Spearing Waite are delighted to have been ranked in Chambers UK 2016 under the following categories: Corporate/M&A Employment Real Estate Individual rankings have been given to: Amanda Badley, Partner – Employment Kate Blank, Partner –...MORE >

  • Cummins Solicitors Corporate Relay

    Spearing Waite were delighted to take part in the Cummins Solicitors Corporate Relay on 25th October.  Out of 46 teams that participated, Spearing Waite came in at 10th with only 3 runners.  Hannah Carter, Tom Charnley and Stacey Moore (pictured) took part in the relay with Tom having...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite IP team shortlisted for national award

    Spearing Waite’s Intellectual Property & Media team has been shortlisted as a national finalist in the ‘The Legal 500 United Kingdom Awards’. It was independently selected as the stand-out regional IP team in the ‘Technology, Media and Telecoms...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite hailed as Regional Heavyweight with Leading Individuals – Legal 500 2015

    The Legal 500 2015 was released yesterday and we are delighted that we have again been recognised as a regional heavyweight (“Spearing Waite LLP continues to enjoy an excellent reputation in the region”). Three partners have also been given the accolade of Leading...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite advises on the Secondary Buyout of Engineering Technology Group

    A team led by Corporate Partner Steve McElhone has advised Martin Doyle, the new Group Managing Director of the Engineering Technology Group (ETG), in connection with a secondary management  buyout. £30m turnover ETG is based in Warwickshire and employs 120 staff from its Southam...MORE >

  • Leicester Firm Walkers Tyres Sells Out

    Walkers Tyre Service, a well-established and successful business operating four sites in the Leicester area has been acquired by Micheldever Group’s retail division, Protyre. The deal is the latest in a series of acquisitions completed by the division and brings the number of centres...MORE >

  • Tom Charnley - Guinness World Record Attempt

    One of our solicitors, Tom Charnley, has recently had the huge honour to be invited to play for the 'School of Hard Knocks’ rugby team in a Guinness World Record attempt during August this year. This challenge is in aid of a fantastic cause and Tom is extremely excited about taking...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite Commit to City with New Office Move

    We are finally able to confirm that we have signed an agreement for lease to relocate to Welford House on Pocklingtons Walk.  The building is a former bank which has stood empty for around 10 years and  the last occupier was the city council. The landlord is now spending approximately...MORE >

  • Peter Nicholson, Solicitor in the Employment Department, writes an article in the Discrimination Law Association's July 2015 Briefing

    In this article he discusses the case of Henderson v GMB [2015] EAT/0073/14/DM in which the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered claims of direct discrimination and harassment based on a protected belief in ‘left-wing democratic socialism’. Philosophical belief discrimination...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite advises Hunters Estate Agency Group on AIM flotation

    One of the largest national sales and lettings estate agency businesses in the UK has today floated on the AIM Market with a market capitalisation in the region of £17million. As at 31 May 2015 Hunters had 151 branches of which 140 are franchises, with the remaining 11 branches being...MORE >

  • Former Gateley Senior Partner joins Spearing Waite LLP

    Leicester law firm, Spearing Waite LLP, has recruited Commercial Property expert Craig Mitchell as a Consultant.  Craig joins the firm from Gateley Plc where he spent sixteen years as the Senior Partner of its Leicester office. Craig specialises in commercial property, development,...MORE >

  • Employment Law Specialist joins Spearing Waite LLP from the City

    Leicester law firm, Spearing Waite LLP, has recruited employment law expert Peter Nicholson as a solicitor.  Peter joins from City firm, Stewarts Law.  Managing Partner, Jonathan Wheeler commented: “Peter has added further strength to an employment department that is already...MORE >

  • Restrictions on zero-hours contracts

    From today exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts are unenforceable. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 has added a new section (27A) to the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) which provides that any provision of a zero-hours contract which prohibits a worker from...MORE >

  • Promotion to Partner for Spearing Waite’s Steve McElhone

    Leicester Law Firm, Spearing Waite LLP has promoted Corporate Associate, Steve McElhone to Partner. With more than 16 years’ experience in all aspects of corporate transactions, Steve’s work includes acquisitions, disposals and corporate fundraising as well as dealing with public...MORE >

  • Estate Agency Group Plans Flotation

    Hunters, currently  the 6th largest UK’s estate agency group, has today announced it is looking to float on AIM, the London Stock Exchange’s market for smaller growing companies later in the year – with the aim of expanding the network to over 500 offices in five...MORE >

  • Ready, Steady ….. GROW!

    The LOROS accumulator challenge 2015 officially kicked off on Wednesday 18th March.  Spearing Waite have agreed to take part with 19 other teams from local businesses and organisations who will hopefully help to make a difference to LOROS patients and their families. We each have three...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP advises Freudenberg Group on acquisition of Polymer Health Technology

    The corporate team at Spearing Waite LLP has advised The Freudenberg Group on its acquisition of Polymer Health Technology (PHT), for an undisclosed sum. Polymer Health Technology, based in Ebbw Vale, Great Britain, is a leading specialist of polyurethane foams for advanced wound care. ...MORE >

  • Historic Company Sold

    One of Leicester’s oldest established private limited companies has been sold for approximately £16m. Leicester Real Property Company Ltd (LRP Ltd) was established and incorporated in 1872, with a view to developing land in Leicester for residential housing.  The first such...MORE >

  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Young Members Group, Annual Conference November 2014 - Construction Adjudication

    The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Young Members Group, 2014 Annual Conference took place in London this year. Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) practitioners worldwide attended the interactive conference which started with an opening reception at the House of Lords and...MORE >

  • Property Specialist joins Spearing Waite LLP

    Leicester law firm, Spearing Waite LLP, has recruited Residential Conveyancing Specialist Rita Patel as an Associate to its ever increasing property team. Rita has spent 12 of the last 13 years at Freeths.  Rita acts for private individuals; companies (including off-shore); banks;...MORE >

  • Holiday Pay and Overtime

    On 4 November 2014, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) delivered a Judgment on how holiday pay should be calculated which will have a significant effect on many employers – Bear Scotland & Others v Fulton & Others. The key points of the Judgment are as follows:  ...MORE >

  • Beowulf Mining plc - Subscription, Placing and Open Offer

    The corporate team at Spearing Waite LLP has advised AIM-listed Beowulf Mining plc in connection with a £2 million capital raising. Beowulf, a mineral exploration and development company principally focused on the Kallak North and Kallak South iron ore projects in northern Sweden,...MORE >

  • A trio of appointments at Spearing Waite LLP

    Leicester law firm Spearing Waite LLP has strengthened its corporate and dispute resolution teams with three new solicitors. Hannah Carter, Tom Charnley and Hannah Tessyman, who have recently qualified as solicitors, joined the practice two years ago as trainees and have now been offered...MORE >

  • Rainbows Accumulator Challenge

    For the past three months, our trainee Solicitors have been taking part in the 'Rainbows Accumulator Challenge', all in aid of local hospice charity, Rainbows.  The charity (perhaps confused about how charities are supposed to work!) donated £50 to our trainees who then...MORE >

  • York Estate Agent expands further across Country

    York-headquartered Hunters Property Group, a 105 branch national estate and lettings agency, has agreed a merger with Hunters Group, based in the West Midlands. The two businesses will combine to oversee about 10,000 sales and lettings transactions annually. Both companies were established...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP advises Corteco on the Acquisition of Auto Suppliers Limited

    The corporate team at Spearing Waite LLP has advised Lutterworth based Corteco, the independent Automotive Aftermarket Division of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, headquartered in Germany, on its acquisition of Auto Suppliers Limited (ASL), based in Kidderminster. ASL, a family owned...MORE >

  • IPU’s new premises to support business expansion to 30 million

    IPU Group has announced plans to increase its workforce by over 40% after acquiring a new global headquarters in West Bromwich. The 55,000 sq ft premises in Cygnus Way will support the company’s ambitious business expansion plans by bringing its sales, management, manufacturing,...MORE >

  • "Caught Out" Rounders Tournament 2014

    Tuesday 15th July saw the annual Spearing Waite 'Caught Out' rounders tournament, which was held in aid of LOROS.  In a refreshing change to the event, this year we were not caught out by the weather. In fact, the weather was so good that we even saw the break-out of 'shoeless...MORE >

  • Ping Pong Anyone?

    For the 6th year running we took part in HSBC’s Annual Table Tennis Tournament, held at their Grove Park Offices, alongside 15 other teams over a four week period.  All proceeds raised from the event were going to LOROS. Teams included, Baker Tilly, BDO, KPMG, HSBC, MHA MacIntyre...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite advise on the change of ownership of Scenex

    A company which designs exhibitions for major businesses is set to expand after changing ownership. Scenex, of Enderby, creates stages and sets for companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and mobile phone giant O2 to use across the world. Rich Owen, who joined the business in 2005, has...MORE >

  • Husky Refrigerators Group Changes Hands

    The Husky Refrigerators Group, founded in 1957 and owned and managed for the last 21 years by Geoff Thomasson, has been sold to Serge Kremer.  The Husky Group is based in Lutterworth Leicestershire and designs, manufactures and distributes innovative refrigerators ranging from small...MORE >

  • Corporate Team advises on Venture Capital Investment

    Spearing Waite LLP has advised Longwall Ventures ECF LP, a venture capital provider based in Oxford, on its equity investment in OxSonics Limited. Longwall Ventures will sit alongside other investors.  The investment round is up to £2.7 million. OxSonics are a spin out from...MORE >

  • Caught Out Rounders Tournament and BBQ - 15 July 2014

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  • Corporate Department expands further with new Partner appointment

    Oliver Brookshaw has joined the Corporate Team as a Partner. Oliver brings with him over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of corporate transactions and also specialist knowledge of the financial services regime relating to corporate finance and M&A work as well as venture and...MORE >

  • The L Factor 2014

    On Thursday 27th March, Corporate Associate, Steve McElhone took part in the L Factor, Leicester’s answer to the X Factor.  Singing ACDC’s You Shook Me All Night Long, Steve rocked the O2 Academy.  Congratulations go to Steve on his performance which isn’t an easy...MORE >

  • Brokerbility acquires Leicestershire-based chartered broker Fehnert

    Brokerbility has taken a significant step towards achieving its objective of becoming a £50m gross written premium (GWP) trading business and "broker of choice" in the East Midlands, by acquiring East Midlands broker Fehnert. Market Harborough-based Fehnert, which was...MORE >

  • Hannah Carter - President of the Leicestershire Junior Lawyers’ Division for 2014

    I am delighted to have taken on the role of the President of the Leicestershire Junior Lawyers’ Division for 2014. The LJLD supports and represents young lawyers throughout Leicestershire; our membership includes undergraduate and postgraduate students, paralegals, trainees and newly...MORE >

  • To repair or not to repair? That is the question

    Disputed claims by landlords for recovery of damages for breach of a tenant’s repairing covenant at the end of a lease term (what building surveyors and lawyers call dilapidations claims) are on the rise. On the face of it, that’s surprising given the perceived reluctance in recent...MORE >

  • Pochin acquires Plumbwares in West Mids

    Leading East Midlands independent plumbing and heating merchant Pochin has acquired the West Midlands merchant Plumbwares. The deal for the Stourbridge business, completed in January [2014], is Pochin’s first in the region following years of investment in the East Midlands. Pochin...MORE >

  • Has the X Factor lost its sparkle?

    Now the X Factor is over and the celebrations for Christmas and the New Year are about to begin……. are you dreading the excessive amount of time you will have to spend at home? Has your relationship lost the X Factor? Whilst everyone around you is happy enjoying the festive...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP support Foodbank Collection

    Spearing Waite LLP were delighted to support Leicestershire Law Society & Leicester Charity Link Foodbank collection at the end of November. Leicester Charity Link started the food bank pilot at the beginning of June in response to the ever increasing demands for food. Partners and...MORE >

  • Charlotte Clarke – Emerging Professional of the year 2013

    We are delighted to announce that Charlotte Clarke, a Solicitor in our Insolvency Department, won Emerging Professional of the Year at last night’s Network LE Awards Dinner held at St Martins House in Leicester.  Congratulations Charlotte!! Charlotte commented "Thank you for...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP signs exclusive partnership with Families in Business

    Law firm Spearing Waite LLP has extended its support and service for Leicestershire’s family business sector by becoming an Exclusive Partner of Families in Business (FiB), the organisation dedicated to supporting family owned and run enterprises. The firm is the first legal practice...MORE >

  • International Partner visits China in November 2013

    Senior Partner, Tom Bower has returned from Hainan Island off the Coast of Southern China where he and the team have been defending (unsuccessfully) their Sporting Class World Golf Champions title which they won in Atlanta, Georgia in 2012. Tom said “it was tough going. The Typhoon...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite nominated for Lex 100 accolade

    The Lex 100 verdict East Midlands based Spearing Waite is recommended for its “excellent reputation for training”.  Those at the firm are happy to receive a “higher level of respect” from senior staff with a “friendly and relaxed working...MORE >

  • Trainees join the Spearing Waite Team

    Spearing Waite LLP has appointed three more trainee solicitors to its team. De Montfort University student Hartina Dulay, aged 22, obtained a first class honours degree.  Hartina remained at De Montfort to sit her LPC achieving a distinction and the award for the highest academic...MORE >

  • National Minimum Wage Increases As Of 1st October 2013

    National Minimum Wage rates increase from 1st October 2013 as follows: • Ages 16 – 17 £3.72 per hour • Ages 18 – 20 £5.03 per hour • Age 21+ £6.31 per hour Apprentices aged under 19, or in the first year of their apprenticeship will now...MORE >

  • It’s a good day for Spearing Waite LLP as the 2013 Legal 500 Rankings are announced

    Following the release of the 2013 Legal 500 Rankings, we have retained our regional heavyweight status.  The Legal 500 goes on to describe us as “a superb young, dynamic practice, with top-quality lawyers.  Spearing Waite has a growing reputation in corporate and litigation,...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP assist The White Company with their continued expansion

    The retail team at Leicester law firm Spearing Waite LLP continues to work closely with The White Company of London, having handled more than forty acquisitions on behalf of the high-end linens, furnishings, interiors and clothing retailer. This year alone, The White Company, whose focus is...MORE >

  • Associate specialising in Intellectual Property joins Spearing Waite LLP

    Leicester  law firm, Spearing Waite LLP, has recruited Intellectual Property Specialist John Buckby as an Associate. John joins the firm from Freeth Cartwright, where he was an associate in the Birmingham IP team. Prior to Freeths, John spent five years at Shakespeares (formerly...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite’s “Most Influential” and “Rising Star/Future Leader”

    September saw two Partners nominated by the Leicester Mercury, the first being one of the “Most Influential People in Leicester” and the other a “Rising Star and Future Leader in Leicestershire”.  Ashwin Mody is named under the Business Category in the Most...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP advises Reel Cinemas on Acquisition from Vue Entertainment

    A team from Leicester Law Firm Spearing Waite LLP has advised Loughborough based Reel Cinemas on the purchase of four cinemas from Vue Entertainment. Vue offered to sell the cinemas to remedy the OFT’s competition concerns following Vue’s acquisition of Apollo Cinemas. ...MORE >

  • New faces at Spearing Waite LLP

    Leicester law firm Spearing Waite LLP has strengthened its employment law and family departments with the appointment of two new solicitors. Katherine Cooke and Stephanie Kyriacou, who have recently qualified as solicitors, joined the practice two years ago as trainees and have now been...MORE >

  • Leicester professional services duo advise on IT deal

    Corporate specialists from the Leicester office of business advisers and accountants Cooper Parry and law firm Spearing Waite have advised on the sale of a specialist software system used by builders merchants and plumbers. Kettering-based Shuttleworth Business Systems has bought Border...MORE >

  • Local Law Firm Helping Young Photographers To Shine

    A groundbreaking partnership between youth charity Soft Touch Arts and law firm Spearing Waite LLP is helping four young people to set up their first photography exhibition. The group got involved with Soft Touch through the creative projects they offer which give over 1000 disadvantaged...MORE >

  • Employment Tribunal Rules Change

    29th July 2013 is a significant day for employment law changes., with the new Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2013 coming into force, along with fees for Claimants to issue a claim and go to final hearing. Claimants will have to decide whether to issue...MORE >

  • Thinking outside the box

    Seizing the profit making potential of the Patent Box regime Any opportunity to cut the rate of tax payable on profits is a welcome boost for a company. To incentivise innovation and the location of lucrative development and manufacturing jobs in the UK, corporation tax rates have been...MORE >

  • Caught Out Rounders Tournament 2013

    Thursday 27 June 2013 saw the annual instalment of the eagerly anticipated Spearing Waite LLP rounders tournament, “Caught Out”, this year in aid of Rainbows. With last years’ competition being cancelled due to the sweltering heat of the British Summer creating unsafe...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP strengthens its Commercial Property Team

    Leading Leicester law firm, Spearing Waite LLP continues its growth strategy with the appointment of Solicitor, Steve Gill who joins the Commercial Property department. This strengthens the Property team to 12 lawyers Prior to joining Spearing Waite, Steve worked at Eversheds LLP.  ...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP advises on sale of Globalwave Communications

    Loughborough based internet network provider Globalwave Communications has been snapped up by TFM Networks in a deal supported by Yorkshire Bank.  TFM, which was formed in 2003 and employs 17 staff, and Globalwave, established in 2001, operate in the managed services and networks...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP marks 20 Year Anniversary

    Leicester Law Firm, Spearing Waite LLP celebrates its 20th Birthday this month.  Founded in 1993 by the merger of two long established firms with roots dating back to the 19th century, the Practice is recognised as one of the regions’ leading independent law firms.  The...MORE >

  • Corporate Team at Spearing Waite LLP advises on Venture Capital Investment

    Spearing Waite LLP has advised Longwall Ventures ECF LP, a venture capital provider based in Oxford, on its equity investment in Oxford Photovoltaics Limited. Longwall Ventures will sit alongside existing investors. Oxford Photovoltaics are a spin out from Oxford University and are...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP advises Freudenberg Filtration Technologies on acquisition of Aquabio Limited

    The corporate team at Spearing Waite LLP has advised Freudenberg Filtration Technologies on its acquisition of Aquabio Limited for an undisclosed sum. Aquabio, based in Worcestershire, is the UK’s leading specialist in water and wastewater re-use for large scale industrial...MORE >

  • Stella English Of Apprentice Fame Loses Tribunal To Lord Sugar

    For most employment lawyers, the BBC series The Apprentice is usually a rich seam of material to illustrate what not to do during a recruitment process or when dismissing an employee. However, Employment Judge Warren has dismissed the claim of constructive unfair dismissal brought by the...MORE >

  • Amanda Badley wowed the audience at Leicester's first Y Factor

    Employment Partner, Amanda Badley, recently wowed the audience at Leicester’s first Y Factor with her performance of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep at the O2 Academy, in front of an audience of more than 600. Twelve acts of lawyers, accountants, bankers and other professionals took...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP Strengthens Dispute Resolution Team Further With Two New Appointments

    Leicester law firm, Spearing Waite LLP has continued the growth strategy of its commercial dispute resolution team with the appointment of Associate, Phillippa O’Neill and Assistant, Dipti Patel. Phillippa joins the practice from Howes Percival LLP in Leicester where she spent the last...MORE >

  • Promotion to Partner for Spearing Waite’s Jahid Ali

    Leicester Law Firm, Spearing Waite LLP has promoted Corporate Associate, Jahid Ali, to Partner. With more than 8 years’ experience in all aspects of corporate transactions, Jahid specialises in private equity and venture capital transactions as well as mergers and acquisitions. ...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP advises on sale of Steer Tyres

    Leicestershire based Steer Tyres, a tyre dealership operating from two sites in Coalville and Lutterworth has been sold to Tanvic Group Limited, one of the UK’s largest independent automotive aftermarket suppliers, operating across the Midlands and East Anglia. Spearing Waite’s...MORE >

  • Delta Global Source Exceeds Expectations and Re-locates

    Leicestershire based Delta Global Source has exceeded personal targets and moved into a 35,000 sq. ft. office and warehouse facility in Blaby and were advised on the deal by Spearing Waite LLP. Started in 2007 as the economy took a turn for the worse, the retail sector was adversely...MORE >

  • The European Court Of Human Rights Rules On Discrimination On The Grounds Of Religion

    The European Court of Justice decision in the joint case of Ladele and McFarlane v. United Kingdom and Eweida and Chaplin v. United Kingdom finally reached judgment last week, on the issue of whether four employees (of different employers) suffered discrimination at work due to their Christian...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP advises on £40m Venture Capital Fund

    Spearing Waite LLP has advised Longwall Ventures Enterprise Capital Fund, a venture capital provider based in Oxford, on its £40m fund raise. The fund comprises £25m of government investment (through its fund of funds manager, Capital For Enterprise Limited) alongside £15m from...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP strengthens Corporate Team yet further with new Assistant

    We have continued our growth strategy of the corporate team with the appointment of assistant James Maynard.  James joins the practice from Dickinson Dees LLP in Newcastle upon Tyne.  James has particular expertise in the biotechnology sector.  James attained a first class...MORE >

  • “I can’t come to work today because of the snow” – that’s snow excuse!

    So what should an employer do if an employee says they cannot attend work? •   Treat all employees consistently. Consistency promotes fairness and will help maintain good employee relations, as well as assist in avoiding any unwanted claims of unlawful...MORE >

  • Congratulations to our client Igloo who has won a place in the latest Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100

    Igloo is one of 14 companies from the Midlands who have earned places on the 16th annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100, which ranks Britain’s privately-owned companies with the fastest-growing sales over the last three years, and is published this weekend. The 14 companies,...MORE >

  • Government Cuts Redundancy Period To 45 Days

    Yesterday, the Government confirmed its plans to cut the 90 day consultation period required for large scale redundancies. The current position is that businesses must consult with staff for a minimum of 30 days before making more than 20 staff redundant, or 90 days when 100 or more jobs are...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP Partners receive Chambers & Partners plaudits

    Two Partners at Leicester Law Firm, Spearing Waite LLP have been given personal recommendations in the 2012 edition of Chamber & Partners. Tom Bower, Senior Partner & Head of Commercial Property has been ranked in Band 1 for Real Estate which is the top accolade, as follows: Head...MORE >

  • Kate Blank acts for Ridgway Machines on its new finance package

    Kate Blank, Head of Business Services, was delighted to act for Ridgway Machines Limited on its new finance package of £700,000 from Santander under its new “Breakthrough” scheme.  The investment will enable the company to continue its recent expansion (which involved the...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP advise on Administration of Schlegel Automotive Europe Ltd

    Spearing Waite LLP’s Insolvency Partner, Ashwin Mody and his team are advising the Administrator, Situl Devji Raithatha of Springfields Business Recovery and Insolvency Limited after Leicestershire-based Schlegel Automotive Europe Ltd entered administration. Mr Raithatha was appointed...MORE >

  • Blott's Stationery a funky new entrant into the stationery arena

    Blott is a funky new entrant into the stationery arena, describing itself as the, “bright-eyed and bushy tailed newcomer that is adding zestt to the UK High Street. With design at the heart of the brand, Blott’s stationery demonstrates a perfect marriage between form and function,...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP advises Global Oil & Gas supplier on acquisition

    Freudenberg Oil & Gas, a global solutions provider to the oil and gas industry, has acquired Scott-Matrix Ltd, a Newcastle based manufacturer of elastomeric sealing solutions.  Scott-Matrix is known for its custom manufacturing service for a wide range of products for the upstream oil...MORE >

  • 2012 Legal 500 Review

    Spearing Waite LLP has been recommended as a TOP TIER FIRM in 1 practice area: EAST MIDLANDS - Real estate - Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands Spearing Waite LLP has also been recommended in the following 9 practice areas:  EAST MIDLANDS - Corporate and...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP reach Regional Heavyweight Status

    Leicester Law Firm, Spearing Waite LLP have been given Regional Heavyweight Status in the East Midlands by The Legal 500 2012 edition, alongside some of the major national and multi-office firms.  Published for over twenty years, the Legal 500 is regarded as a clients guide to the best law...MORE >

  • Martin Smith named as one of Leicester’s Rising Stars

    Martin Smith has been named as one of Leicester’s Rising Stars by the Leicester Mercury “The 36 year old was promoted to a full equity partner at the city firm this year. Mr Smith, who heads the firm’s corporate team, joined in January 2009 after relocating from...MORE >

  • Ashwin Mody named as one of the most influential people in Leicestershire

    Ashwin Mody has been named as one of the most influential people in Leicestershire by the Leicester Mercury publication “The Most Influential People in Leicestershire”.  “He is an expert on legal issues surrounding insolvencies.  His work at the Leicester law firm...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP strengthens its Corporate Team further with new Associate

    Leicester law firm, Spearing Waite LLP has continued the growth strategy of its corporate team with the appointment of associate Stephen McElhone. Stephen joins the practice from Harvey Ingram LLP where he spent the last six years, having worked at Hewitsons in Cambridge prior to...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP welcomes three new trainees

    Spearing Waite LLP in Leicester has appointed trainee solicitors Hannah Carter, Thomas Charnley and Hannah Tessyman. University of East Anglia graduate, Hannah Carter, aged 23 studied English Literature before converting to law by studying the GDL at De Montfort University where she gained a...MORE >

  • Rounders Tournament

    Unfortunately, due to the weather, the Rounders Tournament in aid of Rainbows which was due to take place on Thursday 12th July has had to be cancelled, and will now take place on Thursday 6th September. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you would like further clarification...MORE >

  • Corporate Department has a strong year on deal activity

    The corporate department has overseen a marked increase in the demand for its corporate deal services during the financial year ending March 2012. During this period, the team has advised on over 50 transactions with a total value in excess of £100 million and has seen a 37.5% increase in...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP advises on the sale of Meciria Limited

    Oxford Technology ECF, a leading venture capital provider based in Oxford, has disposed, alongside other sellers, of its shareholding in Meciria Limited. The deal involved the majority of the sellers disposing of their entire interest for an amount in excess of £16m with the management...MORE >

  • Attack on Pensions - Fair or Unfair?

    Raithatha v Williamson - decision of the High Court The decision of B Livesey QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court) handed down today 4th April 2012 in Raithatha (as trustee in bankruptcy) v Michael Roy Williamson (a bankrupt) 6349 of 2011) will change the way that trustees in...MORE >

  • Promotion for Nisha Gohel to Associate

    With effect from Wednesday 11th January 2012, we have promoted Commercial Property Solicitor Nisha Gohel to Associate. Nisha has more than 12 years’ experience working for clients in the Midlands and UK retail property sector and joined the Commercial Property team in January 2010....MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP advises Thomas May & Co on their acquisition by Grant Thornton UK LLP

    We have recently advised leading Leicester Accountancy Practice Thomas May & Co on their acquisition by Grant Thornton UK LLP. All 38 people at Thomas May are joining Grant Thornton at its Leicester office, making it the largest accountancy practice in Leicester. The team was led by...MORE >

  • New Property Litigation Partner

    Property Litigation partner Michael Lawrence has joined us from leading Midlands law firm Martineau in Birmingham. The move marks a return to the East Midlands for Michael who previously worked for Gateley Wareing and Freeth Cartwright in Leicester. Michael was with Martineau for seven...MORE >

  • We report an increased demand for intellectual property, branding and sponsorship advice

    The Business Services Team here at Spearing Waite LLP are seeing a marked increase in demand for its specialist intellectual property, brand protection and sponsorship agreements expertise. Our dedicated business services team has Leicester City Football Club as one of its clients and also...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite LLP advises national estate agency chain Connells on acquisition

    We have recently advised leading national UK estate agency chain Connells on a significant strategic acquisition. Connells, with LSL Property Services Plc (LSL), has acquired an interest in Legal Marketing Services (LMS) and LMS Direct Conveyancing Limited (LMS FC) through an investment in...MORE >

  • Promotion for Lindsey Atterbury to Partner

    With effect from 1st April 2011, we have promoted Wills, Probate and Trusts solicitor Lindsey Atterbury to partner. Lindsey joined the practice six years ago after two years with solicitors Band Hatton in Coventry and 14 years with New Walk firm Harvey Ingram. Lindsey began her career as...MORE >

  • New Addition to the Corporate & Business Services Team

    Hannah Parker has joined the Corporate and Business Services team after qualifying as a solicitor. Hannah, aged 25, originally joined us as a paralegal after graduating with a First Class Honours Degree from King’s College, London. After working with us for a year, she returned to...MORE >

  • The White Company

    We have been assisting upmarket retailer The White Company to successfully pursue its nationwide store opening programme. The high quality homewares retailer have been advised by our property team on all its recent store acquisitions, including the nine new stores it opened last year and its...MORE >

  • New Corporate Associate

    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jahid Ali as an Associate. Jahid joins us from City law firm S J Berwin LLP. Prior to that he worked for Eversheds LLP in Nottingham. With more than six years experience in all aspects of corporate transactions, Jahid specialises in private...MORE >

  • Managing Partner completes End to End in a Weekend in Thomas May Executive Quest

    Combining enthusiasm for travel with a love of photography enabled Jonathan to come up with a novel way of raising funds for charity. Jonathan recently completed End to End in a Weekend – driving from Land’s End to John O’Groats in two days and taking pictures of well loved...MORE >

  • Martin Smith raises £1100 for children’s charity in iconic cycling challenge

    Martin Smith, corporate partner, undertook the London to Paris bike ride in aid of Action Medical Research, cycling 328 miles in just four days. This annual event attracted more than 700 keen amateur cyclists from across Britain who between them helped raise more than £1 million for...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite hosts black tie ball in aid of LOROS

    We hosted a black tie ball recently which raised more than £12,000 in aid of LOROS. The event, which attracted over 130 people, was sponsored by Strategies 4 Tax – a partnership between Leicester financial advisers Berkeley Burke and chartered accountants Sharman Fielding. ...MORE >

  • Spearing Waite hosts rounders tournament in aid of Vantis Corporate Challenge

    Sixteen local businesses have shown themselves to be big hitters for charity after taking part in a rounders tournament hosted by Leicester law firm Spearing Waite. The event, held at Leicestershire County Cricket Ground, raised £3,000 for the Vantis Corporate Challenge. And,...MORE >

  • Assisting with the annual poppy appeal

    Both partners and staff played an important role in this year’s Royal British Legion annual poppy appeal. After answering a call for volunteers from Leicestershire Law Society, 25 members of staff gave up their lunch breaks over two weeks to sell poppies. And such was our success...MORE >

  • Have a look at our artistic ability

    Twelve of our lawyers donned their overalls recently and set to work painting Ratby Church Rooms as part of a community challenge for Leicestershire Cares. The team of partners and solicitors spent several hours over three Saturdays redecorating the rooms, one of which serves as a...MORE >

  • Corporate Relay Challenge

    Spearing Waite took part in the Freeth Cartwright Corporate Relay Challenge on Sunday 11 October 2009.  After coming second last year, the pressure was on.  Seb Walker, Shellie Rhodes and David Gorley (pictured below) took on the challenge with one runner down, so David ran two legs...MORE >

  • 2009 Legal 500 Review

    The Legal 500 reviews were out during the week commencing 14 September 2009 and we are more than pleased with the ratings that we have received in some of the categories.  Below are a few quotes: Commercial Property - The "first-rate" team at Spearing Waite which is placed in...MORE >

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