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Law for Business

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02 MAY 2013

Law for Business Contributors

Law for Business Contributors

Nigel Banerjee

Nigel teaches company law at King's College London. He was formerly a corporate professional support lawyer in the City, and has written extensively on company law issues for a number of years. Areas in which he has a particular interest include directors' duties, corporate decision-making and company constitutions.

Nigel Banerjee can be contacted at nigel.banerjee@kcl.ac.uk.

Andrew Bretherton

Andrew studied law at Oxford University and is head of corporate at Candey LLP. He is personally recommended in the Legal 500 for his merger and acquisition work and was a key member of the team which won the Enterprise Investment Scheme legal adviser of the year award for 2010/11. For more information please contact Andrew Bretherton at Candey LLP on 020 3328 7779 or abretherton@candeyllp.com.

Rosalind Connor

Rosalind is a partner in the Employment and Pensions Practice and she specialises in pensions law.

Rosalind has many years experience advising companies, trustees and administrators on the issues relating to the management and closure of pension schemes, as well as the issues that arise in relation to pensions on transactions and restructuring. Her clients include listed UK, European and global companies, private businesses and charities. Recent examples of Rosalind's includes:

  • advising a large UK group of companies on the closure of four defined benefit pension schemes to accrual, including management of the communications process, consultation with employees and negotiation with the various trustee bodies
  • negotiating on behalf of a global client with two sets of trustees on the merger of their pension schemes
  • advising a global group of companies on the UK pensions issues on its restructuring, negotiating with four sets of trustees, the Pensions Regulator, the Pension Protection Fund, UK and overseas lenders, trades unions and US creditor committees to provide a cutting edge structure which has since become widely followed in similar situations - advising the trustees of the pension scheme of a charity on a bulk transfer from a larger charitable scheme.

Rosalind trained at the City firm of Gouldens, qualifying in 1998, after which Gouldens merged into the international firm of Jones Day where she joined the partnership. Rosalind moved to Taylor Wessing to join the pensions team in early 2012.

Rosalind has always specialised in pensions law and is an active member of the Association of Pensions Law, sitting on its international committee and speaking regularly at conferences and seminars for the association. She is also a fellow of the Pensions Management Institute and is secretary and vice-chair of its London Group. Rosalind speaks at a range of conferences, has had articles published and been interviewed by the press on a wide range of pensions issues and is the co-author of a book, Global Issues in Employee Benefits Law.

For further information please contact:
Email: r.connor @taylorwessing.com

David Impey

A specialist company and business law solicitor for 28 years, David now concentrates on conceiving, writing, designing and developing business law materials and resources - particularly online and interactive resources - to help businesses with legal issues and problems.

David also speaks on business law issues, and is co-author of Jordans publications 'Running a Limited Company', 'The Company Director' and 'The Law of Company Meetings'. He is also a contributor to the major loose-leaf 'Jordans Company Administration and Governance'.

A former Legal Director of Jordans, and then (after adding a Marketing MA with distinction to his Oxford law degree) UK Marketing Director, David was also a start-up and small business owner himself for four years, specialising in helping regional law firms identify and overcome the barriers stopping them from implementing their strategic and marketing plans effectively.

Dr John Mellor

Dr John Mellor has specialised in governance since the Cadbury Report on Corporate Governance in 1992. A former international corporate banker with Citigroup, he is Founder of the Foundation for Governance Research and Education (FGRE) and, as Director of Projects, recently directed and co-authored “An Investigation into Stewardship”, published in 2011.

He is the author of “Practical Corporate Governance for Smaller Quoted Companies”, published by Jordan Publishing and due to move into its second edition later in 2012. John is a Visiting Lecturer on Banking Governance on the BPP University College International Banking Law LL.M Programme. He was for nine years a Visiting Professor in Corporate Governance at the University West of England and has close links with other universities.

Peter van Duzer

Peter Van Duzer is a non-practising solicitor and company secretary who provides company secretarial services through his business PV Solutions. He is author of Companies Act 2006 – A Guide for Private Companies (2nd edition), co-author of Jordans Company Secretarial Precedents (6th edition) and contributor to Jordans Company Administration and Governance. Peter acts as company secretary for companies, provides consultancy services to company secretarial providers and frequently conducts courses and writes on the Companies Act 2006 and company secretarial matters. His previous roles included senior manager in the company secretarial team at PricewaterhouseCoopers and company secretary and senior solicitor of Jordans Ltd.

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa is a business lawyer with over 20 years experience, 13 of which have been spent as a partner in leading London law firms. She has established and grown corporate/commercial departments as well as participating at board level with particular responsibility for finance and HR strategy.

he has acted on transactions ranging from multi-million pound international acquisitions to business start-ups. She particularly enjoys working along-side owner managers helping them grow and develop their business.

Vanessa is the author of “Due Diligence: A Practical Guide” published by Jordans (second edition due in 2013), she speaks regularly at national and international conferences on business law and is a visiting lecturer for the University of West of England Law Faculty.

In addition to her experience in running law firms, Vanessa is herself an entrepreneur. In response to the recession, she set up and continues to run Across the Board, a practical governance advisory service aiming to maximise performance and minimise risk within organisations. She has run an investment network matching businesses with sources of funding and in collaboration with ActionCoach she helps management teams get “investor ready”. She now works as an independent business consultant and non-executive director as well as being a company commercial consultant solicitor within ExcelloLaw.

Vanessa is also a director of the Women of the Year Lunch and its associated charity which recognises the achievements of women across all sectors at an annual lunch and works actively within a number of wildlife charities.

Vanessa is married and divides her time between London during the week and her main home in the Brecon Beacons of Wales during the weekend, when she spends time with her husband and the family pets. Away from work, she is passionate about rugby, following Wales and the Cardiff Blues. She enjoys walking her deerhound dogs in the Brecon Beacons as well as following the art and music scenes in Cardiff and London. Since her husband is an archaeologist, she spends the rest of her spare time visiting piles of rocks and ruins.

Vanessa can be contacted at vwilliams@excellolaw.co.uk and on 07425 873030

Kate Anthony Wilkinson

Kate is an Solicitor with over 20 years experience in private practice and industry. Kate was a corporate finance associate with Osborne Clarke when she made her first foray into industry as European Counsel for Lawson Mardon Packaging. From there, Kate became Head of Legal and Company Secretary for British Alcan Aluminium Plc, then with Rio Tinto plc and more recently as General Counsel for Amcor Flexibles. She is currently Head of Group Legal and Company Secretary of Mulberry Group Plc.

Kate has experience as a Pension Trustee and Secretary for a number of large pension plans and is also a voluntary Trustee and Company Secretary of The Concorde Trust charity. Kate's commerial legal experience therefore ranges from packaging to mining; aluminum production to luxury leather goods; pensions to property; compliance obigtaions to employment issues - with doses of intellectual property and Board issues thrown in on the way. Kate writes articles on a variety of subjects for on-line publication and is also a associate lecturer at the Jersey International Business School.

Ashan Arif

Ashan specialises in corporate and company law, handling a full range of corporate matters for clients ranging from business start-ups to multinational organisations.

Ashan’s practice covers all aspects of corporate law including acquisitions, mergers, disposals, re-organisations, private equity transactions, shareholders agreements, banking, finance and general company issues.

In addition, Ashan also oversees Forbury Business Club (www.forburybusinessclub.com), which encourages and supports new enterprises, by providing legal services that are easy to access, low cost and business focussed.

E-mail: aarif@clarkslegal.com



Clarkslegal LLP is a leading commercial law firm with offices in London, Reading, Cardiff and Swansea. Whilst we act for a number of multinationals and FTSE 250 clients, our core clients are SMEs and owner managed businesses.

We are genuinely different from other law firms. At Clarkslegal we understand that clients face new challenges, opportunities and problems. We know that clients want advisers that are flexible and who take a balanced commercial approach.

Our lawyers deliver accurate and well rounded advice. They are at a considerable advantage to other lawyers because they work in a multi-disciplinary environment. Our offices also host the consultants and scientists working for our subsidiary HR and Environmental consultancies, Forbury People and Forbury Environmental as well as our investment network, Forbury Investment Network. This means that our people work in a highly innovative, commercial environment, which is a world away from that of a traditional law firm.

We believe in providing services that fit the needs of our clients and have a strong commitment to developing early stage clients. We therefore operate Employmentbuddy (www.employmentbuddy.com), which offers online support in respect of HR and employment law issues and Forbury Business Club (www.forburybusinessclub.com), which offers legal services that are easy to access, low cost and business focussed. Both are for a moderate fixed price subscription. Of particular value to many of our clients have been the Forbury Investment Network (www.forburyinvestmentnetwork.com) which seeks to facilitate investment in early and growth stage businesses and Forbury People (www.forburypeople.com) which provides HR professional on project or part-time basis.

Our innovative approach is not just limited to providing a more diverse range of services to that of the traditional law firm. Improving the process of providing legal advice to our clients is also a core part of our strategy. Modern technology has enabled us to provide a properly supervised and seamless service wherever the work needs doing. We can accordingly handle local cases throughout the UK in a timely and cost effective way.

Internationally, Clarkslegal is part of TAGLaw, a major global network of law firms comprising over 7,500 lawyers giving clients access to high-quality legal advice in nearly 100 countries.


About Lockton:

Lockton act for wide spectrum of companies and have secured a significant market share (over $13bn premium placed into the market).

Lockton is the largest independent, privately owned, global insurance broker and employs more than 3,800 people. Lockton delivers services throughout the world to businesses of all sizes, as well as individual clients. It was founded by Jack Lockton in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, in 1966 and from a modest, home-based insurance agency, has become one of the largest insurance brokers in the world.

Unique in the brokerage business for its ability to grow organically through increased sales and superior service, the Lockton organisation has been fortunate to have attracted and hired a continuous flow of the best talent from across the insurance industry. These associates have been charged with the responsibility of marketing our value proposition to prospective clients and assuring that existing clients receive the service they were promised. Client retention rates which are the envy of our industry speak louder than words as testimony that Lockton is meeting and often exceeding the expectation of our clients.

Today, with 8 offices in the UK and Ireland, 20 U.S. offices and a further 18 across Europe, Asia, Latin America and Bermuda, we rank as the largest privately held global broker and the 10th largest in the world. For more information about Lockton, visit www.Lockton.com.


Guildhall Chambers

Employment barristers at Guildhall Chambers provide guest articles on key issues in employment law in practice. Guildhall Chambers has developed a formidable reputation as a leading set nationally in recent years, from a long-standing position as the leading set in the South West. 2011 in particular brought the title of "Regional Set of the Year" at the Chambers Bar Awards, swiftly followed by chambers becoming the first regional set to win the national "Chambers of the Year" award at Legal Week's British Legal Awards.

The Guildhall Employment Team is no exception to those high standards, offering a depth of expertise and quality of service to rival the best of its London-based competitors. All members of the team are recommended in the Legal 500 and/or Chambers UK, and two hold appointments to the Attorney General's Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

We provide specialist advocacy and advisory services across all aspects of employment, discrimination and collective labour law, including breach of confidence, restrictive covenant disputes and injunctive relief (which is also an area offered by members of our renowned Commercial Team).

We are instructed for employers and employees alike, by a variety of firms and organisations including local authorities, central government departments and leading regional and city firms, as well as smaller local firms that appreciate the team's approachability and quality of service.

While we practise primarily in the South and South West, Wales, the Midlands, the M4 corridor and London, work is undertaken throughout the whole of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Appellate work is undertaken in the EAT and above, and cases are also conducted in the County and High Courts.

Members of the team are active in the Employment Lawyers' Association and frequently deliver lectures and seminars on its behalf. In addition, the team has its own seminar programme which runs throughout the year. Requests for bespoke in-house training or seminars are welcomed.

For further information relating to the Employment Team please contact Justin Emmett on 0117 930 9000 or email justin.emmett@guildhallchambers.co.uk.



Veale Wasborough Vizards

Veale Wasborough Vizards is recognised for excellence in specific sectors and for its established commitment to training, teamwork and approachability.

Our goal is to help our clients succeed, through high standards, technical expertise, a creative approach, and our commitment to our people.

We act nationally for clients in the education and charities, healthcare, public and family owned business sectors as well as offering a wide range of services you would expect to see from a commercial law firm. We also offer a dedicated service to private clients.

Contributors for Law for Business:

Michael Halsey

Michael is a Senior Associate in the Employment team and a member of the family business team. Michael acts for a number of family businesses as well as other employers in the public and private sector, on the day to day HR issues they face, including disciplinaries, grievances, TUPE transfers, contractual issues and dismissals. Michael also undertakes advocacy in the Employment Tribunal and speaks regularly at client seminars. He also provides in-house training. He has published articles in the New Law Journal and Tolley's Employment Newsletter and prepared the employment section of Tolley's Company Secretary Review. mhalsey@vwv.co.uk

Julia Hardy

Julia is an Associate in the Private Client team and specialises in contentious probate matters involving disputes arising out of Wills, estate administration and trusts. Julia is a member of the Family Business Team and advises family businesses particularly in respect of succession disputes relating to passing on the business and other family assets. jhardy@vwv.co.uk

Emma Bradley

Emma is a Senior Associate in Corporate Tax, sitting within the Corporate team and is a member of the family business team. Emma specialises in the tax aspects of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations and winding up. With a background in private client tax planning, Emma is ideally placed to advise on the tax aspects of structuring for family / owner managed businesses including those with associated family trusts. ebradley@vwv.co.uk

Nicholas Smith

Nick leads the family business team at Veale Wasbrough Vizards which consists of approximately 20 specialist lawyers from across the firm dedicated to providing a comprehensive service to family owned businesses. The team advises on succession planning, governance, ownership and structuring matters in addition to day to providing day to day legal support on business and private wealth issues. Nick is currently involved in a number of complex family business succession planning and governance projects. Nick regularly speaks and writes on family business matters and lectures fellow professionals on family business dynamics . He is a fellow of the International Centre for Families in Business and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal for Family Business Management. nsmith@vwv.co.uk

Sally Rushton

Sally is a Senior Associate in the Private Client team and a member of the family business team. Sally has specialised in family law for over 18 years. She has particular experience in dealing with all forms of family disputes including divorce, ancillary relief, co ownership disputes and Inheritance Act claims. Sally is a member of Resolution the professional body for quality family practitioners. srushton@vwv.co.uk

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