Our corporate lawyers will get you the right deal and protect your business, now and in the future.

‘Your business moves with the times, and you’ll want experienced commercial lawyers on your side to keep your present and future secure’

Your company structure and contracts with clients and suppliers form the foundation of what you do. You will need the advice of experienced corporate lawyers to help you keep that foundation safe and solid. Our commercial lawyers will work with you to have a thorough understanding of your business to provide the best advice.

Commercial lawyers on your side

We will work with you to provide solutions that are commercially astute and cost effective. Our corporate lawyers are experts in the following areas:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
    Whether you are thinking of making an acquisition or considering selling off a subsidiary, a division or the whole company, our corporate lawyers can help you with transactions of all values. Find out more.
  • Restructuring and reorganisation
    We have a wealth of experience with restructuring and reorganising companies in situations where the current structure no longer matches the commercial reality of the business.
  • Lending and re-financing
    As corporate lawyers, we provide advice both to borrowers and banks in relation to finance matters, be it carrying out due diligence and drafting facility documentation or negotiating and project managing a company’s refinancing. Find out more.
  • Commercial contracts
    We can advise on contracts proposed by your clients or suppliers or draft bespoke contracts for your new business opportunity. Whatever the contract, we can guarantee full cost transparency either with an annual retainer or on a contract by contract basis. Find out more.
  • Technology & Media sector expertise
    We provide advice on branding, intellectual property and IT law. Find out more.

We believe in working closely with you and other professionals and have strong links with accountants and banks to ensure that you are provided with advice which meets your needs.


What are our corporate lawyers famous for?

“What the team is known for: Acts for a range of clients, including large owner-managed businesses and plcs, in corporate reorganisations, sales and a variety of other corporate and private equity-backed transactions. Sector specialisms include technology, financial services and healthcare. Strengths: One source says: “They are extremely personable, efficient and considerate of our requirements.” Work highlights: Advised an operator of 18 care homes across the South of England on the sale of its business to OHI UK Healthcare Properties for approximately £90 million. Notable practitioners: Katharine Mortimer (Band 3)  leads the corporate team in Bath and deals with M&A transactions, MBOs and corporate restructurings.Commentators praise her “excellent commercial knowledge” and “fantastic service.” James Worrall (Up and coming) is experienced advising on both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. He is commended for his “depth of knowledge” by market commentators. He has particular expertise in the financial services and technology sectors.” Chambers 2019 South West

“Associate Rishi Ladwa (Associate to watch) of Royds Withy King has “a commercial and corporate knowledge and personable approach that makes him a pleasure to deal with,” according to clients. He is known for his strong corporate transactional practice.” Chambers 2017 Thames Valley

“‘A go-to team for owner-managed and smaller listed companies’, Royds Withy King is ‘one of the best options, locally, when balancing cost and quality’. Headed by Katharine Mortimer, the sector-driven team has particular experience in the financial services, technology and healthcare sectors. Mortimer assisted a listed environmental sustainability consultant with a high-value corporate restructuring, and is also instructed by a Dutch-listed corporate with a multibillion-euro annual turnover. In one of the team’s flagship highlights, Hazel Phillips and highly recommended senior associate James Worrall acted for the sellers of Gold Care Holdings in connection to the £90m acquisition of the company by OHI UK Healthcare Properties, a subsidiary of a US REIT. Senior associate Rishi Ladwa is ‘down to earth’ and makes himself ‘very available to clients’. Solicitors Natalie Jones and Janetta Barrett joined the team from Knights Professional Services Limited and Lyons Davidson, respectively.” Legal 500 2018 South West

“Royds Withy King’s team is recommended for its ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ solicitors, who exhibit ‘impeccable attention to detail’. Corporate team head John North possesses over 25 years’ experience in a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions, with expertise in joint ventures, reorganisations, and publishing and media contracts. Solicitor Jennifer Sampson is recommended for her ‘attention to detail and explanation of issues’. Sampson notably advised Oxford Genetics on the negotiation of an investment agreement and assisted the client with the disclosure exercise and amendment to its constitutional documents pursuant to the investment terms. Other clients of the firm include HSBC, Invest UK and Oxford Ventures. Iain Butler joined in March 2018 from Shoosmiths LLP.” Legal 500 2018 South East


Normally, you sell your business only once. Unless you have the experience of the complicated intricacies and legalities of business sales it is essential to be able to put your trust in the hands of a reputable, experienced third party. Royds Withy King were that third party for us and we at no time had any regrets in making that decision.
Major Dick Barton - Former Owner of Ferfoot Nursing Home, Chippenham

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