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ROYTHORNES

BUSINESS SERVICES

Supporting business decisions Guiding business growth


The Roythornes

Business Team Our Business Team delivers a range of legal skills and experience which supports client needs throughout the UK and beyond. Knowledge and experience Roythornes Business Team handles everything from complex multi-million pound business transactions through to sole traders. Clients benefit from the knowledge gained over many years of experience in a broad range of commercial sectors and in undertaking work for government establishments and utilities. We are also experienced in undertaking a broad range of international work. Heavyweight expertise Roythornes has an enviable reputation for its heavyweight commercial litigation practice. The Team has commercial litigation partners within its membership. This brings closer to the negotiation table, the experience of disputes and claims thereby assisting all lawyers in the Team to help steer clients away from future difficulties. A real world view We have a commitment to adding value to our clients' businesses and are very aware that deadlines matter. Attention to detail is important but so is maintaining a pace of progress which reflects a client's needs within the real world within which they operate. Our solicitors know that their task is to lead clients through stressful and complex processes by taking care to identify solutions and to facilitate, not frustrate, progress.

Our range of services • Business rescue • Acquisitions and disposals • Management buy-outs/buy-ins • Company formation • Mergers, demergers and company restructures • Joint ventures • Franchises and franchise agreements • Partnerships • Shareholder/investor agreements • Intellectual property

• Distribution and Agency agreements • Funding and security • Company secretarial support • International ventures and agreements • Commercial agencies • Corporate governance • Directors' duties • Commercial contracts • Share incentive schemes • Business start ups


What we do Recent work undertaken by the Business team • Acting for a large commercial property developer in its group reorganisation and restructuring which included the refinancing of the group and a rights issue of shares. • Advising a UK based company on agency agreements for marketing products through a European distribution network, granting agencies within specific territories for the sale of products and the establishment of commission structures • Advising a national homebuilder in the renegotiation of its banking facilities and funding arrangements. • Working on the incorporation of a number of professional firms as limited liability partnerships and drafting the partnership agreements. • Negotiating and concluding the terms of a commercial manufacturing and distribution agreement with a large international food provider. • Reorganisation and demerger of a large retail outlet to create two new standalone businesses. • Drafting the terms of a commercial agreement between the members of a co-operative organisation in the sugar beet sector. • Advising on and implementing the buyback of shares in a number of companies to enable shareholders to exit the

Specialist sectors Food We have considerable knowledge of the food sector. This can be of particular help when dealing with business sales, acquisitions and joint ventures. Property Roythornes has a considerable team of property lawyers which acts for many major landowners, developers and social landlords. International Roythornes' client base is active around the world. Work undertaken includes commercial contracts, terms and conditions, agency and distribution agreements, brand licensing, shipping and carriage agreements.

businesses and capture capital payments from the companies in the most tax efficient manner available. • Acting at very short notice in the purchase of a failing school which was going into administration. The purchase was completed within a week of taking initial instructions. • Guiding the remaining directors through the process of the retirement of the founder shareholder and director of a large insurance broker and then negotiating and drafting the terms of the purchase of a shareholding in the company by a national insurance broker. • Specifically within the food sector, drafting the relevant documentation to enable producer organisations to be incorporated and recognised by the RPA to enable grant aid to be paid to them.

Business Rescue and Insolvency Our team includes solicitors with considerable experience in business rescue and insolvency work. Charities Roythornes acts for and supports a number of charities who are active throughout the country. Renewables We act for land owners, suppliers and consultants who are identifying and implementing both large scale and smaller projects within the renewable energy sector. Warehousing and distribution We have considerable experience advising end users, suppliers and systems integrators in the warehousing and distribution sector.


Meet the Team Roythornes is a top 200 law firm with a strong reputation. From four offices we act for a wide range of businesses and individuals, taking a pragmatic and business focused approach to the challenges they face. Services for Businesses • Business rescue and insolvency • Business sales and purchases • Company start-ups • Compromise agreements • Debt recovery • Distribution/agency agreements • Dispute resolution and litigation • Employment for businesses • Environment • Planning for business • Property development • Restructuring Specialist Sectors • International • Food • Agriculture • Charities • Social Housing • Environmental Offices: Nottingham Spalding Peterborough Newmarket

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www.roythornes.co.uk This publication is for guidance only and does not constitute legal advice. You should always seek professional advice before making decision of a legal nature. Roythornes LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC343074. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Registered office Enterprise Way, Pinchbeck, Spalding PE11 3YR. We use the word ‘Partner’ to refer to a member of the LLP or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications. Refer to www.roythornes.co.uk for additional legal information. February 2012.

Peter Bennett has been a partner at the firm since 1981and has extensive experience in dealing with a wide range of commercial issues and contracts including cross-border work. Peter advises the team in connection with partnership issues, shareholder disputes and employment law, and has wide experience of commercial agencies. He has a particular understanding of the agricultural and food sector. t : 01775 842559 e: peterbennett@roythornes.co.uk

Deborah Brown has been committed to corporate and commercial work since qualifying as a solicitor. She became a partner of the firm in 2011. Deborah's work involves a full range of corporate services but worth a mention is her knowledge and experience of merger, demerger and restructuring and her particular experience in the food and farming sectors. t: 01775 842583 e: deborahbrown@roythornes.co.uk

Martin Jinks qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and became a Roythornes partner in 2011. He is a corporate and commercial lawyer with significant experience in a wide range of transactional and non-transactional work. Martin brings a highly practical and commercially focused approach to the handling of client issues. Martin has particular expertise in the outsourcing of services and the implementation of large-scale automation projects. t: 01775 842636 e: martinjinks@roythornes.co.uk John Cameron has an employment case load providing comprehensive advice on developing policies and procedures including restructuring and organisational change. Acting for both employers and employees gives him a unique and valuable insight into employment issues. He often acts in employment litigation and as a result can provide assistance and guidance as to what pitfalls there are when drafting such policies and procedures. t: 01775 842564 e: johncameron@roythornes.co.uk Mike Matthews joined the firm in 2010 and provides valuable back up to the team to add depth to the work they undertake. His experience covers working with a wide range of businesses from sole traders to large commercial concerns. t: 01775 842606 e: michaelmatthews@roythornes.co.uk


Roythornes Business Services