“Competent corporate lawyers are thin on the ground around here - what a relief to find one so close to home".
Our highly regarded company/commercial department is probably the strongest the South West has ever seen and reflects the growing importance of the far South West as a thriving business region to rival the more traditional strongholds to the East. Our friendly and approachable team advise a wide range of clients from start-ups to large international corporations including public and private companies, charities, and financial institutions.
Our client focused approach and commercial acumen allows us to deliver the pragmatic service that our clients appreciate. We help to guide our clients through the complex and often sensitive areas of corporate business transactions along with all commercial aspects of running a business. Our aim is to provide you with a premium and cost effective solution tailored to your individual business needs. We work hard at building an open relationship with our clients and pride ourselves on offering straight talking commercial advice. With us you know exactly where you are.
The team has genuine international expertise that is more normally associated with the City based giants of the legal world. We offer a range of specialist corporate law services as demanded by our clients whatever the size, nature and complexity of their matter may be.
Our specialist team advises on all aspects of company/commercial business transactions at all levels including:
- Business Sales and Purchases
- Share and Asset Sales and Purchases
- Public and Private Mergers and Acquisitions
- Group re-organisations
- Management Buy-outs/Buy-ins
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Governance
- Private Equity/Venture Capital deals
- Partnerships/Partnership Disputes
- Terms of Business
- Commercial Contracts
- Commercial Leasehold and Freehold Transactions
- Transfer of family businesses
- Intellectual Property and Trademarks
- Securities Laws
- Debt and Equity Structures and Pensions
- Charity Start Ups and Trustee Issues
- Company Secretarial
Our team now has over 70 years combined knowledge of highly complex corporate/commercial transactions.
Penny Paddle heads up our commercial team. She is a vastly experienced company/commercial solicitor able to offer a broad range of experience including general commercial contracts, intellectual property and technology matters, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements, MBO’s and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, public sector procurement, software licensing and distribution, software support and maintenance, service level agreements, reseller agreements/referral agreements, and website usage agreements. Penny trained at top City law firm, Rowe and Maw (now Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw) and qualified there in 1994 into the Corporate Group where she specialised in the cutting edge of IT law. From there she went on to work as In-House Counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa for E-commerce provider, GE Information Services. After developing a food franchising business, she set up her own two partner law firm in West Sussex and then joined up with one of the largest regional law firms in the South East, DMH Stallard where she has worked prior to joining Follett Stock.
Lucy Morgan is an Associate Partner and specialises in entertainment, media and intellectual property matters. She trained and worked at London firm Richards Butler before joining media specialists H20. Lucy is a regular speaker on Intellectual Property matters and is also a Trustee of the Cornish Film Festival.
Ashley Jones is a property lawyer who works with the corporate team to advise clients all on property related matters. Ashley also specialises in property matters for charities.
Kevin Bodley is a consultant to Follett Stock. In addition to having vast experience in corporate and commercial matters at a senior level Kevin has specialist advice on aviation, shipping and transportation matters.