Support for business, from local businesses being sold or merged to national companies looking to expand, is at the heart of our Wye Valley office – Arpinder Dhillon, head of the office, is a corporate lawyer, who has helped many local firms make the next step towards growth or change.
From the sale of a local accountancy business to a £20m management buyout of four businesses to create a new international business, the Wye Valley corporate team advises on a wide range of transactions. The management buyout encompassed firms in six different European jurisdictions, including the Netherlands, Belgium and Norway, and was part of a long term business relationship with the management team.
The corporate team’s expertise is reinforced by specialists across the spectrum, from tax and regulatory issues to development and rural affairs, bringing City-level expertise to the area.
The office also has the unusual advantage of having its own notary public on site – Jenny Staples has joined only about 1,000 lawyers across the UK to be able to certify a wide range of international documents for clients.
The office has a wealth of experts in their own fields – such as practising tax barrister Sarah Woodall, who worked with HMRC for several years but now represents only taxpayers and businesses, usually against HMRC.
Sarah also works with accountants to support their clients, covering a wide range of tax issues, from effective handling of HMRC enquiries, investigations and disclosures and Contract Disclosure Facility (CDF), to tax planning and advising about the taxation of companies and other business enterprises.
Regulatory specialists Bryn Thomas and Aled Owen, who have a particular interest in rural affairs and agricultural businesses, are ideally placed to advise on the range of regulations and requirements that businesses need to abide by. They work closely with the agricultural and rural affairs team, including water law expert Esther Stirling.