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Described by clients as “very eloquent and down to earth, with a dry sense of humour” Richard is a partner in the Corporate team, and has advised a wide range of businesses on all aspects of their corporate and commercial affairs.
This often involves the sale and purchase of owner-managed businesses. He also advises on the financial re-structuring of many different forms of business organisation.
Richard is also an integral part of our Education Team and frequently advises on governance issues. The advent of the Academies Act 2010 means that Richard has been actively involved in over 60 conversions of schools to academy status. He has spoken nationally on the subject. As a result we are now recognised on a national basis for our work with new style academies.
In addition to this Richard’s recent work has included the formation of a joint venture in the leisure industry , and subsequent further fundraising and the purchase of a substantial subsidiary from a large German group. He is currently engaged on the prospective merger of four separate IT related businesses.
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Please pass on our thanks to the whole team for all their assistance throughout this process, without whom it would not have been possible and we are truly grateful to have you as our solicitor.
Just a quick note to personally thank you and your wider team for you hard work and diligence in the recent transaction.
I know sometimes matters were not as simple as they could have been but nothing seemed to be too much for you and your frank advice and quick turnaround of information was just what was needed.
Dear Richard, just to say thank you very much to you and your team without your help we would not have been able to go through this process so professionally and successfully .
Richard Knight is described by market commentators as “bright, practical and personable.” He is known for his complex transactional practice in addition to having recognised cross-border capabilities.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ first-class’ team is ‘highly responsive and always prepared to go the extra mile’. Private equity specialist Richard Wilkey heads the team, which includes the highly regarded Nick Wagstaffe and Richard Knight. Its expertise spans the full range of corporate and private equity transactions, including share disposals and management buyouts.
Richard – your perseverance and consistently pragmatic approach to this transaction was commendable and I’m sure appreciated by your client as much as by us.
I can honestly say that I had a good feeling about things from the first day that I made contact with your firm. It was refreshing to be put through on the telephone without going through an interrogation, and I was always pleasantly surprised by the speed at which all of my issues and queries were dealt with. I have not found this to be the norm with other firms that have handled similar work for me in the past. I have also found that the clarity of any advice given by both of you has given me the comfort that a layman needs when in this situation.
Richard Knight advised Meld Group on the £7 million sale of the company to a listed plc. His practice includes M&A and restructurings. Clients say: “He understands our business, is commercial and gets straight to the point.”
Chambers and Partners 2015
It has been a pleasure to work with you and your firm; from the outset you took the whole issue very seriously and were willing ‘to drop everything’ to meet the timescales, providing the reassurance and efficiency that both I and the situation required. Furthermore, it is refreshing to meet someone who only requires telephone conversations to be short and to deal only with the matter in hand; I have met many in the legal profession who drag out conversations [often at their clients expense].
At Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Richard Knight has over 30 years’ experience in corporate matters; private equity specialist Richard Wilkey is ‘personable, practical and honest’; and Tim Walker is recommended for commercial matters.
The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2013 rankings