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The Legal 500: Boyes Turner has strong reputation in technology sector

By Dan Teuton
26 September 2019
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Boyes Turner is best known for its strong expertise within the technology sector, according to The Legal 500. Mark Blunden assists technology clients on the commercialisation of their products and services, including outsourcing, licensing, product and brand development, often with an international aspect.

Corporate partner Kate Eavis advises life science, biotechnology and software spin-outs. Senior associate Chris Dobson is recommended for M&A transactions in the technology and healthcare sectors. Robert Rice departed to Harrison Clark Rickerbys in December 2018.

Practice head(s): Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers: Kate Eavis; Chris Dobson

KEY CLIENTS

Shareholders of BrandView; Auto Trader Group plc; CIRCOR International Inc; Panasonic; Wayfair.

WORK HIGHLIGHTS

  • Advised the founder and shareholders of Brand View on all aspects of the disposal of shares to Ascential plc for £38m.

In real estate, Boyes Turner is rated in the top tier.

Boyes Turner leverages specialist practitioners in complementary areas such as planning, construction and dispute resolution. Nick Carter leads the 'very knowledgeable' four-partner team who have 'outstanding capabilities' in commercial and residential development, technology and real estate finance. Mark Appleton specialises in the purchase, letting and disposal of properties for owners, occupiers and  investors, while Derek Ching primarily advises landowners and developers on land development issues, including aspects of site acquisitions and  assembly, secured lending to developers (acting for lenders and borrowers), as well as environmental and planning issues. William Nassau-Lake has 'an outstanding reputation' in housing development. Rachel Duncan and Sarah Webb are also recommended.

Practice head(s): Nick Carter

Other key lawyers: Mark Appleton; Derek Ching; William Nassau-Lake; Sarah Webb; Rachel Duncan

KEY CLIENTS

Castleford Homes; Ericsson; Verifone; Montpelier Estates; Cygnet Investments.

WORK HIGHLIGHTS

  • Assisted Ericsson with relocation of its headquarters from Guildford to the Thames Tower in Reading. The transaction included the acquisition of the new space along with exit advice from both locations in Guildford and Basingstoke.
  • Advised on refinance funding secured by way of a bank of security documents including Legal Charges and Debentures in favour of a consortium of lenders over a site in the South of England.
  • Representing Pentax UK in the rationalisation of its business premises it having been agreed with the landlord to surrender its lease of the whole of Unit D Heathrow West Business Park with the landlord granting a new temporary lease of the 1st Floor and warehousing premises, while refurbishment works are being carried out.
  • Acting for Spitfire Bespoke Homes in its acquisition of Windsor Fire Station for £5.5m.

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