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The Legal 500: Lester Aldridge in top tier for corporate/commercial

By Dan Teuton
1 October 2019

Lester Aldridge LLP acts for national and international clients on the full range of corporate and commercial matters, and also retains strong links with SME clients in the local Dorset area. It appears in Tier One in The Legal 500 ranking for corporate & commercial: Dorset and south Wiltshire.

Corporate M&A has been a continuing area of growth, with transactions growing in both size and volume. In addition, a rise in cross-border work has been epitomised by foreign funds work coming in to the UK. Grant Esterhuizen specialises in both corporate and commercial law, and is able to assist clients with joint-venture agreements, M&A and commercial contracts, invariably on a cross-border level.

Practice head(s): Grant Esterhuizen

Other key lawyers: Danielle Slater


Wessex Petroleum; Osprey Europe; Ceuta Holdings; Langham Industries; Bill and Sally Stone; Nick Sanders and Mile Stevenson; BKP Waste & Recycling; Intrum UK; Quality Care Group; Quantum Group.

Commercial property

Lester Aldridge LLP's commercial property work is centred on sectors such as healthcare, leisure, telecoms, housebuilding, and ports and marinas. The practice demonstrates strong capabilities in the acquisition and sale of freehold and leasehold properties, sub-leases, portfolio management and investment transactions, among other matters. ‘Brilliant lawyer’ Suki Samra, who leads the Bournemouth-based team, assists landlords and property investors with landlord and tenant work and enfranchisement. Mark Benham is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s): Matthew Barrow (Southampton); Suki Samra (Bournemouth); Mark Benham (Bournemouth)


A remarkable depth of knowledge

The team is very strong and provides highly efficient advice

'Suki Samra has built an excellent reputation in the field'


McCarthy & Stone; Santander UK; Monzo; Meggitt; Bargate Homes; Bloor Homes; Merck & Co; Captiva Homes; Marina Developments; Care South; CHG Holdings; Meyrick Estate