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Clark Holt


  • Hardwick House
  • Swindon
  • UK
  • SN1 3LJ

Corporate/M&A - Thames Valley

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Swindon

What the team is known for A full-service M&A practice, advising clients on sales and acquisitions. Acts for management, shareholders and private companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Unquestionable technical advice combined with an entrepreneur's view of the world and legal processes."

Technical ability: "Clark Holt has a well-balanced corporate practice; I've been impressed with their sale and acquisition skills."

What's new? New client wins include STAR Technology Services.

Work highlights Advised a senior shareholder of Loungers Limited on the £16 million sale of his shares to Piper Equity.

Acted for the shareholders of Exentra Transport Solutions in the £10.7 million sale of all issued shares, to a Canadian-listed company. 

Notable practitioners  

Richard Clark is the firm's highly respected head of corporate. He advised the management of Acumus on the sale of their interests in the company to its new owners. Sources say: "He has many years of experience in corporate and M&A and he is able to provide advice on complicated matters in a user-friendly way."

Jeff Jenkins is a partner advising on corporate finance and transactional matters. Clients say: "We always enjoy the ride with Jeff; he is solutions-oriented and he knows why clients pay: to get deals done with the risks appropriately managed."

Significant clients DMN, Blue Max Banner, The Foundry Limited, McBraida, Handelsbanken.

Information Technology - Thames Valley

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Swindon

What the team is known for Wide non-contentious expertise across the range of IT matters, with particular specialisms in big data and cloud computing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Clark Holt has a refreshing understanding of the commercial aspects of what I am asking for. There is a speed of response, and an appreciation of what is important for the running of our business."

Commercial awareness: "Clark Holt brings a healthy dose of commercial realism into its advice. Members have some appreciation that businesses need to do what is expedient and not try to solve an abstract legal nuance."

Pragmatic advice: "I appreciate the high level of due diligence in the work completed, the team's pragmatism and its ability to identify potential threats that most normal law firms would struggle to pick up."

Work highlights Continues to work with e-learning software company Kallidus on all its contractual matters.

Continues to advise The Foundry Visionmongers on issues around software licensing as well as tie-ups.

Notable practitioners  

Name partner Jeremy Holt in an experienced non-contentious IT lawyer. Sources appreciate that he "is approachable and adept at solving complex legal issues in a pragmatic way that a business can implement." In addition, he is "very focused, a great communicator and easy to get a hold of."

Martin Bazen is an expert on commercial work, and is the lead partner for the firm's work for Kallidus on its contractual issues. Clients note that "his approach is always professional and with a friendly manner." The source continues, saying that his "advice is always clear, even if not what I always want to hear."

Significant clients Skipworth Engelhardt Asset Management Strategists, MindTools, Arkivum, Shopatron, The Ark.

Real Estate - Thames Valley

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Swindon

What the team is known for Works with a wide range of clients, advising on commercial development projects, investments and property finance, and landlord and tenant property management matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "One particular feature of their work is its commerciality."

Responsiveness: "Clark Holt stands out as being good at turning documents around quickly."

Work highlights Advised Star Technology Services on the sale of a portfolio of leasehold properties as part of a corporate sale.

Notable practitioners

According to one market source, Alasdair Kirkpatrick "knows the issues before you tell him," whilst another remarks: "If he is on the other side, I have to be on my mettle. He is an efficient, good lawyer." Kirkpatrick heads the firm's real estate practice and focuses on commercial developments and property investments.

Jonathan Ashbridge is noted as a "very well-organised and very responsive lawyer." He has experience of acting on all manner of real estate finance matters.

Significant clients Henry Boot, Hallam Land Management, Deutsche Bank, The Foundry Visionmongers, Oxford Aviation.