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Corporate and Commercial

At Stephens Scown, we’re genuinely passionate about business – after all, we run one ourselves. That’s why we understand that businesses need help at every stage of their journey, from launch, to expansion, to troubleshooting, to profit sharing and succession planning.

If you’re a small business, particularly a family-run one, there’ll be occasions when need to pick up the phone for an straight forward, no-nonsense legal opinion. The sort of help that allows you to make the most of the opportunities, but without exposing yourself to undue risks.

As a law firm with a strong South West focus, the breadth of our knowledge is impressive – and it’s not only us who think that. The Legal 500 industry bible confirms we ‘rate highly even compared to London firms’. Indeed, a number of our lawyers have City backgrounds. It is perhaps one of the reasons why we’re the lawyers of choice for three of the ‘dragons’ from TV’s Dragons’ Den.

We combine commercial insights with specialist legal knowledge – giving you the peace of mind you need to develop your business to its maximum potential. And with Stephens Scown, you’re always guaranteed the personal and professional touch – a winning formula for businesses at any stage of their evolution.

James

James Keliher

Partner

01392 210700

James is Team Leader for the Corporate Team and has been with the firm since 1995 after 12 years experience in London and the Middle East.

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Sally

Sally Norcross Webb

Partner

01872 265100

Sally is a corporate partner based in our Truro office but working internationally. She specialises in the mining and minerals sector and is the client partner for Wolf Minerals, currently working on the development of the Hemerdon tungsten project near Plymouth.

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Christian

Christian Wilson

Partner

01872 265100

Christian is a Partner in the Truro Corporate and Commercial team with more than 15 years experience in advising clients on management buy-outs, mergers and acquisitions, share restructuring, incorporations, shareholder agreements and business transfers.

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Gavin

Gavin Poole

Partner

01872 265100

Gavin joined the firm in 2014 and is a partner in our corporate team. He has over 20 years experience advising businesses on the best ways to meet their strategic aims, whether that is through ensuring that they have the right structures in place, helping them to grow through buying or selling businesses or advising on funding arrangements.

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Robert

Robert Brightley

Partner

01872 265100

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Robert is a partner in the Corporate team and focuses on legal advice to businesses regarding company formations, acquisitions and disposals, and commercial agreements.

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Verity

Verity Slater

Partner

01872 265100

Verity specialises in employment law. She resolves disputes between employers and employees, whether before or through Employment Tribunal cases. She works in partnership with businesses to improve their HR practices and advises on employment issues arising in commercial transactions.

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Lynne

Lynne Rathbone

Senior Associate

01392 210700

Lynne is a Senior Associate in the Corporate team based in Exeter, providing straight- forward corporate and general commercial advice to public and private sector business clients.

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David

David Culshaw

Senior Associate and Head of Food and Drink

01392 210700

David is a senior associate and Head of Food and Drink. He advises clients on a range of transactional corporate and commercial matters.

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Catherine

Catherine Carlton

Associate

01392 210700

Catherine works in the Corporate team in Exeter, having trained with the firm and qualified in 2008.

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Giles

Giles Dunning

Associate

01872 265100

Giles joined the Corporate Team in the Truro Office in September 2006. He deals with corporate transactional work.

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Kirsty

Kirsty McAuley

Solicitor

01872 265100

Kirsty is a solicitor in the corporate team in Truro.

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Tom

Tom Corrick

Solicitor

01392 210700

Tom is a Solicitor within the Corporate team in the Exeter office dealing with a broad range of corporate and commercial matters.

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My first investment through Dragon's Den, which Stephens Scown played a big part in securing, has proved to be a tremendous success. Since that time we have continued to develop a pattern of working where Stephens Scown understands my investment requirements with a minimum of instructions. It is the nature of the TV series that a large number of the potential investments are time critical and Stephens Scown are always responsive to meet any deadlines.

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