Robert Brightley


Robert is a member of our corporate team and has over 33 years’ experience in commercial and corporate work, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and business re-organisations. Robert is also a member of our Health Care team regularly acting for dentists, GPs, vets and chiropractors. In the last 33 years he has acted for many businesses from inception of the business or early stages right through to eventual exit by the owners and their retirement. In terms of his chiropractic clients, over the last 15 years he has acted for well over 40 chiropractors on clinic sales and purchases – many times more than any other lawyer he has encountered in this work.


Robert qualified as solicitor in 1983 after gaining a law degree at university in Cardiff in 1978. He completed his training contract at a provincial 11 partner practice in Worcestershire, becoming a partner in that firm in 1985, moving to Cornwall in 1998. He has served a period of in excess of 10 years working in-house for a manufacturing company in the entertainment industry. Robert ran his own commercial practice from 2002 until 2013 when he joined Stephens Scown as a partner. Much of Robert’s work has come from recommendations from other professionals and several of those have become clients too.


Robert has completed numerous professional development courses in various aspects of the field of commercial law, including share and business sales, intellectual property, partnerships, commercial contracts and dental practice sales.


His recent work includes:

  • Acting on the sale of a significant engineering company to a European buyer involving a complex and multi-faceted re-organisation of the target group pre sale
  • A high value veterinary practice sale to a large corporate veterinary practice
  • A demerger of a family owned holiday park business with several parks owned


Having many longstanding client relationships, Robert is often regarded by his clients as their trusted advisor and able to provide clients old and new with the benefit of many years of legal experience in the commercial arena.


Corporate Team Testimonials

The Corporate Team are described by Legal 500 (2018)as ‘a strong regional player providing an extensive range of services’ to a client base primarily composed of local and regional SMEs and owner-managed businesses in the food and drink, healthcare, caravan park and energy and natural resources sectors.


Chambers (2019):   A market commentator says: "They are an excellent firm and I consider them to be the number one lawyers in Cornwall. They have a great breadth of knowledge and expertise." Sources also report that "they are very client-focused and put the hours and travelling in to accommodate tight deadlines."

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