Andrea Cropley



Andrea heads the Northern Corporate practice of Irwin Mitchell and has over 20 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer; most of which was gained in leading City law firms in London. In the last six years, Andrea has lived, worked and focussed her career in the North.

Her clients range from management teams, private companies and entrepreneurs to private equity and VC funds, Banks and large international corporate organisations. Many of the transactions she acts on have a cross-border dimension. 

She has led major precedent review programmes for in-house legal teams and has, in the past, spent time on secondment in-house at Diageo. She has particular experience of advising management teams and investors on investments, exits and take private deals and corporates on public and private M&A transactions.

Recent highlights:

  • Crash-worth Ltd: acted on the circa £12 million disposal to The Innovation Group PLC, a global provider of business process services and software to the insurance, motor and property industries.
  • ADR Group: advised on the sale of the ADR Group to Autorestore, part of the Belron Group, the world’s largest vehicle glass repair and replacement company.
  • B2Net Limited: advised manager shareholders on the disposal of the Group to Swedish listed company Proact IT Group AB.
  • Advising on the restructuring of the £90 million funding arrangements for Finance Yorkshire, involving arrangements with BIS, EIB and ERDF and the winding up of the South Yorkshire Investment Fund.
  • Iceotope Limited: advising on the Series A $10 million equity funding by Aster Capital and Ombu Group.
  • Grovepoint Capital: acting for the founders of Burdale Financial Limited on their equity investment in the Investec backed Grovepoint Group.
  • Business Growth Fund: advising on BGF’s investment in the Horbury Group; the first such investment in South Yorkshire.
  • Newburgh Engineering: acting for the Sheffield precision engineering company on its joint venture with Firechill and ongoing matters.

Market view:

"Highly intelligent, very articulate and experienced." - Chambers & Partners 2017

"I worked with Andrea Cropley from Irwin Mitchell on a significant transaction and I have to say the service I received and the knowledge and skill Andrea displayed was exemplary. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Andrea and Irwin Mitchell and I will certainly use them on future transactions." - Andy Blair, Director, Autorestore Limited.

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