Chris Rawstron



Chris is a corporate lawyer with over 25 years of experience of advising public and private companies on M&A, capital raising, corporate governance as well as general advice.

Clients have ranged from small private companies to large private groups; and, AIM listed companies to FTSE 100/250 entities.

Chris has a reputation for being client focused and very pragmatic.

In addition Chris has over 15 years of law firm management experience having held senior leadership positions in two major law firms before assuming his current roles at Irwin Mitchell.

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"highly respected in the market" - Legal 500, 2014 

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  • 06/10/2016
    Irwin Mitchell Named In Top Five For M&A Legal Activity

    “This is another fantastic achievement during what has been a very uncertain economic and political period. “There was a noticeable and understandable reduction in deal activity immediately after the vote on the 23rd June and although some businesses have decided to take stock, many have continued with their M&A plans. Others have seen new opportunities develop and decided to act. “The sentiment amongst many businesses remains positive and as we continue to work closely with our clients, I expect that we have a strong quarter ahead of us. “Improving our ranking position reflects a lot of hard work from our teams and highlights the investment we have made, not just as a result of our merger with Thomas Eggar, but also in high level recruitment over the last few years. This solid base is providing us with a strong platform for further growth as we continue to establish Irwin Mitchell as one of the leading M&A advisers in the mid-corporate market.”

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  • 03/10/2016
    'Midlands Engine' Could Create 176,000 New Jobs By 2026 Says New Report

    “The automotive sector is at the heart of the Midland Engine and if the Government is keen for it to flourish, it’s vital that they take the necessary steps during Brexit negotiations to ensure it can thrive. “Whilst the industry has had much success in forging trading ties with emerging economies such as China, Europe remains a key market and access to the continent has provided a key support for investment into the UK from overseas car manufacturers. Even premium manufacturers such as JLR derive around 40% of sales from the EU. “Negotiations on the future trading relationship following the referendum result will be an important determinant in the outlook for the automotive industry across the UK. Fortunately, given the importance of the UK market to vehicle producers in mainland Europe, there will be some considerable desire to get a deal of sorts done in this area. “Assuming a deal on automotive exports is reached with the EU, the outlook for the automotive industry across the Midlands looks positive. “Still, the sector and region could see some fallout from the UK’s decision to leave the EU. There is already a serious issue of skills shortages with one in five vacancies in the West Midlands unfulfilled because of a lack of available skills in the labour market. Whilst cooperation with local colleges and universities will help to support the supply of skilled school leavers and graduates, the loss of an EU-wide talent pool, should negotiations take this route, could be of detriment to the continued expansion of the sector in the region.”

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  • 22/07/2016
    Irwin Mitchell Retains Top Four Position As Most Active M&A Legal Adviser

    “Consolidating our national position in the top four is a tremendous achievement. Our merger with Thomas Eggar has provided a significant boost to the size of our corporate offering and allows us to expand our UK footprint. It has complemented our existing team’s expertise whilst adding a number of specialist services which has given us greater strength in depth. “We’ve seen a significant amount of economic and political uncertainty over the last few months however the levels of M&A activity has remained steady. “Although there could be a reduction in deal volumes following the decision to leave the EU, it is vital that businesses take positive steps to prepare. We are looking to work closely with our clients and are committed to ensuring that businesses are able to seize and take advantage of new opportunities that present themselves in the future.”

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  • 24/06/2016
    The UK Votes To Leave The EU

    Today’s decision to leave the EU doesn’t mean that UK businesses will not be affected by new far reaching data protection rules which are due in 2018. If a UK business trades in the European Union and offers goods or services to individuals in the EU, the new regulations will still be relevant. It will also continue to apply if a UK business monitors the behaviour of individuals in the EU – this could even extend to the use of cookies. If a business trades only in the UK, the issue is less clear as the UK Government may choose to include equivalent legislation anyway. It is generally accepted that the data protection laws are out-dated and I suspect that data protection will not stay the same for long, even though we are leaving the EU. In other words, there will be some reform. We just don’t know what it will look like.

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