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Laurence Gavin



Laurence advises clients in regulated sectors, particularly FCA-authorised firms, charities, education sector bodies, sports industry companies and PLCs, on a range of commercial and corporate matters. These include sales and sourcing agreements, joint ventures and collaborative working, public procurement and state aid, funding agreements and constitutional arrangements, all of which are affected by constant regulatory updates.

He also advises on corporate finance matters such as capital raisings and public takeovers.

Recent highlights:

  • Advising on the acquisition and renovation of the nationally significant Wentworth Woodhouse property using a funding package which included £7.6m of public money as announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Autumn Statement in November 2016
  • Acting for Sheffield International Venues on the contractual and procurement arrangements for the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, a large indoor sports facility.
  • Advising Westfield Health on the acquisition of businesses in the insurance and health sectors including Bolton & District Hospital Saturday Council (trading as UK Healthcare)
  • Advised Electronic Data Processing Plc on its £12m sale to Eagle Bidco 2018 Limited.

Market view:

“Has a good knowledge of complex issues paired with advice that is always well researched.” – Legal 500 2019

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 01/04/2019
    UK Manufacturing Sector Performs Well In March

    “This is an encouraging result for the sector and it is particularly pleasing to see that despite the current political situation, almost half expect to see stronger growth in a year’s time. We are entering another crucial week in Brexit discussions today and hopefully there will be some certainty for the sector so that businesses can take some longer term decisions over investment and expansion.”

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  • 01/03/2018
    Manufacturing Sector Growth Slows As UK Purchasing Managers' Index Falls

    “These latest figures highlight the unpredictable nature of the manufacturing sector in the UK. Although the fall in the output index points to some tough market conditions, it is encouraging to see that many companies have indicated that domestic demand had strengthened whilst export levels have continued to rise. "On the ground we are seeing investment at the higher tech end of the sector and the recent commitment by Toyota to build the new Auris model in the UK shows that manufacturing remains an engine for growth.”

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  • 02/01/2018
    Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index Reveals Continued Growth

    “December was another solid month for the sector and it was particularly pleasing to see employment levels increase. Manufacturers need to build on this into 2018 and despite the on-going political uncertainty, many will be looking for a strong start supported by continued export growth.”

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  • 01/11/2017
    IHS Markit/CIPS Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index

    “These latest results reflect a reasonably positive picture for the manufacturing sector and provide some grounds for optimism for the final quarter of 2017. There are however some concerns for 2018, with inflationary pressures and ongoing uncertainties about the direction of Brexit negotiations. “The Government now has the opportunity to ensure the momentum in the sector isn’t lost. Greater clarity with regards to the UK’s industrial strategy is important and we also look forward to the Budget later this month where the Chancellor has the opportunity to encourage greater investment.”

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