Leading Cheshire firms facilitate specialist acquisition deal

PRESS RELEASE 29 November 2013

Cheshire-based firms Aaron & Partners LLP and Howard Hackney LLP have concluded a significant acquisition deal on behalf of a leading asbestos litigation practice.

The partnership collaborated to facilitate the sale of John Pickering & Partners LLP, a specialist firm of asbestos and mesothelioma claims solicitors, to Australian firm Slater & Gordon.

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, is the latest corporate transaction to be completed by law firm Aaron & Partners’ partnership law team.

Aaron & Partners’ Mark Briegal, a specialist in partnerships, LLPs, company law and professional practices, said: “Aaron & Partners has a long history of representing law firms involved in this particular type of transaction.

“It was also pleasure to work with Howard Hackney LLP again, as we have previously worked successfully together with them on similar deals.”

Howard Hackney LLP, who acted as lead advisor to John Pickering and Partners, specialises in advising mid market law firms on a range of projects.

This transaction is a typical example of the integrated approach required to advise the partners individually, the practice on its strategic options, the tax implications and the structure of the deal.

Howard Hackney said: “I was delighted to act as lead adviser and really enjoyed dealing with the teams from both sides who have a clear cultural fit – even though the time difference with Australia did provide some communication challenges!”

Paul Glanville, Managing Partner at John Pickering & Partners said: “Aaron & Partners and Howard Hackney have combined excellent technical and practical advice with expertise from both an accounting and legal perspective, which has ensured a speedy and successful transaction.”

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Notes to editors:

Aaron & Partners employs 106 people in total and has offices in Chester, Manchester and Shrewsbury. Its improved listing in the Legal 500 follows top reviews in the prestigious Chambers UK 2013 rankings.

Aaron & Partners works for businesses, public authorities, charities and individuals. It specialises in company and commercial law, commercial property law, dispute resolution and employment law, as well as matrimonial and wills, trusts and tax work. In addition it provides specialist services such as planning, environmental, minerals and waste, renewable energy, road haulage and warehousing, and insolvency and restructuring advice. For more information go to www.aaronandpartners.com or www.aaronspartnershiplaw.co.uk

Howard Hackney LLP is a new generation advisory practice of chartered accountants focussed on identifying the issues and problems faced by privately owned and family businesses, high net worth individuals and professional practices. Howard Hackney has extensive experience in such corporate transactions both on the buy and sell side which gave him a unique perspective and an ability to help structure a deal that suited both parties.

Howard Hackney LLP works with its clients to provide and implement practical solutions to the issues they face. What makes the practice different is that it is creative and imaginative and considers the client in the round (company, management, shareholders and individuals) from the perspective of a number of disciplines (corporate finance, tax, financial planning, strategic planning, business advice and softer skills) to help clients achieve their objectives – often objectives they would not achieve without help.

For further information:

Howard Hackney LLP
Can be contacted on 020 7987 7969, 01925 211270 or 07968 059363 howard.hackney@howardhackney.co.uk
Press Enquiries: Paul Andrews on paul@familybusinessmediahub.co.uk www.howardhackney.co.uk

Aaron & Partners
Scott Hadden 01244 405569 scott.hadden@aaronandpartners.com
Press Enquiries: Outwrite PR 01352 706260 sue@outwrite.co.uk

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