2015 Legal Awards

Legal Awards 2015 M&A awards 75 LEGAL awards ~ Best Owner-Managed M&A Adviser - UK Lamb Brooks LLP is a full service law firm based in North Hampshire and providing legal advice to clients across Eng- land and Wales. Simon Arthur talks us through the firm’s work and how they came to win such a prestigious award. Lamb Brooks LLP comprises eight partners and around 60 members of staff. The commercial team within the firm deals with all of the company and commercial law enquiries and transactions – and can be involved in standard Companies House filing requests from clients through to multi-million pound mergers, acquisitions or MBOs. The two partners heading up the commercial team are Alec Brooks and Simon Arthur. Simon has been advis- ing corporate clients for over 15 years and joined Lamb Brooks in 2012. His expertise has led him to advise on, amongst many others, MBOs, BIMBOs, disposals, and acquisitions. The legal profession for commercial lawyers is changing rapidly. The larger businesses are more likely to keep lower value work in-house and deal with it within their own contract teams, and the larger transactional work which comes along is therefore far more complex and better suited to more experienced teams. This will impact on the firms like ours which offer full service commercial work, but fortunately we have breadth and depth in mine and Alec’s knowledge which means that we are geared up to deal with the more weighty deals which a more junior team would struggle with. To be successful a commercial adviser and their team need to fully understand their clients and those client needs. It’s not good enough in this fiercely competitive world to merely do a good job – clients want to see value added to their business in the advice provided, and in the interest and time given to their passion. With this in mind, Lamb Brooks is very much focussed on exceeding client expectations and taking time to understand the challenge which each of our clients face. We consider the needs of any new client very carefully when we first meet them, and will not take on new clients who we do not feel will fit with the firm’s core values of trust, integrity and respect. It is as important for a new client at a pitch to like and value us as is it is for us to feel likewise. Lamb Brooks is fortunate enough to be a member of LawNet, a national network of solicitors’ firms. LawNet provides benchmarking tools and reports to ensure we provide the best quality and care to our clients. We also have ISO accreditation and different departments have relevant accreditation for their specialist area (such as CQS for conveyancing, and STEP for our private client team). As a firm we are looking to the future and assessing how best to serve our clients. This comprises a major overhaul of our internal software to ensure ease of secure access of information and secure access for clients to keep abreast of their own matters. Company: Lamb Brooks LLP Name: Simon Arthur Email: simon.arthur@lambbrooks.com Web Address: www.lambbrooks.com Address: Victoria House, 39 Winchester Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7EQ Telephone: 01256 844888

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