Yorkshire Times
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1:00 AM 21st November 2023

Clarion Sees Further Growth Of Corporate Practice

(L to R): Nicola Cooper, Michelle Kershaw and Sarah Harrison of Clarion’s corporate team
(L to R): Nicola Cooper, Michelle Kershaw and Sarah Harrison of Clarion’s corporate team
Clarion continues to add strength-in-depth to corporate practice as it celebrates another excellent 12 months.
The now 20-strong corporate team is led by partners Richard Moran, Jonathan Simms and Sarah Harrison, who was promoted to partner in June this year. The practice, which The Lawyer named as the third fastest growing law firm in Europe, has announced the appointment of both Michelle Kershaw and Nicola Cooper as legal directors in the corporate team.

During the last 12 months, the team has advised on a wide range of M&A deals across a variety of sectors, attracting work nationally as well as seeing a rising percentage of international transactions, both inbound and outbound.

Some transaction highlights included the sale of SaaS platform Hark Systems to SolarEdge, a global leader in smart energy technology and recently advising Frasers Group on its sale of online fashion retailer Missguided. The team also advised the national logistics operator Expect Distribution on its recent acquisition of Pallet Plus.

Sarah Harrison said:
“After another very busy 12 months which saw us top the Experian Market IQ table for the fifth consecutive year as the most active legal adviser in the region, we are continuing to use the strength of our base in Leeds to export our legal skills not only to London and across the UK, but increasingly on behalf of large corporates completing transactions overseas, and for international businesses undertaking acquisitions in the UK.

“Alongside this ongoing growth, we are continuing to invest in recruiting and developing talent to enable us to compete with the very best legal firms globally. With Leeds enjoying a central position in the UK economy and with a rich pool of graduate talent, it provides a strong location from which to do business across the country and overseas. One positive development of remote working is that clients are now focusing on sourcing the best, most cost-effective professional advice rather than on geographic proximity.”