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Duncan Shepherd



Company Commercial


25 years


University of Sheffield

Main Areas of Work:

  • Advice throughout the life of a business from starting up, trading arrangements through to exit.
  • Dealing with transactions advising buyers, sellers, funders and investors.
  • Re-organisations, restructures, demergers and joint ventures.
  • Commercial reading agreements.

Duncan is head of the firm's Environmental Group which is responsible for overseeing the reduction of the firm's impact on the environment.

Director is a Sheffield Young Women’s Christian Association (charity) and was a director of Barnsley Football Club.

Great / Notable achievements at Wake Smith:

  • Numerous transactions in a wide variety of sectors (including manufacturing, construction, hospitality, healthcare and property investment).
  • Multiple MBOs of subsidiaries from a plc.
  • Purchase of US business to enable a UK company to become an international supplier.
  • Substantial multi-stage demergers.
  • Lender advice on significant funding to facilitate a MBO of a key supplier to MoD.

    What clients say about you:

    ‘I have built up a working relationship with Duncan Shepherd, who heads up the Company Commercial team, for approaching 20 years. This continuity has been invaluable to me personally. Duncan understands our business and has advised on many transactions.’ – Quoted in The Legal 500 2022

    ‘Duncan’s advice is honest and practical. He speaks common sense.’ - Quoted in The Legal 500 2022

    Duncan Shepherd's three-partner team at Wake Smith is "very efficient and keeps on top of things". – Quoted in The Legal 500 2021

    Recent articles by Duncan Shepherd

    Wake Smith advises on Juratek Limited MBO
    Wake Smith advise on sale of Sheffield’s Freight Despatch Worldwide Ltd
    Wake Smith helps railway locomotive purchase and refurb go full steam ahead
    Considering a corporate re-organisation?
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