John Baddeley

Chairman and Head of Company Commercial


Company Commercial


Over 35 years


John attended the University of Newcastle in 1979-1982 where he studied Law.

He then attended the College Of Law in Chester in 1982-83. Qualifying as a solicitor in 1985 after 2 years Articles.

Main Areas of Work:

  • Corporate transactional work advising buyers, sellers and funders
  • Licensing of intellectual property
  • IT Contracts
  • Commercial Agreements

John is the Chairman of Wake Smith Solicitors Limited, a former council member of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce (13 years), Director and Deputy Chair of Sheffield BID and the clerk of a local Educational charity.

Great / Notable achievements at Wake Smith:

  • Acted for the shareholders of Price Thomas Holdings Limited (the holding Company of Granville Oil and Chemicals Limited) in the sale of their shares to Tide Water Oil Co (India) Limited.
  • Advised Spencer Coatings Group Limited on their acquisitions including the purchase of Independent Coatings Group and Performance Paints Limited.
  • Advised the Red Industry Group on its acquisition of the ERG Group of Companies, an equity investment in the Red Group by BGF and refinancing with HSBC Plc.
  • Advised the shareholders of the Spencer Coatings Group of Companies in the sale of their shares to AXALTA Coatings System, a US listed company.
  • Advised Embody Orthopaedic on a variety of Intellectual Property and commercial agreements.
  • Advised Westfield Health on the licensing and commercial exploitation of health and wellbeing programmes.
  • Advises Evolution Power Tools Limited on commercial agreements.

    What clients say about you:

    "John Baddeley has been nothing but helpful every step of the way. He’s always made time to be available." - Quoted in The Legal 500 2024

    “John Baddeley is an outstanding lawyer and adviser.”

    "John Baddeley has represented me and my business in several aspects of corporate and commercial matters. He is an exceptional solicitor, his commercial experience resonates through his practical advice. I have already recommended John to clients and friends and I will continue to do so." – Lee Gaddes

    Recent articles by John Baddeley

    Could March Budget date signal an end of Entrepreneur’s Relief?

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