Company Commercial Services

Wake Smith’s team of company and commercial solicitors in Sheffield provides clear and understandable legal advice to businesses, and their owners, across a range of sectors, throughout the life cycle of the business on all their commercial, company and corporate finance matters.

Our specialist team of highly experienced commercial solicitors advise clients from their start up, to trading to growth, onto reorganisation and exit and everything that comes in-between including sales and purchases of businesses, demergers, MBOs/MBIs, partnerships, shareholder and partnership agreements, along with general corporate finance and banking matters.

The Legal 500 2023 referral guide, based on the independent opinions of clients and in-depth research by an experienced team of editors, highlighted the team as 'bringing creative thinking to the process.'

Clients include such as manufacturing companies, a variety of healthcare sector participants, and is further involved in development and regeneration projects.

Group head John Baddeley has long standing experience in corporate transactions and commercial arrangements. He also leads the banking and finance team, handling transactional work and corporate refinancing, which is one of the largest banking and finance teams in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

Other specialisms within the department include John’s experience handling law firm mergers and partnership restructuring, while Rebecca Robinson's expertise encompasses her work with a number of local charities and charitable incorporated organisations.

Tom Haywood, previous title holder of 'South Yorkshire Emerging Dealmaker of the Year' joined the team as an associate at the start of 2023.

The team also advises in the drafting of standard and bespoke facility documentation and security requirements and often brings in other Wake Smith teams such as commercial property and employment on associated matters.

The Legal 500, 2024

"We use Wake Smith commercially for various different business needs. They’ve always been very attentive and helpful, whatever our needs. They’ve assisted with contract documentation, HR issues and even dealt with an acquisition on our behalf."

"John Baddeley has been nothing but helpful every step of the way. He’s always made time to be available."

"The strength of the practice is its people. WS have great people who are real, connected and down to earth. They are a pleasure to work with and take time to care and understand your needs."

The Legal 500, 2023

“Solid and experienced corporate team. Friendly, approachable and commercial. Trusted by their clients.”

“John Baddeley is a vastly experienced corporate lawyer who is tenacious in looking after his clients’ interests whilst getting the deal done.”

“Rebecca Robinson always responded to my enquiries promptly and I found her advice and support invaluable…”

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