Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Stevens & Bolton is a full-service law firm based just outside central London (40 minutes to central London by train) and close to Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

We advise a range of clients, including UK-based companies and multi-national groups of companies, start-up businesses, AIM-listed and premium-listed companies, high net worth individuals and family offices.

We offer our clients a high quality alternative to City of London firms, as our out of London location means we combine quality with cost effectiveness, delivering a better value service.  Many of our lawyers have trained and worked at major City of London firms.

We won the National Regional Law Firm of the Year Award at the 2016 Legal Business Awards and we were runners up in the UK Law Firm of the Year Award at the British Legal Awards 2016.

Representative Transactions / Clients

  • Notable clients include Asahi, Bakkavör Group, Diebold Nixdorf, Emirates, Godiva Chocolatier, JTF, Kia Motors, Land Securities, Linde Group and Papa John’s.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Test Equipment Asset Management Limited to Electro Rent Corporation backed by Platinum Equity. Transaction involved managing lawyers in the United States, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Hong Kong, India and Singapore.
  • Advised ABI SAB Group Holdings (previously SABMiller) on the sale of Appletiser and 19 other drinks brands to The Coca-Cola Company and on certain UK aspects of its joint venture with TCCC.
  • Acted for Petrobras, the Brazilian oil and gas group, on its sale of Petrobras Columbia for $380m.
  • Acted for AL-KO Kober, the German group, on the UK aspects of the sale to Dexel Global, Inc. of AL-KO Vehicle Technology, the leading European designer and manufacturer of trailer axles, trailer and caravan components, chassis and motorized chassis operating from 20+ locations around the world, including China.
  • Advised FTSE-listed Essentra plc on its acquisition of Richco, Inc., a leading international designer, manufacturer and distributor of engineered fastening and cable management solutions, for a cash consideration of US$110m.
  • Acted for Microlease on its acquisition of Livingston Group, including coordinating due diligence across the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore and other jurisdictions across the world.
  • Acting for the Bank of Hangzhou and Bank of Nanjing on several UK financings.
  • Regularly instructed by North American technology companies to assist with establishing their UK legal entities, initial key hires and customer contracts.
  • Acted for a Brazilian asset management firm on its acquisition of a London based fund manager.
  • Acted for Chinese listed SBS Group on the UK aspects of its acquisition of 85% of the Dürr Ecoclean Group from Dürr AG.
  • Advised on the acquisition by our client, Berner AG, of the Barnes Distribution Europe business from US listed Barnes Group Inc. Transaction involved managing lawyers in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Scotland.
  • Advised Godiva Chocolatier on international warehousing, logistics and distribution contracts in China and Japan.
  • Acted for an aircraft engine lessor leasing to Yangtze River Express in Shanghai, and Hainan Airlines based in Haikou.
  • Worked with the selling shareholders of a business in the leisure sector on a sale to a Chinese buyer (circa £40m).
  • Assisted the in house legal team of a global FMCG business on the distribution in China of several of the Groups internationally known brands by a Chinese joint venture company (including brand protection).

Awards & Honors

  • Winner of National/ Regional Law Firm of the Year – Legal Business Awards 2016
  • Named Litigation Team of the Year – Solicitors Journal Awards 2017
  • Highly commended and runners-up for Regional Law Firm of the Year - The Lawyer Awards in 2016 (and shortlisted in 2017)
  • Highly commended and runners-up for UK Law Firm of the Year – British Legal Awards 2015 (and shortlisted in 2016)
  • Franchise Law - Law Firm of the Year in England - Global Law Experts Awards in 2016

Case Studies

  • We have a truly international practice, working with businesses and lawyers all around the world, advising on a wide range of matters with a cross border dimension.
  • We are expert in all the legal areas any business needs to consider when setting up in the UK or acquiring an existing business in the UK.
  • We also have an excellent network of contacts with other professional advisors agencies and service providers across the UK such as banks, accountants and bookkeepers, payroll providers, benefits brokers, UKTI and property agents.
  • We attach great importance to working collaboratively with overseas advisers and other UK professionals to ensure consistency and to provide a single point of contact.
  • We can provide a full range of services depending on your preference, from advising on points of law through to providing full project management of your start up in the UK.  Once established, we can assist with our clients’ more sophisticated needs such as M&A, joint ventures, venture capital, private equity, financing arrangements and resolution of disputes with employees, customers or suppliers.
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Our Team

Ken Woffenden Corporate Partner and Head of International

Tel: +44 (0) 1483 401260

Nicola Broadhurst Partner and Head of Franchising

Tel: +44 (0) 1483 734228

Oscar Horwich Senior Associate

Tel: +44 (0) 1483 401254


Guildford, England

Ken Woffenden - Corporate Partner and Head of International
+44 (0) 1483 401260
Contact via CGA (Andrea)