We are fortunate to have developed an impressive client base in the short time since Moorcrofts started. Our clients range from Global 1000 businesses to owner managed SMEs, but the bulk of our clients are companies focussed on capital growth, owned and managed by entrepreneurial individuals who live for the deal.
They are demanding clients, but as a young business we understand, and thrive on, business challenges. We get a thrill out of doing the deal in the same way that they do.
Some of our clients have been kind enough to permit us to use their names on this website.
Moorcrofts were pleased to act for Totemic Limited in connection with its acquisition of a new lease of office premises at Halifax Court, Fernwood Business Park, Newark, Nottinghamshire and freehold premises at Hollis Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire, and the trustees of its director/shareholders’ pension scheme in connection with their acquisition of adjoining, freehold land at Trent Road, Grantham.
Jeremy Reichelt, commercial and corporate services director at Totemic commented:
Very pleased with the high standard of work and also that I was kept fully informed throughout the various transactions.
Opus Innovations Limited
Moorcrofts were delighted to act for Opus Innovations in raising seed round finance for this innovative young company.
Bola Lafe, Managing Director of Opus said:
Working with Adrian and the team at Moorcrofts was a delight. They not only turned things around in a very timely and professional manner, but they were very friendly, helpful and approachable. I will definitely engage Moorcrofts again when we have any other corporate legal matters to deal with.
Sirius Corporation plc
Andrew Katz acted for Sirius Corporation plc.
Mark Taylor, CEO of Sirius Corporation said:
Sirius chose Moorcrofts to advise us on the legal issues surrounding our agreement to run Gradwell’s network operations centre, largely because of Andrew Katz’s open source experience and reputation. Andrew quickly grasped the commercial issues involved in the transaction, and drove the deal to a rapid and satisfying conclusion for both parties. I found Moorcrofts to be responsive and cost-effective, and would not hesitate to instruct them again.
Adrian Phillips was delighted to act for the shareholders of Phlexglobal Limited on the recent sale of Phlexglobal to a management buy-out team financed by the private equity house, Inflexion Private Equity.
Nicola Murgatroyd, founder of Phlexglobal said:
Adrian and the team at Moorcrofts have provided Phlexglobal with first class support through a period of sustained growth, and went above and beyond to ensure the sale went through well. I can honestly say that Moorcrofts deliver to a standard seldom found outside the City.
Absolute Strategy Research Limited
Acting for Absolute Strategy Reasearch Limited in setting up in business in London. Ian Harnett said:
We have been delighted with the work that Moorcrofts has done for us. They have helped us emerge from a two person “start-up” to being able to rank as one of the leading “independent” companies in investment research. Over the past few years they have helped us secure our first offices, and provided legal advice on personnel issues as well as helped structure the contracts for various joint ventures. The quality of their input, across all areas of the firm, has been first rate – and always delivered promptly, with a friendly and practical approach. We are delighted to have Moorcrofts as our corporate lawyers.
GT Independent Financial Advisors Limited
Moorcrofts were delighted to act for the shareholders of GT Independent Financial Advisors Ltd on their recent sale to Merchant Securities, the AIM listed financial services group. Tim Wall said:
I would like to express my thanks to Adrian and the team at Moorcrofts who acted in a very personable and professional way at all times, with a combination of pragmatic advice and a degree of care in respect of the detail, well over and above the call of duty. I look forward to working with them again on a future occasion.
Acting for Totemic Lifts Limited. Derek Chick said:
Adrian and his team took control of the whole process, driving it forward for completion on time with a minimum of time and cost expended on the non essential details.
Moorcrofts were delighted to act for Prelert, the UK subsidiary of Prelert Inc, in setting up a UK EMI sub plan.
Martin Adams, of Prelert, said: “We have a complicated US structure and when looking at the market Moorcrofts seem to be the only people who really understood our situation and came to a quick resolution, even after reading our incredibly complicated documentation!
Oxford Capital Partners Limited
Advising Oxford Capital Partners in 2010 in relation to their growth capital investments into Site Intelligence Limited, Handmade Mobile Entertainment Limited and MirriAd Limited. Oxford Capital is a highly regarded and well established specialist investment firm focused on growth capital, investing across three super-growth sectors – sustainability, healthcare, and communications. David Mott of OCP said:
We have worked with Barry Maytum for many years and it was a natural step to continue working together when he joined Moorcrofts. His pragmatic approach and deep knowledge of growth capital transactions and the Enterprise Investment Scheme consistently ensure that transactions run smoothly.
We have acted for N P Record plc for a number of years on employment, corporate and commercial issues.
Adrian Phillips has been the legal adviser to the Record Group for over a decade. He is in tune with the culture and needs of our business and is viewed by the directors as a member of the team. When he decided to form Moorcrofts there was never any doubt that Record would become one of its initial clients. That was two years ago and we have not had reason to regret that decision.
Assisting the fast-growing Fego Caffé group with their restructuring and commercial property work, Jonathan First, Managing Director of Fego Operations, commented:
This was the first time I have dealt with Moorcrofts and the speed of service and level of expertise was better than my experience with City law firms that I have used up until now.
Being relatively new to the UK market we are extremely proud and excited to be renewing leases and also acquiring new ones. We look forward to expanding our brand even further and calling upon Moorcrofts for their expertise in this area.
Jeff Eisenberg, who is responsible for the setting up in the UK, said:
Again we are delighted with Moorcrofts’ quick response, value for money, and concise complete answers to our questions, including the “what other questions should we have asked?” We would not make a move in the UK without wise advice from Moorcrofts.
David Richmond, Director of Videalert said:
Our investors have shown great confidence in the rapid progress we have made since the middle of last year and Moorcrofts have allowed us to complete the transaction very swiftly and cost-effectively, maximising the cash going into the business.
Shane Coughlan, CEO of Japan based OpenDawn says of Andrew Katz:
Andrew has an unusual mix of true technical expertise and deep legal knowledge. Combined with his helpful and flexible personality, he has proven to be an excellent partner in multiple environments. Without fuss Andrew has become a leading FOSS lawyer in the UK, and currently stands shoulder to shoulder with the best in Europe and further afield. I wholeheartedly recommend trusting this gentleman to deliver. He has exceeded requirements each and every time I have worked with him.
Parnell Fisher Child & Co Limited
Assisting independant financial advisers, Parnell Fisher Child & Co Limited on the sale of 75% of their shares to the Skipton Building Society.
Perry Rapley, Managing Director of Parnell Fisher Child & Co said:
We have been involved with Moorcrofts and in particular Adrian Phillips for many years. Moorcrofts have always been more than just lawyers and have become an essential part of our team.” He added “this deal had to be completed in a very tight timescale and Moorcrofts rose to the challenge and were always willing to work long and hard hours in order to progress matters as quickly as possible. They managed to get the crux of the issues quickly and offered sensible and commercial solutions. Their input was essential in bringing this matter to a timely and satisfactory close.
Iain G. Mitchell QC
Andrew has a remarkable grasp of IP and IT Law and a unique ability to see the essence of problems. An innovative thinker, he is probably one of the best Open Source lawyers in private practice in the UK.
National Westminster Bank plc
Acting for National Westminster Bank Plc on a range of secured lending transactions.
Neil Bellamy, Associate Director:
I have been very impressed with the service from Moorcrofts so they are firmly at the top of our list for instructions. Thank you.
We acted for Thames Valley based Software Logistic Limited on their investment in Swiss company EcoDisc:
Tom Reiss, Operations Director of Software Logistics Limited said:
This investment was an unusual negotiation as there were many parties spanning three different European countries. In addition, the deal was very time pressured. I was very impressed by the speed and detail of Moorcrofts initial response and their commercial outlook on the transaction as a whole. I am confident that Moorcrofts helped us to achieve the best possible commercial outcome. Thank you to Teri Hunter for her assistance.
Moorcrofts LLP was delighted to act for IPROS plc and IPROS Software Limited in the inception of the latter company.
Rob Anderson said:
We like the Moorcrofts approach to this type of transaction, which is focused on supporting the deal and providing the legal framework to facilitate the objectives. Adrian and his team were prepared to listen to our view of what we needed and help us effectively and pragmatically navigate the legal path to achieving it.
Andrew Katz reviewed our software license agreement. Because we are dual licensed with GPL, we needed specific expertise. He provided valuable input and new ideas. The result is a license that we believe is fair to our customers but also gives us proper legal protection.
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Good Value
Curidium Medica plc
Assisting the shareholders of Curidium, an innovative life sciences company, in the reverse takeover of AIM listed Cielo Holdings plc (now renamed Curidium Medica plc).
Anne Bruinvels, Founder and CEO of Curidium said:
I have been very pleased with the Legal support received from Adrian and the team at Moorcrofts during our growth from a start-up to an AIM listed company. Their contributions have been critical to the success of the company.
Lattitude Productions Limited
Acting for Lattitude Productions Limited, advising on a TV production agreement.
Rob Coyle of Lattitude Productions Limited said:
Exceptional knowledge of his subject, great to work with and a pragmatic, creative approach to intellectual property concerns make Andrew someone at the top of his profession. Happy to highly recommend.
. . . your pragmatic approach and sound advice made a very tough time much easier.
Acting for London based Hobsons International on a company restructuring and share repurchase and related refinancing.
Tracy Adcock, director said of Teri Hunter:
We have worked with Teri Hunter of Moorcrofts in the past and have always found her to be personable and proactive. This transaction was complex and crucial for the future development of the Company and Moorcrofts handled the negotiation with professionalism and efficiency. We have already instructed Teri on other projects going forward.
Svenska Handelsbanken AB
John Parker of Svenska Handelsbanken said:
We have worked with Moorcrofts on a complex proposal within a very demanding time frame. The professionalism, sheer hard work, commitment and breadth of view shown in order to achieve their client’s needs was undoubtedly the key factor.
Les Halpin, Chairman of Lightfoot Solutions said:
I have worked with Adrian and Moorcrofts on a number of different deals over the years and have always found them to provide a good, pragmatic legal advice. Unlike many lawyers they work with you to provide a sound business solution.
Andy Redfern of Stroud LLP commented:
The partners of Stroud LLP are exceedingly grateful for the excellent service from Moorcrofts and the broad range of help you have provided from restructuring our business, supporting contractual agreements, helping with international operating agreements, employment law and conveyancing. It’s a big help to have one team provide all these services under one roof.
Laurent-Perrier (UK) Limited
We advised this prestige Champagne House in setting up their acclaimed annual design competition and on various commercial and employment issues. Suzy Perrett said:
Laurent-Perrier UK have employed Moorcrofts on many occasions and have always been very impressed with their efficiency, integrity and professionalism.
Manolete Partners LLP
We acted for Manolete Partners LLP in respect of their LLP Agreement.
Steven Cooklin, managing partner of Manolete Partners LLP said:
I have personally worked with Moorcrofts and Teri Hunter in the past and I am always impressed by their aptitude, commercial acumen and technical expertise. On this matter, they have demonstrated their complete competence again, and I will definitely be instructing them in the future.
RDF Media Limited
We acted for RDF on raising venture capital money from Sagitta. RDF produces such well-known programmes as Wife Swap, Ladette to Lady, Scrapheap Challenge, Banzai, Shipwrecked and Faking It. We acted for RDF in setting up a joint venture with Touchpaper Television Limited, and independent TV drama production company and we advise on RDF’s employment issues.
David Frank, Managing Director:
Working with Moorcrofts on a range of issues — large and small — we have been very pleased with the level of service and attention to detail. We think the firm understands well the key concerns and challenges facing growing businesses like RDF and are well positioned to give us as good and cost-effective service as we would likely get from the big City firms.
Gunn JCB Limited
We acted for the management of Gunn JCB Limited in a management buy out. The deal was backed by Barclays Bank. Gunn JCB is one of the UK’s oldest and largest distributors of JCB products.
Gordon Smith, Managing Director said:
We found Moorcrofts extremely professional and innovative whilst handling our MBO. As a ‘northern’ company using a ‘southern’ law firm we also found them to be extremely good value for money.
3M United Kingdom plc
We acted for 3M in carrying out a due diligence project on a potential worldwide target. We worked with the 3M team working alongside them effectively as part of the in-house resource.
Richard Holway Limited
We acted for Richard Holway and his fellow shareholders on the sale of Richard Holway Limited to Ovum Holdings Limited, the fast growing telecomms and software consulting company. Richard Holway is a leading commentator on the technology sector.
Richard Holway, Director said:
We found Moorcrofts to be highly motivated and their work is of high quality. The transaction was completed pretty much both to time and budget — itself remarkable! Perhaps the greatest accolade, however, that can be given to the negotiations and the legal agreement is that we have not had to refer to it once in the first year!
MLL Telecom Limited
MLL Telecom are a specialist telecoms company. Moorcrofts have acted for MLL on a variety of contractual and legal issues, including employment matters.
Godfrey Wilson, Managing Director said:
Following a number of pilot projects we realised Moorcrofts quickly understood our complex business issues which led to MLL receiving a very satisfactory service. MLL has now been able to move a lot of its legal work from London based law firms, resulting in ease of communication and reduced costs.
We acted on the sale of EconoMatters to Indian Stock Exchange quoted company Crisil, and continue to advise on legal and commercial matters including employment.
David de Ledesma, Director said:
The shareholders were impressed with the way Moorcrofts were able to complete the deal on a tight and demanding cross-border timescale.
Unusually for a law firm, Andrew’s team deliver work to budget and on time. I think of Moorcrofts as having a “Common Sense approach” to the work they do.
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity
Acting for a management buy-in team, purchasing currency counting machine manufacturers, Vacuumatic Limited. The Vacuumatic business is long established, and has subsidiaries in Germany and the USA.
Stephen Boyd, Chairman of Vacuumatic Limited said:
Moorcrofts did a first class job on this transaction, which had some complexities to deal with. Adrian and his colleagues were very professional and efficient.
We helped Handheld put in place an EMI scheme for key staff. Handheld are a fast growing young company, and regard an EMI scheme as an essential tool for growing their business. We agree, and were delighted to help them put it in place.
Pierre Lams, Director of Handheld PCs, commented that:
All of the Directors of Handheld PCs would like to thank Moorcrofts for the excellent service we have enjoyed from you whilst setting up our company EMI scheme. The attention to detail and the quality of information supplied has really impressed us! We look forward to working with Moorcrofts moving forward as our company continues to grow dynamically with your support.
IMP Events Limited
Acting for IMP Events Limited on the sale of the business continuity and technology for compliance expo’s to Reed Elsevier.
Clive Ellings, Director, IMP Events commented that:
My co-directors and I are delighted with the service we have received from the Moorcrofts team throughout this deal. They have made the entire restructuring and sale process as hassle-free as possible and we have already instructed them to get started on our next project.
We acted for Invex Capital in the management buyout of Regime Principles Limited, a Northern-based specialist textile company.
Alan Greenberg, Director said:
Moorcrofts is efficient and professional, applying itself to the individual requirements of its clients with ease and without fuss, while displaying an expertise comparable to that of any large City firm.
Moorcrofts acted for TV Network on its acquisition of Canis Media Limited and on its acquisition of a shareholding in Simply Shopping TV Limited.
John Bramm, Managing Director said:
I am very pleased to have completed this transaction so quickly. It was a complicated deal, but Moorcrofts worked really hard and efficiently to get it done on a tight time-scale.
Moorcrofts acted for the management team of this well-known network technology company on their management buy-out from the Madge Networks Group, and continue to act for them on various commercial and employment matters.
Kirstie Hallgate, VP & Legal Counsel said:
I was very pleased with the work Moorcrofts did for us, working to a very tight timescale, in a professional manner and at a very reasonable price. Their flexible, practical approach and reasonable fee structure means they will certainly be my first port of call for any future external legal advice we require.
Moorcrofts advised Dexx on the establishment of its business and the out-licensing and development of its product patent portfolio, including negotiations with three of the four biggest global cleaning products companies.
Mike Powell, CEO said:
It is our view that Moorcrofts Corporate Law are an excellent team to do business with. Moorcrofts speed, efficiency and especially their commercial creativity, set them ahead of and quite apart from other legal teams that we have worked with. Moorcrofts is a very significant contributor to our commercial success.
Opal Healthcare Limited
Moorcrofts has assisted Opal Healthcare with a variety of legal issues on Opal’s start-up including employment, fundraising and contract matters, including international joint venture and pharmaceutical licensing deals.
Yasmin Crawford, Director said:
Opal has been delighted with the thorough, diligent work that Moorcrofts have completed for us to date. Opal is a start-up company and has required support in various areas of business set up as well as mainly contractual work in developing working partnerships with other companies. Payment time lines are crucial in the early years for Opal of which Moorcrofts have also understood. We look forward to working with you for some time to come.
We have acted for this software company on a suite of business contracts ranging from Consultancy Agreements to Internet Application Development Services. We have also been working on preparing staff bonus schemes and EMI.
Alexander Craig, Director said:
Bit10 Limited has worked with Moorcrofts for a number of years and continues to find their service extremely professional and efficient. In addition, as a developing Internet Services business, Moorcrofts’ comprehensive understanding of issues relating to IT law has allowed us to conduct our business based on a secure legal footing, with contracts and service agreements that can be understood by both us and our customers, as well as being carefully tailored to the unique blend of services that we offer.
Thesaurus Computer Services Limited
Moorcrofts has worked with Thesaurus Computer Services Limited on a range of issues, including fundraising and share schemes.
Glenn Burns, Chief Financial Officer said:
I have always been more than happy with the service that Moorcrofts have provided.
We have set up an EMI Scheme for this young and growing web and database company and continue to support them on employment issues.
Iain Robertson, Managing Director said:
As a small technology company we were impressed with the ability of Moorcrofts to understand and interpret our needs. Through their help we have laid firm legal foundations for our business.
Dillon Technology (Europe) Limited
We acted for the vendors on the sale of the company.
Richard Dillon said:
We were very pleased with the excellent service and support from the Moorcrofts team made up of Teri Hunter and Adrian Phillips. The sale process was new to us, and we were impressed with their ability to explain complicated matters clearly and concisely. Their response was always rapid and their approach to the deal was very pro active, which helped to move the transaction to a successful close.
DC Leisure Management Limited
We acted for the Shareholders in the sale of this sports centre management company to the OCS Group.
Mark Bremner, Director said:
We think Moorcrofts are efficient and effective whilst retaining a friendly style with their clients. Excellent value, we recommend them.
We have acted for a supplier of web enabled project collaboration service in drafting their core business contracts.
Dak Liyanearachchi, Managing Director said:
Moorcrofts have given an excellent level of service to the business. In contract negotiations we have worked with some pretty tight deadlines, but Moorcrofts have been very flexible and professional in order to deliver on time.
Copernicus Holdings Limited
We acted for this ASP billing service provider in raising first round finance from Durlacher.
We also helped them put together their Dutch joint venture with Strigidae, a Dutch telecomms consultancy company.
We also set up an EMI Scheme for Copernicus, being one of the first EMI Schemes put in place in the country.
Matthew Sullivan, CEO said:
It has been a pleasure to deal with Moorcrofts, with its highly professional, personal approach to clients. In my experience, all queries are dealt with speedily and efficiently, and the emphasis is on communication with clients. All my dealings with this firm have been highly satisfactory and very positive.