Legal 500 2017
Moorcrofts LLP feature prominently in the South-East category for Corporate and Commercial, Employment and IT Law.
Corporate and Commercial – Moorcrofts LLP has ‘a very good knowledge of the relevant subject matter’ and ‘executes all tasks thoroughly’. The practice has solid expertise handling mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, company reformation and banking matters, and frequently advises business angels on funding and investment options.
In a recent highlight, Teri Hunter advised the vendor shareholders of Grand Parade on its £13.6m sale to William Hill, handling the due diligence process and renegotiating a share purchase agreement. The group also acted for Uncle Buck on a £28m investment into its business by Smart Box Capital, and advised The Crystal Group on its £4m refinancing.
Employment – The ‘business-focused’ team at Moorcrofts LLP has strong experience in niche and general areas of employment law, and provides ‘excellent response times along with clear, concise and practical advice’.
The team was strengthened by the arrival of Matt Jenkin, who heads the practice and is ‘extremely pragmatic’ and ‘gets straight to the points that matter in a cost-effective and efficient way’.
Information Technology – With ‘a solid technical background in software and a detailed knowledge of the relevant law’, Moorcrofts LLP’s chief executive Andrew Katz is often retained in open source licensing, open hardware, data protection and contract work.
Moorcrofts is a Chambers and Partners recommended firm for Corporate/M&A and Information Technology with Adrian Phillips, Teri Hunter and Andrew Katz ranked as ‘leading Lawyers’ and Peter Woolley being identified as ‘one to watch’.
Adrian Phillips of Moorcrofts LLP acts for local corporates and financial institutions in both refinancings and arranging facilities for corporate transactions. One client described him as “an outstanding lawyer and one of the most agile, impressive minds I have worked with.”
Adrian Phillips of Moorcrofts LLP recently acted for TBI in drafting documentation linked the UK Airports reorganisation and divestment programme, valued at around £280 million. Sources say he is “very talented at problem solving.”
Andrew Katz: is recognised for his expertise in open source licensing. One client says he is “good on data protection and an open source licensing expert,” adding: “He’s immensely knowledgeable.”
Legal 500 and Chambers 2014
Moorcrofts is a Legal 500 recommended firm for Corporate and Commercial, Banking and Finance, Employment, IP, IT and Telecoms and Media and Entertainment.
Recent work for Adrian Phillips’ team at Moorcrofts LLP includes advising Varisys on its £22m sale to Ultra Electronics.
Adrian Phillips: acted for Saffery Champness on its acquisition of Tenon Film & TV Unit. Sources say: “He comes up with solutions to problems, he has good commercial awareness, he is very proactive, and he leads efficiently from the front, chasing me and the team up.”
Andrew Katz : is an expert on all aspects of open source software, and has a stable of clients that extends across the globe.
Corporate/M&A – Moorcrofts delivers corporate finance advice to start-up companies, where it assists in business restructurings and return of share capital as well as M&A transactions. In the past year it assisted Gas Strategies Holdings in the acquisition of shares in Indian-quoted company Crisil. It also advised Adecq Digital on a reverse takeover of Motiv Television.
Key individuals: Adrian Phillips focuses on M&A deals and is praised for being “commercial, efficient and quick in turning work around.”
Information Technology – Moorcrofts has a good-quality IT practice with a niche specialism in matters relating to open source software. Its solicitors have the experience and technological expertise to advise on legal issues arising from work at the cutting edge of the sector, including the licensing of new software, and matters involving cloud computing.
Key individuals: Andrew Katz is a well-regarded lawyer whose practice straddles IT and IP. Clients say he “is an expert on open source licensing. He understands the issues relating to licensing software products in the business market.”
Legal 500 2011
Corporate and Commercial – Moorcrofts LLP advises clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters, with the arrival of Barry Maytum bringing an increase in private equity work. The “exceptional” team recently acted on a reverse AIM listing for Adecq Digital, and advised on an acquisition for Landmark Information Group (part of the Daily Mail group). Clients praise practice head Adrian Phillips for his “deep level of technical knowledge”.
Corporate/M&A – According to sources, this Marlow team “communicates clearly and responds quickly”. It recently represented Hertford International Group on the acquisition of Cheque Exchange from Provident Financial by way of reverse takeover.
Key individuals Adrian Phillips “has a very sound business acumen and deals with complex issues in a pragmatic manner”.
Information Technology – This compact firm in Marlow is particularly adept at advising software and Internet companies on technical issues, including open source software and cloud computing.
Former computer programmer Andrew Katz is able to handle the most complicated technical issues. Clients say he is “thorough and attentive,” and provides advice that is always “reasonable from a business perspective”.
Corporate/M&A – This Marlow based team has continued to grow its AIM expertise . . . The outfit maintains a strong client list that is appreciative of its lower cost ratio. The “hugely respectable” Adrian Phillips leads the group.
Information Technology – This practice in Marlow in Buckinghamshire advises a range of software companies and start-ups on the IP aspects of their software licensing. Its leading partner Andrew Katz has particular expertise in open source software matters.