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Ashley Gurr

  • Experience

    Ashley Gurr is an experienced Solicitor who has represented SME clients for many years in the fields of Commercial Property, General Commercial and Employment Law.

    After completing Law School, Ashley joined a highly-regarded, full-service Solicitors firm in North Worcestershire, where he quickly progressed from Trainee Solicitor to Assistant Solicitor, and then on to Associate Solicitor, spending almost 5 years there across two spells. During this period, Ashley predominantly worked with SME clients, and he developed a very good understanding of their needs and requirements. Accordingly, he developed his reputation as an astute Solicitor with a keen eye for detail and genuine commercial awareness.

    In 2012, Ashley set up his own successful niche Law Firm in the North Worcestershire / South Birmingham area, which specialised in Commercial and Employment Law. Following an impressive period of growth and client-wins, in 2014 he merged his practice with his previous Firm to widen the services offered to his clients. As a result of the merger, Ashley became Partner in charge over the Commercial, Commercial Property and Employment Law departments. Following a takeover of the Firm in 2018 by a regional Legal 500 firm, Ashley became a Consultant Solicitor.

    He also has post-qualification experience working as an In House Lawyer at a FTSE 250 international consultancy group, advising on Commercial Contracts, and at a FTSE 100 multi-national utility giant, in a Contract Strategy role.

    The bulk of his experience on the Commercial Property side lies in commercial Leases and freehold acquisitions and disposals, ranging from retail premises, licensed premises, industrial units and offices etc. He has experience of working for both Landlord and Tenant, and is particularly good at negotiating appropriate Lease clauses to safeguard his clients.

    On the General Commercial side, Ashley has experience in bespoke Contracts, Business Formation, Standard Terms and Conditions, Business Sales & Purchases and also Partnership Agreements and Shareholder Agreements etc. Finally, on the Employment side, Ashley has acted for both SME and Senior Employee clients on matters ranging from Settlement Agreements (including in particular negotiating terms for Senior Directors), Redundancies, Grievances, Tribunal Claims, ACAS Settlements and everything in between.

    In his own words:

    “I enjoy getting under the ‘skin’ of a client’s business to truly understand it, so that I can really add value and provide precise, commercially-centric advice fitting their specific business and its circumstances.”

  • Education

    • 2003 – Royal Holloway, University of London – BSc (Hons) – Management – 2:1
    • 2005 – The College of Law (now University of Law) – Post Graduate Diploma in Law
    • 2006 – The College of Law (now University of Law) – Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
    • 2008 – Admitted as a Solicitor
    • Full Law Society Membership

  • Achievements

    • Awarded a Distinction from The College of Law in his final Law Exams, known as the Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
    • Founded his own thriving, niche Law Firm at the age of just 30.
    • Appointed Equity Partner and Head of Commercial at an excellent Firm with a seven-figure turnover at just 32 years of age.

  • Other Interests

    Ashley is an avid football fan (much to his wife’s annoyance!) and regularly watches his beloved Aston Villa FC, but also he enjoys going to football further down the pyramid in the Non-League scene. He also enjoys taking his dog for nice walks, and generally spending time relaxing with his family.

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Rebecca Briam

Since qualification in 2005, Rebecca Briam has gained significant experience in leading corporate and general commercial matters having trained and worked at firms in the City of London. She advises on a wide variety of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, group reorganisations, joint ventures, partnerships, shareholders agreements and general commercial agreements.

Rebecca has worked in-house, advising a private equity backed company on multiple acquisitions in the healthcare sector.

In her own words…

I really enjoy working with SMEs because you truly get to understand the client’s business as a whole and can make a real difference to that business. I find it interesting working with and advising the key decision makers and understanding what drives their business strategy so that my legal advice can take this into account.

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Richard Beckwith

Richard Beckwith is an experienced litigator, having qualified as a solicitor in 2007. He has specialist expertise in construction disputes, commercial law and ADR.

Richard started his career at a regional Norfolk firm qualifying into the commercial litigation department. Richard subsequently worked for the construction practices at Hill Dickinson LLP and Taylor Vinters where he acted in a range of contentious and non contentious construction matters.

Richard subsequently joined the legal department of SThree plc, a multi national recruitment company, where he advised the company on litigation and commercials matter. Since 2015, Richard has combined work as a solicitor with practice as a mediator and mediation advocate.

Richard’s has experience in a range of disputes including commercial litigation, regulatory investigations and construction litigation (including construction adjudication). Combining litigation and mediation skills, Richard is able to advise on a range of solutions to disputes, from how to negotiate a settlement to taking the matter to trial (if necessary).

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Carla Brannan

Carla Brannan is a dual-qualified (South Africa and England) commercial solicitor with more than 10 years’ experience working in both private practice and in-house settings. Carla has worked across a number of sectors, with the majority of her experience having been gained in hospitality, retail and leisure companies.

Carla has strong skills in contract drafting, vetting and negotiating and providing post-execution contract support and is accustomed to supporting executive decision making by providing commercially pragmatic legal advice.

Carla has worked in-house for both large corporate entities and for SMEs and start-up entities and over the last few years of her career, Carla has taken a preference to working for SMEs.

Why I like working for SMEs…

“From a work perspective, there is nothing more rewarding than feeling part of a small team who value your input and advice. So often, solicitors are put in a box and labelled as people who create more problems and don’t give practical advice. Working for SMEs is a game changer in this regard – solicitors are now trusted and respected to help SMEs grow and flourish.”

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Katy Dissen

Katy Dissen qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and has gained experience working in the property department of a large city firm. Prior to that she studied History at The University of Nottingham and Law at Kaplan University London.

She has acted for a number of FTSE100 companies, as well as developers, banks and other corporates. She has experience in a wide variety of real estate transactions, including real estate finance and the disposal and acquisition of commercial property. As well as all aspects of real estate investment, including sales and purchases.

In addition she has a wide range of experience working with SME’s assisting them with all aspects of landlord and tenant matters, lease negotiations, completion, surrenders, wayleaves and general property queries.

In Katy’s own words: “Working with small business owners is so much more rewarding than working with larger corporations as you are able to help people realise their business ambitions in a very tangible way by creating a friendly and efficient working relationship that is tailored to each clients specific needs.”

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Johannes Duminy

Johannes Duminy started his legal career in South Africa in 1999 before qualifying as a solicitor in England in 2009. Johannes has over 10 years’ experience in both litigation and non-contentious commercial matters. Johannes’ litigation experience includes professional negligence claims, construction claims, financial services claims, property disputes, shareholders and partnership disputes, LIBOR claims and mortgage mis-selling claims. Johannes has litigated in forums such as the High Court, County Court, Small Claims Court, First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), European Small Claims Court and various Ombudsman forums including the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Pensions Ombudsman. Johannes also represented clients successfully in Mediation and adjudication.

On the non-contentious side, Johannes’ experience includes drafting and negotiating various commercial agreements and conducting company share sales and purchases.

Johannes has a very good understanding of the legal challenges faced by small or medium size businesses in the UK and across the world and he is committed to walking a road with his clients, no matter how big or small they are. Johannes believes that legal advice should not only be robust but also commercially viable and must make commercial sense.

In his own words:

‘’I am big fan of alternative ways to settle commercial disputes, whether through mediation, adjudication, ombudsman schemes or old fashion round table talks. I find that if you pick the correct forum and plan around this from the start you give yourself the best possible chance to reach an amicable settlement that also make commercial sense from a financial perspective.’’

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