• Our award-winning Corporate, Banking and Finance team is recognised as one of the leading teams in the South East.

    We offer a full range of services, including advice on mergers and acquisitions, shareholder arrangements, restructuring and joint venture arrangements. We can also provide specialist expertise in corporate transactions.

    Our legal expertise assists clients of a range of types and sizes, from owner-managed businesses to multi-national corporations.

    Why choose our Corporate Law team?

    Providing our clients with the best possible service is very important to us. Our corporate law specialists take the time to understand your commercial and strategic objectives and work to achieve the best outcome for you.

    In a very real way, we will be your partner throughout the deal process, supporting you and helping you achieve the right result.

    We consistently gain recognition from clients and the corporate finance industry for the quality of service we provide, the depth of our expertise and our practical, easy-to-deal-with approach.

    Our corporate law team is particularly recognised as a regional heavyweight in mergers and acquisitions, sales, management buyouts, private equity and restructuring.

    You will benefit from our strong relationships with the region’s leading accountants, corporate finance advisers and banks. We are appointed to the legal panels of a number of institutional lenders and act for all the major high street banks, including Handelsbanken, HSBC, Lloyds, NatWest and Santander, in relation to their commercial and corporate lending.

    Brachers is a member of the Marcalliance network, an international alliance of independent law firms. This enables us to tap into extensive local-jurisdiction legal experience to help clients operating internationally, and to carry out complex cross-border work.

    Recognition of our expertise

    By choosing our Corporate solicitors to represent you, you can be sure that you are in expert hands.

    Our Corporate Law team is highly ranked by leading legal directory Chambers and Partners. Head of the team James Bullock along with Partner Matthew Simmonds are ranked in Band 1 for Corporate M&A in the South of England in the 2022 directory. Partner Claire Williams is also individually highly ranked for her expertise.

    The team is ranked Tier 1 in in the Legal 500 2022 directory, with James Bullock and Matthew Simmonds named as ‘Recommended Lawyers’ and Claire Williams recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’.

    Brachers is a member of the Kent Corporate Finance Alliance, an independent network of specialist corporate finance professional advisers. Partner Claire Williams has sat on the steering committee since its inception in 2010.

    We are also proud to regularly be recognised in a number of industry awards, including the Kent Corporate Finance Awards and the South East Dealmakers Awards.  In 2021, the team was shortlisted for four South East Dealmakers Awards, including a nomination for Claire Williams as Corporate Lawyer of the Year.

    Find out more about our awards, accreditations and partnerships.

    How we can help

    Simply expand the sections below for more information on the services and support available to you.


    • Corporate banking law and asset-based lending

      Corporate restructures and demergers

      Joint venture companies

      Mergers, acquisitions and disposals

      Partnerships and LLPs

      Private equity and venture finance law

      Shareholder arrangements and share option schemes

    • How to contact us

      Our Corporate solicitors are based in Maidstone and Canterbury and are ready to help with any legal advice you need.

      You can call us on 01622 690691, email us or use the contact form on this page.

Key Contacts - Corporate, Banking and Finance Law:

Meet the Team:

  • The Brachers corporate team have delivered for us every time on several disposals and acquisitions. Their commercial approach to dealmaking is excellent and they quickly understand the risk appetite of an entrepreneur and appreciate the necessary flexibility needed to get deals over the line.

    The Legal 500 2022
  • Widely experienced corporate practice which displays a particular affinity for private equity work, offering extensive expertise in advising investors and investees on transactional matters and portfolio company work.

    Chambers & Partners
  • It is an extremely experienced and efficient team that is good with time management

    Chambers & Partners 2022
  • They are attentive and quite happy to turn things around quickly. They are approachable and talk things through with us.

    Chambers & Partners
  • London-quality advice from a responsive and approachable local firm.

    Client quote
  • Communication was excellent throughout the engagement.

    Client quote
  • The team is very good at explaining complex legal technology, has excellent response times and provides practical solutions during negotiations

    Chambers & Partners 2022
  • Everyone I have dealt with has been helpful, effective and efficient

    Chambers & Partners 2022