Wake Smith expands after second year of £100m-plus deals

Wake Smith has strengthened its company and commercial department in Sheffield after a stellar year in which the firm acted on deals worth in excess of £107 million.

High-profile transactions in 2018 and 2019 have included advising waste management specialist Red Industries on its acquisition of West Midlands based Environmental Resource Group and representing Guardian Electrical Compliance on its sale to AIM-listed Premier Technical Services Group.

Wake Smith also supported the shareholders of Billington International on the company’s sale to James Jones & Sons.

To mark the second year of £100 million-plus deals, Wake Smith has appointed assistant solicitor Dean Goulding to join the existing three-strong team of Duncan Shepherd, John Baddeley and Rebecca Robinson.

Goulding, who graduated in law from the University of Sheffield and who also holds a master’s in commercial law, has joined Wake Smith from Harper James in Sheffield.

Shepherd, head of the company and commercial department at Wake Smith, said: “This is the second year running we have completed deals over the £100 million value in a 12-month period and reinforces the depth of experience and contacts we have at Wake Smith.”

“We, as established dealmakers, have achieved some exceptional outcomes for our clients on both the buy and sell-side, through some complex legal work, confirming our position as one of the main players in the Sheffield and South Yorkshire in terms of market share and transactional exposure.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Dean to the team and I believe he will be a great addition to our Sheffield office. Their recruitment reflects our continued dedication to ensuring clients receive the best service possible.”

Goulding added: “I am absolutely delighted to have joined Wake Smith. It is great to be part of such a friendly and well respected firm. Wake Smith already has a strong reputation in the region’s corporate market and it is my intention to help grow this even further in the coming years.”

Pictured: John Baddeley, Dean Goulding, Rebecca Robinson and Duncan Shepherd