Awarded the highest team rankings by Chambers UK and tier 2 in The Legal 500 UK, many of our highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyers are regarded as ‘leading individuals’ in the legal directories. The team is a major presence within the Thames Valley region acting for successful entrepreneurs, growing businesses, inward investors, and national and international corporates. It also has expertise in waste management, food, technology and the pharmaceutical sectors. Alex Zachary leads the team and Simon Deans is Managing Partner at the firm.


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Chambers UK 2024

  • Corporate / M&A team ranked in Band 1 
  • David Smellie Band 1 in Corporate / M&A 
  • Simon Deans Band 3 in Corporate / M&A 
  • Alex Zachary Band 2 in Corporate / M&A and Band 1 in Environment

Legal 500

  • Team ranked in Tier 2 in Corporate and Commercial
  • Alex Zachary ranked as Leading individual in Corporate and Commercial and Environment
  • Simon Deans ranked as Leading individual in Corporate and Commercial
  • David Smellie listed as a Recommended Lawyer in Corporate and Commercial
  • Beth Miel ranked as Rising star in Corporate and Commercial

The Times Best Law Firms

The firm has been ranked in The Times Best Law Firms since 2022.


The team is delighted to have received the following awards in positive recognition of the quality of work, supported by exceptional testimonials from clients.

  • Winner of the Corporate Law Firm of the Year in Thames Valley at the 2023 Insider’s Dealmakers Awards.
  • Winner in two categories at Thames Valley Deals Awards 2023  – Corporate to Corporate Deal of the Year as well as Mid-Range Deal of the Year (£10m-£50m).

Insider Dealmakers Awards Thames Valley 2023  Corporate Law Firm of the Year 2023 at the Insider Dealmakers Awards in Thames Valley 2023

Other firm/lawyer accreditations

  • Holly McNeil won Junior Lawyer of the Year 2023 by BB&O Law Society.
  • Winner of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, Excellence in Customer Service Award 2023.
  • Gold Winner for the Service Excellence Award 2023 for SME MK Buckinghamshire Business Awards.

Key clients

Many of our clients prefer to stay anonymous but here are a few that have allowed us to share their names:

  • Biffa Waste Management Limited
  • Clinimed Holdings Limited
  • Rico Logistics Limited
  • Summerleaze Limited
  • R H Amar & Co Limited
  • P B Donoghue
  • Utonomy Limited
  • White Light Limited
  • The Amtico Company Limited
  • Fidelis group of companies

Team Testimonials

‘A very experienced team who always provide a high level of service and support.’– Legal 500, 2024

‘The stand out partner for me is Alex Zachary. His legal knowledge and experience are invaluable as he provides both advice and solutions for the most complicated situations. Alex is always able to determine a way forward and he has the ability to assimilate large amounts of information and give a considered viewpoint within a short space of time.’– Legal 500, 2024

Senior associate Beth Miel has varied expertise spanning joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements.’ – Legal 500, 2024

‘David Smellie assists clients with commercial arrangements within the insurance and entertainment sectors, while Simon Deans maintains a technology focused practice.’ – Legal 500, 2024


Hollys experience with the team

Meet the team