January 19, 2018
Edward Smethurst and Jonathan Durkin are extremely excited and proud to announce that Siobhan Beattie has now joined our Liverpool Commercial Property team as Head of Conveyancing.
Siobhan brings with her a number of multi-billion-pound property developments and is looking forward to working with us to expand our offering in the property investment market, with both domestic and international buyers.
Siobhan studied in Liverpool and completed her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester. She joined a large law firm in London in 2013 specialising in property. Siobhan grew the New Build Development department and built up a close relationship with many Developers and Purchasers ensuring a smooth and efficient exchange and completion.
Siobhan’s area of expertise is large-scale residential development and is experienced in “in the room exchanges” at property launches. Siobhan also has experience dealing with:-
- Buying and selling plots of land
- Shared ownership schemes
- Transfer of equity
- Buying and selling freehold properties
- Help to Buy matters
January 18, 2018
David Howard is a solicitor with a wealth of experience having been in practise for 50 years and a Notary Public since 1977. We are incredible privileged to have someone of David’s experience working in our firm and heading our Commercial Property Department working predominantly from our Liverpool office.
David’s specialist areas of law include
- Residential conveyancing
- Commercial Property including Sales all forms of leases
- Company Sales and Purchases including Share options, shareholders agreements
- Winging up matters
- Commercial disputes as well as Dispute Resolution
- Acquisition and Sale of businesses
- Commercial franchising and distribution
- Business Property, lease renewals and amendments
- Landlord and Tenant 1954 Act
- All areas of Notary Public work
David has previously been a managing partner for more than 22 years. During his illustrious and extensive career has represented a huge number of major companies, individuals of private wealth and charities. In his spare time David enjoys reading, traveling to various trade shows and the occasional cake and chocolate biscuit.”
January 17, 2018
Jonathan is a commercial lawyer with over 20 years’ experience as a Solicitor. He specialises in advising practitioners in the healthcare professions including dentists, doctors, pharmacists, opticians and also veterinary surgeons.
In the dental sector, he advises corporate dental organisations and individual dental practitioners across England and Wales on the acquisition and disposal of NHS and private practices as well as dealing with partnership agreements, expense sharing arrangements, goodwill transfers and employment issues arising therefrom.
He also advises dentists on legal issues with the NHS and Care Quality Commission.
Jonathan is also an experienced litigator and handles dispute resolution for dentists and doctors and other healthcare professionals, whether by mediation or litigation and regulatory matters concerning the General Dental Council, General Medical Council and other healthcare regulatory bodies.
Jonathan is client focused and believes that the best way to assist his clients is by meeting them at the outset in order to establish a relationship with them. His goal is always to assist his clients to achieve the vest solution with as little “discomfort and pain” as possible.
Chair of Greater Manchester Dental Advisers (GMDA) since 2011. The GMDA is a network of like-minded professionals advising dentists on accounting, financial, banking and practice matters.
“I instructed Jonathan to deal with a very tricky dental matter. My NHS contract was under threat of removal by NHS England unless I managed to find another location from which to practice. He was able to handle the issues that I had with the Area Team very professionally and was successful in locating a nearby practice for me to transfer my GDS contract to. In doing so, he protected it and essentially that allowed me to continue practising. I cannot thank him enough for his hard work and commitment to the cause and would recommend his services to any dentist in distress”
– Dr Asad Khan, Dentist
“Kate & Mike Somerville instructed Jonathan in the sale of our practice to a corporate. He dealt with the many trials and tribulations excellently and steered the sale through to completion in accordance with the timetable that the parties had agreed. His management of the matter was very much appreciated by us.”
January 11, 2018
Andrew is the Office Managing Partner and leads the Manchester litigation team. He is an experienced commercial litigator who deals with a wide variety of business disputes, including breaches of contract, negligence (by professionals and others), directors’ duties, shareholders’ rights, sale and supply of goods and services, construction and fraud. Andrew has represented clients in court proceedings up to and including the Supreme Court but is also a strong advocate of using alternative dispute resolution (especially mediation) to find commercial, cost-effective solutions to clients’ disputes.
January 11, 2018
Simon Gerrard – Partner & Head of Insolvency
Simon joined Prosperity Law LLP in September 2019 as Head of Insolvency. Simon has a wealth of experience at leading international law firms, in the UK and Australia, acting for a varied client base ranging from Insolvency Practitioners, directors, professional sports clubs and individuals.
Simon is an experienced insolvency and commercial litigator with a proven track record of assisting clients to resolve their commercial disputes. His experience extends to insolvency, contractual, technology, partnership and professional practice, regulatory and shareholder disputes.
Simon is a tenacious and tactically astute litigator. His tireless approach to litigation has been recommended in the UK Legal 500, in which he was credited as being “extremely competent and efficient” and adopting “a practical and tactical approach”.
Simon’s experience includes:
• $100m claim against the trustee of an insolvent debenture fund in Australia
• £2m fraudulent dissipation of monies claim against an accountancy practice and associated third parties
• Advising Insolvency Practitioners on a wide range of claims arising in an insolvency context, including breach of director’s duties, misfeasance, transactions at an undervalue, wrongful and fraudulent trading
• Numerous partnership and professional practice disputes, including claims involving dishonesty and fraudulent conduct
• Acting as an independent advisor to the Financial Conduct Authority concerning interest rate hedging product claims
• Acting for professional rugby league clubs concerning commercial disputes with sponsors and creditors
• Making and defending injunctions including Freezing Orders and other interim applications
January 10, 2018
Jonathan is based at our Liverpool office and represents a large number of local business and individuals across Liverpool as well as clients throughout Merseyside and Lancashire in both contentious and non-contentious matters.
In addition to having his Higher Rights to Audience as a High Court Advocate in Civil Proceedings Jonathan is also a Notary Public having qualified from the Law Faculty at the University College of London in 2016.
Jonathan is able to offer a broad legal service to his clients given his expertise in all aspects of commercial litigation. He is able to advise on the preparation of international and national commercial contracts, leases, company disputes, property litigation, landlord and tenant issues, enforcement, debt recovery and dispute resolution.
Jonathan has a keen interest in the local business community and is able to assist new and developing companies with all legal matters. Jonathan takes an active approach to assisting his clients so as to help their business succeed.
In his role as a Notary Jonathan can aid clients looking to get married abroad, bring proceedings in a foreign jurisdictions, relocate to a new country, certify qualifications, execute powers of attorney etc… for more information please visit www.JonathanDurkin.co.uk
January 10, 2018
Edward has over 20 years’ experience as a solicitor and during his time has acted for a number of high profile clients and causes. Edward has worked in both private practice and in commerce and industry and has been involved, throughout his career, in a wide range of corporate and commercial work for a diverse client base including private and public companies. Edward is recognised as having a highly commercial and client-focused approach.
Edward is also the Chairman of Palladium Associates PLC and the Chairman of Prosperity Sports Management Ltd. Edward has a wealth of experience in the sports sector having acted extensively for both clubs and players. He has also previously been a Director of a Premiership Rugby Club for 4 years. Edward also has a great deal of international experience having worked extensively all over the world. Edward has been the Law Society’s representative as a Director of the European Company Lawyers Association (ECLA) from 2003 to 2009. Edward has extensive experience in litigation, employment, and company commercial matters.
For the past 20 years, Edward has been the Chairman of the Law Society Commerce & Industry Group North West, an organisation formed by in-house lawyers for in-house lawyers and administered by an Executive Committee.
All Edward’s time is given free of charge to help and support the North West In House community. The society organise regular seminars and events in the North West and any proceeds made from these events is donated to Cancer Research UK.
Awards & Honors
- Outstanding Achievement Award at the Manchester Legal Awards, 2012
- Lifetime Achievement Award at the Commerce & Industry Group North West Annual Awards, 2014