New corporate partner strengthens “Top Tier” team
Burnetts has strengthened its Corporate and Commercial team with the appointment of a new partner from one of the UK’s largest firms.
Burnetts has appointed Michael Walby as a Partner in its Corporate and Commercial team. Michael, who joins Burnetts from the Leeds office of Pinsent Masons, spent the early part of his career at Burnetts.
Formerly a Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons, Michael grew up in Aspatria. Now with more than a decade’s experience in corporate and commercial law, he is returning to Cumbria with wife Kate (a former Lookaround presenter) and daughter Isabella.
During his time at Pinsent Masons, Michael worked with a variety of companies and owner managed businesses on issues including acquisitions, disposals, private equity investments, joint ventures, re-organisations, fundraisings, and general company and partnership advice. Michael's experience includes advising a leading supermarket group on business acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures (He also spent time on secondment in the group’s commercial legal team.) and advising SIG PLC on a wide range of matters including the recent disposal of its majority interest in ICE Energy Technologies Limited. He also advised the management of inov8 on the private equity investment into the company and UK Sport and the directors of the Yorkshire Tour de France company on corporate governance matters.
Nick Gutteridge, Managing Partner at Burnetts, said, “Michael has established an excellent reputation as a corporate lawyer and trusted adviser to a number of well known businesses. He will be a key member of our successful Corporate and Commercial department, and we are extremely proud to be able to attract a lawyer of Michael’s proven calibre back to Cumbria and back to Burnetts.”
Michael added “Having thoroughly enjoyed my training, and the early part of my career with Burnetts, I am delighted to be returning as a Partner. I am very much looking forward to working with the team and renewing relationships with clients and business colleagues in the region. One of my key aims over the next 12 months will be to focus on building long-lasting relationships with the region’s entrepreneurs, and to assist them with each stage of the life-cycle of their businesses. I would also like to demonstrate that there is no need for local businesses to seek legal advice outside of the County: we have the expertise right here in Cumbria, and at the right price. I will be working hard to reinforce that message.”
Burnetts’ corporate and commercial lawyers were ranked as “Top Tier” in the latest edition of the Legal 500, a prestigious guide to leading lawyers. Michael joins Partners John Noctor and Vaughan Jones in the team.All News