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Michael Walby

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Michael Walby is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate team. 

“Brings energy and passion to all the work he does”. - Legal 500 2017

“approachable and trustworthy’ M&A expert Michael Walby”- Legal 500 2019

Michael Walby is a Partner in Burnetts’ corporate law team. He studied at the University of Liverpool where he completed a Masters of Law and then completed an LPC at Nottingham Law School.

One of the leading corporate lawyers in the North West, Michael returned to Burnetts in 2013 following ten years at international law firm Pinsent Masons, where he gained a wide range of experience of corporate and commercial matters. Michael was appointed as a partner in 2014.

“I was hugely impressed with Michael’s work ethic and his dedication in achieving the best outcome for us.” – Client feedback

Experienced in all aspects of corporate law, Michael specialises in business acquisitions and sales. He has led many strategic and high-value transactions, including advising a leading supermarket group on acquisitions and joint ventures, and advising SIG PLC on several business acquisitions and disposals.

Michael consistently delivers transactions that exceed clients’ expectations, meets their timescales, and has established himself as a reliable adviser on business issues to several of the region’s largest companies, including H&H Group PLC, Lloyd Motors, Cumbria Waste Group and Lowe Clothing International. Michael is passionate about business and particularly enjoys acting as a sounding board to entrepreneurs, assisting them with business strategy as well as legal matters.

“outstanding commercial and legal acumen" and "his attention to detail is excellent and any potential issues are flagged up at an early stage, along with recommendations as to how to resolve these issues in a pragmatic way." – Chambers 2019

Michael is one of the most active corporate lawyers in the region. He is well connected in the business community in the north-West and beyond. Michael has strong relationships with banks, accountants and corporate finance advisers in the region.

Michael is a former pupil of Cockermouth School, a Trustee of Austin Friars and provides legal support to a local youth charity. He is married to Kate and has two children, Bella and Seb.

“Michael was a consummate professional throughout, and we completely trusted his expert advice and judgment – he added so much value for us” – Client feedback