• Hierons is a niche law firm located in Belgravia,
    London with a focus on corporate law
    and commercial litigation.

  • Our Team

  • About Hierons

    "There’s a lot work out there that requires a small experienced team intent on getting the work done quickly and well. Our practice is entirely client driven”– Richard Hierons

    Hierons is a niche law firm located in Belgravia, London with a focus on corporate law and commercial litigation. We work in small experienced teams to provide cost effective commercial legal advice.

    Our Network - Knowing the Right People

    We work with the best lawyers in the City and
    around the world to provide a seamless and
    integrated service. Our network has a number
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    • Key Facts: Co-Founder & Barrister

      Qualified: 1983
      Commercial Litigation
      Insolvencey Law
      Employment Law
      Head of Litigation Team

    Richard Southall

    Background

    Richard is a member of Middle Temple and was called to the Bar in 1983. Following pupillage with James Munby (now Lord Justice Munby) Richard joined 2 Harcourt Buildings in the Temple (relocating to 17 Bedford Row in 1990). In 2004, after twenty years at the Bar, Richard was asked to join a West End Solicitors’ practice in order to establish a niche litigation department for its high profile clients. In June 2009 Richard Hierons invited him to work with him in founding the firm of Hierons. Together they are the founders of Hierons LLP.

    Experience

    During his time at the Bar Richard developed a substantial practice, initially focusing on commercial contract and property litigation and subsequently developing a specialisation in lenders’ claims against their professional advisers and insolvent recovery work. Richard has a number of reported cases including Zandfarid v BCCI [1996] 1 WLR 1420 (s.269 Insolvency Act 1986), Barclays Bank Plc v Martin (CA) (conjoined appeal with Royal Bank of Scotland v Etridge (No. 2) [1998] 4 All ER 705), Berkshire Capital Funding Limited v Street [1999] 78 P & CR 321 (CA) and Sutherland & Ors v V2 Music & Ors [2002] EWHC14 (Ch), [2002] EMLR 28 (passing off). As Head of Litigation at the West End firm he grew the department from a team of two solicitors to fourteen by the beginning of 2008. The client base included Royal Families from the Middle East and North Africa, several Embassies, four of the top ten Asian billionaires based in London, their groups of companies and many high net worth individuals. His team’s most notable successes came in the ground-breaking case of Feetum & Ors [2006] 2 BLCL102 and Kahn v Dunlop Haywards (DHL) Ltd [2007] All ER (D) QBD.

  • Richard’s experience has included:

    Venture Capital and Private equity transactions;

    Projects in the Middle East, notably in co-operation with a leading firm of Saudi lawyers;

    More than 20 London IPOs including acting as the lead English lawyer representing Russian oil company Lukoil on its introduction to the LSE and the IPOs of Laura Ashley and Redrow;

    Hostile public company takeovers and numerous recommended transactions;

    international joint ventures;

    Significant domestic projects such as MGRover, the Canary Wharf development, the Eurotunnel project and the sale of The Observer;

    Cross-border M&A including the US$ 1.375 billion acquisition by Inpex of Lukoil’s interest in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) project;

    Corporate aspects of financial restructurings including Worldcom and the Maxwell pension settlement.



    • Key Facts: Founding Partner

      Qualified: 1983
      Corporate advice to private clients
      Mergers and Acquisitions
      Venture Capital and Private Equity
      Corporate Finance
      Bilingual English/French

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    Richard Hierons

    Background

    Richard is a corporate lawyer acting for high net worth individuals and corporate clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, corporate finance and venture and private equity funds and transactions. Richard worked for the Head of the Corporate Group at Clifford Chance on some of the largest transactions of the 1980s, IPOs, international M&A deals and projects. From 1990 to 2000 he was a partner at Nabarro where he led one of the corporate teams. Since then he has headed the corporate group of a US firm in London and has been a senior equity partner at SNR Denton, where he remains a consultant. In June 2009 Richard founded the firm Hierons. Richard was educated at the Universities of London (LLB) and Strasbourg (Masters European Studies, First Class). He has spoken at numerous conferences, including seminars on London IPOs at Harvard and at the Adam Smith Institute.

    Experience

    Richard has 30 years’ experience of corporate work in the UK and internationally. He has a varied practice and acts for high net worth individuals, corporate clients and funds on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and corporate finance. Recent experience includes advice to entrepreneurs on business start-ups, financing, joint ventures and M&A and leading the Hierons’ team on transactions in the UK, Central Europe, Russia, Latin America and China.



    • Key Facts: Founding Partner

      Qualified: 1983
      Corporate advice to private clients
      Mergers and Acquisitions
      Venture Capital and Private Equity
      Corporate Finance
      Bilingual English/French

    Richard Hierons

    Experience (Continued)

    Richard’s experience has included:

    · Venture capital and private equity transactions;
    · Projects in the Middle East, notably in co-operation with a leading firm of Saudi lawyers;
    · More than 20 London IPOs including acting as the lead English lawyer representing Russian oil company Lukoil
    on its introduction to the LSE and the IPOs of Laura Ashley and Redrow;
    · Hostile public company takeovers and numerous recommended transactions;
    · International joint ventures;
    · Significant domestic projects such as MGRover, the Canary Wharf development, the Eurotunnel project and the sale of The Observer;
    · Cross-border M&A including the US$ 1.375 billion acquisition by Inpex of Lukoil’s interest in the
    Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) project;
    · Corporate aspects of financial restructurings including Worldcom and the Maxwell pension settlement.



    • Key Facts: Partner

      Qualified: 1997
      Commercial Litigation
      International Arbitration
      Insolvency

    Smeetesh Kakkad

    Experience (Continued)

    Smeetesh's experience has included:

    • Representing the Defendants in a high profile litigation before the English High Court involving claims of breach of contract, unfair prejudice, breach of confidence and IP infringement.
    • Acting for a shareholder of a joint venture company involved in the construction and operations of a coal-handling terminal in Ukraine, in English High Court proceedings and parallel proceedings in Cyprus in relation to a dispute under the shareholders’ agreement.
    • Acting for an international property group in an arbitration administered by the Stockholm Chamber of commerce relating to its acquisition of a new commercial development in Moscow.
    • Representing a UK based engineering company in ad hoc arbitration proceedings in England arising from the design and construction of accommodation platforms for an oilfield in Qatar.
    • Acting for the individual Claimants in a series of complex disputes before the English High Court relating to their membership rights in a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) and the operations of the LLP.



    • Key Facts: Consultant

      Qualified: 1980
      Corporate and Commercial
      Mergers and Acquisitions
      Corporate Finance
      Joint Ventures

    Neil Addison

    Experience (Continued)

    Neil's experience has included:

    • one of the lead Clifford Chance partners advising HM Government on the privatisation and simultaneous flotation of the ten water and sewerage companies; • one of the lead Clifford Chance partners advising British Rail on its privatisation and disposal of BR operating units; • advising on major international joint ventures including Sumitomo Rubber Industries/Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, GEC Capital/Thales and numerous other joint ventures; • advising Stock Exchange listed public companies including BPB Plc, Laura Ashley Plc, Littlewoods Plc, Rosehaugh Plc, Japan Airlines, Taiwan Aerospace, Thomson-CSF (Thales) and various AIM listed companies, on domestic and international acquisitions and joint ventures and public share issues; • advising investment banks and sponsoring brokers on listed public company share issues; • advising domestic and international private companies on financings, acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, strategic partnerships and commercial relationships; • acting as General Counsel for high net worth individuals with corporate interests and for fledgling companies, providing commercial strategic advice as well as a broad range of legal services



    • Key Facts: Partner

      Qualified: 2003
      Equity Capital Markets
      Mergers & Acquisitions
      Private Equity
      Corporate Finance

    Vanessa Evanson-Goddard

    Background

    A corporate lawyer with experience in a wide range of corporate, finance and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, private equity and syndicated finance transactions. She trained and qualified at the London office of Reed Smith LLP, an international US law firm, where she spent 6 years in the Business and Regulatory Group. She has also spent time working directly with clients on secondments to the corporate finance team at an international investment bank and the in-house legal team at a well known private bank.

    Experience

    Advising corporates (from the UK, US and other jurisdictions), nomads and sponsors on flotations, initial and secondary offerings of securities on the both the Official List and AIM markets together with on-going regulatory matters and transactions. Advising coporates and investors in private equity and venture capital transactions. Advising on UK and cross-border private M&A (shares and assets) and joint venture transactions. Advising corporates and lenders on syndicated secured financings (including senior and mezzanine financings with international security packages).



    • Key Facts: Consultant

      Qualified: 1980
      Corporate and Commercial
      Mergers and Acquisitions
      Corporate Finance
      Joint Ventures
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    Neil Addison

    Background

    Neil Addison is a corporate and commercial lawyer with over thirty years’ experience, including seventeen years as a Corporate Partner at Clifford Chance, advising on international and domestic joint ventures, acquisitions and disposals, IPOs, private equity transactions, financings, commercial and strategic partnership relationships, intellectual property portfolio management and licensing, and other general commercial matters for clients in many different business sectors including real estate, defence, aviation, media, financial services, retail and industrial sectors.

    Experience

    Neil's experience has included:

    • one of the lead Clifford Chance partners advising HM Government on the privatisation and simultaneous flotation of the ten water and sewerage companies;
    • one of the lead Clifford Chance partners advising British Rail on its privatisation and disposal of BR operating units;

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    • Key Facts: Partner

      Head of International Arbitration
      Qualified: 1997
      Commercial Litigation
      International Arbitration
      Insolvency
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    Smeetesh Kakkad

    Background

    Smeetesh Kakkad is a dispute resolution lawyer, specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on contract claims, joint venture, shareholder and partnership disputes, IP/IT, international trade and civil fraud. Smeetesh has acted in many complex disputes and much of his work has an international focus. Prior to joining Hierons, Smeetesh spent thirteen years at international law firm Salans (now Dentons), where he was a senior disputes lawyer and the Managing Partner of its London office. Smeetesh is ranked by both Chambers UK and Chambers Europe as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution. Smeetesh is the co-author of Getting the Deal Through – International Arbitration (England & Wales chapter), 2009-2012.

    Experience

    Smeetesh's experience has included:

    • Representing the Defendants in a high profile litigation before the English High Court involving claims of breach of contract, unfair prejudice, breach of confidence and IP infringement.

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    • Key Facts: Partner

      Qualified: 2001 Corporate and Commercial
      Mergers and Acquisitions
      Private Equity
      Corporate Finance

    Laurence Applegate

    Background

    Laurence Applegate is a corporate lawyer specialising in the representation of high net worth individuals and corporate clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, corporate finance and restructurings. Laurence has over 14 years of UK and international experience. Having worked in large UK and US firms for the whole of his career, Laurence joined Hierons in March 2013.

    Experience

    Laurence’s experience includes:

    • UK and international M&A transactions
    • Restructurings
    • Joint ventures
    • Private equity
    • Corporate finance
    • Commercial law
    • Outsourcing

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  • Address

    2 Chester Row, Belgravia, London SW1W 9JH

    Telephone:
    +44 (0)203 328 4510

    FAX:
    +44 (0)207 730 5214
    E-mail:   info@hieronslaw.com

    Nearest Tube:
    Sloane Square or Victoria

  • Legal and Regulatory

    Hierons LLP authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority www.sra.org.uk, SRA no. 563070, partners: Richard Hierons and Vanessa Evanson-Goddard, solicitors of England and Wales. The term partner means a member of Hierons LLP. Hierons is a trading name of Hierons LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with number OC 367004 and with its registered office at 2 Chester Row London SW1W 9JH. Site usage terms and conditions. If you have any queries please contact us at info@hieronslaw.com or call us on +44 (0)20 328 4510. Use of Website Copyright in the contents of this website is owned by Hierons LLP. You may read the contents and make copies for your own use. You may also print any of the publications in this website so long as each copy is a complete copy, no amendment is made to it and it is for use only within your organisation. Where we have provided a link allowing content to be shared elsewhere on the internet you may share the information using these links. Any other storage, copying, transmission or distribution of the content of this website is prohibited without the consent of Hierons LLP. Disclaimer The information on this site about legal matters is provided as a general guide only and should not be relied on as a substitute for specific legal advice. We do not guarantee that the information is accurate. Hierons LLP accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or relying on information contained in this site. You should take legal advice on any particular matter. If you require advice, please get in touch with us using the details given on the Contact Us page of this website. Complaints Policy We are committed to providing a high quality legal service to all our clients. A copy of our complaints procedure is available on request. Any client who is not satisfied with the Firm’s handling of complaints may be entitled to ask the Legal Ombudsman to consider the complaint. A client may also be entitled to apply for an assessment of a bill sent by the Firm under Part III of the Solicitor Act 1974. If you apply for an assessment, the Legal Ombudsman may not deal with your complaint. Privacy Policy If you are a user of the website who has asked to receive information about the Firm, we may use personal information you supply to us to keep you informed of any activities undertaken by us which we believe may be of interest to you and this may include sending you email and postal marketing from time to time. If you do not wish to receive marketing messages please notify us by email at info@hieronslaw.com. Our website has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the personal information under our control. By providing us with personal information you acknowledge that although we exercise adequate care and security there remains a risk that information transmitted over the internet and stored by computer may be intercepted or accessed by an unauthorised third party. In some cases we may be required to disclose your personal information to comply with legal requirements and requests from government agencies. We may update our privacy policy any time without notice. Any changes will be notified to you using the e-mail address you have given us and/or by an announcement on this website. By continuing to use this website after changes to these terms have been posted on it you acknowledge acceptance of these changes. Advertising The website is not intended to be an advertisement for legal services or solicitation of clients except in those jurisdictions where specific regulations governing the practice of law define advertising to include websites. Governing Law This legal notice and all issues regarding this website are governed by English law. Service The firm does not accept service by e-mail of court proceedings, other processes or formal notices of any kind without specific prior written agreement.

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  • Experienced Senior Lawyers
    Our partners and consultants have many years experience at the highest level. We work in small client focused teams. A senior lawyer is available at all times.

    Successful International Clients
    Our clients include successful entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, funds, providers of venture and private equity capital, corporate clients, investment advisers and professional firms.

    Driven by Innovative Solutions
    We provide commercial solutions to legal problems.

    Cost Effective Approach
    Our low cost base, the absence of billing or time recording targets and our aversion to large teams mean that our clients only pay for the value we add. On business transactions we frequently agree fixed or capped fees in advance in order to provide certainty for our clients.

    Flexible and Dynamic Resolutions
    Where appropriate we are able to select the right specialist adviser or work with another firm. The flexibility of our network is key to our producing the most efficient outcome for clients. We compare favourably with large City law firms.

  • Working Relationships
    We are an independent firm and we have no exclusive relationships. In selecting the right specialist or overseas lawyer, we consider the suitability of the key individual for the project at hand and our track record of working with that person on comparable matters. We put together teams who will work in a cooperative way.

    International and Specialist
    We have an extensive network of overseas counsel. We work with individuals from a wide range of UK firms in relation to tax, share options, employment, property, trusts, intellectual property and other specialist areas.

    Breadth
    Our network consists of individuals across a wide range of practice areas and jurisdictions. We bring in advisers from magic circle, mid-sized, boutique law firms, law firms in other jurisdictions and mid-sized accountancy firms.

    Depth
    We recognise that some projects need a substantial team of lawyers. We outsource major due diligence exercises to firms with whom we have a strong working relationship.

  • Corporate

    Our approach and network give us the depth to advise on a wide range of commercial activity.
    We advise entrepreneurs, management teams, corporate clients, professional firms and funds on a variety of transactions, often with a cross-border element. We have advised on start-ups, venture capital and private equity transactions at all stages: initial investment, refinancing and exit. We also work alongside other professional firms in providing independent advice to shareholders or management and in giving formal legal opinions.

    We offer:

    Corporate Advisory
    Commercial Contracts
    Entrepreneurs and Start-ups
    Equity Capital Markets
    Independent Advice for Management and Shareholders
    Legal Opinions
    Joint Venture and Collaboration Arrangements
    Mergers and Acquisitions, Public and Private
    Partnerships and LLPs
    Private Equity and Venture Capital


  • Litigation

    Our approach and our network give us the breadth and depth to advise on a wide range of
    commercial disputes.

    We advise entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, corporate clients, professional firms and funds on commercial disputes of all kinds. We are independent and conflict free. Our work includes partnership disputes, insolvency, complex tax related disputes, arbitration and mediation, employment matters, debt recovery and professional negligence.  We have experience of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. We make an initial evaluation of the merits of each case and consider litigation as one of a number of potential options.  We provide clear and straightforward advice on the best course of action with a view to achieving a swift and cost effective outcome.


  • Company Secretarial

    We offer:

    Incorporation in England and Wales
    Setting up a branch
    Annual returns
    On-line filings with Companies House
    Providing a registered office address
    Acting as Company Secretary
    Keeping and updating statutory books
    Attending key meetings
    Partnerships and LLPs
    Drafting minutes, notices and shareholder resolutions
    Drafting bespoke articles of association
    Working with our network of overseas counsel to establish a company/branch overseas


  • Joint Venture

    Our Client

    XYZ’s management had a track record in specialised trade finance.

    The Deal

    A refinancing with Sharia compliant mezzanine finance and equity investment by a LSE quoted investor.

    The Solution

    Hierons advised the company and its management team on a new holding company structure and a subscription and shareholders’ agreement with appropriate share classes, warrants, veto rights, restrictive covenants and exit provisions.

    Testimonials

  • Venture Capital


    Our Client

    Multi-jurisdictional Russian backed Fund with a track record in high tech investments.

    The Deal

    Investment in an overseas holding company with a number of existing angel investors.

    The Solution

    Hierons advised the new investor and its managers from initial term sheet to completion. Due diligence was conducted and appropriate warranty and indemnity protection was agreed. A new class of preference shares and convertible loan notes were created to protect the interests of the new investor.

    Testimonials

  • Debt and Equity Refinancing

    Our Client

    ABC Group is a recognised leader in its field.  We have advised the group on transactions and refinancings from start up in 2000.  The group now has more than 10,000 employees and is a Times 250 company. 

    The Deal

    A refinancing with a value of several hundred million pounds: to provide an exit for the private equity investor, to allow other stakeholders to realise value in a tax efficient manner, to introduce a new private equity investor and new senior and mezzanine debt and to provide a significant number of ongoing management and employees with innovative share incentives.

    The Solution

    Hierons worked with market leading financial and tax advisers to structure and implement this major transaction.

    Testimonials

  • testimonials

    "Richard and his team provide a wide range  of excellent advice to entrepreneurs and start-up businesses" - David Gill, Managing Director of the St John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge

    "Richard and his team have advised me on transactions in many jurisdictions. I bring them into all my projects at a very early stage." - Sir Anthony Jolliffe G.B.E.

    "We have worked alongside the Hierons team seamlessly on substantial and complex transactions." - Andrew McLean, Partner and Head of Banking, Nabarro LLP

    "The team at Hierons provides high quality advice as well as an unmatched level of comfort that comes with their legal expertise." - Edward Shenderovich, Founding Partner, Kite Ventures

    "I have worked with Richard Hierons for many years.  He is a trusted adviser who has been involved in many aspects of our group’s growth and development."   - Alastair Storey, CEO and Founder Baxter Storey

    "The Hierons service compares favourably with larger firms. Individual attention and depth of experience are a powerful combination." - William Tebbit, Commercial Director Trade Finance Partners Limited

    "Magic circle pedigree with individual flair."  - Tom Travers, General Counsel, Saudi Arabia

    "Richard and his team provide practical, commercial advice. They are responsive and innovative and I recommend the firm without hesitation." - Fraser Winton, COO Neumayer Tekfor Group