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Clare is an Associate in the Corporate department and is experienced in a wide range of corporate work including acting for owner managed businesses, SMEs and private equity investors.

Clare advises clients on acquisitions, disposals, investments and corporate reorganisations as well as general company law and governance.  Clare has experience of working on a variety of transactions primarily owner managed businesses and SMEs across a range of sectors including healthcare, waste,  leisure, manufacturing, technology and retail.


Clare’s experience includes the following:-

  • The management buyout of IT company Perfect Image in a deal backed by Chiltern Capital – this involved advising the selling shareholders and management team
  • An investment into Ibex Innovations Ltd. with funds from the North East Venture Fund (NEVF) supported by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Mercia, along with IP Group and private investors – this involved acting for the company
  • An investment by Growth Partner into Connection Retail
  • The sale of PCML Holdings Limited which involved advising Total Capital Partners who provided an equity and debt funding package to back the business and facilitate the exit of the retiring shareholders and former institutional investor
  • The investment by Comhar Capital into The Bazaar Group – this involved advising the shareholders on the sale and the founders on their subsequent investment into the Group

Clare was nominated for the Rising Star Award at the Northern Law Awards in 2018.

What people say

  • Clare French is an exceptional lawyer providing exceptional support and leadership during the hard yards of a deal.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Imogen Holland and her colleagues Richard Butts and Clare French are permanently available to our queries. Often working into the twilight hours to ensure that we as their client are satisfied and on track. Their approach is aligned with ours and the relationships that have formed over the years ensure that an in-depth understanding of our requirements are considered at every juncture.

    Legal 500, Client quote