About Neil

Neil’s career spans the full range of mid-market corporate, banking and investment transactions including cross-border work. He has over 20 years deals experience working with OMB/SMEs, companies, stakeholders, public & private sector organisations, banks, ABLs, investors, MBO/MBI teams & other professionals.

Born & bred on Wearside with grassroots firmly in the North, he covers all of the North East and Yorkshire regions.

Pragmatic, user-friendly and highly personable, Neil provides around the clock, proactive, client focussed service with a tailored approach and plenty of Northern values – no-nonsense style and value for money.  With a demonstrable commitment to outstanding service delivery, his aim is always to try and keep matters as uncomplicated as possible with minimum business disruption whilst getting the job done on time, within budget and without stress or hassle.

When not at work

Outside of work, Neil spends his time trying to keep his two young boys (and wife) entertained on weekends. He also enjoys fishing, motorbiking, following his hometown football club NUFC (Toon Army), and regularly getting away in his touring caravan currently sited on a permanent pitch in Costa Del Sol, Spain.

Professional Societies

  • Law Society

Specialisms

Corporate finance:

  • Acquisitions & disposals incl MBO, MBI, IBO & auction sale
  • Purchase of business out of insolvency
  • Franchise business transfers
  • Legal due diligence reports
  • Online data rooms
  • Shareholder & partnership disputes, buyouts & retirements
  • Demergers & reorganisations incl s110 IA schemes & capital reduction
  • Busines turnaround & corporate recovery incl pre-packs
  • Succession planning & exit strategy

Banking & investment:

  • Private equity, venture capital & angel funding
  • Acquisition, leverage & project finance
  • Business & asset refinancing
  • Purchase of debt
  • Loan facilities bilateral & syndicated
  • Asset finance, contract hire, conditional sale & HP facilities
  • Receivables & trade finance, factoring, invoice discounting & stock financing
  • Security (primary & collateral) incl guarantees, indemnities & performance bonds
  • Inter-creditor, subordination & priority arrangements

Corporate advisory:

  • Business strategy & development
  • Startups & business structures
  • Incorporation from sole trader/partnership
  • Joint ventures, strategic alliances & collaborations
  • Share buybacks & capital reductions
  • Share options & employee incentive schemes
  • EMI, EBT, flowering & growth share schemes
  • Shareholder & partnership agreements incl cross option
  • Company & partnership formation & dissolution/wind up
  • Legal opinions, director duties, company law & procedure
  • Bespoke articles/share rights & multiple share classes
  • Unfair prejudice & minority protection
  • Commercial contracts & T&Cs

Sectors that Neil is involved in:

, Banking and Finance

Accreditations / Awards

Not sure when to decide to sell your business?

“Show me the money!” – Private equity cash out deals are on the rise!

Have you got a growing and successful business but you’re not ready to exit but maybe at a bit of crossroads?

Pencil iconBy Neil Large on 14th June 2018

Sheffield City Region (SCR) deals market outlook for the year ahead

Sheffield City Region (SCR) deals market outlook for the year ahead

It’s been another great year for the Lupton Fawcett LLP Sheffield Corporate Team. But what can we expect from the SCR deals market in

Pencil iconBy Neil Large on 21st May 2018

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Brexit uncertainty is the new norm for businesses hoping to buy in the UK

Businesses that look to acquire in the UK face ongoing concerns around future regulations, tax and supply chains, but the weak pound has had allure.

Pencil iconBy Neil Large on 31st October 2017

Considering options for the future of a family business

Importance of succession planning for family businesses: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

All family business owners at some stage have to decide when is the right time to hang up their shoes.

Pencil iconBy Neil Large on 31st October 2017

Not sure when to decide to sell your business?

Is your business ready for investment? Some tips on how to secure it and what are your options

Many businesses need investment to be able to develop their product or launch this into the market place or it’s required later for expansion

Pencil iconBy Neil Large on 16th May 2017

Not sure when to decide to sell your business?

“Ransomware” – Is your business ready to deal with Cyber risk?

The unprecedented cyber attack last weekend on the UK’s NHS service is a stark reminder of how vulnerable all our business are to cyber

Pencil iconBy Neil Large on 15th May 2017

Corporate simplification - why simplify the legal structure of group companies?

Corporate simplification – why simplify the legal structure of group companies?

Companies are perpetually looking for ways to reduce operating costs, improve their tax position and reduce legal risks. These goals may be achieved by simplifying

Pencil iconBy Neil Large on 10th May 2017

Not sure when to decide to sell your business?

Preparing your business for sale post Brexit

Given the continuing uncertainty of Brexit, owners looking to dispose of their business could be forgiven for thinking that the brakes would have been put

Pencil iconBy Neil Large on 9th May 2017

Sheffield City Region (SCR) deals market outlook for the year ahead

Not sure when to decide to sell your business?

Most business owners think selling their business is a 100 meter sprint, but the reality is it takes a long time and is more like a

Pencil iconBy Neil Large on 8th July 2016

“Having worked with the management of Atlas North Holdings on their original MBO transaction to acquire PHC, it was an absolute pleasure to work with them again on this, their first acquisition following the MBO. ”

Neil Large, Lupton Fawcett Corporate Partner

“It’s always great to work with Richard, this is the second corporate deal we have done for him & Arena is taking over a quality business in tip-top condition. Richard's had tremendous success in building up the operations of Events Solution Ltd but the exit will enable him to focus all his time & energy on his other business, RDS Transport Ltd, which is also going through rapid growth & expansion”

Neil Large, Lupton Fawcett Corporate Partner

“This is another significant high profile deal completed by the forward thinking and highly progressive Lupton Fawcett LLP Sheffield corporate team. I was delighted to have worked on this with the management and other selling shareholders of Smyle, with support from a multidisciplinary team of corporate, banking, tax, real estate and employment lawyers from Lupton Fawcett LLP. ”

Neil Large, Lupton Fawcett Corporate Partner

“It was an absolute pleasure to act for Peter and Carol on their exit and I am sure the business will go from strength to strength under the new ownership of Tony and Julie where it is in safe hands.”

Neil Large, Lupton Fawcett Corporate Partner

1989

Management Trainee ('A' Level School Leaver Program) - Northern Rock Plc (Now Virgin Money)

Honours Law Degree, London University - 3 years distance learning sponsored by Northern Rock Plc

Legal Practice Course, Northumbria University – 9 months sabbatical sponsored by Northern Rock Plc

In-House Solicitor - Northern Rock plc, Newcastle

Associate - Ward Hadaway Law Firm, Newcastle

Partner - Watson Burton LLP, Newcastle

Partner - hlw Keeble Hawson LLP, Leeds

Partner - Taylor & Emmet LLP, Sheffield

Consultant - Lupton Fawcett LLP, Sheffield

Director - Lupton Fawcett LLP, Sheffiled

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