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23 April, 2017 - 22:17 By Kate Sweeney

Barr Ellison turns up the heat with Furniss

Barr Ellison Corporate

One of the most coveted talents in the UK legal scene’s Corporate arena – Joel Furniss – has taken charge of the Commercial team at Barr Ellison in Cambridge.

Furniss was described by the profession’s ‘bible’ – The Legal 500 guide – as a rising star and his appointment represents a statement of intent by Barr Ellison to transform its Commercial team into a leading force.

He has worked on international deals worth multi-millions and his strengths feed into Barr Ellison’s capabilities in the sectors that make the Cambridge cluster so strong – among them hi-tech and life sciences.

Managing partner Robert Curry sees the hire as something of a coup. He said: “Joel is taking over the corporate helm in the next stage of our firm’s growth. We are delighted to be expanding and strengthening our team.”

The new man’s power-packed CV includes running his own successful business representing the interests of several overseas companies in the UK. He has also worked in-house as general legal counsel, so brings real client-side insight to his new role.

His expertise spans mergers, acquisitions and company disposals, a variety of commercial contracts and intellectual property issues. He has a track record of providing legal support to new hi-tech businesses and companies entering the next stage of growth and development.

Barr Ellison has a strong track record in the Cambridge marketplace, acting for a raft of businesses in software development, communications, printing and the pharma industries. 

Furniss’ skill set enables the firm to offer corporate and commercial advice to clients in the established sectors which gives Cambridge its reputation globally, as well as those in new and emerging technologies.

Senior partner Elizabeth Deyong says: “Joel is the perfect fit for the firm and our clients who contribute to the Cambridge economy. We are very excited about the additional strength and depth Joel’s appointment brings to our legal services.”

While client confidentiality has to be observed, Furniss has recently worked on a stellar portfolio of deals.

In M & A, he helped steer the €20 million sale of a UK paint company with a South African subsidiary to a US buyer. He also handled acquisitions for one of the UK’s biggest grain companies, the acquisition of a plastics manufacturing business and the merger of two professional services firms.

In addition, Furniss advised on the sale of a group of travel services companies to a multinational buyer and the demerger and restructure of a group of technology companies.

His work in the broader commercial arena is equally impressive – and has a distinct international flavour. He has worked on a variety of commercial contract matters for an international banking intermediary.

Furniss has also advised on a range of UK and cross-border intellectual property issues including patent licences, breaches of copyright and trade mark registration. He has handled sensitive data migration and protection issues relating to the transfer of data between the UK, the US & Canada.

Demonstrating his diverse talents, he has also set up several charitable incorporated organisations for new and established charities and acted on a retainer basis for clients including a laboratory testing company, a social care provider, a pharmacy practice and various construction companies.

Barr Ellison’s team advises on a broad range of work, including M & A – share sales & acquisitions, business sales & acquisitions. Its Business Structures expertise encompasses Limited Liability Partnerships, general partnerships, Joint Ventures and charities.

Its Company Law portfolio embraces company administration, directors, corporate governance, commercial contracts, terms & conditions, software licences and contracts for services.

Demonstrating its cradle to the crown capability, Barr Ellison offers a range of advice to new ventures and startups to help them negotiate often tricky early days and grow to sustainable maturity. It advises on shareholder agreements, investment agreements, equity & debt funding and Intellectual Property.

• PHOTOGRAPH: Joel Furniss  (back row, left) with Corporate & Commercial team colleagues Sarah Payne and Stephen Bottle and (front row from left) Lucy Harrison, Elizabeth Deyong and Sophie Harriman.

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