Having joined Osborne Clarke as a trainee in 1993 Al has focussed on private equity and M&A ever since.

Today Al leads the Private Equity practice at Osborne Clarke. He works with a broad spectrum of sponsors, portfolio companies, management teams and shareholders on high profile deals nationally and internationally and on all aspects of investment activities and mergers and acquisitions. He oversees the services we deliver to funds across our practice groups, which span fund formation, transactional, tax, commercial, regulatory and dispute resolution. He is acknowledged as a market leading, pragmatic and commercially focussed corporate partner. His clients include Growth Capital Partners, LDC, Synova Capital, Cadence Equity Partners, A-Gas, Western Global and Corin Medical.

The quality Private Equity Team at Osborne Clarke, led by Al Livingstone, are a key legal partner for us. They are personable, technically strong, seek commercial solutions and work to the tightest deadlines to get deals completed."

Alex Bowden, Synova Capital LLP

Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world

Heading up our private equity practice means dealing with sponsors and companies in fast growth disruptive sectors where change leads to opportunities. I am able to help businesses deliver the solutions required in a fast paced technological world.



Western Global

Advised the shareholders and management team of Western Global, the leading provider of industrial liquid storage and dispensing solutions, on an investment from MML Capital Read more >


Advised Growth Capital Partners (GCP) on a new multi-million investment in cyber security services company, Bridewell Consulting Read more >


Advised growth investor Synova Capital on the buy-out of JM Glendinning Group Limited, a specialist broker operating within the commercial lines insurance market Read more >


Advised UK mid-market private equity firm LDC on its investment in Sohonet, a leading international provider of connectivity, collaboration software, media services and network security for the media and entertainment industry Read more >

Acquis Insurance Management

Advised the buyer and the management team of Acquis Insurance Management (“Acquis”) on a management buyout by Dunedin, the UK mid-market private equity house. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval, read more.

Cadence Equity Partners

Advised Cadence Equity Partners on its investment in Aquam Water Services (AWS), a provider of outsourced services to the UK Water industry. Cadence has also backed simultaneously the acquisition of Orbis Intelligent Systems, its US based technology partner, read more.

Corin Medical

Advised the shareholders and management on the MBO of orthopaedic firm Corin by Permira.


Advised LDC on the MBO of water treatment manufacturer Adey.

Synova Capital

Advised on the MBO of technology based solutions for the airline industry business. 


Advised Management and LDC on the sale of A-Gas to KKR.


Advised Computershare Suez on the €354.5m acquisition of employee share plan administrator business Equatex.

CM Downton Haulage

Advised shareholders on the £75m sale of CM Downton Haulage to Emergevest.

Cloud Savings

Advised the shareholders of Cloud Savings on the £47.2m sale to Groupon.

Growth Capital Partners

Advised on a £23.3m investment in telecoms infrastructure services company John Henry Group, read more.

LDC and A-Gas

Advised LDC and the A-Gas senior management team on the sale of A-Gas to KKR, read more.