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We have completed more deals in the staffing and recruitment sector than any other UK firm

The demand for the brightest talent is always high on every boardroom agenda, matched with the need for organisations to build lean, mobile and flexible workforces.

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Increased legislation, growing globalisation and fierce competition are creating challenging market conditions. As leading advisers to governments and trade associations, we know exactly how to deal with issues faced by businesses providing workforce solutions across the world. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a business, for a global MSP arrangement, to keep and incentivise your top performers, safe management of co-employment and tax risk, or tackle a class action for equal pay, our team will deliver the right solution.

Our expertise and services cover any business involved in the supply of people-based resourcing solutions – not just traditional recruitment and staffing agencies.

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Legislation both in the UK (such as IR35) and internationally regulating the supply, use, and payment of the contingent workers applies to a range of business models. All are affected by legislation aimed at regulating the use of work seekers, agency workers and self-employed contractors.

In recent years, we have completed more deals in the staffing and recruitment sector than any other UK law firm and know exactly how to help grow overseas operations in a way that protects our clients’ core commercial interests. That doesn’t just include the leading generalists, but also the niche suppliers in professional, IT, oil and gas, care and construction, as well as jobsites, work exchanges and digital recruiters.


Sparta Global

Advised the sellers and management team of Sparta Global on its sale to Inflexion, read more.


Advised the shareholders of the historic and market-leading casting platform, Spotlight, on its acquisition by global casting technology solution provider Talent Systems, read more.


Advised Tenzing on the sale of FMP Global, read more.

Joined Up

Advised on the sale of Joined Up to VMS provider Beeline. Joined Up is a UK-based software platform used to manage the end-to-end process for high volume, shift-based workers.

Staffing & recruitment business

Advised on the sale of a general staffing and recruitment company to technology group.

Alcuin Partners

Advised Alcuin Capital Partners, the UK-focused private equity firm, on its investment in Gravitas Recruitment, an international recruitment consultancy specialising in banking, insurance and technology.

MThree Consulting

Advised shareholders and management team of MThree Corporate Consulting, a global find, train and talent consultancy, on an investment by ECI Partners. Read more.

Staffing company for drivers

Advised on an institutional investment into an online staffing company for drivers.

Davies Group Limited

Advised Davies Group Limited on the acquisition of resourcing and consultancy firm, Grovelands Resourcing Limited.

MBO Partners

Advising this US outsourcing business on the acquisition of two international recruitment technology businesses.

Dartmouth Partners

Advised Dartmouth Partners on Literacy Capital investment round, read more.

BeNext Inc

Advised on commercial, regulatory and compliance issues relating to the £17m acquisition of the UK-based recruitment and training solutions provider MTrec Limited, BeNext's first significant acquisition outside Japan. We also advised on its second investment, in Gap.

Phaidon International

Advised on its £18m investment from Muzinich & Co.

Rethink Group

Advised on the acquisition of digital recruitment agency Digital Gurus in a mixed cash and equity deal.

Rethink Group

Advised Rethink Group, the recruitment and talent management specialist, on an investment from the Business Growth Fund, and the acquisition of talent management company Consort Group.

MBO Partners

Advised this market-leading back-office technology provider to self-employed individuals on the first of a series of international joint ventures.


Advised leading Indian engineering company Geometric Global on the acquisition of German technical recruitment company 3 Cap Technologies.


Advised on the acquisition of IT staffing company tecops personal GmbH by leading German IT company Allgeier.


Advised on six global MSP and RPO deals.

TAC/Advantage Technical Resourcing

Advised on the purchase of Technology Project Services Limited from SGS Holding UK Ltd for over £7m.


Advised on its sale to Associated Newspapers Ltd, part of the DMGT group, for c.£36m.

Harvey Nash Group

Advised on €€54m transfer of technology development business units within Alcatel Lucent and redeployment of staff across Europe, and on €€45m transfer of "Fixclas" technology development business units within Alcatel Lucent.

Ambition 24 Hours

Advised on acquisition of nursing staffing businesses of Pinnacle plc for £2.75m.


Advised on the acquisition of international IT recruitment specialist Aston Carter (industry advice in Europe and Asia). 

Swift/Air Energi

Advised on the sale of leading oil and gas staffing company Swift to US private equity company Wellspring (2013).


Advised on the sale of StaffGroup, an international IT and energy recruitment company, to Cordant.

CDI AndersElite Limited

Advised CDI AndersElite, the UK subsidiary of US-listed CDI Corp, on the acquisition of London-based recruitment business Ship Shape Resources.

Empresaria Group

Advised Empresaria, an international specialist staffing group, on the £3.3m accelerated bookbuild used to part finance the acquisition of US healthcare recruiter PS.

Zaquensis Personalservice

Advised this German staffing firm with over 55 service centres and 4500 employees on its sale to Belgium-based Accent Group.


Advised on private equity investment into this IT staffing and training consultancy.


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We advise some of the largest Indian companies on European and global legal issues

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