About Glenville Walker - Leading Commercial Advisory Practice
 

About Us

We are a business savvy commercial advisory practice masquerading as a law firm.
We can provide all the advice you need, either internally or through our substantial network of business experts.

Who we are

We are a business focused boutique that is able to pull together project teams which are second to none, by calling on real and relevant expertise across all sectors. We work in partnership to provide real solutions

Glenville Walker and Partners was created due to a view held by its Directors that business clients were no longer receiving supportive advice from experienced business lawyers, at value for money prices.

Larger corporate law and accountancy firms have become depersonalised over time, and it is often hard for business clients to find their way through those frameworks in order to obtain the best advice for their business.

At Glenville Walker we aim to achieve high standards of expertise by ensuring that clients deal only with senior experienced business lawyers.

Our structure and network enables us to work very closely with corporate finance and general business advisory services, and our mission is to deliver all services as simply and effectively as possible.

Treat us as “your 5th Board member”, as we aim to provide a completely integrated set of advices across the entire business spectrum.

We will take away your frustrations and your business will be more effective as a result of our relationship.

As a team at Glenville Walker we have returned to old style family values, where our clients relationships matter more than anything else.

Our combined network of contacts is second to none and we are best placed to source additional consultancy services within the market.

 Meet the team

Introducing the professionals behind Glenville Walker and Partners, in partnership together to ensure you receive the most dedicated,
experienced and bespoke service within the legal sector.

  • Hazel Walker
    Hazel Walker
    Chief Executive Officer

    Hazel is an enthusiastic and dedicated CEO, and a secret technical-social media geek at heart!
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    Hazel Walker

    Hazel Walker

    Chief Executive Officer

    Hazel is an enthusiastic and dedicated CEO, and a secret technical-social media geek at heart!

    Hazel’s main focus as the CEO at Glenville Walker and Partners, is to strengthen and enrich relationships with both our partner firms and clients, placing them at the heart of every form of practice.

    She has a compassionate approach to facilitating great client relationships to help businesses maximise the value of partnership and collaboration. This in turn helps our clients develop overall good professional reputations, through business networking by encouraging an environment for both business referral’s and future growth.

    As a trusted client adviser, Hazel maximises long-term revenue opportunities for the company’s that we work with here at Glenville Walker and Partners.

    Hazel has worked with the professional sector across the Northwest since 2006, working for well-known business networking agencies both in Liverpool, Preston and the Wirral.

    Starting out her career as an Events Manager responsible for a programme of 150 events per year, progressing through to become a Sales and Business Development Manager for a UK wide hospitality brand in charge of the Liverpool region’s budget control and brokering opportunities into new client markets. To later specialise as the Commercial Manager for a maritime, logistics and energy cluster organisation handling over 200 client accounts, demonstrates a track record of Hazel’s extensive experience in sales and client handling, as well as technical knowledge relevant for the professional industry.

    Telephone: 0151 305 9654

  • Denise Walker
    Denise Walker
    Head of Business Law - Solicitor

    Denise is the founder of Glenville Walker and is Head of the Business Law department. Read more

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    Denise Walker

    Denise Walker

    Head of Business Law - Solicitor

    Denise is the founder of Glenville Walker and is Head of the Business Law department.

    Denise advises on all aspects of Business Law and as Head of Corporate Department she quite uniquely instigated the development of a Corporate Finance offering within her last firm over 16 years ago. This also encompasses Corporate Finance and Business Enhancement and Restructuring.

    Denise has worked very closely with Corporate Finance for many years and as a result has developed a more rounded approach to business advice’s which has enhanced her reputation and has been recognised by her clients as different.

    Denise is a natural communicator and has a wide circle of business contacts which she will draw upon in Glenville Walker to create a useful and exciting network of support for Business Clients.

    Denise qualified as a Solicitor in 1991 after a prior career in Haematology in Hospital Pathology. Denise spent 27 years working as a Corporate Lawyer in a large Business focused North west regional law firm. She was made Partner 4 years after qualification, was Head of the Corporate Department for 13 years (leading a team of 30 people which has the largest corporate team in Liverpool at that time), a member of the firm’s Management Board for two consecutive terms, developed that firm’s Corporate Finance offering and managed the Department through 4 consecutive mergers.

    Denise decided upon a change of direction last year and founded Glenville Walker with her partners on the 3rd of January 2017.

    Denise’s vision is to ensure that Glenville Walker will provide value for money by providing its clients with more user friendly, down to earth, commercially minded and practically useful advices either itself or through its network of experienced Business Consultants.

    This approach stands out as different in this world of larger corporate law firms who sadly seem to be losing their business friendly cultures as a function of their size.

    What the legal 500 says about Denise

    The Legal 500 2016 says Denise is “first rate” and Denise has been described in Legal 500 as a leading individual for many years.

    Denise is also recognised in Chambers

    What others say about Denise

    ‘Forster Dean has worked with Denise Walker for many years and she is pragmatic, highly professional and always has our best interests at heart.’
    Bill Betts, Director, Forster Dean

    “We have worked with Denise Walker on a number of occasions now. She has completed a complex restructuring of our group and has also acquired other businesses on our behalf. Denise’s straight forward advice is invaluable from a commercial perspective and we treat her as our sounding board for business strategy. We cannot recommend her highly enough and we have moved all of our business legal requirements to Glenville Walker.”
    Elaine Clarke and Andy Donaldson, Baa Bar Group.

    “When you really need someone to go in and bat for you – Denise Walker is the solicitor I would choose! Her commitment means you know you have a great ally and advocate – and a friend when times are challenging.”
    Gary Devaney, CEO and Chairman, MD Insurance Services Ltd

    “We were struggling to deal with a legal issue, but once we brought in Denise Walker of Glenville Walker and Partners the issue was dealt with very quickly and highly professionally. I would highly recommend Denise and Glenville Walker and Partners.”
    David Tinsley, Managing Director, Trederwen Springs 2008 Ltd
    “Denise’s exceptionally broad knowledge of Business Law was fully evident as she represented our business complete its MBO; at all times her attention to every detail was outstanding. I recommend Denise Walker highly.”
    Paul McGuckin, CEO, CS Financial Solutions Ltd

    “We have used the services of Denise Walker and her team for many years and undoubtedly will continue to do so.

    As Managing Director of a group of companies based in Merseyside, I have, over the years, had to rely on accurate and timely advice from Denise Walker and her team with regard to many areas of Corporate and Commercial issues. From complex supplier contracts to business restructuring and all parts in between, I have always valued the legal advice provided by her.
    Her ability to very quickly cut through the “white noise” of commercial issues and summarise the problem and the legal requirements of dealing with issues has always impressed me.
    Equally important is this advice is always provided in a down to earth, common sense manner and strips away the “legalese” jargon which can often accompany such commercial issues.
    I would recommend her services to anyone needing, accurate, cost effective and timely advice in all Corporate and Commercial decisions.”
    David Hughes, Managing Director, Lawton’s Ltd.

    “I have worked with Denise on numerous projects over many years and always appreciated and enjoyed her common sense approach and ability to cut through issues to find pragmatic and commercial solutions. Denise delivers this in a down to earth manner, which is an asset and which helps create a strong long term working relationship that I value greatly”

    Mark Borzomato, Investment Director, SPARK Impact Limited

    Telephone: 0151 305 9652

  • Jo Shelley
    Joanne Shelley
    Head of Intellectual Property – Solicitor

    As a former life scientist and recognised Intellectual Property (IP) specialist, Joanne is experienced in all aspects of both contentious and non-contentious IP. Read more

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    Jo Shelley

    Joanne Shelley

    Head of Intellectual Property – Solicitor

    As a former life scientist and recognised Intellectual Property (IP) specialist, Joanne is experienced in all aspects of both contentious and non-contentious IP.

    As Head of Intellectual Property at Glenville Walker & Partners, Joanne’s aim is to help clients to profit from their ideas and innovations, through identification, protection, development, exploitation and enforcement of their IP rights (IPRs). Acting for a wide range of clients from individuals, OMB’s, SME’s to PLC’s in a variety of sectors, advising upon issues covering Patents, Trade Marks and passing off, Copyright, Design, Trade Libel and Confidential Information together with IP/IT agreements including licences, assignments, R&D collaboration, manufacturing and supply and software agreements.

    With IPRs it helps to understand the full life cycle of the IP within the business, from what IPRs they have, where did they come from and who owns them, to how and why they innovate, how they capture and protect their ideas and ensure they are free to use and are they making maximum use of their IPRs. The starting point is often an IP audit of either the entire business IPRs or of the IPRs in key products, services and/or software.

    We provide value for money by providing our clients with more user friendly, down to earth, commercially minded and practically useful advice, either ourselves or through our network of experienced Business Consultants.

    Joanne Shelley receives strong recommendations for her expertise in commercial and IP law.

    What Chambers and Partners say about Joanne
    According to clients, she “possesses a rare ability to explain and provide advice on complex matters in a clear and simple manner.”

    Joanne Shelley is “very attentive,” “technically brilliant” and “very good with people,” clients say.

    What the legal 500 say about Joanne
    “The ‘tenacious yet practical” Joanne Shelley

    What others say about Joanne

    “I have just signed contracts for the licensing of a patent thanks to Joanne Shelley’s expert input, help and advice. Joanne has great professional expertise in this area and was highly skilled at guiding me through all the ins and outs of different contract clauses. She was razor sharp and super quick in all her responses but also listened very carefully to what I needed. Added to which she is always cheerful. A strong recommendation is easy to give.”
    Dr Richard Price, Director – Kainos Innovation Ltd.

    Telephone: 0151 305 9660

  • Mark Williams
    Associate Solicitor - Business Law

    Mark joined the team in April 2020 full of creative commercial advice for our diverse range of corporate clients with a wealth of hands-on practical experience in the industry. Read more

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    Mark Williams

    Associate Solicitor - Business Law

    Mark joined the team in April 2020 full of creative commercial advice for our diverse range of corporate clients with a wealth of hands-on practical experience in the industry.

    As a Corporate Associate at Glenville Walker and Partners, Mark advises clients on a range of business transactions including acquisitions, disposals and mergers, re-organisations and joint ventures in addition to advising on corporate governance matters, shareholders agreements and company incorporation’s.

    Mark works across a variety of sectors and has experience in advising start-ups, small to medium sized organisations and international organisations that wish to incorporate and establish UK subsidiaries.

    Having run his own business, Mark possesses first-hand knowledge of the commercial reality facing entrepreneurs and delivers solutions with in a pragmatic manner.

    Mark is passionate about sport, and in particular his beloved Everton Football Club, he also plays cricket, golf and squash. Mark has travelled to numerous destinations across the world and not one to shy away from a new experience whilst on holiday he has been husky sledding, cage diving with sharks and paragliding over the last 12 months.

  • Alex McGuckin
    Alex McGuckin
    Trainee Solicitor

    Alex is a trainee solicitor who joined the team in November 2018. Read more

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    Alex McGuckin

    Alex McGuckin

    Trainee Solicitor

    Alex is a trainee solicitor who joined the team in November 2018.

    He started his training contract with Denise Walker in the business department, assisting with both commercial and business restructuring matters.

    After completing his law degree, Alex started his legal career working as a paralegal for a Personal Injury law firm. During his time there, Alex completed his LPC on a part-time basis before joining Glenville Walker to fulfil his aspirations of becoming a commercial solicitor.

    Outside of work, Alex spends most of his time (and money) following Liverpool football club, which inevitably comes with its highs and lows. He is also a keen sportsman, very often found on the golf course.

    Alex aims to qualify into the Commercial sector, and help enhance Glenville Walker’s reputation as the business savvy commercial advisory practise to go to.

    Telephone: 0151 305 9663

  • Laura Hallam
    Trainee Solicitor

    Laura is a trainee solicitor who joined the team in November 2019. Read more

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    Laura Hallam

    Trainee Solicitor

    Laura is a trainee solicitor who joined the team in November 2019.

    Laura started her training contract with Chris Morris in the Real Estate department, assisting with commercial property transactions.

    Laura started her career in retail banking, working for a high street bank for several years. During this time she developed a keen interest in finance, however, law was always her first passion and subsequently gained her law degree at Sheffield Hallam University in 2016 followed by her LPC and LLM at the University of Law in Birmingham. Laura went on to join a magic circle law firm in Manchester as a paralegal and soon progressed to be a paralegal manager whilst at the firm. After gaining significant exposure in global corporate transactions and corporate dispute resolution matters, Laura joined the Glenville Walker team to kick start the next step in her career path towards qualification as a solicitor.

    Laura has previously managed high end client relationships and is looking forward to developing new connections with clients, and our growing consultants network across a diverse range of sectors.

    Telephone: 0151 305 9667

  • Chris Morris
    Chris Morris
    Head of Real Estate - Solicitor

    Chris Morris is the Head of Real Estate at Glenville Walker and Partners, a commercially savvy business law firm based in the North West, UK. Read more

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    Chris Morris

    Chris Morris

    Head of Real Estate - Solicitor

    Chris Morris is the Head of Real Estate at Glenville Walker and Partners, a commercially savvy business law firm based in the North West, UK.

    Glenville Walker are a professional advisory business, consisting of a group of highly qualified, vastly experienced lawyers and advisors that can provide pragmatic solutions to support you and your organisation to change and grow.

    As a team at Glenville Walker we have returned to old style family values, where our clients relationships matter more than anything else.

    Chris Morris specialises in Commercial Property, having a depth of experience in landlord and tenant, sales, purchases and lettings of commercial and agricultural properties, acting for major corporate occupiers and high-net-worth individuals, the management of large portfolio estates, development both for commercial projects and residential housing, together with advising on the real estate aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals and secured lending.

    In addition to his Commercial Property expertise, he also offer’s specialist advice in Agricultural Law, acting for large landed estates in Cheshire and North Wales, through to small holdings based throughout the Northwest of England, advising upon agricultural tenancies and licences, wayleaves and easements affecting agricultural land, through to advising upon large quarrying licences.

    Although Chris act’s for a number of larger businesses and large landed estates, his primary client base consists of SME’s, many of which are owner-managed. Chris’ main focus is to understand his clients businesses inside and out, and building long-lasting client relationships.

    Telephone: 0151 305 9662

  • Barbara Flannery
    Real Estate Solicitor

    Barbara joined our team in January 2020 kick starting her desire to progress into Commercial Conveyancing as part of the active Real Estate department at Glenville Walker and Partners. Read more

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    Barbara Flannery

    Real Estate Solicitor

    Barbara joined our team in January 2020 kick starting her desire to progress into Commercial Conveyancing as part of the active Real Estate department at Glenville Walker and Partners.

    Barbara is a real estate solicitor at Glenville Walker and Partners, a forward thinking and dynamic business firm.

    Having spent 12 years at one of the UK’s leading law firms, Barbara is a skilled, competent and commercially astute professional with valuable experience of running high value complex caseloads.

    Barbara qualified in 2010 and specialised in professional indemnity work. Barbara has experience of representing and advising professionals across many disciplines and their indemnity insurers against allegations of professional misconduct and allegations of professional negligence.

    Barbara has worked predominantly with barristers and (between 2010 and 2019) formed part of what was probably the most highly regarded legal team in the country instructed in relation to conduct cases for members of the Bar.

    Barbara is extremely diligent and has achieved many outstanding results for clients.

    Barbara is now pursuing a long held passion for real estate with Glenville Walker and Partners.

    What others say about Barbara

    “Barbara Flannery’s professional knowledge and responsiveness to numerous issues in the recent sale of an important client asset was key to our business meeting an important timeline to support our client’s wider business. Barbara provided refreshingly clear communication and offered practical solutions that met our clients objectives, in what were difficult circumstances.” 
    Steve McCafferty, Senior Consultant, CW Consulting Limited

    “Barbara Flannery’s prompt service meant that we were able to turn around some recent property transactions quickly and efficiently to meet with our companies’ requirements. Barbara was thorough and professional throughout, picking up on and highlighting important issues which impacted the direction of the transaction.”

    Paula Doyle, Managing Director, M&P Doyle Properties Limited and Samouis Limited

    Telephone: 0151 305 9659

  • Kim Rainford
    Kim Rainford
    Real Estate Solicitor

    Kim Rainford is a Real Estate Solicitor who joined us in March 2017 to undertake her training contract. Read more

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    Kim Rainford

    Kim Rainford

    Real Estate Solicitor

    Kim Rainford is a Real Estate Solicitor who joined us in March 2017 to undertake her training contract.

    She started her training contract in the property department, assisting with both commercial and residential transactions as well as running her own case load.

    After getting her law degree at the University of Liverpool and completing the LPC at Manchester College of Law, Kim started her legal career working as a paralegal for a Personal Injury law firm. Kim then caught the travel bug and lived in Córdoba, Spain, teaching English for three years before returning to Liverpool to pursue her legal career. Kim then moved into the world of property and began a role as a paralegal in the property department of a local law firm gaining valuable experience before joining our team. Kim hopes to qualify into the property sector and strives to promote Glenville Walker’s role as a leader in this field.

    What others say about Kim

    “Kim and the team at Glenville Walker handled our transaction in a very professional manner, making a what could have been a stressful time, very smooth!”

    Donna Richards

    Telephone: 0151 305 9651

  • Stephen Roper
    Stephen Roper
    Commercial Lawyer

    Stephen is a business lawyer who has specialised in commercial law throughout his career. Read more

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    Stephen Roper

    Stephen Roper

    Commercial Lawyer

    Stephen is a business lawyer who has specialised in commercial law throughout his career.

    Stephen qualified in 1998, initially spending some years working at a major international law firm. Looking to gain first-hand commercial experience, he then took positions as in-house counsel at international companies operating in the financial services and chemicals industries. Subsequently, he returned to private practice working in leading national and international law firms, with the position of Partner at two firms.

    Now with over 19 years’ experience working as a dedicated commercial lawyer, Stephen’s expertise supplements and enhances the business law and commercial consultancy services offered by Glenville Walker.

    Stephen’s expertise covers the full range of commercial contracts across a wide range of industries and in the public sector. His work typically includes drafting, negotiating and/or advising on: agreements for the supply of goods and/or services, collaboration agreements, outsourcing arrangements, agency and distribution agreements, manufacturing agreements and various other bespoke business contracts.

    Stephen also has particular experience of contracts for the financial services industry, including consumer credit/hire, merchant acquiring and terms and conditions/bespoke contracts relating to payment cards. He has worked very closely over a number of years with a Network Service Provider (a business providing a national network of outlets for the provision of payment services and related transactions) and an ISO/MSP (Independent Sales Organisation/Member Service Provider – a business operating on behalf of acquiring banks for the referral of merchants).

    Telephone: 0151 305 9650

  • Alistair Howard
    Alistair Howard
    Banking Consultant

    More than just an ‘ex-Banker’ Alistair spent 30 years in Commercial/Corporate Banking before leaving at the end of 2009. Read more

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    Alistair Howard

    Alistair Howard

    Banking Consultant

    More than just an ‘ex-Banker’ Alistair spent 30 years in Commercial/Corporate Banking before leaving at the end of 2009.

    Since then Alistair has run his own Businesses and currently has a number of Business interests. Consequently, Alistair understands, has empathy with and practical experience of the issues facing Business Owners. Traditionally trained and professionally qualified Alistair’s skill set lies firmly in the SME arena.

    Alistair is a plain-speaking individual who manages client expectation at the outset and interfaces with the Bankers for the best result – Gamekeeper turned Poacher?

    Whilst not previously promoting his Banking Review skills Alistair has been sought out over the last few years to help clients facing issues.

    What others say about Alistair
    “Alistair has worked closely with us for the last 4 years helping a Director to mitigate his Personal Guarantee obligation where the Bank was being extremely vague in its promises and enticing the Director to continue working out a development scheme with the ‘carrot’ of assessing the guarantee obligation at the end of the scheme. By becoming involved, understanding the Bank’s position and the nuances involved with the process of dealing with the Bank and being able to assess the benefits to the Bank of the Director remaining involved versus an Insolvency or appointment of an LPA Receiver, Alistair was able to provide a common-sense approach throughout, substantiated by costs / benefits to the Bank and this obligation was significantly reduced from £600k to just under £100k.”
    Christopher Morris, Partner, Gunner Cooke LLP Solicitors

    Telephone: 0151 305 9650

     

Clients

We’ve had the pleasure of working with some fantastic clients and projects over the years.
Here are just a few.

Testimonials

“Barbara Flannery’s prompt service meant that we were able to turn around some recent property transactions quickly and efficiently to meet with our companies’ requirements. Barbara was thorough and professional throughout, picking up on and highlighting important issues which impacted the direction of the transaction.”

Paula Doyle Managing Director, M&P Doyle Properties Limited and Samouis Limited

"Barbara Flannery’s professional knowledge and responsiveness to numerous issues in the recent sale of an important client asset was key to our business meeting an important timeline to support our client’s wider business. Barbara provided refreshingly clear communication and offered practical solutions that met our clients objectives, in what were difficult circumstances."

Steve McCafferty Senior Consultant, CW Consulting Limited

"Joanne Shelley and Laura Hallam totally surpassed themselves to help in an emergency application to the high court in a matter supported by Counsel Tom Longstaff of Exchange Chambers. They worked methodically, and diligently, on occasion working through the night to get documents prepared for the matter."

Scott Dylan Director, Laundrapp Limited

Big shout out to Glenville Walker and Partners and Denise Walker who were engaged Friday afternoon on an acquisition. Broke their backs to get it over the line and completed within 4 days - 16 documents I believe in total! Ultra ultra diligent too. Legends!

Scott Dylan Director, Fresh Thinking Group Limited

"I have just signed contracts for the licensing of a patent thanks to Joanne Shelley's expert input, help and advice. Joanne has great professional expertise in this area and was highly skilled at guiding me through all the ins and outs of different contract clauses. She was razor sharp and super quick in all her responses but also listened very carefully to what I needed. Added to which she is always cheerful. A strong recommendation is easy to give."

Dr Richard Price Director, Kainos Innovation Ltd.

"We have worked with Denise Walker on a number of occasions now. She has completed a complex restructuring of our group and has also acquired other businesses on our behalf. Denise’s straight forward advice is invaluable from a commercial perspective and we treat her as our sounding board for business strategy. We cannot recommend her highly enough and we have moved all of our business legal requirements to Glenville Walker."

Elaine Clarke and Andy Donaldson Directors, Baa Bar Group

Corporate Finance Success Story

Mark Steel advised on the raising of finance for the acquisition of a loan portfolio on behalf of its broker.

Record Job Retention for Caparo Wire

Mark Steel’s advice has helped save 80 jobs in the private equity backed MBO of Wrexham’s Caparo Wire.

Get in touch

We put our clients at the heart of everything we do, and invite you to contact us.
To get quick answers and information on all of our services, give our team a call or email.