Mark Steel advised on the raising of finance for the acquisition of a loan portfolio on behalf of its broker.
We are a law firm focused purely on business and we have some of the best advisers in the corporate field. No broad brushstrokes and general legal service offering here, just the best business legal experts in the market at your disposal.
At Glenville Walker, we mean Business.
We aren’t the same cookie cutter clone lawyers that you find at large, faceless firms.
We provide practical advice and solutions to help your business achieve its goals.
We leave the jargon in the textbooks and speak in your language.
We will not be all things to all people. Our team are specialists. Our expertise is narrow but deep, however our network is wide, working closely with corporate finance and general business advisory professionals all working to advance your goals.
We are accountable to you. Your matter will not be shuffled through a nameless, faceless hierarchy. Your lawyer will be there with you, every step of the way.
Treat us as your “5th board member”. We are your outsourced in-house legal team.
At Glenville Walker, we mean business
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.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Hazel Walker became Chief Executive Officer of Glenville Walker and Partners in 2016.
She leads the firm’s ambition to provide specialist business law advice to clients in a dynamic and effective way, uniting high growth owner-managed businesses with commercially savvy straight-talking lawyers.
Hazel is responsible for developing the firm’s strategic approach identifying Glenville Walker and Partners as the law firm creating the solutions for your business whether that be for corporate, commercial, intellectual property, litigation, or commercial property advice.
Her role as a non-legal manager of a complexed and highly regulated law firm has evolved since the firm began and so she has developed additional skills in all areas of practice management and legal compliance as the firm’s financial compliance officer.
Hazel is passionate about the firms well established culture, from the collaborative, fun and supportive environment for all employees through to our long-standing loyal relationships with clients.
Hazel is a senior member of the management board with over 16 years of extensive professional experience in operational and business management as well as overarching digital marketing strategy.
Hazel has held a number of executive management roles in both the professional sector and maritime, logistics and energy sector across the Northwest since 2006, working for well know business lobbying agencies in Liverpool, Preston and the Wirral, demonstrating a track record of multidisciplinary strategic management and technical knowledge relevant for the legal industry.
Telephone: 0151 305 9654
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 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
Group Financial Director
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
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.
Telephone: 0151 305 9656
Joanna joined the Glenville Walker team in April 2021 as a Trainee Solicitor and is currently sitting in the Corporate department.
Joanna completed her law degree at Lancaster University in 2016 and went on to complete her LPC and Master’s degree in Law and Business at the University of Law in Chester whilst working part-time at a regional law firm. Joanna then spent three years as a Senior Paralegal at a magic circle law firm in Manchester specialising in due diligence, contract negotiation and anti-trust and competition but was keen to return to Liverpool and further her legal career with Glenville Walker and Partners.
Joanna is looking forward to collaborating with Glenville Walker and Partners’ clients throughout the lifecycle of their transactions and helping the firm to provide forward thinking legal advice as efficiently as possible.
In her spare time, Joanna enjoys unwinding with friends and hunting out the best local food haunts Liverpool has to offer. She also has a love for travel and all things equestrian.
Partner - Commercial Litigation - Solicitor
John joined the team at GWP in November 2021 bringing with him considerable experience of commercial dispute resolution for an array of business clients both corporate and individuals.
His previous tenure as a Partner at well-known North-west legal practices has equipped him with a practical working knowledge of business sectors in the locality and an appreciation of the need to provide commercial and pragmatic advice.
John’s caseload over time has been diverse covering principally contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, Banking and Financial Services Litigation, and professional negligence actions. He has expertise in matters of legal, technical, and factual complexity. His experience as an accredited Commercial mediator has enabled him to identify, wherever possible, routes to potential settlement of dispute.
John believes that dispute resolution at it most effective requires a bespoke approach in terms of strategy to each case, planning carefully from the outset, and without compromising robust and decisive action, keeping an agile and flexible mindset.
Market recognition and endorsement of John’s expertise is contained in the Legal 500 (2019) for both Commercial Litigation (“Brilliant”) and Banking Litigation (“highly regarded”).
In his life outside the office John enjoys travel, cycling, hiking and the (occasional) real ale.
Telephone: 0151 832 1567
Commercial Litigation Assistant
Ruby is a Commercial Litigation Assistant who joined the firm in August 2020.
Originally from Portsmouth, Ruby moved to Liverpool in 2017 to study law at the University of Liverpool. During her final year, she undertook legal work experience at Glenville Walker working as a Legal Assistant predominantly in the Real Estate Department.
After graduating, Ruby officially joined Glenville Walker and Partners as a Commercial Litigation Assistant in August 2020 whilst undertaking her LPC LLM on a part-time basis. Ruby has assisted in many legal sectors during her time at Glenville Walker including Employment Law, Litigation and Intellectual Property.
Ruby is a solution driven person and will always find a method to solve any problem. She aims to ensure that all clients’ needs are met and that clients are given support with any of their queries no matter how big or small.
Her career aspiration is to be a Solicitor and continues to study and train to meet this goal.
Telephone: 0151 305 9664
Partner - 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 an Intellectual Property Partner at Glenville Walker and 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
Chris is one of the newest additions to thew the Glenville Walker and Partners team, having joined as a trainee solicitor in 2021.
A dual British and American citizen, Chris gained his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in upstate New York. He spent the next years working in the entertainment industry, both on and off stage, in the United States, Brazil, Germany, and the U.K., working with household names and in multi-million-pound productions. During this time, he discovered his passion for the law behind the business and the art, working on issues ranging from Intellectual Property to Insolvency to personally owning and operating small businesses within the creative sector.
In 2018 he formally made the leap to the legal world, first completing his GDL, and then completing his LPC and LLM at the University of Law in Chester. In 2019 he joined a magic circle law firm in Manchester, where he managed teams of paralegals working on large scale global corporate transactions while completing his LPC/LLM.
Chris is very excited to combine his passion and experience to provide practical, pragmatic assistance to the Glenville Walker and Partners team, and more importantly to you, the client, to help you build or protect your business and achieve your goals.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family, watching films with his kids, and supporting the local music and arts scene. He can still be seen from time to time singing around the North West.
Telephone: 0151 305 9611
Partner - Real Estate – Solicitor
Phil joined Glenville Walker and Partners from Rees-Roberts Solicitors which he founded over 20 years ago.
He brings over 30 years experience as a highly regarded commercial property solicitor. He is well known and respected as part of the business community in Liverpool.
Above all, Phil values client relationships. He has represented several individuals and businesses for years with complex transactions and dispute resolution.
His approach in practical and professional. Using his extensive legal knowledge and enthusiasm to understand his clients’ businesses, Phil is able to manage expectation whilst meeting demands and requirements.
Partner - Real Estate - Solicitor
Laura Harrild joined Glenville Walker and Partners in March 2020 broadening the horizons of the real estate team with her wealth of experience since qualifying as a Solicitor in 2012.
Laura Harrild deals with the full spectrum of commercial property matters, including investment, property management, landlord and tenant, development, property finance and refinance (including development finance) and business purchases and sales, and has experience of both sides of each (buyer and seller, lender and borrower, landlord and tenant), so can anticipate what the other side are thinking. She has worked with businesses ranging from sole traders and partnerships to large corporate entities, but her focus is on SMEs, and she has a particular interest in the retail and leisure sector, acting for tenants in and around Liverpool and nationally on leases, lease renewals and variations, and expansion through asset purchase She has also acted for charities and understands the additional regulations and challenges that are inherent in their property deals.
Laura takes time to listen to each client’s aims so that she can deliver solutions tailored to each one’s specific business objectives. Her primary aim is to deliver solutions that work with the minimum of fuss and within each client’s time frame.
Telephone: 0151 305 9653
Associate - Real Estate - Solicitor
A real estate lawyer with a breadth of experience in other areas of law and which has enabled Paul to consider situations from a pragmatic yet commercial perspective.
Since qualification in 2017 he practised at a specialist property firm handling matters of an intricate and technical nature.
A keen football fan and season ticket holder at Everton Football Club. Paul enjoys working out at the gym and spending valuable time with his young daughter.
Joined Glenville Walker and Partners in 2021 seeking to support and offer a varied skillset to the team whilst enhancing his personal knowledge of and progressing a career in commercial property law.
Telephone: 0151 832 1570
Paralegal - Real Estate
Born and raised in south Manchester, Lincoln studied law at the University of Liverpool in 2017.
During his final study year Lincoln carried out work experience at Glenville Walker and Partners, here he gained invaluable experience at the firm working as a Legal Assistant. After completing his law degree, Lincoln undertook his LPC with a Masters in Law and Business, which he has now completed.
In July 2021, Lincoln joined Glenville Walker and Partners as a Paralegal and during his time here he has assisted in a number of legal matters that span a variety of sectors such as Property Law, Employment Law and Litigation.
Outside of work Lincoln is a lover of all things sport, particularly his beloved Manchester United Football Club, and he can often be found on the golf course.
His career aspiration is to be a qualified solicitor and he hopes that with further training and support he can achieve this goal soon.
Telephone: 0151 832 1574
Ian is our GDPR, “go to,” person with a unique blend of Data Privacy and Asset Finance skills to help guide clients away from the prolific risks of data mismanagement and focus on the benefits of GDPR in business.
Ian is our GDPR, “go to,” person with a unique blend of Data Privacy and Asset Finance skills to help guide clients away from the prolific risks of data mismanagement and focus on the benefits of GDPR in business.
He had just been appointed Company Solicitor for Alliance & Leicester Commercial Finance plc after 9 years in the legal team of Capital Bank plc when the Data Protection Act 1998 arrived. As well as manage and deliver the legal needs of a fast growing asset finance business he also had to design and implement a data privacy programme from the ground up.
Ten years later he joined Halliwells LLP to set up the asset finance offering within the Banking team. In 2007 he left to set up his own consultancy business specialising in data privacy.
Since then he has been consulted by Life Science companies for extended periods of 12 and 14 months in relation to their UK, pan-European and AsiaPac facilities, worked out cross border data transfer solutions and EU-US data transfers and handled a wide range of commercial issues.
In 2017 he wrote a paper on the destructive effects on corporate value of non-compliance with GDPR which resulted in him being appointed Special Consultant on GDPR to a Global Accountancy firm. He has worked with a global women’s healthcare organisation and its charity arm, a Fintech, a broad based Financial Services business, a five star internationally renowned hotel and a global agency of the UK Government in relation to its GDPR plans amongst others.
Ian says his strategic experience as Company Solicitor and twenty years on the FLA’s Legal Committee have been invaluable. Since 2011 he has also acted as Legal and Compliance director for a business working with the Public Sector in relation to its asset finance needs where he created and negotiated VAT recoverable Managed Equipment Service agreements for NHS clients, the largest being a National Cancer screening service worth £70 million.
His unique blend of GDPR and Asset Finance skills saved a £40 million finance deal structured as a sale of receivables stream into a bankruptcy remote SPV which was to issue loan notes backed by consumer credit finance agreements. He was part of a team called in to do due diligence prior to going to market. Ian found that the first piece of financial engineering destroyed the legality of the onward data flow. The Magic Circle firm which had created the finance and GDPR documentation accepted his finding that the flaw existed but were reluctant to do so as it struck every securitisation and receivables transaction they had advised upon. It was readily solved – the skill was in spotting it.
• GDPR / data privacy
• Asset finance / NHS Managed Equipment Service Agreements
Telephone: 0151 305 9650
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
We’ve had the pleasure of working with some fantastic clients and projects over the years.
Here are just a few.
“I recently instructed Joanne Shelley on an intellectual property matter. She, whilst assisted by Ruby Wallis, quickly and efficiently resolved this matter which allowed me to protect my business’ interests. Through-out they ensured that I knew all my legal options and kept me up-to-date as negotiations progressed. I cannot recommend Glenville Walker enough and will definitely instruct them on any future issues!"
“Barbara’s professional knowledge & detailed approach was a perfect fit for the work carried out during our recent dealings with Glenville Walker. Any work submitted Barbara’s way was dealt with quickly and she always put our business interests first & foremost. Clear communication was key making some difficult decisions simple. Without any hesitation I would recommend Barbara & Glenville Walker to any other business or persons looking to use their services."
“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.”
"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."
"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."
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!
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