Josie Appleyard


Corporate and Commercial

Advises on mergers and acquisitions, disposals, business reorganisations, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and private equity investment.

Josie has more than 17 years’ experience as a Corporate and Commercial lawyer.

Her specialisms include advising on share and asset acquisitions and disposals, business reorganisations, joint ventures, private equity investment and shareholders’ agreements.  She also provides guidance on a variety of commercial contracts including supply of goods and services agreements, terms of business, manufacturing, distribution, and agency agreements.

She advises clients from various industry sectors, including travel, retail, professional services, manufacturing, recycling, construction, security, and childcare.

Josie recognises the importance of taking the time to understand her clients’ businesses and objectives so she can provide effective advice.

Work highlights


Advised on the acquisition by French manufacturing group CGR of John Binns & Sons (Springs), based in Skipton, North Yorkshire.   This was CGR’s first acquisition in the UK.


Advised the shareholders of an IT and telecoms support provider on the sale of the entire issued share capital to a leading business IT support solutions company.


Acted for an acquisitive PE investment business on a number of acquisitions and investments including a group of Sussex based financial advisers and an acquisition of a student mentoring and training organisation.


Advised the key shareholders of a well-known natural pet food brand on growth investment by an independent minority investment company.


Advised the selling shareholders of a specialist firm of independent building professionals on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to French owned, UK market leader.


Advising a multi-national chipboard manufacturing company for many years on a number of legal matters including share and asset acquisitions, supply contracts, forest management contracts and standard general terms and conditions.


Advising an existing shareholder of a biofuel company on the documentation relating to a private investment by a number of high net worth individuals.  This involved drafting and advising on a detailed shareholders’ agreement and associated articles of association.


Advising a multi-international video production company on an assignment of its intellectual property rights.


Advising a privately owned utility infrastructure maintenance and renewals provider on the various contractual documents relevant to a tender for works with the water authority.

Recent articles


Directors’ liability in intellectual property disputes

Directors of companies can be held personally liable for the infringing activities of the companies they operate



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Whilst the level of damages awarded by the courts is relatively low, the costs associated with dealing with such claims may become very costly.



International trade and trading across borders; the financial and legal implications

In this episode, we delve into the risks and opportunities confronting businesses involved in global trade or aspiring to expand their international footprint amidst the current economic climate.



Top tips for investor-readiness – Corporate Commentary episode 10

Get tips from the experts on becoming investor ready in order to grow your business.