Chris Peace

Partner

Corporate

Pharmacy

Chris is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most able and experienced lawyers in retail pharmacy and corporate law. He has advised on over 200 pharmacy transactions, and leads the firm’s nationally-regarded pharmacy team.

Chris has been rated in the Legal 500 directory as “highly skilled” and someone who “always does an excellent job”. He has also been rated in Chambers & Partners as “approachable, diligent and knowledgeable” and has “significant experience in the healthcare and retail industry sectors”. Sources praise him for “always fighting the client's corner” and for being “exceptionally proactive”.

Chris has expertise in advising corporate clients on all forms of corporate transactional work. Chris is part of our wider corporate finance team and regularly leads on successful deals with values of up to £30m, including:

  • Acquisitions and disposals
  • Venture capital investments
  • MBOs and MBIs
  • Joint ventures, de-mergers and company restructuring

Chris acts for a wide range of clients, from individual investors and small partnerships to large private and public limited companies, including a major regional charity, a leading northern university and a number of major national banks. However, Chris mostly enjoys working with owner-managed businesses where he can develop strong relationships with his clients and add value to their growing businesses.

Chris' clients and peers have the following to say about him:

"Christian is an exceptional individual with great technical, organisational and project management skills. He is one of the most efficient and effective corporate lawyers I have ever come across. I very highly recommend Christian for corporate legal work in general and for his pharmacy specialism in particular."

"Christian is without doubt the most commercially-aware solicitor that I have dealt with in the legal sector. His knowledge and understanding of the pharmacy sector (in which he is a market leader), and also of owner-managed businesses generally, stands him head and shoulders above the other legal advisers I have worked on transactions with. However, the quality I have always admired in Christian is that he takes a devoted interest in the well-being and success of his clients and works closely with them as part of their team to achieve those goals in a creative and efficient manner."

"Brilliant solicitor."

"He is thorough in his approach and leaves the client absolutely confident that what needs to be done has been done - without the need for reminders or checks. Christian always makes the time to respond to even the smallest of queries and has the ability to make you feel like the only client he has to contend with - even when you know that he is extremely busy. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Christian - you know that the job will be done!"

"Christian was approachable and helpful from the outset. He put me at ease, knew his subject inside out and always explained every detail and advised me every step of the way. Not only would I use him again, I can't recommend him highly enough."

"We have used Christian on a number of occasions and he never fails to give us first class advice and a great deal of added value. He has helped us steer our company through some difficult times and we have always been reassured when he is on the end of the phone. I'm delighted to thoroughly recommend Christian."

Corporate - Meet the Team

We provide advice to organisations and individuals looking to buy or sell companies and businesses.

Andrew Bradley

Partner

Head of Corporate

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 7737

Marcus Armstrong

Partner

Corporate

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 7736

Jeremy Shulman

Partner

Corporate

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 7748

Chris Peace

Partner

Corporate

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 7733

Emma Greenwood

Partner

Corporate

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 8068

Oliver Whelligan-Fell

Solicitor

Corporate

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3795