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Paul is head of the OMB segment at Weightmans, having been the head of corporate and commercial at Weightmans and at Mace & Jones prior to its merger with Weightmans in 2011. Paul has over 20 years' experience through fluctuating economic cycles in advising businesses and their owners and directors on their corporate affairs. Paul’s clients range from technology and entrepreneurial start ups at one extreme to established private and public companies at the other.

Paul advises sellers and buyers on disposal and acquisitions, from strategy and planning stages through to completion. Paul also advises clients on fundraising and investments, group reorganisations and restructuring. In addition to transactional advice, Paul advises owners and directors on their duties and responsibilities and on corporate governance and compliance. Non transactional advice also includes advice on joint venture and shareholder arrangements and other partnering relationships.

Paul regularly advises non-UK companies, listed and private, in relation to their UK subsidiaries and UK acquisition strategy and on cross border acquisitions and joint ventures. Transactions he has acted on in the last 12 months include the purchase of Pure Asphalt Limited by IKO Plc, the purchase of Laminar Medica Limited by Sonoco Cores and Paper Limited and the sale of CLB Coopers to Baldwins Group Limited, the sale of Motor Trade Delivery Limited to Autotrader and  the sale of TFS Solutions Limited to Travis Perkins.

Whilst advising clients across a wide range of sectors, Paul has particular expertise in sectors as diverse as property and construction, telecommunications, professional services and commercial vehicle distribution and services. He also advises both universities and their academics in relation to university spin outs and related fundraising.


Insights Complying with on demand guarantees

The High Court recently enforced an on demand guarantee in the case of MUR Joint Ventures BV v Compagnie Monegasque De Banque [2016] EWHC 3107…

Insights Sale of Goods contracts: Seller’s liability for sub-contracts

Where a seller fails to deliver, delivers late, or delivers defective goods, the remedies of the buyer are set out in the Sales of Goods Act 1979.

Insights Directors’ duties: the need to keep the board informed

A warning for directors of their responsibilities when taking up an opportunity of which they became aware when acting as directors of the company.

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"Paul Raftery, provides responsive, commercial advice and is 'good at understanding what is important to clients'."

Legal 500 2015

"Highly regarded."

Legal 500 2016
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