Sheffield’s MD Law has recruited corporate lawyer James Burdekin as a partner as it continues its strategic growth plans.
James, who specialises in commercial and corporate law, becomes the fifth partner at the expanding Broomhall-based boutique firm alongside founder Matthew Dixon, Neil Kelly, Carl Jones and Kelly Wharin.
Qualified solicitor Ali Al-Sheikh also joins the 13-strong team on the litigation and insolvency side, plus paralegal Olivia Vardy.
James said: “I already know the current partners, having worked with them before, and I saw how successful MD Law is already with its existing practice areas, and this was a good fit for the commercial and corporate work I do.
“There is plenty of potential for me to provide commercial and corporate support to the firm’s existing clients and contacts, and for expanding the business. The corporate deals market has been very strong for several years now and there are no signs of this slowing down in the near future. Looking ahead, uncertainties from COVID-19, Brexit and potential tax changes appear to be driving business owners to realise value in their businesses through a variety of different disposal methods.
“I am looking forward to using my skills, connections and contacts to further MD Law’s growth.”
James has advised a wide variety of businesses across all sectors during his decade on the Sheffield legal scene with particular specialisms in share and assets acquisitions and disposals; company restructures and sales; terms and conditions of trade; shareholder agreements and partnerships, and advising on corporate governance.
He graduated from the University of Leicester in 2009 and completed his Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Sheffield in 2010, holding various positions at law firms across the city since.
MD Law was formed six years ago and acts for, and advises, insolvency professionals, businesses and individuals across the country.
Founder and partner of MD Law Matthew Dixon said: “James is a vastly experienced lawyer and has built an impressive record of working with companies and individuals, dealing with a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, and is regularly instructed in high value transactions.
“I have known him for several years and he is a fantastic addition to our team. We are looking forward to developing our commercial and corporate offering and client base with him.
“Our other appointments also confirm MD Law’s intention to develop a solid team as we continue to grow our legal offering, largely from recommendations and referrers from within South Yorkshire, but now also from further afield.”