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Corporate Law

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Corporate Solicitors

Our corporate team have years of experience dealing with all aspects of mergers, acquisitions, management buyouts for companies of all sizes across the UK.


Commercial necessity usually dictates that once the terms of a deal have been agreed, the paperwork and legalities have to be dealt with quickly, efficiently and to exacting high standards. Our corporate lawyers are keenly aware of these imperatives as well as the numerous commercial issues involved in any transaction.

The Legal 500 (2017) comments: John Walters leads the practice at Tilly Bailey & Irvine, which handles financing matters, transactions, commercial contracts, IP issues, insolvency mandates and restructurings for a predominantly Tees Valley-based client roster. Walters’ expertise lies in transactional issues, particularly MBOs, M&A transactions and venture capital investments. Craig Malarkey focuses on acquisitions and share and asset sales, and solicitor Matthew Smith has expertise in drafting and reviewing commercial agreements. Representative matters include advising on academy conversions for both Ad Astra Academy Trust and Stranton Academy Trust and assisting with the sale of a multi-practice veterinary surgery.


Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s Corporate Team is led by John Walters, a lawyer with 25 years experience of corporate transactions throughout the region.

John and his team have a broad range of first hand knowledge and experience across a variety of industry sectors, including:

  • manufacturing
  • waste management and recycling
  • retail sales
  • security
  • motor retail
  • professional services
  • construction.

We also regularly advise on a variety of mergers, acquisitions and disposals, management buy outs and reorganisations.

  • Craig Malarkey
      • 01740 646 020
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  • John Walters
      • 01740 646 014
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  • Michael Stevens
      • 01740 646022
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The Legal 500 (2016) recommends: One of the best firms on Teesside, Tilly Bailey & Irvine fields a 'quality team that offers an unrivalled level of service and advice'. John Walters and Craig Malarkey 'form the backbone of the corporate team and offer excellent advice'.


The Legal 500 (2015) comments: Tilly Bailey & Irvine fields a team of ‘top-quality professionals who really care about their clients’. Practice head John Walters and associate Craig Malarkey ‘both have strong technical backgrounds and put the client’s interests first’. Walters and Malarkey advised regular client Tesserrae Holdings on its acquisition of Betabite Hydraulics.


Funding of transactions has become increasingly complex.To achieve your objectives we apply our creative and flexible approach to ensure success and to keep matters on track.

Our Corporate Team, which is based in our Wynyard office, constantly strives to tailor its expertise  to suit each client’s personal and corporate requirements. We also understand that, in the owner-manager sector, the interaction between corporate health and personal wealth is of vital importance and this is reflected in the close working relationships between the firm’s corporate and private client departments.