I worked with Paul Sutton for many years whilst he was at McGrigors / Pinsent Masons, in my role as Group Tax Manager of Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems (Europe) Ltd (SEWS-E Ltd), and also for a period as SEWS-E Ltd Company Secretary. In this time I had extremely valuable assistance and advice from Paul, not only as regards general corporate law matters, but also particularly across a wide spectrum of legal aspects of SEWS-E Ltd group transfer pricing policies, implementation, inter-group agreements and legal compliance.
When we founded Goldfield Partners in 2010 we needed a solicitor who could understand the potential for domestic solar PV systems. Many of the firms we spoke to just saw us as a potential new client to charge large upfront fees, others did not want to get involved. Paul Sutton was different, he took the time to hear our story and he made himself available for meetings before any engagement letters were signed. He researched us and the market sector into which we wanted to enter whilst offering every support we needed at the time. We contracted Paul and his team to act for us with regards to the Goldfield Solar EIS Fund and the subsequent three EIS companies. The issue was a massive success being completely sold out. Without Paul’s involvement we would have found it very difficult indeed to make Goldfield the success it is today.
I have worked with Paul and his team in structuring significant Corporate Debt and have found his approach to be commercial, pragmatic and measured. I would have no hesitation working with Paul again, as we value his commercial and responsive approach.
I worked with Paul Sutton on a fund launch for one of our hotel developments in the French Alps, Deux Domains, La Rosiere. I found Paul to be responsive and reliable, and I valued his ability to find pragmatic solutions to issues which came up.
I worked with Paul during the start-up of my business in China. His concise and insightful advice was invaluable and his in-depth knowledge and experience meant he was able to provide brilliant solutions to the challenges we faced as a start-up. His professionalism and his amiable personality made it a total pleasure to work with him. I found Paul exceptionally trustworthy and I cannot recommend him more highly.
We at Goldfield have directly employed Paul’s services both when he was at McGrigors and more recently now that he is a Partner at LCN. On all occasions he has shown us what a top solicitor can do! He is quite simply one of the best we have ever had the pleasure to engage – and we have engaged a fair few in our time! We cannot rate him any higher than we do. Always a pleasure to work with him.
Through the course of my career in establishing funds, restructuring funds and raising capital, I have dealt with well over 30 law firms, from the smaller niche firms as well as the magic and silver circle firms, and can say that there’re just a few firms I would recommend without hesitation. LCN is one of those few firms. Paul Sutton provides my firm a service, which goes way beyond the norm. His advice is invaluable, guiding my business through the challenging issues it faces as a result of the shifting regulatory landscape we operate in. His entrepreneurial attitude, his work ethic and his friendly fee structure has made it an exceptionally good experience, I cannot speak more highly of him.
“I am very impressed by the detailed guide of the six structures most commonly used by private investors when investing property development projects. I would highly recommend LCN Legal to cover the legal structure and advise for the investors who are considering investing in the UK real estate development.
All-Fill Inc, a US based manufacturer of packaging machinery, has had the distinct pleasure of working with Ivan Hanna and the LCN Legal team in relation to our overseas acquisition projects. Ivan has displayed patience and intricate knowledge of English law as it applies to us as a foreign company. Ivan’s counsel has been calculated and sound, together we tailored an approach that is telling of our company’s aggressive nature. I was most impressed at Ivan’s willingness to dig deep into the details and investigate any way to give our side a competitive advantage while negotiating. Ivan has been our guiding light since our initial engagement.
I have been working with Ivan Hanna over the past year on various corporate matters including a group share restructuring project and intercompany agreements for our transfer pricing compliance. Compared to other corporate law firms I have worked with, Ivan took the time to understand our business, our stakeholders and my needs. He was incredibly responsive and went above and beyond to manage our various stakeholders and turn around a big piece of work in a short amount of time. I have no hesitation in recommending Ivan or LCN Legal – they are what all solicitors should be!
Xiaofang is extremely capable and presentable with Chinese business people. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to help with any projects between China and UK.