We provide legal services to help our English clients do business in France and our French clients do business in the UK. While our firm is based in London our lead lawyer on our French law desk, Anca Toma-Thomson, spends a great deal of time in France.
Anca is bilingual in French and English.
We also have excellent contacts with law firms in France so we can offer a seamless service between France and the UK for most business matters.
Legal Practice Areas
We specialise in business law covering corporate law, commercial contracts, technology law, employment law, commercial property law and dispute resolution. Within these areas we offer sub-specialisms such as data protection, media law, construction law and employee share incentive schemes. You can find out more about our practice areas by clicking here.
Our French Law Lawyers
Examples of their experience:
Anca is a corporate and commercial solicitor, formerly of Norton Rose and Davies Lavery, qualified as an English solicitor in 1999. In her career, Anca worked extensively on privatisation projects and acquisitions by well-known FTSE 100 companies in the Emerging Markets, including Eastern Europe where she gained ample experience of cross border transactions, international joint ventures and generally dealing with unpredictable market conditions. Anca is a bilingual speaker of English, French and Romanian with decent Italian and good understanding of other European languages which naturally led her to a career path that was likely to include European and international transaction experience, especially project managing international cross-border transactions and liaising with local counsel in assessing the risks and likelihood of planning and completing the projects.
Anca travels between London and France advising French companies upon their entry to the UK market as well as UK companies interested in developing business in France or the francophone countries where she closely works with the local counsel.
Specific examples of some of the recent French law and European projects and clients Anca has advised and been involved, include:
• Advising on the setting up and development of a state-of-the-art French medical clinic and bringing and implementing the Paris medical service SOS Medecins in London.
• Advising a franchise based sports French group on their entry into the UK market.
• Advising a UK subsidiary of a French oil company on their bid for a £50 million performance and service contract.
• Advising on the sale of a business by a printing UK group to a German group.
• Advising a German manufacturing group with manufacturing plants in UK on their distribution chain and general commercial contract work.
Neil is a Francophile having spent a great deal of his teenage years in Paris. Before starting at university in the UK he spent a year living in Paris as a stagier (trainee) at international law firm Clifford Chance.
In a previous firm Neil was a corporate associate in the French law department. His focus was on helping French businesses invest in the UK. Here are some examples of the work that he did:
• acted for a French public company acquiring its UK agent by way of share purchase.
• acted for of a French public company in the share acquisition of an English plc software reseller.
• acted on behalf of the French sellers of a care home business.
• acted on behalf of a French software company receiving investment funding from US private equity investors.
• acted for a French designer on a trademark and consultancy arrangement with a Japanese manufacturer.
• successfully defended a French shareholder in allegations of wrongdoing and obtained release of restrictive covenants.
More recently Neil successfully defended a UK business from allegations of software copyright infringement from a French multinational.
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COO of a Strategic Communications Agency
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Ayshen Ali founder Attainers Limited
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SM, Recruitment Manager
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Alex Mosley, Director Perrygate Property Limited
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Grant Lambert MD Honor Search (Digital Recruitment)
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Kate York, Photographer
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VR, Nutritional Chef and Culinary Manager
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KE, Development Manager
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MB, Senior Sponsorship Manager
"Thank you for all your help with the matters regarding my company, you have been thorough in all aspects to the finer detail... View More Testimonials"
John Taylor Director Glo-bell London Ltd
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Ismet Yucetas CEO Middle East Air Drilling Services
"Imogen is a fantastic employment lawyer. Clear, supportive and very skilled in her area.... View More Testimonials"
LC, Director at a Management Consultancy
"Neil helped us structure, negotiate and put in place our first client software-as-a-service contracts. His technical and commercial advice was invaluable - he understands exactly where we are coming from... View More Testimonials"
Lena Rosenior CEO De Graft Management Ltd
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George Mukkath Managing Director Cardno Emerging Markets (UK) Ltd
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Rupert Wood CEO Wasteland Ski Ltd
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Dave Dadds CEO DRD Communications Ltd
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Maren Koros CEO Afyacore
"EM Law have supported Anexsys with a number of legal issues, ranging from drafting complex IT contracts to developing conflict policies and advising on a range of complex multi-jurisdiction legal issues... View More Testimonials"
Rob Crowley MD Anexsys Ltd
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