Stephen is the Managing Partner of MLP Law and has over 25 years’ experience advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious business law and business ownership. Recommended in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, Stephen is renowned for his ability to quickly identify a client’s successful outcome and to then relentlessly pursue that outcome.
Stephen has developed a particular specialism in digital, technology, healthcare and family owned businesses. He covers all areas of business law and ownership, including commercial litigation and private disputes, and together with his corporate and commercial team provides advice on all aspects of the law relating to mergers, acquisitions, financing, re-structuring, complex commercial contracts, standard trading terms, share options, shareholder and partnership agreements, commercial dispute resolution, joint venture and partnering arrangements, IT and Technology law, Intellectual Property, EU and competition law, Brexit, Data Protection and GDPR.
Stephen spent over 10 years at a leading city firm before moving to MLP Law which he acquired through a MBO in 2014. He continued to develop the firm as a boutique corporate and commercial firm with a specialist private client offering renowned for the quality of its people and its first class client service. During that time Stephen has published a book “Family Business Succession – the options and pitfalls” and raised significant amounts of money for charity.
Rachel is a highly experienced Corporate lawyer who joined MLP in 2019 from a national law firm and now leads the Corporate Team.
Rachel’s main area of work is mergers and acquisitions covering share and asset acquisitions and disposals, but includes management buy-outs, investments, group re-organisations, demergers, joint ventures, shareholders agreement, articles of association, cross options, share capital arrangements, corporate governance, employee ownership schemes and share incentive schemes.
She has a pragmatic approach and understands client’s priorities and objectives. She assists with the day to day needs of business clients.
Rachel has gained particular experience in the Insurance and Healthcare sectors, but acts for clients from across the spectrum.
Karen has broad and extensive experience in corporate and commercial law and particular expertise in equipment leasing and asset finance, both working in law firms and in- house positions.
Karen studied French and Russian at Oxford University before attending Chester law school and training in a London law firm. She relocated, shortly after qualifying, to Paris and spent several years working in the Paris branch of the London law firm, specialising in shipping and aviation finance where her clients included French banks ,a leading Irish aircraft lessor and a major French shipping company. She returned to the UK in 1998 and spent 12 years as senior counsel in GE Capital’s European equipment leasing business and (after its sale from GE ) 4 years for TIP Trailer Services working on major customer leasing transactions and disposals and acquisitions of related businesses . Prior to joining MLP Karen was a partner in a national law firm. In her spare time Karen enjoys golf, yoga, dancing and learning Spanish.
Max Tebbitts is a highly experienced Commercial and Corporate lawyer, who specialises in advising clients through the process of buying and selling businesses.
It takes more than understanding the law to successfully complete corporate deals. Max`s experience and pragmatic approach allows him to quickly identify and focus on the projects key issues to drive it forward to completion.
His business knowledge has been gathered from owning and managing his own very successful commercial practice in Cheshire. This experience has given him the awareness and insight to appreciate the many challenges faced by business owners; advising them on the huge range of commercial issues that they face. With commercial legal issues it is sometimes necessary to strike a delicate balance among several critical issues and Max, is trusted by clients to take the right approach.
Max`s superb reputation has been developed over the previous 20 years’ experience of general commercial and corporate matters. A very well-respected franchise lawyer, he drafts a wide range of contract documents from shareholder agreements to business terms. His expertise covers partnership agreements, agency agreements, intellectual property licence agreements, trademarks and software development agreements, distribution agreements and cross option agreements amongst others.
Ella joined MLP Law Ltd in 2019 as a paralegal in the Corporate and Commercial team providing advice to businesses and private individuals. Ella’s particular interest lies with the company/corporate side of the department.
Previous to her employment with MLP Law, Ella spend over 12 years in Event Management before she decided to go back into education and study law.
Ella graduated from the University of Manchester in 2017 and is currently finishing her LPC with the University of Law.
Outside of work Ella spends most of her time with her family enjoying theatre breaks and weekend trips around the UK.
Amelia completed her LPC with a distinction in 2021 with the University of Law. Whilst studying for both her LLB and LPC, Amelia gained experience working as a legal assistant both in practice and in-house. It was during this time and experience that emphasised her particular interest within commercial law.
Amelia is a valued member of our Commercial, IP and Dispute resolution teams, she advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious business law. Amelia hopes to develop her knowledge and skills further enabling her to progress at MLP Law, ultimately qualifying as a solicitor.
Outside of work Amelia enjoys trying different restaurants, watching live music and attending comedy clubs, country walks and spending time with family and friends.
Max is a Corporate Paralegal, working with a variety of clients such as owner-run businesses, national corporations and private individuals.
He completed his LPC at BPP University Manchester, having gained legal work experience at both a mid-sized Liverpool practice and a large London firm. During this time he discovered his enjoyment of working within a Corporate team and hopes to build up his skillset at MLP Law.
Max graduated from the University of Oxford in 2014 as has since been a manager at a national education charity and started his own business as a Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher.
Having stepped away from the fitness industry to return to the law, Max’s love of exercise continues outside of work; he is a regular gym-goer and a fan of physical challenges. He also enjoys live music and comedy, and a good pub quiz.