Professional services

PKF appoints new director

Edward Gray will be bringing 16 years' of experience to Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry in his new role as Director of Transaction Services.

In the last ten years in his previous role, Edward has been giving deal advice to a range of businesses — from small smart-ups and entrepreneurial individuals, through to multi-million pound corporates and private equity firms.

I’m looking forward to supporting a wide range of clients, growing the transaction offering at PKF Cooper Parry and establishing and creating new opportunities to help grow the firm, as well as continuing to provide great service to our current clients.
— Edward Gray, Director of Transaction Services at PKF Cooper Parry

In his new role, he will advise on company acquisitions and disposals, carrying out a range of due diligence work as well as providing wider support for businesses going through the transaction process.

Edward commented: "I'm looking forward to supporting a wide range of clients, growing the transaction offering at PKF Cooper Parry and establishing and creating new opportunities to help grow the firm, as well as continuing to provide great service to our current clients."

PKF Cooper Parry is one of the largest independent firms of business advisors in the Midlands with an established track record of helping local businesses and private clients in the UK and internationally.

Two new managing partner appointments

Richard McNeilly

Richard McNeilly

Bondholders Dains and Smith Cooper - both specialists in accountancy and professional services - have appointed new managing partners recently.

Former head of business development at Bondholder Dains, Richard McNeilly, will replace Spencer Wright as managing partner after more than a decade in post.

Spencer commented: "I'd like to wish Richard and the team every success for the future. I have little doubt that the business will continue to flourish and I am delighted that Richard has taken on the role as managing partner."

James Bagley

Meanwhile, across town at Bondholder Smith Cooper, Andrew Delve has announced his stepping down after two decades as managing partner and handing over the reins to James Bagley. James has worked closely with Andrew over a number of years and is regarded as a gifted business advisor and respected leader.

Andrew Delve commented: "I am proud of what this firm has achieved over the last 20 years and supremely confident that further growth and success will follow under James' leadership."

Smith Partnership wins new business

Derby law firm and 2016 Derby Property Summit Partner, Smith Partnership, has announced two new clients including founder of TD Tom Davies Limited, Tom Davies, and Day Night Group.

TD Tom Davies Limited is the only private practice in the UK to have all of the latest ZEISS diagnostic equipment and provides the ultimate in luxury made-to-measure eyewear services, from individually specified and crafted ZEISS lenses to bespoke Tom Davies frames.

Jason Wood, Partner at Smith Partnership spoke about how his Commercial Property team helped develop Tom's business in London: "We are delighted to have assisted Tom with his business growth by providing legal services in relation to the acquisition of his head office in Richmond, also with his expansion in the retail sector with the opening of a prestigious flagship store in Sloane Square and a further store in Knightsbridge, London."

Smith Partnership represented Day Night Group to help purchase property in the region, including its recent purchase of the iconic Northcliffe House on Meadow Road. Day Night Group has interests in a number of pharmacies, nursing homes and general commercial real estate in the region, operating three busy pharmacies in Derby.

Rashid Ali, Commercial Property Partner at Smith Partnership, said: "I have acted on a number of pharmacy, nursing home and commercial property transactions for Day Night Group and was delighted to have acted in the purchase of the iconic Derby Telegraph building Northcliffe House."