A new director has been appointed at Cheltenham based Solicitors, Hughes Paddison.
Jon Rathbone has joined to strengthen the firm’s established team of lawyers and help grow the its corporate and commercial department. Jon joins Hughes Paddison from international law firm, DAC Beachcroft, bringing with him more than 14 years’ experience.
Paul Engelbrecht, head of commercial property at Hughes Paddison (pictured below with Mr Rathbone), said: “We are delighted to be able to announce that someone of Jon’s calibre has joined the team at Hughes Paddison.
“He brings to the firm a genuine dual specialism in corporate and commercial work, and will benefit our clients greatly with his combination of commercial and pragmatic legal advice.
“With the addition of Jon, we now offer the full range of corporate and commercial services, and are confident that we can meet all our clients’ needs.”
Initially Mr Rathbone specialised in mergers and acquisitions, but then branched out into a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, including setting up a new model for investing in dental practices, and advising on complex, high value procurements of high-tech equipment.
He has also designed one of the UK’s bestselling children’s potties - Pourty Easy-to-Pour Potty - and has established a successful business selling his products to the likes of John Lewis and Tesco.
His detailed legal knowledge is therefore complimented by his first-hand experience of building his own business, and operating at every level from initial design through to sales. He has also spent a year as the group legal counsel for Mulberry Group plc, the luxury fashion house.
Mr Rathbone said: “All businesses are looking to control their costs, while taking appropriate measures to mitigate risk as they grow.
“This demands a pragmatic and commercial approach, which I provide. I constantly question the extent of any risk and the financial implications for the client of any proposed arrangement.
“With the experience that I bring, I am very well placed to provide clients with expert commercial advice, appropriate for the challenges they face.
“I advise across all sectors, but have particular expertise in financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, importing, exporting and retail.” Mr Rathbone is married with three children and when work and family commitments allow, he enjoys playing golf, tennis and badminton.