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Stuart Hatcher

Partner, Head of Corporate

Stuart is Head of the Forsters’ Corporate team and is able to advise across the full range of domestic and international corporate law issues, including M&A, venture capital, private equity and other shareholder investments, group reorganisations and the return of value to shareholders.

He has particular expertise in relation to investment and shareholder activity, regulatory change, governance, overseas expansion, restructurings, disposing of non-core assets and management incentive schemes.

Stuart's clients are wide-ranging but he is particularly known for his work with start-ups, scale-ups and fast-growth companies, with a focus on entrepreneurs, private business and mid-cap companies. Many of his clients are internationally based.

With a hands-on approach, Stuart provides his clients with a personal touch, ensuring that he fully understands their needs and is able to bring the right people from his network to help solve their problems. He works towards achieving his clients’ goals within an effective and pragmatic legal framework.

Stuart joined Forsters in 2020 following an 11-year period as a Partner at PwC Legal.

Stuart is recognised as a 'Top Recommended Lawyer' in the Spear's 2021 Corporate Lawyer Index as well as the Spear's 500 2023 directory.

Vineyards & Wineries

Forsters are delighted to be launching our Vineyards & Wineries practice. The cross-departmental team draws upon our strengths from across the firm, a combination of expertise that is rare if not unique in the market. The increasing number of vineyards we look after complements our exceptional book of landed estates, and is testament to our ability to look after landowning clients, whatever their business and whatever challenges they face.

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Stuart Hatcher speaks to the Independent: Chelsea’s new owners could ‘set the tone’ by granting fans golden share

Corporate Partner, Stuart Hatcher, has spoken to the Independent about Brentford's golden share deal, which he drew up in 2012, and how he believes Chelsea’s new bosses should look to do something similar.

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The Entrepreneur's Exit - Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls

The post-COVID bounce back in M&A deals has led a lot of entrepreneurs to consider selling their businesses. Business owners are aware that today’s extremely healthy M&A market will not continue indefinitely and that the window of opportunity will soon begin to close.

The Entrepreneur's Exit - Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls - business people discuss their vision

Our Sustainability Hub

Our sustainability hub brings together insights and legal expertise on a broad range of environmental matters that affect our clients' business and personal affairs.

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Awards and recognitions

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"Knowing that our clients will be impressed by the service they receive from a nominated solicitor is vital to our long term relationships - the Forsters team repeatedly provide an exemplary service."
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