Meet the Athena Law team

If you’d like a free, no-obligation chat to find out more about how Athena Law can help you, contact us today for more information.

PAUL WILLAN

PARTNER

Responsible for the overall strategic direction of the firm, Paul founded Athena Law in 2013 to deliver no-nonsense, specialist corporate and commercial legal services to support and protect businesses across the North West.

SPECIALISMS

Company takeovers, mergers, joint ventures, asset deals, corporate finance work, distributorships, patent licencing, commercial conveyancing, development funding agreements, tax planning (including offshore trusts), commercial litigation and Rent Acts.

STEPHEN BOYD

PARTNER

Stephen heads up our commercial litigation team and has extensive experience in pursuing and defending proceedings through the courts, including the High Court and Court of Appeal. Stephen ensures that his clients’ interests are robustly protected, with minimum disruption to their businesses.

SPECIALISMS

Business to business disputes, builder and trade disputes, commercial property litigation, contract disputes, debt recovery, landlord and tenant disputes, possession claims, timeshare and holiday club claims involving complex Group Actions and professional negligence claims.

Stephen Boyd - Timeshare Lawyer

DONNA POWELL

PARTNER

Donna is a highly experienced corporate solicitor with a wealth of expertise in both the private and public sectors. A former chair of Future Pro Manchester, she is actively involved in the North West financial and professional sector. Donna has also written a number of articles on corporate law matters.

Donna provides straight-talking, pragmatic legal advice that helps her business clients to flourish.

SPECIALISMS

Acquisitions, private equity, shareholder matters, transfers, investments and company secretarial work.

KAREN FLETCHER

EMPLOYMENT PARTNER

Karen is a highly experienced employment specialist advising clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law. Recommended by the prestigious Legal 500 and Chambers directories, Karen provides practical, commercial advice that helps clients to achieve their particular aims – quickly and cost-effectively.

SPECIALISMS

Employment support on corporate transactions, outsourcing, TUPE, redundancy, restructures, settlement agreements, family friendly rights, discrimination, disciplinary and grievance issues, whistle-blowing, managing attendance, and all types of tribunal litigation.

RAYMOND GREEN

PARTNER

Raymond advises on all aspects of property and business law.

SPECIALISMS

Commercial property sales and purchases, commercial leases, asset sales and acquisitions, advising on bank security and preparing commercial reports on title, and land option and rights of pre-emption. He also provides advice on franchise, distributorship, consultancy, partnership, and service agreements. With a Masters in employment law, Raymond also counsels on employment issues arising from the sale or acquisition of businesses. And, as a Notary Public assists clients with the administration and legal requirements of dealing with foreign property and assets.

GRAHAM RIDLER

PARTNER

Graham is a commercial litigator and insolvency specialist. Having spent eight years working in Hong Kong he has considerable experience in cross border actions and enforcement globally. He acts for insolvency practitioners and directors in distressed situations, on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He also acts on general commercial litigation, such as breach of warranty claims, professional negligence actions, as well as cases against banks and financial institutions for the mis selling of products such as SWAPS and interest rate hedging products. Graham provides practical, pragmatic and commercial solutions to contentious issues.

Graham has been recognised as a leading individual in his field in Chambers Asia, International Finance Law Review 1000 and Legal 500, in which he was described as “a highly regarded insolvency expert, praised as technically strong with good commercial sense”.  He was also Co-author of The Definitive Guide Distressed Debt and Turnaround Investing published by PEI (the section on PRC law).

JAMES HAIGH

Partner

James is an experienced commercial litigator. His client base primarily consists of Asset Based Lenders and Insolvency Practitioners. James is well known for his pragmatic and commercial advice, being recognised in the Legal 500 as “knowledgeable, quick to respond” and “commercially minded”.

SPECIALISMS

Contentious insolvency matters and finance litigation.

GUY FACEY

Consultant

Guy is a consultant at Athena Law. A corporate lawyer admitted in England and Hong Kong, he is currently based in Hong Kong. Guy trained in a tier one global law firm, and has twice held in-house positions in industry (leading aerospace and automotive engineering groups). He also worked in the first mainland Chinese law firm in London. Guy mainly advises European investors on deals in Asia and some investors from Asia on deals in the UK / Europe. Guy is fluent in English, French and Italian; and speaks good Mandarin.

SPECIALISMS

Venture capital and PE, M&A, JVs, acceleration capital and private equity.

ALEX HEATLEY

Solicitor

CHELSEA LONGWORTH

Solicitor

HEATHER BRAMALL

Accounts Executive

BENEDETTA DELO

Trainee Solicitor

NATALIE JONES

NATALIE JONES

Solicitor

CHARMAINE MORAN

CHARMAINE MORAN

Paralegal

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