Simon Birks

Corporate and Commercial Director with over 13 years post qualification legal experience. Simon joined Sherbornes in 2013.

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Simon is a practising solicitor specialising in Corporate and Commercial law, having worked in-house for large clients such as T & S Stores PLC (a subsidiary of the Tesco Group), Travelodge Limited (whilst owned by Permira Venture Capital) and latterly as Group Head of Legal for Mears Group PLC.

During this 13 year spell working in-house, Simon has developed an almost unique ability to think like a business (not just like a lawyer) and has gained substantial experience in the Retail, Hospitality, Healthcare, Housing, Construction and Business Process Outsourcing industries.

Simon brings to Sherbornes, corporate experience of undertaking a wide range of transactions, including acquisitions, mergers, disposals and joint venture agreements as well as more routine company incorporation, restructuring and dissolution experience.

On the commercial front, over the years, Simon has developed extensive experience in negotiating, advising upon and drafting commercial, high value, contracts, as well as preparing a raft of agreements relating to terms of business, sale of goods and supply of services, agency and distribution agreements and outsourcing agreements.

Simon has a particular interest in working with small to medium sized businesses who are looking to ensure that:

  • from a corporate structuring perspective, they have their house in order;
  • that they protecting themselves contractually in relation to goods and services they procure and provide
  • they are best prepared for their ultimate exit strategy – whatever form this may take.

Simon’s clients include a number of large national corporations as well as a wide variety of owner managed businesses.

Simon has a reputation for a no-nonsense, straight talking, pragmatic and ‘can-do’ approach to achieving his client’s objectives.

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Tel: 01242 250039 Mobile: 07940 545 030 E-mail: Simon Birks

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Trula Brunsdon

Associate Solicitor Trula joined Sherbornes as an associate solicitor in 2012. Trula works on Company and Employment matters.

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With over thirteen years legal experience Trula has now worked her way to qualification through the Chartered Legal Executive route and has specialised in employment law throughout this time. She also has an expanding company law practice.

Trula has experience of bringing and defending a wide range of claims for unfair and constructive dismissal, discrimination and breach of contract. She has also acted in group actions, represented clients at mediation and regularly advises on settlement agreements. Her knowledge of company law means she is well placed to advise on settlement agreements for senior executives who also have an equity interest, including shares and share options.

She has a particular interest in working with employers to ensure their contracts and procedures are up-to-date and properly implemented. Trula works alongside her clients which include a number of national PLC’s as well as a wide variety of owner managed businesses.

Trula also works alongside Simon Birks, she helps him to deal with the spectrum of complex business problems clients are facing, including sales and purchases of businesses or assets. She offers valuable practical advice on matters like incorporation of companies, the issue or reclassification of shares and company own purchase of shares.

She also prepares shareholders agreements and partnerships agreements for new and established organisations, and prepares and reviews terms of business.

Trula has a reputation for a sensitive, but practical approach to achieving her client’s objectives.

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Tel: 01242 250039 Mobile: 07907 169 164 E-mail: Trula Brunsdon

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Tonia Gerotoliou

Tonia likes a challenge and as the Manager is responsible for the smooth running of the office.  

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Tonia likes a challenge and as the Manager is responsible for the smooth running of the office.

Tonia has a full degree in Economic Sciences and a MSc in Marketing, sees client satisfaction as her number one priority but still finds time to handle administration, event planning and marketing.

Her days are full but amazingly, Tonia is currently studying for an AAT certificate in Accounting through the Gloucestershire College. You will see her every weekend at the cinema or somewhere in Cheltenham, exploring the town.

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Matt Lennon

Paralegal Matt recently joined Sherbornes after completing his Legal Practice Course. Matt assists on Company and Employment matters.

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Matt originally completed a degree in Criminology before completing the GDL and Legal Practice Course. He has a keen interest in Employment Law and achieved a Masters in Legal Practice by writing his dissertation on the impacts to employers of the widening scope of protected characteristics.

His days are varied, assisting the other fee earners in the office on a diverse range of employment and company matters.

Outside of work Matt is a keen football and horse racing fan with most weekends containing one or the other- or both!

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Tel: 01242 250039

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Darren Sherborne

Darren is the founder of Sherbornes and is recognised as one of the most senior employment lawyers in Gloucestershire.

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He is the only practising solicitor in the region who is appointed to the ACAS board of arbitration nationally. Darren has extensive experience in industrial relations and has been practising employment law for over 20 years. He is regularly asked to provide commentary on the employment landscape by regional and national publications.

His expertise includes advising directors and senior executives on service agreements, advising boards on removal of directors, TUPE and employment tribunal litigation.

Darren has a reputation for intelligent plain speaking and a practical approach that integrates the needs of the business with the requirements of employment law. Most of Darren’s clients are obtained through personal recommendation.

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Tel: 01242 250039 Mobile: 07928 550 200 E-mail: Darren Sherborne

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