Matthew Lea

Senior Solicitor, Corporate and Commercial Law

Working in the Corporate and Commercial department since 2012,  Matt acts for clients with corporate legal requirements including advising on acquisitions, sales and corporate restructuring. With additional qualifications in data protection and privacy law, Matt is able to advise clients on complex data protection and GDPR matters.


Experience | Recent Projects

Corporate Projects
  • Advising on strategic buy, build and sale project: Advising UK headquartered international banking security and maintenance provider on several buy and build acquisitions prior to partial sale to US hedge fund including a rollover of existing management shareholders with a total project value in excess of £100 million.
  • Private equity investment into international electronics manufacturer: Advising UK headquartered international electronics manufacturer on investment from private equity investor with an enterprise value of £110 million.  
  • Demerger and restructure of IT and services infrastructure business: Advising £45 million turnover client on restructuring of its business by way of three cornered demerger to provide for two distinct businesses.
  • Advising on pre IPO investment facility for home services software provider: Advising client on £15 million investment from overseas listed investment company to include undiluted roll over of existing investors.
  • Advising on restructuring and sale project: Advising national grounds, landscape and maintenance contractor client on pre-sale restructure and subsequent £18 million shares sale creating a trading group with £65 million turnover.

Matt has helped multiple clients on complete GDPR compliance project programs including project management and delivery on budget, drafting privacy notices, data handling policies, processing agreements, records of processing and provision of bespoke advice based on understanding the commercial requirements of each client. Clients included:

  • A linen and laundry company with 1300 employees
  • A specialist resourcing and consultancy firm with 4000 associates
  • An international cosmetics company
  • The European arm of an international car parts manufacturer and supplier
  • A global provider of integrated professional services
  • A UK based travel agent and tour operator
  • A cloud service provider of email signature software
  • An international cloud service provider of regulatory report, capital adequacy and risk management solutions
  • The UK subsidiary of a German manufacturer of high quality garden and power tools
  • A hotel operator
  • A care home operator

Interests and Hobbies

Matt enjoys watching rugby and walking his Bulldog-Rottweiler cross called “Nacho”.

Matthew Lea

Senior Solicitor, Corporate and Commercial Law

Office – 0118 977 4045
Direct – 0118 989 8155

Thanks so much for all of your help on our GDPR compliance. We really appreciate your efforts and it’s been a pleasure working with you, and we particularly appreciate your guiding us through such a complex topic – though I’m sure we’ll come back to you frequently with questions!

Joshua Geller, AxiomSL

Thanks for all your help along the way Matthew. We wouldn’t be where we are without you & your firm.

- Anthony Tiso, Avetta

I would like to express my gratitude to Matt, Cesare and the Herrington Carmichael team for your specialist advice on the GDPR and for producing a sound set of commercial terms and conditions. Your professional services have been invaluable as my website now stands in good stead for the future. Thank you.

- Philip Mires, Owner of PM Antiques and Collectables.

Having the best legal assistance was an essential part of becoming GDPR compliant. I was delighted with the work Herrington Carmichael undertook for us. Their employee and commercial leads helped us to complete the project on time, covering a multitude of topics, such as Data Audits, Privacy Notices and Processing agreements

– Jamie Eyton-Jones, GDPR Project Manager, STIHL GB

Yavan and his team at Herrington Carmichael recently advised us on the assignment of two loans and associated security from third party lenders onto our books. Yavan and Matt provided advice of the highest quality and ensured the transactions completed swiftly. They were available whenever we needed to contact them and kept their advice commercially focused to our specific requirements. We have built a good relationship up with the whole team at Herrington Carmichael and would certainly recommend them.

– Chris Hector, Director

I am delighted with the support and knowledge from the entire team at Herrington Carmichael throughout our GDPR compliance project. What seemed like a daunting process 6 months ago was a seamless project from start to finish. I would have absolutely no hesitation recommending Herrington Carmichael to anyone

– Matt Tate, Chief Technical Officer, CLEAN Linen Services Limited

Articles written by Matthew Lea 

Preparing your business for sale?

You’ve put effort into making your business into the success it is so far, so on exit what are the things you need to do to maximise the value for you? There are a number of things to consider in the lead up to selling a company: Putting the right professional team...

Share Incentives: A Solution for Cashflow and Employee Motivation

For many companies operating in competitive markets in the current economic circumstances, a key aim is to preserve cashflow and maintain profits. These companies will likely also be wanting to retain key employees who will be essential to keeping the business running...

Restructuring for business efficiency

Many business owners are looking to increase their business’ efficiency in order to adapt to necessary changes such as remote working and get back to their pre-COVID 19 financial position. Restructuring your business could help to increase its efficiency by enabling...

Management Buyouts – A Guide for Buyers

If you are part of a management team and are thinking about a management buyout (“MBO”) there are a lot of questions you may have. To help you when considering an MBO, we have answered some of these. What exactly is an MBO? An MBO is the process by which the...

Data Privacy: Challenges, Enforcement and Unification

Question one - Challenges  What do you see as the biggest challenges for data privacy in your jurisdiction during the next decade? Is technology a factor? Uncertainty provided by Brexit extends to data protection. At the time of writing, the provisions of the GDPR are...

Consideration structures in share purchases for private limited companies

While there is a plethora of matters which require contemplation when purchasing or selling shares in a company, the issue of consideration will be at the forefront of any such list. This can be a topic of hot discussion between parties, and as such we have set out a...

Dissenting Directors -A warning not to go public

Disagreeing company directors take note: don’t spill the beans outside the boardroom or you risk facing the courtroom.  Dissenting directors tempted to go public could, as a recent ruling emphasises, risk breaching a number of company law responsibilities. Boardroom...

GDPR News – Data Breach

Within the past week, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has signalled its intent to crack down on breaches of data protection law by issuing record fines to two companies. The ICO have issued both Marriott International and British Airways with notices of...

GDPR Considerations for New Start-Ups

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are pervasive, and do not only affect larger companies; your new start-up must equally maintain strict adherence to its provisions. We have provided a quick run through of the key concerns you should consider with regards...

IR Global – The future of Data Privacy

As we enter the age of Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, our personal data matters more than ever. In the following guide you’ll hear from 23 legal experts from across the globe, including our very own, Matthew Lea, discuss data privacy laws in response to GDPR .


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