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19th March 2020

Hewitsons assist family firm in buyer's biggest UK acquisition to date

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Legal firm Hewitsons has played a key role in the sale of vehicle services provider C Walton Ltd (CWL) by the Walton family to Cox Automotive UK Limited (Cox) in what is its biggest UK takeover to date. The multi-department deal involved a number of lawyers from across the firm’s different specialist units at its Northampton and Cambridge offices and was led by partner David Browne (corporate) assisted by Neil Harpham, Anne-Sophie Reynolds and Motunrayo Adeeyo (corporate), Marc Carter (commercial property), Nick Hall (employment), Chris Nuttall (pension), Kevin Fletcher (commercial), Gemma Dudley and Karen Luxton-Walsh (environment), and Clare Colacicchi and Katherine Hague (private wealth).

As part of the deal, Cox acquired CWL’s vehicle services business which operates from three locations - in Bruntingthorpe (Leicestershire), Wyton (Cambridgeshire) and Long Bennington (Lincolnshire). The deal also includes CWL’s proving ground and events businesses.

CWL offers an extensive range of fleet management and vehicle services on a mass scale, including new and used car vehicle preparation and reconditioning, defleet services including inspections and MOT, logistics and storage, as well as full support for electric vehicle handling.

John Walton, commercial director of CWL, commented: “We are very proud of our heritage as a family-owned, independent business. When Cox Automotive approached us to acquire the business a major factor in deciding to sell was that they shared similar values to ours. They are also a family business. Our experience and expertise naturally complement that of Cox Automotive and we believe it will be a perfect fit to help the business to continue to grow. The whole process ran very smoothly, thanks to the high level of expertise and the excellent service provided by the Hewitsons team.”

David Browne of Hewitsons commented: “We were delighted to represent the Walton family in what was a complex sale, harnessing the skills and expertise right across the firm and delivering absolute client focus in every aspect.”