Corporate Finance Partner01743 294120 / 07912 781630
About Hugh Strickland
Hugh joined Aaron & Partners in June 2014 as a corporate finance partner, advising on buying and selling companies (often with a cross-border element), financing businesses (both debt and equity), joint venture/shareholder agreements, share option schemes, group re-organisations and general company law.
Hugh leads much of the firm’s banking and finance work and acts for a number of Banks and financial institutions/investors, as well as assisting borrowers with their loan facility and security documents and on receiving investments.
Hugh grew up on the Shropshire/Cheshire border, and served with the Shropshire & Staffordshire Yeomanry TA. After studying engineering at Exeter University, Hugh began his law career with several periods of work experience with Aaron & Partners. He studied law at Staffordshire University, and then spent many years working in a large firm in the East Midlands.
Hereditary deafness runs through the family – Hugh is partially deaf in both ears and is a long-term wearer of hearing aids, as is one of his daughters. Hugh has been very involved in fund-raising for the main UK charity for the deaf, Action on Hearing Loss (formerly the RNID). Given his deafness, Hugh prefers advising his clients face to face or via email, rather than telephone.
Hugh is a trustee and Chairman of the Shropshire RCC – a charity helping mitigate the effects of rural isolation and rural poverty across Shropshire.
This was quite a complicated deal as our Holdings company consisted of both a property company and an operating company and this meant our professional team had to deal with two sets of professional advisers on the sell side. However, Hugh Strickland and his team managed all aspects of the deal exceptionally well. They gave us useful, measured advice and always remained calm. Zoe Lloyd and Phoebe Bishton worked tirelessly alongside Hugh, building good rapport with their counterparts on the other side of the deal and ensuring that everything went as smoothly as possible. There was a huge amount of due diligence for us to deal with, but everything was handled very well and we were delighted!
Aaron & Partners were extremely professional through the sale, keeping us involved and up to date at all times; it was a great collaboration! Selling our business was incredibly stressful but the team supported us every step of the way and made it as easy and painless as possible. We are very happy!
Hugh came highly recommended to me. He is efficient, astute, professional and very easy to work with. His wealth of experience meant he was able to guide us through complicated legal situations. We felt confident that we were in a safe pair of hands. There was also a dedicated professional team with him and they were always prepared to go the extra mile to assist us. We enjoyed working with Hugh, Charlotte and Phoebe very much, the contribution of the whole corporate/commercial team was vital to our success.
I cannot recommend Hugh and his team highly enough. His professionalism and exemplary management made him and Aaron & Partners our go to legal advisors time and time again. Complicated deals can be tricky to manage and emotional for all involved but we have always had complete confidence in Hugh and wouldn’t hesitate to work with him again.
I run a private family office in Europe looking after both public and private market investments and was looking for some help with a UK-based lending deal we were putting together. Hugh was recommended to us by a colleague who had worked with him previously. In this type of transaction, a good contract is key to its success; there’s a lot of due diligence that needs to be undertaken to understand how it all fits together.
Hugh was brought in to put together the loan agreement and other documentation relating to the security package, which is potentially a very complicated process due to the underlying structure and numerous corporate entities involved.
Hugh made it all very simple and straightforward. He responded quickly and efficiently to emails and made it very clear what needed to be done by whom and by when, what parts would be his responsibility and what else needed to happen. There was no waffle or ambiguity – no cracks – which I really valued. Previously I have been used to working with internal departments in large organisations and the speed at which this project was completed, thanks to Hugh, was remarkable and something I might normally expect to take weeks was completed within a few days.
I’ve learned a lot from the way Hugh works and have mimicked his approach to communication. We’ve something in the pipeline for which we’ll definitely be engaging Hugh again.