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John Heaphy

John Heaphy


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"John Heaphy is a very pragmatic and commercial lawyer who uses his experience and expertise to add value to transactions."
(The Legal 500, 2024)

John has over 25 years’ experience in corporate finance and mainly acts for owner managed companies and businesses. He also deals with mergers, acquisitions, sales and buy out and buy in transactions.

John is recognised as a Leading Individual in Chambers & Partners (2024 edition), he is also recognised as a Recommended Lawyer and a Leading Individual in the Hall of Fame for Corporate & Commercial and Banking & Finance by The Legal 500 (2024 edition). The Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence.

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Recent Work

  • Acted for the founder shareholder David Shelton on the £200 million IPO (Initial Public Offering) of Motorpoint.
  • Acted for The Reflex Group, completing 18 acquisitions for them since the management buyout in 2002.
  • Acted for Sage Publications and as acted for over 10 acquisitions for them.



To contact John or for more information…

Call: 0345 634 9782
Mobile: 0797 953 7084
Or email: Send an email



“Sometimes you use a product or service that is so good, you just have to tell other people about it. That’s how the management team at Reflex feels about the service we received from John Heaphy and his team. Personally, I was always impressed by how quickly an enquiry was responded to, sometimes in minutes, never more than an hour. Of equal importance to all of the above is the fact the team is a great bunch of professionals who are fun to deal with; not something that can be usually said.”

(Ian Kendall, Managing Director, Reflex Labels Limited)

‘John Heaphy – cares passionately about get the right outcome for the client. But never forgets that sometimes a bit of humour can be very effective in breaking down barriers.’

(The Legal 500, 2024)

“Always practical and appropriate advice given, and he is pragmatic in application of a solution.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2024)

“John supplies straightforward, pragmatic and timely advice and guidance taking into account our commercial and strategic priorities.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2024)

“He is an engaging character who always provides pragmatic and commercial legal advice.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2022)

“He is very commercial, pragmatic and customer-focused.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2021)

“Head of the corporate group John Heaphy gains acclaim as a ‘highly experienced deal maker’. He recently advised Sage Publications on its acquisition of Learning Matters. ‘He is a tenacious negotiator and will help us in some tough situations’ say clients, adding: ‘If there was a case where I need someone who was forthright and who needed to go into battle he is a good ally to have’.”

(The Legal 500)

“John Heaphy First ranked in Chambers UK 2005. He is recommended for his experience in acquisition finance matters. He handles banking matters as part of a broader corporate and commercial practice.”

(The Legal 500)

“The ‘very impressive’ John Heaphy is an experienced corporate partner with the capacity to lead major transactions across a range of sectors. Market commentators describe him as ‘practical with a can-do attitude’.”

(The Legal 500)

“John Heaphy ensures that we get the right service for the project in hand.” Another client added “John Heaphy performs above our expectations.”

(The Legal 500, 2020)

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