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Malcolm Sadler


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"He is brilliant from a legal perspective; he thinks strategically, and thinks commercially and technically as well."
(Chambers & Partners)

Malcolm has advised companies, their founders and investors during his long career in law. Alongside the usual Business Plan, Malcolm advocates that every company ought to have a Corporate Plan. His work focuses on structuring and documenting the relationships which lie behind each of those Plans, and making sure the two Plans complement each other.

Malcolm studied Natural Sciences at university, and has always maintained an interest in technology and science. This finds expression in his professional practice in the exploitation of IP arising in university and hospital labs. Out of this grew his practice in software development and med-tech, including regulatory aspects at the interface of healthcare and industry. He has also been advisor to some of the trade organisations at the centre of the UK air cargo industry for over 20 years.

His chosen home of Oxford was the route to some of the other sectors he has worked with over his career – logistics, publishing and businesses in the automotive supply chain.

Malcolm was listed as a Recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 (2017 Edition) and was ranked in Chambers (2018 Edition) as a Leading Individual.

Legal Services


Malcolm is a corporate lawyer, a commercial lawyer and a non-contentious intellectual property lawyer. Across all this wide area of practice, his mantra is that legal solutions (never problems) are only a means to a commercial end. Malcolm is a trusted advisor serial entrepreneurs and investors, VPs of international groups, Boards of listed companies and SMEs.

Recent Work

  • Supported the Chairman and Board of a spin out company in the MedTech sector in negotiating and managing a trade sale. As is typical of Malcolm’s practice, he was heavily involved up to Heads of Terms stage and subsequently in shareholder relations with a large and diverse membership, while other members of the Corporate Team expertly handled the later stages of the transaction.
  • Having successfully sold two businesses for a serial entrepreneur, Malcolm is now providing corporate, funding, and risk management advice to his client as he develops his third, SaaS, venture.
  • Recently completed the sale of a business where Malcolm has been alongside two generations of owners for over 20 years, helping them navigate a sale, MBO, refinance, secondary buy-out, partial asset sale and the recent company sale. In between the corporate transactions Malcolm and his team provided advice on commercial and software contracts, focussing on risk management and building enterprise value via strategic relationships.


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“He is brilliant from a legal perspective; he thinks strategically, and thinks commercially and technically as well.”

(Chambers & Partners)

“A practitioner of substance, with a sharp, commercial mind.”

(Chambers & Partners)

“Incredibly patient, reasonable and flexible.”

(Chambers & Partners)

“Malcolm Sadler’s client base includes companies at every stage of their development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to mature entities, and their investors. His wide-ranging practice earns him a reputation among clients as ‘a very strong and competent all-rounder’.”

( Chambers & Partners, 2017)

“Malcolm Sadler is known for his broad corporate practice, advising companies throughout all development stages from emergence through to exit. He has notable expertise in advisory work for entrepreneurial and early stage company clients.”

“Malcolm Sadler is well regarded for the ongoing advisory service he provides for a number of corporate entities, working with them on acquisitions, investments and disposals. He is also noted for helping early-stage companies establish themselves in the market.”

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