Andrew Platt PSL Senior Associate


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1986 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  Birmingham



Andrew Platt

Andrew Platt helps clients to get the best advice on corporate transactions and company law.

He's a highly experienced professional support lawyer, responsible for ensuring that our corporate team has the knowhow, training and other resources they need to deliver great results for clients by getting the job done on time, on budget and with all loose ends tied down. Andrew is able to "think outside the box" and helps to provide novel and practical solutions to complex legal issues.

Andrew spent more than 15 years working as a deal lawyer, so has a good understanding both of client demands and of the pressures facing transactional lawyers. Corporate law feeds indirectly into a lot of what our clients do, for example where pension schemes have corporate trustees, or where real estate assets are held by corporate vehicles. Andrew enjoys helping colleagues from other specialisms navigate their clients through the less familiar world of company law.

Andrew is a contributor to "Practical Commercial Precedents" (Sweet & Maxwell) in relation to private company M&A documents.

Highlights

When clients commented that briefings Andrew had written on the Companies Act 2006 were not only helpful but more practical in application than those that they had seen from other firms (including Magic Circle firms).

Whenever a lawyer who is under pressure to deliver to a client says "Thanks, that's really helpful" or "That's saved me so much time".

When a lawyer from another group described a complex suite of interlinking documents Andrew had produced as "a thing of beauty" (maybe that person needs to get out more...!).

Clients

Andrew's primary clients are our corporate lawyers and lawyers from other teams who need help dealing with corporate issues for their own clients.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Senior Professional Support Lawyer
  • 2015

    • Community
      February2015
      School Governor
  • 2014

    • Career
      June2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP, Senior Professional Support Lawyer
  • 2003

    • Career
      June2003
      Wragge Co LLP, Senior Professional Support Lawyer
  • 2000

    • Career
      October2000
      Wragge & Co/Wragge & Co LLP, Professional Support Lawyer
  • 1990

    • Career
      May1990
      Wragge & Co, associate
  • 1986

    • Career
      October1986
      Wragge & Co, solicitor
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1986
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1984

    • Career
      October1984
      Wragge & Co, Articled Clerk
  • 1982

    • Education
      1982
      College of Law, Chester (Common Professional Examination and Law Society Final Examination)
  • 1979

    • Education
      1979
      Jesus College Oxford (MA Modern History)

Although Andrew does not generally advise clients directly, they might be surprised to find how often he has input into the advice they receive. In particular, any complex drafting in transaction documents for private M&A is likely to be based on work that Andrew has done.

When transactional lawyers (and their clients) need urgent answers to difficult questions, Andrew is often the first port of call. Examples of bespoke drafting produced by Andrew for clients include:

  • a complex multi-jurisdictional shareholders' agreement; and
  • a suite of documents to enable corporate trustees of a major pension scheme to reorganise the scheme

Andrew has also written numerous legal articles for publication and alerts for issue to clients, although these do not usually appear in his own name.