Sound advice.

Our Business Team offers a level of specialist expertise normally only found in major commercial centres. We specialise in a wide range of business matters, advising clients from sole traders and family firms to public companies. Our advice is based on an understanding of the nature of each client’s needs and their particular requirements.

Setting up a business

When setting up a business we will assist at the outset by advising on the appropriate business structure, whether it be sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership or company and in the preparation, where necessary, of partnership and shareholders agreements.

Acquisitions and Disposals

We advise on business acquisitions and disposals. Clients will benefit from our experience in management buyouts, share sales and purchases, franchise agreements and business restructuring arrangements.

Occupation and Commercial Premises

We provide advice on all aspects relating to the use and occupation of commercial premises including the negotiation and renewal of leases.

The need often arises for carefully worded contracts and agreements to be prepared and we are able to deal with these. We can also advise on trading terms and conditions that are appropriate to the client’s business.


Senior Partner

John Worby’s Profile

John took a B.Sc.(Econ) degree and joined Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head as an articled clerk in 1980. He became a Partner in 1986 and Senior Partner in 2010.

He specialises in Corporate, Commercial and Property fields with particular emphasis on business acquisitions and disposals. He currently heads the Business Team.


Robin Cearns’ Profile

Robin was educated locally at Chigwell School and qualified at Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP as a Solicitor in 1995. He became a partner in 2004 and specialises in advising on and dealing with the various legal issues experienced by local and East London businesses. Robin has built up a loyal following of clients building on his connections locally and his family’s historic connections with West Ham United Football Club.

Robin is experienced in Commercial Property matters and Employment matters. He acts for both the Employer and the Employee in a wide range of matters ranging from Tribunal Cases to Preparing Contracts of Employment and advising on Compromise Agreements.

Robin also has some close links with local sports clubs and associations and is very keen to promote these within the local community.

Associate Solicitor

Andrew Dongworth’s Profile

Andrew graduated from Durham University in 2004, before undertaking the legal practice qualifications at the College of Law. After training with Wollastons LLP, qualifying as a solicitor in 2009, Andrew joined Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP in 2010.

He undertakes work in relation to all aspects of commercial law, including commercial leases, company law matters, shareholders agreements and reviewing business terms and conditions. The area in which Andrew specialises is company sales and acquisitions and he has experience in advising a wide range of businesses, from sole traders to public limited companies.

Andrew is a member of the West Essex Young Professionals Group


Harry O’Donnell’s Profile

Harry graduated from the University of Surrey in 2012 with a first class honours degree in Law.  Following completion of the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in 2013, he joined the firm in 2014 and qualified as a solicitor in May 2016.

Harry is part of the business team and undertakes a broad spectrum of work with a commercial emphasis, including leasehold and freehold transactions, company law matters, reviewing and drafting terms and conditions of business and assisting with business acquisitions and disposals.

Harry grew up in Loughton, Essex, and has strong links to the area, having attended Trinity Catholic High School in Woodford.