Grant Usher

Associate Solicitor - Corporate and Commercial

Grant Usher

T: 023 9231 2058

M: 07464 547 366

Grant is an Associate Solicitor in the Corporate & Commercial team at Verisona Law.

Grant advises SMEs and large corporations across the South and nationwide on a range of corporate issues, including Management Buy-Outs (MBOs), Management Buy-Ins (MBIs), group reorganisations and private equity investment. He has strong experience of advising sell-side and buy-side clients in the sale and purchase of companies (share or asset).

Commercial practise

In his Commercial practise, Grant has particular expertise in data protection and has advised businesses of varying sizes, from sole traders to AIM-listed PLCs to US-based social media platforms, in respect of GDPR and regulatory compliance issues. Grant also regularly advises on supply and distribution agreements, commercial contracts and terms and conditions.

Grant is a member of Verisona Law’s specialist Football & Sports team and played a key role in advising Portsmouth Football Club in the sale of the club to The Tornante Company, for which Verisona Law won an award at the Football Business Awards 2017 and have been shortlisted for the same award in 2019.

Grant also has expertise in the Marine sector and has acted for a coastal boatyard which was on the verge of insolvency (he managed refinancing with a new lender in order for the business to subsequently be sold to a third party), the acquisition of a marine engineering company as part of a strategic group expansion (and subsequent private equity investment into the business) and the Management Buy Out of one of the UK’s largest new boat dealerships.

In his spare time, Grant is a season ticket holder at Portsmouth Football Club and a member of Hampshire County Cricket Club.

Awards and accolades

In May 2018, Grant was named as the Junior Lawyer of the Year by the Hampshire Law Society he was also nominated for UK Junior Lawyer of the Year at the Law Society Excellence Awards. Grant was shortlisted in the ‘UK Young Lawyer of the Year’ category at the LawNet Awards in 2017.

Client testimonials

“I ventured into the unknown when looking to sell my company, and what unravelled in the process was a little daunting to say the least. I can say though the team at Verisona, and especially Grant Usher in particular, made the transaction process bearable. Their thorough and professional service gave me the confidence I needed to feel I was in safe hands.

I would definitely recommend their service to others in a similar position.”

Richard Manthorpe, Brickmongers (Wessex) Ltd, July 2019

“Thank you for all your work in dealing with the acquisition, your advice has been really helpful.”

Seller of a healthcare business, January 2019

“I would just like to say a very big thank you to you for all of your amazing hard work and patience during the course of the sale. Myself and the family very much appreciate it.”

Exiting shareholder of an IT company, July 2018

“The (Corporate and Commercial) team did Verisona Law proud. I really appreciate all your assistance throughout the transaction.”

Director of a Groundworks and civil engineering business, June 2018

‘We worked closely with Grant during the transaction. It was an extremely complex and complicated purchase of the business, working diligently with the buyer as well as BDO and Ernst & Young. During this period, Grant was personally always on hand to clarify any questions posed to him regarding both the transaction from all parties. Everyone associated with the business was impressed with Grant’s work during this period.’

Chief Executive of professional sports team

‘I would just like to say how pleased I have been with the way in which your company has handled the recent sale of my business. I would like to give a special mention to Grant Usher. I would like to say how very impressed I have been with his professional quiet and calm approach, clearly a fantastic representative for Verisona Law.

Grant is very good at listening to the concerns of the client and will take time to consider the best approach to the issue. Grant is mature and level headed which I found to be very reassuring qualities especially during the more stressful periods of the transaction. His guidance, professional knowledge and advice were excellent and he ensured that I was fully informed at all times.

During the whole process Grant showed great care and attention and took time to explain any detail that I was not sure about. His reassuring approach took much of the stress away from myself as I felt confident that he would make the best decision to represent my interests at all times. It was a pleasure working with him.’

Former owner of a Hampshire-based children’s nursery

2014: Worked as a Corporate Paralegal at Stevens & Bolton LLP

2015-17: Trained at asb law LLP

2017: Joined Verisona Law as an Associate in the Corporate & Commercial team

2018: Named Hampshire Law Society’s ‘Junior Lawyer of the Year’

  • Company acquisitions and disposals
  • Corporate re-structuring
  • Joint ventures
  • Shareholders’ agreements
  • Terms and conditions of business
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • Data Protection

Sector Specialisms

  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Football/Sports
  • Marine

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