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Beyond Corporate key hire with the appointment of new partner

Leading Manchester commercial practice Beyond Corporate has appointed James Corlett as partner and head of its expanding commercial team.

James, originally from the North West, previously worked at international law firm Fieldfisher across both their London and Manchester offices. He specialises in commercial contracts, IP, and technology transactions. He has extensive in-house experience and advises a wide variety of clients, ranging from fast-growth start-ups to globally listed companies, on the full range of commercial agreements, IP, distribution, franchising, data, and commercial law-related issues.

Highly experienced in dealing with manufacturing, services and consumer-facing agreements, James also has expertise in the retail sector, with a strong track record in acting for food and beverage clients, as well as being in-house counsel for an international fashion retail group, providing extensive cross-border and franchising experience.

The specialist practice Beyond Corporate is part of Beyond Law Group, a disruptive legal business whose strategy is to create, build and manage specialist legal practices under one modern business structure. The Group’s clients and employees enjoy the sense of personal service sociability, identity and teamwork associated with specialist practices, but can also be confident that they are working with the strength of a modern and diverse legal business. The Group currently has a portfolio of three practices, McAlister Family Law, Beyond Corporate and Beyond Conveyancing; James’ appointment will make him the sixth partner to be appointed by the Group in the past year as it continues its ambitious growth plans.

James said: “At this stage in my career I wanted to be part of something that was progressive, modern and which had a dynamic culture. Importantly the Group has demonstrated that it is prepared to back and support its managers and partners, and is forward thinking in its approach to everything that it does.

“I am looking forward to growing the commercial team and its client base, whilst working closely with the Group’s other practices in order to offer an even broader range of services to its clients.”

Matt Fleetwood, the Group’s founder said: “James is an extremely experienced commercial lawyer and a fantastic addition to the wider corporate team. His experience and expertise complement our existing offering and as an individual, he will contribute strongly to the management direction and culture of the corporate practice, and the wider Group as a whole.

“His appointment reflects the Group’s strategy of putting together expert teams of the highest calibre lawyers across a range of specialisms. I’m delighted to welcome him to the Group.”