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The Firm

Dawson Radford are specialist solicitors. Based in a leafy suburb in North Derbyshire, just outside Sheffield, they are a small friendly team who always put their clients’ needs first.

Whether you’re buying or selling a business, restructuring, require a shareholder agreement, or have need for corporate governance solutions, Jo and her team can help. The purchase and sale of commercial properties is another area of specialisation, as is Employment Law. And, they also work with landlords and tenants.

As a small but growing company, Dawson Radford pride themselves on using plain English, working flexibly, and providing up front costings so there are no nasty surprises. They are proactive and don’t work on that outdated ‘the client who shouts loudest gets their work done’ basis.

If you want an efficient legal team behind your business, then look no further.

Meet the Team

Jo Dawson

Managing Director and Head of Corporate & Company Law

Jo Dawson

Jo is a 10 years qualified solicitor, specialising in corporate and company law. She has spent 12 years in a regional firm in the East Midlands undertaking acquisition work, company restructuring, and shareholder agreements. She also deals with corporate governance, and Companies Act matters.

Jo’s loyal base of clients who instruct her because they trust her to get the deal done in a sensible and pragmatic fashion, whilst still ensuring that her clients are adequately protected. Jo takes time to explain the process, outline the risks, and enable her clients to make an informed decision. She is particularly noted for working in a collaborative way with other lawyers, to find solutions to matters that arise, and ensure transactions complete as quickly as possible.

Good relationships with other professionals is key, and Jo regularly receives recommendations from accountants, bank relationship managers, selling agents and other solicitors. Jo often acts for other solicitor’s practices who do not have their own corporate departments.

Jo has a reputation for health and social care work – acquisitions of care homes and day nurseries in particular. She understands the processes and the legislation in place surrounding acquisitions in this sector. Many of her clients are care home or nursing home operators, and this client base has grown almost exclusively through word of mouth recommendations.

She also has experience in dealing with manufacturing and engineering companies and service and maintenance providers – industries typical of the East midlands locality.

Born and bred in Sheffield, Jo is straight talking and no nonsense, often quoted as being the most down to earth corporate lawyer there is. She lives on the outskirts of Sheffield with her twin boys Jack and Harry.

Jean Holden

Paralegal, Corporate and Corporate Governance

Jean Holden

Jean is a paralegal, assisting on corporate transactions and undertaking corporate governance work. She has worked for a number of well known and well respected law firms in the local area and has a wealth of experience.

Jean often assists Jo Dawson on larger corporate transactions, but also undertakes work in her own right. Jean deals directly with our clients who instruct us to deal with company incorporations, officer appointments, and other Companies House registration services. She also assists our Commercial Property department, dealing with property searches and Land Registry registrations.

Jean has spent time travelling and working in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, including Las Vegas Strip. She is now married and has two young boys.

Finn Murray

Corporate Paralegal

Finn Murray

Finn is a paralegal in our corporate team, assisting Jo Dawson on a number of transactions.

Finn has worked as part of a number of highly regarded legal teams throughout the Midlands and Yorkshire and has worked in both in-house and private practice environments. Finn has experience in various matters including corporate acquisitions/disposals, mergers, restructuring, refinancing and more.

Finn completed his LLB at De Montfort University in Leicester in 2021 where achieved a 1st class degree, followed by his Legal Practice Course and LLM in professional legal practice in August 2023, whilst simultaneously gaining valuable experience full-time.

Finn has been fortunate enough to live in several countries such as India, Australia and the Philippines which has sparked a keen interest in travel. When he finds himself some free time he is often found in the kitchen making a mess (much to the dismay of his partner!).

Extremely professional when advising me on the merger of my business and having to deal with tight timeframes
Martin Evans
Martin Evans
16:15 10 May 24
I appointed Dawson Radford to handle both a share and property sale on my behalf, although it became a little long winded through no fault of theirs, they handled everything in a timely and professional manner, would use again.
Nick Livermore
Nick Livermore
12:22 29 Jan 24
Excellent service as usual from Dawson Radford on a land registration issue. Promptly and efficiently handled. It's a pleasure to deal with this company. Thanks to Dianne, Jo and all concerned.
Les Wheatley
Les Wheatley
09:36 10 Oct 23
Thank you to Dawson Radford Solicitors who have helped out a local charity with an urgent lease issue. Great prompt service with friendly people. Highly recommend.
Liz Thompson
Liz Thompson
13:35 19 Sep 23
Great service. Very professional and reasonably priced. Would use again.
Robin Platten
Robin Platten
07:59 21 Aug 23
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09:31 19 Nov 22
We utilise the services of Dawson Radford for both commercial and Employment Law. They are a pleasure to deal with. Friendly , informative and responsive to what are sometime urgent needs. I would highly recommend them.
Alexa Greaves
Alexa Greaves
15:35 14 Sep 22
Recently employed the services of Dawson Radford to assist with compiling quite a large range and quantity of corporate documentation which primarily required 3 people with different specialisms.They were all incredibly experienced and knowledgeable and have been so helpful and professional throughout the process. Very honest and transparent company.Would definitely recommend.
Unity Logistics Ltd
Unity Logistics Ltd
10:50 29 Jul 22
Jo Dawson & Joe Phelan have acted for both myself and my business Knights Care and every time they have been outstanding. Cant recommend them enough, thank you to everyone at Dawson Radford.
Adam Knights
Adam Knights
09:20 25 Jun 21
My business - Marvel Projects Ltd. recently engaged with Dawson Radford Solicitors and the prompt response and efforts Jo and the team went to was great. They certainly went over and above with their customer service efforts. Thank you, we'll definitely be using you in the future.
Ashley Hibberd
Ashley Hibberd
14:20 09 Jun 21
Great experience throughout. Kept me up too date at every step and professional and friendly. Definitely would use again and recommend!
David Walton
David Walton
18:24 29 Sep 20
Would highly recommend especially Joe Phelan, he went above and beyond in his work and managed such a quick turn around for a commercial property lease for myself, I would use him again in a heartbeat and would definitely recommend to anyone!
Charlotte Pearson
Charlotte Pearson
16:36 25 Jun 20
Dawson Radford are a great team - friendly and approachable at all times they worked efficiently throughout our transaction. We would definitely recommend them. A pleasure to deal with. Many thanks for the support.
Nigel Tyas Ironwork
Nigel Tyas Ironwork
13:21 02 Jun 20
Fantastic and efficient service again!A company that really cares for my company.Many thanks to everyone at Dawson Radford.5 Stars
Harold Lilleker
Harold Lilleker
11:02 03 Mar 20
Jo, Jean and all the team were a pleasure to deal with in the sale of my business. Easy to contact, efficient and professional. Highly recommended.
Wayne Harrison
Wayne Harrison
18:28 29 Jan 20
I fully recommend Jo and the Dawson Radford team. Jo is friendly, approachable, trustworthy and excellent at what she does. I’m extremely impressed with the efficiency of the work done for me. They offer a very expert service and I’ll always recommend them.
Sarah Brunt
Sarah Brunt
23:08 14 Jan 20
Kirsty Hanberry
Kirsty Hanberry
21:27 16 Nov 19
A real pleasure to deal with, the service was efficient and professional but also friendly. A breath of fresh air from some of the other practices I have used.Highly recommended.
R A Sidebottom Roofing Ltd
R A Sidebottom Roofing Ltd
09:36 07 Oct 19
Dawson Radfords Solicitors are totally trustworthy and approachable. They have handled my intricate business details with ease and little fuss. My personal transactions such as my Will and Trust and also set up a charity The Koby Foundation caring for children in Accra, Ghana.What is pleasing is the cost which is very reasonable for the massive amount of work they undertake.I highly recommend The whole team at Dawson Radford.Roger Willis a very happy customer.
Roger Tresco Willis
Roger Tresco Willis
09:48 04 Oct 19
Quick, efficient service - a pleasure to deal with and I have already recommended to others. Thank you!
Amy Fettis
Amy Fettis
09:02 02 Oct 19
Shanti Chawla
Shanti Chawla
15:24 17 Jul 19
LUKE MCCLUSKEY
LUKE MCCLUSKEY
06:02 05 Jul 19
Jamie Turner
Jamie Turner
14:21 03 Jul 19
Very approachable, definitely recommend
Amanda Holmes
Amanda Holmes
22:49 15 Dec 16
I have used Jo's services for many years now! I for one can tell you that the service provided from Jo is second to none! She is professional, honest and really listens to your needs. She goes above and beyond and gives it that special one to one need! Jo gets you the results not only what you want, but deserve! Absolutely fantastic! I would recommend her services to anyone. This is the solicitors you need on your side; personal, professional and friendly to the core.
James Langley
James Langley
22:07 28 Nov 16
Ethical, professional and commercially minded with an enviable knowledge of the sector. I cannot recommend Jo enough and hope to do business with Dawson Radford many more times.
Ali Willoughby
Ali Willoughby
20:19 25 Nov 16

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