I am a partner in the corporate finance team and enjoy guiding clients through the transaction process. I am known for my pragmatic approach, solving problems, responsiveness and ability to meet tight deadlines.
With significant transactional experience acting for a broad range of clients, including buyers, sellers, SMEs, individuals, private equity, insolvency practitioners, international businesses, family investment firms I enjoy helping clients achieve their goals efficiently and on time.
Areas of expertise:
- Acquisitions and disposals of businesses
- Private equity
- Investments and joint ventures
- General corporate advisory
- Banking and finance
- Restructurings and Insolvency
- Cross border transactions
Qualifications and memberships
- Qualified in April 2010
Advised Adept Technology Group Plc on their successful acquisition of the Datrix group.
Advised longstanding client, the J. Clubb group of companies and its shareholders, on the sale of the group to Agar Dry Mortar Holdings Limited.
Advised the shareholders of Integrated Technologies Ltd on their £22 million sale to Gooch & Housego PLC, a specialist manufacturer of optical components and systems.
Advised the management team on their management buyout of PFPR Communications Limited.
Advised MetOcean Telematics on its acquisition of Domo Tactical Communications’ Tagging, Tracking and Locating (TTL) business.
Successfully advising the Iprism management team on the management buyout of the business.
Joanna Ford and John Kirkwood put considerable time and effort in to get very complex transactions over the line. Their considerable experience and knowledge is vital to ensure all the hurdles to completing sales are overcome in a very short time. As well as the work itself, it was a pleasure working them, they were very driven, friendly and accessible.
Legal 500 2024
Joanna Ford and John Kirkwood play an integral part in achieving successful outcomes.
Legal 500 2024
Exceptionally knowledgeable and approachable lawyers in all departments with clear and concise advice and excellent communication.
NC at JF Limited
When MetOcean first started investigating this acquisition, we knew that we would need the assistance of a solid legal team in the United Kingdom. Unequivocally, I can say that the team at Cripps provided extremely high-quality service throughout this transaction. Their legal team took the time to understand the scope of services required and were able to identify the appropriate areas upon which to provide focus and counsel.
Vice President, Finance and Administration of MetOcean Telematics
We are extremely grateful to John and the team at Cripps for their guidance, patience and support. We were particularly appreciative of their rapid responses at every stage of the process. We had some tight deadlines to meet and ‘our side’ was up to the challenge throughout. We literally couldn’t have done it without them.
We have been delighted with service and advice provided by John, Ed and the rest of the Cripps team throughout the sale process. This was a very complex transaction which involved a significant pre-sale restructuring and a substantial property element retained by my shareholders.
Managing Director at J. Clubb Limited
Having not been through the process of selling a business before, it was reassuring to be guided by lawyers with plenty of experience and knowledge. The Cripps team was always available to help us and dealt efficiently and expertly with any issues that arose. They guided us through a complex process and we are extremely grateful to John and the team for their hard work and support.