Andrew heads our corporate and commercial team and is a senior lawyer specialising in acquisitions/disposals, shareholders’ agreements, articles of association and governance. Andrew’s technical expertise in relation to share rights and corporate structures is second to none. He offers his clients a quality of work which is difficult to find outside the City. Clients like his professional but personable approach and his ability to meet tight deadlines.

Andrew has experience working with companies, LLPs and partnerships, from family run businesses and start-ups to a broad spectrum of private limited companies and unquoted public companies, and has a particular focus on the charity sector, advising corporate charities.


Andrew has over ten years’ experience dealing with acquisitions and transaction finance across multiple sectors. He has recently advised on a cross border purchase of a Guernsey private company; the sale of an unquoted, FCA regulated public limited company; and the sale of a group of companies in the pharmacy sector.

He specialises in advising on and preparing shareholders’ agreements and bespoke articles of association, including alphabet classes of shares, growth/hurdle shares and EMI schemes.

Andrew advises a number of corporate charities on amending articles of association, directors’ duties, board meetings and company filings.

He liaises with our employment and litigation teams in relation to disputes between directors and shareholders. Andrew also advises on company administration and share buy-backs, as well as commercial contracts and e-commerce agreements.

Andrew leads the corporate finance offering that we provide to a national high street bank with whom we have a retainer. He has experience in reviewing transaction documents agreed by the buyer and seller (business or share purchases) on behalf of the bank and has significant experience in relation to the sales of pharmacies and ensuring that the relevant regulatory consents (such as from NHS England) have been obtained. He also advises the bank, as well as other clients, in relation to taking security, dealing with debentures, personal guarantees, intercreditor arrangements and deeds of subordination.

Andrew studied history and politics before undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law and the LPC at the College of Law (York). He trained at Brignalls Balderston Warren in North-East Hertfordshire before qualifying in 2009. Andrew joined Debenhams Ottaway in 2014, became an associate in 2016 and became a senior associate in 2017.

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Andrew is the treasurer of the Letchworth Round Table charity. He is also one of the firms’ corporate and social responsibility committee member and a member of the Law Society.

Andrew Yates's news

  • Thank you for your assistance in completing [the sale of a public company he was the managing director of and majority shareholder]. I appreciate that you weren’t involved from the start…but you are a sure credit to Debenhams Ottaway.

    Richard Mitchell
  • Clearly understood issues, empathetic, professional advice.

    Paul Beasley, Richmond House Group
  • Andrew came up with the idea of a shareholders agreement which gave us a solution as required.

    Brian & Jacqui Bowman
  • You dealt with [the preparation of a deed of retirement and a new partnership agreement] efficiently and in a timely manner.

    W. Hill and Son