Member Spotlight: Jenny Burke, Partner – Forbes Solicitors

13th March 2024, 3:38 pm

I am an experienced Partner in the Corporate Department at Forbes, leading on high value and complex transactions and with experience in the full range of corporate services, including mergers and acquisitions, internal restructures, demergers, banking work, investments, and implementation of tax schemes. In addition, I provide advice to businesses on general company law matters such as directors’ duties, compliance, finance, and banking.

I focus on the technology, leisure and tourism and care sectors as well as supporting the firms core clients across the manufacturing and engineering sectors. I am experienced in acting for purchasers, sellers and financial institutions and have established relationships with accounting practices, banks, insolvency practices and financial advisers across the Northwest, particularly in the Greater Manchester area.

I have advised clients on cross jurisdictional and international transactions and have strong contacts internationally with specialist advisers. I also support companies in implementing Employee Ownership Trusts and advise companies, shareholders, finance providers and other professionals on the EOT journey including the tax treatment and benefits of such schemes.

My clients have commented as follows “I have primarily worked alongside Jenny Burke on a number of commercial law matters with my clients, all of whom have found Jenny’s support and knowledge exceptional. I always know that I can recommend Jenny in complete confidence, knowing that the service she and her colleagues will provide to my clients will be of the highest standard “and “‘Jenny Burke and the team at Forbes Solicitors were outstanding from beginning to end. Jenny truly understood the nature of the transaction and the goals we were looking to achieve and was always on hand to pick up any requests or discuss any concerns. The team at Forbes were quick to put into effect any changes, as well as advising on the impact and negotiating on the finer details. The work undertaken by the team was of an extremely high standard and always in a speedy and efficient manner. I would highly recommend Jenny and the team at Forbes for high value and complex transactions.”

Career highlight:

In 2021 I represented a long-standing acquisitive client on a large and complex sale to an international buyer. I had worked with the client for years on the buy and build journey and it was a great experience to see the deal through to exit and assist the shareholders with whom I had worked for years and seen the whole journey and hard work through to an extremely rewarding end.

For me personally, becoming a Partner at Forbes was a pivotal moment in my journey and I remain thrilled to be a large part of the firm I have always had such belief in and whose values very much match my own

Name three words that describe your personality: Organised, efficient, approachable

I am often told that I am organised, efficient and approachable. I believe that my client focused and friendly client care style is what ensures clients come back to me for all of their legal needs.

What’s the best thing about pro-manchester? The people! The events are always well organised and lead to long lasting connections. Pro Manchester offers such a wide range of events and opportunities to connect with like minded professionals and to have fun at the same time.

What are your priorities for 2024?

2024 is a year of focus with Forbes looking to widen its client reach and profile within central Manchester. We have exciting plans for our office base in the city and lots of challenging and interesting transactions in the pipeline. Keep your eyes open for some brilliant summer events hosted by us in the city centre this year!

With the general election looming this is a period of uncertainty for businesses however at Forbes we prioritise reassuring our clients and guiding them on their journey, ensuring that legals are smooth and they feel valued and listed to. My priority, as always, is to ensure that I provide the best quality service to our clients and continue to work with the strong network of clients and referrers within the city.

What do you think are the most important things going on in Manchester at the moment?

I absolutely love Manchester, it’s a thriving and exciting place to work with opportunity around every corner.

The business community is extremely supportive and collaboration is at an all time high. I think the most important thing is for the business community to continue to support each other and to work hard together to get through the current recession, Pro Manchester is a key part of this support and I’m looking forward to a year of growth and events in conjunction with Pro Manchester.

Favourite meeting place in Manchester:

Piccolino, the food is always amazing, the atmosphere is buzzing and you are always guaranteed to bump into a few contacts!

What types of business would you like to meet?

As Forbes is a full service law firm, we are able to assist any type and size of business. However for me personally any businesses with corporate needs or on an acquisition trail or with upcoming exit plans are great introductions. I’m always happy to meet up for an initial discussion so please get in touch if you feel we could help your business in any way.


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