John Deane

Partner - transactions, investments and commercial contracts

Why I love my job

The dynamism and diversity of the work and clients is addictive. I use my years of experience to guide the team through to landing the best outcome.  The pace is fast, the issues are important and solutions have to be delivered – I love the buzz.  The immense upheaval in the legal services industry in recent years has required a flexible approach when dealing with clients with high expectations who want consistent experiences.

I have a roving role with a focus on:

Overseeing commercial transactional work

Running a transaction involves carrying the players with you and getting them working together to achieve what you need.

Specialist transactional support includes:

Investment agreements, SEIS and EIS

I oversee the team dealing with the legal and tax issues which connected with investment into companies. We offer a practical service from dealing with HMRC compliance for SEIS and EIS investments through to much larger investments outside of the range of SEIS and EIS.  We work with both shareholders to protect their investment and work with directors running the businesses.

ESG and Sustainability – identifying opportunities, risks, values and objectives

More and more we see founders and investors in SMEs applying non-financial Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors, or the three Ps: profit, people, and planet, to identify opportunities, risks and objectives.

For an SME scaling-up business wanting to attract investors and good talent, sustainability is also becoming commonplace – doing business without negatively impacting the environment, community, or society as a whole; meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  Much of this comes from each individual’s personal awareness of depletion of natural resources,  concerns over wealth disparity and corporate social responsibility and a desire to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  Customers and clients increasingly choose sustainable products and services from sustainable businesses.  Sustainability in business motivates employees to align with the goals and values of the business.

At Gannons we promote ESG values and sustainability and strive to assist our clients with identifying and integrating sustainability and ESG values into their businesses.

Shareholder and partnership disputes

People in business continue to fall out and resolving disputes between shareholders and partners continues to be busy. I look for the path to resolving disputes rather than litigation but will litigate if necessary. I zoom in on pressure points which are aids to effective and speedy resolution.   I have particular expertise in representing clients at mediation hearings where my ability to see the big picture does achieve results. 

Professional memberships and affiliations

  • Solicitor
  • Society for Computers and the Law
  • Member of the Civil Mediation Council