Jude Layas

Senior Associate

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Jude is a diligent and driven Senior Associate Solicitor. She provides high quality, business- focused advice on a wide range of corporate transactions, making her a trusted advisor to her clients. Her experience includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, AIM flotations and fundraisings and group reorganisations.

Jude is fluent in English and Arabic and has worked with a range of international clients, including clients from the Middle East.

Experience Highlights

Providing legal advice and support on a range of corporate and related legal issues.

  • Advising on the share and business sale of a specialist pharmaceutical company including the negotiation of the transfer of relevant regulatory licences.
  • Advising a foreign sovereign wealth fund in respect of the acquisition of a major telecommunications company.
  • Acting and advising Nomads and Brokers in connection with AIM and MAIN market flotations.
  • Advising Publishing Technology Plc on the placing of new ordinary shares to trading on AIM to raise £9m and offer to shareholders to raise up to a further £1m.
  • Advising Pochin’s plc on a £9.4m takeover bid.
  • Advising on the initial public offering of payment technology company SafeCharge.
  • Providing corporate governance advice.

Career History

  • 2014 – 2016 – Memery Crystal LLP
  • 2012 – Secondment, The Royal Bank of Scotland, London
  • 2010 – 2014 – Addleshaw Goddard LLP


  • LPC – The University of Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Law – The University of Law
  • B.A (Hons) – Classics with English Literature – King’s College London

Get in touch

For further advice please contact us for a free consultation.

+44 (0)3330 143 401 info@gunnercooke.com

"Jude’s contribution and support at the latter stages of a corporate transaction were invaluable to me in getting the deal done. I recommend
Jude for the following qualities: commitment, proactivity, attention to detail, speed of response and pleasantness of manner."


Matthew Searle

Corporate Partner at gunnercooke llp

"Our experience of working with Peter Bohm and Jude Layas was excellent in all respects. Their advice and assistance on a difficult M&A deal went way beyond what one would normally expect of a first class professional service. Their advice extended to commercial guidance as well as general friendly support at a very stressful time. I remain dumbfounded by their ability to deal with intricate legal matters well into the night and long after our brains had curdled. We are indebted to them and could not recommend them more highly."


Diana Mackay

Managing Director – Broadridge Analytical Solutions Limited

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