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Iain Redford


Iain Redford

+44 (0)20 7400 8356

Iain is a corporate lawyer with extensive experience of mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, debt and equity financings, joint ventures and private equity transactions. His clients include UK listed companies, multinationals, institutional investors and technology growth companies. 

Iain has particular emphasis on the technology, life sciences and media sectors, with many of the recent M&A and financing deals being at the forefront of convergence and digital innovation. For example, he has advised WPP on numerous digital media acquisitions including Salmon and Essence and advised digital healthcare company Ixico plc on its reverse takeover of Phytopharm plc and subsequent acquisitions of Optimal Medicine.

Many of the deals Iain works on are cross-border and recent experience includes leading the Bristows team advising on the UK aspects of the NASDAQ IPO of oncology biotech company NuCana. 

Iain is also recognised as a partnership expert with particular expertise in investment partnerships.


  • BA Law, University of Oxford
  • Qualified 1996
  • Partner 2003
  • Joint Managing Partner 2010-2016

Recommended for

  • M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - Legal 500 (2019/2018/2017)
  • Media and Entertainment - Legal 500 (2019/2018/2016/2015)
  • Partnership - Legal 500 (2017/2016/2015)
  • Partnership - Chambers and Partners (2017/2016)

"Joint department head Iain Redford specialises in investment partnerships and also has particular expertise in refinancing partnerships. In 2016, he acted for multiple individual members in relation to the sale of their LLP." - Legal 500 2017

"The ‘very commercial’ Iain Redford is an ‘excellent business strategist’; he advised WPP on its purchase of System Analytic and of Exchange Lab."  - Legal 500 2017

"Iain Redford...key figure in the team, who act for clients including Blooms Properties and Pearl Diver Capital." - Legal 500 2016

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