Kesteven is a modern business law firm focussed on servicing the needs of growing technology businesses, investors and entrepreneurs. We comprise a team of senior lawyers with strong technical skills and a wealth of valuable experience in our respective fields. We advise entrepreneurs, investors and established businesses on all aspects of corporate and commercial law including commercial disputes, with special expertise in equity fundraising / investment work.
ABOUT THE FIRM
Kesteven was founded in 2010 by Ted Dewhurst, a corporate and commercial lawyer with extensive and varied experience in private practice and in-house. The firm is based near Cambridge, renowned as being Europe’s largest technology cluster and a haven for high tech start-ups. However, we adopt a “virtual” firm model, meaning that we do not have our own offices and our lawyers work remotely using web-based systems. The advantages of this approach are that we are able to offer a flexible and responsive service whilst keeping our overheads to a minimum (which results in cost savings to our clients).
WHAT WE DO
We advise entrepreneurs, investors and established businesses on all aspects of corporate and commercial law including commercial disputes. In particular we specialise in working with new and growing technology companies and investors in them in relation to establishment, fundraising / investment transactions and exits.
ABOUT THE PEOPLE
Ted Dewhurst is the principal of the firm. Ted has been advising entrepreneurs, private and listed companies and venture capital / private equity firms on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters for over 18 years. His legal career has been split between two major London law firms and more recently as a partner with specialist tech VC firm JAG Shaw Baker. Ted also has in-house experience with Accel Partners (on secondment) and Balderton Capital (formerly Benchmark Europe), two of Europe’s leading venture capital firms. Ted’s practice includes cross-border corporate transactional and advisory work as well as general commercial matters.
James Sinclair, who works alongside Ted, is a practising solicitor as well as a qualified English Barrister. From 2001 until 2006 he practised as a Barrister in litigation and commercial law in chambers in London and Jersey before co-founding FSI Worldwide, a UN award winning socially entrepreneurial company working to combat human trafficking and bonded labour. In 2011 James founded a highly successful legal and commercial consultancy practice in the UAE, advising clients across the MENA region and beyond. The firm is also networked into a team of highly qualified and experienced lawyers skilled in specialist fields such as tax, employment and real estate in relation to the UK, the USA and a number of European jurisdictions. We are therefore able to tailor a team specifically to suit any transaction.
We aim to provide a pro-active and personal service led by the needs of our clients. We bring a flexible and commercial approach to all the work we do, avoiding unnecessary complexity or jargon. We offer a range of tailored fee arrangements, including fixed and capped fees. In short our aim is to offer unrivalled service at excellent value.