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Ashley Sutherland (née Kidd) joined Hegarty Solicitors in 2008 after studying at De Montfort University in Leicester. She qualified as a solicitor with the firm in 2010 and was promoted to partner in May 2020.

Ashley mostly deals with corporate law and is the firm’s contract specialist. She is fully up to speed with the EU Data Protection Reform and will ensure your website and business contracts are compliant. Ashley also works closely with all types of businesses advising them on the best business structure for their needs and advises and prepares shareholder and partnership agreements. Ashley prepares, negotiates and reviews contracts of all types including terms and conditions of trading, software and intellectual property contracts and supply and distribution agreements. She also deals with and assists in mergers, acquisitions and disposals.

She is a member of Peterborough Young Professionals and is a committee member of the Peterborough Young Lawyers Group and Secretary of the Peterborough & District Law Society.

In 2014 Ashley won the Peterborough & District Law Society’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award; this reflects her hard work, dedication to clients and ongoing community involvement.

Outside of work, Ashley takes part in the martial art of Tang Soo Do. She competed in the World Congress of Martial Arts World Games for Great Britain in 2011 and 2012 and has won several awards including two gold medals. Ashley is Director for Female Athletes for World Congress of Martial Arts (WCOAA) and is a fully qualified instructor.

Recent cases include:

  • The drafting of an IP Licence Agreement for a national environmental scheme;
  • The sale of a holiday property rental business.

Ashley is assisted by Christi Somaraj.

I found Ashley’s review of my contract detailed and clear to understand. She made good points and recommendations so that the contract didn’t have any ambiguity in the service I would receive from my lettings agent and it capped my liabilities if there were any mistakes on my part. I was able to negotiate a favourable deal with my letting agent and I feel safe to work with them moving forward.

Ms G, Corporate Client

Thanks very much, it all went very smoothly and you managed to make it a painless exercise by having everything so well prepared.

Mr G. Corporate Client

The service was friendly but professional and commercial. Links to other specialist areas was used as required but was well managed and coordinated. Response to queries was quick.

Corporate Client

Ashley provided a very thorough and professional service.

Miss C. Corporate Client

The service provided was excellent. Communications were timely and easy to understand. The support we received enabled us to complete our contractual arrangements to our full satisfaction. Thank you for a job well done.

Mr T. Corporate Client

You’ve been amazing. Thank you.

Ms S. Corporate Client

Could not speak more highly of the quality of advice and the assistance you have given… well above and beyond what was expected.

Your hard work and expertise with this project has had a massive impact on their ability to deliver the services that we need.

Mr W. Corporate Client

First class understanding of our needs from the outset, sensible and understandable advice, preparation to the agreed plan, subsequent legal paperwork and bringing the matter to completion. We greatly appreciated the methodical approach to all matters and completion within budget.

Ashley Sutherland - Mr F. Corporate Client

I am writing to express my thanks for the excellent work carried out by you and your firm to support Mrs W. and I during our recent acquisition. I would like to take the time to draw to your attention the overall satisfaction we felt in working with your firm and in particular, I would single out Ashley for praise in ensuring that the transaction actually happened and I know that the service offered on the day of signing was appreciated, not just by us but by the seller as well.

Mr W, Corporate Client

Thank you very much for your excellent service during the review of the contract. As I said, you have a tangible (and even infectious!) passion for your job which makes even the review of a legal contract more of a pleasure to work on.

Corporate Client

I would highly recommend using Ashley and Kally at Hegarty anytime. Having used both of their services for such a crucial time of my business I couldn’t fault them at all. They have been so accommodating to my constant emails and phone calls which at times they must have found bit annoying. I wish them all the best and I will not be going anywhere else for a very long time.

Mr R. Corporate Client

Many thanks for your assistance. It’s always a pleasure for me to speak to you (interrogate you), you’re one of the few people that I feel tries to understand what I’m trying to do and provide positive solutions! As a broad generalisation I find it’s so easy for people to find reasons why things can’t/shouldn’t be done but few try to find solutions. Thankfully you fall into the small, latter group.

Mr M. Corporate Client

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by Ashley Sutherland

Corporate and Commercial
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Advice for rebranding a limited company

by Ashley Sutherland

Corporate and Commercial

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