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Kathryn Paisley


Kathryn leads Rix & Kay’s Corporate and Commercial team and is a specialist in corporate law with particular expertise in the sale and purchase of businesses and companies, as well as the establishment of partnerships and other joint ventures.

Having trained and worked for many years for two major City Law firms (CMS Cameron McKenna and RPC LLP), Kathryn has a wealth of experience of working on high-value and complex corporate transactions.  Today, her clients benefit from City-level expertise and advice without the cost one might expect from a London law firm.

Kathryn’s clients

Kathryn works closely with businesses of all sizes from sole traders and partnerships to SMEs and national organisations.  Her experience allows her to advise fledgling and fast-growth companies to realise the next stage of their strategic growth plans and to support more sophisticated businesses to achieve their commercial objectives.

Kathryn is also a member of the Board at Eurojuris, the leading network of independent law firms in Europe. With members based in 650 different cities/locations in about 50 countries, not only in Europe but worldwide, Kathryn is able to draw on this trusted network when clients require specialist cross-border advice.

Kathryn is on the executive board of the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce.

Kathryn is also a fluent German speaker.

Experience and approach

Kathryn invests time to gain a real understanding of her clients and their needs in order to meet their goals as effectively as possible.  She aims to be involved in the preparation of a business for sale or purchase from an early stage to ensure that the process runs smoothly and without unnecessary risk, helping to reduce both time and cost for her clients.

Areas of expertise

  • Sale and purchase of businesses and companies
  • Shareholders’ agreements and articles of association
  • Joint ventures
  • Management buy-outs and buy-ins
  • Partnerships

Kathryn’s work

Advising the shareholders of Construct on a majority share sale to Melbourne-based Online Education Services (OES)
Kathryn led the transaction on behalf of the principal shareholders of Construct. Construct is a global leader in online learning design with locations in London, US and South Africa. Construct and OES share a vision of an academic-led, learner-centric approach to online learning. The value this transaction brings to both organisations is significant.

Sale of Parkers Building Supplies – a £67 million turnover independent builders’ merchant
Kathryn worked as part of Rix & Kay’s Corporate and Commercial team that advised the owners of Parker Building Supplies, an independent builders’ merchant based in the South East of England, on its sale to Edinburgh-based Cairngorm Capital Partners. Headquartered in Polegate, East Sussex, the company generated revenues of £67m in 2017 from 15 locations across Sussex and Kent.

Advising historic builders’ merchants creating £120M group
Kathryn worked as part of Rix & Kay’s Corporate and Commercial team advising on the sale of Fairalls (Builders’ Merchants) to Cairngorm Capital Partners. The newly-enlarged group created the largest independent builders’ merchant group in the South East with more than 500 employees, combined revenues of £120 million and 24 branches serving Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

Advising Apiject – the worlds first single-use, prefilled syringe
Kathryn recently advised ApiJect founder, Marc Koska OBE, on bringing together revolutionary intellectual property to deliver commercially viable solutions for the administration of vaccines and medicines to the developing world without the transmission of disease or infection. This truly revolutionary product has the potential to change millions of lives around the world.

What Kathryn’s clients say

L500 leading firm


Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP’s corporate team is capable of advising clients on both day-to-day corporate matters as well as one-off deals, such as mergers and acquisitions. The firm’s client base is varied, including businesses in sectors such as property, digital media, and consultancy. Kathryn Paisley, who advises on M&A transactions, heads the team.

‘Kathryn Paisley was a joy to work with. Kathryn supported us through complex agreements and negotiations and was available at any time to help us. We couldn’t have wished for a safer pair of hands to guide us through a process that we had never been through before. I can’t recommend Kathryn enough.’

Legal 500 2021

Quotation marks


“You just made it so easy for me.”

Client Review, March 2020

Quotation marks

“Kathryn made everything from the client perspective very smooth.”

“Pleasure to deal with.”   

“We would like to say how impressed we were with your services throughout the MBO process and to thank you and your team for guiding us through.”

“Thank you Kathryn for your counsel through all the ups and downs. You have been brilliant.”

Client Reviews