Edward Garston

Partner - Corporate Commercial

Edward Garston

Edward Garston

Partner - Corporate Commercial

Since qualification in 2006 Edward Garston has been advising owner-managed SME businesses across a wide diversity of business sectors on all aspects of corporate and commercial law.

Clearly enthusiastic about his practice area, his expertise spans company mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and restructuring, secured lending arrangements, company constitutional matters, share arrangements, all the way through to shareholder agreements. 

A particular specialism is advising company founders on their exit, whether by third-party sale, succession, or management buyout (MBO). He will, where possible, work in conjunction with a client’s existing advisers unless additional expertise is required for the particular project.  He enjoys nothing more than guiding his clients through the entire process from inception to successful completion.

On the commercial side, Edward regularly advises on business contracts and commercial arrangements such as terms and conditions and licensing arrangements.

Edward joined Spencer West having previously practised at leading Essex law firms, most recently as a partner with Pinney Talfourd LLP.

Having graduated in Economics from the University of Manchester, Edward first embarked on a varied Investment Banking career in London. Such experience affords him a unique insight into the banking and financial sectors, which enhances the service and advice he regularly offers.

Edward is a keen networker and is often invited to share his professional expertise and experiences by speaking to industry groups and organisations.

"Please allow me to express my heartfelt thanks for the incredible service you delivered. We appreciate having our terms of business and share transfer sorted so promptly and professionally.

Based on my past experiences dealing with legal firms, I expected extortionate fees and slow services and was surprised to receive such quick replies and value for money. Your attention to detail and genuine care for me as your client was a refreshing change.

I'm confident that your work has set our business on the path to success and smooth sailing. I will not hesitate to use you and Spencer West again. I will certainly recommend you to anyone that needs your professional services in the future."

Nailya Belkacemi - Plus Samples

May I take this opportunity to sincerely thank you, and indeed everyone involved in this process for your collective prompt and professional service.

Maybe just another day at the office for you guys, but from our perspective, although some wording of dense gravity, the exercise was smooth and painless, with the achieved execution of exactly what we wanted.

Fron Ian and I, thank you. 


Bob Nofolk, Director, Kelvelec Electrical Supplies Ltd

Thanks for helping us with this and for making the transaction go through so smoothly

Tom McCain
Elfin Kitchens Ltd



  • England & Wales


Founder exits, company mergers & acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and restructuring, company constitutions, equity structuring, corporate finance, personal guarantees, commercial agreements, terms and conditions


  • Solicitor of England and Wales (Admitted 2006)

    BA(Econ) University of Manchester



  • Pinney Talfourd LLP 
  • Wortley Byers LLP 
  • Tolhurst Fisher LLP  
  • Investment Banking and Financial Markets (1995 - 2004) 


    • Legal 500 Next Generation Partner 2023, 2022, 2021
    • Legal 500 Individual of the year 2019 (outside London) Corporate and Commercial 
    • Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2016 - 2020

Edward says...

With commercial law increasingly complicated and wide ranging, my priority is to deliver professional guidance to my clients in terms that they fully understand. Only then can the implications for their business be fully considered.