Partner - Corporate & Commercial
Sonya is a corporate and commercial lawyer with 20 years’ experience at some of the top law firms both nationally and in the South West region. Sonya is a business leader with an entrepreneurial edge, able to add value to any board or assist a rapidly growing business which is seeking an advisor with an attention to detail to join and support their management team. Sonya has worked in the private sector as a legal director of one of the UK’s leading energy efficiency businesses. A strong negotiator and mediator with commercial experience and a flexible attitude to do what it takes to get a job done.
Whilst leading large transactions Sonya has also worked on a large array of bespoke commercial contracts and provided advice in respect of renewable energy issues as and when they arise. Sonya utilises her experience of running a business through the ups and downs of the government tariffs alongside her unique approach to client service to successfully assist a great deal of businesses through a variety of projects and transactions.
Sonya has been recognised in Legal 500 for her work assisting SME’s in Cornwall and the South-West and for expertise in the renewables and tourism and sectors.
Sonya is currently also a non-executive director of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, which operates an airline, airport and marine businesses, based in locations across West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and chairs the Group’s environmental and remuneration committees.
"After finding ourselves in a difficult situation, with little experience, we needed the security of an experienced and professional solicitor to help ease the anxiety and pressure that we were feeling. A friend recommended Spencer West, whom we contacted and found ourselves aided by three professionals - Sonya Bassett, Jack Khurana and Matt Scott-Tucker.
They immediately put us at ease and were regularly in contact via telephone, email and zoom. Not only were they very knowledgeable and experienced in each of their respected fields, they were also lovely to talk to and represented that special human touch that really helps when you are experiencing difficult times. I would not hesitate to recommend or contact Spencer West again should the need arise."
"I have been very grateful to have Sonya provide legal support to my small business. She’s such a pleasure to work with. Excellent legal knowledge and guidance, amazing attention to detail, and always so good at explaining things in “lay-woman’s” terms that anyone can understand. She’s encouraging and insightful, and always a delight to chat to – half the time I’d forgot that we were actually engaged on important legal business..."
"Sonya is a rare example of an extremely competent professional who balances her management style and acumen with a wonderful personal approach to everyone she interacts with. She has a keen eye for detail and will protect the commercial reputation of any company she works with to the highest level. I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent working with Sonya, a true professional."
"It was refreshing that Sonya was happy to have a chat to get matters resolved rather than emails or letters going back and forward. Having worked with several solicitors over the years I can assure you, this proactive approach is not the norm!"
"I will certainly know where to come and will definitely not hesitate in recommending you to others"
"Advice was clear and offered when needed and presented in a way that was not overly complicated"
"Making you feel very valued as a client"
"Sonya is always very professional with the experience to deliver practical solutions that always meet our needs"
"We used Sonya for some rather complicated business agreements and I have to say she was superb – Very highly recommended"
"Sonya provides us will full explanations of what our options are, delivers what she has promised and is always on hand to provide concise and clear advice. I am very happy with her services"
Advising SMEs from start up to exit through all stages of growth, change, investment and diversification. Mergers and Acquisitions. Renewables.
- Coodes Solicitors
- Enact Energy Renewables Limited
- Follett Stock
- Osborne Clarke (Bristol and San Francisco)