Commercial law expert strengthens services, extends Gardner Leader’s reach into Oxfordshire and also joins the B4 community

Leading Thames Valley law firm, Gardner Leader, has appointed highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, Sally Addis, as a Partner in the firm. Sally, along with her current team, will be based in Oxford, expanding Gardner Leader’s reach and services further into the Oxfordshire region. The firm have also recently become Members of the growing B4 business community in Oxfordshire.

With a distinguished career spanning over 25 years, Sally has a track record of advising both local businesses and large firms in the UK, and internationally.  

Sally has a reputation for providing pragmatic and astute advice. She works mainly on the sales side of mergers and acquisitions but also on investments, spin-outs, restructuring, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, private equity and commercial agreements. In 2011 Sally founded Addis Law based in Oxford, working with large corporate clients, SMEs, charities, universities, and private individuals.    

Sally and her group of consultants join an expanding, highly experienced team of legal professionals. Gardner Leader employs over 180 staff, working across 12 specialist teams each dedicated to providing specific services to businesses and to individuals. 

Sally said: “For over ten years we’ve been providing organisations and businesses in Oxfordshire, and outside of the county, with specialist corporate and commercial legal advice. My team of consultants and I are now excited for the next step. 

“We’re joining Gardner Leader during an exciting period of growth and look forward to adding our expertise and knowledge to the broad range of legal advice and support that the firm is able to offer its clients.” 

Derek Rodgers, Managing Partner at Gardner Leader, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Sally and her team to the Gardner Leader family. Sally is a vastly experienced solicitor and a highly regarded, trusted legal professional. By having feet on the ground further into Oxfordshire it will enable us to further support our commercial and corporate clients.” 

Richard Rosser, CEO of B4, added: “B4, Sally, Addis Law and Gardner Leader go back a long way so it’s great to have Sally and Gardner Leader back on board. We’re looking forward to working together and helping Sally make some great connections in Oxfordshire.”


Corporate & Commercial Law Experience

Sally’s work covers all aspects of the corporate lifecycle from inception to sale, as well as commercial contracts,  across a broad range of sectors. Sally’s work includes advising large corporate clients, SMEs, charities, universities and private individuals on all aspects of the operation of their business including investments and sales, university spin-outs, restructuring, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, and commercial agreements. Sally volunteers as the Chair of Governors for a large secondary school in Oxford.

Work Highlights

Acting for the sellers of a tech company in the gambling industry

Acting for the lead investor, an EIS fund, investing into a spin out from the University of Oxford

Acting for a tech company on its Series A funding

Acting for the purchaser (a US corporate) on the acquisition of a UK tech company

Acting for the shareholders of OCC on the exit to System C.


For over 120 years Gardner Leader has been providing services to business and to individuals, specialising in corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, residential property and conveyancing, inheritance protection and family law. 

The firm has tripled in size over the last 10 years and has offices throughout the South-East, South-West, London and now Oxfordshire. In 2021 the firm merged with Swindon-based, standout commercial, corporate and real estate solicitors, Clark Holt, helping to reinforce its services to businesses, and to compete against regional and city law firms. 

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