New partner strengthens Corporate & Commercial team at SA Law

Wed 3rd Jul 2024

SA Law welcomes corporate & commercial lawyer Nikki Petken as a partner.

Nikki originally joined the firm back in 2007 as a Trainee Solicitor. Since qualifying at SA Law, she has amassed a wealth of experience, working for organisations such as the BBC, Elysium Healthcare, and more recently, Gravity Media Group as their General Counsel. In this role she established the group's legal function and held ultimate responsibility for legal affairs globally.

Nikki will bring a unique blend of in-house commercial strategy and legal expertise to SA Law, with a strong track record in strategic legal leadership and adeptness in crisis management, making her a trusted partner for clients navigating complex business challenges.

In particular, she will be offering valuable advice on business growth and restructuring to SA Law’s clients, whilst effectively managing their cost, risk, and compliance concerns. Her specialisms include contract drafting and negotiations, Ts & Cs, Joint Venture agreements, M&As, partnerships and corporate governance.

Nikki’s appointment comes as part of ambitious growth plans for the corporate & commercial team, as well as the wider firm, where there is a particular focus on expanding the support and services it provides to its client base of prestigious local businesses, as well as leading national, and international companies.

Commenting on her decision to re-join the firm, Nikki said:

“I am excited to be making the transition back into private practice from in-house law and especially, to have the opportunity to re-join SA Law, where I started my legal career as a trainee and a newly qualified solicitor.

SA Law’s Corporate & Commercial Team has an excellent reputation in the market, and their holistic approach to clients’ commercial issues is what attracted me most to the role.

Having worked in several different industries and businesses, I look forward to bringing the commercial and legal expertise I have acquired to the clients of SA Law and to working with the SA Law team.”

Vincent Billings, Head of the Corporate & Commercial Team, added:

“We are very pleased to have Nikki join us. She brings with her a wealth of business and commercial experience that will prove invaluable to our commercial clients and assist with the continued growth of our Corporate and Commercial Team. Welcome back Nikki.”

Tracy Lacey-Smith, Joint Managing Partner, commented:

“Nikki’s understanding of the wider implications of commercial decisions is second to none. Her 360-degree view will be of huge value to clients. Nikki is an excellent addition to the firm, and we are delighted to welcome her into the Partnership.”

Find out more about Nikki Petken, or get in touch at or by calling 01727 798000.

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