Vanessa Williams

Partner in Business & Corporate, Charities & Social Enterprise
and Commercial Contracts

Corporate & Commercial lawyer

Vanessa is a commercial lawyer with 20 years’ experience, 13 of which have been spent as a partner in leading London law firms. She has established and grown corporate/commercial departments and sat on the management board overseeing the running of the firm with particular responsibility for finance and HR strategy.

She has acted on transactions ranging from multi-million pound international acquisitions to business start-ups. She particularly enjoys working along-side owner managers helping them grow and develop their business.

Vanessa is the author of “Due Diligence: A Practical Guide”, she speaks regularly at national and international conferences on business law and is a visiting lecturer for the University of West of England Law Faculty. She is also a feature blogger for Jordans, the company formation agent and legal publisher, on issues affecting SME businesses.

In addition to her experience in running law firms, Vanessa is herself an entrepreneur. In response to the recession, she set up Across the Board, a practical governance advisory service aiming to maximise performance and minimise risk within organisations. She has run an investment network matching businesses with sources of funding and in collaboration with ActionCoach she helps management teams get “investor ready”. Vanessa is also a director of the Women of the Year Lunch and its associated charity which recognises the achievements of women across all sectors at an annual lunch.

In addition to being a qualified solicitor, Vanessa also holds the Corporate Finance Qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales.


Vanessa was recently a key speaker at the following event and the recording can be viewed via the following post:

Trading out of the pandemic and post-Brexit: business webinar

Vanessa’s updates

Covid-19: Extension to Job Retention Scheme to March 2021

November 06, 2020

Covid-19: Key features of the Winter Economy Plan

September 25, 2020

Covid-19: Flexible furlough timeline and impact on retail sector

June 04, 2020

Covid-19: Bounceback loan scheme for small businesses

May 04, 2020

Covid-19: Charities Q&A – AGMs, incident reporting, data protection, emergency funding

April 08, 2020

Covid-19: Data protection and coronavirus Q&A

April 06, 2020