About Nigel Craig
I qualified as a solicitor in 1981.
In 1985 I joined David Oliver to set up Oliver & Co, a firm specialising in corporate and insolvency work.
The firm merged to become Sherwin Oliver in 1989, where I headed the corporate and non-contentious insolvency team.
Sherwin Oliver merged with Blake Lapthorn in 2001.
I stayed for five years to head the Portsmouth corporate team, before leaving in December 2006 to team up with John Taylor as Hentys LLP. I have advised on sale and purchase of shares and businesses with values from £250,000 to £70million; and drafted commercial contracts with revenue values in excess of £30million.
Outside of law, in 1989 I joined with a client to build a new Mercedes Benz main dealership, a business which we owned and operated until MB changed their dealership structure in 1999.
At the end of 2003, I started a new venture with three others, building a care group offering elderly nursing, learning difficulty and domiciliary care. As Chairman I work with the MD to lead the group strategy and growth. In five years we took the group from start up to a value in excess of £20million. The last six years have been quieter as funding has been much harder to obtain.
Nonetheless, we have built a new purpose built residential home for adults with learning difficulties, and in May 2013 we purchased a 55-bed care home. In May 2014 we closed one nursing home to allow us to fully refurbish the building. That building was completed in December and re-opened to the private dementia market in January 2015. The next projects, which will be another new build home for adults with learning difficulties, and an extension and refurbishment of another nursing home, are already in the planning stage.
I have just launched a new app business. The app has gone live, but the development process took longer than expected. Naturally, there is a proper corporate group structure behind the app!
The growth of the care business included purchases of assets and shares. The app is a new business, but it is properly structured, and I am coordinating the development and marketing (but using the right experts to actually deliver the work).
Unlike most corporate or commercial lawyers, therefore, I can offer a greater insight into business, having started and grown several businesses for myself, as well as spending over 30 years advising clients.