Further growth for Beyond Law Group’s corporate and commercial practice with appointment of new Legal Director

Beyond Law Group announces the appointment of new Legal Director, Nicola Knappett, to the commercial team of its specialist corporate and commercial practice, Beyond Corporate.


Beyond Law Group’s leading corporate and commercial practice, Beyond Corporate, has appointed Nicola Knappett to its highly specialist commercial team, enabling the team to enhance its expertise across a range of sectors including retail, technology, food and drink, healthcare and manufacturing.

The appointment follows the most successful year to date for Beyond Law Group and its award-winning practices. Beyond Corporate’s commercial team, headed up by ex Fieldfisher partner, James Corlett, who was recently promoted to Managing Partner of Beyond Corporate, is establishing itself very quickly as a go to commercial team for many well-known regional, national and international clients.

In line with James’ vision for growth for Beyond Corporate and the wider Group, the team continues to grow in size and expertise, with Commercial Solicitor Molly Hackett qualifying into the commercial team in March 2024, and the appointment of Nicola as Commercial Legal Director in April 2024.

Prior to joining the Group, Nicola spent over 20 years working both in private practice and primarily in-house for a variety of clients, from start-ups to global PLCs in a range of different sectors. Nicola has now returned to her roots in private practice, bringing with her a unique and valuable perspective of commercial realism when advising on business strategies and transactions, with a particular specialism in the technology sector.

Nicola was previously nominated as Best In-House Counsel in the North West due to her practical focus and ability to deliver complex advice in a succinct way.


Nicola commented on her appointment:I am thrilled to join the vibrant and dynamic environment that’s been created at Beyond Law Group and to have the opportunity to help build on the existing reputation of Beyond Corporate’s commercial team. For me, it is predominantly about developing understanding of a client’s business objective, and having a steely, determined resolve to ensure the best results and provide future-proof solutions for our clients.”

James Corlett, Managing Partner of Beyond Corporate and Head of the Commercial Team, says: “We are delighted to have Nicola join the Commercial Team and she is a very welcome addition to the Group. Her legal expertise will further enhance our service offering and will support our vision in becoming the most specialist commercial law team in the North. Our combined in-house experience dealing with complex commercial issues for local, national and international businesses means we can deliver the expertise provided by the UK’s leading law firms, but with a personal touch and a focus on consistently excellent client service.”

Matt Fleetwood, the Group’s Founder and Chief Executive adds: “We are delighted to have Nicola join Beyond Law Group and of the skillsets she brings to Beyond Corporate’s specialist commercial team. The Group’s continuous investment in people aims to support each team’s growth, and as a result the commercial team has just closed on its most successful year since its inception in 2017.

It is a very exciting time for Beyond Law Group, its practices and our people. We are delighted with the progress we have made already in the first quarter of 2024, particularly in recruiting the right talent to support our teams and we are looking forward with a huge amount of positivity as we approach our seventh year in business.”