Toby Preston – Partner, Corporate & Commercial
Toby’s journey at Bray & Bray began 20 years ago, when he joined the firm as a trainee in the corporate and commercial practice. After qualifying and testing the waters elsewhere, he returned to Bray & Bray in 2013 as a partner. Toby explains his professional journey with the firm, and why he chose to go back to his roots:
“After qualifying at Bray & Bray in 2004, I worked at the firm advising on corporate and business matters until 2008. I then continued my career and spent five years in the corporate and banking team at a UK top 50 law firm. But I soon realised that I wanted a more hands-on approach with scope to work closely with smaller clients and owner-managed businesses where I could make a real, tangible difference.
“When I returned to Bray & Bray in 2013, I had a great opportunity to help clients realise value and achieve their aspirations. As a corporate and commercial solicitor, I believe it is key to deliver clear and effective communication whilst, at the same time, bringing a sense of fun to an otherwise serious area of law.
“Bray & Bray’s teams are friendly and approachable, but also driven and ambitious, which creates a strong family feel where everyone supports one another and ensures every team member feels valued.
“My role spans a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, from business acquisitions, and disposals and management sales and purchases to due diligence, joint ventures, and shareholder arrangements. The corporate and commercial team work as trusted advisors to clients operating across all industry sectors, with a shared focus on, and passion for, exceeding client expectations and helping businesses to reach a conclusion on matters as swiftly and effectively as possible.
“Outside of the office, I can be found running around after my two children!”