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We’re on a mission

To pioneer a new proactive and transparent approach to Business Law that helps your business excel

Catalysts for growth

Whether you are a company operating internationally, or a start-up business aiming to get there, our expertise will help you navigate any business challenges that arise. Everything we do is aimed at elevating your business to the next level.

Specialists, not generalists

We focus only on what we love and excel in – Business Law. You will receive expert commercially focused advice from legal professionals who understand what will drive your business forward.

No clock watching

Stop the timer. One of the main reasons people avoid using lawyers is the fees involved – especially if the pre-meeting chit-chat ends up being timed and billed. To avoid this problem, wherever possible we set a fixed proportionate fee for the services required.

Ryan Cracknell LLB LLM

Ryan Cracknell LLB LLM

Managing Director & Commercial Solicitor

Ryan proudly founded the firm in 2015 and is Cracknell Law’s Managing Director and Head of Commercial Law. Ryan has significant experience in all things related to contracts – from drafting bespoke T&Cs to negotiating multi-million pound commercial contracts.

Ryan has a strong academic background, obtaining Firsts in his Law degree, International Commercial Law Masters and Legal Practice Course. Ryan previously worked within the Commercial, IP & IT team of top 50 UK law firm Mills & Reeve and in-house with a number of international businesses on secondment.

When Ryan is not knee-deep in contracts, he enjoys walking his two golden labradors, 3D printing, playing lead guitar and is partial to the odd round of golf.

Email: | Mobile: +44 (0) 7508 441916

James Wilkinson LLB LLM

James Wilkinson LLB LLM

Director & Head of Corporate

James leads our Corporate team and is based in our Duxford & Cambridge office. James prides himself in using his technical knowhow to get projects over the line quickly and cost-effectively. He thrives on building long-term, rather than transactional, relationships with clients and specialises in M&A, joint ventures and shareholders arrangements, with particular focus on technology businesses and commercial property.

Before joining Cracknell Law, James worked with Kemp Little and Fladgate in London and also spent some time in industry, working on contract automation and drafting technology at LexisNexis, a global legal technology business.

James has a Masters degree in IT and Banking Law and is a self-confessed Microsoft Excel geek!

Email: | Mobile: +44 (0) 7944 166180

Hannah Lawley LLB

Hannah Lawley LLB

Senior Associate & Corporate Solicitor

Hannah is a Senior Corporate Associate based in our Norwich Office. She has a wealth of experience in corporate transactions including private M&A work (both share and asset deals), IPOs, corporate restructuring, shareholder agreements and LLP agreements, investment work and general compliance and corporate governance advice.

Before joining Cracknell Law, Hannah was a corporate lawyer at top 50 UK law firm Mills & Reeve LLP, where she was renowned for managing volume acquisition programmes. Hannah has a law degree from the University of East Anglia, which included a year studying European Legal Systems at Uppsala University, Sweden.

If Hannah wasn’t a lawyer, she would try and find a way of making backpacking the world a full time job!

Email: | Mobile: +44 (0) 7833 493300



Head of Data Protection & Trainee Solicitor

Ben is the firm’s Data Protection Director and is currently undertaking a training contract with Cracknell Law. Ben has a varied commercial background including working for global companies such as Johnson & Johnson.

Ben initially completed a degree in Politics and went on to do the Graduate Diploma in Law, a LLB and the Legal Practice Course. He is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and has completed the CIPP (Certified Information Privacy Professional) and the CIPM (Certified Information Privacy Manager) certifications.

Ben is a coffee connoisseur, a master of accents and a pub quiz extraordinaire. When he is away from the excitement of Data Protection, Ben enjoys spending time with friends and family and watching cricket & football.

Email: | Mobile: +44 (0) 7757 678814

Claire Cracknell BSc Hons PGCE

Claire Cracknell BSc Hons PGCE

Operations Director

Claire joined Cracknell Law as our Operations Director in 2018. Claire is a highly qualified individual with experience in leading and managing teams along with planning, co-ordinating and hosting large scale events.

Claire gained a 2:1 BSc Hons degree from Warwick University before completing an English PGCE degree from Cambridge University. Having previously been a Head of Department at an HMC Private School, Claire is well equipped at keeping both the team and business in check.

When she isn’t working Claire enjoys spending time with close friends and family, improving her photography skills and reading a good psychological thriller!

Email: | Tel: +44 (0) 1603 339044



  • Accelerator Retainer
  • Legal Director Service
  • General Retainer
  • Sale Ready Retainer
  • Commercial Retainer
  • DPO Service
  • Company Secretarial Service
  • Trade Mark Watch Service


  • Mergers & Acquisitions (share and asset deals)
  • IPOs
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Shareholders’ Agreement
  • Investment Rounds
  • Corporate Health Check
  • LLP Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Joint Ventures

Commercial Law

  • Bespoke T&Cs
  • Bespoke Agreements
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Contract Reviews – Key issues only to full mark-ups
  • Contract Health Check
  • Software as a Service Agreements
  • End User Licence Agreements
  • Website Terms of Use
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Franchise Agreements
  • Agency/Distribution Agreements
  • Licence Agreements
  • Supplier Agreements
  • Variation Agreements

Data Protection

  • GDPR Documents Package
  • Data Processing Agreements (Processor)
  • Data Processing Agreements (Controller)
  • Data Sharing Agreements (Joint Controller)
  • Privacy Notice
  • Internal Privacy Notice
  • Data Protection Impact Assessments
  • Subject Access Request Policy
  • Breach Notification Policy
  • Data Retention Policy
  • DPO / UK Data Protection Representative Services


  • HR Policies and Documents
  • Employment Contracts
  • Director Agreements
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Assistance with Employee Disputes

Intellectual Property

  • Trade Mark Registrations
  • Licence Agreements
  • Cookies Policy


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We are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join us and we believe that we can offer our employees a unique and refreshing place to work.

Realising that I needed advice on a certain legal business matter I approached Cracknell Law for an initial hour long exploratory chat.

I was extremely impressed and felt happy with the firm taking on my requirements. I wasn’t disappointed with my decision in the slightest. They were extremely attentive and fast moving throughout, with great communication, feedback and updates during the entire process.

They understood how to translate legal terminology into every day language (which helped me a lot!) and had a very focused and professional attitude , always with a good sense of humour and positive personality.

I cannot recommend Cracknell Law highly enough and I will use them again if (probably when) I need them.

Andy Pitt, Director of Service Service

Nielsen Brandbank

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