Meade King advises on acquisition of royal wedding dress business

Legal | Retail | South West

An exclusive bridal boutique whose former customers include members of the Royal Family has been acquired by new owners with advice from the Bristol law firm Meade King.

The White Room in Minchinhampton, which sells luxury wedding dresses by internationally acclaimed designers including Jenny Packham and Suzanne Neville, has been bought by business partners Zoey Jayaweera and Alex Caudle.

Former customers include the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, who chose her wedding gown from The White Room for her marriage to ex-England rugby captain Mike Tindall in 2011.

Zoey and Alex acquired The White Room, established in 2009, from the shop’s founders. Zoey is a former dental practice manager and qualified personal stylist while Alex has a background in retail fashion and beauty.

Alexander Hall, a partner in Meade King’s company and commercial team, advised the duo on the acquisition and share purchase agreement.

Zoey said: “We knew Alexander because he advised my husband on the sale of his dental business in Birmingham. Alexander specialises in advising businesses nationally, both large and small, so we were really pleased he was able to assist us.

“He was absolutely brilliant throughout and helped sort things when we encountered complicated technical issues. Having someone there with his expertise took a lot of the pressure off us.”

She added: “We’re absolutely thrilled to now be running The White Room and we have some exciting plans to expand our range and announce new designers.”

Alexander Hall said: “It’s been a pleasure working with Zoey and Alex on this venture. They have boundless energy and entrepreneurial spirit and I am sure they will be very successful in their future plans for The White Room. Not many businesses can claim to have had members of the Royal Family as customers, so I’m delighted to have helped them acquire this exclusive bridal boutique.”

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