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DTM Legal LLP

ARCHWAY HOUSE, STATION ROAD, CHESTER, CH1 3DR, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01244 354800
Fax:
Fax 01244 403485
Email:
Web:
www.dtmlegal.com
Chester, Liverpool

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool
Corporate and commercial: Liverpool - ranked: tier 3

DTM Legal LLP

DTM Legal LLP  handles corporate and commercial instructions from SME’s, owner-managed and family businesses. Key highlights included advising Vast Visibility on its joint venture in Scandinavia with Norwegian insurance business Kasko to establish price aggregation websites and platforms; advising Esterform Packaging advising on the refinancing of the business and restructure to provide for the exit of a major shareholder; and advising on the merger of Audile UK with DBN Lighting. Philip Whitehurst  and Ed Barnes, who also operates in the firm’s Chester office, are key contacts.

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Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West
Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 2

DTM Legal LLP

DTM Legal LLP acts for SMEs, owner-managed businesses and family business across the region. Highlights included advising Chester Boat Company on the sale of its York River Boat Cruises subsidiary to City Cruises, acting for The Marine and Property Group on its acquisition of Port Dinorwic Marina in North Wales, and advising NWN Media and its shareholders on the sale of the company to Newsquest. Team head Edward Barnes acts across the firm’s Liverpool and Chester offices on M&A, complex corporate restructures, investments and IP mandates, in addition to being active in the energy and renewables sector.  Chester-based Alison Brennan heads the firm’s compliance team, and advises on M&A, commercial contracts and finance, and is regularly instructed by GP practices.

Leading individuals

Edward Barnes - DTM Legal LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Liverpool
Commercial litigation: Liverpool - ranked: tier 4

DTM Legal LLP

DTM Legal LLP handles a range of high-value commercial disputes including contract, finance, construction, property and IP disputes. Highlights included representing Rotex Europe in a £38m claim brought by a company based in Saudi Arabia. Anwyl Construction Company, Funding Circle, Lloyds Pharmacy and AAH Pharmaceuticals are also clients. Construction expert Jim Morris heads the department, which includes property litigation specialist Anna Duffy , who leads the healthcare sector team and handles property litigation, and insolvency specialist Kate Roberts, who 'identifies the issues within any particular dispute at a very early stage, provides credible and sensible options to the client and then identifies the most appropriate step to take giving clear, concise advice'. Associate Richard Harris is also a key member of the team.

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Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West
Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 1

DTM Legal LLP

DTM Legal LLP is highly rated for its ‘good response times’, ‘technical knowledge’ and ‘good availability’. The practice handles a range of disputes, often involving contractual, IP, construction and property issues. The team represented Johann Van Den Noort Beheer and Johann Van Den Noort in a case involving cross-border patents; alleged infringement relating to the design and manufacture of a flood barrier, breach of a licence agreement, misrepresentation and damages. It is also representing Rotex Europe in £38m claim brought by a Saudi Arabian company. Richard Thomas has an extensive track record in complex commercial disputes, with an emphasis on insolvency-related instructions. Duncan McAllister handles a range of commercial disputes and has experience in contentious probate, employment and education-related issues. Associate Guy Thomas is noted for construction work. The Liverpool-based Jim Morris leads the team.

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 5

DTM Legal LLP

DTM Legal LLP's‘impressive’ team handles a range of insolvency-related mandates for individuals, businesses and office holder clients. Chester-based team head Richard Thomas (‘on the ball and very client focused’) advised four directors pursued by the Secretary of State in relation to £4m misfeasance and antecedent transaction claims. Kate Roberts, who is based in the firm’s Liverpool office, is ‘highly experienced, knowledgeable and really fights her client’s corner’; she is advising Begbies Traynor as administrators of a company which owns an occupied property on an alleged be a sham lease. Funding Circle, Grant Thornton, Opus Business Recovery and Edge Recovery are also clients.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 6

DTM Legal LLP

The team at DTM Legal LLP  provides ‘realistic advice’. Alison Brennan  and Duncan McAllister  (who is recommended for his work on breach of covenants and wrongful dismissal) are recommended along with associate Tom Evans  Evans who is well-regarded for his work on complex tribunal litigation is ‘down to earth, friendly and supportive. He communicates well which really helps us to make informed choices’. It regularly assists its corporate clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

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North West: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

DTM Legal LLP

DTM Legal LLP  provides a ‘very professional service’ under the leadership of the ‘very approachable and knowledgeable’ Duncan McAllister . Associate Amanda Bailey  is ‘technically very competent and pays close attention to detail. She builds up an excellent relationship with her clients’. McAllister has advised on a number of cases for overseas beneficiaries. Bailey has advised on a large matter where the estate is approximately £6m. On this matter she has established a family investment company and has advised the whole family on their wills, tax planning, lasting powers of attorney, tax planning for a holiday home and on business property relief.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West
Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 2

DTM Legal LLP

DTM Legal LLP provides a ‘partner-led service’, is ‘efficient, professional and is always available’ according to clients who also praise its ‘ability to explain difficult legal issues in a way that is understandable to the layman’. Highlights included advising a developer client on the refinance of a London hotel, which is let to Premier Inn. Commercial property head Anna Duffy is noted for her experience in property disputes and Sally Pilott is also a key member of the team that was recently bolstered by the arrival of Paul Makinson and Stephen Lunt from Slater and Gordon. Associates Michael Wright and Sue Elias, who specialises in residential conveyancing, are also recommended.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 6

DTM Legal LLP

DTM Legal LLP handles a range of contentious and non-contentious construction mandates and represented Dee Tech Services on disputes that against the international owner and operator of a chemical production plant. Anwyl Construction, Foundation Piling and Clancy Consulting are also clients. Liverpool-based Jim Morris heads the team, where associate Richard Harris is also based. Associate Guy Thomas in Chester is also recommended.

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