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BTMK Solicitors

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

The clinical negligence practice group at BTMK Solicitors deals with a range of matters from catastrophic claims to serious brain injury. The team includes Johanne Turner, who has experience in handling back and spinal injuries. Ruth Hemingway is rated as an 'extremely knowledgeable' solicitor.

Practice head(s):

Johanne Turner

Other key lawyers:

Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 3

'Completely on top of its game', the commercial department at BTMK Solicitors impresses clients and counsel alike in employment-related issues, high-value property litigation relating to developments and contested land, and contract matters. Joint practice heads Adam Fleming and Fiona Mcanaw have experience advising private clients on medium-value liability claims, and managing partner Nitin Khandhia has over 15 years of litigation experience and has represented a roster of corporate clients.

Practice head(s):

Adam Fleming; Fiona Mcanaw

Other key lawyers:


‘Adam Fleming is a pleasure to work with; he is attuned to the clients’ needs and deals with cases in an astute and commercially sensible way.’

Nothing seems too much trouble for the team at BTMK. The clients get great service from highly experienced litigators who have strength in depth so there is always good cover from the smallest to the biggest problem.’

Key clients


UHY Hacker Young

Begbies Traynor

Dorgan Estates

Fairfield BMW

FRP Advisory

Commercial property: Essex Tier 3

The three partner commercial property team at BTMK Solicitors handles the full range of real estate matters, with a focus on landlord and tenant and commercial leases, advising a range of medium to high net worth clients. Rayleigh based Lee Emptage is 'always very quick to grasp and deal with the necessary problem' and has led on high-value transactions and acquisitions, most notably a £6.5m refinancing matter for Heritage Rocks Group.

Practice head(s):

Ian Powell; Sean Callaghan; Lee Emptage


The team at BTMK have an excellent level of clarity on all aspects of commercial property. We have instructed the firm on several transactions, and they have always delivered.

‘The real estate team have always been efficient, attentive and informative at all times. Their understanding of every topic raised has always been satisfied with competent answers and covered in full.’

Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Southend-based BTMK Solicitors' personal injury team services clients across a range of matters from low-value claims to catastrophic claims involving significant settlements. Johanne Turner has a particular focus on brain injury cases, as does Alan Bacon, who also handles clinical negligence matters.

Practice head(s):

Alan John Bacon; Johanne Emma Turner

Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 4

The 'excellent' commercial team at BTMK Solicitors handles ongoing advisory work and M&A for corporate clients.  Lee Emptage has experience in dealing with high-value purchase sales and Ian Powell in Southend is another key contact. Partner and co-head of the practice group Sean Callaghan has left to join Palmers.

Practice head(s):

Lee Emptage

Other key lawyers:


‘BTMK have great depth across the whole range of legal matters and have always given excellent services. Lee Emptage and Nitin Khandia have both exhibited clear knowledge on matters and present their thoughts in a concise way.’

BTMK is a general practice with a commercial focus. The firm has huge strength in areas of litigation, dispute resolution, employment, insolvency, company and commercial, and is one of the leading personal injury and clinical negligence practices in the country. The private client team is one of the region’s largest.

The firm: A strong regional practice with a reputation for its dedication to the local area, BTMK was borne of a merger between two of South East Essex’s largest law firms, resulting in one of the leading practices in Essex. The firm has grown significantly in 2018 with the acquisition of Todmans SRE in Rayleigh and now comprises of over 120 members of staff.

The firm’s team includes members of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and its Personal Injury Panel, of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association.

The team fully understands the economics, finances and pressures of business, and handles affairs from a commercial stance – keeping costs in check and the end in sight. Clients include pharmaceutical businesses, educational institutions, construction companies and restaurants.

In 2016 BTMK acquired a 20-strong private client team, creating one of the strongest private client teams in the region, and promoted Adam Fleming to a director in the dispute resolution team. The future holds more growth and investment, as well as the development of premises in London to capture more London-based clients. In 2018 Director of the Corporate Team Lee Emptage became a Shareholder and Chris Maddison from the Residential Property Team became a Director.

Types of work undertaken: Business services: Commercial litigation: business law disputes, commercial property litigation, contract and commercial disputes, debt recovery, injunctions and urgent steps, insolvency and restrictive covenants.

Commercial property: leases of whole or part, telecommunications leases, licences to occupy, finance and security, construction and demolition, property development, equestrian, and farm partnerships and farming agreements.

Corporate and commercial: buying and selling businesses, corporate restructuring, shareholder and director rights/remedies, joint ventures, corporate finance, academies and charities, commercial contracts, shareholder agreements, terms and conditions of business, and intellectual property.

HR and employment law: HR support, employment tribunals, settlement agreements, employment contracts and handbooks, restrictive covenants, redundancy and workplace reorganisation, TUPE and business sales, employee training, discrimination claims, unfair and wrongful dismissal, and directors and senior executives.

Insolvency: administrations, bankruptcy, bankruptcy annulment applications, bankruptcy restriction orders, claims against directors, creditors’ rights on insolvency, company voluntary arrangements, director disqualification, individual voluntary arrangements, liquidations, receiverships, taking or defending corporate insolvency proceedings, taking or defending personal insolvency proceedings, and wrongful trading.

Intellectual property: the team has experience in protecting intellectual property for a range of businesses, relating to trade marks, copyright, trade secrets and more.

Individual services: Employment: settlement agreements (compromise agreements), constructive dismissal, unfair dismissal, employment tribunal claims, discrimination, redundancy, contracts of employment, TUPE, and directors and executives.

Family: care proceedings, child abduction, child protection, divorce and dissolution, domestic violence, and mediation.

Injury and clinical negligence: the firm deals with most types of personal injury claim including accidents at work, assault or abuse, back or spinal injuries, criminal injuries, fatal accidents, head injury/brain injury, road accidents, and tripping and slipping accidents.

Litigation and dispute resolution: as a leading UK litigation practice, the firm provides clients with a sure-footed approach in relation to all types of disputes. Its litigation practice is built on a framework of specialists who combine solid contentious skills with expertise in specific areas.

Residential property: possession, property sales and purchases, remortgages and transfer of equity, help to buy and shared ownership, matrimonial transfers, and lease creation and variation.

Wills, inheritance and trusts: wills, trusts, inheritance tax, lasting powers of attorney, advising the elderly, Court of Protection, probate and administration of estates, will disputes and contentious probate, deeds of variation, and declarations of trust.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing director Nitin Khandhia
Number of UK partners : 12
Number of other UK fee-earners : 51

The Lex 100 Verdict

Trainees summed up BTMK Solicitors as a firm with a 'great, inclusive culture with plenty of hands-on work'. The southeast firm has 'sincere goals, such as keeping employees happy, as well as keeping clients happy'. The 'chance to handle real-life cases' and 'the quality and involvement in files and client interaction', which 'seems to surpass other firms', certainly makes for an interesting training contract. Recruits lauded the 'hands-on and exciting work' on offer and enjoyed the 'opportunity to deal with clients on my own'. 'Engaging in work that I am able to send off to the client of my own accord' also boosted confidence. The firm 'delegates responsibilities to trainees because it wants all employees to develop their skills'. Nevertheless, 'the pay is not as good as the trainee salary in City firms'. Another downside of being outside of London is that the firm 'is not able to offer as many areas of law'. But 'there is a great work/life balance' at BTMK, which helps recruits feel valued and drives them to 'do their best for the firm'. Proud moments included 'attending the High Court with counsel to obtain an ex-parte injunction' and 'a client telling me he thinks I will make a wonderful solicitor based on my work on his matter'. 'A few days in a row just doing admin tasks, such as preparing hearing bundles and filing' and 'making a major mistake and the realisation that the responsibility was all on me to rectify' were less pride-inducing. The firm has amassed a colossal eight Lex 100 Winner medals this year. For the opportunity to 'be involved in the running of files' in an 'incredibly friendly and welcoming atmosphere', consider BTMK.