Firm Profile > DTM Legal LLP > Chester , England


Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West Tier 1

DTM Legal LLP handles a wide range of disputes concerning contracts, finance, intellectual property, property and construction often with multi-jurisdictional elements. Other areas of expertise include mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Jim Morris, who splits his time between Liverpool and Chester, heads the team.

Key clients

Scottish Power

Foundation Piling Limited

The Atmore Group

Lloyds Pharmacy

AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited

Dee Tech Services Limited

Vale UK Limited

Henrob Limited

Anwyl Construction Company Limited

Rotex Europe Limited (part of Hillenbrand Group listed on NYSE)

Pochin Construction Limited

The Pickstock Group

CRS Plant Limited

J Ross Developments Limited

Elements (Europe) Limited

Begbies Traynor

Edge Recovery

Clancy Consulting Limited

Halls Auctioneers Limited

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

DTM Legal LLP's practice centres around advice to large landed estates, while the firm also acts for wind farms, gas storage facilities and other infrastructure developers, as well as high net worth individuals, for who it handles estate management and tenancy issues. The practice has secured a number of new clients over the past year, with much of the firm's key work handled by Paul Makison and Stephen Lunt.

Key clients

E A Reed & Sons (Cheshire)

T W Kinsey (Cheshire)

Kronospan (Chirk)

Stuart Roberts

ADAS (part of RSK Group)

Cheshire Young Farmers

Commercial property: elsewhere in the North West Tier 2

DTM Legal LLP specialises in commercial and residential real estate work. The team is experienced in agricultural law and acts for farming, rural and landed estate clients. The team is engaged on development mandates for landowners, house builders, wind farm, gas storage and other infrastructure developer clients. Sally Pilott specialises in development work; Stephen Lunt is 'very experienced'; and Paul Makinson is also a key partner. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of senior associate Robin Sharp from DWF. Sue Elias leads the residential department, and commercial property head Anna Duffy operates across the firm's Chester and Liverpool offices.


The team provides a personal, prompt and professional service.

Sally Pilott is extremely approachable and knowledgeable.

The practice is extremely efficient and gives fast turn around times on complex legal issues, with plenty of detail.

Stephen Lunt is an exceptional commercial property lawyer; he is insightful, very quick and to the point, and is able to add commercial value.

Key clients

Pro Investments Limited/FI Real Estate

The Anwyl Group

Archway Homes


Delamere Homes Pulford

Chester Rugby Union Football Club

Chester Zoo

Urban Space Property Holdings

Clogau Gold of Wales

Cygnet Group

Vast Visibility

Tattenhall Dairy Products

Helsby Parish Council

Wastdale Investments

Legat Owen


The Majory Body Tees

Willan Group

Larchfield Bell

F & O Homes

A Bernie Queensferry Auction

FG Whitley & Sons

Dandy’s (Chester)

Vivio Developments

Marcol Developments


Kinsey Farming

Ursula Keyes Trust

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the North West Tier 2

DTM Legal LLP advises owner-managed businesses, SMEs and family businesses in the Cheshire and North Wales regions. The firm has recently seen an increase in instructions from alternative funding organisations, banks, investment companies, insurance, wealth management companies and private equity houses. Areas of expertise include M&A, restructurings, IP, commercial contracts and governance. Edward Barnes, who is based in both the Chester and Liverpool offices, heads the team.

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Key clients

MoJo Holdings

Village Bakery Group

Marine Specialised Technology Limited

Dee 106.3 Limited

Holiday Gems Limited

Rotex Europe Limited

Betts Associates Limited

Business by Technology Limited

Pinacl Holdings Limited

Clwydian Group Limited

TEO UK Packaging Limited

Clogau Gold of Wales Limited

Data Law Limited

D A Roberts Fuels Limited

Centegra Limited

Electricity Solutions Limited

Evolution Childcare Limited

The Marine and Property Group Ltd

Tattenhall Dairy Products Ltd

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream

Callitech Limited (Moneypenny)

The Cygnet Group of Companies

Let Alliance Limited

Calder Group Limited and Calder Industrial Materials Limited

Evoke Creative Limited

PMD Leasing Limited

Apex Industries Limited

Burry Port Marina Limited

Boardlink Group Limited

BPD Holdings Limited

Lewis Reed (WAV) Limited

KMS (Europe) Limited

Charles Own & Company (Bow) Limited

Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 3

DTM Legal LLP handles disputes relating to contracts, finance, IP, construction and procurement often with cross-border elements. Other areas of expertise include, negotiation, mediation, expert determination, other forms of ADR, adjudication, arbitration and High Court proceedings. The 'commercially minded' and 'exceptionally responsive'  Jim Morris, who is based in Chester and Liverpool, heads the team.


‘A very strong team in construction litigation with a great deal of experience throughout the sector.’

‘An exceptional, diligent, approachable and knowledgeable team that really gets to know the client. They are highly professional and very focused providing expert, accurate and pragmatic advice in a straightforward manner. They are proactive and have a can-do attitude that is first rate.

‘Jim Morris is a commercially minded, client-facing lawyer who works hard to get a good result.’

‘Jim Morris is exceptionally responsive, very reliable and thorough. His expertise and attention to detail is second to none and he gives excellent quick, practical and commercial advice.’

Key clients

The Atmore Group

Funding Circle Limited

Rotex Europe Limited (part of Hillenbrand Group listed on NYSE)

Foundation For Art and Creative Technology t/a FACT

CRS Plant Ltd

J R Pickstock Ltd

J Ross Developments Limited

Elements (Europe) Limited

Begbies Traynor

Edge Recovery

Clancy Consulting Limited


Zodeq Limited

Pen-Y-Bryn EMI Ltd

Upex  Employment Limited

Global Baggage Solutions

Upex Hotel Services Limited

Carpenter Build Ltd

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

The practice at DTM Legal LLP is led by trained mediator Duncan McAllister, who has built up the firm's offering in this area since joining the firm in 2014. The firm's specialisms in this area include breach of trust claims, estates disputes and claims in relation to property, with much of its work coming from referrals from other solicitors in Chester, North Wales and the Wirral.


‘Duncan McAllister is incredibly helpful and understanding.’

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 3

DTM Legal LLP advises on sales and acquisitions, restructurings, international deals and private equity deals. Recently the firm has seen increasing instructions from alternative funding organisations, banks, investment companies, insurance and wealth management companies. Clients include SMEs, owner-managed businesses and family businesses. Edward Barnes, who splits his time between Chester and Liverpool, heads the team with support from Philip Whitehurst.

Key clients

Evoke Creative

Esterform Packaging Limited

Daisy & Jake Day Nursery Limited

Vast Visibility Limited

Heap & Partners Limited

Marine Specialised Technology Limited

UK Circuits and Electronics Solutions Limited

Future Moto Limited

KMS (Europe) Limited

Prima Business Control Software Limited

GRS Contractors

Pharmadaggio Limited

Harts Caravan Park Limited

Adapt Formwork Limited

Soundtesting Limited

HPAPI Project Services Limited

C Wynne & Sons Limited

R L Davies & Son Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

The 'extremely efficient' team at DTM Legal LLP acts for high-net-worth individuals, business owners and landed estates on trusts, succession planning, domicile issues, estate administration and powers of attorney. The firm advises a number of clients with foreign property interests, with particular expertise in advising on will drafting and tax planning with a cross-border element.


‘The team is extremely efficient.’

‘Amanda Bailey is excellent in her knowledge and superb in her explanations.’ 

‘I cannot praise Amanda Bailey enough – her manner and professional approach is exceptional.’

Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 4

DTM Legal LLP is instructed by landlords, tenants, developers and investment clients in Liverpool and across the North West. The team is particularly active in the agricultural sector and is often engaged by retail sector clients. Team head Anna Duffy acts for investment and retail clients. Consultant Robert Harris and associate Isabel Rial are also key figures.


Robert Harris is exemplary; he is able to swiftly and professionally ensure that matters progress and he is never fazed – he just gets the job done.

The team’s attention-to-detail is exceptional.

Not only does the team provide a high standard of care but it is also very personable.


Key clients

The Atmore Group

Carpenters Investments

The Windmill Group

AAH Pharmaceuticals

Handelsbanken Liverpool


Quality Freight

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Based across the firm's Liverpool and Chester offices, the team at DTM Legal LLP handles a raft of complex restructuring and insolvency work and stands out for its ability to handle contentious insolvency matters. The team is regularly instructed by corporate clients on a range of insolvency-related work, and advises individuals and office holders on both personal and corporate insolvency. The team, which is headed by Richard Thomas provides 'consistently strong advice'.

Next Generation Partners


The team is incredibly friendly, helpful and skilled and it is always just a phone call away to provide advice and support when you need it most

As a client you always feel cared for, respect, listened to and supported

The team is able convey the law in terminology that is easy to understand whilst giving useful alternative options for consideration

The team is friendly, helpful, readily available, very knowledgeable, considerate and adds value

Richard Thomas is excellent

Key clients

Funding Circle

Philmore & Co

Opus Business Recovery

CVR Global

Edge Recovery

Grant Thornton

Kreston Reeves

Kay Johnson Gee

Construction Tier 5

DTM Legal LLP handles a raft of contentious construction mandates and is particularly experienced in complex, cross-border disputes. On the non-contentious side, the team handles a number of projects and complex contractual work, and the team enjoys a number of repeat instructions from construction clients. Construction and engineering team head Jim Morris, who is based across the Chester and Liverpool offices, and recently promoted senior associate Guy Thomas, who is based in Chester and is 'a straight talker', handle transactional and contentious construction instructions.

Rising stars

Key clients

Foundation Piling

Atmore Developments

Dee Tech Services

Clancy Consulting


Anwyl Construction

Rotex  Europe Limited (part of the Hillenbrand Group on NYSE

Pochin Construction

Sterling Services

Electricity Solutions

Property litigation Tier 5

DTM Legal LLP is engaged by investment, retail, landed estates, construction and utilities clients on a range of contentious matters involving landlord and tenant relationships, which include business lease renewals, breach of covenants, forfeiture, rent reviews, insolvency, dilapidations, contentious break clauses, recovery of land from unlawful occupiers, rent and service recovery, lease surrenders, boundary disputes, and rights of light. The team offers portfolio management advice. Anna Duffy in Liverpool heads the team, and is ably supported by Richard Thomas in Chester.

Key clients

David Currie & Co

AAH Pharmaceuticals

The Atmore Group


FI Real Estate /Pro-Investments Limited

Strutt & Parker (management of Peckforton Estate)

The Windmill Group

Scottish Power/Manweb


Quality Freight

Carpenter Investments

Employment Tier 6

DTM Legal LLP's head of employment Tom Evans was promoted to senior associate in October 2018, while Rachel Giles is a new addition to the practice, after joining in May 2018. The team advises on both non-contentious and contentious employment matters, especially complex Employment Tribunal cases and high value shareholder disputes.

Rising stars


DTM have a team of lawyers with excellent knowledge, great response times, thorough and commercially sensitive documented advice.

Tom is personable, extremely knowledgeable, very thorough and gives us absolute confidence in his advice. Rachel is pleasant, knowledgeable and really cares about the people involved in our cases.


Key clients


CSA Group Testing UK Limited

Ellison Europe Limited

Cygnet Texkimp Limited

Proximo Holdings Limited

Henrob Limited

Calder Industrial Materials Limited

Quality Freight Limited

Zachary Daniels

Rotex Europe Limited

Mando Group Limited

Andrew Collinge Hairdressers

Surgitrac Group

Angel Solutions Limited

Building Careers (UK) Limited

Let Alliance Limited

United Air Power Limited

Esterform Packaging Limited

Thornton Hall Hotel

Tiger North Limited (Zebra A/S)

DTM Legal is top tier  law firm based in Chester and Liverpool.

Working closely with clients, we provide expert commercial legal advice that is accessible, practical and cost effective. Combining  commercial acumen, passion and a can do approach to deliver excellent legal services.

With our team of experienced professionals who can provide the full spectrum of commercial legal advice, we work with SME’s, PLC’s, large corporates and small-owner managed businesses.

We take pride in our down-to-earth and friendly culture. Providing commercially grounded and transparent approach to delivering effective solutions on areas including: Corporate & CommercialDispute ResolutionCommercial Property, Residential Conveyancing, ConstructionEmployment,  Trusts & Estates, Business Recovery and Agriculture.

Department Name Email Telephone
Property Anna Duffy 0151 230 1219
Commercial Litigation & Construction Jim Morris 0151 230 1213
Business Recovery Richard Thomas 01244 354 801
Corporate Commercial Edward Barnes 01244 354 829
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