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

DTM Legal LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Edward Barnes

Other key lawyers:Alison Brennan 

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for Evoke Creative in relation to £6m investment in the company by Business Growth Fund (BGF).
  • Represented Business By Technology on its multi-million pound acquisition of Technology Solutions Group as part of its continued growth strategy.
  • Acting for Surgitrac on establishing cross-border joint venture and licensing  distribution agreements.
Leading individuals

Edward Barnes - DTM Legal LLP

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

DTM Legal LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Edward Barnes

Other key lawyers:Philip Whitehurst; Kevin Howard

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

Work highlights

  • Represented Evoke and its owner managers on its £6m investment by the Business Growth Fund. This involved complex private equity document negotiation and related share structure work to support its rapid growth in the UK and overseas.
  • Acting for the owners and managers of the national children’s day nursery chain, Daisy and Jake Day Nurseries Limited, in the multi-million pound sale of the business to Busy Bees.
  • Acted for the owners of Bolton based IT and audio visual business, Information Data Network Supplies Limited (IDNS) in relation to a restructuring and multi-million pound funding arrangement and subsequent sale of the business to its key management.
  • Acting for owners of GRS (Contractors) Limited on the sale of the company for significant consideration.

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North West: Dispute resolution

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

DTM Legal LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Jim Morris

Other key lawyers:Guy Thomas; Duncan McAllister; Richard Thomas

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

Work highlights

  • Defending Rotex Europe Limited against a £38m claim brought by a Saudi Arabian company in the Technology and Construction Court in London.
  • Represented Johann Van Den Noort in a case involving cross-border patents against Global Flood Defence Systems.
  • Acted for Foundation Piling Limited in relation to repeat instructions for complex and high value construction disputes.

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Commercial litigation: Liverpool
Commercial litigation: Liverpool - ranked: tier 3

DTM Legal LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Jim Morris

Other key lawyers:Anna Duffy; Kate Roberts; Richard Harris

Testimonials

'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

RateSetter

Zodeq Limited

Pen-Y-Bryn EMI Ltd

Upex  Employment Limited

Global Baggage Solutions

Upex Hotel Services Limited

Carpenter Build Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Rotex Europe Limited against a £38m claim brought by a Saudi Arabian company in the Technology and Construction Court in London.
  • Represented Johann Van Den Noort in a case involving cross-border patents against Global Flood Defence Systems.
  • Repeat instructions for Funding Circle Limited in high value and complex collections and recoveries.
  • Acted for a client in regards to a dispute in respect of property investment.
  • Represented a client in his claim for the recovery of his possessions which were being unlawfully held by the defendant following the forfeiture of a lease.

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

DTM Legal LLP

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'.

Practice head(s):Richard Thomas

Other key lawyers:Kate Roberts

Testimonials

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for the administrator to assess the definition of a debt under the terms of a facility.
  • Acted for the liquidator to recover in excess of £1m.
  • Acted for the trustee in bankruptcy to realise assets outside of a jurisdiction.
  • Represented the director and shareholder of a leading sports protection equipment manufacturer in attempting to move company from liquidation back to trading via administration.
  • Instructed by the liquidator of charity company to recover debts and assets transferred out of the company.
Next Generation Partners

Kate Roberts - DTM Legal LLP

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 6

DTM Legal LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Tom Evans

Other key lawyers:Alison Brennan; Duncan McAllister

Testimonials

'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

Moneypenny

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)

Work highlights

  • Successful defence of claims of sex discrimination and unfair dismissal against a property client resulting in strikeout of all claims and pursuit of client’s costs.
  • Acting for the owners and managers of Daisy and Jakes Day Nursery, a high profile local chain of children’s day nurseries, on its sale for consideration in excess of £13m.
Rising stars

Tom Evans - DTM Legal LLP

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North West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

DTM Legal LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Anna Duffy

Key Clients

E A Reed & Sons (Cheshire)

T W Kinsey (Cheshire)

Kronospan (Chirk)

Stuart Roberts

ADAS (part of RSK Group)

Cheshire Young Farmers

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

DTM Legal LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Duncan McAllister

Testimonials

'Duncan McAllister is incredibly helpful and understanding.'

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

DTM Legal LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Amanda Bailey

Testimonials

'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.'

Work highlights

  • Advising Poulton Hall Wall Garden Trust on charitable trust options.
  • Acting for a client on the administration of her late husband’s estate and her own personal estate planning.

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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 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.

Practice head(s):Sue Elias; Anna Duffy

Other key lawyers:Sally Pilott; Stephen Lunt; Paul Makinson; Robin Sharp

Testimonials

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

Morbaine

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

Manweb

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

Kingmead

Kinsey Farming

Ursula Keyes Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Anwyl Pension Trustees on the surrender of an existing lease to an NHS body, the grant of an Agreement for Lease with landlord’s works, and advised on the simultaneous completion of the lease and onward sale of the property as an investment property to the government body.
  • Advised the client on the purchase a property for the development of seven houses and refurbishment with subsequent plot sales.
  • Instructed by a client on the letting of a hotel to a large national chain.
  • Instructed by a client on a refinance deal of a newly converted residential developer.
  • Advised a national house builder on the purchase of land for the development of 82 dwellings.

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Commercial property: Liverpool
Commercial property: Liverpool - ranked: tier 4

DTM Legal LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Anna Duffy

Other key lawyers:Robert Harris; Isabel Rial

Testimonials

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

Morbaine

Quality Freight

Work highlights

  • Represented Client A on the freehold sale of an anchor store in part of a fully let shopping centre to Company B.
  • Advised the client in the acquisition of a new headquarters and manufacturing site.
  • Advised on the establishment of a £23m mixed-use development scheme.
  • Advised Company A on the grant of a lease of warehouse premises adjacent to new HQ and acted on a £6m BGF investment deal
  • Represented Client A on the grant of a lease of premises on Regent Street from the Crown.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 5

DTM Legal LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Jim Morris

Other key lawyers:Guy Thomas; Richard Harris

Key Clients

Foundation Piling

Atmore Developments

Dee Tech Services

Clancy Consulting

Henrob

Anwyl Construction

Rotex  Europe Limited (part of the Hillenbrand Group on NYSE

Pochin Construction

Sterling Services

Electricity Solutions

Work highlights

  • Reviewing existing contract terms and conditions for Sterling Services and drafting a suite of contract documents for use within the company’s activities.
  • The team was instructed by Clancy Consulting on a review of appointments and collateral warranties in respect of a range of various appointments on a wide-ranging scope of services and disciplines.
  • Reviewing and advising Electricity Solutions on a number of framework agreements and contracts for the supply and installation of electrical engineering services and equipment.
  • Drafting and negotiation for NewRiver Retail REIT of suites of documents on numerous retail shopping developments and public refurbishment works throughout the UK.
  • The team is instructed by Egerton (Street) Management Company to advise on claims against the developer and building guarantee provider for defective design and construction, which has resulted in a portion of the apartment block being vacated to allow foundations to be reconstructed and fire-related and other serious defects remedied.
Rising stars

Guy Thomas - DTM Legal LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

DTM Legal LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Anna Duffy

Other key lawyers:Richard Thomas

Key Clients

David Currie & Co

AAH Pharmaceuticals

The Atmore Group

Henrob

FI Real Estate /Pro-Investments Limited

Strutt & Parker (management of Peckforton Estate)

The Windmill Group

Scottish Power/Manweb

Matalan

Quality Freight

Carpenter Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised on a dilapidations settlement and on the surrender of premises.    
  • Advised a group on its property portfolio and contentious property issues.
  • Advised on disposals relating to adverse possession in the land registry of First Tier Tribunal; handled disputes in relation to breach of covenant claims, and advised on management issues in relation to the property portfolio.
  • Actied for the receivers in respect of possession of property.
  • Advised on security against land; recoveries and transfers of land to connected parties.

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