PDT Solicitors > Horsham, England > Firm Profile

PDT Solicitors
PREMIER HOUSE
36-48 QUEEN STREET
HORSHAM
RH13 5AD
England

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

The ‘really pragmatic and friendly’ corporate and commercial team at PDT Solicitors is based in Horsham and jointly led by Noel Ruddy, Rebecca Glazebrook and Ian Lindley. The corporate team has strong experience of working on disposals relating to the asset-based lending market. The commercial team has advised on significant commercial contracts, including the commercial aspects of asset and invoice finance documents. The commercial team has also dealt with all manner of data protection issues, supporting lenders and financiers, domestic and multinational companies, charities and non-profits across the country.

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Testimonials

‘A really pragmatic and friendly team, who will always go the extra mile to assist and provide the best advice dependent upon the situation. Always available and at times becomes not just legal advisors but also a sounding board.’

‘The corporate team always have a pragmatic approach to complement their technically capabilities.’

‘The particular strength of the team is that there is always colleagues available to be bought in on separate specialisms. As part of the project we have required property and employment law advice which have been seamlessly bought in to advise which has assisted keeping our project on track.’

‘The PDT team supported the sale of our business in several areas which helped us extensively in understanding our commitments and conditions of the sale which we had no experience with. On reflection PDT made the sale process smooth and protected us from any unfair conditions within the agreements.’

‘Noel Ruddy and Sian Webber – great communication, friendly and will do their upmost to provide the advice required to resolve the issue in a pragmatic and commercial manner.’

‘Rebecca Glazebrook always calmly and professional explained complicated scenarios to help us understand and be aware of our commitments. Rebecca, 100% was standing with us accompanying and coaching us through the process and made us feel like partners rather than a customer.’

‘Noel Ruddy and Rebecca Glazebrook are both very personable, amiable and always provide an exemplary service.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Bamboo Distribution Limited

Setfords Law Limited

Shareholders of AD Williams

QF Holdings NW Plc (previously Regency Factors Plc)

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Bamboo Distribution Limited on the acquisition by Rubicon Partners.
  • Acted for Management on the secondary buy out of Setfords Law Ltd by Phoenix Equity Partners.
  • Acted for a media and advertising agency in negotiating several significant new sports and gaming sponsorship agreements with three major multiplatform broadcasters.

Real estate > Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

In the past year, PDT Solicitors’ real estate team has completed deals involving more than 20 development sites and more than 25 promotions and option agreements. The team has also advised a number of housing associations on both acquisitions for development and portfolio and estate management. Team head James Clewlow focuses on work for house builders, developers, and housing associations, conditional planning contracts, and development agreements, with particular expertise in the pharmacy, dental and healthcare sector.

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Testimonials

‘What makes this practice unique is the pragmatic and sensible approach taken with the various issues,’

‘The team was very responsive and put in substantial resource to help get a complex sale and leaseback over the line by the deadline. This included providing advise on complex charging issues, as well as more standard property transaction conveyancing and related advice’

‘James Clewlow was very responsive and solution focused.’

‘I have dealt with PDT Solicitors for over 20 years and have always found them to be approachable, communicative and incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of commercial property law. They have an excellent team of lawyers that are always available to assist on any given project. Excellent communication.’

‘James Clewlow has an incredible breadth of legal knowledge and is adapt at finding solutions to what are often complex legal issues. He is very thorough and is genuinely interested in the project and achieving the end goal, very supportive to the client. He is also excellent at applying a pragmatic approach to any given project’

‘Personable staff, pragmatic & client led on all legal matters. Technically adept & good communication on all legal matters. Look to find solutions rather than escalate issues.’

‘PDT are big enough to provide a specialist for individual situations but small enough to feel like a family concern which is important to me. The people are easily approachable, professional, and easily contactable.’

‘Craig Burton is my stand out solicitor at PDT – he is my first port of call, always easily contactable when something needs doing in a hurry. Craig is a modern-day professional who can explain things in layman’s terms and get the job done.’

Key clients

Bedford Park Developments Limited

The Salt Room Limited

CAF Bank Limited

Sigma Homes Limited

Sunley Estates Limited

Alexander (Gatwick) Limited

Sunley (Bath) Limited

CAF Bank Limited

Sunley Holdings Limited

Turnbull Land and Homes Group

RLHA

MMA On Point Limited

Wiston Business Park Limited

JRD Innovations Limited

Nucleus Commercial Finance Limited

Aldridge Holdings Limited

Peartree (Fields) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Bedford Park Developments Limited on a large development site with a sale price on excess of £11m.
  • Advising a national charity on a number of matters including a sensitive disposal of major property assets and a new lease of large London premises for office use.
  • Acting for CAF Bank on a number of complex matters including issuing a loan facility of £9,000,000 to a well-known homelessness charity secured over 2 separate properties.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 3

The commercial dispute resolution team at the Horsham office of PDT Solicitors works closely with the wider firm’s corporate, commercial and employment teams to quickly advise and resolve contentious issues. Team head William Angas has a track record of handling complex claims in the High Court, and the team continues to develop its expertise in the media, recruitment, aviation, and food and drink industries.

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Testimonials

‘The team have been extremely proactive and inventive, especially during the COVID period. My company has had some very awkward cases during this period and the level of service we have been provided by PDT has not diminished one iota.’

‘Ben Ashworth has adapted quickly to understand the quite complicated terminology in my industry and the complex issues we have cases about.’

Key clients

Investec

The Specialist Works

BNP Paribas

Work highlights

  • Acted for the sellers of a business in Commercial Court proceedings issued by the purchaser for breaches of contract and warranties, fraudulent misrepresentation and deceit, and negligent misstatement, with a claim value of £14m.
  • Acted for the purchasers of an industrial cleaning company in High Court claim against the sellers for breaches of contract and warranties, with a claim value in excess of £5m.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 3

At PDT Solicitors in Horsham, the ‘varied skill set within the team‘ translates into expertise in the asset-based lending, invoice finance, recruitment and retail sectors. A recent high-profile case for the group involved the administration of a well-known double glazing company with recoveries of over £1m. The debt recovery team is headed up by Gina Hope, while William Angas is overall head of commercial litigation at the firm.

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Aimee Hunter

Testimonials

‘PDT’s debt recovery process is simple and effective. The team are swift to respond and we have achieved success in every debt recovery matter passed to PDT. There are no hidden costs, and very often the Letter Before Action has the desired effect.’

‘Aimee Hunter is friendly, efficient and makes the whole process simple and easy to understand.’

‘An ability to grasp the key issues quickly.’

‘Efficient, fast, supportive, provided great advice and insight.’

‘PDT have a varied skill set within the team and their knowledge of the invoice finance sector is invaluable. They have a proactive approach and internal systems to ensure key timescales are highlighted to us, in order to effectively complete stages within our workflows.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Commercial Finance

WeDo Invoice Finance Limited

Pulse Cashflow Finance (MK) Limited

Advantedge Commercial Finance Limited

EPerformance Limited

Pulse Cashflow Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services

Yoke Network Limited

Ecoserv Group Limited

ML Surveyors (South East) Limited

Time Invoice Finance Limited

Innovation Finance Ltd t/a Muse Finance

Work highlights

  • Acting for ABN AMRO Commercial Finance, alongside the administrator, and have currently recovered circa £2.5m from debtors of a glazing company.
  • Assisting Pulse Cashflow Finance with the recovery of in excess of £320,000 from debtors.
  • Acting for ABN AMRO Commercial Finance, alongside the Administrator, and has currently recovered in excess of £150,000 from debtors of a food wholesale company.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

The banking and finance team at PDT Solicitors is recognised for its expertise in the field of asset-based finance in addition to advising on factoring documentation, financing of MBOs, development of finance products and security documentation. Co-head Noel Ruddy specialises in advising on invoice finance and asset-based lending. Other co-head Dawn Shadwell has expertise in refinancing and restructuring matters.

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Testimonials

‘Long standing partner law firm with excellent track record and product knowledge.’

‘Dawn Shadwell is professional, cost/value aware, encyclopedic technical knowledge.’

‘PDT have a good understanding of the not for profit sector and the peculiarities that arise as a result. As a lender to this sector, their knowledge enables us to deal with clients in a timely and professional manner.’

‘We deal in the main with Holly Goacher and Chehraz Fox for all of our transactions and the service we receive is of the highest quality. They are both professional, personable, efficient and always available to answer questions which may arise. We also deal with James Clewlow who again is a pleasure to deal with and his knowledge and experience has assisted us in various matters over the year.’

‘The PDT provide us with a dedicated team to fulfil the execution of our security requirements in relation to our commercial base lending. They have moved to e-signatures in the past 12 months which has helped remove some obstacles around legal document execution that were exacerbated during the pandemic.  They work in a collaborative fashion to ensure our legal documents are fit for purpose across the variety of funds we manage.’

‘Ruth Clinton, Laura Sutton and Dawn Shadwell are open, honest and responsive to feedback and find solutions to more complex challenges. Their approach is often both pragmatic, understanding and interested.’

‘Access to the team and the partners is excellent, particularly when there are time constraints.’

‘The team are communicative using email and video team meetings.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance N.V.

Bibby Group

Breal Zeta CF Limited

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance Limited

Pulse Cashflow Finance Limited

Pulse Cashflow Finance (MK) Limited

Close Invoice Finance Limited

FSE Group

Investec Group

Nucleus Commercial Finance Limited

Pulse Outsource Limited

Select Invoice Finance Limited

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Ltd

Growth Lending Group of Companies

Satago Financial Solutions Limited

Advantedge Commercial Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Investec Group with the refinance of a group of international logistic companies.
  • Assisted the financier with providing pan European senior secured receivables financing facilities.
  • Advised the lender who were providing a £5,000,000 revolving loan facility to a company that specialises in the accident and repair market.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

PDT Solicitors has a strong contentious and non-contentious insolvency offering with expertise in advising clients in the field of invoice finance and asset-based lending. The firm is frequently instructed on matters such as pursuing damages claims, personal insolvency matters, acting for directors in disqualification proceedings and drafting security documentation. Contentious corporate expert William Angas co-heads the practice with Dawn Shadwell who specialises in advising asset-based lenders on refinancing and restructuring matters. Ian Lindley and Craig Burton are notable practitioners.

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Testimonials

‘The team provides invaluable insolvency litigation advice and maintains diary entries without fail.’

‘Ben Ashworth is a tenacious and skilled lawyer and is always ready to give advice where needed. His approach may come across as fairly laid back but he is undoubtedly a determined and professional individual and key member of the team.’

‘Will Angas is a very good commercial litigator who understands the needs of his clients.’

‘Noel Ruddy is a very experienced commercial solicitor who brings his vast experience to each transaction.’

‘Always happy to adapt to the required fee structure, always quick to respond when advice is needed urgently and turn advice around quickly.’

‘Ian Lindley is always on hand to provide advice on complex matters and Will Angus proactively moves matters forwards.’

‘Knowledgeable team that will look to do its research and get response spot on, often going beyond the immediate point in hand to cover peripheral points.’

‘Ian Lindley is extremely knowledgeable, well informed, personable and keen to please and provide a great service.’

Key clients

Harrisons Business & Recovery Insolvency (London) Limited

Quantuma LLP

BDO LLP

SFP Restructuring Limited

Menzies LLP

Moorfields Advisory Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised SFP Restructuring in connection with an application to Court for an extension to the administration and Administrators’ subsequent submissions to Court.
  • Advised Quantuma with the negotiation of complex deeds of priority and a new financing facility.
  • Advised Leonard Curtis Recovery with an application to Court for an extension and with extensive property related matters relating to the leasehold premises.

Public sector Tier 3

Located in Horsham, the healthcare team at PDT Solicitors has strengthened its presence in the healthcare sector, adding an increase in dental sales and acquisitions work to its work roster. Managing partner James Clewlow is the team’s practice head and is well regarded for his expertise and understanding of the pharmacy sector, while Holly Goacher is a go-to name for transactional work.

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Testimonials

‘Each team member is approachable and knowledgeable about each case. Always quick to respond to any enquiries.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and diligent. Both practical and organised which is priceless in my opinion. The team never require chasing as they constantly keep in touch with you through the legal process and provide timely solutions and advice where required.’

‘James Clewlow has always been personable and professional at the same time. He has been able to quickly grasp the legal requirements of the transaction at hand and was available to speak at all times.’

‘The team were extremely helpful in the purchase of my business. They were knowledgeable and skilfully guided me through the complex process.’

‘Efficient and knowledgeable team with practical advice and guidance.’

Key clients

Suffolk Pharma Group, Theatre Medical Supplies, Roundwell Norwich Limited

Pearl Chemist Limited

Dejasu Limited

Breakspear (Ashford) Limited

Ari Pharm Limited

A2 Health Limited

Keshav Limited

NKLA Healthcare Limited

Vibikaso Ltd

Mapex Pharmacy Consultancy Limited

A Dadhiwala Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client on the retirement sale of the shares of their pharmacy company to a pharmaceutical supplier company looking to expand its pharmacy portfolio for over £6.5m.
  • Acted for Suffolk Pharma Limited on the acquisition of 15 separate pharmacy shops as part of a national disposal programme by a well-known high-street pharmacy chain, with a combined value of circa £4m.
  • Acted for two individuals on the sale of 2 pharmacy shops for a sale price of £2.4m, with complicated cash extraction and retention considerations.

Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

PDT Solicitors’ Horsham employment team offers a full employment law service including general advisory work, contentious work, and specialist employment and pensions support on corporate transactions and commercial agreements. Team head Laura McMaster has particular expertise in the healthcare and pharmacy sector.

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Testimonials

‘A very personal experience, all the staff efficient and always ensure that the right person deals with the enquiry.’

‘I found PDT Solicitors to be both friendly and professional, taking time to explain the legal situation and the options that I had in easy to understand language. They were prompt and courteous at all times and I would certainly recommend their services.’

‘The ability to be able to work remotely and provide advice to an overseas business with concise timely advice in relation to an employment matter was crucial to a successful outcome. ‘

‘Laura McMaster makes the process painless and easy to understand, her questions are easy to understand and she is happy to lead you through the process when it is the first time I have had to make somebody redundant. Laura is happy to give advice when needed, but always makes sure she has all the facts first.’

‘Laura McMaster was a pleasure to deal with, both friendly and professional, whilst taking the time to ensure I fully understood all aspects of my case and the options open to me.’

‘Laura McMaster from PDT was the perfect person to work with us on this matter. Having been referred to PDT by another client we were in the need of a fast response and an attentive manner to resolve a claim against our business. With the time differences, Laura made herself available to get on calls and also complete work over the weekend to allow for a speedy response.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Bamboo Distribution Limited

Shareholders of AD Williams

Shareholders of Esoteric Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided all employment and pensions advice in respect of a +£30m investment in a group of companies.
  • Advised our client regarding the agreed exit of a senior employee, in light of alleged claims, with associated employee owned shares and employee loan considerations.
  • Advised our client in respect of a group action claim brought by +15 former employees.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Working across the firm’s commercial property and dispute resolution departments, PDT Solicitors‘ property litigation team provides the full spectrum of support to a varied client base. Gail Morris leads the team, acting for property developers, commercial landlords and tenants, housing associations, financial advisers, and individual property owners. Craig Burton heads up the closely linked commercial landlord and tenant team, and James Clewlow is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Horsham.

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Testimonials

‘It was a pleasure working with the Property Litigation team. The team was friendly, very professional, and knowledgeable in its delivery. We particularly liked the well-evaluated options, advice provided, and the recommendations. We always felt confident that the team genuinely had our interests at heart throughout. To our delight, the outcome of the cases handled was favourable and fully met our expectations.’

‘All members of staff, whether associates or partners, are helpful, available when needed and capable of offering constructive sound advice.’

‘We had a very experienced lead partner working on the assignment, supported by a newly promoted partner with specialist knowledge on property issues. The team was very knowledgeable and achieved our assignment objectives very successfully. The standout qualities of the partnership team included its customer focus and demonstrable empathy with our business objectives, along with its ability to negotiate successful outcomes with the counterparty solicitors, which obviated the need to go to court and saved us substantial costs.’

‘Gail Morris: always ready to take the time to analyse the issues and take a pragmatic view of all options.’

‘The team provide an absolutely top-drawer service, equal to any London boutique firm in expertise and efficiency.’

‘Gail Morris is a dream to work with – technically astute, but intensely pragmatic and commercially minded. A tough but fair negotiator, she is equally at home with blue chip companies as with individual residential clients.’

‘The team is very hands-on when seeking to resolve any issues for their clients. I have seen first-hand how the team works together to ensure the best possible outcome.’

‘Gail Morris has an excellent knowledge of property law and her attention to detail is second to none. She will always fight hard for her client’s corner. James Clewlow is a fantastic client-focused partner. He leaves no stone unturned.’

Work highlights

  • National housing association – Achieved judgment at Trial for heavily disputed service charge arrears.
  • Mr David Hawkins –pursued Tribunal proceedings in relation to a contest boundary determination leading to a successful settlement just ahead of the final Hearing.
  • Carunion Ltd – Represented a multiple pharmacy operator in relation to a business lease renewal, including issuing and progressing protective Court proceedings before negotiating a settlement.

Finance > Asset based lending Tier 4

Fielding a team of ‘experts in the ABL field’, Horsham-based firm PDT Solicitors is particularly noted for its work for funders in relation to factoring and invoice financing. Noel Ruddy has great technical expertise (he co-edits the leading textbook on factoring), which he imparts to excellent use on transactional mandates, including in the context of corporate and M&A work in the space. Dawn Shadwell co-heads the team alongside Ruddy and ‘is very alive to the commercial requirements of ABL and finance clients’. 

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Testimonials

I regard PDT as experts in the ABL field, the go-to firm for factoring and invoice finance.’

Noel Ruddy is the stand-out expert, he edits the leading textbook on factoring and his technical expertise is matched by great experience and commercial awareness of the ABL market.’

Dawn Shadwell is very alive to the commercial requirements of ABL and finance clients and is always ready to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance N.V.

Bibby Group

Breal Zeta CF Limited

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance Limited

Pulse Cashflow Finance Limited/Pulse Cashflow Finance (MK) Limited (ex Calverton Business Finance Limited)

Close Invoice Finance Limited

FSE Group

Investec Group

Nucleus Commercial Finance Limited

Pulse Outsource Limited

Select Invoice Finance Limited

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Ltd

Growth Lending Group of Companies (including Boost Finance)

Satago Financial Solutions Limited

Advantedge Commercial Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting Investec Group with the refinance of a group of international logistic companies.  
  • Assisting a large bank based in Europe with the provision of pan-European senior secured receivables financing facilities to a group of cross-border established IT service providers for the refinance of existing facilities and working capital.
  • Advising Growth Lending on the provision of a £5m revolving loan facility to a company that specialises in the accident and repair market.

PDT Solicitors is a leading commercial law firm, specialising in corporate and commercial law, commercial real estate, dispute resolution and employment law

Our core principles are to deliver clear, strong advice and nurture genuine and supportive relationships with our clients.

Our approach is collaborative and practical, we fuse City experience with niche specialisms and a uniquely warm and welcoming approach to business.

Types of work undertaken
Corporate: Our corporate team is known throughout the South East for its broad experience advising on M&A, strategic advisory work and other corporate transactional matters. We have significant experience dealing with acquisitions, buy-outs, demergers, private equity, AIM transactions and joint ventures.

Asset and invoice finance: We are a leading advisor to the Asset Based Lending Industry and provide commercial advice to ABL’s dealing with client mergers, acquisitions and demergers and to help assess legal and commercial risks.

Commercial real estate: Our commercial real estate practice helps businesses to buy, sell and grow, advising housebuilders, housing associations, commercial landlords and tenants on all aspects of land development and commercial property transactions.

Pharmacy and healthcare: We are leaders in pharmacy and healthcare, advising on everything from first acquisition to retirement sale, to group development and expansion.

Insolvency and corporate recovery: We advise on contentious and non-contentious insolvency and restructuring. We regularly work with financiers and office-holders on high-value, complex restructuring and refinancing transactions.

Corporate and commercial dispute resolution: Our dispute resolution team have successfully worked on wide range of corporate and commercial disputes, including breach of contract and professional negligence, partnership and shareholder disputes, property and land disputes, and advised on banking and finance disputes, including guarantor liabilities, consumer credit issues and repossessions.

Debt recovery: We have specialist debt collection team dealing with all aspects of commercial debt recovery.

Employment law: Our employment law team offers prompt, practical and effective solutions on a range of employment and HR issues from day to day matters to employee exits and Employment Tribunal claims.

We are committed to providing excellence in service delivery, to developing key sector specialisms and creating a culture within the firm that encourages growth and confidence in everyone who works with us.

We have the ability to collaborate with you at any stage of your business development.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner, Head of Real Estate / Head of Healthcare James Clewlowjclewlow@pdt.co.uk01403 831 229
Head of Corporate Noel Ruddynruddy@pdt.co.uk01403 831 206
Head of Dispute Resolution, Co-Head of Corporate Recovery William Angaswangas@pdt.co.uk01403 831 266
Co-Head of Insolvency and Corporate Recovery Dawn Shadwelldshadwell@pdt.co.uk01403 831 245
Head of Commercial Ian Lindleyilindley@pdt.co.uk01403 831 214
PhotoNamePositionProfile
William Angas photo William AngasPartner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Co-Head of Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring
Ben Ashworth photo Ben AshworthPartner
Jane Bowden photo Jane BowdenPartner
Craig Burton photo Craig BurtonPartner
James Clewlow photo James ClewlowManaging Partner, Head of Real Estate, Head of Healthcare
Ruth Clinton photo Ruth ClintonLegal Executive
Chehraz Fox photo Chehraz FoxPartner
Rebecca Glazebrook photo Rebecca GlazebrookPartner
Holly Goacher photo Holly GoacherPartner
Faye Griffiths photo Faye GriffithsSenior Corporate Counsel
Mark Gugenheim photo Mark GugenheimSenior Associate
Gina Hope photo Gina HopeLegal Manager
Victoria Jackson photo Victoria JacksonSolicitor
Tania Leverington photo Tania LeveringtonLegal Executive
Ian Lindley photo Ian LindleyPartner, Head of Commercial
Carl Mason photo Carl MasonLegal Executive
Justin McConville photo Justin McConvilleSenior Associate
Laura McMaster photo Laura McMasterSenior Associate
Gail Morris photo Gail MorrisPartner
Oliver Parsons photo Oliver ParsonsSolicitor
Noel Ruddy photo Noel RuddyPartner, Head of Corporate & Commercial
Dawn Shadwell photo Dawn ShadwellPartner, Co-Head Insolvency & Corporate Recovery
Sian Webber photo Sian WebberSenior Associate
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Ongoing change

Equality and diversity is not a discrete matter and cannot be dealt with as a tick box exercise. It is a living and breathing issue. It impacts every person at PDT, everyone we interact with, everything we do and how we do it. We understand that any meaningful commitments must be embedded in, and reflected by, our work and our culture – what we do and how we think. As an example of this, PDT coordinated Sussex law firms to unite in a joint commitment that ‘Racism has no place in our society’. The law firms agreed to the following statement, with a joint social media and online push to publicise their commitment at 11am on Friday 12 June 2020: “We support the Law Society’s unequivocal commitment that Black Lives Matter. We as law firms operating in Sussex recognise the importance of challenging racism in all its forms in our organisations and communities. Whilst we strive to do this, we know that we can do more and believe the Law Society’s commitment and statement is the impetus for us all to do this now.”

Effecting change is difficult and effecting change in terms of racism can be particularly challenging. Real change starts with a series of sometimes personal and uncomfortable questions and challenges. We are asking ourselves: Do we recognise that a problem exists? What do we think causes it? Are we committed to taking action? What we are going to do about it and are we willing to do it? We are putting together further plans to ensure we are driving these changes and that matters of equality, diversity and inclusion are at the centre of everything we do.

We are planning a series of training events on equality and diversity, and related policy, with the objective that each employee will sign up to an acknowledgement that they respect and are committed to achieving the objectives of our equality policy.

Diversity and inclusion

PDT values fairness, equality and diversity in all dealings, both as a provider of legal services and an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to ensuring that our culture, training and policies facilitate and enhance the development and promotion of equal opportunities and that our equality and diversity values are embedded into everyday practice, policies and procedures.

PDT has adopted an equality and diversity policy which addresses the ‘protected characteristics’ of the Equality Act 2010: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation.

We are committed to avoiding discrimination on these grounds, and for part-time and fixed-term workers, in our dealings with clients and potential clients, other solicitors, barristers and third parties, and in relation to all current partners and employees, as well as applicants for positions within PDT and all related recruitment activity, along with internal promotions and training opportunities. The partners are committed to promoting equality and diversity in all aspects of our operations including client service.

In addition to our obligations not to discriminate against, harass or victimise those with a disability PDT is also subject to a duty to make reasonable adjustments to prevent employees, partners and clients who are disabled from being at a disadvantage in comparison with those who are not.

For clients or other visitors with mobility problems, we have a ramp leading to the front door with toilet and other facilities located on the ground floor. A lift provides access to other parts of the building, where required.

The latest diversity statistics for PDT are available on our website (https://www.pdt.co.uk/diversity-and-inclusion)


CLIENT: Dr Colin Wheeler
TESTIMONIAL: I was deeply impressed with PDT. This was the first time we had used them and, despite having been introduced late to the deal, I was amazed at how quickly they picked it up and got us over the line. This was not an easy deal given we had a number of complicated cross border issues to deal with and a very tight deadline, but the team at PDT just took it in their stride. We are incredibly grateful to the team for all their hard work in making this deal happen and I would recommend them to anyone.


CLIENT: Ray Goodfellow, Chief Legal Officer
COMPANY/FIRM: RSPCA
TESTIMONIAL: We’re delighted with the service we get from PDT. We’re particularly impressed with the range of expertise available, their commitment to finding the best solutions for us and their ability to provide clear practical advice on the options available. Their commercial and dispute resolution teams provide an outstanding service.


CLIENT: John Wilde, Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Investec Capital Solutions
TESTIMONIAL: PDT are ABL industry specialists and that expertise has been invaluable to us over the years. In addition, they have built a formidable corporate practice and this is another in a long line of successful deals we have worked on together. This was a complex deal which needed to be done quickly and efficiently. Noel’s industry expertise and Rosie’s calm efficiency were instrumental in the success of this transaction, and we will continue to use them for ABL and corporate support.


CLIENT: Anand Chavda
COMPANY/FIRM: Savemain Pharmacy
TESTIMONIAL: We faced quite a few difficulties during the transaction, however from the very onset when we were deciding on which firm to use it became clear that PDT were willing to offer a more personal touch, which is something we really appreciate as it’s the way we have conducted our business for many years. Therefore, the trust created helped to ensure there wasn’t a need for second guessing and we really trusted the advice, guidance and instruction given.


CLIENT: David Clements, Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Harrisons Business Recovery and Insolvency Limited
TESTIMONIAL: Will Angas and his team have acted for me on several occasions when we have successfully recovered payments from directors or third parties which related to unlawful actions permitted by the directors prior to my appointment. Will’s energy and commitment to these cases was exceptional and has resulted in significant recoveries to the benefit of the insolvent companies’ creditors. In many of these cases, Will’s sharp, commercial approach and strong, technical ability has resulted in settlement without the need to commence formal legal proceedings therefore reducing the risk and potential expense to the insolvent estate. I look forward to working with Will and his team on future matters.


CLIENT: Andrew Streeter, Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Streeter Group Holdings Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: Always friendly, professional and supremely competent, PDT solicitors have been our solicitors for a number of years dealing with property sales and purchases; property leases; business sales; promotional and collaboration agreements; debt recovery, loan agreements and so on which is a superb testament to the range and depth of services they offer. Highly recommended and look forward to many years more of working together.