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Across the firm’s Chester and Liverpool offices, 13 partners and associates from DTM Legal have received recommendation by the Legal 500, including a ‘leading individual’ ranking for partner, Edward Barnes.

The specialist commercial law firm has been recommended in six of its core practice areas in the North West section of the legal directory, with the corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, commercial property, construction, employment, commercial litigation all securing rankings including a top tier for dispute resolution.

Edward Barnes, Alison Brennan, Phil Whitehurst, Duncan McAllister, Tom Evans, Richard Thomas, Jim Morris, Anna Duffy, Robert Harris, Sally Pilot, Michael Wright, Guy Thomas and Richard Harris are all recommended lawyers in sectors spanning from commercial property to dispute resolution.

Commenting on the rankings, Richard Thomas, Partner at DTM Legal said, “ We are extremely proud of all our lawyers who have been recommended in The Legal 500. The Legal 500 recommendation is based on the quality of the clients an individual acts for and what those clients have to say about that individual. There is of course no more frank assessment than that of a client who is paying for your services! This recognition reinforces our belief in our approach to bring a hefty dose of commerciality to the legal advice we provide to our clients, tailoring that advice to the specific needs of their businesses in order to help them achieve the outcomes they are seeking. Our driver is seeing the success achieved by our clients and knowing that we have made a positive contribution to it. From the accolades given to us by our clients in The Legal 500 I am reassured that DTM is successfully delivering value added services that make a difference to their businesses. We built our business from scratch and we know the buzz achieving success generates and we want all our clients to experience that as much as possible. All our individuals are team players and that is reflected in the rankings the firm’s different departments have achieved. This just makes us want to work with more and more successful businesses to share with them our alternative approach to the provision of legal services.”

What Legal 500 said…


Based across its Liverpool and Chester offices, the ‘experienced’ team at DTM Legal LLP delivers ‘pragmatic corporate advice’, ‘quick response times’ and is applauded for its ‘personal approach’. The team provides corporate and commercial advice to SME, owner-managed and family businesses across Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. Team head Edward Barnes, who splits his time between the Liverpool and Chester offices, is ‘approachable, and builds strong client relationships’. In Chester, Alison Brennan has ‘strong technical expertise’ and ‘always goes the extra mile to meet tight deadlines’. Brennan advised Hall Livesey Brown on its acquisition of an accountancy practice and also acts for a number of doctors’ practices in relation to their practice agreements. Phil Whitehurst in Liverpool led advice to Hadlow Edwards on its acquisition of Ellet Wealth Management.


DTM Legal LLP takes the time to understand our business and provides good advice’. Alison Brennan and Duncan McAllister (who is recommended for his work on breaches of covenants and wrongful dismissal claims) are both ‘proactive, responsive and client-focused. Associate Tom Evans ‘exceeds expectations’ and regularly advises commercial clients and senior executives on bringing and defending employment tribunal claims.


DTM Legal LLP fields a very able litigation team’ that ‘always tries to find a solution and a way forward, rather than just state the law. Operating across its Chester and Liverpool offices, the team handles a range of contract, finance, property, IP and construction disputes. Highlights included defending Rotex Europe in a £26m claim brought against it by a Saudi Arabian firm. Scottish Power, Lloyds Pharmacy, AAH Pharmaceuticals and Pochin Construction are also clients. The ‘exceptionally talentedJim Morris leads the team, which includes Richard Thomas, who impresses with his ‘depth of knowledge, and his extremely commercial and pragmatic approach’; Anna Duffy, who is experienced in healthcare and education sector disputes; and the ‘highly regarded’ Duncan McAllister.


The ‘exceptional’ team at DTM Legal LLP is based across its Liverpool and Chester offices and handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Highlights included advising the Atmore Group on the sale of 52 auction properties for £20m. Team head Anna Duffy is experienced in property litigation, and also advises investment and retail clients on landlord and tenant matters. Other key figures include Liverpool-based consultant Robert Harris, who ispractical and commercial and handles a range of transactional matters; recently promoted partner Sally Pilott, who is based in Chester and advises on acquisitions, site assembly, section agreements and the disposal of large housing developments; and associate Michael Wright.


Based across its Chester and Liverpool offices, DTM Legal LLP’s construction practice handles a range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters. The team is defending Rotex Europe Limited in a £26m claim brought by a Saudi Arabian firm and advised Dee Tech Services on a dispute with the international owner and operator of a chemical production plant. Anwyl Construction, Foundation Piling, Atmore Developments, Clancy Consulting and Sterling Services are also clients. Jim Morris heads the team, which includes associate Guy Thomas and recently promoted associate Richard Harris.


For more information on the team at DTM Legal contact the Chester office on 01244 354800 or the Liverpool office on 0151 321 0000


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