Monday, 18 August 2008

Our team beats the clock

Our Commercial Team has been praised for its role in a major deal that was completed in just two weeks.

We handled all the legal aspects of the reorganisation and demerger of land and property sales company, Davis Meade, and the sale of its estate agency arm.

Stuart Haynes, who leads our Commercial Team, said we worked with Davis Meade, corporate advisers The Business Company of Shrewsbury, banks and the purchaser’s solicitors to meet the tight deadline.

“It was vital that everyone worked closely together on this complex transaction to ensure that the deal was completed within the required timescale. With so many different parties involved, partnership was the key to its success.”

And the work carried out by our team has been hailed as an integral part of the process.

Mark Harris, from The Business Company, said: “Martin-Kaye delivered a service which was second-to-none, and certainly equal to any service delivered by any of the city-based firms, in fact it was in many ways better.”

Philip Meade, of Davis Meade Limited, said: “Martin-Kaye showed outstanding organisational qualities and great commitment to us achieving our objectives. There is no doubt that in the final days, their support was key in making the transaction happen.”

Promotion for Chris

Chris Detheridge has been named as a new associate as part of our firm's ongoing programme of development.

He leads the Commercial Litigation Team at our offices in Euston Way, and is extremely proud of his new role.

“I’m very honoured to have been given this opportunity to play a more in-depth part in the structure and forward-planning of the practice. Leading the Commercial LitigationTeam is a great challenge, but one I’m thoroughly enjoying, and now to be given the chance to become an Associate is really a huge achievement of which I’m very proud.”

Chris qualified as a solicitor in 1999, training locally in Shropshire, before spending several years working for a large practice in the East of England on commercial litigation work. He joined Martin-Kaye in 2004, and is a member of the dispute resolution team and also a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.

Friday, 1 August 2008

Banking on business success

Businesses from all over Shropshire are benefiting from specialist advice, thanks to a local bank.

The Commercial Banking team at The Royal Bank of Scotland, in Shrewsbury, is supporting a series of seminars which aim to help companies tackle Human Resources and employment law issues.

We've been running the HR and Employment Law in Practice (HELP) forums which have proved extremely successful, and they are now in their second year.

Brian Seadon, Senior Manager, Commercial Banking, at RBS, said: “In today’s difficult economic climate, we are keen to help our customers ensure their companies remain successful.

“We are very pleased to support the HELP forums, which give companies the opportunity to receive effective professional advice that really can make a difference to their business.

“By following the advice the Martin-Kaye team offers, businesses can ensure they operate in line with the latest regulations, avoiding possible pitfalls, and so increase their chances of remaining profitable.

“We now have over 40 companies who regularly attend the advice sessions, and their continued success is evidence that we are providing a service that meets a real need in the local business community.”

Pic: At the latest HELP forum are, from left, John Mehtam (Employment Law Specialist at Martin-Kaye), Adele Robinshaw (RBS), Brian Seadon (RBS) and Graham Davies (Martin-Kaye Senior Partner)

Partnerships at Martin-Kaye

We've awarded partnerships to two of our solicitors - John Mehtam, our Employment Law specialist, and Sarah Heath, who leads our Commercial Property team.

Managing Partner, Andrew Green, said: “Both John and Sarah have been instrumental in developing their departments and in forming key plans for a successful future.

“We are very pleased to offer them the opportunity to become partners in the firm, and we’re sure their commitment and dynamic approach will be invaluable in helping Martin-Kaye Solicitors to continue to grow.”

John was previously a senior employment lawyer with a national law practice in Birmingham, and has over 15 years’ experience in the field advising local and national clients, ranging from small businesses to national plcs.

Sarah joined the company from a leading practice in the West Midlands. She is experienced in dealing with high value property deals, particularly for regional and national property developers, and portfolio management.

During her time with Martin-Kaye, Sarah has acted on behalf of developers and investors in several multi-million pound transactions, including a £20 million transaction for a large developer client.

Pic: John Mehtam and Sarah Heath who have been named as the new partners at Martin-Kaye Solicitors