Importance of resolving divorce finance underlined by appeal court’s decision against aristocrat 

A decision to award maintenance to an aristocrat’s estranged wife after a seven-year legal battle should serve as a warning to divorcing couples, according to Thursfields Solicitors.

Experts at the leading Midlands law firm said the high-profile Villiers v Villiers case underlines the importance of people resolving their marriage finances when applying for a divorce.

The comments come after the Court of Appeal allowed Emma Villiers’ claim for a £10,000 per annum maintenance order, plus an as-yet-undetermined lump sum, from her former husband Charles Villiers, the cousin of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Shane Miller, director and head of the Family Law Department at Thursfields, explained how the court had heard that Mr Villiers was from a very wealthy background and that his ex-wife alleged he had failed to provide for her and their child.

Ms Miller said: “Mr Villiers had disagreed, claiming the assets were all tied up, and an earlier Family Court hearing had dismissed Mrs Villiers’ case because the divorce had taken place and it would be a huge and disproportionate amount to provide to her.

“But the Appeal Court disagreed and said that her claim should not have been dismissed and that the maintenance should have been an ongoing obligation until a financial hearing or her re-marriage had been determined.

“The details of this specific case are of course complex, but in short it makes clear how the financial obligations between former married partners continues until their financial ties are severed.”

Ms Miller added: “The Appeal Court’s decision should serve as a warning to people to sort out the finances of their marriage when they apply for a divorce and not to leave them, as they will not go away.”

Anyone seeking advice on a divorce can contact Ms Miller on 0345 20 73 72 8 or by e-mailing smiller@thursfields.co.uk.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with nearly 130 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Aerial platforms specialist expands into new Black Country warehouse, assisted by Thursfields

The commercial property team at Thursfields Solicitors has advised an aerial working platforms specialist on its expansion into a new warehouse in the Black Country.

Dingli Machinery UK Ltd has moved into the 20,704 sq ft premises at Cygnus Way in West Bromwich, which are just off the A41 Black Country New Road and a short 2.5-miles drive from Junction 1 of the M5.

Dingli is the UK sales arm of the China-based Zhejiang Dingli Machinery Co Ltd, which specialises in industrial aerial platforms such as boom lifts, scissor lifts and vertical mast lifts.

Parmveer Virdee, a solicitor in the Commercial Property department at Thursfields, said: “We were pleased to be able to help Dingli with their acquisition of new premises.

“This was required due to Dingli needing an additional storage and distribution facility because of its continued growth in the aerial working platforms market.

“We dealt with their initial lease of another unit in West Bromwich a couple of years ago and were pleased to have been of assistance again.

“It is always rewarding to see a client expanding its operation due to the success of its business, and we look forward to working closely with Dingli as they continue to grow.”

Andy Northwood, sales manager at Dingli Machinery UK, said: “We urgently needed additional warehouse space to meet the needs of our business as it continues to expand in the UK.

“We’ve always been impressed with Thursfields advice on property transactions and were once again pleased with the service they provided and grateful for their commercially-minded advice throughout.”

The deal was arranged through the Oldbury office of commercial property agents Bulleys.

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Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Thursfields advises on sale of Birmingham smart buildings experts to Scandinavian group

The corporate team at Thursfields Solicitors has advised the principal shareholders of Birmingham-headquartered Demma Group Ltd on its sale to Nordomatic Group, the leading smart buildings integrator across Scandinavia.

Thursfields director Gareth Burge and Joe Rollins provided corporate advice, assisted by Lisa Kemp on employment issues and Robert Pettigrew on commercial property matters.

Gareth Burge said: “Demma is a substantial business with its head office at Coleshill Manor Office Campus and has offices and operations in London, Manchester and Glasgow.

“The business was founded by Gary Poulton in 1989 and in 1991 he was joined by his partner Dave Connell. The two founders have built a very sustainable business with long-lasting customer relations and a very low employee churn.”

Today, Demma serves hundreds of repeat customers and employs more than 135 smart building experts.

The deal means that Nordomatic Holdings UK has acquired all shares in Demma Group Ltd, with Gary Poulton and Dave Connell reinvesting part of their proceedings in the Nordomatic Group top company in Sweden. The Demma brand will remain and there will be no organisational changes in the Demma Group.

Gary Poulton said: “Dave and I have been approached by many potential partners over the years, and we were really impressed by the proposal we received from Olov Schagerlund, president and CEO of Nordomatic Group.

“Nordomatic has done a fantastic job in transforming the building energy management systems market in Scandinavia with innovative smart buildings solutions, and we immediately understood that Demma would fit nicely into this specialised international group and that our employees and customers would benefit from this partnership.

“We will continue to run the business in the UK and, with Nordomatic as the owner, will be able to invest and become a bit braver in our growth plan.”

He added: “The legal process was handled extremely well by Gareth Burge and Joe Rollins, and the whole team at Thursfields.

“Nothing was too much trouble, and they were available for advice any time and day of the week. It was a real pleasure to work with Gareth and Joe, who helped us step by step through a very complicated process. We got to know them really well over the last six months, and it was great to work with the Thursfields team – a job well done!”

Olov Schagerlund said: “I am thrilled to have Demma joining the Nordomatic Group. The company really is a perfect fit for us.

“We share the same values, and it was easy to agree on a joint strategic path towards becoming a global impact leader in smart buildings in the years to come. Gary and Dave have done an excellent job in building a successful and sustainable business, and we at Nordomatic will do our best to support the continued growth in the UK market, while also extending the service offering with cloud-based building management systems and energy services.”

This is the fourth acquisition by the Nordomatic Group in 2022, with Y-Con in the Netherlands, Nortech in Norway and Spica Technologies in the UK all now part of the group’s plan to become a global impact leader in 2025.

Other advisers to the principal shareholders of Demma Group Ltd  included Kantar on Swedish law and Parisi Tax, Maguire Advisers on corporate finance with accountancy advice from Hayward Wright.

Advisers to Nordomatic included Andy Philips and Alexandra Kean of DLA on English law, Baker McKenzie on Swedish law, and accountants Deloitte.

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Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Whistleblowing: top legal firm issues legal guidance for employers

A rise in workers “speaking out” about issues ranging from workplace safety to furlough fraud has led to legal whistleblowing guidance for employers from Thursfields Solicitors.

The leading Midlands law firm’s advice comes as the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted concerns about the legal standing of those who make their concerns a public issue.

Lisa Kemp, an associate director in the Employment & HR Law team at Thursfields, explained it is not always obvious that a worker is whistleblowing, which is a technical area of law with lots of angles.

Ms Kemp said: “While this is a complex subject, if a whistleblowing complaint is not spotted or is mishandled, an employer may find themselves on the receiving end of costly litigation.

“It is therefore crucial to understand that whistleblowing, in broad terms, is a worker disclosing information about past, present or imminent wrongdoing in the workplace or an attempt to conceal the same – typically to their own employer or a regulator.

“The disclosure of information can be oral or in writing and need not be formal, which is why a whistleblowing complaint can be easy to miss.

“Workers disclosing such information must have a reasonable belief that doing so is in the public interest.

“A worker acting purely in self-interest will not be protected, although they could well be protected for blowing the whistle about breaches of individual employment rights where the disclosure is also in their own personal interest.”

Ms Kemp pointed out that whistleblowing legislation protects workers, including employees, from being subjected to any detriment on the grounds that they have made a “protected disclosure”.

Employees are further safeguarded because if the reason or principal reason for their dismissal is that they made a protected disclosure, that dismissal shall be regarded as automatically unfair.

She said: “This is crucial, and employers need to know that there is no cap on levels of compensation which can be awarded in such cases, where interim relief is also available in some circumstances.

“Organisations should therefore be encouraged to see effective whistleblowing procedures as part of their good governance strategy.

“Effective whistleblowing procedures can uncover hidden occupational issues, and dealing with a complaint promptly will help to avoid issues escalating, therefore mitigating litigation risk and reputational damage.

“Fostering an open culture can also create better working relationships with loyal employees more likely to make an internal report than complain externally or publicly.”

Ms Kemp added: “Prohibiting staff from speaking out is not allowed, and therefore any provision in an agreement, including a worker’s contract, trying to prevent whistleblowing will be void, as will non-disclosure agreements seeking to gag workers making protected disclosures.

“We have a team of experienced lawyers who can support businesses by providing bespoke management training and drafting effective policies, and we also undertake investigations and defend whistleblowing claims.”

Any company or organisation needing more guidance on whistleblowing can contact Ms Kemp at lkemp@thursfields.co.uk or by calling 0345 20 73 72 8.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Man’s best friend to benefit again as Thursfields announces its three charities of the year

Birmingham Dogs Home has been selected for the second year running as one of Thursfields Solicitors’ charities of the year for 2022-23.

The charity, based in Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull, will once again receive fundraising, awareness and volunteer support from the leading Midlands law firm for the next 12 months.

Two other charities will also benefit from Thursfields’ focused efforts from 1 May to 30 April 2023. They are:

  • Wings and Paws, another animal charity based in the Black Country, and
  • the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust, based in Worcestershire.

After receiving more than 100 applications, Thursfields’ staff voted on who should be the charity of the year for each of three areas served by the firm’s offices.

Thursfields’ chairman Nick O’Hara said: “We always take great pleasure in choosing and serving local charities every year.

“The fact that Birmingham Dogs Home is one of those charities for the second year running just shows how impressed our staff were with that organisation’s work.

“We are committed to the communities where we live and work and our team across Thursfields’ offices are all looking forward to raising as many funds as possible for each charity.

“We will also provide volunteers to help on projects and will seek to help raise awareness of the important role each charity plays within our communities.”

Fi Harrison, head of fundraising at Birmingham Dogs Home, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen again by the team at Thursfields.

“2022 is a very special year for Birmingham Dogs Home as we celebrate 130 years of caring for lost and homeless dogs across the Midlands.

“Thursfields’ support in our 130th doggie-themed fundraising challenges and activities is more vital than ever as the kennels at our two rescue centres are full of record numbers of relinquished and stray dogs.”

Clare Vowles, chief executive of Wings & Paws in Wolverhampton, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as one of Thursfields’ charities of the year.

“We started off as a small local charity, caring for the animals who needed our help at the drop of a hat, and now we’re expanding and helping those in need even more.

“The help from organisations such as Thursfields Solicitors goes such a long way and we couldn’t do what we do without the help of others.”

Emma Williams, operations and fundraising manager for the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust, said: “We are truly honoured to have been selected to receive support from the team at Thursfields.

“As a small charity based in Worcestershire we have a team that are dedicated to the values and objectives of the Trust working hard to support families facing childhood cancer.

“Our family support covers emotional, sibling, financial and bereavement support ensuring we are there for families when they need us at such a hard time.

“This partnership offers the Trust an incredible opportunity to work with a well-recognised and successful group of solicitors.

“We are looking forward to raising the much-needed funds and profile of the Trust and to building a partnership to benefit the vital work that we do.

“We also want to work alongside the aims of Thursfields to ensure that all involved have a positive and enjoyable experience of supporting a local charity.”

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Thursfields’ team to walk 121 miles to raise £1,000+ for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

A team of seven keen walkers from Thursfields Solicitors has taken on a 121-mile route march to raise more than £1,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

The activity has been planned as part of the charity’s Airbase Challenge 2022 where fund-raisers can walk, run, swim or cycle a variety of distances in the first five months of the year.

The Thursfields’ team has decided to walk the longest route known as the Helicopter Challenger, which at 121 miles represents the total distance between its three air bases at Tatenhill, RAF Cosford and Strensham.

Courtney Litwinko-Smith, a trainee solicitor in the Family team at Thursfields, explained that she and her colleagues decided on their challenge as part of their community work planned on Thursfields’ Junior Lawyer Committee.

She said: “The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity does some terrific work across the area that Thursfields serves and we thought it would be marvellous to join their challenge and take the longest walk on.

“We’ll be walking the route in a mixture of individual and group sessions with the aim of each walking just over 17 miles, together totalling the full 121-mile route.

“We’ve already launched a fundraising page on JustGiving.com and hope to raise a minimum of £500 which Thursfields has generously pledged to match-fund, creating a donation of at least £1,000 for the charity.”

Joining Ms Litwinko-Smith on the challenge are Thursfields’ colleagues Megan Jewkes, a trainee solicitor in the Commercial Property team, Kim Virk, a trainee solicitor in Wills and Estates, and Ruby Momoh, a trainee solicitor in Residential Property.

Also on the team are Michael Kokkinoftas, a trainee solicitor in the Corporate team, Ellie Bryan, a paralegal who is also on the Corporate team, and Kiran Shinjin, a legal assistant on the Residential Property team.

Since 1991, the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has undertaken more than 66,000 missions via one of its three air ambulances, or two critical care cars, making it one of the UK’s busiest pre-hospital, air ambulance-led services.

To sponsor the Thursfields’ Helicopter Challenge team, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thursfieldssolicitors1.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with nearly 130 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Thursfields helps expanding machine tool specialists’ move to Worcestershire

Two expanding machine tool specialists have relocated their operations from Warwickshire to Worcestershire, in a property deal sealed by Thursfields Solicitors.

Manufacturing industry suppliers WMT (formerly known as Warwick Machine Tools) and REM Systems have moved from their former base in Kenilworth to premises they have bought at Units A1 & A2 Salwarpe Business Park in Droitwich.

The new property is twice the size of the companies’ previous facility, and their workforce has already expanded by 40% as they continue to grow.

Ian Holbeche, managing director of WMT and REM, explained that, following advice from Aimee Davies at The Richards Sandy Partnership, Thursfields had handled all the complications involved in the purchase, which was for an undisclosed amount.

He said: “Once we had decided to purchase the land and property in Droitwich, Thursfields took over all the legalities and all the hassle of going through that process.

“They worked hard on all aspects and made what is always a challenge when you are moving two businesses into a much easier process on the legal side.

“I’d have no hesitation in recommending the commercial property team at Thursfields to anyone else who’s about to enter into such a big purchase and move.”

Mr Holbeche added that his two companies were now ready for growth from their new base, and that they had already taken on three more workers.

Katherine Hall, a solicitor in the Commercial Property team at Thursfields, said: “We were delighted to help what are thriving companies move to premises that are big enough to handle their expansion.

“The teams at WMT and REM were great to work with and it’s pleasing to hear that they have already expanded their workforce by 40% as they continue to grow.

“Their new premises look fantastic.  It’s good to know the property purchase and build has gone well for them and the new premises will promote their continued growth.”

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Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with nearly 130 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Thursfields secures position in Midlands Top 10 for corporate deals last year

Thursfields Solicitors has been ranked in the top ten of the Midlands’ most active mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisers the whole of 2021.

The leading regional law firm shot up from 25th to 10th in the annual Experian Market IQ’s legal rankings, with 25 big corporate deals over the first nine months of this year.

This has included advising shareholders on the sale of technology specialists cloudThing to Kerv, and advising creative agency DRPG on its acquisition of screen content specialists A-Vision UK.

Most recently, Thursfields’ Corporate Team advised Jeremy Holden, founder of Herefordshire classic car and motorcycle parts business Holden Vintage & Classic, on its acquisition by international classic parts specialist SNG Barratt Group.

The only firms ahead of Thursfields in the rankings were the longer established or national corporate players.

Gareth Burge, director and head of the Corporate team at Thursfields, said: “We recorded another record year in 2021 and have now consolidated our position as leading M&A lawyers to the owner managed business and SME market.

“It’s great to see that, in the fairly short period of time our team has been together, we have made – and are continuing to make – a huge impact on the local market.”

Experian’s M&A report for 2021 also revealed that the Midlands was the UK’s busiest region for deal-making outside of London and the south-east, with involvement in 14.7% of all UK deals.

There was an 18% increase in deal volume from 2020, and the values of these deals totalled £21.5bn, the highest since 2012.

Dominic Parker, of Experian Market IQ said: “After many businesses postponed acquisition plans in 2020, deal-making in the Midlands bounced back from the effects of the pandemic last year, with 2021 ranked as one of the region’s busiest ever years.

“Companies in the region’s highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing sectors were a particular target for investment.

“The funding environment remains positive and the region’s corporate advisory firms report strong pipelines of business, raising hopes of another strong year as we move further into 2022.”

Any businesses needing advice on M&A activity can contact Gareth Burge on 0345 20 73 72 8 or at gburge@thursfields.co.uk.

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Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with nearly 130 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Thursfields’ top rural affairs solicitor appointed Vice Chair of the Country Land and Business Association’s Worcestershire committee

One of the Midlands’ top legal experts on rural affairs has been appointed as vice-chair of the Country Land and Business Association’s Worcestershire branch committee.

Jon Clifford, director of the Agricultural and Rural Affairs team at Thursfields Solicitors, is a seasoned litigator, acting mostly for farmers, land owners and rural businesses.

He will now work with other local business leaders in serving the County’s members of what is more commonly known as the CLA, which provides advice, rural representation and other services for its members.

Mr Clifford, who is also a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and a member of the Property Litigation Association, said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to play a more formal role with the CLA, whose services are of real benefit to rural businesses.

“Here at Thursfields, we have a clear understanding of rural business clients’ unique needs, and we offer a practical approach, be it towards buying or selling farms, advising on rural leases, assisting with matrimonial issues, offering tax advice and succession planning, or sorting out disputes, often managing resolution without recourse to the courts.

“I now hope to share some of that experience with the CLA’s Worcestershire branch committee to help refine and improve their services to members.”

He will join Iain Morrison, of solicitors MFG, who is the new chair of the CLA’s Worcestershire branch committee, and Yan Gittens of chartered surveyors Fisher German, who is president.

Anyone needing expert legal advice on rural affairs can contact Mr Clifford via 0345 20 73 72 8 or by emailing him at jclifford@thursfields.co.uk.

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Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Thursfield rockets into Midlands Top 10 for corporate deals

Thursfields Solicitors has become one of the most active firms of legal advisers in the Midlands’ mergers and acquisitions (M&A) sector so far this year, a new report reveals.

The law firm has soared into Experian Market IQ’s legal Top 10 following a string of big corporate deals over the first nine months of this year.

This has included advising shareholders on the sale of technology specialists cloudThing to Kerv, and advising creative agency DRPG on its acquisition of screen content specialists A-Vision UK.

Most recently, Thursfields’ Corporate Team advised Jeremy Holden, founder of Herefordshire classic car and motorcycle parts business Holden Vintage & Classic, on its acquisition by international classic parts specialist SNG Barratt Group.

This activity took Thursfields from 22nd position to 10th in Experian’s league table of Midlands legal advisers.

Gareth Burge, director and head of the Corporate Team at Thursfields, said: “2021 has been another record year for the team and we have consolidated our position as leading M&A lawyers to the owner managed business and SME market.”

The new ranking comes hot on the heels of Thursfields busiest ever 12 months for corporate activity, providing legal guidance on 29 deals worth a total of more than £125 million in the 12 months to 30 April 2021.

Experian said transaction volume in the Midlands M&A market has soared by 27 per cent to 745 transactions in the first nine months of 2021, while the total value of Midlands deals reached £17bn compared to only £3.4bn at the same point in 2020.

Jane Turner, research manager at Experian MarketIQ, said: “The speed at which mergers and acquisitions activity has bounced back from last year’s Covid-related uncertainty – both on a domestic and global level – has been striking.

“An improving economic forecast allied with the success of the vaccine rollout has helped confidence quickly return to the market.

“In the UK, our latest set of figures paint a positive picture, with deal activity up sharply across a range of metrics. The pandemic has accelerated an existing shift towards digital activities in the economy and the rush to future-proof has driven a rush of tech deals in 2021.

“Meanwhile private equity interest in UK businesses has never been greater, with global investors increasingly positive towards the UK market, and we’ve seen buyouts surge this year – along with publicly-traded companies taken private from the Stock Exchange in record numbers.”

Any companies or management teams that need legal advice on corporate sales, purchases, mergers and acquisitions can email Mr Burge on gburge@thursfields.co.uk or call him via 0345 20 73 72 8.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.