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Who we are

Listed in the prestigious Legal500 Guide to the UK’s top legal practices, we are an established Essex legal firm with extensive experience and expertise in all areas of the law affecting your business or you personally.

Our team includes members of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and its Personal Injury Panel, of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association.

So, basically, we don’t just talk the talk. We’ve walked the walk. But we don’t let it go to our heads. You won’t encounter any of that look-down-our-nose and shake-your-hand-like-it’s-a-dead-fish sort of attitude. We take a more nice-to-meet-you, put-it-there, how-can-we-help and let’s-get-on-with-it sort of approach.

It comes from knowing our areas of specialism inside out. Which means we can look after you and your business without making a big deal out of everything.

Sure, there are plenty of clever lawyers around to take your pick from. But there’s clever-clever and there’s savvy-clever. We’re not show-off smart, we’re do-whatever-it-takes-to-get-the-right-result smart. And you can be sure that if the going gets tough, we’ll be the last man standing.

We’re also local. That matters. It means we know where you’re coming from and what you’re up against. It means we’re always on hand to talk. And it means we talk your language. We tell it straight. No surprises. No false expectations. Just top-notch expertise that’ll get you where you want to be.

Our approach

How we work
We like to get down to business. So here’s a rundown of how we go about it.

The right person does the job
Our people specialise in specific areas of the law. We don’t have jacks-of-all-trades.

We have experts. Because we want to give you best advice, you’ll deal with a lawyer who specialises in exactly the area of expertise that you need.

We keep you posted
You need to know what’s going on, even when nothing is – sometimes deliberately.

So instead of having to guess what we’re up to, we’ll tell you. Regularly. We appreciate that even a quick phone call or short email can go a long way. We tell it like it is.

You need to know the facts and understand what our advice means, so you can make the best decision. We cut the flannel and give you legal advice coupled with common sense. If we don’t think you’re going to win, we tell you. We’re not interested in wasting your money: we want you to know where you stand and come back to us next time.

No surprises
All too often, the biggest surprise you get from a law firm is the bill. Not at BTMK. We give you an upfront estimate or fixed fee, and we’ll tell you straightaway if there’s likely to be any variation.

Fighting your corner
No one wants a fight. Arguments cost money. But sometimes, when the other side won’t listen, you’ve got to take the gloves off. When it comes to protecting your interests, we won't hold back.

Know the law, know your market, know you
We’re local. We put you first. You’re one of us. So we get to know you and we only advise in areas of law that we know about.

Commercially-minded
We understand the economics, finances and pressures of business. So we handle your affairs from a commercial stance – keeping the costs in check and the end in sight.

Our team

Management team


Alan Bacon- Senior Managing Partner
Alan Bacon
Managing Director

Area of expertise


Judith Kundi
Judith Kundi
HR Manager


Joanna Smith
Finance Manager


Annie Bacon
Annie Bacon
Marketing and Business Development Manager


Jimmy Lindsay
Jimmy Lindsay
IT Manager


Tim Ball
Tim Ball
IT Assistant


Blaine Noonan
Blaine Noonan
Administration Assistant

Commercial team


Sean Callaghan
Solicitor & Director

Area of expertise


Nitin Khandhia
Nitin Khandhia
Solicitor & Director

Area of expertise


Ian Powell
Ian Powell
Solicitor & Director

Area of expertise


Fiona McAnaw
Fiona McAnaw
Solicitor & Director

Area of expertise


Lee Emptage
Lee Emptage
Solicitor & Director

Area of expertise


Emma Jenkins
Solicitor

Area of expertise


Matthew Clark
Solicitor & Director

Area of expertise


Adam Fleming
Senior Solicitor

Area of expertise


Beau Borg - Solicitor
Beau Borg
Solicitor

Area of expertise


Kristie Willis
Kristie Willis
Solicitor

Area of expertise


Sarah Law
Solicitor

Area of expertise


Tony Briscoe
Tony Briscoe
Senior Solicitor

Area of expertise


Louise Mickleburgh
Trainee Solicitor

Area of expertise


Rachel Ellison
Rachel Ellison
Senior Paralegal

Area of expertise


Cristina Corallini
Paralegal

Area of expertise


Gabriella Shepherd
Paralegal

Area of expertise


Holly Stevens
Paralegal

Area of expertise


Ruth O’Connor
Paralegal

Area of expertise


Harvey Richardson-Shii
Paralegal


Philip Freeman
Trainee Solicitor

Personal and Private Client team


Alan Bacon- Senior Managing Partner
Alan Bacon
Managing Director

Area of expertise


Johanne Turner
Johanne Turner
Solicitor, Director & Joint Department Head

Area of expertise


Yvonne Hume
Yvonne Hume
Solicitor, Director & Joint Department Head

Area of expertise


Tracey Rowley
Tracey Rowley
Joint Department Head

Area of expertise


Saul Caplan
Saul Caplan
Solicitor, Director & Joint Department Head

Area of expertise


Ruth Hemingway
Ruth Hemingway
Solicitor

Area of expertise


Shefa Begum
Solicitor

Area of expertise


Charlotte Fedarb
Charlotte Fedarb
Legal Executive

Area of expertise


Jenny Lapwood
Legal Executive

Area of expertise


Isobel Woffitt
Paralegal

Area of expertise


Jaime-Lee Johns
Paralegal

Area of expertise


Tammy Cooper
Paralegal

Area of expertise


Mark Goodson
Senior Trust & Estate Practitioner and Joint Department Head

Area of expertise


Paula Dallison
Trust & Estate Practitioner

Area of expertise


Sarah Drabble
Claims Handler

Area of expertise


Megan Mitchell
Case Worker

Area of expertise


Safia Chucha
Case Worker

Area of expertise


Susan Foxen
Case Worker

Area of expertise

Our clients
Begbies Traynor
Begbies Traynor

The Begbies Traynor philosophy is a simple one. As the UK’s largest and fastest-growing independent corporate rescue and recovery specialist, its aim is to find solutions that help people and companies facing financial difficulties and debt get back on their feet.

The firm, which operates through a nationwide network of offices, works with clients ranging from individuals and small businesses to family-run companies and major multinationals. Whatever the size of the assignment, the goal is the same: to deliver a successful rescue, wherever possible.

Achieving that goal calls for the highest standards of service, expertise and professionalism, qualities Begbies Traynor also looks for in the professional partners with which it closely works. This is what the firm’s Southend-on-Sea office has found in Tony Briscoe, who leads BTMK insolvency team.

Jamie Taylor, a partner at Begbies Traynor based at Southend, explains: “We have been dealing with Tony for around 15 years. I knew Tony because we were both involved in the local business community and that developed into a professional relationship between BTMK and Begbies Traynor. Now members of our team talk to him on a daily basis and he is also regularly consulted by our London office.

“Tony provides the whole range of insolvency advice we might need, from bankruptcy to corporate problems, and his advice is always useful. He’s available 24/7 and we can rely on him for a quick, timely and efficient service.”

Jamie’s colleague Terry Harington, who runs the bankruptcy team at the Begbies Traynor Southend office, speaks to Tony regularly and values his expertise and their comfortable working relationship. Terry says “Bankruptcy cases may seem superficially similar but they are always individually different so it is important that we make sure which assets can be realised and which are protected. Tony will go back through case law and precedents to find relevant rulings and has successfully handled cases for us in the Court of Appeal.

“It really helps that when we speak, I don’t need to spell out to Tony what I need - we understand each other and talk the same language.”

Click here to head over to Begbies Traynor website

Carewatch
Carewatch

Carewatch Southend offers a range of services designed to help people maintain, and retain, independence, dignity and security, in their own homes.

In addition to supporting elderly people, Carewatch Southend provides other support services to adults and children with learning and / or physical disabilities, those with mental health needs; informal carers, enabling them to take a break from their caring commitments; people with dementia, Alzheimer's disease or other long-term illness or condition; people requiring end-of-life care; people discharged from hospital and many other unique care and support situations. Carewatch have vast experience in delivering local personalised services and their ethos is recognised throughout the County as being personal, caring and supportive.

BTMK are very proud to be involved with an organisation such as Carewatch, providing support services in areas such as Human Resources and in relation to the structure of the organisation to ensure that it continues to be able to provide the very high quality services on which its reputation is based.

Derichebourg Multiservices

Derichebourg is a major player on the European corporate and community services market.  Support, aeronautics, energy, temporary staffing, manual handling, sanitation and much more, Derichebourg Multiservices provides a comprehensive offering of complementary services that is constantly being enhanced and that is based on knowledge gained through experience in each of its business lines.

BTMK are very proud to work closely with Derichebourg's airport and ground services team in the UK, always being on hand to assist with disputes which may arise, strategic decisions which need to be implemented and quick action that often has to be taken to avoid larger problems in the future.

See more about what Derichebourg do at www.derichebourg.com

Fairfield BMW

BMW is a name synonymous with quality, so its no surprise that a key priority at Fairfield BMW is to deliver professional excellence. It’s an approach that owner Mike Styles has also found at BTMK.

The Leigh-on-Sea, Essex based business has been established for three decades and today owner Mike – who has run the business since buying out his original partner some 25 years ago – leads a team of 125 staff, who off a full range of services including new and used car sales, parts, servicing and a body shop.Mike’s relationship with BTMK goes back a long way – “So long that I honestly cant remember it began,” he says – and originated from a recommendation. For the last five years, his chief point of contact has been BTMK partner Nitin Khandhia, a specialist in litigation and dispute resolution. In that time, Nitin has provided expert advice and representation described by Mike as “impressive” on issues ranging from disputes with customers over cars worth tens of thousands of pounds to employment issues. 

Mike explains: “It doesn’t happen often, but now and again someone might come in and order a car, which we then go ahead and order for them. They then decide that they don’t want it , which means we would have to sell it or take a loss on a custom vehicle. In such a case, we may sue the customer for damages to cover our additional costs.

“Elsewhere, BTMK recently advised us on an employment case involving a member of staff who wanted to sue for bullying and victimisation, several years after they had left our employment.

“Nitin is a good solicitor who has achieved good results for us and I know that if something needs to be done to a deadline, he will work to that deadline and get it done.”

Forrester Hyde
Forrester Hyde

Forrester-Hyde was founded by Nick Hyde in 1970, and is proud to continue to deliver high-quality, unbiased advice in their 41st year.

Forrester-Hyde’s stated aim is to stand apart from the crowd providing a very personal service in an automated world. They take a long term view and seek to build relationships with their clients, their children and now their grandchildren.The business is owned by the Directors, and as they have sought no external investment, Forrester-Hyde Limited remains truly independent. Advice is delivered by long serving, well qualified Advisers who, whilst specialising in their own area of excellence function as a team. This team approach enables Forrester-Hyde Limited deliver high quality advice across a broad spectrum.

Forrester Hyde’s strengths lie in:-

·        Friendly, approachable, well qualified professional staff

·        High service standard

·        A clear commitment to Client confidentiality

·        Continuous independent ownership

FRP Advisory
FRP Advisory

FRP Advisory’s team of experienced restructuring, recovery and insolvency specialists has a strong reputation and track record for creating, preserving, and recovering value. They work in the mid-market and focus on enhancing the performance of businesses, as well as saving businesses in distress. FRP work at board level, with investors, lenders, government and regulatory bodies, other professionals and individuals requiring professional support. When financially stressed, or faced with other strategic challenges, FRP promise to  be on hand to find the right solutions, to improve performance and to provide a sound platform for future success. 

As FRP’s clients would testify, they support individuals and businesses, guiding them through their financial difficulties with empathy, integrity and professionalism.

Sometimes the right solution will involve an insolvency process - perhaps to protect a company’s business and assets from creditor enforcement action to facilitate a restructuring of the business, or for a better outcome for all creditors and other stakeholders. The insolvency specialists at FRP have a deep understanding of the range of options available and very extensive experience in implementing those options.

Their team also has a significant presence in personal insolvency and debt recovery, where they act for major providers of credit, as well as individuals and partnership businesses who are facing financial challenges.

Maintaining strong working relationships with all the UK clearing banks is an important focus for FRP, as well as other UK and foreign banks, asset based lenders, venture capitalists, shareholders, government departments, regulatory bodies, accountants, lawyers, and individuals faced with situations that require professional help. 

With 28 Partners and circa 200 team members in nine UK locations, FRP Advisory promise to provide their clients with a professional and considered approach to problem solving, providing a wide range of services, as well as specialist industry experience to enable them to deliver sector specific solutions.

John Anthony Signs
John Anthony Signs

"Expert Knowledge Delivered" is John Anthony Signs' motto.  And it certainly shows.  Boasting the largest names on the high street and in the luxury sector as their clients, together with the biggest players in the sports, transport, financial and public sectors, John Anthony Signs are certainly going places.

Having recently re-branded, John Anthony Signs believe the new identity is fresh, clean and progressive and gives them the chance to “shout out” to their clients that they are still investing and going from strength to strength as the country comes out of the recession. This change in identity also represents many of the changes that they are making to improve their business over the coming year as they strive to become more efficient and even more customer friendly in the way that they operate.

Many of the world's most prestigious brands trust John Anthony Signs to project their image through signage in a professional and dynamic way.  They continue to win difficult and challenging projects, and with this in mind, their new strapline ‘Expert Knowledge Delivered’ and ‘Know How’ sum up the excellent quality, service, experience and wisdom that the JAS team offers.

Lakehouse Contracts

Lakehouse was founded in 1988 by Chief Executive Steve Rawlings. They have headquarters in Romford, Essex, and regional offices in Camden, Hackney, Richmond, Andover and Kent, enabling them to provide a full service throughout London and the South of England.

The company has grown significantly since its inception and we employ a workforce in excess of 300 staff. Turnover for 2009/10 was £104million, a 51% increase on the previous year.

The majority of their work is focused in four core areas - social housing, education, health, and public buildings. Their service offering covers development, new build, regeneration and refurbishment, and repairs and maintenance. It is Lakehouse's aim to create better environments for people to live, work and learn.

Lakehouse's motivation is in the provision of outstanding customer satisfaction, knowing that satisfied customers will return to them time and time again.

BTMK are very proud to announce that Lakehouse were the winners of HM The Queen's Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2011, Building Awards Diversity Champion of the Year 2011, and Building Awards Contractor of the Year 2010.

What Lakehouse say about BTMK

“A good fit”: is how Lakehouse Contracts Limited, describes the company’s relationship with BTMK employment law specialist Fiona McAnaw. Essex based Lakehouse is an £80 million turnover company that has come a long way in a short time.  In 2008, it celebrated its 20th anniversary by being named SME Contractor of the Year in Contract Journals Construction Industry Awards, underlining the success of its high quality approach to work ranging from major refurbishments and restorations to design and build projects and upgrading housing to meet the government’s Decent Homes Standard.

As a company named as one of the top five contractors in Building’s 2008 Good Employer Guides, which highlights construction companies committed to good employment standards, Lakehouse is also keenly aware of its responsibilities to its 200 plus staff. 

Even so, employment relationships do break down from time to time, and it is in those cases that Ken calls on Fiona’s expertise.  They explains: “It doesn’t happen often but, at times, a dispute may arise at the end of an employment that can't be settled amicably.

“We first started working with Fiona a couple of years ago, after she was recommended by a contact within Lakehouse.  She came in to talk to us and I liked her style.  I am very much a “do it now, do it properly” person and that is what I saw in Fiona.

“She is very professional and very pleasant but I have also seen her run rings around the other side.  Fiona has a commercial approach that means she looks for practical solutions and she has really helped us by managing disputes so that they are settled before they get to court.  In fact we have never had to go to a tribunal.”

Lakehouse says that this common-sense approach to managing disputes has proved highly cost-effective, which adds to their confidence in turning to Fiona when a dispute gets “ too hot to handle”, as he puts it.

He sums up: “She is tough, professional, she gives good advice, gets results and she is a genuinely nice person to work with.  Fiona is a good fit with the Lakehouse culture.”

Living London

Living London is a brand new concept built around exceeding the expectations of our clients.

Living in London was set up by three Landlords who have all owned property in London for some time. They realised they were paying high fees and receiving lacklustre service from the traditional property agent. They decided it was time to act and provide a new service that would make their lives easier.

Because Living in London was founded by seasoned property owners they have a front row position in understanding what a landlord and tenant really wants. They listen and ensure that every care is taken to ensure that you get what you want from their service. They want, and know how to treat their clients as a valued customer.

BTMK provide a comprehensive legal and advisory service to Living London and their clients. From dealing with difficult tenants, disrepair issues, high-value tenancies as well as straightforward recovery of possession, Canary Wharf and the Docklands areas are a thriving part of London's property scene and Living London, with their prime location within Canada Water Tube Station are right in the heart of it.

London South East Limited

London South East Limited is one of the UK's leading independent share and general financial information websites. Originally launched in 1998, London South East has steadily grown to a point where they have over 70,000 members and 700,000+ unique visitors to lse.co.uk each month.

London South East's aim is to make the user experience as smooth and easy as possible, with their website being designed solely with the aim of being uncomplicated and crisp in appearance.  It is clear that the community spirit on their Share Chat area is testament to this and how it makes LSE's visitors want to return time and again and recommend www.lse.co.uk to others.

London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport is a long-established regional airport for South East Essex and is the Eastern Gateway to London with very exciting times ahead.  A new airport railway station providing fast and frequent train services direct to Stratford (for Docklands and Canary Wharf) and to central London's Liverpool Street Station is now open, providing its passengers with faster door-to-door times inbound to London than most other London airports - and at lower costs.

With Easyjet making London Southend Airport its newest home in the United Kingdom, the airport expansions plans have been described as the best thing to happen to Southend and the surrounding areas for many years.

The expansion of the airport is an important component on the planning for the London Olympics and BTMK's Sean Callaghan has been involved with the senior personnel at London Southend for some time now to ensure that everything is in hand for the grand opening of the new terminal and facilities in the coming months.

Manifest Information Services

Manifest is Europe’s independent, global proxy voting and corporate governance support service.Their name, Manifest, is, in their words, their mission: “To Make Things Clear”.  Their aim is to empower shareholders to support their stewardship responsibilities with comprehensive research and voting services which enable informed decision making.

There has never been a more demanding time to be an institutional investor. Fund managers must do more than analyse markets. They must be knowledgeable about environmental, social and governance considerations, vote proxies across a wide range of issues, be prepared to justify each vote cast, meet regulatory requirements and screen portfolios across an array of key factors. Since 1995 Manifest has been the resource that institutional investors and others have looked to for complete solutions for proxy research and voting, screening and benchmarking.

Manifest's clients are some of the world’s most demanding institutional investors and governance professionals. Their total equity assets under administration exceed £3 trillion. If you are looking for more than a “take it or leave it” approach to governance and want to work with a partner who truly understands sustainable stewardship, look no further than Manifest – the proxy voting agency.

Read more about what Manifest do.

National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC)

The National Federation of Demolition Contractors ("NFDC") is the voice of the UK demolition industry. It is dedicated:

  • To a continual improvement of the demolition industry for the benefit of its members, customers, and the general public through training, monitoring and policing of best practices;
  • To the enhanced flow of information and discussion between the demolition industry and Government, trade and technical organisations;
  • To customers for the betterment of the industry at large; And to raising the profile of the demolition industry to ensure that it receives due recognition for its commitment to training, health and safety, and the improved working conditions it affords its members and their employees.

BTMK are proud to be the nominated solicitors to the NFDC. The NFDC has a very proud history and BTMK feels strongly that it represents the values that the NFDC and its members share,  in the services that we provide.

Through BTMK's associate membership of the NFDC, we are able to stay close to the issues which affect the demolition industry and the large scale operators within it.

BTMK have regularly spoken at the Annual NFDC Luncheon on a number of relevant topics which is held at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in November.

Prime Property Management

Prime Property Management specialise solely in the Management and Letting of residential properties in and around Essex.

They pride themselves on their high levels of customer service and years of experience in this industry.  Whether you are a seasoned portfolio owning Landlord or a newcomer to the Buy-to-Let market you can be certain of receiving professional and friendly help and advice on every aspect of Residential Lettings and Management.

Existing Landlords/Property Owners:

Prime Property Management endeavour to give Landlords a professional and individual level of service and their aim is to give our Landlords confidence that their property is being fully professionally managed and is providing them with the highest possible return on their investment.

This is achieved, in part, by:

  • ensuring the property is well maintained
  • obtaining optimum rents
  • low “turn-over” of tenants (thus fewer re-let fees)
  • ensuring that tenants are happy with the property and service being provided
  • regular checks on property condition
  • regular communication with tenants and Landlords

All of Prime Property Management’s available properties are listed on www.rightmove.co.uk

Potential Landlords/Property Owners:

Prime Property Management are happy to provide advice to new Landlords before they have even purchased their first property – during what can be an exciting and stressful time.  Prime Property Management are experienced enough to help a new landlord through every step with as much, or as little, advice as may be required.

As Prime Property Management only deal with Residential Management and Lettings – their aim is to offer quality and professional advice in only their field of expertise.

Prime will tailor make the management package to suit a landlord’s personal requirements, and their growing number of portfolio owning and independent Landlords are testament to their innovative approach to Property Management.

BTMK are pleased to be involved with Prime Property Management, providing valuable legal advice and support to complement the already high standards of management advice being received by landlords.

Regis Group PLC

Regis Group have been investing in the residential property sector for over 60 years and has grown to be a leading UK residential property investment company and have since become a specialist in all markets of the residential property sector.  Regis are a large buyer of ground rents of any size in the UK and a major investor in tenanted property.

Abroad, Regis are now the largest third party real estate services company in the USA with worldwide revenues from all income streams exceeding $250 million.  Regis and associated companies employ over 4500 staff and in the USA, Regis manage over $15bn of residential property assets.

BTMK provides legal advice and assistance to Regis in relation to all aspects of their commercial and residential property portfolio, and play a key part in strategic decision-making which can impact across the various spectrums of this leading property group.

Rickard Keen

“I would certainly recommend them due to their technical expertise, and we are happy to recommend them to our clients.”
Bill Gould Rickard Keen

Word of mouth and reputation in business is invaluable. When a business is happy to recommend the legal firms it uses to its clients – who are after all the people who the business relies on for its income – then you know they must be firms of high standing.

That is exactly what happens at Rickard Keen, an Essex based accountancy firm which prides itself on having delivered a high level of service to its clients, contacts and the wider community for over 90 years.  One of its legal clients is BTMK Solicitors Ltd.

As well as being a client of Rickard Keen, Ian [Powell] takes care of some of the accountancy firm’s legal needs, handling its property transactions, including recently dealing with a new lease.  Rickard Keen also recommends BTMK to its clients when they need legal advice in particular areas.  Due to the wide range of services provided by BTMK, the firm can take care of anything from commercial transactions to conveyancing for the clients.

“BTMK are technically very good” say Bill Gould, partner at Rickard Keen, and the speed of response is good.

Our experience of dealing with Ian [Powell] has been very good,  he is knowledgeable, but personable.

“I would certainly recommend them due to their technical expertise, and we are happy to recommend them to our clients.  Because of the size of the firm, they really can provide a full range of services to a high level.”

Ruark Audio

"A family owned, British company, at Ruark we are passionate about sound and design! For over 30 years we have worked within the UK audio industry creating high quality loudspeaker systems for music and audio enthusiasts. Through our loudspeaker brand Ruark Acoustics these have long been sought after and admired world-wide" is how Ruark Audio describe themselves.  

Recognised throughout the industry as being leaders in the field of small, high quality hi-fi, Vita Audio products are always in demand by members of the public and by high quality retailers such as Selfridges and John Lewis.  There are some very exciting times ahead for this Southend-on-Sea based company.

Have a look at their exciting product range at www.vitaaudio.com

Sandhurst New Homes

Sandhurst Newhomes creates luxury homes throughout the South East.  Specialising in select developments of apartments and houses, their construction and development company specialises in building high quality new homes to meet the needs of today's buyers.

With over ten years' experience in building desirable and affordable homes, they have a proven track record in acquiring, obtaining planning permission and then developing homes that meet the needs and exceed expectations of property hunters.

BTMK and in particular Sean Callaghan has been providing high quality and specialist legal advice to Sandhurst Newhomes for a number of years now, dealing with strategic planning issues, acquisitions and problem-solving along the way.

South Essex College

“Great futures start here” is the way that South East Essex College describes itself and thousands of students would agree. The college has come a long way since it was founded well before the Second World War and is today a modern, inspiring place to study for learners of all ages, from 14 to 19 year olds to undergraduates, adults and businesses. 

With a £40 million turnover the South East Essex College is also a sizeable business that is at home in the public sector but must also take a hard-headed commercial view of its operations. That commercial view is something it shares with BTMK’s Sean Callaghan, with whom Anthony McGarel, the college’s director of finance and corporate services, has built up a successful working relationship. 

When Anthony joined the college in 2007, it was working with a London based firm of solicitors – something that still continues for certain matters – but which Anthony questioned as the best approach for all the legal issues the college had to deal with, including local property related work.

With the college preparing to take on additional leases in Southend, including a Grade 11 listed building in the High Street, it was the perfect opportunity to test the waters with a local legal adviser. Antony carried out a tender exercise, sourcing quotes from three practices, and BTMK were the successful firm.

Since then, Sean has helped the college to complete a number of lease transactions, which have often required swift attention to meet the college’s urgent need to bring a building into use or for construction work to start.

He has also dealt with any necessary change of use documentation – including planning application on the college’s behalf, while his commercial nous has been valuable in providing cost effective solutions to everyday problems experienced by the college’s estates department, including moving a fire escape as a much cheaper alternative to paying an annual fee for access rights.

Elsewhere, his expertise in his field enabled Sean to identify that the college had failed to register its logo as a trademark and then carry out the registration.  He has also helped in drawing up contract agreements for the college to use when employing private companies and contractors.

Sean has also recently been involved in a lease of land and a construction contract for the new Thurrock Learning Campus in Grays, part of a major project in which the college is involved with a number of learning providers.

Anthony says: “We benefit from Sean’s excellent local contacts, for example with estate agents and the local authority’s planning team, and his understanding of our way of doing business, which is more commercially minded than standard public sector thinking.

“The fact that BTMK is local also helps in a very practical way. For example, if we need to have a lease prepared by the end of the week, Sean can simply walk round to our offices one lunchtime to pick up all the necessary paperwork. 

“Its good to know that we have Sean’s expertise and experience on our doorstep. He brings to our working relationship an approach that is sympathetic to our needs, responsive and very helpful.”

Spectra Analysis Services Limited

Spectra Analysis Services Limited (“Spectra”) is one of the UK's leading UKAS accredited asbestos consultancies

Spectra provide specialist advice in all asbestos related problems to a wide client base, throughout the UK and abroad, including asbestos surveys, HSG 264 compliant Management and Refurbishment/Demolition surveys, Asbestos sample analysis, Asbestos air sampling and fibre-counting, management plans, awareness training , compliance monitoring, electronic register production and data interface / migration.

Spectra’s services provide both independent and professional advice, twenty four hours a day, seven days per week, where required, and this is supported by a qualified and experienced team of staff.

They boast an ever-increasing fleet of mobile laboratories  that include an all independent power supply, to provide both air sampling and fibre counting services in the most remote locations, with immediate results on site , with the ability to generate and email pdf certificates instantly.

Spectra’s quality and management team has a wealth of experience in Asbestos, cumulatively over fifty years, gained in all facets of asbestos operations including asbestos removal, project management, air sampling fibre counting, bulk sample analysis, asbestos surveying and consultancy including site auditing as well as acting as expert witnesses. As their business continues to expand, they aim and maintain their primary objectives for quality, professionalism, response and competitiveness.

The Buy to Let Business

The Buy to Let Business was borne out of receiving sub-standard service from other mortgage companies.

The directors of The Buy to Let Business encountered the same problems that they now strive to eradicate when they were building up their own significant property portfolios. As high-flying financial services professionals, they were used to providing excellent service to their clients – and were frankly shocked at not receiving similar treatment and attention when buying property. The Buy to Let Business was set up as a direct result of that experience. The directors have experienced both sides of the property market, and are dedicated to offering the sort of service that clients should rightly expect as a property investor.

The Buy to Let Business’ clients can benefit from what their Directors encountered by enjoying a new level of understanding, communication and professional response at every stage of the property buying process.

Although they handle residential mortgages and protections, their focus is largely on the buy to let sector, so they have a deep understanding of exactly how it works. They have built outstanding professional relationships with mortgage lenders and other intermediaries, all designed to speed up, simplify and streamline an investor’s route to success. They’re also part of a larger group of companies, so they have the resources, the expertise and the strength in depth to help you.

BTMK have been able to bring a lot of expertise to the table when carrying out work for the Buy to Let Business and its clients.  BTMK’s specialist Landlord & Tenant team are regularly consulted by The Buy to Let Business when dealing with tricky or stubborn tenants and BTMK are regularly recommended to other investors, many of which need to recover possession of a number of properties all at the same time.  With BTMK’s cost effective fixed fee schedule regularly used for the recovery of possession, we aim to make the process as pain free as possible throughout for the landlord and property owner.

Theori Investments

Theori Investments are specialist in the property sector with their current managed property portfolio being in excess of €250 million and growing on weekly basis. Theori are able to provide schemes to suit the individual needs of Boroughs and landlords whilst offering a complete accommodation service including management, inspections and maintenance sections.

Over the last year, Theori has continued to grow despite tough economic times by offering the highest quality service whilst maintaining cost efficiency. The team at Theori pride themselves on being specialist in the industry and therefore having an understanding of the factors that affect homeless families and the pressures that Local Authorities face in the provision of high quality accommodation.

UHY Hacker Young

The UHY Hacker Young Group is an ambitious and growing network of UK chartered accountants. They pride themselves on providing their clients with an attentive, personal service.  And while they are growing in size, they can guarantee you that their high service levels remain unchanged. 

They combine traditional values with forward-thinking, and this combination is the hallmark of real quality.

UHY Hacker Young’s clients come in all shapes and sizes and so do their services. Whether complex or day-to-day, local, national or international, they tailor their services and shape them to fit clients’ needs.

While the member firms of the national UHY Hacker Young Group are cohesive, they are also independently minded; and they give best advice because they understand both local needs and the national picture.

BTMK’s involvement with UHY Hacker Young extends to accepting instructions from their insolvency, turnaround and recovery teams in London and with many of the key individuals in those teams living locally to BTMK, advice and assistance is instantly available, even out of business hours and at weekends.

See what UHY Hacker Young do at www.uhy-uk.com

Waymade Healthcare PLC

Waymade Healthcare engages in the manufacture, supply and distribution of branded and generic pharmaceutical products in the united kingdom and internationally. It offers products in various dosage formats, including tablets, capsules, ointments, creams, ophthalmics, and inhalers. Waymade healthcare plc was formerly known as waymade plc and changed its name to waymade healthcare plc in 1995. The company was founded in 1975 and is based in basildon, the united kingdom.

Waymade healthcare plc has historically focused upon the opportunities presented by the expanding markets for european and generic pharmaceutical products. Its strengths lie in distributing and marketing with extensive in-licensing experience.

With more than 1000 licences for prescription medicines, waymade is one of the largest holders in the uk - in prescription terms, this means they can supply a significant portion of the uk retail pharmacist's needs.

Waymade say that they "have been fortunate over a number of years to have the success of the business recognised in the winning of a wide range of awards. [we] acknowledge, with gratitude, the hard work and contributions of all our staff in creating, maintaining and developing a business of which we can all be justifiably proud. Waymade will continue to work towards its goal of high quality, affordable medicines."

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