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Commercial law firm Brabners has bolstered its corporate practice with the appointment of senior associate Nicola Whittle. Based in Preston, Nicola joins the firm from Stephensons Solicitors.

Nicola specialises in corporate, restructuring and insolvency work. She brings with her a wealth of experience, having acted for a range of corporate clients, from SMEs to large corporates, and has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, MBOs, joint ventures and retirement sales.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised residential housing developer Redrow on the acquisition of Midlands-based Radleigh Homes.

Redrow acquired the business from a holding company, Ark Capital Group.

The deal will allow Redrow to expand in the East Midlands and establish a new division in the region.

John Tutte, chief executive of Redrow, said: "I’d like to thank Peter Gadsby, for the opportunity to acquire the business and I welcome the Radleigh Homes team to Redrow.

Quat-Chem, the Rochdale-based hygiene products specialist, has been acquired by Nasdaq-listed Neogen Corporation, in a deal advised on by Brabners and DTE.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised The Dining Group subsidiary, State Bidco, on the acquisition of Hi-Life Diners Club (Hi-Life), the subscription-based dining membership club.

The business, which is being acquired from Hi-Life Group, provides consumers and business customers with exclusive, discounted dining offers at more than 4,000 restaurants across the UK and Ireland.

North West law firm Brabners last night won an award for Professional Services to the Maritime Sector. The award, from Mersey Maritime, acknowledges Brabners’ expertise in advising businesses and services working in and for the sector. The ceremony was held at Wallasey Town Hall on Wirral.

Denise Walker, partner at Brabners, said:

Corporate team completes 97 deals in 2015, a 23 per cent year-on-year increase.

Commercial law firm Brabners has been named the most active M&A legal adviser in the North West for 2015, having advised on 61 transactions throughout the region.

The rankings, published in an independent report by Experian, also place the firm’s corporate team seventh in the UK for deal volume, with 97 M&A transactions completed, a 23 per cent year-on-year increase in deal activity since 2014. The firm was also ranked joint second for deal volume in Wales.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised office services provider Restore plc on the acquisition of the records management business of Wincanton plc for a consideration of approximately £55.7 million.

Restore is an AIM-listed company with North West facilities in Middleton, Manchester, Leigh and Bolton.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised specialist agricultural and distribution business NWF Group plc on its acquisition of Staffordshire Fuels Limited, a 32 million litre fuel distribution business operating in Staffordshire and the West Midlands. This bolt on acquisition will increase NWF Fuel’s volume by 8% and will be earnings enhancing.

Staffordshire Fuels was established in 1996, operates a modern fleet of 7 tankers and is an approved supplier of Phillips 66 fuel, branded as Jet, based near Stone in Staffordshire.

Commercial law firm Brabners has maintained its position as the most active M&A legal adviser in the North West so far this year and one of the top ten most active in the UK, in an independent report by Experian.

During the first three quarters of the year, the firm’s corporate team has advised on 30 M&A transactions in the North West and a total of 57 M&A transactions across the UK.

Commercial law firm Brabners has announced the promotion of three Partners, six Senior Associates and four Associates across the firm.

Adrian Rogers (Corporate), Richard Hough (Commercial) and Leanne Murray (Real Estate) have all joined the partnership; Leanne has also been appointed as Head of Residential Development.

Corporate lawyer Adrian Rogers qualified with the firm in 2004 and has extensive experience in MBOs, MBIs, acquisitions, disposals, venture capital, corporate insolvency and corporate reorganisations.