Chester firm succumbs to buyout by Hill Dickinson

Marine, insurance and commercial firm Hill Dickinson has taken over The Property Law Practice – a two-partner practice in Chester, which acts for house builders and developers in the region.

The PLP's founder Vincent Fairclough, said: “We are confident that with the added strength and resources of Hill Dickinson we can build on the sound foundation established over the last six years.”

David Swaffield, partner at Hill Dickinson, said: “The move consolidates our position, not just in Chester and North Wales, but throughout the North West. The PLP's reputation as a leading adviser to developers will complement our existing broad base of construction, institutional and investment clients.”

The acquisition follows Hill Dickinson's takeover of property insurance firm Wayman-Hales – another Chester-based company – last February.

Swaffield commented: “A very solid commercial centre has developed in Chester over the past few years and it is definitely right for us to assume a leading role there.”

The takeover last week coincided with a revamp of Hill Dickinson's corporate image. This included the launch of a new corporate logo and the shortening of the firm's name from Hill Dickinson Davis Campbell to Hill Dickinson.