DBF Law Completes PH Jones Deal | Davis Blank Furniss Solicitors

On Friday the 13th, Davis Blank Furniss – the Manchester based law firm –acting on behalf of the owners of PH Jones Group Limited – the family-owned & Malpas-headquartered property and utilities maintenance group – completed it’s business sale to British Gas for £30m.

Andy McNish, corporate & commercial partner at Davis Blank Furniss, was assisted by Claire Reddington (Assistant Solicitor), and led the team throughout the sale. Tax law support was provided by partner Sonio Singh and by property law support by assistant Caroline Williams. The Birmingham office of Eversheds (partner Keri Rees leading) acted for the Buyer.

The sale saw the shareholders (who are members of the Jones family and certain key executives) sell all the shares in the group.

The group’s business comprises three main divisions; Homeservices (which provides heating, electrical plumbing, property maintenance and refurbishment, and renewable energy services), Utility Services (which installs and services gas and electricity meters as well as smart metering and automated meter reading installation) and Facilities Management (which provides a comprehensive package of specialist engineering and building services primarily to the commercial and public sectors).

However, the Utility Services Division is being retained by the Jones family and will continue to operate out of its current base in Wrexham.

Before the completion of the deal, the group had a combined turnover of £80million, over 1,000 directly employed staff, 29 regional offices and 13 directors.

Jon Schofield and Dave Graham of Dow Schofield Watts provided corporate finance advice to the shareholders of the company, and the accountants advising were James White and Malcolm Cook from the Stoke on Trent office of Baker Tilly.

Martin Jones says “I’d like to thank all our advisors for their hard work in completing this transaction in the timescales set out, which is down to the hard work of everyone involved”.


Read what our clients have to say...

View All

Excellent experience start to finish – always very responsive to any queries and the turnaround on the property I was buying was very quick, even in the busy time leading up to stamp duty deadline. Jenny was always very helpful and went above and beyond to close on a short timescale.

Ben Armitage

“Very approachable, practical solutions to problems, but most of all very responsive which I personally think is very important because if you need help, you need it quickly, or at least to know someone is looking at it for you”.

Joanne Rowe, Finance Director, Greater Manchester Chamber

“Always able to contact, very approachable, friendly and professional”

Nives Feely, JAM Recruitment

“I believe I have been able to establish a professional working relationship with everyone I have come into contact. Importantly, I sense the relationships which have been established give me the confidence that I can make contact with Davis Blank Furniss at any time and on any matter. I would also like to express my thanks to the very impressive “gatekeepers” who work in reception, not only for making me very welcome, but also for their professionalism”

Bill Pryke, CEO, Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors

“Thank you for your efficient and friendly help throughout this process. We have had it easy but your approach has been part of that”.

Robert Amsbury (Conveyancing Client)

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you personally for the ongoing support and assistance the firm has offered to our parents over the years. I hope also that we may be able to call on you if necessary in the future.”

Valerie Fisher (Probate Client)

“Jo always provides great service, understands our needs and delivers on her promises. Our needs are relatively simple but the complexity arises out of the volume of work and short time frames, Jo always delivers.”

Peter Fernandez, Corporate Director at Royal Bank of Scotland

“A big thank you to all who dealt with my wife’s claim… We would not hesitate to recommend Davis Blank Furniss to anyone that may be in a situation like we have been…”

Anon (Personal Injury client)

“Before putting my case in Kirsty (Morbey)’s capable hands I’ve met a couple of other solicitors. None of them listen to me as intently as Kirsty and showed me as much empathy and understanding as she did. Simultaneously she was able to look at my case from legal perspective, explain all the options and follow each of our meetings with written summary of the discussed matters (in timely manner). Her advice was invaluable and led me to successfully ending the case matter (hopeful for good). I’m forever grateful for he work and would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for reliable, knowledgeable and committed solicitor”.

Anon (Family client)
5 star service

Our Manchester office is rated 5 stars on Google