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Bermans is a multi award winning niche practice of commercial, forward-thinking lawyers with offices in Liverpool and Manchester.

Our partner-led approach to client service is underpinned by clear, uncomplicated legal advice.

We are a full service Commercial law firm who are market leaders in Asset Finance and Invoice Finance, having won 'Best Receivables Finance Lawyer 2017' at The Business Money Receivables Awards. Our team of highly experienced lawyers is able to provide specialist advice on a comprehensive range of Commercial legal issues.

Recognised by The Legal 500 as a top tier law firm for debt recovery, Bermans has also won 'Innovation of the Year’ at The British Accountancy Awards as well as ‘Best Collaboration Initiative’ at The Lawyer Awards for it's innovative solution driven dispute resolution package Escalate. double-escalate-award

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Bermans has earned a strong national reputation due to our accessible approach and wealth of expertise which allows us to deliver expert practical advice to our clients in the most cost effective way possible.

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Our lawyers are industry experts in Invoice Finance and Asset Finance.

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What our clients think....
“I have found Chris McDonough never to fail in Customer service excellence and legal expertise; he has an innovative approach and provides support always in a timely and friendly manner”.

Mark Conroy, Chief Operating Officer - Aerocare Component Services Limited

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2018-04-12T11:13:05+00:00

Mark Conroy, Chief Operating Officer - Aerocare Component Services Limited

“I have found Chris McDonough never to fail in Customer service excellence and legal expertise; he has an innovative approach and provides support always in a timely and friendly manner”.
“Jon Davage is an expert Lawyer who provides much more than a professional service. Jon assisted me with a rather complicated purchase which was somewhat complicated and required in-depth enquiries to ensure appropriate resolution. Jon acquired the necessary information quickly, consequently cost-effectively. “
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“Jon Davage is an expert Lawyer who provides much more than a professional service. Jon assisted me with a rather complicated purchase which was somewhat complicated and required in-depth enquiries to ensure appropriate resolution. Jon acquired the necessary information quickly, consequently cost-effectively. “
“Chris McDonough has advised us on many aspects of our business for ten years and always delivers a professional approach and ensures our concerns are addressed, whilst at the same time providing practical solutions to achieve the ultimate goal of the project concerned”

Richard Horrex, Finance Director - VMS (Fleet Management) Ltd

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2018-04-12T11:08:39+00:00

Richard Horrex, Finance Director - VMS (Fleet Management) Ltd

“Chris McDonough has advised us on many aspects of our business for ten years and always delivers a professional approach and ensures our concerns are addressed, whilst at the same time providing practical solutions to achieve the ultimate goal of the project concerned”
"Nick Harvey is ‘calm and attentive’ and has ‘the ability to break down a situation down to its salient points, and explain them in a way that a layman can understand, while always focusing on the main issues."

The Legal 500

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2018-04-12T13:24:38+00:00

The Legal 500

"Nick Harvey is ‘calm and attentive’ and has ‘the ability to break down a situation down to its salient points, and explain them in a way that a layman can understand, while always focusing on the main issues."
“We asked Ian Munford and his team to look into the legal aspects of whether a particular lease product of an asset was possible. Following Ian’s advice, we added the product offering to our product range and have leased tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of pounds in asset value with this product.”

Philip Venner, Director of Legal & Compliance - PEAC (UK) Limited

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2018-04-12T11:03:36+00:00

Philip Venner, Director of Legal & Compliance - PEAC (UK) Limited

“We asked Ian Munford and his team to look into the legal aspects of whether a particular lease product of an asset was possible. Following Ian’s advice, we added the product offering to our product range and have leased tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of pounds in asset value with this product.”
I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all your help with the debt recovery. Something that we don’t normally have to deal with so your guidance and advice was gratefully received. Thank you for working so hard for a successful outcome, your input allowed me to get on with the day to day running of my business with peace of mind you were on the ball. Your clear and speedy communication was impeccable.

Georgina Myers, Practice Sales Manager - MyersLaRoche

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2018-07-13T14:07:31+00:00

Georgina Myers, Practice Sales Manager - MyersLaRoche

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all your help with the debt recovery. Something that we don’t normally have to deal with so your guidance and advice was gratefully received. Thank you for working so hard for a successful outcome, your input allowed me to get on with the day to day running of my business with peace of mind you were on the ball. Your clear and speedy communication was impeccable.
Jon Davage fashioned a Share Purchase Agreement which offered maximum protection to me as his Client, whilst affording due consideration to other parties. Jon brings considerable experience to bear when acting for his Clients. I am pleased to say that he uses this experience to the benefit of his Clients whilst fashioning any associated legal documentation.”

Mark Ryan, Private Investor

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2018-04-12T11:11:08+00:00

Mark Ryan, Private Investor

Jon Davage fashioned a Share Purchase Agreement which offered maximum protection to me as his Client, whilst affording due consideration to other parties. Jon brings considerable experience to bear when acting for his Clients. I am pleased to say that he uses this experience to the benefit of his Clients whilst fashioning any associated legal documentation.”
“Adrian Fryer ensured that he was available to answer my calls/emails with amazing speed. As I am a stand-alone HR Manager, it is vitally important to me that I know I have such high quality, commercial support on hand whenever I need it”

Rachael Lees, Group HR Manager, Park Group plc

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2018-04-12T11:05:45+00:00

Rachael Lees, Group HR Manager, Park Group plc

“Adrian Fryer ensured that he was available to answer my calls/emails with amazing speed. As I am a stand-alone HR Manager, it is vitally important to me that I know I have such high quality, commercial support on hand whenever I need it”
“Bermans fields a ‘grounded, experienced, commercial and sensible team’, which includes Nicky Benson and Adrian Fryer”.

Legal 500

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2018-04-12T11:06:17+00:00

Legal 500

“Bermans fields a ‘grounded, experienced, commercial and sensible team’, which includes Nicky Benson and Adrian Fryer”.
“I have used Phil Farrelly at Bermans for many years on a number of different matters arising from my insolvency appointments. I trust his judgement and I appreciate the depth of his knowledge and experience. Phil provides good, pragmatic advice that focuses on the core issues. Importantly for me, he is always aware of not only the strengths but also the weaknesses of my cases which means that he is able to bring matters to a conclusion in an efficient manner and at a price that represents good value for money.”

Neil Henry, Partner - Lines Henry

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2018-04-12T11:07:11+00:00

Neil Henry, Partner - Lines Henry

“I have used Phil Farrelly at Bermans for many years on a number of different matters arising from my insolvency appointments. I trust his judgement and I appreciate the depth of his knowledge and experience. Phil provides good, pragmatic advice that focuses on the core issues. Importantly for me, he is always aware of not only the strengths but also the weaknesses of my cases which means that he is able to bring matters to a conclusion in an efficient manner and at a price that represents good value for money.”
“We have worked with Bermans for many years and see them as part of our team. Experts in all aspects of ABL, they provide a highly efficient, professional service.”

Tim Hawkins, Managing Director, Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Ltd

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2018-04-12T11:10:18+00:00

Tim Hawkins, Managing Director, Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Ltd

“We have worked with Bermans for many years and see them as part of our team. Experts in all aspects of ABL, they provide a highly efficient, professional service.”
"We value the real expertise and experience that Bermans have in our sector. They give us fantastic service and have a pragmatic approach to getting deals done. They have been a real asset to our business and we are delighted to have them as our legal partners and advisors.”

David Smith, Managing Director - Positive Cashflow Finance

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2018-04-12T11:09:36+00:00

David Smith, Managing Director - Positive Cashflow Finance

"We value the real expertise and experience that Bermans have in our sector. They give us fantastic service and have a pragmatic approach to getting deals done. They have been a real asset to our business and we are delighted to have them as our legal partners and advisors.”
“We have used Bermans now for over 15 years for various matters including property, commercial and litigation and they continue to deliver every time. They differ hugely from some of the larger national corporates where you often end up being passed to a junior employee. The partners and the staff at Bermans are approachable, knowledgeable and indeed a pleasure to work with in all aspects. “

Alan Bevan, Managing Director - City Residential Ltd

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2018-04-12T11:11:30+00:00

Alan Bevan, Managing Director - City Residential Ltd

“We have used Bermans now for over 15 years for various matters including property, commercial and litigation and they continue to deliver every time. They differ hugely from some of the larger national corporates where you often end up being passed to a junior employee. The partners and the staff at Bermans are approachable, knowledgeable and indeed a pleasure to work with in all aspects. “
“I have worked with Chris McDonough on contractual aspects for a number of years. The advice has always been very practical, timely and in particular of a commercial nature.”

Stephen Marks, Company Secretary – Numark

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2018-04-12T11:04:40+00:00

Stephen Marks, Company Secretary – Numark

“I have worked with Chris McDonough on contractual aspects for a number of years. The advice has always been very practical, timely and in particular of a commercial nature.”
“We have dealt with Bermans for more than 20 years because the range of services they offer and the commercial approach they take whenever we pick up the phone. It’s almost like having your own in house solicitor.”

Mike Nolan, Managing Director – Academy Leasing Ltd

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2018-04-12T11:03:57+00:00

Mike Nolan, Managing Director – Academy Leasing Ltd

“We have dealt with Bermans for more than 20 years because the range of services they offer and the commercial approach they take whenever we pick up the phone. It’s almost like having your own in house solicitor.”
David Tournafond has been my solicitor - both for business and personal business, for over 20 years. I recently instructed David to act on my behalf when I sold my company to a larger organisation within the same sector. Thanks to David and the other members of the Bermans team the transaction was carried out in a timely, professional manner which led to the desired outcome being achieved.”

Geoff Potts, Business Owner

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2018-04-12T11:12:45+00:00

Geoff Potts, Business Owner

David Tournafond has been my solicitor - both for business and personal business, for over 20 years. I recently instructed David to act on my behalf when I sold my company to a larger organisation within the same sector. Thanks to David and the other members of the Bermans team the transaction was carried out in a timely, professional manner which led to the desired outcome being achieved.”
“We appointed Bermans as Administrators of a Company where the director sold a company asset and may have benefitted personally from the proceeds. Bermans liaised with us to understand the issues, put forward the options and then clearly identified their recommended strategy. Even though the matter didn’t result in increased realisations for the case, we were able to demonstrate that we had taken every step to pursue this matter and taken clear, concise and cost effective advice.“

Gary Lee, Partner - Begbies Traynor

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2018-04-12T11:09:11+00:00

Gary Lee, Partner - Begbies Traynor

“We appointed Bermans as Administrators of a Company where the director sold a company asset and may have benefitted personally from the proceeds. Bermans liaised with us to understand the issues, put forward the options and then clearly identified their recommended strategy. Even though the matter didn’t result in increased realisations for the case, we were able to demonstrate that we had taken every step to pursue this matter and taken clear, concise and cost effective advice.“
“The very responsive team at Bermans undertakes work in value and complexity at a level beyond that which you would expect for a firm of its size“ 

The Legal 500

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2018-04-12T13:22:23+00:00

The Legal 500

“The very responsive team at Bermans undertakes work in value and complexity at a level beyond that which you would expect for a firm of its size“ 
“We have dealt with Bermans for more than 20 years because the range of services they offer and the commercial approach they take whenever we pick up the phone. It’s almost like having your own in house solicitor.”

Mike Nolan, Managing Director – Academy Leasing Ltd

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2018-04-12T11:12:12+00:00

Mike Nolan, Managing Director – Academy Leasing Ltd

“We have dealt with Bermans for more than 20 years because the range of services they offer and the commercial approach they take whenever we pick up the phone. It’s almost like having your own in house solicitor.”
“We have worked with Chris McDonough for many years and have come to rely on him for all commercial contract matters. Chris has gone the extra mile in understanding our business and can be relied on to lead effectively in hardnosed negotiations.”

Chris Oliver, Managing Director - Mast Group Limited

Bermans Testimonial
2018-04-12T11:10:45+00:00

Chris Oliver, Managing Director - Mast Group Limited

“We have worked with Chris McDonough for many years and have come to rely on him for all commercial contract matters. Chris has gone the extra mile in understanding our business and can be relied on to lead effectively in hardnosed negotiations.”

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