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20 December 2018 | Firm News | Article by Gerallt Jones

Hugh James advises Walters Group on sale of Likes Land Rover to Sinclair Group

A team from Hugh James, led by partners Gerallt Jones and Peter Hurn, has advised longstanding client Walters Group on the sale of its Land Rover dealership in Hay-on-Wye. The business was acquired by the Sinclair Group, Wales’s largest franchised car retailer.

The acquisition adds another premium brand to Sinclair Group’s portfolio which includes Audi, Mercedes-Benz, SEAT, Skoda, smart, Volkswagen Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in 20 dealership locations across South Wales. All 35 staff from Likes have transferred into the Sinclair Group, adding to its already 950 strong workforce.

Dai Walters, chairman of the Walters Group, said:

“Since purchasing Likes in 2009, we have established it as one of the top ranking Land Rover dealerships in the UK. We are delighted that Sinclair, as a local family run Welsh-based company, has acquired the business and we know that their expertise will ensure the business goes from strength to strength.

“I wish Andy Sinclair and his team all the very best for the future.”

He added “I would also like to thank our team from Hugh James for their support in helping us to conclude this deal. As always, their advice and guidance was invaluable.”

Gerallt Jones, head of corporate/commercial at Hugh James, said:

“We are very proud to have worked with Dai and his team at Walters Group for many years across their diverse portfolio of commercial activities. We are also delighted to have been part of a deal between two fantastic Welsh businesses which will see both of them benefit in terms of their respective commercial strategies.”

Author bio

Gerallt is a partner and head of the corporate and commercial team. Since joining Hugh James in 2005, Gerallt has led the team to be a leading player within the corporate and commercial market, advising clients including the Welsh Government, Princes Gate Water and the Development Bank of Wales.

Gerallt also has particular expertise in the sport and food & drink sectors, leading Hugh James’s relationships with clients in these sectors including the Welsh Rugby Union and Braces Bakery.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.

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