Birketts secures sale of UK market leading facilities management company


19 July 2017

Leading law firm Birketts has advised on the sale of Ductclean (UK) Limited to Marlowe plc for a total enterprise value of up to £10m. The deal was announced on 13 July and is scheduled to complete on 31 July 2017.

Established in 1998 and operating nationally from headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, Ductclean is a UK market leader in ventilation maintenance, ductwork cleaning and management, kitchen extract cleaning and contamination remediation services, including asbestos remediation. Ductclean’s key customers include national hotel and leisure providers, airports, NHS trusts, universities, local authorities, and FTSE companies.

Birketts advised on all legal matters which included support from tax, property and employment. Adrian Seagers, Partner and Head of Corporate Services, led the transaction with assistance from Stephanie Newman, Corinne Spencer, Laura Ing-Beaufils, Emma Medina-Wallace and Karl Pocock.

“The acquisition of Ductclean significantly extends the scope of Marlowe plc’s activities into a new complementary service sector,” said Nigel Jones, Managing Director of Ductclean (UK) Ltd. Nigel continued: “Birketts has an excellent reputation for providing high quality legal advice and client service. The team, under Adrian’s leadership, ensured that we were well advised throughout and worked tirelessly to achieve our goal.”

“I am delighted that we have secured the sale of Ductclean and look forward to seeing the continued development of Marlowe into the UK's leading provider of critical asset maintenance services”, said Adrian Seagers. “This transaction demonstrates once again the depth of skill, service range and resource that enables Birketts’ highly-skilled lawyers to deliver complex transactions of this nature.”