CMP Legal strengthens its offer with two new key appointments – Destination Chesterfield

By Dom Stevens

Two new appointments have further strengthened the legal offering of Chesterfield’s brand new commercial law firm.

CMP Legal, which was established in 2021, has named Chris Hutchinson and Ryan Fitzpatrick to its legal team.

Chris and Ryan’s appointments now add expert advice in construction litigation and healthcare transactions to CMP Legal’s specialties.

Ryan, who is CMP’s first new director just 18 months after launch, joins a particular specialty in corporate transactions in the healthcare industry. He said: “CMP Legal has developed an excellent reputation for delivering high quality legal services in a very short time and I am delighted to now be a part of it.

He added, “I very much look forward to working with the team to continue the progress and expand CMP Legal both regionally and nationally.”

Formerly at Bell and Buxton and Ironmonger Curtis, Ryan brings over 10 years of commercial legal experience to his new position at CMP Legal, including corporate restructuring and corporate takeovers with businesses based in South Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

“I get a tremendous sense of accomplishment from helping ambitious business owners buy and sell businesses. It’s great to be involved at the start of their journey. Transactions within retirement homes, medical practices and the dental sector are particularly strong at the moment. The sector is very dynamic right now,” added Ryan.

Alongside Ryan’s specialization in the healthcare industry, Chris brings cutting-edge construction litigation experience to his new role as counsel at CMP Legal.

Originally trained as a site engineer, Chris held senior quantity surveyor positions for major construction companies including Morrison Construction and Mowlem during a 40 year career in the industry.

He said: “My practical experience in construction has given me an intrinsic understanding of the practical aspects of a dispute that few other lawyers have. This not only saves time, but gives customers the confidence that they have someone on their side who fully understands the issues and knows what they are talking about at every level – from regulations to construction methods. I get immense satisfaction from being able to get a client out of a bad position to get a positive result for them.

Chris’ experience also means he can act as an expert witness.

In welcoming Chris and Ryan to the firm, Anna Cattee, Co-Founder of CMP Legal, said: “We are delighted that Chris and Ryan have chosen to bring their respective specialist skills and experience to CMP Legal. Chris is a construction law expert who fits perfectly with our existing construction law offering, while Ryan’s expertise will enable us to advance our healthcare offering as well as our business services across the sectors. These are extremely exciting times for the team and the company and our next stage of growth.

The appointments of Chris and Ryan now bring the number of team members to eight, doubling the size of CMP Legal since its launch.

CMP Legal supports the town’s marketing and economic growth through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 200 organizations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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