A Midlands firm which bought out another practice from collapse has itself gone into administration.

Administrators were appointed earlier this week to handle the affairs of PKA Legal Limited, based in Birmingham. The business traded as DBS Law, DBS Plus, Claim Today Solicitors and CTS Claim Today Solicitors.

A notice on the DBS Law website states that Gareth Wilcox and Trevor Binyon of Opus Restructuring have been put in charge of the affairs, business and property of the company.

DBS Law had been acquired in 2018 by PKA Legal and a year later unveiled a new look as the firm ditched commercial services to concentrate on family and personal injury. The firm said its refreshed logo and website were part of efforts to provide an ‘exhaustive, end-to-end personal law service for families and individuals across the Midlands and nationwide’. The firm also announced last year it would close its Nottingham office and concentrate on working remotely and from Birmingham.

According to the SRA register of alternative business structures, the DBS Law head of legal practice was Parveen Attri, head of the family department. She is also listed on Companies House as the sole director of PKA Legal Limited.

According to the most recent financial statements, for the year ended 30 September 2019, PKA Legal Limited owed £620,763 to creditors within one year and was owed £757,576 by debtors. The business employed 25 people at the time.

Previous to its collapse in 2018, DBS Law had built a high profile in the Midlands region, supporting a number of good causes and creating its own television channel. Administrators were appointed a week after the suspension of one of the firm’s directors, Davinder Singh Bal, in relation to client account shortages and commission payments from a claims management company.

Under an ‘aggressive’ expansion strategy announced in 2013, DBS acquired Hearne & Co in Birmingham and Andersons in the east Midlands.