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Engineering firm DCT Group in administration over legal costs

About 100 staff at a civil engineering firm have been made redundant after the company went into administration.

Oldham-based DCT Group said legal costs following a dispute with Liverpool City Council had pushed it into insolvency.

The company focused on infrastructure projects relating to highways, public realm, environmental, renewable energy and water and sewerage.

Liverpool City Council said it was "disappointed" it had not been contacted to discuss the situation.

'Insufficient cash flow'

A council spokesman said: "We are naturally saddened that DCT has gone into administration and are disappointed that they did not approach us to discuss the situation prior to taking such a drastic step."

Administrator Tom Jack said DCT Group had been involved in a long-standing legal dispute with Liverpool City Council.

He said: "DCT Group was a long-established engineering business that has been impacted by the outcome of a legal dispute.

"As a result the group has insufficient cash flow to fund continued trading."

The company, which had an annual turnover of £37m, was established in 1980.

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