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Clients rate the team at Addleshaw Goddard LLP for its ability to provide ‘pragmatic solutions tailored to the clients’ needs’. Headline work includes advising Peel Group on the sale of a 50% investment in MediaCityUK to Legal & General. Team head Justine Delroy, who is based in the firm’s Leeds and Manchester offices, ‘rises to all challenges and has an enthusiasm for technical detail’. Michael Hunter delivers ‘pragmatic advice’, and managing associate Catherine Concannon is ‘a very impressive negotiator’.

DLA Piper UK LLPresponds promptly’ and provides ‘thorough and detailed advice’ to clients such as Conviviality Retail, Flowtech Fluidpower, Scapa and Heineken. David Thompson is singled out for his ‘experience and judgement’. Legal director Stephen Jones is also recommended.

Specialist corporate tax firm MSA Law Limited has a ‘fantastic reputation’. Clients single out ‘superb tax lawyers’ Bernard McIlroy and Fiona Sutherland.

The ‘knowledgeable and professional’ department at Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘able to provide quality advice in a timely fashion, with an understanding of the business context’. Clients include William Hill, Speedy Hire, Halfords Group and Greene King. Lynette Jacobs heads the team, which includes senior associate Steven Porter and chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser Heather Self.

Squire Patton Boggs acts for a number of regional and national clients including Reward Gateway, GB Group, HB Villages and CBRE Group. ‘Responsive and commercial’ team head Patrick Ford and associate Victoria Carpenter are recommended.

At Brabners LLP, team head Mark Whiteside (who splits his time between the firm’s Manchester and Liverpool offices) acts for a range of companies and individuals, and has particular strength in contentious and non-contentious VAT matters.

At DWF, Leeds-based John Toon heads the team. Associates James Cashman, and Sam Dooley, who recently joined from Addleshaw Goddard LLP, are recommended.

At Gateley Plc, legal director Richard Clitherow works closely with the firm’s Birmingham office to advise clients across the North West.

At Weightmans LLP, the ‘notable’ Haydn Rogan advised Imagen Biotech Limited on a share capital restructuring to introduce a new class of growth shares and to implement a new employee share scheme.

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