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DWF is rated ‘excellent on state aid’ matters. Jonathan Branton (who splits his time between Manchester and Leeds) heads the team, which advises clients such as Morrisons, Birmingham City Council, UK Commission for Employment & Skills, and Dairy UK. Also recommended are associate Jay Mehta, Michael Mousdale, who is experienced in public procurement, and recently promoted partner Colin Murray. The practice was strengthened by the opening of its Brussels office in 2015 and the recruitment of James Lupton from Eversheds LLP. Howard Cartlidge, the former head of EU and competition at Olswang LLP, recently joined the firm's London office.

Clients of Weightmans LLP’s ‘excellent’ team include C P Foods, Healthcare at Home, Edward Billington & Son and Motor Insurers’ Bureau. Key figures include ‘experienced’ department head Laurence Pritchard, Gary Jones, who handles state aid matters, and Martin Vincent, who advises on public procurement.

Mark Molyneux is the key figure at Addleshaw Goddard LLP following the departure of former national team head Phil McDonnell to join Ernst & Young.

Pannone Corporate LLP was bolstered by the arrival of Tristan Meears-White from DWF in May 2015. He is ‘a good listener with the intelligence and acumen to provide relevant advice first time’.

Squire Patton Boggs’ clients benefit from the firm’s national and international network of offices, enabling it to handle large-scale merger control reviews, judicial review proceedings and behavioural investigations before the European Commission and the High Court. Senior associate Nicola Elam and Diarmuid Ryan, who is based in London and Manchester, are recommended.

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