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Hill Dickinson LLP

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North West

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North West

Within Transport, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Providing an ‘exceptional service', Hill Dickinson LLP’s client base includes motor and marine insurers, domestic and global logistics operators, as well as corporate and institutional clients who purchase logistics services. Adrian Marsh heads the cargo and logistics team in Manchester, where Nerys Parry leads the motor insurance team.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Within Corporate and commercial: Liverpool, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s clients include Stobart Group, Bibby Line, Princes Foods and Dorma. Lead corporate lawyers Jonathan Brown and Sue Russell advised Johnson Service Group on the disposal of SGP Group. Private equity lawyer Craig Scott advised Fishawack on a secondary buyout and acquisition of Archimed Medical. Stephen Lansdown leads the commercial team. Newly promoted partner Matt Noon is also recommended for M&A work.

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Within Corporate and commercial: Manchester, Hill Dickinson LLP is a third tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s department head Ian Gillis provides ‘commercial and practical advice'; Ian Riggs combines ‘a good understanding of the marketplace with excellent advice'; and Mark Fitzgibbon is ‘extremely conscientious, commercial, and a very safe pair of hands'. Notable mandates of 2013 included acting for Cenkos Securities as adviser on a £25m raising by ReNeuron Group, and representing Banner Chemicals on its acquisition of a packed chlorine business from INEOS.

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Within Corporate tax, Hill Dickinson LLP is a second tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP has notable experience advising NHS bodies on VAT issues. Key clients include Bibby Line Group, Sea Holdings and CSE Global. Saad Ahmed leads the team, with solicitor James Cashman also recommended.

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Within Licensing, Hill Dickinson LLP is a third tier firm,

Simon Parrington heads the team at Hill Dickinson LLP, which advises clients such as New River Retail and First Step Finance. Lachlan Nisbet moved to Brabners LLP.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation: Liverpool, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘high quality lawyers provide a wide range of skills and knowledge in specific areas'. There were a number of departures in 2013: Jonathan Berkson was hired by Bermans; Greg Plunkett is now a barrister at 7 Harrington Street; and Dominic McGinn left for Cassell Moore Solicitors. Remaining lead lawyers include Fiona Parry, who combines ‘good judgement and a fine sense of strategy', and Harvey Stringfellow, who ‘builds good working relations with counsel and experts'. Clients include United Utilities, Stobart Group and Electricity North West.

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Within Commercial litigation: Manchester, Hill Dickinson LLP is a second tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP provides ‘quality at every level and very impressive client care'. Department head Geraldine Ryan is ‘a fantastic lawyer and tactician, who has a great rapport with clients and professionals alike'. ‘Smart and commercially minded' associate Simon Ellis also attracts praise. The practice has been handling shareholder, breach of contract and warranty disputes, as well as acting for high-profile individuals on negligent investments and phone hacking claims. Clients include Wayne Rooney, Peel Holdings and Bibby Line Group.

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Within Debt recovery, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s Philip Sheard was made partner and department head following the departure of Jonathan Berkson to Bermans. The practice handles factoring disputes and restitution claims for clients such as Bibby Factors and NHS Business Services Authority.

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North West: Finance

Within Banking and finance, tier 4

Richard Capper leads the team at Hill Dickinson LLP, which represents clients such as Handelsbanken, Nationwide and The Co-operative Bank. Capper recently acted for lenders and borrowers on student housing-related refinancing, and advised RBS on financing the MBO of Granby. Beverley Bentley’s highlights included advising Bibby Financial Services on its restructuring of a receivables finance facility. Patrick Keown departed for Freeths in January 2014.

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Within Insolvency and corporate recovery, Hill Dickinson LLP is a third tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s team provides ‘proactive advice and is superb value for money', particularly in the SME sector. Practice head Jeremy Reilly is ‘a deep thinker with the rare ability to adapt to the commercial circumstances of a real-life scenario'. Martin March’s clients include asset-based lenders, and Paul Spence focuses on property-related insolvencies. Highlights included representing PwC on the administration of RJ Jones Haulage, and the liquidators on the sale of assets in Leslie Cass. Other clients include Bibby Finance, BDO and Bank of Ireland.

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North West: Human resources

Within Employment, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘hardworking' department counts AstraZeneca UK, Iceland Foods and Health Education England as clients. Led by Jeff Middleton, the ‘exceptional' Philip Farrar and Kerstie Skeaping are also recommended. The departures of Sue Morrison and James Upton to establish Law by Design Ltd were mitigated with the arrival of Daniel Rubin and David Parry from Ward Hadaway, and Michael Wright from Freeths.

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Within Health and safety, Hill Dickinson LLP is a second tier firm,

The ‘responsive and proactive' department at Hill Dickinson LLP advised General Motors on a prosecution following a fatal production line accident, and acted for clients such as Vauxhall Motors, Barhale Construction and Liverpool City Council. Department head Richard Green is ‘superb', with the ‘tenacious' Simon Parrington and Philip Moy also singled out for praise by clients.

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Within Pensions, Hill Dickinson LLP is a second tier firm,

Key clients at Hill Dickinson LLP include Stobart Group, Bibby Holdings and the trustees of the Bremner Sons & Corlett Pension Scheme. Team head Barry Gibb attracts praise from clients.

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North West: Insurance

Within Clinical negligence: defendant, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP provides ‘sensible, comprehensible and thoughtful advice' to clients such as the NHSLA, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, the Department of Health and Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust. Noted individuals include head of clinical negligence Andrew Craggs, who has ‘strong management and leadership skills'; Ian Gardiner (‘very capable with quiet determination'); Mike McKenna (‘excellent with clients'); and Andrew Leslie, who is experienced in brain and catastrophic injury claims. Philip Bradbury is a technical expert in periodical payment settlements, and Richard Watson is head of the health team.

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Within Personal injury: defendant, Hill Dickinson LLP is a second tier firm,

Noted for its ‘ability to achieve great results', Hill Dickinson LLP’s team is headed by Ruth Lawrence. It advises across the retail, health, and public sectors for clients such as Co-Operative Group, Bourne Leisure, and NHSLA. Jason Bleasdale is recommended for occupational disease cases, while Andrew Evans is noted for his work for retail clients. Stratos Gatzouris joined from Keoghs LLP in August 2013.

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Within Professional negligence, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Led by Ruth Lawrence, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP provides a ‘top-quality service' and fields ‘genuine experts'. It is highly regarded for defending construction professionals, solicitors, veterinary surgeons, surveyors, insurance brokers and expert witnesses. Sarah Naylor is ‘very commercial' and Christopher Stanton is ‘energetic and able'. Clients include Aviva, Torus and Liberty Insurance.

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North West: Overview

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North West: Private client

Within Charities and not-for-profit, Hill Dickinson LLP is a third tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP acts for a range of small-to-medium-sized organisations and social enterprises, recently advising clients such as the Big Life Group and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society. Mark Fitzgibbon is recommended.

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Within Contentious trusts and probate, Hill Dickinson LLP is a second tier firm,

The ‘thorough' Sean Williams is recommended at Hill Dickinson LLP. Jane Lee joined from Pannone LLP, and is experienced in contentious offshore trusts and tax matters.

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Within Family, Hill Dickinson LLP is a second tier firm,

With ‘strong expertise', Hill Dickinson LLP’s representative matters included a complex multi-jurisdictional post-marriage agreement. Team head Tricia Cottrell is recommended.

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Within Personal tax, trusts and probate, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

‘One of the leading lights for wills, trusts, tax and probate matters', Hill Dickinson LLP provides a ‘distinguished service' for a client base that includes business owners, farmers and landowners. Paul Baker, Fionnuala Kenny and Mike Quinn are recommended. Jane Lee joined from Pannone LLP, and is noted for offshore trusts and tax matters.

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Within Energy, Hill Dickinson LLP is a second tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s Stephen Lansdown has particular expertise in energy infrastructure redevelopment, including acting for NHS bodies and universities.

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Within Project finance and PFI, Hill Dickinson LLP is a second tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP focuses on energy infrastructure developments in the healthcare sector. Stephen Lansdown leads the team, clients of which include Vital Energy Utilities, The Carbon and Energy Fund and Peel Holdings.

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North West: Public sector

Within Education, Hill Dickinson LLP is a third tier firm,

David Rawlinson heads the schools department at Hill Dickinson LLP, while Iain Campbell, who recently moved internally to the Manchester office, heads the higher education department. The team is praised for its ‘precise and accessible advice'.

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Within Health, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Lawford Martin leads the team at at Hill Dickinson LLP, which acts for a large client base of NHS and independent health bodies. It advised Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on a Supreme Court case, and acted on the dissolution of the Lancashire PCT Cluster. Rebecca Fitzpatrick heads the mental health and social care unit, with Joana Trewin leading the offender health team. Emma Stockwell is recommended for governance matters. Allan Mowat recently retired.

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Within Local government, Hill Dickinson LLP is a third tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s local government expertise spans property, construction, procurement, insurance and employment matters. It advised Lincolnshire County Council on an investigation by the Health and Care Professions Council. Peter Barlow heads the team, with Mark Fitzgibbon a key contact.

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North West: Real estate

Within Commercial property: Liverpool, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s coverage includes retail, logistics, energy and public sector-related matters. David Swaffield leads on corporate and investment matters, and Pamela Jones recently represented Conygar Investment Company on a major transport sector development. Jones and Claire Cosgrove were instructed by The Co-operative Group on various transactions, while Abby Dry continued advising NewRiver Retail on acquisitions. Alex McCann is the other key contact.

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Within Commercial property: Manchester, Hill Dickinson LLP is a third tier firm,

Michael Blakey, team head at Hill Dickinson LLP, assisted Linder Myers LLP with its £11.2m property sale and leaseback, and advised Holmstall on a high-value leasing arrangement. Jonathan Dover has ‘extensive knowledge and provides sound, solid advice'.

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Within Construction, Hill Dickinson LLP is a third tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s clients include Co-op, National Express, Iliad and University of Liverpool. Michael Woolley continued advising Lancashire County Cricket Club regarding its stadium site development. David Chinn represented Liverpool City Council on the Exhibition Conference Centre and Hotel project. Alan Pugh‘advises with an awareness of the commercial constraints that clients work under'.

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Within Planning and environment, tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP’s planning team acts for Electricity North West, NewRiver Retail, United Utilities and Crematoria Management. Property partner Elwyn Edwards and solicitor John Roberts are the key contacts.

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Within Property litigation, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s clients include insurers, retail and education sector clients. Practice head Kevin Lee‘recognises the commercial realities of settling claims in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner'; he recently represented Network Rail on a rights-to-light issue regarding a major urban development. Other key contacts include Ralph Bullivant, Craig Walker and associate Matthew Forrest. The latter acted for the claimant in Iceland Foods v Castlebrook Holdings.

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Within Social housing, Hill Dickinson LLP is a third tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP recently advised Alpha, Riverside and Plus Dane on property and site acquisitions. Peter Barlow heads the practice, with Graham Archibald handling property and development work.

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North West: TMT

Within Intellectual property, Hill Dickinson LLP is a third tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s clients include Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool, Boodle and Dunthorne, Everton FC and Lancashire County Cricket Club. Stephen Lansdown heads the team, and Harvey Stringfellow is recommended for contentious matters. Bruce Jones is singled out by clients for praise.

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Within IT and telecoms, Hill Dickinson LLP is a third tier firm,

With ‘an excellent reputation', Hill Dickinson LLP advised on a wide range of IT procurements and contractual work in 2013, acting for The Sports Office UK on a software licence agreement. Stephen Lansdown now heads the team, following Shelley Thomas’ departure.

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Within Media and entertainment, Hill Dickinson LLP is a second tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘accomplished' practice advises a number of high-profile sports personalities on regulatory, brand protection, disciplinary and litigious matters. Richard Green leads the department, where Geraldine Ryan is ‘very experienced'.

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Within Sport, Hill Dickinson LLP is a second tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘user-friendly' department is led by Richard Green, and acts for a number of high-profile sportspeople such as Wayne Rooney, Rafael Benitez and Frank Bruno, as well as the Olympic Delivery Authority and Lancashire County Cricket Club. Geraldine Ryan is ‘exceptional'.

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