The Legal 500

Hill Dickinson LLP

NO 1 ST PAUL'S SQUARE, LIVERPOOL, L3 9SJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0151 600 8000
Fax:
Fax 0151 600 8001
Web:
www.hilldickinson.com
Hong Kong, Liverpool, London EC2A, London SW1Y, Manchester, Monaco and 3 more

North West

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s cargo and logistics team is headed by Adrian Marsh, while the Liverpool motor insurance team is headed by Nerys Parry and supported by Graham Lynch. Clients include Agility Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel and Allianz.

Leading individuals

Adrian Marsh - Hill Dickinson LLP

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool
Corporate and commercial: Liverpool - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘solution-orientated’ practice is ‘a real force in the market’. The ‘commercialJonathan Brown worked alongside the ‘detail-orientatedMatt Noon in advising Eddie Stobart Logistics on the sale of its UK automotive logistics business to BCA Market Place. Craig Scott led Next Wave Partners and Next Wave Sports Bidco on the £51m secondary buyout and partial exit of Fox International Group to Mayfair Private Equity. Mike Jones advised Bowdena on the disposal of the business, property and assets of the Hard Days Night Hotel to Millennium Copthorne Hotels. Sue Russell advised Johnson Service Group on its £69.4m acquisition of London Linen Supply. Stephen Lansdown joined the Qatar office of Al Tamimi & Company in association with Advocate Mohammed Al Marri.

Leading individuals

Craig Scott - Hill Dickinson LLP

Jonathan Brown - Hill Dickinson LLP

Matt Noon - Hill Dickinson LLP

Sue Russell - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘hardworking’ and ‘dedicated’ team advised Investec Bank and Cenkos Securities as joint brokers on Flowgroup’s £23m AIM placing and open offer, and acted for Cenkos Securities on Reneuron Group’s £68.4m placing on the London Stock Exchange. Other highlights included acting for pharmaceutical manufacturer Nupharm Group on its sale to Quantum. Ian Gillis and Ian Riggs head the ‘strong’ corporate team, which includes Jonathan Gillow and David Mkhitarian. The ‘efficient’ and ‘technically ableMark Fitzgibbon leads the commercial department.

Leading individuals

Ian Gillis - Hill Dickinson LLP

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP has an impressive roster of clients such as The Co-operative Insurance, Europcar and Tradex. The team, which is known for its ‘timely and accurate advice’, includes Lisa Kelly, who is singled out for her ‘excellent understanding of the issues that face the insurance industry’, and department head Peter Oakes.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Key figures at Hill Dickinson LLP include ‘knowledgeable’ associate David Keenan and Simon Parrington, who is experienced in firearms appeals.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP (Manchester)

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Commercial litigation: Liverpool
Commercial litigation: Liverpool - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP

At Hill Dickinson LLP, team head Fiona Parry has a ‘brilliant reputation’. Key clients include HS Ocean Group, Stobart Group, Bourne Leisure, United Utilities Water, Electricity North West, National Express and AstraZeneca. In 2015 Paul Walsh joined from DLA Piper UK LLP and Phil Sheard was promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Fiona Parry - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP

Led by the ‘formidableGeraldine Ryan, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP was recently bolstered by the arrival of Peter Southeran from Millbank Edge LLP. Legal director Christopher Tyrrell and professional support lawyer Moya Clifford are noted for their ability to ‘quickly comprehend and master detailed evidence’. Clients include Peel Holdings, Swinton Insurance, Kuehne + Nagel and The Oddfellows Society. Iain Campbell and senior associate Alex Smith are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Geraldine Ryan - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

The team at Hill Dickinson LLP is ‘professional, approachable and knowledgeable’. It advises Bibby Factors on a range of matters, and also acts for clients such as NHS Business Services Authority and Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance. Newly promoted partner Phil Sheard heads the team, which includes legal director Sharon Williamson.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

At Hill Dickinson LLP, Liverpool-based team head Richard Capper (who is a ‘fantastic individual’) led the advice to Lloyds Bank Structured Finance on the £14m refinancing of Elitetelecom Holdings, and led for Santander Corporate Bank on Empiric Student Property’s acquisition of a portfolio of six student accommodation blocks in Liverpool. Beverley Bentley is ‘great with clients’ and advised HSBC on a £24m funding for Neptune Bank and Promenade Parla Living. Chris Johnston in Manchester is noted for real estate finance work.

Leading individuals

Beverley Bentley - Hill Dickinson LLP

Richard Capper - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP (Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP is valued for its ‘exceptional knowledge and understanding’. Highlights included advising the administrators of Lancashire Meat Company, and acting for the joint administrators of SCC. Department head Paul Spence is ‘always on hand to advise’ and is ‘very experienced’ in property-related insolvencies. Senior associate Richard Palmer is also recommended.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP is especially rated for its NHS and education sector expertise. Kerstie Skeaping is ‘great with clients and delivers very complex technical advice in a practical and humane way’. Luke Green is skilled at advising schools on employment issues. Clients include Nadler Hotels and The City of Liverpool College. Jeff Middleton is also recommended.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool)

Hill Dickinson LLP has a ‘very responsive and personable team’ that is regularly involved in high-profile defence work for household names in the manufacturing, retail, services and construction sectors. Clients include Liverpool City Council. Richard Green provides ‘balanced and realistic advice’. Philip Moy and Simon Parrington are also recommended.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Manchester)

Team head Barry Gibb at Hill Dickinson LLP frequently advises employers and trustee boards on scheme closures, funding solutions and pensions restructuring. Clients include A&P Pension Scheme, Carr’s Group and the trustees of the William Jackson Pension Plan.

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North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

At Hill Dickinson LLP, the ‘very responsiveAndrew Craggs is recommended alongside the ‘very sensibleJonathan Heap and Richard Watson. Clients includes Virgin Care, the Care Quality Commission and NHS England. David Locke is praised for his ‘innovative approach’ in handling group actions.

Leading individuals

Richard Watson - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘approachable’ team acts for Tesco, the Co-operative Insurance, Marks and Spencer and Chaucer. Head of insurance Ruth Lawrence is singled out for praise. Alastair Gillespie is recommended for his work in abuse and social care cases. David Scott acts for a wide range of tour operators and leisure parks.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool)

Hill Dickinson LLP has a ‘strong and well-resourced team that provides a uniformly good level of service’ to clients such as Aspen and Lemma. Christopher Stanton has a ‘wealth of experience in defending claims against solicitors’. Tom Handley and Jonathan Anslow are ‘outstanding and hard-hitting construction lawyers who go the extra mile on a daily basis’.

Leading individuals

Ruth Lawrence - Hill Dickinson LLP

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North West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP advises a broad range of charitable and not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises on issues such as governance, fundraising and group structuring. Mark Fitzgibbon is a key contact.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Manchester-based Sean Williams leads the team at Hill Dickinson LLP, which includes Fionnuala Kenny in Liverpool.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s team stands out for its ‘efficiency and speed, which are second to none’. The team has particular expertise in pre-nuptial agreements and is ‘exceptional for matrimonial finance’. The ‘experiencedTricia Cottrell and ‘calm’ senior associate Joanne Raisbeck are recommended.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

The ‘excellent’ Sean Williams leads the ‘strong team’ at Hill Dickinson LLP, which advises on wills, trusts, capital tax planning and contentious and non-contentious trust and estate administration. Also recommended are Fionnuala Kenny, who is ‘technically very astute’, and Jane Lee and Paul Baker.

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North West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP has a ‘very solid team’ that acts for schools in both the maintained and the non-maintained (independent and academy) sectors, as well as higher and further education institutions, local authorities and educational charities. Recommended figures include Luke Green, who is now a partner, David Rawlinson, who heads the school team, and Iain Campbell, who heads the higher education team. Bright Futures Educational Trust and Essa Foundation Academies Trust are clients.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s team stands out for its ability to ‘assist with complex matters, usually at very short notice’ for major clients such as Health Education England, the Care Quality Commission and Liverpool Community NHS Trust. Andrew Craggs is recommended as is Sharon Thomas, who is ‘very experienced in mental health law and Court of Protection work’. Georgina Rowley joined the team from Hempsons, while Rebecca Fitzpatrick is now at Browne Jacobson LLP.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

At Hill Dickinson LLP, ‘very able’ senior associate Sarah Swan leads a multi-disciplinary team that advises on the full spectrum of issues. Swan ‘understands the needs of an institutional defendant’ and is especially recommended for her work in abuse and social care.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Liverpool
Commercial property: Liverpool - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

At Hill Dickinson LLP, team head David Swaffield has ‘a wealth of experience’ and advised The Peel Group on the £138m freight terminal project at Port Salford, as well as the letting of a warehouse facility to The Manchester Ship Canal Company. Pamela Jones led The Conygar Investment Company on the acquisition of a former Shell storage facility on Anglesey from the Isle of Anglesey County Council, and Martyn McDonald led Poundland on a range of retail property acquisitions. Claire Cosgrove and Alex McCann are also recommended.

Leading individuals

David Swaffield - Hill Dickinson LLP

Pamela Jones - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Michael Blakey’s team at Hill Dickinson LLP advised The Wrather Group on the £16.3m disposal of four Victorian office buildings overlooking Manchester’s Albert Square to LJ Group, and advised Genus on the relocation of its head office to Matrix House in Basingstoke. Jonathan Dover is ‘very experienced’ and Chris Johnston is recommended for real estate finance. Alastair Reid relocated to Manchester from the firm’s Sheffield office, and Jim Purves joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘excellent’ department advised X1 Developments on the procurement of construction works and services for the last parcel of land at the Liverpool ONE shopping, residential and leisure complex. David Chinn and Alan Pugh head the team, which includes Michael Woolley, David Oram and Tricia Morrison, who joined from Napthens LLP.

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

In July 2015 Grant Anderson joined Hill Dickinson LLP from Addleshaw Goddard LLP alongside senior associate Lynette Day. Anderson heads the team, which acted for Bamford Property and a consortium of landowners on the promotion of 90 hectares of land in Derbyshire for a mixed-use housing development.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

The ‘expert’ department at Hill Dickinson LLP is led by Kevin Lee, who is noted for his ‘in-depth knowledge’. Clients include Iceland Foods, Electricity Northwest, IGas Energy and National Express Group. Also recommended are the ‘very experiencedRalph Bullivant, Craig Walker and senior associate Phil Parker.

Leading individuals

Kevin Lee - Hill Dickinson LLP

Ralph Bullivant - Hill Dickinson LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘efficient team’ handles a wide range of IT procurement and contractual work for clients including Bibby Line Group and Stobart Group. Practice head Mark Fitzgibbon is ‘very knowledgeable, helpful and approachable’.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP advises on brand protection and exploitation including sponsorship deals, personal endorsement deals and licences and assignments. Clients include Coffee Republic Retail, National Car Parks, Boodle and Dunthorne and Rayware. The ‘excellent’ Bruce Jones is noted for his track record in European Patent Office proceedings.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Manchester, Liverpool)

Hill Dickinson LLP is continuing to act for high-profile sports personalities in relation to phone-hacking claims. Geraldine Ryan and Richard Green are recommended.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s multidisciplinary team focuses on sports contracts, litigation and regulatory matters with a focus on rights, reputation and brand management for clubs, promoters and athletes. The ‘vastly experienced’ Richard Green ‘gets things done and successfully resolves disputes quickly’. Geraldine Ryan is also singled out for praise.

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