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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 2 more

North West

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP attracts praise for its β€˜exceptional customer service’. Adrian Marsh and his team β€˜have extensive knowledge and experience; they are able to respond to issues as they arise without delay’. Marsh receives particular praise as someone who is adept at β€˜simplifying extremely complicated matters in a way that is easy to understand’. He deals primarily with contentious freight liability, cargo recovery and marine policy/commercial disputes. Other key figures include Nerys Parry, who heads the Liverpool motor insurance team; senior associate Richard Allingham, who is β€˜commercial, knowledgeable and is good at securing positive outcomes for his clients’; and β€˜knowledgeable’ legal director Caroline Bridge, who is praised for her β€˜great attention to detail’. The practice is representing 11 clients on various issues arising out of the Hanjin Shipping collapse and rehabilitation proceedings. Other key clients include Barbican Insurance Group, Kuehne+ Nagel, Zurich and OHL International (UK).

Leading individuals

Adrian Marsh - Hill Dickinson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Caroline Bridge - Hill Dickinson LLP

Richard Allingham - 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

The β€˜hardworking and astute’ department at Hill Dickinson LLP is β€˜a star in the Liverpool market’, and has an extensive track record in high-value M&A, private equity and joint venture work. The β€˜outstanding’ Craig Scott is the firm’s national head of corporate; he advised Next Wave Partners on its acquisition of Roof-Maker for Β£30m, and advised The Delivery Group on its merger and partnership with P2P Mailing. Jonathan Brown heads the team in Liverpool and advised Stobart Group on the purchase of a 36% stake in Irish airline Comhfhorbairt and a 33% stake in Propius Holdings. Matt Noon advised Carr’s Group on the disposal of Carrs Flour Mills to Whitworths Brothers for Β£36m, and advised the sellers and management of Chester-based travel company, ITC Luxury Travel Group (ITC) on its disposal. Sue Russell advised Johnson Service Group on a Β£27.8m share placement and Β£52.6m acquisition of Portgrade, together with its trading subsidiary Afonwen Laundry. Also recommended are Mike Jones, who is experienced in the retail, logistics, leisure and property sectors; and associate Michael Murphy.

Leading individuals

Craig Scott - Hill Dickinson LLP

Jonathan Brown - Hill Dickinson LLP

Mike Jones - Hill Dickinson LLP

Matt Noon - Hill Dickinson LLP

Sue Russell - Hill Dickinson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael Murphy - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP attracts praise for its ability to β€˜mobilise a high-quality team at very short notice’ and for its β€˜excellent skill in both corporate and commercial matters’. Corporate head Ian Gillis advises on equity capital markets transactions and private company transactional work; in an illustration of the former work, Gillis advised Cenkos Securities on a secondary placement for Jaywing to fund its acquisition of Bloom Media UK, and on a Β£40m placing for Mercia Technologies. Gillis also advised Swift Fire & Security on its sale to AIM-listed Marlowe Holdings. The β€˜very sharp, innovative and satisfyingly commercial’ Ian Riggs handles public and private company transactional work, including private equity matters, and acted alongside Jonathan Gillow advising the shareholders and management team of Barber of Sheffield on a Β£16m secondary buyout backed by RJD Partners. Highlights for the β€˜excellent’ David Mkhitarian included advising Jeremy Bygrave and Neil McGuinness on the sale of the entire issued share capital of 8Ball Games to Stride Gaming. The β€˜first-rate’ Mark Fitzgibbon leads the commercial and IP department, and advised Contract Vehicles on its provision of fleet management services to Mercedes Benz UK, and advises Master Distributor on its worldwide manufacturing and distribution arrangements for its Cloud Nine hair care products.

Leading individuals

Ian Gillis - Hill Dickinson LLP

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

The team at Hill Dickinson LLP β€˜gets to the nub of the matter quickly and provides very sensible advice to clients’. The practice has a specialist firearms department is regularly instructed by the UK’s largest shooting organisations. β€˜Practical and very approachable’ associate David Keenan has β€˜extensive knowledge of firearms law’ and Simon Parrington is a β€˜highly experienced solicitor who consistently gets good results for his clients’.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP handles general finance litigation, with particular expertise in the asset based lending sector, for which it handles invoice discounting and receivables finance disputes. The team is also increasingly instructed on fraud-related matters. In Liverpool, Phil Sheard leads on finance litigation and heads the commercial debt recovery team. Sheard led the team representing Bibby Factors North West in two unpaid invoice disputes against Alifast and Highline Cladding. Sheard also led advice to the European Commission on the recovery of €1.8m from a limited company which had recently been placed into liquidation. In Manchester, legal director Sharon Williamson heads the finance litigation team and acted for Bibby Factors Manchester on the recovery of funds advanced pursuant to an invoice discounting agreement; she also led the team representing an asset based lender client in a personal and proprietary freezing injunction against an employee who had misappropriated funds. Lloyds Bank, Hitachi Capital (UK), Bank of Ireland (UK) and Factor 21 are also clients.

Next generation lawyers

Sharon Williamson - Hill Dickinson LLP

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

The β€˜impressive’ team at Hill Dickinson LLP is β€˜very well prepared’ and β€˜very determined in pursuing its clients’ interests’. It regularly handles high-value, complex commercial litigation and arbitration, often with a cross-border element, and has particular experience in judicial review, professional negligence, commercial fraud, procurement, IP, IT, defamation, and environmental cases. β€˜Outstanding’ team head Fiona Parry is representing Bourne Leisure in a claim for compensation concerning the client’s land interests at Hopton Holiday Village, Hopton-on-Sea, and is representing Aquarius Holdings in claims against the former captain of a superyacht for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Phil Sheard is acting for The European Commission in a €1.8m recovery case relating to a limited company which had recently been placed into liquidation. Stewart Burrows, who was recently promoted to legal director, is defending Coffee Republic Retail in a cross-border franchising dispute. HS Ocean Group, Stobart Group, United Utilities Water, Finance Wales and National Express are also clients. Other key figures include Paul Walsh, who is experienced in IT-related litigation; legal director Nina Ferris; and senior associates Daniel Keating, who is β€˜hardworking, knowledgeable, and excellent with clients’, and James Stephenson.

Leading individuals

Fiona Parry - Hill Dickinson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Stewart Burrows - Hill Dickinson LLP

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP fields a β€˜strong and capable team’ that handles a range of complex litigation and arbitration. Recent highlights include several large, multi-party group litigation cases. β€˜Real fighter’ Geraldine Ryan heads the team and is noted for his β€˜robust advice’; she is representing Manchester Ship Canal Company in a dispute with General Motors UK regarding rights relating to drainage, and is acting for new client Vynova Wilmshelmshaven on issues arising out of the purchase of a UK-based business from Inovyn Chlorvinyls. Peter Southeran (who β€˜always sees the route through a case’) is representing a high-net-worth individual in a Β£150m case against an accountancy firm, and led the team representing the estate of PC David Rathband in a liability case against the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police. β€˜Unflappable’ legal director Christopher Tyrrell is an β€˜up-and-coming star’ and attracts praise for his β€˜very analytical approach and good commercial skills’. Tyrrell defended NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group in a procurement challenge by an unsuccessful bidder. International Cotton Association, Swinton Insurance, Pig Improvement Company and Dechra Pharmaceuticals are also clients. Also recommended are Iain Campbell, who has a particular specialism in handling higher education sector claims; professional support lawyer Moya Clifford, who is noted for her β€˜command of heavy technical detail’; and senior associate Alex Smith.

Leading individuals

Geraldine Ryan - Hill Dickinson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Tyrrell - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s β€˜supportive and effective team’ is spread across its Liverpool and Manchester offices, and covers a range of debt recovery expertise such as factoring disputes and recoveries, restitution claims, enforcement of judgments and costs orders, and vehicle finance disputes. Key mandates included acting for Finance Wales in a loan recovery; acting for AWB Plastics in a claim against a Swedish Company for non-payment of goods and services; and advising The European Commission on the recovery of €1.8m from a limited company, which had recently been placed into liquidation. Bibby Factors, Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance and Myriad Genetics are also clients. Liverpool team head Phil Sheard β€˜shows great understanding’ as to the needs of the client, and β€˜tailors the approach of the team to ensure effective recovery, with proper sensitivity’. Recently promoted senior associate James Stephenson is also recommended. Legal director Sharon Williamson heads the Manchester-based team.

Next generation lawyers

James Stephenson - Hill Dickinson LLP

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

The β€˜well-respected’ team at Hill Dickinson LLP provides β€˜a very high level of service’. Its expertise spans corporate and property finance transactions, and the team also handles asset based lending and private equity transactions. Highlights included advising Bibby Financial Services on a €65m facility to fund its Irish, Dutch and German operations; assisting Johnson Service Group with the increase and amendments to its existing banking facilities in connection with the acquisition of Portgrade and Chester Laundry; and assisting Betfred Group with a Β£95m refinancing to fund the purchase of more than 300 betting shops from Ladbrokes and Gala Coral. Santander Corporate Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, RBS, Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank and Hyde Park Finance are also clients. Key figures in Liverpool include β€˜outstanding’ department head Richard Capper, who advises on acquisition finance, property finance and general corporate lending; Beverley Bentley, who has expertise in project finance, real estate finance and acquisition finance; and legal director Helen Penfold. The Manchester-based team includes β€˜Proactive’ and β€˜extremely efficient’ real estate finance specialist Chris Johnston, and Alasdair Mackinnon, who joined from DWF in 2017.

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 handles a range of contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters, including corporate recovery and restructuring, and high-value, complex litigation. The team acts on a high number of cross-border matters, leveraging expertise from its international network of offices. Highlights included advising a subsidiary of DC Norris & Co on its Β£1.25m acquisition of the business and assets of BCH and Coates Engineering, and advising Lloyd and Jones Engineering on the acquisition of the business and assets of SAL Abrasive Technologies Group. Department head Paul Spence (who is noted for his combination of β€˜high levels of technical knowledge and commercial approach’ has a growing focus on shipping-related restructuring mandates, and also advises on distressed real estate matters. Senior associate Richard Palmer, and legal director Kathryn Maclennan, who specialises in personal insolvency and joined from Stephensons Solicitors LLP in August 2016, are also recommended.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Clients of Hill Dickinson LLP β€˜always feel confident in the advice provided by the team, which gives 100% at all hours of the day’. The β€˜pragmatic’ Philip Farrar β€˜consistently provides work of the highest quality; he has a wealth of experience in NHS matters and this shows in the advice he provides on complex, politically sensitive and potentially serious reputational issues’. The β€˜commercially astute’ team advises blue-chip clients such as Astra Zeneca UK, BBC and the University of Chester Academy Trust, in addition to many of the region’s largest public sector organisations. Jeff Middleton routinely advises on senior executive appointments and terminations, while Luke Green has considerable strength in the education sector. Also recommended are Kerstie Skeaping, who has a broad range of employment experience and is a tribunal advocate, and Daniel Rubin. Highlights included advising a trust in a professional misconduct case involving a consultant surgeon.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool)

Philip Moy, Richard Green and the β€˜thoroughly prepared’ Simon Parrington are the key figures at Hill Dickinson LLP, whose broad practice has considerable expertise in a number of sectors including construction, retail, logistics, and healthcare.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s practice is led by the excellent Barry Gibb and includes recently promoted partner Paula Warnock. The β€˜timely and responsive’ team has strength in advising on closing schemes to future accrual, scheme wind-ups and scheme restructurings. Highlights included advising Chester Zoo on its funding commitments to its final salary pension scheme and on its ability to renegotiate a funding agreement entered before the scheme was closed to accrual. In another significant matter it advised Carr’s Group on a proposal to apportion the liabilities of an existing employer to the principal employer under a flexible apportionment arrangement.

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North West: Insurance

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

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s β€˜knowledge of the healthcare industry is exemplary; the scope of knowledge across the teams and within the teams is amazing and this knowledge is seamlessly provided to the client’. Andrew Craggs (a β€˜robust and able litigator’) and the β€˜meticulous’ Richard Watson are both β€˜enormously experienced and swift off the mark to ensure that clients get the right help as quickly as possible’. Philip Bradbury, Jonathan Heap, Andrew Leslie and Mike McKenna are all β€˜thorough; clients always feel in safe hands with them’. Other members of the large team include the β€˜very practical and level-headed’ Ian Gardiner, who β€˜can be relied upon to keep the head in the most emotive situations’ and the β€˜fearless’ David Locke, who excels at health-sector group litigation. Legal Director Joanne Hughes is a β€˜rocket, with impressive brainpower and the energy to match; she has a confident and robust approach to the high-value caseloads that she handles’. Clients include the NHS Litigation Authority, Virgin Care, the Care Quality Commission and new client the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Leading individuals

Andrew Craggs - Hill Dickinson LLP

Richard Watson - Hill Dickinson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Joanne Hughes - Hill Dickinson LLP

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

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Andrew Evans at Hill Dickinson LLP is β€˜very knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra mile’. Kari Hansen is β€˜very focused and hardworking; she is determined to serve her clients’ interests well and has a good tactical and strategic overview of cases’. Both partners are particularly strong in the retail sector. Alastair Gillespie heads the abuse and social care team and senior associate Ian Carroll does β€˜first-class’ work in this area, especially in religious claims. The team acts for major insurers and a wide range of corporates including Marks & Spencer and Chaucer. Gordon Davidson and Paula Garvey joined Kennedys.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool)

Hill Dickinson LLP provides a β€˜top-quality service; the team is very thorough and particularly strong on policy coverage and investigations into recovery/subrogation’. With the β€˜sharp and very knowledgeable’ Christopher Stanton β€˜you know that you are in a safe pair of hands’. The β€˜very pragmatic’ Sarah Naylor β€˜has excellent communication skills and does not crack under pressure; she has a real ability to get to the heart of the dispute and to steer you through it with a sure hand’. Other key members of the β€˜well-resourced and experienced team’ include Jonathan Anslow, who is β€˜very highly respected among his insurer clients and pulls no punches in tough negotiations’; and Ruth Lawrence, who heads insurance and has a key focus on construction claims. Legal director Tom Handley is an β€˜incredibly hardworking and no-nonsense lawyer who is wonderfully efficient and is just brilliant at drafting robust defence arguments’. The team continues to defend heavyweight claims concerning construction professionals and solicitors and has been increasingly advising on claims relating to pensions advice and film finance schemes.

Leading individuals

Ruth Lawrence - Hill Dickinson LLP

Sarah Naylor - 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 large, medium and small charities, not for profit organisations and social enterprises on a wide range of constitutional, governance, group structuring, fundraising, trading and compliance issues. Mark Fitzgibbon has a strong profile in the North West third sector community and Sean Williams advises private clients on tax efficient philanthropy (such as the creation and administration of private charitable trusts). Williams also advises established charities on governance and compliance matters. Significant clients include Big Life Group, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, People’s Trust (Greece), Amnesty (UK) Group and BHA for Equality (formerly known as BHA).

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool)

Hill Dickinson LLP is known for β€˜taking on the most difficult and complex cases and achieving excellent results for its clients’. Joanne Raisbeck heads the family team and β€˜produces work to a very high standard and is very sensitive and respectful to her clients’. Director Tricia Cottrell attracts praise for her β€˜high standards of service’ and chartered legal executive Sarah McCarthy is β€˜thorough and down to earth’. Raisbeck regularly acts for media, sports and business owners where there are family business issues, overseas assets or complex family trust arrangements in play. The team advises on a broad range of family law matters with particular experience in areas such as financial remedies on divorce/dissolution, unmarried couples’ agreements and cohabitation disputes in addition to Schedule 1 Children Act applications.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Sean Williams heads the team at Hill Dickinson LLP with a β€˜sound common sense approach that is backed up by good legal knowledge’. He is recommended for his work on capital tax planning for UK-domiciled and non-UK-domiciled clients in addition to other areas such as succession planning for owner-managed businesses. Other members of the β€˜experienced and responsive team’ include Fionnuala Kenny, who is skilled at advising wealthy clients on trusts and succession matters; and Paul Baker, who is recognised for his work on offshore tax planning and is adept at advising on domicile and residency issues in particular. The team also works with various high-profile people in the retail, politics, entertainment and sports arenas on matters such as asset protection in a matrimonial context, and routinely works with the family team on pre-and-post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements.

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North West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP acts for schools in both the maintained and non-maintained (independent and academy) sectors as well as higher and further education institutions, local authorities and educational charities. Luke Green heads the schools team and Iain Campbell heads the higher education team. Bright Futures Educational Trust, Essa Foundation Academies Trust, Bellerive FCJ Catholic College and The City of Liverpool College are all clients. David Rawlinson is also recommended, as is Kerstie Skeaping, who is well regarded for her employment advice.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s Sharon Thomas is a β€˜very experienced healthcare lawyer and is a calm head in a crisis’. She heads the mental health and Court of Protection team and is recommended alongside inquests specialist Joanna Trewin, who is β€˜extremely efficient and provides an excellent service to clients’, and Georgina Rowley, who is β€˜extremely supportive’. Senior associate Paul Allerston is described as a β€˜great asset to the team; he goes above and beyond what is needed’. Head of health Andrew Craggs is also singled out for praise as is Emma Stockwell, who is recommended for her work on NHS governance issues. The firm was retained by the General Medical Council to design and deliver whistleblowing awareness training to approximately 300 members across the UK. In another complex matter the team represented Walton Centre NHS FT and NHS Wirral CCG in an application to the Court of Protection to determine whether the continued provision of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration to a patient in a minimally conscious state was in his best interests.

Next generation lawyers

Paul Allerston - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Senior associate Sarah Swan is a key contact at Hill Dickinson LLP’s multi-disciplinary team. She is a β€˜very experienced litigator who identifies the issues at an early stage and is able to get the best outcome for her clients either through settlement or where the claim has merit by taking the case to trial’. The team has been supporting the in-house legal team at Rochdale Borough Council on a range of issues from procurement, pensions, and commercial contracting to constitutional/governance issues. Having previously acted for Chorley Borough Council on its acquisition of the town’s main Market Walk shopping centre in 2013, it is now advising it on the ambitious development plans to extend the shopping centre to incorporate a cinema, flagship retail store and restaurants.

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North West: Real estate

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP has a β€˜fantastic reputation’ among its investor and developer clients, for whom it handles a range of real estate projects in the retail and leisure sectors, as well the utilities, energy, transport, logistics and public sectors. It also advises on real estate finance. Highlights included advising a trustee client of Mason Partners on the sale of Ashmount Enterprise Park, Flint; acting for Utopia Leisure on the property aspects of a business transfer agreement relating to Barnett Hill Hotel and Conference Centre, Guildford; advising Signature Living on a mixed-use development in Cardiff; and acting for Elliot Group on a property acquisition and development in Manchester. David Swaffield has a β€˜brilliant reputation’ and heads the national property and construction team, which includes Martyn McDonald, who acts for property owners and investors on high-value acquisitions and disposals; Claire Cosgrove, who is active in the retail sector; Graham Archibald, who advises on a range of property transactions; and Alex McCann, who acts for investors, developers and occupiers. Pamela Jones retired in 2016.

Leading individuals

David Swaffield - Hill Dickinson LLP

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

The β€˜proactive’ department at Hill Dickinson LLP has β€˜strong depth of knowledge’. Its expertise spans property investment and development matters, particularly in the retail, transport and logistics sectors, with an emphasis on real estate finance. Highlights for Manchester team head Jim Purves included advising Lookers Motor Group on the development of its new flagship London VW dealership; assisting DHL Aviation with DHL’s investment into a major extension and expansion of its cargo hub at East Midlands Airport; and acting for DHL on the acquisition and development of a new parcel hub at Heathrow Airport. Michael Blakey advised Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society on the Β£2.5m acquisition of a shopping parade in Chorlton, Manchester from Merepark. Also recommended are Jonathan Dover, who delivers β€˜an excellent service, with in-depth knowledge and clarity’; and the β€˜accessible and highly professional’ Chris Johnston, who handles real estate finance matters. In 2016 Darren Hamer joined the team from DWF, while Alastair Reid left the firm to join Taylor & Emmet LLP. Senior associates David Herbert and Alison Batchelor, who was recently promoted and is active on real estate finance, are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

David Herbert - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP fields β€˜a good team of lawyers across both its Liverpool and Manchester offices, who offer great breadth and depth of experience’, and which is β€˜well equipped to deal with matters efficiently’. It handles contentious and non-contentious matters across the energy, industrial, renewables, transport infrastructure, insurance, retail, and further education sectors. Highlights included advising Nxet Trains on design, supply, installation and maintenance contracts in relation to 27 railway stations, and advising M J Quinn Industrial on a major tender for maintenance of IT and facilities to Transport for London. It is also advising Peel Group on a development at Manchester Ship Canal, including the installation of a new lift bridge, and is advising Neptune Projects on the redevelopment of Lime Street in Liverpool. Clients single out β€˜outstanding’ construction head Alan Pugh and the β€˜commercially astute’ David Chinn, who is β€˜able to give a clear and concise view’ and is praised for his β€˜excellent attention to detail’. Also recommended are Michael Woolley, who handles contentious and non-contentious matters; David Oram, who is singled out for his β€˜experience’ in contentious matters; Tricia Morrison, who β€˜gives very clear instructions’ and β€˜strives to give the very best to her clients’; and senior consultant Edward Davies. Eleanor Stirrett recently joined Brabners LLP.

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

The β€˜proactive, responsive and attentive’ planning team at Hill Dickinson LLP provides β€˜clear and unambiguous advice’ on a range of housing and mixed-use developments, as well as retail, energy and infrastructure projects. It is advising Bamford Property on a mixed-use development in Derbyshire, and is advising Muller Strategic Projects in a High Court challenge against the Secretary of State’s decision to refuse planning permission for a housing-led mixed-use scheme. It also advised Mental Health Care (UK) on its proposals to redevelop the existing care facilities at one of its sites in North Wales. Team head Grant Anderson is a β€˜top-drawer planning lawyer’ and senior associate Lynette Day is noted for her particular focus on housing, retail, infrastructure, rights of way and compulsory purchase matters.

Next generation lawyers

Lynette Day - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s β€˜very experienced’ team regularly handles complex property disputes in the retail, utility, energy, insurance, education, transport and logistics sectors. The team acted for NHS Property Services in a contentious break clause matter, assisted IGas Energy with anti-protester injunctions relating to an anti-fracking camp set up in Cheshire to protest against drilling operations, and is acting for Signature Care Homes St Albans in an application for declaratory relief on non-enforceability of restrictive covenants. Peel Ports & Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, Iceland Foods and Liverpool City Council are also clients. The β€˜fantastic’ Kevin Lee and Ralph Bullivant head the team. Lee is noted for his expertise in rights of light, dilapidations, mines and minerals claims, and is also experienced in large-scale protestor actions in the fracking industry, while Bullivant is experienced in dilapidations claims, business tenancies and contested lease renewals. Consultant Craig Walker handles general property litigation with an emphasis on energy and utility providers, as well as property investor clients. Also recommended are senior associate Phil Parker, who is noted for his retail sector expertise, legal director Julia Stansfield, and associate Helen Evans.

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)

The β€˜very practical’ Mark Fitzgibbon is recommended at Hill Dickinson LLP, which was joined by Paul Walsh, who specialises in IT and telecoms disputes, from DLA Piper UK LLP. Walsh advises clients on all aspects of claims for breach of contract arising from the termination of contracts and telecoms disputes. The group advises on a wide range of IT matters, from IT procurements to software and hardware contracts, as well as handling IT audits, data protection and freedom of information issues. It is assisting Trinity Mirror Group in the spin out of its digital arm businesses.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Mark Fitzgibbon and senior associate Hannah Fawcett are key contacts at Hill Dickinson LLP. The team advises on brand protection and exploitation such as sponsorship deals, personal endorsement deals, licences and IPR assignments. It is acting for Heritage Apparel and Proper Mag Media in a trade mark dispute over the use of the mark β€˜PROPER’. Other key clients include Cataclean Global. Bruce Jones joined Kuit Steinart Levy LLP.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s multi-disciplinary team advises on sports contracts, dispute resolution, disciplinary and regulatory matters, with an increased focus on rights, reputation and brand management issues for clubs, promoters and athletes. Richard Green and Geraldine Ryan are recommended. The team is acting for a number of sports people, celebrities and other high-profile individuals on compensation claims arising from News Group International/Mirror Group’s well publicised phone-hacking. In another key matter it represented Wayne Rooney following an article published by the Irish Examiner alleging that Wayne Rooney was dropped from the Manchester United squad for their fixtures with West Ham United and Wolfsburg as he turned up to training with alcohol in his system. The claim was settled by the Irish Examiner with an apology and the payment of damages and costs.

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