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Hill Dickinson LLP

NO 1 ST PAUL'S SQUARE, LIVERPOOL, L3 9SJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0151 600 8000
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Fax 0151 600 8001
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14129 LIVERPOOL
Web:
www.hilldickinson.com
Singapore, Sheffield, Piraeus, Monaco, Manchester, London and 2 more

North West

Top-tier recommendations

  • North West: Public sector > Health

Recommendations

  • North West: Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime
  • North West: Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing

North West: Corporate and commercial

Within Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North West, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Sally Wightman leads the corporate department in Hill Dickinson LLP’s Chester office, where longstanding clients include Fullwood Group, The University of Chester, Hawker Beechcraft, and Chester Race Company. The team also recently won a panel appointment with Finance Wales. The team has strong healthcare sector expertise, including transactions arising from PCT reorganisations.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP has ‘individuals who build good relationships and use this knowledge to provide a quality service without excess detail’ to a broad client base that includes a number of plcs. The highly regarded Jonathan Brown advised Stobart Group on acquiring Wadi Properties and Autologic Holdings. Sue Russell’s corporate clients include CRH and Johnson Service Group, and Craig Scott has handled private equity deals involving Finance Wales and the North West Equity Fund. Michael Jones advises retail and property sector clients.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP has expertise in both private and public company matters, with a strong plc client base that includes Stobart, Halewood International and MBL Group. Department head Ian Gillis, who provides ‘commercial and pragmatic advice’ on corporate finance, advised Cenkos Securities on a number of placements. Ian Riggs focuses on transactional work, with key clients including General Physics, Savile Group and Elcometer.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP’s Saad Ahmed is well regarded for his corporate tax expertise.

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

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

The ‘knowledgeable and well-preparedRichard Green heads Hill Dickinson LLP’s crime department, which has experience acting for defendants charged with serious crimes and prominent sports players with legal troubles. Philip Moy is also recommended.

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

The licensing team at Hill Dickinson LLP advises a host of well-known regional bar chains and racecourses. Lachlan Nisbet is recommended.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Iain Campbell heads Hill Dickinson LLP’s Chester team, which focuses on consumer credit litigation.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP has been handling contractual, tax-related and shareholder disputes. Greg Plunkett represents utilities clients in high-value disputes, including group claimant litigation. Fiona Parry acts for regional companies such as Johnsons and Eddie Stobart Group. Jonathan Berkson continued to act in the high-profile Jivraj v Hashwani. Dominic McGinn is ‘efficient, and very detailed in his approach’ to commercial disputes.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP continues to attract sports and media-related instructions, including phone-hacking claimant work for some high-profile individuals. It acted for European Brands Trading in a claim against HMRC, and successfully represented Durham Tees Valley Airport in a contract dispute with Bmibaby and British Midland Airways. Manchester office head Geraldine Ryan is ‘a tenacious litigant and a thoughtful, cerebral lawyer’. Associate Christine Newton is also well regarded.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP’s highly regarded team includes practice head Jonathan Berkson and associate Philip Sheard, who are experienced in handling high-value recoveries. Clients include United Utilities, NHS Pensions Scheme, Bibby Factors North West, and Environmental Waste Controls. Sharon Williamson, who joined from DWF LLP, acts for financiers and asset-based lenders.

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North West: Finance

Within Banking and finance, tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP provides ‘good commercial advice and excellent value for money’. Richard Capper leads the team, which has recently acted on various mid-market deals. Beverley Bentley advised Bibby Financial Services on the refinancing of its receivables finance facility. Banking clients include Handelsbanken, Santander Corporate, RBS, and HSBC. Patrick Keown is ‘highly professional and excellent technically, and has good market awareness’. Associate Chris Johnston is also recommended.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP’s three-partner team is led by pensions-related insolvency expert Jeremy Reilly, who recently acted for Zolfo Cooper on the CVA of Gardner Aerospace-Wales. Martin March has strong experience in asset-based insolvencies. Paul Spence has relocated from Liverpool to Manchester, and acts for lenders and receivers in relation to LPA and fixed-charge receiverships.

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North West: Human resources

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

Hill Dickinson LLP’s impressive client base includes a number of regional healthcare providers and higher education institutions. The firm recently defended an NHS trust against claims brought by a large trade union, and is also representing a local council in a complex equal pay dispute. Philip Farrar and Kerstie Skeaping in Liverpool and practice head Jeff Middleton in Manchester are the names to note.

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

Richard Green leads Hill Dickinson LLP’s regulatory defence team, which advises blue-chip clients such as Siemens and Vauxhall Motors. The firm’s prosecution team, headed by Simon Parrington, acts for the HSE and Liverpool City Council.

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

Barry Gibb heads Hill Dickinson LLP’s pensions team, and has a focus on corporate strategy, restructuring and liability mitigation.

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North West: Insurance

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

Hill Dickinson LLP’s clinical negligence team is led by Richard Watson. It receives the majority of its instructions from its large NHS client base, and continues to advise Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust in a high-profile group action. Andrew Leslie and Andrew Craggs are highly recommended. David Locke and Jonathan Heap were promoted to the partnership.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP’s personal injury department is led by Ruth Lawrence. The firm recently acted for RSA in a £12m sexual abuse claim which reached the Supreme Court. Jason Bleasdale heads the occupational disease team, and is ‘excellent on both a relationship front and in terms of the legal services he provides’. Stuart Smith, who specialises in insurance fraud matters, joined the firm in February 2012 from Weightmans LLP.

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

Best known for defending construction professionals, solicitors and veterinary surgeons, Hill Dickinson LLP has been extending its focus into other areas, particularly cases involving surveyors and financial advisers. Practice head Ruth Lawrence focuses on the construction sector and is recommended alongside the ‘knowledgeable, approachable and pragmaticSarah Naylor. Chris Stanton has ‘enormous experience and excellent judgement, and is a very good team player’.

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North West: Overview

Within Regional review Regional heavyweights

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North West: Private client

Within Agriculture and estates, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP receives various instructions from agricultural lenders, including the NFU, Mutual Finance Limited and HSBC. Practice head Robin Jones is assisting Chester Zoo in relation to its Natural Vision Project expansion plans. Ian Sydenham is advising on the administration of a large family farming business estate.

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

Led by Mark Fitzgibbon, Hill Dickinson LLP’s charities department is currently advising the Big Life Group on accommodation requirements for The Big Issue vending business in Liverpool and Manchester.

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

Sean Williams at Hill Dickinson LLP recently acted for two executors in a complex cross-border claim brought under the Inheritance Act 1975.

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

The ‘experienced, savvy and sensibleTricia Cottrell at Hill Dickinson LLP recently represented the girlfriend of a sports personality in Schedule 1 Children Act proceedings.

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

Led by the ‘calm and consideredPaul Baker, Hill Dickinson LLP regularly provides trusts and tax advice to high-net-worth individuals, including business owners, professionals, landowners and farmers. Mike Quinn is ‘personable, knowledgeable and highly competent’, and Sean Williams has ‘technical aptitude matched by exceptional client relationship skills’.

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

Hill Dickinson LLP’s team head Stephen Lansdown is well regarded for his specialist knowledge in the energy and healthcare sectors. Clients include various NHS trusts. The practice also advised The Carbon and Energy Fund on the re-provision of energy infrastructure at hospitals, and acted for Liverpool City Council on a development at King’s Dock.

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North West: Public sector

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

Hill Dickinson LLP is well known for its schools work. In 2012, David Rawlinson advised on four academy conversions. Iain Campbell heads the higher education group, and has ‘good knowledge’ of the sector.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP continues to receive significant instructions from its large NHS client base. Department head Allan Mowat is advising NHS West Midlands regarding the public inquiry into the failings in patient care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Rebecca Fitzpatrick is known for her expertise in the mental health sector, and Lawford Martin is also recommended.

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

Led by Peter Barlow, Hill Dickinson LLP has strong property capabilities, and continues to advise local authorities on compulsory purchase and planning matters.

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North West: Real estate

Within Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West, Hill Dickinson LLP is a first tier firm,

Hill Dickinson LLP’s team provides ‘high-quality service and is very knowledgeable about all commercial property matters’. Team head Brent Williams advised Thames Gateway on a land lease agreement with Greater London Authority. Robin Jones continues to advise Chester Zoo on its expansion plans.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP provides ‘very high-quality, first-class service’, with David Swaffield leading the corporate and investment department, Pamela Jones leading on retail sector work, and Peter Barlow heading the public and energy sector team. Michael Stephens advised Iceland Foods on certain acquisitions, Martyn McDonald acted on Bonmarché’s property restructuring, and ‘very smart lawyerAbby Dry assisted NewRiver Retail with acquisitions.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP’s Manchester team, which is led by Michael Blakey, has particular expertise in property investment and finance matters. It advised UPS on a leasing arrangement with LOCOG during the 2012 Olympics, and acted for Stampscreen on the sale of the listed Memorial Hall building in Manchester. Jonathan Dover advised George Naden Limited on the sale of the Askham Richard village estate. Associate Chris Johnston is also recommended.

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

Michael Woolley heads Hill Dickinson LLP’s team, which provides ‘excellent service’ in transactions and disputes. He continues to advise Lancashire County Cricket Club on construction matters. David Chinn is ‘always very thorough but commercial as well’, and Alan Pugh is ‘dedicated, with depth of construction law knowledge and commercial acumen’; together they are advising Liverpool City Council on the construction of an exhibition conference centre and hotel.

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Within Planning and environment, tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP continues to advise Lancashire CCC on redeveloping its cricket ground, including representing the client in related High Court and Court of Appeal challenges. John Holmes heads the department. Solicitor John Roberts is also recommended.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP provides a ‘very good all-round service’, and is ‘energetic and imaginative in advancing its clients ’ cases’. Kevin Lee heads the team, which acts for a range of utilities, education, retail, insurance and lender clients in complex disputes. Ralph Bullivant, Craig Walker and associate Matthew Forrest are recommended.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP advises on property, employment and commercial matters, acting for clients such as Liverpool Housing Trust, Riverside Group and Cosmopolitan Housing Association. Peter Barlow heads the department.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

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

Led by Stephen Lansdown, Hill Dickinson LLP’s IP team has acted in a number of cross-jurisdictional patent and trade mark disputes. The ‘extremely smart’ Bruce Jones is qualified to act before all EPO tribunals, and has experience in-house.

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

Shelley Thomas leads Hill Dickinson LLP’s IT and information governance department, and is ‘extremely good on both a technical and commercial level’. The firm has a strong public sector client base, and recently advised Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on the procurement of a new patient records system. Data protection is another area of expertise.

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

Richard Green heads Hill Dickinson LLP’s team, which represents high-profile individuals in the sports industry and is experienced across litigation, disciplinary and regulatory matters. Clients include footballer Wayne Rooney and manager Rafael Benitez.

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

The ‘superbRichard Green is ‘a standout lawyer’, and leads Hill Dickinson LLP’s sports team. ‘Brilliant tactician’ and experienced litigator Geraldine Ryan has acted in high-profile cases for footballers such as Wayne Rooney and Andy Carroll.

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North West: Transport

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

Hill Dickinson LLP has specialist expertise in the logistics, maritime and aviation sectors. Adrian Marsh’s ‘knowledge of marine law sets a very high standard’, and Greg Plunkett excels in aviation litigation.

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