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
Singapore, Sheffield, Piraeus, Monaco, Manchester, London SW1Y and 3 more

North West

Regional review
Regional heavyweights - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘knowledge is wide ranging, and its advice always covers the crucial areas’. Key clients include RSA, Kiln, Aviva, Kuehne + Nagel, Agility Logistics, and Allianz. Adrian Marsh, head of the cargo and logistics team in Manchester, ‘has a wealth of knowledge and can apply it to any claim you throw at him’. Nerys Parry leads the motor insurance team in Liverpool. Graham Lynch is ‘excellent’ on disputes.

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 has ‘a high level of business acumen and knowledge of the industry’, with Jonathan Brown heading the corporate team and Stephen Lansdown leading on the commercial side. Mike Jonesunderstands the commercial background and is good at running a transaction’, and advised Costcutter Supermarkets and its subsidiary Rhythm & Booze on the disposal of 45 retail off-licence stores. Sue Russell advised Johnson Service Group on the £22m acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Bourne Services. Craig Scott is ‘excellent’, and Matt Noon is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Brown - Hill Dickinson LLP

Stephen Lansdown - 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

The ‘commercially aware’ team at Hill Dickinson LLP includes practice head Ian Gillis, the ‘astuteIan Riggs, and Mark Fitzgibbon, who leads on commercial matters. It advised Stobart Group on the disposal of its transport and distribution business, Eddie Stobart Logistics, to DouglasBay Capital; and acted for the shareholders of Must Have on the sale of electronic cigarette company VIP for £30m. Jonathan Gillow and David Mkhitarian were promoted to partner in May 2015.

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP advises clients such as Chaucer Insurance, Co-operative Insurance, Tradewise, Stagecoach and Europcar on counter-fraud matters. Peter Oakes heads the team, which was strengthened by the arrivals of Raphael Lawson and Nathan Jones from Keoghs LLP.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Liverpool
Commercial litigation: Liverpool - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘sensible and client-focused’ team is led by Fiona Parry, who advised Bourne Leisure in a claim for compensation for injurious affection of its land interests at Hopton Holiday Village, Hopton-on-Sea. The firm also advised Tesco Stores in a claim for damages for wrongful termination and breach of a tender process. Harvey Stringfellow left the firm to join gunnercooke LLP. Paul Walsh joined in June 2014 from DLA Piper UK LLP.

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP’s clients include Peel Holdings, Swinton Insurance, National Express, and Halewood International. Department head Geraldine Ryan is ‘swift to grasp the points that matter, and to take advantage of any opportunity that will further the client’s case’, and associate Simon Ellis has ‘unrivalled knowledge of commercial law and a strong appreciation of litigation tactics’. Iain Campbell is also noted.

Leading individuals

Geraldine Ryan - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Key clients of the ‘highly regarded’ team at Hill Dickinson LLP include Bibby Factors, NWF Agriculture and MoneySuperMarket.com. Philip Sheard heads the department, and legal director Sharon Williamson is also noted.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Liverpool-based Richard Capper heads the team at Hill Dickinson LLP, which includes the ‘outstandingBeverley Bentley. Key clients include Santander Corporate Bank, Clydesdale Bank, RBS, HSBC, Bibby Financial Services, and Lloyds Banking Group. Manchester-based Chris Johnston was promoted to partner in 2014, and is recommended for real estate finance matters.

Leading individuals

Richard Capper - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘very responsive, experienced and commercial’ team advised the Care Quality Commission on the insolvency aspects of new regulations introduced under the Care Act 2014; and acted for CG Recovery as administrators of Key Homes UK and Key Homes Bradford. Jeremy Reilly is recommended along with team head Paul Spence, who is ‘very practical, with an abundance of common sense’. Martin March joined TLT in April 2015.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Jeff Middleton heads the ‘knowledgeable’ department at Hill Dickinson LLP. It includes a dedicated NHS team under Philip Farrar, which assisted clients such as North Lancashire Teaching Primary Care Trust (now NHS England) and Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust in unfair dismissal tribunals. The firm is also noted for its work for education, retail, social housing, transport and charity clients; names include Gap Group, Cammell Laird, The City of Liverpool College and the University of Chester Academy Trust. The team features the ‘brilliantKerstie Skeaping; Daniel Rubin, who led advice to Astra Zeneca (UK) in a High Court claim; and the ‘highly regardedDavid Parry. Robert Coward joined Law by Design Ltd in November 2014.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool)

Hill Dickinson LLP provides ‘a consistently good service to clients’. Team head Richard Green is ‘great at creating an open and informal atmosphere’, and Simon Parrington and Philip Moy are also recommended. Senior associate Stephen Barnfield is ‘one to watch’. Clients include Siemens/Wind Power, Aramex UK and Vauxhall Motors, the HSE, and Liverpool City Council.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Manchester)

The ‘top-notch’ team at Hill Dickinson LLP acts for Stobart Group, Mouchel and the trustees of the Intermec Pension Fund. Team head Barry Gibb is ‘very thorough’, and senior associate Paula Warnock is also recommended.

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North West: Insurance

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

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Andrew Craggs’ team at Hill Dickinson LLP is noted for its ‘excellent response times’ and ‘clear, sound advice’, and acts for clients such as the NHSLA, University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, the Department of Health, Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, and the Care Quality Commission. Recommended individuals include the ‘standoutDavid Locke; Ian Gardiner; Philip Bradbury, who is ‘excellent’; the ‘focusedMike McKenna; Andrew Leslie; and the ‘reliableRichard Watson, who leads the health department.

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)

Headed by Ruth Lawrence, Hill Dickinson LLP has ‘outstanding knowledge and understanding’ and is instructed by clients such as Co-Operative Insurance Services, the NHSLA, Chaucer Insurance, RSA and Tesco, handling matters including catastrophic injury, marine, occupational disease, fraud and motor claims. Key individuals include Andrew Evans, who heads the retail department; Alastair Gillespie, who leads on abuse cases; and Andrew Craggs, who heads the health litigation team. Stratos Gatzouris is also recommended. Jason Bleasdale and Mark Dickson left for Clyde & Co and Keoghs LLP respectively.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘friendly and approachable’ team provides ‘a high-quality service’, defending construction professionals, solicitors and veterinary surgeons, and increasingly acting in cases involving surveyors, financial advisers and insurance brokers. RSA, The Veterinary Defence Society and Liberty Insurance are clients. Ruth Lawrence has ‘excellent commercial judgement’; Christopher Stanton stands out for his ‘depth of knowledge in the field’; and Jonathan Anslow is also recommended. Sarah Grant joined Clyde & Co as a consultant in January 2015.

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 is instructed by small and medium-sized charity clients such as Big Life Group, Durand Academy Trust and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society. Mark Fitzgibbon is recommended.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Sean Williams leads the team at Hill Dickinson LLP, which includes Fionnuala Kenny and Jane Lee.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool)

At Hill Dickinson LLP, department head Tricia Cottrell is experienced in complex financial remedy work and prenuptial agreements. Associate Joanne Raisbeck ‘has a strong following and is on top of her game in terms of financial work’.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP shows ‘good technical knowledge and sound commercial thinking, with a view to finding solutions’. Led by Sean Williams, who ‘has the ability to understand the client’s real needs’, the team advises on wills, trusts, capital tax planning, and contentious and non-contentious trust and estate administration. Paul Baker is noted for his ‘clarity of thought and advice’, and Jane Lee and Fionnuala Kenny are also singled out for praise. Mike Quinn is now a consultant.

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool)

Hill Dickinson LLP is experienced in projects for the re-provision of energy infrastructure, and acts for clients such as Vital Energi Solutions. Team head Stephen Lansdown is ‘highly regarded’.

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North West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

The ‘prompt’ and ‘efficient’ team at Hill Dickinson LLP acts for schools in the maintained and independent sectors, higher and further education institutions, local authorities, educational charities and spin out companies. David Rawlinson heads the schools team, and ‘can always be relied on for up-to-date education sector knowledge and awareness of practical commercial issues’. Iain Campbell heads the higher education practice.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘vast’ team provides a service that is ‘timely, comprehensive, accessible and inclusive, and is well coordinated and led’. It acts for clients such as Health Education England, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, the Care Quality Commission, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, and the NHSLA. Team head Lawford Martin is ‘a very good communicator’. Rebecca Fitzpatrick heads the mental health team, Joanna Trewin the offender healthcare group, and Emma Stockwell the health governance and regulatory team.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP is instructed by clients such as Liverpool City Council, the North West Legal Consortium, Lincolnshire County Council, and Wrexham County Borough Council. ‘Astute’ senior associate Sarah Swan heads the team, and Mark Fitzgibbon is also recommended. Former team head Peter Barlow joined Cassell Moore.

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North West: Real estate

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘excellent’ department advised Peel Investments on the acquisition of a 45-acre site in Knowsley, and the ‘first-ratePamela Jones and Claire Cosgrove led on a number of property instructions for The Co-operative Group. Team head David Swaffield and Alex McCann are also recommended. Peter Barlow joined Cassell Moore in July 2014, and Abby Dry is now with DWF.

Leading individuals

David Swaffield - Hill Dickinson LLP

Pamela Jones - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP advised Wrather Group on the sale of Old Exchange Buildings to Staffordshire County Council Pension Fund. Team head Michael Blakey is highly rated, and Jonathan Dover is ‘reactive and efficient’. The ‘excellentChris Johnston was promoted to partner, and is recommended for real estate finance work.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP advised X1 Developments on the procurement of construction works and services in relation to a parcel of land at Liverpool ONE, and National Express, Iliad Group, Edmundson Electrical and Peel Holdings are also clients. Practice head Michael Woolley, David Chinn, David Oram and Alan Pugh are recommended.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool)

Kevin Lee’s team at Hill Dickinson LLP advised IGas Energy and Peel Group on large-scale evictions of anti-fracking protesters from exploration sites. First Title Insurance, Iceland Foods, Royal London Insurance and Electricity Northwest are also clients. Ralph Bullivant is ‘excellent’, and Craig Walker is also noted. Senior associate Phil Parker joined from Brabners 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 advises on IT procurement, contractual matters and information governance. It advised Progress Housing Group on an ICT supply agreement, and also acts for Edit Technologies, National Express, Bibby Line Group and Rippleffect Studio. Stephen Lansdown and Mark Fitzgibbon are key figures.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘commercially aware’ team is instructed by Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool, Everton FC, and Lancashire County Cricket Club. Stephen Lansdown heads the team, and Bruce Jones has ‘excellent tactical awareness’. Harvey Stringfellow is now with gunnercooke LLP.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Hill Dickinson LLP continued to advise a number of sports clients 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 is praised for its ‘excellent client service’, and covers contractual matters, dispute resolution, and disciplinary and regulatory issues. Lancashire County Cricket Club, Clipper Ventures, Rafael Benitez, and Manchester City FC are clients. Geraldine Ryan and Richard Green are singled out.

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