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Hill Dickinson LLP

THE BROADGATE TOWER, 20 PRIMROSE STREET, LONDON, EC2A 2EW, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7283 9033
Fax:
Fax 020 7283 1144
Web:
www.hilldickinson.com
Hong Kong, Liverpool, London EC2A, London SW1Y, Manchester, Monaco and 2 more

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP focuses on the healthcare, veterinary, and construction sectors; Liverpool-based practitioners Jonathan Anslow and Tom Handley lead on this work, and have particular strength representing dental professionals and veterinarians. Practice head Richard Creamer represented a dental practitioner in General Dental Council fitness-to-practice proceedings involving multiple patients across multiple practices, and acted for a nurse in Nursing and Midwifery Council appeal proceedings relating to a refusal to grant registration following a failure to disclose a criminal conviction. Liverpool-based Tony Wilson (who has an ‘astute legal mind’) was instructed by the Veterinary Defence Society to represent a veterinary expert alleged to be in contempt of court as a result of his evidence before the Court of Appeal, which took no further disciplinary action. Other work includes representing a medical student in university fitness-to-practice proceedings, and acting for a medical doctor in fitness-to-practice proceedings before the General Medical Council arising from his diagnosis with schizophrenia. Legal director Gillian Nevin (Liverpool) is also recommended. Dileep Pisharody joined Rosling King LLP.

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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 6

Hill Dickinson LLP

At Hill Dickinson LLP, Panos Pourgourides has an ‘excellent reputation’ for advising ultra-high-net-worth individuals and lenders, including BNP Paribas and JP Morgan, on superyacht and corporate jet financings. Malcolm Entwistle handles mainstream shipping transactional and finance work as part of his broader corporate practice.

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Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘first-class’ team is ‘unbeatable’, according to one client; another notes that ‘the entire team is very responsive and always available even at short notice, and the quality of the work product is excellent’. Soft commodities expert and team head Jeff Isaacs is ‘the only lawyer we would use for commodities matters’, according to one client, who highlights his ‘practical, comprehensible and deeply intelligent advice’. Another client describes the firm as ‘the market leader for legal advice in the cotton sector’. Also recommended are Fred Konynenburg, for his ‘vast experience in the commodities and shipping world, and rapid and pragmatic advice’; ‘intelligent and attentive’ litigator Darren Wall, who is ‘simply a first-class lawyer’, according to one client; David Lucas, who has 40 years’ experience in commodities and energy; and Paul Taylor, who is also recommended for contentious matters. Patric McGonigal joined the London team from Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo in Tokyo and litigator Andrew Buchmann returned to the firm after working for consultancy Obsidian Legal in South Africa for seven years. Highlights for the team included successfully defending Swiss trader Addax Energy in a $1.5m claim; assisting ADM Asia-Pacific Trade with an anti-suit injunction to prevent Indonesian court proceedings relating to a $21m FOSFA arbitration; and acting for Gunvor in the English Commercial Court in a case that included complex exclusive jurisdiction conditions. The firm also acts for Bunge, BP ad Gerald Metals.

Leading individuals

David Lucas - Hill Dickinson LLP

Fred Konynenburg - Hill Dickinson LLP

Jeff Isaacs - Hill Dickinson LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 7

Hill Dickinson LLP

The ‘absolutely excellent’ practice at Hill Dickinson LLP regularly acts for employers in tribunal claims and injunction proceedings. London practice head James Williams advised the College of North West London on a complex race discrimination and unfair dismissal claim. Williams also acted for a brokerage firm on negotiating an agreement regarding potential injunction proceedings brought against three senior executives who removed confidential information. Other recent highlights include assisting Azalea Maritime with the dismissal of a Croatian engineer on one of the client’s UK-flagged vessels. Clients also single out ‘excellent’ associate Will Steed, who ‘understands clients’ businesses’. Other clients include the City of Westminster College, Sabal Financial Group and Acer.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘outstanding’ practice provides ‘depth, breadth and scope of knowledge and expertise’ and is a key member of the NHSLA panel. The firm has experience in handling a range of high-value cases including brain and birth-related injury claims. Recent work includes a multimillion-pound case involving an alleged failure to diagnose infective endocarditis, which resulted in the claimant suffering post-operative brain damage; liability was agreed between parties and the team was able to secure a more favourable settlement on behalf of the defendant. Department head Andrew Craggs specialises in cases of stress and bullying and is recommended alongside Mike McKenna, who has ‘enormous intellect’ and provides ‘outstanding service’. and Kiran Bhogal joined from Weightmans LLP and Emma Galland joined from Clyde & Co LLP.

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Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 5

Hill Dickinson LLP

As well as handling professional indemnity, D&O and marine claims, Hill Dickinson LLP acts in first-party, reinsurance and cyber matters. Recent mandates for Rhys Clift included constructive total loss and property retrocession reinsurance claims. The ‘commercially mindedAndrew Schütte has ‘excellent experience’ in representing underwriters and insurers in multijurisdictional cash in transit, reinsurance coverage and D&O disputes, and in challenges to professional indemnity policies, among various other work. Generali, Aspen and Aviva are significant clients of the practice, which is led nationally by Ruth Lawrence in Liverpool, where Sarah Naylor is also based. Neil Trayhurn heads the London insurance practice and joined from Triton Global with Dragos Stoica. Senior associate Andrew Hill is another key contact. In other personnel changes, Jamie Monck-Mason moved in-house at Willis Towers Watson.

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP’s solicitors provide ‘an extremely good service’ and have ‘great depth of knowledge’ in a range of areas, with an emphasis on personal injury and regulatory work in the shipping, aviation, port, travel and offshore industries. The practice is experienced in defending small, large and multi-party claims and has acted on behalf of a number of major clients such as BP Shipping, P&O Ferries and Disney Cruise Line. Recent examples of the firm’s work include handling a $20m claim involving the total loss of aircraft, passengers and crew. The case is led by department co-head Joanna Kolatsis, who specialises in advising clients on disaster planning and risk management. The ‘exceptionalMaria Pittordis leads the practice alongside Kolatsis; according to one client, she is ‘the best lawyer in the marine industry’, while another singled out her ‘extremely broad and detailed knowledge’. John Caddies, who has ‘vast knowledge of industrial disease claims’, is also recommended.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 5

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘strong and reliable team’ provides a ‘superb service’ and stands out for the ‘interaction and knowledge sharing between lawyers’. It advises a range of professionals, with particular specialisms acting for barristers and dentists, as well as acting for clients in the technology, cyber and construction industries and other areas of the legal profession. The group also handles high-value coverage disputes. Practice head Neil Trayhurn and Dragos Stoica joined from Triton Global in 2017. Andrew Schütte, who handles claims and coverage matters pertaining to a range of sectors, is ‘excellent’. Senior associates Dale Hilton, Andrew Hill, who is experienced in cyber-related matters, and Rachel Evans are also singled out. Sarah Naylor, who splits her time between London and Liverpool, is another name to note. Jamie Monck-Mason left the firm to join Willis Towers Watson and Dileep Pisharody joined Rosling King LLP.

Next generation lawyers:

Andrew Hill - Hill Dickinson LLP

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London: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 5

Hill Dickinson LLP

The head of the team at Hill Dickinson LLP is the ‘excellent’ Iain Donaldson, who is ‘great with clients’. He has ‘an inventive mind, and is the classic busy person who gets things done’. Donaldson has significant experience in advising businesses and high-net-worth individuals on tax, wealth protection and financial risk management issues. The team is experienced in trusts, wills, capital tax planning and contentious and non-contentious trust and estate administration. Active clients include a significant number of non-UK domiciled clients, and the Church of the Agapemone - the Ark of the Covenant.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 5

Hill Dickinson LLP

At healthcare expert Hill Dickinson LLP, legal director David Hill has been handling a high number of mandates for NHS England, including advising on developing sustainability and transformation partnerships, and reviewing suspension payment policies. Another recent mandate saw healthcare practice head Kiran Bhogal represent Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the Hillsborough Inquests. Rochdale Borough Council has also retained the practice in varied matters, ranging from advising on pensions to procurement and constitutional work. Led by Liverpool-based Emma Stockwell, the department’s client list includes Health Education England and East London NHS Foundation Trust. Sarah Brooke arrived from PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP as head of the commercial health team and Jessica Kohler joined from Capsticks LLP.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘stellar’ team of ‘highly capable lawyers who inspire trust and confidence’ provides ‘excellent results’. The group acts for NHS bodies and private sector clients in matters ranging from commercial and corporate instructions to regulation and inquests, and represents NHS trusts in inquests, inquiries and Court of Protection matters. The group represented Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust in an Article 2 inquest into the death of an immigration detainee in a detention centre. The ‘exceptionalKiran Bhogal, who joined from Weightmans LLP, is ‘hugely impressive’ and ‘always one step ahead of competition’. Bhogal represented Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the Hillsborough Inquest and is acting for NHS Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group in an inquiry pertaining to deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. Sharon Thomas acted for the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group in a Court of Protection case set to determine whether the continued provision of life support to a patient in a minimally conscious state would be in the patient’s best interest. Andrew Craggs heads the health practice. Regulatory specialist Emma Stockwell is also noted. Emma Galland, Sarah Brooke and Jessica Kohler were new arrivals from Clyde & Co LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP and Capsticks LLP respectively.

Leading individuals

Kiran Bhogal - Hill Dickinson LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Hill Dickinson LLP

Litigator Richard Green heads Hill Dickinson LLP’s largely Liverpool-based practice, which handles contentious, regulatory and commercial work, and assists clients with facing disciplinary investigations. Football is its key area of activity and Liverpool FC and Steven Gerrard are among its high-profile clients. Associate David Keenan is recommended.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP handles commercial, regulatory, competition and insurance disputes in the aviation sector. It is advising a Middle East carrier on aircraft accident issues in relating to the total and fatal loss of an aircraft. It is also defending a UK-based low-cost carrier in EC261 claims and is advising another low-cost carrier on the establishment of its UK base. Department head Joanna Kolatsis handles commercial, non-contentious and regulatory matters. Associates Alastair Long and Lucy Schofield are also recommended, as is consultant Saleema Brohi.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP has ‘great depth of knowledge’ and ‘delivers good response times’ as well as ‘clear advice’. It handles the breadth of wet and dry shipping mandates, and also advises on ports and terminals work, as well as ship and yacht construction matters. Julian Clark, who joined in 2017 from Campbell Johnston Clark, heads the global shipping practice, which include the ‘first-rateMaria Pittordis, who is the global head of marine, trade and energy; Tony Allen, who heads the yachts team; Jeff Isaacs, who heads the commodities team; Rhys Clift, who handles disputes on contracts of carriage and bills of lading and maritime casualties; Justin Draeger, who specialises in bill of lading and charterparty disputes as well as refrigerated and bulk cargo matters; and Philip Haddon, who handles casualty matters. Also recommended are shipping disputes specialist Russell Gardner, Ian Maclean, who advises on contractual disputes, the ‘extremely knowledgeableDavid Pitlarge, the ‘experiencedMalcolm Entwistle, and admiralty specialist Robert Wallis. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Tony Swinnerton and Lewis Moore.

Leading individuals

Julian Clark - Hill Dickinson LLP

Robert Wallis - Hill Dickinson LLP

Tony Allen - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘professional and accessible’ team provides ‘up-to-date and concise advice’. The travel team handles regulatory and commercial matters in the sector in addition to hanlding defendant personal injury matters. It is advising a UK-based travel group on amendments to its contractual information and booking terms and conditions following a change in its licensing requirements, and is advising a UK tour operator on gastric illness claims. Crystal Cruises, Bourne Leisure, Riviera Travel and Silversea Cruises are clients. ‘Efficient’ marine trade and energy head Maria Pittordis also heads the regulatory and personal injury team. Travel and aviation head Joanna Kolatsis is ‘extremely well connected’ and has a ‘good understanding of the regulatory and licensing framework’. ‘Brilliant’ legal consultant Javed Ali specialises in travel, commercial and media law, and associate Lucy Schofield is ‘well versed in travel law’. John Caddies and David Scott are also recommended; they handle defendant personal injury mandates.

Leading individuals

Joanna Kolatsis - Hill Dickinson LLP

Maria Pittordis - Hill Dickinson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Lucy Schofield - Hill Dickinson LLP

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