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Hill Dickinson LLP

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Hong Kong, Leeds, Liverpool, London EC2A, London SW1Y, Manchester and 3 more

London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP advises public and private companies, both overseas or UK-domiciled, on a full range of corporate matters. The past few years have seen significant growth in the team, with the most recent hire being Jonathan Morris from Thrings LLP, who has experience acting for entrepreneurs and entrepreneur-backed businesses in the lower mid-market. Sector specialisms include transport, energy and natural resources, and healthcare. The firm also has experience in emerging markets, with practice head Michael Bennett a  key name to note for this.

Practice head(s):Michael Bennett

Other key lawyers:Mark Walker; Michael Corcoran


'Extremely skilled, responsive, thorough and with a good work ethic.' 

'Adaptable and work around the clock to service clients' needs'

'Michael Corcoran is a trusted adviser whose capacity, communication, and commitment to excellence shine through''

'Michael Bennett provides sound, practical and commercial advice'

Key Clients

ADES Group

Liquid Telecommunications Ltd

Minds + Machines Group Limited

SalvaRx Group PLC

UK Oil & Gas PLC

The Montreux Healthcare Fund PLC

Reabold Resources PLC

Emmerson PLC

Clean Invest Africa PLC

Regency Casinos

Work highlights

  • Advised Liquid Telecommunications on the acquisition of the remaining 50% stake in its Zambian joint venture, CEC Liquid Telecom, from Copperbelt Energy Corporation.
  • Advised AIM-listed MMX on its acquisition of ICM Registry and its subsidiaries, for $10m cash and $31m satisfied through shares.
  • Advised SalvaRx, an AIM-listed biotechnology company focsued on cancer treatments, in relation to its disposal of its 94.2% stake in subsidiary SalvaRx Limited
  • Advised UK Oil & Gas on its £6.6m acquisition of a further 22% shareholding in Horse Hill Developments Limited.
  • Advised The Montreux Healthcare Fund on its sale of the entire issued share capital of Mylife Supported Living Limited for £10m.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commodities disputes
Commodities disputes - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP handles a vast array of commodities cases and, though it is best known as a prominent player in the soft commodities markets, the practice in London also has a strong caseload in the energy and metals sectors. In disputes involving grains, seeds, pulses, edible oils, fertilisers and cocoa, the firm is highly active both in the major trade association arbitral forums - The Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA), Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations (FOSFA) and The Federation of Cocoa Commerce (FCC) - and before the High Court. The firm has the premier sugar practice, thanks to the long track record of Jeff Isaacs, who is a long-standing adviser to, inter alia, the raw and refined sugar associations. Fred Konynenburg and Darren Wall are among the other key lawyers for sugar market disputes. Paul Taylor leads the firm’s oil trading practice and the firm also acts for clients in the fuels, coal and renewable energy sectors. The London team also handles LME arbitrations and High Court litigation relating to ferrous and non-ferrous metals, ores and concentrates. The arrival in 2019 of Paul Sinnott and Mark Aspinall from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP added extensive experience in high-value claims in the trading, financing and shipping markets.

Practice head(s):Jeff Isaacs

Other key lawyers:Fred Konynenburg; Paul Taylor; Andrew Buchmann; Darren Wall; Paul Sinnott

Key Clients




MS Amlin / RaetsAmlin

Gerald Metals


Addax Energy


Tate & Lyle


Gunvor SA

Nibulon SA



The International Cotton Association

The Sugar Association of London

Alliance Grain Traders SA

Work highlights

  • Defending an appeal to the High Court from a partial award in LME arbitration in client’s favour for US$28m.
  • Acting for Gunvor in an $18m case in Yemen.
  • A non-performance case for Gunvor in the Yemen regarding the sale of 55,307mt of gasoline to Keystone Trade Oil & Gas Group.
Leading individuals

Fred Konynenburg - Hill Dickinson LLP

Jeff Isaacs - Hill Dickinson LLP

Paul Sinnott - Hill Dickinson LLP

Paul Taylor - Hill Dickinson LLP

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London: Finance

Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP joins the ranking having hired a respected commodities and trade finance group from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2019. The team, which is built around respected partners Mark Aspinall and Paul Sinnott, brings extensive experience in trade finance transactions and disputes to a firm with a strong position in the commodities markets. The firm acts for banks and trading houses in high-value and complex structured transactions. Sinnott's work from 2018 included advising banks and traders on multiple trade finance deals up to $250m in value, and the production of bespoke commodity trade finance documentation for a leading Geneva bank. In 2018, Aspinall, while at his previous firm, won a $22m gasoline financing case against the owner of an oil trader, which resulted in the lifting of a High court freezing order.


"The advice is always clear and complete, even if it is a complicated matter, and they make bankers' choices easy."

"Some lawyers give you a lot of information and too many options, but not Paul Sinnott and Mark Aspinall. They answer our questions in a clear and helpful way."

"Their advice is based on a deep knowledge of shipping, trading and banking, so we get useful advice on all of those areas through one contact."

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Transport finance & leasing
Transport finance & leasing - ranked: tier 6

Hill Dickinson LLP

The 'small and close-knit team' at Hill Dickinson LLP has a 'wealth of shipping finance experience' and is thereby well placed to advise both lenders and borrowers across the gamut of shipping/offshore transactions, including the financing of newbuild vessels and sale and leaseback transactions. Panos Pourgourides has niche expertise for borrowers and lenders on the financing of superyachts.

Practice head(s):Panos Pourgourides; Roderick Palmer

Other key lawyers:Mark Walker; Malcolm Entwistle; Nafsika Connolly; Diana Szyiu


'The very experienced and commercially orientated Roderick Palmer is incredibly easy to work with and always very approachable'.

Key Clients

Advanced Energy


Bank of America

BNP Paribas

JP Morgan

Chailease Finance

Close Brothers

Laskaridis Shipping Co. Limited / Lavinia Corp.


Oman Shipping Company



J Marr Seafoods

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Work highlights

  • Advised Oman Shipping Company on the most recent refinancing of three of its vessels arranged with Standard Chartered Bank.
  • Advising a significant Greek shipowning company on a joint venture and financing of two 174,000 newbuild LNG carriers.
  • Advising Advanced Energy Systems on the acquisition, financing and security arrangements for a series of oil drilling rigs and related business assets.
  • Advising Singapore shipowning companies on the review and negotiation of a joint venture agreement and refinancing of two bulk carriers by long term bareboat charter arrangement.
  • Advising Spliethoff in relation to the acquisition and financing of commercial vessels.

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London: Insurance

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP acts for a range of healthcare providers within the public and private sectors, with NHS Resolution standing out as its most prominent client. National head of Health Litigation Andrew Craggs splits his time between Liverpool and the capital, and is backed up by cerebral palsy and spinal injury specialist Janet McWhinney , who oversees the London department. Multi-million pound cerebral palsy cases as well as indemnity issues arising from a claim are common instructions for the team. The practice's expertise and increasing consideration of Alternative Dispute Resolution methods has also enabled a more cost-effective settlement of high-value and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Janet McWhinney; Andrew Craggs

Other key lawyers:Alaw Owen; Lydia Shelton

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection

CNA Hardy

Care UK Clinical  Services Limited

Virgin Care UK

Vantage Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of NHS Resolution in dismissing birth mismanagement claims dating back to 1994, which required detailed investigations to trace witnesses (£10m claimed value).
  • Represented NHS England (indemnified by NHS Resolution) in a complex and important case concerning the provision of healthcare in prisons.
  • Successfully represented two GP members in striking-out a six-figure claim alleging breach of contract and pure economic loss arising from alleged negligent healthcare treatment provided to the claimant’s partner.
  • Represented NHS Resolution in denying a significant future dependency claim for a widow who remarried six months after the death of this wife.
  • Achieving excellent settlement on behalf of NHS Resolution for a shoulder dystocia claim (£100k), that would have become costly with the instruction of multiple experts in case litigation had continued.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP fields a team of specialist personal injury lawyers that handle claims within the marine sector, involving crew and passenger accidents, fatalities, sexual assault and group actions. The practice is instructed on the majority of disease claims in the ports and marine sectors, and predominantly deals with multi-jurisdictional cases where questions on choice of law are raised. The team is led by John Caddies, whose expertise spans catastrophic injury cases, stress and asbestos claims. Tony McDonach is the key point of contact for industrial disease cases concerning noise-induced hearing loss, while Laura Wilson's caseload includes brain injury cases, amputations, abuse and suicide claims.

Practice head(s):John Caddies

Other key lawyers:Tony McDonach; Laura Wilson


'Extensive knowledge in their respective areas, reliable and approachable and have a good understanding of our client needs.'

'This is a longstanding professional relationship and, as such, this firm has a deep knowledge of our company's business and history which enables them to provide a level of service that we would be unlikely to find elsewhere.'

'The stand out quality of the personal injury team at Hill Dickinson is their sheer breadth of knowledge and expertise, coupled with their straightforward advice which makes them a go-to firm of lawyers.'

'The comprehensive knowledge and the thorough analysis John Caddies provides on occupational illness claims is unrivalled.'

'John is always extremely responsive and accessible and his advice is always thorough and clear. He has negotiated very effectively for us on settlements and always delivers the best possible result.'

'Tony McDonach possesses a wealth of experience, specifically in the defence of noise-induced hearing loss claims, has a unique gift for setting out the weaknesses of a claimant's case and the hurdles that they may face in pursuing their claim ensuring that many cases go no further.'

Key Clients

Associated British Ports

Hutchison Ports

BP Shipping Limited



Royal Caribbean Cruises

P&O Ferries

Louis Hotels

UK P&I Club

West of England P&I Club


Maersk Shipping Company

Shipowners Mutual P&I Club


Gard P&I Club

Swedish Club

Steamship P&I Club

London P&I Club

Work highlights

  • Represented Compre Group/Bothnia International Insurance Company Ltd in a Court of Appeal case involving a claim by an opponent insurer for a contribution from the client in the context of a Fairchild mesothelioma settlement.
  • Representing Camomile Lines plc in a claim where the High Court rejected the claimant's application for a declaration in relation to future immunotherapy treatment.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 6

Hill Dickinson LLP

The public law offering at Hill Dickinson LLP has a particular focus on the healthcare and social care sectors, with a healthy list of NHS bodies and clinical commissioning groups comprising the bulk of the client roster. Advisory work regularly involves the implementation of policy initiatives and reorganisations, particularly NHS England’s flagship integrated care system legislative framework. Emma Stockwell advises on the commissioning of pharmaceutical services. Common contentious mandates include defending judicial review challenges, procurement challenges and advising on inquiries into breaches of duty.

Practice head(s):Emma Stockwell; David Hill; Eleanor Tunnicliffe


'Always goes the extra mile while providing a personal service'

'Esther Venning and Robert McGough take a flexible and pragmatic approach to developing and identifying solutions'

'Kiran Bhogal has an excellent combination of pragmatism and legal knowledge'

'The team always meets deadlines and gives prompt feedback in a way which is understandable without the jargon'

Key Clients

NHS England

Care Quality Commission

Health Education England

NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Free London Hospitals NHS Foundation Tust

Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Tust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Tust

Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Tust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Tust

Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Tust

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Knowsley CCG

Fareham and Gosport CCG

Midlands and Lancashire CSU

Liverpool CCG

Manchester CCG

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Tust

Work highlights

  • Providing public law advice to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust on numerous matters in the context of proposed service reconfigurations due to financial, quality of care and workforce issues.
  • Successfully defending a procurement challenge brought against NHS England by an unsuccessful bidder for the provision of waste disposal services.
  • Provided advice to NHS England on the development and implementation of its flagship policy initiative on reorganising the NHS on the basis of 44 integrated care systems across the country.
  • Advising Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group on the inquiry into the deaths of elderly patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

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Healthcare - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP continued to expand its healthcare capabilities with two lateral hires from Hempsons: Jamie Foster, who has 'breadth of industry experience' advising NHS organisations, private providers, and health and life sciences start-ups on commercial and public law matters, and James Lawford Davies, a 'top specialist' in healthtech and life sciences, specifically in reproductive and genetic technologies and cell and gene therapies. Key areas of expertise include commercial and procurement, commissioning, regulatory, governance, inquests and Court of Protection work. Kiran Bhogal and Emma Galland co-head the London healthcare group. Other recommended partners include Joanna Trewin in Manchester, Robert McGough in Leeds and Sharon Thomas in Liverpool.

Practice head(s):Andrew Craggs

Other key lawyers:Kiran Bhogal; Emma Galland; Robert McGough; Joanna Trewin; Sharon Thomas


'Widely respected in the market for public law, especially representing trusts in judicial review challenges'

'Exceptionally personable team that make you feel as though you are their most important client. They are extremely perceptive to your needs and although they have access to a wide range of expertise, they also have the confidence to advise you when they do not. Their ability to provide succinct, practical and cost-effective solutions to our problems is highly appreciated.'

'Kiran Bhogal and Emma Galland both have a wealth of experience in inquests and other public law matters.'

'Kiran Bhogal is highly responsive to our needs, quick to manage our expectations, and goes beyond and above what is expected to ensure that we are completely satisfied.'

'Emma Galland is dynamic and provides impressive representation and solutions, often at short notice.'

'Robert McGough consistently delivers cost-effective expert assistance and guides you through every step of complexity, inspiring confidence.'

'Jamie Foster is approachable and skillfully translates complex situations into practical solutions.'

Key Clients

Royal Free London Hospitals NHS FT

Kings College Hospital NHS FT

Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT

Royal Marsden Hospital NHS FT

Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Richmond Psychosocial Foundation International, a charity which provides therapeutic care for adults with mental health problems in a residential setting, in relation to the inquest concerning the suicide of a young patient with complex needs whilst residing in a care home.
  • Advising NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Groups in relation to the development of a new model for collaboration between the council and the CCG as commissioners and the main providers of NHS and social care services in Bradford District and Craven.
  • Represented Alder Hey NHS Foundation Trust in a number of high-profile cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights in connection with the trust's decision to end treatment for a child with neurodegenerative brain disorder.
Leading individuals

Kiran Bhogal - Hill Dickinson LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport - ranked: tier 6

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP's sports group are particularly well known for their commercial and regulatory disputes work for clients including football clubs, sportspeople and media agencies. The team's growing commercial sports arm spans sponsorship deals, supply agreements, hospitality agreements, IP and brand licensing. Consultant Louise Millington-Roberts specialises in advising governing bodies, clubs, event hosts, sponsors and athletes on global rights and brand management issues and has specific expertise in the area of ticketing. Partner Geraldine Ryan focuses predominantly on dispute resolution and reputation management for clients such as footballers.

Practice head(s):Geraldine Ryan; Louise Millington-Roberts; Sue Russell

Key Clients

Triple S Sports & Entertainment Group Limited

GB Taekwondo

Lancashire County Cricket Club Limited

The Dallaglio Foundation

Blackpool Rovers Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackburn Rovers FC on its recent football kit sponsorship deal with overseas gaming company 10 Bet.
  • Providing commercial and legal advice to Lancashire Country Cricket Club's CEO and management team, including negotiating and drafting agreements for sale and supply of hospitality, kit and clothing, technical support, sponsorship and supply and worldwide tour operations.
  • Acting for a football agent in defending claims for breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy.

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London: Transport

Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP is 'highly recommended' for shipping work; the 'growing' team welcomed Beth Bradley from Clyde & Co LLP and has also made several hires internationally. The London team, which is supported by its international network of experts, handles a raft of wet and dry work and has recently been instructed on several high-profile casualty claims and dry shipping disputes. Its clients include ship owners, P&I Clubs, traders, salvors and insurers. It also has a strong cruise sector following. Global head of shipping Julian Clark led advice for The Lion Group on a dispute brought by Classic Maritime Inc, which examines issues regarding force majeure and exception clauses. Head of yachts Tony Allen focuses on yacht insurance disputes and transactions, while David Pitlarge is noted for his experience in dry shipping work and Adrian Marsh, who is based in Manchester, is head of cargo and logistics. Consultant Robert Wallis specialises in admiralty law.

Practice head(s):Julian Clark; Adrian Marsh; Tony Allen; Jeff Isaacs

Other key lawyers:David Pitlarge; Russell Gardner; Fred Konynenburg; Robert Wallis; Jeff Park; Lewis Moore; Phil Haddon; Ian MacLean; Siiri Duddington; Beth Bradley; Tom Burdass; Colin Lavelle; Alexander Bramwell; Rachel Hoyland; Winnie Mah; Chris Primikiris; Beatrice Cameli

Key Clients

Skuld P&I Club

North of England P&I Association Limited

Gard A/S (P&I Club)

UK P&I Club (managed by Thomas Miller)

Britannia P&I Club

Standard P&I Club (managed by Charles Taylor & Co Limited)

Swedish P&I Club

Norwegian Hull Club

The American P&I Club

The MECO Group (Michael Else & Co)

The Lion Group

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

ADM Intermare

BP Shipping

Work highlights

  • The team is representing Lakatamia Shipping Co on the enforcement of a $50m judgment.
  • The team represented Stallion Eight Shipping Co on a dispute regarding the issue of whether an arresting party has to provide counter-security in the same way as an applicant does in an application for a freezing order.
  • Represented Connect Shipping Inc in the Supreme Court case, the MV Renos.
  • The team is instructed by PB Tankers on sanctions issues.
  • Acted for The Lion Group on a number of issues in the dispute: (i) whether an exceptions clause in a COA excused non-performance and whether it was necessary to satisfy the ‘but-for’ test (ii) application of the compensatory principle and whether Classic were entitled to substantial damages.
Leading individuals

Adrian Marsh - Hill Dickinson LLP

David Pitlarge - Hill Dickinson LLP

Julian Clark - Hill Dickinson LLP

Robert Wallis - Hill Dickinson LLP

Tony Allen - Hill Dickinson LLP

Next Generation Partners

Beth Bradley - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP's cross-practice travel and leisure team handles a range of work in the sector including defendant personal injury work as well as crisis management, employment, commercial, corporate, brand protection, data protection, EU, regulatory, tax, asset management and finance mandates. With a broad base of clients, the team acts for industry bodies, cruise and ferry operators, tour operators, hotels, ports and terminals, destination management companies; it is instructed by an array of clients operating in the rail, aviation, port, terminals, road and shipping sectors. John Caddies, who is a personal injury and disease specialist, heads the travel and leisure team. Caddies led advice for Silverseas Cruises on the implementation of GDPR. Lucy Schofield has joined Miles Fanning Legal Services Limited.

Practice head(s):John Caddies

Other key lawyers:Javed Ali; Sarah Barnes

Key Clients

Wexas Ltd

Silverseas Cruises

Louis Hotels Plc

Royal Air Maroc


Disney Cruise Lines

Carnival UK

Royal Caribbean Cruises

MS Amlin

Unipolsai Assicurazioni Spa

Celestyal Cruises

Cruise and Maritime Voyages

AIG Europe (Cyprus) Limited

P&O Cruises

Mundy Cruises

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

ST & H Limited

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Ltd

West of England P&I Insurance

UK P&I Club UK P&I Club

Work highlights

  • Advised Wexas Ltd on the intricate drafting of commercial contracts for business-to-business agreements with its clients.
  • The team is drafting and reviewing intricate commercial contracts for Louis Hotels.
  • Acting for clients in a fatal accident claim as a result of the deceased slipping on a shower tray.
  • Defended a client in a high-value personal injury claim which involved complicated jurisdictional issues.
  • Defending clients in a high-value and high-profile personal injury claim, which included serious brand and reputation protection issues.
Leading individuals

John Caddies - Hill Dickinson LLP

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