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Hill Dickinson LLP

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

North West

Transport - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP specialises in cargo and logistics work for national and international clients. Areas of expertise include litigation, arbitration, supply chain issues and agreements, cargo insurance, marine policy coverage, salvage, freight debt recovery, customs and excise issues and risk management. Clients sectors include marine insurance, cargo, logistics and warehousing. Adrian Marsh heads the team and focuses on litigation and arbitration. Legal director Richard Allingham deals with subrogated recovery claims and liability matters, while legal director Caroline Bridge , an employed barrister, specialises in drafting and advising on service level agreements and standard trading conditions in the logistics industry.

Practice head(s):Adrian Marsh

Other key lawyers:Richard Allingham; Caroline Bridge; Edward Locke

Key Clients



Agility Logistics

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Tokio Marine Kiln

Zurich Insurance


Work highlights

  • Represented Access World and its insurer, RSA, in a $32m litigation in the Commercial Court arising out of the sale/purchase of fraudulent warehouse receipts.
Leading individuals

Adrian Marsh - Hill Dickinson LLP

Rising stars

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

Hill Dickinson LLP 's strong Liverpool corporate team represents national and international commercial and corporate clients including large private companies, start-ups, partnerships and private individuals. Areas of expertise include M&A, private equity and joint ventures. Craig Scott heads the team with support from Jonathan Brown, Mike Jones, Matt Noon, Sue Russell and Michael Murphy. Legal director Graeme Alder is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Craig Scott

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Brown; Mike Jones; Matt Noon; Sue Russell; Michael Murphy; Graeme Alder; Emma Colins; Elan Iorwerth

Key Clients

Stobart Group

Enterprise Ventures Growth II fund

Next Wave Partners

The Delivery Group

CRH Group

Carrs Milling Industries PLC

JLA Group

Fishawack Communications

Kuehne + Nagel

Downing Students

Work highlights

  • Acted for the management team of JLA Group on the acquisition by Cinven Private Equity from Hg Capital (and others) of the entire issued share capital of JLA New Equityco Limited.
  • Advised The Delivery Group on the sale of UK based global ecomms logistics delivery business P2P Mailing Limited to the FedEx Corporation in Memphis for a cash consideration of £92.7m.
  • Advised We Are Discounts Limited on its sale to Brinc Services Limited for £38.8m.
  • Advised Stobart Group and Connect Airways on its proposed takeover of Flybe plc for £102.2m.
  • Advised Peel Land on the creation of a joint venture for the £55m regeneration and redevelopment of Birkenhead Docks.
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 Partners

Michael Murphy - Hill Dickinson LLP

Rising stars

Graeme Alder - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP focuses on equity capital markets, M&A, cross-border transactions, asset acquisitions and disposals, corporate joint ventures and investments. The firm has also been acting on an increasing number of private equity transactions. The 'very enthusiastic and hard working' Ian Gillis heads the corporate practice, with Mark Fitzgibbon heading the commercial and IP team.  Ian Riggs advises accountants and OMBs.

Practice head(s):Ian Gillis; Mark Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Gillow; David Mkhitarian; Tracey Sheehan; James Down; Sean Lightfoot; Katie Somerville; Ian Riggs

Key Clients

Stobart Group

Styles & Wood

Sykes Cottages


BGF Investment

Barber of Sheffield

Seneca Partners

Royal Sanders

Cenkos Securities

Parkwood Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acting for Styles & Wood Group Plc on its £42.5m take private transaction.
  • Acting for shareholders and management on £2.5m partial buy-out of ABL Health Limited supported by investment by Foresight Group.
  • Acting for Waterland Private Equity on its circa £20m investment into Gas Tag Limited
  • Acting for Royal Sanders on its £12.5m acquisition of a division of McBride
  • Placing of new shares for an AIM listed company.
Leading individuals

Ian Gillis  - Hill Dickinson LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP 's Manchester practice represents a growing roster of banks, financial services providers and asset-based lending clients, and in recent months the team has seen an increase in fraud-related instructions. Asset-based lending specialist Sharon Williamson, who was made up to the partnership in 2018, now heads up the practice, while John Quicler was promoted to senior associate.

Practice head(s):Sharon Williamson

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Limited

Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC

Metro Bank PLC

Bank of Ireland (UK) Limited

KBC Bank Ireland Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland Invoice Finance

Bibby Factors Limited

Bibby Factors Manchester Limited

Bibby Factors North West Limited

Bibby Factors Leicester Limited

Bibby Invoice Discounting Limited

Bibby Factors Slough Limited

Bibby Factors Sussex Limited

Bibby Factors Scotland Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Limited to make demand upon an indemnifier.
  • Instructed by Bibby Factors Limited to make demand upon indemnifiers.

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP handles shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, breach of contract claims, international arbitration, breach of confidence and misuse of confidential information claims and tax disputes. Other areas of expertise include multi-jurisdictional disputes, mis-selling claims against financial institutions, IP disputes, defamation, group litigation, judicial reviews, procurement claims and product liability claims. Fiona Parry  and Manchester-based Geraldine Ryan head the team. Newly promoted legal director Daniel Keating is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Fiona Parry; Geraldine Ryan

Other key lawyers:Daniel Keating


What makes this team unique is their cohesion’.

They operate extremely well as a unit and whilst they fight incredibly hard for their clients in what is normally very complex litigation, they are also approachable, personable and easy to work with’.

Paul Walsh is an exceptionally talented lawyer, he has a fantastic breadth of knowledge and experience, a keen intellect and an impressive ability to keep a cool head whilst working under immense pressure’.

Paul Twigg and Jon Scally are also highly recommended; both are very bright, hard-working and personable individuals who go the extra mile to get the right result for their clients’.

Key Clients

Bourne Leisure

Stobart Group

Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited

Direct Accident Management Limited

FS Commercial Limited

Hazedrive Limited

Poundland Limited

Coffee Republic Retail Limited

Ged Lynch-Smith (Lloyds Autobody)

Cheshire East Borough Council

MJ Quinn

Work highlights

  • Advised Direct Accident Management Limited on claim for injunctive relief/search order arising from claim for misuse of confidential information.
  • Advised on minority shareholder unfair prejudice dispute and partnership dispute.
  • Advised Poundland Limited on claim for damages in excess of £5m for breaches of competition law.
  • Advised F S Commercial Limited on appeal in the First Tier Tax Tribunal against determinations in respect of allegedly underpaid PAYE and NICs.
  • Advised Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited on £26m claim for damages for breach of contract.
Leading individuals

Fiona Parry  - Hill Dickinson LLP

Rising stars

Daniel Keating - Hill Dickinson LLP

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP handles the full range of commercial disputes, from routine work to high-value, complex litigation and arbitration. The team, which has secured a number of very high-profile court win in recent months, has recently seen an increase in work on high value commercial fraud-related matters. Geraldine Ryan heads the team while also advising on complex high value disputes and reputation management issues. Christopher Tyrrell has a particular focus on procurement disputes and disputes for NHS bodies. Sharon Williamson was promoted to partner; Andrew Little is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Geraldine Ryan

Other key lawyers:Christopher Tyrrell; Sharon Williamson; Andrew Little, Iain Campbell; Moya Clifford; Alex Smith; Emma Lewis; Kelly Heath


Fantastic at giving legal advice but with a commercial slant’.

Able to handle high value and complex litigation with a strong team who are efficient, disciplined and hard working while also understanding the client`s commercial interests’.

Offer sensible, pragmatic advice and are sensibly priced’.

Geraldine Ryan is particularly astute in understanding the legal and commercial issues of a case and can confidently lead her team in a disciplined approach to complex cases’.

Christopher Tyrrell is very pragmatic and offers original thought to the litigation process’.

Alex Smith and Andrew Little are very good team players and offer good advice and have significant input into developing arguments as well as working diligently and efficiently throughout transactions’.

Key Clients

NHS England

Port of Sheerness Limited

Manchester Ship Canal Company Limited

Investly Limited

Swinton Insurance Limited

Oldham Borough Council

Triple S Sports & Entertainment Limited

Chemox Pound Limited

Connells Limited

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance

Hitachi Capital (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Manchester Ship Canal Company is a case involving important issues of contract interpretation.
  • Acting for Port of Sheerness Limited in a trespass action seeking a declaration, injunction or damages in lieu, damages or mesne profits.
  • Acting for the NHS in two separate but related instructions (i) breach of procurement law claim and (ii) recovery of monies.
  • Represented NHS England in relation to critical termination of GP GMS contract and subsequent injunction against termination and CQC cancellation of registration.
  • Advised NHS Surrey Downs CCG on high-profile procurement challenge to a contract worth £100m.
Leading individuals

Geraldine Ryan - Hill Dickinson LLP

Next Generation Partners

Christopher Tyrrell - Hill Dickinson LLP

Rising stars

Andrew Little - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP carries out routine debt recovery work, while also fielding litigation specialists to deal with complex and contested recoveries. Areas of expertise include enforcement of judgments and costs orders, Norwich Pharmacal Applications, vehicle finance disputes and restitution claims for NHS clients. Client sectors include agriculture, leisure, retail, estate agency, engineering and construction companies, professional education institutes and high-net-worth individuals. Legal director Sharon Williamson leads the Manchester-based team.

Practice head(s):Sharon Williamson

Other key lawyers:John Quicler; Kate Steele; Paul Twigg

Key Clients

Bibby Financial Services

Thomas Hardie Commercials Limited

Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited

Wirral Teaching Hospitals

Borgun HF

MJ Quinn Integrated Services Limited

Anexys Limited

Irwell Street Metal Company Limited

Broder Metals Group Limited

Urban Bubble

Work highlights

  • Successfully recovered £76,000 from a local authority in relation to care services provided by client to a vulnerable adult.
  • Successfully recovered monies in the sum of £33,000 held in the claimant’s various bank and pension accounts following third party debt order applications.
  • Regular instructions to recover payment of invoices assigned to Bibby Factors Manchester and to issue their daily letters of demand which in the last calendar year totalled in excess of 200.
  • Regularly acting for NHS Business Services Authority to recover overpayment of pensions and other benefits.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

Based across its Manchester and Liverpool offices, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP regularly handles corporate and property finance transactions, and acts on a number of asset based lending and private equity mandates. The team is instructed by a range of lender and borrower clients and has particular experience across the leisure, transportation, real estate, construction, retail and financial services sectors. Liverpool-based banking and finance head Richard Capper is a 'fantastic lawyer', while Alasdair Mackinnon heads the banking practice in Manchester, where Chris Johnston, who heads the property finance team, is also based.

Practice head(s):Richard Capper

Other key lawyers:Chris Johnston; Alasdair Mackinnon; Deepak Purushothaman; Helen Penfold; Emma Howard; Rebecca Layton


Richard Capper is outstanding and a strong player in the Liverpool market

Alasdair Mackinnon is exceptional and is leading the firm's growing Manchester presence

The team is highly skilled

The lawyers within the team are very experienced and deliver excellent attention to detail

Key Clients

RBS Group (including Nat West and Ulster Bank Ireland)

Lloyds Banking Group

Bibby Financial Services

Betfred Goup

Regency Entertainment Leisure & Tourism

Hyde Park Finance

Stobart Group

Bank of Ireland


Arbuthnot Latham & Co

Coutts & Co

Oblix Capital Ltd

Ingenious Real Estate Finance

Banks & Clients


Wilmington Trust Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Regency Entertainment Group on its €480m financial restructuring.
  • Advised Stobart Group on the amendment, restatement and extension of its existing revolving credit facilities with Lloyds Bank and Allied Irish Bank.
  • Acted for HSBC on the funding of the management buy-out of Fullex Locks by Maven Capital Partners with a mixture of term facility and invoice discounting.
  • Advised The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland on the provision of facilities to Uniphar for the acquisition of Sisk Healthcare.
  • Acted for Lloyds Bank on the £30m refinancing and group reorganisation of Elite Group.
Leading individuals

Richard Capper - Hill Dickinson LLP

Next Generation Partners

Alasdair Mackinnon - Hill Dickinson LLP

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

Led by Paul Spence, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP is active across contentious and non-contentious insolvency instructions; it handles a range of corporate recovery and restructuring work as well as high value, complex litigation. Asset based lender-related insolvencies, pensions-related matters and high value property-related insolvency matters are key areas of expertise, as are personal insolvency mandates and shipping and commodities work. Gavin Jones is also a key figure in the Manchester-based team.

Practice head(s):Paul Spence

Other key lawyers:Richard Palmer; Gavin Jones; Kathryn Maclennan


The team provides an excellent service

Paul Spence is a well-known and highly regarded name in the market


Key Clients


RSM Restructuring Advisory

Duff & Phelps


Grant Thornton

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance

Investec Bank

Bank of Ireland


Royal Bank of Scotland/RBS Invoice Finance

Bibby Finance

Work highlights

  • Continued to act for Freddie White, as liquidator of Enterprise Insurance Company, on the UK aspects of his appointment as liquidator.
  • Advised Steve Muncaster and Phil Duffy at Duff & Phelps on the liquidation of GCC Management (formerly Gravity Child Care Limited).
  • Advised Lindsey Cooper of RSM as administrator of First4Skills.
  • Advised on the acquisition of large IVA portfolio and associated trust accounts from Debt Free Direct/Fairpoint Group from its administrators.
  • Assisted Kings Road Tyres on restructuring options.
Leading individuals

Gavin Jones - Hill Dickinson LLP

Paul Spence - Hill Dickinson LLP

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP

Led by employment, education and pensions head Jeff Middleton, Hill Dickinson LLP's employment team enjoys an excellent reputation in key sectors such as health, where the team is very active for the NHS, advising on discrimination and whistleblowing cases as well as injunctions. Another major focus is the education space, where the firm advises on all aspects of employment, including collective agreements for teachers as well as support staff. Investigations is an emerging area of activity, with the practice conducting independent disciplinary and grievance investigations for in-house legal and HR teams. Gareth Roberts joined from Turner Parkinson LLP in July 2018, while Bernadette Worthington is a new arrival from Weightmans LLP.

Practice head(s):Jeff Middleton

Other key lawyers:David Perry; Kerstie Skeaping; Luke Green; Michael Wright; Philip Farrar; Caroline Prosser; Suzane Nulty

Key Clients




Britvic Soft Drinks


Travel Republic

Odeon Cinemas

Liverpool Airport

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Health Education England

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

dNata Travel (part of Emirates Group)

Parkwood Leisure


Agility Chemical Logistics

Premier Care





Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

City of Liverpool College

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Sonoco Alcore

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust

Myriad Genetics

Caldic (UK)

G2 Speech UK

Oldham Council

FRP Advisory LLP

Ramsay UK Healthcare Group

Arrow XL

Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

Leeds CCG

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as respondent in employment litigation proceedings for constructive unfair dismissal, from Tribunal to Supreme Court.
  • Instructed by the Institute of Directors to conduct an independent investigation into allegations against its chair, Lady Barbara Judge, including claims of racism, bullying and harassment.
  • Advising Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership on a new protocol for local authorities and NHS organisations in the Greater Manchester area to voluntarily recognise continuous service.
  • Represented NHS England in relation to its restructure and alignment with NHS Improvement and restructure of its workforce across the country.
  • Appointed legal advisers to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in relation to its acquisition of Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
Next Generation Partners

Michael Wright - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

Investigations and interviews lie at the heart of Hill Dickinson LLP's health and safety practice, which is led by Philip Moy. He is adept at dealing with serious criminal and regulatory matters, working alongside senior associate Stephen Barnfield, whose workload includes defending substantial prosecutions.

Practice head(s):Philip Moy

Other key lawyers:Stephen Barnfield

Next Generation Partners

Stephen Barnfield - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP's broad pension practice led by Barry Gibb is skilled at advising on scheme mergers, design and restructuring, as well as funding solutions encompassing guarantees, security and escrow arrangements. The team also advises on closing schemes to future accrual and has expertise in the drafting and interpretation of pension-related documentation. Paula Warnock is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):Barry Gibb

Other key lawyers:Paula Warnock; Heather Lucas; Lisa Suares

Key Clients

Trustees of the MWH UK Limited Pension and Life Assurance Plan

Swissport GB Limited

The North of England Zoological Society

Trustees of the William Jackson Pension Plan

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Ltd

Trustees of the A&P Group Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Instem LSS Pension Scheme

Trustees of the PJKI Pension Scheme

Vynova Runcorn Limited

The Trustees of the Eden Friendly Society

Trustees of the Iggesund Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Goricon Metallurgical Services Limited Retirement Benefits Scheme

Tote (Successor Company) Limited (Betfred)

Trustees of HJ Enthoven Limited Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Milford Haven Port Authority RBS

Stobart Group

Trustees of Thomas Cook UK DC Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised the Trustees of the MWH UK Limited Pension and Life Assurance Plan on a scheme restructure.
  • Advising Swissport Group in respect of its obligations towards the defined benefit pension schemes within the corporate group.
  • Advising The North of England Zoological Society on setting up an escrow account into which it can pay contributions in the event that the scheme’s funding deficit calculated on the solvency basis falls below a certain figure.
  • Advising the Trustees of the William Jackson Pension Plan in respect of the company’s decision to sell subsidiary company, Aunt Bessie’s Limited.
  • Advising Hellmann Worldwide Logistics on a rewrite of the Trust Deed and Rules within a very tight timeframe.

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North West: Insurance

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP's clinical negligence defence team enjoys an excellent reputation, holding places on a number major national healthcare panels such as the Medical Protection Society and NHS Resolution. The group also acts for a significant number of NHS Trusts throughout the country. The 'dynamic and astute' Andrew Craggs and Ian Gardiner jointly lead the department, while other key team members include Richard Watson, David Locke, Mike McKenna, Philip Bradbury and Andrew Leslie. Joanne Hughes was promoted to partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Andrew Craggs; Ian Gardiner

Other key lawyers:Richard Watson; David Locke; Mike McKenna; Philip Bradbury; Andrew Leslie; Jonathan Heap; Joanne Hughes; Claire Christopholus; Rachel Doherty


'This is a team who have a highly specialised knowledge of clinical negligence and work very much in partnership with their clients and counsel. They are extremely knowledgeable, efficient, dedicated and approachable. Nothing is ever too much.'

'An outstanding service in terms of case preparation, response time and tactical nous.'

'This a very strong team which has developed over a period of years. Andrew Craggs provides dynamic and astute leadership; knowing how to engage with clients effectively .They understand how to appreciate the client's perspective and the importance of extra value. The senior lawyers do a significant amount of file handling as well managing and mentoring younger team lawyers. There is good rapport within the teams and you sense the more junior members feel well supported.'

'David Locke is, for me, probably the best NHS Trust defence lawyer there is. He knows exactly what info to secure from a Trust early on, organises the factual and expert evidence quickly and gets the case prepared in such a way that it is almost always possible to tell before proceedings are issued whether to fight or settle. If settling, negotiates hard for his client.'

'Andrew Craggs is very effective in his role and there is an impressive array of experienced litigators.'

'Phil Bradbury is tactically astute and achieves excellent results using meticulous preparation.'

'Andrew Leslie communicates effectively with his opponents which makes them receptive to his position.'

'Jon Heap is acquiring a reputation as a leading litigator. He is not afraid to fight on principle which makes him a formidable opponent.'

'Ian Gardiner has a calm and focused approach which gives him excellent judgement in high value cases.'

'Joanne Hughes has demonstrated a dynamic and robust approach. She is clearly a star in the making.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

CNA Hardy

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust

Northern Care Alliance

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented NHS England (indemnified by NHS Resolution) in a complex and repercussive case concerning the provision of healthcare in prisons.
  • Instructed by NHS Resolution to represent Countess of Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust in a high value cerebral palsy claim including complex quantum arguments.
  • Instructed by NHS Resolution to handle multiple group actions involving the highest reputational and risk management issues for both individual NHS Trusts, and the NHS as a whole.
  • Instructed by NHS Resolution to represent an NHS Trust in relation to a complex claim by a child who sustained a brain injury as a new-born.
  • Instructed by NHS Resolution to act for two NHS trusts in a very complex and unusual claim brought by twins who sustained brain injuries around the time of their birth.
Leading individuals

Andrew Craggs - Hill Dickinson LLP

David Locke - Hill Dickinson LLP

Richard Watson - Hill Dickinson LLP

Next Generation Partners

Joanne Hughes - 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

Hill Dickinson LLP acts for a diverse range of large, medium and small charitable not-for-profit organisations as well as social enterprises across sectors including health and education, offering advice on a range of matters covering corporate, property and governance, among others. Mark Fitzgibbon enjoys a good reputation in the local market, while Jeff Middleton advises charities on employment-related matters. Paul Baker advises clients on tax-efficient philanthrophy while schools head Luke Green works with academy clients.

Practice head(s):Mark Fitzgibbon; Jeff Middleton; Paul Baker; Luke Green

Key Clients

Big Life Group

Greenwich Leisure Limited

The People’s Trust (Greece)

Delta Philanthropies

Parkwood Holdings Limited

Manchester Literature Festival

Amnesty (UK) Group



New Brighton Cricket & Bowls Club

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Family - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

The team at Hill Dickinson LLP have a 'friendly, efficient and razor sharp approach' to advising clients, which include high-profile individuals, sports personalities and key individuals at national companies. Joanne Raisbeck heads the team after being promoted to legal director in 2016 and specialises in high-net financial matters and pre/post-nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):Joanne Raisbeck


'Friendly, efficient and razor sharp approach.'

'Though a global firm can seem intimidating they themselves are not. I found everyone I came into contact with approachable, professional and clearly understood the situation and my needs. They are friendly and helpful and would highly recommend their services to others.'

'Hill Dickinson deal with high value complex cases with professionalism and the highest quality of service. Whilst the team is small it is envied.'

'Sarah McCarthy is bright and hardworking. She gives clients realistic and constructive advice. She gives 110% and is personable, approachable and clients love her.'

'Joanne Raisbeck is a very good lawyer and her thoroughness and tenacity knows in my view no equal locally.'

'Joanne Raisbeck is, in my opinion, the pre-eminent family lawyer in Liverpool. Her work ethic, commerciality and desire to do the very best for her client is second to none.'

'Sarah McCarthy is excellent, very knowledgable and understanding. Clearly explained the divorce process. Very efficient, always returned phone calls and emails.'

'The team is headed by Joanne Raisbeck, whose experience and knowledge in the field is second to none.'

Next Generation Partners

Joanne Raisbeck - Hill Dickinson LLP

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP acts for high-net-worth individuals and businesses on both domestic and cross-border matters, with a particular focus on succession planning. The practice, which displays 'excellent professionalism', provides high quality advice, characterised by a strong tax element. Fionnuala Kenny heads the team which includes legal director Susan Sherry, who is 'on a different level to competitors'.

Practice head(s):Fionnuala Kenny


'Exceptional professionalism, very good knowledge and approachable from both a professional and client level. From assistant to partner level excellent service.'

'Susan Sherry's knowledge seems on a different level to competitors.'

'Friendly and easy to deal with team.'

'All key staff have a professional approach.'

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North West: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP's 'first-rate' team is regularly instructed by schools in both the maintained and non-maintained (independent and academy) sectors, and it has a growing higher education practice which is led by Iain Campbell . The team handles a range of employment mandates in the education sector and is also instructed on academy conversions and re-brokerages.  Luke Green is the firm's national head of schools.

Practice head(s):Luke Green; Iain Campbell; Alan Pugh; Kerstie Skeaping

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Hart; Joe Orme


'They team is always on hand to answer questions, provide advice and negotiate with the utmost professionalism, and it does so in a timely manner.'

'Luke Green and Charlotte Hart provide an exceptional service.'

Key Clients

University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT)

Star Academies

The Pennine Trust

Endeavour Learning Trust

The Bay Learning Trust

The Heath Family (North West)

Wade Deacon Trust

Feversham Education Trust

University of Liverpool

College of North West London

Work highlights

  • Advised the University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) on the re-brokerage of seven academies and the winding up of the trust.
  • Advised Star Academies on the re-brokerage of three academies from WCAT.
  • Advised on the creation of the Pennine Trust and on the conversion of four maintained schools into it.
  • Advised Endeavour Learning Trust on the conversion of Burscough and Churchtown schools into the academy trust.
  • Advised The Bay Learning Trust on the conversion of Carnforth High School into the trust.

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Health - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP offers a range of services such as inquest representation; mental health and mental capacity advisory work; Court of Protection expertise; support in relation to inquiries and investigations; judicial review; and healthcare governance. It also handles a range of property, commercial, employment and dispute resolution instructions in the sector. Andrew Craggs is head of health, while Manchester healthcare head Joanna Trewin is ably supported by deputy team head Paul Allerston. Emma Stockwell leads the health group’s governance, regulatory and public law team and recently promoted partner Amanda Hurst is a healthcare property specialist.

Practice head(s):Andrew Craggs; Joanna Trewin; Emma Stockwell; Sharon Thomas; Kerstie Skeaping; Amanda Hurst

Other key lawyers:Paul Allerston; Richard Parker; Jenna Wong; Amy Clarke; Kamila Kubryn; Rebecca Sharrock; Rachael Watkinson; Elizabeth Wallace; Joanna Crichton; Amrita Singh; Victoria McManus 


'The team is very responsive; knowledgeable and has a good appreciation of the reality of delivering healthcare to vulnerable adults which makes discussing cases more straightforward.'

'They team is always very approachable and friendly.'

'The team is easily accessible, approachable and no question is unanswered.'

'Joanne Trewin is patient-centred, caring, open, honest, has a can-do attitude and a personal approach.'

'Paul Allerston is caring, open and honest;  his understanding of LPA and COP cases is outstanding, and he is always willing to help.'

Key Clients

Northern Care Alliance - Pennine Acute NHS Trust & Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS

St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust

Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Liverpool CCG

NHS Warrington CCG

NHS Blackpool CCG


Work highlights

  • Advised three north-west CCGs on statutory and constitutional powers and duties to work in integrated ways pursuant to the national NHS integration agenda.
  • Advised Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and its CEO on proposed service changes.
  • Successfully defended NHSE on a procurement challenge brought by SRCL, a clinical waste management company.
  • Advised an NHS Trust client on the disposal of an on-site multi-storey car park.
  • Instructed by Bridgewater Community NHS Foundation Trust to represent it at a complex inquest concerning the death of a prisoner.
Leading individuals

Andrew Craggs - Hill Dickinson LLP

Next Generation Partners

Amanda Hurst - Hill Dickinson LLP

Rising stars

Paul Allerston - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP stands out for its experience across a range of public procurement, regeneration, dispute resolution and telecoms mandates. The team also offers construction, restructuring, health, restructuring, banking and planning expertise. Mark Fitzgibbon, who leads the commercial, TMT and IP team and Tracey Sheehan, who is head of telecoms, jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):Mark Fitzgibbon; Tracey Sheehan


'The level of strategic thinking and understanding of the national health agenda and 'politics' is key.'


Key Clients

Liverpool City Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Pendle Borough Council

Sefton Borough Council

Wyre Council

Oldham Borough Council

St. Helens Borough Council


Work highlights

  • Advised Liverpool City Council on the design and building of a new  cruise liner terminal on the Mersey waterfront.
  • Acted for Pendle Borough Council on its desire to create a commercially focused joint venture between itself, Barnfield Investment Properties and Harewood Housing Society.
  • Acted for The ACC Liverpool Group, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liverpool City Council and operates (on behalf of the Council) the Liverpool Arena and Exhibition Centre at the Kings Dock in Liverpool, on commercial and procurement matters.
  • Advising St Helens Borough Council with NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on the establishment of a collaborative approach to health and social care commissioning and provision in St Helens.
  • Advised Rochdale Borough Council on its project to re-develop the children’s play area at Denehurst Park.

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North West: Real estate

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP stands out for its retail, logistics, transport and healthcare expertise. The team is active on property development work and is also noted for its experience in acting for local authority clients. Real estate finance is also a key area of expertise. Martyn McDonald leads the retail property team, recently promoted partner Amanda Hurst leads the national healthcare property team, legal director David Swaffield is 'very experienced' and Liverpool team head Alex McCann is 'very able'. Jim Purves in Manchester is national head of property and construction.

Practice head(s):Jim Purves; Alex McCann

Other key lawyers:Martyn McDonald; Claire Cosgrove; Amanda Hurst;  Graham Archibald; David Swaffield


The team offers a coordinated approach.

Alex McCann is very thorough and user friendly; he gets things done.

Key Clients

Co-operative Group

Iceland Foods

Peel Group

Liverpool City Council

Kuehne + Nagel

National Express Group

First Group


Mason Partners

Maghull Developments

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Universities Hospital Trust

Health Education England

North West Ambulance NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Peel Group in respect of a £55m housing joint venture with Urban Splash and a dementia village with Belong, as part of the ‘Wirral Waters’ development.
  • Acted for the family members of Mason Partners in relation to the development and ultimate sale of The Corn Exchange Building, Liverpool for £22.8m.
  • Advised developer Brickland on two major build-to-rent schemes in Liverpool and Manchester worth c£180m.
  • Advised Alexander Hotels on the acquisition of Great Fosters Hotel in Egham for £18.75m
  • Advised National Express on the £11m sale and leaseback and related underletting of a depot near Heathrow Airport.
Leading individuals

David Swaffield - Hill Dickinson LLP

 Alex McCann - Hill Dickinson LLP

Next Generation Partners

Amanda Hurst - Hill Dickinson LLP

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP is active across a range of real estate mandates; it handles property investment and development work as well as real estate finance. The team is active in the logistics and retail sectors, and is often instructed by friendly societies and local authority clients. National head of property and construction Jim Purves is experienced in property mandates across the logistics, industrial and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):Jim Purves

Other key lawyers:Michael Blakey; Jonathan Dover; Chris Johnston; Darren Hamer; Alison Batchelor; Alistair Wallworth; Gary Cohen


'The team has excellent availability and legal acumen on both property and financial law.'

'Jonathan Dover and associate Katie Somerville stand out for their in-depth knowledge and for their ability to explain complex legal points in a succinct and coherent manner.'

'Michael Blakely has in-depth experience.'

'The team has very good communication between different areas within the firm and it is efficient and pleasant to deal with at all times.'

Key Clients


Lloyds Banking Group

Lookers Motor Group

Wrather Group


Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society


Williams Lea Tag

Euro Garages

M20 Property Group

Gordon Moon Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised DHL in connection with new build warehouses at Reading and Howden.
  • Acted for DHL on the sale-and-leaseback of warehouses at Swansea and Ebbw Vale.
  • Advised Williams Lea Tag on the acquisition of its new London headquarters.
  • Advised Wrather Group company Streetlands Limited on the £10m sale of Merrywalks Shopping Centre in Stroud.
  • Advised Misyl Investments  on the sale of a mixed-use property in Fitzrovia.
Leading individuals

Jim Purves - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP's construction and engineering team is active across contentious and non-contentious mandates. The team is engaged on domestic and international projects across the infrastructure, energy, transport, industrial, oil, gas and retail sectors. In Liverpool, team head Alan Pugh handles contentious and non-contentious work, as does the 'brilliant' David Oram and David Chinn. Also in Liverpool, senior associate Phil Gazzola handles domestic and international disputes. Tricia Morrison focuses on high-value adjudications for specialist contractors. In Manchester, recently promoted senior associate David Banks is noted for development finance work.

Practice head(s):Alan Pugh

Other key lawyers:David Oram; David Chinn; Michael Woolley; Tricia Morrison; Phil Gazzola; David Banks

Key Clients

National Express

Iliad Group

Edmundson Electrical

Chester Zoo

Peel Holdings / Peel Land and Property

Lloyds Bank

Construction Partnership UK

Liverpool City Council

Stobart Group

Lancashire County Cricket Club


FCC Construction

Work highlights

  • Provided pre-contract advice to BCEGI (UK) on a 34-storey residential tower in the Liverpool Waters scheme.
  • The team provides a range of construction, property, planning and commercial advice to Liverpool City Council.
  • Represented GP Strategies in a multimillion-pound multi-party Technology and Construction Court action regarding alleged defective extension, construction and refurbishment works at an abattoir in Lancashire.
  • The team advises Signature Living Group on numerous development projects, involving a substantial construction element which includes drafting all relevant construction documents.
  • Advised Iliad Grenville Street on the acquisition and development of a site in the development and regeneration of the St Michaels development in Liverpool.
Leading individuals

Alan Pugh - Hill Dickinson LLP

David Chinn - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP's planning team is regularly engaged on significant housing and housing-led mixed-use schemes, and also has experience in commercial development, retail, energy and infrastructure projects. The team is also able to advise on environmental issues relating to development projects. Planning head Grant Anderson's expertise spans the housing, development, retail, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):Grant Anderson


Grant Anderson ruthlessly supports his client's position

Grant Anderson is excellent; his instructions in even the most complex situations are clear and his analysis is usually spot on


Key Clients

J C B Group of Companies

European Metal Recycling

Muller Property Group

National Express Group

UK Oil and Gas


Seabridge Developments

The Co-operative Group

FI Real Estate

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Iliad Group

Eliot Group


Lancashire Cricket Club

Liverpool City Council

Peel Group


Forth Homes

Hartley Property Trust

Euro Garages

Conwy Property Developments

MLN (Land and Properties)

Melford Construction


Lloyds Bank


The Conygar Investment Company

South Lakeland District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised on the development of a multimillion-pound PGA championship golf course and country club in Staffordshire for JCB.    
  • Advised Muller Property Group on a housing planning appeal in Nantwich Cheshire to deliver 189 residential units and 5,500sqm of commercial floor space.  
  • Advised UK Oil and Gas on planning matters in relation to its exploration/drilling site in South Downs National Park.  
  • Advising Lancashire Cricket Club on the future development of the Old Trafford cricket ground and the wider area.    
  • Advised Liverpool City Council on a new cruise liner terminal and hotel development in Liverpool, which has included advice on various planning matters in relation to the proposed development, and environmental impact issues in relation to the proposed hotel development as part of the scheme.    
Leading individuals

Grant Anderson - Hill Dickinson LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP handles property disputes for clients across the retail, utilities, energy, insurance, education, transport and logistics sectors. Department head Kevin Lee stands out for his rights of light, mines, minerals and restrictive covenants expertise. Ralph Bullivant is active across high-value dilapidation claims and contentious break options. Consultant Craig Walker has handled high-value claims concerning the compulsory acquisition of land and handles telecommunications disputes.  Legal director Phil Parker is instructed by retail and logistics clients and Julia Stansfield, who is also a legal director, acts for for title insurers on commercial and residential disputes and also handles property-related professional negligence cases. Senior associate Helen Evans is experienced in trespass injunction claims.

Practice head(s):Kevin Lee

Other key lawyers:Ralph Bullivant; Craig Walker; Phil Parker; Julia Stansfield; Helen Evans

Key Clients

Iceland Foods

Peel Group

First Group

Co-Operative Group



First Title Insurance


Lookers Group

UK Oil and Gas

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented UK Oil and Gas, who operate in the inshore oil and gas industry, on an application for an interim injunction to protect the claimant’s sites and operations from protesters.  
  • Acted for the claimant, Bridge Corporate Finance, in professional negligence proceedings against a firm of surveyors.  
  • Acting for C2C Rail in relation to issues concerning the redevelopment of Fenchurch Street and Barking stations.
  • Acting for Signature of St Albans (Property) Guernsey before the Upper Tribunal to modify or discharge restrictive covenants pursuant to s84 Law of Property Act 1925.  
  • Defending Jones Bros. Ruthin (Civil Engineering) Company in a multi-defendant claim for injunctive relief and/or damages for alleged interference with the claimant’s sporting rights over part of a 3,500 acre estate.  
Leading individuals

Kevin Lee - Hill Dickinson LLP

Ralph Bullivant - Hill Dickinson LLP

Rising stars

Julia Stansfield - Hill Dickinson LLP

Phil Parker - Hill Dickinson LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP specialises in the telecoms sector, advising both private and public sector clients on regulatory compliance, smart grids and telecoms networks. Mark Fitzgibbon, a public procurement expert, is head of commercial, TMT and IP, while Tracey Sheehan is head of telecoms. Since joining the firm in late 2017, Sheehan has sought to broaden the firm's telecoms offering by strengthening the team’s international project capability and convergence with the wider firm's core industry groups, which include corporate, marine and construction.

Practice head(s):Mark Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:Tracey Sheehan

Key Clients

West Sussex County Council

Liquid Telecom

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Node Technologies Limited

Bridge Fibre Limited

Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited

London Borough of Bexley


Work highlights

  • Advised West Sussex County Council on its successful bid to be a pilot for the DCMS Local Full Fibre Network Program delivering gigabit connectivity in the region.
  • Advised Greater Manchester Combined Authority on its successful bid to fund the roll-out of full fibre connectivity in the region.
  • Advising Node Technologies Limited on a smart building product.
  • Advising Bridge Fibre Limited on redrafting the total package of terms and conditions in respect of Access to Optic Fibre/Optic Fibre leases and provisions of broadband connectivity.
  • Advising Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited on UK, Brazil, Africa and US markets.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP represents clients in relation to brand protection and exploitation, drafting and negotiating sponsorship deals, personal endorsement deals, licences and IPR assignments. Other areas of expertise include acquisition and maintenance services, and contentious matters such as prosecution, enforcement and defence of infringement claims. London-based Mark Weston co-heads the team alongside Manchester-based Mark Fitzgibbon.

Practice head(s):Mark Weston; Mark Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:Graeme Alder

Key Clients

Rayware Group

Coffee Republic


Celestyal Cruises

Summerill & Bishop Limited

Reclaim Limited

Tony Enfield

Northstone NI Limited

Baseline Health

OBG Pharmaceuticals Limited

Princes Ltd

Public Desire Ltd

Heritage Apparel Ltd

Cataclean Global Ltd

Signature Living Group

Blackburn Rovers FC

Work highlights

  • Providing IP advisory and trade mark portfolio management services to Rayware Group.
  • Providing IP advisory and trade mark portfolio management services to Coffee Republic.
  • Providing IP advisory and trade mark portfolio management services to Celestyal Cruises.

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Sport - ranked: tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP's sports practice handles commercial contracts, disputes, disciplinary and regulatory matters and reputation and brand management. Clients include clubs, promoters, athletes, sports governing bodies, events and sponsors. Geraldine Ryan, London-based consultant Louise Millington-Roberts and Sue Russell head the team. Ryan has a focus on breach of contract claims while Russell focuses on providing constitutional and commercial advice to sporting organisations.

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 Football Club on a football kit sponsorship deal.

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