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JMW Solicitors LLP

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14372 Manchester 1
Liverpool, London, Manchester

North West: Corporate and commercial

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

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP operates from a single-site office in Manchester and advises SMEs, OMBs, entrepreneurs, private investors, private equity houses and large multinationals. Areas of expertise include M&A, disposals, reorganisations, corporate governance work, MBOs, joint ventures, private equity, investment structures and share option schemes. Mike Blood heads the team and focuses on the sports and digital sectors. Scott Cameron joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP as a partner.

Practice head(s):Mike Blood

Other key lawyers:Damien Brown; Mark Heppell; Richard Parkinson; Scott Cameron

Key Clients

Miltibus Quanco Limited (t/a Worcester Warriors)

Air Black Box Ltd

The shareholders of Techikraft Limited

Kinetic Plc

The shareholders of Alpine Fire Limited

Ascend Estates Limited

The shareholders of Architect CT Limited

Bond Group Investments Limited


Work highlights

  • Acting on the £21m purchase of Worcester Warriors premiership rugby club.
  • Advising the sellers on the sale Technikraft Limited to private equity house, PHD.
  • Acting for Kinetic Plc, its shareholders and board on the £4m sale of 100% of its shareholding to the Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).
  • Acting on behalf of the management team of Ascend Estates Limited in the sale of 50.1% of the company to Gatehouse Bank
  • The team was exclusively instructed to act on behalf of the PSL in its tender process for the media rights for all PSL competitions for 5 seasons, this was valued at £500m.

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP

The 'dynamic, friendly and committed' team at JMW Solicitors LLP 'does the job properly' and is active across a full range of cases involving financial crime and fraud such as HMRC tax investigations, FCA-regulated matters and POCA cases. The team represents businesses and business owners on investigations and prosecutions by industry regulators. Team head Peter Grogan is 'exceptional'; Evan Wright particularly stands out for his experience in HMRC matters and is often engaged on cross-border cases; and Mike Rainford is noted for his experience in tax fraud investigations.

Practice head(s):Peter Grogan

Other key lawyers:Evan Wright; Mike Rainford; Sam Healey


The team is small and dedicated providing expertise in niche areas of financial crime such as challenging search and seizure operations

Evan Wright has a phenomenal work rate, is 100% reliable, and yet provides a light touch

Key Clients

Police Federation of England & Wales

Police Superintendents Association of England & Wales


Easipet Care




Creative Parking Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised client on alleged tax evasion and money laundering between 2010 and 2018, in terms of VAT, PAYE and CT.
  • Advised client on a privately pursued civil fraud asset recovery investigation, with potential for a private prosecution.
  • Represented company against HMRC allegations that it had been involved in a VAT chain when they knew or ought to have known that others in the chain had caused HMRC a fraudulent loss of VAT.
  • Representing 10 directors against HMRC allegations that a group and its directors have been facilitating the fraudulent claiming of working tax credits by staff members, the under-declaring of tax liability across the company, fraudulent claims for public funding and under-stating the level of personal income.  
  • Representing a director of a firm of accountants and the corporate entity against allegations brought by HMRC.
Leading individuals

Mike Rainford - JMW Solicitors LLP

Peter Grogan - JMW Solicitors LLP

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP

The business crime and regulatory team at JMW Solicitors LLP represents individual and corporate clients on complex and reputation threatening investigations and proceedings, with experience in a range of matters involving allegations of professional misconduct, serious or sexual offences, dishonesty, domestic violence, motoring offences and regulatory issues. Team head Peter Grogan 'gets great results' and Mike Rainford has a 'fantastic reputation'. Elsewhere, Evan Wright is experienced in HMRC cases, Ian Lewis specislises in police law and Hojol Uddin  is head of motoring.

Practice head(s):Peter Grogan

Other key lawyers:Mike Rainford; Sam Healey; Evan Wright; Ian Lewis; Hojol Uddin


An excellent firm with a tremendous reputation for hard work and success

Peter Grogan is highly experienced ; he is dependable and is excellent with clients


Key Clients

Police Federation of England & Wales

Police Superintendents Association of England & Wales


Easipet Care



David Duckenfield

Donald Denton


Creative Parking Solutions

Work highlights

  • Represented JD, on a case where he lost control of his vehicle on a B road in Kent.
  • Represented FA on a murder and attempted murder charge following a shooting incident in East Manchester in June 2018.
  • Defended a company director in relation to allegations of assault.
  • The team continued to represent David Duckenfield, the match commander at Hillsborough in 1989 who is charged with 95 counts of gross negligence manslaughter, at Preston Crown Court.
  • Represented two GMP Detective Constables in gross misconduct proceedings.
Leading individuals

Ian Lewis - JMW Solicitors LLP

Peter Grogan - JMW Solicitors LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

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

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP's practice focuses on data protection cases and group litigation, and is one of the few firms outside of London that handles commercial judicial review matters. The team has recently seen an increasing amount of work in construction litigation, contentious probate and e-commerce disputes. Marc Yaffe, who 'oozes energy and enthusiasm' heads the team and represents high-profile individuals including Premier League footballers. Richard Allan recently joined the team from DLA Piper UK LLP.

Practice head(s):Marc Yaffe

Other key lawyers:Richard Allan; Claire Brown; Graham Small; Mark Jones; Michael Kennedy; Nick McAleenan; Alison Parry; Richard Glover; Holly Holland; Louise Wakely; Layla Kelly; Laura Wilkinson


'Mark Yaffe, who leads the team, is a tour de force. He oozes energy and enthusiasm and is a terrific leader. He is also incredibly bright, has great acumen and is incredibly motivated.'

'Mark Jones is great operator who is always thoughtful and insightful providing string and definitive advice as and when required.'

'Graham Small is one of those lawyers who you want on your side - he is always one step ahead an has a robust yet fair style that endears him to clients and opponents alike.'

'The JMW team is extremely strong and a force to be reckoned with.'

They have unrivalled quality across the board’.

Commercial and tactical acumen backed up with great litigation experience and excellent client service’.

Michael Kennedy is a complete litigator - you want him in your corner’.

As a team they work exceptionally well together and complement each other’.

Although JMW is now a large firm, the personal touch and service received was as if they were a much smaller practice with the client at the core of their values’.

The work done by Holly Holland and Graham Small is exceptional’.

Key Clients

Group Action against WM Morrisons Limited

Menzies LLP as Joint liquidators of Premier FX

Arena Plaza Jersey GP Limited

Philip Barton

Mr Daniel Opare

Abbeydale Food Group

Mr David Michael Rose, Mr David Philip Waxman and Palador Property Investments Limited

Risk Technology Limited

Buckley Memorials Limited

Tom O’Connor, Abigail O’Connor and Octax Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for almost 100,000 clients against Morrisons Supermarkets in the leading case in the UK involving a widespread data breach.
  • Assisted in the removal of the joint administrators of Premier FX and the subsequent appointment of Menzies as separate joint liquidators.
  • Advising Arena Plaza Jersey GP Limited on a claim relating to an investment made in the construction of a $360m development in Hungary.
  • Acting for an international businessman regarding several interconnected cases that emanate from a feud between two successful entrepreneurs.
  • Advising on a claim issued against the firm's client for outstanding payments plus considerable compound interest which his agents and general advisers allege are due under both a Sports Management Services Contract and a Loan Agreement.
Next Generation Partners

Claire Brown - JMW Solicitors LLP

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North West: Finance

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

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP handles a range of advisory, contentious and transactional insolvency and corporate recovery mandates; it advises on a raft of administrations, business acquisitions, voluntary and compulsory liquidations, bankruptcy, company and individual voluntary arrangements, directors’ disqualifications, HMRC liability, LPA receiverships and fraud investigations. The licensed trade, leisure, retail, legal, transport, recruitment, property, care homes and manufacturing sector are key areas of focus. Team head Richard Wolff is 'impressive and very knowledgeable', while Christopher Love is able to 'communicate legal points and issues in a straightforward manner'.

Practice head(s):Richard Wolff

Other key lawyers:Christopher Love; Antoniya Mercer; Peter Speight; Louisa Chan


The team is very commercial and offers first-rate advice

Christopher Love and the team to are knowledgeable and commercial and are always available on short notice to provide assistance when required

Christopher Love is practical, commercial and is very knowledgeable in insolvency law; he is available to deal with any queries, however quirky or specialist

Peter Speight works tirelessly to ensure a high quality level of service and deport turnaround, and he is also commercial and practical in his advice

Key Clients


FRP Advisory


Grant Thornton

Duff & Phelps

Royce Peeling Green


Work highlights

  • Advised FRP Advisory, the joint administrators of a North-West based law firm.
  • Advised Menzies as liquidators of Premier FX.
  • Advised the purchaser of the business and assets of Sharps Kitchens & Bedrooms Stoke
  • Team is instructed by DMC Corporate Services, the administrator of Roof Management.
  • Instructed by FRP Advisory as administrators of a promotional stationery manufacturer.
Leading individuals

Richard Wolff - JMW Solicitors LLP

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 2

JMW Solicitors LLP

Liz Cotton leads JMW Solicitors LLP's Manchester employment department, which has particular expertise in the recruitment and retail spheres, while also advising a range of clients across the hospitality, automotive, pharma, manufacturing, education and charities sectors. The team also covers NHS and local authority work, while particular areas of expertise include advising on large scale redundancies and reorganisations, TUPE matters, restrictive covenants and whistleblowing claims. Sarah Evans  - 'a real safe pair of hands for any client' - joined from Slater and Gordon as partner in January 2018, while Jennifer Smith was promoted to partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Liz Cotton

Other key lawyers:Ian Tranter; Simon Bloch; Sarah Evans; Jennifer Smith; Michael Legge


'Sarah Evans stands out head and shoulders as an expert employment litigator. You do not want to be on the other side in any dispute she is engaged in. She is a team player and fiercely committed to her client base. She has a reputation for giving solid, commercial, practical advice. A real safe pair of hands for any client. Whenever I am asked to refer a client to a solicitor she is my first port of call. Sarah is exceptionally bright, personable and highly creative in deploying legal arguments.'

'They are incredibly pragmatic about their advice it is most reassuring that you not only get the best legal advice but it is also commercially sensitive to ensure we get the best result all round.'

'Ian Tranter is excellent in the confidence he gives our business to make decisions.'

'JMW is a bright, ambitious, forward thinking law firm with great leadership. The reputation that they have earned is fully deserved and all of the senior staff that they have working for them are real experts in their chosen fields.'

'Jennifer Smith always delivers prompt, practical, accurate and reliable advice that we can rely upon. Her commitment and enthusiasm to us as clients is second to none. She is always willing to go that extra mile for us whether that be in the service that she delivers or the times she makes herself available for us. She is a real asset to JMW.'

'JMW are exceptionally professional and provide comprehensive solutions. Their advice is thorough and clear with fantastic client communication.'

'Simon Bloch is a pleasure to work with. I cannot recommend him highly enough. His communication skills and knowledge of employment law within our sector stands out.'

Key Clients

T J Morris Limited trading as Home Bargains

Industrial Personnel

British Parking Association

Greenthumb Limited

LWC Drinks Limited

In Touch Networks

Cantel UK Limited

Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment Group

Jordan Fishwick Group

Gong Cha England Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a claimant in a multi-respondent matter involving a national governing body for a Team GB Olympic sport.
  • Acting on behalf of a director of corporate services in a county council.
  • Advised start-up company Gong Cha England on the employment and immigration issues of starting up a business in the UK.
  • Successfully defended Ginger Recruitment in a complex disability discrimination claim.
Next Generation Partners

Jennifer Smith - JMW Solicitors LLP

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North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP 'provides an excellent service in the north west, with a national reach in claimant clinical negligence work'. Eddie Jones leads the department, which is well-renowned for its expertise in settling high-value and contentious brain injury and spinal injury cases defended by the NHS, in particular those involving kernicterus brain injury and caudal equine syndrome spinal injury. Angharad Hughes 'is determined, efficient and tactically astute', while Sally Leonards and senior associate Steven Brown are also highly rated.

Practice head(s):Eddie Jones

Other key lawyers:Sally Leonards; Melissa Gardner; Angharad Hughes; Steve Brown; Jodie Miller;


'The JMW team are unique in the way they communicate, they are all very approachable and will explain and put you at ease with every task that is undertaken. The team are very good at keeping you informed with every process so there is full understanding of legal process. They are extremely diligent in any task and quick respond to any event. They do a sterling job and I could not sing their praises high enough. I would recommend JMW Solicitors to anyone in need of their expertise as they are second to none.'

'Eddie Jones is a genuinely caring individual who is very efficient and knowledgeable in the machinery of the legal process. His attention to detail is outstanding, he is quick to respond and is punctual in everything from a phone call to paperwork and meetings. This man is a shining star for JMW and I can think of nothing worthy of criticism.'

'The team is highly organised and takes a manageable work load such that they are easily contactable when required. I found their manner is very polite and sincere and they are very approachable.'

'Angharad Hughes is an impressive clinical negligence lawyer handling high value claims. Her strength is in the preparation she puts into cases. She is good with clients and with counsel.'

'JMW acted with professionalism at all time, no question was left unanswered, their knowledge on the subject was second to none, they knew all the best experts to help with the case and whenever we hit a stumbling block they resolved issues quickly and satisfactorily.'

'There are a number of highly capable and highly competent clinical negligence solicitors who provide a dedicated and professional service.'

'I would particularly single out Angharad Hughes. She is determined, efficient and tactically astute. She looks after her clients well and works hard to achieve excellent results for them.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a £25m compensation birth injury cerebral palsy claim against a hospital.
  • Led on a £22.3m compensation claim for an 11-year-old girl with severe cerebral palsy due to birth errors.
  • Led on a £21.9m compensation claim for a boy with cerebral palsy caused by maternity failures to provide the lifelong specialist care he requires.
  • Advised on a £22.1m compensation claim for a girl with severe cerebral palsy due to maternity failures.
  • Handled a £18m compensation claim on behalf of a girl with severe cerebral palsy due to maternity errors.  
Leading individuals

Angharad Hughes - JMW Solicitors LLP

Eddie Jones - JMW Solicitors LLP

Sally Leonards - JMW Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

Steven Brown - JMW Solicitors LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP's claimant personal injury department, which is jointly led by Richard Powell and Chris Sutton, deals with the full spectrum of personal injury claims, from minor to catastrophic injuries, including industrial diseases cases such as mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases. Due to recent changes in personal injury law, which has led to a reduction in low-level road traffic accident work, the group has shifted its focus to accidents abroad and military cases. Key names in the team include personal injury catastrophic injury team leader Paul Breen, Gordon Cartwright, Jason Harwood, cycling expert Nadia Kerr and Andrew Lilley. Military claims expert Clare Stevens joined from Hilary Meredith Solicitors in September 2018, while Joanne Brine, who has experience in holiday sickness cases, joined from Slater and Gordon in April 2018.

Practice head(s):Richard Powell; Chris Sutton

Other key lawyers:Gordon Cartwright; Paul Breen; Jason Harwood; Nadia Kerr; Andrew Lilley; Clare Stevens; Joanne Brine (nee Berry)


'A well established team with a strong reputation that has cannily brought in some very big players to bulk up the team.'

'Clare Stevens stands out. She is one of the top military lawyers in the country, with huge experience of military claims. She's sensitive to her clients but very strong in her dealings with the MOD. She knows these claims backwards.'

'There is real strength in the team, with a good deal of knowledge and a thoroughly professional approach.'

'Joanne Brine has many years of experience and a real 'can do' attitude. She is not afraid to take on difficult cases, and runs them very well. She always has the best interests of her clients at the forefront of her mind.'

'Joanne Brine has enormous experience of cross-border personal injury claims. She has a calm and unflappable approach to litigation and a wonderful bedside manner with clients who love her for it. She is actively involved with a variety of industry bodies within the sector.'

'The team is headed-up by an experienced and impressive team of practitioners. That quality filters down to the more junior members of the team, who are clearly well-trained and supported. It's a team which is evidently capable to dealing with all levels of work. The cycling claims team, in particular, has a level of specialist expertise which see its clients benefit from both empathy and tenacity.'

'Nadia Kerr is a technically brilliant lawyer; her work is thorough, meticulous and pointed. She is receptive to client needs and wishes, and presses hard to exceed expectations.'

'Jo Brine is an outstanding personal injury lawyer with considerable breadth of expertise in cross border claims and injuries and illness abroad. She is a charming negotiator and handles clients with skill and consummate care. Her ability to marshal complex and sensitive cases makes her a go-to leader in her field. I would not hesitate to recommend her as a lawyer for an acquaintance.'

'Joanna Brine has a very good understanding of procedure and can very easily identify the key issues that have to be dealt at the beginning in a claim abroad.'

Key Clients

Mitchell Collins

Marlon Miller



Farzadneia & others


Master Luke Mason

Jasmin Gill

Kieron Pulford

Daisy Mullay

Work highlights

  • Represented a client who was knocked off his motorbike and suffered life changing injuries.
  • Represented a client who was involved in a road traffic accident after a young driver crashed into him whilst she was racing a friend.
  • Represented a client who fell from a height over a low wall whilst on holiday in Greece and suffered multiple injuries.
  • Instructed by a client who was involved in a road traffic accident whilst on holiday in Spain.
  • Represented a family of four who fell ill with gastric symptoms whilst on holiday in Egypt.
Next Generation Partners

Joanne Brine - JMW Solicitors LLP

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North West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP's team, which operates as part of the commercial litigation practice, handles a range of contentious private client matters including Inheritance Act claims, disputes over wills, executors and trustees, and claims for breach of trust. Recent roles for the firm have included acting for the defendants in the long-running dispute over the Yorkley Court farm estate, which involved the eviction of eco-farming squatters. Senior associate David Bondt left to join BBS Law in late 2018.

Practice head(s):Marc Yaffe


'A capable contentious trust and probate department.'

'Alison Parry is a standout partner - she is thoughtful and incisive, with a good sense for what will drive litigation forward.'

Work highlights

  • Advising on an Inheritance Act claim for a client whose father died after a motorbike accident on a practice run while training for the Isle of Man TT race.
  • Acting for the defendants in the Yorkley Court farm estate trust dispute, which centres upon establishing who the beneficiaries of the estate are as well as challenging the conduct of the trustees who have been administering the trust.
  • Advising on a complex Inheritance Act claim and alleged trustee negligence action involving the interests of a minor.
  • Advising two children of the deceased, who died intestate, in a dispute over the administration of the estate.

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Family - ranked: tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP

The 'extremely knowledgeable, proactive and helpful' family team at JMW Solicitors LLP works on high value financial remedy cases that are often complex and span multiple jurisdictions. Practice co-head Elspeth Kinder is praised for her 'pragmatic, commercial approach' when handling complex cases and regularly advises clients on pre and post nuptial agreements. David Pickering is recommended for his excellent record on financial matters, while other names to note are the 'dedicated' Katie Lowe and associate Emma Benson.

Practice head(s):Elspeth Kinder; Michael Chapman; Beverley Jones


'A large specialist team which treat clients as individuals and which goes the last mile to secure their client's best interests.'

'This firm has a very strong reputation in this field. They are extremely knowledgeable, proactive and helpful with a great service.'

'The team are very dedicated to providing the very best advice with regards to family law. Their knowledge of the fertility industry is fantastic and they are approachable and professional.'

'Cara Nuttall fights her client's case hard, whether it is a good or bad case. Never gives up.'

'Michael Chapman stands out, he's always incredibly helpful, efficient and approachable, with a great understanding of family law.'

'Elspeth Kinder has a pragmatic, commercial approach to handling complex financial cases and being very good with clients. Katie Lowe has a wealth of experience and is dedicated to helping clients move forward in difficult circumstances.'

'Beverley Jones is always on hand to provide excellent advice and client support. She is extremely knowledgeable and always goes out of her way to provide support and advice to healthcare professionals.'

Work highlights

  • Representing Tania Richardson-Ruhan in complex High Court proceedings to secure her share of c£200m assets on divorce; the assets also being the subject of related chancery proceedings.
  • Representing Charmaine De Souza (previously Rothschild) in complex financial remedy proceedings.
  • Acting for a mother in leading decision within which the interaction between competing wardship and Hague convention issues is determined by the court.
Leading individuals

Cara Nuttall - JMW Solicitors LLP

David Pickering - JMW Solicitors LLP

Next Generation Partners

Katie Lowe - JMW Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

Emma Benson - JMW Solicitors LLP

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

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP acts across a broad range of estate and trust administration work including advising on complex will restructurings, charitable trusts, estate planning and succession of trusts. A number of recent cases have involved a cross-border element, with the firm advising clients whose estates include assets in the US, Australia and the Middle East. Clients frequently include family business owners, landed gentry and high-net-worth individuals. Leading the personal law team in Manchester, Tasnim Khalid displays 'outstanding knowledge', and advises a large number of non-domiciled clients.

Practice head(s):Tasnim Khalid

Other key lawyers:Elaine Roche; Paul Gotch


'Broad range of knowledge throughout the team, excellent service.'

'Tasnim Khalid has excellent interpersonal skills and explains things in a jargon-free manner.'

'Elaine Roche is an expert with empathy.'

'Talented, and technically very good.'

'Tasnim Khalid and Paul Gotch have outstanding knowledge and customer relationship skills.'

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North West: Real estate

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

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP's 'vast team' is active across a range of real estate work including residential development, retail development, retail investments, healthcare, investment asset management, secured lending, investment disposals, acquisitions and real estate finance work. The team is increasingly active in the logistics and renewable energy space. The 'brilliant' Ian Gordon has in-depth experience in handling retail schemes for developer clients.

Practice head(s):Ian Gordon; Ruth McCarthy; Andrew Garvie; Warren Martin

Other key lawyers:Thomas Pearson; Tom Cressey; Jodi Lund; Claire Hamilton; Alex Jeffrey; Daniel Harrison; Russel Forward; Peter Chape; Majid Mahmood, Michael Purvis; Sarah Edwards; Andrew Rimmer; Paul Burton; Andrew Stone; Abdul Salam


The team has a very thorough and professional approach to all transactions, and has a keen appetite to see the deal over the line and complete.

Thomas Pearson is particularly diligent, hardworking and approachable; his work ethic is second to none.

Key Clients

Dransfield Properties

Richer Sounds

Castlemead Group Limited


Pochin group of companies

National Westminster Bank

Silverlane Developments (Greengate)

Whitecroft Group


Ascend Properties

Prime Site Developments

China Town Development Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Stroud Regeneration, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dransfield Properties, on the purchase of The Merrywalks Centre Stroud.
  • The team acted for the buyer on the purchase of Barton Arcade in Manchester.
  • Advised a consortium headed by Jed McCrory on the property aspects of the purchase of Worcester Warriors Rugby Football Club.
  • The team advises Hollins Strategic Landon on a significant number of land promotion agreements.
  • Advised China Town Development Company on the acquisition and development of a high-profile six acre regeneration scheme in Liverpool city centre known as New China Town.
Leading individuals

Ian Gordon - JMW Solicitors LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP, which is well-regarded for data protection work, represents clients in relation to crisis management, general reputation management issues, privacy complaints and group litigation. Clients include celebrities, high-net-worth individuals and businesses. The 'exceptional' Nick McAleenan heads the team and has experience of phone-hacking litigation, super-injunctions and advising national media organisations.

Practice head(s):Nick McAleenan

Other key lawyers:Derek Millard-Smith; Laura Wilkinson


Nick McAleenan and his assistant Laura Wilkinson are very strong on data protection and wider privacy and media and entertainment issues’.

The team are very responsive to client needs and skilled in this specialist field of law’.

The team provides superb attention to detail, they are very committed to their clients and provide a very professional service equivalent to the top London firms’.

'The best regional firm for media and entertainment issues, particularly for data protection matters.'

Key Clients

Various Claimants v Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC

SmartCredit Limited t/a SmartSearch

Aftab Marchant v DWP

Mrs Y v National Probation Service / Ministry of Justice

Dan Hooper

LWC Drinks Ltd

Michelle Keegan

Various Claimants v Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

ParkingEye (Formerly part of Capita PLC)

British Parking Association

Work highlights

  • Appointed by the High Court as lead solicitor in a group litigation claim against WM Morrison Supermarkets.
  • Providing general reputation management advice (including pre-publication and post-publication defamation advice) to the members of the British Parking Association.
  • Instructed in relation to a dispute between model and celebrity personal trainer Dan Hooper and the Sun newspaper concerning sensitive information published about the client’s private life.
Leading individuals

Nick McAleenan - JMW Solicitors LLP

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Sport - ranked: tier 2

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP advises sporting clients including athletes, footballers, sports clubs, Formula 1 teams and others from the world of motorsport. Mike Blood focuses on sports finance, broadcast and commercial rights; he co-heads the team alongside disputes specialist Marc Yaffe and Ben Peppi. The practice handles a broad range of matters relating to broadcasting, defamation, employment, competition and corporate, among others.

Practice head(s):Mike Blood; Marc Yaffe; Ben Peppi

Other key lawyers:Richard Parkinson; Ian Lewis; Derek Millard Smith; Nick McAleenan; Claire Brown

Key Clients

Worcester Warriors

South African Premier League

Danny Willett

VIP Promotions Ltd and Josh Warrington

Police Superintendents Association of England & Wales and the Police Federation

Daniel Opare

Work highlights

  • Acting for the successful purchasers of Worcester Warriors Premiership Rugby Club.
  • Advised the PSL - South Africa's top football division - on its tender process for the media rights for all PSL competitions for five seasons.
  • Acting for a Ghanaian international footballer who currently plays for Royal Antwerp FC in the Belgian Jupiler League following a claim issued against him for outstanding payments.
  • Advising current IBF flyweight world champion, Josh Warrington and his manager Steve Wood, on the successful world title fight in May 2018 and subsequent extensions to the promotion agreement with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.
  • Instructed by the Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield and other senior officers in relation to the 1989 tragedy at Sheffield Wednesday’s football ground.

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