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North West: Corporate and commercial

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

JMW Solicitors LLP

The β€˜highly capable’ team at JMW Solicitors LLP β€˜works together in a harmonious, professional manner that is reflected in the way it deals with clients’, who single out its β€˜real determination to get the deal done’ and financial services sector expertise. Headline work included advising the shareholders of Masondixie on its disposal to Whittan Intermediate; assisting Tenere AT with the sale of Atelier London to Landmark and acting for DSG Financial Services on its sale to Promethean for Β£8.7m. It also acted for Beech Properties on a number of fundraising matters. The β€˜commercial and approachable’ team head Mike Blood is recommended alongside Vicky Protano who is β€˜technically able’ and Mark Heppell who is β€˜first-rate’. Richard Parkinson heads the non-contentious commercial contracts practice.

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP (Manchester)

JMW Solicitors LLP is β€˜one of the go-to outfits in the North West for complex fraud cases’, with clients singling out Peter Grogan, who heads the business crime and regulation team and has a β€˜fantastic rapport with clients; his ability to absorb the details of the most complicated cases ensures that he represents his clients effectively and properly’. The β€˜outstanding’ practice regularly features in cases involving financial wrongdoing, fraud, FCA-regulated matters including insider trading, and Proceeds of Crime Act matters. Key work included acting for four defendants being indicted for conspiracies to defraud and commit money laundering offences in the UK and overseas arising from the alleged wholesale importation and sale of counterfeit music CDs with an estimated value of Β£2m. The team features a number of key individuals, including Evan Wright, who attracts praise for his expertise in major financial crime cases; the β€˜absolutely excellent’ Mike Rainford; Derek Millard-Smith, who is known for his work in regulatory investigations and his assistance to corporate clients facing criminal charges; and the β€˜vastly experienced’ Ian Lewis, who joined from LHS Solicitors LLP.

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

JMW Solicitors LLP (Manchester)

The β€˜outstanding’ Peter Grogan heads the department at JMW Solicitors LLP, which is β€˜well regarded in the North West and nationally’. Other key figures include Mike Rainford and Evan Wright, who are β€˜highly thought-of for their work in fraud and complex crime’, and Ian Lewis, who joined the team from LHS Solicitors LLP. The practice continues to handle a diverse range of criminal matters, including representing an 18-year-old defendant in a multi-defendant murder by stabbing/beating in Manchester. In another matter the team represented a defendant in a case concering allegations of fly-tipping (contrary to the Environmental Protection Act), and secured the acquittal of a schoolboy accused of multiple counts of rape. Other clients include the Police Federation of England & Wales, JustPark, ParkingEye and Creative Parking Solutions.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

JMW Solicitors LLP

Following a series of recent hires, JMW Solicitors LLP is β€˜becoming the new force in the North West for commercial litigation’, with clients singling out its combination of β€˜a keen understanding of the law with an understanding of clients’ aims and objectives’; β€˜it never loses sight of the importance of commerciality in commercial litigation’. The team handles a raft of contentious commercial matters in a range of sectors, including sports, e-commerce and media. It is representing Megtec Environmental in a four-party dispute involving construction works for a waste management site and is acting for over 5000 employees of WM Morrisons in a group litigation claim against WM Morrisons arising from a leak of payroll information in 2014. The Hut Group, Manchester Building Society and Smart Parking are also clients. Marc Yaffe heads the team, which includes consultant Michael Kennedy, who joined from Slater and Gordon in 2016 and has β€˜a huge amount of experience and tactical nous’; Mark Jones, who β€˜always talks the client’s language’; the β€˜excellent’ Andrew Farrell; and Nick McAleenan. Other new recruits include Graham Small, who joined from LHS Solicitors LLP, and senior associate Claire Brown, who joined from Kennedys. Senior associate Ben Miller is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Claire Brown - JMW Solicitors LLP

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

JMW Solicitors LLP (Manchester)

JMW Solicitors LLP handles administrations, voluntary and compulsory liquidations, bankruptcy, IVAs, directors’ disqualifications and HMRC liability inquiries. The team is active across the retail, leisure, legal, transport, property, care home, and recruitment sectors. Highlights included advising KPMG as administrators of SAL Abrasive Technologies Group on the sale of its business and assets, and advising Duff & Phelps as administrators of CSG Asset Management in relation to the sale of its business and assets. It also advised HCL on insolvency options following an Environment Agency prosecution, which resulted in HCL ceasing to trade. Richard Wolff specialises in corporate and personal insolvency and heads the department, which includes the β€˜experienced’ Christopher Love, senior associate Vicky Burgess, and associate Antoniya MercerABAR check , who recently joined from Bermans. Joanne Culley recently left the firm to join Bermans.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

JMW Solicitors LLP (Manchester)

JMW Solicitors LLP is a β€˜well-established unit with a strong reputation in retail’. The β€˜industrious’ Liz Cotton leads the team – she has β€˜excellent client skills and is quick to get to the heart of the problem and provide client-led solutions’. She is assisted by β€˜very level-headed and accessible’ senior associate Jennifer Smith, who is a β€˜very safe pair of hands’. Recent work includes acting in a significant claim for unfair dismissal, age discrimination and breach of contract in the Liverpool Employment Tribunal, and representing footballer Michael Farnan in a Β£1m High Court claim against Sunderland Association Football Club for breach of contract, including unpaid bonuses/commissions. The team’s other areas of expertise include the recruitment, hospitality and pharmaceuticals sectors. Carl Moran moved to JWK Solicitors.

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North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

JMW Solicitors LLP (Manchester)

JMW Solicitors LLP’s lawyers β€˜stand out for their attention to detail, hard work and dedication to their clients’. Practice head Eddie Jones leads a β€˜successful practice that still manages to offer a very personal service’. He is renowned for his expertise in child and adult catastrophic brain injury cases and spinal injury work. The β€˜very well-prepared and meticulous’ Olivia Scates β€˜gains her clients’ trust and confidence’. Sally Leonards, who is very skilled at dealing with cerebral palsy, spinal injury and high-value catastrophic injury claims, is β€˜thorough, experienced and approachable but steely when it comes to dealing with defendants when needed’. Melissa Gardner has extensive experience of successfully settling high-value child brain injury and cauda equina syndrome claims and is a β€˜first-rate lawyer’. Beth Reay β€˜combines academic excellence with the common touch. Clients consider her to be not just their lawyer, but also their friend’. Senior associate Steven Brown is a β€˜highly competent solicitor who is going places’. The specialist practice deals with claims against the NHS, private sector healthcare organisations and individuals, with an emphasis on successfully settling high-value brain injury cases that have been vigorously defended by the NHS. Another niche area of expertise is the successful management of kernicterus brain injury and cauda equina syndrome spinal injury claims.

Leading individuals

Eddie Jones - JMW Solicitors LLP

Sally Leonards - JMW Solicitors LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

JMW Solicitors LLP (Manchester)

JMW Solicitors LLP has a β€˜team of very experienced lawyers’ headed by Chris Sutton and Richard Powell. Andrew Lilley heads the industrial disease team and Gordon Cartwright handles high-value personal injury claims with particular expertise in brain and head injuries, amputations and serious orthopaedic claims. Paul Breen joined the team from Cassell Moore. The team advises on the full spectrum of work from minor to catastrophic injuries. It is skilled at handling road traffic collisions, employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability and industrial disease claims of all values. The group has several specialisms in a range of including mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases, cycling claims and accidents/injuries that have been sustained abroad.

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North West: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP (Manchester)

JMW Solicitors LLP continues to be β€˜at the top of its game’. The β€˜personable’ Michael Chapman is the new head of department; he joined from Ward Hadaway and is β€˜very commercial, with a strong reputation in the market’. Cara Nuttal joined from Slater and Gordon and receives praise for her β€˜real eye for detail and a real passion for her clients’ case, striving to always achieve the best results possible’. Nuttall is β€˜everything that a demanding private law client requires: intelligent, experienced and completely committed’. Senior associate Holly Tootill is β€˜knowledgeable, approachable and has excellent people skills’. The team is particularly strong on matrimonial finance cases, Schedule 1 claims and on pre-and-post-nuptial agreements. It regularly acts for high-profile business owners, entrepreneurs, property developers, footballers, legal professionals and sports stars. Beth Wilkins joined Hall Brown Family Law.

Leading individuals

Cara Nuttal - JMW Solicitors LLP

Next generation lawyers

Holly Tootill - JMW Solicitors LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

JMW Solicitors LLP (Manchester)

At JMW Solicitors LLPElaine Roche leads a β€˜strong’ team that routinely advises family business owners and landed gentry on inheritance tax and succession planning, as well as on the application of agricultural and business property reliefs from inheritance tax. It deals with complex estate and trust administration work (as well as acting as professional executors and trustees) and frequently advises on cross-jurisdictional matters. It is also skilled at advising on multimillion-pound Court of Protection orders, statutory wills, mental capacity issues and lasting powers of attorney. Senior associate Paul Gotch is β€˜reassuring and always tries to bring matters to a swift conclusion’.

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North West: Real estate

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

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP fields a β€˜professional’ team that handles a wide-ranging workload including retail development and investment, asset management, secured lending, investment disposals and acquisitions, and major residential developments. It is also noted for its healthcare-sector expertise. Ian Gordon is leading the team advising Dransfield Properties on a mixed-use development at Stocksbridge, Sheffield, while Peter Chape led The Brookhouse Group on several matters including the redevelopment of Parsonage Retail Park, Leigh. In other highlights, Thomas Pearson is advising Whitecroft Group on a number of matters including six portfolio acquisitions, and is advising Shot Tower Chester on the acquisition of a flagship residential scheme in Chester. Jim Banfi heads the team, which includes β€˜very experienced’ consultant Stephen Goodman; Tom Cressey, who is noted for investment and development instructions; Majid Mahmood who has particular expertise in residential development as well as landlord and tenant matters; and Claire Hamilton and Warren Martin, who handle property finance matters. Dransfield Properties, HSBC, Richer Sounds and Castlemead Group are also clients.

Leading individuals

Stephen Goodman - 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 (Manchester)

Clients of JMW Solicitors LLP appreciate the team’s β€˜very hands-on approach; the team ensures that its clients are given a level of service that is on a par with the Magic Circle in London’. Head of department Nick McAleenan attracts praise for his β€˜friendly and knowledgeable demeanour, which makes him one of the most user-friendly solicitors in this area’. He is supported by solicitor Laura Wilkinson. The team has been appointed by the High Court as lead solicitor (representing over 5,500 claimants) in a group litigation claim against Wm Morrisons Supermarkets, which arose from the leak of Morrison’s payroll information in 2014 by a Morrison’s employee. Other key clients include the actress Cath Tyldesley and the British Parking Association and its membership.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

JMW Solicitors LLP (Manchester)

JMW Solicitors LLP’s ongoing highlights include representing Wilfried Bony in a claim against two former agents, their two companies and a Premier League football club in relation to the misappropriation of substantial sums of money over a period of years. In another significant matter it is advising Scott McGarvey in a claim against the Daily Telegraph for deceit/misrepresentation arising from undercover reporters pretending to be an overseas investment group wishing to invest in a UK football agency. Mike Blood, Marc Yaffe and Jordan Mornington are recommended.

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