North West : Corporate and commercial
Within Corporate and commercial: Manchester, Pannone LLP is a third tier firm,
Pannone LLP is noted for its M&A and commercial expertise, and recently advised Go Outdoors on a private equity investment by 3i. HKR International, Rigby Taylor and Xtralis UK Holdings are all new client wins. Commercial partner Udo Pope advises on major transport projects; group head Steven Grant handles corporate transactions; and Philip Treanor focuses on private equity deals. Senior consultant Soren Tattam gives ‘practical advice’.
Within Corporate tax, Pannone LLP is a third tier firm,
Pannone LLP’s Simon Moulden advises on a broad range of transactional matters, recently advising Adinsight on setting up a share scheme structure.
North West : Crime, fraud and licensing
Within Crime, Pannone LLP is a first tier firm,
Anthony Barnfather leads the regulatory and corporate crime team at Pannone LLP. It is handling major SFO, HMRC and FSA investigations, and has an increasing number of international clients. Highlights included successfully representing former Detective Chief Inspector Graham Mouncher in the Lynette White police corruption investigation.
North West : Dispute resolution
Within Commercial litigation: Manchester, Pannone LLP is a second tier firm,
Pannone LLP acted for DRL in a £5m-plus damages claim, which was settled following a favourable Appeal hearing, and advised a minority shareholder in the High Court case Williams v Williams & others. It also handled claims related to the Arch Cru investment fund scandal. Paul Jonson leads the team, which includes Simon Pedley and Kit Sorrell.
North West : Finance
Within Banking and finance, tier 4
Pannone LLP has a ‘partner-led approach, with capable, experienced banking lawyers that offer a real focus on the North West’. Rob Fawke is ‘one of the best technical banking practitioners in the region’, and recently acted for Santander on £45m-worth of debt facilities for retail property acquisitions. Andrew Gosnay advised on Bardsley Construction’s £65m refinancing by National Westminster Bank.
Within Insolvency and corporate recovery, tier 4
Pannone LLP acts for major lenders, IPs and corporates. The highly regarded Richard Drinkwater is ‘good on tactics and has a solid grasp of heavy litigation’. Michelle Shean joined from Eversheds LLP, and is ‘a real fighter for a client’s cause’. Both Richard Glithero and Dylan Quail left to become insolvency practitioners.
North West : Human resources
Within Employment, Pannone LLP is a second tier firm,
Pannone LLP has a number of high-profile clients, with Admiral Sportswear and The Universe Media Group among its wins in 2011. The team also handles significant work for third sector clients. Fiona Hamor is ‘extremely knowledgeable and thorough; she crafts the best solution for the client’. Team head Jim Lister is ‘robust and pragmatic’.
Within Employment: employee/union firms, Pannone LLP is a second tier firm,
Pannone LLP’s David Carmichael advises individuals, and specialises in executive terminations.
North West : Insurance
Within Clinical negligence: claimant, Pannone LLP is a first tier firm,
Led by Stephen Jones, Pannone LLP’s team is known for its breadth and depth in clinical negligence matters, recently acting in complex brain injury and cerebral palsy cases. Chris Gawne has ‘excellent knowledge and is very savvy’. Julia Hurstfield is ‘supportive and has an exceptional attitude towards cases’.
Within Personal injury: claimant, Pannone LLP is a first tier firm,
Pannone LLP is an ‘excellent, top-rank firm’, and handles a wide range of work, including catastrophic injury claims, child abuse cases, actions against the police and travel claims. Richard Scorer heads the practice. Catherine Leech, who mainly handles high-severity cases, has a ‘calm head and is hardworking, thorough and detailed, but never misses the big picture’.
Within Professional negligence Professional negligence
North West : Overview
Within Regional overview, Pannone LLP is a second tier firm,
With strongly rooted local corporate and private client bases, Pannone LLP is experiencing something of a transitional period; a firm restructuring included the launch of a ‘white label’ legal services division and an increased focus on developing its London office, along with the closure of two smaller regional offices. Clinical negligence and personal injury remain key strengths.
North West : Private client
Within Charities, Pannone LLP is a second tier firm,
Pannone LLP’s team is praised for its ability to convert ‘legal jargon into plain English’. It handles the full range of matters, including the transfer of services to the voluntary sector, and governance, development and funding issues. It continues to act for UK Biobank Limited and Manchester Sport and Leisure Trust.
Within Family, Pannone LLP is a first tier firm,
Although it saw a number of departures in 2011, Pannone LLP still has a sizeable and experienced (and ‘refreshingly different’) team. Department head Andrew Newbury specialises in complex financial cases and is valued for his ‘calm manner and sensible approach’. Fiona Wood provides ‘expert guidance’, and Louise Halford specialises in child abduction matters.
Within Personal tax, trusts and probate, Pannone LLP is a first tier firm,
Hugh Jones leads a large, dedicated Court of Protection team at Pannone LLP, which deals with diverse mental capacity issues. Liz Braude leads the wills, trust and probate team, which was boosted by the arrival from Addleshaw Goddard LLP of Jane Lee, who has expertise in offshore trust and taxation issues. The firm has an ‘excellent rapport with clients, and provides excellent communication and extreme efficiency’.
North West : Projects, energy and natural resources
North West : Public sector
Within Local government, Pannone LLP is a third tier firm,
Pannone LLP fields a cross-disciplinary team, and was reappointed to the North West Legal Consortium. Nicholas Dobson is a leading local government lawyer, and provides ‘good, practical advice and a prompt response’.
North West : Real estate
Within Commercial property: Manchester, Pannone LLP is a third tier firm,
Pannone LLP has a strong focus on redevelopment and public sector matters. The team is led by Stephen Lintott, who ‘enjoys handling complicated issues, is very good at working with other side, and understands what decisions he can take on a client’s behalf’. Penny Cranston joined from Cardiff-based Hugh James.
Within Construction, tier 4
Pannone LLP’s Sean McCay has ‘a sharp, methodical mind and the ability to quickly analyse issues and determine an appropriate strategy’, with a focus on the waste and energy sectors. Clients include SITA UK, TfGM, Persimmon, Magnox and Centro.
Within Planning and environment, Pannone LLP is a third tier firm,
Pannone LLP focuses on environmental work, advising on aspects of real estate and corporate deals as well as on insurance-related, regulatory and contentious matters. Keith Davidson leads the team, and has experience advising chemicals industry clients. David Delaney leads on planning matters, recently advising on appeals against Salford Council for proposed energy-from-waste schemes. The practice lost John Gollaglee to DLA Piper UK LLP and Jason Cropper to DWF LLP.
Within Property litigation, Pannone LLP is a second tier firm,
Pannone LLP ‘takes the time to understand a client’s business and the difficulties faced’, and inspires ‘complete faith in its technical ability and understanding of the law’. Practice head David Brown acts for public sector bodies and developers, and recently handled new instructions for The Flint Group and Enterprise. Kate Hamilton-Ryan is acting for Picadilly Gateways in a dispute with Network Rail. Senior associate Wayne Nash has the ‘ability to lead a matter forward whilst involving all parties’.
North West : TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
Within Intellectual property, Pannone LLP is a third tier firm,
Pannone LLP retains a strong retail sector client base, and acts for Go Outdoors and Wasabi Frog, which trades as boohoo.com, on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Melanie McGuirk is recommended. The team saw the departure of Samantha Livesey, who moved to Pinsent Masons LLP, and Bill Lister.
Within IT and telecoms, Pannone LLP is a third tier firm,
Pannone LLP’s ‘excellent’ team handles a range of disputes and contract matters, including software and website agreements and licensing issues. Clients include Wasabi Frog and UK Biocentre.
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- Crime, fraud and licensing : Fraud: corporate crime
- Crime, fraud and licensing : Fraud: white-collar crime
- Overview : Leading individuals
- Overview : Regional overview
- Corporate and commercial : Corporate and commercial: Manchester
- Corporate and commercial : Corporate tax
- Corporate and commercial : EU and competition
- Crime, fraud and licensing : Crime
- Dispute resolution : Commercial litigation: Manchester
- Dispute resolution : Debt recovery
- Finance : Banking and finance
- Finance : Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Human resources : Employment
- Human resources : Employment: employee/union firms
- Human resources : Health and safety
- Insurance : Clinical negligence: claimant
- Insurance : Personal injury: claimant
- Insurance : Professional negligence
- Private client : Charities
- Private client : Family
- Private client : Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Projects, energy and natural resources : Project finance and PFI
- Public sector : Local government
- Real estate : Commercial property: Manchester
- Real estate : Construction
- Real estate : Planning and environment
- Real estate : Property litigation
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : IT and telecoms
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Media and entertainment
- Transport : Transport