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North West

Transport - ranked: tier 2

BLM (Liverpool, Manchester)

BLM acts for fleet companies and operators, as well as bus coach and haulage companies. The road team is led by Ruth Graham and Joanne Francis and the aviation team is led by Simon Jones. The practice is also strong on the regulatory side.

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 3

BLM (Manchester)

BLM’s key clients include Allianz, Aviva, Axa, NFU Mutual and QBE. Raymond Southern and Naomi Grant are recommended.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 5


Robert Steele heads the team at BLM, which acts for insurers including Zurich, Ecclesiastical, Allianz and ACE, as well as retailers such as J Sainsbury. Elaine Chan joined Ward Hadaway in October 2015.

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North West: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

BLM (Manchester)

BLM’s ‘strong team shows excellent attention to detail’. Helen Devery is ‘just outstanding’, and Sally Hancock is ‘gentle but firm in cases involving fatalies’. Natalie Puce is also recommended for her ‘sound and realistic’ advice. The team acted in two major corporate manslaughter cases. Clients include Warburtons.

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North West: Insurance

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

BLM (Manchester)

BLM is a ‘powerhouse for defendant clinical negligence work and is packed full of experienced lawyers’. The ‘very efficient and pragmatic’ Sarah Woodwark focuses on claims against doctors and defendants and is recommended alongside the ‘committed and meticulous’ Lisa Nabou. Clients include Ecclesiastical, CNA, Allianz and Optimax.

Leading individuals

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 1

BLM (Liverpool, Manchester)

BLM is a ‘premier firm that undertakes top-end serious injury work in addition to general personal injury/motor insurance work’ for clients such as ACE, Covea and Aviva. Standout figures include the ‘erudite’ Andrew Kerr, ‘unflappable’ Roger Brooks, ‘conscientious’ Ruth Graham, and ‘highly intelligent and pragmatic’ David Spencer.

Leading individuals

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

BLM (Manchester, Liverpool)

BLM’s ‘commercial’ team acts for a wide range of professionals including solicitors, accountants and construction professionals. Jason Nash ‘cuts right to the heart of the case’ and the ‘analytical’ Ben Parks is ‘great on detail’.

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North West: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

BLM (Liverpool, Manchester)

BLM advises on a broad spectrum of issues from abuse and child sexual exploitation to social housing and inquests. Paul Tarne and Mark Eisen are recommended.

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North West: Real estate

Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

BLM (Liverpool)

The ‘responsive’ department at BLM includes Matthew Hyam, who is experienced in housing management litigation. Former team head Sarah Mansfield left the firm in January 2016.

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