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Weightmans LLP

6 NEW STREET SQUARE, NEW FETTER LANE, LONDON, EC4A 3BF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7822 1900
Fax:
Fax 020 7822 1901
DX:
310 CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.weightmans.com

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Weightmans LLP

Following a strategic review, Weightmans LLP underwent a transformational management restructure in May 2017, which resulted in a new 'client relationships' arm being created to cover six key markets: owner-managed business, built environment, corporate, private client, insurance and public bodies. Its national commercial team includes Leeds-based Michelle Mathers, who focuses on servicing owner-managed businesses. Sarah Walton in Manchester leads the group, which advises on procurement, collaboration agreements, manufacturing agreements, franchising and outsourcing, among other areas. Vincent King and newly promoted partner Victoria Robertson recently acted for Lancashire Constabulary and the Lancashire PCC in a collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire to establish a forensic academy. Laurence Pritchard was the lead adviser to a consortium of independent greyhound track owners on the sale of media rights to the greyhound races at their tracks to Arena Leisure Limited. Sean Crotty acts for public and private sector clients, such as the Metropolitan Police, Derbyshire County Council and Playground Games Limited. John Schorah, Martin Vincent and associate Haroon Younis are also recommended.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

The team at Weightmans LLP¬† was bolstered by the arrival of ‚Äėpartnership guru‚Äô Andrew Cromby, who joined the team from Bracher Rawlins LLP¬†in October 2017. The group offers a full partnership service, which draws on the wider firm‚Äôs compliance and regulatory practice, led by Michelle Garlick, who has particular expertise in the legal partnership space. Richard Corran¬†handles matters arising out of the North West and is currently acting for the majority partners of a medical practice in a dispute with an ongoing partner. Edwina Farrell¬†leads the medical partnership team and specialises in advising NHS GP practices on property and partnership business matters. Damian Carter¬†joined the Manchester team from¬†Berg¬†in March 2017 and has considerable experience in commercial disputes with partnership aspects.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is 'immensely committed to providing the best service available, working above and beyond expectations'. The practice is well known for healthcare-related disciplinary issues; acts for all the medical defence organisations and is highly regarded for complex cases before the General Medical Council and General Dental Council; and regularly advises defence organisations on NHS Performers’ List and Health Service Ombudsman matters. The team also assists with barrister conduct work and is regularly involved in the judicial review of decisions of the Legal Ombudsman, who makes findings against barristers. It acted for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a statutory body charged with reviewing decisions of the health and social care regulators, which challenged a decision of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council; the case involved allegations of improper strip searches carried out upon two vulnerable patients while detained in a mental health unit. Liverpool-based Richard Jolly was recently appointed as national head of healthcare advisory; Patrick Gaul is recognised for defending barristers in professional conduct matters before the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Council of the Inns of Court; James Rowley in Manchester is 'incredibly skilled in all areas of medico-legal law and is excellent in difficult and complex cases'; London's Robert Crossingham acts mainly for professional indemnity insurers, although he also advises private and commercial clients in relation to disciplinary and uninsured matters; Simon Turner is 'very able'; and consultant John Mitchell 'has great judgment, is hard working and thinks about the best way of doing a case'. Regularly receiving instructions from major medical defence organisations, Mitchell is recommended for his representation of doctors and dentists. Also highly regarded is solicitor Joanne Harrison, who is 'very much a rising star in medical law and very sharp, confident, articulate and knowledgeable'.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

Crispin Kenyon is the key name to note in Weightmans LLP's London office while David Lewis leads the national regulatory services team from Leeds. Kenyon recently acted for J Cullen Thermals, an asbestos surveying company in a HSE prosecution alleging a defective survey that had failed to identify asbestos in a building; he is also active in the construction, waste management, printing, transport, care and manufacturing sectors. Further clients include Bibby Distribution, Formation Construction and GLL.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP has an extensive track record handling complex and high-value cases, often with a cross-border component. Organ transplant and blood donor cases are key areas of focus, as are claims against ambulance services.  The NHSR is a key client, with the firm being one of only four reappointed to all three lots on the NHSR's panel. Isobel Michie joined from BLM and is described as 'an extremely experienced case handler with a strong depth of knowledge and experience of the NHS'. Other key individuals include Vanessa Splaine and Rachel Kneale, who leads the healthcare team nationally. Sarah Ellington departed to become a district judge in the Court of Protection

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Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 6

Weightmans LLP

‚ÄėReally well-established with leading insurers and insured clients‚Äô,¬†Weightmans LLP¬†is ‚Äėstrongly recommended‚Äô. Experienced in reinsurance, property, construction, liability, and professional negligence coverage disputes, as well as handling increasing numbers of instructions in financial lines, D&O, cyber, and political risk matters, the team offers its expertise to both London market¬† and international clients. For construction coverage disputes, the firm is led by the ‚Äėbright, commercial, serious and tough‚Äô Ed Lewis,¬†and Robert Crossingham¬†provides ‚Äėtechnical excellence‚Äô, particularly in the field of professional liability. The addition of partner Simon Durkin¬†from DWF¬†in October 2017 also gave the team a boost in policy coverage and related disputes. A recent highlight for the team is representing reinsurers Sirius International Insurance Corporation and Allianz Insurance in respiratory claims disputes arising out of the 9/11 attacks in New York. Coverage disputes specialist¬†Ling Ong¬†is leading in this matter.

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's clients include major insurers, local authorities and self-insured corporates, and is on the panel of a number of insurers including the Motor Insurers' Bureau.  The 'very experienced' and 'hugely knowledgeable' Elaine Chapman heads the London team and is highly active in large loss and technical claims involving brain injury, paraplegia and tetraplegia, and amputations and severe limb injury. David Johnson is 'a really good judge of the long-term strategy for a case'. His wide-ranging expertise covers cases involving severe head and spinal injury, amputation and fatal accidents. Nicholas Richards has a strong record acting for European and UK-based insurers in cases involving accidents abroad.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's practice is led by Fiona East, who is 'experienced, commercial and well-liked by clients and insurers alike.' Her recent work includes acting for the defendants in the case of a factory fire allegedly caused by the defendant's product, and a series of complex matters across the retail, food and drink and consumer goods industries via the defendant's insurers. Other notable lawyers in the team include Blaise Smith, a partner in the Leeds office with expertise in injury and property claims, many of which arise from defective products. He is defending a £1 million claim involving a fire in a restaurant and shopping area. Leicester-based partner Stephen Robb  is currently acting for a household name clothing company. Its expertise extends to food contamination claims, malfunctioning industrial components, product recalls, brand protection and numerous other matters.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

The team at Weightmans LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery attentive and is certainly developing its industry knowledge‚Äô; it delivers ‚Äėcommercial and pragmatic advice, which doesn‚Äôt shirk from the realities of litigation‚Äô. The team handles a range of construction sector claims, claims against IFAs and claims against property professionals. It defended R T Financial Services UK, on the instructions of its professional indemnity insurer, Argo, against a ¬£1.2m claim for allegedly negligent financial advice. Aspen Risk Management, AXA Insurance UK, CFC, Channel and Liberty are also clients. Quentin Fox¬†regularly handles claims against clients in the construction industry, claims against financial advisers and policy coverage disputes. Ed Lewis¬†is an ‚Äėexcellent negotiator‚Äô and is instructed on claims across the construction, technology and professional services sectors. Robert Crossingham¬†is noted for his expertise in handling disputes relating to property and financial transactions. Associate James Denison¬†has ‚Äėvery detailed knowledge of construction law and is able to explain complex matters in a simple way which is easier to understand and digest‚Äô, and associate Paul Lowe¬†is ‚Äėvery commercial and pragmatic‚Äô. Associate Ian Lavelle¬†is also a key contact. Liverpool-based Mike Grant¬†is national head of professional risk and is noted for his expertise in the construction sector.

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London: Private client

Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP  has a number of excellent practitioners including Simon Goacher  and Richard Jolly, who are both based in Liverpool, and Birmingham-based Tony Yeaman . The team advises on a broad range of welfare, health and property issues for a significant number of local authorities, NHS trusts and private health and social providers. The team acted for a North West based NHS Foundation trust in an application for an urgent declaration for serious medical treatment in relation to a patient who was detained under the Mental Health Act. The patient was pregnant and was no longer cooperating with her antenatal care. The trust determined that it would be in her best interest to undertake a caesarean section at 37 weeks. The court granted this order declaring that it was lawful for the trust to provide delivery by caesarean section.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

From offices including in Liverpool, Manchester and London,  Weightmans LLP offers an impressive number of specialists such as Tony Yeaman, the  national head of healthcare clinical in Birmingham and Richard Jolly, the national head of healthcare advisory in Liverpool. Martin Forshaw, based in Liverpool has decades of experience acting for police forces defending an array of actions. A client reported of the team: 'The service received is second to none. They are quick to respond and the advice they give is excellent.' Liverpool-based senior associate Morris Hill is also highlighted as 'very pragmatic, sensible and effective.' In addition to its work for police forces, it is acting for Rochdale Council as a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

At Weightmans LLP, team head Martin Vincent is the client partner for universities including Bangor University, Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire. Other key partners include real estate expert Janice Weatherly and highly regarded employment law lead Mark Leach. Vincent is advising Birmingham City University on expansion models aimed at expanding into the Vietnam market. In other highlight work, the team is advising Queen Mary University of London on its contract to deliver a global MBA programme through the University of London International Academy. Partner Andrew Roberts handles contentious matters and is advising Middlesex University on a fitness for practice challenge involving matters such as student discipline, professional practices and compliance with procedural requirements.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP¬†‚Äôs team ‚Äėhas excellent knowledge of the healthcare sector‚Äô and expertise in advising a number of public bodies and NHS clients ‚Äėmeans they are well-placed to provide the type of service needed by public bodies‚Äô. The practice handles regulatory matters and healthcare litigation for public sector clients . Rachel Kneale¬†, Richard Jolly¬† and Tony Yeaman¬† jointly lead the national group and are supported by the ‚Äėexcellent and proactive‚Äô Vanessa Splaine¬† who specialises in clinical negligence. Other key contacts are¬†the ‚Äėknowledgeable and informed‚Äô Edwina Farrell¬† working on GP partnerships, transactions and real estate and Nathan East¬† gives ‚Äėsensible and pragmatic advise‚Äô to NHS Trusts, public services organisations and healthcare practitioner on commercial, governance and real estate issues. Simon Turner¬† is highly recommended for regulatory work and has acted for Professional Standards Authority for health and social care and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in highly complex litigation. Kneale represented Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in an inquest involving a patient who died from a laceration to the liver following a bike accident. Farrell and East continue to advise Kent Local Medical Committee on real estate matters.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

Simon Goacher, who is based in Liverpool, heads a team at Weightmans LLP that 'always provides that extra touch without charging for every minute that they spend assisting a client.' Some of the other key members of the team include Clive Bleasdale in Liverpool and Mark Leach in Manchester. Senior associate Morris Hill, who heads up the social care team in the North West, is noted for being 'very pragmatic, sensible and effective.' The team handles matters ranging from regeneration projects, large-scale employment work and the restructuring of service provision to devolution matters. It is acting for Liverpool City Council on a £1bn redevelopment project and on the contentious side is represented Rochdale Borough Council as a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP¬†conducts internal investigations for clients in relation to fraud, bribery and corruption, and defends corporate clients in relation to external investigations. It also provides compliance advice in relation to corporate crime and breaches of regulatory corporate crime legislation. The firm also conducts private prosecutions. Euros Jones¬†heads the practice, he has ‚Äėvery good experience in this area and is an effective litigator‚Äô.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is active in the gaming sector where headline matters included advising Playground Games on a video game development agreement with a major global publisher; advising Nomad Games on a licensing deal in relating to a book series, for the purposes of developing an online video game based upon the series; and advising The Independent Game Developers Association (TIGA) on its contractual agreements with various videogame studios. Novarama Technology. It also advises Side (UK) on a number of voice talent and motion capture agreements. The team also acted for Sentric Music on the £3m growth capital investment into Sentric Music by Business Growth Fund. Novarama Technology, Playrise Digital, Secret Sorcery and Playjam are also clients. Liverpool-based Sean Crotty, who heads the team, and managing partner John Schorah are recommended.

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London: Transport

Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 5

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP¬†has ‚Äėexcellent shipping knowledge‚Äô and delivers ‚Äėexcellent response times‚Äô. It handles marine disputes expertise and also handles commercial matters; it regularly advises on ports and terminals liability and also represents insurers on marine casualties and contractual claims arising under charterparties and bills of lading. It is representing Champion Tankers on the implications and strategy relating to the collapse of OW Bunkers. In Liverpool, head of marine Phil James¬†is ‚Äėtechnically very good, has great communication skills and is very user-friendly‚Äô and¬†Mike Burns¬† has ‚Äėin-depth marine knowledge and is very commercial‚Äô.

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Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėspecialist‚Äô team defends personal injury claims for insurers and is experienced in complex catastrophic injury cases involving road traffic accidents abroad. The Motor Insurers‚Äô Bureau (MIB), Assicurazioni Generali, AIG Europe and DEKRA are key clients. It is representing MIB in several cases including a case brought by a claimant who suffered serious injuries as a result of a motorway accident in France; and a case where by two UK nationals were involved in a fatal road accident involving an uninsured driver in France. In Liverpool, insurance head Rob Williams¬†and David Holt¬†are recommended, while London-based Nick Richards¬†heads the team.

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North West

Offices in Liverpool, Manchester M2, Manchester M1, and Knutsford

Scotland

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West Midlands

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Yorkshire and the Humber

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