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Weightmans LLP

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP  has a practice with a particular focus on  private equity transactions and owner-managed businesses, especially those in the automotive manufacturing supply chain.  The corporate team is led by Mathew Harvey , who focuses on both areas, while the commercial side of the offering is headed by Tracy Lake , who joined in late 2018 from National Grid and who predominantly works on commercial contracts in the utilities sector.

Practice head(s):Mathew Harvey; Tracy Lake

Key Clients

Sertec Corporation Limited

Leacy MG Limited

Wealden & Eastbourne Lifeline Limited

Fish4Dogs Limited

BHSF Group Limited

Springboard Corporate Finance

Midven Limited

Cameron Price Limited

Maven Capital Partners

Slate Hall Veterinary Practice

Work highlights

  • Acted for the sellers of the Slate Hall Veterinary Practice to CVS Group,
  • Advised shareholders and directors of Springboard Corporate Finance in connection with the sale of the company to Begbies Traynor
  • Acted for Midven on the  Midlands Engine Equity Fund's investment in companies including Travel Safety.
  • Advised Maven Capital Partners on Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund's investment into Hiring Hub Holdings.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

Mark Surguy leads the commercial litigation team at Weightmans LLP and has extensive experience in civil fraud and e-discovery. He is supported by associate Emma Birch who focuses on disputes concerning financial services and manufacturing.

Practice head(s):Mark Surguy

Other key lawyers:Emma Birch

Key Clients

UK Trucks Claim Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising UK Trucks Claim Limited, a special purpose vehicle which is the first of its kind to pursue collective relief in the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the form of opt-out collective proceedings. It has issued proceedings on behalf of owners and lessees of over 600,000 trucks which were sold by way of an admitted illegal cartel of European truck manufacturers between 1997 and 2011.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP has an excellent reputation in the hospitality and leisure sectors, and it also generates a significant amount of work from owner-managed businesses. A dedicated equal pay team, which is led by Jawaid Rehman, is known for its defence of a large number of equal pay claims against public sector organisations. The team is also well-regarded for its work for local government and the police.

Practice head(s):Jawaid Rehman

Other key lawyers:Claire Hollins; Bhavesh Prajapati;

Key Clients

Whitbread Group


Pizza Hut

Pizza Express

The Together trust

Bolsover District Council

Malvern Panalytical


Nuffield Hospitals


OCS Group

Bills Restaurants

Rainforest Café

Instinctif Partners

London Executive Offices

Sertec Group Holdings

Aquila Truck Centres


Work highlights

  • Instructed by Whitbread Group plc to advise on the HR and employment law aspects of the intended sale of Costa Coffee to Coca Cola
  • Instructed by Whitbread Group plc to advise and assist the HR team with the preparations of the implementation of GDPR.
  • Acted for Prezzo on the employee collective redundancy consultation process to effect the closure of  approximately 100 restaurants across approximately 300 restaurant estates, and advised on the re-organisation of the area management team.
  • Advising Bolsover District Council on approximately 120 equal pay claims, which have been ongoing for over seven years.
  • Instructed by Nuffield Health to defend a tribunal claim that was brought by someone who had been employed for only for a matter of months.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP advises a broad range of clients active in the public, commercial, charity, sports and insurance sectors. Andrew Brammer joined from Cartwright King, succeeding the outgoing Chris Green as practice head (Green moved to Keoghs LLP). The team represents businesses and key personnel in investigations and prosecutions that are brought by the HSE and other bodies, including the Environment Agency and the Trading Standards.

Practice head(s):David Lewis (Leeds); Dewi Ap Thomas(Liverpool); Crispin Kenyon (London); Andrew Brammer


'Has an excellent team'.

Work highlights

  • Advised  a national organisation following an accident involving an electricity discharge.
  • Provided discreet advice to a client in relation to the impact of several prosecutions in the English courts of the UK arm of its international parent business.
  • Advising a company that specialises in providing transitional supported care and welfare services for young and vulnerable adults often with substance misuse and psychiatric and psychological issues.
  • Assisted a company that was  involved in the supply chain of some of the cladding used on Grenfell Tower before the fire.
  • Advised the site manager of a building site following a fatal wall collapse in June 2015 on a development of new builds built into a steep hillside.

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West Midlands: Insurance

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

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is recognised as one of the leading advisers to NHS healthcare bodies on all areas of litigation. Its first-rate team regularly handles complex and high-value cases, and is particularly strong in claims against ambulance services, the former NHS Direct and other telephone triage systems. It is currently handling two large ongoing group claims in the Midlands. Tony Yeaman leads the firm's national NHS Resolution engagement. Jasmine Armstrong made partner.

Practice head(s):Tony Yeaman; Deborah Bannister; Jasmine Armstrong


'Jasmine Armstrong and Deborah Bannister are both organised, know their cases, promote a collaborative working relationship and are practical'.

Key Clients

National Health Service Resolution

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust


Derbyshire Healthcare NHS FT

Weight to Go

Royal Sun Alliance


Work highlights

  • Secured a trial success on a high-value stroke case for Midlands Partnership NHS Trust.
  • Represented University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust in the dismissal of a claim at trial about the hospital’s management of an overdose of drugs and alcohol.
  • Represented Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS FT in the dismissal of a claim relating to  several weeks’ intensive care of a baby following premature delivery and the need for major abdominal surgery.
Next Generation Partners

Jasmine Armstrong - Weightmans LLP

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

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's Birmingham-based group is active in a broad cross-section of areas, such as casualty, disease, large loss and commercial insurance work. It acts nationwide for 16 of the top 20 insurers, numerous FTSE 100 companies, and other large private and public organisations. The disease team is led by David Tuck. Henry Bermingham joined from BLM, while Adrian Marston moved in the opposite direction.

Practice head(s):David Tuck; Chris Webb-Jenkins; Penelope Marshall; Henry Bermingham; Navdip Wilson; Bruce Ralston

Key Clients

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Nottinghamshire County Council

Travelers Insurance

Gallagher Bassett

Leicestershire County Council

Staffordshire County Council

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in the IICSA investigation into the suitability of the civil litigation process for child abuse personal injury claims.
  • Represented the second defendant ( a school) in a mesothelioma claim.
  • Representing a plumbing construction company in a fatal mesothelioma claim.
  • Represented the defendant in a fatal asbestos case which resulted in the claimant discontinuing the claim.
  • Represented a client in a work-related upper limb disorder case which resulted in the claimant discontinuing and paying part of the defence costs.

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West Midlands: Private client

Family: Birmingham
Family: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

The team at Weightmans LLP advises on the financial aspects of relationship breakdown, where there are complex business assets, pensions or trust arrangements. It also has expertise in pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and the treatment of inherited wealth. Elsewhere, children-related matters are another driver of activity; the group's work includes assisting clients with national and international relocations, choices of schools and financial applications for children. Consultant Fiona O’Sullivan heads up the team.

Practice head(s):Fiona O'Sullivan


'Fiona O’Sullivan fights hard for her clients and has lots of integriy'.

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West Midlands: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

With a strong focus on clinical negligence claims, Weightmans LLP advises healthcare trusts, private healthcare providers and insurers on inquests, patient consent, Court of Protection proceedings, misdiagnosis, birth injury, surgical error and fatal accidents. Tony Yeaman, Deborah Bannister and the newly promoted Jasmine Armstrong are the key experts in that area. In other work, the team acts as legal adviser on patient safety, risk management, data protection and child abuse issues.

Practice head(s):Tony Yeaman; Deborah Bannister; Jasmine Armstrong

Key Clients

National Health Service Resolution

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust


Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS foundation Trust

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS FT

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Weight to Go Ltd

Royal Sun Alliance


Work highlights

  • Defended South Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust against a claim that a mental health patient was falsely imprisoned and deprived of his liberty when he was detained.
  • Advising Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to facilitate the transition during the early stages of the merger.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

At Weightmans LLP, the local government team advises on social care, safeguarding, employment, property and corporate matters for councils, boroughs and consortiums. Chris Webb-Jenkins has strong experience of working with social care providers and has recently been brought in to advise clients in relation to child abuse and exploitation cases.

Practice head(s):Chris Webb-Jenkins

Key Clients

EM Lawshare

Staffordshire Moorlands DC

Stoke on Trent CC

Salford CC

Telford BC

Shropshire CC

Derbyshire County Council

Rochdale Borough Council

North West Legal Consortium

Liverpool City Council

Manchester City Council

Wirral Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Stockport MBC

Cheshire East Council

Cumbria County Council

Knowsley MBC

South Ribble BC

Oldham MBC

Bolton MBC

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East Midlands

Offices in Leicester


Offices in London EC4A, London EX3A, and London EC1M

North West

Offices in Liverpool, Manchester M2, Manchester M3, and Knutsford


Offices in Glasgow

West Midlands

Offices in Birmingham

Yorkshire and the Humber

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