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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 particular strength in advising owner-managed and family businesses, especially in the automotive manufacturing supply chain. Head of practice Mathew Harvey was busy on a number of matters for key client Sertec Group, including advising the management team on the management buyout of the company, and then acting on Sertec Group’s acquisition of AWC Industries. The other name to note is healthcare specialist Gareth Griffiths, who is ‘highly experienced and gives fairly priced advice’; Griffiths represented various buyers in the purchase of occupational health practices.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP (Birmingham)

Clients of Weightmans LLP consider the ‘level of service provided by the team outstanding’. The ‘very personableJawaid Rehman specialises in advising local government on equal pay and gender pay gap regulations and leads the firm’s employment group with the support of Tim Lang, who has extensive experience acting for healthcare regulators. Other key figures include experienced tribunal advocates and CIPD fellows Andrew Forrest and Victoria Duddles, and associate Bhavesh Prajapati, who is ‘an excellent legal adviser’. Rehman’s highlights included representing the Nottinghamshire City Council in a mass equal pay claim following its implementation of a new pay and grading structure, and assisted Principal HR with regards to the TUPE implications of changes to statutory redundancy payments. The team also acted for a FTSE 100 client on the restructuring of its head office and support staff. The ‘approachable, practical and commercial’ associate David Summers is also recommended.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP (Birmingham)

Weightmans LLP attracts praise for its ‘very timely responses and intimate knowledge of sector issues’. The Midlands arm of its regulatory practice is led the ‘thoughtful’ Chris Green, who has expertise in cases involving gas explosions, asbestos, rail, construction and manslaughter. The team is acting in the high-profile case surrounding the accidental death of a bystander due to the fall of a window frame, and acted for Mansfield District Council in the prosecution of the owner of a care home in relation to the death of a dementia patient. Green defended a housing association with regards to a fire incident which prompted an investigation and prosecution, and appeared at an inquest before the Royal Courts of Justice on behalf of a contractor client.

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West Midlands: Insurance

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

Weightmans LLP (Birmingham)

A leading player in the clinical negligence field’, Weightmans LLP’s Birmingham office has ‘a strong, committed team of lawyers who really know this complex and demanding practice area’. Tony Yeaman heads the national healthcare litigation team, which acts for the NHSLA, NHS trusts and major insurers, and which is handling claims against a healthcare authority arising from alleged abuse at the hands of a consultant therapist working in a Midlands psychiatric unit in the 1960s; this high-profile matter involves significant police investigations and the establishment of a safeguarding panel.Melanie Isherwood, whose combined background as a doctor and a solicitor ‘mark her out as a solid and fair lawyer’, works alongside Deborah Bannister, whom clients describe as ‘a real fighter with a fantastic tactical awareness’. Recommended associates include the ‘very bright, committed and practical’ Jasmine Armstrong and Catherine Ainsworth, who is ‘a super practitioner’. Beth Buchanan left the practice to join a global charity.

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

Weightmans LLP (Birmingham)

The ‘knowledge and expertise of the handlers atWeightmans LLPis amongst the best in the UK’. ‘Tenacious, tactically astute, very personable and popular with clients’, Chris Webb-Jenkins represents social care providers in the public and private sector and handles high-value local authority liability claims. Adrian Marston leads the commercial insurance department and specialises in psychological and chronic pain claims, while the ‘very experienced and extremely knowledgeableDavid Tuck heads the Birmingham disease team, with a particular focus on asbestos and allergy claims. Associate Lisa Watson acted for a defendant in a significant decision related to asbestos-induced cancer and employers’ liability. Noel Walsh is a water claim and violence in the workplace specialist and recently defended a public transport client with regards to a collision claim. Other notable names include Penelope Marshall, who acts for public-sector clients on a wide array of litigation work, and Tim Salthouse, who acts exclusively for insurers and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. Bruce Ralston has joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP.

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West Midlands: Private client

Family: Birmingham
Family: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

Very industrious, energetic and competent’ consultant Fiona O’Sullivan heads Weightmans LLP’s family practice in Birmingham, which ‘cannot be faulted for the level of service received’. O’Sullivan provides clients with ‘invaluable advice’ on the financial aspects of relationship breakdowns, including business assets and pensions issues. Associate Tania Derrett-Smith recently led on domestic and cross-border divorce and financial remedy proceedings for several clients. The team’s caseload also includes private law child work, guiding clients through pre-nuptial agreements and the variation and capitalisation of periodic payments.

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West Midlands: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 1

Weightmans LLP (Birmingham)

The ‘very client-orientated and thoughtfulTony Yeaman heads Weightmans LLP’s health unit, which includes Deborah Bannister, who manages group actions for trusts. Associate Jasmine Armstrong handles clinical negligence claims on behalf of the NHSLA and Midlands-based trusts. The firm is continuing to advise on claims against numerous trusts arising from allegations of historic sexual abuse, while Yeaman represented NHS trusts in inquests pertaining to the death of a prisoner due to natural causes and the death of a child shortly after birth. As part of its helpline service, the team recently assisted a surgeon in connection with a dispute concerning a transgender patient who made threats following alleged discrimination by the client. Other key contacts include corporate commercial partner Gareth Griffiths, who acts for cash-plan insurers, benevolent funds and partnerships of M&A transactions and reorganisations.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP (Birmingham)

According to clients, Weightmans LLP is ‘one of the pre-eminent local government firms’. In Birmingham, Jawaid Rehman leads on local authority matters and has strong expertise in equal pay and the restructuring and implementing of pay schemes. He is supported by Chris Webb-Jenkins, who has significant experience advising social care providers on safeguarding issues; and real estate specialist Zo Hoida, whose recent highlights include several high-profile rejuvenation projects. Rehman acted for Derbyshire County Council with regards to a senior management review, while Hoida advised Walsall council on an ongoing development project alongside Highways England to widen and improve a junction on the M6. Other key contacts include litigation expert Penelope Marshall; Chris Green, who leads the Midlands regulatory team and recently prosecuted the owner of a care home on behalf of Mansfield District Council following the accidental death of a service user; and Tim Lang who focuses on employment and professional regulatory work.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 5

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP’s practice is led by Zo Hoida, who specialises in public sector regeneration projects for the likes of Walsall Council and Royal Borough of Greenwich. Hoida’s varied caseload also takes in investment mandates for foreign investors and secured lending, and recent examples of her work include acting for a Chinese investor on the £1.3m purchase of an investment property in Wolverhampton, and advising Santander on various financings, including a £7m facility for Panorama Property Investments secured over eight separate titles. West Midlands regional head Richard Osborn divides his time between the firm’s Birmingham and Leicester offices and ‘provides a good, personalised service that is flexible, adaptive and responsive’.

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East Midlands

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


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West Midlands

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