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Weightmans LLP

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Martin Vincent

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Weightmans LLP

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Education and corporate.


Heads the firm’s education practice, a team providing the full range of legal services to many educational institutions nationally. Core area of expertise is in the full range of contractual arrangements with a specialism in public procurement, handling advisory and contentious matters. Director of TUCO Organisation Ltd. Author of ‘A Guide to International Procurement’ England, Wales and Northern Ireland chapter (Thompson Reuters).


Trained University of Manchester; qualified 2008; headed procurement functions in industry 1992-99; acted in-house University of Manchester 1999-2008; Mace & Jones 2008; Weightmans 2011.


Procurement Lawyers Association; Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply.


University of Wolverhampton (LLB 1991); DeMontfort University (1996 LPC).


Scuba diving.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Weightmans LLP attracts a notable spread of work across its offices in Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester. Led by Sean Crotty and Laurence Pritchard, the team acts for a broad base of public sector clients, such as local authorities and hospitals, and private companies. Among the firm’s areas of strength is games and interactive media; in 2016, managing partner John Schorah, Crotty, Patricia Grinyer and Haydn Rogan acted for Playground Games on its agreement with a major global publisher to develop a video game and related downloadable content. In another highlight, Pritchard led the advice to Swissport on the provision of ground handling services to airlines at airports in the UK. Martin Vincent and Vincent King are names to note in Manchester, while associates Victoria Robertson and Haroon Younis are key contacts in Leeds.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Weightmans LLP’s ‘excellent’ team utilises its ‘wide breadth and depth of knowledge’ to assist clients with high-profile strategic developments such as joint academic programmes abroad, research partnerships and the implementation of technology projects. Martin Vincent handled a £4m IP commercialisation project for Loughborough University and is advising Birmingham City University on its planned international expansion to Vietnam. Vincent King assisted Queen Mary University of London with a collaboration agreement between its colleges and institutes and the University of London. In another highlight, Janice Weatherly drafted heads of terms, and negotiated and concluded an event hosting agreement for Birmingham City University allowing the Trades Union Congress to hold a demonstration during the Conservative Party conference on the university’s property. On the contentious side, Andrew Roberts is representing Middlesex University against a fitness to practise decision and an Office of the Independent Adjudicator complaint. Karen Stephenson is now University Secretary at Birmingham City University.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Within: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Weightmans LLP has a ‘superb’ corporate team that delivers ‘relevant and clear advice with a commercial view’. The team is particularly singled out for its track record in private M&A in the owner-managed and mid-market business space; team head Paul Raftery advised Sonoco Cores and Paper on the purchase of UK-based Laminar Medica, including a group company in the Czech Republic and US business assets. In other highlights, Sarah Walton advised ANS Group on the acquisition of Eison and led advice for Pochin’s on its strategic partnership with db symmetry. ‘Knowledgeable, calm, balanced and commercial’ consultant Robert Turnbull rounds out the transactional team. Vincent King and Martin Vincent head the commercial team, which has expertise in the IT, technology, digital media, education and procurement sectors. King is advising Lancashire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire on its collaboration with University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) to establish a forensics academy.

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EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Spread across its Liverpool and Manchester offices, Weightmans LLP’s competition practice handles a range of matters across the healthcare, food and insurance sectors, and also advises local authorities, universities, developers and venture funds on state aid issues relating to grants, loans and deal structures. Highlights included advising IKO on the clearance of its merger with Pure Asphalt Company; assisisting Surrey and Sussex Police on the joint purchase of managed digital services from Telefónica; and acting for Greyhound Media Group on the EU matters relating to the establishment of a consortium for the joint promotion and sale of media rights to greyhound races. The team also delivered competition advice to John West in relation to its supply contracts with supermarkets. Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Motor Insurers’ Bureau and Stobart Group are also clients. Department head Laurence Pritchard regularly handles merger control issues as well as advising on anti-competitive agreements and practices. His track record includes acting on high-profile investigations carried out by the Office of Fair Trading, Competition Commission, Competition and Markets Authority and European Commission. Gary Jones handles state aid matters and advises on grant and loan funding, regeneration projects and contract procurement. Also recommended are procurement specialist Vincent King and Martin Vincent.

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North West: Public sector


Within: Education

Weightmans LLP’s team provides ‘concise and very useful advice’, with clients singling out Martin Vincent and Janice Weatherly for particular praise. The group has a focus on higher education and has been active in international projects of strategic importance; examples include Birmingham City University’s planned expansion overseas into Vietnam, which has involved advising the university on the taxation and regulatory issues to be considered in addition to any relevant governmental approvals that may be required. Other clients include Westminster University, Southampton Solent University and Queen Mary University of London.

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