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Brabners LLP

HORTON HOUSE, EXCHANGE FLAGS, LIVERPOOL, L2 3YL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0151 600 3000
Fax:
Fax 0151 227 3185
DX:
14118 LIVERPOOL-1
Email:
Web:
www.brabners.com
Liverpool, Manchester, Preston

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool
Corporate and commercial: Liverpool - ranked: tier 2

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP’s β€˜well-organised’ corporate team consists of β€˜experts’ who have a β€˜very calm and patient approach, but who know when to play hardball’. The corporate and commercial team’s mid-market focus and β€˜strong expertise in the tech sector’ sees its act for a wide range of clients, including entrepreneurs, private companies, SMEs, owner-managed businesses, family businesses, small private equity houses and AIM-listed companies. β€˜Very responsive, knowledgeable’ corporate head Mark Rathbone is β€˜great to work with’; he advised Martin’s Building (Holdings) on the sale of Castlewood Securities to Martins Bidco, and assisted Avon Lake Holdings with the acquisition of St Michael’s Manor. Rupert Gill advised First Aid Holdings on the acquisition of McKinnon Medical and Wallace Cameron, while Adrian Rogers advised Elaflex on the purchase of LCL Hose. Andrew O’Mahony is another key transactional figure, while in the commercial team, the β€˜very client-focused’ Nik White leads advice to The Wayne Rooney Foundation, and Richard Hough advised Parcel2Go.com on its artificial intelligence development agreement with Hutoma. Also recommended are Colin Bell, who worked alongside Rogers in advising Chester Race Company on its five-year commercial agreement with Premier Gateway International to provide wagering services at Chester and Bangor-on-Dee racecourses; and consultant Michael Brabner. Denise Walker recently left the firm to establish Glenville Walker & Partners.

Leading individuals

Andrew O’Mahony - Brabners LLP

Mark Rathbone - Brabners LLP

Michael Brabner - Brabners LLP

Nik White - Brabners LLP

Rupert Gill - Brabners LLP

Next generation lawyers

Adrian Rogers - Brabners LLP

Colin Bell - Brabners LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 2

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP fields a β€˜service-oriented, knowledgeable and experienced’ team that attracts praise for its β€˜superb response times’, β€˜technical nous’ and β€˜very competent and personable manner’. Corporate team head David Bowcock (β€˜a real star’) led the team advising Restore on the Β£83m purchase of PHS’s data solutions division, and led the advice to new client Marlowe on its admission to AIM, a statutory merger with a Belize-based shell company, and reverse takeover of Swift Fire and Security. Bowcock also advised Jaywing on its acquisition of Bloom Media (UK). Tony Harper (whose β€˜corporate legal experience, strategic direction and pragmatism is second to none’) led the advice to the shareholders of Quat-Chem on the sale of Quat-Chem to Neogen Corporation. The β€˜excellent’ Sam Mabon acted for the shareholders of System Professional on its sale to Daily Internet (SysGroup) and Andrew Millar advised Business Growth Fund on a Β£3.3m minority equity investment in High Access Maintenance. AGC Chemicals Europe, Chase de Vere IFA Group and Begbies Traynor are also clients. Richard Hepworth joined in October 2016 from Pannone Corporate LLP and Simon Lewis was recently promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

David Bowcock - Brabners LLP

Tony Harper - Brabners LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

The β€˜experienced’ department at Brabners LLP provides stand-alone tax advisory services, as well as support on a range of corporate, real estate and employment transactions. It is particularly noted for its specialist VAT and property tax expertise, and for its retail sector experience. Recent work includes advising Restore on the tax aspects of its Β£83m purchase of PHS’s data solutions division, which involved UK and overseas tax issues relating to the de-grouping process. It also advised the shareholders of Quat-Chem on tax matters related to its sale to a Nasdaq-listed buyer headquartered in Michigan, USA. It also advised Neptune Developments on the SDLT issues relating to a forward funding, mixed-use development. β€˜Detail-orientated’ team head and chartered tax adviser Mark Whiteside splits his time between the firm’s Liverpool and Manchester offices.

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Brabners LLP has a β€˜first-rate crime practice and is especially accomplished in firearms licensing appeals’. Key contact Lachlan Nisbet is an β€˜excellent communicator, leaves no stone unturned, possesses a strong tactical awareness and prepares extensively for each case’. The team, which attracts praise for its β€˜unparalleled levels of client care and willingness to put in the long hours’, acts for privately funded clients including sports personalities, educational institutions, banks and major businesses.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Preston)

Brabners LLP attracts praise for its β€˜no-nonsense and direct approach’. The team’s wide-ranging expertise spans directors and shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, professional negligence, warranty claims, commercial fraud and insolvency cases, with particular expertise in recruitment industry disputes, as well as contentious probate cases. The β€˜very experienced’ Stuart Irons leads the department.

Leading individuals

Stuart Irons - Brabners LLP

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Commercial litigation: Liverpool
Commercial litigation: Liverpool - ranked: tier 2

Brabners LLP

Clients of Brabners LLP praise the team’s β€˜commercial and practical approach’ and β€˜knowledgeable, approachable and straightforward service’. In addition to having acknowledged strength in director, partner and shareholder disputes, as well as professional negligence claims, insolvency cases, commercial fraud, media, and defamation cases, the team is also noted for its sports-sector expertise, and acts for International Sports Management (ISM) on a range of commercial litigation and reputation management matters. Recent work includes acting for Integra Compliance in a Β£4m dispute against SWS Compliance, and representing T J Morris in a Β£16m claim for compensation under competition law for excess Visa and MasterCard fee charges. Salford Red Devils, Hadfield Wood Recyclers and Chester Racecourse are also clients. Team head Paul Lunt has a β€˜wise head, and a calm, reassuring manner’; his β€˜advice is straightforward and commercial, and is able to deal with matters with little fuss and good success’. Other key figures include recently promoted partner Philip Steele, who heads the defamation and privacy team, and is β€˜hardworking and clever beyond his years’; Jacqui Lloyd, who handles construction, engineering and property disputes; and senior associate Jack Froggatt.

Leading individuals

Paul Lunt - Brabners LLP

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 2

Brabners LLP

Noted for its β€˜no-nonsense, robust representation’, Brabners LLP’s team is particularly experienced in disputes related to the sports and recruitment sectors and is regularly called on to handle law firm partnership disputes and shareholder disputes. Key work included issuing judicial review proceedings on behalf of Rullion Engineering in relation to a dispute regarding the manner in which a public body designed and conducted a tender process; defending Swimming Championships 2016 in complaints made by competitors of the London 2016 Arena European Master Swimming Championships; and acting for Keppel Healthcare in recovering outstanding rent arrears from a public body tenant. International Sports Management, Begbies Traynor and Cooper Property Services are also clients. Clients single out β€˜exceptional’ department head Jeff Lewis.

Leading individuals

Jeff Lewis - Brabners LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Preston)

Brabners LLP has a β€˜professional’ department that delivers a β€˜fantastic service’ and handles a range of high-value, complex debt recovery work. The team also provides a full recovery and enforcement service. Jacqui Lloyd heads the team in Liverpool, which includes legal executive Tony Foley, and advises on a range of secured and unsecured debt recovery work. Stuart Irons heads the team in Preston, and acts for banks, building societies and finance houses on secured and unsecured lending, as well as the recovery of commercial debt on behalf of companies and professional organisations.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Brabners LLP fields a β€˜first-class’ team that is β€˜quick and efficient, and is supported by a good level of common sense’. It handles a wide portfolio of banking mandates, including acquisition finance, property investment and development finance, and bridging and mezzanine finance, with particular expertise in the housing and sports sectors. Headline matters included advising Restore on the increase of syndicated facilities provided by Barclays Bank and RBS, assisting Kingsway Asset Finance with Β£16.5m of revolving credit facilities provided by the British Business Bank, and advising National Westminster Bank on Β£10.1m in facilities provided to the Perspective Financial Group. It also advised Marlowe on its Β£12.5m term loan and revolving credit facilities from Lloyds Bank. Corporate finance specialist Tony Harper heads the team in Manchester, which includes Charlotte Round, who is β€˜extremely responsive’ and has β€˜strong attention to detail’; and senior associate Russel Forward, who heads the real estate finance and restructuring team, are recommended. Andrew O’Mahony is the name to note in Liverpool.

Leading individuals

Andrew O’Mahony - Brabners LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

Brabners LLP’s clients single out the firm’s β€˜clear, commercial advice in complex and time-critical situations’ and its β€˜very clear understanding of clients’ needs’. The team advises insolvency practitioners on formal insolvency matters, and advises directors and other stakeholders of distressed businesses. Recent work includes advising Martin McColls on the acquisition of the business and assets and two retail units of ML Convenience (in administration). Key figures in Manchester include Robert Turner, who β€˜always provides sound legal advice in a timely manner, is able to think laterally’ and has β€˜very good commercial acumen’; and senior associate Russel Forward, who heads the real estate finance and restructuring team in Manchester. In Liverpool, Paul Lunt is noted for his contentious insolvency expertise, and Adrian Rogers handles non-contentious insolvency matters. Senior associate Nicola Whittle joined the Preston office from Stephensons Solicitors LLP in December 2016.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

Brabners LLP has β€˜retained the ethos of client care associated with a smaller firm while leveraging the support that being part of a larger corporate firm provides’. Key members of the β€˜excellent and balanced team’ include the β€˜very thorough and talented’ Nick Campbell, who heads the team in Liverpool, the β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ Paul Chamberlain, who heads the practice in Manchester, and the β€˜very professional’ Andrew Cross, who is β€˜great with clients and gives straight answers’. Senior associates Paul Ryman and Chris Pavlou are ones to watch; the β€˜friendly’ Pavlou β€˜fiercely fights his clients’ corner extremely well’. The team has particular expertise in employment tribunal litigation, in addition to providing high level support on acquisitions, disposals, mergers and business reorganisations. It also acts for senior executives advising on various contractual matters in addition to termination arrangements. Lydia Edgar led the advice to a rugby association on the introduction of a new standard players’ contract for the professional game. The team is also acting for a senior executive in potential claims of whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and other serious breaches of contract. Other key clients include AXA, JD Wetherspoon, and new client wins such as Alexander Wang, Travelodge Hotels and LK Bennett.

Leading individuals

Nick Campbell - Brabners LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Brabners LLP’s β€˜highly professional team’ includes the β€˜intelligent’ Lachlan Nisbet, who is praised for β€˜handling matters calmly’. The group is regularly called on to advise on matters arising from serious incidents, from internal investigations and discussions with the regulator, to attending PACE interviews through to acting in prosecutions by the HSE and local authorities. Key clients include Ashland Specialty Chemical Company and Jungheinrich UK.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Brabners LLP’s recent recruitment of Ian Mylrea from Irwin Mitchell is a β€˜game changer’, according to some. Mylrea is β€˜developing his place in the local market through excellent client relationships; he is sensible and extremely well received by all sides of the negotiating table’. The team has particular strength in the sports industry. Philip Woolham has left the firm.

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North West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Preston)

Brabners LLP fields a β€˜very competent team that provides excellent levels of service and always tries to find the best solution for clients’. The firm’s sizeable team is headed by Rupert Jackson, who has β€˜excellent all-round knowledge, which he provides in a pragmatic way’. He is ably assisted by Charles Hansford, who advises on all aspects of agricultural law and the management of landed estates, with an emphasis in mines, minerals and third party rights. The group has a wealth of experience in land management and landed estates and acts for individuals, trusts and corporations. Highlights included advising on the purchase of a fully functioning 2,000-acre agricultural estate that included a main house and a let farm that had the potential for office development.

Leading individuals

Rupert Jackson - Brabners LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

Brabners LLP’s β€˜extremely responsive team is known for its terrific grasp of charity law and its knowledge of how the Commission and other relevant third parties operate; it is undoubtedly the best firm around for charity and not-for profits work’. The β€˜calm, highly responsive and personable’ Stephen Claus heads the team and has considerable niche expertise in ecclesiastical law; he is β€˜a leading charity lawyer in Liverpool if not the region’. Associate Graeme Hughes is also singled out for considerable praise and brings a β€˜wealth of knowledge to each matter coupled with his sound and measured advice’. The β€˜very professional’ Angela Clearkin advises on property related matters and β€˜works very hard for clients often in very demanding circumstances and tight timeframes’. The β€˜patient and very organised team’ advises clients such as the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation on all of its charity law matters and is currently advising the trustees of the Petty Pool Trust on its incorporation as a charitable company limited by guarantee. In addition it continues to advise the North West Air Ambulance on various matters including a constitutional review of its Articles of Association and its involvement in agreements with commercial organisations. In yet another highlight it provided advice to the trustees of the Wayne Rooney Foundation on all its arrangements relating to Wayne Rooney’s testimonial game and other events.

Leading individuals

Stephen Claus - Brabners LLP

Next generation lawyers

Graeme Hughes - Brabners LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Brabners LLP (Manchester, Liverpool, Preston)

Senior associate Simon Morris at Brabners LLP is β€˜a first-class lawyer who has a very sound grasp of very complex and convoluted facts, together with a good knowledge of the law’. Morris has been acting for executors in contested claims in excess of Β£5m against an estate, and has been advising the executors in relation to various breaches of contract, misrepresentation, constructive trust and promissory estoppel issues against the estate. The β€˜very professional and efficient’ Paul Lunt has been advising the executors in relation to competing inheritance act claims where the property is jointly owned between a co-habiting partner of the deceased and the minor dependent against the beneficial interest claims of the estate.

Next generation lawyers

Simon Morris - Brabners LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

The β€˜very knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Helen Marriott heads the β€˜excellent team’ at Brabners LLP. Marriott is β€˜very intelligent and really understands accounting issues; she is unfazed by the most complex matters and does not waste time and money on irrelevant issues’. As an arbitrator she adopts a β€˜very balanced approach to all matters and has a wonderful ability to cut to the chase’. She is experienced in Schedule 1 Children Act cases involving the settlement of property, school fees and maintenance, and is skilled at advising on private children matters including international relocation cases in the High Court. Joanne Radcliff, who is a collaborative law practitioner, is a β€˜very safe pair of hands and does not get bogged down in detail; she can see the wood from the trees’. The β€˜very careful and considerate’ Katherine Livesey is also recommended. Family clients include business owners, sports and media personalities, lottery winners, land and estate owners, and beneficiaries of trusts. Other areas of expertise include acting for parents in private law children matters where there are complicated issues of alcohol/drug addiction, allegations of abuse or where a change of residence is required.

Leading individuals

Helen Marriott - Brabners LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

Duncan Bailey is a key member of the strong team at Brabners LLP which includes newly promoted partner Louise Scholes, who is experienced in court of protection work and acts as a professional deputy. Mark Feeny is recommended for his work on tax planning and trusts in addition to wills and estates. The team continues to act for inter-generational families and regularly advises high-net-worth individuals on complex estate planning issues, wills, trusts, family investment companies and Court of Protection matters. The team was joined by the β€˜knowledgeable, clear, articulate and personable’ Steven Appleton from Laytons. Richard Bate is now at Weightmans LLP.

Leading individuals

Mark Feeny - Brabners LLP

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North West: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

Brabners LLP has a β€˜very knowledgeable and client-focused team’ led by Richard Hough, who is praised for his β€˜excellent communication skills’. The team provides a broad range of advice to healthcare professionals and commercial entities that supply goods and services to the healthcare sector. Such advice includes advising on regulatory issues, fitness to practice and employment and property advice. The group also has a strong client base in the pharmacy sector and advises on matters such as NHS dispensing contract applications, appeals, relocations and oppositions as well as corporate acquisitions and disposals and other disciplinary matters. The group is increasingly advising on dental transactions, an area which is led by Nicola Lomas.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Preston)

Clients of Brabners LLP’s Preston-based real estate department rate its β€˜very pragmatic and commercial advice’, β€˜quick response times’ and β€˜strength in depth’ across the retail, hospitality, landed estates and agricultural sectors. Headline work included advising Unstuffy Hotel Co on the disposal of the Linthwaite House Hotel, and assisting the National Football Museum with the grant of a sublease to a consortium led by ex-footballer Gary Neville. The team’s other clients include Sofology, EWM Group, Betterbathrooms (UK) and Parcel2Go.com. The β€˜very commercial, thorough, and on-the-ball’ Ross Shine leads the department, which includes and Charles Hansford, who is noted for his expertise in mines and minerals, agricultural and landed estate matters. Associate Helen Ryan is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Ross Shine - Brabners LLP

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Commercial property: Liverpool
Commercial property: Liverpool - ranked: tier 2

Brabners LLP

The β€˜fantastic’ team at Brabners LLP handles a range of real estate mandates spanning agriculture and landed estates, commercial and residential developments, investment, retail and property management, as well as real estate finance. The team has β€˜good technical knowledge’, delivers β€˜quick response times’, has β€˜a pragmatic approach’, and is able to β€˜cut through the white noise and get to the issue’. Highlights included advising Neptune Developments on the Β£39m forward funding of a mixed-use scheme in Liverpool; and acting for McColls Retail on the acquisition of 298 stores from the Co-operative Group. T J Morris, ABF, Wainhomes (North West), Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, Grosvenor Estate and Peacocks Stores are also clients. David Morgan heads the firm’s regional real estate department; Jeff Gillbanks β€˜keeps focus on what is needed to close big deals’ and advises landlord developers, on forward funded acquisitions, and complex high value developments, which includes Iain Gamble, who primarily acts for developers and landlords on commercial and mixed-use schemes; Richard Roberts (β€˜an exceptional lawyer; he cuts to the core issues very quickly’), who handles retail and property management mandates; Chris Parkinson, who heads the residential development team; and senior associate Kevin Manley. Neil McBurney and Sandy Gill are also receommended. Leanne Murray joined DAC Beachcroft LLP in 2016.

Leading individuals

Jeff Gillbanks - Brabners LLP

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Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP handles a range of real estate matters involving social housing, residential and commercial developments, public sector developments, health centre and GP surgery developments, landlord and tenant matters, and financing and investment. Highlights included advising JW Lees on the acquisition of a portfolio of public houses from Greene King, and advising Quasar Real Estate on the Β£4.8m acquisition of a business park in Chester. British Cycling is also a key client. Matthew O’Brien heads the team and Peter Barlow leads the housing and regeneration team. Senior associates Cathy McFadden and real estate financing expert Russel Forward are also recommended. Former Manchester team head Chris Parkinson now heads the residential development team in Liverpool.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Brabners LLP’s β€˜knowledgeable and approachable’ team advises developers, contractors and subcontractors on port infrastructure and commercial developments, and is experienced in projects in the power, retail, and student accommodation sectors. The team also has dispute resolution expertise and is praised for its β€˜commercial and practical’ approach. Highlights included advising T J Morris on the construction of five new stores, assisting Glenbrook CHD with the development of residential apartment blocks, and acting for The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company on numerous infrastructure projects. Ian Hardman specialises in non-contentious and contentious construction and engineering matters, and is rated for β€˜presenting detail in a clear and concise manner’. Barry Goodall handles contentious and non-contentious mandates, with particular experience in projects and disputes relating to power stations, petrochemical plants, pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, nuclear reprocessing plants, and road and rail projects. Senior associate Eleanor Stirrett joined from Hill Dickinson LLP.

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP (Liverpool)

Brabners LLP handles a range of planning and environmental natters, with an emphasis on the social housing, maritime, waste and retail sectors and notable experience in development and regeneration projects. Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, Martin McColl, Neptune Developments and Liverpool Mutual Homes are clients. Claire Petricca-Riding heads the planning and environment team and is rated for her β€˜encyclopaedic knowledge and remarkable tenacity’. Director of planning Kevin Halewood specialises in town planning and highways work.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP (Manchester, Liverpool, Preston)

Brabners LLP handles a range of commercial, residential, and agricultural property disputes involving landlord and tenant matters, dilapidation claims, boundary disputes, restrictive covenants, easements, professional negligence claims, and enfranchisement and agricultural disputes. It also acts for a number of major retailers on lease renewals. Associated British Foods, Assura Properties, Bridgemere Estate, Cooper Property Services, Bridging Finance Solutions Group and Halfords Autocentres are clients. Stuart Irons is β€˜well established in the market’ and heads the property dispute resolution practice, which includes Jeff Lewis, who heads the Manchester litigation team, senior associate Andrew Rogers, who joined from DWF in 2016, and β€˜thoughtful and tactical’ associate Hannah Carter.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Brabners LLP fields a β€˜dedicated and knowledgeable’ department with a β€˜first-class reputation’ for providing β€˜a full range of services’ to housing providers, including property and development, governance, housing management, corporate finance, banking, procurement, construction, and disputes. In an illustration of its ability to draw on its extensive corporate expertise alongside social housing credentials, the firm is advising Pierhead Housing Association on the proposed move by Leasowe Community Homes from Your Housing Group to become a subsidiary of the client. It is also acting for The Riverside Group in an anti-social behaviour case which resulted in an immediate possession order being obtained after a two-day trial in the County Court; and advised Halton Housing Trust in connection with a supported housing scheme at Ashton Green. The team, which is praised for its β€˜breadth and depth’, is headed by Alistair Fletcher, who also leads the governance team. Other key figures include housing management head Ian Alderson; Rupert Gill; Angela Clearkin and Peter Barlow, who head the development team; and Nigel Williams, who leads the home ownership team. Also recommended are senior associate Josephine Morton, who is β€˜very intelligent, sharp, and always spots the key legal issues amongst the mass of information’; and associate Catherine Fearon, who is β€˜very strong on cases involving a mental health element’. The team has been bolstered by several arrivals including consultant Suzanne Gregson, who joined from DWF and is a specialist in anti-social behaviour and tenancy management; and senior associate Lisa Robotham, who joined the development and home ownership team from Capsticks LLP. Thomas Starkey recently left the firm to join Weightmans LLP.

Leading individuals

Alistair Fletcher - Brabners LLP

Ian Alderson - Brabners LLP

Next generation lawyers

Josephine Morton - Brabners LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

Brabners LLP provides a β€˜very responsive and proactive service; it is happy to go the extra mile when needed and provides a very realistic, pragmatic and solutions-driven approach that takes into account all the relevant commercial issues’. The β€˜very reliable’ Nik White garners praise for his β€˜no-nonsense, professional and knowledgeable’ approach and his β€˜great attention to detail’. Matt Brown is able to β€˜translate the legals into understandable business language’. Its client base includes businesses specialising in biometric technology, commodity trading software and technology systems for financial market data, in addition to notable expertise acting for companies operating in the computer software games industry. It has been advising the Wayne Rooney Foundation on a range of matters in connection with Wayne Rooney’s testimonial year. It also advised Chase de Vere IFA Group on an IT system upgrade, which involved a variety of business-critical software packages.

Leading individuals

Nik White - Brabners LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

Brabners LLP has a specialist IP team that deals with contentious and non-contentious IP work as well as registered trade mark and design mark prosecution. It is also skilled at advising on online brand protection and infringement such as keyword infringement and domain name complaints. Colin Bell is a β€˜pleasure to work with’ and Nik White provides a β€˜really great service’. The team is advising Melissa McCue trading as EBC Couture and Swim on the intellectual property rights in her products, including bringing claims against a number of infringers of her products.

Leading individuals

Colin Bell - Brabners LLP

Nik White - Brabners LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

Brabners LLP fields lawyers who are β€˜knowledgeable, practical and excellent at anticipating clients’ needs; the team is superb at client care’. Philip Steele is noted for his β€˜thorough knowledge of the law combined with good practical sense, which enables him to provide good all-round advice to his clients’. Paul Lunt is also singled out for praise. The β€˜terrific’ team routinely acts for clients in the sports, media and entertainment industries on reputation management issues involving media crisis management, misuse of confidential information, libel and slander, in addition to malicious falsehoods. The team provides a range of media and defamation advice to International Sports Agency Management and several of its sports clients.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Key figures at Brabners LLP include the β€˜excellent’ Maurice Watkins and the β€˜thorough’ Lydia Edgar; Edgar β€˜quickly understands the clients’ needs, provides options and solutions to tight deadlines, and is good at making the clients feel confident that they are in safe hands. She is trustworthy, reliable and reassuring’. The team was joined by Simon Taylor from Kennedys; he specialises in motor sport work primarily. Director Jason Smith is also singled out for praise. The team has been advising on a five-year commercial agreement between Premier Gateway International and its client Chester Race Company in relation to providing wagering services at Chester & Bangor-on-Dee Racecourses. Other clients include Liverpool FC, Barnsley FC, British Swimming and UCI (the world governing body for cycling).

Leading individuals

Maurice Watkins - Brabners LLP

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