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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

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP (Liverpool)

At Brabners LLP, the ‘helpful and knowledgeable’ team advises clients in the transport, distribution and logistics sectors. Clients include Peel Ports Group. Rupert Gill a key contact.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool
Corporate and commercial: Liverpool - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP

At Brabners LLP, head of corporate Mark Rathbone (who is rated for his ‘commercial awareness’) led advice for Paul Feather, the owner and chairman of the Feathers Hotels Group, on its sale to Topland Hotels Group. In other highlights, the ‘first-rate’ *Denise Walker advised Cold Move on the carve-out and sale of a cold storage and logistics business; Andrew O’Mahony assisted Business Growth Fund on its £7m investment in Hobs Reprographics; and the ‘outstandingRupert Gill acted for Urban Sleep on the £41.6m sale of its portfolio of student accommodation to Empiric. The ‘knowledgeableNik White leads the commercial team, which includes Matt Brown and recently promoted partner Richard Hough. It acts for an array of technology and software companies. *Following publication of The Legal 500 UK 2016, Denise Walker has left the firm to establish Claus 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

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

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP’s ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘focused’ team advised Restore on its £55.7m purchase of Wincanton’s records management business, and advised Impellam Group on its £37.2m purchase of Global Group. It also advised the management team of Project Adler Bidco on the MBO of Vernacare, backed by Palatine Private Equity. Corporate team head David Bowcock has ‘an excellent reputation’, and Tony Harper is excellent’. The ‘experiencedAndrew Millar is also recommended.

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)

At Brabners LLP, team head Mark Whiteside (who splits his time between the firm’s Manchester and Liverpool offices) acts for a range of companies and individuals, and has particular strength in contentious and non-contentious VAT matters.

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Brabners LLP provides ‘realistic advice coupled with meticulous preparation’ to clients including sports personalities, educational institutions, banks and major businesses. The ‘knowledgeable and patient’ Lachlan Nisbet attracts praise.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

Brabners LLP is particularly known for firearms licensing matters. Lachlan Nisbet is noted for his licensing expertise and for ‘his deft touch with clients’.

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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)

Clients of the ‘small but very highly regarded’ team at Brabners LLP include Inteb Sustainability. Stuart Irons leads the team, which is noted for its ‘strength in depth’.

Leading individuals

Stuart Irons - Brabners LLP

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

Brabners LLP

Paul Lunt leads the ‘hardworking’ team at Brabners LLP, which advised rugby league club Salford Red Devils on several disputes. Senior associate Philip Steele is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Paul Lunt - Brabners LLP

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

Brabners LLP

At Brabners LLP, department head Jeff Lewisprovides a personable and highly professional service; he has a strong grasp of the commercial aspects of a case’ and is noted for his ‘determination, especially when speed is of paramount importance’. Alpha Technology is a key client. Paul Morton has acted in a number of claims against financial advisers.

Leading individuals

Jeff Lewis - Brabners LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Preston)

At Brabners LLP, legal executive Tony Foley and Jacqui Lloyd are recommended in Liverpool, and Stuart Irons is the key contact in Preston.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Highlights for Brabners LLP’s ‘astute’ and ‘practical’ team included acting for Restore on its £80m financing for the acquisition of Wincanton Records Management, and advising Promenade Parla Living on loan facilities provided by HSBC. Key figures include the ‘very ableCharlotte Round in Manchester and Liverpool-based Andrew O’Mahony, who is ‘fantastic to work with’.

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)

Brabners LLP advised Begbies Traynor on the acquisition of the business and assets of P & A Partnership from its administrators. Robert Turner has ‘in-depth expertise’, and Paul Lunt specialises in contentious matters. *Denise Walker is also recommended, and Adrian Rogers was recently promoted to partner. *Following publication of The Legal 500 UK 2016, Denise Walker has left the firm to establish Claus Walker & Partners.

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

Brabners LLP’s nine-partner practice is headed in Liverpool by Nick Campbell and the ‘clever’ Paul Chamberlain in Manchester. Lydia Edgar has niche expertise in the sports industry. Clients include Axa, JD Wetherspoon, Nando’s, England Golf and the British Canoe Union.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

No stone is left unturned’ at Brabners LLP, where Lachlan Nisbet is ‘always willing to help, advise and listen and then comes up with practical solutions’. Clients include Peel Ports Group.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Brabners LLP advises trustee bodies, employers and individuals across a broad range of pension issues including pensions and FAS Ombudsman complaints. Associate Philip Woolham is a key contact.

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North West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Preston)

Brabners LLP’s practice ‘understands the needs of rural and agricultural clients’ and stands out for its ‘excellent attention to detail’. The ‘extremely thorough and knowledgeable’ Charles Hansford and associate Helen Ryan are ‘really impressive’.

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)

At Brabners LLP, team head *Stephen Claus stands out for his ability to ‘find a way through the maze of charity regulations’. The ‘first-class’ team provides ‘clear, pragmatic and timely advice’ to charities and social enterprises, educational institutions and religious bodies. Associate *Graeme Hughes is also recommended. *Following publication of The Legal 500 UK 2016, Graeme Hughes has joined Claus Walker & Partners, which was established in January 2017 by Stephen Claus, Denise Walker and Mark Glenville.

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

Brabners LLP (Manchester, Liverpool, Preston)

Brabners LLP is particularly experienced at advising on the validity of wills, trusts and claims for the provision of dependents. Senior associate Simon Morris has ‘great attention to detail and a superb memory – he is able to recall the tiny details of very complex cases’.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Brabners LLP is singled out for its ‘meticulous preparation, and the highest possible standards of advice and client care’. The team specialises in advising high-net-worth individuals in financial remedy cases where there are complex asset structures, and representing parents in children proceedings. Paula Milburn is ‘extremely thorough’ and Helen Marriott is highlighted for her track record in divorce cases.

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)

The ‘technically excellentMark Feeny leads a ‘very strong’ team at Brabners LLP that provides a ‘thoroughly professional, personal and friendly service’ to regional and national clients. Key figures include the ‘vastly experiencedDuncan Bailey, Paul Lochery, who is singled out for his ‘outstanding knowledge of the complexities of trust and tax planning’, and Richard Bate, who advises owner-managed businesses, wealthy individuals and a number of high-profile sportsman on estate planning issues.

Leading individuals

Mark Feeny - Brabners LLP

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North West: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

The ‘very client-centric’ Richard Hough leads the team at Brabners LLP, which acts on property, litigation, employment, corporate and commercial matters in the health sector, and has a particularly large pharmacy client base.

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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)

Brabners LLP advised Sofology on several retail instructions and advised Grange Motors on the disposal of a site in the Lake District National Park. Better Bathrooms, Tritech and National Football Museum are also clients. Ross Shine heads the team, which includes Charles Hansford.

Leading individuals

Ross Shine - Brabners LLP

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

Brabners LLP

Highlights for the ‘excellent’ team at Brabners LLP included advising Primark Stores on purchase and development agreements and leases for seven new stores, and acting for Peel Land and Property on the sale of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool to Ability Group. Jeff Gillbanks heads the department, while Neil McBurney leads the retail team and Leanne Murray heads the residential team. Also recommended are the ‘first-rate’ Sandy Gill and Iain Gamble.

Leading individuals

Jeff Gillbanks - Brabners LLP

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

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP advised Bury MBC on the acquisition of development land and a newly developed multi-storey car park, and assisted Promenade Estates with the sale of the Baltic Village, Liverpool. JW Lees is also a client. Team head Chris Parkinson and Matthew O’Brien are recommended.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Recent highlights for Brabners LLP include advising T J Morris on a £9m development. Team head Ian Hardman and Barry Goodall are recommended.

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 4

Brabners LLP (Liverpool)

Claire Petricca-Riding leads the team at Brabners LLP and is noted for her ‘impressively detailed, specialist knowledge of environmental law’. Director of planning Kevin Halewood is also recommended.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Brabners LLP (Manchester, Liverpool, Preston)

Brabners LLP possesses a ‘high level of expertise’ and advises on residential, commercial and agricultural disputes. The ‘excellent’ Rachel Watkin heads the property litigation team, which includes Jeff Lewis and Stuart Irons.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

The ‘outstandingAlistair Fletcher leads the ‘expert’ governance team at Brabners LLP, while housing management and disputes team head Ian Alderson is ‘highly knowledgeable and experienced, with a practical approach to problem solving’. The Riverside Group, The Symphony Group, ForViva Group and Your Housing Group are among the key clients. Angela Clearkin heads the development team alongside Peter Barlow who joined from Cassell Moore in January 2016, while Nigel Williams heads the home ownership team.

Leading individuals

Alistair Fletcher - Brabners LLP

Ian Alderson - 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)

Clients of Brabners LLP highlight the firm’s ‘London standard of service at Liverpool prices’. It assists a wide variety of tech start-ups and software businesses and has considerable expertise in the computer software games industry. Nik White and Colin Bell are noted for their ‘very commercial and practical advice’.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

Brabners LLP’s diverse practice advises a number of retail clients on their trade mark portfolios, including handling trade mark applications and oppositions. The team also manages a significant number of domain name complaints for large US headquartered companies. Clients include the Professional Footballers’ Association and the CORGI Group and Gas Safety Trust. Nik White is ‘very reliable’ and Colin Bell is ‘excellent’.

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 has considerable expertise in acting for companies in the computer software games industry coupled with a significant practice in online gaming. The team is also growing its practice in music and content licensing and is regularly instructed by clients in the sports, media and entertainment industries to represent them in all of their reputational management issues. Nik White and Paul Lunt are singled out for praise.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Brabners LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

Brabners LLP advised the Rugby Football League (RFL) on a range of matters from the application of salary cap regulations to successfully resisting defamation claims against the RFL and members of its management. It also advised International Sports Management and several of its high-profile clients including Lee Westwood on various sports-related issues. The ‘very experienced’ Jason Smith and team headMaurice Watkins are recommended. Matthew Bennett, Edward Canty and David Bentham left to establish boutique practice Centrefield LLP.

Leading individuals

Maurice Watkins - Brabners LLP

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