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Clarke Willmott LLP

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP is regularly instructed by SME clients on M&A deals, and also handles disposals for equity investors and management teams, and the team is noted for its financial services expertise, as well as its technology sector nous. The team was instructed by BOXT Limited, and its management team, on the acquisition of a minority stake in the company, by Robert Bosch UK Holdings; acted for the seller on the £4m share disposal of Ken Brown Motors to Now Investment Group; and advised Hopecrest Holdings on its disposal of Aztec Aerosols to Instarmac. Meetoo Limited, Dunlop Systems & Components and Aluminium Developments Group are also clients. Team head Ed Foulkes has ‘deep understanding and empathy of the positions of vendor and buyer’ and is experienced in transactions across the financial services, technology and renewable energy sectors, while Helen Tse is noted for cross-border China-UK mandates. Susan Hall handles ICT agreements and  commercial contract work, and heads the technology practice.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 6

Clarke Willmott LLP

At Clarke Willmott LLP key areas of activity include shareholder and contractual disputes, defamation, injunctions, asset recovery and breach of confidential information cases and the team acts for owners, directors and shareholders of plc, medium and small businesses and financial institutions across the retail, banking, finance, sport, energy and technology sectors. Highlights included representing The National Union of Mineworkers in a claim against Organisation International Energie Mines relating to the alleged breach of an agreement to repay funds recovered by IEMO in a long running legal conflict.  Department head John Flint is ‘friendly, straight-forward and delivers an efficient service’.

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP

At Clarke Willmott LLP  Emma Hamnett advises on a myriad of issues such as applications for springboard relief, claims for breach of confidence. She also has considerable experience in restructuring and redundancy exercises. The team predominantly acts for medium-sized employers and has a strong reputation for its work with senior executives and for senior executive terminations. The department has a particular strength in restrictive covenants, injunction work and employment litigation in the High Court. It is also known for its restraint of trade work.

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North West: Real estate

Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP acts for a range of social landlords, including registered providers and local authorities, on housing management, and is experienced in tackling anti-social behaviour, advising on tenancy and leasehold disputes and complex disrepair claims, as well as tenancy agreements and policy matters. It advised Paragon Asra Housing on possession proceedings against a tenant who was suspected of sub-letting their property; advised Adactus Housing on a dispute with a managing agent as to regarding fire safety obligations; and advised South Liverpool Homes on an injunction and claim for possession. Stafford & Rural Homes, South Staffordshire Housing Association and Equity Housing are also clients. Key figures include Lindsay Felstead, who is national head of housing management, and associate Matthew Wilson.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Wilson - Clarke Willmott LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP  is one of the ‘leading departments outside of London in this practice area and is equal to any department in London’. The ‘extremely responsiveSusan Hall  is ‘quick to turn things around and has an unrivalled experience of this area and an ability to master the technical detail. You want her on your side’. Hall has considerable expertise in data protection, social media and cyber security issues. Senior associate Andrew Stone  has an ‘incredible ability to master the technical detail which clients are very impressed with’. Highlights included advising the Berkeley Group (a large FTSE company) in carrying out an ongoing programme of technology refresh and replacement. This is a rolling programme and involves several major and high-value contracts in core infrastructure. Meetoo, Devon and Cornwall Housing and Informed Solutions Limited are also clients.

Leading individuals

Susan Hall - Clarke Willmott LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP has an ‘extremely knowledgeable and efficient team that is commercially and legally smart and tactically astute’. Team head Roy Crozier’s ‘knowledge and experience in IP is exceptional; he has proven to be an expert litigator, is very commercial and understands the bigger picture and the tactical priorities for the client’. Senior associate Andrew Stone  is ‘excellent- he has great attention to detail, is great to work with, reliable and is a good client manager who is completely committed to his clients’ cases’. For ‘patent and design right litigation this is a very good team, the lawyers understand the case, the priorities for the client and the legal arguments that are being run’. Susan Hall  is ‘pragmatic and result-orientated’. It acts for a wide range of businesses including household names such as UGG Australia, Fred Perry, Superdry and ghd. It is ‘one of the best IP teams outside of London’.

Leading individuals

Roy Crozier - Clarke Willmott LLP

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Stone - Clarke Willmott LLP

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