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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

The β€˜solid and capable’ three-partner team at Clarke Willmott LLP attracts praise for providing β€˜real world advice to clients’. The team has a strong track record advising SMEs in the financial services and technology sectors, including wejo, which it is assisting with its fundraising requirements. Other highlights included advising the shareholders of Pentest on the Β£7m disposal of Pentest to Secarma. Key figures include Ed Foulkes, an β€˜experienced deal leader and highly intelligent lawyer’ who regularly handles M&A, corporate finance, joint venture and restructuring mandates; technology practice head Susan Hall, who advises on ICT agreements and high-value commercial contract work; and Helen Tse, who joined from Glaisyers in 2016.

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North West: Dispute resolution

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

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP acts for owners, directors and shareholders of plcs, medium and small businesses and major financial institutions in disputes across the retail, banking, finance, renewable energy, sport and technology sectors. Its expertise covers shareholder disputes, complex contractual disputes, defamation, and breach of confidential information cases. Team head John Flint joined the firm in April 2016 from Linder Myers.

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP (Manchester)

Clarke Willmott LLP fields an β€˜extremely strong, personable and efficient’ team. Emma Hamnett is recommended. The team primarily acts for medium-sized employers and also has a strong reputation for its work with senior executives. It has a particular strength in restrictive covenant and restraint of trade work.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP has an β€˜effective and slick’ team that is β€˜keen to ensure that "partner-led", really means "partner-led"’. In addition to handling commercial development, landlord and tenant, and secured lending mandates, the team is also noted for its logistics, retail and leisure sector expertise. Highlights included advising CWRP on a lease agreement with B & M Retail for the construction of new store, and advising Cascade Holdings on the Β£1.1m purchase of retail premises in Manchester City Centre. It advised Gaylord Investments on the Β£13m purchase of a Travelodge hotel in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey. EDM Group, Mayr-Melnhof Packaging UK, IJS Global UK and Arbuthnot Latham & Co are also clients.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Manchester)

Praised for its β€˜personal approach’, the team at Clarke Willmott LLP regularly delivers housing management advice to private registered providers, including handling possession, anti-social behaviour, breach of tenancy, tenancy fraud, injunctions, policy, disrepair and lease drafting matters. The team acted for Adactus in an accelerated possession claim, and represented Plus Dane Group in a longstanding fraud and sub-let case. Halton Housing Trust, Equity Housing Trust and South Liverpool Homes are also clients. Head of the housing management and asset team Lindsay Felstead is β€˜very knowledgeable’, β€˜manages to get her clients’ aims and objectives across in a fair and transparent manner’ and β€˜is also able to communicate in non-legal jargon so that case information can be digested and decisions can be made easily’. β€˜Effective and efficient’ associate Matthew Wilson is β€˜very adaptable and committed’ and is β€˜passionate in achieving the best possible results in terms of outcome, and negotiates cases commercially’. John Cox joined Bevan Brittan LLP in Leeds.

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 3

Clarke Willmott LLP (Manchester)

Susan Hall at Clarke Willmott LLP is praised for her β€˜very good technical knowledge, which endears her to clients who feel that she speaks their language’. Senior associate Andrew Stone is also singled out for his technical knowledge and his β€˜attention to detail’. Hall advises a wide range of clients from government departments to universities and multinationals on major ICT agreements and technology disputes. Her particular strengths lie in data security and data protection as well as legal issues surrounding social media. Highlights included acting for Pentest in its disposal to Secarma. Pentest is a major provider of cyber security and penetration testing services to blue chip commercial and public sector clients.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP (Manchester)

Clarke Willmott LLP is praised for β€˜its good teamwork and for being responsive to its clients’. Roy Crozier is β€˜particularly excellent at brand protection and counterfeiting work’. He advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property law and has acted for some of the best-known brands in domestic and international disputes. Also recommended are Susan Hall, who is β€˜experienced, calm, knowledgeable and very good with clients’ and β€˜efficient’ senior associate Andrew Stone, who is praised for his ability to β€˜fights his client’s corner’. Hall has worked with a wide range of clients, from government departments and universities to multinationals, owner-managed businesses and start-ups, on complex IP matters. Clients of the β€˜superb team’ include Fred Perry, Ugg Australia and new client Canon, which the practice assists with the protection, enforcement and exploitation of their intellectual property rights. In a major case the team advised BaByliss in a patent and design right infringement action that was brought in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court relating to the client’s award-winning β€˜Curl Secret’ product.

Leading individuals

Roy Crozier - Clarke Willmott LLP

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