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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Jan Levinson

Work 0161 934 3043

Work Department

Commercial dispute resolution.


Jan specialises in commercial dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on IT and outsourcing disputes, property claims and corporate matters. His experience of heavyweight cross border disputes includes claims in Japan, France, USA, Singapore, Spain, Zimbabwe, South Africa and India. He is also an accredited mediator and has particular experience of dispute avoidance and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. He has a diverse range of corporate litigation and fraud experience including claims relating to/involving: urgent pre-action injunctions/speedy trials; product liability; breach of warranty/completion account claims; shareholder/partnership disputes; defamation/reputation management; property and environmental litigation. Jan is often asked for his comments on cases and has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky TV and ITV. He was the Lawyer in the News in the Law Society Gazette in June 2009 and Lawyer of the Week in The Times some months earlier.


Trainee solicitor Hammonds 1990-92, solicitor 1992-99, partner 1999-2003; partner commercial litigation Beachcroft LLP (now DAC Beachcroft LLP) 2003.


Society for Computers and Law; British Association for Sport and the Law; Commercial Litigation Association; Property Litigation Association.


University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1989 LLB Hons 2(1)).

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Noted for its 'expertise in amateur and professional motorsports', DAC Beachcroft LLP's department is also often active in football, cricket and rugby. Manchester-based group head Jan Levinson, a commercial litigator with particular knowledge of sports injuries and regulatory matters, acted for Manchester United FC on licensing issues; Nicholas Taylor advised Brighton & Hove Albion FC on property matters regarding its stadium. In cricket, Ken Forsyth advised the ECB's Cricket Discipline Commission on amendments to, and the implementation of, the ECB's disciplinary rules and procedures. The Bristol-based Andrew Allan-Jones acted for Worcestershire CCC on its five-year sponsorship deal with Blackfinch. On the contentious side, Clive Garston represented TLA Worldwide in commercial litigation. Other clients of the practice include Bradley Wiggins and the National Autograss Sport Association.

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing


Within: Licensing

The licensing team at DAC Beachcroft LLP  specialises in providing strategic licensing advice on complex and high-value matters to clients across a variety of sectors such as real estate, hospitality, leisure, public sector and health. The team’s client base includes Manchester United, EE, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital and Mitie. Key figures include practice head Jan Levinson and senior associate Andrew Martin, who has particular experience acting for clients in the sports and entertainment sectors.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester

Within: Leading individuals

Jan Levinson - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Manchester

DAC Beachcroft LLP's¬† ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô department¬†handles complex shareholder, contract, professional negligence, fraud and insolvency cases, acting for individual and business clients across the TMT, healthcare and insurance sectors. Highlights included representing the Right Honourable Charles Clarke in claims against Mirror Group Newspapers arising from the unlawful obtaining and misuse of private and confidential information, and representing DHL Management Services in relation to a series of anti-suit injunctions. Irlam Wharf Properties, Make Positive, RSA and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust are also clients. Department head Jan Levinson¬†handles IT and outsourcing disputes as well as property claims and corporate matters, often with a cross-border element. Harald Loeffler¬†regularly advises on misrepresentation, unlawful interference with contract and other economic torts, and professional negligence cases, while Sydney Fulda¬†has a ‚Äėwealth of experience‚Äô in complex commercial cases. Senior associates Vicki Bates, who handles disputes involving insolvency practitioners, Andrew Martin, who specialises in shareholder, sports and licensing disputes, and Joanne Dumphy, who handles IT, insurance and healthcare cases, are also key members of the team.

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North West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

DAC Beachcroft LLP  ’s work spans the full gamut of local government requirements from constitutional and governance advice to projects and litigation. In Manchester Jan Levinson is recommended for commercial litigation and Alison Key for real estate matters. Legal directorRachael Reynolds  is leading the advice to St Helens Borough Council on the implementation of and compensation issues surrounding the compulsory purchase of land at Newton le Willows station. Other major clients include Oldham Council, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Jan Levinson heads a multi-disciplinary team at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which provides a wide range of commercial services to an ever-growing portfolio of sports clients. It advises on issues such as employment and contractual matters to sports stadium issues and corporate finance. Senior associate Andrew Martin  is also recommended. The group continues to act for Manchester United and has advised it on issues such as variations to the club’s premises licence. It has also been instructed by Brighton & Hove Albion FC on various matters such as real estate matters and property matters. Sir Bradley Wiggins, ECB Cricket Discipline Commission and National Autograss Sport Association are all clients. The group is also very well regarded for its work in sports injuries.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

As part of the firm’s Northern team, DAC Beachcroft LLP’s practice includes team head Jan Levinson, Sydney Fulda and Harald Loeffler, all of whom split their time between Leeds and Manchester. The group is active in the healthcare space and Levinson focuses on IT and outsourcing disputes; he recently acted for Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in a contract dispute with its IT product licence provider. Lynne Young Associates, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are also clients. Leeds-based associate Tim Dennis regularly advises on procurement disputes.

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