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North West

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF’s team is β€˜very client-focused and extremely approachable’ and is praised for its ability to handle β€˜more straightforward issues through to the more complicated matters equally well’. Vikki Woodfine (who is β€˜always prepared to go that extra mile when it is needed’) and senior solicitor Joanne Witheford are both praised for their β€˜extensive knowledge’. The large practice is divided into a number of sub-sectors including automotive, marine and trade, road transport, logistics and rail. It counts South Staffordshire Plc, the insurer RSA and TVM (the Dutch insurer that specialises in transport issues) as clients.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool
Corporate and commercial: Liverpool - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF’s corporate and commercial has expertise spanning the financial services, retail and technology sectors, acting for clients ranging from SMEs to large corporates. Headline work included advising Derek Kelly, founder of the Optionis Group, on its sale to Arkarius Group, and advising Livingbridge on its investment in clinical consulting business Four Eyes Insight. M&A and private equity specialist Paul Rimmer heads the team, which includes Paul Attwood, who is recommended for commercial work and advises on commercial contracts covering distribution, logistics, outsourcing, IT and licensing arrangements.

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Paul Rimmer - DWF

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

DWF

DWF’s β€˜impressive’ team provides β€˜prompt response times’ and β€˜sensible advice’, and delivers a β€˜hands-on service’. It has a particular focus on the financial services, retail and technology sectors, acting for a range of companies and their public or private equity funders on regional, national and cross-border transactions. Alasdair Outhwaite led the team advising the shareholders of The Fluent Money Group on the sale of its entire issued share capital, and acted for the management team on an investment by Beech Tree Private Equity. Jonathan Robinson, working alongside Outhwaite, advised the management team of New World Trading Company on its Β£50m MBO. β€˜Superb’ corporate head Frank Shephard is praised for his β€˜down-to-earth, constructive and thoughtful’ approach. Recognised for his capital markets expertise, Shephard led the advice to the shareholders of Waterfall Catering Group on its sale to Paris-based multinational Elior Group. Additional highlights for the team included advising LivingBridge on its investment in clinical consulting business Four Eyes Insight. Cyprotex, Moneyplus Group and Optionis Group are also on the firm’s client roster. Also recommended are director Lisa Stavropoulos, who specialises in M&A and capital markets; and Craig Chaplin, who is experienced in IT, telecoms and outsourcing matters.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF fields a β€˜dedicated and knowledgeable team that clearly understands the topics in question from every angle’ and which provides β€˜responses in a very timely manner’. Drawing strengths from its national office network, the practice is well versed in handling the tax aspects of transactional matters, with an emphasis in employee share schemes. Recent highlights include advising Redx Pharma on its employee incentives, the tax position for individual option holders, and the exercise of employee share options; and assisting Cyprotex with the exercise of its EMI and unapproved share options in relation to a scheme of arrangement and its acquisition by Evotec. Assura, Obtala, Regus and Zuto are also clients. Liverpool-based senior associate James Cashman is also a chartered tax adviser, and advises on high-value M&A and private equity deals as well as employee equity participation. Manchester-based associate Sam Dooley is β€˜very knowledgeable’ and experienced in employee equity structuring.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Manchester)

The β€˜renowned’ EU and competition practice at DWF is praised for its β€˜pragmatic and commercial advice’ and β€˜in-depth expertise’ in state aid, public procurement, funding and regulatory issues. Clients also benefit from its close links with the firm’s Brussels office. The team is advising Mexichem UK and Mexichem Group on an ongoing European Commission investigation into alleged anti-competitive behaviour by Honeywell and DuPont, and is acting for Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council on grants to a culture and visitor centre in the North East, and on a European Commission investigation. The firm also handles state aid matters for the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council, and is continuing to act for Birmingham City Council and Finance Birmingham on the administration of the Β£300m AMSCI fund for supporting supply chain manufacturing and engineering companies in England. Based across the Manchester and Leeds offices, β€˜Exceptional’team head Jonathan Branton, who splits his time between Manchester and Leeds, is highly regarded for state aid matters, and is handling a raft of Brexit-related issues for clients. Other key figures include senior associate Jay Mehta, who specialises in EU funding and information access matters; Michael Mousdale, who is an expert in local government and public procurement work; and Howard Cartlidge, who leads the London team.

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Jonathan Branton - DWF

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Jay Mehta - DWF

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF’s Jamie Taylor β€˜has encountered most of the challenges imaginable in fraud litigation; time and time again he delivers a robust approach, demonstrates excellent attention to detail, has sound judgement and achieves outstanding results’. The firm’s excellent counter-fraud team acts for clients such as the RSA and QBE. Highlights included acting for ERS where a suspended prison sentence was handed down to a fraudulent claimant – the suspension of the sentence was conditional on the payment of Β£5,000 by the claimant.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF’s team has a particular focus in the retail, food and hospitality sectors, and handles a steady flow of instructions from key clients such as Home Bargains, Booker Group and Liverpool FC. β€˜Very thorough’ associate David Crank is recommended.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

The β€˜effective and commercial’ department at DWF is split across its Liverpool and Manchester offices and acts for major UK retail banks, finance houses and non-captive automotive finance companies. Recent work includes defending Brown Shipley & Co and KBL European Private Bankers against a Β£71m claim. Lloyds Banking Group, Santander Consumer (UK), FirstRand Bank and UK Asset Resolution are also clients. Key figures include national head of finance litigation John Perez, who is singled out for his motor finance expertise, and the β€˜tenacious’ Ritchie Irvine, who β€˜recognises the individual needs of the client’ and β€˜provides commercially effective advice’. Also recommended are the β€˜astute’ Graham Sidlow; David Wood, who handles non-contentious consumer credit and regulatory matters; Julia Williams, who heads the consumer credit and asset finance division; senior associate Daniel Fitzgerald, who recently joined from Kuit Steinart Levy LLP; and associates Dominic Jones and Jonathan Hall.

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Commercial litigation: Liverpool
Commercial litigation: Liverpool - ranked: tier 1

DWF

DWF fields a β€˜simply superb’ team of β€˜quality litigators’ that handles a range of contractual and company disputes, including breach of warranty, indemnity claims, shareholder and partnership disputes. It also regularly handles professional negligence issues, judicial reviews, competition cases, and contentious probate matters. The food and drink, retail, technology, telecommunications, healthcare and education sectors are all areas of focus for the department, which is representing TelefΓ³nica UK in its high-profile dispute against Packet Media. It is also acting for TelefΓ³nica UK as an interested party in EE’s judicial review of OFCOM’s decision to revise annual licence fees. Burton’s Foods, Derwent Holdings, Crown Paints, Iceland Foods, and Horizon Care & Education Group are also on the team’s client roster. Andrew Whalley is β€˜an excellent practitioner, with great tactical nous’; he leads a team that includes Graham Dagnall, who has particular expertise in disputes in the food and retail and professional services sectors; and Matthew Stoll, who heads the insurance litigation practice group. Also recommended are director Chris King, senior associate Lyndsay Crowder-Barton, who is β€˜bright and very switched-on’, and associate Helen Otty.

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Chris King - DWF

Lyndsay Crowder-Barton - DWF

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 1

DWF

DWF’s β€˜very responsive’ team provides an β€˜excellent service’ and covers a range of disputes including breach of warranty cases, indemnity claims, and shareholder and partnership. Jon Hainey is representing Lancashire County Council in a judicial review of DEFRA’s decision to withdraw a grant worth Β£90m, following the council’s termination of a Β£2bn PFI contract to provide waste recycling and disposal across Lancashire. Claire Graham acted for The Insolvency Service in a court application to disqualify directors of Rice Flame Bar & Grill, which operated from various locations in Manchester. WM Morrison, United Utilities Water and Serco Group are also clients. National head of commercial litigation, Joel Heap is β€˜extremely professional and totally understanding of the client’s needs and goals’; he is recommended alongside Steve Morris, who is head of commercial litigation in Manchester and is β€˜a superb strategist who works tirelessly for his clients’. Other key figures include the β€˜very experienced’ Andrew Harris; Lee Norman, who handles professional negligence claims; director Chris Gee, who is β€˜outstanding’ and β€˜understands how important it is to make commercial decisions during litigation’; and senior associates Zoryana Jurczyszyn and Nicole Burton.

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Joel Heap - DWF

Jon Hainey - DWF

Steve Morris - DWF

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Chris Gee - DWF

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF has a β€˜strong’ borrower practice whose experience spans corporate banking, acquisition finance, public sector finance, and peer-to-peer lending. National head of corporate banking Jonathan Edwards is noted for his expertise in acquisition finance, corporate banking, leveraged finance, property finance, asset based lending, PFI and peer to peer lending. Edwards led advice for Innospec on its $310m refinancing, which included a $110m facility to finance its pan-European acquisition of part of the business of Huntsman Investments. Edwards’ other highlights included advising Santander Structured Finance and Santander Asset Based Lending on the MBO of de Poel Group, and assisting Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank on the financing of the Β£40m secondary buyout of Verdant Leisure Group. Paul Brown acts for both lenders and borrowers on public and private sector funding, and is advising the Greater Manchester Housing Fund on term loan facilities provided to residential developers as part of its 10-year investment to stimulate housing development in the Greater Manchester region. Also recommended are Helen Corner, whose expertise encompasses asset based lending, corporate lending, real estate finance, restructurings and secured lending; James Szerdy, who acts for banks and other financial institutions, as well as borrowers, on secured and unsecured lending; and Helen Johnston. Other clients include Mobica, Tosca Debt Capital, Secure Trust Bank and Nationwide Building Society. Alasdair Mackinnon joined Hill Dickinson LLP in 2017.

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James Szerdy - DWF

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

The β€˜responsive’ team at DWF advises accountants, agents, and a number of banks, and is particularly recommended for property-related instructions, as well as complex contentious work. The team advised Speedy Hire on its bid to buy the business and assets of Lloyds British Testing in administration. The Insolvency Service, Williams & Glyn Bank, Begbies Traynor Group, EY, BDO and RSM Restructuring are also clients. National team head Gavin Jones is β€˜technically good’ and β€˜provides commercial advice that is appropriate to the case being dealt with’. Also recommended are the β€˜brilliant’ Katharine Lawrenson, who has expertise in personal insolvency, Sean McGrath, who is experienced in distressed property workouts and receivership appointments, and legal director Julie Agnew.

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Gavin Jones - DWF

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Julie Agnew - DWF

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF has an β€˜excellent team that provides clear and straightforward advice’. The β€˜extremely client-focused and responsive’ Joanne Frew β€˜builds incredibly close relationships with her clients and works tirelessly to secure the best outcome’. Frew now heads the team in Manchester, while Andrew Chamberlain heads the national employment team. Kirsty Rogers (β€˜great with clients’) and Jon Keeble (β€˜proactive and supportive’) are also recommended. The team has considerable cross-border capabilities, in addition to significant sector expertise in retail, food and leisure, education, outsourcing. It has also been appointed to a number of major insurance panels. The practice has been retained by Capita for all its HR and employment work and routinely advises it on restrictive covenant and injunctive matters. Following a competitive tender process the group was one of two firms appointed to Wincanton’s panel for employment work. Other clients include Adidas and Lime Pictures. Philip Harman has joined DAC Beachcroft LLP.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF provides β€˜exceptional levels of service, and its highly responsive and supportive team goes above and beyond’. Steffan Groch is β€˜one of the industry leaders in the sector, with a proven track record of success’. Vikki Woodfine is β€˜not afraid to stand up and fight for her clients’. Gary Smith β€˜handles sensitive matters in a professional way and remains contactable at all times’. The firm also has a crisis management service that is β€˜absolutely first-class; it provides exceptional support in very difficult circumstances’. The β€˜very accessible’ team regularly acts in cases following major incidents involving issues such as corporate manslaughter, fatalities and serious injuries. The team has particular strength in the energy, retail, transport and construction sectors to name but a few and counts Premier Foods, Hovis, Cape Industrial Services and Scottish Power as clients. Recent work includes acting for a major client in a police and HSE investigation following a lifting accident, which involved an international product recall and related notification requirements.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Manchester)

DWF is praised for its β€˜very speedy response times and excellent industry knowledge’. John Dorney β€˜manages to simplify the law and the actions that need to be taken; he is always happy to help with urgent questions and has a vast understanding of immigration laws’. The team continues to work for leading multinationals, FTSE 100 businesses, and high-profile financial services organisations in securing Tier 1 visas for wealthy investors and entrepreneurs. Philip Harman has joined DAC Beachcroft LLP.

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John Dorney - DWF

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Manchester)

DWF has a β€˜solutions-driven team’s that is rated for its ability to β€˜accommodate challenging timescales while at the same time ensuring that the work it produces is never compromised’. The β€˜calm and intelligent Tim Green is β€˜hugely in demand and is blazing a trail in the North West’. Jane Lathwood β€˜can handle anything with a cool professionalism that wins the delight of clients and the respect of the market’. The well-established practice has a particular strength in the retail sector and has an extensive institutional corporate client base as well as a large trustee advisory practice. It advised Morrisons on the implementation of an asset backed funding arrangement and assisted Burton’s Biscuits with the pension aspects of its disposal of its Cadbury’s licence. It also advised the administrator of Redcar Steel Works on the pension aspects of the closure of Redcar Steel Works.

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Tim Green - DWF

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North West: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

DWF is a β€˜major national player with expertise at every level’; β€˜many of its solicitors are very highly regarded and it has an impressive commitment to training up its juniors well’. Dave Young does a β€˜really great job for his insurer clients, while also being fair and pragmatic’. Philip D’Netto has β€˜many years of personal injury claims experience; he is an excellent negotiator who can cut to the chase to resolve issues quickly’. The β€˜hardworking’ Carl Graham is an β€˜excellent litigator who is fair and sympathetic when dealing with claims brought by claimants with catastrophic injuries’. Director Jamie Taylor, who is recommended for his excellent work on fraud claims and telematics, has β€˜time and time again delivered outstanding results’. The β€˜very thorough’ Ian Slater is β€˜completely client-focused’. Paul Berry and Rob McKee are also recommended. Clients include major insurers such as Aviva, QBE, Quinn and Zurich. The large practice has a number of specialist teams in catastrophic injuries and large loss, as well as areas such as occupational health and industrial disease. In addition it has considerable expertise in motor traffic accidents and counter fraud work.

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Paul Berry - DWF

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Jamie Taylor - DWF

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Manchester)

DWF fields an β€˜outstanding practice’ that covers the full range of disciplines, from fatality to criminal defence/health and safety investigations to inquests and regulatory proceedings. Head of team Kieran Walshe is β€˜hugely experienced, has fine tactical and commercial judgement, and is immensely hardworking’. Andrew MacLeod, Paul Dally and Mark Jenkyn-Jones are also key members of the team. Clients include QBE Insurance, Novae Syndicates, Ageas Insurance and Aviva. The team defended a firm of solicitors (on instruction by its professional indemnity insurers) in a claim for contribution/indemnity that was brought by a bank following declaration proceedings seeking removal of the bank’s legal charge.

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North West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF advises on complex charity law issues including governance and constitutional matters. It also advises charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations on a broad range of issues such as state aid, employment and assistance when its clients need to resort to court. Chris Gee and Chris King are both specialist litigators who advise its charity clients on various matters. Key clients include Future Directions CIC, Manchester Craft & Design Centre, Pharmacist Support and Manchester Grammar School. Highlights included advising Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services on several constitutional matters and other issues such as its use of investment funds.

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

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

The β€˜extremely helpful’ Chris Gee and associate Daniel Williams are both singled out for praise at DWF as having a β€˜very good grasp of the law and are very good at providing support to clients’. The team provides a β€˜good all-round service’ that covers complex litigation and mediation relating to wills, probate, powers of attorney and Inheritance Act cases. In addition it is skilled at advising professional trustees and trust companies on the administration of trusts and on fraud cases involving trusts. Chris King is also recommended. The group continues to act for a Jersey trust in relation to a Β£10m professional negligence claim.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Manchester, Liverpool)

DWF attracts praise for its β€˜strength in depth, which enables it to manage and produce good results in cases at all levels’. The β€˜amazing’ David Pickering is β€˜hugely experienced and commercial’ and Elspeth Kinder is an β€˜outstanding lawyer who quickly grasps all aspects of the case and offers clear advice’. Beverley Jones has β€˜great intuition and inspires loyalty and hard work from her team’. Senior solicitor Richard Rigg’s β€˜preparation is thorough and exhaustive; he is determined to get the best result for his clients’ and β€˜meticulous’ director Gareth Curtis β€˜handles his clients very well’. The team advises on all aspects of separation and divorce, and is adept at handling complex financial proceedings where there are substantial onshore and offshore assets. It is also recommended for its work on complex children matters such as residence and contact, and is also well equipped to advise and represent grandparents. The group is regularly instructed by high-net-worth individuals to preserve their wealth through pre-and-post-nuptial agreements. The practice acts for a significant number of very wealthy clients with assets of up to Β£600m and beyond.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Manchester)

At DWF the β€˜level of knowledge and expertise is excellent, giving clients complete confidence that they are getting the right advice’. Paul Davies is a key member of the team and consultant Alan Sturrock is β€˜very caring and explains matters very well’. Senior solicitor Nicola Birchby is β€˜most efficient and exceedingly helpful’ and associate Rebecca Clarke β€˜gives clients complete confidence that they are in good hands’. The practice advises on the full gamut of private client work but has a particular focus on supporting business owners, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth families with assets in the UK and overseas.

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Manchester)

DWF houses β€˜experienced, specialist lawyers’ with expertise spanning electricity, oil, gas, water and renewables, as well as nuclear work. Clients include Horizon Nuclear Power, ScottishPower Group, United Utilities, Yingli Green Energy Europe and Vensys. Energy and industrials team head Andrew Symms splits his time between the Manchester and Leeds offices and has β€˜an outstanding breadth and depth of knowledge’. Clients also single out Catherine Haslam, who is experienced in real estate matters, and leads on solar projects; litigator Steve Morris, who leads the water department; director Christian Hellmund, who heads the bioenergy and wind team and is based across the Manchester and Leeds offices; nuclear team head Simon Stuttaford, who β€˜has strong industry knowledge’ and splits his time between Manchester and Birmingham; Michael Mousdale, who is recommended for procurement matters in the energy sector; and Jonathan Branton, who is noted for EU and competition work. Chris White recently left the firm.

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North West: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DLA Piper UK LLP’s β€˜knowledgeable and dependable’ team includes Liam Cowell, who is well known for his work in infrastructure and project finance transactions, and attracts praise for his β€˜excellent, client-focused approach’. The β€˜very commercial and pragmatic’ Sarah Bell is β€˜skilled at joint venture advice’ and Peter Brook is well regarded for his work on complicated commercial and technology contracts for public sector clients. Legal director Gemma Cowap is β€˜very talented and good at structuring agreements’. The team advises local government clients on a broad range of issues such as planning, real estate and pensions. Highlights included advising Cheshire West and Chester Council on a major city regeneration project and acting for Sefton MBC in the defence of over 100 claims being made under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973. Other clients include The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, Liverpool Vision Limited and Knowsley MBC. At DWFJonathan Branton, Michael Mousdale and Colin Murray are recommended for their work in procurement projects. The firm is strong on diverse matters such as advising on large outsourcing of public services and on major regeneration projects. It is also skilled at advising on contentious matters. The team assisted Cornwall County Council on its procurement of an operator for 15 of its leisure centres. It also advised South Tyneside Council on its procurement of a development partner to deliver a Β£200m mixed-use development on an iconic brownfield site. Other clients include Serco, Royal Borough of Greenwich and Stockport MBC.

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North West: Real estate

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

DWF

DWF’s expertise spans investment, development, finance, and asset management inthe retail, hotel, leisure, office, industrial and residential sectors. Highlights included advising NewRiver Retail on the Β£120m purchase of Bexleyheath Shopping Centre; acting for NewRiver Leisure on the comprehensive redevelopment of Basingstoke Leisure Park; and assisting Criterion Capital woith the Β£130m sale of Queensmere Shopping Centre in Slough. The team also acted for Lloyds Bank on the provision of development finance to Redsun Developments, for the construction of Canada Dock Exchange, Liverpool and Power Station Business Park, Bromborough. Team head Andrew Nichol is experienced in property finance and investment acquisition work. He is recommended alongside the β€˜very able’ Abby Dry, who handles a range of asset management mandates and advises on acquisitions and disposals; Julie Simms, who handles a range of property development matters; real estate finance expert Luke Hopkins; and senior associates Neil Lacey and Helen Thomas.

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Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 2

DWF

DWF’s commercial property department is active across the retail, leisure, public, telecoms, energy, social housing and technology sectors, and has wide-ranging expertise covering property finance and investment, development projects, property portfolio management, and landlord and tenant matters. Paul Inman heads the firm’s North West team and advised Whitbread Group on the acquisition of nine sites for its Hub by Premier Inn brand. Anita Gupta and Christina Suddes led advice for Swinton Group on the relocation of its national headquarters and contact centre to Salford’s landmark 101 Embankment development. Catherine Haslam, who is recommended for real estate projects in the telecoms sector, is advising EE on several matters, including the installation of its electronic communications equipment in sports stadia and arenas. Naveen Gupta is advising adidas on the completion of a pre-let of retail space in Oxford Street, London for a new flagship store, and David Frankland is advising a local authority on the forward funding of a private rented sector residential development in a London borough. Senior associates Becky Robinson Fox, who was recently promoted, and Robin Sharp are also recommended. Darren Hamer joined Hill Dickinson LLP in 2016 and Paul Gidman joined Shoosmiths LLP in March 2017.

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Paul Inman - DWF

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF’s department provides β€˜timely and precise’ advice, with expertise covering the energy, education, student accommodation and hotels sectors. The non-contentious team handles a wide range of procurement matters, including compliance and drafting development and construction contracts. The contentious team is known for adjudications, arbitration and litigation, and other forms of ADR. Highlights included advising West Midlands Combined Authority on the Programme Alliance Agreement (PAA) for the Midlands Metro, and assisting Swinton Group with the construction aspects of its move to a new head office. The team is also advising Warrington Borough Council and Muse Developments on the construction aspects of the redevelopment of Warrington Town Centre. International head of construction and infrastructure Paul O’Kane advises on procurement strategy and project structures, as well as complex disputes, and North West department head Paul Barge advises on construction and engineering contracts. Director Chris Henshaw specialises in construction procurement with a particular focus on complex energy from waste, transport and other major infrastructure projects, as well as high-value development projects.

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Paul O’Kane - DWF

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Manchester)

DWF fields a β€˜commercial’ property litigation team that is noted as a β€˜leader in the field of telecommunications-related property litigation’. The team is also active in the banking sector, advising lenders on the enforcement of security, and acts for a number of local authorities, public sector bodies, developers, retailers and hotel chains. EE, Premier Inn Hotels (Whitbread), Speedy Hire Group, adidas, Frederic Robinson, Greene King and United Utilities Water are clients. The β€˜knowledgeable’ and β€˜pragmatic’ Alan Walker is β€˜excellent on telecoms-related matters’ and heads the team, which includes the β€˜very experienced’ Jeremy Steele, who is particularly noted for rights of light disputes. Directors Helena Davies and Graeme Dixon, who is β€˜thorough, commercial and very able’, are also recommended. Lynn James joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP in 2016.

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Alan Walker - DWF

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF fields a team that is β€˜particularly strong on client care and provides tailored and client-focused advice’. The β€˜excellent’ James Lonsdale is praised for providing advice that is β€˜on a par with the Magic Circle’. Craig Chaplin β€˜very quickly gets to the heart of complex matters; he has an enviable ability to co-ordinate teams to ensure that the most efficient and effective course of action is taken’. Andrew Whalley’s clients range from SMEs to large multinationals. The team has been instructed by Manchester United to review its IT contracts which involves the review of 137 contracts. In other highlights it advised a major company on its supply to utility companies of software and a managed service in relation to smart metering. Other key clients include Expedia and Serco.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

The β€˜well-known and well-connected’ Craig Chaplin at DWF is β€˜seriously good at IP law; we know that we can rely on him to deliver good results’. Other key figures of the β€˜responsive and efficient team’ include James Lonsdale, Paul Attwood and Joel Heap, who spearheads the IP litigation practice. The team has specialist expertise in areas as diverse as industrial manufacturing, pharmaceutical and healthcare, and is particularly known for its work in other areas such as brand licensing. The team continues to advise British Cycling on an array of complex IP and sponsorship matters. Other clients include Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Fix8 Group, Burton Biscuits and James Cropper.

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