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DWF

1 SCOTT PLACE, 2 HARDMAN STREET, MANCHESTER, M3 3AA, ENGLAND
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Work 03333 202220
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Fax 03333 204440
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Web:
www.dwf.law

North West

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF β€˜understands the clients’ business needs and timescales, grasps the key issues quickly and responds rapidly and appropriately’. The team has a particularly strong reputation in the haulage sector. The β€˜very knowledgeable’ Vikki Woodfine is recommended.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

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

DWF

DWF’s corporate team is led by the β€˜excellent’ Paul Rimmer, while the β€˜experienced’ Paul Attwood leads the commercial team. Highlights included advising The Authentic Food Group on its acquisition of a facility in Dundalk, Ireland from Heinz, assisting Inflexion Private Equity with its minority investment in Mobica.

Leading individuals

Paul Rimmer - DWF

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

DWF

The β€˜fantastic’ team at DWF is singled out for its β€˜commercial awareness’. Highlights included advising Equiniti Financial Services on its acquisition of the business and assets of Selftrade from Talos Securities; advising RooGreen Ventures on the MBO of Wilmslow-based Total Fitness; and acting for Inspired Capital on Bentley Park UK’s Β£47m increased cash takeover offer. Key corporate figures include Frank Shephard, who heads the team and is β€˜very highly regarded’, the β€˜outstanding’ Jonathan Robinson and β€˜excellent’ director Lisa Stavropoulos. Craig Chaplin leads the commercial team. The department was bolstered by the arrival of Alasdair Outhwaite from Eversheds LLP in February 2016.

Leading individuals

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

At DWF, Leeds-based John Toon heads the team. Associates James Cashman, and Sam Dooley, who recently joined from Addleshaw Goddard LLP, are recommended.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Manchester)

DWF is rated β€˜excellent on state aid’ matters. Jonathan Branton (who splits his time between Manchester and Leeds) heads the team, which advises clients such as Morrisons, Birmingham City Council, UK Commission for Employment & Skills, and Dairy UK. Also recommended are associate Jay Mehta, Michael Mousdale, who is experienced in public procurement, and recently promoted partner Colin Murray. The practice was strengthened by the opening of its Brussels office in 2015 and the recruitment of James Lupton from Eversheds LLP. Howard Cartlidge, the former head of EU and competition at Olswang LLP, recently joined the firm's London office.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Branton - DWF

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF’s diverse practice acts for clients including Liverpool FC, Powerleague Fives and Harry Ramsden’s. Ed Farrelly is experienced in gaming and betting and acts for operators nationally. Associate David Crank is also recommended.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

Key clients of the β€˜first-rate’ team at DWF include Lloyds Banking Group, Santander Consumer (UK), PSA Finance UK, MotoNovo Finance and Brown Shipley & Co. Department head John Perez is recommended alongside Ritchie Irvine, Graham Sidlow and David Wood.

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

DWF

Key clients of the β€˜astute’ team at DWF include Burton’s Foods, TelefΓ³nica UK, Derwent Holdings, Crown Paints, Tangle Teezer and Iceland Foods. Team head Andrew Whalley is β€˜a superb practitioner; very practical, with good tactical skills’. Graham Dagnall, director Chris King and associate Lyndsay Crowder-Barton are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrew Whalley - DWF

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

DWF

The β€˜excellent’ team at DWF acts for clients such as WM Morrison, The Insolvency Service, Leeds City Council, LagardΓ¨re Group, United Utilities Water, Booker Group and Serco Group. The β€˜brilliant’ Joel Heap heads the national team, which includes the β€˜exceptional’ Steve Morris, Jon Hainey, Andrew Harris, Claire Graham and Lee Norman. Duncan Hope joined Irwin Mitchell in October 2015, and James Lappin joined Fieldfisher in February 2016.

Leading individuals

Joel Heap - DWF

Jon Hainey - DWF

Steve Morris - DWF

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

The β€˜dedicated’ and β€˜very experienced’ team at DWF is headed by the β€˜brilliant’ Jonathan Edwards. It acted for Innospec on its $250m refinancing, advised Tata Chemicals Europe on Β£140m of syndicated term and revolving credit facilities, and advised Pure Leisure Group on its Β£36m refinancing with HSBC Bank. Also recommended are the β€˜excellent’ Paul Brown, Helen Corner, who has β€˜a wealth of expertise’, the β€˜first-class’ Helen Johnston, and James Szerdy.

Leading individuals

James Szerdy - DWF

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

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

Headline work for the team at DWF included advising the official receiver on the compulsory liquidation of Redcar Steelworks. Key figures include national practice head Gavin Jones (who is β€˜exceptional’), the β€˜fantastic’ Katharine Lawrenson, who heads the national personal insolvency team, and Sean McGrath, who splits his time between Birmingham and Manchester. Andrew Gregory joined Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group as in-house legal counsel in January 2016, and Elizabeth Boyes joined Future Williams & Glyn in December 2015.

Leading individuals

Gavin Jones - DWF

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

The β€˜commercial and extremely professional team’ at DWF has considerable expertise in a number of sectors such as retail, leisure, education and outsourcing, where it acts for major clients such as Securitas, Yodel and Adidas. Andrew Chamberlain leads the team, which includes the β€˜experienced’ Philip Harman, who β€˜knows employment law inside out’. Kerren Daly is now at Browne Jacobson LLP.

Leading individuals

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF provides β€˜great value for money and always goes that extra mile’. The β€˜efficient, professional and commercially minded’ Steffan Groch advises companies, directors and managers on a variety of health, safety and environment prosecutions. Key clients include Persimmon Group, Premier Foods and Hovis. The β€˜excellent’ Vikki Woodfine and Gary Smith are also recommended.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Manchester)

DWF acts for a number of multinationals, including FTSE 100 businesses and high-profile financial services companies. The β€˜extremely professional’ Philip Harman is recommended.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Manchester)

At DWF, Tim Green handles the full range of pension issues with particular expertise in PPF-related issues. Clients include Yorkshire Building Society, Standard Life DC Master Trust and Princes.

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North West: Insurance

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

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester, Preston)

DWF’s team acts on some of the largest personal injury claims for major insurers and household names such as LV and Groupama. Key individuals include the β€˜very experienced’ Philip D’Netto, the β€˜immensely knowledgeable’ James Pinder, who stands out for insurance fraud, Nicky Kinnear, who β€˜quickly gets to grips with the key details of the case’, and Jamie Taylor, who is especially recommended for his work in telematics.

Leading individuals

Paul Berry - DWF

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Manchester)

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North West: Private client

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

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

Manchester-based Chris Gee and Liverpool-based Chris King are the key figures at DWF, which is seeing an increasing shift to more international and offshore work. Clients include trustee companies, private banks, charitable trusts and individuals.

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

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

The β€˜responsive and very knowledgeable’ team at DWF is adept at handling complex trust and probate disputes – often with a cross-border element – in addition to advising professional trustees and trust companies on the administration of trusts, bankruptcy and other issues. Key figures include Chris Gee, who is β€˜calm under pressure’ and Chris King.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Manchester, Liverpool)

DWF has a β€˜thoroughly professional team that is always available and very attentive to its clients’ needs’. It advises high-net-worth individuals on a range of issues including divorce, financial claims and disputes involving children. Standout individuals include the β€˜very experienced and knowledgeable’ David Pickering, Beverley Jones, who is β€˜fabulous with clients’, and the β€˜energetic’ Elspeth Kinder, who β€˜manages to secure excellent outcomes for her clients’.

Leading individuals

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

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF’s β€˜approachable and friendly’ team regularly acts for high-net-worth individuals across the region and nationally. Tax planning and asset protection remain a key focus of the practice. Paul Davies and associate Susan Sherry are recommended.

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Manchester)

DWF acts for clients including ScottishPower Group, Sinopec, Aecom and United Utilities. Recommended individuals include Catherine Haslam, who leads on solar matters, water team head Steve Morris, nuclear specialist Chris White, who splits his time between London and Manchester, and Andrew Symms, who heads the energy and industrials team and is based in Manchester and Leeds.

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North West: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

β€˜A modern firm with fresh ideas’, DWF fields a team with an impressive track record on major regeneration and infrastructure projects and has considerable expertise in public procurement work. Jonathan Branton is well regarded for his state aid work. James Lupton (who is β€˜very knowledgeable and responsive’) and Chris Henshaw joined the team from Eversheds LLP. Michael Mousdale is also recommended.

Leading individuals

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North West: Real estate

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

DWF

At DWF, team head Andrew Nichol led Praxis on the Β£70m acquisition of a business park portfolio, and the β€˜outstanding’ Abby Dry led NewRiver Retail on several matters including the Β£92.3m acquisition of three shopping centres. Julie Simms and senior associate Neil Lacey, who joined from Brabners LLP in November 2015, are also recommended.

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

DWF

Paul Inman leads the β€˜strong’ team at DWF, which advised Lancashire County Council on the Β£36.4m acquisition of an office and leisure building; acted for Whitbread on the expansion of its Premier Inn Hotels portfolio; and advised United Utilities on the sale of a Manchester city centre office block. Recommended individuals include the β€˜excellent’ Anita Gupta, Catherine Haslam, who has β€˜a great eye for detail’, the β€˜astute’ Naveen Gupta, Paul Gidman and David Frankland. Mark Barker joined Squire Patton Boggs in February 2016.

Leading individuals

Paul Inman - DWF

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF’s β€˜highly experienced’ team advised Alumno Development on a range of nationwide student accommodation schemes, and acted for Muse Developments and Warrington Borough Council in relation to the Β£500m redevelopment of Warrington Town Centre. Paul O’Kane heads the national construction, infrastructure and projects team, while Paul Barge leads the North West team.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Manchester)

DWF provides β€˜committed, conscientious, dedicated and professional level of service’ to clients including EE, Premier Inn Hotels (Whitbread), Speedy Hire Group and Adidas. Alan Walker heads the team, which includes Jeremy Steele, Lynn James and Graeme Dixon.

Leading individuals

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 has a wide range of sector expertise but is particularly known for its skill in IT and outsourcing projects in the financial services and insurance sectors. Clients include Expedia, Rplan and Sanef Operations. Craig Chaplin heads the team, which includes the β€˜practical, methodical and balanced’ James Lonsdale. Rob Sheldon is now at Fieldfisher

Leading individuals

Andrew Whalley - DWF

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

DWF continues to provide IP advice to British Cycling and also advises Umbro on a wide range of licensing agreements, player sponsorship deals and image rights issues. Craig Chaplin, Joel Heap, Paul Attwood and the β€˜flexible, approachable and accessible’ James Lonsdale are recommended.

Leading individuals

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

DWF (Liverpool, Manchester)

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