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North West

Transport - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper UK LLP (Manchester, Liverpool)

Key figures at DLA Piper UK LLP include Liam Cowell, who specialises in infrastructure and project financing transactions, and David Moss, who joined the team from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and is well regarded for his work on contentious construction matters. The team is skilled at handling high-value and complex transactions and litigation. Clients include some of the biggest commercial airlines, finance firms, distributors, public sector authorities and infrastructure investors and contractors across the UK and internationally. The team is acting for the Welsh Ministers on the forthcoming roads PPP project. Other active clients include the Stobart Group.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

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


DLA Piper UK LLP has a β€˜renowned’ and β€˜technically able’ commercial team that is β€˜very commercially aware’. The commercial team, which handles complex commercial transactions and is experienced in government spinouts, is led by Peter Brook and the β€˜very reliable and responsive’ Sarah Bell. Bell acts for Liverpool Football Club on a range of matters, including licence arrangements related to its participation in the Internal Champions Cup. Bell also led advice for Knowsley Community College on the due diligence stage of its proposed merger with St Helens College. Brook acts for clients such as Newell Rubbermaid UK Services. β€˜Exceptional’ legal director Gemma Cowap and senior associate Paddy Dwyer are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Peter Brook - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 1


The β€˜responsive and pragmatic’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP is a key choice for large, complex corporate transactions, as well as high-value commercial projects, and can leverage the firm’s extensive international network where necessary, giving it a high degree of expertise in cross-border matters. Corporate head James Kerrigan (who attracts praise for his β€˜strong’ transactional expertise) is highly sought-after for private equity matters; in a standout deal, Kerrigan led advice to the shareholders of Clarke Energy, including private equity firm ECI Partners, on the sale of Clarke Energy to Kohler. In other highlights, the β€˜very experienced’ Jonathan Watkins advised Dave Whelan Sports on its acquisition of the UK Fitness First clubs, while the β€˜excellent’ Elia Montorio advised Ascendis Health on the acquisition of Remedica Holdings for €335m. Yunus Maka is a key figure in the department and is adept at cross-border transactions. Other key clients for the team include Lloyds Development Capital, Conviviality and Hoist Finance. On the commercial front, team head Lee Brierley (who is noted for his IP and IT expertise) led advice for new client Gino D'Acampo Worldwide Restaurants on a worldwide exclusive brand licence and franchise agreements for the development, operation, marketing, supply and promotion of restaurants operating under the name Gino D'Acampo My Restaurant. Other key figures for commercial matters include Stephen Wright and senior associate David Booth.

Leading individuals

James Kerrigan - DLA Piper UK LLP

Jonathan Watkins - DLA Piper UK LLP

Lee Brierley - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

David Booth - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP (Manchester, Liverpool)

DLA Piper UK LLP’s tax expertise has an emphasis on private equity transactions, as well as real estate. The team has seen an increase in instructions from US corporations with investments in the UK and EU, and also handles specialist areas such as VAT on civil aircraft, outsourcings, and international commercial contracts. Highlights included advising NTT Data on worldwide transfer tax and other indirect tax matters related to the acquisition of Dell Data Services; and advising Silicon Labs on its acquisition of Telegesis. John Menzies, Lloyds Development Capital, Walker Greenbank and Anglo-African Oil and Gas are also clients. The β€˜very well-respected team’ includes the β€˜superb’ David Thompson, who focuses on corporate and private equity related tax; and legal director Stephen Jones, who is experienced in corporate, real estate tax and international tax matters.

Leading individuals

David Thompson - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Stephen Jones - DLA Piper UK LLP

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP (Manchester)

DLA Piper UK LLP’s β€˜first-class’ team is praised for its β€˜impeccable preparation and ability to always achieve the best outcome for clients’. Practice head John Gollaglee is described as a β€˜down-to-earth partner who remains very calm and does not get easily flustered’; he β€˜has great industry knowledge and awareness of court practice and procedure, and is an incredible tactician who immediately puts clients at ease’. Other key team members include Richard Smyth, associate James Moss, and senior associate Poppy Williams, who is β€˜always fully prepared’. The practice acts primarily for corporate clients on a diverse range of issues, from internal investigations through to trade export compliance and sanctions. Highlights included achieving a favourable outcome for a client facing prosecution by the Environment Agency relating to a serious pollution incident. It also represented a major client in parallel prosecutions stemming from street works.

Leading individuals

John Gollaglee - DLA Piper UK LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP (Manchester)

Clients of DLA Piper UK LLP single out the firm’s national expertise and international network, making it an ideal choice for cross-border work. The Manchester team is adept at handling disputes in the retail banking and payment services, as well as the asset finance and leasing sectors. The firm, which is on the panels of a number of major UK financial institutions, acts for clients including The Co-operative Bank, Elavon Financial Services, First Data Corporation, WorldPay (UK) and Metro Bank. Key work included representing RBS in the PIP breast implant Group Litigation Order, which involved advising on the bank’s position arising from potential liabilities under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act. β€˜Exceptional’ Team head Stewart Plant specialises in litigation, regulatory issues and dispute resolution within the finance sector, and also heads the firm’s global payments practice. Ben Johnson is β€˜quick to assimilate facts’ and has β€˜good awareness of the commercial realities of cases, as well as a keen eye to the broader strategy of a dispute’. Other key figures include legal director Nicola Higgins, who handles disputes involving consumer credit and retail banking, payment services, as well as professional negligence claims; and senior associate Krystle Robinson.

Leading individuals

Stewart Plant - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nicola Higgins - DLA Piper UK LLP

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


DLA Piper UK LLP has an extensive track record in disputes with an international dimension, leveraging expertise from its international network of offices. The technology, energy, engineering, retail, transport and infrastructure sectors are all key areas of strength for the team, which regularly handles M&A-related litigation, private equity disputes and corporate re-organisations. Key clients include Lonrho, Serco, Capita and United Utilities. Team head Mark Goodwin has a β€˜fantastic reputation’ in the region, and handles a raft of heavyweight litigation, including disputes relating to IT and outsourcing matters, commercial contracts, and M&A transactions. He also handles high-value professional negligence disputes. Also recommended are legal directors Catherine Radcliffe and Christina Sharma.

Leading individuals

Mark Goodwin - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Catherine Radcliffe - DLA Piper UK LLP

Christina Sharma - DLA Piper UK LLP

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


Clients of DLA Piper UK LLP’s litigation team are quick to praise its β€˜excellent service’. It regularly handles litigation arising from private equity and corporate transactions, often with an international dimension, and has particular strengths in the outsourcing and technology sectors. The team defended two designated members of MicroFusion in a common law derivative claim brought by another member of MicroFusion, and is acting for Maven Capital Partners UK on claims for fraud, conspiracy, breach of warranty, breach of covenant and misrepresentation, brought against two individuals and an international law firm following investment in a group of companies. The team is also acting for Tata Steel in a long-running dispute with its water supplier concerning the price of supply of non-potable water for use at three sites in Wales. Brother International Europe, KlΓΆckner Pentaplast, Matalan and Pets at Home are also clients. Key figures include Stewart Plant, who heads the department; David Gray, who leads on manufacturing dipsutes; Andrew Smith, who handles complex transactional and shareholder disputes and is joint UK lead for the firm's international corporate and securities litigation group; and Jonathan Eatough, who advises on disputes arising from M&A, infrastructure projects, and PFI and PPP arrangements. Legal director Nicola Higgins and senior associates Philip Williams, Leontia McArdle and Krystle Robinson are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrew Smith - DLA Piper UK LLP

David Gray - DLA Piper UK LLP

Jonathan Eatough - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nicola Higgins - DLA Piper UK LLP

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP (Manchester)

DLA Piper UK LLP’s β€˜very able’ team is praised for its debt finance and asset based lending expertise, and for its track record in alternative and complex debt structures. The team acts for debt funds on a range of transactions, with particular expertise in cross-border asset based lending and back-to-back funding arrangements, and advises senior and mezzanine lenders and their borrowers on real estate finance transactions. Highlights included advising HSBC Bank on a syndicated receivables purchasing facility and assisting Tosca Debt Capital a a syndicated unitranche facility related to the merger of Air Energi and Swift Worldwide Resources. It also advised Conviviality on its funding arrangements for the acquisition of Bibendum PLB Group, and advised RBS, Barclays, Lloyds and Yorkshire Bank on the Β£195m refinancing of Betfred and acquisition financing facilities in order to acquire 300 betting shops from Ladbrokes. The β€˜exceptional’ Matthew Christmas heads the practice and is singled out for his expertise in debt finance, private equity buyouts and alternative credit structures. The β€˜first-rate’ Joseph Frew heads the asset based lending team; he is experienced in complex ABL transactions for lenders and borrowers and represents a number of real estate finance lenders. Associate Charles Weems is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Matthew Christmas DLA Piper UK LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

The β€˜responsive’ and β€˜very able’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP delivers β€˜practical advice’, tailored to the β€˜needs of the client’, and leverages the firm’s international network of offices, giving it the strength in depth to handle a range of complex cross-border restructurings. The team is advising Duff & Phelps as administrators of BHS, BHS Group, BHS Properties, and a number of other companies in the BHS Group. It is also acting for EY in its role as administrator of Outsourcery, and is acting for PwC as administrators on the sale of the business and assets of the Wire division of Caparo Steel Products, one of sixteen trading companies within the Caparo Group. The Co-operative Bank, Deloitte, HSBC, Lloyds Bank and RBS are also clients. Restructuring team head and retail-sector expert Robert Russell is β€˜very hands-on, technically strong, and understands client strategy, deliverables and timelines’. Recently promoted partner Christopher Roberts is also recommended, as is legal director Bethan Moore. Former team head Martin Keates retired in December 2016.

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP (Manchester, Liverpool)

Alan Chalmers heads the β€˜top-notch’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP, which attracts praise for its ability to β€˜distil complex legal arguments into plain English’. Legal directors Emma Mills, who is β€˜responsive, knowledgeable and widely experienced in all aspects of employment law’, and the β€˜highly intelligent and practical’ Helen Hall are ones to watch; Chalmers is recommended for his wide-ranging advice to high-profile clients in the public and private sectors, covering executive severance and other complex issues including industrial relations and redundancy payments. In an illustration of its ability to leverage the firm’s considerable international reach, the team advised a client on the review of the vetting procedures for the recruitment of personnel in 23 jurisdictions. In a showcase if its skill in complex discrimination claims, the team defended high-profile publicly funded body in a potentially high-value Employment Tribunal claim of sex and race discrimination brought by an unsuccessful job applicant. Other clients include the Co-Operative Bank, Trinity Mirror Group, Akzo Nobel and Canon (UK and Europe).

Leading individuals

Alan Chalmers - DLA Piper UK LLP

Mary Clarke - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Emma Mills - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Pensions - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

DLA Piper UK LLP provides β€˜clear and pragmatic solutions to complex problems; what sets the team apart is its clear understanding of how important it is to get a real answer and not just a long technical answer’. The firm fields a number of β€˜outstanding’ individuals, including Claire Bell, who is an β€˜extremely knowledgeable partner’; Jeremy Harris, who is β€˜very responsive, practical and above all realistic’; and Ben Miller, who heads the team and is advising on some of the UK’s largest occupational pension schemes. David Wright is now a consultant. Scheme advisory and documentation is a cornerstone of the practice, which acts for some of the largest pension schemes in the UK as well as providers of SSASs and SIPPs. It regularly advises on scheme mergers, reconstructions, scheme closures and wind ups. It also handles the pension aspects of national and cross-border company acquisitions and disposals, restructurings and outsourcings. In a recent highlight it advised the Trustee of the Royal Insurance Group Pensions Scheme on all aspects arising from the closure of the scheme through to its future accrual, which involved advising on the changes needed to the rules and on how best to communicate with the members of the scheme.

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP (Manchester)

DLA Piper UK LLP fields a β€˜market-leading’ energy practice that handles a range of nuclear, biomass, energy-from-waste, biogas, solar and wind-related mandates for sponsors, developers and funders. The team has recently handled several nuclear energy projects, including advising NuGeneration on the design, build, finance and operation of a new nuclear power plant at Moorside The team is also advising Vital Energi on four of its energy efficiency schemes, including a Β£46m project with Oxford NHS Trust, and a Β£26m project with Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust. It also advises Magnox on its English and Scottish sites. Kelda Water Services, Sellafield, Balfour Beatty, Shanks Group and Equitix are also clients. Darren Walsh heads the North West energy department and is experienced in advising energy sector clients on project finance matters. Andrew Davies specialises in project finance in the waste and energy sectors, and advises on regulated procurement matters; he β€˜demonstrates high levels of market insight and expertise’, has β€˜an excellent bedside manner’ and β€˜an ability to grasp issues quickly’. Legal director Sidrah Arif handles banking and project finance transactions in the energy sector and is particularly experienced in the solar industry. Paul Giles heads the contentious construction team, which includes David Moss and which handles disputes in relation to major energy projects within the UK and internationally. Consultant Nigel Proctor is also singled out for praise.

Leading individuals

Darren Walsh - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP (Manchester)

DLA Piper UK LLP handles local, national and international projects and is particularly adept at PFI and project finance mandates in the energy, infrastructure and transport sectors. The team is advising the Welsh government on the development of a suite of documents for the procurement of PPPs, in line with the priorities set out in the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan; and is advising the same client on a Β£350m road PPP project. It also advised Balfour Beatty Investments on its bid for a student accommodation project, procured by the University of Hull. Darren Walsh heads the North West projects team and is experienced in advising energy sector clients on project finance. He is assisted by Liam Cowell, who garners praise for his β€˜client-focused approach’ and is recommended for his experience in infrastructure deals across the transport, energy and waste sectors; the β€˜commercially savvy and affable’ Andrew S. Davies, who advises on project finance in the waste and energy sectors, as well as engineering and infrastructure projects; and consultant Nigel Proctor. Also recommended are Alison Fagan, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard in 2016 and is recommended for PPP and PFI disputes; and legal director Sidrah Arif, who is noted for project finance mandates. Nick Helm joined Squire Patton Boggs.

Leading individuals

Liam Cowell - DLA Piper UK LLP

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North West: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP (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.

Next generation lawyers

Gemma Cowap - DLA Piper UK LLP

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Liverpool
Commercial property: Liverpool - ranked: tier 1


DLA Piper UK LLP has an extensive track record in high-profile investment matters, as well as complex, large-scale developments. The β€˜approachable’ team attracts praise for its ability to provide β€˜in-depth and practical advice at short notice’. Highlights included advising Cheshire West & Chester Council on the signing of anchor tenant House of Fraser to Chester's Β£300m Northgate regeneration scheme; and assisting the same client with the acquisition of the Crowne Plaza hotel in Chester and the construction of a replacement 4-star hotel. The team also advised Liverpool Football Club & Athletic Grounds on the land acquisition, joint venture arrangements, and construction of an additional 8,500 seats to Anfield Stadium. The team also acts for housebuilders including Elan Homes, which it advised on the Β£7.6m acquisition of Saighton Camp. TIAA Henderson Real Estate, Heineken, PACE Trustees and Picton Capital are also on the team’s client roster. North West department head Mark Beardwood, who splits his time between the firm’s Liverpool and Manchester offices, has β€˜a good commercial brain’. He is assisted by the β€˜extremely commercial’ Philip Rooney, who β€˜resolves complex issues quickly’, and advises investors, public authorities and major space occupiers; Alison Mills, who is β€˜fast, accurate and commercial’ and regularly handles development work in the student accommodation sector; and recently promoted partner Richard Thompson, who focuses on investment work. Legal director Richard Ascroft and senior associate Hannah Cheminais, who recently joined from Pinsent Masons LLP, are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Mark Beardwood - DLA Piper UK LLP

Philip Rooney - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Richard Ascroft - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 4


Mark Beardwood leads the North West team at DLA Piper UK LLP, which advised PGIM on several matters, including a speculative land acquisition. The β€˜responsive and proactive’ Tom Kelsall advised Greater Manchester Pension Fund on two disposals and the acquisition of a retail park in Croydon, and acted for Allied Irish Bank on new debt facilities provided to an international investor relating to a Β£91m hotel acquisition in Mayfair. Robert Arnison advised Capital & Centric on the redevelopment and regeneration of the Littlewoods Building in Liverpool, and is acting for Central Regeneration Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Ballymore and Merepark, on the acquisition and development of Central Village in Liverpool. Arnison and Kelsall also advised Aecom on its new head offices at Aldgate Tower, London, which involved a bespoke multiple leasehold structure, and assisted Co-operative Bank with the restructuring and re-gearing of its occupation of the Miller Street CIS Tower, Manchester. Legal director Paul Burney joined from Addleshaw Goddard in 2016.

Leading individuals

Mark Beardwood - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP (Liverpool, Manchester)

DLA Piper UK LLP is praised for its β€˜responsiveness’ and its β€˜high level of industry knowledge’. The firm’s North West construction and engineering team handles non-contentious development matters, as well as contentious construction and engineering mandates, with an emphasis on PPP and PFI disputes within the infrastructure sector. Cheshire West & Chester Council is instructing the team on the Β£300m Chester Northgate mixed-use development. Other highlights included acting for UPS on the construction of its new sorting and delivery facility at the DP World London Gateway Logistics site, and assisting Downing Group with the construction documentation for a purpose-built student development in Vauxhall and Nine Elms, London. UK head of contentious construction Paul Giles β€˜picks up the detail of complex matters very quickly’ and β€˜is good on strategy and very client friendly’. Contentious construction specialist David Moss is β€˜well known and respected in the market’ and handles project management, contract administration and the resolution of claims in the civil, heavy engineering, power and building industries. Consultant Nigel Proctor advises on owner-funded infrastructure projects, with particular expertise in the procurement of EPC contracts, as well as operating and maintenance contracts. Legal director Elspeth Christie heads the Liverpool team and specialises in non-contentious engineering and construction work. Also recommended are Alison Fagan, who is β€˜outstanding’ in PFI and PPP disputes, and senior associate Robin Jack, who recently joined the team from Addleshaw Goddard.

Leading individuals

David Moss - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Elspeth Christie - DLA Piper UK LLP

Robin Jack - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper UK LLP (Liverpool)

DLA Piper UK LLP handles a range of planning, highways, compulsory purchase and regulated matters in relation to high-profile projects, particularly in the regeneration, energy and infrastructure spaces. The North West team is acting for Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds on all planning aspects of the club’s expansion scheme for Anfield Stadium, and is advising Cheshire West and Chester Council on a major strategic town centre regeneration programme. It is also advising Halton Borough Council on the Mersey Gateway project, involving the construction of a new 1.5km tolled bridge across the River Mersey, and associated highway and regeneration works; and is advising National Grid Electricity Transmission on the North West Coast Connections project. Senior associate Sophie Stewart, who was recently promoted, is β€˜hardworking, thorough and has a shrewd understanding of the merits of cases’. She is singled out for development planning and compulsory purchase work, and is increasingly active in infrastructure mandates. Leeds-based Andrew Batterton heads the development and infrastructure planning team. Former team head Kate Creer recently retired.

Next generation lawyers

Sophie Stewart - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP (Manchester, Liverpool)

DLA Piper UK LLP β€˜tailors its advice to the client, based on the circumstances and greater strategy around the matter’. Based across the Liverpool and Manchester offices, the team regularly acts for pension funds and institutional investors, and is known for its expertise in complex dilapidations cases. The team also acts for landlords and corporate occupiers. It is acting for St James's Place UK in a Β£1.3m dilapidations claim against an outgoing tenant, and in a professional negligence claim. The team also defended Barclays Bank and Zurich Global Corporate UK in a property damage and business-loss claim. Team head Martin Griffiths is β€˜very fast to respond’, delivers β€˜clear, concise advice’, and is noted for his expertise in landlord and tenant related disputes, telecoms matters, major redevelopment projects and property management work. Senior associate Rachael Jones is also recommended. Former team head Steven Jennings joined Land Law LLP in January 2017.

Leading individuals

Martin Griffiths - DLA Piper UK LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP (Manchester, Liverpool)

The β€˜very commercially aware and responsive’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP provides β€˜robust and practical advice’. The team includes a number of β€˜highly intelligent and dedicated individuals’, including the β€˜extremely bright’ Lee Brierley. For outsourcing matters Stephen Wright is β€˜very strong and exceptionally experienced at delivering the most complex IT projects’. The β€˜talented’ Sarah Bell advises public and private sectors clients on IT procurements and is also recommended alongside Peter Brook and senior associate Paddy Dwyer, who has been advising on multiple complex IT deals. The practice advises blue-chip domestic and international clients on various matters including cloud computing, complex IT and business process outsourcing and insourcing, ERP/CRM procurement, and Agile procurements. The group advised Conviviality on its procurement of an Oracle J D Edwards ERP Solution and warehouse management system. The team also continues to advise on the SEFT project, a DfT-funded programme to deliver smart ticketing infrastructure and products to the rail network surrounding London. Other major clients include Next and Biffa Group.

Leading individuals

Lee Brierley - DLA Piper UK LLP

Stephen Wright - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP (Manchester, Liverpool)

DLA Piper UK LLP has a β€˜very experienced team that is particularly adept at advising international clients’. Lee Brierley and Peter Brook are key figures at the β€˜successful practice’, which acts for key regional clients and overseas clients on a broad range of issues such as patent litigation and high-tech litigation and database rights. It acted for AO World in its challenge to a third party that sought to register a new β€˜AO’ EU trade mark. The practice is also advising the Premier League on various matters such as the enforcement of copyright in audio-visual content against pubs showing broadcasts without appropriate licences.

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