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North West

Transport - ranked: tier 3


DLA Piper UK LLP's team is headed by Liam Cowell, who specialises in infrastructure and project finance transactions. Clients include some of the biggest commercial airlines, asset finance firms, distributors, public sector authorities as well as infrastructure investors and contractors across the UK and internationally. In a major project the team is acting for Welsh Ministers to advise on a forthcoming roads PPP project. This will be a road dualling project in relation to sections 5 and 6 of the A465.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

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


The commercial team DLA Piper UK LLP is commended for its ‘good service’ across international and business-critical commercial contract matters and regularly advises on government spinouts. Peter Brook, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ advises Newell Rubbermaid on a range of commercial instructions.  The ‘experienced’ Sarah Bell continues to advise Liverpool City Council on the establishment a local housing company; and also advised Liverpool City Council on the city’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Whirlpool, Liverpool Football Club and Unilever are also clients. Legal director Gemma Cowap and senior associate Paddy Dwyer are also recommended. James Kerrigan is the location head of the corporate team where senior associate Michael Hudson is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Peter Brook - DLA Piper UK LLP

Sarah Bell - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Paddy Dwyer - DLA Piper UK LLP

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


The six-partner team at DLA Piper UK LLP provides ‘speedy responses’, is commended for its ‘collaborative working style’ and benefits from its ‘good international network of offices’. The corporate team acts for local, national and international clients on high-value transactions often with a cross-border element. Corporate team head James Kerrigan and commercial team head Lee Brierley, who is ‘first class’, advised Gino D'Acampo Worldwide Restaurants on a joint venture agreement with fashion retailer Next regarding the development, operation, marketing and promotion of Italian restaurants. Conviviality, BASF, Hoist Finance, Lloyds Development Capital and The Hut Group are also clients. Among the corporate team Jonathan Watkins is ‘very commercial in his approach’, Elia Montorio is praised for her ‘responsiveness’ and Yunus Maka is ‘exceptional’. In the commercial team Stephen Wright and senior associate David Booth are also noted.

Leading individuals

Andrew Phillips - DLA Piper UK LLP

James Kerrigan - DLA Piper UK LLP

Jonathan Watkins - DLA Piper UK LLP

Lee Brierley - DLA Piper UK LLP

Yunus Maka - 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 advises on private equity and real estate transactions and is noted for its specialist expertise in areas such as VAT for civil aircraft, outsourcing, and international commercial contracts. The team advised the management of ESG on the structure of its disposal to Socotec, advised Lloyds Development Capital on the sale of Nexinto Limited to The PlusServer Group, and acted for Puro Ventures on the acquisition by Eddie Stobart Logistics of a 50% shareholding in Speedy Freight, the trading name for Puro Ventures. SDL, Oakley Capital, Conviviality and Beech Tree Private Equity are also clients.  Team head David Thompson focuses on corporate tax, private equity tax and VAT, while legal director Stephen Jones is experienced across corporate tax, 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


At DLA Piper UK LLP, department head John Gollaglee has extensive experience in all aspects of investigations and the prosecution of contentious corporate crime such as corruption, corporate killing, dishonesty and tax evasion. The team routinely acts for companies and their senior management in the most complex matters both locally, nationally and internationally. Examples of its cross-border capabilities have included advising a UK-based company on its anti-bribery and compliance programme in China. Other key members of the team include consultant Richard Smyth  and senior associate James Moss .

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 is rated for its ‘first-rate service’ and for its ‘utmost diligence and expertise’. The team handles the full range of contentious banking mandates, with a focus on retail banking and payment services, and asset finance and leasing. It is also increasingly active on contentious financial regulatory matters. The team continues to act for RBS in relation to its alleged liabilities under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act concerning the Breast Implant Group Litigation Order. The Co-operative Bank, Elavon Financial Services, First Data Corporation, WorldPay (UK) and Metro Bank are also clients. The practice is headed by the ‘pragmatic, resourceful and pro-active’ Stewart Plant, who also leads the firm’s global payments practice. Ben Johnson has a ‘practical, focused and effective approach to cases, which is balanced with a relaxed and approachable style’ and primarily acts for banks, payment service providers and the asset-based lending industry. Legal director Nicola Higgins has a particular focus on consumer credit and retail banking, payment services and professional negligence claims. Senior associates Krystle Robinson and Leontia McArdle are also key figures.

Leading individuals

Stewart Plant - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Krystle Robinson - DLA Piper UK LLP

Nicola Higgins - DLA Piper UK LLP

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


DLA Piper UK LLP's wide-ranging expertise covers complex technology and outsourcing disputes, disputes relating to M&A transactions, and professional negligence and commercial contract cases, often with a multi-jurisdictional component. Clients include Bache Soletanche, International Cotton Association, Conviviality Retail, Stanley Black and Decker, Begbies Traynor and Liverpool Football Club. Liverpool team head Mark Goodwin  is ‘excellent’. Legal directors Catherine Radcliffe  and Christina Sharma are also key members of the department.

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


The ‘first-rate’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP represents a range of private equity and corporate clients on major transactional disputes and is praised for its cross-border capabilities. The team has a focus on disputes in the outsourcing and technology sectors, as well as the energy, retail, transport, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. The team represented Maven Capital Partners UK on fraud, conspiracy, breach of warranty, breach of covenant and misrepresentation claims brought against two individuals and an international law firm following investment in a group of companies. Scottish Power, Klöckner Pentaplast Group, Matalan and Tata Steel are also clients. Key figures of the ‘impressive team’ include joint UK head of the firm’s international corporate litigation group Andrew Smith; Jonathan Eatough, who regularly handles corporate and commercial disputes with a particular focus on M&A claims, infrastructure, PFI and other PPP matters; legal director Nicola Higgins, who handles corporate litigation and has particular experience in shareholder disputes, are key members; and department head Stewart Plant, who enjoys a ‘great reputation’. Senior associates Philip Williams , Leontia McArdle and Krystle Robinson are also recommended, as is associate Benjamin Fellows . Alison Fagan joined in January 2017 from Addleshaw Goddard, while David Gray recently retired.

Leading individuals

Andrew Smith - DLA Piper UK LLP

Jonathan Eatough - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Leontia McArdle - DLA Piper UK LLP

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1


The team at DLA Piper UK LLP is ‘well-resourced, has a good depth of quality and has excellent market awareness’ and is renowned for its experience across debt finance and asset-based lending in addition to alternative and complex debt structures, benefitting from its international network of offices in cross-border mandates. Headline work included advising McBride on its €175m syndicated refinancing, advising LGT European Capital on its unitranche funding for the acquisition of IT hosting business, The Bunker, and advising HSBC Bank on all aspects of the acquisition of Brand Addition by Elysian Capital. Booths Supermarkets and Conviviality are also clients. Department head Matthew Christmas has a ‘clear ability to structure his advice with a view to legal issues and commercial considerations’; he is experienced in debt finance, private equity buyouts and alternative credit structures. Other key figures include Joseph Frew, who leads on asset-based lending transactions for lenders and borrowers; recently promoted senior associate Charles Weems, who ‘takes the time to understand the client’ and is experienced in alternative debt structures; and associate Alastair Carruthers.

Leading individuals

Matthew Christmas - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Charles Weems - DLA Piper UK LLP

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


DLA Piper UK LLP has the ‘ability to combine a technical answer with commercial awareness’. The team handles numerous cross-border restructuring mandates and it ‘works well with its counterparts in other jurisdictions to provide a joined-up service’. The team acted for Ernst & Young on the pre-packaged sale of shares in the Help-Link group of companies to Homeserve and is instructed by BDO LLP as administrators of Float Glass Industries and its parent company Wright and Offland Holdings. The Co-operative Bank, Deloitte, Duff & Phelps and Endless LLP are also clients. Department head Robert Russell offers an ‘excellent partner-led service and ensures that his advice fully meets the needs of the client’ and is noted for his retail-sector work and cross-border expertise. Christopher Roberts ‘works to reach a commercial solution that works for all parties’ and is active on non-contentious restructuring, turnaround and insolvency mandates, and heads the restructuring asset-based lending practice. Legal director Bethan Moore regularly handles major financial and debt restructurings.

Leading individuals

Robert Russell - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Roberts - DLA Piper UK LLP

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1


DLA Piper UK LLP  ’s team is ‘willing to go that extra mile’ and attracts praise for providing ‘fully thought-through advice from all angles’. Head of department Alan Chalmers  is ‘really great for giving practical advice that is useful and actionable’. The ‘bright, astute and pragmatic’ Helen Hall  ‘provides thorough and considered advice’. Emma Mills  is ‘able to quickly understand complex issues and articulate advice in an easy to understand way’. The team advises leading global, national and regional business such as Akzo Nobel, Trinity Mirror Group plc, International Hotels Group plc and the Co-Operative Bank. The team is currently defending a complex and potentially high-value employment tribunal claim concerning race discrimination, harassment, victimisation and whistleblowing that is being brought by a high profile former employee.

Leading individuals

Alan Chalmers - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Emma Mills - DLA Piper UK LLP

Helen Hall - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Pensions - ranked: tier 1


DLA Piper UK LLP fields 'undoubtedly one of the best pensions team in the North West'. Highlights included advising the trustees of a large company in the chemical industry on various matters such as answering a number of queries from members and advising on a complex consolidation of the rules in addition to advising on investment documentation. Ben Miller ‘consistently produces truly excellent work of the highest quality’ and Jeremy Harris  is ‘superb on pure pensions law but is well able to bridge the gap across to the commercial side if required’. Claire Bell is ‘very competent and exceptionally capable’. Other key clients include the Trustee of the Jacob's Bakery Retirement Benefit Scheme, the Trustees of the Navigator Terminals UK Pension and the Life Assurance Plan. The Trustees of the Warburtons Pension and Life Assurance Plan and the Trustee of the Svitzer Marine Pension Scheme are also major clients.

Leading individuals

Ben Miller - DLA Piper UK LLP

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy - ranked: tier 1


DLA Piper UK LLP fields a ‘quality’ team that acts for sponsors, developers and funders on projects and disputes(often with an international element) in the nuclear, embedded generation, renewables and energy from waste arenas, acting. The team advised Vital Energi Solutions on a series of energy efficiency schemes, which includes a £50m district heat network and energy efficiency project in Manchester’s Civic Quarter and a £26m energy efficiency project with Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust. The team also represented Severfield (UK) on a £14m claim against contractor, Duro Felguera UK, in relation to the Carrington Combined Cycle Gas Technology Power Station Project and advised Stobart Biomass Products on operational issues at a 40MW biomass facility at the Port of Tilbury. Andrew Davies is experienced in the waste and energy sectors where he handles project finance mandates. Also recommended are legal directors Sidrah Arif, who is ‘responsive, and proactively seeks solutions to issues’ and has solar industry expertise, and Ben Morton, who was recently promoted. Contentious construction lawyers David Moss and Paul Giles, who heads the national contentious construction team, are key members of the department, as is consultant Nigel Proctor, who is regularly instructed on energy projects, and has particular expertise in the procurement of all types of EPC, operating and maintenance contracts. Darren Walsh leads the energy sector team.

Leading individuals

Darren Walsh - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ben Morton - DLA Piper UK LLP

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


DLA Piper UK LLP attracts praise for its ‘in-depth industry knowledge’, ‘ability to deliver to tight and challenging deadlines’ and ‘excellent track record in highly complex projects’. The team acts for energy and infrastructure sponsors, developers and investors on the bid, financing and operational issues related to complex projects, both nationally and internationally. The public sector is a key area of focus and the team advised the Welsh Government on its forthcoming road PPP project relating to sections 5 and 6 of the A465. Balfour Beatty Investments, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, Transport for Greater Manchester, Kelda Water Services and Mersey Gateway Crossing Board are also key clients. Team head Darren Walsh  is regularly engaged by energy sector clients on project finance matters. Liam Cowell is a ‘good project lead’ and is praised for his ‘ability to give a good steer and overall direction to a project’, particularly large-scale infrastructure projects.  Also recommended are the ‘knowledgeable’ Andrew Davies , who is ‘very practical, approachable, hardworking and committed’, and consultant Nigel Proctor, who  is ‘very experienced and is able to give valuable insights’, particularly in owner-funded and project-financed infrastructure projects; Proctor also has particular expertise in the procurement of EPC, operating and maintenance contracts. Other key figures include contentious construction lawyer Alison Fagan handles PFI and PPP projects and disputes, and legal directors Sidrah Arif, who is engaged in banking and project finance transactions, and Ben Morton, who was recently promoted.

Leading individuals

Liam Cowell - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ben Morton - DLA Piper UK LLP

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North West: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1


Sarah Bell  and Liam Cowell  are recommended at DLA Piper UK LLP . The team has been busy advising on various matters such as on large scale procurements for a range of goods and services and on projects for the development of property and associated complex planning issues. Bell led on the appointment to advise Liverpool City Council on its high pressure, time critical bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The timetable for bidding for the Games was incredibly tight following Durban losing its appointment. It has an impressive roster of clients such as The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, Cumbria County Council, Knowsley MBC and Liverpool Vision Limited. Other clients include Transport for Greater Manchester and York Central Partnership. Legal director Gemma Cowap  is also well-regarded for her support to private and public sector clients on a variety of commercial matters. Nick Helm is now at Squire Patton Boggs .

Leading individuals

Sarah Bell - DLA Piper UK LLP

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


The ‘strong’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP  is ‘quick to respond’ and is praised for its ‘considerable resources’. The team has an extensive track record in investment work and is also active on high-value and complex development work. North West department head Mark Beardwood, who is ‘authoritative and possesses great ingenuity’, is leading a team in advising Cheshire West & Chester Council on the £300m Chester Northgate mixed-use development and is advising longstanding client Liverpool Football Club on a £100m transaction relating to the development of a new training complex in Knowsley. Philip Rooney and Richard Thompson, who is ‘pro-active, engaged and commercial’, advised Universities Superannuation Scheme on the acquisition of all the units in the PINE Unit Trusts, two Jersey Property Unit Trusts holding a portfolio of 32 children's nurseries and a school, for £95m, from private equity investors. Rooney also advised Picton Property Income Group on the £23.15m acquisition of a multi-let office building in Bristol. Alison Mills, who is ‘exceptionally efficient, commercial and easy to deal with’, acted for Downing Developments in relation to the property aspects of European Property Investors Special Opportunities IV's acquisition of a 90 per cent stake which is worth £439m, in its joint venture, which owns a portfolio of six student halls of residence across the UK. Legal director Richard Ascroft and senior associate Hannah Cheminais are also key members of the department.

Leading individuals

Mark Beardwood - DLA Piper UK LLP

Philip Rooney - DLA Piper UK LLP

Next generation lawyers

Hannah Cheminais - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 3


The ‘highly regarded’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP is active across a range of development, investment and property finance mandates for developers, pension funds, and public sector clients. North West department head Mark Beardwood advised London Borough of Southwark Pension Fund on the £10.2m acquisition of 74-80 North End, a mixed retail and office block in Croydon, London; and led John Lewis Partnership Pensions Trust on the £22.5m acquisition of a purpose-built hotel in Durham. Tom Kelsall advised E.H. Booth & Co on the income strip sale and leaseback of a portfolio of 14 freehold stores and acted for HS2 Ltd on the £130m acquisition of 132-142 Hampstead Road in London, which is a strategic site outside of Euston station which will form part of the new Euston Hub for HS2. Robert Arnison  delivers an ‘excellent service’ and advised Capital & Centric on the redevelopment of the listed Crusader Mill building in Manchester and advised on the associated new build of 220 apartments for private sale. Arnison also advised Prospect (GB) on the investment sale of three office buildings and an office and industrial site. Greater Manchester Pension Venture Fund, Balfour Beatty Investments and Barings Real Estate Advisors are also clients. Legal director Paul Burney is experienced in investment transactions and associate Andrew Walker is also noted.

Leading individuals

Mark Beardwood - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 2


DLA Piper UK LLP has ‘good industry knowledge, good strength-in-depth’ and is ‘tenacious’. It is active across a spectrum of national and international construction-related disputes and projects. Key work included representing Severfield (UK) on a final account claim against contractor, Duro Felguera UK, in relation to the Carrington Combined Cycle Gas Technology Power Station Project.  The team also acted for Downing Group in relation to European Property Investors Special Opportunities IV (EPISO 4)’s acquisition of a 90% stake, worth £439m, in a joint venture, which owns a portfolio of six student halls of residence, and is advising Cheshire West & Chester Council on the proposed £300m Chester Northgate mixed-use development. United Utilities Water, Unilever, and Sellafield are also clients. In Manchester, Paul Giles heads the UK contentious construction team, which includes; David Moss, who also operates from the Leeds office; Alison Fagan, who is experienced in PPP and PFI disputes; senior associates Robin Jack , Anthony Willis, and Naithan McBride, who splits his time between Manchester and Leeds; and associate Jenny Barnett, who was recently recruited from Pinsent Masons LLP. Legal director Elspeth Christie in Liverpool heads the non-contentious team, which includes Manchester-based consultant Nigel Proctor.

Leading individuals

David Moss - DLA Piper UK LLP

Paul Giles - 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 handles planning, highways, compulsory purchase and other regulated consent issues relating to regeneration, infrastructure and energy projects. The team continues to advise Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds on the planning and highways aspects of its plans to expand its academy facilities in Kirkby and to co-locate the first team training ground; and is advising Cheshire West and Chester Council on its town centre regeneration programme, Chester Northgate, which includes advice on site assembly by compulsory purchase orders, planning and listed building consents and highway matters. The team is advising Liverpool City Council and Sefton Borough Council on a suite of consents required to facilitate the dualling of the A565, which includes four compulsory purchase orders and a side roads order; and is advising Liverpool City Council on its City Centre Connectivity Programme. The team has also been instructed by Highways England to promote a number of new highway and highway improvement schemes as part of its RIS1 Project, which includes projects on the M62 and A1 and a new a dual carriageway road on the north side of Liverpool. Senior associate Sophie Stewart is ‘commercial; gives well-considered, strategic advice; is pro-active in managing consultants to ensure that the team effort is co-ordinated and gets to where it needs to be; and is excellent at client care’. Leeds-based Andrew Batterton heads the development and infrastructure planning teams in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield.

Next generation lawyers

Sophie Stewart - DLA Piper UK LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2


Based across its Liverpool and Manchester offices, the ‘commercial’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP is regularly instructed by property investors and acts for pension funds and for institutional investors. Telecoms, complex dilapidations cases and portfolio management work are also key strengths of the team. It represented London Borough of Southwark Pension Fund on a range of matters relating to the proposed conversion of a multi-tenanted office block in London and represented Anglesey Mining on its opposition to an application for a prescriptive right of way across. It is also acting for St James's Place UK on an ongoing £1.3m dilapidations claim against Siemens and is advising Heineken UK on a case involving rights to light. Department head Martin Griffiths and senior associate Rachael Jones are ‘very knowledgeable and are good at explaining all the options’.

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's team acts for major domestic and international clients with diverse requirements including cloud computing, complex IT and business process outsourcing and insourcing, ERP/CRM procurements, systems integration and complex service transitions. It has particular experience in supporting Agile procurements. Blue-chip clients include Axis Bank, Department for Transport/DVLA, Liverpool Football Club, JD Williams Limited as well as Next. Lee Brierley is an ‘outstanding lawyer, hugely experienced, technically first-class and commercially astute’. Peter Brook  is also recommended along with Sarah Bell who advises key public and private sector clients on IT related procurements. Stephen Wright  is ‘quick to grasp the issues and genuinely has got extensive knowledge of IT projects’.

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's Lee Brierley  is ‘great for large and complex projects with a very good eye for detail’. Based in Manchester, Brierley specialises in all aspects of non-contentious IP with particular expertise in brand acquisition and licensing as well as technology partnering agreements, licensing and manufacturing agreements. Liverpool-based Peter Brook  is involved in all aspects of non-contentious IP, such as protection, licensing and exploitation as well as IP in technology matters.  Senior associate Jim McDonnell divides his time between Sheffield and Manchester and has a wealth of experience in patents, trade marks, designs and know-how and has niche expertise in database rights and market data. The group acts locally for an array of global companies and globally for local companies. An impressive roster of clients includes the Premier League, Beaconsfield Footwear trading as Hotter, London Stock Exchange Group and Gino D’Acampo Worldwide Restaurants.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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