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North West: Corporate and commercial

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


Fieldfisher is adept at handling cross-border M&A, private equity, venture capital transactions, and Series A and growth capital fundraisings. Other areas of focus include franchising, e-commerce, licensing, concessions, agency, distribution and strategic alliances. The firm has strengthened its practice with a number of hires including corporate head David Bowcock , who joined the firm from Brabners LLP in May 2018 to launch the practice in its current form.  Adam Jones joined from Brabners LLP as an associate and Charlotte Round joined from Brabners LLP as partner. Tom Ward was promoted to partner and relocated to Manchester from Fieldfisher's London office as part of the firm's push to grow the base and integrate its national and international corporate team.

Practice head(s):David Bowcock

Other key lawyers:Tom Ward; James Corlett; Adam Jones; Charlotte Round; Rachel Leigh


'Tom Ward is a super lawyer. Very knowledgeable and very can do.'

Key Clients

Restore plc

Marlowe plc

Jaywing plc

Gusbourne plc

Custom Gateway Limited

GHG London Holdings Limited

Allegion plc

Typhon Treatment Systems Limited

Deacon Street Partners Limited

Oasis Fashions Group

Warehouse Fashions Group

YorkTest Laboratories

Work highlights

  • Represented Restore on its £88m acquisition of TNT's document storage business
  • Represented Marlowe on its £30m acquisition of William Martin Compliance Solutions Limited.
  • Representing Typhon Treatment Systems on its series C funding round and related commercial developments.
  • Representing GHG London Holdings on the sale of its property holding company and various reorganisation steps to facilitate the sale.
  • Represented Ernst & Young Global Services on its acquisition of Riverview Law.
Leading individuals

David Bowcock - Fieldfisher

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 3


Litigation is one of the key practices in Fieldfisher's fast-growing Manchester office, which is led by experienced commercial disputes lawyer Ian Austin. Clients are offered a range of funding and insurance options to help them control costs, including conditional fees, damage-based agreements, third-party funding and after-the-event insurance, while in-house costs recovery and debt recovery teams also form part of the firm's offering. The team, which has expertise in corporate litigation, civil fraud, professional negligence and contractual disputes, acts for an impressive and growing roster of clients.

Practice head(s):Ian Austin

Other key lawyers:James Lappin; Donall Caherty; Daniel Sheehan; Barry Sharples; Mark Fairclough; Emma-Kate Hargreaves


The team are very approachable and a pleasure to deal with’.

James Lappin combines approachability with commercial acumen; he will always go the extra mile for a client’.

Daniel Sheehan has a formidable style and fights his clients' corner with a ferocity that can bring the other side quickly to the table’.

The team work well together, by using each member's key strengths and areas of expertise’.

The members of this department display a vivacious and focused appetite for achieving the best results possible’.

Key Clients

Allied London


Co-Operative Group

Perkier Foods Limited

British Cycling

Walker Smith Global

Karen Millen / Oasis / Warehouse / Coast

JLA Limited

Venn Group


JD Williams


Creative Capital

N Brown Group

Firstport Limited

Burford Capital


Time Group

Stewart Davies

Estates & Management Limited

Done Brothers (Cash Betting) Limited ('Betfred')

Naeem and Anne Maniar

Group Litigation (318 clients)

Access Install Limited

Paul Stewart

ABM Technical Solutions Limited

Lynsey and Katie Coombes

Creative Trade Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing client in a multimillion-pound claim relating to a commercial loan provided to a Manchester solicitor to purchase a prestigious estate in the North West.
  • Providing an outsourced recoveries solution to the largest UK managing agent/property owner.
  • Represented Betfred in a complex £60,000 claim based on Authorised Guarantee Agreements.
  • Representing two individuals in defending a claim brought against them by an Indian bank in respect of personal guarantees. The claim involves complex cross-border corporate and personal insolvency issues in Ireland and England, as well as EU regulations and conflict of laws between member states.
  • Acting for a leading UK installer of smart meters in a multimillion-pound claim against an energy company in relation to a failure to pay and breach of contractual terms.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4


Fieldfisher was recently bolstered by the arrival of Charlotte Round from Brabners LLP. The team acts for borrower clients, such as plcs and SMEs, and lenders, including a number of clearing banks, private banks and bridging funders. The Manchester-based team also handles real estate finance mandates.

Practice head(s):Philip Abbott (London)

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Round


Charlotte Round is a talented individual and her arrival has enhanced the firm's banking and finance offering in Manchester


Key Clients

Lloyds Bank

Marlowe plc

Restore plc

Standard Chartered Bank

OakNorth Bank plc

Amicus Finance

Gusbourne plc

Jaywing plc

Santander UK plc

Bridgeco Limited (trading as Octopus Property)

Work highlights

  • Advised Marlowe on its initial £30m (plus £15m accordion) of revolving facilities provided by National Westminster Bank and HSBC UK Bank.
  • Advised the private banking arm of a leading international bank on its funding of £28m to assist in funding the £43m purchase of a property in Berkeley Square, Mayfair.
  • Acted for Jaywing on the renewal of its facilities from Barclays Bank.
  • Acted for Gusbourne on the renewal of its facilities with Barclays Bank.
  • The firm acted for SUSD Victoria Avenue Limited on their development funding from OakNorth Bank plc, to be used to build housing in Finchley, London. The firm negotiated the facility and security documents, as well as an intercreditor deed dealing with deferred consideration.

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 4


The Fieldfisher employment department, which is led by David Carmichael and senior associate Alex Watson, has enjoyed a period of recent growth, with client wins in the technology and life science sectors. Carmichael has particular expertise in advising on executive exits, restrictive covenants, whistleblowing claims and reputational matters. Watson, who joined in June 2018 from Brabners LLP, mainly focuses on contentious employment law issues with a particular emphasis in the manufacturing and hospitality sectors. Associate Richard Branson joined from Addleshaw Goddard in December 2018.

Practice head(s):Alex Watson; David Carmichael

Key Clients

British Cycling Federation

Royal College of physicians

Stonegate Pub Company

Iceland Foods

Dods Group PLC

Cedar Group (Broomco (3602) Limited)

Work highlights

  • Represented British Cycling in successfully defending the landmark employment status and discrimination claims brought by former Olympian Jessica Varnish.
  • Providing ongoing strategic, risk and advisory support to AIM listed company Dods Group and subsidiaries.
  • Providing ongoing strategic, risk and advisory support to The Royal College of Physicians.

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North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3


The 'extremely clever and knowledgeable' Jenny Urwin and the 'warm, empathetic' Lindsay Holt both joined the fast-growing team at Fieldfisher from Slater and Gordon during 2018, and have since been joined by their former colleagues Claire Horton and Julia Hamilton. The team primarily handles complex, high-value claims, regularly securing multimillion-pound settlements.

Practice head(s):Jenny Urwin

Other key lawyers:Lindsay Holt; Claire Horton; Julia Hamilton


'The Manchester office of Fieldfisher has some excellent lawyers who provide a thoroughly professional service to their clients, work hard for them, and achieve excellent results. I would rank them as probably the best clinical negligence claimant firm in the north west.'

'Jenny Urwin, who is tactically astute, tough, efficient and highly professional. Her clients are immensely loyal to her.'

'Jenny Urwin is building an impressive team of experienced clinical negligence litigators including Julia Hamilton and Claire Horton. The team promises to make Fieldfisher one of the leading clinical negligence firms in the North of England.'

'Fieldfisher are a high quality firm who prepare clinical negligence claims exceptionally well. The Manchester team has grown recently by recruiting excellent talent from rival firms.'

'Jenny Urwin is extremely knowledgeable about the law and practice of clinical negligence. She knows which experts to use, and how to run a case.'

'Julia Hamilton has considerable experience for her age and is first rate with clients, particularly in complex cases.'

'Lindsay Holt is very experienced, gets on with clients well and is realistic in managing their expectations. She is utterly professional and secures very good outcomes as a result.'

'Lindsay Holt is a warm, empathetic lawyer who is highly efficient and competent and an absolute joy to work with.'

Work highlights

  • Represented an adult claimant in a £3.4m claim for clinical negligence after a negligent failure to diagnose and treat a brain haemorrhage resulting in an acquired brain injury.
  • Representing the claimant in a claim for damages arising out of negligent mismanagement of her delivery, leading to cerebral palsy.
  • Advised on a case involving a client who was not offered appropriate treatment options before proceeding to angioplasty, leading to nerve injury and chronic pain.
  • Secured a £7.25m settlement for negligent medical treatment provided to the claimants resulting in the wrongful birth of their child with severe congenital brain condition.
  • Secured a full admission in a claim estimated to be worth more than £6m for a child with severe cerebral palsy resulting from negligent medical management of her birth.
Leading individuals

Jenny Urwin - Fieldfisher

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North West: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 2


Fieldfisher is best known for its regulatory practice; the team advises a range of clients including online providers, prescribers, device and technology companies and medical and dental practitioners. It is also noted for its ability to provide corporate, commercial, real estate, tech, outsourcing and privacy advice for health sector clients. Sarah Ellson, who co-heads the regulatory team, senior associate Debbie Nicholson and associate Holly Bontoft are key figures.

Practice head(s):Sarah Ellson

Other key lawyers:Debbie Nicholson; Holly Bontoft

Key Clients

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA)

National Health Service Commissioning Board (commonly known as NHS England)

Roche Products

Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

General Optical Council

British Cycling Federation

Association of Clinical Psychologists

Babylon Healthcare Services and Babylon Partners

General Pharmaceutical Council

Work highlights

  • Supported the health and social care regulatory oversight body with a number of High Court appeals when the regulatory sanction was considered insufficient to protect the public.
  • Representing Roche in a case before the Court of Appeal in relation to the use of Avastin (a cancer drug) for an eye condition.
  • Supported the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) with the legislation and processes it needed to introduce Nursing Associates.
  • The team concluded a long-running judicial review for the HFEA which sought to challenge the way it provided information to patients.
  • Providing a comprehensive programme of training to decision makers at the General Optical Council, and also providing advice in relation to a new model of Consensual Disposal which has now been introduced at the GOC.

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North West: Real estate

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


Fieldfisher is regularly engaged on real estate transactions in the industrial, logistics, retail, hotel and leisure sectors, and the team handles a raft of commercial property work and residential development mandates. The firm also handles energy sector projects and offers property finance advice. Team head Liam Buckley has a 'fantastic reputation in the market' and handles high-profile real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):Liam Buckley

Other key lawyers:Matthew Dobson; Stephen Evans-Jones; Leo Rossiter; Alison Barton


'Rapid, reliable and knowledgeable team; it makes the complex simple.'

Key Clients

Aura Finance

Co-operative Group

Deutsche Asset Management


McGoff Group

Seddon Developments

Standard Chartered Bank

Stobart Group/London Southend Airport Company

West One Loan

Work highlights

  • Represented Co-operative Group Food  on the development and lease of a 600,000 square feet strategic logistics hub at Biggleswade.    
  • Advised RREEF Spezial Invest on the sale of the Lateral office building in Leeds for £24m.  
  • Represented on the acquisition of a new headquarters in a new development by Allied London at St. John's/Enterprise City, Manchester.    
  • Advised Vision Investments One Limited on the acquisition and development of Manchester Hall.  
  • Advised EPF (a Deutsche AM fund) on the investment sale of Norfolk House, in Central Manchester.  
Leading individuals

Liam Buckley - Fieldfisher

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2


Fieldfisher's Manchester team advises a range of regional, national and international clients across sectors including retail, financial services, energy and sports. London-based Robert Shooter heads the team alongside Manchester-based Rob Sheldon, who focuses on outsourcing, privacy and commercial contracts and 'understands the pressures in-house solicitors face'. Manchester-based Sam Jardine also heads the team and deals with software agreements and outsourcing, providing a 'formidable team' alongside associate Liam Corrigan.

Practice head(s):Robert Shooter; Rob Sheldon; Sam Jardine

Other key lawyers:Liam Corrigan; Annabelle Gold-Caution


‘Rob Sheldon is a great technical lawyer, but equally importantly, is highly engaged with his clients, responsive, well organized, easy going and inspires both internal stakeholders and his own team to deliver great results’.

‘Liam Corrigan and Sam Jardine create a formidable team and have extensive knowledge in the areas of IT contract management’.

'The team are highly responsive and really understand our business needs - they are dedicated to customer service and they getting the right outcome for the client.'

'Fieldfisher are undoubtedly experts in their chosen fields, are approachable and are open and generous in respect of sharing knowledge and know how and are happy to demonstrate their knowledge. This gives you absolute confidence in them.'

'Very commercial legal advice, completely understanding of the realities of business and able to adapt advice to appropriate audiences.'

'Rob Sheldon support has been invaluable. He understands the pressures an in-house solicitor faces and is always able to provide pragmatic, timely legal support and is a pleasure to work with.'

'Working with Annabelle Gold-Caution is efficient and easy, with work delivered on time and to the high standards we would expect.'

'Rob Sheldon is very approachable, realistic and able to deliver concise and targeted advice on all areas of privacy law.'

Key Clients

Altro Group plc


Babylon Healthcare

BBC Children in Need

British Cycling

CIS General Insurance


DB Cargo and DB Systel (part of Deutsche Bahn)

Department for Transport

Dunnhumby (Tesco's data-science subsidiary)

Engage Solutions


Fortnum & Mason plc

Frog Education Limited




Godiva Chocolatier


Iceland Foods Limited

In Touch Networks

Keolis Amey Docklands (DLR)

Liverpool Football Club

London North Eastern Railway

Martin Dawes Systems


Motorola Solutions

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Olympus KeyMed

Pets at Home / Vets4Pets

Shaping Cloud

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Solicitors Regulation Authority


UD Software Solutions

UK Council of Psychotherapists

Vector Informatik GmbH

Well Pharmacies (Bestway Panacea)

Young Enterprise

Work highlights

  • Advised Trilliant on new SaaS smart-metering service for UK energy companies.
  • Advising EY Global Services on the negotiation of a comprehensive new technology licensing agreement with Kim Technologies as part of its acquisition of Riverview Law.
  • Appointed as dunnhumby's 'go to' external firm, advising on a broad range of contractual and privacy matters.
  • Providing ongoing data protection and GDPR compliance support to the Altro and Autoglym businesses.
  • Providing privacy and GDPR support to Pets at Home and Vets4Pets.
Leading individuals

Rob Sheldon - Fieldfisher

Rising stars

Liam Corrigan - Fieldfisher

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