Firm Profile > Hill Dickinson LLP > Liverpool , North West

Hill Dickinson LLP
L3 9SJ
North West

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP's clinical negligence defence team enjoys an excellent reputation, holding places on a number major national healthcare panels such as the Medical Protection Society and NHS Resolution. The group also acts for a significant number of NHS Trusts throughout the country. The 'dynamic and astute' Andrew Craggs and Ian Gardiner jointly lead the department, while other key team members include Richard Watson, David Locke, Mike McKenna, Philip Bradbury and Andrew Leslie. Joanne Hughes was promoted to partner in May 2018.

Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP handles shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, breach of contract claims, international arbitration, breach of confidence and misuse of confidential information claims and tax disputes. Other areas of expertise include multi-jurisdictional disputes, mis-selling claims against financial institutions, IP disputes, defamation, group litigation, judicial reviews, procurement claims and product liability claims. Fiona Parry  and Manchester-based Geraldine Ryan head the team. Newly promoted legal director Daniel Keating is also recommended.

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP handles the full range of commercial disputes, from routine work to high-value, complex litigation and arbitration. The team, which has secured a number of very high-profile court win in recent months, has recently seen an increase in work on high value commercial fraud-related matters. Geraldine Ryan heads the team while also advising on complex high value disputes and reputation management issues. Christopher Tyrrell has a particular focus on procurement disputes and disputes for NHS bodies. Sharon Williamson was promoted to partner; Andrew Little is also recommended.

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP 's strong Liverpool corporate team represents national and international commercial and corporate clients including large private companies, start-ups, partnerships and private individuals. Areas of expertise include M&A, private equity and joint ventures. Craig Scott heads the team with support from Jonathan Brown, Mike Jones, Matt Noon, Sue Russell and Michael Murphy. Legal director Graeme Alder is also recommended.

Employment Tier 1

Led by employment, education and pensions head Jeff Middleton, Hill Dickinson LLP's employment team enjoys an excellent reputation in key sectors such as health, where the team is very active for the NHS, advising on discrimination and whistleblowing cases as well as injunctions. Another major focus is the education space, where the firm advises on all aspects of employment, including collective agreements for teachers as well as support staff. Investigations is an emerging area of activity, with the practice conducting independent disciplinary and grievance investigations for in-house legal and HR teams. Gareth Roberts joined from Turner Parkinson LLP in July 2018, while Bernadette Worthington is a new arrival from Weightmans LLP.

Health Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP offers a range of services such as inquest representation; mental health and mental capacity advisory work; Court of Protection expertise; support in relation to inquiries and investigations; judicial review; and healthcare governance. It also handles a range of property, commercial, employment and dispute resolution instructions in the sector. Andrew Craggs is head of health, while Manchester healthcare head Joanna Trewin is ably supported by deputy team head Paul AllerstonEmma Stockwell leads the health group’s governance, regulatory and public law team and recently promoted partner Amanda Hurst is a healthcare property specialist.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP acts for high-net-worth individuals and businesses on both domestic and cross-border matters, with a particular focus on succession planning. The practice, which displays 'excellent professionalism', provides high quality advice, characterised by a strong tax element. Fionnuala Kenny heads the team which includes legal director Susan Sherry, who is 'on a different level to competitors'.

Property litigation Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP handles property disputes for clients across the retail, utilities, energy, insurance, education, transport and logistics sectors. Department head Kevin Lee stands out for his rights of light, mines, minerals and restrictive covenants expertise. Ralph Bullivant is active across high-value dilapidation claims and contentious break options. Consultant Craig Walker has handled high-value claims concerning the compulsory acquisition of land and handles telecommunications disputes.  Legal director Phil Parker is instructed by retail and logistics clients and Julia Stansfield, who is also a legal director, acts for for title insurers on commercial and residential disputes and also handles property-related professional negligence cases. Senior associate Helen Evans is experienced in trespass injunction claims.

Transport Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP specialises in cargo and logistics work for national and international clients. Areas of expertise include litigation, arbitration, supply chain issues and agreements, cargo insurance, marine policy coverage, salvage, freight debt recovery, customs and excise issues and risk management. Clients sectors include marine insurance, cargo, logistics and warehousing. Adrian Marsh heads the team and focuses on litigation and arbitration. Legal director Richard Allingham deals with subrogated recovery claims and liability matters, while legal director Caroline Bridge , an employed barrister, specialises in drafting and advising on service level agreements and standard trading conditions in the logistics industry.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Based across its Manchester and Liverpool offices, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP regularly handles corporate and property finance transactions, and acts on a number of asset based lending and private equity mandates. The team is instructed by a range of lender and borrower clients and has particular experience across the leisure, transportation, real estate, construction, retail and financial services sectors. Liverpool-based banking and finance head Richard Capper is a 'fantastic lawyer', while Alasdair Mackinnon heads the banking practice in Manchester, where Chris Johnston, who heads the property finance team, is also based.

Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP stands out for its retail, logistics, transport and healthcare expertise. The team is active on property development work and is also noted for its experience in acting for local authority clients. Real estate finance is also a key area of expertise. Martyn McDonald leads the retail property team, recently promoted partner Amanda Hurst leads the national healthcare property team, legal director David Swaffield is 'very experienced' and Liverpool team head Alex McCann is 'very able'. Jim Purves in Manchester is national head of property and construction.

Debt recovery Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP carries out routine debt recovery work, while also fielding litigation specialists to deal with complex and contested recoveries. Areas of expertise include enforcement of judgments and costs orders, Norwich Pharmacal Applications, vehicle finance disputes and restitution claims for NHS clients. Client sectors include agriculture, leisure, retail, estate agency, engineering and construction companies, professional education institutes and high-net-worth individuals. Legal director Sharon Williamson leads the Manchester-based team.

Education Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP's 'first-rate' team is regularly instructed by schools in both the maintained and non-maintained (independent and academy) sectors, and it has a growing higher education practice which is led by Iain Campbell . The team handles a range of employment mandates in the education sector and is also instructed on academy conversions and re-brokerages.  Luke Green is the firm's national head of schools.

Family Tier 2

The team at Hill Dickinson LLP have a 'friendly, efficient and razor sharp approach' to advising clients, which include high-profile individuals, sports personalities and key individuals at national companies. Joanne Raisbeck heads the team after being promoted to legal director in 2016 and specialises in high-net financial matters and pre/post-nuptial agreements.

Health and safety Tier 2

Investigations and interviews lie at the heart of Hill Dickinson LLP's health and safety practice, which is led by Philip Moy. He is adept at dealing with serious criminal and regulatory matters, working alongside senior associate Stephen Barnfield, whose workload includes defending substantial prosecutions.

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP specialises in the telecoms sector, advising both private and public sector clients on regulatory compliance, smart grids and telecoms networks. Mark Fitzgibbon, a public procurement expert, is head of commercial, TMT and IP, while Tracey Sheehan is head of telecoms. Since joining the firm in late 2017, Sheehan has sought to broaden the firm's telecoms offering by strengthening the team’s international project capability and convergence with the wider firm's core industry groups, which include corporate, marine and construction.

Pensions Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP's broad pension practice led by Barry Gibb is skilled at advising on scheme mergers, design and restructuring, as well as funding solutions encompassing guarantees, security and escrow arrangements. The team also advises on closing schemes to future accrual and has expertise in the drafting and interpretation of pension-related documentation. Paula Warnock is also a key team member.

Banking litigation Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP 's Manchester practice represents a growing roster of banks, financial services providers and asset-based lending clients, and in recent months the team has seen an increase in fraud-related instructions. Asset-based lending specialist Sharon Williamson, who was made up to the partnership in 2018, now heads up the practice, while John Quicler was promoted to senior associate.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP acts for a diverse range of large, medium and small charitable not-for-profit organisations as well as social enterprises across sectors including health and education, offering advice on a range of matters covering corporate, property and governance, among others. Mark Fitzgibbon enjoys a good reputation in the local market, while Jeff Middleton advises charities on employment-related matters. Paul Baker advises clients on tax-efficient philanthrophy while schools head Luke Green works with academy clients.

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP is active across a range of real estate mandates; it handles property investment and development work as well as real estate finance. The team is active in the logistics and retail sectors, and is often instructed by friendly societies and local authority clients. National head of property and construction Jim Purves is experienced in property mandates across the logistics, industrial and retail sectors.

Construction Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP's construction and engineering team is active across contentious and non-contentious mandates. The team is engaged on domestic and international projects across the infrastructure, energy, transport, industrial, oil, gas and retail sectors. In Liverpool, team head Alan Pugh handles contentious and non-contentious work, as does the 'brilliantDavid Oram and David Chinn. Also in Liverpool, senior associate Phil Gazzola handles domestic and international disputes. Tricia Morrison focuses on high-value adjudications for specialist contractors. In Manchester, recently promoted senior associate David Banks is noted for development finance work.

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP focuses on equity capital markets, M&A, cross-border transactions, asset acquisitions and disposals, corporate joint ventures and investments. The firm has also been acting on an increasing number of private equity transactions. The 'very enthusiastic and hard working' Ian Gillis heads the corporate practice, with Mark Fitzgibbon heading the commercial and IP team.  Ian Riggs advises accountants and OMBs.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Led by Paul Spence, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP is active across contentious and non-contentious insolvency instructions; it handles a range of corporate recovery and restructuring work as well as high value, complex litigation. Asset based lender-related insolvencies, pensions-related matters and high value property-related insolvency matters are key areas of expertise, as are personal insolvency mandates and shipping and commodities work. Gavin Jones is also a key figure in the Manchester-based team.

Local government Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP stands out for its experience across a range of public procurement, regeneration, dispute resolution and telecoms mandates. The team also offers construction, restructuring, health, restructuring, banking and planning expertise. Mark Fitzgibbon, who leads the commercial, TMT and IP team and Tracey Sheehan, who is head of telecoms, jointly lead the team.

Planning and environment Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP's planning team is regularly engaged on significant housing and housing-led mixed-use schemes, and also has experience in commercial development, retail, energy and infrastructure projects. The team is also able to advise on environmental issues relating to development projects. Planning head Grant Anderson's expertise spans the housing, development, retail, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Sport Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP's sports practice handles commercial contracts, disputes, disciplinary and regulatory matters and reputation and brand management. Clients include clubs, promoters, athletes, sports governing bodies, events and sponsors. Geraldine Ryan, London-based consultant Louise Millington-Roberts and Sue Russell head the team. Ryan has a focus on breach of contract claims while Russell focuses on providing constitutional and commercial advice to sporting organisations.

Intellectual property Tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP represents clients in relation to brand protection and exploitation, drafting and negotiating sponsorship deals, personal endorsement deals, licences and IPR assignments. Other areas of expertise include acquisition and maintenance services, and contentious matters such as prosecution, enforcement and defence of infringement claims. London-based Mark Weston co-heads the team alongside Manchester-based Mark Fitzgibbon.

The firm: Hill Dickinson LLP is an international commercial law firm with more than 1,150 people, including 190 partners and legal directors, with offices in Liverpool, Manchester, London, Piraeus, Singapore, Monaco and Hong Kong.

Types of work undertaken: As a full-service law firm, Hill Dickinson offers the full range of commercial legal services, from employment and property and construction to corporate, commercial and dispute resolution.

The firm has notable strength, experience and presence in a number of market sectors, including marine, transportation and logistics, retail, insurance, health, international trade, education, and banking and financial services.

Hill Dickinson has one of the largest maritime practices of any firm in this field, working with national and international organisations active in sea, road, rail and air transportation to offer unparalleled trade and logistics expertise, accrued through 200 years of continuous legal practice. The firm also has a specialist yachts team, acting for key parties in the yacht insurance market and advising owners, managers, brokers, designers and builders in relation to sale and purchase issues, build contracts and financing for some of the world’s biggest yachts.

The firm has a significant and growing presence in the health sector and understands the key issues and motivators facing trusts and other healthcare bodies today. With specialists in all areas of health-related law, the firm offers the complete and diverse range of legal services to health organisations and professionals.

Hill Dickinson is one of the largest insurance practices in the UK, delivering high-quality and cost-effective claims, litigation and reinsurance services across the full spectrum of insurance disciplines, including substantial experience of both conventional and non-conventional self-insured insurance programmes.

Clients: the firm’s clients include multinational companies, major corporations, UK plcs, insurance companies, UK and foreign banks and financial institutions, public sector organisations, private individuals and professional bodies.

International: the firm’s international offices include: Piraeus; Singapore; Monaco and Hong Kong.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman David Wareing
Chief executive Peter Jackson
Business services David Chinn
Health Andrew Craggs
Insurance Ruth Lawrence
Marine, trade and energy Mara Pittordis
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Number of UK partners and legal directors : 190
Total number of staff : 1,050