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Hill Dickinson LLP

Commodities disputes Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP is best known for its work in soft commodities cases involving grains, seeds, pulses, edible oils, fertilisers and cocoa, but the firm continues to expand its offering in the energy and metals sectors. 'It is a "go-to" firm for anything commodities-related,' remarks one client. The practice led by Jeff Isaacs, who is arguably the leading cotton lawyer in London and a longstanding adviser to the sugar industry, is highly active in the major trade association arbitral fora, including the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) and the Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations (FOSFA), and before the High Court. Fred Konynenburg, whose 'dedication and work ethos are hard to beat', Andrew Buchmann who is dual-qualified in England and South Africa, the 'incredibly hardworking, commercial and user-friendly' Paul Taylor and Darren Wall (who is 'at the top of the list for commodities disputes') are also recommended. Paul Sinnott's in-depth knowledge of the energy and metals markets is also a key pillar of the disputes practice. Experienced associate Olga Newman joined from Reed Smith LLP in 2020.

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‘It is a “go-to” firm for anything commodities-related.’

‘Darren Wall is at the top of the list for commodities disputes and Paul Taylor is at the top of the list for insurance disputes.’

‘The team is very practical and flexible. We don’t have to battle internally to use them as outside counsel, even though we are a very large company. We trust them and rely on them, and they focus on us as a client and are very responsive.’

‘The firm has a commercially-minded and down-to-earth approach to dispute resolution. We like to work in collaboration with our external lawyers and look to our lawyers to provide pragmatic and reasoned solutions. The lawyers we work with are accessible and are not afraid to provide a measured opinion.’

‘Paul Taylor is incredibly hardworking, commercial and user-friendly. He is never intimidated by opponents and is adaptable in difficult situations. A good team player.’

‘Fred Konynenburg and his team have in-depth knowledge of the commodities world and its sales and chartering contracts. Their growing team is testimony to their success. Fred’s dedication and work ethos are hard to beat.’

‘The team has been always reactive to our needs whether in French or English and constructive in finding appropriated solutions to our problems. It is more reactive compared to other law firms and is always available even during non-working hours or holidays periods.’

‘They are close to our worries, and find facilities in negotiating amicable settlements. They provide prompt and detailed advice.’

‘What impresses me, is that the individuals work as a team very well together and cases are well distributed between them to guarantee a quick response to the client, particularly when time matters. Each member of the team has a very strong legal knowledge of GAFTA/FOSFA contracts and arbitration subject to English law. The members of the team do not focus only on litigation but consider also the approach of a commercial settlement.’

‘The individuals I worked with are Andrew Buchmann, Fred Konynenburg and Darren Wall. Andrew is user-friendly and responsive. He has extensive trade experience and is technically strong on law. Also importantly, he has an excellent understanding of trade and adopts a commercial approach to cases. He does not focus only on litigation aspects but considers also amicable settlements when appropriate. He gives an honest and realistic prospect of success. Andrew drafts all his own submissions. His drafting is technical, focused and persuasive and does not drift into irrelevant side issues and evidence. The deadlines set to deliver a response or submission are generally kept bearing in mind the usual slippage that occurs in arbitration.’

‘As marine cargo underwriters, with a specialty in commodities, we appreciate the excellent knowledge of the products and the commodities trade in its whole. Hill Dickinson also works for some of our large clients on non-insurance matters, so they know some of our clients well, which is an advantage. Not to forget their legal capacities, both in cargo as in insurance matters. They also provide excellent assistance in commercial matters, when these have to be handled in the course of a cargo claim.’

‘Fred Konynenburg is an excellent lawyer both in cargo and in insurance matters. He provides good and clear advice and proactive handling of matters, and he is open, reliable, straightforward and honest.’

‘The Hill Dickinson commodities team demonstrates genuine strength in depth. The partners appear to be supportive of one another and collegiate. The team is responsive, professional and delivers a very high quality of service and expertise. In my 18 years within the commodities sector, this Hill Dickinson commodities team has delivered by far the best in terms of work product and turnaround times compared to other firms I have used.’

‘Darren Wall is very personable and always available. He has a strong grasp of the details of a case. He is strategic and very tactically astute.’

‘Andrew Buchmann is a very intelligent and insightful lawyer. He has an excellent understanding of both the business and legal aspects of a case. He has an impressive written style, is very persuasive and presents brilliant arguments before trade tribunals.’

‘They are extremely able lawyers. They know the business very well and are very responsive and able.’

‘Jeff Isaacs and Fred Konynenburg are excellent lawyers.’

Key clients




Alliance Grain Traders






Gerald Metals


HDI Global

MS Amlin

Nibulon SA

Phoenix Global DMCC

Tate & Lyle

The International Cotton Association

The Sugar Association of London


Healthcare Tier 1

With four teams spread across London, Liverpool, Manchester, and Leeds, Hill Dickinson LLP is one of the most prominent national healthcare operators, with an increasing presence in the South and in London advising NHS organisations, start-ups, and private providers on procurement, regulatory and governance work, inquests, and Court of Protection matters. The 'exceptional' Kiran Bhogal and Emma Galland co-head the London practice and both are highly recommended by clients, as are Joanna Trewin, Robert McGough, and Sharon Thomas. The team continues to expand with new hires such as Fiona McLellan from Hempsons and Ben Troke from Browne Jacobson LLP.


Members of the team are available promptly for urgent queries and these are responded to clearly, explaining reasons for decisions as required. Partners and associates are very friendly and personable, making nervous witnesses feel relaxed. I have had a lot of positive feedback from staff following inquests.’

There is strength and depth in this team, with strong leadership from Kiran Bhogal, but with experience and practical good sense all the way through the ranks.’

‘An already strong team now strengthened by Ben Troake joining the team.’

‘Kiran Bhogal is exceptional – a sensible and pragmatic problem-solving approach to client issues. Emma Galland is rapidly becoming a leader in the field too.’

Outstanding reputation and expertise in this field. Hill Dickinson has been on a recruitment drive recently and it is paying dividends – showing that movers and shakers from other firms are very keen to join this excellent firm.’

‘Top-quality advice from the excellent management team headed up by Kiran Bhogal. Hill Dickinson is trusted with the biggest cases in this sector and for good reason. Excellent fee earners and partners at all levels ensure a seamless level of service. Definitely the go-to firm for this work.

Kiran Bhogal has an unparalleled reputation for running cases at the highest level. She has been in this sector for more than 20 years and has a reputation for excellence in her judgement and advice and straight-talking that serves her clients very well indeed. One of the few solicitors who are highly respected by the judiciary as well.’

Her team includes Emma Galland who has recently and justifiably made partner. Emma is a star turn and follows Kiran’s lead in excellence.’

Very prompt advice; bright and personable lawyers. Always a pleasure to deal with. Understand both the law and the pressures their clients operate under. A real asset as in-house counsel.’

Key clients

Royal Free London Hospitals NHS FT

Kings College Hospital NHS FT

Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT

Royal Marsden Hospital NHS FT

Imperial College Healthcare NHS FT

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS FT

Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group

Havering, Barking and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group

Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital NHS FT

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

West London NHS Trust

East of England Ambulance NHS Trust

West Hampshire CCG

NHS England

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Care Quality Commission

Health Education England

NHS Business Services Authority

The Newcastle University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP's spectrum of clients ranges from NHS Resolution and the Medical Protection Society, to private healthcare providers and insurers. The firm also handles claims arising from inquests within the prison service and walk-in centres, and is known for being the primary litigation support within the aesthetic sector, regularly defending individual clinicians and clinics. Andrew Craggs, who oversees both the London and Liverpool offices, focuses on complex clinical negligence claims. Recent arrival Rebecca Hunt, formerly of Capsticks LLP, brings extensive experience of advising NHS organisations on highly sensitive incidents, including those involving the Health and Safety Executive and police, to the practice.

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Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

CNA Hardy

Beazley Group

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust

NHS England

Care UK

Virgin Care UK

Shipping Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP's team acts for a range of owners, charterers and insurers; key figures in the team include master mariner Tony Goldsmith, who was recently appointed as head of marine and trade, and legal director Tom Burdass . Adrian Marsh in Manchester leads the team's cargo and logistics group, while Tony Allen heads the yachts group. Russell Gardner is known for his work in dry shipping disputes. The practice has also recently handled sanctions work, led by Siiri Duddington, while David Pitlarge is an praised as an 'excellent lawyer with a great deal of experience of shipping law matters'. Robert Wallis is active in casualty work. Former global practice head Julian Clark left the team in 2019 to join Ince, while marine head David Wareing is retiring in autumn 2020.

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‘Siiri Duddington is a superb lawyer, with great legal knowledge and also commercial understanding. Always present in case of need – ready to support with full commitment toward the client.’

‘David Pitlarge is an excellent lawyer with a great deal of experience of shipping law matters. His advice is well thought out and his drafting excellent and there is nothing that I have thrown at him that he hasn’t been able to deal with. He is also a very nice person to deal with.’

‘Competitive rates, experienced lawyers providing a range of dry and wet work. A competent one-stop shop.’

‘Attention to detail, highly responsive, efficient.’

Key clients

Skuld P&I Club

North of England P&I Association Limited

Gard A/S (P&I Club)

UK P&I Club (managed by Thomas Miller)

Britannia P&I Club

Standard P&I Club (managed by Charles Taylor & Co Limited)

Swedish P&I Club

Norwegian Hull Club

The American P&I Club

The MECO Group (Michael Else & Co)

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

ADM Intermare

BP Shipping

Trade finance Tier 2

The trade finance practice at Hill Dickinson LLP is an important adjunct to the work done by the firm's leading commodities group, which has extensive experience in softs, energy and metals. The firm has an increasingly prominent role in trade finance deals and related disputes, frequently acting for banks and trading houses in high-value and complex structured transactions. Among its clients are Bunge, Gunvor, Cargill, Tate & Lyle and Gerald Metals. Consultant Mark Aspinall is the main contact for trade finance, though he is backed by a strong group of commodities specialists including Fred Konynenburg, Paul Sinnott and litigator Andrew Buchmann. Associate Olga Newman, who joined from Reed Smith LLP, is also active in commodity trading and trade finance matters. One client remarks that the team is 'practical and commercial, and they are able to hand-hold and guide clients'.

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‘Practical and commercial, they are able to hand-hold and guide clients.’

‘The team is competent, available and sympathetic.’

‘We have established a long-term relationship with the firm and we have full trust in them. They are always available on short notice.’

‘The Hill Dickinson commodities team demonstrates genuine strength in depth. The partners appear to be supportive of one and other and collegiate. The team is responsive, professional and delivers a very high quality of service and expertise. In my 18 years within the commodities sector, this Hill Dickinson Commodities team delivers by far the best in terms of work product and turnaround time compared to other firms I have used.’

‘Darren Wall is very personable and always available. He has a strong grasp of the details of a case. He is strategic and very tactically astute.

‘Andrew Buchmann is a very intelligent insightful lawyer. He has an excellent understanding of both the business and legal aspects of a case. He has an impressive written style, is very persuasive and presents brilliant arguments before trade tribunals.’

‘We appreciate the excellent knowledge of the products and the commodities trade in its whole. We should not forget their legal capacities, both in cargo as in insurance matters. They also provide excellent assistance in commercial matters, when these have to be handled in the course of a cargo claim. They are also always prepared to assist us for advice in all kind of legal matters.’

‘They provide quick response times, excellent availability, in-house master mariners, and  interventions both on the wet and the dry shipping side, so that files can be handled from start to finish by the same law office. For myself, I have had a very long and friendly relationship with some of the lawyers.’

‘Fred Konynenburg is an excellent lawyer both in cargo as in insurance matters. He provides good and clear advice, proactive handling of issues and he is open, reliable, straightforward and honest.’

‘Marc Aspinall is a fantastic lawyer for shipping and commodity trading matters.’

Key clients




Alliance Grain Traders






Gerald Metals


HDI Global

MS Amlin

Nibulon SA

Phoenix Global DMCC

Tate & Lyle

The International Cotton Association

The Sugar Association of London


Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP's practice operates nationally between the London and Manchester offices and has developed a growing reputation in the ECM arena. The team, which has been growing significantly at partner level since 2016, was recently bolstered by the arrival of Shantanu Sinha from Mishcon de Reya LLPMichael Bennett heads up the group, which is active in the full range of ECM transactions connected with NEX, AIM and the Main Market. It is particularly strong in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences, medical cannabis and energy and natural resources sectors.

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Thorough approach whilst at the same time being highly commercial, practical and flexible.

Very good team all around. Focused entirely on delivery and meeting timelines within agreed budget.

Michael Corcoran is a great deal lawyer. He is focused on getting the job done, creating alternate potential solutions to find a way forward for both sides. In my opinion, Michael’s role goes beyond that of legal counsel, to that of trusted adviser. He also has a firm grasp of AIM market requirements and practice, assisting in the navigation between the areas where there is clarity of written rule and the murkier areas of usual practice that inevitably arise. Jack Delaney provides support for Michael in our firms relationship and I have found him to be responsive and available when we have worked together. He has demonstrated a willingness to go the extra mile to find solutions and help out when we’ve been under pressure, which has always been appreciated.

As partner in charge of our project, Michael Bennett has been actively engaged at all times and has been able to add considerable value through his network of connections inside and outside the firm. His has been a voice of reason when regulatory delays and frustrations have mounted at times. In leading on the drafting of documentation, Jack Delaney has shown fantastic dedication and great patience to deliver high quality output and to maintain human connections at all times.

Responsive and pragmatic, both in terms of approach and fees.

Practical, pleasant and pragmatic, yet direct professional and competent.

The Hill Dickinson team is very responsive and hard working with good technical skills which are provided on a value for money basis.

Key clients

Stobart Group Limited

Reabold Resources Plc

Clean Invest Africa plc

Agronomics Limited

Bluejay Mining Plc

Cadence Minerals Plc

World High Life Plc

Zaim Credit Systems Plc

Riverfort Global Opportunities PCC Limited


Dekel Agri-Vision Limited

UK Oil & Gas Plc

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP has seen significant team growth in recent years with Shantanu Sinha becoming the latest to join the practice from Mishcon de Reya LLP. The team operates within a network of foreign law firms to advise on cross-border deals, and many fee-earners within the group are dual qualified. Key sectors for the department include the pharmaceuticals, life sciences and medical cannabis industries; the team also has notable experience advising  AIM-listed companies. Michael Bennett leads the commercial department and is particularly experienced in the energy and natural resources sectors.

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Hill Dickinson lawyers truly understand their clients’ business and their clients’ requirements and they make sure that they take the time to do that at the early stages of an engagement. This means that in meetings and in negotiations they are able to play a lead role and add value to the commercial rather than just legal outcome. Additionally, HD lawyers are dedicated and resilient. They work hard and they are proactive in finding solutions and work arounds.

Commercial, dedicated, and possess the ability to think proactively and find solutions that work for the client.

The team was very pragmatic, focused on what really matters to us as a client and executed the transactions seamlessly. The right balance of team members was used for all tasks and ability to stick to timelines was exemplary.’

Very attentive and results driven. Pragmatic and willing to go the extra mile to close the deal. Highly recommended.

Very strong competence on corporate matters, quick reaction times and problem-solving attitude.

Key clients

City Cruises PLC (now City Cruises Limited)

EMMAC Life Sciences Limited

ECH Limited

ADES International

Great Bear Petroleum Operating LLC

Pure Recruitment Group Limited

Givve Limited

Juvenescence Limited

Zaim Credit Systems Plc

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP combines its first-rate public healthcare practice with its broader life sciences, biotech, and health tech expertise. James Lawford Davies,  who is a life sciences regulatory lawyer and litigator, is considered 'unparalleled in the field of reproductive medicine law' and has a specialism in human tissue and cell-based therapies and research. Jamie Foster's commercial work includes collaborations and licensing in addition to regulatory regimes for clients such as cell and gene therapy companies. Michael Corcoran assists private and smaller listed companies with fund raisings and joint ventures.


Highly specialised knowledge of the sector and provide practical application of the law in a manner I’ve never seen from legal support. Personable, friendly, attentive and clear.  What more could you want!’

‘James Lawford Davies – unparalleled in the field of reproductive medicine law. Erudite and dynamic in his application of the law. Most of all, he is focused on delivering the desired outcome for the client.’

Excellent regulatory understanding and ability to talk to authorities to solve issues. They make our problems theirs and run to find solutions. They have the ability to put themselves in the shoes of the company and look beyond the legal aspects.’

Key clients

Juvenescence Ltd

The Fertility Partnership Ltd

California Cryobank

Insilico Medicines, Inc

Agronomics Limited

EMMAC Life Sciences Ltd

iOx Therapeutics Ltd

JD Healthcare

Lyphe Group

CME Medical Ltd

OBG Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Genus Plc

Push Dr Ltd

Life Sciences Developments Ltd


Create Health Ltd

SalvaRx Group Plc

Sinclair Pharma Plc

Port Erin Biopharma Investments

Fishawack Group Ltd

SmartMed Global

Napa Therapeutics LTD

Sativa Investments PLC

FastForward Innovations LTD

Thermo Electron (Management) Services Limited

Personal injury: defendant Tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP fields a team of specialist personal injury lawyers dealing with crew and passenger accidents, sexual assault, class actions and fatalities throughout the marine sector, from oil majors to container ships, bulk carriers, yachts and fishing vessels. The firm is also instructed on the vast majority of industrial disease claims brought in the marine and port industry, and practice head John Caddies has 'exceptional knowledge of asbestos-related matters'.

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This team has a quiet efficiency which stands it in good stead when handling high value and high profile claims.

John Caddies has exceptional knowledge of asbestos-related matters.

Extremely reliable and thorough in their knowledge and advice.

John Caddies is a specialist in personal injury and occupational disease claims, who knows his subject inside-out and is always extremely thorough in his advice and the handling of our claims.

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Hutchison Ports

BP Shipping Limited



Royal Caribbean Cruises

P&O Ferries

Louis Hotels

UK P&I Club

West of England P&I Club


G Adventures

Maersk Shipping Company

Maersk Offshore (Guernsey) Limited

Skuld P & I Club

Viking Ocean Cruises


Shipowners Mutual P&I Club


Gard P&I Club

Swedish Club

Steamship P&I Club

London P&I Club

MS Amlin

MSC Crociere

Derivatives and structured products Tier 5

Hill Dickinson LLP joins the ranking for its expertise in commodity derivatives. Jeff Isaacs leads the broader commodities practice, in which both the physical and derivatives teams sit. Their work spans sale contracts, bills of lading, charterparties, contracts of affreightment, trade finance, letters of credit, derivatives, economic sanctions and marine cargo insurance issues. on behalf of major trading houses, oil giants, insurers, investment funds, brokers and shipowners. The arrival in 2019 of Mark Aspinall and Paul Sinnott from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP brought widely acknowledged experience, particularly in the oil and metals markets.

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‘Mark Aspinall is a fantastic lawyer for shipping and commodity trading matters.’

Administrative and public law Tier 6

Hill Dickinson LLP’s administrative and public law practice focuses on the healthcare sector; NHS Trusts, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and regulatory bodies retain co heads Emma Stockwell (who’s based in Liverpool) and Kiran Bhogal for advice on governance structures, CCG mergers, statutory duties and policy guidance. The team defends judicial review challenges into service reconfigurations, and also handles clients’ interests in high-profile public inquiries. The promotion of David Hill, who is an expert in commissioning policy, reinforced the partnership.

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Kiran Bhogal is exceptional- a sensible and pragmatic problem-solving approach to client’s issues.

Hill Dickinson have been on a recruitment drive recently and it is paying dividends- showing that movers and shakers from other firms are very keen to join this excellent firm. Top-quality advice from the excellent management team headed up by Kiran Bhogal.

Kiran Bhogal has an unparalleled reputation for running cases at the highest level. She has been in this sector for more than 20 years and has a reputation for excellence in her judgment and advice and straight talking that serves her clients very well indeed. One of the few solicitors who are highly respected by the judiciary as well. Her team includes Emma Galland who has recently and justifiably made partner.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

West London NHS Trust

Health Education England

NHS England

Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Water UK

Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

Although it has recently been increasingly active financing other transportation assets, including corporate jets, Hill Dickinson LLP remains best known for its shipping finance offering for operators and lenders. Panos Pourgourides is one of the foremost practitioners in the country in the superyacht space and co-heads the overarching team with Roderick Palmer, who has a focus on more traditional commercial shipping matters.

Key clients

Oman Shipping Company

J.Marr (Seafoods) Limited

Laskaridis Shipping Company

PG Cruise Line Ltd

Inter Ship

Advanced Energy Systems (ADES) SAE

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Bank of America

Chailease Finance

Close Brothers

BNP Paribas


At Hill Dickinson LLP, the travel and leisure team acts across a number of different areas encompassing defendant personal injury work, brand protection issues, regulatory and commercial matters, international tax mandates, asset management work and finance issues. With specialist knowledge of the shipping and cruise sectors in particular, the team advises on domestic package travel and EU travel regulation frameworks and personal injury claims, which often involve fatality investigations. The team, which is led by personal injury and disease specialist John Caddies, frequently acts for industry bodies, cruise and ferry operators, tour operators, hotels, ports and terminals. Another name to note is Javed Ali, who is a 'travel specialist with significant experience in the travel and personal injury sector in both the UK and EU'; he focuses on commercial, regulatory and non-contentious mandates including contractual matters, booking terms and conditions, conditions of carriage, website compliance work and consumer protection regulatory issues.

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‘Hill Dickinson stands out from other firms that I have used. The service provided is second to none, and the experience and expertise of the lawyers really shines through.’

‘Their professionalism and expertise. A special mention here to Javed Ali, a travel specialist with significant experience of the travel and personal injury sector in both the UK and EU. He has extensive experience of the interpretation of maritime law and working on complex issues, as well as relationship building at the highest levels whether the government, business or regulators.’

‘Good knowledge of cruise industry, prompt response, efficient dealing with problems, very accessible, pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Wexas Ltd

Silverseas Cruises

Louis Hotels Plc

Royal Air Maroc


Disney Cruise Lines

Carnival UK

Royal Caribbean Cruises

MS Amlin

Unipolsai Assicurazioni Spa

Celestyal Cruises

Cruise and Maritime Voyages

AIG Europe (Cyprus) Limited

P&O Cruises

Mundy Cruises

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

ST & H Limited

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Ltd

West of England P&I Insurance

UK P&I Club UK P&I Club

Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 1

The team at Hill Dickinson LLP, which is ‘always available and ready to assist', is jointly led by the ‘commercial’ and ‘personableFiona Parry and Manchester-based Christopher Tyrrell. The team is well-regarded for high-value shareholder and partnership disputes and breach of contract claims, often acting on matters spanning multiple jurisdictions.  Paul Walsh is 'thorough at client-focused' while at the junior end, legal director Nina Ferris is well-versed in partnership disputes relating to retirement, expulsion and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Beyond commercial litigation, the contentious offering also includes tax, defamation, professional negligence, product liability, probate and competition-related disputes.

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‘Fiona Parry is personable, very pragmatic and user friendly. Her advice is well balanced and commercial. She is highly recommended for commercial litigation. Paul Walsh is thorough and client focused. His focus is financial sector litigation and he is recommended for disputes in that area.’

‘They are always available and ready to assist, no matter what the problem, even the minute details are covered by this practise, so that I have nothing to worry about.’

Full confidence in their ability to do the job first time, every time. Strengths:  listening skills, professionalism, approachable, always available, confidence builders, friendly, you are the most important person, they do not need to be reminded of the issue(s) they are addressing for you, when you call.’

Key clients

Direct Accident Management Limited

F S Commercial Limited

Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited


Cheshire East Council

Quinn Infrastructure Services Limited (part of MJ Quinn Group)

Terra Solutions Limited

Paul Bell

Bourne Leisure

365 Health & Wellbeing Limited

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 1

The practice at Hill Dickinson LLP is made up of a team of ‘dedicated and real experts’. Mark Fitzgibbon jointly heads the practice with Craig Scott, a lawyer with extensive experience of private equity deals and corporate transactions. The team also include Jonathan Brown, who handles negotiations in the transport and aviation sectors, as well as Matt Noon, whose track record includes various high-value national investments, sales and acquisitions. Mike Jones, particularly active in the retail, logistics, leisure and property sectors, provides M&A expertise alongside Sue Russell. Also of note at the junior end are Michael Murphy and Graeme Alder; they respectively specialise in corporate deals in the property investment sector and commercial contracts. Cross-border matters are a core strength with further industry strengths including health, local government and higher education.

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‘Dedicated and real experts.’

‘Real in-depth practical lawyers.’

‘We see Hill Dickinson as a “one stop shop”, capable of handling everything from property, terms and conditions, HR, M&A and litigation matters. We have a senior account partner who supports us, knows our business and market who adds value to each assignment.

‘What sets them apart is their response times, availability and willingness to support us as clients at all times. The team works well as a cohesive unit and genuinely seems to act as a team.’

‘Mike Jones has a thorough understanding of our business and its priorities’. 

‘Craig Scott responds very quickly at all times of the day and night to our requirements.’

‘I have worked with Craig Scott for over 10 years. I am a massive advocate of Craig and would have no hesitation in recommending him to others; in fact I have on several occasions. He is a hard working, attentive, client focused and pragmatic lawyer. The addition of genuine commerciality is a huge benefit together with a pragmatism that is not often seen with other corporate lawyers.’

Key clients

Stobart Group

Enterprise Ventures Growth II fund

Next Wave Partners

The Delivery Group

CRH Group

Carrs Milling Industries PLC

JLA Group

Fishawack Communications

Kuehne + Nagel

Downing Students

Dublin Aerospace Limited (Aircraft MRO)

Alcedo Blue Limited (Care Services)

Mersey Bioenergy Holdings Limited

Upside Down Investments Limited

King Construction

Debt recovery Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP provides a notably broad range of debt recovery services; examples include recoveries for commercial clients, restitution claims for public sector clients, the enforcement of judgments and costs orders in addition to acting on charging orders and orders for sales. Sharon Williamson leads the department, which is also well-versed in pursuing debtors based outside of England and Wales.

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An excellent collaborative team.

‘Communication is excellent as is time management and prioritisation.’


Key clients

Thomas Hardie Commercials Limited

Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited

NHS Business Services Authority

Wirral UK Teaching Hospital

Borgun hf

Irwell Street Metal Company Limited

Christian Schools Limited

Bibby Factors Manchester Limited

Bibby Financial Services UK Limited

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Limited

Metro Bank

Soda Softwear Labs Limited

MR Negotiators Limited

Piccadilly Village Management Limited

Halewood International Limited

Employment Tier 1

Jeff Middleton heads Hill Dickinson LLP’s employment practice, which has an enviable track record advising public healthcare organisations such as NHS foundation trusts and Health Education England on discrimination, whistleblowing, reorganisations and tribunal matters. Michael Wright, in particular, is a key figure for healthcare matters. The team also specialises in education, including collective agreements for teachers and support staff. Liverpool-based legal director Caroline Prosser is largely responsible for the team's growing reputation in investigations, with independent disciplinary and grievance investigations for in-house legal and HR teams a more common strand of work. Liverpool-based national head of schools Luke Green is another name to note.

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‘I value the way they build a great partnership with our business, truly understanding the nature of what we do and bringing expertise from outside to benefit the advice given. They give true real-world support and advise and help me and my team develop our own knowledge and competency. Way beyond any other legal firm I have dealt with in the past.’

‘You are usually in a stressful situation when you need to call in your lawyer; they reassure you and take the stress out of the situation by supporting you every step of the way, always being available and always helping you find and navigate a path to a positive outcome for everyone.’

‘The team truly understand our business and our appetite for risk; they provide commercial, pragmatic and solution focussed advice. They provide a professional and personal service. All of the team are friendly, approachable, personable and true experts in the field of employment law; we have complete trust and confidence in the whole of the team.’

‘This practice is excellent; each individual I have worked with is very knowledgeable and whilst working with them I have also gained knowledge. They have a good understanding of all employment aspects of the NHS. Compared to other firms I have worked with, Hill Dickinson are more direct and give more comprehensive advice and support.

‘The individuals are true experts in their field who instil confidence very quickly. The individuals have facilitated bespoke training sessions for us and have been excellent at delivery, ensuring that it is relevant and keeping the participants engaged throughout. The feedback from the sessions has been excellent. The individuals we work with are friendly, personable, approachable and provide guidance and advice using terminology that is easy to understand.’

‘All of the individuals I have worked with have been really good. All have given sound advice and given me the opportunity to gain further knowledge and experience. With regards to values, they have been really open in their assessment of the cases I have worked with them on, identifying risks and opportunities for us.’

Key clients



Stobart Rail Limited

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Encirc Limited

Britvic Soft Drinks

dnata Travel (part of Emirates Group)

Sonoco Alcore Limited

CF Fertilisers UK Limited

Premier Care


Trilanco Limited



Arrow XL

Myriad Genetics

FRP Advisory LLP

Caldic (UK)

G2 Speech UK

Oldham Council

Geraud UK Ltd


City of Liverpool College

HE Simm

Peel L&P Group Management Limited

Travel Republic

Odeon Cinemas

Liverpool Airport

Parkwood Leisure

A G Parfett & Sons

Agility Chemical Logistics

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Health Education England

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of Derby and Burton

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Ramsay UK Healthcare Group

Health Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP offers a wide range of services including representation at inquests, mental health advisory work, Court of Protection matters, healthcare governance, property advice, commercial advice and transactions, procurement and healthcare commercial litigation. The department also has a niche in acting for healthcare providers in prisons and advises NHS England in respect of independent homicide investigation reports. Andrew Craggs manages the firm’s health team; Joanna Trewin heads the Manchester practice. Amanda Hurst leads the property healthcare team. Legal director Paul Allerston is noted for his 'huge experience'.

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‘Experience,  intelligence and depth throughout the firm which is unrivalled in the field.’

‘Provide outstanding results for their clients.’

Key clients

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust / Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

NHS Resolution

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Morecombe Bay CCG

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP has a strong track record in advising high-net-worth individuals on succession planning issues, with a particular focus on the tax implications of estates. Clients include business owners, professionals, landowners and sports and media personalities. Headed up by the 'technically astute' Fionnuala Kenny, the team also includes legal director Susan Sherry, who focuses on the protection of vulnerable clients. Paul Baker is also singled out and specialises in offshore tax planning work and advising on domicile and residence issues, as well as offshore trusts and alternative structures.

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‘The team provides reliable timely advice and comprehensive solutions to clients’ problems.’ 

‘The practice is unique because of the quality, personal service provided.’ 

‘Fionnuala Kenny stands out from her peers because she takes the trouble to understand the needs of the client, is technically astute, and provides advice that is always relevant and practical.’

Property litigation Tier 1

The team at Hill Dickinson LLP possess 'superior knowledge, depth of experience and a common sense attitude.' Kevin Lee leads the team and is an expert on rights of light, mines and minerals and restrictive covenant disputes. Another key figure in the team is Ralph Bullivant, who represents clients on dilapidation claims as well as contested lease renewals. Julia Stansfield and Phil Parker are recommended for professional negligence work in relation to property and litigation for retail and logistics clients. Legal director Helen Evans has notable experience of disputes concerning trespass and protester actions.

Practice head(s):


‘Superior knowledge, depth of experience and common sense attitude. Arguably the leading lights in how to deal with protesters, trespass, related injunctions and general common law evictions. It is no exaggeration to say that the partners and associates we’ve used are at the leading edge of law in relation to the balance between the right to go about one’s lawful business and the right to protest.’

‘They are so engaged and on our side that they feel part of our close inner team, behaving like in-house counsel rather than external. Kevin Lee has been outstanding in this respect and surely must be one of the leading lights. He is also very commercially minded, which is great to see given that the bottom line is always of key importance to any commercial organisation.’

Key clients

UK Oil & Gas Plc

First Group Plc

National Express Group

Stobart Group

Lookers Group

Iceland Group

Kuehne + Nagel

First Title Insurance

Co Operative Group

Aviva Group

Transport Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP's cargo and logistics team focuses on the marine insurance, cargo, logistics and warehousing industries. Key areas of work include insurance and subrogated recovery, marine policy coverage issues, charterparty and bill of lading disputes, salvage and general average, freight recovery and liens, customs & excise issues and disputes, and risk and crisis management. Adrian Marsh heads the team and handles litigation arising from logistics, shipping and marine insurance coverage disputes in England and overseas. Caroline Bridge has significant expertise in drafting and advising upon service level agreements and standard trading conditions. Richard Allingham is also recommended.

Practice head(s):


‘Adrian Marsh demonstrated excellent legal skills and gave us huge value for money.’

‘Hill Dickinson continues to be a standout firm.’

‘The advice you receive is excellent, they clearly have great knowledge, good understanding and great communication skills making them extremely easy to understand.’

Key clients


WE Cox Claims Group/WE Cox Recoveries Ltd

PCL Claims Ltd

CNA Hardy




NMU (Specialty) Ltd

Agility Logistics

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Zurich Insurance


Banking and finance Tier 2

The highly regarded Richard Capper leads the banking and finance practice at Hill Dickinson LLP. He has a broad range of experience acting on property finance, project finance and acquisition finance for both public and private companies, and divides his time between Liverpool, Manchester and London. Chris Johnston and Alasdair Mackinnon are in charge of the Manchester office; Mackinnon has developed connections with national banks and alternative lenders. Johnston is prominent on property finance work, representing major banks. Senior associate Emma Howard is active in both Liverpool and Manchester and has experience on major finance transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cynergy Bank Limited

North West Evergreen Fund

Coutts & Co

Sinclair Pharma Limited


Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

The commercial litigation team at Hill Dickinson LLP handles a range of disputes, with particular experience in the health and life sciences, education and IT sectors. Procurement disputes expert Christopher Tyrrell heads up the practice following Geraldine Ryan's departure to CMS. Other names to note include banking litigator Sharon Williamson and Iain Campbell, who acts in breach of contract and professional negligence disputes with a particular focus on the higher education sector. Legal director Moya Clifford is highlighted for her arbitration and shareholder disputes experience, while senior associate Andrew Little specialises in contentious IP, GDPR and reputation management matters.

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‘In the field of EU law and, in particular, EU public procurement law, the team is particularly experienced in the conduct of High Court litigation. Chris Tyrrell, who manages a significant amount of public sector NHS procurement litigation, is the shining example of this.’

Key clients

NHS England

NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group; NHS England (North) Yorkshire & the Humber; and North of England Commissioning Support

H.J. Enthoven Limited and the Trustees of the H.J. Enthoven Pension Scheme (HJE)

University of Salford

Trudie Walker/Holly Grange Montessori Nursery Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP has a 'very capable team' of lawyers who display expertise across range of sectors including healthcare, retail and logistics. Alex McCann leads the practice and works on property development matters. He is supported by David Swaffield who has a 'vast knowledge of transaction-based commercial business' with particular experience in the logistics sector. Martyn McDonald leads on retail related work for the firm. Amanda Hurst leads the healthcare property team, counting NHS trusts among her key clients.

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‘A very capable team who clearly work together and share knowledge; no sense of any dividing walls crossing transactional, litigation or building and construction. We have utilised all sectors.’

‘David Swaffield has vast knowledge of transaction-based commercial business, with an ability to see those issues that might affect value or timescale. Refreshingly light hearted with a steely approach to the important aspect of the advice being offered.’

Key clients

Co-operative Group

Peel Group

Liverpool City Council

Kuehne + Nagel

First Group

National Express Group

Iceland Foods


Mason Partners

Signature Living

Legacie Developments

Cammell Laird Shipbuilders

United Utilities

Electricity North West

Greenwich Leisure

Lloyds Banking Group

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Universities Hospital Trust

Health Education England

North West Ambulance NHS Trust

Education Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP acts for schools in both the maintained and non-maintained sectors. The practice provides a full range of services, handling academy conversions, employment and trade union matters, guidance on parental issues, advice on admissions and exclusions, governance and data protection issues. Luke Green heads the schools group and has particular experience in safeguarding, governance, equality issues and all aspects of legal compliance.

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‘The team offers a range of expertise and is very in tune with the education sector and its challenges’


Key clients

Star Academies

Endeavour Learning Trust

The Bay Learning Trust

Wade Deacon Trust

Feversham Education Trust

Frank Field Education Trust

University of Salford

University of Liverpool

Family Tier 2

Joanne Raisbeck leads the family team at Hill Dickinson LLP, which specialises in relationship breakdowns, relationship agreements, private children issues, and injunction work. It has a strong track record in acting for some of the region’s most high-profile individuals from the world of business, media and sport, and is seeing increased levels of instructions from international clients. Sarah McCarthy was promoted to senior chartered legal executive in 2019.

Health Tier 2

The Leeds-based Robert McGough heads up the national commercial health team at Hill Dickinson LLP, which includes lawyers spread across London, Manchester and Liverpool. The Leeds office offers the full range of healthcare legal specialisms, handling commercial, governance, regulatory, employment and property matters The team has a large national and local client base, including national NHS bodies such as NHS England and NHS Resolution and has worked with NHS Resolution on the development of the new clinical negligence scheme for GPs.

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“The team are approachable, friendly and establish a quick understanding of your needs as a client. I feel with Hill Dickinson you can ‘cut to the chase’ and get excellent professional advice that is fast and credible. They are readily available when you need them the most and provide a service that is tailored to my organisations needs. “

“Amy Millson has a real can-do attitude and an excellent grasp of our requirements as a client. I never feel there is any wasted time with Amy. She can establish the details of a case quickly, provide excellent advice and can deliver on our requirements to efficient timescales. Amy has brought cases to conclusion through her pragmatic advice, knowledge of the law and tenacity without them needing to go to court. I trust Amy’s counsel and look forward to working with her in the future.”

“Scale, scope and depth of knowledge across the broadest range of legal issues – I would never worry that the team could not deal with any legal need we came across.”

“The team takes the time to keep in touch so that they are familiar with our strategies and ways of working. Therefore when we do need advice they are able to respond quickly and pertinently without us needing to repeat the background.”

“The team are recognised as leaders in health related issues of law and commercial practice. Their contribution goes beyond resolving immediate legal challenges and issues and they are able to effectively contribute to wider and more strategic development and discussion. As such they are valued system partners who work hard to influence the direction of health services and to help others to respond effectively to the national agenda.”

“Ruth Griffiths goes out of her way to establish and maintain a professional relationship with us. She spends time asking intelligent questions to understand what our issues are and how it feels as well clarifying what outcomes we are hoping to achieve, everything feels bespoke, tailored and sensitive to us.”

“Friendly and supportive as well as subject experts who work hard to understand your needs and the context in which we are operating. Robert McGough has been working with us for a number of years and is a very well respected expert in legal and commercial aspects of health care and brings with him a wealth of national knowledge, understanding and expertise.”

“Robert McGough is friendly, approachable and eminently professional in all interactions whilst not pompous, standoffish or with any sense of superiority.  This humanity makes it a pleasure to work with him.”

Health and safety Tier 2

Led by 'shrewd tactician' Philip Moy, the Liverpool-based team at Hill Dickinson LLP advises on the full gambit of health and safety matters, but is particularly active on investigations relating to corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter, fire safety breaches, and environmental issues. The firm's key clients include corporations in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, construction, manufacturing, logistics, and energy sectors. Stephen Barnfield, promoted to legal director in 2019, is a name to note.

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‘The team approaches matters in a coherent way, sharing information so that all team members are able to step in where necessary and make valuable contributions. Unlike other firms, they tend to be involved from investigation to conclusion which makes that inclusive joined-up approach especially helpful to lay client and counsel alike. They work excellently in a wide variety of sectors.’ 

‘Stephen Barnfield is that rare blend of exceptional intelligence, huge experience, switched on in terms of the law and tactics yet always down to earth and receptive to input from all others including clients. He is always available and never gives up a point let alone a case.’

Phil Moy is vastly experienced and a shrewd tactician with great ability to relate to clients.’

‘Aoife Ryan is thorough, with a background in local authority prosecutions – the classic poacher-turned-gamekeeper.’ 

Key clients

Numerous NHS Trusts

Numerous approved inspectors/building inspectors

Association of Northern Scaffolding Contractors

Pensions Tier 2

Headed by Barry Gibb, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP handles a broad range of pensions work for both corporates and trustees, with considerable experience in scheme mergers, redesigns and restructurings. The team has seen an increased flow of instructions in pensions litigation, as well as buy-ins, buy-outs. Gibb most notably advised Swissport Group in relation to the merger of three pension schemes into a newly created, sectionalised scheme. Paula Warnock is a key team member.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Swissport GB Limited

William Jackson Trustees Limited

Trustees of the A&P Group Pension Scheme

Trading company of a charitable trust

Trustees of the MWH UK Limited Pension and Life Assurance Plan

Trustees of the Woodbridge Foam (UK) Ltd Retirement Benefit Scheme

Trustees of the Veryards Limited Pension Plan

M.U. Pension Trustees Limited

Trustees of the Chapelthorpe plc Pension Fund

Ibstock plc

Banking litigation Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP's finance litigation team is singled out for its asset-based lending expertise and has particular experience in invoice discounting and receivables finance disputes. Practice head Sharon Williamson handles a range of contentious matters in the banking space and has been increasingly active in fraud-related matters, including employee fraud claims and phishing attack issues.

Practice head(s):


As well as providing excellent litigation services to our Operations teams nationally, Hill Dickinson have also assisted in providing essential training to our colleagues by co-delivering sessions along with our Learning & Development team.  Coming directly from one of our legal partners, the learning points were well-received and given in a style that has real benefits for our staff.

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Bibby Factors Limited

Bibby Factors Manchester Limited

Bibby invoice Discounting Limited

Bibby Factors Scotland Limited

Metro Bank t/as SME Invoice Finance

Hitachi Capital (UK) Limited

Hyde Park Finance Limited

Connister Bank

Doorway Capital

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

At Hill Dickinson LLP, charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises of varying sizes are acted for on a range of matters including commercial issues, group structuring work, insolvencies, property mandates, constitutional and governance issues, employment matters and compliance work. Mark Fitzgibbon leads on most of the firm’s charity-related matters.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Big Life Group

Delta Philanthropies

Parkwood Holdings Limited

The People’s Trust (Greece)

Open Hands Open Heavens

Manchester Literature Festival

Amnesty (UK) Group


Greenwich Leisure Limited

ARICD (formerly known as Association for Research in Infant and Child Development)

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP is active across several sectors, including logistics and retail, acting for local authorities, property developers and banks. Jim Purves leads the team; he acts on property development matters in relation to logistics and industrial property, with notable clients including DHL. Former head of the Manchester property team Michael Blakey is well regarded, with decades of experience acting on commercial property issues. Senior associate Alistair Wallworth is 'quick at grasping issues and works hard in his client's interests.'

Practice head(s):


‘On the other side of transactions I find them to be pragmatic and easy to work with, good listeners who seek to find solutions to problems or commercial issues that work for all parties involved. They push hard to get the best outcome they can for their client and try to push things forward to get the deal done quickly.’

‘Jim Purves is an absolute gent who personifies integrity and pragmatism. He wants to get the deal done and is creative in finding solutions and adopting a commercial stance.’

‘Alistair Wallworth is a rising star and always a pleasure to deal with. He is quick at grasping issues and works hard in his client’s interests.’

Key clients


Lookers Motor Group

Lloyds Banking Group

Cynergy Bank


Co-operative Group

Peel Group

Euro Garages

EP Properties

Genus plc

Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

M20 Property Group

Gordon Moon Properties

Williams Lea Tag

Construction Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP's team demonstrates 'a considerable level of expertise in the field of construction'. Team head Alan Pugh is active in both contentious and non- contentious construction and engineering work, and he is particularly prominent in projects in the energy, oil and gas and industrial sectors. David Chinn is highly experienced in all types of construction matters, particularly disputes, where he is active in litigation and arbitration. Also notable is that he is an accredited mediator. Another key name is Tricia Morrison, who represents clients in litigation and adjudications.

Practice head(s):


‘The team demonstrates a considerable level of expertise in the field of construction and construction law. Aligned to this expertise is an excellent understanding of legal cases which are relevant to the matters in hand. The strength of the team is underpinned by their client relations and the ability to think out of the box.’

‘All peers have been a great help and given excellent advice.’

‘I have worked considerably with Tricia Morrison – An absolute standout partner of Hill Dickinson, who has, on behalf of a company in Administration, navigated very complex cases with professionalism and expertise, unrivaled in this field of construction litigation.’

‘Philip Gazzola has demonstrated that a background in construction is paramount to successful conclusion of matters, whilst applying his expertise in his application of the law.’

‘David Banks is an up and coming success story and will be a definite one to watch. His dedication to the matters at hand and responsiveness is a real credit to the firm.’

‘Easy to talk to and all Individuals kept our company up to date and in the loop explaining the position and progress of our case.’

Key clients

BCEGI Construction Limited

Bilfinger UK Limited

FCC Construction

Liverpool City Council

Peel Land and Property Limited

First Group plc

National Express plc

MJ Quinn

Edmundson Electrical

Construction Partnership UK

Lloyds Bank

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP’s mid-market focused North West corporate team is best known for its equity capital markets, private equity and M&A work. Jointly led by Ian Gillis and Mark Fitzgibbon, the practice prides itself on its reputation for commerciality and successfully closing transactions. Key client sectors include logistics, health, manufacturing, education, retail, leisure, tech and local government. Other key partners include the 'brilliant' Ian Riggs, Jonathan Gillow and David Mkhitarian.

Practice head(s):


‘The team is extremely responsive, always acknowledging requests within a day, and working to timeframe agreed.’

‘They have the ability to understand any given situation and can respond effectively and quickly – they provide great counsel on many situations.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and flexible.’

‘Ian Riggs – just brilliant.’

Key clients

Stobart Group

Sykes Cottages



Seneca Partners

Parkwood Holdings


PHD Equity Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Zeus Capital

Sys Group plc

PAM Group

Thermo Electric (Management Services) Limited

Fishawack Communications Limited

Rochdale Borough Council

Master Distributor Limited

Liverpool City Council

Kuehne + Negal Limited

Health Education England

NHS England

Greenwood & Coope Ltd

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP is praised for its 'sound technical advice' which it combines with 'commerciality' across a range of areas including corporate restructuring, pension-related insolvencies and property-related insolvencies. As head of the team, Paul Spence possesses a 'broad depth of experience' in distressed real estate matters; he is active in both Liverpool and Manchester. Gavin Jones 'provides an excellent service' in contentious work, while Julie Agnew, who joined from DWF in 2019, primarily acts on non-contentious insolvency and restructuring mandates.

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‘One of the stronger teams in the North West. Approachable and easy to work with. They help me to achieve what I want to achieve.’

‘Gavin Jones and Julie Agnew are providing an excellent service on some high value and high profile litigation.’

‘Sound technical advice combined with commerciality. Always available to discuss ad hoc queries. Good spread of sector expertise within the firm.’

‘Whilst I instruct the team on a variety of matters, Paul Spence is one of a very few solicitors that I trust with my business instructions. I cannot give higher praise.’

‘Julie Agnew is a hugely competent solicitor. She handles both the most significant instructions and the more mundane, with the same calm and supportive manner. She immediately puts my more junior team members and clients at ease.’

‘Paul Spence blends technical competence with a strong commercial awareness. Paul is able to spot opportunities to add value and he often exceed expectations. He broad depth of experience which is particularly important when dealing with restructuring/insolvency matters.’

Key clients

FRP Advisory LLP

Mazars LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP


Manolete Partners PLC

The Insolvency Service

Begbies Traynor PLC

The Authentic Food Company Limited

Duff & Phelps

Grant Thornton

Dunham Dean Advisory

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance

Investec Bank plc

David Rubin & Partners

ReSolve Advisory Limited


Bibby Finance

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP's team has specific expertise of smart grids, digital infrastructure and telecoms-related matters, advising on legal strategy, compliance and commercial contracts.

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Key clients

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Aberdeenshire Council

Broadway Partners Ltd

The Highland Council

Bridge Fibre Limited

Telcom Networks Limited

FarrPoint Limited

Cubeultra Limited


Local government Tier 3

The local government team at Hill Dickinson LLP advises on public procurement, property and regeneration projects, governance, pensions, dispute resolution and telecoms, and also takes on education, health and social contract commission work. Practice head Mark Fitzgibbon undertakes a broad range of procurement and governance work; Tracy Sheehan leads the telecoms team.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Liverpool City Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Trafford Borough Council

Pendle Borough Council

Warrington Borough Council

Sefton Borough Council

South Kesteven District Council

Oldham Borough Council

Harrogate Borough Council

City of York Council

Planning and environment Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP, whose practice is led by Grant Anderson, acts for clients in sectors such as housing, energy and infrastructure, commercial and retail. It provides a comprehensive service on a full range of planning matters, including planning applications and appeals, section 106 agreements, compulsory purchase orders and highways agreements. In addition, environmental work is another mainstay of the practice.

Practice head(s):


‘Straight forward and easy to understand.’ 

Key clients

Muller Property Group

JCB Group

FI Real Estate

UK Oil and Gas

The Co-operative Group

Iceland Foods

Wakefield Council

Lancashire Cricket Club

MLN (Land and Properties ) Limited

Biz-Parks Limited

National Express Group

Lloyds Bank



Rochdale Council

Seabridge Developments Limited

Euro Garages

FP McCann Limited

Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust

Sport Tier 4

The practice at Hill Dickinson LLP is jointly led by Graeme Alder, Sue Russell and Louise Millington-Roberts, who serves as a consultant in London. Its services include breach of contract disputes, ticketing matters, global rights and brand management issues, defamation and reputation management along with a range sponsorship agreement. A further key component of the offering is disciplinary and regulatory-related work with clubs, promoters and athletes, both retired and current, forming the client base.

Key clients

Nurvv Limited

GB Taekwondo

Lancashire County Cricket Club Limited

The Dallaglio Foundation

Total Swimming

Total Gymnastics

JD Sports Fashion plc

The Sports Office

Signature Living Group

DAO Holdings Limited

Intellectual property Tier 5

Hill Dickinson LLP specialises in brand protection and exploitation, regularly advising on sponsorship and personal endorsement deals, licenses and IPR assignments. Patent application before the UK IPO and EPO, asset purchase agreements, research and development collaboration contracts and the full range of contentious issues are also core strengths. The London-based Mark Weston heads the department alongside Mark Fitzgibbon, who operates from Manchester.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Rayware Group

Coffee Republic

National Health Service

Celestyal Cruises

Northstone NI Limited

Signature Living Hotels Limited

Direct Accident Management Limited

Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited

Elstree Film Studios Limited

Human Brands plc

Clinical negligence and personal injury: defendant

The health litigation team at Hill Dickinson LLP is led by Joanne Hughes and Andrew Craggs from Leeds and Liverpool. The Leeds practitioners, which include senior associate Amy Lewis Clark, has a specialism in the niche area of dental clinical negligence claims. NHS Resolution is Hill Dickinson’s largest client; the firm was recently appointed to its new GP Indemnity Panel and assists in managing claims brought against those in general practice. The firm is also one of only two firms on the national panel of the Medical Protection Society.

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Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent strength in depth – very large team across the country.’

‘Joanne Hughes is excellent.’

‘This is a highly knowledgeable team that comprises lawyers who are dedicated with a great insight and instincts about the law.’

‘Amy Lewis Clark is a delight to work with.’

Key clients

Medical Protection Society

NHS Resolution

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Hill Dickinson LLP’s health litigation group holds places on a range of major healthcare panels. The team also works for private healthcare providers, handling claims arising within the prison service and walk-in centres. Andrew Craggs heads the group and specialises in complex clinical negligence, stress and bullying and assault claims involving the NHS. David Locke is recommended for complex catastrophic injury claims for NHS and private clients. Joanne Hughes has significant experience in GP and dental claims. Senior associate Claire Christopholus  is noted for her knowledge of commissioning claims and non-delegable duty of care claims.

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‘This team has an abundance of extremely talented and dedicated lawyers who are able to run cases from start to finish seamlessly.’

‘Very high quality and knowledgeable advice from experienced lawyers.’

‘David Locke is an experienced and charismatic lawyer.’

‘Joanne Hughes is an outstanding partner.’

‘David Locke is a very good litigator. He is bright and incisive in his thinking.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

CNA Hardy

Beazley Group

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Care Alliance (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust)

Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust

NHS England

St Helens and Knowsley NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The firm: Hill Dickinson LLP is an international commercial law firm with more than 850 people, including 195 partners and legal directors, with offices in Liverpool, Manchester, London, Leeds, 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, 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.

Clients: the firm’s clients include multinational companies, major corporations, UK plcs, 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
Chair Jonathan Brown
Chief Executive Officer Peter Jackson
Business Services Craig Scott
Health Andrew Craggs
Marine, Trade and Energy Tony Goldsmith
Photo Name Position Profile
 Anthony Allen  photo Anthony Allen Tony heads our world renowned yacht team, and has more than 20…
 Stuart Armstrong  photo Stuart Armstrong Initially specialising in subrogated cargo recoveries before broadening his areas of practice…
 John Caddies  photo John Caddies Head of our Marine PI and Regulatory, John worked with the previous…
 Malcolm Entwistle  photo Malcolm Entwistle Malcolm is head partner in the London corporate and commercial team. He…
 Russell Gardner  photo Russell Gardner Partner specialising in all aspects of shippingand superyacht litigation.
 Jim Garton  photo Jim Garton James is head of real estate and real estate finance in London…
 Philip Haddon  photo Philip Haddon Partner dealing with casualty-related work, including collisions, salvage, groundings, strandings, oil pollution…
 David Hill  photo David Hill David has provided legal advice to clients in the health and social…
 James Lawson  photo James Lawson Transactional aspects of the owning and operation of superyachts, including construction, refit,…
 Susan Leonard  photo Susan Leonard Legal director in the commodities team and practises shipping and international trade…
 Ian Maclean  photo Ian Maclean Provides his international client base of ship owners, ship managers and their…
 Janet McWhinney  photo Janet McWhinney Head of Claims in London Health LitiationTeam: specialising in high-value clinical negligence…
 Roderick Palmer  photo Roderick Palmer Partner undertaking general commercial and finance work, specialising in asset, acquisition, yacht…
 David Pitlarge  photo David Pitlarge Has specialised in shipping and commercial law since qualifying in 1989. Undertakes…
 Panos Pourgourides  photo Panos Pourgourides Originally engaged in both contentious and non-contentious work in the commercial shipping…
 David Rabagliati  photo David Rabagliati Partner dealing with a wide range of issues in the non-contentious commercial…
 Paul Taylor  photo Paul Taylor Specialising in commodities, shipping and insurance with particular expertise in energy, Paul…
 Richard Taylor  photo Richard Taylor Partner advising on the acquisition, development, disposal and funding of investment and…
 Mark Walker  photo Mark Walker Best described as an international mercantile lawyer, Mark is a partner in…
 Darren Wall  photo Darren Wall A partner in the commodities team, with over 10 years’ experience advising in…
 Robert Wallis  photo Robert Wallis Robert is a consultant in the marine trade and energy team. He specialises…
 Mark Weston  photo Mark Weston Mark heads our London offering for commercial, information technology (IT), intellectual property…
 James Williams  photo James Williams A partner in the employment and pensions team, James advises both employers…
Number of UK partners and legal directors : 195
Total number of staff : 850

The Lex 100 Verdict

An 'international firm with good reach within the UK – Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and London – plus an excellent reputation' and a focus on 'shipping, commodities, commercial and healthcare sectors', Hill Dickinson is a favourite among trainees. It offers regional reach, 'smaller trainee intake' and an ability to 'strike the correct work/life balance'. Trainees feel that the firm's training offers 'a lot of autonomy when drafting documents and not too much photocopying and administrative work', plus opportunities for advocacy and travel. Highly praised across the board, the firm is a Lex 100 Winner in six categories: overall job satisfaction, living up to expectations, overall quality of work, work/life balance, social life, and inclusiveness of workplace environment. These awards reflect the firm's reputation for trainee development. One trainee says that 'the training and support are superb in addition to the great people who work here'. Indeed, 'support' and 'approachability' are common themes in feedback: 'the teams are extremely friendly. The partners are all very approachable, which makes workflow quite smooth'. Another writes that 'people, trust, and work/life balance' are key to the firm. There are complaints about the pay scale and the 'outdated' offices but these are outweighed by the support for the firm's CSR programmes and the quality of work entrusted to trainees. Highlights include the 'opportunity to attend the Admiralty Court' and doing 'my own advocacy at the Manchester County Court'. Hill Dickinson's wide array of strengths makes it a very attractive place to train.