Firm Profile > Hill Dickinson LLP > London, England

Hill Dickinson LLP
THE BROADGATE TOWER
20 PRIMROSE STREET
LONDON
EC2A 2EW
England

Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP, which has ‘impressive depth and is strong on commodities‘, fields an eight-partner group that has an enviable track record of success in GAFTA, FOSFA, FCC and High Court disputes. It has the leading practice for sugar disputes in London, but acts across the full range of commodities, notably energy markets such as oil, coal and renewables. Practice head Jeff Isaacs, who provides ‘commercially sound, prompt and accurate advice‘, has vast experience of a range of commodities, including grain, feedstuffs, sugar, cotton and coffee. Paul Taylor has an international practice that sees him advise French, Swiss and German players in the commodities markets; Paul Sinnott acts for leading investment and financing banks, traders and producers, while up- and-coming partner Darren Wall excels in commodities and dry shipping disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Isaacs

Other key lawyers:

Paul Taylor; Paul Sinnott; Darren Wall; John McNeilly; Andrew Buchmann

Testimonials

‘They don’t sit on the fence and provide clear, practical advice, whilst covering all the legal issues. They are extremely intelligent and knowledgeable, and are also very cost-effective.’

‘Darren Wall, Jeff Isaacs and legal director John McNeilly are particularly outstanding. They’re easy to work with and provide clear, practical advice whilst covering all the legal issues.’

‘Hill Dickinson has impressive depth and is strong on commodities.’

‘Andrew Buchmann is an excellent lawyer, strategic and very responsive.’

‘The team always summarises the legal position in a concise way. They display a pragmatic and commercial view relating to the situation and have a good track record in advising on the risk/reward of litigation and the chances of success.’

‘Jeff Isaacs always makes time to respond to any enquiries in a timely matter and, if unable to manage personally will advise and ensure that the most suitable member of the team to deal with particular issues.’

‘Always available, thinking outside the box, providing realistic advice on the position and offering practical solutions.’

Key clients

Addax

ADM

ADNOC & ADNOC L&S

Alliance Grain Traders

BP

Bunge

Cargill

COFCO

Czarnikow

Gerald Metals

Gunvor

HDI Global

MS Amlin

Nibulon SA

Tate & Lyle

The International Cotton Association

The Sugar Association of London

Wilmar

Vitagrain

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 1

The healthcare team at Hill Dickinson LLP works across offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool. Providing a full-service offer, the team is primarily known for its work on the NHS Resolution panel, as well as advising NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers on major procurements, regulatory and governance advice, and inquests. Head of the health team Andrew Craggs specialises in complex clinical negligence claims. Head of the London team, the ‘measured, calm and reassuringKiran Bhogal is an expert in healthcare and public law, while Emma Stockwell leads on major public law, governance, and regulatory matters. Liverpool team leader Sharon Thomas is highly regarded for her work on mental health law. Additionally, Robert McGough and Joanna Trewin are key contacts in Leeds and Manchester, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Craggs; Kiran Bhogal; Emma Stockwell

Other key lawyers:

Robert McGough; Joanna Trewin; Sharon Thomas

Testimonials

The team have been very engaged, willing to learn, asking questions which are not only helpful to them but to our organisation as well. We have been kept up to date on costs regularly, and for the work we were doing they engaged widely across their organisation to ensure we had expert advice and decisions. The way of working was regular, helpful, multimodal and responsive. The responses were clear, directive where needed and open for discussion as necessary too.’

Very good team with some very capable lawyers. Kiran Bhogal is very good; comes across very well. Measured, calm and reassuring. Her colleagues in the team are also all very good.

Key clients

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free Hospitals London NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation

West London NHS Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Health Education England

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

Ramsay UK Health Care Group

KIMS Hospitals

Practice Plus Group (Formerly Care UK)

GoodSAM Limited

Centre for Process Innovation

General Pharmaceutical Council

East London NHS Foundation Trust

Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCGs

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

A 'range of committed and tenacious lawyers' make up the offering at Hill Dickinson LLP. The team has a broad range of experience acting for organisations across the entirety of the healthcare arena, with instructions from NHS Resolution and the Medical Protection Society (MPS)forming the largest part of the workload. As well as standing out as a firm of choice for clients from the aesthetic sector, the practice also fields a specialist costs department. Andrew Craggs heads up the national health business group, while Janet McWhinney leads on health litigation in London. Also notable at the senior level is 'first class lawyer' Rebecca Hunt. At the more junior end, one client notes that the 'quality of legal knowledge and legal analysis among the associates is exceptional'; this strength was further enhanced by the recent recruitment of Iwan Thomas and Anoop Chana from Capsticks LLP, Catherine Fox from Collins Solicitors, and Paris Fisher-Aziz from Kennedys.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Craggs; Janet McWhinney; Rebecca Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Alaw Owen; Lydia Shelton; Iwan Thomas; Anoop Chana; Catherine Fox; Paris Fisher-Aziz

Testimonials

‘Very strong defendant healthcare team.’

‘Partner Rebecca Hunt is a first class lawyer who is tough but sensible and greatly experienced.’

‘Janet McWhinney is as good as it gets in this field. Catherine Fox is experienced and her attention to detail is second to none.’

‘All members of the team are personable and approachable, extremely competent in their field and determined to ensure the best outcome for their client. They benefit from their collaborative approach to the work they do and bring to the table the benefit of the diversity in the team. Their use of technology ensures smooth and secure transfer of information, which makes it easy to deliver the work they require and to do so to the highest standard.’

‘Lydia Shelton is a fiercely intelligent and dedicated solicitor.’

‘The quality of legal knowledge and legal analysis amongst the associates is exceptional’

‘Alaw Owen is extremely able and efficient, always swift with instructions and impressively on top of case.’

‘A range of committed and tenacious lawyers who set themselves apart by the dedication and commitment to their clients.’

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

Tasker Insurance

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP's focus on cross-border transactions is underpinned by its network of global offices and the numerous dual-qualified fee earners within the London team. Led by Michael Bennett - who has handled many recent deals for clients in the mining, energy and life sciences industries - the team's focus on regulated sectors brings regular instructions from key stakeholders in cutting-edge industries. Michael Corcoran concentrates on advising high-growth private companies active in the medical cannabis, energy and natural resources sectors, while Malcolm Entwistle specialises in marine and aviation transactions. Shantanu Sinha, who joined the team from Mishcon de Reya LLP, handles small to mid-cap M&A for a diverse range of clients.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Michael Corcoran; Malcolm Entwistle; Shantanu Sinha

Testimonials

‘I found the team at Hill Dickinson, led by Shantanu Sinha, very responsive and reassuring throughout the whole due diligence process, explaining clearly each step of the negotiations with the buyer’s legal team and checking back with me for my approval of any concessions or demands they felt were appropriate.’

‘Shantanu Sinha, was a pleasure to work with – always calm, good-humoured and eager to make sure I was comfortable with the process. He inspired absolute confidence in his ability to negotiate the best possible outcome for us.’

‘Very knowledgeable on M&A. All members of the team have the main strength of being very client orientated. They would explain everything, supervise the progression of the due diligence process, and take all steps not to expose the client to something untoward.’

‘Shantanu Sinha is serious, knowledgeable, very focused on detail, and shows great respect to the client.’

Key clients

Arc Minerals Limited

Sativa Group Plc

BB Energy Trading Ltd

Equatorial Palm Oil Plc

Helium One Global Ltd

Reabold Resources Plc

Two Shields Investment Plc

Block Energy Plc

The British Honey Company Plc

Transport > Shipping Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP is well-regarded in the market for the breadth of its practice, acting for a broad cross-section of clients in wet and dry shipping matters. Its team is regularly instructed in complex international disputes involving charterparties, collisions, and ship arrests, representing clients in arbitration and court proceedings. Key figures in the London office include cargo and logistics specialist Adrian Marsh and David Pitlarge, who is active in both dry shipping and admiralty matters. Elsewhere, Siiri Duddington handles commercial litigation and insurance disputes. Tony Goldsmith heads up the practice. Beth Bradley is another key partner in the shipping team.

Practice head(s):

Tony Goldsmith

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Marsh; David Pitlarge; Siiri Duddington; Beth Bradley

Testimonials

‘They manage to balance solid legal advice with a sound commercial approach to disputes. A results-oriented approach that cuts through a lot of the legal sideshows.’

‘The case handling provided by this law firm is high level and the firm is among those usually recommended by the P&I Clubs we work with. When we are suggested to involve Hill Dickinson, we have no concerns about the quality.’

‘The firm is a good size with a variety of expertise on offer.’

‘Siiri Duddington and David Pitlarge stand out.’

‘The persons I deal with are exceptionally good in their field. Very experienced and top class in dealing with legal and arbitration proceedings.’

Key clients

N2 Tankers B.V. (a pool operating company)

SwiftBulk and SwiftTankers

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)

West of England P&I Club

Britannia P&I Club

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

Swedish P&I Club

The London Club

The American P&I Club

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

ADM Intermare

BP Shipping

RSA

HDI Global SE, Branch for Belgium (cargo underwriters, notably large marine risks for global trading companies)

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP fields a national team that regularly works with NHS bodies and other private sector organisations on a whole host of complex matters. It is adept at advising on cases that involve the Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Children Act.  It frequently advises on key medical treatment cases such as deprivation of liberty authorisations, best interests decisions and community care packages. London-based Kiran Bhogal is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kiran Bhogal ; Sharon Thomas ; Paul Allerston; Ben Troke

Other key lawyers:

Emma Galland

Testimonials

The Team at Hill Dickinson provides outstanding support to those it instructs at the Bar and to clients.  The Head of the team leads by example in fostering a collaborative and professional relationship with clients to whom they are readily available and accessible in urgent and non-urgent cases.  Those I have worked alongside are exceptionally well-grounded and adopt a pragmatic approach to cases in the Court of Protection which is unrivalled.’

Kiran Bhogal is Head of Healthcare at the London Office.  She is rightly recognised as a leader in her field – an exceptionally capable, measured and effective solicitor and solicitor advocate who clearly provides strong leadership for her impressive team.  Her instructions are always clear and she brings unparalleled tactical nous to the cases she is involved in.’

‘Expertise and ease of engagement during protracted matters. Ben Troke expert in his field. Clear, concise advise and easy to deal with.’

Emma Galland is also a star in this area.  Her straight-talking, down to earth approach makes her a pleasure to work with.  Having appeared in cases against her and instructed by her, it is clear that she is bright, tenacious and demonstrates sound judgment.  She is a real credit to her team, is also a star in this area.  Hill Dickinson has extensive experience in this field, at both partner and associate level, and really good technical knowledge.’

‘Great Team.’

‘Personal touch of the Legal Director, engagement with clients, breadth and range of legal confidence & knowledge of the healthcare sector, Contribution back regarding provision of training for healthcare staff. Paul Allerston.’

The team builds positive relationships and responds quickly, as the nature of the work means things often have to happen quickly. The team is knowledgeable. Billing is clear. It is excellent in defusing potential issues with our local authority (as an example) as they have developed positive relationships with colleagues.’

Key clients

Guy’s and ST Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Homerton University Hospitals NHS Trust

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey Downs Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group

Barts Health NHS Trust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University Hospital NHS FT

Northern Care Alliance

Mersey Care NHS FT

NHS Leeds CCG

Mid Cheshire Hospitals and NHS Cheshire CCG

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP regularly advises on transactions with a cross-border component; the team fields practitioners who are dual-qualified in a range of jurisdictions including Argentina, India, South Africa and New Zealand. Led by Michael Bennett, the national team demonstrates strong capabilities in the entire suite of listings, equity fundraises and public company transactions. It has particularly significant expertise in the pharmaceuticals/life sciences, energy, natural resources and medical cannabis sectors. Reflective of the ongoing growth of the practice, Jack DelaneySam Hudson and Francois de Lange became legal directors in 2021; Melissa Campbell, who was promoted to senior associate in late 2020, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Michael Corcoran; Jaspal Sekhon; Jonathan Morris; Shantanu Sinha; Jack Delaney; Francois de Lange; Sam Hudson; Melissa Campbell

Testimonials

We have used them to assist us with listing on Acquis and found their “can-do” attitude very refreshing. They were able to hand hold us through the process and conduct the necessary due diligence adroitly.’

The team I deal with are extremely reachable and reactive, and advice is always well thought out and practical. Response times are impressive and deadlines always met.’

I believe the individuals I deal with feel like an extension of my own team, they have a genuine interest in my business and understand our needs.’

Key clients

Emmerson Plc

Equatorial Palm Oil Plc

Sativa Group Plc

Kanbo Group plc

TruSpine Technologies Plc

Helium One Global Ltd

Reabold Resources Plc

Two Shields Investment Plc

The British Honey Company Plc

Vulcan Industries Plc

Block Energy Plc

Dekel Agri-Vision Plc

Agronomics Limited

Chesterfield Resources Plc

Cadence Minerals PLC

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP's corporate occupier work has recently included lease grants, office moves and landlord and tenant issues. Practice head Jim Garton has specialist expertise in the hotels and leisure sector. The department is also active in high-value developments and inward investments from Africa, the Far East and Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Jim Garton

Other key lawyers:

Ashley Kopitko; Richard Taylor

Testimonials

‘The team is progressive, diligent, responsive and helpful.’

The team at Hill Dickinson have been very good to work with because they are very thorough with their legal advice and provide full support to complete the real estate transactions.’

‘Jim Garton is stand out as he is always available and provides solid advice with a smile!’

‘They work closely with us, manage the transactions efficiently and keep us updated. Where problems arise they give us options and recommendations.’

Key clients

Paragon Development Finance Limited

Santander

Fuel Oils

Espalier Property Ventures

Conygar Investment Company plc

HSBC

Ingenious Real Estate

BRG Building Solutions

London Women’s Clinic Limited

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP's life sciences team advises companies at all stages of development, from start-ups to multinationals. A particular niche is in projects connecting private sector businesses with NHS organisations, for which the firm can draw on its established public health practice. Regulatory lawyer and litigator James Lawford Davies, who specialises in human tissue- and cell-based therapies and is noted by clients for his reproductive law expertise , jointly heads the team alongside commercial life sciences-focused Jamie Foster and Michael Corcoran, who is a name to note in the medical cannabis sector.

Practice head(s):

James Lawford Davies; Jamie Foster; Michael Corcoran

Testimonials

‘Very personal and comprehensive service by the team. Excellent insights into the sector which provides support beyond the legal expertise.’

‘Extremely hard working, knowledgeable and provides very comprehensive support.’

‘Michael Corcoran in particular is fantastic and comes highly recommended.’

‘James Lawford-Davies is THE reproductive law expert in the UK. There is practically no significant case that he hasn’t argued for or against. He has advised two of the companies that I have worked with, and both times, his advice was rooted in deep, and broad knowledge of the field, and has proven to be accurate, solid, and wise with the perspective of time.’

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

ARGC 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 Ltd

Sativa Group PLC

Medicines Discovery Catapult Ltd

GoodSAM

Reproductive Health Group

Centre for Process Innovation

IVCC (Innovative Vector Control Consortium)

Sapphire Medial Clinics

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP's mining and minerals offering is led by Michael Bennett, who has particular expertise in corporate financing mandates. The group is experienced in handling large cross-border acquisitions and equity capital markets deals for mining and exploration companies, including Arc Minerals. Michael Corcoran is experienced in capital markets matters, Jonathan Morris is the key contact for advising on Main Market listings, and at the senior associate level, Francois de Lange is noted for debt capital markets work.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Morris; Francois de Lange; Michael Corcoran

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Morris provides great advice, explained in a practical way, and is easy to communicate with.’

Key clients

Arc Minerals Limited

BlueJay Mining plc

Helium One Global Ltd and Attis Oil & Gas Ltd

Emmerson Plc

Bluebird Merchant Ventures Limited

Cadence Minerals Plc

Chesterfield Resources Limited

Critical Metals Plc

Riverfort Global Opportunities PCC and YA II PN

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP stands out as a firm of choice for personal injury work in the marine sector; the team receives praise from clients for its 'multi-dimensional approach to dealing with a wide variety of shipping-related issues'. Under the leadership of 'technical and authoritative' John Caddies, the group handles the full gamut of crew and passenger injury and fatality claims, as well as acting on industrial disease cases.

Practice head(s):

John Caddies

Other key lawyers:

Tony McDonach; Laura Wilson; Sarah Barnes

Testimonials

‘We have always found the personal injury team at Hill Dickinson to be collaborative, as well as being extremely experienced in handling crew, passenger and third party marine claims.’

‘Their strengths are the combined knowledge and experience within the team and the manner in which they conduct their business, which is constructive and pragmatic.’

‘I have worked mostly with John Caddies and it is always a pleasure to work with him. He is calm yet responsive and clear in his communications. I find John has a quiet non-overtly aggressive yet very technical and authoritative approach and can work well with both insurers and insureds. I have also worked with Sarah Barnes who is very keen and confident and provides very effective communications on ongoing cases. The whole team are very efficient, knowledgeable and friendly.’

‘From a shipping industry perspective, this firm not only provides specialist shipping lawyers but also advisers with actual shipping industry experience. This provides a multi-dimensional approach to dealing with a wide variety of shipping-related issues. Also, due to the long standing relationship my company has with this firm in terms of occupational disease claims, we benefit from the firm’s in-depth knowledge of our company’s history and practices.’

‘For many years I have been dealing mostly with John Caddies but also, to a lesser extent, Tony McDonach and Laura Wilson, in the handling of occupational disease and crew illness and injury claims. I find them all to be extremely knowledgeable and thorough.’

‘John Caddies is readily available, extremely skilful and professional. Sarah Barnes is a standout individual coming through the ranks.’

‘There is trust and understanding between them. They have the knowledge to assist under pressure which is very positive. They know very well our company and our systems/procedures – something which is very important when defending cases.’

‘John Caddies has been excellent all the way through our dealings with him. We have very much valued his straightforward, practical approach and he is incredibly knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Hutchison Ports

BP Shipping Limited

DFDS

Carnival

Royal Caribbean Cruises

P&O Ferries

Louis Hotels

UK P&I Club

West of England P&I Club

Generali

Maersk Shipping Company

Assuranceforeningen Skuld

Viking Ocean Cruises

Shipowners Mutual P&I Club

RSA

Gard P&I Club

Swedish Club

Steamship P&I Club

London P&I Club

MS Amlin

MSC Crociere

Fred Olsen Cruise Line

The North of England P&I Association and Seatruck Ferries

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association, Inc

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 5

Hill Dickinson LLP represents clients in a variety of project disputes, from cases concerning large-scale critical infrastructure to smaller, more technical cases. Though most of its work is domestic, it has a growing international presence, acting on behalf of key international employers. David Rintoul leads the London team, advising on TCC cases and adjudications.

Practice head(s):

David Rintoul; Alan Pugh

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Wilkinson

Key clients

Bilfinger

Liverpool City Council

Peel L&P Property

Legacie Developments

Geomet S.R.O.

Ion Projects

Gericke Ltd (part of Gericke Group)

FI Facilities Management Limited

First Greater Western Limited

Vascroft Contractors Limited

Area Sq Limited

Motacus Constructions Ltd

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 6

Hill Dickinson LLP specialises in providing full-service advice to NHS organisations, touching on issues related to the pandemic, corporate governance work, public inquiries, and judicial review challenges. Emma Stockwell, who is based in Liverpool, has handled a number of high-profile public inquiries and investigations throughout her career. Kiran Bhogal is particularly experienced in judicial reviews and public inquiries involving failures of the health and social care sector.

Practice head(s):

Emma Stockwell; Kiran Bhogal

Testimonials

‘I’ve dealt with five different lawyers on various legal matters, who have all been excellent. All are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. I have the utmost confidence in their ability and feel reassured by their support.’

‘The team are always accommodating and they ensure that they complete their work to a high standard but more importantly upholding our values of putting patients first. Their rates are transparent and fair and nothing is too much trouble.’

Key clients

NHS England

Health Education England

Care Quality Commission

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

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

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Leeds CCG

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

Royal Free Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey Heartlands CCG

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Praised for its 'really wide knowledge of all aspects of property finance', Hill Dickinson LLP has a strong cross-border reach and acts for UK-based and international lenders - as well as an increasing number of borrowers - in the energy, logistics, transport, retail, healthcare, residential, financial services, hotel and leisure sectors. Practice head Jim Garton has particular expertise in development finance.

Practice head(s):

Jim Garton

Testimonials

The team have a really wide knowledge of all aspects of property finance and are able to cope with complex cases with ease and efficiency.’

‘Jim Garton leads the team well and in recent cases has gone the extra mile in terms of bottoming out the key risk issues on complex cases, which is greatly appreciated.’

Key clients

Paragon Development Finance Limited

Santander

Espalier Property Ventures

HSBC

Ingenious Real Estate

Wildhorn Investments Limited

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

Hill Dickinson LLP's well-hedged roster of borrower and lender clients ensures that it is able to provide a balanced perspective on the needs of banks and operators, particularly in a shipping finance context. Panos Pourgourides regularly advises high-net-worth individuals on the financing requirements for the purchase of superyachts and co-heads the five-partner team alongside Roderick Palmer, who handles a combination of commercial shipping and corporate jet financing work.

Practice head(s):

Panos Pourgourides; Roderick Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Entwistle; Diana Syziu; Nafsika Connolly; Rajveer Sehmi

Key clients

Bank of America

Chailease International Finance

Close Brothers

Intership, Government of Oman

Spliethoff

Advanced Energy Systems

GAdventures

J. Marr (Seafoods) Ltd

Polsteam

Columbia Shipmanagement

BB Energy

AbuDhabi National Oil Company

BORE

SOCAR

The Northern Trust Company Limited

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 7

With longstanding experience in substantial offshore disputes and commodities arbitrations, Hill Dickinson LLP grew further through the October 2020 recruitment of London-based arbitration specialist Adrian Jones from Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Jones' experience includes high-value arbitrations concerning South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Russia.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Jones

Other key lawyers:

Darren Wall; Paul Taylor

Testimonials

I would not hesitate to recommend Adrian Jones, or, indeed, instruct Adrian myself should the need arise.

The team is hardworking and very sensitive to the client’s requirements.

Always prepared to go the extra mile.

Adrian Jones is personable and diligent.

Transport > Travel

Hill Dickinson LLP’s broad offering within the travel space covers both personal injury and regulatory issues, with a particular focus on the shipping and cruise sectors. John Caddies is a trusted name for personal injury work, advising on catastrophic injury, industrial disease and illness claims, especially within the marine sector. He is supported by legal director Sarah Barnes, who shares a similar expertise in marine-related personal injury work. The 'exceptionalJaved Ali is a key name for commercial and regulatory work, particularly issues relating to EU law.

Practice head(s):

John Caddies

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Barnes; Javed Ali

Testimonials

‘The team stands out for its knowledge in combination with its commercial understanding of the business.’

‘Javed Ali is an exceptional lawyer who provides to-the-point advice without jeopardising the commercial element of the business. On the contrary, his advice always boosts the commerciality level.’

‘My overall impression of Hill Dickinson is that this is a very professional, reliable and trustworthy firm. The travel team have handled a number of matters for us involving international and EU law as it affects the cruise and ferry industries. Their key strengths primarily lie in consumer law, where they have proven adept at advising on the implications of Covid and cancelled holidays and refunds. This also includes the area of maritime passenger rights and complaint handing, and those international liability conventions relating to the carriage of passengers by sea.’

‘To me, Javed Ali continues to epitomise all that is good about Hill Dickinson. Being both professional and knowledgeable, Javed is a very effective team leader. He is also very adept at communicating to different types of audiences, many of whom have tested him to the full in recent years. I can rest easy when Javed is on the case because he is so very reliable, goes the extra mile when necessary, and always delivers what has been asked of him in a timely way.’

Key clients

Viking Ocean Cruises

Carnival UK

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Disney Cruise Lines

Fred Olsen Cruise Line

MSC Cruises Limited

Celestyal Cruises

Mundy Cruises

P&O Ferries

DFDS A/S

Louis Hotels Plc

Royal Air Maroc

AIG Europe (Cyprus) Ltd

Shipowners Mutual P&I Club

West of England P&I Club

UK P&I Club

Swedish P&I Club

Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association, Inc

MS Amlin Marine N.V.

Alpine Escape Ski Limited

Wexas Travel

Assuranceforeningen Skuld

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP represents clients in a diverse range of commercial and corporate disputes, acting on a national basis in several high-profile and complex cases, including proceedings before tax tribunals and commercial courts. Areas of expertise include shareholder and partnership disputes, and international arbitration. The latter is a strength of new arrival from Faegre Baker DanielsAdrian Jones. Breach of contract claims, and misuse of confidential information issues are other areas of expertise. Experienced litigator Fiona Parry leads the team, and is regularly involved in high-value claims in a variety of sectors, while Paul Walsh has particular expertise in contractual and IT disputes. Nina Ferris was promoted to partner, and continues to grow her profile in heavyweight litigation, while senior associate Kate Steele has notable data protection capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Parry

Other key lawyers:

Paul Walsh; Nina Ferris; Kate Steele; Adrian Jones; Jon Scally

Testimonials

‘A client-focussed, responsive team that works hand-in-glove with in-house counsel/GC in a commercial and effective way. Good knowledge of the law and tactical awareness leading to good outcomes.’

‘Paul Walsh assembles and leads an appropriately skilled and resourceful team well bringing his own clam and assured manner to difficult and complex disputes. He is ably assisted by the up and coming Jon Scally.’

‘Pragmatic and commercially focused. The team represent excellent value for money.’

‘Fiona Parry is calm, reassuring and commercially focused. She has good attention to detail without losing sight of the bigger picture.’

‘Excellent responsiveness and diligence in preparation.’

‘Paul Walsh – hands-on leadership and a real expertise in his field.’

 

Key clients

Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited

F S Commercial Limited

Paul Bell

Tamsin Landelle and Colin MacDougall

King Parrott Frozen Foods Limited

Bellrock Property & Facilities Management Limited

365 Health and Wellbeing Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP has a strong presence in the Liverpool market, with a number of senior practitioners working across public M&A, private equity investments, and commercial issues, acting for regional and national clients in areas such as technology, healthcare, and education. Practice heads Craig Scott and Matt Noon are active in handling private equity and growth financing transactions, while Mike Jones specialises in M&A on behalf of a range of SMEs and middle-market corporates. Firm chair Jonathan Brown is a vastly experienced figure in the corporate advisory space, acting for long-term retainer clients, with ‘proactive‘ Sue Russell also an active dealmaker. Michael Murphy has notable expertise in cross-border property and private equity deals. Legal director Graeme Alder is recognised for his commercial work, handling contracts and commercial IP issues, while senior associate Elan Iorwerth plays a key role in major private equity deals.

Practice head(s):

Craig Scott; Matt Noon

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Brown; Mike Jones; Sue Russell; Mike Murphy; Graeme Alder; Elan Iorwerth; Richard McKay

Testimonials

‘Hill Dickinson have been our corporate lawyers for many years now. Put simply, it is the individuals that we liaise with who make the firm stand out. As an acquisitive business, their knowledge of both ourselves as a client and the industry that we operate in is essential during a transaction. Whilst we may not be Hill Dickinson’s largest client, the first class service we receive from them would certainly suggest otherwise.’

‘We have a long-standing relationship with Sue Russell (Partner) and Richard McKay (Legal Director). Both have a very detailed understanding and knowledge of our business and industry. They are always available should we need them and both are very proactive in coming to us early with potential issues as well as with solutions. We are very confident in their ability as our corporate lawyers and this allows us to free up management time as we know they will just get on with the task in hand without having to constantly revert to us for clarification.’

 

Key clients

UK Flooring Direct

Fishawack Health

Stobart Group Limited

Shareholders of Naimuri Limited

Johnson Service Group Plc

Kuehne + Nagel Limited

Sun Valley Limited

The Delivery Group

London Southend Airport

Liverpool City Council

Medicines Discovery Catapult Limited

Broadway Partners Limited / Monmouthshire Broadband Limited

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s debt recovery team works closely with its banking and commercial litigation departments, representing banks and financial institutions as well as commercial clients in debt recovery proceedings, including routine recoveries through to complex, contested recoveries. The team, led by the highly experienced Sharon Williamson, has particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional claims, particularly in the US and Mexico. The firm also regularly acts as an in-house debt recovery team for a number of major clients. Senior associate John Quicler is noted for his leading work on behalf of banking clients, and fellow senior associate Kate Steele has a growing niche in data protection-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Williamson

Other key lawyers:

John Quicler; Kate Steele

Key clients

Thomas Hardie Commercials Limited

Agilent Technologies Limited

Irwell Street Metal Company Limited

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Limited

Metro Bank

Soda Softwear Labs Limited

Piccadilly Village Management Limited

Halewood International Limited

Elior Group PLC

Bibby Commercial Finance Limited

Bibby Factors Limited

Bibby Factors Scotland Limited

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS

Borgun hf

NHS Business Services Authority (Pensions)

Iconic Pets Limited

MJ Birtwistle & Co Limited

The Delivery Group

KPT Solutions Limited

Tower College

Employment Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP stands out for its work in the healthcare space, particularly for NHS trusts, and also acts for a range of other public bodies and private companies. The firm’s matters include the employment aspects of transactions, restructurings and redundancies, and disputes including allegations of discrimination. The practice is also highly active in investigations, with Caroline Prosser leading on this work. Elsewhere, Michael Wright specialises in healthcare work, and Kerstie Skeaping and Jeff Middleton boast decades of experience in employment law. David Parry acts for a number of private sector clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, including advising on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Middleton; David Parry; Kerstie Skeaping; James Williams; Michael Wright; Luke Green

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Prosser; Luke Green

Testimonials

‘The team are always available, any day or time. The team have developed a HR hub whereby we have access to workshops and training with others and are able to network.’

‘Luke Green understands our business and how we work with our people, leading to advice that is not only legally sound but also in line with our company values and culture.’

‘Always responsive and understand the most complex issues quickly and effectively.’

‘Hill Dickinson have a strong employment team in Manchester and are very receptive to providing advice quickly and in a commercial way readily understood.’

‘David Parry is very commercial and provides sound advice in sometimes highly sensitive negotiations. Jeff Middleton is also very robust and sure footed on disputed matters.’

Key clients

BBC

Co-op

Iceland Foods Limited

Stobart Rail Limited

Britvic Soft Drinks

Peel Group Management Limited

Redde Northgate plc

The Book Service (Penguin Random House)

The Charity Commission

Grant Thornton UK LLP

dnata Travel (part of Emirates Group)

Health Education England

NHS England

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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

Trilanco Limited

Vynova

GEFCO UK

Arrow XL

Myriad Genetics

FRP Advisory LLP

Caldic (UK)

G2 Speech UK

Oldham Council

Geraud UK Ltd

City of Liverpool College

HE Simm

Partylite

Travel Republic

Odeon

Public sector > Health Tier 1

Robert McGough leads Hill Dickinson LLP‘s national health commercial, regulatory and real estate team in Leeds. He works with recently promoted regulatory partner Esther Venning, as well as legal directors Eleanor Tunnicliffe, Ruth Griffiths and Amy Millson. Ben Troke, who joined in spring 2020 from Browne Jacobson LLP, is highly knowledgeable about complex issues concerning consent, mental health and mental capacity for both adults and children, as well as urgent court applications. The practice is also expanding its team, with experienced senior associates bolstering its inquests work, healthcare property and primary care advisory offering.

Practice head(s):

Esther Venning; Robert McGough; Ben Troke

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor Tunnicliffe; Ruth Griffiths; Amy Millson

Testimonials

‘The people are high calibre – very knowledgeable and skilled, professional and well connected so bring an effective strategic / policy view to the work.’

‘They are approachable and have the ability to form relationships and partnerships, they deliver promptly. Esther Venning has been a standout individual.

‘Ben Troke, partner. From a solicitor perspective he is the king of the COP in respect of his knowledge and experience. He provides pragmatic and sensible advice no matter how complex the facts.’

‘Ben Troke is an excellent lawyer and always provides excellent timely sensible advice.’

‘The team has significant relevant health sectoral expertise and experience across governance, commercial, and clinical governance matters. The whole team are exceptionally responsive, and approach issues with expertise, integrity and pragmatism.

‘Rob McGough is responsive, knowledgeable and supportive in regard to contractual discussions.’

‘They all proved invaluable in not only providing the required formal legal advice, but providing advice and guidance around many issues associated with the development of this contract.’

Key clients

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

LET NE

Rutherford Diagnostics Limited

NHS Resolution

NHS England

NHS Business Services Authority

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS)

NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit (AGEM)

Liverpool Heart & Chest NHS Foundation Trust

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Doncaster CCG

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Bradford District & Craven CCG

Care UK Limited

Push Dr Limited

Liverpool University NHS Foundation Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

MerseyCare NHS Foundation Trust

St Helens CCG

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Public sector > Health Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP's team is 'highly responsive at any time of day and frequently with little notice'. It handles a wide ambit of matters for clients in the healthcare sector, including those relating to mental health, governance, procurement and property transactions, as well as support in inquiries and investigations. Andrew Craggs (who works across the Liverpool, Manchester and London offices) is the overall head of the department. Joanna Trewin leads the Manchester health advisory group. Emma Stockwell, Sharon Thomas, Amanda Hurst and Michael Wright lead the governance and regulatory, mental health, NHS real estate and health employment sub-teams respectively. Legal director Paul Allerston advises on administrative and public law challenges to NHS commission decision making.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Craggs; Joanna Trewin; Emma Stockwell; Sharon Thomas; Amanda Hurst; Michael Wright

Other key lawyers:

Paul Allerston

Testimonials

Advice is provided in an empathetic and practical way, which helps clinicians to understand the legal position and the actions required.’

‘The partners Sharon and Andrew are approachable and able to communicate complex legal arguments in terms that we understand to inform our decisions. In fact the whole team are very receptive and personable.’

‘Agility and flexibility in their ability to support us. They are responsive, respectful, thorough and give us assurance.’

‘The advice provided by the team is robust and provides clear direction in relation to managing risks. The responsiveness is again outstanding whether this be out of hours or at short notice they are always available to help and advise.’

‘The service provided is exceptional, highly responsive at any time of day and frequently with little notice. I value the advice and loyalty that I receive form Hill Dickinson and to me they feel like colleagues working for the same organisation. I have built up trust and confidence and feel that no matter how minor or significant the advice I am looking for is I am treated with respect.’

‘Knowledgeable, friendly and responsive.’

‘Joanna Trewin – experienced and approachable. Emma Stockwell – practical and friendly. Andrew Craggs – hardworking and responsive.’

Key clients

Care Quality Commission

Abtrace

Spectrum Community Health CIC

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Business Services Authority

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Manchester CCG

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Shrewsbury & Telford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group

Northern Care Alliance

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s 3-partner practice advises on tax planning, the creation and administration of trusts, succession arrangements, and Court of Protection issues. Practice head Fionnuala Kenny has over 25 years’ experience in this area, with a particular focus on advising business owners on passing down their companies and assets to the next generation in a tax-efficient manner. Paul Baker and Susan Sherry are also highly experienced; Baker frequently advises non-UK domiciled clients and clients with overseas assets on capital tax planning, while Sherry handles Court of Protection work, in addition to estate planning.

Practice head(s):

Fionnuala Kenny

Other key lawyers:

Paul Baker; Susan Sherry; Barry McDonagh

Testimonials

‘The practice is well-established and consistent in its approach to clients which is helpful and considerate.’

‘The preeminent partner is Paul Baker. His technical knowledge of income tax, inheritance tax and capital gains tax is precise and detailed. His understanding of Trust law is extensive and informed by sound judgement. He is a consummate professional.’

‘A very knowledgeable and friendly team – always happy to help. Their clients are all treated kindly and with respect. They offer an ongoing service to clients which is quite unusual and ensures that clients feel part of a family unit and well looked after.’

‘They will bend over backwards to give clients excellent service. I find Susan Sherry and Barry McDonagh particularly helpful.’

‘Technical competency. Understanding the needs of the client. Rapid response time.’

‘Fionnuala Kenny provides technical competency, understanding the needs of the client, and rapid response time.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Drawing on a strong team of experienced lawyers, Hill Dickinson LLP acts for clients in a wide variety of complex property disputes. Practice head Kevin Lee is known for his expertise in rights of light, as well as mines and minerals claims, while Ralph Bullivant has experience of acting for retail tenants in cases involving contested lease renewals. Also recommended are legal directors Phil Parker (who is described as ‘practical, knowledgeable and responsive’) and Helen Evans, who is experienced in trespass cases and protester actions in the oil and gas industry.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lee

Other key lawyers:

Ralph Bullivant; Phil Parker; Helen Evans

Testimonials

‘Phil Parker – practical, knowledgeable and responsive. Keen to get the best outcome for his client.’

Key clients

UKOG Plc

London Southend Airport

First Transpennine Express Limited

Title Insurer

First Group Plc

Transport for Greater Manchester Executive

North West > Transport Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s cargo and logistics team advises marine insurers and intermediaries, domestic and global logistics operators, and corporate and institutional clients. The team offers a full range of dispute resolution and risk and crisis management services. Practice head Adrian Marsh is noted for his experience in marine insurance, logistics and international trade. Caroline Bridge has specialist expertise in drafting and advising on agreements for the logistics industry. Richard Allingham specialises in litigation arising from the international and domestic carriage of goods by road, sea, air and rail.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Bridge; Richard Allingham

Testimonials

‘The logistics and transport team at Hill Dickinson combines full expertise and deep industry knowledge with practical and straightforward advice, which is really essential for us as a client.’

‘Adrian Marsh is extremely friendly and knows how to provide legal advice in a manner that is easy for the business (which is unfamiliar with legal technicalities) to understand. As a client, I feel that he provides very detailed and complete legal advice without making it too complicated.’

‘The team has the capability to promptly address any kind of shipping matter focusing on the practical aspects of any issue to provide the clients with pragmatic solutions.’

‘Always approachable, very friendly and always happy to provide support. Excellent at providing training when needed on complex issues. Caroline Bridge is my go-to person she is an absolute star. Also deal with Adrian Marsh, who is excellent to deal with too.’

I have worked particularly closely with Richard Allingham and know him to be a lawyer of the highest calibre.’

‘They are always happy and willing to assist. They always have time for their customers and have great knowledge of their subject.’

Key clients

RSA

WE Cox Claims Group/WE Cox Recoveries Ltd

PCL Claims Ltd

CNA Hardy

AXA XL

Aviva

TMK

NMU (Specialty) Ltd

Agility Logistics

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Zurich Insurance

DSV

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

With a presence in both Manchester and Liverpool, Hill Dickinson LLP’s team acts for a broad array of clients and has been appointed to a significant number of bank panels. At the helm of the banking and finance group is Liverpool-based Richard Capper, who draws on two decades of experience and specialises in banking transactions. The Manchester team is co-led by Chris Johnston, who is an expert in real estate finance, and Alasdair Mackinnon, who works with mainstream as well as secondary and alternative lenders and cooperates closely with the Manchester-based corporate team on transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Richard Capper; Chris Johnston; Alasdair Mackinnon

Other key lawyers:

Deepak Purushothaman; Helen Penfold

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank PLC

Nat West Group (including Coutts and Ulster Bank)

Lloyds Bank PLC

Johnsons Service Group PLC

Stobart Group PLC

Cynergy Bank Limited

LDC

Arbuthnot Latham & Co. Limited

Downing Group

Sinclair Pharma PLC

Allied Irish Banks PLC

Trafford Borough Council

Santander UK PLC

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP's finance disputes team is highlighted by one client as 'one of the best in the industry, in particular for asset-based lending litigation'. Practice head Sharon Williamson and senior associate John Quicler are experienced in asset-based lending disputes, while Iain Campbell is strong for consumer credit agreement regulated matters and interchange fee disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Williamson

Other key lawyers:

John Quicler; Iain Campbell

Testimonials

‘This practice is one of the best in the industry and in particular for asset-based lending litigation and law. There is a vast amount of experience within the team and the top lawyers will always put the bank first. Nothing is too trivial for the partner to get involved in with value-added advice and expertise as part of the service and usually at no extra cost. They have an extremely commercial mindset and are empathetic with our customers as we are.’

‘Sharon Williamson and John Quicler are both very intelligent yet relaxed individuals and crucial legal partners to our team. I know that when speaking to them, they will happily cut through the jargon and speak in laymen’s terms when required. They are also happy to introduce us to colleagues that can deal with other legal aspects when required.’

‘Sharon Williamson – a vast amount of ABL expertise and capability, always adding value to the way we deal with litigation. Excellent mediator and commercial mindset.’

John Quicler- has gained an immense amount of experience in this field over several years and is empathetic whilst giving the best value a practice could give.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Bibby Factors Limited

Bibby Factors Scotland Limited

Metro Bank t/as SME Invoice Finance

Hyde Park Finance Limited

Bibby Invoice Discounting Limited

Hitachi Capital (UK) Limited

Bibby Commercial Finance Limited

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s commercial litigation practice has a broad disputes offering and particular experience in contractual and shareholder disputes, procurement litigation and misuse of confidential information claims. Christopher Tyrrell – who offers ‘pragmatic legal advice, which has real commercial applications‘ – leads the team alongside Fiona Parry in Liverpool. Iain Campbell is popular among higher education sector clients and is increasingly building a reputation for handling competition disputes, while legal director and professional support lawyer Moya Clifford counts breach of contract and negligence disputes among her areas of expertise. For reputation management, defamation and IP disputes, recently promoted legal director Andrew Little is noted.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Tyrrell; Fiona Parry

Other key lawyers:

Iain Campbell; Moya Clifford; Andrew Little; Laura Scott

Testimonials

‘The team really went above and beyond what I have experienced before to deliver a great service in difficult circumstances. The team is one of the leading teams in the UK and yet their fees are extremely competitive.’

‘Hill Dickinson offer a full client service with good use of resources for complex cases and some commercially astute personnel in high profile cases.’

‘HD has an excellent team. The key differentiators for us were response time and sound commercial guidance, which is so fundamental in securing the right outcome, and balancing the risks/costs associated with different courses of action.’

‘Chris Tyrrell and Laura Scott are readily available to deal with issues arising out of litigation and are very efficient in the preparation of contested hearings.’

‘Of note is Partner Chris Tyrrell. His dedication to the case was clear and very much appreciated. He is a leader in his field. He provides pragmatic legal advice, which has real commercial application. He is definitely my go-to person in any litigation. He leads by example and has a great team working to the same high standards. He is always mindful of the legal costs, which is welcome change.’

‘Chris Tyrrell who now heads up the commercial team in Manchester is very astute with a good brain and switched on to giving strong commercial advice and getting to grips with multi-faceted cases. Andrew Little and Alex Smith are also very strong on taking a commercial approach and a good work ethic.’

‘Hill Dickinson has a very efficient litigation team representing claims against NHS bodies, particularly in the field of public procurement.’

Key clients

Medicines Discovery Catapult Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

Iggesund Paperboard (Workington) Limited & Trustees of the Iggesund (UK) Pension Scheme

H.J. Enthoven Limited/the Trustees of the H.J. Enthoven Pension Scheme

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

Hyde Park Finance Limited

NSS Cleaning Limited

University of Salford

NHS England

Real estate > Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 2

National firm Hill Dickinson LLP's roots are in Liverpool, and the firm stands out for its dedicated healthcare property practice, led by Amanda Hurst, which has of late been busy supporting the NHS and other healthcare providers with Covid-19 counter-measures. The real estate team also covers high-volume matters in the retail, transport and utilities sectors and acts for local authorities on high-profile development schemes. Alex McCann heads up the Liverpool practice, with key expertise in property development and investment property. David Swaffield is active for international logistics and property development clients.

Practice head(s):

Jim Purves; Alex McCann

Other key lawyers:

David Swaffield; Amanda Hurst; Claire Cosgrove

Testimonials

‘By using the commercial property team at Hill Dickinson we were able to complete a complex transaction within a tight timescale. Claire Cosgrove, the worked with a team of solicitors, producing reports for each element of the transaction which were clear and concise. ’

‘Claire Cosgrove is able to unravel complex legal issues and provide clear and concise commercial advice.’

 

Key clients

Co-operative Group

Peel Group

Liverpool City Council

Kuehne + Nagel

First Group

National Express Group

Iceland Foods

Morbaine

Mason Partners

Legacie Developments

Brickland

Cammell Laird Shipbuilders

United Utilities

Electricity North West

Greenwich Leisure

Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Health Education England

North West Ambulance NHS Trust

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP combines a strong M&A offering with a well-established commercial team, with notable capabilities within the IT and telecoms sectors. The corporate practice stands out for its national mid-market private equity connections, advising several major funds on buy-side transactions. Ian Gillis heads up the corporate team and has expertise across the firm’s corporate offering, including capital markets work, takeovers, M&A, and corporate governance. Mark Fitzgibbon leads the commercial practice, with a number of public and private sector clients, handling procurement contracts and infrastructure issues. Tracey Sheehan specialises in telecoms work, both commercial and transactional, while David Mkhitarian has an active private equity practice.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gillis; Mark Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:

David Mkhitarian; Tracey Sheehan

Testimonials

‘The team is highly skilled, particularly in procurement matters. It is more than capable of matching the service you would expect from a London city firm, but without quite the same layers of cost.’

‘Mark Fitzgibbon. He is an excellent solicitor and is highly knowledgeable in all things procurement. Mark is pro-active and can take a commercial approach when required to overcoming legal challenges to best meet client needs.’

‘Hill Dickinson LLP have been our Corporate and Commercial Advisors for a number of years and have a very clear understanding of our needs. When a privately owned company such as ours acquires another company, typically the other company is also a private family business. Many firms will simply follow the typical belt and braces approach to all matters, Hill Dickinson consider the commercial aspect and the impact of each clause not only for the acquirer, but also the family that are selling their business.’

‘We have found Hill Dickinson to be very reliable in terms of legal advice. Their initial quotations for legal work have been very accurate and they have been very focused of staying within agreed costs. We have found them to be very responsive to requests for information or quick to turnaround amendments to legal documents, some of which has been necessary out of normal Office hours.’

Key clients

Tyrrell Systems Limited

Neogen Europe Limited

Elcometer Limited

IQ Glass Solutions Limited

Five Wealth Limited

Neuven Solutions Limited

Location One Limited

Brad-Chem Limited

LDC

Sandcastle Care

Cawood Scientific

Hakim Group

GDM Group

Keysource

Rochdale Borough Council

Stobart Air Unlimited Company

Sykes Cottages

NHS Business Services Authority

Master Distributor Limited

Broadway Partners Limited

ITS Technology Group Limited

Aryza Ireland Limited

Medicines Discovery Catapult Limited

Public sector > Education Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP has a strong presence in the education sector in the North West and it is also a go-to for clients located further afield nationally. The firm provides a wide range of services to schools in both the maintained and non-maintained (independent and academy) sectors, as well as further education colleges and universities. Its wide-ranging workload includes advice on academy school conversions, HR employment issues, admissions appeals and exclusions, as well as governance issues. Luke Green, Iain Campbell , Alan Pugh and Kerstie Skeaping are among the names to note, as is senior associate Charlotte Hart.

Practice head(s):

Luke Green; Iain Campbell; Alan Pugh; Kerstie Skeaping

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Hart; Joe Orme

Testimonials

Well structured team who have both key identifiable strengths, but also have good all-round knowledge and can signpost to other colleagues for best responses when required.’

Luke Green is the main ‘go to’ for any issue and is knowledgeable, a critical sounding board when required, as well as providing a calm, professional source of advice, guidance and support that has helped our organisation get through the good and bad times of late. Other team members, like Joe Orme and Charlotte Hart, provide project specific guidance and support that has meant our conversions, re-brokerages and governance change projects have always been smooth and delivered on time.’

Key clients

Star Academies

Endeavour Learning trust

The Bay Learning Trust

The Heath Family (North West)

Wade Deacon Trust

Feversham Education Trust

Frank Field Education Trust

University of Salford

University of Liverpool

Private client > Family Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP is adept at advising high-profile clients on family law matters, from pre- and post-nuptial agreements to disputes around children and financial remedy following divorce. The team’s work includes acting for clients with complex assets, such as trusts, pensions and family-owned businesses. The practice also handles matters involving cross-border aspects, with the external relocation of children a particular area of focus. Director Joanne Raisbeck is praised by clients as ‘astute and precise’; senior chartered legal executive Sarah McCarthy is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Raisbeck

Other key lawyers:

Sarah McCarthy

Testimonials

‘Sarah McCarthy – I can give no greater accolade than to send my close friends to her. She is sensible and pragmatic yet determined and knows when to fight. She is very personable and clients love her. Joanne Raisbeck – vast experience in dealing with high net worth cases. She is astute and precise and knows the law inside out.’

‘Joanne Raisbeck is a first class solicitor in matrimonial financial remedy and matrimonial/prenuptial agreement work. Primary choice of solicitor in such work for high profile/high worth clients. Extremely able solicitor with a good judgment and willingness to give her clients a frank and accurate assessment of their prospects of success. Extremely good client bedside manner which reassures even the most anxious individual. Impressive with more dominant clients. The No. 1 solicitor for any form of matrimonial/pre-nuptial agreement drafting.’

‘Joanne Raisbeck and her team have been exceptional in my case. Throughout these difficult times of not only Covid but personally for my divorce, I doubt I would receive a better service, and this is only confirmed by me by having to deal with my ex-husbands law firm who seem not to be on the same level at all.’

‘I found Hill Dickinson an excellent firm to work with on a very personal issue. All aspects of the service were to a high standard. ’

‘I have found at all times that I am being given the care and attention needed when going though the trauma of divorce. Simply put, its not all about money. Hill Dickinson are a caring team that always put you first and try to take the pain away from the cold legality of divorce, looking for answers instead of confrontation.’

‘Joanne Raisbeck has been my lawyer from the start of my divorce and I could not have hoped for a more understanding solid individual who one, understands family and its sensitivity and importance, and two understands law. Joanne has at every step of the way tried to find an amicable solution to the drama of divorce whilst at the same time she has acted professionally in protecting me. I have felt safe and informed at every stage of the proceedings. My wife’s lawyer has been brutal and at every step confrontational and Joanne has been nothing more than professional dealing with all my irritations and leaving me feeling calm. Simply a great lawyer/solicitor.’

‘We went to a different solicitor about our matter which was us wishing to apply for parental responsibility etc for our grandson. They told us that we had no rights and were being unreasonable. Thank heavens that Sarah McCarthy was recommended to us by a friend. She has just been perfect. She has advised us to do the right things at the right times and has supported us throughout the whole process. Billing has been prompt and we have been satisfied with the costs. I do not know about operational processes for firms but can say that we are 100% happy with the service that we have received. ’

‘I have found Sarah McCarthy to be in valuable within my divorce settlement. She had listened to my needs and worries and has guided me with professionalism and true caring. She is a total asset to Hill Dickensian and I am truly grateful for her support. ’

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s broad practice advises clients in sectors including construction, healthcare, retail and marine. In addition to advising on investigations by the HSE, CQC, MCA and local authorities, the team also provides assistance to clients on preparing for inquests and prosecution. On the non-contentious side, in 2020 the team was active in helping clients adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. Practice head Philip Moy has a background in criminal law and has successfully acted for a number of clients facing charges of corporate manslaughter and negligence. Stephen Barnfield is noted for his work on healthcare-related matters, while senior associate Aoife Ryan has a varied practice and previously worked as a lead prosecutor for a local authority.

Practice head(s):

Philip Moy

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Barnfield; Aoife Ryan

Testimonials

‘Hill Dickinson have a variety of very talented and experienced individuals who, drawing on their diverse skill sets, work harmoniously together to ensure best possible outcomes for clients.’

‘Stephen Barnfield is exceptionally bright and prepared to think outside the box. He combines these qualities with excellent legal knowledge and is tactically astute. A very fine lawyer. Phil Moy is vastly experienced in a wide variety of areas, he is an excellent communicator with the ability to put clients at ease. Phil is always to see different angle in the case which give him the advantage over many of his competitors. Aoife Ryan is hard working and methodical in her preparation, Aoife has sound judgment and first rate legal knowledge.’

‘A small, but focused team. Excellent legal, tactical and communication skills. Great with clients. Very approachable and great as part of a team.’

‘Phil Moy is calm and a great communicator. Wonderful with clients and a tremendous person/ personality to work with as part of a team. Common sense to the fore, with good legal skills, means he is an invaluable part of any team (especially in the big and more complex cases). Stephen Barnfield is an astute lawyer and has a wonderful eye for detail. Great at picking out and analysing issues in a case.’

‘Philip Moy and Stephen Barnfield are both very good communicators and able to reassure clients’

‘The team consists of individuals who bring considerable experience gained in different regulatory areas and sectors, for instance in local authority work, including prosecuting, which provides real advantages when devising case strategies.’

‘I have worked closely with Aoife Ryan over the last 2 years. She is highly competent, evidently very experienced with a good feel for her cases. She handled the client exceptionally and brought real value to the case. She has excellent judgment and a reassuring manner.’

‘Exceptionally capable and fast responding Health & Safety team. The team has a national reputation for its defence work particularly in the expanding area of CQC prosecutions. The team has a good gender mix.’

Employment > Pensions Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP provides comprehensive advice to the trustees and sponsors of pension schemes, assisting on buy-ins and buy-outs, changes to Trust Deeds and Rules, and the winding-up of schemes.  The practice has recently been engaged in advising clients facing liquidity issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, aiding them in restructuring their schemes. Barry Gibb leads the practice, handling advisory work as well as transactions. Paula Warnock is also a key contact and is valued by clients for her ‘extensive legal knowledge’.

Practice head(s):

Barry Gibb

Other key lawyers:

Paula Warnock

Testimonials

‘I use this practice for pensions advisory services. The quality of advice is excellent.’

‘Barry Gibb – first class advice and client engagement.’

‘A friendly, professional team who have extensive knowledge and experience and use this to give responsive, pragmatic and practical advice.’

‘Paula Warnock is a pleasure to work with – always quick to understand the issue and providing practical advice based on extensive legal knowledge.’

‘Reliable. Depth in the team. Breadth of service/sectors.’

‘Very accessible. Excellent briefings. Consistent approach.’

Key clients

Vynova Runcorn Limited

Swissport Group

Trustees of the A&P Group Pension Scheme

Keysight Technologies UK Limited

Trustees of the Chapelthorpe plc Pension Fund

Trustees of Seddon Group 1972 Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Greenwood & Coope Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Brandsby Agricultural Trading Association Employees’ Superannuation Scheme

William Jackson Trustees Limited

Trustees of the H J Enthoven Limited Pension Scheme and H J Enthoven Limited

Iggesund Paperboard (Workington) Limited and the Trustees of the Iggesund (UK) Pension Scheme

Port of Milford Haven

Trustees of the Erasteel (UK) Limited (1989) Pension and Assurance Scheme

Trustees of the PJKI Pension Scheme

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

Greystone Financial Services Limited

Trustees of the Grant Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Rickerby Limited Staff Pension and Assurance Scheme

Trustees of Hughes TV and Audio Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Parkwood Hold

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP draws on its expertise in commercial, IP and employment law to advise charitable and not-for-profit clients throughout the North West. In 2020, the team aided a number of clients in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, advising on reorganisations, commercial transactions and liaising with the Charities Commission. Key partners in the Manchester office are commercial, IP and TMT partner Mark Fitzgibbon and employment specialist Jeff Middleton; in Liverpool, private client partner Fionnuala Kenny is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fitzgibbon; Jeff Middleton; Fionnuala Kenny; Luke Green

Key clients

Big Life Group (incorporating Big Issue in the North Trust, Self Help Services & Big Life Centres & the Big Life Schools incorporating Longsight Community Primary and Unity Community Primary.)

Delta Philanthropies

Parkwood Holdings Limited (including Parkwood Community Leisure Limited and Legacy Leisure Limited)

The People’s Trust (Greece)

Open Hands Open Heavens

Manchester Literature Festival

Amnesty (UK) Group

Nacro

Greenwich Leisure Limited

Creative Sector Services CIC (Creative United)

Medicines Discovery Catapult Limited

Star Academies

Raise Limited

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

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

With a client portfolio spanning multiple sectors including property investment, retail and logistics, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP, headed by experienced practitioner Jim Purves is praised for ‘regularly going the extra mile‘. Seasoned commercial property expert Michael Blakey has more than 35 years of experience of advising clients on commercial property investment, whilst investment and portfolio specialist Darren Hamer‘s diverse expertise sees him work a variety of corporate and local authority clients.

Practice head(s):

Jim Purves

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Dover; Michael Blakey; Darren Hamer; Chris Johnston; Robin Sharp

Testimonials

‘I’ve dealt with Hill Dickinson for the last three years and they have been very good and can be relied on to deliver.’

‘Approachable, knowledgeable. Most importantly, provides clear, defined guidance.’

‘The team have a focus on getting the job done, as quickly and efficiently as possible, regularly going the extra mile. Collaboration is the word and not just internally but externally as well.’

‘We have worked with Chris Johnston for 15 years and nothing is too much trouble for him – he is always eager to help and is a ‘solutioniser’ if issues occur. The go-to solicitor for many in the industry given his approach, attention to detail and hard work. A true asset to Hill Dickinson.’

‘They care about their clients and want to make sure that they achieve the desired outcome. ’

‘Jim Purves – very knowledgeable and very practical. Jim looks for solutions and seeks the best possible outcome.’

‘Robin Sharp’s work ethic combined with his in-depth technical knowledge make a real asset to the smooth running of our business.’

Key clients

Co-operative Group

Cynergy Bank

DHL

Genus plc

Gordon Moon Properties

Lloyds Banking Group

Lookers Motor Group

M20 Property Group

Oddfellows Friendly Society

Peel Group

Royal Sanders (UK) Limited

Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

Trafford Borough Council

UPS

Williams Lea Tag

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Offering client service that is ‘second to none’, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP stands out for its complex international work and its assistance of clients that are involved in major regeneration projects, such as the Liverpool Waters scheme. Alan Pugh heads the team; he is noted for his expertise in managing contractual risks and advising on strategy. David Chinn, who draws on around 30 years’ experience in contentious and non-contentious construction matters, is also a key member of the team, as is David Oram, who is involved in a broad range of matters, including complex cross-jurisdictional disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alan Pugh

Other key lawyers:

David Oram; David Chinn; Tricia Morrison; Michael Woolley; Phil Gazzola

Testimonials

‘The team are well directed and managed and have a good understanding of us and our business. The team have a good balance of experience and technical engineering knowledge and are able to offer a range of strategies and tactics which are cost effective and cost/time risk based.’

‘They have a customer and solution focus and are flexible in terms of timing and approach to problems. They are happy to challenge us, they provide a balanced view to enable a sensible conversation and are happy to offer cost-effective options.’

‘We have found the service to be second to none. The team have advanced technology. Their fees are very competitive and we found their service and communication skills to be far superior to firms we have previously instructed.’

‘Michael Woolley has sole responsibility for our work and we have found his abilities exceptional. He has incredible intellectual capacity and has an incredible eye for detail. He is always available and always prepared to go the extra mile. His fees are competitive and he always gets the outcome that is required. I would be very reluctant to use another solicitor and his knowledge of the law is exceptional.’

‘The individuals I have worked with have demonstrated an excellent understanding of contractual commercial matters, but just as importantly have demonstrated and applied a practical approach. It is very good to work with people who can convey requirements to non-legal clients.’

Key clients

Bilfinger

Liverpool City Council

Peel L&P Property

Legacie Developments

Geomet S.R.O.

Ion Projects

Gericke Ltd (part of Gericke Group)

FI Facilities Management Limited

First Group Plc

Vascroft Contractors Limited

Area Sq Limited

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP’s restructuring practice has been active in advising on large administrations related to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The team has expertise in contentious and non-contentious insolvency, corporate recovery and restructuring work, with clients including international and regional accounting firms, corporates and debt advisers. Practice head Paul Spence leads on international and high-value distressed real estate matters. Ahead of Gavin Jones’ departure for JMW Solicitors LLP in December 2020, the team was strengthened with the recruitment of experienced practitioner Will Jones from Knights plc in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Paul Spence

Other key lawyers:

Will Jones

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Will Jones for over 10 years. I can rely on his advice being technically excellent as well as being commercially astute.’

‘Hill Dickinson LLP is a large, multi-disciplinary law firm but with the ability to nurture and retain relationships at a granular level. They are accessible and visible at partner/director level without a large practice billing mentality.’

‘Paul Spence and his team have a genuine “can do” attitude. They provide sensible and proactive advice. I have worked with them for years and they never let me down.’

‘They have a good commercial approach and more importantly create innovative solutions rather than problems. Good proactive advice is always given.’

‘Very approachable and deal with all members of our team irrespective of seniority on the same basis. Good understanding of the law and able to give immediate advice.’

‘The Insolvency and Corporate Recovery team are thorough, technically proficient and carry out their work worth pragmatism. I feel comfortable passing contentious and non-contentious work to the team, as I know it will be treated with commerciality and great attention to detail. I’d thoroughly recommend working with the Insolvency and Corporate Recovery team.’

‘Will Jones is particularly bright, thorough and a step ahead of the opposition when dealing with tricky, commercial situations. He’s approachable and puts my more junior team members at ease when we’re faced with difficult cases. He has fantastic knowledge of the insolvency market and can make connections, pulling together relevant specialisms to assist with ease.’

‘As well as being technically strong, Paul also brings a strong practical and commercial awareness to his advice.’

Key clients

FRP Advisory

RSM

Duff & Phelps

Grant Thornton

Begbies Traynor

Leonard Curtis

Mazars

Cowgills

Dow Schofield Watts

Campbell Crossley & Davis

Marshall Peters

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

Focused on the telecoms sector, Hill Dickinson LLP advises national and international public sector bodies and broadband companies on digital infrastructure issues, including regulatory compliance and commercial agreements, financing, and large-scale projects. Mark Fitzgibbon is head of commercial, TMT and IP.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fitzgibbon

Key clients

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

Government of St Helena

The Welsh Government

Broadway Partners Limited/Monmouthshire Broadband Limited

Cardiff Capital Region (CCR)

Cybermoor Services Limited

Cardiff City Council

Public sector > Local government Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP has a well-established presence in the local government sector, with it being able to draw upon the expertise of practitioners from multiple disciplines, including public procurement, construction, banking, employment and planning. It stands out for its involvement in large regeneration projects and is also a major player in telecoms sector projects. Mark Fitzgibbon, who advises on procurement regulations relating to complex regeneration projects, jointly leads the team with Tracey Sheehan, who has extensive telecoms experience.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fitzgibbon; Tracey Sheehan

Key clients

Liverpool City Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Trafford Borough Council

Pendle Borough Council

Oldham Borough Council

Broadway Partners Limited / Monmouthshire Broadband Limited

The Welsh Government

Cardiff Capital Region (CCR)

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 3

The practice at Hill Dickinson LLP is led by experienced practitioner Grant Anderson, 'a very effective litigator who displays excellent judgement’. The practice advises a client portfolio that includes various developers, occupiers and funders on a range of planning matters, including contentious issues, and environmental questions.

Practice head(s):

Grant Anderson

Testimonials

‘Grant Anderson is a very effective litigator, who displays excellent judgement and has a calm and measured approach to solving problems. He was quick to respond to queries.’

‘The practice has exceptional experience in planning law. They are also very well connected to QCs and barristers who are again very experienced.’

‘My main contact in the practice is Grant Anderson. He works efficiently, diligently and in a timely manner. He is always conscious of client requirements, deadlines and priorities.’

Key clients

UK Oil & Gas PLC

JCB

Muller Property Group

FI Real Estate

The Co-operative Group

Iceland Foods Limited

DHL

Lancashire Cricket Club

NHS Trusts

FP McCann Limited

Mersey Aggregates Ltd

ABR Holdings

Ibstock PLC

MLN (Land and Properties) Ltd

Opto Group

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP works with regional and national sports clients, including clubs and governing bodies, focusing on commercial contracts, disputes and litigation, reputation management, and brand protection. The firm advises several major clients on a retainer basis. Paul Walsh leads the team, specialising in commercial litigation concerning issues such as funding and contractual disputes, privacy issues, and selection disputes between players and clubs. Associate Jon Scally is an emerging sports specialist within the department.

Practice head(s):

Paul Walsh

Other key lawyers:

Jon Scally

Key clients

Tranmere Rovers FC

Total Swimming

Ideas + Cars Limited

Lancashire CountyvCricket Club

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s health litigation group handles numerous claims for NHS Resolution and the Medical Protection Society. The practice also represents private healthcare providers, including in claims arising from inquests within the prison service and walk-in centres. Department head Andrew Craggs has extensive experience in stress, bullying and sexual assault claims involving the NHS. David Locke is noted for his specialism in non-delegable duty of care arguments and NHS commissioning claims; he works alongside senior associate Claire Christopholus in the management of major group actions. Liverpool-based Joanne Hughes has significant experience in GP and dental claims.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Craggs

Other key lawyers:

David Locke; Joanne Hughes; Claire Christopholus; Phil Bradbury; Jonathan Heap

Testimonials

‘One of a relative few firms which does work for both the NHS and for an individual defence organisation (the Medical Protection Society). In my opinion this gives then a particular advantage in knowing and understanding how the different elements of healthcare knit together and the pressures and responsibilities facing those working in healthcare.’

‘Andrew Craggs is an energetic and innovative leader. He always has his ear to the ground and is up to speed in a developing market.’

‘Jonathan Heap is a charismatic and confident litigator who is prepared to challenge assumptions.’

‘Phil Bradbury is strong on detail but retains perspective and judgement.’

‘David Locke is vastly experienced, calm and efficient.’

‘David Locke is very experienced, with an impressive ability to think strategically about difficult cases, as well as being a great team leader.’

‘Claire Christopholus is very impressive all round; she has a great forensic eye for detail, manages cases through the various stages of litigation with skill and efficiency, and has an excellent rapport with clients.

‘David Locke and Philip Bradbury both have a deep legal understanding of medico-legal issues.’

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 Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant

Working from Leeds and Liverpool, the health litigation team at Hill Dickinson LLP is led by Joanne Hughes and Andrew Craggs. Acting for a range of clients in the public and private sectors, the NHS Resolution panel firm counts the Medical Protection Society within its client portfolio. In particular, it handles healthcare, dental and pharmacological claims brought against both trusts and individual practitioners (including GPs, dentists, and surgeons). Leeds associates Amy Lewis-Clark and Emily Bond are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Hughes; Andrew Craggs

Other key lawyers:

Amy Lewis-Clark; Emily Bond

Testimonials

‘The team benefits from a number of extremely tenacious individuals at partner and associate level who are determined to achieve the best outcome for the client.’

‘Joanne Hughes is a strong and decisive litigator who always makes a positive impression on clients.

‘The firm just has great lawyers all round, providing an excellent, practical and pragmatic service, particularly for NHS work.’

‘Fantastic firm – great lawyers who provide consistent superb pragmatic advice.’

‘Joanne Hughes has significant experience and has developed an excellent team. She blends charisma and steel in her approach and does not back down.’

‘Amy Lewis-Clarke – excellent knowledge and on top of every case she is involved in.’

‘Joanne Hughes is excellent. She is on the ball and her instinct on all cases is spot on.’

‘Joanne Hughes is technically brilliant and a clear leader in her field. Head and shoulders above the rest. Highly commercial and very savvy.’

Key clients

Medical Protection Society

NHS Resolution

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.

For further information about the firm, please visit hilldickinson.com or follow the firm on twitter: www.twitter.com/hilldickinson.

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

Market leader in the North West, Hill Dickinson also has an office in London, as well as an ‘international presence’. The firm has ‘strong ties with the marine sector’ and also specialises in ‘health-based matters’. ‘High-calibre commercial work’ is on offer and trainees are ‘encouraged to take early responsibility and make a real difference’. The best thing about Hill Dickinson is its people; ‘everyone I have met, from the CEO to the training principal to my supervisor have been very approachable and willing to help’. Colleagues are ‘friendly and down to earth’ and ‘supervisors are very trusting’. Hill Dickinson is the deserving recipient of four Lex 100 Winner awards this year, having come up trumps for job satisfaction, quality of work, social life and work/life balance. Trainees are ‘happy to put in long hours where necessary, but there isn’t a 'jacket on the back of the chair' atmosphere at all’. There were some complaints about the Manchester office, which ‘isn’t as nice as comparable firms in the area, or the firm’s other UK offices for that matter’. There is also a perceived ‘lack of clarity around NQ jobs’. Recruits were proud of ‘assisting with a high-profile and complex case relating to ship arrest, counter-security and wrongful arrest damages’, ‘reviewing a large suite of construction documents and drafting a report to the client on the same’ and ‘attending a mediation in my health litigation seat’. ‘The initial transition from one business group to another when changing seats’, ‘not being able to meet colleagues face to face because of Covid’ and ‘experiencing long and difficult days when I had to undertake challenging tasks’ were much more stressful. For an ‘international firm with a local feel and culture’, consider Hill Dickinson.