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Hill Dickinson LLP

Commodities disputes Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP handles a vast array of commodities cases and, though it is best known as a prominent player in the soft commodities markets, the practice in London also has a strong caseload in the energy and metals sectors. In disputes involving grains, seeds, pulses, edible oils, fertilisers and cocoa, the firm is highly active both in the major trade association arbitral forums - The Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA), Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations (FOSFA) and The Federation of Cocoa Commerce (FCC) - and before the High Court. The firm has the premier sugar practice, thanks to the long track record of Jeff Isaacs, who is a long-standing adviser to, inter alia, the raw and refined sugar associations. Fred Konynenburg and Darren Wall are among the other key lawyers for sugar market disputes. Paul Taylor leads the firm’s oil trading practice and the firm also acts for clients in the fuels, coal and renewable energy sectors. The London team also handles LME arbitrations and High Court litigation relating to ferrous and non-ferrous metals, ores and concentrates. The arrival in 2019 of Paul Sinnott and Mark Aspinall from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP added extensive experience in high-value claims in the trading, financing and shipping markets.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Isaacs

Other key lawyers:

Key clients




MS Amlin / RaetsAmlin

Gerald Metals


Addax Energy


Tate & Lyle


Gunvor SA

Nibulon SA



The International Cotton Association

The Sugar Association of London

Alliance Grain Traders SA

Healthcare Tier 1

Hill Dickinson LLP continued to expand its healthcare capabilities with two lateral hires from HempsonsJamie Foster, who has 'breadth of industry experience' advising NHS organisations, private providers, and health and life sciences start-ups on commercial and public law matters, and James Lawford Davies, a 'top specialist' in healthtech and life sciences, specifically in reproductive and genetic technologies and cell and gene therapies. Key areas of expertise include commercial and procurement, commissioning, regulatory, governance, inquests and Court of Protection work. Kiran Bhogal and Emma Galland co-head the London healthcare group. Other recommended partners include Joanna Trewin in Manchester, Robert McGough in Leeds and Sharon Thomas in Liverpool.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Craggs


Widely respected in the market for public law, especially representing trusts in judicial review challenges

Exceptionally personable team that make you feel as though you are their most important client. They are extremely perceptive to your needs and although they have access to a wide range of expertise, they also have the confidence to advise you when they do not. Their ability to provide succinct, practical and cost-effective solutions to our problems is highly appreciated.’

Kiran Bhogal and Emma Galland both have a wealth of experience in inquests and other public law matters.’

Kiran Bhogal is highly responsive to our needs, quick to manage our expectations, and goes beyond and above what is expected to ensure that we are completely satisfied.’

Emma Galland is dynamic and provides impressive representation and solutions, often at short notice.’

Robert McGough consistently delivers cost-effective expert assistance and guides you through every step of complexity, inspiring confidence.’

Jamie Foster is approachable and skillfully translates complex situations into practical solutions.’

Key clients

Royal Free London Hospitals NHS FT

Kings College Hospital NHS FT

Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT

Royal Marsden Hospital NHS FT

Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP acts for a range of healthcare providers within the public and private sectors, with NHS Resolution standing out as its most prominent client. National head of Health Litigation Andrew Craggs splits his time between Liverpool and the capital, and is backed up by cerebral palsy and spinal injury specialist Janet McWhinney , who oversees the London department. Multi-million pound cerebral palsy cases as well as indemnity issues arising from a claim are common instructions for the team. The practice's expertise and increasing consideration of Alternative Dispute Resolution methods has also enabled a more cost-effective settlement of high-value and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Janet McWhinney; Andrew Craggs

Other key lawyers:

Alaw Owen; Lydia Shelton

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection

CNA Hardy

Care UK Clinical  Services Limited

Virgin Care UK

Vantage Insurance

Shipping Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP is 'highly recommended' for shipping work; the 'growing' team welcomed Beth Bradley from Clyde & Co LLP and has also made several hires internationally. The London team, which is supported by its international network of experts, handles a raft of wet and dry work and has recently been instructed on several high-profile casualty claims and dry shipping disputes. Its clients include ship owners, P&I Clubs, traders, salvors and insurers. It also has a strong cruise sector following. Global head of shipping Julian Clark led advice for The Lion Group on a dispute brought by Classic Maritime Inc, which examines issues regarding force majeure and exception clauses. Head of yachts Tony Allen focuses on yacht insurance disputes and transactions, while David Pitlarge is noted for his experience in dry shipping work and Adrian Marsh, who is based in Manchester, is head of cargo and logistics. Consultant Robert Wallis specialises in admiralty law.

Practice head(s):

Julian Clark; Adrian Marsh; Tony Allen; Jeff Isaacs

Other key lawyers:

David Pitlarge; Russell Gardner; Fred Konynenburg; Robert Wallis; Jeff Park; Lewis Moore; Phil Haddon; Ian MacLean; Siiri Duddington; Beth Bradley; Tom Burdass; Colin Lavelle; Alexander Bramwell; Rachel Hoyland; Winnie Mah; Chris Primikiris; Beatrice Cameli

Key clients

Skuld P&I Club

North of England P&I Association Limited

Gard A/S (P&I Club)

UK P&I Club (managed by Thomas Miller)

Britannia P&I Club

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

Swedish P&I Club

Norwegian Hull Club

The American P&I Club

The MECO Group (Michael Else & Co)

The Lion Group

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

ADM Intermare

BP Shipping

Trade finance Tier 2

Hill Dickinson LLP joins the ranking having hired a respected commodities and trade finance group from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2019. The team, which is built around respected partners Mark Aspinall and Paul Sinnott, brings extensive experience in trade finance transactions and disputes to a firm with a strong position in the commodities markets. The firm acts for banks and trading houses in high-value and complex structured transactions. Sinnott's work from 2018 included advising banks and traders on multiple trade finance deals up to $250m in value, and the production of bespoke commodity trade finance documentation for a leading Geneva bank. In 2018, Aspinall, while at his previous firm, won a $22m gasoline financing case against the owner of an oil trader, which resulted in the lifting of a High court freezing order.


“The advice is always clear and complete, even if it is a complicated matter, and they make bankers’ choices easy.”

“Some lawyers give you a lot of information and too many options, but not Paul Sinnott and Mark Aspinall. They answer our questions in a clear and helpful way.”

“Their advice is based on a deep knowledge of shipping, trading and banking, so we get useful advice on all of those areas through one contact.”

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

Hill Dickinson LLP advises public and private companies, both overseas or UK-domiciled, on a full range of corporate matters. The past few years have seen significant growth in the team, with the most recent hire being Jonathan Morris from Thrings LLP, who has experience acting for entrepreneurs and entrepreneur-backed businesses in the lower mid-market. Sector specialisms include transport, energy and natural resources, and healthcare. The firm also has experience in emerging markets, with practice head Michael Bennett a  key name to note for this.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Mark Walker; Michael Corcoran


Extremely skilled, responsive, thorough and with a good work ethic.’ 

‘Adaptable and work around the clock to service clients’ needs

Michael Corcoran is a trusted adviser whose capacity, communication, and commitment to excellence shine through

Michael Bennett provides sound, practical and commercial advice

Key clients

ADES Group

Liquid Telecommunications Ltd

Minds + Machines Group Limited

SalvaRx Group PLC

UK Oil & Gas PLC

The Montreux Healthcare Fund PLC

Reabold Resources PLC

Emmerson PLC

Clean Invest Africa PLC

Regency Casinos

Personal injury: defendant Tier 4

Hill Dickinson LLP fields a team of specialist personal injury lawyers that handle claims within the marine sector, involving crew and passenger accidents, fatalities, sexual assault and group actions. The practice is instructed on the majority of disease claims in the ports and marine sectors, and predominantly deals with multi-jurisdictional cases where questions on choice of law are raised. The team is led by John Caddies, whose expertise spans catastrophic injury cases, stress and asbestos claims. Tony McDonach is the key point of contact for industrial disease cases concerning noise-induced hearing loss, while Laura Wilson's caseload includes brain injury cases, amputations, abuse and suicide claims.

Practice head(s):

John Caddies

Other key lawyers:


‘Extensive knowledge in their respective areas, reliable and approachable and have a good understanding of our client needs.’

‘This is a longstanding professional relationship and, as such, this firm has a deep knowledge of our company’s business and history which enables them to provide a level of service that we would be unlikely to find elsewhere.’

‘The stand out quality of the personal injury team at Hill Dickinson is their sheer breadth of knowledge and expertise, coupled with their straightforward advice which makes them a go-to firm of lawyers.’

‘The comprehensive knowledge and the thorough analysis John Caddies provides on occupational illness claims is unrivalled.’

‘John is always extremely responsive and accessible and his advice is always thorough and clear. He has negotiated very effectively for us on settlements and always delivers the best possible result.’

‘Tony McDonach possesses a wealth of experience, specifically in the defence of noise-induced hearing loss claims, has a unique gift for setting out the weaknesses of a claimant’s case and the hurdles that they may face in pursuing their claim ensuring that many cases go no further.’

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Hutchison Ports

BP Shipping Limited



Royal Caribbean Cruises

P&O Ferries

Louis Hotels

UK P&I Club

West of England P&I Club


Maersk Shipping Company

Shipowners Mutual P&I Club


Gard P&I Club

Swedish Club

Steamship P&I Club

London P&I Club

Administrative and public law Tier 6

The public law offering at Hill Dickinson LLP has a particular focus on the healthcare and social care sectors, with a healthy list of NHS bodies and clinical commissioning groups comprising the bulk of the client roster. Advisory work regularly involves the implementation of policy initiatives and reorganisations, particularly NHS England’s flagship integrated care system legislative framework. Emma Stockwell advises on the commissioning of pharmaceutical services. Common contentious mandates include defending judicial review challenges, procurement challenges and advising on inquiries into breaches of duty.

Practice head(s):

Emma Stockwell; David Hill; Eleanor Tunnicliffe


Always goes the extra mile while providing a personal service

Esther Venning and Robert McGough take a flexible and pragmatic approach to developing and identifying solutions

Kiran Bhogal has an excellent combination of pragmatism and legal knowledge

The team always meets deadlines and gives prompt feedback in a way which is understandable without the jargon

Key clients

NHS England

Care Quality Commission

Health Education England

NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Free London Hospitals NHS Foundation Tust

Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Tust

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Tust

Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Tust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Tust

Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Tust

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Knowsley CCG

Fareham and Gosport CCG

Midlands and Lancashire CSU

Liverpool CCG

Manchester CCG

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Tust

Sport Tier 6

Hill Dickinson LLP's sports group are particularly well known for their commercial and regulatory disputes work for clients including football clubs, sportspeople and media agencies. The team's growing commercial sports arm spans sponsorship deals, supply agreements, hospitality agreements, IP and brand licensing. Consultant Louise Millington-Roberts specialises in advising governing bodies, clubs, event hosts, sponsors and athletes on global rights and brand management issues and has specific expertise in the area of ticketing. Partner Geraldine Ryan focuses predominantly on dispute resolution and reputation management for clients such as footballers.

Practice head(s):

Geraldine Ryan; Louise Millington-Roberts; Sue Russell

Key clients

Triple S Sports & Entertainment Group Limited

GB Taekwondo

Lancashire County Cricket Club Limited

The Dallaglio Foundation

Blackpool Rovers Football Club

Transport finance & leasing Tier 6

The 'small and close-knit team' at Hill Dickinson LLP has a 'wealth of shipping finance experience' and is thereby well placed to advise both lenders and borrowers across the gamut of shipping/offshore transactions, including the financing of newbuild vessels and sale and leaseback transactions. Panos Pourgourides has niche expertise for borrowers and lenders on the financing of superyachts.

Practice head(s):

Panos Pourgourides; Roderick Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Mark Walker; Malcolm Entwistle; Nafsika Connolly; Diana Szyiu


The very experienced and commercially orientated Roderick Palmer is incredibly easy to work with and always very approachable‘.

Key clients

Advanced Energy


Bank of America

BNP Paribas

JP Morgan

Chailease Finance

Close Brothers

Laskaridis Shipping Co. Limited / Lavinia Corp.


Oman Shipping Company



J Marr Seafoods

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)


Hill Dickinson LLP's cross-practice travel and leisure team handles a range of work in the sector including defendant personal injury work as well as crisis management, employment, commercial, corporate, brand protection, data protection, EU, regulatory, tax, asset management and finance mandates. With a broad base of clients, the team acts for industry bodies, cruise and ferry operators, tour operators, hotels, ports and terminals, destination management companies; it is instructed by an array of clients operating in the rail, aviation, port, terminals, road and shipping sectors. John Caddies, who is a personal injury and disease specialist, heads the travel and leisure team. Caddies led advice for Silverseas Cruises on the implementation of GDPR. Lucy Schofield has joined Miles Fanning Legal Services Limited.

Practice head(s):

John Caddies

Other key lawyers:

Javed Ali; Sarah Barnes

Key clients

Wexas Ltd

Silverseas Cruises

Louis Hotels Plc

Royal Air Maroc


Disney Cruise Lines

Carnival UK

Royal Caribbean Cruises

MS Amlin

Unipolsai Assicurazioni Spa

Celestyal Cruises

Cruise and Maritime Voyages

AIG Europe (Cyprus) Limited

P&O Cruises

Mundy Cruises

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

ST & H Limited

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Ltd

West of England P&I Insurance

UK P&I Club UK P&I Club

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Craggs; Ian Gardiner

Other key lawyers:

Richard Watson; David Locke; Mike McKenna; Philip Bradbury; Andrew Leslie; Jonathan Heap; Joanne Hughes; Claire Christopholus; Rachel Doherty


‘This is a team who have a highly specialised knowledge of clinical negligence and work very much in partnership with their clients and counsel. They are extremely knowledgeable, efficient, dedicated and approachable. Nothing is ever too much.’

‘An outstanding service in terms of case preparation, response time and tactical nous.’

‘This a very strong team which has developed over a period of years. Andrew Craggs provides dynamic and astute leadership; knowing how to engage with clients effectively .They understand how to appreciate the client’s perspective and the importance of extra value. The senior lawyers do a significant amount of file handling as well managing and mentoring younger team lawyers. There is good rapport within the teams and you sense the more junior members feel well supported.’

‘David Locke is, for me, probably the best NHS Trust defence lawyer there is. He knows exactly what info to secure from a Trust early on, organises the factual and expert evidence quickly and gets the case prepared in such a way that it is almost always possible to tell before proceedings are issued whether to fight or settle. If settling, negotiates hard for his client.’

‘Andrew Craggs is very effective in his role and there is an impressive array of experienced litigators.’

‘Phil Bradbury is tactically astute and achieves excellent results using meticulous preparation.’

‘Andrew Leslie communicates effectively with his opponents which makes them receptive to his position.’

‘Jon Heap is acquiring a reputation as a leading litigator. He is not afraid to fight on principle which makes him a formidable opponent.’

‘Ian Gardiner has a calm and focused approach which gives him excellent judgement in high value cases.’

‘Joanne Hughes has demonstrated a dynamic and robust approach. She is clearly a star in the making.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

CNA Hardy

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust

Northern Care Alliance

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Fiona Parry; Geraldine Ryan

Other key lawyers:


What makes this team unique is their cohesion’.

They operate extremely well as a unit and whilst they fight incredibly hard for their clients in what is normally very complex litigation, they are also approachable, personable and easy to work with’.

Paul Walsh is an exceptionally talented lawyer, he has a fantastic breadth of knowledge and experience, a keen intellect and an impressive ability to keep a cool head whilst working under immense pressure’.

Paul Twigg and Jon Scally are also highly recommended; both are very bright, hard-working and personable individuals who go the extra mile to get the right result for their clients’.

Key clients

Bourne Leisure

Stobart Group

Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited

Direct Accident Management Limited

FS Commercial Limited

Hazedrive Limited

Poundland Limited

Coffee Republic Retail Limited

Ged Lynch-Smith (Lloyds Autobody)

Cheshire East Borough Council

MJ Quinn

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Geraldine Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Tyrrell; Sharon Williamson; Andrew Little, Iain Campbell; Moya Clifford; Alex Smith; Emma Lewis; Kelly Heath


Fantastic at giving legal advice but with a commercial slant’.

Able to handle high value and complex litigation with a strong team who are efficient, disciplined and hard working while also understanding the client`s commercial interests’.

Offer sensible, pragmatic advice and are sensibly priced’.

Geraldine Ryan is particularly astute in understanding the legal and commercial issues of a case and can confidently lead her team in a disciplined approach to complex cases’.

Christopher Tyrrell is very pragmatic and offers original thought to the litigation process’.

Alex Smith and Andrew Little are very good team players and offer good advice and have significant input into developing arguments as well as working diligently and efficiently throughout transactions’.

Key clients

NHS England

Port of Sheerness Limited

Manchester Ship Canal Company Limited

Investly Limited

Swinton Insurance Limited

Oldham Borough Council

Triple S Sports & Entertainment Limited

Chemox Pound Limited

Connells Limited

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance

Hitachi Capital (UK) Limited

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Craig Scott

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Stobart Group

Enterprise Ventures Growth II fund

Next Wave Partners

The Delivery Group

CRH Group

Carrs Milling Industries PLC

JLA Group

Fishawack Communications

Kuehne + Nagel

Downing Students

Employment Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Jeff Middleton

Other key lawyers:

David Perry; Kerstie Skeaping; Luke Green; Michael Wright; Philip Farrar; Caroline Prosser; Suzane Nulty

Key clients




Britvic Soft Drinks


Travel Republic

Odeon Cinemas

Liverpool Airport

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Health Education England

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

dNata Travel (part of Emirates Group)

Parkwood Leisure


Agility Chemical Logistics

Premier Care





Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

City of Liverpool College

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Sonoco Alcore

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust

Myriad Genetics

Caldic (UK)

G2 Speech UK

Oldham Council

FRP Advisory LLP

Ramsay UK Healthcare Group

Arrow XL

Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

Leeds CCG

Health Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Craggs; Joanna Trewin; Emma Stockwell; Sharon Thomas; Kerstie Skeaping; Amanda Hurst

Other key lawyers:

Paul Allerston; Richard Parker; Jenna Wong; Amy Clarke; Kamila Kubryn; Rebecca Sharrock; Rachael Watkinson; Elizabeth Wallace; Joanna Crichton; Amrita Singh; Victoria McManus 


‘The team is very responsive; knowledgeable and has a good appreciation of the reality of delivering healthcare to vulnerable adults which makes discussing cases more straightforward.’

‘They team is always very approachable and friendly.’

‘The team is easily accessible, approachable and no question is unanswered.’

‘Joanne Trewin is patient-centred, caring, open, honest, has a can-do attitude and a personal approach.’

‘Paul Allerston is caring, open and honest;  his understanding of LPA and COP cases is outstanding, and he is always willing to help.’

Key clients

Northern Care Alliance – Pennine Acute NHS Trust & Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS

St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust

Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Liverpool CCG

NHS Warrington CCG

NHS Blackpool CCG


Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Fionnuala Kenny


‘Exceptional professionalism, very good knowledge and approachable from both a professional and client level. From assistant to partner level excellent service.’

‘Susan Sherry’s knowledge seems on a different level to competitors.’

‘Friendly and easy to deal with team.’

‘All key staff have a professional approach.’

Property litigation Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lee

Key clients

Iceland Foods

Peel Group

First Group

Co-Operative Group



First Title Insurance


Lookers Group

UK Oil and Gas

Transport Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Adrian Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients



Agility Logistics

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Tokio Marine Kiln

Zurich Insurance


Banking and finance Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Richard Capper

Other key lawyers:

Chris Johnston; Alasdair Mackinnon; Deepak Purushothaman; Helen Penfold; Emma Howard; Rebecca Layton


Richard Capper is outstanding and a strong player in the Liverpool market

Alasdair Mackinnon is exceptional and is leading the firm’s growing Manchester presence

The team is highly skilled

The lawyers within the team are very experienced and deliver excellent attention to detail

Key clients

RBS Group (including Nat West and Ulster Bank Ireland)

Lloyds Banking Group

Bibby Financial Services

Betfred Goup

Regency Entertainment Leisure & Tourism

Hyde Park Finance

Stobart Group

Bank of Ireland


Arbuthnot Latham & Co

Coutts & Co

Oblix Capital Ltd

Ingenious Real Estate Finance

Banks & Clients


Wilmington Trust Corporation

Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Jim Purves; Alex McCann

Other key lawyers:

Martyn McDonald; Claire Cosgrove; Amanda Hurst;  Graham Archibald; David Swaffield


The team offers a coordinated approach.

Alex McCann is very thorough and user friendly; he gets things done.

Key clients

Co-operative Group

Iceland Foods

Peel Group

Liverpool City Council

Kuehne + Nagel

National Express Group

First Group


Mason Partners

Maghull Developments

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Universities Hospital Trust

Health Education England

North West Ambulance NHS Trust

Debt recovery Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Sharon Williamson

Other key lawyers:

John Quicler; Kate Steele; Paul Twigg

Key clients

Bibby Financial Services

Thomas Hardie Commercials Limited

Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited

Wirral Teaching Hospitals

Borgun HF

MJ Quinn Integrated Services Limited

Anexys Limited

Irwell Street Metal Company Limited

Broder Metals Group Limited

Urban Bubble

Education Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Luke Green; Iain Campbell; Alan Pugh; Kerstie Skeaping

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Hart; Joe Orme


‘They team is always on hand to answer questions, provide advice and negotiate with the utmost professionalism, and it does so in a timely manner.’

‘Luke Green and Charlotte Hart provide an exceptional service.’

Key clients

University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT)

Star Academies

The Pennine Trust

Endeavour Learning Trust

The Bay Learning Trust

The Heath Family (North West)

Wade Deacon Trust

Feversham Education Trust

University of Liverpool

College of North West London

Family Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Joanne Raisbeck


‘Friendly, efficient and razor sharp approach.’

‘Though a global firm can seem intimidating they themselves are not. I found everyone I came into contact with approachable, professional and clearly understood the situation and my needs. They are friendly and helpful and would highly recommend their services to others.’

‘Hill Dickinson deal with high value complex cases with professionalism and the highest quality of service. Whilst the team is small it is envied.’

‘Sarah McCarthy is bright and hardworking. She gives clients realistic and constructive advice. She gives 110% and is personable, approachable and clients love her.’

‘Joanne Raisbeck is a very good lawyer and her thoroughness and tenacity knows in my view no equal locally.’

‘Joanne Raisbeck is, in my opinion, the pre-eminent family lawyer in Liverpool. Her work ethic, commerciality and desire to do the very best for her client is second to none.’

‘Sarah McCarthy is excellent, very knowledgable and understanding. Clearly explained the divorce process. Very efficient, always returned phone calls and emails.’

‘The team is headed by Joanne Raisbeck, whose experience and knowledge in the field is second to none.’

Health and safety Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Philip Moy

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Barnfield

IT and telecoms Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

West Sussex County Council

Liquid Telecom

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Node Technologies Limited

Bridge Fibre Limited

Cambridge Broadband Networks Limited

London Borough of Bexley


Pensions Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Barry Gibb

Other key lawyers:

Paula Warnock; Heather Lucas; Lisa Suares

Key clients

Trustees of the MWH UK Limited Pension and Life Assurance Plan

Swissport GB Limited

The North of England Zoological Society

Trustees of the William Jackson Pension Plan

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Ltd

Trustees of the A&P Group Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Instem LSS Pension Scheme

Trustees of the PJKI Pension Scheme

Vynova Runcorn Limited

The Trustees of the Eden Friendly Society

Trustees of the Iggesund Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Goricon Metallurgical Services Limited Retirement Benefits Scheme

Tote (Successor Company) Limited (Betfred)

Trustees of HJ Enthoven Limited Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Milford Haven Port Authority RBS

Stobart Group

Trustees of Thomas Cook UK DC Pension Scheme

Banking litigation Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Sharon Williamson

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Limited

Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC

Metro Bank PLC

Bank of Ireland (UK) Limited

KBC Bank Ireland Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland Invoice Finance

Bibby Factors Limited

Bibby Factors Manchester Limited

Bibby Factors North West Limited

Bibby Factors Leicester Limited

Bibby Invoice Discounting Limited

Bibby Factors Slough Limited

Bibby Factors Sussex Limited

Bibby Factors Scotland Limited

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Fitzgibbon; Jeff Middleton; Paul Baker; Luke Green

Key clients

Big Life Group

Greenwich Leisure Limited

The People’s Trust (Greece)

Delta Philanthropies

Parkwood Holdings Limited

Manchester Literature Festival

Amnesty (UK) Group



New Brighton Cricket & Bowls Club

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Jim Purves

Other key lawyers:

Michael Blakey; Jonathan Dover; Chris Johnston; Darren Hamer; Alison Batchelor; Alistair Wallworth; Gary Cohen


‘The team has excellent availability and legal acumen on both property and financial law.’

‘Jonathan Dover and associate Katie Somerville stand out for their in-depth knowledge and for their ability to explain complex legal points in a succinct and coherent manner.’

‘Michael Blakely has in-depth experience.’

‘The team has very good communication between different areas within the firm and it is efficient and pleasant to deal with at all times.’

Key clients


Lloyds Banking Group

Lookers Motor Group

Wrather Group


Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society


Williams Lea Tag

Euro Garages

M20 Property Group

Gordon Moon Properties

Construction Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Alan Pugh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

National Express

Iliad Group

Edmundson Electrical

Chester Zoo

Peel Holdings / Peel Land and Property

Lloyds Bank

Construction Partnership UK

Liverpool City Council

Stobart Group

Lancashire County Cricket Club


FCC Construction

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Ian Gillis; Mark Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Gillow; David Mkhitarian; Tracey Sheehan; James Down; Sean Lightfoot; Katie Somerville; Ian Riggs

Key clients

Stobart Group

Styles & Wood

Sykes Cottages


BGF Investment

Barber of Sheffield

Seneca Partners

Royal Sanders

Cenkos Securities

Parkwood Holdings

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Paul Spence

Other key lawyers:

Richard Palmer; Gavin Jones; Kathryn Maclennan


The team provides an excellent service

Paul Spence is a well-known and highly regarded name in the market


Key clients


RSM Restructuring Advisory

Duff & Phelps


Grant Thornton

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance

Investec Bank

Bank of Ireland


Royal Bank of Scotland/RBS Invoice Finance

Bibby Finance

Local government Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Fitzgibbon; Tracey Sheehan


‘The level of strategic thinking and understanding of the national health agenda and ‘politics’ is key.’


Key clients

Liverpool City Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Pendle Borough Council

Sefton Borough Council

Wyre Council

Oldham Borough Council

St. Helens Borough Council


Planning and environment Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Grant Anderson


Grant Anderson ruthlessly supports his client’s position

Grant Anderson is excellent; his instructions in even the most complex situations are clear and his analysis is usually spot on


Key clients

J C B Group of Companies

European Metal Recycling

Muller Property Group

National Express Group

UK Oil and Gas


Seabridge Developments

The Co-operative Group

FI Real Estate

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Iliad Group

Eliot Group


Lancashire Cricket Club

Liverpool City Council

Peel Group


Forth Homes

Hartley Property Trust

Euro Garages

Conwy Property Developments

MLN (Land and Properties)

Melford Construction


Lloyds Bank


The Conygar Investment Company

South Lakeland District Council

Sport Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Geraldine Ryan; Louise Millington-Roberts; Sue Russell

Key clients

Triple S Sports & Entertainment Group  Limited

GB Taekwondo

Lancashire County Cricket Club Limited

The Dallaglio Foundation

Blackpool Rovers Football Club

Intellectual property Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Weston; Mark Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:

Graeme Alder

Key clients

Rayware Group

Coffee Republic


Celestyal Cruises

Summerill & Bishop Limited

Reclaim Limited

Tony Enfield

Northstone NI Limited

Baseline Health

OBG Pharmaceuticals Limited

Princes Ltd

Public Desire Ltd

Heritage Apparel Ltd

Cataclean Global Ltd

Signature Living Group

Blackburn Rovers FC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information about the firm, please visit or follow the firm on twitter:

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman David Wareing
Chief executive Peter Jackson
Business services David Chinn
Health Andrew Craggs
Insurance Ruth Lawrence
Marine, trade and energy Mara Pittordis
Photo Name Position Profile
 Kiran Bhogal  photo Kiran Bhogal Head of our London healthcare team with over 25 years’ experience in NHS…
 Martin Penny  photo Martin Penny A marine partner in the yacht team with many years’ experience of…
Number of UK partners and legal directors : 190
Total number of staff : 1,050

The Lex 100 Verdict

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