Firm Profile > JMW Solicitors LLP > Manchester, England

JMW Solicitors LLP
1 BYROM PLACE
SPINNINGFIELDS
MANCHESTER
M3 3HG
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud Tier 1

The 'immensely talented' business and financial crime team at JMW Solicitors LLP advises businesses and business-owners on investigations and prosecutions instigated by industry regulators. The team has extensive experience defending instances of financial wrongdoing, including HMRC and FCA investigations and proceeds of crime matters. Peter Grogan leads the team, and the 'vastly experienced' Mike Rainford is noted for his expertise in complex fraud and tax investigations.

Practice head(s):

Peter Grogan

Other key lawyers:

Mike Rainford; Ian Lewis

Testimonials

‘Mike Rainford remains as the go-to solicitor for the major fraud and crime clients in the north-west.’

‘The team provides an efficient, cost effective and professional service.’

‘Ian Lewis – great tactical awareness, always thinking outside the box, only works on top end cases. Mike Rainford – vastly experienced solicitor, really thorough on his cases, with an excellent knowledge of cases. Very smooth and calm. ’

‘Well-led team which provides a first class service to the client.’

‘The team is strong from top to bottom. Professional yet approachable.’

‘The fraud team at JMW is immensely talented and with a wealth of experience in the most serious and complex fraud cases. The practice is unique because it boasts a group of senior solicitors of the highest calibre who are all at the very top of their game. In summary, a practice that is geared up to provide a top drawer service to clients in the biggest and best fraud cases.’

‘JMW have some extremely experienced individuals who have been at the coalface of the big cases for a number of years. They are able to draw on that experience and knowledge to deliver outstanding client service and outstanding results. The firm is also backed up by some very very good junior members.’

Key clients

Police Federation of England & Wales

Police Superintendents Association of England & Wales

ParkingEye Ltd

British Parking Association

Smart Parking Ltd

UK Parking Control Ltd

CP Plus Ltd Trading as Group Nexus

Horizon Parking Ltd

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP's crime and regulatory team stands out for its 'commitment, quality, and burning desire to achieve the best result possible' in defence of professional clients, notably in cases of professional misconduct, dishonesty and sexual wrongdoing. Ian Lewis has a strong reputation in professional regulatory discipline and fitness to practice proceedings, particularly representing superintendents. The team is also highly recommended for issues relating to parking regulation and legislation. In addition to its Manchester office, the firm has an office in Liverpool and a foothold in Cheshire. Peter Grogan leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Peter Grogan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They attack a case with all levels of resources and personnel. A strong work force right down to trainees.’

‘JMW have deliberately attracted partners of the highest reputation from other practices who have brought with them immense experience to add to an already impressive crime team. This has resulted in JMW going from strength to strength in this sector and they continue to deal with the most serious and complex of crime cases. Commitment, quality, and a burning desire to achieve the best result possible in every case are qualities which run through this crime team from top to bottom.’

‘Two of the senior solicitors are Mike Rainford and Ian Lewis. They have brought an extra dimension to JMW and continue to attract seriously heavy criminal work, which they then deal with to an extraordinarily high level. They have both enjoyed stellar careers and deserve all the plaudits they receive.’

‘JMW are able to draw on experienced individuals, who are considered market leaders, and fantastic support staff to deliver an outstanding service to their clients.’

‘The team at JMW never fail to impress. In a world where standards can be seen to be slipping in relation to preparation and client care JMW stands out as a firm offering an excellent service. I have never found the standard other than outstanding. The team work well together which ensures continuity and consistency. I have always felt confident that everything that is required is provided by JMW.’

Key clients

Police Federation of England & Wales

Police Superintendents Association of England & Wales

ParkingEye Ltd

British Parking Association

Smart Parking Ltd

UK Parking Control Ltd

CP Plus Ltd Trading as Group Nexus

Horizon Parking Ltd

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The ‘fabulous team of rigorous, committed and caring solicitors’ at JMW Solicitors LLP focuses on high value and complex work, regularly securing multimillion-pound settlements for clients. The clinical negligence practice has particular expertise in high-value brain and spinal injury cases, particularly cerebral palsy, kernicterus and cauda equina syndrome; the ‘compassionate and sympatheticEddie Jones heads the department. Sally Leonards is noted for her experience in cerebral palsy claims, ‘instilling confidence in clients‘ who ‘trust her implicitly‘ while Angharad HughesMelissa Gardner and Steven Brown are also key members of the team. Senior associate Jodie Miller is also well-regarded for her work on complex cases. Richard Powell leads the personal injury team, which handles minor to catastrophic injuries, including head trauma, spinal injuries and fibromyalgia. The group also has specialisms in industrial diseases and motorcycle accidents. The ‘highly experienced and utterly unflappableJoanne Brine primarily deals with cross-border complex and catastrophic personal injury claims. 'Formidable negotiator' Clare Stevens heads up the military department.

Practice head(s):

Eddie Jones; Richard Powell

Testimonials

‘A fabulous team of rigorous, committed and caring solicitors. Persistent and thorough, taking a compassionate approach to clients, but realistic and sensible. Leading for overall coverage in the North West in my opinion. Eddie Jones, Angharad Hughes and Melissa Gardner embody all of this.’

‘Angharad Hughes is very experienced and knowledgeable. Clients appreciate her compassionate and friendly approach.  She is widely respected by opponents.

‘Jodie Miller is hard-working and committed. She constantly seeks to secure the best outcome for each individual client and secures their confidence by keeping them informed and explaining matters in easily comprehensible ways.’

‘I would single Angharad Hughes, a formidable litigator who is always thoroughly on top of her cases, and Melissa Gardner who is excellent with her clients and her experts.’

‘Jodie Miller deals effortlessly with medically complex cases. She gets the best out of the expert evidence and achieves excellent results for her clients. She is hugely experienced in managing all aspects of clinical negligence cases.’

‘Angharad Hughes is a good lawyer. She is very thoughtful and considerate and is super with clients and with experts. She has a delightfully happy personality which lightens any difficult aspects of the work.’

‘Melissa Gardner is very dedicated to her clients.’

‘Angharad Hughes is incredibly empathetic, which gains the trust of the client, but is also able to see the weaknesses of a case so that she gives realistic, balanced advice and does not give clients false hope. She is a very experienced litigator who doesn’t take any nonsense from the other side, but at the same time guides the client through every step of the process so as to minimise any stress of upset they might be feeling.’

Private client > Family Tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP advises on very high-value divorce matters, drawing on the firm’s expertise in corporate, property and immigration law, amongst other areas, to aid clients. In addition to handling complex financial remedy proceedings, the team acts on disputes involving children, such as disputes around financial provisions and child arrangement orders. Elspeth Kinder is noted for her work on financial remedy, while Michael Chapman specialises in Schedule 1 claims made on behalf of children of unmarried parents. Beverley Jones leads the Liverpool team and has ‘superior knowledge and experience of family law’. In-house barrister Abigail Bennett is described as a 'seriously impressive advocate', while David Pickering is another key partner in the practice. Cara Nuttall departed the practice in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Elspeth Kinder; Michael Chapman; Beverley Jones

Other key lawyers:

David Pickering; Emma Benson; Katie Lowe; Abigail Bennett

Testimonials

‘The best family law firm in the North West to my mind. Every associate I have worked with has been exceptional – well-versed in law and totally invested in the case but equally prepared to give the client robust and sensible advice.’

‘The JMW Family team are a fantastic team of highly qualified professionals who work very effectively for all clients. One of the key team strengths is their collaborative working practice and also the blend of personalities within the team which enables them to provide advice to all walks of life and also very challenging situations. I have been particularly impressed by the way they very quickly adapted to the very difficult situation we all faced with the impact of the coronavirus. I know that their clients continued to receive the best possible service and support and this is why they are my first choice when recommending a family solicitor to my clients, contacts and also my friends and family.’

‘There is real camaraderie in the team, led by Beverley Jones. They all pull together and go above and beyond what is their duty in order to push for the best evidence and the best service for their client. I am well aware that the team put in far more work than they billed for and they were willing to very actively pursue cutting edge high profile litigation, which we were successful in. They made appropriate employees available to attend key ancillary meetings with the Local Authority and provided a holistic litigation service to ensure that the clients were properly and vigorously represented at all times.

‘There is a fantastic collaborative team ethos at this firm. There is always somebody available to assist at short notice . All solicitors have client focused approached and dispense legal advise with precision. The litigation support and service provided was really exceptional in my view in all key respects including; evidence gathering, building and maintaining client relationships, exceptional communication with me and a deeply held commitment to diversity and human rights.’

‘Elspeth Kinder has great empathy but also can be really clear and directive in situations that need it. She is my go to at JMW. Clients love her and she gives the right time and focus to each individual.’

‘Beverley Jones stands out from other competitors as she is supportive and extremely helpful to myself and colleagues in the fertility clinic setting. She ensures that clients feel well cared for and that healthcare professionals are armed with the knowledge needed for looking after patients where legal parenthood may be a factor. Beverley is also recognised as a leader in the field and regularly contributes to projects with charities.’

‘This is a recognised an established leader in the field of matrimonial finance (financial remedy) cases in Manchester. The team is lead by David Pickering, who has a towering reputation in the field and has a number of prominent and highly regarded individuals in the team.’

‘Beverley Jones is an outstanding legal professional. Not only does she have superior knowledge and experience of family law, she is also extremely empathetic with her clients and their situations which are often complex and highly emotional. Beverley goes above and beyond for her clients and is not afraid to challenge the status quo to provide the best outcomes for all involved. She is a beacon for diversity and has made huge progress for LGBTQ community particularly around adoption and surrogacy and is an inspiration to others.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP's private client team was substantially bolstered in October 2020 when it was joined by a 14-strong Court of Protection team from Linder Myers. This team, led by Megan Christie-Copeland and Andrew Cusworth, handles some of the highest-value matters in this area as well as cases with novel aspects. The CoP practice adds to the firm's strong capabilities in wills, trusts, and estates work. Counting ultra-high net worth businessmen, sportspersons and media personalities amongst its clients, the team handles complex, cross-jurisdictional estate planning and administration. Joe Cobb and Paul Gotch are key contacts in these areas.

Practice head(s):

Megan Christie-Copeland

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are very person-centred and they have got the size and depth within the team to nominate the correct fee earner that would work best with the dynamics of the service user. I have found them all very positive in dealing with all aspects of the complex needs of the service users. They have been able to show good understanding of processes and procedures to work with a number of commissioning provisions including continuing healthcare, local education providers and social services.’

‘I have found Andrew Cusworth to be very person-centred, professional and knowledgable whilst at the same time being easy to work with. Andrew’s breadth of legal knowledge plays a key role in navigating the team that supports these very vulnerable service users with complex needs. Andrew is a calm voice during times of crisis and difficulty which has a positive affect on the rest of the team and professionals but most importantly the client and the family. Andrew does not step back from a challenge where it acts in the best interest of the service user. He is willing to make decisions to enhance the quality of life for the service users.’

‘JMW provide both personal injury and Court of Protection services. This promotes excellent collaboration, good communication and a seamless support for both the client and case manager. They have significant experience in the area of personal and catastrophic injuries as well as Court of Protection work.’

‘JMW has a great private client offering – the team they have recruited over the years is very strong and compliments the JMW wider offering extremely well. The firm has a great reputation in the North West.’

‘Joe Cobb is an excellent communicator and he can adapt his style very quickly, to suit the client. He is technically very strong and experienced, so he can relate to the client situation and give appropriate solutions very quickly. More than anything, he is very likeable and clients warm to him very quickly.’

‘I have worked with JMW for many years now and with various different departments including Tax, Trusts and probate and Court of Protection teams. In each department their strengths are definitely how they deal with their clients. They are always clear with how they bill and very transparent with clients. Each individual within the firm have a very caring side with clients and that’s not something you see with every law firm and this is definitely the culture at JMW.’

‘Each individual I deal with at JMW is extremely knowledgeable in their area and go above and beyond with clients.’

‘Megan Christie-Copeland and Andrew Cusworth are very dedicated to their clients and have built a substantial team and profile.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP specialises in media and reputation management advice to clients and representation in media litigation, including defamation cases, as well as market-leading work on data rights, acting for claimants subject to large-scale data breaches. Clients include sports people, celebrities and influencers, high-net-worth individuals, and businesses, with practice head Nick McAleenan an 'authoritative' figure in the market, regularly instructed by nationally-known clients for reputation management cases. Senior associate Rebecca Young works with a diverse range of clients on data privacy, and intellectual property matters, while 'knowledgeable' associate Laura Wilkinson has a growing profile in contentious media work, particularly defamation cases.

Practice head(s):

Nick McAleenan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A great team with knowledge and practical experience across the sector. Really good to work with, always collaborative. One of the best teams out there.’

‘Laura Wilkinson – Great to work with, always makes herself available and very personable. Very knowledgeable with excellent practical skills and experience.’

Nick McAleenan – Great experience, knowledge and practical skills.

‘JMW provide a top quality service and have a real depth of knowledge in relation to privacy and data protection claims. In a growing landscape of data protection complaints JMW are in the front of the field in what they offer.’

‘I have worked with Laura Wilkinson on several occasions and found her to be  dedicated and knowledgeable. She is particularly good at client relations and is very communicative.’

‘Rebecca Young – a fantastic lawyer. Her command of a case both legally and factually is unbelievable. She lives and breathes the case and clients know that. One of the most impressive litigators I have come across at her level.’

‘What I love about the team at JMW is how at ease they make you feel. I felt part of the family and they were available always at anytime of the day, with rapid replies to emails, home calls and text messages.’

‘The team is led by Nick McAleenan, who is genuinely one of the most authoritative media and data lawyers in the country.’

‘The media team led by Nick McAleenan are extremely talented and innovative. I have worked with them for several years now and have been impressed with the quality of work they are instructed on. They are incredibly thorough and use innovative techniques to book build. They are also open to exploring alternative and innovative ways to fund legal actions where they are running large group matters. ’

‘Both Nick McAleenan and Laura Wilkinson are a pleasure to deal with. Nick is incredibly innovative in terms of the work he pursues and is focused on obtaining the best results for his clients. ’

Key clients

MyPura

Dan Hooper

Various Claimants v WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc

The Blue Rooms (London) Limited

Pride Planning

Various Claimants v Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Adam Deering

British Parking Association

Smart Parking Limited

The British Wheel of Yoga Limited

Bromcom Computers Plc

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

JMW Solicitors LLP‘s sweet spot lies in acting for listed and unlisted plcs, SMEs and high-net-worth individuals in a range of commercial disputes; it also has an impressive reputation in sports sector disputes, with practice head Marc Yaffe a key name for high-profile individuals and companies in this space. The team is increasingly recognised for acting for claimants in data protection group actions. Other areas of expertise include corporate disputes (which are a focus for Steve Morris and Michael Kennedy), professional negligence and contentious construction matters, which are among Mark Jones‘ specialisms, and public law and judicial review proceedings, for which Oliver Wright is a name to note. The ‘commercially astuteGraham Small is highlighted for his breadth of commercial, insolvency and fraud disputes experience, while Claire Brown‘s expertise includes contractual and professional negligence issues.

Practice head(s):

Marc Yaffe

Testimonials

‘The practice might be 80 partners plus but they operate with large firm services and efficiently in a way that makes you feel the comfort of small medium firm.’

Highly responsive and each team is about getting results. Not once have I seen anything to suggest that they will waste money litigating in correspondence.’

‘I value every bit of advice I get from Insolvency to litigation to personal injury. Each partner knows where their expertise stops and they always ensure that you get an expert in the field you need. I can mention three partners that stand out: Marc Yaffe, Richard Wolff, Jason Harwood. These three are in no particular order exceptional in all their work.

‘My point of contact is Graham Small. Whilst he is an excellent commercial litigator I have also found Graham to be a great problem solver who understands the clients needs and how to achieve a good outcome. This can straddle corporate and insolvency issues as well as formal litigation proceedings. He is somebody whose judgement I trust and he quickly gains the confidence of the people I am working with.’

‘Ability at every level of their team means that they are the busiest and one of the best commercial litigation practices in Manchester. The ethos of the firm and the team is the client and providing a service that is geared to that. They offer the complete package in terms of not only dealing with the dispute that you find yourselves in but providing a consideration from all angles.’

‘Mike Kennedy – one of the best litigators around – has experience of every kind of litigation and if he’s on your side the other side won’t like it but for all the right reasons. Mark Jones – loves a difficult case.’

Rebecca Young – an ability that belies her years. She is the best litigator of her level I have dealt with. She will be a superstar partner and litigator of the future. Complete command of every aspect of her case and sets and commands the very highest standards from those who work with her.’

‘Commerciality is understood and embraced. Whilst other firms often just quote law or give law lectures, JMW give advice including a good balance between the law and commercial practicalities.’

Key clients

United Utilities Water plc

JD Sports Fashion plc

Ground Rent Income Fund plc

James Halstead plc

MTC Works Limited

Urban Splash

Shipbuilding Asia Ltd

Controlled Solutions Group Ltd

TIC Group Ltd

Matrix Telematics Ltd

Employment Tier 2

JMW Solicitors LLP is adept at assisting employers in responding to sensitive matters such as discrimination claims, executive departures and redundancies. In addition to acting for hospitality, care and manufacturing clients, practice head Paul Chamberlain has noteworthy experience in advising employers from the recruitment sector. The team continued to expand in 2020, with Marcus Difelice joining in September from Brabners LLP. Difelice specialises in employment tribunal disputes and is frequently instructed by clients from the hospitality sector. Ian Tranter and Simon Bloch are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paul Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Paul Chamberlain has an unrivalled reputation in the recruitment business sector. Ian Tranter is an excellent all rounder with particular expertise in senior executive terminations.’

‘The practice has a good attitude to understanding our business and therefore our needs and requirements. This practice make a good effort to understanding the business and changes that may be affecting our environment and therefore getting to understand the needs and the priorities also as to how we try to manage our people, our culture and behaviours.’

‘The team at JMW work extremely collaboratively together which I find exceptional, we recently had a case that a number of the team dealt with and it felt like the same person was dealing with the case, it required assistance from various team members at JMW every team members was up to scratch with the case and what was going on, never once did I have to repeat myself. It certainly stood out from previous experiences I have had working with other firms having to continually repeat myself.’

‘Personable, engaging, friendly. Willing to collaborate with us on new legislation issues that might affect our industry sector for example, by co-hosting events. They are also agile enough to take a real-world view of cases and react accordingly.’

‘Paul Chamberlain offers an honest, very knowledgeable approach to all matters he has worked with us on and generally with great success, which is reassuring for us. He is also quite unique in how he engages with us as a client, because he has a personable, less stuffy approach and is not afraid to think outside the box to get the right result on a case.’

‘I’ve worked with Paul Chamberlain for 7 years. He is an extremely commercial lawyer, robust in his advice and has no hesitation in challenging my views. I trust him and his advice completely; which is tailored to the situation at the time and the organisation I work for (which Paul knows well).’

‘JMW are trusted partners to our business. Having worked with their partner for a number of years we have built a solid working relationship whereby they understand our business and industry better than anyone else I have come across. They are pragmatic, down to earth and human in approach. ’

‘Marcus Difelice is a partner and our main contact and relationship manager. Having worked with Marcus for a number of years I trust his advice and judgement on employment matters and always appreciates the way he goes out of his way to support whether this be late nights or over a weekend. He also knows the hospitality sector exceptionally well.’

Key clients

Travelodge Hotels

Nando’s

Wagamama

Harvey Nash Group

U&I Group

Challenge TRG

LWC Drinks Limited

Kin + Carta Limited

Green Thumb Limited

Proman

FCSA (Freelancer Contractor and Services Association)

APSCo (Association of Professional Staffing Companies)

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

JMW Solicitors LLP handles a broad range of contentious trust and probate matters, including challenges to wills and lifetime gifts, Inheritance Act claims, and disputes between trustees and beneficiaries. The specialist team is led by Alison Parry, who solely focuses on this area and also handles professional negligence claims related to wills and trusts. The practice was bolstered in November 2020 when Ben Wilson joined the team from Forbes Solicitors; Wilson is a wills and trusts specialist with broad experience in this area.

Practice head(s):

Alison Parry

Other key lawyers:

Ben Wilson; Ian Johnston

Testimonials

‘Strongly led, and with good strength in depth, the team at JMW is one of, if not the, specialist trust and probate litigation teams in Manchester and the North West’

‘Alison Parry – robust and with an eye to detail, Alison is a formidable opponent with a real understanding of the law and how to use it to the benefit of her clients. Ben Wilson – recently joined from Forbes, Ben brings a particular expertise in Inheritance Act disputes Ian Johnston – combines excellent technical knowledge with a strong client-focused approach.’

‘JMW Solicitors LLP are dedicated, forward-looking people at the top of their game. Those I encountered were courteous, efficient and helpful.’

‘My dealings with Alison Parry have been first class from Day 1. At every point of contact I have been supported by Alison, her experience, interpersonal skills and clear communication style are a great asset. Alison has worked tirelessly for the best possible outcome for myself and kept me constantly up to date throughout all proceedings.’

‘Alison Parry has been largely responsible for my case, and she has been excellent in every relevant regard. Alison has handled aggressive and frankly unprofessional correspondence from the other party with skill, and has been excellent at keeping her correspondence relevant, calm, and professional.

‘Alison Parry is an expert in the field of contentious probate. Alison is a skilled and experienced practitioner, but equally she is understanding and empathic in the guidance and support she gives to clients on this emotive journey. Alison is alive to the financial anxieties that trouble clients along the way. Sadly, many solicitors are not so sympathetic in this regard. It is a great comfort the way Alison responds expeditiously to emails and telephone calls from clients. Though a polished professional, Alison is easy to talk to.’

‘JMW has a capable private client litigation team with a strong client focus, and a good sense of how practically to help individuals, some of whom have limited resources.’

‘I have worked mostly with Alison Parry, who is a very capable private client litigator. She is hard-working and robust in her approach to cases and opponents. I have also worked with Ian Johnston, who is a sensible senior associate with good judgment in managing complex cases.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 2

JMW Solicitors LLP acts for a wide range of sporting organisations and promoters, with strong client portfolios in golf, football, and boxing. The team has been active in COVID-19 response work during 2020, including renegotiating contracts and testing for behind-closed-doors events, alongside continuous work on commercial contracts and endorsement agreements, and representation of individual sportspeople. The team is led by Ben Peppi and Stephen Taylor Heath, who is a well-regarded sports law practitioner with a strong stable of clients, handling contentious and non-contentious matters. Mike Blood and Claire Brown are also regularly involved in corporate sports work and litigation respectively.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Taylor Heath; Ben Peppi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice is very good because they are efficient, timely and knowledgeable. They are also very helpful. I can’t recommend them enough.’

‘The individuals there are very driven and work hard to get to an outcome. They are subject mater experts in their specific areas of expertise.’

‘This practice provides specialist commercial advice to the sports sector. They are brilliant.’

‘Stephen Heath – pragmatic and sensible but robust when required. Very powerful judgment. Very intuitive to the sector.’

‘The sports practice is very experienced which is key to understanding the issues around sport. They provide first rate advice and representation across football and boxing.’

‘Stephen Taylor Heath has enormous experience in handling and strategising complex problems. He is a solid and reliable lawyer with a strong following.’

 

Key clients

DNA Fit Limited trading as Prenetics

Modest Golf Management! Limited

Kinetica Sports Nutrition (Boyne Valley Limited)

Pulseroll

BlackCastle Sports Management

Queensberry Promotions Limited

iRama PTE

Major Rights Holder for Elite and Amateur cycling events in the UK

Crowd Network Limited

American Golf

NVA Sports And Event Management Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

JMW Solicitors LLP advises an array of SMEs and OMB clients on complex transactions, employee share issues, and private equity investments, advising a number of notable national clients and individuals. The firm has notable expertise in innovative business structuring and work for SaaS providers and other regulated financial services clients. The team is led by Mike Blood, who has strong expertise in the sports, media, and digital sectors. Mark Heppell advises on transactions and corporate governance issues, and Emma Hickman is noted for her ‘creative‘ transactional and commercial advice.

Practice head(s):

Mike Blood

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘JMW are a creative law firm. They continually look for solutions to clients issues. My company was a start-up in a relatively new media sector. The service I received was and still is outstanding. They were very innovative in the way they structured complex partnerships with high profile entertainment personalities and always took the time to explain the whole structure to ourselves but also the individual concerned. JMW are problem solvers which allows me to focus on the running of my business. They are outstanding communicators and provide a brilliant all round legal service.’

‘Mike Blood has been working with my company from the very start. He helped establish the whole legal process at the company. He has amazing patience and always offers sound and thoughtful advice – and not just in terms of legal advice – his knowledge of the business world gives him a great perspective.’

‘Emma Hickman – the most creative and talented lawyer I have ever come across. An absolute joy to work with. She is always prepared to go above and beyond in her work to find the best legal solutions. Amazing team player.’

‘Since we’ve used JMW for our corporate and commercial legal affairs we’ve never looked back. What makes them unique from previous firms that we’ve used is the speed and quality with which they turn around work packages. Whilst other firms may look to spend longer on projects than necessary, JMW look to use, as far as possible, pieces of work they’ve done previously as a base to keep costs down. They also turn things around remarkably quickly and are always looking out for our commercial interests. They’ve delivered a number of very important contracts for us, and this is enabling us to grow with confidence.’

Key clients

Handepay Limited

Crowd Network Limited

DNA Fit Limited trading as Prenetics

LWC Drinks Limited

Voly Limited

Universal Tanker Group Limited

Maven Capital

Healthwork Limited

Stockport County FC

Green Thumb Limited

HAP Solutions Group Limited

Boutique Hotel Group Limited

Regit.co.uk

Uinsure Limited

Brookhouse Limited

No Drama Limited

Merchant Rentals Limited

Queensberry Promotions

HS Property Group Limited

Eurofins Forensic Services

MyPura.com Limited

Compass Minerals UK Limited

Envirosystems (UK) Limited

Hozah Parking Solutions

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

The team at JMW Solicitors LLP, which handles contentious and non-contentious insolvency work, has expanded and strengthened its capabilities with several noteworthy hires. New practice head Gavin Jones, who joined from Hill Dickinson LLP in January 2021, is experienced in high-value insolvency litigation and major business disposals. James Williams joined in August 2020 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and contributes notable strength in property insolvencies, while Julie Agnew came from Hill Dickinson LLP in March 2021 and brings experience in non-contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great strength in depth and specialist knowledge.’

‘My experience of working with JMW has been only positive. At times of stress we need our advisers to be focused and commercial, and that has been my experience, to the extent that they have felt like an extension of my own team. I am also appreciative of the follow up on relevant matters that JMW have identified as being relevant for cases I am dealing with – it is this extra layer of commerciality and understanding of the market that makes me consider JMW as a go-to advisor.’

‘Over the course of the last 12 months, I have worked a great deal with James Williams, and he is truly excellent and a great capture for the JMW team. Solid pragmatic advice at all times, absolutely relevant to the circumstances and sector. Often, some can default to a position of the law without applying it to the situation, whereas James is able to use his knowledge of the law to apply it to the circumstances, meaning that as the client I get the best service possible.’

‘Gavin Jones has recently joined them. He is technically superb and a very good strategist, I would expect him to form a formidable partnership with Richard Wolff.’

‘Gavin Jones is the person I deal with a lot of the time at the firm. Gavin is a fantastic lawyer, giving commercial decisions based on his years of experience in the insolvency sector. Gavin really understands what the client is wanting to achieve and will do his best to achieve the clients aims and ambitions. I happily speak to Gavin when I need commercial legal advice, particularly in tricky situations.’

Key clients

Castle Trust Capital PLC

Wellesley Finance PLC

Begbies Traynor

Alvarez and Marsal

Quantuma LLP

Moorfields Advisory LLP

Geoffrey Martin PKF

FRP Advisory LLP

Avison Young

Sumec Light Industry Textiles & Co Limited

HJS Recovery (UK)

Manolete Partners PLC

Azets

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

Praised for its 'commercial awareness’ the team at JMW Solicitors LLP, helmed by Warren Martin, acts for property developers, investors, and corporate clients, with a particular focus on SMEs. Thomas Pearson  leads on a range of retail, social housing and healthcare sector matters. Paul Burton has been playing a key role in assisting Cityfibre as it continues its large-scale rollout of fibre infrastructure. The team was strengthened with the arrival Helen Daley from TLT in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Warren Martin

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Pearson; Paul Burton; Majid Mahmood

Testimonials

‘Very responsive team who work closely with clients to achieve desired outcomes. ’

‘I enjoy working with JMW. Trust is an important factor for me and having only two principal points of contact has allowed me to develop that. I know that JMW will deal with matters promptly, using the people necessary and will give meaningful advice that is actionable. In return, JMW know that I treat them as a valuable resource and rely on their expertise; they understand the nature of our business, our customers and suppliers and know if I ask for work to be undertaken it is important to us.  ’

‘The commercial awareness demonstrated in a proactive attitude that helps us to conclude land and development transactions is a key differential from other firms we have worked with.’

‘Thomas Pearson has continued to be not just accessible but at the heart of our ambitious development programme throughout the Covid pandemic. He has established a regular zoom networking/market intelligence programme, allowing clients from different market sectors and professions to gain first-hand knowledge of market trends. This has led to spin-off working relationships outside the forum at a time when establishing new business opportunities is naturally limited.’

Key clients

Northhold Group

HS Property Group

Grafton Land & Property

CityFibre

The Brookhouse Group of Companies

Investar Developments Limited (and group)

Blueoak Estates

Boutique Hotel Group

LWC Drinks Ltd

Blue Square Residential Limited

Castlemead Group Limited

Barnardos

Millenium Care UK

Whitecroft Group

Ascend Properties

Tattu restaurants

Fortlands Group

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

Since Scott Cameron took the reigns of the banking and finance practice at JMW Solicitors LLP in 2019, the group has gained several new clients and solidified its standing in the market. The practice focuses on acting for borrowers but also has relationships with specialist lenders. Cameron has experience in advising clients on syndicated and bilateral financing arrangements for general corporate and acquisition financings and project finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Scott Cameron

Key clients

Boutique Hotel Group Limited

LWC Drinks Ltd

National Westminster Bank Plc

Ascot Bridging Finance Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 4

Manchester-based firm JMW Solicitors LLP launched a London office in 2019 with the hire of Lee Adams from Hughmans, where he led the criminal department. Adams, who heads up the London office while also leading the business crime and regulation team, has since been joined by former Blaser Mills Law crime and regulatory head Daniel Martin and former Norton Rose Fulbright associate Amy Shaffron, who was promoted to partner in May 2021. The London team, which operates as part of the wider firm's highly rated national practice, has a growing reputation for private prosecutions; other recent work has included drugs cases, organised crime, sexual allegations, burglary and harassment cases. The firm is praised as being 'a big and fast-growing firm which manages to maintain the personal touch, values and commitment to its clients of a boutique firm.'

Practice head(s):

Lee Adams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Lee Adams is simply unflappable. He remains calm, assured and reassuring regardless of the pressure or situation.’

‘Amy Shaffron works exceptionally hard for her clients and has the unreachable ability to judge how each individual client needs to be managed.’

‘Daniel Martin is a force to be reckoned with. Wise beyond his years, he is vigorous in his case preparation and leaves no stone unturned. Opponents and competitors always need to be on their toes when Dan’s in their case.’

‘Daniel Martin is the epitome of focused professionalism. The energy, wisdom and enthusiasm he brings to each case I have worked on with him, makes him stand out from the competition. I would would and have recommended him to others due to his work ethic, the confidence he instills in clients and his determination to get a result.’

‘Lee Adams is very hard-working, realistic as to outcomes, but persuasive.  Sticks up for his client, recognises weaknesses in a case and works out how to address them.’

‘Lee Adams has brought with him his committed client base following his elevation to managing partner of the JMW London office. He continues to provide the top-notch personal client care his clients love, supported by the additional resources and greater power of JMW. He is the guy you call if you get in trouble, period.’

‘Lee Adams is a powerhouse of a partner in the criminal and fraud department. Bright as a button, and incredibly hard working.’

‘Amy Shaffron is a partner with huge experience in the fraud and crime space. Incredibly hard working and client focused.’

Real estate > Construction Tier 6

Noted for its ‘good hands-on approach’, the team at JMW Solicitors LLP  provides a range of services to a client portfolio that includes developers and  contractors in the North West, as well as a large infrastructure provider. Practice head Andrew Rimmer handles both contentious and non-contentious matters while Helen Daley, who joined the team in March 2020 from TLT, assists clients with dispute resolution and avoidance.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rimmer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice has a good hands-on approach and explains in detail the relevant facts.’

‘Helen Daley is always careful to explain the whys and wherefores of an issue at the start before it runs away with costs.’

Key clients

Domis Construction Ltd

Ashton Yates Ltd

Private client > Family Tier 5

JMW Solicitors LLP has a ‘brilliant team of lawyers who have outstanding expertise’ under the leadership of Michael Rowlands . It has a strong international reach on both finance and children matters. Rowlands enjoys a steady flow of work from the Middle East in particular. The practice has been on a ‘hiring spree' with 'the recruitment of some good names’ including Philip Cooper. Other recent additions to the ‘high calibre’ team include Patrick Hart  from Royds Withy King Tracey Rodford from Camilla Baldwin  and David Thompson from BDB Pitmans. Clients include HNW and UHNW individuals, professionals and expatriates from around the world.

Practice head(s):

Michael Rowlands

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Michael Rowlands- hugely experienced, tireless, committed and so light on his toes when it comes to tactics that he is known as the legal equivalent of Fred Astaire‘.

‘A large firm with a nationwide team. Michael Rowlands is vastly experienced, urbane and wise. He will fight for his clients

‘A fast-growing firm that is recruiting well and really going places in the family law field. Tracey Rodford – a real coup for JMW to have landed her – a very impressive lawyer with excellent client-care skills‘.

Really good client engagement. I work with the London offshoot of a predominantly Manchester firm but it is very good. Tracey Rodford is excellent with clients. Exceptional people-skills. Jonathan Day is also extremely hardworking‘.

‘Michael Rowlands heads the London team. He has vast experience and gives his clients a first rate service. He champions their causes and fights hard to achieve their objectives. One would always want him on one’s side. Tenacious and always willing to go the extra mile‘.

‘Michael Rowlands  is a brilliant strategist and master tactician. He has recruited Patrick Hart from Royds RDW who is one of the best divorce solicitors in the country. He has an instinctive grasp of the strengths and weakness of his client’s case and is able to identify which points to press and which to leave well alone.’

Michael Rowlands is very bright, hugely experienced, a fierce negotiator who fights the client’s corner tenaciously. Patrick Hart is very experienced – a very steady hand on the tiller guiding clients through tricky cases. He is a brilliant negotiator and super to work with. Jonathan Day is a junior member of the team who works extremely hard and does a lot of the ‘heavy lifting’ in the background‘.

 

Transport > Travel

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

JMW Solicitors LLP’s recently launched London team specialises in complex high-value disputes. Joining from Carter-Ruck in August 2020, department head Matthew Wescott is a highly regarded commercial and insurance litigation expert.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

JMW Solicitors LLP’s London clinical negligence department was established in April 2020 with the arrival of highly regarded partner Nicola Wainwright, formerly of Leigh Day.

JMW Solicitors LLP is a top 100, full-service law firm providing legal services and advice for both businesses and individuals. For more than 40 years, it has been fighting to achieve a positive outcome for its clients to get them the results they deserve. With three offices in the UK, the head office in Manchester, a full-service office in London and one of its specialist family law teams in Liverpool, the firm can help clients across the country no matter who they are and what they require.

JMW’s clients range from private individuals, from all walks of life, through to SME’s and major national and international companies. The firm builds close working relationships with its clients and it is the legal expert to have in your corner.

JMW’s areas of legal services include business crime and regulation; commercial litigation; corporate and commercial;  corporate immigration, data protection, employment; media law; real estate commercial; real estate finance; restructuring and insolvency and sports law. As well as services for individuals which include clinical negligence; Court of Protection; family law; motoring offences; personal injury; real estate residential; and wills, trust and probate.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Paul Walker
Senior partner Joy Kingsley
Head of Business Development Marc Yaffe
Business crime and regulation Peter Grogan
Clinical negligence Eddie Jones
Commercial litigation Marc Yaffe
Real Estate Warren Martin
Corporate and commercial Mike Blood
Restructuring & Insolvency Gavin Jones
Employment Paul Chamberlain
Family Michael Chapman
Personal injury Richard Powell
Head of London Lee Adams
Wills, Trusts and Probate Tasnim Khalid
Family Elspeth Kinder
Family Liverpool Beverley Jones
Commercial litigation Steve Morris
Photo Name Position Profile
 Julie Agnew  photo Julie Agnew Julie Agnew is a partner in the Restructuring & Insolvency team advising…
 Jenny Arnold  photo Jenny Arnold I advise middle to high net worth clients in relation to all…
 Peter Barnard  photo Peter Barnard Partner. Peter advises across a range of commercial and property disputes for…
 Simon Bloch photo Simon Bloch Partner   Simon joined JMW in 2017 as a Partner in the…
 Paul Breen  photo Paul Breen Paul is head of JMW’s catastrophic injury team. He handles a varied…
 Joanne Brine  photo Joanne Brine Partner and head of the Travel Litigation Team
 Steven Brown  photo Steven Brown Partner specialising in claims arising from brain and spinal injuries and particularly…
 Claire Brown  photo Claire Brown Partner in the Commercial Litigation department. Claire has experience of handling a…
 Paul Burton  photo Paul Burton Partner specialising in a wide range of complex transactions across various sectors…
 Scott Cameron  photo Scott Cameron Partner and Head of Banking Areas of expertise: trade and supply chain…
 Gordon Cartwright  photo Gordon Cartwright Partner in JMW Solicitors’ Catastrophic Injury department and a Special Ambassador for…
 Paul Chamberlain  photo Paul Chamberlain Partner and Head of Department and brings with him nearly 30 years’…
 Michael Chapman photo Michael Chapman I am a partner and joint head of the family team. Whilst…
Ms Megan Christie-Copeland photo Ms Megan Christie-Copeland Megan joined JMW in September 2020 as Partner and Head of Court…
 Joe Cobb  photo Joe Cobb Partner & Head of Private Client Joe joined JMW in July 2019…
 Helen Daley photo Helen Daley Partner in the Construction team at JMW specialising in dispute avoidance and…
 Russel Forward  photo Russel Forward Partner, Real Estate Finance Real Estate Restructuring Russel is also a real…
 Melissa Gardner  photo Melissa Gardner Partner Melissa acts for children and adults in high value cases involving…
 Andrew Garvie  photo Andrew Garvie Partner and head of private client team at JMW LLP incorporating wills…
 Richard Glover photo Richard Glover Partner in the Property Litigation Team specialising in a broad range of…
 Jason Harwood  photo Jason Harwood Partner in the personal injury department specialising in catastrophic injury claims. Has…
 Mark Havenhand  photo Mark Havenhand Partner at JMW having joined 2020.   He has an interest in all…
 Sam Healey  photo Sam Healey Sam Healey is a partner in the Business Crime and Regulation team…
 Stephen Heath  photo Stephen Heath Stephen Taylor Heath is a  FSE Partner(Head of Sports law) and specialist…
 Mark Heppell  photo Mark Heppell Corporate M&A. Mark is a partner in JMW’s corporate team, over his…
 Angharad Hughes  photo Angharad Hughes Partner specialising in brain and spinal injury.   Angharad has developed great…
Mr Mark Jones  photo Mr Mark Jones Partner in Commercial Litigation department, with 50+ lawyers and support staff dealing…
 Eddie Jones  photo Eddie Jones Eddie Jones is head of the clinical negligence department at JMW. As…
 Nadia Kerr  photo Nadia Kerr Partner and head of the cycling claims team. She joined the personal…
 Elspeth Kinder  photo Elspeth Kinder Joint Head of Family law advising clients on the breakdown of their…
 Joy Kingsley  photo Joy Kingsley Senior Partner and Head of Business Development in fast-growing, profitable North West…
 Sally Leonards  photo Sally Leonards Sally Leonards is a longstanding partner in the clinical negligence department at…
 Ian Lewis  photo Ian Lewis Partner Ian advises in all areas of Professional Regulatory Discipline, Fitness to…
 Andy Lilley  photo Andy Lilley Andy is  a Trustee of Headway Preston and Chorley and runs a…
 Katie Lowe  photo Katie Lowe Partner Katie specialises in divorce and complex financial remedy work including business…
 Jodi Lund  photo Jodi Lund Partner acting on behalf of a variety of specialist lenders. Jodi has…
 Simon Maddox  photo Simon Maddox Partner specialising in investment/owner occupier work. Simon has a wealth of experience…
 Majid Mahmood  photo Majid Mahmood Salary Partner/Commercial Property   Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Landlord and Tenant  …
 Warren Martin  photo Warren Martin Head of all three Real Estate departments of the firm as well…
 Nick McAleenan  photo Nick McAleenan Nick is a Partner at JMW.  He helps clients to protect their…
 Ruth McCarthy  photo Ruth McCarthy Joint Head of Department.   Responsible for Management, Client Development and Business Development. …
 Derek Millard-Smith  photo Derek Millard-Smith Partner and Head of Consumer and Parking Law at JMW Solicitors LLP.…
 Steve Morris  photo Steve Morris Partner in the Commercial Litigation team.  Steve acts in respect of general…
 Richard Parkinson  photo Richard Parkinson Richard is a partner and head of the firm’s commercial contracts team.…
 Alison Parry  photo Alison Parry Partner at JMW Solicitors LLP specialising in contentious probate and trusts work…
 Thomas Pearson  photo Thomas Pearson Thomas is a partner and head of  JMW’s Real Estate Commercial Team.…
 Richard Powell  photo Richard Powell Head of the personal injury department, with a key focus on the…
 Mike Rainford  photo Mike Rainford Partner specialising in financial crime and regulatory matters for over 35 years.…
 Graham Small  photo Graham Small Partner Graham has practised commercial law in Manchester for over 25 years…
 Clare Stevens photo Clare Stevens Partner, Military Personal Injury and Inquests Significant experience in representing Armed Forced…
 Andrew Stone  photo Andrew Stone Andrew is a partner specialising in investment and portfolio management, complex commercial…
 Chris Sutton  photo Chris Sutton Head of Operations and COLP. 
Ms Holly Tootill photo Ms Holly Tootill Partner in the Family Department.  She has expertise in all aspects of…
 Ian Tranter  photo Ian Tranter Partner in the Employment department. Specialising in Restructuring; executive terminations; TUPE; unfair…
 Hojol Uddin  photo Hojol Uddin Partner and Head of Motoring Department.  Hojol has extensive experience in all…
 Paul Walker  photo Paul Walker Managing Partner Paul is JMW’s Managing Partner. He has been with the…
 Jean Warde  photo Jean Warde A robust all-rounder who enjoys getting stuck into a spectrum of personal…
 James Williams  photo James Williams Partner James has extensive experience in: contentious and non-contentious corporate recovery and…
 Ged Wilson  photo Ged Wilson Ged is one of the founding partners of JMW Solicitors, of Spinningfields,…
 Oliver Wright  photo Oliver Wright Partner specialising in public law and commercial litigation   He has a…
 Evan Wright  photo Evan Wright Evan has been instructed to defend in a great many serious fraud,…
 Marc Yaffe  photo Marc Yaffe Until May 2021, Marc was the Head of Commercial Litigation at JMW…
 Rebecca Young photo Rebecca Young Rebecca is a Partner at JMW.  Rebecca frequently advises clients in complex,…
Number of UK partners : 130+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 400+
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