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JMW Solicitors LLP 'provides an excellent service in the north west, with a national reach in claimant clinical negligence work'. Eddie Jones leads the department, which is well-renowned for its expertise in settling high-value and contentious brain injury and spinal injury cases defended by the NHS, in particular those involving kernicterus brain injury and caudal equine syndrome spinal injury. Angharad Hughes 'is determined, efficient and tactically astute', while Sally Leonards and senior associate Steven Brown are also highly rated.
‘The JMW team are unique in the way they communicate, they are all very approachable and will explain and put you at ease with every task that is undertaken. The team are very good at keeping you informed with every process so there is full understanding of legal process. They are extremely diligent in any task and quick respond to any event. They do a sterling job and I could not sing their praises high enough. I would recommend JMW Solicitors to anyone in need of their expertise as they are second to none.‘
‘Eddie Jones is a genuinely caring individual who is very efficient and knowledgeable in the machinery of the legal process. His attention to detail is outstanding, he is quick to respond and is punctual in everything from a phone call to paperwork and meetings. This man is a shining star for JMW and I can think of nothing worthy of criticism.‘
‘The team is highly organised and takes a manageable work load such that they are easily contactable when required. I found their manner is very polite and sincere and they are very approachable.‘
‘Angharad Hughes is an impressive clinical negligence lawyer handling high value claims. Her strength is in the preparation she puts into cases. She is good with clients and with counsel.‘
‘JMW acted with professionalism at all time, no question was left unanswered, their knowledge on the subject was second to none, they knew all the best experts to help with the case and whenever we hit a stumbling block they resolved issues quickly and satisfactorily.‘
‘There are a number of highly capable and highly competent clinical negligence solicitors who provide a dedicated and professional service.’
‘I would particularly single out Angharad Hughes. She is determined, efficient and tactically astute. She looks after her clients well and works hard to achieve excellent results for them.‘
Crime: fraud Tier 1
The 'dynamic, friendly and committed' team at JMW Solicitors LLP 'does the job properly' and is active across a full range of cases involving financial crime and fraud such as HMRC tax investigations, FCA-regulated matters and POCA cases. The team represents businesses and business owners on investigations and prosecutions by industry regulators. Team head Peter Grogan is 'exceptional'; Evan Wright particularly stands out for his experience in HMRC matters and is often engaged on cross-border cases; and Mike Rainford is noted for his experience in tax fraud investigations.
The team is small and dedicated providing expertise in niche areas of financial crime such as challenging search and seizure operations
Evan Wright has a phenomenal work rate, is 100% reliable, and yet provides a light touch
Police Federation of England & Wales
Police Superintendents Association of England & Wales
Creative Parking Solutions
Crime: general Tier 1
The business crime and regulatory team at JMW Solicitors LLP represents individual and corporate clients on complex and reputation threatening investigations and proceedings, with experience in a range of matters involving allegations of professional misconduct, serious or sexual offences, dishonesty, domestic violence, motoring offences and regulatory issues. Team head Peter Grogan 'gets great results' and Mike Rainford has a 'fantastic reputation'. Elsewhere, Evan Wright is experienced in HMRC cases, Ian Lewis specislises in police law and Hojol Uddin is head of motoring.
An excellent firm with a tremendous reputation for hard work and success
Peter Grogan is highly experienced ; he is dependable and is excellent with clients
Police Federation of England & Wales
Police Superintendents Association of England & Wales
Creative Parking Solutions
Family Tier 1
The 'extremely knowledgeable, proactive and helpful' family team at JMW Solicitors LLP works on high value financial remedy cases that are often complex and span multiple jurisdictions. Practice co-head Elspeth Kinder is praised for her 'pragmatic, commercial approach' when handling complex cases and regularly advises clients on pre and post nuptial agreements. David Pickering is recommended for his excellent record on financial matters, while other names to note are the 'dedicated' Katie Lowe and associate Emma Benson.
‘A large specialist team which treat clients as individuals and which goes the last mile to secure their client’s best interests.’
‘This firm has a very strong reputation in this field. They are extremely knowledgeable, proactive and helpful with a great service.’
‘The team are very dedicated to providing the very best advice with regards to family law. Their knowledge of the fertility industry is fantastic and they are approachable and professional.’
‘Cara Nuttall fights her client’s case hard, whether it is a good or bad case. Never gives up.’
‘Michael Chapman stands out, he’s always incredibly helpful, efficient and approachable, with a great understanding of family law.’
‘Elspeth Kinder has a pragmatic, commercial approach to handling complex financial cases and being very good with clients. Katie Lowe has a wealth of experience and is dedicated to helping clients move forward in difficult circumstances.’
‘Beverley Jones is always on hand to provide excellent advice and client support. She is extremely knowledgeable and always goes out of her way to provide support and advice to healthcare professionals.’
Media and entertainment Tier 1
JMW Solicitors LLP, which is well-regarded for data protection work, represents clients in relation to crisis management, general reputation management issues, privacy complaints and group litigation. Clients include celebrities, high-net-worth individuals and businesses. The 'exceptional' Nick McAleenan heads the team and has experience of phone-hacking litigation, super-injunctions and advising national media organisations.
‘Nick McAleenan and his assistant Laura Wilkinson are very strong on data protection and wider privacy and media and entertainment issues’.
‘The team are very responsive to client needs and skilled in this specialist field of law’.
‘The team provides superb attention to detail, they are very committed to their clients and provide a very professional service equivalent to the top London firms’.
‘The best regional firm for media and entertainment issues, particularly for data protection matters.’
Various Claimants v Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC
SmartCredit Limited t/a SmartSearch
Aftab Marchant v DWP
Mrs Y v National Probation Service / Ministry of Justice
LWC Drinks Ltd
Various Claimants v Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
ParkingEye (Formerly part of Capita PLC)
British Parking Association
Personal injury: claimant Tier 1
JMW Solicitors LLP's claimant personal injury department, which is jointly led by Richard Powell and Chris Sutton, deals with the full spectrum of personal injury claims, from minor to catastrophic injuries, including industrial diseases cases such as mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases. Due to recent changes in personal injury law, which has led to a reduction in low-level road traffic accident work, the group has shifted its focus to accidents abroad and military cases. Key names in the team include personal injury catastrophic injury team leader Paul Breen, Gordon Cartwright, Jason Harwood, cycling expert Nadia Kerr and Andrew Lilley. Military claims expert Clare Stevens joined from Hilary Meredith Solicitors in September 2018, while Joanne Brine, who has experience in holiday sickness cases, joined from Slater and Gordon in April 2018.
‘A well established team with a strong reputation that has cannily brought in some very big players to bulk up the team.‘
‘Clare Stevens stands out. She is one of the top military lawyers in the country, with huge experience of military claims. She’s sensitive to her clients but very strong in her dealings with the MOD. She knows these claims backwards.‘
‘There is real strength in the team, with a good deal of knowledge and a thoroughly professional approach.‘
‘Joanne Brine has many years of experience and a real ‘can do’ attitude. She is not afraid to take on difficult cases, and runs them very well. She always has the best interests of her clients at the forefront of her mind.‘
‘Joanne Brine has enormous experience of cross-border personal injury claims. She has a calm and unflappable approach to litigation and a wonderful bedside manner with clients who love her for it. She is actively involved with a variety of industry bodies within the sector.‘
‘The team is headed-up by an experienced and impressive team of practitioners. That quality filters down to the more junior members of the team, who are clearly well-trained and supported. It’s a team which is evidently capable to dealing with all levels of work. The cycling claims team, in particular, has a level of specialist expertise which see its clients benefit from both empathy and tenacity.‘
‘Nadia Kerr is a technically brilliant lawyer; her work is thorough, meticulous and pointed. She is receptive to client needs and wishes, and presses hard to exceed expectations.’
‘Jo Brine is an outstanding personal injury lawyer with considerable breadth of expertise in cross border claims and injuries and illness abroad. She is a charming negotiator and handles clients with skill and consummate care. Her ability to marshal complex and sensitive cases makes her a go-to leader in her field. I would not hesitate to recommend her as a lawyer for an acquaintance.‘
‘Joanna Brine has a very good understanding of procedure and can very easily identify the key issues that have to be dealt at the beginning in a claim abroad.’
Farzadneia & others
Master Luke Mason
JMW Solicitors LLP acts across a broad range of estate and trust administration work including advising on complex will restructurings, charitable trusts, estate planning and succession of trusts. A number of recent cases have involved a cross-border element, with the firm advising clients whose estates include assets in the US, Australia and the Middle East. Clients frequently include family business owners, landed gentry and high-net-worth individuals. Leading the personal law team in Manchester, Tasnim Khalid displays 'outstanding knowledge', and advises a large number of non-domiciled clients.
‘Broad range of knowledge throughout the team, excellent service.’
‘Tasnim Khalid has excellent interpersonal skills and explains things in a jargon-free manner.’
‘Elaine Roche is an expert with empathy.’
‘Talented, and technically very good.’
‘Tasnim Khalid and Paul Gotch have outstanding knowledge and customer relationship skills.’
JMW Solicitors LLP's practice focuses on data protection cases and group litigation, and is one of the few firms outside of London that handles commercial judicial review matters. The team has recently seen an increasing amount of work in construction litigation, contentious probate and e-commerce disputes. Marc Yaffe, who 'oozes energy and enthusiasm' heads the team and represents high-profile individuals including Premier League footballers. Richard Allan recently joined the team from DLA Piper UK LLP.
‘Mark Yaffe, who leads the team, is a tour de force. He oozes energy and enthusiasm and is a terrific leader. He is also incredibly bright, has great acumen and is incredibly motivated.’
‘Mark Jones is great operator who is always thoughtful and insightful providing string and definitive advice as and when required.’
‘Graham Small is one of those lawyers who you want on your side – he is always one step ahead an has a robust yet fair style that endears him to clients and opponents alike.’
‘The JMW team is extremely strong and a force to be reckoned with.’
‘They have unrivalled quality across the board’.
‘Commercial and tactical acumen backed up with great litigation experience and excellent client service’.
‘Michael Kennedy is a complete litigator – you want him in your corner’.
‘As a team they work exceptionally well together and complement each other’.
‘Although JMW is now a large firm, the personal touch and service received was as if they were a much smaller practice with the client at the core of their values’.
‘The work done by Holly Holland and Graham Small is exceptional’.
Group Action against WM Morrisons Limited
Menzies LLP as Joint liquidators of Premier FX
Arena Plaza Jersey GP Limited
Mr Daniel Opare
Abbeydale Food Group
Mr David Michael Rose, Mr David Philip Waxman and Palador Property Investments Limited
Risk Technology Limited
Buckley Memorials Limited
Tom O’Connor, Abigail O’Connor and Octax Limited
JMW Solicitors LLP's team, which operates as part of the commercial litigation practice, handles a range of contentious private client matters including Inheritance Act claims, disputes over wills, executors and trustees, and claims for breach of trust. Recent roles for the firm have included acting for the defendants in the long-running dispute over the Yorkley Court farm estate, which involved the eviction of eco-farming squatters. Senior associate David Bondt left to join BBS Law in late 2018.
‘A capable contentious trust and probate department.’
‘Alison Parry is a standout partner – she is thoughtful and incisive, with a good sense for what will drive litigation forward.’
Employment Tier 2
Liz Cotton leads JMW Solicitors LLP's Manchester employment department, which has particular expertise in the recruitment and retail spheres, while also advising a range of clients across the hospitality, automotive, pharma, manufacturing, education and charities sectors. The team also covers NHS and local authority work, while particular areas of expertise include advising on large scale redundancies and reorganisations, TUPE matters, restrictive covenants and whistleblowing claims. Sarah Evans - 'a real safe pair of hands for any client' - joined from Slater and Gordon as partner in January 2018, while Jennifer Smith was promoted to partner in May 2018.
‘Sarah Evans stands out head and shoulders as an expert employment litigator. You do not want to be on the other side in any dispute she is engaged in. She is a team player and fiercely committed to her client base. She has a reputation for giving solid, commercial, practical advice. A real safe pair of hands for any client. Whenever I am asked to refer a client to a solicitor she is my first port of call. Sarah is exceptionally bright, personable and highly creative in deploying legal arguments.’
‘They are incredibly pragmatic about their advice it is most reassuring that you not only get the best legal advice but it is also commercially sensitive to ensure we get the best result all round.’
‘Ian Tranter is excellent in the confidence he gives our business to make decisions.’
‘JMW is a bright, ambitious, forward thinking law firm with great leadership. The reputation that they have earned is fully deserved and all of the senior staff that they have working for them are real experts in their chosen fields.’
‘Jennifer Smith always delivers prompt, practical, accurate and reliable advice that we can rely upon. Her commitment and enthusiasm to us as clients is second to none. She is always willing to go that extra mile for us whether that be in the service that she delivers or the times she makes herself available for us. She is a real asset to JMW.‘
‘JMW are exceptionally professional and provide comprehensive solutions. Their advice is thorough and clear with fantastic client communication.‘
‘Simon Bloch is a pleasure to work with. I cannot recommend him highly enough. His communication skills and knowledge of employment law within our sector stands out.‘
T J Morris Limited trading as Home Bargains
British Parking Association
LWC Drinks Limited
In Touch Networks
Cantel UK Limited
Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment Group
Jordan Fishwick Group
Gong Cha England Limited
Sport Tier 2
JMW Solicitors LLP advises sporting clients including athletes, footballers, sports clubs, Formula 1 teams and others from the world of motorsport. Mike Blood focuses on sports finance, broadcast and commercial rights; he co-heads the team alongside disputes specialist Marc Yaffe and Ben Peppi. The practice handles a broad range of matters relating to broadcasting, defamation, employment, competition and corporate, among others.
South African Premier League
VIP Promotions Ltd and Josh Warrington
Police Superintendents Association of England & Wales and the Police Federation
JMW Solicitors LLP's 'vast team' is active across a range of real estate work including residential development, retail development, retail investments, healthcare, investment asset management, secured lending, investment disposals, acquisitions and real estate finance work. The team is increasingly active in the logistics and renewable energy space. The 'brilliant' Ian Gordon has in-depth experience in handling retail schemes for developer clients.
The team has a very thorough and professional approach to all transactions, and has a keen appetite to see the deal over the line and complete.
Thomas Pearson is particularly diligent, hardworking and approachable; his work ethic is second to none.
Castlemead Group Limited
Pochin group of companies
National Westminster Bank
Silverlane Developments (Greengate)
Prime Site Developments
China Town Development Company
JMW Solicitors LLP operates from a single-site office in Manchester and advises SMEs, OMBs, entrepreneurs, private investors, private equity houses and large multinationals. Areas of expertise include M&A, disposals, reorganisations, corporate governance work, MBOs, joint ventures, private equity, investment structures and share option schemes. Mike Blood heads the team and focuses on the sports and digital sectors. Scott Cameron joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP as a partner.
Miltibus Quanco Limited (t/a Worcester Warriors)
Air Black Box Ltd
The shareholders of Techikraft Limited
The shareholders of Alpine Fire Limited
Ascend Estates Limited
The shareholders of Architect CT Limited
Bond Group Investments Limited
JMW Solicitors LLP handles a range of advisory, contentious and transactional insolvency and corporate recovery mandates; it advises on a raft of administrations, business acquisitions, voluntary and compulsory liquidations, bankruptcy, company and individual voluntary arrangements, directors’ disqualifications, HMRC liability, LPA receiverships and fraud investigations. The licensed trade, leisure, retail, legal, transport, recruitment, property, care homes and manufacturing sector are key areas of focus. Team head Richard Wolff is 'impressive and very knowledgeable', while Christopher Love is able to 'communicate legal points and issues in a straightforward manner'.
The team is very commercial and offers first-rate advice
Christopher Love and the team to are knowledgeable and commercial and are always available on short notice to provide assistance when required
Christopher Love is practical, commercial and is very knowledgeable in insolvency law; he is available to deal with any queries, however quirky or specialist
Peter Speight works tirelessly to ensure a high quality level of service and deport turnaround, and he is also commercial and practical in his advice
Duff & Phelps
Royce Peeling Green
JMW Solicitors LLP > Firm Profile
JMW Solicitors LLP is a leading full-service Manchester law firm offering a broad range of legal services to both commercial and private clients.
The firm: JMW deals with both small every-day matters or complex transactions involving many legal areas. Its legal teams are multi-disciplined, so there is always an expert on hand to guide clients, whatever the issue.
The firm was established in 1978 and it has become an entrepreneurial full-service law firm. Over recent years, the firm has grown substantially and currently has over 60 partners and some 280 staff and fee-earners.
JMW Solicitors LLP’s clients range from private individuals, from all walks of life, through to SMEs and major national and international companies. Its legal teams have a communicative and enthusiastic approach, and look to provide practical solutions to its clients’ legal needs, producing the highest quality results. It places the uppermost value on building close working relationships with its clients, and is there for the ordinary issues, as well as the extraordinary ones.
Types of work undertaken: Services for business:
- Business crime and regulation
- Commercial litigation
- Commercial property
- Corporate and commercial
- Corporate recovery and insolvency
- Debt recovery
- Intellectual property
- Sports law
Services for individuals:
- Clinical negligence
- Court of protection
- Family law
- Media law
- Mesothelioma claims
- Motoring offences
- Personal injury
- Residential conveyancing
- Wills, trusts and probate
|Managing partner||Paul Walker|
|Senior partner||Joy Kingsley|
|Business crime and regulation||Peter Grogan|
|Clinical negligence||Eddie Jones|
|Commercial litigation||Marc Yaffe|
|Commercial property||Jim Banfi|
|Corporate and commercial||Mike Blood|
|Corporate recovery and insolvency||Richard Wolff|
|Personal injury||Richard Powell|
|Personal injury||Chris Sutton|
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 60+ Number of other UK fee-earners : 200+
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- North West Clinical negligence: claimant
- North West Crime: fraud
- North West Crime: general
- North West Family
- North West Media and entertainment
- North West Personal injury: claimant
- North West Personal tax, trusts and probate