JMW Solicitors LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

JMW Solicitors LLP
KINGS HOUSE
36-37 KING STREET
LONDON
EC2V 8BB
England

Transport > Travel Tier 3

The key name for travel litigation at JMW Solicitors LLP is Joanne Brine, who can draw on substantial experience from previous at a number of other claimant firms. She splits her time between Manchester and London and is known for her 'unparalleled charm and expertise'. Recent claims have included cases involving serious injury, fatal accidents, disease and road traffic accidents. The team is known for its 'broad range of experience in travel law in many different countries'.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Brine

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Ross

Testimonials

‘JMW have substantive experience in dealing with all aspects of travel law including procedural, jurisdiction and substantive law issues.’

‘The JMW team has a broad range of experience in travel law in many different countries, with knowledge of the applicable law and also the experts needed to be instructed.’

‘Joanne Brine – in-depth knowledge of the law, very client-friendly, commercially-minded negotiator.’

‘Joanne Brine has substantive experience in dealing with all aspects of travel law claims. She is also very good at negotiating settlements and getting the highest award for her client’s claim.’

‘Joanne Brine is a cross-border personal injury lawyer of unparalleled charm and expertise. She has immense experience, is a calm presence and is loved by her clients.’

‘Joanne Brine is an approachable, likeable partner who really knows her stuff in this area. She gets excellent results, sometimes from unpromising cases.’

‘Natasha Ross is also very good and as she gains experience will be a very effective partner.’

‘Joanne Brine in particular brings a high level of travel claims experience to the table. She understands the client needs for high-level legal work in a timely manner very well, and she delivers.’

Work highlights

  • Achieved a €1.2m approved settlement for an English claimant who suffered a brain injury in a Greek quad bike accident.
  • Achieved a settlement of £185,000 at JSM shortly before trial fo ra Welsh claimant who suffered multiple orthopaedic injuries when a pedestrian struck by a motorbike in Greece.
  • Secured a settlement of £132,500 for an elderly lady who suffered orthopaedic injuries during a package holiday to Malta.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Private prosecutions Tier 3

JMW Solicitors LLP has seen significant growth in its private prosecutions work. It offers a specialist practice handling national and international prosecutions, primarily on behalf of clients bringing the prosecutions, with experience in a broad range of proceedings ranging from high-value corporate fraud to individual criminal cases relating to violence and other general crime. The firm represents clients throughout the process, from investigations through to advocacy in court, and also handles issues such as confiscation proceedings in financial crime cases, as well as enjoying productive relationships with investigators and regulatory agencies. Lee Adams heads up the team, with active fraud and corporate crime practitioners Daniel Martin and Amy Shaffron also heavily active in the national practice, which has a strong presence in Manchester and London.

Practice head(s):

Lee Adams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is experienced in private prosecution work. It is a small but talented team who all seem to be pulling in the same direction.’

Lee Adams – very experienced, sensible, approachable, focused.’

Amy Shaffron – Fraud background. Experienced business crime practitioner. Very good client skills.

Young, vibrant, and client driven. A refreshing team which is tactically highly astute and goes the extra mile for the client.

Without shadow, Lee Adams is a heavyweight colossus of a partner, with huge experience of private prosecutions – and a pedigree track record in that regard. Smart, client driven, down to earth, and tactically brilliant.’

Amy Shaffron is a shining light in the private prosecutors team. Highly tactically aware, a real team player, and superb knowledge of the investigation process.’

JMW are a very professional outfit with some excellent lawyers working for them. Their client care is excellent and they are unfailingly polite and courteous when dealing with both professional and lay clients.

Daniel Martin and Amy Shaffron are extremely hard working and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend their services to prospective clients.

Key clients

Hadland Estate Agents

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hadlands Estate Agents, who prosecuted their former financial controller for fraud committed while working remotely due to the pandemic. The prosecution was awarded costs and confiscation was ordered by the Judge.
  • Obtained an arrest warrant in the only UK criminal case brought against a fund manager  who is widely reported to have defrauded numerous celebrities, including a football manager.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Whilst the primary focus of JMW Solicitors LLP is on complex M&A mandates, the team also regularly advises on all manner of transactional issues, including financing, members’ agreements and structuring; Mike Blood takes the lead on these areas. Mark Heppell also stands out for his corporate expertise. On the commercial side, Richard Parkinson is the key contact. Recently, the firm has seen a transformation in its core client base, and is now increasingly receiving instructions from buyers and investors, rather than sellers and owner managers.

Practice head(s):

Mike Blood

Other key lawyers:

Mark Heppell; Richard Parkinson

Testimonials

‘The service we receive from JMW is excellent – they respond to our requests in a timely manner and always look to recycle any previous work they’ve done for us to keep down costs and time allocation. Richard Parkinson is very approachable and he’s built a very skilful team around him.’

‘Richard Parkinson’s diligence and the way he inspires his team to equally high standards is what makes them really stand out. He also takes the time to really understand your business before offering legal advice, and stands up to their “In Your Corner” tagline.’

‘JMW operate a central point of contact, with a clear method for delivering simple and direct advice and directing enquiries to other parts of their business. The relationships with the individuals within JMW are built on trust and I have confidence that they will neither pad hours nor bring in unnnecessary practitioners.’

‘My experience with Richard Parkinson has never been less than positive, he provides accurate, timely advice with recourse to the rest of JMW where needed and has always worked transparently with me. He understands the nature of our work and is able to determine the appropriate level of advice to be delivered to achieve the outcome we are looking for. From my perspective, his greatest strength is the ability to contextualise our issues, understand our business and convey advice from both a technical/legal perspective and in layman’s terms so that we can disseminate the advice and findings internally where needed.’

‘JMW have a number of excellent lawyers who build an excellent relationship with their clients understanding their business and striving to support them with care and attention. We have used JMW for a number of years now and would highly recommend them for a variety of services.’

‘Richard Parkinson understands the needs of our business and supports our aims and objectives providing excellent legal and commercial advice so that we can obtain the best solutions for our business. Richard’s knowledge is second to none and the speed of service has meant we haven’t missed any opportunity.’

Key clients

Handepay Limited

Brookhouse Group Limited

Healthwork Limited

Perspective Financial Group Limited

Eurofins Digital Testing UK Holding Ltd

DNA Fit Limited trading as Prenetics

LWC Drinks Limited

Meridian Business Support Limited

Voly Limited

Universal Tanker Group Limited

Uinsure Limited

ADT Workplace Limited

Xeinadin Group Limited

Compass Minerals UK Limited

Envirosystems (UK) Limited

Merchant Rentals Limited

Queensberry Promotions

MyPura.com Limited

Birmingham Bank Limited

Pulseroll

Boutique Hotel Group Limited

Queensberry Promotions

Green Thumb Limited

Maven Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Handepay and Merchant Rentals on the sale of the companies to Paypoint for £70m.
  • Advised MC2 on its transition to employee ownership.
  • Advised Perspective Group on multiple acquisitions in the financial services sector.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

JMW Solicitors LLP‘s team has been shifting its focus, supplementing its well-regarded personal insolvency practice with new clients in the mid-to-upmarket accountancy segment. The team offers a blend of contentious and non-contentious services and has been working alongside its real estate practice to generate high-value property receiverships. Gavin Jones leads the group in Manchester and has experience in high-profile litigations. James Williams offers additional banking expertise. Richard Wolff left for Pannone Corporate LLP in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Jones

Other key lawyers:

James Williams; Julie Agnew

Testimonials

‘Gavin Jones is very experienced in his field. He has excellent technical skills and acts in a very commercial manner.’

‘Julie Agnew is punchy as required and looks for practical and effective solutions.’

‘James Williams is accessible, knowledgeable and clear in his advice.’

‘Julie Agnew has been on top of the evidence and the procedure at every step of the way in complex and challenging litigation, and has kept me fully informed and advised throughout. A user friendly approach that delivers good legal advice combined with commercial acumen.’

‘Gavin Jones is a really good communicator and an expert in the insolvency and restructuring field.’

‘The restructuring team are very impressive. Gavin Jones, James Williams and the rest of the team in Manchester provide consistent and excellent advice legally and practically. They also demonstrate that they have the ability to tackle a range of engagement sizes from the relatively small to large complex ones. A great bunch.’

‘Gavin Jones is hugely experienced and very well respected in the market. Calm and authoritative, he is able to support clients to reach their desired outcomes whilst being alive to the difficulties they might have in their cases.’

‘Over a period of time Julie Agnew has been my go-to resource. I know with Julie I will get a clear assessment and the appropriate transparency on a matter which I can take back to the business and apply. I feel that when I call on any assistance that I am give priority, even if that is not the case!’

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

Interpath Advisory

EY Parthenon

Assetz Capital Trust Company Limited

HJS Recovery

Manolete Partners PLC

Azets

Hampshire Trust Bank PLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Quantuma advisory as joint administrators of a group of companies involved in peer-to-peer property lending.
  • Acting for Manolete Partners in a £7.5m breach of trust/fiduciary duty claims against 4 former directors.
  • Acting for Alvarez and Marsal as administrators of Pure Legal Costs Consultants Limited in relation to a sale of the business.

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

With a client portfolio spanning a wide range of sectors, including investors and developers, the team at JMW Solicitors LLP offers a full real estate service. Thomas Pearson leads the practice with specialisms in healthcare and residential development in the region. Paul Burton continues to play a key role in infrastructure deals, notably advising national infrastructure platform CityFibre. The team was further strengthened by investment and development specialist David Frankland joining from DWF in early 2022, and Robin Sharp joining from Hill Dickinson LLP.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Pearson

Other key lawyers:

Paul Burton; Andrew Stone; David Frankland; Majid Mahmood

Testimonials

‘Andrew Stone is our point of contact for property related matters; the complex commercial or governance arrangements of some of our landlords combined with the specialist needs of our business often requires more nuance than a conventional commercial lease and he navigates the complexities well.

‘My experience with Andrew Stone has been that his advice is always based on best practice and then tempered with pragmatism. Andrew’s principal strength is demonstrated when things get complicated. He has proven his ability to manage the complexity and delays caused by counter-parties with complex internal governance arrangements of their own and to do so in a way that ensures our interests are protected whilst they sort out their own internal issues.’

‘I am pleased to be able to recommend JMW without reservation in respect to not just giving advice but proactively driving to a successful conclusion numerous highly complex land and development agreement transactions. They encourage collaboration not just across their varied real estate, tax and corporate teams but facilitate partnerships between clients to help grow their respective businesses.’

‘The type of transaction that our business specialises in requires time and critical co-ordination between land owners and operators, whilst bearing in mind differing priorities. Thomas Pearson has succeeded in this respect on our behalf in numerous transactions and his proactive approach is highlighted by his flexible approach in terms of looking for solutions to problems, availability and being willing to pick up a telephone to other solicitors to accelerate the process rather than relying on correspondence as many do!’

‘Robin Sharp is one of the most accessible lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His attention to detail in unrivaled. We receive regular updates and matters are progressed very efficiently.’

Key clients

HSPG

Northhold Group

Blueoak Estates

Grafton Land & Property

Blue Square Residential Ltd

Blackacre (Great Blakenham) Limited

CityFibre

Barnados

Hollins Strategic Land and associated companies

Investar Developments Limited

Grafton Land & Property Limited

The Brookhouse Group of Companies

LWC Drinks Limited

Fortlands Group

Millennium Care UK

Quorum Group

Work highlights

  • Advised HSPG on their deal with Fiera Infrastructure to support the delivery of a brand new UK social infrastructure platform, Domus Social Housing: delivering circa 50 properties, providing accommodation to approximately 1,000 residents.
  • Advised CityFibre on its nationwide rollout of its full fibre UK Gigabit Broadband Network to reach up to eight million premises.
  • Advised Blackacre (Great Blakenham) Limited and landlord on its pre-let and onward sale for £38 million of a 296,000 logistics warehouse at Port One, Freeport.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 4

JMW Solicitors LLP‘s London office was launched in 2019, and has since established a strong practice handling serious criminal defence and private prosecutions. Team leader and managing partner Lee Adams, who joined in 2019 from Hughmans, additionally leads the business crime and regulation team. Solicitor advocate Daniel Martin has significant experience in serious and organised crime, was head of crime and regulatory for Blaser Mills Law prior to joining in 2021. Amy Shaffron, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2019, was promoted to partner in May 2021, and now leads on a range of matters including complex Encrochat cases and serious sexual offences.

Practice head(s):

Lee Adams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Amy Shaffron is an energetic and impressive lawyer who is always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Dan Martin has always been one of the solicitors I trust most, the biggest endorsement I can give is that when a family member found themselves in trouble I asked Dan to represent him.’

‘Amy Shaffron – a truly exceptional solicitor. Hard working, fiercely intelligent, dedicated and extremely professional.’

‘Dan Martin is extremely bright and diligent. He undoubtedly has that star quality. I can see no weakness.’

‘Good reputation for heavyweight or complex crime.’

‘Highly professional young team headed up by Dan.’

‘Lee Adams has a wealth of experience at the sharp end of serious cases, while Amy Shaffron effortlessly combines the lessons of her background in both high street and White Collar firms to cover all bases.’

Work highlights

  • Advising individual in relation to conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to import cocaine into the UK.
  • Advising leading individual in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine and to cheat public purse of over £10 million.
  • Representing an NHS surgeon involved in a multi-agency investigation in child cruelty and assault involving his children.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 4

JMW Solicitors LLP‘s ‘extremely driven’ clinical negligence offering in London was established in 2020 by Nicola Wainwright, formerly of Leigh Day, who now leads the team. The team’s workload involves claims of significant value, some of which have cross-border elements. The matters typically involve complex brain injury in adults and children, birth injury and DNRs; the high profile case of the Crohn’s disease patient at Surrey Hospital who suffered neglect was a standout recent highlight.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Wainwright

Other key lawyers:

Suleikha Ali

Testimonials

‘Nicola Wainwright has significantly bolstered the medical negligence team at JMW and they are fortunate that she has joined them, with her expertise, knowledge and contacts, they will excel. They have a fabulous team of professionals supporting her in the medical negligence team, but also more widely within JMW.’

‘The standout individual is Nicola Wainwright. Nicola knows the intricate details regarding our case. She is exceptional with regard to drawing the most appropriate medical experts in their field to opine and utilised other legal professionals in her firm, and externally, as required. Nicola went well above and beyond what I would normally expect to support us. She is driven to help and to change practice to prevent avoidable adverse events from recurring. She also does this with a genuine care, empathy and compassion. I am not able to give her a higher commendation and rate her as simply the best.’ 

‘A small but skilled and experienced team.’    

‘Nicola Wainwright and Suleikha Ali are exceptional, dealing with the most challenging cases and achieving excellent results for clients.’    

‘Nicola Wainwright at JMW always goes above and beyond for her clients. She keeps her clients’ needs firmly at the centre of her vision.’

‘Nicola Wainwright is an impressive partner and real expert in clinical negligence. She has a wealth of experience in the sector. Suleikha Ali is a new senior associate.  They are both extremely motivated individuals at the heart of a new and dynamic team.’    

‘A new and extremely driven clinical negligence team which is especially attentive to clients’ needs.’

‘The team has a strong, supportive approach with good medical and legal experience and extensive contacts. There is usually hands-on partner involvement in all cases. From my perspective, the team provides an excellent and highly personal service. Without exception, those with whom I have regular contact have outstanding people skills and are very conscientious.’

Private client > Family Tier 5

JMW Solicitors LLP has a strong international offering and has a steady work flow from the Middle East and Gulf region. Michael Rowlands who is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers is adept at advising wealthy clients, professionals and expatriates from around the world on a variety of issues. Philip Cooper has extensive experience in nuptial agreements and regularly advises HNW married and unmarried couples on family companies, offshore funds, trusts and property issues following the breakdown of relationships.

Practice head(s):

Michael Rowlands

Other key lawyers:

Philip Cooper; Tracey Rodford; Patrick Hart; Jonathan Day; Sohinni Sanghvi

Testimonials

‘Michael Rowlands leads this team and under him it is becoming stronger and stronger and growing’.

‘Michael Rowlands is extremely loyal to his clients and goes the extra mile. He fights for their corner and does everything he can to get the best outcome for them. Tracey Rodford is also a very good lawyer with a growing practice and reputation’.

‘Michael Rowlands (head of family). Huge work ethic, great with clients, has built the team from scratch. Always busy with good quality cases. Clients love him, opponents hate being against him. Absolutely stand-out good’.

‘Patrick Hart – super manner with clients, attracts good quality work. Jonathan Day – personable, intelligent and hardworking. Will go far‘.

‘JMW’s London office is going from strength to strength. Its particular strength is individuals, led by its partner Michael Rowlands and with Patrick Hart – who were  both established at other London firms before setting up JMW’s London office. They have added to this experience the weight of a national firm’.

‘Michael Rowlands is one of the best litigators in the business, and a champion for the client’.

‘Their strength in depth is unique. Whether it’s children or finance, JMW has amazing solicitors to match any client’s needs and expectations’.

‘Tracey Rodford – Incredible client care and an extremely tough negotiator. Philip Cooper – One of the sharpest legal minds I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with! Sohinni Sanghvi – one to watch for the future.’

Key clients

Mrs W.

Natalia Rotenberg

Mrs K

Employment > Immigration Tier 6

Led by Dipesh Shah, JMW Solicitors LLP‘s immigration practice has seen notable growth, with senior associate Aleksandra Yuskina joining from Deloitte Legal in September 2021 and promoted to partner in May 2022. Shah has particular expertise in the sports sector, and the firm fields a dedicated sub-team to handle large projects for corporate clients, especially in the care industry.

Practice head(s):

Dipesh Shah

Other key lawyers:

Aleksandra Yuskina; Bhavini Bhatt

Testimonials

‘Incredibly knowledgeable yet approachable. Commercial and quick to react to the needs of our business.’

‘JMW have supported us through the Brexit transition to formulate an efficient process together for work entry visas for foreign national prospective employees. I commend them on their support and time taken to take us through the complexities of the UK system and establish a common and pragmatic process.’

‘Dipesh Shah is very friendly, approachable and understands our business’s needs with ease. He executes any requests efficiently and effectively. At partner level, some are not available to service their clients. However, Dipesh is always available and that is very much appreciated.’

‘Aleksandra Yuskina went above and beyond to ensure that our deadlines were met, arranging to speak outside of office hours and working with a sense of urgency.’

‘They are lovely people who are very easy to deal with, very responsive and helpful.’

‘Aleksandra Yuskina – very professional, gets everything done on budget and within the timescales agreed. She is always happy to reach out if she needs additional clarification or she thinks there is a better way of doing things. A pleasure to deal with.’

‘The immigration team have exceptional communication skills and are great with the clients we introduce. We pass them a very high volume of work and they manage the caseloads efficiently and in a timely manner. Their industry knowledge is second to none and we always feel reassured having them on side.’

Real estate > Construction Tier 6

The construction and engineering team at JMW Solicitors LLP is notable for advising clients in the defence, accommodation, and nuclear energy sectors. The practice is led by Andrew Rimmer who handles both disputes and transactional matters, while Helen Daley deals with disputes and often advises clients in litigation and other forms of ADR.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rimmer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice comprises of different specialisms and is almost a one stop shop for all legal issues. We are particularly involved with construction adjudications and are very pleased with this service.’

‘We have worked with partner Helen Daley over many years and she has been invaluable to us in respect of construction disputes in particular.’

‘JMW have been a long term partner of ours, dealing with all parts of the business operations. Key functions are for both the development and construction elements of the business.’

Work highlights

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

    In addition to its reputation management credentials, JMW Solicitors LLP’s London dispute resolution group specialises in complex, high-value disputes. Former Carter-Ruck partner and department head Matthew Wescott is an experienced commercial and insurance litigator.

    Private client > Court of protection

    JMW Solicitors LLP fields a ‘significant team’ that has a ‘huge portfolio of clients and is growing all the time’ under the joint leadership of Manchester-based Megan Christie-Copeland and London-based Kiran Vasudeva.

    Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

    At JMW Solicitors LLP the head of department is Jamie Mathieson who ‘provides an excellent service. He is clear, transparent in his work, and achieves closure’.

    Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

    JMW Solicitors LLP‘s clinical negligence team, led by Eddie Jones , specialises in high-value brain and spinal injury cases and offers specific expertise in cerebral palsy, kernicterus and cauda equina syndrome matters. Steven Brown, Angharad Hughes , Melissa Gardner  and Sally Leonards  are key members of the team, handling cerebral palsy, brain and spinal injury claims. Senior associates Jodie Miller and Nicholas Young are further names to note. The personal injury department, led by Richard Powell , deals with matters across the full spectrum of personal injury law, including head trauma, spinal injuries and fibromyalgia. The practice also specialises in industrial diseases and motorcycle accidents. Paul Breen oversees the catastrophic injury team whilst Clare Stevens heads up the military department. Gordon Cartwright handles pediatric brain injury claims and Andrew Lilley deals with catastrophic brain and spinal injury issues. Joanne Brine is recognised for her knowledge across the sector, while Nadia Kerr leads the specialist cycling injury team.

    Practice head(s):

    Eddie Jones; Richard Powell

    Other key lawyers:

    Steven Brown; Angharad Hughes; Melissa Gardner; Sally Leonards; Jodie Miller; Nicholas Young; Paul Breen; Clare Stevens; Gordon Cartwright; Andrew Lilley; Joanne Brine; Nadia Kerr; Mark Havenhand

    Testimonials

    ‘Steven Brown, who has been working on my case, has been absolutely amazing. He is polite and friendly, whilst being professional. He knows when he is dealing with sensitive issues, and approaches them in a sensitive manner.’

    ‘Joanne Brine is a stand-out star in cross-border personal injury work.’

    ‘Jodie Miller is an outstanding solicitor who can deal effortlessly with the most complex of cases. She gets the best out of experts and achieves excellent results for her clients.’

    ‘Clare Stevens has developed a well-deserved reputation in the North West as a first class personal injury practitioner.’

    ‘Jodie Miller is a hard-working and diligent senior associate who prepares cases well and easily gains and maintains the trust of clients. Angharad Hughes is a very experienced and knowledgeable partner who tackles difficult cases with aplomb.’

    ‘Eddie Jones stands out for his tactical creativity.’

    ‘I work regularly with Steven Brown and he is everything the modern clin negligence solicitor should be – empathetic with clients, switched-on about the law and with a good understanding of medical issues.’

    ‘Andy Lilley is an outstanding experienced solicitor who is incredibly professional yet very much approachable. I was kept informed at every stage and he showed patience, taking time to ensure that I understood my options.’

    Key clients

    XPX v L hospital trust

    F v X hospital trust

    R v N hospital trust

    X v Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust X v R NHS Foundation Trust

    R v K hospital trust

    Z v W hospital trust

    T v B Hospital Trust

    X v Y hospital trust

    Y v Dr M

    Work highlights

    • Secured £22m in compensation to provide lifelong care for child ‘F’ who suffered catastrophic brain damage as a newborn due to delayed treatment of jaundice.
    • Obtained £1.6m for a man who developed permanent spinal injury cauda equina syndrome due to hospital errors.
    • Secured settlement of £15.2m for child with cerebral palsy caused by mistakes made during their birth, providing them with lifelong care and financial security.

    Private client > Family Tier 1

    Jointly led by Michael Chapman and Elspeth Kinder, the team at JMW Solicitors LLP advises high-net-worth property developers and sports stars on multi-jurisdictional family matters. Chapman is a specialist in Schedule 1 Children Act cases, while Kinder is a key contact regarding matrimonial finance and children proceedings. Liverpool team leader Beverley Jones focuses on complicated children matters and surrogacy cases. David Pickering is noted for advising on cases involving multi-jurisdictional assets and offshore trusts. In May 2022 Ruth Kearns and Katie Lowe were both promoted to partner, while Ruben Sinha joined from Miles Preston.

    Practice head(s):

    Elspeth Kinder; Michael Chapman

    Other key lawyers:

    David Pickering; Beverley Jones; Ruth Kearns; Katie Lowe; Ruben Sinha; Nicola Wilburn-Shaw; Abigail Bennett

    Testimonials

    ‘The personal service from Elspeth Kinder was fantastic, and I always had the comfort of knowing that if I needed Elspeth at any time she would be there.’

    ‘A regional behemoth, offering a first-class service. The quality of partners and of associates is unrivaled in the North-West. They have the benefit of being a large nationwide firm, but with considerable local knowledge and resources. If in the North West, there can be no other port of call for anyone requiring the expertise of a solicitor in family law. If advice is needed on a related matter such as property law, their in-house resources enable this to be readily obtained.’

    Katie Lowe has considerable expertise across both children and financial remedy law. She displays a particular aptitude for handling difficult clients in a calm and measured manner.’

    Michael Chapman is a superb tactician. Clients quickly warm to him and trust his instincts and his advice. Adept at achieving the outcome that clients seek.’

    ‘JMW is one of the dominant firms in the North West. One of the things that makes JMW unique is that they have in-house counsel (very rare in family law). Abigail Bennett is truly exceptional and a silk in all but name.’

    ‘Elspeth Kinder is exceptional, it is impossible to fault her, completely on top of all of her cases no matter what is happening and when.’

    ‘Bev Jones and Ruth Kearns are both highly experienced. Both have an enviable reputation as market leaders.’

    ‘Nicola Wilburn-Shaw is an outstanding practitioner – she has a great ability to see through the haze of insignificant detail and draw out pertinent facts to construct a viable position in law.’

    Key clients

    A & B v Manchester City Council

    HW v WW [2021] EWFC B20

    Work highlights

      Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

      JMW Solicitors LLP  advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals on estate planning and succession planning, as well as advising vulnerable clients through Court of Protection work. Matters frequently have a cross-jurisdictional element. Practice head Joe Cobb focuses on inheritance tax mitigation strategies, succession planning, and international estate administration, as well as contentious trusts and estates. Head of the court of protection team Megan Christie-Copeland covers contested deputyship applications and hearings. She works alongside Andrew Cusworth. Paul Gotch departed in November 2021, preceded by Tasnim Khalid  who left in June 2021.

      Practice head(s):

      Joe Cobb; Megan Christie-Copeland

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘JMW Solicitors has provided a bespoke service to our organisation. They assist on a regular basis which has proven to be invaluable over the past 12 months.’

      ‘The support and advice we have received in particular from Megan Christie-Copeland has been excellent.’

      ‘The private client team in the North West is a modern, forward-thinking, young and dynamic team. The team is able to grasp the needs of clients quickly and understand the main issues that need to be addressed. They have a transparent fee structure and are keen to spend time building trusting client relationships over purely focusing on chargeable hours and bills raised. Due to being part of the wider entrepreneurial firm, they are able to utilise the services of other departments to ensure all clients needs can be addressed.’

      ‘Whilst Joe Cobb is young, he has an ‘old head’ on his shoulders. He easily grasps the issues of clients and understands what they are looking for. He is a very good listener with a calm demeanour which enables him to quickly build long-standing relationships with even the most challenging client. He is able to explain complex planning structures in an easy to understand manner focusing on the clients needs.’

      ‘JMW is a full-service legal firm which also manages to deliver the highest level of service in specialist teams. The Court of Protection Team is talented, delivers excellent services and continues to grow based on its success in meeting its clients’ needs. The team is diverse with a strong culture of client focus and leadership ensuring good client outcomes daily.’

      ‘Megan Christie-Copeland is a natural leader. She inspires the team through leading by example. She has built a talented client-focused team. Megan is always looking for ways to improve the department and find new and innovative ways to improve the services which they deliver.’

      Andrew Cusworth is highly experienced deputy and trustee. He is at ease dealing in highly complex financial matters. Andrew is calm, a good listener and a good communicator. He builds relationships with ease and is respected by his peers and clients.’

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

      JMW Solicitors LLP provides specialist media and reputation management advice to an array of clients, including reality TV stars, sportspeople, high net worth individuals and businesses. The team also offers expertise in data right claims and harassment actions. Rebecca Young advises clients on advertising and protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights.

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Great media team with a variety of excellent work in this area.’

      ‘JMW are the top team in the North West for media claims, and have a very strong depth of talent particularly in relation to defamation, data protection and privacy claims.’

      ‘The go to firm in this area due to Rebecca Young – they offer a top end service with full client engagement by all members of the team such that the client really sees what they are paying for.’

      ‘Rebecca Young is the most impressive solicitor I have dealt with in my time at the Bar.’

      ‘Always make themselves available, especially in times of crisis and are at the top of their game.’

      ‘Very personal and unique service.’

      Key clients

      The Blue Rooms (London) Limited

      Various Claimants v Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

      Peace News

      The AgenC Group

      The Money Carer Foundation

      Smart Parking Ltd

      FDIS

      United Utilities

      Nadine Merabi Limited

      Mr Obinna Ogbonna

      Alpla UK Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acted for the Claimants in the anonymised matter of AAA (1) BBB (2) v CCC relating to a final injunction order that prevents a defendant making disclosures or publishing information.
      • Provided media reputation management to global business Alpla in relation to an ongoing dispute.
      • Represented Obi Ogbonna in claim vs The Sun newspaper.

      Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general crime and fraud Tier 1

      JMW Solicitors LLP’s business crime and regulation team is recognised for its work in relation to alleged financial wrongdoing, investigations and prosecutions instigated by industry regulators, professional misconduct, sexual wrongdoing claims, and the defence of motoring offences. Practice head Peter Grogan has considerable experience in cases of fraud and alleged financial wrongdoing. Ian Lewis specialises in all areas of professional regulatory discipline and fitness. Mike Rainford deals with matters concerning complex fraud, VAT evasion and investigations conducted by the FCA, HMRC and trading atandards. Sam Healey is another name to note, handling financial crime matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Peter Grogan

      Other key lawyers:

      Ian Lewis; Mike Rainford; Sam Healey

      Testimonials

      ‘Great combination of expertise and approachability. They find constructive solutions in even the most difficult litigation.’

      ‘They combine legal acumen with personable support. They are diligent in all that they do and deliver to the highest standard in every situation.’

      ‘A very well respected team for criminal work and regulatory work. They attract top quality work and do it very well.’

      ‘Ian Lewis has massive experience and demontsrates utter commitment to his clients.’

      ‘Mike Rainford is something of a legend in the field.’

      ‘Sam Healey provides his clients with a five star service.’

      ‘Sam Healey is an impressive solicitor with excellent client care and strong tactical acumen.’

      ‘Ian Lewis and Mike Rainford are the stand-out partners, with vast experience of the most complex and high profile clients.’

      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

      David Duckenfield

      Donald Denton

      CP Plus Ltd Trading as Group Nexus

      Horizon Parking Ltd

      Work highlights

        Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

        Following Marc Yaffe‘s internal relocation to a management position, the team at JMW Solicitors LLP is now under the capable leadership of Steve Morris, whose expertise spans contractual and shareholder disputes, warranty and fraud claims, fraud, professional negligence, and obtaining and defending injunctions. Other key practitioners include Graham Small, who oversees business interruption insurance claims within the practice, and Claire Brown, whose area of expertise covers all mandates with a nexus to sports law. Also of note was Rebecca Young‘s promotion to partner in May 2021.

        Practice head(s):

        Steve Morris

        Other key lawyers:

        Mark Jones; Oliver Wright; Graham Small; Claire Brown; Rebecca Young

        Testimonials

        ‘Great personal service. Steve Morris and his team always prioritise our work and make us feel as if we are all part of the same team. Also for a company of our nature with a broad breath of functions they are able match our needs with their own broad breadth of expertise. Night, day or even weekends always available.’

        ‘Steve Morris is just absolutely class. Very personable, provides us with immediate efficient and spot-on advice/conduct of cases. Knows our business and people because he cares. Superb lawyer, very commercial and a great strategist. His knowledge and work ethic is first class. Great sense of humour as well particularly when things get tough and we all need to take a big breath.’

        Key clients

        Paul Garside

        United Utilities Water Ltd

        Hugh Osmond

        McAuliffe Group Limited

        Robert Jackson & Rosehelm Limited

        Macom GmbH

        Vebro Polymers UK Limited, Vebro Polymers Holdings Limited, John Watson and Robert Gray

        BIP Chemical Holdings Limited (BIP)

        Menzies LLP

        Donald McPherson

        Richard Freeman

        Work highlights

          Employment Tier 2

          JMW Solicitors LLP advises on large-scale redundancies and reorganisations, TUPE, restrictive covenants, and high-value discrimination claims. Practice head Paul Chamberlain  is a key contact regarding regulatory compliance, while Simon Bloch is also experienced advising clients in recruitment compliance, as well as in restrictive covenant disputes and employment issues involving the use of social media. The team brought on newly qualified assistant solicitors Grace O’Driscoll and Zila Lwanda in July and September 2021. Ian Tranter  retired in December 2021, while Jennifer Smith departed in July 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Paul Chamberlain

          Other key lawyers:

          Simon Bloch; Grace O’Driscoll; Zila Lwanda; Hannah Beer

          Testimonials

          ‘The team really gets to know your business and sector, acting as an extension of our team which has successfully enabled us to deliver significant projects quickly, safely and within the agree timescales. Across the board no matter who you deal with they are responsive, attentive and if they don’t know the answer they’ll get the answer quickly for you.’

          ‘They make you feel valued as a client and understand you as an individual as well as a business, they want to understand how you like to work and built the relationship around this. This makes JMW stand out from other lawyers I have used previously. Simon Bloch in particular has been particularly helpful in assisting me to execute some very difficult matters acting as a sounding board and confident which was vey helpful to me.’

          ‘The team adapt to the needs of our business which is fast-paced. They are open and transparent with billing, outlining potential costs.’

          ‘Simon Bloch and Hannah Beer have provided excellent support and they have an excellent understand of our business and the challenges we are facing. Our industry is fast-paced and Simon and Hannah are very responsive to this.’

          ‘Always professional and helpful, synergy between departments and an honest overview.’

          ‘Paul Chamberlain is personable, down-to-earth, professional, honest, and innovative. You are in safe hands with Paul and his team, who have always helped get the job done.’

          ‘The JMW team is excellent, they are always responsive to our needs. Their knowledge of the law is second to none and they always go the extra mile for us.’

          ‘This team’s strength is that they have a first class knowledge of our sector. The industry knowledge that they have is nationally is second to none and this helps them get to the nub of issues without fuss. They are quick to respond to our needs and queries and most importantly know how to provide a solution to our queries.’

          Key clients

          Telecom Plus (Utility Warehouse)

          Travelodge Hotels

          The Restaurant Group plc

          Wagamama

          Nando’s

          U & I Group plc

          Mi Homecare

          Proman

          Access Advertising Marketing & Design Limited

          Honest Burgers

          N Family Group

          Work highlights

          • Advised Nando’s Chickenland Limited on introducing flexible working and secondment arrangements for its employees.
          • Acted for Ecoscape UK Limited in successfully defending Employment Tribunal claims for automatic unfair dismissal arising out of the Coronavirus pandemic.

          Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

          JMW Solicitors LLP covers the full range of wills, probate, and trusts disputes. In recent years the team has seen an increase in claims for financial provision under the Inheritance Act 1975, as well as in trust deputes and proprietary estoppel cases. Team leader Alison Parry is ‘very experienced and forceful, but practical in her approach‘. Ben Wilson is noted for his work on Inheritance Act 1975 claims. Associate Ian Johnston is a key resource regarding complex trust disputes.

          Practice head(s):

          Alison Parry

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘This is a firm which seems to be seeing increasingly good work in the contentious trusts and probate field and justifiably so. It has worked at raising its profile in this area, but is also able to deliver the goods in terms of expertise.’

          ‘Alison Parry is excellent–knowledgeable with real expertise and excellent client-handling skills.’

          ‘JMW is one of the major players in the North West for this type of work. The good volume of work they are able to attract means that they have real specialism in this area.’

          ‘Alison Parry and Ben Wilson are the stand-outs and show particular expertise in these matters.’

          ‘Communication is key for all clients and JMW stands above everybody else in delivering a comprehensive client care experience. Supported by a strong and commercially aware team, JMW strives to secure exceptional results.’

          ‘Ben Wilson is extremely proactive and client-friendly. Strong support when clients need it most. Brilliant eye for detail and a solid understanding of the law. I cannot recommend Ben enough.’

          ‘Possibly the leading contentious probate team in Manchester. The team benefits from having strength across all levels of qualification’

          ‘Alison Parry leads the team. She is very experienced, and forceful, but practical in her approach; not afraid to advise her client to take a stance when that is appropriate.’

          Work highlights

          • Acted for the successful defendant in a three-day trial in a claim brought by an adult child in his grandmother’s estate.
          • Succeeded in getting injunctive relief for the trustee of a charity against family members in relation to the burial of the deceased due to his religious beliefs.
          • Acting for an excluded spouse in a £5m estate in relation to claims of lack of capacity and undue influence in relation to the severance of joint tenancies and the creation of a will.

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

          JMW Solicitors LLP provides legal support to high-profile clients throughout the sporting sector, most notably in boxing, football and golf. The team is led by Ben Peppi and Stephen Taylor Heath, the latter noted for his expertise across boxing and football and work on multi-jurisdictional broadcast agreements for major events. Claire Brown is another key member of the team, specialising in sports-related disputes.

          Practice head(s):

          Stephen Taylor Heath; Ben Peppi

          Other key lawyers:

          Mike Blood; Claire Brown

          Testimonials

          ‘The people at JMW are very collborative and are great people to work with.’

          Key clients

          Modest Golf Management Limited

          Kinetica Sports Nutrition (Boyne Valley Limited)

          Queensberry Promotions Limited

          BlackCastle Sports Management Limited

          Prenetics EMEA Limited

          Pulseroll Limited

          Kevin Stewart

          Manchester School of Cycling

          Work highlights

            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.

            DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
            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 Steve Morris
            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 Joe Cobb
            Family Elspeth Kinder
            Family Liverpool Beverley Jones
            Commercial litigation Steve Morris
            Court of Protection Megan Christie-Copeland
            Will Disputes Alison Parry
            PhotoNamePositionProfile
            Lee Adams photo Lee AdamsManaging Partner of the London office specialising in business crime and organised…
            John Andrews photo John AndrewsPartner, specialising in Mergers and acquisitions work for SMEs with particular expertise…
            Cory Bebb photo Cory BebbPartner and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner. Cory joined JMW’s London office as a…
            Philip Cooper photo Philip CooperPartner. Philip specialises in divorce and medium-to-high net worth financial settlements representing…
            Savio D'Costa photo Savio D'CostaPartner specialising in hotel and leisure, investment and franchising. Savio deals with…
            Petar Orlic photo Petar OrlicPartner Petar is a Partner in the JMW Real Estate Group, based…
            Philip Partington photo Philip PartingtonPartner and head of JMW’s Intellectual Property team. Philip has a particular…
            Anita Rai photo Anita RaiPartner and Head of Employment, London and has over 20 years’ in-depth…
            Tracey Rodford photo Tracey RodfordPartner.    An all-rounder with real commitment, Tracey represents parents resolving complex…
            Michael Rowlands photo Michael RowlandsPartner Family Law Head of Department Children and Money with an emphasis…
            Suzanne Staunton photo Suzanne StauntonPartner (Barrister), Employment and Discrimination law. Suzanne is renowned for her work…
            Christian Taylor photo Christian TaylorPartner. Broad range of commercial real estate work. Significant experience in acting…
            Adam Taylor photo Adam TaylorPartner who deals with all aspects of insolvency and recovery and has…
            Kiran Vasudeva photo Kiran VasudevaPartner with 12 years’ private client and Court of Protection experience. Specialise…
            David Wadsworth photo David WadsworthPartner with nearly 30 years’ dispute resolution experience since conducting own caseload…
            Nicola Wainwright photo Nicola WainwrightNicola is a specialist clinical negligence solicitor with over 20 years’ experience…
            Matthew Wescott photo Matthew WescottPartner
            Alejandro Worthington photo Alejandro WorthingtonPartner who deals with corporate and personal insolvency work, contentious and transactional…
            Number of UK partners : 150+
            Number of other UK fee-earners : 500+
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            Resolution

            JMW has a committed and modern approach to equality and diversity. Our policy makes it clear that we do not tolerate any form of discrimination and this extends to the recruitment, training and promotion of people within the practice as well as the people we deal with outside of the practice.

            We strive to ensure that all our staff and the people we deal with understand our equality and diversity policy and from time to time we analyse data following staff surveys. Our latest survey was completed in June 2021.

            By analysing our workforce data we hope to improve our approach and initiatives towards equality and diversity.

            In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 we are pleased to have published our Gender Pay Gap Report.

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