JMW Solicitors LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

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

Crime, fraud and licensing > Private prosecutions Tier 3

The ‘highly experienced’ team at JMW Solicitors LLP sits within the firm’s national crime, financial crime and investigations group and advises on criminal defence matters, fraud and private prosecutions. Daniel Martin, who took over leadership of the practice in 2022, is a name for financial and business crime, regulatory investigations, and serious and organised crime cases. Amy Shaffron is another key practitioner who acts for both corporates and individuals on fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and bribery and corruption; she is experienced in investigations brought by the SFO. Former practice head Lee Adams left the firm in April 2023.  

Practice head(s):

Daniel Martin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced private prosecution team.’

‘Amy Shaffron is extremely diligent and hardworking, a first-rate lawyer and enormously popular with clients.’

‘JMW have a wide reach in terms of clients and their ability to pick up work.’

‘Their reputation is the very best.’

‘They have expanded in London very quickly and have recruited a number of good, young and hungry solicitors.’

‘They have quickly established a good reputation and are very busy.’

‘The instructions I have received from them are diverse and of good quality.’

‘They are a firm to watch out for. ‘

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hadlands Estate Agents, who prosecuted their former financial controller for fraud committed while working remotely due to the pandemic.
  • Acting for a client in relation to a prosecution for fraud by false representation and conspiracy to defraud in relation to a crypto investment fraud with a total loss of approximately £110k.
  • Represented the private prosecutor in relation to a cross-jurisdictional fraud leading to a loss in excess of $160k.

Transport > Travel Tier 3

The ‘very capable team of highly experienced litigators’ at JMW Solicitors LLP, based in Manchester, is experienced handling a broad-range of litigation matters for claimants, including package travel-related, direct right of action, and cross-border workplace accident claims, which are often of a sensitive and complex nature. Its caseload ranges from sexual assault claims, to less severe injuries, to fatal accidents. Team lead Joanne Brine has expertise in cross-border and international work and is noted as being ‘adored by clients for her empathy and always-sound judgement’. 

Practice head(s):

Joanne Brine

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Ross

Testimonials

‘A very capable team of highly experienced litigators with particular expertise in maritime cases.’

‘Joanne Brine is a very experienced litigator with a comprehensive knowledge of the sector, excellent client care skills and particular expertise in dealing with vulnerable clients. Natasha Ross is a highly experienced litigator, down-to-earth, an excellent communicator and well-regarded by lay clients.’

‘A dedicated claimant personal injury practice with excellent leadership and a superb market product at the intersection of leisure industry and cross-border claims work.’

‘Joanne Brine has understated, but highly effective leadership skills honed through years of experience at the highest level; she is adored by clients for her empathy and always-sound judgement. She knows what works and she achieves results.’

‘Joanne Brine is a very talented lawyer with deep knowledge of the travel law business.’

‘The team has many experienced practitioners who are well-versed in all jurisdiction with links with foreign lawyers and medics, which ensures that their cases run smoothly.’

‘Joanne Brine is exceptional in her approach to cases and in her knowledge of the industry.’

‘The practice is very professional and accessible.’

Work highlights

  • Representing the parents of a child who tragically drowned in a hotel pool during a family holiday to Greece in their allegations of failure to provide lifeguards to the area.
  • Acting for a Dutch national injured during a beach horse hack in Wales who is claiming against a dog owner and stables; he now has incomplete paraplegia as a consequence of a buck, which occurred because of a loose dog on the beach which chased the horse.
  • Represented the claimant who contracted Salmonella food poisoning on a package holiday to the Dominican Republic which led to the rare development of a knee issue requiring a replacement, which left him severely disabled; a £750k settlement was reached.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

The corporate and commercial team at JMW Solicitors LLP advises SMEs, owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs and investors on a range of issues including tax reorganisations and demergers. The practice is headed by Mike Blood who has specialist knowledge in the sports, media and digital sectors. Mark Heppell works on corporate matters involving disposals, MBOs, joint ventures and share option schemes. Commercial law expert Richard Parkinson  advises clients on consumer issues involving sales promotions and protection legislation.

Practice head(s):

Mike Blood

Other key lawyers:

Mark Heppell; Richard Parkinson

Testimonials

‘I find the JMW team friendly and easy to work with, whilst at the same time always offering clear, pragmatic commercial advice.’

‘Richard Parkinson is great to work with. Always very accessible and prompt with responses and replies. The main thing though was that feeling of confidence that you are in “safe hands” and that the advice being given was up-to-date and robust.’

‘JMW have always been highly responsive. We always feel that we are a valued client, and nothing is too much trouble. Very much a pleasure to work with. Their strength in breadth has always been apparent, and we are sure that all the resources we have worked with have the necessary qualification and experience.’

‘One quality – directness. Very clear advice – especially the advice we might not like to hear!’

Key clients

Costdesign 1 Ltd

EA-RS Group Ltd

Gatsby Platform Limited

Voly Limited

Functional Backpacks Limited

Universal Pallets

Igniso Limited

Motac Holdings Ltd

Norton Properties Scotland Ltd

Perspective Financial Group Limited

Eden Valley Property Limited

Tosca Debt Capital LLP

Universal Tankers Limited

Yeovil Town Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Voly Group Limited on the acquisition of Pinpoint and setting up of the Voly music division.
  • Advised Functional Backpacks Limited on a number of licensing arrangements with high profile licensors and on a significant investment round to boost their growth.
  • Advised Perspective Financial Group Limited on various IFA business and share acquisitions totalling over £22million.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

The ‘experienced and diligent’ team at JMW Solicitors LLP has Gavin Jones at its helm, who is marked as having ‘a depth of experience unrivalled by many in Manchester’. It has broad focus on acting on matters in the accountancy and real estate sectors; ‘tenacious advisor’ James Williams has capabilities acting for lenders and practitioners on matters in the property sector in particular. The team has further strengthened its contentious capabilities with the joining of Simon Gerrard, experienced insolvency litigation partner and former team lead at Prosperity Law LLP, in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Jones

Other key lawyers:

Julie Agnew; James Williams; Simon Gerrard; Sam Baines

Testimonials

‘An experienced and diligent team which offers a pragmatic approach with creative solutions. They offer direct and concise advice and deliver value for money.’

‘James Williams is a tenacious advisor who helps drive real progress in often challenging circumstances, offering timely and well-reasoned advice.’

‘Nothing is a problem because they always find a solution. They provide clear advice, are nice to work with and always professional.’

‘Very quick to respond, whilst being diligent and thorough.’

‘Julie Agnew responds and reacts quickly, has excellent industry knowledge, gives reliable advice and help and is easy to work with!’

‘The individual lawyers at JMW who I work with are highly-experienced and skilled. I value the practical and commercial advice they give and the quality of service, particularly James Williams, Gavin Jones and Sam Baines.’

‘The Manchester headquarters has a growing team and burgeoning reputation. Their depth of knowledge and experience gives them the ability to challenge the ‘established order’ of the larger firms present in the city and they are winning key work by demonstrating strong client service and value for money.’

‘Gavin Jones is highly-regarded in the region for good reason; he has worked on a number of high-profile insolvencies and has a depth of experience unrivalled by many in Manchester.’

Key clients

Castle Trust Capital PLC

Tosca Debt Capital

Begbies Traynor

Alvarez & Marsal

Quantuma LLP

Moorfields Advisory LLP

Geoffrey Martin PKF

FRP Advisory LLP

Avison Young

Interpath Advisory

EY Parthenon (Ernst and Young LLP)

Assetz Capital Trust Company Limited

HJS Recovery (UK)

Manolete Partners PLC

Azets

Hampshire Trust Bank PLC

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 4

The full service national law firm JMW Solicitors LLP is led by financial and business crime specialist Daniel Martin, who is lauded by clients as an ‘excellent strategist‘ with ‘an eye for detail‘. The practice, which includes serious sexual assault specialist Amy Shaffron, regularly assists clients in cases of organised crime, conspiracy to murder, complex fraud, and EncroChat matters. Senior associate Ben Hall is also a key name within the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Martin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An exceptionally strong multidisciplinary practice offering a full suite of capabilities. One of the leading firms in criminal regulatory.’

‘Dan Martin is a stand-out partner. He exudes confidence and strong leadership qualities, along with a capacity for “out of the box” thinking. He demonstrably cares about the stewardship of his cases and his clients.’

‘I find them to be extremely professional and polished.’

‘JMW are an extremely strong boutique practice focusing on general and complex crime. I have dealt with the leadership team of the London practice frequently, and they rank with the best. Their core values are about delivering expert advice with the highest levels of client care.’

‘Ben Hall is a senior associate with the business crime department. He is always looking for the best barrister to suit his client’s needs and listens to the clerks and trusts their judgement. Overall, a superb professional.’

‘A highly-regarded firm known for its care of white-collar clients and companies, and with a number of dedicated team who work together seamlessly to enable a joined up service to business or individual client. Offering a full and expert service.’

‘Daniel Martin is tenacious and sophisticated in his approach to cases. He spots issues that arise and knows how to navigate the tactical options for the client and to present sound and clear advice. He will always seek out the best result for the client. Ben Hall is experienced in the criminal process and how to seek out the weaknesses in the opposing case.’

‘Dan Martin – star quality. An extremely able and focused solicitor, with an eye for detail and a commercial opportunity. A winning combination. Dan is also an excellent communicator and strategist.’

Key clients

Rory McGrath

Work highlights

  • Represented Rory McGrath, who was extradited from the US in relation to an allegation of ABH against a police officer in 1980.
  • Represented an individual charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs, where the evidence is based on EncroChats obtained by the NCA.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 4

The clinical negligence team at JMW Solicitors LLP is led by the ‘intelligent and determined’ Nicola Wainwright. The team specialises in maximum severity claims, particularly cases arising from infectious disease and neonatal injury, including meningitis claims. Suleikha Ali, who has ‘an excellent head for strategy’, has particular expertise supporting black women who have suffered injuries during pregnancy. The team is also involved in work for clients who have suffered injury due to receiving contaminated blood, and those taking part in the government Covid-19 inquiry.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Wainwright

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Nicola Wainwright has a passion for supporting her clients, particularly those who have been adversely affected due to poor medical treatment and negligence. She is driven to help support those clients, and to change practice to prevent similar avoidable adverse events from recurring. She also does this with a genuine care and empathy for the clients affected, and is compassionate about the situation.’

‘What makes JMW’s practice unique is their willingness and ability to think of causes of action from outside the sphere of clinical negligence to bolster strong claims on behalf of their clients. They have a depth and breadth of knowledge that is not commonly found in the sector.’

‘Nicola Wainwright stands head and shoulders above competitors in the field, in terms of her client care, her ability to build the strongest of relationships, and her marshalling of the facts and the issues in a case.’

‘This clinical negligence team is small but effectively run, with considerable experience within the group.’

‘Nicola Wainwright is intelligent and determined in pursuing her clients’ interests; a very effective litigator. She is ably assisted by Suleikha Ali, who is bright and thorough.’

‘Nicola Wainright and Suleikha Ali are particularly tenacious clinical negligence lawyers. They form the heart of a clinical negligence team within a larger, and quite corporate firm, which is likely to give them an edge when it comes to resources and cross-departmental teamwork.’

‘The medical negligence team brings a wealth of experience. I think their USP is really high calibre people, who are always super engaged.’

‘Nicola Wainwright is enormously experienced, able to take on the trickiest cases and make clients feel at ease. A truly top-notch partner. Suleikha Ali has complete command of the details of her cases and an excellent head for strategy.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully concluded a multi-million pound claim for a teenage girl who suffered brain damage at birth in London but who had since moved abroad.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 4

JMW Solicitors LLP fields an agile team which manages assets at a value of approximately £750m, plus property for around 900 children and vulnerable adult clients. Key names to note are Manchester-based Megan Christie-Copeland, and Kiran Vasudeva who is at the London office.

Practice head(s):

Megan Christie-Copeland; Kiran Vasudeva

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Brown; Andrew Cusworth

Testimonials

‘Rebecca Brown is experienced and sensible, providing detailed and sound advice on Court of Protection and Deputyship costs in clinical negligence proceedings. She is my ‘go to’ advisor for this type of work’.

‘The team as a whole are very accommodating, friendly and client driven. They go above and beyond to assist you and always put the clients’ best interests first’.

‘The individuals I have dealt with from JMW Solicitor have been very knowledgeable and experienced with excellent expertise in our field. They are organised and honest and transparent. Always getting back to you in reasonable time and answering any questions that have been asked’.

‘A brilliant team’.

‘Andrew Cusworth’s expertise and professionalism in moving things forward is very much appreciated’.

‘I have worked with the London court of protection team and they are one of my go-to firms for introducing clients who need post-settlement advice on trusts and court of protection matters’.

‘Kiran Vasudeva is outstanding. She is incredibly knowledgeable, frank in her approach, superb with clients, a team player and is always looking ahead and anticipating what might go wrong and how it can be avoided. She is one of my reliable and trusted advisors in the field’.

‘Most lawyers we have dealt with over the years can come across as ‘removed’ and speak in a way that makes them appear obviously as a lawyer. In many cases this is right and proper, but it can add to the tension meaning that our clients rely on us too much to interpret what the lawyer meant. We don’t have to do this with JMW Solicitor’.

Private client > Family Tier 4

Headed by Michael Rowlands, JMW Solicitors LLP's family law group has ‘a brilliant team of professional lawyers who have outstanding expertise’. Through Rowlands, the practice has strong links to the Gulf States. Philip Cooper has a wealth of experience in nuptial agreements and often acts for wealthy married and unmarried couples; his work regularly involves family companies, offshore funds, and trusts. In addition, Cooper has extensive experience in advising on the international relocation of children. Both David Thompson and Patrick Hart are also eminent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Michael Rowlands

Other key lawyers:

Philip Cooper; Patrick Hart; Lisa Greggains; Jonathan Day; David Thompson; Mark Gilmartin

Testimonials

‘Patrick Hart came highly recommended through a friend. I put my full trust in him and felt that he took my case personally and understood the distress that goes with getting divorced.’

‘There is a very large team with individual high-quality members.’

‘Jonathan Day is excellent. He has a wonderfully calm manner with clients. He also has a comprehensive legal knowledge and good judgment.’

‘JMW is a really strong, partner-led practice with an extensive national presence.’

‘Michael Rowlands is an excellent litigator who will leave no stone unturned in fighting his client’s corner. He is a champion for his clients.’

‘The team at JMW are professional, congruent, experienced, kind and are working with best practice at all touch points of the relationship.’

Mark Gilmartin is not only an exceptional legal professional who upholds the highest standards of integrity for his clients and himself but Mark is also a world-class innovator and strategist.’

‘David Thompson is dynamic, energetic and empathic. He is a fearsome and tactical opponent. Patrick Hart is also an impressive lawyer who is precise and intellectual.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

An effective mid-market outfit‘, JMW Solicitors LLP specialises in high-value disputes. The practice is experienced in representing HNW and ultra-HNW clients, as well as high-profile public figures. Practice leader and former Carter-Ruck partner, Matthew Wescott, is a commercial and insurance litigation specialist, while David Wadsworth is ‘an incredibly experienced litigator‘.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Wescott

Other key lawyers:

David Wadsworth; David Smith; Priya Sejpal

Testimonials

An effective mid-market outfit that punches above its weight.

‘Matthew Wescott is a highly capable operator, combining clear analysis, sound judgement and hard work.’

‘Matthew Wescott is diligent, always on point, and rightly has the trust of his clients.’

‘JMW has had an incredible couple of years, and is now a serious player when it coms to commercial litigation.’

‘David Wadsworth is an incredibly experienced litigator, who offers clients practical, commercial advice.’

David Smith, on the residential real estate side, is a market-leader who knows more about the private rental sector that anyone else in the field.

Key clients

Vertical Aviation

Anchor Group

Urbanbubble

Ginger Ray

Knight Frank

Northwood Solihull

National Residential Landlord’s Association

Employment > Immigration Tier 6

JMW Solicitors LLP has a broad practice comprised of different specialist teams, handling immigration mandates through its corporate specialist, personal immigration, and project and industry groups. The corporate team has care, construction, energy and food production as sector specialisms, and the firm as a whole has strength in sport related matters. Dipesh Shah heads the practice, acting in relation to the full range of corporate and personal immigration matters, and works alongside Hateem Ali, who joined in July 2022 from GSC Solicitors LLP, Nisha Patel, who joined in March 2023 from Russell-Cooke LLP, and the firm’s in-house barrister, Bahvini Bhatt.

Practice head(s):

Dipesh Shah

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Whilst the practice is large, it is very flexible with less layers and quick decision-making. The team is well experienced, qualified and gives practical advice in a jargon-free manner. They have been great to work with.’

We have worked with Dipesh Shah, head of immigration at JMW Solicitors, for our firm’s work permits and immigration matters. We have always received a first class service, all their client matters are partner-led, and we have always been satisfied with their effort and knowledge in the field. We have also recommended their services to our clients and associates, as we know they will deal with their matters diligently.

Work highlights

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

The ‘very thoroughJamie Mathieson heads the London offering at JMW Solicitors LLP. Kiran Vasudeva  is the other key contact who is ‘professional, approachable and very knowledgeable’. Clients include families, business owners and entrepreneurs.

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

Manchester-based JMW Solicitors LLP’s business crime and regulation practice boasts a strong team of highly experienced lawyers who ‘always demonstrate exceptional commitment to their cases, providing very high quality, comprehensive, and efficient service.’ The group, headed by experienced criminal litigator Peter Grogan, has a particular reputation for its work in white-collar crime and pre-charge advice, as well as in relation to alleged financial wrongdoing, including fraud, investigations and inquests, professional misconduct, sexual wrongdoing claims, and defence of motoring offences. Drawing on over 35 years’ experience, Ian Lewis is the key contact for professional regulatory discipline and fitness to practice proceedings, while Mike Rainford is a specialist in complex fraud and VAT evasion matters. Sam Healey is a ‘standout, heavyweight performer, who is absolutely exceptional, strong, strategic and assiduous in all of his work.’ 

Practice head(s):

Peter Grogan

Other key lawyers:

Ian Lewis; Sam Healey; Catherine Gaynor; Evan Wright; Mike Rainford

Testimonials

‘A truly efficient and modern approach. An excellent team, especially Sam Healey. First choice for private crime.’

‘Team has the capacity and knowledge base to deal with a variety of matters; from the most straight forward to the most complex. The support provided to counsel is excellent and adaptive to how different counsel work. Their client support is second-to-none both in terms of advice and the basic practicalities of navigating the criminal justice system.’

‘Sam Healy’s attention to detail is fantastic, even in the most complex of cases. He is a team player, always willing to discuss strategy with counsel and to have a reasoned debate about the tactical options available in a case. He is reassuring and pragmatic with clients, leaving no stone unturned on their behalf whilst providing cogent advice.’

‘Difficult conversations and situations are met with maturity, professionalism, and speed in making decisions on how best to move forward. The best criminal team I work with in the North of the country by a long way. I speak with various members of the team discussing ideas, technology, and how to move the legal community forward.’

‘Sam Healey is approachable, straight forward, and will go the extra mile for his clients and do everything he can to conduct the smooth passage of a case through the system. He is exceptional at knowing exactly where a case is at any given moment with an amazing eye for details and memory of what has previously happened. He is simply a class act.’

‘The team at JMW is one of the best around. They have exceptionally engaging partners in Ian Lewis, Mike Rainford, and Sam Healey. They have a large ‘behind the scenes’ team that allows the partners to focus on the real issues and they achieve some fantastic results.’

‘Ian Lewis undertakes some of the firm’s most serious work. He really fights for his clients and puts them at ease. Sam Healey is widely regarded as a go-to lawyer for financial crime matters. He has a very calming disposition and clients are delighted to have him on their side.’

‘JMW lawyers always demonstrate exceptional commitment to their cases. They provide a very high quality, comprehensive, and efficient service to all their clients. I have been incredibly impressed by the teams they put together for each client, led by a fully engaged partner who oversees every stage and the quality of service.’

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

  • Represented a Police Inspector charged with rape.
  • Rperesented a world-renowned retired footballer charged with assault and controlling and coercive behaviour.
  • Acted for a client in money laundering case in excess of £260m.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP, recommended for providing ‘a high standard of care and consideration‘ to its clients, is one of the larger firms working on the claimant side and consistently handles high-value brain and spinal injury cases, in addition to offering specific expertise in cerebral palsy and cauda equina syndrome matters. The practice is led by cauda equina expert Eddie Jones. Also key are Sally Leonards and Angharad Hughes, both of whom are highly recommended by clients. Jodie Miller made partner in May 2023, is another name to note in this large and accomplished team, as are Melissa Gardner and Steven Brown.

Practice head(s):

Eddie Jones

Other key lawyers:

Steven Brown; Angharad Hughes; Jodie Miller; Clare Stevens; Joanne Brine; Melissa Gardner; Sally Leonards; Mark Havenhand

Testimonials

‘Angharad Hughes handled my case since the start and though it was long and complicated she was always available when I had questions or fears – her speed at replying to emails is fantastic. She genuinely cares.’

‘People are kind, compassionate and dedicated.’

‘Eddie Jones in particular has been sympathetic and honest throughout our trial.’

‘The team at JMW are both professional and efficient at their roles. I was always treated with the utmost respect by all members of the team in a caring and compassionate manner.’

‘Eddie Jones was my solicitor at JMW. During the seven years that my case ran I received a high standard of care and consideration which was consistent throughout. Their work was always exceptional as well as professional throughout.’

‘They are very transparent and meet expectations. Keep you well informed, provide best advice and are there each step of the way. They explain every single process. Build the best rapport with you so that you feel confident and well aware of how your case is proceeding.’

‘Sally Leonards – very professional, her knowledge of the field is fantastic. Keeps you well informed.’

‘The team have all been amazing. Nothing is too much trouble. So much more than a legal team. They showed empathy and compassion.’

Work highlights

  • Secured a £24m lifetime care package for child with severe cerebral palsy due to maternity errors.
  • Obtained £3.75m in compensation for a woman with severe cauda equina syndrome after a delay in diagnosis.
  • Obtained a £11.7m compensation settlement for a seven-year-old client who sustained severe kernicterus brain damage when a new-born baby.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

JMW Solicitors LLP‘s practice is recommended for complex personal injury matters, ranging from heavily contested liability disputes to cases of uncommon injuries such as carbon monoxide poisoning. The practice is jointly led by paediatric brain injury specialist Gordon Cartwright and industrial disease specialist Andrew Lilley. Joanne Brine, who is experienced in cross-border injury claims, is another key name in the team. Catherine Leech, a highly regarded specialist in spinal injuries and polytraumas, joined the firm from Irwin Mitchell in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Cartwright; Andrew Lilley

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant who suffered CO poisoning at work, and settled before trial for £585,000.
  • Representing a claimant who suffered a spinal cord injury following an RTA.
  • Represented a 23-year-old male who sustained a serious brain injury in a motorcycle accident, and obtained a settlement for £3.85m.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Drawing considerable praise from a range of clients, JMW Solicitors LLP is home to a near-unrivalled sized bench of contested trusts and probate advisors, routinely working with domestic and international clients on complex estate and will disputes. Steered by the highly experienced and ‘exceptional’ Alison Parry, the firm are geared to act on the full range of private wealth disputes, with Allison gaining notable recognition for her impressive litigation expertise and skill in professional negligence claims. The ‘incredibly knowledgable’ Ben Wilson is a go-to for individuals deliberating over accounts and assets in multiple jurisdictions, while Ian Johnston leverages his previous non-contentious experience to provide a comprehensive understanding of wills and trusts to estate disputes. Claire Brierley is also active on standout practice matters, particularly in respect of Court of Protection.

Practice head(s):

Alison Parry

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The largest specialist contentious probate team in Manchester, and probably in the North West. Market-leaders in the area, with strength at all levels’

‘Alison Parry leads the team by example. An exceptional litigator with a wealth of expertise in contested estates

‘Ian Johnston is a very bright solicitor. Marries intellect with pragmatism in achieving the best results for his clients.’

‘Ben Wilson is incredibly knowledgeable and personable. Well known for his work in 1975 Act cases’

‘Alison Parry is one of the best. Her thoughtful cost-effective advice is considered and thorough and she really goes the extra mile for her clients.’

‘I am very pleased with the work being done for me. The team seem to be very knowledgeable and are able to advise me on legal terms, as well as recommend barristers when I need more advice.’

‘The team is quite large so has capacity to respond quickly and they have a wide breadth of experience and knowledge between them.’

‘Alison Parry and Ben Wilson always respond quickly to queries and call clients referred to them, usually the same day and always within 24 working hours. Both are helpful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about contentious matters. Alison Parry has advised in connection with various matters for me over a number of years and has always backed her advice with appropriate action.’

Key clients

Nicole Priel and Eli Glatt

Timothy Halliday

Nicola Hurst

Kanwal Swali

Michael Dyke

Andreas Michli and Lillah Michli

Graham Kershaw

Vanessa Molyneaux

Marc, Tara and James Child

Danial Gilbert

Work highlights

Private client > Family Tier 1

Praised for its ability to ‘analyse complex financial situations‘, JMW Solicitors LLP remains one of the preeminent family firms in the northwest, possessing a deep bench of lawyers that competently advise on divorce, children and Court of Protection matters. The team provide trusted counsel to companies looking for guidance on complex trusts cases, as well as having a wealth of knowledge regarding pre and post nuptial agreements, surrogacy law and the ever-evolving cryptocurrency sphere. Head of the family department Michael Chapman is revered for his expertise in Schedule 1 child cases, and leads alongside Elspeth Kinder who has a broad practice that is largely focused on complex cross border divorce and matrimonial finance matters. Beverly Jones ‘has developed and manages a leading team’ in the Liverpool office and is a sought-after practitioner due to her expert understanding of surrogacy law. Abigail Bennett‘s role as an in-house barrister results in her being an integral part of the firm’s caseload, especially when it concerns private children work. Katie Lowe is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Michael Chapman; Elspeth Kinder; Beverley Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘JMW is truly exceptional in its field, and its team of lawyers possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping clients navigate the complex financial issues that arise during divorce proceedings. They are adept at analysing complex financial situations, and they work tirelessly to ensure that their clients receive a fair and equitable settlement.

‘The lead Partner for me was Katie Lowe. Katie supported me over a long period of time, and managed a group of supporting associates and trainees, ensuring there was also someone available with a good knowledge of the case to provide support and guidance. Katie is very thorough and detailed, and able to retain a huge amount of facts and data evolving over many months as the court process evolved.’

‘A combination of significant experience of the challenges clients face , legal expertise to advise and a deep intent to put the clients needs first.’

‘The key differentiator is the ability to relate emotionally and compassionately. This enabled me as the client to relax more and to be able to see more clearly how to progress matters.’

‘Elspeth Kinder supported me on a complex family legal issue which involved an application for the removal of my children to Sweden. It was a difficult and emotionally complex case which Elspeth and her team navigated and defended in a detailed and professional manner. Elspeth was always assured of the details of the case and gave me confidence in her judgements and reading of the case. I would absolutely recommend Elspeth and her team and JMW.’

‘Elspeth Kinder and her team have detailed experience of defending international relocation applications and this was the difference to many other firms. Elspeth has the confidence that comes with winning cases and supporting clients through these complex and emotionally challenging moments.’

‘Extremely well managed and knowledgeable team. All members work well together and provide a solid team that is unrivalled. I would say that it stands out enormously as being tightly run and full of dedicated hard-working lawyers.’

‘Beverley Jones has developed and manages a leading team in the North West.’

Work highlights

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Complex Court of Protection matters and multi-jurisdictional private client work form the cornerstone of the practice at JMW Solicitors LLP. The team are increasingly involved with financial abuse cases, as well as deputyship work, while demonstrating aparticular strength in alternative investment structures, a key feature of private client head Joe Cobb‘s practice. Cross-border work centres on trust planning and restructuring for new domiciles, and the team is also active on Court of Protection cases, led by Megan Christie-Copeland, such as forensic investigations into missing accounts and investments, obtaining capacity assessments and establishing Lasting Powers of Attorney. Andrew Cusworth competently handles the firm’s cross border work and continues to provide trusted support to individuals who lack capacity. Russell Kaminski is an expert within the evolving cryptocurrency and digital asset landscapes.

Practice head(s):

Joe Cobb; Megan Christie-Copeland

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Joe Cobb provides excellent, detailed, pragmatic advice to clients. He has the ability to get to the heart of each issue and provide the most appropriate solution for the individual circumstances.’

‘Rebecca Brown is an excellent choice for advice in complex clinical negligence claims involving Claimants with lifelong needs in relation to the costs of managing high value settlements.’

‘Joe Cobb is exceptional in front of clients and a wonderful contact for general advice in my day-to-day operations. I have only ever heard positive reviews of Joe and that echoes my experience and that of my clients.’

‘Russell Kaminski has been brilliant. Extremely knowledgeable and came highly recommended to my clients looking for a solicitor.’

‘JMW have a dynamic team with a wealth of knowledge and experience to deal with the most complex of cases. Always proactive in their day to day and always able to find solutions to whatever is put in front of them all with superb level of communication throughout the process providing confidence and reassurance to their clients in a difficult period.’

‘Joe Cobb Partner and Russell Kaminski – What makes these individuals stand out in what is an excellent team in its entirety is the level of care that they provide. Always on hand to discuss matters while connecting on a human level they are expert problem solvers nothing is ever an issue.’

‘The quality of the partners is the most important factor when leading a business in the local market and JMW have some of the most experienced partners in the private client space, which is key to their success.’

‘Joe Cobb is very easy to deal with and has a no-nonsense approach. He very quickly understands the matters in-hand and, through his experience, he knows how to deal with it effectively and in the client’s best interests.’

Work highlights

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

JMW Solicitors LLP’s practice, rated by clients as the ‘go-to firm in the region‘, is led by experienced reputation management specialist Rebecca Young . Young is described by one client as ‘the best litigator I have dealt with‘, having overseen the growth of the practice and its workload, bringing in harassment and NDA expert Katherine Mills from Clyde & Co in October 2022. Also key within the team is Oliver Wright, whose specialism is reputation management work for politicians, trade unions and the police. Technology sector and cryptocurrency specialist Jemma Fleetwood has vast experience in acting in high-profile privacy litigation. The media group also works closely with the firm’s sports practice, led by Stephen Taylor Heath. Nick McAleenan joined Brabners LLP in August 2022, contributing his knowledge of phone hacking cases and security incidents. John Burns joined the group in early 2024 from Gateley Legal, contributing his broad experience in the drafting and negotiation of IP assignments and tech development exploitation agreements.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Young

Other key lawyers:

Jemma Fleetwood; Oliver Wright; Katherine Mills; Graham Small; Stephen Taylor-Heath; John Burns

Testimonials

‘Good strength and depth.’

‘They were prompt, responsive and clearly knowledgeable.’

‘The go to firm in the region as they have strength in depth of high quality lawyers who are seasoned litigators and great tacticians. The quality and profile of their work is testament to their strengths.’

‘Rebecca Young – the best litigator I have dealt with. She is setting the standards for others to follow. Her case preparation is phenomenal and clients love her for how much she invests in their cases.’

‘Collaboration and willingness to provide solutions that may fall wide of the scope. Excellent team to work with.’

‘Graham Small and Stephen Taylor Heath have always been there to support us. Very grateful for their help.’

‘I have had the privilege of getting to know Jemma Fleetwood and recommend her.’

Key clients

Smart Parking Ltd

United Utilities

Dr Chauhan OBE

VSL Sport Ltd

Davinia Taylor

British Woodworking Federation

Boyne Valley Ltd

British Medical Association

Police Federation

FDIS

Nadine Merabi Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for claimants in AAA (1) BBB (2) v CCC in obtaining an interim non-disclosure injunction, through to a final injunction granted at a Summary Judgment hearing. The firm also acted in the appeal brought by the defendant, in which the claimants were successful. The firm continued to act for the claimants where the defendant subsequently breached the terms of the non-disclosure injunction and in committal proceedings.
  • Advised on a project to mint and sell NFTs featuring pixelated sections of the stadiums of Ukraine Premier League Football Clubs. The proceeds are going towards President Zelensky’s charitable foundation.
  • Acted for Riaz Ahmad OBE in a claim for libel and harassment concerning the publication of false allegations of child sexual abuse. A permanent injunction was granted following judgment on the claim, pursuant to a successful application to strike out the defence.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

JMW Solicitors LLP handles high-value, multi-party disputes, with vast expertise in commercial and corporate litigation. The commercial public law capabilities of the team, along with media and reputation management sub-team, cryptocurrency litigation knowledge, and trusts and probate experience complement the commercial litigation core of the team. Steve Morris leads the team, specialising in all aspects of corporate disputes, ranging from contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, warranty claims, professional negligence, freezing injunctions, and directors’ duties, acting for a variety of clients. Graham Small and Michael Kennedy are key names in the team.

Other key lawyers:

Peter Barnard; Layla Kelly; Phillip Partington; Nathan Dean; Jemma Fleetwood

Testimonials

‘Peter Barnard is an effective, knowledgeable property litigator. Mike Kennedy is robust and pragmatic, with a wide range of expertise. Layla Kelly has a growing reputation for her expertise in professional negligence claims.’

‘Steve Morris has an excellent understanding of our business and the delicate factors that all have to be balanced to find a sensible way through commercial disputes. Steve’s critical, objective, and has a calm view on any case, allows us to set aside our emotional responses and hone in on what we really need in order to achieve a result.’

‘Philip Partington has been particularly outstanding , getting the big calls right. Nathan Dean has been hard working and diligent throughout the case.’

‘They have very talented individual members. At a senior level, Graham Small is excellent, approachable and very commercial. A special mention for Jemma Fleetwood, a rising star in crypto and NFTs.’

‘Mark Jones is a very experienced and commercially-savvy litigator. He is very focussed on the result and all the ways you might get there. excellent client rapport.’

‘Michael Kennedy – brilliant tactician and litigator – especially for shareholder disputes. Rebecca Young – brilliant all round lawyer with an imposing command of all aspects of a case. Graham Small – calm under pressure’

‘Peter Barnard, Layla Kelly, and their teams have accomplished a fantastic job on our case. They are both as approachable as they are knowledgeable in their areas of practice and beyond. Their advice is sharp, clear and concise and is not only legally precise but commercially viable and makes common sense. We would not hesitate a second to work with them again should we need to and to recommend them to anyone.’

‘Jemma Fleetwood’s knowledge and understanding of the Digital Asset space to be full and admirable. She is someone who took it upon herself to start learning about the digital world of crypto, blockchain, and web3, and in doing so put together a robust case study as to why her company should develop a practice in this space.’

Key clients

United Utilities Water Limited

Innovate Pharmaceuticals Limited

Clayton Recruitment Limited

Creative Car Park Limited; ParkingEye Limited Smart Parking Limited; Direct Collection Bailiffs Limited; Debt Recovery Plus Limited; ZZPS Limited

Bromcom Computers PLC

Morouj Commodities UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising a group of private parking companies bringing a successful judicial review challenge of the decision of the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to remove the ability of these companies to recover debt recovery fees.
  • Representing client in successfully unwinding the transfer of a £4million property in central London and the first reported decision applying the analysis of the Judge in Ali v Dinc, that a constructive trust can arise in such circumstances.
  • Acted for the claimants in a successful non-disclosure injunction order, followed by an order for committal for breach against the respondent, and a further successful appeal to the Court of Appeal that the applicable sentence should be custodial, establishing important case-law on the appropriate sentence in such cases.

Employment Tier 2

Boasting an impressive twelve months of both senior and junior hires, JMW Solicitors LLP has a strong bench of practitioners to advise on a wide range of employment matters, with particular specialism in the recruitment and hospitality sectors. Alongside a growing volume of litigation work, particularly whistleblowing claims, the group has an impressive track record in matters pertaining to regulatory compliance, business restructurings and reorganisations, and pensions. Team head Paul Chamberlain has an astute understanding of worker’s rights and regulations, guiding companies through pay and holiday requirements and labour abuses, while Simon Bloch‘s knowledge of the recruitment sector is nationally recognised, and he regularly advising on Agency Worker’s Regulations and restrictive covenant disputes. Marcus Difelice is chiefly noted for his impressive Employment Tribunal work. In 2022, partners Julian Richards and Ikram Malik joined the practice from Shoosmiths LLP and Aaron & Partners LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):

Paul Chamberlain

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are very knowledgeable in all areas of employment law.’

‘The team including Paul Chamberlain and Simon Bloch work with us on an ongoing basis. They are always on hand for advise and to share their knowledge when required.’

Key clients

Telecom Plus (Utility Warehouse)

Travelodge Hotels

The Restaurant Group plc

Wagamama

Nando’s

U & I Group plc

British Medical Association

Access Advertising Marketing & Design Limited

Honest Burgers

Utility Warehouse (Telecom Plus plc

Work highlights

  • Appointed to the BMA’s legal panel to provide support to its members on employee relations matters. The BMA has more than 170,000 members and is the professional body and trade union for doctors.
  • Currently undertaking the legal side of an audit addressing the number of significant legal issues affecting the recruitment sector, including compliance with holiday and holiday pay minimum requirement.
  • Represented NFamily Holdings (a large chain of children’s nurseries) in their application for a sponsor licence in the Skilled Worker category which was approved by the Home Office as a priority.

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 2

The strength of JMW Solicitors LLP's cohort has continued throughout 2022 and has seen a particular uptick in focus on social housing-related acquisitions, disposals and asset management work. Its notable roster of clients has been bolstered by the 2022 additions of David Frankland and Robin Sharp respectively, who have both added to the leisure sector in that regard; it acts for such well-known companies as Greene King and Tattu Restaurants, its relationship with the latter of which is managed by development specialist Tom Cressey. Thomas Pearson  leads the team alongside Majid Mahmood, who was promoted to co-lead in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Pearson; Majid Mahmood

Other key lawyers:

Tom Cressey; Robin Sharp; David Frankland; Paul Burton; Simon Maddox

Testimonials

‘Paul Burton is detailed, knowledgeable and pragmatic – he endeavours to get the deals over the line efficiently.’

‘JMW make us feel valued and they have the right capabilities to deal with whatever we pass there way. Simon Maddox always compliments the core team with the correct resources. The team understands our business requirements. They are a very personable, diverse law firm able to cater for all our needs.’

‘Simon Maddox is a very personable individual and always on hand to discuss matters. He leads his team very well and introduces new partners and colleagues where appropriate and we have never felt under-resourced. He stays close enough to transactions that he is always up to speed.’

Key clients

Silverlane Developments

Tattu Restaurants

HSPG

Henry Boot Developments/Barnfield Construction

Greene King

Quorum Estates Limited

Blueoak Estates Limited

Arc Inspirations Limited

Riverstone Developments Limited

CityFibre Limited, CityFibre Holdings Limited and associated companies

Blackacre

Grafton Land & Property

Warwick Investments (UK) Limited

Northhold Group

Brookhouse Group Limited

Boutique Hotel Group

Millennium Care UK

Hollins Strategic Land LLP, Hollins Homes Limited and associated companies

Blue Square Residential Ltd

LWC Drinks Ltd

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

JMW Solicitors LLP houses a varied practice with specialisms in media contracts, brand and sponsorship deals, sports tech and sports science (including nutrition) and sports related crypto. Practice head Stephen Taylor Heath is an expert in broadcasting agreements, primarily focusing on football and boxing. Experienced sports arbitrator Claire Brown and Mike Blood, a corporate lawyer with specialist sports finance knowledge, are also key. Ben Peppi heads the firm’s Barn Door UK initiative, a business platform for retired sportspeople. John Burns joined the group in early 2024, contributing his deep knowledge of sponsorship and naming rights agreements.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Taylor Heath

Testimonials

‘First class.’

‘Stephen Heath is exceptional.’

Key clients

Prenetics EMEA Limited

Leona Maguire

Ewen Ferguson

VSL Sport Limited

Modest Golf Management Limited

Kinetica Sports Nutrition

Queensberry Promotions Limited

Sportsscientia Limited

MagicTech Limited

Open Door Developments Limited

Pulseroll Limited

Inter European Sports Agency

Lit Sports Limited

Strike Sports Management Limited

Francis Warren

Tyrrell Hatton

Willpowders Limited

Kinetica Sports Nutrition

American Golf

Volute Sport Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised VSL Sport Limited on a project to mint and sell NFTs  featuring pixelated sections of the stadiums of Ukraine Premier League Football Clubs. The proceeds going to President Zelensky’s charitable foundation.
  • Advised American Golf Leisure Limited on a joint venture with Justin Rose and the Rose Foundation to develop branded golf centres including supporting the Rose Charitable Foundation.
  • Advised Irish Golfer Leona Maguire and her management team at Modest! Golf Management on major sponsorship agreement with KPMG Ireland.

Real estate > Construction Tier 5

The cohort at JMW Solicitors LLP is headed by Andrew Rimmer from the firm’s Manchester office, supported by Helen Daley. The team is best known for its abilities handling the remit of construction disputes for its clients, including the likes of Urban Splash Construct. Its transactional work often involves advising on residential projects. Neil Armstrong joined the group from Myerson Solicitors LLP in January 2024, contributing his deep knowledge of waste to energy initiatives and residential projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rimmer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Helen Daley is very responsive, knowledgeable, and keen to deliver a positive result.’

Key clients

Domis Construction Ltd

Urban Splash Construct

EJ Parker Technical Services (Central Ltd)

Work highlights

  • Advising Domis Construction on design and construction by our contractor client of a significant mixed use scheme in the centre of a huge regeneration of a moribund part of Salford.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

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
CEO Chris Sutton
Senior Partner Warren Martin
Managing Partner Marc Yaffe
Business crime and regulation Peter Grogan
Clinical negligence Eddie Jones
Commercial litigation Steve Morris
Real Estate Thomas Pearson
Corporate and commercial Mike Blood
Restructuring and Insolvency Gavin Jones
Employment Paul Chamberlain
Family Michael Chapman
Personal injury Gordon Cartwright
Head of London John Andrews
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
Personal Injury Andrew Lilley
Sport Stephen Taylor-Heath
Media Rebecca Young
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John Andrews photo John Andrews Partner, specialising in Mergers and acquisitions work for SMEs with particular expertise…
Philip Cooper photo Philip Cooper Partner. Philip specialises in divorce and medium-to-high net worth financial settlements representing…
Savio D'Costa photo Savio D'Costa Partner specialising in hotel and leisure, investment and franchising. Savio deals with…
Philip Partington photo Philip Partington Partner and head of JMW’s Intellectual Property team. Philip has a particular…
Anita Rai photo Anita Rai Partner and Head of Employment, London and has over 20 years’ in-depth…
Tracey Rodford photo Tracey Rodford Partner.    An all-rounder with real commitment, Tracey represents parents resolving complex…
Michael Rowlands photo Michael Rowlands Partner Family Law Head of Department Children and Money with an emphasis…
Kiran Vasudeva photo Kiran Vasudeva Partner with 12 years’ private client and Court of Protection experience. Specialise…
David Wadsworth photo David Wadsworth Partner with nearly 30 years’ dispute resolution experience in conducting own caseload.…
Nicola Wainwright photo Nicola Wainwright Nicola is a specialist clinical negligence solicitor with over 20 years’ experience…
Matthew Wescott photo Matthew Wescott Partner
Alejandro Worthington photo Alejandro Worthington Partner who deals with corporate and personal insolvency work, contentious and transactional…
Number of UK partners : 150+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 550+
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
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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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