Firm Profile > JMW Solicitors LLP > Liverpool, England

JMW Solicitors LLP
L3 9QJ

Crime: fraud Tier 1

Peter Grogan, who has extensive experience in cases involving financial wrongdoing, heads the team at JMW Solicitors LLP. The practice advises business and business owners in relation to prosecutions initiated by industry regulators. This includes HMRC investigations, Proceeds of Crime Act issues, and offences under the Pensions Act. The team is also expert in proceedings involving possible repatriation. Mike Rainford is noted for advising on multi-suspect cases with an international component.

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‘Hard-working, dynamic individuals, high profile.’

Crime: general Tier 1

The business crime and regulation team at JMW Solicitors LLP defends professional clients, particularly in cases of misconduct, dishonesty or sexual wrongdoings. Other key areas of work include parking regulation and legislation, the defence of motoring offences, and advising businesses and business-owners on investigation and prosecutions brought by industry regulators. Peter Grogan heads the team and has significant experience in cases of financial wrongdoing. Ian Lewis specialises in police law, with emphasis on misconduct proceedings, inquests and judicial reviews.

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‘The team has great focus on the cases. They develop excellent rapport with the clients and are able to guide them as they are trusted. They fight hard and skilfully for the clients.’

‘The team has vast experience with serious offences.’

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

Horizon Parking Ltd

Family Tier 1

Spread across its Manchester and Liverpool offices, the 'strategically astute and extremely well-resourced' family team at JMW Solicitors LLP has considerable expertise in handling intricate cross-border cases, including abduction issues. The team, jointly led in Manchester by Michael Chapman and Elspeth Kinder, has represented clients in cases before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Liverpool team head Beverley Jones specialises in fertility work, while David Pickering is noted for his expertise in high-value complex matrimonial finance work. Katie Lowe and associate Emma Benson are other names to note.


‘Beverley Jones has her own personal practice of high-net-worth ancillary relief clients. She runs a very good team of up and coming solicitor experts. Very easy to get hold of always willing to assist to obtain the best result for both sets of clients if possible.’ 

‘Beverley Jones leads the Liverpool office and is excellent – particular in complex private law and difficult surrogacy cases.’ 

‘The excellent family law team at JMW is strategically astute and extremely well-resourced. It is able to, and does, handle with distinction high-profile, complex national litigation as well as being at the forefront of the top tier firms in the North West.’ 

‘Michael Chapman is calm, determined and strategically aware. He is a force to be reckoned with. Holly Tootill is tenacious and diligent, and is all over the detail of a case.’ 

‘I worked closely with Katie Lowe and she has been outstanding. She is very calm and capable in what can be very stressful situations.’ 

‘Beverley Jones specialises in a range of family matters, and stands out as an exceptional person in her sector. Specialists in substantial, high net worth and complex cases. Very active with the LGBT community, showing great sensitivity and support. Highly reliable, trustworthy and clever at what she does. Great personality.’ 

‘My impression of the firm is that they are extremely knowledgeable, proactive and helpful with a great service. In particular, they explain things clearly, hold the clients’ hand and support them through the whole process.’ 

‘Michael Chapman is always incredibly helpful, efficient and approachable, with a great understanding of family law.’ 

‘They are an excellent team with a huge level of experience in family matters and a very strong reputation in the Manchester market. I have recommended their services to a number of clients and colleagues.’ 

‘Dedicated and well versed in the world of surrogacy which is a niche area. Absolutely lovely, empathetic and understanding lawyers who really support you through the whole process and you can tell they really care about the right end result.’ 

‘Beverley Jones is extremely competent and practical in her approach to resolving surrogacy matters but comes with a kind heart and sensitive approach.’ 

‘The Liverpool team stands out head and shoulders above other firms in the City. They are involved in most of the heavyweight financial remedy work in Liverpool.’

‘When barrister Abigail Bennett recently joined the department as in-house counsel and partner, this was a coup for JMW. She is brilliant: she takes no prisoners.’

Media and entertainment Tier 1

At JMW Solicitors LLP, the ‘groundbreaking, exceptional team’ represents celebrities, sports stars, social media and reality TV stars, other high-net-worth individuals and businesses. Practice head Nick McAleenan, a ‘very shrewd litigator’, is reputed for his knowledge of defamation, data protection and privacy complaints in addition to crisis and general reputation management. His team is also highly regarded for brand management and IP issues with particular expertise in harassment actions, including those against internet trolls and former employees. Notably, the group represented 9,263 group claimants in a Supreme Court data breach case which concerned the leak of Morrisons’ payroll information in 2014 by a Morrisons employee. Senior associate Rebecca Young 'has an encyclopaedic knowledge of procedure'.

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‘Really good team with excellent knowledge – both legal and practical. Particular expertise in media and data protection cases. One of the best.’

‘Laura Wilkinson really knows her stuff, fights for the client and is extremely good to work with. Nick McAleenan is a really good media and communications law solicitor, knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and innovative.’

‘A team that has the edge due to its experience of commercial dispute resolution.’

‘Rebecca Young has an ability that belies her youth. Encyclopaedic knowledge of procedure.’

‘A groundbreaking, exceptional team at the forefront of data breach litigation. They are actively pushing the law forward.’

‘Nick McAleenan is a very pleasant chap and a very shrewd litigator. Laura Wilkinson is a very committed lawyer.’

‘They succeeded where other firms didn’t. It wasn’t simply about obtaining a fee for work provided but maintaining a focus on winning the battle.’

Key clients

Various Claimants v WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc

The Blue Rooms (London) Limited

Dan Hooper

Pride Planning

Various Claimants v Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Adam Deering

LWC Drinks Ltd

British Parking Association

Smart Parking Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The Manchester-based team at JMW Solicitors LLP is highly adept at handling complex estate planning issues, with particular expertise in family investment companies and trust planning work. As well as dealing on a regular basis with charitable trusts, the firm also has extensive experience in cross-jurisdictional wills and estates, where it advises high-profile sports and media personalities. Other clients include family business owners, landed gentry and farming families, which the group assists with agricultural property relief and business property relief issues. In autumn 2020 a 14-strong Court of Protection team led by Megan Christie-Copeland and Andrew Cusworth joined the firm from Linder Myers.


‘Andrew Cusworth has excellent knowledge of the issues. He is wasy to engage with and able to break down the information in a format that is understandable by a varying degree of experience that individuals have.’ 

‘Andrew Cusworth and Megan Christie have many Deputyships in their name and are very experienced. They are quick to react and understand client needs; they are always prepared to go the extra mile.’

‘Megan Christie-Copeland’s hard work and attention to detail have clearly engendered her team’s trust. She is always smiling, has a ‘can-do’ attitude, and is a pleasure to work with.’ 

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

The commercial litigation team at JMW Solicitors LLP handles a range of disputes, with particular multi-party and group litigation experience. Practice head Marc Yaffe has experience in e-commerce, online and sports-related disputes, while Michael Kennedy focuses on contentious shareholder, director and partnership matters. The team benefits from the addition of DWF's former head of commercial litigation Steve Morris, who adds a breadth of experience. Other names to note include Mark JonesNick McAleenan and Claire Brown for construction, data protection and contractual disputes respectively. The firm also recently made a notable hire in London with the addition of Matthew Wescott from Carter-Ruck.

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Michael Kennedy: you want him in your corner if you have a commercial dispute. He has seen it all and knows how to resolve it all both in and out of the court. Always feel that he has the advantage over whoever he is dealing with.

Rebecca Young is one of the best associates I have dealt with. Her command of the detail and preparation of a case is incredible. She will go ‘toe to toe’ in any dispute and clients feel that she is the one to have in her corner.

Mark Jones is very good tactically and has a willingness and ability to take on ‘difficult’ cases and give them a life that others wouldn’t.’

‘Matthew Wescott is one of the best international arbitration lawyers I know. His understated, calm and excellent judgement has steered to victory and to settlement many matters which others would have baulked at. He deserves a top rating. 

Key clients

Staveley Head Limited

Octax Limited

North West Ground Rents Limited

My Fish Company

Kenneth Hall (Builder) Ltd

Abbeydale Food Group

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Led by Alison Parry, who has 'good tactical nous and is also very good at dealing with vulnerable clients', the team at JMW Solicitors LLP acts in challenges to wills as well as claims under the Inheritance Act. The team, which operates as part of the commercial litigation practice, also regularly handles trust disputes including issues relating to the rectification of wills and disputes involving executors or trustees. Another name to note is associate solicitor Ian Johnston.

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‘Great team. Good legal knowledge and commercial approach to litigation.

‘The team moves very quickly, and is very calm and knowledgeable.’ 

‘Alison Parry was easy to talk to; no question I asked was too small or unimportant. She was very friendly and her assessment of things was honest, which is what you need. I’ve had nothing but good things to say about Alison and the firm to all my friends and family purely because of how good Alison was. She was excellent from start to end, everything you need and would want from a solicitor.’ 

‘The individuals I have worked with have been excellent, and provide a very capable service.’ 

‘I have mostly worked with Alison Parry, who is a very capable private client litigator. She has good tactical nous and is also very good at dealing with vulnerable clients – though she is also able to come across very robustly to opponents, and brooks no-nonsense. I would recommend her without hesitation.’ 

‘Very knowledgeable in their field and were very compassionate at a difficult time.’ 

‘Ian Johnston really supported me during a very difficult time in my life. Can’t put a price on that as he went out of his way to sort everything out for me.’ 

Employment Tier 2

The 'experienced group of specialists' in JMW Solicitors LLP’ employment practice is led by Paul Chamberlain, who was previously head of employment at Brabners LLP. The Manchester practice’s already strong track record in the recruitment space is bolstered by the arrival of Chamberlain, who has broad expertise in agency workers’ regulations, TUPE, the Working Time Regulations and temporary worker status. The team advises clients in the hospitality, automotive, pharma, manufacturing, education and charities sectors, with particular expertise in advising on large scale redundancies and reorganisations and restrictive covenants. Jennifer Smith is another name to note.

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‘JMW’s employment law team has brought together an experienced group of specialists who have an in-depth knowledge of all facets of employment and offer an unrivalled service to employers.’ 

‘The team is headed up by Paul Chamberlain who has provided services to our group for over 20 years. He is ably supported by Simon Bloch.’

Key clients

The Employment Agents Movement (TEAM)

Staffline Recruitment Limited

Ambitions Personnel

Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo)

Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)

The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA)

Gi Group

British Parking Association

Clock Spring/NRI Europe Limited

Cantel UK Limited

LWC Drinks

Brookson Group

Gong Cha England Limited

Sport Tier 2

The arrival of Stephen Taylor Heath from IPS Law in May 2019 significantly bolstered the sports offering at JMW Solicitors LLP. An expert in both football and boxing, among other sports, he previously served as in-house counsel at Leeds United and has expertise in worldwide media and commercial rights, doping matters and disputes before governing bodies and athletic commissions, both domestic and global. The team, jointly led by Taylor Heath and Ben Peppi, is also well-versed in broadcasting agreements, club acquisitions and takeovers, media and sponsorship deals in addition to defamation, disputes and regulatory matters. Motorsports is also a key sector with the group engaged for driver contracts and personal endorsements.

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E Street Investments Limited

Queensberry Promotions Limited

Michail Antonio/Triple MMM Limited

Cheshire Football Centre Limited

Queensberry Commercial Limited

Black Castle Management Limited

Queensberry Promotions Limited – Tyson Fury

NVA Sports and Entertainment Limited

Football Net Global

Blackpool Football Club Limited

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

The team at JMW Solicitors LLP is well-regarded for 'dealing with matters promptly, using the necessary people and giving meaningful advice that is actionable.' The practice is led by Warren Martin, who has a record of work assisting banks and lending institutions on property finance matters. Paul Burton offers knowledge of residential and commercial development, especially in the leisure, education and retail sectors.

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

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Rushcliffe Assets Limited

Investar Developments Limited

Northhold Group

Grafton Land & Property Limited

Castlemead Group Limited

Maya Property Group Limited

The Brookhouse Group of Companies

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

JMW Solicitors LLP's team has 'good legal and commercial skills' and acts in the retail, manufacturing and transport sectors on a wide variety of matters. Graham Small and Scott Cameron jointly lead the practice, which includes Richard Wolff, who 'always delivers an excellent service' and is known for his work in corporate and personal insolvencies across the country. Wolff's clients include secured lenders, public and private companies, and private individuals.

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‘Good legal skills combined with strong commercial skills – approachable and responsive.’

‘Friendly staff, long-term focus on situation as it develops with a professional attitude at all times.’

‘Richard Woolf has acted on a number of matters and has always delivered an excellent service.’

‘Friendly and approachable with an all round approach to the situation. Strong commercial awareness to the position to avoid costs where possible.’

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Alvarez and Marsal

Begbies Traynor

Baker Tilly Creditor Services

David Rubin & Partners


HJS Recovery



Mitchell Charlesworth

Banking and finance Tier 4

JMW Solicitors LLP's banking and finance practice was strengthened by the addition of Scott Cameron in early 2019 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Moscow office. Cameron has extensive experience advising borrower clients across a range of sectors.

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National Westminster Bank Plc

Brown Shipley & Co. Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

MCR Property Group

East Street Investments Limited

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 4

The team at JMW Solicitors LLP, which is headed by Mike Blood, is active on mid-market transactions, financing, members agreements and structuring matters; the team also has some experience of international M&A. The commercial contracts service encompasses distribution, supply, outsourcing and IT development agreements, with core sectors spanning property, technology, sports, parking management and fintech. Commercial head Richard Parkinson is recommended by clientsSports and media expert Stephen Taylor Heath joined from IPS Law.

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‘JMW delivers a level of service that we haven’t received from other practices. They are exceptionally quick to respond, offer sensible and practical advice, and offer superb value for money. They are also always aware of the work they’ve done previously and don’t look to double up on workloads.’

‘Richard Parkinson is a top-class solicitor. He takes time to understand us as a business and I’m sure he does the same with his other clients. He has an excellent team around him to deliver their work in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Richard for corporate and commercial law support.’

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

‘Richard Parkinson is our first point of contact; my experience with Richard 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.’

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LWC Drinks

Eurofins Scientific

Maven Capital

Healthworks Limited

Greenthumb Limited

Universal Tanker Solutions


Queensberry Promotions

Parking Eye Limited

HAP Recruitment

Mango Pay

DSG Financial Services

Gong Cha Limited

Bathroom Takeaway Limited

Construction Tier 6

JMW Solicitors LLP's practice strikes a balance between construction disputes and transactional matters, where it acts for contractors and developers. Andrew Rimmer has over three decades of experience handling both contentious and non-contentious work. The contentious side of the practice is also enhanced by the expertise of Helen Daley, who is particularly knowledgeable about the adjudication process, where she advises contractors and suppliers.

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Domis Construction Ltd

CityFibre Ltd

Bardsley Construction Limited

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

JMW Solicitors LLP 'punches well above its weight in cases of high value and complex personal injury and clinical negligence work', handling a range of matters including catastrophic injuries, brain and spinal injuries. Key members of the team include the 'conscientious, efficient and sympatheticAngharad Hughes and the 'outstandingSally Leonards; the practice has a record of work on cases involving amputations, industrial diseases including mesothelioma, and cycling and motorcycle accidents. The department also has specialist expertise in cerebral palsy, kernicterus and cauda equina syndrome claims, and has niche experience in accidents abroad and military claims. Richard Powell leads the personal injury team, and Eddie Jones heads the clinical negligence team. Joanne Brine heads JMW’s international personal injury department. Steven Brown is also recommended.

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‘An exceptionally talented team of catastrophic injury lawyers. ‘

‘Angharad Hughes is a very impressive litigator. She is conscientious, efficient and sympathetic and shows good tactical judgement.’

‘JMW have a very good reputation for clinical negligence work and it is very well deserved. The enigmatic Eddie Jones leads the department but there are very many other standout individuals. There is a real sense of JMW caring about the injured people for whom they act.’

‘Sally Leonards is outstanding. Angharad Hughes is also excellent.’

‘Joanne Brine is the standout individual at this firm. She is brilliant with clients, friendly and wears her very considerable skills and talent lightly. She is a market leader in cross-border personal injury work. Clients and colleagues love her.’

‘An exceptionally talented team of catastrophic injury lawyers. The firm is large enough to provide the highest quality legal representation but small enough to maintain the client-friendly approach. Rehabilitation is a priority of the firm.’

‘Their work and profile in the international travel/cross-border sector is excellent.’

‘Sally Leonards and Steven Brown are superb examples of personable practitioners who readily command the confidence of their disabled clients.’

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.

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Managing partner Paul Walker
Senior partner Joy Kingsley
Head of Business Development Marc Yaffe
Business crime and regulation Peter Grogan
Clinical negligence Eddie Jones
Commercial litigation Marc Yaffe
Real Estate Warren Martin
Corporate and commercial Mike Blood
Restructuring & Insolvency Gavin Jones
Employment Paul Chamberlain
Family Michael Chapman
Personal injury Richard Powell
Head of London Lee Adams
Wills, Trusts and Probate Tasnim Khalid
Family Elspeth Kinder
Family Liverpool Beverley Jones
Commercial litigation Steve Morris
Number of UK partners : 130+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 400+
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)