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Marc Yaffe

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JMW Solicitors LLP

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Commercial/IP litigation.


Marc is the Head of Litigation at JMW and manages a dynamic team of 30 people, making it oneof the largest litigation teams in the North West. His caseload permeates a number of industries, including sport, media, online retailing, online payment processing, manufacturing and property, with particular experience with e-commerce, online companies and sports. Clients include eBay, PayPal and the Hut Group as well as many other successful entrepreneurs and sports stars. Marc is a technically strong and tactically astute litigator, accustomed to handling multimillion-pound claims. His approach to litigation, according to his clients, is refreshing and comforting. Marc will always seek to resolve disputes quickly and economically, but if this cannot be achieved, he will work tirelessly to achieve his client’s objective.
Marc was announced as the Lawyer of the Year in 2015 at the Manchester Young Talent Awards, and has been shortlisted for numerous other awards including Partner of the Year at Manchester Legal Awards, Lawyer of the Year at MIMA 2015, Lawyer of the Year at the Mancoolian 2014 and Northwest Insider Young Lawyer of the Year.
Notable cases include: a £55m claim against a well-known online retailer, a successful claim against a daily newspaper for breach of copyright; a successful multi-million pound recovery of sums fraudulently obtained via a payment processing service; successfully defended a director of a global payment processing service against an aggressive £2m user claim; advising a Premiership Footballer in relation to a £3m claim against his former agents; and making and defending injunctions, including freezing orders and other interim applications, including a £1m fraud by a trustee on behalf of the beneficiaries; £1.2m claim against a well-known football club on behalf of a consultant.


Qualified 2004; partner JMW Solicitors 2012 to date.


Manchester Grammar School; Birmingham University.

North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester

Within: Commercial litigation: Manchester

The ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô team at JMW Solicitors LLP¬†is¬†‚Äėan¬†excellent choice for commercial litigation‚Äô. It handles a broad range of commercial disputes with specialist expertise in construction, financial services, contentious probate, sport and e-commerce sector disputes. The team successfully acted for the claimants in a widely publicised High Court group litigation case against WM Morrison Supermarkets, arising from the leak of payroll information in 2014. Other key highlights included representing businessman Philip Barton in several interconnected cases emanating from a feud between two successful entrepreneurs, and representing Arena Plaza Jersey in a claim relating to an investment made into a $360m development in Hungary against a management company and fund resident in Jersey. Acorn Polymers and Addison Projects are also clients. Among the team, Mark Jones¬†is ‚Äėbrave and commercial in his advice‚Äô, Michael Kennedy¬†is ‚Äėrelentless with the opposition but also has very smooth client skills‚Äô, Nick McAleenan¬†is ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô and Graham Small¬†specialises in contractual disputes, commercial fraud, professional negligence claims. Alison Parry¬†is also recommended, as are¬†senior associates +Richard Glover and +Claire Brown. The ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô¬†Marc Yaffe¬†leads the team and is noted for his sports sector experience. Andrew Farrell¬†joined¬†Prosperity Law LLP¬†in 2018.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

At JMW Solicitors LLP Mike Blood  and Marc Yaffe are singled out for praise. Ben Peppi now heads the sport services team having joined the team from an in-house position. Highlights included defending Wayne Rooney when he was charged with driving with excess alcohol. The team continues to act for the match commander David Duckenfield and other senior officers in the recent inquest and ongoing criminal proceedings and alleged regulatory offences stemming from the sporting disaster that occurred at Hillsborough in 1989.

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