Firm Profile > TLT > Manchester , England

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Banking litigation Tier 2

TLT advises on high-profile and high-value financial services disputes, while also demonstrating a strong track record on contentious regulatory investigations. Clients include major banks, alternative lenders and fintech companies, as well as peer to peer lenders, loan acquirers and building societies. James Chadwick heads the team, which aims to distinguish itself from larger peers by offering agile and innovative pricing and service offerings via collaboration with other firms and accountants.

Leading individuals


‘Experts in their field and highly commercial.’

‘Exceptional in dealing with complex matters.’

‘James Chadwick and his team have a deep understanding of their field and do not encourage us to pursue situations unless they have confidence in the outcome.’

Key clients

Aldermore Bank

Bank of America, ML



The Cooperative Bank plc



The Royal Bank of Scotland




Unicredit, Redstone Mortgages Ltd

Debt recovery Tier 2

TLT advises on the recovery of outstanding mortgage arrears and property for a variety of clients, including financial institutions and banks. Other areas of expertise include recovery of ground rent and service charge arrears for property management companies, landlords and developers. Legal director Darren Shaw heads the team.

Employment Tier 2

TLT's employment team has grown recently with the arrival of Paula Cole from Squire Patton Boggs, followed by the addition of two other solicitors - Melissa McLoughlin, also from Squire Patton Boggs, and Katie Dyson from Aaron & Partners LLP. The department, under the leadership of Ed Cotton, advises on a range of complex employment issues, including matters relating to equal pay, TUPE, large scale reorganisations, restrictive covenants, whistleblowing, trade union and industrial relations, working with clients across the banking, insurance, financial services, retail, housing, leisure and technology sectors.

Leading individuals

Key clients UK Limited

Search Consultancy Ltd

Preston North End Football Club

Servoca plc

Classic Lodges Limited

Well Pharmacy (formerly Co-operative Pharmacy)

Nichols plc

University of Central Lancashire

Bombardier Transportation

Ultimate Products plc

Auden Group

Finning UK & Ireland Limited

Intellectual property Tier 2

TLT acts for household name clients in relation to IP litigation, trademarks, patents, copyright, design rights and IT issues. On the non-contentious side the firm advises on new IP development, strategic licensing and IP transfers. Key client sectors include retail and consumer goods, financial services, TMT and leisure. The 'very service-minded' Graeme Orchison heads the team and specialises in litigation at trial and in the appellate courts, working in tandem with Bristol-based James Touzel.

Leading individuals


‘Graeme Orchison is supremely talented, has bags of experience and plenty to offer in terms of strategy as well as technically. He is one I would want on my side in any IP litigation. He is very good indeed.’

‘Graeme Orchinson is underestimated by big City lawyers/firms. He is an excellent litigator.’

‘Graeme Orchison has a hands-on approach’.

‘Graeme Orchison is very service-minded and has always given fast and clear answers to the questions we have had’.

‘They are very responsive to commercial needs.’

‘Graeme Orchison and his TLT colleagues give the appropriate legal advice but have the ability to work with the client to make the correct commercial decisions.’

‘Graeme Orchison is in my opinion the best IP lawyer in the North of England.’

Key clients

National leading UK clearing bank

Sainsbury’s Argos Ltd

Beaconsfield Footwear Ltd

D Jacobson & Sons Ltd (owner of the GOLA brand)

Major global brewer

Leading North West based manufacturer of food packaging machinery

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

learndirect Limited

Matalan Limited

Household name retailer with over £1bn in turnover

R. Faerch A/S

IT and telecoms Tier 2

TLT acts for national and international corporations on IT projects, open banking, cloud services and digital transformations. Other areas of expertise include procurement, outsourcing,, software development and systems integration. Key client sectors include financial services, fintech, retail, TMT and the public sector. David Gardner - who has 'a wealth of knowledge and experience across key technical developments in the IT world' - heads the team and leads on significant IT transactions from the Manchester office.

Leading individuals


‘David Gardner has long been a rising star and is the partner you want in your corner. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience across key technical developments in the IT world.’

Key clients

A national leading UK clearing bank

Close Brothers Limited

Elavon Financial Services DAC

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

The National Crime Agency

JD Sports plc

Pets at Home

Iceland Foods

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

TLT stands out for its sector focus approach, with expertise across retail, consumer goods, clean energy, leisure, food, drink, digital and public sector real estate instructions - and the Manchester team is particularly noted for its financial services expertise. The team handles transactional and portfolio management work and is also engaged on real estate developments.  Andy Bell heads the financial services sector for real estate department. Elsewhere, John Hyde leads the property development team, Daniel Sweeney heads the retail property team and Philip Moran heads the leisure property team.


The Manchester office provides excellent client focus in real estate and commercial property matters.

The team has a pragmatic and commercially astute approach which adds value.

Qasim Mohammed is a highly respected and competent professional with excellent client focus and a commercially pragmatic approach.

John Hyde provides an excellent and dedicated service.

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Pets at Home

SUK Retail Limited (Office Outlet)

Landmark Investments Group

New World Trading Company

Royal Bank of Scotland


Total Fitness

Iceland Foods

Hydes Brewery

Aviva Public Private Finance

Manchester Airports Group

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

TLT advises on capital markets, venture capital, private equity and AIM IPOs for entrepreneurs and investors from across the UK and overseas. On the commercial side the firm deals with collaboration agreements, commercial joint ventures, data protection, export controls, outsourcing, public procurement, licensing and development. Key client sectors include retail and consumer goods, clean energy, leisure, and food and beverage. Ian Roberts and Stuart Campbell head the team. The "incredibly experienced" Stephen Devlin and Andrew Needham are also recommended.

Leading individuals


‘Stephen Devlin is measured, pleasant, incredibly experienced and has a really good mind’.

‘Excellent – response times are good but if necessary, immediate action can and will be taken.’

‘Stuart Campbell is very competent in drafting agreements and making sure that the client is not exposed.’

‘The team provides a technically competent, reliable and personable service ensuring that they provide a timely service and have constant communication with you at all times.’

‘Pragmatic, efficient and cost-effective.’

‘Great team – they understand our business and are technically very strong.’

‘TLT’s team in Manchester is a very responsive and extremely pragmatic commercial team. They are effectively an extension of our in-house commercial contracts capability. They make sensible choices based on their in-depth knowledge of their client. This is the reason that I have continued to use them no matter what in-house role I move to.’

‘Elizabeth Delaney particularly stands out as she is very commercially pragmatic and technically competent which is the winning combination for a corporate lawyer.’

David Gardner and Tim Waller are both knowledgable and approachable individuals who are able to manage complex legal matters in a coherent manner.’

‘Stuart Campbell is the most responsive law firm partner that I have ever worked with. He is always on hand to assist immediately with on-point legal advice. He really invests in his client relationships and ensures the gateway into TLT is efficient as he personally oversees that I am directed to the right lawyer in the right team. He is the face of TLT for me with a great network with the firm. This is evidenced by him taking ownership to ensure that the client experience is friction-free by directly reaching out to other teams within the firm. Stuart always thinks about what else he can bring to the client relationship and he offers creative value-added services that cements the bond between firm and client. And he also happens to be one of the most pragmatic, no-nonsense commercial lawyers that I have worked with.’

‘Alex Williamson is a shining star; his drafting is excellent. His attention to detail is superb. His expert guidance has developed through the years and his steer on commercial matters is nimble and on-point. He is one to watch.’

Key clients

Examworks UK Limited

boohoo group plc

K3 Capital Group plc

Uinsure Limited

Shareholders of NWC Group and High Access Group

Sainsbury’s Plc (including Argos and Habitat)

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Elavon Financial Services

Close Brothers

Crown Commercial Service

Health and safety Tier 3

Led by Jason CropperTLT's health and safety practice handles food safety, environmental enforcement and other criminal prosecutions. The department also advises companies on regulatory compliance, particularly in relation to remedial action following injuries or fatalities.


‘TLT has a unique experience in health and safety in the water Industry. It is ideally placed within the market to give big City experience and advice at a regional level.’

‘Duncan Reed is the standout individual in the team, with substantial experience in the area. His easy, confident manner underlies his iron determination to get the best result for the client. He is known by both other solicitors and counsel who operate in the area as the man with for the big case.’

‘Jason Cropper is very experienced, while Angela Craven is a very well prepared and detailed solicitor with a cheerful and helpful approach.’

Key clients

Iceland Foods

Biffa Waste

Pennon Group

South West Water

JD Sports

James West Ltd

Gaskell Waste (North West Ltd)

British Renewables Ltd

Nationwide Building Society

Elavon Financial Services

Bohoo / PLT (Pretty Little Thing)

The Co-operative group

Bibby Hydromap

Greene King

Pensions Tier 3

Legal director Damien Garrould, who leads TLT's northwest pensions team from Manchester, is adept at advising on wide range of pension law matters including public sector outsourcings and pension scheme investments. Garrould also has particular expertise in relation to self-invested personal pension schemes as well as small self-administered schemes, and regularly provides pensions advice to the wider firm's employment clients.


‘Very knowledgable in their field, -they explain things in laymans terms so it is easy to understand the processes required and the risks involved.’

‘Damian Garrould is very friendly, affable and knowledgable.’

Property litigation Tier 3

TLT is regularly engaged on property disputes across the leisure, retail, housing, energy, financial services and public sectors. The team handles a range of landlord and tenant cases involving rent reviews, lease renewals and contractual disputes. The team acts for commercial landlords, tenants, public sector bodies, housing associations, property developers, investors, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners. Portfolio management is also a key area of activity for the team. Matthew Forrest acts for clients across the retail, leisure, energy and development sectors, and James Chadwick is experienced in advising financial services sector clients.

Next Generation Partners


The team is quick to react and deals with complex and difficult matters

James Chadwick is very helpful and approachable.

Key clients

Pets at Home Limited/ Companion Care (Services) Limited / Vets4Pets

Manchester Airports Group

WH Smith

Well Pharmacy

Nationwide Building Society

Staples UK

Greene King

SUK Retail (Staples/Office Outlet)

Iceland Foods

Redstone Mortgages

Landwood Commercial (Manchester)

Lloyds Banking Group

Cosmo Restaurants

Banking and finance Tier 4

TLT 's banking and finance team is regularly instructed by banks and other financial institutions on complex real estate finance and social housing finance transactions. The team is also noted for its corporate lending practice, and the team acts for both lenders and borrowers. Department head Paul Crighton is a 'technically talented lawyer but combines this with personal charm and straightforward communication'.


The team is knowledgeable, diligent and capable and it produces high-quality work

Paul Crighton takes the time to find out what it is that the client really wants, and then works with that in mind

Paul Crighton does not shy away from a hard negotiation where required but executes transactions in a collaborative manner wherever possible

Paul Brock is highly recommended


Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group


Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander UK

The Co-operative Bank

Bank of Baroda

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

TLT 's practice,  handles litigation, arbitration and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Key client sectors include retail, leisure, food and drink, clean energy, digital and the public sector. Emma Flower co-heads the team and deals with commercial disputes, including contractual and warranty claims, supply chain cases, commercial agency issues, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes. Julien Luke also co-heads the team and is experienced in disputes in the energy sector. Jon Hainey joined the firm from DWF, he is adept at handling commercial disputes for a broad range of clients from SMEs to multi-national businesses, and public law disputes for and against local authorities and central government.

Leading individuals


TLT are above par and fresh in their approach to clients’.

Jon Hainey stands out; he leads his team well and is always available’.

Jon Hainey is a sound litigator, a safe pair of hands and effective in an understated way’.

Key clients

Co-operative Group Limited

CityFibre Limited

Entanet International Limited

Farmcare Trading Limited

Movianto UK Limited

New World Trading Company UK Limited


Provident Financial plc

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland

Search Consultancy Limited

Wilker UK Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

TLT handles a range of corporate restructuring and insolvency mandates and regularly acts for insolvency practitioners, mid-market corporates, banks and other financial institutions. The health and social care sector is a key area of focus and the team is also able to advise on complex pensions-related restructuring mandates. Team head Alastair Lomax 'provides clear, pragmatic and unambiguous advice'.

Leading individuals


The firm provides an extremely collaborative and joined up approach and there is a very clear sense that the interests of the client are at the heart of the day-to-day service provided

The team genuinely cares about the outcome which sets it apart from numerous other firms

Alastair Lomax is particularly adept at diffusing potentially adversarial issues via his excellent communication skills


Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Lloyds Banking Group Plc

Deloitte LLP



FRP Advisory LLP

Alix Partners LLP

Duff & Phelps

Begbies Traynor

Grant Thornton LLP

Local government Tier 4

TLT handles a range of procurement, IT transformations, and large-scale development and regeneration projects. In Manchester, the team has a growing presence across planning, regeneration projects, real estate, tax, and procurement mandates. It also handles commercial and contractual work and is instructed on disputes. John Hyde heads the property development team and litigator Jon Hainey is experienced in public law and procurement disputes.

Planning and environment Tier 4

TLT's planning department is instructed by local authorities and public sector clients on major regeneration and infrastructure projects. Associate Debbie Reynolds, who heads the team in Manchester, is a compulsory purchase specialist and is regularly instructed on regeneration and infrastructure schemes for promoting authorities and developers through joint venture arrangements.

Rising stars


‘Debbie Reynolds has built up an enviable planning and compulsory purchase practice, acting for a number of local authorities. She really know her stuff and gets on with delivering a great service to clients in a low key but efficient way.’

Key clients

Warrington Borough Council

Cheshire East Council

Castlefield Estates

Muse Developments

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The London Borough of Islington

The London Borough of Barnet

WH Smith

Nationwide Building Society

Catalyst Housing

TLT uses its experience and expertise to help clients grow their business and deliver their products and services effectively and without risk. The firm is recognised for its focus on client service and its collaborative and flexible approach to delivering legal services.

The firm: The firm advises across the three UK legal jurisdictions of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Its experience is primarily in the clean energy; digital; financial services; leisure, food and drink; public sector; real estate; and retail and consumer goods sectors.

The firm has a number of long-standing relationships with a range of UK and international clients from major household names to high-growth businesses and private individuals. Clients include RBS, Triodos, Santander, Sainsbury’s, WHSmith, Greene King, BT, BBC, CCS, Ecotricity, Savills and Persimmon.

Types of work undertaken: The firm works with clients on high-value strategic work and major projects. The firm also supports clients on day-to-day legal requirements, using its infrastructure, systems and resources to deliver and drive an efficient and consistent service.

Banking and finance: advising on all types of finance transactions, both domestic and cross border.

Commercial: advising across the whole spectrum of business and trading arrangements.

Competition and EU law: advising on all aspects of competition law from merger notifications to cartel and market investigations.

Construction, infrastructure and projects: advising on the full spectrum of construction matters and disputes for private and public sector projects of any size.

Corporate: advising on the buy and sell side of mergers and acquisitions, advising management teams and investors on management buyouts, private equity and venture capital investments, advising on joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements and associated agreements.

Disputes: advising on matters involving litigation, arbitration, mediation and debt recovery.

Employment and incentives: advising on employment law and incentives including dealing with disputes, mediations, complex tribunal claims and litigation.

Franchising: advising businesses looking to expand by granting or taking a franchise including the establishment of UK and international franchises, master licensing, development agreements and issues arising in the operation of a franchise such as re-sales and dispute resolution.

Intellectual property: advising on patents, copyright, design rights, trade marks, passing off and unfair competition, database rights, rights in confidential information and related competition issues.

Licensing: advising on all aspects of premises licensing.

Maritime: advising on the full range of finance and commercial issues involving a diverse range of vessels traded worldwide.

Mortgage litigation and recoveries: providing recovery services to banks, building societies and other secured lenders across the UK, handling mortgage litigation and repossession conveyancing and advising on fixed charge receiverships.

Outsourcing: advising on outsourcing various business functions to deliver cost savings, service improvements and to take advantage of the latest technologies.

Pensions: advising on all pensions-related work, including pensions change and restructuring projects, the implications of corporate transactions and liability management exercises, including buyouts and buy-ins.

Planning: providing a complete planning advice service and a unique multi-faceted perspective on planning issues.

Private client: private client expertise across family and personal tax, trusts and probate law.

Real estate: advising across property development, investment, asset management, dispute resolution, construction, planning, environmental, tax and more.

Regulatory: advising on all aspects of regulatory law, from compliance advice to protecting the interests of companies or individuals facing a regulatory investigation or prosecution.

Restructuring and insolvency: advising on restructuring and insolvency law and practice.

Tax: helping clients manage their tax risks in context and across all UK taxes.

Technology and communications: advising on technology development and licensing including OEM/VAR and similar distribution arrangements, ICT procurement, outsourcing, managed service and cloud-based solutions, e-commerce, social media and data privacy.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner David Pester
Senior partner Andrew Glynn
Practice director Steve Willson
Banking and lender services Jonathan Hoey
Commercial services Bill Hull
Corporate John Wood
Disputes Chris Owen
Employment, pensions and incentives Stuart McBride
Real estate Maria Connolly
Private client Patrick Wooddisse
Clean energy Maria Connolly
Financial services Andrew Lyon
Housing Katherine Evans
Leisure, food and drink Julia Lucas
Public sector Andrew Glynn
Public sector Bill Hull
Retail and consumer goods Perran Jervis
Digital James Touzel
Number of UK partners : 130+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 400+
Total staff : 1,000+