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Yorkshire and the Humber

Transport - ranked: tier 2


The transport regulatory team at Weightmans has capabilities across the sector with clients including contractors, infrastructure owners, post and courier service providers, hauliers, bus and coach companies, and marine insurers. Liverpool-based Dewi Ap-Thomas and associate Martin English head up the national team; the Leeds group includes Gary Hodgson, who is experienced in road regulatory matters at hearings, inquiries and tribunals, and Ben Daniel, who is a key name for employment matters, particularly transport-related industrial disputes.

Practice head(s):Dewi Ap-Thomas; Martin English

Other key lawyers:Gary Hodgson; Ben Daniel

Key Clients

FirstGroup Plc (UK Bus and Rail)

National Express Group Plc (UK Bus and Coach)

Hoyer Group


Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Turners (Soham)

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 5


Weightmans frequently acts for owner-managed businesses, public sector clients, charities and social enterprise organisations, and has particular expertise in the transport, financial services, manufacturing, and software and digital media sectors. The Leeds-based team includes Stephen Johns, who joined from DLA Piper UK LLP and specialises in  infrastructure sector deals; and recently promoted partner Victoria Robertson. Manchester-based Sarah Walton leads the national practice.

Practice head(s):Sarah Walton

Other key lawyers:Victoria Robertson; Stephen Johns

Key Clients

LexisNexis Risk Solutions

The Open University

School Lettings Solutions

Luxfer Group

Surrey and Sussex Police

GDS Group

Bubba Gump Shrimp (UK)

Operational Group

BJSS Limited

Anixter Group

Totus Environmental

Brit European Transport

Work highlights

  • Advised Anixter on several commercial matters including agreements with cross-border elements.
  • Acted for the shareholders on the sale of Green Drive Liverpool.
  • Assisted Surrey and Sussex Police Forces with contracts relating to the video enabled justice programme.
  • Assisted School Lettings Solutions, which assists school and colleges in hiring out their facilities to the local community, with a number of contracts with schools around the country.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 5


The Leeds employment team at Weightmans primarily works with clients in the transport, logistics and health sectors, including NHS Foundation Trusts, advising on industrial disputes and senior-level organisational change management. The practice, which is led by Ben Daniel, also has a strong record of advising local councils and family authorities, often handling sensitive cases. Other work ranges from internal reorganisations and TUPE transfers to unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):Ben Daniel

Key Clients

FirstGroup Plc (UK Bus and Rail)

National Express Group Plc (UK Bus and Coach)

Hoyer Group


Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

North Cumbria University Hospital & Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Turners (Soham)



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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2


Weightmans' regulatory team assists a client roster, which spans the public, commercial, charity, sports and insurance sectors, with a range of health and safety matters. Practice head David Lewis' experience encompasses corporate and gross negligence manslaughter investigations and sensitive jury inquests.

Practice head(s):David Lewis

Key Clients

Newcastle University

Contract Natural Gas

UPM (Kymmene) UK Ltd

Vantage Drilling

Work highlights

  • Acted for Newcastle University following the death of a student as a result of acute alcohol intoxication following his participation in a society initiation event.
  • Instructed by UPM-Kymmene UK following a fatality that occurred at one of its warehouses operated by Downton.
  • Defended Contract Natural Gas in a criminal prosecution brought by the CPS following a gas explosion at a retail premises in the Wirral.
  • Acting for Vantage Drilling in a hearing following the death of an employee caused by injuries suffered while part of the maintenance crew aboard a warm stacked vessel.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2


The practice at Weightmans breaks down into eight personal injury practice areas: disease, large loss, commercial insurance, motor, fraud, local government, casualty and costs. The large team in Leeds acts for leading insurer clients, whose volumes of claims often require a separate group of individual lawyers exclusively assigned to them. Dealing with the full spectrum of injury, local government, social welfare, property and disease claims, the firm also represents numerous FTSE 100 companies, PLCs and large private and public organisations. Team head Blaise Smith works on cases up from County Court to the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):Blaise Smith

Other key lawyers:Jim Byard; Iain Davison; Lindsay Staddon

Key Clients


East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Durham County Council

Leeds City Council



Work highlights

  • Advised on fatal mesothelioma assessment of damages in the RCJ in November 2018, acting for major EL insurer.
  • Advised on chronic pain/fibromyalgia type claim from a road traffic accident.
  • Instructed on behalf of a local authority client’s social services department to defend a claim of alleged sexual exploitation whilst in care.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3


Weightmans has put together a 'very good team' in Leeds on the back of the hire of principal associate Matthew Morton from Lupton Fawcett in 2018. He acts for high-profile clients including several national charities and receives instructions from financial advisers, professional deputies, accountants, and other lawyers and solicitors. He works alongside the firm's other Leeds-based lawyer Hollie Marcham, as well as other probate litigators from the national firm’s Manchester, Liverpool, London and Birmingham offices.

Practice head(s):Matthew Morton

Work highlights

  • Acted for the claimant in a claim against her estranged father’s estate under the provisions of the Inheritance Act 1975.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3


Weightmans¬†has invested heavily in its wills, trusts and estates team and is now developing a private client department in Leeds. Backed by the firm‚Äôs national presence ‚Äď and drawing on the support of its well-established corporate and employment departments ‚Äď associate David Stokes¬†has put together a fresh team of four lawyers based in Leeds. The practice benefits from a significant referral network and provides advice on wills, succession planning and lifetime trusts for business owners.

Practice head(s):David Stokes

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4


Weightmans is known for its work in the leisure sector, acting for several pub companies. The team is led by James Sargent, who advises clients on development, acquisitions and investment alongside Mark Crabtree , a specialist in the licence and leisure industry. The firm's real estate team also acts for a number of investors and developers including overseas investors buying landmark buildings for conversion into residential apartments.

Practice head(s):Andrea Steventon; James Sargen; Mark Crabtree

Key Clients

Punch Taverns

Admiral Taverns

Greene King Plc

Broadland Properties

Hoyer Petrolog (UK)


Calderdale College

Bootham School


East Riding Fertility Services

Royal Mail Group

Energiepark UK LI GmbH

Martsons Plc


West Ranga Property Group

Kerfoot CS

Surrey & Sussex Police Forces

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Planning - ranked: tier 2


Weightmans acts on national projects under the leadership of residential and infrastructure project specialist Lee Gordon. Key areas of expertise for the group include advising on development consent orders related to infrastructure and energy projects, residential and urban extension projects, public sector work and promoting compulsory purchase orders for highways and mixed-use developments. Bob Pritchard counts multiple public sector organisations as clients.

Practice head(s):Lee Gordon

Other key lawyers:Bob Pritchard

Key Clients

Welsh Government

Royal Mail Group

Leeds City Council

York City Council

Prospect Estates

British Steel

Robinsons Brewery

Peterborough City Council

Viridor Waste Management

North Yorkshire County Council

Sheffield City Council Council

Selby District Council

Nottingham County Council

East Hertfordshire Council

Broad Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising the Welsh Government on the development consent order applications for the proposed new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey.
  • Acting for five local authorities on the delivery of Harlow Garden Town, a project consisting of 23,000 dwellings and major infrastructure.
  • Assisting Peterborough City Council with a proposed £1.5bn township development, which will include 5,300 homes, new schools and retail space.
  • Advising York City Council on the promotion of a proposed compulsory purchase order for a £38m project to improve York's ring road.
  • Acting for Selby District Council on a delivery strategy for the proposed development of an urban extension project.

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