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Weightmans

WESTGATE POINT, LEEDS, LS1 2AX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 243 6601
Fax:
Fax 0113 242 0905
DX:
706968 LEEDS

Yorkshire and the Humber

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans

The transport practice at Weightmans is experienced in handling matters within the rail, bus, coach and road transport sectors, its capabilities span from regulatory advice to handling a range of contentious matters. The team successfully defended Hoyer Petrolog UK in an employment tribunal claim for alleged discrimination. It was also instructed by West Midlands Trains to provide strategic advice in connection with the West Midlands rail franchise being awarded to the client. In another of the team's work highlights it represented National Express on the divestiture of part of its coach division operations at Heathrow Airport. This included advice relating to TUPE and industrial relations management advice. The team is jointly led from the Leeds office by consultant Gary Hodgson and employment specialist Ben Daniel. Hodgson advises on all road regulatory matters in addition to representing clients at hearings, inquests and tribunals. Other clients within this sector include First Group (UK) and Arriva Transport Solutions.

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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

Michelle Mathers heads Weightmans’ Leeds corporate team, which is noted for its corporate advisory and transactional work and commercial contract expertise. Clients span the public, owner-managed business, charity, transport, financial services, manufacturing and digital sectors. Other key names include associates Victoria Robertson and Harron Younis. In a recent highlight, Mathers advised Hoyer Petrolog on an outsourcing contract with Air BP; other matters include Robertson acting for Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire PCC on its collaboration with UCLan to establish a forensic sciences academy and Younis assisting Bubba Gump Shrimp with franchise issues. Luxfer Group, Anixter International and Cornertrack are also clients.

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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 4

Weightmans

Ben Daniel heads up Weightmans' national employment, pensions and immigration practice, which acts for clients in the transport and logistics sector. The group successfully defended Hoyer Petrolog UK in multi-day employment tribunal proceedings relating to alleged discrimination, achieving dismissal of all claims. In another highlight, it advised National Express on divestiture of part of its operations, which included a complex TUPE transfer. The group also has a significant presence in the healthcare sector with clients including Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, North Cumbria University Hospital and Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans

Weightmans  Leeds' 'impressive' health and safety team is highlighted for its 'pro-active, first class advice' in contentious matters, including in investigations, inquests and prosecutions. Leeds-based'astute lawyer'David Lewis  heads the national regulatory services unit. Lewis has 'an immense knowledge in this area' and is instructed in a broad range of matters, from corporate and gross negligence manslaughter investigations through to sensitive jury inquests. The practice has expertise advising corporates, such as Jaguar Land Rover; insurer sector clients; public bodies, such as East Riding of Yorkshire Council; and charities. The team also represents individuals, and recently acted for an employee of Wakefield Council at an inquest following a fatality. In another work highlight, the group acted for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland and the Chief Constable for Cleveland Police in an audit and review following an application from the Professional Standards Department for access to telecommunications data.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

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

Weightmans

The substantial personal injury department at Weightmans attracts praise for its 'strong understanding of the commercial objectives of the insurer clients' and regularly defends large loss, commercial insurance, motor, fraud, local government, casualty and costs claims. The practice, headed up by Blaise Smith, is described as 'very good, particularly in respect of employer's liability claims'. Smith has significant experience handling high profile, high value and complex claims and acts exclusively for insurers, with a focus on catastrophic claims. Other key names to note include Jim Byard, the 'commercially astute' Iain Davison and Lindsay Staddon for occupational disease claims, insurance fraud matters and high value, large loss cases, respectively. Clients include Zurich, AIG, Leeds City Council and Durham County Council.

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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

At Weightmans, James Sargent is recognised for his development expertise alongside his experience in investment work, site acquisitions and disposals, and landlord and tenant matters. The highly regarded Mark Crabtree focuses on the licence and leisure industry; Punch Taverns is one of his clients. The team acts for investors and developers with particular experience acting for overseas investors buying properties for development or conversion into residential apartments and student accommodation, and also advises on residential conveyancing issues.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans

Weightmans is noted for its expertise in residential and urban expansion projects, public sector work, infrastructure and energy sector projects and compulsory purchase work. The practice recently advised Peterborough City Council on a proposed new township development; it also assisted Corby Borough Council with the Priors Hall Park urban extension project, handled the planning aspects of the West of Loughborough Sustainable Urban Extension Project for Charnwood Borough Council, and acted for North Yorkshire County Council and Selby District Council on the DCO application for the construction of a combined-cycle gas turbine power station. Lee Gordon , who divides his time between Leeds and Manchester, heads the department, which recently recruited Bob Pritchard  from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

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