Firm Profile > Weightmans LLP > Liverpool , England

Weightmans LLP
L3 9QJ

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Weightmans LLP is best known for handling complex and high value cases for NHS Resolution and its trust clients. The team has particular expertise in organ transplant and blood donor cases, group claims, claims against ambulance services and the former NHS Direct as well as other telephone triage systems. Richard Jolly and Vicky Morris are the main contacts. Ian Critchley was promoted to partner in May 2018.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Rising stars

Key clients

NHS Resolution



North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Mersey Care NHS Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Blood & Transplant

Wirral Community NHS FT

Debt recovery Tier 1

Weightmans LLP’s has recently seen an increase in work from corporate and owner-managed business clients  in relation to litigation and winding-up Petitions. Team co-head Andrew Cox has experience of ADR and advises clients in the banking, utilities and transport sectors, while fellow co-head Mark Burch focuses on secured and unsecured public and private sector debt recovery.

Key clients

Cabot Financial (UK) Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

The Cabinet Office

Neopost Limited

UK Fuels Limited

Murray Metals Group

Indigo Footwear UK Limited

NWF Fuels Limited

The King’s School

Davis Cotter Lyons

Johnsons Apparelmaster Limited

Specific & General Services Limited

Education Tier 1

Weightmans LLP has a focus on the higher education sector and it regularly advises on a range of property, contractual, procurement, employment, IP, projects, disputes and commercial issues.  The team also handles property mandates and disputes in the sector, as well as outsourcing. It also advises universities on capital projects, funding and collaborative ventures. Team head Martin Vincent handles complex contractual, procurement and academic joint ventures.

Key clients

Bangor University

Open University

Keele University

University of Greenwich

Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Salford University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Anglia Ruskin University

Wolverhampton University

Southport College

Coleg Cambria

Northern Health Science Alliance

Employment Tier 1

Mark Leach leads the Manchester employment team at Weightmans LLP, while associate solicitor Lee Rogers leads the team in Liverpool, advising clients across the education, healthcare, police and logistics and distribution sectors. The team also provides support to the firm's corporate department, handling TUPE matters and other employment aspects of transactions. Bernadette Worthington left for Hill Dickinson LLP in September 2018, but the team has been bolstered by a number of hires from firms including Clyde & Co LLP, Jackson Lees Group and EAD Solicitors LLP.

Key clients

The Ombudsman Services Limited

National Museums Liverpool

Forum of Private Business Limited


Equality & Human Rights Commission

White Stuff Limited

Griffiths & Armour


Greater Manchester Art Centre Limited

Royal Mail Group

Manchester Metropolitan University

Solent University

Colas Ltd

Family Tier 1

The family team at Weightmans LLP specialises in high value complex matters for high-net-worth individuals and clients, with the firm's work often spanning multiple jurisdictions. Practice head Carole Atkinson has particular expertise dealing with offshore trusts and complex cases, while Fiona Davidson is a specialist in dealing with financial matters. Another name to note is associate Rachel Lim, who has acted on several cases involving overseas assets for clients.

Health Tier 1

Weightmans LLP is instructed by healthcare clients in the public sector. Its expertise spans commercial,  regulatory, employment and social care work. The team represents NHS Trusts and doctors in healthcare inquests, handles a number of group actions arising out of major patient safety incidents, advises on procurement and is also active on GDPR-related mandates. The team is also able to handle employment matters and medical defence cases. Richard Jolly is the firm's national sector lead for health and Dewi Ap-Thomas  heads the regulatory team.

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Key clients

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Care NHS FT

NHS Blood & Transplant

Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Royal Liverpool Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust

Alder Hey Children’s NHS FT

Countess of Chester NHS FT

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust

NHS England

Bolton CCG

Mersey Care NHS FT


Health and safety Tier 1

Weightmans LLP's health and safety department is now led by regulatory head Dewi Ap-Thomas, who succeeded David Lewis, now the firm's senior partner. The team is known for its work in relation to fatal accidents, assisting clients with investigations, representing them at inquests and providing a 'cradle-to-grave' service for clients, working closely with the national firm's other offices around the country. Gillian Hulme, who is dual qualified as an Environmental Health Officer, is also recommended.

Next Generation Partners

Rising stars

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

Weightmans LLP has a very large defendant personal injury team, which, in addition to representing a vast number of local authorities and police authorities, acts for the majority of top insurers and numerous FTSE 100 companies. David Holt is client partner for the Motor Insurers' Bureau and focuses on non-indemnity insurance work and catastrophic injury claims, including spinal injuries, paralysis and serious head injuries, while Peter Forshaw is the firm's lead lawyer for casualty litigation, specialising in employers, public liability and product liability claims. Peter Wake has considerable experience defending injury claims that arise out of professional negligence allegations against social services as well as historical abuse claims. Roddy MacLeod leads the firm's stress team. Liam McGuire is also a key contact.

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Rising stars

Key clients


Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB)

NHS Resolution

Cooperative Insurance

AIG Europe Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Insurance

Sabre Insurance

Collingwood Insurance

First Central Insurance

AXAXL Insurance

Travelers Insurance

Insure the Box

Liberty Mutual Insurance



Enterprise Rent A Car


Rolls Royce

Professional negligence Tier 1

Mickaela Fox and Mike Grant jointly lead Weightmans LLP's professional negligence practice, which acts across the range of professional liability claims, and is well-regarded for its expertise in the legal and construction sectors. In recent months the team has seen an uptick in work deriving from claims against architects, as well as an increase in instructions from insurers on D&O/management liability matters ranging from defamation and claims in the charity sector to regulatory investigations.

Key clients

Markel International

Markel UK

Hamilton Underwriting

Libra Managers


Irwin Mitchell

Tokio Marine HCC






Transport Tier 1

Weightmans LLP handles both contentious and non-contentious transport and logistics matters, drawing on the firm's established insurance and shipping expertise, while also advising on matters relating to risk management, brand protection, contracts, competition, cyber protection, employment and personal injury. Clients include major insurers, fleet operators, freight forwarders, shipping lines, ports and warehouse operators. Phil James heads the team and specialises in claims and litigation. Mike Burns focuses on shipping, marine insurance and commercial litigation.

Key clients

Peel Ports Group

Bibby Marine Limited

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality


Essar Oil UK

Hamburg Sud

Champion Tankers

Zurich Insurance

Isle Of Man Steam Packet Company

FirstGroup Plc (UK Bus and Rail)

National Express Group Plc (UK Bus and Coach)

Hoyer Group


Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Turners (Soham)

Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 2

Weightmans LLP is particularly focused on commercial contract disputes. The IP sector is also a key focus where the team advises on copyright infringement, trade mark infringement and passing off as well as other general brand and reputation protection work. Another key sector is education where the team advises on contentious matters for universities. the firm also advises clients in the manufacturing industry. Andrew Roberts and Sarah Conroy head the team. Michelle Connor joined as associate from DLA Piper UK LLP and James Walsh joined as solicitor from Aaron & Partners LLP.

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Key clients

Peel Ports Limited

Sovini Group

Equality & Human Rights Commission

University of Wolverhampton

The Cabinet Office

Thomas Hardie Commercials

Liverpool Hope University

BMP Europe Limited

Elmgrove Foods Limited

Kirkby (Tyres) Limited

Newcastle University

Middlesex University

Ventcroft Limited

School Letting Solutions

All About Food Limited

Bangor University

Best Storage Limited

Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 2

Weightmans LLP is regularly instructed by public sector clients on a range of  regeneration projects. The education and retail sectors are a key focus and the team is also engaged on residential development projects. Clive Bleasdale leads the local government sector real estate team and stands out for his experience in regeneration projects. Janice Weatherly is instructed by education sector clients and also acts for owner-managed businesses. National head of property operations David Tabinor handles volume real estate mandates, while Matthew Williamson is experienced in retail sector work and Christopher Grady specialises in residential development mandates.

Key clients

Royal Mail Group

British Steel

Liverpool City Council

Denbighshire County Council

Pure Leisure Group

Tipografic (Packaging)

NW Reserve Forces and Cadets


Acorn Developments (Kirkby)

Dibbin Estates

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 2

Weightmans LLP handles M&A, corporate governance, funding, general company law advice and commercial affairs for public and private companies. Other areas of practice include succession planning, joint ventures, shareholder reorganisations and venture capital, private equity transactions and GDPR compliance. Clients sectors include built environment, financial services, retail, utilities, transport, logistics, leisure, manufacturing, professional services and insurance. Manchester-based Sarah Walton heads the team. Laurence Pritchard and John Schorah are also recommended.


Laurence Pritchard gets straight to the centre of the problem and gives clear advice‘.

Key clients

OBG Pharmaceuticals Limited

Sovini Group Limited


1pm plc

All About Food Limited

NW Trading (Holdings) Limited

Greif UK International Holdings Limited

Belton Farm Group Limited

Goonhilly Earth Station Limited

Peter Johnson

George Roberts ( North West ) Limited

S Norton & Co Limited

Meade –King Robinson & Company Limited

Pilgrim Global ICAV


Lloyds Bank plc

Allied Irish Bank

Corporate tax Tier 2

Weightmans LLP handles the tax aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals, restructurings, demergers and capital reductions. The firm focuses on the SME and owner-managed business markets where it designs and implements employee incentive schemes, in particular enterprise management incentive (EMI) schemes. Other clients include professionals, which it provides legal tax support to, developers, investors and public sector bodies, which it advises on UK real estate transactions. Haydn Rogan heads the team.

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Key clients

Playground Games Limited

Greif US Holdings Inc

Caunce O’Hara & Company Limited

Goonhilly Earth Station Limited

Planixs GRP Limited

ANS Group

Bestway Group

PHD Equity Partners LLP

Al-Mubarakia Limited

Novel Technologies Holdings Limited

Salford University

EU and competition Tier 2

Weightmans LLP advises on cartel damages, competition law, state aid and procurement law. It has a particular focus on the food and drink, and insurance sectors and also advises local authorities, listed companies, universities, developers and venture funds on state aid issues with grants, loans and deal structures. Laurence Pritchard heads the team and advises on EU and UK competition law, including merger control and the control of anti-competitive agreements and practices.

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Key clients

UK Trucks Claim Limited

S. Norton & Co. Limited

Chiesi Limited


John West Limited

Stobart Group

Wi-Manx Limited

Washington Mills Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

British Insurance Brokers Association

Lotus Bakeries UK Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Weightmans LLP advises public and private sector clients on IT procurement, and commercial, IP, data, media and entertainment matters. Other areas of expertise include IT-related data issues including strategic dataflow, GDPR compliance and contractual frameworks, outsourcing, contract management and data protection. Sean Crotty heads the team, working in tandem with managing partner John Schorah.

Key clients

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Royal Mail Group


Lexis Nexis

Insurance Fraud Bureau

Apadmi Limited

Playground Games Limited

Surrey and Sussex Police

British Transport Police

Cybertill Limited

ANS Group Limited

PHD Equity

Mercato Limited

Local government Tier 2

Weightmans LLP's local government expertise spans major regeneration, projects, property, construction, planning, employment, civil litigation, commercial debt recovery, prosecutions, governance issues, commercial matters, public procurement, State aid, housing, child and adult social care mandates. Team head Simon Goacher advises on governance matters for many local authorities and often conducts sensitive investigations.

Key clients

North West Legal Consortium

Manchester City Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Wirral Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Stockport MBC

Cheshire East Council

Cumbria County Council

Knowsley MBC

South Ribble BC

Oldham MBC

Bolton MBC

Staffordshire Moorlands DC

Stoke on Trent CC

Salford CC

Telford BC

Shropshire CC

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Weightmans LLP mainly advises clients in the interactive video games sector. Areas of expertise include negotiating deals with major publishers and platform holders. The firm also advises on tax relief within the sector. Sean Crotty heads the team and represents media and entertainment clients on development agreements, licensing, talent, image rights, exploitation and recording agreements.

Key clients

Playground Games Limited

Side (UK) Limited

The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA)

Apadmi Limited

Nomad Games Limited

Novarama Technology SRL

AXM Venture Capital Limited

Secret Sorcery Limited

Sounding Sweet Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Mercato Limited

Fun Learning Studies Limited

Pensions Tier 2

Mark Poulston, who heads up the pensions team at Weightmans LLP, has particular expertise in scheme termination and risk management work for trustees and employers, as well as track record in life insurance issues. Jane Marshall has a particular focus on the intersection of employment and pensions, such as pension scheme changes, TUPE transfers and outsourcing arrangements.

Key clients

Dorset NHS Trust

Equality and Human Rights Commission

National Scheme Advisory Board for the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme

Motor Insurers’ Bureau


Cumbria University

N Brown Pension Trustees Limited

Well Pharmacy – the trading name for Bestway Panacea Healthcare Ltd

Sefton Borough Council

The Greenbank Project

Post Office Limited

The Football Pools

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Weightmans LLP acts for high-net-worth individuals and business owners on a range of matters including but not limited to wills, succession planning and lifetime trusts. Richard Bate leads the wills, trusts, tax and probate team nationally and specialises in tax mitigation and assisting business owners and those with more complicated family arrangements and asset structures with succession planning and wealth protection. John-Paul Dennis, who leads the team out of Liverpool, regularly acts as a deputy and attorney for vulnerable and elderly clients.

Planning and environment Tier 2

At Weightmans LLP the planning team is engaged on major residential and urban extension projects for local authority clients and it is adept at compulsory purchase work. Energy projects are also a key focus. The environmental team is instructed by water and resources clients on regulatory, compliance and enforcement issues. Manchester-based environmental specialist Simon Colvin leads the firm’s environment and utility teams and is ably supported by associate Julie Goulbourne who is a specialist contentious lawyer. Associate David Mathias heads the planning team in Manchester, while Lee Gordon, who is based across the Leeds and Manchester offices, leads the planning and infrastructure team.

Key clients

Peterborough City Council

Royal Mail Group

Walsall Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Cheshire East Council

Liverpool City Council

Welsh Government

Emerson Group

Pennon – Viridor and Southwest Water

Severn Trent Water


Ford Motor Company

Rio Tinto (Anglesey Aluminium Ltd)



United Utilities

Broad Group

Royal Mail Group


Vinci ES

Peel Ports Group

Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority

Bibby Distribution

Social housing Tier 2

Weightmans LLP acts for housing associations on a range of property management matters; it is noted for its experience in handling issues arising out of anti-social behaviour and handles claims for disrepair and possession. The team also offers pensions, corporate, corporate governance, commercial, employment, contentious construction, development and regeneration work, home ownership, landlord and tenant, and securitisation matters. Sian Evans heads the team, which includes associates Matthew Wilson, who recently joined from Clarke Willmott LLP, and Thomas Starkey, who heads the real estate division of the social housing practice.

Key clients

The Sovini Group

Jigsaw Housing Group

Torus Housing  Group

Forviva( City West)

Halton Housing Trust

Clarion Housing Group

The Guinness Partnership

Regenda Housing Group

Pierhead Housing Association( Prima Group)

Plus Dane Housing Group

Gentoo Homes

Calico Homes

Stockport Homes

Weaver Vale Housing trust

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

Weightmans LLP's Manchester commercial litigation practice has a particular focus on intellectual property-related disputes, while other areas in which the firm specialises include shareholder disputes and unfair prejudice claims, complex breach of warranty claims and property damage and recovery cases. Andrew Cox heads the team, which has recently seen an increase in work relating to judicial review matters. Other key partners include former national commercial litigation head Robert Jones, Manchester office head Richard Corran and Damian Carter, who formerly led the commercial litigation team at Manchester firm Berg before joining Weightmans in 2017.

Key clients

Certas Energy UK Limited

Business Energy Solutions Limited

All About Food Limited

IKO plc

Slush Puppie Limited

116 Cardamon Limited

Acasta European Insurance Company Limited

Acasta Europe Ltd

Wallwork Cambridge Ltd

BES Commercial Electricity Ltd

Card Saver Ltd

Commercial Power Ltd

Chrysalis Finance Ltd

Nimogen Ltd t/a Prestons Diamonds

Ken Downing (ex Judas Priest)

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Weightmans LLP focuses on M&A work for owner managed businesses. Client sectors include IT, digital and creative, public sector, higher education and healthcare. Sarah Walton heads the team and specialises in M&A, private equity, investments, joint ventures and strategic projects. Other areas of expertise for the team include corporate finance, fundraisings, governance, demergers and disposals. The firm also deals with contractual and corporate structures, procurement and IP, including university spin-outs.

Key clients

MYA Cosmetic Surgery Limited

Lucideon Limited

Carey Holdings Limited

Planixs GRP Limited


Caunce O’Hara & Company Limited

Novel Technologies Holdings Limited

Mercato Limited

Dimerco Express Group

ANS Group Limited

Slush Puppie Limited

Surrey and Sussex Police

Well (part of the Bestway Group)

University of Salford

University of Lancaster

Queen Mary University of London

University of Cumbria


IKO plc


Manuli Rubber Industries

Minerals Tech Industries/Amcol Minerals

Ellis Brigham

Manchester Fertility Services Limited

Apadmi Limited



Open University

National Police Chiefs Council

British Transport Police

Northern Health Science Alliance

Locala Community Partnerships

Property litigation Tier 3

Weightmans LLP regularly handles large and high-value property portfolio management mandates and is adept at landlord and tenant disputes. The team is engaged on a number of cases involving rent collection, arrears, tenant insolvency and dilapidation disputes. The retail, education and public sectors are key areas of focus. Sian Evans in Liverpool heads the social housing and real estate litigation department. Associate John Darnell, who is also based in Liverpool, manages the national property litigation team.

Key clients

Halton Borough Council

Royal Mail Group

A S Watson Group

Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Council Pension Fund


Metropolitan Police Authority

Camden Markets

London Metropolitan University

Bangor University

Banking and finance Tier 4

Weightmans LLP stands out for its experience in advising on the establishment of European Funds. The team is headed by the 'outstanding' Patricia Grinyer and acts for banks and borrowers on bilateral and syndicated facilities. It regularly handles public sector finance and is particularly strong in the education sector, while property finance is also a key area of expertise.

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Patricia Grinyer is a fantastic lawyer and is well known for her experience in the establishment of funds

Key clients

Progressive Living



FRP Advisory


North West Fund European Fund


Business Enterprise Fund

Allied Irish Bank

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

Weightmans LLP handles a range of development and investment transactions and is noted for its experience in regeneration mandates. The team acts for a raft of public sector clients but also advises a number of private sector clients. Karl Jackson is the head of built environment; he specialises in city centre regeneration work and is also experienced in development mandates. Andrea Steventon is also a key figure. Steven Silver has joined Squire Patton Boggs.

Key clients

Oak Tyres

Barratt BDW

Cheshire Green Employment Park


Pets at Home


Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool)

Construction Tier 4

Weightmans LLP is a 'first-rate' firm for contentious construction mandates, and the team is instructed on a raft of construction projects for public and private sector clients. Its expertise spans the education, social housing and health sectors. National head of construction Colette Morgan-Ford is noted for complex contentious work, as are Tom Collins and David Rogers. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Ian Hardman, who handles non-contentious construction, from Brabners LLP.

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Key clients

Jacobs (Halcrow Group)

Read Construction Group

One Vision Housing

Bangor University

Co-Operative Group


Walsall Council

Loughborough University

University of Leicester

Sefton MBC

Clarion Housing Group

Weightmans is an award-winning UK law firm, employing more than 1,200 people. The firm has grown rapidly because of its focus on two key aspects of its business: its clients and its people.

The firm: Weightmans’ people are determined to achieve the best result for their clients. The firm monitors results to provide value that can be measured – ensuring clients come back time and time again and that it is their preferred choice of legal service provider. As such the firm recognises the importance of its people enjoying what they do. That’s why it is committed to creating a friendly and inspiring working environment.

Types of work undertaken: The firm’s practice is structured into six key segments: built environment, corporates, insurance, owner managed businesses (OMB), private client and public bodies.

In brief, the firm offers a formidable reputation and heritage in insurance in which it is a leading national player; a substantial and diverse range of commercial services for public sector bodies, large institutions, owner-managed businesses and plcs; an impressive reputation in the public sector market, acting for many local, police and fire authorities and a range of NHS trusts, and a full family and private client service, including wills, tax, probate and residential conveyancing.

Weightmans is a national firm with international reach, with an extensive informal network of law firms in most foreign jurisdictions courtesy of its membership of Insurance Law Global (ILG) and Legalink.

Clients: the firm’s clients include insurance companies, public sector organisations, UK plcs, multinational companies, education establishments, private individuals, SMEs and owner managed businesses.

Other offices: Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner John Schorah
Senior partner David Lewis
Built environment Karl Jackson
Corporates Tim Lang
Insurance Rob Williams
OMB Paul Raftery
Private client Carole Atkinson
Public bodies Martin Forshaw
Number of UK partners : 197
Number of other UK fee-earners : 633

The Lex 100 Verdict

Trainees at Weightmans receive 'lots of client contact' and describe their training experience as very 'hands-on'. The firm has gained a Lex 100 Winner medal for a highly-praised work/life balance. Applicants agree 'the people' were a major attraction and were quick to compliment their 'very approachable colleagues who are always more than happy to help', rendering Weightmans 'a very enjoyable place to work'. Examples of best moments include 'attending court hearings alone' and 'running my own small caseload while working in the healthcare department'. However, 'uncertainty over where your next seat will be' was a cause of concern for some trainees and others have suggested that 'the social side of the firm could be improved'. Performing administrative tasks such as 'deed scheduling property documents' was also unpopular, but having the opportunity to go on client secondment was greatly appreciated. In fact, client secondments are in abundance at Weightmans; one trainee had the opportunity to undertake three whilst working at the firm and 'gain invaluable insight into what is important to clients'. In addition to formal training, recruits 'are required to be part of each office's CSR committee and are encouraged to suggest pro bono causes they feel passionate about'. If a 'full-service firm with a friendly feel' appeals to you, take a closer look at what Weightmans has to offer.