Firm Profile > Weightmans LLP > Liverpool, England

Weightmans LLP
100 OLD HALL STREET
LIVERPOOL
L3 9QJ
England

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

Weightmans LLP represents a diverse range of corporate clients in debt recovery proceedings, with expertise in handling routine repeat recoveries, defended proceedings, and ADR such as mediation and arbitration in contested cases. The firm has also expanded its share of public sector clients, with practice co-head and consultant Mark Burch particularly capable in this regard. Andrew Cox is the other key name in the team, and is an experienced litigator with a wide range of clients in the banking, utilities, and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cox; Mark Burch

Other key lawyers:

Emma Caunce; Ben Davies

Testimonials

‘Strong, very capable team with a good knowledge of relevant legislation.’

‘Mark Burch and Emma Caunce are always willing to assist and happy to provide advice when required.’

‘The teams strength is its knowledge of the subjects that it deals with and that they treat each debt individually rather than as a route to earning fees.’

‘Again its knowledge of the subjects that it deals with and that they fully understand our business, our product and the way that we work.’

‘Weightmans always respond to any queries raised in a very time manner. They also have good technological set ups and bill us at the end of each month any provide us with a complete breakdown of time spent on the relevant cases and their charges. If ever there is a query on the financial front, this is resolved normally within a few hours.’

‘Most of our dealings are with Ben Davies. He is very approachable, very efficient and knowledgeable. He has dealt with all our cases without any delay and has always offered the best way to proceed. he is very open and truthful when he thinks that some of the cases would not be financially viable to pursue or if they may attract unwanted media exposure. Ben is very friendly and almost in all cases he will respond to any queries raised by the end of the same day with a full explanation and his advice.’

 

Key clients

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Johnsons Textile Services Limited

Hillfoot Steel Limited

Maersk Line A/S

Murray Metals Group

Quadient Group (including Neopost Limited)

NWF Agriculture Limited

Specific & General Services Limited

Radius Group (including UK Fuels Limited)

NWF Fuels Limited

Davis Coffer Lyons

Public sector > Education Tier 1

Weightmans LLP primarily focuses on the higher education sector, with a particular strength in assisting universities with large strategic projects, including collaborations between academia and industry. In addition, the team acts for universities in highly sensitive situations, including suicides and on-campus deaths. Elsewhere, the practice has been advising on the digital delivery of content to students during Covid-19.  Practice head Martin Vincent specialises in complex procurement, outsourcing and academic joint ventures that often have an international dimension.

Practice head(s):

Martin Vincent

Key clients

The Open University

Lancaster University

University of Cumbria

Newcastle University

University of Greenwich

University of Sunderland

Solent University

University of Leicester

Queen Mary University of London

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Kings School Chester

Stonyhurst College

Mount St Mary’s College

Nunthorpe Multi Academy Trust Limited

Kirkham Grammar School

The Queen’s School

Leigh Academies Trust

Merchant Taylor’s School

Liverpool Media Academy Limited

The Grange School

Private client > Family Tier 1

Weightmans LLP advises a client base of high-net-worth clients on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, as well as on divorces. The team stands out for its expertise in handling matters with an international dimension; many of its clients own assets such as foreign property, multinational businesses and offshore pensions. Emma Collins leads the national family law team, with Carole Atkinson, Fiona Davidson and Fiona Turner also key partners in the team. All have decades of experience in advising on complex financial matters related to relationships. Associate Rachel Lim is another name to note, with a specialism in advising on divorces involving insolvency and bankruptcy.

Practice head(s):

Emma Collins

Other key lawyers:

Carole Atkinson; Fiona Davidson; Fiona Turner; Rachel Lim

Testimonials

‘Having had a reasonable amount of experience with family law firms I can say without doubt that Weightmans will now be my only choice if I need to call upon a family law firm going forward. They are by far unique because the level of experience, professionalism and ethical approach.’

‘I chose Fiona Turner to represent me. I was very cautious having had a terrible experience with several family lawyers previously. I was therefore extremely selective and interviewed many solicitors before choosing Fiona. I live a 3 hour drive from her office but this did not affect our relationship or her commitment. I can not praise her enough, she far out did my expectation. Fiona is efficient with your time and keeps the conversation on point. Her cost prediction of my case was very accurate and she constantly reviewed the work and costs. What I admired most about Fiona was the fact that she knew what she needed to do to get me the result I wanted and she did not get drawn into or allow me to get drawn into all the mud slinging that the other side tried to throw at us. She played a straight bat from the start and it completely went in our favour when it came to Court.’

‘Fiona Davidson – personable, knowledgeable and sensible. She is a delight to work with and her instructions are meticulous.’

‘Weightmans deliver an excellent service to their clients. Weightmans is extremely focussed on meeting client needs, is efficient and responsive and involved in complex cases.’

‘Fiona Davidson is extremely strong in children and financial remedy matters. She always delivers sensible, sound advice and is empathetic and realistic with clients. She has an excellent manner and readily inspires confidence in clients.

‘Fiona Davidson goes the extra mile to work in the client’s best interest to avoid unnecessary litigation in sensitive family breakdown.’

‘Emma Collins is knowledgeable, tenacious yet reasonable, a pleasure to deal with and easy to get hold of to resolve issues. ’

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Under the leadership of national head Dewi Ap-Thomas , Weightmans LLP advises on the full range of health and safety matters, from providing due diligence on corporate transactions to helping clients prepare evidence for inquests. The team provides assistance to private sector clients from a range of industries; it also stands out for its work for local authorities and public bodies. Ap-Thomas' work includes handling investigations and prosecutions brought by the HSE, as well as helping clients prepare for interviews. Senior partner David Lewis is another key figure in the team, splitting his time between the firm's Leeds and Liverpool offices. Associate Lauren Rigg joined the team in February 2020 from DWF and is praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Dewi Ap-Thomas; David Lewis; Crispin Kenyon; Seonaid Busby

Other key lawyers:

Anna Naylor; Lauren Rigg; Maya Ravindran

Testimonials

‘The support was by Dewi Ap-Thomas and Lauren Rigg. The interpersonal relationships of both are excellent, they are easy to approach and had a very calming influence during the preparation, interviews and coroners hearing. They explained the process well and provided in-depth support and knowledge.’

‘Weightmans have a culture of excellence within a competitive market. They are firmly client focused and their interest is always on achieving the best for their client rather than fee-building or reputation growing. Their hard work means that when a case is prepared for court no stone is left unturned.’

‘David Lewis rightly deserves praise as an excellent lawyer who always fights for his client.’

‘Dewi Ap-Thomas is a class act, brilliant with individuals facing personal charges and very calming. A great team head. ’

‘The advice provided was supportive. They were understanding of our business and able to apply that knowledge to our needs.’

‘I was extremely impressed by the contact from the team during the pandemic. I always felt that our needs were being dealt with by the team at any given moment and they exceeded my expectations. The use of technology during the pandemic was exceptional, even with the difficulties facing all firms. Even though I know the key team members had some exceptionally large cases at the same time, I always felt we were getting every last bit of their expertise to handle our issue through a troubling time. That not only meant the issue was being dealt with, but also massively reduced the stress and the workload to me personally. For that I am extremely grateful. ’

‘Having never dealt with these kinds of matters before, I came to this problem with no knowledge. I was put in touch with the very best person with the job who not only explained the issues, but answered all my questions and explained the next steps we needed to take. When the issue moved from one realm of expertise to another, our case was ideally moved to another member of the team with expertise in that area. This was fantastic, as not only did the team manage my fee level, but also meant we were getting the best possible advice. I cannot recommend the team at Weightmans enough.’

‘I was represented by Lauren Rigg and Dewi Ap-Thomas for an inquest and a CQC investigation and they made the whole process as easy as possible and worked hard with me to ensure I had the correct support and felt at ease with both processes. Their knowledge of the subject was good and this help me to have confidence in the process. They were able to point out issues and worked with me to challenge some of the evidence presented ’

Key clients

E.on UK PLC

E.on Climates & Renewables

Jaguar Land Rover

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Wedge Galvanising Group

Swissport UK

Lancashire County Council

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

The professional negligence practice at Weightmans LLP is particularly known for defending claims against solicitors and construction professionals - including architects, engineers and design and build contractors - with 'total commitment'. The department regularly handles claims involving unsafe buildings and cladding issues. Mike Grant is particularly recommended for disputes related to insurance coverage. He jointly leads the team with Mickaela Fox, who primarily focuses on solicitors’ and valuers’ indemnity claims. Associate Deborah Sullivan is noted for her experience acting for solicitors, and for her knowledge of risk management and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Mike Grant; Mickaela Fox

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Sullivan

Testimonials

‘The team has so much standalone talent and capability. They are a class outfit with all bases covered. Working with them is like working with your best peers.’

‘A robust house style where they fight their client’s case with total commitment. A cohesive team where the partners and associates seem to get on extremely well and work very happily together. ’

‘Mike Grant has excellent instincts for resolving disputes but also a streetfighter when the gloves come off. I think clients like his complete commitment to getting them out of a tight spot.

‘Mickaela Fox is excellent – providing very high quality advice and a great level of engagement.’

‘Accurate and precise advice; service is excellent. When you need Weightmans on your side they are there for you 100%. ’

‘Mickaela Fox – an absolute shining light. She can pick any issue up, get to grips with it quickly, however complex, and provide sound advice with solutions. Mickaela is such a pleasure to work with, she is focused and genuine and an absolute asset to have on your side.’

North West > Transport Tier 1

Weightmans LLP generates mandates from a wide range of stakeholders in the transport and logistics industry, including hauliers, freight forwarders, infrastructure owners, post and courier service providers and marine insurers. Its core areas of strength include regulatory work, commercial and competition matters, and mandates concerning marine and goods in transit. The group also houses a specialist road regulatory team, representing clients in courts, tribunals and inquiries. Practice head Phil James deals with all issues arising from the interaction between ship, port and cargo interests. Mike Burns undertakes a mix of dispute resolution and marine-related transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Phil James

Other key lawyers:

Mike Burns; Matt Williamson; David Lewis; Lili Oliver

Testimonials

‘Our contact with the practice has been in relation to very specialised transport-related matters, and the expertise that that they have been able to display and therefore the reassurance that this has provided has proved invaluable, including their full and ongoing support when required.’

Key clients

First Group (multiple operating companies)

National Express

Hoyer Group

Turners of Soham

Merseytravel

Alstom Transport UK

Peel Ports Group

Peel Airports Group

John West Foods

Greif Inc

Swissport GB Ltd

Zurich Insurance (Marine)

Bibby Marine Limited

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

Hamburg Sud

Champion Tankers

Essar Oil UK

Beazley Group

Assuranceforeningen Skuld

Maersk Line

NMU Speciality (Munich RE)

AIG Insurance (Marine)

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 2

Weightmans LLP represents large corporates, OMBs, educational institutions, and local authorities, specialising in commercial contract disputes, alongside shareholder and partnership issues and intellectual property litigation. The team is led by Andrew Roberts, a senior litigator with a strong record in the manufacturing sector, alongside IT and contracts work, intellectual property, and defamation cases, alongside Sarah Conroy, who co-ordinates the Liverpool team and has broad expertise across complex contractual disputes, company disputes, and restrictive covenant disputes. Principal associate Michelle Connor works with public and private sector clients, with notable experience of court processes and judicial review.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Roberts; Sarah Conroy

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Connor

Testimonials

‘Very well prepared instructions. Good attention to detail. ’

‘Sarah Conroy has a realistic and practical approach to litigation. ’

‘This is an excellent commercial team with excellent strength in depth. ’

‘Sarah Conroy is a pleasure to deal with. She is highly focused on achieving good results at a sensible price.’

‘Fantastic team who can always rescue a situation at short notice, really valued partners in a crisis.’

‘Generally have been easy to deal with and the communication has been good over what has been a protracted time frame.’

Key clients

George Roberts (North West) Limited

Kirkby (Tyres) Limited

University of Liverpool

S Norton & Co Limited

International Medical Press Limited

Sovini Property Services Limited

BMP Europe Limited

Anglesey County Council

Northside Truck & Van Limited

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Landmarc Support Services Limited

Real estate > Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 2

Weightmans LLP covers a wide array of commercial property matters, with an active residential development practice and involvement in high-profile development schemes for local authorities in Liverpool and beyond. Janice Weatherly leads the team; she has experience acting for owner managed businesses and higher education clients in public and private sector landlord and tenant law. Key practitioner Clive Bleasdale contributes his expertise in city centre regeneration projects while David Tabinor advises clients on estate management as well as on freehold and leasehold transactions. Christopher Grady, who specialises in residential development, continues to be a name to watch.

Practice head(s):

Janice Weatherly

Other key lawyers:

Clive Bleasdale, David Tabinor; Christopher Grady; Thomas Starkey

Testimonials

‘Deep understanding of the portfolio married with a commercial and legal sound approach.’

‘They are very approachable, knowledgeable and helpful. ’

‘You feel very much part of their team. Nothing is ever too much trouble and they are always available to talk to you and help solve your problems / issues.’

‘Tom Starkey has a fantastic attitude – he makes complex situations simple to understand and is extremely knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Royal Mail Group

British Steel Limited

Liverpool City Council

Bolton Borough Council

Barratts Plc

Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for the North West of England and Isle of Man

Costcutter Supermarkets Group

Persimmon Plc

University of Cumbria

Solent University

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 2

Weightmans LLP has a broad offering in both corporate and commercial work, advising a wide range of SMEs, national brands, and institutions on M&A, private equity investments, commercial agreements, and procurement matters. Roland Hutchins leads the corporate team nationally, while commercial IT specialist Victoria Robertson heads up the commercial team. Kieran Donovan is an experienced and active figure within the corporate team, and has a strong record in handling cross-border deals, while Laurence Pritchard handles commercial and regulatory issues, with particular expertise in competition law. Managing partner John Schorah remains highly active, and Sean Crotty is noted for his data protection and intellectual property capabilities. 'Standout' senior associate Michael Murphy is an up-and-coming member of the corporate team.

Practice head(s):

Roland Hutchins; Victoria Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Kieran Donovan; Laurence Pritchard; John Schorah; Michael Murphy; Sean Crotty

Testimonials

‘Michael Murphy was a standout throughout the process. He would answer my calls and text out of hours, he got to know me personally and made me feel like his number one client. ’

‘The team was led by Kieran Donovan whose vast experience and communication skills were a huge asset. All members of the team are constructive and happy to co-ordinate with other professions. The firm provides excellent service first with billing as a natural follow on rather than anticipating what each job is worth in advance. For a large firm value for money was achievable.’

‘I have worked with Kieran for many years and he is a stand out corporate lawyer, always willing to help and act as a sounding board on many occasions.’

‘They have adopted a hand in glove approach. Very keen to understand our business and deliver not just legal services but value add services.’ 

‘Victoria Robertson is a trusted advisor. Great to work with and calm under pressure.’

‘The team provides an excellent combination of partner and associate engagement and resourcing to provide a high quality cost-effective legal offering in the Corporate market. The team works extremely well in collaboration with other professional advisers (e.g. Corporate Finance advisers) to provide clients with a comprehensive and joined-up service offering. ’

‘The team was very supportive and ensured clarity of understanding in what we were aiming to achieve. Provided appropriate challenge as required with clear advice on the impact of our internal decision making so that risk management could be maintained throughout the process.’

‘Good knowledge of the HE sector and how it works, so the advice is always relevant ’

‘Victoria Robertson – very knowledgeable, fast at responding with practical and relevant advise. Firm and fair with suppliers, particularly during negotiations and comes up with good options for resolving issues.’

 

Key clients

OBG Pharmaceuticals Limited

Liverpool Media Academy (LMA)

Rösler UK Limited

Indigo Environmental Group

Duality Group

HealthNet Homecare Limited

EDP Health, Safety & Environment Consultants Ltd

Archibald Bathgate Group

Sutcliffe Engineers

MSIF

S Norton & Co Limited

Zo Skin Health Inc

Melitta UK Limited

Swissport Limited

Mercarto Limited

Daventry District Council

Merseytravel Limited

Alstom Transport UK Limited

Pure World Energy Limited

Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited

The Open University

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 2

Weightmans LLP combines transactional corporate tax advice with notable expertise in tax aspects of corporate re-organisations, employee issues within the public and private sector, and real estate transactions, alongside regular advice to local authorities on projects. The team is led by Haydn Rogan, an experienced tax practitioner with broad expertise, and particular capabilities in employee share schemes and equity incentive arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Haydn Rogan

Testimonials

‘Exceptional legal tax knowledge.’

 

Key clients

ANS Group

Bruntwood

Sonoco

PHD Equity Partners LLP

Lucideon Group Limited

Liverpool University

East Hertfordshire District Council

Lockular Limited

Well pharmacy

Apadmi Limited

Employment Tier 2

In addition to acting for private corporations in employment law matters, Weightmans LLP stands out for its work for public sector clients, including police forces and NHS trusts. The team also frequently acts for education clients on employment tribunal disputes, as well as restructurings and the drafting of contracts. Steve Peacock is noted for his work in this sector, and also advises private sector clients on executive terminations and tribunal claims. Emlyn Williams leads the team's work in the healthcare sector, and principal associates Claire Hollins and Lee Rogers are also key names in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ben Daniel; Lee Rogers; Nick Newman

Other key lawyers:

Emlyn Williams; Steve Peacock; Claire Hollins

Testimonials

‘Our main contact at Weightmans is Lee Rogers and my HR team has built up a good rapport with Lee. He understands our business and is able to conceptualise his advice based on that knowledge. In particular, we have had some recent complex issues in relation to TUPE and his advice has been very valuable. Lee has been very versatile, is very personable and has offered to provide additional training to our team and wider management team in some key employment areas. When Lee is not available, we also have a good relationship with Steve Peacock who is equally personable and very willing to assist. Steve also has good knowledge of our business.’

‘Responsive, knowledgeable of the sector an able to apply legal principles to unique circumstances related to employment terms and conditions. Efficient in conduct of business.’

‘The team runs practical and helpful update sessions and forums. They are well known in bringing excellence together and picking up learning from NHS Trusts to bring to the benefit of their clients, demonstrating collaboration at its best. The team has offered free Covid related HR advice from the start of the pandemic which is unmatched by any other team. A really excellent firm to work with.’

‘The team is proactive, regularly looking for ways in which to support NHS Trusts and offer their expert assistance. They are ready and willing to respond to urgent requests without quibble and are the ‘go to’ firm in terms of expertise and a ‘can-do’ attitude.’

‘Lee Rogers is a stand out legal adviser who can be relied upon to provide advice on all employment law matters – will always give an opinion and suggest solutions to problems.’

‘The advice we require is often time critical and, therefore, what I appreciate most about the team at Weightmans is that they have the resource and expertise to be able to assist with all matters, however urgent. The team are also extremely approachable and it is clear that they have a real passion for employment law. I also appreciate the transparency of the billing process, with all time spent on a matter set out clearly with each invoice.’

‘Weightmans are able to provide us with clear, timely advice and support to meet the needs of our organisation. Our retainer arrangements provides us with both peace of mind and value for money. We would recommend Weightmans Employment Law team in Liverpool to other organisations without hesitation. ’

‘We have worked closely with Lee Rogers for a number of years. We have always found Lee to be accessible, responsive and thorough. Lee takes an active interest in our organisation and provides us with comprehensive advice which considers both risk as well as our commercial interests. ’

Key clients

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Solent University (Southampton)

University of Greenwich

Halton Borough Council

Chief Constable of Merseyside Police

Certas Energy (UK) Ltd

Swissport GB Ltd

Colas Ltd

Peel Ports Group Ltd

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 2

Weightmans LLP has a strong focus on competition law damages claims, particularly with regard to ongoing cartel claims including the European truck cartel. The firm also has capabilities in state aid and public procurement work, with sector expertise across retail, aerospace, energy, insurance, and food and drink. The team is led by the vastly experienced Laurence Pritchard, a specialist in merger control and anti-competitive practices, while Gary Jones specialises in state aid advice for local authorities and aerospace clients.

Practice head(s):

Laurence Pritchard

Testimonials

‘A wealth of knowledge within the team concerning Competition Law, especially in the context of a retail environment.’

‘Laurence Pritchard is outstanding, his knowledge of competition law knows no bounds. A true seasoned professional who considers his advice against the backdrop of commercial realities.’

‘I highly value Laurence Pritchard’s advice on competition law as the best there is.’

 

Key clients

UK Trucks Claim Limited

S. Norton & Co. Limited

Chiesi Limited

Swissport

John West Limited

Stobart Group

Wi-Manx Limited

Washington Mills Limited

The Integrity Foundation (HIES)

British Insurance Brokers Association

Lotus Bakeries Limited

The Double Glazing & Quality Assurance Ombudsman Scheme

Gazprom

Sonoco

All About Food

Peel Ports Group

Wizzair

Doncaster Sheffield Airport Limited

Crafter’s Companion Limited

North Lincolnshire Council

Emko Capital LLC

Composite Ones LLC

Costcutter

ZO Skin Health Inc

Anixter Limited

NHS Southport & Formby CCG

NHS Blood and Transplant

Chorley Borough Council

Merseytravel Limited

Public sector > Health Tier 2

Weightmans LLP advises a number of major public bodies on strategic issues impacting their operations. The practice has extensive expertise in public inquiries and handles high level judicial review cases, as well as significant employment disputes, governance reviews and regulatory investigations. Richard Jolly is national head of health, while Dewi Ap Thomas leads the regulatory team and Emlyn Williams spearheads the healthcare employment team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jolly; Dewi Ap Thomas; Emlyn Williams

Other key lawyers:

Edwina Farrell

Testimonials

‘A highly experienced team with outstanding individuals at all levels.’

‘Excellent pragmatic advice, clearly communicated. Prompt service. High level of support regarding case strategy and options.’

‘Clear very practical advice. Do not look to cost build. Get to the answer straightaway. Clear precise, practical advice that you can trust. Very client focussed, approachable and responsive.’

Key clients

NHS Blood and Transplant

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT

NHS Resolution

St Helens and Knowsley NHS FT

Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH Group)

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Manchester University NHS FT

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS FT

Alder Hey Children’s NHS FT

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Weightmans LLP advises public and private sector clients on major IT procurement projects, commercial contracts, and data protection matters. The team works with healthcare providers, software developers, video game studios, and insurers. Practice heads Victoria Robertson and Sean Crotty specialise in commercial IT and data work respectively, both advising major clients. Sarah Walton handles transactions and corporate finance matters for tech-focused clients, and managing partner John Schorah remains heavily involved in the video games sector, working with growth clients and established businesses.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Robertson; Sean Crotty

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Walton; John Schorah

Key clients

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Royal Mail Group

Capita

Strategic North

Insurance Fraud Bureau

Apadmi Limited

Playground Games Limited

Surrey and Sussex Police

British Transport Police

Cybertill Limited

ANS Group Limited

PHD Equity

Mercato Limited

The Open University

Liverpool Media Academy Ltd

Chiesi Ltd

Sovini Group Ltd

Liverpool Airport

Rutland County Council

Genesis Cancer Care

BJSS Ltd

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

Manchester Metropolitan University

Cyberscout LLC

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

RealityMine

BareRock Risk Management Limited

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Weightmans LLP provides a full service to local authorities, with core pillars of the practice including regeneration projects and property transactions. The team also handles public service transformations and large employment mandates, such as major restructures. It is also highly recommended for governance advice and conduct investigations. Simon Goacher is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goacher

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Johns; Vincent King

Key clients

Selby District Council

Leeds City Council

Craven District Council

Ryedale District Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Sheffield City Council

York City Council

East Hertfordshire, Epping Forest and Harlow District Councils

North West Legal Consortium

Liverpool City Council

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

Eden Borough Council

Staffordshire Moorlands DC

Stoke on Trent CC

Salford CC

Telford BC

Shropshire CC

Derbyshire County Council

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 2

Weightmans LLP is a destination practice for digital media clients, advising on image rights, commercial contracts, development and licensing agreements for a range of companies, particularly in the field of interactive video games, as well as performers and celebrities. The team also advises clients in the education and pharmaceutical sectors, including public sector bodies. The team is led by Sean Crotty, who has a leading practice in the video game sector and specialises in drafting IT, data, and IP contracts.  Victoria Robertson works on commercial issues for software developers, video game companies, and other media clients, and managing partner John Schorah remains active on transactions and commercial contracts in the video game space.

Practice head(s):

Sean Crotty; Victoria Robertson

Other key lawyers:

John Schorah

Key clients

Playground Games Limited

Side (UK) Limited

The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA)

Liverpool Media Academy Ltd

Nomad Games Limited

Apadmi Limited

The Open University

Novarama Technology SRL

AXM Venture Capital Limited

Secret Sorcery Limited

Sounding Sweet Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Mercato Limited

Fun Learning Studies Limited

Chiesi Ltd

Sussex & Surrey Police

Employment > Pensions Tier 2

Weightmans LLP stands out for the variety of clients that it advises on pension matters, from private sector trustees and employers to public sector institutions such as councils and the emergency services. The practice's work including advising on risk management, the winding up of pension schemes, and pension issues arising from corporate transactions and insolvencies. Practice head Mark Poulston has more than 20 years' experience in this area; elsewhere, Jane Marshall has experience in pensions and employment law. She is particularly active in areas where the two overlap, such as TUPE transfers.

Practice head(s):

Mark Poulston

Other key lawyers:

Jane Marshall

Testimonials

‘I find Weightmans very responsive and flexible in their approach to offering advice. In this context, our company uses them to help decide on the apportionment of death in service benefits and their advice is always clear and concise. They are very approachable and happy to discuss their recommendations/advice rather than expect us to rely on the production of a written report.’

‘Weightmans are great at appointing the right member of their team to a particular matter. They also provide a number of value added services, tailored to an organisation’s specific needs.’

‘Mark Poulston has been doing some work for both organisations that I represent, which involves re-writing the Trust Deeds of a staff life assurance scheme. Mark is always efficient and clear and he has a great ability to make complicated matters accessible to the client. He will also provide separate updates for different parts of the organisation, making them relevant to the reader.’

‘Very pragmatic, straightforward advice even when complex, sensitive and contentious issues are being dealt with. They have the ability to work collegiately within a multi-disciplined team involving external actuaries, pension administrators, and PR advisors together with in house finance, Communications, and employee relations experts.’

‘Mark Poulston and colleagues within the pensions and employment team have the ability and desire to respond to the needs of their clients in a pragmatic way and pass on their detailed technical expertise in a manner which is helpful and informative providing very cost effective solutions to conclude matters within very tight deadlines – nothing is too much trouble and their tireless pursuit of providing excellent customer service makes them a pleasure to do business with.’

Key clients

The Scheme Advisory Board for the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme

Swissport GB Limited

Equality and Human Rights Commission

British Insurance Brokers’ Association

Surrey and Sussex Police

Southbank Centre Limited

Colas Limited

N Brown Pension Trustees Limited

Bridgewater School

The Post Office

The Football Pools Limited

Anixter Limited

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Weightmans LLP provides advice on the full range of wills, trusts, and estates matters, from the execution of complex, cross-border estates to the planning of tax-efficient wills. Business-owners are a key group of clients for the team, and it provides advice on the management of personal and business assets, including succession planning. The team also advises clients on planning their estates to safeguard the interests of vulnerable beneficiaries. Richard Bate is noted for his tax mitigation work, acting for high-net-worth clients as well as elderly and vulnerable individuals. Principal associate John-Paul Dennis is another key contact, with particular specialisms in succession planning and estate management related to property. Lorraine Wilson was promoted to associate in September 2020 and is praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bate; Sarah Louise Walker; John-Paul Dennis

Other key lawyers:

Lorraine Wilson; Sally Cook

Testimonials

‘I’ve worked closely with Lorraine Wilson, who I would describe as a great all-rounder. Her technical knowledge is spot on but she is also extremely approachable and has the ability to engage clients in difficult conversations. Lorraine is part of the Manchester team, which is headed by Richard Bates. ’

‘Lorraine Wilson and Richard Bate have both been steadfast, knowledgeable and dependable over the last 3 years, consistently working through a multifaceted and at times unorthodox situation, providing guidance and support around many areas including the complexities of international law, encompassing jurisdictions including the USA, Chile, Canada and Jersey.’

‘The most recent work was carried out by principal associate Sally Cook. She provided excellent advice on all aspects of getting our IHT calculated and probate granted. She was also very proactive and provided excellent, timely communication and clear advice.’

‘The team, headed up by Richard Bate, are excellent. We use them on a regular basis to provide an input on wills, trusts, estate planning, etc. at pre-retirement seminars we run for senior police officers. They are extremely knowledgeable and engaging in their presentation style. Delegates are encouraged to make contact with the relevant team member after the seminar on a pro bono basis if they wish to seek clarification on any aspect of the input or their own personal circumstances. COVID restrictions have prevented us from holding ‘physical’ seminars for over twelve months. The team haver adapted well to delivering their input ‘on line’’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable in their field and have an engaging way of sharing this with the various delegates. Their style of delivery is relaxed yet informative. They also make appropriate use of humour, which serves to lighten what could otherwise be extremely serious, and potentially quite depressing subject matter. Richard Bate, in particular, has a way of making delegates feel at ease.’

‘My go-to firm for anything private client related. John Paul Dennis is the stand-out solicitor in a stand-out firm, I have been consistently impressed by his intellect, hard work, and devotion to the cause. He has a broad series of disciplines which means he can cover all aspects of a case. JP is very good with clients for whom he has a fierce loyalty and is willing to go the extra mile for the best result.’

‘Weightmans have been entirely professional in all my contacts with them. The people are fantastic, have a vast wealth of knowledge and I have personally appreciated the diverse range of specialties that this firm can offer. They have been able to manage a lot of our work in house with ease and professionalism and have already delivered some really positive outcomes for us.’

‘My main contact at Weightmans is Lorraine Wilson. Lorraine has been instrumental in building the working relationship we have established with this firm. Lorraine reviews all cases that we issue to Weightmans, provides a good overview of the case and the steps that we can take. She is extremely knowledgeable, well organised and keeps an overview of all the cases that we have referred to them even when she is not particularly dealing with the case herself. I have valued the work that she has done and continues to do. ’

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

The 'excellent' planning and environment team at Weightmans LLP is known for its strengths in compulsory purchase, infrastructure, development and waste sector work, as it assists both private and public sector clients. Simon Colvin leads the practice's environment team, drawing on his waste management expertise and environmental biology background. On the planning side, Lee Gordon has a wealth of experience in major infrastructure and strategic residential projects, assisting clients on complex high-value schemes. The team was further strengthened with the arrival of principal associate Elaine Field, who specialises in all aspects of planning law, from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Simon Colvin; Lee Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Field

Testimonials

‘Straightforward, practical advice.’

‘Weightmans are very client focused, with their eye firmly on achieving the best practical outcome for their clients. They have a group of lawyers who have great knowledge of the workings of local government – many of whom have local government experience – which gives them unrivalled expertise in achieving good results.’

‘The team is excellent, offering a real range of expertise with the ability to relate to both public and private sector clients.’

‘Lee Gordon has great ability, drive and industry, as well as being a thoroughly pleasant and decent person. He has a real eye for telling detail, as well as a firm grasp of principle and the overall direction of a case.’

Key clients

Welsh Government

Northern Power Grid

Royal Mail Group

Broad Energy

Prospect Estates

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Prosperity Developments

Peel Ports Group

Leeds City Council

York City Council

Harlow & Gilston Garden Town partner authorities

Safetykleen

Certas Energy

Severn Trent Water

Vinci Plc and Taylor Woodrow

Mariana Waste Management Ltd

London Fire Commissioners

Bolsover District Council

S Norton & Co

Barratts/ BDW

Robinsons Brewery

Nottingham County Council

Peterborough City Council

Bolton Council

Ford Motor Company Ltd

Anglesey Aluminium Ltd/Rio Tinto

Viridor Waste Management

Chiesi Ltd

BOAL Ltd

AIG

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

Weightmans LLP is noted for having a ‘strong reputation in both the north west and nationally for its social housing work’. The team assists clients with site acquisitions and developments, mergers and rationalisations. as well as employment law issues. Contentious work includes matters involving issues such as housing disrepair and dilapidations, among others. Practice head Sian Evans has expertise in property litigation and housing management issues. Jo Loake joined from Knights plc in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Sian Evans

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Starkey; Matthew Wilson; Jo Loake

Testimonials

‘Weightmans provide a service which is unique by combining a down-to-earth approach with an exceptional level of knowledge and a wealth of experience. The whole team can be trusted with cases of the utmost complexity. They are able to quickly get to the heart of the issues in a case and explain it to clients in a straightforward matter.’

‘Sian Evans (Partner) stands out as an exceptional litigator. She quickly grapples with the legal issues in a case and distils the strengths and weaknesses to enable her to form a clear strategy on how to achieve her client’s aims.’

‘Matthew Wilson (Principal Associate) is another outstanding member of the team. His key strength lies in his ability to deconstruct the other side’s arguments and gather the necessary evidence to put his client in the strongest possible position at trial.

‘The team, led by Sian Evans, has a strong reputation in both the north west and nationally for its social housing work. By virtue of Sian’s position of member of the national Housing Law Committee of the law society (which she chaired for a number of years) and her position on various boards of local housing providers, the team is “on the pulse” of the ever-changing landscape of social housing.’

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)

Midland Heart

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

Weightmans LLP’s 'exceptional' litigation team is particularly strong for shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice petitions, breach of contract litigation and warranty claims. Professional negligence specialist Carole Spiller heads up the regional practice, which includes Robert Jones, who has a broad practice; Damian Carter, who is a key contact for owner-managed businesses; Richard Corran, who counts corporate litigation and restrictive covenants actions among his areas of specialism; and legal director Josh Conroy, who is noted for procurement and education disputes.

Practice head(s):

Carole Spiller

Other key lawyers:

Robert Jones; Damian Carter; Richard Corran; Josh Conroy; Jessica Kraja; Matthew Fox

Testimonials

‘The Weightmans team have been exceptional in performing our complex work in all aspects, including but not limited to liaison with other professionals, senior counsel, disclosure, ATE, and litigation funding.’

‘The team are so dedicated and knowledgeable; not just in law (although they are highly knowledgeable in that aspect too), but also in strategy and how to best handle situations. I have worked with other legal firms before but none as dedicated as Weightmans. They have been with me since the start of my case and have put my mind at ease at every step of the way.’

‘They are a quality outfit who can be relied upon to produce good quality work at a reasonable price point, meaning they can take cases that wouldn’t be viable for International firms.’

‘Damian Carter. A firm and clear grasp of the litigation key factors with an innate ability to compile and manage a team close-handed to produce exceptional and consistent results. A truly first-class professional.

Jessica Kraja. An exceptional solicitor with significant attention to detail which has delivered great results. Very highly recommended.

Matthew Fox: a unique, very clear understanding of the legal parameters in complex cases. Able to deliver on time, every time. Dependable and reliable.’

‘Robert Jones – one of the leading litigators around who has seen and done it all in terms of litigation. Respected by clients and opponents alike and someone you want in your corner if you are facing and heavy and difficult litigation.’

‘Carole Spiller, Partner. Good sector knowledge and very responsive.’

Key clients

Business Energy Solutions Limited

Chiesi Limited

Anixter Limited

Acasta European Insurance Company Limited

Be Caring Limited

Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited

BES Utilities Holding Ltd and Smart Choice Metering Ltd

NHS Blood & Transplant (‘NHSBT’)

116 Cardamon Limited

Slush Puppie Limited

Topmark Claims Management Limited t/a TMS

Solent University Southampton

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sovini Group

Co-operative Group

Corning Limited

NEUPC Limited

South Ribble Borough Council

Lancaster University

Lucideon Group Limited

Clarity Travel Management

Manchester Metropolitan University

The Open University

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Weightmans LLP has increased its share of national and cross-border M&A, alongside its traditional strength in acting for regional OMBs. The firm has advised on public M&A, private equity investments, with a sector-specific approach providing particular expertise in healthcare, technology, utilities, and financial services. The team is led overall by corporate lawyer Sarah Walton, with Paul Raftery heading up the corporate OMB practice. The commercial team is led by Mark Vincent and Vincent King, and has strong capabilities in IT, IP, public sector procurement, and projects work. Principal associate Jo Loake arrived from Knights plc in 2021 and specialises in third sector governance.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Walton

Other key lawyers:

Paul Raftery; Mark Vincent; Vincent King; Catherine Hendy

Testimonials

‘The team are very efficiently organised and have extensive experience of operating within the business’s regulatory environment, meaning we can cut to the chase on key deal issues and continue to keep on top of market norms. ’

‘Sarah Walton as the client relationship partner is straightforward and focused on what is important for us when delivering on either disposals or acquisitions.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and very thorough legal team. We worked with them on a very complex, international transaction across five jurisdictions. ’

‘Nothing is ever too much trouble. They’re always on hand when I need them, and proactive in their approach too.’

‘Catherine Hendy is a fantastic legal support. Her positive attitude and constant support through the process makes a huge difference. She would work evenings and weekends if needed, and nothing was too much trouble. For someone like myself who is not an expert in the legal processes, Catherine made it very easy to understand every aspect. ’

‘Always willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Diversity and commercial acumen. As a female founder, it was refreshing to deal with two female partners from Weightmans, who both grasped an understanding of my business quickly and who were able to give sound, balanced advice.’

‘Sarah Walton in particular was very easy to talk to, quick to grasp the fundamentals of my business and someone I feel I could always return to in the future for further advice.’

 

Key clients

Private sector clients

Sonoco Limited

Bestway National Chemists Limited t/a Well Pharmacy

Sontay Limited

Slush Puppie Limited

ANS Group Limited

DSW Venture Capital LLP

Community Integrated Care

TAC Holding Limited

Hoyer Petrolog UK Limited

Apadmi Limited

Cybertill Limited

Great Ideas Group Limited

Robert Smethurst

Composites One LLC

Prosperity Investments and Developments Limited

Seventeen Group

Card Saver Limited

Manchester Fertility Services Limited

Chiesi Limited

Mercarto Limited

Public sector clients

Daventry District Council

Rutland County Council

Harrogate Borough Council

NHS Blood and Transplant

London Fire Brigade

North West Ambulance Service

Northern Health Science Alliance

Copeland Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Leicestershire County Council

Surrey Police

Sussex Police

Cambridgeshire Police

Lancashire Police

West Mercia Police

Cheshire East Council

Not for profit

Locala Community Partnerships CIC

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Weightmans LLP's diverse client base spans the technology, investment and public sectors. Practice head Sian Evans advises clients on all aspects of commercial and residential property litigation. Working with Evans is principal associate Peter Hall, who acts for large and small businesses, private individuals and public sector bodies. Hall places a particular focus on high-value landlord and tenant disputes, as well as issues connected with the redevelopment of land.

Practice head(s):

Sian Evans

Other key lawyers:

Peter Hall; John Darnell

Testimonials

‘Provided clear concise advice on a range of property matters, good breadth of knowledge available across the team. Reporting and tracking of key dates via easy to use database.’

‘John Darnell – Always available for advice and great at providing options whilst ensuring keys dates etc are in hand and dealt with.’

‘Very thorough.’

‘Peter Hall is a stand-out. He thinks deeply about his cases.’

Key clients

BDW Trading Limited (Barratts David Wilson Homes)

Bruntwood Group

Clarion Housing Group

Emerson Group (Jones Homes)

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Derbyshire County Council

Markem-Imaje UK Limited

Various Eateries Trading Limited (Strada Restaurants)

Warrington Borough Council

Halton Borough Council

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

Weightmans LLP stands out for its work on public sector finance mandates and has been particularly active for accredited funders in relation to Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes (CBILS), recovery loans and the related government guarantees underpinning the schemes. Practice head Patricia Grinyer is highly active in the public sector finance arena; her expertise includes advising on the impact of Brexit on structural funds.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Grinyer

Other key lawyers:

Gary Jones

Testimonials

‘Responsive, commercially astute, not just the typical lawyers – able to provide pragmatic astute advice.’

‘Patricia Grinyer exemplifies all the qualities needed in a 21st century lawyer, an exceptional lawyer who is the least lawyerly type you will encounter.’

Key clients

Maven Capital Partners

Stoneycroft Developments

AIB Bank Plc

FSE Group

Lloyds Bank Plc

Clydesdale Bank

Bibby Marine

Santander Bank

Business Enterprise Fund (BEF)

Unity Trust Bank

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

The ‘friendly and down to earth’ team at Weightmans LLP is regularly instructed by local authorities and assists with regeneration projects. The practice also undertakes residential development and retail sector-related matters. Experienced practitioner Andrea Steventon, acting on large real estate acquisitions, leads the team together with head of the firm’s Built Environment Group Karl Jackson. Brian Ghatan, who joined in 2019 from Addleshaw Goddard, is acting for several major clients and is aiming to strengthen the practice’s presence in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Steventon; Karl Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Brian Ghatan

Testimonials

‘The team are friendly, down to earth, practical good listeners and good value for money.’

Key clients

Barratt Homes

Broad Environmental

MHA London

Nottinghamshire County Council

Chiesi Limited

Sonoco Limited

Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool) Limited

Oak Tyres

Elan Homes

Transport for Greater Manchester

Macclesfield Town Football Club Limited

Bruntwood

Real estate > Construction Tier 4

Helmed by leading practitioner Colette Morgan-Ford, whose expertise involves dispute resolution and strategic advice, Weightmans LLP's client portfolio includes a number of significant private firms as well as universities and local authorities. Ian Hardman heads up the non-contentious team; he draws on decades of experience in construction and engineering matters to advise clients on a wide range of projects in the areas of retail, development and logistics.

Practice head(s):

Colette Morgan-Ford; Ian Hardman

Other key lawyers:

Tom Collins; David Rogers

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and always available to support us as needed.’

‘We deal with Ian Hardman primarily and he provides us with expert, reliable and practical advice on all specialist construction matters.’

Key clients

Jacobs (Halcrow Group Limited)

Read Construction Group Limited

One Vision Housing Limited

Co-Operative Group

M&Y Maintenance and Construction Limited

Walsall Council

Liverpool City Council

University of Leicester

Sefton MBC

Clarion Housing Group

Loughborough University

Greenwich University

Watkin Jones Group

Carroll Build Limited

Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council

Adoni Developments Limited

TJ Morris Limited (Home Bargains)

The Mersey Docks & Harbour Company Ltd

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Weightmans LLP defends a broad range of clinical claims, including organ transplant and blood donor cases, birth injury cases, obstetric and neurological claims. Richard Jolly, Rachel Kneale and Vicky Morris jointly head the practice. Ian Critchley is noted for his handling of complex and sensitive claims; principal associate Lisa Spencer defends claims on behalf of NHS trusts. Principal associate Sam Harland is also well-regarded. On the personal injury side, Peter Wake, Liam McGuire, Graham Dean, Charlie Williams and Tracy Smyth lead sub-groups within the practice. Associate Louise Mutch is experienced in catastrophic injury claims, while David Holt is noted for his motor claims expertise.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jolly; Rachel Kneale; Vicky Morris; Peter Wake; Liam McGuire

Other key lawyers:

Ian Critchley; Lisa Spencer; David Holt; Louise Mutch: Rachel Fawcett

Testimonials

‘The team has an excellent understanding of the difficult problems which arise in the context of international litigation. They have great knowledge of both the sector and of the practicalities of dealing with cases involving foreign countries – the first choice for an insurer who is taking a foreign claim seriously.’

‘Richard Jolly has extensive knowledge of the law and is a shrewd tactical lawyer. Lisa Spencer is an incredibly capable and pragmatic lawyer.’

‘This team has very significant industrial disease knowledge and can compete across the country.  Efficient, knowledgeable and focused. They cover the spectrum from deafness claims to the most serious and probably are most effective in the serious cases due to the strength and depth available.’

‘Vicky Morris has extensive expertise in all areas of clinical negligence. She is exceptional. Her knowledge is phenomenal. She provides superb support and we feel confident with her on board. Sam Harland is a very practical lawyer; he cuts through a case to reach the heart of it early on. Very sensible. Unflappable and very approachable. Would recommend.’

‘A very experienced team with in-depth knowledge of the insurance sector who also fully understand our requirements. The results we get, from both a commercial and brand protection angle confirm they are a team of people who have considerable experience and skill. Everyone is attentive to our needs, very responsive and they keep us fully appraised and treat every member of our team with the same respect.’

‘Liam McGuire uses all of the tools that are available to him as a defendant solicitor to defeat or reduce high-value claims. Tactically, he is always one step ahead of his opponents and he relies on this successfully in negotiations. Unlike many defendant solicitors, he is proactive rather than reactive, to ensure that he secures the best results for his clients. He obtains evidence that others would simply not even think of. A very impressive solicitor.’

‘This is a dynamic team, with exceptional specialist knowledge and unparalleled commitment to client care.’

‘Weightmans are exceptional at thinking outside the box and providing solutions for insurers in respect of technical claims handling.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

IDH

Markel

CFC

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

Zurich Insurance

Motor Insurer’s Bureau

AIG Europe Ltd Insurance

AXA XL Insurance

PwC (Chester Street Holdings)

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Underwriting

First Central Insurance

InterEurope AG Insurance

Collingwood

Sabre Insurance

Employment Tier 1

The work at Weightmans falls into three broad categories; the team is equally proficient at handling risk management issues, project work and litigation. Recent examples of advisory matters include assisting with redundancy programmes and individual senior exits with significant remuneration packages on behalf of both national and US-parent-company clients. On the contentious side, the firm continues to specialise in cases involving post-termination restrictive covenants. Practice head Christopher Graham is lauded by one client as a 'highly effective litigator'. Principal associate Kerry Waters also receives praise, and is singled out as 'an asset on any case'.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Graham

Other key lawyers:

Kerry Waters

Testimonials

‘Weightmans is very skilled at dealing with clients’ concerns and developing a good working relationship with key players.’

‘The people I have dealt with are extremely competent and committed. Always willing to go the extra mile even if it means working out of normal hours to deal with urgent matters or to fit in with clients’ work patterns.’

‘Christopher Graham is one of the most experienced employment lawyers in the country. He is battle hardened and is a highly effective litigator.’

‘We have dealt with a number of team members over recent years and we are always impressed. They all have the same professional standards. They bill at the end of the month so we know what we are paying for each month.’

‘Christopher Graham is the person with whom we have dealings. I think he is outstanding. He has dealt with a number of matters for our business and we are impressed every time. He is clearly technically very knowledgeable. Even though he is very senior and we are a small firm we have his mobile number and call him directly. He knows what is going on with a matter and is very responsive.’

‘Kerry Waters is a diligent employment solicitor who has amassed considerable experience of Employment Tribunal and High Court work. She is clever and client-focused, and an asset on any case.’

The team are highly skilled and their capabilities cover a wide range of legal work. I always feel that they are protecting me and my business. It never just feels like another job to them.’

‘Kerry Waters is a tireless worker for her clients, who are always reassured by her grasp of the details of their case.’

 

Key clients

Stewart Reader

Federal Signal Inc/Victor Products Limited

McParland & Partners

Nelson Petcare Limited

David Allen trading as David Allen Chartered Accountants

Utility Alliance Limited

Adrian Shaw

University of Sunderland

Lucion Services Limited

TT2 Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Corporate clients, particularly those with a nexus to technology, regularly instruct the team at Weightmans to advise on the commercialisation of their technology and intellectual property, including securing the external funding required to do so. Venture capitalists and accelerator programmes with a technology focus also make up a key part of the firm's client base. The firm is increasingly gaining recognition for its contentious expertise, and has recent experience of litigating large and high-profile data theft cases. Paul Wigham and Duncan Reid, both of whom have extensive experience of transactional work, are the key contacts.  

Practice head(s):

Paul Wigham; Duncan Reid

Key clients

QuantumDX Holdings Limited

Altitude Angel Limited

Open University

Fairstone Financial Management Limited

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Northstar Ventures Limited

DSW Ventures Limited

Accelerated Digital Ventures Limited

Caspian Learning Limited

Datum 360 Limited

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

With a practice highly focused on the defence of personal injury and occupational disease cases, the 'heavyweight and no nonsense' team at Weightmans LLP handles an impressive caseload for large national and international insurers. The team 'offers excellence across the board' and acts in matters arising out of employer’s liability, motor, public authority and police cases. Practice head Dave Cottam 'combines an acute mind and vast experience' advising on catastrophic personal injury and large loss claims, including paralysis, chronic pain and amputations. Marie Wildt is described as being 'destined for great things'.

Practice head(s):

Dave Cottam

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Robb; Mike Simpson; Deborah Edwards

Testimonials

‘Deborah Edwards has great eye for strategy, is hard working and takes no nonsense from opponents. The best sort of lawyer to have on your side.’

‘Our primary and longstanding contact is Mike Simpson, who has an excellent bespoke knowledge of our business requirements. He also has an extensive knowledge of the work where he is instructed and provides a personal and detailed service for our complex and catastrophic injury claims.’

‘The team offers excellence across the board, with high quality partners supported by a coterie of excellent assistants. Their outstanding attention to detail is complemented by insight and realism.’

‘Stephen Robb brings charm and wisdom in equal measure. He is very personable as well as robust.’

‘Dave Cottam combines an acute mind and vast experience, with an easygoing style, which makes him a pleasure to work with.’

‘Stephen Robb is very pragmatic but with his experienced finger on every significant issue in the case; provides great leadership to his team.’

‘Marie Wildt is destined for great things – a hugely successful career lies around the corner. Supreme case management skills coupled with a fine legal brain and an eye for detail all make Marie the complete package.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance

Motor Insurers Bureau

AIG Europe Ltd

AXAXL Insurance

PwC (Chester Street Holdings)

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Underwriting

First Central Insurance

InterEurope AG Insurance

Covea Insurance

Octagon Insurance

Travelers Insurance Company

Tradex Insurance

Insure the Box Insurance

RSA Insurance

HDI Global

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Weightmans' Newcastle-based offering was recently strengthened by the arrival of principal associates Amy Nesbitt (who joined from the firm's London office) and Adam Dymock (formerly of Clyde & Co LLP). They join a well regarded professional indemnity team, which is regularly instructed by a wide range of both insurers and their insured clients. Richard Palmer heads up the practice, which also includes 'skilled negotiatorAnne-Marie Knight. The firm is particularly noted for its expertise in construction disputes, with a particular focus on cladding and related façade claims arising in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster; recently promoted principal associate Tom Thurlow is the name to note for this type of work.

Practice head(s):

Richard Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Marie Knight; Tom Thurlow; Adam Dymock; Amy Nesbitt

Testimonials

‘Very good customer care and a commitment to really understanding and digesting complex law for a corporate client.’

‘Anne Marie Knight oversaw our case as the main partner – very impressive with the clients and had an intimate knowledge of the facts.’

‘Tom Thurlow was our solicitor on the ground – the case turned on the Buildings Act and Tom was a key part of the various written legal submissions on the roles of an improved inspector. Wise beyond his years – a very good lawyer who was prepared to put in all the hours to get to the final article.’

‘Highly specialist team. Approachable and diligent and very collaborative.’

‘Richard Palmer and Anne-Marie Knight stand out in the insurance practice. Approachable and provide practical advice.’

‘Weightman’s defended a claim against my company and I received excellent service, for me the highlights were: clear information, I could understand what I was being asked to do, what others were doing and why; I was guided to make rational decisions based upon where we were over the life of the claim, this changed as we neared the end of the liability period and I was able to understand why we agreed to a different approach; prior to mediation, a Zoom call bringing us together was very useful.’

‘Anne-Marie Knight was a very skilled negotiator and had a confident manner, we felt that the claim was successfully defended and obtained the best result for my PI insurers.’

‘The team are approachable, knowledgeable and produce high quality reports. Short email-based updates are provided to keep claims moving rather than lengthy reports.’

Key clients

Hiscox Underwriting Limited

CNA Hardy

Travelers Insurance Company Limited

Hamilton Underwriting Limited

Tokio Marine HCC

StarStone Insurance SE

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Following its 2019 merger with Watson Burton, Weightmans’ full-service practice continues to handle high-value commercial and residential property disputes for a varied mix of property developers, national housebuilders, tenants and landlords, and multiple utility companies. In addition, the department prides itself on its advisory work on addressing potential litigation threats; recently, it has also scored multiple successes for both claimants and defendants in relation to mandatory injunctive relief. Core sectors for the group include education, construction and leisure, while practice head Christopher Graham adds significant credibility to the team’s work for companies in the energy industry. Principal associate Jill Dalkin is adept at handling issues arising under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. Senior associate Mark Reeves is praised by clients for being ‘really client-focussed’.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Graham

Other key lawyers:

Jill Dalkin; Mark Reeves

Testimonials

‘A substantial firm able to bring considerable resources to bear on a case, which is no doubt a big advantage in some litigation work.’

‘I have worked primarily with Jill Dalkin on a complicated party wall dispute. I found working with her very good – she was incisive and excellent at distilling a difficult case for a demanding client. I would certainly recommend her.’

‘Mark Reeves is a standout associate. He is excellent and really client-focussed.’

Key clients

Bellway Plc

Atkins Limited

Northern Powergrid (North East) Plc

Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire) Plc

Camerons Brewery Limited

University of Sunderland

Northern Trust Company Limited

Northern Retail Consortium Limited

Story Homes Limited

Storage & Handling Limited

Victor Products Ltd

Ubisoft Reflections Limited

Yorkshire Electricity Group Plc

McCarrick Construction Company Limited

Northern Electric Plc

South Shore Developments Limited

Northumberland & Durham Property Limited

AND Group Limited

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

The cross-departmental banking and finance group at Weightmans is a top choice for clients seeking assistance with venture capital and private equity funding matters. The practice is led by national corporate group head Duncan Reid, who is adept at advising companies with capital raising advice in the technology and leisure industries. Additional areas of focus include the care home, construction and property sectors. Paul Wigham has extensive experience acting for venture capital funds.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Reid

Other key lawyers:

Paul Wigham; Marc Allison

Key clients

Handelsbanken

Santander

Lloyds Bank

Development Bank of Wales

Lok Developments

Northstar Ventures

Maven Capital Partners

BGF plc

The Morton Group

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

The team at Weightmans LLP is marked out by its 'clear drive to provide investigation, analysis and advice of the highest order'. The firm continues to specialise in organ transplant and blood donor matters, and is also noted for its expertise in group claims. Increasingly, the group has been seeing more cases relating to GPs and the recent arrival of 'huge and stellar addition' Warren Forsyth, who joined  from the Medical Protection Society, has ensured that the department is well equipped to handle this type of work. In other key developments, Isobel Michie, who 'handles a large caseload of the most complex cases with considerable skill', was promoted to legal director. Rachel Kneale leads the practice, and offers a 'superb strategic overview'.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Kneale

Other key lawyers:

Isobel Michie; Paul Thomson; Kiran Sekhon; Warren Forsyth; Nicola Shand

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced, great knowledge of a fast moving and complex sector.’

‘Its delivery of services in the clinical negligence field is of an excellent standard. The strength of the firm is that it delivers across all of the required parameters; knowledge; analysis; technology; teamwork; individual character and personality – over all of its sites. The organisational memory is impressive having been involved in this sector from the beginning and performing consistently well throughout.’

‘Rachel Kneale offers a superb strategic overview of the sector. Paul Thomson is knowledgeable and effective.’

‘The firm has a clear drive to provide investigation, analysis and advice of the highest order. All aspects of this work and its delivery make it stand out.’

‘Weightmans’ clinical negligence team is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced team. Their strengths lie in the attention to detail and tactical approach to cases.’

‘Rachel Kneale has an unrivalled knowledge of the issues arising in high value quantum claims. Always calm and assured, she instils complete confidence and provides effective supervision of a strong team. Isobel Michie handles a large caseload of the most complex cases with considerable skill: she has excellent judgement and always takes a pragmatic and commercial approach.’

‘Knowledgeable and effective.’

‘Warren Forsyth has joined from MPS – this is a huge and stellar addition to the Weightmans team.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Public Health England

East of England Ambulance NHS Trust

South London and the Maudsley NHS FT

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Camden and Islington NHS FT

CFC Underwriting Limited

IDH Group Limited

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Newcastle Tier 2

Weightmans fields a well-rounded litigation practice, which benefits from the firm’s strong presence in Newcastle and Leeds. Counting multiple large companies among its clients, the practice specialises in contentious employment work, data theft claims and disputes in the energy and TMT sectors. Andrew Cox in Birmingham leads the wider litigation group, where other key contacts include Newcastle regional office head Christopher Graham and Anthony Rance, who splits time between Leeds and Newcastle.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cox

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Graham; Anthony Rance; Mark Reeves

Testimonials

‘Great support throughout a very challenging process. Always felt that the team had our interests as an utmost priority.’

‘Clearly an impressive group of individuals who are aligned to the firm values and always provide the excellent level of service.’

‘We have dealt with the firm for one commercial dispute and Christopher Graham was outstanding. We are always impressed and the way he deals with a matter and the way he communicates and reassures us.’

‘Anthony Rance – a smart, dependable and dynamic commercial litigation solicitor, at ease in any sector.’

‘The addition of Watson Burton to Weightmans means that it now has a real presence in Newcastle as well as Leeds. The sharing of expertise across offices appears to have worked very well and the firm has a number of experienced and strong litigators.’

‘Chris Graham has extensive experience of commercial disputes and a wide-ranging client base who like his matter-of-fact style.’

Key clients

Tanfield Group Plc

Crafter’s Companion

Millbrook Proving Ground Limited

Satcom Global Limited

Mach Recruitment Limited

David Allen Chartered Accountants

Utility Alliance Limited

Clearly Drinks

Helena Biosciences

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Newcastle Tier 2

Praised for its ‘great breadth and depth of expertise’, Weightmans is also known for its astute handling of acquisitions, disposals and private equity investments.  Practice head Duncan Reid has broad-ranging experience in all these key areas and particularly stands out in sectors such as technology, waste and leisure. Paul Wigham is another key contact for technology-related mandates and also works with a number of venture capital funds. Marc Allison specialises in joint venture transactions with a property element. Principal associate Kirsty Adamson is a rising star in the team.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Reid

Other key lawyers:

Paul Wigham; Marc Allison; Kirsty Adamson

Testimonials

‘Great breadth and depth of expertise offered from the team. What makes this team unique is the sense of priority we feel is given, no matter what the theme or situation. We always receive immediate response, and turnaround no matter what. Great customer service!’

‘Again, second to none. Every interaction is professional, supportive, and proactive in terms of working with us to ensure the best solution. Standout individuals have been Duncan Reid, Marc Allison and Richard Vaughan, to name a few.’

Key clients

BGF

Caspian Learning Limited

Cracking Logistics Limited

Atlas Cloud

Northstar Ventures

QuantuMDx

The Morton Group

Datum360 Limited

The Shareholders of Refract Software Limited

Zerolight Limited

IT Professional Services

Palringo Limited

Public sector > Education Tier 2

A strong focus on higher education differentiates the offering at Weightmans, with the team now acting for approximately one fifth of the country's universities, providing advice across the full spectrum of their requirements and assisting with projects of strategic importance. The practice benefits from its close co-operation with a network of offices located across the North; national practice head Martin Vincent oversees much of the work from Manchester, and there are also key practitioners located in Leeds and Liverpool. In the Newcastle office, Paul Wigham is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Martin Vincent

Other key lawyers:

Paul Wigham

Key clients

The Open University

Lancaster University

University of Cumbria

Newcastle University

University of Greenwich

University of Sunderland

Solent University

University of Leicester

Queen Mary University of London

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Kings School Chester

Stonyhurst College

Mount St Mary’s College

Nunthorpe Multi Academy Trust Limited

Kirkham Grammar School

The Queen’s School

Leigh Academies Trust

Merchant Taylor’s School

Liverpool Media Academy Limited

The Grange School

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 2

The higher education-focused practice at Weightmans LLP is best known for advising on complex and strategically important projects including construction projects and work with an international dimension. It also acts for universities in highly sensitive situations including issues arising from student suicides and on-campus deaths. The team also handles a wide variety of contentious matters, including contractual issues, student-related claims and judicial reviews, defamation matters and procurement disputes; it has also defended a significant number of student claims arising from pandemic-related disruptions. Department head Martin Vincent concentrates on complex contractual issues, procurements and academic joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Martin Vincent

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Roberts; Victoria Robertson

Testimonials

‘The individual partners I have worked with have a deep understanding of our business and sector. They provide pragmatic, commercially focused advice which clearly sets out risks and opportunities.’

‘The team collaborate really effectively, have strength in depth and a diverse knowledge base.’

Key clients

The Open University

University of Greenwich

London Business School

Solent University

Queen Mary University of London

Lancaster University

University of Cumbria

Newcastle University

University of Sunderland

University of Leicester

Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 2

The specialist family team at Weightmans LLP has a national reach and is led by Manchester-based Emma Collins. In Birmingham Fiona O’Sullivan and Tania Derrett-Smith are well-regarded. O’Sullivan advises on the financial aspects of relationship breakdown with particular expertise in pensions. A significant proportion of her work comes from referrals from barristers, judges and other members of the legal profession. Principal associate Derrett-Smith’s areas of practice include divorce, pre- and post-nuptial agreements as well as advising on arrangements for children.

Practice head(s):

Emma Collins

Other key lawyers:

Fiona O’Sullivan; Tania Derrett-Smith

Testimonials

‘Tania Derrett-Smith and Fiona O’Sullivan are very experienced and respected in the wider legal community. I have had cases involving both in the last 12 months and have found they have a good legal knowledge, great attention to detail and most importantly they are opponents you can work with rather than against. ’

‘Fiona O’Sullivan and Tania Derrett Smith are a great pair to do business with; very friendly and helpful and of course they know their stuff’.

‘A very strong team across the years of seniority, in both financial relief and children. A good balance of realistic and good advice whilst being a fierce opponent. A strong competitor but the fees are fair and proportionate, lower than many other firms offering a poorer service. Tania Derrett-Smith is head and shoulders above her peers; approachable, tenacious and professional with clients. She ensures the case is always prepared’.

‘Weightmans has a team that can call upon its considerable talents country-wide. This holistic approach means that the firm can steal a march on small, localised practices and the pandemic has highlighted this’.

‘Fiona O’Sullivan is captain of the family ship in Birmingham. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, practice and procedure and is deeply experienced. Her talents are acknowledged throughout the locality and deservedly so. I can pay her no better tribute than to say that I would want her to represent me if ever I were in need of such services. Fiona is very ably supported by Tania Derrett-Smith & together they are a formidable duo’.

‘The lawyers listened to what I had to say and how I wanted my divorce to go. They outlined what the worst and best case would be. I always felt in control and fully supported. Fiona was amazing from the first phone call to the last meeting. Fiona was smart and very savvy. She knew every move my ex-husband would make. I really admire her as a professional’.

‘I have worked with Fiona O’Sullivan for many years, Fiona is a straightforward, honourable person work with, and gives direct pragmatic advice to her clients, thus making negotiations to settlement a more confident process’.

Public sector > Health Tier 2

Weightmans LLP's team is particularly well-regarded for its expertise in public inquiries and procurement mandates. The team is also experienced in judicial reviews, CQC prosecutions and employment litigation. Tony Yeaman focuses primarily on assisting NHS boards and senior managers with risk management and clinical negligence claims. Jasmine Armstrong handles a broad portfolio of matters, ranging from GDPR and discrimination claims to medical negligence matters, and Melanie Isherwood is recommended for her expertise in clinical negligence litigation.

Practice head(s):

Tony Yeaman

Other key lawyers:

Jasmine Armstrong; Melanie Isherwood

Testimonials

‘The team deals with complex and high value clinical negligence and personal injury work for a number of local NHS trusts. The team in Birmingham are great at getting to the heart of the issues and giving practical and pragmatic advice to defendants in such complex cases.’

‘A strong healthcare practice, providing an excellent service for institutional clients.’

Key clients

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS FT

University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS FT

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS FT

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHST

Royal British Legion

Broadspire

Baxter Healthcare Ltd

Weight to Go Ltd

East Riding Fertility Services Ltd

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Weightmans LLP has a specialist team that is known for its work on cases involving a public interest component such as mental health and has significant sector expertise in areas as diverse as transport, logistics, public sector and local government. Other strengths lie in advising on environmental issues and business crime. It has a broad client base of public, commercial, sports and charity bodies as well as clients in the insurance sector.  Birmingham-based Andrew Brammer is part of a strong national offering; he has expertise on both the contentious and non-contentious side.

Practice head(s):

David Lewis; Dewi Ap Thomas; Crispin Kenyon; Andrew Brammer

Other key lawyers:

James Muller; Tom Boulton

Testimonials

‘Our contact with the practice has been in relation to very specialised transport related matters, and the expertise that that they have been able to display and therefore the reassurance that this has provided has proved invaluable, including its full and ongoing support when required. The individuals are able to tailor their approach and their manner has been reassuring to all staff who have had direct contact with them’.

‘Excellent team with strong and growing health and safety presence. Andrew Brammer and James Muller are two very impressive individuals who are experienced, very hardworking and increasingly involved in a range of major cases. Excellent as a team. Highly rated’.

‘Without doubt one of the leading health and safety teams in the Midlands is Weightmans in Birmingham. It has recently gone through a stage of targeted recruitment resulting in a team with real strength in depth from top to bottom. It is attracting both insurance and commercial clients and is able to provide both high quality advisory work and litigation advice. A team going places ’.

‘The two standout members of the team are the Andrew Brammer, who has substantial big case experience, and James Muller, who is one of the brightest and most knowledgeable young solicitors in the sector – a real one to watch, as he is going places’.

‘Weightmans is a class act.  It has a superb reputation and delivers accordingly. Andrew Bramner is a stand-out performer in the regulatory market. He has a strong mind and good judgement. He has a methodical approach to each case and will keep working at it to achieve the best from it. He has a professional manner that clients feel supported by’.

‘The team represents a broad range of clients from different industries facing health and safety prosecutions or inquests resulting from workplace accidents’.

‘Andrew Brammer heads up the team in Birmingham. He has many years of experience in defending criminal prosecutions which he puts to excellent use in the health and safety sphere. He has represented clients across the construction, property and care sectors ranging from individuals to market leading care providers. Tom Boulton has a background in prosecuting health and safety offences for the HSE which he now puts to good effect in defending employers being prosecuted for such offences’.

‘The team’s most satisfying trait is its absolute commitment to making the engagement a personal one. The rapport that the lawyers build is amazing and offers the highest degree of confidence for the client. This rapport, coupled with its unquestionable professionalism has been what has kept us returning to the team when required. Andrew Brammer’s commitment to the case and his availability for a chat or to discuss an issue is extremely welcome’.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Weightmans has a ‘first-rate practice’ and acts on matters of national importance for an assortment of corporate clients, public sector bodies and local authorities. Headed up by David Lewis, who splits his time between Leeds and Liverpool, the practice handles corporate and gross negligence manslaughter investigations, death in custody inquests, and fatal accident issues. Associate Anna Naylor is a standout name and has strong regulatory expertise; she advises on a number of health and safety matters and is recommended for inquests. Sector strengths for the team include the healthcare, energy and education industries.

Practice head(s):

David Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Anna Naylor

Testimonials

‘Weightmans have a culture of excellence within a competitive market. They are firmly client focused and their interest is always on achieving the best for their client rather than fee-building or reputation growing. Their hard work means that when a case is prepared for court no stone is left unturned.’

‘First-rate team. Highly knowledgeable and experienced. Senior partner David Lewis is as good as it gets!’

‘David Lewis rightly deserves praise as an excellent lawyer who always fights his client’s corner. He is, however, realistic and whilst he leaves no stone unturned in preparing his cases he has the forensic knowledge to know which stones to turn back over and leave well alone.’

Key clients

Jaguar Land Rover

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Zurich

AXA CS

AIG

Wirral Borough Council

Lancashire County Council

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 2

Known for its 'excellent strength in depth'  and defendant healthcare advice, Weightmans LLP provides a full range of support to NHS Trusts and public bodies, including regulatory law, public inquiries, and commercial and GDPR work for healthcare clients. In Liverpool, national head of healthcare Richard Jolly focuses on advising NHS Trusts regarding inquests, complaints and medical claims, while national head of healthcare employment Emlyn Williams specialises in whistleblowing, discrimination, and other areas of employment law in the healthcare sector. In London Rachel Kneale is an expert in clinical negligence.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jolly; Emlyn Williams; Rachel Kneale

Testimonials

First-class firm for dealing with defendant healthcare issues.’

Excellent strength in depth.’

‘Rachel Kneale – superb strategic overview of the sector.’

Key clients

NHS Blood and Transplant

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT

Nuffield Health

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHSFT

Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH Group)

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS FT

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS FT

Dudley Group NHS FT

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

With expertise in regeneration and employment work, the team at Weightmans LLP also provides full service support to local authorities. The team's experience includes governance, property transactions, construction disputes, and civil litigation, as well as childcare and social care matters. In Liverpool, practice head Simon Goacher advises on governance and vires issues, while Manchester-based Lee Gordon advises on planning issues. Stephen Johns focuses on PPP/PFI projects. John Riddell and  Clive Bleasdale are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goacher

Other key lawyers:

Lee Gordon; Stephen Johns; John Riddell; Clive Bleasdale

Testimonials

A helpful and friendly but professional attitude. Offer sound and helpful advice and clearly explain the implications of adopting approaches.

‘Stephen Johns stands out . He responds quickly to calls if he is not available to take them and provides good quality advice that I feel I can trust.

Simon Goacher and Stephen Johns both have a fantastic understanding of us as a client. They are calm and never fail to deliver solid, pragmatic and helpful advice. I would describe our authority’s relationship with Weightmans as positive, aligned and one of resonance!

The advisers we have worked with have all adopted a calm, considered and listening approach to advising the client. Advice is always straightforward and balanced – never seeking to elicit further work or press for a confrontational/litigious approach (which is sometimes seen with other firms).

Solid local government experience. We have found them particularly knowledgeable about Council Governance matters and Adult Social Care work.’

Key clients

East Hertfordshire District Council

Surrey County Council

London Borough of Newham

Gloucestershire County Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Croydon

Telford and Wrekin Council

Harrogate Borough Council

Harborough District Council

Huntingdonshire District Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Cannock Chase District Council

Swindon Borough Council

London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Bromley

Walsall Council

Staffordshire Moorlands DC

Stoke on Trent CC

Telford BC

Shropshire CC

Derbyshire County Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Liverpool City Council

Manchester City Council

Wirral Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Stockport MBC

Cheshire East Council

North West Legal Consortium

EM Lawshare

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 2

The highly experienced dispute resolution bench at Weightmans LLP houses practice head Andrew Cromby, described as 'an extremely able adviser and litigator with real experience and expertise in dealing with partnership disputes', and Manchester-based Richard Corran. The group regularly represents individuals and professional services firms in contentious partnership matters, with current instructions concerning highly contentious exits involving high-value claims. Investigations work is carried out by Manchester-based Michelle Garlick, whose regulatory and compliance knowledge assists with SRA interactions. Edwina Farrell's practice focuses on advising medical practitioners on partnership formations and contentious exits.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cromby

Other key lawyers:

Richard Corran; Michelle Garlick; Edwina Farrell

Testimonials

Andrew Cromby is a great partnership litigator – robust and knowledgeable.

I have dealt with Andrew Cromby for many years. He is an extremely able adviser and litigator with real experience and expertise in dealing with partnership disputes. He is down-to-earth, bright and will fight his client’s corner with skill and determination. He is a good negotiator and always keeps focused on the commercial element to any case. Clients adore him because he is approachable and sensible.

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

Weightmans LLP specialises in handling catastrophic personal injury cases on behalf of international composite insurers, as well as London market insurers,  run off agents, local authorities and major commercial entities. Casualty, motor, disease and abuse matters all make up part of the team's regular workload; the group is becoming increasingly adept at identifying fraud strategies in all of these areas and consequently defeating claims by establishing dishonesty on the part of the claimant. The firm's recent involvement with the landmark Swift v Carpenter case was illustrative of its ability to take important and high-profile work to the appellate courts. Practice head Elaine Chapman, an expert in large loss and technical issues, is ably supported by recommended associate Phillip Bratt. Nick Richards is the name to note for cross-border litigation.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Chapman

Other key lawyers:

Nick Richards; Seva Singh; Phillip Bratt; Patricia Williams; Catherine Kearney

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Plc

Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB)

Armour Risk Management

Direct Commercial Limited

Haven Insurance

Horizon (formally Octagon) Insurance

Tradex Insurance Company Ltd

AIG Europe

Dekra

Van Ameyde

Cornwall Council

TUiR Warta

Enterprise Rent A Car

Swiss Re Commercial Solutions

Real estate > Planning Tier 2

Weightmans excels in major infrastructure and energy projects, residential and urban extension projects, promoting compulsory purchase orders and judicial review challenges. Practice head Lee Gordon is currently working on the promotion of the Mersey Tidal Energy Project with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Practice head(s):

Lee Gordon

Testimonials

‘The firm has an excellent range of expertise with a real ability to relate to both public and private sector clients.’

‘Lee Gordon, head of planning and infrastructure, is excellent. He has person of great ability, drive and industry as well as being a thoroughly pleasant and decent person. He has a real eye for telling detail as well as grasping the overall principles of a case.’

‘Weightmans’ planning and infrastructure team demonstrates great strength in depth which allows them to translate complex legal issues into pragmatic, commercial solutions.’

‘Lee Gordon is approachable and responsive and has a great ability to translate complex legal issues into practical advice.’

Key clients

Welsh Government

Northern Power Grid

Royal Mail Group

Broad Energy

Prospect Estates

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Prosperity Developments

Peel Ports

Leeds City Council

York City Council

Harlow & Gilston Garden Town partner authorities

Barratts/ BDW

Robinsons Brewery

Nottingham County Council

Peterborough City Council

Bolton Council

Yorkshire and the Humber > Transport Tier 2

Weightmans' transport practice has strong regulatory expertise and advises clients across the logistics industry including infrastructure operators. Based in Leeds, Ben Daniel advises on employment issues for transportation clients; he is supported by a specialist road regulatory sub-group, which appears before tribunals and acts in criminal proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ben Daniel

Key clients

FirstGroup (multiple operating companies)

National Express (Bus and Coach)

Hoyer Group

Turners of Soham

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Merseytravel

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Alstom Transport UK

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

Weightmans LLP's 'small but effective' commercial dispute resolution team has experience across a range of corporate, commercial and insolvency litigation. It is also praised for being 'right at the forefront of competition law work', handling the high-profile trucks price-fixing cartel follow-on damages group claim on the behalf of owners and lessees of over 600,000 trucks. 'Strong litigator' Mark Surguy leads the practice and counts disputes involving a civil fraud angle among his areas of specialism. He is also praised as 'an authority on e-discovery and how to use technology in disclosure'. 'Very talented' senior associate Emily Sharples is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Surguy

Other key lawyers:

Emily Sharples

Testimonials

‘Very strong commercial team, right at the forefront of competition law work.’

‘A small but effective team which uses its encyclopaedic knowledge of legal tech (particularly in relation to disclosure) to great effect. They are incredibly thorough and explore every angle tenaciously.’

‘Mark Surguy – excellent partner, engaged, collaborative, well informed.’

Emily Sharples (senior associate) is a real rising star, who allies a heroic work ethic with an ability to think very clearly about the issues and the likely strategic benefits of her options. She is very talented, and enjoyable to work with.’

Mark Surguy: strong litigator, combining acute attention to detail with a wide-ranging strategic imagination.’

‘Very strong on case handling. Strong awareness of cost-effectiveness and risk of different approaches. Clear and timely instructions to experts.’

‘Mark Surguy (partner) is a well-respected fraud specialist, who always has a creative solution up his sleeve. He is an authority on e-discovery and how to use technology in disclosure, which is a real rarity and therefore an enormous advantage for clients seeking to ramp up pressure on the opponent.

Key clients

UK Trucks Claim Ltd

Real estate > Commercial property: Newcastle Tier 3

Weightmans is renowned for its expertise in the energy, utilities and education sectors. The practice focuses on property finance and development work, on which it often collaborates with colleagues based in Manchester. The department is acting on multiple instructions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, including high-value property disposal transactions in the leisure sector. Former practice head Naren Deen departed to in-house position in September 2020 – a move followed by the transfer to Newcastle of newly appointed department leader David Tabinor from the Liverpool office.

Practice head(s):

David Tabinor

Other key lawyers:

Helen Stenton; Helen Warren

Testimonials

‘Large so the team have all the knowledge required. Friendly, with attention to detail.’

Key clients

Morton Group / Lok Developments

Northern Powergrid

Engie Regeneration / Power

Camerons Brewery Limited

Gentoo Housing Group

Unity Trust Bank

Quattro Property Group

Bellway Homes

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Weightmans has a strength in litigation and alternative dispute resolution in the construction sector; of particular note, Richard Palmer specialises in professional negligence claims in the construction industry, while Anne-Marie Knight is also noted for her defence work on multi-party cases. In addition, the team is well versed in advising on construction contracts. Colette Morgan-Ford heads up the practice, where clients also single out principal associate Natalie Keyes.

Practice head(s):

Colette Morgan-Ford

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Keyes; Richard Palmer; Anne-Marie Knight

Testimonials

‘Good at making use of a national team; i.e. if specialist knowledge or experience is not available in the local team, they are good at bringing that resource in from another team.’

‘Natalie Keyes is very pragmatic and commercial in her approach. She is able to take into account the value of a service to us as a business and provide a service and fee that reflects that.’

Key clients

Sunderland City Council

The Morton Group

Esh Construction Limited

Hiscox Underwriting Limited

C.N.A. Insurance Company Limited

Rubb Buildings Limited

WHP Engineering Limited

Hamilton Underwriting Limited

Tokio Marine HCC

The University of Greenwich

Gentoo Group

PSI Global

Co-Operative Foodstores Limited

Cocksedge Building Contractors Limited

The Laurus Trust

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

The disputed wills trusts and estates team at Weightmans LLP handles high-value matters, many of which contain multi jurisdictional aspects. The national team is led by Leeds-based principal associate Matthew Morton, and covers Inheritance Act 1975 claims, will validity, and matters pertaining to the administration of estates. In addition, the firm advises in relation to breach of trust actions and issues relating to proprietary estoppel. The practice is supported by a number of STEP-qualified lawyers and provides complementary support in areas such as employment and tax. Associate David McGuire is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Morton

Other key lawyers:

David McGuire

Testimonials

‘Matthew Morton stands out as someone with an in-depth knowledge of the law but an ability to apply it in a practical sense to his cases.’

‘Matthew Morton can get to the nub of the issues quickly and seeks to resolve them effectively, either through early settlement if possible, or through robust action if not’.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

Richard Bate and Sarah Louise Walker lead the national team at Weightmans LLP. Other key members of the team include Beverley Beale who receives a steady flow of work as a professional deputy with an increasing number of appointments from local authorities. Beale is currently supporting around 40 individuals in a wide range of circumstances who lack capacity to manage their financial affairs.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bate; Sarah Louise Walker

Other key lawyers:

Morris Hill; Beverley Beale

Testimonials

‘Imaginative and practical solutions from a very experienced team. Morris Hill‘.

The fact that many of Weightmans staff have worked in local government makes them very user friendly to LAs and sympathetic and aware of our particular issues. Morris Hill‘.

The Court of Protection Team is excellent. The lawyers are approachable, very knowledgeable and very responsive. They have both public and private sector experience and take a pragmatic approach. Mr Morris Hill is professional approachable, supportive and very knowledgeable. He is a highly skilled Advocate and an expert in his field. He genuinely cares and aims to ensure that the best outcome is achieved. His client care is first class‘.

Employment Tier 3

Weightmans LLP has a superb and growing client base in the hospitality and leisure sectors. It has a dedicated equal pay team and a strong reputation for its work in the education sector, local government and police. Head of department Jawaid Rehman has particular expertise in equal pay claims and frequently deals with cases involving embassies. The nimble team is well-regarded for its work with high profile employers where there are substantial issues of reputation or a risk of adverse publicity.

Practice head(s):

Jawaid Rehman

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Duddles; Mark Foster

Testimonials

‘There is always someone available to help with employment issues and the advice given is always sound. and supported by its online service.. The training it can deliver can be tailored to the organisation which is helpful. The lawyers are always professional in their dealings with us and take the time to understand our organisation’.

‘We work closely with Victoria Duddles who has got to know how our organisation works. Being in the charity sector has many demands both contractually and with its people. Sound advice has always been given by Victoria, who we know we can call upon at any time, and if she is not available, we have other colleagues we can speak to. Victoria’s knowledge and advice is sound and we feel fully supported by her’.

‘The client responsiveness is second to none – advice is measured and anchored to fit effectively into the organisation. The technology supporting the service provides excellent case management , reporting and trend analysis’.

‘The team is genuine and authentic – easy to approach and do not speak legalese! They are extremely effective’.

Key clients

TGI Fridays

Pizza Hut (UK) Limited

Pizza Express (Restaurants) Limited

London Business School

Fuller’s

GLH Hotels Management (UK) Limited

Al-Mubarakia

Nuffield Health

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 3

Well known for healthcare-related regulatory and disciplinary issues, Weightmans LLP represents all the medical defence organisations; acts in complex cases before the GMC, MPTS, GDC and GCC; and is regularly involved in NHS Performers’ List and Health Service Ombudsman work. It also conducts barrister conduct work. National health sector lead, Richard Jolly, represents healthcare providers; Emlyn Williams handles healthcare-related conduct and disciplinary issues; London office head Tim Lang's practice includes professional regulatory work; Mickaela Fox is noted for complex, high-value cases; and Robert Crossingham assists with professional disciplinary and regulatory work.

Other key lawyers:

Richard Jolly; Emlyn Williams; Tim Lang; Mickaela Fox; Robert Crossingham; Michelle Garlick

Testimonials

Mickaela Fox combines outstanding technical knowledge with a warm, no-nonsense approach to complex, high-stakes professional practice disputes.

Key clients

Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Professional Standards Authority

MDU

MPS

NHS England

Royal Institute of British Architects

Transport > Aviation Tier 4

The aviation team at Weightmans LLP provides expert advice to major airlines regarding regulatory and commercial matters, while also working with a number of major aviation underwriters. 'Experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic' practice leader Andrew Krausz specialises in aviation litigation, with a particular focus on defending claims made against pilots and airline operators, product liability disputes, and insurance coverage.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Krausz

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Kiely

Testimonials

‘Their knowledge of the aviation industry is excellent. The aviation industry is complex and potential clients need to know that the people they are dealing with have a first-rate understanding of the complexities involved. Their communication is excellent and their attention to detail is first class.’

‘Andrew Krausz has always been totally professional to work with and his knowledge of the aviation industry is second to none.’

‘Andrew Krausz has a wealth of experience in the aviation sector and has created a cohesive and effective team providing a wide range of support to the aviation sector from private individuals to major international airlines.’

‘Andrew Krausz is very experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He is very approachable and easily puts clients at their ease and speaks their language.’

‘Andrew Krausz works extremely hard to ensure the right outcome for his clients. His charges are reasonable and he will do the right work for the best outcome. He is honest and will tell you if you don’t have a case, working for a favourable resolution if you do.’

Key clients

Wizz Air

Flybe

PDG Helicopters

National Police Aviation Service

Execujet Aviation Group / Execujet Aviation Nigeria

Harrods Aviation Limited

VistaJet Limited

Falko

Helicopter Maintenance Limited

Helicopter Services Limited

Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 4

At Weightmans LLP, the Leeds family law department is led by 'incredible divorce lawyer' Louise Walker. With particular expertise in pre and post nuptial agreements, the team also handles the treatment of inherited wealth, offshore trusts (including variation), pre marriage asset acquisition and cohabitation issues. The firm is increasingly active in landed and inherited wealth cases and is recognised for its strengths in children disputes where it covers cases involving international abductions.

Practice head(s):

Emma Collins

Other key lawyers:

Louise Walker

Testimonials

‘Louise Walker is an incredible divorce lawyer. Her perspicacity enables her to pre-empt issues that other lawyers wouldn’t anticipate. She has both sapience and intelligence in spades.I can’t recommend her highly enough.

‘The family team at Weightmans, lead by Louise Walker is developing into a force to contend with. Supported by the wider teams in the firm they offer specialist advice in all aspects of family law and can support clients at all levels from partner to assistance. Despite the pandemic, their levels of service have not faltered.’

‘Louise Walker is a longstanding member of the Yorkshire’s elite lawyers that practice family law with an expert yet commercial and pragmatic approach, representing her clients in a firm yet supportive and sympathetic way. No stone is left unturned and yet she is great to deal with as an opposition. ’

‘Louise Walker is a top class lawyer with Rottweiler tendencies, who always looks after her clients and doesn’t suffer fools gladly, but acts for her client professionally at all times.’

‘Louise Walker. Great insight into a case, especially those with a knotty point of law and procedure. She relishes a tricky situation to resolve.’

Employment > Health and safety Tier 4

The health and safety group at Weightmans LLP  acts on behalf of care homes, schools, and healthcare bodies. Dewi Ap Thomas has significant experience in the niche of health and safety within sports. David Lewis advises in corporate and gross negligence manslaughter investigations, strengthening the practice's audit/review offering. He is also an assistant Coroner in England and Wales. The waste management, construction and manufacturing sectors offering is through Crispin Kenyon , lead partner in the London practice.

Practice head(s):

David Lewis; Dewi Ap Thomas; Crispin Kenyon; Andrew Brammer; Lili Oliver

Testimonials

‘An experienced team with some key individuals who are able to provide a very reassuring and professional service to clients.’

‘The Weightmans London is part of the highly regarded national regulatory team. The London team provide the corporate presence required within the capital, but are fully integrated into the national team and they ‘hunt as a pack’.’

‘Weightmans covers a wide range of excellent quality work. The solicitors are very personable and highly responsive.’

Key clients

Luton Borough Council

Wedge Galvanising

A Care Home Manager

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Weightmans LLP's multidisciplinary team, which works on a cross-office basis, is noted for its particular expertise in the interactive video games sector. In Liverpool, Sean Crotty, who advises clients on matters such as video game development agreements, licensing and recording agreements. John Schorah is noted for his experience of transactional work, while Victoria Robertson handles commercial, IT, intellectual property and data protection matters. Manchester-based corporate partner Sarah Walton is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Sean Crotty; Victoria Robertson

Other key lawyers:

John Schorah; Sarah Walton

Key clients

Playground Games Limited

Side (UK) Limited

The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA)

Liverpool Media Academy Ltd

Nomad Games Limited

Apadmi Limited

The Open University

Novarama Technology SRL

AXM Venture Capital Limited

Secret Sorcery Limited

Sounding Sweet Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Mercato Limited

Fun Learning Studies Limited

Chiesi Ltd

Sussex & Surrey Police

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 4

Edward Lewis and Simon Adam lead the professional negligence team at Weightmans LLP.  The team has expertise in the construction, property, cyber and financial services sectors, and has specific expertise in claims against IFAs, financial services professionals, financial institutions and SIPP providers, where Robert Crossingham  is particularly adept. Since the Grenfell tragedy, the practice has also been heavily involved with defending a large volume of cladding-related claims on behalf of construction professionals, with Paul Lowe providing advice to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in relation to the draft Building Safety Bill.  Quentin Fox  and James Denison  are also notable team members.

Practice head(s):

Ed Lewis; Simon Adam

Other key lawyers:

Quentin Fox; James Denison; Paul Lowe; Robert Crossingham

Testimonials

‘Weightmans approach their cases in a thoroughly modern way. They have superb electronic document-management systems that permit a paperless approach to their work. They work efficiently, with manageable fees, and they have great teamworking skills.’

‘Weightmans hits all the right notes in terms of the excellence and deep bench of its insurance team. Not only do they offer technical brilliance, but they are accessible, engaged and extremely bright professionals, who excel in giving each client a personal touch.’

‘Provides quality service within the required timeframes and fully conversant with London Market Practices and procedures.’

‘Our Insured’s appreciate the work Quentin Fox performs for them as defence counsel as it is concise and commercial. From a coverage point of view, we find Quentin’s team’s work of the highest quality.’

‘The team has many long-time Partners and associates and with steadiness infuses confidence for clients. As a business they have introduced various focus parties/projects on specialist areas within construction, professional indemnity, motor etc. which is useful for clients’ own understanding and building confidence that the lawyers are continually pushing the corners of the envelope.’

‘Rob Crossingham is dynamic, thoughtful, hard-working and client-orientated.’

‘Robert Crossingham brings a statesman-like panache to the matters on which he works, but manages to combine that with a personal touch. He is a reassuring, calm and brilliant presence on matters.’

Quentin Fox is commercial, realistic and loyal.’

Key clients

AmTrust Europe Ltd/Collegiate

AIG

Amtrust

Antares

Argenta

Argo Global

Aspen Insurance

AXA Insurance UK Plc

Axis

BIBA

Canopius

CFC

Markel (UK) Ltd

Markel International

Nexus

Tokio Marine HCC

Pioneer

Starstone Insurance SE

Vibe

Zurich

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Weightmans is highly active in contentious property matters connected with the hotels and leisure industry, including lease-related disputes. In addition, the firm is also prominent in cases involving the education and social housing sectors. Work for local authorities is another mainstay of the practice. Ben Mackenzie leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Ben Mackenzie

Testimonials

‘Ben Mackenzie – great knowledge of the pub business. Great with professional clients.’

‘The individuals in the team always go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Punch Pubs & Co

Greene King PLC

Admiral Taverns

Leeds City Council

Clarion

AS Watson Group

Strada

Fullers, Smith &Turner PLC

Camerons Brewery Limited

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

Weightmans acts for landlords, tenants, developers and property owners across multiple industries, with a particularly strong portfolio of pub companies, healthcare providers and local authorities. Mark Crabtree is the main partner, handling portfolio management, lease work and property investments.

Practice head(s):

Mark Crabtree

Key clients

Punch Taverns

Admiral Taverns

Greene King Plc

Hoyer Petrolog (UK) Limited

Bootham School

Liftspot Limited

NHS Blood and Transplant

Gaunts Limited

Chevin Retail Limited

Marilyn Stowe

Fountainhead Investments Limited

FSS

Omavale Limited

Well Pharmacy

Ultimate Commercial

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 5

Weightmans' cross-departmental corporate and commercial practice is headed up by the 'unflappableVictoria Robertson, and is experienced in advising both public and private sector clients across the higher education and transportation sectors. The team handles acquisitions, reorganisations and procurement matters. Vincent King advises local authority clients and maintains a specialism in IT contracts.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Vincent King; Stephen Johns

Testimonials

‘Stephen Johns: Brings the best out of his juniors without over-delegating or over-charging. Rather than just advising about legal issues, Steve proactively identifies and solves problems. Complete fee transparency using traditional methods (conversation).’

‘When you are looking for a legal firm to use you need to know that you have access to top quality expertise across all disciplines needed. This was not only something we found with Weightmans but we also found them to be efficient and well priced for such a quality organisation.’

‘The time taken to understand what we were trying to achieve and then add value in giving guidance on how best to structure the contracts for our new enterprise was invaluable to us. In my experience you often have to instruct a firm on exactly what you want and have to come up with the logic behind it yourself. When you want something which doesn’t currently exist this can be difficult so having access to support which helped develop the concept in collaboration was refreshing.’

‘Dealt with the termination of a public finance initiative contract. This is not a well trodden path. The team at Weightmans dealt with the legal negotiations and drafting extremely well and ensured that an end of financial year settlement was achieved.’

‘Both Vincent King and Stephen Johns who worked on the project are approachable, professional, clear in their advice and prompt in responding to correspondence and dealing with the matter generally. They made complex issues seems easy and showed a clear understanding of the issues which needed to be dealt with.’

‘Excellent. We dealt with a large legal project and Weightmans invested the time to understand what we were trying to achieve and put us and our customers at the centre of everything they did for us.’

‘Victoria Robertson. Trusted advisor. Unflappable.’

Key clients

BJSS Limited

Merseytravel Limited

Alstom Transport Limited

Reach Personal Injury Services Limited

Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited

The Open University

St Helen’s & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dennis Distribution LLP

Harrogate Borough Council

Northstar Ventures

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

At Weightmans, the employment and pensions practice group is led by Ben Daniel and handles a mix of litigation and non-contentious work for private and public sector clients. The group is experienced in appearing before the Employment Tribunal, advising on industrial relations issues, and handling risk-management projects. Nick Newman advises care providers, NHS Trusts and charitable organisations. The group also has transport and logistics sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

Ben Daniel

Other key lawyers:

Nick Newman; Ross Hutchison

Testimonials

‘I’ve experienced the team to be friendly, helpful, accommodating and focused on delivering for the client always.’

‘They’re practical; the solutions they propose are reasonable for businesses to adopt and they take a balanced approach with their counsel.’

‘The team are very approachable, understanding and down to earth. They will adapt to requests and the needs of the business.’

‘All individuals I have dealt with within Weightmans have been very professional, willing to help and respond quickly and in a way which is understandable whilst still giving the relevant legislation and case law.’

‘I have worked with Nick Newman more so than any other people within the team and have found his advice to be exceptional. No question is silly and he is willing to talk through the issue to ensure you have an understanding and are comfortable with the approach going forward.’

‘Collaborative working across team, having an understanding of what is happening across the different business areas, therefore fully understanding our challenges and being able to provide a commercial perspective.’

‘Weightmans have dealt with a significant number of ET claims for us over the course of the last few years. They have dealt with matters efficiently and effectively in a commercial and practical manner.’

‘Ben Daniel and Ross Hutchison – both very good lawyers who have provided an excellent service to us.’

Key clients

FirstGroup (multiple operating companies)

National Express (Bus and Coach)

Hoyer Group

Turners of Soham

Cafcass

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 5

The London insurance practice at Weightmans LLP’s collaborates with the firm’s wider network of UK offices to act for clients in UK and cross-border insurance litigation matters, involving construction, energy, D&O and cyber insurance claims. Liverpool-based Rob Williams heads up the firm’s national insurance practice, while London-based Edward Lewis leads the specialty and financial lines practice. Ling Ong focuses on coverage issues and Simon Durkin handles property and casualty work.  

Practice head(s):

Rob Williams; Edward Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Ling Ong; Simon Durkin

Testimonials

‘Particularly effective with reinsurance policy coverage reviews’

‘Very strong reinsurance team’

‘Ling Ong is a standout partner. She understands that a timely response is essential, and always delivers without compromising on the quality of her work’

Key clients

Zurich

AIG

Tokio Marine HCC

CFC Underwriting

Starstone SE

HDI Global Specialty

Sirius International Insurance Corporation

Argo Global

Markel International

Markel UK

Hamilton

Contessa

Transport > Shipping Tier 5

Weightmans LLP's Liverpool-based shipping team has a broad practice that excels in both litigation and advisory work. The practice counts operators, insurers, charterers, and P&I clubs among its clients, and has a particular focus on acting for ports and terminals. In a significant recent development, Phil James departed the firm to join Roose + Partners, with Mike Burns succeeding him as the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Mike Burns

Key clients

Peel Ports Group

Zurich Insurance

Bibby Marine

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

Hamburg Sud

Champion Tankers

Essar Oil UK

Beazley Group

Assuranceforeningen Skul

Maersk Line

NMU Speciality (Munich Re)

AIG Insurance

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Weightmans LLP garners praise for its 'strong, dependable offering'. The highly regarded team includes Andrew Cromby, who has over 25 years of commercial litigation experience, and James Denison (who is a financial services and construction disputes expert). Charles Boyne is 'a truly hands-on partner'. Principal associate Simon Adam is London litigation team manager. Mark Brenlund  joined Hextalls LTD in late 2020.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cromby; Simon Adam

Other key lawyers:

James Denison; James Denison; Charles Boyne; Conrad McDonald; Mark Surguy

Testimonials

The sense of inclusion, co-operation and collaboration that the team promotes is difficult to miss.

A strong, dependable offering with a range of experience across practice areas.

Andrew Cromby is a commercial litigator with very substantial experience in disputes involving professional services firms.

Andrew Cromby is an extremely able adviser and litigator. He is down to earth, bright and will fight his clients’ corner with skill and determination. He is also a good negotiator, who always keeps focused on the commercial elements of any case.

James Denison is always readily available, and he explains the approach we are following very well and in a way that a non-lawyer can understand.

Charles Boyne offers clients both the benefit of his extensive litigation experience and a hefty dose of common sense. A truly hands-on partner, Charles is a robust and determined litigator, while remaining approachable and collaborative in his approach to his team.

Key clients

UK Trucks Claim

The Integrity Foundation

CVR Global

CFC Underwriting

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Weightmans LLP is well-known for its work with NHS Resolution and for its large number of trust clients. The agile team frequently handles high-value, repercussive and complex cases as well as advising on mediation and ADR. It has many first-rate practitioners. Deborah Bannister handles all types of catastrophic injuries, misdiagnosis, birth injury and surgical errors as well as fatal accidents. Tony Yeaman is recommended for his work on cases of the utmost severity that are media sensitive involving multiple parties - Bannister and Yeaman both oversee NHS claims under their Nominated Partner status. Sarah Hopwood excels in advising on cases involving fraud. Jasmine Armstrong particularly specialises in managing periodical payment claims following brain injury at birth. Navdip Wilson has a wealth of experience in chronic pain claims. David Tuck heads the Birmingham disease team – he has a particular focus on asbestos induced injuries, asthma and allergy claims. Henry Bermingham specialises in social care claims and other areas such as employers’ liability, stress and public rights of way claims. Penelope Marshall handles a wide range of litigation on behalf of local government and public sector clients. Bruce Ralston is knowledgeable about all aspects of sports liability and Chris Webb-Jenkins leads the social care and safeguarding practice.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Bannister; Tony Yeaman; Jasmine Armstrong; Sarah Hopwood; David Tuck; Chris Webb-Jenkins; Penelope Marshall; Henry Bermingham; Navdip Wilson; Bruce Ralston

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Isherwood; Maryam Storr; Sarah Skinner; Catherine Ainsworth; Sarah Hopwood

Testimonials

‘Weightmans is the Rolls-Royce of the defendant clin neg sector. The lawyers are reliable and experienced and offer a terrific all-round service to their clients. Jasmine Armstrong is a leading light and fine lawyer. Maryam Storr is a fearsome opponent and really good on the technical issues’.

‘The team deals with complex and high-value clinical negligence work for a number of local trusts. The team in Birmingham is great at getting to the heart of the issues and giving practical and pragmatic advice to defendants in such complex cases.’

‘Catherine Ainsworth is thorough, tactically astute and very pragmatic in her approach to complex high value cases. She is extremely knowledgeable about clinical negligence and health related personal injury matters’.

‘Dedicated disease practitioners. David Tuck is rightly regarded as a very seasoned campaigner by the disease market with an enviable portfolio of work form the leading  insurers as a result’.

‘The team is tight knit, very experienced and knowledgeable and works very hard.  The senior people definitely support and encourage the more junior and together they are a formidable team.  They also know when to turn for advice.   David Tuck is excellent. Very experienced and very knowledgeable’.

‘Henry Bermingham represents public sector clients in a range of litigation. His ability to marshal and master the enormous amount of documentation generated by an investigation is remarkable and his analysis of the evidence and the issues is exceptionally thorough’.

‘This firm handles both industrial disease and past abuse claims and has a very good depth of experience in both of these fields. Individual fee earners are experienced and developed to provide a very good claims handling service.’

‘Chris Webb-Jenkins and Henry Bermingham are both very experienced fee earners in the abuse claim field. The service provided is such that it ensures cases are investigated and decisions made at the earliest possible time, ensuring claimant’s lawyers are advised of the position as quickly as possible.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

NHS England

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS FT

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Combined Legal services NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS FT

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS FT

University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHSFT

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHST

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Northampton General Hospital NHS FT

S Warwickshire Hospital NHS T

Weight to Go Ltd

Broadspire

Baxter Healthcare Ltd

AIG

Broadspire

Gallagher Bassett

MMI

Medical Defence Union

NHSLA

Sandwell MBC

Topmark Claims

Travelers Insurance

Warwickshire County Council

Worcestershire County Council

Zurich

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant

Blaise Smith and office head Helen Brown are the key defendant personal injury partners in Weightmans LLP's Leeds base. They oversee a strong bench of lawyers that is divides into dedicated teams for casualty, disease, motor and large loss. Counting AIG and Ageas within its client portfolio, the firm acts for a substantive number of insurers and also has a market affairs group which advises clients on regulatory, strategic and political issues. Brown is known for her 'loyal following of local authority clients in the Yorkshire area'; Jim Byard and Lindsay Staddon are additional key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Blaise Smith; Helen Brown

Other key lawyers:

Jim Byard; Lindsay Staddon

Testimonials

‘Helen Brown has a loyal following of local authority clients in the Yorkshire area; she gets amazing results through her down to earth approach.’

‘Linsday Staddon is an experienced and effective litigator who pushes her cases on.’

Weightmans have a national presence and act in all categories of personal injury litigation. They have a particular expertise in claims involving local authorities and the police. They handle many personal injury claims on behalf of their public sector clients efficiently and effectively.’

Key clients

Ageas

AIG

Covea

Durham County Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Leeds City Council

Markel

Newcastle City Council

Tesco Underwriting

Zurich

Transport > Travel

Weightmans LLP's 'stellar' team has been very active in advising on road traffic accident claims in mainland Europe, an area of work the team is particularly well placed to handle given the firm’s close relationship with the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB). David Holt is lead strategic adviser to the MIB, advising on its most significant cross-border claims, and Paul Ryman-Tubb formerly worked as Chief Technical Officer for the organisation. Overseeing the team is the 'extremely experiencedNick Richards, who has a similarly strong track record in motor accident claims, particularly in relation to cases involving the Rome II Regulation.

Practice head(s):

Nick Richards

Other key lawyers:

David Holt; Paul Ryman-Tubb

Testimonials

Extensive experience in dealing with cross-border road traffic claims in many different EU states. Stands out for its length and breadth of experience in comparison with other firms.’

‘Nick Richards is extremely experienced and is adept at managing foreign insurer clients and helping them navigate litigation in the English courts.’

‘Longstanding experience of dealing with cases involving cross-border personal injury claims. Excellent level of knowledge among team members, both of relevant EU law and issues of jurisdiction and choice of law.’

‘David Holt is an excellent technical lawyer with a detailed understanding of the issues which can arise in foreign personal injury claims. He is a lawyer I would choose to entrust with a difficult case. He is very experienced in dealing with appellate cases in this field.’

‘Weightmans provide an excellent tailored service with stellar individual fee earners for very competitive pricing. While face-to-face meetings are hard to replace, Weightmans have tried their utmost to do so with their extensive online value-added services.’

‘Nick Richards is very knowledgeable and expert in high-value, complex matters, especially relating to the Fourth EU Directive. He is very responsive to our niche requirements and always happy to provide a value-added service.’

Key clients

AIG Europe Assurances

Ageas Insurance

Coris

Dekra Claims Services

InterEurope AG

MIB

Van Ameyde

TUiR Warta

Zurich Insurance

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
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 Josh Cadwallader  photo Josh Cadwallader    Josh acts for clients in all aspects of commercial property transactions…
 Josh Cadwallader  photo Josh Cadwallader    Josh acts for clients in all aspects of commercial property transactions…
 Rebecca Cairney  photo Rebecca Cairney    Rebecca joined Weightmans in 2012 and is an Associate in the…
 Rebecca Cairney  photo Rebecca Cairney    Rebecca joined Weightmans in 2012 and is an Associate in the…
 Susan Carville  photo Susan Carville    Susan is an Associate in the Liverpool motor team. She qualified…
 Susan Carville  photo Susan Carville    Susan is an Associate in the Liverpool motor team. She qualified…
 Victoria Cassidy  photo Victoria Cassidy    Victoria has recently returned to Weightmans having spent four years working…
 Victoria Cassidy  photo Victoria Cassidy    Victoria has recently returned to Weightmans having spent four years working…
 Janine Clare  photo Janine Clare    Janine specialises in commercial property law, dealing with sales and purchases…
 Janine Clare  photo Janine Clare    Janine specialises in commercial property law, dealing with sales and purchases…
 Tom Collins photo Tom Collins    Tom is a Partner in the construction and engineering team. He…
 Brian Collins  photo Brian Collins    Brian is part of the niche costs team responsible for providing…
 Brian Collins  photo Brian Collins    Brian is part of the niche costs team responsible for providing…
 Caley Collins  photo Caley Collins    Caley specialises in commercial property and provides legal services for clients…
 Caley Collins  photo Caley Collins    Caley specialises in commercial property and provides legal services for clients…
 Michelle Connor photo Michelle Connor    Michelle is a principal associate in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team…
 Sarah Conroy photo Sarah Conroy    Sarah is a Partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team at…
 Andrew Cooper  photo Andrew Cooper Director of Claims and member of Weightmans’ management board. Responsible for provision…
 Ian Coppell  photo Ian Coppell    Ian is a hugely experienced solicitor, specialising in occupational disease cases…
 Ian Coppell  photo Ian Coppell    Ian is a hugely experienced solicitor, specialising in occupational disease cases…
 Andrew Cox  photo Andrew Cox Head of Service Delivery, Litigation Department. Types of work include contractual disputes,…
 Laura Creasy  photo Laura Creasy    Laura joined Weightmans in 2008 and became a Principal Associate in…
 Laura Creasy  photo Laura Creasy    Laura joined Weightmans in 2008 and became a Principal Associate in…
 Ian Critchley photo Ian Critchley    Ian is a partner with over 13 years’ experience in dealing with…
 Sean Crotty  photo Sean Crotty  Sean Crotty is a partner in our commercial team with particular experience…
 John Darnell photo John Darnell    John has almost twenty years’ experience in property litigation, with several…
 Fiona Davidson  photo Fiona Davidson  Fiona heads the Liverpool family law team and manages the renowned national…
 Benjamin Davies  photo Benjamin Davies    Benjamin trained with Weightmans, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2014 and…
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 Kas Davis  photo Kas Davis    Kas has over 25 years’ experience in commercial property and has…
 Kas Davis  photo Kas Davis    Kas has over 25 years’ experience in commercial property and has…
 Graham Dean  photo Graham Dean  Graham has been with Weightmans since 2006 and brings over 20 years’…
 Kieran Donovan photo Kieran Donovan           Kieran is a partner in Weightmans’ corporate and…
 Rachel Donovan  photo Rachel Donovan    Rachel is a clinical negligence solicitor, specialising in birth-related cases. She…
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 Martin Edwards  photo Martin Edwards Previously head of employment and HR at Mace & Jones, Martin specialises…
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 Lewis Fearon  photo Lewis Fearon    Lewis joined Weightmans in 2010 and began his costs career in…
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 Martin Forshaw  photo Martin Forshaw  Martin has been working with organisations in the public sector over the…
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 John Gibney  photo John Gibney    John has been with Weightmans since 2016 and has extensive experience…
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 Sam Gittoes  photo Sam Gittoes    Sam is our Head of Service Delivery for Motor. She has…
 Simon Goacher  photo Simon Goacher  Simon joined Weightmans in February 2013 to head up the Local Government…
 Christopher Grady  photo Christopher Grady     Christopher qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and became a partner…
 Bob Granger  photo Bob Granger    Bob joined the firm in 2017 as Group Finance Director, following…
 Bob Granger  photo Bob Granger    Bob joined the firm in 2017 as Group Finance Director, following…
 Mike Grant  photo Mike Grant Mike Grant has been recognised for many years in the leading directories…
 Jon Gregson  photo Jon Gregson    Jon joined Weightmans in 2005 and is a Partner in the…
 Jon Gregson  photo Jon Gregson    Jon joined Weightmans in 2005 and is a Partner in the…
 Patricia Grinyer  photo Patricia Grinyer Patricia specialises in finance law specifically funds, banking and security work, including…
 Samuel Harland  photo Samuel Harland    Sam joined Weightmans in September 2013 having previously worked as a…
 Samuel Harland  photo Samuel Harland    Sam joined Weightmans in September 2013 having previously worked as a…
 Louise Harvey  photo Louise Harvey    Leading a team of 20 real estate lawyers, Louise has experience…
 Kieran Hearty  photo Kieran Hearty    Kieran joined Weightmans in 2016 and is an associate in the…
 Kieran Hearty  photo Kieran Hearty    Kieran joined Weightmans in 2016 and is an associate in the…
 Bob Hetherington  photo Bob Hetherington    Bob joined Weightmans in 1994 and has been a partner since…
 Bob Hetherington  photo Bob Hetherington    Bob joined Weightmans in 1994 and has been a partner since…
 Mandy Higgins  photo Mandy Higgins  Mandy heads the firm’s business immigration practice and has over 18 years’…
 Morris Hill photo Morris Hill Morris joined Weightmans in 2007, having previously spent 10 years working for…
 Jonathan Hodgkinson  photo Jonathan Hodgkinson Jonathan qualified in 2004 and became a partner in 2013. Having started…
 James Holman  photo James Holman James has been at Weightmans since 1989. After 25 years as a…
 Denise Holt  photo Denise Holt    Denise joined Weightmans in 2009 and qualified as a Legal Executive…
 Denise Holt  photo Denise Holt    Denise joined Weightmans in 2009 and qualified as a Legal Executive…
 David Holt  photo David Holt  David is technical lead for large loss, cross border and technical motor…
 James Hough  photo James Hough    James qualified in 2004 and has been at Weightmans since 2005.…
 Lewis Hough  photo Lewis Hough    Lewis joined Weightmans as a qualified solicitor in 2012 and has…
 Lewis Hough  photo Lewis Hough    Lewis joined Weightmans as a qualified solicitor in 2012 and has…
 Gabrielle Hough  photo Gabrielle Hough    Gabrielle is a principal associate in the large loss and technical…
 Gabrielle Hough  photo Gabrielle Hough    Gabrielle is a principal associate in the large loss and technical…
 Sarah-Jane Howitt  photo Sarah-Jane Howitt    Sarah-Jane joined Weightmans in 2006 as Director of Business Development and…
 Sarah-Jane Howitt  photo Sarah-Jane Howitt    Sarah-Jane joined Weightmans in 2006 as Director of Business Development and…
 Roland Hutchins  photo Roland Hutchins  Roland is a partner in Weightmans’ corporate team. Based at the Liverpool…
 Isabelle Inskip  photo Isabelle Inskip    Isabelle Inskip is an associate in the banking and finance team…
 Victoria James  photo Victoria James    Victoria started her career in costs in 1996 and joined Weightmans’…
 Victoria James  photo Victoria James    Victoria started her career in costs in 1996 and joined Weightmans’…
 Richard Jolly  photo Richard Jolly    Richard is the national head of our health sector practice and…
 Stuart Jones  photo Stuart Jones Stuart is Director of Legal Operations for the Litigation, Transactional and Advisory…
 Keith Jones  photo Keith Jones    Keith Jones is an partner based in Weightmans’ Liverpool office.  Keith…
 Gary Jones  photo Gary Jones Gary qualified in 1989 with Alsop Wilkinson in London (now DLA Piper).…
 Kieran Jones  photo Kieran Jones Kieran is Board Director responsible for Client Services. His key focus is on…
 Natasha Jordan  photo Natasha Jordan    Natasha is an associate within the commercial national team based in…
 Natasha Jordan  photo Natasha Jordan    Natasha is an associate within the commercial national team based in…
 Rachael Keightley  photo Rachael Keightley    Rachael is team manager of one of our Liverpool disease teams,…
 Rachael Keightley  photo Rachael Keightley    Rachael is team manager of one of our Liverpool disease teams,…
 Tracy Kielty  photo Tracy Kielty    Tracy has been with Weightmans for 12 years and is a…
 Tracy Kielty  photo Tracy Kielty    Tracy has been with Weightmans for 12 years and is a…
 Kirsty Leedam  photo Kirsty Leedam    Kirsty has strong experience in all aspects of family law. She…
 Kirsty Leedam  photo Kirsty Leedam    Kirsty has strong experience in all aspects of family law. She…
 Helen Leppert  photo Helen Leppert    Helen joined Weightmans in 2017 and is an Associate in the…
 Helen Leppert  photo Helen Leppert    Helen joined Weightmans in 2017 and is an Associate in the…
 Rachel Lim photo Rachel Lim    Rachel is a Principal Associate within the family team. She qualified…
 Helen Littlewood  photo Helen Littlewood    Helen joined Weightmans in 2002 having qualified as a solicitor in…
 James Mackie  photo James Mackie    James qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and joined Weightmans in…
 James Mackie  photo James Mackie    James qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and joined Weightmans in…
 Sandra Macmichael  photo Sandra Macmichael    Sandra is an associate within the counter fraud group. She deals with…
 Sandra Macmichael  photo Sandra Macmichael    Sandra is an associate within the counter fraud group. She deals with…
 Charles Maesschalck  photo Charles Maesschalck    Charles is a Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow), Grade A, with approximately…
 Jo-Anne Manley  photo Jo-Anne Manley    Jo-Anne qualified as a solicitor in October 2009 joining Weightmans as…
 Jo-Anne Manley  photo Jo-Anne Manley    Jo-Anne qualified as a solicitor in October 2009 joining Weightmans as…
 Alex Marler photo Alex Marler  Alex handles professional negligence claims, chiefly in the construction sector, including claims…
 John McArdle  photo John McArdle    John joined Weightmans in 2008 and is an associate in the…
 John McArdle  photo John McArdle    John joined Weightmans in 2008 and is an associate in the…
 Lois McArdle  photo Lois McArdle    Lois joined Weightmans in 2006 and has specialised in employment law…
 Lois McArdle  photo Lois McArdle    Lois joined Weightmans in 2006 and has specialised in employment law…
 Colette McCann  photo Colette McCann    Colette qualified as a solicitor in 2012 with experience of handling…
 Colette McCann  photo Colette McCann    Colette qualified as a solicitor in 2012 with experience of handling…
 Christina McDonald  photo Christina McDonald    Christina joined Weightmans in 2007 and is a Principal Associate in…
 Paul McGagh  photo Paul McGagh    Paul has over forty years experience in Conveyancing having commenced his…
 Paul McGagh  photo Paul McGagh    Paul has over forty years experience in Conveyancing having commenced his…
 Liam McGuire photo Liam McGuire    With a background in commercial litigation, Liam identifies each case’s pivot…
 Katie McMullin  photo Katie McMullin    Katie is a costs lawyer based within the casualty team which…
 Victoria Morris  photo Victoria Morris Partner in healthcare; former client partner for the NHS Resolution; acting for…
 Thomas Murphy  photo Thomas Murphy    Tom is an associate working within both the restructuring & insolvency…
 Michael Murphy  photo Michael Murphy    Michael is an Associate in the corporate and commercial team, having…
 Louise Neave  photo Louise Neave    Louise has extensive experience of advising in relation to UK and…
 Louise Neave  photo Louise Neave    Louise has extensive experience of advising in relation to UK and…
 Suzanne Nulty  photo Suzanne Nulty    In March 2020, Suzanne returned to Weightmans, where she trained, after…
 Suzanne Nulty  photo Suzanne Nulty    In March 2020, Suzanne returned to Weightmans, where she trained, after…
 Stephen Peacock  photo Stephen Peacock Steve has spent his entire legal career at Weightmans. He is an…
 John Pennington-Jones  photo John Pennington-Jones    John is part of the motor team responsible for providing a…
 John Pennington-Jones  photo John Pennington-Jones    John is part of the motor team responsible for providing a…
 Mark Poulston  photo Mark Poulston  Mark heads the pensions team at Weightmans. He acts for private and…
 Laurence Pritchard  photo Laurence Pritchard  Laurence joined Weightmans as a commercial partner and head of competition law…
 Hayley Purcell  photo Hayley Purcell    Hayley qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and joined the regulatory…
 Hayley Purcell  photo Hayley Purcell    Hayley qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and joined the regulatory…
 Will Quinn  photo Will Quinn  Will qualified in 1995, becoming a partner in 2000. He specialises in…
 Lauren Rigg  photo Lauren Rigg    Lauren is a regulatory defence lawyer specialising in health and safety…
 Lauren Rigg  photo Lauren Rigg    Lauren is a regulatory defence lawyer specialising in health and safety…
 Andrew Roberts  photo Andrew Roberts Andrew is a Partner in the Litigation Team at Weightmans and has…
 Laura Roberts  photo Laura Roberts    Laura has been advising Royal Mail Group since 2013 and handles…
 Laura Roberts  photo Laura Roberts    Laura has been advising Royal Mail Group since 2013 and handles…
 John Schorah  photo John Schorah  John became Weightmans’ Managing Partner in 2013 and was re-elected for the…
 Steven Scullion  photo Steven Scullion    Steve is a Fellow Chartered and Certified Accountant and is the…
 Steven Scullion  photo Steven Scullion    Steve is a Fellow Chartered and Certified Accountant and is the…
 Adam Skelland  photo Adam Skelland    Adam is an experienced solicitor who specialises in defendant credit hire.…
 Adam Skelland  photo Adam Skelland    Adam is an experienced solicitor who specialises in defendant credit hire.…
 Emma Skelton  photo Emma Skelton    Emma joined Weightmans in 2008. She qualified as a Solicitor in…
 Ken Slade  photo Ken Slade    Having qualified as a solicitor in 1996, Ken joined Weightmans as…
 Ken Slade  photo Ken Slade    Having qualified as a solicitor in 1996, Ken joined Weightmans as…
 Becki Smith  photo Becki Smith    Becki trained as a Solicitor at Weightmans and qualified in 2020,…
 Becki Smith  photo Becki Smith    Becki trained as a Solicitor at Weightmans and qualified in 2020,…
 Lauren Smith  photo Lauren Smith    Lauren was called to the Bar in 2007 and entered the…
 Lauren Smith  photo Lauren Smith    Lauren was called to the Bar in 2007 and entered the…
 Lisa Spencer photo Lisa Spencer    Lisa qualified as a solicitor in January 2004 joining Weightmans as…
 Deborah Sullivan photo Deborah Sullivan    Deborah qualified in September 1998 and has worked in Weightmans’ professional…
 Anthony Sullivan  photo Anthony Sullivan    Anthony is a principal associate in the large loss and technical…
 Anthony Sullivan  photo Anthony Sullivan    Anthony is a principal associate in the large loss and technical…
 Jessica Swift  photo Jessica Swift    Jessica qualified as a solicitor in 2015 having completed her training…
 Jessica Swift  photo Jessica Swift    Jessica qualified as a solicitor in 2015 having completed her training…
 David Tabinor  photo David Tabinor David is a leading figure in the volume real estate sector and…
 Rachel Talbot  photo Rachel Talbot    Rachel qualified as a solicitor in 2017 and joined the Wills,…
 Helen Taylor  photo Helen Taylor Helen joined in July 2019 as HR director with responsibility for the…
 Helen Taylor  photo Helen Taylor Helen joined in July 2019 as HR director with responsibility for the…
 Glyn Thompson  photo Glyn Thompson    Glyn is national Technical Lead for Motor Mainstream and specialises in…
 Jeff Turton  photo Jeff Turton    Jeff is a principal associate who specialises in defendant RTA work,…
 Peter Wake  photo Peter Wake  Peter trained at Weightmans and qualified in 2003. He became a partner…
 Janice Weatherly  photo Janice Weatherly Partner in the Real Estate department and with more than 35 years’…
 Stuart Whittle  photo Stuart Whittle Board Member – Business Services and Innovation Director. Responsible for – Information…
 Beth Williams  photo Beth Williams    Beth qualified as a real estate solicitor in October 2015. She…
 Rob Williams  photo Rob Williams  Rob has worked at Weightmans for 25 years. Becoming partner in 2002…
 Emlyn Williams  photo Emlyn Williams Emlyn Williams is a partner and employment lawyer specialising in healthcare. Emlyn…
 Charles Williams  photo Charles Williams  Charlie joined Weightmans in 1997 and leads Weightmans’ credit hire teams. He…
 Beth Williams  photo Beth Williams    Beth qualified as a real estate solicitor in October 2015. She…
 Matthew Williamson  photo Matthew Williamson Matthew primarily advises on complex landlord and tenant matters as well as…
 Matthew Wilson photo Matthew Wilson    Matthew was admitted as a solicitor in 2006 and has acted…
 Catriona Wolfenden  photo Catriona Wolfenden    Catriona is Weightmans’ Innovation Manager and is responsible for the development,…
 Victoria Wright  photo Victoria Wright    Victoria has expertise in advising insurers and logistics operators and is…
 Victoria Wright  photo Victoria Wright    Victoria has expertise in advising insurers and logistics operators and is…
 Emma Wyndham Lewis  photo Emma Wyndham Lewis    Emma is a commercial property solicitor advising on a full spectrum…
 Ian Young  photo Ian Young    Ian has over 20 years’ experience of personal injury claims from…
 Ian Young  photo Ian Young    Ian has over 20 years’ experience of personal injury claims from…
Number of UK partners : 197
Number of other UK fee-earners : 633

The Lex 100 Verdict

Liverpool-headquartered Weightmans LLP has significant presence across England and Scotland with offices in Glasgow, Newcastle, London, Leeds and more. A full-service firm with an impressive quality of work and client list, Weightmans attracts trainees looking for variety and variability in their training. A trainee comments that as a ‘full-service firm I am provided with work in the areas of interest to me; the values of the firm also aligned with what I wanted from an employer'. Praised for its ‘friendly culture’ and ‘high rate of trainee retention’, one adds that it ‘felt like the right fit’. The training and work on offer is comparable with larger firms: ‘I believe I get the same level of responsibility as those trainee at "higher tier" law firms. The work/life balance is much better and the people are more approachable and supportive’. Trainees are afforded significant responsibility early on: ‘my training is really good; others think the opportunities I am given are great when we have had discussions. We are given a lot of responsibility here and this really helps our development’. Negatives mentioned include the lower pay scale compared with rivals and some aspects of the firm’s handling of the pandemic. If you are looking for a strong national firm with attractive seat options, client secondments and a friendly and supportive culture, Weightmans is a great choice.