Firm Profile > Weightmans LLP > Liverpool, England

Weightmans LLP
100 OLD HALL STREET
LIVERPOOL
L3 9QJ
England

Debt recovery Tier 1

Andrew Cox and Mark Burch, both of who are based in Liverpool, are the key names to note at Weightmans LLP. Cox is particularly knowledgeable of recoveries in the banking, utilities and transport sectors while Burch is a specialist in secured and unsecured public and private sector debt recovery; he is also experienced in complex defended actions and the use of insolvency procedures to aid with debt collection.

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‘The Team is very efficient and very professional in all their dealings.’

‘Mark Burch is very professional and experienced.’

 

Key clients

Cabot Financial (UK) Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

The Cabinet Office

Quadient Group (including Neopost Limited)

Radius Group (including UK Fuels Limited)

Murray Metals Group

Maersk Line A/S

NWF Fuels Limited

The King’s School

Davis Coffer Lyons

Johnsons Textile Services Limited

Specific & General Services Limited

Education Tier 1

Weightmans LLP focuses on advising higher education institutions, and is known for handling high-profile construction projects, often with an international component. The practice is also called in by universities dealing with highly sensitive situations such as student suicides and on-campus deaths. In addition, it provides advice on funding, commercial issues, capital projects and outsourcing. Martin Vincent heads the department, and has significant experience in complex contractual, procurement-related and academic joint ventures.

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‘The team provide a one-stop solution and have consistently provided an excellent service. They are very responsive to a broad range of different requests and always deliver to agreed timescales, which are often very tight.’

Key clients

University of Greenwich

Sunderland University

Queen Mary University

Solent University

Cumbria University

Lancaster University

Open University

Newcastle University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Leicester University

Family Tier 1

With practitioners across the firm's Manchester and Liverpool offices, the family team at Weightmans LLP enjoys a strong reputation in handling matters with an international component, with particular expertise in cohabitation issues, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and family matters arising from onshore and offshore trusts. Manchester-based Emma Collins is the firm’s national private client head, while Liverpool regional head Carole Atkinson focuses on offshore trusts and complex cases. Financial expert Fiona Davidson and associate Rachel Lim are other names to note.

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‘Emma Collins is a very strong technical lawyer with a firm grasp of the law.’

‘Carole Atkinson – par excellence’

‘Fiona Davidson is a superb service provider’

Health and safety Tier 1

Working closely with the firm’s other national offices, Weightmans LLP's health and safety offering in the North West handles a variety of matters, but is most active in fatal accidents, assisting clients with investigations and representing them at inquests. Its client base spans the public, commercial, charity, sports, and insurance sectors. Liverpool-based Dewi Ap-Thomas heads the practice, specialising in matters that arise in the sports and healthcare sectors. David Lewis, based out of Leeds, is a name to note on certain matters in the region.

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Key clients

Premum Care Ltd

Contract Natural Gas Ltd.

Jaguar Land Rover

Newcastle University

Barnardo’s

Wirral Borough Council

Eon UK plc

North West Ambulance Service

Professional negligence Tier 1

The team at Weightmans LLP is known for its professional negligence work in the legal and construction sectors, but also defends claims on behalf of brokers, accountants and IFAs. The practice has particular experience defending claims against engineers. Other key areas of work include the defence of claims against arbitrators, and complex coverage and D&O matters. Mike Grant, who represents construction professionals, jointly leads the team with Mickaela Fox, who acts for law firms, barristers and a range of insurers. Associate Deborah Sullivan frequently deals with lenders’ claims and cases involving complex commercial transactions.

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‘Mickaela Fox’s knowledge of professional indemnity matters and regulatory issues are second to none.’

Key clients

Markel International and Markel UK

Hamilton Underwriting

Libra Managers

Axis

Aviva

Transport Tier 1

Weightmans LLP deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters in the transport and shipping sectors. The practice also advises on risk management, risk avoidance, brand protection, and a range of liability issues in carriage of goods, port and terminals liability, and cargo sale and supply contracts. Phil James heads the team and acts for ship owners, ports, fleet hauliers and their specialist insurers. Mike Burns concentrates his practice on marine insurance, shipping and commercial litigation, combining both disputes and transactional work.

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‘Phil James is an absolute master of his craft.’

‘They are exceptional maritime lawyers. They have a detailed understanding of the industry and nothing fazes them.’

‘The expertise and knowledge both in terms of the process involved and legislative context of the issue has been second to none.’

Key clients

Peel Ports Group

Bibby Marine Limited

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

AIG

Essar Oil UK

Hamburg Sud

Swissport

Zurich Insurance

UPS

First Group PLC

National Express Group PLC

Hoyer Group

Startstone Insurance

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Turners

Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 2

At Weightmans LLP, Andrew Cox heads the national commercial litigation department with Sarah Conroy fronting the Liverpool practice. Disputes relating to commercial contracts are a key area of focus for the team, with advice given on all issues related to their interpretation and termination. Corporate, shareholder, franchise and partnership disputes are also handled by the group which has specialist knowledge of the education and manufacturing sectors, the latter of which is a specialist industry for the highly regarded Andrew Roberts.

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‘They have a practical, realistic approach to litigation and client needs in and outside of the litigation.’

‘Sarah Conroy brings good attention to detail and holistic, practical and advanced thinking in how to respond to each stage.’

Key clients

Peel Ports Limited

Sovini Group

Equality & Human Rights Commission

University of Wolverhampton

The Cabinet Office

Thomas Hardie Commercials

Coleg Cambria

BMP Europe Limited

Kirkby (Tyres) Limited

International Medical Press Limited

Colas Limited

Ventcroft Limited

School Letting Solutions Limited

All About Food Limited

Cybertill Limited

Best Storage Limited

Northside Truck & Van Limited

S. Norton & Co Limited

Bruce Ashley Group Inc

Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 2

Weightmans LLP undertakes both regional and national work for a range of clients including prominent retailers, including commercial regeneration and residential property work for national housebuilders. The team is jointly lead by David Tabinor and Janice Weatherly. Tabinor provides estate management advice and advice on freehold and leasehold transactions, while Weatherly is active in the private and public sectors but particularly noted for her work on higher education real estate matters. Christopher Grady specialises in residential property development, working for both regional and national developers.

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Weightmans on real estate matters over a number of years now, and have always found their advice both technically correct and commercially sound with a good  understanding of our business. Relationships are important to us, as we think continuity of engagement, and knowledge of our business needs leads to a better and more cost efficient service.’

‘We like a partner service which is what Weightmans offer in all disciplines, and at sensible partner rates, always accessible at short notice Janice Weatherly has handled all of our matters with commercial nous, and expertise, and is an excellent practitioner.’

Key clients

Royal Mail Group

British Steel Limited

Liverpool City Council

Denbighshire County Council

Pure Leisure Group

Barratt

NW Reserve Forces and Cadets Association

Acorn Developments (Kirkby) Limited

Dibbin Estates Limited

Cumbria University

Solent University

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 2

Weightmans LLP is particularly reputed for its private M&A work for mid-market corporates and OMBs. Its private sector expertise spans the financial services, built environment, retail, utilities, transport, leisure and insurance sectors, among others. Broadening the department’s expertise is its equally formidable public sector knowledge with various NHS bodies, police forces, local authorities, housing associations and education establishments found on the client roster. Roland Hutchins and Victoria Robertson head the practice which also delivers EU procurement advice and includes Laurence Pritchard, a specialist in competition aspects such as merger control and anti-competitive agreements. Managing partnerJohn Schorah is a veteran in commercial contracts.

Testimonials

‘The whole team worked seamlessly throughout my transaction, from the partner involved to the newly trained members of the firm.’

‘Nothing is too much for this team, the time and effort they spend to understand the client is refreshing and gives a feeling of approachability and real enthusiasm for the work they do.’

‘Kieran Donovan was excellent in understanding exactly what I was looking to achieve and understood what my expectations were in terms of both Weightmans and the share purchase itself.’

Key clients

OBG Pharmaceuticals Limited

Sovini Group Limited

MSIF

All About Food Limited

NW Trading (Holdings) Limited

Greif UK International Holdings Limited

Belton Farm Group Limited

Goonhilly Earth Station Limited

Peter Johnson

George Roberts ( North West ) Limited

S Norton & Co Limited

Meade –King Robinson & Company Limited

Pilgrim Global ICAV

BHSF

Lloyds Bank plc

Allied Irish Bank

Liverpool Media Academy

MSIF

DSG Chartered Accountants

Smart Creative Technologies Limited

Virtus Concrete Solutions Limited

Corporate tax Tier 2

Weightmans LLP is well-regarded for its advice on the tax aspects of corporate acquisitions, disposals, restructuring, demergers and capital reductions. The team also regularly advises OMBs of employee incentive design and incentives with notable experience held in relation to EMI schemes. Haydn Rogan serves as practice head.

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Key clients

Sonoco

Lucideon Group Limited

Caunce O’Hara & Company Limited

Planixs GRP Limited

PHD Equity Partners LLP

Leeds City Council

ANS Group

Bestway Group

Brightblue Consulting Limited

Zoomcar Share Limited

Well pharmacy

Dimerco Express Group Limited

Investigo Limited

Bruntwood

The Sovini Group

Employment Tier 2

Weightmans LLP's employment team advises local and national clients in the private sector, while also developing its reputation for assisting public sector clients. As well as having expertise in the education and logistics sectors, it assists police forces in the North West and North East on employment matters and represents Foundation Trusts in the healthcare sector, including in complex Tribunal claims, reputational management issues, and media coverage. It works closely with the firm’s corporate team, providing TUPE and transactional employment support. Mark Hatfield, principal associate Claire Hollins and associate solicitor Lee Rogers are names to note.

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Key clients

The Ombudsman Services Limited

National Museums Liverpool

Swissport GB Limited

Equality and Human Rights Commission

White Stuff Limited

City Co

Royal Mail Group

Manchester Metropolitan University

Solent University

Colas Limited

EU and competition Tier 2

Weightmans LLP has expertise in cartel damages, state aid and procurement law. Under the leadership of Laurence Pritchard, a merger control and anti-competitive practice expert, the team is particularly knowledgeable in the airline, airport, food and drink and insurance industries. It also represents a number of local authorities, listed companies, universities, developers and venture funds in relation to state aid issues with grants, deal structures and loans.

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UK Trucks Claim Limited

S. Norton & Co. Limited

Chiesi Limited

Swissport

John West Limited

Stobart Group

Wi-Manx Limited

Washington Mills Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

British Insurance Brokers Association

Lotus Bakeries Limited

Diversey

Gazprom

Sonoco

All About Food

Peel Ports Group

Wizzair

Doncaster Sheffield Airport Limited

Mondi Group

North Hertfordshire D.C.

Health Tier 2

Key areas of work for the healthcare group at Weightmans LLP  include public inquiries, high level judicial review cases, employment disputes, information management and governance reviews and investigations. The practice also has a niche in commercial work around procurement, advising on FE constitutions and reconfiguration of services. Richard Jolly manages the department and specialises in acting on behalf of NHS trusts and private healthcare providers. Dewi Ap-Thomas  heads the regulatory practice, including the healthcare inquest team; Emlyn Williams heads the healthcare employment team.

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‘Very approachable and down to earth. They always try and find practical solutions to problems. Very proactive and responsive. Very professional and understand their customer’s requirements. The practice brings confidence and assurance that our interests are protected.’

Key clients

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Lancashire Care NHS FT

NHS Blood & Transplant

Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Royal Liverpool Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust

Alder Hey Children’s NHS FT

Countess of Chester NHS FT

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital Trust

NHS England

Bolton CCG

Mersey Care NHS FT

Partnership Caring Ltd

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS FT

IT and telecoms Tier 2

At Weightmans LLP, the client roster ranges from niche software providers to major studios, NHS bodies and major insurance organisations. The team has recently been active on a wealth of major IT services procurements and also handles matters such as GDPR compliance, data protection and strategic dataflow contractual frameworks. The video game industry is a sector where the department, led by Sean Crotty, is well-versed; its work on that front includes funding, development agreements, acquisitions, disposals and publishing-related instructions.

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‘I have had the pleasure of working with a number of members of the Weightmans team. I am a startup entrepreneur with a limited budget, but the service I’ve received from the solicitors I’ve worked with makes me feel like I’m punching above my weight in terms of the quality of work they produce. I feel secure in the work they’ve done for me, and in the knowledge that whenever my solicitor needs to query something with someone more senior, they can, and they will come back to me on it quickly.’

 

Key clients

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Royal Mail Group

Capita

Lexis Nexis

Insurance Fraud Bureau

Apadmi Limited

Playground Games Limited

Surrey and Sussex Police

British Transport Police

Cybertill Limited

ANS Group Limited

PHD Equity

Mercato Limited

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

Local government Tier 2

Weightmans LLP is known for its experience in governance, planning and property developments. It also provides a full support service to local authorities, handling major regeneration, property transactions, construction disputes, commercial debt recovery, governance, commercial contracts, shared services arrangements and public procurement. Other key areas of work include equal pay disputes, civil litigation, state aid, housing, child care and adult social care. Simon Goacher heads the team and focuses on conducting sensitive investigations on governance matters, whistleblowing investigations and investigations into the conduct of senior officers.

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Key clients

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

Oldham MBC

Bolton MBC

Staffordshire Moorlands DC

Salford CC

Telford BC

Shropshire CC

Derbyshire County Council

Media and entertainment Tier 2

The team at Weightmans LLP is distinguished from its competitors by its notable focus on the video games industry, with key strengths including development agreements, licensing, talent, image rights, exploitation and recording agreements. The practice, headed by Sean Crotty, represents music, film and television clients, recently advising on the production of several documentaries as well as advertising matters. Additional expertise includes media-related acquisitions and disposals, publishing, tax relief and fundings.

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Key clients

Playground Games Limited

Side (UK) Limited

The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA)

Apadmi Limited

Nomad Games Limited

Novarama Technology SRL

AXM Venture Capital Limited

Secret Sorcery Limited

Sounding Sweet Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Mercato Limited

Fun Learning Studies Limited

Liverpool Media Academy Ltd

Chiesi Ltd

Sussex & Surrey Police

Pensions Tier 2

Headed by Liverpool-based Mark Poulston, Weightmans LLP is instructed on a variety of pensions matters, including scheme restructurings and terminations, risk management work for trustees and employers, and life insurance issues. Manchester-based Jane Marshall specialises in public sector and education pensions, with particular expertise in the overlap between pensions and employment issues. Employers, trustees and pension providers in the private sector, as well as organisations in the health, education and not-for-profit sectors, constitute the firm’s client roster.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Manchester-based Richard Bate heads up the wills, trusts, tax and probate team at Weightmans LLP, which primarily advises high-net-worth individuals on succession planning matters, Court of Protection issues and wills. Bate focuses on tax mitigation mandates and assists clients with complex family arrangements and asset structures with wealth protection issues. 'Very knowledgeable' principal associate John-Paul Dennis, who is a succession planning specialist, leads the Liverpool team, which is growing in size.

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Testimonials

‘John-Paul Dennis was very knowledgeable and took time in explaining the advice in plain English. He also facilitated and coordinated with other professionals to obtain a quick outcome for our family saving valuable time and money in the process. I now recommend him to my client base as I was impressed that he went out of his way to help me and my family in a very difficult time, with compassion not normally associated with the legal profession.’ 

‘I found them to be very helpful and knowledgeable as you would expect from a high profile city centre practice. Nothing appears to be any trouble and they conduct themselves excellently.’ 

‘I worked with John-Paul Dennis and liked the way he was able to use language that enabled me to understand what were, to me, new concepts and approaches.’ 

‘They come across as professional, friendly, approachable and knowledgeable, but in a down to earth way. They make clients feel relaxed and comfortable when discussing what are personal and sometimes complex matters in what could be an intimidating situation.’ 

‘John-Paul Dennis did an excellent job. At all times he explained what was going to happen and I came away feeling reassured, which considering the circumstances was what I needed.’ 

‘Richard Bate has an excellent manner with clients, making them feel comfortable and can explain complex matters in simple ways to help understanding.’

Planning and environment Tier 2

Weightmans LLP's planning and environment practice 'provides an excellent all-round service.' The team is jointly led by Simon Colvin and Lee Gordon.  Colvin leads the environment team, with 20 years in the field and a background in environmental biology. Gordon, who is 'focused on delivering the right outcome for clients' heads up the planning side of the practice, and has experience of advising local authorities and property developers. Bob Pritchard, who is 'experienced and wise', has acted on highway schemes and strategic planning and land assembly issues.

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‘Excellent North West-based team. Really good for CPO.’

‘My experience with them is in town and country planning. They provide an excellent all-round service for developer and local authority clients in all areas of planning. Particular strengths, however, are planning appeals, highways issues and compulsory purchase. They provide excellent instructions to me as counsel, and liaise brilliantly with clients to achieve the outcome that we are aiming for. They are realistic and practical in their outlook and advice.’

‘Bob Pritchard. Experienced and wise.’

‘I have worked with Bob Pritchard for over 25 years when he was in both the public and private sectors. He has unrivalled knowledge of the workings of the planning system and his history of working in both public and private sectors gives him an excellent insight into how the various issues in a case might be approached by the various parties. He has a deservedly high reputation throughout the planning industry nationally. He is a delight to work with.

‘I have worked with Lee Gordon. He is also very focused on delivering the right outcome for clients in a practical and realistic way. He pitches his clients’ position at just the right level – never over-selling a case, which makes others trust what he is saying to them and convincing them of its merit.’

Key clients

Peterborough City Council

Royal Mail Group

Walsall Council

Bolton Metropolitan

Borough Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Cheshire East Council

Liverpool City Council

Welsh Government

Emerson Group

Pennon – Viridor and Southwest Water

Severn Trent Water

SafetyKleen

Ford Motor Company

Rio Tinto (Anglesey Aluminium Ltd)

Broad Group

Certas Energy

Biowood

Vinci ES

Peel Ports Group

Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority

Bolsover District Council

AIG

Wirral Borough Council

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

Weightmans LLP handles a range of corporate disputes with particular education, public procurement, energy and leisure sector expertise. Its broad experience spans from shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice petitions, and breach of contract and warranty claims to IP and recovery cases. Carole Spiller leads the Manchester team and counts property damage and professional negligence claims among her areas of expertise. Experienced litigator and mediator Robert Jones and Damian Carter, who leads the owner-managed business practice, are other names of note.

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‘Robert Jones provided very thorough and well-researched advice.’

‘Carole Spiller is a very good litigator: she has a good grasp of the detail and technical elements of the law but as the same time brings a focused commercial approach to the issues at hand.’

‘Rob Jones’ team has real strength – very commercial and formidable to have on the other side.’

‘The team were really quick to understand the issue I had and, upon consideration of all the evidence, came up with a plan of action to rectify it. They took time to listen to my concerns and really went above and beyond in order to help me from a financial perspective, which was a massive help to me.I have always found the support and guidance received to be extremely support, clear and concise. The enthusiasm shown for the matter in question was impressive as was the willingness to research around the particular matter.’

‘Rob Jones is a very experienced litigator who knows the market and is very commercial. He is canny on billing so his client base is extensive. Very good on professional negligence and director/shareholder claims.’

Key clients

Topmark Claims Management Limited t/a TMS

Solent University Southampton

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sovini Group

116 Cardamon Limited

Acasta European Insurance Company Limited

Co-operative Group

Certas Energy UK Ltd

Slush Puppie Ltd

Corning Limited

Pioneer Underwriting Consortium 9988

NEUPC Limited

South Ribble Borough Council

Lancaster University

Lucideon Group Limited

Chiesi Limited

Clarity Travel Management

Manchester Metropolitan University

The Open University

Royal Mail

Business Energy Solutions ltd

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Weightmans LLP, which has longstanding expertise in private company M&A work for owner managed business, has also recently seen an increase in international work on behalf of large corporates. Additional strengths include commercial contracts, corporate finance, private equity, joint ventures, corporate governance and strategic projects. Led by the ‘exceptionalSarah Walton, the group has specialist knowledge in the tech, retail, healthcare, utilities, manufacturing and public sectors. Paul Raftery is praised for his 'unbelievable knowledge and expertise'.

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Testimonials

‘They are very practical in the advice they give; giving pragmatic thought to the best interests of our businesses. They set deadlines and comply with them and act within the agreed budgets that are set.’

‘Paul Raftery is always available – day, night or weekends if we need him. He goes that extra mile to get the best deal done for us and again this is backed up by sensible, straightforward and easily understandable advice. He is also backed by a very competent team.’

‘Sarah Walton is exceptional with her communication and negotiation skills.’

‘I have worked with this firm for many years, buying and selling many companies. They have expertise in all areas with many different professionals coming together in a one-stop shop, to deliver all that is needed. Great staff and very professional.’

‘Paul Raftery is the best in the business – he has absolutely unbelievable knowledge and expertise. Works all hours and always on call to advise and help. Can’t ask for a better person to deal with and advise when needed.’

‘Commerciality and practicality, backed up by strong technical skills.’

Key clients

Sonoco Limited

ANS Group Limited

Apadmi Limited

PHD Equity Partners LLP

Luxfer Group

Cybertill Limited

Planixs GRP Limited

Slush Puppie Limited

Well pharmacy

Lucideon Limited

MYA Plastic Surgery Limited

Minerals Technology Inc/Amcol International

Dimerco Express Group Limited

Manuli Rubber Industries

Chiesi Limited

School Lettings Solutions Limited

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Wigan Council

Cheshire East Council

Derbyshire County Council

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Sussex Police

Surrey Police

Lancashire Police

British Transport Police

Great Ormond Street Hospital

The Open University

University of West London

Southampton Solent University

Birmingham City University

University of Central London

Westminster University

Cumbria

University of Liverpool

Manchester Metropolitan University

Queen Mary University of London

University of Wolverhampton

University of East Anglia

Property litigation Tier 3

Weightmans LLP possesses' a 'strong, well-established and very well-respected property team', which acts for clients across the healthcare, retail and local government sectors on the full remit of property litigation matters. The 'experienced' and 'unflappable' Sian Evans leads the team. She acts for clients in both the public and private sectors. John Darnell is 'very strong' on business lease renewals and lease termination matters.

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‘Very strong well-established and very well-respected property team, with strong legal knowledge.’

‘John Darnell is very strong in commercial leasehold disputes. Well-organised and efficient and good with clients.’

‘Sian Evans is strong leader of the team. Very experienced, unflappable and very good with clients.’

Key clients

BDW Trading Limited (Barratts David Wilson Homes)

Bruntwood

Clarion Housing Group

Emerson Group

Transport for Greater Manchester

Derbyshire County Council

AS Watson Group

Social housing Tier 3

Weightmans LLP's social housing practice is led by Sian Evans, who principally acts on housing management matters including disrepair claims and anti-social behaviour issues. She is ably supported by Thomas Starkey, who handles developments, regeneration issues and home ownership work. Principal associate Matthew Wilson has represented landlords in possession claims and committal proceedings.

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‘The Weightmans Team are always keen to assist in any matter regardless of its complexity. They are reliable, always available and always perform well.’

‘Sian Evans as a partner is extremely knowledgeable and always available for ad-hoc advice or assist with more complex matters.’

‘Thomas Starkey and Beth Williams are both very knowledgeable and keen to assist with any matters that we request assistance with. They are both very personable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Matt Wilson is very thorough and his knowledge of the law is exceptional.’

 

Key clients

The Sovini Group

Jigsaw Housing Group

Torus Housing Group

Forviva (City West)

Halton Housing Trust

Clarion Housing Group

The Guinness Partnership

Regenda Housing Group

Pierhead Housing Association (Prima Group)

Plus Dane Housing Group

Banking and finance Tier 4

Weightmans LLP's practice stands out for its work on public sector finance transactions, with Patricia Grinyer leading the team; she is notable for advising clients on the creation of funding platforms for SME's through public and private funds. Gary Jones has a broad client base of universities, grant funding bodies and local authorities, which he advises on state aid compliance issues.

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‘Patricia Grinyer is an exceptional lawyer with an impeccable skill set and unrivalled knowledge. Her approach to client management is excellent with an approach to providing added value all the time. Pragmatic, intelligent and committed.’

 

Key clients

Progressive Living

FSE Fund Managers

Business Enterprise Fund

Allied Irish Bank

Lloyds Bank

Bluesky Finance

North West Business Finance

Enterprise Loans East Midlands

Progressive Finance

Santander

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

Weightmans LLP handles matters on both a regional and national basis, undertaking development and regeneration work. Andrea Steventon co-leads the team and recently acted on the disposal of a large greenfield site for phased development. Fellow co-head Karl Jackson is an expert on city centre regeneration, with experience acting for public and private sector clients.

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Testimonials

‘Weightmans has the benefit of offering all aspects of legal advice specialisms as a one-stop-shop. We are able to rely on Weightmans for all of our land acquisition, contract negotiations, due diligence, tax and planning advice. Furthermore, our key representatives will digest this information from colleagues and report as a single point of contact.’

‘The individuals we deal with are professional in every respect. They are pleasant to deal with and work to build a good working relationship/rapport with the other side to assist with ensuring contractual negotiations are are expedient and problem free as possible.’

Key clients

Oak Tyres

Barratt

Cheshire Green Employment Park Limited

Bruntwood

Phillip Posnett t/a Cheshire Green

Elan Homes

Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool) Limited

Persimmon Homes

Chiesi Ltd

Bruntwood

Construction Tier 4

Weightmans LLP, which is active in the public and private sector, is strong in all aspects of non-contentious domestic construction. It is also active in UK and international construction disputes. Clients include local authorities, housing developers and universities. The practice is led by Colette Morgan-Ford, who is experienced in representing contractors and professional consultants in domestic and international adjudication, litigation, mediation and arbitration. Ian Hardman assists clients with infrastructure developments.

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Jacobs (Halcrow Group Limited)

Read Construction Group Limited

One Vision Housing Limited

Co-Operative Group

Swissport GB Limited

Walsall Council

Sontay Limited

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

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

The personal injury department at Weightmans LLP focuses on casualty, motor, disease and abuse claims. David Holt is client partner for the Motor Insurers' Bureau and specialises in non-indemnity insurance work and catastrophic injury claims. Peter Wake, Peter Forshaw and Liam McGuire head the personal injury team. Louise Mutch is experienced in large loss and technical claims. On the clinical negligence side, the practice is known for organ transplant and blood donor cases, cases against emergency services and representing trusts at inquests. Vicky Morris and Richard Jolly head the team. Ian Critchley and principal associate Lisa Spencer are also noted.

Testimonials

‘They host an excellent legal forum for NHS organisations in the area; a unique forum which enables people to explore problems faced by different NHS organisations. Fees are always very reasonable and feel that we receive exceptional value for money.’

‘A strong team in terms of depth of knowledge and always try and find a practical solution to a problem first before going down the route of expensive litigation.’

‘Vicky Morris is highly esteemed for her experience. Down to earth while remaining tenacious with the opposition. Very highly regarded. Very generous with her time.’

‘Richard Jolly is a very practical lawyer and very approachable.’

Key clients

Zurich

Motor Insurers Bureau

AIG Europe Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Underwriting

Sabre Insurance

Collingwood Insurance

First Central Insurance

AXAXL Insurance

InterEurope AG

Antilo

First Underwriting

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

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Weightmans LLP is one of only four firms that has been appointed to all types of work on the NHS Resolution panel. The agile team specialises in high-value and complex cases and is also well-regarded for its work in mediation and ADR. It has many excellent practitioners, among them Deborah Bannister who frequently leads on healthcare claims matters. Tony Yeaman, an NHS Resolution nominated partner, is vastly experienced in clinical negligence and healthcare law. Jasmine Armstrong is adept at managing periodical payment claims following brain injury at birth. Navdip Wilson has particular expertise in chronic pain claims. David Tuck is a key name for his work on disease claims. Henry Bermingham is recommended for social care claims and other areas such as stress, public rights of way and highways actions as well as employers’ liability and occupiers’ liability cases.

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A wide range of expertise and the ability to rapidly recruit and ensure that the continuity of the team is maintained. Accessible and knowledgeable. Understands the pressures of the job and supports the client as well as managing the issue‘.

The team at Weightmans is excellentCatherine Ainsworth is a name to note‘.

Key clients

National Health Service Resolution

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS FT

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS FT

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS FT

CFC

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Weight to Go Ltd

Royal Sun Alliance

Broadspire

QBE

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt NHS FT

Zurich

Property litigation Tier 1

Weightmans acts on a wide range of real estate disputes, focusing on boundary disputes, adverse possession claims, dilapidation claims, and the enforcement of section 106 agreements against developers. Christopher Graham leads the department, which has extensive experience across the construction, education, energy and leisure sectors. Associate Jill Dalkin is a key contact for disputes arising out of serious breaches of lease covenants. Associate Mark Reeves acts for utility companies in disputes concerning rights of access, trespass, adverse possession and injunctive relief.

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Bellway

Atkins

Northern Powergrid

Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire)

Camerons Brewery

University of Sunderland

Northern Trust Company

Northern Retail Consortium

Story Homes

Storage & Handling

Victor Products

Ubisoft Reflections

Yorkshire Electricity Group

McCarrick Construction Company

Northern Electric

South Shore Developments

Northumberland & Durham Property

Punch Pubs & Co

Greene King

Admiral Taverns

Leeds City Council

Clarion

AS Watson Group

Strada

Fullers, Smith &Turner

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Complex and high-value clinical negligence cases, strategic advice to major clients including NHS Resolution, organ transplant and blood donor matters, and group surgical claims all make up part of the regular workload of the medical malpractice team at Weightmans LLP. Practice head Rachel  Kneale has a particular expertise in maximum severity obstetric and neurological injuries, including quantum issues such as periodical payments. Paul Thomson has extensive experience defending claims for GPs and dentists when instructed by medical defence unions, and in regulatory matters at the GMC and GDC respectively. Principal associate Isobel Michie brings her medical background to bear on catastrophic injury claims, including cerebral palsy. The firm benefited from the recent arrival of Kiran Sekhon, formerly of Capsticks LLP, who often resolves claims early by mediation.

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Testimonials

‘This is a strong, friendly team, which is easy to work with. They work closely with their clients, and understand what they want. Importantly, they hold their nerve on difficult cases and have achieved some excellent results.’

‘The team has a particular ability to understand the needs of their client and direct their professional input to meeting those needs. They are all extremely approachable and straightforward. The fact that Weightmans have these features across the board makes them stand out.’

‘The depth and breadth of experience in clinical negligence work is striking – there will be very little indeed that they have not seen before. Cases are well prepared and well presented.’

‘A very highly competent clinical negligence defence team in London and in Birmingham which ranks very highly in comparison to its peers.’

‘Isobel Michie stands out as very calm and assured and with excellent judgement and is a font of knowledge and wisdom relating to wrongful birth cases.’

 

‘There is strength and depth ,with some very strong partners supported by well trained associates. They give a more personalised service than some of the bigger departments.’

‘Rachel Kneale is a highly experienced and intuitive lawyer with unrivalled experience of working on high value clinical negligence claims.’

‘Isobel Michie is clever and capable with a good eye for the winning points in a case.’

‘Paul Thomson has a great capacity to get on top of all the detail in the most complex quantum cases and to drive a hard bargain to get the best possible result.’

Key clients

National Health Service Resolution

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

CFC

Public Health England

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

IDH

East of England Ambulance NHS Trust

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Commercial litigation: Newcastle Tier 2

Weightmans has carved out a notable reputation for high-profile fraud and data theft matters. The team also handles complex shareholder and boardroom litigation, alongside disputes in the energy, education and TMT sectors. Practice head Christopher Graham has a wealth of experience handling disputes concerning competition issues, fraud and misuse of information. Splitting his time between Leeds and Newcastle, Anthony Rance is noted for his wide-ranging expertise in data theft, commercial contract and professional negligence disputes. Employment litigator Jacqueline Turner departed to St James' Square Law Firm in April 2019.

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A strong construction and commercial disputes team

The team provides a great suite of services, combined with a professional approach, and a keen understanding of our business. Quick to respond and flexible to meet our needs.

The team at Weightmans is extremely professional, knowledgeable in its respective fields of expertise, and works collaboratively with clients to ensure the best outcome.

Anthony Rance is exceptional, very commercial and great at working out a solution.

Key clients

Northern Powergrid (North East)

Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire)

Tanfield Group

University of Sunderland

Spectris/ Millbrook Proving Ground

Engie

Satcom Global

Mach Recruitment

Lucion Services

ITPS

David Allen Chartered Accountants

Helena Biosciences

Crafter’s Companion

Severfield

Diabetes Care Technology

Corporate and commercial: Newcastle Tier 2

Following the 2019 acquisition of Watson Burton LLP by Weightmans, the corporate department led by Duncan Reid continues to advise on a wide array of corporate transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, and private equity and venture capital transactions. Apart from its varied roster of corporate clients, the team also acts for education sector clients and owner-managed businesses. The group has also retained its strength across the technology, financial services, private equity and franchising sectors. Paul Wigham is noted for transactions in the technology industry. Marc Allison is a key contact for corporate governance advice.

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There is a wealth of experience across the firm. The team assigned to our project remained a constant throughout the process, which facilitated consistency and continuity.

The team members keep in regular contact; they were always conscious of our requirements and had our best interests at heart at all times throughout the process.

Key clients

Broadband Satellite Services

Camerons Brewery

Accelerated Digital Ventures

Northstar Ventures

SaleCycle

Total Recycling Services

Blackrose Pubs

J & B Recycling

Court of protection Tier 2

Weightmans LLP continues to advise on a broad range of welfare, health, property and affairs matters. Clients include a large number of local authorities, NHS trusts, and private health and social care providers. Areas of expertise include advising on a myriad of issues under the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act, as well as on best interests assessments. The team also routinely advises on other areas such as orders permitting restraint, sedation and transportation to hospital. Morris Hill, Richard Jolly and Simon Goacher are the key members of the team.

Key clients

Kirklees MBC

Knowsley MBC

Leicestershire County Council

Cumbria County Council

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Rutland County council

Cumbria County Council

Wirral MBC

Royal Free Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bolton CCG

Education Tier 2

Institutions looking to convert to academy status make up a large proportion of the clients instructing the education team at Weightmans,  which gained a Newcastle presence through its merger with legacy Watson Burton LLP , along with existing and newly formed academies. The team regularly advises on all issues related to conversions, and has particular experience in assisting with academy conversions with a PFI element. Other work undertaken includes advising FE and HE institutions on corporate issues. The practice is headed by Paul Wigham, with support from associates Richard Phillips and Kerry Waters. For contentious matters, Anthony Rance is the key name to note.

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Paul and the team at Weightmans have been excellent for us and expertly, and successfully, assisted the Group through some complicated legal negotiations.

Paul Wigham is responsive, accessible, approachable and facilitates understanding of technicalities – something which, as a client who then often has to re-explain to others within the organisation, is crucial.

Key clients

Northumberland College

Biddick Academy Trust

Gosforth Federated Academies Limited

Swift Academies

Redcar and Cleveland College

Meadowdale Academy

Nunthorpe Multi Academy Trust

Iris Learning Trust

University of Leicester

University of Northumbria

University of Sunderland

Wellspring Academy Trust

Stockton Riverside College

Oak Learning Trust

Pax Christi Catholic Partnership

Academies Enterprise Trust

Education: institutions Tier 2

Weightmans LLP's education practice is experienced in advising leading higher education institutions on large-scale projects, which often have an international angle. Led by Martin Vincent, the team acts for leading universities on real estate, discrimination claims and construction matters. Susan Matthews advises on sensitive student matters related to misconduct and fatalities on campus. Richard Vaughan is the name to note for contentious construction and development advisory work.

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Very responsive and customer-focused. Good understanding of the needs of the organisation and the sector. Can provide a one-stop solution.

Andrew Roberts oversees the account and is very supportive. He is highly professional and manages the relationship with the organisation in an excellent manner. Demonstrates excellent knowledge and genuinely cares.’

Key clients

University of Greenwich

Queen Mary University

Solent University

Open University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Leicester University

Sunderland University

Cumbria University

Lancaster University

Newcastle University

Family: Birmingham Tier 2

Weightmans LLP has a national reach with Manchester-based Emma Collins at the helm. In Birmingham Fiona O’Sullivan has particular expertise in pensions but covers the full array of family law matters on relationship breakdown whether the couples are married or unmarried. Tania Derrett-Smith is a principal associate who advises on the financial consequences of relationship breakdown with a particular expertise in cases involving family businesses. The group has strength in pre- and post-nuptial agreements as well as onshore and offshore trusts and children work. There is frequently an international dimension to its work. The practice is also praised for its work in collaborative law and mediation – many of its team members are Resolution accredited.

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‘The firm handles a large number of high-value and complex divorces and the Birmingham work is undertaken by one of the best matrimonial finance teams in the West Midlands. The team will always go the extra mile for their clients and manage their cases with a completely client-focused approach.’

‘Fiona O’Sullivan is as able and experienced a divorce lawyer as you will find in the West Midlands. She has an unbeatable eye for detail. One of the best. Tania Derrett-Smith is in the premier league when it comes to financial remedy associates in the West Midlands. Manages an exceptionally high-quality caseload with a combination of top-class legal knowledge, outstanding client care skills and charm.’

Health Tier 2

At Weightmans LLP, Tony Yeaman heads up the NHS Resolution clinical negligence team and represents the NHS in high-profile claims and inquiries, with a focus on complex issues including treatment decisions and risk management matters. Deborah Bannister, Melanie Isherwood and Jasmine Armstrong are also notable clinical negligence litigators. Michael Clifford advises owners, operators and investors on corporate acquisitions and joint ventures in the healthcare sector.

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‘A client-focused approach. Tony Yeaman heads the team and is regularly actively seeking feedback and taking that on board.’

‘Tony Yeaman – very client centred and actively seeks feedback to incorporate into future practice. Jasmine Armstrong – sensible and approachable.’

Key clients

National Health Service Resolution

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

CFC

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS foundation Trust

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS FT

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Weight to Go Ltd

The Royal British Legion

Belper Views Residential Home

Ernehale Lodge Care Home

The Beeches (Justcare Homes Ltd)

Nuffield Health

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHSFT

Health and safety Tier 2

Weightmans recently expanded its health and safety department with a number of key hires including principle associate Anna Naylor from Kennedys. Naylor and national practice head David Lewis (who splits his time between Leeds and Liverpool) represent corporate clients, public sector bodies and local authorities in corporate manslaughter investigations, fatal accident inquests (including deaths in custody), police interviews and actions by the Health and Safety Executive; the group recently acted in an asbestos investigation for a manufacturing client. Further areas of expertise span the healthcare, energy and automotive sectors.

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Always exceptionally well prepared. Their partners and associates know the case inside out. As a firm they never lose sight of the human aspect of the case and approach cases, especially ones involving fatalities, with a sensitivity which is rare in the sector.

Weightmans have some good senior lawyers and have made some excellent lateral hires in recent months.

The breadth and depth of experience of the team are impressive, particularly in relation to contentious work.

I have been particularly impressed by David Lewis who embodies the hard work ethos of his team and imparts realistic advice.

Key clients

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Premum Care Ltd

Contract Natural Gas Ltd

Jaguar Land Rover

East Riding District Council

Health and safety Tier 2

Weightmans LLP has been busy dealing with a number of cases that have attracted media interest and cases that have a public interest component such as mental health and eating disorders. It has significant sector expertise in areas as diverse as transport and logistics through to facilities management, public sector and local government. In addition the practice is vastly experienced in the construction, education and healthcare sectors. Birmingham-based Andrew Brammer has received a raft of health and safety contentious and non-contentious work from a broad array of clients ranging from local authorities to international corporates.

Healthcare Tier 2

The healthcare regulatory team at Weightmans LLP advises NHS trusts and other key government bodies, as well as primary care providers, with extensive experience in reputation management for NHS trusts arising out of major patient safety incidents, as well as public inquiries, investigations, and governance reviews. Richard Jolly, Emlyn Williams, and Rachel Kneale jointly lead the team. In 2019, Michael Clifford, Kiran Sekhon, and David Birch joined from Capsticks LLP.

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‘We have always received prompt and efficient attention.’

Key clients

NHS Blood & Transplant

NHS England

Partnership Caring Ltd

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Kent LMC

Nuffield Health

NHS Resolution

British Medical Association

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Defence Union

Celesio UK

Orchard House Surgery

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

CFC

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Local government Tier 2

With a geographic reach spanning the whole country, Weightmans LLP handles a broad scope of matters for local authorities, such as property transactions, equal pay disputes, civil litigation, prosecutions, governance issues and public procurement. It also has experience working on public service regeneration projects and major restructurings. Practice leader Simon Goacher is based in Liverpool, and specialises in governance and legal powers, with a focus on vires issues and investigations on behalf of local authorities into the behaviour of elected members. Senior partner Clive Bleasdale advises on all areas of real estate law, while John Riddell is experienced in human rights law, judicial reviews, and litigation regarding police law. The team has recently been joined by a series of new partners, with lawyers joining from Norton Rose FulbrightBird & Bird LLPBrabners LLP and Addleshaw Goddard.

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‘Responsive with excellent public sector knowledge. They take the time to understand our business.’

‘There is flexibility in their approach. Often our issues are outside of the norm – there is a clear desire to innovate to find solutions. Also very committed to providing a high level of support.’

Key clients

Surrey County Council

Rochdale Borough Council

York City Council

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Rutland County Council

Staffordshire Moorlands County Council

EM Lawshare

Shelby District Council

North West Legal Consortium

Partnership Tier 2

Led by Andrew CrombyWeightmans LLP's team handles the full suite of partnership matters for legal and accountancy firms and healthcare providers. In Manchester, Michelle Garlick is the name to note for regulatory and compliance matters, as well as handling disputes alongside Cromby. Richard Corran, who is an experienced commercial litigator, focuses on partner exits, team moves and mergers.

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Regulatory team are the strongest in the North West. to work with good partnership advisers.’

Michelle Garlick is very knowledgeable and easy to deal with on all partnership regulatory and compliance issues.’

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Weightmans LLP specialises in acting on behalf of defendants in personal injury claims which involve casualty, motor, disease and abuse type claims. The firm is a strategic advisor to both the Motor Insurers' Bureau ('MIB') and NHS Resolution. The recruitment of Paul Ryman-Tubb, the former Chief Technical Officer at the Motor Insurers Bureau, has bolstered the firm's presence in the motor market. Practice head Dave Cottam focuses exclusively on catastrophic personal injury claims.

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Zurich

Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB)

AIG Europe Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Underwriting

Sabre Insurance

Collingwood Insurance

First Central Insurance

AXAXL Insurance

InterEurope AG

Antilo

First Underwriting

Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

The personal injury team at Weightmans LLP handles maximum value and severity injury cases across the full spectrum of injury and accident circumstances. The arrival of Catherine Kearney, formerly of DAC BEACHCROFT LLP, has further strengthened the firm's offering in brain injury claim work, including those involving children, where significant issues arise in respect of both liability and quantum. Elaine Chapman, who heads the practice, specialises in large loss and technical claims, including severe paraplegia and tetraplegia cases, amputations and other severe limb injury cases - she is described as 'a phenomenon'. For cross-border litigation, Nick Richards is a key contact, who regularly acts for European and English insurers in matters involving accidents abroad, and represents foreign nationals who have accidents in the UK.

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‘Thorough in their client care and explanations.’

‘Phillip Bratt took the time to ensure I fully understood the procedure every step of the way. Clearly knew exactly what he was doing at all times.’

‘Weightmans provide the highest quality of work and instruct us at all levels. The London team is one of the best in the market. They are technically very strong along with a commercial approach.’

‘Elaine Chapman is in charge of the team and she is highly recommended and very experienced in all areas. She is very highly regarded across the marketplace and is equal to anyone else at the top of the market.’

‘Phillip Bratt is one of the leading young lawyers in the market and manages the highest value case load with ease despite his young age. He is definitely a partner of the future and already has wide market recognition. He is always on top of his cases.’

‘Seva Singh has particular reputation in the Gibraltar insurance market.’

‘The whole team is dynamic.’

‘The team is excellent from top to bottom – hey have exceptional relationships with insurers. They do not have a “one-size fits all” approach to litigation and implicitly know which cases to fight and which to settle.’

‘Elaine Chapman is a phenomenon; brilliant to work for, with an unrivalled understanding of large loss PI litigation. She and Phillip Bratt complement each other wonderfully. They are simply top of their game, and conducting some of the most important PI litigation going.’

 

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

Developing London Ltd

TUiR Warta

Enterprise Rent A Car

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Planning Tier 2

Weightmans' Leeds office contributes substantially to its national planning practice, with a particular specialism in advising local authorities and devolved governments; it also acts for developers and utilities companies. Highlights include large-scale urban developments and infrastructure projects, with the team handling the related compulsory purchase orders, contentious elements and planning permission negotiations. The group includes two dedicated planning lawyers in practice head Lee Gordon, who advises on high-value and complex infrastructure and strategic residential projects, and Bob Pritchard, who has particular expertise in the public sector.

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My experience with them is in Town and Country Planning. They provide an excellent all round service for developer and local authority clients in all areas of planning. Particular strengths, however, are planning appeals, highways issues and compulsory purchase orders. They provide excellent instructions to me as counsel, and liaise brilliantly with clients to achieve the outcome that we are aiming for. They are realistic and practical in their outlook and advice.

I have worked with Bob Pritchard for over 25 years when he was in both the public and private sectors. He has unrivalled knowledge of the workings of the planning system and his history of working in both public and private sectors gives him an excellent insight into how the various issues in a case might be approached by the various parties. He has a deservedly high reputation throughout the planning industry nationally. He is a delight to work with. I have also worked with Lee Gordon. He is also very focused on delivering the right outcome for clients in a practical and realistic way. He pitches his clients’ position at just the right level – never overselling a case, which makes others trust what he is saying to them and convincing them of its merit.

Key clients

Welsh Government

Royal Mail Group

Peel Ports

Northern Power Grid

Prospect Estates

Liverpool City Combined Authority

Broad Energy

Robinsons Brewery

Leeds City Council

York City Council

Peterborough City Council

Selby District Council

Nottingham County Council

East Hertfordshire Council, Epping Forest, Essex County Council

5th Leisure

Charnwood Borough Council

Professional discipline Tier 2

Consistently instructed by medical defence bodies and other medical insurers, Weightmans LLP has a significant reputation in healthcare-related regulatory and disciplinary issues. The team is highly regarded for complex cases before the GMC and GDC, as well as regulatory proceedings before other health and social care regulators, and has considerable experience in medical crime. Representative matters include NHS Performers’ List and Health Service Ombudsman work, including at appellate level. It also stands out for being one of the few firms that conducts significant barrister conduct work. James Rowley is the medical defence team lead. Richard Jolly is the firm's national sector lead for health. Emlyn Williams handles healthcare-related conduct and disciplinary issues. Also key to the department are London office head Tim Lang, solicitors’ indemnity claim expert Mickaela Fox, and Robert Crossingham, who mostly acts for professional indemnity insurers. Former partner Simon Turner left the firm.

Transport Tier 2

Weightmans advises clients in the transport and logistics industries, including hauliers, post and courier service providers, and infrastructure operators. It also has a bespoke transport regulatory service, which encompasses licensing and regulatory compliance issues alongside representing clients in regulatory tribunals and criminal proceedings relating to accidents, fatalities and vehicle seizures. In the Leeds office, Ben Daniel concentrates on employment issues, including representing clients in industrial disputes.

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FirstGroup

National Express Group

Hoyer Group

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Turners (Soham)

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

The commercial dispute resolution team at Weightmans LLP is led by Mark Surguy, who is recognised for his strong commercial fraud practice and e-discovery expertise. The group is also singled out for its strong insurance sector experience. Senior associate Emma Birch who specialises in financial services litigation and manufacturing disputes, moved to Sydney Mitchell LLP.

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‘The Birmingham team at Weightmans are extremely professional and very responsive and a pleasure to work with. I have found that their advice is measured and well judged and they have given me great confidence.’

‘We used Weightmans on one matter and the team, led by Mark Surguy, delivered a positive result for us.’

‘Mark Surguy is analytical, thorough and takes a balanced approach in respect of likely outcomes. He communicated a complex case exceptionally well to a layman.’

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UK Trucks Claim Limited

Construction Tier 3

Born out of the 2019 acquisition of legacy firm Watson Burton, Weightmans’ Newcastle-based team forms part of the firm’s national construction group, which is led from Manchester by Colette Morgan-Ford. The department maintains its traditional focus on litigation, frequently handling contentious construction issues. Richard Palmer acts in professional negligence and insurance claims in the construction industry. In December 2019, former practice head David Spires departed to Hawkswell Kilvington Limited.

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The team is very knowledgeable in the area of law in which I am involved. The team members listen to all comments made by clients and advisers, and provide clear advice on legal matters.

I have worked with Richard Palmer and his team of solicitors. All demonstrate extensive knowledge, provide clear advice, and explain the reasoning behind their advice. Matters are discussed with the clients, giving them advice on ways forward including explanations of the benefits and the risks associated with following any particular route.

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Applebridge Construction

Aviva

Black and White Engineering

Daikin Applied (UK)

Kapex Construction

Hiscox Underwriting

BXB Interiors and Architecture

Lucion Services

Powell (UK)

Rubb Buildings

Sunderland City Council

The Castle Building Services Organisation

Henry Riley LLP

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

With support from the firm's STEP-qualified and family lawyers, the contentious trusts and probate team at Weightmans acts in a wide range of matters, including Inheritance Act and proprietary estoppel claims. The group is led by principal associate Matthew Morton, who is a member of ACTAPS, and is frequently instructed by financial advisers, professional deputies and accountants. Also noted is associate David McGuire, who frequently represents claimants and defendants in challenges to the validity of wills.

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A strong team who are always available and willing to help.

Matthew Morton is kind, sensitive and approachable. He is also immensely knowledgeable in his area of law.

Employment Tier 3

Weightmans LLP has an excellent and growing client base in the hospitality and leisure sectors. It also has a dedicated equal pay team that is led by Jawaid Rehman, who is skilled at defending a large number of equal pay claims against public sector organisations. Other strengths include its strong reputation in local government and police work. It is also known for its involvement in cross-border work for its major clients and Rehman is highly regarded for his work on cases involving embassies. The team is well-regarded additionally for its advice on sensitive cases for high-profile employers where there are issues of reputation or there is a risk of adverse publicity.

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Nuffield Health

Whitbread plc

Pizza Hut

TGI Fridays

Costa

Casual Dining Group Ltd t/a Las Iguanas

Bills Restaurants

Pizza Express

Wasabi

Adelie Foods

Health and safety Tier 3

The health and safety group at Weightmans LLP handles work on behalf of care homes, schools, local authorities and law enforcement agencies. Senior partner David Lewis  is known for his work advising public bodies, Dewi Ap Thomas heads the regulatory team from the Liverpool office; he specialises in criminal and coronial work. Crispin Kenyon has significant experience in the construction, waste management, printing and manufacturing sectors. Lili Oliver joined in December 2019 from Clyde & Co LLP.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

At Weightmans' Leeds office, the team has particular expertise in advising business owners on wills and general succession planning issues including lifetime trusts, charitable trusts, cross-option agreements and other arrangements. The group is led by David Stokes, and fields several lawyers who are STEP qualified and members of Solicitors for the Elderly.

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Administrative and public law Tier 4

Weightmans LLP’s provides public law services to NHS bodies, clinical commissioning groups, coroners and councils. Key names include Simon Goacher, who assists local authorities with governance and vires issues, and Martin Forshaw, who provides expertise in police law.

Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 4

Weightmans works across the full spectrum of family law issues, including nuptial agreements, divorce settlements and children issues. The Leeds team is headed up by Louise Walker, who has particular expertise in divorce proceedings containing complex corporate and trust structures, high-value investments, and cross-jurisdictional assets.

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I only had contact with my solicitor and her assistant. My solicitor instilled confidence from day 1. No question I asked was an issue, her clear to the point explanation of the divorce procedure was welcomed. Both her and her assistant responded to emails in a timely fashion and the whole process was smooth.’

Weightmans remains a full service law firm and therefore has support from all teams to provide wider advice to their family law clients. The team has strong leadership in Louise Walker (former partner at national firm Irwin Mitchell and Legal 500 Tier 1 firm Jones Myers) who has built a solid team scratch in only two and a half years from a standing start. The team now has fee-earners at all levels ensuring client work is done at the right level. The team offers highly level specialist advice on mid- to high-net-worth finance and complex Children Act matters from Leeds up to and including Newcastle.’

Louise Walker has firmly established Weightmans a key player in the family law North East circuit. I have found her to be an excellent opposite number being able to get to the heart of the issues of a case, being pragmatic and solution driven which greatly appreciated by clients and the court alike. Her top class pedigree in the family law world gives her the edge. She is commercially astute and is at least equal to her direct contemporaries being the previously named Leading Individuals in The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. A short hiaitus from the legal world is the only reason why she would not have consistently appeared for the last three years. Her team of Natalie Smith and Fay Kerrigan are of great and efficient support.’

 

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Weightmans LLP's national media and entertainment team is noted for its niche expertise in the interactive video games industry, where it acts for publishers, platform holders and funds. The Liverpool-based team is led by Sean Crotty and includes John Schorah; both are popular choices for transactional matters. The group's multidisciplinary team also fields Manchester-based corporate partner Sarah Walton and Victoria Robertson, who handles commercial, IP and data protection matters.

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Playground Games Limited

Side (UK) Limited

The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA)

Apadmi Limited

Nomad Games Limited

Novarama Technology SRL

AXM Venture Capital Limited

Secret Sorcery Limited

Sounding Sweet Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Mercato Limited

Fun Learning Studies Limited

Liverpool Media Academy Ltd

Chiesi Ltd

Sussex & Surrey Police

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

Weightmans LLP is a key choice for insurers, companies and specialist underwriters and advises on liability, recall and compliance matters alongside a focus on representing clients in disputes relating to injury and property damage stemming from a defective product. Clients from the automotive, food and drink, and retail sectors instruct the team in individual as well as multi-party actions. Practice head Fiona East has more than 30 years of experience in the field, and Andrew Krausz has specialist knowledge of the aviation sector. Simon Durkin and associate Gemma Pressman are also key contacts.

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Testimonials

‘Very customer focused, excellent communication. Always available and quick to respond to queries. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Steve Robb is exceptional in this field. He has a pragmatic approach and an ability to grasp quickly complex technical aspects. In this area, potential witnesses need to have their deep knowledge of a product honed into shape fit for witness statements and litigation. Steve Robb has great patience and charm to draw this out in a way readily comprehensible to both counsel and the Court. His quick mind makes very reliable bridges between experts and witnesses and between them and counsel.’

Professional negligence Tier 4

Claims against IFAs, financial services professionals, financial institutions and SIPP providers are Weightmans LLP’s primary focus; the team frequently represents SIPP Trustees and their insurers. The group also handles construction claims and Quentin Fox has been heavily involved in a large number of cladding-related claims following the Grenfell tragedy, both in defending construction professionals, and also in connection with the various policy coverage issues. Robert Crossingham advises financial professionals on claims involving complex commercial transactions. Edward Lewis manages all the partners in the firm’s national professional risks team, which is spread across its London, Liverpool and Newcastle offices.

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‘The team at Weightmans combines first-class legal knowledge and expertise in their field with a personal touch not often found in firms of a similar size.’

James Denison, Robert Crossingham and Alex Marler stand out for their expertise, knowledge and ability to cut through complicated legal issues, providing advice in a clear and succinct manner. James in particular is a formidable litigator with an outstanding legal mind. All three are a pleasure to work with.’

 

Key clients

AmTrust Europe Ltd/Collegiate

Antares

Aspen Insurance

AXA Insurance UK Plc

CFC

Markel (UK) Ltd

Markel International

Tokio Marine HCC

Starstone Insurance SE

Vibe

Argo Global

Nexus

Property litigation Tier 4

Weightmans represents individuals and business clients in land disputes involving issues of trespassing, covenants, and proceedings relating to green belt land, alongside rent reviews and other leasing issues. The practice acts for developers, utility companies and public houses in Yorkshire and nationally. Benjamin MacKenzie heads up the Leeds team.

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Weightmans are a very professional and helpful practice. The teams who work there give 100% attention to their clients.’

Ben MacKenzie has a very approachable and helpful manner, expressing his professional view in every case he handles. His team also share the same qualities. They are also a very friendly practice.’

 

Key clients

Bellway

Atkins

Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire)

Camerons Brewery

University of Sunderland

Northern Trust Company

Northern Retail Consortium

Story Homes

Storage & Handling

Victor Products

Ubisoft Reflections

Yorkshire Electricity Group

McCarrick Construction Company

Northern Electric

South Shore Developments

Northumberland & Durham Property

Punch Pubs & Co

Greene King

Admiral Taverns

Leeds City Council

Clarion

AS Watson Group

Strada

Fullers, Smith &Turner

Aviation Tier 5

Launched in late 2018, the expanding aviation team at Weightmans LLP is headed up by Andrew Krausz, formerly of Clyde & Co LLP, and includes aviation lawyers recruited from private practice and in-house positions. Krausz primarily handles international and domestic aviation-related liability work, and occasionally deals with regulatory issues and broader contentious commercial mandates.

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Goodwood Road Racing Limited

Wizz Air

Flybe

National Police Aviation Service

Classic Air

Execujet Aviation Group / Execujet Aviation Nigeria

Helicopter Services Limited

Retrotec Limited

B17 Preservation Trust

RAS Completions Ltd

Electra Airways

PLM Dollar Group

S J Contracting Services Limited

Dreamballoons

Flying Legends

Air Leasing Limited

LFV

ABM

QBE Insurance

Commercial property: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 5

Weightmans is particularly active in the leisure and licensing sectors, acting for a number of pub clients. Mark Crabtree is the key contact in the Leeds office following the departure of James Sargent to Gateley Plc.

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

Weightmans has notable expertise in commercial matters under practice head Victoria Robertson, with extensive knowledge of procurement, logistics and collaboration agreements across a broad spectrum of private and public sectors (notably acting for higher education clients and local authorities). The team also fields expertise in corporate reorganisations and succession planning projects involving commercial property assets.

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‘They are available and flexible.’

‘Partner led engagements, personalised service and practivity.’

 

Key clients

Luxfer Group

The Open University

Sonoco

Costa Ltd

Pro Academy Football

Alstom Transport UK

Liverpool Media Academy Ltd

Chiesi Limited

ALM Affiliate Group

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

Ben Daniel leads Weightmans’ employment practice with an emphasis on Employment Tribunal advocacy for a mix of private and public sector employers. Daniel is also recognised for handling industrial relations disputes in unionised sectors, particularly the transport industry. The team also has the capacity to handle TUPE issues, senior reorganisations and risk-management projects.

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FirstGroup Plc (UK Bus and Rail)

National Express Group Plc (UK Bus and Coach)

Hoyer Group

Abellio Transport Holdings Ltd

Brit European Transport

Turners (Soham)

Cafcass

Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Blaby District Council

Real Life Options

Haydock Commercial Vehicles

Phoenix Futures

Northside Truck & Van

Samsonite (UK)

Nucleus Group

Yorkshire Energy Services

East Riding Fertility Services

Ireland Wood & Horsforth Medical Practice

Ficep UK

Lawcris Panel Products

Naylor’s Timber Recovery

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 5

Weightmans LLP's London insurance practice works with the firm's network of offices around the UK to act for clients in international insurance litigation. Particular areas of focus include energy, construction, D&O and cyber insurance litigation. The national practice is led by Rob Williams in Liverpool, while Edward Lewis (who is qualified as a barrister and solicitor) and team manager Simon Adam head up the London team. Other key partners in the team include Simon Durkin, who is experienced in property and casualty work, and Ling Ong, who specialises in coverage issues.

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Testimonials

‘Ed Lewis is a very smart operator. He’s tenacious and hugely effective.’

‘Ling Ong is totally on top of the practice area, technically outstanding on the law and is very practical and capable, and user friendly.’

‘Innovative answers to complex questions. clear and pragmatic advice.’

‘We have worked with Ling Ong for some years. The standard of advice provided is excellent.’

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

Shipping Tier 5

Led out of Liverpool, Weightmans LLP's core focus is on advising ports and terminals on liability, regulatory and casualty work, as well as acting for ship operators, charterers and P&I clubs. In addition to acting on cases in the North West, such as matters involving the Irish Sea, the team also advises on cases with cross-border aspects. The team is led by Phil James; Mike Burns is also a key part of the team, handling contentious work.

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Peel Ports Group

Zurich Insurance (Marine)

Bibby Marine Ltd

Bam Nuttall Ltd

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

Hamburg SUD

Champion Tanker

Essar Oil UK

Beazley Group

Assuranceforeningen Skuld

Maersk Line

NMU Speciality (Munich Re)

Liverpool City Region Combined District Authority

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Weightmans LLP's disputes specialisms involve partnerships and shareholders; contractual and warranty claims arising out of sale and purchase agreements; guarantees and indemnities; construction and engineering; financial services; insolvency; and injunctions. Andrew Cromby, Mark Brenlund and James Denison are the partners to note, and principal associate Simon Adam is London litigation team manager.

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Clinical negligence and personal injury: defendant

Weightmans is well-known for its defendant personal Injury department, which specialises in casualty, motor, disease and abuse claims. The firm also has a market affairs group, which advises insurer clients on regulatory, strategic and political issues. Blaise Smith acts exclusively for insurers, principally defending claims for a major motor and household insurer. Helen Brown is the regional head of the Leeds office and the head of the casualty team, which acts for a growing number of local authorities and social welfare insurers.

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‘Blaise Smith is a top insurer’s PI lawyer. Very astute and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

AIG

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Durham County Council

Leeds City Council Over

Markel Over

Zurich

Ageas 5+ years as Ageas

Newcastle City Council

Travel

Led by Nick Richards, Weightmans LLP’s personal injury team has 'unrivalled experience of dealing with overseas and domestic road traffic claims against insurers, the MIB and under the Green Card scheme'. As the lead adviser to the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB), it handles many high-profile cases relating to the application of law in claims arising out of European road traffic accidents, whether instructed by MIB or other insurers. In late 2019, the department - which has specialists across its Glasgow, Liverpool and London offices - hired Paul Ryman Tubb, the former Chief Technical Officer at the MIB, further bolstering its motor market specialism.

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Testimonials

‘The team has unrivalled experience of dealing with overseas and domestic road traffic claims against insurers, the MIB and under the Green Card scheme.’

‘The Weightmans team has excellent breadth and depth. Given the quality of the individuals, it is unsurprising that clients continue to choose Weightmans to represent them for complex cross-border claims.’

‘At partner level, the team has unrivalled experience of acting for foreign insurers: Nick Richards’ ability to communicate with his clients on the intricacies and challenges of English litigation is unsurpassed and David Holt’s technical knowledge of the law in this area is truly impressive. The same high performance is evident at associate level: Ambre Cross has rapidly established herself as one of the leading associates in this highly specialist area; her knowledge and expertise inspire confidence in clients.’

‘David Holt leads this team very well. He is exceptionally focused and driven, and leaves no stone unturned in pushing forward his clients’ interests.’

‘Ambre Cross is an associate who is definitely worthy of particular note. She manages a heavy caseload of complex cases with poise. She is incredibly straightforward and practical in advising clients, and uniquely able to guide foreign insurers through English procedure, which is an invaluable skill in this area.’

Key clients

AIG Europe

Ageas

Generali Assicurazioni

Dekra Claims Services

Van Ameyde Group

Waberers Biztosito

MIB

InterEurope AG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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