Gary Jones > Weightmans LLP > Liverpool, England > Lawyer Profile

Weightmans LLP
L3 9QJ


Gary qualified in 1989 with Alsop Wilkinson in London (now DLA Piper). In 1991 he returned to the north and for four years worked at Aaron & Partners in Chester. He moved to Mace & Jones in 1995 and became a partner in the corporate department in Liverpool in 1997. Mace & Jones merged into Weightmans in May 2011.
Gary offers a wide range of expertise to a varied client base including owner managed businesses, large corporates, universities and the regional venture finance holding fund North West Business Finance Limited. He advises clients on all aspects of corporate work, nationally and internationally, from starting up, shareholders agreements, mergers and acquisitions, MBOs, joint ventures, private equity, fundraising and AIM floatations.
Gary advises local authorities, universities, venture capital funds and public and private companies on State aid compliance. Feedback from DCMS state aid team is that the state aid review letter has been the best and most comprehensive they have to date seen across all the Waves of the Local Full Fibre Projects and has now set a new benchmark on quality expected going forward.
Gary is the partner principally responsible for the firm’s relationship with Legalink, the international network of 70 independent law firms. Gary has helped lead the Legalink network through its management committee since 2013 and was appointed Legalink Chair for two years from October 2017.
Gary is actively involved with the International Bar Association and is a member of the IBA Mergers and Acquisitions Committee and Space Law Committee.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Finance > Banking and finance

Liverpool-based public sector finance expert Patricia Grinyer, who is noted for her provision of ‘attention, dedication and support’, heads up the department at Weightmans LLP, which has strength in advising its clients on the structuring and deployment of technical schemes. The team’s workload consists of advising on high-profile and high-value matters including Octopus Capital’s creation of the Greener Homes Alliance, worth £175m; the group also continues to advise public sector funds on the impact of Brexit. Gary Jones is experienced in advising on matters at national and international level.

North West > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

Praised for their capabilities in ‘complex and sophisticated matters‘, Weightmans LLP‘s focus on competition law damages claims is notably concentrated in the airline and airport industries, while other key sectors for the practice include insurance and consumer goods – particularly food and beverages. The team is well-versed in procurement law, advising public sector bodies on various projects and corporate and commercial matters. The team is headed up by the Liverpool-based Laurence Pritchard, noted for his experience of merger control and anti-competitive agreements. Gary Jones specialises in regeneration projects and procurement, while Vincent King works on corporate-related issues.

North West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Liverpool

Weightmans LLP acts for a host of blue-chip corporate clients, who turn to the team for its experience in competition, data protection and information technology matters. Beyond these noted areas of expertise, the group’s broad offering encompasses private equity, M&A, and venture capital deals. Transactional lawyer Seray Kitchingman specialises in share and asset acquisitions. She co-heads the practice with Tom Trowhill, who handles data protection and intellectual property issues. Laurence Pritchard draws praise from clients for his commercial expertise, particularly in competition law. Corporate partner Gary Jones is also recommended. Michael Murphy made partner in May 2023.