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Weightmans LLP

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Weightmans LLP is recognised as one of the leading advisers to NHS healthcare bodies in all areas of litigation. The highest value and most complex claims arising from healthcare provision often feature on the practice's diverse caseload, where maximum severity catastrophic injuries (such as adult and birth brain injury and spinal damage cases) appear alongside group claims. Department head Rachel  Kneale focuses primarily but by no means exclusively in high value obstetric and neurological cases. Work involving difficult quantum claims is a key strength for Vanessa Splaine, who also has extensive experience representing clinicians at inquests. Isobel Michie  handles an impressive caseload of maximum severity catastrophic injury claims, including several cerebral palsy claims and highly-sensitive cases.

Court of protection Tier 2

Weightmans LLP continues to advise on a wide range of welfare, health, property and affairs matters for a large number of local authorities, NHS trusts and private health and social care providers. The team advises a broad range of these public sector organisations in matters ranging from mental capacity issues and mental health matters through to best interests assessments, health, welfare and property matters. Simon Goacher, Richard Jolly and Tony Yeaman are the names to note.

Education: institutions Tier 2

Weightmans LLP's education group, led by Martin Vincent, is skilled in advising public sector clients on a range of sensitive and high-value matters, as well as undertaking cross-border work on joint venture programs. The team also has experience in representing institutions at inquests. Susan Matthews provides specialist advice to higher education bodies on governance matters, and Mark Leach is recommended for his experience in contentious employment issues.

Local government Tier 2

Based in Liverpool, Simon Goacher heads the substantial Weightmans LLP national public law team. He is noted for being especially adept in the areas of governance and vires issues and the practice is known for its handling of investigations, many of which are high-profile. John Riddell in Leicester handles litigation, judicial reviews and advisory work for local authorities while Clive Bleasdale advises on a range of real estate matters. The team also provides employment-related expertise; Mark Leach acts for local authorities on equal pay disputes and the team is also home to expertise in commercial, procurement and finance matters.

Partnership Tier 2

Weightmans LLP's team stands out for its work in the legal and medical partnership spaces. The group draws on the wider firm's strong regulatory and compliance practice, offering a broad service to clients nationwide; work led by Michelle Garlick. The group also has substantial experience in partnership restructuring and insolvencies as well as incorporating new LLP vehicles for offshore investors. The national team is led by partnership disputes expert Andrew Cromby, who is supported by regulatory lawyer Richard CorranEdwina Farrell and Nathan East lead on medical partnerships.

Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

Weightmans LLP fields a team that specialises in providing advice to insurers, local governments and major commercial entities on the full spectrum of catastrophic personal injury and accident circumstances. Practice head Elaine Chapman has extensive experience handling cases concerning severe brain injury, spinal cord damage and amputations. Nick Richards has core strength in cross-border litigation and motor claims. Seva Singh is a key name to note for maximum severity injuries arising from road traffic accidents, employers' and public liability claims. Phillip Bratt regularly advises defendants on claims with challenging rehabilitation issues, and is experienced in severe brain damage and chronic pain injuries. David Johnson departed to DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Professional discipline Tier 2

Weightmans LLP is widely respected for healthcare-related disciplinary issues; the team regularly acts for medical defence organisations, assists with complex cases before the GMC and GDC, and has significant involvement in NHS Performers List and Health Service Ombudsman work. The firm also has a robust barrister conduct practice. In Liverpool, Richard Jolly is the healthcare advisory head, and Mickaela Fox and Emlyn Williams are also key advisers. The other names to note are James Rowley and Michelle Garlick in Manchester, and - in the London office - Tim Lang, Robert CrossinghamSimon Turner, consultant John Mitchell and barrister David Reddington. Patrick Gaul retired from the practice.

Health and safety Tier 3

At Weightmans LLP, the Liverpool-based Dewi Ap Thomas heads the regulatory team and specialises in criminal and coronial jurisdictions, while Crispin Kenyon heads the London and South East team and is an expert in the construction, waste management and transport sectors. Leeds-based  David Lewis, who formerly led the regulatory practice, remains a key member of the team, with a strong emphasis on the manufacturing, construction and petro-chemical sectors. Birmingham based Andrew Brammer, who recently joined from Cartwright King, represents businesses facing criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Healthcare Tier 3

Weightmans LLP provides 'crucial support' to public bodies spread across local government, healthcare and the emergency services, and has been active oin a high number of complex and highly publicised judicial review cases and public inquiries. As an example, the practice is currently acting on behalf of NHS Blood and Transplant in public inquiry to examine why thousands of patients were given infected blood and infected blood products in the 1970s and 1980s. Richard Jolly, Emlyn Williams and Rachel Kneale jointly lead the national group.

Administrative and public law Tier 4

Weightmans LLP has a robust public law defence offering, regularly acting for NHS bodies, clinical commissioning groups, coroners and councils in judicial review claims brought against them. Recent instructions involved claims of ultra vires policy making, allegations of breaches of duty of care, challenges to coroners' determinations, challenges to planning permission decisions and allegations of misconduct against council members. Simon Goacher and Martin Forshaw are also representing Rotherham Borough Council and Rochdale Borough Council, respectively, in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Further expertise includes experience with challenges to clients' information-sharing practices and legal advice to public inquiry commissioners.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Weightmans LLP is active across a range of commercial, IP, data, media and entertainment matters. The team stands out for its interactive video game practice where it advises on major video game development agreements, licensing, talent, image rights, exploitation and recording agreements. Funding, acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals and publishing mandates are also key areas of expertise. The team advised the individual shareholders of Playground Games, on their sale to Microsoft Corporation. The team also advises on contractual matters for music and TV industry clients and handles tax work in the sector.

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

Insurers, specialist underwriters, and corporations alike instruct Weightmans LLP, which acts on a broad range of product liability matters. The team handles disputes, recalls, supply chain issues and compliance. Fiona East leads the group; she is well versed in brand reputation matters and has notable expertise in the automotive sector. She is supported by Simon Durkin, who is a key contact for insurers; and Stephen Robb in Leicester, who is particularly involved in product liability claims. Aviation expert Andrew Krausz joined the firm in 2018 from Clyde & Co LLP.

Professional negligence Tier 4

Weightmans LLP handles claims against financial services professionals, construction professionals, solicitors and property professionals. The team is experienced in SIPP trustees’ liability and claims concerning pension transfers. The team also offers experience in policy coverage advice and wider insurance disputes, and it has a growing specialism in cyber insurance and risk. The team represented excess layer professional indemnity insurers Starstone Insurance in Commercial Court proceedings regarding a coverage dispute over the attachment of a block notification concerning UCIS investments.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 4

Weightmans LLP  advises corporates and individuals on compliance, fraud bribery, corruption, cybercrime, data breach investigations and regulatory investigations. It represents foreign and domestic clients in external investigations and prosecutions relating to regulatory and business crime issues. Key client sectors include construction, defence, energy, insurance, legal, public and retail. The firm also conducts private prosecutions. Head of team Euros Jones is experienced in dealing with investigations by the SFO, FCA, CPA, HMRC and ICO.

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 5

Weightmans LLP covers a wide range of lines of business including construction, engineering and the renewable energy sector, and is increasingly involved in D&O, cyber, specie and aviation. This last area was recently strengthened by the arrival of Andrew Krausz, who joined from Clyde & Co LLP as head of the aviation practice. The 'technically outstandingLing Ong specialises in coverage issues, Edward Lewis has broad experience and Robert Crossingham focuses on professional and management lines work. Simon Durkin is a property and casualty expert.

Shipping Tier 5

Based in Liverpool, the team at Weightmans LLP handles dispute resolution and commercial mandates in the shipping sector. Ports and terminals liability, regulatory and casualty work are key strengths, as are marine casualties, damage claims, contractual claims and cargo losses. The team also advises ship operators and insurers on commercial contracts; it advised Bibby Marine on a high value ship building contract.

Commercial contracts Tier 6

Weightmans LLP is well known for advising clients in the public and private sectors on a number of areas, including intellectual property, IT, data protection, competition law and procurement. Victoria Robertson, who has experience in commercial, intellectual property and data protection matters, leads the practice with tech and healthcare expert Sarah Walton. Their team was strengthened in 2018 by the arrivals of infrastructure projects specialist Stephen Johns from DLA Piper and experienced commercial lawyer Tracy Lake from the National Grid.

Commercial litigation Tier 8

Weightmans LLP' areas of specialism include partnership and shareholder disputes, injunctions, construction and engineering-related claims, and financial services disputes. The team includes Andrew Cromby, who has a particular focus on partnership disputes, James Denison , who specialises in defending claims against investment intermediaries, insurance brokers and construction professionals, and principal associate Simon Adam.


With specialists across Glasgow, Liverpool and London, Weightmans LLP's cross-border litigation team is experienced in personal injury claims. It has particular expertise in injury claims involving road traffic accidents; via its lead advisor role with the Motor Insurers' Bureau and its work for other insurers, the team has handled a number of cases relating to application of law in claims arising out of European road traffic accidents. London-based Nick Richards heads the team.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner John Schorah
Senior partner David Lewis
Built environment Karl Jackson
Corporates Tim Lang
Insurance Rob Williams
OMB Paul Raftery
Private client Carole Atkinson
Public bodies Martin Forshaw
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 Karyn Brannigan  photo Karyn Brannigan
 Mark Brenlund  photo Mark Brenlund
 Tom Challis  photo Tom Challis
 Elaine Chapman  photo Elaine Chapman
 Robert Crossingham  photo Robert Crossingham
 Nathan East  photo Nathan East
 Fiona East  photo Fiona East
 Edwina Farrell  photo Edwina Farrell
 Quentin Fox  photo Quentin Fox
 Euros Jones  photo Euros Jones
 Crispin Kenyon  photo Crispin Kenyon
 Rachel Kneale  photo Rachel Kneale
 Mark Landon  photo Mark Landon
 Edward Lewis  photo Edward Lewis
 John Mitchell  photo John Mitchell
 Ling Ong  photo Ling Ong
 Nicholas Richards  photo Nicholas Richards
 Michael Ryley  photo Michael Ryley
 Jonathan Shaer  photo Jonathan Shaer
 William Sharpe  photo William Sharpe
 Seva Singh  photo Seva Singh
 Vanessa Splaine  photo Vanessa Splaine
 Iain Stark  photo Iain Stark
Number of UK partners : 197
Number of other UK fee-earners : 633