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Weightmans LLP
6 NEW STREET SQUARE
NEW FETTER LANE
LONDON
EC4A 3BF
England

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.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Kneale

Other key lawyers:

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goacher; Richard Jolly; Tony Yeaman

Other key lawyers:

Morris Hill

Testimonials

Morris Hill is busy on COP matters‘.

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

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust (now Royal Free Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Bolton CCG

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.

Practice head(s):

Martin Vincent

Other key lawyers:

Susan Matthews; Andrew Roberts; Vincent King; Mark Leach

Key clients

Newcastle University

Cumbria University

Lancaster University

Open University

Keele University

Loughborough University

Leicester University

Queen Mary University

Middlesex University

University of Greenwich

Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Salford University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Solent University

Anglia Ruskin University

Wolverhampton University

Southport College

Coleg Cambria

Liverpool Hope University

Northern Health Science Alliance

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.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goacher

Key clients

Selby District Council

Rochdale Borough Council

York City Council

Liverpool City Council

LLG (Lawyers in Local Government)

Rutland County Council

Staffordshire Moorlands County Council

Rotherham MBC

EM Lawshare

North West Legal Consortium

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cromby

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Chapman

Other key lawyers:

Nick Richards; Seva Singh; Phillip Bratt; Patricia Williams

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Plc

Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB)

Armour Risk Management

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.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jolly

Key clients

Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Professional Standards Authority

MDU

MPS

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

NHS England

Royal Institute of British Architects

W R Berkley

CFC Underwriting

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.

Practice head(s):

Dewi Ap Thomas; Crispin Kenyon

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jolly; Emlyn Williams; Rachel Kneale

Key clients

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

NHS Blood & Transplant

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

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.

Practice head(s):

Martin Forshaw

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

NHS Blood & Transplant

Rochdale Borough Council

York City Council

South Worcestershire CCG

The Senior Coroner of the County of Cumbria

Rutland County Council

Thornton Hall Hotel

Rotherham County Council

Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change at Oxfam

Selby District Council

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.

Practice head(s):

Sean Crotty

Other key lawyers:

John Schorah; Sarah Walton

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

Secret Sorcery

Sounding Sweet

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Mercato

Fun Learning Studies

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.

Practice head(s):

Fiona East

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Robert Crossingham; Ed Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Quentin Fox; James Denison; Paul Lowe;

Key clients

AmTrust Europe

Antares

Aspen Risk Management

AXA Insurance UK

CFC

Markel (UK) Ltd/Markel International

Tokio Marine HCC

Starstone Insurance SE

Vibe

Argo Global

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.

Practice head(s):

Euros Jones

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Harewood

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.

Practice head(s):

Rob Williams (Liverpool)

Testimonials

Provides pragmatic and consistent advice

The firm has developed an enviable reputation in the insurance sector’

The team is a great combination of excellent technical legal knowledge and astute commercial awareness and practicality. Very strong and technically excellent but direct and readily understandable advice and communications

Ling Ong is willing to review difficult problems and present solutions

Ling Ong is technically outstanding on the law, very practical, capable and user friendly

Quentin Fox is a hugely experienced insurance litigator who has the ear, trust and confidence of insurers across the board. He is unshowy but highly effective and his extensive knowledge across every sector of the insurance industry is highly impressive

Robert Crossingham is a very clever man with great judgement. It’s a winning combination

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

Christy Devon is very able and very well organised

Key clients

Zurich

AIG

Tokio Marine HCC

CFC Underwriting

Starstone SE

International Insurance Company of Hannover Limited

Sirius International Insurance Corporation

Channel Syndicate

Argo Global

Markel International

Markel UK

Hamilton

Allianz

Contessa

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.

Practice head(s):

Phil James

Other key lawyers:

Mike Burns

Key clients

Peel Ports Group

Bibby Marine

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

AIG

Essar Oil UK

Hamburg Sud

Champion Tankers

Zurich Insurance

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

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.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Robertson; Sarah Walton

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

OBG Pharmaceuticals Limited

BHSF Group

Luxfer

Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions

Chiesi

Sonoco

Bruntwood Group

Surrey and Sussex Police

Northern Health Science Alliance

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

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.

Travel

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.

Practice head(s):

Nick Richards

Other key lawyers:

David Holt; Rob Williams

Key clients

AIG Europe

Ageas

Generali Assicurazioni

Dekra Claims Services

Van Ameyde Group

Waberers Biztosito

MIB

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Weightmans LLP is recognised as one of the leading advisers to NHS healthcare bodies on all areas of litigation. Its first-rate team regularly handles complex and high-value cases, and is particularly strong in claims against ambulance services, the former NHS Direct and other telephone triage systems. It is currently handling two large ongoing group claims in the Midlands. Tony Yeaman leads the firm's national NHS Resolution engagement. Jasmine Armstrong made partner.

Practice head(s):

Tony Yeaman; Deborah Bannister; Jasmine Armstrong

Testimonials

Jasmine Armstrong and Deborah Bannister are both organised, know their cases, promote a collaborative working relationship and are practical‘.

Key clients

National Health Service Resolution

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust

CFC

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS FT

Weight to Go

Royal Sun Alliance

Broadspire

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Richard Jolly; Vicky Morris

Key clients

NHS Resolution

AIG

Markel

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Mersey Care NHS Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Blood & Transplant

Wirral Community NHS FT

Debt recovery Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cox; Mark Burch

Key clients

Cabot Financial (UK) Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

The Cabinet Office

Neopost Limited

UK Fuels Limited

Murray Metals Group

Indigo Footwear UK Limited

NWF Fuels Limited

The King’s School

Davis Cotter Lyons

Johnsons Apparelmaster Limited

Specific & General Services Limited

Education Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Martin Vincent

Other key lawyers:

Janice Weatherly; Andrew Roberts; Mark Leach; Vincent King

Key clients

Bangor University

Open University

Keele University

University of Greenwich

Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Salford University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Anglia Ruskin University

Wolverhampton University

Southport College

Coleg Cambria

Northern Health Science Alliance

Employment Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Leach; Lee Rogers

Other key lawyers:

Mark Hatfield; Emlyn Williams; Phil Allen; Steve Peacock; Ian Pace

Key clients

The Ombudsman Services Limited

National Museums Liverpool

Forum of Private Business Limited

Swissport

Equality & Human Rights Commission

White Stuff Limited

Griffiths & Armour

CityCo

Greater Manchester Art Centre Limited

Royal Mail Group

Manchester Metropolitan University

Solent University

Colas Ltd

Family Tier 1

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

Health Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Richard Jolly; Emlyn Williams; Dewi Ap Thomas

Other key lawyers:

James Rowley; Mark Hatfield; Mark Leach; Morris Hill; Martin English; Cheryl Rowbotham; Ian Pace

Key clients

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Care NHS FT

NHS Blood & Transplant

Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Royal Liverpool Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust

Alder Hey Children’s NHS FT

Countess of Chester NHS FT

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust

NHS England

Bolton CCG

Mersey Care NHS FT

 

Health and safety Tier 1

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

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

Weightmans LLP's Birmingham-based group is active in a broad cross-section of areas, such as casualty, disease, large loss and commercial insurance work. It acts nationwide for 16 of the top 20 insurers, numerous FTSE 100 companies, and other large private and public organisations. The disease team is led by David Tuck. Henry Bermingham joined from BLM, while Adrian Marston moved in the opposite direction.

Practice head(s):

David Tuck; Chris Webb-Jenkins; Penelope Marshall; Henry Bermingham; Navdip Wilson; Bruce Ralston

Key clients

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Nottinghamshire County Council

Travelers Insurance

Gallagher Bassett

Leicestershire County Council

Staffordshire County Council

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Peter Forshaw; Liam McGuire; Peter Wake

Other key lawyers:

David Holt; Victoria Coleman; William Quinn; Suzanne Milne; Roddy MacLeod; Chris Ball; Graham Dean; Louise Mutch; Katie Gemmell

Key clients

Zurich

Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB)

NHS Resolution

Cooperative Insurance

AIG Europe Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Insurance

Sabre Insurance

Collingwood Insurance

First Central Insurance

AXAXL Insurance

Travelers Insurance

Insure the Box

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Lidl

DHL

Enterprise Rent A Car

Eon

Rolls Royce

Professional negligence Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Mickaela Fox; Mike Grant

Other key lawyers:

Alex Marler; Pamela Freeland; Deborah Sullivan

Key clients

Markel International

Markel UK

Hamilton Underwriting

Libra Managers

BMIF

Irwin Mitchell

Tokio Marine HCC

Liberty

AmTrust

PartnerRe

Barbican

Zurich

Transport Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Phil James

Other key lawyers:

Mike Burns; Matthew Williamson; Ben Daniel; Gary Hodgson; David Lewis; Dewi Ap-Thomas; Simon Colvin; Crispin Kenyon; Emerson Wallwork; Chris Ball; Rebecca Stanton; Martin English; Nick Newman; Kurt Rowe; Lee Rogers

Key clients

Peel Ports Group

Bibby Marine Limited

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

AIG

Essar Oil UK

Hamburg Sud

Champion Tankers

Zurich Insurance

Isle Of Man Steam Packet Company

FirstGroup Plc (UK Bus and Rail)

National Express Group Plc (UK Bus and Coach)

Hoyer Group

Cafcass

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Turners (Soham)

Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Roberts; Sarah Conroy

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Peel Ports Limited

Sovini Group

Equality & Human Rights Commission

University of Wolverhampton

The Cabinet Office

Thomas Hardie Commercials

Liverpool Hope University

BMP Europe Limited

Elmgrove Foods Limited

Kirkby (Tyres) Limited

Newcastle University

Middlesex University

Ventcroft Limited

School Letting Solutions

All About Food Limited

Bangor University

Best Storage Limited

Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

David Tabinor

Key clients

Royal Mail Group

British Steel

Liverpool City Council

Denbighshire County Council

Pure Leisure Group

Tipografic (Packaging)

NW Reserve Forces and Cadets

Association

Acorn Developments (Kirkby)

Dibbin Estates

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Sarah Walton

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Grinyer; Roland Hutchins; Gary Jones; Kieran Donovan; Sean Crotty; Laurence Pritchard; John Schorah; Rachel Owen; Rachel Coppenhall

Testimonials

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

Key clients

OBG Pharmaceuticals Limited

Sovini Group Limited

MSIF

1pm plc

All About Food Limited

NW Trading (Holdings) Limited

Greif UK International Holdings Limited

Belton Farm Group Limited

Goonhilly Earth Station Limited

Peter Johnson

George Roberts ( North West ) Limited

S Norton & Co Limited

Meade –King Robinson & Company Limited

Pilgrim Global ICAV

BHSF

Lloyds Bank plc

Allied Irish Bank

Corporate tax Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Haydn Rogan

Key clients

Playground Games Limited

Greif US Holdings Inc

Caunce O’Hara & Company Limited

Goonhilly Earth Station Limited

Planixs GRP Limited

ANS Group

Bestway Group

PHD Equity Partners LLP

Al-Mubarakia Limited

Novel Technologies Holdings Limited

Salford University

EU and competition Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Laurence Pritchard

Other key lawyers:

Gary Jones; Vincent King

Key clients

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 UK Limited

Family: Birmingham Tier 2

The team at Weightmans LLP advises on the financial aspects of relationship breakdown, where there are complex business assets, pensions or trust arrangements. It also has expertise in pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and the treatment of inherited wealth. Elsewhere, children-related matters are another driver of activity; the group's work includes assisting clients with national and international relocations, choices of schools and financial applications for children. Consultant Fiona O’Sullivan heads up the team.

Practice head(s):

Fiona O’Sullivan

Testimonials

Fiona O’Sullivan fights hard for her clients and has lots of integriy‘.

Health Tier 2

With a strong focus on clinical negligence claims, Weightmans LLP advises healthcare trusts, private healthcare providers and insurers on inquests, patient consent, Court of Protection proceedings, misdiagnosis, birth injury, surgical error and fatal accidents. Tony Yeaman, Deborah Bannister and the newly promoted Jasmine Armstrong are the key experts in that area. In other work, the team acts as legal adviser on patient safety, risk management, data protection and child abuse issues.

Practice head(s):

Tony Yeaman; Deborah Bannister; Jasmine Armstrong

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

Royal Sun Alliance

Broadspire

Health and safety Tier 2

Weightmans' regulatory team assists a client roster, which spans the public, commercial, charity, sports and insurance sectors, with a range of health and safety matters. Practice head David Lewis' experience encompasses corporate and gross negligence manslaughter investigations and sensitive jury inquests.

Practice head(s):

David Lewis

Key clients

Newcastle University

Contract Natural Gas

UPM (Kymmene) UK Ltd

Vantage Drilling

Health and safety Tier 2

Weightmans LLP advises a broad range of clients active in the public, commercial, charity, sports and insurance sectors. Andrew Brammer joined from Cartwright King, succeeding the outgoing Chris Green as practice head (Green moved to Keoghs LLP). The team represents businesses and key personnel in investigations and prosecutions that are brought by the HSE and other bodies, including the Environment Agency and the Trading Standards.

Practice head(s):

David Lewis (Leeds); Dewi Ap Thomas(Liverpool); Crispin Kenyon (London); Andrew Brammer

Testimonials

Has an excellent team‘.

IT and telecoms Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Sean Crotty

Other key lawyers:

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

Local government Tier 2

At Weightmans LLP, the local government team advises on social care, safeguarding, employment, property and corporate matters for councils, boroughs and consortiums. Chris Webb-Jenkins has strong experience of working with social care providers and has recently been brought in to advise clients in relation to child abuse and exploitation cases.

Practice head(s):

Chris Webb-Jenkins

Key clients

EM Lawshare

Staffordshire Moorlands DC

Stoke on Trent CC

Salford CC

Telford BC

Shropshire CC

Derbyshire County Council

Rochdale Borough Council

North West Legal Consortium

Liverpool City Council

Manchester City Council

Wirral Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Stockport MBC

Cheshire East Council

Cumbria County Council

Knowsley MBC

South Ribble BC

Oldham MBC

Bolton MBC

Local government Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Simon Goacher

Key clients

North West Legal Consortium

Manchester City Council

Rochdale Borough Council

Wirral Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Stockport MBC

Cheshire East Council

Cumbria County Council

Knowsley MBC

South Ribble BC

Oldham MBC

Bolton MBC

Staffordshire Moorlands DC

Stoke on Trent CC

Salford CC

Telford BC

Shropshire CC

Media and entertainment Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Sean Crotty

Other key lawyers:

John Schorah; Sarah Walton

Key clients

Playground Games Limited

Side (UK) Limited

The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA)

Apadmi Limited

Nomad Games Limited

Novarama Technology SRL

AXM Venture Capital Limited

Secret Sorcery Limited

Sounding Sweet Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Mercato Limited

Fun Learning Studies Limited

Pensions Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Mark Poulston

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Dorset NHS Trust

Equality and Human Rights Commission

National Scheme Advisory Board for the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Swissport

Cumbria University

N Brown Pension Trustees Limited

Well Pharmacy – the trading name for Bestway Panacea Healthcare Ltd

Sefton Borough Council

The Greenbank Project

Post Office Limited

The Football Pools

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

The core areas of focus at Weightmans LLP include disease, large loss and casualty personal injury matters. Another cornerstone of the practice involves acting for the police and public authorities. Dave Cottam heads up the team, whose other clients include fire services, housing providers and education establishments. Cottam exclusively undertakes catastrophic personal injury claims, including matters involving spinal and brain injuries, paralysis, amputation and chronic pain. Also knowledgeable about catastrophic personal injury cases is Clare MalpusPaul Debney, who leads a specialist disease counter fraud team, advises local authorities, insurance companies and corporates.

Practice head(s):

Dave Cottam

Other key lawyers:

Paul Debney; Andrew Clarke; Clare Malpus;

Key clients

Zurich

Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB)

NHS Resolution

Cooperative Insurance

AIG Europe Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Insurance

Sabre Insurance

Collingwood Insurance

First Central Insurance

AXAXL Insurance

Travelers Insurance

Insure the Box

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Lidl

DHL

Enterprise Rent A Car

Eon

Rolls Royce

Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

The practice at Weightmans breaks down into eight personal injury practice areas: disease, large loss, commercial insurance, motor, fraud, local government, casualty and costs. The large team in Leeds acts for leading insurer clients, whose volumes of claims often require a separate group of individual lawyers exclusively assigned to them. Dealing with the full spectrum of injury, local government, social welfare, property and disease claims, the firm also represents numerous FTSE 100 companies, PLCs and large private and public organisations. Team head Blaise Smith works on cases up from County Court to the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Blaise Smith

Other key lawyers:

Jim Byard; Iain Davison; Lindsay Staddon

Key clients

AIG

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Durham County Council

Leeds City Council

Markel

Zurich

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Richard Bate; John-Paul Dennis

Planning Tier 2

Weightmans acts on national projects under the leadership of residential and infrastructure project specialist Lee Gordon. Key areas of expertise for the group include advising on development consent orders related to infrastructure and energy projects, residential and urban extension projects, public sector work and promoting compulsory purchase orders for highways and mixed-use developments. Bob Pritchard counts multiple public sector organisations as clients.

Practice head(s):

Lee Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Welsh Government

Royal Mail Group

Leeds City Council

York City Council

Prospect Estates

British Steel

Robinsons Brewery

Peterborough City Council

Viridor Waste Management

North Yorkshire County Council

Sheffield City Council Council

Selby District Council

Nottingham County Council

East Hertfordshire Council

Broad Energy

Planning and environment Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Simon Colvin; Lee Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Julie Goulborune; David Mathias

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)

Cemex

Tradebe

United Utilities

Broad Group

Royal Mail Group

Biowood

Vinci ES

Peel Ports Group

Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority

Bibby Distribution

Social housing Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Sian Evans

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Wilson; Thomas Starkey; Gary Jones; Karen Neald; Tom Collins

Key clients

The Sovini Group

Jigsaw Housing Group

Torus Housing  Group

Forviva( City West)

Halton Housing Trust

Clarion Housing Group

The Guinness Partnership

Regenda Housing Group

Pierhead Housing Association( Prima Group)

Plus Dane Housing Group

Gentoo Homes

Calico Homes

Stockport Homes

Weaver Vale Housing trust

Transport Tier 2

The transport regulatory team at Weightmans has capabilities across the sector with clients including contractors, infrastructure owners, post and courier service providers, hauliers, bus and coach companies, and marine insurers. Liverpool-based Dewi Ap-Thomas and associate Martin English head up the national team; the Leeds group includes Gary Hodgson, who is experienced in road regulatory matters at hearings, inquiries and tribunals, and Ben Daniel, who is a key name for employment matters, particularly transport-related industrial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dewi Ap-Thomas; Martin English

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

FirstGroup Plc (UK Bus and Rail)

National Express Group Plc (UK Bus and Coach)

Hoyer Group

Cafcass

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Turners (Soham)

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

Mark Surguy leads the commercial litigation team at Weightmans LLP and has extensive experience in civil fraud and e-discovery. He is supported by associate Emma Birch who focuses on disputes concerning financial services and manufacturing.

Practice head(s):

Mark Surguy

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

UK Trucks Claim Limited

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cox

Other key lawyers:

Robert Jones; Richard Corran; Carole Spiller; Damian Carter; Josh Conroy; Danielle Best; Jessica Kraja; Joanne Williams

Key clients

Certas Energy UK Limited

Business Energy Solutions Limited

All About Food Limited

IKO plc

Slush Puppie Limited

116 Cardamon Limited

Acasta European Insurance Company Limited

Acasta Europe Ltd

Wallwork Cambridge Ltd

BES Commercial Electricity Ltd

Card Saver Ltd

Commercial Power Ltd

Chrysalis Finance Ltd

Nimogen Ltd t/a Prestons Diamonds

Ken Downing (ex Judas Priest)

Commercial property: elsewhere in the East Midlands Tier 3

Weightmans LLP's commercial property practice is led by Richard Osborn, who is the firm's regional office head in the Midlands, and divides his time between the Leicester and Birmingham offices. Osborn is particularly experienced in commercial and residential development and regeneration projects, where he acts for developers, landowners and funders. Also notable is that Osborn has expertise in restructuring transactions in the retail sector. In addition, he advises schools on academy conversions, and he also handles real estate work for universities and other higher education institutions. Osborn works alongside associate Catherine Bowen, whose experience includes property portfolio transactions and landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Osborn

Other key lawyers:

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Weightmans has put together a 'very good team' in Leeds on the back of the hire of principal associate Matthew Morton from Lupton Fawcett in 2018. He acts for high-profile clients including several national charities and receives instructions from financial advisers, professional deputies, accountants, and other lawyers and solicitors. He works alongside the firm's other Leeds-based lawyer Hollie Marcham, as well as other probate litigators from the national firm’s Manchester, Liverpool, London and Birmingham offices.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Morton

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Sarah Walton

Other key lawyers:

Paul Raftery; Robert Turnbull; Haydn Rogan; Vincent King; Martin Vincent

Key clients

MYA Cosmetic Surgery Limited

Lucideon Limited

Carey Holdings Limited

Planixs GRP Limited

Amorim

Caunce O’Hara & Company Limited

Novel Technologies Holdings Limited

Mercato Limited

Dimerco Express Group

ANS Group Limited

Slush Puppie Limited

Surrey and Sussex Police

Well (part of the Bestway Group)

University of Salford

University of Lancaster

Queen Mary University of London

University of Cumbria

Sonoco

IKO plc

Bruntwood

Manuli Rubber Industries

Minerals Tech Industries/Amcol Minerals

Ellis Brigham

Manchester Fertility Services Limited

Apadmi Limited

Chiesi

Sovini

Open University

National Police Chiefs Council

British Transport Police

Northern Health Science Alliance

Locala Community Partnerships

Employment Tier 3

Weightmans LLP has an excellent reputation in the hospitality and leisure sectors, and it also generates a significant amount of work from owner-managed businesses. A dedicated equal pay team, which is led by Jawaid Rehman, is known for its defence of a large number of equal pay claims against public sector organisations. The team is also well-regarded for its work for local government and the police.

Practice head(s):

Jawaid Rehman

Other key lawyers:

Claire Hollins; Bhavesh Prajapati;

Key clients

Whitbread Group

Costa

Pizza Hut

Pizza Express

The Together trust

Bolsover District Council

Malvern Panalytical

Al-Mubarakia

Nuffield Hospitals

Prezzo

OCS Group

Bills Restaurants

Rainforest Café

Instinctif Partners

London Executive Offices

Sertec Group Holdings

Aquila Truck Centres

Corning

Local government Tier 3

At Weightmans LLP, the local authority and governance work includes licensing, anti-social behaviour matters and advice on new highway codes of conduct. The group also handles public inquires, and is knowledgeable about adult and social care issues. The firm undertakes a significant amount of work for police authorities, particularly in the context of litigation and general governance matters. Names to note include Robin ConstableBelinda Moore and John Riddell.

Practice head(s):

Belinda Moore; John Riddell; Andrew Clarke; Robin Constable; Asema Natha; Joanna Carty; Asad Hadadi; Sera Jones; Amy Roberts-Morrow; Fiona Evans; Richard Osborn;

Key clients

EM Lawshare

Leicestershire County Council

Derbyshire County Council

Derby City Council

Rotherham MBC

Nottinghamshire County Council

Rutland County Council

Charnwood Borough Council

Independent Commission to Investigate Haiti Sexual Exploitation

Chief Constable of Warwickshire

Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire

Chief Constable of Norfolk

Chief Constable of Suffolk

Peterborough City Council

Bolsover District Council

Walsall MBC

University of Loughborough

University of Leicester

Bassetlaw District Council

Hinkley and Bosworth District Council

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Weightmans has invested heavily in its wills, trusts and estates team and is now developing a private client department in Leeds. Backed by the firm’s national presence – and drawing on the support of its well-established corporate and employment departments – associate David Stokes has put together a fresh team of four lawyers based in Leeds. The practice benefits from a significant referral network and provides advice on wills, succession planning and lifetime trusts for business owners.

Practice head(s):

David Stokes

Property litigation Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Sian Evans

Other key lawyers:

John Darnell; Peter Hall

Key clients

Halton Borough Council

Royal Mail Group

A S Watson Group

Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Council Pension Fund

Bruntwood

Metropolitan Police Authority

Camden Markets

London Metropolitan University

Bangor University

Banking and finance Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Patricia Grinyer

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Progressive Living

Bluesky

FSE

FRP Advisory

Santander

North West Fund European Fund

BCRS

Business Enterprise Fund

Allied Irish Bank

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Weightmans is known for its work in the leisure sector, acting for several pub companies. The team is led by James Sargent, who advises clients on development, acquisitions and investment alongside Mark Crabtree , a specialist in the licence and leisure industry. The firm's real estate team also acts for a number of investors and developers including overseas investors buying landmark buildings for conversion into residential apartments.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Steventon; James Sargen; Mark Crabtree

Key clients

Punch Taverns

Admiral Taverns

Greene King Plc

Broadland Properties

Hoyer Petrolog (UK)

YPP

Calderdale College

Bootham School

Liftspot

East Riding Fertility Services

Royal Mail Group

Energiepark UK LI GmbH

Martsons Plc

Gaunts

West Ranga Property Group

Kerfoot CS

Surrey & Sussex Police Forces

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Karl Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Oak Tyres

Barratt BDW

Cheshire Green Employment Park

Bruntwood

Pets at Home

Pochin

Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool)

Construction Tier 4

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

Practice head(s):

Colette Morgan-Ford

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Jacobs (Halcrow Group)

Read Construction Group

One Vision Housing

Bangor University

Co-Operative Group

Capita

Walsall Council

Loughborough University

University of Leicester

Sefton MBC

Clarion Housing Group

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 4

Weightmans LLP  has a practice with a particular focus on  private equity transactions and owner-managed businesses, especially those in the automotive manufacturing supply chain.  The corporate team is led by Mathew Harvey , who focuses on both areas, while the commercial side of the offering is headed by Tracy Lake , who joined in late 2018 from National Grid and who predominantly works on commercial contracts in the utilities sector.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Harvey; Tracy Lake

Key clients

Sertec Corporation Limited

Leacy MG Limited

Wealden & Eastbourne Lifeline Limited

Fish4Dogs Limited

BHSF Group Limited

Springboard Corporate Finance

Midven Limited

Cameron Price Limited

Maven Capital Partners

Slate Hall Veterinary Practice

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

Weightmans frequently acts for owner-managed businesses, public sector clients, charities and social enterprise organisations, and has particular expertise in the transport, financial services, manufacturing, and software and digital media sectors. The Leeds-based team includes Stephen Johns, who joined from DLA Piper UK LLP and specialises in  infrastructure sector deals; and recently promoted partner Victoria Robertson. Manchester-based Sarah Walton leads the national practice.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Walton

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

LexisNexis Risk Solutions

The Open University

School Lettings Solutions

Luxfer Group

Surrey and Sussex Police

GDS Group

Bubba Gump Shrimp (UK)

Operational Group

BJSS Limited

Anixter Group

Totus Environmental

Brit European Transport

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

The Leeds employment team at Weightmans primarily works with clients in the transport, logistics and health sectors, including NHS Foundation Trusts, advising on industrial disputes and senior-level organisational change management. The practice, which is led by Ben Daniel, also has a strong record of advising local councils and family authorities, often handling sensitive cases. Other work ranges from internal reorganisations and TUPE transfers to unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Ben Daniel

Key clients

FirstGroup Plc (UK Bus and Rail)

National Express Group Plc (UK Bus and Coach)

Hoyer Group

Cafcass

Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

North Cumbria University Hospital & Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Turners (Soham)

 

 

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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Karyn Brannigan  photo Karyn Brannigan
 Mark Brenlund  photo Mark Brenlund
 Tom Challis  photo Tom Challis
 Fiona East  photo Fiona East
 Jonathan Shaer  photo Jonathan Shaer
Number of UK partners : 197
Number of other UK fee-earners : 633

The Lex 100 Verdict

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