Martin Vincent > Weightmans LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Weightmans LLP
No 1 Spinningfields
Hardman Square
M3 3EB


 Martin heads our education team and is experienced in all areas of law as it affects Universities particularly relating to projects, international ventures, collaboration, income generation and procurement arrangements.
 Martin previously worked at the University of Manchester where he held a senior legal position for nine years. His exceptional experience at strategic, policy and operational levels within the sector ensures that our advice is practical and results-driven.
 Since joining the firm in 2008, Martin has expanded the firm’s client base in HE ten-fold. He is client partner for key University clients including The Open University, Lancaster University and Solent University. Martin has exceptional experience advising Universities on collaborative ventures at home and overseas both within the EU and outside. Martin also advises on funding and clawback issues. He has advised on IP portfolio management issues, including IP due diligence, spin out creation and investments.
 Martin is recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for his work within the education sector.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Public sector > Education

(Leading individuals)

Martin VincentWeightmans LLP

The Weightmans LLP practice is primarily noted for its focus on higher education, regularly assisting universities with large strategic projects, including academy-industry joint ventures as well as with employment issues and construction projects. The team also advises on students’ claims as well as highly sensitive situations such as on-campus deaths and suicides. Based in Manchester, practice head Martin Vincent focuses on joint ventures, collaboration, income generation and procurement arrangements while Josh Conroy specialises in high-value litigation and contractual claims. Employment lawyer Claire Hollins departed the practice in July 2021.

North West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Under the guidance of ‘great point personSarah Walton and owner-managed-business expert Paul Raftery, the corporate offering at Weightmans LLP assists clients from the technology, healthcare, utilities and waste, manufacturing and financial services sectors with the full gamut of transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, and venture capital deals. On the commercial side, Martin Vincent and Vincent King take the lead; in this sphere, the firm is particularly renowned for its work within the public sector.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

Weightmans advises a large number of universities on matters largely related to development and expansion. Martin Vincent advises on acquiring collections and the establishment of institutes, which has involved working across jurisdictions. Susan Matthews deals with policies related to anonymous reporting and complaints. Principal associate Melanie Steed joined from the University of Leeds, where she was an in-house lawyer, in August 2021.