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Weightmans LLP

1 ROYAL COURT, TATTON STREET, KNUTSFORD, CHESHIRE, WA16 6EN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01565 634 234
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Fax 01565 652 711
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22959 KNUTSFORD
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Web:
www.weightmans.com

North West

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

Weightmans LLP

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)

Work highlights

  • Acting for a division of UK shipping group Bibby Marine in the contract drafting and negotiation of the build of a new €42m windfarm support/crew transfer vessel in Romania.
  • Advised the Great Yarmouth Harbour Authority on the detention and sale of the Malaviya 20 vessel, which had been effectively abandoned at Great Yarmouth.
  • Instructed by Allianz Global Corporate and Speciality following the sinking of the Aisling Patrick off the west coast of Ireland in May 2018, a role which included dealing with the post-incident investigation.
  • Instructed by BAM Nuttall to draft and negotiate a carriage/logistics contract for the movement of building materials and equipment from the UK to Adelaide Island in Antarctica.
  • Advising Champion Tankers, a Norwegian tanker operator, on the implications and strategy in relation to the 2014 insolvency of major international bunker trader OW Bunker, a collapse which led to a worldwide industry crisis involving arbitration/ litigation and ship arrests around the world.
Leading individuals

Mike Burns - Weightmans LLP

Phil James - Weightmans LLP

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool
Corporate and commercial: Liverpool - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Advised All About Food Limited on a licence for the manufacture, promotion and retail of certain products under the Costa brand.
  • Advising manufacturing company Greif and its wider group of parent companies in connection with Greif UK becoming a signatory to an international syndicated credit agreement.
  • Advising NW Trading  in connection with options around the end of a joint venture operation at one of its locations in the North East.
  • Advising oil & gas company H&D Fitzgerald on the establishment of a new group structure and reorganisation of the business to hive down a discrete part of the business in preparation for sale to Oil & Gas Measurement Limited, a UK subsidiary of a Russian multinational.
  • Advised BHSF on the negotiation of a contract between April UK and BHSF about a book of business to be taken over by BHSF.
Leading individuals

John Schorah - Weightmans LLP

Laurence Pritchard - Weightmans LLP

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Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for the individual shareholders of Playground Games, the indie British game developer best known for its work on the Forza games, on the sale of their shareholdings to Microsoft.
  • Advised Lancaster University on a joint venture with ex England footballer Gary Neville and other ex players and investors to establish UA92 -  a new style of university in Manchester.
  • Acts for tech company Mercato on  corporate and commercial matters, contract reviews and negotiations and policy and governance support.
  • Advised Herefordshire Council on its receipt of grant funding from the Department for Education and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership to build a new university in Hereford, called the New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE).
  • Supporting the National Police Chiefs Council on the Digital Policing Portfolio (DPP), which is a series of procurements of IT services to enable digital policing.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for Goonhilly Earth Station Limited (GES) and its shareholders on its secondary buy out via the acquisition of a majority stake by billionaire Peter Hargreaves. The deal provided additional investment capital was used to buy out the first round debt and equity provided by Downing Ventures.

  • Provided tax advice to shareholders of the leading independent British game developer, Playground Games Limited on the  sale of the company to Microsoft for $100m.
  • Provided structuring advice on setting up the ‘DSW Angels’ network. This included the constitutional documents governing the network, the tax structuring of how shares in investee companies would be held and the  investment documents themselves.
Leading individuals

Haydn Rogan - Weightmans LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Advised UK Trucks Claim Limited in relation to issued proceedings on behalf of owners and lessees of over 600,000 trucks which were sold by way of unlawful anti-competitive practices undertaken and admitted by a cartel of European truck manufacturers over a 14 year period. The claim is estimated to be worth £14 bn.
  • Advised the Motor Insurers' Bureau on the pooling of risks amongst all motor insurers for losses suffered by innocent victims of terrorist actions.
  • Advised S Norton & Co on its submissions to the Competition and Markets Authority in relation to two merger inquiries.
  • Advising Chiesi on competition law issues.
  • Advised John West Limited, the well-known supplier of branded canned fish products, on resale pricing issues.
Leading individuals

Laurence Pritchard - Weightmans LLP

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Liverpool
Commercial litigation: Liverpool - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

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:Michelle Connor; James Walsh

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

Work highlights

  • A claim was brought against the university in respect of their decision in March 2017 to reject an a appeal against the outcome of a FTP panel of 31 January 2017 that excluded a student for failing to disclose his spent convictions on his application.
Leading individuals

Andrew Roberts - Weightmans LLP

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

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)

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of 116 Cardamon Limited, in a claim for breach of warranty arising from a share purchase agreement
  • Acting for longstanding client MPTG Limited, the leading producer of mattress making machinery, in High Court Chancery Division proceedings against two former senior employees.
  • Acting for the claimants in relation to a professional negligence claim against three firms of solicitors who advised on a multimillion-pound property refinance in respect of the development of The Astbury – a stately home, hotel and golf and leisure complex in Shropshire.
  • Acting for Acasta European Insurance Company and Acasta Europe, providers and underwriters of insurance, in respect of a dispute with a broker in relation to a misrepresentation/breach of contract claim.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Motor Insurers' Bureau in recovering monies from uninsured motorists.
  • Handling thousands of consumer credit accounts for Cabot Financial.
Leading individuals

Andrew Cox - Weightmans LLP

Mark Burch - Weightmans LLP

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Advised FSE on the establishment of the £40m Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund.
  • Advised Business Enterprise Fund in connection with the establishment of the Community Investment Enterprise Fund.
  • Advised BCRS on the establishment of the CIF fund.
  • Advised AIB Bank on the £5m funding for the acquisition of a care home.
  • Acted for GDS Holding on the transactions contemplated by a $7.5m secured senior credit facility agreement which was subject to the laws of the State of New York.
Leading individuals

Patricia Grinyer - Weightmans LLP

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Serving as sole legal provider to Champion Consultants on IR35 matters.
  • Advised the Office for Nuclear Regulation HR directorate on a project to review and implement new whistleblowing policies and deliver training.
  • Successfully advised Swissport in respect of discrimination claim by an agency worker who had been engaged via an agency.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Weightmans LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Dewi Ap-Thomas

Work highlights

  • Advising Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council in the wake of a tragic fatal accident in 2016 where a tree branch fell on a stationary car, causing injury to the female driver, leading to her unborn baby having to be delivered under emergency C-section but who subsequently died.
Next Generation Partners

Dewi Ap-Thomas - Weightmans LLP

Rising stars

Gillian Hulme - Weightmans LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

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:Jane Marshall

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Swissport Cargo Services on the successful termination of accrual for future service under a defined benefit pension scheme operated for cargo services employees at Heathrow Airport.
  • Advising the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, in its capacity as principal employer of a defined benefit pension scheme and an associated life insurance scheme, on various matters including amendments to the pension scheme trust deed and rules, GDPR compliance issues, and the provision of death in service benefits.
  • Advising the Equality & Human Rights Commission on the winding-up of its scheme, including advising on negotiations between the client, HM Treasury and the scheme trustees to conclude the winding-up of the scheme to the satisfaction of all parties.

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North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Weightmans LLP

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

Leading individuals

Vicky Morris - Weightmans LLP

Next Generation Partners

Ian Critchley - Weightmans LLP

Rising stars

Lisa Spencer - Weightmans LLP

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Weightmans LLP

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

Leading individuals

David Holt - Weightmans LLP

Rising stars

Louise Mutch - Weightmans LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Advised on a case in which the High Court dismissed a series of applications made against a barrister arbitrator.
  • Represented an insurer client in a multimillion-pound cross-border coverage dispute with its policyholder.
Rising stars

Deborah Sullivan - Weightmans LLP

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North West: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Weightmans LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Carole Atkinson

Leading individuals

Carole Atkinson - Weightmans LLP

Fiona Davidson - Weightmans LLP

Rising stars

Rachel Lim - Weightmans LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

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

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North West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 1

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • The team advises the Open University on major projects which has included a complex IT procurement, a complex dual procurement of media buying and creative services. and a catering project to replace an existing provider.  
  • The team assisted Keele University to procure the development of 450 student accommodation units.
  • Advised the Northern Health Science Alliance on a variety of governance and commercial matters.
  • We advised Liverpool Hope on an agreement with a provider of teacher training and professional practice in the United Arab Emirates whereby Liverpool Hope validate their programmes, including an International Professional Certificate in Education Leadership.
  • Advised Middlesex University on the procurement of the construction and operation of over 1000 student beds.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Weightmans LLP

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

 

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of NHS Blood & Transplant in judicial review proceedings brought by the claimant as to the lawfulness of the NHS Blood & Transplant Directions 2005.
  • Acted on behalf of South Worcestershire CCG in a judicial review challenge brought by the City of Wolverhampton Council against it and Shropshire CCG.
  • Represented NHS Blood & Transplant on a public inquiry, which is examining why thousands of men, women and children treated by the NHS in the United Kingdom were given infected blood and/or infected blood products.
  • Advised Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation on a multi-party Article 2 inquest involving the death of a 17 year old boy living in the community with support from mental health services; social services, CCG and charities who provided accommodation and daily care to the deceased.
  • Defended an NHS Trust in a complex employment tribunal claim for disability discrimination and detrimental treatment brought by a consultant.    
Leading individuals

Richard Jolly - Weightmans LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, which is a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.  
  • Advised Liverpool City Council on its £1bn flagship expansion site at the eastern gateway to the City, earmarked as 1.8m sq ft of science, technology, education and health space.
  • Advised Denbighshire County Council on an overarching development agreement, development agreements for leisure and hospitality phases and the funding documentation including lease-backing arrangements.  
  • Advised The Senior Coroner of the County of Cumbria in relation to an application for Judicial Review by the father of a deceased child.
  • Advised Herefordshire Council on its receipt of £23m of grant funding from the Department for Education and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership to build a new university in Hereford, called the New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE).

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Liverpool
Commercial property: Liverpool - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

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

Other key lawyers:Clive Bleasdale; Janice Weatherly; David Tabinor; Matthew Williamson; Christopher Grady 

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

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Liverpool City Council on the £1bn Paddington Village redevelopment project.  
  • Advises British Steel on property management work relating to Scunthorpe Steelworks and its wider property portfolio.
  • Advised S Norton & Co on a conditional contract for the sale of brownfield industrial land subject to receipt of detailed planning consent for hotel, commercial and residential use.  
  • The team advises Sefton Holdings on all aspects of its £28m property portfolio.
Leading individuals

Clive Bleasdale - Weightmans LLP

David Tabinor - Weightmans LLP

Next Generation Partners

Christopher Grady  - Weightmans LLP

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Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

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:Andrea Steventon

Key Clients

Oak Tyres

Barratt BDW

Cheshire Green Employment Park

Bruntwood

Pets at Home

Pochin

Thomas Jones & Sons (Liverpool)

Work highlights

  • Advised Cheshire Green Employment Park on the development of a large business park that is currently under construction.  
  • Advised Barratts on the purchase of Pewterspear Green, which was brought to the market by Homes England who required the development to be built pursuant to the Government’s Accelerated Construction Initiative.
  • Advised Bruntwood on the surrender and new leases of Investec at the Plaza, Liverpool.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

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:Tom Collins; David Rogers; Ian Hardman 

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

Work highlights

  • Advised a registered provider of social housing in the procurement of a long-term wide-scale substantive repairs and maintenance contractor across its housing stock provision and for its subsidiary companies.
  • Advised Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council on the contract documents for a regionally significant highways project at Junction 10 of the M6 in the West Midlands in partnership with Highways England.
  • Acted for a roofing manufacturer on a dispute over the supply of defective goods that were incorporated into its roofing materials.
Leading individuals

Colette Morgan-Ford  - Weightmans LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Liverpool City Council on development proposals for its £1.8bn Paddington Village Scheme, delivering upwards of 1.8 million sq ft of new mixed-use floor space within the Knowledge Quarter in central Liverpool.
  • Advised Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council on a high-value major highways improvement scheme at Junction 10 of the M6.
  • Advised Nottinghamshire County Council on the promotion of a proposed CPO and associated side roads order for a major highways scheme.  
  • Advised Cheshire East Council on the CPOs required to deliver £131m of highways schemes including Sydney Road Bridge, Middlewich Eastern Bypass and the A500 Dualling Scheme.
  • Advised Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council on all aspects of its £262m Rivington Chase development, a significant regeneration project of heavily contaminated brownfield land which is to include 1,700 new dwellings.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • The team advises AS Watson Group (Superdrug Stores PLC, Savers Health and Beauty Limited, The Perfume Shop Limited) and Three Mobile on property litigation matters in England and Wales. Work includes lease renewals both opposed and unopposed, dilapidations and any other property-related disputes.  
  • The team successfully obtained an injunction order for Derbyshire County Council in the County Court against a neighbour who had unlawfully blocked an entrance to a primary school, claiming ownership of it.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Provided advice on ongoing acquisitions and dispositions of OSUK’s PRS portfolio, land for development and open market sale.
  • Advised on One Vision Housing’s HCA acquisition and development programme.
  • Advised on Halton Trust’s HCA acquisition and development programme.
  • Advised on R-Haus Living’s ongoing acquisition programme of tenanted PRS stock
  • Advised Chorley Community Housing on a disrepair claim.
Leading individuals

Sian Evans - Weightmans LLP

Rising stars

Matthew Wilson - Weightmans LLP

Thomas Starkey - Weightmans LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

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:John Schorah

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

Work highlights

  • Advising on the IT aspects and data sharing arrangements between the Motor Insurers’ Bureau and the DVLA in relation to the MyLicence Project.
  • Acted for the individual shareholders of independent British game developer Playground Games on the sale of its shareholdings to Microsoft.
  • Advising British Transport Police on its procurement of managed network services under the Crown Commercial Service’s Managed Network Services framework.
  • Advising Surrey and Sussex Police on the procurement of digital outcomes and specialist services under the Crown Commercial Service’s DOS2 framework.
  • Advised on a multimillion pound video game development between Playground Games Limited and a major global publisher.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for the individual shareholders of British game developer Playground Games on the multimillion-pound sale of their shareholdings to Microsoft.
  • Advised Side (UK) Limited on a variety of voice talent and motion capture agreements in relation to a number of high quality titles.
  • Advised Playground Games Limited on various work for hire arrangements in relation to the provision of content for a major AAA video game being developed on behalf of a major global publisher.
  • Advised Nomad Games Limited on a licensing deal in relation to a major series of books for the purposes of developing an online video game based upon the series.
  • Advised The Independent Game Developers Association in relation to the contractual documentation with various videogame studios for the preparation of a salary survey.

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