Firm Profile > Weightmans LLP > Birmingham , West Midlands

Weightmans LLP
B2 5AF
West Midlands

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
 Deborah Bannister  photo Deborah Bannister
 Andy Griffiths  photo Andy Griffiths
 Melanie Isherwood  photo Melanie Isherwood
 Tim Lang  photo Tim Lang
 Penelope Marshall  photo Penelope Marshall
 John Pinsent  photo John Pinsent
 Jawaid Rehman  photo Jawaid Rehman
 David Tuck  photo David Tuck
 Noel Walsh  photo Noel Walsh
 Chris Webb-Jenkins  photo Chris Webb-Jenkins
 Tony Yeaman  photo Tony Yeaman
Number of UK partners : 197
Number of other UK fee-earners : 633