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Weightmans LLP

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Richard Corran

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Weightmans LLP

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Commercial dispute resolution.


Senior figure in the Manchester commercial litigation market with over 20 years’ experience. Richard was formerly managing partner at Mace & Jones, heading its CDR team in Manchester. In 2011 Richard, led Mace & Jones into a success full merger with Weightmans LLP and is now regional office head for Manchester. Richard deals with substantial, complex litigation matters, predominantly in the Chancery Division in the High Court. He has a well-earned reputation in handling shareholder disputes, partnership claims, complex contractual issues, intellectual property matters and professional negligence. Richard has particular experience of seeking interim injunctive applications to protect client’s interests on a preemptive basis. His clients include large companies and PLCs, public bodies and private individuals. Transport for Greater Manchester v Thales Transport & Security Ltd [2012] EWHC 3717 (TCC) and [2013] EWHC 149 (TCC). The Lawyer Awards 2006 short listed Mace & Jones for Employment team of the year, citing the case Celtec v Astley [2006] UK HL 29 that Richard took to the House of Lords, after a referral to the European Court of justice. Bradford & Bingley v Ross [2005] EWCA Civ 394 (banking and finance; mortgage claims; sale to associated company at undervalue). Bruce Cook v Vehicle Inspectorate [1999] HL – an appeal to the House of Lords. Kemble v Hicks [1999] PLR 287 – acting for a representative defendant on the winding up of a final salary pension scheme.


Qualified 1993; Mace & Jones 1997, partner 2000, head of dispute resolution department in Manchester (2005-07), managing partner 2007-11; merged with Weightmans 2011; partner Weightmans LLP 2011-present.


Law Society.


Reading University; University of Central England.

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

The team at Weightmans LLP  was bolstered by the arrival of ‘partnership guru’ Andrew Cromby, who joined the team from Bracher Rawlins LLP in October 2017. The group offers a full partnership service, which draws on the wider firm’s compliance and regulatory practice, led by Michelle Garlick, who has particular expertise in the legal partnership space. Richard Corran handles matters arising out of the North West and is currently acting for the majority partners of a medical practice in a dispute with an ongoing partner. Edwina Farrell leads the medical partnership team and specialises in advising NHS GP practices on property and partnership business matters. Damian Carter joined the Manchester team from Berg in March 2017 and has considerable experience in commercial disputes with partnership aspects.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester

Within: Commercial litigation: Manchester

Weightmans LLP’s commercial litigation practice handles a range of contentious cases involving IP, defamation, property damage, civil fraud and reputational issues, with the public and financial services sectors key areas of focus. It represented Business Energy Solutions and BES Commercial Electricity in a £10m High Court case involving reputation management issues and represented Cardoman 116 in a £2.4m breach of warranty dispute arising from a share sale purchase agreement. It also represented Joseph Gleave & Son in the latest challenge, in a series of claims, against the Ministry of Defence seeking to set aside its procurement processes. Thomas Cook Airlines, Abbey Life Assurance Company and Capita Property and Infrastructure are also clients. Among the team, Robert Jones handles commercial contract disputes, professional negligence, shareholder, trust and probate disputes and ADR and is 'capable of identifying, at an early stage, the most realistically achievable outcome'. Regional office head Richard Corran is ‘very able’. The ‘brilliantCarole Spiller is noted for her experience in professional negligence cases and has a 'good grasp of the detail and technical elements of the law but as the same time brings a focussed commercial approach to the issues at hand'.   Damian Carter is experienced in high-value corporate disputes. Associates Josh Conroy, who 'gets to grips with complex matters very quickly',  Danielle Best, Jessica Kraja, who joined from DWF in 2017, and Joanne Williams  are also key members of the team.

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