Weightmans > Leeds, England > Firm Profile

Weightmans
WESTGATE POINT
LEEDS
LS1 2AX
England

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

Supplementing the wider firm’s national presence, the Leeds-based team Weightmans LLP acts for local authorities and clients across the hospitality sector. Andrew Cox heads the national disputes practice and has demonstrable experience in the banking, utilities and transport sectors, while Oliver Nelson operates from Leeds and advises insolvency practitioners in their roles as trustees in bankruptcy, nominees and supervisors of voluntary arrangements, liquidators, administrators and receivers.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cox; Benjamin Davies

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are always very approachable and knowledgeable in their work. Any queries raised or replies to emails are dealt with promptly and professionally.’

‘All the individuals that I have liaised with at Weightmans are always extremely helpful and efficient. They follow up cases in a timely manner and keep you up to date throughout the whole recovery process.’

‘This team is excellent in all aspects, communication being a huge strength, which is key in this area of business. Their operation is slick and simple with all eventualities covered, and relevant contacts provided to ensure work between both parties is flawless and uninterrupted, which in turn avoids any unnecessary delays along the chain of operation.’

‘We trust their expertise as much as they trust ours, and they make working with them a pleasure. Their enthusiasm is infectious and has certainly rubbed off on us.’

Each member of the Weightmans team are clearly valuable assets to the organisation as well as the creditors they work with and for.’

Key clients

BMW Financial Services (GB) Limited

Leeds City Council

Greene King Retailing Limited

NHS Blood and Transplant

Alpha Labour and Recruitment Limited

Massey Bros LLP

Oyster Risk Solutions Limited

Basildon Borough Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

The New Homes Group Limited

KMR Skip Hire Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for BMW Financial Services (GB) Limited in relation to the provision of debt recovery services and advice on regulatory matters.
  • Providing Basildon Borough Council with all of their debt recovery requirements, focusing on the recovery of service charges, ground rent, buildings insurance and major works and repairs.
  • Providing NHS Blood & Transport with their debt recovery requirements, in the UK and worldwide.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Weightmans operates across the public, commercial, charity, sports, manufacturing, and insurance sectors, advising clients on inquests and other contentious mandates, in addition to providing training and other advisory services. The firm operates separate teams to handle environmental and business crime, which the Leeds office can leverage, in addition to the wider firm’s national offering to assist clients. David Lewis heads the team as well as acting as the national regulatory practice head, with experience working for both household names in the private sector and major public bodies.

Practice head(s):

Dewi Ap-Thomas; David Lewis; Crispin Kenyon; Seonaid Busby; Andrew Brammer

Other key lawyers:

Anna Naylor

Testimonials

I was highly impressed by the team that supported me through my issue. I was given just the right amount of space and time. Excellent advice and help with preparation for interviews and hearings.

Dewi Ap-Thomas provided standout support.’

Anna Naylor is an excellent regulatory lawyer. She is highly conscientious and committed to her client’s cause. A great asset to Weightmans.’

A dedicated team who go over and above for their clients. A real feel for the sector and genuinely no stone left unturned in seeking options for the client.’

David Lewis is rightly considered an outstanding solicitor who combines unparalleled experience with enthusiasm for the job and his client’s cases.

The H&S team have a wealth of experience and are approachable and helpful.’

Anna Naylor is excellent. She is knowledgeable and supportive in difficult circumstances. Anna understand how H&S matters can impact on an organisation and the relevant witnesses. Anna gives excellent advice and guidance.’

Key clients

Jaguar Land Rover

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Zurich

AXA XL

AIG

Ageas

Wirral Borough Council

Lancashire County Council

British Transport Police

Camerons Brewery

Staffordshire County Council

Damasco Ltd

Postpack Ltd

Premum Care Ltd.

Cheshire East Council

East Riding District Council

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Jaguar Land Rover in a range of health and safety matters.
  • Acting for Zurich and their insureds in relation to a large number of health and safety instructions, including acting for public bodies concerning inquests into fatalities.

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

Weightmans draws upon the strengths of the broader national practice to provide comprehensive assistance for clients across a range of sectors. Charles Heppenstall is the regional practice head for Leeds, bringing his particular specialisms in serious injury with chronic pain and invisible injury claims to the group. Heppenstall works alongside national head for local authorities, Helen Brown, whose expertise is in social care, bullying, harassment, and stress, and technical lead for large loss, Lindsay Staddon, who has extensive experience relating to the full spectrum of claims. Blaise Smith is also of note, working exclusively for insurers in catastrophic injury claims and with a track record in fatal accidents and major product liability mandates. National insurance practice head Rob Williams oversees matters from the Liverpool office.

Practice head(s):

Rob Williams; Charles Heppenstall

Testimonials

‘The team led by Charles Heppenstall in insurance defendant PI is a standout team who work brilliantly together to provide a top quality service to the insurance sector.’

‘Charles Heppenstall is the stand-out individual. Responsive, effective and charming, he gives excellent practical advice and is great to work with.’

‘Weightmans have a very strong personal injury defendant team. Their approach to claims work is very good and they provide excellent legal advice.’

‘Blaise Smith is excellent: providing advice on particularly difficult and unique issues whilst maintaining an eye on the commercial outcome.’

‘Well known firm in the insurance PI market.’

‘Blaise Smith is a most experienced partner in catastrophic PI, with a particularly strong forensic knowledge of the law and a creative brain.’

‘Lindsay Staddon is a really strong performer in the catastrophic PI insurance sector. Quietly spoken, she has real judgment and gets things done.’

Key clients

Zurich

Motor Insurers Bureau

AIG Europe

AXAXL Insurance

PwC

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Underwriting

First Central Insurance

InterEurope AG Insurance

Covea Insurance

Octagon Insurance

Travellers Insurance Co

HDI Global

Hiscox Insurance

Esure Insurance

Prometheus Insurance

Hastings Direct

Markerstudy Insurance

Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance

Liberty Mutual

Markel Insurance

DCL Insurance

Broadspire/Crawfords

Protector Insurance

Vinci

Rolls Royce

Jaguar Land Rover

Lidl Stores

Nestle

BP

DHL Logistics

Severn Trent

Gallagher Bassett

Hundreds of Local Authorities and Police Authorities

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ageas insurance in the defence of multi-party fatal and brain injury cases.
  • Acted for Ageas insurance on a claim arising out of a motor accident where the claimant developed a regional pain syndrome.
  • Acted for Zurich insurance and a university on a claim for stress, bullying and harassment by an employee caused by excessive work.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Matthew Morton, head of Weightmans LLP‘s disputed wills, trusts and estates offering nationally, heads up the team in Leeds. The team frequently handles Inheritance Act claims, will validity disputes and work regarding estate administration. Additionally, it has experience with high value, cross-jurisdictional work, and promotes mediation where possible. Clients also benefit from access to the firm’s well-regarded specialist Court of Protection team.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Morton

Other key lawyers:

Tracey Leathley

Testimonials

‘What makes this team really work is that the national head is Matthew Morton. He is compassionate but firm, always able to see the bigger picture and delivers really good value for his clients.’

‘Matthew Morton is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of contentious probate litigation, excellent at dealing with distressed clients.’

‘They are very ‘people friendly’ with a real focus on putting the client first. Clients feel reassured that their needs and interests are at the heart of everything they do.’

‘Matthew Morton has extensive knowledge and experience in this area and can be relied on to provide excellent advice. Tracey Leathley is brilliant with clients and excels at client relations as well as being an excellent lawyer.’

Real estate > Planning Tier 2

The planning team at Weightmans is highly regarded for the ‘strength in depth and attention to detail‘ it provides when advising on significant, high-value energy, transportation and residential development projects. In addition to assisting with Development Consent Orders and compulsory purchases, the practice is very well versed in handling contentious work and planning appeals. With the ability to advise on planning applications as well as act in High Court challenges and judicial reviews, practice head Lee Gordon is sought after for the breadth of his expertise in complex projects. Michelle Spark left the practice in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Lee Gordon

Testimonials

‘Weightmans are excellent. They provide strength in depth and attention to detail, but also strategic vision.’

‘Lee Gordon is a star. He is excellent, an exceptionally good lawyer who is highly meticulous, but also imaginative. He is also very popular with clients. I have recommended him to many clients.’

Key clients

Barratt & David Wilson Homes

Bolton Council

Casey Group Limited

Charnwood Borough Council

City of York Council

Cotswold District Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Harlow & Gilston Garden Town partner authorities

Leeds City Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Merseyrail

Northern Powergrid

Nottinghamshire County Council

O&H Land

Populo Living

Prospect Estates Limited

Robinsons Brewery

Royal Mail Group

Tewkesbury Borough Council

Thornton Hall Hotel Limited

Welsh Government

Work highlights

  • Advised O&H on its application for its Wixam Park mixed-use development in Central Bedfordshire, which is to include 1,200 new dwellings and major infrastructure.
  • Advised Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on the promotion of a multi-billion major tidal energy project.
  • Advised City of York Council on the York Outer Ring Road Dualling Project, a £75m scheme, including advice on planning and a potential CPO.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 2

Led by the ‘ever-excellent’ Andrew Cromby, who frequently handles partnership disputes, professional partnerships in management and restrictive covenants, Weightmans LLP provides ‘top level advice’ particularly in relation to the team’s niche offering in restructuring and insolvency matters in partnership practices. Alongside expertise in structuring LLPs and alternative business structures, the team is also instructed by clients in the health sector with Edwina Farrell leading on matters relating to medical partnerships. The firm’s June 2022 merger with RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP saw legal partnership experts Susanna Heley and Nigel West join, bolstering the regulatory capabilities at the practice. Michelle Garlick, who is based in Manchester, provides compliance, regulatory support and assistance on partnership matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cromby

Testimonials

‘A good team led by the ever-excellent Andrew Cromby: a partnership heavyweight.’

‘Andrew Cromby is very focused and commercial. I would use him for partnership disputes.’

‘This practice provides efficiency, availability and competence.’

‘Andrew Cromby took very good care of my case, being available when needed and providing the moral support in a difficult/stressful situation.’

‘Top level advice.’

‘Andrew Cromby is the real star. He can always be relied on for high-quality, commercial advice that has the client’s best interests at heart.’

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Weightmans LLP’s ‘team of dedicated hard-working lawyers’ acts for both NHS Trusts and insurers on high-value, complex cases. Rachel Kneale leads the team, standing out for her ‘excellent grasp of quantum issues’. Chris Dexter joined the team from BLM in October 2022, and leads the team’s focused GP offering, including offering training on risk reduction and a 24-hour GP phoneline. ‘Outstanding’ legal director Isobel Michie is also recommended. The team has particular experience regarding group claims, and is currently instructed on claims nationally arising from the exposure of pregnant women to sodium valproate. It also has a notable focus on mediation and ADR, and is involved with NHS Resolution’s ongoing Change of Culture project.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Kneale

Other key lawyers:

Warren Forsyth; Isobel Michie; Paul Thomson; Peter Cutler; Sonia Morgan; Chris Dexter; Rosalind Bird

Testimonials

‘Weightmans have a long history of involvement with clinical negligence and healthcare and they provide a well-rounded approach to every case.’

‘Very good defendant clinical negligence team.’

‘Isobel Michie is outstanding. Very calm, very knowledgeable and very sensible.’

‘Rachel Kneale stands out for her excellent grasp of quantum issues.’

‘Very responsive, high quality advice, professional, helpful.’

‘A team of dedicated hard-working lawyers who strive to provide an excellent service to their clients.’

‘I would particularly highlight Isobel Michie and Rosalind Bird who both bring great professionalism to their cases.’

‘The Weightmans team have been really supportive of our needs. The team are friendly and willing to help. They are also fast acting and when I email them with instructions they are prompt in getting a response back. The quality of work is also exceptional and we have not had any issues with anything they have done for us.’

Key clients

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust

Wye Valley NHS Trust

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

The practitioners comprising Weightmans LLP‘s large loss and technical team are singled out as ‘leaders in their field for innovation’, working across nine offices with expertise in the areas of casualty, disease, motor, public authority and large loss. ‘Great tacticianElaine Chapman leads the team, and is experienced in severe brain injury cases, as well as paraplegia, tetraplegia and other severe limb injury cases. Catherine Kearney specialises in motor, public and employers’ liability claims, as well as injuries leading to the development of pain disorders. ‘Hugely dedicated and intellectually impressive’ associate Shaun Lavery is particularly experienced in catastrophic brain injury, as well as fatal accident claims. The team has notable expertise regarding cross-border litigation, with Nicholas Richards standing out as a particular specialist on the ongoing effects of Brexit on applicable law in international claims.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Chapman

Other key lawyers:

Seva Singh; Nicholas Richards; Catherine Kearney; Patricia Williams; Kathryn Hinchey; Shaun Lavery

Testimonials

‘Patricia Williams is extremely thorough and tenacious.’

‘Catherine Kearney is excellent. Her pragmatism, efficiency, commercial acumen and client-friendly approach stand out.’

‘Leaders in their field for innovation. Sensible strategists and always working extremely hard to provide excellent customer service.’

‘Elaine Chapman is a well-known and highly experienced partner. Excellent with clients and a great tactician. She has a deep knowledge of catastrophic personal injury claims and how to run them. Extremely highly rated. Patricia Williams is an associate who I have been very highly impressed by.’

‘This is one of the best defendant insurance businesses in England and Wales. They provide comprehensive cover for their insurer clients with a pragmatic approach to investigation so as to focus on the identification of the issues and then their swift and economical resolution.’

‘Weightmans are an insurance law powerhouse with expertise in all personal injury matters, including cases of the highest value and complexity.’

‘What stands out is the focus that individuals have on their clients and their needs, not simply the case in hand. Elaine Chapman has led the way for years in client care, really knowing and understanding the needs of clients, and she has been superbly supported by the likes of Catherine Kearney and Kathryn Hinchey.’

‘Shaun Lavery is a hugely able and industrious defence lawyer. He works very hard for his professional and insurer clients and does so delivering realistic and sensible advice timeously. He is fair-minded in his approach to defending claims and has the knowledge and capability of a seasoned lawyer well beyond his years. He is an undoubted rising star. He is hugely dedicated and intellectually impressive.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Plc

Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB)

Armour Risk Management

Premia Re

Direct Commercial Limited

Haven Insurance

Catalyst Insurance

Prometheus Insurance Company Limited

Tradex Insurance Company Ltd

AIG Europe

Dekra

Van Ameyde

Cornwall Council

TUiR Warta

Work highlights

  • Settled a £25m brain damaged tetraplegic claim, including a reverse indemnity.
  • Representing Cornwall Council in Court of Appeal and ongoing High Court litigation arising out of a fatal road traffic accident.
  • Settled a £900,000 traumatic brain injury claim within four months of instruction.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

At Weightmans LLP what truly sets them apart is their client-centric approach. The team’s collaborative mindset fosters a wealth of diverse and holistic perspectives, ensuring clients benefit from well-rounded advice’. Practice head is the  ‘exceptional’ Jonathan Shankland, who garners a lot of praise for his offshore tax and estate planning work. Patrick Malone has particular expertise in complex estates and particularly those with literary and heritage/art assets. Caroline Doyle, now a legal director, is also well-regarded along with associate Joshua Ryan. Arshoo Singh left to join Warners Solicitors in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Shankland

Testimonials

‘One of the strongest private client legal teams in Europe, Jon & Patrick have assembled a uniquely talented team. They bring together a unique superset of skills across complex estate management, tax advisory and creation of trusts. There is nobody else I would rather work with’.

‘Jon Shankland – simply the best in class in terms of skills, experience and professionalism. He delivers the best result in every case, no matter how complex. He is globally connected to a wealth of talent, always remains calm and focused and provides exactly the right level of communication on the matters at hand’. 

‘Patrick Malone continues to win cases with ease, provide timely and prescient advice. He has on multiple occasions explained a unique solution to me that I could never have thought of. Quite an amazing attorney’.

‘Caroline Doyle – She is a really up and coming force for the next generation of talented tax lawyers. She is incredibly technical and was this year I believe promoted to Legal Director as testimony to her ability. She is a phenomenal tax technician with a real eye for complex detail intensive problems and advice. She is simply outstanding’.

‘Joshua Ryan is a force to be reckoned with, he is a fluent French speaker which has been beyond helpful in a number of UK/France matters. Josh is not only an excellent lawyer but a really well connected individual who is already making waves. Josh is a super star for the future ‘.

‘Jon Shankland has a very strong knowledge on complex international tax and structuring matters. Also his way of understanding the cross-border aspects impresses me. His strengths lie in his calm, reflective and absolutely results-oriented proactive approach. The response times to enquiries are always short and the answers without exception detailed’. 

‘Patrick Malone is every bit a leading figure in the Tax Trusts & Estates world; he is very calm and collected when dealing with highly technical, sprawling and ultra-high value clients. Clients in my experience love Patrick and he always seems to be available’.

Key clients

Simon Nicholls

Codan Trust Company / Nkosi Trust

Gillian HarwoodThe E M Shipping Family

JTC Group PLC (Trust & Fiduciary Company)Gillian Harwood

The Estate of Dorothy BohmJTC Group PLC (Trust & Fiduciary Company)

Lord Angus MacDonald, The Baron of Tradeston CBEThe Estate of Dorothy Bohm

The Baroness Van Dedem & Family Lord Angus MacDonald, The Baron of Tradeston CBE

The Research Partnership: Mark Jeffery and Mary AssimakopoulosThe Baroness Van Dedem & Family

Collas Crill International Law FirmThe Research Partnership: Mark Jeffery and Mary Assimakopoulos

Collas Crill International Law Firm

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Baroness Van Dedem and the Van Dedem Family and Trusts International tax, succession and estate planning across multiple jurisdictions for the ultra-high net worth family and related family structures.
  • Acting for a global top 10 charity on the UK tax, structuring and advisory work for their entry to UK and the EU. Particular focus on the UK tax advantages of UK incorporation for UK UHNW philanthropists
  • Acting for a leading UK entrepreneur and businessman in his tax and estate planning, as well as the management of his UK estate generally. Particularly advising in 2023 on the sale of his UK landed estate.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Water Tier 2

Weightmans LLP acts for both water and sewerage undertakers on both regulatory and day-to-day matters, with further expertise in competition and environmental law. Water-related disputes also fall within the team’s purview, taking instructions from both claimants and defendants. Corporate and regulatory consultant Clive Mottram leads the team alongside Simon Colvin, an environmental lawyer who assists with water developments requiring licences or permits in addition to providing support when pollution incidents occur. Principal associate Roger Bishop acts for water companies in flooding-related damage claims, while fellow principal associate Nick Barker, who joined from DWF in June 2022, advises water companies on environmental regulations and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Simon Colvin; Clive Mottram

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Roger Bishop is switched on and well organised, with good judgment about how to handle his cases.’

‘Clive Mottram has virtually unparalleled regulated water industry experience.’

‘The firm as a whole has a good reputation.’

‘Clive Mottram is an expert in Water Sector Law. Clive provided clear, practical and realistic advice. Clive was supported by Nick Barker. Both Clive and Nick were responsive, understood the issues we faced and were very helpful.’

Key clients

Severn Trent Water

Pennon Group

South Staffordshire Water

Peel Ports Group

Clarion Housing

Certas Energy Limited

LAT Water

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 2

Clients such as Queen Mary University London and the Open University rely on Weightmans LLP‘s ‘excellent sector knowledge‘ and depth of experience in procurement matters and disputes. The team has advised on high-value campus construction projects and redevelopments and taken on a wide array of contentious mandates, including procurement claims, contractual disputes, inquests following student deaths, and other reputationally sensitive student and staff disciplinary issues. Practice head Martin Vincent is also regularly entrusted to advise universities on strategically important regulatory, IP, and governance issues. Richard Vaughan is a key contact for high-value construction projects, while Josh Conroy, Susan Matthews, and Melanie Steed are highly recommended for their ability to act in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin Vincent

Testimonials

‘Excellent sector knowledge and understanding of our operating environment.’

‘Proactive, with a deep understanding of our organisation. Melanie Steed is extremely client-centric and is excellent to work with. She has an ability to take the complex and make it comprehensible.’

‘Very supportive, always helpful, pragmatic advice.’

‘Susan Matthews and Josh Conroy, in particular, are very approachable, responsive and helpful.’

Key clients

Lancaster University

Newcastle University

Nottingham College

Queen Mary University London

Royal Veterinary College

Solent University

The Open University

University of Cumbria

University of Keele

University of Leeds

Work highlights

  • Acted for Newcastle University in a coroner’s inquest following the death of a student.
  • Acted for Lancaster University in the successful rebuttal of a claim for breach of copyright brought by a firm of US based “Copyright Trolls”.
  • Advised Solent University on its entire suite of Knowledge Transfer policies and procedures in order to drive effective Knowledge Transfer for the entire institution.

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Weightmans LLP‘s public sector practice exhibits ‘in-depth and specialist knowledge of local government law‘ and is capable of advising on a wide breadth of projects for local councils. The team excels in providing governance and regulatory advice to support local governments’ procurement initiatives, contract arrangements, and infrastructure projects. The team also provides planning and CPO advice in connection with large-scale developments and is additionally noted for its data security expertise. Liverpool-based lawyer Simon Goacher is a key contact for governance matters, having supported numerous local councils in changing their governance models, and has also advised on a number of investigations in connection with contentious matters. Procurement expert Stephen Johns, who is Leeds-based, and commercial lawyer Vincent King, who practices from London, are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goacher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very helpful and have a great attitude. Regardless of the size or importance of my concerns, they have always provided a good steer. Particular strength has been in the development of funding agreements with third parties for government grant funding.’

‘Stephen Johns developed a good working relationship with us from the beginning which has been developed further over the years. He is always willing to spend time discussing any concerns, and I feel confident with the advice he provides.’

‘In-depth and specialist knowledge of local government law.’

‘Simon Goacher is very well regarded within the local government legal community. He has local government experience that spans the public and private sector.’

‘Good understanding of the different issues relevant to local government instructions.’

Key clients

Association of Directors of Public Health

EM Lawshare

Gloucestershire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Manchester City Council

NW Legal Consortium

Nottinghamshire County Council

West of England Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised the West of England Combined Authority on its Future Transport Zone programme of projects throughout 2022, which are funded by DfT and explore innovative ways to support the modal shift away from cars.
  • Advised Swale Borough Council on its change of governance model from a committee system to a leader and governance model.
  • Advised the London Borough of Waltham Forest on investigations related to a complaint that one of the elected members of the London Borough of Waltham Forest had breached its code of conduct by arranging for the flag of Northern Cyprus to be flown at a ceremony at the Town Hall.

Transport > Travel Tier 2

Weightmans‘ personal injury practice has strong expertise acting for the defence of non-UK insurers in the main, in cross-border matters, namely involving motor incidents which have occurred abroad. Additionally, it is experienced in handling claims involving plastic surgeries which have been undertaken in foreign countries. Team lead Nicholas Richards is noted as willing to ‘go the extra mile’ for clients. In September the firm secured a major boost with the acquisition of Pierre Thomas Law, taking on an eight-strong team in London.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Richards

Other key lawyers:

Simon Ball; Maud Lepez; Belinda Normandale; Virginie Medard

Testimonials

‘Weightmans provides an excellent service for high-value work, which is key for success in the cross-border market.’

‘Nicholas Richards’ expertise in this area is considerable, he is also very responsive and tries to go the extra mile on matters.’

‘Pierre Thomas has a fantastic team with expertise in European jurisdictions, particularly French law.’

‘Maud Lepez is smart, hardworking and achieves the best results for her clients.’

‘Pierre Thomas sorted everything for me in my case following my injury abroad. They helped me every step of the way. I was so relieved and it all took a lot of pressure of my family and I, we were pleased we had found a team with great experience.’

‘Maud Lepez is wonderful and informative. She is very reassuring in legal situations that can be intimidating; a true professional.’

‘Maud Lepez is fantastic. She knows her field very well, which is impressive, particularly in matters which span both UK and French law. She uses her wealth of knowledge to leverage cases to a pleasing and satisfactory resolution.’

‘Simon Ball is the best of the best – a true asset in assisting foreign insurers in defending any claim. Belinda Normandale is an excellent negotiator and Maud Lepez has extensive experience.’

Key clients

AIG Europe Assurances

Ageas Insurance

Coris

Dekra Claims Services

InterEurope AG

MIB

Van Ameyde

TUiR Warta

Zurich Insurance

Wizz Air

Lancashire Syndicate

Global Aerospace Underwriting

LRA

ION

CV Starr / Starr Underwriting

AXAXL

Allianz

Work highlights

  • Representing a Polish plastic surgeon and his clinic in Poland in a claim arising for the death of a patient who had attended his clinic for breast reduction surgery.
  • Representing an insurance company in a claims sought to challenge the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales to hear the claim.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 2

Weightmans LLP has a well-established commercial litigation team which acts for a broad mix of clients ranging from large corporates, local authorities, education institutions, owner managed and SME businesses. The team specialises in commercial contract disputes and trade mark infringement matters, amongst other areas. Sarah Conroy heads the team with experience in governance and constitutional issues. Andrew Roberts regularly acts for manufacturers in relation to contentious matters. Michelle Connor left for CG Professional in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Conroy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Weightmans LLP have a very customer centric approach. They work cooperatively and constructively with other firms. Their strategic approach is most refreshing and provides an added edge when compared to other firms.’

‘The Weightmans team operates with utmost commitment and they are very approachable. Andrew Roberts has been able to quickly gain understanding of our requirements and his ability to understand our business has proven invaluable in our working relationship.’

‘The commercial dispute team at Weightmans is reliable and efficient.’

‘Professional and hard working team who went above and beyond on a demanding case.’

‘Really excellent team, particularly acting for public sector clients in large scale litigation.’

Key clients

Fenland District Council

Imagen Therapeutics Limited

Polaris Medical Services Limited

Sovini Construction Limited /Sovini Commercial Limited

Landmarc Support Services Limited

Northside Truck & Van Limited

Anglesey County Council

S Norton & Co Limited

Bertazzoni S.p.A

Ventcroft Limited

Empower Housing Association Limited

Gentoo Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Northside Truck and Van Limited throughout their successful defence of High Court proceedings brought against them by Green GRP Logistics Limited.

Employment Tier 2

Fielding a highly regarded and deep bench of experienced practitioners, Weightmans LLP is chiefly noted for its impressive work in the public sector, working for a plethora of healthcare, policing, distribution and local governmental bodies on a wide range of employment matters. The team is fronted by national head Ben Daniel and the Manchester-centred Nick Newman, who is seasoned at negotiating claim settlements that pertain to equal pay, holiday pay and employee rights. Stephen Peacock has been a key figure in the firm’s strong stream of tribunal cases, defending particularly complex claims in the education and law enforcement sectors, while Emlyn Williams is a trusted contact to the NHS, representing them in significant unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Beyond his work as a strategic adviser to a variety of companies, Ian Pace‘s broad practice includes leading disciplinary investigations on behalf of employers, as well as having strong expertise in TUPE transfers and high-profile litigation. Saira Ali joined from Law by Design Limited in 2022 and has led large scale restructuring and redundancy matters.

Practice head(s):

Ben Daniel; Nick Newman

Testimonials

‘The team all have expert knowledge of employment law matters and are able to balance risk with commercial appetite when delivering advice. Advice is provided in a clear and timely manner, and I am always able to talk with someone when I need to.’

‘Ian Pace has taken time to get to know the organisation and the HR Team here. He’s personable, as is his team. Ian will take time to discuss options and in doing so will quantify any risks that enable informed decisions to be taken that keep the organisation as safe as possible.’

‘Overall a strong employment team, who make themselves readily available to the client. The team make it a priority to understand the core business, priorities and overall strategy, ensuring they have the relevant context for providing advice.’

‘The team are approachable and knowledgeable. They are always responsive and contactable. Their guidance is sound and wise.’

‘This is the best firm that I have dealt with and we have received a high quality service for many years. The Team are very friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. The team is very responsive with a broad knowledge of our sector.’

‘My main contact is Ian Pace and I cannot fault him. I have a great deal of experience working with employment solicitors at other firms in previous roles and Ian stands out by a mile. He is responsive, knows the sector inside out and is always commercially aware in his responses.’

Key clients

NHS England & NHS Improvement

The Lowry Hotel Limited

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Swissport GB Ltd

Royal Mail Group Ltd

Torus Group

The Placement Group

BARDOC Limited

The Merchant Taylors’ School

Beacon GP Care Limited

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool University

Exertis UK Ltd

Regenda Group

The Active Learning Trust (Multi-Academy Trust)

Clarion Housing Group

Chief Constable of Merseyside Police

Office of Nuclear Regulation

Colas Ltd

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the trust in significant unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claims that also involved lawyers making a successful appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
  • The team represented 400 former employees bringing claims following the collapse of Carillion.
  • Represented Academy Trusts as panel solicitors in the defence of Employment Tribunal litigation, recently defending an Academy Trust in a high-profile claim of religious discrimination relating to a Christian Pastor’s online comments on Gay Pride.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Possessing a broad national footprint and the Legalink network to supplement complex cross-border estates work, Weightmans LLP is geared to act on a diverse range of wills, trusts and probate matters. The firm is known for the trusted counsel it provides to clients in the corporate, sport and entertainment sectors pertaining estate and trust management, but also bolsters its full service offering through expertise in Court of Protection work, alternative investment vehicle structures, and establishing philanthropic endeavours. National and Manchester team head Richard Bate is a go-to for tax mitigation, wealth protection, and family trusts advice, and also competently acts for the interests of disabled and vulnerable individuals. Nina Sperring, who leads the Liverpool office and joined from FDR Law in February 2022, has a broad private client practice and is praised for her expertise in cross-border matters and innovative tax planning, while the ‘technical’ Sally Cook advises domiciles and non-domiciles on estate management, succession planning and tax mitigation. Lorraine Wilson is also active in the practice and has established strength in cross-border matters and the establishment of trusts.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bate

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Sally Cook, she consistently keeps me updated on the various jobs worked on, very well organised, provides me with well informed information – technical and general. Communication is essential and she conveys this information both professionally and in a user friendly manner.’

‘Weightmans has given me an exceptional blend of skills that I have found unique compared to the many practices that have provided me services over the years. They have given me a very tailored personal service, being extremely responsive to my many questions and requests, provided very good informed advice and then completed work in a very timely manner. This blend is very rare from my experience.’

‘Richard Bate has taken what to me is a complex subject and provided a very simple and defined framework to deal with the complexities of trust, probate and tax work. I have found that Richard responds immediately to requests and quickly puts in place a plan of action. I have full confidence in Richard as my legal advisor.’

‘I found the team very quick to pick up the issues and focus on the real issues and the deliverable. They returned calls and e-mails promptly and kept the probate office and HMRC on task which was no mean achievement at this time. They wrote in easy to understand English and did not make mountains out of molehills. I found the charges reasonable for coping with the bureaucracy involved and there was transparency in the fee process throughout.’

‘We primarily dealt with 2 individuals, Richard Bate and Lorraine Wilson. Both knew their job very well and showed real professionalism, a clear understanding of what we were trying to achieve and practical common sense coupled with a very sound knowledge of the law on how to get there. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for this type of work (will, probate and trust) both for planning and delivery.’

‘I dealt with Sally Cook who was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and provided an excellent service. She was easy to work with, dealt with any queries quickly and made me feel that nothing was too much trouble. She gave full and clear advice and dealt with matters promptly. She clearly has a good understanding of her subject.’

‘I have mainly dealt with the Weightmans personal tax, trusts and probate practice in Manchester (specifically Lorraine Wilson). I have always found the team to be very responsive, technically excellent and operate a problem solving approach to all matters. I have been very happy with the standard of work and service provided and I have no hesitation in referring my clients to the team (I am a Scottish solicitor) when they require specific advice on this particular area of English Law.’

‘I trust Lorraine Wilson’s technical knowledge implicitly. She is always very approachable and professional and quick to respond to correspondence. I value her commercial awareness in trying to find the most efficient and cost effective solution to any issue that I refer to her.’

Work highlights

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Weightmans LLP Liverpool-based local government practice offers a broad spectrum of advice to local councils and authorities ranging from regeneration projects and property transactions to procurement issues. With a previous career in local government law, Simon Goacher heads up the practice, and is an established practitioner on member conduct having carried out investigations on behalf of local authorities. While public law expert Morris Hill specialises in social care matters including child protection, Clive Bleasdale specialises in commercial property law and currently acts for Liverpool City Council on the £1bn Paddington Village project.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goacher

Other key lawyers:

Clive Beasdale; Morris Hill

Testimonials

‘Excellent in depth knowledge of local government law, with many of the team being former in house local authority lawyers.’

‘Simon Goacher has a huge amount of local government law expertise and experience, and was a former Monitoring Officer at Liverpool City Council’

‘Simon Goacher – very pragmatic and helpful’

Key clients

West of England Combined Authority

Association of Directors of Public Health

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Nottinghamshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Gloucestershire County Council

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Manchester City Council

EM Lawshare

NW Legal Consortium

Work highlights

  • Advising West of England Combined Authority on its Future Transport Zone programme of projects throughout 2022.
  • Advised Swale Borough Council on its change of governance model from a committee system to a leader and governance model, in particular advised on the changes required including drafting a new constitution.
  • Investigated a complaint that one of the elected members of the London Borough of Waltham Forest had breached its code of conduct by arranging for the flag of Northern Cyprus to be flown at a ceremony at the Town Hall.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

Weightmans LLP is recommended for providing ‘a service which is focused on achieving the client’s objectives‘. The firm acts for numerous registered providers including Riverside, Midland Heart and the Guinness Partnership, regularly assisting with matters ranging from housing litigation to employment work and financing. ‘Astute and pragmatic‘ litigator Sian Evans leads the team, supported by local authorities expert Lee Rogers. Matthew Wilson moved to Clarke Willmott LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sian Evans

Other key lawyers:

Lee Rogers; Luke Millington

Testimonials

‘Whilst being a heavy hitting practice which attracts a number of high profile clients, they have a down to earth approach which puts the client at the heart of a case. No matter how big or small the case, they will provide a service which is focused on achieving the client’s objectives, whether that is best served through negotiation or litigation.’

‘Sian Evans (Partner) is as an exceptional litigator. She is astute and pragmatic and understands the need to ensure that litigation is conducted proportionately.’

‘Clear advice balancing risk and commercial appetite. Someone is always available to talk to.’

‘Lee Rogers and Luke Millington have both taken time to understand our organisation and how we work. They provide clear advice in a timely manner and are both approachable and responsive.’

 

Key clients

Midland Heart

Riverside

Clarion Housing Group

Magenta Living

Sanctuary Housing

Regenda

Sovini

The Guinness Partnership

Forviva

Harbour Light Assisted Living

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Weightmans LLP advises on IT public procurement, systems integration and data protection for clients in sectors including transport, healthcare and education under the leadership of the experienced Sean Crotty. Sarah Walton advises on corporate and commercial side work for technology companies, while managing partner John Schorah has a notable specialism in the video games’ industry, having previously worked as a company CEO in that sector. Vincent King, head of the firm’s procurement group, is a further key name in this space.

Practice head(s):

Sean Crotty

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Walton; John Schorah; Vincent King; Laurence Pritchard

Testimonials

‘What stood out was their ability to keep things incredibly simple. Also, their response was quick and timely and they were able to cover the most important issues, showing an instant and smart understanding.’

‘Laurence Pritchard made working with Weightmans so pleasant and seamless.’

 

Key clients

Apadmi Limited

Insurance Fraud Bureau

Swissport GB Limited

West of England Combined Authority

The Open University

PTW International Holdings Limited

Side (UK) Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

DSW Ventures

Surrey and Sussex Police

NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT)

Westlab Limited

Mercarto Limited

Cybertill Limited

Palringo Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the West England Combined Authority on its Future Transport Zone programme, exploring the modal shift away from cars.
  • Advising Apadmi Limited on IT contract matters with their clients for the development of digital solutions, in particular mobile app development, UX/UI design and system integration.
  • Advised upon the procurement, IT, data and contractual aspects relating to the replacement of a major local authority’s Case Management System and End-to-End Customer Management Capability by way of the development of a SaaS cloud based solution.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 2

Weightmans LLP provides contractual, corporate governance and strategic support to a range of entertainment sector clients, including app developers and video game producers. Sean Crotty, a data compliance specialist, leads the team. He is supported by video games sector specialist John Schorah, who brings first-hand market experience to the practice, having worked previously as a CEO in this industry. Competition lawyer Laurence Pritchard also supports the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sean Crotty

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘What stands out is their ability to keep things incredibly simple. Also, their responses are quick and timely, and they are able to cover the most important issues, showing an instant and smart understanding.’

‘Laurence Pritchard made working with Weightmans so pleasant and seamless.’

Key clients

Apadmi Limited

Swissport GB Limited

West of England Combined Authority

The Open University

PTW International Holdings Limited

Side (UK) Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

DSW Ventures

Nomad Games Limited

NHS Blood & Transplant

Westlab Limited

Mercarto Limited

Cybertill Limited

Palringo Limited

Novarama Technology SRL

Work highlights

  • Advised Side (UK) Limited on a variety of voice talent and motion capture agreements with actors in relation to a number of titles.
  • Advised Apadmi Limited on corporate and commercial issues, contract review and negotiations as well as governance and strategic support.
  • Advising an automobile manufacturer in relation to a high value procurement of specialist media and entertainment equipment and services for in-car use.

North West > Transport Tier 2

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Newcastle Tier 2

Weightmans corporate team, led by Duncan Reid, is known for providing ‘exceptional business advice against a backdrop of solid commercial knowledge’. Reid advises clients, including private equity companies, on investments involving debt and equity, with Paul Wigham also a key name to note in this space. Reid and Wigham not only advice investors but also support target companies of investments. Kirsty Adamson and recent arrival Eleanor Baird support at principal associate level, while associate Nick Gray is also a key figure. The Newcastle team regularly work with Marc Allison, who relocated from Newcastle to Leeds.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Reid

Testimonials

‘I would describe Weightmans corporate finance team as genuine dealmakers as opposed to many other local firms. They work proactively and collaboratively with both parties to ensure the best deal is completed at the best cost and in the best timescale.’

‘My two main contacts are Duncan Reid and Nick Gray. Both very capable and personable advisers.

‘Duncan Reid took time to get to know me and my plans a full two years before we transacted any project together which showed massive personal and relationship commitment.’

‘In completing two separate investment agreements, I found both Duncan Reid and Nick Gray to be patient and inclusive in explaining the key issues in somewhat complex agreements.’

‘We deal with Nick Gray whom we find persistent, calm, and very capable with a good understanding of venture capital structures.’

‘Weightmans Newcastle team has an impressive group of corporate lawyers, with forward-thinking commercial acumen. They do not bill excessive hours by chasing unobtainable deal terms, but rather take a pragmatic approach to legally executing a win-win scenario for all parties. Highly respected in the VC, IP and technology verticals.’

‘Duncan Reid and his corporate team at Weightmans offers exceptional business advice against a backdrop of solid commercial knowledge. Having completed many deals, on both a large and small scale, they understand what needs to be achieved to architect a deal that gets completed.’

‘Duncan Reid is highly personable and a trusted advisor to many of the top technology companies in the North of England, and beyond. I would have no hesitation in recommending his services to anyone looking for solid commercial legal advice, with a “get the deal” done mentality.’

Key clients

Business Growth Fund

Bluetree Design & Print Limited

LDC (Managers) Limited

Food for Thought Solutions Limited

Crafter’s Companion Limited

Camerons Brewery Limited

Northstar Ventures

RamarketingPR Limited

Maven Capital Partners

Perwyn Advisers

Additional Lengths

Mercia Fund Management

Redu Group

Broadband Satellite

Zerolight

Total Recycling Services

Work highlights

  • Advised the fund managers of LDC Limited on its investment in Scarlett Abbott (Topco) Limited.
  • Advised RemarketingPR Limited in connection with a high value equity investment by NorthEdge in its global life sciences marketing agency.
  • Advised LDC (Managers) Limited on its investment in Cleveland Containers Limited.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Newcastle Tier 2

Christopher Graham, head of Weightmans’ regional office in Newcastle, leads high court actions concerning the prevention of database misuse, the recovery of diverted funds and investigations into serious fraud compliance as well as freezing orders. Experienced commercial litigator Anthony Rance is a go-to name for disputes involving professional negligence, issues pertaining to IT projects, the misuse of confidential information and cyber incidents. Legal director Jill Dalkin is a specialist in assisting a diverse range of clients with high value real estate litigation. Principal associate Mark Reeves is a key support in professional negligence, franchise and misuse of information disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cox

Testimonials

‘Weightmans would be my first thought and top choice in the region if someone rang me in panic about the company having just fallen victim to a cyberattack.’

‘Jill Dalkin stood out with her attention to detail and determination to get things right, as well as an ability to communicate legal process and technical information in a clear way to us as clients with little legal background. Chris Graham was also excellent with his clarity of thought and proactive thinking which enabled a clear strategy for the case.’

‘Jill Dalkin has a tenacity and determination for success for her clients. With her exceptional professional knowledge and skills, plain talking, unflappable demeanour without any sign of aggression, it has proved very beneficial to us achieving in excess of our goal in a recent dispute.’

‘A strong and experienced team who give sensible and thorough advice. They will take matters to court if necessary but also negotiate a settlement if that is in the best interests of the client.’

‘Jill Dalkin is sensible and pleasant but a tough negotiator. Takes her own views of cases. She is a star.’

‘From the very beginning Weightmans gave me the highest level of professional services, with such a large expert pool of professionals to draw knowledge from.’

‘Anthony Rance in particular has always gone above and beyond in all aspects of work that he has undertaken. No matter what time day or night, if an urgent issue arose, or a deadline was fast approaching, he would always do whatever was required to get the job done in his usual professional and diligent manner.’

‘Mark Reeves is the best solicitor you could have for a commercial dispute. A really safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Northern PowerGrid

Tanfield Group Plc

David Allen Chartered Accountants

Leighton Corporation

The Veterans Foundation

Dimerco Express Group

SNC- Lavalin Group

Redu Group Limited

Engie

PSI Global Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Tanfield Group Plc in a professional negligence claim against two separate law firms located in different jurisdictions.

Employment Tier 2

Noted for having a ‘strong and capable’ employment team, Weightmans assists both employers and former employees with unlawful termination of employment contracts. The Newcastle-based team also takes on unfair dismissal and unlawful discrimination cases. Regional office head and lead partner in the employment team Christopher Graham advises clients on TUPE transfer requirements and represents clients in employment tribunal claims. Likewise, legal director Kerry Waters is a key support and specialises in taking on employment matters of commercial and contractual disputes concerning employee confidential information and the enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Graham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The employment team at Weightmans are very strong, capable and they fully understand the needs of clients.’

‘The service we received from Kerry Waters during an employment dispute was excellent, friendly and helpful. Kerry explained emotive and complicated issues very well and helped us to achieve an acceptable outcome.’

‘Client centric approach with good balance between addressing legal risk and operational as well as economical relevance. Very good value for money.’

‘I have worked with Christopher Graham from Weightmans on several occasions. He has many years of experience, and his down-to-earth and robust approach demonstrates his understanding of clients and their needs. I have always been glad to have him in my corner!’

‘Christopher Graham is very experienced and knowledgeable. He takes a strategic approach to the issue. He is available and flexible. Excellent supporting team of professionals.’ 

Key clients

Federal Signal Inc

Building Design Partnership Limited

Victor Products Limited

AIG UK Limited

J & B Recycling Limited

Mr Peter Welsh and Mr Graham Welsh

Sheffield City Council

Gwynedd Council

The Ombudsman Service Limited

HR Business Plus and Mrs Sheila Watson

Work highlights

  • Defended HR Business Plus and Mrs Sheila Watson against a discrimination claim.
  • Advised Sheffield City Council and Sir Mark Lowcock on an inquiry into the Sheffield Street Trees dispute.
  • Advised the shareholders and management team of Strategic North Limited on its sale to Prescient Healthcare Group, including employment matters.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Following its merger with RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP in June 2022, Weightmans entered the North East with a strong Newcastle-based partner-led team handling highly sensitive, complex and high-value claims, including catastrophic injuries, fatalities, brain injury, chronic pain and psychiatric injuries. Angela Kirtley, who has particular expertise in high value birth injuries, Robert Rushton, both joining from Ward Hadaway LLP in May 2022, Jasmine Armstrong and Paul Hughes now jointly head the team which is currently acting as the NHS Resolution legal panel. The group is involved in myriad inquiries and the infected blood investigation, as well as medical malpractice claims for insurers.

Practice head(s):

Angela Kirtley; Jasmine Armstrong; Robert Rushton; Paul Hughes

Testimonials

‘Experienced, good relations with both barristers and clients. Good choices of experts and always instructed well. Unlike some Defendant firms they are always on top of the papers and considering them themselves rather than simply acting as a post box.’

‘Rob Rushton is dedicated, and works very hard. Really gets into the detail of cases.’

‘The Trust’s relationship with Weightman’s is relatively new and still developing. However, the team have taken on quality solicitors from other panel firms to build a strong, experienced team who can efficiently deal with inquests, claims and court of protection matters.’

‘The firm have held some very useful and relevant training sessions and webinars, specifically a well organised and insightful Court of Protection session.’

‘A determined, well resourced and highly experienced team of dedicated professionals.’

‘Angela Kirtley is a supremely able practitioner in this field. She unites profound technical expertise and determination to get the best results with an innate capacity to see things for what they are and to get to the heart of an issue. She succeeds in being both humane and tough at the same time.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS FT

County Durham and Darlington NHS FT

Gateshead Health NHS FT

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS F

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Wye Valley NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS FT

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS FT

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHST

Weight to Go Ltd

Work highlights

  • Resolution of liability in a complex case concerning factual and expert disputes as to the nature of the claimant’s heart attack and whether he could have survived without hypoxic brain injury if he had stayed in hospital after his first heart attack.
  • Representing a patient in a claim relating to delay in treating meningitis and the consequences of post operative problems following brain surgery to remove a tumour.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Andrew Brammer at Weightmans LLP has a proven track record of successfully defending national and international organisations across multiple sectors in cases involving the HSE, Environment Agency and the local authority trading standards. Principal associate, Tom Boulton , has developed a growing reputation for successfully defending individuals and organisations on the full range of health and safety offences. Associate, James Muller , is a committed regulatory lawyer who covers inquests, corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases. The 'excellent' team forms part of a strong national offering.

Practice head(s):

Dewi Ap-Thomas; David Lewis; Crispin Kenyon; Seonaid Busby; Andrew Brammer

Other key lawyers:

Tom Boulton; James Muller

Testimonials

‘The team have strong experience in regulatory law with a focus on health and safety. Having ex-HSE prosecutors working within the team gives them a real edge when it comes to defending corporate and individual clients’.

‘Tom Boulton and James Muller are so enthusiastic and always determined to achieve the best results for their clients’.

‘This practice has an in-depth knowledge of health and safety issues across a wide range of industry sectors and includes people who can bring insight from having worked for both the defence and the prosecution’.

‘Tom Boulton has always been very focussed on helping his clients get the best advice they could so that they understand the challenges facing them and can act from a position of informed choice’.

‘Weightmans are rightly regarded as a market leader in the midlands. They have a very strong health and safety team – particularly in the education sector. Their commitment to their client is superb, and their drive to achieve the best results possible formidable’.

‘Andrew Brammer is one of the most dedicated lawyers I know. He truly cares about his clients and works tirelessly to protect them. Top drawer’.

‘Andrew Brammer is excellent with clients and good at managing expectations and identifying real issues. James Muller has a thorough knowledge of health and safety cases. Tom Boulton is very knowledgeable about inquests’.

‘They are punctual and articulate’.

Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 2

Manchester-based Emma Collins , heads the department at Weightmans LLP that is praised for ‘its attention to detail‘. In Birmingham, Tania Derrett-Smith’s areas of practice include divorce, pre and post nuptial agreements and advising on arrangements for children. She has considerable experience in cases involving family businesses, properties in the UK and overseas as well cases involving complex pensions issues. Associate, Rupa Parekh, specialises in financial matters arising from separation and divorce. Fiona O’Sullivan has now retired.

Practice head(s):

Emma Collins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Tania Derrett-Smith is client focused, providing her clients with sound practical advice. She also provides clients with excellent support through what is often a difficult litigation process‘.

‘Tania Derrett-Smith really does excel in her professionalism and commitment to the profession and her clients. Tania oozes professionalism and the quality of her service is exceptional‘.

‘A good all round team – the work being covered by a National team of lawyers, a system that works extremely well both for the lay client and the barrister’.

Tania Derrett-Smith. First rate lawyer, hard working, well organised and empathetic. A pleasure to work for’.

‘Weightmans are a national firm with a small but well-resourced family team operating out of their Birmingham office. Tania Derrett-Smith heads up the team and is now ably assisted by more recently arrived Rupa Parekh, who has experience beyond her years and is a good addition to the team’.

‘Rupa Parek is an excellent addition to the family law team. Rupa is approachable and a sensible advocate, who is happy to be proactive in the cases that she manages’.

‘The team at Weightmans offer a very collaborative approach with high quality lawyers. They are able to offer international advice, which stands out from other firms and they also have a distinct focus on LGBTQ plus family law, which also makes them rather unique’.

They give pragmatic legal advice and are down to earth. They do not fight for the sake of fighting. Rupa Parekh in the Birmingham team is a very conscientious family lawyer who cares for her clients’.

Public sector > Health Tier 2

Weightmans LLP, a firm that goes ‘above and beyond for clients’, undertakes work relating to public inquiries and strategic, regulatory and construction issues in the healthcare sector. Its client roster includes NHS providers, emergency services and local authorities. Mike Clifford possesses strength in handling corporate and commercial matters for healthcare organisations, while Jill Weston joined the team from Mills & Reeve LLP in October 2022, bringing with her experience in personal health budgets, for both adults and young children, as well as in relation to the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act. Adding further strength to the team is the ‘invaluable’ Jasmine Armstrong, whose broad experience encompasses clinical negligence, discrimination and inquests, among other areas. Other key practitioners include Deborah Bannister, Daniel Barchet (who joined the practice from Harrison Clark Rickerbys in December 2022),  Sarah Jane Knight, Sarah Hopwood and Tony Yeaman.

Practice head(s):

Mike Clifford; Deborah Bannister; Jasmine Armstrong; Jill Weston; Daniel Barchet; Sarah Knight; Sarah Hopwood; Tony Yeaman

Testimonials

‘The service received from Weightmans is courteous, professional and always on point. The Weightmans team are able to provide broad support across all areas of need, providing support and timely advice to inform important decisions.’

‘Jasmine Armstrong has excellent knowledge and experience. Jasmine is a first point of contact and is invaluable in connecting me to the right member of the wider team.

‘Sarah Knight is very knowledgeable, sensible and delivers well-considered views and advice appropriate to the client.

‘Sarah Hopwood is an excellent lawyer who is willing to work with the client to find the right solution, not just offer advice.’

‘I have been very happy with Weightmans, they have provided excellent legal advice and a professional service. They also go above and beyond for clients, including he training opportunities they provide.’

‘Weightmans have been extremely responsive. I have on multiple occasions contacted them and been assigned someone to help within a matter of an hour. As a client you feel valued.’

Key clients

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS FT

University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS FT

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS FT

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHST

Integra Supported Housing

Norse Care

Hereford and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS T

Weight to Go Ltd

Community Integrated Care

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised a hospital regarding a best interest case involving a patient with a rare terminal neuro degenerative condition required invasive treatment to maintain their airway. Following consideration of factual evidence from family members, clinical staff together with expert opinion the Court made the declaration sought.
  • Advised upon a £multi-million acquisition of Rodericks Dental Group, one of the UK’s biggest providers of dental care. Together with the acquisition of Dental Partners the combined group is the UK’s 3rd largest dental provider group. Advising on the material sale and purchase documentation, management warranty deed and disclosure schedules.
  • Advised on an NHS trust merger under Schedule 4 of the NHS Act 2006, undertaking substantial due diligence and advising on deal critical UK care regulatory and HSE regulatory aspects of the proposed acquisition.

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Weightmans is primarily active across litigation, project work, and risk management, with a specialism in dealing with industrial disputes and organisational change management. The team has a significant presence in the healthcare and public sectors, while practice head Ben Daniel‘s particular involvement is in industrial disputes relating to transport. As an advocate, he is also active in relation to Employment Tribunal hearings, much like Nick Newman, who also provides strategic advice across the full spectrum of work.

Practice head(s):

Ben Daniel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The employment team has a keen customer-focused approach, seeking to understand what is important to the client and what the customer is seeking in respect of issue resolution. The legal expertise offered is exceptional, well considered and thought through, and delivered in a way that makes it easier for the client to understand opportunities and risk and determine its approach.’

‘Nick Newman is an amazing lawyer; professional in his approach and clearly well versed in his specialism. He is clear in his guidance and advice, takes time to understand and clarify issues, and delivers clarity in respect of risk and opportunity. Nick is calm and assured and works through problems with seemingly effortless ease in order to identify options for management and resolution. Nick is a joy to work with.

All individuals are extremely knowledgeable and helpful with queries, responding quickly to queries. Nick Newman works with us closely, understanding the nuances of the industry we work in and he is on hand when needed. He is always able to respond to queries or situations we are experiencing, and where not possible immediately, will come back when he says he will.’

A clear, pragmatic approach that is customer centric, with a very quick response and turn around to queries and issues with a real desire to understand your business and the nuances of any particular situation.’

The expertise and approach of Ben Daniel is excellent and gives immense confidence in the advice and options available to you across a range of complex industrial relations landscape. Also excellent support from Nick Newman.’

Weightmans have been providing employment law advice to my organisation for seven years. From day one they took the time to get to understand the nature of our business. We have a dedicated contact within Weightmans who is always available and very responsive. When he is not available, alternative arrangements are proactively put in place.’

‘For Nick Newman, nothing is too much trouble; responsive, takes the time to understand the situation, clarity of advice recognising the subtle nuances, and understands the management position. He has a focus on helping the organisation come to a resolution, recognising the different risks at play, and goes the extra mile.’

Ben Daniel is an exceptional employment solicitor. Very client focused, legally knowledgeable and tactically astute. He is my go-to employment solicitor as I firmly believe he is the best employment solicitor in the country. Absolutely top drawer.’

Key clients

FirstGroup

National Express

Turners

Hoyer Group

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Cafcass

Phoenix Futures

Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust

Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Supporting the National Transport Provider with the management, defence, and attendance at hearings for Employment Tribunal claims.
  • Acted for an NHS Trust in relation to a disputed TUPE transfer, with both the client and another employer claiming no responsibility for certain terminated employees.
  • Acting for a University client in the defence of an Employment Tribunal claim from a member of academic staff.

Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

Weightmans LLP’s family offering in Leeds is led by the Manchester-based Emma Collins. The team has particular experience regarding pre- and post-nuptial agreements, financial remedies involving inherited wealth, and digital / crypto assets. It also has notable expertise regarding children work, including international abduction cases. Antony Ball leads the firm’s national mediation practice and Lucy Phipps joined the team in November 2022 from Harrowells Solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Emma Collins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Weightmans team is very highly regarded in Leeds and beyond. Being part of a firm with a significant nationwide reputation means that it is able to draw on the strengths of other departments, which is of significant advantage to clients.’

‘Lucy Phipps is a very impressive family practitioner. She pursues her client’s cases with tenacity and vigour, and clients are in no doubt that they are in very capable hands.’

‘Weightmans are a professional but caring firm that in a situation of a divorce have an abundance of knowledge to help clients in all situations.’

‘Lucy Phipps is exceptionally supportive and caring towards any client going through divorce/family issues. She leads her team with support at the core. She makes clients feel at ease because they need to be in a position to bear all, and they feel that they will not be judged. Her vast knowledge is amazing.’

‘Lucy Phipps is an extremely effective solicitor who pulls out all the stops for her clients. She has a no-nonsense approach and keeps a cool head in the most challenging of situations.’

‘Weightmans have a skilled, respected and dynamic family team, placing a strong emphasis on ADR and mediation. In the past few years, their work has gone from strength to strength, partly due to very successful new appointments.’

‘Lucy Phipps is a fantastic solicitor. Her tactical decision-making in litigation is excellent. She is a power of strength to her clients, and her commitment and care for a case is second to none.’

‘Antony Ball works hard to ensure clients get value for their money. He puts the hours in and works tirelessly to get the right outcome for his clients. Professional and caring with a wealth of knowledge, I would be happy to recommend him to anyone.’

Work highlights

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

Weightmans‘ team is led by health and safety consultant specialist Crispin Kenyon, in close collaboration with the firm’s national offices, namely Liverpool-based Dewi Ap-Thomas; Leeds-based David LewisSeonaid Busby who is based in Glasgow; and Andrew Brammer who works from the Birmingham office. Lili Oliver is a corporate risk management specialist. The team is well equipped to advise on the remit of safety regulations and notably advised on the chlorine gas explosion at London Aquatic Centre in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Dewi Ap-Thomas; David Lewis; Crispin Kenyon; Seonaid Busby; Andrew Brammer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Weightmans assist us with both regulatory and civil work. The health and safety team really know there area of specialty and are easy to work with.’

‘Crispin Kenyon knows his area of expertise. He is easy to work with, and is consistent in his approach. Crispin is a very reassuring to have around in difficult situations and provides us with an number of options and approaches on the best way to deal with matters.’

‘Crispin Kenyon is a partner with much experience in this area and is a go-to person for health and safety cases.’

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

Weightmans LLP fields an excellent national team, which covers a wide range of health & welfare, as well as property & financial affairs matters. It acts for a large number of local authorities, NHS Trusts and private health and social care providers. Areas of expertise span advising on consent to medical treatment, the overlap between the Mental Health Act/Mental Capacity Act, and issues surrounding safeguarding. At the helm are Simon GoacherRichard JollyRichard Bate and Sarah Louise Walker.

Practice head(s):

Simon Goacher; Richard Jolly; Richard Bate; Sarah Louise Walker

Other key lawyers:

Morris Hill

Testimonials

‘Very experienced across a range of Court of Protection issues. Morris Hill’.

‘What makes this team unique is that many of them have had prior experience of working for local authorities which means they are uniquely aware of how local authorities work and the legal issues we face’. 

‘Morris Hill is always very knowledgeable and approachable. He is comfortable with the most complex of cases and always gives useful and practical legal advice’.

‘This is a global powerhouse of a firm’.

‘Weightmans have an excellent Court of Protection team. They are experienced in representing public bodies in the most complex of matters. They are trusted as a safe pair of hands by many local authorities’.

‘Morris Hill is exceptional. He gives pragmatic advice and gets to the heart of the issues. He is excellent with clients’.

 

Key clients

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Derbyshire County Council

Gateshead MBC

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Wigan MBC

Wakefield MBC

Kirklees MBC

Leeds City Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

Work highlights

  • Acts on behalf of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in relation to a patient with cancer. P lacks capacity to make decisions in relation to his treatment and he requires surgery otherwise he has a very poor prognosis.
  • Acts on behalf of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in ongoing Court of Protection proceedings concerning a patient that lacks capacity in relation to his care and support needs and residence.
  • Acts on behalf of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in Court of Protection proceedings concerning P who had an acquired brain injury. He was a patient on the Trust’s rehabilitation unit and had reached his rehabilitation potential.

Private client > Family Tier 3

Headed by Manchester-based Emma Collins, Weightmans LLP has ‘a very impressive family law team, now much stronger by reason of the merger of Weightmans and RadcliffeLeBrasseur.’ In London, Caroline Penfold advises on all aspects of private family law, from pre and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements, to complicated financial and property cases involving substantial assets in an international context. Other primary areas of expertise include advising on disputes over children, domestic violence and emergency injunctions. Carina Smith has a diverse practice and a particular interest in cases with an international dimension.

Practice head(s):

Emma Collins

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Penfold; Carina Smith; Robert Emmett; Lucy Raho-Jeavons

Testimonials

‘Caroline Penfold has always done high-quality work, with cases involving substantial assets and, often, something particularly difficult involved.’

‘Caroline Penfold is extremely experienced, and has seen most things. She is unflappable, has extremely good strategic thinking, and is always focussing on the end of the case in deciding how to conduct each stage.’

‘Carina Smith is the most conscientious solicitor that any lay client could wish for. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of her cases and thinks about them from every angle. Her advice is balanced and her client care is second-to-none; she gives a Rolls-Royce service.’

‘Caroline Penfold, Robert Emmett and Lucy Raho-Jeavons are all excellent. The family team is extremely dedicated and able. They have strength at all levels. They excel in providing an excellent service.’

‘Caroline Penfold is a very experienced partner who provides an excellent personal service to her clients. She is pragmatic and solution-focussed. She provides huge levels of personal support to her clients and is very able at managing their expectations. She has a very good bedside manner and manages to remain calm and unflappable at the tensest of times.’

‘Robert Emmett is incredibly smart, very insightful, and a really impressive family lawyer who delivers terrific results. Caroline Penfold is a natural family lawyer with great experience.’

‘The merger with RLB has offered the brand far more in London. Carina Smith is a fantastic partner with a great client base.’

‘I worked with Carina Smith and was thoroughly impressed with her throughout the process. Carina combined her evident legal knowledge and intelligence with a healthy dose of pragmatism to find the best solutions. I always felt Carina was focused on my best interests.’

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 3

The ‘excellent‘ team at Weightmans LLP represents a diverse client base of mental health trusts, hospital trusts, and healthcare professionals in inquiries, procurement-related matters, and data breach claims. Andrew Parsons has a great deal of experience in CQC regulation, often acting in Court of Protection cases concerning mental health law. With her vast expertise in clinical negligence, Rachel Kneale acts for a number of NHS trusts, while Julia Appleton handles a broad range of matters, ranging from consent, urgent admission, and treatment issues, to judicial reviews concerning healthcare bodies.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Parsons; Rachel Kneale

Other key lawyers:

Sejal Raja; Julia Appleton

Testimonials

‘Excellent defendant healthcare practice.’

‘They have a range of expert legal practitioners in most fields of practice. They offer a variety of services to the organisation.’

‘The team is very dedicated, they dedicate their competence and expertise without fail, they possess vast knowledge of the legal matters they represent.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Central and Northwest London NHS Foundation Trust

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

NHS Blood & Transplant

IDH Dental

Dentex

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS FT

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for an NHS Trust who had care of a female patient with a history of mental health and substance misuse problems in an inquest.
  • Advising NHS Eesolution on a claim that arose from events at the time of the claimant’s birth.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Video games Tier 3

Under the Liverpool-based Sean Crotty's leadership, Weightmans LLP's media and entertainment practice has had recent success advising on commercial contracts for mobile app game developments, in addition to voice talent and motion capture agreements with high profile actors. IT, IP and data protection expert Nicola Gonnella – who splits her time between Glasgow and London – is also recommended for her expertise in the video game sphere.

Practice head(s):

Sean Crotty

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Apadmi Limited

Swissport GB Limited

West of England Combined Authority

The Open University

PTW International Holdings Limited

Side (UK) Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

DSW Ventures

Nomad Games Limited

NHS Blood & Transplant

Westlab Limited

Mercarto Limited

Cybertill Limited

Palringo Limited

Novarama Technology SRL

Work highlights

  • Advised Side (UK) Limited on a number of voice talent and motion capture agreements with high profile actors in relation to major video game titles.
  • Advised Apadmi Limited on various commercial agreements, ranging from app development and maintenance agreements, licensing and professional services agreements, to corporate acquisitions and framework agreements.

Transport > Aviation Tier 3

Specialising in aviation insurance matters, Weightmans LLP acts for underwriters in complex coverage claims, including a number of insurers facing claims from lessors whose aircraft were seized by Russia. Leading the team is Andrew Krausz, an experienced litigator noted for his work defending claims of carrier liability and coverage issues, while Adam Baker has a broad practice encompassing commercial claims and those concerning general aviation. Sonia Lopez joined the team from Clyde & Co in September 2022, adding expertise in catastrophic loss and passenger claims, while principal associate Lisa Williams‘ arrival from Kennedys in March 2023 further strengthens the team.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Krausz

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of their field, which delivers considerable comfort to their clients.’

‘They typically ‘spool up’ very quickly, identifying the key issues and getting to grips with them swiftly and to best advantage.’

‘We have always found the firm to be very efficient, professional and all the team have a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in aviation.’

‘Their rates are very competitive compared to other firms in the sector, which is also backed by knowing that a case is being handled by individuals with aviation experience.’

‘We have worked with Andrew Krausz and Sonia Lopez predominantly. We have found them both to be very knowledgeable, friendly, professional and approachable.’

‘Andrew Krausz heads up the team and our dealings with Andrew have always been a pleasure. He is very good to work with, and his knowledge is exceptional.’

‘On the cases we have worked on, Andrew Krausz has a great relationship with clients and will always go the extra mile to fight our corner as a team.’

‘Andrew Krausz will always look to settle cases early if liability is an issue for us, and he is always available to take a call to discuss strategy.’

Key clients

Wizz Air

AIG

Lancashire Syndicate

Global Aerospace Underwriting

LRA

ION

CV Starr/Starr Underwriting

AXA XL

Allianz

Aeromexico

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Aerospace Underwriting on coverage and coverage claims relating to Russia and Ukraine involving multiple commercial aircraft and assets under multiple policies of reinsurance.
  • Advised AIG on coverage and coverage claims relating to Russia and Ukraine involving multiple commercial aircraft and assets under multiple policies of reinsurance.
  • Instructed to defend the owners of the Piper Malibu aircraft carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson from France to Wales.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 3

Weightmans LLP acts for a host of blue-chip corporate clients, who turn to the team for its experience in competition, data protection and information technology matters. Beyond these noted areas of expertise, the group’s broad offering encompasses private equity, M&A, and venture capital deals. Transactional lawyer Seray Kitchingman specialises in share and asset acquisitions. She co-heads the practice with Tom Trowhill, who handles data protection and intellectual property issues. Laurence Pritchard draws praise from clients for his commercial expertise, particularly in competition law. Corporate partner Gary Jones is also recommended. Michael Murphy made partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Seray Kitchingman; Tom Trowhill

Other key lawyers:

Laurence Pritchard; Gary Jones; Michael Murphy

Testimonials

‘Gary Jones has a very fine brain and good commercial awareness.’

What stood out was their ability to keep things incredibly simple. As well their response was quick and timely. And they were able to cover off the most important issues, showing an instant and smart understanding.

‘Laurence Pritchard made working with Weightmans so pleasant and seamless.’

Key clients

S. Norton & Co. Limited

TuffX Processed Glass Limited

George Roberts (North West) Limited

MD Insurance Group

Ventcroft Limited

River Capital

Foresight Group LLP

Edge Hill Health Centre

Bridge Road Medical Centre

Edge Hill Health Centre

Shawton

Goonhilly

NHS Blood and Transplant

George Roberts UK

Recruitment People

Marpol Security

Gravity Smart Campus

Meade King Robinson

Sonoco

Side UK Limited

Lotus Bakeries

Melitta

Peel Ports

Silverbean

HSS Hire Services Group

APCER Life Services

Northside Truck & Van Hire

Acromas Insurance Company Limited

Parlingo

Work highlights

  • Advised the Shareholders of MD Insurance Group in their sale to HSB Engineering Insurance Limited.
  • Advised the Shareholders of Ventcroft Limited in their sale to NKT.
  • Advised Side UK on a variety of voice talent and motion capture agreements with various actors in relation to a number of titles.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Weightmans LLP provides a range of corporate services including acquisitions, disposals, group restructures, reorganisations and venture capital transactions. On the commercial side, the team works on IP, IT, data protection and competition law issues. Sarah Walton specialises in corporate transactions for owner managed businesses with support from Paul Raftery. Martin Vincent is experienced in advising university clients on contractual, outsourcing and procurement matters.

Testimonials

‘Pleasant and commercial.’

‘Commercial and experienced.’

‘A small but strong commercial and corporate finance team.’

‘Sarah Walton is a standout – a commercially minded yet detail orientated and immensely experienced lawyer.’

‘Weightmans have been excellent when faced with complex and sophisticated matters, which under procurement law happens frequently. Clients have often commented that Weightmans were very helpful in ensuring that they understand everything before making a decision on how to proceed and they have always been quick to respond.’

‘Weightmans’ service levels and responsiveness has been excellent. We have never been left wondering why Weightmans didn’t respond – we have always received swift responses and a quality service.’

‘Weightmans deliver to budget and quote accurately all matters on which we have requested advice. Weightmans’ pricing is very competitive and great value for money particularly given the complexity and time taken on advising and assisting clients on difficult matters.’

‘Weightmans constantly have their finger on the pulse around any commercial developments and recent matters which may impact their advice. Knowing the market and any issues which may crop up (including best ways to deal with them) puts Weightmans ahead of the pack.’

Key clients

Sonoco Limited

Bestway National Chemists Limited t/a Well Pharmacy

Scott Fletcher MBE

VibePay Limited

Community Integrated Care

Trust Alliance Group Limited

Strategic North Limited

DSW Ventures

TAC Holding Limited

House of Hearing Limited

Regital Limited

Mawdsley-Brooks & Co

Westlab Limited

Hoyer Petrolog UK Limited

Great Ideas Group Limited

Kreiss SIA

Ultima Furniture Systems Limited

Composites One LLC

Prosperity Investments and Developments Limited

Seventeen Group

Cybertill Ltd

BES

Dimerco

Manchester Fertility Services Limited

Mercarto Limited

West Northamptonshire Council

Rutland County Council

NHS Blood Transplant

North West Ambulance Service

Northern Health Science Alliance

Copeland Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Liverpool City Council

Leicestershire County Council

Surrey Police

Sussex Police

Lancashire Police

Cheshire East Council

Wigan Council

National Crime Agency

British Transport Police

Flintshire County Council

South Lakeland District Council

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Real Life Options

Keelman Homes

Locala Community Partnerships CIC

Be Caring

National Forest

Irwell Valley Housing Association

Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Association

University of Cumbria

Solent University

Queen Mary, University of London

Lancaster University

University of Liverpool

London Business School

Liverpool Hope University

The Open University

Sunderland University

Newcastle University

Keele University

Royal College of Physicians

Royal Veterinary College

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders and management team of Strategic North Limited on its sale to Prescient Healthcare Group following a competitive bid process.
  • Advised Apadmi Group Ltd and its trading company Apadmi Limited on the acquisition of XWITS Group B.V trading as The Mobile Company.
  • Acted for Well pharmacy on a number of acquisitions in 2022, including the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of N-Pharma Limited, L&P 244 Limited and Frosts Group Limited.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

Weightmans LLP‘s litigation practice in Manchester has extensive experience in a range of high-value complex commercial litigation from professional negligence, warranty claims, breach of contract, confidential and restrictive covenant claims, contentious IP disputes, defamation, company claims, shareholder disputes, and unfair prejudice petitions. ‘Very responsive and efficient’ Carole Spiller leads the team in both Manchester and Leeds.

Practice head(s):

Carole Spiller

Other key lawyers:

Damian Carter; Matthew Fox; Jessica Kraja; Josh Conroy; Richard Corran; Robert Jones; Andrew Roberts; Victoria Pace; Karen Elder

Testimonials

‘Weightmans have a high-powered and experienced team that fights for its clients.’

‘Carole Spiller. Very responsive, efficient and expert in her field.’

‘Damian Carter is a excellent team leader, knowledgeable, tactically gifted and highly motivated to do the best for his clients

‘Jessica Kraja. Very skilled and highly detailed in her approach to matters. She has really gone to the highest lengths to assist and always seems to have the right information just to hand.’

‘Richard Corran is clear-sighted and authoritative in his approach.’

‘Robert Jones – a great litigator who has seen it all and is great “client” solicitor. Conrad McDonald – very good lawyer who will be a star of the future’

‘Josh Conroy – calm, commercial and a good litigation tactician. Victoria Pace  – is always on top of the detail and makes sure the logistics of a case run smoothly.’

‘I have dealt with Damian Carter and Karen Elder, but they were a great team – Damian’s strategic vision combined with Karen’s written communication skills produced a powerful and cost-effective result.’

Key clients

Acasta Europe Limited and Acasta European Insurance Company Limited

Be Caring Limited

Anixter Limited

Kenneth Downing (former guitarist of Judas Priest)

Edge Worldwide Logistics Limited

London Fire Commissioner

Lancaster University

Royal Mail Group

All About Food Limited

Chiesi Limited

Apadmi Limited

Certas Energy UK Ltd

Mawdsley Brooks & Co Ltd

Bestway National Chemists Ltd T/as Well Pharmacy

The Lowry Hotel

Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

The Ombudsman Service Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for KK Downing (former guitarist in Judas Priest) in a multi-party professional negligence claim against solicitors who had advised on a multi-million pound property refinance deal to develop The Astbury – a stately home, hotel, golf and leisure complex in Shropshire.
  • Successfully defended Be Caring, the UK’s largest employee owned provider of social care, in a High Court action brought against it in the widely reported case of Blu Sky Limited v Be Caring Limited [2021] EWHC 2619 (Comm) and subsequent insolvency proceedings against the unsuccessful Claimant.
  • Acted on behalf in Birmingham City Council in bringing an application for Strikeout/Summary Judgement, within a Procurement law setting, which has the potential to significantly re-write the current law on limitation should the Court not accept the central propositions of BCC’s case.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

Liverpool-based public sector finance expert Patricia Grinyer, who is noted for her provision of ‘attention, dedication and support’, heads up the department at Weightmans LLP, which has strength in advising its clients on the structuring and deployment of technical schemes. The team's workload consists of advising on high-profile and high-value matters including Octopus Capital’s creation of the Greener Homes Alliance, worth £175m; the group also continues to advise public sector funds on the impact of Brexit. Gary Jones is experienced in advising on matters at national and international level.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Grinyer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very hands-on approach when providing advice, which is always well-structured.’   

‘The uniqueness that we have found using Weightmans is their personal service and support provision. They ensure that their clients understand everything that is presented to them. They are also dedicated to ensuring our best interests are always considered. Their advice, support and understanding has been second-to-none.’

‘They provide a very quick turnaround on work, ensuring all bases are covered. Patricia Grinyer in the team is always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Patricia Grinyer in particular needs to be commended on her personal and professional approach. She has been able to navigate a particularly complex situation with a range of different parties involved and has done her best at ensuring that we as her client are represented in the best manner.’

‘Patricia Grinyer goes above and beyond to mediate discussions and get us the results we require. We have never worked with someone from a legal practice that has given this amount of attention, dedication and support.’

‘Weightmans definitely stand out from the crowd.’ 

Key clients

Octopus Capital Limited

Lloyds Bank Plc

Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust

Santander Bank Plc

Maven Capital Partners

North West Business Finance Limited

West Midlands Combined Authority

Progressive Living

Business Enterprise Fund (BEF)

Mercia Fund Managers

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

The ‘very efficient and professional’ team at Weightmans LLP works in synergy with the non-contentious private wealth and family departments to provide a  holistic service to clients. As such, the firm is geared to act for clients with considerable foreign, business and charitable assets. The contentious department, led by national head Matthew Morton, has seen an uptick in work such as propriety estoppel and professional negligence claims, as well as being routinely involved in disagreements between executors and trustees. A reputed practitioner in the dispute resolution sphere, Robert Jones continues to build an impressive portfolio of high value Inheritance Act claims and will challenges on the grounds of capacity and fraud, while ‘personable and effective’ David McGuire has been highly active in department matters, including complex trust work and highly contested Court of Protection cases.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Morton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I work with Weightmans and rate them highly as a firm in the region. They have great strength in the practice area.’

‘I have worked with David McGuire. I consider him to be excellent solicitors. David has sound judgment and is very competent and efficient.’

‘I have worked with David McGuire on a contentious probate matter (acting for different parties). The matter involved acrimonious disputes with very difficult executors, including a professional executor. David worked very hard and showed great professionalism and patience to secure a settlement and distribution of the estate to our respective clients.’

‘The speed of response has been exceptional. Litigant correspondence is reviewed and provided to us along with draft responses in timescales that have consistently exceeded my expectations over a period of many months. There is a willingness to take feedback and make modifications which serves to create a strong sense of teamwork between client and advisor. David McGuire deserves specific note in this regard.’

‘David McGuire is both personable and effective. A steady pair of hands and a pleasure to work with.’

‘I have been instructed as a barrister by Weightmans on one matter, a complex will construction dispute. I have found the team to be very efficient and professional. My instructions were provided by David McGuire who has shown excellent technical understanding and an appreciation of the tactical considerations affecting the client’s position.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: Liverpool Tier 3

The real estate offering at Weightmans LLP has experience advising both public sector and private developer clients on an array of noteworthy, high-profile work of regional and national scale. Regeneration projects form a significant portion of the team’s workload, Additionally, it is experienced in assisting on the purchase and letting of clients’ property portfolios.  The team is led by Andrea Steventon, who works from the firm’s Manchester office. Clive Bleasdale and Janice Weatherly are the key names to note in Liverpool. Real estate specialist partner Christopher Grady departed in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Steventon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are very efficient and approachable. They advise on and deal with issues in an appropriate manner.’

Very knowledgeable in the residential sector, especially residential public sector opportunities.’   

‘Janice Weatherly knows and understands needs and requirements of her clients. She is very commercial and sees all the angles whilst providing the best solutions to close the deal.’

‘They have a sound commercial approach to all real estate matters without being bogged-down by slavishly following precedents, and always mindful of getting the job done to the client’s time frame. They provide greater value for money than their competitors. Partners don’t delegate inappropriately and this leads to the building of a strong bond of trust.’

Key clients

Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire) plc

St Helens Borough Council

MHA London

Bruntwood

Liverpool City Council

Eccleston Homes Ltd

Oak Tyres Limited

Forth Homes Limited

Liverpool Media Academy Limited

BDW Trading Limited

S Norton & Co Limited

N W Trading Limited

Reserve Forces’ and Cadet’s Association for the North West of England and the Isle of Man

IQUW Administration Services Limited

Open Solutions (OSUK) Limited

Royal Mail Group

Castle Green Homes Limited

Curtins Consulting Limited

Various Eateries Trading Limited

George Roberts (North West) Limited

Fanatics (International) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Liverpool City Council in the letting of parts of the Spine Building in the Knowledge Quarter, Liverpool, comprising a state of the art office tower dominating the skyline in the University District of Liverpool.
  • Advised IQUW Limited in the leasehold acquisition ofoffice premises at Fenchurch Street, central London for a 10-year term at an annual rental of £1.7m and ancillary supplemental agreements.

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

The team at Weightmans LLP is co-led by Colette Morgan-Ford from the Manchester office, and dispute specialist Tom Collins from Liverpool. The team is experienced in advising its clients at all stages of construction-related contracts and agreements, from inception to completion, regularly acting on such multi-million pound projects as the redevelopment of a Grade II listed building at Queen Mary University, London.

Practice head(s):

Tom Collins; Colette Morgan-Ford

Other key lawyers:

Richard Vaughan; Wynter O’Connor

Testimonials

‘Weightmans provide a great service. Their social housing and registered practitioner focus is strong and they ably provide quality, tailored advice.’

‘Tom Collins is very pro-active and always delivers. He has good grounding in construction law and applies a measured and common sense approach to matters.’

‘The team has impressive abilities, good responsiveness and exceptional communication. It quickly gets to grips with challenging technical issues and gains a detailed understanding which enables them to formulate a very robust case.’

‘The team calculates risk throughout key stages, allowing them to make informed decisions at all times. All team members are always professional in their approach and responsive to client needs. The team delivered a very successful outcome for us and this is due to the individuals involved. A truly exceptional team.’

‘Tom Collins and Wynter O’Connor are both excellent communicators who always go out of their way to respond in a timely manner, despite other demands. Both have an innate ability to analyses complex technical and legal issues and identify the key issues to be considered and presented. They ably identify risk and are resilient at all times.’

‘Tom Collins and Wynter O’Connor were able to interpret highly technical issues throughout our case and present them in a clear and logical format, which aided understanding of the key matters under consideration in the dispute. I would have no hesitation in engaging the team in any further legal challenges.’

Key clients

Jacobs (Halcrow Group Limited)

Watkin Jones & Son Limited

One Vision Housing Limited

Clarion Housing Group Limited / Latimer Developments Limited

Liverpool City Council

Sefton MBC

University of Cumbria

Populo Living

Fanatics (International) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the successful Council in the reported case of The Metropolitan Borough Council on the enforceability of adjudication decisions where there is an arbitration clause.
  • Acting for Queen Mary University of London in respect of their £70m development of their new school of business management.
  • Acting for Cordia Blackswan in their development of 366 residential units in Digbeth in Birmingham.

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 3

The Manchester practice at Weightmans LLP is co-led by Simon Colvin from that office, and Leeds-based Lee Gordon. It has strong capabilities in handling a varied workload, which involves advising on infrastructure projects, CPOs and energy-related issues, a noteworthy example being its work for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on the multi-billion Mersey Tidal Energy Project. In addition to its planning expertise, it handles transactional, advisory and compliance-related environmental work, as well as contentious matters of this nature. Partner Michelle Spark and legal director Elaine Field both departed to Brabners LLP in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Simon Colvin; Lee Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Nick Barker

Testimonials

‘The team offers wide-ranging experience, from acting in waste matters to acting on more general environmental cases for public authorities. It has a strong client list, particularly in the north west.’

‘Simon Colvin knows the business very well and is very pragmatic in seeking solutions to problems if they can be found.’

‘A dedicated team who go over and above for their clients, with a real feel for the sector – they genuinely leave no stone unturned in seeking options for the client.’

‘A great team that integrates its environmental and real estate services.’

‘Nick Barker has strong commercial acumen and provides clear direction on matters.’

‘I think Weightmans’s team is excellent, offering a real strength-in-depth and attention-to-detail, combined with strategic vision.’

‘Lee Gordon is a star. He has excellent skills, and is both meticulous and imaginative. He is very popular with clients.’

Key clients

Royal Mail Group

S Norton & Co

Peel Ports Group

Safetykleen

Certas Energy

Severn Trent Water

Vinci Plc and Taylor Woodrow

First Industrial Services Ltd

Ford Motor Company Ltd

Anglesey Aluminium Ltd/Rio Tinto

Valencia Waste Management

Chiesi

British Insurance Brokers Association

Brittany Ferries

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Viridor Waste Management Ltd

Nature Capital Ltd/Zulu Forest Sciences

Rijk Zwaan

O&H Land

Northern Powergrid

Welsh Government

City of York Council

Harlow & Gilston Garden Town partner authorities

Prospect Estates Limited

Leeds City Council

Royal Mail Group

Nottinghamshire County Council

Casey Group Limited

Populo Living

Barratt & David Wilson Homes

Charnwood Borough Council

Merseyrail

Bolton Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Gloucestershire County Council, Cotswold District Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council

Thornton Hall Hotel Limited

Robinsons Brewery

Work highlights

  • Advising Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on the promotion of a multi-billion major tidal energy project with the potential to power 300,000 homes (more than all the homes in Liverpool).
  • Advising Anglesey Aluminium (part of the Rio Tinto group) in relation to the former aluminium smelting works near Holyhead, Wales, acting on the disposal of the site and the transfer of the consents for the biomass development to Orthios.
  • Advised Thornton Hall Hotel in its high-profile planning dispute with Thornton Manor Hotel, including success in both the Court of Appeal and at a recent planning inquiry.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

Real estate > Commercial property: Newcastle Tier 3

Weightmans‘ real estate team advises high-profile clients in the utilities, energy and hospitality sectors on easement matters and development agreements, as well as freehold and leasehold acquisitions and sales. Practice head David Tabinor, who splits his time between the firm’s offices in Newcastle and Liverpool, is noted for his expertise in retail and leisure sector work. Tabinor is supported by Daniel Baker and Nicole Tanfield.

Practice head(s):

David Tabinor

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Northern Powergrid

Newcastle Tool & Gauge

Northern Trust Company

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Northern Powergrid in connection with all aspects of its real estate requirements.
  • Advised Newcastle Tool & Gauge Limited in connection with the acquisition of a fifteen-year lease on a new building.
  • Assisting Northern Trust Company with the estate management of its North East property portfolio.

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Turned to by a number of insurers in particular, Weightmans’ Newcastle-based team regularly works with its client base on construction mandates. Anne-Marie Knight is called upon by a range of professionals and insurance companies for support on disputes concerning negligence and contractual disputes. Richard Palmer is an expert on matters regarding professional indemnity, while Natalie Keyes works on both contentious and non-contentious mandates for a range of clients in the construction field.

Key clients

Hamilton Underwriting Limited

Tokio Marine HCC

C.N.A Hardy Underwriting

Hiscox Underwriting Limited

Sunderland City Council

Wainhomes Group

Rubb Buildings

BXB Interiors

K Home International

Towergate Underwriting Group

Camberford Underwriting

PSI Global

University of Cumbria

Meldrum Construction

Halsion Limited

Construction Envelope Contracts Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Tokio Marine HCC and Design and Build Contractor in a dispute relating to a construction project of 25 residential units and associated external works at a residential block of apartments.
  • Advised an education client in a dispute regarding contractual payment provisions, extensions of time and loss as well as expenses.
  • Representing an insurer of a company in liquidation before the Technology and Construction Court, in a multi-party claim relating to fire safety defects with an estimated claim value of £70m.

Employment Tier 3

Weightmans LLP has a strong reputation in the hospitality sector and in local government and police. It has a dedicated equal pay team that is led by Jawaid Rehman  that defends a large number of equal pay claims against public sector organisations. Rehman is also recommended for his handling of cases involving embassies. Andrew Forrest  is an experienced advocate in the employment tribunal.

Practice head(s):

Jawaid Rehman

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Forrest

Testimonials

‘Weightmans have some heavyweight UK clients which they service with efficiency, passion and drive’.

‘Jaiwaid Rehman ensures that everything is about the client. He is hyper-focused on their needs and pressure points whilst never losing sight of the bigger picture‘.

Jaiwaid has an encyclopaedic knowledge of equal pay and masses of practical hands on experience which is unrivalled. He is extremely commercial and strategic’.

‘Their level of knowledge of our business and interest in the key root causes of issues. They give considered responses and listen to understand what is exactly happening’.

Key clients

Whitbread Group PLC

Pizza Hut (UK) Limited

English National Ballet

PizzaExpress (Restaurants) Limited

London Business School

Fuller, Smith and Turner PLC

Guoman Thistle Hotels

Government of the State of Kuwait

London Borough of Ealing

Amber Beverages

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Government of the State of Kuwait in an Employment Tribunal claim.
  • Represents Whitbread and a number of other household names in respect of their employment Tribunal claims, including issues arising post pandemic involving claims for unfair and automatic unfair dismissal based on whistleblowing (s103A ERA).
  • Operates a HR helpline for London Business School’s HR department.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Weightmans specialises in acting for clients in the education, licensed leisure and social housing sectors, counting Greene King, York University and Clarion Housing Association on its client roster. The team is regularly instructed to handle trespassing and vacant possession claims as well as forfeitures, and it is also well versed in tenancy contract disputes. Ben Mackenzie leads the practice and is a key contact for pub companies seeking contentious estate management advice, especially in respect of landlord and tenant disputes. Reena Richards is a key contact for leasing disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ben Mackenzie

Other key lawyers:

Reena Richards; Ben Stephens

Testimonials

‘The team is a specialist in the pub property space, with knowledge of the applicable law and associated matters of influence that is second to none. Hard-working and tenacious.’

‘Leading firm in pub real estate litigation.’

‘This practice is very professional and approachable. They will advise on all options with honesty. They keep you updated promptly.’

‘Ben Mackenzie always puts the client first. He is very approachable and professional. He is patient and will explain any concerns or options clearly and concisely.’

‘Ben Stephens: hard-nosed old-school litigator but sensible and proportionate with it. Great fun to work with.’

Key clients

Admiral Taverns

Clarion Housing Association Limited

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC

Greene King

Leeds City Council

Punch Pubs & Co

York University

Work highlights

  • Acted for Admiral Taverns on the removal of a trespasser in a caravan on one of the pub company’s leased pub sites and in possession proceedings which were successfully brought against it to recover vacant possession of the site and legal costs.
  • Advised Punch Pubs on the recovery of a lease public house in relation to the tenant’s breaches of lease terms.
  • Acted for Punch Pubs in a statutory arbitration under the Commercial Rent Coronavirus Act 2022 to determine one tenant’s applications for 100% relief of rents due in the protected Coronavirus period.

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

Under the leadership of the Newcastle-based litigator Richard Palmer, Weightmans LLP is a regular port of call for London Market and international insurers and reinsurers, in addition to major UK composite insurers. Core areas of strength for the team include property, construction, mining, energy, cyber and financial services, as well as professional indemnity, D&O, contractors pollution liability and environmental impairment liability. Reinsurance expert Ling Ong, Mickaela Fox and Alice Wilson – who joined from RPC in April 2022 – are among other practitioners of note.

Practice head(s):

Richard Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Ling Ong; Mickaela Fox; Alex Marler

Testimonials

‘Sound experience and capabilities in assessing policy coverage and dealing with London Market cases.’

‘Mickaela Fox and Ling Ong are very good.’

‘Open minded in their thinking and look to resolutions mindful of clients’ costs.’

‘Ling Ong is an outstanding reinsurance expert who looks at all sides of any dispute and weighs up the options. She also has a strong appreciation of a client’s needs and always delivers on time.’

‘Responsive and easy to deal with.’

‘Mickaela Fox gets up to speed with cases quickly and is on top of everything from the word go. She is knowledgeable in the professional indemnity world.’

‘Ling Ong is a first-class coverage lawyer – she is razor sharp and gets seriously good results.’

Key clients

RiverStone

HDI Global Specialty

Sirius

Catalina

Zurich

AIG

Tokio Marine HCC

CFC Underwriting

Markel International

Markel UK

Work highlights

  • Defending HDI in claims brought against it directly under the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010, relating to cavity wall insulation installed at numerous properties by its policyholder, before it entered insolvency.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 4

Weightmans LLP is a defendant focused firm which specialises in claims against professionals in the real estate, financial services, and insurance sectors. Team lead Quentin Fox has over thirty years of experience in defending claims in the construction sector, while James Denison specialises in the financial services and construction industries. Edward Lewis specialises in digital and data matters, including the area of cyber insurance.

Practice head(s):

Quentin Fox

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The insurance team covers the entire spectrum of insurance litigation with great quality in depth.’

‘Quentin Fox: a highly astute insurance litigator who knows the insurance market inside out.’

‘We find the team we deal with understands the nature of the claims we are dealing with.’

‘Exceptional experience in matters of PI related to defence in construction cases.’

‘Quentin Fox is a solicitor of enormous experience and total intgrity.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for and advising a tower crane “thorough examination” specialist company in the defence of a substantial claim arising from a collapsed crane at Dickens Yard, Ealing.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Jonathan Shankland and Nigel West co-lead the department at Weightmans LLP, which acts for executors, administrators, beneficiaries and dependants on various high-value trusts and probate disputes, both in the UK and overseas. Other core areas of expertise include advising on claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Arshoo Singh departed for Warners Solicitors in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Shankland; Nigel West

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Haddock

Testimonials

‘The team at Weightmans is very strong and benefits from its strength in related areas of commercial litigation and fraud. Nigel West is an astute tactician and always has an eye on the client’s commercial objective.’

‘The team are my go-to tax and estates team. I send most of my clients their way. They have the size, gravitas and reputation to deal with my broad HNW client base.’

‘The team is very pragmatic, and they have very high level of skills and technical know-how across such a broad range of specialisms.’

‘The team has the mix of size, expertise and reputation without losing the personal touch. Clients feel that they are important, and I feel that the relationship is important. This is so critical from a private wealth advisor perspective when I look to build a relationship.’

‘Jon Shankland is the lawyer that I have used on a number of occasions to refer high and ultra-high net worth clients. He is a top-level operator, dealing with the most difficult matters himself and passing other matters through his team.’

‘Jon Shankland runs his team like a family office, he is dedicated and works extremely hard. The level of service is second to none and there is always somebody on hand to support me and my client.’

‘Nigel West is simply the best and has a speciality for professional negligence. He is supremely primed for contentious trust matters. Oliver Haddock is an associate in the practice and has huge promise. One to watch.’

Key clients

Sofer -v- Swiss Independent Trustees SA

 

Work highlights

  • Advising Swiss Independent Trustees SA on the successful defence of a £50m breach of trust and fiduciary duties claim in the Court of Appeal.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 4

Karen Mayne heads the department at Weightmans LLP, which has a solid reputation in the market for its work on a broad array of high-end residential property matters for owner occupation, as well as for investment and development purposes in the UK. It has particular strength in leasehold enfranchisement. Mayne has a keen interest in the financing of and secured lending on residential property. Clients include landed estates, high-net-worth owners, occupiers, investors and property companies.

Practice head(s):

Karen Mayne

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Liverpool-based social housing and commercial and residential disputes specialist Sian Evans leads the ‘forward-thinking’ practice at Weightmans LLP. Acting for key clients, being owners of prominent regional venues, public authorities and county councils namely, the team advises on the array of disputes. Legal director Peter Hall is adept advising on leases, dilapidations and Land Registry adjudication proceedings. Associate John Darnell is considered a ‘safe pair of hands’.

Practice head(s):

Sian Evans

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A forward-thinking team who are able to deal with complex property litigation matters and get successful results.’

‘John Darnell has a calm, measured approach and strong knowledge in property litigation. He is a safe pair of hands, his business acumen is strong and he gets the right result.’

‘A very strong, regional, city centre firm that does high-quality work.’

‘Peter Hall is very bright and considers his cases thoroughly.’

‘A responsive and knowledgeable team.’

Key clients

BDW Trading Limited (Barratts David Wilson Homes)

Bruntwood Group

Clarion Housing Group

Eccleston Homes Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Derbyshire County Council

Various Eateries Trading Limited (Strada Restaurants)

West Northamptonshire Council

Halton Housing

Nextdom Property Limited

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Louise Miller leads the team at Weightmans, with a wealth of experience in estate and succession planning, trusts and wills. The team provides a comprehensive offering for a diverse client base, ranging from ultra-high net worth individuals, companies, trusts, charities and foundations.

Practice head(s):

Louise Miller

Testimonials

‘The initial process of engagement through Duncan Reid via personal friend was instantaneous. All subsequent contacts and engagement were consistently of the highest standards.’

‘Louise Miller is impeccably mannered, blisteringly efficient, expertly knowledgable, utterly engaging, entirely trustworthy and disarmingly kind.’

‘Louise Miller was very professional, organised and approachable.’

Insurance > Personal injury: defender Tier 4

Jointly led by Pamela Stevenson and Seonaid Busby, Weightmans LLP‘s insurance department operates across the whole spectrum of personal injury claims, including those related to disease, abuse and catastrophic injuries. Described by clients as ‘dedicated, skilled and highly organised’, Stevenson has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance field and is especially recommended for disease claims.

Practice head(s):

Pamela Stevenson; Seonaid Busby

Testimonials

‘Weightmans is particularly strong in understanding the needs of their insurance clients.’

‘They have the scale of a UK law firm but a distinct local presence in Glasgow. They are thus well placed to understand their clients’ litigation needs.’

‘Pamela Stevenson is exceptional. She is dedicated, skilled and highly organised and motivated. She is also brilliant at nurturing the talent of the more junior solicitors in her team.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance

Markerstudy

First Central Insurance

AIG Europe

Sabre Insurance

Hiscox

Hastings Insurance

First Underwriting

AXA XL

BAI

Work highlights

  • Advising AIG Europe Limited in a pleural plaques action that has been raised in the All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court.
  • Advising Zurich Insurance and a charity organisation in a human rights action in the Forfar Sheriff Court.
  • Representing Municipal Mutual Insurance Plc in a Court of Session fatal mesothelioma action.

Private client > Family Tier 4

The family law practice at Weightmans LLP, based in Glasgow, has particular experience in nuptial arrangements, assets and cohabitation issues. The team is led by 'diligent, thorough and dedicated' solicitor advocate Noel Ferry, whose broad practice covers divorces, cohabitation claims and child relocation cases. Principal associate Dawn Finlayson is an accredited child law expert with particular expertise in alternative dispute resolution. In June 2023, the practice was boosted by the arrival of a team from Clyde & Co, led by Caroline Gillespie, a ‘fierce negotiator’, who handles complex financial provision cases as well as international child relocation matters, alongside associate Alison Dewar, who is noted for her ADR capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Noel Ferry

Testimonials

‘All team members are committed and exceptionally good. They have a real understanding of the processes and law, and genuine empathy with clients.’

‘Noel Ferry is a solicitor advocate and has depth of knowledge, experience and professionalism, which are second to none. He is very personable and able to explain issues and complex legal matters in a straightforward, understandable way. He is supported by a fantastic team. All wish the best outcome and to support clients in whatever way they individually require.’

‘Noel Ferry is diligent, thorough and dedicated to achieving the best possible result for his client. Noel is a tactical thinker.’

‘Caroline Gillespie was excellent!’

‘Caroline Gillespie and Alison Dewar are straightforward, pragmatic and willing to think outside the box to achieve for their clients. Caroline will fiercely represent her clients, but remains approachable and her attention to detail is second to none. Alison provides expert, no-nonsense advice whilst remaining empathetic to her client’s particular situations.’

‘Caroline Gillespie is an extremely experienced and capable litigator. Alison Dewar is a rising star.’

‘Caroline Gillespie has a huge amount of experience and is sensible in negotiation and correspondence. She thinks out of the box and is creative in trying to work out solutions. Caroline is a very able litigator and is an excellent advocate for her client in the courtroom. Alison Dewar is also very experienced and brings both litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods to full use to settle cases in the best interests of her clients.’

‘Caroline Gillespie presents her cases in a robust manner. She is a fierce negotiator and knows her cases with impeccable detail.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 4

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Head of department at Weightmans LLP is Sarah Louise Walker, who is experienced in all aspects of lifetime and post-death tax planning. In addition, Walker is a full member of STEP and frequently handles Court of Protection cases.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Louise Walker

Testimonials

‘I  have always found the team very helpful’.

‘Sarah Walker – my client’s determination to move with her from companies she worked with previously reflects her particular qualities of sustained relationship, warmth, compassion and integrity’.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

Weightmans has an established practice that has expertise across complex contract disputes, tech-related disputes, shareholder and unfair prejudice disputes, cyber-related litigation, professional negligence, and insolvency-related litigation. The team, led by Andrew Cox, is praised as ‘approachable, quick to respond, and very thorough’. Key contacts include ‘very professional, commercial, and strong communicator’ Anthony Rance, ‘robust but commercially-minded’ associate John McWilliams, and ‘excellent’ James Peel and Charles Boyne.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cox

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Weightmans has a talented multi-disciplined team of legal professionals who have demonstrated their agility to work cohesively to deliver solutions to complex commercial transactions’

‘James Peel was extremely professional, assisted by Charles Boyne. The process was delivered in a kind manner and we were comforted by their approach.’

‘Anthony Rance – partner – very professional, commercial and a strong communicator Mark Reeves – associate’

‘We experienced a very positive and excellent service with the team at Weightmans who have broad and professional legal expertise. They have a wide range of specialists who bring expertise to the different aspects of a case where needed. We had transferred our case to Weightmans from another firm who had failed to make any headway and yet generated high costs for little progress. This previous experience contrasted in every way to the highly professional, legally strategic, and caring approach of Weightmans and we cannot praise them highly enough.’

‘The team consistently deals with high quality work and deals with that work in a very high-quality manner. They are approachable, always quick to respond, and are very thorough. When I am instructed by the team as counsel, I know I will be receiving a very good brief, with very good instructions.’

‘John McWilliams, Principal Associate in Leeds, stands out. He is exceptionally thorough, and always fights hard for his clients. His oral and written communication with counsel, clients and opponents is always impressive. He is robust but remains commercially minded.’

‘The Weightmans team are pragmatic with their approach to an issue while also being able to think outside of the box to find the best and most effective solution. The approach they take allows for me to easily review documents and to collaborate with them, where appropriate, to ensure that the work is carried out in the most effective way, thereby saving time and money. The systems provide detailed billing so that I can see exactly what work has been carried out within the period which is essential when tracking actual time and costs versus budgeted time and costs.’

‘Anthony Rance in particular has always gone above and beyond in all aspects of work that he has undertaken. No matter what time day or night, if an urgent issue arose, or a deadline was fast approaching, he would always do whatever was required to get the job done in his usual professional and diligent manner.’

Key clients

Tanfield Group Plc

Leeds City Council

Sovini Group

Peterborough City Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for AIM-listed Tanfield Group plc in a multi-million pound professional negligence claim against a major UK firm and a US based firm.
  • Defending multi-million pound Part 20 proceedings in a case that involved allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation.
  • Acting for a local authority in a tri-partite dispute with a FTSE 250 company and a commercial landlord

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

The commercial property team at Weightmans is reputed for its corporate acquisitions and leasing work in the licensing and leisure industries, as well as for its portfolio management work in support of the firm’s healthcare team. The team’s client base also includes property investors, which instruct it to handle acquisitions and disposals in the industrial space. Practice head Mark Crabtree, who maintains close relationships with a number of national pub franchises, handles estate management and corporate occupation work, while associate Matthew Jones is a key contact for healthcare clients.

Practice head(s):

Mark Crabtree

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Jones; Aamir Khan

Key clients

Admiral Taverns

Fullers

Punch Partnerships (PML) Limited

TT Angell

Work highlights

  • Advised Silkstone Finance Limited on its acquisition of Unit 9 Witan Park, Station Lane Industrial Estate, Witney for £4.5m.
  • Advised Silkstone Finance Limited on its acquisition of Site 10, Springvale Road, Grimsby for £3.1m.
  • Advised Ad Hoc Pubs Limited on the taking of a lease for 10 years at a rent of c. £100,000 per annum.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

Weightmans' team is known for its work with clients in the healthcare, social housing and public sector industries, wherein the property litigation team handles a range of commercial and residential disputes, including dilapidation claims and leasehold enfranchisement cases. Simon Hartley leads the team as a ‘stalwart ally’ for landlords and tenants in the retail, leisure and healthcare sectors, where he is skilled in matters concerning dilapidation, in particular.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hartley

Other key lawyers:

Sian Evans

Testimonials

‘Simon Hartley is dedicated, thoughtful and a stalwart ally dealing with complex leasehold reform matters.’

‘Professional and always collaborative in dealing with clients.’

‘Simon Hartley is able to identify and prioritise actions in a fair and effective manner, based on the best interests of his client. He explains legal terminology with ease and takes time to explain points of law carefully.’

‘Although a stressful time for me, my interactions with Weightmans were always positive and helpful. Regardless of position, each person I dealt with seemed to enjoy their work and were dedicated to do the best they possibly could.’

‘Simon takes a very commercial and creative approach to resolving matters, tailoring his approach to the client and the circumstances.’

Key clients

Newflex Leases Limited

J.H. & R.R. Mundy (Roofing Supplies) Limited

MacIntyre Hudson LLP

Knightsbridge Residents Management Company Ltd

Maypole Dock Limited

MDDUS Property Limited

Pankhurst Family Trust

Bramgard Freehold Limited

Lawrence Barnes Limited

27 Lennox Gardens Limited

Avison Young UK

HHFA Group Limited

Douvalls Limited

Four Seasons Health Care Limited

P J Care Limited

6 Embankment Gardens RTM Company Ltd

Christopher Holland and Jessica Holland

Nowzer Majainah

Mary Adwoa Akyaa Boakye

Work highlights

  • Acted for J.H. & R.R. Mundy (Roofing Supplies) Limited in relation to an attempt to review a purported lease of its premises, which led to the defence of a claim by its landlord for a declaration that the lease was valid and the resolution of a wider corporate dispute.
  • Advised Maypole Dole Limited in relation to the settlement of an overage claim against the developer who purchased its development site.
  • Represented Mary Adwoa Akyaa Boakye in the Court of Appeal in relation to the successful appeal of a decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in reported case Kensquare Ltd -v- Boakye 2021.

Transport > Shipping Tier 5

Core areas in shipping for Weightmans LLP are casualty and regulatory work as well as ports and terminals liability issues, where the firm advises a number of high-profile clients including ship operators, insurers, P&I clubs and charterers. Mike Burns heads up the practice and deals with both dry and wet shipping matters.

Practice head(s):

Mike Burns

Testimonials

‘Mike Burns has provided an excellent service to date.’

Key clients

PEEL PORTS GROUP

ZURICH INSURANCE (MARINE)

BIBBY MARINE LIMITED

ISLE OF MAN STEAM PACKET COMPANY

AIG INSURANCE (MARINE)

DHL GLOBAL FORWARDING

CHAMPION TANKERS

NMU SPECIALITY (MUNICH RE)

MAERSK LINE

CAMMELL LAIRD SHIPREPAIRERS & SHIPBUILDERS

Work highlights

  • Advised Champion Tankers in relation to a number of cargo carrying fixtures where loading of liquid bulk cargoes was due to take place at Ukrainian ports, involving cancellation, force majeure and war risks issues, which arose due to the closure of ports and in the early part of 2022, and subsequent considerations involving the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
  • Acting for Maersk Line to assist with the recovery of aged book debt (primarily in the way of unpaid container demurrage and quay rental from shippers and consignees).

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

The practice at Weightmans LLP, noted as ‘experienced in the development market’ is led by Andrea Steventon. The team ably advises its clients on transactional and planning matters, namely involving the acquisitions of large development sites, and the handling of complex lease agreements. Urban regeneration expert Karl Jackson is noted for his ‘excellent experience in real estate’. Brian Ghatan departed n January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Steventon

Other key lawyers:

Karl Jackson; Eleanor Hadfield

Testimonials

‘We have used Weightmans for many years. Karl Jackson has good knowledge of our business and the way we operate and the team provides good value-for-money services.’

‘Karl Jackson is attentive to our requirements and responsive to our demands. He has excellent experience in real estate.’

‘Very knowledgeable regarding residential transactions and planning matters.’

‘Karl Jackson is very knowledgeable.’

‘An excellent, multi-disciplinary practice attentive to clients’ needs, with a great ethos to provide ancillary learning and workshops to clients.’

‘Karl Jackson stands out as having a keen eye for detail, an excellent comprehension of client needs and a can-do attitude in the face of challenging requirements. He has a great skill for cutting through complexity to simplify solutions’.

‘The team really listen to the client’s requirements and provide sensible advice. They are experienced in the development market’

‘Karl Jackson is sensible, pragmatic and nice to deal with.’

Key clients

Thomas Jones & Sones (Liverpool) Limited

Elan Homes Limited

MHA London

Bruntwood

Transport for Greater Manchester

Eccleston Homes Ltd

Oak Tyres Limited

BDW Trading Limited

Castle Green Homes Limited

K/S Habro

Glade Housing Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Oak Tyres Limited in connection with its lease of Point 23 Haydock Business Park comprising 82,000 square feet; a complex agreement for lease and lease for the building.
  • Advised BDW Trading Limited (Barratts) on its acquisition of development sites at Cottam 15, Cottam 5 and Whittingham in Preston from Homes England.
  • Acting for private clients as sellers of a derelict garden centre and industrial site to a housing developer for residential development.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 5

Working closely with offices located throughout the UK, the corporate and commercial team at Weightmans LLP services a broad range of clients including quoted and private companies, public sector organisations, start-ups, and investment funds. Claire McCracken and Nicola Gonnella head the team from Glasgow, which is primarily known for M&A work for SMEs and owner managed businesses, as well as a strong presence in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Claire McCracken; Nicola Gonnella

Testimonials

‘The team are very easy to deal with, from the support staff through to the partners, they have a can-do attitude, which helps in managing the complexity of deals.’

‘Claire McCracken is extremely impressive with how she handles transactions.’

‘They get up to speed extremely quickly, have solid knowledge of their craft and a pragmatic, no-nonsense approach to getting things over the line on time and in good shape.’

‘We always feel like a really valued client, and they tailor their approach to meet my particular work/communication styles.’

‘Their commercial/pragmatic approach is exactly what our business needs.’

‘They combine a friendly, personal approach with solid legal advice taking into account pragmatic commercial concerns.’

‘It very much feels like we are all on the same team.’

‘I have been extremely impressed with how the team have handled our recent transactions.’

Key clients

Open University

Apadmi Limited

Mercarto Limited and Mercarto Enterprise

NHS

BJSS

Studio Messa PTY Limited

Westlab Limited

International Medical Press Limited

Chiesi Ltd

PIB Insurance Brokers

Archers Toolbox

Street Systems Limited

Surrey & Sussex Police

British Transport Police

Metropolitan Police

Luxfer Mel Technologies

Valiant Sport Horses

Nucleus Holdings Limited

ExposePro Limited

Rutland County Council

University of Newcastle

British Swimming

Real Life Options

McGill’s Bus Services Limited

Environmental Air Conditioning (Scotland) Limited

National Autograss Sports Association Limited

Mearns After School Care Service Limited

Simian Risk Management Limited

SB Drug Discovery Limited

Hold Fast Entertainment Limited

Greenlight Digital Limited

MethaMeasure Limited

Axius Homes Limited

Magell Limited

Higgs & Co Solicitors

Twinflower Limited

Photonic Solutions Limited

Awaze Vacation Rentals Limited

Let The Wood Times Roll

TAC Holding Limited

Dentex Healthcare Group Limited

FGHJ Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed on 18 dental practice acquisitions by Dentex Healthcare Limited. The acquisitions are of both private and NHS dental practices, which involve a different approach due to the key differences between NHS practices in Scotland and England and other regulatory differences.
  • Instructed by Photonic Solutions Limited to act on the employee buyout of equity funder Panoramic Growth Equity and the financing of the Group with Beechbrook Capital.
  • Acting as sole legal adviser for the acquisitive TAC Holding (through its brand House of Hearing) as they continue their buy and build strategy in Scotland and England.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

Principal associate Paul Colman is the key contact in the wills, trusts and estates practice at Weightmans LLP in Leeds and the team specialises in advising business owners on succession planning including charitable and lifetime trusts. The team collaborates with the firm’s corporate and real estate teams, offering clients a holistic service.

Public sector > Health

Key contacts in the firm’s employment, pension and immigration practice Ben Daniel and Nick Newman jointly lead the health team at Weightmans alongside Daniel Birch, who acts for health and social care organisations on a range of mandates, including inquests and investigations.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general crime and fraud

Since joining the firm in December 2021 from Cartwright King where he led the fraud and cybercrime teams, Michael Balmer heads up Weightmans LLP’ business and financial crime team which primarily acts for corporates in external investigations and prosecutions into allegations of fraud, bribery, and corruption.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Following the absorption of RadcliffesLeBrasseur, Weightmans LLP has significantly expanded its geographic spread and depth in defendant healthcare and personal injury. Dave Cottam maintains his strong position as a top defence counsel in catastrophic personal injury claims and is experienced in acting in claims arising out of motor, employer’s liability, public authority, and police cases. Andrew Clarke represents numerous local authorities, police and fire services in relation to personal injury claims, and increasingly dealing with data breach claims causing psychological injuries. Managing associate Asad Hadadi continues to carve out a niche in claims such flooding, social care, assault, data breach claims arising out of misuse of private information and claims of pure economic loss. Other key specialists include Clare Malpus and Sarah Ezzat for motor, public and employers liability. Based in Liverpool, Rob Williams is the claims director.

Practice head(s):

Rob Williams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Weightmans have particular specialism in catastrophic claims, more specifically, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain cases. They are also at the forefront of trends and research with valuable intelligence.’

‘Lorna Ferguson, Partner – multi-skilled in areas of long-tail or short-tail legacy cases as well as a range of personal injury matters.’

‘The team I work for at this firm handle the most significant personal injury cases in the country. They do so with an exceptional team of very high quality solicitors. They also do so with an approachable style.’

‘I mainly work with Dave Cottam and Sarah Ezzat, both of whom are exceptional. They are extremely knowledgeable in the most complex of catastrophic injury claims and prepare cases with a remarkable attention to detail.’

‘The Leicester office of Weightmans is packed with highly professional and experienced Defendant lawyers, working for a range of blue chip clients.’

‘Standout partners are Andrew Clarke, who works mainly for local authorities, emergency services, education establishments and housing providers. He is an incredibly safe pair of hands, whether it is giving individual or strategic advice.’

Key clients

Zurich

Motor Insurers Bureau

AIG Europe

AXAXL Insurance

PwC (Chester Street Holdings)

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Underwriting

First Central Insurance

InterEurope AG Insurance

Covea Insurance

Octagon Insurance

Travellers Insurance Co

HDI Global

Hiscox Insurance

Esure Insurance

Prometheus Insurance

Hastings Direct

Markerstudy Insurance

Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance

Liberty Mutual

Markel Insurance

DCL Insurance

Broadspire/Crawfords

Protector Insurance

Vinci

Rolls Royce

Jaguar Land Rover

Lidl Stores

Nestle

BP

DHL Logistics

Severn Trent

Gallagher Bassett

Local Authorities and Police Authorities

Work highlights

  • Advised AIG Europe on a claim against its insured, an aircraft manufacturer. The injuries sustained were severe and Covid made it very difficult to progress rehabilitation and obtain medical evidence.
  • Advised Hastings Direct on a claim by a Claimant cyclist against their insured driver. The Claimant sustained an incomplete spinal injury and in later life would be confined to a wheelchair and require 24hour care.
  • Representing a local authority on this data breach claim that allegedly resulted in psychological injury.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 1

Recently merged with RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP, Weightmans LLP is ‘without a doubt the leader in this field‘. The practice is highly experienced in representing healthcare professionals, and has enviable expertise in solicitor and legal services-related regulation. The team additionally acts in matters concerning architects and accountants. Richard Jolly is national health sector lead, while William Childs, Sam Flew, Anne Green and Simon Gomersall are also health sector specialists. Likewise highly rated, Susanna Heleyrepresents clients before the Solicitors Tribunal methodologically and effectively‘; Ian Sadler acts for medical defence organisations and healthcare professionals; Nigel West‘s ‘success rate is excellent‘; Alistair Hewitt is experienced in a range of disciplinary investigations; and Michaela Nicholas defends doctors, dentists, nurses and podiatrists before their regulatory bodies. Healthcare expert Stewart Duffy is an active legal director, while Alex Leslie and Richard Privett are experienced consultants. The ‘very competentTom Thurlow is a partner since May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sam Flew; Nigel West; Susanna Heley; Tom Thurlow

Other key lawyers:

Richard Jolly; William Childs; Anne Green; Simon Gomersall; Ian Sadler; Alistair Hewitt; Michaela Nicholas; Mickaela Fox; Michelle Garlick; Stewart Duffy; Alex Leslie; Richard Privett; Tom Thurlow; Ricardo Bassani; Mike Scherp; Richard Palmer; Sadie O’Reilly;

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique in that it specialises in the area of regulatory law, especially involving solicitors in practice. ‘

‘The practice has the necessary expertise in dealing with matters effectively and efficiently. Clients can be assured they will achieve the desired result. In addition the firm offers value for money.’

‘Recommended to any solicitor who has a professional conduct issue with the SRA.’

‘Nigel West is a leading author of books on solicitors’ disciplinary law and his success rate is excellent.’

Susanna Heley is an excellent advocate. She represents clients before the Solicitors Tribunal methodologically and effectively. Any solicitor with a disciplinary issue is recommended to hire her services.

‘The go-to firm for healthcare professional discipline defence. Without a doubt the leader in this field, with vast experience and an excellent team of committed and knowledgeable lawyers.’

‘Standout partners include Sam Flew, Mike Scherp and Ian Sadler, who are all excellent lawyers and a pleasure to work with. They have unrivalled knowledge and provide an excellent service to clients.’

‘Tom Thurlow is very competent in managing a diverse team and keeping the clients focused on the issues, while William Childs is brilliant with tricky cases and awkward clients.’

Key clients

Assent Building Control

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Turner Architects

Work highlights

  • Secured an expunging of a previous disciplinary record.
  • Secured a complete exoneration of an architect before the Architects Registration Board.
  • Succeeded in significant unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim that was brought by a doctor who was dismissed for systematically falsifying patient records.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

The team at Weightmans LLP is best known for advising on the tax aspects of corporate acquisitions, disposals, investments and restructurings. Beyond its corporate capabilities, the team frequently works with owner-managed businesses on the design and implementation of employee incentive schemes. The practice is headed by Manchester-based Haydn Rogan, an experienced adviser to management teams, who draws considerable praise for his ‘extremely knowledgeable‘ and ‘very commercial, proactive‘ approach.

Practice head(s):

Haydn Rogan

Testimonials

‘We work with Haydn Rogan, who provides advice to us on M&A projects on the tax side. He’s extremely responsive and practical in his approach.’

‘We have worked with Haydn Rogan for a number of years and he provides support to our firm and our clients in relation to a variety of matters. He is extremely knowledgeable and takes a very commercial, proactive approach when working with us. We can always trust him to find a solution to a problem and and will always go the extra mile to work within what are sometimes very tight deadlines. He is much more than an external supplier of services to our firm, he is seen as a valuable member of our team.’

‘Haydn is very knowledgable, pragmatic and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Sonoco

ANS Group Limited

Bestway National Chemists Limited t/a Well pharmacy

Bruntwood

DSW Angels LLP t/a DSW Ventures

Europium World (UK) Limited

S Norton & Co Limited

Waste Expert Limited

LDC (Lloyds Development Capital)

MBL (Seminars) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Edge Picture Co Limited on the sale to Zinc Media Group PLC.
  • Advised the shareholders on the sale of Strategic North Limited to Prescient Healthcare Group.
  • Assisted in carrying out a corporate reorganisation for Europium which involved the creation of a new group structure prior to putting in place an EMI Scheme to incentivise key staff.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

Praised for their capabilities in ‘complex and sophisticated matters‘, Weightmans LLP‘s focus on competition law damages claims is notably concentrated in the airline and airport industries, while other key sectors for the practice include insurance and consumer goods – particularly food and beverages. The team is well-versed in procurement law, advising public sector bodies on various projects and corporate and commercial matters. The team is headed up by the Liverpool-based Laurence Pritchard, noted for his experience of merger control and anti-competitive agreements. Gary Jones specialises in regeneration projects and procurement, while Vincent King works on corporate-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Laurence Pritchard

Other key lawyers:

Gary Jones; Vincent King; Jamie Norris

Testimonials

‘Weightmans have been excellent when faced with complex and sophisticated matters, which under procurement law happens frequently. Weightmans were very helpful in ensuring that they understand everything before making a decision on how to proceed, and they have always been quick to respond.’

‘Weightmans’ service levels and responsiveness has been excellent. We have always received swift responses and a quality service.’

‘Weightmans’ pricing is very competitive and great value for money, particularly given the complexity and time taken on advising and assisting clients on difficult matters.’

‘Weightmans constantly have their finger on the pulse around any commercial developments and recent matters which may impact their advice. Knowing the market and any issues which may crop up puts Weightmans ahead of the pack.’

‘Weightmans have an excellent commercial team who can pick up a wide range of matters and have always delivered any advice required to the highest standard. It is incredibly useful to clients to be able to rely on Weightmans to provide the advice needed, even if it has to come from a different member of the team due to their expertise, and for that advice to be the same quality as the rest of the team.’

‘Jamie Norris is an excellent solicitor. Quick to respond and very knowledgeable.’

‘Vincent King is an excellent lawyer with vast knowledge across multiple practices. Expertly advising in respect of procurement and contracts.’

Key clients

UK Trucks Claim Limited

S. Norton & Co. Limited

Chiesi Limited

Swissport

John West Limited

Esken Limited

Wi-Manx Limited

Washington Mills Limited

The Integrity Foundation (HIES)

British Insurance Brokers Association

Lotus Bakeries Limited

The Double Glazing & Quality Assurance Ombudsman Scheme

Gazprom

Sonoco

All About Food

Peel Ports Group

Wizzair

Doncaster Sheffield Airport Limited

Crafter’s Companion Limited

North Lincolnshire Council

Emko Capital LLC

Composite Ones LLC

Costcutter

ZO Skin Health Inc

Anixter Limited

NHS Southport & Formby CCG

The Quality Assurance Co Limited

Cumbria County Council/ University of Cumbria

Cammell Laird Shiprepairers

Tactus Group

Flintshire County Council

Work highlights

  • Advised UK Trucks Claim Limited (“UKTC”) which has issued proceedings on behalf of owners and lessees of over 600,000 trucks which were sold by way of unlawful anti-competitive practices.
  • Advised The Double Glazing & Conservatory Assurance Ombudsman Scheme on Fensa Limited’s refusal to certify it as the provider of a Fensa approved insurance policy as a potential breach of competition law.
  • Advised University of Cumbria and Carlisle City Council on compliance with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement in connection with the new Carlisle Business Exchange centre (“CBE”) project.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

Weightmans LLP specialises in debt recovery for the public sector, notably representing the Cabinet Office as well as a number of local councils and CLGs like the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. The firm also represents a range of private sector clients, particularly in heavy industries such as energy and steel. The team is jointly led by experienced litigator and trained mediator Andrew Cox, consultant public sector debt recovery and defended actions expert Mark Burch and insolvency specialist Benjamin Davies.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cox; Mark Burch; Benjamin Davies

Testimonials

‘Weightmans are committed to enhancing the customer journey and recognise that for many customers, entering into claims and/or litigation can be a daunting process, and they ensure that customers are treated with empathy and care.’

‘Each of the individuals we work closely with at Weightmans are always fully focused on finding the right outcomes for our customers and will always ensure the customer is at the heart of everything we do, in line with our company principles.’

‘The staff are always professional, helpful and knowledgeable and give very precise advice.’

‘Excellent success rate at which it has recovered debts for our organisation. The practice provides advice and an approach to recovering debts which it has tailored to our organisations requirements. The way that the practice keeps us as the client updated at each stage of the debts recovery has been invaluable.’

‘Our organisation has worked with Mark Burch over the last 18 months. Marks professionalism, advice and drive has transformed how our organisation has pursued its debts. Mark has been responsible for the successful recovery of our organisations debts.’

‘We have using the Debt Recovery services of Weightmans LLP for over 10 years and have been very satisfied with every aspect of the Debt Recovery process they have carried out.’

‘We have been dealing mostly with Mark Burch and have been very satisfied with the level of service he has provided during the past 10 years and the previous 20 years before that with other law firms.’

‘They handle all our queries and reply with the way forward in a very timely manner. They have very good use of and access to efficient technology.’

Key clients

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Johnsons Textile Services Limited

The Cabinet Office

E.ON Energy Solutions Limited

Hillfoot Steel Limited

Sovini Group Companies

Murray Plate Group Limited

Selby District Council

NWF Agriculture Limited

Specific & General Services Limited

Radius Payment Solutions Limited/UK Fuels Limited

NWF Fuels Limited

Jones Lang LaSalle

Deralam Laminates Limited

Davis Coffer Lyons Limited

Liverpool City Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for the MIB under a Service Legal Agreement to recover monies (paid out under the Uninsured Drivers Agreement) from uninsured drivers.
  • Provides Murray Metals with ongoing debt recovery requirements.
  • Provides debt recovery services to the Cabinet Office, recovering overpayments of civil service pensions from members of the Civil Service Pension scheme and/or the Estates of former members.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Weightmans LLP is experienced in defending and prosecuting matters such as trading standards, health and safety, fire and food. The firm acts for clients across the public, commercial, charity, sports and insurance sectors. Dewi Ap-Thomas leads the team and is recognised for his advice in relation to criminal and coronial matters. David Lewis  handles matters ranging from corporate and gross negligence manslaughter investigations to jury inquests.

Practice head(s):

Dewi Ap-Thomas; David Lewis

Testimonials

‘Weightmans is a firm which contains very talented lawyers who also happen to be really nice people to work with.’

‘Excellent acting for individuals with pragmatic advice to navigate potential conflicts between employer and employee.’

‘Dewi Ap-Thomas is a legal eagle – his human approach means he is interested in the person’s background and goals and able to engage effectively at all levels.’

‘Expertise in the law and practice, combined with a strategic eye on reputation of the client and support for witnesses.’

‘Readily accessible, attending to matters efficiently and in good time. Invest time supporting witnesses through stressful proceedings. Expert awareness of the organisational impact of judicial proceedings.’

Work highlights

  • Represented an individual scout leader following the death of a scout in 2018.

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

Weightmans LLP has a broad client base ranging from employers, trustees and pension providers to central government, health, emergency services and private sector contractors. Practice head Mark Poulston handles the full spectrum of matters including risk reduction projects, resolution of disputes and aspects of corporate transactions. The team has been strengthened by the arrival of Cat Ellis  from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mark Poulston

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The documents I supplied to Weightmans were examined and the advice I received confirmed that I had contacted the right people.’

‘The individual I worked with was Mark Poulston and I was immediately impressed with his friendly professional approach and how quickly he understood the intricacy of my problem.’

‘I found that the communication I had with Mark Poulston was excellent, emails were replied to immediately and if he was away from the office he would reply to voice mail messages without delay and it was a pleasure to have a conversation with him on the telephone.’

‘Our organisation has worked closely with Weightmans for a number of years. The staff are very professional and helpful, and they all seem to know who is dealing with which areas in the organisation, so whether pensions, HR or other legal matters, they can quickly refer you to the right person in the organisation who can support you.’

‘Able to get up-to-speed quickly. Value-added advice with a reasonable cost structure.’

‘Mark Poulston has been fabulous. He provides practice advice and is able to get us quick reviews when needed.’

Key clients

The Scheme Advisory Board for the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Southbank Centre Limited

Surrey Police

Sussex Police

Anixter Limited

Colas Limited

N Brown Pension Trustees Limited

Bridgewater School

The Post Office

The Football Pools Limited

London Business School

Swissport GB Limited

Greif UK Limited

Greenbank College

STM Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Appointed as legal adviser to the national Scheme Advisory Board (SAB) of the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme.
  • Advised several trustee and employer clients, including Greif UK Limited, on insurance buy-ins and buy-outs of liabilities under defined benefit pension schemes.
  • Appointed by several clients, including Colas Limited, to provide an outsourced case handling service for the payment of death in service benefits under group life insurance and pension schemes.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Weightmans LLP, based in Liverpool and Manchester, is one of the leading firms involved in representing the health service in clinical negligence claims, regularly being instructed by NHS Resolution and several major NHS Trusts. The team is co-headed by Richard Jolly, a birth injury specialist, Victoria Morris, an expert in patient safety group actions, and ‘very ableIan Critchley, who has almost two decades of experience defending clinical negligence litigation for the NHS. Legal director Lisa Spencer is noted for her focus on human rights and psychiatric issues. Chris Dexter, who joined in October 2022 from Clyde & Co, is another key name to note. Included in the firm’s standout recent work is the defence of major claims involving blood infections – a key specialism of principal associate Samuel Harland – and chemical exposure.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jolly; Vicky Morris; Ian Critchley

Other key lawyers:

Chris Dexter; Lisa Spencer; Maryam Storr; Allison Brennan; Samuel Harland

Testimonials

‘High level ability with flexibility to cover a range of issues. Good use of cutting edge technology on simultaneous working. Wide range of experiences and skills.’

‘Vicky Morris – very able and committed. Always working to do the best for the client and going the extra mile. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone else. Samuel Harland – very able and a clear partner in years to come. His work is of a high quality and makes working with him very easy.’

‘The team at Weightmans has strong and longstanding relationships in the North West with a number of NHS trusts, medical defence organisations and private hospital groups. The team specialises in medical liability and regulatory cases involving all types of health professionals. It provides, I believe, an excellent service to each.’

‘Ian Critchley is a very able lawyer. He is extremely hard working and has good judgment. He also has excellent client care skills. This is probably why the team in which he is a key figure has established such good relationships with its NHS and other healthcare clients, all of whom are highly demanding.’

‘Everyone I have worked with at Weightmans provides detailed and helpful instructions.’

From the client’s point of view, they have real depth of knowledge about clinical issues and the law and are efficient, approachable and supportive.’

‘I have worked with Maryam Storr several times and have always been impressed by her depth of knowledge, understanding of the client’s needs, and her calm control of the case. She is great to work with. She is everything one could wish for in a clinical negligence solicitor.’

I have worked on more than one case with Allison Brennan and have always appreciated her efficient approach to every twist and turn that might occur in the complex cases we have worked on together. She understands exactly what is needed and more, and gets things done calmly and supportively.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

IDH

Markel

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Blood & Transplant

Wirral Community NHS FT

Work highlights

  • Advising NHS Resolution, NHS Blood and Transplant, the Department of Health, and various NHS Trusts on several proposed group actions being brought by and on behalf of people infected with viruses, including HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B through the use of blood and blood products.
  • Instructed by NHS Resolution to represent NHS Trusts in claims involving fetal exposure to sodium valproate.

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

The ‘technically gifted‘ team at Weightmans LLP, notable for its longstanding working relationship with the MIB, has broad experience across a range of catastrophic injury work. Claims director Rob Williams leads the team. David Holt specialises in non-indemnity insurance work and catastrophic injury claims, while Will Quinn covers the liability insurers’ wing of the practice, with clients including Zurich and AIG. Also key are brain and spinal injury expert Emerson Wallwork, and Louise Mutch, who focuses on large loss and technical claims.

Practice head(s):

Rob Williams

Other key lawyers:

Emerson Wallwork; Will Quinn; David Holt; Louise Mutch; Andrew Steel

Testimonials

‘One of the go-to northern insurance giants.’

‘Will Quinn – experienced, knowledgeable, tactically astute insurance lawyer.’

‘They have excelled throughout and provided me with exemplary support in high-profile litigation in the Court of Appeal and in the settlement of numerous difficult disputes.’

‘David Holt has stand out experience, knowing the world of RTAs and wider personal injury inside out.’

‘The Weightmans team in Manchester is very strong and well regarded. They always strike me as a very modern team – always ahead of the big developments in our sector, involved in the highest profile cases and comfortable with the use of technology to improve their offering.’

‘Emerson Wallwork is an outstanding solicitor – more knowledgeable and tactically sensible than most.’

‘An excellent, technically gifted catastrophic injury team.’

Key clients

Zurich

Motor Insurers Bureau

AIG Europe

AXAXL Insurance

PwC (Chester Street Holdings)

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Underwriting

First Central Insurance

InterEurope AG Insurance

Covea Insurance

Octagon Insurance

Travellers Insurance Co

HDI Global

Hiscox Insurance

Esure Insurance

Prometheus Insurance

Hastings Direct

Markerstudy Insurance

Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance

Liberty Mutual

Markel Insurance

DCL Insurance

Broadspire/Crawfords

Protector Insurance

Vinci

Rolls Royce

Jaguar Land Rover

Lidl Stores

Nestle

BP

DHL Logistics

Severn Trent

Gallagher Bassett

Hundreds of Local Authorities and Police Authorities

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Markel to act on behalf of an insured care home.
  • Acting in a contributory negligence claim against a 13-year-old child in a road traffic case on behalf of the MIB.
  • Obtained a settlement on behalf of Markerstudy in the case of Stammers v Dyson.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Representing a number of large multinational insurance companies including Zurich and Tokio Marine, Weightmans LLP specialises chiefly in claims against solicitors and construction professionals. Practice head Mickaela Fox is very experienced in high-value professional indemnity claims, with further expertise in trusts, property, taxation and fraud-related work. Co-head of the team Mike Grant has a strong track record in alternative dispute resolution and also provides ongoing advice on insurance and risk issues. Alex Marler is a specialist in construction sector professional negligence claims and has specific expertise in insurance coverage matters such as policy response and declinature, aggregation, and the pursuit of subrogated claims. Principal associate Pamela Freeland focuses on professional indemnity insurance in the legal sector and D&O insurance claims.

Practice head(s):

Mickaela Fox; Mike Grant

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Weightmans Liverpool office professional negligence team is a go-to practice for defendant solicitors’ negligence claims. They provide an excellent service to their clients.’

‘Mickaela Fox, Pamela Freeland and Sarah Irwin are stand-out performers. Mickaela Fox goes the extra mile for clients and is first rate when it comes to providing exceptionally clear advice on solicitors’ professional negligence claims. Mickaela is assisted regularly by either Pamela or Sarah both of whom maintain the high standard of service.’

‘The professional indemnity team who we deal with are efficient and responsive at all times. The service we get from Weightmans is the Rolls Royce service. Nothing is too much trouble and the team are extremely knowledgable in their area of law and give advice with confidence.’

‘Mickaela Fox is an excellent litigator; when you have Mickaela on your side you know things will turn out well. Her attention to detail and her knowledge of anything you refer to her is second to none. She is straightforward and is not frightened of challenging the other party on any matter irrespective of its technicality and complexity. She is a shining star.’

‘The team are commercially minded whilst still ensuring key arguments are identified and run to the best of their ability. Effective and considered, the team provide a high-level service with the client’s aims at the core of everything they do.’

‘Mickaela Fox excels in establishing thoughtful strategy solutions, especially in complex high-value claims. She provides excellent value for money, both in terms of the underlying claim and also her own fees.’

‘Weightmans are leading practitioners in the field of professional negligence. They specialise in acting for professional indemnity insurers and acting in respect of professional negligence claims against legal practices.’

Key clients

Tokio Marine HCC

Markel

Wren

WSP

Hamilton Underwriting

AmTrust

Hiscox

Zurich

HDI

Work highlights

  • Acting for one of eight search providers sued, along with a local authority, by 106 home-owner claimants aggrieved not to be warned of a planned major road project before purchasing homes on a newly-built estate.
  • Acted for a barrister and arbitrator in a case which which related to an alleged contract to exchange plots of land for gold.

Private client > Family Tier 1

The 2022 merger with RadcliffesLeBrasseur has strengthened Weightmans LLP‘s private client offering, making it a ‘go-to’ firm in the North West. Advising on the full range of family matters with close collaboration with the tax, trusts and probate, and international private wealth team, the group show notable expertise in financial remedy, surrogacy law, and digital and crypto currency cases. The department is spearheaded by the ‘outstanding’ Emma Collins, whose broad practice features areas of particular strength such as nuptial agreements and pension structures. Beyond her work as deputy district judge, Carole Atkinson is highly revered in the market for her excellence in on-shore and off-shore trust mandates, while Fiona Turner is ’emotionally intelligent’ during complex divorce and matrimonial finance cases, especially when they include business and cross-border assets. Fiona Davidson is principally noted for her acumen in children law, a growing area of the firm’s offering that has resulted in activity in highly sensitive child relocation cases. Rachel Lim continues to advise on a broad range of practice matters.

Practice head(s):

Emma Collins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fiona Davidson is fantastic. Clients love her. She is sensible and astute, knowing which arguments to pursue and always being realistic with her advice.’

‘Carole Atkinson is excellent in everything she does professionally – one of the best family lawyers of her generation. Fiona Davidson heads an acclaimed family department widely recognised for its excellent service provision and attracting high value and high profile clients from the region and nationwide. Fiona consistently achieves outcomes beyond the expectation of her clients.’

‘The team at Weightmans are well known in the Manchester legal market. They are regularly instructed on ‘the other side’ in complex cases in both financial and children proceedings. The team are professional and pleasant to deal with; and focus on pragmatic solutions for their clients.’

‘Emma Collins and Fiona Turner are both well respected Partners and experts in family law. They are sensible and efficient in resolving disputes for their clients. Fiona is also the secretary for the Manchester Resolution Committee and takes a leading role in delivering Resolution events and training for local members. Linzi Perriman is also a very impressive Associate in the team, who is practical and pleasant to deal with.’

‘Emma Collins is outstanding; her knowledge and experience enables her to bring both strategic and tactical excellence to the case at hand.’

‘Both Emma Collins and Fiona Turner are technically excellent, with a client-centred solution focus. Very pleasant to deal with, and both have an absolutely safe pair of hands. Fiona has been particularly efficient in coordinating the ongoing series of 4 regions webinars for Resolution (Manchester, Cheshire & North Wales, Merseyside and Lancashire & Cumbria)’

‘The family team are a pleasure to deal with. They are my ‘go to’ firm to refer any work which has an English law aspect. They are responsive, no-nonsense and give pragmatic and sensible advice.

‘Fiona Turner is a true professional. She is responsive, sensible, measured and courteous. I find her a pleasure to deal with. She is emotionally intelligent and ensures clients see the ‘bigger’ picture while vigorously defending their position. She is definitely a safe pair of hands.

Work highlights

Public sector > Education Tier 1

Weightmans LLP‘s education team is particularly noted for its focus on higher education acting for the full range of universities, including several Russell Group members, handling most notably, employment issues, construction projects as well as highly sensitive matters such as on-campus deaths and suicides. Having previously held senior in-house position at universities, Manchester-based Martin Vincent heads up the team with particular expertise in projects, international ventures, collaboration, income generation and procurement arrangements. While Josh Conroy specialises in high-value litigation and contractual claims and advises upon claims brought under the Public Contract Regulations 2015  commercial litigation expert Andrew Roberts acts as lead partner for further education.

Practice head(s):

Martin Vincent

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An experience team who are clearly have depth of understanding in higher education matters’

‘They are easy to engage with and very personable which enables me to ask questions and explore complex case work with their guidance and understanding of the sector.’

Key clients

Newcastle University

Lancaster University

University of Keele

Royal Veterinary College

Solent University

University of Cumbria

Queen Mary University London

Nottingham College

The Open University

University of Leeds

Work highlights

  • Advising Newcastle University in a coroner’s inquest following the death of a student.
  • Acting on behalf of Lancaster University in successfully rebutting a claim for breach of copyright brought by a firm of US based “Copyright Trolls”.
  • Advising Solent University on its entire suite of Knowledge Transfer policies and procedures in order to drive effective KT for the entire institution.

Public sector > Health Tier 1

Weightmans LLP’s health group continued to expand the team and increased its client portfolio after the merger with RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP in June 2022. The practice acts for public bodies, public or private businesses, not for profit enterprises and individuals on a wide range of matters including high level judicial review cases, public inquiries where it has particular expertise, employment disputes, information management and governance reviews and investigations. The group is jointly led by Richard Jolly who focuses on the health work, most notably acting for a vast number of NHS trusts, Dewi Ap-Thomas who oversees the regulatory side of the practice and employment expert Emlyn Williams.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jolly; Dewi Ap Thomas; Emlyn Williams

Other key lawyers:

Martin English; Cheryl Rowbotham; Saira Ali; Morris Hill

Testimonials

‘The Weightmans health team are exceptionally good. I predominantly receive instructions from Morris Hill, but I often have interactions with other, more junior, members of the team and when I do I am consistently impressed.’

‘Morris Hill is exceptional – he is highly experienced and respected in the field. He deals with acutely complex and sensitive cases, including treatment withdrawal cases. We worked very closely on a very sensitive treatment case in a child which was our most significant case together. Although the case was high pressure, Morris always remained calm under pressure. He would be my first choice to recommend to a health authority in this area – he is excellent with clients and has a really nice manner with them, but equally he is pragmatic and sensible in his advice.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

St Helens & Knowsley NHS FT

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

NHS Blood & Transplant

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Liverpool University NHS FT

Alder Hey Children’s NHS FT

Countess of Chester NHS FT

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust

NHS England

Bolton CCG

Mersey Care NHS FT

Partnership Caring Ltd

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS FT

Wirral University Hospitals NHS FT

Work highlights

  • Advised St Helens & Knowsley NHS FT on its takeover of Southport & Ormskirk NHS FT.
  • Represented the NWAS, one of the key Core Participants at the Public Inquiry into the bombing at the Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017.
  • Advising NHS Blood & Transplant on its joint funding (with Cure Leukaemia) of and provision of services to ACT Limited, a newly formed company which together with its ACT Charity will build a clinical trial network in the UK.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Weightmans‘ Newcastle-based team ‘is thorough, prompt and reliable and provides sensible advice’, clients feel that they are ‘in very capable hands.’ Led by mediator Richard Palmer, the team provides advice to a diverse client base, including the UK’s largest insurers, handling a myriad of complex high-volume multi-party claims, including post-Grenfell cladding matters. Amy Nesbitt is ‘a shining star’, specialising in insurance coverage, professional liability and cyber. With great experience in advising traditional and emerging professionals in indemnity claims, Anne-Marie Knight has recently been instructed to defend a multi-party claim concerning defective foundations at a printing press, involving novel remedial schemes. She is supported by principal associate Tom Thurlow who is the go-to name for construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Richard Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Marie Knight; Amy Nesbitt; Katy Ames; Tom Thurlow; Lauren Whiting

Testimonials

‘The team has particular expertise in defending construction-related claims against professionals, including cladding claims. It offers better value for money that some other firms in the field paying particular attention to ensuring that costs are proportionate and offer value for money.’

‘Richard Palmer: Highly experienced. Very incisive. Gives firm advice. Very effective in mediation. Anne-Marie Knight: Tenacious. Great with clients. Also very skilled in mediation. Tom Thurlow. Exceptional ability to analysis cases and plan strategies. A rising star.’

‘The team I work with at Weightmans are highly cohesive. They seem to work in a very collaborative way. Where work can be carried out at a more junior level for a lower fee, the partners will ensure that those juniors are involved at the appropriate stages and I believe this means that costs are kept proportionate. Having said this, I like to see that there are no more than two or three fee-earners of different levels working on the file. Other firms often render bills where there are multiple fee-earners recording time on a file and i always think this leads to duplication. I think the strength of this team at Weightmans lies in the way they work collaboratively with one another and the end product, i.e. their reports / advice, are very high-quality / well-produced.’

‘One of the stand-out partners for me is Richard Palmer. I have worked with him (and once upon a time, for him) for a long time. What I admire about Richard is his ability to understand what motivates the opposition and what it is they are most concerned about. More often than not, this is the key that unlocks the door to settlement. On top of this, while Richard gives a very thorough analysis of the legal issues, his advice is always pragmatic and commercial. I trust Richard as a safe pair of hands.’

‘Another stand-out partner is Anne-Marie Knight. I usually send Anne-Marie complicated construction professional negligence disputes. What I love about Anne-Marie is her ability to disarm any aggressive opponent with her calm composure. In difficult and sometimes heated disputes, Anne-Marie is unrattled. I admire her common-sense approach and also her ability to build up a constructive rapport with opponents at the same time as maintaining a robust position. She gets results.’

‘Richard Palmer (partner) and Katy Ames (associate) make an excellent team. Both are immensely likeable, intelligent, considered, practical and prompt. They give thorough consideration to all aspects of a matter before providing their advice. What is particularly impressive, is that they are both thorough and prompt. They clearly allocate resources in a very effective way.’

‘Approachable, knowledgeable, pragmatic, commercial, great legal advocates.’

‘Amy Nesbitt – Partner – Absolute ownership of the relationship with our office, with an open and candid approach to all matters and detailed oversight of claims under the teams’ purview. Lauren Whiting – Associate – A great asset to the team and key to the successful management of challenging cases!’

Key clients

Hiscox Underwriting Limited

Hamilton Management Agency Limited

Axis Speciality Europe (London Branch)

Star Stone Insurance SE

CNA Insurance Company Limited

Tokio Marine HCC

Nexus Claims Management Services Limited

Starr Underwriting Agents Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for  National D&B Contractor in complex, multi-party dispute concerning allegedly defective foundations at a printing press for a national (and litigious) Newspaper.
  • Acted for a Specialist Acoustic Barrier and Security Fencing Specialist in relation to the partial collapse of an acoustic barrier at a commercial site in London.
  • Acted in a very complex post-Grenfell cladding claim where a national homebuilder and developer pursued the client as main contractor for recovery of remedial works costs incurred in remedying six high-rise residential properties on which a variety of contentious Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding and non-compliant insulation materials had been installed, causing various alleged breaches of building and fire-safety regulations.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Based in Newcastle, Weightmans’ property litigation team is known for its sector-focused expertise, advising clients in the energy, utilities, construction, education, licensing and leisure sectors. Steered by employment law specialist Christopher Graham, and supported by legal director Jill Dalkin, the team takes on various disputes concerning accrual of significant arrears leading to the disconnection of supply to commercial premises, as well as breach of covenants involving building works. Dalkin is also an expert on trespass, adverse possession, rights of access, dilapidations and injunctive relief. Mark Reeves, a member of the commercial litigation team, works on high-value franchise disputes and is frequently sought out by energy and utilities sector clients for advice on dilapidations, breach of lease covenants, business lease renewals and forfeiture issues.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Graham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm has an ability to handle complex matters with vast amounts of data while staying focused on the issue.’

‘Jill Dalkin is very personable and efficient. She communicates well, clearly and readily deals with complicated issues with ease.’

‘Weightmans are very approachable and explain matters in clear language without an over-use of legal jargon. They take time to explain the process and the background of the issue as well as the overall approach.’

‘Jill Dalkin is very knowledgeable and has the ability to clearly explain matters. She takes time to foster relationships and engender good working relationships.’

Key clients

Bellway Plc

Bellway Homes Limited

Northern Powergrid Plc

Northern Powergrid Plc

Camerons Brewery Limited

Northern Electric Plc

South Shore Developments Limited

AND Group Limited

University of Sunderland

Northern Trust Company Limited

Yorkshire Electricity Group Plc

Nucleus Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Electricity distribution business in an application for rectification in the First-tier Property Tribunal with subsequent permission to appeal refused by the Upper Tribunal.
  • Assisting the Elictricity distribution business following receipt of various notices to remove apparatus impacted by a major rail infrastructure project.
  • Advising Bellway Plc on a claim for damages arising from a developer’s breach of planning conditions.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Weightmans’s IT team has a long track record of working with tech companies on their formation, funding, commercialisation and ultimately successful exit. The group is frequently called upon to advise on complex tech and IT disputes, particularly on distressed IT implementation projects. Paul Wigham heads up the team which regularly acts for venture capitalists and accelerator programmes focused on technology businesses. Duncan Reid specialises in corporate transactions, including acquisitions and disposals, as well as private equity transactions. Recently, the group has seen an uptick in cyber security related advice. Marc Allison and Christopher Graham are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Paul Wigham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very strong at seeing the commercial points and not getting too focused on technical aspects, however able to go deep on technical expertise when required.’

‘Always available, great simple advice and able to communicate clearly. Work ethic is very strong too. Paul Wigham is exceptional, as are the team Eleanor, Nick and Rosie.’

‘They are the most commercial law team I’ve encountered. They focus on the big picture not the immaterial minutiae.’

‘Paul Wigham and Kirsty Adamson are fantastic people to work with. They take the time to completely comprehend our commercial needs and fight our corner accordingly. Always with a fun, work hard / play hard attitude.’

 

Key clients

Northstar Ventures

Hicomply Limited

Oak Engage

Perwyn Advisors UK

Maven Capital Partners

Givepanel Inc

Screenreach Interactive Limited

Redu Group

Drone AG

Altitude Angel

Lead Ventures

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Weightmans LLP has a stellar reputation for its work in this area. The nimble team covers a broad variety of high-value and contentious cases. At the cornerstone of the practice, is defending numerous birth and brain injury cases for various NHS trusts. Its dedicated GP team continues to receive a high number of primary care claim instructions and it also has considerable strength in group claims. Names to note include Deborah Bannister  and Tony Yeaman . Jasmine Armstrong has advised on many defendant clinical negligence actions for NHS Resolution. Sarah Hopwood  advises national healthcare teams on cases where there is suspected exaggeration or fraud. Principal associate, Christian Lowden joined the team from Kennedys .

Practice head(s):

Deborah Bannister; Jasmine Armstrong; Sarah Hopwood; Tony Yeaman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The service received from Weightmans is courteous, professional and always on point. The Weightmans team are friendly and approachable and are able to provide broad support across all areas of need, providing support and timely advice to inform important decisions’.

‘Jasmine Armstrong has excellent knowledge and experience. Jasmine is a first point of contact and is invaluable in connecting the client to the right member of the wider team’.

‘Sarah Hopwood is an excellent lawyer who is willing to work with the client to find the right solution, not just offer advice’.

‘They  work with us collaboratively’.

‘Very receptive to feedback and understand how we like to do things’.

‘Very focused on client care and understands our needs’.

 

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS FT

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Combined Legal services NHS Trust

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS FT

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust

Wye Valley NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS FT

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS FT

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHST

Broadspire

Weight to Go Ltd

Baxter Healthcare Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS on a liability trial concerning a blood clot which caused serious injury.  The court preferred the defendant’s evidence and dismissed the claim.
  • Acting for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS FT on an obstetric claim which involved various allegations of negligence, where the parties used ENE (early neutral evaluation) to resolve a factual dispute.
  • Acting for University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in a complex spinal injury claim where liability was admitted swiftly but the route to resolution was highly complex.

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

Weightmans LLP is recognised as one of the leading defendant personal injury practices in the UK and acts for most major insurers and a number of FTSE 100 companies. Among its leading practitioners are Chris Webb-Jenkins  who leads on social care and safeguarding matters; Navdip Wilson who has particular expertise in chronic pain claims and Henry Bermingham who excels in public sector cases. David Tuck  heads the Birmingham disease team and Penelope Marshall  handles a wide range of litigation on behalf of local government and public sector clients. Bruce Ralston is another name to note for his particular knowledge of sports liability issues.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Shaheen Akhtar; Yvonne Hudders

Testimonials

‘Excellent local government team based in Birmingham. A wealth of knowledge and very friendly team’.

‘Henry Bermingham – quite simply one of the top solicitors in his field’.

‘Good level of knowledge in the teams for public sector claims, sound advice provided over a range of claim types. Good partnering and collaboration on cases’.

‘Technical knowledge and eye for detail important as well as always having an eye on the economics of a case. Peppy Marshall is exceptional. Shaheen Akhtar and Yvonne Hudders are also very good in these area’.

The team is always very reactive and pro active’.

‘Navdip Wilson is always my go to as I know any new instructions will be dealt with immediately and effectively’.

‘Highly experienced and been in the disease law business for decades. Limited higher level solicitor turnover so have some longstanding people who bring knowledge and understanding to the whole team’.

‘David Tuck has many years of experience and knowledge in disease. He is brilliant to work with and pragmatic in a positive way. Well liked by the insurance industry’.

Key clients

AIG

Broadspire

Gallagher Bassett

MMI

Medical Defence Union

NHSLA

Nottinghamshire County Council

Sandwell MBC

Topmark Claims

Travelers Insurance

Warwickshire County Council

Worcestershire County Council

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Advising the insurers in relation to a high value disease claim pleaded at £3.7m in which the claimant sought recovery of over £2m in damages to cover Inheritance Tax that his estate would incur because of his inability to appropriately tax plan due to his premature death. Negotiating a settlement of just over £1m saving the insurers over £2m.
  • Acting in a multi-defendant case involving injury to the claimant’s eye at work using work equipment. It was advising Pilgrims Pride who were joined into the litigation because of a dispute about the ownership of the premises. Claim was dismissed at trial as the Judge concluded that the accident was not ‘reasonably foreseeable’ and the Claimant had failed to plead a positive case against Pilgrims Pride.
  • Successfully advising a healthcare trust in relation to a claim that a patient had been discriminated against on the grounds of his religion or belief. The defendant was successful in its application and obtained an enforceable costs order. The claimant also provided an undertaking that they would not attempt to bring a further claim arising out of the same subject matter.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Employment > Employers Tier 6

Weightmans, recommended for its ‘sharp, commercially astute and charismatic practitioners‘, handles employment litigation regarding matters such as discrimination and worker status, including at Court of Appeal level. The firm is particularly noted for its healthcare sector expertise. Sejal Raja, a discrimination and whistleblowing claims specialist, heads up the team. She is supported by the experienced Michael Ryley and Alex Leslie.

Practice head(s):

Sejal Raja

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team has a national stretch with sharp, commercially astute and charismatic practitioners. It is well led by Sejal Raja and she is supported by a team with expertise especially in areas such as NHS Trusts and care providers.’

‘Sejal Raja – is an exceptionally experienced, knowledgeable and talented practitioners of the highest quality. She is sensible and pragmatic and achieves the best results for clients time and time again.’

‘Very approachable and committed to delivering client outcomes.’

‘Sejal Raja thinks creatively, is a great team player and a safe pair of hands all rolled into one.’

‘Sejal Raja is a solicitor who is at the top of her game. She managed a piece of mass litigation on the ground breaking issue of no jab, no job in a group of care homes. She dealt with the case superbly – she managed the clients extremely well, represented them in order to get the best outcome and was extremely impressive.’

‘Sejal Raja is excellent. Her clients can expect the most attentive, excellent service. She is committed, excellent, but also compassionate. No stone will be left unturned. But she is also a joy to work with. Couldn’t recommend her more highly.’

‘Sejal Raja is an amazing lawyer who has supported us for the last 10 years. She is an exceptional lawyer, with decisiveness and tenacity in equal measure. She helps us navigate the law, but ensures that we can take decisive actions.’

We have access to a wide pool of talent at Weightmans.’

Key clients

Epson UK Limited

Parkinson UK

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Fitch Ratings Limited

Central and NorthWest London NHS Foundation Trust

Livent Limited

FMC Agro Limited

Elysium HealthCare Limited

Science Museum

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

Barchester Healthcare Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Barchester on the ‘no jab no job’ policy and then successfully defended claims that were brought in the Employment Tribunal.
  • Advised Kickabout Production Limited in relation to employment status and IR35 in the Court of Appeal.
  • Advised a Charity client in respect of significant allegations of race discrimination in the work place and defending the claim.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 6

Widely regarded for its comprehensive skill in public inquiries work, Weightmans LLP boasts a diverse range of clients including large corporates, emergency services, and public and regulatory bodies. Martin Forshaw is an expert in police law, while Martin English has been involved in several major inquiries recently, including those related to Covid-19 and undercover policing. Hannah Walsh is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Martin Forshaw; Hannah Walsh; Martin English

Other key lawyers:

Simon Cheverst

Testimonials

‘One of the go-to firms for public law matters, especially for local authorities.’

‘The Weightmans team is a quality team that has acquitted itself well in the time I have worked with them. They have ability at all levels and high capacity for taking on difficult and lengthy tasks.’

‘A very good firm, not at all outgunned by London firms.’

‘A great team. Diligent, incisive and well resourced. A pleasure to be briefed by them. If only all instructing solicitors were as impressive as the team at Weightmans.’

‘Martin English is an impressive team leader. He provides stability and cohesion to those within his team and shows great knowledge of the sector and of his clients’ issues.’

‘The team has particular expertise in public inquiries.’

Key clients

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

NHS Blood & Transplant

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Microbiological Society

British Transport Police

Association of Directors of Public Health

Telford & Wrekin Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Sheffield City Council

Surrey Police

Sussex Police

Medical Defence Union

Medical & Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Medical and Dental Indemnity Protection UK

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Assent Building Control

Work highlights

  • Representing the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust & Greater Manchester Combined Authority in the statutory Manchester Arena public inquiry.
  • Acted for the independent inquiry chair for the Sheffield Street Trees Public Inquiry, Sir Mark Lowcock, from establishment through to publication.
  • Representing Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust in ongoing judicial review and appellate proceedings relating to the legal interpretation of the application of Article 2 ECHR in inquests.

North West > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

The ‘very efficient and professional’ team at Weightmans LLP works in synergy with the non-contentious private wealth and family departments to provide a  holistic service to clients. As such, the firm is geared to act for clients with considerable foreign, business and charitable assets. The contentious department, led by national head Matthew Morton, has seen an uptick in work such as propriety estoppel and professional negligence claims, as well as being routinely involved in disagreements between executors and trustees. A reputed practitioner in the dispute resolution sphere, Robert Jones continues to build an impressive portfolio of high value Inheritance Act claims and will challenges on the grounds of capacity and fraud, while ‘personable and effective’ David McGuire has been highly active in department matters, including complex trust work and highly contested Court of Protection cases.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Morton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I work with Weightmans and rate them highly as a firm in the region. They have great strength in the practice area.’

‘I have worked with David McGuire. I consider him to be excellent solicitors. David has sound judgment and is very competent and efficient.’

‘I have worked with David McGuire on a contentious probate matter (acting for different parties). The matter involved acrimonious disputes with very difficult executors, including a professional executor. David worked very hard and showed great professionalism and patience to secure a settlement and distribution of the estate to our respective clients.’

‘The speed of response has been exceptional. Litigant correspondence is reviewed and provided to us along with draft responses in timescales that have consistently exceeded my expectations over a period of many months. There is a willingness to take feedback and make modifications which serves to create a strong sense of teamwork between client and advisor. David McGuire deserves specific note in this regard.’

‘David McGuire is both personable and effective. A steady pair of hands and a pleasure to work with.’

‘I have been instructed as a barrister by Weightmans on one matter, a complex will construction dispute. I have found the team to be very efficient and professional. My instructions were provided by David McGuire who has shown excellent technical understanding and an appreciation of the tactical considerations affecting the client’s position.’

Work highlights

North > Employment > Employment

Noted for having a ‘strong and capable’ employment team, Weightmans assists both employers and former employees with unlawful termination of employment contracts. The Newcastle-based team also takes on unfair dismissal and unlawful discrimination cases. Regional office head and lead partner in the employment team Christopher Graham advises clients on TUPE transfer requirements and represents clients in employment tribunal claims. Likewise, legal director Kerry Waters is a key support and specialises in taking on employment matters of commercial and contractual disputes concerning employee confidential information and the enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Graham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The employment team at Weightmans are very strong, capable and they fully understand the needs of clients.’

‘The service we received from Kerry Waters during an employment dispute was excellent, friendly and helpful. Kerry explained emotive and complicated issues very well and helped us to achieve an acceptable outcome.’

‘Client centric approach with good balance between addressing legal risk and operational as well as economical relevance. Very good value for money.’

‘I have worked with Christopher Graham from Weightmans on several occasions. He has many years of experience, and his down-to-earth and robust approach demonstrates his understanding of clients and their needs. I have always been glad to have him in my corner!’

‘Christopher Graham is very experienced and knowledgeable. He takes a strategic approach to the issue. He is available and flexible. Excellent supporting team of professionals.’ 

Key clients

Federal Signal Inc

Building Design Partnership Limited

Victor Products Limited

AIG UK Limited

J & B Recycling Limited

Mr Peter Welsh and Mr Graham Welsh

Sheffield City Council

Gwynedd Council

The Ombudsman Service Limited

HR Business Plus and Mrs Sheila Watson

Work highlights

  • Defended HR Business Plus and Mrs Sheila Watson against a discrimination claim.
  • Advised Sheffield City Council and Sir Mark Lowcock on an inquiry into the Sheffield Street Trees dispute.
  • Advised the shareholders and management team of Strategic North Limited on its sale to Prescient Healthcare Group, including employment matters.

North West > Employment > Health and safety

Weightmans LLP is experienced in defending and prosecuting matters such as trading standards, health and safety, fire and food. The firm acts for clients across the public, commercial, charity, sports and insurance sectors. Dewi Ap-Thomas leads the team and is recognised for his advice in relation to criminal and coronial matters. David Lewis  handles matters ranging from corporate and gross negligence manslaughter investigations to jury inquests.

Practice head(s):

Dewi Ap-Thomas; David Lewis

Testimonials

‘Weightmans is a firm which contains very talented lawyers who also happen to be really nice people to work with.’

‘Excellent acting for individuals with pragmatic advice to navigate potential conflicts between employer and employee.’

‘Dewi Ap-Thomas is a legal eagle – his human approach means he is interested in the person’s background and goals and able to engage effectively at all levels.’

‘Expertise in the law and practice, combined with a strategic eye on reputation of the client and support for witnesses.’

‘Readily accessible, attending to matters efficiently and in good time. Invest time supporting witnesses through stressful proceedings. Expert awareness of the organisational impact of judicial proceedings.’

Work highlights

  • Represented an individual scout leader following the death of a scout in 2018.

North West > Employment > Employment

Fielding a highly regarded and deep bench of experienced practitioners, Weightmans LLP is chiefly noted for its impressive work in the public sector, working for a plethora of healthcare, policing, distribution and local governmental bodies on a wide range of employment matters. The team is fronted by national head Ben Daniel and the Manchester-centred Nick Newman, who is seasoned at negotiating claim settlements that pertain to equal pay, holiday pay and employee rights. Stephen Peacock has been a key figure in the firm’s strong stream of tribunal cases, defending particularly complex claims in the education and law enforcement sectors, while Emlyn Williams is a trusted contact to the NHS, representing them in significant unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Beyond his work as a strategic adviser to a variety of companies, Ian Pace‘s broad practice includes leading disciplinary investigations on behalf of employers, as well as having strong expertise in TUPE transfers and high-profile litigation. Saira Ali joined from Law by Design Limited in 2022 and has led large scale restructuring and redundancy matters.

Practice head(s):

Ben Daniel; Nick Newman

Testimonials

‘The team all have expert knowledge of employment law matters and are able to balance risk with commercial appetite when delivering advice. Advice is provided in a clear and timely manner, and I am always able to talk with someone when I need to.’

‘Ian Pace has taken time to get to know the organisation and the HR Team here. He’s personable, as is his team. Ian will take time to discuss options and in doing so will quantify any risks that enable informed decisions to be taken that keep the organisation as safe as possible.’

‘Overall a strong employment team, who make themselves readily available to the client. The team make it a priority to understand the core business, priorities and overall strategy, ensuring they have the relevant context for providing advice.’

‘The team are approachable and knowledgeable. They are always responsive and contactable. Their guidance is sound and wise.’

‘This is the best firm that I have dealt with and we have received a high quality service for many years. The Team are very friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. The team is very responsive with a broad knowledge of our sector.’

‘My main contact is Ian Pace and I cannot fault him. I have a great deal of experience working with employment solicitors at other firms in previous roles and Ian stands out by a mile. He is responsive, knows the sector inside out and is always commercially aware in his responses.’

Key clients

NHS England & NHS Improvement

The Lowry Hotel Limited

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Swissport GB Ltd

Royal Mail Group Ltd

Torus Group

The Placement Group

BARDOC Limited

The Merchant Taylors’ School

Beacon GP Care Limited

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool University

Exertis UK Ltd

Regenda Group

The Active Learning Trust (Multi-Academy Trust)

Clarion Housing Group

Chief Constable of Merseyside Police

Office of Nuclear Regulation

Colas Ltd

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the trust in significant unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claims that also involved lawyers making a successful appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
  • The team represented 400 former employees bringing claims following the collapse of Carillion.
  • Represented Academy Trusts as panel solicitors in the defence of Employment Tribunal litigation, recently defending an Academy Trust in a high-profile claim of religious discrimination relating to a Christian Pastor’s online comments on Gay Pride.

North > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Newcastle

Christopher Graham, head of Weightmans’ regional office in Newcastle, leads high court actions concerning the prevention of database misuse, the recovery of diverted funds and investigations into serious fraud compliance as well as freezing orders. Experienced commercial litigator Anthony Rance is a go-to name for disputes involving professional negligence, issues pertaining to IT projects, the misuse of confidential information and cyber incidents. Legal director Jill Dalkin is a specialist in assisting a diverse range of clients with high value real estate litigation. Principal associate Mark Reeves is a key support in professional negligence, franchise and misuse of information disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cox

Testimonials

‘Weightmans would be my first thought and top choice in the region if someone rang me in panic about the company having just fallen victim to a cyberattack.’

‘Jill Dalkin stood out with her attention to detail and determination to get things right, as well as an ability to communicate legal process and technical information in a clear way to us as clients with little legal background. Chris Graham was also excellent with his clarity of thought and proactive thinking which enabled a clear strategy for the case.’

‘Jill Dalkin has a tenacity and determination for success for her clients. With her exceptional professional knowledge and skills, plain talking, unflappable demeanour without any sign of aggression, it has proved very beneficial to us achieving in excess of our goal in a recent dispute.’

‘A strong and experienced team who give sensible and thorough advice. They will take matters to court if necessary but also negotiate a settlement if that is in the best interests of the client.’

‘Jill Dalkin is sensible and pleasant but a tough negotiator. Takes her own views of cases. She is a star.’

‘From the very beginning Weightmans gave me the highest level of professional services, with such a large expert pool of professionals to draw knowledge from.’

‘Anthony Rance in particular has always gone above and beyond in all aspects of work that he has undertaken. No matter what time day or night, if an urgent issue arose, or a deadline was fast approaching, he would always do whatever was required to get the job done in his usual professional and diligent manner.’

‘Mark Reeves is the best solicitor you could have for a commercial dispute. A really safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Northern PowerGrid

Tanfield Group Plc

David Allen Chartered Accountants

Leighton Corporation

The Veterans Foundation

Dimerco Express Group

SNC- Lavalin Group

Redu Group Limited

Engie

PSI Global Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Tanfield Group Plc in a professional negligence claim against two separate law firms located in different jurisdictions.

North West > Real estate > Planning and environment

The Manchester practice at Weightmans LLP is co-led by Simon Colvin from that office, and Leeds-based Lee Gordon. It has strong capabilities in handling a varied workload, which involves advising on infrastructure projects, CPOs and energy-related issues, a noteworthy example being its work for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on the multi-billion Mersey Tidal Energy Project. In addition to its planning expertise, it handles transactional, advisory and compliance-related environmental work, as well as contentious matters of this nature. Partner Michelle Spark and legal director Elaine Field both departed to Brabners LLP in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Simon Colvin; Lee Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Nick Barker

Testimonials

‘The team offers wide-ranging experience, from acting in waste matters to acting on more general environmental cases for public authorities. It has a strong client list, particularly in the north west.’

‘Simon Colvin knows the business very well and is very pragmatic in seeking solutions to problems if they can be found.’

‘A dedicated team who go over and above for their clients, with a real feel for the sector – they genuinely leave no stone unturned in seeking options for the client.’

‘A great team that integrates its environmental and real estate services.’

‘Nick Barker has strong commercial acumen and provides clear direction on matters.’

‘I think Weightmans’s team is excellent, offering a real strength-in-depth and attention-to-detail, combined with strategic vision.’

‘Lee Gordon is a star. He has excellent skills, and is both meticulous and imaginative. He is very popular with clients.’

Key clients

Royal Mail Group

S Norton & Co

Peel Ports Group

Safetykleen

Certas Energy

Severn Trent Water

Vinci Plc and Taylor Woodrow

First Industrial Services Ltd

Ford Motor Company Ltd

Anglesey Aluminium Ltd/Rio Tinto

Valencia Waste Management

Chiesi

British Insurance Brokers Association

Brittany Ferries

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Viridor Waste Management Ltd

Nature Capital Ltd/Zulu Forest Sciences

Rijk Zwaan

O&H Land

Northern Powergrid

Welsh Government

City of York Council

Harlow & Gilston Garden Town partner authorities

Prospect Estates Limited

Leeds City Council

Royal Mail Group

Nottinghamshire County Council

Casey Group Limited

Populo Living

Barratt & David Wilson Homes

Charnwood Borough Council

Merseyrail

Bolton Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Gloucestershire County Council, Cotswold District Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council

Thornton Hall Hotel Limited

Robinsons Brewery

Work highlights

  • Advising Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on the promotion of a multi-billion major tidal energy project with the potential to power 300,000 homes (more than all the homes in Liverpool).
  • Advising Anglesey Aluminium (part of the Rio Tinto group) in relation to the former aluminium smelting works near Holyhead, Wales, acting on the disposal of the site and the transfer of the consents for the biomass development to Orthios.
  • Advised Thornton Hall Hotel in its high-profile planning dispute with Thornton Manor Hotel, including success in both the Court of Appeal and at a recent planning inquiry.

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
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Lee Gordon photo Lee Gordon Lee heads the firm’s national Planning & Infrastructure Consents team. He is…
Charles Heppenstall photo Charles Heppenstall  Formerly a partner of Ford & Warren solicitors, Charles has wide experience…
Anthony Howarth photo Anthony Howarth    Anthony joined Weightmans as a senior conveyancer in June 2016 and…
Ross Hutchison photo Ross Hutchison    Ross is an experienced employment and immigration law practitioner with over…
Steve Johns photo Steve Johns    Steve is an experienced infrastructure specialist. His practice covers a range…
Matthew Jones photo Matthew Jones Matthew is a Principal Associate Solicitor in the Real Estate Team at…
David Lewis photo David Lewis  David Lewis became the firm’s national Senior Partner in May 2018, having…
Ben Mackenzie photo Ben Mackenzie Ben has been a partner since 2003 and he specialises in all…
Susan Matthews photo Susan Matthews Susan joined Weightmans in 2015 from a Chartered University where she was…
Matthew Morton photo Matthew Morton Matthew is a partner and the national head of the Disputed Wills,…
Anna Naylor photo Anna Naylor Anna is a regulatory defence lawyer specialising in advising organisations on health…
Oliver Nelson photo Oliver Nelson Partner specializing in restructuring and insolvency work, acting for all types of…
Nick Newman photo Nick Newman Nick is a principal associate in the employment, pensions and immigration team,…
Anthony Rance photo Anthony Rance    Anthony is a commercial litigator who advises on a broad range…
Blaise Smith photo Blaise Smith Blaise is a partner in Weightmans’ large loss team in Leeds. He…
Lindsay Staddon photo Lindsay Staddon  Former partner of Ford & Warren solicitors, Lindsay has over 20 years’…
Melanie Steed photo Melanie Steed    Melanie Steed is a principal associate in the employment, pensions and…
Kerry Waters photo Kerry Waters    Kerry is a highly experienced associate specialising in employment law. Named…
Number of UK partners : 197
Number of other UK fee-earners : 633