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Weightmans LLP

6 NEW STREET SQUARE, NEW FETTER LANE, LONDON, EC4A 3BF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7822 1900
Fax:
Fax 020 7822 1901
DX:
310 CHANCERY LANE
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www.weightmans.com

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is well known for advising clients in the public and private sectors on a number of areas, including intellectual property, IT, data protection, competition law and procurement. Victoria Robertson, who has experience in commercial, intellectual property and data protection matters, leads the practice with tech and healthcare expert Sarah Walton. Their team was strengthened in 2018 by the arrivals of infrastructure projects specialist Stephen Johns from DLA Piper and experienced commercial lawyer Tracy Lake from the National Grid.

Practice head(s):Victoria Robertson; Sarah Walton

Other key lawyers:Stephen Johns; Tracy Lake

Key Clients

OBG Pharmaceuticals Limited

BHSF Group

Luxfer

Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions

Chiesi

Sonoco

Bruntwood Group

Surrey and Sussex Police

Northern Health Science Alliance

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Luxfer Group on a wide range of matters, including a large number of high-value business-critical agreements and arrangements.
  • Advised Anixter Limited on a variety of commercial matters.
  • Advised LexisNexis Risk Solutions on a large number of high-value and complex contracts with insurers, brokers and managing general agents (MGAs).
  • Advised the Motor Insurers' Bureau on the IT aspects and data sharing arrangements between the client and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in relation to the MyLicence Project.
  • Acting for Merseytravel on the procurement of new vessels to continue the provision of the iconic Mersey Ferries service, together with an associated maintenance package for the vessels.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's team stands out for its work in the legal and medical partnership spaces. The group draws on the wider firm's strong regulatory and compliance practice, offering a broad service to clients nationwide; work led by Michelle Garlick. The group also has substantial experience in partnership restructuring and insolvencies as well as incorporating new LLP vehicles for offshore investors. The national team is led by partnership disputes expert Andrew Cromby, who is supported by regulatory lawyer Richard Corran; Edwina Farrell and Nathan East lead on medical partnerships.

Practice head(s):Andrew Cromby

Other key lawyers:Richard Corran; Michelle Garlick

Leading individuals

Andrew Cromby - Weightmans LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 8

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP' areas of specialism include partnership and shareholder disputes, injunctions, construction and engineering-related claims, and financial services disputes. The team includes Andrew Cromby, who has a particular focus on partnership disputes, James Denison , who specialises in defending claims against investment intermediaries, insurance brokers and construction professionals, and principal associate Simon Adam.

Other key lawyers:Andrew Cromby; James Denison; Simon Adam

Key Clients

Antares

Argo

Aspen Risk Management

AXA Insurance UK

Liberty

Markel (UK) and Markel International

RiverStone

Hamilton Underwriting

Duff and Phelps

Investec (Channel Islands)

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is widely respected for healthcare-related disciplinary issues; the team regularly acts for medical defence organisations, assists with complex cases before the GMC and GDC, and has significant involvement in NHS Performers List and Health Service Ombudsman work. The firm also has a robust barrister conduct practice. In Liverpool, Richard Jolly is the healthcare advisory head, and Mickaela Fox and Emlyn Williams are also key advisers. The other names to note are James Rowley and Michelle Garlick in Manchester, and - in the London office - Tim Lang, Robert Crossingham, Simon Turner, consultant John Mitchell and barrister David Reddington. Patrick Gaul retired from the practice.

Practice head(s):Richard Jolly

Other key lawyers:Mickaela Fox; Emlyn Williams; James Rowley; Michelle Garlick; Tim Lang; Robert Crossingham; Simon Turner; John Mitchell; David Reddington 

Key Clients

Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland

Professional Standards Authority

MDU

MPS

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

NHS England

Royal Institute of British Architects

W R Berkley

CFC Underwriting

Work highlights

  • Acted for medical defence organisations in a number of Health Service Ombudsman cases, which arose within general practice and related to the exercise of clinical judgment, including cases involving patient deaths.
Next Generation Partners

Simon Turner - Weightmans LLP

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London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

At Weightmans LLP, the Liverpool-based Dewi Ap Thomas heads the regulatory team and specialises in criminal and coronial jurisdictions, while Crispin Kenyon heads the London and South East team and is an expert in the construction, waste management and transport sectors. Leeds-based  David Lewis, who formerly led the regulatory practice, remains a key member of the team, with a strong emphasis on the manufacturing, construction and petro-chemical sectors. Birmingham based Andrew Brammer, who recently joined from Cartwright King, represents businesses facing criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Practice head(s):Dewi Ap Thomas; Crispin Kenyon

Other key lawyers:David Lewis; Andrew Brammer

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is recognised as one of the leading advisers to NHS healthcare bodies in all areas of litigation. The highest value and most complex claims arising from healthcare provision often feature on the practice's diverse caseload, where maximum severity catastrophic injuries (such as adult and birth brain injury and spinal damage cases) appear alongside group claims. Department head Rachel  Kneale focuses primarily but by no means exclusively in high value obstetric and neurological cases. Work involving difficult quantum claims is a key strength for Vanessa Splaine, who also has extensive experience representing clinicians at inquests. Isobel Michie  handles an impressive caseload of maximum severity catastrophic injury claims, including several cerebral palsy claims and highly-sensitive cases.

Practice head(s):Rachel Kneale

Other key lawyers:Vanessa Splaine; Isobel Michie

Key Clients

National Health Service Resolution

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

CFC

Public Health England

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

IDH

East of England Ambulance NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for the defendant NHS Trust in a wrongful birth claim pleaded at £10 million, securing a 50% liability discount.
  • Acted for the defendant NHS Trust in a cerebral palsy claim that settled for £19.5m, instead of the initially pleaded value of £28m.
  • Acted on behalf of four NHS trusts in a case relating to the delayed diagnosis of a rare neurodegenerative condition - settled for £6m.
  • Secured a discontinuance at trial of a £25k surgical claim on behalf of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Acted for the defendant NHS Trust in a significant bowel injury claim that settled for around £4.4m (claim was for approximately £14m).
Rising stars

Isobel Michie - Weightmans LLP

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Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 5

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP covers a wide range of lines of business including construction, engineering and the renewable energy sector, and is increasingly involved in D&O, cyber, specie and aviation. This last area was recently strengthened by the arrival of Andrew Krausz, who joined from Clyde & Co LLP as head of the aviation practice. The 'technically outstanding' Ling Ong specialises in coverage issues, Edward Lewis has broad experience and Robert Crossingham focuses on professional and management lines work. Simon Durkin is a property and casualty expert.

Practice head(s):Rob Williams (Liverpool)

Other key lawyers:Ling Ong; Edward Lewis; Robert Crossingham; Simon Durkin; Andrew Krausz

Testimonials

'Provides pragmatic and consistent advice'

'The firm has developed an enviable reputation in the insurance sector'

'The team is a great combination of excellent technical legal knowledge and astute commercial awareness and practicality. Very strong and technically excellent but direct and readily understandable advice and communications'

'Ling Ong is willing to review difficult problems and present solutions'

'Ling Ong is technically outstanding on the law, very practical, capable and user friendly'

'Quentin Fox is a hugely experienced insurance litigator who has the ear, trust and confidence of insurers across the board. He is unshowy but highly effective and his extensive knowledge across every sector of the insurance industry is highly impressive'

'Robert Crossingham is a very clever man with great judgement. It's a winning combination'

'Edward Lewis is a very smart operator. He's tenacious and hugely effective'

'Christy Devon is very able and very well organised'

Key Clients

Zurich

AIG

Tokio Marine HCC

CFC Underwriting

Starstone SE

International Insurance Company of Hannover Limited

Sirius International Insurance Corporation

Channel Syndicate

Argo Global

Markel International

Markel UK

Hamilton

Allianz

Contessa

Work highlights

  • Representing reinsurers Sirius International Insurance Corporation and Allianz Insurance in a dispute regarding respiratory claims arising out of the 2011 World Trade Center attack.
  • Acting for Starstone in relation to declinature and avoidance of financial adviser network’s excess layer insurance.
  • Representing International Insurance Company of Hannover in Commercial Court proceedings in France issued by a major French group against insured and insurers concerning the sale and purchase of solar panels.
  • Defending Riverstone in proceedings issued in the Queen’s Bench division of the High Court following a coverage dispute involving a fire.
  • Advising the D&O insurers of a Swiss group of companies on a cover for directors held personally accountable by the Turkish authorities for tax liabilities on gold mining activities.

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP fields a team that specialises in providing advice to insurers, local governments and major commercial entities on the full spectrum of catastrophic personal injury and accident circumstances. Practice head Elaine Chapman has extensive experience handling cases concerning severe brain injury, spinal cord damage and amputations. Nick Richards has core strength in cross-border litigation and motor claims. Seva Singh is a key name to note for maximum severity injuries arising from road traffic accidents, employers' and public liability claims. Phillip Bratt regularly advises defendants on claims with challenging rehabilitation issues, and is experienced in severe brain damage and chronic pain injuries. David Johnson departed to DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Practice head(s):Elaine Chapman

Other key lawyers:Nick Richards; Seva Singh; Phillip Bratt; Patricia Williams

Key Clients

Zurich Insurance Plc

Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB)

Armour Risk Management

Work highlights

  • Represented the Motor Insurers Bureau in an uninsured passenger road traffic accident where the claimant was a minor with complicated drugs and alcohol history.
  • Advised Armour Risk Management on the £130k (costs inclusive) commercial settlement of a £3m personal injury claim arising from a road traffic accident where there was potential joint criminal enterprise.
  • Successfully acted for Armour Risk Management in a road traffic accident where a pedestrian was hit by a car, avoiding the payment of £3m for personal injury.
Rising stars

Phillip Bratt - Weightmans LLP

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

Insurers, specialist underwriters, and corporations alike instruct Weightmans LLP, which acts on a broad range of product liability matters. The team handles disputes, recalls, supply chain issues and compliance. Fiona East leads the group; she is well versed in brand reputation matters and has notable expertise in the automotive sector. She is supported by Simon Durkin, who is a key contact for insurers; and Stephen Robb in Leicester, who is particularly involved in product liability claims. Aviation expert Andrew Krausz joined the firm in 2018 from Clyde & Co LLP.

Practice head(s):Fiona East

Other key lawyers:Simon Durkin; Stephen Robb

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP handles claims against financial services professionals, construction professionals, solicitors and property professionals. The team is experienced in SIPP trustees’ liability and claims concerning pension transfers. The team also offers experience in policy coverage advice and wider insurance disputes, and it has a growing specialism in cyber insurance and risk. The team represented excess layer professional indemnity insurers Starstone Insurance in Commercial Court proceedings regarding a coverage dispute over the attachment of a block notification concerning UCIS investments.

Practice head(s):Robert Crossingham; Ed Lewis

Other key lawyers:Quentin Fox; James Denison; Paul Lowe;

Key Clients

AmTrust Europe

Antares

Aspen Risk Management

AXA Insurance UK

CFC

Markel (UK) Ltd/Markel International

Tokio Marine HCC

Starstone Insurance SE

Vibe

Argo Global

Work highlights

  • The team is representing a major provider of local property search services in multi-party proceedings by the purchasers of newbuild development homes. The case concerns allegations against the council that a contemplated new road scheme was not noted on the public register and an alternative case that the various search providers involved should have reported on it to prospective purchasers.
  • The team acts for various London market insurers concerning the potential liability and risk implications of FCA activity around DBT pension transfers and SIPP administrator liability.
  • The team defended the professional liability insurers of Integral Geotechnique  on a claim brought by national housebuilder Barratt.    
  • The team is advising and representing insurers on coverage matters in connection with a substantial cladding-related claim concerning a large new public building.
  • The team is instructed by the London City office of a major US law firm in defence of a very substantial claim arising from the conduct of an international arbitration.

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP continues to advise on a wide range of welfare, health, property and affairs matters for a large number of local authorities, NHS trusts and private health and social care providers. The team advises a broad range of these public sector organisations in matters ranging from mental capacity issues and mental health matters through to best interests assessments, health, welfare and property matters. Simon Goacher, Richard Jolly and Tony Yeaman are the names to note.

Practice head(s):Simon Goacher; Richard Jolly; Tony Yeaman

Other key lawyers:Morris Hill

Testimonials

'Morris Hill is busy on COP matters'.

Key Clients

Kirklees MBC

Knowsley MBC

Leicestershire County Council

Cumbria County Council

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Rutland County Council

Cumbria County Council

Wirral MBC

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust (now Royal Free Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Bolton CCG

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kirklees MBC  in proceedings in the Court of Protection for best interests declarations to be made for an elderly lady.
  • Advised Kirklees MBC on an application for deputyship in respect of a man who lacked capacity to deal with his property and affairs.
  • Advised Leicestershire County Council in seeking declarations regarding P’s best interests to move address.
  • Instructed by the Bolton Clinical Commission Group to make Re X applications in relation to all of those patients eligible for NHS continuing healthcare for whom it provides care and support services and who are deprived of their liberty as a result.
  • Acting on behalf of the Bolton Clinical Commission Group in relation to Court of Protection proceedings concerning a patient with continuing healthcare needs.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP has a robust public law defence offering, regularly acting for NHS bodies, clinical commissioning groups, coroners and councils in judicial review claims brought against them. Recent instructions involved claims of ultra vires policy making, allegations of breaches of duty of care, challenges to coroners' determinations, challenges to planning permission decisions and allegations of misconduct against council members. Simon Goacher and Martin Forshaw are also representing Rotherham Borough Council and Rochdale Borough Council, respectively, in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Further expertise includes experience with challenges to clients' information-sharing practices and legal advice to public inquiry commissioners.

Practice head(s):Martin Forshaw

Other key lawyers:Simon Goacher

Key Clients

NHS Blood & Transplant

Rochdale Borough Council

York City Council

South Worcestershire CCG

The Senior Coroner of the County of Cumbria

Rutland County Council

Thornton Hall Hotel

Rotherham County Council

Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change at Oxfam

Selby District Council

Work highlights

  • Defended NHS Blood & Transplant in a judicial review concerning the lawfulness of its 2005 Directions.
  • Retained as the legal adviser to the Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change at Oxfam.
  • Defended South Worcester Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in a judicial review brought by a neighbouring CCG concerning the historic responsibility for an NHS patient's care costs.
  • Acted on behalf of the senior coroner of the county of Cumbria in a judicial review application by a father challenging the coroner's findings.
  • Appointed as legal representative for Rochdale Borough Council as a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's education group, led by Martin Vincent, is skilled in advising public sector clients on a range of sensitive and high-value matters, as well as undertaking cross-border work on joint venture programs. The team also has experience in representing institutions at inquests. Susan Matthews provides specialist advice to higher education bodies on governance matters, and Mark Leach is recommended for his experience in contentious employment issues.

Practice head(s):Martin Vincent

Other key lawyers:Susan Matthews; Andrew Roberts; Vincent King; Mark Leach

Key Clients

Newcastle University

Cumbria University

Lancaster University

Open University

Keele University

Loughborough University

Leicester University

Queen Mary University

Middlesex University

University of Greenwich

Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Salford University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Solent University

Anglia Ruskin University

Wolverhampton University

Southport College

Coleg Cambria

Liverpool Hope University

Northern Health Science Alliance

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP provides 'crucial support' to public bodies spread across local government, healthcare and the emergency services, and has been active oin a high number of complex and highly publicised judicial review cases and public inquiries. As an example, the practice is currently acting on behalf of NHS Blood and Transplant in public inquiry to examine why thousands of patients were given infected blood and infected blood products in the 1970s and 1980s. Richard Jolly, Emlyn Williams and Rachel Kneale jointly lead the national group.

Practice head(s):Richard Jolly; Emlyn Williams; Rachel Kneale

Key Clients

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

NHS Blood & Transplant

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of the respondent, NHS Blood and Transplant, in judicial review proceedings brought by the claimant as to the lawfulness of the  Directions 2005, which provide for the prioritisation of organs for transplantation. Successfully defended the claimants' argument that the Directions are ultra vires as there is no enabling power in the primary legislation. The matter is to come before the Court of Appeal.
  • Acted for the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust in an inquest into the death of an young man who died from subacute bacterial endocarditis, which was caused by a dental extraction six months prior to his death, the condition remaining undiagnosed and untreated in life.
  • Successfully defended South Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust in a case brought by a mental health patient alleging that he was falsely imprisoned and deprived of his liberty when he was detained under section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

Based in Liverpool, Simon Goacher heads the substantial Weightmans LLP national public law team. He is noted for being especially adept in the areas of governance and vires issues and the practice is known for its handling of investigations, many of which are high-profile. John Riddell in Leicester handles litigation, judicial reviews and advisory work for local authorities while Clive Bleasdale advises on a range of real estate matters. The team also provides employment-related expertise; Mark Leach acts for local authorities on equal pay disputes and the team is also home to expertise in commercial, procurement and finance matters.

Practice head(s):Simon Goacher

Other key lawyers:John Riddell; Clive Bleasdale; Mark Leach

Key Clients

Selby District Council

Rochdale Borough Council

York City Council

Liverpool City Council

LLG (Lawyers in Local Government)

Rutland County Council

Staffordshire Moorlands County Council

Rotherham MBC

EM Lawshare

North West Legal Consortium

Work highlights

  • Advising Selby District Council on a delivery strategy for the Olympia Park. The plan  involves the proposed development of c 1,500 new homes and 23 hectares of employment land up to 2027.
  • Advised Herefordshire Council on its receipt of £23m of grant funding from the Department for Education and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership to build a new university in Hereford.
  • Advised York City Council and BE Independent, a community interest company that it had set up, on the transfer of assets from the company to the council. The company provides emergency care and specialist equipment for use at home by vulnerable service users.
  • Acted for Rutland County Council in successfully resisting a proposed claim by a prisoner against the council’s refusal to provide care services directed by the parole board in order to secure the prisoner’s release from prison.
  • Acted for Rochdale MBC in respect of an investigation into multiple complaints against the leader of the council.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP  advises corporates and individuals on compliance, fraud bribery, corruption, cybercrime, data breach investigations and regulatory investigations. It represents foreign and domestic clients in external investigations and prosecutions relating to regulatory and business crime issues. Key client sectors include construction, defence, energy, insurance, legal, public and retail. The firm also conducts private prosecutions. Head of team Euros Jones is experienced in dealing with investigations by the SFO, FCA, CPA, HMRC and ICO.

Practice head(s):Euros Jones

Other key lawyers:Marcus Harewood

Work highlights

  • Successful defence of a company in an investigation into a £50m fraud.
  • Representing a construction group in a multi-million pound bribery investigation.
  • Represented insurers in overseeing the defence of a company officer in a large-scale VAT fraud.
  • Representing a construction group in an internal investigation into large-scale fraud.
  • Representing an energy supply company in an HMRC investigation into large scale fraudulent evasion of duty.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is active across a range of commercial, IP, data, media and entertainment matters. The team stands out for its interactive video game practice where it advises on major video game development agreements, licensing, talent, image rights, exploitation and recording agreements. Funding, acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals and publishing mandates are also key areas of expertise. The team advised the individual shareholders of Playground Games, on their sale to Microsoft Corporation. The team also advises on contractual matters for music and TV industry clients and handles tax work in the sector.

Practice head(s):Sean Crotty

Other key lawyers:John Schorah; Sarah Walton

Key Clients

Playground Games Limited

Side (UK) Limited

The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA)

Apadmi Limited

Nomad Games Limited

Novarama Technology SRL

AXM Venture Capital

Secret Sorcery

Sounding Sweet

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Mercato

Fun Learning Studies

Work highlights

  • The team advises Side (UK) on voice talent and motion capture agreements for a number of major video game titles.    
  • Advised Playground Games on various work-for-hire arrangements in relation to the provision of content for a major video game being developed on behalf of a major global publisher.
  • Advised Nomad Games on a licensing deal in relation to a major series of books for the purposes of developing an online video game based upon the series.
  • Advised TIGA on the contractual documentation between it and various videogame studios for the preparation of the TIGA Salary Survey, which will entail the analysis and evaluation of video game development staff salaries.
  • Advised Fun Learning Studios on the sale of a controlling stake in Fun Learning Studios  to Moonbug Entertainment.

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London: Transport

Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 5

Weightmans LLP

Based in Liverpool, the team at Weightmans LLP handles dispute resolution and commercial mandates in the shipping sector. Ports and terminals liability, regulatory and casualty work are key strengths, as are marine casualties, damage claims, contractual claims and cargo losses. The team also advises ship operators and insurers on commercial contracts; it advised Bibby Marine on a high value ship building contract.

Practice head(s):Phil James

Other key lawyers:Mike Burns

Key Clients

Peel Ports Group

Bibby Marine

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality

AIG

Essar Oil UK

Hamburg Sud

Champion Tankers

Zurich Insurance

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Great Yarmouth Harbour Authority on the detention and sale of the Malaviya 20.
  • Advised Bibby Marine on an offshore wind farm charter contract.
  • Advised Peel Ports Group a contract with rail freight operator DB Cargo UK, regarding a new container rail freight service operating between the Port of Liverpool and Mossend, Glasgow
  • Advised Allianz Global Corporate and Speciality following the sinking of the Aisling Patrick off the west coast of Ireland in May 2018.
  • Advised Hamburg Sud on recovery of damage following a fire in a container carried in the container ship Alula, in the port of Hamburg.

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Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

With specialists across Glasgow, Liverpool and London, Weightmans LLP's cross-border litigation team is experienced in personal injury claims. It has particular expertise in injury claims involving road traffic accidents; via its lead advisor role with the Motor Insurers' Bureau and its work for other insurers, the team has handled a number of cases relating to application of law in claims arising out of European road traffic accidents. London-based Nick Richards heads the team.

Practice head(s):Nick Richards

Other key lawyers:David Holt; Rob Williams

Key Clients

AIG Europe

Ageas

Generali Assicurazioni

Dekra Claims Services

Van Ameyde Group

Waberers Biztosito

MIB

Leading individuals

Nick Richards - Weightmans LLP

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East Midlands

Offices in Leicester

London

Offices in London EC4A, London EX3A, and London EC1M

North West

Offices in Liverpool, Manchester M2, Manchester M3, and Knutsford

Scotland

Offices in Glasgow

West Midlands

Offices in Birmingham

Yorkshire and the Humber

Offices in Leeds

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