Firm Profile > Markel Law LLP > Manchester, England

Markel Law LLP
11th Floor
82 King Street
M2 4WQ

Crime: general Tier 2

Markel Law LLP specialises in professional discipline, business crime and regulatory mandates, and acts for an extensive roster of UK trade associations, insurance schemes and business federations. Regulatory department head Deborah Nicholson 'goes the extra mile for her clients' and handles both contentious and non-contentious regulatory and criminal work; she is particularly recommended for healthcare-sector work and high-profile inquests. 'Superb' criminal practitioner Gareth Martin regularly deals with road traffic matters and serious crime investigations, while 'incredibly knowledgeable' associate Lauren Wilson advises on inspections, compliance issues and enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Nicholson

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Martin; Lauren Wilson


‘The firm’s knowledge in the field of regulatory crime is really exceptional. Markel Law really are experts in the field. On top of this, partners and solicitors are down to earth, approachable and can relay complex information to clients with ease and sensitivity. I would recommend them highly.’

‘Lauren Wilson is an exceptional practitioner. She is incredibly knowledgeable and has a real eye for detail. She is calm, measured and goes above and beyond for her clients. I would recommend her to anyone.’

‘The team was professional but also sensitive and flexible, which is essential as the cases they represented were often complex and subject to interpretation.’

‘The individuals in this team are exceptional. It is clear from speaking to each of them that that they have a huge amount of passion for each case they are involved in.’

‘I have worked with Deborah Nicholson who goes the extra mile for her clients and is extremely efficient. You can rely on her to get things done.’

‘I have worked with Gareth Martin for many years and consider him to be a superb lawyer. He is dedicated to his clients, hard working and very bright.’

‘Very professional firm with committed, talented lawyers. Innovative communication strategies, always prepared to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Federation of Small Businesses

British Association of Shooting & Conservation

Markel UK

Markel Legal Expenses Insurance

Health and safety Tier 2

Markel Law LLP frequently advises clients on responding to investigations and inquests. The team is particularly active in the care sector, assisting providers with responding to incidents involving residents, including inquest proceedings. The practice provides legal advice to SMEs through its relationship with the Federation of Small Businesses. The team's inquest-related work also encompasses helping witnesses prepare submissions for inquests. Deborah Nicholson leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Nicholson

Key clients

Federation of Small Businesses

British Association of Shooting & Conservation

Markel UK

Markel Legal Expenses Insurance



P3 (Charity sector)

Professional negligence Tier 2

Markel Law LLP is a UK legal services business owned by New York-listed US insurer Markel Corporation, operating from Manchester, London and Croydon. The Manchester professional indemnity team acts for a variety of insurance divisions, defending professional indemnity claims and providing policy coverage advice. The practice acts for policyholders under legal expenses insurance policies, bringing professional negligence claims against a range of professionals including solicitors, accountants and insurance brokers. Mark Rankin has significant experience defending claims against policyholders in the emerging professions, principally those in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. He jointly heads the practice with Christopher Burns, who specialises in dealing with construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rankin; Christopher Burns


‘Chris Burns is excellent with clients – they are able to feel reassured that he is interested in and understands the detail of the case. He has a wide depth and breadth of experience and good legal knowledge to give a clear steer of where the case will end up.’

‘Our experience of Markel Law was excellent. The service provided was friendly, approachable, understandable and suitably compassionate. At no time have they disappointed or failed to meet expectations.’

‘The team has excellent experience in insurance professional negligence, in particular in a construction context, with a wide breadth and depth of knowledge.’

‘Their competence and experience shone through to allow me to feel confident I was getting the best advice possible.’

Key clients

Federation of Small Businesses

Markel (UK) Limited

Markel Legal Expenses Insurance

Markel International Insurance Company Limited

Galleon Marine Insurance Agency Ltd

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

The Croydon-based employment team at Markel Law LLP  is part of the global, US-based insurance company Markel Corporation, and has extensive expertise in representing clients in Employment Tribunal proceedings. Robert Dempsey co-leads the team with Edward Pearce. Dempsey has handled high-value employment disputes, discrimination cases and matters with complex extraterritorial jurisdiction disputes, while Pearce is adept at handling work for business owners, senior employees and HR professionals.

Practice head(s):

Robert Dempsey; Edward Pearce

Other key lawyers:

Toby McArdle


‘The team are very keen to make things work for me by, for example, arranging their bills to coincide with my budgets and forecasting. As I have been working with the same individuals for several years now, they understand my organisation and make advisory suggestions based on their knowledge of how we operate. There has been no detriment in service at all during lockdown.’

‘The team at Markel have been a stable and constant support to our business for many years. The reason we have not sought alternative legal support is because we have people outside of the business who know our company inside and out, which really helps. I feel like I’m talking to someone who knows me and the company, which I feel is invaluable.’

‘The team at Markel managed to blend the handling of a very difficult and complex legal matter with the human and caring touch.’

‘The team at Markel Law were unlike any experience I have had with a legal practice before. Quite simply they took the time to not only understand my case with great sensitivity, but also to realise the psychological impact the case had on me and responded accordingly. Their support enabled me to keep to focus on what mattered – with an empathy that must be commended. They explained everything in a way that was easily understandable and removed what could have been a very intimidating set of processes. It is hard to imagine a better service from a legal practice.’

Key clients

The Federation of Small Business

The British Printing Industries Federation


David Lloyd Leisure

IPC Europe

Eva Airway Corporation

Evergreen Marine (UK) Limited

Lees Hall Golf Club

Bestcare (UK) Ltd

Rush Hair and Beauty Limited


Personal Care Services


2020 Media International/ Channel 2020 Ltd

Wilton House Ltd

Thomas Sabo

Markel Law LLP (Markel Law) is an independent SRA authorised and regulated legal business offering services to both insured and non-insured clients. We are experts in legal services and specialise in professional discipline, business crime and regulatory law as well as civil and employment disputes.

Our services include a 24/7 legal advice line that is staffed by more than 50 qualified solicitors and barristers who are experienced In dealing with matters that affect businesses daily.

Our legal advice line helps over 200,000 callers every year and our award winning Law Hub is used by thousands of businesses on a daily basis, delivering up-to-date legal and business information, as well as, a wide range of precedents which can be tailored to suit our clients’ needs. Our aim is to enable SMEs to gain access to legal knowledge and advice as quickly and easily as possible.

Our clients and business partners include businesses, high-net-worth individuals, and associations across a broad spectrum of industries.

We are owned by Markel Corporation, a US based diverse financial holding company, trading on the New York Stock Exchange, with combined assets of $32.8bn. Abbey Protection Group Limited, also part of Markel Corporation, is a corporate member of Markel Law LLP.

We operate out of offices in Manchester, London and Croydon and employ over 60 specialist solicitors. Our legal teams guide, support, defend and protect clients through a wide range of key legal services, including: business and regulatory crime, health and safety, professional discipline, business and commercial advice, employment and HR advice.

Markel Law has an excellent reputation for providing competitive legal services packages to trade associations and its members for more than 20 years.

Markel Law is the preferred legal services supplier for many of the biggest trade associations, insurance schemes and business federations in the UK including the Federation of Small Businesses, Home & Legacy, and Park Homes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Regulatory & Criminal Gareth Martin +44(0) 161 827 9563
Regulatory & Criminal Deborah Nicholson +44(0) 161 827 1819
Regulatory & Criminal Lauren Wilson +44(0) 161 827 1815
Civil Litigation & Disputes Chris Burns +44(0) 161 827 1818
Commercial Legal Services Mark Rankin +44(0) 161 827 9576
Employment Disputes Robert Dempsey 0345 313 4143
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