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

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Markel Law LLP's Manchester team provides advice in regulatory, business, health and safety-related matters. Practice head Deborah Nicholson undertakes both contentious and advisory mandates, acting for regulators, organisations and professionals. The 'extremely bright and highly capable' Lauren Wilson focuses on health and social care regulation with support from Francesca Snape.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Nicholson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Markel Law LLP are highly skilled and experienced in regulatory law, with particular expertise in challenging decisions. These cases, which can often involve difficult and emotive factual backgrounds, are handled with great sensitivity, care and thought by a highly specialist team.’

‘Markel continues to maintain positive relationships which is of real benefit to their clients.’

‘Lauren Wilson is an extremely bright and highly capable solicitor. She has particular expertise in CQC and Ofsted appeals, advising clients in very challenging circumstances. She is is pragmatic, hard-working and empathetic. She is able to instill confidence in her clients through her calm and logical approach.’

‘Francesca Snape is an experienced and knowledgeable solicitor with a keen eye for detail. I have confidence that she will go far. She is one to watch: truly a rising star.’

‘The team are always a pleasure to work with, they are very well briefed and always deliver a quality product to chambers.’

‘We work with Francesca Snape who has a great knowledge of her area and has a real passion for what she does.’

‘A fantastic team of lawyers who go above and beyond for their clients. They are fully committed and talented and you want them on your side.’

‘Lauren Wilson is a great lawyer, with a strong career ahead of her. She’s technically very good. She’s also thorough. One to watch.’

Key clients

Federation of Small Businesses

Markel UK

Markel Legal Expenses Insurance

Towergate

Jelf

P3

Rethink

Tower Hamlets GP Care Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a large charity following a choking death where there was a failure to follow a SALT plan at one of their supported living centres.
  • Defended an equipment provider where a recently serviced hoist failed while in use.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Markel Law LLP is known for its handling of professional indemnity claims and provision of policy coverage advice. Practice head Mark Rankin is an experienced insurance lawyer who specialises in defending claims against policyholders in the the technology, media and telecoms sectors. He is supported by construction sector indemnity claims specialist Christopher Burns.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rankin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great service.’

‘Very knowledgeable, professional.’

‘Mark Rankin is a great problem solver.’

‘Christopher Burns has a good eye for detail on construction claims.

‘They have a wealth of experience across a number of areas and provide a specialised quality service to their clients.’

‘Mark Rankin provides an exceptional service and quality advice, he effectively prioritises his workload and, thanks to his efficiency, his fees are very reasonable. Mark is extremely knowledgeable, particularly in the area of cyber, where his expertise has been invaluable.’

‘Excellent understanding of our legal issues. Ability of Mark Rankin to present the facts to us in a way which allows us to make a judgement as to which direction to choose and the advantages and disadvantages of either.’

‘Mark Rankin – he has gone above and beyond for a significant period of time dealing with a particularly complicated individual and case with its origins going back a number of years.’

Key clients

Federation of Small Businesses

Markel (UK) Limited

Markel Legal Expenses Insurance

Markel International Insurance Company Limited

Galleon Marine Insurance Agency Ltd

Blind Veterans UK

Work highlights

  • Advising insurers on policy coverage issues in the context of an indemnity claim.
  • Defending a claim by a property development company in relation to alleged negligence in allowing planning permission to expire, with the resultant loss of the majority of the development opportunity, allegedly worth in excess of £1m.
  • Defending an IT support provider against a claim by a commercial UK airport alleging negligence and breach of contract following a cyberattack.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general crime and fraud Tier 3

Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Markel Law LLP is a full-service employment practice and has a tripartite team structure covering employment disputes, consultancy issues and advisory work relating to holiday pay, settlement agreements, dismissals and TUPE issues. The team is headed up by Craig McCracken from Manchester and employment consultancy manager Edward Pearce, who is based in Croydon. Andrew Bayjou is also noted and has experience representing high-net-worth individuals, companies and schools in whistleblowing and discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

Craig McCracken; Edward Pearce

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Bayjou; Toby McArdle; Danielle Fox; Christine Garrett

Testimonials

‘It was just brilliant to have the team on our side. Everything about the service provided was exemplary which is not something that is common in this day and age. I always felt fully informed about what was happening, and they made me feel like they really cared which again isn’t easy in this line of work. It was an absolute pleasure to have been represented by this organisation.’

‘They listen carefully to the brief, explain how things may progress and update you on progress. They take time to understand your position.’

‘Edward Pearce was careful during his work with me. He approached the work carefully and explained his role. Edward approached the work judiciously, taking on board evidence carefully and reaching a considered conclusion. He was confident to identify how things could be better and communicating with all parties involved in a professional manner.’

‘The solicitor who represented our organisation was Christine Garret. Christine was excellent from the beginning to the end. She communicated, explained and advised to an exceptional standard. Her customer service skills are amazing. It was a pleasure to have her represent our company. To cap it all she achieved an outstanding outcome for our company due to her diligence. An amazing person to have working in our corner. Totally different experience from any other legal representative I have ever worked with. Excellent and great team.’

‘The team at Markel Law LLP were very helpful from the start, helping me through the employment tribunal and pointed out key issues to assist in my case. Danielle Fox was very professional from the start in helping us through the hearing and pointing out that the opposition had made errors.’

‘They were very professional from start to finish and ensured that any concerns or questions were answered promptly.’

‘Markel Law LLP were very professional in their approach to us as a small company that had no experience in defending an employment tribunal. They took care of the liaison with our insurers keeping us informed of all relevant developments and giving excellent advice as the case progressed to a hearing at which we were successful. Toby McArdle was a professional and reassuring presence. He was always available on the phone when we needed guidance or reassurance. He was fully on top of the details of the case.’

Key clients

The Federation of Small Business

Markel

IPC Europe (Subway)

Eva Airway Corporation

Evergreen Marine (UK) Limited

Lees Hall Golf Club

Bestcare (UK) Ltd

B.L.W. (INSURANCE SERVICES) LTD

Personal Care Services

Hafal

Wilton House Ltd

Thomas Sabo

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Extraman Ltd in the Employment Tribunal against a claimant who sought £80,000 and alleged unfair discrimination and unfair dismissal.
  • Acted for Bondcare Limited at a final full merit hearing and successfully defended against a complex automatic unfair dismissal claim involving whistleblowing and multiple disclosures regarding health and safety practices in a care home.
  • Successfully had allegations of dismissal and whistleblowing detriment dismissed for Bagshot Rehab Centre in which the claimant valued his claim in excess of £100,000.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 6

The team at Markel Law LLP acts for clients with ‘a human touch and understanding’ with particular ‘experience and working knowledge of insurance backed commercial litigation’. Mark Rankin leads the team, with ‘efficient, diligent, and on the ballShazia Aslam playing a key role in the team. ‘Exceptional’ Sarah Hogan-Dempsey is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rankin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Markel deal with a large case load of clients with the benefit of legal expense insurance. and the work they handle is diverse.’

‘Shazia Aslam is quick to act on advice, and quick to raise issues in appropriate ways. Jody Thomasson is also a clued up practitioner who can be trusted to getting things done properly and when needed.’

‘Markel’s commercial litigation team has a depth in experience and working knowledge of insurance backed commercial litigation. They are highly regarded and specialist in their area. They have an acute dedication to client management.’

‘Sarah Hogan-Dempsey is exceptional. She well balances technical knowledge and know-how with a a client faced sympathetic approach.’

‘Shazia Aslam is superb. Very knowledgeable, focused and determined to deliver the best outcome for clients.’

‘Shazia Aslam is efficient, diligent, and on the ball.’

‘Sarah Hogan-Dempsey has been extremely helpful and ensures that points that claimants wish to raise are done so to the defendant with emphasis on issues that claimants really want to push.

‘Sarah Hogan-Dempsey  is well versed in her area of law and able to read the developing landscape taking political and legal changes and appetites into consideration and advising her clients accordingly.’

Key clients

Federation of Small Businesses

Markel (UK) Limited

Markel Legal Expenses Insurance

Markel International Insurance Company Limited

Modular Garden Limited

Blind Veterans UK

Work highlights

  • Representing the claimant restaurant owner pursuing a loss of profit and property damage claim against its insurers following a serious fire.
  • Pursing a claim, currently valued in excess of £300,000, against a Defendant local authority in relation to outstanding care fees owed to the client in relation to the care services provided to vulnerable service users.
  • Defending a claim against an international hedge fund arising from a business email compromise. A client of the hedge fund acted on emails sent from the compromised account by the threat actor to transfer Bitcoins to a third party wallet from where they could not be recovered.

Public sector > Health

The team at Markel Law LLP law led by regulatory and public lawyer Deborah Nicholson regularly handles professional discipline, business crime and regulatory disputes for healthcare professionals, representing dentists, therapists, doctors and professional bodies.

South East > Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Markel Law LLP is a full-service employment practice and has a tripartite team structure covering employment disputes, consultancy issues and advisory work relating to holiday pay, settlement agreements, dismissals and TUPE issues. The team is headed up by Craig McCracken from Manchester and employment consultancy manager Edward Pearce, who is based in Croydon. Andrew Bayjou is also noted and has experience representing high-net-worth individuals, companies and schools in whistleblowing and discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

Craig McCracken; Edward Pearce

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Bayjou; Toby McArdle; Danielle Fox; Christine Garrett

Testimonials

‘It was just brilliant to have the team on our side. Everything about the service provided was exemplary which is not something that is common in this day and age. I always felt fully informed about what was happening, and they made me feel like they really cared which again isn’t easy in this line of work. It was an absolute pleasure to have been represented by this organisation.’

‘They listen carefully to the brief, explain how things may progress and update you on progress. They take time to understand your position.’

‘Edward Pearce was careful during his work with me. He approached the work carefully and explained his role. Edward approached the work judiciously, taking on board evidence carefully and reaching a considered conclusion. He was confident to identify how things could be better and communicating with all parties involved in a professional manner.’

‘The solicitor who represented our organisation was Christine Garret. Christine was excellent from the beginning to the end. She communicated, explained and advised to an exceptional standard. Her customer service skills are amazing. It was a pleasure to have her represent our company. To cap it all she achieved an outstanding outcome for our company due to her diligence. An amazing person to have working in our corner. Totally different experience from any other legal representative I have ever worked with. Excellent and great team.’

‘The team at Markel Law LLP were very helpful from the start, helping me through the employment tribunal and pointed out key issues to assist in my case. Danielle Fox was very professional from the start in helping us through the hearing and pointing out that the opposition had made errors.’

‘They were very professional from start to finish and ensured that any concerns or questions were answered promptly.’

‘Markel Law LLP were very professional in their approach to us as a small company that had no experience in defending an employment tribunal. They took care of the liaison with our insurers keeping us informed of all relevant developments and giving excellent advice as the case progressed to a hearing at which we were successful. Toby McArdle was a professional and reassuring presence. He was always available on the phone when we needed guidance or reassurance. He was fully on top of the details of the case.’

Key clients

The Federation of Small Business

Markel

IPC Europe (Subway)

Eva Airway Corporation

Evergreen Marine (UK) Limited

Lees Hall Golf Club

Bestcare (UK) Ltd

B.L.W. (INSURANCE SERVICES) LTD

Personal Care Services

Hafal

Wilton House Ltd

Thomas Sabo

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Extraman Ltd in the Employment Tribunal against a claimant who sought £80,000 and alleged unfair discrimination and unfair dismissal.
  • Acted for Bondcare Limited at a final full merit hearing and successfully defended against a complex automatic unfair dismissal claim involving whistleblowing and multiple disclosures regarding health and safety practices in a care home.
  • Successfully had allegations of dismissal and whistleblowing detriment dismissed for Bagshot Rehab Centre in which the claimant valued his claim in excess of £100,000.

Markel Law LLP (Markel Law) is an independent SRA authorised and regulated legal services business with in excess of 70 specialist solicitors and barristers offering services to both insured and non-insured private clients. We were proud to be a finalist for ‘Insurance Law Firm of the Year’ at the British Claims Awards in 2021 and 2022. In addition the regulatory team were shortlisted at the Manchester Legal Awards for Regulatory team of the year.

We are an ABS and a trading division of Markel UK, a specialist insurer and holder of the coveted Insurance Times #1 spot in the ‘Insurance Times five-star rating report Commercial Lines 2020/2021’; the third year in a row it achieved the top rating.

Despite being an ABS, we have recently adopted a more traditional law firm structure introducing “partner/legal director/senior associate/ associate and solicitor” roles within the firm.

Whilst, in comparison to traditional private practice, we are still able to offer a more flexible system, prioritising expertise and quality of advice, we believe the introduction of a traditional structure via our Career Development Framework (CDF) provides our staff with clear focus and direction in relation to career progression. We also focus on wider commercial business and insurance skills to ensure our lawyers meet the needs of our insurer clients.

Markel Law is ultimately owned by one of the world’s largest insurers, Markel Corporation, a US headquartered Fortune 500 Company trading on the New York Stock Exchange, with combined assets of over $32.8 billion. Being part of a Fortune 500 group affords a number of benefits to our clients; we are able to quickly build and expand our practice areas, enjoy more robust and secure IT systems, and are able to offer significant financial security and team stability.

 At Markel Law we pride ourselves on challenging our clients to ‘Expect More’ from their legal services provider.

Operating out of offices in Manchester, London, Leeds and Croydon, Markel Law services Markel’s extensive insurance portfolio of customers, guiding, supporting, defending and protecting clients in the following areas: business and regulatory crime, health and safety, professional discipline, civil litigation, business and commercial, employment and HR. Our areas of specialism match the wider group’s emphasis upon key industries like care and social welfare, legal expenses, technology and construction. Policyholders can also access a wide range of professional and business support as part of their cover, including legal advice provided by Markel Law.

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 250,000 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.

Markel Law has an excellent reputation for providing competitive legal services packages to trade associations and its members for more than 20 years. We are 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 Deborah Nicholson deborah.nicholson@markel.com +44(0) 161 827 1819
Employment Craig McCracken craig.mccracken@markel.com +44(0) 161 827 1809
Civil Litigation & Disputes Mark Rankin mark.rankin@markel.com +44(0) 161 827 9576
Photo Name Position Profile
Deborah Nicholson photo Deborah Nicholson Partner. Head of Regulatory.
Jody  Thomasson photo Jody Thomasson Associate
Photo Name Position Profile
Shazia Aslam photo Shazia Aslam Associate
Christopher Burns photo Christopher Burns Partner. Construction Lead  
Christopher Burns photo Christopher Burns Partner. Construction Lead  
Sarah  Hogan-Dempsey photo Sarah Hogan-Dempsey Associate
Mark  Rankin photo Mark Rankin Partner. Head of Commercial Services & Civil Litigation  
Francesca Snape photo Francesca Snape Associate
Lauren Wilson photo Lauren Wilson Senior Associate
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