Firm Profile > Pannone Corporate LLP > Manchester, England

Pannone Corporate LLP
THE CHAPEL
378-380 DEANSGATE
MANCHESTER
M3 4LY
England

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Led by Nicola Marchant, the contentious trusts and probate team at Pannone Corporate LLP acts in a variety of mid- and high-net-worth estate and trust disputes. It represents an assortment of regional and national clients, as well as an increasing number of international clients. Acting for claimants, executors and beneficiaries in a variety of claims under the Inheritance Act is a key area of strength. Directors Jonny Scholes and Jane Shaw are further names to note.

Debt recovery Tier 1

Pannone Corporate LLP is praised for offering 'the knowledge and ability that debt recovery agencies are lacking’. Led by Karl Williams, the team is primarily focused on business-to-business debt issues, but is engaged for all types of debt recovery processes. Associate Denise Lamb is an integral member of the team; her and Williams are noted as ‘extremely knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra mile’.

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Testimonials

‘I have worked with this team from couple of years and their responsibility and commitment to work is extraordinary.’

‘The firm and its members gives you wise decisions. They are not one who are just charging enormous amount of money and do not deliver.’

‘Pannone’s debt recovery team provide a unique model within what has become a market saturated with companies offering expensive and / or inefficient alternatives.  They offer the knowledge and ability of a solicitors firm that debt recovery agencies are lacking, without the associated expense of a per minute cost or indeed a percentile based fee.  No where else can you get decades of experience within the debt recovery sector for nothing more than fixed recoverable costs.’

‘Denise Lamb and Karl Williams are extremely personable and always willing to go the extra mile.  They are highly knowledgeable and experienced in the debt recovery sector, providing invaluable support to the credit team once debts reach litigation stage.  A pleasure to work with and you couldn’t ask for a better debt recovery team to partner your business with.’

Key clients

Exertis (UK) Limited

Hilti (GB) Limited

L’Oreal (UK) Limited

Kellan Group Limited

Ryder Limited

PPL PRS Limited

Bolton School

Edmundson Electrical

DHL International (UK) Limited

Media and entertainment Tier 1

The ‘outstanding’ team at Pannone Corporate LLP is led on the contentious side by Melanie McGuirk; she is praised for her ‘deep understanding of how the media operates’. Amy Chandler leads on non-contentious matters, with the team’s expertise encompassing advertising and marketing, including ASA and CAP Code complaints, in addition to defamation and reputation management. The team also excels on voicemail interception and computer hacking disputes. Further expertise is spread across sponsorship, merchandising, social media, publishing and brand protection matters, among others. Director Sarah Bazaraa is also recommended.

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‘A legal team that really understands how the media works and how journalists think. They act quickly and efficiently, helping to keep processes moving forward rather than slowing them down. They’re flexible and respond quickly to all our requests. And they understand the complexities of managing complex and potentially damaging media inquiries.’

‘Melanie McGuirk has been an absolute joy to work with. She’s that rare thing; a lawyer who has a deep understanding of how the media operates. She’s also a great listener and can quickly adapt her approach in a fast-moving landscape. She has been outstanding in supporting our organisation by adding an extra weapon to our PR armoury.’

‘I have found this to be an outstanding team that I would not hesitate to recommend within this area. I do not recall being more impressed with a team that I have not worked with before. Their work ethic, insight and dedication to the client make them a joy to work with.’

‘Melanie McGuirk is an outstanding lawyer who I have already recommended to those in my field. Genuinely friendly and personable, but extremely hard-working and thorough. A rare combination, and a pleasure to have on your side.’

‘Practical, assertive, expert, efficient, cost effective, highly personable without lots of legal jargon. They took hold of the issue and got on with sorting out what we should do and then made it happen.

‘Sarah Bazaraa was highly approachable, very knowledgeable, responsive to our needs, listened carefully to us and never needed anything repeating. Sarah was a consummate professional and one of the easiest lawyers I have ever worked with in almost 40 years in business.’

Key clients

Performing Right Society

Boohoo.com UK Limited

Brother International Europe Limited

Prettylittlething.com

AMS Neve Limited

Iceland Foods Limited

Carm Productions Limited

UP Global Limited

International Game Technology plc

Nasty Gal Limited

SMG (UK) Limited

Lola Ideas Limited

Travel Insurance Facilities plc

EBS Systems Limited t/a Exemplar Education

Represent Clothing Limited

Employment Tier 2

The 'talented and highly responsive' employment team at Pannone Corporate LLP is best known for advising clients on TUPE matters, particularly in the context of outsourcing and in-sourcing. It regularly advises clients in the social housing sector on the TUPE issues which arise from local authority procurement. Headed by Jack Harrington, the department assists multinational corporations, large public sector organisations, and SMEs on a range of matters, including HR support for disciplinary action, grievance investigations, and hearings. Fiona Hamor is another name to note.

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‘Our original issue was dealt with in a very professional manner and during this time we were introduced gradually to Jack Harrington’s team. Each member of the team worked in a manner that showed us that they all were aware of the case and were able to deal and interact with us without the need to constantly ask other members of the team.’ 

‘A talented and highly responsive team of lawyers who have diverse background and knowledge and can give you speedy professional advice and guidance.’ 

‘Jack Harrington, who is calm, knowledgeable and supportive. Jack listens carefully to the problems and helps you work through and understand the work environment so always guides through business solutions. I have found Jack to be responsive at all times and gives you clear advice and guidance in a speedy way.’ 

‘I’ve worked with several members of the employment team over the years and they work together in a very cohesive way. When only one person is involved I’ve always found it the case that another team member can pick up the case very quickly if needed, leading me to the conclusion that they have extremely well-organised case files and good in-house processes.’ 

‘Fiona Hamor has been excellent in her communication of some fairly challenging legal points, especially recently in a case combining share re-purchases and redundancy/settlement agreement. Her advice is always extremely clear and concise.’ 

‘Pannone always gives detailed and sound advice and are excellent at explaining more complex details. They are reliable and we trust them with regards to advice covering a wide spectrum of employment matters. Fiona Hamor and Radhika Das particularly stand out for their excellent support with a very complex matter we have dealt with recently.’ 

Key clients

Rail Gourmet Limited

Select Service Partner UK Limited

SMG Europe Holdings Limited

The Big Life Group

Tradebe Environmental Services Limited

Victim Support

Health and safety Tier 2

Pannone Corporate LLP deals with both contentious and non-contentious health and safety matters, excelling in the care, retail, logistics, social housing, minerals, manufacturing, and food industries sectors. The regulatory practice is well-versed in the areas of corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter, coroners inquests, food, fire and product safety, as well as environmental law issues. Director Bill Dunkerley specialises in care sector work.

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‘It is good to have a diverse mix of core skills, which Pannone offers. Their specialist knowledge of the minerals sector is supported by the addition of a range of specialisms within their portfolio.’

Intellectual property Tier 2

At Pannone Corporate LLP, all members of the team offer ‘a high standard of service and commerciality’. Melanie McGuirk fronts the contentious offering, which handles trade mark, passing off and copyright disputes in addition to search orders and injunctive relief. The ‘excellentAmy Chandler leads on contentious matters, including brand licensing, sponsorship and merchandising agreements, technology and patent licensing as well as research and development agreements. Franchise litigation and disputes related to employee breaches of restrictive covenants are also specialisms for the team, which includes ‘stand-out’ director Sarah Bazaraa. Consultant Patricia Jones is a key new arrival; she previously headed her own boutique IP firm.

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‘The quality is clear to see. They are strength at all levels. They are a top IP litigation team that can compete with any other.’

‘Melanie McGuirk and Sarah Bazaraa are the standout people. If I had an IP issue, I would go to them. Decisions are made from a high level of legal and factual knowledge. Mistakes are not made.’

‘They care about the cases they work on.’

‘Very capable and personable. They display a high level of professionalism in an approachable manner. The whole experience of working with them is less transactional than other operations.’

‘Amy Chandler and Patricia Jones are the embodiment of the businesses culture and are excellent when dealing with people perhaps uncomfortable with the whole legal process. They are both highly knowledgeable around the whole IP area as you would expect but have the skill to explain the nuances well to people new to the whole IP area.’

‘All of the team have the same high standards of service and commerciality. The team is particularly strong in fashion and retail.’

‘I would recommend Melanie McGuirk on the contentious side. Melanie continues to impress with her high standard of work and excellent service levels. On the non-contentious side, I would recommend Amy Chandler who is also excellent. She always delivers a great service; like Melanie, Amy is very engaging and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Pets at Home Limited

Brother International Europe Limited

Boohoo.com UK Limited

Iceland Foods Limited

Prettylittlething.com Limited

Travel Insurance Facilities plc

International Game Technology plc

SMG Europe Holdings Limited

UKROEd Limited

Represent Clothing Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Under the leadership of Amy Chandler, the team at Pannone Corporate LLP is engaged for a broad array of IT contract work, including disputes, with specific examples including development, implementation, data centre, hosing and support and maintenance agreements. Further key expertise is held in relation to data protection, software as a service, software licenses and outsourcing with clients including e-commerce businesses and providers of IT hardware and software, technology and applications.

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Boohoo.com UK Limited

Brother International Europe Limited

IGT

SMG Europe

UKROEd Limited

NG Bailey

K3 Business Technology Group plc

Marlborough Fund Managers Limited

MirrorWeb Limited

Caters News Agency Limited

Iceland Foods Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Pannone Corporate LLP advises mid- and high-net-worth individuals on wills, trusts and estate issues, and general succession planning matters. The team is led by Jane Shaw, who specialises in lifetime tax planning mandates for entrepreneurs, prominent business owners and non-UK domiciled clients. Shaw is 'used to, and well capable of, dealing with high-value trusts and estates'.

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‘Pretty good private client team from a large well-resourced firm. Plenty of experience but maybe a bit aggressive for my tastes. But that may suit some clients.’ 

‘Primarily have experience of two partners – Nicola Marchant and Jane Shaw. Nicola is very good and I would recommend her. Calm, experienced and well suited to high-value cases with a personal or emotional element. Jane is pretty good as well and seems excellent at dealing with difficult or unusual lay clients. She is used to, and well capable of, dealing with high-value trusts and estates.’

Professional negligence Tier 2

Pannone Corporate LLP’s professional negligence practice, which is part of its wider litigation practice, is primarily claimant-side; the team acts against a wide range of professionals including tax professionals, accountants, solicitors, architects and surveyors. The practice also acts for defendants where there is no insurance, or the insurance that is in place does not respond to the claim. Key names in the team include Paul Jonson, partnership/LLP dispute specialist Nicola Marchant and David Brown, who has significant experience of share and business sale agreements.

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‘This is a highly efficient team, which brings focused intellect and expertise to any case they are retained in.’

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Pannone Corporate LLP's charity and not-for-profit offering draws expertise from its commercial, corporate governance, finance, real estate, IP, IT, dispute resolution and employment departments, and advises clients on a broad range of issues. Steven Grant is the key contact.

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Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

The litigation and dispute resolution practice at Pannone Corporate LLP handles a range of commercial disputes with particular experience in the retail, industrial, manufacturing, engineering and recruitment sectors. David Brown, who has a breadth of expertise in commercial, corporate, real estate and commercial fraud matters, leads the team. Senior partner Paul Jonson attracts praise for his 'air of calm authority', while managing partner Nicola Marchant is a name to note for professional negligence claims, judicial review applications and partnership disputes.

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The firm is big enough to have all the resources it needs but small enough to give a personal touch. It is obvious within the firm that each person is valued, and the litigation teams make it clear that those outside the firm are valued, both clients and counsel working on their behalf. Litigation is always stressful, but this very much helps to minimise the pain. Better than virtually all other teams, and not overshadowed by any.

Collaborative, approachable and solution-driven.

Small but strong team who compare as favourably as their Silver Circle City of London peers for a fraction of the price. Excellent customer service.

Paul Jonson is the managing partner. He has an air of calm authority and organises the teams well. He is very good with clients and they (rightly) trust him to deliver a good service with a minimum of stress. When things are difficult in the case, he keeps his nerve.

Martin Pennington is an associate. He puts so much work into the case that you might be forgiven for thinking that he was preparing just in case he ended up having to be the lead advocate. Allied to the hard work is a good perception of what is relevant and what is important. He is always a pleasure to work with.

David Brown’s wealth of knowledge and insight is highly impressive. The time taken to understand the requirements of our business and its operation sets him apart.

Paul Jonson and Emma Judge are outstanding – quick grasp of issues and not afraid to tell it as it is to manage internal client expectations and deal with matters appropriately.

Key clients

Seatriever International Holdings Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

The Performing Rights Society

SMG Europe

L’Oreal

Boohoo.com

NG Bailey

DHL Express

Brother International Europe Ltd

Property litigation Tier 3

Pannone Corporate LLP is regarded as having 'the resources and technical skills to handle all sorts of cases, up to large and complex High Court trials.' The team is led by David Brown, who has nearly two decades of experience of disputes such as nuisance and contaminated land claims, contested lease renewals and dilapidation claims. Director Gemma Staples, a 'true expert in the field', has a record of work on guarantee claims and matters relating to breach of covenant.

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‘Strongly recommended. They have the resources and technical skills to handle all sorts of cases, up to large and complex High Court trials. They provide excellent, commercial and cost-effective problem-solving. They are a go-to firm for all kinds of commercial and residential property disputes; a major advantage of their structure is that a case gets plenty of hands-on partner-level involvement, which is highly reassuring.’ 

‘Gemma Staples is a true expert in the field, Gemma has masses of litigation experience, in particular with a wide range of national-level commercial clients. She has taken very heavy and technically demanding property cases through the High Court. She stands out as being completely unflappable even in the most demanding cases.’

Key clients

Diamond Resorts Group

Emerson Group

Manchester Central Convention Centre

Manchester City Council

Peel Media

Revolution Bars Limited

Slicker Recycling Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

Tradebe Management Limited

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 4

Pannone Corporate LLP’s team is acclaimed for its ‘highly knowledgeable and flexible’ service. Its corporate offering handles mid-market M&A and private equity, while the commercial team addresses a broad variety of agreements, touching on manufacturing, supply and procurement, distribution, outsourcing and joint venture contracts. Steven Grant helms the department which is particularly active in the manufacturing, technology, IT, retail and oil and gas sectors and includes the ‘easy to work withTim Hamilton and associate Andrew Walsh who 'goes above and beyond'.

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Testimonials

‘We worked with the team at Pannone on a potential acquisition and they were fast to respond, highly knowledgeable and flexible, both in ways of working and commercially. We then proceeded to work with them on contractual work and a commercial dispute. The level of knowledge, speed of response and calm, sensible and high quality advice has helped us enormously and also allows one to stay calm when you may otherwise not be. I cannot recommend Pannone highly enough.’

‘Tim Hamilton assisted us with contractual and acquisition matters and was a huge help, going well beyond what was expected, providing assistance outside of hours, including weekends, and checking in just to see how things were going and offering assistance on other matters. Hugely knowledgeable and easy to work with.’

‘Pannone have always provided us with a first-rate service. They are prompt and responsive, even at short notice, and the quality of their lawyers and their work is as good as I’ve seen. They manage to combine that quality and professionalism with a very down to earth and approachable attitude and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.’

‘In my experience of working with team, I have found them to be an excellent partner that I could trust and rely on. I find them down to earth and approachable but at the same time very experienced and knowledgeable.’

‘Tom Hall and Andrew Walsh were outstanding in our recent work with them. Working on an international acquisition deal, with multiple legal firms and parties of different nationalities and time zones, they went above and beyond what I expected to accommodate the process and effect a timely completion.’

Key clients

Boohoo.com UK Limited

Tradebe Group

Marlborough Fund Managers (part of UFC Fund Management Plc)

NorthEdge Capital

Livingbridge

YFM Equity Partners

Visiativ SA

Verlingue

NVM Private Equity

Bollington Wilson Group Limited

Brother International Europe Limited

EM&I group of companies

SMG Europe Holdings Limited

UK ROEd Limited

Planning and environment Tier 4

Pannone Corporate LLP undertakes contentious and non-contentious planning and environment work for its clients, under the leadership of practice head Rhian Greaves. The team advises clients on criminal investigations and proceedings, and environmental permitting, and it also provides support to the corporate and real estate departments on transactions. Strategic advisory work is another cornerstone of the practice.

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Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

The 'very professional and personable' team at Pannone Corporate LLP works with range of clients in the leisure, retail and logistics sectors. James Wynne heads up the team, which regularly advises on commercial property joint ventures and acquisitions.

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‘The team provides a very professional and personable approach for our SME business.’ 

‘Very good at planning the issues and helping clients to understand any problems.’

Key clients

Mersten Holdings Limited

Alternative Futures Group

Junkyard Golf Club Group

Mission Mars

Oliver James Associates Limited

Manchester Central Convention Centre

Bunny Jacksons Juke Joints Limited

Stockport Homes Limited

Cartwheel Lettings (Middleton) Limited

GTV (Crowley) Ltd

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

Pannone Corporate LLP's practice is active in contentious and non-contentious restructuring work, with advice given to directors, creditors and lenders. Daniel Clarke is the key practitioner in the firm.

Construction Tier 6

Pannone Corporate LLP provides its clients with comprehensive support, which includes advice on contract formation and representation in disputes. The firm acts for both claimants and respondents in adjudications, and is also sought out in arbitration and litigation. Its team's sector expertise includes power, transport and rail. The 'incisive and pragmatic' Emma Judge, who heads up the group, has more than two decades of experience of contentious and non-contentious construction matters.

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‘Small team, compares favourably and even betters City of London Silver Circle peers for a fraction of the price.’

‘Emma Judge is excellent – quick, commercial, incisive and pragmatic.’

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Transport for Greater Manchester

Mercury Engineering

NG Bailey Group of Companies

Geobear Commercial Limited

Geobear Infrastructure Limited

Anderton & Kitchen (Civil Engineers) Limited

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Pannone Corporate LLP formed in February 2014 as a result of the demerger of the majority of Pannone LLPs corporate and commercial practices.  The partners created an entrepreneurial high quality commercial law firm which is committed to an unrelenting focus on its clients and people.  Pannone Corporate’s  strength lies in the longstanding relationships it develops with clients and its partner led approach to client service.  The firm has positioned itself as the leading alternative to the regional and national practices in the North West.

The firm has a loyal and diverse client base which includes a wide range of businesses, public sector organisations and charities.  Some of its best known clients include Baxi, Boohoo.com, Brother, Chevron, DHL Express UK, Fircroft, Hilti, Iceland Frozen Foods, L’Oreal, Manchester City Council, NG Bailey, Sibelco, SSP, Transport for Greater Manchester and West Midlands Combined Authority.

The firm is a member of PLG, a global association of law firms.  A significant proportion of the firm’s work involves an international element.  Pannone Corporate’s association with PLG enables it to service clients’ interests across the globe.

The firm is always interested in speaking to lawyers and partners who share its values and approach to client service.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking Steven Grant steven.grant@pannonecorporate.com 0161 393 9057
Commercial (including intellectual property, IT and e-commerce) Amy Chandler amy.chandler@pannonecorporate.com 0161 393 9071
Construction Emma Judge emma.judge@pannonecorporate.com 0161 393 9088
Corporate Steven Grant steven.grant@pannonecorporate.com 0161 393 9057
Corporate recovery & restructuring Dermot Preston dermot.preston@pannonecorporate.com 0161 393 9085
Debt Recovery Karl Williams karl.williams@pannonecorporate.com 0161 393 9028
Dispute resolution Paul Jonson paul.jonson@pannonecorporate.com 0161 393 9035
Employment Jack Harrington jack.harrington@pannonecorporate.com 0161 393 9050
Real Estate James Wynne james.wynne@pannonecorporate.com 0161 393 9090
Real estate litigation David Brown david.brown@pannonecorporate.com 0161 393 9030
Regulatory Regulatory rhian.greaves@pannonecorporate.com 0161 393 9072
Photo Name Position Profile
 Danielle Amor  photo Danielle Amor Senior Associate advising on commercial contracts, intellectual property and data protection
 Jane Shaw (Lee)  photo Jane Shaw (Lee) Director
Mrs Gemma Staples photo Mrs Gemma Staples Director
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Partners : 14
Assistant solicitors : 26
Other fee earners : 14
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