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Pannone Corporate LLP
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Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

Pannone Corporate LLP offers a senior-led team with strong expertise in acting on high-level debt recovery matters. The practice regularly works with national companies on complex, business-critical collection matters. Practice head Karl Williams is highly experienced, with a portfolio of major clients, including international brands. Other key team members include associate Denise Lamb and director Simon Fitzgerald.

Practice head(s):

Karl Williams

Other key lawyers:


‘We have worked with the Debt Recovery team for many years and have always been pleased with the excellent service and advice they provide.’

‘The knowledge and support provided by the staff is excellent. ’

‘An engaging, tenacious team who are practical and efficient in what they do. They have worked with us and our functions to provide a seamless recovery service to suit our business needs. ’

‘Karl Williams is first-class and a pleasure to work with. ’

‘Pannone’s debt recovery department is commendable in every aspect of their duties. Their highly experienced team is always ready to go the extra mile, despite only charging fixed recoverable costs, so also represent superb value for money too. ’

‘Karl Williams has always provided an exemplary level of advice and guidance wherever needed. His support over many years has been invaluable. He is highly experience in his field and is focused on maintaining an excellent relationship with his clients.’


Key clients

Exertis (UK) Limited

Hilti (GB) Limited

L’Oreal (UK)) Limited

Kellan Group Limited

Ryder Limited

PPL PRS Limited

Bolton School

Edmundson Electrical Limited

DHL International (UK) Limited

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Pannone Corporate LLP assists a national and international client base on estate and trust matters, ranging from Inheritance Act claims, to disputes between trustees, to allegations of undue influence and fraudulent calumny. Practice head Nicola Marchant has many years of experience in this area; elsewhere, Jonny Scholes was promoted to associate partner in 2020 and has experience in handling high-value, cross-border trust and estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Marchant

Other key lawyers:


‘After trying to source good and sound legal advice we were beginning to think we were wasting our time. We spoke to various companies who didn’t really display any empathy relating to our very emotional and traumatic requirements. Jonny Scholes on the other hand showed great understanding and was able to talk us through the best approach to take. He explained potential difficulties and expertly managed our expectations. Very prompt communications. Jonny was consistently able to digest and make sense of a large amount of information that we provided. From the outset Jonny was open and honest regarding costs, talking about cost benefit analysis and being realistic when it came to the outcome.’

‘Nicola Marchant – determined in the pursuit of her client’s aims. Nicola’s decades of litigation experience show in the high quality of her work.’

‘What sets them apart is there ability to combine their knowledge of the law, the softer skills of client care and an ability to be direct. The clients I have referred to them are by the nature of the specialism in a highly emotional state and every one of them has been gushing in their praise of the work done by this team.’

‘Nicola Marchant heads up the team and is a gifted lawyer. Her real skill is taking complicated legal issues and fact patterns and explaining them in a way that is accessible and practical. She can give blunt advice without upsetting, fight hard and yet not offend. She is very, very good at what she does.’

‘Pannone Corporate are a regional Manchester firm providing expert advice to my national client base at a truly expert level. No query is too small and their ability to problem solve and work to a very tight deadline sets them out from the other, larger, Manchester firms and makes them an easy equal to the national and international full service firms. In addition, my client base is extremely vulnerable (Court of Protection) and often many clients are limited in cash assets. Pannone Corporate have always been very understanding of this, often issuing eagerly free advice and opinions before agreeing a fee rate that my client is able to afford at a Court of Protection rate.’

‘Jonny Scholes and Nicola Marchant are two leaders in their field and form an excellent partnership in my experience. Nicola brings an easy air of experience to all matters, whilst Jonny produces unrivalled work ethic and efficiency to produce a clear and concise advice on most any contentious probate matter. No query has ever been too small for them and they have always been able to assume conduct on probate matters that have been dealt with in my practice before being contested, without any issue.’

‘Nicola Marchant is excellent. Her advice is always clear, concise and cost-effective. She is also very personable and great with clients. Johnny Scholes has also impressed me and is “one to watch.”’

‘Nicola Marchant is exceptional. She is on the ball, fast, friendly and determined to get the best outcome for her clients. Her advice is well considered and based on a wealth of experience in her field.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 1

Pannone Corporate LLP handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious media work, including privacy and harassment cases, defamation and reputation management, sponsorship issues, advertising, and marketing. The firm has long-standing relationships with major clients, including national newspapers, retailers, and other household name brands. The team is led by Melanie McGuirk, who specialises in brand protection and reputation management, particularly defamation, harassment, and privacy issues, and Amy Chandler, who advises on IP and media matters, such as brand licensing and sponsorship agreements. Director Sarah Bazaraa represents key clients in media related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Amy Chandler; Melanie McGuirk

Other key lawyers:


‘Flexibility, knowledge and adaptability to work across a wide range of IP issues. This has been both across domestic challenges as well as inter-territory/overseas challenges, such as trans-Atlantic agreements, involving the complexities of GDPR, individual overseas territory compliances (such as specific data and privacy requirements). Pannone Corporate work with us across a broad spectrum of service provision – whether it be drafting and refining our in-house rights management licences and methodologies, through to specific and bespoke commercial agreements, or even working with us to address causation and copyright infringement issues.’

‘Our main point of contact is partner Amy Chandler. We’ve worked with Amy for years. Amy is reliable, flexible and experienced.

‘Liaison with clients takes on a personal form and the relevant legal staff do not need reminding about issues. They keep in touch.’

Key clients

PPL PRS Limited UK Limited

AMS Neve Limited

Iceland Foods Limited

Pets at Home Limited

Carm Productions Limited

UP Global Sourcing UK Limited

International Game Technology plc

Travel Insurance Facilities plc

EBS Systems Limited t/a Exemplar Education

Represent Clothing Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Travel Insurance Facilities plc in High Court libel proceedings issued against The Times newspaper for damages in excess of £1m in respect of a series of articles published.
  • Represented AMS Neve Limited in connection with a longing running claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court which was the subject of an appeal to the Court of Appeal and a reference to the CJEU.
  • Advised UK Limited and its group companies on their media publications, promotional and marketing activities and in relation to the protection of their brand reputation.

Employment Tier 2

Pannone Corporate LLP provides advice to employers on matters ranging from employment tribunal claims to TUPE. Social housing, charities, and retail are sectors of focus for the team, which is also increasingly active in the care sector. The team's contentious work includes matters involving significant reputational risk for clients, such as those related to whistleblowing and allegations of discrimination. Jack Harrington leads the team and has a specialism in TUPE transactions, particularly those related to outsourcing and insourcing. Fiona Hamor leads on much of the practice's contentious work, as well as handling redundancies.

Practice head(s):

Jack Harrington

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Hamor; Stephen Mutch; Tim Hamilton; Katie Kennedy


‘Jack Harrington has been a consistent, flexible and reliable support in dealing with matters. We have developed an open and relaxed style of working as we have got to know each other and his knowledge of our business and our approach to things. This helps to ‘short cut’ a lot of the contextual discussion and we can get straight into the process, advice and options. It allows a direct and straight setting out of things when he knows we need to hear that. The firm has also been able to ink to corporate or GDPR specialists in their team when those skills have been relevant to a matter.’

‘The last 12 months have been challenging for everyone and the team at Pannone have worked creatively to adapt to the ‘new virtual world’. They have maintained ‘service as usual’ and moved updates, webinars and training online providing an essential support to businesses and helping navigate through unchartered Covid territory. ’

‘My primary contact is Jack Harrington – Jack is responsive, accessible and commercial practitioner and works with us, the client, to arrive at the right outcomes for the business. He always has time to talk things through and I never feel rushed or ‘against the clock’. Jack has accommodated ‘physical’ (socially distanced) training to the Exec Team and Board and has had a truly flexible approach throughout the Covid period, which has been greartly appreciated by all. ’

‘The employment team have the ability to make you feel as if you are as important as any other client or issue that you are challenging them with. Access to a partner is always available who will deal with the issue or delegate to a member of the team if needs be. The issue is always dealt with at the correct level of seniority and/or experience and knowledge. They are very friendly and are able to deliver in a very confident but relaxed manor. ’

‘My main point of contact has been Jack Harrington. The advice has always been exceptional and without delay. His team follow his attitude. Katie Kennedy has been especially thorough this year, with the challenges that Covid has brought to employers. If any other issues were needing attention that were not employment law related, then Jack was always available to call to delegate to the relevant people. Tim Hamilton was another Partner who went above and beyond in the advise received. ’

‘Pannone provide regular case law updates and in depth advice on these and other legislation changes may impact our business. They give good evaluation of risk and how to mitigate that risk with a pragmatic approach. In an emergency they have never let us down! ’

‘The team are excellent at communicating with clients, particularly in relation to holidays and cover arrangements. They have robust processes in place for signing off invoices and processing these. They have been particularly helpful in signposting to other areas of their business to provide advice and support with a complex pensions matter – the advice was excellent. Probably the most important part of the relationship we have built with Pannone is the trust and confidence we have in the advice and support and the speed with which they have responded to requests for advice.’

‘Individuals are professional in all their interactions with us and are clearly very experienced and knowledgeable. This enables them to quickly absorb information and provide advice that is thorough and considered. Fiona Hamor has been an excellent partner in some complex matters and is completely reliable and very thorough in her advice.’

Key clients

Rail Gourmet Limited

Select Service Partner UK Limited

SMG Europe Holdings Limited (operators of the Manchester Arena and the Bridgewater Hall)

The Big Life Group

Tradebe Environmental Services Limited

JT International Business Services Limited

Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare

Berwin Rubber Limited

Association of Electrical and Manufacturing Trades (AEMT)

The Right Fuel Card Company

Work highlights

  • Advised on the TUPE implications of the disposal of Talbot & Muir Limited to listed rival Curtis Banks Group Plc.
  • Advising the board of a Supplier to a food manufacturer in relation to the exit of two non-executive directors. The matter concerns complex whistleblowing allegations and disputes over the employment status of the directors.
  • Defending an employment tribunal claim for a large not for profit company in the pharma sector and one of its managers in constructive unfair dismissal, victimisation and sex discrimination.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Social care, hospitality, retail and manufacturing are areas of focus for Pannone Corporate LLP's health and safety practice. In addition to handling internal investigations, the practice is also experienced in helping clients to respond to investigations by local authorities, the Health and Safety Executive, and the police. The team is also frequently instructed to provide proactive advice on compliance with regulations, particularly in relation to COVID restrictions. Bill Dunkerley leads the team; a health and safety specialist, he is noted for his work in the care and nursing home sector, providing advice and training. Associate partner Rhian Greaves departed the team in April 2021 to join DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Practice head(s):

Bill Dunkerley


‘Though a relatively new team, it manages to be seen in the care home sector as the ‘go to’ team for investigations by both the Care Quality Commission and the Health and Safety Executive. Always publishing tips and guidance in this area, its sector presence is one to watch as we come out of the pandemic.’

‘Bill Dunkerly is now the ‘care home guru’ in the North West attracting clients from throughout the sector. This is due to his in-depth knowledge of the industry proving both advice and representation relating to the regulator.’

‘A new team but one with excellent experience and technical expertise with a dynamic can-do approach and a personable demeanour.’

‘Bill Dunkerley has a vast knowledge of care homes and associated proceedings. He is a dynamic and inspiring leader and always gets excellent outcomes for his clients.’

‘Bill Dunkerley heads up the team and is a clever, able and tactically astute solicitor.’

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Pannone Corporate LLP's claimant professional negligence practice sits within the firm's wider commercial litigation group. The team acts against a wide range of professionals, including tax professionals, accountants, solicitors, architects and surveyors.  Commercial litigators Paul Jonson, Martin Pennington and David Brown jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jonson; Martin Pennington; David Brown

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Marchant


‘They deliver excellent quality and offer an interesting alternative to the larger firms for commercial clients wishing to bring a professional negligence claim. ’

‘Martin Pennington has one of the most penetrating brains of any solicitor I have worked with; he is able to assimilate and analyse even the most complex factual matrices, as well as to debate difficult legal issues with insight.’

‘Paul Jonson is a canny and assured operator, who puts clients at ease and navigates difficult cases with aplomb.’

‘Highly specialised firm with a strong track record in claimant professional negligence work. ’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

At Pannone Corporate LLP, practice head Jane Shaw is adept at advising high-net-worth individuals, many of whom are long-term clients of the firm, on wills, tax and succession planning. The team's work frequently includes advising non-UK domiciled clients and clients with overseas assets, such as offshore trusts, on managing their assets in a tax-efficient manner. A particular focus for the practice is advising business owners on pre-sale and pre-IPO tax planning. Shaw is highly praised as a 'no-nonsense solicitor' with 'exceptional technical ability'.

Practice head(s):

Jane Shaw


‘Jane Shaw is extremely bright, commercial and practical. She always gives timely and pragmatic advice and sees the bigger picture, listening to our needs and concerns. She is a real asset to our family and business and I find her very easy to deal with. Jane is very good at explaining difficult or complicated issues and guides us through our options with professionalism and humour. She is a really excellent lawyer.’

‘Jane Shaw combines exemplary knowledge with pragmatism and solutions. She is very personable and easy to work with and understand our business needs’

‘Pannone have handled 2 separate cases for me. They gave calm factual advice to me regarding these very emotional cases. They always replied to my calls or emails promptly. They referred me to other professionals for further legal advice as required. They were honest from the start about whether I had a case rather than allowing me to incur charges on a non starter.’

‘Jane Shaw has exceptional technical ability and immediacy of response.’

‘Very entrepreneurial team that connect extremely well with likeminded clients. The team have the depth of skills to accommodate most matters and they pull-together extremely well across different service lines – with Team players all there to deliver an outstanding service to the client. It’s clear the team all connect well and enjoy working together, when you see them all interact with a client – which makes the whole client experience easy.’

‘Jane Shaw is well known in the private client space – she is a no nonsense Solicitor and helps clients make decisions very easily. She is technically very strong and that gives clients confidence in the decisions they are making – she explains the reasons in a simple way, which clients can understand. She has a great sense of humour, delivers the work with a smile and it’s easy to see why clients hire her.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 2

Pannone Corporate LLP specialises in IP litigation and contracts, advising clients in the retail, consumer, manufacturing, technology, and life sciences sectors on contentious and non-contentious matters, including complex trade mark and passing off litigation, large-scale contractual negotiations, and e-commerce regulatory issues. The team is led by Melanie McGuirk, who takes the lead on contentious matters including "soft" disputes and litigation, alongside commercial head Amy Chandler, who has a strong record in IP and tech agreements. Director Sarah Bazaraa plays a leading role in disputes, particularly within the media sector.

Practice head(s):

Melanie McGuirk; Amy Chandler

Other key lawyers:


‘I would like to emphasis that Melanie McGuirk was amazing from our first meeting right to the conclusion of my case, during our first meeting she gave me hope in a situation which I had long since deemed a lost cause, she continually went above and beyond to assist me with a case which seemed it had little chance of success, Melanie was extremely empathetic to my situation and lack of available resources at the time, they continued to support and advise me over a 2 year period, securing a settlement against a formidable adversary. Of course a successful outcome is great, but I would recommend Pannone and especially Melanie McGuirk even if we had been unsuccessful.’

‘Excellent and highly professional service. Committed staff and they can see around corners and spot the flaws in complex and sometimes ground-breaking agreements. ’

‘Amy Chandler remains cool and insightful at all times and her team including Danielle Amor are just highly professional, intelligent and care about what they do.’

‘Flexibility, knowledge and adaptability to work across a wide range of IP issues. This has been both across domestic challenges as well as inter-territory/overseas challenges, such as trans-Atlantic agreements, involving the complexities of GDPR, individual overseas territory compliances (such as specific data and privacy requirements).’

‘Our main point of contact is partner Amy Chandler. We’ve worked with Amy for years. Amy is reliable, flexible and experienced and is our go to for all IP matters. She understands the nuts and bolts of our IP,  our business models, and can quickly pivot to understand any new sectors (and their considerations) our business evolves into, working closely with our senior team as to how to best address our IP considerations, on a wide-ranging and bespoke basis.’

‘The team give very pragmatic easy to understand advice in what is a very complex field. They were able to relay to our client our concerns over the protection of our IPR and reach an amicable agreement in the contract negotiation that suited both parties.’

‘Personal service, readily available. Amy Chandler handled our case exceptionally.’

Sarah Barazza – fantastic lawyer – great people/ client skills.

Key clients

Pets at Home Limited

Brother International Europe Limited UK Limited

Iceland Foods Limited Limited

Travel Insurance facilities plc

International Game Technology plc

Renold plc Limited

AMS Neve Limited

Admiral Sportswear Limited

Nasty Gal Limited

Miss Pap Limited

Oasis Limited

Represent Clothing Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented AMS Neve Limited in trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings.
  • Represented Limited in a fashion dispute in the IPEC with a competitor.
  • Advised Seatriever on restraining the misuse of its trade secrets and confidential information sold by a former employee to a Danish competitor.

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

Pannone Corporate LLP advises on commercial IT contracts and disputes, including development and software agreements, PaaS, and outsourcing, alongside data protection and intellectual property matters. Sector focuses include e-commerce, software development, and financial services. The team is led by Amy Chandler, who advises on non-contentious commercial IT issues, alongside David Brown, who takes the lead on contentious matters and litigation. Paul Jonson is an experienced practitioner, who specialises in disputes arising from the implementation, delivery and licensing of IT systems.

Practice head(s):

Amy Chandler; David Brown

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jonson; Tim Hamilton


‘The team are very experienced and showed this throughout the project. Attentive, personal and always available for advice and guidance. As a small client the team treated us just as they would a large corporate, which is what I expected and although these should not be unique qualities in my experience of other firms, its certainly rare.’

‘Amy Chandler was the Partner on several projects and showed a wealth of experience and understanding of the market and customer behaviour to enable us to develop a contract that was fair and represented both parties.’

‘The team’s strength is within understanding how modern software as a service products are built and operate and forming commercial agreements related to it. I could talk technically with the team and they understand how it fit together and how it impacted the documents, and also advised based upon industry best practice.’

‘We worked with Tim Hamilton who firstly is clearly incredibly experienced and is able to communicate that experience directly or as advice very well and in an easy-to-understand way so you understand, are aware of the risks enabling you to make the right decisions.’

‘Fantastic customer service, with a great understanding of our business and what is important to us.’

‘Very responsive, with a great knowledge of the issues relating to technology and data. Always looking to find the best outcome for our business.’

‘The Pannone team are super-responsive, friendly and extremely capable. I would have no hesitation in recommending the commercial and litigation teams who posses an impressive breadth of experience between them and are the best firm I have found outside of London. ’

‘The team are responsive, understand our business and give effective support and advice.’

Key clients UK Limited

Brother International Europe Limited

International Game Technology plc (IGT)

Renold plc

K3 Business Technology Group plc

Caters News Agency

UKROEd Limited

Marlborough Fund Managers Limited

ResponseTap Limited

MirrorWeb Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising UK ROEd on a contract for the procurement of a new managed services provider for the hosting and support of a business critical IT system.
  • Advising a building society on contracts for the implementation, hosting and ongoing managed services for core IT infrastructure and IT systems.
  • Advising a global manufacturer on an IaaS agreement for some of its critical business applications, including migration from existing systems.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Pannone Corporate LLP has a broad offering, encompassing public M&A, private equity investments, commercial contracting advice, and notable expertise in cross-border work, with the firm’s advice to shareholders of Pretty Little Thing in its acquisition by BooHoo –  a standout involvement during 2020. Steven Grant leads the team, while Tim Hamilton is a highly experienced advisor to corporate and private equity clients. Amy Chandler is noted for her work on commercial agreements, particularly in the IT sector. Associate Andrew Walsh is active in corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Steven Grant

Other key lawyers:

Tim Hamilton; Amy Chandler; Tom Hall; Mark Winthorpe


‘I find the corporate team based in Manchester to be adaptive and pragmatic in their guidance and advice. We completed three transactions with them and found them to be sensibly priced and adaptive in their approach to the size and scale of due diligence required.’

‘We worked with the team at Pannone on several acquisition and they were fast to respond, highly knowledgeable and flexible. Good value for the money.’

‘Tom Hall is very engaged, pragmatic and knowledgeable. He delivers good quality even on short notice and finalized each deal with an after-closing key actions summary.’

‘The team have great experience with corporate transactions, at both dealing with the large multinationals down to the family owned businesses. I found that Pannone Corporate were able to partner with us in the negotiation of a business purchase, and provide solid practical advice, that achieved the right balance for both sides in order to facilitate the transaction.’

‘The team is very practical, friendly and supportive. The advice takes into account the commercial realities of doing business.’

‘Mark Winthorpe is an outstanding corporate partner and has excellent knowledge of M&A and the nuances of deals. He pays particular attention to the perspectives and incentives of those involved in deals which makes a real difference.’

Key clients

YFM Equity Partners

Maven Capital Partners

Slicker Recycling

Tradebe Group

Marlborough Fund Managers

NorthEdge Capital

NVM Private Equity



Naveo Commerce / Digital Goodie

Manchester Central Convention Centre

Granada Material Handling



Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders of PrettyLittleThing on the sale of PLT to online fashion giant for up to £323m.
  • Advised the shareholders of pensions administration business Talbot & Muir on its sale to Curtis Banks Group Plc for £25.2m.
  • Advised oils collections business Slicker Recycling Group on its acquisition of Regroup (UK) Limited

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

Pannone Corporate LLP's 'pragmatic, commercial and realistic' litigation and dispute resolution team has particular experience in the industrial, manufacturing, retail, IT, telecoms and recruitment sectors. 'Skilled and technical lawyer' David Brown handles corporate, commercial and civil fraud disputes and leads the team, which includes 'very experienced commercial litigator' Paul Jonson. Martin Pennington and Jonny Scholes were recently promoted to partner and associate partner respectively.

Practice head(s):

David Brown

Other key lawyers:

Paul Johnson; Alexandria Winstanley; Sarah Bazaraa; Martin Pennington; Jonny Scholes


‘Excellent communicators within the team. Pragmatic, commercial and realistic.’

‘Pannone have expertise in recruitment associated litigation and despite their expertise and resources, they manage to provide an extremely competitive service in terms of their pricing.’

‘Pannone Corporate has lawyers at the top of their respective disciplines and a client base to match. Customer service is a key ethos at the firm with a high degree of partner involvement ensuring the client gets the service it needs. Electronic document management and searching ensures that key documents are identified early in the case.’

‘Alex Winstanley is particularly responsive and offers sensible suggestions.’

‘David Brown is a skilled and technical lawyer with a wide range of experience to assist clients. He offers logical, practical advice with a strong sense for diplomacy making him often an invaluable sounding board for our business.

‘Paul Johnson – very experienced commercial litigator; heads his team with quiet efficiency.’

‘David Brown and Sarah Bazaraa have been incredibly professional throughout. Both have taken the time to listen to our views and have given, clear and robust advice whether that agrees with our own view or not. The quality of the work produced is also very clearly of the highest standard.’

Jonny Scholes is a strong team player who has successfully overseen the firm’s work for a substantial recruitment group. I have worked on a number of these cases and have noted that he is adept at keeping on top of all the individual cases while co-ordinating them with the wider client strategy.

Key clients

Ardagh Group

SGS Group

Iceland Foods Limited

Ryder plc

Tradebe Group

Sibelco UK Limited

SMG Europe


NG Bailey

DHL Express

Brother International Europe Ltd

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

The team at Pannone Corporate LLP has a broad workload spanning development issues, professional negligence and lease covenants. The practice is led by property litigator David Brown, who is known for his strengths in contested lease renewals, dilapidations claims and handling general estate management issues for developer clients. Director Gemma Staples, who works with Brown, is a ‘first-rate property litigator' with a particular focus on the retail and telecommunications sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Brown

Other key lawyers:


‘We work with Gemma Staples whom we find very professional and thorough.’

‘The team work very well together, it doesn’t matter who you speak to, they always know what is happening with the case.’

‘Pannone Corporate strikes an excellent balance: they have the big-firm capacity to handle large and complex cases, but the small-firm responsiveness and personal touch. They have the flexibility and skills to manage cases that cross between different fields, for example real estate litigation that raises company law, insolvency or property damage issues.’

‘Gemma Staples (director) is a first-rate property litigator. She has masses of experience and keeps a cool head even in demanding and high-pressure cases. She has excellent commercial sense, having worked with a wide range of businesses, from multinationals to small family concerns.’

‘The whole property litigation team have been very responsive through the Covid pandemic despite most of the team working from home. They have shown adaptability to the changing corporate insolvency and property rights with the ongoing moratoriums.’

‘Whole team have been very supportive and responsive during this challenging period for tenants and landlords.’

Key clients

Diamond Resorts Group

Emerson Group

Manchester Central Convention Centre

Manchester City Council

Revolution Bars Limited

Slicker Recycling Limited

Total Fitness Health Clubs Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

Tradebe Management Limited

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising a recycling company on a claim for trespass, nuisance and environmental contamination valued at in excess of £500,000. A highly complex matter involving the assessment of a variety of contaminants in soil, contributory contamination from historic use and other sources; and possible remediation strategies, which are dependent on the anticipated future use of the land in question.
  • Acting for a property investment company pursuing a dilapidations claim valued at circa £300,000 against a former national retailer.
  • Advising the owner of a number of retail and business parks on the recovery of rental arrears from various retailers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and maximising % recovery.

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

With a focus on the retail, leisure and logistics sectors as well as residential development, the team at Pannone Corporate LLP, led by James Wynne, assists clients in joint property ventures and acquisitions. Building on 'trusted partner' Gareth Birch's close relationship with retail clients, the team acts on major investment acquisitions. On the residential side, the team assists both landlord and tenants in disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Wynne

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Birch; Gary King


‘The approach of Pannone and their staff is very much aligned to our values, what is important to us and the way we like to operate, Pannone recognise this and it’s reflected in the service they provide. It’s important when dealing with legal matters that a firm has the ability to tailor its service to work in partnership with its clients, take time to understand our objectives, the way we operate and therefore offer a more bespoke service to deliver the right outcomes. I feel that this is a specific strength of Pannone.’

‘The individuals very much reflect the approach of the team, they are the team I work with. They take the time to understand our business, needs and objectives and provide a service that is tailored to this.

‘Gareth Birch supported us on two deals – the tailored, personal approach provided a positive experience in some difficult circumstances.’

‘Honesty and responsiveness are specific qualities I value in individuals from Pannone. ’

‘The dedication to the needs of us, as clients, is excellent. The folks we work with have always tried to flex around us and find ways of making things fit. The service feels personal to us, which is as unusual as it is valued.’

‘Gareth Birch is an exceptional asset. He operates as a trusted partner for us and I value his input across the board. He has provided guidance and risk assessment on every step and every scheme. I feel he has our best interests at heart of every stage of engagement. I know how hard he will work to help us

Key clients

Bestway Retail Limited

Junkyard Golf Club Limited

Mersten Limited

Manchester Central Convention Centre

Oliver James Associates Limited

Bunny Jacksons Juke Joints Limited

Stockport Homes Limited

Alternative Futures Group Limited

Palmbest Limited

Maya Property Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Palmbest Limited on its £28m acquisition of Staples Corner Retail Park, London.
  • Advised the Kamani Property Group on the acquisition of its new headquarters in Manchester City centre’s Knott Hill district.
  • Advised HS Credit (Birmingham) Limited in their first year after coming to market as a new provider of bridging finance to the real estate market.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

The team at Pannone Corporate LLP handles the full spectrum of corporate recovery and insolvency issues including administrations, liquidations, voluntary arrangements, restructurings and bankruptcies. Department head Daniel Clarke covers all aspects of corporate recovery and insolvency work with particular expertise in local authority recovery mandates. The team was strengthened with the arrival of senior associate Heather Morris from DWF.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Clarke

Other key lawyers:


‘The team seemed very well joined up and give a sense of good co-operative working.’

‘Heather Morris is a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The team are always ready to help and have found innovative solutions to technical problems.’

‘We have found Heather very helpful dealing with changes in working practices over the last 12 months. Dan and Heather make themselves available to assist and approach all their work in a friendly manner.’

‘The team has a great depth of knowledge; they are approachable, flexible, calm and reasoned in their communication styles. They are also very commercially-focused, so they have the professionalism to balance recovery to a client with the cost of fees expended, something which is an infrequent trait in lawyers; sometimes it is more important to get a good financial outcome than it is to be right – not all firms have that attitude and the culture spans wider than just the insolvency team too. I have never had my expectations underserved!’

‘The team at Pannone take customer service very seriously, and client needs appear to be paramount, both in terms of outcome and timeliness of delivery. Dan Clarke in the insolvency team is organised, measured and astute with the delivery of service and the tactics he deploys to achieve outcomes. He is good at introducing other specialisms where it is relevant and appropriate.’

Dan Clarke continues to grow in experience and stature as head of their insolvency offering, with a real grip of complex property and bankruptcy related issues – he gets to the point in a cost effective way.’

Key clients

Anthony Batty & Company LLP

Asertis Ltd

Baker Tilly Creditor Services LLP


Beevers & Struthers Chartered Accountants

Dunham Dean Advisory

Duff & Phelps Ltd

Dow Schofield Watts


Grant Thornton UK LLP

Freshways Dairies



Quantuma Advisory Limited

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP


KBL Advisory Limited

Moore Kingston Smith & Partners

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Manchester City Council

Focus Insolvency Group

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for the administrators of Anorton Holdings Limited on the sale of the business and assets of the company to a listed Australian business.
  • Acting for a debenture holder in relation to an enforcement action against a defaulting debtor company including placing the company into administration and pursuing personal guarantee liabilities.

Real estate > Construction Tier 6

Pannone Corporate LLP’s client list is diverse, ranging from construction employers such as public sector bodies or large companies to national sub-contractors. The team provides transactional services and assists clients in contentious situations, with expertise in dispute resolution and avoidance. Emma Judge, praised for her ‘knowledge, collaboration and attention to detail’, leads the team, drawing on many years of experience.

Practice head(s):

Emma Judge


‘Excellent support and service – they review the contractual issue and provide advice, and their proposal and fee is based on the potential result.’

‘When we have required any service or assistance, Emma Judge basically becomes a member of our team and will initially provide us with the strengths and weaknesses of our dispute so we are fully versed with the potential outcome. Emma’s knowledge, experience, collaboration and attention to detail are excellent.’

‘Emma Judge is as relentless as she is meticulous in her delivery of vital arguments that drain the fight out of her opponents.’

‘Collectively Pannone are a competent, dependable, customer-focused firm. Always approachable, always sensible, and always providing value.’

‘We work mostly with Emma Judge. She is a knowledgeable, thorough and warm solicitor, willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Emma Judge has worked closely with us on various company disputes over the last 15 years. I find Emma’s knowledge and fact-driven guidance invaluable. In each dispute where Emma has represented us, we have had a satisfactory resolution. I would not hesitate to recommend Emma and her team.’

‘All of the partners feel like extended members of the in-house team. They are flexible and accommodating.’

Key clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

NG Bailey Limited

Mercury Engineering

Geobear Commercial Limited

Burgaflex UK Limited

Maya Property Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a national mechanical and electrical sub-contractor in an adjudication against a large main contractor for a claim totalling £1m.
  • Acted for Burgaflex UK Limited, a global supplier, on the construction elements of its lease of a new premises at Chamberhall Business Park.
  • Advised Mercury Engineering on drafting a new form of facilities management maintenance contract and sub-contract, for particular use on its data centre projects in the UK.

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,, 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.

Banking Steven Grantsteven.grant@pannonecorporate.com0161 393 9057
Commercial (including intellectual property, IT and e-commerce) Amy Chandleramy.chandler@pannonecorporate.com0161 393 9071
Construction Emma Judgeemma.judge@pannonecorporate.com0161 393 9088
Corporate Steven Grantsteven.grant@pannonecorporate.com0161 393 9057
Insolvency and Restructuring Richard Wolffrichard.wolff@pannonecorporate.com0161 393 9085
Debt Recovery Karl Williamskarl.williams@pannonecorporate.com0161 393 9028
Dispute resolution Paul Jonsonpaul.jonson@pannonecorporate.com0161 393 9035
Employment Jack Harringtonjack.harrington@pannonecorporate.com0161 393 9050
Real Estate James Wynnejames.wynne@pannonecorporate.com0161 393 9090
Real estate litigation David Browndavid.brown@pannonecorporate.com0161 393 9030
Regulatory Regulatorybill.dunkerley@pannonecorporate.com0161 393 9087
Danielle Amor  photo Danielle Amor Senior Associate advising on commercial contracts, intellectual property and data protection
Jane Shaw (Lee)  photo Jane Shaw (Lee) Director
Gemma Staples photo Gemma StaplesDirector
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Partners : 14
Assistant solicitors : 26
Other fee earners : 14
PLG International Lawyers Network
Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
Licensing Executives Society
Society of Construction Law
Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association
Commercial Litigation Association
ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)