Pannone Corporate LLP > Manchester, England > Firm Profile

Pannone Corporate LLP
M3 4LY

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

A ‘superb team‘ in the private wealth sphere, Pannone Corporate LLP continues to act in disputes between trustees and beneficiaries for an impressive range of complex and high-value estates. The firm is increasingly involved with multi-layered Inheritance Act cases featuring lack of capacity and propriety estoppel claims, with group head Nicola Marchant‘s extensive mediation experience and credentials facilitating amicable settlements for the many clients seeking legal counsel. Marchant has a broad private wealth practice and is routinely supported by Elizabeth Walsh who has quickly built expertise in disputed wills and contested estate administration issues. Jonny Scholes provides ‘exceptional advice’ to clients, especially regarding financial abuse claims, and was made partner in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Marchant

Other key lawyers:


‘Overall, the company provides clear and concise information and advice.’

‘Nicola Marchant has given sound, intelligent advice and support throughout the three years that we dealt we her.’

‘They provide expert knowledge in various different aspects of the law. They all work very closely so different specialties can all liaise with each other to provide a comprehensive service.’

‘Jonny Scholes in contentious probate gave me exceptional advice and persuaded me to agree to mediation. This proved to be excellent advice and helped achieve a fantastic result, avoiding court costs.’

‘Commercial and pragmatic advice Paul Jonson and Nicola Marchant are client focused and provide realistic straight talking advice in a manner clients can easily understand. They are very experienced around the legal issues but also have their eye on costs.’

‘Pannone Corporate has a superb niche team in this area. All its members who I have worked with are true specialists, who are spot on with their advice and sensitive and supportive of their clients.’

‘The team at Pannone Corporate are always extremely responsive to our requirements and quick to grasp the essence of our issue. The team have a broad experience of all commercial legal issues and have always had a resident expert to provide sound advice regardless of the situation we have presented them with. They are proactive in dealing with all actors during their work and give their clients comfort that they are constantly up to date with the latest information.

‘With regard to our contentious trust case specifically, we were particularly well represented by Jonny Scholes of Pannone Corporate. The case was complex but Jonny took it in his stride and gave us total comfort that our case would be made firmly but professionally. He kept us up to date with the case progression at all appropriate points and was able to present the risks and likely outcomes clearly.’

Work highlights

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

Pannone Corporate LLP offers a comprehensive practice, handling non-contentious issues such as sponsorship, merchandising, influencer agreements and competition law, as well as disputes involving defamation litigation, brand protection and preventative injunctions. The team is led jointly by Amy Chandler, a digital marketing specialist who leads on the firm’s non-contentious work, and reputation management expert Melanie McGuirk. Sarah Bazaraa, who focuses on the fashion sector and assists clients including Boohoo and Prettylittlething, is also integral to the team.

Practice head(s):

Amy Chandler; Melanie McGuirk

Other key lawyers:


‘Highly professional, supportive and excellent advice.’

‘Amy Chandler has an ability to see around corners. Always delighted when she’s on my side and she’s always my first choice.’

Key clients UK Limited Online Limited

Iceland Foods Limited

Pets at Home Limited

Carm Productions Limited

UP Global Sourcing UK Limited

Represent Clothing Limited

Travel Insurance Facilities plc

Serotonin Digital Limited

Kip McGrath Global plc

Beauty Bay Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a client in relation to the publication of threatened articles in two national newspapers and subsequent inaccurate reporting in the market report of a global market intelligence agency.
  • Advising Caters News Agency, an independent photo and news agency, on content licence agreements with content contributors and third-party licensees.
  • Advising a retail client in respect of a complicated brand ambassador agreement with an international sporting personality.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 2

Pannone Corporate LLP, led by chairman Steven Grant, handles a wide range of corporate matters, spanning financial services, venture capital and tech deals. The commercial team is experienced in a range of agreements, supply and procurement of goods, distribution and joint ventures. Key sectors for the practice include hospitality, events, retail and IT. Tim Hamilton undertakes work for private equity firms while Amy Chandler has particular specialism in IP-related matters. Mark Winthorpe and Tom Hall are well-versed in M&A and venture capital issues. Arshnoor Amershi is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Steven Grant


‘Attention to detail. Quick responses whenever we had a query. Flexible in meeting urgent timelines. Personal attention to any assistance we needed.’

‘The team is always available, is very commercial, has a broad range of skills, and is able to manage demanding and challenging stakeholders – always with a smile on their faces.’

‘Tom Hall highlights risks in a commercial manner. Doesn’t belabour incidental points, a characteristic that helps keep processes moving and on track.’

‘Always seems to have a solution when required to get through a log-jam, and is able to manage diverse stakeholders to ensure a consensus solution is found.’

Key clients

YFM Equity Partners

Maven Capital Partners

Slicker Recycling

Tradebe Group

Marlborough Fund Managers

NorthEdge Capital

NVM Private Equity


Beijer Ref

Esker SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Argenbright on its investment into Amberstone Security.
  • Advised Marlborough Group on its exit from wealth management platform Hubwise.
  • Advised the management team of Babington Managed Services on the tertiary buyout by Unigestion.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

The litigation practice at Pannone Corporate LLP offers a ‘full service package for commercial undertakings,‘ with experience in shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence, corporate and contractual disputes, real estate litigation, commercial fraud, IT disputes, privacy issues, and defamation. ‘Commercially minded and experiencedDavid Brown leads the team with significant support from Martin Pennington and Paul Jonson, commended for his ‘sound commercial judgement‘.

Practice head(s):

David Brown

Other key lawyers:

Martin Pennington; Paul Jonson; Sarah Bazaraa; Elizabeth Walsh; Callum Halley


‘Pannone offers direct partner contact, in-depth subject expertise and competitive rates due to its size and structure which makes it stand out in the Manchester and national market. In addition the Pannone Law Group international network is invaluable for international coverage and advice for a large multi-national client.’

‘Martin Pennington is stand-out for his pragmatic yet thoroughly detailed advice together with responsiveness and quick turn-around times. Martin is an invaluable resource for a busy in-house team.’

‘David Brown is an exceptional individual. Collaborative, responsive, thoughtful and with a deep knowledge and understanding of our business.’

‘Pannone Corporate is a relatively small firm but it has built a very strong following in the commercial litigation market. The solicitors I have worked with are extremely thorough when it comes to case preparation and client relationships.’

‘Paul Jonson – an extremely experienced commercial litigator with sound commercial judgement.’

‘Elizabeth Walsh – a highly effective associate with a very thorough grip of any case and great dedication to advancing the client’s interests.’

‘Niche practice specialising in corporate and commercial law and dispute resolution led by the highly experience Paul Jonson. Great modern facilities. Full service package for commercial undertakings. One of the top firms for commercial dispute resolution in Manchester.’

‘David Brown – a very commercially minded, experienced lawyer with a collaborative approach. Callum Halley – a hard working, proactive associate who is 100% dependable’

Key clients

SGS Group

DHL Express

Iceland Foods

TalkTalk Communications

Ryder plc

Tradebe Group

Sibelco UK Limited

SMG Europe

Ardagh Group


NG Bailey

Represent Clothing

Work highlights

  • Acting for TalkTalk Communications Limited in valuable Commercial Court proceedings against British Telecommunications PLC concerning the provision of ethernet circuits
  • Acted for a group of companies in their defence of Technology and Construction Court proceedings concerning an £18M claim for breach of contract and commercial conspiracy.
  • Acting for a waste management company in valuable Commercial Court proceedings brought against two defendant companies.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

Pannone Corporate LLP acts for a number of high profile brands, chiefly covering pre-action debt recovery work. The firm also represents housing associations and volume debt collections agencies. The team is led by Paul Jagger, a mid-2022 arrival from Ward Hadaway LLP, with support from highly experienced insolvency procedures specialist Karl Williams. Denise Lamb is a further key name, acting on much of the firm’s commercial debt recovery work.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jagger

Other key lawyers:

Karl Williams; Denise Lamb; Simon Fitzgerald


‘Extremely knowledgeable in their field, respond to queries promptly, they are on the ball with diarised items, and provide an all round excellent service.’

‘I think the biggest strength we have found from working with many legal firms is the communication. Pannone are very good at replying and explaining their process. We can call them anytime and they pick up – not the case with other firms. We also find their fees highly competitive.’

‘Denise Lamb has been exceptional at meeting our needs – sometimes we need urgent advice and it may just be a simple yes or no! Denise is always on hand to help and she managed to make it all feel like a pleasure and not an annoyance. Paul Hagger has been very helpful also, he invited us in for a meeting to discuss our needs face to face. We have been invited into another practice before and they tried to charge us for their time!’

‘The personal touch and the relationships with people at Pannone. They have held inhouse training at their Manchester office to help myself and my staff understand the legal process.’

‘Karl Williams and Paul Jagger – Very professional and extremely helpful.’

Key clients

Exertis (UK) Limited

Hilti (GB) Limited

L’Oreal (UK) Ltd

Kellan Group Limited

Ryder Limited

PPL PRS Limited

Bolton School

Edmundson Electrical Limited

DHL International (UK) Limited

Work highlights

Employment Tier 2

A key point of differentiation for Pannone Corporate LLP is its expertise in bespoke employment management training, including upskilling training programmes and conducting mock Employment Tribunals, alongside its investigation offering which has probed allegations of abuse, harassment and discrimination. The firm also leverages an extensive list of clients in the care sector, advising on employee transfers, settlement agreements and claims of unfair dismissal over the past twelve months. A recently qualified mediator, Jack Harrington leads the team and has been extremely active in TUPE matters, as well as defending a variety of large, multifaceted tribunal claims. Fiona Hamor has a broad contentious and non contentious practice, with notable expertise in discrimination and equal pay matters, while newly promoted associate partner Michael McNally has been a key figure in the department’s investigatory and upskilling mandates. Radhika Das engages with the full range of team matters, from investigations and tribunal claims, to drafting ancillary documents and conducting due diligence.

Practice head(s):

Jack Harrington

Other key lawyers:


‘We work with Pannone on difficult employment matters, TUPE transfers and more recently for pension advice on admission agreements to GMPF. Their expertise and ability to quickly translate information into pragmatic solutions is second to none.’

‘Our primary contact is Mr Jack Harrington. He always ensures that we obtain the best possible advice and service, even when deadlines have to be met. His attitude is first class and this trait has been passed on to our other contact Radhika Das.’

‘Fiona Hamor is our key contact and has been for several years. She has supported several very complex cases and is always quick to respond and gives excellent and considered advice. She understands our business and some of the difficulties we face and applies this when giving advice.’

‘Pannone Corporate LLP are a very professional team who always meet our expectations. They provide an exceptional service, always offering sound advice and have a strong knowledge of our business which has been built up over a number of years.’

‘Jack Harrington and Fiona Hamor can always be trusted to be available when you need them most on complicated cases. Their support is excellent. Radhika Das support us with all ER matters and the service provided is fantastic.’

‘I mainly deal with Michael McNally; Michael aims to respond within twenty-four hours which is invaluable as we often get queries that need an urgent response.’

‘The team provide very prompt advice on any escalated queries and the advice they provide is balanced and comprehensive. We have built a strong relationship with the whole team and no matter what the issue, any of them can be approached and you can trust that if it is not their area of expertise they will liaise with the subject expert within the team before providing advice.’

‘The team are incredibly supportive and keep you up to date with anything they are dealing with on your behalf in a timely manner. Their employment law knowledge is fantastic, and they present this in a simple yet effective way.’

Key clients

Select Service Partner UK Limited (SSP)

Rail Gourmet Limited


Chevron Energy Limited

The Big Life Group

Victim Support

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

Represent Clothing Limited

Lingoda GmbH

The Lowry

Work highlights

  • Advised on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Amberstone Security.
  • Acting in relation to claims relating to dismissals connected to the ‘no jab, no job’ principle.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Pannone Corporate LLP‘s regulatory team advises across the full spectrum of health, safety and compliance issues. Bill Dunkerley leads the practice and is experienced in representing care providers subject to investigation. David Walton recently joined from Keoghs LLP and is well-versed in defending corporate manslaughter and gross negligence cases.

Practice head(s):

Bill Dunkerley

Other key lawyers:


‘I have been working with David Walton on a complex and long running health and safety case for my business. David has been an outstanding partner to myself and the whole business. Nothing is too much trouble for him. He very quickly appreciated the nature of our business and the very distinct difference between our not for profit status, and our mission and values and other more corporate business.’

‘Undoubtedly the firm to watch in the North West, buckets of experience mixed with in-depth knowledge of the regulatory landscape means the firm is going from strength to strength.’

‘This firm has a developed an individualised approach to clients where the client’s needs are considered in detail before an appropriate strategy is put in place. This has been developed by Bill Dunkerley, who has personalised his substantial insurance experience into this sought-after practice. He has taken the firm into the premier league in the North West, to such an extent that he has been able to recruit “Mr Health and Safety” himself, David Walton, to assist servicing his client base. They are now the class act of the North.’

‘A high-quality and expanding team with in-depth knowledge of all aspects of health and safety law. Particular experience and expertise in representing individuals, and an ideal firm for tricky conflict referrals in large multi-party cases.’

‘David Walton – a hugely popular and respected figure in the safety field. Recent experience of representing individuals in the highest-profile manslaughter and health and safety prosecutions. Tenacious and committed, and a tower of support for clients facing the most difficult circumstances.’

‘Bill Dunkerley – thorough, detail-oriented and commercial. A significant asset to any company or individual facing a regulatory investigation.’

Key clients

Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

Manchester Arena Inquiry

Kingsley Care Homes Limited

Euro Foods Group Limited

Bestway Retail

Total Fitness



Trackwork Limited

Crown Farm Meats Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Rochdale Boroughwide Housing in connection with the inquest touching upon the death of Awaab Ishak.
  • Advised and represented an individual in connection with the Manchester Arena Inquiry.

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

Pannone Corporate LLP has a strong intellectual property offering catering chiefly to major brands in the retail, food and fashion sectors. The firm is particularly proficient in IP litigation, handling sensitive matters including copyright infringements and disputes arising from trademark cancellations. The practice is jointly led by litigator Melanie McGuirk, a specialist in passing off and design rights infringements, and Amy Chandler, who advises on licensing matters and research and development agreements. Associate partner Sarah Bazaraa is an expert in fashion sector IP disputes. The highly experienced Patricia Jones is also key.

Practice head(s):

Melanie McGuirk; Amy Chandler

Other key lawyers:


‘Pannone have kept up with us every step of the changes in our organisation, and their diligent handling of our cases has played a significant part in our organisation’s success post-pandemic. They are consistently a pleasure to deal with – no matter the query or the request, the team work tirelessly to meet our expectations.’

Key clients

Pets at Home Limited

Beauty Bay Limited

Iceland Foods Limited UK Limited Online Limited Limited

Represent Clothing Limited

Brother International Europe Limited


Kip McGrath Global plc (t/a Kip McGrath Education Centres)

Work highlights

  • Advising Beauty Bay, Iceland and Pets at Home in relation to contentious IP issues.
  • Advising and acting for companies in the boohoo group, including Debenhams, boohoo, Karen Millen, PLT, Nasty Gal, Coast and Miss Pap in relation to contentious IP issues.

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

Pannone Corporate LLP offers a comprehensive practice split between contentious work, under experienced tech and construction litigator David Brown, and non-contentious work led by IP and commercial lawyer Amy Chandler. Matters covered by the team include IT procurement and implementation contracts and any related disputes, data protection compliance and corporate transactional work in the tech sector. Paul Jonson, a specialist on licensing disputes and software copyright matters, is also key.

Practice head(s):

Amy Chandler; David Brown

Other key lawyers:


‘Adept at providing commercial and pragmatic advice which comes from being experts in the sector.’

‘Amy Chandler – Partner. Very experienced, straight-forward advice and just “gets it”. Manages to provide the right level of advice for our business without over-engineering it.’

‘I must say that the knowledge in the team is great. As it is still an emerging area of law in many countries, Pannone has the knowledge in the team to adequately rewrite IT contracts to fit the UK zone.’

‘On the IT contracts I have been working closely with Amy Chandler, and I must praise her for her understanding of the IT landscape and effortlessly translating that understanding into legal clauses. Without much briefing, she was able to write the texts, some more stringent and some more flexible, exactly fitting our business goals and risk appetite.’

Key clients

Brother International Europe Limited

ASM Global t/a SMG

Naveo Commerce Group

Marlborough Fund Managers Limited

K3 Business Technology Group plc

Represent Clothing Limited

UKROEd Limited

Sana Commerce

Clarus Software

Work highlights

  • Advising a fund management company in connection with the procurement of a new ERP system.
  • Advising Tes-amm UK Limited, a global leader in IT asset disposal services, in connection with a review of its international customer agreements.
  • Acting for TalkTalk Communications Limited in commercial court proceedings against British Telecommunications Plc concerning the provision of ethernet circuits.

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

Leisure, retail and industrial sector specialist James Wynne leads the ‘very experienced’ team at Pannone Corporate LLP alongside April 2022 addition from Knights plc James Harris. The cohort has strong abilities advising both landowners and developers on matters ranging from development projects, to complex transactional matters, to landlord and tenant asset management. Garry King acts on key acquisitions in the northwest, particularly in town retail.

Practice head(s):

James Wynne; James Harris

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is very experienced and offers a personalised service. They are highly knowledgeable and able to represent the core interests of their clients without prompting. They are friendly, available and responsive. A smaller team that offers a big company service  and an ethos personalised to the needs of the client.’

‘James Wynne and Garry King are valued members of their team and ours. They are always available and ready to answer quick questions and give advice.’

Key clients

Inquesta Corporate Recovery and Insolvency


SH Capital Limited

Junkyard Golf Club Group

Manchester Central Convention Complex Limited

Costcutter Supermarkets Group Limited

Total Fitness Health Clubs Limited

Ardagh Glass Limited (and other group companies)

Citychance Limited

Palmbest Limited

Bestway Retail Limited

Batleys Properties Limited

Evans UK Property Group

Kamani Commercial Property Limited

Mission Mars

Cestrian Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Inquesta Corporate Recovery and Insolvency as Administrators of Bury Football Club (in Administration) on the sale and disposal of Gigg Lane stadium and the assets of Bury FC to a propco, Gigg Lane Stadium Limited and Gigg Lane Propco Limited.
  • Acting for Estateguru to prepare real estate secured lending documentation for implementation in the UK.
  • Acting for SH Capital Limited to bring forward a derelict site with hotel/public house use into use as a 70-bed care home facility in Doncaster.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Pannone Corporate LLP‘s ‘cohesive and proactive’ practice is headed by David Brown from the firm’s Manchester office handles the full scope of litigious matters including lease renewals and terminations, covenants and development issues. It also ably advises on land-related disputes, and regularly acts for investors and developers. ‘Dedicated’ Gemma Staples has a particular strength handling acting for retail clients.

Practice head(s):

David Brown

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Staples; Kenneth Tang


‘The team has excellent technical knowledge.’

‘Gemma Staples is very dedicated with good legal knowledge.’

‘A very cohesive and proactive team, which is essential to support our sometimes urgent and time-critical requirements.’

‘Always responsive to emails and telephone calls.’

Key clients

Canal and River Trust

Emerson Group (inc Orbit Investments and Orbit Developments)

New Balance Athletic Shoes (UK) Limited

Revolution Bars Limited

Total Fitness Health Clubs Limited

Tradebe Management Limited & Group

West Yorkshire Combined Authority & West Midlands Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising a national retail client on relocation from a key distribution centre as a result of the landlord’s desire to redevelop, involving adopting a strategy to secure time to relocate and claim compensation in excess of £1m.
  • Defending an industrial client in a claim for an injunction and damages arising out of alleged trespass and contamination deriving from a variety of materials, including complex questions around historic and contributory contamination.
  • Advising an investor client in connection with a tenant’s ineffective break notice and pursuing proceedings for rent arrears and a declaration that the lease was subsisting.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

Daniel Clarke, noted as ‘excellent technically and commercially’, is the corporate specialist team lead at Pannone Corporate LLP. The team assists its company clients on factors surrounding insolvency and in managing the relevant processes involved in liquidations and administrations involving significant sums. Richard Wolff departed to Myerson Solicitors LLP in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Clarke


‘Daniel Clarke is reliable, easy to get hold of and I trust his advice. He finds workable solutions and is robust but fair.’

‘The corporate and insolvency team have so much knowledge and expertise and are able to call on other colleagues in numerous departments for further expert opinion if necessary.’

‘Daniel Clarke provides precise and full advice alongside a clear breakdown of costs prior to commencing any work; he deals with matters in a confidential and professional manner, matters which often involve people suffering emotionally difficult situations.’

‘A very commercially sound and technically gifted team who provide an excellent service.’

‘Daniel Clarke is excellent technically and commercially, and fun to work with.’

‘Strong technically, very commercial, results-orientated and well-respected in the market.’

‘Daniel Clarke is a good communicator and always willing to take a commercial view.’

Key clients

MacIntyre Hudson

Asertis Ltd

Baker Tilly Creditor Services LLP



Dow Schofield Watts

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Moore Kingston Smith



Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP


Manchester City Council

Focus Insolvency

Total Fitness

Pannone Corporate LLP formed in February 2014 as a result of a management buyout of Pannone LLP’s corporate and commercial practices.  The founding 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 and meaningful relationships it develops with clients combined with its partner led approach to client service.  The firm has positioned itself since 2014 as the leading alternative to the regional and national practices in the North West.

The firm and its individuals have won a number of awards since 2014.

Pannone Corporate has a loyal and diverse client base which includes a wide range of businesses and public/third  sector organisations.  Some of its best known clients include  Ardagh, Aviva International, boohoo,  Brother, Chevron, Crown Oil, DHL,  Hilti, Iceland, The Lowry,  L’Oreal, Manchester City Council, NG Bailey, SSP, TFGM.

The firm also represents a wide range of SME businesses across a variety of sectors including leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, recruitment, retail and technology.

The firm is a member of PLG, a global association of law firms founded in 1989.  A significant proportion of the firm’s work involves an international element.  Pannone Corporate’s association with PLG enables it to service clients’ interests seamlessly across the globe.

The firm is always interested in speaking to clients who value a genuine commitment to outstanding client service aligned with commercial and practical advice. We are business advisors first, lawyers second.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Nicola Marchant +44 (0)7917 508328
Senior Partner Paul Jonson +44 (0)7737 571147
Dispute Resolution David Brown +44 (0)7971 517483
Construction Stephen Belshaw +44 (0)7740 456 430
Corporate Tom Hall +44 (0)7920 237695
Corporate Mark Winthorpe +44 (0)7788 931736
Real Estate James Wynne +44 (0)7717 802475
Real Estate litigation Gemma Staples +44 (0)7825 528094
Regulatory Bill Dunkerley +44 (0)7920 237681
Insolvency Daniel Clarke +44 (0)7920 237687
Banking Sean Stevens +44 (0)161 509 5108
Debt Recovery Paul Jagger +44 (0)7920237608
Photo Name Position Profile
Tom Hall photo Tom Hall Partner
Gemma Staples photo Gemma Staples Partner
Partners : 14
Assistant solicitors : 26
Other fee earners : 14
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