Firm Profile > Pannone Corporate LLP > Manchester, England

Pannone Corporate LLP
M3 4LY

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The team at Pannone Corporate LLP advise on mid and high net worth estate and trust disputes, representing national and international clients as well as those in the North West. The key members of the team include Nicola Marchant, whose 'energy and application inspires confidence in clients', and Jonny Scholes, who was recently promoted to to the role director. Director Jane Shaw's non-contentious tax expertise adds another string to the practice's bow.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Marchant


‘A strong group of very able lawyers.’

‘Extremely professional and immediately put me at ease.’

‘Jane Shaw and Nicola Marchant are exceptional practitioners – together they have a depth of experience in dealing with high value, complex contentious trust and probate issues. It is the combination of their knowledge and personal qualities that distinguish the firm from its competitors in the Manchester market.’

‘Very conscientious and helpful – nothing is too much trouble.’

‘The team is accessible, friendly, firm when they need to be with a tactical ability that is first rate.’

‘Very helpful and proactive.’

Nicola Marchant’s energy and application inspires confidence in clients –  she is a very good communicator.’

‘Jonny Scholes has good grasp of realities of cases and has a strong rapport with clients which means that he is able to get to the nub of the dispute.’

‘David Brown is a very able lawyer; he is very attuned to the commercial objectives of his clients.’

‘Jonny Scholes is exceptional. He helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life with patience, kindness, a professional attitude and knowledge I immediately knew I could trust and rely upon on.’

‘Jane Shaw is very capable – she has a no-nonsense approach and an ability to deal with difficult people effectively. Her focus is on getting the right outcome for clients in the most efficient way possible and works tirelessly to achieve that.’

‘Jonny Scholes, Elizabeth Walsh and David Carmichael were amazing, I cannot recommend them more highly for their work. Their knowledge and understanding is unbelievable.’

‘Nicola Marchant is first class.  Her technical knowledge is excellent. She identifies the issues and addresses them swiftly and cost-effectively; she is responsive, decisive and pragmatic. Very personable and a pleasure to deal with.

‘Nicola Marchant is very approachable, knowledgeable, good-humoured and deals with matters promptly.’

‘Nicola Marchant has a great deal of experience in the sector, and is responsive and proactive and always willing to give a view on something prior to being instructed.’

‘Johnny Scholes is very helpful, careful and offers sensible commercial advice.’

Debt recovery Tier 1

Pannone Corporate LLP advises on various debt recovery matters including collection of business-to-business debts. The firm concentrates on high volume instructions and handles cases from the letter before action stage through to judgment and enforcement as well as insolvency proceedings. Karl Williams heads the team and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

Practice head(s):

Karl Williams

Other key lawyers:

Denise Lamb; Simon Fitzgerald; Darren Judge


A unique combination of many years of experience in the debt recovery sector, along with a highly competitive pricing structure’.

Denise Lamb and Karl Williams offer a superb level of service – both are highly experienced in their fields, always willing to go the extra mile, and with excellent communication and guidance’.

Key clients

Exertis (UK) Limited

Hilti (GB) Limited

L’Oreal (UK) Limited

Kellan Group

Ryder Limited

PPL PRS Limited

Bolton School

Edmundson Electrical

DHL International (UK) Limited

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Pannone Corporate LLP advises on both contentious and non-contentious media work in relation to advertising, marketing, sponsorship, publishing, merchandising and social media. Other areas of expertise include defamation and reputation management, privacy and harassment claims, brand protection and hacking. Amy Chandler, who advises on IP, brand licensing agreements and sponsorship agreements, co-heads the team alongside Melanie McGuirk, who focuses on brand protection and reputation management.

Practice head(s):

Amy Chandler; Melanie McGuirk

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Bazaraa; Suzanne Townley; Alexandria Winstanley; Danielle Amor; Paul Jonson


‘The team provides attention to detail, sector knowledge and timely actions.’

‘I have developed absolute trust in Pannone as a business that they will deliver results. Much of this trust has been developed due to the long term nature of the relationship and a mutual respect.’

‘Melanie McGuirk is an excellent lawyer for contentious intellectual property matters.’

Key clients

Performing Right Society UK Limited

Caters News Agency

Brother International Europe Limited

AMS Neve Limited

Iceland Foods Limited

Carm Productions Limited

Wainhomes (North West)

International Game Technology plc

Nasty Gal Limited

SMG (UK) Limited

Lola Ideas Limited

Travel Insurance Facilities plc

Seven Bro7hers Brewery

End of the Road Festival

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Pannone Corporate LLP has a cross-departmental charities and not-for-profit team which brings together commercial, procurement, corporate governance, finance, real estate, IP, IT, dispute resolution and employment expertise. The department, under the leadership of Steven Grant, advises a large number of charitable and other social enterprise clients on a broad range of issues, from  registration to corporate structures through to transfers and dissolution. Bill Dunkerley joined as director from Keoghs LLP in December 2018.

Practice head(s):

Steven Grant

Other key lawyers:

Jack Harrington; Nicola Marchant; Fiona Hamor; James Wynne; Sarah Bazaraa; Alexandria Winstanley; Gareth Birch; Stephen Mutch


‘A very experienced legal firm – the support we receive is second to none.’


Key clients

The Road Safety Trust and its trading subsidiary UKROEd Limited

Manchester Sport and Leisure Trust

Big Life Group

PRS For Music

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Wythenshawe Forum Trust Limited


Manchester Community Centre

Manchester Foster Care Association


North West Community Services Ltd

UK Biobank

National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Greater Manchester Community Basketball


Employment Tier 2

Jack Harrington is at the helm of Pannone Corporate LLP's employment department, which advises multinational corporations, large public sector organisations, SMEs and social landlords on the full gambit of employment matters. One of the team's specialisms includes advising on TUPE matters, especially in the context of outsourcing, while the practice is very active in industry sectors including retail, charities and social housing. Other areas of expertise include the provision of HR support for disciplinary and grievance investigations.

Practice head(s):

Jack Harrington

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Hamor; Stephen Mutch


Personable, professional, responsive and always able to put themselves in your shoes and understand different perspective.’

‘Jack Harrington stands out for his calm, supportive, professional advice through some tricky personnel issues.

Communication is what sets Pannone Corporate apart. They always keep us updated of progress and communicate in a clear and honest manner.

Key clients

Astonbrook Care Limited

BDR Thermea (Baxi)

Chevron Energy Limited

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

Transport for Greater Manchester

Victim Support

JT International Business Services Ltd

Health and safety Tier 2

Rhian Greaves now serves as head of regulatory at Pannone Corporate LLP, having arrived from Clyde & Co LLP in March 2018. Tristan Meears-White stepped down from the partnership in September and is now acting as a consultant. The team covers a wide array of matters in the health and safety arena, including corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter, coroners inquests, food, fire and product safety as well as environmental law issues. Director Bill Dunkerley joined from Keoghs LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Rhian Greaves


Rhian Greaves is extremely professional and highly competent‘.

‘Rhian’s knowledge and ability to target her message appropriately makes her a highly value business partner. Coupled with her exceptional presentation skills she is an absolute pleasure to work with and I would not hesitate to put her in front of our clients’.

‘Pannone has emerged as a specialist in the area of Health and Safety. They have recruited the best from other firms in the marketplace and are now well poised to become a big player. Their attention to detail and strength in depth enables them to provide a comprehensive service to their clients. One to watch for the future.’

Intellectual property Tier 2

Pannone Corporate LLP advises on various contentious and non-contentious IP issues including franchise agreements, disputes, data protection, data breach cases and competition law. Other areas of expertise include anti-counterfeiting, trademarks, passing off, copyright and patent disputes. Client sectors include retail, fashion, manufacturing, technology, bio-technology, software, IT and energy. Amy Chandler co-heads the team and focuses on IP and IT-related agreements. Fellow co-head Melanie McGuirk - who 'always goes that extra mile for her clients' - specialises in IP-related dispute resolution. Senior associate Sarah Bazaraa is recommended for her contentious IP disputes work.

Practice head(s):

Amy Chandler; Melanie McGuirk

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Bazaraa; Paul Jonson; Danielle Amor


Pannone is a regional firm but with the expertise and professionalism of a national firm; it therefore provides a good combination of expertise, professionalism and sensible fees‘.

Melanie McGuirk is very responsive and very knowledgeable on all IP matters, particularly design rights – her advice is well considered, sensible and commercial’.

Melanie McGuirk and Sarah Bazaraa are the two stand out IP litigators in the practice, they have a great deal of experience and quality’.

The team handles both commercial and contentious IP matters. It has sufficient strength in depth to allow it to offer advice at all levels. The advice is always pragmatic, jargon free and based on a wealth of experience’.

Paul Jonson is commercially astute, pragmatic and a great lawyer’.

Melanie McGuirk is strategically excellent and always goes that extra mile for her clients’.

Key clients UK Limited

Admiral Sportswear Limited

Linens Limited

Brother International Europe Limited

SMG (UK) Limited

Pets at Home Limited

Iceland Foods Limited Limited

Renold plc

Williamson-Dickie Europe Limited

Bonnington Plastics Limited

EM&I Maritime Limited

Seatriever Holdings Limited

Coolair Equipment Limited

UKROEd Limited

AMS Neve Limited

Carm Productions Limited

David Luke

Event Management City Ltd

Domu Brands Limited

Gemini Fashions

Clair de Lune

DPG plc

Travel Insurances Facilities plc

International Game Technology plc

Packaging Automation Limited

M&I Materials Limited

Seven Bro7hers Brewery

Onefile Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Pannone Corporate LLP's key clients include IT hardware, software and application providers, service providers and retail business, particularly online retailers. Amy Chandler - who 'makes the complex simple' - deals with IT contracts and projects and co-heads the team alongside David Brown, who focuses on litigation. The practice has recently seen an increase on data protection work in relation to IT agreements.

Practice head(s):

Amy Chandler; David Brown

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Dolan; Paul Jonson; Martin Pennington


‘What characterises the team at Pannone Corporate is how they tune into you personally and to your business. The partners are prepared to build up a long-term relationship and as a result the advice they provide feels pragmatic, commercial and right for the business.’

‘Amy Chandler is easy to engage with, listens carefully to your particular needs and circumstances and provides clear pragmatic advice’.

Amy Chandler makes the complex simple and has the ability to think outside the box to support the development of IT software contracts for new to market products’.

Pannone Corporate offers services across a variety of skill sets and legal areas from the in-house team; the delivery of service is seamless’.

Key clients


Brother International Europe Limited

Renold plc


SMG (UK) Limited

Response Tap

UK ROEd Limited

Marlborough Fund Managers Limited


Xenith Document Systems Limited

Steamhaus Limited

Travel Insurance Facilities Limited

Grafenia plc

Intechnica Limited

CSI Manchester Ltd trading as CSI Media

Equipoise Software Limited

NG Bailey

Cotton Traders

Q9 Partners

G2S Limited

Onefile Limited

GovData Limited

Professional negligence Tier 2

Pannone Corporate LLP's practice, which is part of the firm's wider litigation offering, is recognised for handling complex and high value cases against a wide array of professionals including tax professionals, accountants, solicitors, architects and surveyors. The team usually acts for businesses or high net worth individuals, as well as defendants, either where there is no insurance or the insurance that is in place does not respond to the claim. Paul Jonson, Nicola Marchant and David Brown are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jonson; Nicola Marchant; David Brown

Other key lawyers:

Martin Pennington


Small but highly specialised niche practice; strong on claimant professional negligence work and other commercial litigation. Very thorough case preparation.

Paul Johnson is very experienced and knowledgeable. Daniel Clarke is an academically gifted lawyer with lots of commercial nous. Elizabeth Walsh is an  up and coming associate; very thorough.’

The niche team at Pannone Corporate is small but perfectly formed, with an extremely hard working and able team.

Martin Pennington is utterly devoted to the detail of even the most complex case, stays calm throughout crises, employs a penetrating analysis, and does it all with a dry wit and sunny disposition. A true pleasure to work with.’

‘Paul Jonson is smoothness personified, and is the perfect partner for taking charge of difficult cases with difficult clients.

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

Pannone Corporate LLP advises clients on corporate litigation, including shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice petitions and derivative claims. Other areas of expertise include contractual disputes, commercial fraud, civil competition claims, franchise litigation and partnership disputes. Team head Paul Jonson focuses on resolving disputes arising from the running, sale and purchase of businesses, as well as IT disputes, defamation, IP disputes and professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jonson

Other key lawyers:

David Brown; Nicola Marchant; Martin Pennington; Sarah Bazaraa; Jonny Scholes; Alexandria Winstanley; Callum Halley

Key clients

The Performing Rights Society

SMG Europe


NG Bailey

DHL Express

Iceland Frozen Foods

Sibelco UK

Brother International Europe Ltd

Transport for Greater Manchester

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Pannone Corporate LLP handles mid-market M&A and continues to grow its private equity practice. The team often deals with cross-border transactions in Europe, the US and elsewhere. On the commercial side, the firm deals with commercial agreements, supply and procurement of goods and services, distribution, outsourcing, joint ventures, compliance and data protection. Steven Grant heads the team. Harriet Sutherland joined as senior associate from Ward Hadaway.

Practice head(s):

Steven Grant

Other key lawyers:

Tim Hamilton; Tom Hall; Mark Winthorpe; Amy Chandler; Philippa Howard; Claire Alden; Harriet Sutherland

Key clients

Tradebe Group

Marlborough Fund Managers (part of UFC Fund Management Plc)

NorthEdge Capital


Boels Rental

Visiativ SA


NVM Private Equity

Brother International Europe


Williamson-Dickie Europe

M&I Materials

EM&I group of companies


David Luke



SMG (UK) Limited

Packaging Automation

Seven Bro7hers Brewery

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

The 'first class' Jane Shaw leads the private client team at Pannone Corporate LLP, which advises mid- and high-net-worth individuals on structuring wealth and estates and succession planning, including tax efficient wills, trusts and family investment companies. Shaw frequently acts for high value clients and families, and also specialises in advising non-domiciled clients on IHT planning and mitigation.

Practice head(s):

Jane Shaw


‘Jane Shaw is first class. She gives practical, proactive advice on complex problems, and is totally solutions driven.’  

‘Jane Shaw is an expert in her field.’

‘Jane Shaw is extremely knowledgeable.’

Property litigation Tier 3

Pannone Corporate LLP is regularly instructed in cases across the retail, development and telecoms sectors. It acts for local, national and high-net-worth individual clients on lease renewals and termination, residential and commercial possession, forfeiture lease covenants, dilapidations, service charges, rent review, rent arrears, insolvency, consents, development issues and telecoms disputes, and is also engaged on disputes involving termination procedures, trespass, professional negligence protest, boundary issues and CPOs. Department head David Brown is 'excellent' and director Gemma Staples, who recently joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, is also singled out for praise.

Practice head(s):

David Brown

Other key lawyers:


The team is an agile, well-regarded and fast-growing recent entrant in this market

Gemma Staples has masses of experience, especially on commercial property litigation matters

Gemma Staples brings real confidence, organisation and dynamism to large and difficult cases; and she is also very good at managing a legal team efficiently

David Brown is an outstanding partner with a wealth of property litigation experience; he is a good judge of character and uses this to good effect

Key clients

Diamond Resorts Group


Manchester Central Convention Centre

Manchester City Council

Peel Media

Revolution Bars

Slicker Recycling

Transport for Greater Manchester

Tradebe Management

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Planning and environment Tier 4

The regulatory team at Pannone Corporate LLP is active across waste, water pollution, environmental permitting breaches and breach of planning obligations mandates. Associate partner Rhian Greaves, who recently joined from Clyde & Co LLP, handles contentious environmental matters and has expertise across waste management, water pollution, noise complaints and  asbestos management. Consultant Tristan Meears-White and director Bill Dunkerley, who joined in 2019 from Keoghs LLP, are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Rhian Greaves

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

Pannone Corporate LLP is experienced in property matters across the retail, leisure, logistics, industrial and student accommodation sectors. The team is instructed on a number of residential and commercial development matters and also handles commercial investment and financing work. The team also offers residential conveyancing advice and is instructed by a number of high-net-worth individuals. James Wynne heads the team.

Practice head(s):

James Wynne

Other key lawyers:

Garry King; Gareth Birch

Key clients

Mersten Holdings

Alternative Futures Group

Revolution Bars Group

Junkyard Golf Club

Oliver James Associates

Manchester Central Convention Centre

Bunny Jacksons Juke Joints

Stockport Homes Limited

Cartwheel Lettings (Middleton)

GTV (Crowley)

G2V Recruitment

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

Pannone Corporate LLP handles a full range of corporate recovery and insolvency work, and advises on administrations, liquidations, voluntary arrangements and bankruptcy, as well as general restructuring mandates. It counts a number of regional insolvency practitioners as clients. Personal insolvency, compulsory liquidation and investigatory insolvency work are key areas of expertise, as is local government recovery work. Dermot Preston heads the team and associate partner Daniel Clarke are noted.

Practice head(s):

Dermot Preston

Other key lawyers:


The team offers longstanding experience in insolvency and corporate recovery matters

Key clients

Duff & Phelps

Leonard Curtis


Kay Johnson Gee


Grant Thornton


Beever & Struthers

Focus Insolvency



Manchester City Council



Construction Tier 6

Pannone Corporate LLP is active across transactional construction mandates and it also handles disputes in the sector. The team stands out for its public sector expertise where it handles transport and infrastructure projects. It is also experienced in the mechanical, electrical engineering and facilities management sectors. Director Emma Judge, who joined in 2018 from Turner Parkinson LLP, heads the team. Gareth Jessop has retired.

Practice head(s):

Emma Judge


‘Emma Judge is passionate and committed with an eye for detail; she works tirelessly to win and you want her on your side.’

Key clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

Mercury Engineering (Northern Ireland)

NG Bailey Group of Companies

Sibelco UK

Geobear Commercial (previously Uretek)

Geobear Infrastructure  (previously Uretek)

Anderton & Kitchen (Civil Engineers)

Iceland Foods

Coolair Equipment

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking Steven Grant 0161 393 9057
Commercial (including intellectual property, IT and e-commerce) Amy Chandler 0161 393 9071
Construction Emma Judge 0161 393 9088
Corporate Steven Grant 0161 393 9057
Corporate recovery & restructuring Dermot Preston 0161 393 9085
Debt Recovery Karl Williams 0161 393 9028
Dispute resolution Paul Jonson 0161 393 9035
Employment Jack Harrington 0161 393 9050
Real Estate James Wynne 0161 393 9090
Real estate litigation David Brown 0161 393 9030
Regulatory Regulatory 0161 393 9072
Photo Name Position Profile
 Danielle Amor  photo Danielle Amor
 Jane Shaw (Lee)  photo Jane Shaw (Lee)
 Gemma Staples photo Gemma Staples
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Partners : 14
Assistant solicitors : 26
Other fee earners : 14
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