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Clarke Willmott LLP

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP 's "responsive and engaging" team handles M&A for acquisitive clients, disposal for equity investors and management teams, cross-border transactions and also commercial contracts. Clients include SMEs, IFA groups, lenders, brokers and financial intermediaries. Recently the firm has seen an increasing number of instructions in the healthcare sector, particularly in dentistry. Ed Foulkes heads the team. Matthew Dootson joined as associate from an in-house position at IMH Group.

Practice head(s):Ed Foulkes

Other key lawyers:Matthew Dootson; Helen Tse; Susan Hall


Responsive and engaging service by lawyers who want to deliver solutions that work commercially’.

Ed Foulkes continues to provide strong leadership and is at the forefront of a team that is more adept and consistent in delivery than many big firms in the city’.

Key Clients

Andy Scott / REL

Rayner Spencer Mills Research Limited

Astute Holdings Limited

Fluid Trust PLC

Northern Provident Investments Limited

Growth Capital Group

GYR Financial Consulting Limited

ME Group

MWA Holdings Limited

Ergowealth Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the buyer in the acquisition of shares in Bison Transport, a multiple-award winning Canadian transport company.
  • Represented the sellers in a share sale of a leading IT consultancy and expert witness business.
  • Received multiple instructions for Astute Holdings including as seller in the sale and purchase of assets in an Independent Financial Advisory practice.
  • Represented Fluid Trust on a UK mini-bond.
  • Acted for multiple founding investors in GCI Group in relation to the company's reorganisation and investment from a private equity firm.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 6

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP's Manchester practice is led by commercial and private client litigator John Flint, who has expertise in shareholder disputes, complex contractual disputes and defamation, among other areas. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, owners, directors and shareholders of plcs, medium and small businesses and major financial institutions. The north west team work in tandem with the national firm's other bases in Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton.

Practice head(s):John Flint

Key Clients

The National Union of Mineworkers

Leisuresec plc

USL Consultants Limited

Fieldside Business Support Limited

Richard Wales

Andy Scott/REL Capital Limited

Capital Growth Group Limited

Patricia and Derek Smith

Daisy Street Limited

Wessex Investment Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised The National Union of Mineworkers on a claim against Organisation International Energie Mines (aka IEMO) relating to alleged breach of an agreement to repay to NUM funds recovered by IEMO in a long-running legal battle against a former senior executive of NUM.
  • Representing Fieldside Business Support Limited in respect of unpaid invoices under asbestos consultancy service contracts with The Co-operative Group.
  • Acting for an IFA in a complex and high value dispute against Norland Managed Services Limited (now part of CBRE Group) and Friends Life Pensions.
  • Advising Leisuresec in relation to a proposed injunction application, High Court claim for damages and cross claim for breach of contract.
  • Advising Fieldside Business Support Limited on a claim against Asda following the termination of a national services contract for the provision of construction design and management services.

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP is instructed across a raft of contentious and non-contentious matters involving both personal and corporate insolvency. The team is experienced in technically complex cases often with a cross-border element; and regularly handles complex antecedent transactions and procedural applications.  It counts banks and other financiers, insolvency practitioners, individuals, businesses, directors, stakeholders and creditors as clients. Chris Keane  leads the team.

Practice head(s):Chris Keane

Other key lawyers:Rachael Bentley


A very able team with good experience

Key Clients

Grant Thornton

CVR Global

Leonard Curtis Business Recovery

Duff & Phelps



FRP Advisory

Harper McLeod

Work highlights

  • Advised Duff & Phelps on the administration of a national chain of care homes for disadvantaged children.  
  • Acted for the Slaters group of companies on a restructure of the group.  
  • Advised CVR Global on a range of matters involving the liquidation of The Interiors Group.    
  • Advised Leonard Curtis Business Recovery as administrators of The Stockley Farm Partnership.
  • Advised Kettlebell Kitchen on the purchase of the business and assets of Soulmate Food out of administration.

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP

At Clarke Willmott LLP, the team run by the 'bright and tenacious' Emma Hamnett is adept at dealing with business protection matters, injunctions and complex High Court case. The department has recently been very active in advising on the enforcement of restrictive covenants, as well as the defending of breaches, particularly in the financial services and recruitment sectors, acting for medium-sized employers and senior executives.

Practice head(s):Emma Hamnett


'Outstanding quality in depth - clients are realising they can obtain cost-effective solutions with very high quality lawyers.'

'Emma Hamnett is bright, tenacious and excellent with clients. Through a mix of her legal knowledge, judgrment and commerciality, she repeatedly gets results - whether by settlement or in court - that other lawyers simply never would. She has a loyal and unsurprising growing following, not just in the North West but also from other regions.'

Key Clients

Bauer Radio

Talent International

Square 1 Products Limited

Independent Port Handling Authority Limited

NVC Lighting Limited

Panmure Gordon & Co

Ruskin Properties Limited

Abt Associates Ltd

Calbee (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended three individual defendants in a High Court Claim for conspiracy which has now been appealed to the Court of Appeal.
  • Represented long-standing national client Bauer Radio Limited in a claim in the Glasgow Employment Tribunal for employment status, unpaid holiday,  unfair dismissal and whistleblowing brought by a former radio presenter.
  • Representing distribution company Fast Despatch Transport Limited in multiple claims across the UK for worker status and unpaid holiday pay and wages.
  • Instructed to advise Panmure Gordon and a new senior corporate banker in respect of a dispute with a new recruit whose former employer was alleging that Panmure Gordon had induced a former employee to breach his employment contract.

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North West: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP works with a diverse range of high-net-worth clients, handling complex matters relating to divorce and wealth protection, as well as issues regarding family business arrangements. The firm also has expertise in private law children matters. Chris Longbottom 'leads the team with experience and authority'.

Practice head(s):Chris Longbottom


'The people I have dealt with have been extremely friendly, helpful and understanding of my situation.'

They make dealing with legal issues easy with their easy-to-understand approach

'Chris Longbottom is very approachable and personable.'

'The family law team invest in every single client -  they make you feel like you're the only client that matters'

'Chris Longbottom is extremely knowledgeable about his sector of expertise, particularly in divorce law. He finds it easy to identify with clients and uses his previous case experience well to outline to clients how he can add value.'

'Chris Longbottom leads the team with experience and authority. He has an excellent relationship with his clients and the service he provides goes above and beyond in terms of the support and dedication he offers to clients.'

'Emily Barcilon is a rising star. She has a clear eye for detail and adopts a thorough approach to case preparation. This, teamed with her calm and personable demeanour makes her an excellent choice for family clients. '

'Chris Longbottom is a well-known, highly experienced family lawyer.'

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP

The team at Clarke Willmott LLP, whose 'breadth of knowledge is second to none', is very experienced in advising on general succession issues and inheritance tax and asset protection planning for business owners, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth families. With the recent acquisition of a three-strong team from DWF, the firm now boasts the expertise of 'fiercely intelligent' Paul Davies as its new practice head, alongside 'technically astute' senior associate Nicola Walker and the 'excellent' Emma Collins.

Practice head(s):Paul Davies

Other key lawyers:Nicola Walker; Emma Collins


'Paul Davies' technical expertise is exceptional.'

'Nicola Walker is exceptional in her attention to clients.'

'Emma Collins is excellent.'

'This is one of the only private client teams in Manchester with charisma and personality; as well as being both highly professional, efficient and client-focused.'

'The breadth of knowledge within the team is second to none, notably on tax matters where they are by far and away the most capable and credible at handling complex matters for families.'  

'Paul Davies is fiercely intelligent.'

'Nicola Walker is approachable and technically astute and a stand out individual within an already impressive Clarke Willmott practice.'

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North West: Real estate

Construction - ranked: tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP's construction offering has been significantly bolstered by the arrival of department head James Driver and a team which includes consultant David Lorenzo , from Freeths LLP. The team stands out for its niche experience in acting for large, Spanish EPC contractors on projects in the UK and overseas and it is developing a broader practice in advising EPC contractors. The firm is experienced in energy and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):Priscilla Hall (London); James Driver

Key Clients

SACYR – a multi-national infrastructure and services company based in Spain


Styles & Wood Group


Orona Group

John Turner Construction Group



Gleeds Iberica


Pulse Gyms

Work highlights

  • Represented Boultbee LDN (Marylebone) on an injunction and part 8 claim, which has been reported.
  • Advised Dentix on the acquisition and development of numerous new sites for new dental clinics in the UK.
  • Advised Gleeds Iberica on various construction projects in Spain.
  • Advises Styles & Wood and its subsidiaries on construction projects in the UK.
  • Defended Trokel on a £7m claim brought by Stadco, an international supplier of automotive body products and services. Trokel is also pursuing a £2m counterclaim.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP stands out for its housing management practice where it acts for numerous registered providers. It is noted for its expertise across anti-social behaviour, possession, policy and fraud issues. It advises on tenancy agreements, and it handles tenancy and leasehold disputes and complex disrepair claims. National housing management head Lindsay Felstead, who is national head of housing management, is singled out for praise.

Practice head(s):Lindsay Felstead


Lindsay Felstead takes the time to understand her clients' needs and the way in which they work

Lindsay Felstead is able to communicate her advice in a clear, straight-forward manner

They team displays excellent knowledge and advice in case management

Key Clients

Regenda Homes

One Manchester

South Liverpool Homes

Halton Housing Trust

Trent & Dove

Housing Plus


Stafford & Rural Homes

Staffordshire Housing

PA Housing

Work highlights

  • Represented Plus Dane to obtain an outright order for possession against notorious tenants who had engaged in serious anti-social behaviour.
  • Obtained a possession order against trespasser whose mother (tenant) had gone into a care home.
  • Advised on a review of policy and procedure on right to buy.
  • Represented Trent and Dove to secure injunctions on a without notice basis against three youths and three adults following continued anti-social behaviour and a reported assault.  
  • Represented South Staffordshire HA in obtaining an injunction order, including an exclusion from home and power of arrest, against a tenant who had threatened a neighbour with a knife.
Next Generation Partners

Lindsay Felstead - Clarke Willmott LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP advises clients on data protection, data security issues, GDPR, major ICT acquisitions, technology disputes and IP issues. Other areas of expertise include IT, technology and software contracts. The firm has a particular focus on fintech and telecoms clients. Susan Hall - who 'has unrivalled legal knowledge and experience' - heads up the team.

Practice head(s):Susan Hall

Other key lawyers:Andrew Stone


They have unrivalled legal and technical experience and can go toe-to-toe with the big London names’.

Susan Hall has unrivalled legal knowledge and experience together with a real technical acumen and great client manner’.

Andrew Stone is a great technician’.

Key Clients

The Berkeley Group plc

wejo Limited

Informed Solutions Limited

Denis Ferranti Meters Limited

MiX Telematics Europe Limited

Meetoo Limited

Orona Limited

Quantuma LLP

Xpertrule Limited

Allegion (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing advice to the Berkeley Group in relation to its ongoing programme of technology refresh and replacement..
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts with suppliers and purchasers of data for car data company wejo.
  • Advised Informed Solutions Limited on data protection, issues related to GDPR in the context of public sector business and on contracts with government departments and NGOs.
  • Assisted Lumi Technologies Limited on egotiating terms of business and GDPR related issues.
  • Provided GDPR advice to LiveWest including on document retention, data sharing agreements, fair processing and appropriate notices to give to users.
Leading individuals

Susan Hall - Clarke Willmott LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP

National firm Clarke Willmott LLP has a focus on international clients, which it advises in tandem with its network of correspondent law firms around the world, handling matters relating to anti-counterfeiting and enforcement. The firm represents a plethora of blue-chip international clients with a particular focus on the technology sector. The 'exceptional' Roy Crozier leads the team, which clients say 'can go toe-to-toe with the top London firms in IP litigation'. Senior associate Andrew Stone has experience of complex litigation and is also recommended. The firm also has a substantial trade mark filings practice.

Practice head(s):Roy Crozier

Other key lawyers:Andrew Stone; Susan Hall 


Top quality regional intellectual property expertise’.

Roy Crozier and his team are based in Manchester, but have shown that they can go toe-to-toe with the top London firms in IP litigation’.

Andrew Stone is an excellent senior associate, who manages litigation efficiently and impressively’.

Roy Crozier is an exceptional IP lawyer. His knowledge is second to none and the perfect choice for any litigation’.

Andrew Stone’s attention to detail is fantastic, his advice is always sound and he also understands business needs’.

Andrew has successfully litigated on our behalf and also represented us in court, he is a highly qualified individual who I would highly recommend’.

The team is highly knowledgeable and bat well above their weight, they can handle any size of litigation and take on any size of firm’.

Roy Crozier is a clear-headed group leader, he is a straightforward lawyer who gets to the heart of the matter’.

Key Clients

Fred Perry

Heritage Audio

Ugg Australia

Otter Products, LLC (OtterBox) and owner of TreeFrog Developments, Inc. (LifeProof)




PUIG Group




Work highlights

  • Advised on complicated claim for Quest International (UK) Limited and David Hallam, arising from a brief joint venture between the claimants and a group of companies now trading under the name Novaerus.
  • Advised Heritage Audio and Pedro Rodriguez Arribas on a case involving a jurisdiction challenge in a UK and EU trade mark and passing off dispute.
  • Acted for BaByliss in patent infringement and design right case against Philips.
  • Representing Clear Prospects Limited and Michael Robinson in patent and trade mark infringement and passing off action brought in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
  • Acting for Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, Jean Paul Gaultier and Paco Rabanne in relation to customs enforcement.
Leading individuals

Roy Crozier - Clarke Willmott LLP

Rising stars

Andrew Stone - Clarke Willmott LLP

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