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Clyde & Co LLP

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North West

Transport - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP¬†represents clients in the marine, aviation and insurance sectors. Areas of expertise include cargo claims, international logistics, warehousing, defence of transport liability claims, yacht claims and recoveries, ports and marina incidents and marine insurance. The team also benefits from the firm's 'great international network of correspondent lawyers', as well as its¬†in-house recoveries service in Manchester. ‚ÄėTrusted legal adviser‚Äô Emma Rice¬†heads up the firm's marine department in Manchester and was promoted to equity partner in 2018.

Practice head(s):Emma Rice; Andrew Nicholas; Robert Muttock; Craig Rooney; Mark Hemsted; Chris Murray

Other key lawyers:Liz Watton; Mike Farrell


Clyde & Co has built a strong and sizeable team in the Manchester office, which is great for clients as there is support at all levels’.

They have a great international network of correspondent lawyers if overseas advice is required’.

Emma Rice ensures that all cases are dealt with by the right solicitors with the appropriate level of experience and expertise’.

Emma Rice is pragmatic when it comes to managing costs, and her work is always of a very high standard’.

Mike Farrell is very pragmatic and commercial; very knowledgeable; very approachable’.

Next Generation Partners

Emma Rice - Clyde & Co LLP

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North West: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP¬†is praised for its ‚Äėcustomer focus and understanding‚Äô as well as its ‚Äėin-depth knowledge and experience‚Äô. The team, which acts for both insurer and corporate clients, is led by¬†Chris Morrison, who is described as 'the best lawyer in this field'.¬†Rod Hunt¬†is sought after by clients in the energy, construction and manufacturing sectors, while legal director Mark Brookes¬†handles work relating to fatalities, corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter, advising blue chip clients, SMEs and individuals in the retail, agricultural, manufacturing and construction space. Legal director Nathan Buckley¬†regularly undertakes his own advocacy before the Magistrates' Courts and the Coroner's Courts.

Practice head(s):Chris Morrison

Other key lawyers:Steven North; Rod Hunt; Mark Brookes; Nathan Buckley


'The team is second to none - they work extremely hard for their clients. They provide honest, reliable and timely advice and always, always work in their client's best interests.'

'The team are incredibly personable and approachable; they can deliver detailed, practical advice in a human and caring manner. Their attention to detail is second to none, and they have tremendous strength in depth'.

'One of, if not the, best teams of health and safety lawyers, with strength in depth from partner to associate.'

'From the head of the unit - Chris Morrison - down to the most junior member, the team are aware of the important part they play in the team as a whole. Chris works tirelessly to make sure that he is doing all that he can to help his clients and the rest of the team follow his lead. It really is a pleasure to work with Chris and his team.'

'Chris Morrison is a valued partner for myself and our business. He balances knowledge with experience and empathy which is a unique combination, putting us at ease that our cases are in good hands. You can tell Chris genuinely cares about his business, his cases, his clients and most importantly his team which shines through in the team's dedication and delivery.'

'Nathan Buckley is a superb lawyer - he has unrivalled knowledge of the law; his attention to detail; ability to identify the crucial elements of a case and his professional and friendly approach make him my first choice.'

'From a regulatory perspective, Chris Morrison is the best lawyer in this field I have ever worked with. Chris and his team constantly surpass my expectations from a customer anticipation perspective.'

'Having Chris Morrison on the team means I never have to worry about the legal aspect.'

Key Clients

Sports Direct






Work highlights

  • Advised Martin Baker Aircraft Company Limited on a HSE prosecution arising from the death of a Red Arrows pilot in 2011 at RAF Scampton, when he was inadvertently ejected from his aircraft whilst stationary on the runway.
  • Representation of CEP Facades Ltd, a St Helens based (Merseyside) cladding fabricator in the ongoing Metropolitan Police investigation and the public Inquiry arising out of the Grenfell Tower fire of June 2017.
  • Instructed to represent Geof Van der Vliet, director of Petroleum Distribution (Jersey) Limited, following a serious fire at the company's premises in La Collette in May 2017.
Leading individuals

Chris Morrison - Clyde & Co LLP

Rod Hunt - Clyde & Co LLP

Rising stars

Steven North - Clyde & Co LLP

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North West: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

The personal injury defence team at Clyde & Co LLP is well known for delivering innovative solutions in cases involving the most serious injuries and providing strategic disease litigation. David Wynn predominantly deals with asbestos-related, carcinogenic and chemical poisoning claims for insurers and multinational companies, while Chris Murray focuses on complex personal injury litigation in respect of road traffic accidents, employers' and public liability. James Dadge and Peter Whitehead are also key names. Damien Rourke, who specialises in defeating fraudulent claims, relocated from the firm's London office to Manchester in late 2018.

Practice head(s):David Wynn; Peter Whitehead; Chris Murray; Mark Hemsted; Damien Rourke; Rob Muttock; Siobhan Mullins

Other key lawyers:James Dadge; Judith Martin; Kate Duffy; Chris Eccles


'Mark Hemsted and his team provides valuable support with our motor personal injury defendant litigation work. Clyde & Co are utilised to support our business in view of their extensive knowledge of the motor injury claims legal environment.'

'Mark Hemsted has an in-depth understanding of our business and our commercial requirements. He provides our claims management team and case handlers with both a professional and personal support across a wide range of subjects.'

'Chris Murray is a great force behind the team. Kate Duffy is also an excellent tactician and a great leader.'

'Working with Clyde & Co is a very positive experience. Clyde & Co have a team which consistently strong. When something crops up outside their field they can pull in other resources from elsewhere in the firm, both efficiently and swiftly and in a way which is unparalleled in my experience.'

'Chris Murray has a relaxed but professional manner which makes him easy to work with. He has a knack for spotting the cases requiring investigation. He knows his cases well but delegates effectively and has respect for his team. His team is talented from the most junior trainee up. They get things done.'

Key Clients

Axa Insurance



Riverstone Insurance

Pro Insurance Solutions



InterEurope AG

Work highlights

  • Defending a claim for Pro Insurance Solutions that exposure to diesel fumes and ammonia had caused asthma.
  • Defending a high value fatal mesothelioma case for Resolute brought by relatives of a deceased former employee.
  • Helped NFU Mutual to secure the dismissal of a claim for a serious injury on a point of abuse of process.
  • Advised Catalina Re on a groundbreaking approach to chronic pain claim which saved 99% of the sum claimed.
Leading individuals

David Wynn - Clyde & Co LLP

James Dadge - Clyde & Co LLP

Rising stars

Chris Eccles - Clyde & Co LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

James Preece and Louisa Robbins lead Clyde & Co LLP's professional negligence department, which in the past year has seen an increase in instructions in the property sector relating to claims against solicitors and surveyors, as well as an uptick in the defence of claims against construction professionals. Disciplinary and regulatory work is another area of enhanced activity for the team. Senior associate Anne-Marie Morgan-Barrett is also recommended.

Practice head(s):James Preece; Louisa Robbins

Other key lawyers:Sam Godding; Anne-Marie Morgan-Barrett; Vicky Hardy


'The team at Clyde & Co has a unique blend of powerhouse intellects and those with an eye for detail and diligence beyond the call of duty. It is a fantastic blend which keeps clients happy and is a dream to work for and with.'

'Louisa Robbins is bright, effervescent, and with an output that would put two solicitors to shame, let alone one. She is liked by everyone who has dealings with her, and is at the very top of her field. If she cannot crack a case, it is uncrackable.'

'James Preece is a seriously bright man, with a great feel for strategy and the nuance of difficult cases. He is also extremely personable, and a great favourite with insurers and clients alike.'

'A great team, highly skilled and a top performer. Clyde & Co perform to the highest standards.'

Leading individuals

James Preece - Clyde & Co LLP

Louisa Robbins - Clyde & Co LLP

Rising stars

Anne-Marie Morgan-Barrett - Clyde & Co LLP

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North West: Real estate

Construction - ranked: tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP offers specialist construction advice for a range of industry players; it advises employers, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants on contracts, project delivery and disputes. The education, healthcare and energy sectors are key focuses for the team which is headed by Steven Cannon, who is noted for his contentious expertise. Legal director Lucy Frith specialises in construction and engineering disputes, and has particular expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Consultant Julie Morrissy handles contentious and non-contentious work for public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):Steven Cannon

Other key lawyers:Lucy Frith; Julie Morrisy


'Steven Cannon is an excellent construction litigator and provides extremely user-friendly, tactical advice and direction.'

'It is a highly competent team which is able to present complex legal matters in an easily understandable and concise way.'

'Lucy Frith is a particularly impressive member of the team; her energy and passion for her particular area of practice is an impressive character trait.'

Leading individuals

Steven Cannon - Clyde & Co LLP

Rising stars

Lucy Frith - Clyde & Co LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's 'fantastic environment team' is engaged on the full range of environmental work and stands out for its expertise in environmental crime, where the team advises on Environment Agency and local authority investigations, prosecutions, and enforcement actions. The team is regularly engaged by corporate clients and insurers. Former Environment Agency prosecutor Rod Hunt has 'valuable expertise' and heads the team. Chris Morrison leads the safety, security, health and environmental regulatory group and senior associate Anna Willetts handles environmental criminal defence work.

Practice head(s):Rod Hunt

Other key lawyers:Chris Morrison; Anna Willetts


'Anna Willetts is able to combine her technical knowledge with legal advice; she is personal with clients and ensures they receive good client care; and clients flock to her because her reputation is highly regarded in the market place; a no nonsense lawyer who gets the job done.'

'Rod Hunt is a fantastic environmental specialist who provides clear, well explained advice that is easy for site teams to implement.'

Key Clients

AXA Insurance


Work highlights

  • Representing a FTSE-listed company in relation to investigations into numerous breaches of its discharge consent.
  • Representing a company under investigation for allegedly discharging chemicals into the ground.
  • Successfully representing a composting business in an Environment Agency (EA) investigation.
  • Advising a leading food manufacturer in relation to an Environment Agency prosecution regarding an alleged illegal water discharge activity.
  • Represented a quarry operator which was investigated by the Environment Agency for four years on suspicion of illegally depositing waste at its colliery site.
Leading individuals

Rod Hunt - Clyde & Co LLP

Rising stars

Anna Willetts - Clyde & Co LLP

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