Firm Profile > Clyde & Co LLP > Manchester, England

Clyde & Co LLP
M2 2JT

Health and safety Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP is praised for its ‘customer focus and understanding’ as well as its ‘in-depth knowledge and experience’. 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.


‘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






Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

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.


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

Professional negligence Tier 1

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.


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.

Planning and environment Tier 2

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.

Leading individuals

Rising stars


‘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


Transport Tier 2

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. ‘Trusted legal adviserEmma Rice heads up the firm's marine department in Manchester and was promoted to equity partner in 2018.

Next Generation Partners


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’.

Construction Tier 4

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.

Leading individuals

Rising stars


‘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.’

The firm: Clyde & Co is a leading, sector-focused global law firm with 440 partners, 1,800 lawyers, 2,500 legal professionals, and 4,000 staff in over 50 offices and associated offices worldwide. The firm specialises in the sectors that move, build and power our connected world and the insurance that underpins it, including: transport, infrastructure, energy, trade & commodities and insurance. With a strong focus on developed and emerging markets, the firm has achieved compound average annual revenue growth of 15% over the last ten years, making it one of the fastest-growing law firms in the world with ambitious plans for further growth.

Sectors: The firm hires the best people in its chosen core sectors – genuine specialists. This combination of sector expertise and legal excellence allows the firm to provide the most innovative and commercial solutions to clients. The firm’s long history of working with the world’s insurance markets has led Clyde & Co into advising on the many facets of its core sectors. These include trade and commodities, insurance, transport, infrastructure and energy. Its strategic aim is to be the best and most complete provider of legal services to businesses engaged in these core sectors. As patterns of global trade have shifted, the firm has actively invested in its international network to meet the evolving needs of clients and has always been an early mover into key hubs of international commerce, as demonstrated by its offices and associate offices. Mirroring clients across the spread of their operations, the firm views the world from the clients’ perspective, fully aware of their ambitions and mindful of the commercial realities of their markets. Clyde & Co’s reputation in disputes, and particularly international cross border disputes, is outstanding.

International work: The firm has the largest dispute resolution practice of any UK law firm and with its international spread it has become a specialist in international arbitration in both developed forum and emerging market centres. Clyde & Co has a significant US and Canadian trial capability; a specialisation in financial institutions, shareholder and other commercial disputes; as well as deep experience of bilateral treaty disputes. The firm specialises in assisting businesses when they enter, operate and grow in emerging markets, helping them access funding and transact in the world’s capital markets. The firm has one of the largest dedicated global corporate practices based in London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The commercial team has a particular focus on IP, franchising, technology and outsourcing. Clyde & Co also has one of the largest employment practices of any City law firm, and has dedicated employment expertise across its entire international network.

Key facts:
•One of the top ten largest firms in the City of London and 60 globally
•Over 4,000 staff in over 50 offices worldwide
•Senior Partner: Simon Konsta
•Number of partners: 440
•Number of fee-earners : 1,800 lawyers, 2,500 legal professionals
•Market Leader in MENA and other emerging markets
•Doubled in size twice over the last ten years
•The largest dispute resolution practice of any UK law firm
•Unrivalled in-depth sector focus and expertise across both contentious and transactional disciplines in its core and related sectors
•The highest concentration of leading practitioners of any insurance law firm
•One of the largest employment and pensions practices of any City law firm

International offices:  Over 50 offices and associated offices on six continents

Atlanta, Caracas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, San Francisco, São Paulo, Toronto, Washington DC

Asia Pacific
Auckland*, Beijing, Brisbane, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur*, Melbourne, New Delhi*, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Ulaanbaatar*

Aberdeen, Bristol, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guildford, Hamburg, Leeds, London, Madrid, Manchester, Nantes, Newcastle, Oxford, Paris

Middle East and Africa
Abu Dhabi, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Doha, Dubai, Johannesburg, Muscat*, Riyadh

*Associated offices

UK Office details:

Silver Fin Building, Orega, Office 106, 455 Union Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6DB, United Kingdom
T +44 (0)1224 624 924F +44 (0) 1224 626 590

10 Victoria St, Bristol, BS1 6BN, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 117 313 5600

28-32 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
T +353 (1) 234 2515

EH1 3QR, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 131 557 1545F +44 (0) 131 525 8651

144 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2HG, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 141 248 2666F +44 (0) 141 248 9590

1 Stoke Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4HW, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 20 7876 5000F +44 (0) 20 7876 5120

5th Floor, 2 Wellington Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AP, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 113 234 1775F +44 (0) 113 318 8718

St Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AR, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 20 7876 5000F +44 (0) 20 7876 5111

Royal Exchange Building, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7EF, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 161 829 6400 F +44 (0) 161 829 6401

Central Square South, Orchard Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3AZ, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 191 249 5400

3140 Rowan Place, Oxford Business Park South, Oxford, OX4 2WB, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 1865 336 600F +44 (0) 1865 336 611

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation Maria Cetta
Aviation David Willcox
Aviation finance Mark Bisset
Clinical negligence and healthcare Kevin Bitmead
Clinical negligence and healthcare Claire Petts
Commercial Nick Purnell
Commercial Mark Williamson
Commercial litigation Chris Burdett
Commercial litigation Neil Jamieson
Commodities Marko Kraljevic
Commodities Michael Swangard
Commodities John Whittaker
Competition John Milligan
Construction and infrastructure Liz Jenkins
Construction and infrastructure John Morris
Corporate finance Gary Thorpe
Corporate finance Mike Wachtel
Corporate insurance Stephen Browning
Corporate insurance Ivor Edwards
Corporate insurance Andrew Holderness
Employment, pensions and immigration Jonathan Chaimovic
Employment, pensions and immigration Rob Hill
Employment, pensions and immigration Mark Howard
Energy and natural resources David Bennet
Energy and natural resources Mike Wachtel
Finance Chris Lenton
Finance Andrew Foster
Fraud James Dadge
Health, safety and environment David Leckie
Health, safety and environment Chris Morrison
Insolvency and reorganisation Andrew Foster
Insurance Simon Konsta
Insurance James Cooper
International arbitration Ben Knowles
International arbitration John Whittaker
International arbitration Maurice Kenton
Mediation Jane Andrewartha
Personal injury Kevin Bitmead
Personal injury James Dadge
Personal injury Peter Walmsley
Police and emergency services Hugh Mullins
Police and emergency services Siobhan Mullins
Product liability Neil Beresford
Product liability Ian Plumley
Professional negligence Sarah Clover
Professional negligence Richard Harrison
Professional negligence Simon Konsta
Public international law John Whittaker
Rail Victor Rae-Reeves
Real estate and planning Ian Ginbey
Real estate and planning Robert Pilcher
Real estate and planning Graeme Taylor
Regulatory Andrew Holderness
Reinsurance Nigel Brook
Retail David Wyatt
Shipping finance Paul Turner
Shipping Simon Culhane
Photo Name Position Profile
 James Dadge  photo James Dadge
 Mark Hemsted  photo Mark Hemsted
 Rod Hunt  photo Rod Hunt
 Chris Morrison  photo Chris Morrison
 James Preece  photo James Preece
 Peter Walmsley  photo Peter Walmsley
 Peter Whitehead  photo Peter Whitehead
 David Wynn  photo David Wynn