Clyde & Co > Manchester, England > Firm Profile

Clyde & Co
2 New Bailey Square
Stanley Street, Salford
M3 5GS
England

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP receives instructions from major insurers and household name corporate clients on health and safety matters, including on contentious and non-contentious issues. In 2020, the practice provided advice on compliance with COVID-19 regulations, carried out due diligence on the health and safety aspects of transactions, and helped clients in responding to investigations of serious incidents. Manchester-based Chris Morrison leads the firm’s national Health, Safety and Environmental Regulatory practice; his broad practice covers training as well as advising clients from the investigative stage through to posisble prosecutions. Rod Hunt and Mark Brookes are also recommended. The team was significantly strengthened in July 2022 by the firm’s merger with BLM. The ex-BLM team has a track record of guiding companies through the full process from investigations to prosecutions and inquests. Key names include Helen Devery, Sally Hancock and Michelle Flint; Hancock is particularly active in advising clients from the construction, manufacturing and engineering sectors, while Flint stands out for her expertise in cases involving prisons, such as deaths in prison or policy custody. Lucy Ryder is also heavily involved in this area, and Natalie Puce, Nick Gianferrari and David Rainey are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Chris Morrison

Testimonials

‘Chris Morrison is truly a leader in this field. Stellar client list, great judgement and a proper tough defence solicitor not afraid to take on the prosecution but able to compromise when in the best interests of the client. Mark Brookes is conscientious and an incredibly hard working solicitor who gives his clients 100% at all times. Fearless and highly successful with the results he achieves in apparently difficult cases. Other staff have always impressed me.’

‘Chris Morrison is the partner with oversight of the HSE work at Clyde & Co. He has one of the canniest business brains you will find anywhere in the UK and is a real thought leader on developing issues in the industry and the profession’.

Mark Brookes is a phenomenal lawyer. He knows the law extremely well and researches the more esoteric points thoroughly, he has a great rapport with his clients and knows his cases inside out and back to front. Formidable.’

‘Chris Morrison and his talented team are responsive, pragmatic and talk in plain English. They provide a free H&S helpline and only charge if a matter is created – a real godsend for our H&S people. They’ve provided excellent training to our H&S team, including a new course that we created based on practical examples from their experience, awarding lego to the winner! Like most in-house teams, H&S and the associated criminal regime is not something that we have expertise in. The team at Clydes have been a real joy to work with and they have invested time in upskilling us. ’

‘Chris Morrison is a true leader in his field. He uses his years of experience to take a pragmatic approach and he explains it all in plain English. He has my total confidence and respect, and is a joy to work with. ’

‘David Rainey has excellent judgement, superbly prepared and gets excellent results. Nick Gianferrari has brilliant client handling skills and great judgement – a real asset.’

‘Lucy Ryder has vast and probably unrivalled knowledge of the sector. Huge brain and an astute tactician. Leads by example and clients love her. Michelle Flint is probably the hardest working solicitor in Manchester. Enormous experience and an absolute delight to work with.’

‘David Rainey is a great strategist and tactician who has a meticulous eye for detail. Sally Hancock manages her cases extremely well. She understands the wider needs and concerns of her clients. She quickly earns the trust and respect of individuals involved in the case. Nick Gianferrari is calm and collected as he guides his clients through the most difficult and sensitive cases.’

Key clients

Airbus

Beaufort Maintenance Ltd

Natwest/RBS

RSA

AXA

Aviva

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Clyde & Co LLP fields strong teams in both clinical negligence and personal injury defence. On the personal injury side, the casualty team has significant strengths in industrial disease, catastrophic injury and road traffic accident claims. David Wynn heads the legacy and industrial team, Chris Murray the catastrophic injury team and Mark Hemsted the motor team. Other sub-groups encompassing fraud, costs, local authority and credit hire cases are led by Damian Rourke, Robert Muttock, Siobhan Mullins and Mel Mooney respectively. Chris Eccles and James Dadge are also noted. Vanessa Splaine now heads the Manchester clinical negligence practice after joining from Weightmans LLP in mid-2020; she is supported by a number of other recent recruits, including senior associate Beverley Smith. The team focuses on complex cases involving brain injuries in newborns and adults, claims involving serious spinal injuries and cases involving the delayed diagnosis of cancer. The practice was strengthened by the firm’s recent merger with BLM; its work includes claims alleging delay in diagnosis of cancer, surgical claims, wrongful birth, and brain and spinal injury claims. Manchester-based Sarah Woodwark is a clinical negligence expert, leading matters involving opthalmic treatments, cosmetic procedures and dental claims, where Chris Dexter is also prominent. Jonathan Clay and Stuart Furniss specialise in personal injury, with a uniformly strong offering across occupational illness and disease, catastrophic injury, abuse, employers’ and public liability and motor claims. Ruth Graham, Andrew Kerr and David Spencer are all noted, as is associate Nicola Overmire.

Practice head(s):

David Wynn; Chris Murray; Mark Hemsted; Damian Rourke; Robert Muttock; Siobhan Mullins; Mel Mooney; Vanessa Splaine

Testimonials

‘Vanessa Splaine is a stand-out lawyer with vast experience of handling and supervising the most complex NHS claims. Exceptionally skilled at building relationships with all involved in a case, she is extremely popular for her combination of good humour and nerves of steel.’

‘Claire Petts is a tough and capable litigator with an excellent nose for the case to fight.’

‘Chris Murray: commercially very astute, providing exceptional client service; justly loved by his insurer clients.’

‘Siobhan Mullins is an outstanding individual. Her expertise and knowledge are complemented by her exceptional commitment to customer care.’

‘Kate Duffy has impressed for her humanity and her professionalism in dealing with complex life-changing injuries claims. Her communication skills and collaborative approach to identifying and narrowing issues in dispute make her stand out amongst her peers. She brings a perspective and understanding of the often complex issues in life changing injuries claims that secures the trust and confidence of those involved in the litigation on the other side. It should not be underestimated how important that is in resolving often difficult disputes.’

‘Neil Southern is on top of the detail, as well as having an excellent strategic view and understanding of what the insurer client is seeking to achieve.’

‘Chris Eccles is a thorough and effective lawyer who understands both what is achievable and what the client wants, and can sail that difficult course to maximise outcomes.’

‘Judith Martin is an expert in difficult matters of work-related stress, abuse and bullying and harassment.  She is approachable and delivers on client expectations.’

Key clients

Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance

Medical Protection Society

RSA

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

NHS Resolution

MDDUS

Premium Medical Protection

Zurich

Chubb

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP defends a broad range of professionals, including lawyers, surveyors, financial professionals, engineers, architects and vets. The practice also advises clients in non-traditional and emerging professions, such as recruitment agents, patent attorneys, pest controllers and heating service companies. Louisa Robbins specialises in the defence of property professionals, notably surveyors and valuers; she jointly heads the team with James Preece, who regularly advises lawyers and their professional indemnity insurers in the defence of claims and disciplinary proceedings. The practice was boosted by the July 2022 merger with BLM, adding a team which represents professionals of all disciplines and is recognised as a specialist in professional indemnity litigation. It assists insurers with strategies to deal with multiple dwelling relief claims and buyer-funded development claims, handles claims relating to ground rent and also has extensive expertise handling fraud-related claims.

Practice head(s):

James Preece; Louisa Robbins

Other key lawyers:

Sam Godding; Anne-Marie Morgan-Barrett; Ben Parks; Iain Fraser

Testimonials

‘The Clyde & Co team in the North West is exceptional. The team leadership is second to none, and the supporting associates are excellent.’

‘James Preece is extraordinarily hard working, astute, commercially savvy and intelligent.’

‘Comprehensive engagement with clients so as to work tirelessly to understand every single aspect of the specific needs of each case.

‘Very active case management that encompasses a collaborative approach so that no opportunity exists for even the smallest detail to be overlooked and this has consistently resulted in the most robust case management I have been involved with.’

‘Exceptional legal expertise that translates into service delivery unparalleled in my experience with other legal practices’

‘Louisa Robbins is a credit to the firm – she is an approachable, professional and engaging partner. She has exceptional knowledge of her specialism and I have complete confidence in the quality of her work. She has worked with me in building a strategy from scratch and has always prioritised the needs of my business and my team first.’

‘Their highly competent team provides a perfect combination of technical legal analysis and a sensible commercial approach delivered in a personable way.’

‘James Preece has exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge and experience .’

North West > Transport Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP‘s sizeable footprint in the transport industry sees it undertake work in the marine, aviation, logistics and motor industries. Although contentious work forms the majority of the firm’s mandates, it is also increasingly instructed in non-contentious matters (particularly in the logistics arena). The team particularly stands out in the marine sector, where areas of expertise include disputes over collisions, cargo claims, yacht claims and recoveries, product liability and personal injury/fatal accidents. Elsewhere, in the logistics industry, the firm advises clients on matters connected with transportation, warehousing, and customs and excise, among other areas. Emma Rice leads the marine and international trade team, which includes senior associate Liz Watton. Robert Muttock is an expert in marine personal injury. Mark Hemsted and Craig Rooney manage the motor and aviation teams respectively. The practice was strengthened by the firm’s recent merger with BLM, which has a particular focus on contentious matters. The scope of its work in this space includes personal injury cases, commercial claims, regulatory prosecutions, public inquiries, inquests, fraud cases and health and safety matters; there is broad sector coverage too, with particular expertise in the coach, rail, tram, air and haulage sectors. Ruth Graham is noted and a key name.

Practice head(s):

Emma Rice; Robert Muttock; Mark Hemsted; Craig Rooney

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Outstanding team.’

Key clients

Holyhead Marina Ltd

Work highlights

  • Instructed to defend claims brought by more than 80 vessel owners and/or their insurers against Holyhead Marina Ltd, following the destruction of those vessels and Holyhead Marina during Storm Emma in March 2018.

Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP's international trade global practice group has 'deep sector knowledge combined with an ability to provide practical and agile solutions'. The firm has a stellar team of partners, which acts for clients in all of the world's major commodities markets, covering hard and soft commodities, as well as power and carbon trading. Marko Kraljevic, who leads the practice, focuses on complex international trade and energy-related disputes, while renowned expert Hatty Sumption predominantly handles cases involving oil, coal and metals trading. Eurof Lloyd-Lewis handles a broad spectrum of commodities, international trade, dry shipping, offshore and commercial litigation. Eleanor Coates frequently acts for national oil companies, oil majors, Japanese trading companies and leading international commodity traders; she has 'an incredible ability to quickly grasp complex matters and seamlessly provide practical and reliable advice'. Consultant Clare Hatcher is a longstanding adviser to the energy and trading sector, while veteran Michael Swangard and legal director Tara Smith have significant experience in arbitral forums such as LCIA, as well as before trade institutes such as GAFTA and FOSFA. Rachel Cropper-Mawer joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP in late 2020.

Practice head(s):

Marko Kraljevic

Other key lawyers:

Michael Swangard; Hatty Sumption; Eurof Lloyd-Lewis; Eleanor Coates; Alexander George; Rachel Cropper-Mawer

Testimonials

‘The team has deep sector knowledge combined with an ability to provide practical and agile solutions. When fast-moving (and often complex) disputes arise – we are very glad to have Clydes on our side.’

‘Eleanor Coates is an exceptional practitioner. She has an incredible ability to quickly grasp complex matters and seamlessly provide practical and reliable advice.’

‘My specific experience with Clyde and Co is in the oil space. The level of commercial understanding is outstanding, which both minimises the amount of time lost in explaining the specifics of the dispute but also improves the quality of the discussions.’

‘Hatty Sumption and associate Alexander George are a pleasure to work with. They efficiently digest the information and provide clarity with regards to the range of possible expected outcomes.’

‘From our experience, I can say that Clyde & Co is the go-to firm when you need a professional advice and legal assistance. They dedicate a lot of time for preparation and research, they use a variety of resources. All are very helpful and take a client-focused approach.

Key clients

Duferco

Ronly

Vitol

Freepoint Commodities

Liberty House Group

Louis Dreyfus

Stemcor

Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 1

Jane Andrewartha – Clyde & Co LLP  Specialising in high-value cross border disputes, Clyde & Co LLP‘s Jane Andrewartha is 'a highly experienced and well-regarded mediator, who is vigorous in challenging each party's position, but in a way which does not erode confidence in her and the process'. She stands out in the world of mediation as a leading UK mediator who also maintains a full private law practice; and is particularly experienced in insurance and reinsurance, as well as a wide range of the industries protected by (re)insurers, including financial services, marine, energy, aviation and construction. Andrewartha's substantial caseload of mediated disputes further includes agency, contractual, transport and technology matters.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 1

The ‘very hands-on‘ team at Clyde & Co LLP covers a wide range of professional disciplinary matters alongside the firm’s professional liability defence work; and the team’s sector expertise includes medical and healthcare, legal, accountancy, property, insurance and financial services, while particularly noted for its defence of professionals. The healthcare regulatory and disciplinary team, led by Claire Petts, represents healthcare practitioners facing investigations; Fergal Cathie acts for professionals in high-profile cases before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT); James Roberts heads the accountants liability, regulatory and disciplinary group; and Tim Crockford acts in disciplinary proceedings against auditors and accountants. Also integral to the group are Richard Harrison, who heads up the lawyers’ liability, investigations and regulatory group; professional liability specialist Sarah Clover; and accountants’ liability expert Andrew ForsythSam Holden, Tabitta van NouhuysJonathan Lawrence and Michael Clark are the legal directors to note, while senior associate Padi Dolatshahi represents healthcare professionals in regulatory investigations. Partner growth includes Penrose Foss joining in February 2021 from RSM (where she was GC), the 2020 hire of Joanna Bower from Capsticks LLP, and the recent elevation of Niya Phiri to partner. Rising star Stephen Hooper joined from Hempsons in March 2021. The practice was also significantly strengthened by its recent merger with BLM; the highly experienced ex-BLM team is widely respected for its representation of healthcare professionals in Performers List procedures, investigations by the General Medical Council (GMC), and hearings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS), General Dental Council (GDC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and General Optical Council (GOC). Katie Costello has longstanding experience in acting for healthcare professionals. Other key figures include Cardiff-based Jane Lang, who leads on healthcare and inquests, and medical crime team head Adam Weston. Notable associate-level support is provided by Lee Biddle, who defends healthcare professionals; regulatory and disciplinary specialist Ewan Bright; Max Ekstein, who assists with complaints involving psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists; and healthcare professional expert Rebecca Gowling.

Practice head(s):

Fergal Cathie; James Roberts; Claire Petts

Testimonials

The most experienced and successful team in this field. Critically, they have deep experience of taking matters to fully contested complex hearings, which they make look easy – it isn’t.

Richard Harrison is a market leader for professional negligence and discipline and investigations, especially as regards solicitors – astute and wise, brings a huge amount of expertise and knowledge to the case, and a reassuring presence in difficult matters.

Fergal Caithie instils confidence in clients and reads the tribunal well.

Andrew Forsyth is a remarkable and outstanding lawyer, who has unbounded energy and is immensely likeable.

Joanna Bower is incredibly knowledgeable and skilful at providing a second-to-none service for clients.

‘Jane Lang is relentless in her support of her clients, and nothing is ever too much trouble; and she handles often difficult issues with charm and humour.‘

‘Katie Costello is a hands-on and pragmatic lawyer; she has a real flair for knowing what will work for clients in any given situation and pushes her point with skill and determination.‘

‘Adam Weston is very good with clients and far more able than his years would suggest.‘

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers

KPMG

Grant Thornton

RSM

Deloitte

BDO

Spire Healthcare

MDDUS

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection

Over 50 NHS trusts

Premium Medical Protection

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP has one of the largest UK health and safety practices by volume of work and breadth of industries, with its clientbase almost equally split between corporates and insurers. The cases the firm undertakes involve fatalities and catastrophic injuries, often in the manufacturing, energy, and construction sectors.  While the national reduction in court proceedings due to COVID-19 did impact the team, advisory instructions increased significantly, with the firm providing compliance advice to clients in historically low risk sectors. The team is led by Chris Morrison,  supported by health and safety criminal enforcement specialist Rod Hunt. Mark Brookes is a solicitor of choice for blue-chip clients, SMEs and individuals seeking advice in relation to fatalities and serious injuries across a range of industrial sectors. Associates Stephanie Lunt and Alan Kells are praised for their ‘diligence’ and recommended by their peers. The practice was recently strengthened by the firm’s merger with BLM – key names joining the newly combined firm include dual-qualified, corporate and individual duty specialist Peter James, who leads the safety, health and environment team, supported by investigations and prosecutions specialist Diana Goldstein.

Practice head(s):

Chris Morrison

Testimonials

‘Great strength and depth and quality experience throughout. The team is consistently strong, with wide-ranging expertise  – one of the leading firms for insurance-funded health and safety work.’ 

‘Specialist team regularly instructed by organisations from an array of sectors to handle health and safety matters including corporate manslaughter cases, construction accidents and deaths and injuries caused by drivers in the course of employment.’

‘The work ethic of their regulatory team is second to none and their attention to detail absolutely uncompromising. Because of their experience, they are consistently able to identify the key issues to ensure the best outcome for their clients.’

‘Peter James: leads from the front. Great tactician, commands loyalty and respect with his team. Provides outstanding reassurance to his clients.’

‘Diana Goldstein: extremely passionate on behalf of and dedicated to all her clients. A real fighter. No stone is left unturned in the defence of her clients‘.

Key clients

Airbus

Beaufort Maintenance Ltd

Natwest/RBS

RSA

AXA

Aviva

Work highlights

  • Representing Beaufort Maintenance Ltd, specialist conveyor contractors, in respect of the Police/HSE investigation following the Avonmouth waste treatment plant explosion of December 2020 which killed 4 workers.
  • Advised Chapman & Sons in relation to the successful acquittal of food business and directors before Durham Crown Court linked to a fatal salmonella outbreak and representation at associated Coroners Inquests.
  • Advising Natwest/RBS Mentor( one of the largest Health & Safety Consultancies in the UK) in relation to regulatory investigation, enforcement notice appeals and prosecutions in the criminal courts.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Claire Pettsleads an amazing team‘ at Clyde & Co LLP; the group is equally proficient at handling matters involving negligence claims, fatal accident inquiries, inquests, and a wide range of disciplinary, regulatory and criminal proceedings. The team’s expertise in conducting such multi-layered cases was recently enhanced even further by the arrival of ‘simply excellent‘ partner Joanna Bower from Capsticks LLP. Other notable practice members include Sam Holden and Gemma Brannigan. The firm continues to expand its international footprint, bringing an ever-increasing global outlook to its work, and allowing the department to advise on high profile issues internationally as well as nationally. The team was recently strengthened by its combination with BLM; key names joining the practice include health and social care partner Ella Partner, whose clinical negligence experience includes defending high value spinal injury and spina bifida cases.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petts

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Brannigan; Robert Wilson; Sam Holden; Richard Manstoff; Joanna Bower; Ella Partner

Testimonials

‘A very energetic team with a strong emphasis on practice development and client service, which is delivered to a very high standard.’

‘Claire Petts is incredible and leads an amazing team. Joanne Bower is also simply excellent.’

‘Friendly, polite, efficient and helpful. Advice is given and explained exceptionally well and you are guided every step of the way.’

‘Excellent team with strength in depth.’

‘Phenomenally knowledgeable and user friendly with great tactics and acumen.’

‘Very pro-active and tactically astute.’

‘Richard Manstoff has superb technical knowledge and fights extremely hard for his clients.’

‘Gemma Brannigan and Claire Petts are always on hand to help the Trust with Court of Protection matters. They are efficient and reliable.’

Key clients

Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance Ltd

Medical Protection Society

RSA

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

NHS Resolution

MDDUS

Premium Medical Protection

Zurich

Chubb

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Defending a surgeon following hernia repair surgery in which it was alleged that the client a) failed to obtain informed consent having not warned of a risk of death, b) should have refused/declined to operate owing to the claimant’s BMI and c) performed the surgery to an inadequate standard/incompetently.
  • Successfully secured discontinuance against the represented NHS bodies in a complex clinical negligence claim, concerning treatment that was carried out in the private sector, but for which the claimant tried to sue the NHS for compensation.
  • Successfully defended a claim brought against a GP and practice nurse for failing to detect that the headaches which preceded a subarachnoid haemorrhage were sentinel headaches and not migraines on behalf of NHS Resolution.

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP fields one of the largest insurance teams in the market and offers ‘fast, effective and pragmatic advice’ to multinational organisations on insurance litigation matters, including cases involving Directors’ and Officers’ liability insurance (D&O), marine, product liability, financial lines and business interruption policies. The London team frequently collaborates with the firm’s offices worldwide to advise its roster of UK and international clients on international litigation. Practice lead James Cooper has considerable experience acting for directors and officers and financial institutions on contentious multijurisdictional matters. Andrew Grant heads up the specialty practice, ‘solution-orientatedSimon Jackson handles marine and energy insurance work, while Nigel Brook leads the firm’s reinsurance team, as well as the climate change risk practice. Neil Beresford handles product and environmental liability matters, and is another key contact in the team alongside Emma Ager, Mark Sutton, Mandip Sagoo, Michelle Crorie and experienced arbitrator and litigator Jane Andrewartha. The practice was strengthened by the firm’s recent merger with BLM and its ‘wealth of knowledge’, particularly in property damage claims and covers matters involving professional indemnity, construction and public liability claims. John O’Shea provides ‘superb strategic advice’ on property damage claims alongside Mark Aitken, who ‘stands out as market leading when it comes to fraud investigation’-related claims. Elizabeth Whittingham, Edwin Millburn and newly promoted partner Hanna Platt are other names of note.

Practice head(s):

James Cooper

Testimonials

‘Fast, effective and pragmatic advice.’

‘Simon Jackson is user-friendly and solution-orientated.’

‘Paul Lowrie: Highly skilled and empathic. Makes the difficult understandable. Gives the right recommendation.’

‘Mark Aitken is an extremely capable insurance litigator, specialising in complex commercial insurance disputes (especially property and general liability). He has a real flair for investigating a claim and marshalling evidence for insurers. John O’Shea handles large and important insurance disputes as well as subrogated claims. He is cerebral and has an excellent technical acumen, as well as providing superb strategic advice. Hanna Platt is a rising star in the area, with strong tactical instincts and a rigorous commitment to the detail of a case.’

‘The firm’s great strength is listening to their clients’ needs and always remembering their clients’ commercial objectives. So, whilst their legal analysis is second to none, they never let the law dominate the agenda – instead it is seeking to secure what their clients need. They are also highly collaborative and great team players. Clients are brought into the decision-making process and remain there.’ 

‘Mark Aitken stands out as market leading when it comes to fraud investigation. Some fantastic recent results in cases. He has a wealth of experience in this area. A safe pair of hands. Philip Adamis has for many years provided valuable guidance on matters, his previous experience as a loss adjuster means that he truly understands claims pressures. He is quick to respond to urgent matters and discuss practical steps. He is particular good at navigating contentious issues which result in economic savings.’  

‘Elizabeth Whittingham – calm under pressure, universally admired and liked by her team who clearly respond to her and enjoy working with her. Great clarity of thought and insight into client needs. John O’Shea – consummate professional. Clear-headed, able to pinpoint issues and provide crisp and incisive advice within tight timeframes.’

Key clients

Axis

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP is home to a practice regarded by clients from across a wide spectrum of sectors as a ‘premier team in the defendant personal injury market‘. The firm, which was recently strengthened by its combination with BLM, is known for its ‘great collaborative approach to strategy and case preparation‘, and comprises a multitude of dedicated departments and specialists, all of whom have a wealth of experience in their core fields. In London, Michelle Penn leads the disease group, while Matthew Ford heads up the casualty offering. Michael Pether and Paula Jefferson oversee work relating to abuse and neglect. Widely recognised practitioners Claire Collins and Caroline Craigie are the names to note for catastrophic injury claims, including those with an international element. The team’s strength at senior level was recently elevated further by the promotion of Ben Jones and Diana Goldstein to partner. The firm’s client portfolio features the biggest names in the UK and European insurance markets, as well as a number of FTSE-listed corporates, and the offering is complemented by the presence of in-house costs, regulatory and forensic accounting groups, enabling the firm to provide coverage across the full span of civil and criminal casualty work. The department is also known for its capability in relation to international cases, which is facilitated by its extensive global footprint. Tony Cawley and legal director Paul Smith are among the core practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Penn; Matthew Ford

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Their experience and reputation is second to none.’

‘They are a genuine heavyweight personal injury firm, capable of dealing proficiently with the full range of claims.’

‘A premier team in the defendant personal injury market.’

‘Caroline Craigie is an excellent partner: astute, insightful, good team player.’

‘Paula Jefferson is a lawyer you want on your side. She is measured and knows her subject inside out.’

‘Great collaborative approach to strategy and case preparation.’

‘Claire Collins is a tough and determined litigator who brooks no nonsense en route to getting a just outcome for her clients.’

‘Well-established firm in the field with particular strength in abuse and complex injury cases. The firm is particularly good at looking at the bigger picture.’

Key clients

AIM Mutual

AIG

Aspen

Arch

Armour

AVIVA

AXA

AXA XL

Barclays Bank

Berkley Homes

British Land

British Car Auctions

Broadspire (Crawfords)

Capita

Catalina

Center Parcs

CHUBB

CNA Hardy

Coca-Cola Enterprises

Costa

The Davies Group

Ecclesiastical

European Risk Insurance Company hf.

Faraday

Gallagher Bassett

Grosvenor Casinos Limited

HCA International

HDI

Hamilton Managing Agency Ltd

Hiscox

Honeywell Group

Ikea

Intu

InterContinental Hotels Group

Ironshore

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Liverpool Victoria Insurance

Lloyds Banking Group

Marshall of Cambridge

Marsh

Mecca Bingo Limited

New India Assurance

Pro Global

QBE Insurance

QuestGates

Royal Opera House

The Rank Group

Riverstone

Regis

Subway

TK Maxx

Tokio Marine

TSB

Sedgwick

Willis Towers Watson

Whitbread (Premier Inn, Brewers Fayre, Beefeater)

Woodgate & Clark

Zurich

Jet2 Holidays

MS Amlin

Sandals

Lastminute.com

QBE

Olympic Holidays

AXA

Vero Insurers

Barry Nilsson Lawyers

Red Sea Holidays

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP‘s professional negligence team contains a huge team of lawyers working from offices across the UK and globally. The team is highly skilled at defending very complex commercial issues for professional services firms, including the Big Four accountants, magic circle law firms, top property consultants and international construction and engineering firms. Richard Harrison leads the firm’s liability team, with expertise in conducting cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court; James Roberts focuses on claims against financial services firms; and Richard Moody has strengths in the construction arena. Sarah Clover is skilled in defending barristers and law firms both in the UK and the US, whilst Fergal Cathie has a specialism in complex malpractice disputes in the legal sector. Former barrister Jane Williams joined the firm in 2018 and advises solicitors, accountants and insurance brokers, while Penrose Foss was added to the team in 2020, furthering strengthening the firm’s ability to represent financial services institutions. The team was significantly strengthened by its recent merger with BLM, a deal which saw it gain a team known for handling professional negligence matters for insurers and their insured, across professions such as financial services, legal, construction and property, as well as defending claims from local authorities, charities, educational institutions and policy coverage issues. Key names include solicitor-advocate Elliot Pound, who has been successful in the High Court, County Courts and tribunals, in addition to settling claims through mediation, and Alexander Traill.

Practice head(s):

Richard Harrison; Richard Moody; James Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Clover; Andrew Blair; Simon Konsta; Fergal Cathie; Mark Sutton; Jonathan Brown; Tim Crockford; Bryn Hodges; Jane Williams; Helen Rowlands; Penrose Foss; Andrew Forsyth; Tom White; Karen Boto; Tabitta Van Nouhuys; Niya Phiri; Ivan Wilkinson; William Glynn; Natalia Jeremiah; David Milner; Alex Oldershaw; Elliot Pound; Alexander Traill; Robert Crossingham

Testimonials

‘Well regarded Insurance and Professional Negligence team. Carries weight and acts for our insurers so a good fit for us. Provide very sound legal and practical advice based on experience.’

‘Clyde & Co are simply the best of the best in this field. Unrivalled strength in depth; unrivalled experience; unrivalled judgement. They lay across the area like the Great Wall of China! Their team-working skills and document management skills are second to none.’

‘Richard Moody and Jonathan Brown are simply the leaders in UK professional indemnity insurance law. They each have huge experience, a real understanding of the insurance market and very agile legal minds that can see into all the corners of an insurance dispute.’

‘Mark Sutton is a well established and good leader of his teams.Detailed line by line billing, support on jobs, good use of client knowledge and good referrals regarding specialist help.’

‘James Roberts is incredibly knowledgeable in this area and works extremely hard on client’s behalf. Highly rated.’

‘Tim Crockford and Natalia Jeremiah have both been very helpful on a difficult matter. Their guidance and expertise has been appreciated.’

‘Sarah Clover retains her place as the doyenne of the professional negligence world. Calm, careful, measured, but deadly! It has been said many times  – Sarah is the iron fist in the velvet glove.’

‘Bryn Hodges, Richard Moody and Jonathan Brown each very proactive and articulate credible negotiators and experienced insurance lawyers and litigators.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for global engineering company, Mott MacDonald, on a dispute with the main contractor, Trant Engineering Limited, arising from MM’s design of the mechanical and electrical elements of a power station at the UK’s permanent military base on the Falkland Islands.
  • Represented Caunton Engineering Limited and their professional indemnity insurers in a multiparty dispute relating to the design and construction of the Starr Gate Tram Depot in Blackpool
  • Acting for Dentons Europe LLP and its professional indemnity insurers in defending a claim regarding losses arising out of investments made in a gold investment scheme undertaken by the law firm’s former client which is now dissolved.

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP advises NHS trusts, medical insurers, and private healthcare providers on a wide range of work including procurements and other commercial matters and infrastructure and real estate projects. Global head of the healthcare team Claire Petts advises on inquests and Court of Protection work. Solicitor advocate and assistant coroner Gemma Brannigan focuses on medical inquires and investigations. Jacques Howell advises on inquests and investigations, while James Major is an expert in complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims, and disciplinary and grievance procedures. David Hansom represents NHS Trusts on major litigation matters. The team added  new partner Joanna Bower from Capsticks LLP  in June 2020, while in July Vanessa Splaine joined as partner from Weightmans LLP.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petts

Key clients

London Ambulance NHS Trust

Apollo Capital Projects Development Limited

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS Resolution

East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust

Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Trust

Dartford & Gravesham Hospitals NHS Trust

Transport > Aviation Tier 1

The global aviation practice group at Clyde & Co LLP is able to draw on the firm's significant global reach of the team, with offices on every continent.  The team advises clients including airlines, major insurers and brokers in aviation on the full range of relevant contentious and non-contentious matters, covering commercial, insurance, and regulatory issues. Practice chair Robert Lawson QC focuses on aviation disputes while Mark Bisset heads the global aviation finance offering. Maria Cetta is 'especially adept at handling major accidents', as is John Samiotis, who also advises on major airline catastrophe work. Gareth Lewis and Rob Ireland deal with airline liability claims, while Craig Rooney and legal directors Sonia Lopez and Adam Baker deal with high-profile aviation accidents. Tom Van De Wijngaart is a key resource fpr regulatory and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lawson QC

Other key lawyers:

Mark Bisset; Maria Cetta; John Samiotis; Gareth Lewis; Rob Ireland; Craig Rooney; Adam Baker; Sonia Lopez; Tom van de Wijngaart; Catherine West; Roger Whipp

Testimonials

Clyde & Co’s aviation practice has a history of looking for solutions rather than getting bogged down in the legalities of a case.

Maria Cetta is a tried and trusted lawyer who is especially adept at handling major accidents. She understands complex issues and always keeps the insured’s interests as paramount.’

The team at Clydes are subject matter experts on the airline industry. They really understand our business and are able to advise on many different issues. They are all knowledgeable and responsive (and are able to turn things around quickly).’

‘Their work is great – meticulous and diligent, each and every time.

‘Catherine West is a strong, highly skilled lawyer.’

‘Thomas van der Wijngaart has great experience in the aviation sector.’

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

As part of an international department, the team at Clyde & Co LLP has the benefit of a wide pool of resources and specialist knowledge, which it seamlessly applies at local level. Insured professionals regularly instruct experienced practitioners Anthony Brown and Gavin Henderson, who specialise in dealing with solicitors and accountants, and clients from the construction industry, respectively. Other noted team members include senior associate David Meehan and associate Peter Tsimonos; the former is singled out as 'a star in the making' while the latter provides 'a London-standard service at regional rates'.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Blair

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge and expertise in the field of professional negligence.’

‘Anthony Brown is a very sharp minded lawyer who knows professional negligence and insurance disputes inside out. Exceptionally thorough in dealing with all aspects of an issue – really covers all bases.’

‘This is a small but highly regarded team that serves a local and national client base, and punches well above its weight. It benefits from the infrastructure of a big firm but has excellent local knowledge.’

‘Anthony Brown and Peter Tsimonos are both excellent, providing a London-standard service at regional rates.’

‘The lawyers are extremely capable, and willing to go the extra mile for their clients. They are also highly approachable and easy to work with.’

‘Anthony Brown is excellent. A great strategist, with fantastic attention to detail. David Meehan is a star in the making, with experience far beyond his years. An excellent lawyer who is a delight to work with.’

‘Exceptional thoroughness and very high standards of legal knowledge.’

‘Anthony Brown has excellent knowledge and provides clear, concise advice. He is able to weigh up practical considerations vs the legal requirements. A great team leader who clearly leads by example.’

Insurance > Medical negligence: defender Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP is adept at handling the full spectrum of claims, which range from large-scale group litigation to volume low-value matters. Its recent work included product liability claims emanating from defective medical devices and claims against care homes over allegedly inadequate care and neglect. Graeme Watson has extensive experience of acting for healthcare professionals (particularly doctors and dentists) in clinical negligence claims, fatal accident inquiries and public inquiries. He co-heads the practice with group litigation specialist Duncan Batchelor, who defended Stryker/Depuy International (Finsbury Orthopaedics) in the first Scottish case to consider the question of ‘defect’ under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. Legal director Claire Raftery also provides key support in this area.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Watson; Duncan Batchelor

Other key lawyers:

Claire Raftery; Chris Dunn

Testimonials

‘A well-respected medical negligence team, which is routinely instructed by a range of medical defence organisations. Experienced in handling higher profile/complex litigations. The medical negligence practice is complemented by strong experience in medical product liability cases and medical regulatory proceedings.’

‘Graeme Watson has a range of experience in the medical negligence sector. A calm head and clear strategic thinking. Also a very good manner with clinicians who are invariably anxious about the overall process. Also uses his rights of audience as a solicitor-advocate on occasion to do appearance work as well.’

‘Duncan Batchelor is an excellent lawyer. He is commercially savvy and always tactically ahead of his opponent.’ 

‘The stand out individuals are Duncan Batchelor and Chris Dunn. They know the market better than anyone else, they are always meticulously prepared and their instructions to counsel are second to none. They are simply market leaders and operate at a level far in excess of their competitors.’

‘One of the market leaders. Clyde and Co is a well-resourced firm in the area that handles a variety of disputes. The two partners that head the unit are solicitor advocates, so cases are well prepared.’

‘Both Duncan Batchelor and Graeme Watson are experienced practitioners who prepare cases very thoroughly.’ 

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd

Stryker/Depuy International (Finsbury Orthopaedics)

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Stryker/Depuy International (Finsbury Orthopaedics), the manufacturers of a metal on metal hip implant, in the first such Scottish case to proceed to proof.
  • Represented a general practitioner in a £1.8m Court of Session action, in which the pursuer alleged that her GP failed to refer her to orthopaedics following knee replacement revision surgery on several occasions, which led to the amputation of her leg.
  • Instructed to act on behalf of a number of care homes in claims relating to the care of elderly residents, including claims alleging that negligent care caused the deaths of those residents.

Insurance > Personal injury: defender Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP is a ‘top-end firm with an enviable array of talent from partner level down and through its offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen’. Key practitioners in the team are ‘well-versed in personal injury claims of the utmost severity‘, acting for ‘almost all insurers in all areas’. Areas of expertise include high-value catastrophic injury claims, industrial disease litigation, employers’ liability actions and historic childhood abuse claims. Vikki Melville, Mark Donaldson and Gilles Graham jointly lead the group, which is noted for its depth. Also recommended are Andrew Constable, Andrew Tolmie and Tanya Gordon, all of whom handle the full spectrum of road traffic and public liability claims. The team was strengthened by the July 2022 merger with BLM – that deal saw the practice take on a  ‘fantastic group of experienced litigators’ who advise on the defence of all types of complex, high-value claims, including RTAs, brain injuries and mesothelioma matters. The group’s ability to handle high-profile matters is demonstrated by its work on notably significant litigation relating to the Glasgow bin lorry crash of 2014. Key figures in the team include Andrew Gilmour, Rachel Henry and Kirsty Yuill.

Practice head(s):

Vikki Melville; Mark Donaldson; Gilles Graham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are all very approachable, very experienced, very flexible and fully understand the needs of their clients.’

‘Top-end firm with an enviable array of talent from partner level down and through its offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Probably the market leader in the Insurance – PI: Defender sector. Just a cut above the competition, given its strength in depth.’

‘Broad range of skills covering motor, EL, PL(both injury and property damage) and products liability. Very good in all those disciplines. Senior members of the team are well versed in personal injury claims of the utmost severity and are go-to people for them in Scotland.’

‘Vikki Melville is a proven performer, always on the lookout for protecting client’s position and intensifying the relationship.’

‘This practice is preeminent in personal injury work. It was a pleasant surprise to work with such an organised firm.’

‘They handle the claims proactively and try and deal on a consensual basis with their opponents. They settle claims for the optimum amount and have good knowledge of the relevant law required whether it be EL, PL, Motor.’

‘Tanya Gordon is extremely knowledgeable and a good negotiator achieving good results.’

‘A team of approachable individuals with a range of knowledge not only across the field of personal injury, negligence and practice but also of opponents and tactics. All are engaging and aware of the need of insurer clients.’

Key clients

Aviva

AIG

Work highlights

  • Representing a driver and his employer, after he hit and killed a foreman whilst reversing his tipper truck.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

The practice at Clyde & Co LLP, which was recently strengthened by the firm’s merger with BLM, deals with a broad range of professional indemnity claims, excelling in big-ticket claims. Anne Kentish remains a ‘go-to solicitor for claims against legal professionals and disciplinary work’. Another noteworthy practitioner is Sarah Crewes, who is frequently instructed by leading insurers to defend professionals in the financial services space. The ex-BLM team has a track record of work for a variety of insurers, brokers, underwriters, reinsurers and corporate clients, attracting plaudits for its ‘consideration for the operational, tactical and strategic issues’ associated with professional negligence claims. The group defends claims running the gamut of professions, spanning architects, engineers, surveyors, insurance brokers, financial advisers, accountants and solicitors. Key names include David Taylor, healthcare expert Greg MacDougall, insurance specialist Frank Hughes and the highly regarded Karen Dance.

Testimonials

‘The firm has unrivalled experience in professional negligence insurance work. In my experience, instructions to counsel are thorough and tactical nous evident.’

‘Anne Kentish remains the ‘go-to’ solicitor for claims against legal professionals and disciplinary work.’

‘Karen Dance has excellent knowledge of our niche insurance business handling professional negligence claims.’

‘They are noted for their experience and astuteness in particular.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

The Guildford-based corporate and commercial team at Clyde & Co LLP work on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including investment structures, corporate financing, M&A, joint ventures and private equity. The team has particular expertise in the real estate, marine, energy and commodities sectors, advising clients both domestically and internationally. Simon Vere Nicol, who heads the team, is praised for his 'brilliant legal mind'. Nick Purnell specialises in supporting clients in the marine and shipping and the cash payment systems sectors. Richard Elks has particular knowledge of domestic and international real estate development projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Vere Nicoll

Other key lawyers:

Nick Purnell; Richard Elks; Victoria Green

Testimonials

‘The team led by Nick Purnell make you feel they are fellow employees with you – they are your team. They listen well, they respond in a timely fashion, they ensure there is always someone available. They ensure their understanding of your business and your needs remains sound through the constant changes driven by the online field in which we operate.’

‘They have the ability to relate to our business, to understand its dynamics, to get to know our industry sector and to make you feel they are part of your team – 10/10! They have helped build our business to a position of strength and stability over the past few years and their contribution is much appreciated.’

‘Empathy, understanding, interest, enjoyment, commitment and availability. All key contributory factors into why Clyde & Co’s commercial team have retained our business for many years and assisted us significantly in our success.’

‘Great legal documentation skills; the team created complex legal partnership structures, with many levels of shares and debt, and were able to document all this under great timing pressure, without error.’

‘Nick Purnell takes an active interest in his clients. He is always interested in getting the right result for the client.’

‘Simon Vere Nicoll has a brilliant legal mind and the ability to connect legal structuring with commercial sense.’

‘Victoria Green is a reliable and fast-moving lawyer with excellent attention to detail.’

‘Nick Purnell and Victoria Green have both been pillars of strength to us throughout past years of running our business, and in 2020 very influential in getting the sale of our business across the line. This was nine months of total commitment from them 24/7 in the face of many obstacles, but they more than held our hand across the finish line.’

Key clients

Insect Technology Group Holdings UK Limited

Progressive Games Partners LLC

DeepOcean 1 UK Limited

A-House Investments Limited

Choice International Limited

Circus Street Developments Limited

Native Land Limited

Mountain Berg Limited

Rawlinson & Hunter LLP

Kings Park Village LLP

Adrian Willis / Adastral Flying Displays Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Insect Technology Group Holdings UK Limited in connection with a proposed $100m fundraise and a $10m shareholder bridge lending facility.
  • Acted for Progressive Games Partners LLC on the sale of PGP to Galaxy Gaming Inc.
  • Advised DeepOcean 1 UK Ltd on its €155m restructuring.

Transport > Shipping Tier 1

At Clyde & Co LLPJai Sharma in Guildford heads up the marine cargo casualty practice at the firm. Noted for his 25 years of experience in the marine claims industry, Sharma has advised on more than 300 marine casualties for cargo underwriters during his career.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Clyde & Co's Bristol base has been significantly boosted by the addition of the market-leading team formerly based in Oxford. The 'exceptional' department is now led by the hugely experienced Tony Nurse-Marsh, whose practice extends to emerging markets cases and coverage disputes. The practice also benefits from firm-wide insurance sector clients and strong knowledge in professional indemnity issues. The group is instructed by insurers and insured parties, predominantly defending claims against construction, financial and legal professionals and involving pensions, fintech and coverage issues. Jim Taylor is particularly noted for traditional claims against solicitors and barristers, but also handles emerging professions work. Philip Evans, promoted to partner in 2020, has experience defending claims against legal professionals, engineers and IT consultants.

Practice head(s):

Tony Nurse-Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An exceptional professional indemnity team, mainly offering insurers high-quality work at competitive rates.’

‘Phil Evans, Tony Nurse-Marsh and Jim Taylor are highly skilled and experienced, particularly in solicitors’ negligence cases. They all have good judgement and can tell which points to take and which to leave.’

‘A good team building up in Bristol.’

‘Tony Nurse-Marsh is pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Jim Taylor stands out as excellent.’

‘They are always well prepared, on top of the facts and law, and constructive in their approach to mediation.’

‘Tony Nurse-Marsh is a very sound and commercial insurance litigator. Philip Evans is also very good at directing settlement negotiations in the interests of clients.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud Tier 2

The fraud practice at Clyde & Co LLP specialises in insurance fraud and acts for a number of motor insurers and personal insurance providers. Key areas of work include staged and contrived accidents, bogus passenger claims, and low velocity cases; the team is particularly recommended for matters involving highly organised multi-insurer fraud rings. Karen Elliott and Damian Rourke jointly lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Damian Rourke; Karen Elliott

Other key lawyers:

Ben Parkin; Elinor Willis

Testimonials

‘The team at Clyde & Co are an extension to our current team. The relationship, way of working and approach to the cases has been exceptional. There are regular, consistent meetings to help develop our relationship.’

‘The two individuals I speak with at Clyde are approachable, friendly, professional and nothing is too much. They will accept feedback, notify us on cases that they think need consideration and continue to report frequently on the working relationship between our teams, not just the MI figures. No case is too big or small and every consideration is given to reporting and updating our teams. The two contacts are Karen Elliot and Ben Parkin.’

‘Karen Elliot – Strong all round but excellent at helping support and develop my staff without having any impact on the supervision of work under her remit.’

‘Ben Parkin – An excellent technician which he is able to transfer to his staff ’

‘Damian Rourke has a keen analytical mind and innovative approach which is second to none. He is fiercely bright, commercially aware and has exceptional judgment.’

‘The team consists of numerous very experienced fraud practitioners. It is refreshing to work with people who are, from the outset, well-versed in the issues that frequently arise in this area of litigation. In my experience the team are enthusiastic and dedicated.’

‘The individuals I work with communicate effectively with clients and Counsel alike. They are clear about what they want but are also keen to take on advice which is offered and assist to ensure that a case runs smoothly. They are approachable and friendly yet efficient.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Clyde & Co's Manchester office was recently joined by associate Charlotte Pritchard on the back of the firm's merger with BLM; she is part of the firm's private wealth team, and specialises in administering estates.

Other key lawyers:

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

With particular strengths in environmental criminal matters, the ‘tactically astute‘ team at Clyde & Co LLP assists clients in the composting, utilities, energy and manufacturing sectors. Former environmental agency prosecutor Rod Hunt draws on 20 years of experience in the environmental arena, making him invaluable to blue-chip clients. Chris Morrison leads the firm's health, safety and environmental regulatory practice; he has significant environmental litigation experience, whilst Jason Bleasdale’s expertise includes contaminated land, waste, hazardous substances and environmental issues related to the insurance sector.

Practice head(s):

Rod Hunt; Chris Morrison

Other key lawyers:

Jason Bleasdale; Roger Cartwright; Stephanie Lunt

Testimonials

‘A hugely acute and tactically astute team of lawyers in the environmental field. This is a complex and tricky area both legally and practically – and the Clyde team are, to use the vernacular, all over it. Their client care seems to me to be second to none in this field.’

‘Rod Hunt is completely on top of his cases. He is never fazed. This is an area of law where even seasoned practitioners can sometimes stumble through the thicket of legislation, but Rod never does. Very impressive indeed.’

‘Outstanding individuals with an exceptional eye for detail and commercial acumen. Together, they work brilliantly as a team and are extremely responsive. I have been extremely impressed with their approach to novel and emerging environmental issues and their desire to be able to keep their clients up to date.’

‘Rod Hunt is extremely alert to issues that are likely to affect clients and provides exceptional advice. Chris Morrison is commercially savvy and excellent tactically, and unafraid to give the right advice. Stephanie Lunt is brilliant, dedicated and always has the necessary detail at her fingertips.’

‘The environmental law team at Clyde & Co is supremely knowledgeable, dynamic and one of the best there is.’

‘Rod Hunt is an environmental law genius. He has a complete mastery of this tricky area of law and boardrooms love his attention to detail. Corporate clients want him fighting their corner. Roger Cartwright is an exceptional young lawyer. He is not out of place in boardrooms and has a relaxed style. Nothing can ruffle his feathers, which is a superbly calm and reassuring feature for clients. Stephanie Lunt is a complete asset to the team: she is calm, focused and on top of the detail of her cases. Corporate clients love working with her.’

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP’s experienced team handles the gamut of corporate and commercial legal work for life and general insurers, as well as reinsurers and intermediaries. In addition to assisting clients with growing organically, it advises on M&A, acquisitions and disposals of legacy portfolios, product development and distribution, as well as alternative risk transfer arrangements. Ivor Edwards, who is the European head of the corporate insurance group, and his expertise includes M&A, joint ventures and insurtech startups. Another individual of note is Stephen Browning, who has more than 25 years of experience handling a mix of corporate, regulatory and finance matters for clients.

Practice head(s):

Ivor Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Browning; Mark Williamson; Tom Tippett; Andrew Lucas

Testimonials

Ivor Edwards – partner. Deep knowledge of the London insurance market and always pragmatic.

The team is one of UK’s premier corporate insurance practices with depth of experience in both the Lloyd’s and wider London companies market.’

With a prior background of having worked in the insurance industry, Ivor Edwards is the consummate corporate insurance partner. He demonstrates both a superb understanding of client needs and requirements, as well as excellent transactional and regulatory knowledge that is amongst the best in the legal market.’

In-depth knowledge of the London insurance market and Lloyd’s, in particular.’

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP has strong international expertise and covers a range of industries, from aviation, agriculture and food, automotive, construction and engineering to medical devices and pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and retail. It advises manufacturers and insurers alike on product liabitly matters with special expertise in recalls and supply chain disputes. Neil Beresford leads the team, which also includes healthcare specialist Claire Petts. Emma Ager is a key contact for insurers and reinsurers, and Ian Plumley focuses on product recalls. The practice was strengthened by the firm’s recent merger with BLM; its team is ‘well known and highly regarded‘ for advising insurers from a wide range of industries, including food and beverages, automotive, cosmetics and engineering. Work also covers injury claims brought under the Consumer Protection Act, international contractual B2B disputes, and property damage product liability claims. Michael Harvey has particular experience acting in cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Neil Beresford

Testimonials

‘The team is well known and highly regarded for product liability matters. They cover a great range of industries and they are absolutely outstanding in the insurance sector. Furthermore, the firm has maintained an excellent quality of work during the pandemic.’

‘Michael Harvey is one of the leading insurance lawyers in the UK. He is very skilled and determined.’

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 2

Advising on large infrastructure projects across the UK, Clyde & Co LLP specialises in PPP and PFI work, as well as assisting in the operation and maintenance aspects of projects. The firm provides a global platform, with offices in Europe, APAC, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. Liz Jenkins leads the practice and focuses on major infrastructure projects across the social and transport sectors, in the UK and internationally, particularly PFI/PPP funded projects. A key name in her team is legal director Laura Coates, whose forte is PPP/PFI and social infrastructure projects; she acts for project consortia, funders, contractors and service providers on a range of projects.

Practice head(s):

Liz Jenkins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We operate exclusively in the complex area of PFI and Clyde have consistently shown themselves to be highly knowledgeable and professional in advising on and dealing with a variety of issues. They are solutions driven rather than seeking to pursue complex arguments which drive unnecessary costs’.

‘The team at Clydes listen to our opinions and give solid advice on complex matters, keeping us fully informed at all times and providing clear cost information’.

‘Liz Jenkins and Laura Coates consistently demonstrate a detailed understanding of the PFI Market and the associated legal documentation. They also do not take the client relationship for granted and regularly seek formal feedback on performance. In my experience this aspect particularly is unique’.

‘Availability for discussions has been constant making you feel that your work is a priority’.

Key clients

Egis

Engie UK

Innisfree Limited

Yorkshire Transformations Limited

HCP Social Infrastructure

Sodexo

Kajima Partnerships Limited

Pinnacle Group

ElectroGas Malta Limited

Northern Gas Networks

Derby Healthcare Plc

Modern Schools (Exeter) Limited

Newschools (Merton) Limited

Greater Nottingham, North Nottinghamshire, Southern Derbyshire Leicester LIFT Company Limited

Vistry Partnerships

Monpolymet Limited Liability Company

University College London

Work highlights

  • Advising on ongoing aspects of a €450 million ground-breaking Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project.
  • Advised UCL on a number of  innovative projects including high value outsourcings in IT, professional services and estates. Provided COVID-19 project support to UCL in the context of urgent procurement processes for its operations.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP has a ‘first class’ oil and gas practice and is regularly instructed on high-profile transactional and contentious mandates for leading energy companies and sovereign states. The team has significant experience acting in emerging markets in the Middle East and Asia on high-end arbitration matters. David Bennet and Michael Wachtel jointly oversee the practice, which includes seasoned arbitrator David Leckie and corporate partner Philip Mace , who handles midstream and upstream oil and gas assets. Ben Knowles and Mark Walsh are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

David Bennet; Michael Wachtel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

’The team at Clydes is first class. They have a complete mastery of the detail of their cases, manage their clients incredibly well and are excellent at presenting their cases to arbitrators (both orally and in writing).’

‘Strong commercial and legal skills. Very flexible approach and speak the same language as their clients. Willing to adapt and always meets deadlines, even if these are short.’

‘Lucy Frith has been an excellent support. She has very quickly got up to speed on very technical matters and got to grips with lengthy, complex contracts with ease. She speaks the same language as our in-house teams and we had no concerns putting her in direct contact with the technical team to understand the matters in hand. The quality of the work she provides is excellent and we would highly recommend her.’

Key clients

Total

Chevron

Apache

Schlumberger

New Age

Sasol

Scottish Power

SIMEC

OMV

Savannah Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Advising on ongoing aspects of a €450m ground-breaking Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project.

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP ‘s team, which has been boosted by its recent merger with BLM, focuses on work relating to the core delivery of student services, and has extensive experience working with sector insurers. The practice stands out for its litigation experience, handling freedom of speech claims, student occupations, disputes between collaborating institutions and academic disputes, as well as failure of facilities, fitness to practice and accommodation claims, with discrimination proceedings a particular strength. In addition to litigation, the team undertakes risk management work in relation to procedures. Elliot Pound advises colleges and universities on student and staff complaints, and all issues relating to the fairness of procedures; he has a strong track record in defending judicial reviews. The practice stands out for its experience in advising UK universities expanding into the Middle East and Asia, having assisted institutions on establishing branded campuses in the UAE and Qatar. Other areas of work include defending employment claims and claims by students relating to teaching, staff behaviour and personal injury issues. David Hansom heads up the procurement team, and co-leads the firm’s global education sector group.

Practice head(s):

David Hansom

Other key lawyers:

Elliot Pound; James Major

Testimonials

‘David Hansom and the team at Clyde & Co combine excellent knowledge and insight with a very personable style to provide support of the very highest calibre. They are knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic.’

‘David Hansom’s insight regarding all issues of procurement law are unparalleled. He is friendly, engaging and understands the issues we face and how best to provide appropriate insight and advice.’

‘Clyde & Co really make the effort to get to know their clients which makes the advice they relevant and accessible. They go the extra mile and deliver – even to ridiculous deadlines.’

‘Very strong and pragmatic procurement and commercial advice for a variety of high-value matters.’

‘Elliot Pound is exceptionally competent, driven and professional and whenever I knew he was handling a case, I knew we were in good hands.’

‘A safe choice for complex disputes in the HE sector; they consistently deliver results.’

‘Listening and observing, they communicate openly and focus on goals and results in line with what is achievable and what the client wants and managing expectations. Their team members’ areas of specific expertise are diverse which enables confidence in ensuring full support. In a highly specialised area their expertise is second to none.’

Key clients

University of Cambridge

University of Exeter

Imperial College London

King’s College London

Newcastle University

University of Nottingham

Royal Veterinary College

University College London

Birkbeck, University of London

Brunel University London

University of Central Lancashire

Coventry University

University of East Anglia

University of East London

Goldsmiths, University of London

University of Portsmouth

University of Reading

University of Roehampton

Sheffield Hallam University

Royal College of Music

University of Surrey

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP's contentious team acts in a full range of disputes, with expertise in litigation, adjudication and international arbitration. It offers solid expertise in large-scale disputes, primarily relating to infrastructure and energy projects, acting on behalf of suppliers and purchasers. It has also been expanding its international footprint, with a particular focus on South America. John Morris leads the firm's overall construction team, with significant experience serving as an adjudicator. Anthony Albertini is another key partner, known for his TCC litigation and dispute avoidance work. Mary Anne Roff and legal director Christopher Leadbetter are also well regarded for their work on energy and power project disputes.

Practice head(s):

John Morris

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team we work with are very approachable and user-friendly and make themselves available at short notice where there is urgency. We have been able to develop a personal relationship, which helps to make the process more efficient and gives us comfort that the advice we are receiving is of high quality. ‘

‘I have worked with the construction team under John Morris for many years and there is consistency in who I deal with. They are very clear on billing and manage their advice tightly within budgets that we agree at the outset.’

‘Good strength in depth, appropriate use of more junior staff, very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Hawkins Brown

PLP Architecture

Bouygues S.A, BY Development Limited and QBE Insurance Europe Ltd

Pan East General Contracting Co.

Bouygues (U.K.) Limited

Costain

Arabtec Consolidated Contractors Limited

BUA Ports and Terminals Limited

Galliford Try

Vistry Partnerships

Welput Trust (instructed by BentallGreenOak)

Grainger Residential Limited

Premcor (through its SPV Wyngrove Limited)

Clan (Regent Property) LLP

Connected Living London

Multiplex Construction Europe Limited

Thameswey Energy Limited

Biggin Hill

Saipem

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

Advising on all aspects on the development process, Clyde & Co LLP is well regarded for its experience in complex, high-value construction projects. The team has been expanding its international client base, looking to Africa and the Americas, with particular growth following the opening of its associated office in Nairobi in October 2020. John Morris acts as global head of the construction and projects group, providing advising suppliers and purchasers alike. Robert Meakin is known for his work in the commercial, leisure and industrial sectors. The global projects practice was further strengthened with the January 2021 arrival of Philip Norman from Covington & Burling LLP in Dubai.

Practice head(s):

John Morris

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They always look to improve and adjust the documents to reflect the changes in the market. Importantly, they are very clear on billing and manage their advice tightly within budgets that we agreed at the outset.’

‘I value their advice based on the individuals I have worked with for many years; they are clear in presenting technical points and supporting me with adaptions to standard terms to suit the needs of the project.’

‘Good strength in depth, appropriate use of more junior staff, very knowledgeable.’

‘We have a very personal service from Clyde & Co and this makes the process very smooth and straightforward. The individuals we work with are very knowledgeable in their relevant subject areas and provide us with solid, practical advice to help in negotiating our appointment terms and conditions with our clients.’

‘The team we work with are very approachable and user-friendly and make themselves available at short notice where there is urgency. We have been able to develop a personal relationship which helps to make the process more efficient and gives us comfort that the advice we are receiving is of high quality.’

Key clients

HawkinsBrown

PLP Architecture

Bouygues S.A, BY Development Limited and QBE Insurance Europe Ltd

Pan East General Contracting Co.

Bouygues (U.K.) Limited

Costain

Arabtec Consolidated Contractors Limited

BUA Ports and Terminals Limited

Galliford Try

Vistry Partnerships

Welput Trust (instructed by BentallGreenOak)

Grainger Residential Limited

Premcor (through its SPV Wyngrove Limited)

Clan (Regent Property) LLP

Connected Living London

Multiplex Construction Europe Limited

Thameswey Energy Limited

Biggin Hill

Saipem

Work highlights

  • Providing construction law advice to HawkinsBrown across a large number of projects, including a £500m build-to-rent development in Wandsworth, London.
  • Providing construction law advice to PLP Architecture across a large number of projects, including 22 Bishopsgate, a commercial skyscraper in the City of London.

Transport > Shipping Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP is instructed in some of the most complex disputes in the London shipping market, including litigation arising from fires on board ships, collisions, groundings and cargo damage cases. In addition to representing clients in the High Court and Court of Appeal, the team is also highly active in international arbitration. The sizeable team boasts a broad range of specialisms; Martin Hall focuses on casualty, including collisions and salvage matters, while Jai Sharma leads on cargo damage cases. Simon Culhane is active in marine insurance claims. David Bennet counts a number of prominent oil, gas and commodities companies among his clients. Stephen Mackin, Eleanor Coates and recently-promoted partner Will Trustram are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hall; Jai Sharma; Andrew Nicholas; Simon Jackson; David Bennet; Marko Kraljevic

Other key lawyers:

Hatty Sumption; Simon Culhane; Rebecca Armstrong; Eleanor Coates; Jessica Maitra; Will Trustram

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic, extremely responsive and up to speed with the latest developments in the shipping industry.’

‘The Clyde & Co Shipping team are true market leaders. We are continually impressed by their sector knowledge combined with quick turnarounds on demanding matters.’

‘Clyde & Co are an excellent firm and the marine casualty/cargo casualty team is one of the very top teams in the business. They really go all out for their clients and give them a great service.’

‘Eleanor Coates continues to deliver exceptional service. Her deep sector knowledge and her ability to provide quick, practical legal advice are an impressive combination.’

‘Simon Culhane has a remarkable ability to solve problems. He always considers the client’s position and provides practical advice. He knows the Japanese market very well.’

‘Will Trustram is a newly-qualified partner who is both hands-on and strategically astute. He adds real value and does not rely upon counsel to formulate the legal framework for the presentation of his clients’ disputes. To the contrary, he is thoughtful, analytical and constantly striving to advance his clients’ interests.’

‘Jai Sharma is an an absolutely excellent solicitor. He has a very quick legal brain and can really think outside the box. He always has the key facts at his fingertips and he is very commercially astute. Much loved by clients and a pleasure to work with. Martin Hall is also a huge asset with many years of hands-on experience. He has a really creative legal mind, great practical knowledge and is a delight to work with.’

‘Rebecca Armstrong is an outstanding young partner who is very collaborative, results driven and overall a high performing individual. Rebecca is able to harness other talents within the firm to present a seamless set of solutions to the client.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Nautical Challenge Ltd, owners of the very large crude carrier, “ALEXANDRA 1”, in a dispute with the owners of a container ship, “EVER SMART”, over liability for damage done to both vessels under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 following a collision between them just outside the dredged entrance and exit channel to the port Jebel Ali in the UAE

Transport > Travel Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP is well placed to handle cross-jurisdictional matters due to its extensive global network and has recently acted on cases involving Europe, the US, Africa and Asia Pacific. The team has broad expertise across road, marine, rail and air transport, assisting multinational insurers. Advising on motor claims concerning the Fourth EU Directive and Green Card Regulations is a key area of strength. The ‘superb’ Chris Murray, who divides his time between London and Manchester, leads the practice. Also recommended is Mark Hemsted, a French law graduate and fluent French speaker who is uniquely placed to handle matters within the country. At junior level, legal director Craig Evans is singled out for his ‘excellent client skills and sound judgement’The practice was strengthened by the firm’s recent merger with BLM; its department is ‘very well regarded for representing defendants’, primarily acting for insurers and package holiday providers on injury and liability claims. Matthew Ford leads the practice and has recently acted for clients with injuries suffered in Europe, North Africa and the Caribbean. Other key contacts include Emily List, who specialises in large loss tour operator liability claims under the Package Travel Regulations. Bristol-based Gemma Pearce, a dual-qualified solicitor and barrister who focuses on marine travel, and Birmingham-based Sarah Phillips, who specialises in fraud claims concerning holiday sickness, are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Chris Murray

Testimonials

‘Our primary and longstanding contact is Mark Hemsted. Mark has an excellent bespoke knowledge of all our claims business requirements. He also has an extensive knowledge of the work where he is instructed and provides a personal and detailed service to our team for complex and catastrophic motor injury claims.’

‘Craig Evans is an old pro despite his young age, with a clear ability to bring on juniors in his team and shape them into fine young lawyers who then become a credit to his team. A true leader and destined for partnership.’

‘Craig Evans is experienced, with up-to-date expertise in the area. He is approachable with excellent client skills and sound judgement.’

‘Excellent knowledge and experience allied with commercial nous. Chris Murray is superb – a big hitter in the insurance defendant catastrophic injury litigation arena for both motor and all liability fields.’

‘The team has a strong lead in Matthew Ford, who is very well respected in the sector.’

‘Matthew Ford is experienced, knowledgeable, has excellent communication skills and is very personable.’

‘Matthew Ford has assisted on a number of claims and has been excellent. He has a pragmatic but creative approach which has enabled us to reach settlements and avoid lengthy legal action. I have complete confidence in him to negotiate the best possible outcome but at the same time respect the relationships we have with our supplier partners.’

‘Matt Ford is an extremely effective partner. He has excellent judgement and knows the law in this area backwards.’

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP fields an 'excellent team of PI and disease defence lawyers'. The group has acted in the majority of industrial disease test cases in recent years, and has a focus on reducing the life cycles of claims, decreasing indemnity costs, and avoiding the opening of litigation floodgates. Insurers from across the country are quick to instruct practice head Toby Scott due to his lateral thinking, as well as his 'technical and strategic foresight' when approaching both test and group litigation.

Practice head(s):

Toby Scott

Testimonials

‘The whole team is very slick. They have a good understanding of each other’s caseload so can step in very effectively for one another. They are very experienced and there is no-one better dealing with disease litigation in their region.’

‘Toby Scott shows technical and strategic foresight.’

‘Clyde and Co have an excellent team of PI and disease defence lawyers who work well as a team with their insurers and counsel.’

‘I know them for their excellent insurance-based team. They are good at pro-actively handling group litigation orders.’

‘Well versed in their area (personal injury and disease specialists) and in related insurance work.’

Key clients

Aviva Group

Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group

Catalina Re

Pro Insurance Solutions

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP provides ‘partner-led, honest and pragmatic advice’ to a mix of international and regional blue-chip clients, main contractors, developers and consultants. The team is particularly experienced in contentious issues arising out of engineering, procurement and construction contracts; it is also a go-to destination for energy and infrastructure sector work. For work at national or cross-border level, the practice draws on the firm’s multi-disciplinary capabilities in London, Bristol, Singapore and Madrid, among other locations. Praised for her ‘very positive, reassuring and confident attitude’, Mary Anne Roff heads up the department where senior associate Claire Cutmore is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Mary Anne Roff

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Partner-led, honest and pragmatic advice.’

‘Mary Anne Roff is patient, pragmatic and sensible in finding a way through issues. I have a lot of trust in the advice we receive as a business and find a really valuable sounding board in the team at Clyde & Co.’

‘Effort and hard work all round – tight deadlines and speed of response was excellent.’

‘Good knowledge and ability to get things done.’

‘Clyde & Co were clear from the start that they wanted to fully understand the technical design issues of the dispute and the contractual situation before providing legal advice. Mary Anne Roff was proactive and provides clear advice.’

‘Mary-Anne Roff is knowledgeable about construction and can handle small adjudications through to large arbitrations.’

‘The practice is very forthcoming in terms of understanding the problems and the pitfalls associated with the legal solution we think is best for our construction dispute resolution. They are very pragmatic in advocating mediation and resolution without resorting to litigation, which is hugely refreshing. It is also worth noting that the entire team we utilise are female, which shows fantastic diversity. The transparency couldn’t be better, making an often difficult (construction dispute) a very pleasant experience.’

‘Mary-Ann is our contact and has a very positive, reassuring and confident attitude to construction disputes and has a vast understanding of the likely successes or failures that could result from the legal actions taken in dispute resolution.’

Key clients

York Potash Limited

Anglo American plc

The Auckland Project

Metnor Construction Limited

Wartsila Energy

Ro-Bal Steel

Norstead Limited

MW High Tech Projects UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising York Potash Limited and Anglo American plc on all construction and engineering aspects of a $3.2bn mining and tunnelling project.
  • Acting for a Finnish-based global EPC contractor in a dispute with an owner of a power station arising out of a power construction project in Europe.
  • Acting for Metnor Construction in a claim brought against an engineering consultant in administration for damages for breach of contract in respect of professional services provided on the design and construction of a new leisure centre in Greater London.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP has a strong insurer client base and, as a result of this, is regularly called upon to advise on fatalities and serious injuries arising in the working environment. Its work spans various sectors such as agriculture, transport, manufacturing and construction. As well as advising clients on health and safety investigations by the police, HSE, MCA, FCA, AAIB and SEPA, the team – and practice head and solicitor advocate Mark Donaldson in particular – also handle matters arising from road traffic offences. The firm’s July 2022 merger with BLM also strengthened the practice, adding a team which is well versed in handling HSE and police investigations alongside fatal accident inquiries for companies and, to a lesser extent, individuals, with experience spanning a wide range of sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, logistics and retail. The ‘outstandingZoe McDonnell is experienced in conducting trials in the summary and solemn courts for clients accused of causing death and serious injury.

Practice head(s):

Mark Donaldson

Other key lawyers:

Ann Bonomy; Zoe McDonnell

Testimonials

‘Clyde & Co’s health and safety team in Scotland benefits from practical experience of both civil and criminal cases. This is invaluable and being a small team, they are easily contactable.’

‘Mark Donaldson is certainly the go-to solicitor for serious health and safety cases involving death or serious injury occurring north of Scotland’s central belt. A skilled negotiator, he regularly achieves fantastic results for clients out of court as well as in court. Real top drawer stuff’

‘The health and safety team is led by Mark Donaldson in Aberdeen. Mark is extremely experienced, very able and has great judgement; a true expert in the field.’

‘The team in Scotland has extensive experience of prosecutions, fatal accident inquiries and public inquiries arising from accidents in the workplace.’

‘Ann Bonomy is the stand-out individual in the team. She combines brilliant tactical awareness with extensive knowledge of the law; she is client-focused and gets results. Her in-depth knowledge, breadth of experience and pragmatic approach make her extremely sought after by clients.’

‘We dealt with Mark Donaldson on a long-running health and safety case which ended this year. He had a fantastic grasp of detail and an ability to cut through to only the relevant information and arguments. He was also mindful of the impact of the case on our reputation and financial reporting and always made sure his advice was not just legally correct but answered the concerns of our plc board.’

‘Zoe McDonnell is absolutely outstanding in health and safety. She is determined to give the clients the best outcome and really does go the extra mile for them. She is a very astute court lawyer and very tactical in her approach. She has a really lovely manner with clients that really puts them at ease.’

‘Zoe McDonnell has wide experience in the area and is respected by clients, counsel and the courts alike. Zoe adopts a meticulous approach to preparation; she is pragmatic and tactically aware.’

Key clients

Aviva

Aig

Axa

Zurich

Stagecoach

QBE

Regis/Outdoor Activities Mutual

Covea

Direct Line

Brit

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the farming partnership D Ramsay & Son to represent its interests at the fatal accident inquiry pertaining to a death of a haulage driver who had attended to collect hay bales being sold by the partnership.
  • Acted for an Aviva policyholder in a dangerous driving prosecution.
  • Acted for a Jedburgh-based insured factory operator in an internal investigation following a significant injury incurred by an employee operating an extrusion machine.

Real estate > Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

The Guildford-based commercial property team at Clyde & Co LLP works with the firm’s other teams across the UK to advise on the full spectrum of matters, including investment, development, finance and real estate tax. Martin Quicke has particular expertise in handling development work regarding urban mixed-use regeneration projects; he has stepped down as a partner but remains at the firm as a consultant. Local practice head Adam Taylor-Smith left to join Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in spring 2021 with two other lawyers, while long-serving partner David Wyatt has retired.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Daejan Holdings Plc

Frogmore Property Group

Lai Sun Development Group

Crew Clothing

C & J Clark International Limited

Grainger Plc

U + I Plc

Helical Plc

EcoWorld

Ares UK

Invesco

Spelthorne Borough Council

Portsmouth City Council

Harbour Hotels/Nicolas James Group

Inditex S.A.

Aurora Group

Dixons Carphone Plc

Citrus Group

Wates Group

Hutchinson Property Group

Wincanton Plc

Places for People Capital Limited

Liberty House Group

IO Asset Management

UPS

Integra 61

Work highlights

  • Advised Portsmouth City Council on a £140m strategic investment and regeneration opportunity, resulting in Portsmouth City Council now effectively controlling the bulk of the office market in Portsmouth, presenting it with an opportunity to regenerate the City core over time.
  • Acted for Helical plc in a substantial investment deal involving disposing of a significant multi-let office investment portfolio.
  • Acted for Integra 61 on a development involving site assembly and development, cumulating in the recent 2m square foot pre-let to Tritax Big Box (creating around 1,000 new jobs in the area) and the sale of a large residential site to Persimmon Homes.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP provides a full range of dispute resolution services to clients, with its team being experienced in litigation, arbitration, mediation, adjudication and conciliation. The practice covers a broad cross-section of contentious real estate issues, such as rent reviews, lease renewals, dilapidations, rent arrears and service charge disputes. Splitting his time between London and Guildford, practice head Keith Conway chiefly handles contentious development work and easement disputes. Jeremy Stephen acts for clients in insolvencies and has been involved in Covid-induced lease reviews for retailers. Senior associate Margaret Batts joined from Osborne Clarke.

Practice head(s):

Keith Conway

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Accessibility to specific expert advice is unrivalled. The property litigation department has vast knowledge.’

‘Communication skills are first class. They are the go-to guys in the city for any property litigation issues, however complex.’

‘A multidisciplinary practice with a wide range of skills and expertise that provides a one stop shop for our business. The strength in depth means that matters are dealt with promptly and efficiently even when project leaders are on leave, and back up team have always been up to the job too.’

‘Keith Conway as managing partner delegates with obvious confidence in his team and is available to step in when necessary on more complex issues without undermining other team members. His wisdom has been useful in mapping out strategy and tactics in litigation matters with a view to achieving the best negotiated settlement.’

‘Excellent levels of expertise.’

‘One of the top firms of property litigators.’

‘Jeremy Stephen is a real stand out performer. Efficient, responsive, strategic, hard working, excellent client manner.’

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

Clyde & Co LLP's Guildford team, which works closely with its London office, is perhaps the leading firm in the region for technology issues relating to the insurance sector, though the firm is also active in the aviation, higher education and retail markets. Mark Williamson, who leads the technology, outsourcing and data practice nationally, has a client base that ranges from start ups to international household names, which he assists with business outsourcing, data protection, commercial transactions and e-commerce.

Practice head(s):

Mark Williamson

Testimonials

‘The team are quick to respond & very pragmatic. They clearly know the law, but want to help you find a solution rather than just recite the legal text.’

Insurance > Professional negligence: defendant Tier 2

The professional negligence team at Clyde & Co LLP covers a broad spectrum of matters, acting for a wide range of insurers; the practice is particularly known for defending claims against solicitors, accountants, financial advisers and insurance brokers. In addition, the firm's work also covers cases against property agents and professionals operating within the construction and healthcare spaces. Anthony Brown is the key name in Leeds.

Other key lawyers:

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP specialises in regulatory crime, acting for an extensive roster of corporate and insurer clients. Key areas of work include corporate and gross manslaughter charges, fatal road traffic incidents, health and safety mandates, environmental crime issues and food safety cases. Chris Morrison leads the regulatory prosecutions element of the department, while Kate Hargan is in charge of the motor crime expertise.

Practice head(s):

Chris Morrison; Kate Hargan

Testimonials

‘The team at Clyde’s is remarkable for its strength in depth. All members of the Clyde’s team with whom I work are outstanding as lawyers and as practical/tactical case managers. That is rare.’

‘Clyde and Co is a very high class organisation indeed. They are meticulous in their case preparation work and their instructions are always of the highest standard. They leave nothing undone in their efforts to present their clients’ cases in the very best light and the regulatory and motor team are right at the top of their game. I have nothing but praise for their commitment and the quality of their work.’

‘Their attention to detail, meticulous analysis and intellectual grip is very impressive.’

Key clients

Airbus

Aviva

AXA

Beaufort Maintenance Ltd

Natwest/RBS

RSA

Work highlights

  • Represented Beaufort Maintenance Ltd in a police and HSE investigation following the Avonmouth waste treatment plant explosion.
  • Defended a food business and its directors before Durham Crown Court in a case linked to a fatal salmonella outbreak; also provided representation in the associated inquests.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP's disputes team is particularly well-known for its work in the construction, energy, marine, trade and insurance sectors. Practice head Chris Burdett has broad experience in corporate and commercial litigation, while Richard Power is particularly active in energy and international trade disputes. Tom White and data protection and TMT disputes expert Ian Birdsey (who joined in July 2020 from Pinsent Masons LLP) are key contacts for technology sector litigation. For fraud-related disputes, Rachel Cropper-Mawer who recently joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP and legal directors Kathryn Griffin and the 'very skilled litigator' Anna Myrvang (who specialises in disputes involving bribery allegations) are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Chris Burdett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team gives clear advice and the service is excellent. It is clear that the team is very experienced in handling complex litigation about derivatives, which also involves applying foreign law. They really give you the feeling that the matter is handled by a safe pair of hands.’

Anna Myrvang is a very skilled litigator. Her knowledge of the file and the facts is excellent and she is very responsive to the client needs.  Conrad Walker is  a seasoned litigator. He is very sensitive to the client’s needs. He has a great strategic approach. Because of his broad experience he has a calming effect and he is able to guide the client through some very complex decision making pertaining tot the litigation and the litigation strategy. Claire Harpur is very thorough in her work

Anna Myrvang deserves special mention and provides excellent advice. Anna is commercial and goes above and beyond to meet her clients’ needs.

Tom White  – diligent, thoughtful and always available. An agile legal mind and a commitment to achieving the right commercial outcome for his clients.’

Clyde & Co has the size and skills to deal with the biggest cases and also the flexibility to take on more niche work. The firm has wide international experience and easily matches the best.

This is a litigation firm which results in a real depth of practical high-value dispute resolution experience. At the same time, their insurer client base ensures they are practical and commercial when handling claims. They are our go-to litigation provider.

The international reach of Clydes, through its network of offices and correspondent law firms is well suited to our requirement for a firm that can assist in bringing claims in a number of overseas jurisdictions.

The team consistently provides a solid service. From our perspective the team ranks top-tier.

Key clients

Apache North Sea Limited

Dechert

Nautical Challenge Ltd

Stichting Vestia

Work highlights

  • Advising Apache North Sea in a dispute concerning the proper construction of an agreement for the transportation and processing of hydrocarbons.
  • Advising Nautical Challenge Ltd, owners of the very large crude carrier, “ALEXANDRA 1”, in a dispute with the owners of a container ship, “EVER SMART”, over liability for damage done to both vessels under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972, following a collision.
  • Advising Stichting Vestia in a dispute against an investment bank in respect of financial products, involving allegations of bribery and also issues of capacity under Dutch law.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP has a strong track record in commercial and investor-state arbitral disputes, and frequently operates in challenging jurisdictions, such as Tanzania, Brazil, China, Gambia, Mexico and Yemen. The practice is co-led by Maurice Kenton, who resolves commercial disputes in the energy, mining, power, renewables, insurance and construction sectors; and investor-state arbitration expert Ben Knowles. Other experienced partners are David Leckie, Lee Bacon, David Hesse, Richard Power and Alejandro Garcia, while Milena Szuniewicz-Wenzel and Simon Schooling were recently promoted to partner and of counsel, respectively. Former senior partner Peter Hirst left the firm in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Maurice Kenton; Ben Knowles

Testimonials

Real strength in depth in the team.

Global network was really leveraged to bring us a distinct result.

The team comprises very qualified and experienced advisers, who not only are knowledgeable about international arbitration practice but have a very practical approach to dispute resolution and develop a strategy designed to achieve the best possible result for their clients in the most efficient manner possible.

The group is first class. They have a complete mastery of the detail of their cases, manage their clients incredibly well, and are excellent at presenting their cases to arbitrators (both orally and in writing).

Ben Knowles is fantastic at guiding us through the litigation/arbitration process.

Ben Knowles is a consummate tactician, and excellent at reading and presenting to tribunals.

David Leckie is one of the most talented and experienced practitioners I have ever worked with, having considerable knowledge and understanding of our industry (oil and gas) and the types of disputes that we deal with on a regular basis, enabling him to provide insight into the preferred approach to resolving such disputes.

Milena Szuniewicz-Wenzel has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the facts of a case.

Key clients

Shanara Maritime International

Marfield

Government of Yemen

Chubb

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP's 'dynamic' PIL team excels in high-profile or politically sensitive claims involving expropriation, discrimination, denial of justice and fair and equitable treatment issues. The practice also includes specialists in compliance, dispute resolution, corruption, anti-money laundering, trade and sanctions. Team head John Whittaker has longstanding experience in investment disputes, sovereign immunity and sanctions. Ben Knowles represents states in energy, aviation, telecoms, and trade and commodities matters. Maurice Kenton is active in Africa, Latin America and Asia-related disputes. Alejandro Garcia specialises in treaty disputes in the renewable energy sector. At consultant level, Clare Hatcher advises on international sanctions.

Practice head(s):

John Whittaker

Testimonials

The team is dynamic and not afraid to work hard.

John Whittaker is a standout partner, who is fully committed to delivering the best outcome for his clients. He is also very strategic and applies worldly wisdom and experience to great effect, as well as being a great pleasure to work with and very easy to communicate with.

Key clients

Shanara Maritime International

Marfield

The Government of the Republic of Yemen

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Sri Lankan Government in a dispute with property developers that concerned the requisitioning of land.

Employment > Immigration Tier 3

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP‘s pensions professional negligence practice is known for being ‘outstanding’ in claims against professionals and financial advisers. Fergal Cathie  leads the disputes team, which also advises on scheme construction, rectification, and claims arising from defective scheme advice, and drafting and execution issues. Ivan Wilkinson  is regarded as an ‘exceptional’ member of the team by clients. The non-contentious arm is headed by Terry Saeedi , with the team advises on scheme funding arrangements, restructurings, and closures in a UK DB context. Here, Paul Hodges  and Matthew Ambler are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Fergal Cathie

Other key lawyers:

Ivan Wilkinson; Laura Cooke; Sarah Clover; Terry Saeedi; Neil Jamieson

Testimonials

‘Clyde & Co harness their outstanding professional negligence capabilities to devastating effect in the pensions dispute resolution world. They have enormous experience of dispute resolution and have now combined that experience with technical know how. When there is a tricky mediation or negotiation required they are second to none.’

‘Strength and depth in professional negligence matters with a strong focus on getting the best result for the client, coupled with experience and knowledge in pensions professional negligence matters.’

‘With more and more pensions-related professional negligence claims being advanced, their peerless expertise makes them a strong choice for the hardest cases. Their strategic vision was exceptional, as was the resource which they were able to deploy in massive disclosure exercises; and their case management and negotiation skills to close a settlement were exceptional.’

Finance > Islamic finance Tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP has a strong track record in UK Islamic real estate finance transactions and it is also sought after in other matters involving shari-ah principles, such as debt capital markets transactions, and asset-backed finance and commodity finance deals. Adil Hussain's clients include a range of international banks providing financing to Middle East-based customers. He co-heads the practice with legal director Robert Davy, who is knowledgeable about a wide variety of shari'ah-compliant financial products.

Practice head(s):

Adil Hussain; Robert Davy

Testimonials

Understand client needs, always available, very knowledgeable.’

Adil Hussain is our go-to guy for Islamic finance.’

Key clients

Bank ABC

Mizuho Bank

British Arab Commercial Bank

Natixis

Greenridge

Riyad Capital (London branch)

Investra Capital

Bidaya Home Finance Company

Al Hail Holding Limited

Bank of London and The Middle East plc

Dubai Islamic Bank

Select Group

NEO Merchants Capital

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

FIM Partners

QTerminals

Qatar National Bank

Dukhan Bank

ABC International Bank

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 3

International firm Clyde & Co LLP fields a team of commercial real estate lawyers with 'excellent commercial instincts, providing concise and relevant advice’. The practice is principally acclaimed for its full lifecycle development practice with Will Deeprose directing his attention to mixed-use residential schemes and the ‘highly experiencedGraeme Taylor handling warehousing and distribution regeneration developments; the pair jointly lead the practice, which is also extensively well-versed in public sector-driven projects and is engaged for office and retail lettings, investment-related property management and development, as well as a range of disposals and acquisitions. Laura Oliver is a new partner-level arrival from Hogan Lovells International LLP and ‘has already proved to be a great asset for the firm, instilling confidence on any transaction.’

Practice head(s):

Graeme Taylor; Will Deeprose

Other key lawyers:

John Pearce; Daniel Keys; Annabelle Redman

Testimonials

‘We have found the real estate team at Clyde & Co to be extremely competent technically, commercial, responsive and easy to deal with. Their fees are comparatively reasonable and they are prepared to agree fees not only according to hours spent, but also having regard to the value of the service to the client.’

‘John Pearce is our relationship partner. He is an excellent lawyer technically and combines this with commerciality, common sense and responsiveness. He is always prepared to discuss matters with you and give you his opinion rather than just simply handing down advice.’

‘The practice does not just focus on getting through the transactional / fee paid work but also the wider lawyer/client relationship – for example the training menu that has been implemented. They are keen to understand our business and how they can assist within a broader context keeping us updated with latest thinking and innovation.’

‘Laura Oliver recently joined Clyde & Co and has proved a great asset to the firm. As a client it is important that you have absolute faith in your lawyer’s knowledge, not just technically but also commercially, and Laura has both in abundance. She is also extremely diligent, turning drafting around quickly and always contactable to discuss matters. When embarking on any transaction, having Laura as part of the home team instils confidence in the project.’

‘The team is highly collaborative and supportive of each other so there is always someone able to assist. All the lawyers have excellent commercial instincts and are able to provide concise and relevant advice as to what is practicable and achievable as quickly as possible and at fair and reasonable cost.’

‘The team is led by Graeme Taylor who is highly experienced, personable and extremely approachable. Annabelle Redman mirrors these qualities and is always able to provide speedy and practicable solutions and advice. For both, the commercial imperative is all-important and I value this most highly.’

Key clients

Spelthorne Borough Council

Grainger plc

Osborne Limited

OakNorth Bank

Regal London Limited

Native Land Limited

Hutchison Property Group Limited

Marcol Limited

U + I Group Plc

Lai Sun Developments Limited

Urban & Civic plc

Montreaux Ltd

C.G.I.S Group

One 55 Fenchurch Limited

Connected Living Ltd (TfL/Grainger JV)

B&Q

Brentwood Development Partnership LLP (a Morgan Sindall/Brentwood Borough Council JV)

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk with the proposed structure of arrangements between 21 landowners to facilitate the bringing forward of development of The South East King’s Lynn Strategic Growth Area.
  • Acting for the Brentwood Development Partnership LLP (a Brentwood Borough Council/Morgan Sindall JV) on its purchase and development of properties within Brentwood for residential, commercial and leisure uses.
  • Acting for Grainger, the MoD’s development partner, for the development and sale of serviced parcels of land of former Stanhope and Buller barracks in Aldershot.

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP's planning team works closely with other departments to provide a full service to its diverse client base. The team handles all aspects of transactional and contentious planning work, with strong cross-sector experience spanning residential, commercial, aviation, port, highways and infrastructure. Ian Ginbey and Brian Greenwood jointly lead the team. Ginbey's practice focuses on resolving complex planning issues and he regularly appears at public inquiries, where he has secured landmark legal judgments. Greenwood advises on issues such as land contamination and water pollution. Stephen Webb left to join Brecher LLP in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ginbey; Brian Greenwood

Testimonials

‘Prompt and reliable service.’

‘I have found their service to be absolutely excellent. They are experts in all aspects of the legal planning process and have been particularly helpful in assisting me with a very high profile planning appeal as well as some tricky section 106 agreements.’

‘Brian Greenwood has unparalleled experience in the ports sector and is a wise and tenacious adviser in this field.’

‘The planning team combines well on various planning-related matters, whether that is reviewing an application before it goes in, advising on strategy or looking at an appeal. The depth of expertise makes the whole thing work seamlessly.’

‘Brian Greenwood and Ian Ginbey are the standout practitioners both providing very clear and pragmatic advice.’

‘Ian Ginbey leads on my most high-profile project and has given expert advice from the start of the engagement. His recent experience of planning appeals is particularly useful for myself as a client who has only undertaken one such appeal in the past. The advice is pitched at the right level and on point all the time.’

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Pinewood Studios Ltd

Corinthian Land Limited

CEMEX UK Operations Limited

Freshwater Group of Companies

Dignity plc

Oikos Storage Limited

Frontier Dragon Limited

Briggens Estate Limited

Regal London

Grainger plc

Cannon Capital Developments

Hutchison Whampoa

Peel Holdings plc

CEG

Arlington

Marcol

U + I

North London Collegiate School

Olleco

Connected Living London Limited

Viscount Devonport (Millhouse Developments Limited)

Pall Mall Investments Limited

City & Provincial Properties Investments Limited

Slough Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Associated British Ports – the UK’s largest Port operator with 21 Ports across England, Wales and Scotland on a variety of matters.
  • Advising Pinewood Studios Limited in connection with its proposals for Screen Hub UK, a new experience that is being proposed on land to the south of its existing studios in the Green Belt.
  • Advising Corinthian Land Limited in relation to its planning application for a mixed-use urban extension comprising (amongst other things) 4,000 dwellings, two primary schools and a new A2 junction south of Canterbury.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP's close co-operation with the firm's transactional real estate team enables the practice to act for a broad client base, including property funds, landowners, developers, tenant occupiers and private clients. In a reflection of team head Keith Conway's expertise, much of its work pertains to developments and redevelopments - such as nuisance disputes, vacant possession strategies and building defects - and to landlord and tenant relationships. Typical instructions in the latter space include dilapidation claims, the recovery of rent arrears (including those arising from insolvency) and lease disputes. With legal director Jeremy Stephen, the team has an expert in rights of light insurance.

Practice head(s):

Keith Conway

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Keith Conway is hugely experienced and his legal knowledge and commercial understanding is vast.

Led by the hugely experienced Keith Conway, the real estate litigation team is very in touch with the market and has a broad client base.

If you want a property litigator who has been around the block and really knows his stuff inside out, you want Keith Conway. There will be no aspect of property litigation which Keith has not dealt with before.

I always enjoy working with Keith Conway and his team.

Excellent client care. Highly responsive.

Jeremy Stephen is a strategic thinker and highly experienced litigator. Great client care. Always willing to go the extra mile. Knows how to get the result that clients are looking for. A pleasure to work with.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP  has expertise in large-scale internal investigations spanning multiple jurisdictions, as well as advising on high profile investigations by regulators and agencies. Jointly led by John Whittaker and Fergal Cathie, the team has been involved in a high-profile SFO investigation in recent months, and is also acting in investigations by the FCA and various foreign regulators, including the DOJ in the US. Insurance, natural resources, industrials and commodities are among the group’s sector strengths. The team welcomed a number of lateral hires, including Rachel Cropper-Mawer, who re-joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP in October 2020. Charles Kuhn is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

John Whittaker; Fergal Cathie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Clyde & Co’s geographical reach is impressive and the calibre of its legal professionals and advice are top rate. We find them to be responsive and very easy to deal with. The firm also appreciates the importance of diversity.

Well-structured and led team.

I have worked with Rachel Cropper-Mawer for many years. She has worked in senior internal regulatory/integrity roles within global corporates and has a long track record in practice. Rachel brings this insight and a balanced perspective to client situations to great effect. Her advice is clear and clients respect her for that. She masters detail and is knowledgeable about legislation and regulation relating to financial crime.

Rachel Cropper Mawer is a top-notch partner. Highly dependable and effective.

Key clients

Dechert LLP

Stichting Vestia

Work highlights

  • Advising Dechert LLP in a breach of duty claim regarding allegations of leaking sensitive documents to the press and the SFO, brought by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation.
  • Advising Stichting Vestia in a dispute against an investment bank in respect of financial products, involving allegations of bribery and also issues of capacity under Dutch law.

Employment Tier 3

Discrimination law expert Stephen Miller heads up the team at Clyde & Co LLP, which is best known for its litigation capabilities, regularly defending clients against equal and holiday pay alongside unfair dismissal and discrimination claims brought before the employment tribunal. This is also were Frances Ross' strength lies; she regularly defends public sector bodies against equal pay and discrimination claims in particular. While the team acts for an extensive roster of public bodies, its client portfolio also includes corporates, who regularly retain the team to advise on senior exits.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Miller

Other key lawyers:

Graham Mitchell; Frances Ross; Robert King

Testimonials

‘Robert King is quite frankly exceptional. The level of service and advice is exceptional value for money.’

‘Working with Robert King is like having an elite lawyer on my board of directors. He knows my business inside out and the partnership really works for me. He inspires confidence and has such strong people skills that you actually look forward to seeing your lawyer.’

Key clients

City of Edinburgh Council

Royal College of Surgeons

Scottish Ballet

Glasgow City Council

Inverclyde Council

Essar (Oil) UK Limited

Argyll College (UHI)

North Lanarkshire Council

North Ayrshire Council

W.H. Malcolm Limited

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending a challenge to Fife Council’s job evaluation scheme in the context of equal pay claims under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Successfully defending mass holiday pay claims on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council and other local authorities.

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

Clyde & Co is noted for having 'a clear strategy and understanding quickly the weaknesses and strengths of a case.' The team works well across its various offices nationally and internationally, and is often instructed by contractors. Its main area of expertise are infrastructure and energy projects, in which it advises on contentious and non-contentious aspects. Peter O’Brien heads up the practice and is a key contact for employers, contractors and sub-contractors in disputes. Director Kate Lister also has considerable know-how in construction and engineering disputes.

Practice head(s):

Peter O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Josh Roberts; Kate Lister

Testimonials

‘Excellent advice. Excellent availability. Regular checking in and ensuring we are happy.’

‘Peter O’Brien and Josh Roberts have been excellent, really taking the pressure off in-house legal and efficiently resolving issues and bringing matters to a successful conclusion.’

‘Kate Lister provides excellent support to Peter, putting in the hard work necessary to keep the office’s construction team growing and functioning under increasing work load. She is a future star’

‘Very knowledgeable and shrewd. The team has a clear strategy and understands quickly the weaknesses and strengths of a case.’

‘Peter O’Brien: Excellent strategist. Always available to help or provide guidance.’

‘Kate Lister: Switched on. Always available. Hardworking and understands strategy very well.’

Key clients

MW High Tech Projects UK Ltd

M+W Group GmbH

Designer M&E Services UK

Work highlights

  • Representing M+W in proceedings commenced by the employer, Energy Works Limited, in the Technology & Construction Court in London.
  • Successfully represented M+W in the Court of Appeal in relation to multiple disputes with a civils subcontractor.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP‘s ‘broad commercial litigation offering‘ spans general commercial dispute work and includes specialists in property litigation, professional negligence claims, financial litigation, healthcare litigation and partnership disputes. The firm has a strong reputation for insurance sector disputes, for which Catherine Mangham is the contact to note, while the ‘outstandingCraig McAdam leads the non-insurance practice which includes the ‘vastly experiencedNick Gee.

Practice head(s):

Craig McAdam; Catherine Mangham

Other key lawyers:

Jacob Broughton; Joanne McCartney; Nick Gee; Rubina Alam

Testimonials

‘BLM litigation team in Manchester offers a first-class service to its clients both locally and on a nationwide basis.’

‘Broad commercial litigation offering – responsive to client wishes and needs; determined in pursuit of their aims.’

‘Craig McAdam is an outstanding leading partner who allows his support team to work on cases alongside stakeholders; litigants, counsel, experts and funders/insurers. Calm and collective, Craig is precise and detailed in his communications.’

‘Jake Broughton is especially impressive and very easy to deal with.’

Rubina Alam is a hard-working associate solicitor who provides good support to Nick Gee.

‘Nick Gee – vastly experienced in commercial litigation, decisive, effective communicator with both clients and opponents.

Joanne McCartney is someone who prepares instructions thoughtfully, is engaging to discuss cases with, and is always good at honing in on the key aspects of the case and grasping what the issues are.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

Travelodge

Mission Mars

Urban Splash

Schuh Ltd

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Winlink

Work highlights

  • Acted for a director of two companies in a breach of fiduciary duties and conspiracy against nine co-defendants for the lost opportunity for £12m profit.
  • Acting for a  broker, Winlink Marketing, in a multi-million pound claim for commission against Liverpool football club relating to an introduction/sponsorship agreement.
  • Acting for a shareholder in a claim for enforcement of restrictive covenants in a shareholders agreement.

Employment Tier 4

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

The ‘exemplary’ commercial real estate team at Clyde & Co LLP displays particular strengths in residential and mixed-use development work. Stephen Lintott, who ‘has excellent commercial acumen’ heads up the team. While there have been some departures, including Stephen Crook, who left for Knights plc in October 2020, the team continues to draw on considerable expertise, such as that of Tessa Leonard, experienced in regeneration work and town centre redevelopment.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Lintott

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good value for money. Very good strategic advice on deal structures and negotiations. ’

‘Stephen Lintott is very thorough and has excellent commercial acumen. He has provided us valuable strategic and detailed advice on the transaction. ’

‘I have worked with Stephen Lintott at BLM for a few years and find him and the practice to be exemplary. I find them a lot more approachable than other firms I have worked with in the past.’

Key clients

Urban Splash

Schuh Limited

86TR Limited

Realty Estates Limited/Deansgate Securities LLP

Ellis Brigham Limited

Evonik UK Holdings Limited

Salboy and related entities, including:

FICM Limited

Property (Done) Limited

Naples Street Properties Limited

Castle Irwell Limited

QN Street Limited

Magnificent Developments Limited

BTS NQ Limited

Dwell Developments/Dwell Properties

Redwater Group

McCaul Group Limited (and related companies)

GW Developments Northern Limited

The Caravan Club

University of Central Lancashire

Domis

Heatley Developments

Scarisbrick Hall School Limited

Lancashire County Developments

Cramant Homes

Motor Insurance Bureau

Urban Splash and related entities

Property (Done)Limited

Dwell Developments /Dwell Properties

Bradley Edge LLP

Chester Halo Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lancashire County Developments in relation to all sales, acquisitions, lettings, property management and property disputes at the 150 acre Lancashire Business Park and the 300,000 square foot White Cross Business Park.
  • Advising Urban Splash on the redevelopment of the Park Hill project in Sheffield.
  • Advising national retailer Ellis Brigham on its portfolio of properties.  

Real estate > Construction Tier 4

The 'always accessible' team at Clyde & Co LLP assists clients from a range of sectors, including education, manufacturing and development. Steven Cannon co-leads the practice; he draws upon his expertise in contentious engineering and construction matters and provides 'sound and commercially focused advice' to clients both in the UK and abroad. Alongside him is newly promoted construction co-head and ‘excellent and trusted adviserLucy Frith, who assists major industry groups in complex disputes.

Practice head(s):

Steven Cannon; Lucy Frith

Testimonials

‘The team are always accessible to provide updates and advice. They share the reasoning for their advice to allow the client to understand and evaluate the risks and opportunities of the various options available, and listen to, understand and address the needs of the client at each stage of the matter being dealt with. Steven Cannon and Lucy Frith have delivered a very high-quality service across the period of a challenging dispute, leading to a successful resolution. ’

‘The Clyde & Co construction team in Manchester includes high-calibre lawyers with a great breadth of experience and knowledge. As a result, it has the same capability as many London-based practices, but with the advantage of lower hourly rates.’

‘The team has vast experience and a high level of capability in construction disputes in the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. In particular, the team is very strong advising in relation to adjudication.’

‘I’ve worked with Steven Cannon for many years and he is an excellent strategic adviser, with the ability to understand and simplify very complex legal issues and provide practical solutions. Steve is also very client-friendly – he understands the businesses he works with, can communicate well and provides sound and commercially focused advice.’

‘Lucy Frith is an excellent lead, with a thorough understanding of complex issues and of our underlying commercial drivers.’

‘Lucy Frith has been excellent to deal with in complicated and time-critical matters. She really understands the technical details of our market and how to deliver pragmatic, efficient advice. She is an excellent and trusted adviser.’

Key clients

Vita Students

Select Group UAE

OakNorth Bank plc

University of Leeds

University of Manchester

University of Sheffield

Work highlights

  • Advising Whittan Industrial Limited on the construction aspects of a fit-out project for the Pretty Little Thing/Boohoo automation project in Sheffield.
  • Advising the University of Leeds on aspects of the specialist engineering contracts, as well as the infrastructure contracts, in relation to its new Technology and Engineering Campus Project.
  • Advising Select Group UAE on the construction aspects of the redevelopment of parts of Baker Street and Sherlock Mews in London to create new high-end residential properties.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP’s professional practices group has a strong contentious offering under practice co-head Chris Holme, whose expertise centres around professional liability and regulatory disputes. Instructions predominantly come from law firms and accountancy companies. Also leading the practice, Simon Vere Nicoll advises on partnership agreements and LLP conversions, while Richard Harrison heads the lawyers’ liability, regulatory, investigations and disciplinary sub-group.

Practice head(s):

Chris Holme; Simon Vere Nicoll; Richard Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Fergal Cathie; Sarah Clover

Testimonials

The team thinks outside the box to understand the needs of your partnership rather than just applying the general law and really understands what is practical and what just doesn’t work in the real world.

Sarah Clover is superbly responsive and knows the market’s ins and outs, not just the legal advice.

Superb blend of all-round legal expertise. Strong partners supported by excellent associates.

Richard Harrison stands out for professional negligence and disciplinary matters, including investigations, especially as regards solicitors. Astute and wise.

Clyde & Co cover all the bases in being able to service the legal sector’s own legal problems, whether those be regulatory, a professional negligence claim or a partnership dispute. A number of individuals have experience of advising and representing law firms across all three of those areas and that enables them to take a holistic view, for example being aware of the potential regulatory reporting obligations that may arise if a partnership is facing a financial meltdown.

Sarah Clover brings a calm perspective and deep wisdom to the most fraught situations. Also noteworthy in this area are Fergal Cathie and Richard Harrison.

Work highlights

  • Advising Rawlinson & Hunter on its conversion from a general partnership to an LLP structure.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 4

Three leads direct the offering at Clyde & Co LLP: road traffic litigation specialist Ian Walker and medical crime team head Adam Weston in London, and national health and safety head Helen Devery in Manchester. The team is highly regarded for its experience in corporate and individual crime in healthcare and health and safety, and has particular specialisms in abuse and neglect offences, indecent images prosecutions, medical crimes (particularly those falling under the Mental Health Act and Medicines Act) and white collar matters. Peter James and Diana Goldstein are other key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ian Walker; Helen Devery; Adam Weston

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Really exceptional client care offered. The work is done to the highest standard, and communications are always answered swiftly and appropriately. A smooth, professional outfit‘.

Key experience in corporate and individual crime in healthcare and health and safety make this team go to experts in their chosen fields‘.

Adam Weston – a leading disciplinary/regulatory practitioner who can also act in heavyweight criminal cases involving doctors‘.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Combining strengths in investigations, regulation and disputes, Clyde & Co LLP advises on a broad range of fraud issues, including matters related to the FCA, money laundering and professional liability. The firm has particular expertise in the commodities and natural resources sectors. The team, co-led by John Whittaker and Fergal Cathie, is ‘top quality and can be trusted to run high profile and high value commercial litigation'. It was also boosted in 2020 by the arrival of Rachel Cropper Mawer from DAC Beachcroft LLP, who brings strength in internal investigations into fraud, corruption and civil litigation and injunctions.

Practice head(s):

John Whittaker; Fergal Cathie

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Cropper-Mawer; Karen Elliot; Ben Parkin

Testimonials

‘Rachel Cropper-Mawer is tenacious, exceptionally hard working and excellent at client management and communication – she focuses on the things that really matter and getting the job done in the most effective way possible’.

‘From the perspective of a commercial silk, the Clyde & Co civil fraud litigation team are a pleasure to deal with’.

‘All of the lawyers are top quality and can be trusted to run high profile and high value commercial litigation’.

‘Without exception I have found the lawyers I have dealt with to be extremely bright, hard working and very tactically aware. They have made my job as Counsel so much easier, which has no doubt saved the client a lot of money’.

‘Whilst I hesitate to single out members of the litigation team I know at Clyde & Co, two people stand out for me. First, John Whittaker as the main partner in the department. He is incredibly experienced and comes with a great deal of well deserved gravitas. He has exceptional  client skills and is a great communicator. Second, Sabina Cehajic who is one of the senior associates.  Sabina is an up and coming star in the filed of commercial litigation and particularly in relation to civil fraud. Incredibly efficient and very hard working, she is also very personable and able to see the wood for the trees’.

‘The team at Clyde are our Team. We build relationships with them through work and outside of work and even via a remote basis in the past 12 months with fun online. Everyone enjoys their role and the feedback on our work is great. They accept our feedback and are approachable and therefore the quality of the service and work is exceptional at times’.

‘They embrace technology and have changed reporting over the past 12 months when we have highlighted what could or may be missing within their offering’.

‘Karen Elliot and Ben Parkin have displayed a fantastic level of knowledge and support over the past 12 months. They are different to others as they accept the way in which our company may work is different to others’.

Key clients

Dechert LLP

Stichting Vestia

Mr William Andrew Tinkler

Moorgate Industries (formerly of Stemcor)

Work highlights

  • Advising Dechert LLP in a breach of duty claim regarding allegations of leaking sensitive documents to the press and the SFO, brought by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation ENRC.
  • Advising Mr Tinkler in a claim to set aside a judgment obtained by fraud in respect for the breach of director’s duties.
  • Advising Stichting Vestia in a dispute against an investment bank in respect of financial products, involving allegations of bribery and also issues of capacity under Dutch law.

Employment > Employers Tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP has a strong historical foothold in the insurance sector but also has a presence in the financial services and professional services sectors. It primarily acts for employers in complex claims in the Employment Tribunals and the High Court. Robert Hill, who leads the ‘partner-driven’ group, demonstrates notable strengths in sensitive discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Meanwhile, Chris Holme, whose ‘client service is excellent’, specialises in regulatory issues arising from the financial services and legal sectors, including advice on bullying allegations and harassment claims. Another name to note is James Major, a ‘high-class strategist’ who clients assert ’know how to successfully run large-scale High Court litigation’. The firm’s recent merger with BLM saw occupational disease and employment specialist Vanessa Latham join the team.

Practice head(s):

Robert Hill

Other key lawyers:

Chris Holme; James Major; Heidi Watson; Charles Urquhart; Laura Kings; Vanessa Latham

Testimonials

I have worked with Charles Urquhart, Rob Hill, Chris Holme, James Major and Heidi Watson over the past year. They are all excellent lawyers and superb practitioners. They each know the law well but also have an excellent manner.’

Highly dedicated “hands-on” team. Very knowledgeable. Excellent collaborators.’

Chris Holme has superb interpersonal skills and outstanding judgement. Highly knowledgeable and strategic.’

James Major is a class act. Nothing phases him. A high class strategist, he knows how to successfully run large-scale High Court litigation.’

Are able to explain complex legal matters in a way that those with a non legal background can easily understand. Take a pragmatic approach, weighing up the legal and commercial side of matters. Explain the options and then assist you to make the right decision for your business.’

The team was efficient and very available. They work in an inclusive manner and are extremely flexible accommodating requests at short notice. They worked well with our in-house team. We appreciated the insight provided following litigation including lessons learned.’

The team is very partner-driven which is important to us since we are looking for judgement calls on very important and sensitive issues and we reliably get that.’

Chris Holme’s client service is excellent. I feel that we have a real partnership where I set out what I need and a realistic timescale and he always over-delivers. He understands the internal politics that I need to juggle and produces commercial, pithy answers.’

Key clients

Charles Stanley & Co Limited

United Parcel Service (UPS)

Willis Towers Watson

Estee Lauder Cosmetics

Which?

Gallagher

University College London (UCL)

Mott MacDonald

Glencore

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Malaysia Airlines

BMS

Randall & Quilter

Chaucer

Jetblue

Outdoors & Cycle Concepts

Petit Bateau

McGill & Partners

Springer Nature

Taylor & Francis

Ziegler

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a breach of contract claim in the High Court  for Charles Stanley & Co Limited, which was the subject of a two-week trial in October 2020.
  • Advising UPS on all their UK employment needs.
  • Advising Malaysia Airlines on all their UK employment matters.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP's pensions professional negligence practice is known for being 'outstanding' in claims against professionals and financial advisers. Fergal Cathie  leads the disputes team, which also advises on scheme construction, rectification, and claims arising from defective scheme advice, and drafting and execution issues. Ivan Wilkinson  is regarded as an 'exceptional' member of the team by clients. The non-contentious arm is headed by Terry Saeedi , with the team advises on scheme funding arrangements, restructurings, and closures in a UK DB context. Here, Paul Hodges  and Matthew Ambler are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Terry Saeedi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are proactive and provide a proportionate and pragmatic approach. The people are friendly, keen to help and deliver to timescales. Would recommend the Pensions team to other clients seeking a friendly legal team.’

‘The Collaboration between the legal teams and us was excellent. Our problem felt like it was theirs and you could feel the desire and willingness to resolve the issue.’

‘The London team is very driven to deliver excellent service.’

‘Terry Saeedi and Matthew Ambler have worked around the clock for me. They have done extensive research and fought for me to win. I have complete confidence in them and would recommend them to anyone. Such dedication from solicitors is rare.’

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP brings extensive experience to bear on real estate matters for a range of independent retailers, restaurant chains, and national and multinational corporations. Laura Oliver joined in 2020 from Hogan Lovells International LLP to replace former practice head David Wyatt, who retired in April 2021. Oliver now leads the group alongside Anabelle Redman, who assists retail clients on a broad range of investment and development transactions. The key name to note for retail-related property litigation is Keith Conway.

Practice head(s):

Laura Oliver; Anabelle Redman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team work together well, play to each other’s strengths, and collectively seek to approach work with a friendly, collaborative outset.’

 

Key clients

B&Q Limited

Clarks

Fossil

Crew Clothing Co.

Inditex

Joe & The Juice

Saltrock

Smiggle

Screwfix

Five Guys

Loro Piana

Work highlights

  • Acting for B&Q in relation to their new “store within a store” partnership with Asda.
  • Acting for Smiggle on all of their store openings in England and Wales and their subsequent renewals.
  • Advising Five Guys on all transactional real estate matters.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP advises governments, mine owners and operators, and banks and financial institutions, among others, on a wide range of mining matters. Maurice Kenton, who focuses on international disputes in the energy and natural resources sectors, is a key contact.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP's power and renewables sector focus group group is chaired by disputes specialist Richard Power. The firm handles the full spectrum of matters for power clients, covering corporate matters, finance and project development, with strong capabilities on both the contentious and non-contentious side. Other key names in the team include Mary Anne Roff, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2019 - she specialises in complex energy construction and engineering disputes.

Practice head(s):

Richard Power

Other key lawyers:

Mary Anne Roff; Stephen Jurgenson; Clare Hatcher

Testimonials

‘Thorough understanding of the sector in which we operate.’

‘Very good understanding of our own company culture and how we manage risk.’

‘The partners and the associates we work with are effective, professional and easy to contact.’

‘Mary Anne Roff has an excellent approach – measured and calm. She is very good at working with both my commercial leadership and our engineers, and adds comfort and clarity to what are often very confused and difficult situations.’

‘Clare Hatcher has been involved in virtually all our service business activities in the UK for many years. She is a clear expert in her field.’

Key clients

Electrogas Malta Limited

Speciality Steel UK Limited

MW High Tech Projects UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising ElectroGas Malta Limited on ongoing aspects of the €450m Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project, which involves the financing, development, maintenance and operation of the project, which is to provide the supply and delivery of electricity and natural gas to Enemalta, the Maltese utility.
  • Advised Specialty Steel on their response to the application for judicial review by Tempus Energy against the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy’s decisions concerning the suspension of the UK capacity market, following the quashing of the European Commission’s decision to grant state aid approval.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

International firm Clyde & Co LLP fields a team of commercial real estate lawyers with 'excellent commercial instincts, providing concise and relevant advice’. The practice is principally acclaimed for its full lifecycle development practice with Will Deeprose directing his attention to mixed-use residential schemes and the ‘highly experiencedGraeme Taylor handling warehousing and distribution regeneration developments; the pair jointly lead the practice, which is also extensively well-versed in public sector-driven projects and is engaged for office and retail lettings, investment-related property management and development, as well as a range of disposals and acquisitions. Laura Oliver is a new partner-level arrival from Hogan Lovells International LLP and ‘has already proved to be a great asset for the firm, instilling confidence on any transaction.’

Practice head(s):

Graeme Taylor; Will Deeprose

Other key lawyers:

Annabelle Redman; John Pearce; Laura Oliver

Testimonials

‘We have found the real estate team at Clyde & Co to be extremely competent technically, commercial, responsive and easy to deal with. Their fees are comparatively reasonable and they are prepared to agree fees not only according to hours spent, but also having regard to the value of the service to the client.’

‘John Pearce is our relationship partner. He is an excellent lawyer technically and combines this with commerciality, common sense and responsiveness. He is always prepared to discuss matters with you and give you his opinion rather than just simply handing down advice.’

‘The practice does not just focus on getting through the transactional / fee paid work but also the wider lawyer/client relationship – for example the training menu that has been implemented. They are keen to understand our business and how they can assist within a broader context keeping us updated with latest thinking and innovation.’

‘Laura Oliver recently joined Clyde & Co and has proved a great asset to the firm. As a client it is important that you have absolute faith in your lawyer’s knowledge, not just technically but also commercially, and Laura has both in abundance. She is also extremely diligent, turning drafting around quickly and always contactable to discuss matters. When embarking on any transaction, having Laura as part of the home team instils confidence in the project.’

‘The team is highly collaborative and supportive of each other so there is always someone able to assist. All the lawyers have excellent commercial instincts and are able to provide concise and relevant advice as to what is practicable and achievable as quickly as possible and at fair and reasonable cost.’

‘The team is led by Graeme Taylor who is highly experienced, personable and extremely approachable. Annabelle Redman mirrors these qualities and is always able to provide speedy and practicable solutions and advice. For both, the commercial imperative is all-important and I value this most highly.’

Key clients

Spelthorne Borough Council

Grainger plc

Osborne Limited

OakNorth Bank

Regal London Limited

Native Land Limited

Hutchison Property Group Limited

Marcol Limited

U + I Group Plc

Lai Sun Developments Limited

Urban & Civic plc

Montreaux Ltd

C.G.I.S Group

One 55 Fenchurch Limited

Connected Living Ltd (TfL/Grainger JV)

B&Q

Brentwood Development Partnership LLP (a Morgan Sindall/Brentwood Borough Council JV)

Ares UK

Wincanton Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Regal London on the restructure of land ownership and the simultaneous refinance of a site with two separate senior debt facilities for a total of £76m.
  • Acting for B&Q Properties Limited on the sale of their store in Sutton to a residential developer for £38m and a short term leaseback of the store for operational purposes.
  • Advising Urban & Civic plc on the surrender of a hotel lease to Marriott and the disposal of two long leasehold interests in the site to a joint venture between Starwood Capital Group and Property Alliance Group.

Real estate > Environment Tier 4

Praised for its ‘wealth of experience’, the team at Clyde & Co LLP stands out for its expertise in environmental crime, regularly advising on investigations, prosecution and other enforcement actions brought by the Environment Agency or local authorities, while also providing regulatory and compliance advice. Rod Hunt can draw on valuable experience as a former Environment Agency prosecutor, while Chris Morrison is familiar with large-scale environmental litigation; both ‘fantastic lawyers’ are based in the London and Manchester offices. Also in the London office, Brian Greenwood contributes both planning and environment expertise.

Practice head(s):

Rod Hunt; Chris Morrison; Brian Greenwood

Other key lawyers:

David Leckie; Victor Rae-Reeves

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic and effective advice and representation, backed up with a wealth of experience. A go-to firm for advice on all aspects of environmental regulation.’

‘Rod Hunt and Chris Morrison are fantastic lawyers at the forefront of regulatory law, specifically in the field of environmental law. Both are able to combine an acute commercial and practical outlook with great insight into this area of law. As a result, they know when to push back appropriately where a client has been treated unfairly and at the same time unhesitatingly provides realistic and pragmatic advice.’

‘Clydes are our go-to firm for everything relating to HSEQ regulatory matters.’

‘Rod Hunt is an excellent technical lawyer but is also extremely adept at making things simple for the business and being user-friendly.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 5

Clyde & Co LLP advises clients on acquisitions, commercial agreements, and business strategy, with notable strengths including the commercial property, TMT, and e-commerce sectors. Matters include advising businesses on private equity investment responses, and handling contentious IP contracts and disputes. The firm also works with public sector clients on commercial contracts. The team is led by Daniel Varney and Steve Kuncewicz.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Varney; Steve Kuncewicz

Testimonials

‘The people know how to cut through the noise and get what you want done quickly, they don’t just pass work to juniors that need to be briefed constantly and are very pragmatic.’

‘Danny Varney is an excellent commercial lawyer, he’s the partner I deal with and has really spent the time to learn what’s important to me and my firm. Danny knows we want fair and transparent agreements that aren’t all biased in our favour.’

 

Key clients

Solid Bond Capital

Salboy Limited

Domis Developments Limited

Qover Insurance Company

Oliver James Associates Limited

One Iota Limited

The Defence Works Limited

St Helens Borough Council

Oldham Borough Council

Ridge & Partners LLP

Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports

MTC Novo

ItsGoneViral

LOVE Creative

Don’t Panic Projects Limited

Santander UK Plc

Cert Property Group

Avensure Limited

Landscape Institute

Tangerine Limited

Green Energy Advice Bureau

Owl Live

Sputnik Digital

Work highlights

  • Advising St Helens BC on a significant public sector regeneration project, accomplished via joint venture.
  • Advising Fresh Carnation on the acquisition of Hedges Direct Group from Foresight and the management team.
  • Advised the owner of The Defence Works Limited, Edward Whittingham, on the sale of the company to Proofpoint.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 5

Clyde & Co LLP has expertise across all aspects of insurance taxation, covering public and private insurance M&A transactions, underwriting issues and insurance premium tax. Other key areas of strength include real estate, M&A and employment tax work. Practice head Ray Smith's specialist areas include advising on the tax aspects of insurance and real estate transactions. David Blumenthal frequently advises on share schemes and employee incentives.

Practice head(s):

Ray Smith

Other key lawyers:

Susan Ball; David Blumenthal; Malcolm Frost

Testimonials

The individuals at the firm are extremely knowledgeable regarding their area of practice and are able to explain complex matters in a simple and understandable way.’

I have worked with Ray Smith and David Blumenthal. I find them to be highly competent in simplifying technical nuances in a way that is easier to understand. They are also very commercial in their approach and help me to ensure that I have the bases covered. They are responsive, always deliver, and are very pleasant to work with and engage with.’

Key clients

Capsicum Re Managing Partners

Spelthorne Borough Council

Chatsworth Schools

Grainger Residential Limited (part of Grainger Plc Group)

B&Q Properties Limited

Brentwood Development Partnership LLP (a Brentwood Borough Council/Morgan Sindall JV)

Connected Living London Living (a Grainger/TFL JV)

Milton Keynes Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

B&Q Limited

Regal London

Grainger (Aldershot) Limited (part of Grainger Plc Group)

Urban & Civic plc

U & I Group PLC

Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Wyngrove Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the managing partners of Capsicum Re on the sale of Capsicum Re to the international insurance group Arthur J Gallagher.
  • Acting for CLL on the conditional agreements to purchase four sites (at Southall, Montford Place, Arnos Grove and Cockfosters) from TFL.
  • Acted for the appellant, Milton Keynes Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, before the Court of Appeal on whether HMRC has the power, for VAT purposes, to assess government departments to tax under s 73(2) of the VAT Act 1994.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 5

Led by the Simon Gamblin, Clyde & Co LLP's corporate and M&A team works with clients from a range of sectors including corporate real estate, energy, maritime, and commodities. Nick Purnell's cross-sector focus and international experience sees him taking the lead on many of the firm's cross-border mandates. Philip Mace concentrates on upstream oil and gas matters, while Richard Elks is recommended for his expertise in international real estate development projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Gamblin

Testimonials

‘Very efficient – they were able to meet extreme deal pressure timings.’

‘Good, commercial, practical advice. Strong and innovative. Not overly risk averse and happy to give a commercial view on legal matters.’

Key clients

Insect Technology Group Holdings UK Limited

Progressive Games Partners LLC

DeepOcean 1 UK Limited

A-House Investments Limited

Choice International Limited

Circus Street Developments Limited

Native Land Limited

Mountain Berg Limited

Rawlinson & Hunter LLP

Kings Park Village LLP

Adrian Willis / Adastral Flying Displays Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Insect Technology Group in connection with a proposed fundraise and shareholder bridge lending facility.
  • Advised Progressive Games Partners LLC on its sale.
  • Providing general corporate advice and assistance to DeepOcean 1 UK Ltd.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 5

Led from London by Dan Tindall and able to leverage significant resources on the ground in numerous key global shipping hubs, Clyde & Co LLP has an ‘excellent understanding of the industry‘ and the concomitant financing and leasing requirements of a strong operator client base. Mark Bisset spearheads the firm’s efforts on the aviation finance front, which is primarily focused on servicing the finance needs of a solid roster of commercial airlines and business jets. In October 2021 the firm sealed the acquisition of 12-strong aviation finance boutique REN Legal, with Norman Fraser and Richard Mumford  joining as partners.

Practice head(s):

Mark Bisset; Dan Tindall

Other key lawyers:

Giovanna Cabbia; Nicholas Harding; Natasha Mehta; Marie-Anne Moussalli; Amanda Paterson; Nicholas Block; Jennifer Greengrass; Kirsten Conacher; Norman Fraser; Richard Mumford

Testimonials

The firm has an excellent understanding of the shipping industry.’

They are very practical and keep things simple.’

‘Norman Fraser is an excellent lawyer with an excellent breadth of experience and understanding of the aviation finance market with the added knowledge of a true aircraft enthusiast.’

Key clients

Air Baltic

Wizz Air

Royal Air Maroc

Turkish Airlines

Aegean Airlines

Air Serbia

Credit Suisse

Work highlights

  • Represented Turkish Airlines in relation to a French tax leasing of two Boeing 787-9 aircraft guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the US.
  • Advising Wizz Air on the French tax leasing structure with BNP Paribas to finance three A320 NEO aircraft.
  • Advising Wizz Air on the Japanese operating leases with a call option for two A321 aircraft financed by SMBC/SMFL.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 5

Debt finance is a strength of the team at Clyde & Co LLP, in addition to Sharia-compliant property finance transactions. Chris Lenton leads the 'joined up, experienced and pragmatic' team, with expertise in advising on complex and mixed-use developments, especially for clients from the Middle East and Far East, and Adil Hussain leads the Islamic finance practice. Dean Gormley, who joined the firm in May 2020 from Irwin Mitchell, and Annabelle Redman are also notable team members.

Practice head(s):

Chris Lenton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Billing transparency and very competitive fee quotes notwithstanding high levels of partner engagement.’

‘The team is joined up, experienced and pragmatic. They have a sensible approach to fees and billings and are always committed to the wider, continuing relationship.’

‘Very professional, with excellent customer service and experience, good market knowledge and clear advice. They are also very forthcoming and willing to offer guidance for every step of the process, i.e. also at the general enquiry stage.’

‘Punch above their weight for their size and position in the market. Client-focused as they take the time to get to know their clients and tailor their approach accordingly. Reasoned and pragmatic advice, which is easy to digest. Responsive and efficient.’

‘Each member of the team faces challenges with good humour and patience. Nothing is too much trouble or effort. Dean Gormley on the banking side leads a team with cheer.’

‘Annabelle Redman is very knowledgeable and in my opinion on top of her field of expertise. She is my go-to person if I encounter unusual sets of circumstances or complex transactions. Response times are quick and she regularly goes the extra mile to provide a very good and personal service.’

Key clients

Regal London

Secure Trust Bank

Marcol Group

OakNorth Bank plc

Roundshield Partners

Freshwater Group

One 55 Fenchurch

Bank of London and the Middle East plc

ABC International Bank plc

Aldgate Developments

U+I Group plc

Lai Sun Developments Limited

Lendinvest

Urban&Civic

Montreaux Limited

British Arab Commercial Bank

New Era Developments

Urbo (West Bar) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Regal WL Limited, as the borrower, in relation to a £118m funding from ICG Longbow to finance the development of 112 private residential flats and 170 social and affordable flats for Central and Cecil Housing Trust in St John’s Wood.
  • Advising ABC International Bank plc regarding the financing of the Lancer Square mixed-used development, which includes 36 boutique apartments and penthouses in the Kensington Palace conservation area.
  • Advising Urbo (West Bar) Limited on the financing aspects of the £300m West Bar Square scheme, a mixed-use development in Sheffield.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 5

Clyde & Co LLP’s IP team is particularly well-known for representing generic pharmaceuticals companies in patent litigation. Elsewhere, the team recently won mandates in the engineering sector and it has experience of handling disputes in the technology sector. Ralph Cox heads up the practice, which was bolstered by the arrival of Chris Williams from Blake Morgan LLP.

Practice head(s):

Ralph Cox

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very good value for money – a firm with international reach and experience, and with very high quality patent advisors, but charges less than the leading firms for equally good work.’

‘Ralph Cox has a very extensive knowledge of patent practice and procedure such that he is fully up-to-date of all and any developments in the area. This means that he is very well placed to advice clients on the latest matters in the law. He is very good with clients, giving clear commercially alert advice. He is also very supportive of clients during what is sometimes a difficult process of IP proceedings.’

Key clients

BiGDUG Limited

Dubar India Limited

Oxford Nanoimaging Limited

The Doctors Laboratory Ltd / TDL Genetics Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing The Doctors Laboratory and TDL Genetics in a longrunning series of patent infringement and validity proceedings relating to prenatal genetic testing (in particular for Down’s Syndrome).

Finance > Banking and finance

Public sector > Local government

Clyde & Co LLP is well known for defending local government clients in complex and difficult litigation. Other key areas of work include misfeasance claims, abuse and CSE claims, inquests and inquiries, development projects and social housing. Associate Nicholas Leigh specialises in claims involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse, representing charitable institutions, local authorities, churches and schools.

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Lintott; Natalie Puce; Nicholas Leigh

Testimonials

‘Natalie Puce is an astute lawyer who has a comprehensive knowledge of the case.’

‘The team are commercial and solution focused. Always helpful and honest about cases and possible outcomes giving a balanced view of risk whilst working tirelessly to achieve positive outcomes for their clients.’

Key clients

Wirral MBC

Knowsley MBC

Sheffield City Council

Oldham MBC

Stockport MBC

Manchester City Council

Halton Housing

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Lancashire County Council

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Rochdale MBC

Blackpool Council

London Fire Brigade

Real estate > Social housing

The team at Clyde & Co LLP attracts praise for its ‘knowledge and experience of social housing law and procedure that is second to none’. Matthew Hyam has a focus on the public and third sectors, and he acts for stock owning local authorities and registered providers. Hyam co-heads the practice with Stephen Lintott, who has longstanding relationships with a number of housing providers, with particular expertise in development, funding and planning agreements. Tessa Leonard assists local councils with regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hyam; Stephen Lintott

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth McCulloch; Tessa Leonard

Testimonials

‘The team at BLM has knowledge and experience of social housing law and procedure that is second to none. I have not encountered a department with such broad casework.’

‘The team is led by Matthew Hyam who has perhaps the most impressive knowledge of social housing law and procedure of any lawyer that I have encountered. His careful analytical approach to each case permeates throughout the whole team.’

‘They are very proactive and user friendly. Able to deal with the whole gamut of issues that arise in social housing with aplomb and sensitivity.’

‘Matthew Hyam: keeps a cool head under pressure, whilst retaining positive attitude. Thinks about practical solutions to resolve issues rather than strict legal answers: ensures that people’s needs are addressed and met, and that everyone keeps an eye on the bigger picture.’

‘The whole team are very well educated in the area of housing law. They are all very approachable and will give their advice and recommendations as quickly as possible.’

‘Elizabeth has become my main go to person lately simply because I find her so helpful and knowledgeable, if she is not around a quick voice message or email will be returned as soon as is possible.’

‘I am mainly instructed by Elizabeth McCulloch, who is an excellent and efficient solicitor who has the respect of her clients. The work is always well prepared.’

Key clients

Urban Splash

First Choice Homes

The Riverside Group

Halton Housing

Places for People Group

Peaks & Plains Housing Trust

Notting Hill Genesis

Clarion Housing Group

Sanctuary Housing Group

Phoenix Community Housing Group

Lancaster City Council

Greatwell Homes

Work highlights

  • Represented Greatwell Homes in the successful recovery of possession, using the absolute ground for possession following conviction and imprisonment for sexual offences against children.
  • Represented Halton Housing in the successful recovery of possession pursuant to Grounds 12, 13 & 14 HA 1988 when the defendant tenant pleaded an Equality Act 2010 defence and public law arguments.
  • Assisted Silver Homes with  updating a policy in respect of decants and drafted a licence agreement in accordance with the updated policy.

Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

Clyde & Co LLP handles a broad array of claims fraud in the insurance sector and has developed niche expertise in advising tour operators in the area of unconfirmed sickness claims. Head of practice Sarah Hill has considerable experience in advising on all aspects of fraud from large scale organised fraud to high-value exaggerated fraud cases. Daniel Thomas represents various leading insurance companies and deals with staged and contrived accidents as well as fraudulent exaggeration claims. Naomi Grant covers all aspects of motor claims fraud.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Hill

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Thomas; Naomi Grant; Carole Eaton; Siân Owen-Atkins

Testimonials

‘The lawyers have detailed and long-standing knowledge of insurance fraud and the various ancillary issues that flow from this. As a team it is efficient, proactive and realistic. It gets results.’

‘Carole Eaton is a pleasure to work with. Thorough and diligent. Experienced in cases involving fundamental dishonesty and the associated costs issues‘.

‘Strong experience in dealing with all aspects of fraudulent insurance claims.  A leading firm in this area.’

‘Sian Owen-Atkins is highly experienced. She gives sensible and pragmatic advice.  She is a tenacious opponent‘.

Key clients

DLG

NFU

QBE

Generali

Jet2

Allianz

Ageas

MIB

Tesco

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare

Clyde & Co LLP is noted for its healthcare practice, which encompasses private and public healthcare, product liability, drug licensing and cross-border transactions. Claire Petts and Gemma Brannigan are key names for medical malpractice claims and for inquiries and investigations respectively.

Other key lawyers:

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 7

Clyde & Co LLP acts on contentious IP matters pertaining to trade mark and design passing off and infringement in various sectors including manufacturing, food and drink and the creative industries. Ralph Cox leads the practice and Chris Williams is also a noted litigator.

Practice head(s):

Ralph Cox

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Clydes handle mid-sized cases skillfully and cost-effectively, while providing a very personal client service.’

‘Chris Williams is very client-friendly, reassuring and warm in comparison to some others in the profession. This makes clients’ experiences of litigation much less stressful than is often the case.’

‘Ralph Cox has unrivalled knowledge of patent law and practice – he is very good with clients and very supportive.’

Key clients

BiGDUG Limited

Dubar India Limited

Work highlights

  • Handling a claim on behalf of Dubar India Limited — a manufacturer and distributor of products popular in the British South Asian community — for infringement of it EU trade mark ‘HAJMOLA’ and for passing off  issued in the IP List of the High Court.

West Midlands > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

Clyde & Co LLP handles a broad array of claims fraud in the insurance sector and has developed niche expertise in advising tour operators in the area of unconfirmed sickness claims. Head of practice Sarah Hill has considerable experience in advising on all aspects of fraud from large scale organised fraud to high-value exaggerated fraud cases. Daniel Thomas represents various leading insurance companies and deals with staged and contrived accidents as well as fraudulent exaggeration claims. Naomi Grant covers all aspects of motor claims fraud.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Hill

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Thomas; Naomi Grant; Carole Eaton; Siân Owen-Atkins

Testimonials

‘The lawyers have detailed and long-standing knowledge of insurance fraud and the various ancillary issues that flow from this. As a team it is efficient, proactive and realistic. It gets results.’

‘Carole Eaton is a pleasure to work with. Thorough and diligent. Experienced in cases involving fundamental dishonesty and the associated costs issues‘.

‘Strong experience in dealing with all aspects of fraudulent insurance claims.  A leading firm in this area.’

‘Sian Owen-Atkins is highly experienced. She gives sensible and pragmatic advice.  She is a tenacious opponent‘.

Key clients

DLG

NFU

QBE

Generali

Jet2

Allianz

Ageas

MIB

Tesco

BLM is an ambitious business and seen as one of the largest and most expert suppliers to the UK legal insurance market. The firm has made considerable progress through key strategic appointments and hires, growth of our international offering and operational improvements through investments in areas such as data analytics and technology. Additionally, the firm also boasts a rapidly expanding commercial advisory and private wealth team.

The firm is focused on driving its business towards its vision to be the leader in its chosen markets of insurance and commerce.

 BLM’s purpose is to have a positive impact upon its clients’ businesses.  Fundamentally, it is helping them to reduce the time and money they spend on managing risk and resolving disputes.  Described in client surveys and legal directories as a firm with “its finger on the pulse of the market” and as a “technical powerhouse.” Having made great strides in the last 12 months, the firm now operates completely digitally; having implemented its Digital First strategy across all lines of business.

The firm offers clients the best of both worlds: the experience of an established law firm, and the smart solutions of innovative technology and consultancy services.   A key aspect of BLM’s strategic ambition is to provide an innovative offering around its advanced analytics capability. The firm’s partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science empowered it to grow this capability, developing prediction models to guide BLM’s advice to clients, as well as more sophisticated approaches to value litigation risk, improve decision-making and better manage portfolios of litigation risk. BLM Innovations comprises eight tools combining cutting-edge case management, communication and analytics tools to improve client outcomes and help with their business challenges. In 2020 BLM added to its Innovations suite with the launch of Fraud Edge – a smart new tool enabling clients to understand potential exposure to those organisations or enablers that are suspected of presenting fraudulent claims. www.blmlaw.com/blminnovations

The firm also launched consultancy offering, BLM Consult in 2019. The BLM Consult team has been created from a combination of lawyers, change consultants and lean practitioners, from a wide range of industry sectors who can work collaboratively with clients to help their own change journeys. www.blmlaw.com/blmconsult

BLM has an existing strong remit of international work and contacts, representing UK companies operating abroad, acting for a breadth of international organisations and handling high profile multijurisdictional cases.  The firm is founder members of Global Insurance Law Connect, established in 2017. The Network comprises like-minded risk and insurance law businesses enabling the firm to collaborate with insurance lawyers across more classes of business in more countries than many other similar networks. It was inspired by client demand and was established to support clients to confidently receive solutions to insurance and legal challenges around the globe.

BLM’s team of over 200 partners and more than 550 legal specialists, focused upon the insurance and risk and commercial markets, is recognised for having the capability, creativity and energy to provide the right support to clients in a rapidly changing environment.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior partner Matthew Harrington
Managing partner Vivienne Williams
Belfast John Guerin
Birmingham Sarah Hill
Bristol Joe Wakeford
Cardiff Kerris Dale
Derry John Guerin
Dublin Sinead Connolly and Olivia Treston
Edinburgh Ian Leach
Glasgow Frank Hughes
Leeds Henry Kirkup
Liverpool Joanne Francis
London Paula Jefferson
Manchester Luisa Lamb
Southampton Joe Wakeford
Global Insurance Law Network Jim Sherwood
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Marie Atkinson  photo Marie Atkinson Marie is a partner in the catastrophic injury team and specialises in conducting…
Nouman Bhatty  photo Nouman Bhatty
Judith Bloor  photo Judith Bloor Judith is a partner in BLM’s casualty team. She handles a variety…
Michael Cairns  photo Michael Cairns I qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and was made partner in…
David Caswell  photo David Caswell I am a partner and head of BLM’s laims solutions business stream…
Jonathan Clay  photo Jonathan Clay Jonathan is a partner and Head of BLM’s General Insurance Sector and…
John Collins  photo John Collins John specialises specialises in defending complex and high value liability claims brought…
Katie Costello  photo Katie Costello Katie is a partner and has over 25 years’ experience of acting…
Peter Court  photo Peter Court
Angela Crisall  photo Angela Crisall Angela is a partner in the volume motor team. She oversees the…
Chris Dexter photo Chris DexterPartner – Defendant Healthcare – specialising in the defence of medical and…
Claire Dinoff  photo Claire Dinoff Partner
Emma Eccles photo Emma EcclesPartner
Chris Fletcher  photo Chris Fletcher Chris is a partner and head of the Occupational Disease group.  He…
Michelle Flint  photo Michelle Flint Michelle is a partner who has been part of BLM’s specialist Prison…
Nick Gee photo Nick GeePartner
Nick Gianferrari  photo Nick Gianferrari Nick is a partner within the regulatory team specialising in criminal investigations,…
Richard Gould  photo Richard Gould Partner
Ruth Graham  photo Ruth Graham Ruth is a partner and head of BLM’s transport unit. She handles…
Sally Hancock  photo Sally Hancock Sally is a partner and leads the Manchester SHE regulatory team as…
Mark Hanson  photo Mark Hanson Partner dealing primarily with serious and complex claims involving significant and multiple…
Stuart Hardy  photo Stuart Hardy Specialises in utmost severity injury claims, including amputation, brain and spinal injuries,…
Val Jones  photo Val Jones Partner; specialises in policy coverage and liability aspects of RTA, public and…
Simon Jones  photo Simon Jones Simon Jones specialises in high value/large loss employers and public liability claims.…
Andrew Kerr  photo Andrew Kerr Andrew is a partner in the catastrophic injury team specialising in catastrophic…
Steve Kuncewicz photo Steve KuncewiczSteve is a Partner and Head Of BLM’s Creative, Digital & Marketing…
Luisa Lamb  photo Luisa Lamb Partner.
Tim Large  photo Tim Large Partner specializing in complex and high-value claims arising primarily out of road…
Claire Lawlor  photo Claire Lawlor Claire is a partner in the Occupational Disease team and have over 25…
Katherine Lees photo Katherine LeesKatherine advises in relation to a wide range of both short and…
Tessa Leonard  photo Tessa Leonard Tessa is a partner and specialises in real estate and development. She…
Stephen Lintott photo Stephen LintottStephen is a partner head of the commercial real estate team at…
Catherine Mangham  photo Catherine Mangham Catherine leads the Property Damage Team in Manchester as technical manager. She…
Simon Mattison  photo Simon Mattison Partner
Craig McAdam photo Craig McAdamPartner
Kendra McKinney  photo Kendra McKinney Kendra is a partner and specialises in all aspects of family law…
Andrew Millen  photo Andrew Millen Partner and Head of the Volume Recovery Practice Group. Andrew heads up…
Simon Morrow  photo Simon Morrow Partner and joint head of BLM’s occupational disease team based at its…
Cathie Mortimer  photo Cathie Mortimer Cathie is a partner and has experience of all forms of personal…
Liam Murphy  photo Liam Murphy Liam is a partner and has worked as a property damage and…
Alison Noonan  photo Alison Noonan Partner in Catastrophic Injury Team dealing predominantly with cases involving head and…
Claire Opacic  photo Claire Opacic Claire is a partner in the casualty team and deals with a…
Ben Parks  photo Ben Parks
Alexandra Payne  photo Alexandra Payne Partner; specialises in claims involving injuries of the utmost severity including serious…
Natalie Puce  photo Natalie Puce Natalie is a partner in BLM’s regulatory team and represents a broad range…
David Rainey photo David RaineyDavid is a Partner and represents a broad and impressive range of clients…
Donna Rawding  photo Donna Rawding Donna is a partner and lead lawyer in BLM’s Catastrophic Injury and…
Gill Rothwell  photo Gill Rothwell Partner
Lucy Ryder  photo Lucy Ryder Partner, specialises in a variety of work, most particularly inquests, judicial review…
Helen Smith photo Helen SmithHelen is a partner and specialises in commercial property matters including acquisitions,…
David Spencer  photo David Spencer Partner dealing with catastrophic and fatal injury litigation arising from EL, PL,…
Trish Taylor  photo Trish Taylor Trish is a partner who now works with BLM’s Compliance Officer for legal…
Nicholas Thorne  photo Nicholas Thorne Nicholas is a partner in the Catastrophic Injury Team and exclusively handles claims of…
Laura Topping  photo Laura Topping Laura is a partner with over 16 years experience in pre-litigated and…
Daniel Varney photo Daniel VarneyDaniel is a partner and Head of the National Business Advisory Team.…
Paul Wainwright  photo Paul Wainwright Partner
Elizabeth Wallace  photo Elizabeth Wallace Partner and lead lawyer in BLM’s Manchester catastrophic injury team handling complex…
Sally Whalley  photo Sally Whalley Sally is a partner and specialises in catastrophic injury and large loss…
Vivienne Williams  photo Vivienne Williams Vivienne has been a solicitor for over 30 years. She trained at…
Sarah Woodwark  photo Sarah Woodwark Sarah is a partner and Head of BLM’s national healthcare team .…
Number of UK partners : 222
Number of other UK fee-earners : 562
Total staff : 1321

We are committed to developing, maintaining and supporting a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion for our workforce. We seek to sustain a working, learning and social environment in which all our people can achieve their potential and are valued, recognised, supported and celebrated. In 2019 we were proud to have been ranked in a list of Top 50 UK employers for inclusiveness, a definitive list of UK based organisations that promote inclusion at each level of employment within their organisation. The list represents those companies which promote all strands of diversity including age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith and religion.

We were also the first law firm to officially sign up to The Inclusive Behaviours in Insurance Pledge, an initiative set up by Lloyd’s of London and Zurich to demonstrate the insurance industry’s commitment to creating a “culture where inclusive behaviours become the norm and where everyone is accepting of diversity.”

We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace which reflects the diverse nature of the communities in which we work. We know that embracing difference contributes positively to a flourishing workforce.

We have completed our 2019 Gender Pay Gap overview, which reflects the required reporting details, including statistics for the firm’s pay and bonus gap, proportionality of male and female employees, as well as an overview of the approach we take to the wellbeing of all our employees. It is encouraging that the percentage of women in our upper quartile has increased this year along with significant improvement to our gender pay gap median, trends we are continuously seeking to maintain and improve. We have a constantly evolving leadership development programme at the firm, and the equality of opportunity provided by this programme can clearly be seen in the positive changes to our Gender Pay Gap year-on-year.

The Lex 100 Verdict

BLM is an insurance litigation firm, making it a unique place to train. The national firm has 13 offices across the UK and Ireland and its ‘diverse range of litigation seats’ plus ‘expertise in insurance law’ were the main factors driving trainee applications. Plenty of client secondment opportunities round off the broad training experience. Hands-on tasks are the norm, with standout moments including ‘drafting applications to court, instructions to counsel and witness statements’ and ‘being given the main role in settling a £1m claim on an insurance policy’. However, this doesn’t mean that trainees don’t have to do grunt work such as ‘large document review projects’, ‘reviewing social services records of over 10,000 pages’ and ‘having to run to court at 3pm to issue proceedings by 4pm’. Recruits are very grateful for ‘the amount of trust placed in us’ and for ‘approachable partners’ from whom they receive plenty of supervision. What’s more, ‘there is a big emphasis on employee welfare, which has been particularly valuable during the pandemic’. Recruits feel that the salaries in some locations ‘could be a little higher – more in line with our competitors’. Another gripe is that ‘we are not always kept up to date with matters relating to our training’. Because of lockdown, some trainees feel that they have ‘missed out on opportunities and building relationships’, whilst others commented that they have had longer hours due to working from home. But ‘overall, the firm has adapted well to this new way of working and supervision’. For plenty of exposure and high-profile clients in a friendly firm with a good work/life balance, look into BLM.