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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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North West: Corporate and commercial

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP offers a full range of corporate and commercial work from its Manchester office including M&A, equity capital markets, joint ventures, venture capital, private equity, fundraisings, reorganisations and corporate governance. Its key client sectors include financial services, technology, property, healthcare, retail, energy and natural resources. Paul Ellaby heads the team.

Practice head(s):Paul Ellaby

Other key lawyers:William Pinnock;

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides licensing advice in complex and high value matters. Although it handles license applications, the team is best known for its ability to provide commercial solutions on strategic licensing requirements. The team acts for a range hospitality, sports, leisure, health and public sector clients, and it is increasingly instructed by real estate and commercial property clients such as large shopping centres and investor landlords. Jan Levinson heads the team.

Practice head(s):Jan Levinson

Other key lawyers:Andrew Martin

Key Clients

Manchester United Football Club

MITIE Facilities Management

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Epping Forest District Council


MSV Group

Department of Education

Design Reach Limited

Chester West and Cheshire Borough Council

La Salle (Investments for BAE Systems Pensions Fund Trustees Limited)

City and Country Hotels

Work highlights

  • The team advised City and Country Hotels on the acquisition of a new premises licence for a new boutique hotel at Langley Hall in South Buckinghamshire.
  • The Team continues to provide advice to the pension fund on licensing issues that arise in respect of property within its portfolio.
  • The team advised Lendlease in respect of its Touchwood Solihull shopping centre on the permissions needed to provide alcohol at Christmas markets.
  • The team advised Teesside University on the licensing arrangements of its onsite bar.
  • The team continues to advise the hospital in respect of local licence applications.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†advises on shareholder, contract and professional negligence disputes and fraud and insolvency matters, with key client sectors including TMT, healthcare, insurance and the public sector. Jan Levinson¬†heads the team and focuses on IT and outsourcing disputes and property claims, while the firm's German Desk is run by ‚Äėtop solicitor‚Äô Harald Loeffler¬†in the Manchester office. Also recommended is Sydney Fulda, who is experienced in mediations, arbitration and adjudications.

Practice head(s):Jan Levinson

Other key lawyers:Sydney Fulda; Harald Loeffler; Vicki Bates; Andrew Martin; Joanne Dumphy


The team are creative, modern and always service-orientated’.

Sydney Fulda has the tenacity, commercial awareness and firm grasp of the issues you would expect from a partner at a top-tier law firm’.

Vicki Bates is a stand-out associate who will go far

They always try to understand our issues from our point of view and can provide a solution very quickly’.

Key Clients

Former Home Secretary, the Right Honourable Charles Clarke


Irlam Wharf Properties Limited




Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


AllScripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.

Wrights Health Group Limited

Manchester United Football Club

Work highlights

  • Acted for DHL Management Services Limited in a series of disputes, including anti-suit injunctions.
  • Acted for BUPA in £500,000 dispute arising from the sale of a number of dental practices in London and the South East.
  • Represented Internorm, one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of windows and doors, in a variety of disputes.
  • Acted on behalf of Actavo (UK) Limited, a leading engineering company, in relation to a dispute with a former managing director.
  • Successfully represented W Maher & Sons in recovery of sums owed in connection with work on M6.
Leading individuals

Jan Levinson - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Sydney Fulda - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's impressive client base draws on business across sectors including logistics, retail and leisure. The team is known for handling cross-border employment matters, industrial relations matters as well as HMRC audits relating to national minimum wage issues. Other areas of activity include complex and high profile employment tribunal cases and High Court injunctions, as well as large strategic reorganisations and TUPE matters. Philip Harman and Deborah Hely jointly lead the practice. Nicola Sherry is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Philip Harman; Deborah Hely

Other key lawyers:Richard Kay; Nicola Sherry; Michelle Jenkins; Helen Rowley


'The team are very commercially driven and nothing is too much trouble - they have great knowledge and apply this to the task in hand in a very commercial and pragmatic way.'

'Nicola Sherry and Deborah Hely are great assets to the team - they are accessible, practical in approach to a commercial business and provide options when faced with a problem so that a business has chose.'

'Everyone is very helpful and they always listen to our requirements. Nicola Sherry understands how we function and what our needs are and always gives us advice and information that we find perfect for our business.'

'Philip Harman knows our business, is highly commercial, readily available and his counsel cannot be faulted.'

'They have been incredibly supportive, requests for support and advice are always met very promptly and they are always able to help no matter what the situation. They are able to help no matter what the query is and we have had a range of challenging issues.'

'Michelle Jenkins and Philip Harman have provided invaluable support over the years.'

Key Clients

2020 Legal Limited

A & S Leisure Group Limited

Abbots Bromley Surgery

Accent Housing Group


ARAG (Confidential)

Arcadia Group Limited

Assura plc

Balfour Beatty Utilities Limited

Barrington Stroud Limited

Bentley Motors Limited

Bolton Council

Broderick Group Limited

Bullhorn International Limited


Care UK

Care Management Group Limted

Castlefield Partners Limited

Chem-Trend (UK) Limited

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS FT

Chubb Insurance of Europe SE

City of Wolverhampton College

Clatterbridge NHS Trust

Clean Tech UK Limited

Computer Design Systems Ltd

Cornelius PLC

Countess of Chester NHS FT


Cygnet Health Care

Derwent Living


Dixons Carphone

Doric Group Limited

Ear to the Ground (UK) Limited

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Emerald Kalama Chemical Limited

Essity UK Limited

Fastflow Group Limited

Fircroft Engineering Limited

Frederic Robinson Limited

Freedom Finance Limited

Fruehauf Limited

Fusion Consulting Gmbh

Gateshead College

GEA Farm Technologies UK Limited

GEA Mechanical Equipment UK Limited

GEA Mechancial Equipment Retirement Benefit

GH Elias Ltd

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS FT

Greiner Extrustion Group GmbH

Help Systems

Henri-Lloyd Limited

High Peak CVS

Hydes' Brewery Limited

Internorm Windows UK Ltd

James Halstead plc

J B W Group Limited

J W Suckling Transport Limited

Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust Ltd

Klueber Lubrication GB Ltd

Krenmayr Transport GmbH

LeadX Holdings Limited

Lease Comparison Limited

Lewis Home Retail t/a TJ Hughes

Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust

Liverpool Hope Students' Union

Liverpool Students' Union

Loft Talent

Manchester Growth Company

Manchester Students' Union


Middlesex Students' Union

National Union of Students

NHS Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit

North West Boroughs Partnership NHS FT

Oasis Healthcare t/a Bupa Dental

Optegra UK Limited

Perstorp UK Limited

Pitmans ABC Ltd

Places for People Group Limited

Plastipak UK Ltd

Portlock Hotel Ltd

Praesidiad Limited

Preferred Homes Limited

Ramsey Care

Reaseheath College

Reclaim Project Limited

Robert Lister Events Limited t/a LIT Productions

Roseland Property Capital Ltd

Royal British Legion

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Mail Group

Salford Van Hire

Skillforce Development

Soda Software Labs Limited

Soditic Ltd

Spark Therapeutics Ltd

Summer Infant Europe Ltd

Summer Infant Inc

St Gobain Building Distribution

Tameside Hospital NHS FT

Thera Trust


Training 2000 Limited

Tyldesbury Rugby Union Football Company Ltd

Unilever Plc

University Hospitals Central Manchester NHS FT

University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS FT

University of Manchester Students' Union

University of Salford Students' Union

University of Sheffield

University of Sunderland Students' Union

University of Westminster Students' Union

University of York Students' Union

Vesuvius Plc

Virgin Care Services Ltd

Warmer Energy Services Ltd

Williams Lea Limited

Wirral Community Health NHS Trust

Wood Street Mission

Workforce Software Ltd

Yorkshire Ambulance NHS Trust

Zurich Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Williams Lea Tag on the transfer of staff in a project involving nine jurisdictions across Europe and in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Assisted McDonald's Restaurants Limited with employment claims and immigration matters as sole employment law adviser to the company.
  • Advising DHL Parcel UK on worker status issues, reviewing subcontractor driver terms in the context of a high-profile campaign orchestrated by the GMB.
  • Advised British Telecom in relation to a procurement process of a potential customer changing the supplier of its wireless infrastructure.
  • Advised Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in relation to the collapse of Carillion.
Leading individuals

Philip Harman - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Health and safety

Consultant Iain Moore heads up DAC Beachcroft LLP's health and safety practice. The department provides advice for companies who are suspected of corporate manslaughter, health and safety as well as environmental offences, particularly those operating in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare and public sector.

Practice head(s):Iain Moore

Other key lawyers:Barrie Hall


'The team at DAC Beachcroft are available, professional and knowledgeable, who often go above and beyond to ensure our needs are met'.

Key Clients



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Immigration - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises both public and private sector clients on issues relating to the recruitment or transfer of overseas workers into the UK, with particular reference to the points-based system. As a result of Brexit, the team has seen an uptick in work relating to the status of European workers in the UK, while other areas of activity include advice on compliance and risk levels regarding potential illegal working and potential licence revocations. Shahjahan Ali leads the team, while Philip Harman and Nicola Sherry are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):Shahjahan Ali

Other key lawyers:Philip Harman; Nicola Sherry; Sajida Hussain

Key Clients

McDonald's Restaurant Limited

DHL GBS (UK) Limited

Manchester Diocesan Board of Finance

University of Sheffield

General Medical Council

Royal Mail Group Limited

DHL Parcel UK Limited

Care UK

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Work highlights

  • Advised DHL Parcel UK Limited on immigration issues including right to work checks and visa issues. Supported the business on successfully managing compliance visits from the Home Office.
  • Continue to support and advise McDonald's Restaurants Limited in respect of immigration matters and complex queries concerning eligibility to work issues, training, visitor visas and their sponsorship licence.
  • Continue to support and advise the General Medical Council in respect of immigration and matters and complex queries concerning eligibility to work issues and their Tier 2 sponsorship licence.
Rising stars

Nicola Sherry - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Simon Wortley leads the Manchester clinical risk practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP, where the team's national reputation is underlined by regular instructions from the main London healthcare providers. Wortley, who is highly regarded for his client handling skills, also works with insurers to the healthcare sector, advising on both domestic and cross-border claims. Other key team members include Sean Doherty and associates Claire Fitzgerald and Paul Burrows.

Practice head(s):Simon Wortley

Other key lawyers:Sean Doherty; Claire Fitzgerald; Paul Burrows


'DAC's clinical negligence team is incredibly responsive, cost effective and gives me confidence that the matter is being dealt with in the best way possible. They have a wide range of experience and always know the right person for the job.'

'Simon Wortley is the best client relationship partner there is. He is extraordinarily responsive, deals with and resolves any issues promptly, and always knows who has the right expertise for the matter, including for areas outside of clinical negligence. He is very pleasant in meetings and always has a good anecdote to share. He has also provided good training sessions for our in-house team. He ensures that all work coming from his office is of a high standard.'

'The team is very strong and provides excellent legal advice. It's an extremely approachable firm and the response time is minimal to any queries raised. The calibre of talent is way above the competitors.'

'Simon Wortley is sensible in his advice and is able to provide advice with a very short turn over time. He is also most importantly a really approachable person and a great sounding board.'

Key Clients

BMI Healthcare Ltd

HCA International Ltd

Medical Defence Union

Elysium Healthcare Ltd

Care Fertility Group Ltd

Florence Nightingale Hospital


NHS Resolution

Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

SHA (South Africa)

MS Amlin



Allied World Assurance Company

Priory Group

THFC (Transform)

Leading individuals

Simon Wortley - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Rising stars

Claire Fitzgerald - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's defendant personal injury team is continuing to expand its client base, which includes many of the leading UK insurers and self-insured corporates. Head of motor injury Craig Godding has extensive experience of dealing with complex road traffic, employers' and public liability claims, while the team also has strength in the defence of disease claims, particularly those relating to deafness. Corrine Sinker is in charge of the firm's casualty department and focuses on accident and disease work, with particular strength in dealing with complex asbestos cases. Kate Archer recently rejoined the firm as partner after six years at DWF.

Practice head(s):Craig Godding; Corrinne Sinker; Kate Archer

Other key lawyers:Peter Newstead; Naomi Marshall; Barrie Hall

Leading individuals

Craig Godding - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Rising stars

Naomi Marshall - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Ian McConkey is at the helm of DAC Beachcroft LLP's team, which, in addition to acting for most of the major professional indemnity insurers, has considerable experience acting for a wide array of professionals including solicitors, insurance brokers, property managers, engineers, architects as well as design and build contractors. The team also handles an increasing number of claims against 'emerging' professionals, particularly those in the media and IT sector. Martin Paxton and IP and IT specialist Harald Loeffler are also key team members.

Practice head(s):Ian McConkey

Other key lawyers:Martin Paxton; Harald Loeffler; Stephen Gorman

Key Clients

QBE European Operations

Travelers Insurance Co Limited

Zurich Insurance plc

Tokio Marine HCC

Great Lakes SE

Allied World Assurance Company


WR Berkley

CNA Hardy

XL Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acted for QBE on behalf of a well-known firm of quantity surveyors in connection with a claim arising following the failed development of a joint police/emergency services training facility in Northern Ireland.
  • Acted for a design and build contractor in a part-refurbishment and part new-build of 170+ eco-friendly mixed use apartments.
  • Instructed to act for Amtrust Limited's policyholder in respect of claims for damages by 10 claimants arising out of alleged negligence and breach of contract in provision of solicitor services.
Leading individuals

Ian McConkey - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Next Generation Partners

Martin Paxton - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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North West: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields an 'excellent multi-skilled team' and acts for public and private sector health clients across a range of real estate, negligence, employment, technology, IT, procurement and regulatory mandates. The team handles defendant clinical negligence work where team head Sean Doherty, who is based across the Manchester and Leeds offices, is noted. The team also handles commercial disputes in the sector and represents professionals in the health and care sector in disciplinary proceedings.

Practice head(s):Sean Doherty

Other key lawyers:Deborah Hely; Harrald Loeffler; Simon Wortley; Andrew Rankin; Christian Carr; Claire Fitzgerald; Katy Reddiough; Helen Rowley


'The team has technology expertise combined with in depth knowledge of the NHS which is especially valuable and unique.'

'The team is friendly and easy to work with, with excellent knowledge and skills and it has a commercial approach.'

'The team provides comprehensive, thorough and sensible instructions in good time for sensible tactical decisions to be made.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution


Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Allscripts IT Healthcare

BMI Healthcare

HCA International

Elysium Healthcare

Care Fertility Group

Florence Nightingale Hospital


Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

SHA (South Africa)

MS Amlin



Allied World Assurance Company

Priory Group

THFC (Transform)

Wellbeing Software Group

North West Boroughs Healthcare

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Digital

NHS England

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Digital Health on the development, implementation and launch of the new NHS App.
  • Advised Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on an inquest into the death of Patient GD.
  • Advised Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on Court of Protection proceedings.
  • Advised an NHS Foundation Trust on multiple equal pay claims against.
  • Advised Allscripts Healthcare IT on Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust selection of Allscripts’ Sunrise electronic health record system as its electronic patient record (EPR) system.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is active across a range of real estate, project, corporate and commercial mandates and also offers expertise across construction, pensions, mental health, safeguarding, information law, corporate manslaughter, procurement, competition law and state aid. The team also handles core local government law and governance issues for local government clients. Northern real estate head Alison Key leads the team.

Practice head(s):Alison Key

Other key lawyers:Rachael Reynolds

Key Clients

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

St Helens Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and John Laing Infrastructure Fund

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Trafford Borough Council

Bradford City Council

Liverpool County Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Bolton Council in the property and construction matters relating to a jointly-funded refurbishment of the Octagon Theatre.
  • Advised Warrington Borough Council on a £42.5m interest only term loan to Your Housing Group for the development of private rental sector apartments on the Liverpool waterfront.
  • Advised Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council on behalf of Greater Manchester pension Fund Real EstateMatter on the purchase of two new distribution parks in the South East of England.
  • Advised Bradford City Councilon all aspects of a scheme to regenerate and relocate the Bradford Markets.
  • Advised St Helen's Council on the £340m redevelopment of Newton le Willows Station.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP handles a full range of real estate work and is particularly noted for its experience in handling large scale asset management work for shopping centre operator clients. Commercial and residential development work is a key focus, and the team is also noted for its fund management expertise. The healthcare sector is an area of focus, as is real estate finance which is led by Peter Williams. The practice, which is led by Alison Key, was recently bolstered by the arrival of Sally Morris-Smith, who joined in 2019 from Shepherd and Wedderburn, and legal director David Lees, who joined from CMS in 2018.

Practice head(s):Alison Key

Other key lawyers:Sally Morris-Smith; Peter Williams; Adrian Wallbank; Liz Donnelly; Rachael Reynolds; Leanne Murray; Nick Molloy; David Lees; Katy Reddiough; Adam Simpson

Key Clients

Property Alliance Group

URW (Westfield)

Intu Properties

Land Securities

Lend Lease

Barratt Homes

Titlestone (now Paragon Bank)

Chester West and Chester Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bolton Council in connection with the agreement for the refurbishment of the Octagon Theatre and the grant of a new long lease to Octagon Theatre Trust.
  • Advised Property Alliance Group on a development finance facility and pre-let agreements for two schemes in Bury and Leigh
  • Advised Titlestone on the sale of its £274m loan book to Paragon.
  • Advised The Kings School in Macclesfield on the disposal of the existing school site and the acquisition of a new 80 acre site, together with the construction of a new £60m purpose built state of the art campus.
  • Advised Unibail Rodamco Westfield in relation to lettings at the £600m extension to Westfield London.
Leading individuals

Alison Key - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP handles construction disputes and transactional work from its Manchester office. On the contentious side, the team acts for employers, developers, contractors, funders, specialist subcontractors and suppliers and leading insurers. The team is particularly noted for its experience in contentious construction and contentious insurance claims. In Manchester, Ian McConkey and Martin Paxton handle professional negligence cases.

Practice head(s):Michael Blackburne (London); James Harrison (Newcastle)

Other key lawyers:Ian McConkey; Martin Paxton


'The team is very approachable, has excellent sector knowledge and it is very commercial.'

Key Clients

The Co-operative Group

McLaren Construction

CPD Powerline

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Dawn Construction

Black and Veatch (Teal Insurance)


BBL Company – Netherlands

Close Investments (Alpha  Real Capital)

Thundercloud & Others (Class Action)

Property Alliance Group

Bellway Homes

Kings School, Macclesfield

LTE Group

Taylor Wimpey

Burnley Council

Bolton Council

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Property Alliance Group on securing development finance from an institutional lender in order to deliver a new industrial scheme in Leigh and an extension to an existing office and warehouse facility in Bury.  
  • Acted for QBE, the insurers on behalf of a well-known firm of quantity surveyors, on a claim following the failed development of a joint police and emergency services training facility in Northern Ireland.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP stands out for its asset management and leasing expertise and the team acts for a range of institutional investors, shopping centre owners, property funds and REITs. It is also regularly instructed by commercial and public sector clients on high-value and strategic property disputes, and is often engaged on disputes involving development and regeneration projects, and rent reviews. Leeds-based consultant Lesley Hughes;  Clare Hartley, who is also based in Leeds; associate George Taylor; and legal director Rachael Reynolds, who heads the Manchester-based team, are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):Clare Hartley (Northern lead - Leeds); Rachael Reynolds

Other key lawyers:George Taylor

Key Clients

Royal Mail Group

Lend Lease

Land Securities

Intu Shopping Centres

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council for Greater Manchester Pension Fund


St Helens Borough Council

Bolton Council

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Oldham Borough Council


Property Alliance Group

Japan Centre Group

Safran Nacelles

Clas Ohlson

Bradford City Council

Criterion Capital

Loreal (UK)

Arthur J. Gallagher (U.K.)

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal London in connection with the implications of the House of Fraser CVA.
  • Advised Landsec in connection with proposals from Wandsworth Borough Council to carry out works affecting the Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth.
  • Advised Safran Nacelles in connection with the restructuring of its UK property interests.
  • Represented St Helens Borough Council in CPO compensation proceedings relating to a claim of approximately £1m.
  • Settled a retention dispute for Greenridge Property Investments.
Rising stars

Rachael Reynolds - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a particular focus on the healthcare and insurance sectors where it provides sector-specific advice in relation to all IT matters. It also acts for digital tech suppliers and US-based software suppliers who sell software in the UK. The firm also handles technology procurement, and matters relating to data protection and cyber risk. Leeds-based Michael Peeters heads the team. Legal director Andrew Rankin focuses on system integration and outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):Michael Peeters

Other key lawyers:Andrew Rankin; Harald Loeffler; Nick Spearing; Jan Levinson; Chris Air


The team has strength in depth and for businesses that operate in health tech’.

They are able to combine IT law experience with great awareness of issues in the health sector’.

Chris Air always impresses with his awareness and commitment’.

Harald Loeffler is extremely efficient and knowledgable; careful and considered yet commercial’.

Andrew Rankin is excellent to work with - responsive, interested in understanding business context, pragmatic and thorough’.

Key Clients

Allscripts IT Healthcare

Bullhorn International

NHS Professionals

Churchill Contract Solutions

EMIS Health Secondary Care

Wellbeing Software Group

Transport for Greater Manchester

Nirvana Intelligent Systems


CDS Computer Design Systems



Work highlights

  • Advised Allscripts Healthcare IT on procurement law issues and matters related to the Data Protection Act and GDPR.
  • Advised EMIS Health on a complex data research project.
  • Provided ad-hoc advice to Nisyst in connection with contract negotiations that the client had undertaken directly with customers.
  • Acted for Transport for Greater Manchester in its negotiations with supplier ACT (acquired by Fujitsu), as a part of its smart ticketing programme to be rolled out across the Greater Manchester public transport network.
Rising stars

Andrew Rankin - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises a broad range of national and international clients on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters including IP transactions, disputes and litigation. Other areas expertise include copyright, trademarks, passing off, database rights, confidential information and design rights. Key client sectors include insurance and healthcare. Harald Loeffler heads the team and is experienced in various IP litigation matters including licensing disputes, and trademark and design right infringement claims.

Practice head(s):Harald Loeffler

Other key lawyers:Andrew Rankin; Chris Air

Key Clients


Sir Bradley Wiggins

Banner GmbH

LIWEST Kabelmedien GmbH



EMIS Health

Splitpixel Creative Limited


Work highlights

  • Advising Internorm, Europe's largest windows brand, on the protection of its IP rights in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the US.

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Sport - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises sporting clients on matters including commercial services, employment and contractual issues, disputes, corporate finance and licensing. A particular area of expertise for the firm is sports injuries - the practice handling claims involving clubs, players and medical professionals. Jan Levinson heads the team and focuses on commercial dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):Jan Levinson

Other key lawyers:Andrew Martin 

Key Clients

Manchester United Limited

Joshua Murray (ex-Manchester City FC)

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Worcestershire County Cricket Club

ECB Cricket Discipline Commission

Brighton & Hove Albion FC

TLA Worldwide Limited

George Crook (ex-Worcester Warriors player)

Lincoln City Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advising Manchester United on licensing matters.
  • Advising on multimillion-pound claim for a sports injury resulting in the retirement of a young football player.

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    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.