Daniel Williams > DWF > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

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Daniel is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation team based in Manchester. Daniel acts on general commercial and corporate disputes, specialising in contencious trust and probate disputes.


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Daniel is the lead associate on a broad range of high value and complex matters, typically concerning shareholder disputes, breach of contract, breach of restrictive covenants, multi-million pound professional negligence disputes (claimant), along with bringing and responding to applications for injunctive relief. 

In addition, Daniel now has considerable (over 7 years) expertise in contentious trust and probate matters and in the last 12 months has been instructed to act for Executors and Claimants alike in significant and high value Inheritance Act proceedings, the most notable of which concerning a £12m+ estate.

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North West > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

(Next Generation Partners)

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DWF‘s 3-partner team advises clients on complex, high-value matters related to trusts and estates. The practice counts professional trustees and executors, such as banks, amongst its clients. In the area of probate, the team handles challenges to the validity of wills, incapacity claims, and complaints related to lifetime gifts. In relation to trusts, the team advises on breach of trust and fiduciary duty claims as well as allegations of professional negligence. Christopher Noel leads the overall private client practice, with Chris King and director Daniel Williams also key contacts. All three have broad practices in probate and trust matters. Senior associate Paul Maddock focuses on probate work and is also recommended.

North West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester

DWF‘s ‘commercially focused‘ Manchester commercial litigation team has an impressive client base including key players across the telecoms, utilities and energy, public, food and drink, and retail sectors. The group is developing a specialism for defending data breach group actions with Andrew Harris being a key name to note; he represented W M Morrisons Supermarkets before the Supreme Court in a claim brought by over 10,000 individuals. It also launched a ‘Breach Counsel’ product, a crisis management service that combines experts in contentious and non-contentious data and cybersecurity issues to manage and mitigate risks. The group counts procurement litigation as another area of specialism, where it benefits from the experience of acting for both public sector clients and private sector claimants. ‘Great negotiator and tacticianJoel Heap is experienced in procurement litigation, as well as corporate disputes and pensions litigation. The team is led by Lee Norman, who counts professional negligence and breach of employment contract disputes among his areas of focus, and includes director Daniel Williams and senior associates Michelle Maher and Benjamin Johnson.