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DWF LLP

Manchester

DWF LLP - Liverpool
  • 1 Scott Place
  • 2 Hardman Street
  • Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • UK
  • M3 3AA
  • Managing Partner Andrew Leaitherland
  • Number of partners 369

THE FIRM DWF is a national law firm with over 2,500 people across the UK and Ireland. It offers services to businesses and private clients with teams specialising in all aspects of law, as well as providing expert advice across a range of sectors, including education, energy and utilities, financial services, food, healthcare, insurance, real estate, retail, technology, media and telecoms, public sector and transport. Over the past 18 months the firm has merged with law firms Crutes (Jan 2012), Buller Jeffries (May 2012), Biggart Baillie (July 2012), Fishburns (Feb 2013) and acquired Cobbetts (Feb 2013).

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Banking & Finance:
DWF covers all aspects of corporate recovery, with dedicated teams providing advice on personal insolvency, corporate insolvency and all aspects of finance litigation. The firm acts for banks and borrowers on corporate banking, leveraged finance, property finance and asset based lending.
Corporate & Commercial: DWF advises upon corporate, corporate finance and commercial law issues for private companies, PLC’s, individuals, partnerships and LLP’s at all levels of growth and developments from large SME’s to large listed companies.
Employment & Pensions: DWF provides its clients with advice that is relevant to their organisation, the market and the environment they operate in. The team provides support in everything from strategic advice to day-to-day workplace issues.
Insurance: DWF has a dedicated insurance team,which is one of the largest in the UK and works with insurers, loss adjusters, corporate clients, local authorities and police forces. The team’s priority is to support the strategic objectives of its clients’ businesses through in-depth analysis of their claims profile.
Litigation: DWF offers a range of services for corporate and commercial, real estate, licensing, health and safety, and insured litigation, with a particular emphasis on corporate transactional disputes, shareholder actions, professional negligence, commercial contract disputes, IP and IT, and real estate litigation.
Private Client: DWF has in-depth knowledge and experience in all areas of private client and family law. The team is well positioned to advise people if they are looking to protect their wealth and pass it on to others, or if they are facing a difficult family situation, such as a separation or a divorce.
Real Estate: DWF works with landowners, occupiers, developers, contractors and sector professionals, covering all aspects of real estate legal issues, including high-value acquisitions and disposals, portfolio management and the creation and treatment of a range of investment types.

    Contacts
  • Corporate & Commercial Stephen Houston
  • Employment & Pensions Kirsty Rogers
  • Banking & Finance Andrew Gregory
  • Insurance Paul Berry
  • Litigation Graham Dagnall
  • Private Client David Pickering
  • Real Estate Nic Crocker

Branches

  • 2 Hardman Street,
  • 1 Scott Place,
  • Manchester,
  • Lancashire
  • UK
  • Tel (0161) 603 5000
  • Fax (0161) 603 5050

Banking Litigation - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Powerful North of England banking litigation group receiving high-quality instructions on a wide spectrum of industry disputes, including professional indemnity, debt recovery, PPI and mortgage fraud cases. Acts for clients such as Lloyds TSB, West Bromwich Commercial, Pensions Regulated Services, Goldcrest Finance, RBS Invoice Finance and Handelsbanken. Ranked offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.

Notable practitioners Andrew Breckenridge is a key contact.

Banking & Finance - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Liverpool, Manchester

What the team is known for Offers expert advice in asset-based lending and asset finance. Also notable as leaders in peer-to-peer lending.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Very good in terms of client service, fantastic commerciality and good value for money."

Efficiency: "Easy to approach, quick to turn things around, they work in a very personal way."

What's new? DWF acquired Cobbetts in February 2013.

Appointed to the customer transaction panel of RBS and the banking and financial services panel of Lloyds TSB. The team has gained new clients NAMA and Assetz SME Capital.

Work highlights Acted for Barrett Steel regarding the refinancing of its UK and US revolving credit and invoice discounting facilities. The facilities totalled £75 million and USD6 million.

Acted for Assetz SME Capital in establishing a new peer-to-peer lending operation. This involved advising on the FSMA rules, drafting the lending terms and conditions and creating the trust mechanism to hold the security and client monies.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Edwards is incredibly popular among his clients, who call him "one of the top banking lawyers in town in terms of deliverability, professionalism and practicality. He has good contacts, many years of experience and he can quickly see his way through complex issues."

Sources indicate that James Szerdy is a "standout" operator with extensive experience acting for both borrowers and lenders in complex transactions.

Significant clients Barclays, The Co-operative Bank, Nationwide Building Society, Santander, Handelsbanken.

Banking Litigation - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester, Liverpool

What the team is known for Burgeoning banking litigation practice with wide-ranging experience covering a variety of disputes including debt recovery, asset finance litigation and payment protection insurance (PPI) claims. Recognised strength in insurance and professional indemnity work.

What's new? New client wins include Volkswagen Financial Services, Honda Finance Europe and Singers Corporate Asset Finance.

Notable practitioners  

A "very experienced pair of hands," Graham Sidlow is praised for his "good judgement." A highly regarded finance litigator, he operates out of the Liverpool office and has particular expertise in the enforcement of security.

Significant clients Lloyds TSB, Bank of Ireland Business Finance, Fortis Lease UK, West Bromwich Commercial, APEM.

Charities - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester 

What the team is known for Undertakes a broad range of charity work, including employment, governance, M&A, property and tax matters, on behalf of an impressive list of charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations.

Work highlights Advised on the incorporation of the Institute for Outdoor Learning, an organisation of almost 2,000 members, with multiple categories of members.

Acted for the Irish Diaspora Foundation/Manchester Irish Centre on multiple issues, including on the disposal of a site in north Manchester.

Notable practitioners  

Kate Meadowcroft leads the charity group out of the firm's Manchester office.

Significant clients Turning Point, East Lancashire Masonic Charity, Stockport Cerebral Palsy Society, National Children’s Bureau.

Construction - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for A practice with several offices nationwide. The Manchester team is recognised for its transactional and dispute resolution offerings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "The team takes the time to think through the problem and the advice they give is very beneficial in resolving issues."

Commercial awareness: "The practice has an excellent understanding of our business."

What's new? Secured new instructions from Manchester City Council, BBMV Crossrail and UK Asset Resolution.

Work highlights Advised Liverpool City Council on a multimillion-pound framework agreement covering construction, engineering and maintenance works over the next four years. 

Acted for Remsdaq on a £10 million final account dispute with National Grid relating to security systems at several National Grid sites nationwide.

Notable practitioners  

Paul O'Kane is a key contact.

Significant clients St. Mowden, Peel Holdings, Cape, Santander.

Corporate/M&A - North West

Basic facts about the department 
- 6 partners in the region
- 10 other qualified lawyers in the region
- Office locations ranked: Manchester, Liverpool

What the team is known for Mid-market transactions encompassing both public company and private equity deals. Active within the food and beverage sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "24/7 people. Always very easy to get hold of."

Partner involvement: "We find that the advice is always coming from senior figures within the firm."

What's new? Jonathan Robinson, a private equity specialist, joined the practice from Eversheds. Paul Rimmer joined the firm's Liverpool office from DLA Piper.

Work highlights Acted for Cardinal Maritime on a £15 million cash out to a founding shareholder.

Advised Zeus Capital on the multimillion-pound IPO of Eden Research.

Notable practitioners  

According to one client, Jonathan Robinson is "an outstanding lawyer who handles complex issues with ease."

Frank Shephard is described by one client as "very commercial and hands-on." Another praises his ability to "concentrate the mind of the other parties."

Paul Rimmer is described by one client as "a trusted adviser, who is solution-focused and very flexible and commercial in his approach."

Employment - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 9 partners 
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Liverpool, Manchester

What the team is known for Offers employment advice across a broad range of areas to clients from sectors including food, education, retail and healthcare.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Tailored service: "Whether it's technical queries or broad enquiries, they are able to give advice that is very specific to our issues."

Quality: "Excellent. In fact, the best firm we've worked with in employment."

What's new? The relaunch of DWF Advantage, an online training programme.

The arrival of several practitioners from Cobbetts has bolstered the team's strengths.

Work highlights Advised Liverpool City Council on the employment aspects of a high-value tender process.

Assisted FCMS across a range of employment matters.

Notable practitioners  

TUPE specialist Tim Scott maintains long-standing relationships with some of the firm's main clients. Peers are impressed by the way he achieves results.

National head of employment Kirsty Rogers works in all areas of employment, with a special focus on litigation. Clients appreciate that "she sees the world through commercial eyes, understands we're running a business and is very responsive."

Kevin Jaquiss is valued by clients for his ability to understand their business needs. A client commented: "Kevin gets you through matters without onerous box ticking. He knows his clients and how to proceed."

Philip Harman has been described as a lawyer who is "very business-minded. He doesn't just understand the law, he has the valuable skill of applying his knowledge of the law in a useful context."

Rising star Jamie Campbell is "an accomplished lawyer with great customer service," according to sources. Clients "find Jamie so easy to seek advice from" and "could not thank him enough for the hours and effort he puts into cases." 

Andrew Chamberlain joins from Addleshaw Goddard LLP. Whilst at his previous firm, he handled some of the team's most high-profile and sensitive matters.

Significant clients Burton's Foods, Manchester Metropolitan University, Liverpool John Moores University, Iceland Foods, Vue Entertainment.

Family/Matrimonial - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boasts a leading presence in Manchester, dealing with complex financial proceedings for high net worth clients, incorporating difficulties such as overseas assets, pension schemes, business implications, and liquidity and bankruptcy. Also well placed to handle prenuptial agreements, cohabitation disputes and private children matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Technical ability: "They are tough negotiators using their depth of knowledge and attention to detail to represent their client's best interests at all times."

Client care: "They are always very well prepared and always very client-focused and commercial in their approach."

Notable practitioners  

David Pickering is widely praised for his strength in complex financial disputes and his astounding manner with clients. Market sources describe him as "an excellent strategist with a firm but fair approach."

Lesley Smythe is highly regarded for her work in family law, and is admired for being "well focused and a straight talker who cuts through the jargon." She continues to handle a range of complicated divorces, financial disputes and children matters.

Information Technology - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Expanded department with particular specialisms in financial services and retail. Undertakes litigation as well as non-contentious work such as strategy and drafting.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client relationships: "I'm extremely happy. I always find that the team is highly flexible, pragmatic and seems to understand our needs extremely well."  

What's new? Acquired the Cobbetts IT group in February 2013 following that firm's collapse.

New clients include Centre Screen, Metronet, Unicom, Cloud Tech Solutions and IT Farm.

Work highlights Advised Countrywide in relation to an advertising service across its network of UK branches.

Acted for Liverpool John Moores University in the purchase of a variety of audio and visual equipment from Sony.

Notable practitioners  

Craig Chaplin is described by sources as "a very able and pragmatic lawyer" and "a safe pair of hands." He is noted for his skill in licensing and outsourcing.

The "excellent" James Lonsdale "offers pragmatic solutions" and is a "terrific draft person," say commentators.

Significant clients Countrywide, LJMU, Datel, 20:20 Mobile, R Plan.

Intellectual Property - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Non-contentious advice on brand licensing and commercial agreements. Experienced at working with clients in the world of food and sports.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Everyone at DWF that we deal with is quick to get back to us with any queries or questions we may have. One of my favourite things about them, however, is that they really seem to 'get' our brand and feel as passionate about it as we do. The relationship feels very personal and everyone is on first-name terms."

Responsiveness: "I'm impressed with their accessibility. If I ring someone, I get who I want."

Work highlights Advised Sportfive's UK businesses in relation to to advertising agreements for stadia, teams and players.

Advised Tangle Teezer in relation to negotiations with Aardman over licensing for a 'Shaun the Sheep' brush. 

Advised JD Sports on the preparation of brand licenses for acquired sporting labels.

Notable practitioners  

Craig Chaplin is a key contact.

Significant clients JD Sports, Sportfive, Mediacity, Chiesi, UBM.

Litigation - North West

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Manchester, Liverpool

What the team is known for Demonstrates strength in depth advising on complex commercial disputes across a range of industry sectors. Noted for its expertise in handling claimant and defendant professional indemnity matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "The service we receive is excellent. Everyone that we deal with at DWF is quick to get back to us with any queries or questions we may have."

Commercial awareness: "The team displays strong commercial pragmatism and a willingness to spend time getting to know the client’s business so that the strategy in dispute resolution ties with the client’s requirements."

Client service: "They are excellent. They cut to the chase. Good communication: very open and very quick. They grasp the issues and understand me."

What's new? In February 2013, DWF acquired Cobbetts in a pre-pack sale, including its Manchester commercial disputes group.

Work highlights Represented Liverpool John Moores University in a tribunal hearing on Freedom of Information requests made by a journalist.

Successfully represented JJB Sports in the Court of Appeal in a dispute with competitor Dave Whelan Sports.

Notable practitioners 

Steve Morris is praised as "commercially minded" and a "strategic litigator." He recently acted on behalf of Hurst and Company Accountants on an injunction against a former partner. One client notes he is "highly responsive and timely and always gives good, sound advice."

"Pragmatic, commercial and very knowledgeable," Joel Heap heads the commercial litigation department in Manchester. Recent transactions include acting on behalf of a client on an application for derivative permission. He is praised for his "sound commercial approach allied to concern for the client’s goals."

"Very experienced and well recognised," Graham Dagnall is based in the Liverpool office and is noted for his extensive expertise in the food sector.

"Pragmatic and commercially focused" James Lappin recently co-ordinated efforts with DWF's employment team in representing Manchester Metropolitan University in a claim made by its employees of an alleged breach of the Equality Act. Sources say: "He understands our business and what we need to get out of situations."

"A very impressive commercial litigator," Andrew Harris is highly regarded by peers in the Manchester litigation space. One source notes: "He is absolutely dedicated to the cause and goes the extra mile for the client."

Hailed as an "absolutely fantastic litigator," Jon Hainey continues to impress peers and clients alike. Sources say he is "focused, and maintains a strategic overview of what matters in litigation. He is calm and level-headed and provides excellent rounded advice to his clients."

Significant clients United Utilities, Manchester Metropolitan University, Makro Wholesalers, Iceland Foods, Allianz Legal Protection.

Pensions - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Liverpool, Manchester

What the team is known for Growing team with a significant standalone pensions practice. Assists on matters ranging from scheme mergers and wind-ups to the management of SIPPs and small schemes to funding issues. Has particular expertise advising clients in the public sector and the retail and food industries. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Pragmatic advice: "The team understands that sometimes I don't want a six-page letter, but just a quick e-mail or phone call. They are sensible about what I need."

What's new? Andrew Ashley-Taylor and Tim Green recently moved from Hill Dickinson to DWF's Manchester office, boosting the firm's North West bench.

Work highlights Advised Greif UK on the merger of its two main UK-defined benefit pension schemes, which involved restructuring one of the schemes. Also assisted on a number of benefit changes and the introduction of a salary sacrifice arrangement.

Acted for Liverpool-based Edward Billington & Son on the pensions elements of its purchase of Bar and Restaurant Foods. 

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Ashley-Taylor has expertise in all types of issue related to occupational pension schemes. One interviewee states: "He is a very good lawyer."

Tim Green has a mixed contentious and non-contentious practice and is noted as a "good all-round lawyer who gives good commercial advice."

Ian O'Toole is recognised as an experienced practitioner and is able to handle all types of pensions issues. He joined the firm from Gateley where his clients included the Kas Bank Pension Scheme trustees and the Nuvia Limited Employees Pension Scheme trustees.

Significant clients Hilti (GB), Liverpool City Council, Impellam Group, Newsquest Media Group, Aircelle Pension Scheme trustees.  

Private Client - North West

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Liverpool, Manchester

What the team is known for Dominant presence across the North West with well-developed capacities for inheritance tax and general tax planning, trust formation and administration for domiciled and offshore clients and contentious matters. Subsidiary strengths in Court of Protection applications and commercial matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Broad skill set: "The team offers a good, broad base of services with excellent expertise in many more specialised areas. The level of client service has always been excellent."

Business-oriented: "They are very proactive in developing business opportunities, they are a good size with local presence and they are very professional."

What's new? DWF merged with local firm Cobbetts in 2013, further strengthening its standing and depth across a variety of practice areas in the North West. 

Notable practitioners  

Paul Davies has a reputation for being "very solid technically." His practice primarily deals with tax planning and tax-efficient trust structuring for both high net worth individuals and estates. 

Senior associate Susan Sherry is making waves in the Liverpool private client world and specialises in wills and trust administration. Clients enthusiastically state: "She is extremely professional and courteous. Her knowledge is second to none, she acts in a very timely manner and has a friendly nature which puts her clients at ease."

Geoffrey Shindler is considered a leading practitioner in the field of wealth management and protection. Sources assert that "he has a wealth of experience and is very well connected."

Alan Sturrock recently joined DWF from Addleshaw Goddard to advise as a consultant. His clients include charities, trusts and individuals.  

Real Estate - North West

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Liverpool, Manchester

What the team is known for Works across the public and private sectors for a number of notable clients. It has a particular specialism in advising clients on commercial development, with an emphasis on shopping centre, office and industrial projects. Also has noteworthy specialist offerings in the energy and education sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "Their turnaround time is another big positive factor: if they say they will have a document with you by a certain time and date, then they always hit that deadline."

What's new? A number of lawyers joined the DWF team as part of its pre-packaged acquisition of Cobbetts.

Work highlights Advised the Co-operative Bank, Denzien Contracts and Sanguine Hospitality on their £27 million development of a new Hilton hotel as part of a broader £40 million redevelopment of the Ageas Bowl cricket ground, Southampton.

Advised Vita Group on its £20 million acquisition of three SPV companies and their three grade II listed buildings in Crosshall Street, Liverpool. 

Notable practitioners

"Ideas man" Mark Barker "is very able and gets the deal done without any edge." He has wide experience of commercial property issues, including landlord and tenant and portfolio management. He is also an expert on development projects, particularly those relating to business and retail parks.

Andrew Nichol is "very candid, very knowledgeable and extremely commercial – he doesn't just give you options, but says the appropriate actions." He leads the real estate team in Liverpool and is a specialist in property finance, as well as investment acquisitions. 

Stephen Benson is noted for his expertise in commercial property matters.

Anita Gupta is head of the energies and utilities group. She works broadly in commercial real estate, and also specialises in renewable energy schemes.

Significant clients Praxis Holdings, Ashteene Industrial Fund, Liverpool John Moores University, St. Mowden Properties, Henry Boot Developments. 

Real Estate Litigation - North West

What the team is known for Specialist expertise in telecoms-related property work. Adept at advising financial institutions on real estate matters, and experienced in acting on both commercial and residential matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are willing to come up with commercial solutions rather than the bare legal position."

What's new? The merger of Cobbetts and DWF has significantly boosted the firm's Manchester capabilities in the real estate litigation market.

Notable practitioners 

Alan Walker is particularly adept at handling work in the telecoms market. His practice primarily focuses on commercial disputes, where he advises clients on a range of mainstream, contentious property issues.

Sources say Graeme Dixon "is very good and provides great advice that is very analytical as well as effective." He is recognised for his expertise in boundary disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, and issues arising out of developments.

Peter Stone's practice focuses on professional negligence and environmental disputes.

Significant clients Everything Everywhere, Banco Santander Totta, Speedy Hire, Peel Holdings, Anglo Group.

Restructuring/Insolvency - North West

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Manchester, Liverpool

What the team is known for Experienced team providing insolvency and restructuring advice to a variety of clients including insolvency practitioners, lenders and businesses. Also adept at handling personal insolvency matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Visibility: "They are always visible, with a good share of the market."

What's new? In February, DWF acquired Cobbetts in a pre-pack sale, increasing its North West restructuring capability.

Notable practitioners 

Gavin Jones is head of the corporate restructuring team. He is a licensed insolvency practitioner and has significant experience in dealing with retail administrations. Clients describe him as "technically very able and a good all-round insolvency lawyer." Market sources report that he is "very bright, very commercial" and that he employs "the right level of aggression."

Andrew Gregory is "a seasoned operator" with a good market reputation. Interviewees comment that he is "very clever" and "very good in difficult or litigious situations."

Sean McGrath is recognised as a "sensible and pragmatic" practitioner and a "good operator." His practice focuses on corporate insolvency matters.     

Social Housing - North West

Basic facts about the department 
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Offers a spread of services to clients in the social housing sector. Noted for experience in transactional work, with key practitioners who have expertise in projects and governance.

What's new? In February 2013, DWF acquired the Cobbetts social housing team as part of its pre-pack buyout of the firm.

Eversheds' North of England social housing team, including affordable housing partner Suzanne Gregson, joined in May 2013.

Notable practitioners

Richard St John Williams earns praise for his experience on constitutional and governance issues. He has worked with a range of clients in the social housing sector, including local authorities and social landlords on various funding and organisation issues.

Education - UK-wide

What the team is known for Covers a range of areas, with particular expertise in employment law, litigation, IP, freedom of information issues, property and corporate transactions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "A professional, business-like and customer-oriented service."

Industry awareness: "They take the trouble to understand the client's ambitions and aims." 

What's new? The team is undergoing a period of growth following the takeover of Fishburns and Cobbetts.

Work highlights Assisted Liverpool John Moores University with various freedom of information requests from a journalist. A subsequent appeal to the First Tier Tribunal was dismissed.

Acted for Newcastle College Group on the acquisition of Rathbone Training, a charitable organisation. 

Maria Burquest is a key point of contact.

Significant clients Manchester Metropolitan University, Warrington Collegiate, Leeds Metropolitan University, Redbridge College, The Manchester College. 

Local Government - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 55 partners
- 88 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Preston, Teesside

What the team is known for Offers comprehensive coverage of local government work, supported by established real estate, planning and commercial departments. Areas of specialism include state aid, EU procurement, and major infrastructure and regeneration projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "DWF offers a wealth of experience in all areas of the law and provides a top-ranking service to clients at all times. I would be worried if we had this firm as an opponent!"

Commercial awareness: "Vast changes have occurred within local government and DWF has always been able to meet the new challenges and adapt where necessary."

Responsiveness: "DWF is extremely responsive to our requests and introduces additional expertise when required. It has a commercial approach and is prepared to introduce alternative options if necessary to produce the best outcome."

Work highlights Assisting Leeds City Local Enterprise Partnership in applications for state aid.

Defended Liverpool City Council in a state aid dispute relating to the council's investment in a cruise liner terminal.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Branton focuses his local government practice on state aid matters, at which he excels. Sources state: "He is able to navigate an exceptionally tricky field and explain it in simple terms, finding pragmatic solutions to difficult problems."

Michael Mousdale is known for local government procurement matters throughout the North West, but his practice also covers governance and contracting issues. Notably, he assisted with the procurement of an ERP (IT) system on behalf of Wolverhampton City Council.

Colin Murray continues to impress with his skills in governance matters and regularly advises local authorities on constitutional questions.

Significant clients Manchester City Council, Liverpool City Council, Birmingham City Council, Newcastle City Council, Hull City Council.

Police Law - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Birmingham, London, Manchester

What the team is known for Well-established practice defending police authorities, their insurers and private service providers. Typical work includes complex misfeasance claims, judicial reviews and matters related to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Their personal contact is great and they always go that extra mile with their service, which puts them a cut above the rest."

Market standing: "They are involved in some very high-profile work. You could take any case to them and they would have the technical knowledge to get the result you need."

What's new? Caroline Coates joined the practice after DWF merged with Buller Jeffries.

Work highlights Advised the Metropolitan Police in an arrest and subsequent defence claim for false imprisonment.

Advised the Director of Pubic Affairs at the Metropolitan Police Service in the Leveson Inquiry.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Kieran Walshe is described as "very knowledgeable, personable and helpful to work alongside." He has expertise in complex misfeasance claims, judicial reviews and inquests, and recently advised the Metropolitan Police in the Leveson Inquiry.   

Significant clients Serco, Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police.