Litigation - Liverpool and surrounds
Basic facts about the department
- Ranked office locations: Manchester, Liverpool
What the team is known for An expanding litigation practice with a solid reputation in Manchester and Liverpool, adding to the depth of services and resources already offered to a high-profile client base. Instructions from clients including those in the public, education and retail sectors. Areas of specialism are known to be insurance and professional negligence.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have always been very responsive and understanding of our position."
"They have established themselves as a leading litigation firm in Manchester."
"A very solid, reliable team."
Work highlights Representing Langstone Leisure in a professional negligence matter involving the former managing director of the company, and his liability with respect to the funding by the company of legal proceedings brought by the liquidators of Aqua Design.
Successfully defended Leeds City Council against two claims related to the council's termination of of a procurement process. The matter concerned a well-publicised project, and the claim was worth over £35 million.
Acted for FC United during an individual's attempt to reverse the decision by Manchester City Council to allow the client to develop a new football stadium. The appeal process was expedited and permission to appeal was denied.
Andrew Harris is known to be retained for high-value matters that are likely to reach trial stage. He is well regarded by his peers for excellence in minority shareholder disputes particularly, being rated as "an excellent commercial litigator." His clients range from public-private partnerships to directors and partners.
Litigation department head Joel Heap is considered to be "an incredibly commercial person, with great nous" who is an "excellent" litigator. His experience of commercial litigation includes involvement in disputes arising from corporate transactions and company law.
National litigation head Graham Dagnall leads the team, and is considered to be "a very respected and technically strong litigation lawyer." He utilises his corporate and commercial litigation experience and knowledge when representing institutional clients in disputes arising from issues such as sale of business.
James Lappin is noted as an "obvious standout" individual who offers excellent commercial advice. Clients appreciate his practical and sound understanding of their business, and the commercial value he brings to high-stakes disputes.
Steve Morris has a strong reputation as a litigator who is at ease with high-value matters. One source says he is "probably the best commercial litigator I have ever worked with." His practice features a wide range of dispute matters and varying representation, including high-profile clients involved in breach of contract allegations.
Jon Hainey specialises in commercial and public law matters, with a wealth of experience in disputes such as insolvency, procurement and professional negligence. He is praised as having "a fantastic eye for detail, while maintaining an eye on the bigger picture. A pragmatic strategist."
Significant clients Cartwright Coach Builders, Odyssey Reinsurance Group, Derwent Holdings, Telefonica UK (O2), Crown Paints.