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.
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.