The Legal 500 report authors single out for praise five north west law firms who excel when it comes to advising clients on European Union (EU) and competition law.
All of these are headquartered in Manchester.
TIER ONE DWF is rated “excellent on state aid” matters.
Jonathan Branton – who splits his time between Manchester and Leeds – heads the team, which advises clients such as Morrisons, Birmingham City Council, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and Dairy UK. Also recommended are associate Jay Mehta, Michael Mousdale, who is experienced in public procurement and recently promoted partner Colin Murray.
The practice was strengthened by the opening of its Brussels office in 2015 and the recruitment of James Lupton from Eversheds.
TIER TWO Clients of Weightmans’ “excellent” team include C P Foods, Healthcare at Home, Edward Billington and Son and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
Key figures include “experienced” department head Laurence Pritchard, Gary Jones, who handles state aid matters and Martin Vincent, who advises on public procurement.
TIER THREE Mark Molyneux is the key figure at Addleshaw Goddard following the departure of former national team head Phil McDonnell to join Ernst & Young.
Pannone Corporate was bolstered by the arrival of Tristan Meears-White from DWF in May 2015.
For Squire Patton Boggs, senior associate Nicola Elam and Diarmuid Ryan, who is based in London and Manchester, are recommended.
Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Pannone Corporate LLP
Squire Patton Boggs