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Julie Meyer
Jeremy Roberts
Jennie Johnson

Legal 500 2010 - Corporate and Commercial

In what has been a better year than last (though that’s not saying much) for deals, Addleshaw Goddard built on its 2009 work on the Co-op/Somerfield acquisition with the disposal of 200 of the merged operation’s stores and, outside the region, three substantial acquisitions for Capita.

DLA Piper’s Jonathan Watkins, meanwhile, led on Dave Whelan Sports’ £85m acquisition of the leisure division of JJB Sports, and Keith Froud at Eversheds advised the extremely active Daisy Communications on a £200 million reverse into Freedom 4 Group.

In Liverpool, meanwhile, Brabners Chaffe Street was appointed sole legal advisor to Peel Ports.

All in all, though, a fair bit of movement up and down tiers compared to 2009 – with “other North West” in particular seeing what was a healthy “tier one” stripped down to just three firms – only one of which is headquartered outside the two big cities rather than being a satellite office.

Manchester

Tier One

Tier Two

Tier Three

  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • DLA Piper
  • Eversheds
  • Pinsent Masons
  • DWF
  • Halliwells (now defunct)
  • Hammonds
  • Brabners Chaffe Street
  • Cobbetts
  • Pannone
  • Beachcroft
  • George Davies Solicitors
  • Hill Dickinson
  • Kuit Steinart Levy
  • Laytons
  • Mace & Jones
  • Nexus Solicitors
  • turner parkinson
  • Berg Legal
  • Freeth Cartwright
  • JMW Solicitors
  • Lawson Coppock & Hart
  • Stephensons Solicitors
  • Stripes Solicitors

Liverpool

Tier One

Tier Two

  • Brabners Chaffe Street
  • DLA Piper
  • Halliwells (now defunct)
  • DWF
  • Hill Dickinson
  • Mace & Jones
  • O’Connors
  • Weightmans

Other North West

Tier One

Tier Two

Tier Three

  • Aaron & Partners – Chester
  • Brabners Chaffe Street – Preston
  • Hill Dickinson – Chester
  • Gorvins – Stockport
  • Kippax Beaumont Lewis – Bolton
  • Napthens – Blackburn
  • Neil Myerson – Altrincham
  • Forbes – Blackburn
  • SAS Daniels – Stockport
  • Slater Heelis – Sale
  • Stephensons Solicitors – Wigan