From personal disputes to mergers and acquisitions, our team of experts are on hand to help you with a range of legal issues. No matter how big or small the requirement, our lawyers are always available to guide you through the legal process.
Disputes and different points of view are facts of business life. It is not possible to avoid them entirely. The key is knowing how to deal with them successfully and to learn from them. We explore what ‘success’ means with our clients. We then help our clients decide what to invest in a dispute (time as well as money) based on the likely return. These discussions will determine the resolution approach taken in a particular dispute. We use decision trees and modelling to help us try and predict the most probable result.
Threats to your business and its future success demand immediate attention. Well considered strategies are required together with effective implementation. This may involve, among other things, informal and formal negotiation, court proceedings, arbitration, mediation or some other form of alternative dispute resolution. Our dispute resolution solicitors in Manchester are experienced negotiators as well as experienced trial litigators. We have been enthusiastic users of mediation for many years and we have won awards for our use of mediation.
We adopt a flexible approach: some clients want us to ‘own’ the entire dispute for them while others prefer to call on our advice on an ad hoc basis. We are similarly flexible when it comes to funding a dispute, and we work with clients on a fixed or capped fee basis and on conditional fee arrangements where success determines our return. Our dispute resolution solicitors help our clients to arrange funding for their legal costs from a third party or litigation funders.
As the courts head in the direction of only awarding a contribution towards the costs of successful litigants, and as we approach a regime of fixed costs in commercial disputes, we work with our clients to ensure the costs incurred are proportionate to the amounts at stake in order to maximise recovery. Detailed costs budgets are an integral part of our project management from the outset.
We want our clients to see us as part of their team, trusted to deliver on time and on budget.
Our own ethos focuses on our people and their approachability. This is central to our recruitment and progression paths. We want our people to develop long-term relationships with our clients, and we encourage our clients to ‘pick up the phone and talk issues through’ with us. Our clients know they can do this without fear of a bill.
We help our clients to protect their interests, pursue their entitlements and enforce their rights, as well as strengthen their strategies for avoiding problems in the future. Two of the partners in the team sit as deputy judges. Other team members are ranked in the leading legal directories as recommended practitioners.
Disputes involving company directors and shareholders, contracts, fraud, LLPs and partnerships, negligence by professional advisers, restrictions in employment contracts, and sale, agency and purchase agreements.
We provide a fixed fee systemised process allowing our clients to recover unpaid debts at an agreed fixed cost.
We help our clients protect and defend the value in their creative assets, products and brands. We advise on copyright, counterfeits, database rights, domain names, parallel imports, passing off, patents, registered and unregistered design rights, and trademarks.
Our clients are business occupiers, portfolio owners and property developers. We advise on all aspects of litigation involving property ownership.
Our clients are trustees, trust corporations, executors and beneficiaries. We advise on the operation of trusts and wills, challenges to trusts and wills, and claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.
If you’d like to get in touch with one of our dispute resolution solicitors in Manchester today, please call 0800 131 3355 or use our online contact form to send us an enquiry regarding your case.
Our commercial team advises on all types of commercial agreements, ranging from straightforward trading agreements through to complex major projects. The team has a broad range of expertise across various disciplines and market sectors, working with both suppliers and customers from the private and public sectors. We also have specialists within the team who advise on IP and IT-related agreements, and compliance with data protection laws.
We offer the following commercial services:
Commercial agreements – We advise on all commercial agreements, including in relation to manufacturing, supply and procurement of goods and services, distribution (whether through agents, distributors or resellers), outsourcing, and joint ventures.
Data protection – Compliance with data protection laws is becoming an increasingly important issue for most businesses, particularly given the increasing amount of information and data being generated and collected, the value attached to it, and the importance of protecting it. We advise clients on compliance with data protection laws and assist clients in understanding their obligations. We also help them to ensure that their collection and use of personal data complies with the law.
E-commerce – We also advise online businesses in relation to their website and online presence, including hosting agreements, website terms and conditions, compliance with e-commerce regulations (for example in relation to the sale of goods online), and agreements relating to payment services, online marketing analytics and affiliate networks.
IP – Our IP specialists advise on agreements relating to the development, ownership and/or exploitation of IP. We advise on agreements such as brand licensing agreements, patent and know-how licences, research and development agreements, merchandising and sponsorship agreements, and franchise agreements. We also advise on compliance with advertising rules.
IT – Our IT specialists assist IT suppliers in drafting and/or negotiating agreements with their customers and with customers engaging third party IT suppliers, for example when investing in new IT systems or software, outsourcing IT services to third parties or engaging a third party to host their IT systems or website. We advise on a wide range of IT agreements, reflecting the ever changing and evolving landscape of IT, ranging from development and implementation of IT systems, software licensing and IT hosting to outsourcing, support and maintenance, and SLAs.
We advise on a full range of commercial real estate matters, delivering a solution orientated service that meets our clients’ needs. The team are known for their high standard of technical legal advice, service delivery and transparent pricing. We have adapted to changes in the real estate market by being flexible and pragmatic and responsive to our clients requirements.
Our Real Estate team give clear and focused advice acting for both corporate occupier and developer clients and financial institutions. We ensure that partner led/senior resource is dedicated to each project that we undertake and we have specialist client service teams in place where we need them.
We believe that our clients’ requirements are best serviced through a ‘sector’ driven approach where we have a specific focus and understanding of the nature of our clients business. We have had notable success with this approach having led several high profile transactions on behalf of our clients.
We offer the following real estate services:
Acquisitions and Disposals (freehold and leasehold) – The team complete volume leasehold acquisitions widely strategically vital acquisitions to facilitate the growth of our clients across most real estate asset classes.
Commercial Development – Our experience includes land assembly for residential development schemes, speculative (and pre-let) industrial and logistics development, conversion, joint ventures and design and build projects within the student accommodation sector.
Landlord and Tenant – Our services include grant, assignment, underletting and termination of leases, pre-let documentation for new developments and lease renewals on behalf of major retailers, leisure operators, land owners and real estate developers.
Real estate finance – Our team acts for leading banks and other financial institutions and lenders within the fields of secured lending and re-financing.
Real estate portfolio management – We act on behalf of landlords and tenants to manage their real estate. We strive to continuously improve protocols and procedures to streamline reporting and management and we have achieved notable success in managing assets on behalf of utility providers.
Sale and Leaseback transactions – We have experience of multi million pound sale and leaseback transactions to investors and pension funds particularly within the logistics sector.
Employment is an increasingly fast moving and complex area of law. The impact of regular new legislation and developing case law presents a real challenge for employers who want to spend their time focusing on growing their business and developing their people, but often find themselves battling with HR issues and defending claims instead.
As a well established employment team in the North West, our employment lawyers at Pannone Corporate have the experience and expertise to deliver a complete employment law and HR support service for our clients. We specialise in providing timely, practical, accessible, and commercially astute advice and support to our clients on the full range of employment law and HR issues.
We are ranked in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, and members of the team are recommended as experts and leading individuals. The Pannone Corporate employment team adds value to our clients through online knowledge sharing, workshops, and flexible, transparent fees. Most importantly of all, we listen to our clients to make sure we understand their motivations and goals, and we work in partnership with them to help them to achieve those goals.
We offer the following employment services:
Contracts and policies- We draft effective and accessible contracts, policies and procedures, all of which will be the cornerstone of our client’s HR strategy.
HR Support – We offer helpline advice over the phone, by email or face-to-face for the employment issues faced by HR teams and line managers on a day-to-day basis.
Insurance and pricing solutions – We offer a range of pricing options, including competitive hourly rates, fixed and capped fees for project work and tribunal cases, and retainer and helpline arrangements for ad hoc HR advice.
Training – We offer a wide range of seminars, workshops and interactive training sessions on employment law and HR issues for HR professionals, line managers, in-house lawyers, and senior management teams.
Tribunal and court representation – We represent our clients in the Employment Tribunal, EAT, County and High Courts, handling claims ranging from unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, equal pay, unlawful deduction from wages, and breach of contract to injunctive action for breach of post-termination restrictions, judicial review. We also act for clients in mediations.
Effective compliance and strong corporate governance is vital in any business. Sound management of regulatory risks makes financial, commercial, legal and moral good sense. Failure to address potential liabilities can create huge financial and reputational risk for a business, with the penalties for non-compliance continuing to increase.
Pannone Corporate’s Regulatory team works with clients to anticipate and track emerging issues, identifying practical solutions to the problems that arise from the increasingly stringent laws governing the way we do business.
Instructed to represent numerous household names, Pannone Corporate’s Regulatory team provides its clients with the confidence that only true experience can foster, together with the flexibility and outstanding client service commitment in which Pannone Corporate excels.
With our lawyers accessible 24/7 we provide specialist crisis management expertise from the moment an incident happens, advising on each stage of the investigatory and legal process as it occurs. This encompasses:-
• instructing and guiding internal investigations;
• early case assessment of potential liabilities;
• representation at Police and/or regulator led witness interviews (where appropriate);
• advice and representation at interviews under caution; and
• representation at Court, including advocacy.”
We have a dedicated team of three partners, two senior consultants and six other lawyers who work with businesses large and small across a wide range of business sectors. The size and shape of our experienced team enables us to focus on the specific needs of the client and deliver a professional service cost effectively.
Our clients tell us that we provide pragmatic and commercial advice in a way that minimises transaction risk. Whatever the issue, our team will always take the time to get to know you and your business. This helps us to provide advice tailored to your current needs, with a focus on you and your business’s future strategic objectives.
We offer the following corporate services:
Banking and finance – Our dedicated team of professionals acts for lenders and borrowers across the entire range of business finance. Our clients look to us for legal advice in relation to either lending or borrowing to fund working capital, acquiring or investing in additional or replacement assets or to provide additional capital to business.
Corporate advisory – Whether corporate, partnership, limited partnership, joint venture or sole traders, clients come to us to help them create, organise, develop and maintain their business structures.
Insolvency – Whether you are an insolvency professional, a director turning around a struggling business or a creditor seeking a return from a failed company, our Corporate Recovery team will identify and implement the best solution for you.
Mergers and Acquisitions – We provide legal advice that enables our clients (corporates and individuals) to buy or sell their business or businesses in an effective manner.
Private Equity – We have an outstanding reputation among Private Equity investors, businesses taking private equity or venture capital investment, and management teams investing in their business.
Public sector – We have a long and successful history of working with the public sector. We are also known for our work in the not-for-profit/charity sectors and for housing associations. We are proud of our track record in these sectors.
The legal and regulatory regime under which public bodies operate is far-reaching and rapidly evolving. It imposes constraints and restrictions not found in the private sector. The current cuts to budgets demand ever greater efficiencies by public bodies. At the same time, their decisions and actions are being increasingly scrutinised by those who are affected, whether they be members of the public, disappointed service providers or employees.
We help our public sector clients to navigate their way through the plethora of issues which they face on a daily basis, from Freedom of Information Act requests to IT contracts, Public Private Partnerships to public procurement and outsourcing agreements, and from maintenance and facilities management to equality and diversity policies.
We help our clients to develop robust internal and external facing protocols and procedures which explicitly address their legal and regulatory obligations in order to minimise the risk of costly and time-consuming challenges. If a challenge is pursued, we assist our clients in defending judicial review court proceedings.
We help public bodies operating in many different sectors but we have a particular specialism in infrastructure and transport projects, especially light rail systems, and have advised a number of UK local authorities on such projects.
If you’d like to talk to us about a public sector matter, please contact Steven Grant on 07788 970024.
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